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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Your part is to focalize and express the desires of God.

This is a difficult point with most people; they retain something of the old idea that poverty and self-sacrifice are pleasing to God. They look upon poverty as a part of the plan, a necessity of nature. They have the idea that God has finished His work, and made all that He can make, and that the majority of men must stay poor because there is not enough to go around. They hold to so much of this erroneous thought that they feel ashamed to ask for wealth; they try not to want more than a very modest competence, just enough to make them fairly comfortable.

I recall now the case of one student who was told that he must get in mind a clear picture of the things he desired, so that the creative thought of them might be impressed on Formless Substance. He was a very poor man, living in a rented house, and having only what he earned from day to day; and he could not grasp the fact that all wealth was his. So, after thinking the matter over, he decided that he might reasonably ask for a new rug for the floor of his best room, and an anthracite coal stove to heat the house during the cold weather. Following the instructions given in this book, he obtained these things in a few months; and then it dawned upon him that he had not asked enough. He went through the house in which he lived, and planned all the improvements he would like to make in it; he mentally added a bay window here and a room there, until it was complete in his mind as his ideal home; and then he planned its furnishings.

Holding the whole picture in his mind, he began living in the Certain Way, and moving toward what he wanted; and he owns the house now, and is rebuilding it after the form of his mental image. And now, with still larger faith, he is going on to get greater things. It has been unto him according to his faith, and it is so with you and with all of us.

From: The Science of Getting Rich, by Wallace D Wattles

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Any thoughts or ideas?
Do you think it's good to start small and then build on those small successes?


Shirley Twofeathers said...

I think that this is where I fall down... my wants and desires tend to be nebulous and ever changing. Especially if they are for the larger things in life.

Small things are easy for me - for example - I decided that instead of watching television to relax and unwind, I'm going to switch to the Sims 2 when my analog TV is no longer functional. As soon as that decision was made, all I could think about was getting a couple more expansion pacs... and now, suddenly I have them.

If that was so easy, how is it that money to pay my property taxes seems so hard? is it because I don't want to pay them?... hmmm... I wonder.... and is a hot water heater illusive because I don't know how to install it myself, and don't want to fork out the money for someone else to do it? ... very interesting!

Anonymous said...

Yes, I think I could work on being more specific when it comes to the bigger things. Actually, I need to give myself permission to want the bigger things more THEN focus on them! It's really a mind training challenge! I think for me, the fear of repeating the steps that lead to bankruptcy still creeps in. In the past,I created in my mind what I wanted..focused on it with brilliant clarity, and then convinced myself if was ok to put it in the credit card. OK, so I had MOST of the process down! So now, ALLOWING myself to dream and have desires is a little scary, even though there are no more credit cards. I need to learn to bridge that gap between desire and achievement with patience and faith and, as Mr. Wattles says GRATITUDE. Gosh, it sounds so simple! I wonder what it is about human nature that turns this into such a tough thing to do!

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