My Secret Dream (you might not believe it)

More than two decades ago I spotted a jackrabbit, and it led me to do quite a few crazy things. I saw it; and it caused me to spend grocery money on odd items (like more than a hundred seminars and countless success programs). It caused me to stay up late and go for days without stopping for a decent meal. Then, after seven years of chasing it, it was mine.

What do you suppose could cause me to behave this way? A mansion? A Mercedez? A giant diamond ring?

Believe it or not, it was simply the privilege of having time to put my house in order. Housekeeping. The joy of homemaking. Mothering. Wifering. Keeping my family running smoothly without concerns about money. That’s what drove me.

Ever since I was a little girl, I looked forward to all of it. But nothing of the picture I painted in my mind had anything to do with bills piling up. So when my husband and I became parents and found ourselves consumed with worry over money issues, I knew that even though I had achieved the wife and mother part, I hadn’t completely achieved my dream until I could let go of money concerns and clean my house and read to my kids and take life at a pace that was peaceful. Even when my husband’s work paid really well, I couldn’t stop worrying about long-term financial security.

So like I said, after seven years of chasing that rabbit, the ability to slow down and put my house in order was mine. But I didn’t stop to enjoy it like I thought I would have… because the minute I caught that rabbit, my heart changed.

Suddenly I felt consumed with passion for helping others experience the breakthrough we had enjoyed. So the orderly home once again had to wait. I saw images of other mothers who were seeking the same thing as I had wanted all those years, and I saw myself in a unique position to bring what we had learned to people of all backgrounds in a new and unique way.

Essentially, I spotted another rabbit.

This new rabbit caused me to to spend money on odd items (like more than $100,000 in more advanced seminars and business development programs). It caused me to stay up late and go for days without stopping for a decent meal. It made me bend over a computer for thousands of hours to tearfully learn web development and write books and articles. It caused me to talk to people who intimidated me and cancel social commitments that weren’t going to help me obtain it. It caused me to lose sleep, and even after a long days of chasing it, it still made me lay awake at night.

I learned once again that on the way to accomplishing anything good of significance, it is common for things to first get messier. As Price Pritchett described in his book You2 (You Squared), in the middle of a life-saving surgery it would appear that there has been a murder in the room.

So it was with me as I worked to create something that would help me help others have financial peace of mind. Trevan was more free to help me raise all these kids, and after so many years of laundry piling up while I worked at the computer, and after so many years of spills waiting for days to be cleaned up, and living in rooms where you couldn’t even see the floor, you have no idea how much joy I get out of slowing down, enjoying my kids, and cleaning my house!

It is living the dream to spend an hour or two at bedtime reading with my kids. It’s living the dream to stay caught up on laundry. It is a PRIVELEDGE to vacuum the floor, or to discuss with my fifteen year-old his French Revolution assignment. It’s a JOY to organize the pantry, and go through the kids’ drawers to pull out the articles of clothing that don’t fit anymore. It’s a dream come true to fold the towels and put them on the shelf before they’re needed again! I LOVE to load the dishwasher and see the counters wiped clean!

On occasion we’ve had hired help. It’s nice to have a clean house without lifting a finger. But I’ve discovered that there’s something I get – psychic income of sorts – when I’m the one personally responsible for the home being orderly. Maybe it’s because I went for so long not having time to do it even when I wanted to.

Maybe I’ll do it enough that I’ll eventually get it out of my system and hire help again so that my time can be spent on more meaningful contributions. But for now, I’m living my dream and loving it.

So you see, it doesn’t matter what your dream is… it’s yours to pursue and enjoy and it doesn’t have to be anything that impresses anyone else. I’d also like to point out that sometimes one rabbit leads to other rabbits that help you make a greater contribution and bring you greater joy than if you only stopped to enjoy the first one, and no others.

Anyway, even now we’re still very busy, and some of the day-to-day responsibilities fall behind (including housekeeping) when we’re gathering new rabbits as they come along, but it’s interesting to me to remember that the dream of being free to enjoy homemaking was the fuel that was originally responsible for the creation of The Jackrabbit Factor, Hidden Treasures, and everything else we provide at ThoughtsAlive.com.

It’s sort of ironic, if you think about it. With that in mind, I can’t wait to hear YOUR story when you describe what happens to you as you chase your rabbits, and then what happens after you ultimately catch them. Maybe we should start a new thread on the forums called, “A funny thing happened on the way to my dream…”

One thing is certain: I have had to overcome a LOT of challenges and I’ve learned a lot of lessons along the way. The most significant lessons learned have been carefully documented and placed in the Family Time & Money Freedom Home Study Course, because Trevan and I vowed that if we ever figured out how to get out of the mess we were in, we’d make it a priority to share what we learned, so that other families wouldn’t have to suffer as long as we did.

For example, something important I learned is that the feeling of financial security does not necessarily come from a big pile of money in the bank. Financial security is simply knowing that you are capable of handling whatever comes your way when it comes… and that is something you can have here and now, even before you earn another penny. (I encourage you to just join the 12-week FTMF program so I can really help you learn how it works!)

Having that financial peace of mind then literally prepares you to receive more than you would have received if you had remained in a stressful, worried state of mind. That’s just the way it works. Having the right mindset puts you on a thought-frequency to discover solutions to the problems you face. The solution to every problem is only an idea away… and so the money you need in any given moment is closer than most people ever imagine. It all begins with gaining a heightened awareness of the laws of success as introduced in the Jackrabbit Factor Ecourse.

So your dream might not be to clean your own house and read to your kids at night without the nagging thought that you should be doing something to produce income. But whatever it may be, it is possible – or you wouldn’t have conceived it in the first place. Do the nutsy things that it leads you to do.

It will pay off… when the time is right, it will pay off… by law it must! And then don’t be suprised if you can’t help but feel driven to bring others along with you. It’s a great adventure and well worth the effort.

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Who Pushed the Apple?

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Two brothers sit beneath a tree after a long journey. One is a quantum physicist, the other a theologian. They are both hungry, and soon the wind blows and the tree sheds an armful of fruit.

The physicist says, “How remarkable it is that my thoughts can cause the wind to blow so that the tree would drop these apples.”

The theologian says, “How wonderful it is that God heard my prayer and blessed us with these apples!”

The physicist replies, “The apples dropped because of natural law.”

The theologian responds, “Ah, but the apples dropped when they did because God heard and answered my prayer.”

After bantering back and forth for quite some time, the two brothers parted ways and were brothers no more… and the Great Unseen Force of the Universe, (with all the names it bears) was sad… and preserved the rest of the apples on the tree for creatures bearing softer, purer hearts.

The Law of Attraction is an amazing phenomenon, and it has stirred up quite a controversy between people who want to know how it works in connection with their belief in God, and those who prefer to explore how it works from completely secular sources.

Let me just level the playing field here, so that brothers don’t have to part:

Truth Fits. Period.

If something is true, it will not contradict something else that is true. In the case of the falling apples, both explanations fit the experience, so each man may adhere to his own belief without necessarily squelching the other. Nor is either one of them required to adopt the other man’s point of view.

They both have apples and should both be grateful. End of argument.

It reminds me of a story I heard of several blind men who were brought to an elephant, having had no previous experience with one. They each described the elephant, and each had something very different to say. One man after reaching forward and feeling the animal’s side said, “An elephant is like a wall.” Another man holding the elephant’s leg said, “No, this is not like a wall at all, an elephant is like a pillar!” Another blind man who had grasped its tail exclaimed, “No, an elephant is like a rope!” One holding a tusk described it as a spear and the one holding its nose described it as a tree branch.

The men continued in a heated argument, each one absolutely certain that he was right and the others had to be wrong, until a wise man was able to explain that they were all right because the elephant did, in fact, have all of the features described.

Life is like the elephant. There are scientific ways to look at life and there are spiritual ways to look at the same life. We understand life best when we consider ALL possible aspects and see how they can fit together.

I’ve had readers tell me how grateful they are that they have found a place to learn about the law of attraction from a perspective that includes God. Other readers wish I’d do it more, while some wish I’d do it less.

With that in mind, imagine if we were on a field trip to the zoo and the elephant keeper was going to tell us about the elephant. Should we be offended if he neglects to call our attention to the abdomen? Should be be bent out of shape if he talks too much of its head and nose? If he says something about the insides of the elephant, (parts we can’t immediately see or prove) should we reject his whole presentation simply because he included something that required some faith to accept?

No, I think we’d just enjoy the presentation and graciously take the parts that provided answers to our own individual questions, leaving the rest without fuss or fanfare.

You’ll find people who teach the law of attraction in spiritual terms, and you’ll find others who describe it in more scientific terms. Both offer valuable insight that can help all of us improve the quality of our lives.

If religious or spiritual terms offend you, then simply substitute them with terms that fit your frame of reference. Call it Source Energy or Power or the Universe… or whatever keeps you from rejecting good information.

If the lack of spiritual or religious terms makes you nervous, then when you read material from those who use other terms, simply make appropriate substitutions as YOU go along and continue studying material that helps YOU gather all useful information about how life works.

If you think about it, we’re all in this together, trying to build a happy life for our families, and we can really learn from one another by building on common ground. In this study of the law of attraction, there is plenty of common ground to build upon.

Personally, I don’t see any contradiction. Together, both explanations have helped me understand life better. I believe God created the Universe and uses natural laws to deliver the goods.

It would be absurd to think that when an apple breaks from a tree, God needs to rush over and push it down… fortunately, the law of gravity is already in place.

So I thank God for the goods. Others may thank the laws. In my opinion, both God and natural laws played a part, so I have no argument with the scientist.

When we live in harmony with the law of attraction, the “goods” of His creation will naturally find their way to us. By law they will, and we can depend on it. God understands all of the laws perfectly, and provides counsel in holy writings that supports the more secular descriptions of the phenomenon. I also believe he inspires scientists to discover truth about his creation to help us all improve our quality of life. Again, truth fits.

Quantum physics (and the commentaries in layman’s terms) have helped me understand how my thoughts can literally shape my circumstances. Theology has helped me understand who I am and why I’m here on this planet in the first place, and has kept me grounded so that I can use what I’ve learned as wisely as possible.

The purpose of my business is to help families achieve prosperity through teaching the 7 Laws and how they work… laws that work whether or not a person believes they exist, and whether or not they believe in God.

Gravity pulls an apple to the ground whether or not you believe in the law, and whether or not you believe that a God created it.

When we understand and consciously live in harmony with the laws to build wealth, the prosperity comes just as dependably as the apple falling to the ground when it breaks from the tree.

That the results are dependable does not void the existence of God, nor does giving Him thanks for the resulting prosperity nullify the existence of the laws that delivered it.

For more on this topic, read Hidden Treasures: Heaven’s Astonishing Help with Your Money Matters.

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