Reader "Rant" – and Principles of Faith for Prosperity

I just received some feedback from someone I’ll call Tim that I’d like to share…

While I prefer to read nothing but glowing testimonials, the constructive comments are just as valuable (if not more so).

While my first reaction is “Ugh… someone isn’t happy with me,” the second reaction is “Oooh – this is good…” knowing that there is contained within every undesirable experience a seed of equal or greater benefit.

Tim’s comments, though constructive in nature, still made me smile (and laugh out loud, even – you’ll see what I mean…).

As I pondered his comments, I decided that letting you in on some of the interaction I had with him may be of value on multiple levels. Check it out:

Leslie,

Thank you for the offer and all the wisdom and experience you share. I also enjoy your newsletters and blog entries. As a senior in college, graduating next May I just invested nearly $3,000 in tuition, fees, and books. Consequently, your offer is beyond my current budget. And all the wishing, wanting, hoping, and applying of the law of attraction won’t change that in the short range.

Having read much of what you have written, and having heard you in person, I know you are honest and sincere. So please take the following “rant” (and personal pet peeve) as simply sharing my opinion and point of view. I receive many newsletters and lots of product offers.

Very few approach their potential customers with an open, honest offer without a ton of hype. It’s as though they all have the same copywriters or took the same lessons in hyping their offer letters. Typically you do not fall into that category, which is why I continue to follow you and read your blogs and newsletters.

However, there were two lines in this e-mail that “tugged” at my pet peeve of hyping or glossing over details in an effort to motivate and persuade to action: “Want to get the FTMF Home Study Program, essentially FREE?” and “PLUS, you’ll be able to get in on the 3-day Principles of Prosperity LIVE event for a $295 discount. That’s early a $600 value…Making your FTMF investment potentially zero.”

In reality the FTMF is not free. …actually, the SGR Teleclass is the only item that is truly FREE. The FTMF is full cost and the POP is discounted. You are not saying “purchase the POP and get the FTMF for free.” You are actually saying buy the FTMF and POP and you will discount the POP and give the SGR Teleclass as a free gift. …maybe an old joke will help clarify:

“A man arrives at work out of breath and sweating. A co-worker asks why. The man replies that he missed his bus and ran behind it all the way to work–but the good news is that he saved $3. The co-worker replied that he should have ran behind a taxi to work instead and then he could have saved $35!”

…You could have said, “Purchase the POP and the SGR Teleclass and I will give you the FTMF for free. Or, you can just purchase the FTMF and I will give you the SGR Teleclass for free.” This communicates a $295 discount for the small “package” and a $590 discount for the larger package. Your offer makes it sound as though the FTMF is free. It really isnt unless you assume (and you do) that your potential customer will automatically purchase both the FTMF and the POP.

Details, semantics? Yes, perhaps…but from my perspective, one approach is clear and open–like a friend talking to a friend–and the other sounds more like typical marketing hype. I truly believe you can accomplish your goals with the open, friend-to-friend approach, which is the style and approach you have typically portrayed. I hope over time that you don’t end up sounding like so many other internet marketers. After all, you are definitely unique!

Stay that way–you don’t have to use their techniques. Your customers are savvy and to use their approaches only detracts from your message and spirit.

I wish you continued success…respectfully,

~Tim

Here is my reply:

Tim,

Believe it or not, I loved this email! Thank you for sending it; I really do appreciate your feedback. The story about the taxicab made me laugh out loud.

I really do intend to be different from the rest, because I am on the receiving end of too much marketing hype myself . I’m just like everyone else in that regard. Many apologies for crossing your line on my last “pitch”. Truthfully, it wasn’t worded that way because someone gave me an annoying template to use… it was worded that way because…

I assumed that more people would be less overwhelmed with a $600 FTMF “next step” than the $1500 POP Seminar “next step”. The deadline for the FTMF is already upon us, and there’s two months still to go before the POP seminar deadline. The way I approach MY investments is by asking “What step CAN I take right now, trusting that the way will appear for those later steps, later.”

I will say this, though… you’ve already decided there isn’t a way; so for you (as it stands), there isn’t.

“…your offer is beyond my current budget. And all the wishing, wanting, hoping, and applying of the law of attraction won’t change that in the short range.”

The truth is that there is always a way (as you know, if you’ve studied these principles as much as I think you have). Whether the way appears or not depends only upon your decision. …and I’m not saying that to urge you to take advantage of this offer… I’m just pointing out a minor flaw in your argument.

I realize that now is probably not the time for you, and if it isn’t, then no matter what anyone says, you shouldn’t do it. But if and when something inside tells you that it’s time to take another step (with my stuff or anyone else’s), then you’ve got to make the decision to step forward with faith, even before you have identified the “how.” It’s a principle that applies to any step forward, be it in college or with marriage or with raising kids or anything else.

“Where will the money come from?”

The answer is always, “Wherever it is now.”

We must always look to the unlimited, unseen supply rather than the limited visible supply in our bank accounts. We’ve seen money show up from the most unexpected, unlikely places… just yesterday (Wednesday) we had a phone call about a settlement check we’ll be receiving for nearly $7000 from a source that on Tuesday we didn’t even know EXISTED. It’s a kind of settlement check that really could happen to anybody – unrelated to my business or anything else unusual that we do.

I believe it showed up because we recently made a firm, committed decision to do some things to extend our reach that on paper would currently appear financially impossible. But I do what I can TODAY, expecting things will work out, and while I always experience some nervousness stepping into the darkness like that, so far (since 2000), it’s worked out every time. Not always the way I expect it to work, not always the way I want it to work, and not always in the time frame I want it to work, but in the long run it always works out.

Anyway, there’s my “rant” back atcha ;). Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. They are always welcome and appreciated.

Warmest regards,

Leslie

Thank you everyone – for sending your comments; we love your feedback. It helps us know that there’s really people out there…

You know, if I depended on my visible supply of readers, I would stop writing. I’d wonder, “What’s the point?” I can’t see you… but I keep writing anyway, believing that you’re really there, getting some kind of benefit from my posts.

If, over the years, I had depended on only the visible supply of financial resources, I wouldn’t have invested in education (college, as well as seminars, etc.)
. I might still be cleaning office buildings in the middle of the night. Honestly, if I have to be up at midnight at all, I’d rather be writing.

So… thanks for reading! 😉

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I'm Coming Out of Hiding!

If you’ve been following my story since 2002 when I began my website, you know that life has been crazy-busy for me with the seven kids, moving to Arizona, launching my books and programs, trying my hand at homeschooling, learning how to cook better, and so forth… (forget about laundry, it still isn’t done).

You also know that every time I am expecting a baby I go through bouts of depression where it seems that no matter how hard I try, it is physiologically impossible to think positive… and maybe you’ve read about how I’ve discovered how to let “good” flow into my life in spite of me.

Well, in between the great strides I’ve enjoyed through my challenges, all these years I’ve also felt pretty buried, and heavy with all the responsibilities on my plate. Thank heavens I do get joy from sharing what I learn along the way, and I thank you for being interested in learning from MY mistakes and epiphanies. (Somehow it helps me feel like they aren’t pointless!)

My challenges are gifts that I am determined to conquer so that I can share what I learn and save you from unnecessary pain and heartache.

Amazingly enough, last week I discovered why there is no better place to be than “feeling buried” – and I share why, in the post about “falling to success“.

Another recent epiphany I’ve had is related to “being in resistance”. I recognize that because I’ve felt “buried” all these years, I have been in resistance to speaking at live events. I viewed them as inconvenient and time consuming, and with everything else on my plate, I could scarcely see fitting them in. It’s the reason I wrote Jackrabbit Factor… so that I wouldn’t feel guilty for not conducting my seminars!

However, I’ve learned that whatever you are in resistance to, will persist in your life. I have been in resistance to too many demands on my time, so as a result, the demands on my time have been huge. They’ve buried me. Now, I’ve stopped fighting it, and with the surrender has come new and unexpected growth. This process is described in detail in the story of the ambitious acorn… in essence, it’s my story.

If you are in resistance to lacking money, you will continue to lack money. If you are in resistance about bad relationships, you will continue to have bad relationships.

For me, I have learned that by being in resistance to additional demands on my time, my time seemed to evaporate all the quicker.

So, as an experiment, I consciously recognized my resistance, and consented in my heart to go with the flow. Richard Bach’s story clip in my Be in the Prosperity Flow post has had a massive influence on my decision.

What this means in my situation is this: since I want more time with my family, I must stop resisting time away from them. I have decided to come out of hiding and start speaking more willingly at live events.

Instead of avoiding events, I choose to welcome them. (Against my deeply rooted programs!)

This experiment is only a few months old, and already I have seen a major INCREASE in the amount of time I have enjoyed with my family. It is SO counter-intuitive… but whatever it is that you want to harvest, is exactly what you must plant.

If you want an abundant harvest of time, you must let go of a little more of your time. If you want an abundance of money, you must let go of a little more of your money. If you want respect, you must give more respect. If you want happiness, you must help others have more happiness. If you want loyalty, you must be more loyal.

Because of this decision to release the squeeze I’ve kept on my time, our business has taken new form. It has forced us to grow, and required that we delegate more.

Gratefully (and none too soon) I found an amazing assistant to help me handle all of my responsibilities (someone perfectly suited for the position – not just because of her professional qualifications, but because she understands what we do, inside and out, from her experience as an FTMF honors graduate and attendance at Mentor Training), and now we’ve finally got someone else handling order fulfillment, too.

WaHoo!

I’ve actually started a garden with my kids! I’ve been to the Science Center twice in the last 2 weeks – something that used to happen with my kids only about once every 2 or 3 years. I’ve made some pretty darn good meals in the last month (relatively speaking, of course), and we just went to a big bounce house place as a family and created some fantastic memories (check out these video clips – okay maybe later when I figure out how to post them… I’m working on it).

Laundry still isn’t done, but hey. Maybe I will “surrender to laundry” and see what kind of growth or epiphany that initiates…

Joy comes from change, no matter how small it is. If you submit to growth in the right direction, you’ll enjoy the rewards.

I released my relentless grip on my time, and things have transformed to give me more time. It’s a miraculous principle, and I highly recommend that you consider: what are you resisting? Let go of your resistance to it, and you’ll find yourself eventually freer than you ever could have imagined. The current will pick you up and you’ll appear to others to fly.

(YES, there is anxiety that shows up when you get ready to make a change, but the Stickman Video will help you understand it, and know what to do with it. Updated video coming soon, so if you want to see the unprofessional version before it’s pulled down, you’d better do it quick!)

Now, more than ever, I am finding great joy in sharing the principles of success so that you can enjoy more time and money freedom with YOUR family.

I hope you’ll join me at one of our next events. I want to meet you! Join us live, and/or participate in a teleclass. Meet our official mentors as they begin to conduct events as well! They are AMAZING people and I can’t wait to begin introducing each one of them to you.

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Prosperity Perspective: Falling to Success

God seems to teach life’s most important lessons through symbols or analogies, and as we identify the profound messages contained in His creations, we can be at peace on our own path to prosperity and an abundant life… even in the middle of our greatest trials.

An image from nature came to mind as I sat in my car, so lest I would forget it, I pulled out my notebook and jotted it down:

A little acorn wants to become all that its blueprint promises that it can be. It is meant to become a grand and mighty oak, but for now, it is only a simple nut dangling by a stem.

It hangs on the parent tree and reaches high, wanting to see the grand views and sweep the vast sky with broad branches. It wants to experience the fluttering of leaves and the swaying of limbs, but alas, it can barely feel the breeze slowed by the shelter of its protecting parent.

Finally the parent hears its cry and says, “Yes, little seed, I have great plans for you. You will scrape the sky and sway in the wind, and the view will be glorious. You’ll provide a home for many creatures, giving shelter and food… your friends will be many, your influence will be vast, and you’ll be great and happy.”

The little acorn’s heart swells with excitement as it stretches its rigid shell upward to receive its promised reward, but instead of enjoying the exhilaration of greatness, it is shaken from the tree and takes a long, hard fall… landing with nothing more than a slight thud.

In fact, there is no apparent compassion or understanding, since its terrible fall seems to go unnoticed. Its very world seems to have crashed down, and yet time marches on for everything else around it.

The tiny acorn soon finds itself trampled upon, with dirt kicked rudely upon it. Eventually, it’s completely buried, in the dark, and alone.

“Have you forgotten me??!” He cries, but there is no answer… no explanation, no reprieve. Instead of rescue, the rain begins to pour and at once the buried seed believes it just may drown as well.

It tries to throw its weight one way and then the other to force its way out of the ground, or to find its way back to the tree. But nothing changes. It is as though it is trapped and cannot escape its doom.

Weary of the fight, it surrenders to its fate. Holding still with a sigh, the elements around it take notice of its calmed demeanor and begin to respond to its mere presence there. In fact, without any more futile struggle, it begins to notice there is a subtle change taking place within itself.

It discovers that as it remains calm, it actually ALREADY has all it needs, right there in its immediate environment. It hasn’t perished from being cut off from its parent, as it feared it might. Though the fall was frightening and terrible, there it remains, as alive and as well as before.

No, it has not perished. Rather, it has sprouted new parts of itself from within that it didn’t even know it could sprout, and the little seed begins to experience the joy that always accompanies growth and soul-expansion. Though it hasn’t achieved its ultimate goal, it feels good enough just to grow.

After that temporary period of loneliness and fear, soon the seedling has broken through the crust of earth and can finally see the goal again – though it has never appeared to be so far away as it is now.

However, in truth, it has never been closer.

Be patient, little seed; you were created for the greatness that is in store for you. Allow yourself time to develop roots, and keep reaching for the Sun. Trust God, and success is inevitable. All you need to accomplish the goal will be yours in the right time. Remember…

Peace, be still.

(c) Leslie Householder

Did you know? This acorn story was recently included in the updated editions of my best selling books Portal to Genius and Hidden Treasures (read them free!)

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Be in the Prosperity Flow

Perhaps you’ve heard, “What you resist, persists.”

But what does this mean?

As a child of God you are entitled to all things necessary for your complete mental, physical, and spiritual development.

As writer Wallace Wattles put it,

“Man’s right to life means his right to have the free and unrestricted use of all the things which may be necessary to his fullest mental, spiritual, and physical unfoldment; or, in other words, his right to be rich…

“To be really rich does not mean to be satisfied or contented with a little. No man ought to be satisfied with a little if he is capable of using and enjoying more. The purpose of Nature is the advancement and unfoldment of life; every man should have all that can contribute to the power, elegance, beauty, and richness of life; to be content with less is sinful.”

To be content is to reject growth and development. We can and should be grateful for life as we have it now, but discontentment is God’s natural tool for encouraging us to continue striving toward our greatest potential.

When we resist change, we are fighting against nature itself. All nature, by definition, is impelled toward growth. If it is living, its object is expansion. We have a choice, to live, grow, and expand through change, or to begin the process of decay by refusing to grow.

So, nature is friendly to your plans. You want to grow and expand and develop into something greater than you were before. Nature expects that of you and has provided the way for you to achieve it. When life appears difficult and seems to be keeping you back from achieving your potential, it is not because the things you need are out of reach… it is because you are in resistance to the natural flow of growth.

When you fuss about the lack of money, you are in resistance. What you need will appear when you need it so long as you continue moving your feet in the direction of your objectives, trusting God to bring you the resources you need as you need them. So long as you can still do something more without additional resources, you are not stuck. Keep going.

In this moment, you have all you need. Be grateful. If you don’t have the money for next week’s bill, stop thinking about what you lack. You don’t need next week’s bill money today because it is not next week yet. Be grateful now and get busy setting up avenues for God to send you the money. Put the buckets out so that when the rain falls, you’re ready for it. Do what you can do RIGHT NOW.

How do you know what to do right now?

Decide what you want, and picture yourself with it. Pretend in your mind that it is already with you. See it; feel it. Ask God for it. Thank him for it.

Then go back to your life, and pay attention to ideas that will pop into your head. They may be as simple as “call John” or as random as “go pick up that piece of trash on the sidewalk”. They may be as easy as “wear your blue shirt today” or as hard as “take your vacation money and invest it in education”.

If you have taken the time to really picture and feel what you want, you can trust that you will be led to the resources you need for it to all work out in its proper time. Thought by thought, and action by action.

Giving more energy to the desired outcome and giving less energy to the way things are will lead you along in the flow of prosperity. It’s like tapping in to the jet stream and having it carry you swiftly and almost effortlessly to where you want to go. The hardest part is believing that faith in the flow will not fail you.

Learning to trust in God and in his direction for your life is probably the hardest but most rewarding thing you will ever do. Trust him, and he will lift you up to become more than you could ever become on your own. You’ll be even more extraordinary than you already are. You’ll be a light to others. You’ll lift and inspire, because God will be working through you… and wherever there is flow, things grow.

I love this segment of Richard Bach’s book, Illusions:

Once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great crystal river.

The current of the river swept silently over them all – young and old, rich and poor, good and evil, the current going it’s own way, knowing only it’s own crystal self.

Each creature in it’s own manner clung tightly to the twigs and rocks of the river bottom, for clinging was their way of life, and resisting the current what each had learned from birth.

But one creature said at last, ‘I am tired of clinging. Though I cannot see it with my eyes, I trust that the current knows where it is going. I shall let go and let it take me where it will. Clinging, I shall die of boredom.’

The other creatures laughed and said, ‘Fool! Let go, and that current you worship will throw you tumbled and smashed against the rocks, and you will die quicker than boredom!’

But the one heeded them not, and taking a breath did let go, and at once was tumbled and smashed by the current across the rocks.

Yet in time, as the creature refused to cling again, the current lifted him free from the bottom, and he was bruised and hurt no more.

And the creatures downstream, to whom he was a stranger, cried

‘See a miracle! A creature like ourselves, yet he flies!’

So if you want be free, you have to trust in the flow. Avoid resistance to the challenges and hardships God provides, because they contain the key to your freedom. Accept them, face them, focus on the successful outcome of them.

If your money is to grow, it needs to flow. Let it flow through you and you’re living according to the principles of prosperity. Currency is meant to keep circulating… think “current-cy”! (A wonderful tip I received from one of our mentors in training… thanks, Ken!)

Exchange money for things that have greater value and your wealth will grow. I know, it’s counter-intuitive, but you must invest. Invest in yourself. Have the mental stamina to think long-term and plan for your prosperous future. Make sacrifices – and remember that a sacrifice is, by definition, giving something up for something greater.

What can you do with that $50 (or $500… whatever the case may be), that will put you in a position to be able to receive more than what you spent? If, for example, you have access to money at 2% interest and earn 10% on that money, you have created wealth in your life… and in the lives of the other parties involved. As money flows, wealth grows.

(Spend borrowed money on things that do NOT produce income, and you are on the wrong side of the wealth creation equation. Be careful. Let money flow, but choose carefully where you put it.)

Investment in education is an investment in your ability to produce greater income. Investment in your business is an investment in its ability to produce greater income. Put your money where it will help you earn more money. Eventually, it works for you while you’re sleeping. It purchases your freedom to focus on all that was neglected when lack of money was a constant concern.

So get a clear picture of life the way you want it to be. Set the firm intention, and focus on accomplishing it.

You already have all you need to get it done, right now. Just like the team on Apollo 13 had a limited pile of gadgets to work with, they nevertheless had all they needed to reverse the catastrophe and bring them all safely home.

Keep your thinking in check, and you’ll be able to arrange all that you have, already at your fingertips, in such a way that you’ll get safely to your destination as well.

Join the conversation and meet others who have YOUR same questions at the prosp
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The Law of Polarity – Principle of Prosperity

This Law states that everything of consequence has an opposite. You can’t fall six feet down from being only four feet up. You can’t turn left without coming from the right. “Yes” only exists because “No” does too; otherwise it would be meaningless. Good, bad. Dark, light. Male, female. Each one is meaningless without the other.

This law also states that contained in every situation there is “good” and “bad” that is equal and opposite to each other.

This means that when you experience a hardship, there is contained within it (by law) a blessing that is opposite and equal in degree. As Napoleon Hill said it, “Every adversity, every failure, and every heartache carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.”

What does this mean?

This means that you have valid reason to assign a positive meaning to every challenge that comes your way. When you choose to assign a positive meaning to your challenges, and allow those positive feelings to develop on an emotional level (gratitude is a good default emotion to generate) you automatically move the physical tool of your mind (that is, your body) into a positive vibration which, in turn, initiates a positive reaction in your direction from the world around you.

You’ve heard that every cloud has a silver lining… and it can be easy to brush the principle aside as cliché, but the truth is that you can depend on this principle. If you begin to look for, and expect to find the positive in your greatest dilemmas, you will discover it.

However, just because it exists does not mean that you will automatically glean the benefit from it. You must first know that it is there, and have a determination to find it.

You can turn every hardship into your benefit. You can always come out on top. You can always win, no matter what.

“Seek and ye shall find” is a true and dependable promise.

Sometimes the benefit happens simply because of our determination to not give up. Sometimes we glean all the positive that the hardship has to offer, simply because we chose to endure and make it through. Sometimes the challenge becomes our greatest blessing simply because we made a decision to face it directly and learn all the great and wonderful lessons that the hardship certainly contains.

In order to do this, we must accept it as it is, and allow ourselves to experience the full extent of the difficulty with a hope and expectation that the benefit will emerge in all its radiant glory. With that kind of hope and expectation, the benefit WILL emerge and bring you joy, even equivalent to your suffering. By law.

In fact, this means that if your heartache is only slight, the benefit it contains is small. If your dilemma is traumatic and catastrophic, then the benefit it contains is remarkable beyond words. If you avoid the pain of the heartache, you rob yourself of the joy that it also contains.

Instead of shrinking our ambitions to cope with the challenges we’ve been given, we need to let the challenges drive us to dream bigger than ever. Let your challenge be the thing that catapults you into a better life than you ever could have known without it.

Trust me, it is a principle you can depend on. Those with the greatest challenges have the greatest opportunity for … greatness!

Let me illustrate. This is from an email that my son forwarded to me last week. (If there are copyright issues with having these pictures on my blog, and if you are the copyright owner, please let me know.)

You thought the dog is imitating the man…..

Entertaining the college kids…right?

Now have a closer look…

So…

Get the message???

Despite being an animal he gets respect…

He gets a warm welcome everywhere…

He gets a pat on his shoulder…

He is STAND-ALONE

The doors are open for those who believe in themselves and have willpower, which can make an animal walk on TWO LEGS…!!

Now, what is YOUR handicap? What is YOUR excuse for not doing what you were born to do? What is it that has caused you to say, “Why me?” or, “It’s not fair!”

Remember, your hardship is a gift. God knows what he is doing with you. When you cease to resist and focus on becoming the best you can be, your hardship will launch you into the life of your dreams.

Resolve to find the benefit and you’ll always come out on top.

I look forward to your success! If, through a “tragedy”, a dog can discover his ability to walk like a man, what could YOU be capable of doing? All dogs COULD do what this dog did, but this one discovered his hidden ability only because of his tragedy. What is your tragedy? What hidden abilities will YOU discover?

Thank your Heavenly Father for the hardships that are yours, and ask him to show you what he’d have you do with them. You already walk; maybe now it’s time for you to SOAR.

Discover the power that comes from understanding ALL seven laws (including this Law of Polarity, at a deeper level) and let me help you transform your thought habits through the 8-week Jackrabbit Factor Ecourse. I’ll help you keep your head in the game well beyond the 21 days typically required to change a habit.

On the other hand, if you’re ready to dive in to experience a major transformation, now is the time to begin the Family Time & Money Freedom Home Study Program. There is no other system like it for preparing you to choose and achieve incredible goals. You’ll be a different, more empowered person. Imagine facing whatever life throws your way, with confidence and excitement about your future!

(Graduate with honors from this “FTMF” program, and you’ll be eligible to attend our exclusive 3-day mentor training program. More info to come; see you there!)

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Predicting Prosperity – Your Future is No Secret

Want to know where your life is headed? Pay attention to the things you think about when you don’t have to think about anything.

I was pondering this the other day when I realized that a number of things I had daydreamed about for years all had begun to materialize. Things that had consumed my thoughts at odd hours and random moments… and here they were: the physical manifestation of those things.

I was amazed and grateful, for new reinforcement that these principles are (still) true. (Yes, life has a way of challenging us anew at every level.)

Come to think of it, these daydreams of mine – consciously selected and cherished – have got to be some of the longest ones I’ve ever waited for. We’re talking about 25 years for one of them and about 8 years for the other, and both of them happened in just the last 2 weeks.

So, I reiterate: How can you know where your life is headed? Pay attention to the thoughts that fill your mind when you don’t have to be thinking about something else. Now is the time to choose your destiny… and it all begins with the seed of thought.

Choose carefully… you are literally the captain of your soul.

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Midnight Ramblings on the Law of Relativity

half-fullSo… I’ve been out of town for a month, and we’ve finally caught up on laundry and cleaned out the trailer and so forth, and here I have a quiet moment to prepare another article.

Hmmm… what shall be my topic?

Well, I’m just going to start rambling, and let’s see what comes out. This could be interesting, as it is after midnight (that’s why I have a quiet moment) and you never know what might come out when I should probably be asleep.

So… let’s talk about the Law of Relativity.

I picked this topic because it is something we all employ every day, whether we know it or not. When we use it properly, life gets better. When we use it improperly (which is the default setting for most of us), life seems hard.

The Law of Relativity states that nothing we experience is fundamentally good nor bad. Just like the immutable fact that “Energy Is”, each life experience we have also “Just Is”.

Let me explain:

Our mind has three main components: the conscious mind (our “aware” mind), the sub-conscious mind (which keeps our life-sustaining functions operating automatically), and our body (the “tool” of the mind).

When we gather data with our five physical senses, the information comes in with no inherent significance. It is our conscious mind which attaches “meaning” to the data input. Our conscious mind decides whether the experience is good or bad, strongly influenced by “programs” running constantly in the background of our sub-consciousness.

For example, if an income check arrives in the mail for $4000, the figure “Just Is”.

It simply – is – what – it – is.

For a person who has a subconscious program running that says he is accustomed to receiving income checks for $1500 at a time, the $4000 check he sees is GOOD, and would probably initiate very positive feelings.

However, for a person whose subconscious program says he is accustomed to receiving income checks for $22,000 at a time, the $4000 check will appear BAD and may initiate feelings of panic and despair.

The truth? The $4000 check JUST IS.

Without conscious mind interception, the person who sees it as bad will begin to FEEL bad, and by law, his body will begin to move into a “negative” vibration. In this condition, he is cut off from his personal link to inspiration: the instinctive part of him that can lead him to the very solution he needs.

In order to keep the channels of inspirational guidance open, he must remember that the $4000 check is not good nor bad, it just IS; and his conscious mind has a God-given ABILITY to purposely assign a positive meaning to the data input. By assigning a positive meaning to it, and feeling good about it (even though it is not what was expected), by law his body will move into a positive vibration and open the way for the solution to eventually be discovered.

How does this happen?

Well, when he chooses a grateful and positive state, he not only keeps the channels open with God, but also prepares himself to make connections with the right people who will say or do the right things to trigger the ideas which will open the way for him to come out on top in the long run… without fail, so long as he perseveres in the positive, hopeful, and expectant state.

(People around him will be attracted to him and his purpose, and he will find the right help from the right people, just at the right time.)

The Law of Relativity can help this happen.

Here’s how:

Whatever life delivers, know this: it Just Is. It is not good nor bad, until you compare it to something else. If you constantly feel life has been beating you down, it is because you have conditioned yourself to expect it should have delivered something different.

You have decided that what has happened, should NOT have happened to you.

However, the truth is that what has happened in your life is perfect – providing you gifts disguised as hardships, delivered on schedule according to a combination of natural law, your thoughts/actions, and the grand design of things; so that you could have opportunity through your free agency to find the “seed of equal or greater benefit” (promised by Napoleon Hill), and become a better, happier, more fulfilled person in the long run.

What is… is perfect. That disappointment, that heartache, that pain, that burden, is perfect, and is actually a gift.

Why?

Without the hardship, the benefit attached (that exists, by law, though not generally obvious) could never be yours.

The problem is that if we fail to discover the treasure contained in the hardship, we are given the “privilege” of experiencing it time and time again, until the lesson and benefit it contains is finally learned and enjoyed.

As James Allen describes in “As a Man Thinketh”, when a man completely and genuinely alters his thoughts about his [problem], and discovers the true perspective that God intends for him to adopt, it will “become so out of harmony with his mentality that it falls out of his life as a garment is cast aside, and, with the growth of opportunities, which fit the scope of his expanding powers, he passes out of it forever.”

How, then, do we change the way we feel about our troubles? How can we possibly assign positive meaning to something that seems so intolerable?

Use the Law of Relativity:

Think about how it could be worse, and simply generate feelings of gratitude that it isn’t.

Instead of using the Law against yourself, by constantly comparing your situation to others who appear more happy, work WITH the law by comparing your situation to how much worse it was before (as the case may be) or to how much worse it could be.

You have much to be grateful for, and genuine gratitude never goes unrewarded.

Here is a true story to help you feel better about your situation, because I am confident that you are not financially worse off than this:

Success Magazine did a piece on Donald Trump this month, and it stated, “Not everything has gone [Trump’s] way, of course. In the early 1990s, for example, Trump struggled to stay in business during a deep slump in the commercial real estate market. Unable to make payments on $9.2 billion in debt, he writes… that a low point came when he passed a beggar on the street and realized the beggar ‘was worth $9.2 billion more than [him].’”

Wow. Here, at his low point, Trump actually used the Law of Relativity against himself. How would you like to be financially worth nine billion dollars LESS than a beggar?

The good news is that he was smart enough to stop the negative thinking cycle, and consciously chose his focus. The article continues, “Trump says he recovered by concentrating on how to revive his business, and not panicking over its problems. ‘I focused on the solution, not the problems. I was steadfast in my positive approach. Sure I had a lot of big problems, but I regained my focus and just kept working at it, knowing it would work out.’”

His $9.2 billion negative net worth turned into billions in a positive net worth through his commitment to disciplined thoughts and actions. (Law of Polarity in action, too! Hmmm… I wonder, where now is the beggar?)

He who thinks his lot is the hardest (financial, or otherwise) has the greatest opportunity for joy and accomplishment, but it requires re-learning his understanding of the way life works. He must be as humble as a child, choose to worry not what anyone thinks of him, turn to God and consider the possibility that if he learns how God wants him to think, life will finally begin to improve.

If, after changing his thinking a bit, life hasn’t improved, or if he does not have the peace of mind and fulfillment he se
eks, then the thinking-alteration process is not yet complete.

Too many people refuse to consider that the way they think could actually be completely wrong. Of those who consider the possibility, too many lack the determination to discover the truth, which can be an exciting and joyful journey, or it can also be a time-consuming and uncomfortable process.

Either way, he who submits to it until the process is complete will experience uncommon freedom and fulfillment, enjoying a degree of serenity and achievement that could never be comprehended before.

So, how can a person know if his thinking is off-kilter?

If he is unhappy, there is some new thinking that God wants him to learn.

(Perhaps he must begin by choosing to believe that the above statement is true – because it might not be his present way of thinking to believe so.)

YOU might be thinking, “No, he is unhappy because he needs to behave differently.” The fact is, that all behavior springs forth out of that person’s way of thinking.

If we want to change our behavior we must begin with changed thoughts. If the behavior must be changed radically, then there must be a radical change in our way of thinking.

If we are unhappy, it is the unhappiness that is also a gift; an internal guidance system that keeps us searching until we find the answer. When the answer is found, we can experience true happiness – the kind that is deep and abiding.

If the happiness has not been found, the search is simply not over.

All aspirations have one ultimate purpose: to find happiness.

Here is a nugget of truth that, even when spelled out plainly, will elude the understanding of many, but it is one of profound truth:

When we cease to wait for external factors to “cause us to be happy” and rather find happiness and peace of mind just as our external factors are, ironically, that is when our circumstances finally begin to change. However, you must not seek happiness now for the purpose of changing your circumstances, or the “happiness” you find will not be the real thing. Your intentions will trap or liberate you, depending on what they are.

When happiness cannot be found “as things are”, then the promise “seek and ye shall find” guarantees that if you seek happiness, and you intend to find it without any alteration of external factors, then God will nudge you this way or that, and give you suggested action steps, that if you follow, will assuredly lead the way. It’s a guidance system you were given at birth which members of the Mormon faith refer to as the “Light of Christ.”

Happiness is a natural byproduct of lawful living, and by “lawful” I mean, living by the Laws of God. These are not just the 7 laws of success discussed in my Hidden Treasures book, but they also encompass the 10 Commandments, and so forth.

God’s laws were established and given to show us the way to happiness. Living by law is not restrictive, but liberating.

A kite may appear to be held down by the string, when in reality it is the “restrictive” string that keeps it in the air. Otherwise, it would be tossed about, only to ultimately crash into the ground.

The same goes for the Laws of God. On the surface it may appear that the laws are restrictive, keeping us from being free to do whatever we want to do. But like a kite without a string, when we disregard the laws of God, we feel free for a time, but will eventually come crashing down; and the only way to return to the freedom of the skies, so to speak, is to re-adhere to His law and LET the winds of life blow our way!

Allow the hardships to be the wind that keeps you soaring!

THAT’S how to soar.

THAT’S the formula for success:

Adhere to Law and let the stormy winds of life blow!

Don’t wish for no wind; don’t wish for no hardships, because without them you can have no true joy.

However, just because there is a stormy wind does not automatically mean the kite will fly; it must adhere to the string (law) and face the wind head-on.

Ease will never compare to joy.

So what is your goal? An easy life? Or happiness no matter what comes your way?

Well, that’s all for now. It’s nearly 2:30… I think I’ve rambled enough. 🙂

To your success!

Leslie Householder

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