Author Archives: Leslie

What Should I Do With All the Money?

thinking-manIf you’ve experienced a surge in income by applying the principles in my books (consciously or unconsciously), Congratulations!

But earning the money is only the first step. After that, it’s really important to be smart with it. So don’t stop learning, even if you achieved all the money you were after.

If you don’t want to become one of the “windfall casualties” you hear about in the news, you have to ask yourself again right now – what do you want your life to look like in 5-10 years? 20 years? After that?

When the money begins to flow, the natural temptation is to go buy all the goodies and gadgets you never could afford before. Maybe you’re not spendy, but while a lesser brand used to be just fine, you begin instead to purchase higher end items, because (perhaps) for the first time in your life, you finally can.

This is not a slam on high-end products. High-end often means the product will last longer, or perform better. But in many cases, it does not. Sometimes the marketing sells us on only the perceived (not real) value, and when money isn’t tight, we can become an easy sell.

On another note, it’s certainly reasonable to get caught up on neglected repairs, and reward yourself with some wonderful things, but most who feel the adrenaline of sudden perceived freedom can’t see clearly where to draw the line.

So unfortunately, those who get a QUICK windfall often find themselves back to broke in a very short period of time. They just can’t imagine unexpected market shifts or other setbacks that can cause similarly quick REVERSALS, unless they do the uncommon thing: jumping the tracks from a quick money mindset, to thinking slow, steady, and patiently about long-term strategies.

To do so is not common nor natural. It really takes conscious thought, and the practice of “delayed gratification”.

So, what should you do instead?

Goal #1: Build a steady and predictable passive cash flow

With the money you earn, begin building or investing in a passive income. Once the passive income exceeds your expenses, then you’re financially free.  A person with a million dollars in the bank and no cash flow is NOT free.

Related: Blood Banks and Your Finances – (this is really good!)

Goal #2: Wait until the extra income can pay for it

After some of your money has been converted into passive income, and after your passive income exceeds your expenses, then let the extra passive income pay for luxuries – if you choose to have them.

Either way, avoid building a luxury lifestyle on stagnant money (money in the bank instead of cash flowing money). And since “luxury” is relative, I’m talking about whatever is “luxury” to you.

It can wait.

Also, don’t spend all of your earnings on your lifestyle. It’s okay to downsize if it means improving your cash flow. It’s okay to buy used if it means you have more to invest. Unless you make some of these hard decisions, there may be nothing left to invest in your future – and your future self will be really frustrated with you!

So if you have money in the bank – invest it. 

Don’t let it just sit there, and don’t spend it on consumables. Learn how to earn a decent return on it. Convert it to cash flow.

If you run a business, or if you have discovered what Garrett Gunderson calls your “Soul Purpose” – that is often the most honorable place to put your stagnant money to good use. Plan A – Let it help you grow your own business cash flow.

Plan B – But if your business is more of a hobby, or if don’t have a business, or if you don’t know what your Soul Purpose ought to be, you can still put the money to work, so it can be growing while you figure it out. It could even fund your Soul Purpose, so that you can do what you love because you enjoy it, instead of doing it because you HAVE to make it pay. 

How to make it grow? One way to build a steady, long-term cash flow is by investing in real estate. And I’m not talking about the quick buck; I’m talking about the boring side of long-term real estate investments.

But not just any long-term real estate; it has to be the right kind, in the right location. (Sadly, most areas in the country today are NOT right for the 7-10 year strategy I want to share with you.)

What’s better?

Would you rather have a doctor’s income of $250,000 annually and an upper-class lifestyle but no passive income, or be a contractor with a modest income and one-million in assets? What about a teacher who only makes $40K/year, but discovered how to pick up some cash flowing real estate rentals that provide her with an additional $4000/mo passive income?

There are 3 types of wealth – but only one of them provides true freedom, and it doesn’t matter how much you make. With some preparation and planning, anyone can get into the game.

Click to watch the 1-minute, 44 second video below:

Reality Check (and a true confession)

Did you know real estate played a big part in our first financial breakthrough?

We went from broke and falling behind, with ZERO real estate investing experience and no money in the bank, to nearly $300K cash tax-free in just a few years, because of real estate. And it’s true, we didn’t know how to reinvest it, or where to draw the line on our spending. We had been so broke for so long, that when the money finally showed up, (and even though we TRIED to be smart with it), we still made some foolish mistakes that we didn’t fully recognize until many years later.

So we made a lot, (and lost a lot), but most importantly, LEARNED a lot.

That’s why we’re more attracted than ever to the slow and boring long-term strategies that StrongBrook is helping us implement now. We are happy and satisfied to grow at something closer to nature’s pace. To me, it feels more reassuring to work with the laws of success towards a life-plan, instead of the quick and big (but repeatedly needed) windfall.

I think it was our setbacks and the pain that accompanied them that brought us to this place where we both have more patience in the slow growth process. I’d rather it come long and solid now, instead of quick, big, and fleeting!

So as long as we hold our vision for where we want to be in 10 or 20 years, I am happy to trust the principles will continue to steer us, and I’m actually enjoying the journey more than ever. Going more slowly allows me to take more time for myself and for my family. It just feels right.

What We’re Doing Now

My husband and I are now working with our long time friend Gary Norris and preparing to build a retirement portfolio through StrongBrook – a research / property acquisition / management team that does all the heavy lifting for us – all the real estate work that we used to do for ourselves, but which we don’t have time for anymore.

Leslie-with-Gary-Carolyn-Norris

with Carolyn and Gary Norris

Rebel-tshirts-Trevan-Leslie

My husband and I with Gary’s cool t-shirts ;)

StrongBrook does all of this for its investors:

  • Identifies the right cash flow and growth markets
  • Shops the auctions
  • Rehabs the properties
  • Finds the renters
  • Manages the rentals

…so that the investors don’t have to. This has become part of our long-term retirement plan, and we invite you to check it out for yourself.*

Funny Story: How (and why) we got involved

Gary Norris has been a great friend and support since we met in 2007; and as an avid Jackrabbit Factor fan, he has generously helped me spread my message on his radio show, and through live events for many years.

More recently, Gary has been bringing investors to this portfolio-building opportunity for a couple years, and so his wife recently asked me to speak at one of their date-night socials at Kris Krohn’s home. Kris is the company founder.

Leslie-at-Kriss-Strongbrook Leslie-speaking-at-Kris-Krohn-strongbrook

 

 

 

 

That was my first real introduction to what StrongBrook does, and as BURNED as we felt from failed investments of the past, I was shocked to learn something that changed my tainted perspective on the topic of real estate – something I didn’t think could happen.

I recorded the conversation and then took it home to my husband. It shifted his perspective just as powerfully as it did mine.

What I heard there (while I waited for my turn to speak) made all the difference.

* Your Next Step

If you want to know what changed my mind about real estate:

1) Click here to listen to the first 30 minutes or so I played for my husband. You can also hear the 1-hour presentation I gave the group afterward on mindset – some new stuff on the principles you probably haven’t heard before.

(I’ll leave it up for FREE until December 15. After that, it will only be available to our paid FTMF participants and Insider’s Club Members.)

StrongBrook-screenshot-game-plan2) Click to request a FREE GAME PLAN from an adviser at StrongBrook Corporate Office.

(Look for the big Red Button in the upper right of the webpage)

During your telephone appointment, you’ll tell them how much of a passive monthly income you would like to create (and your target retirement date), and they will reverse-engineer a strategy that will help you build the right real estate portfolio to accomplish that goal.

If you can’t invest in real estate now, they can still show you how you can break into the game when the time is right.

It’s all about planning ahead – creating that long-term strategy to get you where you want to be. You have nothing to lose by learning more about the possibilities.

We hope you will join us. Click here to request your FREE, no-obligation Game Plan now.

Prosper on!

Share YOUR Story!

Have you experienced a significant life-shift from any of my books or trainings? Can I celebrate your victory with you?

47tips-share-your-storyIf you’ve read one of my books (such as The Jackrabbit Factor or Hidden Treasures: Heaven’s Astonishing Help with Your Money Matters), or if you’ve experienced one of my trainings (such as the Visual Aid that Changed Everything, the FTMF Program or Genius Bootcamp), you just might have a story to share.

If you’re willing to share your story,  you might get featured in my blog, and/or an upcoming issue of the [47tips] Newsletter!

Simply follow these instructions below. I encourage you to write it in a separate Word document or Notepad (saving often), and then copy the final draft in a message to me. Okay? Here we go:

1) Create a compelling headliner

Sum it up in one sentence. Begin with what book/program/video/training you experienced, and end with how it helped.

Here are some examples (please notice, it doesn’t have to be a huge victory by anyone else’s standards, it can be huge for YOU, and that’s good enough!)

  • “After reading Hidden Treasures, I stopped worrying about the future.”
  • “After reading The Jackrabbit Factor, I was able to take my family of 6 to Hawaii – our first real vacation EVER!”
  • “After completing the FTMF program, I was able to retire from my medical practice.”
  • “After watching the Stickman Video, I found the courage to ask for a $6000 annual raise – and I got it!”
  • “After being in the Insider’s Club for just 4 weeks, I was finally able to forgive a grudge I had been carrying for 25 years.”
  • “After attending Genius Bootcamp, I thought of an idea that would double our income, and we did it last year!”

2) Fill in the details

Now that you’ve summed it up in one little headline, now tell me the rest of the story. I’d love to hear it all, from start to finish. There is no restrictions on word count, but just understand that if I use it in an upcoming newsletter, I may need to edit it for brevity. By submitting your story, you agree to allow such edits. I will always preserve the meaning, context, and intent, but reserve the right to make length and grammatical clarity adjustments as needed.

3) Tell who you are!

Be sure to leave your name the way you want it printed. You can provide your full name, or you can sign it with your initials. Tell us where you’re from, if you’d like. If you have a website, be sure to include the URL. If it is appropriate for our purposes, we may hyperlink to your site.

4) Submit your responses using my contact form, or simply reply to this thread below.

By submitting your story, you grant us permission to use your comments in my newsletter or other promotional materials.

Thank you!

Mission Impossible (and other outrageous lies)

Leslie Householder: “Mission Impossible and Other Outrageous Lies” – presentation at the…

winter-homeschool-conf

You (and your children) were put on this planet with an inborn desire to find and accomplish your unique life’s mission – one that will become your passion, purpose, meaningful contribution to the world, and ultimately, your legacy.

The world would have you believe that you are not good enough, smart enough, strong enough, or clever enough to discover and accomplish that mission. It would have you believe that your mission is not just impossible to identify or define, but even more impossible to complete.

Not true! Through humor and other surprises, this class will reveal secrets that can help you gain the advantage, insight, and empowerment you need to get excited about you future and stay on track, as well as the inner peace of mind and confidence that you will need to succeed at whatever you are called upon to do.

I’m speaking at the Winter Homeschool Conference in Ogden Utah on Saturday, January 31st, 2015, and even if you don’t homeschool, you’re welcome to come listen to this powerful presentation!

Click here to learn more and register.

November Specials

holiday-specials

Why wait for Black Friday or Cyber Monday?

For the first time ever, I’m opening up our seasonal sale early, so that you don’t have to feel rushed or stressed about “missing” out on the typical 24-hour (or weekend) event.

It’s time for a NEW (and more affordable!) dose of…

hope ~ empowerment ~ enlightenment

Knowledge is the greatest investment you can make in yourself and in those you love – because it lasts the longest and can have the longest effect.

Click here to see what’s on sale from now through November 30!

Save up to 60% on select items (while supplies last) – these are some of the best deals you’ll see all year!

All the best,

Leslie

Hope Like a Balloon

Positive Thinking Tip: buoyant thoughts do more than just help you feel good; they lift you above adversity like helium in a balloon.

Balloon BoyDo you remember how magical your first helium balloon was?  When you were a child, were you astounded at its buoyancy?  Everything you knew fell downward… except that beautiful, shiny ball in the air.

As you got older, maybe you were like me and allowed it to be a commonplace phenomenon.

Still, every time I stop to think about it, my spirits are lifted as I watch its pull in the opposite direction of everything else around it.

All it is, is a rubber container full of a gas that happens to be lighter than the oxygen/carbon dioxide mixture in the air.

When the balloon is full of that lighter gas, it naturally rises above its surroundings.

Our thoughts, kept buoyant by focusing on the positive side of things, also have the ability to pull us up and out of our downer circumstances.

Every time you consciously choose a solution-oriented, hopeful, enthusiastically-expectant-of-good-things kind of thought, you fill your mind with stuff that is lighter in nature than the common thoughts of negativity and discouragement.

Fill your mind with enough light-thinking, and in time, you’ll very naturally rise above the gunk.  The stuff that pulls you down will fall out of your life like ballast out of a hot air balloon.

For a tank full of helium of the mind, I strongly recommend the Jackrabbit Factor.

I’ll help you keep your thoughts buoyant.  I’ll fill your mind with the stuff you need to rise above your challenges, no matter what they are.  To your success!

Originally published Oct 27, 2009

About Bouncing Back from the Real Estate Crash

lossesI received a tender email recently from one of my readers. Some stories I hear are very sacred and I have to be careful and respectful about what is made public, but through this one, I want you to see that answers to prayer are very real. It’s my hope that by sharing this, you can feel increased hope and faith that your prayers can be answered too.

She wrote:

“We experienced some huge financial losses with the real estate crash. We were left with about $1 million of debt to family and friends who were in secondary loan positions on a failed real estate project. I have received several [impressions] over the last 10 years… that we would help people throughout the world financially. It seems like we’ve been headed in the opposite direction of [that promise].

“About 30 days ago I started asking different questions of Heavenly Father. I asked Him to teach me the laws of abundance and to show me what I needed to do in our real estate business and in our other business to have the wealth that He promised. Within days I was led to the Jackrabbit Factor and Hidden Treasures. I see now that they were brought to me as a direct answer to my prayers. Even as I write this, the Spirit is testifying with so much power in my heart that He led me to these principles as a result of my asking.

“I cannot thank you enough for being a vessel for Him to teach me and thousands of others these principles. I can see that Heavenly Father desires to bless us so much more than we even begin to recognize. The power of asking and the power of gratitude is so amazing! Last week Heavenly Father told me to begin a gratitude journal. He told me to write 10 things in the morning and 10 things at night. That has blessed me so amazingly! I find myself overwhelmed with gratitude. I am beginning to see the power of gratitude in receiving the abundance that is all around us.

“About 10 days ago I told Heavenly Father that we needed $5000 as soon as possible. I wrote it down in my journal and I asked Him what I needed to do to receive it. The impression came that I needed to follow the laws of thought that you have taught me. I thought the money would come a certain way and it didn’t.

“About a week later a woman called from a postcard we sent out that said we wanted to buy her house. She said that her mother had died 18 months ago and she just wanted to walk away from the house owing nothing. We figured it out and it needed about $7000 of fix up and we would make about $18,000 profit. I told my husband that I was going to borrow $12,000 on the house, $7k for the fix up and $5k for profit taken up front. He agreed that that was a good idea.

“I bought the house the day after we first saw it with zero out-of-pocket. She signed over the house and just let us take over the payments. We borrowed the $12,000 the day after that. The morning that I received the $12,000 I was looking at my journal and saw where I had written the $5000 goal. The Spirit witnessed to me that this deal that we had just done was a direct result or answer to my plea for $5000. I never thought that the $5000 would come from this source but He showed me that I don’t have to know how it’s going to come, just that it will come.

“Thank you again so very very very much for generously sharing the things you learned.”

This is why I share my books for free. If you haven’t read them yet, you can request them here: The Jackrabbit Factor: Why You Can and Hidden Treasures: Heaven’s Astonishing Help with Your Money Matters.

Power, Strength, Endurance

ScripturesI attended a meeting at church with my junior high/high school aged children on Sunday night and was inspired by the message they received.

I’ve noticed that I can get weary easily. I run, run, run throughout the day to get everything done, and by 4 or 5 pm I’m depleted. I drag myself to the kitchen to make dinner, and have nothing left of myself for the family, sometimes until the next morning.

So when the speaker began talking about something that would give the youth power, strength, and endurance to face (and conquer) all that challenges their sense of identity as children of God, and puts at risk their ability to enjoy true happiness in spite of their difficulties, I listened, for my own sake.

He reminded us of the power that comes from studying the scriptures. Not just reading here and there to say you did, but to really search them, make them a priority. He said that missionaries who dedicate two years of their life to serving God have incredible stamina, extra strength, and tenacious endurance, because they get up early and study the scriptures for an hour every day.

However, there are some sad statistics indicating that when missionaries return home, within 2 weeks, 8 out of 10 of them find themselves neck-deep in pornography, and within a year, 1 out of 3 of them find themselves without faith.

Faith is the fuel of life. It is the source of true happiness. To believe in God even if you can’t see him is to find happiness when life is difficult, to find joy in spite of difficulty. Life is hard for all of us… but those who find faith also find joy anyway.

So how do these missionaries lose ground so quickly? He said that when they come home, they get back with friends and family and stay up late into the night sharing stories from their mission, miracles they witnessed, faith-promoting experiences that would surely change their life forever.

Then in the morning, the voice in their head says, “You served an honorable mission, I’m so proud of you… you deserve a little break.” So they sleep in, and then stay up late again the next night, visiting with more friends and family, sharing more faith-promoting stories, and then sleeping in the next day.

These fine young missionaries haven’t slept in a single day for two years, and now they’re enjoying a little break… after all, they deserve it, right?

But in the morning, they wake late and don’t have time to study their scriptures for an hour like they’ve done for the previous two years. They are not replenishing the oil in their lamp, and within two weeks, it’s gone. So when they find themselves playing a game on the computer (or surfing Facebook perhaps), and pornography pops up, they don’t have the strength to click off.

The contrast of feelings is overwhelming. The heaviness and loss of self control they feel is completely the opposite of the joy and freedom they experienced on their mission. Some wake up at that point and do the hard things to put their life back on track, but some don’t, and within a year have totally lost sight of who they are and how to live strong and happy.

The source of that strength they felt for the two years prior was the Word of God.

So as I listened to the speaker, I realized that I have been feeling weary because I have not made scripture study the priority that it has been at other times in my life. I might read every day, but it hasn’t been first thing in the morning. I can see the wisdom of making an intentional study at the beginning of the day, to provide the strength, the oil for my lamp, that I will need for the following 16 hours. No wonder I’ve been running out of stamina after only about 8.

So I began again yesterday, waking early, eager to study the scriptures first. And the inspiration I received has helped me and my family turn a corner, I think. It feels good. I had all the strength I needed until I eventually hit the sack at 11. I felt like I was my better self practically the whole day.

I need this strength. Life is hard and beats us down on a daily basis. But I’ve just re-discovered the power, strength, and endurance that comes from feasting on the Word of God.

(My scripture of choice was Isaiah, for Christ said, “search these things diligently; for great are the words of Isaiah” – I’m telling you what, that’s no small task, but even the effort alone has provided the oil for my lamp that I needed that day.)

Getting Organized: after 9 years, finally naming our school

regents-logoI attended a wonderful meeting last week with experts on the subject of homeschooling through high school. Many people who decide to homeschool panic when their youth reach about age 14. This is because they are hyper-concerned about being able to meet all of their students’ academic and social needs.

At the meeting I learned how to create a transcript for my homeschooled children, and why I’m allowed to. This is particularly important to me right now, because my 16 year-old daughter is signing up for her first college class (online) and the University needs her transcript to process her application. They asked for a transcript, even knowing she is homeschooled. When I told him I didn’t really have one, he explained that they simply want to see a list of the subjects she has studied, and how well she has performed.

My goodness, it’s so easy to overcomplicate things. Even after 9 years of being unplugged, the more I learn about homeschooling, the more I realize how simple it is.

The idea of a transcript is to simply describe what our students have learned in a language that the colleges will understand. That’s it! As the administrator of our homeschool, I just have to think about what my children have been doing in terms of estimated hours spent, and evaluate the quality of their work and issue the grades.

So, how do you quantify their educational experience when it hasn’t really been tracked, and when the time spent on each subject is not scheduled or measured?

(We haven’t been measuring their work by grades, because as far as I’m concerned, all of their academic work is simply unfinished until it’s good enough for an A. I don’t say, “Okay, that’s a D… moving on.” No, it’s just unfinished until it’s an A, even if it sits unfinished for a year. If it really needs to be done, it will eventually get done, and it will be done well.)

To answer the question, “How do you quantify their educational experience?” I found some posted guidelines for evaluating credit for a course. You’ll see that the Homeschool Legal Defense Association explains that that if a child has spent between 120-180 hours on any one given subject, it can count as a high school credit, particularly if it covers material at the high school level.

As for the transcript, here is an outline from one University (not a homeschooler’s blog) that describes under what conditions a homeschool transcript would be considered official.

They even provided a template, instructions, and guidance on how to create the transcript. Keep in mind that each University will have its own guidelines and requirements, and many of them probably do not have posted instructions specifically for homeschoolers. But it’s catching on. Universities and community colleges are learning that homeschoolers are valuable in many ways, and are thus providing more resources, programs, and guidance for this growing sector.

Case in point: take a look at this – it just might blow your mind

Anyway, it’s been fun and enlightening to start gathering the list of the things our kids have studied for their official high school transcript. The list is much longer than I thought it would be. I feel like we’ve just been living life and exploring whatever interests us. 

So here are a few examples of how I am applying what I’ve learned this week. Besides counting up their hours and accomplishments in their core academic subjects:

~ I’m going to give Kayli (16) and Jared (15) an elective credit for Drama because they each spent over 200 hours to practice, prepare, and perform in an outdoor theatrical pageant a few summers ago in New York. The production consisted of nearly 800 cast members, and since the majority of them were teenagers and adults, I feel it is reasonable to say that it provided at least a  high school level experience.

~ Jared could legitimately have tons of Computer Science credit, because he will have easily logged 180 hours – in just the last 2 months. For what he’s done over the last 3 years, I could even break it down into a number of different courses, such as 1/2 credit for Programming in Flash (because of the 52 weeks he spent with a private tutor to learn it), 1/2 credit for an online class in Application Design and Marketing (which he will be completing through an online course soon), and a full credit each for Intro to Computers and Intro to Computer Network Administration (because of the more than 15,000 hours he has dedicated to learning the ins and outs of the Computer World.) 

15,000 hours is much more time than is necessary for a high school diploma, because it would only be considered an elective, and he doesn’t need that many electives. Still, it’s fun to calculate and quantify his educational experience. It’s also made me realize that much of what he has already done with computers would exceed the education he might have received at a technical college. He might not have the classroom time, but what technical college student has 15,000 hours available to dedicate to a computer class?

Back to the transcript…

~ There is even something called Career Technical Experience (CTE) that I am adding to Kayli’s transcript, which gives high school credit for relevant, real-world learning opportunities. She has spent between 300-400 hours assembling automated online marketing campaigns for over 300 small businesses in the last 2 years, so I am going to give her a Business Marketing credit on her transcript. Even if it’s just an elective, this helps to highlight that accomplishment.

~ Something else I will be able to add to Kayli’s transcript will come from that BYU Idaho Medical Terminology class that begins next month. By completing that course, she will get a high school science credit AND college credit. (Since she has not yet graduated from high school, it is called dual-enrollment.) 

But here’s the main reason for my post tonight:

At the top of her transcript, I needed to put a school name. Not to pretend that we’re something that we’re not, but because the colleges WANT us to make it easy for them to understand what our students’ experience has been. They WANT us to present their credentials in the language to which they are accustomed. They WANT me to decide when I consider my students graduated – I’m the one who decides that. I don’t need to ask any other official of any other organization if they think she’s ready to advance – as the administrator, guidance counsellor, program / staff coordinator, and instructor, that’s my job. It’s nice to know the college recognizes me as such, and that they want and trust my honest evaluation of her as a potential incoming student.

So after 9 years of providing K-12 Private Instruction, we finally have a name. It feels great to be taking our establishment to a more organized level:

Take a look HERE

I’m not going to spend a lot of time updating or maintaining our school website; I’m just excited to finally have an official presence in case an admissions clerk needs to learn more about the school we’ve named on our official transcript.

Plagiarism?

PlagiarismMonitor

I received a nastigram in my email this morning, accusing me of plagiarism in my book Hidden Treasures. I thought you might find the interaction interesting, so I’ll share it below:

Subject: Plagiarize Much?

Hidden Treasures:

Lessons:
1-­‐Law of Perpetual Transmutation
2-­‐Law of Relativity
3-­‐Law of Vibration
4-­‐Law of Polarity
5-­‐Law of Rhythm
6-­‐Law of Cause and Effect
7-­‐Law of Gender and Gestation
Bonus: Vacuum Law of Prosperity

……….

The Kybalion:

The Seven Hermetic Principles, upon which the entire Hermetic Philosophy is based, are as follows:
I. THE PRINCIPLE OF MENTALISM.
II. THE PRINCIPLE OF CORRESPONDENCE.
III. THE PRINCIPLE OF VIBRATION.
IV. THE PRINCIPLE OF POLARITY.
V. THE PRINCIPLE OF RHYTHM.
VI. THE PRINCIPLE OF CAUSE AND EFFECT.
VII. THE PRINCIPLE OF GENDER.

……….

A quick search of your document reveals no mention of the source material. Clearly, crediting your sources (an action which demonstrates gratitude) comes in at a distant second to your own self aggrandizement.

This is not meant to cast aspersion, as I am as ego bound, mortal, and fallible as anyone else.

It simply means, based on this (in)action, I must now consider you as a person of dubious integrity.

(Isn’t it interesting how quick humans can be at passing judgment based on a “quick search of a document”?)

Here is my reply to the accusation:

Thank you for your email. I do very clearly state [in my book] that this is not my information, and I do explain where I obtained it, which was from Bob Proctor. I had never heard of the Kybalion, nor have I ever been aware of the Seven Hermetic Principles. I also state that Bob Proctor will be the first to tell you that he didn’t create the information himself either.

From my ebook p 21-22: “So what are some of these “laws of our being,” anyway? This book will discuss the following seven laws. These are the names by which I learned them. Although I have seen them called different things, these are the terms I will use:

The Law of Perpetual Transmutation
The Law of Relativity
The Law of Vibration
The Law of Polarity
The Law of Rhythm
The Law of Cause and Effect
The Law of Gender/Gestation

While I learned these ideas from Bob Proctor, founder of Life Success Productions, he will be the first to tell you that they weren’t his original ideas either. Having been a VP of Sales for the Nightingale-Conant Corporation many years ago, he drew from his thirty years of study and reduced the best of the best ideas to their simplest and most precise form. Following is my own spiritual angle on a few of his philosophies.”

I have often wondered where the ideas all began, as there are many, many teachers who have passed the information along. I’m not sure even that The Kybalion is the first place it was said. Could be, but I don’t know. I can only cite the sources that I’m aware of, and that is what I have already done.

Thank you for the reference!

Warm regards,

Leslie

His reply:

No offense was intended, I merely chose harsh words to insure I grabbed your attention.

And mine:

No need, I usually read all of my mail, and respond to most of it already :)

And his:

For your reference. (Then he attached a copy of his other source)

And mine:

Awesome, thank you!

It would be interesting to know the true original source if there really is one. The Kybalion talks about these secrets that have been passed down, so even it doesn’t appear to be the true original.

I have sometimes wondered why my teachers didn’t “cite” sources more, and came to the conclusion that the ideas are so ancient, and they have spread so wide and far, and it has been taught and described by so many authors, that the ideas themselves have been public domain for centuries.

Interestingly, I’ve even had the experience of writing something that feels like a new original thought (because it didn’t come from anything I had read or heard), only to find out that someone else had experienced the same “download” and wrote about it as well.

I’m convinced that true principles are given to people directly from God, and nobody can claim original ownership of the idea. In this case, I certainly don’t attempt to :)

And his:

Speaking as one Mormon [or Christian] to another, they don’t cite their sources because they don’t want to be burned at the stake!  Those of us in the know are constantly chuckling at [another teacher's] material, because it comes directly from ritual magic…

Also, let me take this opportunity to apologize for my original tone.  I generally take the extreme position for maximum contrast and learning.  Yes, it makes me a bit of an a**, but it also stirs things up, so I’m OK with it.

Okay I just want to say that I’m grateful that I learned the principles from Bob Proctor, because he presented it in a way that kept my mind open long enough to grasp them without prejudice. He shared them as true principles, which I now know that they are. And if they are indeed true, then they are from God. But yes, we need to be careful – and I think this analogy will help you understand why:

The law of attraction is a power that allows us to CO-create with God. But it is very much like PRO-creation, in that deep and enduring pain can result if the power is utilized in the wrong time, place, or circumstances.

There IS a right and worthy way, and a proper time and place. But there is also a wrong and unworthy way, and inappropriate times and places.

The power of both Co-creation and Pro-creation is divine, but it’s how and when we use it that determines whether it is either good or evil.

So just because occultists have used it doesn’t make the power evil, and just because Christian people use it, it doesn’t make the power good. The power just is. Whether it produces good or evil is up to the individual who applies it.

I’ve learned that the most right and worthy use of CO-creation is when we are trying to accomplish something that God has asked us to do, which at the time may seem impossible. We are to discover the ‘way prepared that we may accomplish’ whatever we’ve been directed to do. This can include temporal concerns like getting out of debt or creating a successful business, but it also includes finding healing from emotional and physical troubles. In every case, it most certainly includes action on our part and ‘seeing’ it done with an eye of faith before we begin the process.

Related: Human Empowerment in Perspective

What about the claim that the information comes from ‘ritual magic’? I responded:

Also, about [the other teacher] – that’s very interesting! I’ve spent a lot of time with him as he mentored me several years ago. I can tell you firsthand that he is one of these people who gets his own download quite regularly. If the things he shares are “directly from ritual magic” then I would attribute that to the fact that truth is truth, and truth seekers will find it, or ‘tap into it’ directly, even without reading each other’s materials.

As Brigham Young said, “The Gospel that I have embraced comprehends all truth. “How much of it is true?” All of it. “How much does it embrace?” All the truth that there is in the heavens, on the earth, under the earth; and if there is any truth in hell, this doctrine claims it.”

In fact, Brigham Young said this so many times in so many ways, he must have meant it! Here’s another one:

“What does the word ‘Mormon’ mean? In the strict sense, and as it was translated by the ancients, it means ‘more good,’” LDS Church leader Brigham Young said in 1871. “‘Mormonism’ embraces all the truth that there is in heaven and on the earth; and if there is any in hell it belongs to us. Every truth in the sciences and in the arts, and all the knowledge that God has given to man,” he continued, was incorporated in “what the world calls ‘Mormonism.’”

And another one:

“It is our duty and calling, as ministers of the same salvation and Gospel, to gather every item of truth and reject every error. Whether a truth be found with professed infidels, or with the Universalists, or the Church of Rome, or the Methodists, the Church of England, the Presbyterians, the Baptists, the Quakers, the Shakers, or any other of the various and numerous different sects and parties, all of whom have more or less truth, it is the business of the Elders of this Church (Jesus, their Elder Brother, being at their head) to gather up all the truths in the world pertaining to life and salvation, to the Gospel we preach, … to the sciences, and to philosophy, wherever it may be found in every nation, kindred, tongue, and people and bring it to Zion.”

And another one:

“I want to say to my friends that we believe in all good. If you can find a truth in heaven, earth or hell, it belongs to our doctrine. We believe it; it is ours; we claim it.”

And as I explain it in one of my other blog posts: “People sometimes fear information related to the law of attraction because it dances dangerously close to greed, selfishness, instant gratification, or even witchery.  True principles will always have their counterfeit or misuse. When people know more about the counterfeit versions than they do the true and correct principles, the resemblance between the two can be enough to make them run the other way.”

Related: the day I found out I was on a list of people who have gone to the devil. 

Anyway, back to plagiarism. I would think it amiss for I, or any other author who captures the principles in print to claim ‘ownership’ of them. Nobody can ‘own’ a principle – they are transcendent and eternal. We may claim ownership of the ‘way’ we describe it, but there can be no real ownership of the principle itself.

Looking at Life with New Eyes

Jodi-foster2

The following clip metaphorically captures my experience before and after deciding to home school. This is just MY experience. I loved my public education and have tremendous respect for those who serve so diligently in the system. Their dedication deserves so much more reward and respect than is given. Home schooling isn’t for everyone. But if you’ve been feeling pulled in that direction, I understand your fear. Maybe this video describes you too, particularly at timestamp 3:06, when something is put before you that causes you to look at your current struggle with new eyes.

For more about why I homeschool and how I found the courage to take the leap, CLICK HERE.