Thank God, We’re Rich!
Most people pray asking for things. “Please help me find a job.” “Please heal my sick mom, aunt, cousin.” There’s nothing wrong with these types of prayers. But the prayers
that work best are prayers of gratitude, because those prayers aren’t coming from a needy energy. “Thank-you prayers” are awesome because they help you to get in touch with what’s already great in your life. Gratitude is a great space to be in. It feels amazing and it’s magnetically attractive to more of the good things we want. Next time you pray, instead of an “asking-for” prayer, try saying a prayer of gratitude or thanks. “Thank you, God, for all of the blessings and abundance in my life. Amen.”
And if you want to take it to the next level, start adding in prayers of gratitude in advance for all the things you’re looking forward to having in your life.
Test Your Abundance Levels
It may not feel like it, but whatever you want, you already have. And by letting go of the feeling that you lack something, you can start to find that you already have it, or at least some of it. Let’s look at health abundance.
If you want to be healthy, start appreciating how healthy you already are. Start appreciating what’s already working in your body. The human body needs to be 99 percent healthy just to be alive. So if you’re alive—and I assume you are if you’re reading this—then your body is so, so, so, soooo healthy. Think about what it takes to be alive. All the organs, cells, our nervous system, chemical reactions, atoms, and molecules that need to be working in harmony just to keep us taking our next breath.
If you want greater financial abundance, instead of suffering through feelings of inadequacy or fear, take a moment to appreciate what you have. If you want money, and you discover one dollar in your wallet, you have what you want. Maybe not as much as you want, but you do have what you want. If you get into a state of appreciation, you’ll start attracting more money—maybe you’ll realize you have an account you forgot about, or you’ll find a $20 bill in an old pair of jeans, or you’ll get a raise or a big bonus at work, or you’ll attract some new, amazing opportunity into your life.
The Peace Process
With the Peace Process, we invite the feelings to be felt fully. We go into the eye of the hurricane where those feelings are most intense. We surrender and let the feeling we’ve zeroed in on completely take over and run its course.
The best time to work the Peace Process is right when you’re feeling something come up. Sometimes that isn’t practical. For example, right before you must go into a big meeting (or right during the meeting). In these cases, wait until you have 15 to 20 minutes to be by yourself, free of distractions, and then sit somewhere quiet and follow the steps below until you come to a place of peace. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can work through those feelings, and release the blocks that are getting in the way of your living your best life.
Step 1: Find the Feeling.
Step 2: Give It Attention.
Step 3: Be Unconditionally Loving (or Accepting).
Step 4: Focus on the Eye of the Storm.
Step 5: Let It Breathe.
Step 6: Get to Peace.
Step 7: Enjoy Permanent Peace.
To make sure you’ve cleared the negative feelings completely, think about the situation, problem, or fear that was bothering you. Notice whether you feel anything other than peace, love, or joy. If you do, repeat this process. Sometimes there are several layers that need to be processed. However, in most cases you’re now free of the fear or angst that was causing unease and keeping you from being at your best. This is the place from which you want to make decisions or take action. This place of peace is where you can achieve your highest potential, where you feel permanent peace around a situation that may have totally owned you in the past.
You Are Loved, Deeply Loved
You can only experience the amount of love from the universe and from people you care about, in proportion to how much you’re willing to give to yourself and accept for yourself. The entire universe is just trying to shower so much love in your life. We can freak out and feel like it’s too much: I don’t know if I can handle that much love. I don’t know if I can handle that much joy, that much success, and that much abundance. Yes, you can. It might be scary, but let it in anyway. Let it in. Let yourself love yourself more and more every day.
Remember, all fears are fears of feelings, and if we can be with our feelings, have the courage to feel our feelings instead of stuffing them down, hiding them in the closet, or distracting ourselves, we can heal. Sure, we’re all going to stuff our feelings and distract ourselves sometimes, and that’s okay, but just realizing you’re trying to run from the feeling is huge. When you realize you’re trying to run, tell yourself, I’m trying to run from this thing; let me work on this. I surrender. I’ll find where the feeling is most intense. I’ll be present to it. I’ll send it love.
Don’t pile on the extra layers of I feel weak and powerless. I’m so ashamed of being weak and powerless. I hate myself for being so shameful. Hating hurt doesn’t help. You are weak. It’s okay. So am I. We all are. You’re also strong.
We Have All the Time in the World
What would you do if you had all the time in the world? What would you do if you had total time freedom to do whatever you want to do with whomever you want to do it, wherever you want to do it? Where would you go? What would you do?
Whatever most people would do with that day, it would change their lives for a little while, then they’d get so used to having that extra day it would become like all the other days of the week, and they’d feel just as overwhelmed as they always have. Why is that? Why is it that we have total control of all seven days of the week, that we can decide how much time we want to spend doing the things we want to do, yet we don’t?
Sure, you might have a regular job working a certain number of hours a week, but you have all the time in the morning before work. In the evening. On weekends, holidays, and “well days” (when you can take off from work just because you’re happy, feeling good, and want to take time off). We’ve got time, yet often, most of us fill that time with just getting things done. If we have something exciting going on in our lives, we’re more likely to wrap our time around it, instead of just surfing the web or watching TV and letting our free time pass us by.
Success Is Inevitable
The biggest successes are often the people who are willing to take risks and fail the most. J. K. Rowling, the wildly successful billionaire author of the Harry Potter series, originally failed on an epic scale
To J. K. Rowling, the benefit of failing so monumentally was “a stripping away of the inessential.” She was who she was. No pretenses. She could do what mattered to her, and that was to write her books. “So rock bottom,” she said, “became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”
There’s no way to succeed without failing. The only way to make millions is to “mistake your way to millions.” You have to put yourself out there. You have to keep going for it no matter how crazy things get. In baseball, the hitters who are successful only one-third of the time are considered superstars. That’s a two-thirds fail rate. Two-thirds. And they keep stepping up to the plate. They keep swinging.
“The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step,” Lao-tzu said. This is very true. But if you don’t keep walking, you’ll never reach your destination. Whatever your goals and dreams are, stick with them. Take the first step and keep on walking. You’ll get there. Your success is inevitable.