Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Are We Here to Compete for Scarce Resources or to Create from an Unlimited Supply?

By Julie Marie Rahm

The rules of the money game have changed. Are you left wondering what to do to make a living or grow what is left of your money? For generations rules of the money game were clear. The more benefit we provided to a company, to a business, to people, to the world the more money we made. With a few exceptions, companies and employees were loyal to each other. In general, if we lived on seventy- to eighty-percent of our income, saved and invested ten- to twenty-percent, and gave ten-percent we could expect to have a consistently growing lifestyle, retire as planned and have enough money to last for life with some to pass along to our families. The next generation had a better lifestyle than the previous generation. Stocks were generally a safe long-term investment. Evidence around us made money decisions seem clear.

Lately the verbiage from economists has changed from “cycles” that go down, but come back up to “bubbles” that pop. Job security has become an oxymoron. When it comes to money and security we are left feeling anxious and wondering what is true.

To find relief from the anxiety, all we need to do is identify the real root cause. Remember, when we know exactly what is bothering us the energy behind it dissipates and we get relief. Maybe it is “economics” itself that tilts our metaphorical levels. By definition, economics is the study of how the forces of supply and demand allocate scarce resources. If resources are scarce, then we are destined to a life of competition with each other. If someone else beats us to the resources then we are out of luck.

Let’s bust the scarcity myth right now. Use your metaphorical pliers to pluck thoughts of scarcity and competition from your mind. Then, use your metaphorical hammer to hammer in the following thought. We are here in this physical experience as human beings to create, not to compete for what others created before us. Resources are not scarce.

Hammer in the framework for creating by hammering in the idea that the most important resource is the invisible intelligent life force that surrounds us and lives in everything, including all of us. Like all intelligent life forms its inherent drive is to create more life. Our thoughts aligned with this “force” give the “force” form, provided our thoughts are not about selfish gratification, but rather creating benefits for all people. Look around you. There is so much more “nothing” than something – possibly an infinite supply.

So take out your metaphorical utility knife and cut the ties to all of the past times you gave up before you started, thinking someone else beat you to the resources you needed; to all the times you thought you had to take from someone else to have what you wanted; to all the times you thought others had to suffer for you to succeed. Formless intelligent life force is in abundant supply. And that “force” takes form as our thoughts direct.

Now you are ready to discipline your thoughts, focusing them on what is true for you rather than on apparent truths in the world around you. When you discipline your thoughts in this way, the facts don’t count. Economic conditions are irrelevant. When you are one-hundred-percent focused on your creative vision you will connect with the answers you need. Your actions and their results will follow manifesting in the reality of your creation. Even if you are unemployed and have lost your life savings, you still have your thoughts and an unlimited supply of intelligent life force with which to create. No challenge is too big for you. You can handle your basic needs, the needs of your family, and the needs of the world if you so choose.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Living in the Present – Good Advice or an Excuse for Mediocrity?

By Julie Marie Rahm

Have you noticed that it has become trendy to talk of living in the present as if you have no past or future? Have you found it to be good advice? I understand that it is important to focus on what you are doing at the time otherwise you could make a mistake, have an accident, or harm a relationship. But you have a past and a high probability of a future. To act otherwise is to live a lie. Never considering the past sounds like an excuse for not resolving the cumulative effects of negative life experiences and not growing into the best person you can be. Never thinking of the future sounds like an excuse for stagnating and being unprepared for opportunities.

Of course, you do not want to dwell on the past - times when you felt wronged or had regrets - because you get more of what you think about. To live happily, you do need to rid yourself of the effects of your past. When you reflect on a bad memory and your metaphorical level starts to tilt, simply use your metaphorical flashlight to shine light on the part of the memory that troubles you. When you identify what troubles you, your metaphorical utility knife cuts the ties to the cumulative effects the memory has on you. If the memory still troubles you, then you have not identified the real reason for your feelings about it. Go back and use your flashlight and utility knife again. Then use your metaphorical hammer to hammer in the framework for better feeling thoughts. Freeing yourself from bondage of the past frees your mind to work on what you want and where you want to go with your life. Otherwise you remain a prisoner to your memories, stuck where you are.

Conversely, you also do not want to daydream about the future all day and not take care of the matters at hand. However, some thought to where you want to be at some time in the future is valuable, because those thoughts are seeds that will take root and sprout at some future time. The better you get at using your metaphorical screwdriver, the faster those thought seeds will manifest in the results you desire. With your screwdriver you connect your intentions to your actions and your actions to results. When you have a choice to make, how do you know what to choose if you do not have a result in mind? If you think only of the present moment any choice will do, because you are not considering the consequences.

So let go of using the present as an excuse for being the way you are and where you are. What does it really mean to live in the present? Focus on what you are doing at the time. Acknowledge your tears and joys past and your fears and dreams of the future. And keep your metaphorical tools handy so you can fearlessly and successfully navigate the past-present-future time continuum of your life.
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