Add Two Zeros Savings Plan


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I came across a great “retirement plan” idea from a magazine article. The idea can be altered a bit for someone who’s just begun the workforce, too. It’s fun, easy to remember and can really add up into some serious savings.

Here’s the idea: Save your age plus two zeros every year. Whoo-Hoo 21! means putting aside $2,100 that year. The next year would be $2,200 and at Hello 50! you put aside $5,000. You can do this over the year-long period, or as a single, big birthday gift to yourself. You can also set it up with your bank to automatically transfer the funds into your retirement account with a preset schedule.

If you can’t set aside the two zeros for retirement now, put aside your age every week. ($35 per week when you’re age 35.) It’ll add up to half as much as the two zero system, but half is half more than nothing!

If you’re planing to wait until your birthday to begin this, write it down, set it up as a reminder and with your bank or you won’t do it. If it’s not important enough to do this week, it’ll fall to the land of could’ve, would’ve, should’ve. Be pro-active. Set it up now.

The Conscious Mind Guards the Sub-Conscious


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The main function of the conscious mind is to protect the sub-conscious mind; to stand guard. The only thing that limits us is our belief system. By impressing on our own mind with the thoughts and actions of what we desire to experience, we impress the same thoughts on the Universal Mind. This is to pray without ceasing. We don’t need to hold the thought, but know it is already done, and release it. There’s nothing our subconscious doesn’t know. It’s our intuition when properly directed. The sub-conscious mind works all the time—with or without our making any effort. When one falls asleep in front of the TV, the sub-conscious mind is still taking in the commercials, the world news—everything the conscious mind missed. The nature of the sub-conscious mind is to obey and create. It never doubts, questions or initiates. The sub-conscious mind only says, “Yes”.

We have the capacity to choose. Whatever our sub-conscious mind accepts, it will bring to pass. If everyone who ran around saying, “I’m a millionaire” believed it at a sub-conscious level, we’d see a lot more millionaires. (And just because they haven’t manifested it quickly, doesn’t mean they won’t.)

Here are a few things you can do to check in with what you’re thinking:

  • Set an alarm (kitchen, watch, phone…) to go off at random throughout the day. When it goes off, write down what you were thinking about, or your self-talk.
  • In the morning when you awake, notice how you feel, or the very first thing you think, or say.
  • Write an affirmation to use throughout the day. Write it in the present, positive tense, first person. (I am healthy versus I’m not sick, or I’ll be healthy.) Keep it short so you can remember it and repeat it. If you have a goal of paying off your bills start with an affirmation of something like “I am financially wise” instead of “I am a millionaire.” Once you are debt free, or have savings put aside, then you can move the affirmation to the next level. (It’s the feeling, and if you feel discouraged while you’re saying you’re a millionaire, you won’t be one.) Stretch yourself, but not so much that you give up in a week because you feel defeated, and not supported. The idea is to keep moving up the scale, not to stop at the first affirmation you ever do.

It’s all true to the sub-conscious mind


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I encourage you to keep an “answered prayer treatment list.” We pray. We receive. Then what? We often forget, or discredit how great the answered prayer was! We fall back into feeling life doesn’t support us. How can we go into Prayer Treatment expecting it to work when we don’t have the conviction of knowing the answer to our request is already ours? An answered Spiritual Mind Treatment list also acts as a proving ground for our consciousness.

Collective consciousness is one reason to take responsibility for being aware of our thoughts and beliefs. If we float through the day, without taking conscious charge of our own mind, we’ll have hoards of information coming into our sub-conscious mind, without a filter. The sub-conscious mind takes everything in as true. It’s our conscious mind that filters the information.

When I was a social worker, I visited juvenile hall to see a client. As I waited in the room for visitation, I felt sick to my stomach, like I was going to throw up. I thought about the energy in that room. It felt grungy, like the walls had a thick gray coat of anger and sadness on them. Then I thought—They do! I was feeling the collective consciousness of inmates and their visitors over the years in juvenile hall. If I hadn’t been aware of what the feeling was, I would’ve either gotten sick in that room, or felt sick the rest of the day. Instead, I became aware of the situation, and in my mind I put a shield of White Light (God’s Divine protection) around me, and started to “clean” the walls with pink (love). In my mind, I wiped down the walls with my pink sponge. The muck dripped down the walls, graying the space below what I’d just wiped clean. My client was escorted to see me before I finished the room, but I already physically felt better. I encourage anyone to do this exercise when in a place that feels disturbing. Be sure to wrap yourself in Divine protection first. That’s the conscious choice you make to not take on a lower level of vibration or consciousness of others, or the collective consciousness.

Exercise:

  • Think of one thing you can do to help shift collective consciousness in one area. “Clean” walls, send love to the neighborhood, recycle, turn off the news or TV. Seek out positive people and monitor your thoughts – even the “I was just joking” negative talk.  What are you willing to do today?

Change Your Thinking


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What happens when you go through the day on “auto-pilot”? Everything you do is one flip-switch away from “disengage.” When we’re conscious, we’re making choices with awareness. We don’t just go to the restaurant with our friend and say, “I’ll have the same as you.” A salad taste different than a melted cheese sandwich. By being conscious, we can imagine the taste and if it agrees with the mood and desire we have then. We have free will. We’re at choice.

By being aware of our consciousness, we’re not getting sucked in, or over-ridden by the collective consciousness. Try this: Go to different locations (stores, states, parts of town, countries) and just feel the energy. You’ll feel the difference, if you’re aware. You don’t even have to look for visual cues. The energy will override the passive, the “I’ll have the same as you” because I don’t want to think for myself folks. When you’re in an atmosphere like that, it’s even more important to be aware of your choices; your mindset. If you’re in a crowd and feel a shift of your mood, it’s very likely the energy of the crowd lifting or pulling you down. If it lifts you, realize you can do that on your own. You don’t need to pull from them, and it’s better if you become a contributor to that feeling rather than going to be lifted by them. Because, if you go to be lifted, you will drop when you leave that group/event.

When we pray, it’s more effective to pray for a raised consciousness than for immediate good. Many people win the lottery, or receive a windfall of money from other means, and within a few years they are broke. They had the consciousness to get the money, but not the consciousness to keep the money. This is true of relationships, health—anything. It may take longer to demonstrate when you pray for an increased consciousness, but when you do demonstrate, your consciousness is at a higher level of foundation. Once you are comfortable at this level, you will again be able to raise your consciousness to the next level. Consciousness works the same for getting and taking. What we focus on increases. Is your focus on ease and abundance, or hardship and lack? The universe responds impersonally with “Yes!”

Hoping, wanting, even working really hard doesn’t change anything—unless you change your thinking.

Exercise:

  • Everything has a level of vibration. What sound, color, shape or feeling do you hear/see/feel when you are around certain groups of people? Don’t judge, just be aware.

Cultivating Your Consciousness


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You are responsible for cultivating your consciousness. If you’re using Spiritual Mind Treatment (affirmative prayer) for world travel, is your passport ready? Have you figured out the route, or priced tickets? God works for us to the extent we allow It to work through us.

The Law (Universe, Law of Nature) responds to our thoughts, our beliefs, the directions we give it with conviction, or repetition. We’re responsible for everything that happens to us—”good” “or ‘bad”, and we always have free will to change what happens to us. Everything is perception. “Change your thinking, change your life” is not Pollyanna, but taking responsibility to change one’s thinking, and therefore experience. Look at your life and make a list of things that you’re proud of. Realize that you’re responsible for your consciousness drawing to you these wonderful experiences. We’re the ones who knock on the door, and we’re the ones who answer the door. The impersonal Law requires we work this way.

Make a list of things in your life of which you’re proud. This can be winning a spelling bee in grade school; a hula-hoop contest; physical healings; healings of relationships – or releasing them; going to college; getting that job – whatever you’d give yourself a pat on the back for if you didn’t get caught up in “yeah, but…” or “that would be bragging.” Once you start the list, keep it and add to it. It’ll end up being quite long! You are an expression of God. In what wonderful ways has God expressed through you so far? (Make this fun. On my list I even have things like guessing the right number of candy in the jar at a childhood friend’s birthday party – thus winning the candy!) I can still feel how excited I was.

The opposite is true, too. Taking responsibility for the beliefs, thoughts and actions that bring us down a path we decide not to continue. It doesn’t matter who gave us that belief. We can change it once we decide to. It doesn’t mean all the “wrong” thinking was “bad”, it means things may have been easier for us with “correct” thinking. Realize that “wrong” thinking may have brought us to a point to be willing to switch over to “correct” thinking. Again, it’s not about right and wrong, it’s about perspective, and what we do when we find ourself in hot water. We can either take a bath, or get out!

Happiness and your subconscious mind


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Happiness isn’t about being blind to world conditions. It’s about doing what you can to make a difference, and not giving power to things over you have no control. You can still be happy and help out causes such as abuse, neglect and hunger.

Happiness is a habit. What a great habit to think about! When you wake up, do you chose to be happy? Do you chose to have the day flow in favor of good will, right action, and peace for all? Throughout the day, give thanks. Pay for success—not just for you, but for co-workers, family members, neighbors, someone you just met. When we bless others, it comes right back to us, so why not share the blessings?

Some people say they aren’t happy, and they prove it. They are miserable! Happiness is a habit, and that habit comes from practice, and desire. Sometimes we get benefits from our “issues.” Does not being happy mean others feel sorry for you, running around, trying to “make you happy?” Or maybe since your partner doesn’t like to go out, you stay home with them, to “make you happy.” It doesn’t work. Soon enough, they’ll find another reason for someone to “do” something to “make” them happy.

I actually don’t enjoy going to restaurants. They’re loud, often cold, and uncomfortable. If the chairs don’t move, they seem a mile away from the table. The food is fatty, salty and the vegetables (if you get any) are buttered and mushy. If the place is dark, I sense cock roaches near by. For my birthday, I request an at-home meal, even if I cook. (I don’t even request it anymore, it’s just a matter of what, and who’s involved now.) Having said this, external things are the cause, not the effect of happiness. I’ve had some wonderful times at restaurants—even on my birthday. Our thoughts are the cause, and the cause creates the effect.

It serves us well to know what we like and don’t like. From there, we can make choices. In the case of restaurants, I can just go with the flow and feed my soul with the friendship that surrounds me at the restaurant. Or, I can invite the person/people over to my place for a meal, a cup of tea—whatever. I can also see if a non-meal time works and offer up a hike somewhere or a museum visit. We really are always at choice. In the last year I’ve eaten out more than ever before. I’ve even enjoyed a lot of it. I also have plenty of people take me up on a comfortable, quiet atmosphere at my place, and have met some people in the morning, or after lunch for our social fix.

Have a Happy Day!

Affirmative Prayer. Step 4 of 6. Claim It.


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This forth step is known as declaration or claiming. So many people rush to this step, because it’s the step you claim what you want! In reality, rushing to this step is silly, because without the foundation of recognizing God, unifying with God, and pulling weed-beliefs – big whoop if you claim your desire, right?

Affirmative prayer is said in the present tense. If you say, “I will get that job…” it’s in the future. No matter how close it is, it’ll be out of reach. “I enjoy my perfect-right job…” is an affirmative statement. This is the stage to be very clear on what you want, not what others want for you. If you can’t get to a point of feeling your conviction about your prayer, re-think if it’s what you want. Is it your desire? Get excited about it on a cellular level. Get as many senses involved as possible. What does it/you look like? Does it have a delightful smell? Or taste? What are the sounds? What does it feel like? If you’re vague, the universe will give you vague results, because It matches perfectly to the extent we direct It.

If you don’t believe your desire is obtainable (or you’ve been praying for a really long time) investigate your belief surrounding your desire. Sure, being a millionaire would be nice, but if you don’t have the consciousness to draw to you that type of money, then you must first build the consciousness. The same is true for anything. This is why some people seem to demonstrate certain things right away. It’s all consciousness.

If doubt comes up, go back to steps one, two and three (recognition, unification and denial). Then, you’re ready to return to step four, declaration. At this stage, you’re directing the Law of Nature to heal you in-spite of you. Tell God that you’re willing to be willing—if you are. This works wonders in the area of forgiveness, moving through fear or any other sticking points we may fall into.

Why do we rush to the declaration step to tell God what we want, yet we haven’t spent time even recognizing and embodying with our Source? In stating your claim, remember the “how” it’s done isn’t up to you. It’s up to God. It’s really none of your business “how” our good comes to us. In the declaration step, your part is to place the order for your good.

If we become control-freaks with “how” things unfold, we won’t get far with prayer. We’ll only get in the way. I’ve had some wonderful experiences that came “out of the blue” that would have not happened if I outlined “how” I’d accept my good. Pray for your good, do your part, but be flexible and allow the “how” it manifests to surprise you! I didn’t know two places I planned to stay in Europe would burn down before my arrival. In Norway, a hotel gifted me with my stay because the place I expected to stay burned down. On another trip, the last flight out of Ireland arrived in Scotland late at night. I learned the closest place was over an hour from the airport, and it, too, had burned down before I arrived. I didn’t have a clue where I’d sleep prior to the news that my luggage not making the flight. The night-shift janitor worked around me in this small, rural airport while I slept on a row of seats, in gratitude. In the morning, the airport gifted me with breakfast and immense thanks for my attitude. My luggage arrived on the first morning flight. After a great start to the morning, I headed to another town, as planned. In New Zealand, I had a car given to me for six months. Things happen when we allow God to work without outlining “how” it should show up in our experience.

Being clear without outlining “how” is important. There’s a place between “I want a loving relationship” with is vague (a loving relationship can be with family, friends, or a cuddly puppy.) “I want to meet this person at a coffee house and they earn this amount of income” is outlining. State what you want. Leave the rest to God.

 

Affirmative Prayer. Step 2 of 6. Unification.


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Now that you’ve recognized God in step one, unify with It in step two. (I’ll use “It” because if God is an energy, It’s neither male nor female.) You may feel you’re talking yourself into believing there’s no separation between you and God. That’s exactly what you’re doing. There’s no separation between God and you. You don’t need to prove to God you’re one with It; you need to prove it to yourself.

You’re not trying to “get” anything from God. All you’re doing is opening to what God has already given you. God blinks your eyes, beats your heart, and circulates your blood, pumping your heart. It all happens as your Divine birthright. You’re worthy. So worthy, in fact, that you are one with God. God works in, around, through and for you. This step is about proving your worth to yourself, not God. God is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient. You may turn your back on God, but you can’t be without It.

We’re each like a drop of water in the ocean. God (the ocean) is every part of us (the drops of water). We (the drops of water) are part of God (the ocean). Every time  we unify in our mind with the magnificence of the One Power, we’re sending a message tot he Universe that we know the Truth of our Being, and are ready to accept our Good accordingly.

With the first two affirmative steps, recognition and unification, we come to the realization and conviction that you need nothing outside of yourself. No person, place or circumstance has power over you and your good. The Creative Intelligence is already within you, waiting for you to use It. If we’re unaware or don’t consciously direct this Power, it’s much like sitting in a dark room. Electricity has always been available—it waited for our discovery of it.

List five examples for yourself how you and God are unified:

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This is part two of five posts on affirmative prayer.

Affirmative Prayer. Step 1 of 6. Recognition.


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Prayer isn’t about changing God’s mind, it’s about changing our mind. The Universe only says, “Yes!”

Affirmative prayer has six steps. The difference between affirmative prayer and traditional prayer is that affirmative prayer states things in the positive, present tense. Basically, we’re reminding ourself we’ve already received our good. It’s reminding us to open more, and more will be given.

Before you take in your next breath, you must breathe out. You fully trust you’ll breathe in again. If you don’t release your old breath, you’ll die holding on to the breath you thought would save you. We go into fear of letting go; going into that space of the “unknown.” That’s where the magic is! We can’t receive more when our hands and minds are clutched to ideas, habits, beliefs and things that hold us back. With affirmative prayer, there’s no begging or bargaining with God. There’s no need to so. God doesn’t say,  “You get, you don’t.” God is an energy, responding to us. By letting go in trust, and expecting our good, we receive to the measure we expect.

The first step in affirmative prayer is recognition. How many ways can you recognize God? Pearl Bailey said, “People see God everyday; they just don’t recognize him.” Think of nature. In what ways do you see the power, beauty, and life all around you? For starters, not one person has ever fallen off the Southern Hemisphere—Ever! The sun rises and sets every single day. (Even when it’s raining and we don’t see it because it’s covered with clouds, it’s doing it part in this perfect universe.) The ocean’s tide effortlessly ebbs and flows. Grass grows in sidewalk cracks, and flowers pop- up out of cracked desert rocks. The Divine Intelligence in skunks finds the house with the recently watered lawn to prosper their search for grubs. The list of ways to recognize God is infinite.

How can you be joyful if you can’t recognize God expressing that attribute? Think of an attribute you’d like to enhance (love, health, grace, abundance, joy, success, humor. . .). Relate that attribute to how you can recognize God expressing it. You must first recognize it, then you can experience it. Want abundance? Look for it. If you’ve ever had a pine tree or cat, you know God supplies an abundance of pine needles and cat hair! God is abundance expressing in all areas of life. Look for it. Acknowledge it. Praise it.

This is the first post of five on affirmative prayer.

Are your Prayers on Rush, Priority Basis?


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People spend hours looking for the right item in stores, catalogs, and online. And yet, they may spend five minutes in prayer. While it’s possible to manifest immediately, we tend to manifest more regularly and more quickly when we’re “prayed up.” Which means, by doing our meditation and prayer work on a regular basis, and being present when we do it (rather than day dreaming or making our to-do list during our prayer time), we’ll find that right item we head out to the store for, without having to spend hours upon hours searching.

Prayer doesn’t guarantee “Rush/Priority” service. Which is good, actually. It usually means something better is in the works. The answered prayer may take more time to manifest if more than one person is involved. There may be someone who wants a promotion. Someone else who wants a new boss, and a third person wanting to move across country. A house many need to be bought/sold, bringing other players into answered prayer. The job listing needs to be seen or heard, and the application received by someone in line with the person applying. The person wanting a promotion may stay at the company where they are, or go to an even better opportunity. Some things we desire seem to take forever to unfold. If we ever learn what took place behind the scenes, we’re amazed at how perfectly it did unfold.

We may think some of our prayers aren’t answered. If you trace that prayer back, you’ll find one of two things: Either you shifted. (God doesn’t shift, we do.) You changed your mind and got wishy-washy on your vision—which brings a wishy-washy answer. Or, looking back you can see you were open to “This or something better.” You didn’t get what you expected, therefore think prayer wasn’t answered. I look back on jobs, relationships, and situations that didn’t manifest as I expected and I am now thrilled (even if not necessarily so when it happened . . . back then.)

I’ve gotten much better at praying with full intent to receive my good, while expecting “This or something better” —and not being a puddle of mush when “something better” is on its way from invisible to visible. (Meaning, it didn’t work out as my glorious plan calculated.) We continue to grow. Give God time, and you’ll receive it back, ten fold. It’s like any other relationship. They’re more sweet when we’re focused, present, and giving of ourselves.

Brainstorm for some ways in which you recognize God. Allow any positive attribute to count. I love to find God in nature, but tonight, I see God in my kitchen! The weather is cold. I didn’t want to go outside, to the store for food. I looked around and saw I had everything I needed to make tortilla soup. Thanks, God! I’m abundant! I’m provided for! How fortunate I am! Mmmm, this soup is good! It’s thinking like this that the universe loves. I feel better, and the universe responds with, “Yes!”

Have fun recognizing God! Remember to look in the mirror! 😉