“This important subject of money and financial success is not the “root of all evil” as many have quoted—nor is it the path to happiness. So when you are able to successfully control something like the subject of money that affects most of you all day, every day, you will have accomplished something rather significant—for not only is it certain that your financial success must improve, but the evidence of thatsuccess will then prepare you for deliberate improvement in every aspect of your life experience.”  — Abraham  [Excerpted from the book Money and the Law of Attraction: Learning to Attract Health, Wealth & Happiness“]

In the late 19th century Unity and other aspects of New Thought made the amazing proclamation for any organized type of religious philosophy that contrary to some proclamations, money isn’t the root of all evil, even going so far as to re-define “evil” so as to take it out of the realm of something to fear, just a word that carries the weight of a misunderstanding of why and how things that are not productive sometimes appear in our lives.  Money is a spiritual tool that enables us to tap into an aspect of the Abundance of the Universe, and as such, innately good.  True, it will not buy happiness and neither will the seeming lack of it “buy” sorrow as both are choices we make.  But, as a tool, it enables us to provide a pleasurable environment within which to better remember who and what we are in God, and Who and What God is in (and as) us.  Jesus indicated that money was the side effect of keeping our focus on patterns of love, understanding, acceptance and joy.  Catherine Ponder said that someone with a financial need came to talk to her and said, “Catherine, something just has to give,” as he was experiencing shortage throughout his life.  She said, “Yes, and that something is a someone…and it is you.”  If you have a challenge in the area of the flow of Divine Substance in the form of money, through you and into the fulfillment of your dream and desire, examine your giving.  There are many areas of life where this might be needful of a review.  Time, talent and tithe are the areas.  You can never out give God, yet in order for the inflow, there has to be an outflow, and this must happen first.  The principle of tithing is first found in our Scripture as its Principle was realized a long time ago.  Money is the expression of a Spiritual Principle called Abundance and Prosperity.  Un-tapped channels are available past and beyond our present ability to sense or see, just waiting for an open and receptive mind and heart.

Others in Our Lives

Attempting to Control Others Attracts More to Be Controlled… It is easy to understand how you would come to the conclusion that your path to feeling good is through influencing or controlling the behavior of others. But as you attempt to control them (through influence or coercion), you discover that not only can you not contain them – but your attention to them brings more like them into your experience. You simply cannot get to where you want to be by controlling or eliminating the unwanted. — Abraham  [Excerpted from the book, “The Vortex, Where the Law of Attraction Assembles All Cooperative Relationships. “]

How many times do we predicate our feelings upon another’s actions or non-actions…  We are now talking about adults, not children who are yet under our care and keeping, but other adults in our lives that might indeed include our children.  Still we try or at least catch ourselves trying and the one Law of Mind Action or Attraction is yet at work as it is throughout our lives and the choices we make as well as the areas of focus we maintain.  Understand that this action of the one Law simply looks at the vibrational energy that is behind our efforts or areas of focus, not the personalities or events per se.  So this vibrational energy becomes a request for more…more moments of frustration, more experiences of exasperation, more moments of annoyance in the guise of person, place, condition, circumstance or thing.  In other words, anything or anybody that can be factored into our lives.  Understanding the challenge, we simply cannot manifest the fulfillment of our lives by controlling others.  If someone is in our lives and that circumstance cannot change, re-focus upon a facet of the experience that doesn’t raise the hackles or cause us frustration.  One of many things will then happen, they will automatically factor themselves out of our lives, or they will remain, but within our peace.

A Perhaps Challenging Observation

It is sometimes asked, “Why do you use Abraham quotes as a launching platform?”  Because they are good…right on target for all Unity/New Thought teachings, and handy.

“One who is mostly an observer thrives in good times but suffers in bad times because what he is observing is already vibrating, and as he observes it, he includes it in his vibrational countenance. As he includes it, the Universe accepts that as his point of attraction and gives him more of it. So the better it gets the better it gets. Or the worse it gets the worse it gets. While one who is a visionary thrives in all times.”  — Abraham  [Excerpted from Portland, OR – Tuesday, June 10th, 1997]

As has been often said, we all the time, make the conscious or unconscious choice to operate life from within a thermometer or thermostat state of consciousness.  This can be disquieting to hear as are many things that speak to self-responsibility, the law of consciousness and mind-action or attraction.  We have not been set adrift on a sea of luck, accident or chance, but upon a sea of what can be called Spiritual Law.  Knowing this, even though we may not always consciously remember and apply it is power, for we will catch ourselves the quicker and re-focus our thinking on being what Abraham calls a visionary, meaning one who never predicates expectations, thoughts or words upon what can be called the vibratory energies of “bad times.”  Not always easy as we are bombarded by negative prognosticators, but nevertheless bottom line are choices we make.  Initially it indeed is easier to let “what is” be a choice for what I want to be.  Not a good choice for someone who wants to thrive.  Can do?

The Ever-Present Now

“Some things you’re not letting happen right now because the timing isn’t perfect for you. Some you’re not letting happen because you are very aware of where you are. But all things, as they are happening, are happening in perfect order. And if you will relax and begin saying, “Everything in its perfect time. Everything is unfolding. And I’m enjoying where I am now, in relationship to where I’m going. Content where I am, and eager for more,” that is the perfect vibrational stance.”  — Abraham  [Excerpted from Kansas City, KS – Wednesday, September 17th, 2003]

Years ago we offered a license plate frame that contained the words, “Discover the joy of the NOW at UNITY.”  Unity’s message has always been focused on the only moment we ever have, and it is, of course, now.  Often a focus on what was produces regrets or guilt.  A focus on tomorrow can produce fear or similar, yet if this is happening, when are these emotions experienced?  Only in the now which should reinforce the validity of accepting the now as all we got.  (bad English)  Joy is a cause and not an effect.  Events and circumstances can have the appearance of making joy an easier choice, but it nevertheless is always a choice that we can activate that has the effect of lifting a moment of now into something that feels, if not good, at least better.  So, change the channel, change the conversation, change what seems to have captured your focus.  Practicing being content in the now and milking the now for all it’s worth prepares consciousness for even greater good.

Resist Not

“Resistance is about believing that you are vulnerable or susceptible to something not wanted and holding a stance of protection — which only holds you in a place of not letting in the Well-being that would be there otherwise. There is nothing big enough to protect you from unwanted things, and there are no unwanted things big enough to get into your experience.”  — Abraham  [Excerpted from Atlanta, GA – Saturday, November 4th, 2000]

Well-being is the basis of everything within all expressions of the One Presence/Power that we call God.  Everyone (focused now on the human experience) has the co-creative ability to temporally place a different piece of the computer equivalent of software into consciousness that disrupts well-being…usually meaning that some form of resistance is thought to be necessary against the unwanted things that now often are accepted as just part of the life experience.  No, these “things” are not woven into the fabric of life – well-being is, but not to the exclusion of our failure to understand how the law of manifestation works.  It might be asked, “Why were we not born with a manual of ‘How Life Works’ tied to our toe?”  The “manual” is engrained within us and the evidence of what works and what doesn’t is all around us.  Once we understand that the one Law returns unto us in the form of person, place, condition or thing what our thought-focus has been centered upon, we begin to watch and we begin to choose more wisely.  Resistance becomes a focus, but upon the wrong thing.  It has been likened to our trying to paddle upstream when everything that is well-being is down stream and the current will take us there if we let go of the oars.  Examine what has grabbed your attention and determine if it represents something you want more of.  Examine what has risen to the level of a need to express some form of displeasure to people around you; that represents an energy focus that will bring more of the same into your life.  There is nothing we need to resist – just something to flow with.  Isn’t this great to know?