I just returned home from a visit with two friends who have worked night and day on a dream. The expenses have drained them financially. A state code inspector left their building about two hours ago and he was one of those people who has no flexibility - "The code's the code, that's what I enforce, the code" - and several stipulations he's enforcing are downright stupid and very expensive. He doesn't care. He gets his paycheck. My friends are down to their last few thousand dollars and they've been told they cannot proceed on their building until code is met. Code is code. "This will break us," they told me.

If you know what my friends are going through, because you've been there yourself, wondering how to make yourself go on when so discouraged, then read on. This article isn't going to solve their financial situation - or yours - but I'm going to give it to these two lovely people in the hopes it will lift their spirits, raise their level of hope, and ride of them of money worries while they're trying to find the money they need to keep their dream alive. Maybe, if you're in a financial jam, you'll feel a financial weight lifted - and the return of your previously optimistic outlook.

When we worry about money, creative solutions slip through a time pocket; they just disappear - up and leave because they don't like living around a lot of loud, partying worry neighbors. I hope this article will help my friends rid themselves of today's money worries, that their mental outlook will set the stage for attracting more money, finding opportunities and answers that already exist even though, right now, they're presently unaware of them.

I have faith and confidence that one day my friends' health spa restoration project will be a successful business and they'll remember this time with some - not total - humor which the writer James Thurber said is "Emotional turmoil recalled in tranquility," and they'll laugh and have great stories to tell their friends about how they pulled off the impossible!

"The lucky renew their energy through the activity in which they're engaged." --Max Gunther, "The Luck Factor."

"There is then a simple answer to the question, 'What is the purpose of our individual lives," A.J. Ayer wrote. "They have whatever purpose we succeed in putting into them."

How strong is your commitment to what you say, in your heart of hearts, you really desire? Is there anything you can start doing today to power up your dream?

18th and 19th Century German poet, scientist, and author of Faust, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, "Until one is committed, there is hesitation, the chance to draw back, always making for ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative, there is one elemental truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred."

Goethe assured his readers that with commitment, "A whole stream of events issues from the decision, working in our favor; all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance that no man could have dreamed would come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it."

Isn't it possible that the day you ask for a mountain (a problem) to be moved from your life...and you wouldn't be surprised if it did move...is the day it will move?

I've discovered that, for me, the most important factor in creating a vision for my lie has been a precise knowledge of what I'm trying to achieve. The "precise knowledge" has been, as it is for most of us, the challenge. I've found that when my vision was crystal clear, that what I call "the feeding power of my attention" has opened up opportunities that were not available to me when my vision windshield wipers were fogged.

The great Joseph Campbell, shortly before his death, told a nationwide audience that watched his PBS series of conversations with Bill Moyers to, "follow your bliss."

By bliss, Campbell meant your highest enthusiasm. "I have found that you have only to take one step toward the gods and they will take ten steps toward you," he wrote.

What happens when you want to follow your bliss but are unable to give up your present job?

"Life is like a ten-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use." - Charles Schultz

You can begin by reclaiming the hours you do own, the ones which may have been filled with clutter, distractions, and unnecessary obligations.

"What happens then?" you ask. "Suppose I grant myself the possibility that I might find fifteen or thirty extra minutes a day if I searched for them?"

Getting started toward "your bliss" is when the magic begins. The smallest progress opens springs of inner vitality. You're re-energized as if every little cell in your body tingles with excitement (they know you've done something right)!

Sidney Friedman in his book Your Mind Knows More Than You Do listed what he called 17 common, sensible, simple, yet for some reason, often unobserved means to gratification.

The first four are:

*Pursue the work you love to do.
*Seek the people you love to be with.
*Find the place you love to live.
*Appreciate each of these discoveries."

My time here has taught me that what truly matters finding your place in life, being engaged work that energizes you and you instinctively feel and intuitively know you are here to do; work done in a spirit of service and for which you are well-paid and from a spirit of service, and always the result of an infinite passion for life.

Let's go back to the German poet and scientist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who reminded us, "Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it."

A single improvement is often enough to produce far-reaching consequences in one's fortune. - Max Gunther, The Luck Factor

For most of us the prospect of a invigorating beginning in a new Location, a fresh start in life - re-energizes us. It brings about a feeling of what I call that let-out-of-school feeling.

"Why is this let-out-of-school feeling so important to our emotional health and well-being?" you may be wondering (I hope you are!).

Because the ability to notice and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us--no matter our location or vocation in life--is vital. A change of scenery or pleasant, much-anticipated diversion from our usual pace is often just the ticket to make that occur.

"Full consciousness brings joy," Wayne Amos wrote. "One of the mysteries is that the universe contains innate joy. Once you open your senses to anything - a sunset, a waterfall, a stone, a blade of grass - the joy comes."

Appreciation allows life to pour more of itself [life energy] into us.

"The moment we fully appreciate beauty we become more than what we were (it lightens our greed)," Roberto Assagioli wrote in his book Psychosynthesis. "We live a moment of pure psychological health

"Full consciousness brings joy," author Wayne Amos wrote many years ago. "One of the mysteries is that the universe contains innate joy. Once you open your senses to anything--a sunset, a waterfall, a stone, a blade of grass--the joy comes."

Ready For Sightseeing?

"We are departing for the skies. Who has a mind for sightseeing?" the poet Rumi asked.

The skies here are not the "friendly skies" a certain airline has encouraged us to fly, but the skies of imagination.

A bit of wispy daydreaming wedded to commitment on our part and, before you know it, you're on your way--to your new home; a new location, new city, new job, new friends, perhaps even to your Paradise vacation spot or favorite retirement destination.

Before selling everything you own or packing it into storage and heading out to the open road and new adventures, however, I suggest you ask yourself (as I have), "What do I want for myself in this new moment?" (Janet Rainwater).

Life has a pesky way of asking us WHAT YOU TRULY WANT AND DESIRE and it wants our reply. My own experiences have shown me that life wants: a crystal-clear answer from you--"Yes, this is it! This is what I want to be, do, and how I desire to enjoy my remaining time here."

If your answer is, "I'm not sure," then I suggest you close your eyes and daydream.

First, try envisioning what an ideal day would be like for you. Write down, and be very specific, about what you envision.

When we do this, we are departing for the skies within, which is the basis for faith and confidence in our future.

All of us care about financial security. Money allows us to say "Yes" to ourselves and to new experiences in life. It is a bit costly to sample many of life's delights (here and abroad), isn't it?

Money, however, has no idea what we think OF or ABOUT it. Money is neutral in that sense. So, wherever you move--or even if you stay in your present location--your feelings about money, your scarcity consciousness/ abundance consciousness quotient, will determine, even in Paradise, whether or not you feel financially secure.

Dr. John Diamond's (Your Body Doesn't Lie) wonderful affirmation, "I have faith and confidence in my future. I am secure," is worth taking along with you wherever you go.

Security: A Place Within

I'd like to share with you my personal favorite definition of security:

"Security is not a place of ideological stability but a direction inspired by curiosity."

How's your direction-inspired-by-curiosity doing these days?

Well, I hope!

Oscar Wilde claimed "The world is divided into two classes, those who believe the incredible, and those who do the improbable." For years I carried in my wallet this phrase from a Dr. Robert Schuller book on possibility thinking: "Never say 'no' to a great idea simply because it is impossible." We need such reminders from time to time and this one has been mine.

Those of you who are about to retire, or have already, remember as you try to figure out whether to sell your home and buy an RV, take a cruise around the world, or settle into a retirement community, "Plan to keep busy."

"The practice of idleness is not as easy as it sounds," Alan DeVoe reminds us.

Ask those who have tried idleness and found it lacking in meaning and a source, eventually, of much dissatisfaction and unhappiness.

Charles Schultz, the creator of the Peanuts comic strip, observed that "Life is like a ten-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use."

To those of you a few years away from that "idle" life you imagine will be so wonderful--perhaps several or more moves are yet in your future--you have a big question to answer:

"In what should I creatively invest the remaining capital of my days? What projects? What goals? What do I really CARE about?"

I've known people in the 80's--and one woman in her 90's--who are still asking themselves similar questions.

One thing is certain. To quote the philosopher Lao Tse, "If you do not change direction [assuming you are dissatisfied at present], you may end up where you are heading."

What Dreams May Be:

The Italian film-maker Fellini wrote, "There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life."

How strong is your commitment to what you say, in your heart of hearts, you really want? Is there anything you can start doing TODAY to power up your dream?

Are you willing to make the initial investment of buying back the time you are giving to television every night, the office talk that goes nowhere, shopping, or "having' a few every night before heading home," into achieving at least one thing in your heart of hearts you know you desire?

Only you know. No one else does. The results we see in a few years, however, will let everyone you know how you decided.

"Your health is bound to be affected if, day after day, you say the opposite of what you feel, if you grovel before what you dislike, and rejoice at what brings you nothing but misfortune," Boris Pasternak wrote. "Our nervous system isn't just a fiction."

"Man's main task in life," Eric Fromm wrote, "is to give birth to himself. This is possible only when our interest in ourselves spills over into caring about our fellow men and women. Usually getting there requires a bit of living before that spillover occurs (except, perhaps, in those children who seem to be born with "old" and "wise" souls).

They are the exceptions.

We cannot live only for ourselves," Herman Melville (author of Moby Dick) wrote. "A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow-men; and along those fibers as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes and they come back to us as effects."

Try not to let everyday life get you down. If you do, down scores a triumphant victory over life, doesn't it?

I do hope these days that you are busy renewing your life energy through the activities in which you're engaged."

"There is no end," Fellini reminds us. "There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life." So true.

"To the dull mind all of nature is leaden," Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote. "To the illuminated mind the whole world sparkles with light."

And yes, life has a way of throwing you a curve ball when you're at the plate looking for a fastball, but in this journey of exploration in which we're trying to take our curiosity as far as it will go I leave you with the words of Roberto Assagioli, the founder of Psychosynthesis. Assagioli wrote:

"A half hour lived at a high level of intensity can give value, meaning, and justification to a whole day," and it could also end up making you wealthy.

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