Last week, while in my bank I was ushered into my business representative’s office. Our conversation began with pleasantries and then switched to the economic scene.

“Melissa, I have never seen a week like this in thirty five years. Intelligent people are panicking over the economy and their savings. (Phone rings) My phone hasn’t stopped ringing. (He then asks an assistant to take all messages) There are problems all over the place. I am just putting out fires. Right now the world is melting. (long pause) How can you look so calm?

"I can either get stressed, fall apart and have a 'the sky is falling' attitude or I can view world events as a story evolving. I’d rather respond creatively AJ.”

“Given all of the turmoil, many of my clients could use some inspiration right now.”

“Reactions depend upon a person’s mindset. I come from a spiritual point of view about what's going on with the economy. I’m no financial whiz kid. I barely passed Math in school but I can tell you this. If you think the boogie monster will get you, then it's already taken a bite out of your peace of mind. If you think the country is going to the dogs, you have allowed doubt into your consciousness.

“Have you been listening to the news -- taxes going up, corruption, hurricanes, and violence. I can go on and on.”

“Appearances, effects, not causes! The media loves to feed people a doom and gloom broadcast. That’s their view. I don't live in their world of chaos, conflict and confusion. All they do is reduce a person into being a victim of circumstance, storms, recessions and Wall Street. I prefer to align with Einstein's observation that, ‘No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it’. Nothing exists outside, apart, or beyond our own personal conscious awareness. You see AJ, omni-powerful laws and principles are the controlling forces of the universe. They operate independent of all negative beliefs that oppose them. I’d rather believe that positive changes will result from these challenges and hopefully better business measures will emerge. It’s up to each of us to dream the world anew. This moment is about knowing how to navigate through a storm.

“Wait a second! Are you suggesting that we can just dream our way out of this mess?”

“I know that it is vital to have a powerful vision that can weather uncertainty and volatility.”

(I pick up a brochure with a photo of a retired couple sitting on a beach, with their sailboat in the background.) “Let me ask you something. Did you ever go to the beach at low tide?”


“Did low tide put you into a panic or throw you into doubt?”

“So something in you knew the tide would rise again.”


“Would you agree that there are different things to do at low and high tide? (He shakes his head yes) Would you trust someone who was selling sailing lessons when a storm was about to hit?”

“No, not wise.”

“Did you ever imagine or think about something and then actually receive it?”

“Yes, there were times I’d get what I dreamed about but there were many times I didn’t.”

“Ah and how do you account for this? I mean why didn’t you feel that each and every time you asked, imaged, dreamed or prayed something definite and wonderful would occur in response?”

“Can’t say I ever thought about it.”

“And that is the difference between you and I. I wondered why some images, dreams and prayers get answered and why so many fall by the wayside. I noticed how comfortable many people are believing in some deity that answers some and then denies other dreams. We live in a Universe of Law and Order. It just didn’t add up for me since the Universe operates according to specific principles.”

“What do you mean?”

“I mean that there is a condition to using Universal Laws and receiving. You have to know/feel you have “it” in order to get it. And to do this we must know how to think for ourselves. Thinking is a gift. I would suspect that however we got this gift, it was expected that we creatively use it when challenged by adversity. Many of us get derailed with our dreams and manifestations because we think we live in a physical world. We were taught that we get ahead by 'doing.' The Imaginal Dynamic shows us that we live in a mental world. Our images thoughts and feelings cause the world that manifests around us (cause and effect)."

(At this moment a woman walks by obviously in a panic) "Fear makes things appear dark. Once you feel gloomy, your talents, joy, creativity and your freedom are caged. No matter what appearances are reflecting back to you regarding your financial portfolio, you can still make the impossible possible in your life. You possess more power than you are aware of!”

“Yah, but look around, people are worried and at the end of their ropes. They’re scared.”

“Then they need to climb back up, meet their fears and take intelligent action. Right now, people are worried because the wrong person may get elected, or they are afraid because they’re being hassled by bill collectors, or living paycheck-to-paycheck. They’re worried about health insurance or retirement funds. Whenever you are focused on something you wholeheartedly fear and dislike and you contemplate and condemn it, in time you will become it!

“In English, please.”

“Fear is our greatest challenge! Look, if you know that listening to certain political speakers, radio and TV shows, religious leaders, media moguls and organizations makes you crazy about your money, then begin to protect yourself and stop allowing yourself to be whipped into fear and hopelessness. Once you allow anyone to focus your attention onto worst case situations, you will sink down and vibrate from a negative point of attraction. You then, are setting forces into motion to create that reality."

I'm not saying to ignore things. But I am saying don't get caught up in the fear. The world that surrounds us is kept alive by the intensity of our imagination, focus, concentration and feelings! I am not kidding when I say that your feelings are worth a fortune!

Consciousness is the only reality. We make the laws work in our consciousness. Then, and only then, can you or I or anyone prove Spiritual Principles to be true in the world of "effects, events and circumstances". It is your responsibility to maintain a mindset that allows the "controlling forces" to express themselves as personal experience. We determine our own results! So often we look for a person or a prop on which to lean or blame our misfortune on. We fill our minds with monkey talk, chattering away with excuses to justify failure. When a person really knows how to use Universal Laws there are no excuses for failure. One’s image of oneself is the cause of all the situations, events and circumstances of his or her life. Nothing comes from without. All things come from within—from the subconscious. Whatever is being manifested into your clients’ financial, personal, and professional life is simply the material expression of their deepest beliefs.”

“Are you saying that the outer world reflects our thoughts?”

”Yes, I am. Johan von Goethe once said: “There is nothing more frightening than ignorance in action.” Most of our fears are rooted in ignorance. If you choose to sit in front of the TV, take notice of how many of the comments are focused on the past (Why did this happen, how did this happen and who is to blame for this happening?) When someone says “what’s going to happen to me," they are voicing their fear of the unknown. Our fears, doubts and worry’s focus on uncertainty and the future (what’s going to happen). But if you will take a deep breath and think right, at this very moment you are safe. Whatever you think your energy (vibration) matches. An imagist knows that the one who imagines is at the center of action – the directing mind – and the one who fulfills the dream. This is a huge concept to digest. Most men and women refuse to assume this responsibility and instead they live out continual nightmares. It we do not attract the money that we seek it is because we did not create its mental equivalent (financial blueprint) on the inside and resonate with it (feel secure). In simple terms you can’t attract or keep the money you have until you have a prosperity consciousness. Once you have it fixed within yourself, the Law of Attraction operates in your favor!”

“What do you suggest?”

“Take a few deep breaths. Focus your thoughts. Reduce the emotion of fear by bringing other constructive emotions into play.”

“How do we do that?”

”One must know How to Unleash the Power Within and Attract Money, if they are to raise their sails, tap into their courage and strive to create the spirit of confidence within themselves in the midst of a storm.

The only way to make a problem disappear is to make a shift in consciousness and the idea of the "Mental Blueprint" provides the answer! Then, the money, wealth, solutions and riches you attract will be in exact proportion to the detail of your mental image, confidence and gratitude.”


What is your blueprint? Is it set for the highest levels of success, health, happiness, wealth and creative fulfillment, as evidenced in your life?”

(Just then the buzzer rings.)

“I have to take this call.”

“Let me leave you with three quotes by Henry Thoreau, Carl Sandburg and George Bernard Shaw, because they said it best:

“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.”

"Nothing happens unless first we dream.”

“You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"

(As I leave the office AJ is stretching his arms, and taking a few deep breaths.)

One day AJ, the power of these ideas will impact your feelings, and when that happens, look out, your "world" will reflect the change. Till then, remember, that in this time of many conversations about the economic scene, be careful that what you say, and what you hear fit into your own special "Mental Blueprint” because you are always dreaming your world into being."

Consciousness in action is imagination in action!

Now is the time to Discover the Power of Imagination Reimage l Refocus l Rebuild l Rethink l Receive!

Never close a door on a dream – your dreams are calling you!

Author's Bio: 

Melissa Zollo, law of attraction and self motivation specialist, is the author of "Discover the Power of Imagination" and "How to Unleash the Power With and Attract Money" CD audio programs. FREE daily tips and newsletter available at her website.

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