The NEW Prosperity…
A spiritual teacher once told me that in order to be prosperous, one must first pare down to the bare essentials to learn what was truly important. She told me this shortly after my business of 18 years had crashed and burned, and further explained that I had been praying for prosperity and therefore manifested the first stage. I was in quite a state, as you can well imagine until she enlightened me with this information. It was only then I began to realize I was also finally set free to do what I really wanted… which at the time was TRAVEL!!!
LESS IS DEFINITELY MORE!!
And so, pare down I did. I had been living in a luxury gated apartment complex, in Pacific Palisades CA. It had views of the ocean from every window… the sunrise from my bed… the sunset from my living-room… gas fireplace… swimming pool, jacuzzi, tennis courts, jogging path… in other words, luxury living at its best! After I fully came to grips with my situation, I remember telling a neighbor how lucky I was to have actually run out of money or I would have lived there for the rest of my life. Now I had the opportunity to go on the road.. a lifetime dream come true!
THE MAGICAL LIFE
Soooooo, I sold and gave away most of my belongings, put the rest in a small storage space and began my new more exciting Zen life. In short, I travelled for 6 years, beginning by trading room and board for healing and counseling with a new friend in Prescott Arizona. There, I met a total stranger who was keen to do the same, which led to a string of similar scenarios. After about 9 months of ‘practicing’ to be sure I could do this in a strange land, I left for England with virtually no money, to continue my Zen life. It began with working at a bed and breakfast and led to more trading room and board for healing and counseling. Sometimes other situations presented themselves, like helping someone paint rooms in their house or rearranging furniture, cleaning, cooking meals, etc. And while some of that may not seem so, most of it was quite magical… and I now realize that all of it, especially the seemingly unpleasant scenarios stretched and grew me exponentially.
Altogether, out of those 6 years, I only had money during 3 of them, living on an investment I had made before my business crashed. For many of the 18 years I was in business, I made quite a lot of money, but because I was a spend-a-holic, I never got to keep much of it. When my stock reached its peak at a cool million about 3 years into my Zen adventure, I cashed in a mere $35,000 and I bought a second-hand Volkswagen for $8000, when I could have bought pretty much any car new. I then gave $20,000 to a friend who seemed to need it more than I did, not realizing at the time that my self-esteem was too low for me to maximize the potential in that moment for myself.
I kicked myself severely for that 3 years later when the stock (a dot.com turned dot.bomb stock) dwindled to nothing. At that time, while living in Sweden, totally broke and technically homeless, I had a heart attack. I had left a room-mate situation to live in an ecovillage once my house-sitting arrangement had ended. The ecovillage possibility fell through because of my weakened condition, as they saw me as a possible liability they could not afford, especially once winter set in. Luckily, 5 days in the hospital with expensive surgery only cost me $100, and, my room-mate took me back. However, I knew I’d have to return to the States before too long, as she really needed to reclaim her space sooner than later, which is why I left in the first place.
Several months later, I sold my car for travel expenses and went back to Los Angeles where I literally had to re-invent myself at 60, in that physically weakened condition, with no money. Fortunately, a friend took me in and gave me work, while I got my bearings. It wasn’t long before, by following my inner/higher guidance, I secured a job with a chiropractor, running his front desk. I have to say, although that first year or two was certainly challenging, it was difficult to feel magical all the time as I had during my travels abroad. I didn’t realize at the time, these challenges were also my greatest gifts.
At one point I was so down because I was faced with the possibility of being homeless, I was considering suicide. Fortunately, I belonged to a spiritual breakfast club at the time and because I was not ashamed to tell this truth to them, one of the members gave me his spare room without cost until I got back on my feet. Because he and I were so different… he a staunch Republican/George Bush supporter… me quite unpolitical, but definitely leaning in the opposite direction, I got an up-close-and-personal view and appreciation of what it must be like to be HIM. I gained great compassion for his tearful fears that George Bush might NOT get re-elected. “After all”, he wailed, “Who will save us from the fascists!!” And while I’m thinking to myself, “George Bush IS a fascist… who will save us from HIM?” I soon realized we are basically the same, just two sides of the same coin of, so to speak, when we are judging each other. I learned much later we all have our unique parts to play in the larger scheme of things, even Georgie Porgie, as I often liked to call him. Its all part of the duality on the planet, and judging others only adds to the duality. Love and acceptance are the only way to transcend it. If you want a deeper explanation of how to transcend judgment, to embrace more love, read my book, ‘R.O.L.L. With It!’
Through this continuing saga, while I learned new skills, which did financially support me, it was never quite enough, even when Social Security kicked in. One of the blessings of that time period was being instrumental in bringing Deeksha to LA. This also led to my eventually promoting other spiritual teachers while building a mailing list for sending out those and other Uplifting Spiritual Messages, which I really love doing.
Being the eternal optimist I lived beyond my means, always thinking more would come, because it usually had… except for now. So as the credit cards arrived I used them to pay bills, not wanting to see I was simply getting deeper in debt. Finally, after 5 years in LA, I realized I could not go on like this. In lieu of paring down my expenses I moved to Ojai, where renting a room with a friend cost about half what I had been paying. Even then, I could no longer pay my credit cards. So with the help of an truly special, spiritual attorney friend, I walked away from the debt with a fair amount of grace and ease. Of course, my credit score still reflects having done so, which causes challenges at times.
LIGHTENING THE LOAD STILL FURTHER
I was in Ojai for a mere 8 months when guided to move back to Bisbee AZ, where the living was a lot more affordable. Having done rigorous research online, I hired movers to bring my ‘stuff’ to Bisbee for $800. At the 11th hour, I was told there were other costs, none of which made any sense to me, until I realized it was all just a bait-and-switch scam. I was forced to pay $1300 in cash upon arrival or they would auction it off. In shock, I agreed, not realizing I could have let it go as I was renting my friend’s fully furnished house, and even had it to myself and didn’t really need it anymore. So, I put it into storage yet again. About 6 months later, I was guided to live in Villcabamba Ecuador for 3 months, with the possibility of moving there. That was when I was FINALLY awakened to the fact, I not only still had too much ‘stuff’, but storing and carting it around had (and still) cost waaaaay more than it was worth. Sooooo, yet again, I pared down, but this time to pretty much what fit into my small car.
As I never did take to Villcabamba, at the end of the 3 months, I moved back to Bisbee, which at the time was what I considered to be a spiritual desert even though it was quite comfortable and affordable… but a holding-pattern, none-the-less. About a year later, I was finally ‘called’ to Mt Shasta CA. which felt more like HOME than anywhere else I had ever lived. At first, because I didn’t want more ‘stuff’, I rented furnished rooms the first 2 and 1/2 years, buying only a night stand and dresser because I needed them, the total investment being only $70, which I could easily walk away from. I loved the feeling of being light and mobile.
There were many lessons for me in those living situations, mostly about control issues. Interestingly enough, because I didn’t recognize it as MY issue, I thought I could handle roommates who needed to control. These experiences taught me this was simply not true. Interestingly enough, I had written in my book, ‘if its not your issue, you won’t even notice it’s happening’. I guess we DO teach what we need to learn! The last situation was so intensely disabling for me, I was propelled into getting on waiting lists for senior housing. I guess I was being rewarded for finally making some right choices, because just when I was ready to move in, the perfect apt showed up, with a bonus view of Mt Shasta!
THE LOAN & GIVE-AWAY ECONOMY
Again not wanting to OWN a lot of furniture and ‘stuff’, after I moved in, I bided my time… not rushing to get what I needed but allowing it to come to me in its own divine time (much of which took months) except for the must-have bed which I bought for only $250 new! Little by little, furniture, plants, artwork and even a massage table (for energy work) were donated or loaned to me. There was even a used futon for sale I couldn’t afford, which I sort of coveted. When I met with the person selling it about another matter, he loved my positive, open-hearted energy so much, he just GAVE IT to me!
I think because many of us are becoming more mobile, and are downsizing (a sign of the times for sure) there seems to be a lot of ‘stuff’ circulating around communities, not only through yard and garage sales as well as thrift stores, but often more organically, as was my experience. FYI, there is even an organization called FreeCycle where you can donate or request FREE items. I’ve used it and its great!
BUILDING FROM A SAFE PLATFORM
Though these many experiences and lessons, what I gleaned most is that these challenges were meant to help me live in more balance, beginning with living within my means. That’s why doing so on a fixed income with lousy credit has been a huge blessing for me. It has taught me to be aware of what I truly value, which is living a simple life, in my own space, surrounded by loving, caring people. I’ve also become a truly shrewd spender, buying only what I really need and want, and buying it at the very best prices I can find. Having learned this, I have created a container for what I now earn. Having also used the R.O.L.L. process, among others to further evolve, my self esteem has elevated to where I also feel more deserving of having and keeping extra expendable income.
I finally I feel its safe for me to become prosperous again and so life is becoming more and more magical. A couple of months ago I manifested a FREE counselor to help me do so, beginning with creating a website the search engines can find, which is how I’m sending this blog to you. Also, I will be creating another blog, called Health IS Wealth, where I will share many and varied pure, natural, holistic and cutting-edge products, technologies and healing modes with you… most of which will be very affordable, many of which I will offer for sale.
HOW YOU CAN LIVE THE MAGICAL LIFE
Some of you may be wondering just how I managed to live so effortlessly and magically while on my Zen journey and how I’ve transcended the subsequent challenges. The answer is this: Although the healing work I offered on the road was quite unique, I believe the fact that I was ALWAYS OPEN-HEARTEDLY IN-CONTRIBUTION to those I met, willing to GIVE MUCH MORE than what I might receive and UNCONDITIONALLY made it possible. If you haven’t loved and/or given unconditionally (without expectation of receiving) then you don’t know what you’re missing. I have found that nothing opens us up to love and receiving faster or better.
If you’re shy, depressed, or new to this concept, you can begin by practicing simple ‘random acts of kindness’ or possibly by volunteering in your community, or wherever you feel drawn. Or you can ‘Pay-it-forward’, whereby if someone pays you a kindness or gives you something, you then pass the same or similar on to someone else. Once you do it, and get positive reactions, I feel you’ll begin to open up like a beautiful flower, receiving back a perfect mirror of whatever you give and much more. There have been studies proving this really works. I highly recommend just finding a way to BE IN CONTRIBUTION, even if anonymously. Once you jog your ‘generosity gene’, your life is sure to change for the better. You can also read my book, ‘R.O.L.L. With It!’ which may help you in this way, as that’s exactly what its designed for. There is also a true story in it, ‘The Power of Love’, which totally illustrates how this works even in life-threatening situations.
FINDING THE BALANCE
Of course, for many just the opposite is the case. Lack of self-esteem fosters TOO MUCH GIVING and the INABILITY TO RECEIVE. The key, of course is to finally become in balance by loving one’s self, which my book has the potential to help with.
ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
I also highly recommend the attitude of gratitude, especially if you are depressed. Find at least one thing per day to be grateful for, like having a place to live, or food to eat… remember, we must not take things like that for granted, as many these days don’t even have that. The more you practice this, the easier life will be. I remember hearing a story of a homeless woman who literally went from rags to living well by doing just that!
THRIVING DURING THE ‘GREAT TRANSITION’
I believe, as we all move into more challenging times, this way of BEING IN CONTRIBUTION as well as learning to CO-CREATE with others to BE IN COMMUNITY, will be required by ALL OF US in order for us to survive and more importantly, THRIVE… I believe it is the TRUE CURRENCY of these transitional times, which I wish for all of US! Many blessings on your journey!
Lots of Love, Joy & Prosperity,
P.S.: I thought it a good idea to write this particular blog because I know that many of us are in and out of what I like to call ‘Oh!Shitsville’ much of the time these days, I guess you can consider it a reminder of how many of us ‘have already’ and ‘still can’ transcended this state, as its so easy to lose our way in the midst of the chaos. As I’m also wanting to reach a wider audience… more towards those who are just entering a more awakened state, I’m trusting this blog will find its way to THAT audience as well… via internet or through some of you. Therefore, please feel free to forward to friends and relatives that you ‘know’ can benefit. Thank you… and Enjoy!
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