Choice Versus Money: A Powerful Lesson

Rikka ZimmermanEarlier today, I was listening to Rikka Zimmerman’s interview about the Access Consciousness process ~ a process that includes asking a series of questions to unlock the mind and also a clearing statement to remove limiting beliefs.

As I listened to this today, one of the most powerful things Rikka discusses is not putting “money before CHOICE”. What does that mean?

Putting money before choice is when…
You really want something with all your heart, whether an object or an experience, but before you allow yourself to entertain the idea of having or experiencing, you shut it down with negative thoughts like:

  • I (We) can’t afford it
  • That will never happen
  • There’s no way I’d be able to do that
  • I never get what I want, anyway
  • Everyone else’s needs come before mine
  • Fill in the blank…the excuse doesn’t matter because they all have the same affect of shutting down the possibility

How often do you put money before choice, or before what really makes your heart sing?

People who have continually have money make choices based on the outcome they prefer (choice), not the presence or availability of money, itself. In fact, many wealthy people will happily go into debt temporarily, using other people’s money in return for interest, in order to make even more money. That’s called investing.

The interesting thing about whether you can ‘afford’ an experience is that we can always AFFORD what we believe is possible. There is no shortage of money when we believe in the possibility of having or experiencing something we truly desire.

People who attract and always have a flow of money coming in not only know how to steward that money, how to invest it to make it grow, but they know that CHOICE always takes priority over money.

To be very clear: I’m not telling you to whip out your credit card and head to the nearest mall. Far from it.

What I am suggesting is that you first become fully conscious of how you feel and never put money before something you truly desire to experience. I am asking you to shift your focus from what you don’t have to what lights you up!

When you focus your attention FIRST on what lights up your heart…the Universe gets that signal and will knock itself out to bring you the experience or the money to purchase the experience! Either someone will offer the experience to you, or will hire you in a way that provides the money for the experience, or the money will make it’s way into your account.

The first time I realized this powerful truth, I really wanted to have solar panels installed on my home so that I would be generating electricity all year round. When I thought about the cost of the solar panels, I could feel the wind being sucked out of my lungs. I didn’t have any extra money for anything other than paying my bills. Just the thought of how much it cost made me want to forget about it all together!

However, the Abraham materials have taught me that emotions are important indicators of where we are vibrationally. When something feels good to think about, it means those thoughts are in alignment with what Source, or the greater part of you, feels about the same subject.

When I thought about having solar panels on the roof of my home, always generating electricity, it just lit me up inside. The feeling was infectious, expansive, delightful – it just felt really, really GOOD!

So, I stopped thinking about the cost, and focused my imagination on *seeing* those solar panels installed on my roof and knowing that they were always generating electricity for my home. Within 7 months I had the cash to pay for those solar panels in full. Every day, I am thrilled to know the solar panels are on my roof generating electricity and I am so happy that I put my choice above the money.

Money will come from wherever it is to wherever you want it, as long as you don’t put it before what lights you up and fills you with joy. Money is energy that is meant to serve you, not for you to become a slave to it. Putting your choice before money sends a signal to the Universe/Quantum Field about what makes you truly happy. The signals we send out are always answered. Life mirrors back to us what we think is possible based on where we are focusing our attention.

Now it’s your turn – I want to hear from you. Share your experiences putting choice before money below…

Cultivating a Sense of Wonder

The subconscious mind is quite remarkable. Besides being at our beck-and-call 24/7, it doesn’t know time (past, present, or future), and it’s always looking for answers…even while we sleep!

If you are dwelling on a past problem, the subconscious doesn’t know it happened in the past, and begins responding  AS IF you are living that same problem in this moment.

If you are worrying about a future potential problem, the subconscious again responds AS IF it’s happening now.

When you ask, “why am I having all these problems?”, the subconscious begins seeking the answer to that question by looking for problems. So, the questions we ask ourselves become very important!

Likewise, if you dwell on exciting and fun possibilities in your life, the subconscious will play with that, too! It will look for even more possibilities, and expand on the ones we’ve already discovered. Asking supportive questions can shift your energy and the way you experience the world.

When you are asking questions that support you, the subconscious mind will find a way to support you in return. That’s why sayings like “If there is a will, there’s a way” holds such a powerful truth.

Prolific author, speaker and creativity coach, Eric Maisel, suggests we take advantage of this 24/7 *service* offered by the subconscious mind by consciously cultivating a sense of wonder. We do this by wondering openly, asking open-ended questions the subconscious can begin seeking answers to those questions.

You can really have a lot of fun with this, and it’s quite the vibe-lifter:

“I wonder how all my perfect opportunities & people are finding me so easily?”

“I wonder why I am having so much fun and smiling so much?”

“I wonder why my life feels so easy and joyful?”

“I wonder how the Universe is expanding my dreams into reality right now?”

“I wonder why my life keeps getting better and better?”

This evening, I began tweeting the questions above and it immediately caught the attention of people who wanted a reason to smile and feel good.

Your turn…how will you cultivate wonder?

Effective Solopreneur: The Power of Taking Breaks

“Problems cannot be solved at the same level
of awareness that created them.” -Albert Einstein

I see it way too often: Solo business owners, accustomed to wearing many hats, working too long, often without breaks, and so overwhelmed that they haven’t noticed how ineffective they’ve become.

Ineffectiveness is the grim reaper for a solopreneur. Previously, I blogged about the paradigm shift toward more conscious business ownership and stewardship.

In the outdated business models, the route to success is paved only with hard work, struggle, sacrifice, and more hard work. Action, any action, no matter how off-base or  inappropriate was better than no action at all. If you just kept taking action, at some point you’d have success, and course-correction was a necessary daily ritual.

The above description is nothing new to anyone who worked for a high-tech company during the last 20 years~the experience is like non-stop unproductive chaos. It always amazed me when any of those tech companies made money, since it seemed to happen entirely *in spite* of the lack of focus or productivity!

In the new paradigm for conscious businesses, the route that brings the fastest and most effective results is driven by inspired action. Chaos is replaced with calm knowing. The outcome is always kept in mind, and course-correction is rarely necessary.

Inspiration, however, comes to those who are centered and have enough quiet time in their day to hear their intuitive guidance. To receive the guidance for inspired action, successful solo business owners *make* time for regular respits from their work.

Every successful business person, especially solopreneurs, has had to learn to create a regular schedule of quiet time. Thomas Edison was known for taking naps during the day.  Others employed various forms of meditation, including mindful moving meditations or walks in nature.

Regardless of the method you use to get *quiet* time away from your work, it is important to schedule these breaks even when you think you’re too busy to take time away from work. In fact, it’s usually THEN that you need that quiet break the most!

The benefits of regular breaks from your business, whether 10 minutes or 10 week sabbatical, go beyond the obvious: When we are too close to the problems in our business, we can’t see beyond them to the potential solutions. Trying to force a solution under those stressful circumstances actually keeps us stuck longer.

When we step away from problems, we shift our vibration enough to be out of the energy of the problem, and closer to the energy of a solution. Sudden flashes of insight and inspiration are more likely to happen when we are relaxing, and breathing deeply, than when we are under stress and breathing shallowly. Taking breaks improves your energy vibration and the oxygen flow to your BodyMind (the intelligence that functions in every cell in your body).

If you are small business owner or solopreneur who hasn’t been taking breaks, start scheduling regular breaks away from your work area.

If you are a business owner who has been taking regular breaks, drop us a comment below to share what works for you and the benefits you’ve experienced as a result.

How Our Attitudes Mirror Our Life Experiences

A week ago, I found myself quietly picking lint balls off of freshly clean linen. After a while, I realized I was surprisingly happy doing this rather mundane task. A thought came to mind that one can be happy no matter what they are doing (must be what all those Buddhists have been telling us for centuries), as long as we have chosen a supportive mindset. With that thought in mind, I sent this tweet:

Attitudes

Fast forward to this evening. I just finished watching the BBC’s 1985 adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s play “The Millionairess” starring Maggie Smith. At first blush, the plot was convoluted and bizarre. I kept checking and rechecking the Netflix movie synopsis to make sure I had the right movie because they didn’t seem to match. Eventually, the plot manages gets to the point, but at the end of the movie I found myself *enlightened*. Quite unexpectedly so, I might also add!

The play’s main character, Epifania, is a truly obnoxious millionairess with little-to-no social skills living in 1930s London. From a long line of banking magnates, Epifania the millionairess is stingy with her own money…but deep into the play, and almost at the point where I lost all interest, she decides to divorce her current husband to marry a Muslim doctor. Before they can do so, and in order to fulfill parental wishes, she must live as a pauper for 6 months, during which the husband-to-be must take $150£ and turn it into $50,000£. They are meet to again in 6 months to prove they have fulfilled the bargain.

Whether you intend to see this play or not, I don’t want to reveal the full plot except to say that it is quite revealing. Even when left to fend for herself with very little cash, she immediately discovers ways to make more money for her employers or even take over their businesses entirely. She makes bold decisions that turn out to be very savvy, proving that while she doesn’t have to work, she has learned a tremendous amount from her family’s banking business. Let’s just say, she doesn’t spend very much time being a pauper.

It reminded me of the real estate investment guy who claimed you can drop him anywhere in the U.S. with $100USD and he’d find a way to turn it into a fortune. Some people are like that: They see income opportunities where the rest of the world is counting up all the debt. Come to think of it, we need some of those people in the world right now!

What does this have to do with my tweet?

How you view your life is truly a metaphor for how you experience it.

If you believe life is hard, that’s how you will experience your life. If you believe your health is bad, that’s how you will experience your health. If you believe that you will always have to struggle to have money, that’s how you will experience money.

Choose to experience your life as easy, feel it in your heart, then it will morph into that experience! Choose to see and feel yourself healthy, and your cells will respond! Choose everyday to count your blessings, feel yourself as wealthy, and your bank account will mirror that shift!

In all the examples above, nothing has changed except your heart-centured *attitudes*. Embrace an attitude that your life is blessed, and you will soon see evidence showing up all around you. Gregg Braden has explained this in terms of Quantum Possibilities. Western Science is now catching up with this knowledge, which indigenous and tribal cultures have known for eons. Watch this video excerpt with Gregg Braden to understand how your heart-centered attitude creates your experiences:

If the above video interests you, you might also be interested in Gregg Braden’s amazing DVD, The Science of Miracles.

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