Perhaps you’ve heard, “What you resist, persists.”
But what does this mean?
As a child of God you are entitled to all things necessary for your complete mental, physical, and spiritual development.
As writer Wallace Wattles put it,
“Man’s right to life means his right to have the free and unrestricted use of all the things which may be necessary to his fullest mental, spiritual, and physical unfoldment; or, in other words, his right to be rich…
“To be really rich does not mean to be satisfied or contented with a little. No man ought to be satisfied with a little if he is capable of using and enjoying more. The purpose of Nature is the advancement and unfoldment of life; every man should have all that can contribute to the power, elegance, beauty, and richness of life; to be content with less is sinful.”
To be content is to reject growth and development. We can and should be grateful for life as we have it now, but discontentment is God’s natural tool for encouraging us to continue striving toward our greatest potential.
When we resist change, we are fighting against nature itself. All nature, by definition, is impelled toward growth. If it is living, its object is expansion. We have a choice, to live, grow, and expand through change, or to begin the process of decay by refusing to grow.
So, nature is friendly to your plans. You want to grow and expand and develop into something greater than you were before. Nature expects that of you and has provided the way for you to achieve it. When life appears difficult and seems to be keeping you back from achieving your potential, it is not because the things you need are out of reach… it is because you are in resistance to the natural flow of growth.
When you fuss about the lack of money, you are in resistance. What you need will appear when you need it so long as you continue moving your feet in the direction of your objectives, trusting God to bring you the resources you need as you need them. So long as you can still do something more without additional resources, you are not stuck. Keep going.
In this moment, you have all you need. Be grateful. If you don’t have the money for next week’s bill, stop thinking about what you lack. You don’t need next week’s bill money today because it is not next week yet. Be grateful now and get busy setting up avenues for God to send you the money. Put the buckets out so that when the rain falls, you’re ready for it. Do what you can do RIGHT NOW.
How do you know what to do right now?
Decide what you want, and picture yourself with it. Pretend in your mind that it is already with you. See it; feel it. Ask God for it. Thank him for it.
Then go back to your life, and pay attention to ideas that will pop into your head. They may be as simple as “call John” or as random as “go pick up that piece of trash on the sidewalk”. They may be as easy as “wear your blue shirt today” or as hard as “take your vacation money and invest it in education”.
If you have taken the time to really picture and feel what you want, you can trust that you will be led to the resources you need for it to all work out in its proper time. Thought by thought, and action by action.
Giving more energy to the desired outcome and giving less energy to the way things are will lead you along in the flow of prosperity. It’s like tapping in to the jet stream and having it carry you swiftly and almost effortlessly to where you want to go. The hardest part is believing that faith in the flow will not fail you.
Learning to trust in God and in his direction for your life is probably the hardest but most rewarding thing you will ever do. Trust him, and he will lift you up to become more than you could ever become on your own. You’ll be even more extraordinary than you already are. You’ll be a light to others. You’ll lift and inspire, because God will be working through you… and wherever there is flow, things grow.
I love this segment of Richard Bach’s book, Illusions:
Once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great crystal river.
The current of the river swept silently over them all – young and old, rich and poor, good and evil, the current going it’s own way, knowing only it’s own crystal self.
Each creature in it’s own manner clung tightly to the twigs and rocks of the river bottom, for clinging was their way of life, and resisting the current what each had learned from birth.
But one creature said at last, ‘I am tired of clinging. Though I cannot see it with my eyes, I trust that the current knows where it is going. I shall let go and let it take me where it will. Clinging, I shall die of boredom.’
The other creatures laughed and said, ‘Fool! Let go, and that current you worship will throw you tumbled and smashed against the rocks, and you will die quicker than boredom!’
But the one heeded them not, and taking a breath did let go, and at once was tumbled and smashed by the current across the rocks.
Yet in time, as the creature refused to cling again, the current lifted him free from the bottom, and he was bruised and hurt no more.
And the creatures downstream, to whom he was a stranger, cried
‘See a miracle! A creature like ourselves, yet he flies!’
So if you want be free, you have to trust in the flow. Avoid resistance to the challenges and hardships God provides, because they contain the key to your freedom. Accept them, face them, focus on the successful outcome of them.
If your money is to grow, it needs to flow. Let it flow through you and you’re living according to the principles of prosperity. Currency is meant to keep circulating… think “current-cy”! (A wonderful tip I received from one of our mentors in training… thanks, Ken!)
Exchange money for things that have greater value and your wealth will grow. I know, it’s counter-intuitive, but you must invest. Invest in yourself. Have the mental stamina to think long-term and plan for your prosperous future. Make sacrifices – and remember that a sacrifice is, by definition, giving something up for something greater.
What can you do with that $50 (or $500… whatever the case may be), that will put you in a position to be able to receive more than what you spent? If, for example, you have access to money at 2% interest and earn 10% on that money, you have created wealth in your life… and in the lives of the other parties involved. As money flows, wealth grows.
(Spend borrowed money on things that do NOT produce income, and you are on the wrong side of the wealth creation equation. Be careful. Let money flow, but choose carefully where you put it.)
Investment in education is an investment in your ability to produce greater income. Investment in your business is an investment in its ability to produce greater income. Put your money where it will help you earn more money. Eventually, it works for you while you’re sleeping. It purchases your freedom to focus on all that was neglected when lack of money was a constant concern.
So get a clear picture of life the way you want it to be. Set the firm intention, and focus on accomplishing it.
You already have all you need to get it done, right now. Just like the team on Apollo 13 had a limited pile of gadgets to work with, they nevertheless had all they needed to reverse the catastrophe and bring them all safely home.
Keep your thinking in check, and you’ll be able to arrange all that you have, already at your fingertips, in such a way that you’ll get safely to your destination as well.
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