1. The Wealth In Our Questions

Each of us receives illogical and unconventional thoughts and feelings from somewhere. Depending on our beliefs, we may each have a different name for this source of messages: Universe, God, Intuition, Infinite Wisdom, Infinite Intelligence, Universal Source, Universal Spirit, Spirit, or some other name. The specific name we use doesn’t matter.

Often, because of the noise of society’s alleged wisdom that has been drummed on the walls of our minds, some of us can’t hear clear messages from the source anymore. Or we do hear the messages, but because they often go against conventional wisdom and logic, we choose to ignore them.

The sole purpose of this book is to arouse that dormant but eternally wise part of us using one of the most valuable gifts we all have – the ability to question. When we don’t know, we ask, we seek, we explore our lack of knowledge. We go on a quest to search for the meaning behind our life experiences. And we always have the answers, the wisdom, within us. So we ultimately return to the wise one within.

I will call this wise one Spirit, but you can call it anything you choose to call it. It is that part of us that we run away from because it is considered crazy by society. It is the part of us that carries and will always carry our unique wisdom within it.

 

 2. What Is Wealth?

What are some of the beliefs we attach to this word wealth?

To some of us, the love of money (wealth) is the root of all evil. Wealth to many is a bad word. The pursuit of wealth is undoubtedly the ultimate sin. Sometimes, wealth brings images of scarcity: we don’t have wealth, and we may never have it. Wealth is reserved for some other person who probably acquired that wealth unscrupulously. Because of that belief, we do not want to be like the wealthy real estate developer who tore down the local community center to construct a multi-story condominium building. We refuse to be unscrupulous, so we choose not to have a relationship with wealth or engage in any conversation about wealth. As we all know, it is taboo to discuss wealth in our society. It makes us all feel uncomfortable. Yes, the rectangular pieces of paper that we call dollar bills do have that kind of power over people. Basically, the word wealth is not welcome in our daily lives.

To another group of us, wealth is the obvious solution to all of our problems. With a big enough bank account, we can buy whatever our heart desires and forever be drunk with joy. We never need to work another day in our lives. We can just lie on a beach somewhere, sip a fruity drink adorned with a small umbrella, and watch life go by. With wealth, we can buy instant respect from other people. They would never dare question our opinions and decisions. After all, with wealth, we no longer need to prove that we are intelligent. We believe, in fact we know, that to amass tremendous wealth, we must have an incredibly high IQ, and other people will immediately recognize that. With wealth, we expect people to wait on us. Since we make more money per hour than they do, our time is obviously more important than their time. That’s right, we know wealth can do all this for us. In a nutshell, wealth is the ultimate destination.

Then there are those of us who see wealth as basically good. Wealth or money is a vehicle to contribute to the betterment of the world. Wealth creates jobs for other people. In turn, the employed provide food and shelter for their families and support local business through their spending as consumers. Wealth creates new products and services that we can all enjoy. More importantly, wealth enables us to make significant contributions to help those less fortunate than we are. Wealth brings with it the potential to attack social problems such as disease and lack of food or education. For us, wealth is a means to nourish the world. It is not an end in itself. It is a means to many positive ends.

Wealth has many forms. If we give love to someone, even if that someone is ourselves, we are sharing our Spiritual Wealth with this person. If we learn something from somewhere or someone, we acquire Mental Wealth. If we are physically healthy, we are blessed with Physical Wealth. We are each born with some form of wealth. But more importantly, this means that we are wealthy right now.

Wealth – Physical, Mental, Spiritual and Financial Wealth – must flow to grow.

 

 3. Why Isn’t Love of Doing Enough?

Throughout life we are conditioned to believe that the ultimate reward is in the goal that we successfully achieve, and the journey toward that goal is a necessary evil. As children, we were trained to move quickly past the activity in order to get to its reward as soon as possible. Remember the lesson we learned at the dinner table: “If you don’t eat your vegetables, then you don’t get any chocolate treat for dessert.”

This programming is no different in our adult lives. We all know and accept that we must “pay our dues” in order to enjoy some reward at some future point in time. Another popular mantra is, “No pain, no gain.” We all believe that those who have achieved significant success must have suffered to get to where they are. So, if we want to achieve a similar level of success, we must persevere through a whole train of activities that we don’t enjoy, because some day, when we’re successful, we won’t have to do them anymore. The underlying theme here is that this present moment in itself is not important. It is simply a means to get to a better future.

Why not enjoy the journey towards the dream as much as the dream itself? The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is a myth. The gold is in the activity, here and now.

 

 4. Is Our Spirit In Our Work?

The reason why there’s such intense competition in the marketplace today is that most of the work is almost identical. Few products or services are unique. Few products bring any unique Spirit with them. This happens when financial reward alone has been allowed to rule over the process of creating the product. We can tell instantly when a business has been set up by intelligent businesspeople, from some of the best business schools, with solid business fundamentals, and zero Spirit. Something seems stale about their product. The sales pitch sounds like every other pitch we’ve heard.

Conformity is the name of their game. We feel nothing special for their creation. It is just another one of many products in the marketplace. It is just another entry in the Yellow Pages. At this point, if we are potential clients, we shop around to find out which one of these identical products carries the lowest price tag. Price is our only logical reason for choosing one over the other.

If we conform, we compete with other players on a level playing field. If we bring our unique Spirit to our work, we are the sole player on our field. We create the field. No one can ever duplicate our Spirit.

 

 5. Is Our Work Our Baby?

“What would I want to leave behind proudly, in the area of work, after I’m gone?”

When we have a baby, we nurture her. We wouldn’t just sell her to the highest bidder who presents a check. Our baby is more important than money. This idea doesn’t just apply to business owners who may find themselves in a position to sell their businesses. Nor does it only speak to professionals in the creative fields who produce works of art. Every one of us has a gift that we can and should bring to work. For a corporate employee, the baby is the service that the employee provides to the employer.

If our work is simply a cash machine that disburses dollars, our decisions are based on who would pay the most for our service or how quickly we can get paid. But when our work is our baby, we feed it with our Spirit every day in order for it to grow so we can proudly leave behind a piece of us. In this case, money is not at the top of our list of priorities.

When our work is our baby, we also begin to notice that life provides inspiration for our work. The experiences we have in life somehow find themselves in our work. We unconsciously weave our experiences into the fabric of our creations. Simple everyday interactions bring with them ideas that we incorporate into our work. A conversation, a scent, a news article, or a sight can trigger ideas that lead to a new or simply improved product or service that we can then bring to the world. So you can understand why we will never run short of inspiration as long as we are alive. Life keeps providing new ideas.

If we are nurturing a baby, we can’t turn off our Spirit consciously. Our Spirit is always on whether we are at work or at play. We are the same person at work and at play. In fact, the most successful people are the ones who never work. Work is play. There is no difference between the two.

This is why so many successful people keep working long after they have achieved what you and I consider ultimate success. The successful individual can’t help it. She is just expressing herself through her work. It’s like breathing. We can’t possibly ask her to stop breathing and expect her to comply. She is simply having fun. Our society chooses to call it “work.” The specific label means absolutely nothing to her. It may be work to others. To her, she’s simply breathing. So she cannot, and should not, prevent her playful Spirit from infiltrating her work.

 

 6. Does Goal Setting Really Work?

Why did we set that specific goal?

Why one million dollars? Why do we have a fascination with that specific dollar amount of $1 million? Why not $1.3 million? Why not $10 million? Why not $100 million? Similarly, if your goal was different from $1 million, ask yourself why you chose that specific number or that specific goal.

The most reliable answer is that we have been conditioned to believe that one million dollars, or whatever our goal is, will bring with it that lifestyle of which we dream. The conditioning may have come from our peers, from our family, or from the constant barrage of information we receive through television, magazines, newspapers, or the Internet.

If we take a moment to think about it, the Universe that steps in to work with our subconscious mind to bring our goal to reality doesn’t care whether the goal is $1 million or $100 million. So we could settle on either one as our goal, and, if the goal-setting technique truly works, we would achieve it. As such, if we analyze this logically, the goal-setting technique plays its role perfectly. Therefore, everything being equal, the only reason why one goal is achieved over the other is the person who set the goal – the goal-setter. By setting that specific goal, we limited our own achievements to what we deemed is a realistic goal.

Therefore the real work is on the mind of the goal-setter, not on the goal.

 

 7. Why Do We Find It So Hard To Do Nothing?

We live in a society where we’re always on the run, both mentally and physically.

A lot of the time, most of us are physically here but mentally someplace else. It’s almost comical. At work, we think of what we need to get done at home. At home, we think of what we need to get done at work. 

True silence means, all of a sudden, we have to spend time with ourselves. We have to look within ourselves for entertainment. We have to look within for mental stimulation. We have to take a hard look at ourselves. Most of us find this incredibly uncomfortable. We need to be doing something. Therefore, we do absolutely anything not to have to endure the pain brought on by silence. We look outside for entertainment.

Silence is the medium of communication between us and our Spirit. In silence, we receive inspiration. In silence, we begin to understand things we didn’t understand before. We gain clarity. A few moments of silence every day clear our mind of the clutter that has gathered throughout the day. The clutter comes from the noise of the society in which we live. The noise comes from books, magazines, movies, TV, the Internet, co-workers, family, friends – the list goes on.

So many of us also find it hard to do nothing because we associate physical activity, otherwise known as hard work, with success. All activity is not good activity. There is no direct correlation between being busy and being successful.

Doing nothing sharpens our faculty of concentration and our timing. When we do act, we don’t waste any energy, and our actions are inspired. When it’s time to act, we focus every ounce of our being on the activity at hand.

Hard work does not equal success. I know we’ve heard a million times, “Work hard.” Firstly, if we are working at a passion, it is never work. Work is play. Secondly, it’s just not the best advice to give or receive. Change “Work hard” to “Work smart.”

Believe me, hard work is common. It can be found in millions of workplaces all over the world. Tons of people work hard every day and get nowhere. Smart work is the rare gem. Few people work smart.

 

 8. Why Do We Pursue Significance?

As far back as our childhood, we have felt a powerful urge to be part of the so-called “cool crowd.” The pursuit of significance shows up in every area and stage in life. 

In adulthood, many of us settle into that respectable career, we buy a home in the right neighborhood, wear the right clothes, and drive the right car.  

We often believe it is safer to be part of the crowd. It is safer to follow the accepted trends. It is safer to live like everybody else. But we all have a genius within. We have unique gifts that no one walking the earth has. The genius follows his own Spirit irrespective of whether the world catches on or not. If we are lucky, the world may recognize our genius. This recognition of our genius brings significance.

The courageous few who do step away from the crowd are either given the label “genius” or “crazy.” But the journey to the destination called “genius” often runs through the city called “crazy.”

The purpose of this conversation is not to judge our thoughts or actions, but to wake up and observe them. It is important for us to be conscious of why we do what we do.

We are each born significant. Regardless of our physical circumstances, whether we are homeless or live in mansions, we are eternally significant.

 

 9. Is My Truth Your Truth?

I’ll tell you up front: My truth is not your truth. Your truth is not my truth.

Once again, my truth is not your truth. And your truth is not my truth. But in our society, we constantly try to transfer one person’s truth to the next person. If someone somewhere is successful at something, we assume that all we must do is list out exactly what they did and do it, too. We will then be able to achieve the same thing. We often forget that the successful person was created with his own unique Spirit.

Science may be able to clone the human body. But no amount of advanced scientific technology will ever succeed in replicating a human Spirit. Furthermore, science can never create in another person all the exact same life experiences and circumstances that the successful individual lived in her life. Her unique experiences and circumstances play integral roles in her success story. Each of us is born with a unique Spirit. Our Spirit holds our gifts, our eccentricities, and the things that make us each special. But most of us run away from our uniqueness. Instead, we choose to adopt the traits of some other person. We try to adopt their truth because they are successful. But it is not our truth.

Our unique Spirit holds our unique truth. Science may be able to clone the human body. But no amount of advanced scientific technology will ever succeed in replicating a human Spirit.

Every moment brings its own wisdom. If we can’t see and live the moment, we can’t see and live the wisdom. It’s that simple. Too many of us act like machines. We are unaware of our conditioning from past experiences, so we react to new situations in the same unconscious way. We decide on the answer before we even listen to the question. We never bother to look at why we believe what we believe. We are basically asleep at the wheel of our lives. Our lives are on autopilot. We completely miss out on the beauty of the present moment. Truth lies in each moment. Truth is not transferred blindly from one experience to another.

Truth lies in each moment. Truth is not transferred blindly from one experience to another.

 

 10. Why Do We Fear Uncertainty?

The words “good” and “bad,” “success” and “failure,” are man-made inventions to rate man-made games. These games and their rating systems have nothing to do with nature. In nature, nothing is good or bad, nothing is a success or a failure. It just is as it is.

Fear is not negative. Fear is not positive. Fear is simply an emotion that brings wisdom like any other emotion, such as love, hate, joy, or sorrow.

Fear can save lives, and fear can paralyze. Like everything else in nature, fear is neither good nor bad. It carries a message. We have the freedom to listen to the message and the power to decide what we want to do.

Certainty and uncertainty are both necessary in life. Certainty allows us to relax once we are certain about something. Uncertainty keeps us alive. We don’t know what’s coming, so we have to keep our eyes wide open.

Life must flow freely between certainty and uncertainty. We have to walk through the uncertain to become certain.

The certain is known, is dead. The uncertain is unknown, is alive. Both life and death are natural transitions in existence. In the same way, the transition from uncertainty to certainty is natural.

 

 11. What Do We Really Have To Lose?

For utilitarian purposes, we created time, money and ownership of pieces of nature. But they are fictional. They mean absolutely nothing in nature.

If we know that we are a Spirit who came with nothing and we will leave with nothing regardless of how much material we accumulate throughout our lives, then we can lose nothing. There is absolutely nothing for us to fear because we have absolutely nothing to lose. How can we lose what we don’t have?

The fears that we cultivate regarding losing our job, money, house, car, clothes, respect from peers, and the long list of other daily human worries are insignificant. When people come face to face with death, they wake up and realize that all that stuff really doesn’t matter. The prospect of death brings this very simple concept to life.

I will never encourage any of us to feel guilty about or renounce our material possessions. We don’t need to repress, we just need to be aware of what we do when we are doing it.

So, we are not owners of anything. We are custodians. Our stuff is in our possession for us to enjoy, nurture, share, and later, pass along.

 

 12. What Is Our Purpose In Life?

What is my purpose in life? This is a common question that most of us have each asked ourselves at one point or another. Deep down inside our beings, we know that we are bigger than the routine activities that we perform in our daily lives. We want more. We want our lives to mean something.

One purpose, one label, one role, will never fully capture our entire reason for being.

We often seek out a grand purpose and overlook real life in each simple moment. There is always a simple purpose to each moment. All of life lies in this moment. All of our grand statements on the purpose of our life must ultimately be acted out in this simple moment.

This is life. It is simple. In this simplicity lies the very wisdom that we seek in a grand life purpose.

We don’t need to wait for life to bring that one big answer: a life purpose. We just need to follow our passions and our strong emotions. These lead to our purpose in each simple moment.

So let’s replace “What is my purpose in life?” with “What is my purpose in this moment?”

 

 13. Our Mind, Our Questions – Our Life

The questions we nurture in our mind bring the answers that we live in our lives. The results of our life come from the thoughts we cultivate. We can’t live something if we can’t see it. Our mindset attracts the life we live. We live what our mind sees.

Always remember this: We are what we become before we actually become it. To put it simply, we become it inside before everyone else eventually sees it. We think as our dream self would think, and then the dream manifests itself in reality for the rest of the world to see.

We are, and then we become. The acknowledgement we receive from the outside world is always simply a final formality. We are the person we dream of before others recognize it. This may seem like putting the cart before the horse, and it is, but it is a timeless law of life.

If we desire any form of wealth – Physical, Mental, Financial or Spiritual Wealth – it should not be the goal. We should aim to acquire the appropriate wealth mindset. Then, we naturally attract the wealth we desire.

We are, and then we become. We become it inside before everyone else eventually sees it.

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