|01-23-2007, 04:09 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2007
Million Dollar Experiment
I am a devote student of manifestation and after having read over 100 books about the subject, I am still more confused than ever and my manifestation results have been poor. I signed up for the $1M experiment several months ago but no more money has come my way. In fact, my financial situation is worse than before. I put the statement on my bathroom wall, on an index card in my car, as a screensaver on my computer and I repeat it several times during the day, trying to feel the positive emotions associate with having a million dollars. What am I doing wrong!!
|01-23-2007, 04:44 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Minneapolis, MN, USA
My first reaction to your question is that your problem seems evident in your first sentence. You say, "I am still more confused ... my manifestation results have been poor."
I would approach this from a different perspective: Your manifestation efforts are working. You are manifesting exactly what the universe is hearing that you want. You may be telling the universe a different thing, but there is a miscommunication somewhere in the process.
You need to approach manifestation like you would training a puppy or programming a computer. If you inadvertently praise a puppy for a behavior you'd rather avoid in an adult dog, you'll end up with a dog that has that bad behavior. For example, if your puppy leaps up on you as a greeting and you pet her and say, "you really shouldn't do that Fido, no, no baby," you'll end up with a dog that leaps up on people as a greeting. Your puppy doesn't hear that you don't like this, it just learns that jumping up on people gets it pets and talking to nicely.
If you program a computer, you might think that you're giving it one instruction, but if there's an error in your syntax you could end up with an error or a completely different result than you were expecting. Again, the problem is communication.
In other words, you can treat the universe a bit like a dumb beast (no offense to puppies everywhere) or machine. Since the beast or machine can't learn to speak your language, with all of its complications and nuances, it is up to you to better learn how to communicate with the beast or machine. And like training a puppy or learning a new programming language, it's easiest to start with simple tasks and progress to more complicated ones.
I'd keep up with the $1M experiment but I'd add other efforts as well. If credit card debt is a problem, for example, I'd work on manifesting improvements in small steps in that area as well. For example, reducing the balance so your minimum payment is lower by $10. Then reducing it so that your minimum payment is $50 lower. Then maybe reducing the remaining balance by half. And so on.
I hope that helps.
|01-23-2007, 05:01 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Though, I never officially joined Steveís experiment (I have thought about it tho), I say a similar things everyday and I feel it working and have started to see results.
I have found two issues that many people seem to have when I see people take about money. Both Steve has covered before in post that do not directly link to Million Dollar Experiment, but are important none the less.
1. Donít focus on the negative. Even if you say the affirmation 10 times a day, if you spend 2 hours a day worrying about your finances, for the 5 minutes you spent being positive you spend 120 being negative about it. By constantly thinking about the bad, you are drawing that to you.
I realize when you have money issues, it is hard not to think about. But does thinking about the fact you have bill you canít pay change anything for the good? No. So only have positive thoughts about it and positive thoughts on what you can do to improve it. I myself, every month around the 15th before the next month starts, make a plan for the next month.
What about will my bills be?
What will my credit card bill be?
Once I plan it, I let it go because I canít change my expenses (I already keep very low expenses under 1500 a month for everything because I have no debt). I then focus my energy every day on focusing on how to make more money by contributing to society not to paying bills. By not thinking about expenses, I focus my energy on being the person who has moneyÖ which brings us two number 2.
2. I heard (and I wont quote the statistic because I donít remember it and who knows how accurate it is) that many people who win the lottery go bankrupt. People heavily in debt get enough money to pay off all their debt via inheritance or whatever and months later they are back in debt even worse then they were before. However, if you attract money and know what to do with it, you can take that inheritance or whatever and run with it, using it to your advantage.
Because I stop making my focus on paying bills, and instead set my focus on making money and the good I can do with it, I attract more money. I am well on my way to being a millionaire and I am in my early 20s. But it was not always like that. I was raised very poor (for American standards), and I see the people who I grew up with who have not changed at all. I could give them a beautiful house and they would destroy it. Someone I know quite well, I gave them a beautiful bedroom set because they needed it, and within weeks it was trashed. Who you are is who you are. Who do you need to be to have a million dollars?
I am not saying spend on an expensive car, etc. Just how would someone who had the level of income deal with life? How would someone who had the income you want address their bills? How would he/she view money? How would he/she view home?
I donít focus on my bills. They are what they are. I keep them down. But I make the game about how can I make more money. I focus on that. I focus on what I can do with more money. What are my long term investing plans? What do I want to do with my life to make me having that much money be a benefit to society? Of course I have my answers to these questions
|01-23-2007, 08:33 PM||#5 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
I had a few more things to write, but I had to run off. Now, I got a couple more minutes I can mention an example from this past week that showed me just how different people view money.
I came into work Wednesday of last week. (yes I have a job, and I run a business, and I run on the fire department as a volunteer, and I run webpages, and a lot of other stuff. If you want to know, I keep my day job simply because it amuses me. I would never do this job for the money they pay me; it is purely for entertainment value, tho I donít mind the extra money and benefits, but if it ceased to amuse me, I would quit). I came into work and the typical conversation of what everyone did the night before was about.
Most people around me of course were talking about what they watched on TV, how HD is clearly better then normal TV, and what would a Tuesday be without everyone talking about what happened to their favorite shows or sporting events last night. I listen to all this with much amusement and always asks something along the line of ďimagine all the things you could do if you did not watch tvĒ. You can imagine the looks I get.
Anyway, I was eventually asked what I did last night. Now they are used to all sorts of things coming out of my mouth. I explained that I took 5 hours and read about 20 stock/fund prospectuses. (Thanks Steve, for recommending Photoreading, that used to take me a week with about one an hour each prospectus).
Everyone around me was just ďwhy would you do that?Ē ďWhat a stupid way to pass the time?Ē and my favorite.. ďHow is that better then TV?Ē No matter how much I try sometimes to explain, sometimes they just donít get it. They seriously canít understand why I would work on such a thing. A few even laughed saying, ďwith what money?Ē
You can see, while most of these people live mostly comfortably, they do not have what it takes to be a millionaire. They donít really want it. They only want what they want because they donít want to have to work or care about money. A million dollars in their hands would do no where near the good giving Steve a million dollars would do.
A supervisor came out to me a few days ago complaining how they donít make enough money. Well I asked her if she was willing to work more, cut back expenses and spend time learning and being a bigger contribution. She said no, of course not and was surprised I would think of such things. Most people want a million dollars but they are not willing to do what needs to be done to bring a million dollars into their life.
Now, while I got a little off topic, the points I was attempting to make are in there admit, cleverly hidden .
The pointers were:
1. Many people donít want to do what it takes. They donít want to change at all to have it all.
2. You can use LOA all you want, but if you spend all your time with the negative, youíre just making it worse, because youíre actually putting your energy into the negative.
3. I am not saying you have to work yourself into the ground, but you have to take advantage of the opportunities that LOA opens up for you. For example, if you wanted to make more money, and intend it, then you get offered a job making twice as much but they want you to work extra hours, so you turn them down. Because OF COURSE you didnít say you wanted to work for it. Part of LOA is taking the opportunities that are given to you in any given area. LOA canít do anything if you wonít do what it takes. Sometimes I see people turn down things blaring obvious like that and donít even realize it.
Hope that helps and Good luck
|01-23-2007, 09:17 PM||#6 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Start by appreciating what ever is good in your life at this moment. Hold that appreciation, and use your inate, internal guidance system as a monitor of whether you are on course to your well-being or not. Your feelings/emotions are your internal guidance system.
Whenever you are felling bad, in anyway, that means you are off course. When ever you are feeling good, in anyway, like even a feeling of slight relief, you are on course to your well-being. Follow the good feelings, and focus on the good feelings. Love, happiness, gratitude, joyfulness, etc...matters not if it's a memory from the past. Something you appreciate and are really grateful for now, or when you are feeling great about something good you plan for the future. Put yourself in a rampage of appreciation, and it grows, and expands. While you are in this state place insert your intention into it.
At your posting, you are stating feelings of dissatisfaction, frustration, disappointment, and discouragement. Obviously you are off course/out of alighnment with your well-being.
Follow the good feelings, and doing this attracts more good felings, and also things to feel good about, which adds to the feeling good, and appreciation, and soon, you are in the rampage of appreciation, at this point you can consider yourself a Manifesting-MOTHER! Try it, you'll like it.
|01-27-2007, 02:34 PM||#7 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2007
Two wolves, Spiritual development
I thought this is appropriate for this posting.
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, "My son, the battle is between two "wolves" inside us all.
One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather:
"Which wolf wins?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
|02-08-2007, 09:31 PM||#8 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2007
Please never hesitate to post if you have the time. Your replies are so informative and you truly are inspiring.
I'm sure you're going to do whatever you are drawn to do, regardless, and don't need to hear it from me, but just wanted to extend my appreciation again after reading another truly remarkable post.
|02-08-2007, 11:34 PM||#9 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
I am usally pretty happy to comment on anything. If there is a thread you (or anyone) would like me to comment on, just let me know, i am usally more then happy to. I try and answer what i think would be of most value for people. However, i dont see every thread. However, i do read every post in the steve board.
Thanks again Bill
|02-08-2007, 11:35 PM||#10 (permalink)|
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|02-15-2007, 07:49 AM||#11 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Coquitlam, BC, Canada
That was an awesome post Adrienne.
I've always thought that LoA was an interesting concept. However, you'd have to apply it in a practical way such as the way Adrienne outlined in order for it to be successful.
If your intent is to receive a million dollars, maybe it requires a shift in thinking. My principle is that if you're able to create some value then eventually someone will be able to make use of what you've created and then you'll be rewarded.
So if the intent is money, then you're going to need to create the sort of value that someone is willing to pay for. This is where I believe the practical application of LoA comes in.
Instead of asking for the money to appear in your life, which is quite vague and adds to the idea of miscommunication, direct what you're asking to how you can create value, or how you can make yourself valuable. The money will come as a result of you should becoming so valuable that people should be beating your door down demanding to give you money for your services.
What can be done in order to create value? What's been done so far works great. Maybe you have a great idea, if it somehow creates value to the world, think how it will help a potential customer, then figure out how to attach a price to this opportunity, use the LoA now to bring positives to your idea. Learn business fundamentals and you're on your way as part of the capitalist dream.
Or perhaps think of a more traditional approach, if you're able to go back to school and increase the amount of learning towards some field of study you'd enjoy, then you're steadily increasing the amount of value you can create, and then you'd be able to use the LoA to get a well paying job that you'd actually like working at. Invest in yourself.
What's been mentioned so far is also something to think about. Be grateful for what you have so far and work from there. If you're up to your ears in debt, then acknowledge that and create a plan to remove yourself from that debt-ridden situation. You won't be able to make any financial progress if you're going to be hindered by paying someone else a burdening amount of interest for the rest of your life. Use the LoA to make yourself valuable, in return you'll be rewarded, get rid of the debt immediately with your earnings, once you're in the clear, redouble your efforts until you're on the path to where you want to go.
Depending on what you want for yourself, what you ask and what is given to you, the million dollars could come to you fast or it could be a slow and steady trickling in.
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