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The Universe

    Do we really create our lives? Is this an offer from the Universe that would be really stupid to refuse?

Start: Here’s a choice for me. Which would I rather do? —

  1. Consign myself with 100% certainty to making peace with a world that’s metaphorically going to Hell, and to doing the best with what I can grab that’s still around? Or …
  2. Gamble that this little niggling inner sense I keep having isn’t lying to me, and that I, as an individual, have the power to make my life literally better than I can imagine?

(And, no, I’m not going to answer, “I’ll take door number three, Monty.”)

I know what my father would do. He might make noises like he would choose Door Number Two, but his actions would reflect Door Number One.

And until a couple of days ago, like father, like son.

Motivational Statements from the Edge

Why am I even thinking about this?

A friend of mine, Pamela Wilson, is a speaker/facilitator, coach, contributed to a published collection of motivational stories, and is very close to completing her first solo book. She’s one of these people we run into in our lives that reminds us by their very existence that there’s Something More, not by what she teaches necessarily, but by what she is.

We had a conversation a few days ago, and she recently posted an article, “Universe in Motion,” that captures on the blog portion of her site my take away of the discussion:

So I went back to the drawing board. Yes, the coach got a coach. Who laughed at/with me because my imagination failed. He asked that ever-popular question, “If time and money were not an object, what would you want to do with your life?”

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Should we take Wallace Wattles’ personal development classic “The Science of Getting Rich” seriously, or is it full of wild blueberry muffins?

Wallace D. WattlesStart See this guy? Kind of makes you think of Ichabod Crane, doesn’t he?

His name is Wallace D. Wattles, and he’s the author of a New Thought/personal development classic, The Science of Getting Rich.

He was a student of the New Thought Movement, the movement that produced the Church of Religious Science (not to be confused with Scientology) and the Unity School of Christianity, and became one of its voices, sharing some of the same concepts in his writings.

If you do even a brief internet search, you will find the entire text of The Science of Getting Rich (which has long since passed into the public domain) published on several websites (such as this one) and available as a free promotional ebook and audiobook by at least one personal development writer/coach. Having seen this book touted by many, I started into it, but a few pages in I thought I’d ask a friend I knew that was familiar with the material if he felt it had any validity.

This friend is Lyman Reed. He lives in the L.A. area, he’s been blogging on personal development topics for quite some time, and he and I have been aware of each other for about three years. I’ve never met Lyman in the flesh, but somehow something “clicked” early on, and we’ve developed a bond I suspect will last for many years to come.

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