Take a look at the picture to your left. While it might not be everybody’s idea of paradise, you could say it’s a visual representation of a destination most people would like to be.
House by the lake, warm climate, relaxed lifestyle and beautiful scenery. It’s funny how everything you dream of having can be captured in certain pictures.
So, just for a few moments, I want YOU to focus on your idea of paradise. I want you to close your eyes and imagine a life where you are completely happy and successful.
Now let’s move on to how you can create it.
You see it’s my belief that 3 little quotes can lead you to this destination. That’s all it takes, 3 pieces of wisdom that if followed will create the perfect mind-set for happiness and success.
Want to find out what they are?
Before I reveal them, there are two things you need to know.
1. I chose these quotes because they had a shockingly profound impact on my life. These were big, Eureka moments baby. Upon reading them, the thunder roared, the lightening flashed and I was left feeling like there was nothing I couldn’t achieve. Because they had such a HUGE impact on me, I’m hoping they will also elevate your consciousness to a place where your dreams are possible.
2. They’re not exactly quotes. In fact, they’re more like short passages. Selected from 3 books that had the most influential impact on my life, I’ve felt compelled to include more than just one line. I will also explain the full implications of the passage and how you can use its lessons to bring about amazing changes to your life.
So without further ado, let’s begin with the first passage (each quote appears under the book it’s taken from).
“Coming into spiritual awareness meant more than rituals and sacrifices and public prayer. It involved a repentance of a deeper kind; a repentance that was an inner psychological shift based on the suspension of the ego’s addictions, and a transcendent “letting go,” which would ensure the true fruits of the spiritual life.”
This lesson is about ‘letting go’.
At the time I read this passage, I was trying to control everything – my sleeping pattern to free myself from insomnia, a shoulder injury I was trying to force to heal, my ability to ‘perform’ sexually, my IBS that I was attempting to clear by forcing myself to go to the toilet when I didn’t need to go and a bizarre bloodshot eye that I would check in the mirror incessantly in the hope that it wasn’t there.
These are the ‘ego’s addictions’. The things we feel we have to consciously control in order to achieve the outcome we desire.
IT DOESN’T WORK!
Redfield made me aware of this by explaining that there’s a deeper wisdom beyond our own conscious control. He let me know that my job was to simply get out of the way of this wisdom and let IT guide me.
Life becomes so much easier and exciting when you embrace this lesson. You don’t have to worry. You don’t have to live in fear and you don’t have to force the outcome you desire. Just place all of your faith in the idea that this deeper wisdom is guiding you and an answer or path WILL be revealed.
“If thou canst believe; all things are possible to him that believeth”
Perhaps I should credit the bible with this quote. However, it was Joseph Murphy’s timeless classic where I first encountered these life changing words.
The simple promise they offer is revelatory. In a system where we’re always being told what can’t be done and that we just have to accept our lot in life, these words act as a gentle reminder that WE hold the key to our destinies.
Belief can be defined as the inner acceptance of a desire or outcome (e.g. I am a complete and happy person/I am healthy). However, this isn’t always easy. As simple as the quote may be, getting your head round the idea that you are rich, free, happy and healthy, and you spend your time doing the things you love, when daily circumstances scream the complete opposite at you, can be a tough ask. It requires a level of detachment from your environment and an ability to feel the reality of your desire even without its physical manifestation.
Do this, though, and the world is yours. The quote doesn’t say that you might enjoy a few temporary successes or that you can live comfortably for the rest of your days. No, it tells us that ALL things are possible. And when it states ALL, it means ALL – Time travel, a cure for all diseases, world peace, you living your life exactly as you choose and succeeding in the way that you desire. ALL of these outcomes are possible. You’ve just got to remember two things.
1. Always believe in yourself and your vision.
2. Don’t ever limit your thinking by accepting the dominant outlook of the day.
“Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound. The man who does not shrink from self-crucifixion can never fail to accomplish the task upon which his heart is set.”
This is the tough part. The sooner you realise that the path to happiness and success lies through pain, the quicker you will rise. Whether it’s the physical pain of your body coming off drugs, cigarettes or junk food, the mental pain of having to push yourself to create a masterpiece or the emotional pain of growing as a person, time and again you will be required to offer yourself up for self-crucifixion.
This term perfectly captures the essence of realising your dreams. You’ll tremble at times. You’ll want to turn back or give up. It’ll feel like you’re going through hell but you’ve got to keep reminding yourself that this pain is part of your growth. You’re shedding the old you with all its weaknesses and imperfections and what will emerge is a person strong enough to succeed at any task put before them.
Allen’s quote contains another gem that will aid you on your journey. The observation that men are anxious to improve their circumstances yet unwilling to improve themselves, highlights a critical error that virtually every person makes.
When stuck, and unable to reach the next level in their life, most people will ask the question, ‘What do I need to DO?’ Their focus is on their physical reality and changing some part of it in order to succeed. However, what they should be asking is, ‘What do I need to become or change?’ Here the spotlight is shone within and it’s through this introspection that a person can often identify a flaw in their level of belief, the energy they put into their life or courage in facing the challenges, that once rectified will enable them to continue their advance.
What’s your most powerful life changing passage or quote? Put your answer in the comments section below and let’s see if we can build a database of inspiring messages.
Also, do you know anyone who’s keen to live a happy and successful life? Email them a link to this post and help them on their journey.
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