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Story Saturday/Sunday: Rich Dad Poor Dad

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One of my students (a middleschooler!) is very interested in money and investments.  So, we started reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad.  It’s going great!

As part of our lesson, the student and I compared the rich dad and the poor dad.  He asked me which one I was, and I said “I’m the poor dad who wants to be the rich dad.”

Here’s what we discovered:

Poor Dad: Highly educated and intelligent

Rich Dad: never finished the 8th grade

Both: Successful in their careers, working hard all of their lives

Both: substantial incomes

Poor Dad: struggled financially all of his life

Rich Dad: one of the richest men in Hawaii

Rich Dad: Died leaving tens of millions of dollars to his family, charities, and his church

Poor Dad: Left bills to be paid

Both: Charismatic and influential

Both: Believed in education (but different courses of study)

Poor Dad: “The love of money is the root of all evil.”

Rich Dad: “The lack of money is the root of all evil.”

Poor Dad says: “I can’t afford it.”

Rich Dad says: “How can I afford it?”

Poor Dad: put his brain to sleep when it came to money matters

Rich Dad: had a habit of exercising his brain

Poor Dad: thought the rich should pay more in taxes to take care of those less fortunate

Rich Dad: thought “Taxes punish those who produce and reward those who don’t produce.”

Poor Dad: “Study hard so you can find a good company to work for.”

Rich Dad: “Study hard so you can find a good company to buy.”

Poor Dad: “The reason I’m not rich is because I have you kids.”

Rich Dad: “The reason I must be rich is because I have you kids.”

Rich Dad: Encouraged talking about money and business at the dinner table.

Poor Dad: Forbade the subject of money to be discussed over a meal.

Poor Dad: “When it comes to money, play it safe, don’t take risks.”

Rich Dad: “Learn to manage risk.”

Poor Dad: “Our home is our largest investment and our greatest asset.”

Rich Dad: “My house is a liability, and if your house is your largest asset, you’re in trouble.”

Poor Dad: Paid the bills first.

Rich Dad: Paid the bills last.

Poor Dad: Believed the company or government should take care of you and your needs.

Rich Dad: Believed in total financial self-reliance.

Poor Dad: Struggled to save a few dollars.

Rich Dad: Created investments.

Poor Dad: Taught how to write an impressive resume to find a good job.

Rich Dad: Taught how to write strong business and financial plans to create jobs.

Poor Dad: “I’ll never be rich.”

Rich Dad: “I’m a rich man.” (even when it didn’t show)

Poor Dad: Wanted his son to earn a degree and get a good job to work for money.

Rich Dad: Wanted him to study to be rich, to understand how money works and learn how to have it work for him.

The book has been an inspiring reread for me, too.  If part of my vision is to have money freedom, then developing a comfortable understanding and relationship with money is an important “what” to my “how.”  If you haven’t read yourself, I highly recommend it!  Not only has this been a useful financial read, it’s a reiteration of what I’ve learned through the DreamBuilder program.  I was excited to read about mindset, persistence, sourcing, and asking the right questions!

Much love, abundance, and blessings! ❤

 

Manifestation Soon

My mom, sister, and I love to watch Doreen Virtue.  We’re very into angels and angel readings.  Doreen says that October is a month of manifestation.  I’m looking forward to this!  I just got a phonecall about something on my 10 Most Wanted list and later found out my neighbor just today received a service that matched another item on my list.  Could it be that things are starting to line up?

I realized that I am a part of 3 organizations that I believe in very much that all could use a boost in growth: Early Education Enrichment, the School of Metaphysics, and BNI.  It’s kind of funny how pattern-like our lives can be!  I keep feeling like I need to flip some switch. If I find it, all three will shoot off to the stars.  But the switch is within me.  Meanwhile, I continue to take consistent activity and expand my mind, peeling away limited thinking.

Speaking of thinking, I’ve been thinking about money a lot lately.  It has a couple of slots on my 1o Most Wanted list.  Things that I’m reading and messages I’m receiving from angels and Ascended Masters seem to be telling me not to worry about it, that my physical needs are taken care of.  But, God helps those who help themselves, right?  How do I have faith and also be responsible?  I suppose I need to focus more on my life purpose and less on the actual counting up of funds.  Align with the universe, and the universe aligns with you.

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend, everyone!  Blessings. ❤

Abundance Mentality

ID-100150963A friend recently told me that money is an illusion.  It struck me funny.  What does that really mean? But I knew there was truth to it, and so I held onto it; I saved it for further contemplation.

I have discovered that the more I try to tightly control my finances, the more I get smacked by crazy expenses out of left field!  It is SO completely “coincidentally” connected sometimes, that I’m deciding to do something about it.  I’m going to release my attachment to control of money.  I’m going to trust in the Law of Abundance.

I am not going to suddenly entirely stop caring about money.  I’m going to continue to expect to be paid what I’m worth (and I still have much recognition to go!) And I do have “Pay the Bills” on my 10 Most Wanted list.  I’m going to live in the world, and I’m not going to become careless/lazy.  But I’m realizing — that’s all I really want and need with money — to pay the bills,  to continue to function, to meet my needs.  Anything else I desire at any time can be added to my 10 Most Wanted List as it arises.  I don’t need to have a certain amount of money in my checking or savings.  I need to know that I can continue to function and go on with my work in this world.  And the universe keeps affirming this OVER and OVER.  Angel number sightings and card readings repeatedly tell me: “Chill out!  You have everything you need. And we’ll help you.  We love you.  No worrying.  Keep following your plan. Keep doing the work.”

So, that’s what I’m going to do.  I’m going to keep doing the work.  I’m going to keep working on the connection with my inner Self, keep my physical self happy and healthy, embrace creation and the development of my passions, and serve for the good of all concerned.

May the universe continue to encourage and guide me and all of you! ❤

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Metaphysics/Money Monday — Book Look: The Richest Man in Babylon

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I just completed the book The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason for class, and it is awesome.

I love that this is an old book but could have been written today, and I enjoy the storytelling in this book. I am reminded of how effective and enjoyable stories can be. They are both fun to read and to tell. Once I grasped the focus on the book – money management – I immediately became uncomfortable. Though I have a budget and keep on top of my finances, money is a very awkward subject for me. Instead of researching and having a specific plan, I choose to be thrifty and leave the investments to others. I had a decent savings, but I’ve recently chipped away at it to complete a project. I’d really rather money didn’t exist. However, I know it is practical.

So, when I started understanding the messages from the book, I didn’t want to hear it. I had to force myself to keep reading. When I allowed myself to move past the tension, I owned that the advice was pretty decent. I decided it was time to get back on the money management wagon, to review my budget again, and to have a plan for it. It is of no use to hope that money will magically come to you. It is best to study money management, as it is best to study anything you wish to excel in. And it is best to consult those who know.

This month I intend to start practicing the 1/10 income toward savings, the 2/10 income toward debt, and the 7/10 toward daily living. I have experienced that one can live within their means, even as income changes. I would also like to start looking at what’s going on with my investments. I’d like to make an appointment with myself to get that done, and I really want to find noble investments, supporting a good company while making money.

After reading this book, I am done with hoping and wishing about money from a distance. I am ready to take charge of my financial life.

Zombie Dream

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Zombies.  They were everywhere.  A group of us were trying to stay away from them.  We were worried they might get in the house.     Male leader.  At one point there were zombies in the house.  Sleeping!  I wanted to make sure they didn’t wake.  Don’t make eye contact with the zombies.   Sleeping woman zombie on the couch. Looked similar to the parent of one of my tutoring students.  I think at one point one was trying to bite me.

The images from this dream were rather scattered, since I hit the snooze quite a few times that morning (Monday morning) and didn’t write the dream down immediately when I woke.  However, the focal point was zombies, and I was terrified of them getting house in the first half and then terrified of waking them up in the second half.

This is not my first zombie dream.  Zombies are aspects of yourself (since they are human), but they are aspects that haven’t quite changed.  (If they were dead they would have changed, but they’re not . . .  quite. . .  dead . . .)  In the first part of the dream I am afraid they will enter my state of mind (the house), and later I am hoping they will remain sleeping (unaware, or dormant, perhaps).

I had some emotional surges the 24-hours before, so I think they must be connected to the zombies.   One was old resentments/issues about money.  The other was panic over a lack of control (over time, in this case.)  I’m not sure which the dream was referring to exactly.  However, in both cases  I was displeased with these parts of myself and hoped to prevent them from taking over me — so, I suppose either can apply.

So, then, how can I use this for learning?  I think I need to go back to both emotions and identify the thoughts behind them.  In the case of the money resentments, I recognized a karmic pattern that I had built and made some resolutions to help break the pattern.  This one is not finished, however.  As far as the semi-panic, I’m not sure what to think.  The emotional reaction took me by surprise.  I’m not sure if I need to learn to be more flexible or if I need to set more boundaries.  I’m sure the universe will help me figure that out by bringing it back to me again!

Are We Uncomfortable Yet?

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I grew up avoiding anything uncomfortable. As a sensitive person, I shied from conflict, from activities that seemed way too difficult. They were scary! When I became an adult, I learned that being uncomfortable was sometimes unavoidable, and when I became a student of Metaphysics, I learned that being uncomfortable meant a learning opportunity.

So now, instead of embracing my old fall-back, the good ol’  “flight” response, I’m reluctantly turning back and opening myself up to whatever the universe has rustled up for my learning pleasure.  Change means growth, insight, enlightenment!  Fear means stagnation.

This week I have been facing one of my most uncomfortable subjects: asking for money.  I’m having a Night of Dreaming fundraiser event for the School of Metaphysics (Dream Bingo, dream interpretation, general good times), and I volunteered to come along when asking for food donations.  This — to my horror — turned into me doing it all on my own the first few times.   And I’ve survived and also realized 3 important things:

#1 Telling me “What’s the worst that could happen?” is absolutely NOT helpful to me because my mind it pretty good at coming up with every single conceivable scenario to answer that question.  (I could write an encyclopedia filled with loads of worst possible scenarios with glossy graphic photos, to boot.)  So, actually, what I really need is the prompt: “What’s the best thing that could happen?”, going along with my 10 Most Wanted List goal of changing my negative thoughts to positive ones.

#2 Actually, this has been a great win-win learning experience for me.  Obvious win: they say “Yes!” and we have food for our event — Yay! Subtle win: they say “No,” and I can take pride in having the guts to actually ask, while recognizing that the world hasn’t actually collapsed upon me through this rejection.

#3 Asking for a food donation the week before the event is not the best way to go, as many places now want 30-days notice of a fundraising event, so that they can figure out if you’re actually legit and also place you in the pecking order among all the other needy food donation candidates. (Now I know!)

So, am I uncomfortable?  Yes!  Still!  But each time has gotten a little easier.  I’m gritting my teeth, but I’m loving the growth.

Next uncomfortable topi, coming soon: asking for attendance.

666 Again

ID-100192645 ID-100192645ID-100192645I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned the 66 or 666 number combination before. It popped up a lot in my life last year.  I saw it earlier this year when I applied to be an extra in Transformers 4.  (Still holding out for something good, there!)  But today it hit me with a vengeance, so I thought it worth exploring again.  It hit me most this morning, first in the license plate on the merging car in front of me, and soon after as I glanced at my odometer —  106662, soon to be 106666.  Then later it popped out at me again at the warehouse on the ISBN ending in 666.

I knew this combination; I had a recollection that it had something to do with money/money worries (Don’t worry!)  and could have left it at that.   But since it hit me pretty significantly, I figured I’d better pay more attention.  This is what Joanne Sacred Scribes says about 666:

Angel Number 666 suggests that you may be focusing on the material and monetary world, rather than your personal spirituality and family life.  Your angels ask that you raise your vibration and maintain a positive attitude and mind-set in regards to all aspects of your life to ensure that all goes according to Divine plan.  Trust that improvements are on the way into your life.

The repeating number 666 prompts you to focus upon your inner spirituality and Divine life purpose and soul mission, rather than on earthly, material concerns.  Give any fears of loss or lack to the angels to heal and transmute, and be open to receiving and accepting help and assistance from your angels and other people in your life.  All you need to do is ask.

Yes, this has been a recurring theme in my life in the past year or so.  My angels keep telling me that I am worrying too much, especially about financial concerns, and I know am.  I think about money obsessively, and not in the good abundant way, more of in the oh-my- goodness-will-we- make-it?” way.  And I’m beginning to realize the angels are right.  I could use a good chill pill. And maybe some affirmations:

“I have abundance.”  “I have all I could ever need and want — and then some — and more is coming my way”!  “I am truly blessed in so many ways.”

It’s funny — I’ve been wanting to use my angel cards again to get in touch with my spiritual friends.  I’ve been thinking about how I miss their wisdom, love, and guidance.   In the meantime, I think they got tired of waiting — they brought the message straight to me!

 

 

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