One eventing I asked God to tell me what did I need to do in order to make the kind of money I needed to make to carry out all my proposed endeavors. The next day while meditating I decided I would meet my teacher Mr. Ambrister on the inner planes in meditation. The next thing I new I was walking out of a building pushing through the door. While doing so I heard a voice telling me that “on the spiritual planes making money and helping people go hand in hand. When you make more money you can help more people and when you help more people you make more money. I found it to be very profound and quite true for those in a spiritual state of mind.
As we grow spritually we will naturally use our money to help ourselves, our family and loved ones and the world at large on a bigger scale. Understanding this we have no problem being serious about acquiring money.
Also as we grow more spiritually, we will naturally be inclined to find ways to help more people. This will often lead us to making more money especially if this is not the main motivating factor.
The other day I found myself listening a song that I love, called Maybe Tomorrow, by Stereophonics. I played it over and over. The message was “maybe tomorrow I’ll find my way home.” I liked the message as I thought about how I needed to find my way in certain areas of my life. Then I remembered that it can’t be tomorrow. I can’t have that mentality. Tomorrow never comes. When you wake up tomorrow, it is today. And you say “maybe tomorrow.” Then I remembered a quote that went something like, “it’s not until tomorrow becomes today that we reach our dream.” So I told myself “tomorrow has to become today.” As I thought about this, I thought about how I must move into my desired experience now.
Later that same day, I was watching the movie Stand Up Guys. At one point one of the two gangsters realized he had to take care of business. He had to do something for his grand-daughter that was hard to do, but really needed doing. His friend asks him, when is he going to do it? He responds, “tomorrow.”
Later in the movie, this same guy changes his mind and does what he has to do right away. His friend says “I thought you said you were going to do it tomorrow?” The hero replies “yea, well tomorrow just became today.
I could not believe it. He said the same exact words I was thinking earlier, tomorrow now becomes today. It was like a message from above saying, “you are free. Move into where you want to be now.” I already knew this is what I must do, but this made it much deeper. It was confirmation that the whole Universe heard me and replied, “if you move in that direction right now, even if it may seem far off, you will be there right now.”
To all my wonderful friends, get moving right now, and make tomorrow today.
My theme for this week is the magic and mystery of work. I guess before I go any further I should explain what I mean by having a theme for the week. Long ago I discovered that my
lessons seem to come in waves and one particular lesson may last for a week or longer. Sometimes it turns into a month or
even a year. Whatever that deep spiritual lesson in my life at the time is, it seems to keep showing up everywhere I go. Not only does it show up everywhere I go but it takes me deeper and deeper into a a sort of mystical understanding of whatever the subject matter is. During these adventures I find myself more at one with my world and the universe on account of the incredible ways the same information keeps showing up everywhere. As I started out saying my theme has shifted to the magic and mystery of work.
Early yesterday morning my mom, Brenda Toodle and I were talking. The conversation
went into what is the next move for her in terms of happiness and self-expression. Whenever such things come up I think about ways of giving and ultimately work. More than I think about the money, I reflect on the sense of giving and being alive. Later that morning I spoke to my mom, Aleatha Kimbrough. I am one of the truly blessed who has two moms and two dads. Anyway, back to my story. Mom Aleatha and I talked about retirement and how we must find purpose in life after retirement. If we don’t achieve this, in my opinion, we either die early or die while still living.
Later that morning I saw Cheryl, one of the members of our meditation group, at a meditation meeting. She had a blue book with her written by my param guru, Dr. Thind. This was unusual so I asked her about it. She said she wanted to read a passage from it during the meeting. After my lecture Cheryl talked about having trouble finding joy in her work, and how the passage in the book reminded her that she must find joy in the work itself and not in the outcome and outer rewards of the work. Last night, which is still the same day of course, I found myself watching the Oprah Winfrey Network. Oprah is interviewing George Lucas, the man behind Star Wars. He was talking about work and saying that you have to follow your bliss. He reminded me of his mentor Joseph Campbell, the master mythologist, as he talked. Just like Joseph Campbell, George Lucas also said that it can’t be about making money. You must work because you love what you do, to truly be happy. You must follow your bliss. This morning when I woke up I found myself thinking about work and my place in this world. I opened up a book by Russell Simmons, Super Rich, and he was talking about transitioning from doing work for money and survival to work you do simply to give. As I thought about all the information coming my way, I realized the magic of work is my theme for now and decided to be open to all it has to bring me. In the next couple posts I will elaborate on memories and discoveries in this area. For now I will leave you with this. Your work is your way of giving to the world. Even if you think you don’t like your work if you shift to thinking of it as giving and serving, the work will seem different. One more note. If you are still here, your work is not done. You still have some sort of work to do, something else to give. Get busy.
The other day I was talking to my friend Aaron and I kept finding myself talking about power moves. This may not be the proper term for what I am talking about but it is the name I used. It started with me talking about part of a life class I saw on Oprah Winfrey’s network. This particular class was talking about living your dream. When I mentioned it to my friend he said “I thought Oprah retired.” I said she retired her show on ABC, but she is still on television. Oprah made a power move. She took her show and moved on to bigger things.” He said what do you mean. I said “She went from having her own show to having her own network, and she still does shows. She has more freedom and has others, who she chooses, on her network. That’s a power move if I ever saw one. Before I go any further, when I say speak about power I don’t mean it any a negative dominating way. I mean moving from where you are to a place of more influence or a place of more peace, more time, or simply to a place you would rather be, while still serving the world in ways that suit who you have become.
Making a power move does not always mean becoming bigger. With my gutter and window cleaning business one of the best moves I ever made was when I downsized years ago. It took a lot of signs and pushes from God to get me there but when I got there I began to charge more for my work, do less work, have more control of my business and have more time and money for my family, and other pursuits. Sometimes making a move can be very simple and it is often brought about by a problem at hand. For example at one time I was having trouble getting to my estimates. I felt like I was being stretched too thin. I was with a crew on many of the jobs and liked being out there, but it left less time for estimates. I began to feel like either I would have to pay someone else to do estimates or be on fewer jobs myself. Then an idea came to me about ways of giving the prices for many of our services right over the phone when the customer called for at least half of the jobs that I estimate. I thought of it many times but had not ironed out exactly how to do it until at this time. It saved time driving, helped the customer have an answer right away, and was the perfect answer to my question.
Here just recently I was asking if I should put more energy into expanding my business, which seems to be growing more and more on its own, or put the time and energy into expanding what I am doing with the meditation teaching and coaching. I decided I wanted an answer right away, so I opened a book expecting the answer to be on the page I opened up to. I opened up a Russel Simmons book. I am not sure if it was “Do You”, or “Super Rich”, but the page I opened up to had my answer right there. It told a story about how he had a business selling weed when he was younger and decided to put his energy into promoting parties because he knew he did not want to sell drugs the rest of his life. For me, I knew I loved the gutter and window business. I love serving the people and the life it gives me and my family, but I also know it’s time to devote more time and energy to my other endeavors. So I decided to keep the business going the way it is, giving the best service we can give without putting a lot of energy into expanding and use my free time to move on ideas I have been sitting on with the meditation teachings and positive movement. Now it’s time to expand in this area.