Monday

The Conditions...

Last month a friend begged me to publish a particular prayer in our magazine The Tree of Life (which you can see online at www.treeoflifemagazine.com). It was a prayer to Jesus for healing [insert name here] but it would only work if the prayer was published and passed on.

In the end I published it in my blog - you can see it in the next blog down - because she was so upset and needed the favour so much. Not because I thought that fulfilling the condition made any difference to the prayer.

And of course there have been this month’s usual rash of conditional emails – you’ll have good luck if you send this on; please forward this because AOL/Microsoft etc will pay money if it goes to a million people…or money will be raised for a little girl who’s been dying of cancer for more than eight years now…

I got a round-robin email sending all this up today – with the conclusion reading:

“If you don't send this e-mail to at least 144,000 people in the next 70 minutes, a large dove with diarrhoea will land on your head at 5:00 PM this afternoon and the fleas from 12 camels will infest your back, causing you to grow a hairy hump. I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbour’s ex-mother-in-law's second husband's cousin's beautician...” which at least gave me a laugh!

So why do so many of us still pass these conditional (even threatening) emails on? They are, essentially, chain letters and we fear that if we don’t do what we are told, we will be in trouble.

Well hey there, that’s a perfect reflection of our belief about the Source – or, to put it more accurately, God. So many of us use ‘Source,’ ‘Higher Self’ etc instead of God purely because we have the idea of the vengeful, angry old man in the sky. But there’s no use just changing the name without the belief.

Those old religious beliefs about unworthiness, having to suffer to get what we want and it not being spiritual to be rich are still out there. I asked a woman at one of my talks the other day whether she believed that women should cover their hair at all times; whether they should be subject to their husbands and whether they should not speak in public. She said “Of course not”. And yet she was totally wedded to another of St Paul’s phrases (misquoted) “Money is the root of all evil” and felt she couldn’t possibly ask for any.

But if you take one teaching, you really must take them all! And if one is doubtful, you must check them all out!

Now, to be fair, St Paul’s teaching about women was probably only sensible and practical at a time when the self-castrated male priests of Cybele wore loose long hair, women’s clothing and prophesied in the streets about a resurrected son of a virgin. Those priests were likely to be murdered in the streets as an abomination to right-thinking Romans. And any Christian woman doing the same would probably be mistaken for a priest of Cybele and meet the same fate. And no other religion allowed women to prophesy in the streets so for a Christian woman to do it would also have been as extraordinary as wearing your knickers on your head.

AND St Paul’s actual teaching about money is this:

“Having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

Somewhat more kindly translated from the Greek it means:

“Having sustenance (food, all bills paid, holidays four times a year in Jerusalem and enough to cover tax and council tax) and covering (a house of our own without mortgage, suitable clothing for all events, furniture and clothing), let us be therewith content.
"But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
For the avarice is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

Not many of us would be avaricious if we had everything we needed provided. And it is true that seeking money for money’s sake (addictive gambling etc.) can hurt us. So St Paul wasn’t so far off the mark.

And yet, that one phrase ‘money is the root of all evil’ has been the greatest inhibitor of wealth in so many spiritual people for centuries. It’s even assumed to be taught by Jesus – or be direct from the mouth of God.

It’s just one bloke saying what he thinks with his own loading. Nothing more. It’s not God telling you that it’s wrong to be prosperous – even wealthy.

Jesus’ own teachings about money we can deal with another time – but basically they are the same, that you can have whatever you want but don’t plan to hold onto it so that it holds you back in your life.

So, back to conditions. God/Source is NOT conditional. When it comes to prosperity, It doesn’t give a stuff whether you are good or bad. If you are prosperous it is because you have prosperity consciousness which the Universe recognizes and to which it responds. And that you are willing and able to receive the great abundance which pours down on us all 24/7.

So this month’s exercise is to realize that the Source is neutral; that happiness and prosperity are in your choice, not doled out to the worthy by a judgmental God who loads you down with conditions. It is YOUR conditional thinking that causes the problem. These emails are just demonstrating it back to you if you even consider passing them on.

So, stop sending on conditional emails. It’s quite easy to cut the threat off at the end if they are otherwise lovely. Then, if you are not putting conditions on others, then the Universe will stop putting conditions on you….

And try this very simple affirmation: “Thank you for my wonderful prosperity consciousness.” Believe me, it works.

Tuesday

Prayer for a friend

A friend asked me to post the following for her as apparently the prayer depends upon publication. Ask and it is given...So here it is...


The Miraculous Prayer
Dear heart of Jesus, in the past I have asked for many favours, this time I ask You this very special one.{mention favour} Take it dear heart of Jesus, and place it within your own broken heart where your Father sees it. Then in His merciful eyes, it will become Your favour not mine. Amen. Say for three days, promise publication and your favour will be granted. Never known to fail. JS

Sunday

Prosperity course March 2008

Hi Everyone,
March rather crept up on me this year! Just a quick note to say that I am putting together a five-CD set of the "Activating The Secret Courses" that I am running in the Midlands of England. These are really life-enhancing courses with some incredible results! If any of you are seriously interested, I can do the five-week evening course in a day so get in touch with me at mw@pureprosperity.com if you want to organise one in your area.
NB the www.pureprosperity.com website may be down for a day or so as it's moving servers.
Wishing you a lovely Easter,
Maggy
Prosperity Email for March.
You know the term "baggage" and, if you've read Eckhart Tolle's "The Power of Now" you know that one of the names that can be used for our baggage is "the pain body."
It's the pain body that holds us back when we are trying to move on to the next stage in our prosperity consciousness. Now, there are those who say that there is no truth in the idea that we have to suffer at all as we move towards the light and, to a certain extent, they are right.
The trouble is that I still believe in pain. Not as much as I used to do but, as I can still experience it, I obviously believe in it! And if it's in my life, then I need techniques to deal with it. And maybe you do too.
So, you have a pain body. That's the old familiar horrid feeling you get when something goes wrong. We all know it - and depending on our astrology and other blueprint stuff it either feels fearful, anxious, despairing, hopeless - or all of those.
The thing is, it isn't YOU. It's actually a separate entity that lives within you. No, that doesn't mean that it's an alien presence or a dead soul that's attached to you or that you're being attacked by lizards, it means that it's a self-created energy field that feeds on your negative emotions.
So, if it feeds on emotions, it's in its interests to find circumstances that are emotionally charged. Has it a consciousness to do this? No. But it does have a sub-conscious ability to focus on events and people who fit its criteria for pain.
For example, for some reason you turn on the television when there's a documentary or an appeal or a drama that pushes all your buttons. Or your mother throws an off-the-cuff remark at you that you react to without thinking and suddenly there's an old issue surfacing big-time.
So, how to deal with it (thank you Eckhart Tolle!). I've added a bit to his idea which I think helps even more...
You close your eyes, think of your biggest problem - probably prosperity? - and feel the negative emotion around it. Then you visualise the feeling and/or the problem itself as some kind of image. For example, a grumbling old woman or a fizzy, electric, black ball of string...whatever works for you.
Once you are visualising it - seeing it - start saying "I (name) see you (whatever) pain." As in "I, Maggy, see you, Fear of Judgment." As you say that, you separate the "I" - the real you - from the pain - the illusion.
Once you can see the pain body as a separate entity, the emotion goes; it can't survive unless you are feeding it with consciousness.
The other thing to do is to give it a name. Something that works for you in emphasising that it is NOT you but a separate being. Silly names work for me - like Fifi or Fido or Bunkum.
Then, if you practice, daily looking at the pain as being separate from you, a time will soon come when you feel sparked into the pain and will be able to think: "Oh! That's Fifi! It's not me..."
And then, you're on the way towards a full and lasting recovery from the pain...
An old friend of mine once said that the most important part of Jesus's crucifixion was his dying - not the pain of the crucifixion itself nor the resurrection. She said that as soon as we are willing to give up the pain (die to the pain) then resurrection is a done deal. Makes sense to me. It's the pain body that crucifies us day after day - so if you can get it outside of you by observation (and give it a VERY silly name) then, resurrection is the naturally occurring result.
So, bung those financial fears into a ball of black string, separate them out from you, give them a silly name, and watch the pain levels subside. It's not an overnight job but, with perseverence, it really, really works.
Happy Easter!