Part VII: Do the Homework
Toward the end of that year, I knew I was ready to make a giant leap forward and go for the elusive prize that was beckoning.
I yearned for a success like I had never known. I wanted to accomplish something noteworthy and be recognized for that accomplishment. I had been chipping away at a lack consciousness for years and had, through my studies of Universal laws, made headway. I was grateful for the lessons and the opportunities I had manifested, but I missed a sense of security, the sense of a foundation, and the feeling of that “true place” in life to which metaphysical teachers refer.
I remembered something Dr. Joseph Murphy had said to me regarding the application of the mental and spiritual principles. He would say, “Do the homework and you’ll get the results.” Do the homework…
Many people hunger for the knowledge to create the lives they want, and many seek out this knowledge through teachers and literature. Knowledge and understanding is important but it is not enough. It is the application of the knowledge that makes the difference between a philosophy and a manual for living.
I am not certain of the exact timing, but I do recall that it was around this period that I decided to do the homework more specifically. I was vigilant in creating the right kinds of affirmations and using them several times a day and as I dropped off to sleep. I gathered techniques that I had learned from various sources and applied them. I was determined that this would not be a half-hearted attempt to have another prosperity “demonstration”. This would be a whole-hearted attempt to dramatically change a life.
I then had an experience and revelation that I consider one of the most important on my journey as a student of the laws…
One day I heard that inaudible voice from within whisper a single word to me. That word was "survivor". I didn’t know what it meant. I just recall the word floating in my consciousness. But a short while later, my intuition kicked in and I knew exactly what it meant. I realized that the prosperity homework I was doing was opening up channels to my subconscious and connecting me to my inner guide – the Universal therapist within each us that knows exactly what needs to be revealed to ensure success.
I suddenly realized that I had often referred to myself as a survivor. I was strong willed and proud of my ability to overcome and survive the challenges in life. Yes, I was a survivor. I was being clearly shown that this was my subconscious mindset – my core belief. My subconscious mind had accepted and accommodated my belief in the literal sense, and that is, in fact, exactly what I was doing in life – surviving.
I knew exactly what I must do about this…
I bought some poster board and cut it into large signs that I attached to the walls of my apartment. On these signs were written, in thick black marker – I AM A WINNER.
I would no longer be a survivor in life. I would now become a winner. I would remove the word "survivor" from my vocabulary entirely.
I continued applying my homework techniques. A feeling of delight would go through me whenever I passed my “Winner” signs.
And six weeks later I was on the cover of the Los Angeles Times with a business that no one had ever created before!
To be continued…
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