Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”
“The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.”—Gaylord Nelson
Some of your goals may not be accomplished in your lifetime. But they are worth your effort, nonetheless. They are your gift to those that follow you. Likewise, it is important that we honor those who came before us, and gave us gifts through great sacrifices of their own. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton worked tirelessly, all their lives, for women to have the right to vote, but died before the amendment was added to our Constitution. Were it not for them, half the citizens of the United States would have no say in our government.
But without the early patriots, we wouldn’t have a government. I visited Philadelphia and wandered around the city, looking at all the memorials and monuments. I stood in the room where the Declaration of Independence was written and tried to imagine the warm breath of the patriots there, who created a new nation out of their best ethics and beliefs. In sweat and blood they heaved forth a tiny, mewling infant country, “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
A price was paid for this child of dreams, for this “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” The signers of the birth certificate of our nation faced loss of friends, family, homes, money, businesses, and lives. The debts were collected. They paid them all.
Of all the monuments in Philadelphia, the one that touched me most, that had me in helpless tears in the middle of a bright, sunny day, was an unprepossessing bronze plaque in the center of a small park. There were no crowds gathered around it, there were no tour guides, no music; it stood alone, a silent sentinel under the limbs of a shady tree. It marked a battlefield where soldiers laid down their lives in blood and muck so that this infant country might grow and prosper. So that I might have freedom. Remember us the plaque seemed to say; we perished so that you could be free; we died so that you could vote.
And countless thousands upon thousands lie down in their wake and spend their last breaths dying hopelessly, helplessly, courageously for me. Some do not die in their body, but die in their minds or in their souls, lose their way, lose their families, lose their faith. Others die in their memories of the horrors of war. The price for freedom continues to be paid. May God bless them all, who died and died and die again. For me.
And for you. Honor those who came before you, who paid for your freedom. Vote. Pay your taxes. Honor those who come after you; what will you pay for them? Expand your vision. Run for office. Save the environment. Get involved.
Today’s Affirmation: “I honor and cherish my freedom, and those who provided it for me.”
A couple of years ago, I was invited to the Los Angeles premier of a new movie “The People v. The State of Illusion” www.thestateofillusion.com. I highly recommend it! Written and directed by Austin Vickers, with commentary by many well-respected scientists and thought leaders, it illustrates, through the story of a man imprisoned for manslaughter, how our perceptions are conditioned by habits of mind and behavior. When we open ourselves to see beyond our limited conditioned perspective, our reality shifts to meet our new awareness. As the story progresses, you can see how the prison of his mind created his physical prison, with the scientific explanation for exactly how that occurs.
Yes, I was already aware that what we focus on is what we create, but I had new realizations as I listened to the evidence presented in this film. I had been thinking about my Financial Stress Reduction® workshops lately, and wondering exactly why they produced the extraordinary results for people that they do. A friend of mine who had taken the class years ago was at the screening and introduced me to a friend of hers, saying, “I made $30,000 the first month I took her class!” Again I wondered, how does that happen? What it is specifically about the class that works?
I found the answer watching the film. Every step of the way during the 8-week course, people are encouraged, through reflection, visualization, and action, to shift their perception of their financial and personal reality. As they open themselves to new ideas and take new actions, they produce different results. Their focus changes from looking at the problem and blaming themselves for what’s wrong, to looking at the solution and congratulating themselves for all that’s right. When that is reinforced every week, and they get another new perspective, and take another new action, it produces another better result. More money, better relationships, more time off, more fun.
Intuitively, I constructed this class 23 years ago according to this model. I was consciously aware of some of it; some was learned, some was impressed upon me subconsciously by my own upbringing. But I can only facilitate the process during the course – attendees have to embrace it. Those that are ready to live a more abundant life take the risk to enroll in the class to begin with. In a positive review of the film, Scientific American said, “One we open our eyes, we should also be willing to take risks. To achieve success, people need to say yes to the unknown, and embrace the discomfort of unsafe territory.”
If you try, you have a 50-50 shot at success. If you don’t try, you have a 0 chance of success. Which would you rather have?