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Announcement new week’s seminar:  Rules #6, #7, and #8 of the 8 Rules of the mind.

Today’s Topic:  Discussion of  Napoleon Hill’s formula for materializing wealth introduced last week.  The formula is six steps outlined by Napoleon Hill and presented in his book Think and Grow Rich after interviewing 504 of the most successful men (and not one of the most successful women) of his day to find a common thread – a ‘success formula’ – that could be successfully applied by the average person.  

As you will remember we also shared last week Sheri Menelli’s experience of manifesting $41.90 - exactly ten percent - of the $419 of the extra money she’d programmed to manifest during the Odyssey Seminar of two week’s ago.  Sheri told us she thinks the message is she’s been programmed from a few books that until you give 10 percent (tithe) money won’t flow in, but that she would have to work on that to find a way to believe it isn’t true.

The practice of tithing began in the 12th Century as a ten per-cent levy on annual production paid to the Church.  The reason for it was to provide financial support in return for spiritual good - spiritual guidance and spiritual information. 

It is still a great principle and Ann Muller who is a part of the Odyssey Circle tithes to us, through our non-profit foundation, for that very reason.  For which we are VERY grateful. 

There are many who confuse tithing with giving money so one receives money in return, which is not what tithing is.  Nor is step #2 in Napoleon Hill’s formula for success tithing, which we shall point out in the discussion of step 2.         

Step # 1:  Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. 

Make this an amount you can believe is possible for you to receive through the plans you have for getting that amount of money.   Planning to win the amount you desire is a plan only if you are able to successfully program your subconscious mind to make it happen.

True Story:  Deliveryman in New York, his mother gave him an attachment for his car keys when he got a job as a delivery man and moved out on his own. Printed on it was:  Expect a Miracle.  Every time he used his car keys, which was several times a day for several years, his subconscious saw Expect A Miracle.  Now keep this in mind:  two of the ways in which the subconscious mind is programmed are repetition and authority figures.  It is also likely the subconscious heard him or someone else say winning a million dollars in a scratch off ticket would be a miracle.  He won a million dollars in a scratch off ticket – twice!  He himself attributes both wins to the Expect A Miracle message he got from his mom.  He can also attribute his two million dollars to his subconscious mind, which repeatedly received the expectation (Rule # 2 What is expected tends to be realized) of a miracle from his mom – ultimate authority figure - and was then told the miracle would be winning a million dollars in a scratch off ticket.  It’s really not surprising his subconscious, having been successful in carrying out what it was told to do, did it twice.  It would probably have kept doing it if someone had not – in all likelihood said – winning three times would be impossible.

Whatever amount of money you choose, make it an amount you can manage.   Wealth is a responsibility and can be fleeting if you are not responsible with it.  You must know how to manage your money or be willing to hire a trustworthy, competent manager AND know enough about your investments to keep this person or persons competent and trustworthy.  You must be able to know when giving or loaning money to individuals or groups is wise or foolish or have someone you respect and trust who helps you with this. 

Choose an amount you feel worthy of making or receiving and be certain to clear yourself of subconscious self-punishment programs to this amount or your subconscious may block your getting it or make it very difficult to get it or lose it or give it away if you do get it or worse – drive you to use it in self-destructive ways.

Step #2.  Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire.  This is not tithing. It is discovering what you have to offer as a provider of, investor in, or mate of a provider of or investor in goods, services, or information people will pay for in sufficient quantities to make you the money you desire. 

You can be altruistic – wanting to give people what they want or need – but if you want to be financially successful or wealthy you must charge them accordingly.  Henry Ford wanted to develop an automobile affordable to the common person, which he did and he made and sold enough of them to make him wealthy.  Andrew Carnegie wanted to build and stock libraries, so he built railroads that would bring him the riches he needed to so.   

Some years ago in Los Angeles – city of angels – a woman’s heart was touched by a news story of a new born baby left to die with no name and no one to mourn it.  She named the dead baby, paid for a baptism, casket, funeral, burial plot and tombstone.  Not long after she was called about another abandoned dead baby and she did the same thing for that baby, burying it next to the first one.  She did this for the next abandoned baby and the next one and the next one.  After several dozen babies she bought – with her own money – all the plots by the babies to make a ‘little angels’ cemetery.  When the media interviewed her, she asked for donations to help her continue to give names, baptisms, caskets, funerals, a burial and headstone for every little angel in the ‘city of angels’ abandoned to an anonymous death.   Maybe the public did manifest it, or maybe it was the dead babies them selves, but not long after her request she won millions of dollars in the California State Lotto.  She provided what her heart desired and she received in return the money she needs to keep providing it.  A really wonderful and true miracle story.

Step three:  Establish a definite date you intend to possess the money you desire.  Base this time frame on the capitol and energy you have to do what you have to do for the money you desire.  Our friend Marilyn’s grandmother Bowers had a favorite saying:  It takes a penny to make a penny.  If you have few pennies to invest in your plan it is likely to take you longer than if you have a lot of pennies. 

Step Four:  Create a definite plan for creating your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.

Writing out your plan is putting it into action.  Checking for subconscious blocks or resistance and resolving these is putting your plan into action.  Research is putting your plan into action.  Doing something every day, no matter how tired you are, to move your plan forward is putting your plan into action.  

Step Five:  Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give for the money, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it.  Make this short enough so you can carry out step six.

Step Six:  Read your written statement aloud twice daily, once just before retiring at night, and once after arising in the morning.  As you read, see and feel and believe yourself already in possession of the money.

Napoleon Hill writes to keep yourself focused on step 4 – put your plan into action -and step 6 – read your written statement twice daily – and not quit your plan no matter what, you will need a burning desire for the money you want or a burning desire for what you want the money for. 

Desire = de (from) sire (father/originator).  Burning Desire = Passion.   

Pamela:  “Part of the reason I held a solitary job – cleaning houses – for several years was it gave me the silence I needed for working out in my mind my purpose in life.  I REALLY desired to know my purpose!  I hounded God, asking over and over, what do you want me to do???  One day, while cleaning a toilet, I heard an unbidden thought – a voice in my mind – saying:  “What would you give your children if you had to send them out into the world today with only one thing?”   I sat down, by the toilet, and really thought about that.  I answered I would give each of my children the desire to do what they loved doing the most, because doing that would bring them the most happiness.  Then the voice in my mind said:  “Do you think God is any less wise a parent than you?”

I realized then my purpose – what I came to do – was what I had a burning desire to do.  But I wasn’t sure what that was.  I’d thought I had a burning desire to be an actress – a star in the movies – but when I looked at the choices I’d made when I had the chance to do that I realized I’d wanted it, fantasized about it, hoped for it, but didn’t really have a burning desire for it or I would have made different choices.

As I thought about that I realized one thing I’d always done at every stage of my life, no matter what else was happening, was write.  I wrote down thoughts, dreams, short stories, articles I sold to small local magazines, a short story that made honorable mention in a national writer’s contest, two unpublished novels, and I was working on a third novel.  I didn’t think of writing as a burning desire because I was always doing it.  But isn’t that what a burning desire is?  Something you do all the time no matter what because you love doing it?

What stops people from devoting themselves to their burning desire and thus their purpose in life is thinking they are not good enough at it or it won’t make them enough money or they should be doing something else they are better at or would bring them more acceptance, or respect or admiration from others.   

When people don’t do what they have a burning desire to do life becomes fatiguing, discouraging, boring.  Eventually they lose heart and can’t even remember what it is they once had a burning desire to do because they’ve buried deeply in their mind in an attempt to bury the pain of not doing it.   

Wealth and money are not goals that bring happiness unless they incorporate what one has a burning desire to do or provide the means for doing what one has a burning desire to do.

Addendum:  Subscribers to the seminars have been learning how to hypnotize themselves as we go through the process with them.  We outline this process on the subscribers’ page and are posting today a ‘wealth script’ for convincing the subconscious (self) to change its negative beliefs about wealth so these can be ‘erased & replaced’ in the subconscious (mind) programming

Addendum:  We must correct some misinformation from this seminar.  We gave information about tithing from the Dictionary of Word Origins which states:  The practice of tithing began in the 12th Century as a ten per-cent levy on annual production paid to the Church.  Later we started wondering:  12th Century?   So looked it up in the Bible and found it three times in the Old Testament:   

Genesis 28:  22.  After Jacob’s vision of a ladder he awoke and took the stone he’d used for a pillow and placed it in the ground saying:  And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house:  and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give a tenth unto thee.   

Leviticus 27: 30 & 32:    And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s:  It is holy unto the Lord.   … And concerning the tithe of the herd or of the flock or even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the Lord.   

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