Working to manifest your goals the Soul way asks you to drop some old behaviour patterns, ie. The less money you have, the harder you work. Look around you and you will know hard work is not a guarantee of more money, yet most of us go into jive bunny mode when the bucks are not flowing into the bank as we would want.
To manifest money effectively you’ll have to become friends with idea that right action comes from the flow of life. It’s core concept of my book Ride the River (it is useful to get a copy).
Here’s an excerpt that introduces this concept:
‘Without conscious awareness, pushing the river is the default model in today’s world. Everyone is pushing simply because society has conditioned us this way. From the time we were young we were told ‘work hard, play hard’ – the harder you work, the better the results – and you MUST get results! We are commanded to get results at school, and in sport, even our spiritual lives are results-driven. In our current model results define you; they make a statement of who you are. Without good results is your life worthwhile?
There’s a very subtle yet powerful difference between pushing the river and riding it, so subtle that perhaps a real life example of the two would best explain the difference. A friend of mine is dating a lady who is an interior decorator. One day she overheard her boss stressing about a particularly big deal which he had won to redecorate a chain of guest houses. Having struck the deal he found that the fabric selected for the furniture was out of stock and completely unavailable anywhere. This obviously delayed promised delivery times, putting the order in jeopardy. The last thing the boss wanted was the client to cancel the order.
As a result, and in conforming to the ‘push the river’ model, she heard her boss lying to the customer on the one side whilst abusing the supplier on the other. As is usual in the push the river model, the pusher was pushed to his limit and was having an awful time. All his negative energy was spilling over into the rest of the office.
Whilst other employees shrugged the situation off, the lady in question became interested in what was happening and, using her own time, popped into the client’s guest house to have a look. When she arrived and viewed the current décor it was immediately apparent to her decorating mind that the out of stock fabric was in fact not the best match for the rooms in question.
Upon returning to the office, still without telling her boss what she was doing, she identified some fabric that she felt would be a far more attractive option. On enquiry she discovered that there was no problem with availability of her suggested fabric – in fact they even had several bales in their own stock.
She called the client, explaining that she had visited his premises, and that she had identified some really super fabric which she would like to show him. When the client arrived and looked at the fabric sample, he immediately agreed with her assessment and readily signed a re-order for the different fabric. Problem gone!
This story clearly demonstrates the difference between the push the river and ride the river model. The enraged and stressed boss, was enraged and stressed because he was having to push the deal through. He had a sense that all his efforts in securing the first deal were being undermined. He had a sense that life was stealing away what was rightfully his. He had a sense that life has an irritating way of going wrong. His model of the world made the whole affair angry and unresolved.
The vitally interested and involved decorator was motivated by a passion of beautiful houses. She had a sense of the lovely and wished to express it. She followed her heart’s leading at every turn, not for outcomes, but just because it was her make up, and she was being true to it. Her model of the world swept problems effortlessly away. Ironically all the wasted energy of the boss yielded no results, whereas the sweet and easy energy of the love of décor produced superb results.’
So what does this look like in daily life: when I’m catching a wave and I want to work work work, I do. I get up at 4am, because a woken with words or the desire to do stuff. I work on with high energy until 8 or 9pm. I’m saying yes to the surge of work energy, YES to the impulse to work.
But there are times when I feel tired, and the energy for work is gone, leaving behind a thin voice in my mind that say ‘but you’ve got to work’. I’ve learned however not to listen to this old and un-useful inner dialogue. I’ve learned to say YES to my NO. And so I take downtime, right in ‘worktime’. Like a surfer simply doing nothing but waiting and resting on his board for the next wave, I rest. I go to movies, I sleep late, I read. I don’t go into push-push mode. I wait until the surge, the impulse to work comes up from my feet again.
Here’s how to make this concept your own:
- Write up another sign/affirmation that says ‘NO MORE PUSH-PUSH. RIGHT ACTION COMES FROM THE FLOW OF LIFE. ‘
- Then keep observing how often you force yourself to push on when you should be waiting for the wave. Notice how difficult it is not to force yourself.
- Have downtime when your system signals so. Some of you might be burnt out and will need more. Others will simply need to finetune what you’re already doing. Irrespective of where you’re at the sea of Life Force is under you, holding you up, and will bring you what you need. if you will just trust.
John Kehoe , author of t Mind Power’ says ‘Rest is not a reward for work well done. Rest is part of work.’ Give it a try!