Step 3: Addressing the Messaging
"Just remember, from today onward promise to speak sacredly, to live sacredly and deal with life sacredly, prosperity will be yours forever and through your generation."
Yogi Bhajan - 8/29/85
© 1985 YB Teachings, LLC
Congratulations! You are now on Step Three of Your Path to Prosperity Program!
"Addressing the Messaging" is a fantastic step for determining your own microscopic truth about money, wealth, abundance, finance and prosperity, by consciously and honestly looking at how you think and what you say, with the profound understanding that what you think and what you say, are what you project and what you attract in return.
This is can be one of the hardest steps, because microscopic truth can be a bit nit-picky, but it's well worth it! We vibrate a specific frequency that is primarily made up of our thought patterns, so we radiate clearly from that space - unblocking of the flow of prosperity often starts here.
"The prosperity and poverty in life is only to those who impulsively talk. Those who talk consciously shall always be rich because their world will become meaningful, effective, and the formula of OPI, OPM will come right at their door, opportunities will come to them left and right. You can satisfy your emotions, you can satisfy your fears, you can satisfy your feelings, but you may not satisfy your consciousness. Conscious communication is the secret to richness, worldly and heavenly both."
Yogi Bhajan - 10/8/85
© 1985 YB Teachings, LLC
Everything has to line up. It is imperative that your words line up with your actions and your actions line up with your thoughts and your thoughts line up with your words...you get the picture. Yogi Bhajan taught his financial people never say, "we don't have enough money," but rather to say, "it's not presently in our budget." One surely negates the ability to have enough, while the other offers every possibility for enough to be a reality.
Our thoughts are unique to each of us, and while it's possible to give a few very obvious examples of negative projection through our thoughts and words ("I'm broke," "I can't afford it," "I am poor," etc.), what needs to be addressed on a very personal level are the very complex intricacies of the monologue running in our minds.
Because it is so personal and because the monologue is running in your mind, it's quite impossible to write out every conceivable projection. This is your homework. Give yourself a few weeks (or months, or years!) to research and identify your thoughts - and, therefore, your projection - about money, wealth, abundance, prosperity. Remember, too, that this is an on-going process. As you clear away some things, others you weren't aware of might rise to the surface. The more obvious ones will surface more quickly, but persevering will take you into deeper and, probably, more hidden belief systems about money.
Below are some exercises to assist in this process.
Use this exercise to really assess your feelings about prosperity; it will give you lots of hints about your own personal microscopic truth in relationship to money, wealth and abundance. By becoming aware of your true feelings, you can begin to address anything that is out of alignment.
Take some time to sit in stillness and reflect. Use a meditation, breathing techniques or some other way to quiet your mind.
When you feel calm, quiet, and still - say the word "money" out loud. Feel the vibration of the word, and what response it invokes in you. Repeat the exercise saying the words abundance, wealth, rich, taking your time in between each one to feel your physical and mental response to the word.
Come back to the still and quiet place, breathing long and deep and feeling relaxed. And now go through the same process with the following sentences. Say each one with conviction Do you really believe it? Does your mind immediately make an excuse as to why it is not so for you? Do you need to add anything to make it real or believable for yourself? Take your time and really visit how your mind and body respond to each one.
- I have everything I could possibly want or need!
- The Universe is plentiful! There is plenty for me!
- I am prosperous!
- It's ok for me to be prosperous!
- I am rich!
- I am wealthy!
- It's ok for me to be rich & wealthy!
While exercise one addresses fundamental belief systems related to prosperity, exercise two addresses the everyday interaction with money and how our thoughts about it affect our frequency. There are often many discrepancies to be found in how we think we are thinking and acting, and what the reality is. Here are some examples from everyday life. You, of course, will have your own situations, your own thoughts and responses. These examples will stimulate the thought process to evaluate what you are thinking when you are participating in monetary transactions. Read each one, meditate on the situation and think about whether there are similar circumstances in your life. Do you make exclamations like these? What thoughts are running through your mind at the time? The real exercise is to evaluate what you are thinking during transactions like these, and, if necessary, to correct the thinking process that goes along with them.
You are at the store, and you are using your credit card for the purchase. What thoughts are going through your head as you hand the cashier your card?
Is there any hesitation when you give it to the cashier?
Does the idea flit through your mind that you might have spent too much?
Do you feel any momentary trepidation (however slight) that the card won't go through?
You receive a bill in the mail.
Do you think, "I don't get anything but bills!"
You are writing a check.
Is there any speck of resentment about what the check is being written for? ("These music lessons are so expensive!!" "The electric company is a robber!")
Is there any hint of hesitation when you hand it to the recipient?
Is there any fear the check will not clear?
You are paying your bills.
Is there any fear or worry the money won't cover all the bills?
Do you feel resentment at having to pay so much money?
What if there really isn't enough to cover every bill?
Do you beat yourself up over it?
How do you talk to yourself about it?
Do you feel anger? At whom?
Do you feel guilt? Why?
Do you use theoretical/spiritual reasons or beliefs to block your prosperity?
Do you believe it is wrong to be wealthy?
Do you think money is filthy?
Do you think if you are spiritual you "should" be above such things?
Do you have to convince yourself that you are content, because you "should" be?
Do you feel money is not holy?
"Consciousness means to crystallize yourself and see through your all Chakras in communication and find out where you are at, find out at what Chakra you are receiving, find out at what Chakra you are communicating."
© 1989 YB Teachings, LLC
Meditation and Technology
Yogi Bhajan taught a fantastic technology to change negative thought and belief patterns into positive ones. This is a simple, effective and incredibly powerful tool that can be used for any negative beliefs in any aspect of your life, and we are applying it to prosperity right now.
Set aside some time for a meeting with yourself (or your partner/s) on beliefs. Really brainstorm on some of the negative thought patterns and beliefs you may have "behind the scenes," and any you have found through the exercises above.
Here is a useful three-step process to identify old beliefs
(shared by Dr. Shanti Shanti K Khalsa, of the GRD Center for Medicine and Humanology).
Look at the feelings that come with your beliefs, which will give you a clue to what you are thinking, what the thoughts are. Examples are despair, anger, hopelessness, shame, etc.
Identify beliefs through language. Examples: I could never afford that. I'm always broke. This will never work.
Once you've identified old beliefs, create healthier beliefs. These new beliefs have to be based in nature, not based in the future, and always realistic. Beliefs should always be "I"-based.
Examples: I can improve my income, I am doing what I understand to do to make my life better. As I learn to trust God more, I become more comfortable with my prosperity. It is not about an affirmation or positive thought like, "I am going to get this job."
On a sheet of paper, create two columns and write the negative beliefs down in the left column. In the right column, write a corresponding positive belief.
Once you have determined the positive beliefs, set aside time every single day for 40 days, and use the following technology. This technology helps in the process of loosening and weakening the old beliefs and strengthening the new, positive beliefs.
For each positive belief:
1. Breathe in deeply.
2. Mentally repeat the positive belief three times.
3. Exhale fully while speaking the positive belief once.
4. Repeat two more times.
The more often you do this exercise, the more beneficial it will be. Make time once, twice or three times a day to practice it.
"If you think you are poor you are poor because you do not communicate with your soul - the source of prosperity, the source of reality."
Yogi Bhajan - 7/25/89
© 1989 YB Teachings, LLC
Coming next: The Attitude of Gratitude