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On Prosperity

On Prosperity

In ancient days, a king had to be unblemished in order to rule, and upon being chosen as a worthy ruler, he was wed to the land to ensure the prosperity and safety of the kingdom.

What do I mean when I use the term, prosperity? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, prosperity is defined as: the condition of being successful or thriving; especially : economic well-being.  

Given this definition, naturally, in this day and age, I am referring to money, the agreed-upon economic exchange that we use in our culture.  AND I am not just referring to money.  I am talking about that which causes us to succeed and thrive, which, admittedly, in our culture, is usually money, but in ancient days, it was often cattle, or great crops.

We all define success in our own ways.  Merriam-Webster defines it like this: Success: a favorable or desired outcome; the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence.   Of course, “favorable” and “desired” are both subjective words and mean different things to different people. What constitutes success for me may be something completely different for you.  And what constitutes success for you today may be different tomorrow.  However, even given the individuality of our definitions of success, I believe I can say with confidence that having more than enough money (or the current means of exchange) to meet all of your needs could be construed as some semblance of success.

Lately I have been exploring these ideas of success and prosperity, and I have discovered some crucial connections to the having and/or the not having of money.

I have discovered that feelings of lack are often rooted in a poverty consciousness, usually from one’s upbringing, and to some extent brought on by the Depression.  Many of us were born to parents who knew the horrors of losing jobs, being on food rations, and all of the other hard times that came about during that period of history.  Growing up, it always felt as though there wasn’t enough to make ends meet.

No matter how much money I had managed to earn in my first five decades of life, I seemed to continue to have that experience of not having enough.  This is not to say I didn’t appreciate all that I had.  I absolutely did. However, the net asset value hadn’t changed much because as my income had increased, so had my expenses. I believe that I perpetuated that belief of not having enough because it was ingrained in me at such an early age.  Could I change that?  Oh yeah!

Here we get to the meat of the matter.  

I believe we should.  I believe we should do everything we possibly can, as long as it benefits others as well as ourselves, to increase our wealth.  I believe that, as the sovereign ruler of our own personal kingdom (or queendom as the case might be), it is our responsibility to be a fit ruler, and to ensure the prosperity of our kingdom. And, in doing so, we will have more to use on lofty missions, more to donate to worthy causes, more to use to make this world a better place.  We owe it to ourselves and the world in which we live. 

Thus, I have studied and learned what it would take to increase my wealth.

For over a year, I have been fortunate enough to attend an ongoing Master Mind group based upon the book, Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill. 

Napoleon Hill spent twenty-five years of his life studying the habits of the wealthy and successful businessmen of his time, and he discovered a few characteristics that they all had in common. One of the primary defining characteristics was a strong faith that they could and would succeed. Hill’s book outlines the other characteristics possessed by men such as Andrew Carnegie, JP Morgan, and Charles Schwab, and how they made their fortunes. 

These characteristics all indicate the existence of a Law of Attraction in which we attract the manifestations of our lives by our thoughts. Where you put your attention is what manifests in your life. It’s an interesting paradox, because if you don’t believe in it, then it doesn’t work, and thus it IS working.  It is not a new theory to me, but this time, it had been presented to me as a way of building wealth, which was novel for me.  As I re-programmed my thoughts to allow myself to receive opportunities for wealth-building, so did I begin to see the results in my life. It is fascinating to watch it at work.

I can see the application of the Law of Attraction in my Druidic practice.  As I concentrate on the virtues, I start to see more evidence of their presence in my life; evidence of hospitality, of fertility/creativity, of piety and integrity, and so on.  As I learn and study about sovereignty goddesses and the prosperity of the kingdom, so do I see applications in my own life, to feel my own sovereignty, to see the need to ensure prosperity in my life.  

Our beliefs are tricky.  How many times have we heard, “Money doesn’t grow on trees?”  And yet, money is made out of paper, which comes from trees.  How many times have we heard that “Money doesn’t buy happiness?”  This is certainly true – we don’t need money to be happy, but neither does NOT having money buy happiness. It doesn’t mean that we can’t be happy if we HAVE money. Money and happiness aren’t mutually exclusive.  Another perspective is that money may not buy happiness, but it sure can make life more comfortable.  Why do we deny ourselves?

For awhile, I think I was trying to make the best of a difficult situation. Yet, according to the Law of Attraction, every time I did that, I was asserting my current position in life and not letting myself attract the abundance I desired.  I chose to engage in activities that were not income-producing. I chose to find reasons why I shouldn’t want money – I judged myself for being selfish, or for being calculating, rather than recognizing that, to the contrary, I probably gave away too much (more than I could afford) to others, and I was probably not shrewd enough.

How would I achieve my dreams if I did not change this way of thinking?  How would I realize one of my fondest dreams, to found a community based upon principles of sustainable living if I do not have the resources to obtain it?  How would I make a difference in a way that matters to me if I don’t have the means to carry out my plans?  How would I be able to grow both my local druid grove as well as the non-profit institution of which my grove is a part, if I don’t have the resources necessary to do so?  Oh, I could be content to build my own little homestead and live off the land in a sustainable way, but why not dream bigger than that?  Why not share that with others?  We are all in this together.

Money matters.  Resources matter.  Prosperity matters.  And it is up to each of us to prove ourselves to be the fit ruler of our kingdoms, to wed ourselves to the land so that it may bless our kingdoms with abundance. 

In an interesting twist, I find my path has been leading me in two unexpected directions.  I am now training others on how to change their thinking so that they, too, can achieve the resources and success that they desire by running Master Mind groups in my area.  And, I am negotiating with a local business consultant to present such groups to clients.

Even more importantly, I am focusing my real estate practice on eco-friendly housing; in other words, I am seeking out energy-efficient housing to sell, seeking out buyers who want such housing, and consulting with interested clients on how to make their homes more energy-efficient.  I am taking continuing education classes in real estate to be certified as an eco-broker.  I am caring for the land as I build my business and helping others to live in more healthy environments.

I’ve felt quite encouraged by the talk about green building in Arizona these days.  In fact, I recently found out that there are initiatives in Scottsdale, the city I have lived in for twelve years, to increase energy efficiency in homes exponentially in the years to come.  I am also seeing that people are starting to take this seriously, and I am excited to be riding the wave on something that has been near and dear to my heart for so many years.  

As I strive to ever increase my own prosperity, with the tenet that I am also helping others in the process, I am also helping to increase the prosperity of the land around me.  What better way to dedicate my life and live in piety?  With the help of the Gods, I will succeed and thrive, for Them, as much as for myself and my kingdom.

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