Jay Taylor's Divine Economy - eBook v2

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DRAFT edition of my 1st book - second revision. I learned so much about myself in writing this book. It is not the best, but it was the best I could write at the time. Please enjoy and feel free to comment.

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  1. 1. Divine Economy Divine Economy - Legacy of Abundance Copyright 2008 by Jay Taylor All rights reserved. The use of any part of this publication reproduced, transmitted by any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, or stored in a retrieval system, without prior written consent of the author is an infringement of the copyright law. ISBN 978-1-934537-81-7 1
  2. 2. Legacy of Abundance The Readers Duty I would like to recommend two books in addition to Divine Economy – Legacy of Abundance that are very complimentary to the principles set forth in these pages. I know both of these men and endorse these books as important parallel to Divine Economy. We invite you to share your thoughts and recommend these powerful titles to family and friends. Be sure to order your copy first so you can properly refer the values set forth in these good books. Using the referral codes generated through your purchase will help you earn cash. Each author at One2Another.NET sets aside a minimum of 20% of their profits to reward you for spreading the word. Your word-of-mouth recommendation is critical to the success of these good books. “Truth spreads by testimony. There is a sort of high compulsion, which lofty spirits recognize, to bear witness to the truth wherever found. That is how the best books get their circulation. A reader who has dug treasure from a book spreads the news of his discovery to others whom he desires to enrich.” From the flyleaf of a collector's edition 1918 copy -Harper Brothers book called "The Story of The Little Angels.” 2
  3. 3. Divine Economy The Three Deceivers by Richard Eyre Control, ownership and independence are perhaps the most pursued and coveted things in our modern world. However, in the mind of New York Times #1 bestselling author Richard Eyre they are The Three Deceivers. He calls them, the "false gods" that separate us from God and rob us of the things of the Spirit. This ground breaking book explores the obsession with Control, Ownership & Independence and then introduces The Three Alternatives designed to lead the reader to a higher and more spiritual paradigm and one that effectively replaces each of The Three Deceivers. Enter a new world of thinking that will change how you live and improve the relationships you value. 3
  4. 4. Legacy of Abundance Does Your Bag Have Holes? by Cameron Taylor This original and ground breaking book beautifully blends principles, parables, and stories into an entertaining and inspirational read. An 80- minute abridged audio book on CD is included in the back of each 320- page book. This book takes a unique approach with each chapter beginning with a widely believed myth that leads to bondage such as “Bad Things Should Not Happen to Good People,” “The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Poorer,” “The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side,” “If I Can Make the Payments, I Can Afford It,” and “Rich People Cannot Go to Heaven.” The effects of each myth is discussed and proven false, and then the truths that lead to financial and spiritual freedom are taught. 4
  5. 5. Divine Economy O ur legacy – the treasures we leave behind for others – is not the valuables mentioned in our wills but in the values we lived by and the example we set. First impressions are important, but it is your last impression that lasts forever in the hearts of those you love and serve. If you fail to construct a deliberate legacy you may fail to complete the most important work of your life. None of us are the same and we can never get in anyone’s head or understand what is in their heart. It is a paradox that humanity is preserved and improved through our differences. We need each other to find our way to greater meaning and joy. I believe we can only see in others what exists within ourselves. In serving others we find our better selves. Service is love. Our talents and abilities become known to us as we selflessly serve and provide value to those around us. We can live with integrity and work with a sense of purpose as our values are improved through helping others. Our relationships, knowledge, and talents are the medium of exchange in heaven. They are Divine Economy. Will those you leave behind walk without the benefit of your clearly marked path? Will you fail to pay attention and prepare a way for them to follow? I want to share ideas and beliefs that have given me power in my life to endure hardships, understand myself and humanity, and improve my circumstances. The world is in turmoil because we ourselves are uncertain and confused. It’s time for change. It’s time for us to mark the path and lead the way. As God’s children 5
  6. 6. Legacy of Abundance we inherit His legacy of abundance – this book is here to help you access it and pass it along. Contents Connect With Humanity ............................................................ 20 Transactional Value .................................................................. 22 Puzzle Pieces ............................................................................. 25 Find & Use Your Talents ............................................................ 35 Heart ......................................................................................... 45 Opposition & Contrast .............................................................. 48 Might ........................................................................................ 55 Mind .......................................................................................... 57 Strength .................................................................................... 62 Being ......................................................................................... 87 Love Is Dominant ...................................................................... 95 Flood Insurance ......................................................................... 98 Creativity Versus Competition................................................... 99 Bricks & Picnics ....................................................................... 101 Past – So What ........................................................................ 106 Present – What Is .................................................................... 110 Hope ........................................................................................ 113 Future – What’s Next .............................................................. 114 Affirming your power .............................................................. 115 Genetic Soup ........................................................................... 118 Get There the First Time.......................................................... 120 Relentless Forward Motion ..................................................... 121 True North ............................................................................... 123 The Truth Will Set You Free ..................................................... 124 Creativity ................................................................................. 130 Life is Never Finished ............................................................... 132 Living On Credit ....................................................................... 135 Divine Abundance ................................................................... 140 Too Much Power ..................................................................... 141 6
  7. 7. Divine Economy Getting Help ............................................................................ 142 Helping Yourself ...................................................................... 142 It’s All Good ............................................................................. 143 Judging Others ........................................................................ 144 Forgetting and Remembering ................................................. 145 Justice ..................................................................................... 146 Your Worst Judge .................................................................... 147 From Light to Life .................................................................... 150 Practical Knowledge ............................................................... 152 The Breath of Life .................................................................... 153 Prayer ...................................................................................... 155 Liquid Light.............................................................................. 156 Food For Thought .................................................................... 158 Humor ..................................................................................... 160 Creative Recreation ................................................................. 161 Music....................................................................................... 162 The Programmer ..................................................................... 164 What’s in a Name? ................................................................. 165 Follow your bliss...................................................................... 167 You Have A Purpose! ............................................................... 168 Time as an Indicator ............................................................... 169 Multiplying Your Talents ......................................................... 170 Surprise Parties ....................................................................... 171 The Curtain Never Falls ........................................................... 172 Rapport and sharing ............................................................... 172 Shared Talents Lead to Rapport .............................................. 175 No Man is an Island ................................................................ 176 Balancing Act .......................................................................... 177 Babies...................................................................................... 177 Siblings .................................................................................... 181 Parents .................................................................................... 183 Friends .................................................................................... 185 Spouse ..................................................................................... 186 Employer ................................................................................. 190 Employee ................................................................................ 193 7
  8. 8. Legacy of Abundance God.......................................................................................... 194 Choice ..................................................................................... 200 Gratitude ................................................................................. 201 Creativity ................................................................................. 202 Abundance .............................................................................. 203 Rapport with God – Charity .................................................... 204 Your Legacy ............................................................................. 206 Divine Economy....................................................................... 207 About the Author .................................................................... 210 8
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  10. 10. Legacy of Abundance One What Was I ’m not sure if I was seven or eight years old. That certainly isn’t important in the greater scheme of things. Let me tell you about the day my life really started and my deep search for meaning was born. In the 1960s we still had board swings on long, heavy- duty chains that were suspended from about 9 to 10 feet off the ground. I loved those swings. When I got going it was as close to flying as I could imagine. One day I was lingering after school on the swings. My house was about 300 yards away and you could almost see it from the playground. My back was to the house and I was “flying.” My brother Wesley was shouting against the wind in my ears. He was upset and there was a sense of urgency in his 10
  11. 11. Divine Economy tone. He approached from behind. It took real effort to slow down and bring the swing to a stop. Wesley was crying and said that something was wrong and we had to get home right away. You can imagine that I began to search my mind to see if something I had done was discovered and that I was going to be punished. Wes’s tears were deep and genuine. I was scared and didn’t understand why I was hurrying to my doom. Whatever he was aware of was so overwhelming that I found myself crying along with him as we approached the front door of our house. Dad and Mom were home early; their cars were parked on the street as we passed by. This was really going to be bad. When we entered the front room, we were the last ones to get there except my oldest brother. I don’t remember him ever coming. Dad had everyone sitting around the room looking at him. His face was stressed and his voice was charged even though he wasn’t shouting. Mom was in tears with her head down. She was quietly sobbing. I couldn’t understand what was going on. Dad began to explain. “Your mother and I don’t love each other anymore. She’s leaving today and never coming back. This is your last chance to say good-bye. She won’t be calling you on the phone or writing any letters.” What?! “You will never see her or hear from her again. Say your good-byes now.” Tears were streaming down every face in the room. What in the world did all this mean? Is 11
  12. 12. Legacy of Abundance this even possible? How could this come out of nowhere and be so permanent? Was I dying or having a bad dream? Moments later the second shoe dropped. Mom was digging in her purse and pulled the three girls close to her. She instructed the older daughters to make sure that her baby had a good birthday. She handed them a twenty dollar bill. She scooped up the baby in her arms and cried more deeply than before. It was in the fall and we were approaching the holidays. My little sister, the youngest, celebrates her birthday right around Thanksgiving. I was the second youngest child and my birthday was less than two weeks after hers. We were only two years apart. I was sure the next thing Mom would do was to take me in her arms and tell someone to make sure I had a good birthday too. That didn’t happen. I was left in this horrible nightmare with the vision of my mother leaving our family forever. She wasn’t coming back for reasons I couldn’t understand and now I felt like I was unimportant and unwanted. That was the nature of my childhood – somehow this was all about me and I had to make sense out of it. The only lasting impression of that day was that my mother was going away forever. I had been abandoned; that was what I felt. I know that she hugged me and said good-bye. It just seemed to me that her heart was only drawn out toward my little sister and that my birthday, so close to hers, was of no consequence. It was my mother’s last chance to 12
  13. 13. Divine Economy acknowledge her love for me as she had for her baby and it didn’t happen. She was going away, never to be heard from again, and I wasn’t a recipient of her last great act of love. All of us have at least one moment which sets us on a path of discovery. This was mine. Was I lovable? Was I important to someone? Did I have any value to the people around me? This was the beginning of my story. It’s the root of all the deep, searching thoughts that put me on a path in life that has made me strong. It was impossible to understand then, but I now know how important and precious that horrible day was as a foundation to build upon for the rest of my life. I am who I am because I discovered the essence of what really happened that day. I love my parents deeply. My mom is not a bad person and my father has never done anything other than his best to provide for his family. To your benefit and mine, these good and honorable people have worked hard all their lives and have done what they had to do in difficult times. We have been seeking understanding and through shared experiences we have each improved ourselves. Both my father and mother are amazingly gifted people who care deeply for their family. Mistakes were made and everyone involved worked to survive in the best way they knew how. What I felt that day has become a gift. It so deeply charged my emotions that I resolved over and over again throughout my life to make sense of it. Life must have a purpose. Children and adults are bound to each other in families to learn and grow. There is always a better way to do things. The purpose and meaning of life is knowledge. It has taken 48 years for me to gain perspective, knowledge, develop relationships, 13
  14. 14. Legacy of Abundance and to acknowledge the source of joy I’ve been looking for since that life-changing day. I no longer need an old board swing to fly. I am free to explore the world without fear and without regret. I have discovered for myself that I can be a source of endless love. I can change the world. No one is responsible for the love I seek to enjoy in life. It flows first from my heart to others and then comes back to me. That love starts when I contemplate the love of God and all that He has given me. It is created from my desire to serve others and to make sure that they feel God’s love through me. Now that I know where love comes from, I can spend the rest of my life showing it to those around me and those within my influence. And the greatest gift of all is that as I perfect the value of what I give to others, it comes back to me multiplied. The purpose of life is to live joyfully. Regardless of your past, or present, you can choose to build a bright and joyful future. Do that with love. This is the essence of a Divine Economy. No one should ever feel alone and there should be no poor among us. Can we do that? I think we can! Reading this will help you discover the power of your own legacy. Find instances in your life that set you on a path of greatness. You might have to look where it seems most unpleasant, but those days are there. Allow the strength and growth that are hidden in you to come out now. Be grateful for your past, it will set you free. Love and gratitude are on the same wavelength. Immerse your thoughts in one or the other – the results are the same. 14
  15. 15. Divine Economy You are a being of power and nobility. You will discover what is intended by this bold philosophy. Your world is about to change. Control is coming back and the joy of your discoveries will fill your heart and spill over into the lives of those you love and for whom you are grateful. Life is eternal. Are you willing to believe in an endless existence of abundance? Keep reading. Whether you agree with me or not, these ideas will open you to new possibilities. That is the nature of Divine Economy; the difference or contrasts from one life to the next gives us reason to think and ponder. We learn from opposition and contrast that life has meaning. We find value in our experience which we can pass along so others need not suffer as we did. Our perspective is a gift of sight from which others can see the world and new possibilities for themselves. It is better to give than receive. Divine Economy proves the truth of that statement and demonstrates how giving to one another results in more for everyone. There are no poor in Divine Economy. Engage yourself in joyful living. This book brings peace to a troubled world. Creativity, not competition, is the solution to our desires. Make genuine decisions that have power to change lives. • Connect With Humanity • Find & Use Your Talents • Receive Inspiration • Build Your Legacy You’ll absolutely love Divine Economy and you’ll love yourself even more because of it. Your knowledge is needed by others. Do you feel a sense of urgency about life? The possibilities wait within 15
  16. 16. Legacy of Abundance you – Divine Economy draws them out. Other principles presented throughout the book reinforce the person you are meant to be. Find strength from your difficult past to create a future of dignity, integrity, and abundance. In our past we find purpose, in the moment we find power, in the future we stand with God. Read the most thoughtful, heart-felt, and personal book you may ever find. You have power you never imagined and its waiting for you to use it. There are no ordinary people. Stop looking for organizations and politicians to solve the challenges you face. Face yourself first – get to know the real you. Find the power of living and learning within the bounds of joy. You are greater than your challenges. This message is for everybody. Let your light grow brighter and brighter until the perfect day. Divine Economy is proof that there is a God who loves His children. We are not alone and everything is going to be fine. 16
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  18. 18. Legacy of Abundance Two Divine Economy – Personal Restoration I t has been my privilege to meet many wonderful people throughout my life. My most cherished experiences are the people that I’ve met who feel comfortable enough in our association to introduce me to their family and friends. On one such occasion a friend took me to discuss an entrepreneurial opportunity with someone he greatly respected. After our initial introductions and getting to know each other a little bit, this amazing woman shared with me something I’ve never forgotten. It has changed my life and I want to share with you what she taught me at our first meeting. Throughout her life, people had told Janeen what a wonderfully talented musician and composer she was. So frequent and constant were their compliments that she felt uneasy. People would say that she had so many gifts and abilities but they didn’t have any. It made her self-conscious and uncomfortable. Why did so many people feel they had been given no talents or abilities? 18
  19. 19. Divine Economy She made it a point of pondering, study, and prayer. Her answer came in the form of a vivid dream. This is what she says of that dream. I dreamed a myriad of God’s children were chanting together, “Is that all? Is that all?” We, who had lived so long and progressed so far under Divine tutelage, were now being told we could take only a small portion of our knowledge and talents with us when we came to earth. We were dismayed. Our Father put his loving arms around us and said, “Do not fear, my children, though alone you will have lost much, when you come together you will have every talent, every skill, everything you will have left behind restored to you.” – Janeen Brady When she first shared this with me I was overwhelmed. Janeen had seen so plainly in her dream what I’ve been trying to understand my whole life. One of my greatest questions about life was answered. What does her dream mean to you? Do you think what she saw and heard was based in Truth? Divine Economy is about what you can give to life not what you can get from it, but it implies that what you give will come back multiplied. It’s just like the parable of the talents. All of us have a sense that we are somehow more than we can access. The evidence comes when people treat us poorly and we 19
  20. 20. Legacy of Abundance feel how wrong that is. Our sense of self is based on forgotten knowledge and we experience daily symptoms that give us emotional pause and deep reflection. Some of us have seen so much of the world and felt so little of our greatness. We surrender to mortality and imperfection. The world of circumstance defines us instead of us defining our circumstances. CONNECT WITH HUMANITY I love the New Testament words of Jesus Christ. I have always marveled at the parable of the talents. The reference is long so please allow me to summarize key points. New Testament, Matthew 25:14 – 29 A man leaves to his three servants five, two, and one talent respectively as he goes into a far away land. He departs… 16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. The master then comes for a reckoning and sees that two servants have been faithful and used their talents to trade. Each of them doubled their talents and is pronounced “good and faithful.” The third servant acknowledges that the master expected more upon his return but then offered only this explanation: 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28…. 20
  21. 21. Divine Economy 29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. In writing Divine Economy, I want you to understand that we have all been given something of value with which we can trade. That is a Truth - to everyone that has come upon this plain of mortality, God has granted the means whereby all that we have forgotten can be restored to us. The means of that restoration of our knowledge, talents, and skills, is by coming together in a community whereby we can trade value or where we can compare perspectives. It is critical that we value not as the world measures, but that we measure as God values. Our turn on earth will end and all the material goods accumulated by us will be lost at our passing. We own nothing. All material goods are a stewardship, a test. If we make the things of this world more important than things of eternal value, then we will lose all we have and more. Divine Economy is a philosophy that acknowledges those infinite values and makes them the primary goals of life. It is what Janeen’s dream indicates. Your loving relationships, knowledge, and what you can create from them, are the only things of value that survive your death. Life is about the pure pursuit of knowledge and giving loving service to one another. Your talents are born of skill and knowledge that is so ingrained within you that you have infinite capacity to pour from that cup. You become a fountain of living water boiling up from the depths of your soul to trade refreshment with your fellow beings. All that you are is improved when you are in the company of those who genuinely care about you and encourage you. When 21
  22. 22. Legacy of Abundance you serve them, you learn about your ability to give and your sense of self is multiplied. That is when what you have lost – every talent, every skill, everything you had left behind – begins to be restored. Flooding into your mind are ideas and feelings that are unlocked and with inspiration, you find yourself creating new options for yourself and others. In heaven there is no medium of exchange that includes material gains. All that the Father has is ours and it is endless and eternal. There is no competing for it, it is everywhere. There is no lack – only abundance. We can qualify for that abundance here upon the earth only when we learn to recognize our own talents and abilities and let them out in the service of others. You must discover what is endless and inexhaustible about you and use it to benefit others. You are not your clothes. You are not your education. You are not your car or your house. You are the values you give to others. You learn about yourself when you discover your passion to serve and protect others. Who you protect says more about who you are – it reveals your depth or lack thereof. How you serve the interest of others gives light to your desires. You are the value you trade with everyone you know and love. You are what you trade. You trade what you are. TRANSACTIONAL VALUE Do you trade love, acceptance, kindness, encouragement, knowledge, good counsel, and do you offer your strength to the physical labors of those who cannot labor for themselves? Do you sense what your values are? What do you offer in trade for the 22
  23. 23. Divine Economy value being offered to you by others? Attraction is stated: “That which is like unto itself is drawn.” Value is realized only when there is an exchange. A good book on the shelf has no value. The dollar in your wallet has no value. The strength of your body has no value when at rest. For something to have value it must be in motion; it has to be traded from one person to the next. Let me further clarify. A single dollar in a single transaction has the value of one dollar. If that same dollar passes through one million transactions, then that dollar has the value of a million dollars. If you withhold value and prevent ongoing transactions, then you are the dam that prevents the flow of living water. Are you a one-sided transaction or a million trades in progress? Be courageous - you are not a one-time offer. Are you ready to increase your value by maximizing the number of transactions you experience? People are God’s business. People are what He values. You and I cannot improve ourselves or our value sitting alone in a room. If we place ourselves out of the reach of others and pretend that we’re saving our talents, abilities, knowledge, love, and strength for something more important, our value is idle. We have no impact in the lives of people. Our reward will be in keeping with the foolish servant who buried his talent and then told his master, “lo, there thou hast that is thine.” Anything, including money that isn’t being transacted has zero value. It is right that we first take care of our needs, but then let us consider money and all other forms of wealth a stewardship through which we serve others. Too often you and I think of material goods as our own. Some people horde and tuck away little 23
  24. 24. Legacy of Abundance treasures where no one can break in and steal away. Upon death all of us who act that way will be accountable for having buried talents, substance, financial wealth, knowledge, and love. Are you happier with people or with your stuff? If you are happier with your stuff, do you even want to change? We were born to have it all. That awareness is in each of us. This sense of our greatness is used to mislead some of us and we think ourselves superior to others. We are not. We are peers in every measureable way. Together we are great, alone we waste away. Depression, anger, fear, and lusts are all born out of sense that we deserve more but it’s not showing up in our experience. The worldly have perverted the idea that we are great into a deception that “I alone am great.” They see the world as limited. They see themselves as superior. Competition for limited resources is the temptation to which they fall prey. Do you think things are more important than people? Do you think knowledge is more powerful than kindness? People regardless of culture, religion, education, race, creed, nationality, or political affiliations, either see themselves as the answer (a key piece of the puzzle) or they see others as the problem (the holes that are missing). Divine Economy asserts that we as individuals and as collective humanity are the answer. You have the power to change the world. You can’t do that sitting alone in a “safe place.” You have to brave the enterprise that is mankind. The paradox is that while you must assert yourself as the answer, you must also realize that you are only a part of the answer. Each of us brings a different piece to the puzzle to form a complete solution. Your piece is important, but it is just your piece. 24
  25. 25. Divine Economy PUZZLE PIECES Without all of us adding our contribution, the collective of humanity can’t realize what is implied for us as a whole. The edge pieces may be missing so we don’t know how big the picture really is. The corners would give us a lot of insight and we would know the dimensions within which color, subjects, shapes, earth, sky, water, and people have place. Without each other giving what we have, the whole thing will be terribly incomplete. Even if only one piece were missing at the end, it is a hole in the fabric of God’s family. Individually, we must have the courage to take our place. As an experiment in our imaginations, let’s say we have 500 people and prior to entering a room we give each person one of 500 pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Everyone enters the room and the door is closed and locked. Some people undoubtedly put the piece in their pocket soon after walking in the door and forget they have it. Others explore the room; they walk from one extent to the other. Like cows on a farm or a range leaning on the fence, they lean against the walls looking for a weak spot that will tumble and let them out. Some people go into the room and just sit down. No instructions are given, there is no voice of leadership and these 500 souls are left to find meaning. One person in the room looks carefully at their puzzle piece. They study it; shape, color, material composition, and possible purpose. Personal awareness leaves clues in their conscious mind. Without knowing everything they look up and notice that others are holding a piece of the puzzle too. It takes courage to suggest meaning for this one thing so many seem to have in common. A conversation starts; they discuss what each of them has observed and thought about it. Soon, enough 25
  26. 26. Legacy of Abundance people have joined together to note that some of their pieces have an image of water, some have blue sky, others have flowers, and still others have fragments of buildings. Finally, two people connect their pieces literally. Their common cause and shared observation has brought them together and they establish a human connection. Their pieces start to show the greater image suggested and things become more meaningful. Someone suggests bigger implications and everyone with water comes together. They get all the pieces they can to fit. Those with sky, with flowers, and buildings are organized into groups, too. Finally the various areas fill in to show what they within their groups have accomplished. Now the groups see how they all come together. They start seeing where they might possibly bring their unique pieces to connect sky to water, water to flowers, and flowers to buildings. Everyone sees and enjoys greater clarity. Everyone participating gets excited, but there are still some who press against the walls, some who think they haven’t got a piece, and others who knew they had it but seem to have lost it. The non-participants watch others making connections and enjoy placing their pieces in the puzzle. It leaves those against the walls and those who have lost pieces with a sense of separateness. It doesn’t seem right that others enjoy such associations. Not looking within to recognize their own value, they criticize what the contributors have accomplished. They feel frustrated; they start telling the community of contributors that the image is still incomplete; there are holes in the picture that leave it unfinished. They mock and ridicule the group’s accomplishments. 26
  27. 27. Divine Economy So goes the enterprise of humanity. People who are contributing get a sense of purpose and find their place in the world. Those who don’t contribute feel a need to justify their lack by suggesting that the whole is imperfect. Sadly, some who had successfully contributed learn the negative point of view and withdraw their piece to leave more holes in the image. It is important that we all learn to give what we have and encourage even the most ardent detractors, the most critical non- contributors, and those who are just wandering without a cause. None of us can complete the picture without them. We must have enough understanding to encourage them to find their piece of the puzzle and add it back towards the completion of God’s family. We are God’s children. We were placed in the room with no memory and no instruction, but we do all have a piece of the puzzle to add for the benefit of the whole. We are not here alone. God’s test is simple. Will we believe in what we have, who we are, and in our “roommates” enough to come together and give meaning to this experience? Putting the pieces together is Divine Economy. It is the restoration of ourselves and of His family one to another. There is no restoration possible if we won’t first give what we have. A contribution to the welfare or understanding of those seeking help and knowledge will open you up to your greatness. You will learn that you are indeed worthy of all that the Father has. This is how you find out what you’ve been given. The essence of your piece of the puzzle starts to take shape in your experience. The only way to receive all the abundance of God is to first learn to give all that you have. Find yourself, find God within you. New Testament, Matthew 25:29 29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 27
  28. 28. Legacy of Abundance Explore your ability to give. Watch the windows of heaven open up and pour out endless blessings upon you. This happens only when you discover how to first contribute to others. Ponder this thought. You see in others only what first exists within yourself. What you see in others is the general indication of your current attitude towards life. Are you generous and believing that everyone has value, or are you watching from the outside and justifying your lack of participation by criticizing the imperfections in the fabric of humanity? Until you can see the good in humanity, how can you find God within yourself? Only when we see ourselves as the source of love and light, can we dispel the awful gloom of forgetfulness. It has to come from within, before it can be multiplied back to us. Send out love and encouragement and see if everything you need doesn’t flow back to you. What you see in others is also an amazing indicator of your own capacities, talents, skills, and abilities. Everything that you have awareness of in others is lying within waiting for the chance to come out. It is an over simplification, but “What you see is what you get.” You get to observe it in others and contemplate how that would feel if you “put it on.” We observe and simulate just like small children. We practice new behaviors and ideas exactly the same as infants do. We try stuff on and keep what fits until we outgrow it. Before television, radio, walkmans, iPods, and personal media devices came along, people sat together and visited. People would 28
  29. 29. Divine Economy take walks together, talk, sing, dance, play, and learn together. When friends needed help, you knew it and it was offered. Technology can help us do more if we use it to fill us up instead of just fill up our time. I bought an iPod two years ago and put lots of self-help audio books on it. I took walks and listened to scriptures, best-selling authors, inspired music, and even some technical education on science and computer software. It made my walks and my commuting highly beneficial. It filled my mind with new possibilities and I became aware of my own talents. Passive entertainment is an important source of recreation. Just make sure your value isn’t being placed on the shelf and left there. Come back to the trading, bring your piece of the puzzle and see what more you can DO. Don’t let the distractions of our time keep you from sharing the water of your living fountain. Our combined waters will cut canyons out of rock and move mountains. People united in a good cause share their talents, energies, knowledge, and love. What you get back has infinite value that survives beyond the grave. You become more. If you have learned well, you will be pronounced “good and faithful.” New Testament, Mark 8:35 35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. Alone we are nothing. Together we create and enjoy Divine Economy. We participate in the abundance of God when we find it within and trade joyfully with others. 29
  30. 30. Legacy of Abundance “Do not fear, my children, though alone you will have lost much, when you come together you will have every talent, every skill, everything you will have left behind restored to you.” 30
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  32. 32. Legacy of Abundance Three What Is I n 1987 I was living in Salt Lake City, Utah. During the evenings I would watch the educational channels from the local universities which sponsored PBS programming. There was a series called, The Mind. It was developed by WNET out of New York in cooperation with BBC Television. It was fascinating. What was being asked and researched about the human mind was inspiring and it attempted to answer some of the most difficult questions ever asked. One segment featured a heart-breaking story that to this day has been a big part of what I have come to acknowledge as Truth. Clive Wearing experienced a severe headache followed by a fever. He suffered through viral encephalitis which destroyed the connections linking his hippocampus to other lobes of his brain. He has all his faculties and reasoning skill but has no ability to 32
  33. 33. Divine Economy remember anything beyond a “blinkered moment” as described by his wife Deborah. Clive was a musicologist of renown. He was an expert in Renaissance choral music, a pianist and organist of extraordinary skill, as well as a gifted vocalist and choral master. Everything that Clive had ever learned and all the ingrained talent he spent a life accumulating was stored in his brain but it had no mechanism for retrieving those gifts and abilities. He is a fully aware man but his awareness lasts until he turns away. His memory fades and he starts all over again. It is an endless cycle of firsts – he is seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, and tasting things for the first time. In the video series I purchased of The Mind, his wife says, “Clive’s world now consists of a moment, with no past to anchor it and no future to look ahead to. It is a blinkered moment. He sees what is right in front of him, but as soon as that information hits the brain, it fades.” She further explains with remarkable insight and great love, “You’re dealing with a perfectly lucid, highly intelligent man who has been robbed of the knowledge of his own life. He feels deeply humiliated to be put in that position; very, very frustrated.” “His being, his center, his soul is absolutely functioning as it ever did. The fact that he is so despairing, so much in anguish, so angry, so much in love with me – those are all real, human passions. And he is showing them almost to the exclusion of everything else. All he shows us is raw human passion, straight from the heart of the mind.” I also purchased the companion book so that I would be able to contemplate the many things brought out in this ground- breaking educational program. This segment on Clive is the one 33
  34. 34. Legacy of Abundance that I watch over and over again. Each time it breaks my heart but it reveals so much of humanity to me that the parallels to life and to eternity become more firmly engrained in my mind. Consciousness or awareness is not inclusive of memory. This is indicated by what Clive Wearing and his angel-wife have been living with for so many years. What I see each time I watch that video is a simple extension of what Janeen Brady’s dream was indicating. We have forgotten much coming into this world and we are left with raw human passions. We demonstrate our love and our hate with great emotion and grand gestures. We feel robbed of all that seems just beyond the grasp of our conscience. Our preparations for greatness are beyond our recall but the shadows of it are still there. How could we not know who we are? We exist but who are we? Our answers come so slowly over time that we remain frustrated and easily distracted. What is happening right now has our full attention. Our “what is” is just like Clive’s “blinkered moment.” Clive’s moments never last more than seconds. Our parallel is comparing his moment to our mortality. He forgot his past and lives in a moment. We have forgotten about eternity and live a mortal life. For each of us, the sense that we’ve lost so much is played out in our frustrated and uneven lives. All our emotions are raw because we haven’t got a sure knowledge of who we are and what we came to accomplish. How could God be so loving and life be so cruel? 34
  35. 35. Divine Economy FIND & USE YOUR TALENTS Clive’s condition keeps him from knowing that he has this deep musical background. Deborah is seen in the video taking Clive to a cathedral where former friends, vocalists from his choral group, are waiting to see him. She is heard reassuring him that he is a gifted vocalist and a wonderful player. “As far as I’m concerned I haven’t heard a note of music, seen any music, have any contact with music at all. It is completely unknown to me.” Deborah encourages him to sit down at the piano to see what he might do. His reply again shows a complete lack of remembering so much of his life, “I dread to think, it’s a private thing for me…I don’t know what will happen, do I?” Deborah helps Clive sit down at the piano. She takes a seat behind him and simply watches. His body convulses a bit and then he places his left hand on the keyboard as he had done thousands of times before. Raising his right hand, he looks at the music and counts the vocalists in and begins to play with both hands. Reading the music and addressing those standing nearby as a conductor, he sings, he directs, and he plays with as much brilliance as he ever did. During the video you see bright awareness flooding into his eyes. It pours out of him without any effort. The music is wonderful and when it comes to an end, Clive convulses again and in frustration says, “I can’t remember now, I forgotten everything.” We discover our mortal gifts the same way as Clive when he is encouraged and lead by his loving wife. All of us respond in part as Clive did; we convulse before and after and then generally dismiss our ability. With encouragement and love, people present us with a different understanding of who we are or might be. They seek to place us in circumstances where talents can be expressed and skills 35
  36. 36. Legacy of Abundance buried within us can find expression. Trust others when they say you are capable. You’ll surprise yourself if you have the courage to continue exploring all the possibilities that are you. Self discovery or the restoration of talent is what life is all about. As mentioned in chapter two, we each represent a small portion of the answer. Our talents and abilities, our skill, our muscle, our love when applied to the enterprise of humanity, fills in a portion of our lost memory. It answers more questions about who we are as individuals and it shows us the greater picture that God has in mind for all His children. You are the answer. You are what I need and I am what you need. You and I need as many people participating in our lives as we can get. Your value has no limits, it is infinite. Human value comes in the transaction of knowledge, the sharing of our talents, and the expression of love in relationships that encourage us to find our depth. Don’t let a lack of eternal perspective become an excuse to disregard your own legacy. The fullness of what you are becoming depends on your active awareness of the past, your ability to act in the moment, and your determination to create your own future. A young friend of mine writes philosophy and asks really good questions. He writes, “How can human consciousness ever conceive of its ultimate identity if it is only to be found before we were born or after we die?” Does that sound like what you’re thinking? Can a mortal experience actually lead to eternal knowledge? Who we were before birth, who we are now, and what we might become beyond life are three great questions. All humanity for untold ages has been asking: “Who am I? Where did I 36
  37. 37. Divine Economy come from? Where am I going?” Clive is living each of these deeply passionate queries in his blinkered moments. Clive has shown us that we can be conscious despite impaired memory. We can function in the moment. Our ability to move beyond the moment is linked inextricably to our ability to remember the moments that went before. The sad state of Clive’s mortal trial is that he is a river of potential that is damned in momentary awareness. He cannot conceive a future because he cannot link the past to the present. Humanity suffers as Clive has suffered. We cannot connect to our immortality when we know only that we are mortal. Memory and awareness are critical components to comprehending the lessons of life. We learn line upon line, and precept on precept. Failing to connect the line of consciousness to the line of memory, we are forever stuck with what is in front of us in the ever-present now. We often act out of desperation because we see the great unknown without the hope that we can connect to it. When we die we think all is lost. It is not. There was a before and there will be a hereafter. Intelligence operates beyond what we measure physically. Our substance may decay in the earth but our essence will live on. Janeen’s dream of coming together implies a restoration of what was lost. It is a crack of light through which we can build awareness and develop from precept to concept and then have knowledge. God wants us to find ourselves by caring for each other. This is how we connect with humanity and the result is that we discover our talents in the process. Life is expansion. “Be fruitful, multiply and replenish.” That was the first commandment given and it refers to every aspect of 37
  38. 38. Legacy of Abundance life. We love infant children that cannot love us back. Babies are a training ground for humanity. It is set up this way to teach us the most important of all lessons. We must love first. Just as God loves us regardless of our choices, we learn to love our children first and always. We don’t let go of our deep investment in them when they are just learning. Mistakes are a part of their growth. It is how they grow. They are testing the boundaries of life and learning new values as they make choices and learn from the consequences. Families are ordained in God’s plan to provide the means to our restoration. How we protect and educate our offspring opens us to new understanding. Caring for them gets us to think harder, work harder, be smarter and go farther than we would go for ourselves. We must each fulfill our part; parent or child, husband or wife, brother or sister. This is where we are exposed the most. We feel deeply and hide so little. Families educate us to our greatness by opening our hearts to a sense of desire and capacity to provide. The family was meant to provide us with the greatest opportunity for growth. Like my personal awakening through years of contemplating that difficult day for my family, you and I can exceed the training and example set by our parents. It is what lies within us that matters. We free ourselves from the impositions of past circumstances and difficult memories with others. We learn to act and not be acted upon. When there is scarcity, create anew. Instead of returning railing for accusation, we seek to bless those who hurt us. We can escape the traditions and the sins of our fathers by giving back the love we feel from God and loving others first. Recognize that we can give when asked and perhaps 38
  39. 39. Divine Economy more importantly, just love people for who they are and where they are in their personal growth. Contemplate the idea that you must love first. You must give first. To be the recipient of abundance, you must demonstrate that you are abundant. Selfishness leads to less. Selflessness leads to more. The power of memory and conscious awareness is to give you contrast from which you can choose: to act, or be acted upon. Contemplate the accumulated evidence of your life time and leap beyond it. The aware individual is one who has more information from which to consider possibilities. Keep the lessons of the past available in the moment as you choose the future you want. Here is a simple formula from which you may gain insight.  Choose well = more choices  Choose poorly = fewer choices  Choose nothing = choices are made for you  Stop choosing = stop growing, stop living  Choose to live = live to choose We are born to act. We start life by being acted upon. At some point in your life, you had to choose your own direction. You determined that it was within your power to assert yourself. Your essence is that of the Creator. Life is a test to see what you will create. Will you multiply and replenish, create more to the benefit of all, or will you take without regard of the consequences to yourself and others? Your values are reflected by your experience. The law of the harvest is that you get only the fruit of the seeds that you plant. 39
  40. 40. Legacy of Abundance You can’t expect to be treated with kindness if you only offer criticism and judgment. Let go of the sad and difficult past. Release the pain of those memories by focusing on your preference and desire for something better. If your life seems doomed because of the sins and traditions of your progenitors, make a simple commitment to purposefully leave their patterns behind. People need to be uplifted – encouraged. A smile, a gentle greeting to loved ones or strangers is far more powerful than you telling them what you know. Encouragement is verbal kindness. Kindness trumps knowledge on earth and in heaven. Knowing is not always doing. Doing must be considerate of outcomes for us and others to have a positive value. Encourage others to choose. If they don’t make the choice, they don’t earn the growth that comes with the experience. The appropriate limit of your influence is good counsel – it needs to be uplifting, inspiring, encouraging, and loving regardless of the choice they ultimately make. Clive has only the moment; it is a never ending re-awakening. Because he can’t connect the past to the present, he is forever stuck in the now. Let me suggest to you the importance of now. Starting this very moment, you and I are more aware of the challenges we all face. I want to reason with you about life and all that is implied by living it. My desire is that you open your heart to new possibilities and allow yourself to grow. First, it is important that you trust yourself. Expand your ability to reason within yourself and trust what comes of your own conclusions. I am going to share with you thoughts that bring hope 40
  41. 41. Divine Economy to our existence and lead to joyful living in a world of abundant and endless love. Clive was limited but he showed that we can be more aware in the present. You must connect your thoughts to your past, be aware of the present, and project yourself into the future. This process of self-discovery will empower you to achieve all that you’ve been born to accomplish. Start with this moment as the beginning and build an awareness of all that is implied in now. Develop and strengthen your ability to be aware in the moment. The root of your power becomes self-evident when you connect yourself in time – past, present, and future. You can function beyond self-imposed limitations. Get a sense of your liberties. Recognize that we all get to make our own choices. Deepen your understanding of how the seemingly complex interactions of humanity unfold. Let them distill an unparalleled understanding that honors us as equals and celebrates our differences. This is your introduction to Divine Economy. You can formulate your questions for life and see from now to eternity with clarity and superior resolve. There is a God in Heaven who loves you. He has planned and prepared for your success. You are not alone and everything is going to be fine. Allow these ideas a fertile place in your heart and mind. Celebrate all the possibilities implied in our lives now and upon which we may freely improve. The past is critical to awareness of this moment. Only in this moment do we exercise any power over the future. What was, what is, and what’s next: that is the context of life. It is linear. See the extents of our existence. When we expand our beliefs, we expand our choices. Learn to restore your infinite potential for 41
  42. 42. Legacy of Abundance growth and happiness. Become the means by which others expand their awareness and are restored to their fullness. Time creates a safe harbor for us to make decisions, test our beliefs, and still recover from tragedy if we are wrong. All of our creations are seeking balance. We live in a universe of complimentary opposites that seek to bring about equilibrium and perfection. Knowledge of self is critical to the understanding of others. We stand alone as the key to lasting happiness and boundless love. It all starts now! This is the only moment in which you have the ability to create change. What will you choose to do? Did Clive have choices in his moment(s)? Yes, but they were limited because he had limited functional memory. Your memory of the pre-earth life is gone. We are on a journey to get it back, one sliver, one glimpse, one tiny crack at a time until we fill in all the pieces of our lives. Clive’s condition was imposed by a virus but he has taught us that looking back is critical to moving forward. Now is important. Truth is distilled line upon line, precept on precept. What you think you know limits your capacities; it filters what you might do. If you ever feel that you know all there is to know on any given subject you will experience a complete and abrupt end to growth in that matter. It is through humility and sincerity that we find the boundless limits of our potential. There is no end to knowledge or talent unless we believe that an end exists. As independent souls we must find our way. Those who encourage us and counsel us without judging our choices bring the highest value relationships into our lives. 42
  43. 43. Divine Economy Likewise, we too must be considerate of others. Be kind and allow others the benefit of knowledge that comes from making their own decisions. Truth is a restoration of what we left behind. We discover more of ourselves as we interact with others. It is about you. It is about me. It only works when we share what we believe, when we use our talents to serve one another, and when we care enough to think well and counsel from our hearts. It all starts now! What’s your legacy going to say about you? 43
  44. 44. Legacy of Abundance Four Heart Might Mind & Strength I n exploring Divine Economy there is a powerful insight into accomplishing the desires of your heart. It does in fact start with your heart. New Testament, Mark 12:30 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. I’ve studied this simple instruction and have a suggestion. I’ve seen this reference my whole life. Somebody said it a little differently and it was inspiring to me. My goal is not to rewrite scripture but to simplify my own understanding so that I can access what I have learned. So here is my recollection of what I heard: “…serve Him with all your heart, might, mind, and strength…” In verse 30 of Mark it says to “love” God. I know that we serve those we love. We love those we serve. It is an easy thing for me to suggest that they may be equal in this context. The other common words are heart, mind, and strength. The two words that are 44
  45. 45. Divine Economy different in the two versions of the phrase are “soul” versus “might.” That’s what I want to clarify. I was able to feast more richly on the word “might” when I found a context for it. Bear with me now as I explain this new recipe for connecting the dots from heart, might, mind, and strength to suggest a better way to get what you want efficiently and with compassion. HEART Heart is all about our desires. We are told that we will be judged by our hearts. New Testament, Matthew 6:21 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. New Testament, Matthew 12:33 - 35 33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. 34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. What we want determines everything we get. Our desire is the first filter of perception of the world around us. Life is a grand experience and a constant mystery for most of us. We don’t know how to break down our experiences into something that we can recognize clearly as desirable and worthwhile. This is complex to us because we didn’t start out with any knowledge at all. We were born as pure intelligence set in the world with no preconceived ideas. We have forgotten everything and started all over again. Child development is a process of the intellect and the body finding meaning from the experience of mortality. Babies certainly think 45
  46. 46. Legacy of Abundance and feel but we don’t understand how to value that from their perspective. Jump forward in time a few months, then a few years, and these little people are amazingly adaptive to their environment. They move around with ease. They know what they want. Even the youngest infant is communicating successfully within days with its parents about the basic needs of life. By virtue of the gift of mortality, we are alive in a sea of contrast and a world of opposition. Our senses, our intellect, our will, teach us to have preferences. It is implied by life. We observe, contemplate, and decide what we want. It is this basic activity where we start to know who we are based upon the desires of our heart. People are not born wicked or righteous. The spirit is poured into mortality and the environment of earth, the traditions of family, the religion or lack thereof of our parents, the language and customs of our geo-cultural inheritance are strong first experiences that give us context from which we learn to choose. Our choices reveal our intentions. Have we learned to serve or love others, or have we found pleasure in selfish activities? We all get to choose. We can’t escape it – choice is thrust upon us. As God’s children we are intelligent and choice is our right by simple demonstration of life itself. So, not to wander to far from the point; we are now experienced enough based on lots of accessible memories, to know what we desire; what we prefer. That is the measure of our heart. A dear friend and mentor is always reminding me that people want to know, “What’s in it for me?” That’s not a bad question. It is, in fact, the only question that has merit. What’s in it for me is how all of us justify our choices. It’s a simple expression of singular intellect from which you rightly pose all queries for deeper 46
  47. 47. Divine Economy meaning. Please don’t misunderstand me. It is not my intention to teach selfishness. It is, however, my intention to give a framework to choices that have deeper purpose and more power by considering the idea of Divine Economy in the context of individual choice. All of our choices can be considerate of others. The bottom line in Divine Economy is that it is never about me. It is always about us. The restoration of our talents and abilities comes from being engaged affectively in the lives of other people. We are most valuable to ourselves when serving others. The idea in Janeen’s dream fits closely with an idea written by Harold Kushner in his book, When All You’ve Ever Wanted Isn’t Enough. In the final chapter, One Question Left Unanswered, he says: “What cannot be achieved in one lifetime will happen when one lifetime is joined to another. People who never knew each other in life become partners in making good things happen, because the Eternal God gives their deeds a measure of eternity.” He is summarizing carefully the value of a life well lived. It is in the eternal nature of things that the value of life continues beyond mortality; by the grace of a loving Father in Heaven – we live on in the hearts of others. What occurred to me in reading Rabbi Kushner’s summary was a merging of Janeen’s vision and his prose. This is how I see it: 47
  48. 48. Legacy of Abundance What cannot be achieved alone will happen when one is joined to another by shared experience. People who never knew each other before become partners in restoring good things to one another, because the Eternal Father rewards their desires through divine economy. The system is established by God. The results are the consequences of our own choices and limited by the bounds set by the Creator. Our role in humanity is to live with integrity. Our gift to our fellow beings is to serve them from the abundance of our own talent. What they experience by way of kindness and counsel from us is nothing short of the love of God expressed through us. When we are young we sense, think, then desire. In our infancy it is arguable that we can prefer but we can’t choose. Without the ability to act as agents, able to act through our actions, we express desire but lack the ability to do for ourselves. We can’t get what we want so we communicate the best we know how so that others might serve us. This is the infancy model. When we are truly functional agents in the scheme of mortality, we can use all our faculties to accomplish what is in our hearts without imposing on others. Indeed, we now can find our personal talents by wanting to help others accomplish what is in their hearts. Over simplified, but I think remarkably accurate and true in its application. OPPOSITION & CONTRAST When the world is falling apart, where do you turn? Do the voices you hear from people around you echo failure, fear, or tragedy? How can you combat the overwhelming evidence that 48
  49. 49. Divine Economy you are human and this isn’t going the way you thought it should? Your intimate relationships seem choked in emotions you can’t penetrate and the person closest to you isn’t your biggest fan or supporter. It’s seriously not going well. How do you define yourself when others are beating a drum of disappointment, or fear? What you thought you wanted most seems beyond your ability to accomplish. Each of us has lost something that we can’t quite put our finger on and we will spend our life in frustration, anger, and fear trying to uncover the mysterious something that seems just beyond our reach. Everyone is setup differently but we have all been setup with circumstances that give us deep and compelling reasons to question life and its meaning. What is the purpose of this frail and confusing existence? Is there any guarantee that what is in our heart or what is missing from our lives will find peace and meaning? I feel these questions so deeply that they drive me to find answers. The thing I am most grateful for is inspiration. I ask tough questions in my heart and send out a prayer for answers. Words generally come to my mind from the scriptures and other inspired writings. I’m so grateful that I can read. I’ve read some really wonderful things and what I’ve put in my memory bank and library of experience comes back to me when I’m searching. As ordinary a person as I am, it is easy to think that you and I have so much in common. When I go looking for answers they often come to me from your words or your example. It is also important that we learn to trust our own thoughts. We must exercise our heart and our mind in quiet contemplation so that we don’t lose the ability to reason within ourselves. Most answers come in that quiet pondering. Sometimes they come 49
  50. 50. Legacy of Abundance quickest when we sit down to write. Similar to public speaking or private conversation inspired by real need, it is important that we trust ourselves enough to start so we can see what will come out. Not knowing the answers doesn’t keep us from finding them; it’s the lack of faith required to simply start. We should always begin with gratitude and see where that journey takes us. When we start with love, we end with love. The answers aren’t moving targets – they’re stationary. We have to move in one form or another to close the distance and find what we’re looking for through the experience. Have faith to move and then pay attention to inspired thoughts as they come. Do what comes in the quiet moments to get where you going more directly. The human heart is a treasury of intentions. The disconnect from our hearts to what happens around us is the real catalyst for man’s search for meaning. You trust that your heart really wants to be happy and that you would like everyone else to be happy too, don’t you? Isn’t that the foundation of all our expectations for life? So where does it go astray. What is the missing link from your good intentions (heart) and what is actually taken place in the world today? Is it the setup of circumstances and the filters imposed upon your perception by your upbringing? Maybe it’s the idea that lingers from youth that someone else is going to take care of us and provide a life of ease and comfort. Aren’t we entitled to ease and comfort? We must come to realize is that we were born into a world of great diversity, contrast, and opposition. We are here to learn to choose from infinite contrast the hue, tone, and color of our lives. When television was in black and white, you could mess with the dials and range anywhere from solid black to solid white image on the screen. That’s what contrast will do – it allows you to move 50
  51. 51. Divine Economy through the gray scale until you have all white or all black. You dial it in manually and get the settings so they work just the way you like. Most people love the action that comes to the screen when the dial is set so that you see movement in the image. People don’t turn on the television, turn down the sound, turn contrast to white and then sit for hours being entertained. We all want as many dimensions to that viewing experience as we can get. We still fiddle with the adjustments from time to time to see if we can improve – that’s just our nature. I remember our first color television as a ten year old. Wow! That first experience of seeing a favorite show go from black & white to color imagery was like a miracle. All of a sudden there was a whole new dimension to viewing T.V. that we had never seen before. There were new adjustments on those sets for hue, saturation, tone, etc. How could we possibly live without that once we had seen it? That’s just television from the 1970’s. Today, we have cell phones and HDTV and wrist watch television (in color). We are living in a time of technological advances that no one can keep up with let alone afford. All these artificial adjustments to life or the entertainment available to us are completely overwhelming. Advances come so fast as to render technology obsolete within twelve months. You can’t find a toner cartridge for a printer beyond eighteen months without a real struggle. With all these distractions, what has happened to our humanity? We have lost more of ourselves in the secular economy. Our dependency on stuff, as a means of defining our existence, is officially out of control. Is there a recovery in the marketplace for the intentions of what is in our hearts? Oh, yeah. We were trying to find out what was missing from the desires of our heart 51
  52. 52. Legacy of Abundance compared to what was actually happening in our experience. See, it’s easy to get derailed or sidetracked. Isn’t it! Let’s focus on desires of the heart. That’s actually why we are in a sea of contrast, color, opposition, and confusion. We’re here to grow. That growth is available because God has set things in motion according to some very specific rules. Happiness comes according to His plan and peace is the evidence that we’re on track with His intentions for us. Divine Economy doesn’t assume anything; it is everything. God’s omniscience has prepared a way for our eternal progression. The road of life is one that falls within the bounds of birth and death. The environment of our world is complex but it has balance. Our lives are complex and we seek balance. Understanding the point of our existence is just the first part of solving the mystery of life. The measure of a man is his heart. This is the point of living a mortal life. What is in your heart will be manifest in your experience. Your intentions matter. I’m going to give you a simple model to help you find your own best intentions and change your experience. It is four words in order: heart, might, mind, and strength. Heart is desire. What we want most is coded into our hearts. We don’t know what we want most until experience provides for contrasting and opposing possibilities. The universe is seeking balance or equilibrium and so are we. All of life is seeking balance. The only way that balance can be achieved is if there exist two opposing forces. What makes mankind unique in all of creation is that we get to choose beyond all of God’s other creations. Our capacity to become is limited only by the restrictions and borders set by Heavenly Father. There are consequences for thoughts and actions 52
  53. 53. Divine Economy that are already predetermined by a His plan. All that we experience falls within the boundaries He has set and follows the laws of nature He honors and has placed us within. So we need to know what we desire more than anything else. Our entrance into circumstances of birth and genealogy isn’t God’s efforts to curse us. We were never sent where we didn’t agree to go. The purpose of life is growth and when we counseled with Father about life and the circumstances of our birth and parentage, culture and language, we listened and trusted in His love and understanding of what was in our best interest in the eternal scheme of growth. From those beginnings we take clues about who we really are and we seek one another as a means of restoring our wholeness. It is implied that we can’t do this alone and that while we are interdependent on each other, we are all dependent upon God. What we learn in our youth is based on the opposition and contrast of our experience. We all get to peek into each other’s lives as we cross paths. We see in others’ traits or abilities that we admire. What we are really seeing is what is dormant within ourselves. Our hearts can be good or evil. What we see in others is the clearest indicator of what is functioning within ourselves. New Testament, Matthew 7:1 - 2 1 JUDGE not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. Do you get it? What we see in others is only a reflection of what is already in our hearts. The first verse is the one that changes everything. “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” I think of this in highly idealistic terms – that’s my nature. The day we stop judging others is the day that we trust God to deal with His 53
  54. 54. Legacy of Abundance children. That’s the day when we seek His inspiration to know what He would have us do to help them. When we submit that He is supreme in His love and desire to bless His children, then we stop trying to get ahead of Him in judging them worthy or otherwise. We simply learn to watch and ask how we can help. There has to be a lot of ground work established for this to sink in. Do you feel the weight of what is implied here? What we desire to do to God’s children is expressed as an imposition of our will upon them. We tell people what they need to think, or do, or what kind of person they should become. How’s that working for you so far? Anybody letting you mold their clay? May I suggest you keep your hands to yourself? Trust in God’s perfect understanding of His children and allow Him to reveal them to you. When inspiration comes, you’ll know the difference. It won’t be based on you judging others. It is a pure desire to serve them. It doesn’t come in the form of a “brain dump.” You don’t get to lecture them into submission. It won’t happen because you have superior knowledge and training. It will come as a gentle kindness without any strings attached. It is in the form of God’s love – unconditional giving to those who have asked for help. Divine Economy is the tuning of your instrument so that it sees the good in everyone else and opens those possibilities within yourself. The world will go on in its matter of fact manner of conspicuous consumption. Those who find peace will do so in the service of their fellow beings. We are tied to life in all its forms on this planet. Kindness isn’t meant for mankind alone. How we interact with all of God’s creations is under His careful and watchful eye. He alone is our 54
  55. 55. Divine Economy judge. The evidence of what is in our heart is before our eyes. We see what we feel most deeply. The desires of our heart filter life and we call those filters, belief. We really need to be careful what we believe. We reveal our heart when we tell others what is important in our world. Do our beliefs include the right and authority to impose upon others? Can our knowledge of a better way be reason enough for our will to usurp anyone else’s? Have you taken the time to really stretch your heart, test your beliefs, to see what the final conclusion or consequences will be? This becomes your legacy, you know. Your values are reflected in your beliefs. This is what you’re passing on to the next generation as their “setup.” To find real joy and happiness, we have to find ourselves. It seems that we are finding ourselves by default all day long, but we are so distracted and so caught up in mortality, that we are living our blinkered moment and forgetting the totality of what we were and can become. It isn’t about the body and sensuality that we have come forth to learn. That lesson is included but it isn’t the important one. It’s about our heart. We will be judged by what is in our heart. MIGHT What is – just is. What can be hasn’t been solidified until you make a decision. Decisions are born out of preference and desire as measured by the heart. You are here to find your wholeness, your fullest expression of your deepest desires. A good definition of desire comes from, Wallace D. Wattles: Desire is possibility seeking expression or function seeking performance. 55
  56. 56. Legacy of Abundance So once we’ve got all that ground work established, we can resolve our preferences by committing to a singular outcome that we are intent on creating. Making a firm decision is the second critical step to tuning our instrument and aligning our will with God’s. What God would have us do and what we choose are often not the same things. His love is unconditional but the consequences of our choices are not. Consequences are conditional and we learn through experience what might or might not happen if we make a certain decision. Results follow within the laws established and honored by God. We can predict outcomes if we act with foresight. The might we exercise is the process of making one clear choice that eliminates all other possible, predictable outcomes. Acting with pure intent, or with all our might, the results will be dramatically good or bad depending on how well we’ve lined up our heart’s desires with God’s laws. Conviction for a decision adds weight to its outcome. When we understand how to make genuine decisions based upon the integrity of our heart, then we enjoy the celebration that comes for the harvest of good ideas and well executed plans. Our weaknesses are the result of not connecting deeply enough with our pure motives; we can be shallow and confused until we face ourselves directly and search the depth of our own experience for the answers. In business processes I have learned the value of strategic action planning necessary for startup organizations to establish consensus. When done properly, the strategic action planning becomes the moral compass by which all things are measured and through which all decisions must pass. It is the consensus of resolution within an organization or an individual that determines the values of the experience. Learning to think thoroughly enough 56
  57. 57. Divine Economy to engage inspiration and then trusting it enough to form conclusions upon which decisions are made is the accelerator of creative endeavors. We must lay a powerful groundwork of fully explored possibilities so that we can eliminate the consequences we don’t want. This is the process of working with all your might. Think deeply and completely about everything that might happen and pattern your choices to filter out failure and disappointment to the greatest extent possible. More than just filtering out the unwanted, we must find the capacity to focus on what’s wanted. All the possibilities exist in this moment. They reside with us in the eternal now until we have resolved our desires in the form of decisions that leave the fewest number of variables up to chance. Our heart educates us through contrast and opposition. From there we have to use all our other faculties to see if we can have dominion over the outcomes. That is our legacy from Father in Heaven. It is our capacity to create by intellectual, emotional, and spiritual processes the future of our own choosing. He put us here to see what we would do. What might you do? MIND The mind of God is the great quest that Einstein was on his whole life. He said if he could know the mind of God, all the rest was just details. Why do we have a mind? What does mind imply? Mind is the instrument of reception of infinite intelligence. Intellect is the means by which we process everything and emotions are values measured by the spirit. We were intelligence first, then spirit children of God, then mortal with physical bodies, what is the mind? I think it is the combination of perception and reception intended by God to help us become creators like Him. 57
  58. 58. Legacy of Abundance When we make up our minds with all our might, we set in place a messaging system between our resolute choice and the resources of God to perceive what is necessary to complete the desires of our hearts. All that He has, He wants to give to us. It passes from His mind to our own when we have made genuine decisions powerfully enough to be tuned to His purposes. If we are embarking on service to His children and our methods are to do so with kindness and humility, He will open a conduit of inspiration that will serve us as well as those we serve. Our minds are the filters or tuners that purify the traffic of our complex lives into a pure stream of information suitable to our creative endeavors. What we do for others is amplified by God’s love for us all. We get to share in that experience and deliver to others gifts that we think ourselves unworthy of receiving. It opens us up to a more intense level of divine economy. We are tapping into the storehouse of God’s knowledge and feeling the impact of His spirit edifying others and ourselves simultaneously. As part of the greater process of making up your mind about the things you want to accomplish, you make concrete decisions to accomplish those things, your heart also becomes tuned into those objectives as well. You feel things differently! This is how you grow – that’s how all of us grow. I was asked, “Do you think we can become smarter; can we actually grow intellectually? If we read a book that raises us up to an inspired thought process, why don’t we seem to be able to maintain that level of energy and understanding a week later?” This was a question that a good man in a management position was trying to find an answer for – he was hoping to lift the lives of those he served and over whom he had a stewardship. I could feel his 58
  59. 59. Divine Economy determination to bless them. Would more resources increase their ability to provide for themselves and their families? Commission-only sales jobs are not for the weak hearted. Too often, those he worked with were settling for failure and minimum wage when a little inspiration might boost their performance. He wanted to change their thinking and give them new skills. Is that possible? His desire was to bless them by giving them what they needed to be great sales people. Can they all become the person he wants them to be by giving them more information? This is a powerful test of our understanding. Do we change people by giving them information? Is education the solution? Does reform work in our prison systems? Do children in school actually grow because of what they are told? What’s your sense of this? I believe it all starts in the heart. Changing a life can only happen when you touch the heart of another and love them where they are. Your words of encouragement and your gentle kindness can reach a place that knowledge will never penetrate. In matters of humanity, it all starts with the heart. The foundation of change in the lives of those you serve comes when you can share something meaningful at a level where they can feel your sincere acceptance of them as they are. Only when they feel that rapport do you have their attention and permission to lead or suggest what they are more capable of – as they trust your opinion of them, they allow you to lead. You will never bridle the human spirit and cannot possibly subject anyone to your will. It is completely foreign to the nature of intelligence. They may submit to your will for a while, but that 59
  60. 60. Legacy of Abundance isn’t right. Dependence upon anyone other than God will always fall short of joy. From a pure heart (your desire for their welfare and your unconditional love) they will recognize and appreciate your encouragement. That’s when their hearts begin to change. You can’t make someone into something they are not. You have to first love what they are and be grateful for them without reservation. It is similar to how we allow ourselves permission to become better. Until we love ourselves and are happy in our own skin, we can never move forward. If we look at ourselves in disgust or loathing, we can’t improve. We must trust our best intentions and know that we wouldn’t deliberately harm ourselves or anyone else. We have to make a connection with our purest motives and judge ourselves worthy of additional blessings and growth. So it goes with others. All we can do is show them the way to that person that they haven’t yet learned to trust – themselves. If we are to help them in any meaningful way, we just have to love them first. You and I can love them better than they know how to love themselves. As we kindly demonstrate our sincere desires for their happiness and demonstrate real faith in them just as they are, they will learn to see themselves as we do. That’s all the magic any of us can hope to exercise in this world. Divine Economy is counting on each of us having the capacity to love and encourage those we know; even perfect strangers can feel our love through a smile, a kind word, a gesture that indicates acceptance. Can we make everyone a good salesman if that’s our job? Maybe. If they can see it in you and they like it, they might want to try it on. If they like being a salesman then they can keep it. If not, they are probably better suited to a different line of work – for 60
  61. 61. Divine Economy now. You can be happy for them when they find out how to be happy with themselves, and you don’t have to find your meaning by turning them into something that’s not good for them? This is a master’s course in humanity. Are you going to dump knowledge on others, or will you reach for their heart and treat it with kindness, gentleness, and love unfeigned? One method will honor you both; the other will certainly create more frustration and resentment. Let the mind of God inspire your love and let that give them courage to feel something new and hope for something more for themselves in their exploration – you provide encouragement for the journey of their choosing. It’s like Clive Wearing; we have to help them (1) connect to their past in a productive way, (2) acknowledge all their resources in the moment and (3) create a future of their own choosing. This is the mind of God and when we tap into it on behalf of others, it works. Love changes everything. Knowledge and information is helpful but until one heart touches another, humanity suffers a slow lingering death, one lonely soul at a time. Saving another life is not difficult, but they have to feel like they are worth saving first. You can give them that hope. Touching the mind of God is the privilege of seeing others as God sees them. When you feel deep within your heart, when you decide with all your might, your mind will reach the lofty definitions God holds for all His children, including you. He will bless you with purity and open your mind to understand the world as He intended it and how to bless others. 61
  62. 62. Legacy of Abundance STRENGTH The body is the least of all these components in God’s recipe for creativity and joyful living. I don’t want to diminish the critical nature of the body in any way, but of these four elements necessary to express ourselves perfectly, your heart is seventy percent, your will is fifteen percent, your mind is ten percent, leaving your strength with only five percent of the creative processes we’ve come to explore. When correctly understood you need to precede physical labor by doing ninety-five percent of the creative activity (spiritual, emotional, & intellectual) before your decisions can take physical form. Ultimately the body is the vehicle of action. God’s mind is so efficient that if we have laid the groundwork properly in the heart, with our might, and our minds, the body gets so little work by comparison. When inspired to act, we should. It will always be the last component of a creative endeavor. What we don’t establish with passion, planning, and inspiration, often becomes so much work that it is nearly impossible because the spiritual creation isn’t finished first. Learn to rely on inspiration to show you how to act when the time is right. One of the things that I think is important about the body that we must understand is to discipline its appetites and passions. If we don’t it will run us and limit our ability to work through our challenges properly. If the body is the loudest member on your team, then the real work isn’t getting done and the foundations for ease, understanding, comfort, and integrity are lost. We need to see the body as the member of our creative team that gets lunch, picks up the tools, arranges the critical supplies and materials, but 62
  63. 63. Divine Economy isn’t the boss. The body has desires and needs. We must keep them within the bounds set by God in order to receive the inspiration necessary to make life as easy as it was meant to be. We need to rule the flesh – not the other way around. Next we’ll explore the heart, might, mind, and strength model more thoroughly. You’ll peak over my shoulder as I apply these ideas to an area of my own life that needs serious attention. Wish me luck! 63
  64. 64. Legacy of Abundance Five Decisions I lived in Idaho Falls, Idaho all of my teenage years. My parents had been through a difficult divorce when I was seven or eight but they remarried and we were together again. My father was a strong man and he worked hard. He grew up as a cowboy in Wyoming and was breaking horses for pay before he was in high school. In his generation, a man was taught to provide for his family and work from sunrise to sunset without complaint. While we lived in Idaho my father was employed as a farm equipment mechanic for pivot irrigation systems and potato harvesters. His days were long and he was short of energy and patience when he got home regardless of the weather. My father was “a man’s man.” In my memory, I always wanted to spend fun time alone with my dad. Maybe that’s just part of our programming, but I was always disappointed that we didn’t do more together. When the rare occasion permitted a crack in his daily grind, my father would 64

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