I started reading Marianne Williamson’s The Law Of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money and Miracles, after hearing it recommended by Shanel Cooper-Sykes during one of her Midnight Meditations. You can find her on Twitter (@shanelcooper). I thought it would be a good read because I believe in miracles, and I have been thinking a lot about work and money lately. When it comes to money, I’m in a position where I’m starting to think about creating multiple streams of income. While teaching for 25-35 years used to be “enough” to create a nice cushion and retire comfortably that is just not the case anymore. In many public positions there has been an attack on pensions and people are feeling the pressure and working longer, not because they want to, but because they have to. I have a very clear picture of where I want my life to be in 20 years, and my financial life is a big part of that. Here are some of the quotes that stuck with me from the book:
– “Every thought is a cause that produces an effect. According to A Course In Miracles, every thought we think creates form on some level.” Thoughts are very interesting because only we know what we think. I believe that many of the thoughts that we have affect our attitude and our mood which leads to other positive or negative affects in our lives.
– “According to economist Jeffrey Sachs, one hundred billion dollars (one-seventh of the annual military defense budget of the United States) could eradicate deep poverty within ten years.”
– “With every thought we think, we either summon or block a miracle. It is not our circumstances, then, but rather our thoughts about our circumstances, that determine our power to transform them.” Every day I have to ask myself if I am summoning or blocking a miracle.
– “Negative thoughts that deactivate the Law of Divine Compensation tend to fall into three major categories: (1) negative sense of self (2) anger and (3) guilt”
– “Something has the power to hurt us to the extent to which we belive in its power.”
– “But money itself is neither good nor bad. It is a material thing that, like all material things, is infused with holiness if created righteously and used for holy purposes.” I loved this. A lot of times you think that if you’re in a service industry, you’re not supposed to be compensated, and people will have you thinking that poverty is righteous. Money can be used for a good purpose.
“What would a miracle-minded process look like instead? First, once you pray for a miracle, consider it done. Second, be alter for the universe to show you an opportunity, even if it doesn’t look like what you’d expect.” For this, I use my God Box. The physical act of putting a piece of paper into a box with a prayer request or a “thank you” helps me to let it go. Also, sometimes we can get so specific that we block our blessings. Williamson talks about not being committed to a particular “form.” You may want a job at a specific company, but if you get another job at a different company in the same industry, it’s still a blessing.
“Greed is when you have a desire that blinds you to the needs or wants of others.”
I highly recommend this book. It is loaded with prayers and affirmations and is a pretty quick read.