New Habits vs Old Habits

“Everyday I learn a little more about love”. JD Loudermilk.

Take the term “belief”. By the very nature of the definition of this word. . . (to accept and real or true) even after the belief has out-worn its welcome/becomes irrelevant, it may hang on unconsciously, held in collective consciousness for generations.

“I believe” the fastest way to dis-spell a belief that no longer serves its host is to shine the light of consciousness on it.

Let’s examine the commonly accepted belief that “old habits die hard.” How is it that so many of us accept this to be “fact” when, if held under the light of consciousness, it’s just an assumed belief, and a bullshit one at that.

I’ll grant that there is a lot of evidence to “prove” that belief to be a “true fact”. However, since I have come to accept that things are formed in thought before they are formed in the physical word, (See the Science of Getting Rich by Walter D Wattles) I offer the following for your consideration;

“New habits replace old ways of thinking with ease!” . . . . as easily as the cells of my body are sluffed off and replaced daily. In just one year every cell in my body will have been replaced with new cells.

We are all presented with the opportunity to program each cell with new information that we create in this moment. Listen . . . and, hear what my new cells say;

“Celebrate Life”

“All good things are available to me/us now”

I’m like a flower bed where you are invited to visit. Bring a pair of clippers in case you would like to take some of my flowers home with you . . .

“Take one of these”.

“Here, take one of those”.

“thank you God . . . I always have more than enough to share!”

Thank you that today I’m warmed by your presence; my husband is home. We have food in the fridge. My children are safe. I’m so grateful.

The Truth Shall Bare You Out

My waking thought, “the truth shall bare you out”, rolled around in my noggin’ until I finally got up and wrote it down. I interpret this to say that TRUTH is the mother giving  rise to a new me.

According to Wattles, the first principal in the science of getting rich is to “. . . think TRUTH, regardless of appearances.” This first principal comes at a price; “To think according to appearance is easy; to think truth regardless of appearance is laborious, and requires the expenditure of more power than an other work man is called upon to perform.”

The labor of giving birth is not known generally perceived as being “easy”. However, I wonder if we all decided and agreed that from now on – it would be easy, would that agreed upon belief make it so?

Or is it a simple truth of fact that to gain a new perspective (give birth) one must let go of an old one and sometimes that can be painful.

An early childhood memory; a scene from Kindergarten where the doors from outside the school to inside the classroom were painted bright primary colors. I remember that we had waited for a caterpillar to build its cocoon. It sat in a mason jar on the counter, mostly unnoticed until one day the butterfly was ready to be born.

We followed as our teacher took a mason jar that contained the chrysalis propped up on the twig outside. We hovered over the top of the glass jar watching, waiting.  It didn’t take long. After a struggle to free itself from the sticky shell, the wet wings stretched and revealed their color. Then the butterfly, a monarch took flight; flutter, flutter. We watched, heads tilted up, until we lost track of its curling motions.

I was captivated by the whole event that was not caused or created by human hands. I had an out of body experience – or so it appears from today’s lens on the past, in which I was watching myself and the other children watching the butterfly take flight.

Watching myself watching. Does that mean there are two of me?

To Top It Off – Summary of the Science of Getting Rich

GRATITUDE QUOTES: Being rich is knowing when you have enough. The Dalai Lama, Tibetan Spirit Master 

CHAPTER 17: Summary of The Science of Getting Rich

RIGHTLY RICH QUOTE: “The men and women who practice the foregoing instructions will certainly get rich; and the riches they receive will be in exact proportion to the definiteness of their vision, the fixity of their purpose, the steadiness of their faith, and the depth of their gratitude.”

Today Penny and I were discussing how sometimes people are in denial about things that are right under their noses; like an elderly friend that needs to give up the car keys, or a family that skirts around a serious problem (such as drug addiction) that will ultimately have to be faced.

I said to Penny, I wonder in my life where I am in denial about something I should be facing.

This is my challenge to myself today. . . to face something – whatever it is that is in my way, on the road, or in my path, that may be preventing me from becoming rich.

May I see it for what it is, a road block, or a sign post that is not yet in focus. May my fears be quieted. May the tools I need to overcome be made available to me now.

Wattles says that “every difficulty carries with it the wherewithal for its overcoming.” I trust that this is so. I am confident that my way of looking at things, thinking about things, is subject to change.

I acknowledge that I attract and manifest that which correspondes to my inner-state; that “the universe desires that you (I) have everything you (I) want to have. Nature is friendly to your (my) plans. Everything is naturally for you (me).” 

I have made up my mind that this is true. JOIN ME FRIEND!  



I’ve said it before . . . and I’ll say it again. . .

GRATITUDE QUOTES: If you don’t do it by yourself, you’ll never know if you’re any good and if you don’t know that you’re good, you’ll never be good. Jim Collins, Author, Good to Great

CHAPTER 16: Some Cautions and Concluding Observations

RIGHTLY RICH QUOTE: The economic salvation of the masses can only be accomplished by getting a large number of people to practice the scientific method set down in this book, and become rich. These will show others the way, and inspire them with a desire for real life, with the faith that it can be attained, and with the purpose to attain it.

I just love cliques. They show the lack of human language – the use of words – to convey meaning. I’m keen to listening for cliques in every day conversation and some folks use them a lot – these are usually they people that are full of shit (just an observation). Continue reading I’ve said it before . . . and I’ll say it again. . .

Know What You Want To “Be” Or Not To “Be”

GRATITUDE QUOTE: God Bless Us Everyone – Tiny Tim, A Christmas Carol

CHAPTER 15: The Advancing Man

RIGHTLY RICH QUOTE: The man who is certain to advance is the one who is too big for his place, and who has a clear concept of what he wants to be; who knows that he can become what he wants to be and who is determined to be what he wants to be.

In advancing ones own cause, Walter D. Wattles advises that a man (or in my case, a woman) must not only be too large for their current place, but must also have a clear concept of what they want to be. . . I want to be RICH.

I ask myself, how can I ever, ever be too big for my place? And, depending upon ones perspective – I’m already rich. Here’s a story to demonstrate;

A couple of years ago a Christian touring group of children from India came to our little town and presented a musical play to earn money for the cause of bringing schools and roads to get to the schools for children in rural areas of India.

Two of the children and their adult leader stayed overnight at my house, and though we don’t speak the same dialect, one thing was very clear, they thought we were rich. I tried to explain, but with no success, we were not rich by American standards. I knew the moment the words left my mouth that what I was saying was simply a matter of perspective.

We have roads and vehicles that can travel on those roads with speed and ease. In the village where these children live, they often do not see a friend or relative from a neighboring village for months or years at a time because transportation between villages is non-existent.

We have food on the table every night. The leader of the children that stayed with us had experienced hunger as an orphaned child, and now was dedicating her life to making hunger a thing of the past for the children in her care.

I have a great job; I get to work with my husband and son every day. I have lots of caring and supportive friends. My extended family lives within a few hours’ drive. These people are the rock on which I build my sense of Being. My well-being and the well-being of my loved ones is never questioned, just assumed.

Does that not make me very RICH indeed?

I just LOVE the phase that Wattles uses in the last paragraph of Chapter 15, “constitution of the cosmos”. The word constitution has many meanings that one can run with when used in the context of cosmos. I like to think that my constitution and the constitution of the cosmos are becoming aligned more firmly each day as I continue to formulate a clearer vision of my purpose; and act and think in the Certain Way.

PRACTICING MY PURPOSE: With thanksgiving, I enter with confidence upon the path of riches which I now rightly claim for my good and the good of all. I give thanks for the opportunities that come my way and trust, as I’m being guided by the cosmos, the opportunities I choose will bring me the things I want to have, do, and be.

How I Preceive The World and My Place In It

GRATITUDE QUOTE: Sitting here thinkin’, what the world will be like when no one works no where for nothing. Don’t you ever wonder if the things that you do will one day mean something to someone. Tukey Buzzard, Rock-n-Roll Musicians

CHAPTER 14: The Impression of Increase

RIGHTLY RICH QUOTE: “. . . by holding the unshakable faith that you, yourself, are in the Way of Increase; and by letting this faith inspire, fill, and permeate every action.”

I have invested a great deal of energy in being a follower; the one that supports a cause, another person, my boss, my family, my parents, etc. This has been a convenient way to feel helpful. Being “helpful” is a self-perpetuating quality that is a two edged sword – as I suppose most things we aspire to do, are.

So when I read Chapter 14, The Impression of Increase, I see my old mind patterns “to be helpful” and thus convince myself that I am giving increase to others. But, what I really see in my mind’s eye is a bunch of ants going every which way in what looks like, to me anyway, chaos.

This is how I perceive the world and my place in it. It’s all chaos. For me to “do everything that you (I can) do in the firm conviction that you are (I am) an advancing personality, and that you are (I am) giving advancement to everybody,” is not necessary so, based on this current paradigm.

Should my ability to give the feeling of advancement to all not be predicated on my choice of work; worthy work?

And, for me, what is worthy work?

To what should I be giving my attention?

Wattles advices that one should only do work that one does not want to do as a means to doing the work one wants to do.

 Am I being honest with myself and others in my work? I’ve been doing it so long, I don’t know.  

Wattles says, “You are (I am) a creative center, from which increase is given off to all.”

It is on this sentence that I will hang my hat today in faith and purpose that my actions will be consistent with my desire for fuller expression, more life to all.

PRACTICING MY PURPOSE: Today I will focus of the practice of being grateful. I will focus on what is important; living graciously, gratefully in this moment which I have been given. CHEERS!

ONE MORE THING: The Golden Rule Jones that Wattles refers to at the end of Chapter 14 is Samuel M. Jones and here’s some information about him that took me only seconds to find. Don’t you just love technology?

Mental Tools, Faculities, Talents

GRATITUDE QUOTE: The more often you do a thing, the more likely you are to do it again. There is no certainty that you will gain anything else from repetition than a likelihood of further repetition.  Idries Shah, Sufi Master

CHAPTER 13: Getting Into The Right Business

RIGHTLY RICH QUOTE: “. . . if you have a strong desire to engage in any particular line of work, you should select that work as the ultimate end at which you aim”.

My old-self was in a real-downer when I started reading Chapter 13. I decided to list all the Mental Tools, Faculties, and Talents I have in a well-developed state and determined Continue reading Mental Tools, Faculities, Talents

I Can’t Complain . . .

How often we hear this statement, “I can’t complain. . .” as if it precludes that the person saying it is actually complaining but is pretending (to the person they are talking to at least) that they are not complaining.

I find “complaining” to be a SORRY excuse for expressing myself, and I am training myself to shun its use in conversation. But how?

THERE’S THE CATCH – I have friends that encourage, even bait me in the use of complaining under the guise of making conversation. And, I’m aware that I don’t need others to bait me into the act of complaining. I engage myself in the act with more regularity than I care to admit. 

During one of many “gripe sessions” over a glass of wine with my friend Penny, I said; “I wonder what we’d talk about if we weren’t complaining about . . . . (put your favorite gripe here)”? Neither one of us had an answer.

THERE YOU HAVE IT – Complaining is a a poor excuse for entertainment, edification, education, and especially for communication. What is it? What purpose does it serve? Is it a just a smoke screen for REALL communication? What would REAL communication sound like?

What would I have to say, in casual conversation, without a gripe to share with my neighbor, acquaintence, or friend? . . .  I welcome your thoughts on this matter, or should I say. . . human condition. (click here)

Oh yeah! That’s why we (human beings) talk about the weather! But, beware . . . that can be a complaint too. TOO HOT! TOO COLD! TOO WINDY!  


Nicole Stoddard, Seeker

“I can’t complain, but sometimes I still do. Life’s been good to me so far”. Joe Walsh, Musician, Uncle*

 *If we LOVE EM’, they’re family!

Hold My Vision While Acting

GRATITUDE QUOTE:  Do you know what happened to the boy that suddenly got everything he ever wanted . . . he was very happy. Gene Wilder, Actor, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

CHAPTER 12 – Efficient Action

RIGHTLY RICH QUOTE: “. . . and as in the nature of things every success opens the way to other successes, your progress toward what you want, and the progress of what you want toward you, will be come increasingly rapid”.

In Chapter 12 of the Science of Getting Rich is the sequential order for making successes vs. failures and Wallace D. Wattles tell us exactly how to do it . . . Make each act a success by putting POWER into it. . .

And how does one put power into it? By holding ones VISION with FAITH and PURPOSE.

May we be true to our nature . . .

 Human-beings always evolving.

Who would we be if we were not human-beings . . .


What would we be if not Consciousness.


PRACTICING MY PURPOSE: I will cultivate my VISION with clarity, with GRATITUDE and FAITH! For I know that Supreme Intelligence is working for me and through me to receive and express that to which I give my attention.

I celebrate and reap the benefits of having what I want; a loving husband and great dog, a sunny day in paradise, huckleberries!

I am so blessed in the present moment. I embrace it all.  THANK YOU – THANK YOU – THANK YOU!

Put Your Whole Mind Into Present Action

GRATITUDE QUOTE: Sometimes all you need is a seat at the table. 

It’s Your Ship by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff, former commander, USS Benfold

CHAPTER 11: Acting In A Certain Way

RIGHTLY RICH QUOTE: Your faith and purpose positively impress your vision upon Formless Substance, which has the same desire for more life that you have, and this vision, received from you, sets all the creative forces at work in and through their regular channels of action, but directed toward you.

This book has a gold nugget at every turn. Wallace D. Wattles leads us in the most direct route to the gold lay hidden, but readily  exposed. I find constant and consistent edification through my study of this book.

Every day is either a success or a failure; every act is either efficient or inefficient. To do more efficient acts and less inefficient acts, in other words . . . to have a successful day that leads to more successful days, I must do all that can be done today and do it with the faith and purpose that my acts are guided by the One Mind that knows all there is to know.

How I would love to spend this day blogging and studying Word Press. I so want to learn how to make my blog better, more efficient. However, today I will post, as per my commitment to post weekly, and then move onto other tasks that will more fully make this day a success. There is day forthcoming, another day, perhaps not until there is four feet of snow in my driveway that I will be able to work on bettering my WP skills. 🙂