A few people have asked me what I mean by the Divine or Universe. I’ve talked about this in my books and audio programs, but since it keeps coming up, I’ll also address it here. I’ll use one person’s recent questions as the kick-off, and I’ll end with a surprise gift for you. Here goes:
1- Is the “Universe” the same as the “Divine”?
For me, yes. Many self help authors say “Universe” when they really mean unconscious mind. I remember being on one radio talk show when the host declared the universe doesn’t know the difference between imagination and reality. She meant the unconscious mind doesn’t know the difference. This is a common mistake. It leads to a lot of confusion. For me, the unconscious mind is below your conscious awareness but basically runs the ship. It doesn’t know the difference between what you dream about or what you actually see, and because of that, you can embed intentions in it. The Universe, however, is the totality of everything. It ain’t dumb. It knows the difference between imagery and reality. It can also be called the Divine.
2- Do you consider the Universe or Divine to be God?
Yes. I don’t say the word “God” too much because so many people have baggage associated with it. God can be seen as an old man in the sky to some sort of other conceptualized being. God isn’t that to me. It is the background Witness of life. I say Divine to be politically safe. I started using the term a lot more after hanging around Dr. Hew Len, who addresses the Divine all the time when doing ho’oponopono.
3- If we are Divine, as you’ve said, then are people God?
Yes, but don’t tell anybody. People are Divinity expressed in physical form. I talk about this at length in my program (now also a book), The Awakening Course. We don’t know we are Divine because we are supposed to awaken to that fact. That’s the purpose of life. But as Bill Murray said in the movie, Groundhog Day, “I’m not the God. I’m a God.”
4- Exactly how does the Divine attract money?
It doesn’t. You do. But you do it best when you are in your passion, when you are connected to the Divine flow of life and you don’t have any internal limits on receiving it. Said another way, money is Divine and the Divine is money. It doesn’t need to attract money. It is money (as well as everything else).
5- If YOU, Joe, write a book while connected to your Divine/Universe/God within, does my Divine/Universe within instantly know this and make ME more likely to buy it from you?
Not exactly. I believe the book I coauthored with Dr. Hew Len, Zero Limits, was Divinely guided. I wrote it in two weeks. I felt like a stenographer for the Divine. But that doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. Your inner Divinity will tell you what’s next for you. It may or may not be anything I write. (It may not even be a book.) There are hundreds of thousands of books out there, and many of them might be a better match for you at this time in your evolution. I like what Jerry and Esther Hicks (Abraham) have said: they offer their material to those who are wanting it. Period. Look at it this way: the Divine guides me to write a book and the right people are guided to read it. Nothing more. Nothing less.
At the risk of sounding promotional, most of the questions I get are answered in my books and audio programs. I know at least one author who refuses to answer questions at all, saying “Go buy my books!” I won’t go that far or be that harsh, but I have to at least suggest you look into my latest program, The Abundance Paradigm.
Of course, it’s also okay with me if you skip it. 🙂
Finally, here’s a gift for you:
Recently I answered many questions on a private call for buyers of The Abundance Paradigm. I never planned to release the call to the public, but so many people praised it, that I felt I should share it with you, too.
You can listen to the entire call, download it, and/or read the transcript by going to:
PS – Heads up: I answer questions every month on a private call for the students in my Miracles Coaching program. I’m just saying.
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Recently a person commented that I was just after “the dimes.”
When I said I was actually just following the Divine, somebody else said it was clear I was just after “the dollars.”
The two comments got me thinking about money, motivation and perception. I decided I would share some of my insights here with you. I think you’ll find it interesting, and it contains at least one lesson for you, as well. Here goes:
First, money is good.
Most people think, at least unconsciously, money is bad. You hear this sort of patter from “spiritual people” who haven’t fully embraced all of life. They still think poverty will get them into heaven. They still think money is evil. They still think dimes and dollars are not the Divine. I’ve exposed the fallacy of this kind of thinking in my book, Attract Money Now (which is still free to read online). Anyone who thinks money taints you, doesn’t realize money can save you. It’s a tool. It’s a hammer that can build salvation. It is a concrete form of the spiritual.
I’ve said repeatedly that if you want to make a difference in the world, learn how to attract money and then direct it to where it will do the most good. I’ve given tens of thousands of dollars to causes I believe in. I’ve given tens of thousands of dollars to strangers as well as close friends. I’ve bought new cars for family members. I’m not saying this to brag or seek your approval. I’m saying this to expand your mind; to illustrate the freedom and power you get to do positive things when you allow money into your life. Money is a powerful solution. No wonder great saints, such as Mother Teresa, raised millions of dollars and used it as they felt directed. Money is good.
Second, the key to success is following passion.
I have never taught or been motivated by money alone. That’s a fast track to unhappiness. The direct route to success is in following your passion, while using money as a scorecard that enables you to keep following your passion. That’s what I do. That’s what billionaires such as Donald Trump and Sir Richard Branson do. Since I’m writing these blog posts for free, the only thing compelling me is the passion to do so. I’ve told several friends recently that this blog is my pet project. I love it. My recent writing and thinking goes here. But I rarely focus on anything you can buy direct from me. Usually I simply get excited about something and can’t wait to share it with you. That’s not being money directed, that’s being passion directed.
That said, I also have bills to pay, just like you. If I charge for a book, it’s because a lot of people were involved in its creation (editors, printers, publishers, etc) and they all have bills to pay, too. My Miracles Coaching program, for example, has about 300 people involved in running it. Obviously I can’t give it away for free. Those 300 people also have bills to pay. Likewise, you need to charge for what you do, as well, if only to be able to live and work in the world. But the whole issue of money becomes an after thought if you first focus on following your passion.
Third, life is an ink blot test.
Basically, what you see in what I or anyone else does is a projection of your own unconscious beliefs. You have no idea what my (or anyone’s) internal motivation is, so you’re left to guess. Lots of room for error there. My fans will see that I’m sharing what I love; my critics will see that I’m selling what I like. Which is it, in reality? Am I serving or selling? It depends on the lens you look through. You have a choice. For me, I promote what I love and think will be of value to you. It’s of the purest intent. But I can’t control what you think, and I don’t want to even try. I do the best I can, based on my passion and my connection to the Divine. Sometimes I remind myself of what Abraham Lincoln said when he was hounded by people who didn’t understand what he was doing:
“If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what’s said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”
The lesson here for you is to insulate yourself from people who belittle you and what you do. Get clear on your passion, get clear of limiting beliefs about money, and take action to make a difference in the world.
There will always be critics. It’s easy to be one. Just sit back and find fault with others. That’s a no brainer. But to actually do something worthwhile with your life, there’s the challenge and the thrill.
I end most of my emails to my list with the 16th Century Latin phrase, Aude Aliquid Dignum, which translates as, “Dare Something Worthy.”
Follow the Divine, be true to your heart, dare something worthy, and let the critics squabble.
And if anyone questions you in a negative way, remember what Mark Twain advised:
“Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great.”
Now go do something good.
PS – Recently when I promoted my latest audio program, The Abundance Paradigm: Moving from the Law of Attraction to the Law of Creation, I asked people if they thought I should charge for it or give it away for free. The overwhelming vote was to charge for it. Even my customers knew the value of the product and the fairness of exchanging dollars for it. Follow your passion, charge for what you do, and use the money to make a difference in your life and in the lives of those you care about. By doing so you aren’t chasing dollars or dimes, you’re instead honoring the Divine. Sounds worthy to me.
Around 1994 my life was changed by a book called Spiritual Politics.
It helped me see the big picture of global conflicts and gave me an elevated view of what was happening. It delivered a fascinating analysis of the cosmic, karmic and metaphysical reasons behind politics, world affairs and current events.
It revealed that I had to work on myself to make a difference in the outer world. It’s a large, detailed, and exhaustive work on the hidden reasons behind the superficial news and talk show bantering. It’s all about change as an inside job. I never forgot the book.
Recently the same authors came out with a new book, The Practical Visionary: A New World Guide to Spiritual Growth and Social Change. I was so eager to read this one that I bought the Kindle edition from Amazon and instantly started reading it on my iPad. I liked what I saw so much that I went back to Amazon and bought copies of the paperback to give as gifts. I then reached out to the authors, Corinne McLaughlin and Gordon Davidson, to interview them.
The Practical Visionary offers overwhelming proof that every social problem you can name is being addressed by some person or group. There are entire chapters stuffed with resources. It does the soul good to see so much being done in the world to move us forward to unity. In a time when the mainstream media rarely nods in the direction of the good deeds people are doing, seeing all this evidence for the positive is wonderful.
None of this is to say you or I are off the hook. We can’t let others solve all the problems we see. We have work to do. But the best way to do it is to align with your connection to the Universe and do what’s right for you. As you do what you are called to do, you become The Practical Visionary.
Besides all the resources, wisdom, and optimism in the book, another reason I love it are the meditations in it. Early on there is a vivid one about pretending to turn an inner knob to raise the vibration of your energy until it matches that of Spirit. I was a little tired as I began the meditation, but just imagining playing with an inner frequency dial that raised my energy actually did raise it. Nice.
The Practical Visionary reveals eight keys for transforming yourself and the world. It’s not an either-or approach. As you work on yourself, you work on the world; as you work on the world, you work on yourself.
1. Shift from what’s dying to what’s being born: discover the new world of practical visionaries all around you;
2. Understand the big picture and the higher evolutionary plan: find your part and get engaged;
3. Make your livelihood a social change strategy: be a spiritual warrior, an innovator, a reformer and/or an exemplar;
4. Invoke the magic of your soul: explore the new world within you and make friends with your subconscious;
5. Turn within to find a source of spiritual strength: develop a regular meditative practice to receive clear guidance;
6. Clarify your higher purpose and vision: create a mission, practical strategy and right timing;
7. See money as a spiritual asset: trust in the abundance of the universe—and be practical and wise;
8. Transform duality and conflict into a higher synthesis: find common ground personally and politically to change the world.
The Practical Visionary is a mind-expanding and soul-enriching book that helps move you into a new paradigm. You might even call it The Abundance Paradigm. 🙂
There are some statements in the book that make you sit bolt upright and take notice, such as:
“To progress spiritually, you shouldn’t just go with the flow of whatever is happening, as some people mistakenly advise, as some flows of energy are good and some are harmful.”
“On a deeper, metaphysical level money is concretized energy or prana (life force).”
“Schedule your activities. While planning is an intention, scheduling is a commitment.”
There’s so much more in The Practical Visionary that I just want to keep writing about it. But instead of reading this review, go read the book. I love this book and suggest you read it, share it, and act on it. It’s at Amazon, in book stores, and available from the publisher: Unity.
Remember, The Practical Visionary is you.
PS – Here’s a YouTube video from the authors about their book:
Secret #3 of our ten principles of abundance is below.
As you may recall, I’m calling the bunch The Abundance Manifesto. This is to help pave the way for my new CD audio program, The Abundance Paradigm: Moving from the Law of Attraction to the Law of Creation (coming out soon).
These are my observations about how you can attract personal and planetary wealth. Wealth, of course, is more than money, so these ideas are more sweeping than you may at first realize.
Since I’m just sculpting these thoughts, please be forgiving in reviewing them. In fact, what I’d love is your opinion. Please comment on each to help me refine them all. The end result will be a useful set of insights for you, me, and everyone else.
Here’s the third one:
Thou shall give ten percent of all income
The ancient principle of tithing asks you to give ten percent of what you receive as a gift to wherever you received inspiration. Giving leads to receiving. Giving is the nature of the Universe. When you give, you slip into the flow of life. Giving is the very essence of abundance. Give wherever you receive spiritual or inspirational nourishment. Skipping this secret means you still believe in scarcity, else you would give. Giving is a concrete statement of abundance.
PS – Be sure to get your free sample of Miracles Coaching by clicking right here.
Note: My new audio program will be out in only weeks. It’s called The Abundance Paradigm: Moving from the Law of Attraction to the Law of Creation. Stay tuned for details.
The other day someone twittered a note to me asking —
“Why do you need 7 cars? Why not sell one and give the money to a homeless shelter?”
I found the question revealing.
The person asking the question assumes it’s an either-or world; either you buy the car or you give the money for it away to some good cause.
Sounds logical, doesn’t it?
Within that kind of thinking, it is logical.
But that’s scarcity thinking.
That’s thinking there isn’t enough.
Is that actual reality?
Abundance thinking, on the other hand, would say that you can do both; you can buy the car and you can donate money to the homeless.
But most people don’t see this.
They don’t see it because they’re stuck in their paradigm (or mindset) and don’t know it.
They’re seeing the world through their mental “box of beliefs.”
This isn’t their fault.
That’s how they were programmed.
I totally understand it.
I was once broke, struggling, desperate, and unhappy.
In those days I would have thought the same thing: there isn’t enough to go around.
But was that actually true?
Was that reality?
It was real and true only to the extent that I lived from the mindset that believed it.
According to the “box of beliefs” in my head at that time in my life, the world looked bleak.
But I’ve transcended that thinking.
Today I live from The Abundance Paradigm.
In other words, today I know I can have the cars *and* I can contribute just as much money or more to causes I believe in.
I’m living this. I’ve given money to friends to help them with the IRS or a struggling business; I’ve given money to causes and people I believe in, including complete strangers; I’ve donated to homeless shelters and to a group to end poverty; I’ve bought cars for family members; I’ve even funded a bold movement to end homelessness.
And I buy a car for myself when I feel inspired to do so.
How is this possible?
What’s the difference?
Yes, I have more money now, too, but that’s also a result of leaving scarcity thinking and moving into abundance thinking.
But I didn’t get to this new paradigm overnight.
It took decades of reading, thinking, trying, and more.
It wasn’t until I got a coach that I began to have the faster breakthroughs. From there, life became one of magic and miracles.
Which is why I created Joe Vitale’s Miracles Coaching ®.
I don’t want you to spend decades spinning your wheels; I want you to have results ASAP.
This program has been helping people for well over four years now.
If you’re still thinking like the person who twittered me the other day, then you might want to consider Miracles Coaching.
If you’re still struggling and frustrated, then you might want to consider Miracles Coaching.
If you’re still wondering how you can speed up the process of transformation, you might want to consider Miracles Coaching.
There’s an abundant world available to you, but you may need some help to see it.
For a short time, you can have a free sample of Miracles Coaching, too.
Go see http://www.miraclescoaching.com
A new world awaits you.
PS — The person who asked me about my seven cars also needs to learn how to count. I have nine cars. But it’s not about the cars. I work at home and rarely drive anywhere. It’s about the process and the passion. Learn more at — http://www.attractanewcar.com
End Homelessness: http://www.operationyes.com
End Poverty: http://www.movethemountain.org
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