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.
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
I was interviewed about my new audio program (The Abundance Paradigm) while in Chicago recording it. The host asked, “Joe, with the economy in the tank and sinking, what are we to do?”
“How do you know it’s sinking?” I asked. “Where did you hear about it?”
He seemed surprised by my questions. But I didn’t give him a chance to reply. I went on saying —
“The only reason you think it’s terrible out there is because you are being programmed to think so by the mainstream media.”
The host stared at me as I went on my soapbox and continued —
“The media is trained to find bad news and broadcast it to you. The more they do it and you believe it, the worst the world looks. It then becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. You live from the new paradigm of scarcity and the media, doing its job, broadcasts it. You don’t even see it happening. It feels real. You take it as reality.”
At that point I could have told the true story of how ABC News came to my home – twice – and interviewed me for hours. They even filmed an entire evening with me and celebrity fitness model Jennifer Nicole Lee during one of my Rolls-Royce Phantom Masterminds.
Six months later all that footage was edited down to barely three minutes of highly distorted “news.” The same news station that broadcast a slimy angle about my work also broadcast commercials for drugs with known side effects, such as death.
That’s mainstream news.
You might call it the Scarcity Network.
The Scarcity Network typically airs facts in negative terms and slants. For example, a reader sent me the following —
“Joe, just a further example for you of negative news. The US originally thought that we lost 131,000 jobs in July, it is actually 77K jobs better and it is still packaged as bad news. Then, some people feel that their job prospects are better so they decide to enter the labor force and we show an uptick in unemployment. Wouldn’t a headline of: “US retains 77,000 more jobs than originally thought while more workers choose to enter the labor force” be a better headline?”
Yes, it would be a better headline. But the Scarcity Network won’t broadcast that. It’s not the programming they want you to have in your head. They need you to live in fear. They need you controlled. They’re not doing this out of any intentional conspiracy, but because they were programmed, too. This is their paradigm.
But I didn’t relate either of the above to my interviewer. Instead, I turned direction and said —
“But what if there was a different channel to watch or listen to? What if there was an Abundance Network and all it broadcast were inspiring stories of people succeeding, accomplishing, attracting and achieving? What if they spun everything in a good way?”
I continued with —
“We all know that there are people doing well in the world right now. If this alternative media broadcast their positive news, and that’s all you watched, you would soon be programmed to see the world as an abundant place. You would then create a self-fulfilling prophecy of abundance. You would then see abundance. You would then see opportunities. You would live in a world of miracles. That would then feel real.”
At that point I could have related the true story of the man who gave out credit cards to a handful of homeless people as a test to see what they would do with them. In every case, the homeless person used the card as they said they would, didn’t misuse it to buy drugs or alcohol, and even returned the card when done.
The Abundance Network would report this story to show the hope and responsibility in the destitute; the Scarcity Network would run a similar test but air what didn’t work, even if they had to make it up, or they would complain that the cards had low limits, etc. They would find a weakness in an otherwise inspiring story. But they would focus on the weakness not to correct it but to communicate the unspoken programming, “See, told you homeless people were unreliable and its hopeless to try to help them!”
Back to my interview.
My host barely had time to stutter before I kept going with —
“Look. Both types of world exist right now — the lousy economy one as well as the abundant economy one. I’m not denying that. But it’s like an optical illusion. Depending on how you look, the image is either an old woman, or a young woman. Reality itself is neutral. The question is, which view are you going to let program you? Which do you want to live in?”
I’m not aware of an Abundance Network yet. But until something like it exists — or until my new audio program comes out in late October or The Dr. Joe Vitale Show starts airing on CBS radio — what are you to do?
Here’s my suggestion —
Reprogram your mind.
Take charge of it.
Feed it the positive and you’ll see and then attract the positive.
You’ll “tune in” to the Abundance Network in your own mind. You’ll have a paradigm shift (a shift of your view of the world) and you’ll see abundance where you didn’t before. It’s basic Law of Attraction at work: you attract what you expect and believe. Just change the channel in your mind.
And then you can thumb your nose at the doomsayers out there.
You can become immune to them.
You can see reality as the grand optical illusion and choose which view of it best suits you.
How can you do this?
It’s the single best thing you can do for yourself — short of Miracles Coaching — at this time in history.
It’ll tell you the true story of a broke man who found the secret to fulfilling virtually any desire you may have.
And it’ll tell you how to easily program your mind with the positive while you do something even easier than watching TV.
And check out Miracles Coaching right here.
What station will you choose — the Scarcity Network or the Abundance Network?
It’s your move.
And your mind.
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Note: My new audio program will be out late October. It’s called The Abundance Paradigm: Moving from the Law of Attraction to the Law of Creation. Stay tuned for details. For now, visit Nightingale-Conant. It’s pretty close to an Abundance Network all by itself. Go see. You’ll love it.