A friend said, “The richest person I know lives in a van and gives out cookies.”
I’m sure my friend was confusing riches with wealth.
As Roger Hamilton once said, “Wealth is what you have left over after you’ve lost all your money.”
In other words, riches are measurable materials like cash and assets, and wealth is the immeasurable but still real capital such as skills, relationships, wisdom, experience, education and the like.
To live in today’s world, you need both.
The man living in a van has to buy fuel; he also has to buy the ingredients to make cookies, or buy them ready to eat. He probably also has some sort of utility expenses.
He needs money, too.
A friend who volunteers a lot once said, “You need money to work for free.”
Spiritual people often deceive themselves into thinking money is bad or evil.
You can certainly use money to do bad things, but money itself is neutral.
We use it instead of swapping furs for shoes.
A wiser and more balanced approach is to make peace with money and increase your wealth.
You do both with education: inspiration and information, and rightly applied.
Years ago I created a course on just that, called “The Secret to Attracting Money.”
Despite the word ‘money’ in the title, it’s actually a spiritual and material approach to having a wholesome life.
After all, you are free to live as you please, but my experience reveals that you can be happier and healthier, and help more people and causes, when you are wealthy and rich.
Yes, you can hand out cookies, but it may be wiser to hand out cash.
I’ve given away cars, guitars, cash, and more.
I’ve helped family and friends, and complete strangers.
I’ve donated to causes and movements that help others.
I could not do any of that when I was homeless, or in poverty, or if I lived in a van giving out cookies.
“Be studious in your profession, and you will be learned. Be industrious and frugal, and you will be rich. Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy. Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy.” Benjamin Franklin
Yes, reduce your expenses.
Yes, live within your means.
And yes, follow your dreams and fulfill your life mission and make a difference in the world.
Live with eyes and heart open, so you can experience all of life and help others, too.
If you agree, check out my course at The Secret to Attracting Money.
Wealth and Riches await.
PS – If you prefer to not spend any money at all today, you can read my book on the subject, for free, at Attract Money Now.
Around 2010, my father started recording his life story on cassettes.
It took him five years.
But he did it.
Earlier this year he sent me a box of ninety-minute cassettes, a cassette player, and an envelope with photos in it.
I then had the tapes transcribed, edited, and formatted into a book.
On June 4th, my father’s 90th birthday, I presented his published autobiography to him.
He was speechless.
He held it like a newborn baby.
He was flushed, teary eyed, and truly moved.
And so was I.
My father found time to record his life story because it was important to him.
And he did it while being the primary caretaker of my bedridden mother, now 84.
And he did it while maintaining his own exercise routine of working out two hours a day.
And he did it while cooking, cleaning, running errands, dealing with harsh winters and hot summers, and his own medical challenges.
But he did it.
If a ninety year old man can complete one of his dreams, then you can, too.
You simply begin and then stick with it.
Before too long, your dream comes true.
Just like my Dad’s.
You can watch my Dad’s reaction to receiving his book at https://youtu.be/jMTuOZJ4V64
PS – My father’s book, The Most Contented Man, will be available on Amazon soon. And he’s planning to record a second book: What I Would Do If I Was President of the United States. 🙂
Thank you for your prayers for the residents of my city, Wimberley, Texas, which was hit by catastrophic flooding and made the front page of the mainstream news all around the world.
The storms have stopped, the flood is over, the rain has gone, and people are rebuilding.
While people are still in shock, they are also moving onwards.
You can’t stop the human spirit.
When I asked you to hold benevolent intentions in my recent blog post, I also invited you to use The Secret Prayer, which is recorded by me and available to hear for free at The Secret Prayer website.
Today I’m excited to announce the release of my latest book, The Secret Prayer.
It reveals a three step formula for attracting miracles that always works.
The book explains the secret.
It became a #1 bestseller in three categories the day it was released on Amazon.
You can go get it for your Kindle reader, as a paperback, or on audio at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XV1Q9JG
Here’s what some early readers are saying —
“Joe did it again!! I love his new book…. It’s inspiring, filled with practical wisdom and massive insight!” ~ Janet Bray Attwood, NY Times Bestselling Author The Passion Test and Your Hidden Riches
|“An absolute delight to read— The Secret Prayer is mind expanding, heart opening, and overflowing with love.”|
~ Marci Shimoff
#1 NY Times bestselling author, Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul
|“Joe Vitale has done it again! What an awesome compilation of the best and most powerful prayers from different disciplines! I love how Joe shares the most effective processes and how to get the most out of the wonderful discipline of prayer. I constantly pray — I pray in the most curious ways at times — and my life is filled with love, miracles, prosperity and contribution to others… Thank YOU, Joe, for your wisdom, commitment and your love of people!|
~Dame DC Cordova
CEO, Excellerated Business School® for Entrepreneurs / Money & You®
|“The blockbuster movie The Secret awakened the world to the mystical power within each person to manifest what they desired. But it raised more questions than it answered. Joe Vitale, one of the stars of The Secret, has finally answered all those questions in this long-awaited and historically-significant newest book, The Secret Prayer.”|
NY Times Bestselling Author
|“Joe Vitale’s book is stimulating you to pray again with gratitude for who you are and what you have. In his own unique style, he gives you new tools to revise and deepen your connection with the Universe. This book touched me deeply.”|
Global Transformational Leader, Speaker and Author, Star in The Secret
|“Few people truly ‘get it.’ Joe gets it, he got it right in The Secret, and he totally nails it in the The Secret Prayer. This is the book that will lift people out of misunderstanding prayer, invites them to take responsibility for their divine inheritance, and thereby unleash their unimaginable power over all things. A book that can put any life on a fast track to greater happiness and fulfilment.”|
NY Times Bestselling author of Infinite Possibilities and Leveraging the Universe
|“The Secret Prayer holds the key to fulfilling your heartfelt dreams, goals, and desires. I love this book. Read it and use it. It will change your life!”|
~Dr. Susan Shumsky
The Secret Prayer contains short chapters, deep insights, fascinating stories, and more.
I believe this is what we need today, for ourselves, family and friends, and planet.
Please get copies for yourself and people you care about.
After all, what if it really works?
The audio of the book, read by me, is here: http://www.audible.com/pd/Self-Development/The-Secret-Prayer-Audiobook/B00XWDOBCA/
PS — Here’s an excerpt from the introduction to The Secret Prayer:
According to The Psychology of Prayer, 97% of all Americans pray at least once a week. Even atheists admit that they sometimes pray.
But as we all know, it doesn’t always seem to work.
What’s the secret to having a prayer deliver?
That’s what you’ll discover in The Secret Prayer, where I reveal the three-step formula for attracting miracles through this particular prayer. And I’m talking about anything and everything you could name as a “miracle.”
When you think about it, what is impossible?
Since we’re talking about enlisting the help of “Something” greater than you, what could be impossible to attract?
Unless you’re trying to bend or break the laws of physics, or have an unreal fantasy such as riding a unicorn around the sun, can’t you have, do, or be anything you can imagine? Aren’t the only limits the ones you believe in? Aren’t your beliefs open to inspection and change?
I also want to face reality here. Many “new agey” people claim, “It’s all good.” While everything is all good from a Divine perspective, from a physical perspective, we have work to do.
There are plenty of problems in the world. There are people suffering and starving. You may know some of them. You may be one of them. Dismissing the problems and challenges of life is a form of denial and self-sabotage. You have to be honest and note the issues before us.
And you want to look beyond the issues to Source. When you focus on the peace behind the problem, you begin to clean up the perceptions creating and attracting the problem.
This is why The Secret Prayer is so helpful. It assists you in reconnecting with the essence of life, the Divinity of life, the Source of life. The more you can allow prayer to bring you home, the faster you will nullify the causes of the separation. And then you can see the miracle of right now.
It’s worth revealing how I came across The Secret Prayer. You may know me from my books, audios, and movie appearances. You may consider me an inspiration, since I write self-help books, or a huckster, since I sell self-help books. You may like my methods or think they are simply mental diversions from living a life of hard work and struggle.
What you may not know is that I am a seeker like you, and have been since the 1960s, when I was a teenager. Others looked for outside thrills; I looked for inside awakenings. I wanted to know how the world worked, and I wanted to teach it to others. As I discovered new things—such as Ho’oponopono—I would share them in books, such as Zero Limits and At Zero. I simply regarded myself as a scout looking for gold. Whenever I found it, I shared it. I still do that today.
A decade or so ago, I earned one of my doctorates by completing a dissertation on New Thought healers and how they use prayer and “mind treatment” to help people. I found it fascinating but didn’t do anything with it.
Then, after the movie The Secret made the Law of Attraction mainstream, and made me internationally famous, I wondered how the law blended with prayer. Others wondered, too. People would ask me if I believed in God, or if the Law of Attraction replaced God, and so forth. It made me curious about how we use prayer—if we used it all—to align ourselves with God—or whatever we call The Great Something—to have, do, or be whatever we imagine.
Was that even possible?
As usual, I continued my research and meditating. I was led to rereading the books of Emmet Fox, an author I’ve always loved. His “mental equivalent” went a long way in helping me realize that everything begins with vivid thought.
Rereading Wallace Wattles’s famous book, Financial Success through Creative Thought, or, as it is better known by its subtitle, The Science of Getting Rich, reminded me that everything comes out of some great energy vortex, and we call it forth with thought and action.
Reading the letters of Brother Lawrence, the beloved monk of the 1600s who taught us to “practice the presence of God,” meaning to spend every moment looking for, feeling, and loving the Source, helped me realize the power behind all manifestation was this Divine “Something.”
And then one day I had an “aha!” experience.
In some of my books, such as The Awakening Course, I explain that we can have peeks into All That Is, and those glimpses are called satori experiences in some cultures. I had such an awakening. Somehow the blend of prayer and Law of Attraction merged together into a new formula; a synthesis of ideas that created a powerhouse new system for attracting virtually anything.
I became as excited as if I had been hit by lightning or the heavens opened and some Great Being had spoken to me directly. This new prayer was powerful. It is powerful. I put up an audio of me leading people through The Secret Prayer on www.TheSecretPrayer.com. Instantly, thousands of people went to it, used it, and began to rave about it.
Will it work for you, too?
How can I say that?
When you realize that you are already a manifester and are already living a miracle for which you are grateful (the first step in the formula), then you can stop there. You already attracted something incredible. But add the next two steps—detached request and inspired action—and your further results are virtually guaranteed.
I’m calling it a “secret” prayer because your prayer should be between you and your inner connection to “All That Is.” I’ve learned that sharing your prayers with others could weaken their power. Rather than invite doubt or negativity, keep your prayer to yourself. Let it be a “secret” between you and Divinity.
Go get the book The Secret Prayer for your Kindle reader at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XV1Q9JG
Or go get the audio version of the book, read by me, at http://www.audible.com/pd/Self-Development/The-Secret-Prayer-Audiobook/B00XWDOBCA/
On the night of May 24, 2015, my sleeping little city of Wimberley, Texas received more rain than the beautiful rolling hills could handle.
Within hours, the Blanco River rose over 40 feet — not inches, feet — and began to wipe out homes and lives.
The list of shocking casualties is long.
The mainstream news called it catastrophic.
But the good news is, the people are rallying, joining forces, cleaning and rebuilding.
You can’t stop the human spirit.
Your positive thoughts and prayers clearly help, so now let’s add some rocket fuel behind our mission to rebuild Wimberley.
I’m writing to ask for your assistance – and I will give you gifts for any help you give.
Please go to one or more of these sites and make a contribution:
You can help just married Mike and Katie: http://www.gofundme.com/paggg8
You can help Chuck and Tina and their children: http://www.gofundme.com/penningtonfam
You can help build Wimberley Radio: http://www.radiowimberley.org/donate.html
You can help Wimberley, Texas Area Support: http://barnabasconnects.org/join-us/
And after you give, you can go to these sites to claim your gifts. (Good till June 8, 2015)
“The Miracles Manual: The Secret Coaching Sessions” – all 3 volumes (priceless) http://miraclesmanual.com/thankyou73-dl.html
“Invoking Divinity,” the heavenly instrumental album by Guitar Monk Mathew Dixon and myself (worth $20): http://www.nimbitmusic.com/invokingdivinity/promos/Love
And here’s a bigger reward when you give even bigger –
When you give $500 or more to one of the above sites, I will personally send you a box of signed books, including my new bestseller, The Secret Prayer.
When you give $1,000 or more to one of the above sites, you can have a private mastermind dinner with me in Wimberley. (Worth: $5,000)
For the last two larger donations, just send your receipt and your snail mail address to: mrfire @ gmail.com (Take out spaces to make it a workable email addy.)
Please note this offer expires June 8, 2015. Please give right now.
I appreciate you and whatever you can do to help my friends in Wimberley, Texas.
And once it’s cleaned up, please come and visit.
You will love the little community and its wonderful people.
It truly is a little bit of heaven.
PS – I think the Wimberley flooding is partly my fault. After years of drought, and the Texas wildfires of too recent memory, I prayed for rain. Well…
Note: Please note that a good reason to be at peace with money is at times like this. You can help people who need it. I am directly helping people, and I am asking that you help them, too. Together, we can make a difference. If you haven’t read my book, “Attract Money Now,” it’s still free at http://www.attractmoneynow.com
Over the last ten years I have sometimes asked for your help.
Whether when a hurricane was about to hit, or wildfires were out of control, or a friend was dying, I would ask you to hold the intention for peace, love and a benevolent outcome.
Every time, your prayers clearly helped.
That’s why I’m writing to you today.
My city of Wimberley, Texas was devastated by the catastrophic flooding that hit us the other night.
The mainstream news will show you the graphic photos and tell you the sad stories.
They are all real.
But I want to remind you that your own intention, and prayer, are real, too, and powerful.
One thing you can do to help is pray for those in Wimberley.
But don’t pray out of sadness or fear;
pray out of faith and love.
Just take a breath, relax, and mentally send love, peace and healing to the area.
If you want, you can use The Secret Prayer that I was inspired to create.
You can hear the special prayer, and follow along as I lead you through it, at —
Just go there and scroll down to where the audio is listed.
When times get tough, many turn to the unseen for help.
Even atheists do it.
But desperation and begging are the wrong ways to go into praying.
They are low vibrations that cause the Law of Attraction to bring more to be desperate about.
Instead, focus on a higher vibration, like love, health, healing, peace, gratitude; and let the Law of Attraction bring more of those qualities.
Let’s send love to Texas.
Will you help?
PS – You can also help by going here: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local/how-to-help-central-texas-flood-victims/nmNCY/
NOTE: Please share this message with others, as research proves that a group of people holding the same intention will trigger an acceleration of results. Together, we can help. Let’s do this. Thank you.