Tag Archives: A Course in Miracles

What Do You Deserve?

8 Nov

 “I bargained with Life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store.

For Life is a just employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.

I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have willingly paid.”

-Jessie B. Rittenhouse

There is a chapter in my book Overpowering Fear: Defeating the #1 Challenge in Sales and Life entitled, Littleness versus Magnitude: Your Choice. I developed my beliefs about this choice from the book A Course in Miracles. In ACM God says that each of us are given free choice; we can choose a life of Littleness or a life of Magnitude, which I prefer to call Greatness. For most of my life I didn’t believe that I deserved greatness, and so by default, I accepted littleness. Sure, there were moments in time where I did achieve greatness, but to me they were just flukes, nothing to pin the hopes of my future on.

I am happy to say that I don’t believe that anymore.

Like me, too many people have been raised with the conviction that they don’t deserve to have everything that they want. That others are more deserving. That they have to settle for less. Or that life is a zero sum game where if they get everything they want, somewhere, someplace others will have to get less. If you’re one of these people who believe this then you are absolutely wrong. In fact, you deserve to have everything, be everything and do everything that your heart desires. You are a child of God and God denies himself nothing and he did not create you to struggle and have less than you desire.

Let the poem above be your guide. Life will pay you any price you ask if only you believe that you deserve it. I want you to take my word for it, YOU DO DESERVE IT!  Ask God, Spirit or the Universe for what you want, believe that you deserve it, and have faith that it will materialize in your life. And it will.

It is not that you ask God for too much, but that you ask Him for too little! ~ A Course in Miracles

Love,

Michael

A Power Greater Than You

16 Oct

Early morning every day, I have a conversation with God or the voice for God, the Holy Spirit, as described in A Course in Miracles. Or as I like to address Spirit, Infinite Spirit. The first thing I ask for is a perfect day. And what do I mean by a perfect day? A day where everything comes my way and one where everything goes my way. I am always open to receiving all the wondrous things the Universe holds in store for me.

Another thing I ask for is that I am always in the right place at the right time. Doing and saying the right things at the right time. I have asked for this for as long as I can remember. In my studies of A Course in Miracles I came upon the following quote on what to ask of God:

“Where would You have me go Father?”

“What would You have me do?”

“What would You have me say, and to whom?”

And then just let go.

They say that whatever problem you are facing; just turn it over to God. Let go of it. Let go of the worry. Let go of the outcome. Just let God, Spirit, the Universe do their work. But we don’t always do that and I’ve often wondered why.

I think its fear. We grow up believing we need to be self-reliant. That it is okay to ask God for the big things, but when it comes to our everyday lives and the things that cross our path daily, we should take the initiative and solve our own problems. Some of you may have grown up in homes where you were admonished not to ask God for the little everyday things. She was too busy and you were bothering her. Not so.

A Course in Miracles also says: “It is not that you ask God for too much, but that you ask him for too little.”

Each of you has a power greater than yourself who is ready and willing to bring you all that you ask for. Don’t think of yourself as too tough, too smart or too macho to reach out and develop this most wonderful relationship.

I guarantee you it will change your life.

My love always,

Michael

Don’t Let Anybody Bully You!

19 Sep

Luckman’s Law: Don’t let anybody bully you, including your own ego.

The funny thing about this Luckman’s Law is that for most, we still allow others to bully us. It could be a boss, your co-workers, your customers or maybe even your spouse.

Nobody should be a bully and nobody should allow others to bully them.

The best response that I’ve found when confronted by a bully is to fight back. I’m not talking about swinging a right hook. I’m talking about standing up to the bully and let them know you aren’t going to stand there and take their crap. Most bullies depend upon their victim to cower in fear, and that’s because most do. But your average bully doesn’t expect you to respond in such a drastic fashion. And when confronted, typically backs down.

Now, let’s talk about a more insidious bully. Your ego. You see, my belief is that your ego is not your friend. Never has been and never will be. Your ego is there simply to compare you and your possessions to others. When you compare favorably you feel good. On top of the world. Ready to conquer any challenge. But when you are compared unfavorably, when you don’t measure up, the first emotion you feel is fear. Fear that you’re not good enough, rich enough, talented enough, deserving enough or whatever. When the fear comes your confidence goes. You feel uncertain and begin to doubt yourself, your talents and your abilities. And then, when your confidence disappears, expect your self-esteem to follow.

Your ego uses your voice to tell you things that others have said, and lead you to believe were true about yourself. But the majority of what your little voice tells you are lies. Someone in your distant past, when you were too young to argue, planted the seed that you were in some way inferior to others, perhaps even defective. You accepted it because you thought it was the truth. Now I’m telling you, it’s not.

The bad news is that you probably have a strong ego that gains pleasure in putting you down. The good news is you can eliminate your ego. A Course in Miracles discusses this in great detail, but it really is just a matter of refusing to listen to your ego. When that little voice starts talking to you you have a choice. You can listen and let its words take hold in your conscious mind and feel fear, or you can say to your ego, thanks for the advice, but no thanks. And let those negative thoughts disappear. It may take some time for your ego to finally listen to you. So, never never give up.

Love,

Michael

Do You Put Limits on Your Dreams?

9 Aug

You might look at the title of this article and think, “Who would ever put limits on their dreams? That’s crazy. I’d never do that.” But you do it all the time and you’re not alone. Just about everyone limits their dreams. Some even do it every day. And most don’t even know when they’re doing it.

An interesting truth: According to A Course in Miracles each of us was born for Magnitude, but often accept Littleness because we don’t believe we deserve the Greatness and the Glory that comes with Magnitude.

From A Course in Miracles: “Be not content with littleness, but be sure you understand what littleness is, and why you could never BE content with it. Littleness is the offering you gave YOURSELF. You offered this in place of magnitude, AND ACCEPTED IT. Everything in this world is little, because it is a world made out of littleness, in the strange belief that littleness CAN content you. When you strive for anything in the world, WITH THE BELIEF THAT IT WILL BRING YOU PEACE, you are belittling yourself, and blinding yourself to glory. Littleness and glory are the choices open to your striving and your vigilance. You will ALWAYS choose one AT THE EXPENSE of the other.”

“God is not willing that His Children be content with less than everything.”

Let me explain how we go about choosing Littleness over Glory and Greatness. We do it with our thoughts and our deepest beliefs about ourselves. The secrets about ourselves that we would never share with others. And the biggest secret of all is that we don’t believe that we deserve to have, be and do everything we desire. How did this happen?

Each of us was born perfect; then our parents, other family members, teachers and even our friends and siblings got ahold of us. They defined us. They told us what we were good at and what things to avoid because we lacked the smarts or the talents to succeed. They might have told us to find a good job after high school because we weren’t college material. That we shouldn’t wait for our prince or princess because, “Hey, just look in the mirror!” They warned us to put our childish dreams away because what we were seeking didn’t happen for people “like” us. They may have even admonished you to stop dreaming and be realistic. And, so you accepted a life of Littleness instead of the plan God had for you of Magnitude, Glory and Greatness.

I expect that a number of you reading this will adamantly disagree with my theory. You’ll say, “Not me. Never.” And maybe it isn’t you. But, here is the perfect way to find out if it is true for you. Monitor your speech and feelings. If you refuse invitations because you’re uncomfortable and beg off. It’s true. If someone suggests a perfect opportunity for you but the first thing that comes to mind is fear and belief that you’ll fail. It’s true. If you ever respond to a suggestion by saying, “I’m never been good at that.” It’s true. If you still have dreams but you let fear stand in your way. It’s true. If you’re embarrassed by a compliment. It’s true.

But the truth is not always real. It’s just what you believe.

With Love,

Michael

3 Ways to Change a Negative Thought!

22 Jul

Probably the number one question I am asked is, “What is the best way to change a negative thought into a positive thought?”

By asking this question, it is obvious that the person asking knows that negative thoughts manifest themselves in fear, and that a fearful thought held in mind expresses itself in those horrible fearful feelings we feel throughout our body.

Here are three methods I use for letting go of a fearful negative thought:

1)    I learned this from Florence Scovel Shinn in her wonderful book, The Game of Life and How to Play it!

“Infinite Spirit, I cast the burden of this (say whatever the thought; fear, anger, etc.) on you, and I go free.” Repeat as many time as necessary until the fear is gone.

2)    This one I created:

“I was lead to believe by others that I (fill in your fear or belief – I’ll use not too smart) was not too smart. That most others were smarter than me. That is an absolute LIE. In fact I am very smart. I have an above average IQ. I learn things quickly and retain most of what I learn. I am very smart.”

In this example I am first verbalizing what I was told (taught) by others. I then declare that this is not true, in fact a lie. I then state to the Universe the exact opposite using the two most powerful words in the Universe, I AM.

Think of this as erasing a recording made years ago and re-recording it with the actual truth.

3)    This comes right out of A Course in Miracles. When thinking a negative thought state the following:

“This thought I do not want. I choose instead (fill in what ever thought you want).”

Try them all and then choose the one you feel most comfortable with. You may address it to whomever you view as your higher power. I will typically say the one I’ve chosen 3-5 times and whenever possible out loud. It’s always best when you hear yourself saying these things.

With love,

Michael

My Version of the Law of Attraction

8 May

The more you create through using The Law of Attraction, the easier it is to finally live the life of your dreams. ~Michael Luckman in Luckman’s Laws

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the last 10 years you probably have heard of the Secret and its message: The Law of Attraction.

But exactly what is this so-called universal law? And how does it work in your life? Simply put, it says that we attract into our lives that which we think about and put emotion to. In other words, your thoughts become the things in your life.

Now you’re probably thinking that sounds pretty good. I’ll just think about $1,000,000 to come to me and poof, there it is. Unfortunately, it’s as simple as that and as complicated as that.

Yes, the law states that our various thoughts all vibrate at a different rate. That those vibrating thoughts go out into the Universe and attract other like thoughts that vibrate at the same frequency. Thus creating all the good that one would want. But it is also a double-edged sword.

The challenge we face is that of the 60,000 thoughts scientists tell us each of us think in a day, 90%, or 54,000, are negative. This means that we have a 9 in 10 chance of creating negative things in our lives, the very things we don’t want, as opposed to the things we do want. That’s why we so often say the law doesn’t work for us. But it does. But only in reverse.

Now the complicated part. We must bar the door to negative thoughts. But considering that our minds generate so many thoughts in a day that it is near impossible. Except for one unique tool. We feel our thoughts. What I mean by this is your thoughts create feelings. Happy creative thoughts generate feelings of joy and happiness. Negative thoughts generate feelings of fear, uncertainty, doubt, worry and sadness. But, by feeling your negative thoughts, you can choose to change these thoughts to positive ones.

To make the Law of Attraction work for you follow this simple plan. 1) Ask the Universe (or your higher power) for what you want (positive thought). 2) Believe that it will indeed manifest in your life (faith). And, 3) Monitor your thoughts through your feelings. Never allowing negative thoughts to negate the positive ones.

It will take some work, but I can assure you that the law does work. And the results are fantastic!

With Love,

Michael

Missing Out on That Perfect Person

7 May

Do not ever feel guilty for asking for what you want. As a child of God you deserve to have, be and do everything you desire. Ask and have faith that your choices will be delivered to you. ~Michael Luckman in Luckman’s Laws

I have a friend, a smart and attractive woman with a lot going for her who serially marries men that are wrong for her. She has done this four times. Now you’re probably asking why she would continually do this. While the question is simple, the answer is not. It’s fear.

Sally desperately needs a man in her life. She enjoys being a couple and fears being alone. Her social life revolves around couples activities. In choosing a mate she doesn’t set her sights very high and often, once married, realizes that her prince has remained a frog. Put another way, she’s a Nordstrom woman who settles for Wal-Mart men.

In A Course in Miracles it states that as God’s children he wants us to have everything. That we need but ask and it shall be given. But like the proverbial watched pot that never boils we ask for the perfect partner and then instead of holding fast to our belief we begin to doubt that God has heard us, and we resort to accepting the first person that shows up. Fear tells us that this might be our only choice, and there may be nothing else in the pipeline. And fear may also tell us that this is all we deserve.

Using the Law of Attraction describe and ask for the perfect partner. Then let go and believe that the perfect partner, the one you deserve, will indeed come into your life. It may take a week; a month or even a year but you will attract that perfect person.

The choice is yours Wal-Mart or Nordstrom’s.

With Love,

Michael

Michael’s Law of Deliberate Manifestation

15 Apr

Have you ever thought of what your life would be like if you could be, do and have everything that you have ever wanted? Of course you have. These are the things you dream of.

But until you do something to manifest those dreams into reality they remain just wishful thinking.

What prevents most of us from turning these dreams into reality? Typically it is fear. Fear that we may not reach our goals. Fear that we may fail. Fear of the embarrassment that failure brings. Fear that we are asking for too much. Fear that if we did succeed it would complicate our lives. Fear that we would lose the ones we love. And probably the biggest fear of all; that if we did not succeed it would prove what we always believed about our self – that we didn’t deserve to have what we were seeking.

The truth is we were created by our maker to have everything. Yes, EVERYTHING! In the book A Course in Miracles it says, “That it is not that we ask God for too much, but that we ask him for too little.” And so we live lives of littleness, rather than the magnitude that we were created for.

The Law of Deliberate Manifestation goes hand in hand with the Law of Attraction. Both are universal laws that work to create the things in our lives. And to do this, to manifest our dreams, we need to change our thoughts from those of fear and limitation to those of abundance and unlimited possibilities. And here are steps you can master to do just that:

First, decide what you want. The Universe does not recognize size. It will provide you a mansion just as easily as a one room shack down by the railroad tracks. So, dream big.

Second, ask the Universe for exactly what you want. The greater the detail the easier it is to manifest. If it’s a new home you desire begin by seeing the home you want in your mind. If you have a picture of the home of your dreams this becomes even easier. Now create a movie of it in your mind staring you. Walk up to the front door and open it. How are you feeling? Try to get your emotions going. Think of this house in your mind as your house. You own it. Now walk through your house and experience what it feels like to be in each room. Go out to the backyard and see yourself with your family and friends as you BBQ Sunday’s dinner. Experience the joy and pride you’ll feel.

You can do this for whatever you desire; the perfect job, the perfect soul mate, the perfect business.

And third, never waiver from what you want. Hold the picture in your mind and be patient. What you ask for will manifest in your life. It has to. It’s the LAW.

With Love,

Michael

To Be Alive!

5 Apr

“No one who lives in fear is really alive” ~A Course in Miracles

It has always been my belief is that we live this life on earth to fulfill a certain function, a purpose that we agreed to before we manifested into this body. For some, that function may be to invent a wonderful product that adds value to people’s lives. For others, perhaps, it’s to discover a cure for some horrible disease. For another it could be to give life to a child who grows up to free his people. This function can be considered our reason for living and experiencing what we do in our daily lives.

But does everyone achieve their life’s purpose? I wish I could say yes, but I think the correct answer would be no. They don’t.

So what is it that stands in our way of achieving our function and our magnitude?  It is our fear. Not the lifesaving fears that we experience, but the ones created by the delusional thoughts running through our minds.

Fear prevents us from achieving in life what is rightfully ours. What we were destined to accomplish. Fear prevents us from having, doing and being what we deserve. Each of us faces fear on a daily basis. Our choice when facing fear is to either overpower it, and do whatever is necessary to succeed, or to give in to it. It is at this critical juncture that we either continue on our path to greatness, to being fully alive, or create excuses as to why we didn’t reach our agreed upon goals.

When deciding whether to overpower fear, by finding the courage to stand up to it, or to run away and hide, God will not step in to make the decision for you. He knows there is a 50/50 chance of you making the wrong decision, but since he gave you free will, he won’t intervene. But that doesn’t mean he won’t help you. When faced with a fearful decision ask God for guidance, that you make the perfect decision. He won’t make the decision for you, but if you quiet your mind, the perfect decision will come to you.

And ask that you always choose wisely!

With Love,

Michael

The Fear of Being Not Enough!

3 Apr

It saddens me whenever I hear somebody say they’re not good enough at some thing or task. I think, who’s really telling them that? The person saying it or someone in their far distant past who convinced them that this was true?

Each of us carries with us these deep seated beliefs that we are in some way inferior to others. That “others” are better than us, smarter than us, more talented than us, more skilled than us, prettier than us, thinner than us and a host of other negative not enoughs. And, of course, the granddaddy of the bunch, not deserving enough.

As if there were two separate societies; the less deserving one that we live in and the privileged one for all those who are “enough.”

The fact is, everybody has this fear of being not enough in at least one area of their life; and it doesn’t matter how beautiful they are, how educated, how successful, how rich, or even how talented they may be.

The fear of being not enough prevents each of us from attaining what we truly desire and deserve. It often stops us in our tracks and prevents us from even trying. A Course in Miracles tells us that it is God’s wish that his children have everything. And who are we to argue with God.

The truth is: you are and always have been – enough!

With Love,

Michael