The Boat Race
A Modern Parable
A Japanese company ( Toyota ) and an American company (Ford Motor Co) decided to have a canoe race on the Missouri River . Both teams practiced long and hard to reach their peak performance before the race.
On the big day, the Japanese won by a mile.
The Americans, very discouraged and depressed, decided to investigate the reason for the crushing defeat. A management team made up of senior management was formed to investigate and recommend appropriate action. Their conclusion was the Japanese had 8 people rowing and 1 person steering, while the American team had 8 people steering and 1 person on rowing.
Feeling a deeper study was in order, American management hired a consulting company and paid them a large amount of money for a second opinion. They advised, of course, that too many people were steering the boat, while not enough people were rowing.
Not sure of how to utilize that information, but wanting to prevent another loss to the Japanese, the rowing team's management structure was totally reorganized to 4 steering supervisors, 3 area steering superintendents and 1 assistant superintendent steering manager.
They also implemented a new performance system that would give the 1 person rowing the boat greater incentive to work harder. It was called the 'Rowing Team Quality First Program,' with meetings, dinners and free pens for the rower. There was discussion of getting new paddles, canoes and other equipment, extra vacation days for practices and bonuses.
The next year the Japanese won by two miles. Humiliated, the American management laid off the rower for poor performance, halted development of a new canoe, sold the paddles, and canceled all capital investments for new equipment. The money saved was distributed to the Senior Executives as bonuses and the next ; year's racing team was out-sourced to India .
Sadly, the End.
Sad, but oh so true! Here's something else to think about: Ford has spent the last thirty years moving all its factories out of the US, claiming they can't make money paying American wages.
Toyota has spent the last thirty years building more than a dozen plants inside the US.
The last quarter's results: Toyota makes 4 billion in profits while Ford racked up 9 billion in losses.
Ford folks are still scratching their heads
THE KEY TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM
by Patricia Diane Cota-Robles
The New Study of Humanity's Purpose
The distorted paradigms and archetypes involving money that were created by our human egos are crumbling away. The old patterns of greed, selfishness, corruption, fear, lack and limitation are obsolete. The "dog eat dog" consciousness that enabled people to treat their employees, coworkers, associates, friends and families in abominable ways for the sake of money is shifting. People are starting to realize that the Abundance of God is limitless and that we have the ability to co-create win-win situations regarding money that will benefit the Earth and all life evolving upon her.
Money is a source of energy, period. It is not some awesome entity that comes into our lives to make us miserable and control our destinies. It is only our fear-based egos that have given money that kind of power. Poverty is not a virtue. The Bible does not say money is the root of all evil. It says the worship of money is the root of all evil. That is quite a different matter.
People are awakening to the fact that it is not appropriate for 5% of the population to hoard and control 98% of the wealth while millions of people starve to death every year. It is not okay for hundreds of millions of people to be without food, clothing, shelter, health care or the basic things they need to live in decency.
One of the positive effects of the September 11th event is that people everywhere were motivated to open their hearts and share their money and their gifts with those in need. This is a very important key to our financial freedom. We need to actively share our money all of the time, not just in moments of crisis.
We are all subject to the Universal Laws that rule the physical plane we abide in. One of the most important laws we are subject to is the Law of the Circle. This law has been referred to in many ways, for example: cause and effect, radiation and magnetization, like attracts like, inbreath and outbreath, ebb and flow, reaping what we sow, casting our bread upon the water and having it return to us, giving and receiving, etc. In order for this law to have a positive effect in manifesting our financial freedom, those two activities must be balanced. For every cause there is an effect; for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
God has given us our gift of life which is the electronic Light substance that beats our hearts and allows us to think, move, breathe and live in the physical plane. In addition to that, God has provided us with everything we need to survive on Earth. We have the Light of the Sun, water, air, food and materials from which to make clothing and provide shelter. We have chosen to live in a society with a monetary system, so now we purchase our bodily needs. That does not change the fact, however, that God has already provided everything we need to exist on Earth for free.
We have accepted our gift of life and utilized all of the things God provided for our survival. Now, in order to balance the Law of the Circle, we must give something back to God in return.
There are myriad ways in which we can give back to God in appreciation for our gift of life. We can give back love, service, humanitarian endeavors, laughter, music, art, adoration, education or anything else that improves the quality of life for Humanity and all life on Earth. The important thing to remember, though, is that like attracts like.
If we want to draw more money into our lives and attain our financial freedom, we must give money back in appreciation for our gift of life. Whatever we choose to give will flow back to us greatly expanded over our original gift. There is no limit to God's Abundance, so the gifts we are giving back to God in appreciation for our gift of life can expand a thousand times a thousandfold.
People often feel that they are already giving money back by paying for their food, clothing, shelter, water, electricity, etc. Yet those same people live from paycheck to paycheck without enough money to do things they would like to improve their lives. The reason the money they are spending doesn't seem to expand and open them to the flow of God's Abundance, is because it is not enough for us to just give money to pay for the things God has already given to us for free. That is like not giving anything back at all, and it holds us in a pattern of stagnation.
The key to financial freedom is to give back to God, in loving gratitude, more money than we spend on our bodily needs. This does not mean just spending more money on ourselves. It means giving money to people, activities, events, charities, needy families, spiritual institutions, educational institutions, environmental institutions, human rights and animal rights organizations, medical and scientific research programs or any other constructive activity that is genuinely striving to improve the quality of life on Earth.
If you are feeling some resistance about this facet of the Law of the Circle, let me state again: this is a Universal Law that we are ALL subject to. We have already accepted God's gift of life, and now we are obligated to give something back in return. In other words, "We have danced to the music, and now it is time to pay the fiddler."
The motivation, attitude and intent with which we give our gift of money is critical in order for us to successfully fulfill our obligation to God. We must consciously know and affirm that the money we are giving away is a gift of love that we are giving back to God in appreciation for our gift of life.
The person, place, condition or thing we give our money to must be our own decision and in alignment with our heart's call. We must not allow ourselves to be pressured into giving money to people or organizations that we do not fully support. This is our gift, and the recipient of the gift must be our choice.
We must claim our abundance in order to reprogram our consciousness into accepting the flow of God's Infinite Supply. For example, every time you give money away consciously affirm to yourself:
I have given ($100.00) away to improve the quality of life on Earth. This is my gift to God in appreciation for my gift of life.
I Am receiving from the limitless flow of God's Abundance one-thousand times one-thousandfold of my gift as it returns to me.
I am open and receptive to receiving this money for the highest good of all concerned.
I Am deeply grateful for this flow of abundance into my life.
Thank you, Beloved Father-Mother God.
And so it is.
This is a visualization and thoughtform that Lightworkers all over the world have been invoking for the past ten years. When we participate in this activity through contemplation and meditation, our individual efforts are greatly empowered by the collective efforts of all the Lightworkers who have been energizing this thoughtform over the years.
To participate in this meditation, sit comfortably in your chair with your arms and legs uncrossed, your spine as straight as possible and your hands resting gently in your lap with your palms facing upward.
Breathe in deeply, and as you exhale, let all of the tension of the day just drop away. Feel yourself becoming completely relaxed, and breathe in deeply again. As you exhale, feel your God Self take full dominion of your physical, etheric, mental and emotional bodies. Your mind is activated. The cobwebs of confusion, doubt and fear are swept away.
You are mentally alert and vibrantly aware. You realize that, through the radiance of God pulsating in your heart, you are enveloped in a forcefield of invincible protection which prevents anything that is not of the Light from distracting you or interfering with this sacred moment. You feel the deep inner glow of peace and well-being. You experience the buoyant joy of expectancy and enthusiasm. You know and accept that you are the open door that no one can shut.
Participate in this visualization with the full power of your attention. Experience this thoughtform individually and collectively while you serve as a surrogate on behalf of all Humanity.
Beloved Presence of God blazing in my heart,
you have taken command of my Earthly vehicles, and I feel these bodies now rising in energy, vibration and consciousness.
As you integrate into every cell of my body, my awareness
is being lifted into the Realms of Illummined Truth.
I clearly hear your still, small voice within my heart.
I know you respond to my every call for assistance.
I Am experiencing your exquisite vibrations,
and my entire Being is flooded with Light.
My consciousness is opening to the influx of your pure, spiritual energy.
From this new level of awareness,
I realize that you are in me, and I Am in you.
I know now that you are me.
I Am a Being of Radiant Light.
I Am One with the energy and vibration
that is the all-encompassing Presence of God.
I Am One with the Divine Love
that fills the Universe with the glory of Itself.
I Am One with every particle of life.
I am One with the Divine Plan for planet Earth.
I Am One with the limitless flow of God's Abundance.
I Am that I Am.
I Am now lifted into the Heart of God, and the pre-encoded memories within my cellular patterns are activated. I experience a great soaring and awakening as I remember my Divine Heritage.
I step through the doorway into multidimensional reality, and I Am empowered with rarified frequencies of Divinity. This radiant Light awakens within me untapped wisdom and new levels of understanding. I easily grasp the Divine Thoughts from the Mind of God that are flowing into my consciousness.
New avenues of opportunity appear before me, and I feel a sense of elation. I joyously seize the Divine Opportunities, and I feel a greater sense of self-worth and accomplishment than ever before. My life is filled with purpose and meaning.
I now Ascend higher into the Realms of Perfection, and as I do, I easily release and let go of attachments, beliefs and behavior patterns that do not support my highest good. I release all beliefs in lack or limitation. I release all thoughts, words, actions and feelings I have ever expressed in any time frame or dimension that are based in poverty consciousness.
I Am filled with Prosperity Consciousness, and I affirm:
God's Limitless Abundance is flowing into my life now.
As I accept this gift of prosperity,
I Am experiencing my true integrity.
I Am trustworthy and honest.
I Am a reflection of Divine Truth.
I Am worthy and deserving of prosperity.
I Am transforming every facet of my life
Change is manifesting through Divine Grace and Love. As each aspect of my life that needs changing surfaces before me, I easily love it free and forgive myself for the perceived transgression.
As a child of God, I deserve to be loved and forgiven. I Am One with the Infinite Intelligence within me. The choices I make daily and hourly expand the Light in my life and greatly improve my quality of life. I am grateful for the rapid changes taking place within me and in my life. I love myself, Humanity and all life unconditionally.
The Divine Power to sustain these changes is now flowing through me. From this moment forth, I choose to create a life of prosperity, abundance, love, peace, harmony, happiness, joy, laughter, health and every other attribute of God that perpetuates my highest good and enhances my ability to fulfill my Divine Plan.
I extend in consciousness into the heart of the Source of never-ending perfection with every inbreath I take.
I project forth the full momentum of that perfection to bless all life on Earth with every outbreath I release.
Every inbreath opens the portal into the Causal Body of God, the Pure Land of Boundless Splendor and Infinite Light.
Every outbreath projects forth the patterns of perfection in the Causal Body of God and all Divine Blessings to assist Humanity and the Earth.
I Am the Hands of God now made manifest in the physical plane of Earth.
I Am the open door through which the patterns of perfection
I consecrate and dedicate my life to this sacred endeavor.
I Am, I Am, I Am.