In my book, And Then I Met Margaret, I share twenty one epoch experiences that helped lift me out of poverty into prosperity. I don’t consider it a “How To Get Rich” book by any means, but I do consider it a spiritual self-help book. The book points to many of the everyday, ordinary, unassuming gurus that have crossed my path and helped me see myself and life rightly. Seeing oneself rightly is the richest experience one can have.
Some of the readers of my book focus on the fact that I went from financial rags to riches, and they are more interested in understanding more about that particular part of the journey than what I consider the important message. What I want the book to do is make the reader aware that life is always offering us clues that help us break free of our self-imposed limits. It’s always our choice whether we chose self-imprisonment or self-freedom. The main purpose of the book is to awaken the reader to the fact that there is far more in life for us than against us. Life wants us to choose self-freedom so we can use our incredibly creative skills productively.
I was born into poverty and now I’m rich; and yes indeed, money adds a great sweetener to life. I’d rather be rich than poor. But money is not nearly as sweet a treasure as are so many other riches of life. I’ve found nothing more fulfilling than the sweet joy of giving back to the world that which the world has given me. That’s what sets my passion ablaze. And, though real estate and restaurants have been wonderful avenues to purposeful living for me, it’s offering the secrets that allow anyone to break through their false feelings of inadequacy that truly satisfies me. The ultimate truth is that you can be whatever you aspire to be. I find writing and speaking about the unlimitedness of humanity the ultimate thrill, the ultimate joy – it’s exhilarating.
It’s built into the universal system of life that the knowledge we share with others, we not only get to keep, but we drive it deeper into our own minds so we can use it in the world more effectively. That’s why the tutor always knows the lesson best. I don’t want to lose the valuable lessons that so many ordinary, everyday, unassuming gurus have given me over the past seven decades. That’s why I wrote the Margaret book. I give important insights and life-lessons away so I can keep them.
I’ve come to believe that everything in life that is of any value is spiritual. I also believe that if it ain’t practical it ain’t spiritual. Practicing true spirituality is simply applying good old-fashion common sense to what you think, say and do. For example, in ancient spiritual text it says, “You shall decree a thing and it shall come to pass.” That is great practical advice. There is nothing more practical than to live your life knowing that if you want to achieve something new, it’s wise to quietly decree it to be so to yourself until you can feel the realness of it. When you feel the realness, you do what naturally needs to be done, and it does come to pass.
I also believe money is a spiritual matter. Perhaps not always, but it is when it’s handled rightly. Yes, I’ve heard that money is the root of all evil. And, there was a time when I spent money foolishly and vainly (fancy cars and the likes), and it wasn’t a spiritual practice. But as I spiritually matured, it became apparent that there is no better reason to desire extra money than to use some of the excess to lift humanity and brighten dark spots on the planet. How are we to build hospitals and schools and libraries and museums and science centers without money? How are we to pay the construction workers who build these facilities, and build the heavy machinery needed to construct these buildings without money? What about the doctors, nurses and teachers who work in these facilities – how will they be paid without money? How do we feed the impoverished and educate the illiterate without contributions of money? So, I contend that if we are going to say that money is the root of all evil, then by the same line of reasoning, we must also say that money is the root of all good. That’s why I believe that working to make a lot of money is a spiritual matter when the intent is not only to enjoy the money but to use it to make a better world for everyone to enjoy.
My future plans include teaching the business knowledge and skills that I’ve learned while becoming a successful real estate and restaurant entrepreneur, but not without speaking the of spiritual responsibility that comes with making a lot of money. Currently, I’m teaching a class at Northeastern University, in Boston Massachusetts. I love the energy in the classroom. Knowledge is the natural thirst of youth, and it’s invigorating to work with young adults who seek to know more about how their minds work and how life works so they can live more productively. I call the class a WOE to WOW experience, and all of the students feel the WOW by the time they finished the course.
Just as a flame cannot remain warm without oxygen, human beings cannot remain impassioned without a spiritual purpose. What would you consider your spiritual practice in life right now?
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