You may have noticed that Yang Town recently turned 1 year old a few months back (in August). So…to celebrate, I've decided to…delete some of my most popular old posts
Basically, I am going through all old articles (and the revive your sex drive ebook) and sort of updating the energy so that it resonates closer to where I am currently at and where we are headed.
I also removed all guest posts, simply so that I can maintain a singular focus of energy across all published material.
I am dedicated to providing you with the very best energy that I have available, yet at the same time, I want to share life's lessons as I learn them in all their imperfect glory.
So it's a bit of a balancing act.
Anyway, We've come a long way in the last year.
From August 2007 – August 2008, Yang Town has had:
1,413 Email Subscribers
Not too shabby…as for an update on the blog:
We all go through rhythms and cycles in our life.
When we are in a yang cycle, we are expanding, teaching, and giving. When we are in a yin cycle, we are nuturing, learning, and receiving.
At the moment, many of us, (myself included), are going through a yin cycle where we can heal; heal our financial systems, our career paths, and ourselves.
It is in these yin cycles that it appears like nothing is happening (except perhaps chaos) but this is the stage where a lot of energy is shifting beneath the surface; we are becoming clear about what we truly want in our life (and what we don't want).
This is the time to go inward and rearrange our relationships, our surroundings, and our life, from the inside out.
These past 6 months I have been doing just that and I have some incredible content that I am still in the process of learning, integrating, and putting together.
During this time, I have been fortunate to have found an incredible spiritual teacher and friend with whom I will introduce you to in the near future.
If money is just energy, how can we connect with that energy and bring more of it into our lives?
If abundance is a state of mind, what roles does the economy and the outside world play?
I am beginning to realize that, in the words of Wallace Wattles, "There is only abundance".
There is only abundance, without exception, in every case.
Those who have lots of money are abundant in money. Those who have little money are abundant in the amount of space to realize money; in the opportunity to receive it.
In the second scenario, this means we will still have an inner journey ahead of us; one in which we come to terms with our own abundance.
Not attain it, not find it, but come to terms (it's an internal process).
Ok, so if we are abundant in the opportunity to receive money, how do we take advantage of this opportunity?
This is where the outside world comes into play.
Everything outside of us; our jobs, our credit, our bills, our lifestyle, the economy, all of that is the platform for us to realize our abundance.
It's the means by which we let go of all stressful, fear-inducing thought patterns and step into a state of inner peace and abundance (which is then reflected in our outside world in the form of money and other blessings).
This means that everything that is causing us stress is here to help us.
Help us do what exactly?
To help us release our attachments; to release all conditions that we have set up for us to be happy (ie I need a nice car to be happy, I need x amount of money to feel safe, I need to live in this city before I enjoy my life etc).
The conditions themselves block our happiness and well-being and money.
When we stifle our happiness, we are stifling the very core of our attraction power; our emotional state.
All that comes to us, comes in response to our emotional state.
There is nothing so great that we should sacrifice our own emotional well-being for it.
This is the core lesson that the universe is trying to help us realize.
The universe is infinitely kind; it will remove from our life anything that causes us stress.
If dealing with money causes us stress, the universe will stop sending us money.
If our mortgage is causing us stress, the universe will remove our house so we don't have to pay it.
A while ago, I experienced this first hand. I had a Palm Treo cell phone. Over the 2 years I had it, I began to dislike it more and more; it was hard to hear people, it constantly dropped calls, and it was big and clunky.
Of course, it did other cool things but my attention was fixed on the problems it had.
Then one morning I woke up to find my phone unresponsive…and wet. The maid who had just come, and while cleaning the room earlier, must have dropped it in her cleaning bucket then put it back on the counter.
At first, when I realized what had happened, I began to get frustrated and felt the urge to blame her, yet I knew all too well this had been an honest mistake on her part.
It was more true that this was a manifestation of my emotional state towards the phone: I had thrown it out in my mind a long time ago.
So I took responsibility for bringing this experience into my life, forgave myself (and the maid), and got a new smaller phone which I now really enjoy.
So the key for abundance is to find all the areas in our life where our emotional state is compromised, and as Abraham says, "clean it up".
We clean it up by taking responsibility for everything that is currently in our life, being honest with ourselves, forgiving ourselves and anyone we blamed (including governments and corporations), letting go of limiting beliefs and scarcity thinking, and cultivating an attitude of giving and of being of service.
Granted, this is a lot of work and, in the past, many people have spent entire lifetimes truly learning just one of these lessons.
Luckily for us, it's different.
We have at our disposal, powerful tools that allow us to change ourselves at a deep energetic level.
We have access to the greatest wisdom in the world in the areas of wealth and abundance.
We have the proof that it works by being exposed to all those who have put these tools to the test…and best of all, much of this knowledge is free; a gift to us.
Listed below are the many tools available to you to begin this journey of realizing your own abundance.
These are the same tools that I have been using to create a healthy, appreciative relationship with money.
Find the ones that resonate with you and let me know any lessons you learn or experiences you have along the way that may be helpful to myself or others.
The list starts with some books, then goes into audio and videos resources.
1. The Science of Getting Rich – In this 1910 classic, Wallace Wattles guides you through a practical process for becoming rich that "works every time", like a science.
One of the core ideas of the book is that becoming rich is the noblest thing you can do, for it is by becoming rich that you allow your true spirit to have fullest expression.
For those who grew up with beliefs that it is noble to be poor or that being rich is not spiritual, this is a definite must-read.
This is the same book that inspired Rhonda Byrnes (creator of The Secret) and many others to become wealthy. Since it has passed its copyright, the book is available for free: Download The Science of Getting Rich PDF.
2. Think and Grow Rich – American billionaire Andrew Carnegie wanted to capture the formula for wealth once and for all. So he commissioned a young man by the name of Napoleon Hill to interview the richest men across the world. Although he was to do this for over 20 years without pay, he would be allowed to keep the research as his own.
Napoleon Hill took him up on the offer and his resulting decades of work was condensed into this book.
This is the classic book that started the personal development wave having sold over 50 million copies and inspiring many along the way.
The great thing about this book is that it puts the power of wealth within reach no matter who you are.
Included are many concepts and exercises that form the foundation for most modern personal development and wealth creation programs (such as visualizing, creating a mastermind group, leveraging imagination, desire and faith and many more).
3. The Energy of Money – Written by psychologist turned spiritual teacher, Maria Nemeth. This book features a comprehensive guide to removing many of the major blocks to money (such as dealing with the monkey mind/ego, forgiving ourselves and others, getting in touch with our integrity and many more).
Mainly, it helps us become aware of all the areas in our life that drain our money energy and how we can turn it around so that these situations support us instead.
The book features examples of people from her class and how they handled their money issues using techniques in her book.
The good thing about this book is that it has you do lots of exercises (inner work) and offers plans of action that you can implement immediately to clean up your money energy.
Each chapter keys in on powerful spiritual principles for using the Law of Attraction along with Joe's personal stories and experiences to illustrate each concept.
I like this book because it's an easy and enjoyable read and there are a couple techniques that alone have tremendous value (such as a process for scripting out what you want to manifest like it is a scene in a movie).
Also, I just like Joe Vitalie's attitude and energy. He is very laidback and easy going and always hits on important points in a way thats easy to take in.
5. Attracting Abundance with EFT – In this ebook and audio program, Carol Look provides step-by-step instructions for nearly 60 different EFT Exercises and hundreds of Choice Statements to release any blocks or limiting beliefs you might have to receiving wealth and joy in your life.
I have watched some of Carol's work in the old EFT training videos and she has a very practical, no-nonsense type of approach to getting these types of issues handled. She seems to just laser in on the issue and clear it, yet in an easy manner. I highly recommend giving her program a try, especially since it incorporates the power of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
6. Even Mystics Have Bills to Pay – One day my aunt came over and said to me "Hey, an old bookstore nearby is going to be torn down and they have to get rid of all their old books, come with us."
Although I didn't particularly want to go, I felt in that instant like spirit was speaking through her urging me to go.
So I did and when I arrived I sorted through old dusty piles of books until this one jumped out at me. I quickly took it home and dove into it.
This book has turned out to be the most profound book about riches I have ever read (so far).
The spiritual concepts in here are so simple yet profound and counter-intuitive, I was totally blown away. There were many times I had to stop reading completely and absorb what was written.
The core idea of the book is to help the reader to internalize the wealth consciousness at the deepest level of their being.
For those that are new to the study of abundance and spiritual concepts, I'd recommend reading some of the other books listed first because the ideas in here may not be understood in the right context.
Also, this book approaches spirituality using religious terms like God, Jesus, Christ, and quotes stories from the Bible (which works well since they are all very relevant to each lesson).
So if you have any resistance towards religion, I suggest cleaning that up before tackling this one, that way you can get the essence of the paradigm shifting concepts presented in it.
7. The Prosperity Podcast – Another valuable resource is the Prosperity Podcast with Julia Tindall and Ira Ellenbogen.
Each week they pick a new topic to cover in regards to living with a wealth consciousness such as overcoming limiting beliefs, cleaning up stuck money energy, healing guilt about past money issues, learning how to give and receive in ways to enhance prosperity and more.
She provides many key insights into adopting an attitude of abundance and provies specific tasks for the listener to complete at the end of each lesson.
Throughout it all, Ira asks her pertinant questions and shares his own stories and realizations as he learns them with Julia.
This podcast is over a year old so there are a ton of episodes (over 75 so far, all free) which you can begin listening to right away.
The best way to get them is to open iTunes, go to the iTunes store and search for "Prosperity Podcast" then subscribe to it and download all the episodes at once.
Another way to get them is to visit their website and subscribe through their podcast service, Podbean: The Prosperity Podcast
The best thing about the podcast is that you expose yourself to a high vibing discussion about wealth on a regular basis, kind of like your own virtual wealth mastermind group.
You can listen to the first episode here:
8. Use E.F.T. to Clear Away Financial Stress and Create Emotional Stability
I recently found an excellent resource for utilizing EFT to release negative emotions and limiting beliefs about money.
EFT is a form of meridian energy therapy that allows you to balance your emotions by tapping on different acupressure points along your body (similar to acupuncture but using your fingers rather than needles).
The resources I found are free tap-along videos created by David Childerly of MyGenie TV, intended to clear your energy system and remove any stress relating to money and finances.
In each of the videos, you simply tap where David taps and say what he says.
The process of clearing your energy system is like hitting reset on your emotions. Your emotional state is like a magnet, attracting different people and situations into your life.
Emotions of fear and worry pull in exactly what the fear is centered around (ie fear about being poor brings in poverty) and likewise, emotions of appreciation for abundance brings in more wealth and abundance.
Also, when we are in a state of fear, we trigger fight or flight chemicals in our body which reduce blood flow to the front of the brain (resulting in poor logic and reasoning) and lowers our immune system.
This is why it's vital that we cultivate a positive and healthy emotional state.
The videos below are a great start to this process:
This is the latest book released by Jerry and Esther Hicks featuring the wisdom of Abraham and is centered on tuning your vibrations to welcome money and abundance into your life.
Abraham is a group of non-physical beings who speak through Esther Hicks on topics such as the laws of the universe (law of attraction, law of deliberate creation, and law of allowing), relationships, emotional strength, and many more.
I consider Abraham to be the highest source of wisdom in my own life of any teachers I have found.
Their teachings are clear, concise, and always improve my energy.
I just ordered this book so I haven't had a chance to read it but pretty much everything I've heard from Abraham is of very high quality and I trust that this will be no different.
In addition to their latest book on money and abundance, they have many others cds and dvds available on their site: Abraham-Hicks.com
Below are some videos taken from their live workshops that you may find applicable when trying to get yourself into a better emotional state around money:
Many spiritual students confuse money and the attachment to money.
Money itself is just a tool or a convenience; a means by which energy takes shape temporarily before it transforms into something else.
The attachment to money, on the other hand, is the notion that money is the source of wealth, happiness, and fulfillment.
It's the belief that our wealth and power lie outside of ourselves; in numbered pieces of paper or shiny clumps of metal.
This attachment leads to the belief that the means justifies the end. It's an attitude that makes attaining money the purpose and reason for life.
If we experience frustration and lack in this area, chances are we are acting from a place of need and attachment.
When we are attached to money, we pursue it.
During this pursuit, life passes us by. When life passes us by, we have sacrificed our true purpose (to live life to the fullest) for an empty and unfulfilling illusion.
I came to fully understand this whole idea of attachment to money one day when I was skateboarding through my neighborhood.
I often go cruising down the quiet suburban streets to get a breathe of fresh air, enjoy the day, and get the energy in the body moving.
This particular day, as I was enjoying the sights, sounds, and people, I happened to glance down and see a small shiny round object on the ground.
I stopped, got off my board and walked toward it. It was a quarter. Pleasantly surprised, I smiled and thanked the universe for this gift and kept on riding.
I had gone not even 50 feet and I saw another shiny round object on the ground. This time a dime. "Cool!" I thought to myself, and thanked the universe again.
I continued on my way, turned the corner and yet again I found another coin, a quarter!
I laughed to myself in happy amazement and kept riding.
In the the span of about 10 minutes I found a total of 8 coins, nearly all of them in different spots. Three quarters, 2 dimes, and 3 pennies for a total of 98 cents.
It was almost unbelievable to find all these coins in such a short time when I wasn't even looking for them in the first place.
After the 8th coin, I began to notice a few things happen. For one, I began to think "this is just too unusual, I'm getting too lucky."
It was like a subconscious closing off to receiving the gifts of the universe. It was like my mind was giving me a reality check (and in the process blocking the miraculous).
It was as if my mind had reached a threshold of how many "lucky coins" I was mentally willing to accept into my concept of reality.
Secondly, I noticed that as I kept riding, I was no longer basking in the cool breeze, enjoying the unique personalities of each house, feeling joy at the natural arrangements of plants, trees, and people.
Instead, my eyes began to scan the ground, actively searching for the next coin; the next mini-treasure.
My mind switched into acquire mode with the goal of finding and attaining more money.
Instead of being in a state of peace, joy and appreciation, a state of being in harmony with spirit and attracting abundance; I became consumed by this instinctual seeking, a state which neglected abundance and focused primarily on acquiring.
My head was down as my attention became fixated on the passing gravel, potholes, and leaf-filled gutters. Without coins, this world looked dark, barren, and unpleasant. It lacked life, it lacked the vibrancy of spirit, of light and creation.
When I realized what had happened I snapped out of it. I thought to myself, "Wow, I've lost track of what was truly valuable to me; the real reason I came out today. I went for a ride to see the sights; to enjoy the beauty of creation as expressed in these plants, houses, and people; to feel the joy and exhilaration that comes from riding.
The universe gave me a few gifts and since I was still attached to money, I got caught up in acquiring more. This searching resulted in me neglecting the whole purpose of coming out in the first place. And it also closed me off from receiving more."
Then that animal part of me argued its case, "No! I must keep looking for coins. I might miss one if I am not looking down at the ground."
This brings up a key component to spiritual work; faith. The ability to let go and trust the universe.
How did I first find the coin? Was I deliberately searching for money by scanning the ground? No. I was enjoying the scenery, in a state of peace and I suddenly felt the urge to look down at the precise moment that I passed a coin on the ground.
The universe had nudged me to pick it up.
So now I could choose to turn over this chance of finding another coin to the universe and go on with observing the beauty around me, trusting that I will receive another nudge if I pass a coin; or I could choose to take matters into my own hands and actively scan the ground, neglecting my original purpose in riding and even put my own safety at risk (since I will not be watching for traffic as well while scanning the ground).
As much as I wanted to only look up and enjoy the ride like I had when I first started, it was a bit of a challenge. The ego kept directing my eyes to the ground in search of money; almost addicted to possibility of the pleasure that comes from attaining it. I had to consciously keep bringing my attention back up.
This story is a perfect anecdote for our life and our relationship with money (or anything else that gives us pleasure).
When we get a taste of something good, it's instinctual to begin to seek more of it. Yet it is the seeking itself that drives it further away from us and leads us into suffering, lack, and unhappiness.