The Way It Is: Believe and Receive

By Gregg Sanderson

“We teach what we most need to learn.”
—Richard Bach – Illusions

So here I am writing an article on prosperity.

Some time ago in meditation, I asked a question of my Higher Self, Spirit Guide, God, BOB* … Whatever…

“How come, O Great One, although I do affirmations, study prosperity, tithe, cut out pictures of money, and carry a fake million dollar bill in my wallet, my four-figure bank balance still has two of them to the right of the decimal point?

“Yet, there are those who do none of this. Their ethics are questionable, outlook materialistic, and they barely contribute enough for a meaningful tax deduction. They lie, cheat, and kick puppies, never do an affirmation nor read Catherine Ponder, still they’re loaded with dough. How come, O Great One, How come?”

My answer came in a flash, “Money’s not up for them.”

But it’s obviously up for me, and I just set myself back again by writing a cute little line about my bank balance. I’m so clever, I made it all the way back to stupid.

You see, our thoughts are creative whether we want them to be or not, and when they’re inconsistent, it’s like driving with a bad clutch—lurch and screech, lurch and screech.

We do visualization and affirmation and prayer and meditation to get in the proper frame of mind. Then let slip something like “I’m broke.” or “I can’t afford it.” and it’s back to square one, because the Universe always says, “Yes.” to everything we think or say.

I once read about Baird Spalding, author of The Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East, and that he would give away all his money at the end of each day. He was always supplied with more.

As an enthusiastic student of metaphysics, I decided to try it. In our Monday morning class, I emptied my wallet and gave it to the teacher (Big sport. I knew I had just $13.00). But on my way back to my seat, she who shall remain nameless (Marla) said, “What about your spare?” She knew I always carried a spare $50 bill.

As the southerners say, “Bless her heart.” In a state of shock, I handed over the $50.00 bill. Don’t tell me BOB doesn’t have a sense of humor!

Before we left the class, somebody gave me $10.00 with which I bought lunch. All week thereafter, people came by the house to give us money, and our workshop that had only nine sign-ups on Monday went off Saturday with our largest attendance ever—94 people and it was a smashing success.

Ever since then, I’ve been afraid to repeat that stunt. So what’s my point? Just this. We may talk a good game about abundance and prosperity, but until we truly believe it all the way down to the gutsiest gut, it’s just a lot of words. Ernest Holmes calls it embodiment. When every fiber of my being believes in unlimited supply, it will truly manifest as I declare it. Meanwhile, I just keep pluggin’ along.

Here’s a quick test to see if you have embodied a consciousness of true prosperity: Answer as honestly as you can:

  • Do you use discount coupons?
  • Do you have clothes still in your closet you wouldn’t wear on a bet?
  • When you buy something and later see it on sale, does it hurt?

Three “Yes” answers and you still have some work to do on your prosperity consciousness. Same for two or one.

The awesome Truth: In the restaurant of life it’s OK to order from the left side of the menu. BOB’s buying.

*BOB: The Being Of Bliss. See Spirit With A Smile or previous columns.

Gregg Sanderson has a rare view of the metaphysical universe. He traveled the road from Christian Science through Judaism, Agnosticism, Atheism, Living Love, Psychic Development, Spiritualism, Teaching of the Inner Christ, all the way to the International Centers for Spiritual Living where he is a licensed practitioner. He is the author of What Ever Happened To Happily Ever After? and Split Happens – Easing the Pain of Divorce. Gregg’s latest book is Spirit With A Smile — The World According to BOB (

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