“Whatever the mind . . . can conceive it can achieve.”
The Secret was a real transformation for me, because I grew up with a very negative father who thought that rich people were people that had ripped everyone off and thought that anyone that had money must have deceived somebody. So I grew up with a lot of beliefs about money; that if you had it, it made you bad, only evil people have money, and money doesn’t grow on trees. “Who do you think I am, Rockefeller?’
That was one of his favorite phrases. So I grew up truly believing that life was difficult. It was only when I met W. Clement Stone that I began to shift my life.
When I was working with Stone he said, “I want you to set a goal that’s so big that if you achieved it, it would blow your mind, and you would knew it’s only because of what I’ve taught you that you would have achieved this goal” At the time I was making about eight thousand dollars a year, so I said, “I want to make a hundred thousand dollars in a year.” Now, I had no idea how I could do that. I saw no strategy, no possibility, but I just said, “I’m going to declare that, I’m going to believe it, I’m going to act as if it’s true, and release it” So I did that.
One of the things he taught me was every day to close your eyes and visualize the goals as if it’s already achieved. I had actually made a hundred-thousand-dollar bill that I’d put on the ceiling. So first thing in the morning I’d look up and there it was, and it would remind me that this was my intention.
Then I would close my eyes and visualize having this hundred thousand- dollar-a-year lifestyle. Interestingly enough, nothing major happened for about thirty days. I didn’t have any great breakthrough ideas, no one was offering me more money. About four weeks into it, I had a hundred-thousand-dollar idea. It just came right into my head. I had a book I had written, and I said, “If I can sell four hundred thousand copies of my book at a quarter each, that’d be a hundred thousand dollars.” Now, the book was there, but I never had this thought. (One of The Secrets is that when you have an inspired thought, you have to trust it and act on it.) I didn’t know how I was going to sell four hundred thousand copies.
Then I saw the National Enquirer at the supermarket. I had seen that millions of times and it was just background. And all of a sudden it jumped out at me as foreground. I thought, ”If readers knew about my book, certainly four hundred thousand people would go out and buy it.”
About six weeks later I gave a talk at Hunter College in New York to six hundred teachers, and afterward a woman approached me and said, “That was a great talk. I want to interview you. Let me give you my card.” As it turns out, she was a freelance writer who sold her stories to the National Enquirer. The theme from “The Twilight Zone” went off in my head, like, whoah, this stuff’s really working. That article came out and our book sales started to take off. The point I want to make is that I was attracting into my life all these different events, including this person. To make a long story short, I did not make a hundred thousand dollars that year. We made ninety-two thousand three hundred and twenty-seven dollars. But do you think we were depressed and saying, “This doesn’t work”? No, we were saying, “This is amazing!” So my wife said to me, “If it works for a hundred thousand, do you think it’d work for a million ?” And I said, ”I don’t know, I think so. Let’s try it.”
So I know from my own experience, became I wanted to test it Does this Secret really work? We put it to the test. It absolutely worked, and now I live my life from that every single day.
The knowledge of The Secret and the intentional use of the law of attraction can be applied to every single subject in your life. It is the same process for everything you want to create, and the subject of money is no different. To attract money, you must focus on wealth. It is impossible to bring more money into your life when you are noticing you do not have enough, because that means you are thinking thoughts that you do not have enough. Focus on not enough money, and you will create untold more circumstances of not having enough money.
You must focus on the abundance of money to bring that to you. You have to emit a new signal with your thoughts, and those thoughts should be that you currently have more than enough. You really do need to call your imagination into play and make believe you already have the money you want. And it is so much fun to do! You will notice as you pretend and play games of having wealth that you feel instantly better about money, and as you feel better about it, it will begin to flow into your life.
The blank check is for you, and it is from the Bank of the Universe. You fill in your name, the amount, and details, and place it in a prominent place where you will see it every day. When you look at the check, feel the feelings of having that money now. Imagine spending that money, all the things you will buy and the things you will do. Feel how wonderful that is! Know it is yours, because when you ask, it is. We have received hundreds of stories from people who have brought huge sums of money to them using The Secret check. It’s a fun game that works!
The only reason any person does not have enough money is because they are blocking money from coming to them with their thoughts. Every negative thought, feeling, or emotion is blocking your good from coming to you, and that includes money. It is not that the money is being kept from you by the Universe, because all the money you require exists right now in the invisible. If you do not have enough, it is because you are stopping the flow of money coming to you, and you are doing that with your thoughts. You must tip the balance of your thoughts from lack-of-money to more than enough money. Think more thoughts of abundance than of lack, and you have tipped the balance.
When you need money, it is a powerful feeling within you, and so of course through the law of attraction you will continue to attract needing money.
I can speak from experience about money, because just before I discovered The Secret my accountants told me that my company had suffered a major loss that year, and in three months it would be history. After ten years of hard work, my company was about to slip through my fingers. And as I needed more money to save my company, things just got worse. There seemed no way out.
Then I discovered The Secret, and everything in my life—including the state of my company—was totally transformed, because I changed the way I was thinking. As my accountants continued to fuss about the figures and focus on that, I kept my mind focused on abundance and all being well. I knew with every fiber of my being that the Universe would provide, and it did. It provided in ways I could not have imagined. I had my moments of doubt, but when the doubt came I immediately moved my thoughts to the outcome of what I wanted. I gave thanks for it, I felt the joy of it, and I believed. I want to let you in on a secret to The Secret. The shortcut to anything you want in your life is to BE and FEEL happy now! It is the fastest way to bring money and anything else you want into your life. Focus on radiating out into the Universe those feelings of joy and happiness. When you do that, you will attract back to you all things that bring you joy and happiness, which will not only include an abundance of money, but everything else you are wanting. You must radiate out the signal to bring back what you want. As you radiate out those feelings of happiness, they will be sent back to you as the pictures and experiences of your life. The law of attraction is reflecting back your innermost thoughts and feelings as your life.
I can imagine what a lot of people are thinking: “How can I attract more money into my life? How can I get more of the green stuff? How can I get more of wealth and prosperity? How can I, when I love my job, deal with the credit card debt that I have, and the realization that maybe there’s a ceiling on the money that can come in, cause it’s coming to me through my job? How can I bring in more?” Intend it!
This goes back to one of the things we’ve been talking about throughout the whole Secret. Your job is to declare what you would like to have from the catalogue of the Universe. If cash is one of them, say how much you would like to have. “I would like to have twenty-five thousand dollars, unexpected income, within the next thirty days,” or whatever it happens to be. It should be believable for you.
If you have held thoughts in the past that the only way money can come to you is through your job, then let that go immediately. Can you appreciate that as you continue to think that, it must be your experience? Such thoughts do not serve you. You are now coming to understand that there is abundance for you, and it is not your job to work out “how” the money will come to you. It is your job to ask, to believe you are receiving, and feel happy now. Leave the details to the Universe on how it will bring it about.
Most people have a goal of getting out of debt. That will keep you in debt forever. Whatever you’re thinking about, you will attract. You say, “But it’s get out of debt.” I don’t care if it’s get out or get in, if you’re thinking debt, you’re attracting debt. Set up an automatic debt repayment program and then start to focus on prosperity.
When you have a pile of bills that you have no idea how you are going to pay you cannot focus on those bills, because you will continue to attract more bills. You have to find a way that works for you to focus on prosperity despite the bills around you. You have to find a way of feeling good, so you can bring your good to you.
So many times people say to me, “I’d like to double my income in the next year.” But then you look at their actions and they’re not doing the things that are going to make that happen. They’ll turn right around and they’ll say, “I can’t afford that.” Guess what? “Your wish is my command.”
If the words “I can’t afford it” have passed your lips/ your power to change that is now. Change it with, “I can afford that! I can buy that!” Say it over and over. Become like a parrot. For the next thirty days, make it your intention that you are going to look at everything you like and say to yourself, “I can afford that. I can buy that.” As you see your dream car drive past, say, “I can afford that.” As you see clothes you love, as you think about a great vacation, say, “I can afford that.” As you do this you will begin to shift yourself and you will begin to feel better about money. You will begin to convince yourself that you can afford those things, and as you do, the pictures of your life will change.
When you focus on lack and scarcity and what you don’t have, you fuss about it with your family, you discuss it with your friends, you tell your children that you don’t have enough —”‘We don’t have enough for that, we can’t afford that”—then you’ll never be able to afford it, because you begin to attract more of what you don’t have. If you want abundance, if you want prosperity, then focus on abundance. Focus on prosperity.
“The spiritual substance from which comes all visible wealth is never depleted. It is right with you all the time and responds to your faith in it and your demands on it.”
Now that you know The Secret, when you see someone who is wealthy you will know that that person’s predominant thoughts are on wealth and not on scarcity, and that they have drawn wealth to them whether they did it consciously or unconsciously. They focused on thoughts of wealth and the Universe moved people, circumstances, and events to deliver wealth to them.
The wealth that they have, you have also. The only difference between you and them is that they thought the thoughts to bring the wealth to them. Your wealth is waiting for you in the invisible, and to bring it into the visible, think wealth!
When I first understood The Secret, every day I would get a bunch of bills in the mail I thought, “How do I turn this around?” The law of attraction states that what you focus on you will get, so I got a bank statement, I whited out the total, and I put a new total in there. I put exactly how much I wanted to see in the bank. So I thought, “What if I just visualized checks coming in the mail?” So I just visualized a bunch of checks coming in the mail Within just one month, things started to change. It is amazing; today I just get checks in the mail. I get a few bills, but I get more checks than bills.
And it happened because as they gave their focus and attention to David’s story, they brought checks to them. A game I created that helped shift my feelings about my pile of bills was to pretend that the bills were actually checks. I would jump for joy as I opened them and say, “More money for me!
Thank you. Thank you.” I took each bill, imagined it was a check, and then I added a zero to it in my mind to make it even more. I got a notepad and wrote at the top of the page “I have received,” and then I would list all the amounts of the bills with an added zero. Next to each amount I would write “Thank you,” and feel the feelings of gratitude for receiving it—to the point where I had tears in my eyes. Then I would take each bill, which looked very small compared to what I had received, and I would pay it with gratitude!
I never opened my bills until I had got myself into the feeling that they were checks, if I opened my bills before convincing myself they were checks, my stomach would churn when I opened them. I knew that the emotion of the churning in my stomach was powerfully bringing more bills. I knew I had to erase that feeling, and replace it with joyful feelings, so I could bring more money into my life. In the face of a pile of bills, that game worked for me, and it changed my life. There are so many games you can create, and you will know what works best for you by the way you feel inside. When you make-believe, the results come fast!
I grew up on, “You have to work hard for money.” So I replaced that with, “Money comes easily and frequently.” Now in the beginning it feels like a lie, right?
There is a part of your brain that will say, “Oh you liar, it’s hard.” So you have to know it’s this little tennis match that will go on for a while.
If you have had thoughts of, “I have to work really hard and struggle to have money,” let them go immediately. By thinking those thoughts you emitted that frequency, and they became the pictures of your life experience. Take Loral Langemeier’s advice, and replace those thoughts with, “Money comes easily and frequently.”
When it comes to creating wealth, wealth is a mindset. It’s all about how you think.
I’d say 80 percent of the coaching that I do with folks is about their psychology and the way they think. I know when people say, “Oh, you can do it, I can’t.” People have the capability to change their inner relationship and conversation with money.
“The good news is that the moment you decide that what you know is more important than what you have been taught to believe, you will have shifted gears in your quest for abundance. Success comes from within, not from without.”
You have got to feel good about money to attract more to you. Understandably when people do not have enough money they do not feel good about money, because they don’t have enough. But those negative feelings about money are stopping more money coming to you! You have got to stop the cycle, and you stop it by starting to feel good about money, and being grateful for what you have. Start to say and feet, “I have more than enough.” “There is an abundance of money and it’s on its way to me.” “I am a money magnet.” “I love money and money loves me.” “I am receiving money every day.” “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you’
Giving is a powerful action to bring more money into your life, because when you are giving you are saying, “I have plenty.” It will not be surprising to you to learn that the wealthiest people on the planet are the greatest philanthropists. They give away vast amounts of money, and as they give, by the law of attraction, the Universe opens up and floods vast amounts of money back to them —multiplied!
If you are thinking, “I don’t have enough money to give,” bingo! Now you know why you don’t have enough money! When you think you don’t have enough to give, start giving. As you demonstrate faith in giving, the law of attraction must give you more to give.
There is a big difference between giving and sacrificing. Giving from a heart that is overflowing feels so good. Sacrificing does not feel good. Don’t confuse the two—they are diametrically opposed.
One emits a signal of lack and the other emits a signal of more than- enough. One feels good and one does not feel good. Sacrifice will eventually lead to resentment. Giving from a full heart is one of the most joyous things you can do, and the law of attraction will grab hold of that signal and flood even more into your life. You can feet the difference.
I find so many people who make a tremendous amount of money, but their relationships stink. And that’s not wealth. You can go after the money and you might get rich, but it doesn’t guarantee you’ll be wealthy. I’m not suggesting that money isn’t a part of wealth, it absolutely is. But it’s only a part. And then I meet a lot of people who are “spiritual” but they’re sick and broke all the time. That’s not wealth either. Life is meant to be abundant—in all areas.
If you have been brought up to believe that being wealthy is not spiritual, then I highly recommend you read The Millionaires of the Bible Series by Catherine Ponder. In these glorious books you will discover that Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, and Jesus were not only prosperity teachers, but also millionaires themselves, with more affluent lifestyles than many present-day millionaires could conceive of.
You are the heir to the kingdom. Prosperity is your birthright, and you hold the key to more abundance—in every area of your life— than you can possibly imagine. You deserve every good thing you want, and the Universe will give you every good thing you want, but you have to summon it into your life. Now you know The Secret. You have the key. The key is your thoughts and feelings, and you have been holding the key in your hand all of your life.
Many people in Western culture are striving for success. They want the great home, they want their businesses to work, they want all these outer things. But what we found in our research is that having these outer things does not necessarily guarantee what we really want, which is happiness. So we go for these outer things thinking they’re going to bring us happiness, but it’s backward. You need to go for the inner joy, the inner peace, the inner vision first, and then all of the outer things appear.
Everything you want is an inside job! The outside world is the world of effects; if s just the result of thoughts. Set your thoughts and frequency on happiness. Radiate the feelings of happiness and joy within you, and transmit that into the Universe with all of your might, and you will experience true heaven on earth.
If there’s a lack of money in your life, understand that feeling worried, envious, jealous, disappointed, discouraged, doubtful, or fearful about money can never bring more money to you, because those feelings come from a lack of gratitude for the money you have. Complaining about money, arguing about money, getting frustrated about money, being critical of the cost of something, or making someone else feel bad about money are not acts of gratitude, and the money in your life can never improve; it will worsen.
No matter what your current situation, the very thought that you don’t have enough money is being ungrateful for the money you have. You have to get your current situation out of your mind and instead feel grateful for the money you do have, so the money in your life can
magically increase! “Whoever has gratitude (for money) will be given more, and she or he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have gratitude (for money), even what she or he has will be taken from her or him.” Feeling grateful for money when you have very little is challenging for anyone, but when you understand that nothing will change until you’re grateful you will be inspired to do it.
The subject of money can be a tricky one for many people, especially when they don’t have enough, so there are two steps to the Magic Money practice. It’s important that you read through the entire practice of Magic Money at the beginning of the day, because you will continue with the money practice throughout
the day. Sit down and take a few minutes to think back through your childhood before you had any or much money. As you recall each memory where money was paid for you, say and feel the magic words, thank you, with all your heart for each instance.
All of these things cost money, and you received them all – at no charge! As you travel back through memories of your childhood and youth, you’ll realize how many things you received that equate to hard-earned money. Be grateful for every single instance and memory, because when you can feel sincere gratitude for the money you’ve received in the past, your money will magically increase in the future! It is guaranteed by Universal law. To continue with the practice of Magic Money, take a dollar bill and write on a sticker that you place on the bill:
THANK YOU FOR ALL THE MONEY I’VE BEEN GIVEN THROUGHOUT MY LIFE.
Take your Magic Dollar Bill with you today and put it in your wallet, purse, or pocket. At least once in the morning and once in the afternoon, or as many times as you want, take it out and hold the Magic Dollar Bill in your hands. Read your written words and be truly grateful for the abundance of money you’ve been given in your life. The more sincere you are, and the more you feel it, the faster you will see a miraculous change to the circumstances of your money. You will never know ahead of time how your money will increase, but likely you will see many different circumstances change for you to have more money. You could find money you didn’t realize you had, receive unexpected cash or checks, receive discounts, rebates, or decreases in costs, or receive all kinds of material things that would have cost you money.
After today, put your Magic Dollar Bill in a place where you will continue to see it every day to remind you to be grateful for the abundance of money you have been given, never forgetting that the more times you look at your Magic Dollar Bill and feel gratitude for the money you have been given, the more magic you will bring forth. An abundance of gratitude for money equals an abundance of money!
If you find yourself in a situation where you’re about to complain about something to do with money, whether it’s through your words or your thoughts, ask yourself: “Am I willing to pay the price for this complaint?” Because that one complaint will slow or even stop the flow of money.
From this day forward, make a promise to yourself that whenever you receive any money, whether it’s your salary for work, a refund or discount, or something that someone gives you that costs money, you will be truly grateful for it. Each of these circumstances means that you have received money, and each instance gives you an opportunity to use gratitude’s magical power to increase and multiply your money even more by being grateful for the money you’ve just received! “It is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.”
Gratitude is riches and complaint is poverty; it’s the golden rule of your whole life, whether it’s your health, job, relationships, or money. The more grateful you can be for the money you have, even if you don’t have very much, the more riches you will receive. And the more you complain about money, the poorer you will become. Today’s magical practice turns one of the biggest reasons people complain about money into an act of gratitude, and so it has double the power to change the circumstances of your money; you’ll be replacing a complaint, which makes you poorer, with gratitude, which magically brings you riches.
Most people wouldn’t think they complain about money, but if there is a lack of money in their life they are complaining without realizing it. Complaining happens through people’s thoughts as well as their words, and most people aren’t aware of the many thoughts in their head. Any complaining, negative, jealous, or worried thoughts or words about money are literally creating poverty. And of course the biggest complaints come when money has to be paid out.
If you don’t have enough money, paying your bills can be one of the most difficult things to do. It can seem like there is a greater stream of bills than there is money to pay them. But if you complain about your bills then what you are really doing is complaining about money, and complaining keeps you in poverty.
If you don’t have enough money, the last thing you would normally do is feel grateful for your bills, but in fact that’s exactly what you have to do to receive more money in your life. To have a rich life, you must be grateful for everything to do with money, and begrudging your bills is not being grateful. You must do the exact opposite, which is to be grateful for the goods or services you’ve received from those who billed you. It is such a simple thing to do, but it will have a monumental effect on the money in your life. You will literally become a money magnet!
To be grateful for a bill, think about how much you’ve benefited from the service or goods on the bill. If it’s payment for rent or a mortgage, be grateful that you have a home, and you’re living in it. What if the only way you could live in a home was by saving up all the money and paying cash for it? What if there was no such thing as lending institutions or places to rent? Most of us would be living on the streets, so be grateful to the lending institutions or your landlord, because they have made it possible for you to live in a home or apartment.
If you’re paying a bill for gas or electricity, think about the heating or cooling you received, the hot showers, and every appliance you were able to use because of the service. If you’re paying a phone or Internet bill, imagine how difficult your life would be if you had to travel vast distances to talk to each person individually. Think about how many times you’ve been able to call family and friends, send and receive emails, or access information instantly through the Internet because of your service provider. All of these remarkable services are at your fingertips, so be grateful for them, and be grateful that the companies trust you by providing their services before you have paid for them.
Ever since I discovered the phenomenal power of gratitude, I write the magic words, “Thank you – Paid,” on every bill as I pay it, and I never miss a single one. At the beginning, when I didn’t have the money to pay a bill, I would still use gratitude’s magical power, and would instead write across the bill, “Thank you for the money.” Then when I had the money to pay it, I would add, “Thank you – Paid.”
Today you are going to do the same. Take any currently unpaid bills you have, and use gratitude’s magical power by writing across them, “Thank you for the money,” and feel grateful for having the money to pay the bill, whether you have it or not. If you receive and pay most of your bills online, then when you receive an online bill forward it to yourself as an email and write in the subject line in capital bold letters, THANK YOU FOR THE MONEY. Next, find ten bills you’ve paid in the past and write across the front of each one the magic words, “Thank you – Paid.” As you write on each paid bill, feel as grateful as you possibly can that you had the money to pay the bill. The more gratitude you can harness for the bills you’ve paid, the more money you will magically magnetize to you!
From this day forward, you could make it your regular practice that whenever you pay a bill, you briefly think about the great service you’ve received from the bill, and write across the face of the bill the magic words, “Thank you – Paid.” And if you don’t have the money to pay a bill, use gratitude’s magical power and write, “Thank you for the money,” and feel as if you’re saying thank you because you have the money to pay the bill!
Feeling gratitude for the money you’ve paid out guarantees you will receive more. Gratitude is like a magnetic golden thread attached to your money, so when you pay money out, the money always returns to you, sometimes equally, sometimes tenfold, sometimes a hundredfold. The abundance you receive back
depends not on how much money you give, but on how much gratitude you give. You could have so much gratitude when you pay a bill for fifty dollars that you could receive back hundreds of dollars.
“In the magical universe there are no coincidences and there are no accidents. Nothing happens unless someone wills it to happen.”
When you direct gratitude’s magical power toward any negative condition, a new condition is created, eliminating the old condition. That means that when you get yourself to the place where you feel grateful for money more than you feel a lack of money, a new condition is created, eliminating the lack of money and magically replacing it with more money. All bad feelings about money push money away from you and reduce the amount of money in your life, and every time you feel bad about money you reduce it a little more. If you have feelings about money like envy, disappointment, worry, or fear, you cannot receive more. The law of attraction says that like attracts like, so if you feel disappointed that you don’t have enough money, you will receive more disappointing circumstances of not having enough money. If you are worried about money you will receive more worrying situations about money. If you feel fearful about the state of your money, then you must receive more situations that will continue to make you fearful about money.
However difficult it may be, you have to ignore your current situation and any lack of money you may currently be experiencing, and gratitude is the guaranteed way for you to do that. You can’t be grateful for money and disappointed about money at the same time.
You can’t be thinking grateful thoughts about money and have worried thoughts about money at the same time. Nor can you be grateful for money and have fearful thoughts about money at the same time. When you’re grateful for money, not only do you stop the negative thoughts and feelings that push money away from you, you’re doing the very thing that brings more money to you!
You have already practiced gratitude for the money you have received and continue to receive. So, before you use gratitude’s magical power for the money you want, you need to understand the various ways and avenues that money or riches could come into your life.
Because if you’re not grateful each time your riches or money increase, you will stop the abundance from flowing to you. Money can come to you through receiving an unexpected check, an increase in salary, a lottery win, a tax refund, or an unanticipated gift of money from someone. Your money can also increase when somebody else spontaneously picks up the tab for coffee, lunch, or dinner, when you’re about to purchase an item and you discover it has been discounted, when there’s a money-back offer on a purchase, or when someone gives you a gift of something you needed to buy. The end result of every one of these circumstances is that you have more money! So whenever a situation arises, ask yourself: does this circumstance mean that I have more money?
Because if it does, you need to be very grateful for the money you’re receiving through that circumstance! If you tell a friend you’re about to buy an item and the friend offers to lend or give you the very item because they don’t use it, or if you’re planning to travel and you hear about a discounted special that you end up taking, or if your lending institution lowers their interest rate, or a service provider offers you a far better package, your money magically increased through the saving of money. Are you getting the idea of the unlimited situations where you can receive money?
Most likely you’ve experienced some of these situations in the past, and whether you realized it or not at the time, they occurred because you attracted them. But when gratitude is your way of life, you attract magical situations all the time! Many people call it good luck, but it’s not luck at all; it’s Universal law.
Any circumstance that results in you having more money or receiving something that cost money is a result of your gratitude. You’ll feel great joy in knowing that you did it, and when you combine your joy with your gratitude, you have a real magnetic force that will keep attracting more and more abundance.