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Tithing is one of the ways that I experience my relationship with God, my knowing that God is walking with me and being with me bodily, all the time.
— John Morton, DSS

Monday, February 16, 2009

In the Midst of the Meltdown 2


What is the work that you’re here to do? The most immediate thing in front of you, and there are two choices: either live under the law of karma or live under God’s grace of loving. You can have your choice. And the grace of God did not say for one minute that you won’t have any pain. It just said you can live in the Spirit while you walk through this world.

--John-Roger, DSS

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I have been to many poor countries over the years and also those that were in the midst of a financial crisis, and one thing always struck me—people were getting by. So, we will get by.

Then what does this all mean? To me it has more to do with a change in expectations than in reality. If you are living your life according to a set of spiritually based principles and values, then the probability is that you will sail through this period of time. For those who do have not a set of solid principles the likelihood is that they will flounder until they find solid ground by acquiring a set of their own meaningful values.

When we are secure in our principles and values it is then important that we be open to Grace. If you have been tithing and seeding joyfully and unconditionally, the doors are wide open for you to receive and to participate in a life filled with miracles.

Posted by Paul Kaye at 7:32 PM
Keywords: Grace, Joyful giving, Seeding, Tithing, Values
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Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Grace Track

Because energy follows thought, my advice has always been to hold thoughts that uplift you. Hold images in your mind that you want more of.

Be careful what you ask for because if you get it, you also get what goes with it -- which is fine if, when it does come your way, you are prepared to handle it to completion.


From: The Rest of Your Life by John-Roger, DSS with Paul Kaye

So with the double whammy of the above quote, it is time to place our seed. Remember to see yourself in the picture receiving or being part of what you are seeding for. Make your claim and keep in mind the highest good. And please share with us your success stories.

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I was counseling someone the other day and pointed out to them that they were on the "struggle track" and needed to make the switch onto the "Grace track". Not surprisingly they had stopped tithing a while back, ironically when things had been going well. It got me thinking about this quote from a Hopi Elder:

Banish the word 'struggle' from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration. We are the ones we've been waiting for.

Grace is there, waiting. All we need do is turn.

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Frugality appears to be the new American way of life as this article, Outsourced Chores Come Home, demonstrates.

There is of course a paradox in this. It’s called the Paradox of Thrift. As Americans save more, less money goes into the economy and, in the short term, things get a lot worse for a lot of people. That is what we are seeing right now in abysmal retail sales, from which other consequences emerge (store space for rent), and so on.

Excerpt:

Susan Todoroff, a personal trainer in Ann Arbor, Mich., has begun brewing espressos at home and cutting her hair and cleaning her house herself. And Tamar A. Zaidenweber, a health care market researcher in Astoria, Queens, is spending more time walking her dog instead of taking it to day care each week.

All of these consumers could praise themselves for their newfound frugality in the midst of an economic downturn. But every step they take toward self-reliance — each shrub they prune themselves, each cupcake they bake from scratch — hurts the people and small businesses that have long provided these services professionally.


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Thanks to Sumi for these Thomas Jefferson quotes. If only we had listened.

“When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.”


“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”

“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes, a principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.”

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”

“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”

Oh, well.

Posted by Paul Kaye at 8:14 PM
Keywords: Frugal Living, Grace, Seeding, The Economy, Values
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

"Us Band of Brothers" (and Sisters)

My blog readers are a small bunch. There have been times where I have thought of giving this up only to be told by someone that they are an avid reader and they have gained great value from it. So I am going to continue with my daily posts for another six months to complete a year of doing this. After all, this is the craziest time of our lives.

As I have said before, you certainly don’t need this blog to get a take on the teachings—there are plenty of J-R books and cd’s where you can get that straight from the source. This blog is a reflection on the spiritual principles of abundance and prosperity plus my personal opinion on the world financial backdrop. It is not the opinion of J-R or John Morton. I don’t know if they agree or disagree. I say this because I am going to be getting increasingly direct, starting with this post. It is my opinion. Please feel free to share yours in the comments.

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I love this quote from J-R that I posted recently:

“What is the work that you’re here to do? The most immediate thing in front of you, and there are two choices: either live under the law of karma or live under God’s grace of loving. You can have your choice. And the grace of God did not say for one minute that you won’t have any pain. It just said you can live in the Spirit while you walk through this world.”

I love it because it says clearly that we can have our choice. And we will have the opportunity to choose. The system is collapsing. We need to be strong to keep choosing and being open to the grace. Who the President or Prime Minister is really doesn’t matter at this point in the big picture. We all need to do our best to prepare. And nothing is better than what we already know--s.e.’s, service, tithing and seeding. The things that direct us to God—where there is endless love, endless supply.

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I do strongly believe that what will emerge out of this will be a better, more enlightened world—a Golden Age if you will. But to get there we need to do things differently—very differently. Since, as human beings, we tend to be reluctant to change when we are comfortable, change is being thrust upon us. But don’t feel like a victim as what stood as a system was a fraud and a grand illusion. A mockery of what was put in place by the enlightened Founding Fathers of this great country. Principles were thrown out the window. Now we face the music. Our Light, our neutral loving, and our empathy will be the most wonderful assets to assist ourselves and others.

Blogger and innovator Robert Paterson went to the John Boyd Conference and came back with a summary that is both disturbing and fascinating. I have excerpted his post below because I agree with, not all, but most of what he is saying:

Boyd 2008 - My Overall Conclusions

So what in summary did I take away from this amazing weekend?

That there is no soft landing. We are not in a recession. We are not even in a depression. We are at the end of an era. The Tipping Point is of course the financial collapse. The Vast Ponzi Scheme of our financial world - with the vast sums in the Derivative Market and the Credit Bubble are all in effect lost – they cannot be saved. There is not enough money in the national accounts to pull this back.

The search for efficiency and the urge to consume has set us all up like a row of dominoes - there is no buffer, no resiliency. As one problem rises it causes another. As one solution is tried it drives another problem. We all pull back and the consumer economy stalls. The auto industry and credit firms feed the media (40% of conventional advertising). Papers and TV and Radio networks, many subject to LBO's (Levereged Buyouts) will have to fail as per the Tribune. Every sector will be laying people off. Sales of all things fall off a cliff - driving more business failures and layoffs. Cities and states that depend on sales tax and property tax and the credit markets can rely on none of these. So they too will have to lay off millions - thus making all the problems worse. National governments will be asked to save us all and of course cannot. As States and Cities get squeezed and cannot borrow, they will too lay off millions - teachers, firemen, police.

The world food system is exceptionally connected and tightly coupled. High fertilizer prices in 2008 will drive a food shortage in 2009. Inventories of grain are already low. The collapse of commerce and credit may risk food supplies in 2009. The 2008 rice problem was a harbinger for what is to come.

The problem is our mindset - the Newtonian Machine view of reality. It has outlived its value and become its dark side. We have given up all our power to it and those who control it could not help themselves from looting it.

The solution is a new Mindset that of an interconnected world with organizations and a leadership model that fits this new reality.

The goal for us all to work to is clear - that we have to build back into the system Resiliency. This means that each region has to work to become largely energy, food and financially self-sustaining and that each region needs to network into the others. In effect we shift from an efficient machine to a resilient network.

That the leadership model is no longer the dominant hero but the egoless servant.

That we cannot wait to be saved. We have to all do our part to make our place "Home."

Many are desperate that somehow President Obama save us and importantly turn the clock back. Take us back to consumer heaven of 2006. Even if he could, would this be the right thing to do? To take us back to a world that is a fantasy?

What got us to this place?

The Dark Side of a Mindset. The Machine/Institutional/Newtonian/Engineering Mindset that created most of the wealth of the 19th and 20th century tipped over into the dark side. Where not only did we give up all our power to institutions but gave the few that ran them the license to use these institutions for their own benefit.

So we spend nearly a trillion on defense but not on what the troops really need. We spend billions of health and America is on a par with Cuba. We spend billions on education and more than 50% of Americans are functionally illiterate. We spend billions on food and we eat crap. We make no progress toward energy independence.

The problem is how we all "saw" the world/reality. We gave up all that was important to us to faceless bureaucrats. Our energy, our food, our health, our education, our security and our wealth. We ended up like peasants in the middle ages who gave up their soul and their chance of salvation to the Bureaucrats who ran the church - who made a business - indulgences - out of our naive faith in their ability to act on our behalf.

So what can we do? This was a huge focus of the conference.

We have to shift the Mindset and hence the design of our world from Efficient Machine to Resilient Organism. We have to shift the mindset of the leader from the hero/Savior to the servant leader.
Above all, each place has to be largely self-sufficient in:

Food
Energy
Money/Stored wealth/Credit/Savings
Security

So the Boyd Conference was both depressing and exhilarating. It seemed clear that there was no way back but that the way forward could be wonderful - if we chose it!

(Full post here.)

Posted by Paul Kaye at 7:27 PM
Keywords: Getting Ready, Grace, The Economy, Values
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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Living in Grace


I just arrived back in Los Angeles and Living in Grace is already a dream. It was a timeless experience. In some ways it felt we were there for an eternity and in others that we arrived one day and left the next. J-R shared with us last night and was there for the final process this morning, staying until the very end. Thanks for following along, tomorrow the blog will be back in the financial world. I was able to do some GPTV interviews at Asilomar and I am working on having them edited asap. I got some great sharings about tithing in tough economic times from Living in Grace participants.

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Historically, we can see that those human beings who lived in a state of grace, as a statement of their life, became saints. My point of view is that if you’re putting up with this planet and living here, you’re a saint already. When you live in a state of grace, when you want to tell somebody, “Up yours,” the words come out differently. People sense the grace you are extending to them when you really had all the right and authority to have laid them low. However, you withheld the striking out, and grace went in its place. That’s the forgiving that continues on as you maintain your loving connection. You will not finish up forgiving until your last breath.

Our judgments of our past keep us tied to this world. When we’re through with our work on this planet, in our last moments, our forgiveness will be, “I forgive myself for all this,” and then the name of God will be the next thing we utter.

What is the work that you’re here to do? The most immediate thing in front of you, and there are two choices: either live under the law of karma or live under God’s grace of loving. You can have your choice. And the grace of God did not say for one minute that you won’t have any pain. It just said you can live in the Spirit while you walk through this world.

So put your loyalty to the Soul and to your awareness of Soul—right here and now. Lift above the lower world and live in the grace that your own Spirit can bring to you. When you express loving towards one another, this holds you more in the consciousness of grace. In that consciousness of grace, all things are made new, and then each person resurrects to the consciousness of God and becomes the Beloved and walks with the consciousness of the Traveler right into the Heart of Hearts, right into God.


(From Timeless Wisdoms by John-Roger, DSS, and The Rest of Your Life by John-Roger, DSS and Paul Kaye)

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Keywords: Grace
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Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Ease of Grace

J-R finally made it into the training room last night and took sharing along with John and Michael Hayes. The group was absolutely ecstatic, there was so much devotion present. It made for a late night but everyone was delighted. We are hoping for another J-R appearance this evening. Hard to believe that tomorrow the training ends for another year—however the grace lives on.

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in my heart
inside and out
is all beloved
in my body
blood and veins
is none but beloved
how can there by any
room for religion
or Godlessness in me
since my existence
is overflowing
with beloved


-- Rumi (translation by Nader Khalili)


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You enter into grace by loving God. Once you start to love God, grace is always present. Living in grace is not hard. If it’s starting to be hard, you’re under the law. Giving up the struggle of going for grace might be the very thing that releases you to experience it. Grace isn’t something that you go for as much as it’s something you allow. However, you may not know grace is present, because you have conditioned the way you want it to come, for example, like thunder or lightning, with all the drama, rumbling, and pretense of that. In fact, grace comes in very naturally, like breathing.

When you receive grace it becomes an attitude, a way of being, that you maintain. One way to do this is to hold a picture in your mind that you want more of, one that uplifts you. Once the attitude is formed, it is then practiced as a conscious behavior. The body then takes over and incorporates it as a habit. We then start to walk through life not even knowing that we’re grace-filled and joyful until people notice and bring it to our attention. You’re joyful because you are not preoccupied with the things that used to bother you. They’re still there but they don’t bother you because you don’t focus on them.

With grace nothing leaves your life. You haven’t given up your mind or your experiences. You’re not brainwashing yourself into some oblivion. It’s just that you’re focusing on what is really important to you. You are choosing a lifestyle and a behavior that brings you freedom. However, like all human beings (including Lot’s wife), we have a tendency to look back. When we do, we often become paralyzed by what we see. There is no need to look back, there is no need to look anywhere except where you are. To maintain being in a state of Grace, just be in a state of forgiveness, which is a place of no judgment.


(From The Rest of Your Life by John-Roger, DSS with Paul Kaye)

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Walk in Grace

The energy continues to build. The group has clearly come here to be on retreat and to attune to Spirit. The level of focus and cooperation is extremely high. Nat shared with us last night that he asked J-R to come and share and that J-R said that he is well and doing fine and that he is just taking his time getting here. (He is about 200 yards away). Although we miss his physical presence, his energy is so present it’s as if he is right here in the room. The weather has turned cloudy but is milder. (I’m English, so I am culturally obligated to talk about the weather). The group has managed to keep very healthy. The energy is high—I hope you are tuning in to the training and getting some if it.

If you think that being the Beloved is going to give you everything you want in this world, you have missed the point. The Beloved is a desireless state. You will get everything you want when you are in complete acceptance, cooperation, understanding, and empathy for whatever is present. But the wants that are being fulfilled are not the wants of the emotions but the wants of the heart. And as soon as a “but” appears in your mind you have stepped out of the energy field of the Beloved and have thrust yourself into the world again. Don’t be concerned, for the Beloved waits for your return.

You can return to the Beloved on your breath, on your gratitude, on your loving, and on your unconditional giving. There are many ways into the Beloved when you are prepared to let go and let God. Your reward will be the enthusiasm you have for your life regardless of your circumstances. You will walk in grace. And the grace of God did not say for one moment that you wouldn’t have any pain, or that you won’t meet any adversity. Its only promise is that you are going to live in the Spirit while you walk through this world.

When you do live love, everything becomes fantastic. You manifest here and now and receive God’s grace. You bestow grace upon yourself from a higher consciousness. Then you are the Beloved.


(From The Rest of Your Life by John-Roger, DSS and Paul Kaye)

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Keywords: Grace
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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Grace Is Loving God

Another rich and profound day. John has been sharing with us each day. Overall the group is well and happy and are clearly here to let go and to open to grace. Perhaps you can tune in and review the year in your mind and forgive yourself for any judgments you are holding. And then perhaps you can take time in solitude, listening to the silence followed by a J-R cd or dvd. Then listen to the silence again. I find just being in the silence very renewing. And then take a moment to open and, for the highest good, receive grace. Like the J-R quote from the other day, perhaps you can say from deep within your heart, “Lord, I receive.”

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Rabbi Bunam said to his followers:

Our great transgression is not that we commit sins—temptation is strong and our strength is slight! No, our transgression is that at every instant we can turn to God— and we do not turn!


18th Century Hasidic Text

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The only grace is loving God. When you are loving God, grace is extended back to you, in all shapes and forms. Once you know yourself and the Beloved within you, you will not strike against another human being. You will withhold the strike and keep it back, because that form of loving is once again entering into the grace. It’s not only the grace of loving God; it’s the grace of loving each person as God incarnate.

Once you receive the grace of loving God, that loving starts to purify you as a prince or princess of the higher consciousness. You start to once again come into the royalty, the purple majesty of your being, and negativity, in and around you, is transmuted into a higher form.

If you are loving God, and I mean really loving God by being centered and filled with that rather than being preoccupied with worldly concerns, then grace abounds with you. And whatever you do becomes a blessing. It just turns out right. People actually rejoice that you are around.

When you are living in grace, you release the self-centered concerns of the ego and you disregard what moves you into upset and suffering. Instead you turn to fill yourself with God’s abundance, the keynote of which is loving.


(From The Rest of Your Life by John-Roger, DSS with Paul Kaye)

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Grace Is Sufficient

A glorious day. Clear blue skies, and a perfect briskness in the air. We had a wonderful beach walk. Everyone is doing remarkably well. We are still waiting an appearance from J-R, but Michael Hayes, John, and Jsu have all assured me he is doing great and is just resting, taking care of himself, and spending time away from the body.

I had a thought today that I should really be uploading photos but then I remembered you all have your Living In Grace Weekly Planners (last year's discourse subscribers Christmas gift) so if you haven't got them out, please do to give these updates more dimension.

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The sound of a great name dies like an echo; the splendor of fame fades into nothing; but the grace of a fine spirit pervades the places through which it has passed.

--James Thurber

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Many years ago, I was listening to the Lord’s Prayer and I heard the words, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,” in a different way. I thought “Thy kingdom come” is the opening door, and all we need do is allow instead of forcing it to do something. And in that moment of receiving, we can reside in the grace that it is coming our way.

To me that was a most dynamic moment of salvation (which means awakening and awareness). I realized, I don’t have to do anything except let it come—let myself awaken, let myself become aware, and let myself exist without forcing anything. “Wow!”

I felt so joyful in that awareness that I then thought, “What do I do with this joy?” The answer I received from within was, “the same as what you do with ‘Thy kingdom come,’ you leave it alone and enjoy the joy!”

I then heard, “Grace is sufficient unto you.” Another wow! I thought, “what about all the turmoil I’m in? If you can remove it Beloved, remove it.” I heard again inside of me, “My Grace is sufficient unto you.” I realized that as long as I’m being given grace I don’t need to have anything removed, because the grace is far greater than what I’ve got. I was focusing upon my lack and was corrupting the goodness present. I let go and said, “Lord, I receive.” And grace was indeed sufficient unto me and has been ever since.


(From The Rest of Your Life by John-Roger, DSS and Paul Kaye)

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Keywords: Grace
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Great and Full

The retreat is going beautifully. The group is wonderfully focused and on point. John shared this afternoon and we are hoping that J-R can be with us this evening. The weather is clearing up. It’s still chilly but the air is so fresh, it is a pleasure.

No financial quotes or information today as I am a little out of touch with the world. However, below is what matters most.

Grace is given by God, and when we receive that, we become full. When we go into our heart where the Beloved dwells, then we not only have the Grace and we’re full, but we’re great and we’re full. The heart does not say “I.” The heart does not speak. The heart gives out and manifests the loving nature.

The loving heart, the spiritual heart, is the place to be. When that is unlocked and is unfolding, if it pats you on the back or kisses you on the forehead, then you should thank God from your very being that it happened, because the loving nature is the key to all things.

God is the Beloved and resides in the eternal now, unconditionally. Unconditionally means there are no conditions. If you try to condition God energy through meditating practices, breathing certain ways, or practicing spiritual exercises, doing them with the intent of conditioning God energy, then you won’t even get to knock at the door for there won’t be a doorway present for you.

But if you put aside your conditions and do your breathing, your meditation, your spiritual exercises with the loving attitude of, “I sit and I wait for the Grace of God, the Beloved, to touch to me and awaken me,” then that is more than enough for the doorway to present itself and open towards you.


(From The Rest of Your Life by John-Roger, DSS and Paul Kaye)

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Pay Yourself A Visit


Give up to grace. The ocean takes care of each wave till it gets to shore.

-- Rumi

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Take a moment to be comfortable with yourself and in your own individual way attune into that which is the Beloved. Attune to that sacred center within you where you know goodness dwells.

Attune to that same spot where you feel you really want to live, where you can express from this center into the rest of the world calmly, peacefully, and in loving. This starts then the opening of the door into the portals of the soul.

This attunement is not an intellectual process but one of just giving your attention to it and resting there in a state of being.

That place in which you rest can’t really be described, yet it is very real. We get in there periodically, and the joy, the bliss, the ecstasy that can come forward from that small visit with yourself can carry you over some very rough spots.

Pay yourself a visit. Drop the pretence of existence and go within and find the Grace of God being bestowed upon you by the Beloved. You can endure all the negative things in your life because they are nothing anyway.


(From The Rest of Your Life by John-Roger, DSS and Paul Kaye)

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Stephanie Pomboy is a brilliant analyst and head of Macromavens. If you get the weekly publication Barrons read the interview with Miss Pomboy in the current issue sentitled, "A Long Cold Winter."

Here are a few elucidating quotes from that interview, points that I happen to fully agree with (after reading, go back to quotes above):

"So in the short run, we could see a rally in risky assets and a sell-off in Treasuries. But the economic deleveraging has barely begun, and that's my longer-term thesis. It all revolves around the idea that the US consumers are actually going to do the unthinkable -- they are going to save -- and that we will be more like Japan than anyone believes is possible."

"The result is that the share of income that consumers can actually spend is at the lowest in the post-war period. It has not been a problem, because consumers would just borrow to fill that gap. But now they don't have appreciating assets against which to borrow. So while we could get a rally in risk assets -- including high-yield debt -- it's likely to be a short-term rally within the context of a secular bear market."

"There's a chance that equities participate in that rally as well, although I think investment grade corporate credits look much more attractive than stocks."

"We are acting as though there are no
consequences to basically running the money off the printing press and handing it to the Federal government to backstop financial markets or bail out homeowners or what not. There is no consequence to doing this, unless or until the rest of the world say to us, 'We don't like this game; and 'we don't want to have all the dollar claims we are holding debased by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke running his printing press'."

"I've always had a very simplistic view about this. Either we are going to pay for our policy sins via higher interest rates or a weaker dollar. And for an economy that is as leveraged as the one in the US is, the former choice is not an option. So a weaker dollar is the natural valve."

Question: How would you assess the jobs Fed Chairman Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Paulson have done in responding to the financial crisis?

Pomboy: My preferred solution would have been to do nothing. I think it's the meddling of policy makers that got us into this situation in the first place.

Question: What domestic GDP growth will we get?

Pomboy: In terms of nominal GDP, I see it being around 1% for a long time, five years for sure.

Question: What keeps you up at night?

Pomboy: I do worry about preservation of capital. If I'm correct about the economic deleveraging still ahead, and that it will continue for many years, that's a legitimate concern. That's why I'm long on gold. I view it as the best way to protect my capital.

The other worry is unemployment and this vicious circle where consumers spend less, companies make less money and they cut back workers. The unemployment rate continues to rise. It is very hard to figure out how you break out of that."


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Keywords: Grace
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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Living In Grace

I arrived at Asilomar this evening. I’ll be facilitating Living in Grace with Pauli Sanderson for the week. I’ll try and post each day and give you a taste of the event. I can tell you it is one of the biggest we have had in many years with over 260 participants. Right now it is cold and raining, but it doesn’t matter as the hearts will be warm and glowing. The retreat officially starts tomorrow (Monday) at 6 pm, but already people have begun to arrive from all over the world, England, France, Spain, and we have a large contingent from Brazil this year. At the very least I hope to be sending you daily quotes on the theme of grace.

Here are two for today:

If I were called upon to state in a few words the essence of everything I was trying to say both as a novelist and as a preacher, it would be something like this: Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis, all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.

--Frederick Buechner

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Under the law of this world we must strive, but under Grace it is given unto us. When we are under Grace, all we need say is, “Lord, I receive,” and what we need is given to us.

When we enter into negative patterns, we enter into the law of this world and must function under it. Yet as soon as we enter into unconditional loving, that loving is manifested and there is nothing we can do wrong in that purity—it is all right. For when Grace is extended to us, those things that have been out of balance in our lives can be balanced instantly.

Getting into the consciousness of Grace is very easy. It’s so simple that people miss it because they think it should be harder. It’s simply letting go and letting God. When you do let go and let God, it’s done. But you do have to have the faith for a few seconds to truly let go.


(From The Rest of Your Life by John-Roger, DSS with Paul Kaye)

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Zen, Money, and Grace

In this house of mirrors
you see a lot of things –
Rub your eyes.
Only you exist.

--Rumi

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Zen Moment of the Day

An old Chinese Zen Master once said, "Some of you are taking me literally when I say, 'Don't think,' and you are making your minds like a rock. When I say not to think, I mean that if you have a thought, think nothing of it."

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Nice post from The Wisdom Journal on "Money is 100% Emotional." Here is a quote:

If you’re constantly worried, if you’re constantly thinking about finances, if you’re always on the defensive and losing sleep over whether you’ll “have enough,” or whether you’ll “lose it all,” you need to sit down and redefine your relationship with money.

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Remember that everything around you, everything in your life, and everything about you is there so you can use it for upliftment learning and growth. It’s all designed that way. Perfect design. When you’re on to that, your life is full of grace.

John-Roger, DSS

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Keywords: Grace, Money
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Manifesting Ourselves

God continually breathes toward you the wind that blows from heaven. As you open yourself to let it in, you’ll find that you can’t hold on to it, you can’t possess it. You must let go and allow that wind to lift you until you manifest your true self, the beingness of your Soul. Then you will know yourself as divine, as the promised one, as the Beloved for whom you have searched. And you will be awakened to the Soul and will know the presence of God in your heart.

(From: What’s It Like Being You by John-Roger, DSS and Paul Kaye)

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As we navigate through this time we are in, I am struck by how often I am comforted by the knowledge that God Is My Partner, that there is endless supply, and that nothing is being held back from me. My job is therefore to connect with the Source of that supply, let go of what I no longer need and what is no longer serving me so I can create space to receive. And of course a big key is for me to relax and be open. In terms of openness, I love this quote that I included in The Rest of Your Life:

Keep your hands open, and all the sands of the desert can pass through them.
Close them, and all you can feel is a bit of grit.


--Taisen Deshimaru

I am also grateful for the immense Grace that is in my life. I will be including more quotes on Grace between now and the end of the year.

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Financial Quote of the Day

We have entered a period of risk aversion unlike anything we've seen in our lifetime. Investors will be too wary for a while. You'll read stories about people who got rich betting against subprime mortgages and then about people who combed through the wreckage and found bargains. The next rich wave will be those who figure out where the value is. As for the average American investor, he'll be a deer in the headlights for years. It will be a while until greed gets comfortable again.

Michael Lewis author of the recently released Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity

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Keywords: Grace, Manifestation
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Sunday, November 23, 2008

In Harmony With Infinite Supply

The following quote is from Timeless Wisdoms by J-R. Please read it and keep it close by you. There are so many keys here to living the spiritual principles of abundance and prosperity. Every time you read or hear anything negative about the economy or environment, instead of being caught up in what is being said, perhaps you can read this quote.

Ultimately, you can’t do anything “wrong,” because God is with you, in you as you, and is making sure that it all comes out perfectly. And that is a lot to be thankful for.

An attitude of gratitude is also a key to being in harmony with infinite supply. When you can honestly and truly thank God for what you have, for all your experiences, for all the people in your life, and for all your expressions, the sense of gratitude goes very deep. In that depth, you are open to infinite supply.

You also might think about being grateful when your desires are not being fulfilled. You might think about being grateful when your prayers are not being answered. Let those desires and prayers go, and ask only for the highest good, that you might be free of the creation of desire, that you might be free from illusion, that you might be free to know your own Soul and its perfection and glory.

Sometimes the best way to make the most out of a situation is to get out of it. The other way is to accept it and be grateful that it isn’t worse. I find that it’s much easier to just love it all. When it shows up, I go, “Wow. Another form of loving. Another face of loving. Another expression of loving. Another location of loving.” And then I get to participate in it. That’s grateful.

As you accept what you have and give thanks for your blessings, you find your life becoming happier and happier. Because, truly, my friends, you are blessed. There is not one of you who is not continually receiving of God’s infinite blessings and grace.


Posted by Paul Kaye at 9:10 PM
Keywords: Attitude, Endless supply, Fullness, Grace, Gratitude, Manifestation, Unconditional
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Materialism, Law and Grace

First the law: As the powers of the land wrap up the enormous financial mess this country has gotten into, I thought the excerpt below from Strategic Forecasting (www.stratfor.com) brings us up to date and wraps up the matter as far as this blog is concerned.

The U.S. Treasury floated its barebones plan for a $700 billion bailout of the U.S. mortgage market. A final text is expected to be put before Congress for a rapid vote by the end of next week, before Congress breaks for elections. Details of the three-page plan are extremely sketchy, but in essence Congress will authorize the Treasury to spend up to $700 billion to purchase (at prices the Treasury has the market position to dictate) mortgages in various forms of packaging for sale to other interested parties (at costs the Treasury will be able to set) at a later time.

In a stroke this ends this chapter of the subprime crisis. Those assets will now be transferred to the government — the current holders will take whatever loss the Treasury feels is appropriate — and sold back to the market as conditions improve. In the long run this is great for both the housing market and the government — for the housing market because it puts a floor under current falling housing prices and allows America’s positive population growth and net immigration to slowly raise future prices, and for the government because while it will increase debt in the short term, in the long run it will probably earn the government a profit. The Treasury will be aiming to buy low and sell high, and in most cases should be able to, yet it has the authority to raise its paying prices or lower its sale prices as necessary to ensure that both ends of the market continue to function semi-normally.

But as with the upheaval on Wall Street, this will have a hidden impact. The U.S. Treasury is about to get tossed a fat account with broad powers, but for a project for which it will have full legal and regulatory indemnity. Squeezed into that double-spaced, three-page document the Treasury jotted in that no private entity or government agency could challenge the legal or regulatory basis of its mortgage operations. Add in the burgeoning efforts to clean up Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and the Treasury now has $1 trillion in projects that no one short of the Supreme Court itself can challenge. Not even Josef Stalin acted with such freedom on such a scale. The next Treasury secretary had better know what he is doing.


--STRATFOR

And Light ahead to that! Which brings us to a bit of grace from Manifesting God’s Abundance by John-Roger, DSS, with a reminder that there are more interesting things in life than materialism.


“Materialism is a strange game. It's caught more than one person and rubbed their nose back into the world time and time and time again."

“Why should we just stop short and just manifest the law, because that means we'll always be beggars. We'll always be trying to manifest our need which then puts us right back in materialism. We become materialistically minded. Manifest the car, manifest the wife, manifest this, manifest that. We're right back in it. What happened to all this spirituality? It is masquerading. So, the manifestation isn't for that of the world, but it is for the awareness of the Beloved that is you inside.”

“And in a state of abundance we must watch we don't get caught in materialism, but that we can supply the abundance of life-giving responses inside of us to radiate out as spiritual energy, as radiant energy, as cosmic energy, and let it lift all around us.”


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Keywords: Grace, Manifestation, Money
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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Precipitation

In 1972, J-R wrote a booklet that was printed in the MSIA office on a Gestetner machine on 8 1/2 x 11 paper. I was 22 years-old and living in London at the time and when I acquired this flimsy booklet with its paragraphs that ran on for a page, and its faded type, I was less than impressed. Plus it was called “Precipitation.” What the hell was that? I only knew that precipitation was snow or rain. I read through the book and never gave it another look.

Oh, the folly of youth. In going back, I can tell you that the book is SOLID GOLD! Fortunately, most of it is reproduced in Wealth and Higher Consciousness. Nevertheless, going back to the original I re-read this gem:

We can, by working through 'Grace', alter and change physical patterns. The Law of Grace has been demonstrated so many times in every one of your lives. I'm going to tell you many things that you may already know but, again, you may not be aware of it until you hear it consciously. I have looked ahead at some of the things that have been coming my way and realized that I could through this Law of Grace that is given us by the Holy Spirit, bring about and precipitate down into this physical reality that looks completed, a re-creation. And the joy is unfathomable to think -WOW! It's all completed but through the Holy Spirit or the Supreme God, through moving myself into that God-consciousness, I could precipitate down whole new patterns on top of the "possible" or "probable” things, and completely and entirely change the old prophetic pattern - absolutely change it. When you move into this type of an action, you are confronting and overcoming all karmic conditions and reincarnation patterns and are now creating in a God consciousness; throughout all universes where you travel. These actions take place through the power of Grace, or through God saying, "You may do this because you and I are one and you are working as a representative for me: in that movement that you represent me, all must come under your dominion. All principalities, all laws, all forms of nature are now yours to command, if you so desire to command, if you wish it into being, it will be done. If you desire it, it will manifest itself and before you even need it, it will be there." (From: Precipitation by John-Roger, DSS)

Wow, what more can I say. In fact, I am not going to say anything more.

Posted by Paul Kaye at 5:45 PM
Keywords: Grace, Gratitude, Manifestation
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Monday, August 11, 2008

Grace Tithing

Tithing is one of the ways that I experience my relationship with God, my knowing that God is walking with me and being with me bodily, all the time. John Morton, DSS

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that my recent seed brought in a return far in excess of my expectation. It appears that seeing myself in the picture really made the difference. Grace did the rest.

Which brings me to the point of this post. What do you do when the harvest you have seeded for, far exceeds your expectations? The answer is Grace Tithing. Since my seed was for a tangible, financial return, I will of course be tithing on it as that has been clearly spelled out by Spirit. However, in acknowledgment of the abundance of the harvest, I am also going to place a grace tithe.

A grace tithe has no obligation with it, it is giving to God out of pure gratitude--in thanks and in acknowledgement of the grace and blessing of the harvest.

The amount is purely up to the individual. It is a pure and ecstatically joyful process, and when I do it, it opens my eyes to seeing even more grace in my life. It starts to appear everywhere.

Posted by Paul Kaye at 10:47 PM
Keywords: Grace, Gratitude
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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Treading Lightly

Banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary. Hopi Elder

Epicurus wrote: “The wise man seeks no activity related to struggle.” I wish I had read Epicurus earlier in life. Struggle was the way I identified my self worth. Perhaps it was being brought up in a Jewish family, or maybe something I bought into early on in life, but if I was not exhausted, I didn’t feel that I had given or done enough. The consequences on my health, over time, of course, were not positive. And I clearly had not got the number one groundrule--to take care of your self, so....

I don’t know when the idea of “grace and ease” made its way into the MSIA lexicon. Frankly the combination has never appealed to me and makes me shudder. I never heard J-R say it and it doesn’t sound like him. Don’t get me wrong, I am very much for grace in my life, but ease? I am not so sure I even know what it means. In writing The Rest of Your Life with John-Roger, I never used the word.

So let’s stick with grace. This is where tithing and seeding come in for me. The act of doing them opens the door and invites grace into my life. It enables me to tread more lightly. Now that’s a combo—grace and treading lightly. Heck, someone made up grace and ease!

My seed I had mentioned in previous posts did come in, by the way, in a way I did not expect, far exceeding what I had in mind, so I am basking in that gratitude.

When I feel burdened by anything, or have a heavy feeling, I know it is time to do a seed and place it into God's hands. That enables me to tread more lightly. The MSIA Prayer List works really well, too. Life is short, let's enjoy it. The Hopi Elder goes on to say: "All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration."

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Keywords: Grace
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