"Before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood and carry water."
--Zen Proverb

When people come up to me at my live events, I frequently hear from them (and you may have even been one): "When I get to this point in my career, I will..." Or, "When I get to this income level, I will..." Or, "When I achieve this reward, then I will..."

These statements are always followed by some action or behavior that they're going to put into practice after they achieve or acquire their "magic bullet."

When I hear these types of comments, regardless of the context or the promise being made, I typically think, "No, you probably won't." Why? Because if the habit has not yet been developed, it won't be acted upon. Life doesn't miraculously change until YOU change.

The Zen proverb above is telling us that success, happiness or Harmonic Wealth (you choose the term) is not a destination but a process.

You and I both know that no award, no income, no new toy, no promotion will make us happy and/or successful.

Life will not miraculously change when your next goal is attained. You'll still chop wood and carry water, or maybe you'll still pay bills and sometimes wonder where the money is going to come from.

The difference comes in the attitude with which you do these things. When true happiness and fulfillment is reached, you'll learn that the journey is the adventure, the excitement and the fun of life.

The journey is Harmonic Wealth, and the journey never ends...

Here's how you can start experiencing happiness and fulfillment starting right now:

  1. A great quote from A Course in Miracles says, "I can choose peace rather than this." Choose to be at peace and enjoy what life is giving you right now...
  2. The amateur hopes and wishes... The professional knows. When asked, "Do you believe in God?" Carl Jung answered, "I don't believe. I know." Knowing is power! Know that whatever is happening right now is part of a larger plan happening perfectly for your own personal growth, development and betterment.
  3. Develop good habits now. Live and invest in the things that you say are important to you. Make your beliefs, your habits and your actions congruent. Don't do them "someday." Do them today.
  4. Realize that you never own anything. Every "thing" you have will someday belong to someone else when you're gone. You're only using "your things" for a time. Enjoy them while you have them, but don't let them own you.
  5. Fulfillment and happiness is not some means to eliminate life's daily tasks. You'll always be (at some level) chopping wood and carrying water. Allow your work to be your passion and your love made manifest through action.

Make your life magnificent and enjoy the process.

To your continued wealth and happiness,

James Arthur Ray
James Ray International


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