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The Secret to Deliberate Creation

The idea of deliberate creation can seem like a pie-in-the-sky philosophy. To say that you are the cause of all that happens to you appears insensitive. In the face of a debilitating experience or a prolonged condition, a statement like that sounds ridiculous. It suggests that you wanted what is happening to you right now.

In a moment where everything seems so much bigger than you feel and no one — not even your own family — has extended a helping hand, the last thing you want to hear is that you are the cause of all that happens to you.

Yesterday I had the chance to attend a private training with the venerable Rev. Ed Bacon. He said, “Religious people are trying to keep you from going to hell; spiritual people have already been there.” I write today as one who has been to hell, survived what felt like the worst and come back to tell the story of how to get out of hell.

Understanding Turns On the Light

I learned that darkness cannot survive light. The moment I shined light on the darkest places in my experience, darkness disappeared. You can shine the light on your darkest experience. When you do, light floods your entire being and darkness flees.

Understanding controls the light switch. Everywhere you develop understanding shines light and erases darkness. Rev. Della often says, “You cannot do what you do not understand.” Every seeming rut indicates can be erased by developing the understanding of what caused it.

The secret to getting out of hell (and staying out) lies in understanding the laws of cause and effect.

Once you understand how your experience is put together, life changes. The moment you understand¬†that everything that “occurs on the physical level has been created on the physical level has been created on the spiritual or mental level…” you turn on the light and free yourself from darkness.

Laws of Cause and Effect Don’t Have Caveats

But what about other people? What about the government? What about factors beyond my control?

Nothing ever happens by chance. “The fact that large numbers of people are involved does not change the fact that those individuals, through the choices they have made over long periods of time, have brought themselves to that place, circumstance, and involvement” (McArthur).

The key phrase in that statement is “…through the choices they have made over long periods of time…” Everywhere we have been, everything we have been through came about through a season of sowing (or making choices). Every choice points you in a particular direction. Choices strung together, over time, lead you somewhere.

Jesus expresses the same understanding when asked about the people killed after rebelling against Pilate and the eighteen people “randomly” killed by the tower that fell in Siloam (see Luke 13:1-5). He explains: “No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did” (Luke 13:5).

Our choices produce our chances. Think different thoughts and you change your mind. Change your mind and you make different choices. Change your choices and you change your chances. The laws of cause and effect have no caveats. “Repent or you will perish just as they did.”

Every Thought Has a Purpose

Nature helps me understand every thought has a purpose. For example, the purpose of an apple seed is to deliver apples. Now, purpose does not determine the kind of apples delivered. That depends entirely on the kind of seed planted.

There are more than 7,500 different known varieties of apples throughout the world.

So, what¬†kind¬†of apple will you get? Well…what¬†kind of seed did you sow? To understand the fruit, study the seed.

Like the apple seed, your thought seed has purpose. Its purpose is to become an experience. What¬†kind¬†of experience will you get? Well…what¬†kind¬†of seed did you sow? To understand your experience, study the thought seed that produced it.

The only purpose a thought of lack can fulfill is to produce experiences of lack. The only purpose a thought of fear can fulfill is to produce experiences of fear. When you find yourself in the midst of unwanted experience, know in your heart that the seed that produced it can only fulfill according to its purpose.

Purpose Does Not Suggest Inevitability

“Everything happens for a reason,” is a popular response to unwanted and/or negative experiences. Yes, your experience has purpose because the thought seed that produced it had purpose; but that does not mean it had¬†to happen.

You do not have to go through a specific experience to achieve a specific outcome. We draw our lessons in life according to the beliefs we hold about ourselves and others. Life can be a battle but it does not have to be.

The moment you change your belief, you shift the experiences that you have to go through.

Assign Meaning That Empowers You

No matter what happens assign an empowering meaning. Life gets better when you “learn how to think rightly instead of wrongly” (McArthur). When we assign an empowering meaning to experience, we think rightly. When we assign a disempowering meaning to experience, we think wrongly.

We have naming power. We decide whether an experience is good or bad.

The meaning you assign to any experience charges the atmosphere around you so much so that whatever you call it, that’s what it becomes to you. And, you respond, “I knew this is why I needed this to happen,” not realizing that it was your assignment that controlled the outcome.

That’s why James told us to “count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience” (James 1:2). When you consider it joy — no matter what it is — you change how it processes in and through you. You change what it means for your experience.

Do the Work to Think Better

No garden grows overnight. A single choice did not put you where you sit. You are where you are because of a series of choices.¬†“There is no such thing as luck. Nothing ever happens by chance. Everything good or bad, that comes into your life is there as a result of unvarying, inescapable law” (Emmet Fox).

That’s great news!

Why? Because if you will “learn how to think rightly instead of wrongly,” you can make immediate improvements in your life. Today you can turn the tide of fortune in your favor.

Let’s prove God. I recommend you get a journal to keep track of your dominant thinking. Make a point to check in with ¬†yourself every three to six hours and reflect on your thinking. What kinds of thoughts dominated your thinking? What kinds of things caught your attention? How did you feel during that block of time?

In time, you will learn how you think and you will be in a position to change or improve it.

Your Job Happens Before the Seed Gets Planted

It may help to know that you have influence over the outcome of any situation. “Like a gardener, you have a part to play in the manifestation of your creation” (McArthur). Before the gardener plants, he selects the best seeds and tills the soil. To the best of his ability, ¬†he makes sure that he establishes the best environment¬†before planting.

The equivalent for us is giving careful attention to our thoughts, purposes, aims and desires. The law of cause says, “as thought and purpose and aim and desire are set in motion by minds, their effect is a condition that is” (McArthur).

In other words, the way that we think, the purpose and the intention of our heart and what we truly want all come together to influence the “soil” into which our thought seed gets planted. God handles the details after the seed is planted but your job happens before the seed gets planted.

How Is Deliberate Creation Possible?

The thing to remember about deliberate creation is that “the Universe handles the details of growth and gives the increase — your creation. The creative process is impartial, so we can create our lives as well as the good and the beautiful” (McArthur).

How can you call it deliberate creation if the Universe controls growth and increase?

Let us remember the example of an apple. An apple seed will produce an apple. But the kind of seed determines the kind of apple you receive. And, the quality of the seed and the quality of the soil determine the quality of the apple you receive. Everyone who plants an apple seed does not receive the same kind and quality of apple. They receive according to the kind and quality of the seed planted.

So it is with experience. The fine details of your experience cannot be determined but the kind of experience you can expect, where that experience takes place and the quality of that experience all lie within the realm of your control.

Because we often do not know all that we believe, we get experiences that turn out very differently than what we imagined in our hearts and minds.

Name Everything and Everyone Good

“None of us likes to think that we don’t know what is good or bad for us. Yet so often what we think will be good for us seemingly turns out otherwise and that which we consider bad eventually proves to be a necessary step in our growth” (McArthur).

Because the Universe is friendly and is biased toward our success, it really makes sense for us to see everyone is good for our personal growth and transformation. Don’t take my word for it. Try it.

Give yourself a 7-day window and record your impressions over that time in a journal. No matter what happens to you in that 7-day window, name it good.

Test this stuff out. If you choose to reject idea that calling everything good, try it before you dismiss it. And, I encourage you not to accept it blindly. Prove it to yourself by experiment.

Do you know the #1 reason most people lack peace of mind around money? They have the WRONG ATTITUDE, which chases money away. Few people can afford this reality in the new ‘gig economy.’ Too many people hold multiple jobs just to piece together a full time living.

With 20th century job security gone, we must respond differently. People everywhere keep asking, “How can I begin to plan to my life? How can I know I’ll have enough work to put a meal on the table for my kids, to pay bills, let alone to save for a mortgage or get a roof over my own head?”

Nearly 50% of the workforce lacks a full-time job. The gig economy’s feast or famine cycle demands a new attitude. The Money Poems will teach you the right attitude toward money.

Success is Inevitable…If We Do Not Get In Our Own Way

God intended every individual to succeed. It is God’s purpose that man should become great. It is God’s will that man should not only use, but enjoy, every good in the universe. That law of God denies man nothing (Holliwell, p. 178).

What a powerful assertion! We are made for progress. Each of us contains within ourselves the capacity for endless development. What you imagine to yourself as success can be reached!

So, why isn’t everyone successful? How is it that success eludes us when it is so accessible by everyone? Holliwell outlines 6 primary ways that we interfere with the Law of Success that governs our being:Why We Don't Succeed

We Let Fear Stop Us

“…if a man is timid, backward, or fearful, fear will act as a brake to retard his progress. If a man is an efficient engineer, yet has an inferiority complex, that complex will make him mediocre and he will not be able to extend himself according to his skillful training” (Holliwell, p. 183).

Being good is its own reward; it is not a requirement for success. “The fact that a man is honest and truthful and industrious does not insure his success. More may be necessary than this…” (Holliwell, p. 183).

How many of us know someone who is super talented and a good person but lacks the confidence to “put themselves out there”? Or perhaps we are that good person who is super talented but we lack the confidence to just go for it.

“The only remedy known for fear is understanding” (Holliwell, p. 183). We get over the fear of “putting ourselves out there” by developing an understanding that this universe is filled with the presence of God; there is nothing to fear. When we know within the deepest parts of ourselves that we are safe, the fear of going for it will fade away.

We Let Our Religion Narrow Our Vision

Everyone has a “religion,” including atheists. Your religion is not the church you belong to or the denomination you are a part of. Your religion is your concept of how this world works.

“A true religion serves to expand or enlarge man’s vision…” (Holliwell, p. 184). If you find that your vision for your life is cramped, narrow and limited, then you need a new religion, a new way of looking at the world.

For example, some of us have a “religion” that says our supply depends upon other people or material conditions. Then, when people fail us or outer conditions change, we get worried. In truth, God only needs your agreement to bless you. No one has any power to stop you from flying high.

The remedy for this success-killing “religion” is to recognize that God alone is your supply. Know this on a gut level. Get it in your bones so that when circumstances change and people let you down, you don’t lose a step. “If we desire success, we must think success, we must talk and act success” (Holliwell, p. 184) and we can do that more easily with a “religion” that expands us.

We Won’t Play Full Out

“Half our failures…are that we pull in at the moment when we should let all our forces out to have full vent as we make a leap. We jerk ourselves back into failure just when we could be riding on to victory” (p. 184).

Have you ever done that?

A few years ago I hired a voice coach to work with me on my singing. In one of our sessions together, I had difficulty singing a note full out. She said to me, “don’t be afraid to get ugly.” When she saw the puzzled look on my face, she explained further, “When you’re singing, you cannot be concerned with how you look. Sometimes you might have to make an ugly face to get the note out.”

Later I reflected on all the times in life that I “couldn’t sing a note full out” because I was concerned about how I looked. I thought about times when I didn’t play full out as an entrepreneur because I didn’t want to seem needy or desperate or greedy or I didn’t believe everything would work out. So, I pulled up early to avoid giving everything and being disappointed.

The remedy for limiting ourselves and not playing full out is to realize that we are hardwired for success. “Every mind can develop greatness…Success, therefore, is within the reach of every aspiring [person]” (Holliwell, p. 179).

We Refuse to Train

“Success is a matter of advancement by grade. No man can become a success except by training” (Holliwell, p. 186). At the time of this writing, tennis great Serena Williams is advancing through the ranks of the 2015 U.S. Open, on her way to earning her 22nd major title.

Shortly after winning in the 2nd round, she went to the practice court. To tennis outsiders that might seem like overkill for a superior athlete like Serena Williams. But for Serena, it was a chance to decompress as she worked on her serve and consult with her coach on the mini-timing issue that plagued her game in the 2nd round.

“Success is bringing one’s self and one’s actions to a standard higher than the ordinary human standard” (Holliwell, p. 182). There must be some reach inside of you to be better, do better and have better. If you find that it is not there in your chosen line of work, look for something that you do want to be better at.

Your capacity to develop yourself is endless. There is no ceiling on where you can go, who you can and what you can do. Whatever you are willing to put in the work for can be yours.

We Let Our Attitude Sink Us

The difference that decides success or failure is our ruling mental attitude. Adopt an “I can” attitude and nothing shall be off limits to you. “Persistently think you can do what you want to do, and it will not be long before you find yourself actually doing that thing (Holliwell, p. 188).

We have the wrong attitude about obstacles. They are opportunities to draw out sides of ourselves that we didn’t know were possible. They develop within us an endurance that makes us more perfectly suited for the success we seek.

“…the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:3-4 NRSV). Stop resisting the obstacles in your path.

If you had nothing to change about yourself, you would already be the person you want to be. Obstacles are the Universe’s way of disciplining us into the people we need to be in order to have what we want to have. Learn to see obstacles for the character-refining tools they are.

We Misuse Time

“The worse enemy you will encounter on life’s highway is within your own self. Its name is procrastination” (Holliwell, p. 191). Procrastination gets us into the habit of indecision, which causes failure. Do not put off for tomorrow what you can do today.

Instead become a master of time. Our success depends upon it.

We all have the same 24 hours but we do not all use that 24 hours in the same way. Every 24 hours you waste is 24 hours you cannot get back. We kill our chances of success when we invest time in everything but the thing we say we want the most.

Resolve now to give a portion of your time each day to what you truly want. Even if you can only give 30 minutes to practicing your craft, be intentional and committed to that 30 minutes. Make it a non-negotiable. Over time those half hours add up.

Now I have a challenge for you. In the comments below, let me know how you have been interfering with your success. More importantly, include how you plan to change it. You never know whom you might inspire with your response.

The Unavoidable Truth About Spiritual Obedience

“Whatever law you obey will in turn serve you” (Holliwell, p. 172).

This one idea has haunted me as I worked with the concept of the Law of Obedience in Holliwell’s book Working with the Law.

I’d never considered my life or my business in this way before. Whatever law I obey will in turn serve me. It made me ask the question, “What law are you serving Sherri?”

He explains further: “If you plant a turnip seed, Nature does not make a mistake and bring forth a giant oak tree. On the same reasoning, if you plant thoughts of worry, the law you obey will give you something to worry about. It will produce more and more circumstances to increase your worries. If you think of disease and lack, you will receive exactly what you are expecting…The most important thing then is to know what to obey” (Holliwell, p. 172).

I would add that we should not just know what to obey, we should understand what law we’re already obeying.

Everything has a law that governs it. They all fold into the one great spiritual law – as within, so without. But each has different nuances. For example, some plants need sunlight; others don’t. Some plants need a dry climate; others can’t survive unless kept in a humid climate. To grow the plant you have, you must follow the law that governs it.

So it is with our lives. Based on the gift mix we each have, there is a law that governs us personally and professionally. “We are dependent entirely on obedience for our success or failure in this life” (Holliwell, p. 168).

That idea is a radical idea for me.

In the U.S. we make such a big deal about being free and having personal freedom. But, in truth, we are each subject to the law we are serving.


So, how does this spiritual law apply to our businesses? Because that’s what this series is all about. How do we work the law of obedience in order to grow our business?

Here is the single most important question to ask yourself to know whether you are cooperating with the Law of Obedience:

Whom or What Are You ObeyingSpiritual Obedience

Are you obeying Spirit (your intuitive voice) when it comes to your business or are you obeying the conditions around you?

Nothing just appears in the material universe without first being thought into expression. As you grow your business, are you taking time to meditate on the ideas that come to you to be certain that the idea you have is the right idea for this time period?

Chaz Dean, creator of Wen Hair and Body Care speaks openly about relying on prayer and meditation to re-locate his salon to Hollywood, an area that seemed, at the time, a potentially fatal mistake. He’d previously been in areas like Bel Air and Beverly Hills. His clientele included wealthy and well-known women like Nicole Murphy and Alyssa Milano. When the fruit of his meditation led him to a location in Hollywood that was pretty rundown, he had to be obedient to Spirit and trust that he was being led to the right location for his new salon.

When he acquired the property where his salon now sits, it was way before the revitalization that swept through Hollywood and turned it into a desirable place to live. Plus, there was a homeless woman named Spirit who was living on the property he intended to purchase. Spirit lived on the property all through the rehab process. In the end, Chaz chose not to ask her to move. His clients would simply have to get used to seeing this homeless woman when they came to his salon.

CLICK HERE to listen to Chaz tell the story of Spirit who was living on his property when he bought it and how she impacted his life.

If he had been obeying the conditions around him, he would have bypassed this building. But because he was obedient to Spirit, he purchased a property whose value has appreciated considerably with the massive revitalization effort that swept through Hollywood several years later. And, though he lost a few of his high end clients who turned up their noses at traveling to Hollywood to have their hair coiffed, he gained an entirely new set of clientele that were not turned off by the fact that this homeless woman lived on the property.

“We either serve principle or things in all that we think and do” (Holliwell, p. 173). Principle is First Cause. Things are the result of our thinking about Principle. When you consider your work, are you serving the things or the Principle behind the things? For whatever you serve serves you through the fruit it produces.

  • Serving Principle produces the fruit of Spirit: love, joy, happiness, kindness, peace.
  • Serving things produces the fruit of the flesh: worry, doubt, anxiety, frustration, anger.

How do you know what you are serving? Well…what kind of fruit are you getting? Whatever law you obey will in turn serve you.

Did you like this post? Did it open up a new idea about spiritual obedience and how it can apply to your business? Let me know in the comments how you can incorporate spiritual obedience into your business practice. You never know whom you might inspire.

Forgiveness as a Business Strategy? Really?

As a spiritual teacher, I find that many people believe the value and power of spiritual development begins and ends on the personal level. When I speak of forgiveness and repentance, many believe those concepts have no application to their business.

I submit that as a spiritual being, any endeavor you undertake is a spiritual enterprise. You are a spiritual being, living in a spiritual world, governed by spiritual laws. Those spiritual laws apply to you personally. They also apply to everything you are involved with whether it is of a spiritual nature or not.

It is from this perspective that I want to talk about forgiveness as a business strategy.

Wherever you feel stuck, retarded, restrained or otherwise held back in your business is a place where you can use forgiveness. The Truth runs deep into everyday  life. When we recall the rivalries that prevail in almost every shop and office, when we see the jealousies that divide the neighborhood, when we observe and feel the envies both scholastic and professional, when we have strife and discord in our own homes, we see the solemn, though simple, teachings of forgiveness strike deeply into your life and mine (Holliwell, p. 151).

“Those who study the mental processes find that all conditions of the body are created or caused by the mind” (Holliwell, p. 141). Wrong thoughts about yourself held in mind produce ill effects in the body. The remedy is forgiveness. Wrong thoughts about your business held in mind over time produce ill effects in your business. The remedy is the same: forgiveness.

Your business is an extension of your mind. Any problem in your business – low or no cash flow, stagnant or dwindling customer base, slow or no paying customers – can be traced to the thinker behind the business. Dissolve the faulty thinking about your business and you change your business forever.

Forgiveness is your remedy for permanently dissolving faulty thinking.

Here are 4 reasons you want to include forgiveness in your day-to-day business operation:Forgiveness Infographic-Revised

Forgiveness Makes You Better

“A man who is great enough to forgive is always greater than the forgiven. He is superior. He is greater than his adversary” (Holliwell, p. 139). In business, our adversaries are plentiful and they are not always people.

Often the thing we battle is our own misunderstanding of how to execute a business idea. In the journey toward success, our strategy must be faultless. The only way to create a faultless strategy is to learn from the lessons of faulty strategy previously made.

Too often the failure from a faulty strategy stops us. We treat what is actually temporary defeat as if it were permanent. “Temporary defeat should mean only one thing, the certain knowledge that there is something wrong with your plan” (Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich).

Practicing the art of forgiveness makes you greater than a faulty strategy. Jim Rohn famously said, “Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” Forgiveness makes you better than any failure. It lifts you above your mistakes and places you squarely back on the road to success with one less obstacle in your way.

Forgiveness Roots Out Faulty Strategies

Faulty strategies are like weeds in a flower garden. If left unchecked, they “will increase and grow stronger until they choke out the flower” (Holliwell, p. 147). Faulty strategies must be plucked out, cast out, and destroyed so only plans of a healthy and happy nature can grow.

Forgiveness is your only remedy for permanently rooting out faulty strategies.

Many of the problems in our business are systemic in nature. That is, they are rooted in the way we do business as opposed to being a part of the normal cycle of business in our industry. It’s not what we face but how we face it.

Often we resist changing our strategy even though our strategy may be stifling the growth we say we want. Faulty strategies, like weeds, do not remove themselves in time. Forgiveness uproots the faulty strategy at its base, dissolving the inner resistance to change and freeing our creative energies to try a better solution.

Forgiveness Frees Your Business to Grow

“Personal productivity is the building block of all business profit. The two are inseparable. A business can’t have unproductive people yet magically still have an immensely profitable business. Great businesses are built one productive person at a time” (Gary Keller, The One Thing).

One of the greatest killers of productivity is lack of forgiveness.

If only we could remove the mental blocks that restrict forgiveness to the realm of spirituality. Imagine the innovation and the creativity that can happen were we to include forgiveness as a daily business practice.

Creating extraordinary business results require us and our business associates to bring our A Game to the office each day. Every instance of unforgiveness chips away at our A Game until finally all we have left is a mediocre version of ourselves. We unknowingly trade greatness in exchange for holding on to a grudge, a jealousy or rivalry.

Let it go and watch your business flourish beyond your wildest imaginings.

Forgiveness Restores Vitality

When you forgive, you replace a false belief with a True idea. For example, you release the belief that you are stuck or unable to surmount a particular problem and you replace that belief with the Truth – With God, all things are possible.

The negative beliefs which, in turn, produce negative emotions rob us of the energy and vitality we need to live productively. In the early part of the 20th Century, Professor Elmer Gates of the Laboratory on Psychology and Psychurgy in Washington, DC studied the impact of the emotions on the body.

He found that “sad and depressing emotions augment the amount of poisonous [toxins] that are eliminated from the body through the excretions; and found also that the happy and cheerful emotions augment the nutritive chemical constituents of the bodily secretions.”

The level of toxins was determined by measuring the amounts found in the body’s excretions – sweat, bowel movements, etc. The body naturally tries to eliminate the toxins. In a healthy person who feels happy, this process happens effectively. But when someone is depressed or fearful or full of grief, the body’s ability to get rid of the toxins is severely slowed down.

Developing a daily forgiveness practice removes the emotions that produce the toxins. When you feel anger toward someone, you must process those feelings. You literally cannot afford to have them linger in you. When you feel overwhelmed with fear or anxiety, you must process those feelings. Your vitality depends on it.

Hopefully, I have done my part to take the religious connotations off forgiveness. Do you see how vital it is to your business’ growth and development? We are so often held back by the grudges and resentments we hold on to. And when we realize that like attracts like, we can readily see how a business will attract employees who mirror the character and mental disposition of the owner/leader. In the comments below, let me know how you plan to implement forgiveness into your daily work life. You never know whom you might inspire.


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