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How to influence your mind to attract your desires and a glorious afterlife

As the years have been passing by, I’ve been acquiring most of the things I ever desired. By taking a look at the past, it’s obvious that my positive-thinking background (from childhood to adulthood) had been influencing my mind to attract the things I desired; today, it still influences my mind to attract the ones I desire. From personal experience, I can boldly say that the human mind operates in a way that follows a sensible pattern which is void of any form of mystery. There is nothing mystical about the powerful influence our minds have on other people and the environment around us. Read ahead in order to see things from my own angle: how capable each human mind is in making an influence that will attract or dispel the thing(s) it desires. Although I admit that our experiences are different, value will be found in this content; it will enable you to tweak your mind in order to achieve better results in terms of attracting what you want.

Have a good intention to acquire what you desire

The quest for material things should go hand in hand with a desire to weigh the spiritual value inherent in acquiring them. In this regard, I advise people to acquire material things based on spiritual values which are capable of outlasting all the material thing(s) they wish to acquire. It’s not a bad idea to become excessively rich, but it would be a delusion to become rich and lose spiritual or immaterial values like love, peace, soundness of mind, humility, etc. It has to be noted that our stay on Earth is temporary; therefore, strive for spiritual values by showing kindness, consideration and understanding for others – instead of becoming a thief or murderer; a slanderer or a blackmailer; a liar or a rapist; etc. When you look for spiritual values while pursuing material things, the universe and nature will always support you, even when surrounding conditions are unfavorable. From experience and observation, there are certain important steps we should follow:

1. Decide what you want

You must decide exactly what you want; you must visualize or conceive it in your mind. What is it that you actually want? It might not be enough for you to say you want a lot of money, a lot of cars, a lot of houses, etc. You will get far better results if you describe “in detail” what you want. For example, if you want a new car, then you must state other things about the car: the model of the car, the engine-type (automatic or manual), the color of the car, etc. The point is this: you must state extra things that will give your mind a firm image and “strong” impression that can influence it to attract what you desire during the time you are waiting for/expecting your desire to materialize. After creating a clear thought about what you want, frequently picture it in your mind, and always hold that picture firmly.

2. Give unto others so that you will easily be assisted to receive

After deciding what you want, go to the next stage: GIVE so that you can receive. If you make up your mind to give, then how much are you willing to give? If you desire to acquire a particular amount of money, are you prepared to help other people with a tithe, which is the same thing as a tenth of that money? Do you have a heart to assist other people who are not as lucky/fortunate as you are? It might sound vain to say that you will give a tithe after you get money. Make it a habit to give out money, services, or any form of assistance to those who are in need. In so doing, you will be placing yourself in a favorable position, and influencing your mind to cooperate with the natural laws of giving/receiving, in order to attract your desire(s).

3. Make it a habit to always practice visualizing what you want

After deciding what you want: to get a promotion, to get a million dollars, to become an orator, to win a lottery, or whatever it is, visualize what you want. Let’s say you’ve decided you want a new car, then decide the type of car you want: the brand of the car, the color of the car, the passenger-carrying capacity of the car, etc. Next, use a few minutes each day to relax both mind and body; immediately thereafter, use some extra minutes (ten or twenty) to visualize yourself in the car as if you have it — there and then. Do not think of the car as something you might have, or could have, even though you know you don’t have it at the moment. Visualize yourself having the car. As you visualize and always create a mental picture of it, it will become a blueprint that will be influential in attracting your desire(s). Create a thought that you can continuously pour energy into in order to strengthen it until it becomes reality. If leadership skills, power, courage and influence are what you desire, add them to the picture. After frequently visualizing your desires in your mind, you will observe that you won’t have any doubt(s) that you are going to acquire them.

It must be noted that visualization can be difficult if it’s something that’s new to you! Difficulties can arise because your mind hasn’t gotten used to producing sharp pictures of the things you desire; do not bother about this. The pictures you conceive do not have to be perfect in terms of having all the traits (qualities) of the things you desire. If you discipline your mind and make it a habit to regularly visualize what you want, your mind will eventually start to believe in the visualizations and produce amazing mental pictures for you to easily choose from. Results will be obvious if you always live the thoughts of your desires in your mind, again and again, and for a long period — say weeks, months, or even years. Whenever doubts arise, do not be discouraged; just continue to repeat your visualizations and positive elements will naturally color the whole process till you physically acquire your desire(s). Keep on repeating your visualizations and everything will quite naturally look after itself. Don’t bother yourself too much about what will happen, just have faith in the process of visualization and the right things will happen at the right time. As you visualize, FEEL that the money, car, or whatever you desire, is coming to you; the more positive you are about it, the faster the reaction will be. If you follow these steps, the thoughts of your desires will be driven into the subconscious part of your whole mind, which is ninety percent of it, and nine times more powerful than your conscious mind which you use every day. Thereafter, and in no time, your subconscious mind (which is the platform for signs and wonders), will miraculously materialize your desires.

Words of Advice

There are things that are much more valuable than money, cars, skyscrapers, and all types of wonderful material things. If you are wise, instead of using all your effort to strive and acquire an excessive number of material things, go the other way: rather strive to acquire spiritual values like Jesus, Buddha, Martin Luther, and other great people or leaders whose auras positively influenced the eternal destinies of millions and millions of people. Desire to acquire abilities and virtues that will outlast your short earthly life, and be of profitable use to you when you leave this world.

Hammer this thought into your mind: no one has ever succeeded in taking a single dollar into the next world; the more material things you strive to acquire, the more material things you will leave behind. On the other hand, the more you help other people by doing good, the more blessings and spirituality you will carry along with you into the next life — after you leave this world. It is quite unfortunate that in the present age, most people think that the acquisition of excessive amounts of money and other forms of material things, is all that matters. It is not possible to help others too much, and when you help others — you indirectly attract physical and spiritual blessings to yourself. A lot of people in the world are in desperate need of help; choose to visualize and acquire material things in order to serve your fellow human beings. After this short earthly life, there is an everlasting spiritual life in which goodness and spirituality are the currencies in use, while money and material things are like the dust of this Earth. The choice is yours to make!

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Your Prosperity Today can Become Your Adversity Tomorrow: A Case Study of Zimbabwe

It’s a sad fact that many people and nations once experienced a level of prosperity which is now a distant memory (or almost forgotten) because currently – they’ve fallen into a state of adversity and great misfortune. Evidence abounds everywhere, that prosperity can become adversity within the twinkle of time’s eyes. In 1980, Zimbabwe gained independence after a period of rule which was governed by Great Britain, and Robert Mugabe, who until that moment was a political prisoner, took over the helm of affairs of the nation as the first prime minister.

It’s quite true that during his first ten years of leadership, prosperity was one of the qualities of Zimbabwe, and it showed in the way Zimbabwe grew to become one of the leading nations in Africa. Adversity was far away during a ten year period (between 1980 and 1990) when infant mortality rate fell from 86% to 49%, and life expectancy rose from 56% to 64%: also, adult literacy was on a 67% high and competing with the “developed nations” at the time. Everything was moving in the right direction until the economy started declining after the 1990 elections.

Scenes that express the level of adversity in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe used to be considered as the food basket of Africa, but Mugabe has driven it into economic chaos as expressed by 95% unemployment and 231 million percent inflation – according to experts (in 2008). Due to the level of adversity over the years, millions of Zimbabweans have been fleeing to neighboring countries in order to escape the economic woes of their once prosperous homeland. If Zimbabwe which was once living in prosperity, is now a beggarly nation, let those nations and people that think they stand tall, take heed – lest they fall! May their glorious stories not become groaning stories. May their book of laughter not become a book of lamentation. People and nations should set a daily watch over their empires, whether these empires consist of an individual or a nation.

The level of adversity in Zimbabwe (in terms of statistics)

It’s a good sign when lowly nations try to move up to the level of prosperity inherent in prosperous nations, but Zimbabwe does so while witnessing how routine financial transactions are carried out within its territories – in an astonishing amount of quadrillions. The adversity is so widespread that it’s common to see people carry wheelbarrows full of money to shops. In an attempt to express the level of adversity, an indigenous businessman once said that the whole market scene had gone completely crazy, and that their computers and calculators can’t deal with all the zeroes, even on the cheapest products.

Stock brokers, worldwide, once said that the Zimbabwean dollar made an “exchange rate” record of 10 billion to a single U.S. dollar in direct bank buying; while in electronic transfers – it exceeded 20 billion Zimbabwean dollars to 1 U.S. dollar. A loaf of bread in a supermarket once cost 7 billion Zimbabwean dollars, while a crate of eggs (30 in number) was once 45 billion dollars ($4.50 U.S. dollars). Oh, when will such adversity turn back into prosperity? I am not a politician, but when a nation’s leader leads a nation into deterioration and decay, I use his or her life as my school!

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The Ways of GOD are Superior to the Acts of God

In order to start expatiating on the title of this article, let’s take a brief look in the Christian Bible at a scripture in Psalms 103: 7 which says: “He made his ways known to Moses, and his acts known to the children of Israel”. Although Moses had a lot of access to the ways of GOD, the children of Israel “only” had access to the acts of GOD. There was a big difference between the relationship GOD had with either side (Moses, and the children of Israel), and from that scripture we just read, it can be clearly observed that the ways of GOD are superior to the acts of GOD! Moses—who was closer to GOD than the rest of the Israelites—had an upper hand in the things of GOD than the Israelites did. To move a bit deeper, we can say that the ways of GOD should be viewed upon as the principles or laws of GOD, i.e. the pattern in which He made creation to work in a truthful, unbiased, balanced and awesome manner. If you abide by his ways or principles, then you can have access to his power and become a commander of his acts. Take a look at the ten commandments in order to get a grasp of his ways; once you obey them, then his powerful acts will be displayed in your life, and you’ll naturally be able to bring great and miraculous deeds into physical existence. When you understand His ways (principles) and stand by them, just like Moses did, then you will be able to radiate His power and display His powerful acts.

Most people are far away—or actually cut off—from the ways of GOD; this is why it’s difficult for them to ride on his acts—which are by-products of his ways. Don’t expect GOD’s principles to work wonders for you in one area when you violate them in another area (or areas); for example, it doesn’t matter how much faith you have, if you violate the principles of righteousness and truthfulness, and live your life disrespecting for your fellow man, then your faith will never produce strong results (or acts). Irrespective of any individual’s faith (i.e., faith in either God, yourself, or an entity/someone spiritually higher than you), if sin is on ground, then all your expectations will likely NOT be realized; this explains the mystery behind so many unanswered prayers, wishes and expectations! Another example is in the area of financial prosperity: if you are a good giver “sometimes,” but become negligent “at other times,” then true prosperity may likely elude you. In order for these types of scenes not to occur, abide by GOD’s laws or principles so that you can have a smooth ride on his ways—as you watch the multitude (like the Israelites) stare at the accompanying acts.

In order for everything to be put in a proper balance, what should you do? Well, make attempts to do the following: (i) Be open to GOD! Search yourself and find out if there are any of GOD’s principles you are violating. If you are sincere and eager, you will find out the exact thing(s) you are suppose to do, or those you are suppose to STOP doing. And once you are able to find it/them out, immediately make amends by doing it/them, or stopping it/them; (ii) Ask GOD to give you the grace to overcome the hurdles confronting you in the areas where you’re lagging behind; His grace has been made available to help us because he understands that we are human and prone to making mistakes; (iii) Always seek GOD’s face, not his hands. Pursue his ways rather than his acts, and you will see more of his acts than you ever thought possible.

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It’s Never Too Late With God! Your Best Days Are Still Ahead!

The story of “Laurre the Elliot” who bagged a masters degree at the age of 90, says a lot about the fact that where there is a will, there will always be a way — no matter the trials, tribulations or pains! “Laurre the Elliot” is a proof to many that it’s never too late to fulfil your dreams. She said it was that nagging unfilled desire” that prevented her from never giving up. If you want to do something badly enough, then you will be able to do it. She welcomed her status as role model and hopes to encourage other elderly people to pursue their long-held aspirations. “I hope I can inspire some of these people to continue their education; that’s my goal”, she told WFAA. Madam Elliot who hails from Portsmouth, England, spent 15 months at the University of Sussex for her master’s degree in “Russian and Eastern European Studies”. She also spent a year at the University of Portsmouth as part of her first degree in Russian Studies. She later planned to get her Ph.D. God can still help you accomplish whatever you desire in your life, and destiny.

One day with God is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are as one day. Spiritually, a Gregorian calendar doesn’t exist. An invincible determination can achieve almost anything, and in this lies the distinction between great men and common men. In the Bible, we see how God overturned the captivity of Job at his old age. Zechariah and Elizabeth had one of the greatest miracles because they decided to wait on God, despite their old age. If you and your family would do the same, you would be put in a place of honour in your generation. I remembered several years ago when the wife of a pastor committed suicide by hanging herself at their residence. She hanged herself while the husband was attending a night vigil because during the years after they got married, they had no child, and she suspected that the husband was falling into temptation, and having sex and children outside their marriage. Is there any problem God can’t solve? No, there isn’t.

Although suicide is a permanent solution to a temporal problem, we must never judge the dead; but if the problem was due to lack of having a child, and she was growing older, is the God of Zechariah, Abraham, Sarah and Job dead in your old age? No! Your case is no different from theirs! It’s never too late! And it’s about time you start saying that — repeatedly — to all the forms of negativity that are staring at you. Note that age is not a barrier to achieving God’s plans for your life! Many people are always blaming circumstances for the cause of where they are in life, however, the people who get along in this world are those who get up and look for the circumstance they want, and if they can’t favourable circumstances, they create them. Reject all forms of regrets! Look unto God. It is never too late with God! Your best days are still ahead!

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Investment (Not Expenditure), is the Basis of Accomplishments in Life

As long as the world continues to go about its business—the way it has been since creation—nobody will be able to acquire anything without making an investment in one way or another. Making a difference in life involves the expenditure of time, energy and resources. Generally, Mother Theresa of Calcutta, India, made a difference in the whole  world; specifically, she made a difference by helping poor and underprivileged people on the streets of one of the world’s largest and poorest cities — Calcutta. She often brought her served meals in the aircraft to feed the poor. After receiving the Noble Peace Prize, she used all the money she got – to feed and care for the poor. When the Pope visited India in 1963, the Indian government bought a limousine to conduct the Pope throughout his stay. At his departure, the Pope gave the limousine to Mother Theresa who quickly sold it to feed and care for the poor: what a love, and what a life to live!

No wonder, even though she is dead, her impact, relevance, and influence lives on.  Impact is made when you live to give, and not just to gain. Those who invest what others retain, achieve what others cannot. Those who live their lives contributing and distributing, rather than accumulating, make the difference on the long run. Investment, not expenditure, is the basis of accomplishments in life. Make a difference through giving! A key to making a difference or living a life of impact on earth, is by living beyond your needs and time.

The biblical Joseph was busy in an ancient Egyptian prison meeting other people’s needs and making them fulfilled. At the end of the day, his own needs were not only met, but he also became a man of influence, power and authority in a foreign land (Egypt). Zig ziglar said, “You will always have everything in life when you help people get what they want”. In the actual sense, it is more blessed to give than receive. Increase someone’s joy by meeting their practical needs. Do something remarkable for someone today, and always.

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Drawing Up From the Well of Wisdom Located “Deep” Within Your Heart

The scripture in Proverbs 20: 5 of the Christian Bible, says: “Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out”. A deep look at that scripture will give you the impression that an immeasurable amount of treasures lies within each human beings heart; and these treasures can help each individual live an outstanding and distinguished lifestyle! There is counsel, information and direction within the deepest part of man. It takes a lot of time and thinking to pull them out. Also, it takes wisdom to apply them towards becoming a mystery to your generation. When Joseph (of ancient Israel) gave Pharaoh insight into the impending economic crisis of their era, Pharaoh used that insight as a unique breakthrough in preventing the occurrence of any serious calamity. Joseph advised the king on how food could be preserved for seven years; without decadence, and without the application of any sophisticated technology.

In so many instances, seeking help by running from place to place, is not the real solution to some major issues in life. There is advice, information, direction and solution – within you. Your responsibility is to settle down and discover them. Many people don’t create time to settle down, meditate, think and plan; and so they end up frustrated. At every junction of life, meditate deeply within your spirit, in order to obtain directions. When you are committed to being thoughtful, through meditation, then you’ll be given proper direction. Most of the modern wonders of science were invented because men created time to think and tap into the abundance of wealth and treasures located within their minds. For example, electricity was around all the while: but no one saw it or did anything about it, until Benjamin Franklin thought about it, and brought it into physical existence.

Archimedes brought forth the laws of flotation after thinking deeply over the matter for a long period of time. He got the solution in the bathroom and shouted “eureka”, which means “I have found it”. Bill Gates, who is extremely wealthy and one of the fathers of modern information technology, is a confirmed thinker. A story was once told about him, that while he was in deep thought one day, his mother called out – “Bill, Bill”, but he was lost in his thoughts. When he was eventually asked what he was doing, he replied: “I was thinking, don’t you think?” Limitless amounts of useful information can emanate from your mind, if you make out time to delve into it a little bit, or even much more deeper – than usual. The fact that you don’t take time to think over the issues of life, doesn’t mean that you have an opportunity to be careless! Settle down and calmly meditate, in order to release the treasures of ideas located on the inside part of you.

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Your Outcome in Life Is Determined By What You Believe in: Faith or Fact

In the Christian Bible, 2nd Corinthians 5:7 says: “For we walk by faith: not by sight”. The literal meaning of the above scripture is that we are meant to live our lives; make progress and carry out actions based on faith – which is the ultimate and unseen reality. Don’t live your life on the basis things which you can only see with your physical eyes. “Faith”, which is the ultimate truth, belongs to the spiritual world; while “facts” are only limited to the physical world which we see with our eyes. Faith is superior to, and stronger than fact! Fact is temporal and changeable but faith (truth) is eternal and unchangeable. Even history has shown that fact can become untrue, without divine or supernatural intervention. For example, it was a fact many years ago that malaria had no cure and many people died because of it; but that is no longer true today.

In the past, it was considered a fact that iron could neither fly nor float: but today, heavy tons of iron (in steel form) are floating and flying from one part of the world to the other in the form of ships and aircrafts – carrying both people and cargo wherever they wish to go to. In the past, there were no drugs for the cure of several diseases, but today there are so many types of drugs. If time can alter fact, how much more will your faith in destroy fact – in an instant! Despise all facts, and rather believe in the truth. Your physical experiences or that of other people should not guide your life’s journey. Believe in the ultimate truth about the supernatural ability that God gave man to turn unfavorable circumstances into favorable ones. Allow your faith and belief to guide you towards your God-given destiny.

The scripture in Romans 10: 17, the Bible says that: “The just shall live by faith”. This faith is based on how God sees ease and solutions to every situation and difficulty in this physical world. The scripture didn’t say that the just shall live by experience, night dreams, personal wisdom, skill or expertise! It said that the just shall live by faith! Many people elevate their experience, personal wisdom and skills above faith, ultimate truth and the power of God – to the extent that they constantly dwell in the realm of frustration and dissatisfaction. We have stated that ultimate truth is superior to fact, and a lot of people know that the real battle of a man lies between fact and truth. What is the difference between them? Well, fact is a natural reality which has evidence only to the physical senses; i.e. you can see, hear, feel, smell or touch it. Faith (or truth) on the other hand, is supernatural or spiritual reality; and is not always obvious to the body’s senses, i.e. – you might not be able to sense faith physically – but it’s real. The fact might be that – based on experience and expertise – there would be no hope, but the truth (faith) says: “launch out your heart with hope” and in many instances where faith was strong – the truth prevailed. Allow the truth to prevail in your life!

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