“There is no wrong way to take daily forward action. Forward action does not need to be perfect. It just needs to move you along from where you are right now.”

- Lily Jensen

"Leap and the net will appear."

- John Burroughs

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.”

- Henry David Thoreau

“A real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken a new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided.”

- Tony Robbins

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive, it can achieve.”

- W. Clement Stone

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Trust that still small voice that says, ‘This might work and I’ll try it.’”

- Diane Mariechild

“It is actually completely unnatural to struggle.”

- Elizabeth Grant

“There are no mistakes – no coincidences.”

- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“Never ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt.”

- Julia Cameron

“When you regularly experience deep gratitude and joy, you no longer need your physical circumstances to change – and paradoxically, that’s when they do.”

- Lily Jensen

"What we think, we become. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world."

- Buddha

“A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.”

- Denis Waitley

“The Universe will reward you for taking risks on its behalf.”

- Shakti Gawain

“If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

- Vincent Van Gogh

“Your desire is your prayer. Picture the fulfillment of your desire now and feel its reality and you will experience the joy of the answered prayer.”

- Doctor Joseph Murphy

“Adventures don’t begin until you get into the forest. That first step is an act of faith.”

- Mickey Hart

“Be willing to let the Universe express itself through you by pursuing your dreams.”

- Lily Jensen

“It is the inner commitment to be true to ourselves and follow our dreams that triggers the support of the Universe.”

- Julia Cameron

“You create your own universe as you go along.”

- Winston Churchill

“All genius is, is attention to a subject. So if you get hold of something, and you really focus on it, the Universe is going to give you more information about it.”

- Abraham-Hicks

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.”

- Albert Einstein

“It is ultimately harder and more painful to play small than it is to play full out in this life we have.”

- Lily Jensen

"We are what our deep driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny."

- From the Upanishads: Brihadaranyaka IV.5

“Perhaps the greatest barrier for any of us as we look for an expanded life is our own deeply held skepticism.”

- Julia Cameron

“Joy from the inside out brings about more things for which to be joyful.”

- Lily Jensen

“All that a belief is, is a thought that you keep practicing.”

- Abraham-Hicks

“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.”

- Mahatma Gandhi

“I learned that the real creator was my inner Self…that desire to do something is God inside talking through us.”

- Michele Shay

“Follow your bliss and the Universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”

- Joseph Campbell

“When the soul wishes to experience something, she throws an image of the experience out before her and enters into her own image.”

- Meister Eckhart

“Everything is possible when created at soul level, not personality level. Everything and anything that we so desire, that we hold the unwavering intention of love and appreciation toward and are in full alignment with, is possible, now.”

- Maureen Moss

“Be alert, always, for the presence of the Great Creator leading and helping you.”

- Julia Cameron

“Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don't let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity.”

- R.I. Fitzhenry

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.”

- Buddha

“When you ‘fill your own tank’ with fun, play and luxury (whatever that means to you), you open yourself up to inspiration, insights and guidance from the Universe.”

- Lily Jensen

“Good fortune is best when shared with others.”

- Anonymous

“One of the chief barriers to accepting God’s generosity is our limited notion of what we are in fact able to accomplish.”

- Julia Cameron

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”

- Thich Nhat Hanh

“The more you cheer the successes of others (even your direct competitors), you open yourself up to manifesting your own fantastic successes.”

- Lily Jensen

“Bless a thing and it will bless you. Curse it and it will curse you. If you bless a situation, it has no power to hurt you.”

- Emmet Fox

“My dreams come from God and God has the power to accomplish them.”

- Julia Cameron

“The greatest distance is not from here to the moon, it is from one human heart to another. That’s the space we really need to cross.”

- Sita

“All that is in this world, animate and inanimate, is the appearance of mind.”

- Hatha Yoga Pradipika 4:61

“Genius is just attention to something specific. That's all it is. Law of Attraction makes it happen, and so anyone who gives attention to any subject for a period of time will evolve in the direction of that understanding.”

- Abraham-Hicks

“Money is nothing more than energy. And we can learn to direct and beckon energy.”

- Lily Jensen

“Love is the biggest eraser there is. Love erases even the deepest imprinting because love goes deeper than anything.”

- Louise Hay

“We are not accustomed to thinking that God’s will for us and our own inner dreams can coincide.”

- Julia Cameron

“Be really whole and all things will come to you.”

- Lao-Tzu

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

- Anais Nin

“We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way.”

- John Holt

“Learning is movement from moment to moment.”

- J. Krishnamurti

“Take a broom and sweep out your heart.”

- Baba Muktananda

“We define as grandiose many schemes that, with God’s help, may fall well within our grasp.”

- Julia Cameron

“There's a word to describe the person who never gives up when pursuing their dreams...SUCCESSFUL!"

- Lily Jensen

“Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.”

- Anais Nin

“Man can learn nothing except by going from the known to the unknown.”

- Claude Bernard

“To the rationally minded, the mental processes of the intuitive appear to work backwards.”

- Frances Wickes

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

- Albert Einstein

“Taking a new step, uttering a new word is what people fear most.”

- Fyodor Dostoyevski

“With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.”

- Keshavan Nair

“Since everyone can draw on the universal supply, we deprive no one with our abundance.”

- Julia Cameron

“We cannot escape fear. We can only transform it into a companion that accompanies us on all our exciting adventures…Take a risk a day – one small or bold stroke that will make you feel great once you have done it."

- Susan Jeffers

“We can feel gratitude for everything if we only look with our hearts rather than our minds.”

- Lily Jensen

“I will not be just a tourist in the world of images, just watching images passing by which I cannot live in, make love to, possess as permanent sources of joy and ecstasy.”

- Anais Nin

“True life is lived when tiny changes occur.”

- Leo Tolstoy

“Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous. That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor.”

- Paul Hawken

“The more we learn to operate in the world based on trust in our intuition, the stronger our channel will be and the more money we will have.”

- Shakti Gawain

“Desire, ask, believe, receive.”

- Stella Terrill Mann

“Money is God in action.”

- Raymond Charles Barker

“Look and you will find it - what is unsought will go undetected.”

- Sophocles

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

- Anais Nin

“Success comes when we are willing to fail (no matter how many times)!”

- Lily Jensen

“To accept the responsibility of being a child of God is to accept the best that life has to offer you.”

- Stella Terrill Mann

“It is within my power either to serve God or not to serve him. Serving him, I add to my own good and the good of the whole world. Not serving him, I forfeit my own good and deprive the world of that good, which was in my power to create.”

- Leo Tolstoy

“It is God’s will for us to be creative.”

- Julia Cameron

“Expect your every need to be met, expect the answer to every problem, expect abundance on every level, expect to grow spiritually.”

- Eileen Caddy

“All you need to do to receive guidance is to ask for it and then listen.”

- Sanaya Roman

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”

- Seneca

 “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”

- Martha Graham

“Since you are like no other being ever created since the beginning of time, you are incomparable.”

- Brenda Ueland

“We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own or other people’s models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open.”

- Shakti Gawain

“We must learn to let the flow manifest itself where it will – not where we will it.”

- Julia Cameron

“Genuine beginnings begin within us, even when they are brought to our attention by external opportunities.”

- William Bridges

“Did you ever observe to whom the accidents happen? Chance favors only the prepared mind.”

- Louis Pasteur

“A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”

- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

“Each failure brings you one step closer to ultimate success. Don’t let them stop you from pursuing your goals and dreams because failures are only temporary!”

- Lily Jensen

“When a man takes one step toward God, God takes more steps toward that man than there are sands in the worlds of time.”

- The Work Of The Chariot

“Whatever God’s dream about man may be, it seems certain it cannot come true unless man cooperates.”

- Stella Terrill Mann

“What I am actually saying is that we need to be willing to let our intuition guide us, and then be willing to follow that guidance directly and fearlessly.”

- Shakti Gawain

“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.”

- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“Undoubtedly, we become what we envisage.”

- Claude M. Bristol

“Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.”

- Ovid

“You may well be experiencing a sense of both bafflement and faith. You are no longer stuck, but you cannot tell where you are going.”

- Julia Cameron

“Every time we say Let there be! in any form, something happens.”

- Stella Terrill Mann

“An affirmation is a strong, positive statement that something is already so.”

- Shakti Gawain

“While the ‘footwork’ is necessary, it seldom pays off in a linear fashion. It seems to work more like we shake the apple tree and the Universe delivers oranges.”

- Julia Cameron

“We have been taught to believe that negative equals realistic and positive equals unrealistic.”

- Susan Jeffers

“At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.”

- Jean Houston

“Like an ability or a muscle, hearing your inner wisdom is strengthened by doing it.”

- Robbie Gass

“Inspiration may be a form of super-consciousness, or perhaps of sub-consciousness – I wouldn’t know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.”

- Aaron Copland

“Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers, ‘Grow, grow.’”

- The Talmud

“As you expect God to be more generous, God will be able to be more generous to you.”

- Julia Cameron

“You need to claim the events of your life to make yourself yours.”

- Anne-Wilson Schaef

“The events in our lives happen in a sequence in time, but in their significance to ourselves, they find their own order…the continuous thread of revelation.”

- Eudora Welty

“A mind too active is no mind at all.”

- Theodore Roethke

“Why should we all use our creative power…? Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate.”

- Brenda Ueland

“Every time you don’t follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness.”

- Shakti Gawain

“It is the creative potential itself in human beings that is the image of God.”

- Mary Daly

“Straightaway the ideas flow in upon me, directly from God.”

- Johannes Brahms

“Creativity is harnessing universality and making it flow through your eyes.”

- Peter Koestenbaum

“Man is asked to make of himself what he is supposed to become to fulfill his destiny.”

- Paul Tillich

“The life which is not examined is not worth living.”

- Plato

“He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.”

- Lao-Tzu

“Creativity flourishes when we have a sense of safety and self-acceptance.”

- Julia Cameron

“It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.”

- Somerset Maugham

“How often – even before we began – have we declared a task ‘impossible?’ And how often have we construed a picture of ourselves as being inadequate?...A great deal depends upon the thought patterns we choose and on the persistence with which we affirm them.”

- Piero Ferrucci

“Be alert for support and encouragement from unexpected quarters.”

- Julia Cameron

 “The function of the creative artist [person] consists of making laws, not in following laws already made.”

- Ferruccio Busoni

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

- Albert Einstein

“Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then, do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.”

- Margaret Young

“Remembering that God is our source, we are in the spiritual position of having an unlimited bank account.”

- Julia Cameron

“No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.”

- Edward Hopper

 “Do not fear mistakes – there are none.”

- Miles Davis

“The Universe falls in with worthy plans and most especially with festive and expansive ones.”

- Julia Cameron

“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”

- Andre Gide

“Creation is only the projection into form of that which already exists.”

- Shrimad Bhagavatam

“We surrender to something bigger than ourselves - to a universe that knows what it’s doing. When we stop trying to control events, they fall into a natural order, an order that works. We're at rest while a power much greater than our own takes over, and it does a much better job than we could have done.”

- Marianne Williamson

“Whether you think you can or you can’t, either way you are right.”

- Henry Ford

“We like to pretend it is hard to follow our heart’s dreams. The truth is, it is difficult to avoid walking through the many doors that will open.”

- Julia Cameron

“What this power is, I cannot say. All I know is that it exists.”

- Alexander Graham Bell

“There are no happier people on this planet than those who decide that they want something, define what they want, get hold of the feeling of it even before it's manifestation, and then joyously watch the unfolding, as piece by piece, by piece it begins to unfold. That's the feeling of your hands in the clay.”

- Abraham-Hicks

"The only real valuable thing is intuition."

- Albert Einstein

"I feel there are two people inside me – me and my intuition. If I go against her, she'll screw me every time, and if I follow her, we get along quite nicely."

- Kim Basinger

"Most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition; they somehow already know what you truly want to become."

- Steve Jobs

"Often you have to rely on intuition."

- Bill Gates

"There are things so deep and complex that only intuition can reach it in our stage of development as human beings."

- John Astin

"It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover."

- Jules Henri Poincare

"If the single man plant himself indomitably on his instincts, and there abide, the huge world will come round to him."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Intuition is the supra-logic that cuts out all the routine processes of thought and leaps straight from the problem to the answer."

- Robert Graves

"The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days."

- Lao-Tzu

"The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself."

- Alan Alda

"Intuition becomes increasingly valuable in the new information society precisely because there is so much data."

- John Naisbitt

"Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do."

- Benjamin Spock
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Making A Difference For Others In The World

“The greatest distance is not from here to the moon, it is from one human heart to another. That’s the space we really need to cross.”
- Sita

At Your Path To Abundance we look for as many ways as possible to spread happiness, joy, gratitude and abundance and make a meaningful difference for others in our world. Aside from our annual scholarship program and donating a percentage of our profits each year to humanitarian focused organizations, we also find great joy in personally experiencing the act of giving.

In the spirit of “leaving the world a better place than we found it,” we apply a “humanistic twist” to this idea in that we try to leave the last person we interacted with, happier than we found them. Not only is it beautifully meaningful to connect at the heart level with others and experience this human exchange of kindness and goodness, it’s also inspiring and fun!

For this reason, each of us at Path To Abundance has made a commitment to perform an Act of Kindness each and every day. We try to keep them simple and easy to perform and we do them anonymously whenever possible.

Can you imagine what our world would be like if billions of people did this each and every day? If the idea inspires you, please consider trying this: Do an Act of Kindness each day for 30 days and see how it shifts your own personal energy. We hope you are inspired to join us in contributing to the powerful, positive energy of love, kindness, goodness and beauty in our world.

Below are some examples of Acts of Kindness that we've done and are easy to do on a daily basis:

(Some of the ideas involve spending or giving away money – please only choose those ideas if it is not a financial hardship on you to do so):

  • Leave a greeting card with a handwritten uplifting personal message on a stranger’s doorstep or car windshield for them to find when they return (perhaps even tell them what you are doing and why and that you genuinely wish them a happy and wonderful day).
  • Put some money in a public place for someone to find (this is one of our favorites – it’s so fun to do!) Whatever denomination of money you can leave is fine (the amount is not the point).
  • If you see a person carrying a heavy load, help them with it.
  • Gather up any jackets and/or blankets you no longer use and distribute them to homeless people you pass by in the winter time.
  • Pay for the order of the person behind you in a drive-thru line or at another table at a restaurant (this is a great one because three people get to enjoy the energy of this; you, the recipient of your kindness AND the person taking your order – try it and you will see how amazing it feels!)
  • Help someone load their groceries into their car. Explain to them that you try to perform an Act of Kindness each day and today THEY are your recipient!
  • If a person appears lost or confused, warmly approach them and ask them if they need some assistance.
  • Feed someone's expired parking meter so they don't receive a parking ticket.
  • Genuinely smile (as big a smile as possible) and say a heartfelt “Good Morning!” (afternoon/evening) to a passerby.
  • Give a flower (or a whole bouquet of flowers) to a stranger (or leave flowers or a small potted plant on someone’s doorstep – maybe even with a note that the flowers are simply an Act of Kindness from a stranger who hopes the flowers brighten their day).
  • If you interact with any strangers (such as a clerk at a grocery store, bank teller, bus driver, doorman, security guard, etc.) start up a conversation with them asking how they are doing. Genuinely listen to them and be positive and upbeat in your conversation while keeping it focused on them (not you). Make them feel special and that someone cares and is listening to them.
  • Keep individual water bottles and/or energy bars in your car and pass them out to people you encounter on the street who appear to be in need.
  • If you see a person in need near a restaurant you are going to, buy a meal for them (if you feel so inclined, approach them before you go in, tell them you would like to buy them a meal and ask them what they would like to have).
  • Tell someone in your life what you sincerely admire about them.
  • Compliment a complete stranger on their haircut or hair color or an article of clothing they are wearing that you really do like (it’s incredible how much this lifts their spirits – most especially because it came “out of the blue” from a stranger).
  • If someone in line next to you at a convenience store (or anywhere) is a little short in having enough money to pay for their order, generously offer the amount of money needed (it is usually not much at all and makes everyone involved feel great about the Act of Kindness).
  • If you receive excellent service from someone, take the time to tell their manager (this is one of those Acts that all three people benefit from).

The sky really is the limit. What other Acts of Kindness can you think of to make a meaningful difference for others in our world?

Here are wonderful Acts of Kindness ideas we've received from some of our members. We hope they inspire you as they have us!

"Introduce yourself to new neighbors who have just moved in and welcome them to the neighborhood. Maybe even bring them a small welcome gift."
- Sharon, Los Angeles, CA

"Do something surprising and special for a loved one - like bring their favorite dessert home, tell him or her a quality about them that you appreciate, or just give them a hug and a smile just "for being you."
- E. Beall, Kauai, Hawaii

"Hold the door for someone coming in and out of a building, or elevator door, too. Yield to cars trying to change lanes or merge onto the road, rather than speeding up to fill an open space. Alternately, if someone lets you into an open space, make sure to wave and thank them. Mow the grass in that strip of road or area that no one ever seems to take care of. Pick up that neighbor you see walking from the bus stop and take them home. (I have actually done this a couple of times - there is an older woman I would see walking from a bus stop. I have picked her up a couple of times, especially when the weather is bad). Bring newspapers to someone's doorstep when you see them on the driveway. Pick up trash/litter along the road. Offer the dog (& walker!) some water when they walk by. Make dinner or lunch for a friend or neighbor who just had a baby or is going through a tough time. Many of these are done without anyone ever seeing you do it. And if you have your children join you in these acts of kindness, you will help bring that next generation into the same happiness and fulfillment you get from doing kind things for others - even when they don't realize it.”
- Laura, Washington DC

“Clean the lobby or laundry room in your apartment building. Get to the office early with muffins – leave them in the snack room or put them on your co-workers’ desks. Put one on your desk, too and act surprised. Check your friends’ wish lists on Amazon and buy them something they want, but don’t tell them. Give compliments! Tell someone how nice they look, that you like their perfume (if you do) – or aftershave.”
- Jenny, Los Angeles, CA

“Give someone a compliment on their appearance but only if you mean it. Open the door for people and wait until everyone exits or enters a building. Let someone take your stand-by seat on a flight. Mow your neighbor’s lawn or shovel their snow when they aren’t home. Bake desserts and bring them to your neighbors.”
- K.M., Chicago, IL

"Offer to bring a shopping cart back for someone in the store parking lot to save them the trip. Bring your neighbor’s trash can from the curb to the house for them. Shovel someone’s walkway when it snows along with yours. Buy extra tissues/paper towels/hand sanitizer/school supplies and give them to a school (they are always in need of these items). Ask your neighbor if they would like to have their dog walked since you are already walking yours. Buy a dozen roses and put them 1 by 1 on people’s car windshields. Put an inspiring note, poem, or Bible verse on someone’s car.”
- Amanda M., Bigfork, MT

"Let someone go ahead of you in line. When you go out to eat, give a BIG tip for great service. Make a point of telling a manager at a restaurant and/or store when you have received good service from an employee. Compliment someone on their dress/shoes/shirt/jewelry. Tell a friend/family member what you appreciate about them the most or what kind of an impact they have had on your life."
- Angie vS., Silver Spring, MD

Here are some wonderful acts of kindness that were performed by several members who wrote in to the inspiring website HelpOthers.org.  Each act was submitted by a different person. As you will see, it's really easy to get creative with spreading kindness!

"This lady was walking through my neighborhood on such an extremely hot day, realizing there are no bus stops within 5 miles, I made a u-turn and gave her a ride to her destination...A man held the door for me at a local coffee shop, he was so perky, I bought him a cup of tea...I forwarded a letter that had gone astray and paid the extra postage!...I emptied the house - books, DVDs, etc. Advertised to come and take what you want and leave a donation in the bucket for a local charity...I heard of a competition that I knew I would definitely get a prize so I entered and put down a friend’s name and address so that they will get the prize. And it's chocolate!...I encouraged a guy to come out of his love failure. :)...I picked lemons from my mom’s lemon tree and gave them away - someone is going to have delicious fresh lemonade for Father’s day!...I took a senior citizen grocery shopping; she was not feeling well enough to drive herself...Last night I helped some foreigners exchange some money into my country's currency and then my sister and I led them to a hotel. They were lost and didn't speak the language...I lent out a very expensive canopy to someone in need...I replaced a drummer in a band that needed one! :)...I put a dollar inside a book that I returned to the library-for either the library people or the next reader to find."

Reprinted with the generous permission of www.HelpOthers.org

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