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Open Your Mind to Receive

Becoming open to your abundance is an important step to claiming your good. Overcoming resistance to receiving, however, is equally essential. This book guides you in becoming more willing to receive.

 


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Have you ever felt like you’re turning down your good or sabotaging your ability to keep the good that comes to you? That’s where this powerful book comes into play. Catherine Ponder wrote Open Your Mind to Receive in 1983 when she realized that many people were successfully using the prosperity principles outlined in Dynamic Laws of Prosperity and Open Your Mind to Prosperity, but were somehow unable to keep hold of the good that they had manifest.

Ponder helps you uncover and release outdated beliefs that actually repel the good you’ve drawn to you. She doesn’t pull any punches (her coaching style is much like my own!); she empowers you to take action to change your life by helping you realize that you are the one who has created whatever is going on in your life. Her stories are quick and insightful (sometimes inciteful too!), and they always provide that missing ingredient you’ve needed to jumpstart yourself into action.

Of particular note is the chapter on the Power of Agreement which is highly useful if you’ve ever had a challenge honoring yourself. Pay attention to any places in the book you think are simplistic. Challenge yourself to incorporate them for 30 days rather than dismiss them from the start. Then you can look back and see how powerful these “simple” tools are!

The chapter on tithing in this book is one of the best explanations of the power of this action I’ve ever seen (outside of my own book, Giving Thanks: The Art of Tithing, which even Catherine Ponder said was essential reading!).

Carry Open your Mind to Receive and Open your Mind to Prosperity with you every day and refer to it throughout the day and your life will be transformed. Period.

 

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Open Your Mind to Prosperity

Open Your Mind to Prosperity

This book demonstrates how to open up to being a full channel of your abundance using mental changes, which soon transform into outer transformation.


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This book was originally written in 1971 as a sequel to The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity. Open Your Mind to Prosperity is a concise primer to remind you of the basic and advanced methods for demonstrating prosperity.

Once you’ve fully embraced and incorporated the prosperity principles into your life, I recommend getting a copy of this book and keeping it with you at all times, just as you would a bandage or aspirin. That way, if you ever find any feeling of lack or limitation creeping up on you, you can nip it in the bud quickly, by activating whichever prosperity principle resonates most with you in that moment.

This book is a pocket roadmap to peace and contentment in every area of your life. You can easily manifest what you desire, release your attachment to the form and stay centered on your own spiritual enrichment simply by reading a page or two of this book every day. This book contains the entire formula you need to create permanent prosperity.

I’ve always been a big fan of Anne Frank’s book, The Diary of Anne Frank, because of her unfailing belief in the goodness of people. Open Your Mind to Prosperity gives me that same warm feeling – because of Catherine Ponder’s unfailing belief in the goodness of ourselves. A better transformational pick-me-up I’ve yet to find!


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Millionaires of Genesis

Millionaires of Genesis

Moving through all the great leaders whose stories are told in Genesis, this book demonstrates all the different mindsets that lead to lasting prosperity and abundance.

 

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The Millionaires of Genesis Review

What’s refreshing about The Millionaires of Genesis is how Catherine Ponder exposes the secret-success-symbology of the ancient Egyptians as being the same metaphysical mysticism of the Bible. The nine millionaires Ponder explores range from Adam (the first millionaire) to Ruth. This book shares the stories of how these nine historical figures moved through their lives, overcame obstacles and achieved fulfillment. Abraham, Melchizedek, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob (he gets 3 chapters!), Joseph (the first Billionaire – move over Bill Gates and Warren Buffett!) are also included.

Ponder demonstrates how each millionaire of Genesis embodied some attribute that we see today in ourselves as we move toward a higher prosperity consciousness. Jacob, for example, is shown to be a slow learner, who started out thinking he had to force his good and eventually moved into the realization that he could use his mind powers constructively to create his good.

Readers who like The Millionaire Mind and the Law of Attraction will especially enjoy Ponder’s take on these processes which she was teaching decades before those movements came into modern form. This book is incredibly powerful and it’s important to pay attention as you do the work outlined in this book. Once you begin connecting to the spiritual side of manifesting what you desire, your ego may become frightened at the power you’ve unleashed and that fear may cause you to stop. Don’t. Keep moving forward and keep creating the life you want.

Many people think that “hard work” is the key to them attaining what they want. Catherine explains how to evolve out of this Adam consciousness and into a world of increasing abundance, harnessing divine ideas that come to you, and reveling in your ability to produce what you desire, sometimes even seemingly out of thin air. She outlines how to recognize divine substance as the one and only reality in your life and the one and only source of your wealth.

One of my favorite parts of this book is the Success Symbology of the Twelve Tribes of Ishmael. This section pretty much hands you a blueprint for how to not only survive – but actually thrive – when you’re wandering through your own wilderness experiences.

This book also contains step-by-step instructions on how Jacob created his Success Covenant with God and how you can do the same. It’s like a contract with God or an expectancy map detailing what you’re expecting and what you’re willing to give in return for your good even before it arrives. And then she brings it all together in her explanation of Joseph’s amazing ability to become the first known billionaire. He practiced the prospering powers of release, non-resistance, forgiveness, affirmation, picturing, recognition of God as the Source of his supply, and tithing. Ponder walks you through each process and demonstrates, with a myriad of examples, how others have successfully used these principles to attract and permanently receive the good they desired. Discover for yourself how to manifest invisible substance into lavish, visible abundance. “Joseph proved that the longer your good is in coming, the bigger it will be when it comes, if you persist in expecting it, and in preparing to receive it.”

Other lessons learned from The Millionaires of Genesis, which are covered eloquently by Ponder in this book, include:

  • Developing a creative consciousness of prosperity by releasing limiting ideas of our good coming from certain places, people or things.
  • How to use forgiveness to create an inner vacuum for drawing your good to you.
  • How to picture your way out of financial limitations even if you’re not a good visualizer.
  • How to create sustainable prosperity through the combined use of mental and heart laws.
  • How to open to receive the wealth of the universe.
  • The completely reversible ways we stop our good from coming to us.
  • The proven scientific and orderly strategy of giving that creates permanent prosperity in your life.
  • The secret trick to help you overcome the desire to manipulate events in order to force your prosperity.
  • How to release past restrictive influences in order to grow, expand and develop into the life you’re ready for and that is right for you.
  • The secret method used by Isaac that can increase your income by 100-fold in just one year.
  • How to create a magnetic vacuum in your life using the power of nonresistance – and irresistibly draw your good to yourself.
  • The prospering protection hidden in the act of giving.

Excerpts From Millionaires of Genesis:

“I have figured out an easy way to become a millionaire. Please pray that one million people will send me one dollar each,” someone wrote.

People often think as did this person: That wealth can come to them only when other people and conditions respond to them. However, the secret of wealth is that it begins within your own thoughts and feelings. Through the deliberate action of your mind, you can develop a millionaire consciousness that will lead you to literal wealth as well as to increased abundance in all phases of your life.

It is appropriate that the millionaires of Genesis show you how this can be done because the world “genesis” means “to begin,” “to initiate action,” “to take the first step” or “to get something going.”

An expanded prosperity consciousness is a necessity in this age of increasing economic demands. Rising prices, “inflationary recessions,” and uncertain political and economic world conditions are all indications that we must raise and expand our consciousness to a new level of universal supply. The ancient millionaires in this book show you how to do so.



Eve, like Adam, was surrounded by the rich substance of the universe, out of which all wealth is formed. But Eve seemed unaware that she was in the midst of so much abundance, and lamented the feeling of lack. The result was that she was cast out of Eden. One must gain an inner feeling of abundance before they can experience outer wealth permanently.

You soon discover that if you do not give voluntarily to the constructive experiences of life, you will find yourself giving involuntarily to the destructive experiences of life – but give you must. It is the law of the universe.

Several friends were working together on a special project that lasted a week. Every night after work on this project, they would go out together to eat. Three of these people took turns paying for the evening meals. The fourth one did not offer to pay for anything.

After concluding this special work project, on their last night together, they decided to dine out in special celebration. Again, the fourth member of the group paid for nothing, though she enjoyed a lavish meal in beautiful surroundings. On the way home that night, she discovered that she had lost about $50 in cash. Some prized jewelry she had been wearing was also missing. She quickly proved the law: Hold back and it will be withheld, even taken, from you.


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When you are digging inwardly and outwardly for your good, perhaps you will get results. Yet the Philistines of limitation may appear in some form and demand the good you have realized. Like Isaac, you can know that you still have more wells to dig!

You should continue to dig deeper in consciousness because you are not yet in your true place – that big place in your growth where your full-blown good awaits you. Like Isaac, if you refuse to fight back – if you refuse to say “My good has been taken from me” or “My good has been withheld from me” – then you will expand into that place which Isaac called “Rehoboth.” It will be your place of enlargement, and of greater expression.

When you have expanded sufficiently in consciousness to a broad place, there will be no negative experiences to try to claim your good. After this third well named “Rehoboth” was dug, Isaac exclaimed, “For now Jehovah hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.” (Genesis 26:22). It is in such a broad place in consciousness that you demonstrate vast benefits as never before!



After you have been tested and have reacted with nonresistance, then comes fulfillment. If you have been seeking fulfillment and it has not come, do not give up hope. It is because you are still on your way into that bigger place in consciousness. When you are nonresistant and divinely indifferent to the Philistines – when you do not make a fuss about what they seem to take from you for a time – they have no permanent power over you. They finally depart in peace and you demonstrate your “well of fulfillment.”

When your good is withheld from you, instead of fighting, arguing, or trying to reason with anyone to make it come to pass, just picture the desired results. As Jacob proved, you can image your good and bring it through rather than trying to reason it through or force it through. You can hasten your good through picturing it!


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At every forward step in man’s evolution, he gives up present ideas and possessions, so that he may receive greater ones. First, Jacob had released his uncle, as a channel of his supply. Then he even dared to send his family and possessions on ahead. He released everything.

When major changes come, you may have to release everything connected with a past cycle: Income, possessions, people. This act of release frees you to receive your expanded good in new situations.

Jacob’s wrestling with the angel symbolized his own doubts and fears; he was wrestling with his Higher Self as he released all he had attained. Such an inner struggle was natural. The person who desires to have his good expanded is often disciplined in this way. As he gains his emotional perspective, the discipline from it opens the way to his expanded good.



Your growth and expansion come in phases of normality. First you gain knowledge of the creative power of thought and begin to use it mentally. Then human relations problems often arise so that you may prove it in the heart, emotionally. Indeed, there is no balance in your consciousness until love and wisdom are united in you, and reflected in your life. The sages of old used to teach their students to declare often, “LET LOVE AND WISDOM BE UNITED IN ME.”

If you have been mentally fighting something in your life, rest your overworked mind Think, instead, in terms of love and peace. As you practice doing this daily, the results will amaze you!


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The Millionaire Moses

The Millionaire Moses

Amazing journey through the manifesting mind and actions of Moses, including how to claim your manna or “daily bread” and a detailed look at the prospering power of the 10 Commandments.

 

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“What is prosperity? It is not limited to any one phase of your life. Prosperity includes your increased peace, health and plenty. It is an experience in perpetual growth which leads to constant expansion of your world in both inner and outer ways. That expansion leads to your “Prosperity Unlimited”! That is what this book is all about.”

Catherine Ponder pretty much summed up my review in that little introductory paragraph. I will do my best to expand on it for you, though, as I believe The Millionaire Moses is a profoundly important book. Catherine Ponder began teaching prosperity principles in the depths of a recession, not unlike what we’ve been experiencing recently. And Moses is a perfect character to follow because we have all at one time in our lives felt “enslaved” to our conditions and lost in the “wilderness” of the unknown. This book chronicles Moses’ journey from slave to mastery of his own destiny and eventually to being the leader of an entire nation.

Imagine wandering in the “wilderness” for forty years before your good appears! You can considerably shorten your journey and reach your promised land and enter into it with far more ease and grace once you know and incorporate the prosperity laws demonstrated by Moses. These include the prosperity laws of cause and effect, fearlessness, the willingness to gather your daily bread (manna), and the holy trinity of prosperity laws – opulence, preparation and completion.

Ponder’s detailed description of how to gather your prosperous manna is a powerful blueprint that expresses the importance of recognizing the good that is at hand and putting it into use.

The most compelling part of The Millionaire Moses is Ponder’s chapter on the Prosperity Commandments. This delightful restating of the Ten Commandments uncovers the prosperity secret that God embedded in each commandment.

As Ponder points out, the biblical book of Exodus, in which Moses plays a starring role, shows you how to escape the bondage of financial limitation and hardships of every type. Each chapter in this book concludes with a vibrant affirmative meditation you can use to seat the principles into your subconscious.

Just as I had Ponder’s own words lead off this review, it seems fitting to let her have the last word as well:

“An expanded prosperity consciousness is a necessity in this age of increasing economic demands. Rising prices, “inflationary recessions,” and uncertain political and economic world conditions are all indications that we must raise and expand our consciousness to a new level of universal supply.

“Through using the prosperity laws described in this book, you can deliberately get into a universal prosperity vibration, and begin to experience more successful results in every phase of your life. Whatever you most need next in your life can open to you, as you open your mind to the prosperity secrets of the millionaire Moses.

Other concepts you’ll uncover in this book include:

  • The secret ways compromise tries to undermine your success
  • How to handle it when things appear to be getting worse
  • The importance of giving thanks BEFORE you take one more step
  • Why true graciousness in the face of negativity is so incredibly powerful
  • How to do the fearless thing – and how that act of courage can dissolve all obstacles to your good
  • Moses’ three secret weapons for prosperity – and how to use them properly
  • The importance of releasing pleasant circumstances, even when you’re in the middle of enjoying them fully!

 

Excerpts from The Millionaire Moses:

When in the throes of unhappy experiences, you may not be able to reverse your thoughts right away, but you can reverse your words. Repetition of right words impress both the conscious and subconscious phases of your world through your words. You can transform your life by transforming your thinking about your life through your words.

Almost everyone in the world today is in bondage to something. We are in the process of overcoming limited thinking and restricted living in some form. But this is for a purpose. It is through our bondage experiences that we “come to ourselves” inwardly and outwardly. Your bondage experiences motivate you to want to rise out of limitation and to go forward to something better!

The great cause of bondage is this:

Most of us have believed that we were helped or hurt by other people, that we received our good from outside circumstances, people or events. But our good really comes to us from within our own being. God in us is the fountainhead of all our good. When you realize this, nothing anyone does or says, or fails to do or say, can shake you up or keep you from claiming your good.



It is through persistently claiming your freedom, even in the face of apparent failure, that you come through defeat undefeated. Persistence is a first requirement for getting out of bondage. Moses proved it, and so can you!

It once took me ten years to get free of bondage to a certain problem. For long periods I felt I could not go on trying; the bondage seemed endless. Yet something in me made me go on. I had nothing to go back to.

When freedom finally came, I realized that every effort in that direction had been getting me ready for the final overcoming. Had it not been for the continuous effort, I would not have gained the inner strength needed to make the demonstration, nor the insight to keep it.


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Perhaps you are trying to cross a Red Sea of financial difficulties. If so, do something fearless. Face the financial challenge by saying to it, “You do not scare me.” Then stretch forth your thinking over the situation by declaring “Divine substance cannot be withheld from me now. Divine substance is the one and only reality in this situation Divine Substance is available, and Divine Substance is doing its bountiful work here and now. Knowing this, I have faith that every need is now met.”

In some way Divine Substance will come to your rescue. If you do not do the fearless thing at this point, you will just stand looking at your Red Sea of difficulties indefinitely and fearfully. This holds those difficulties in your life.

A housewife had several hundred dollars’ worth of bills due. She waited for money to appear with which to pay them. Nothing happened until she realized that she must do something fearless. She had just $10 left in her checking account. It was a “faith offering” given in the belief that additional money would appear.

She said to a friend, “I am going to demonstrate the prosperity I need because I have just done the fearless thing. I have given, so I have opened the way to receive.” It happened. She soon received $400 for some work she had done months earlier for which she had never been paid.



So often people have not gathered their manna, because they have stood back waiting to be divinely delivered from their needs in some spectacular way. Your needs will always be supplied when you begin to use something close at hand. You may wish to begin by asking, “Divine Substance, show me how to ‘gather my manna’.” Lead me to the abundance at hand. Show me how to use it, and how to multiply it.”


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Do not criticize your wilderness experiences. Instead, make the best of them. Affirm that good things are happening to you. Praise, bless and use what is at hand. You always have in your immediate midst whatever is needed to begin gathering your manna. As you use it fearlessly, your good will multiply in countless ways.

The success secret connected with Moses’ episode with the rock is that you can dissolve hard conditions in your life with words. There is tremendous magic even in ordinary words. People have often talked themselves into the grave through their use of ordinary words like “I feel bad,” I am so sick,” “I don’t think I’m going to make it,” “I inherited my bad health. It runs in the family.”

The power that your words have on your body and upon your financial affairs is nothing short of fantastic. Optimistic people, stricken with illness, have talked themselves back to health. Financially stricken people have talked their way back to prosperity. Because of the creative power of words, you need no longer hesitate to speak to rocky conditions. They will respond.



From the Ten Commandments, you can learn specific “prosperity and success teachings” that can cause you to depart from limited living. They can help you to experience liberation from less than the best in your life. To succeed means “to obtain favorable results.” The Ten Commandments show you how to do just that.

The first four Commandments have to do with man’s right attitude toward God as a rich and loving Father, and his right relationship with God – both with man’s indwelling God-nature and with the universal God.

The last six Commandments have to do with man’s right attitudes toward, and right relationship with, his fellowman.

All of the Ten Commandments contain powerful teachings in prosperous living that you need to understand and apply – especially when, like the rebellious Hebrews, you are tempted to compromise and settle for less than the best life during your wilderness periods. As you use them, they can become your “prosperity and success commandments” too!


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The law of opulence includes where you give your tithe. You place your faith where you place your money You should give your tithes at the point or points where you are receiving spiritual help and inspiration.

A businesswoman once wrote, “I do not understand it. I am using the laws of prosperity, yet I am not prospering. I have an apartment house that I cannot keep rented. Don’t tell me to tithe. I am already doing so.

When asked “Where are you tithing?” she replied, “I cannot see that it matters where I give. I tithe to the church that I used to attend because they still send me pledge cards. But I attend another church now where I find far more inspiration and practical help.”

It was suggested that where she gave her tithes is as important as how she spent the other 90 percent of her income. She would not go to one doctor for help, yet pay another. She would not go to one restaurant to be fed, yet pay at another restaurant. Neither should she give at one point when she had received spiritual help elsewhere.

Where you give your tithes is very important. It may not be the largest spiritual organization or the most prominent. You should give to that individual in spiritual work, or to that organization, where you are receiving spiritual help and inspiration.

You should deliberately prosper those who inspire and help you meet life’s problems victoriously – if for no other reason than to safeguard your own best interest! You should make your chosen channel of inspiration as prosperous as possible, in order to keep it free from financial burdens and so that it may continue to minister spiritually, unhindered by material care.

There are no shortcuts in developing a prosperity consciousness of opulence. There are those who say “I do not tithe to those who inspire me but I do show my appreciation with gifts.” You would not take your doctor or lawyer a gift instead of paying him properly for his professional services. A spiritual consciousness is the result of a lifetime (or perhaps many lifetimes) of development. Its help is priceless to the one seeking it. Just appreciation opens the way for the expansion of your own consciousness of opulence.

Sharing is always the beginning of opulent increase.

A young businessman wanted to enter into the ministry, but with a growing family to support, it seemed financially impossible. As the desire persisted, he quietly prepared anyway by attending night school and by taking correspondence courses to complete certain requirements. He even made a sermon preparation file. Every time he read a book, magazine article or newspaper item that interested him, he clipped it for his sermon file.

After quietly preparing for his desired profession in these ways over a period of time, a person of wealth made him a financial gift that covered his seminary training. When he became a minister, he drew heavily on the sermon materials he had secretly gathered and filed years earlier.



The prosperity law of preparation is this: Make a move toward your desired good by preparing for it. Then your good will make a move toward you.

A businessman needed a car. He reasoned that he should prepare for it by building a carport to house it. By the time he finished the carport, the way opened financially to purchase the car.

Have you ever had a negative experience that you could not get freed from? Or one that you were freed from for a time, then it reappeared? Have you ever had the same problem reappear again and again in your life, and you wondered why?

No experience can ever be concluded in your life until you have given it your final blessing. If you do not bless it, that old problem will reappear again and again, awaiting your blessing.

So long as you resent a troublesome person or circumstance, you will have to meet that problem repeatedly in your life in some guise. When you give a blessing to that person or circumstance, then comes your release – often in some dramatic way.


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