What happens when you’re doing your spiritual practice every day, and you’re not getting obvious intuitive leads or directions to take steps along a path to achieve your goals? Most people decide to do nothing. If you’ve been to one of my workshops, you’ll remember my advice – “you’re not allowed to do nothing.” Without having a really clear and strong lead, you may find that you have an inkling of a hunch or idea. If so, do what I call “digging a ditch.” This means that you take some action and start moving in what you think is the right direction while continuing to ask for more leads and directions along the way.
Digging a ditch is faith in action. I recognize that this may be hard for some people to do. Many of us were taught that we have to do everything ourselves. A quote that I was told as a child is “There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs.” The quote promotes taking some form of action, and that’s a good thing. However, it doesn’t allow for spiritual intervention to help you so that your goals manifest in easy and unusual ways. One of my favorite authors, Florence Scovel Shinn, said “Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.” Following your intuition and taking some action allows for unexpected channels to open which may produce results in miraculous ways.
If you’ve adopted the use of spiritual tools and principles that I write about in my books, I hope that you’ve recognized that your CSO spiritual partner can illuminate steps to take that don’t make rational sense. These leads or directions can come through strong thoughts, gut hunches and instincts, messages through others, or through signs external to you. As you commit to taking the first step of action with confidence and faith, things can shift so that your success manifests in easier and more joyful ways. Go ahead and start “climbing up the stairs” to success if you feel led by your CSO partner to do so, and you might unexpectedly find an escalator waiting for you at the first landing. Spirit’s ways are ingenious and filled with infinite possibilities.
This past week I had the pleasure and privilege to host my first radio show on Unity On Line Radio. My show is called Abundance Incorporated with May McCarthy and we discussed Balancing Spirituality and Success. When I think of being balanced, I have an image of a see saw or teeter-totter like the ones that I used to play on as a child. If my friend and I were the same weight, we could balance the see saw perfectly in horizontal alignment. If one side was heavier than the other, the heavy load wouldn’t remain off the ground very long.
To be balanced, we want every aspect of our life to have the same weight, importance, proportion, and meaning. The aspects of life include your health, your relationships, your work, your finances, your recreation and your spiritual connection. All of these have to be in balance, or have a measure of importance, for you to enjoy a fulfilling, satisfying, healthy, free and prosperous life.
“May is always a delight to have speak at Center for Spiritual Living. She presented her new system and book The Gratitude Formula during our two services and at a very successful workshop. I took her workshop a couple of years ago on The Path to Wealth and incorporated her efficiency techniques and writing to my Chief Spiritual Officer into my daily spiritual practice. I found the recent workshop to help add clarity and additional expansion in various areas of my life. I enjoy May’s practical use of Goal Setting combined with Gratitude. Her techniques are simple and easy to apply to daily life. And I appreciate her story telling technique to get her message across.” - Reverend Abigail Schairer | Associate Minister | Center for Spiritual Living, Seattle
I am so grateful to have been the guest speaker recently at The Center for Spiritual Living in Seattle. This is where I first started teaching success principles in classes and workshops over 10 years ago. It was such a treat to see so many friends in the two services and have a well attended workshop to share more about The Gratitude Formula.
One question that was asked in the workshop had to do with action and faith. An attendee wanted to know if she was a demonstrating “doubt” and lack of trust in her ability to grow a thriving and sustainable business by continuing with a part time job that supported her when she was between clients in her own business. I told her that she had to make a choice on how to view the situation. Based on that choice she would then speak and think about the situation in ways that were consistent with her views. As she took action with her words, thoughts and emotions to declare her truth in the situation, that would become her experience. She needed to choose between the following two views:
"May McCarthy was a guest speaker and workshop facilitator at our Center recently in June 2018. Our community first experienced May at our church’s annual Women’s Retreat and later at our annual organizational conference, and each time her presentation was brilliant. May McCarthy is a spiritual entrepreneur, her presence is energizing. The feedback has been incredible- in particular about the systematic and orderly process that taught us a proven method to start the day by contacting your CSO with gratitude, being intentional with our desires and focusing on our goals. She was very well received and her message was excellent. Her authentic manner and her application of spiritual principles in her life was truly an inspiration to us all. May McCarthy’s teachings based in her Path to Wealth philosophy are spiritually and financially sound, ethical and practical. What a joy it was to have her as our speaker, thank-you for sharing your experience with our community." - Reverend Charles | Senior Minister | Universal Truth Center for Better Living
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