Friday, October 10, 2008

Marci Shimoff Shares Her Thoughts About the Quest for Wealth

Today we’ll see what Marci Shimoff thinks about the quest for wealth. I’m sharing some interview excerpts from Lili Fournier’s new PBS DVD – Quest for Success. We will learn about what some of the participants think about the quest for success and the quest for wealth. Visit each day throughout the week to learn about what another participant in Quest for Success thinks about this topic. Throughout the week I’ll share thoughts from Richard Branson, Marci Shimoff, Jack Assaraff, Jack Canfield and Desmond Tutu.

Marci Shimoff on the Quest for Wealth

LILI: Quest for wealth, it seems that we’re all in search of this. (MARCI: Yes.) What does it mean to you?

MARCI: I think the quest for wealth that we’re in search of is the quest for truth, love, and abundance in all areas of our lives that starts with this feeling of fulfillment from within. I’m all for a concept that I once learned of 200% of life, a hundred percent being external wealth and a hundred percent being internal wealth, being the fullness of love and life. Certainly, there are many people out there that have the external wealth, and they are not happy. And certainly, there are a number of people out there who have an inner state of happiness, and perhaps they don’t have the external wealth. My feeling is that we are all here to experience both inner and outer wealth in abundance on all levels which is truth, love, fulfillment.

LILI: To encapsulate your thoughts on success and how we can bring the essence of “The Secret” or law of attraction to work in our lives in being more abundant.

MARCI: My feeling is that a lot of people have… As a society, I think we have it backwards. We think that going out and gathering all these great things in life is going to bring us happiness, that the more success we have, the more happiness we’ll have. The opposite is actually true. The happier we are, the more we are vibrating at a higher energetic level of fulfillment of love, the greater success we’ll have, the easier we will draw things to us. So, success is not the basis of happiness, but happiness is the basis of success.

LILI: Isn’t that interesting?

MARCI: So, the real truth of the law of attraction is that we’re not there to attract all of the things to make us happy. That’s just the symptoms. What we’re there to do is to raise our energetic vibrations so that we are living in a state of joy, of peace, of love, of abundance, an abundant inner state of fulfillment. There was, truly, a distinct difference between the people that I interviewed who were living in this state. It’s a neurophysiological state. You can measure it in your brain waves. You can measure it in your biochemistry. You can measure it in your heart rhythms.

People who are living in this state of joy and peace have a different physiology than everybody else. And, ultimately, I think that is the goal of using the law of attraction. What good is using the law of attraction to create a great car and a great house if you aren’t happy also? The car and the house are not going to bring that to you. They won’t do it. So, I think our attention is a little too much focussed on the outer when we need to also focus it on the inner.

LILI: It’s like everything in life, in a sense, is a mirror to some extent, and you have this wonderful story that I read in your book that encapsulated it so beautifully.

MARCI: Everything that we create on the outside is truly just a mirror of what’s going on inside of us. And there’s a story of a far away village where there’s a House of a Thousand Mirrors, and one day a happy dog went to visit this House of a Thousand Mirrors, and he went bounding up the stairs and looked inside the house, and he was greeted by the faces of a thousand dogs with big grins and wagging tails. And the dog said, “Oh, this is a wonderful place! I love it here!” And as he leaves, he thinks to himself, I must come back and visit here more often. That same afternoon, a very sad, grumpy dog goes limping up to the House of a Thousand Mirrors and looks in and growls, and he sees back growling at him a thousand angry, mean dogs, and he says, “This is a horrible place! I must never come back here and visit!”

In fact, the world is as we are. When we are the bounding dog, the dog with love, the dog with joy, the world will greet us that way, and we will perceive the world that way. And when we are the angry, upset, judgmental, begrudging dog, that is what the world will look like. So, which world would you rather live in because you create the world that you live in?

Marci Shimoff Bio

Marci Shimoff is the woman's face of the biggest self-help book phenomenon in history, Chicken Soup for the Soul. Her six bestselling titles in the series, including Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul, have met with stunning success, selling more than 13 million copies worldwide. Marci is one of the bestselling female nonfiction authors of all time. Her breakthrough methods for personal fulfillment and professional success are summed up in her own bestseller Happy for No Reason.

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