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New Age Vs. Carl Jung. Laws Of Attraction. Dreams Vs Reality?

Dec 25, 2007
I can remember having several debates with a former girlfriend who is a high-profile attorney on the west coast. The fact that she was a high-profile attorney, though impressive, was not her lure. For me, the fact that she started from scratch, actually on a park bench, worked her way through one of the most prestigious law schools in the country, and has offices in Beverly Hills and beyond, was a lure. The fact that she is a good person didn't hurt. She looked at the struggle as part of the dream, not something to complain about. The way she thought was the way I wished to think. The way she worked was the way I wished to work. She has discipline and organizational skills; business elements of which I am still but nubile and shall be for awhile.

I guess you could say I am better at Internet marketing than she is, but that is only because that is what I studied when I went back to school. There is little doubt she could pick it up in no time if she had the spare time to learn it, or the interest.

Being a Cancer (that remains my excuse), I naturally am less organized and more clumsy than my former Aries better-half (Gerald Ford was a Cancer...get the picture?). Her claim to fame is a monumental law firm on the most expensive property in the U.S. (possibly the world). My claim to fame is digital funny pictures on some expensive Internet property that may or may not make a lot of money, depending if I sell it or not. We both started small, she on a park bench after escaping her mother country and me in a metal rural Mississippi warehouse where 44 year old cartoonists, I guess, were considered "possessed" and nobody much wanted us for neighbors. I am also an inventor, writer, and student, but that is a whole other story.

My ex and I are alike in so many ways and not alike in others. When I was young, I was quite the "car person"; loved fast cars and even raced them at the track. But today, I'm happy at age 53 with my four cylinder Saturn and she's happy trading in her new Mercedes for another one every year.

Her debate is one I hear often. "You don't think big. You need to learn to think big. I think it's an Arkansas thing!" That makes me laugh. I want to say, "Yeah, tell it to Sam Walton."

She like most Californians I've befriended (and I beg forgiveness for generalizing), have quickly adopted every New Age guru's advice from A Course In Miracles To "The Secret" as long as it attracts money by just "thinking about money, and of course, as long as Oprah endorses it.

Being an ex S. Californian, and please forgive me all you out there who don't fit that discription, New Age was, more or less a way of life. But if one takes the time to do a little research, most New Age is actually Ancient Age and simply reworded, slickly packaged and custom built to make a new guru wealthy. This new "The Secret" takes the cake, sort of a "Think it and they will come"; no action needed, simply attract it with thought. Okay. P.T. Barnum would love to know the buyers of this package. Sorry Oprah, I know you endorse it, but......let's think this through. Hard persistent work is the key to any success; not "law of attraction"; though I will admit, law of attraction does follow hard pesistent work, but I think they are putting the horse before the cart.

Life is what it is. I can't debate with her about income. If I want to make more, I will promote my business more, go to law school, or both. A good lawyer, historically, makes a better income than a good cartoonist and e-tailer. But I don't like law. Grew up with plenty of lawyers in my family and though they made a great living, very few of them enjoyed it. In fact several quit and one never even practiced after daddy paid for law school. So it goes.

Some of these new age gurus telling me to "live the dream" and "just imagine it" frankly makes me want to hurl (can I say that in print?), just speaking my mind. I live my reality. When I start living "my dream", I am out of focus and act in a manic way, as do most people who do their best to escape reality. I believe the secret is to live in one's reality, and keep your "eyes on the prize", that is, taking a glimpse of what that dream will be at the end a very hard work day. Hard work. That is what creates the dream. I wish it was not true. It is. Sorry.

But I have an ally. He's long gone now but his words live on in his writings; Carl Jung that is. Many people do not understand Jung's message and that's okay. I think it was because he was so interested in the spiritual and metaphysical side of things. So am I. But he, like I, am also interested in living in the now, enjoying the now, appreciating the struggle. For if not to appreciate the struggle, once the dream "happens", what's next? I don't want to keep living for "new dreams". I want to enjoy the ones I am living and gradually evolve into other ways of life, if they look health and positive for me.

Jung warns us that once we have achieved our dreams, we may not necessarily be 100% happy; in fact, he adds that we can almost count on that. That does not mean not to pursue happiness. It is part of our personal and national Constitution. It is just to realize that reality. We will always have problems and issues, no matter what.

In our culture, we correlate happiness and success with our bank account. We were taught that in our formal education, and its a big mistake. Yes having a big bank account is wonderful, but that's not all there is to it. One has to do what one loves to do, to build one's own happiness, not let anyone else do it; not a boss, a spouse or anyone else. They can add to it like we can add to theirs, but they are not THE SOURCE.

I make less money now working at home than I did in the big city corporate world. That is just fine with me. I love working in my jogging suit. I love being able to stretch, make coffee, and take a long walk when I feel like it. I love that the Internet allows me to make an income based on past work, my products sell by others who are affiliates. They make good money and so do I. I can sit back now, and create work for others and myself. I had to work hard every day for a decade to allow that to happen. You may be a faster learner, but it took me awhile to figure it out.

My dream is to do just what I love to do, and the money will come. Will it come immediately? I don't think so. Bill Gates money took years to compile as did Warren Buffet. The captains of industry stories are filled with failures and missteps before living the dream.

I suggest never to choose friends based on their bank accounts. I used to do so, and was trained to do so and always heard "You can't make money off of people who don't have money". That tired old cliche is a dreadful lesson. You *can* make money working with people who don't have much money. If they have a hard work ethic, and honesty and so do you, you'll make much more, and have a lot more fun doing it.

No two people are alike. One person's dream may be to travel the world while another might be to build a wildlife refugee.

Whatever your dreams and goals, try to forget some of the things our parents taught us. We now live in a "live and let live world". No more sales tactics. The ultra-sales gurus are old news.

Even though I am living my reality, I am also living my dream, not somebody else's. I have my own hours and I work at my own pace, which is twice as hard as any boss ever asked out of me. The difference is I love what I do. So my reality is a dream in many ways.

I am not saying not to think big. All I am saying is to lay the foundation first. Do the legwork. Check your waist-size and make sure you are not too big for your britches (too soon). And make sure it is your dream, not one delegated to you. You are bound to make some "enemies" by not following someone else's dream, but you'll make many friends too. And most of all you will be your friend, and know "To thine own self be true" is what it is all about.

You will be happy, rich, or not.
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