Like frogs in a pot of hot water, we seem to have lost our way when it comes to our health, particularly our mental health. I mean everyone else seems to be struggling, feeling anxious or totally tired, so it must be normal — right? We can become so mentally driven and consumed by external influences to the point that our original nature or higher self has no choice but to follow our human will off course.
At the heart of Chinese Medicine is homeostasis; that is, nourishing the mind, body and soul back to their natural state. Simply one breath and one bread crumb at a time. Given the opportunity, any opportunity actually, our innate self, our inner blueprint will lead the way back to our original nature and start the process back to homeostasis.
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Our divine intelligence, simply and with ease, if we let it, will course correct. To quote the cryptic, ancient Chinese:. So, too are we always headed East even if we find ourselves temporarily going north. Our true path knows no obstruction, just a detour. I know this to be true.
The struggle I believe that we encounter with this way of living, is the fact that there is no one size fits all model and it takes an enormous amount of self-responsibility. Many of us are creating lives that are the first of their kind. To get to know ourselves takes time, care and patience. It is a privilege, and should be treated as such. It comes as quite the radical life path to initiate women into the realm of self-respect and the alchemical understanding of their divine nature.
The flow on effect in their worlds and the community at large makes the vast personal investment more than worth it. So what can you do if you find yourself at one of these crossroads? I like to start with these four questions. Where are you seeking permission? At the heart of most resentment and disappointment is the belief that someone or something outside of yourself is needed to give you the permission to work less, ask for a raise, have a nap or support yourself in some other way.
Back yourself wholeheartedly. The book uses coins for analogy: For each ten coins I put in, to spend but nine.
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Both cases emphasize the need to set aside a fixed portion of your income on a regular basis for savings. Control thy expenditures. Budget your expenses so that you may have enough money to pay for the necessities, to pay for the enjoyments, and to gratify your worthwhile desires without spending more than nine-tenths of your income.
Be frugal and not spendthrift. Discern what are necessary expenses and not. Make a budget for necessary expenses. Do not buy what you do not really need, even if you have more than enough money to pay for it.
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Live within your means and avoid bad debts. Life is good and life is rich with things worthwhile and things to enjoy. Make thy gold multiply. Arkad mentions that each one of us desires an income that continues to come whether you work or travel. After some time of regularly saving a fixed portion of your income, you will already have some amount that you can now invest. One thing I want to emphasize though, is to make sure you are not just keeping your savings by putting the money inside a piggy bank or under your secret compartment at home.
If you are just starting to save, it is better to put your money in a savings account after choosing a bank with the best interest rates. Now, on the topic of investment, there are many options: stocks, mutual funds, real estate, etc.
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The idea is to find an investment vehicle which takes advantage of the power of compounding while providing a safe and steady income. Nowadays, the concept of passive income is booming and has helped many people achieve financial independence.
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Guard thy treasures from loss. I really appreciate this line from the book: It is wise that we must first secure small amounts and learn to protect them before the Gods entrust us with larger. Invest only where the principal is safe. Take care not to be swindled or scammed by cheaters. If you are investing in stocks, do not be a trader unless you have years of professional study or experience on how to be one. Invest only on good and strong companies.
Another important point in this cure, is to find wise men or mentors who have the experience of living a profitable life. Their wisdom will help you protect your treasure from unsafe investments. Make of thy dwelling a profitable investment. This one is quite simple: own your own home instead of renting so that you can use the money for savings and investment.
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If you are looking for a home to own, consider your income properly. Insure a future income. Provide in advance for the needs of your growing age and the protection of your family.