Blessed or Wretched?
Reflections on “As a Man Thinketh” and My Conversation with Filmmaker, Jon Miller
Wretched: Description of a person in a very unhappy or unfortunate state.
Blessed: Endowed with divine protection and favor; bringing pleasure or relief as a welcome contrast to what one has previously experienced.
I recently interviewed filmmaker Jon Miller, about his soon-to-be released film “As a Man Thinketh.” I am delighted to appear in this film along with Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, Edwene Gaines, Dr. Joe Vitale and other new thought leaders. Our conversation turned to an important spiritual idea: Happiness (or blessedness) cannot be acquired through material things. As a spiritual leader, I am pro-abundance, pro-wealth, pro-fun-and-pretty-things. However, my stance comes with a caveat: Material things or money cannot bring happiness. There is nothing wrong with acquiring things, because “things” are neutral. However, the manner in which they are acquired in consciousness is not neutral. Things in your experience cannot be separated from the originating consciousness—from your own consciousness.
I believe there is a universal awakening happening at this moment. However, many people continue to remain under the illusion that materialism equals happiness. So many of us admire the lives and “status” of others, rather than admiring our own status as divine beings. We are asleep to the fact that there exists no true difference between a Porsche and a Toyota; the acquisition of either has nothing to do with being happy or in harmony with the universe (i.e., with your higher self). In spirit, a car is a car, or rather, just an assembly of energy in a particular formation. However, according to the human ego, there appears to be a vast difference between the automobiles. In spiritual truth there exists no difference. A Porsche cannot raise your status above another person’s—you are both equal under God (or Spirit).
A rich man can be blessed or wretched.
A poor man can be blessed or wretched.
Let’s consider the following powerful passage from Jon Miller’s inspiration, the book As a Man Thinketh by James Allen, published in 1903. (Note to reader: The word “man” can be replaced with “woman” or “person” throughout this post.)
“The circumstances which a man encounters with suffering are the result of his own mental inharmony. The circumstances which a man encounters with blessedness are the result of his own mental harmony. Blessedness, not material possessions, is the measure of right thought; wretchedness, not lack of material possessions, is the measure of wrong thought. A man may be cursed and rich; he may be blessed and poor. Blessedness and riches are only joined together when the riches are rightly and wisely used; and the poor man only descends into wretchedness when he regards his lot as a burden unjustly imposed.” – As A Man Thinketh, James Allen
Let’s get back to the Porsche owner. What is to admire of the person who drives a sports car, lives in a mansion, travels by private jet, and has a gorgeous spouse? “Everything!” you might answer. However, I encourage you to think again—without judgment.
Consider the Toyota owner. He drives a modest car, lives in a modest home, has an average-looking wife and two kids. He lives under a tight financial budget. What is to admire about him? Who is happier—the “rich” man or the “poor” man? Who is wretched? Who is blessed?
According to Allen, and spiritual law, whoever is feeling a connection to their source, whoever is demonstrating “right” or harmonious thought, is blessed.
James Allen writes: “As a man thinketh, so is he.”
Here’s a modern-day list of thoughts, beliefs, and feelings that could be held by anyone. A man (person) can be blessed or wretched depending upon the feelings of his heart:
-I will never have enough money.
-Money does not define my essence.
-I feel diminished because Bob has a prettier, younger wife than mine.
-I love and value my wife as she is and for who she is.
-If my friends became aware that I am struggling and unhappy, they will dump me.
-I appreciate my car.
-Damn! I’m jealous because Maria drives a fancy sports car.
-I have no true friends; can’t trust anyone!
-I have great friends; we love and care about each other on a deep level.
-I love and accept myself as I am.
-Bills weigh heavily on my mind.
-My bills are paid—thank you, Spirit!
-Nothing feels better than a truly loving relationship.
-I’m cast aside and worthless without the appearance of wealth.
-I am valued for who I am, as I am.
-I must control others.
-I let others live freely; I am concerned only with my own consciousness and actions.
The man who covets others’ material possessions or relationships is a wretched man, because he is using external objects and circumstances as the measure of his worthiness and happiness. In addition, if a person holds inner negativity towards themselves or others, this will be evident in their manifest circumstances. Wretchedness would be the order of the day. Spiritually speaking, it would be impossible to be “happy” or “blessed” under the effects of such thoughts. The man who blesses others and recognizes his own worth as a divine being will experience a blessed life, regardless of his seeming wealth or poverty.
In closing—go for your goals! Enjoy material blessings and wealth! However, avoid the mistake of basing your self-worth or happiness upon anything external to yourself. And above all – become conscious of the nature of your thoughts.
As within, so without.
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