- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Rodale Books (September 3, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594861951
- ISBN-13: 978-1594861956
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 7.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 238 customer reviews
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The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity: A Simple Guide to Unlimited Abundance Hardcover – September 3, 2005
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Prosperity, says Gaines, is our birthright, a divine inheritance that incorporates not just material abundance but also a comprehensive knowledge of the consciousness of God. Gaines, a Unity minister, was once down-at-heel and wondering where the next meal was coming from, but now lives a life of luxury. She claims that to follow her example, readers need only put into practice four simple spiritual laws: tithe ten percent of all they earn or receive; set specific financial and spiritual goals; forgive others and themselves daily; and find and commit to a divine purpose. Gaines is well-schooled in Unity principles and the basic New Thought understanding of the power of positive thinking. Thus, for example, she includes an exercise for readers to utter no negative words for 21 days and watch, amazed, as their lives are transformed. Some of the book's stories of divine assistance with finances will spark skepticism in even the most credulous of readers, like Gaines's anecdote about winning a $100 grocery spree immediately after praying for food for her refrigerator, or a story about dreaming that she was supposed to go to Knoxville, Tenn., the night before a study group in that town sent word that they were looking for a Unity minister. Gaines's program is clear and her tone endlessly enthusiastic, but many readers will undoubtedly question her claims of limitless abundance.
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“In The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity, Edwene Gaines blends sacred truths with delightful stories of spiritual principles at work"a masterpiece filled with love, humor, and practical steps for a life more abundant.” —John Randolph Price, Best-selling author and chairman of the Quartus Foundation
“Once in a blue moon a book comes along that changes your life forever. Edwene Gaines has written such a book. By the end of the second chapter I made a decision to follow her suggestions. Thanks to her I have taken an essential step in my own spiritual journey by putting God first in my financial life.” —John Lee, author of The Flying Boy and Growing Yourself Back-Up
“Edwene Gaines is 'a prosperity pioneer,' the likes of which the world has never seen. After years of lecture work on the subject, she is now sharing with us the results of what her teachings are and the numerous results those who have tried them have gotten. She writes as she lectures--in a straight forward manner with humor. An unbeatable combination! Read, practice, enjoy, and prosper...” —Catherine Ponder
“Edwene Gaines follows in the tradition of Charles Fillmore, Eric Butterworth, and Catherine Ponder with her transforming message of prosperity: 'God wants you to be prosperous.' Beloved throughout Unity--and with good reason--she has touched hundreds of thousands of people with her breakthrough words of encouragement. Here, her straightforward guide lays it all out in a way that can change anyone's consciousness: four laws of prosperity delivered in the affable, endearing style of the one and only Edwene.” —Thomas J. Zender, President & CEO, Unity
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Here are the ideas I liked:
• Give 10% of your income to support materially whoever supports you spiritually
• If you want to earn $120,000 a year, give away $231 each week (i.e. ten percent of the target) to attract the higher income.
• Honor your vocation to earn money in the right way
• Complaining repels money
Her 4 laws, which she calls spiritual, are tithing, forgiving, aiming for goals, and honoring your vocation. But she doesn't connect them so well. The opposite of her laws would be what poor people tend to do:
• Do work you hate
• Forgive no one
• Donate nothing
• Wander without direction
Throughout the book she talks about being broke even after she was tithing and aiming for goals, which makes sense because she was still denying the vocational call of her soul. She also says that goal-setting catches the rewards that tithing brings. Really? How so? She doesn't explain it. As a side note, forgiveness apparently holds together the universe so I guess it may even hold money together. Howard Wills has some superb prayers for this and he offers them for free on his site.
Irrelevant quotes are sprinkled throughout the book that are supposed to inspire but I only found them distracting. She tells some great stories though!
This book didn't help me become prosperous so I continued to search, and eventually I discovered a real secret of money: inner peace. Inner peace attracts financial opportunity. Whenever I would meditate, someone would contact me for my services. Coincidence? Well, the source of money is God, and God is peace. There is even an English proverb about it: Peace makes plenty. Unfortunately I shattered my capacity to experience peace, so I decided to knuckle down and find the REAL spiritual laws of prosperity, and eventually I found them:
• Attract money: Meditate for 8 hours on Saturday. I like to meditate by watching my thoughts. It makes the mind work. If you’re too occupied to meditate for that many hours then mentally repeat one of the money-mantras found in the book Japa Yoga for 20 minutes each day. If you are too sick for meditation or mantras to function properly, then clean your blood by drinking hot water and afterwards enrich your blood by eating tomatoes, dwarf copperleaf, boiled corn, and corn soup while inhaling the essential oils that contain gold. If you worked inwardly and didn’t attract any money, then connect with the right people and perhaps the right work so that Nature has vehicles through which to help you. And make sure you’re sleeping with your head facing East. If you’re still struggling, then it’s a problem of karma, or divine justice. Do you remember the teaching, “Seek the kingdom of God and his Justice and everything else will be given to you”? If you ONLY seek the kingdom of God by meditating or doing mantras, you’re missing the Justice part. Justice implies doing what is right. So I would scrutinize my behavior to determine whether or not I was breaking the law or stealing in any way. Though if you’re not sure, fasting on Fridays is the most effective way to temporarily relieve yourself of your most recent karma. So, I would summarize the above advice in four words: Saturdays meditate, Fridays fast.
• Appreciate money: Thank the Heavenly Spirit for your income.
• Donate money: Give 10% of your gross income to your source of new ideas and inner strength. If you lack such a source, give it to bearers of Truth and Justice.
After years of research I also came across the following quotes obviously intended for spiritual people:
★ “Love is never completely without resources, nor is it ever rich.” — Plato, Symposium: 203e
★ “Whoever does not fulfill the Will of God will become both rich and poor, while the one who does, will be neither rich nor poor.” — Beinsa Douno, The Wellspring of Good: The Service to God
★ “On Saturdays seek the kingdom of the soul and all things will be given to you.” — Jesus, The Essene Gospel Of Peace, Book Two
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There were many challenging steps, and this was a very difficult path. Because I couldn't grasp the concept of tithing, I changed that word to offering - so that if fit with my understanding. That may seem a small adjustment for many, but for me it was a hurdle I had to cross.
THE MOST difficult part of this guidebook was giving 10% of my gross income to where I received my spiritual food. When I wrote that first check in Feb 2012, my hand was literally shaking as I wrote the amount and signed the checks. I had NEVER done anything like this in my life -- so this became an enormous / giant leap of belief and understanding of the book's concepts. After the first month, it gradually got mentally "easier" to write the checks, and by the six month mark, I looked forward to reflecting back on the month of all the places I had received good energy and "spiritual food."
What changed...? At this stage -- now at 12 months -- I am much more at peace in my life. I have experienced abundance in ways that I could not have imagined. My relationships with family, friends, and in business have dramatically improved. Financially, my income increased 10% in Jan 2013, but before I could even get to the end of Jan, it increased another 26.6% that starts in Feb 2013 (as I write this).
I don't know if this book will help you, but I followed most of the suggestions, completing a financial inventory, and putting emphasis on offerings. I also made sure I cleaned up all of my past "financial baggage" (which was revealed to me over the year). Is it working? YES! And I wholeheartedly endorse this book to all that are looking to increase their prosperity. It WAS NOT EASY, but it is working for me and I was able to make changes that have improved my life.