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Man Says $57 million lottery win ruined his life!
Author - Ian Mansell
You know what sounds pretty great? Finding out you’ve won the jackpot in the lotto.
But you’ve read a newsfeed article headline “Man says $57 million lottery win ruined his life, died penniless and alone”, or something similar, haven’t you?
Do you hold a view that your life would improve and you would be a lot more successful? Many winners befall the so-called curse of lottery. About 70% of people who suddenly receive a windfall of cash will lose it within a few years, according to the National Endowment for Financial Education, and end up feeling like they haven’t won in life at all.
Have you wondered why?
There is some fascinating research on the psychology of lotteries. Studies have shown that winning the lotto doesn’t make people happier or successful long-term. Winners mostly report ending up about as happy and fulfilled as they were before winning. Further, as lottery winners become accustomed to the additional pleasures made possible by their new wealth, these pleasures are experienced as less intense and no longer contribute very much to their general level of happiness.
People have been shown to return to a kind of “set-point” of happiness and fulfilment after events. Some of us have a thermostat set to happy. Some are set to depressed. Over time, it returns to its usual setting.
However, there are things we can do to influence our own happiness and feelings of success and fulfilment
What is this thing called success? What does it look like? How does it feel? Will it make me happy? And how do you know when you have got it?
You came to this lifetime for one purpose only – to better live your own unique spiritual direction. To do better whatever it is you want to do as a soul. Real “success” is the result of real spiritual growth.
All of us will define “Success” and “Happiness” differently. That is because every one of us has a unique combination of strengths and weaknesses that need to be refined and worked over to lead a lifetime that will eventually bring us the sense of fulfilment, joy and achievement that comes from real spiritual growth.
Without an understanding of what that means – without knowing why you are here on this planet, without the wisdom to steer your life towards the experiences that will challenge your own perennial shortcomings – you will likely pursue a life devoted to the outward trappings of a “successful” life.
Often, people equate success with the ability to influence others. The possession of lots of possessions and the power to influence the behaviour of others.
By pursuing these, it is creating an artificial kind of respect from others - respect based not on love for wisdom but fear of your coercive power over them.
Wow! Isn’t this the cycle in which our societies have been caught up for centuries? Chasing power through the possession of wealth, influence and manipulation - all because of a lack of acknowledgement and respect of unique accumulated wisdom!
In an ideal world, leaders – the way-showers – are chosen according to the degree of wisdom and life experience they display. Those whose understanding of what is needed at any given moment for the best interests of the greatest number of people do deserve to be the most “successful” members of our society, the ones who can lead us all to a better place. (Whether that success involves gold-plated palaces and personal jet planes is irrelevant –look at Gandhi, who influenced whole nations from a deliberate position of poverty.)
So what’s missing in all this?
How can Living Illumination’s programs help break through these patterns of greed, superficiality and the never-fulfilled pursuit of ever-lasting happiness?
It is about becoming aware of your true spiritual nature and communicating with your own team of spiritual ‘sherpas’ - the guides you chose before you began this lifetime - who know where you want to go, know the best paths to the top and the location of the crevasses you need to avoid. Like all good sherpas, they supply the nourishment you need for your journey and the insights you need as you travel. They never abandon us when the going gets tough, and at the end of the journey, they are there to welcome us back home and regroup us of your experiences.
The Business of Life Workshop is the starting point, your Base Camp, your Induction. This is where you formally meet your team for the first time, start to learn the language you will be using with them, and establish ground rules for safe and successful communication with them. As the journey with them proceeds, they begin to unfold a much greater picture of who you are, and you start to understand why you have chosen this particular mountain to climb.
Whether you eventually reach the summit or have to turn back along the way is less important than the thrill of having stepped outside your familiar comfort zones and pushed yourself to the limit to discover who you really are and what you need to work on to reach the heights you aspire to.
This feeling of expansion is the essence of success.
You feel it in the Blockage Profile when you let go of our biggest fear.
You feel it through each step of the Pathways courses as you lose the concepts and misunderstandings that keep our minds closed to the power and potential of our energy.
You feel it when you get our Unique Vibration Profile and learn the true essence of our soul and the unique destination you have chosen for yourself to head towards.
And you feel it in every Trance Healing Clinic when you jettison another piece of unnecessary luggage to lighten our journey even more.
Outwardly, our success and happiness may not be apparent by the usual criteria. As you re-examine our life according to our newfound priorities, you may well abandon careers, possessions or relationships that are not serving us well. Our personality may mature away from gossip and trivia as you begin to discover our authentic selves. You seek new friends. And as you gradually transition from self-discovery towards outflow, you begin to transform our environment by manifesting the same love and true compassion that our angels have been giving to us.
Real spiritual growth is the only real success.
What can you do now?
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