Chapter II – Part 13

$ How was it today?

$ Fantastic! I shared with Martha my epiphanies related to abundance.

$ You haven’t attracted clients with financial challenges for a long time. What do you think: what is it for?

$ Do you remember my old project of building a really big language centre?

$ You’re exaggerating. It’s not that old. It’s only nine years old.

$ I love you, too.

$ What were you going to tell me about the project?

$ Two things. Firstly, I haven’t made this dream of mine come true yet because my ego is the mainspring of my actions in this respect: I!!! I want!!! I know!!! I can!!! Implementation of this project would boost my ego, so I don’t even get started because my self-preservation instinct reminds me that every decision driven by ego will conspire against me.

$ That appeals to me. Your ego as big as Duomo in Milan is doing really fine. And the other thing?

$ I lay it down because such an investment implies diverting amounts with one zero more.

$ Which implies confronting your own vision of abundance: x zeros – yes; x+1 zeros – no.

$ Exactly. And the whole old guard: fear of losing, resistance to change, leaving you comfort zone.

$ What vision have you got when you think about this centre?

$ I can see a hot country.

$ Why is it necessary?

$ I noticed long time ago that the weather had an impact on many people. If it rains or snows, if it is cold you are much more motivated to sip wine in front of your fireplace than to work on yourself or on your languages.

$ And when it is really hot you are much more motivated to stay in a shadow on a beach.

$ Every pot has two handles. Anyway, I can see a hot country.

$ What else?

$ A sea. Or an ocean. A beach. Sand. Our centre is on a hill or on a not very tall mountain. It sleeps up to 100 people.

$ So it’s a centre and a hotel. Did you build it yourself?

$ No, I didn’t. It has been there. For centuries maybe. It used to be monastery or something of this kind because I can sense a contemplative atmosphere there. And I can see very thick walls: they keep you warm in winter and protect you from the heat in summer.

$ How does it differentiate from competitors, let alone the atmosphere?

$ You can come to our place, enjoy warm climate, water, fruit and do something for yourself: attend yoga, tai chi, dance, language workshops. In a new land, among strangers, when your body is relaxed and got rid of the everyday stress you can discover layers of new talents or invisible obstacles that hindered your development so far.

$ It doesn’t appeal to me. I prefer laying and doing nothing. What else can you see?

$ Many semi-wild cats in the neighborhood of the hotel.

$ That’s nice.

Chapter II – Part 12

I don’t like it.

$ Tell me all about it.

$ Firstly, I don’t understand what I’m writing.

$ That’s why we need the translation of the text.

$ Secondly, I have 3 particles, a measure word, past. First I have to learn grammar.

$ Vera drew my attention to the fact that learning grammar is not a prerequisite in learning languages. Tell me, when you were a kid, while learning your mother tongue, did you learn grammar?

$ Of course not.

$ Precisely. Learning grammar is good for grammar freaks, who are a minority. While decoding, your task is to observe and draw conclusions. Let’s get colors involved in learning. They will support the work of your right brain. Particle 1 – paint it in green, 2 – red, 3 – yellow. For the measure word you can choose a symbol instead of a color, too. Past – blue. Decode, observe. Soon you will know where they put particle 1, when they use it and what it expresses. Now we can move to Step 2. Active listening. Look at the decoded text and listen to the original until you are sure you understand the recorded text so good as if it were in your mother tongue.

$ It means: how many times?

$ It depends solely on you. While listening, imagine the scene: the boy, the girl, the pictures etc. so that your right brain gets involved again. Let’s get started.

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$ Now the decoding makes much more sense to me.

$ I’m happy to hear that. Step 3. Passive listening. You’re working, cooking, tidying up and in the background there is the record of your text. Don’t pay attention to it. Just let it teach you. You certainly observed children who physically participate in adults’ conversations, but are immersed in their play. They seem not to pay attention to what the adults say, nevertheless, after they come home, they are able to replay the conversations: and aunty Carol said….

$ Yes, they are incredible with this. Do I have to listen to the same texts over and over? Why not just switch on the Chinese radio or TV?

$ You are free and you don’t have to do anything. Vera encourages to listening passively to the texts we already know from decoding. However, Vera didn’t know you while she was writing the book about her method, right?

$ No doubt about it.

$ Stand up on your uniqueness. If you feel totally negative at the very thought of listening passively to what you have decoded and you feel attracted to listening to the Chinese radio, follow this. Find out what serves you the best.

$ But I’m not an expert in teaching languages! What if I harm myself?

$ Many entities of organized education batten on the fact that students don’t believe in themselves, that they don’t trust their instincts. Their professionalism would be severely tested if all students had enough courage to admit that they – not the teachers – are the experts in the realm of their own life, including their command of foreign languages.

$ If I lack this self-confidence I can lose long years and not plant it in myself, consequently, for years I am not able to learn a language. And if I enroll to a course, a specialist is my guide.

$ You can enroll to a course and miss classes for many reasons.

$ Tell me something I don’t know.

$ You can attend classes, make no progress and blame your teacher for it.

$ Right.

$ You can change courses incessantly looking for the one.

$ What are you pointing at?

$ Changing something outside, e.g. enrolling to a language course doesn’t change anything inside. The change comes from inside and goes outside. Are you moved?

$ It intrigued me.

$ Step 4 is left. I’m going to suggest 3 types of exercise that you do after step 1, 2, and 3. You can use the following plan:

Unit I II III IV V
Mon Step 1        
Tue Step 2 Step 1      
Wed Step 3 Step 2 Step 1    
Thu Step 4 Step 3 Step 2 Step 1  
Fri   Step 4 Step 3 Step 2 Step 1
Sat     Step 4 Step 3 Step 2
Sun       Step 4 Step 3
          Step 4

 

etc.

Or skip Step 3 in your plan since you prefer listening to the Chinese radio on every opportunity. Exercise 1. Look at the decoded text. Play the first sentence. Stop. Repeat the original version. Let’s do it.

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Exercise 2. The other way round. Look at the decoded text, say the original version of the first sentence and check with the CD whether what you said was correct or not. Is it clear?

$ Yes, it is.

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I’m not completely sure whether what I say is correct or not.

$ You can hear what is recorded, can’t you? And you can hear yourself, right?

$ Yes, I can, but I’m not sure if I don’t make any mistakes.

$ Trust yourself. Believe that today you’re doing it the best way you can. Life, i.e. genuine conversations in a foreign language, will show you that you can speak this language properly.

$ And what if people don’t understand me?

$ It’s going to be all right, too. I called Milan International Fair last month.

- Fira di Milan, buon giorno

- Hello, B. Adler Cork speaking. Can I talk to…

- O! Please! Can you speak English?

I said to myself: I don’t know. Can I?

$ No! It really happened?! Very funny!

$ That’s what I think. Exercise 3. Look at the decoded text and put its original version down.

$ I’m not going to do that. I only want to learn how to speak Chinese.

$ Sure thing. Let exercise 3 serve you in learning other languages then and let’s call it a day.

Chapter II – Part 11

Vera opened my eyes to the fact that children learn their mother tongue first in their mothers’ wombs, 9 months long, only listening. Then they come to this world and only listen, even for some years.

$ And we are forced to read and speak at the very first lesson.

$ Vera points out the same thing. With a certain nostalgia you mentioned today that children learned so naturally. To me, it is easier to learn a language when you are adult than when you are a child. Children are not only supposed to learn a language but also the whole reality: what’s love, what’s a chamber pot, what’s wind. We already know that and we just need to put on this knowledge a web in a foreign language. Secondly, we already know how to learn, and the more you learn the easier you learn: since I learned this and that I’ll manage to learn something else. Vera says: nothing motivates in a more efficient way than your own success. After that, when you are adolescent, hormones are a giant obstacle.

$ Hahaha!

$ There’s nothing to laugh about.

$ Right. Relevance of this observation has amused me.

$ What I’m saying does not refer to people who are not interested in many things and/or don’t nurture their potential passions. Their information web is underdeveloped in their mother tongue; consequently, putting on a web in a foreign language comes across many obstacles.

$ That makes sense to me. If I understand texts in my mother tongue with an effort, this effort will not disappear on its own if the text is in the foreign language that I’m learning.

$ I’d like to add to this the fact that the more things I’m interested in in my mother tongue, the more attractive the process of learning a foreign language seems to me. Do you remember what you imbibed like a sponge while learning a foreign language?

$ At the dentist’s. Everything connected with travelling, with other countries. And with food.

$ No comment. Before we take up step 3, let me show you what books are the most adequate for this method and we’ll make step 1 and 2 together. Have a look at this self-study guide. Every unit starts with a vocabulary list. This is essential for the beginners so that they don’t need to look up every word in a dictionary and take a risk of getting stuck when it turns out that the meaning of a word is described on 16 pages. From pre-intermediate on, you can work with a regular dictionary. Another option consists in staying in touch with somebody who speaks the language you’re learning and who can prepare lists like that. Then there is the original text: we are going to decode it. Underneath there is its translation which is very helpful if the decoded text sounds so strange that you don’t understand it. Later on, in this very book there are exercises, however, they are not indispensable in this method. And of course we need a CD or another medium with recorded texts. Here you are: your vocabulary list and we can get started.

- 听说, 你要去北京了?

- 对啊. 公司让我去北京办点儿事儿.

- 什么时候走?

- 下星期三.

- 你对北京很熟悉了吧?

- 当然. 你看这些照片. 这是故宫, 着是颐和园…

- 你登过长城吗?

- “不到长城非好汉”, 我怎么能不登长城呢?

- 你还去对 别的城市吗?

- 上海, 西安, 成都… 我都去过. 可是, 有一个地方我还没去过.

- 什么地方?

- 你的家.

- 欢迎你去呀! 要是你想去的话, 我陪你一起去. 但是, 你得给我买机票.

$ – Hear say, you want go Beijing particle?

- Well [exclamation], company let I go Beijing do business.

- What time leave?

- Next Wednesday.

- You with Beijing very familiar [particle] [particle].

- Of course. You look those pictures. This is Imperial Palace, this is Summer Palace.

- You climb [past] Great Wall whether?

- Not to Great Wall not good Han. I how can not climb Great Wall [particle]?

- You also go [past] other cities whether?

- Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu, I all go [past]. But, have one [measure word] place I still not go [past].

- What place?

- Your home.

- Welcome you go exclamation! If you think go if, I accompany you together go. But, you must for me buy ticket.

Chapter II – Part 10

$ Since the issue of traveling showed up, I feel consolidated in encouraging you to answering the question: what do I need riches for? Anyway, coming back to Birkenbihl. She draws a lot from Montessori’s method, e.g.: Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed. Or: help me to do it alone. Generally, Vera often refers to how children learn the language.

$ You can’t copy that anymore. Children learn in such a natural way.

$ I’m going to hark back on that in a second. It all started when Vera graduated from psychology and specialized in research on how human brain works. There was a time she needed to learn a new language very quickly so she enrolled to a regular language course and couldn’t master the language. She found out that traditional methods were contrary to the way the human brain works, that they were not brain-friendly. If I learn today that the dialogue:

- Zai Xibanya xiuxi ma?
- Bu xiuxi. Gongzuo.
- Wo ye zai gongzuo.

means:

- Are you on holiday in Spain?
- No, I’m not. I’m working.
- I am at work, too.

when I want to say in one month’s time:

- Are you on holiday in Spain?

I’ll probably start looking for the word “holiday” in my brain. The brain needs information structured in a different way, that’s where the first step in Vera’s method come from: so called decoding. Look at the example:

欢迎你去呀!要是你想去的话,我陪你一起去。但是,你得给我买机票。

Here is the translation:

You’re welcome! If you want to go, I can keep you company but you have to buy me a ticket.

Decoding is a “translation” word for word:

welcome you go exclamation! If you think go if, I accompany you together go. But, you must for I buy airplane ticket.

$ It looks like arduous work!

$ You can make arduous work pleasant. Our clients take advantage of two main ways. Firstly, they work in groups: I’m decoding chapter 1, you – 2, he – 3, I – 4, you – 5, he – 6 etc. Secondly, which refers mainly to levels from pre-intermediate on, they decode only those parts of the texts that are new, complex etc. to them. Nevertheless, from my observation, decoding with all its strenuous traits, pays off. Assuming that mastering a given text = 100%, decoding gets you to 60-80%.

$ Is the aim to learn the text by heart?

$ By the way. In fact, what does it mean to speak a language? It means – among others things – that I know some texts, sentences, expressions, dialogues by heart and I know how to juggle them.

$ So in my opinion it is easier to learn the text by heart from the very beginning. Assuming that I understand it.

$ For sure it is easier. And faster. So what? If my texts are not structured by decoding I won’t be able to use them when I want to compose my own statement. No, that’s not the way it is. I will be able to use them but I’ll only utter quotations, at least when I am a beginner. E.g.: Where are you from? I come from Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia. What if I don’t come from Zagreb? Forgive me the stupidity of my illustration. Vera puts an enormous emphasis on listening. That’s why step 2 in her method is so important. Here I’d like to come back to the question of children.

Chapter II – Part 9

$ Last time I promised to tell you about Vera F. Birkenbihl whose approach to foreign languages revolutionized my work. Let’s get started with a test, brilliant in its simplicity, a language talents test.

1. Do you generally understand what people say (on the radio, when people talk to you etc.)?
2. Do you read fluently (newspapers, books etc.)?
3. Are you generally able to express what you want to say?
4. Can you write?

If you answered “yes” four times, it means, there is no obstacle for you to master a foreign language. Birkenbihl puts it like this: if somebody is able to communicate fluently in their mother tongue, there’s no reason why they couldn’t do it in a foreign language. Of course, I can come across challenges. E.g. if I don’t like reading at all in my mother tongue, if I prefer calling to writing an email, I transfer this pattern to the process of learning foreign languages: I won’t like reading in a foreign language, I will prefer calling to writing.

$ Fortunately, it’s not about me. Are people who don’t like either reading or writing doomed to having problems in learning a foreign language?

$ Not more than in case of learning their mother tongue. The number of functional illiterates (people who learned a language at home and at school, nevertheless, they don’t understand much of what they read or listen to) seems to grow every year, which doesn’t obstruct the communication – more or less successful – in our language. Ages ago, in China, hardly anybody could read and write. Books were “read” by people in this way: a group of people learned the content by heart and then recited to the others. A person from another group remembered the content and repeated to the next group. Did it obstruct communication or development of the culture and the language?

$ Evidently not.

$ Talking about China. A method similar to the Birkenbihl’s was used there in teaching Chinese. Mothers read their children e.g. Laozi Daodejing (Tao Te Ching). Look at an excerpt: Bù chū hù, zhī tiān xià. Bù kuī yǒu, jiàn tiān dào. Qí chū mí yuǎn, qí zhī mí shǎo. Shì yǐ shèng rén bù xíng ér zhī, bù jiàn ér míng, bù wéi ér chéng.

$ O, everything is clear!

$ That’s what I’m saying. It means: You don’t have to go out the door to know what goes on in the world. You don’t have to look out the window to see the way of heaven. The farther you go the less you know. So the wise soul doesn’t go, but knows; doesn’t look, but sees; doesn’t do, but gets it done. The text was read until the child learned it by heart. Then she handed in the written version:

不出戶、知天下。不 闚 牑 、見天道。其出 彌遠、其知彌少。是以聖人不行而知、不見而名、不爲而成。

and told the child to recite the text and follow the signs. After the kid “read” the texts by Laozi, Kongzi and others they knew the signs the texts included and could discover other texts, omitting the first phase, i.e. learning the text by heart.

$ The verses you have chosen attracted my attention. How can you get to know the world without leaving your house? And does it make sense? After all, travelling is fascinating. I love experiencing.

$ Let me share my point of view with you. Imagine that a person A is going to India. I am mentioning this country on purpose because you can either love India or hate India. The person A feels at home in India. They love the climate, colors, tastes, beautiful people. They experience spiritual and religious rebirthing in Varanasi. They come to the conclusion that our civilization has watches – theirs has time; we have knowledge – they know how to live; we have money – they have consciousness of possessing everything they need. They come back home completely changed and overwhelmed. They talk about it to a person B with such a passion that they encourage them to go to India. The person B comes back and says: you lied to me. It is dirty there, it stinks, nothing works properly, they are primitive and so on. Both went to get to know the world and everyone got to know…

$… themselves.

$ Right. A trip to a remote corner of the planet will only create a different context, where I’ll find out more about myself. However, I have myself at my disposal without going for a long trip.

$ So why more and more people enjoy the possibility of travelling instead of closing the door of their little wood houses and meditating? Of course, I belong to them, too.

$ What is your answer?

$ I don’t know. Laozi’s approach is totally new to me.

$ In spite of the fact that Laozi lived b.C. So many people travel, they come back suntanned, they talk about their exotic experience, they show pictures, they prove they can afford it, that I say: I want to live like this, too. I don’t ask myself the question: do I choose sunbathing or wrinkles? Do I feel like losing time to look for the place where I can get the best shots instead of inhaling a new atmosphere? Just the opposite. I’m still on one trip and I’m planning the next one. My ego needs that at parties, while travel-dropping, to be able to send an email: sorry for my late reply but I was in Japan (as if you couldn’t be on a short trip to Japan or spend many days in my garden with no Internet access) or on the phone: I’ll call you when I come back from Mexico. You can even make a joke out of it.

$ Namely?

$ I’ll call you as soon as I come back from Mexico. When are you coming back? I’m not going.

$ That’s a good one.

Chapter II – Part 8

$ A woman traveled a great distance to bring her son to Gandhi and said “Please Bapu, tell my child not to eat sugar”. Gandhi asked the woman to leave and come back in thirty days. She agreed returning in 30 days with her son. “We are back Bapu” she said, “please tell my son not to eat sugar”. Gandhi tenderly looked at her son and said “My son, stop eating sugar”. The boy immediately agreed. His mother asked Gandhi “Bapu, why did you make us go away, only to travel the long distance and return in 30 days?”. Replied Gandhi “Because 30 days ago, I was still eating sugar.

$ Excellent. So if I want to change my finance I start from changing myself. I’m dying to know how to do that.

$ Today you did a lot in this respect: you admitted aloud that there was a problem. You asked yourself the question: is my catholic guilt a potential source of it? You opened yourself to my perspective of living in abundance. Let it grow in you. If you feel like it, answer to yourself: what do I need money for? Listen to an example: I have chosen living in abundance and the role of a winner. I can influence my life and I am responsible for it. I trust myself. With courage I listen to my heart. My imagination keeps on suggesting how I can earn money. I am able to chose the best job for me. I let others help me achieve professional fulfillment. There is enough riches for everybody. Without doing anything that isn’t play, I attract abundance easily. My faith in the success of my enterprises is unswerving. I expect the best and I get it. I deserve that all my need be met. I get everything I need. I am able to offer so much that I attract people from all over the world, who can’t wait to pay for my ideas and their fruits. Getting rich, I broaden my horizons. I can do more good things with money than without. I can enjoy my life to the full. The more I earn, the better I reach my targets. I can focus on what is really important to me. With more impetus I can devote myself to my fascinations and through this I can be myself completely. Money increases my power and shows to others that our potential is limitless. It is like wax, thanks to which I go smoothly through my life. It gives me freedom to buy what I need or possessing of what I want to experience and freedom in my time management. With money I create more jobs and at the same time more opportunities for other people to be fulfilled. Everything I spend comes back to me multiplied by thousands. My income grows when I work, play and sleep. When I spend more money, I put into circulation more money and it is valuable for everybody who gets it. I easily fill my mind with messages that support me in making my dreams come true. I will always have money. I feel safe with my wealth. I am rich, kind, generous and caring and I can pass my lifestyle on next generations. I choose happiness regardless of what people around me do, think and say. I have a right to be happy in every aspect of my life for free.

Is it ok for now?

$ I feel exhausted.

$ Anyway, now I’m going to motivate you to improve your finance because I want to introduce to you a method of learning languages that changed my professional life and encouraged me to take up Chinese.

$ Sounds interesting.

Chapter II – Part 7

$ It’s easy for plants and animals.

$ For a human being it’s easy, too if they know who they are and remain themselves. Look at those two plants: wild strawberry and welwitschia. Wild strawberries need the shadow of the forest and its humidity. If they landed on the Namib desert, they would live a couple of hours. Welwitschias are able to get by on the Namib desert: their roots can reach up to 30 m, they know how to extract water from the fog over the ocean. And humans? They are born sparrows, want to convince the whole world that they are tigers and can’t understand why they are tired all the time and why all their bodies are aching. And the best thing: “do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Brilliant! That’s one of the aim of the meditation: to remember or to see what it is like to be here and now. Mark Twain said: I’ve had thousands problems in my life, most of which never actually happened. “Give us today our daily bread.” Today you have all the money you need, don’t you?

$ I don’t have money to buy a yacht.

$ I love this example! Do you really need a yacht today?

$ No, but if we follow like this it will turn out that most of my financial worries refer to the things that I don’t need in fact.

$ That’s what Forrest Gump’s mother used to say: there’s only so much fortune a man really needs, and the rest is just for showing off. And do you remember how Forrest commented a call from lieutenant Dan informing that he got him invested in some kind of fruit company and saying: we don’t have to worry about money no more?

$ No, I don’t remember. What did he say?

$ That’s good. One less thing. The fifth thing. Persistence in prayers. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Every time I read about bread, stone, fish and snake I feel moved.

$ And what about the rich young man?

$ In my opinion, riches were not his problem; pride was. And maybe trading with God, too. God, I don’t murder, I don’t commit adultery, I don’t steal etc, so what do I lack? In other words: admit it: I’m better than the others. Jesus in this story found his weak point. And we started from stating that catholic guilt can block your way to riches.

$ That was a very, very long digression.

$ How are you doing now?

$ I feel more scared.

$ More scared?!

$ Yes, because I’m overwhelmed by the conviction that only I am responsible for my finance. Not my boss, not the world economy, not the market. Only me. You quoted Gandhi to me once…

$ Be the change you want to see in the world.

$ That’s the one!

$ And did I tell you the story of Gandhi and a fat boy?

$ No, tell me now.

Chapter II – Part 6

$ Coming back to the abundance in your religion. Firstly, faith and healing. Secondly, “your sins are forgiven.” How many times have I given up the idea of doing something because it didn’t work before? “Your sins are forgiven” sounds like: I reset your hard disk, counter at zero, act as if this old program has never been there. When my sins are forgiven I don’t torture myself with beliefs like: oh, no, it’s not for me, I’m not good enough, riches are for others. Let me tell you a story about my beloved Thomas Edison. While he was working on a battery… In fact, his intention was to invent a battery. That was his system: he found out what the humanity lacked and he invented it. And he thought to himself: why not close electricity in a box and take it out according to your needs? So he had been working on the discovery of a battery for quite a long time and since he was already very famous the world was interested in his work. One day, a journalist was interviewing him and asked: Mr. Edison, Sir, is it true that you have failed 10,000 in inventing a battery? And Edison said: I haven’t failed 10,000 times. I have found 10,000 ways that won’t work. Thirdly, love your enemies.

$ What’s loving my enemies got to do with finance?

$ “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

$ And?

$ A so called enemy is my reflection. If I love them, I love myself, too; if I get angry at them, I attract more anger to my life. Who can be my “enemy” in finance?

$ All those who send me invoices. Tax Office. Clients who don’t pay in due time. In this context, I understand what you say about my reflection. I often don’t pay an invoice before a get a reminder in a recorded letter, either.

$ So how can I express my love to my enemies in this aspect?

$ Paying in due time.

$ In due time and with love, which means above all with joy. “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

$ And what the fuck am I to rejoice in paying my bills?

$ Being rich. Being able to afford an apartment in a big city, a super car, beautiful clothes. The fact that a Big Bank (they know a lot about finance, don’t they?) found me rich and decided to offer me a loan.

$ And I am not sure whether I can afford it or not. Maybe I live beyond my means.

$ “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Fourthly, too many worries. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? [...] Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” I used to be outraged while reading this part because I perceived it an encouragement to doing nothing: legs on the desk, Lord, you created me like this, so that’s what you have. I’m your child, so feed me and dress me. But it reads clearly here: don’t worry  t o o  m u c h. Consequently, I can worry  a  l i t t l e  and secondly, a little worry doesn’t exempt me from any duties. A bird does not sow or reap or store away in barns, nevertheless, all day long it flies and looks for worms and grains, escapes from cats and when the mating comes, it sings to the bitter end, weaves nest, makes love, lays eggs and so on. Flowers of the field do not labor or spin, nevertheless all they long they are busy assimilating CO2. In the time of draught, they puzzle out how to elongate the root; if it’s very wet, they focus on the strategy: roots close to the ground. Busy all the time doing their job.

Chapter II – Part 5

$ What makes you think you will always have money?

$ That was exactly my reaction. I needed a shift in consciousness to start seeing the things the way he had been seeing them.

$ How did you do that?

$ Ironically, I found many sources of abundance in the religion you mentioned today.

$ I don’t get this. Jesus was poor, apostles were poor. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for….” they something something. Where do you have an approval of abundance? Unless after the death. “Die now. Pay later”.

$ Let me explain. Firstly, the conviction that anything is possible for God. Sarah gives birth to Isaach, her first child, when she’s 90.

$ Hahahaha!

$ I’m happy you’re laughing because saaq means “he laughed”. I love reading about God and Abraham: “He took him outside and said, ‘Look up at the sky and count the stars —if indeed you can count them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your offspringbe.’ And now the most important part: “Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.” It tells me: I give you everything you dream about, if it is not there in your life, have a closer look at your faith. Max Lucado says that in the Bible there are 125 ways to express courage and only 8 ways to express love. In a similar frame I perceive miraculous healing. How many people are worried about their finance because they have always been relatively healthy and they couldn’t see how much more valuable the health is than the possessions?

$ Or, what is worse, they worry about their finance just in case they ruin their health and spend everything on doctors and hospitals.

$ Exactly! So if your religion talks so much about miraculous healing of the body from an illness, healing a situation from a financial drop seems to be one of the potential applications of “Your faith has healed you”.

$ I start realizing that deep in my heart I don’t believe that one day I could be really wealthy.

$ What does it mean to you to be really wealthy?

$ You know. To have money to pay your bills in due time, with not much effort, without cutting costs in every corner, to go on holidays abroad, to buy clothes, presents. To save something for a rainy day.

$ That can be surprising: from my observation rich people definitely think more in numbers.

$ You mean they convert everything into money?

$ It depends on the intention. If I convert everything into money because I can see opportunities to make money everywhere, then yes. If I convert everything into money because one day we can run out of money, then rather not. That’s what the parvenus do. They do have money and mentally they are still stuck in shortage. Rich people know how much things cost, how much they spend and on what, they control money, money doesn’t control them. I can perform this control with my accountant, a computer program etc. It doesn’t matter.

$ Why do I need to control e.g. my expenses on food. If I am rich, I can afford exquisite food, I’m not a compulsive eater.

$ Let me tell you something. Since I left my parents’ house my mom often asked me: how much do you spend on this? how much do you spend on that? And I always protested: mom, I can afford every caprice. Do you want me to do statistics for the statistics’ sake? After my mom passed away, for some nostalgic and sentimental reasons, I started to keep strict account of my domestic expenses: payment → bill → a note in an adequate category. And I don’t check whether I have spent on sweets more or less this month than last month. I just have my finger on the pulse. And you know what? I have always more money in my wallet. I have no idea why.

$ Maybe I’ll try it too.

Chapter II – Part 4

I don’t like my company’s policy which is: the centre is supposed to make money. So what is really my highest joy? Patients with disastrous teeth. I enjoy somebody else’s drama.

$ What would your centre offer then?

$ Conscious prevention. We would train people in schools, kindergartens, hospitals, too.

$ You would leave treatment to your colleagues.

$ No, I wouldn’t. We would offer regular treatment, too but with no pressure on the financial result. You know, I feel disgusted with myself when say it’s the 27th day of the month and I am 8,000 away from my target. And my regular customer comes, she takes exceptional care of her teeth, she has a tiny hole near an old filling – a poppy seed, in fact, not even a hole. It can be there for ages without doing any harm. If I were her I wouldn’t touch it and I would observe it. And what do I do? I fix it! Because it is an opportunity to take out the old filling and … I have earned 1,000. The worst thing is, it is legal. And in accordance with the dental art. Besides, I have been persecuted by the fear that if I had a real fortune I’d listen to an investment advisor and lose everything. Because I am a dentist, not a stock market investor or specialist in finance. And then I would regret till the end of my days that I hadn’t put this money on a bank account and I would never catch up on my loss.

$ Let me tell you how genuinely rich people approach that. One of my high school friends is among the Forbes 100 richest people. That’s what I call ‘rich’ in this context. I hadn’t seen him for about 8 years, in the meantime there was this giant stock market crash. And when we met he asked me whether I invested in stock or not. I said I had and added I hadn’t got too much involved in this. I tried this role, didn’t get deep into the details, earned a little and the adventure was over for me. And you? – I asked him. And he answered: I lost a lot at the stock exchange. Actually, I lost everything at the stock exchange. At the time of our meeting his company was almost 20 years old and he was building a cats grit plant. He started his business at the college and concentrated merely on the therapy cats. And you know, when he said that bluntly, when he stated matter-of-factly: I lost a lot at the stock exchange. Actually, I lost everything at the stock exchange in the context of the giant building of his plant he let me realize that riches was a way of thinking and an attitude, not money, real estate, possessions. In any case, he used to be like this in the high school. He used to work all holiday long and buy a car afterwards. By the way, today you said that if somebody were rich they didn’t need to work. For sure you know which clients of yours are rich. Don’t they work?

$ On the contrary. The richer, the busier. What is interesting, it applies to their wives, too although they are housewives mainly.

$ So you see, it pays off to be moderately rich: you don’t need to work a lot. Kidding. Anyway, my high school friend worked when we were relaxing on holiday. One day, we were already college students, we went for a walk and I felt like having a drink. I entered a shop and bought myself water. My friend’s company lived a period of transition then and had temporary financial challenges. O! Precisely! Poor people go bankrupt, rich people live a period of transition and have temporary financial challenges.

$ Hahaha!

$ I’m not joking! That’s a totally different perspective. So he didn’t have a penny on him and he asked: will you buy me a drink too, please? I said: what do you want? And you know what he chose? The most expensive peach nectar in a big bottle. I was appalled! Not only did he “wheedle” money from me but also chose so immodestly. I couldn’t put up with it and I asked him: explain to me please what it is like: you don’t have a penny on you and you choose the most expensive drink. And I remember the look in his eyes. He was like 170 lb of astonishment. And you know what he said? I will always have money. At that time it was unthinkable to me. Now I know: I will always have money.