The Vacuum Law of Prosperity

At this time of year I usually start my annual clean up. I  go through my drawers and cupboards and I either throw out items I’ll never use or, I give them it away. It’s a habit I established more than 40 years ago, as a way of attracting more prosperity into my life, and it has served me well.

I was inspired to do this after reading The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity by Catherine Ponder, and when I was younger and very poor this book was my bible, and some of the principles covered in that book I still live by.

The one I wanted to write about today is creating a vacuum. Catherine says, “Basically the vacuum law of prosperity is this: if you want great good, greater prosperity in your life, start forming a vacuum to receive it!”  In other words, get rid of what you don’t want to make room for what you do want.

We all say, more often than we realise, how we wish we could have certain things. I have worked with clients who have said, I want more friends, but they don’t have any time to spend with these new friends. I’ve had many clients who have wanted more money yet the way they treat money and possessions indicates they don’t care about it, or their financial records are a mess. Many say they want more freedom, yet they don’t allow space in their lives for spontaneity.

What do you need to make room for?

Are you holding onto memories and possessions from a failed relationship?

Do you have a lot of old stuff you no longer use that could be money in your bank?

What are you afraid you’ll never be able to afford again?

If you would like to attract more of anything into your life I suggest that you go through each room and make an inventory of what needs to go.

I did this recently in my office, and even though I felt it was well organised to begin with I knew I didn’t want to store paper files in filing cabinets anymore. To start we cleared the tops of our filing cabinets and made room for plants or flowers as flowers have always been something that makes me feel prosperous.

Our record keeping is now mostly digital, and when we have finished checking all files, we’ll have more space.

Do you need to forgive yourself?

As you go through this clean up you may come across things you’ve wasted money one. Most of us have at some time or another. When we allow unused items, that were mistakes to begin with, to clog up our wardrobes and cupboards, we are constantly reminded of our mistakes. Forgive yourself for your mistakes and sell or give away the items.

I once worked with a client who was unable to clear away her clutter, even one drawer and that told me that there was a deeper meaning behind her clutter. I asked her to sit and ask the clutter what it was trying to tell her. She thought I was wacky but good-naturedly agreed and over the following weeks and months she gained so many insights into why her life was the way it was.

How to let go

Pick one room, one drawer at a time. Focus on one item and ask yourself:

Does this bring me joy?
Does it make my life easier?
Are there sentimental memories attached to it?
Will I ever use it?

If you don’t get any affirmative answers then bin it, sell it, or give it away.

When you let go of material possessions you need to emotionally let go as well. Then visualise what you want coming into the space that you’ve prepared.

Remember this, you never need to let something go if you want it. The aim here is to let go of things you don’t really use any more, that don’t enrich your life.

Focus on what you want to create?

Are any of the items in your home hindering you from doing that?

Are you making the most of what you have right now?

I’ve worked with so many people over the years who would not put any effort into a home because it was rented. I rented for 16 years before I bought my first home and I treated every home as if it was mine. That I believe is the secret to creating abundance. Love what you have right now. Treat everything and everyone with respect right now. Catherine Ponder says:

“When you have released, let go, and formed a vacuum for new prosperity, that is the time to do whatever you can to affect the rich feeling, the rich atmosphere, the rich look with your present substance. Mention the apparent lack or vacuum to no-one. …Do not talk about hard times or the necessity for strict economy. Do not think how little you have, but how much you have. This is the time to use your best china and silver, and to eat by candlelight, even if your menu only consists of pork and beans….Quietness and confidence is your strength when there is a need for greater prosperity”.

These principles have worked for me for over 30 years and I can attest that they do work.









When Preparation Meets Opportunity

There is an old saying that ‘luck happens when preparation meets opportunity’. My experience has been that miracles occur when you prepare for what you want. I first read about this principle many years ago in Catherine Ponder’s book, The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity. Catherine said and I’m paraphrasing here, ‘You have to create a void so that there is a space for what you want to come into’.

I started reading Catherine’s books in the seventies and I still practice what I learnt then today. The moment I set any goal I start preparing to receive it. It’s a habit that has served me well. When I wanted to find my perfect work I would walk around the city of Sydney in my lunch break and pick out the buildings I wanted to work in. I thought about the type of people I wanted to work with. I decided on the type of clothes I wanted to wear to work and I wrote every choice down. Keeping a list of what I wanted enabled me to focus my attention on what I wanted to create rather than the frustration I experienced working in a office full of office politics where you never knew who to trust. At that stage life coaching didn’t exist as a career choice.

Keeping a list also meant that whenever a job opportunity came along I had a checklist to compare it against. The job I took at that time changed my life and matched every item on my list except one, it wasn’t my own business. However, within six months I was offered the opportunity to carry on that business under a franchise type agreement, so ultimately that choice matched every item on my list.  This job turned out to be my ideal job for a good number of years. It prepared me well,  and provided me with so many opportunities and credibility for the career of training life coaches that was yet to come.

Preparation can take many forms from creating a physical space, making time, studying, creating order, looking after your body, being coached, to acting like the person you want to be. Preparing for what you want is a way of allowing no doubt that you will achieve your dream. However, how you do this is vitally important because I’ve known people who have thrown in their jobs, or packed up their houses in preparation for moving to their perfect home and it hasn’t happened.

Any form of preparation needs to support you to keep your focus on what you want to create. If you gave up your job in order to make way for a job that you would love and you didn’t find that job straight away, it is more than likely your focus would shift away from your goal and onto worrying about money. However, by staying in that job and preparing your resume, making sure you have the clothes to match the position, being very clear on what you want to attract even if you don’t know the job title are activities that will support you.

If you want to achieve a financial goal, save some money specifically for that goal that you use for no other purpose. It is never about the amount of money that you save what is most important, is that you are getting ready for the opportunity to arrive.

If you want more friends, create time to spend with them. Create a space where you can socialise, for most people this is their home. Is your home in such a state that you could invite anyone over at any time? Do you have enough clothes to wear out to social engagements? Are you fit enough to participate in some of the leisure activities you like?

If you want to share your life with someone look at your bedroom, is it full of clutter? Clear out your wardrobe, create a space for the other person’s clothes. Get rid of, or put away, mementos from old loves. Create a space for them to move into.

If you want more harmony in your life look at ways you can create harmony within. Choose values to act upon that make you feel good about yourself. Watch your thoughts, make sure they focus on what you want to create, not the problems surrounding you. Create pockets of harmony throughout your day, this could be in your lunch break or travelling to work, focus on how good it feels to be at peace. Make time to meditate every day even if it’s only for 10 minutes.

Preparation supports you to focus on what you want to create. It enables you to find a way where there appears to be no way. Preparation takes a lot of stress out of life. When preparation meets opportunity, miracles happen.