The Wealthy Spirit 
by Chellie Campbell

 

Many people spend their lives searching for the means to acquire tremendous financial wealth. They look to external resources to give them what they want, and are ultimately disappointed when their dreams don’t turn out the way they had planned. They either become incredibly wealthy at the expense of their spiritual well-being, family, and friends, or they never acquire the riches they’ve aspired to. In their disappointment, they discover they’ve lost all sense of self-worth. In The Wealthy Spirit, author Chellie Campbell offers an approach to achieving both spiritual and financial wealth. Every page presents a story about life and money, and includes a daily affirmation. With courtesy to Chellie, here follow two of her stories, in which, coincidentally, Paraview Literary Agency’s own Lisa Hagan plays a meaningful role.

 

I Am Blessed and I Am Thankful

 

“Great things are only possible with outrageous requests.” -- Thea Alexander

 

That you are reading this book today is a testament to the vision, resilience, drive, and determination of my wonderful agent, Lisa Hagan. Introduced through mutual friends, we took to each other immediately -- my people! -- signed a contract, and began the search for the right publisher. We E-mailed each other often along the way. There was interest, there were rejections, there were “yeah, buts.” Once we had a publisher who said yes, we cheered and celebrated -- for four days. Then the deal fell through. We were crushed.

Lisa E-mailed me the next day:

“I want to share something very special with you. This week I was feeling a little blue about losing your sale and I went home one night and pulled the covers over my head and stayed there until the next morning. But I awoke in the middle of the night and I prayed and prayed for guidance. I walk to work each day one mile and I use that time to thank God for all my many blessings; sometimes I say affirmations, sometimes I pray for friends, family, or someone I may have read about in the paper. That day I used one of your affirmations: ‘Money comes to me from an unexpected source.’ Well, it happened that very day. I sold a book that I had thought I would never sell but I just kept trying anyway. 

“When I was saying my prayers of gratitude that night, I said the same affirmation and a royalty check came in from a company that hadn’t been up to date in years. I thought, wow, well, I can’t very well say the same affirmation again, can I? So I just thanked God for all that He has given me, all the blessings and love that are in my life. Well, today in the mail three more checks came for clients that the publishing house was two years behind in paying. Three days in a row! Once again I am blessed and thankful.”

Change your attitude -- change your experience. Turn it over to God. Works every time.

I was delighted with this story and yet couldn’t help but notice that after two big successes with the affirmation, she thought, “Wow, well, I can’t very well say the same affirmation again, can I?” Isn’t that just how we human beings work? We ask God for help, He gives it, and then we get scared that we actually got what we asked for. Our prayers are powerful. But abundance makes us nervous.

I immediately flashed her back, saying, “Why not? It’s working! Always keep doing what’s working. You just got a little scared of your power. You are powerful -- and it’s great. Keep it up!”

 

Lisa’s Lessons: 

  1. When life gets gray, pray for guidance.

  2. When life gets great, pray your thanks.

  3. An attitude of gratitude creates abundance.

Today’s Affirmation: “Money is rushing to me from expected and unexpected places!” 

 

Sometimes You Have to Ask God for a Sign

 

“If only God would give me a clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss bank.” -- Woody Allen

 

There have been times when I have done everything with the hope of achieving my goals: building ships, sending out ships, dredging ships up from the bottom of the sea, rebuilding the ships, hiring new crews. I have tried to get the job done, but the job remains undone. I try to decipher whether I should keep trying or “know when to fold ‘em.” Is this goal not for me after all? Am I supposed to give up this one? How am I to know?

For months, my agent, Lisa Hagan, and I searched for a publisher for this book. Many rejections and several almost-deals later, I still didn’t have one. Meanwhile, a friend from my writers’ group had the most glorious success. She prepared her proposal, met with nine publishers, put up her book for auction, and got a six-figure advance! I was truly happy for her and celebrated her success. But I couldn’t help asking God, “Hey, what about me?” I was willing to do whatever it took to get a publisher. Lisa told me that most of the publishers disliked the original page-a-day structure, so I revised the proposal and rewrote the book as an eight-chapter narrative. I changed the packaging and paid to have a matching cover design for my audiotapes and videotapes. The new packages went out to publishers, and once again, Lisa and I waited.

Meanwhile, I had a conversation with God. I asked God for a Sign. I told Him I have done everything I knew how to do, and now I needed Him to show me -- clearly -- if this goal, this book, was meant for me or not. I let Him know that I am here to do His work, and that I was willing to get my poor human ego out of the way and give this up, if that was what He wanted me to do. But I needed a clear Sign to let me know whether or not to keep trying. 

Exactly two days later, Deb Werksman at Sourcebooks called to say she was interested in my book. We discussed the narrative version and then she asked, “What’s this page-a-day book that your agent told me about? She says everyone in her office uses it.” After I described it to her, she said, “I want to see that book.” It wasn’t long before I got another call from her: “I just got out of an acquisitions meeting and we would love to publish your book!”

And you know what? They bought the original version! 

God’s on duty 24/7. He’s just waiting for you to ask.

Today’s Affirmation: “Thank you, God, for giving me perfect time, money, love, luck, and health at all times now.” (Contributed by Carol Allen)

 

Copyright 2001, Chellie Campbell , The Wealthy Spirit, Sourcebooks

 

Books by Chellie Campbell:
The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction

 

Chellie Campbell’s website

 

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