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Week 41 – Dow Jones: Creating a new “spiritual” barometer


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Topic of the Week:

Dow Jones

“There are no tough times, hard knocks, or challenges that aren’t laden with emeralds, rubies, and diamonds for those who see them through.”

–Mike Dooley

What a week it’s been. On Friday, I had several conversations with people who are frightened about the welfare of our world, panicked about losing their hard-earned savings, and deeply concerned about the future for their children. During each exchange, I found myself thinking about what I would share in this week’s newsletter to help you. After all, all of us, regardless of where we live in the world, are being affected by these challenging times. So, in keeping with my reputation for writing from my own life experience, here’s what I’m doing:

  • Put limits on sensational, bad news. Remember that the media has an extremely short amount of time to get your attention, and an equal amount of short time to provide you with information. Fear grabs people quicker than good news. And, in addition to fear-based headlines that pull you in looking for help, it’s important to remember that there’s no way for you to get valuable advice in three to five minutes from a TV reporter. If you’re worried about your retirement savings or your kid’s college fund, for example, please do more in depth research. Check out sites like or to learn more about your particular situation and the best approach to take at this time.
  • Put limits on your interactions with pesky pessimists. Not only is it important to limit negative and sensational news, it’s just as important to limit your time spent with those who feed on drama, negativity and fear. Right now you need to surround yourself with people who are levelheaded, hopeful, and experienced in handling life challenges in a way that feels right to you. That’s not to say that you can’t be there for friends and family who need to talk about their concerns (or to share your own). You just need to make sure these conversations are constructive, not destructive, and that the negative ones don’t consume your precious time and energy.
  • Fill your head and heart with empowering information and inspiration. As much time as you spend sharing your fear and worries with safe people, spend even more time looking for what’s working in life. Are your loved ones healthy? Is your son or daughter happy in school? Does your cat or dog continue to provide you with endless love and laughter? Are you fortunate enough to have a job you enjoy? What you focus on expands so please put your energy into seeing a bright and prosperous future for us all by focusing on the goodness that exists all around you. To help, check out for great inspirational and empowering stories from around the world.
  • Become a source of hope and strength for others. I’ve found that over the last week, the one thing that consistently keeps me feeling hopeful and filled with faith is taking the time to remind others of their ability to weather this very difficult storm. By speaking empowering words, you not only bring hope to others, you bring hope to yourself as well. Remind your family members of what really matters: Them! Tell a co-worker that you believe he has what it takes to recover from this financial setback once the dust settles. Tell your children that the test of a person’s character is in how they handle life’s challenges and then go about the business of making them proud. Show the world your good side :).

Finally, those of us who are committed to becoming more conscious and caring people have an obligation to use our spiritual skill to hold a positive vision of the future for those who can’t right now. If you believe in the power of thought to transform our physical world – and I do – then now’s the time to use it. Here’s an idea:

Every single time you see or hear about the Dow Jones average, envision the numbers going up, up, up. Rather than seeing this instrument as a financial barometer, see it as a spiritual tool you can use to imagine a prosperous world for everyone. When the numbers go down, and they will off and on, keep raising them up in your mind. Believe it or not, it only takes a small percentage of people to make it happen. Will you be one of them?

p.s. – Why not forward this newsletter to family and friends and ask them to do the same. Let’s use our collective power to turn this setback into a steppingstone toward an even better world!

Take Action Challenge

Join the thousands of members of this community, and me, in using the Dow Jones (or your own country’s instrument) measuring device as a way to practice visualizing abundance. Let’s create a worldwide shift in consciousness, shall we? :-)

Life Makeover For The Year 2008 (sm) is written and produced by Cheryl Richardson. If you have any questions or comments, or for reprint permission of this newsletter, please email:  Copyright 1999-2008. Cheryl Richardson, P.O. Box 13, Newburyport, MA 01950. All rights reserved.