Would you be willing to wake up tomorrow morning and not know who you were?
No? Well, this may seem far fetched, but what if that unwillingness were stopping you from being able to win the lottery, and keeping you from having everything else you’ve asked for in life as well?
How can this be so? The willingness to wake up and not know who you are forces you to live in the question, say Gary Douglas, best-selling author and founder of Access Consciousness, and his business partner, Dr. Dain Heer. This state was dramatized in the comedy with Drew Barrymore, “Fifty First Dates,” which Douglas recommends to his clients. If you were willing to wake up in the morning with no idea that there was a yesterday, you would have to be “true generative energy.” This is the energy that people are refusing to be, observe Douglas and Heer. This generative state they are refusing to be is exactly the energy that creates money. Yet most of us resist this apparently “brainless” state of complete creativity Douglas and Heer call generation because we are afraid it means we’re getting Alzheimer’s disease. That very resistance to being willing to live in the question blocks our ability to actually have everything we’re asking for—including great wealth.
Actually having what we’ve been asking for would require us to give up the limitations that we’ve identified as who we really are. It would require us to change who we think we are so much that most of the time we’re simply not willing to do it. If we were willing to give up these limitations that we believe define and identify us, we would be forced to live in the question.
Living in the question creates the very generative state from which money is created, they say. Even those who actually win the large lottery jackpots often suffer from this unwillingness to have as much change as is required to have the wealth they were asking for and even won, as the majority of them tend to return to a state of financial struggle 2-5 years after winning the jackpot. Because money is a parameter that is measurable, it is an especially dramatic demonstration of how much your life changes when your finances change. This is the change that lottery winners can’t handle, and it’s also the amount of change that many others of us refuse as well. “They believe they’re losing their whole being if they change their financial situation,” observes Heer. For this reason, we hold onto who we are at night when we go to bed, instead of waking up to a whole new perspective every day. If you would now consider being somebody totally different tomorrow, you might be able to take advantage of some of the other wisdom Douglas and Heer have regarding business and finance.
They identify three different required stages in the creation of anything, from a single project to great wealth. Those stages are generation, creation, and institution. Generation is the most apparently creative stage. It’s the original idea that’s the spark or inspiration for the project. Creation is the action steps required to bring your brilliant idea into existence. Institution is what’s required on a daily basis to maintain and continue your creation in existence. Even that state of generation that creative types most love can become an obstacle to creating the wealth you’re looking for.
If what you love most is the generative, creative state, you can keep yourself back at the beginning of projects where that creative state is required. You can become addicted to starting projects, because that’s where the generative state you love so much is prevalent. Your love of generation can keep you from following through with creation and institution, thus robbing you of the success, which your inspired ideas could truly bring you. Institution is the step that creative types often balk at. But ignore it at your peril, says Douglas. That very daily activity that you resist is what creates the platform on which your next generation, creation and institution are built. Without it, your brilliant ideas will not find fruition, or at least not the fruition that could be possible if you paid attention to those devilish details. All of these things would actually be more creative if you were willing to forget everything you thought you knew about what you were already doing. Then you’d have to find out what your life is every single morning. You would start creating because you had no idea what you had to create, and to institute because you’d have no idea what you were instituting yesterday.
Would you be willing to make your life that much of an adventure? How about now?