Can I just say that I love the title of this book? A Happy Pocket Full of Money. By David Cameron Gikandi.
Yes! That is a beautiful visual – a pocket overflowing with cash. LOVE it!
Needless to say, the title drew me in. And what I found was information that sort of blew my mind.
You see, I am kind of a practical gal – almost practical, to be exact. 😉
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So, soft skills and Universe type things are a bit too abstract for my line of thinking. Usually.
But this book, which is sometimes referred to as the precursor to The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (she actually collaborated with David Cameron Gikandi when writing that book) introduced some concepts that really struck a chord with me.
Money Is An Illusion
Before reading A Happy Pocket Full of Money if someone said this to me I would have slowly exited the conversation without making too many loud noises.
Combing hair while brushing teeth and all that.
In all seriousness, the arguments that Gikandi presents do make sense. Money is only valuable because we, the people that use it, place value in it.
In reality, it is high-quality paper and ink – and as Gikandi points out – in most cases it is not even that – really money is just numbers on a computer screen telling you how much you have (or don't have) in the bank.
The book moves on to an overview of quantum physics. I know that I won't do the topic justice in my discussion because
- it is waaaay abstract
- I don't know enough about quantum physics other than what is written in this book.
But here goes. Everything is made up of subatomic particles – energy packets. And I quote:
the act of observing an object that causes it to be there, where and how we observe it.
So, to make things happen
All you need to do is choose what you wish to observe—choose it with certainty and consistency—and this will cause the energy field to materialize into that thing over “time,” depending on your clarity, focus, and certainty. Gikandi, David Cameron (2011-10-01). A Happy Pocket Full of Money: Infinite Wealth and Abundance in the Here and Now (p. 16). Hampton Roads Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Now it may seem that according to this – we are all magicians.
All we need to do is conjure up what we want – and presto! there it will be.
Yet, if you put that inner skeptic aside and think about it – maybe it is just that easy. Maybe that voice of doubt is the one causing all of the trouble. He (or she) might be the one standing in our way of getting everything that we desire.
So, for the rest of the book what I did, and perhaps you should too, is to cast aside your skeptic and buy into the philosophy of quantum physics. Take a lesson in how to use the energy around you to manifest that life that you envision for yourself.
The Concept of Time
A Happy Pocket Full of Money then moves on to explain why time does not really exist. I promise that this is the last really abstract concept in the book. To be honest, I found the first chapters including this one, to be a bit tedious to get through. They require a lot of abstract thought and I had to reread several sections to “get” the concept that Gikandi was talking about.
My take away from his discussion of time is that the only time that is real is the present – the here and now. “Right now” was at one point the future and before I finish typing this, it is now the past. The point that Gikandi is making is
If you perfect awareness, imagination, faith, certainty, and clarity, you can create results instantly. Gikandi, David Cameron (2011-10-01). A Happy Pocket Full of Money: Infinite Wealth and Abundance in the Here and Now (p. 38). Hampton Roads Publishing. Kindle Edition.
So, when we speak – we should speak in the present tense – even if we have not yet experienced the results of our desire. This means that we should be saying a whole lot more of “I AM” and not “I want” or “I will be” etc. “I am” sends a message of certainty whereas “I want” or “I will be” send a message of lack and insecurity.
The people around you may think you are crazy when you say that you are a billionaire, but why squash your chances because of what other people think?
Images of the Mind
Life is imagination, images of the mind, expressed into physical form. Gikandi, David Cameron (2011-10-01). A Happy Pocket Full of Money: Infinite Wealth and Abundance in the Here and Now (p. 50). Hampton Roads Publishing. Kindle Edition.
I really enjoyed this chapter in A Happy Pocket Full of Money.
Visualizing your goals brings them closer to reality. Again, why not? If you are a crafty person, you may enjoy this. Cutting pictures out of magazines or creating a vision board on your computer or phone can help you to focus on your goals and bring you clarity.
As you create these visions, be grateful that you have received them – because remember, time does not exist – and you have everything that you ask for. (Don't miss next week's book Ask and It Is Given by Abraham Hicks – and just wait until you find out who Abraham really is).
Thinking And Speaking
How you think and how you speak are big factors in your state of wealth.
While the concepts introduced here can apply to all aspects of life – the book is called A Happy Pocket Full of Money. Which means that we are talking about manifesting more wealth into your life. The way to do that is to think good thoughts. Don't dwell on the negative.
This is not a unique concept. What you are experiencing in the current moment is a direct result of all of your past actions, choices, feelings, and thoughts. You have created your present. So if you desire your present to be amazing then think that it is – and you will create a better present.
Just be clear on what you want, don't change your mind, and have faith in the result.
And So On
The remainder of the book drives home the concepts introduced in the first chapters. Gikandi gives some concrete strategies to incorporate into your daily life to help you manifest wealth. He teaches us the correct way to set goals and how to act and think with intention.
How This Effects Me
What I realized after reading A Happy Pocket Full of Money is that I am not thinking “big picture” in my life. My days sometimes pass without intention and I can't get that time back. I found the book to be a new and creative take on thinking and goal setting. Visualizing is something that I enjoy so I welcome the idea of doing this more consciously.
I hope you enjoyed this A Happy Pocket Full of Money book review. And now I would love for you to share your answers to these questions with me:
- Do you think that there is merit to the idea that we can shape our path with our thoughts, actions, and the way we speak?
- Did you enjoy this book, or did you think it was baloney?
- Which strategies from this book will you try to incorporate into your life?
Please join the discussion in the comments below.
Next Week's Read
This book review is part of The Almost Practical Book Club. In the week ahead we are reading Ask and It Is Given by Abraham Hicks.
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