Key To Success

What do you do when you come across a key to success in a book you're reading? You ponder over it. Since I read many books and come across many keys, I thought it would be fun to share the ideas that arise as I contemplate a key to success. Reading is not just about absorbing information, it's also about contemplating, allowing the ideas to blossom within, and nurturing a seed tossed in the rich soil of the inner garden.

Location: Denver, Colorado, United States

I got my Master's degree in psychotherapy more than a decade ago. Since then I've studied the human condition with fascination. Over the years, I've learned a singular lesson: your life does not work when you oppose your soul nature. If you want a magical life, you have to drop your inauthentic transactions with the world. You discover your own power when you spend time alone to figure out what you really love to do.

Monday, July 31, 2006

The Rules Of Engagement For The Game Of Life

Since my clothes dryer had suddenly coughed and died I went to our local Laundromat.

And it was there that I met her.

Within five minutes of talking to her, I knew that she was playing The Game of Life with the usual Rules of Engagement.

The wrong rules.

Her life was difficult.

Here was this beautiful, bright, and highly-talented woman and she was struggling over a mean, deprived life.

Moreover, life was not only not giving her what she didn't want but taking away even the little that she had.

Bogdana was from Romania. She had come to America because she believed it to be the "land of dreams."

She spoke several languages perfectly. She had been brought up by loving parents and graduated from a prestigious university. And she had the kind of good looks and charm that fully expressed the meaning of her name, "Gift of God."

America seemed the next logical step to "a great life."

Unfortunately, Bogdana did not find the "land of dreams." Instead she found a job at McDonalds during the day and a job as a buffet wait-person at a casino at night. Still, even this was not enough to pay her bills, and she was being evicted from her apartment that same day.

Naturally, like anybody in her situation she was angry, upset, and aggravated. She was reacting to her situation. And from the sounds of it, it wasn't going to get better soon.

She was playing the Game of Life by the rule almost everybody plays it by called "reacting to the world."

Her thoughts were following what had happened to her, and she was reacting to the world.

I tried to tell her that it's the other way around.

I told her about the Law of Attraction.

"Think of what you want and it will start showing up for you," I said.

Master that one rule, I told her, and you will not only turn everything around for yourself but hold the world in the palm of your hand.

Naturally, she thought I was playing by the wrong rules. I illustrated for her how following that one simple rule had completely improved my life. It had, in fact, flipped everything that was wrong with it and made it work out right.

She challenged me about my broken dryer. I told her that it obviously served a larger purpose. Because it had happened I had bumped into her and been given the opportunity to share my story about the "rules of engagement."

She shook her head from side to side. "No, no, no," she was thinking. When she left, she was still shaking her head slightly.

It's funny about the obvious. It has a way of appearing invisible. And when it is spelled out, it sounds like nonsense.

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Saleem Rana is a psychotherapist in Denver, Colorado. If you're up to the challenge and want to create the kind of freedom and lifestyle you truly deserve - starting now - then get his free book from


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