Most people have heard the word quantum, especially as it’s used in the term quantum leap, which is often used to indicate a sudden and significant change, especially one that involves an increase of power or understanding. Doing my Quantum Affirmations has significantly changed and empowered my life and the lives of the people you will meet within the pages of this book. Understanding and performing your own version of my Quantum Affirmations can change your life, too, but how much your life can change is totally up to you. In fact, the very word quantum comes from the Latin word quantus, meaning “how much” or “how great.” So how much do you want to change your life? That much? Okay, I believe that you can make a quantum leap—and my Quantum Affirmations can help. How great is that?! Please forgive my having fun with the previous wordplay. I know you are reading this book because things are difficult for you right now and you want to improve your life, not admire my sense of humor. I believe, however, that keeping your sense of humor burning inside you is an important part of learning any technique, especially one whose goal is self-improvement. It was my sense of humor that got me through my sad early years, and it keeps me going every day in the face of life’s challenges. When I have a bad day it is almost always because I’ve lost my sense of humor and have taken some annoyance or even a series of them way too seriously. I have never been interested in any spiritual practice, belief system, or ceremony where you couldn’t laugh or otherwise express joy. You can imagine my delight when I met and studied with one of the twentieth century’s great philosophers, Professor Arnold Keyserling of the University of Vienna, who told us unequivocally, “If you can’t laugh, it’s not sacred.” Having one of your core beliefs confirmed by someone you respect is a sign that you are on the right path. This happened to me again when I read this opening line of one of the Dalai Lama’s books, “The purpose of life is to be happy,” and I thought, That’s what I’ve always thought! Laughter really is the best medicine in the Native American sense of medicine, which Professor Keyserling told us is “that which makes you whole.” So even though we all have a long list of improvements we’d like to see in our experience of life—more love and money, less pain and sorrow, to name just a few—it is important that we keep our sense of humor as we go about improving our lot. We also have to appreciate what we have, because if you don’t appreciate what you have, you won’t appreciate what you get. My Quantum Affirmations are going to help you get what you want, but they won’t work if you don’t appreciate what you already have. To be grateful for what you have puts you in the perfect frame of mind for best using my Quantum Affirmations techniques.
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