Hands up Who is Having a Great Time in the New Economy…


Sometimes it seems like all we hear these days is talk of the tough economy. I actually conducted a little sociological experiment this weekend, and counted up how many times I heard people refer to the economy, and therefore current times in general, in a negative way. I got 43 hits, even though I stayed home quite a bit.

There is, of course, some objective measurable truth to all of this depressing talk. If you own a house, it’s probably worth considerably less than it was five years ago. If you own a business, you may be making less money than you were, and you may have even been faced with the difficult decision of laying off some of your employees. If you’re an investor in the stock market, you may have seen your portfolio go down in value.

But not everybody these days is having a terrible time. I’ve conducted another little amateur sociological experiment over the last several weeks. I asked a lot of my colleagues: writers, teachers, seminar leaders, how they would evaluate their year so far, not just financially, but according to a recessionbroader spectrum of measurement. How are your relationships? How’s your creativity? How’s your health? How much are you living your deepest vision? I’m a member of two extraordinary mens’ groups, one where I live in Nevada City, and another that I travel to in Marin County, and I also asked this question at the recent meeting of the Transformational Leadership Council. More than half the people I asked told me that 2010 was proving to be their best year ever, myself included.

I hear people ask a lot on the blogosphere and in the media, “How long is this recession going to last? When are we going to go back to where we were?” Well, here’s a shocking question for you now. What if we never, ever, ever go back to where we were?  What if the old game is now coming to an end, and a whole different way of relating with each other financially and energetically is emerging?


Let’s cast our mind back for a moment to the early part of the twentieth century, and imagine that one of your ancestors was in the business of shoeing horses or making saddles. Looking at the increasing popularity of the motor car, your ancestor might have asked his friends and neighbors, “How long is this going to last? When will things go back to the way they were?” For someone completely immersed in anything to do with horses: shoeing them, building saddles for them, operating stables for them, cleaning up their poop from the road, those years would have looked like a tough economy. For Henry Ford, it was boom time. You can extrapolate what I just said in many ways. The 80’s were probably a terrible time for people involved in the gramophone record industry. The Great Depression in the 30’s, which hit not only  the United States but Europe as well, was a truly terrible time for most people but it was also the period when discount stores first got off the ground, and many other new things were born.stewardship

You get my point. Every area of decline is experienced by somebody as a period of growth, rebirth, and opportunity. I got really interested to ask myself, and other people like me who are experiencing that this is their best year ever, what are the keys to thriving in this new economy?

From interviews and conversations with these “thrivers” I’ve been able to identify twelve primary qualities of thriving in the new economy, as well as as many as 20 other sub-qualities. A lot of these qualities are really easy to understand and assimilate, starting today.

Over the next weeks, I’ll be offering a series of blog posts and free tele-seminars, with a series of expert guests, on how to thrive in the new economy. Here are the twelve primary themes that I’ll be elaborating on in the series, starting in a few weeks.

1. Question your mind.
Pretty much everything you think you know about work and money has been conditioned by the old game, the one that is declining. Thrivers like Hale Dwoskin, the author of “The Sedona Method,” realize that we become wise through letting go.

2. Discover your deeper nature.
Everyone I’ve spoken to who is thriving has found a way to tap into a dimension of themselves beyond the personality, beyond the mind, beyond the personal story. We can call that a moment of “awakening.” Thrivers like Eckhart Tolle place awakening as the highest value.

3. Recognize your unique gift.
As we just begin to hover in the realm of awakening, a unique gift starts to emerge: your real reason for being here. Thrivers like Marc Gafni help others to discover their true gift.

4. Recognize and respond to opportunity.
People who thrive in the new economy work less with initiation, intention, and effort, and more with the relaxed ability to recognize and respond to the opportunities that come to them. Thrivers like Jack Canfield have learned the magic of “just say yes.”

5. Excel at what you do.
A number of books written in the past few years point to the fact that greatness and success are often simply a function of just repeating the same skills over and over until you get good at them. Thrivers like Stewart Emery have studied the secret mechanics of greatness.

6. Wake up your intuition.
Thrivers have, for the most part, recognized that logically working things out, balancing the pros and cons, is a much less effective way of giving your gift than tapping into a dimension where you “just know.” Thrivers like Sonia Choquette help people live from just knowing.

7. Authenticity.
“Just be Yourself” is an old platitude, but today it’s more than just good advice, it’s an undeniable foundation for thriving. The proliferation of social media has made authenticity more appealing than slick advertising. Thrivers like Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks realize that you don’t need a dress rehearsal to be who you are.

8. Enough is enough.
Our interest in unlimited wealth, which made the topics of manifesting and the law of attraction so interesting just a few years ago, have now become oh-so-2005. Thrivers have come to enjoy the word enough: enough money, enough toys, enough of everything to be happy and give my gift. Thrivers like Lynn Twist expound the wisdom of sufficiency.

9. Be guided by greatness.
People who thrive in the new economy have discovered that learning is not just a phase you go through as a young person. It’s a life-long attitude to thriving. To be able to remain a learner, you simply need to put yourself in dialog with people who can do things better than you can. Thrivers like John Assaraf realize that coaching and mentoring are the short-cuts to a life of meaning.

10. Fuel the fire.
Thrivers have learned not to push the body past where it wants to go. They’ve canceled their subscription to Red Bull, lunches on the run, and working until late in the night. They know how to replenish their energy while it is being used. Thrivers like Stephen Josephs and Anat Baniel teach business owners how to stay energetically topped-up.

11. Experience the richness of giving.
The old economy was based on the mathematics of lack. “You can only cut a pie so many ways.” Secrecy, campaigns launched with military precision, and going into price war with the competition were the testosterone-driven ways. Thrivers like Ivan Misner, the founder Business Network International, have recognized that when your focus is on giving back more than you take, thriving is an inevitable byproduct.

12. Embrace the return of the Goddess.
You may have noticed that we are now witnessing a huge resurgence of feminine energy after thousands of years of the domination of the masculine. Thrivers like Marianne Williamson celebrate and welcome the return of the feminine.

As I’ve said, this is not an exhaustive list. We could come up with a dozen more “thriver’s qualities” in a finger-snap.

I will be offering a tele-seminar this Thursday, August 26th at 6pm PST, where we  will go into each of these 12 primary qualities of thriving in more detail. You can register below for the live event, or if you can’t make it, register anyway and you can listen to the replay on the same page.

If you register for this event, I’ll let you know as soon as the twelve week series is scheduled to start.


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12 Responses to “Hands up Who is Having a Great Time in the New Economy…”

  1. sheila August 24, 2010 at 1:45 pm // Reply

    Hi Arjuna

    I have experienced the biggest shifts in consciousness, relationships and work this year. Taking an hourly job when the recession hit ended being the greatest gift and i have created more stability than when I had made alot more money. I have also found wonderful more modern awakened teachers online, as youself exactly when I was ready and am trusting that I am doing exactly the right path for myself in becoming more and source so that I can share this with others as a coach. abundance is starting to flow to me in many different ways. so it has been a great year.



  2. Melissa August 24, 2010 at 2:14 pm // Reply


    Thank you so much for such a thoughtful post! So inspiring and so relative…we need more discussion among emerging thought leaders around this topic.

    I would also add that there are two other factors that I have experienced in my own experience:

    1) Shift to Unity & Abundance Consciousness from lack/scarcity, dis-empowerment and co-dependency.

    2) This allows us to claim ourselves as co-creators of our experience in aligning with our truth/source.

    Thanks for all of your post…I find them incredibly rich and look forward to receiving them!

    with great appreciation,


    • Darrell Moneyhon August 26, 2010 at 6:47 am // Reply

      Melissa, I liked the way you said that. When without, we tend to go within. One response to pain is to dip deep enough into the inner well that we tap into something Unified and Abundant – a Source of strength and resiliance. This suffering, then becomes a great opportunity, as long as we reach in deep enough to tap the well. Funny how the power of an oil well wreaks havoc in the Gulf Coast. But the same sort of drilling, but this time into the oceans of Self, might have the opposite effect of bringing wholesome energy, instead of a contaminating energy in the form of oil. Perhaps the cosmic riddle is this: Where can you find the energy that will best meet your needs, and do so safely, healthfully?”
      The search of sustainable physical energy seems almost a metaphor of another search that is going on – the search and application of spirituality. We seem to be embarking on a spillover of spirit. This spill, unlike the oil spill, will have many positive effects.
      Drill baby, drill!



  3. minerva baker August 24, 2010 at 2:34 pm // Reply

    The above post – wonderful! We’ve been talking about the astrological connections too, we are in a time of such huge change and awakening 2008 -2012.

    I liked listening to you and Chameli on the future of love series. Feels familiar. Also loved Chameli’s page!

    Love and blessings, Minerva


  4. reneespeaks August 24, 2010 at 3:22 pm // Reply

    Thank you for this insightful, clear and inspirational and encouraging post, Arjuna! I eagerly anticipate your teleseminar on Thursday! Have a great day!

    Miracles and Blessings,


  5. reneespeaks August 24, 2010 at 3:24 pm // Reply

    I, too, am having a GREAT time in the new economy! The quality of my life has improved dramatically in 2010, including increased abundance flow and wonderful relationships. It’s all good!

    Happy Full Moon!


  6. Patrick Dorsey August 24, 2010 at 3:26 pm // Reply

    I won’t be able to make the call but would love to listen later.



  7. jacqui gilbourne August 24, 2010 at 4:17 pm // Reply

    arjuna… wish your tele-seminar time was a bit kinder to us in Ireland… 1-2am is ruining my beauty sleep!!… love the blog… jacqui


  8. Jamie Cook August 24, 2010 at 8:05 pm // Reply

    I am thriving in the new economy…the tough times prompted me to learn a new business, a new way of looking at things, a new appreciation for the things that really matter.


  9. ursulakauer August 25, 2010 at 2:10 am // Reply

    Dear Arjuna,
    yes this year is amazing. Last year you said to me, my husband must have a ticket to heaven with me. We both, my husband and I are traveling now directly to heaven.
    Thank you so much for sharing and that your relationship with Chameli could be such a good role model for me.
    With gratitude


  10. Darrell Moneyhon August 25, 2010 at 6:25 am // Reply

    Dear Arjuna, I really liked the list of 12 things “thrivers” can do to turn this pain of the recession into opportunity – or to transform “heat” into “light.” I am especially fond of point 3. I have written (unpublished) about a proposed new approach to education that puts gift-finding as job 1. Information and descrete skills, as important as they are, are secondary to learning to match the idea of who you are with the deepest resonance of you. I beleive there is an inner design, and that, like you, we must learn to release into it – that it reveals itself in states of lower resistance and openess and “spaciousness,” or in a state of translucence in which we have our busy thoughts, but see through them as though seeing the sunlight shine through the leaves (I love that meditative object/scene).
    In the letter you wrote that introduces the teleseminar about shining through this recession (and hearing some awakening coaches speak?) is one thing that did not resonate so well with me. It is about the use of the word “mind.”
    In a personal message to you, I asked you if you might paste the below into a blog, but since found the means myself. Here is the content of my message to you, regarding the semantics issue of “mind.”

    Dear Arjuna, I had hoped to blog about the introductory letter. Specifically, I wholeheartedly and wholemindedly agree with your centering deeper (and lowering resistance – I see “deeper” and “non grasping” as interelated/inseperable in the deeper zones of consciousness). But my one difference is a semantic one. You said this: “But most important, this is also a window into unleashing the huge and magnificent gifts that you and I were born to give, and which can never be truly given as long as we are trapped in the mind.”

    I think I know what you mean, but as a matter of important semantics, I prefer to us the word “mind” as a continuum that reaches deep as well as intermediate or shallow. The reason I like to use the word “mind” as more inclusive is that it is the place we all start. I don’t find the invitation to jump across a divide and go somewhere else as very sustainable, as regards mastering spirituality. I prefer the gradual, learned, exercised path.

    I know you meant the regular thinking mind or egoistic mind, but mind can be wholer and deeper, and it is, to me, the same mind that was shallower and that was thinking like material things. To be out of our minds is to enter a situation of transitory states. But to be in our minds as we go deeper and wider, and to witness that same mind as transforming into something qualitatively different (as though in a different “place” – heaven, spirit realm, etc.) is the way to go if we are to become professional spiritual practicioners.

    By “professional,” I mean in the narrow sense of consistently able to achieve higher levels intentionally, rather than backing into moments of excellence, as amatuers (sp?) tend to do. Mastery is different than momentary states of excellence. I am with Ken Wilber as regards the important distinction between state and stage – between momentary excellence and consistent mastery. This is largely why I prefer the more Zen-like use of the word “mind” as including the deeper zones of consciousness that some (including myself) call “spiritual.” I just don’t like the thinking-like-matter unintended consequence of jumping out of mind and into spirit. Stay in mind and observe the transformation to the deeper zone of mind. This actually is more consistent with your releasing-into philosophy and approach, and which you have (I think correctly) associated with a more feminine expression/aspect of spirituality.

    Thank you for you continued nurturing of my “mind” (that goes all the way into my “spirit”).

    Darrell Moneyhon


  11. bhavato August 26, 2010 at 6:33 am // Reply

    just THANK YOU, for all that you are & all that you share.love from a singing heart


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