I just returned from a mini-tour. Four days, four states, two shows, one workshop, three radio interviews, and a television show. And four tanks of gas. (Obviously, I don’t have a Prius.)
I remember a conversation from a few years ago. Some friends and I decided that gas should be five bucks a gallon. Our thinking? That would be the only way to motivate anyone to use alternative energy. So, even though it’s uncomfortable at times, and even though I don’t love why gas prices are rising, I believe that good things are happening.
But, here’s the thing: Lots of people are talking about “hard times.” I even noticed the temptation to go there as I filled up my tank out on the road. Luckily, I catch myself when this happens. I take a breath. And I shift my thoughts. I had a great road trip. And I continue to feel (and be) prosperous.
Remember, you can have a powerful dream or vision for yourself. You can do all the right meditations and create effective action plans. But if you sink into negative patterns in your daily rounds, then that depletes you. If you get to the gas station and pump your gas with dread and loathing, then you are whittling away at your dream. If you randomly complain just to have something to say, then those times will impact your energy.
Here are some practices that help me as I travel, and as I do my work in the world. Gas prices or no gas prices!
1 – Stop “Telling it Like it Is”
Read this quote from an Abraham-Hicks seminar. Read it aloud if you can.
We practice the Art of Allowing. Which means reaching for the thought that feels best, not the thought that is the real thought, not the thought that is telling it like it is. Telling it like it is only holds you where it is: “Damn it, I’m going to tell it like it is. I’m going to tell it like it is, because everybody wants me to tell it like it is.” Tell it like it is if you like it like it is. But if you don’t like it like it is, then don’t tell it like it is–tell it like you want it to be. If you tell it like you want it to be, long enough, you will begin to feel it like you want it to be, and when you feel it like you want it to be, it be’s like you want it to be.
2 – Smile at the Gas Station Price Boards
It’s so easy to react negatively to gas station pricing signs. I could hear myself thinking, “Geez!” as I drove by gas stations in different cities. Then, I realized how that eats away at me. So, I opted to quit. When I was tempted towards “geez” thinking, I’d notice something beautiful instead. Anything. A flower pot. A bird. A song on my stereo. I just shifted my focus. You don’t actually have to smile at the gas stations, but you might want to consider doing something to shift your own version of “geez” thinking.
3 – Change how you fill up the tank
This is big. As the gas is flowing into your tank, don’t stare at the numbers in horror. Don’t say, “Ohmigod, I remember when it only cost $15 to fill up my tank.” This only serves to make you feel poor. Find some way to be grateful or bring a blessing to the situation. “Thank you for my wealth” is a great affirmation to use. “I’m so grateful to have a car that runs well.” Or, “I know great things are happening in the world and that brilliant people are now finding alternative energy sources.” Doing this brings a peace and presence to this activity.
4 – Pay with gratitude
If you’re paying cash, then look the cashier in the eyes and smile. If you’re paying with a credit card at the pump, then bless the transaction. Be grateful that your credit card company trusts you enough to loan you that money. Gratitude shifts the “hard times” energy that the media loves so much.
5 – Fill up
Fill your tank. Okay? Don’t put in five dollars at a time and then worry your way to the next pump. The worst habit I developed from my minimum wage days was to put $5 in the tank every time. Filling the tank up is prosperity in action.
6 – Fill the tank when it’s half full
Don’t wait til the tank is empty to fill it. That way, you aren’t spending as much. This is a little mind trick I do when I’m on the road. (I started doing this when I toured in the winter and standing outside at gas stations in the freezing cold was unbearable for a full tank’s worth of time!) It may sound stupid, but don’t knock it til you try it!
7 – Stop talking about it
It’s so easy to jump in on these conversations and agree with everyone about how hard it is. And to tell people what it costs to fill up your tank. “Well, you think that’s bad, listen to this!” Walk away from these conversations.
8 – Find the gift
You know, it could be that the gift in high gas prices is that more people are waking up to solar energy or other sources of power. Remember that. Bless the situation. Don’t add your curses to it.
9 – Segment Intend
Segment intending is a technique from the book Ask and It is Given. It’s an intention that you set prior to doing any activity. It creates consciousness. And it prevents sinking into old patterns. So, don’t decide to get gas until you intend how it’s going to go. This doesn’t have to be a big ritual with candles, incense, and chanting. Just intend something like this: “I’m going to spend the next five minutes filling up my gas tank and remembering wealth. It’s going to be fun and I’m going to feel peaceful.” This works wonders.