WAKE UP AMERICA! CHAPTER SIX
HOW TO MASTER POWER, MONEY, AND LOVE
THE POWER OF THE PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE
This section is largely based on the book The Path of Least
Resistance by Robert Fritz. Its theme can be summarized as:
How to orient your life so the path of least resistance
automatically leads you towards producing the results you desire
Its fundamental principles (with my own insights added) can be
- Energy flows along the path of least resistance.
- "... [T]here is a direct connection between what
occurs in your consciousness and what occurs in your
external life... if you initiate change internally a
corresponding change will happen externally."
- Humans are like rivers and tend to automatically follow
the path of least resistance.
- The path of least resistance is determined by fundamental
underlying structures. These structures could be
described as programs in the brain - special programs
with a pervasive influence. They can also be called
paradigms or worldviews.
- We can change the fundamental underlying structures of
our lives. The ability we apply to do this is Power of
Choice - the most powerful human ability.
- Two radically different life-orientations can be
(a) The reactive-responsive orientation,
characterized by reacting and responding to events and
(b) The creative orientation, characterized by you
being the predominant creative power in your life.
of the essential differences is that in the creative
orientation you initiate any desired change by changing
the contents of your brain, while in the
reactive-responsive orientation you attempt to change
conditions outside yourself, without changing the
contents of your brain.
One of the most important aspects of the
reactive-responsive orientation can be called "overcoming
resistance" or "changing the
system." You attempt to apply a stronger force
to overcome an opposing force. You attempt to launch into
battle a better system to overpower a weaker system.
Imagine two opposing fists. If one fist pushes harder,
the opposing fist tends to react by strengthening its own
resisting push... the stuff wars are made of!
In the reactive-responsive orientation you experience
yourself being at the effect (or mercy) of external
circumstances, that is, more or less helpless. In
the creative orientation you experience yourself at cause
over (or in control of) external circumstances, that is, powerful.
In the reactive-responsive orientation your feelings
and emotions may be the predominant factors that
determine your actions. In the creative orientation your choices
are the predominant power and you do what you choose,
sometimes in spite of how you feel. Though you still
regard your feelings as important messengers.
In the creative orientation you focus on the result;
the process for achieving the result is secondary;
"what" precedes "how."
- The basic manner in which you reorient your life is to
make fundamental choices. According to Fritz,
"a fundamental choice is a choice in which you
commit yourself to a basic life-orientation or a basic
state of being." Here are some of the fundamental
choices I have personally made:
(a) I choose to be the predominant creative power in my
(b) I choose to create and enjoy an exceptional degree of
(c) I choose to increase my power and express it
creatively and effectively.
(d) I choose to be healthy, fit, loving, and wealthy.
(e) I choose to be true to myself and to develop and
achieve my full potential.
(f) I choose my positive, creative, and powerful frame of
(g) I choose to create the abundant energy that empowers
(h) I choose the powerful actions that produce the
results I want.
(i) I choose to devote my life to personal freedom and
power, and the solution of world problems.
(j) I choose to link up with like-minded free, creative,
and powerful individuals.
Interestingly, after reading The Path of Least Resistance,
I realized that nearly seven years ago, when in very poor health
(including severe heart disease and mild cancer), I did make the
fundamental choice to be healthy. I completely reoriented my life
in respect of health and changed my diet and lifestyle
drastically. Today I'm superhealthy and moderately fit. I have no
heart problems or signs of cancer. I have not spent any time
being ill in bed. When I get a cold I usually recover completely
within 10-15 minutes. From flu I usually recover in about 3-4
hours. A few months ago I ran up Camelback mountain in Phoenix in
a time in minutes which is less than half my age in years. I
doubt if there are a hundred people in Phoenix who can do that.
At the time when I made the fundamental choice to be healthy,
I also had to make certain primary choices concerning diet
and lifestyle. At the time it seemed completely impossible to me
that I could live up to these choices, so much so, that I often
experienced despair. Nevertheless, I was able to remain true to
my choices - and produced results way beyond what I had thought
possible. The choices I had made changed underlying structures so
the path of least resistance automatically led me to do what was
necessary to achieve superhealth and fitness.
This demonstrates one of Fritz's dictums: what you choose
does not depend on what you think is possible.
- In addition to fundamental choice, Fritz identifies two
other kinds of choices: primary choice and secondary
choice. A primary choice is a choice about a major
result, an end in itself, for example, "I want to
live in a $250,000 house. A secondary choice is
one that supports a primary choice, for example, "I
will save $25,000 for a down payment on my house."
- The difference or gap between current reality and your
choices establishes structural tension. Structural
tension seeks resolution and generates creative energy...
The Pivotal Power Formula
Fritz describes a "pivotal technique" you can apply
when circumstances are not to your liking. I have renamed it
"the pivotal power formula":
- Describe current reality.
- Describe the results you want.
- Formally choose the results you want ("I choose
- Move on; change the focus of your attention; shift gears;
do something else. The structural tension generated by
steps 1-3 will automatically lead you along the path of
least resistance to processes that will enable you to
generate the results you have chosen.
The Path of Least Resistance by Robert Fritz is by far
the most valuable book in my collection of over 5,000. I know of
no book I can recommend more highly.
The Action Shift Power Formula
I have developed a formula you can apply at the action level. It
will help you become more aware of when you sink into the
reactive-responsive orientation. It may increase your power and
- Write down an intended action.
- If practical, wait before taking the action.
- Ask, "Would this action be reactive-responsive or
- Ask, "What would be a more creative action?"
- Sleep on it.
- Formulate a more creative action (or list of actions)
when you wake up.
- Ask, "Will the action(s) produce the results I
Often you will be amazed by the difference between the quality
of the action from step 1 and the quality of the action(s)
generated during your sleep. The power of the path of least
resistance at work!
The way to achieve money-mastery is to apply the above
formulas. Write down your choices. Be specific. Specify what
you want. The following ideas may also help:
- For a business to succeed it is essential that the
principals who own and operate the business have healthy
attitudes about money.
- Prosperity and poverty are states of mind - not states of
- Many of us suffer from "poverty-consciousness."
The opposite of poverty-consciousness is
"prosperity-consciousness." The basic
difference between the two is that the poverty-conscious
person is a psychological slave of money while the
prosperity-conscious person is a psychological master of
- Money is a human tool. It is something we invented to
make the exchange of goods and services more convenient.
- Money also serves as a unit of value - we use it to
measure the value of something in comparison to other
- Money is further used as a store of value - it can move
value created in the present into the future.
- Money is used as a mover of value from one place to
- If a Martian (with no earthly preconceptions) came to
earth to examine this strange tool "money" she
would be surprised and puzzled about the extent to which
so many of us have become slaves of it - that we worry
about it, fight over it, and kill for it. She might
conclude that when it comes to money most humans are
- Sometimes we measure the value of a person in terms of
money: "He is worth a million dollars."
- We can think of poverty-prosperity as a scale. At the one
extreme is the state of mind of absolute destitution. At
the other extreme is the state of mind: "I have or
will get whatever I need with minimal effort." The
latter needs to be a realistic attitude, rather than
The Three-Dollar Exercise
Here is an exercise that will help you move on the
poverty-prosperity scale, from wherever you are closer to
- Consider giving away three one dollar bills to three
different strangers. The recipients need to be people who
don't expect to be given money by strangers - not
children, not beggars, not the homeless, not waiters who
- Write down all the thoughts automatically generated by
your mind, for example, "This is crazy,"
"It is pointless," "They will refuse to
take it," "They will be suspicious,"
"They will laugh at me," "I will feel
embarrassed," "I'm too shy to do it." etc.
- Notice your reluctance, if any, to do it. Notice if you
feel any fear about doing it. Write down whatever you
- Decide to go ahead with the exercise. Write down the
"preparations" that you think you must make
before giving away the money, for example, "What
will I say to them?", "What will I tell them if
they ask me why I want to give them money?",
"What will I do if they refuse to take the
- Go to a place like a shopping mall where there are lots
of potential recipients. If you have fears about what
might happen if many people saw you handing out money,
notice this. You could also go to the convenience store
on the corner, where there are not too many people, and
you may be able to give away a dollar to someone without
anyone else noticing. (Isn't it crazy what considerations
we have about so simple an act as giving away a dollar to
- Give away your three dollars.
- Write down how you did it and how the recipients reacted.
Notice your thoughts and feelings and write them down.
What did you learn from the experience?
- Write down what you learned about yourself and your
relationship to money. Did you notice any habitual
- Can you change your habitual thoughts and feelings about
We can think of humans behaving according to programs in their
minds. To the extent that these programs produce desirable or
worthwhile results, we can call them "human success
programs." To the degree that they produce negative results,
we might call them "human failure programs."
Prosperity-consciousness is a human success program.
Poverty-consciousness is a human failure program. The purpose of
the "three-dollar exercise" is to raise your awareness
of any failure programs you have about money and to begin
replacing them with success programs.
This is a systematic method for replacing human failure programs
with human success programs. It is a method for reprogramming
your mind, developed by Leonard Orr, founder of
I am a master of money But I don't have any
I am a master of money Why am I doing this?
I am a master of money You're kidding
I am a master of money This is a waste of time
I am a master of money I'm always broke
I am a master of money I will never make it
I am a master of money I always lose my money
I am a master of money Money is evil
I am a master of money Money is ugly and filthy
I am a master of money I really hate money
I am a master of money Rich people are evil
I am a master of money Etc.
- Write down the affirmation which is a human success
program in one column. In a second column write down
whatever response your mind generates. The purpose of the
response column is to bring your automatic, habitual
failure programs into awareness, and to eventually
replace them with success programs.
- An extension of the method is to successively write the
affirmation in the first, second, and third person:
- "I, Jack Jones, am a master of money."
- "You, Jack Jones, are a master of
- "He, Jack Jones, is a master of money."
- A further extension is to say the affirmation aloud as
you write it.
- You can also take some of the responses and use their
opposites as affirmations, for example: "To me money
is beautiful," "I love money," "To be
rich is good for me," etc.
The Treasure Map
A Treasure Map is a visual tool for building the inner experience
of a desired result in its completed form in order to facilitate
its manifestation. It is a pictorial representation of your
goals. It is similar to the blueprint of the architect used by
the builder to manifest the building.
Your Treasure Map can contain drawings, pictures cut from
magazines, and photos. It may contain a photo of yourself having
achieved the desired result. It can be any size you like.
It could also contain your fundamental, primary, and secondary
choices. Your Treasure Map could be colorful - the more colors
You may want to look at your Treasure Map when you wake up in
the morning and just before you go to sleep in the evening.
Your Treasure Map helps create the "structural
tension" Robert Fritz talks about.
Books on Mastering Money
The following books may be useful (see Annotated Bibliography):
- Cosmic Profit: How to Make Money Without Doing Time
by Raymond Mungo.
- Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow: Discovering
Your Right Livelihood by Marsha Sinetar.
- Money Is My Friend by Phil Laut.
- Moneylove: How to Get the Money You Deserve for
Whatever You Want by Jerry Gillies.
- Money Making Secrets of the Millionaires by Hal D.
- The Seven Laws of Money by Michael Phillips.
- You Can Have It All: The Art of Winning the Money Game
and Living a Life of Joy by Arnold M. Patent.
The basic procedure for achieving the love relationship you
want is to choose it:
- Make a fundamental choice like "I choose to be
loving and to be loved."
- Make primary and secondary choices.
- Include a photo, picture, or drawing of the love you want
to achieve in your Treasure Map.
- If you have not yet found your ideal partner, make a
detailed list of the qualities you want that person to
- Describe your current love situation.
- Apply the pivotal power formula and the action shift
power formula, if necessary.
- Shift from the reactive-responsive orientation to the
Observe your behavior for bicameral stage two make-wrong - see
Chapter Five. Eliminate all blame and make-wrong. Increase your
awareness to the consciousness stage.
It worked for me! - despite the fact that my list of required
qualities was extremely exacting - I doubt if even one in a
million women would meet my requirements. Using the above
procedure, I found the "perfect woman of my dreams." We
have an idyllic love relationship.
Books on Mastering Love
- Actualizations: You Don't Have to Rehearse to Be
Yourself by Stewart Emery.
- The Brothers System for Liberated Love and Marriage
by Dr. Joyce Brothers.
- ESO*: How You and Your Lover Can Give Each Other Hours
of *Extended Sexual Orgasm by Alan P. Brauer, M.D.,
and Donna Brauer.
- Friends, For Life: The Psychology of Close
Relationships by Steve Duck.
- Friends: The Power and Potential of the Company You
Keep by Jerry Gillies.
- The Incompatibility of Men and Women: And How to
Overcome It by Julius Fast.
- Love by Leo Buscaglia.
- Love and Addiction by Stanton Peele.
- Love is Letting Go of Fear by Gerald G. Jampolsky,
- Lovestyles: How to Pick the Perfect Partner by
John Alan Lee.
- Male & Female Realities: Understanding the
Opposite Sex by Joe Tannenbaum.
- Please Understand Me: Character & Temperement
Types by David Keirsy & Marilyn Bates.
- Sexual Chemistry: What it is, How to use it by
Julius Fast and Meredith Bernstein.
- Straight Talk: A New Way to Get Closer to Others by
Saying What You Really Mean by Sherod Miller, Ph.D.,
Daniel Wackman, Ph.D., Elam Nunnally, Ph.D., and Carol
- Teach Only Love by Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D.
THE POWER OF HUMAN CHOICE
We may need a technique for making a choice "stick."
It involves repetition of the choice. The reason for this is that
we may have made deep-seated, unconscious, contrary choices. The
new choice has to replace the old choices. This is the technique:
- Cut a piece of string about a foot long.
- Tie twenty more or less equidistant knots in the string.
- Every morning just after waking and every evening just
before going to sleep, close your eyes and repeat your
choice forty times, using the knots in the string so you
don't have to count.
- Continue the procedure for three weeks. That is how long
it takes to change a choice that has been a life-long,
We can regard ourselves as "result-producing
systems" that contain these elements:
- Choices - fundamental, primary, and secondary.
- Paradigms (mind structures, or mental models).
- Consequences or results.
Our primary power comes from our ability to make choices. Our
secondary power comes from our actions. Choice is applied
freedom. Action is applied knowledge. Our paradigms,
thoughts, and feelings stand between our choices and our actions.
They may help or hinder our actions. They are also cognitive and
emotional connections between actions and results.
We gain power by observing the results we produce, asking
questions, and improving our choices and paradigms.
There is a problem in that many of our actions have
consequences that manifest in the distant future or out of our
sight where we cannot see them. In The Fifth Discipline: The
Art and Practice of the Learning Organization Peter M. Senge
tells us how to solve this problem.