Think Less and Grow Rich — Unlocking the Treasure Within

Think Less and Grow Rich

Think less — the key to unlocking the inner treasure chest of peace, love, joy and fulfillment.

I‘m sometimes asked why I chose to name this blog “Think Less And Grow Rich”

What do thinking (or not thinking) have to do with being rich?

There are two ways to approach this question, depending on your definition of rich.

Conventionally, being rich means living in a big house, having lots of money in the bank, driving expensive cars or appearing on the cover of  “Hello” magazine.

This is not the definition of rich I’m referring to in this article.

I’m talking about the inner variety of rich—being consistently at peace within yourself, content for no particular reason and unruffled by success or failure.

Partly, the name “Think Less and Grow Rich” is a play on words with the title of the well-known self-help classic, “Think and Grow Rich,” in which the author, Napoleon describes how thoughts have the power to influence matter and how we can consciously use the “law of attraction” to draw to ourselves the riches and circumstances we desire.

And it works.

The Universe is much like a giant photocopy machine that will faithfully reproduce the outcomes that we dwell upon the most in our minds—whether positive or negative.

Every business coach will tell you that mindset is key to success.

The trouble with material riches, of course, is that they don’t necessarily make you rich in contentment, fulfilment or happiness.

You can have millions in the bank and be miserable.

A few years back, when I was researching my book “Awaken the Happy You”, I was surprised to learn that, according to psychology studies, life circumstances account for a mere 10% of our happiness.

Happiness is an inner game and has little to do with income.

As long as a person’s basic needs are being met, there is no significant difference in happiness level between a millionaire and the average person.

They may well feel more comfortable, undoubtedly more secure, but not necessarily any happier or more fulfilled.

For how long does the luxury holiday or the new Ferrari satisfy you?

There is another type of rich that has nothing to do with material wealth and everything to do with what’s going on inside you.

And learning to consciously think less is the key to accessing it.


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Uncaused Happiness Was Your First Experience

“Uncaused happiness was the first experience we all had when we came into this world— before we learned to identify with a mind, a body and a personal story.”— from Awaken the Happy You.

As newborn babies, we existed as blank slates in a state of undifferentiated Being-ness — as our pure, unconditioned selves.

Conditioning was superimposed later.

We were free of concepts such as boy or girl, black or white, good or bad, me or mine, happiness or unhappiness.

There was no self-judgement, preferences or comparisons, no past or future, no sense of anything missing, and therefore, no unhappiness.

Unhappiness exists in the form of thoughts alone.

In the absence of unconscious thinking, contentment is our natural state.

And the good news is that, even as conditioned adults, even with all our complexities and neuroses, we can still learn to tap into this state of joyful, unconditioned Presence.

Being our true nature, it can never leave us.

When talking about meditation, the actor Hugh Jackman said:

“In meditation, I can let go of everything. I’m not Hugh Jackman. I’m not dad. I’m not a husband. I’m just dipping into that powerful source that creates everything. I take a little bath in it.”

Babies exist in what he calls “that powerful source that creates everything”— our original, unconditioned nature.

In fact, adults do as well.

Why don’t we experience it?

Pre-occupied with and distracted by our busy minds, with all our ideas about happiness and unhappiness and how life SHOULD be, we fail to notice the immense riches that are right under our noses in every moment.

Each and every one of us is sitting on a treasure chest of indescribable riches, but rather than turning our attention inwards, most people spend their lives like beggars, looking for little scraps of comfort and joy on the outside.

You can have the biggest bank balance in the world, the fanciest cars, but until you discover the uncaused joy of your true nature, it will never be enough.

You’ll always be searching for more.

“Some people are so poor, all they have is money.” — Bob Marley


If you are someone who has everything in life …. except peace, fulfilment and inner freedom, I can point you towards what you are really looking for.

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Think Less for Unconditional Happiness

For most adults, happiness is conditional.

When things go my way, I’m happy. When things go against me, I’m not.

And not just events, but also thoughts, feelings and emotions. We are slaves to our thoughts and get tossed around in an incessant whirlpool of mind activity.

And since we have little control over the thoughts that appear in our heads or the circumstances that show up in our lives, we base our happiness on very shaky foundations.

Here in Scotland we say “you’re hanging your jacket on a shoogly hook!”

Conditional happiness is mind-based happiness.

But there is another form of happiness that has nothing to do with the mind.

It is the uncaused happiness of our true nature.

And learning to control the mind and make thinking conscious is the key.

In the absence of thinking, peace is what remains.

In present moment awareness, perfect contentment can be experienced.

And that’s why I called the blog “Think Less and Grow Rich.”

Becoming Aware of Awareness

In any given moment, there are always two things going on in our experience.

There is the constant flow of mind activity, most of which is self-arising. And when I say mind, I mean thoughts, feelings, emotions, sensory perceptions, songs, memories, images — all happening by itself.

And this activity arises against a backdrop of still, silent space — a vast field of unchanging awareness that is ever-present.

Why are we unhappy, dissatisfied or unfulfilled?

Because we are looking in the wrong direction.

Through habit, our attention is compulsively pre-occupied with the mind.

When we judge the mind’s activity to be good or acceptable, we declare ourselves happy.

And if we don’t like it, we say we are unhappy.

Instead of fixing our attention on the field of still, silent awareness within, which is ever at peace, we look for happiness in the mind, where it can never be found.

We’ve lost our keys in the house and are looking for them outside in the garden.

And this isn’t to say we won’t experience moments, or even long periods of happiness in our lives.

A lot of people would describe themselves as happy.

What I’m saying is that, once you discover the innate peace and contentment of your true nature, you’ll see that mind-based happiness pales in comparison.

And it inevitably comes and goes

Given time, any happiness derived from external sources will inevitably lead to unhappiness.

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The Two Kinds of Happiness 

“There is no such thing as peace of mind. Mind means disturbance; Restlessness itself is mind.” — Nisargadatta Maharaj

We can either look for peace (or happiness) in the mind—as a fleeting experience that comes and goes according to the ebb and flow of our thoughts and circumstances— or we can learn to tap into the ever-present field of awareness within, that is forever happy… regardless of what’s going on in the mind.

We can learn to think less and grow rich.

In my coaching work, I often meet people who, on the surface, have everything.

They are well off, have nice houses, good relationships, go for nice holidays BUT they don’t feel fulfilled. And they don’t know why.

They feel there is something missing.

And there is.

THEY are missing. They have lost the connection with their original, unconditioned, happy Selves.

And no amount of outer success will ever paper over the cracks.

Fortunately, there is a simple solution.

We need to break the habit of unconscious thinking and learn how to lean back into the unchanging field of awareness within.

So, if you are someone who has everything …. except peace, fulfilment and inner freedom, get in touch.

I can help.

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