You might be asking yourself and rightly so, “What qualifies Arlene to be teaching a seminar on abundance?” Let me briefly tell you about my background. I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1961. In 1963 I attended the University of Arizona and graduated in 1968 with a Bachelor of Art’s Degree in Elementary Education. By this time I had married, given birth to one son and was pregnant with my second one.
My husband and I decided that it would be best for me to stay home and raise our children. Although I followed the “formula” prescribed by my family and culture that was suppose to lead to “…and they lived happily ever after,” I was not happy. I was longing for something I could not even define.
By beginning a dialogue with myself and asking important questions, I realized that my unexplored spiritual self was the missing piece. And so, through the path of metaphysics and Eastern philosophy, I began my spiritual education, practices and experiments. I learned the universal principles that allow anyone and everyone, who so desires, access to the abundance that exists everywhere in our universe. I applied the principles to my life and manifested abundance in very tangible and practical ways.
I continued my role as wife and mother giving birth to a third son. I served the community in many volunteer capacities and life was good!
Yet, over the years I wondered, why do I know what I know and what am I to do with this information beyond using it on a personal level. The answer came in 1998 after hearing Suzi Orman on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show. Since I had created my abundance through spiritual principles, I was not financially savvy and thought it wise to educate myself; so, I decided to buy Orman’s book, The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom.
That same day, during a conversation with a friend who had continually struggled financially for the fifteen years I had known her, I suggested that she also buy the book and we study it together. She agreed. As soon as I hung up the phone I heard a voice within me say, “You know others who are also struggling financially. Call them.” Did I often hear voices? No, but I knew I needed to act on this one!
I had previously led many other groups. They had various names such as meditation group, study group, support group, etc. All of the previous times I wanted others to participate in the leadership role as well as myself. This time I knew I was the leader with Suzi by my side. I told the participants that I would weave what I had studied over the past twenty-three years into the sessions along with Orman’s material, and where I disagreed with her perspective, I would tell them and give them the opportunity to make their own decisions.
An amazing thing happened the first night of our group. I had an aha, light bulb experience...the kind of experience we long for when we don’t know what we want to be when we grow up. I was filled with joy and excitement. I finally knew what I was to do with all of the knowledge and experience I had gathered over the years. I was to teach people how to create abundance in their lives!
I soon realized that if I was going to teach people how to manifest what they desired I would need more knowledge. Not knowledge about creating material wealth, but knowledge about psychology – how people think, how people act, how people change. After a thirty two year hiatus from education, I enrolled in Prescott College, a college with an individualized, adult program that encourages its students to develop their own curriculum.
After two years, I graduated with a Master of Art’s degree in a program that I personally designed titled Transpersonal Studies: Psychology and Abundance. My thesis, Financial Abundance: Psychological and Spiritual Elements that Impact the Movement from Scarcity to Abundance Consciousness, is available for you to read. It includes the details of how I created financial abundance in my personal life as well as the stories of Napoleon Hill, Oprah Winfrey and two other individuals. The next step of my journey was the creation of my business, Rites of Abundance, LLC. Now you know a little about my story, and can explore how the Rites of Abundance programs can benefit you.
Remember...Abundance Is Your Birthright!