What Is Prosperity?

How do you define “prosperity”? According to Google’s online dictionary, Prosperity is

noun: prosperity
  1. the state of being prosperous.
    “a long period of prosperity”
    synonyms: success, profitability, affluence, wealth, opulence, luxury, the good life,milk and honey, (good) fortune, ease, plenty, comfort, security, well-being
“she deserves all the prosperity she now enjoys”


Hmm, I like the expansiveness of that – prosperity isn’t just about money, but about ease, good fortune, comfort, success, well-being… And I really like the statement at the end- I do deserve and enjoy it!


Photo by Wee Sen Goh under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Last month, Carl Harvey of “The Big Life” (thebiglife.com) online radio show posed a”Prosperity Challenge”, which involved listening to a special prosperity audio called a “paraliminal” for five days, then writing a comment about what I experienced at the end of the five days. Carl and his team would then review all of the comments posted, choose the one they liked best, and the winner would receive an entire 42-audio set of the recordings, called “Paraliminals”, produced by Paul Scheele of Learning Strategies Corporation. I love a good challenge, and I’m familiar with NLP, Hypnosis and the audio technology used to create the paraliminals, so I went for it, knowing that at the very least, I would thoroughly enjoy the free use of the audio for five days. In fact, I loved listening to the audio and got plenty of pleasure each time, so I listened to it more than once a day. Here’s what I wrote at the end of the challenge:

“Carl, I’ve listened to the prosperity paraliminal at least once per day during this challenge – what a treat! During the audio, I feel deeply relaxed, and afterwards I feel energized yet calm and focused. I feel grateful for that, even if I didn’t have an increase in prosperity, which I did. I got a large payment on an account receivable that was several months overdue on Thursday. In addition to that piece, I’ve noticed lots of little things flowing easily. For example, I had a very tight schedule today and had some important errands to complete with limited time, and traffic was heavy. I got to the fireplace store to have the door of my wood stove repaired just five minutes before they closed for the weekend. They cheerfully repaired the seal on the spot so that I could take it home and, free of charge. I then went to a shop where the parking lot was jammed -cars were cruising around in laps and when I drove down one lane, a car pulled out just at the right time for me, no waiting. Then, I went to REI to return some socks and to buy a pair of sneaks for the gym and trail running while I was in the area. Unbeknownst to me, they were having a big sale and I got 20% off the sneakers. In addition to the physical signs of prosperity, and maybe even more importantly, I’ve felt truly prosperous all week long, in more ways than materially. It’s difficult to articulate with words, so I’ll just write that my inner landscape has been vibrant and expansive this week! Thanks, Carl, and Paul Scheele!”

Of course, I did hope to win the big prize, which is valued at over $1260, and I knew there were several thousand people worldwide participating in the challenge, so I just wrote honestly, from the heart, and then let it go to the fates.  Here’s the email I got a few days later:

Hey Cheryl,

Over the past couple of weeks, I introduced you to Paul Scheele and Paraliminals – and your results have been epic!

I’m so proud of each and every one of the 6100+ people who played The Prosperity Challenge, and attracted more abundance 🙂

It’s been so hard to choose a winner for the challenge – it could of been one of 200+ entries… but I’m following my intuition… and I feel the most inspiring story is from Cheryl Potner, who attracted more money, happiness, relaxation… and a lot more… all in 5 days! Awesome.

Here’s Cheryl’s entry… I loved how’s she focuses on abundance in ALL areas of life… very cool!

And, my thank you reply:

WooHoo! How fantastic to see this message first thing this morning (well, after taking my pooch out to potty!). Thank you! I’m doing the happy dance and I feel I’ve just won the jackpot – AND I HAVE! It just keeps coming, too, like I’m a money magnet. This morning, after I took my daughter to school, I stopped by a park so my dog could have a little stroll. When we got out of the car I glanced down to see a $10 bill on the ground! Nobody else was around, so I took it up as a gift; I’ll give it as a little tip to my cleaner later today. Want to know something really cool? When I was writing that post, I was feeling all tingly and expansive, and I juiced up the post with energy from my heart just before I hit the comment button. I had a great feeling throughout my whole body – I felt I knew I was going to win! I recently started a blog, Carl, and I’d like to invite you to read the last post, because it’s about giving and paying it forward. I think you’ll like it! You can find it here: https://cherylplotner.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/whats-two-cents-worth …

Gratefully Yours,

Cheryl Plotner

Wow, that was really fun, and I listen to a paraliminal audio every day, sometimes more than one. They run about 20 minutes, so it’s easy to fit them into my life. I definitely feel very prosperous, regardless of my income or bank balance at the moment.
How do you define “prosperous”? Can you expand the definition to include more than you had previously thought? Please share a comment about your own prosperity experience!

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