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Abundance Alchemy: Journey of Gold ~Evelyn Lim


Every January my colleagues go on a retreat to refresh and renew their spirits and energies for the work ahead.  They also get together to break bread and share with others working in the same field.   This year was not so much about learning a new skill, but it was about how to support each other and listen to each other; so much of our time is spent listening and assisting the community we are employed by and we must make it our turn.

Not having an in- person community with regular financial support coming in and benefits, means that I must find this support and retreat myself.   In 2010, I chose to support myself by taking 6 days of silence, journal writing, and listening in 2-day increments.   I also added several phone calls to Davina at Shades of Crimson, to speak out about my explorations and to make connections – accountability.

I was quite saddened to not be able to attend the retreat this year.  I am a person of action so I began designing my own retreat and renewal process.  By being open to the subtle hints from the universe several wonderful opportunities presented themselves.  One was a vision board on Abundance Tapestry, which I completed, another was realizing that I was stuck, and the third was remembering that I had purchased Evelyn Lim’s recently published book.

The content of the book was not startlingly new material.  It was the old journey wrapped up in a new context.  It was created around the Alchemist’s journey of turning base metal into gold and reaping the rewards.  The book is written by someone who has obviously taken this journey through all the steps and depths necessary to find a level of success from which to encourage others.  The book is graceful in its language and approach; one still has to do the work, but it just feels like a worthwhile task to embark upon.

Lim has taken the 5Cs of Singapore and translated them into the 5 Cs of self-discovery and success.  Lim has reintroduced us to our center and our power source.

I chose not to read the book  straight through in one sitting, because I have studied much of this material over the years and have kept many of the ideas as part of my regular practice.  Instead I used the book as my daily provoke before my walk, meditation, and prayer workout.   The format of the book lends itself very nicely to this style of reading and study.  There is a great deal of encouragement to take action and plenty of examples shared in story and fable form.  Quotes did not just start each section, but were appropriately placed in the guide to maximize and illustrate the specific point being made or being referenced.

The day my 20th rejection letter from my job-hunting pursuits arrived, I was very discouraged and angry.  I was definitely guided into feeling the full pain of this situation, then returned to the present, and enabled to use it as a visioning opportunity.  It opened my eyes and ears; I was listening to my true self and not wallowing in the mire of failed expectations.   I will keep this book nearby, because I believe it will be an ongoing resource and reference.

A few of my favorite quotes :

“Desires seek expression.”

“The blueprints of what we wish to create first start with thought.”

“Abundance is pure love.”

“To think is to fall short in the experiencing. Your mind can only hold partial memory.  Because thought is linear, it cannot comprehend the multi-dimensional nature of reality.  A mind that is constantly occupied with thoughts is not free and open.”

“To be trapped in illusion is never to be free.  Freedom is found in aligning with the truth.”

“Abundance is pure love energy in motion.”

I give this book a 5 ladybug rating:

And will keep it close at hand for further reference.

Have you ever been guided to pick up a book and it has been just the right read for that moment in time?  Do you have a special book you keep close as a reference?  One you like to read in the middle of the night if you can’t sleep?

Looking forward to your delightful comments.

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25 Responses to “Abundance Alchemy: Journey of Gold ~Evelyn Lim”

  1. Evelyn Lim Says:

    Hello Patricia,

    I had no idea that you were intending to write a book review. What a pleasant surprise!

    You have certainly been resourceful in putting together a retreat of your own. Like I shared in my book, it is not necessary to travel to India or make expensive trips. And I am honored that you have picked my materials as a source of inspiration for you.

    Having read your testimonial, I know that I have achieved my aim with the writing of my book. I wasn’t intending it to be a literary piece; but most certainly, I hope that it would be a helpful guide for those who are in need. I am delighted to know that you are intending to keep the copy of my book nearby. So thank you, thank you, thank you for letting me know that it would be a valuable resource.

    It’s never easy, having to deal with rejection. Do keep being positive. The Universe may have a bigger plan for you. Don’t stare so hard at the closed door and missed the new opportunities that have opened up. I believe that the more one is willing to shift consciously, the more miracles will unfold.

    Abundance always,
    Evelyn Lim
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    patricia Reply:

    Thank you for all your nice comments along with writing such a great book and blog. I am still working on my vision board and doing something physical like that has been very helpful.
    I was inspired to design my own Credit Card Statement today with a zero balance – wow did that feel positive and then I put the date I hope to achieve that in the date spot – now I am just needing to attach it to the board.

    I think just doing the workbook brought some lovely new energy into my spirit – I just know the right “thing” is going to work out.

    My partner feels as though he needs to work until he is 76 at this same pace and level is hard to hear.

    Thank you again for your lovely comments

  2. Talon Says:

    When I can’t sleep I definitely reach for a book – but it will be whatever I’m reading of the moment. If it’s really good, it helps quiet my thoughts so I can sleep.

    I’m sorry about the rejections, Patricia. It is hard to keep picking yourself up. But I do believe that it means the universe is keeping you free to accept the right job offer when it comes.

    For reflection and rejuvenation of spirit, I always head to nature – either the garden (can’t wait for Spring to fully arrive!) or a hike with the dogs to some favorite parks or hiking trails. It never fails to calm me and help me put things into perspective.
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    patricia Reply:

    I often get distracted and empowered by reading the book I am working on presently – I have to read something I have already read to relax my mind and go back to sleep – need to know the outcome!

    I think that is why I do so much walking…I also think I will be doing all the gardening by myself this year as my partner is truly hunting for work for his office….and he needs to paint the house…our big investment if we can ever retire?

    I am happy he is planning a 5 week bike ride in August with his friends it renews his spirit.

  3. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    Love this quote – so true:

    “To be trapped in illusion is never to be free. Freedom is found in aligning with the truth.”
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    patricia Reply:

    Me too! Quite a gem

  4. Sara Says:


    I have been reading Evelyn’s book and I’m doing it the same way. I like the fact I can pick sections and read them. It is a very good book and I also recommend it:~)

    I am sorry about the job hunt, but one thing I know about you is that you are persistent and strong. You’re a fighter and that means that even when times are tough…you’re the one that keeps going. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help.

    You are such a good book reviewer, is there a way to get paid for doing this or is this even something you’d consider? I know I always enjoy reading your reviews:~)
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    patricia Reply:

    Your comment made me tear up! Thank you for your hug in words and all your support along the way.

    If someone buy a book off my site via Amazon I get a few beans in my bucket – a new book and not a Kindle book. I am working on getting a few more book stores on the blog to connect to…

    AARP recently said the average blog income was about $100 a month – well my average is about $12 a month!

    One things that came up for me working with Evelyn’s book is that I really do want to write a book (probably fiction/novel) and that I still have a great deal of fear to overcome in this area.

    Isn’t it a great book? I just thought she did an amazing job with it.
    thanks for your lovely comments and a hug right back at you

  5. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. job hunting is such a depressing business .. and I’m sorry you’re struggling with it ..

    You’re always so dedicated and thorough with your work and with your love and care for us .. it’s difficult to understand why nothing is forthcoming .. I just hope it’s a few paces away …

    Delighted you are finding Evelyn’s book so helpful – and from the sound of it .. will continue to do so.

    I took a book on the train to London the other day & read it there and back .. and was delighted at the thought of it “Flip It” – it said everything I really needed to know .. – ‘How to Get the Best Out of Everyting’… by Michael Heppell – it is a British book ..

    part of the back page review .. “There’s a simple way of thinking,acting and doing, that once learned, will make sure you get the best out of every situation. It’s called ‘Flip It'”.

    Just has a different look at life – and relook at how you interact and handle every situation ..

    It’s a good simple easy to understand read ..

    Hope life improves .. in general .. with love and thoughts – Hilary
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    patricia Reply:

    Oh Hilary,
    Your book sounds delightful too – I think getting a different perspective is always helpful – Eileen Flanagan in her book “The Wisdom to Know the Difference” talks about Quaker conversations groups, where a number of people actively listen to someone’s issue and then focus on new ideas and thinking that can be put to the task at hand.

    I am not being idle though, doing a lot of reading and walking the pup and studying the current concepts of Grant Writing – I would like to organize a group to build a Net Zero House in our Town – or Duplex – because I do not think people understand what they are like or how they might achieve this – it just seems like a fantasy…we have 8 units in Seattle but that is too far away and just putting energy efficient appliances in is not truly doing it…
    Our power company was just purchased by an Australian firm…life is changing rapidly –
    Our buy in to this project could be my partner’s green design work and he could show it off

    Wow UK is so far ahead of us and Germany.

    Taking life one step at a time… thanks for your word of support and encouragement

  6. Alien Ghost Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    I’m sorry to hear about your struggles to find job. My best wishes so you can reach your desired results soon.

    Honestly I don’t remember being guided to a specific book, but many times while reading something, the content of what I’m reading seems to give ideas that could help a problem that I happen to be dealing with, even if the reading at the moment doesn’t have anything to do with my personal struggles. Weird and cool at the same time!

    Also, no specific book to keep close as a reference, other than technical books to help me in my line of work. For personal help usually I prefer to go for a walk by the woods and the reservoir close by and watch nature; there is something special about breathing and watching nature to get relaxed and clarify confused thoughts.

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    patricia Reply:

    Weird and Cool at the same time …what a great idea Raul.

    Walking in nature is so renewing and clarifying.

    Thank you for your nice words and for coming by

  7. susan Says:

    Hi Patricia! You write so beautifully I’m surprised you aren’t sitting down with the 2011 Writer’s Market and seeing where you can submit articles! Even some magazines pay for book reviews. I could wallpaper my entire house – inside AND out – with all the rejection letters I’ve received over the decades of free-lancing. I’ve learned to look at them as actual guideposts of a sort – like the Universe says no, not here, try over there – as if it is some dart game or something. As for a book to pick up, my bedside table is full of them – but for a grounding or calming I seem to prefer A New Earth by Tolle.

    patricia Reply:

    Thank you for your lovely words and suggestions. I was actually hoping to get a job with health ins. but have been wandering around in the writing genre too –

    I actually rarely have any luck when job hunting – I have 40 rejection letters from the year I turned 40! The best jobs I have ever gotten have been, someone saying “would you consider doing this for us?” and it has turned into an amazing work experience.

    I like Tolle too, this book is better for those moments when one needs to DO something – Tolle does calm me down :)

  8. Jannie Funster Says:

    Hi Patricia. I feel my mind has too many thoughts much of the time, yet I can’t seem to meditate the way one is supposed to. I guess spending more time quietly in nature would be a good place to start for me.

    Very wise this Evelyn Lim. So exciting about her book!

    20 rejection letters does seem a lot — but 20 places that are not right for you. Keep believing that the right one is out there for you! And it is.

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    patricia Reply:

    Thanks for stopping by – too many thoughts, I certainly know how that goes Tess and Evelyn call that having Monkey Mind and this book shows one how to use those thoughts well!.

    I have found combining a yoga pose along with my meditation assists me in calming down the racing mind and focusing on the breath – I now do not know what I would do without my calm mind experience everyday – walking helps me so much too.

    Very wise this Evelyn Lim – indeed

    Today there are no jobs to apply for – hip hurrah, it gives me a whole day to work on my grant writing skills, write and read.
    I am nearly 9 books behind on my reading this month

    Now the sun is attempting to peek through – puppy walk, puppy walk and listening again to Jannie’s new song on her blog! Delight

  9. Brownpaperbaggirl Says:

    I adore those quotes. True wisdom in them.

    patricia Reply:

    It is a very wise book – Welcome and thank you for your comment

  10. Chris Edgar Says:

    Hi Patricia — thanks for this glimpse into Evelyn’s book. I always appreciate the honesty of what you share on this blog — just hearing about your raw experience of living is so refreshing to me, no matter whether it involves joy, anger, despair or something else.

    patricia Reply:

    My whole life work is wrapped up in honesty and integrity tied up with kindness – so I do not know if my writing is so raw a reveal or a modeling to reveal. I would hope that I am a bit like Gandhi and am modeling to reveal and inspire????

    Thank you for your words of inspiration and acknowledgment of my efforts.

    I think it was you who said something to the effect when something has come your your awareness transformation can begin?

    You are the third person this week, who has implied that I just put it all out there – I am taking this as a compliment – and also that I realize that I am just a rotten game player or actor.

  11. Davina Haisell Says:

    Hi Patricia.

    The quotes you’ve pulled from Evelyn’s book are awesome… I especially feel that this one is a good one for you: “The blueprints of what we wish to create first start with thought.”

    Seeking a job where you will be valued and where you can do what you enjoy doing is a good place to start. If you already know what it is that you are doing when you are in the zone, “feel” that while you are searching.

    Could be that the right job is right in front of you. One thing I must say is that I think it’s admirable that these folk are even sending you replies to your applications. A lot of folk don’t even bother with that!

    A job search is a job in itself. You are leaving tracks, so don’t forget to pat yourself on the back for what you’ve accomplished so far. You are determined and that says a lot. No quitter here!

    I love your idea of creating a retreat for yourself. I find that when I’ve taken away vacations I almost feel like I need a vacation from my vacation by the time I return.
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    patricia Reply:

    Hi Davina,
    Thank you for commenting, I know your schedule is very busy right now – all those new editing jobs arriving at your doorstep – YES!

    I will say I talk of rejection letters but mostly they are postcards or emails…only a couple have been letters. I have gotten a response for every job to which I have applied.

    Since I am by myself 90% of the time, I need to have a plan going or I get in slug mode very quickly…but I like my little retreats because they refresh me

  12. Davina Haisell Says:

    You’re welcome, Patricia. :)

    My heart truly goes out to you. I can sense and understand your frustration and SO wish for you to find your place. I’m just waiting, and visualizing reading one of your upcoming posts where you excitedly announce finding YOUR job!
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    patricia Reply:

    I am looking forward to writing that post too! :)

  13. Evelyn Lim Says:

    Thought I’d check in on this post today. Thanks, Patricia, once again for being so gracious in writing your feedback and warm in your support :-)

    I’ve just sent you a prayer of love and light. Sincerely hope that you’d get your dream job soon! Much success to your visualization!

    Have a wonderful weekend,
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