Monday, August 10, 2015

At the Abode of the Monkey King

 "People have trouble claiming their abundance."
-Randy Gage

I have been blessed to reconnect with my friend, brother, classmate, teacher, and mentor, Master Paul Gallagher. We never lost touch in our respective moves, but we had not seen each other face to face in years.

Something amazing has been happening alchemically over the last two years visiting Paul in Asheville. I have prospered.

Let me back up a bit.

I have learned various arts and sciences from Master Paul, including Tai-Chi, Pa-Kua, Qi-Gong, meditation, Taoism, Chinese Medicine, as well as classical music, dietetics, and a whole host of life skills.

We have discussed our mutual teacher, Master T.T. Liang, at great length and depth, and compared his teachings from two perspectives and eras. We also shared our other teachers. Paul told me about studying Zen with Philip Kapleau, Tai-Chi with Sophia Delza, Pa-Kua with B.P. Chan, and Qi-Gong with Kwan Sai-hung, all accomplished masters and teachers.

So I am quite comfortable to discuss and learn just about anything the Monkey King is willing to share with me, like prosperity.

Here is one of Paul's definitions of  prosperity;

"One facet of prosperity is not being worried about money."

I have been worried about money, living from paycheck to paycheck, and having terrible financial habits, for my whole life. Master Paul talked to me frankly and got across the idea that money is "a divine energy to be celebrated and circulated." I never received financial education in school or at home. All this was new to me.

I was introduced to the teachings of Jay Abraham, Jim Rohn, Randy Gage, and Robert Kiyosaki. My cup runneth over!

But beyond money, Paul showed me that I am, and have been, extremely prosperous in my martial arts, spiritual seeking, and many other aspects of life. He showed how being spiritually connected, healthy, having a passionate pursuit, a loving relationship, a way to "give back," and a purpose to your life are all aspects of prosperity, of prospering in your life.

In one year my life changed and the financial, professional, and artistic parts of my life came together in harmony.

Of course, my lessons went beyond discussion and stories. I received three books from Master Paul, two by mail, and one from his hand. It was like every other esoteric adventure I've been on. Out of nowhere, the master, subject, and study materials appear front and center. Here are the three books in the order I was given them to read:

1 The Wisdom of Andrew Carnegie As Told to Napoleon Hill

2 The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles

3 Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

I can say these books, with insights and clarity from Paul, changed my life. Or should I say fulfilled my life. I was doing pretty good, except for the money thing!

I continue to consult with Master Gao and get his ideas and insights on all aspects of prosperity and life. And I'm not alone. I am encouraging him to share his teachings in a study or home course that many people can benefit from, not just me. What do you think?


  1. I think that's a great idea. I too have benefited from knowing Professor Paul in many of the ways you mentioned, and for which I am eternally in his debt. I hope he continues to share his wisdom in as many ways possible.

  2. Yes, this information could be helpful for many of us. Coming from someone who understands the way of the Tao . . . remarkable. Home study is good but a direct connection to the teacher would be even better. Or maybe a group study in addition.

  3. Working at my job and trying to accomplish financial stability have a lot in common. More often than not I walk into my work day thinking I'll take the time I need to beat back some of the work debt, my backlog, but alas something new is waiting for me, another ball to juggle. A trick to be sure. Same with expenses. I get so careless with my spending at times. Then I worry, feel real anxious, don't sleep at night. Then, after smoke clears a little, I look at my debt and think: All it took was the decision take get control of it, spend smart, and knock it down. But alas theres always something, a car repair, Thanksgiving at your brother's house across the country, xmas, after school care. Some things you can budget, but there are always gotchas. Too many things out of ones control. Work and money. They're why my life is so complicated. What else could it be? Driving home from work? Eating dinner ("eat when hungry, sleep when tired"), what, mowing the lawn? Were things more simple what joy I could derive from the simplest most mundane tasks, like painting the house, gardening, playing my guitar and mandolin. There is prosperity in all these things. They are much of what I want out of life.

    I need to simplify my thinking, and my body shall follow. Too much clutter and debt due to my mishandling my funds over the past 5 years. Yeah, I could use some guidance. No doubt about it though, its a discipline.

    I like the following story. I first read, of all places, on the wall of a Jimmy John's Sandwich Shop. But I've since found it on the internet and read it again from time to time.

    An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

    The Mexican replied, “only a little while". The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The American then asked, “but what do you do with the rest of your time?”

    The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siestas with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine, and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life.” The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing, and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually New York City, where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

    The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”

    To which the American replied, “15 – 20 years.”

    “But what then?” Asked the Mexican.

    The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions!”

    “Millions – then what?”

    The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”