Easy Breezy Prosperity: The Five Foundations for a More Joyful, Abundant Life

Easy Breezy Prosperity: The Five Foundations for a More Joyful, Abundant Life

by Emmanuel Dagher


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ISBN-13: 9781623366216
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 01/05/2016
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 668,682
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Emmanuel Dagher is a transformation specialist, holistic health practitioner, teacher, and humanitarian who helps others create positive shifts in their lives. He is the author of Easy Breezy Miracle. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Michael Hinton is an actor of stage and screen as well as a voice-over artist, puppeteer, and writer. Classically trained, Michael has performed in New York, the U.K., and regionally throughout New England. He holds a master's degree in professional acting from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, England.

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Finding Your Happiness

Typically, when people think of prosperity, they think of monetary prosperity. They think of how much they have in their bank accounts or how much their car or home is worth. But monetary prosperity is only one kind of prosperity, and even though it's definitely the one people seem most concerned with, it's rarely the most important.

Prosperity is about so much more than the contents of our bank accounts or investment portfolios. Prosperity is about what we achieve and how we look at reality. It's about choosing to operate from a space of knowing that we are enough. We aren't lacking.

If we can acknowledge and accept who we are and where we come from, and operate from there, we are better equipped to overcome any challenges we may face.

In our consumer-driven economy, we tend to measure our self-worth in terms of net worth. Of course, having money makes life easier, but it does not make life. It's things like our friends, family, and health that make life worth living.

I once had a client, David, who had been brought up in a wealthy family so he never had to worry about money. Succeeding at school and at work was always what was most important. He was raised to think that if you didn't have a 4.0 GPA or if you weren't running your own company, there was something wrong with you. He came to me feeling unfulfilled in his life and pressured at his job. He wanted advice and help pursuing more prosperity, because he felt he hadn't done enough to make his family proud--despite running a company and having graduated top of his class in business school. He felt his business wasn't performing as well as it could, and he really wanted to make sure he was doing everything possible to ensure it succeeded. David couldn't see how much he did have because he was so focused on what he thought he didn't have.

We worked together for several sessions, identifying what he wanted, what he had, and where he wanted to be in six months. By focusing on what prosperity really is and not assigning a dollar amount, a grade, or a profit margin to it, David and I were able to work out a way for him to feel fulfilled at work, while still being grateful and acknowledging how much he had in his personal life with his family and friends.

By letting go of the purely monetary aspect of prosperity, David was better able to see exactly how prosperous he was! His family was healthy; his work was stimulating. His fears about not being good enough or not being successful enough faded as he learned to enjoy the other aspects of prosperity: pursuing happiness and being grateful for the things you have. With help from exercises in this foundation and others, David learned to evaluate his prosperity and success by how happy he was, not by how much money he made during the quarter, or how many new clients his business took on.

David began to appreciate the smaller things and started to take more time away from work to enjoy time with his family. He allocated time to pursue new hobbies he enjoyed, thereby enabling a healthier work-life balance as he spent less time in the office. David contacted me recently to share with me that he's never been happier, and his business has never been more successful.

The dictionary defines prosperity as "a successful, flourishing, or thriving condition, especially in financial respects; good fortune."1 Although this is accurate, it's not complete. At its root, prosperity is about happiness. In my experiences with clients and in my own life, I've come to create another definition of prosperity as being "the successful pursuit of happiness; a thriving and flourishing state of being."

Prosperity is overcoming your fear and doubt, making the choice to actively step into your ideal self.

Purpose and Prosperity

One of the most important steps toward prosperity is acknowledging and discovering our purpose. Our purpose in life is more than pursuing that 9- to-5 job, paying off the mortgage, or counting how many friends we have. Our purpose in life, the meaning of life, is to be happy.

That's it. All we need to pursue in life is happiness. Through happiness, we will discover prosperity encompassing all the aspects it entails-- family, friends, financial, health, and career. We know our purpose by knowing what brings us joy.

As we search for our true purpose, every choice before us should be simplified down to one question: "Does this align with my joy?"

One of my clients found that his purpose lay in being a father. He had wanted a family from the time he was a small child and had always sought out good jobs so that he could be a strong provider.

Once he met his wife and they had children, his purpose was confirmed. There was nothing in life that made him happier than his children. Discovering this led him and his wife to swap roles within the family. He became a stay-at-home father, and she took over the role of breadwinner. They are much happier now that they are both in positions that allow them to live out their own purpose and happiness.

If you're living a purpose that doesn't bring you joy, it's not your true purpose.

What Brings You Joy?

One of the statements that I hear most often from clients is that they don't know what their life purpose is; they are unsure of what brings them true joy. It can be overwhelming to think about this without the help of a guide, which is exactly why I'm here to help you!

One of my favorite ways to help people discover their true purpose is to ask them to picture themselves when they were between the ages of 7 and 12 years old. What got your heart racing then? What really piqued your interest? Climbing trees? Playing with a chemistry set? Making crafts? Exploring your neighborhood?

It's often in these memories that we find our true selves and in turn, our true happiness. People change over time, but the things that make us truly happy seem to simply change form--at heart, it's still the same basic idea that makes us happy. If playing with a chemistry set brought you happiness and excitement, perhaps you enjoy discovering new things and doing research. It doesn't have to be science-related; it may be the act of discovery that intrigues you.


According to modern science, the big bang theory--the theory behind the creation of our Universe--hinges on the idea that the Universe is constantly expanding. Every day, every second, the Universe gets a little bit bigger, expanding out into the far reaches of space, and also within ourselves. This expansion creates a massive amount of potential energy that we can utilize in our transformation and development. Thinking deeply about our desires helps us identify our priorities. We can then refocus the different parts of our lives to be aligned with these priorities.

One thing to be mindful of is the difference between society-driven desires (things you feel you should do) and your true inner desires (things you feel internally guided to do in order to be happy). True desires, the ones that are unspoiled by the false values society forces on us, are less about thinking and more about feeling. Wanting to be a singer because of fame and money is different from being guided to sing simply because it makes you happy to sing, and knowing that if you're not singing, you're not happy.

So many people find themselves chasing after what they want or think they want, instead of what they really need. The key is to realign our focus with our true desires and to take a step back so we can see where those desires come from.

I will never forget meeting Ella. Ella was a client of mine who was desperately seeking guidance when we connected a couple of years ago. She had just graduated college and had taken whatever job she could, because her loans were coming due soon. She was terrified about her student debt and, at the time, the economy was in a downward spiral. Ella didn't know how she was going to pay off her debt when she hadn't been successful in acquiring a job in her field, and the job she did have didn't pay very much. Her family didn't have much to spare financially, and she felt that asking them for assistance was not an option she wanted to explore.

Ella had completed a degree in business because that is what her family wanted for her, and she didn't want to disagree or disappoint them. Ella shared with me that she had always done what her family wanted--and for good reason, as they wanted what was best for her. She threw herself into her academics and did reasonably well, but she wasn't passionate about her selected field of study. After four years of business school, she graduated and went out into the world. She didn't want to work in an office and had no idea what else to do with a business degree. When I asked her what she wanted to do, she really didn't know.

Together, we worked through several processes trying to figure out what actually made her happy. After a couple of sessions together, she revealed a love for crafting. Whenever she was stressed about a final exam or worried about a presentation, she would knit, crochet, or even make jewelry. Her grandmother had taught her how to craft when she was a young girl, and doing these things always reminded her of her grandmother, which helped her to calm down, enabling her to tackle the stressful situation. This huge breakthrough allowed us to put together a plan that would both make her family proud and allow her to focus on her own happiness.

Within a couple of months of our first session, Ella had opened an online Etsy shop and was running her own business selling her handmade goods. She was so happy to be able to combine her education and her passion. She found what made her happy and turned it into her full-time job. When Ella first made her joy list, she hadn't even considered including crafting, but once she was going through several processes a day, and really trying to focus on what made her happy and what she was grateful for, she found it.

Tap into your memories of joy and ponder them for a while. Explore them and discover what they reveal about your own personal truths.

Joy needs to be our number one priority. We need to rest in and trust the wisdom and knowing of our deepest desires.

The Mind and Prosperity

Throughout our evolution as a species, the human brain has become the perfect observer.

We can use our five senses to deduce almost everything about our environment, which likely evolved as a way to protect us from predators. It is also a fine-tuning of the problem-solving skills we already had. Our minds are excellent observers, and we can further our journey to prosperity by allowing the mind to fulfill that role and that role alone. Our five senses were honed through survival and fear. We learn to do things, or not do them, because it helps our survival in one way or another.

In some regards, the brain is very similar to a three-year-old child. A three-year-old doesn't know not to touch the hot stove until she uses her senses to deduce that touching it hurts, and threatens her health or survival. Instead of allowing the three-year-old child to be in control of our feelings and actions, we need to allow our spirit to lead the way.

As human beings in the modern world, we have a habit of pushing ourselves too hard, of putting too much pressure on the brain to be perfect, to succeed, to have all the answers, even while we are learning something new. Would you tell a three-year-old that she was unintelligent because she didn't grasp a new idea immediately, and because of that, he was incapable of succeeding? No, of course not! She is just a child, and she doesn't know any better.

Yet this is exactly what we do to our own minds, and it's just as unfair.

We need to go easier on the mind, to be more caring and less judgmental. Our mind doesn't know any better. The harder we push, the more it resists-- just like a toddler will. If you push and push a toddler into doing what you want him or her to do, you will likely end up with an unhappy, tantrum- throwing child. If you encourage, guide, and show a toddler what you want and why, the child is far more likely to understand and go along.

We need to be patient with our minds and give them time to adjust to and consider new ideas. If we allow our spirit, our intuition, to lead the mind, to guide it gently through decisions and desires, we have a greater chance of being on task and on purpose than if we drag our mind kicking and screaming into a whole new way of looking at things.

Transcending Fear

As we evolve, we develop new skills to overcome fear. It's my honor to be able to share with you another way to deal with and move through the emotion of fear with more ease than what most people experience.

The idea of fear itself can be challenging. Even just thinking about the things we fear can cause our heart rate to spike and our breath to quicken. Many people who experience anxiety can relate to the immediate adrenaline rush that can come from an upcoming deadline.

What if I were to tell you that fear isn't bad or good--that it's just the mind (our inner 3-year-old) trying to protect itself from something it's unfamiliar with?

Well, that's exactly what fear is. We can better understand fear when we choose to think less and feel more. It seems kind of backward, right? But by thinking less and letting our intuition and feelings guide us more often, we can observe the fear instead of reacting to it.

Fear, whether of failure or success, is just an emotion. It's not rooted in reality. If you're afraid of something and you succeed at it anyway, nothing has really changed, except your perception of yourself.

Table of Contents

Foreword Peggy McColl ix

Introduction xiii

Prosperity Foundation #1 Finding Your Happiness 1

Prosperity Foundation #2 Embracing Circulation 23

Prosperity Foundation #3 Investing in Yourself 53

Prosperity Foundation #4 Building a Support Network 79

Prosperity Foundation #5 Practicing Gratitude and Kindness 87

Your 28 Day Easy Breezy Prosperity Plan 99

Afteword 161

Further Rending 167

Journal Pages 168

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