Fritz's eyes lit up and his heart pounded as he held the delicate instrument to his neck and began to play. Heavenly tones sang forth, and Fritz knew this was the instrument he had dreamed of. When he asked the owner the price, Fritz was shocked to learn it was twice the amount he had saved.
"Can we work out a payment plan?" asked Fritz hopefully. "Sorry, we don't do that," answered the shopkeeper. "Then will you hold the violin for me until I can borrow more money to purchase it?"
"I'm afraid I cannot do that, either, sir," the shopkeeper responded.
Fritz went home and scurried to gather more money from friends and investors. Within a month he found people to help him. Eagerly he returned to the music store now able to make the purchase.
"I'm sorry, sir," the shopkeeper apologized. "A few days ago a wealthy collector came in and purchased the Stradivarius."
Fritz was crestfallen. He had come so close to having his heart's desire! On his way out, an idea occurred to him. He asked the shopkeeper, "Would you give me the name of that collector? I will contact him directly and ask if he would sell to me."
The shopkeeper gave Fritz the information and he made an appointment to meet the owner. "It has been my lifelong dream to own this instrument," Fritz told the fellow. "Would you consider selling it to me?"
The owner answered, "I'd like to help you, but this is the jewel of my collection. I intend to keep it as an heirloom."
"I understand," answered Fritz. "Perhaps, then, you would let me play the violin for a moment. It would mean a lot to me, and I will keep the memory for a lifetime."
The collector consented and handed Fritz the violin. Fritz took up the bow and, knowing he would never play this violin again, made the instrument sing with absolute passion. After a few minutes he returned the violin to its owner, thanked the man, and made his way to the door.
As Kreisler touched the doorknob, the owner called him back. "Don't go," he beseeched him. "You made such beautiful music. I bought this violin as a collector's item. You will bring more music and happiness to the world with it than I will. The violin belongs to you. Here, please take it."
Society's rules of ownership are superseded by a profound principle: The Right of Consciousness. You own what you own not by money, paper, or force, but by your love for it and your connection to it. If something is deeply imbedded in your soul, it belongs to you. It comes to you and adheres to you by your appreciation and right use of it. While it appears external rules govern who owns what, the prevailing law is the Right of Consciousness.
If you are trying to attract a job, living situation, or life partner, your thoughts and feelings must be a match to it. You must love it, know you deserve it, and hold a vision for healthy, joyful use of it. Then and only then will it come to you, and without struggle or strain. You don't have to fight for it; you just have to be one with it. If you are joined with something you truly deserve by your mental, emotional, and spiritual alignment with it, it is yours by universal law and no one can interfere.
A Course in Miracles asks you to remember, "I am under no laws, but God's." Behind all the rules people create, eternal principles are operating flawlessly. Justice is always being accomplished by the power of intention. Find yourself in universal principle, and everything you want and deserve will come to you and stay with you by virtue of love.
Excerpt from Alan's new prosperity book, Relax into Wealth: How to Get More by Doing Less. To order the book, or receive Alan's free daily inspirational quote and monthly newsletter, visit www.alancohen.com, email email@example.com, or phone 1-800-568-3079.