New Thought Editorials > Lesson from Las Vegas


Autumn 2001

Lesson from Las Vegas

Those of us who made the trek to Las Vegas for the INTA Annual Congress had a wonderful experience. In addition to the spiritual lift that comes from meeting with other like-minded people to reinforce our faith, renew our life intentions, and learn from one another, our physical senses were nurtured in the splendor of Harrah’s, a beautiful hotel with an opulent Mardi Gras theme and colors of purple, green, and gold. Our room overlooked the pool area, where sunbathers invited the harsh kiss of the desert sun, at least in the early morning hours. Downstairs was a splendid array of food choices at the gargantuan buffet or various smaller dining areas. Venturing out of the hotel, other forms of lavish abundance from white tigers to a replica of King Tut’s tomb awaited. Everywhere, friendly, warm-hearted people stood ready to grant one’s every wish. Prosperity is in evidence everywhere in Las Vegas, and seemingly everyone expects to prosper there.

Although Las Vegas is an expensive city to visit as a tourist, it’s amazing how much it has to offer that is absolutely free. Some of its most elaborate attractions, such as the rows of fountains choreographed to "dance" at the Bellagio or the spectacular volcano that erupts in the middle of a lake with a waterfall at the Mirage, are for the enjoyment of anyone who happens to be going past them on the sidewalk. The battle between the British man-o’war and the Jolly Roger at Treasure Island, although it is so popular that the sidewalks are crammed on all sides, is also delightful entertainment at no charge, as is the spectacular fireboat spouting plumes of water in front of New York, New York. These wonders all look very high-priced, but they are not.

Inside the glittering casinos, it’s a different story. The flashing neon signs and the clinking of coins here and there, with an occasional cascade of sound as someone hits a jackpot, lure one in with the impression that they are free and easy, and that a big payoff awaits the next spin of the colorful wheels. These wonders all look inexpensive to attain, and in the short run, they may be; but in the long run, they are not.

How do we explain this paradox, that the best things in life are truly free in Las Vegas, while what seems attractively free can become an expensive trap for the unwary? There are two parts to the answer: knowledge illumined by wisdom, and self-discipline.

It takes a blend of knowledge of the laws of money coupled with the discipline to regulate one’s cash flow to accumulate enough wealth to vacation in Las Vegas in the first place. Then, it requires still more understanding to learn that one can laugh and play and risk a small amount of money in the casinos as an evening’s entertainment, but that in the long run, the house always wins because the house owns the game. We need to do our heavy gambling in a game that we set up and can win, a game that is our life’s mission, a game that the still, small voice of God has lured us into.

One of our featured speakers, prominent prosperity promoter Edwene Gaines, announced at the beginning of her talk early in the Congress that she had hit three jackpots already! She really makes it look easy. But Edwene is on the road some 300 days a year, fulfilling her life’s mission of "teaching every man, woman, and child on planet Earth about prosperity," as she puts it. At one time, she indicated that she had five different businesses and is in one of the highest income brackets in the country. Clearly, she has mastered both the laws of money and self-discipline. She earned those jackpots by attracting them. God is her source, and God is present in the casino as well as everywhere else in the universe. It’s a lovely lesson to learn.