Me and Marianne

A Free Ranging Chat Online

I’ve just finished one of the best online prosperity chats I could have imagined. My prosperity party hostess and dialogue partner was the incomparable Free Range Human herself, Marianne Cantwell, speaking from Bali.

I was impressed with the group she calls The Tribe before even meeting any of them. She asked them to come up with some issues around time and money and they sent in thirteen pages of pertinent thoughts and questions. This is a very engaged group.

One of my favorite comments was one I never remember saying before:

Sometimes when people talk about prosperity consciousness, they focus on the prosperity and forget about the consciousness part.

Marianne and I talked about the power of words, and she suggested what I consider a great strategy:

I think you should get really curious and start listening to the language people around you are using. If it’s someone who tends to have things come to them easily, how do they answer when you say, “How are you?”  Then listen to the language of those who are convinced that life is very very difficult. That should convince you of the power of changing your language.

There was a lot of interest in my Robust Expectations concept, and I said,

Through your life, no matter what kind of darkness you may have faced, what kind of loss, what kind of disappointment, what kind of tragedy–through your life, things always got better. We’ve all had that experience–things always get better. So, if things always get better, it should be quite easy to have Robust Expectations, no matter where you now are.

I can think of two questions related to the two quotes above.

 1. What could someone tell about your level of prosperity consciousness by listening in to your conversations?  How do you usually answer, “How are you?”  

 2. Can you think of a time when things seemed to be headed in the wrong direction in your life, and picture how slowly or quickly things got better?

More on Marianne and her great book, Be A Free Range Human (and she had some high praise for MoneyLove 3.0), at




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  • Teresa

    THank you Jerry, I was on the call and have just listened again to the recording, have also signed up for your blog and ordered your book so I guess that makes me a new fan!

    To answer your questions, in reverse order. There was a time in my life when actually things got worse and worse – close family illness followed by bereavement, followed by more illness and further bereavement and so this was a time when people would say ‘It can only get better’ but for a period of 18 months it didn’t get better, but dropped like a stone in fact. Although on a day by day basis or hour by hour there were still some fantastic cherished hours that are as good as any I will ever have.

    During that time my most common response when asked ‘How Are you’ was to say ‘I’m Fine’ and although I knew I wasn’t fine it was in part an expression of hope that one day I would be fine again. And of course I was and I am fine again.

    I have always been a believer that things do get better, but I believe in patience as well and in wheels within wheels. Looking back I can see that even in the midst of a lot of pain and grief I was still able to have ‘Robust Expectations’ when waking up in the morning, there were still some amazing times to be had and we did. I didnt even know the term Robust Expectations but I used beliefs like ‘take each day at a time’ and ‘live for the day’.

    The overall ‘getting better’ was very slow and continues now, and will continue forever but patience is very important. When asked now how I am I like to say ‘Brilliant, thanks ‘ or similar as that sets the tone for a great communication, even if some shared griefs form part of that.

    Cant wait for the book to arrive !! Thank you again for a great call.

  • Claire M

    Hi Jerry,

    I couldn’t make the live call but have now listened to the recording (twice). Thank you so much for sharing your story with the Tribe!

    I really needed to hear what you had to say at this point in my journey and I was particularly struck by the law of subtraction, your views on looking at negative experiences as a foundation for wisdom and the idea that 50 is the new 30!

    I too will be buying your book.

    Thanks again

  • moneylovejg

    I’m glad you enjoyed

  • Jerry Gillies

    Hi Teresa,
    Thank you for the kind words. Since MoneyLove 3.0 is in digital PDF format, you should have already received it at your inbox. If not, do let me know at Your story indicates you have a very precious quality necessary for a prosperous and fulfilling life: resilience.

    My longtime friend, Rev. Marla Sanderson, founder of the New Thought Global Network, talked about this in Book 7 of MoneyLove 3.0, titled Building a Prosperous Spirit. She said:
    “Life is in our corner, life is in our favor. If we know that and live as if that’s so, when things come up that look like obstacles or even failures, you begin to recognize them as markers or signs along the way, pointing you this way or that. So when things seem like disappointments, they’re just messages; and, you just do what you want to do, going in the direction you want to go; and, things will naturally get better.”
    warm and prosperous regards,

  • Teresa

    Thanks Jerry – Yes I have received MoneyLove 3.0, I got the relevant email confused with the emails for signing up to your blog! You are not the first person to say that I am very resilient, it is a precious gift indeed for which I am always grateful. I am off now to start reading – very excited. Very best regards and love from Teresa x

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