Haanel this week is in peak form. His opening must have lost dozens in his day. The kind of Deity which a man, consciously or unconsciously, worships, indicates the intellectual status of the worshipper.
Especially the unconscious one, in my experience, is a sign of an unexamined life.
The student who masters the contents of Part Seventeen will not mistake the symbols for the reality; he will be interested in causes, rather than effects. He will concentrate on the realities of life, and will then not be disappointed in the results.
The symbols exist in our minds, ‘in here’. The realities exist in the world ‘out here’.
1. We are told that Man has “dominion over all things”; this dominion is established through Mind. Thought is the activity which controls every principle beneath it. The highest principle by reason of its superior essence and qualities necessarily determines the circumstances, aspects and relation of everything with which it comes in contact.
How long will ‘dominion over all things’ last, another year or centuries? Where is this fossilized planet headed? Am I open to the solution or part of the drift and flotsam?
4. Continuous concentration means an even, unbroken flow of thought and is the result of patient, persistent, persevering and well-regulated system.
The ‘system’ is you daily, patiently extending the time and clarity on that which you imagine.
6. Concentration is much misunderstood; there seems to be an idea of effort or activity associated with it, when just the contrary is necessary. The greatness of an actor lies in the fact that he forgets himself in the portrayal of his character, becoming so identified with it, that the audience is swayed by the realism of the performance. This will give you a good idea of true concentration; you should be so interested in your thought, so engrossed in your subject, as to be conscious of nothing else. Such concentration leads to intuitive perception and immediate insight into the nature of the object concentrated upon.
Focus, enraptured in your attention to the object, was our very nature before government schooling put us in desks to be quiet, attentive to nonsense and talk only when called on. The natural ability to concentrate on a dream is for many a memory only.
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting. – e.e. cummings
8. Desire is largely subconscious; conscious desire rarely realizes its object when the latter is out of immediate reach. Subconscious desire arouses the latent faculties of the mind, and difficult problems seem to solve themselves.
Desire and results are different. I am most interested in results in both ‘out here’ and ‘in here’. My experience has the conscious mind making the connections that the subconscious throws out. The ability to remain in control, while listening to the subconscious chatter without succumbing to its alert system but noticing the good ideas it offers, if you focus, is essential. Athletes call it the zone. When you are in it, everything slows down and ultimate control is effortless. What pulls you out of it is when you notice it.
It’s not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power! – Robert Kiosaki
11. Concentration does not mean mere thinking of thoughts, but the transmutation of these thoughts into practical values; the average person has no conception of the meaning of concentration. There is always the cry “to have” but never the cry “to be”; they fail to understand that they cannot have one without the other, that they must first find the “kingdom” before they can have the “things added.” Momentary enthusiasm is of no value; it is only with unbounded self-confidence that the goal is reached.
Success, or anything else, requires you “BE” successful first. When you be successful you will ‘do’ what successful people do and ‘have’ what successful people have. Any other order produces failure eventually or constant frustration. The ‘kingdom’ Haanel refers to is ‘being’. We are human beings not human doings. We are drawn, mesmerized how little children ‘be’ so open, happy, willing and delightful. When does that get crushed or smothered out of us?
13. Weakness is the only barrier to mental attainment; attribute your weakness to physical limitations or mental uncertainties and try again; ease and perfection are gained by repetition.
That you notice the limitation and or uncertainties is a good thing. Quitting because of them is not. The muscles need exercise to grow stronger. The mind is no different. The exercise of the mind is possible while relaxed. The longer you are able to ‘let it go’ or to let your body be still while staying ‘focused’ on one vision is practice, practice and practice. There is no top to this; there is always improvement and acceptance of your ‘self’ instead of judging the ability or performance is essential.
We simultaneously live in two worlds. We live in the infinite, ‘in here’, and we live in the finite, ‘out here’ and the rules are different in both. Playing by ‘in here’ rules ‘out here’ cannot work any better than applying the ‘out here’ rules to ‘in here’.
17. The intensity of one moment’s earnest concentration and the intense longing to become and to attain may take you further than years of slow normal and forced effort; it will unfasten the prison bars of unbelief, weakness, impotence and self-belittlement, and you will come into a realization of the joy of overcoming.
This paragraph is like describing when you discovered balance the first time learning to ride a bicycle. This is nonsensical to anyone who has not had the experience and obvious to anyone who has. Read it a couple of times slowly. The ‘joy of overcoming’ once experienced is the true source of one’s power. Some call it enlightenment.
20. All of us are dynamos, but the dynamo of itself is nothing; the mind must work the dynamo; then it is useful and its energy can be definitely concentrated. The mind is an engine whose power is undreamed; thought is an omni-working power. It is the ruler and creator of all form and all events occurring in form. Physical energy is nothing in comparison with the omnipotence of thought, because thought enables man to harness all other natural power.
“The dynamo of itself is nothing.” That is the nature of the majority is seems. Just grasping the possibility of this paragraph is a step toward “harnessing all other natural power.” Doubting it, even the slightest, nearly eliminates the possibility from rising.
22. If you concentrate on some matter of importance, the intuitive power will be set in operation, and help will come in the nature of information which will lead to success.
Serendipity and coincidence have happened to all of us. Learning to manage and harness our intuitive power is worth any effort you can muster.
23. Intuition arrives at conclusions without the aid of experience or memory. Intuition often solves problems that are beyond the grasp of the reasoning power. Intuition often comes with a suddenness that is startling; it reveals the truth for which we are searching, so directly that it seems to come from a higher power. Intuition can be cultivated and developed; in order to do this it must be recognized and appreciated; if the intuitive visitor is given a royal welcome when he comes, he will come again; the more cordial the welcome the more frequent his visits will become, but if he is ignored or neglected he will make his visits few and far apart.
Whatever you exercise grows stronger, where your focus goes, energy flows and results follow. What you ignore atrophies. What you leave be, lets you be. What you resist persists.
25. Remember that fundamentally the subconscious is omnipotent; there is no limit to the things that can be done when it is given the power to act. Your degree of success is determined by the nature of your desire. If the nature of your desire is in harmony with Natural Law or the Universal Mind, it will gradually emancipate the mind and give you invincible courage.
“When given the power to act” “in harmony with Natural Law or the Universal Mind” you acquire “invincible courage”. The subconscious that we have very little say over runs everything. Recent research suggests we only justify the subconscious minds directed behavior afterwards. Haanel is suggesting we train it to work for us instead of whomever it is working for now. It is not ‘you’ by the way!
27. By keeping the thought in mind, it will gradually take tangible form. A definite purpose sets causes in motion which go out in the invisible world and find the material necessary to serve your purpose.
Some call this the law of attraction. Others are not as kind. I found it before reading Haanel and I called it following breadcrumbs. With the ‘goal’ in mind, not like a fanatical single thought but a definite purpose assigned to the subconscious to ‘look for the path’ something like ‘bread crumbs’ appear. Intuition showers you with enough clues to follow them and all the materials necessary to serve your purpose arrive on time all the time.
Believing is thinking.
If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right. – Henry Ford
35. If you wish to eliminate lack, concentrate on abundance.
36. If you wish to eliminate disease, concentrate on health.
37. Always concentrate on the ideal as an already existing fact; this is the germ cell, the life principle which goes forth and sets in motion those causes which guide, direct and bring about the necessary relation, which eventually manifest in form.
This is starting to get seriously interesting! Yes?
When you get to the end of all the light you know and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly. – Edward Teller