Haanel is bold this week!!
In order to grow we must obtain what is necessary for our growth. This is brought about through the law of attraction. This principle is the sole means by which the individual is differentiated from the Universal.
The “Law of Attraction” is love. Not the flowers for Algernon kind or pretty Valentines but the real deal, the action attraction we are.
…the individual is simply the differentiation of the one Universal Mind “which lighteth every man that cometh into the world,” and his so-called individuality or personality consists of nothing but the manner in which he relates with the whole.
This we call his environment and is brought about by the law of attraction.
Who we are is nothing but how we relate? What does that say about how we ‘relate’ to TV, radio, media and all the rest of our environment?
4. A new civilization is being born; customs, creeds, and precedent are passing; vision, faith and service are taking their place. The fetters of tradition are being melted off from humanity, and as the impurities of materialism are being consumed, thought is being liberated and truth is rising full robed before an astonished multitude.
He might have something different to say today. The introduction of the ‘Third Reich’ and other ‘pagan’ customs since Haanel wrote this chapter suggests something other than his ‘full robed’ truth. His excitement and exuberance bursts off the page. The choices and decisions we make determine our robe.
10. It is the recognition of Natural Laws that has enabled us to annihilate time and space, to soar in the air and to make iron float, and the greater the degree of intelligence the greater will be our recognition of these Natural Laws and the greater will be the power we can possess.
Time annihilated or have I missed something? Time seems to creep along at the same petty pace she has always moved. While it takes hours instead of what was days to travel, that in no way annihilates time in my view. Perception of time may be different, the number and rate of new advances increases but time annihilated? Og Mandino declares, “I will live this day as if it is my last!” Time is only now. Yesterday and tomorrow may be points of view not accessible except through now.
The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once. – Albert Einstein
12. Thought is creative and the principle on which the law is based is sound and legitimate and is inherent in the nature of things; but this creative power does not originate in the individual, but in the universal, which is the source and foundation of all energy and substance; the individual is simply the channel for the distribution of this energy.
You and I are not originators of any thought! We are merely channels to distribute energy, power or whatever the Universal has in mind. Disagreeing makes no difference either.
14. Thought is the invisible link by which the individual comes into communication with the Universal, the finite with the Infinite, the seen with the Unseen. Thought is the magic by which the human is transformed into a being who thinks and knows and feels and acts.
Haanel writes two long sentences so you may have missed this! Thought is NOT thinking. In fact all the ‘thoughts’ you are paying any attention to are not yours, not you and any thinking you may be doing is using those thoughts. This suggests your feelings and actions are merely the outcomes of Universals thoughts… none of which is you.
17. The only belief which is of any value to anyone is a belief that has been put to a test and demonstrated to be a fact; it is then no longer a belief, but has become a living Faith or Truth.
The truth, believed is a lie. The truth only experienced proven true for ‘you’ is the test. In other words, if you have not validated your beliefs with tested and proven experience you are living a life with no value to anyone! Well, maybe the advertisers who have convinced you otherwise reap some value from your existence.
24. In order to grow we must obtain what is essential for our growth, but as we are at all times a complete thought entity, this completeness makes it possible for us to receive only as we give; growth is therefore conditioned on reciprocal action, and we find that on the mental plane like attracts like, that mental vibrations respond only to the extent of their vibratory harmony.
Don’t worry, Be happy! You are either practicing one or the other. The struggle is our unconscious mind hard wired and preprogrammed to spend all of its time on worry and danger wins until you are aware. Unless you consciously practice being happy for extended periods, practicing being grateful for long periods, your subconscious ruler wins out. This may keep you alive but you won’t have a life worth living. You are either thinking thoughts of abundance or thoughts of scarcity. You get what you think. The thoughts are available for either one.
29. Power depends upon consciousness of power; unless we use it, we shall lose it, and unless we are conscious of it, we cannot use it.
The goal then is practice using your conscious mind! Attend to your conscious mind instead of reacting to or buying the constant nattering of the subconscious. Finding the power, using it, exercising it consciously is required or it will find someone else. Intuition is another, use it or lose power.
32. The incentive of attention is interest; the greater the interest, the greater the attention; the greater the attention, the greater the interest, action and reaction; begin by paying attention; before long you will have aroused interest; this interest will attract more attention, and this attention will produce more interest, and so on. This practice will enable you to cultivate the power of attention.
Our subconscious, manipulated, programmed and ordered by schooling and culture to direct our interest and our attention runs the show. This woolly mammoth sucks the possibility of our life out with commitments and goals not of our making or choosing. The practice of using the conscious mind to control our lives is David against Goliath. Until you catch who you are, either being controlled by the subconscious programming or noticing how to use the conscious to acquire your dreams come true, you are living life on rails, programmed for others needs, wants and desires.
Now GO and practice the power of attention. What is your Definite Major Purpose again?