I feel somewhat swept up in a wave that I sense is coming, the wave of pop-psych and new-age and self-help that will lead to the rise in The Secret… The Channel Nine (Australian TV) sponsored entry into the personal development world. While perhaps the content is somewhat over-hyped, especially given that learning the ‘secret’ isn’t such a big deal after all (it was always there – applying the secret is the challenge), I have already gained great value from my exposure to it.
It all began when Natasha text messaged me, inviting me to a screening last Thursday. After I spoke with Nick about it over an affogato and iced chai last night, I realised that I had to find out more…
In brief, it’s a movie about profound personal development. I haven’t seen the movie (yet), though sense that it’s about how your thoughts create your reality, to maintain a sense of abundance and gratitude… looks very interesting.
I was led to review The Science of Getting Rich, and have a few provocations (PO) from there… note that the quotes are preserved as written (no gender balancing here!):
- PO “The purpose of Nature is the advancement and unfoldment of life; and every man should have all that can contribute to the power; elegance, beauty, and richness of life; to be content with less is sinful.”
- PO “The man who owns all he wants for the living of all the life he is capable of living is rich; and no man who has not plenty of money can have all he wants.”
- PO “There is abundance of opportunity for the man who will go with the tide, instead of trying to swim against it.”
- PO “Every man has the natural and inherent power to think what he wants to think, but it requires far more effort to do so than it does to think the thoughts which are suggested by appearances. To think according to appearance is easy; to think truth regardless of appearances is laborious, and requires the expenditure of more power than any other work man is called upon to perform.” [Do as thou wilt… be in the world but not of it…]
- PO The formless becomes the manifest through a thought. Thoughts can be controlled, thereby affecting the manifestations. This is axiomatic to “The Science of Getting Rich.”
- PO “Life is the performance of function; and the individual really lives only when he performs every function, physical, mental, and spiritual, of which he is capable, without excess in any.” [balance…]
- PO “You are to create, not to compete for what is already created.”
- PO “First, you believe that there is one Intelligent Substance, from which all things proceed; second, you believe that this Substance gives you everything you desire; and third, you relate yourself to it by a feeling of deep and profound gratitude.”
- Purpose + Faith – We must first form a clear image of what we want. What do you want? More than just knowing what you want, you need to cultivate the sense that what you want is your’s – a sense of faith that it is coming to you, which you must maintain as you work.
- Rather than a specific time for prayer, we must ‘pray without ceasing’… to make the object of our desire the obsessive focus of our life… without telling others, for in telling others, we bring our ego into the experience, Edging God Out, and undermine our purpose.
- Apply your will only to yourself – not to influence others.
- PO “Poverty can be done away with, not by increasing the number of well to do people who think about poverty, but by increasing the number of poor people who purpose with faith to get rich… The poor do not need charity; they need inspiration.”
- “If your heart is set on domestic happiness, remember that love flourishes best where
there is refinement, a high level of thought, and freedom from corrupting influences; and these are to be found only where riches are attained by the exercise of creative thought, without strife or rivalry.”
- We must receive wealth by giving more value than that which we receive, in whatever form that gift may come.
- Fulfill your purpose in your present place – do your job today, using today as the first step to where you want to be. “Do, every day, all that you can do that day, and do each act in
an efficient manner.”
A few basic thoughts… designed as an instruction book rather than a discussion point… it cites Hegel and Emerson as Western authors, though suggesting that this stems from Hindu underpinnings. Interesting…