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It has been quite a long while since I have written on this blog. The absolutely vast amount of new things that have happened since then is mind boggling. That’s not what this is about though. As I sit here in the middle of the night, re-reading parts of Think And Grow Rich, I had some interesting thoughts that I felt compelled to put down into writing.
For whatever reason, I started reading the chapter on The Sixth Sense: http://www.eskimo.com/~ghawk/TGR/CHAPTER14.htm
where Napolean Hill underwent the exercise of imagining people he respected every night and holding a council with them to gain their opinion. Soon enough, these characters became so real in his life that he stopped for a while. And then this experience happened:
These meetings became so realistic that I became fearful of their consequences, and discontinued them for several months. The experiences were so uncanny, I was afraid if I continued them I would lose sight of the fact that the meetings were purely experiences of my imagination.
Some six months after I had discontinued the practice I was awakened one night, or thought I was, when I saw Lincoln standing at my bedside. He said, “The world will soon need your services. It is about to undergo a period of chaos which will cause men and women to lose faith, and become panic stricken. Go ahead with your work and complete your philosophy. That is your mission in life. If you neglect it, for any cause whatsoever, you will be reduced to a primal state, and be compelled to retrace the cycles through which you have passed during thousands of years.”
I was unable to tell, the following morning, whether I had dreamed this, or had actually been awake, and I have never since found out which it was, but I do know that the dream, if it were a dream, was so vivid in my mind the next day that I resumed my meetings the following night.
Even though I have read various parts of this book countless times, this is the first time I’ve noticed (and felt drawn) to these paragraphs. Two factors really jumped out at me.
When I came over this sentence, I had to reread it over and over again:
If you neglect it, for any cause whatsoever, you will be reduced to a primal state, and be compelled to retrace the cycles through which you have passed during thousands of years
As I read it, it occurred to me that people gel together for a purpose. When there is a goal, a direction, a purpose, people start to overlook their differences in the interest of promoting that purpose. But when you just put a group of people together and ask them to stay together, they inevitably lose motivation. This has been truth in terms of the forums I’ve ran as part of WM Media, as part of my dating experience, and just friendships in general.
When there is a goal, people of simliar interests gel together to accomplish that goal. Once that is accomplished though, they just disband until something else comes up (or the relationship just deteriorates as common interests fade). Just think college friends, high school friends, etc. Do you really have a desire to talk with people in your past on a regular basis unless you want to reminesce about the past or have something in common to do right now?
This has some astounding implications for me. First, on a macro level, it reminds me of a previous post Why Sex Is The Most Important Emotion. Not only does sex drive you to understand other people as mentioned in the post, it gives you a desire to exist. In fact, the emotion of sex might very well be the desire to exist. It had always confused me before when I read the book as to just what the emotion of sex is (especially with the whole chapter on sex transmutation). Now I think I know. It’s not something that can be satisfied by repeatedly having sex, just as it’s not that satisfying to never have sex. That’s why Napolean Hill keeps suggesting that it’s important to have both sex and sex transmutation. I think it’s also what Dale Carnegie calls the feeling of importance. The emotion of sex. A desire to exist. A feeling of importance. Purpose.
On a micro level, I’m reminded that cells and other little units within ourselves are just like people. They have their own capabilities as individuals and must work together as a whole for a purpose. The more concrete and solid your purpose is, the more they will work together. Remember that you have the power to control what the purpose of the whole machine you call your body is. But that would mean the key to a long and fulfilling life is simply…. you really want to.
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