Napoleon Hill’s Thought + Positive Emotion

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In Napoleon Hill’s inspirational classic “Think and Grow Rich,” he asserts that we must add intense positive emotions (like love and faith) to the thought of our desire in order for us to successfully achieve that desire.

This is a concept that a lot of people have trouble understanding and implementing. How do we add intense emotions like faith or white-hot burning passion to a thing like a thought? Hill does teach us that we must repeat positive affirmations regularly to our subconscious. However, a lot of people have trouble successfully doing this.

Well, the answer to this problem lies in taking a small step backwards. Step back and take a closer look at the desire. When we have something we are truly passionate about and truly desire, we have intense positive emotions about it. The thought of that passion comes with its own built-in positive emotions. We can’t help but want to get involved in the passion. We don’t need to imbue this thought with any positive emotion such as love. Love is already there.

Even an initial lack of faith in ourselves can’t stop us from going after this desire. Our love of it, our passion for it, overrides everything else.

So, if we desire something but we are finding it difficult to feed positive emotion to the thought of it, chances are it’s not the right desire for us. Maybe we believe we should want that desire. But if we have to work to get passionate about something, then step back and look at it again. It may be time to shed the desire, let it go, and allow room for the right desire to come in.

Finally, note that when a desire is not right, we will shed the thought easily. We won’t struggle to get rid of it. It will fall off of our shoulders like a coat, which is not our real physical body. It was never the real us. It was covering the real desire in us. Just let it go.

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Empty Your Mind

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No words will be used here to explain this statement “Empty Your Mind.” Let each of us simply think about it. Then let’s try to practice it using whichever method comes naturally to each of us. Whatever feels right, flow with it.

Any additional words from me may, in fact, clutter your mind. I won’t share with you what this phrase means to me. I won’t share with you how I use it in my life. I wish for you to find out what it means to you and how you can practice it regularly.

So that’s all for today… “Empty Your Mind.”

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Spiritual Alchemy – Uncovering our Inner Gold

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Alchemy is the ancient tradition of turning base metals, such as lead, into gold or silver. This was performed by removing the impurities in the base metals in order to produce gold.

(There is so much more one could cover on this ancient tradition but for the purpose of this conversation, this is all we need to know.)

What’s Spiritual Alchemy? Turning lead into gold is a metaphor for human Spiritual transformation. Over time, we accumulate impurities, that is, we accumulate beliefs from our society’s programming. Beliefs that we don’t even realize we now hold. Beliefs that are not our true Spirit. We believe what they believe. We all think alike. As such, we live like everybody else – unique human beings with unique gifts who suppress these gifts in order to live in the same average mediocrity as everybody else.

Spiritual Alchemy is removing these programmed beliefs in order to get back to the gold we were born with. It is about reconnecting with our unique gifts and sharing this uniqueness with the world. 

Not all the programmed beliefs are bad, of course. But we must each find out which beliefs we hold and whether they are actually our beliefs or our friends’, family’s, or society’s beliefs. Then we must establish whether these beliefs help us or cripple us.

How do we do this? Question. Question every “should” or “have to” that pops into the Mind. When the Mind says to us “You should” or “You have to,” ask “Why?”

Why should I? Why do I have to? Is this me speaking or is this my parent speaking? Is this me speaking or is this my friends speaking? Is this me speaking or is this the media speaking?

Question everything. Soon enough, we begin to shed what is not our voice. We begin to shed the impurities, the lead. We then begin to hear our voice that was buried underneath the impurities. We uncover that beautiful treasure we were born with. We uncover our gold.

We are Spiritual Alchemists. The gold is here for the taking.

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What do we really have to lose?

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Steve Jobs’ passing today got me thinking about a few words I strung together about death and its motivational power in “The Wealth in Questions” as such:

“The fears that we cultivate regarding losing our job, money, house, car, clothes, respect from peers, and the long list of other daily human worries are insignificant. When people come face to face with death, they wake up and realize that all that stuff really doesn’t matter. The prospect of death brings this very simple concept to life.”

What do we really have to lose?

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R.I.P. Steve Jobs: If today were your last…

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One of the world’s most creative and visionary entrepreneurs of all time passed away today. Steve Jobs, founder of Apple which gave us the Mac computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone and tons of other life-enhancing revolutionary products left us today at age 56. He will forever be missed.

The lasting memory I have of Steve Jobs is a commencement address he gave at Stanford University’s graduation ceremony in 2005. In his speech, he spoke of how a simple quote on death helped to push him to success. This is a short excerpt of what he said:

“… for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself ‘If today were the last day of my life would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life… Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”

A few simple words. But more powerful than just the letters strung together.

If today were your last day, would you do what you are about to do today? 

Rest in Peace, Steve Jobs.

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