Week 23: real treasure

This has been an interesting week.

Haanel spent the entire chapter talking about money, power, and success.

He begins with the idea of money consciousness. Money consciousness is not what you might think. It is, rather than a grasping attitude, a receptive attitude. Going back to his polarity and circuit examples, he says that desire sets the current in motion, drawing what you need towards you, while fear stops this current and can even reverse it, sending money away from you:

Fear is just the opposite from the money consciousness; it is poverty consciousness, and as the law is unchangeable we get exactly what we give; if we fear, we get what we feared.

I’ve got a lot more work to do on this point. I had to fill out a survey on one of my businesses today, and I felt that sharp spike of fear that I hadn’t felt in weeks, that I had avoided by avoiding the whole topic. But that spike wasn’t as strong, and I now know what it means — that something in this is both vitally important to my growth as a person and being wrongly perceived as danger for some reason — and by reminding myself that I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy, and allowing myself to do more grief work at how things have turned out in that area.

This is one thing I really appreciate about this course, that it has given me the ability to understand and handle emotions, something I never even imagined would happen.

But anyway, he goes on to say:

We make money by making friends,

Another area I haven’t been all that successful in …

and we enlarge our circle of friends by making money for them, by helping them, by being of service to them.

This I find incredibly helpful, because it seems like something I can do, something practical.

The first law of success then is service

I love when he states things plainly like this. He says some other things that I found helpful in this regard:

  • You can make a money magnet of yourself, but to do so you must first consider how you can make money for other people.
  • your greatest success will come as you are enabled to assist others … it is just as essential to give as to get … the more we give, the more we get

He goes on to use several business examples of success through helping others and links this to concentration on the things you desire, including an acquaintance who went from broke to wealthy in just a few years through this method, emphasizing that what he’s writing about is the epitome of “practical”!

“Spirituality” is quite “practical”, intensely “practical.” It teaches that Spirit is the Real Thing, the Whole Thing, and that Matter is but plastic stuff, which Spirit is able to create, mould, manipulate, and fashion to its will. Spirituality is the most “practical” thing in the world — the only really and absolutely “practical” thing that there is!

The webinar talked about self-reliance, and we’re reading Emerson’s essay on self-reliance. I love this:

I cannot sell my liberty and my power, to save their sensibility.

And we got some new cards with things from a book by Deepak Chopra, about acceptance, responsibility, and not defending our position, sort of an extension to the mental diet. I’ve heard of Deepak Chopra before but have never read anything he wrote until now.

And then this from Haanel just jumped out at me:

The average person is entirely innocent of any deep thinking; he accepts the ideas of others, and repeats them, in very much the same way as a parrot; this is readily seen when we understand the method which is used to form public opinion, and this docile attitude on the part of a large majority who seem perfectly wiling to let a few persons do all their thinking for them is what enables a few men in a great many countries to usurp all the avenues of power and hold the millions in subjection.

So how does this all fit together?

I feel as if this week is about treasure.

What is treasure? Is it money, or what money brings you? Or is it something else?

Could the real treasure be … your true calling? Your true self? Letting the crowd do its thing, wishing it well, and taking your own path?

I added some new index cards to my stack.

The only teacher is you

The only map is you

The only treasure is you

The real treasure is you.