I feel like this week I’m finally starting to understand what’s going on in the course.
I laugh just a bit as I write this because it sound so silly to take a course and in week 18 understand what the hell you’re doing. But it’s true … as we have already discussed, there is a huge difference between knowing facts and understanding them.
Haanel talks about the Universal Mind in part 18, and how each living thing is marked by the degree of its intelligence that they manifest:
It is greater intelligence that places the animal in a higher scale of being that the plant, the man higher than the animal, and we find that this increased intelligence is a gain indicated by the power of the individual to control modes of action and thus to consciously adjust himself to his environment.
It is this adjustment that occupies the attention of the greatest minds, and this adjustment consists in nothing else than the recognition of an existing order in the universal mind, for it is well known that this mind will obey us precisely in proportion as we first obey it.
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.
What I get out of this is: recognition of these laws (and tho the universal mind) leads to obedience to them, which leads to power.
At first this struck me as the only hierarchy which makes any sense: the universal mind is clearly greater than we are, so as we recognize that and obey it then we can access the power that it gives us.
Then I thought of an analogy: in every hierarchy, you only have power according to your obedience to the hierarchy itself. If for example you’re a soldier, by yourself you don’t have much power (the US Army’s ads notwithstanding). But if you put yourself into that hierarchy then you have tremendous power at your disposal. Or if you work at McDonald’s, by yourself you aren’t doing much, but you are part of a group feeding more people every day than live in a good-sized country.
For some reason (or perhaps because I wrote about Star Wars last week) I then thought again of good old Luke Skywalker.
Luke was told that if he wanted to be a Jedi, he needs to go to a planet called Dagobah to meet Yoda, who was described as a “great Jedi Master”.
Instead he is accosted by the alien version of a crazy bag lady (flip the gender but that’s basically how Yoda acts).
It’s brilliant on Yoda’s part, because then he gets to see exactly what Luke is like.
Luke almost shoots Yoda, insults him, and then after Yoda invites him to his house and gives him dinner, does nothing but complain.
And ohhhhh the backtracking Luke does when he realizes the person he’s done all this to is the only one who can give him what he’s always wanted in life!
It makes me laugh every time I see that movie.
Luke at first did not recognize this great opportunity he had been given, so instead of honoring and obeying Yoda, he insults and despises him. Until Luke recognized the tremendous power Yoda had access to, and began to obey him instead of insisting on doing everything his own way, Luke couldn’t do anything. But when he did, everything began to change.
But honestly, it wasn’t Yoda who had the power, and he told Luke that. “My power is in the Force,” he said, and it’s a very good analogy.
Haanel goes on to write:
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.
Each of us – you, me, everyone – is the individual channel for bringing our thoughts into existence, using the power of the universal mind. What you think about will eventually happen, or something similar.
Do you see now how important your thoughts are?
Do you see that you might need someone to show you how to change them from negative to positive?
What I used was the 7 day mental diet. You can sign up for it at the end of this post.
It has taken me way longer than 7 days to see it, but I can honestly say things have drastically changed between my ears. 🙂