Week 9 – “To think correctly is to enter into the ‘Secret Place of the Most High.’
This week’s lesson from Haanel is about the process known as thinking. Our ability to observe ourselves and then choose what to think separates us from all other known life forms. Yeah, so what? you say. Well, here’s the deal. Since we can think whatever we choose to think, we should be able to create a paradise on earth. And yet most of us in this course are here because somehow we have fallen short, so far, of that paradise.
But fear not, help is on the way in the form of directed thinking. Is it really that simple a solution, you ask? And Haanel answers, Yes. I said simple, not easy. Here’s a shorthand version of the formula for a harmonious life. Wait a minute. Before I give you this formula there is a conundrum that is part of it. You have to create harmony within yourself before you can create harmony for yourself. I know that sounds like a riddle but consider this: the distance between New York and Los Angeles seems enormous until you look at it from a satellite 20 miles above the earth.
And that is what Mark J has been drilling into us for the last several months. We are learning how to be and from that place of selfhood we act by controlling our thoughts, by directing our thinking, our imagination. We imagine our heart’s desire and create a definite major purpose for ourselves. And then we visualize on the inner screens of our minds the completed image/experience of our purpose. Oh yeah, and then we pour on some jet fuel and ignite our passion like only our hearts desire can!
Our Thoughts + Our Desire = Our Belief x Action = Results of The Highest Order