Loved Haanel this week. #31: …”the only difference between His spirit and your spirit is one of degree, that a part must be the same in kind and quality as the whole”.
Philosopher Koestler developed the concept of holons: The idea is that everything is not only a whole, but also part of a larger whole, so a “part/whole” or “hol-on”. Ken Wilber continued Koestler’s work in more recent years. One of Wilber’s tenets is that Holons have agency, individuality, and deep autonomy. If we really grasp that, we can clearly see that, as Haanel states: “you will have found the secret of the wonderful power of concentration, the key to the solution of every problem.” This says that even though we are indeed a part/whole of Universal Mind, and so “we live and move and have our being in it”…we are free to use our power of autonomous thought consciously, for good or for ‘evil’ (not fond of that word, but will use it here)! I can be what I will to be! Within the bliss of knowing I AM a part/whole of that which created me!
#8: “When you begin to perceive that the essence of the Universal is within yourself—is you—you begin to do things; you begin to feel your power; it is the fuel which fires the imagination; which lights the torch of inspiration; which gives vitality to thought; which enables you to connect with all the invisible forces of the Universe. It is this power which will enable you to plan fearlessly, execute masterfully“.
The dash. Someone long ago referred to our time on Earth as a parenthesis in eternity. Joel Goldsmith used it for a book title, and much more recently, Deepak Chopra used it in a writing. I was very reluctant to make those index cards showing my dash, my parenthesis in eternity;… and I am very glad I did. Not wanting to look at the time I logically (according to heredity and age of death statistics) have left in this time on Earth, the simple act of drawing the timeline, and choosing a particular time of year I adore (late August/early September) and counting how many of those precious seasons I have left, was powerful. But not scary. ‘Do it now’ has much more meaning now, and of course, the card exercise simply underscores the 5th Scroll. The word imperative comes to mind. The reading and the exercise are an imperative call that simply cannot be ignored.