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Yavor, we agree, it is indeed a founding principle. Not unlike the person whose two reasons for not dancing well are their two feet, the two reasons many give up on their dreams are they don't know, and when they knew, were unwilling to give in return.
Thanks for your reaction. Ditto here. Have some audio recordings where Napoleon Hill explains - very convincingly - how his son was born without ears and how he ignored the doctors' advice and his son ended up hearing. Didn't know he is immortalized on film, too. Good for us, his fans!
pour vous les bienheureux, l'annee en cours sera toujours meilleure que la precedente et moins bonne que le suivante. heureux d'apprendre que ca ne change pas meme a votre age. je peine a m'imaginer avoir 62 berges un jour. un jour evidemment tres, tres, lointain. vous embrasse. ps. la photo de votre bateau fait rever.
Hi Herb, in spite of having read a gazillion books, hadn't heard of Michael Masterson, nor of his book ... until now. The ReadyFireAim quote is famous, the link to its author apparently not very solid. Anyway, thanks for the heads-up. Have added the book to my Amazon shopping cart. PS. Your blog is great ... says this hiking aficionado :-)
Nancy, excellent question! There's basically "nothing in between" ... Spirit, too, is what it is "without judgment, filter or rationalization." The primary means of perception being feelings, how does "Spirit" feel to you? The answer to your question is in how Spirit feels, to you. Let me call upon an anecdote to illustrate the point: a visitor to Niels Bohr's country cottage, noticing a horseshoe hanging on the wall, teased him - a scientist (Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922 and friend of Albert Einstein's) - about this ancient superstition. "Can it be that you, of all people, believe it will bring you luck?" "Of course not," Niels Bohr replied, "but I understand it brings you luck whether you believe or not."
Is-ness, for lack of a better word, refers to what "is", without judgment, filter, rationalization, words or even us as observers. It always refers to the present moment, and is never circumstantial. It excludes other forms of existence - wished for, imagined, past, future, pre-fixed with "if" or similar. For example, we sometimes describe human behavior as inhuman. Is-ness would hold human behavior is human always, regardless of the obervers' reasoning, justification or appropriateness. Is-ness is not easy to put into words, I hope to have somewhat succeeded.
Nancy, you are right completely. The reality principle doesn't hold that one cannot argue with is-ness. It holds that arguing with is-ness is difficult. Our perception of Mount Everest does not alter the mountain, only how we see it. In a practical sense, when we step off a high building, we fall down, or, when we move one end of the stick, we move the other end of the stick, too, etc.
So true. Positive thinking works (much) better with positive doing.