The Benefit of Adversity
As we read in scroll 4 in The Greatest Salesman “I have been given eyes to see and a mind to think and now I know a great secret of life for I perceive, at last, that all my problems, discouragements, and heartaches are, in truth, great opportunities in disguise.”
Our character is forged out of adversity. We know that the greatest pressure yields the most valuable diamond, the hottest fire produces the strongest steel.
When you encounter obstacles, know you will you find your way through the adversity and be better for it. Life doesn’t give us more than we can handle, but it will keep sending us the same lessons in different form until we get it.
Re-frame problems into challenges and turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones. Just like scroll 3 says “Each obstacle I will consider as a mere detour to my goal and a challenge to my profession.”
We cannot obtain what we lack if we tenaciously cling to what we have. We are able to consciously control our conditions as we come to sense the purpose of what we attract, and are able to extract from each experience only what we require for our further growth. Our ability to do this determines the degree of harmony or happiness we attain.
The ability to appropriate what we require for our growth, continually increases as we reach higher planes and broader visions, and the greater our abilities to know what we require, the more certain we shall be to discern its presence, to attract it and to absorb it. Nothing may reach us except what is necessary for our growth.
Begin to look at stress and struggles as the catalyst for growth, both physically and mentally. Just like he athlete needs resistance when he lifts weights, we need challenges to learn and improve.
Think of a major challenge or adversity you overcame and list as many good things as you can that came of it. I’ll bet one of them is… “with each victory the next struggle becomes less difficult.” -Scroll 4
All conditions and experiences that come to us do so for our benefit. Difficulties and obstacles will continue to come until we absorb their wisdom and gather from them the essentials of further growth.
Insight is defined as “the capacity to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of a person or thing.”
I believe that insight allows us to analyze our ideals so we can weed out any germ (non-principal). We can see inside our habits and beliefs for prune any areas of lack or limitation.
To have insight is to see the future so you can create it.
Haanel says that insight is developed in the Silence where we can create and develop our ideas and make plans to bring them about, to apply the knowledge.
Only applied knowledge of a worthy ideal that is infused with love will bring about your manifestation.
In order to possess vitality thought must be impregnated with love. It is love which imparts vitality to thought and thus enables it to germinate.
Words Create Worlds
In lesson 15 Haanel so beautifully illustrates the power of the word we speak. As you read the words that follow, be aware of your words. Realize you are creating your world with your language.
When you recognize you have stated something negative immediately say “Cancel” and say something positive to counteract your negative creation. This is the Law of Substitution.
Become a wordsmith and build your Ideal one word at a time.
The first form which thought will find is language, or words; this determines the importance of words; they are the first manifestation of thought — the vessels in which thought is carried. They take hold of the ether and by setting it in motion reproduce the thought to others in the form of sound.
Thought may lead to action of any kind, but whatever the action, it is simply the thought attempting to express itself in visible form. It is evident, therefore, that if we wish desirable conditions, we can afford to entertain only desirable thoughts.
This leads to the inevitable conclusion that if we wish to express abundance in our lives, we can afford to think abundance only, and as words are only thoughts taking form, we must be especially careful to use nothing but constructive and harmonious language, which when finally crystallized into objective forms, will prove to our advantage.
We cannot escape from the pictures we incessantly photograph on the mind, and this photography of erroneous conceptions is exactly what is being done by the use of words, when we use any form of language which is not identified with our welfare.
We manifest more and more life as our thought becomes clarified and takes higher planes. This is obtained with greater facility as we use word pictures that are clearly defined, and relieved of the conceptions attached to them on lower planes of thought.
It is with words that we must express our thoughts, and if we are to make use of higher forms of truth, we may use only such material as has been carefully and intelligently selected with this purpose in view.
This wonderful power of clothing thoughts in the form of words is what differentiates man from the rest of the animal kingdom; by the use of the written word he has been enabled to look back over the centuries and see the stirring scenes by which he has come into his present inheritance.
He has been enabled to come into communion with the greatest writers and thinkers of all time, and the combined record which we possess today is therefore the expression of Universal Thought as it has been seeking to take form in the mind of Man.
We know that the Universal Thought has for its goal the creation of form, and we know that the individual thought is likewise forever attempting to express itself in form, and we know that the word is a thought form, and a sentence is a combination of thought forms, therefore, if we wish our ideal to be beautiful or strong, we must see that the words out of which this temple will eventually be created are exact, that they are put together carefully, because accuracy in building words and sentences is the highest form of architecture in civilization and is a passport to success.
Words are thoughts and are therefore an invisible and invincible power which will finally objectify themselves in the form they are given.
Words may become mental places that will live forever, or they may become shacks which the first breeze will carry away. They may delight the eye as well as the ear; they may contain all knowledge; in them we find the history of the past as well as the hope of the future; they are living messengers from which every human and superhuman activity is born.
The beauty of the word consists in the beauty of the thought; the power of the word consists in the power of the thought, and the power of the thought consists in its vitality.