Week 24 – The Doctor is the Patient
Doctor, oh doctor.
In this, the last of the official lessons, Mr. Haanel reminds us again that the thought is the cause and the manifestation the effect. That reminds me of the blueprint builder, which we have been reading out loud for the last six months:
Third. I know through the principle of auto-suggestion, any desire that Ipersistently hold in my mind eventually seeks expression through somepractical means of attaining the object back of it, therefore, I devote tenminutes daily to demanding of myself the development of SELF-CONFIDENCE.
And we learned that a thought persistently held in your mind is viewed as a desire by the subconscious (which we affectionately refer to as “Subby”). We learned that Subby does not know about negation. “Don’t think about a red ball” has the same effect as “think about a red ball.” Instead of trying to deny something, we learned to use the law of substitution. “Think about a green triangle” will effectively remove the red ball from your mind, because we cannot think about two things at the same time (even if you think you can “multitask”). Much like two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time, neither can two thoughts.
So that, if we fear for our health constantly, we will bring the thing we fear upon us. We can say, like Job, “The thing that I greatly feared has come upon me.” Science has learned that many illnesses are actually psychosomatic. By that, I don’t mean “imaginary.” They are real illnesses but they have no exterior cause. They are brought into the soma (body) by the psyche (soul). The persistent thought manifests itself in the body.
Doctor Mind to the Rescue
We learned to visualize conditions in the “world within” as the cause and the manifestation in the “world without” is the effect. So, the solution is to visualize the desired condition, even if it means ignoring the evidence of our senses. At first glance this is nonsensical, but Haanel carefully makes the argument of the fallibility of our senses in Part 24.
1. When the scientists first put the Sun in the center of the Solar System and sent the earth spinningaround it, there was immense surprise and consternation. The whole idea was self-evidently false;nothing was more certain than the movement of the Sun across the sky, and anyone could see itdescend behind the western hills and sink into the sea; scholars raged and scientists rejected the ideaas absurd, yet the evidence has finally carried conviction in the minds of all.2. We speak of a bell as a “sounding body,” yet we know that all the bell can do is to producevibrations in the air. When these vibrations come at the rate of sixteen per second, they cause asound to be heard in the mind. It is also possible for the mind to hear vibrations up to the rate of38,000 vibrations per second. When the number increases beyond this, all is silence again; so thatwe know that the sound is not in the bell, it is in our own mind.3. We speak and even think of the Sun as “giving light.” Yet we know it is simply giving forth energywhich produces vibrations in the ether at the rate of four hundred trillion a second, causing what aretermed light waves, so that we know that we call light is simply a form of energy and that the onlylight there is, is the sensation caused in the mind by the motion of the waves. When the numberincreases, the light changes in color, each change in color being caused by shorter and more rapidvibrations; so that although we speak of the rose as being red, the grass as being green, or the skyas being blue, we know that the colors exist only in our minds, and are the sensations experiencedby us as the result of the vibrations of light waves. When the vibrations are reduced below fourhundred trillion a second, they no longer affect us as light, but we experience the sensation of heat. Itis evident, therefore, that we cannot depend upon the evidence of the senses for our informationconcerning the realities of things; if we did we should believe that the sun moved, that the world wasflat instead of round, that the stars were bits of light instead of vast suns.
He goes on to state that we can help others by controlling what we think about them. We can be in touch with them over long distances because of the Omnipresent Spirit in which we “live and move and have our being.”
Keep in mind that any persistent thought manifests. Pay attention to what you say when you talk to yourself as explained here.
Thanks for staying with me through this journey.Jesus said “my peace I leave with you”, so I say “Peace be your Journey.