From this quote,what I understand is that one should not express what they want verbally especially sentences with the word 'I' , but whereas in Think & Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill states that one should read his Definite Major Purpose in Life/self confidence formula at least twice a day, making use of autosuggestion, and has 'I' in almost every step.
So who is right and who is wrong..? What is the best way to go about doing this?
I love "The Message of A Master" but at the same time I find the wording a bit strange and some statements not very logical.
Since the Master is talking about "secretiveness", I have always understood his advice as: "Don't verbalize your desires in front of other people"...I know that's not what the text is saying literally but what it is saying doesn't make much sense. Are we supposed to keep a secret from ourselves? I don't think that's going to work. Also the statement of the Master is very easy to disprove. Think of something that you know you can do, then see if expressing it with words will prevent you from doing it. :)
So if we assume that the advice is to not talk with other people about your yet to manifest desires, then there is no contradiction. Napoleon Hill actually says the same thing in Think and Grow Rich. I don't have the exact quote now but he suggest we shouldn't talk about our ideas with anyone for two main reasons.
I find the second reason especially important. Wayne Dyer also talks about this very often. He says that when you have to defend your position you move into the ego and that obstructs the manifestation process.
There is one exception to this "rule"(according to Think and Grow Rich) and that is your Master Mind group - a group of like minded people, who put their mind-power together to accomplish a common goal. In front of your master-mind group you can share your plans without hesitation, as they are there to support you, rather then question you.
Lastly, there is another seeming contradiction in regard to words. In "The Secret" for example they say that you should talk a lot about your desires and that will make them manifest faster. The thing is that "the secret" takes place in a slightly idealized world, where everyone is supportive and all people are part of your master-mind. However, this is not what most people experience day to day, so it's probably wiser to keep your mouth shut most of the time. :)
I have personally learned the hard way, multiple times, that it is not a good idea to talk about what you are trying to manifest. I can think of two times in particular, when I spoke about something that I thought had just manifested ("You'll never believe what just happened to me...this amazing opportunity just came through"), and in both cases, within twelve hours--Poof! Both opportunities fell through completely. (These were, by the way, things I tried to manifest through prayer and visualization; it was before I learned about the manifestation experiments on this site).
I have come across two passages from old books which offer possible explanation. I do not say they are right; they both come from authors who practiced traditions outside of New Thought / LOA.
From "Man's Eternal Quest" by Paramahansa Yogananda, 1939 (chapter on "Answered Prayer"):
"...God begins to answer. And when the infinite condescends to break his vow of silence, you will not be able to contain your joy. But if you have an egotistic desire to demonstrate to others the power of your prayers, or if you commercialize it you will lose that power. God will respond to you no more, you will have frightened him away...when you are impressed with yourself and want to show off, He sees that you seek not Him, but fame and glorification of your ego, and He will not come."
Another quote from "Black Elk Speaks," the amazing autobiography by the 19th century Sioux mystic, healer and medicine man:
"Of course it was not I who cured. It was the power from the outer world, and the visions and ceremonies had only made me like a hole through which the power could come to the two-leggeds. If I thought that I was doing it myself, the hole would close up and no power could come through. Then everything I could do would be foolish." (p. 157)
This is obviously a different take on the "secretiveness" theory...for my own part, I do find the explanation from "Message of a Master" very interesting.
wow. clearly you guys dont get it yet. i understood it as soon as i read it. i cant explain it to you, it is impossible. once you get it, you get it, and theres no real way to describe it. it does work, trust me. ive been attracting very positive awesome things to myself ever since i read this. weird coincidences and happenings, that all link to each other. and things are working out immensely well.
human mind is one. walk the one nutral path. you can only truly find the real meaning of this within your one self.
the answer to life... is 1.
go read up on some buddhism and eckhart tolle first, then come back to this after.
answered 30 Nov '11, 01:02
I see no contradiction here. This ties into what I have learned through my mystery schools. Do not go blabbing to others your goals. Here are reasons not to.
When we go to others to tell them before we even do anything it is like you are really more worried about what they think that what you think. You give control over your brain to another to decide. Imagine if while driving you had to take a poll on every turn to find out if you should turn that way, go the other way or straight, you would never get there and even may crash!
Ronald Regan had a plaque on his desk that said, "There are no limits to which a man may achieve as so long as he is willing to let someone else take the credit."
I think this is why Jesus said, "Do not let the left hand know what the right hand is doing."
When we seek attention that is our reward, but when we do the work that is our reward. It is in the second classification that gets things done and gains the rewards of satisfaction.
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