Haanel Q and A
- Upon what principle does the theory and practice of every system of metaphysics in existence depend? Upon a knowledge of the “truth” concerning yourself and the world in which you live.
- What is the “truth” concerning yourself? The real “I” or ego is spiritual and can therefore never be less than perfect.
- What is the method of destroying any form of error? To absolutely convince yourself of the “truth” concerning the condition which you wish to see manifested.
- Can we do this for others? The universal mind in which we live and move and have our being is one and indivisible, it is therefore just as possible to help others as to help ourselves.
- What is the universal mind? The totality of all mind in existence.
- Where is the universal mind? The universal mind is omnipresent, it exists everywhere. There is no place where it is not. It is therefore within us. It is “the world within.” It is our spirit, our life.
- What is the nature of the universal mind? It is spiritual and consequently creative. It seeks to express itself in form.
- How may we act on the universal mind? Our ability to think is our ability to act on the universal mind and bring it into manifestation for the benefit of ourselves or others.
- What is meant by thinking? Clear, decisive, calm, deliberate, sustained thought with a definite end in view.
- What will be the result? You will also be able to say, “it is not I that doeth the works, but the father that dwelleth within me, he doeth the works.” You will come to know that the “father” is the universal mind and that He does really and truly dwell within you, in other words, you will come to know that the wonderful promises made in the Bible are fact, not fiction, and can be demonstrated by anyone having sufficient understanding.
noun, ( used with a singular verb)
1. the branch of philosophy that treats of first principles, includes ontology and cosmology, and is intimately connected with epistemology.
2. philosophy, especially in its more abstruse branches.
3. the underlying theoretical principles of a subject or field of inquiry.
4. (initial capital letter, italics) a treatise (4th century b.c.) by Aristotle, dealing with first principles, the relation of universals to particulars, and the teleological doctrine of causation.
1. the branch of metaphysics that studies the nature of existence or being as such.
1. the branch of philosophy dealing with the origin and general structure of the universe, with its parts, elements, and laws, and especially with such of its characteristics as space, time, causality, and freedom.
2. the branch of astronomy that deals with the general structure and evolution of the universe.
1. a branch of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods, and limits of human knowledge.
Over the past six months, we’ve come to realize that most of what we know is illusory. Those things which appear to be solid are in fact made up of emptiness. The concept of color we find to be simply our response to specific vibrations. Green to me might not be green to you. (An extreme case is the example of color blindness. The light waves vibrate at the same frequency, but the perception is different.)
We perceive vibrations as light, heat or sound depending upon the frequency. Haanel states in paragraph three:
We speak and even think of the sun as “giving light.” Yet we know it is simply giving forth energy which produces vibrations in the ether at the rate of 400 trillion a second, causing what are termed light waves, so that we know that what we call light is simply a form of energy and that the only light there is, is the sensation caused in the mind by the motion of the waves. when the number increases, the light changes in color, each changing color being caused by shorter and more rapid vibrations; so that although we speak of the Rose is being read, the grass is being green, or the sky as being blue, we know that the colors exist only in our minds, and are the sensations experienced by us as the result of the vibrations of light waves. … It is evident, therefore, that we cannot depend upon the evidence of the senses for our information concerning the realities of things; if we did we should believe that the sun moved, that the world was flat instead of round, that the stars were bits of light instead of vast suns.
We know that thoughts energized by emotion become beliefs and influence our actions. our actions become habits, which become our character, which leads to our destiny. Therefore, we must make every effort to know the truth because, as Jesus said, the truth we know will make us free. From Modern English Version (MEV):
for as he thinks in his heart, so is he. (Proverbs 23:7)
For truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, he will have whatever he says. (Mark 11:23)
28 Then they asked Him, “What shall we do that we may work the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” (John 6:28-29)
Truly, truly I say to you, he who believes in Me will do the works that I do also. And he will do greater works than these, because I am going to My Father. (John 14:12)
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)
Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8)
By faith we understand that the universe was framed by the word of God, so that things that are seen were not made out of things which are visible. (Hebrews 11:3)
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