Occam’s Razor discusses the idea that the simplest of explanations is usually the most accurate.
I like simple.
Simple often seems to lead to common sense. Intuition.
Like Wu Wei.
Order of Essenes: Book 5 shares some secrets to success that will feel simple. Common sense. Intuitively correct.
And a fun experiment at the end.
Every effort in this world contains within it the seed of a just reward. Every thought and every act is cause at work; an effect is inevitable.
No effort is ever lost in the universe and that makes the law of giving operative.
Your start comes from expressing admiration. Such is the power of sincere appreciation and the expression of gratitude. Such a little thing and yet so powerful.
Common sense is a central sense, toward which all impressions converge and unite in one sentiment—the desire for the truth. People of common sense love directness and simplicity, and ever seek to reduce complications and problems to simples, knowing the world is made up of simples. Common sense is the art of resolving questions.
DON’T QUIT when things go wrong. When the road you’re trudging seems all up-hill, when funds are low and the debts are high, and you want to smile but you have to sigh, when care is pressing you down a bit.
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Many failures turn about, when he might have won had he stuck it out.
Who are you?
How vitally important it is to learn that you are an unchanging you.
Grasp the idea that the body is just a garment and not the real you. Realize that your functioning mind that receives the messages of the senses, is an instrument for you to use, and is not the you. Your personality is your character role in the play going on, and not you.
Your success and happiness will form in the infinite and begin to manifest the moment you do.
Personality vs. Character vs. You
Your personality is the outward reflection of your moods—your feelings. your thoughts, your commands to your physical instruments.
Personality is one thing, and character another;
Your personality is what you appear to be. Your character is the sum total of real qualities.
You cannot say that the real you is your character. Character changes.
Secret to success!
The secret of success is to deserve success.
It is perfectly natural for all persons to desire health because health creates confidence and gives assurance; it is the foundation of hope and faith; it gives one courage and banishes fear; health is itself energy and force; happiness and success are its twin children.
The ideal of health that each should have is not merely to be free of pain and disease but a health surplus, a reserve in the physical bank. Abounding health makes the eye sparkle, the step buoyant; one has the feeling of vim, vigor, and vitality; it is a quality of the body that radiates; there is an inner sense of joy and gladness.
Health is the first wealth. Personal magnetism is largely a matter of health. The spendthrift of health is the most foolish and reckless of all spendthrifts.
The creative, restorative, renewing, rejuvenating principle, the life principle is within every one of us.
A serious illness should be regarded as an opportunity to gather dividends, and create energies, that in health were not possible. Like any major experience, illness actually changes us.
An inner liveliness, illuminating the spirit and features of those who have learned to look upon illness as a challenge that must be met with hope and courage. If you have never been sick, never lost so much as a day in bed—then you have missed something!
Power of Thoughts
Every cell in the body gets an impulse from every thought in the mind. Your condition is therefore your thoughts objectified or out-pictured.
Guard well, therefore, the wellspring of life against the poisons of worry thoughts, fear thoughts, anger, revenge, or self-pity. All phases of fear and anxiety contract the blood vessels and impede the free circulation of the blood.
Thinking requires concentration, and when one perfects concentration and shutting out thoughts, and can meditate and accept back from the subconscious the great within, the answer to life’s problems, one has gone a long way on the road to health, happiness, and success. Every philosopher, every sage, every savior, got his thoughts, ideas, theories, philosophies only during a period of meditation, or concentration, or application, or silent uninterrupted study and thought.
We suggest that you find some time and someplace, where peace and quiet prevail. Concentration you may have to learn by degrees.
THOUGHT GEMS …
- A well-ordered life is like climbing a tower; the view half way up is better than the view from the base and it steadily becomes finer as the horizon expands.
- It is good to dream but it is better to dream and work.
- Faith is mighty but action with faith is mightier.
- Desiring is helpful but work and desire are invincible.
- Those with mediocre minds generally condemn and criticize everything they can’t understand.
- Search as you may, you can find no evidence of a personal will operating in the universal-only changeless and unchangeable laws such is the “will of God.” If you would find the “Secret place of the “Most High,” the search must be within your own being. Within you is the shrine for resultful worship.
Instructions – Will:
- Checkout page 11 of Book 5 to enjoy the string, ring, circle, cross experiment.
In one simple sentence may be the conclusion from a life time of observation.
Concentration is one of the most marvelous forces that can be conceived. Without concentration, no success is possible.
Concentration develops all our senses and brings them to a degree of remarkable acuteness. He who succeeds in concentrating himself on a manual labor is certain to perform it with a minimum of fatigue, for he will be able to husband his strength, he will save himself from dissipating it in useless exertions, and he will concentrate all his faculties of attention, of calculation, of ingenuity, and of muscular power in order to succeed.
To think of an act which we are performing, to think of it alone, to concentrate everything and forget everything outside of it, there is the secret of so many successes, the explanation of so many good fortunes; the secret, also, of the immense influence which certain men exert over their fellows.