In reading Haanel on the “infinite” source, chapter 5.23, I find myself linking his injunction to harness the source and build your foundation upon it, with Emerson’s essay on compensation.
There is a deeper force in the soul than compensation.
He goes on to say,
The soul is not a compensation but a life. The soul_is_.
In virtuous action I properly _am_.
The soul refuses limits and always affirms optimism never pessimism.
This reconnects for me to Haanel chapter 5.13 and where I am at in our MKMMA transformation course. He says, “when the mental house cleaning process has been completed ….”,I will be ready. I take this to mean, ready to vision my true Definite Major Purpose (DMP). I by no means feel I have cleaned house and moved to a mind state of optimism. Until I do I realize I will not gain my estate. As sentence 16 says, three processes are necessary for this:
1.You must earnestly desire it.
In writing my Press Release I did not feel true earnestness of desire.
- You must assert your claim.
I don’t feel I have asserted my claim.
- You must take possession.
I have not.
As a footnote, I was brought back to what is considered to be the oldest fragment of Western thinking, written by Anaximander. He says.
“Whence things have their origin, there they must also pass away, according to necessity; for they must pay penalty and be judged for their injustice, according to the ordinance of time.”
Anaximander seems to be saying, in contrast to Emerson and Haanel that the law of compensation governs all without exception,including soul and mind.
Not sure what anyone thinks about this. Is it pessimistic?
I like it because it does not put the human at the center.