The Magic of Believing is a wonderful book by the late News Editor and Reporter, Claude Bristol (1891 – 1951). You must read the book if you are interested in discovering how to use your thoughts to create a happy and successful life.
I read the book thrice because I had to grasp its marvelous, eye-opening information. I have learned much from the book, and I would like to share the main lessons.
- Thought is a Powerful Force
Claude Bristol believes thought is a powerful force because everything around us was once a thought. The chairs, cars, and all material things around you were made after a certain individual thought about them.
In addition, he believes your life is a product of your thoughts. Therefore, if you want a good life you must practice entertaining positive thoughts.
- You Attract Whatever You Constantly Imagine
Claude Bristol believes you can bring anything into the physical world through powerful imagination because you attract whatever you always imagine. Therefore, if you keep imagining failure, you will eventually fail because your imagination will attract failure into your life.
- Hard work Alone Will Not Bring Success
In the book, Claude Bristol writes that a large percentage of the world’s population has failed despite working hard. Therefore, according to him, hard work is not the only thing that makes one successful.
Claude Bristol believes hard work is only fruitful when accompanied by creative thinking, faith and self-confidence. He argues that many successful people succeeded mainly because of creativity and faith: hard work was just a helper.
- The Power of Desire
Claude Bristol believes all aspirers must have a strong desire because it is impossible to achieve anything without an all-consuming desire. He believes desire pushes people towards success because it acts as a motivating factor and leads to hard work.
- You can Achieve Anything if You Believe in the Power of God/Creator/Super-conscious Mind
In the book, Claude Bristol acknowledged the presence of a supreme intelligent force which governs the Universe. He writes that there is no limit to what you can achieve if you rely on this force.
Claude Bristol believes this force can arrange things to work on your favour and it can get you out of trouble if you trust it. Lastly, he claims many individuals have used this force to achieve riches, fame, and power.
If you have never read the book, please read it. And if you have read the book, feel free to add other lessons you have learned from it
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7 Powerful Lessons from Michael Singer’s Book: The Untethered Soul
Michael Singer’s book, The Untethered Soul, provides advice that will help you attain inner peace, know who you are, and be happy regardless of your circumstances. I really loved the book because it enabled me to know how the voice in my head works.
There are many lessons from the book, but I’ll only share with you seven major lessons.
1. You Are Not The Voice In Your Head
‘There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind, you are the one who hears it.’ – Michael Singer: The Untethered Soul
By advising us that we are not the voice in our heads, Michael Singer aims at making us think about who we truly are. Moreover, he aims at making us realize that the voice in our heads cannot cause stress if we know that we are separate from it.
2. Much of What the Inner Voice Says About the Future is Useless
Much of what the inner voice says about the future is useless because life seldom unfolds in accordance with the voice. The sun will continue rising and setting regardless of what the voice says, and life will happen in accordance with greater unimaginable forces regardless of what you think about it.
3. Free Yourself From the Mind and You’ll Be Free of Problems
The main source of our problems is our mind because it overanalyzes the past and the future. For this reason, freeing ourselves from the mind by refusing to emotionally attach to its chatter frees us from our problems.
4. Change is Part of Life
‘Life is continuously changing, and if you’re trying to control it, you’ll never be able to fully live it.’ – Michael Singer: The Untethered Soul
Change is part of life because things will change whether you like it or not.
The best way to deal with change is to accept it by realizing that it leads to personal growth. If you resist change, you’ll never live fully because you’ll always worry when the unexpected happens or when you think about the possibility of change in the future.
5. Learn to Embrace Pain
If you want to be truly free, you must make peace with pain instead of avoiding it. You must learn to embrace inner pain by realizing that it’s a temporary experience.
Therefore, instead of running away from experiences that can bring inner pain, try to face them and deal with the pain, and it will eventually disappear. By dealing with the pain, you’ll grow because you’ll stop avoiding everything – e.g. failure, rejection, perseverance – that brings pain.
6. You Must Do This if You Want to Be Happy
If you want to be happy, you don’t have to read scriptures or renounce the world. Instead, you must decide to be unconditionally happy, that is, you must decide to be happy with your life regardless of your circumstances.
7. Contemplate Death
‘Learn to live as though you are facing death at all times, and you’ll become bolder and more open.’ – Michael Singer: The Untethered Soul
Contemplating death is important to us because it enables us to detach ourselves from the part of us that is unwilling to let us live to the fullest. Besides, knowing that you are going to die will make you want to live in the present moment because you’ll realize that constantly thinking about the future is foolish since the future is unguaranteed.
I believe you’ve gained powerful insights from Michael Singer’s book. You must read the book to learn more valuable lessons.
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The Vegetable Man, the Animal Man, and the Natural Man: The Ancient Secret Wisdom of the Kabbalah
The Kabbalah was a school of thought – in Jewish mysticism – that wanted its members to achieve oneness with the Creator. As well, it encouraged members to discover their full potential and live a fulfilling life. However, it was hidden from the public, and only a few individuals understood its teachings.
For this reason, great authors, for example, Shimon Halevi, have tried to simplify the Kabbalah so that we understand its secret esoteric teachings. In his book, The Way to Kabbalah, Shimon explains the Kabbalah’s teachings in a simple way.
Although the book has several teachings, I loved the teachings about the vegetable man, the animal man, and the natural man, and something forced me to share them with you.
The vegetable man, as Shimon puts it, ‘is any individual that aims at living a secure and regular life with minimal disturbance from outer and inner worlds.’ He dwells at the vegetable level of existence since he is mainly concerned with excreting, reproducing, eating, resting, and breathing. This man chooses the safest path and avoids risky paths because he yearns for security. For this reason, he will die in the city he was born, and he will adhere to his parents’ life plan.
On the other hand, the animal man is an evolved being. He has strong willpower and loves shaking the world with amazing discoveries. Just like an animal that wants something, the animal man will ignore pain so that he achieves his objectives. Moreover, he possesses high levels of perseverance and determination, and as Shimon writes, ‘he has an objective beyond comfort and pleasure.’ This man creates empires and uses his dreams to change the world.
Both the animal and vegetable man have big dreams. The main difference between them is that the animal man fights for his dreams, while the vegetable man chooses security over going through the risky and competitive path of dream chasing.
The natural man possesses the powers of the animal and the vegetable man. He is a powerful being, for he has power over both living and non-living things. Shimon refers to him as ‘The Spearhead of organic life.’ This man knows that he creates his own reality, and understands that the Spirit of God dwelleth in him.
Human beings are destined to be natural men. We were created to rule the earth and gain dominion over everything. Also, we were put here to develop our spiritual, physical, and mental powers to their full potential so that we become gods on this planet.
However, most people act like vegetable men. Although they want to develop into animal and natural men, they are afraid of the narrow path that leads to these states of being. They thus prefer a normal and less risky life. Eventually, they die wishing they worked on evolving into the animal and natural man because they realize that a normal life is a boring and an unfulfilling life.
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