Haanel tells us that “The spirit of you is — you; without the spirit you would be nothing.”
To me the spirit is the soul, because there can be no existence without the soul. And this is not taking a religious stance on this interpretation; to me it just is – they are one and the same.
It is our spirituality, whether acknowledged or not, that separates us from all other species and gives us our ability to think. This means that we have control over our thoughts. But to take on board that if you change the way you think, the things you think about change can be a scary concept. Because then you have to take responsibility for what is happening in your life when it would perhaps be easier to blame circumstances or other people for the way things are.
But accepting that the world within manifests the world without means that the buck very definitely stops here. Because as Haanel says:
“Thinking is the true business of life, power is the result. You are at all times dealing with the magical power of thought and consequences”
and that this power
“… is the fuel which fires the imagination, which lights the torch of inspiration; which gives vitality to thought….”
“It is this power which will enable you to plan fearlessly, to execute masterfully.”
The way to connect with this power is to go into the silence and let your imagination have free reign because
“Imagination is your workshop. It is here that your ideal is to be visualised.”
Visualisation doesn’t necessarily mean conjuring up static images of your dreams and desires fulfilled. Making a mental movie in which you are the director, have written the screenplay, and are also the star is more dynamic and fun. And the only critic is yourself (the Old Blueprint) and you either allow it have a voice or kick it into touch before it has a chance to wreck your movie.
So the choices are, either crumble under the apparent enormity of this power or take up the challenge of the hero’s journey and slay your demons on the way to victory.