My MK sits have been really enlightening exercises in determining the origins of tangible things!
As I live in Canada, 1000 miles from the nearest ocean, battleships are not really something I encounter often (ever), I decided to take the principle Haanel was presenting and trace back the origins of things similar to those I have on my DMP. Three of the things I have on my DMP are travel, home, and to write a book, so…
Sit 1, Cruise ship. Origin: Some Italian guy had the idea he wanted provide people a way to relax and travel in luxury and/or wanted to provide his family with ample income. Either way, something in him wanted to take care of others.
Sit 2: House. Origin: Someone had the idea of providing himself and his family with shelter and security. Perhaps deeper, this idea came from an innate, God-given desire to look after those he loves.
Sit 3: Greatest Salesman Book. Origin: Og had an idea he wanted (needed?) to share. Deeper, he had something divinely placed in him that God needed shared with the world. The two million copies and the impact made on countless people, are all a result of the seed of improving humanity. I am also guessing that Og made a few bucks along the way as well.
What I have learned: As I review my press release and consider my DMP in the past tense, I can easily see that whatever great things I accomplish or receive are all traceable back to a seed that was placed in me already. When the fruit manifests, it not only helps others, but I benefit as well. Additionally, the fact that I desire those things are proof that the seed is there.
Haanel says everything can be traced back to a thought. I agree. Further, I think every thought can be traced back to something already inside of us (which is probably what he meant when in a previous chapter he wrote that you cannot appreciate a painting unless there was already something in you that connected you to the painting (paraphrased obviously).
So these sits have been great!
One thing I have wrestled with:
Haanel said to focus on good, don’t hate evil. And while I agree that those who hate evil have tended toward more difficult lives (Lincoln, King Jr., Mandela, etc), is there a chance that was just their lot in life toward making the world a better place for those who came after?
As someone who is more geared to hate evil, I am not sure what to do with this. I would prefer the harmonious, peaceful life of good-lovers, but I do not seem to be wired that way – and I do not know if my wiring can or should change in this area (could Lincoln have accomplished what he did if he merely loved freedom without hating slavery?).
Regardless, I will accept the principle and, whenever possible, I will consciously seek to love good as much or more than I hate evil.
I am always learning.
Thanks for reading. I hope your journey is going well,