A perspective on “psychic” powers

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012

TAGR #12: The Brain (as broadcaster/receiver)

MORE than twenty years ago, the author, working in conjunction with the late Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, and Dr. Elmer R. Gates, observed that every human brain is both a broadcasting and receiving station for the vibration of thought.

–Napoleon Hill

Now, there is really no way to interpret this other than that Napoleon Hill, and perhaps a number of those brilliant and successful men whose lives he studied, believed that psychic abilities exist, including telepathy and forms of clairvoyance. And this has been, and continues to be, a sticking point for many who might otherwise appreciate this book.

His basic contention:

1) Under certain circumstances, every brain is capable of picking up “vibrations” from other brains.

2) That this ability can be accessed through sex transmutation and other focusing of “energies.”

3) That this capacity can operate as a mega “Mastermind,” tapping us into a group or universal wisdom (similar to what is referred to as the “Akashic Records.)

There are two positive ways of addressing this belief:

1) One, that it is correct, and that we must expand our beliefs to include such capacities.

2) That it is a metaphor. In other words that under certain circumstances, our brains behave as if we are “picking information up” from other minds. We access previously unknown depths of creativity, intelligence, courage, problem-solving, and so forth.

It would be totally possible to focus on the fact that non-physical communication is contrary to your model of the universe, and miss the fact that what Hill did was observe a useful phenomenon and misinterpret its origin–and that would be foolish of us. From my own perspective, it is better to ask: “what might that phenomenon have been? Is there something advantageous happening here?”

I think there is. Briefly, when you combine clear goals with powerful emotions,you reach a point where what Hill calls “Creative Imagination” begins to produce ideas previously undreamed of.

You have but three principles to bear in mind, and to apply…the SUBCONSCIOUS MIND, CREATIVE IMAGINATION, and AUTO-SUGGESTION. The stimuli through which you put these three principles into action have been described— the procedure begins with DESIRE.

–Napoleon Hill

1) Have a clear, written goal

2) Visualize and emotionalize your process and result every day.

3) See how accomplishing your goal will improve your sex life. Feel it and let yourself get turned on by the idea.

4) Take daily action toward your intent.

Hill speaks more and more of “intangible” capacities toward the end of the book, until you’d wonder if TAGR was a stealth version of “The Secret.” Considering that it is the best-selling self-help book of all time, I suggest that you neither reject nor accept what says automatically. But that you try its suggestions out for yourself. You’re smart enough to figure out what is true, what is false, and what might be a genuine, if mis-labeled, phenomenon.

best game in town!

Steve

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