One of the six books I am presently juggling and reading in between the crazy moments of my life is “From Poverty to Power” by James Allen. It was published in 1901, yet as I read the words I am struck by the infinite wisdom they offer.
In his chapter titled, “The Secret Of Abounding Happiness”, he states, “Great is the thirst for happiness, and equally great is the lack of happiness. The majority of the poor long for riches, believing that their possession would bring them supreme and lasting happiness. Many who are rich, having gratified every desire and whim, suffer from ennui and repletion and are further from the possession of happiness even than the very poor. If we reflect upon this state of things, it will ultimately lead us to a knowledge of the all-important truth that happiness is not derived from mere outward possessions, nor misery from the lack of them; for if this were so, we should find the poor always miserable the rich always happy, whereas the reverse is frequently the case.” Hmmm.., I do not think I have to add any commentary to that statement. I know I have experienced its truth, often on a daily basis.
Upon arriving at his next chapter, “The Realization of Prosperity”, he states, “It is granted only to the heart that abounds with integrity, trust, generosity, and love to realize true prosperity. Here I suppose one gets to look to their personal definition of prosperity, for its meaning is purely derived from our emotional internal self. What is your definition of “prosperity”?
I shall conclude my little exploration into James Allen’s infinite wisdom by sharing one of his quotes –
“The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.”
My interpretation of this quote is the deep truth that all which surrounds us, was once a dream. Someones creative ability to see what could be. Nature always carries its vision of grandeur, its tapestry of creation. Within the bud lies the bloom, waiting to glorify and awaken the senses. If you gaze around your home, who’s dream was it to create the lightbulb, stove, computer, indoor plumbing, mirror, carpet….? As we look outside our windows, who’s vision was it to create the car, airplane, roads, grocery store, bank, restaurant? Do you not find yourself grateful that someone along the way did not give up on their dream? For if they had, what you enjoy, what gives you freedom and comfort, would not be in existence.
I love the last line, “Dreams are the seedlings of realities”, for it gives me hope. The hope rises not just from my own constant dreaming and believing, but also from the sheer faith that there are many dreamers out there. They are all over the world, coming from diverse backgrounds, with incredulous visions for the universe. They offer various perspectives with a kaleidoscope of intentions. I conclude with a curiosity. While we think and say we are “advancing”, I do wonder and ponder, shall we find ourselves returning to the simple infinite wisdom of thinkers like James Allen, Thoreau, Gandhi, Aristotle, Einstein, Socrates, Rousseau, etc..? For is the truth no matter how “advanced” we become, always wrapped up in the same seedling that awaits its time to bud?
As you embark on a new week, may infinite wisdom rise up to greet you in today and everyday. A.C.T. (always choose truth) with chosen thought and intention today, leave behind the reactionary defensive behavior to welcome in the peace of inner knowing.