In the preface to week 11, Haanel writes, “It is well, however, to remember that while every effect is the result of a cause, the effect in turn becomes a cause, which creates other effects, which in turn create still other causes; so that when you put the law of attraction into operation you must remember that you are starting a train of causation for good or otherwise which may have endless possibilities”.
When I read this it took me back to a talk Andy Andrews gave on his book “Mastering the Seven Decisions”. He talked about “The Butterfly Effect”. In 1963 it became known in a thesis, which stated a butterfly could flap it’s wings and the molecules of air that it moved could move more molecules, which moved more molecules and could potentially create a hurricane on the other side of the world. Although this thesis was laughed at when originally presented to the academy of sciences, in the mid 90’s it was proven correct, not only with air but any form of moving matter, including people. It became the Law of Sensitive Dependence Upon Initial Conditions and it works every time. He goes on to tell the story of Norman Borlaug, a scientist, who in 1970 won the Nobel Peace Prize for the development of high yielding grains that had saved the lives of a billion people around the world.
Or was it Henry A. Wallace that was responsible for saving all of those lives. In 1940, Wallace became Vice President of the United Sates and was responsible for setting up experimental stations in Mexico to improve the corn yield. One of the first scientists hired was Norman Borlaug. Without this idea of improving corn yields, would Borlaug have developed the grains.So maybe Henry Wallace was the one responsible for saving all those lives.
….or was it George Washington Carver. While at Iowa State, Carver would occasionally take a six year, Wallace with him on field trips and instilled in the boy a love for the study of plants. Wallace is credited with developing some of the first hybrid corn varieties. So maybe George Washington Carver was the one responsible for saving the billion people
…. orrr was it Moses Carver, a farmer in a slave State that didn’t believe in slavery. When his farm was raided by the KKK and Mary Washington and her baby son were taken, Moses made a deal to trade his horse for the baby boy who had been taken,knowing that Mary had already been killed. Moses and his wife raised the boy and gave him their name, George Washington Carver. so maybe it was Moses who was responsible for saving all those lives…. or maybe…
As you can see the number of events leading up to Norman Borlaug’s Nobel Prize could potentially go back to the beginning of time. So those days when you are feeling small and don’t believe you have any significance in this world, know this; every decision we make has an effect.
For me, the person that has quit this course more times than I care to express, the importance of guarding the creative, or subconscious mind by using our objective mind to ensure only thoughts that are in accordance with the 7 Laws of the Mind reach our subconscious has taken on a whole new importance.
I believe that each and every one of us are creating the future, not only for ourselves and our family, but for all mankind. It is up to us to decide what effect each one of us will have.
Have a great week, my friends. Thank you all for being part of my journey.