“What you are, so is your world. Everything in the universe is resolved into your own inward experience. It matters little what is without, for it is all a reflection of your own state of consciousness. It matters everything what you are within, for everything without will be mirrored and colored accordingly.” – The World a Reflex of Mental States, THE PATH TO PROSPERITY (James Allen, 1901), p63
“Look around you wherever you live and you will notice that the vast majority of mankind lives in the world without; the more enlightened men are intensely interested in the world within. Remember, it is the world within, namely, your thoughts, feelings, and imagery that makes your world without. It is, therefore, the only creative power, and everything which you find in our world of expression has been created by you in the inner world of your mind consciously or unconsciously.” – The Conscious and Subconscious Mind, Chapter 1. The Treasure House Within You, THE POWER OF YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND, (Joseph Murphy, 1963), p18
“A successful person loves his work and expresses himself fully. Success is contingent upon a higher idea than the more accumulation of riches. The man of success is the man who possesses great psychological and spiritual understanding. Many of the great industrialists today depend upon the correct use of their subconscious minds for their success.” – The Measure of True Success, Chapter 11. Your Subconscious Mind as a Partner in Success, THE POWER OF YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND, (Joseph Murphy, 1963), p160
It is upon reading Principles by Ray Dalio during the summer of 2018 that I recollected powerful phrases from my old books that had impacted me positively. So amused, I decided to weave wisdom from those books that had been comfortably resting in the bookshelf, along with Dalio’s Principles, powerful and inspiring in itself.
This simple intention to weave wisdoms, that arose out of this sudden enthusiasm, ultimately led me to re-read most of my treasure books and to work in the form of a series under one title: Mind on Wealth, Health and Success.
I define my treasure books as ones that powerfully impacted me and changed me to a better version as a human being: They either awakened my dormant inner self and potential, or helped build new perspectives or broadened my scope in a way I’ve never expected. Most important, they helped me get answers on my quests of seeking ‘Why’ and ‘How’ of my existence and of meaningful navigation in this life. A few, among them, made me even cross a bridge never to return to an old version forever.
When I was reading them individually in the past, I didn’t recognize they can share common thread of wisdom. It surprises me that passing years gave me an ability to perceive things more deeply and see shared insights running in them.
And there’s this one read – Principles – that calmly and elegantly combines wisdom, insights, inspirations and intelligence from many facets of life in one package and that, to me, looks as an ultimate manifestation of qualities of what Joseph Murphy described as a ‘man of success,’ qualities that became my philosophy and mantra and that I strove to acquire ever since I finished Murphy’s book.
“The man of success is the man who possesses great psychological and spiritual understanding.” – The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, Joseph Murphy
I am certain one cannot help being astounded by great psychological and spiritual insights Ray Dalio shares through his life and work principles. It’s this aspect that I want to share through this series. I believe it’s his hard work throughout his life to improve his world within that enabled his outer success as of today.
“If I don’t go within, I go without.” – Conversations with God, Neal Donald Walsch
To me, going within is a process of learning how one’s internal world – the mind – works and how one recognizes and thus taps the infinitely abundant creative force within oneself. It is also a process of learning about oneself as a limitless potential, about one’s essence, and one’s purpose. By doing so, one emerges to outside manifestations as a powerful version that forges well ahead in life.
And I clearly saw this process Ray Dalio went through. How can’t I love his book!
As it was my main aspiration to go within by encountering and reading my own treasure books back then, so it is now my aspiration that a few of my writings hopefully help readers to go within. And, most of all, I am sure it is related with and starts from understanding and cultivating dormant potentials of the mind.
References (In alphabetical order)
AS A MAN THINKETH (James Allen, 1903)
GOOD TO GREAT (Jim Collins, 2001)
MAKE YOURSELF UNFORGETTABLE (Dale Carnegie Training, 2011)
PRINCIPLES (Ray Dalio, 2017)
THE PATH TO PROSPERITY (James Allen, 1901)
THE POWER OF INTENTION (Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, 2004)
THE POWER OF NOW (Eckhart Tolle, 1999)
THE POWER OF YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND (Joseph Murphy, Ph.D., 1963),
THINK AND GROW RICH (Napoleon Hill, 1937)