It is amazing how often we see the words cooperation and success used in the same context. Have you read “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. It was a classic already when I was young. He followed later with “The Law of Success” both were best sellers. The five step self confidence formula appears in both books guiding many to new heights through the years.
The Fifth step in Napoleon Hill’s five-step self-confidence formula:
I fully realize that no wealth or position can long endure unless built upon truth and justice, therefore I will engage in no transaction which does not benefit all whom it affects. I will succeed by attracting to me the forces I wish to use, and the co-operation of other people. I will induce others to serve me because I will first serve them. I will eliminate hatred, envy, jealousy, selfishness and cynicism by developing love for all humanity, because I know that a negative attitude toward others can never bring me success. I will cause others to believe in me because I will believe in them and in myself.
In my last blog I asked if you might be trying to find abundance and suggested how you might find it. The quote above from Napoleon Hill’s book “The Law of Success” presents a possible solution, as well. Originally published in 1928, Hill’s book is rife with quotes such as these. I highly recommend reading these books.
This is part of the story that I tell all the time. The Golden Rule (Law of Reciprocity) is all around us. Hill states: “I will succeed by attracting to me the forces I wish to use, and the co-operation of other people.” And then clearly, in a perfect Golden Rule declaration: “I will induce others to serve me because I will first serve them.”
Also, Hill speaks to “co-operation of other people” above. The minute that we are divided we lose our cohesion and harmony. That lack of cohesion breaks the Golden Rule harmony. With co-operation you will find abundance and harmony.
Living the Golden Rule then means that we understand that we have a bigger purpose, a universal life, a pathway to Universal Consciousness. We could say that our universal life is the sum total of all of our right choices. We realize that we have a place in the scheme of the things that responds to the cooperation of our fellows. If we decide that we will treat our fellows with truth, because we would want them to be truthful to us, we have expanded cooperative behavior, enhanced cohesion, and created more light sources. If we decide we will assist them in a goal because we have seen them assist others, we are expanding cohesion and harmony.
This is where our Five Supporting Principles arise to assist in making the decisions that are required every day. We are in constant contact with our peers. It is impossible for us not to have these social contacts. At work and at play we cannot avoid involvement with other individuals. Each of them making independent decisions driven by their immediate situations. Co-operative connections are being made everywhere and dissolving, also, as life moves along.
I introduced the concept earlier that the ancients were guiding us to understanding universal consciousness and that if we comprehend the supporting principles we can get on the path of growing our understanding of our connection to that consciousness. With discipline, we can stay on the path. With every footstep on the Path our motive becomes clearer and more defined. Every extra footstep on the Path makes it easier for the next person to find the way to Truth.
I understand now that by embracing this simple little rule we can have a much happier, prosperous and cooperative life. It is important to realize that this is our greater purpose, our means to our greater end! We should attempt to learned how to accept and embrace the Golden Rule. The essence of its theme acts as a pathway toward a world in which together we increase the powers of cooperation for ourselves and for those in our sphere of influence. I believe that living this way stimulates both the Law of Attraction and the Law of Abundance. The very thing that Napoleon Hill wrote about in “The Law of Success.”
Becoming fully connected to Universal Consciousness, we must be clear about our understanding and realization of our internal power. We have to learn how to fully utilize that power for the greatest affect both for ourselves and for the people in our sphere of influence. With this wisdom, we develop our full understanding of reciprocity structures. We enhance our ability to make fair assessments of our immediate circumstances, with an eye always directed to our future harmony and prosperity. We learn to continually expand our wisdom about our present situation. This concurrently empowers our system of justice to strive for a cooperative state in all things.
Wisdom ignites courage, or to put it another way, knowing takes away fear. Our intimate relationship with Universal Consciousness inspires us to act with integrity, honesty and trustworthiness. Three very strong virtues of courage. We must have the wisdom to recognize “right-action” and then the intestinal fortitude to choose to execute that “right-action.” If we ignore or deny righteous behavior we dim the lamp. That defeats cooperation. Then we allow division, and—we take a step back from our destiny. We either take a step forward or a step backward; there is no standing still!
We must be professional and self-disciplined enough to keep this system operating. We must know discipline and practice constantly in order to grow strong in our daily interactions so that we can reach the most congruous outcome for ourselves and our neighbors. The mystery spoken about in ancient texts is knowable. We should make it a habit to seek those answers, increase our spiritual knowledge and expand our conscious sphere of influence. As humans, we have a tendency to push too hard for certain things and not hard enough for others. Stay in the middle. Keep steering.
Hill concludes that the Law of Attraction will “fire” with the free will decision to serve others first! Inspiring generations throughout history are references such as these. All around us is abundance and life, we occupy that same space. Not some other space! We were meant to occupy that same space and time with abundance!