Daniel Clark Bronx, New York, United States
“Through the ages which have passed, man has depended too much upon his physical senses, and has limited his knowledge to physical things, which he could see, touch, weigh, and measure. We are now entering the most marvelous of all ages—an age which will teach us something of the intangible forces of the world about us. Perhaps we shall learn, as we pass through this age, that the “other self” is more powerful than the physical self we see when we look into a mirror. Sometimes men speak lightly of the intangibles— the things which they cannot perceive through any of their five senses, and when we hear them, it should remind us that all of us are controlled by forces which are unseen and intangible”.
When I read this quote by Hill in this chapter, it immediately called to mind one of my favorite lines from “The Empire Strikes Back”, where the wise Jedi Master, Yoda, tells Luke Skywalker:
“Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter”.
I feel that this line is a worthy summary of Hill’s chapter on The Brain. We as humans are not simply bound by our physical trappings that make up our bodies, but by our surroundings, what goes into and comes out of us, what we send out and what we receive, and The Brain is the conduit for which these elements travel through.
Another comment made by Hill in this chapter that I found insightful was where he says:
“Thought, which has been modified or “stepped up” by any of the major emotions, vibrates at a much higher rate than ordinary thought, and it is this type of thought which passes from one brain to another, through the broadcasting machinery of the human brain.”
This is a good quote to remember when trying to discern the difference between really putting one’s best amount of effort forward and merely “phoning it in”.
But one quote in this chapter that really spoke to me was an excerpt from the study on telepathy, where it states:
“One conclusion that Wright draws with some confidence is that telepathy and clairvoyance are really one and the same gift. That is, the faculty that ‘sees’ a card face down on a table seems to be exactly the same one that ‘reads’ a thought residing only in another mind. There are several grounds for believing this. So far, for example, the two gifts have been found in every person who enjoys either of them. In every one so far the two have been of equal vigor, almost exactly. Screens, walls, distances, have no effect at all on either. Wright advances from this conclusion to express what he puts forward as no more than the mere ‘hunch’ that other extrasensory experiences, prophetic dreams, premonitions of disaster, and the like, may also prove to be part of the same faculty. The reader is not asked to accept any of these conclusions unless he finds it necessary, but the evidence that Rhine has piled up must remain impressive.”
Many times throughout my life, I felt that I have had premonitions of sorts. My maternal grandmother and my grandfather on my father’s side were also privy to such traits (my grandpa William had supposedly told my father many years ago that “one day, we will all be paying to watch television”. Years later… exactly!) I can recall as a young boy fantasizing about favorite characters from completely different stories intersecting with one another and having what is commonly referred to as a “crossover adventure”. I would often take my toy action figures and act out, or doodle in my sketchpad and draw out, what it would be like if, say, the Ninja Turtles met the Mario Bros. or characters from “Mega Man” (a favorite video game series of mine) and characters from Marvel’s “X-Men” were to interact somehow.
Back then, these ideas seemed completely improbable. But today… it is almost the norm. In the video game world, Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. series revolves around characters from different game franchises getting together in one setting to see who has the stronger characters, having since branched out to including characters from different game companies, including Nintendo’s old business adversary, Sega! Super Mario vs. Sonic the Hedgehog? 20 years ago, people would have laughed. I always thought it was just a matter of “when and how”. Many years later, all I can say is “I told you so!” Even The Walt Disney Company has managed to combine characters from Marvel Comics with characters from Star Wars with their “Infinity” line of video games. Again, years ago, this was unthinkable to many. But me? I was having Spider-Man and Wolverine team up against Darth Vader and Boba Fett in my toy WWF wrestling ring on a semi-daily basis!
So fellow leaders, if you have thoughts or premonitions that may seem outlandish, don’t dismiss them. You may very well be onto something. True leaders are frequently ahead of their time when it comes to brainstorming and they don’t wait for the ideas to become “cool” before putting them into effect. True leaders also don’t reserve critical, outside-of-the-box thinking as a last resort after practical means haven’t worked out; they showcase them prominently and proudly right from the start. Make no mistake, intangible forces give us the tools to create amazing things. In short, you just gotta use your brain, man!