Tapping into Infinite Intelligence.

Via on Oct 14, 2010
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Guidance through thought.

Napolean Hill wrote a book called Think and Grow Rich—and since its publication over 75 years ago, it’s sold over 15 million copies. That’s a lot of copies.

In it, Hill makes a claim that you might not expect from a “get rich” book.

Using the term Infinite Intelligence in lieu of God, Hill claims there is a “larger mind” out there, and that it holds the key to true happiness and success. By accessing this Infinite Intelligence, he believed we could tap into a never-ending source of power.

Hill cites the example of Thomas Edison, who would retreat to a basement, an isolated place without sound and light, where he would “receive” his ideas, much like a radio picking up a station signal. Hill did much the same in his own life, relying on inner “conversations” with a power greater than himself to help guide him toward success.

I can vouch for this approach as well. The answers and guidance are out there, waiting to be received—whether we’re pondering a business opportunity, a new relationship or any change that impacts our life, big or small.

Some answers may come on a hunch or by intuition. Others come via time spent in prayer and meditation. And still others come to you when you least expect them, showing up in small lessons that have a larger meaning within the context of life.

In the coming weeks, from my cozy new home at The Elephant Journal, I’ll be looking at how we can find the “answers and guidance” that are available to us from the Infinite Intelligence.

And how the answers we need often surface in surprising and mysterious ways.

About Tom Rapsas

Tom Rapsas is a blogger on inspirational and spirituality issues for Patheos, Elephant Journal and his own site The Inner Way. A long-time spiritual seeker and student of philosophy and religion, his influences include Thomas Moore, John Templeton, Napolean Hill, Ralph Trine and Ralph Waldo Emerson. A resident of the Jersey Shore, Tom lives with his wife, daughter and nine cats. He’s the author of Life Tweets Inspirational & Spiritual Insights That Can Change Your Life, which is now available for Kindle and as a trade paperback. His next book, the spiritual fable Thaddeus Squirrel, will be published in 2014. You can reach him at tomrapsas@gmail.com or via Twitter @TomRapsasTweets

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4 Responses to “Tapping into Infinite Intelligence.”

  1. Hi, Tom.

    I only know you through this article, but I know I have something in common with anyone who chooses a picture of a wave for his blog header. See YogaDemystified.com.

    Bob Weisenberg
    ElephantJournal

  2. elephantjournal says:

    I'm so glad you're here to represent the "New Spirituality", as Phil Goldberg calls it in American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation How Indian Spirituality Changed the West.

    I was very surprised to see that Goldberg lists both Napolean Hill and Dale Carnegie as two modern spiritual writers who were heavily influenced by ancient Yoga. But I'm not sure if it was directly or indirectly through their immediate mentors.

    Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to research the connection between Vedanta-Yoga philosophy and these two gentlemen, and to write about it here on Elephant. (This tape will self-destruct in 5 seconds…).

    Bob W.
    Yoga Editor

  3. Tom Stephens says:

    Would you like a beer? Two beers? Ethel !!!

  4. [...] The bottom line is we all have a calling, even if it hasn’t yet surfaced. Your calling may be in the process of being formed at this very time and place, through the events and connections of your everyday life. Or your calling could be sitting right in front of you, just waiting to be embraced. Tom Rapsas lives at the (real) Jersey Shore with his wife, daughter and 6 cats. An advertising copywriter by day, Tom is a spiritual seeker and writer by early morning and night and a fan of the Ralph Waldo’s, Emerson and Trine, as well as Napolean Hill, Robert Collier, Richard Bach, John Templeton, Thomas Moore and Gnostic Jesus. He has written a spiritual fable titled Thaddeus Squirrel which should be available in the early part of 2011. You can find more of his spiritual writings at his blog The Inner Way. Tom also posts spiritual quotes daily on Twitter @ThadSquirrel. He can be reached at tomrapsas@gmail.com. [...]

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