Napoleon Hill Foundation Yesterday and Today September 23 2011

This week's Napoleon Hill Foundation Yesterday and Today focuses on the freedom of body and mind.

Dear Readers,

Examining the concept of freedom causes one to first consider what enslaves a person. One definition of enslavement is one person being "owned" by another. This loss of personal freedom still exists today, however a more common form is the power of enslavement that we ourselves provide to objects that reign over us in our homes and at work. The care and feeding of possessions can cause them to own us rather than vice versa. Consider whether the objects you own service you or enslave you and you will begin to comprehend that those individuals who are the most free understand how accumulating possessions can put one in a caregiver's role.

As a custodian a person is put in charge of something that they look after. Whether it's a child, building, financial securities, or a collection of some type, a custodian is accountable for their charge. Over the years, collections accumulate and the joy in acquiring can quickly turn into the task of care giving. Somewhere in the transition the freedom of body and mind are abdicated for a choice freely made.

The things that bind us control us. Through choices made, a person exchanges one opportunity for another. To be free really means to be in control of choices and their outcomes. Collecting can lead to hoarding. Movement relieves stagnation, and circulation keeps the life blood flowing in our bodies. Energy that is circulated empowers. Movement relieves inertia. Life improves with positive choices made that are selective and predispose one to good outcomes.

So, in order to be free in body and mind it is necessary to freely make and execute good choices - one at a time. These baby steps toward self-actualization lead us to more empowered end results. Knowing what to do and then doing it, heightens our awareness about the freedoms we can and do control. Freedom is not a "given," rather it is a "right" that we earn one positive choice at a time. Membership in a free society is not an entitlement but rather an earned privilege. If you have this "golden" opportunity, remember to not leave home without it! Circulate the idea, and empower yourself and those around you. True freedom comes with accountability to both yourself and others. Let it motivate you to becoming the person you envision.

Hill exclaims: "If you have the power to advance . . . if you are certain that you can have a better future, you'll never surrender your birthright of freedom."

Be Your Very Best Always,

Judy Williamson

Director of The Napoleon Hill Foundation World Learning Center at Purdue University Calumet

"The World Inside Your Head is Bigger than the World Outside Your Head"

By Rev. Dr. Sam Boys

This statement holds true - and can be seen as an asset or a liability depending on where we choose to fix our attention. As with everything Dr. Hill teaches us, it involves our conscious choice - our initiative. We can allow the thoughts in our head to benefit us in many ways: visualizing our definite purpose, employing controlled attention, letting our imagination guide us into new ideas, new concepts, new inventions. Or, like a garden, if our mind is left untended, it will yield weeds that run wild, and the world inside our head becomes a roadblock: negative self-talk, worry, fear. Again, where we choose to focus our awareness will allow us to remain "free and unfettered," or shackled in a prison of our own making.

We are in the driver's seat. We are the consciousness that drives the vehicle. As we think - so we are. Our mind can literally create our reality. Here's the flow: thoughts create emotions, and emotions have a biochemical response in the body which manifest physically. These universal truths have echoed through the centuries, articulated by Dr. Hill, and his contemporaries, like philosopher James Allen, who said, "The body is the servant of the mind. It obeys the operations of the mind, whether they be deliberately chosen or automatically expressed. At the bidding of unhealthy thoughts the body sinks rapidly into disease and decay; at the command of glad and beautiful thoughts it becomes clothed with youthfulness and beauty."

If we want to renew our body - we must beautify our mind. Because thought is the fountain of action - from which all flows. These simple truths remind us that true freedom is to see the body and the mind as one. Our mind cannot feel calm if our body is out of balance, and vice versa. Often the body and the mind are at odds with each other, and for many of us, this is the root of our suffering. We can bring about more freedom in our lives by bringing the body and mind back into balance. There are many techniques and practices that can help do this, and I encourage anyone who wants to pursue freedom of mind and body to find one that will help you to bring the body and the mind into harmony with each other.

Once we learn to manage out inner state - then we can really learn to make good choices in our life, and this can impact our relationships, our work, our family, and ultimately our relationship with ourselves. The more we employ these body-mind techniques and practices, the more we will be able to handle life's stressors without being overwhelmed. We can't always change the way things are on the outside, but when we change our inner world - we experience our outer world differently. Truly free and unfettered.

Rev. Dr. Sam Boys is Associate Professor of Philosophy & Religion at Ancilla College in Donaldson, Indiana. He is also a published author, musician and you instructor. His recently released CD, "Breathing Meditations and Healing Sounds" focuses on wellness in mind, body, and spirit. It is now available for download online.

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