The Napoleon Hill Foundation Ezine for September 16, 2011
The Napoleon Hill Foundation ezine this week focuses on the desire for life after death. It is part of the ten basic motives that inspire all human action that was originally written about in the book Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude, writeen by Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone.
Due to being out of the country I did not hear about the deaths of two good friends until I returned. Both of their services had occurred and all that remained were the memories that I shared with each of these remarkable people. Reflecting on the days we spent together causes me to wonder exactly what happens with the gifts and talents these people possessed. Both of these friends were teachers and over the years I had the opportunity to work with them in and out of the classroom. As friends and family transition, it is only natural that those left behind begin to consider their own mortality.
I have heard people say "if I die" when talking about their physical existence. It is natural to desire to live forever; however, human bodies are not designed for eternity in their current form. But what about our spirits? Isn't there a timelessness to our dreams and desires that possess an eternity all their own? I like to believe that our spiritual personalities grow more beautiful as we age and that this is the aspect of ourselves that we truly cultivate and make more attractive as our physical selves decline. Instead of facelifts, crowns, hair coloring, and body building, we can beautify our spiritual selves by giving away our intangible gifts received upon birth.
Have you gifted the world with your own special talents, or are they still lingering inside you? One way to become immortal is to continue to exist in the hearts and minds of those people you have served in your lifetime. Whether you write a poem, short story, novel, play, or create an artwork, people can still see the visible efforts of your talents put to use after you are no longer here. By extending a helping hand, listening when a person needs to talk, offering advice that is useful and practical, and focusing on another's needs first, you are able to add beauty to your inner spirit. From this wellspring of invisible gifts, your inner self begins to outgrow your body and it is time to go back home and align with its original source.
I wonder what change awaits each and every one of us when we die? When the egg hatches and a chick emerges, when the caterpillar awakens as a butterfly, when the acorn germinates to become the oak, and when the newborn looks around and sees the world for the first time, isn't there something even more remarkable we can anticipate in our transition? Literally, "see you at the top" can take on a whole different meaning. So, as Dr. Hill reminds us, our desire for life after death has been placed in us at our conception. It is innate. And, it is faith in this gift that will enable us to spend our lives in the present moment to the fullest, and next journey onward to an even greater future in the spirit. Life must be lived in context of the present moment, and it is good to always remember that there is only the present moment. Therefore, life does go on.
Be Your Very Best Always,
Director of The Napoleon Hill Foundation World Learning Center at Purdue University Calumet
The Dove and the Pyramid
The Desire for Life after Death
By Uriel Martinez
Paloma was a bright little girl from Brazil whose life was tragically taken at a young age. Her life is affectionately recounted in a book written by her aunt's husband Rich Winograd. The book is called simply Paloma. The name Paloma translates into English as "Dove." What we have left of her life is captured in this book.
I must share with you the feelings I had as I read this book. I know it sounds a little crazy or "out there" but as I read the book I really sensed a spirit that I could only imagine was the spirit of Paloma. I shared this book with many people including my niece Veronica. Later she recounted to me that when she was rushed to the hospital because of complications with the child that she was carrying, she could not help but notice the license plate of the car in front of her. It read "Paloma." Unfortunately she had a miscarriage, but she was somewhat comforted by all the signs and dreams she had that indicated a hope for a better tomorrow. She is now expecting a child in November!
The desire for life after death is a great motivating factor. It is why Pharaohs build pyramids and partly why Rich wrote Paloma. These monuments and documents not only act as memorials but they also act as symbols that represent our desire for life after death. They also act as touch stones for those who mourn their lost.
There is an ancient tomb structure called Newgrange (aprox. 3200 B.C.) located in Ireland. It was constructed with a strategic opening that lets a beam of sunshine enter the innermost dark chambers at the rising of the winter solstice sun. This was the expression of Neolithic man's innate desire for life after death. Not much has changed with post-modern man today. Although we have advanced with our greater technology, the questions and mystery of life and death remains.
Whether it is a beam of light that enters the structure at Newgrange or the memorial night lights of 9/11 commemorating the tenth anniversary of those who lost their lives in the terror attacks, these are all expressions of our great desire for life after death.
There is a creative exercise that Judith Williamson, Director of the Napoleon Hill Foundation World Learning Center, encourages students to try. I think you should try this too! It involves writing down what would be read as your epitaph at your funeral. How would you like to be remembered? What is the legacy you wish to leave behind? How would you like to be known at the end it all? This is a good starting point for the actions you can commit to today. What can you do to make this world a better place in which to live? How will you be remembered and appreciated by those whose lives surround you?
The thoughts and actions you execute today act as seeds that sprout in the future. It is because of the efforts of Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone that we have this very e-zine today. In this way Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone live on and continue to have a presence.
What dove or pyramid are you leaving behind? I hope you leave behind something that makes this world a better place in which to live. May your light shine forever!
My name is Uriel Martinez (you can call me "Chino"). I was named after my uncle "Uriel" whose life was tragically taken at a very young age. My mother Ofelia wanted to memorialize her brother in name, by her own child. This is my eleventh year at the Napoleon Hill Foundation World Learning Center, Purdue University Calumet. You may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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