I just laid my hands on this book, A Guide for the Advanced Soul by Susan Hayward. It is a collection of quotes from an array of thinkers, titans in varied fields, writing included, who made statements so profound that they are collectively worth the book’s title.
The copy I have is a strange looking, little, hard-covered text, red in color, with a biblical consistency and that pleasant musk of aging paper. It was bestowed upon me by my girlfriend, who of late has had the pleasant sense to whet my insatiable appetite for sensible literature and all things deep and timeless.
On the first pages are instructions on how to use this book. The author notes that one should first meditate deeply on an issue they have or a decision they wish to make. In the mental stillness of their meditation they will summon their subconscious and intuitive powers before randomly opening a page in the book then reading it. There, at that very moment and on that very page, they should find what they really need to know.
Now, I am a man of science. I understand a few things about my subconscious but not that much about my intuition. In fact, I have often regarded my spooky sixth sense as some-what vestigial. As a budding scientist and an avid reader, however, I thrive on curiosity and light up at the potential experience of enlightenment. So, I gave it a try.
This is what I read on either page:
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence does too.
All things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way”
SCOTTISH HIMALAYAN EXPEDITION
“Dwell not on the past. Use it to illustrate a point, then leave it behind. Nothing really matters except what you do now in this instant of time.
From this moment onward you can be entirely a different person, filled with love and understanding, ready with an outstretched hand, uplifted and positive in every thought and deed.”
As it turns out, I really needed to read this. And, to she who gave me the book, for facilitating this serendipity, I feel warmly indebted.