In case you haven’t read “Think and Grow Rich,” it’s the culmination of Napoleon Hill’s work with Andrew Carnegie and of his interviews with over 500 successful and noteworthy people ranging from Henry Ford to Thomas Edison to Andrew Carnegie himself. As it turns out, this book was maybe 100 years ahead of its time in terms of its comprehension and reference to what we now know to be energy, and of the direction of this energy through one’s thoughts.
In the very first line of the Introduction to “Think and Grow Rich”, Hill tells his readers: “In every chapter of this book, mention has been made of the money-making secret which has made fortunes for hundreds of exceedingly wealthy men whom I have carefully analyzed over a long period of years. This secret was brought to my attention by Andrew Carnegie.” Hill goes on to say that this secret is mentioned more than a hundred times in “Think and Grow Rich”, and that if you are ready to put it into use, you will recognize this secret at least once in every chapter. This “secret” that Hill is referring to is not only the “law of attraction,” but even more fundamentally, the energy behind it, which is what we work with in the practice of manifestation.
Because Hill knows this message will really help people if they come to understand what he’s learned, he embeds this breakthrough into a book about “personal achievement” and a “positive mental attitude” like a time capsule. Today, we look at it again with our new understanding and information, and we find:
This statement is of tremendous importance…every one of the billions of cells of your body and every atom of matter, began as an intangible form of energy…When you begin with the thought impulse, desire, to accumulate money, you are drafting into your service the same “stuff” that nature used in creating this earth, and every material form in the universe, including the body and brain in which the thought impulses function.
Wow! Add 70 + years of progress, scientific understanding of energy, and your ability to feel this energy within yourself, and it becomes clear that the real secret of “Think and Grow Rich” goes far beyond the law of attraction, into a metaphysical realm that we are only just beginning to understand.