1. Just one what? Well, stay tuned...
(And this title alone will probably get me in trouble with all the English professors out
there – but, well, I'd rather reach those students and the rest of the world who are
blissfully unaware of any “subjunctive” case.)
2. Ground Rules:
Disagree with me; I encourage it.
Your ability to believe or disagree - to make up
your own mind - is paramount to your success.
No one can tell you what to do, what to believe –
only you have that right.
“Whether you believe you can do a thing or not,
- Henry Ford
Disagree with me; I encourage it.
Your ability to believe or disagree - to make up your own mind - is
paramount to your success
No one can tell you what to do, what to believe – only you have that right.
“Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you're right.” - Henry Ford
A recurring theme throughout is that your own personal freedom of thought
– and your ability to exercise it – is what creates your own survival or
disaster, your riches or poverty...
3. What if there was just one...?
Lecture of Feb 6, 2008
Dr. Robert C. Worstell
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4. Just One...
One idea that stumped Philosophers for eons past?
A single fact that rocked Science on its virtual
One belief that shook Religion and dogma to its
What if there were just one...?
One idea that stumped Philosophy?
One fact that rocked Science?
One belief that shook Religion?
I bring this to you as the latest in my ongoing research into humankind and
his personal development.
While this sums up my ongoing research, it is centered on my recent 8-year
study. That started with self-help bestsellers and has uncovered the idea of a
single basic system of thought which we all subscribe to – in all our religions,
philosophies, and belief-systems.
I invite you now along for the ride...
5. A Trip into the Mind
● “Mind” is present everywhere - unlimited
● Quantum Physics found the observer always
found what they were looking for.
● “Miracle” and “Magic” both defined by the
audience not knowing how to do this
Mind is present everywhere – below our perception of matter is what we
decide we are looking for. So that decision is before the results we are
Quantum Physics also found the observer always found what they were
Physicists such as John Haglin, Fred Alan Wolfe
● quot;The Secretquot;
● quot;What the (Bleep) Do We Know?
Gregg Braden and others tell us that there are more possibilities when you
start down this line:
● remote viewing, remote healing, extreme yogic abilities, miracles
● “miracle” and “magic” both defined by the audience not knowing how
to do this themselves
6. Predict your observation
□ What you set out to observe predicts what
you will find.
□ Different from observer bias
□ Why is it this way?
What you set out to observe predicts what you will find. Whatever you are
looking for will show up.
Different from observer bias, where a researcher only cherry-picks his
findings to match his bias.
Why is it this way? Science can’t tell you – we have to look to the
metaphysical, the spiritual for answers...
7. Quantum Physics lead
Science around a new
corner where they met
The story goes that all Science was out on a field trip one day, solving
problems and inventing technology right an d left – having a great day.
Then the Quantum Physicists took the lead and said, “Hey, there’s a corner –
let’s go see what’s behind it!”
And so they all trooped along, turned that corner, and then stopped dead in
in their tracks...
They looked up.
And saw God looking back at them.
This put them into complete consternation. If they went back, He’d know
what they were up to. And he’d be able to meet them there again – you
know, all-knowing and ever-present and all that. They’d met a force they’d
been avoiding for a long time and now had to figure out what to do.
But then, some reasoned, at least that’s why He wasn’t surprised when we
(Please excuse the ethnic allusions here – everyone knows God really has no
sex – he lets us have all the fun with that subject.)
8. Science only uses “Facts”
● Science has been only concerned with the
Material World quot;Factsquot; from experiments
which could be re-duplicated by anyone.
● When quantum physicists found that quot;mindquot;
was the lowest common denominator to
matter, it changed things.
● Like Pogo, quot;We have met the enemy and they
Science only concerned with the material world and its constructs. quot;Factsquot;
from experiments which could be re-duplicated
Because they had be able to be replicated. So they dropped out more than
one area which was personal in nature and even the same person couldn't
reproduce that result in the same area, given the same materials – just a dif-
ferent day. While they through these out, they didn't explain them, either.
The woman who rescues her husband by lifting a several ton car off him –
yet can't budge that car the next day.
Science threw out all miracles. They threw out all psychics. They threw out
anything religious (not that Religion didn't help this earlier by throwing sev-
eral Scientists into jail for “heresy”. Kind of soured that relationship some-
But what this did was to create two worlds – one of Science and Technology
– and the other composed of “religious fanatics” and “quacks”.
When quantum physicists found that quot;mindquot; was the lowest common de-
nominator to matter, it changed things.
Like Pogo, quot;We have met the enemy and they is us.quot;
9. “Go Thunk YourselfTM”
● I was looking to see if there were a common
system of self-help they all used.
● Distilled a 14-point common system anyone
● No single school of thought influenced all
● Came from Thomas Troward’s study of
earliest religions in their own languages.
I started out, with the first of my “Go Thunk Yourself!” Book Series by exam-
ining self-help authors to find out if they were all operating from a single un-
derlying system. I took the bestselling self-help books of this just-past centu-
ry with dead authors (which eliminated the “charisma” effect) and simply
took notes from all of them to see what they were about. Comparing that
with modern books found only one with comparable sales statistics – Dr.
Stephen Covey's “7 Habits of Effective People”. Wouldn't you know it – he
studied the same books.
Once I found out that they all agreed on certain points, I researched to see if
they all came from a similar place. Napoleon Hill (“Think and Grow Rich”)
studied over 500 successful businessmen, statesmen, and entrepreneurs -
but stated in a letter he owed his success to one Charles F. Haanel (“Master
Key System”). Haanel quotes a turn-of-the-century author Thomas Troward.
And they all were involved or included under a branch of philosophy called
New Thought – which is a very big tent (meaning they don't all agree on even
the major points). Troward was an interesting fellow, since he studied all the
major religions' texts in their own languages. And he was considered to be
one of the main taproots of New Thought.
All these books mostly traced down this route. Only about two authors didn't
– but were contemporaries of these other authors and so we don't know what
they read of each other.
10. A Common Higher Power
□ A key point - All believed in a Higher Power,
in one form or another
□ All defined this Power the same, just using
□ All differences due to errors in translation or
errors in editing
□ This planet has more in common than in
One of the common points in that “Go Thunk Yourself” book was that all
these self-help authors had in common that there was a single Ultra-
Power out there, although given many, many different names. Their
descriptions and explanations, however, told the point that they were all
actually talking about the same Entity in fact.
Supposing instead of each religion having a different God or Supreme Being
– it was all the same Power? OK, there are differences, but let's say that
those differences were in Scripture only and that was possibly explained
by human error or transcription problems. (While Christianity had the
Council of Nicea, there were parallel major editorial changes in Judaism,
Buddism, Islam and most other religions and philosophies, well after
their authors and prophets were gone.)
But even atheists can agree on this one. Even if you deny the complete idea
of a “God”, the idea of a common repository of thought, or the community
interactivity of thought could explain a few things. Mob riots, for one –
perfectly decent people most of their lives and then getting riled up
enough to lynch a person without a trial. And these numerous
experiments where people are able to cause a measured drop in violence)
– all by a large number of people purposely meditating or “praying” for a
certain outcome or “feeling” in the Universe.
11. Two Laws Explained
Two Laws you may be familiar with:
□ Law of Attraction
◊ Known long before “The Secret” DVD
◊ Known to philosophers and scholars for
□ Golden Rule
◊ Present in every religion and philosophy
□ Explained by Huna...
I'm here because for one reason or another, you've attracted this data into
your life. At least that's how people who've been following “The Secret” say it
goes. Rhonda Byrne and her crew filmed what became that DVD after she
was inspired by Wattle's “Science of Getting Rich”. Wattles was one of those
studied above. New Thought was rife with mention of this Law of Attraction
during the '20's and '30's – and it actually is mentioned by Troward. When
you study Christian, Jewish, and other Eastern religions, you find this men-
tioned – just not by its modern commercial name.
The Law of Attraction is much like the Golden Rule in that respect. Every
major religion and philosophy have a version of the Golden Rule in their
scriptures or basic texts, in one form or another.
But it was Huna that gives us the clue as to why these Laws are so universal
12. Huna – ancient studies
● Huna, from quot;Huna Kahunaquot;, was suppressed
until the '70's
● Studies show this to be the oldest-known
philosophic tradition on this planet.
● Their 7 principles explain both Laws.
Huna has seven principles. The first three contain our explanation:
● The world is what you think it is.
● There are no limits.
● Energy flows where attention goes.
What does that all mean? Let's take them in reverse order for the simplest
explanation – the third one states that what you put your attention on is
what you get. Second, essentially, we are all connected to each other. So
when you punch someone else in the face you are hitting your own. OK so
The first one is the most abused and misunderstood and is the simplest.
Rephrased – The world is what you consider it to be. Earl Nightingale did a
famous study of this, which is detailed in his Gold Recording “The Strangest
Secret”. While he quoted many, many authors, his version was, “We Become
What We Think About.” But Nightingale's point what that this same idea
comes down through history – Shakespeare, Greek philosophers, even Jesus
said it, and he studied under even older sages of his time.
Your thoughts create the world around you – or at least mold it. But what
you think also affects everyone around you – and comes back to you. And
what you think about is what happens.
Law of Attraction, Golden Rule, Strangest Secret, Secret of Secrets – all
based on the same set of concepts.
13. Wider Applications
What if these concepts – you make your own attitude, you can improve your
life, that there possibly is only one Supreme Being/Higher Intelligence to
benefit us all, the Law of Attraction, the Golden Rule – what if these con-
cepts were spread widely to people all over the planet?
The laws of this universe – as they have been proved by countless through
history all across this globe – are inexorable. Treat others and you will be
treated that same way. Period. Hold a concept in your mind like freedom and
you will attain it if you work at it for everyone concerned. Be petty, tyranni-
cal, despotic – and watch your world crumble, your “riches” fade, your fami-
But work for peace and personal prosperity for everyone – without taking it
away from someone else – and your own peaceful prosperity is guaranteed.
What if people all over the planet selflessly worked to make everyone in their
township educated to make the best decisions so that they can be as rich as
they want to be?
Then they and everyone around them would be rich – to their own exact
14. The Only Lasting Riches
● The only lasting prosperity you can achieve
is because you worked to achieve it for
● Most effective way to increase your own
wealth, health, success = work for the
increased wealth, health, and success of
Money – real wealth comes from the amount of valuable service you provide
to others. The most succinct phrasing I've seen of this comes from Earl
Nightingale's “Strangest Secret”:
“The only way to earn money is in providing people with services and products
which are needed and useful. We exchange our time and our product or service for
the others' money. Therefore the law is that our financial return will be in direct
proportion to our service. Success is not the result of making money; making money
is the result of success --- and success is in direct proportion to our service.”
Power? In reality, there is only power over self – or self-discipline. When
people cede you power over them, it is only because you are able to persuade
them that giving their decision-rights over certain aspects of their lives will
improve their ability to survive better, to raise and protect their family, and
so on. Persuading by force – a very low-skilled form of persuasion – gets
what? More force directed back at you. The history of slavers and dictators is
pretty dismal. Most who take the office by a bloody coup are removed bloodi-
ly – or quietly in the night.
Work for peace and personal prosperity for everyone – without taking it
away from someone else – and your own peaceful prosperity is guaranteed.
Their wealth will be to the degree they can and will work selflessly to ensure
others around them not just try to win lotteries, but are able to understand
those basic laws that make lottery-winning child's-play – IF they are be-
lieved and followed.
15. The Way to World Peace
● People interested in personal development
will succeed by helping others.
● This area then expands as people find the
● There is really no reason for war currently.
● Peace is built on personal freedom of choice.
● There is no good reason for any starvation or
poverty on this planet.
This is actually the way to world peace.
● People interested in personal development will succeed by helping oth-
ers – and passing it forward.
● This area then expands as people find the quot;secretquot;
● Geometric progression across the globe.
There is really no good reason for war currently.
War is dependent on seizing land and enforcing power of choice
All prosperity and personal power really hinges on making people around
you rich and powerful for themselves.
Peace is built on personal freedom of choice
There is no reason for starvation or poverty; Buckminster Fuller proved that
we've been able to feed, clothe, and house this planet since World War II.
You could see peace in your own lifetime.
Get mutual agreement on one simple principle – like the Golden Rule, or the
Law of Attraction, or the concept of a single God or mutual, beneficent Force
which helps all people to the degree they ask and help those around them.
Any single one of those concepts can raise an individual as high as one wants
– without limits. Health, Wealth, Ability – the sky's the limit.
16. Inability to “thunk”...
● All world-views are sets of personal choices
● You get richer or stay poorer simply due to your
● Can educate a person into making better
● But only if they choose to.
● Overall lack of practice in thinking
Only thing keeping the planet down is the inability of people to think for
All world-views are sets of personal choices, mental patterns and habits –
chosen and maintained by you.
These world-views predict your continuing success or failure
You get richer or stay poor simply due to your choices.
Any person can be educated into making better choices
But only if they choose to.
Any current ills or problems stem from an earlier lack of practice in thinking
Good choices make you feel better
And they're measured against the metric of results, just like Science
17. Cure is the Internet
□ Social leveler
◊ Spreads ideas without bias
◊ Community evaluates ideas
□ Puts everyone is in charge of their own
□ Cults and dictatorships are failing due to
● Spreads ideas without bias
● Community evaluates data
- Open Source programs widely held as the best, most secure
● Puts everyone is in charge of their own world view
Cults and dictatorships are failing due to widespread information
● Chavez able to shut down all radio/TV stations - except the one
broadcasting via Internet
● Failed in his election bid to take his democratic country to a socialist
● Cults depend on limiting information and choice. Tell someone in a
cult to “look it up on the Internet.” Easy cure.
As you get people to do their own homework and research on what “ails”
them, you can use the Internet to help them find their own “cures”. Sure,
there's lots of blind alleys and mis-steps – but regular life has these in
spades, so why should the Internet be any different.
When you have some good news, some helpful tips – post them on
the Internet. Someone, someday will find them useful.
18. 3 Conclusions...
□ Ideas are the forces which walls cannot stop
□ Pessimists kill themselves off;
Optimists live longer
□ Hope is more powerful than negativity
Ideas are the things which walls (and governments) cannot stop. This has
been noted through the centuries and proved over and over. Governments
which support more ideas than they suppress tend to be more successful
(as they stay out of their peoples' way).
Pessimists kill themselves off, Optimists live longer:
● People who are constantly critical of others are also critical of
themselves and so attract destruction toward themselves and in
● Live a supportive, constructive, creative life and you attract better
health through less stress.
Hope is more powerful than negativity. Just is. Test it out for yourself. When
you feel optimistic and hopeful, do you have less stress in your life? And
when you have a lot of stress, are you ill more often and unable to cope
with change easily? People who can get more accomplished in their life
are more successful. Less stress, less negativity = more personal success.
19. Summary and Advice
□ Pushing personal development results in
more freedom of thought and so more peace
□ Remove criticism from your life - it's just
killing you off.
□ Work for understanding and open-handed
help for those around you - and within
□ An international epidemic of good feelings
and is what we need.
All I say now is to try it for yourself. Do the Earl Nightingale 30-day test. Or
attend a seminar and practice what they preach for awhile. I've got a 14-day
program in my “Go Thunk Yourself!” book – and there are several free ver-
sions of it floating around on the Internet if you want to search for it. Or try
Haanel's “Master Key System” – it's also available for free on the Internet,
complete with daily exercises. Same with Napoleon Hill's “Think and Grow
Rich”, or Wallace Wattle's “Secret of Getting Rich”.
If you want to really test this, find a book you like and buy several copies.
Then give them away to people who will actually use them. But completely
open-handedly. And that wealth will come back to you in an amazing way.
The magic number seems to be 30 days. It comes up in “The Secret” several
times, as well as Nightingale's tape. It also happens to be close to a number
some psychologists say that it takes to change a chronic habit (theirs is 28
Go ahead, see if you can't change a mental habit or two.
What if you could?
The world would just be that much a better place.
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