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Unformatted text preview: came back, and laid his hand on my shoulder and said, “My boy,
you will need much courage if you remain steadfast in carrying out your purpose
in life. But remember, when difﬁculties overtake you, the common people have
common sense. Adversity will develop it.”
One evening Edison arrived ahead of all the others. He walked over and seated
himself at my left, where Emerson was accustomed to sit, and said, “You are destined to witness the discovery of the secret of life. When the time comes, you will
observe that life consists of great swarms of energy, or entities, each as intelligent 197 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH as human beings think themselves to be. These units of life group together like
hives of bees, and remain together until they disintegrate, through lack of harmony.
These units have differences of opinion, the same as human beings, and often
ﬁght among themselves. These meetings which you are conducting will be very
helpful to you. They will bring to your rescue some of the same units of life which
served the members of your Cabinet, during their lives. These units are eternal.
THEY NEVER DIE! Your own thoughts and DESIRES serve as the magnet which
attracts units of life, from the great ocean of life out there. Only the friendly units
are attracted-the ones which harmonize with the nature of your DESIRES.”
The other members of the Cabinet began to enter the room. Edison got up, and
slowly walked around to his own seat. Edison was still living when this happened.
It impressed me so greatly that I went to see him, and told him about the experience. He smiled broadly, and said, “Your dream was more a reality than you may
imagine it to have been.” He added no further explanation to his statement.
These meetings became so realistic that I became fearful of their consequences,
and discontinued them for several months. The experiences were so uncanny, I
was afraid if I continued them I would lose sight of the fact that the meetings were
purely experiences of my imagination.
Some six months after I had discontinued the practice I was awakened one night,
or thought I was, when I saw Lincoln standing at my bedside. He said, “The world
will soon need your services. It is about to undergo a period of chaos which will
cause men and women to lose faith, and become panic stricken. Go ahead with
your work and complete your philosophy. That is your mission in life. If you neglect it, for any cause whatsoever, you will be reduced to a primal state, and be
compelled to retrace the cycles through which you have passed during thousands
I was unable to tell, the following morning, whether I had dreamed this, or had
actually been awake, and I have never since found out which it was, but I do know
that the dream, if it were a dream, was so vivid in my mind the next day that I
resumed my meetings the following night.
At our next meeting, the members of my Cabinet all ﬁled into the room together,
and stood at their accustomed places at the Council Table, while Lincoln raised
a glass and said,...
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