“The mind, which pervades the body, is largely the result of heredity, which, in turn, is simply the result of all the environments of all past generations on the responsive and ever-moving life forces. An understanding of this fact will enable us to use our authority when we find some undesirable trait of character manifesting.
We can consciously use all the desirable characteristics with which we have been provided and we can repress and refuse to allow the undesirable ones to manifest.
Again, this mind which pervades our physical body is not only the result of hereditary tendencies, but is the result of home, business and social environment, where countless thousands of impressions, ideas, prejudices and similar thoughts have been received. Much of this has been received from others, the result of opinions, suggestions or statements; much of it is the result of our own thinking, but nearly all of it has been accepted with little or no examination or consideration.
The idea seemed plausible, the conscious received it, passed it on to the subconscious, where it was taken up by the Sympathetic System and passed onto be built into our physical body. “The word has become flesh.””
This section of Haanel blew my mind. I grew up with the biblical idea of “visiting the sins of the father unto the third and fourth generation” and I never understood how a loving God could punish so many generations for the misdeeds of one person. As an adult I have been determined to work on “breaking the cycle” of poverty and negativity that seems to have plagued the past couple of generations of some of my family members.
This is my 3rd time through MKMMA, and now as a Guide. This was the first time this section hit home for me and made me realize that the cement has been piling on for generations because what my parents piled on me was partially what their parents piled on them and on and on. I know as a parent I have piled cement on my own children and I am working to take as much off of them as possible before they get out into the world on their own. That is a challenging task, but we have begun to have some deep conversations about how things were and how my mindset has evolved through the years.
Knock off that cement of the previous generations! Do it now!!!