Thursday, October 6, 2011


When Henley wrote the prophetic lines, “I am the Master of my Fate, I am the Captain of my Soul,” he should have told us why that is true; we are the Masters of our Fate, the Captains of our Souls, because we have the power to control our thoughts.

He should have told us that the universe where our earth resides, where we move, where we live and breathe and be, is a form of constantly moving energy, and that this universe is filled with a form of universal power which adapts itself to the nature of our thoughts; and influences us, in natural ways, over time and circumstance, to turn our thoughts into their physical equivalent.

If the poet had told us this great truth, we would know why it is that we are the Masters of our Fate, the Captains of our Souls. He should have told us, and greatly emphasized, that this power does not distinguish between destructive thoughts and constructive thoughts, that it will just as easily cause us to translate thoughts of poverty into physical reality, as it will influence us to act upon thoughts of wealth.

He should have told us, too, that our brains become magnetized with the dominating thoughts we hold in our minds, and, inexplicably, these “magnets” attract to us the forces, the people, the life circumstances, that correspond with our dominating thoughts. In other words, if you feel poor and stepped-on, you will attract people to you of similar character and circumstance; but if you believe you are successful and well-off, those are the people and circumstances that will dominate your interactions and influence your life consequentially.

Henley should have told us that before we can accumulate wealth in abundance, we first have to magnetize our minds with intense desire for riches, that we must become “money conscious” until the innate desire for money drives us to create definite plans for acquiring it.

But, because he was a poet and not a philosopher, Henley was content to simply state a great truth poetically, and leave it to those who followed him to interpret the philosophical meaning of his lines.