Bring me my bow of burning gold, bring me my chariot of fire…
This quote is from the poet and painter, William Blake (1757-1827). Blake was leaning on biblical references to ‘chariots of fire’ in the second Book of Kings (2:11 and 6:17). Blake strikes a pose as a Sacred Warrior, willing to stretch the limits to achieve a divine goal. Desire, passion and holy ambition provide the burning gold and the fiery chariot.
After the daily Law of Leadership, we need to work with the Law of Progress in order to get things moving. This Law is lively and asks us to be ambitious — in a good way! We need be driven, but not over-competitive with our fellow human beings. Progress is a yang activity and calls us to keep active, persisting with our goals.
What is very important to realise is that progress happens anyway, even if we choose not to actively proceed with our plans. As time passes, things will happen, whether you are fully engaged with life or not. The key issue is, are you directing your life in order to gain the most benefit from the Law of Progress?
Last time, we saw that with the Law of Leadership you needed to make a choice to become the Captain of your life ship. Now, with the Law of Progress, you must direct natural energy and make best use of it. Just as an old-fashioned sailing ship makes use of the natural resources of tides and winds, you need to tune in to the best opportunities available and get your act together.
The 1981 movie, Chariots of Fire, is a true story about two athletes competing in the 1924 Olympics. Eric Liddell was a devout Scottish Christian who ran for the glory of God; Harold Abrahams was an English Jew, running to overcome prejudice. The Olympic Games are all about competition, with sportsmen and women from many nations vying with each other for medals. These guys want to be the best, they want recognition for their talents.
But Chariots of Fire is also about principles and conscience. Will Eric give up the strict Christian tradition that forbids sports on a Sunday? How can he honour his spiritual laws, as well as the needs of ‘King and Country’, where he is pressured to abandon his faith-driven decision?
This is a magical film to watch if you need to experience high, driven energy.
Sports and other goal-oriented projects are yang activities, requiring focus on future outcomes and often requiring deferred gratification. A novelist (e.g. J.K.Rowling) a scientist (e.g. Marie Curie) and a tight-rope walker (e.g. Philippe Petit) all have this in common: progress towards their chosen goals must be uppermost in their mind, all of the time, otherwise their hopes and dreams will not manifest.
So here’s another recap to keep you on message:
In order to create real, lasting, delightful abundance in your life you must:
I’ve already chosen the movie for the next topic, the Law of Comfort. Clue: “Yum, yum, yum!”