From the Teacher’s Desk: The Letter in the Universal Mailbox

By Leonard Quilty

          Whatever we think about and thank about we bring about.
~ John Demartini

Do you realize how incredibly powerful the above words are? Dr. Demartini’s quote is one of many included in the awesome book by Rhonda Byrne called The Secret. Of course, if you have read this book you will know that the secret is encapsulated in the phrase “the law of attraction.” The law of attraction has as its foundation the principle that like attracts like. In other words, what we focus on creates the conditions of our life, either positive or negative.

American author and speaker, John Assaraf, says: “Here’s the problem. Most people are thinking about what they don’t want, and they’re wondering why it shows up over and over.”

Here’s my theory. If we acknowledge that our thoughts are powerful, we really should discipline ourselves to corral them and focus on what we truly want – the stuff of our dreams.

To fully actualize the teaching of the law of attraction, it takes focus. American artist, Marion Lansky states: “Focus is the most magical tool we have. It’s the most powerful aspect of our minds. It’s the letter in the universal mailbox, the genie in the lamp.” Wow. That’s so true, isn’t it?

I just finished reading a great book by Steven Pressfield called Turning Pro. In terms of tapping your inner power and creating your life’s work (as his sub-title states), Mr. Pressfield makes a clear distinction between the amateur and the professional. The amateur is someone who lives a shadow life. He knows in his heart of hearts he really should be writing that screenplay, or sculpting that work of art, or giving presentations as an inspirational speaker; but instead he settles for a manner of living and working that, while it attends to his daily needs, quietly frustrates him. (See Thoreau quote re the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.)

The professional, on the other hand, is someone who is true to herself. She has the same fears and challenges as the amateur, but she has made a decision to focus her energies on what it takes to achieve her dream. And because of that decision, she has ordered her life in such a way whereby discipline is its hallmark.

If you are not already there, don’t you want to join the ranks of the pros? If so, what is holding you back? You’ve got this!

American author, Sara Avant Stover reminds us “You already have inside you everything you’ve ever wanted or looked for elsewhere.” All that any of us has to do is develop enough intestinal fortitude to break down the barriers (self-doubt, fear) and put into action the required steps – the plan – to achieve our magnificent obsession.

Hold it! Are you thinking you haven’t yet figured out your magnificent obsession? If that’s the case, ask yourself this question. “What is the one thing I could do with my life that would not only bring me a splendid sense of fulfillment, but would also serve an enduring need for my fellow human beings?”

We need – the world needs – you to answer that question, and then pursue your response with passion. Steven Pressfield is waiting too. “I will gladly shell out $24.95 or $9.99 or 99 cents on iTunes to read or see or listen to the 24-karat treasure that you have refined from your pain and your vision and your imagination.”

And so will I.


Leonard Quilty is a guidance counsellor with the Centre for Learning@Home in Okotoks, Alberta. He can be reached by e-mail at

Leonard is also the author of A Manual for Peace and Character Cultivation in the Classroom, and Beyond, Vol. 1.

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