The Master Key System
Parts 1 and 2
Some men seem to attract success, power, wealth, attainment, with
very little conscious effort; others conquer with great difficulty; still
others fail altogether to reach their ambitions, desires and ideals. Why
is this so: Why should some men realize their ambitions easily, others
with difficulty, and still others not at all? The cause cannot be physical,
else the most perfect men, physically, would be the most successful. The
difference, therefore, must be mental - must be in the mind; hence mind
must be the creative force, must constitute the sole difference between
men. It is mind, therefore, which overcomes environment and every other
obstacle in the path of men.
When the creative power of thought is fully understood, its effect
will be seen to be marvelous. But such results cannot be secured without
proper application, diligence, and concentration. The student will find
that the laws governing in the mental and spiritual world are as fixed
and infallible as in the material world. To secure the desired results,
then, it is necessary to know the law and to comply with it. A proper compliance
with the law will be found to produce the desired result with invariable
exactitude. The student who learns that power comes from within, that he
is weak only because he has depended on help from outside, and who unhesitatingly
throws himself on his own thought, instantly rights himself, stands erect,
assumes a dominant attitude, and works miracles.
It is evident, therefore, that he who fails to fully investigate
and take advantage of the wonderful progress which is being made in this
last and greatest science, will soon be as far behind as the man who would
refuse to acknowledge and accept the benefits which have accrued to mankind
through an understanding of the laws of electricity.
Of course, mind creates negative conditions just as readily as favorable
conditions, and when we consciously or unconsciously visualize every kind
of lack, limitation and discord, we create these conditions; this is what
many are unconsciously doing all the time.
This law as well as every other law is no respecter of persons, but
is in constant operation and is relentlessly bringing to each individual
exactly what he has created; in other words, "Whatsoever a man soweth
that shall he also reap."
Abundance, therefore, depends upon a recognition of the laws of Abundance,
and the fact that Mind is not only the creator, but the only creator of
all there is. Certainly nothing can be created, before we know that it
can be created and then make the proper effort. There is no more Electricity
in the world today than there was fifty years ago, but until someone recognized
the law by which it could be made of service, we received no benefit; now
that the law is understood, practically the whole world is lit by it. so
with the law of Abundance; it is only those who recognize the law and place
themselves in harmony with it, who share in its benefits.
The scientific spirit now dominates every field of effort, relations
of cause and effect are no longer ignored.
The discovery of a region of law marked and epoch in human progress.
It eliminated the element of uncertainty and caprice mens lives, and substituted
law, reason and certitude.
Men now understand that for every result there is an adequate and
definite cause, so that when a given result is desired, they seek the condition
by which alone this result may be attained.
The basis upon which all law rests was discovered by inductive reasoning
which consists of comparing a number of separate instances with one another
until the common factor which gives rise to them all is seen.
It is this method of study to which the civilized nations owe the
greater part of their prosperity and the more valuable part of their knowledge;
it has lengthened life, it has mitigated pain, it has spanned rivers, it
has brightened the night with the splendor of day, extended the range of
vision, accelerated motion, annihilated distance, facilitated intercourse,
and enabled men to descend into the sea, and into the air, what wonder
then that men soon endeavored to extend the blessings of this system of
study to their method of thinking, so that when it became plainly evident
that certain results followed a particular method of thinking it only remained
to classify these results.
This is method is scientific, and it is the only method by which
we shall be permitted retain that degree of liberty and freedom which we
have been accustomed to look upon as an inalienable right, because a people
is safe at home and in the world only if national preparedness mean such
things as growing surplus of health, accumulated efficiency in public and
private business of whatever sort, continuous advance in the science and
art of acting together, and the increasingly dominant endeavor to make
all of these and all other aspects of national development center and revolve
about ascending life, single and collective, for which science, art and
ethics furnish guidance and controlling motives.
The Master Key is based on absolute scientific truth and will unfold
the possibilities that lie dormant in the individual, and teach how they
may be brought into powerful action, to increase the person's effective
capacity, bringing added energy, discernment, vigor and mental elasticity.
The student who gains an understanding of the mental laws which re unfolded
will come into the possession of an ability to secure results hitherto
undreamed of, and which has rewards hardly to be expressed in words.
It explains the correct use of both the receptive and active elements
of the mental nature, and instructs the student in the recognition of opportunity;
it strengthens the will and reasoning powers, and teaches the cultivation
and best uses of imagination, desire, the emotions and the intuitional
faculty. It gives initiative, tenacity of purpose, wisdom of choice, intelligent
sympathy and a thorough enjoyment of life on its higher planes.
The Master Key teaches the use of Mind Power, true Mind Power, not
any of the substitutes and perversions; it has nothing to do with Hypnotism,
Magic or any of the more or less fascinating deceptions by which many are
led to think that something can be had for nothing.
The Master Key cultivates and develops the understanding which will
enable you to control the body and thereby the health. It improves and
strengthens the Memory. It develops Insight, the kind of Insight which
is so rare, the kind which is the distinguishing characteristic of every
successful business man, the kind which enables men to see the possibilities
as well as the difficulties in every situation, the kind which enables
men to discern opportunity close at hand, for thousands fail to see opportunities
almost within their grasp while they are industriously working with situations
which under no possibility can be made to realize any substantial return.
The Master Key develops Mental Power which means that others instinctively
recognize that you are a person of force, of character - that they want
to do what you want them to do; it means that you attract men and things
to you; that you are what some people call "lucky", that "things"
come you way' that you have come into an understanding of the fundamental
laws of Nature, and have put yourself in harmony with them; that you are
in tune with Infinite; that you understand the law of attraction, the Natural
laws of growth, and the Psychological laws on which all advantages in the
he social and business world rest.
Mental Power is creative power, it gives you the ability to create
for yourself; it does not mean the ability to take something away from
some one else. Nature never does things that way. Nature makes two blades
for grass grow where one grew before, and Mind Power enables men to do
the same thing.
The Master Key develops insight and sagacity increased independence,
the ability and disposition to be helpful' it destroys distrust, depression,
fear, melancholia, and every form of lack limitation and weakness, including
pain and disease; it awakens buried talents, supplies initiative, force,
energy, vitality - it awakens an appreciation of the beautiful in Art,
Literature and Science.
It has changed the lives of thousands of men and women, by substituting
definite principles for uncertain and hazy methods - and principles for
the foundation upon which every system of efficiency must rest.
Elbert Gary, the chairman of the United States Steel Corporation,
said "The services of advisors, instructors, efficiency experts in
successful management are indispensable to most business enterprises of
magnitude, but I deem the recognition and adoption of right principles
vastly more importance. "The Master Key teaches right principles,
and suggests methods for making a practical application of the principles;
in that it differs from every other course of study. It teaches that the
only possible value which can attach to any principle is in its application.
Many read books, take home study courses, attend lectures all their lives
without ever making any progress in demonstrating the value of the principles
involved. The Master Key suggests methods by which the value of the principles
taught may be demonstrated and put in actual practice in the daily experience.
There is a change in the thought of the world. This change is silently
transpiring in our midst, and is more important than any which the world
has undergone since the downfall of Paganism.
The present revolution in the opinions of all classes of men, the
highest and most cultured of men as well as those of the laboring class,
stands unparalleled in the history of the world.
Science has of late mad such vast discoveries, has revealed such
an infinity of resources, has unveiled such enormous possibilities and
such unsuspected forces, that scientific men more and more hesitate to
affirm certain theories as established and indubitable or to deny certain
other theories as absurd or impossible, and so a new civilization is being
born' customs, creeds, and cruelty are passing; vision, faith and service
are taking their place. The fetters of tradition are being melted off from
humanity, and as the dross of materialism is being consumed, thought is
being liberated and truth is rising full orbed before an astonished multitude.
The whole world is on the eve of a new consciousness, a new power
and a new consciousness, a new power and a new realization of the resources
within the self. The last century saw the most magnificent material progress
in history. The present century will produce the greatest progress in mental
and spiritual power.
Physical Science has resolved matter into molecules, molecules into
atoms, atoms into energy, and it has remained for Sir Ambrose Fleming,
in an address before the Royal Institution, to resolve this energy into
mind. He says: "In its ultimate essence, energy may be incomprehensible
by us except as an exhibition of the direct operation of that which we
call Mind or Will."
Let us see what are the most powerful forces in Nature. In the mineral
world everything is solid and fixed. In the animal and vegetable kingdom
it is in a state of flux, forever changing, always being created and recreated.
In the atmosphere we find heat, light and energy. Each realm becomes finer
and more spiritual as we pass from the visible to the invisible, from the
coarse to the fine, from the low potentiality to high potentiality. When
we reach the invisible we find energy in its purest and most volatile state.
And as the most powerful forces of Nature are the invisible forces,
so we find that the most powerful forces of man are his invisible forces,
his spiritual force, and the only way in which the spiritual force can
manifest is through the process of thinking. Thinking is the only activity
which the spirit possesses, and thought is the only product of thinking.
Addition and subtraction are therefore spiritual transactions; reasoning
is a spiritual process; ideas are spiritual conceptions; questions are
spiritual searchlights and logic, argument and philosophy is spiritual
Every thought brings into action certain physical tissue, parts of
the brain, nerve or muscle. This produces an actual physical change in
the construction of the tissue. therefore it is only necessary to have
a certain number of thoughts on a given subject in order to bring about
a complete change in the physical organization of a man.
This is the process by which failure is changed to success. Thoughts
of courage, power, inspiration, harmony, are substituted for thoughts of
failure, despair, lack, limitation and discord, and as these thoughts take
root, the physical tissue is changed and the individual sees life in a
new light, old things have actually passed away, all things have become
new, he is born again, this time born of the spirit, life has a new meaning
for him, he is reconstructed and is filled with joy, confidence, hope,
energy. He sees opportunities for success to which he was heretofore blind.
He recognizes possibilities which before had no meaning for him. The thoughts
of success with which he has been impregnated are radiated to those around
him, and they in turn help him onward and upward; he attract to him new
and successful associates, and this in turn changes his environment; so
that by this simple exercise of thought, a man changes not only himself,
but his environment, circumstances and conditions.
You will see, you must see, that we are at the dawn of
a new day; that the possibilities are so wonderful, so fascinating, so
limitless as to be almost bewildering. A century ago any man with and aeroplane
or even a Gatling gun could have annihilated a whole army equipped with
the implements of warfare then in use. So it is at present. Any man with
a knowledge of the possibilities contained in the Master Key has an inconceivable
advantage over the multitude.
INTRODUCTION - PART ONE
It is my privilege to
enclose herewith Part One of The Master Key System. Would you bring into
your life more power, get the power consciousness, more health, get the
health consciousness, more happiness, get the happiness consciousness.
Live the spirit of these things until they become yours by right. It will
then become impossible to keep them from you. The things of the world are
fluid to a power within man by which he rules
You need not acquire this power. You
already have it. But you want to understand it; you want to use it;
you want to control it; you want to impregnate yourself with it, so
that you can go forward and carry the world before you.
Day by day as you go on and on, as
you gain momentum, as your inspiration deepens, as your plans crystallize,
as you gain understanding, you will come to realize that this world
is no dead pile of stones and timber, but that it is a living thing!
It is made up of the beating hearts of humanity. It is a thing of life
It is evident that it
requires understanding to work with material of this description, but those
who come into this understanding, are inspired by a new light, a new force,
they gain confidence and greater power each day, they realize
their hopes and their dreams come true, life has a deeper, fuller, clearer
meaning than before.
And, now, Part One....
1. That much gathers more is true on every
plane of existence and that loss leads to greater loss is equally true.
2. Mind is creative, and conditions, environment
and all experiences in life are the result of our habitual or predominant
3. The attitude of mind necessarily depends
upon what we think. Therefore, the secret of all power, all achievement
and all possession depends upon our method of thinking.
4. This is true because we must "be"
before we can "do," and we can "do" only to the
extent which we "are," and what we "are" depends
upon what we "think."
5. We cannot express powers that we do
not possess. The only way by which we may secure possession of power
is to become conscious of power, and we can never become conscious of
power until we learn that all power is from within.
6. There is a world within – a world of
thought and feeling and power; of light and life and beauty and, although
invisible, its forces are mighty.
7. The world within is governed by mind.
When we discover this world we shall find the solution for every problem,
the cause for every effect; and since the world within is subject to
our control, all laws of power and possession are also within our control.
8. The world without is a
reflection of the world within. What appears without is what has been found
within. In the world within may be found infinite Wisdom, infinite Power,
infinite Supply of all that is necessary, waiting for unfoldment,
development and expression. If we recognize these potentialities in the
world within they will take form in the world without.
9. Harmony in the world within will be
reflected in the world without by harmonious conditions, agreeable surroundings,
the best of everything. It is the foundation of health and a necessary
essential to all greatness, all power, all attainment, all achievement
and all success.
10. Harmony in the world within means
the ability to control our thoughts, and to determine for ourselves
how any experience is to affect us.
11. Harmony in the world within results
in optimism and affluence; affluence within results in affluence without.
12. The world without reflects the circumstances
and the conditions of the consciousness within.
13. If we find wisdom in
the world within, we shall have the understanding to discern the marvelous
possibilities that are latent in this world within, and we shall be given
the power to make these possibilities manifest in the world
14. As we become conscious
of the wisdom in the world within, we mentally take possession of this
wisdom, and by taking mental possession we come into actual possession
of the power and wisdom necessary to bring into
manifestation the essentials necessary for our most complete and harmonious
15. The world within is the
practical world in which the men and women of power generate courage, hope,
enthusiasm, confidence, trust and faith, by which they are given the fine
intelligence to see the vision and the practical
skill to make the vision real.
16. Life is an unfoldment, not accretion.
What comes to us in the world without is what we already possess in
the world within.
17. All possession is based on consciousness.
All gain is the result of an accumulative consciousness. All loss is
the result of a scattering consciousness.
18. Mental efficiency is contingent upon
harmony; discord means confusion; therefore, he who would acquire power
must be in harmony with Natural Law.
19. We are related to the
world without by the objective mind. The brain is the organ of this mind
and the cerebro-spinal system of nerves puts us in conscious communication
with every part of the body. This system of
nerves responds to every sensation of light,
heat, odor, sound and taste.
20. When this mind thinks correctly, when
it understands the truth, when the thoughts sent through the cerebro-spinal
nervous system to the body are constructive, these sensations are pleasant,
21. The result is that we
build strength, vitality and all constructive forces into our body, but
it is through this same objective mind that all distress, sickness, lack,
limitation and every form of discord and inharmony is admitted
to our lives. It is therefore through the objective mind, by wrong thinking,
that we are related to all destructive forces.
22. We are related to the
world within by the subconscious mind. The solar plexus is the organ of
this mind; the sympathetic system of nerves presides over all subjective
sensations, such as joy, fear, love, emotion, respiration,
imagination and all other subconscious phenomena. It is through the subconscious
that we are connected with the Universal Mind and brought into relation
with the Infinite constructive forces of the Universe.
23. It is the coordination of these two
centers of our being, and the understanding of their functions, which
is the great secret of life. With this knowledge we can bring the objective
and subjective minds into conscious cooperation and thus coordinate
the finite and the infinite. Our future is entirely within our own control.
It is not at the mercy of any capricious or uncertain external power.
24. All agree that there
is but one Principle or Consciousness pervading the entire Universe, occupying
all space, and being essentially the same in kind at every point of its
presence. It is all powerful, all wisdom and always
present. All thoughts and things are within Itself. It is all in all.
25. There is but one consciousness in
the universe able to think; and when it thinks, its thoughts become
objective things to it. As this Consciousness is omnipresent, it must
be present within every individual; each individual must be a manifestation
of that Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent Consciousness.
26. As there is only one Consciousness
in the Universe that is able to think it necessarily follows that your
consciousness is identical with the Universal Consciousness, or, in
other words, all mind is one mind. There is no dodging this conclusion.
27. The consciousness that focuses in
your brain cells is the same consciousness which focuses in the brain
cells of every other individual. Each individual is but the individualization
of the Universal, the Cosmic Mind.
28. The Universal Mind is static or potential
energy; it simply is; it can manifest only through the individual, and
the individual can manifest only through the Universal. They are one.
29. The ability of the individual
to think is his ability to act on the Universal and bring it into manifestation.
Human consciousness consists only in the ability of man to think. Mind
in itself is believed to be a subtle form of static
energy, from which arises the activities called 'thought, ' which is the
dynamic phase of mind. Mind is static energy, thought is dynamic energy
-the two phases of the same thing. Thought is therefore the vibratory force
formed by converting static mind into dynamic
30. As the sum of all attributes
are contained in the Universal Mind, which is Omnipotent, Omniscient and
Omnipresent, these attributes must be present at all times in their potential
form in every individual. Therefore, when
the individual thinks, the thought is compelled by its nature to embody
itself in an objectivity or condition which will correspond with its origin.
31. Every thought therefore is a cause
and every condition an effect; for this reason it is absolutely essential
that you control your thoughts so as to bring forth only desirable conditions.
32. All power is from within, and is absolutely
under your control; it comes through exact knowledge and by the voluntary
exercises of exact principles.
33. It should be plain that
when you acquire a thorough understanding of this law, and are able to
control your thought processes, you can apply it to any condition; in other
words, you will have come into conscious cooperation
with Omnipotent law which is the fundamental basis of all things.
34. The Universal Mind is the life principle
of every atom which is in existence; every atom is continually striving
to manifest more life; all are intelligent, and all are seeking to carry
out the purpose for which they were created.
35. A majority of mankind
lives in the world without; few have found the world within, and yet it
is the world within that makes the world without; it is therefore creative
and everything which you find in your world without has
been created by you in the world within.
36. This system will bring
you into a realization of power which will be yours when you understand
this relation between the world without and the world within. The world
within is the cause, the world without the effect; to change
the effect you must change the cause.
37. You will at once see
that this is a radically new and different idea; most men try to change
effects by working with effects. They fail to see that this is simply changing
one form of distress for another. To remove discord, we must
remove the cause, and this cause can be found only in the world within.
38. All growth is from within. This is
evident in all nature. Every plant, every animal, every human is a living
testimony to this great law, and the error of the ages is in looking
for strength or power from without.
39. The world within is the
Universal fountain of supply, and the world without is the outlet to the
stream. Our ability to receive depends upon our recognition of this Universal
Fountain, this Infinite Energy of which each individual
is an outlet, and so is one with every other individual.
40. Recognition is a mental
process, mental action is therefore the interaction of the individual upon
the Universal Mind, and as the Universal Mind is the intelligence which
pervades all space and animates all living things, this mental action and
reaction is the law of causation, but the principle of causation does not
obtain in the individual but in the Universal Mind. It is not an objective
faculty but a subjective process, and the results are seen
in an infinite variety of conditions and experiences.
41. In order to express life there must
be mind; nothing can exist without mind. Everything which exists is
some manifestation of this one basic substance from which and by which
all things have been created and are continually being recreated.
42. We live in a fathomless sea of plastic
mind substance. This substance is ever alive and active. It is sensitive
to the highest degree. It takes form according to the mental demand.
Thought forms the mold or matrix from which the substance expresses.
43. Remember that it is in
the application alone that the value consists, and that a practical understanding
of this law will substitute abundance for poverty, wisdom for ignorance,
harmony for discord and freedom for tyranny, and
certainly there can be no greater blessing than these from a material and
44. Now make the application:
Select a room where you can be alone and undisturbed; sit erect, comfortably,
but do not lounge; let your thoughts roam where they will but be perfectly
still for from fifteen minutes to half an hour;
continue this for three or four days or for a week until you secure full
control of your physical being.
45. Many will find this extremely
difficult; others will conquer with ease, but it is absolutely essential
to secure complete control of the body before you are ready to progress.
Next week you will receive instructions for the next
step; in the meantime you must have mastered this one.
Study Questions with Answers
1. What is the world without in its relation
to the world within? The world without is a reflection of the world
2. Upon what does all possession depend?
All possession is based on consciousness.
3. How is the individual related to the
objective world? The individual is related to the objective world by
the objective mind; the brain is the organ of this mind.
4. How is he related to the Universal
Mind? He is related to the Universal Mind by the subconscious mind;
the Solar Plexus is the organ of this mind.
5. What is the Universal Mind? The Universal
Mind is the life principle of every atom which is in existence.
6. How can the Individual act on the Universal?
The ability of the individual to think is his ability to act upon the
Universal and bring it into manifestation.
7. What is the result of
this action and interaction? The result of this action and interaction
is cause and effect; every thought is a cause and every condition an
8. How are harmonious and desirable conditions
secured? Harmonious and desirable conditions are obtained by right thinking.
9. What is the cause of all discord, inharmony,
lack and limitation? Discord, inharmony, lack and limitation are the
result of wrong thinking.
10. What is the source of all powers?
The source of all power is the world within, the Universal Fountain
of Supply, the Infinite Energy of which each individual is an outlet.
INTRODUCTION - PART TWO
Our difficulties are largely
due to confused ideas and ignorance of our true interests. The great task
is to discover the laws of nature to which we are to adjust ourselves.
Clear thinking and moral insight are, therefore, of
incalculable value. All processes, even those of thought, rest on solid
The keener the sensibilities,
the more acute the judgment, the more delicate the taste, the more refined
the moral feelings, the more subtle the intelligence, the loftier the aspiration--the
purer and more intense are the gratifications
which existence yields. Hence it is that the study of the best that has
been thought in the world gives supreme pleasure.
The powers, uses and possibilities
of the mind under the new interpretations are incomparably more wonderful
that the most extravagant accomplishment, or even dreams of material progress.
Thought is energy. Active thought
is active energy; concentrated thought is a concentrated energy. Thought
concentrated on a definite purpose becomes power. This is the power which
is being used by those who do not believe in the virtue of poverty,
or the beauty of self-denial. They perceive that this is the talk of weaklings.
The ability to receive
and manifest this power depends upon the ability to recognize the Infinite
Energy ever dwelling in man, constantly creating and recreating his body
and mind, and ready at any moment to manifest through
him in any needful manner. In exact proportion to the recognition of this
truth will be the manifestation in the outer life of the individual.
Part two explains the method by which
this is accomplished.
1. The operations of the
mind are produced by two parallel modes of activity, the one conscious,
and the other subconscious. Professor Davidson says: "He who thinks
to illuminate the whole range of mental action by the light
of his own consciousness is not unlike the one who should go about to illuminate
the universe with a rushlight."
2. The subconscious' logical
processes are carried on with a certainty and regularity which would be
impossible if there existed the possibility of error. Our mind is so designed
that it prepares for us the most important foundations
of cognition, whilst we have not the slightest apprehension of the modus
3. The subconscious soul,
like a benevolent stranger, works and makes provision for our benefit,
pouring only the mature fruit into our lap; thus ultimate analysis of thought
processes shows that the subconscious is the theatre
of the most important mental phenomena.
4. It is through the subconscious
that Shakespeare must have perceived, without effort, great truths which
are hidden from the conscious mind of the student; that Phidias fashioned
marble and bronze; that Raphael painted Madonnas
and Beethoven composed symphonies.
5. Ease and perfection depend
entirely upon the degree in which we cease to depend upon the consciousness;
playing the piano, skating, operating the typewriter, the skilled trades,
depend for their perfect execution on the process
of the sub-conscious mind. The marvel of playing a brilliant piece on the
piano, while at the same time conducting a vigorous conversation, shows
the greatness of our subconscious powers.
6. We are all aware how dependent
we are upon the subconscious, and the greater, the nobler, the more brilliant
our thoughts are, the more it is obvious to ourselves that the origin lies
beyond our ken. We find ourselves endowed
with tact, instinct, sense of the beautiful in art, music, etc., or whose
origin or dwelling place we are wholly
7. The value of the subconscious
is enormous; it inspires us; it warns us; it furnishes us with names, facts
and scenes from the storehouse of memory. It directs our thoughts, tastes,
and accomplishes tasks so intricate that no
conscious mind, even if it had the power, has the capacity for.
8. We can walk at will; we
can raise the arm whenever we choose to do so; we can give our attention
through eye or ear to any subject at pleasure. On the other hand, we cannot
stop our heartbeats nor the circulation of the
blood, nor the growth of stature, nor the formation of nerve and muscle
tissue, nor the building of the bones, nor many other important vital processes.
9. If we compare these two
sets of action, the one decreed by the will of the moment, and the other
proceeding in majestic, rhythmic course, subject to no vascillation, but
constant at every moment, we stand in awe of the latter,
and ask to have the mystery explained. We see at once that these are the
vital processes of our physical life, and we cannot avoid the inference
that these all-important functions are designedly withdrawn from the
domain of our outward will with its variations
and transitions, and placed under the direction of a permanent and dependable
power within us.
10. Of these two powers,
the outward and changeable has been termed the "Conscious Mind,"
or the "Objective Mind" (dealing with outward objects). The interior
power is called the "Subconscious Mind," or the "Subjective
Mind," and besides its work on the mental plane it controls the regular
functions which make physical life possible.
11. It is necessary to have
a clear understanding of their respective functions on the mental plane,
as well as of certain other basic principles. Perceiving and operating
through the five physical senses, the conscious mind deals
with the impressions and objects of the outward life.
12. It has the faculty of
discrimination, carrying with it the responsibility of choice. It has the
power of reasoning--whether inductive, deductive, analytical or syllogistic--and
this power may be developed to a high degree. It is the
seat of the will with all the energies that flow therefrom.
13. Not only can it impress
other minds, but it can direct the subconscious mind. In this way the conscious
mind becomes the responsible ruler and guardian of the subconscious mind.
It is this high function which can completely
reverse conditions in your life.
14. It is often true that
conditions of fear, worry, poverty, disease, inharmony and evils of all
kinds dominate us by reason of false suggestions accepted by the unguarded
subconscious mind. All this the trained conscious mind
can entirely prevent by its vigilant protective action. It may properly
be called "the watchman at the gate" of the great subconscious
15. One writer has expressed the chief
distinction between the two phases of mind thus: "Conscious mind
is reasoning will. Subconscious mind is instinctive desire, the result
of past reasoning will."
16. The subconscious mind
draws just and accurate inferences from premises furnished from outside
sources. Where the premise is true, the subconscious mind reaches a faultless
conclusion, but, where the premise or suggestion
is an error, the whole structure falls. The subconscious mind does not
engage in the process of proving. It relies upon the conscious mind, "the
watchman at the gate," to guard it from mistaken impressions.
17. Receiving any suggestions
as true, the subconscious mind at once proceeds to act thereon in the whole
domain of its tremendous field of work. The conscious mind can suggest
either truth or error. If the latter, it is at the
cost of wide-reaching peril to the whole being.
18. The conscious mind ought
to be on duty during every waking hour. When the "watchman" is
"off guard," or when its calm judgment is suspended, under a
variety of circumstances, then the subconscious mind is unguarded
and left open to suggestion from all sources. During the wild excitement
of panic, or during the height of anger, or the impulses of the irresponsible
mob, or at any other time of unrestrained passion, the conditions
are most dangerous. The sub- conscious mind is then open to the suggestion
of fear, hatred, selfishness, greed, self- depreciation and other negative
forces, derived from surrounding persons or circumstances.
The result is usually unwholesome in the extreme, with effects that may
endure to distress it for a long time.
Hence, the great importance of guarding the subconscious mind from false
19. The subconscious mind perceives by
intuition. Hence, its processes are rapid. It does not wait for the
slow methods of conscious reasoning. In fact, it can not employ them.
20. The subconscious mind
never sleeps, never rests, any more than does your heart, or your blood.
It has been found that by plainly stating to the subconscious mind certain
specific things to be accomplished, forces are
set in operation that lead to the result desired. Here, then, is a source
of power which places us in touch with Omnipotence. Here in is a deep principle
which is well worth our most earnest study.
21. The operation of this
law is interesting. Those who put it into operation find that when they
go out to meet the person with whom they anticipate a difficult interview,
something has been there before them and dissolved the
supposed differences; everything is changed; all is harmonious; they find
that when some difficult business problem presents itself they can afford
to make delay and something suggests the proper solution; everything is
properly arranged; in fact, those who have
learned to trust the subconscious find that they have infinite resources
at their command.
22. The subconscious mind
is the seat of our principles and our aspirations. It is the fount of our
artistic and altruistic ideals. These instincts can only be overthrown
by an elaborate and gradual process of undermining the innate
23. The subconscious mind
can not argue controversially. Hence, if it has accepted wrong suggestions,
the sure method of overcoming them is by the use of a strong counter suggestion,
frequently repeated, which the mind
must accept, thus eventually forming new and healthy habits of thought
and life, for the subconscious mind is the seat of Habit. That which we
do over and over becomes mechanical; it is no longer an act of judgment,
but has worn its deep grooves in the subconscious
mind. This is favorable for us if the habit be wholesome and right. If
it be harmful, and wrong, the remedy is to recognize the omnipotence of
the subconscious mind and suggest present
actual freedom. The subconscious being creative and one with our divine
source will at once create the freedom suggested.
24. To sum up: The normal
functions of the subconscious on the physical side have to do with the
regular and vital processes, with the preservation of life and the restoration
of health; with the care of offspring, which includes
an instinctive desire to preserve all life and improve conditions generally.
25. On the mental side, it
is the storehouse of memory; it harbors the wonderful thought messengers,
who work, unhampered by time or space; it is the fountain of the practical
initiative and constructive forces of life: It is
the seat of habit.
26. On the spiritual side,
it is the source of ideals, of aspiration, of the imagination, and is the
channel through which we recognize our Divine Source, and in proportion
as we recognize this divinity do we come into an understanding
of the source of power.
27. Some one may ask: "How
can the subconscious change conditions?" The reply is, because the
subconscious is a part of the Universal Mind and a part must be the same
in kind and quality as the whole; the only
difference is one of degree. The whole, as we know, is creative, in fact,
it is the only creator there is, consequently, we find that mind is creative,
and as thought is the only activity which the mind possesses thought
must necessarily be creative also.
28. But we shall find that
there is a vast difference between simply thinking, and directing our thought
consciously, systematically and constructively; when we do this we place
our mind in harmony with the Universal
Mind, we come in tune with the Infinite, we set in operation the mightiest
force in existence, the creative power of the Universal Mind. This, as
everything else, is governed by natural law, and this law is the
"Law of attraction," which is that
Mind is creative, and will automatically correlate with its object and
bring it into manifestation.
29. Last week I gave you
an exercise for the purpose of securing control of the physical body; if
you have accomplished this you are ready to advance. This time you will
begin to control your thought. Always take the same
room, the same chair, and the same position, if possible. In some cases
it is not convenient to take the same
room, in this case simply make the best use of such conditions as may be
available. Now be perfectly still as before, but inhibit all thought; this
will give you control over all thoughts of care, worry and fear, and will
enable you to entertain only the kind of thoughts
you desire. Continue this exercise until you gain complete mastery.
30. You will not be able
to do this for more that a few moments at a time, but the exercise is valuable,
because it will be a very practical demonstration of the great number of
thoughts which are constantly trying to gain access
to your mental world.
31. Next week you will receive instructions
for an exercise which may be a little more interesting, but it is necessary
that you master this one first.
"Cause and effect
is as absolute and undeviating in the hidden realm of thought as in the
world of visible and material things. Mind is the master weaver, both of
the interior garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance."
-- James Allen
Study Questions with Answers
11. What are the two modes of mental
activity? Conscious and subconscious.
12. Upon what do ease and perfection depend?
Ease and perfection depend entirely upon the degree in which we cease
to depend upon the conscious mind.
13. What is the value of the subconscious?
It is enormous; it guides us, warns us, it controls the vital processes
and is the seat of memory.
14. What are some of the
functions of the conscious mind? It has the faculty of discrimination;
it has the power of reasoning; it is the seat of the will and may impress
15. How has the distinction between the
conscious and subconscious been expressed? "Conscious mind is reasoning
will. Subconscious mind is instinctive desire, the result of past reasoning
16. What method is necessary in order
to impress the subconscious? Mentally state what is wanted.
17. What will be the result?
If the desire is in harmony with the forward movement of the great Whole,
forces will be set in motion which will bring
about the result.
18. What is the result of the operation
of this law? Our environment reflects conditions corresponding to the
predominant mental attitude which we entertain.
19. What names has been given to this
law? The Law of Attraction.
20. How is the law stated? Thought is
a creative energy, and will automatically correlate with is object and
bring it into manifestation.
INTRODUCTION - PART THREE
You have found that the Individual may act on the Universal,
and that the result of this action and interaction is cause and effect.
Thought, therefore, is the cause, and the experiences with which you meet
in life are the effect.
Eliminate, therefore, any possible tendency to complain
of conditions as they have been, or as they are, because it rests with
you to change them and make them what you would like them to be.
Direct your effort to a realization of the mental resources,
always at your command, from which all real and lasting power comes.
Persist in this practice until you come to a realization
of the fact that there can be no failure in the accomplishment of any proper
object in life if you but understand your power and persist in your object,
because the mind-forces are ever ready to lend themselves to a purposeful
will, in the effort to crystalize thought and desire into actions, events
Whereas in the beginning of each function of life and
each action is the result of conscious thought, the habitual actions become
automatic and the thought that controls them passes into the realm of the
subconscious; yet it is just as intelligent as before. It is necessary
that it become automatic, or subconscious, in order that the self-conscious
mind may attend to other things. The new actions will, however, in their
turn, be come habitual, then automatic, then subconscious in order that
the mind again may be freed from this detail and advanced to still other
When you realize this, you will have found a source
of power which will enable you to take care of any situation in life which
1. The necessary interaction of the conscious and subconscious
mind requires a similar interaction between the corresponding systems of
nerves. Judge Troward indicates the very beautiful method in which this
interaction is effected. He says: The cerebro-spinal system is the organ
of the conscious mind and the sympathetic is the organ of the subconscious.
The cerebro-spinal is the channel through which we receive conscious perception
from the physical senses and exercise control over the movements of the
body. This system of nerves has its centre in the brain.
2. The Sympathetic System has its centre in a ganglionic
mass at the back of the stomach known as the Solar Plexus, and is the channel
of that mental action which unconsciously supports the vital functions
of the body.
3. The connection between the two systems is made by the
vagus nerve which passes out of the cerebral region as a portion of the
voluntary system to the thorax, sending out branches to the heart and lungs,
and finally passing through the diaphragm, it loses its outer coating and
becomes identified with the nerves of the Sympathetic System, so forming
a connecting link between the two and making man physically a "single
4. We have seen that every thought is received by the
brain, which is the organ of the conscious; it is here subjected to our
power of reasoning. When the objective mind has been satisfied that the
thought is true it is sent to the Solar Plexus, or the brain of the subjective
mind, to be made into our flesh, to be brought forth into the world as
reality. It is then no longer susceptible to any argument whatever. The
subconscious mind cannot argue; it only acts. It accepts the conclusions
of the objective mind as final.
5. The Solar Plexus has been likened to the sum of the
body, because it is a central point of distribution for the energy which
the body is constantly generating. This energy is very real energy, and
this sun is a very real sun, and the energy is being distributed by very
real nerves to all parts of the body, and is thrown off in an atmosphere
which envelopes the body.
6. If this radiation is sufficiently strong the person
is called magnetic; he is said to be filled with personal magnetism. Such
a person may wield an immense power for good. His presence alone will often
bring comfort to the troubled minds with which he comes in contact.
7. When the Solar Plexus is in active operation and is
radiating life, energy and vitality to every part of the body, and to every
one whom he meets, the sensations are pleasant, the body is filled with
health and all with whom he comes in contact experience a pleasant sensation.
8. If there is any interruption of this radiation the
sensations are unpleasant, the flow of life and energy to some part of
the body is stopped, and this is the cause of every ill to the human race,
physical, mental or environmental.
9. Physical because the sun of the body is no longer generating
sufficient energy to vitalize some part of the body; mental because the
conscious mind is dependent upon the subconscious mind for the vitality
necessary to support its thought, and environmental, because the connection
between the subconscious mind and the Universal mind, is being interrupted.
10. The Solar Plexus is the point at which the part meets
with the whole, where the finite becomes Infinite, where the Uncreate becomes
create, the Universal becomes individualized, the Invisible becomes visible.
It is the point at which life appears and there is no limit to the amount
of life an individual may generate from this Solar centre.
11. This centre of energy is Omnipotent because it is
the point of contact with all life and all intelligence. It can therefore
accomplish whatever it is directed to accomplish, and herein lies the power
of the conscious mind; the subconscious can and will carry out such plans
and ideas as may be suggested to it by the conscious mind.
12. Conscious thought, then, is master of this sun centre
from which the life and energy of the entire body flows and the quality
of the thought which we entertain determines the quality of the thought
which this sun will radiate, and the character of the thought which our
conscious mind entertains will determine the character of the thought which
this sun will radiate, and the nature of the thought which our conscious
mind entertains will determine the nature of thought which this sun will
radiate, and consequently will determine the nature of the experience which
13. It is evident, therefore, that all we have to do is
let our light shine; the more energy we can radiate, the more rapidly shall
we be enabled to transmute undesirable conditions into sources of pleasure
and profit. The important question, then, is how to let this light shine;
how to generate this energy.
14. Non-resistant thought expands the Solar Plexus; resistant
thought contracts it. Pleasant thought expands it; unpleasant thought contracts
it. Thoughts of courage, power, confidence and hope all produce a corresponding
state, but the one arch enemy of the Solar Plexus which must be absolutely
destroyed before there is any possibility of letting any light shine is
fear. This enemy must be completely destroyed; he must be eliminated; he
must be expelled forever; he is the cloud which hides the sun; which causes
a perpetual gloom.
15. It is this personal devil which makes men fear the
past, the present and the future; fear themselves, their friends and their
enemies; fear everything and everybody. When fear is effectually and completely
destroyed, your light will shine, the clouds will disperse and you will
have found the source of power, energy and life.
16. When you find that you are really one with the Infinite
power, and when you can consciously realize this power by a practical demonstration
of your ability to overcome any adverse condition by the power of your
thought, you will have nothing to fear; fear will have been destroyed and
you will have come into possession of your birthright.
17. It is our attitude of mind toward life which determines
the experiences with which we are to meet; if we expect nothing, we shall
have nothing; if we demand much, we shall receive the greater portion.
The world is harsh only as we fail to assert ourselves. The criticism of
the world is bitter only to those who cannot compel room for their ideas.
It is fear of this criticism that causes many ideas to fail to see the
light of day.
18. But the man who knows that he has a Solar Plexus will
not fear criticism or anything else; he will be too busy radiating courage,
confidence, and power; he will anticipate success by his mental attitude;
he will pound barriers to pieces, and leap over the chasm of doubt and
hesitation which fear places in his path.
19. A knowledge of our ability to consciously radiate
health, strength and harmony will bring us into a realization that there
is nothing to fear because we are in touch with Infinite Strength.
20. This knowledge can be gained only by making practical
application of this information. We learn by doing; through practice the
athlete comes powerful.
21. As the following statement is of considerable importance,
I will put it in several ways, so that you cannot fail to get the full
significance of it. If you are religiously inclined, I would say, you can
let your light shine. If your mind has a bias toward physical science,
I would say you can wake the Solar Plexus; or, if you prefer the strictly
scientific interpretation, I will say that you can impress your subconscious
22. I have already told you what the result of this impression
will be. It is the method in which you are now interested. You have already
learned that the subconscious is intelligent and that it is creative, and
responsive to the will of the conscious mind. What, then, is the most natural
way of making the desired impression? Mentally concentrate on the object
of your desire; when you are concentrating you are impressing the subconscious.
23. This is not the only way, but it is a simple and effective
way, and the most direct way, and consequently the way in which the best
results are secured. It is the method which is producing such extraordinary
results that many think that miracles are being accomplished.
24. It is the method by which every great inventor, every
great financier, every great statesman has been enabled to convert the
subtle and invisible force of desire, faith and confidence into actual,
tangible, concrete facts in the objective world.
25. The subconscious mind is a part of the Universal mind.
The Universal is the creative principle of the Universe, a part must be
the same in kind and quality as the whole. This means that this creative
power is absolutely unlimited; it is not bound by precedent of any kind,
and consequently has no prior existing pattern by which to apply its constructive
26. We have found that the subconscious mind is responsive
to our conscious will, which means that the unlimited creative power of
the Universal Mind is within control of the conscious mind of the individual.
27. When making a practical application of this principle,
in accordance with the exercises given in the subsequent lessons, it is
well to remember that it is not necessary to outline the method by which
the subconscious will produce the results you desire. The finite can not
inform the Infinite. You are simply to say what you desire, not how you
are to obtain it.
28. You are the channel by which the undifferentiated
is being differentiated, and this differentiation is being accomplished
by appropriation. It only requires recognition to set causes in motion
which will bring about results in accordance with your desire, and this
is accomplished because the Universal can act only through the individual,
and the individual can act only through the Universal; they are one.
29. For your exercise this week, I will ask you to go
one step further. I want you to not only be perfectly still, and inhibit
all thought as far as possible, but relax, let go, let the muscles take
their normal condition; this will remove all pressure from the nerves,
and eliminate that tension which so frequently produces physical exhaustion.
30. Physical relaxation is a voluntary exercise of the
will and the exercise will be found to be of great value, as it enables
the blood to circulate freely to and from the brain and body.
31. Tensions leads to mental unrest and abnormal mental
activity of the mind; it produces worry, care, fear and anxiety. Relaxation
is therefore an absolute necessity in order to allow the mental faculties
to exercise the greatest freedom.
32. Make this exercise as thorough and complete as possible,
mentally determine that you will relax every muscle and nerve, until you
feel quiet and restful and at peace with yourself and the world.
33. The Solar Plexus will then be ready to function and
you will be surprised at the result.
Study Questions with Answers
21. What system of nerves is the organ of the Conscious
Mind? The Cerebro-spinal.
22. What system of nerves is the organ of the subconscious
mind? The sympathetic.
23. What is the central point of distribution for energy
which the body is constantly generating? The solar plexus.
24. How may this distribution be interrupted? By resistant,
critical, discordant thoughts, but especially fear.
25. What is the result of such interruption? Every ill
with which the human race is afflicted.
26. How may this energy be controlled and directed? By
27. How may fear be completely eliminated? By an understanding
and recognition of the true source of all power.
28. What determines the experiences with which we meet
in life? Our predominant mental attitude.
29. How may we awake the solar plexus? Mentally concentrate
upon the condition which we desire to see manifested in our lives.
30. What is the creative principle of the Universe? The
INTRODUCTION - PART FOUR
Enclosed herewith I hand you Part Four. This part will
show you why what you think, or do, or feel, is an indication of what you
Thought is energy and energy is power, and it is because
all the religions, sciences and philosophies with which the world has heretofore
been familiar have been based upon the manifestation of this energy instead
of the energy itself, that the world has been limited to effects, while
causes have been ignored or misunderstood.
For this reason we have God and the Devil in religion,
positive and negative in science, and good and bad in philosophy.
The master key reverses the process; it is interested
only in cause, and the letters received from students tell a marvelous
story; they indicate conclusively that students are finding the cause whereby
they may secure for themselves health, harmony, abundance, and whatever
else may be necessary for their welfare and happiness.
Life is expressive and it is our business to express
ourselves harmoniously and constructively. Sorrow, misery, unhappiness,
disease and poverty are not necessities and we are constantly eliminating
But this process of eliminating consists in rising
above and beyond limitation of any kind. He who has strengthened and purified
his thought need not concern himself about microbes, and he who has come
into an understanding of the law of abundance will go at once to the source
of supply. It is thus that fate, fortune, and destiny will be controlled
as readily as a captain controls his ship, or an engineer, his train.
1. The "I" of you is not the physical body;
that is simply an instrument which the "I" uses to carry out
its purposes; the "I" cannot be the Mind, for the mind is simply
another instrument which the "I" uses with which to think, reason,
2. The "I" must be something which controls
and directs both the body and the mind; something which determines what
they shall do and how they shall act. When you come into a realization
of the true nature of this "I", you will enjoy a sense of power
which you have never before known.
3. Your personality is made up of countless individual
characteristics, peculiarities, habits, and traits of character; these
are the result of your former method of thinking, but they have nothing
to do with the real "I."
4. When you say "I think" the "I"
tells the mind what it shall think; when you say "I go" the "I"
tells the physical body where it shall go; the real nature of this "I"
is spiritual, and is the source of the real power which comes to men and
women when they come into a realization of their true nature.
5. The greatest and most marvelous power which this "I"
has been given is the power to think, but few people know how to think
constructively, or correctly, consequently they achieve only indifferent
results. Most people allow their thoughts to dwell on selfish purposes,
the inevitable result of an infantile mind. When a mind becomes mature,
it understands that the germ of defeat is in every selfish thought.
6. The trained mind knows that every transaction must
benefit every person who is in any way connected with the transaction,
and any attempt to profit by the weakness, ignorance or necessity of another
will inevitably operate to his disadvantage.
7. This is because the individual is a part of the Universal.
A part cannot antagonize any other part, but, on the contrary, the welfare
of each part depends upon a recognition of the interest of the whole.
8. Those who recognize this principle have a great advantage
in the affairs of life. They do not wear themselves out. They can eliminate
vagrant thoughts with facility. They can readily concentrate to the highest
possible degree on any subject. They do not waste time or money upon objects
which can be of no possible benefit to them.
9. If you cannot do these things it is because you have
thus far not made the necessary effort. Now is the time to make the effort.
The result will be exactly in proportion to the effort expended. One of
the strongest affirmations which you can use for the purpose of strengthening
the will and realizing your power to accomplish, is, "I can be what
I will to be."
10. Every time you repeat it realize who and what this
"I" is; try to come into a thorough understanding of the true
nature of the "I"; if you do, you will become invincible; that
is, provided that your objects and purposes are constructive and are therefore
in harmony with the creative principle of the Universe.
11. If you make use of this affirmation, use it continuously,
night and morning, and as often during the day as you think of it, and
continue to do so until it becomes a part of you; form the habit.
12. Unless you do this, you had better not start at all,
because modern psychology tells us that when we start something and do
not complete it, or make a resolution and do not keep it, we are forming
the habit of failure; absolute, ignominious failure. If you do not intend
to do a thing, do not start; if you do start, see it through even if the
heavens fall; if you make up your mind to do something, do it; let nothing,
no one, interfere; the "I" in you has determined, the thing is
settled; the die is cast, there is no longer any argument.
13. If you carry out this idea, beginning with small things
which you know you can control and gradually increase the effort, but never
under any circumstances allowing your "I" to be overruled, you
will find that you can eventually control yourself, and many men and women
have found to their sorrow that it is easier to control a kingdom that
to control themselves.
14. But when you have learned to control yourself you
will have found the "World Within" which controls the world without;
you will have become irresistible; men and things will respond to your
every wish without any apparent effort on your part.
15. This is not so strange or impossible as it may appear
when you remember that the "World Within" is controlled by the
"I" and that this "I" is a part or one with the Infinite
"I" which is the Universal Energy or Spirit, usually called God.
16. This is not a mere statement or theory made for the
purpose of confirming or establishing an idea, but it is a fact which has
been accepted by the best religious thought as well as the best scientific
17. Herbert Spender said: "Amid all the mysteries
by which we are surrounded, nothing is more certain than that we are ever
in the presence of an Infinite and Eternal Energy from which all things
18. Lyman Abbott, in an address delivered before the Alumni
of Bangor Theological Seminary, said: "We are coming to think of God
as dwelling in man rather than as operating on men from without."
19. Science goes a little way in its search and stops.
Science finds the everpresent Eternal Energy, but Religion finds the Power
behind this energy and locates it within man. But this is by no means a
new discovery; the Bible says exactly the same thing, and the language
is just as plain and convincing: "Know ye not that ye are the temple
of the living God?" Here, then, is the secret of the wonderful creative
power of the "World Within."
20. Here is the secret of power, of mastery. To overcome
does not mean to go without things. Self-denial is not success. We cannot
give unless we get; we cannot be helpful unless we are strong. The Infinite
is not a bankrupt and we who are the representatives of Infinite power
should not be bankrupts either, and if we wish to be of service to others
we must have power and more power, but to get it we must give it; we must
be of service.
21. The more we give the more we shall get; we must become
a channel whereby the Universal can express activity. The Universal is
constantly seeking to express itself, to be of service, and it seeks the
channel whereby it can find the greatest activity, where it can do the
most good, where it can be of greatest service to mankind.
22. The Universal cannot express through you as long as
you are busy with your plans, your own purposes; quiet the senses, seek
inspiration, focus the mental activity on the within, dwell in the consciousness
of your unity with Omnipotence. "Still water runs deep;" contemplate
the multitudinous opportunities to which you have spiritual access by the
Omnipresence of power.
23. Visualize the events, circumstances and conditions
which these spiritual connections may assist in manifesting. Realize the
fact that the essence and soul of all things is spiritual and that the
spiritual is the real, because it is the life of all there is; when the
spirit is gone, the life is gone; it is dead; it has ceased to exist.
24. These mental activities pertain to the world within,
to the world of cause; and conditions and circumstances which result are
the effect. It is thus that you become a creator. This is important work,
and the higher, loftier, grander and more noble ideals which you can conceive,
the more important the work will become.
25. Over-work or over-play or over-bodily activity of
any kind produces conditions of mental apathy and stagnation which makes
it impossible to do the more important work which results in a realization
of conscious power. We should, therefore, seek the Silence frequently.
Power comes through repose; it is in the Silence that we can be still,
and when we are still, we can think, and thought is the secret of all attainment.
26. Thought is a mode of motion and is carried by the
law of vibration the same as light or electricity. It is given vitality
by the emotions through the law of love; it takes form and expression by
the law of growth; it is a product of the spiritual “I”, hence its Divine,
spiritual, and creative nature.
27. From this it is evident that in order to express power,
abundance or any other constructive purpose, the emotions must be called
upon to give feeling to the thought so that it will take form. How may
this purpose be accomplished? This is the vital point; how may we develop
the faith, the courage, the feeling, which will result in accomplishment?
28. The reply is, by exercise; mental strength is secured
in exactly the same way that physical strength is secured, by exercise.
We think something, perhaps with difficulty the first time; we think the
same thing again, and it becomes easier this time; we think it again and
again; it then becomes a mental habit. We continue to think the same thing;
finally it becomes automatic; we can no longer help thinking this thing;
we are now positive of what we think; there is no longer any doubt about
it. We are sure; we know.
29. Last week I asked you to relax, to let go physically.
This week, I am going to ask you to let go mentally. If you practiced the
exercise given you last week fifteen or twenty minutes a day in accordance
with the instructions, you can no doubt relax physically; and anyone who
cannot consciously do this quickly and completely is not a master of himself.
He has not obtained freedom; he is still a slave to conditions. But I shall
assume that you have mastered the exercise and are ready to take the next
step, which is mental freedom.
30. This week, after taking your usual position, remove
all tension by completely relaxing, then mentally let go of all adverse
conditions, such as hatred, anger, worry, jealousy, envy, sorrow, trouble
or disappointment of any kind.
31. You may say that you cannot "let go" of
these things, but you can; you can do so by mentally determining to do
so, by voluntary intention and persistence.
32. The reason that some cannot do this is because they
allow themselves to be controlled by the emotions instead of by their intellect.
But those who will be guided by the intellect will gain the victory. You
will not succeed the first time you try, but practice makes perfect, in
this as in everything else, and you must succeed in dismissing, eliminating
and completely destroying these negative and destructive thoughts; because
they are the seed which is constantly germinating into discordant conditions
of every conceivable kind and description. "There is nothing truer
than that the quality of thought which we entertain correlates certain
externals in the outside world. This is the Law from which there is no
escape. And it is this Law, this correlative of the thought with its object,
that from time immemorial has led the people to believe in special providence."
PART FOUR Study Questions with Answers
31. What is thought? Thought is spiritual energy.
32. How is it carried? By the law of vibration.
33. How is it given vitality? By the law of love.
34. How does it take form? By the law of growth.
35. What is the secret of its creative power? It is a
36. How may we develop the faith, courage, and enthusiasm
which will result in accomplishment? By a recognition of our spiritual
37. What is the secret of Power? Service.
38. Why is this so? Because we get what we give.
39. What is the Silence? A physical stillness.
40. Of what value is it? It is the first step to self-control,
INTRODUCTION - PART FIVE
Enclosed herewith you will find Part Five. After studying
this part carefully, you will see that every conceivable force or object
or fact is the result of mind in action.
Mind in action is thought, and thought is creative.
Men are thinking now as they never thought before. Therefore, this is a
creative age, and the world is awarding its richest prizes to the thinkers.
Matter is powerless, passive, inert. Mind is force,
energy, power. Mind shapes and controls matter. Every form which matter
takes is but the expression of some pre-existing thought.
But thought works no magic transformations; it obeys
natural laws; it sets in motion natural forces; it releases natural energies;
it manifests in your conduct and actions, and these in turn react upon
your friends and acquaintances, and eventually upon the whole of your environment.
You can originate thought, and, since thoughts are
creative, you can create for yourself the things you desire.
1. At least ninety per cent of our mental life is subconscious,
so that those who fail to make use of this mental power live within very
2. The subconscious can and will solve any problem for
us if we know how to direct it. The subconscious processes are always at
work; the only question is, are we to be simply passive recipients of this
activity, or are we to consciously direct the work? Shall we have a vision
of the destination to be reached, the dangers to be avoided, or shall we
3. We have found that mind pervades every part of the
physical body and is always capable of being directed or impressed by authority
coming from the objective or the more dominant portion of the mind.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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 on to be built into our physical body. "The word
has become flesh."
8. This, then, is the way we are consistently creating
and recreating ourselves; we are today the result of our past thinking,
and we shall be what we are thinking today, the Law of Attraction is bringing
to us, not the things we should like, or the things we wish for, or the
things some one else has, but it brings us "our own," the things
which we have created by our thought processes, whether consciously or
unconsciously. Unfortunately, many of us are creating these things unconsciously.
9. If either of us were building a home for ourselves,
how careful we would be in regard to the plans; how we should study every
detail; how we should watch the material and select only the best of everything;
and yet how careless we are when it comes to building our Mental Home,
which is infinitely more important than any physical home, as everything
which can possibly enter into our lives depends upon the character of the
material which enters into the construction of our Mental Home.
10. What is the character of this material? We have seen
that it is the result of the impressions which we have accumulated in the
past and stored away in our subconscious Mentality. If these impressions
have been of fear, of worry, of care, of anxiety; if they have been despondent,
negative, doubtful, then the texture of the material which we are weaving
today will be of the same negative material. Instead of being of any value,
it will be mildewed and rotten and will bring us only more toil and care
and anxiety. We shall be forever busy trying to patch it up and make it
appear at least genteel.
11. But if we have stored away nothing but courageous
thought, if we have been optimistic, positive, and have immediately thrown
any kind of negative thought on the scrap pile, have refused to have anything
to do with it, have refused to associate with it or become identified with
it in any way, what then is the result? Our mental material is now of the
best kind; we can weave any kind of material we want; we can use any color
we wish; we know that the texture is firm, that the material is solid,
that it will not fade, and we have no fear, no anxiety concerning the future;
there is nothing to cover, there are no patches to hide.
12. These are psychological facts; there is no theory
or guess work about these thinking processes; there is nothing secret about
them; in fact, they are so plain that every one can understand them. The
thing to do is to have a mental house-cleaning, and to have this house-cleaning
every day, and keep the house clean. Mental, moral and physical cleanliness
are absolutely indispensable if we are to make progress of any kind.
13. When this mental house-cleaning process has been completed,
the material which is left will be suitable for the making of the kind
of ideals or mental images which we desire to realize.
14. There is a fine estate awaiting a claimant. Its broad
acres, with abundant crops, running water and fine timber, stretch away
as far as the eye can see. There is a mansion, spacious and cheerful, with
rare pictures, a well-stocked library, rich hangings, and every comfort
and luxury. All the heir has to do is to assert his heirship, take possession,
and use the property. He must use it; he must not let it decay; for use
is the condition on which he holds it. To neglect it is to lose possession.
15. In the domain of mind and spirit, in the domain of
practical power, such an estate is yours. You are the heir! You can assert
your heirship and possess, and use this rich inheritance. Power over circumstances
is one of its fruits, health, harmony and prosperity are assets upon its
balance sheet. It offers you poise and peace. It costs you only the labor
of studying and harvesting its great resources. It demands no sacrifice,
except the loss of your limitations, your servitudes, your weakness. It
clothes you with self-honor, and puts a scepter in your hands.
16. To gain this estate, three processes are necessary:
You must earnestly desire it. You must assert your claim. You must take
17. You admit that those are not burdensome conditions.
18. You are familiar with the subject of heredity. Darwin,
Huxley, Haeckel, and other physical scientists have piled evidence mountain
high that heredity is a law attending progressive creation. It is progressive
heredity which gives man his erect attitude, his power of motion, the organs
of digestions, blood circulation, nerve force, muscular force, bone structure
and a host of other faculties on the physical side. There are even more
impressive facts concerning heredity of mind force. All these constitute
what may be called your human heredity.
19. But there is a heredity which the physical scientists
have not compassed. It lies beneath and antecedent to all their researches.
At a point where they throw up their hands in despair, saying they cannot
account for what they see, this divine heredity is found in full sway.
20. It is the benignant force which decrees primal creation. It thrills
down from the Divine, direct into every created being. It originates life,
which the physical scientist has not done, nor ever can do. It stands out
among all forces supreme, unapproachable. No human heredity can approach
it. No human heredity measures up to it.
21. This Infinite Life flows through you; is you. Its
doorways are but the faculties which comprise your consciousness. To keep
open these doors is the Secret of Power. Is it not worth while to make
22. The great fact is, that the source of all life and
all power is from within. Persons, circumstances and events may suggest
need and opportunities, but the insight, strength and power to answer these
needs will be found within.
23. Avoid counterfeits. Build firm foundations for your
consciousness upon forces which flow direct from the Infinite source, the
Universal Mind of which you are the image and likeness.
24. Those we have come into possession of this inheritance
are never quite the same again. They have come into possession of a sense
of power hitherto undreamed of. They can never again be timid, weak, vacillating,
or fearful. They are indissolubly connected with Omnipotence. Something
in them has been aroused; they have suddenly discovered that they possess
a tremendous latent ability of which they were heretofore entirely unconscious.
25. This power is from within, but we cannot receive it
unless we give it. Use is the condition upon which we hold this inheritance.
We are each of us but the channel through which the Omnipotent power is
being differentiated into form; unless we give, the channel is obstructed
and we can receive no more. This is true on every plane of existence and
in every field of endeavor and all walks of life. The more we give, the
more we get. The athlete who wishes to get strong must make use of the
strength he has, and the more he gives the more he will get. The financier
who wishes to make money must make use of the money he has, for only by
using it can he get more.
26. The merchant who does not keep his goods going out
will soon have none coming in; the corporation which fails to give efficient
service will soon lack customers; the attorney who fails to get results
will soon lack clients, and so it goes everywhere; power is contingent
upon a proper use of the power already in our possession; what is true
in every field of endeavor, every experience in life, is true of the power
from which every other power known among men is begotten -- spiritual power.
Take away the spirit and what is left? Nothing.
27. If then the spirit is all there is, upon the recognition
of this fact must depend the ability to demonstrate all power, whether
physical, mental or spiritual.
28. All possession is the result of the accumulative attitude
of mind, or the money consciousness; this is the magic wand which will
enable you to receive the idea, and it will formulate plans for you to
execute, and you will find as much pleasure in the execution as in the
satisfaction of attainment and achievement.
29. Now, go to your room, take the same seat, the same
position as heretofore, and mentally select a place which has pleasant
associations. Make a complete mental picture of it, see the buildings,
the grounds, the trees, friends, associations, everything complete. At
first, you will find yourself thinking of everything under the sun, except
the ideal upon which you desire to concentrate. But do not let that discourage
you. Persistence will win, but persistence requires that you practice these
exercises every day without fail.
PART FIVE Study Questions with Answers
41. What proportion of our mental life is subconscious?
At least ninety per cent.
42. Is this vast mental storehouse generally utilized?
43. Why not? Few understand or appreciate the fact that
it is an activity which they may consciously direct.
44. Where has the conscious mind received its governing
tendencies? From heredity -- which means that it is the result of all the
environments of all past generations.
45. What is the law of attraction bringing to us? Our
46. What is our "Own"? What we inherently are,
and is the result of our past thinking, both conscious and subconscious.
47. Of what is the material with which we construct our
mental home composed? The thoughts which we entertain.
48. What is the Secret of Power? A recognition of the
omnipresence of omnipotence.
49. Where does it originate? All life and all power is
50. Upon what is the possession of power contingent? Upon
a proper use of the power already in our possession.
INTRODUCTION - PART SIX
It is my privilege to enclose Part Six. This part will
give you an excellent understanding of the most wonderful piece of mechanism
which has ever been created. A mechanism whereby you may create for yourself
Health, Strength, Success, Prosperity or any other condition which you
desire. Necessities are demands, and demands create action, and actions
bring about results. The process of evolution is constantly building our
tomorrows out of our todays. Individual development, like Universal development,
must be gradual with an ever increasing capacity and volume.
The knowledge that if we infringe upon the rights of
others, we become moral thorns and find ourselves entangled at every turn
of the road, should be an indication that success is contingent upon the
highest moral ideal, which is "The greatest good to the greatest number."
Aspiration, desire and harmonious relations constantly
and persistently maintained will accomplish results. The greatest hindrance
is erroneous and fixed ideas.
To be in tune with eternal truth we must possess poise
and harmony within. In order to receive intelligence the receiver must
be in tune with the transmitter.
Thought is a product of Mind and Mind is creative,
but this does not mean that the Universal will change its modus operandi
to suit us or our ideas, but it does mean that we can come into harmonious
relationship with the Universal, and when we have accomplished this we
may ask anything to which we are entitled, and the way will be made plain.
1. The Universal Mind is so wonderful that it is difficult
to understand its utilitarian powers and possibilities and its unlimited
2. We have found that this Mind is not only all intelligence
but all substance. How, then, is it to be differentiated in form? How are
we to secure the effect which we desire?
3. Ask any electrician what the effect of electricity
will be and he will reply that "Electricity is a form of motion and
its effect will depend upon the mechanism to which it is attached."
Upon this mechanism will depend whether we shall have heat, light, power,
music or any of the other marvelous demonstration of power to whichthis
vital energy has been harnessed.
4. What effect can be produced by thought? The reply is
that thought is mind in motion (just as wind is air in motion), and its
effect will depend entirely on the "mechanism to which it is attached."
5. Here, then, is the secret of all mental power; it depends
entirely on the mechanism which we attach.
6. What is this mechanism? You know something of the mechanism
which has been invented by Edison, Bell, Marconi and other electrical wizards,
by which place and space and time have become only figures of speech, but
did you ever stop to think that the mechanism which has been given you
for transforming the Universal, Omnipresent Potential Power was invented
by a greater inventor than Edison?
7. We are accustomed to examining the mechanism of the
implements which we use for tilling the soil, and we try to get an understanding
of the mechanism of the automobile which we drive, but most of us are content
to remain in absolute ignorance of the greatest piece of mechanism which
as ever come into existence, the brain of man.
8. Let us examine the wonders of this mechanism; perhaps
we shall thereby get a better understanding of the various effects of which
it is the cause.
9. In the first place, there is the great mental world
in which we live and move and have our being; this world is omnipotent,
omniscient and omnipresent; it will respond to our desire in direct ratio
to our purpose and faith; the purpose must be in accordance with the law
of our being, that is, it must be creative or constructive; our faith must
be strong enough to generate a current of sufficient strength to bring
our purpose into manifestation. "As thy faith is, so be it unto thee,"
bears the stamp of scientific test.
10. The effects which are produced in the world without
are the result of the action and reaction of the individual upon the universal;
that is the process which we call thinking; the brain is the organ through
which this process is accomplished; think of the wonder of it all! Do you
love music, flowers, literature, or are you inspired by the thought of
ancient or modern genius? Remember, every beauty to which you respond must
have its corresponding outline in your brain before you can appreciate
11. There is not a single virtue or principle in the storehouse
of nature which the brain cannot express. The brain is an embryonic world,
ready to develop at any time as necessity may arise. If you can comprehend
that this is a scientific truth and one of the wonderful laws of nature,
it will be easier for you to get an understanding of the mechanism by which
these extraordinary results are being accomplished.
12. The nervous system has been compared to an electric
circuit with its battery of cells in which force is originated, and its
white matter to insulated wires by which the current is conveyed; it is
through these channels that every impulse or desire is carried through
13. The spinal cord is the great motor and sensory pathway
by which messages are conveyed to and from the brain; then, there is the
blood supply plunging through the veins and arteries, renewing our energy
and strength, the perfectly arranged structure upon which the entire physical
body rests, and, finally, the delicate and beautiful skin, clothing the
entire mechanism is a mantle of beauty.
14. This then is the "Temple of the living God"
and the individual "I" is given control and upon his understanding
of the mechanism which is within his control will the result depend.
15. Every thought sets the brain cells in action; at first
the substance upon which the thought is directed fails to respond, but
if the thought is sufficiently refined and concentrated, the substance
finally yields and expresses perfectly.
16. This influence of the mind can be exerted upon any
part of the body, causing the elimination of any undesirable effect.
17. A perfect conception and understanding of the laws
governing in the mental world cannot fail to be of inestimable value in
the transaction of business, as it develops the power of discernment and
gives a clearer understanding and appreciation of facts.
18. The man who looks within instead of without cannot
fail to make use of the mighty forces which will eventually determine his
course in life and so bring him into vibration with all that is best, strongest
and most desirable.
19. Attention or concentration is probably; the most important
essential in the development of mind culture. The possibilities of attention
when properly directed are so startling that they would hardly appear credible
to the uninitiated. The cultivation of attention is the distinguishing
characteristic of every successful man or woman, and is the very highest
personal accomplishment which can be acquired.
20. The power of attention can be more readily understood
by comparing it with a magnifying glass in which the rays of sunlight are
focused; they possess no particular strength as long as the glass is moved
about and the rays directed from one place to another; but let the glass
be held perfectly still and let the rays be focused on one spot for any
length of time, the effect will become immediately apparent.
21. So with the power of thought; let power be dissipated
by scattering the thought from one object to another, and no result is
apparent; but focus this power through attention or concentration on any
single purpose for any length of time and nothing becomes impossible.
22. A very simple remedy for a very complex situation,
some will say. All right, try it, you who have had no experience in concentrating
the thought on a definite purpose or object. Choose any single object and
concentrate your attention on it for a definite purpose for even ten minutes;
you cannot do it; the mind will wander a dozen times and it will be necessary
to bring it back to the original purpose, and each time the effect will
have been lost and at the end of the ten minutes nothing will have been
gained, because you have not been able to hold your thought steadily to
23. It is, however, through attention that you will finally
be able to overcome obstacles of any kind that appear in your path onward
and upward, and the only way to acquire this wonderful power is by practice
-- practice makes perfect, in this as in anything else.
24. In order to cultivate the power of attention, bring
a photograph with you to the same seat in the same room in the same position
as heretofore. Examine it closely at least ten minutes, note the expression
of the eyes, the form of the features, the clothing, the way the hair is
arranged; in fact, note every detail shown on the photograph carefully.
Now cover it and close your eyes and try to see it mentally; if you can
see every detail perfectly and can form a good mental image of the photograph,
you are to be congratulated; if not, repeat the process until you can.
25. This step is simply for the purpose of preparing the
soil; next week we shall be ready to sow the seed.
26. It is by such exercises as these that you will finally
be able to control your mental moods, your attitude, your consciousness.
27. Great financiers are learning to withdraw from the
multitude more and more, that they may have more time for planning, thinking
and generating the right mental moods.
28. Successful businessmen are constantly demonstrating
the fact that it pays to keep in touch with the thought of other successful
29. A single idea may be worth millions of dollars, and
these ideas can only come to those who are receptive, who are prepared
to receive them, who are in successful frame of mind.
30. Men are learning to place themselves in harmony with
the Universal Mind; they are learning the unity of all things; they are
learning the basic methods and principles of thinking, and this is changing
conditions and multiplying results.
31. They are finding that circumstances and environment
follow the trend of mental and spiritual progress; they find that growth
follows knowledge; action follows inspiration; opportunity follows perception;
always the spiritual first, then the transformation into the infinite and
illimitable possibilities of achievement.
32. As the individual is but the channel for the differentiation
of the Universal, these possibilities are necessarily inexhaustible.
33. Thought is the process by which we may absorb the
Spirit of Power, and hold the result in our inner consciousness until it
becomes a part of our ordinary consciousness. The method of accomplishing
this result by the persistent practice of a few fundamental principles,
as explained in this System, is the master-key which unlocks the storehouse
of Universal Truth.
34. The two great sources of human suffering at present
are bodily disease and mental anxiety. These may be readily traced to the
infringement of some Natural Law. This is, no doubt, owing to the fact
that so far knowledge has largely remained partial, but the clouds of darkness
which have accumulated through long ages are beginning to roll away and
with them many of the miseries that attend imperfect information. "That
a man can change himself, improve himself, re-create himself, control his
environment, and master his own destiny is the conclusion of every mind
who is wide-awake to the power of right thought in constructive action."
PART SIX Study Questions with Answers
51. What are some of the effects which can be produced
by electricity? Heat, light, power, music.
52. Upon what do these various effects depend? Upon the
mechanism to which electricity is attached.
53. What is the result of the action and interaction of
the individual mind upon the Universal? The conditions and experiences
with which we meet.
54. How may these conditions be changed? By changing the
mechanism by which the Universal is differentiated in form.
55. What is this mechanism? The brain.
56. How may it be changed? By the process we call thinking.
Thoughts produce brain cells, and these cells respond to the corresponding
thought in the Universal.
57. Of what value is the power of concentration? It is
the very highest personal accomplishment which can be acquired, and the
distinguishing characteristic of every successful man or woman.
58. How may it be acquired? By faithfully practicing the
exercises in this System.
59. Why is this so important? Because it will enable us
to control our thoughts, and since thoughts are causes conditions must
be effects; if we can control the cause we can also control the effect.
60. What is changing conditions and multiplying results
in the objective world? Men are learning the basic methods of constructive
INTRODUCTION - PART SEVEN
Through all the ages man has believed in an invisible
power, through which and by which all things have been created and are
continually being re-created.
We may personalize this power and call it God, or we may
think of it as the essence or spirit, which permeates all things, but in
either case the effect is the same.
So far as the individual is concerned, the objective,
the physical, the visible, is the personal, that which can be cognized
by the senses. It consists of body, brain and nerves. The subjective is
the spiritual, the invisible, the impersonal.
The personal is conscious because it is a personal entity.
The impersonal, being the same in kind and quality as all other Being,
is not conscious of itself and has therefore been termed the subconscious.
The personal, or conscious, has the power of will and choice, and can therefore
exercise discrimination in the selection of methods whereby to bring about
the solution of difficulties. The impersonal, or spiritual, being a part
or one with the source, and origin of all power, can necessarily exercise
no such choice, but, on the contrary, it has Infinite resources at its
command. It can and does bring about results by methods concerning which
the human or individual mind can have no possible conception.
You will therefore see that it is your privilege to depend
upon the human will with all its limitations and misconceptions, or you
may utilize the potentialities of Infinity by making use of the subconscious
mind. Here, then, is the scientific explanation of the wonderful power
which has been put within your control, if you but understand, appreciate
and recognize it.
One method of consciously utilizing this omnipotent power
is outlined in Part Seven.
1. Visualization is the process of making mental images,
and the image is the mold or model which will serve as a pattern from which
your future will emerge.
2. Make the pattern clear and make it beautiful; do not
be afraid; make it grand; remember that no limitation can be placed upon
you by any one but yourself; you are not limited as to cost or material;
draw on the Infinite for your supply, construct it in your imagination;
it will have to be there before it will ever appear anywhere else.
3. Make the image clear and clean-cut, hold it firmly
in the mind and you will gradually and constantly bring the thing nearer
to you. You can be what "you will to be."
4. This is another psychological fact which is well known,
but unfortunately, reading about it will not bring about any result which
you may have in mind; it will not even help you to form the mental image,
much less bring it into manifestation. Work is necessary - labor, hard
mental labor, the kind of effort which so few are willing to put forth.
5. The first step is idealization. It is likewise the
most important step, because it is the plan on which you are going to build.
It must be solid; it must be permanent. The architect, when he plans a
30-story building, has every line and detail pictured in advance. The engineer,
when he spans a chasm, first ascertains the strength requirements of a
million separate parts.
6. They see the end before a single step is taken; so
you are to picture in your mind what you want; you are sowing the seed,
but before sowing any seed you want to know what the harvest is to be.
This is Idealization. If you are not sure, return to the chair daily until
the picture becomes plain; it will gradually unfold; first the general
plan will be dim, but it will take shape, the outline will take form, then
the details, and you will gradually develop the power by which you will
be enabled to formulate plans which will eventually materialize in the
objective world. You will come to know what the future holds for you.
7. Then comes the process of visualization. You must see
the picture more and more complete, see the detail, and, as the details
begin to unfold the ways and means for bringing it into manifestation will
develop. One thing will lead to another. Thought will lead to action, action
will develop methods, methods will develop friends, and friends will bring
about circumstances, and, finally, the third step, or Materialization,
will have been accomplished.
8. We all recognize the Universe must have been thought
into shape before it ever could have become a material fact. And if we
are willing to follow along the lines of the Great Architect of the Universe,
we shall find our thoughts taking form, just as the universe took concrete
form. It is the same mind operating through the individual. There is no
difference in kind or quality, the only difference is one of degree.
9. The architect visualizes his building, he sees it as
he wishes it to be. His thought becomes a plastic mold from which the building
will eventually emerge, a high one or a low one, a beautiful one or a plain
one, his vision takes form on paper and eventually the necessary material
is utilized and the building stands complete.
10. The inventor visualizes his idea in exactly the same
manner, for instance, Nikola Tesla, he with the giant intellect, one of
the greatest inventors of all ages, the man who has brought forth the most
amazing realities, always visualizes his inventions before attempting to
work them out. He did not rush to embody them in form and then spend his
time in correcting defects. Having first built up the idea in his imagination,
he held it there as a mental picture, to be reconstructed and improved
by his thought. "In this way," he writes in the Electrical Experimenter.
"I am enabled to rapidly develop and perfect a conception without
touching anything. When I have gone so far as to embody in the invention
every possible improvement I can think of, and see no fault anywhere, I
put into concrete, the product of my brain. Invariably my devise works
as I conceived it should; in twenty years there has not been a single exception."
11. If you can conscientiously follow these directions,
you will develop Faith, the kind of Faith that is the "Substance of
things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen"; you will develop
confidence, the kind of confidence that leads to endurance and courage;
you will develop the power of concentration which will enable you to exclude
all thoughts except the ones which are associated with your purpose.
12. The law is that thought will manifest in form, and
only one who knows how to be the divine thinker of his own thoughts can
ever take a Master's place and speak with authority.
13. Clearness and accuracy are obtained only by repeatedly
having the image in mind. Each repeated action renders the image more clear
and accurate than the preceding, and in proportion to the clearness and
accuracy of the image will the outward manifestation be. You must build
it firmly and securely in your mental world, the world within, before it
can take form in the world without, and you can build nothing of value,
even in the mental world unless you have the proper material. When you
have the material you can build anything you wish, but make sure of your
material. You cannot make broadcloth from shoddy.
14. This material will be brought out by millions of silent
mental workers and fashioned into the form of the image which you have
15. Think of it! You have over five million of these mental
workers, ready and in active use; brain cells they are called. Besides
this, there is another reserve force of at least an equal number, ready
to be called into action at the slightest need. Your power to think, then,
is almost unlimited, and this means that your power to create the kind
of material which is necessary to build for yourself any kind of environment
which you desire is practically unlimited.
16. In addition to these millions of mental workers, you
have billions of mental workers in the body, every one of which is endowed
with sufficient intelligence to understand and act upon any message or
suggestion given. These cells are all busy creating and recreating the
body, but, in addition to this, they are endowed with psychic activity
whereby they can attract to themselves the substance necessary for perfect
17. They do this by the same law and in the same manner
that every form of life attracts to itself the necessary material for growth.
The oak, the rose, the lily, all require certain material for their most
perfect expression and they secure it by silent demand, the Law of Attraction,
the most certain way for you to secure what you require for your most complete
18. Make the Mental Image; make it clear, distinct, perfect;
hold it firmly; the ways and means will develop; supply will follow the
demand; you will be led to do the right thing at the right time and in
the right way. Earnest Desire will bring about Confident Expectation, and
this in turn must be reinforced by Firm Demand. These three cannot fail
to bring about Attainment, because the Earnest Desire is the feeling, the
Confident Expectation is the thought, and the Firm Demand is the will,
and, as we have seen, feeling gives vitality to thought and the will holds
it steadily until the law of Growth brings it into manifestation.
19. Is it not wonderful that man has such tremendous power
within himself, such transcendental faculties concerning which he had no
conception? Is it not strange that we have always been taught to look for
strength and power "without?" We have been taught to look everywhere
but "within" and whenever this power manifested in our lives
we were told that it was something supernatural.
20. There are many who have come to an understanding of
this wonderful power, and who make serious and conscientious efforts to
realize health, power and other conditions, and seem to fail. They do not
seem able to bring the Law into operation. The difficulty in nearly every
case is that they are dealing with externals. They want money, power, health
and abundance, but they fail to realize that these are effects and can
come only when the cause is found.
21. Those who will give no attention to the world without
will seek only to ascertain the truth, will look only for wisdom, will
find that this wisdom will unfold and disclose the source of all power,
that it will manifest in thought and purpose which will create the external
conditions desired. This truth will find expression in noble purpose and
22. Create ideals only, give no thought to external conditions,
make the world within beautiful and opulent and the world without will
express and manifest the condition which you have within. You will come
into a realization of your power to create ideals and these ideals will
be projected into the world of effect.
23. For instance, a man is in debt. He will be continually
thinking about the debt, concentrating on it, and as thoughts are causes
the result is that he not only fastens the debt closer to him, but actually
creates more debt. He is putting the great law of Attraction into operation
with the usual and inevitable result -- Loss leads to greater "Loss."
24. What, then, is the correct principle? Concentrate
on the things you want, not on the things you do not want. Think of abundance;
idealize the methods and plans for putting the Law of Abundance into operation.
Visualize the condition which the Law of Abundance creates; this will result
25. If the law operates perfectly to bring about poverty,
lack and every form of limitation for those who are continually entertaining
thoughts of lack and fear, it will operate with the same certainty to bring
about conditions of abundance and opulence for those who entertain thoughts
of courage and power.
26. This is a difficult problem for many; we are too anxious;
we manifest anxiety, fear, distress; we want to do something; we want to
help; we are like a child who has just planted a seed and every fifteen
minutes goes and stirs up the earth to see if it is growing. Of course,
under such circumstances, the seed will never germinate, and yet this is
exactly what many of us do in the mental world.
27. We must plant the seed and leave it undisturbed. This
does not mean that we are to sit down and do nothing, by no means; we will
do more and better work then we have ever done before, new channels will
constantly be provided, new doors will open; all that is necessary is to
have an open mind, be ready to act when the time comes.
28. Thought force is the most powerful means of obtaining
knowledge, and if concentrated on any subject will solve the problem. Nothing
is beyond the power of human comprehension, but in order to harness thought
force and make it do your bidding, work is required.
29. Remember that thought is the fire that creates the
steam that turns the wheel of fortune, upon which your experiences depend.
30. Ask yourself a few questions and then reverently await
the response; do you not now and then feel the self with you? Do you assert
this self or do you follow the majority? Remember that majorities are always
led, they never lead. It was the majority that fought, tooth and nail,
against the steam engine, the power loom and every other advance or improvement
31. For your exercise this week, visualize your friend,
see him exactly as you last saw him, see the room, the furniture, recall
the conversation, now see his face, see it distinctly, now talk to him
about some subject of mutual interest; see his expression change, watch
him smile. Can you do this? All right, you can; then arouse his interest,
tell him a story of adventure, see his eyes light up with the spirit of
fun or excitement. Can you do all of this? If so, your imagination is good,
you are making excellent progress.
PART SEVEN Study Questions with Answers
61. What is visualization? The process of making mental
62. What is the result of this method of thought? By holding
the image or picture in mind, we can gradually but surely bring the thing
nearer to us. We can be what we will to be.
63. What is Idealization? It is a process of visualizing
or idealizing the plans which will eventually materialize in our objective
64. Why are clearness and accuracy necessary? Because
"seeing" creates "feeling" and "feeling"
creates "being." First the mental, then the emotional, then the
illimitable possibilities of achievement.
65. How are they obtained? Each repeated action renders
the image more accurate than the former one.
66. How is the material for the construction of your mental
image secured? By millions of mental workers. Brain cells they are called.
67. How are the necessary conditions for bringing about
the materialization of your ideal in the objective world secured? By the
Law of Attraction. The natural law by which all conditions and experiences
are brought about.
68. What three steps are necessary in order to bring this
law into operation? Earnest Desire, Confident Expectation, Firm Demand.
69. Why do many fail? Because they concentrate on loss,
disease and disaster. The law is operating perfectly; the things they fear
are coming upon them.
70. What is the alternative? Concentrate on the ideals
which you desire to see manifested in your life.
INTRODUCTION - PART EIGHT
In this Part you will find that you may freely choose
what you think but the result of your thought is governed by an immutable
law! Is not this a wonderful thought? Is it not wonderful to know that
our lives are not subject to caprice or variability of any kind? That they
are governed by law. This stability is our opportunity, because by complying
with the law we can secure the desired effect with invariable precision.
It is the Law which makes the Universe one grand paean of Harmony. If it
were not for law, the Universe would be a Chaos instead of a Cosmos.
Here, then, is the secret of the origin of booth good
and evil, this is all the good and evil there ever was or ever will be.
Let me illustrate. Thought results in action, if your
thought is constructive and harmonious, the result will be good; if your
thought is destructive or in harmonious, the result will be evil.
There is therefore but one law, one principle, on cause,
one Source of Power, and good and evil are simply words which have been
coined to indicate the result of our action, or our compliance or non-compliance
with this law.
The importance of this is well illustrated in the lives
of Emerson and Carlyle. Emerson loved the good and his life was a symphony
of peace and harmony, Carlyle hated the bad, and his life was a record
of perpetual discord and inharmony.
Here we have two grand men, each intent upon achieving
the same ideal, but one makes use of constructive thought and is therefore
in harmony with Natural Law, the other makes use of destructive thought
and therefore brings upon himself discord of every kind and character.
It is evident therefore that we are to hate nothing, not
even the "bad," because hatred is destructive, and we shall soon
find that by entertaining destructive thought we are sowing the "wind"
and in turn shall reap the "whirlwind."
1. Thought contains a vital principle, because it is the
creative principle of the Universe and by its nature will combine with
other similar thoughts.
2. As the one purpose of life is growth, all principles
underlying existence must contribute to give it effect. Thought, therefore,
takes form and the law of growth eventually brings it into manifestation.
3. You may freely choose what you think, but the result
of your thought is governed by an immutable law. Any line of thought persisted
in cannot fail to produce its result in the character, health and circumstances
of the individual. Methods whereby we can substitute habits of constructive
thinking for those which we have found produce only undesirable effects
are therefore of primary importance.
4. We all know that this is by no means easy. Mental habits
are difficult to control, but it can be done and the way to do it is to
begin at once to substitute constructive thought for destructive thought.
Form the habit of analyzing every thought. If it is necessary, if its manifestation
in the objective will be a benefit, not only to yourself, but to all whom
it may affect in any way, keep it; treasure it; it is of value; it is in
tune with the Infinite; it will grow and develop and produce fruit an hundred
fold. On the other hand, it will be well for you to keep this quotation
from George Matthews Adams, in mind, "Learn to keep the door shut,
keep out of your mind, out of your office, and out of your world, every
element that seeks admittance with no definite helpful end in view."
5. If your thought has been critical or destructive, and
has resulted in any condition of discord or inharmony in your environment,
it may be necessary for you to cultivate a mental attitude which will be
conducive to constructive thought.
6. The imagination will be found to be a great assistance
in this direction; the cultivation of the imagination leads to the development
of the ideal out of which your future will emerge.
7. The imagination gathers up the material by which the
Mind weaves the fabric in which your future is to be clothed.
8. Imagination is the light by which we can penetrate
new worlds of thought and experience.
9. Imagination is the mighty instrument by which every
discoverer, every inventor, opened the way from precedent to experience.
Precedent said, "It cannot be done;" experience said, "It
10. Imagination is a plastic power, molding the things
of sense into new forms and ideals.
11. Imagination is the constructive form of thought which
must precede every constructive form of action.
12. A builder cannot build a structure of any kind until
he has first received the plans from the architect, and the architect must
get them from his imagination.
13. The Captain of Industry cannot build a giant corporation
which may coordinate hundreds of smaller corporations and thousands of
employees, and utilize millions of dollars of capital until he has first
created the entire work in his imagination. Objects in the material world
are as clay in the potter's hand; it is in the Master Mind that the real
things are created, and it is by the use of the imagination that the work
is done. In order to cultivate the imagination it must be exercised. Exercise
is necessary to cultivate mental muscle as well as physical muscle. It
must be supplied with nourishment or it cannot grow.
14. Do not confuse Imagination with Fancy, or that form
of day dreaming in which some people like to indulge. Day dreaming is a
form of mental dissipation which may lead to mental disaster.
15. Constructive imagination means mental labor, by some
considered to be the hardest kind of labor, but, if so, it yields the greatest
returns, for all the great things in life have come to men and women who
had the capacity to think, to imagine, and to make their dreams come true.
16. When you have become thoroughly conscious of the fact
that Mind is the only creative principle, that it is Omnipotent, Omniscient
and Omnipresent, and that you can consciously come into harmony with this
Omnipotence through your power of thought, you will have taken a long step
in the right direction.
17. The next step is to place yourself in position to
receive this power. As it is Omnipresent, it must be within you. We know
that this is so because we know that all power is from within, but it must
be developed, unfolded, cultivated; in order to do this we must be receptive,
and this receptivity is acquired just as physical strength is gained, by
18. The law of attraction will certainly and unerringly
bring to you the conditions, environment, and experiences in life, corresponding
with your habitual, characteristic, predominant mental attitude. Not what
you think once in a while when you are in church, or have just read a good
book, BUT your predominant mental attitude is what counts.
19. You can not entertain weak, harmful, negative thoughts
ten hours a day and expect to bring about beautiful, strong and harmonious
conditions by ten minutes of strong, positive, creative thought.
20. Real power comes from within. All power that anybody
can possibly use is within man, only waiting to be brought into visibility
by his first recognizing it, and then affirming it as his, working it into
his consciousness until he becomes one with it.
21. People say that they desire abundant life, and so
they do, but so many interpret this to mean that if they will exercise
their muscles or breathe scientifically, eat certain foods in certain ways,
drink so many glasses of water every day of just a certain temperature,
keep out of drafts, they will attain the abundant life they seek. The result
of such methods is but indifferent. However, when man awakens to the truth,
and affirms his oneness with all Life, he finds that he takes on the clear
eye, the elastic step, the vigor of youth; he finds that he has discovered
the source of all power.
22. All mistakes are but the mistakes of ignorance. Knowledge
gaining and consequent power is what determines growth and evolution. The
recognition and demonstration of knowledge is what constitutes power, and
this power is spiritual power, and this spiritual power is the power which
lies at the heart of all things; it is the soul of the universe.
23. This knowledge is the result of man's ability to think;
thought is therefore the germ of man's conscious evolution. When man ceases
to advance in his thoughts and ideals, his forces immediately begin to
disintegrate and his countenance gradually registers these changing conditions.
24. Successful men make it their business to hold ideals
of the conditions which they wish to realize. They constantly hold in mind
the next step necessary to the ideal for which they are striving. Thoughts
are the materials with which they build, and the imagination is their mental
work-shop. Mind is the ever moving force with which they secure the persons
and circumstance necessary to build their success structure, and imagination
is the matrix in which all great things are fashioned.
25. If you have been faithful to your ideal, you will
hear the call when circumstances are ready to materialize your plans and
results will correspond in the exact ratio of your fidelity to your ideal.
The ideal steadily held is what pre-determines and attracts the necessary
conditions for its fulfillment.
26. It is thus that you may weave a garment of spirit
and power into the web of your entire existence; it is thus that you may
lead a charmed life and be forever protected from all harm; it is thus
that you may become a positive force whereby conditions of opulence and
harmony may be attracted to you.
27. This is the leaven which is gradually permeating the
general consciousness and is largely responsible for the conditions of
unrest which are everywhere evident.
28. In the last Part you created a mental image, you brought
it from the invisible into the visible; this week I want you to take an
object and follow it back to its origination, see of what it really consists.
If you do this you will develop imagination, insight, perception, and sagacity.
These come not by the superficial observation of the multitude, but by
a keen analytical observation which sees below the surface.
29. It is the few who know that the things which they
see are only effects, and understand the causes by which these effects
were brought into existence.
30. Take the same position as heretofore and visualize
a Battleship; see the grim monster floating on the surface of the water;
there appears to be no life anywhere about; all is silence; you know that
by far the largest part of the vessel is under water; out of sight; you
know that the ship is as large and as heavy as a twenty-story skyscraper;
you know that there are hundreds of men ready to spring to their appointed
task instantly; you know that every department is in charge of able, trained,
skilled officials who have proven themselves competent to take charge of
this marvelous piece of mechanism; you know that although it lies apparently
oblivious to everything else, it has eyes which see everything for miles
around, and nothing is permitted to escape its watchful vision; you know
that while it appears quiet, submissive and innocent, it is prepared to
hurl a steel projectile weighing thousands of pounds at an enemy many miles
away; this and much more you can bring to mind with comparatively no effort
whatever. But how did the battleship come to be where it is; how did it
come into existence in the first place? All of this you want to know if
you are a careful observer.
31. Follow the great steel plates through the foundries,
see the thousands of men employed in their production; go still further
back, and see the ore as it comes from the mine, see it loaded on barges
or cars, see it melted and properly treated; go back still further and
see the architect and engineers who planned the vessel; let the thought
carry you back still further in order to determine why they planned the
vessel; you will see that you are now so far back that the vessel is something
intangible, it no longer exists, it is now only a thought existing in the
brain of the architect; but from where did the order come to plan the vessel?
Probably from the Secretary of Defense; but probably this vessel was planned
long before the war was thought of, and that Congress had to pass a bill
appropriating the money; possibly there was opposition, and speeches for
or against the bill. Whom do these Congressmen represent? They represent
you and me, so that our line of thought begins with the Battleship and
ends with ourselves, and we find in the last analysis that our own thought
is responsible for this and many other things, of which we seldom think,
and a little further reflection will develop the most important fact of
all and that is, if someone had not discovered the law by which this tremendous
mass of steel and iron could be made to float upon the water, instead of
immediately going to the bottom, the battleship could not have come into
existence at all.
32. This law is that, "the specific gravity of any
substance is the weight of any volume of it, compared with an equal volume
of water." The discovery of this law revolutionized every kind of
ocean travel, commerce and warfare, and made the existence of the battleship,
aircraft carriers, and cruise ships possible.
33. You will find exercises of this kind invaluable. When
the thought has been trained to look below the surface everything takes
on a different appearance, the insignificant becomes significant, the uninteresting
interesting; the things which we supposed to be of no importance are seen
to be the only really vital things in existence.
Look To This Day
For it is Life, the very Life of Life.
In Its brief course lie all the Verities and
Realities of your existence;
For Yesterday is but a Dream,
And tomorrow is only a Vision:
But Today well lived makes every
Yesterday a Dream of Happiness, and
Every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.
- The Bliss of Growth;
- The Glory of Action;
- The Splendor of Beauty;
Look well, therefore, to This Day!
PART EIGHT Study Questions with Answers
71. What is the imagination? A form of constructive thought.
The light by which we penetrate new worlds of thought and experience. The
mighty instrument by which every inventor or discoverer opened the way
from precedent to experience.
72. What is the result of imagination? The cultivation
of the imagination leads to the development of the ideal out of which your
future will emerge.
73. How may it be cultivated? By exercise; it must be
supplied with nourishment or it cannot live.
74. How does imagination differ from day dreaming? Day
dreaming is a form of mental dissipation, while imagination is a form of
constructive thought which must precede every constructive action.
75. What are mistakes? The result of ignorance.
76. What is knowledge? The result of man's ability to
77. What is the power with which successful men build?
Mind is the very moving force with which they secure the persons and circumstances
necessary to complete their plans.
78. What pre-determines the result? The ideal held steadily
in mind attracts the necessary conditions for its fulfillment.
79. What is the result of a keen analytical observation?
The development of imagination, insight, perception and sagacity.
80. To what do these lead? Opulence and harmony.
INTRODUCTION - PART NINE
In this Part you may learn to fashion the tools by which
you may build for yourself any condition you desire.
If you wish to change conditions you must change yourself.
Your whims, your wishes, your fancies, your ambitions may be thwarted at
every step, but your inmost thoughts will find expression just as certainly
as the plant springs from the seed.
Suppose, then, we desire to change conditions, how are
we to bring this about? The reply is simple: By the law of growth. Cause
and effect are as absolute and undeviating in the hidden realm of thought
as in the world of material things.
Hold in mind the condition desired; affirm it as an already
existing fact. This indicates the value of a powerful affirmation. By constant
repetition it becomes a part of ourselves. We are actually changing ourselves;
are making ourselves what we want to be.
Character is not a thing of chance, but it is the result
of continued effort. If you are timid, vacillating, self-conscious, or
if you are over-anxious or harassed by thoughts of fear or impending danger,
remember that is axiomatic that "two things cannot exist in the same
place at the same time." Exactly the same thing is true in the mental
and spiritual world; so that your remedy is plainly to substitute thoughts
of courage, power, self-reliance and confidence, for those of fear, lack
The easiest and most natural way to do this is to select
an affirmation which seems to fit your particular case. The positive thought
will destroy the negative as certainly as light destroys darkness, and
the results will be just as effectual.
Act is the blossom of thought, and conditions are the
result of action, so that you constantly have in your possession the tools
by which you will certainly and inevitably make or unmake yourself, and
joy or suffering will be the reward.
1. There are only three things which can possibly be desired
in the "world without" and each of them can be found in the "world
within." The secret of finding them is simply to apply the proper
"mechanism" of attachment to the omnipotent power to which each
individual has access.
2. The three things which all mankind desires and which
are necessary for his highest expression and complete development are Health,
Wealth and Love. All will admit that Health is absolutely essential; no
one can be happy if the physical body is in pain. All will not so readily
admit that Wealth is necessary, but all must admit that a sufficient supply
at least is necessary, and what would be considered sufficient for one,
would be considered absolute and painful lack for another; and as Nature
provides not only enough but abundantly, wastefully, lavishly, we realize
that any lack or limitation is only the limitation which has been made
by an artificial method of distribution.
3. All will probably admit that Love is the third, or
maybe some will say the first essential necessary to the happiness of mankind;
at any rate, those who possess all three, Health, Wealth, and Love, find
nothing else which can be added to their cup of happiness.
4. We have found that the Universal substance is "All
Health," "All Substance" and "All Love" and that
the mechanism of attachment whereby we can consciously connect with this
Infinite supply is in our method of thinking. To think correctly is therefore
to enter into the "Secret Place of the Most High."
5. What shall we think? If we know this we shall have
found the proper mechanism of attachment which will relate us to "Whatsoever
things we desire." This mechanism may seem very simple when I give
it to you, but read on; you will find that it is in reality the "Master-Key,"
the "Alladin's lamp," if you please; you will find that it is
the foundation, the imperative condition, the absolute law of well-doing,
which means, well-being.
6. To think correctly, accurately, we must know the "Truth."
The truth then is the underlying principle in every business or social
relation. It is a condition precedent to every right action. To know the
truth, to be sure, to be confident, affords a satisfaction beside which
no other is at all comparable; it is the only solid ground in a world of
doubt, conflict and danger.
7. To know the Truth is to be in harmony with the Infinite
and Omnipotent power. To know the truth is, therefore, to connect yourself
with a power which is irresistible and which will sweep away every kind
of discord, inharmony, doubt or error of any kind, because the "Truth
is mighty and will prevail."
8. The humblest intellect can readily foretell the result
of any action when he knows that it is based on truth, but the mightiest
intellect, the most profound and penetrating mind loses its way hopelessly
and can form no conception of the results which may ensue when his hopes
are based on a premise which he knows to be false.
9. Every action which is not in harmony with Truth, whether
through ignorance or design, will result in discord, and eventual loss
in proportion to its extent and character.
10. How then are we to know the truth in order to attach
this mechanism which will relate us to the Infinite?
11. We can make no mistake about this if we realize that
truth is the vital principle of the Universal Mind and is Omnipresent.
For instance, if you require health, a realization of the fact that the
"I" in you is spiritual and that all spirit is one; that wherever
a part is the whole must be, will bring about a condition of health, because
every cell in the body must manifest the truth as you see it. If you see
sickness; they will manifest sickness; if you see perfection they must
manifest perfection. The affirmation, "I am whole, perfect, strong,
powerful, loving, harmonious and happy”, will bring about harmonious conditions.
The reason for this is because the affirmation is in strict accordance
with the Truth, and when truth appears every form of error or discord must
12. You have found that the "I" is spiritual,
it must necessarily then always be no less than perfect, the affirmation.
"I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy"
is therefore an exact scientific statement.
13. Thought is a spiritual activity and spirit is creative,
therefore the result of holding this thought in mind, must necessarily
bring about conditions in harmony with the thought.
14. If you require Wealth a realization of the fact that
the "I" in you is one with the Universal mind which is all substance,
and is Omnipotent, will assist you in bringing into operation the law of
attraction which will bring you into vibration with those forces which
make for success and bring about conditions of power and affluence in direct
proportion with the character and purpose of your affirmation.
15. Visualization is the mechanism of the attachment which
you require. Visualization is a very different process from seeing; seeing
is physical, and is therefore related to the objective world, the "world
without," but Visualization is a product of the imagination, and is
therefore a product of the subjective mind, the "world within."
It therefore possesses vitality; it will grow. The thing visualized will
manifest itself in form. The mechanism is perfect; it was created by the
Master Architect who "doeth all things well," but unfortunately
sometimes the operator is inexperienced or inefficient, but practice and
determination will overcome this defect.
16. If you require Love try to realize that the only way
to get love is by giving it, that the more you give the more you will get,
and the only way in which you can give it, is to fill yourself with it,
until you become a magnet. The method was explained in another lesson.
17. He who has learned to bring the greatest spiritual
truths into touch with the so-called lesser things of life has discovered
the secret of the solution of his problem. One is always quickened, made
more thoughtful, by his nearness of approach to great ideas, great events,
great natural objects, and great men. Lincoln is said to have begotten
in all who came near him the feeling awakened when one approaches a mountain,
and this sense asserts itself most keenly when one comes to realize that
he has laid hold upon things that are eternal, the power of Truth.
18. It is sometimes an inspiration to hear from someone
who has actually put these principles to the test, someone who has demonstrated
them in their own life. A letter from Frederick Andrews offers the following
19. I was about thirteen years old when Dr. T. W. Marsee,
since passed over, said to my mother: "There is no possible chance,
Mrs. Andrews. I lost my little boy the same way, after doing everything
for him that it was possible to do. I have made a special study of these
cases, and I know there is no possible chance for him to get well."
20. She turned to him and said: "Doctor, what would
you do if he were your boy?" and he answered, "I would fight,
fight, as long as there is a breath of life to fight for."
21. That was the beginning of a long drawn-out battle,
with many ups and downs, the doctors all agreeing that there was no chance
for a cure, though they encouraged and cheered us the best they could.
22. But at last the victory came, and I have grown from
a little, crooked, twisted, cripple, going about on my hands and knees,
to a strong, straight, well formed man.
23. Now, I know you want the formula, and I will give
it to you as briefly and quickly as I can.
24. I built up an affirmation for myself, taking the qualities
I most needed, and affirming for myself over and over again, "I am
whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy." I
kept up this affirmation, always the same, never varying, till I could
wake up in the night and find myself repeating, "I am whole, perfect,
strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy." It was the last thing
on my lips at night and the first thing in the morning.
25. Not only did I affirm it for myself, but for others
that I knew needed it. I want to emphasize this point. Whatever you desire
for yourself, affirm it for others, and it will help you both. We reap
what we sow. If we send out thoughts of love and health, they return to
us like bread cast upon the waters; but if we send out thoughts of fear,
worry, jealousy, anger, hate, etc., we will reap the results in our own
26. It used to be said that man is completely built over
every seven years, but some scientists now declare that we build ourselves
over entirely every eleven months; so we are really only eleven months
old. If we build the defects back into our bodies year after year, we have
no one to blame but ourselves.
27. Man is the sum total of his own thoughts; so the question
is, how are we going to entertain only the good thoughts and reject the
evil ones? At first we can't keep the evil thoughts from coming, but we
can keep from entertaining them. The only way to do this is to forget them
-- which means, get something for them. This is where the ready-made affirmation
comes into play.
28. When a thought of anger, jealousy, fear or worry creeps
in, just start your affirmation going. The way to fight darkness is with
light -- the way to fight cold is with heat -- the way to overcome evils
is with good. For myself, I never could find any help in denials. Affirm
the good, and the bad will vanish. - Frederick Elias Andrews
29. If there is anything you require, it will be well
for you to make use of this affirmation; it cannot be improved upon. Use
it just as it is; take it into the silence with you, until it sinks into
your subconsciousness, so that you can use it anywhere, in your car, in
the office, at home; this is the advantage of spiritual methods; they are
always available. Spirit is omnipresent, every ready; all that is required
is a proper recognition of its omnipotence, and a willingness or desire
to become the recipient of its beneficent effects.
30. If our predominant mental attitude is one of power,
courage, kindliness and sympathy, we shall find that our environment will
reject conditions in correspondence with these thoughts; if it is weak,
critical, envious and destructive, we shall find our environment reflecting
conditions corresponding to these thoughts.
31. Thoughts are causes and conditions are effects. Herein
is the explanation of the origin of both good and evil. Thought is creative
and will automatically correlate with its object. This is a Cosmological
law (a universal law), the law of Attraction, the law of Cause and Effect;
the recognition and application of this law will determine both beginning
and end; it is the law by which in all ages and in all times the people
were led to believe in the power of prayer. "As thy faith is, so be
it unto thee," is simply another, shorter and a better way of stating
32. This week visualize a plant; take a flower, the one
you most admire, bring it from the unseen into the seen, plant the tiny
seed, water it, care for it, place it where it will get the direct rays
of the morning sun, see the seed burst; it is now a living thing, something
which is alive and beginning to search for the means of subsistence. See
the roots penetrating the earth, watch them shoot out in all directions
and remember that they are living cells dividing and subdividing, and that
they will soon number millions, that each cell is intelligent, that it
knows what is wants and knows how to get it. See the stem shoot forward
and upward, watch it burst through the surface of the earth, see it divide
and form branches, see how perfect and symmetrical each branch is formed,
see the leaves begin to form, and then the tiny stems, each one holding
aloft a bud, and as you watch you see the bud begin to unfold and your
favorite flower comes to view; and now if you will concentrate intently
you will become conscious of a fragrance; it is the fragrance of the flower
as the breeze gently sways the beautiful creation which you have visualized.
33. When you are enabled to make your vision clear and
complete you will be enabled to enter into the spirit of a thing; it will
become very real to you; you will be learning to concentrate and the process
is the same, whether you are concentrating on health, a favorite flower,
an ideal, a complicated business proposition or any other problem of life.
34. Every success has been accomplished by persistent
concentration upon the object in view.
PART NINE Study Questions with Answers
81. What is the imperative condition of all well-being?
82. What is the condition precedent to every right action?
83. What is the underlying condition necessary in every
business transaction or social relation? To know the Truth.
84. What is the result of a knowledge of the Truth? We
can readily predict the result of any action that is based upon a true
85. What is the result of any action based upon a false
premise? We can form no conception of the results which may ensue.
86. How may we know the Truth? By a realization of the
fact that Truth is the vital principle of the Universe and is therefore
87. What is the nature of Truth? It is spiritual.
88. What is the secret of the solution to every problem?
To apply spiritual Truth.
89. What is the advantage of spiritual methods? They are
90. What are the necessary requirements? A recognition
of the omnipotence of spiritual power and a desire to become the recipient
of its beneficent effects.
"Thought means life, since those who do not think
do not live in any high or real sense. Thinking makes the man." -
A. B. Alcott
INTRODUCTION - PART TEN
If you get a thorough understanding or the thought contained
in Part Ten, you will have learned that nothing happens without a definite
cause. You will be enabled to formulate your plans in accordance with exact
knowledge. You will know how to control any situation by bringing adequate
causes into play. When you win, as you will, you will know exactly why.
The ordinary man, who has no definite knowledge of cause
and effect, is governed by his feelings or emotions. He thinks chiefly
to justify his action. If he fails as a businessman, he says that luck
is against him. If he dislikes music, he says that music is an expensive
luxury. If he is a poor office man, he says that he could succeed better
at some outdoor work. If he lacks friends, he says his individuality is
too fine to be appreciated.
He never thinks his problem through to the end. In short,
he does not know that every effect is the result of a certain definite
cause, but he seeks to console himself with explanations and excuses. He
thinks only in self-defense.
On the contrary, the man who understands that there is
no effect without an adequate cause thinks impersonally. He gets down to
bed rock facts regardless of consequences. He is free to follow the trail
of truth wherever it may lead. He sees the issue clear to the end, and
he meets the requirements fully and fairly, and the result is that the
world gives him all that it has to give, in friendship, honor, love and
1. Abundance is a natural law of the Universe. The evidence
of this law is conclusive; we see it on every hand. Everywhere Nature is
lavish, wasteful, extravagant. Nowhere is economy observed in any created
thing. Profusion is manifested in everything. The millions and millions
of trees and flowers and plants and animals and the vast scheme of reproduction
where the process of creating and recreating is forever going on, all indicates
the lavishness with which Nature has made provision for man. That there
is an abundance for everyone is evident, but that many fail to participate
in this abundance is also evident; they have not yet come into a realization
of the Universality of all substance, and that mind is the active principle
whereby we are related to the things we desire. 2. All wealth is the offspring
of power; possessions are of value only as they confer power. Events are
significant only as they affect power; all things represent certain forms
and degrees of power. 3. Knowledge of cause and effect as shown by the
laws governing electricity, chemical affinity and gravitation, enables
man to plan courageously and execute fearlessly. These laws are called
Natural Laws, because they govern in the physical world, but all power
is not physical power; there is also mental power, and there is moral and
spiritual power. 4. Spiritual power is superior because it exists on a
higher plane. It has enabled man to discover the law by which these wonderful
forces of Nature could be harnessed and made to do the work of hundreds
and thousands of men. It has enabled man to discover laws whereby time
and space have been annihilated and the law of gravitation to be overcome.
The operation of this law is dependent upon spiritual contact, as Henry
Drummond well says: 5. "In the physical world as we know it, there
exists the organic and the inorganic. The inorganic of the mineral world
is absolutely cut off from the plant or animal world; the passage is hermetically
sealed. These barriers have never yet been crossed. No change of substance,
no modification of environment, no chemistry, no electricity, no form of
energy, no evolution of any kind can ever endow a single atom of the mineral
world with the attribute of Life.” 6. "Only by the bending down into
this dead world of some living form can those dead atoms be gifted with
the properties of vitality; without this contact with life they remain
fixed in the inorganic sphere forever. Huxley says that the doctrine of
Biogenesis (or life only from life) is victorious all along the line, and
Tyndall is compelled to say: 'I affirm that no shred of trustworthy evidence
exists to prove that life in our day has ever appeared independent of antecedent
life.' 7. "Physical laws may explain the inorganic, Biology explains
and accounts for the development of the organic, but of the point of contact
Science is silent. A similar passage exists between the Natural world and
the Spiritual world; this passage is hermetically sealed on the natural
side. The door is closed; no man can open it, no organic change, no mental
energy, no moral effort, no progress of any kind can enable any human being
to enter the spiritual world."
8. But as the plant reaches down into the mineral world
and touches it with the mystery of Life, so the Universal Mind reaches
down into the human mind and endows it with new, strange, wonderful and
even marvelous qualities. All men or women who have every accomplished
anything in the world of industry, commerce or art have accomplished because
of this process.
9. Thought is the connecting link between the Infinite
and the finite, between the Universal and the individual. We have seen
that there is an impassable barrier between the organic and the inorganic,
and that the only way that matter can unfold is to be impregnated with
life; as a seed reaches down into the mineral world and begins to unfold
and reach out, the dead matter begins to live, a thousand invisible fingers
begin to weave a suitable environment for the new arrival, and as the law
of growth begins to take effect, we see the process continue until the
Lily finally appears, and even "Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed
like one of these".
10. Even so, a thought is dropped into the invisible substance
of the Universal Mind, that substance from which all things are created,
and as it takes root, the law of growth begins to take effect and we find
that conditions and environment are but the objective form of our thought.
11. The law is that Thought is an active vital form of
dynamic energy which has the power to correlate with its object and bring
it out of the invisible substance from which all things are created into
the visible or objective world. This is the law by which, and through which
all things come into manifestation; it is the Master Key by which you are
admitted into the Secret Place of the Most High and are "given dominion
over all things." With an understanding of this law you may "decree
a thing and it shall be established unto thee."
12. It could not be otherwise; if the soul of the Universe
as we know it is the Universal Spirit, then the Universe is simply the
condition which the Universal Spirit has made for itself. We are simply
individualized spirit and are creating the conditions for our growth in
exactly the same way.
13. This creative power depends upon our recognition of
the potential power of spirit or mind and must not be confused with Evolution.
Creation is the calling into existence of that which does not exist in
the objective world. Evolution is simply the unfolding of potentialities
involved in things which already exist.
14. In taking advantage of the wonderful possibilities
opened up to us through the operation of this law, we must remember that
we ourselves contribute nothing to its efficacy as the Great Teacher said:
"It is not I that doeth the works, but the Father that dwelleth in
me, He doeth the work". We must take exactly the same position; we
can do nothing to assist in the manifestation, we simply comply with the
law, and the All-originating Mind will bring about the result.
15. The great error of the present day is the idea that
Man has to originate the intelligence whereby the Infinite can proceed
to bring about a specific purpose or result. Nothing of this kind is necessary;
the Universal Mind can be depended upon to find the ways and means for
bringing about any necessary manifestation. We must, however, create the
ideal, and this ideal should be perfect.
16. We know that the laws governing Electricity have been
formulated in such a way that this invisible power can be controlled and
used for our benefit and comfort in thousands of ways. We know that messages
are carried around the world, that ponderous machinery does its bidding,
that it now illuminates practically the whole world, but we know too that
if we consciously or ignorantly violate its law by touching a live wire,
when it is not properly insulated, the result will be unpleasant and possibly
disastrous. A lack of understanding of the laws governing in the invisible
world has the same result, and many are suffering the consequences all
17. It has been explained that the law of causation depends
upon polarity, a circuit must be formed; this circuit cannot be formed
unless we operate in harmony with the law. How shall we operate in harmony
with the law unless we know what the law is? How shall we know what the
Law is? By study, by observation.
18. We see the law in operation everywhere; all nature
testifies to the operation of the law by silently, constantly expressing
itself in the law of growth. Where there is growth, there must be life;
where there is life there must be harmony, so that everything that has
life is constantly attracting to itself the conditions and the supply which
is necessary for its most complete expression.
19. If your thought is in harmony with the creative Principle
of Nature, it is in tune with the Infinite Mind, and it will form the circuit,
it will not return to you void; but it is possible for you to think thoughts
that are not in tune with the Infinite, and when there is no polarity,
the circuit is not formed. What, then, is the result? What is the result
when a dynamo is generating electricity, the circuit is cut off and there
is no outlet? The dynamo stops.
20. It will be exactly the same with you, if you entertain
thoughts which are not in accordance with the Infinite and cannot therefore
be polarized; there is no circuit, you are isolated, the thoughts cling
to you, harass you, worry you, and finally bring about disease and possibly
death; the physician may not diagnose the case exactly in this way, he
may give it some fancy name which has been manufactured for the various
ills which are the result of wrong thinking, but the cause is the same
21. Constructive thought must necessarily be creative,
but creative thought must be harmonious, and this eliminates all destructive
or competitive thought.
22. Wisdom, strength, courage and all harmonious conditions
are the result of power and we have seen that all power is from within;
likewise, every lack, limitation or adverse circumstance is the result
of weakness, and weakness is simply absence of power; it comes from nowhere,
it is nothing -- the remedy then is simply to develop power, and this is
accomplished in exactly the same manner that all power is developed, by
23. This exercise consists in making an application of
your knowledge. Knowledge will not apply itself. You must make the application.
Abundance will not come to you out of the sky, neither will it drop into
your lap, but a conscious realization of the law of attraction and the
intention to bring it into operation for a certain, definite and specific
purpose, and the will to carry out this purpose will bring about the materialization
of your desire by a natural law of transference. If you are in business,
it will increase and develop along regular channels, possibly new or unusual
channels of distribution will be opened and when the law becomes fully
operative, you will find that the things you seek are seeking you.
24. This week select a blank space on the wall, or any
other convenient spot, from where you usually sit, mentally draw a black
horizontal line about six inches long, try to see the line as plainly as
though it were painted on the wall; now mentally draw two vertical lines
connecting with this horizontal line at either end; now draw another horizontal
line connecting with the two vertical lines; now you have a square. Try
to see the square perfectly; when you can do so draw a circle within the
square; now place a point in the center of the circle; now draw the point
toward you about 10 inches; now you have a cone on a square base; you will
remember that your work was all in black; change it to white, to red, to
25. If you can do this, you are making excellent progress
and will soon be enabled to concentrate on any problem you may have in
mind. "When any object or purpose is clearly held in thought, its
precipitation, in tangible and visible form, is merely a question of time.
The vision always precedes and itself determines the realization.”
- Lillian Whiting
PART TEN Study Questions with Answers
91. What is Wealth? Wealth is the offspring of power.
92. Of what value are possessions? Possessions are of
value only as they confer power.
93. Of what value is a knowledge of cause and effect?
It enables men to plan courageously and execute fearlessly.
94. How does life originate in the inorganic world? Only
by the introduction of some living form. There is no other way.
95. What is the connecting link between the finite and
the Infinite? Thought is the connecting link.
96. Why is that so? Because the Universal can manifest
only through the individual.
97. Upon what does causation depend? Upon polarity; a
circuit must be formed; the Universal is the positive side of the battery
of life, the individual is the negative, and thought forms the circuit.
98. Why do many fail to secure harmonious conditions?
They do not understand the law; there is no polarity; they have not formed
99. What is the remedy? A conscious recognition of the
law of attraction with the intention of bring it into existence for a definite
100. What will be the result? Thought will correlate with
its object and bring it into manifestation, because thought is a product
of the spiritual man, and spirit is the creative Principle of the Universe.
“A vivid thought brings the power to paint it; and in
proportion to the depth of its source is the force of its projection.”
INTRODUCTION - PART ELEVEN
Your life is governed by law - by actual, immutable principles
that never vary. Law is in operation at all times; in all places. Fixed
laws underlie all human actions. For this reason, men who control giant
industries are enabled to determine with absolute precision just what percentage
of every hundred thousand people will respond to any given set of conditions.
It is well, however, to remember that while every effect
is the result of a cause, the effect in turn becomes a cause, which creates
other effects, which in turn create still other causes; so that when you
put the law of attraction into operation you must remember that you are
starting a train of causation for good or otherwise which may have endless
We frequently hear it said, "A very distressing situation
came into my life, which could not have been the result of my thought,
as I certainly never entertained any thought which could have such a result."
We fail to remember that like attracts like in the mental world, and that
the thought which we entertain brings to us certain friendships, companionships
of a particular kind, and these in turn bring about conditions and environment,
which in turn are responsible for the conditions of which we complain.
1. Inductive reasoning is the process of the objective
mind by which we compare a number of separate instances with one another
until we see the common factor that gives rise to them all.
2. Induction proceeds by comparison of facts; it is this
method of studying nature which has resulted in the discovery of a reign
of law which has marked an epoch in human progress.
3. It is the dividing line between superstition and intelligence;
it has eliminated the elements of uncertainty and caprice from men's lives
and substituted law, reason, and certitude.
4. It is the "Watchman at the Gate" mentioned
in a former lesson.
5. When, by virtue of this principle, the world to which
the senses were accustomed had been revolutionized; when the sun had been
arrested in his course, the apparently flat earth had been shaped into
a ball and set whirling around him; when the inert matter had been resolved
into active elements, and the universe presented itself wherever we directed
the telescope and microscope, full of force, motion and life; we are constrained
to ask by what possible means the delicate forms of organization in the
midst of it are kept in order and repair.
6. Like poles and like forces repel themselves or remain
impenetrable to each other, and this cause seems in general sufficient
to assign a proper place and distance to stars, men and forces. As men
of different virtues enter into partnership, so do opposite poles attract
each other, elements that have no property in common like acids and gases
cling to each other in preference and a general exchange is kept up between
the surplus and the demand.
7. As the eye seeks and receives satisfaction from colors
complementary to those which are given, so does need, want and desire,
in the largest sense, induce, guide and determine action.
8. It is our privilege to become conscious of the principle
and act in accordance with it. Cuvier sees a tooth belonging to an extinct
race of animals. This tooth wants a body for the performance of its function,
and it defines the peculiar body it stands in need of with such precision
that Cuvier is able to reconstruct the frame of this animal.
9. Perturbations are observed in the motion of Uranus.
Leverrier needs another star at a certain place to keep the solar system
in order, and Neptune appears in the place and hour appointed.
10. The instinctive wants of the animal and the intellectual
wants of Cuvier, the wants of nature and of the mind of Leverrier were
alike, and thus the results; here the thoughts of an existence, there an
existence. A well-defined lawful want, therefore, furnishes the reason
for the more complex operations of nature.
11. Having recorded correctly the answers furnished by
nature and stretched our senses with the growing science over her surface;
having joined hands with the levers that move the earth; we become conscious
of such a close, varied and deep contact with the world without, that our
wants and purposes become no less identified with the harmonious operations
of this vast organization, than the life, liberty, and happiness of the
citizen is identified with the existence of his government.
12. As the interests of the individual are protected by
the arms of the country, added to his own; and his needs may depend upon
certain supply in the degree that they are felt more universally and steadily;
in the same manner does conscious citizenship in the Republic of nature
secure us from the annoyances of subordinate agents by alliance with superior
powers; and by appeal to the fundamental laws of resistance or inducement
offered to mechanical or chemical agents, distribute the labor to be performed
between them and man to the best advantage of the inventor.
13. If Plato could have witnessed the pictures executed
by the sun with the assistance of the photographer, or a hundred similar
illustrations of what man does by induction, he would perhaps have been
reminded of the intellectual midwifery of his master and, in his own mind
might have arisen the vision of a land where all manual, mechanical labor
and repetition is assigned to the power of nature, where our wants are
satisfied by purely mental operations set in motion by the will, and where
the supply is created by the demand.
14. However distant that land may appear, induction has
taught men to make strides toward it and has surrounded him with benefits
which are, at the same time, rewards for past fidelity and incentives for
more assiduous devotion.
15. It is also an aid in concentrating and strengthening
our faculties for the remaining part, giving unerring solution for individual
as well as universal problems, by the mere operations of mind in the purest
16. Here we find a method, the spirit of which is, to
believe that what is sought has been accomplished, in order to accomplish
it: a method, bequeathed upon us by the same Plato who, outside of this
sphere, could never find how the ideas became realities.
17. This conception is also elaborated by Swedenborg in
his doctrine of correspondences; and a still greater teacher has said,
"What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive
them, and ye shall have them." (Mark 11:24) The difference of the
tenses in this passage is remarkable.
18. We are first to believe that our desire has already
been fulfilled, its accomplishment will then follow. This is a concise
direction for making use of the creative power of thought by impressing
on the Universal subjective mind, the particular thing which we desire
as an already existing fact.
19. We are thus thinking on the plane of the absolute
and eliminating all consideration of conditions or limitation and are planting
a seed which, if left undisturbed, will finally germinate into external
20. To review: Inductive reasoning is the process of the
objective mind, by which we compare a number of separate instances with
one another until we see the common factor that gives rise to them all.
We see people in every civilized country on the globe, securing results
by some process which they do not seem to understand themselves, and to
which they usually attach more or less mystery. Our reason is given to
us for the purpose of ascertaining the law by which these results are accomplished.
21. The operation of this thought process is seen in those
fortunate natures that possess everything that others must acquire by toil,
who never have a struggle with conscience because they always act correctly,
and can never conduct themselves otherwise than with tact, learn everything
easily, complete everything they begin with a happy knack, live in eternal
harmony with themselves, without ever reflecting much what they do, or
ever experiencing difficulty or toil.
22. The fruit of this thought is, as it were, a gift of
the gods, but a gift which few as yet realize, appreciate, or understand.
The recognition of the marvelous power which is possessed by the mind under
proper conditions and the fact that this power can be utilized, directed,
and made available for the solution of every human problem is of transcendental
23. All truth is the same, whether stated in modern scientific
terms or in the language of apostolic times. There are timid souls who
fail to realize that the very completeness of truth requires various statement
-- that no one human formula will show every side of it.
24. Changing, emphasis, new language, novel interpretations,
unfamiliar perspectives, are not, as some suppose, signs of departure from
truth but on the contrary, they are evidence that the truth is being apprehended
in new relations to human needs, and is becoming more generally understood.
25. The truth must be told to each generation and to every
people in new and different terms, so that when the Great Teacher said
-- "Believe that ye receive and ye shall receive" or, when Paul
said -- "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence
of things not seen" or, when modern science says -- "The law
of attraction is the law by which thought correlates with its object",
each statement when subjected to analysis, is found to contain exactly
the same truth. The only difference being in the form of presentation.
26. We are standing on the threshold of a new era. The
time has arrived when man has learned the secrets of mastery and the way
is being prepared for a new social order, more wonderful than anything
every heretofore dreamed of. The conflict of modern science with theology,
the study of comparative religions, the tremendous power of new social
movements, all of these are but clearing the way for the new order. They
may have destroyed traditional forms which have become antiquated and impotent,
but nothing of value has been lost.
27. A new faith has been born, a faith which demands a
new form of expression, and this faith is taking form in a deep consciousness
of power which is being manifested, in the present spiritual activity found
on every hand.
28. The spirit which sleeps in the mineral, breathes in
the vegetable, moves in the animal and reaches its highest development
in man is the Universal Mind, and it behooves us to span the gulf between
being and doing, theory and practice, by demonstrating our understanding
of the dominion which we have been given.
29. By far the greatest discovery of all the centuries
is the power of thought. The importance of this discovery has been a little
slow in reaching the general consciousness, but it has arrived, and already
in every field of research the importance of this greatest of all great
discoveries is being demonstrated.
30. You ask in what does the creative power of thought
consist? It consists in creating ideas, and these in turn objectify themselves
by appropriating, inventing, observing, discerning, discovering, analyzing,
ruling, governing, combining, and applying matter and force. It can do
this because it is an intelligent creative power.
31. Thought reaches its loftiest activity when plunged
into its own mysterious depth; when it breaks through the narrow compass
of self and passes from truth to truth to the region of eternal light,
where all which is, was or ever will be, melt into one grand harmony.
32. From this process of self contemplation comes inspiration
which is creative intelligence, and which is undeniably superior to every
element, force or law of nature, because it can understand, modify, govern
and apply them to its own ends and purposes and therefore possess them.
33. Wisdom begins with the dawn of reason, and reason
is but an understanding of the knowledge and principles whereby we may
know the true meaning of things. Wisdom, then, is illuminated reason, and
this wisdom leads to humility, for humility is a large part of Wisdom.
34. We all know many who have achieved the seemingly impossible,
who have realized life-long dreams, who have changed everything including
themselves. We have sometimes marveled at the demonstration of an apparently
irresistible power, which seemed to be ever available just when it was
most needed, but it is all clear now. All that is required is an understanding
of certain definite fundamental principles and their proper application.
35. For your exercise this week, concentrate on the quotation
taken from the Bible, "Whatsoever things ye desire, when ye pray,
believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them"; notice that
there is no limitation, "Whatsoever things" is very definite
and implies that the only limitation which is placed upon us in our ability
to think, to be equal to the occasion, to rise to the emergency, to remember
that Faith is not a shadow, but a substance, "the substance of things
hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
“Death is but the natural process whereby all material
forms are thrown into the crucible for reproduction in fresh diversity.”
PART ELEVEN Study Questions with Answers
101. What is inductive reasoning? The process of the objective
mind by which we compare a number of separate instances with each other
until we see the common factor which gives rise to them all.
102. What has this method of studying accomplished? It
has resulted in the discovery of a reign of law which has marked an epoch
in human progress.
103. What is it that guides and determines action? It
is need, want and desire which in the largest sense induce, guide and determine
104. What is the formula for the unerring solution of
every individual problem? We are to believe that our desire has already
been fulfilled; its accomplishment will then follow.
105. What great Teachers advocated it? Jesus, Plato, Swedenborg.
106. What is the result of this thought process? We are
thinking on the plane of the absolute and planting a seed, which if left
undisturbed will germinate into fruition.
107. Why is it scientifically exact? Because it is Natural
108. What is Faith? "Faith is the substance of things
hoped for, the evidence of things unseen."
109. What is the Law of Attraction? The Law by which Faith
is brought into manifestation.
110. What importance do you attach to an understanding
of this law? It has eliminated the elements of uncertainty and caprice
from men's lives and substituted law, reason, and certitude.
INTRODUCTION - PART TWELVE
Part Twelve is enclosed herewith. In the fourth paragraph
you will find the following statement: "You must first have the knowledge
of your power; second, the courage to dare; third, the faith to do."
If you concentrate upon the thoughts given, if you give
them your entire attention, you will find a world of meaning in each sentence,
and will attract to yourself other thoughts in harmony with them, and you
will soon grasp the full significance of the vital knowledge upon which
you are concentrating.
Knowledge does not apply itself; we as individuals must
make the application, and the application consists in fertilizing the thought
with a living purpose.
The time and thought which most persons waste in aimless
effort would accomplish wonders if properly directed with some special
object in view. In order to do this, it is necessary to center your mental
force upon a specific thought and hold it there, to the exclusion of all
other thoughts. If you have ever looked through the viewfinder on a videocamera,
you found that when the object was not in focus, the impression was indistinct
and possibly blurred, but when the proper focus was obtained the picture
was clear and distinct. This illustrates the power of concentration. Unless
you can concentrate upon the object which you have in view, you will have
but a hazy, indifferent, vague, indistinct and blurred outline of your
ideal and the results will be in accordance with your mental picture.
1. There is no purpose in life that cannot be best accomplished
through a scientific understanding of the creative power of thought.
2. This power to think is common to all. Man is, because
he thinks. Man's power to think is infinite, consequently his creative
power is unlimited.
3. We know that thought is building for us the thing we
think of and actually bringing it nearer, yet we find it difficult to banish
fear, anxiety or discouragement, all of which are powerful thought forces,
and which continually send the things we desire further away, so that it
is often one step forward and two steps backward.
4. The only way to keep from going backward is to keep
going forward. Eternal vigilance is the price of success. There are three
steps, and each one is absolutely essential. You must first have the knowledge
of your power; second, the courage to dare; third, the faith to do.
5. With this as a basis you can construct an ideal business,
an ideal home, ideal friends, and an ideal environment. You are not restricted
as to material or cost. Thought is omnipotent and has the power to draw
on the Infinite bank of primary substance for all that it requires. Infinite
resources are therefore at your command.
6. But your ideal must be sharp, clear-cut, definite;
to have one ideal today, another tomorrow, and a third next week, means
to scatter your forces and accomplish nothing; your result will be a meaningless
and chaotic combination of wasted material.
7. Unfortunately this is the result which many are securing,
and the cause is self evident. If a sculptor started out with a piece of
marble and a chisel and changed his ideal every fifteen minutes, what result
could he expect? And why should you expect any different result in molding
the greatest and most plastic of all substances, the only real substance?
8. The result of this indecision and negative thought
is often found in the loss of material wealth. Supposed independence which
required many years of toil and effort suddenly disappears. It is often
found then that money and property are not independence at all. On the
contrary, the only independence is found to be a practical working knowledge
of the creative power of thought.
9. This practical working method cannot come to you until
you learn that the only real power which you can have is the power to adjust
yourself to Divine and unchangeable principles. You cannot change the Infinite,
but you can come into an understanding of Natural laws. The reward of this
understanding is a conscious realization of your ability to adjust your
thought faculties with the Universal Thought which is Omnipresent. Your
ability to cooperate with this Omnipotence will indicate the degree of
success with which you meet.
10. The power of thought has many counterfeits which are
more or less fascinating, but the results are harmful instead of helpful.
11. Of course, worry, fear, and all negative thoughts
produce a crop after their kind; those who harbor thoughts of this kind
must inevitably reap what they have sown.
12. Again, there are the Phenomena seekers who gormandize
on the so-called proofs and demonstration obtained at materializing seances.
They throw open their mental doors and soak themselves in the most poisonous
currents which can be found in the psychic world. They do not seem to understand
that it is the ability to become negative, receptive and passive, and thus
drain themselves of all their vital force, which enables them to bring
about these vibratory thought forms.
13. There are also the Hindu worshippers, who see in the
materializing phenomena which are performed by the so-called adepts, a
source of power, forgetting, or never seeming to realize that as soon as
the will is withdrawn the forms wither, and the vibratory forces of which
they are composed vanish.
14. Telepathy, or thought transference, has received considerable
attention, but as it requires a negative mental state on the part of the
receiver, the practice is harmful. A thought may be sent with the intention
of hearing or seeing, but it will bring the penalty attached to the inversion
of the principle involved.
15. In many instances, hypnotism is positively dangerous
to the subject as well as the operator. No one familiar with the laws governing
in the mental world would think of attempting to dominate the will of another,
for by so doing, he will gradually (but surely) divest himself of his own
16. All of these perversions have their temporary satisfaction
and for some a keen fascination, but there is an infinitely greater fascination
in a true understanding of the world of power within, a power which increases
with use; is permanent instead of fleeing; which not only is potent as
a remedial agency to bring about the remedy for past error or results of
wrong thinking, but is a prophylactic agency protecting us from all manner
and form of danger, and finally is an actual creative force with which
we can build new conditions and new environment.
17. The law is that thought will correlate with its object
and bring forth in the material world the correspondence of the thing thought
or produced in the mental world. We then discern the absolute necessity
of seeing that every thought has the inherent germ of truth in order that
the law of growth will bring into manifestation good, for good alone can
confer any permanent power.
18. The principle which gives the thought the dynamic
power to correlate with its object, and therefore to master every adverse
human experience, is the law of attraction, which is another name for love.
This is an eternal and fundamental principle, inherent in all things, in
every system of Philosophy, in every Religion, and in every Science. There
is no getting away from the law of love. It is feeling that imparts vitality
to thought. Feeling is desire, and desire is love. Thought impregnated
with love becomes invincible.
19. We find this truth emphasized wherever the power of
thought is understood, The Universal Mind is not only Intelligence, but
it is substance, and this substance is the attractive force which brings
electrons together by the law of attraction so that they form atoms; the
atoms in turn are brought together by the same law and form molecules;
molecules take objective forms; and so we find that the law of love is
the creative force behind every manifestation, not only of atoms, but of
worlds, of the Universe, of everything of which the imagination can form
20. It is the operation of this marvelous law of attraction
which has caused men in all ages and all times to believe that there must
be some personal being who responded to their petitions and desires, and
manipulated events in order to comply with their requirements.
21. It is the combination of Thought and Love which forms
the irresistible force, called the law of attraction. All natural laws
are irresistible, the law of Gravitation, or Electricity, or any other
law operates with mathematical exactitude. There is no variation, it is
only the channel of distribution which may be imperfect. If a bridge falls,
we do not attribute the collapse to any variation of the law of gravitation.
If a light fails us, we do not conclude that the laws governing electricity
cannot be depended upon, and if the law of attraction seems to be imperfectly
demonstrated by an inexperienced or uninformed person, we are not to conclude
that the greatest and most infallible law upon which the entire system
of creation depends has been suspended. We should rather conclude that
a little more understanding of the law is required, for the same reason
that a correct solution of a difficult problem in Mathematics is not always
readily and easily obtained.
22. Things are created in the mental or spiritual world
be fore they appear in the outward act or event. by the simple process
of governing our thought forces today, we help create the events which
will come into our lives in the future, perhaps even tomorrow. Educated
desire is the most potent means of bringing into action the law of attraction.
23. Man is so constituted that he must first create the
tools, or implements by which he gains the power to think. The mind cannot
comprehend an entirely new idea until a corresponding vibratory brain cell
has been prepared to receive it. This explains why it is so difficult for
us to receive or appreciate an entirely new idea; we have no brain cell
capable of receiving it; we are therefore incredulous; we do not believe
24. If, therefore, you have not been familiar with the
Omnipotence of the law of attraction, and the scientific method by which
it can be put into operation, or if you have not been familiar with the
unlimited possibilities which it opens to those who are enabled to take
advantage of the resources it offers, begin now and create the necessary
brain cells which will enable you to comprehend the unlimited powers which
may be yours by cooperating with Natural Law. This is done by concentration
25. The intention governs the attention. Power comes through
repose. It is by concentration that deep thoughts, wise speech, and all
forces of high potentiality are accomplished.
26. It is in the Silence that you get into touch with
the Omnipotent power of the subconscious mind from which all power is evolved.
27. He who desires wisdom, power, or permanent success
of any kind will find it only within; it is an unfoldment. The unthinking
may conclude that the silence is very simple and easily attained, but it
should be remembered that only in absolute silence may one come into contact
with Divinity itself; may learn of the unchangeable law and open for himself
the channels by which persistent practice and concentration lead to perfection.
28. This week go to the same room, take the same chair,
the same position as previously; be sure to relax, let go, both mentally
and physically; always do this; never try to do any mental work under pressure;
see that there are no tense muscles or nerves, that you are entirely comfortable.
Now realize your unity with omnipotence; get into touch with this power,
come into a deep and vital understanding, appreciation, and realization
of the fact that your ability to think is your ability to act upon the
Universal Mind, and bring it into manifestation, realize that it will meet
any and every requirement; that you have exactly the same potential ability
which any individual ever did have or ever will have, because each is but
an expression or manifestation of the One, all are parts of the whole,
there is no difference in kind or quality, the only difference being one
"Thought cannot conceive of anything that may not
be brought to expression. He who first uttered it may be only the suggester,
but the doer will appear." - Wilson.
PART TWELVE Study Questions with Answers
111. How may any purpose in life be best accomplished?
Through a scientific understanding of the spiritual nature of thought.
112. What three steps are absolutely essential? The knowledge
of our power, the courage to dare, the faith to do.
113. How is the practical working knowledge secured? By
an understanding of Natural laws.
114. What is the reward of an understanding of these laws?
A conscious realization of our ability to adjust ourselves to Divine and
115. What will indicate the degree of success with which
we meet? The degree in which we realize that we cannot change the Infinite
but must cooperate with it.
116. What is the principle which gives thought its dynamic
power? The Law of Attraction which rests on vibration, which in turn rests
upon the law of love. Thought impregnated with love becomes invincible.
117. Why is this law irresistible? Because it is a Natural
law. All Natural laws are irresistible and unchangeable and act with mathematical
exactitude. There is no deviation or variation.
118. Why then does it sometimes seem to be difficult to
find the solution to our problems in life? For the same reason that it
is sometimes difficult to find the correct solution to a difficult mathematical
problem. The operator is uninformed or inexperienced.
119. Why is it impossible for the mind to grasp an entirely
new idea? We have no corresponding vibratory brain cell capable of receiving
120. How is wisdom secured? By concentration; it is an
unfoldment; it comes from within.
INTRODUCTION - PART THIRTEEN
Physical science is responsible for the marvelous age
of invention in which we are now living, but spiritual science is now setting
out on a career whose possibilities no one can fortell.
Spiritual science has previously been the football
of the uneducated, the superstitious, the mystical, but men are now interested
in definite methods and demonstrated facts only.
We have come to know that thinking is a spiritual process,
that vision and imagination preceded action and event, that the day of
the dreamer has come. The following lines by Mr. Herbert Kaufman are interesting
in this connection.
"They are the architects of greatness, their vision
lies within their souls, they peer beyond the veils and mists of doubt
and pierce the walls of unborn Time. The belted wheel, the trail of steel,
the churning screw, are shuttles in the loom on which they weave their
magic tapestries. Makers of Empire, they have fought for bigger things
than crowns and higher seats than thrones. Your homes are set upon the
land a dreamer found. The pictures on its walls are visions from a dreamer's
They are the chose few -- the blazers of the way. Walls
crumble and Empires fall, the tidal wave sweeps from the sea and tears
a fortress from its rocks. The rotting nations drop off from Time's bough,
and only things the dreamer's make live on."
Part Thirteen which follows tells why the dreams of
the dreamer come true. It explains the law of causation by which dreamers,
inventors, authors, financiers, bring about the realization of their desires.
It explains the law by which the thing pictured upon our mind eventually
becomes our own.
1. It has been the tendency, and, as might be proved,
a necessity for science to seek the explanation of everyday facts by a
generalization of those others which are less frequent and form the exception.
Thus does the eruption of the volcano manifest the heat which is continually
at work in the interior of the earth and to which the latter owes much
of her configuration.
2. Thus does the lightning reveal a subtle power constantly
busy to produce changes in the inorganic world, and, as dead languages
now seldom heard were once ruling among the nations, so does a giant tooth
in Siberia, or a fossil in the depth of the earth, not only bear record
of the evolution of past ages, but thereby explains to us the origin of
the hills and valleys which we inhabit today.
3. In this way a generalization of facts which are rare,
strange, or form the exception, has been the magnetic needle guiding to
all the discoveries of inductive science.
4. This method is founded upon reason and experience and
thereby destroyed superstition, precedent and conventionality.
5. It is almost three-hundred years since Lord Bacon recommended
this method of study, to which the civilized nations owe the greater part
of their prosperity and the more valuable part of their knowledge; purging
the mind from narrow prejudices, denominated theories, more effectually
than by the keenest irony; calling the attention of men from heaven to
earth more successfully by surprising experiments than by the most forcible
demonstration of their ignorance; educating the inventive faculties more
powerfully by the near prospect of useful discoveries thrown open to all,
than by talk of bringing to light the innate laws of our mind.
6. The method of Bacon has seized the spirit and aim of
the great philosophers of Greece and carried them into effect by the new
means of observation which another age offered; thus gradually revealing
a wondrous field of knowledge in the infinite space of astronomy, in the
microscopic egg of embryology, and the dim age of geology; disclosing an
order of the pulse which the logic of Aristotle could never have unveiled,
and analyzing into formerly unknown elements the material combinations
which no dialectic of the scholastics could force apart.
7. It has lengthened life; it has mitigated pain; it has
extinguished diseases; it has increased the fertility of the soil; it has
given new securities to the mariner; it has spanned great rivers with bridges
of form unknown to our fathers; it has guided the thunderbolt from heaven
to earth; it has lighted up night with the splendor of day; it has extended
the range of human vision; it has multiplied the power of the human muscles;
it has accelerated motion; it has annihilated distance; it has facilitated
intercourse, correspondence, all friendly offices, all dispatch of business;
it has enabled men to descend into the depths of the sea, to soar into
the air, to penetrate securely into the noxious recesses of the earth.
8. This then is the true nature and scope of induction.
But the greater the success which men have achieved in the inductive science,
the more does the whole tenor of their teachings and example impress us
with the necessity of observing carefully, patiently, accurately, with
all the instruments and resources at our command the individual facts before
venturing upon a statement of general laws.
9. To ascertain the bearing of the spark drawn from the
electric machine under every variety of circumstances, that we thus may
be emboldened with Franklin to address, in the form of a kite, the question
to the cloud about the nature of the lightning. To assure ourselves of
the manner in which bodies fall with the exactness of a Galileo, that with
Newton we may dare to ask the moon about the force that fastens it to the
10. In short, by the value we set upon truth, by our hope
in a steady and universal progress, not to permit a tyrannical prejudice
to neglect or mutilate unwelcome facts, but to rear the superstructure
of science upon the broad and unchangeable basis, of full attention paid
to the most isolated as well as the most frequent phenomena.
11. An ever-increasing material may be collected by observation,
but the accumulated facts are of very different value for the explanation
of nature, and as we esteem most highly those useful qualities of men which
are of the rarest occurrence, so does natural philosophy sift the facts
and attach a pre-eminent importance to that striking class which cannot
be accounted for by the usual and daily observation of life.
12. If then, we find that certain persons seem to possess
unusual power, what are we to conclude? First, we may say, it is not so,
which is simply an acknowledgment of our lack of information because every
honest investigator admits that there are many strange and previously unaccountable
phenomena constantly taking place. Those, however, who become acquainted
with the creative power of thought, will no longer consider them unaccountable.
13. Second, we may say that they are the result of supernatural
interference, but a scientific understanding of Natural Laws will convince
us that there is nothing supernatural. Every phenomenon is the result of
an accurate definite cause, and the cause is an immutable law or principle,
which operates with invariable precision, whether the law is put into operation
consciously or unconsciously.
14. Third, we may say that we are on "forbidden ground,"
that there are some things which we should not know. This objection was
used against every advance in human knowledge. Every individual who ever
advanced a new idea, whether a Columbus, a Darwin, a Galileo, a Fulton
or an Emerson, was subjected to ridicule or persecution; so that this objection
should receive no serious consideration; but, on the contrary, we should
carefully consider every fact which is brought to our attention; by doing
this we will more readily ascertain the law upon which it is based.
15. It will be found that the creative power of thought
will explain every possible condition or experience, whether physical,
mental or spiritual.
16. Thought will bring about conditions in correspondence
with the predominant mental attitude. Therefore, if we fear disaster, as
fear is a powerful form of thought, disaster will be the certain result
of our thinking. It is this form of thought which frequently sweeps away
the result of many years of toil and effort.
17. If we think of some form of material wealth we may
secure it. By concentrated thought the required conditions will be brought
about, and the proper effort put forth, which will result in bringing about
the circumstances necessary to realize our desires; but we often find that
when we secure the things we thought we wanted, they do not have the effect
we expected. That is, the satisfaction is only temporary, or possibly is
the reverse of what we expected.
18. What, then, is the proper method of procedure? What
are we to think in order to secure what we really desire? What you and
I desire, what we all desire, what every one is seeking, is Happiness and
Harmony. If we can be truly happy we shall have everything the world can
give. If we are happy ourselves we can make others happy.
19. But we cannot be happy unless we have, health, strength,
congenial friends, pleasant environment, sufficient supply, not only to
take care of our necessities but to provide for those comforts and luxuries
to which we are entitled.
20. The old orthodox way of thinking was to be "a
worm," to be satisfied with our portion whatever it is; but the modern
idea is to know that we are entitled to the best of everything, that the
"Father and I are one" and that the "Father" is the
Universal Mind, the Creator, the Original Substance from which all things
21. Now admitting that his is all true in theory, and
it has been taught for two thousand years, and is the essence of every
system of Philosophy or Religion, how are we to make it practical in our
lives? How are we to get the actual, tangible results here and now?
22. In the first place, we must put our knowledge into
practice. Nothing can be accomplished in any other way. The athlete may
read books and lessons on physical training all his life, but unless he
begins to give out strength by actual work he will never receive any strength;
he will eventually get exactly what he gives; but he will have to give
it first. It is exactly the same with us; we will get exactly what we give,
but we shall have to give it first. It will then return to us many fold,
and the giving is simply a mental process, because thoughts are causes
and conditions are effects; therefore in giving thoughts of courage, inspiration,
health or help of any kind we are setting causes in motion which will bring
about their effect.
23. Thought is a spiritual activity and is therefore creative,
but make no mistake, thought will create nothing unless it is consciously,
systematically, and constructively directed; and herein is the difference
between idle thinking, which is simply a dissipation of effort, and constructive
thinking, which means practically unlimited achievement.
24. We have found that everything we get comes to us by
the Law of Attraction. A happy thought cannot exist in an unhappy consciousness;
therefore the consciousness must change, and, as the consciousness changes,
all conditions necessary to meet the changed consciousness must gradually
change, in order to meet the requirements of the new situation.
25. In creating a Mental Image or an Ideal, we are projecting
a thought into the Universal Substance from which all things are created.
This Universal Substance is Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscient. Are
we to inform the Omniscient as to the proper channel to be used to materialize
our demand? Can the finite advise the Infinite? This is the cause of failure;
of every failure. We recognize the Omnipresence of the Universal Substance,
but we fail to appreciate the fact that this substance is not only Omnipresent,
but is Omnipotent and Omniscient, and consequently will set causes in motion
concerning which we may be entirely ignorant.
26. We can best conserve our interests by recognizing
the Infinite Power and Infinite Wisdom of the Universal Mind, and in this
way become a channel whereby the Infinite can bring about the realization
of our desire. This means that recognition brings about realization, therefore
for your exercise this week make use of the principle, recognize the fact
that you are a part of the whole, and that a part must be the same in kind
and quality as the whole; the only difference there can possibly by, is
27. When this tremendous fact begins to permeate your
consciousness, when you really come into a realization of the fact that
you (not your body, but the Ego), the "I," the spirit which thinks
is an integral part of the great whole, that it is the same in substance,
in quality, in kind, that the Creator could create nothing different from
Himself, you will also be able to say, "The Father and I are one"
and you will come into an understanding of the beauty, the grandeur, the
transcendental opportunities which have been placed at your disposal.
"Increase in me that wisdom
Which discovers my truest interest,
Strengthen my resolution
To perform that which wisdom dictates."
PART THIRTEEN Study Questions with Answers
121. What is the method by which natural philosophers
obtain and apply their knowledge? To observe individual facts carefully,
patiently, accurately, with all the instruments and resources at their
command, before venturing upon a statement of general laws.
122. How may we be certain that this method is correct?
By not permitting a tyrannical prejudice to neglect or mutilate unwelcome
123. What class of facts are esteemed most highly? Those
which cannot be accounted for by the usual daily observation of life.
124. Upon what is this principle founded? Upon reason
125. What does it destroy? Superstition, precedent and
126. How have these laws been discovered? By a generalization
of facts which are uncommon, rare, strange and form the exception.
127. How may we account for much of the strange and heretofore
unexplainable phenomena which is constantly taking place? By the creative
power of thought.
128. Why is this so? Because when we learn of a fact we
can be sure that it is the result of a certain definite cause and that
this cause will operate with invariable precision.
129. What is the result of this knowledge? It will explain
the cause of every possible condition, whether physical, mental or spiritual.
130. How will our best interest be conserved? By a recognition
of the fact that a knowledge of the creative nature of thought puts us
in touch with Infinite power.
INTRODUCTION - PART FOURTEEN
You have found from your study thus far that thought
is a spiritual activity and is therefore endowed with creative power. This
does not mean that some thought is creative, but that all thought is creative.
This same principle can be brought into operation in a negative way, through
the process of denial.
The conscious and subconscious are but two phases of
action in connection with one mind. The relation of the subconscious to
the conscious is quite analogous to that existing between a weather vane
and the atmosphere. Just as the least pressure of the atmosphere causes
an action on the part of the weather vane, so does the least thought entertained
by the conscious mind produce within your subconscious mind action in exact
proportion to the depth of feeling characterizing the thought and the intensity
with which the thought is indulged.
It follows that if you deny unsatisfactory conditions,
you are withdrawing the creative power of your thought from these conditions.
You are cutting them away at the root. You are sapping their vitality.
Remember that the law of growth necessarily governs
every manifestation in the objective, so that a denial of unsatisfactory
conditions will not bring about instant change. A plant will remain visible
for some time after its roots have been cut, but it will gradually fade
away and eventually disappear, so the withdrawal of your thought from the
contemplation of unsatisfactory conditions will gradually, but surely,
terminate these conditions.
You will see that this is an exactly opposite course
from the one which we would naturally be inclined to adopt. It will therefore
have an exactly opposite effect to the one usually secured. Most persons
concentrate intently upon unsatisfactory conditions, thereby giving the
condition that measure of energy and vitality which is necessary in order
to supply a vigorous growth.
1. The Universal Energy in which all motion, light, heat,
and color have their origin, does not partake of the limitation of the
many effects of which it is the cause, but it is supreme over them all.
This Universal Substance is the source of all Power, Wisdom and Intelligence.
2. To recognize this Intelligence is to acquaint yourself
with the knowing quality of Mind and through it to move upon the Universal
Substance, and bring it into harmonious relations in your affairs.
3. This is something that the most learned physical science
teacher has not attempted -- a field of discovery upon which he has not
yet launched; in fact, but few of the materialistic schools have ever caught
the first ray of this light. It does not seem to have dawned upon them
that wisdom is just as much present everywhere as are force and substance.
4. Some will say, if these principles are true, why are
we not demonstrating them? As the fundamental principle is obviously correct,
why do we not get proper results? We do. We get results in exact accordance
with our understanding of the law and our ability to make the proper application.
We secured no results from the laws governing electricity until someone
formulated the law and showed us how to apply it.
5. This puts us in an entirely new relation to our environment,
opening up possibilities previously undreamed of, and this by an orderly
sequence of law which is naturally involved in our new mental attitude.
6. Mind is creative and the principle upon which this
law is based is sound and legitimate and is inherent in the nature of things;
but this creative power does not originate in the individual, but in the
Universal, which is the source and fountain of all energy and substance,
the individual is simply the channel for the distribution of this energy.
The individual is the means by which the Universal produces the various
combinations which result in the formation of phenomena.
7. We know that scientists have resolved matter into an
immense number of molecules; these molecules have been resolved into atoms,
and the atoms into electrons. The discovery of electrons in high vacuum
glass tubes containing fused terminals of hard metal, indicates conclusively
that these electrons fill all space; that they exist everywhere, that they
are omnipresent. They fill all material bodies and occupy the whole of
what we call empty space. This, then, is the Universal Substance from which
all things proceed.
8. Electrons would forever remain electrons unless directed
where to go to be assembled into atoms and molecules, and this director
is Mind. A number of electrons revolving around a center of force constitutes
an atom; atoms unite in absolutely regular mathematical ratios and form
molecules, and these unite with each other to form a multitude of compounds
which unite to build the Universe.
9. The lightest known atom is hydrogen and this is 1,700
times heavier than an electron. An atom of mercury is 300,000 times heavier
than an electron. Electrons are pure negative electricity, and as they
have the same potential velocity as all other cosmic energy, such as heat,
light, electricity and thought (189,380 miles per second), neither time
nor space require consideration. The manner in which the velocity of light
was ascertained is interesting.
10. The velocity of light was obtained by the Danish astronomer
Roemer in 1676, by observing the eclipses of Jupiter's moons. When the
earth was nearest to Jupiter, the eclipse appeared about eight and one-half
minutes too soon for the calculations, and when the earth was most remote
from Jupiter, they were about eight and one-half minutes too late. Roemer
concluded the reason to be that it required 17 minutes for light from the
planet to traverse the diameter of the earth's orbit, which measured the
difference of the distances of the earth from Jupiter. This calculation
has since been verified, and proves that light travels about 186,000 miles
11. Electrons manifest in the body as cells, and possess
mind and intelligence sufficient for them to perform their functions in
the human physical anatomy. Every part of the body is composed of cells,
some of which operate independently; others in communities. Some are busy
building tissue, while others are engaged in forming the various secretions
necessary for the body. Some act as carriers of material; others are the
surgeons whose work it is to repair damage; others are scavengers, carrying
off waste; others are constantly ready to repel invaders or other undesirable
intruders of the germ family.
12. All these cells are moving for a common purpose and
each one is not only a living organism, but has sufficient intelligence
to enable it to perform its necessary duties. It is also endowed with sufficient
intelligence to conserve the energies and perpetuate its own life. It must,
therefore, secure sufficient nourishment and it has been found that it
exercises choice in the selection of such nourishment.
13. Each cell is born, reproduces itself, dies and is
absorbed. The maintenance of health and life itself depends upon the constant
regeneration of these cells.
14. It is therefore apparent that there is mind in every
atom of the body; this mind is negative mind, and the power of the individual
to think makes him positive, so that he can control this negative mind.
This is the scientific explanation for metaphysical healing, and will enable
anyone to understand the principle upon which this remarkable phenomenon
15. This negative mind, which is contained in every cell
of the body, has been called the subconscious mind, because it acts without
our conscious knowledge. We have found that this subconscious mind is responsive
to the will of the conscious mind.
16. All things have their origin in mind, and appearances
are the result of thought. So that we see that things in themselves have
no origin, permanency, or reality. Since they are produced by thought,
they can be erased by thought.
17. In mental, as in natural science, experiments are
being made and each discovery lifts man one step higher toward his possible
goal. We find that every man is the reflection of the thought he has entertained
during his lifetime. This is stamped on his face, his form, his character,
his environment. 18. Back of every effect there is a cause, and if we follow
the trail to its starting point, we shall find the creative principle out
of which it grew. Proofs of this are now so complete that this truth is
19. The objective world is controlled by an unseen and,
heretofore, unexplainable power. We have, heretofore, personalized this
power and called it God. We have now, however, learned to look upon it
as the permeating essence or Principle of all that exists -- the Infinite
or Universal Mind.
20. The Universal Mind, being infinite and omnipotent,
has unlimited resources at its command, and when we remember that it is
also omnipresent, we cannot escape the conclusion that we must be an expression
or manifestation of that Mind.
21. A recognition and understanding of the resources of
the subconscious mind will indicate that the only difference between the
subconscious and the Universal is one of degree. They differ only as a
drop of water differs from the ocean. They are the same in kind and quality,
the difference is one of degree only.
22. Do you, can you, appreciate the value of this all-important
fact; do you realize that a recognition of this tremendous fact places
you in touch with Omnipotence? The subconscious mind being the connecting
link between the Universal Mind and the conscious mind, is it not evident
that the conscious mind can consciously suggest thoughts which the subconscious
mind will put into action, and as the subconscious is one with the Universal,
is it not evident that no limit can be placed upon its activities?
23. A scientific understanding of this principle will
explain the wonderful results which are secured through the power of prayer.
The results which are secured in this way are not brought about by any
special dispensations of providence, but on the contrary, they are the
result of the operation of a perfectly natural law. There is, therefore,
nothing either religious or mysterious about it.
24. Yet there are many who are not ready to enter into
the discipline necessary to think correctly, even though it is evident
that wrong thinking has brought failure.
25. Thought is the only reality; conditions are but the
outward manifestations; as the thought changes, all outward or material
conditions must change in order to be in harmony with their creator, which
26. But the thought must be clear cut, steady, fixed,
definite, unchangeable; you cannot take one step forward and two steps
backward, neither can you spend twenty or thirty years of your life building
up negative conditions as the result of negative thoughts, and then expect
to see them all melt away as the result of fifteen or twenty minutes of
27. If you enter into the discipline necessary to bring
about a radical change in your life, you must do so deliberately, after
giving the matter careful thought and full consideration, and then you
must allow nothing to interfere with your decision.
28. This discipline, this change of thought, this mental
attitude will not only bring you the material things which are necessary
for your highest and best welfare, but will bring health and harmonious
29. If you wish harmonious conditions in your life, you
must develop an harmonious mental attitude.
30. Your world without will be a reflection of your world
31. For your exercise this week, concentrate on Harmony,
and when I say concentrate, I mean all that the word implies; concentrate
so deeply, so earnestly, that you will be conscious of nothing but harmony.
Remember, we learn by doing. Reading these lessons will get you nowhere.
It is in the practical application that the value consists.
"Learn to keep the door shut, keep out of your mind
and out of your world, every element that seeks admittance with no definite
helpful end in view." - George Mathew Adams
PART FOURTEEN Study Questions with Answers
131. What is the source of all Wisdom, Power and Intelligence?
The Universal Mind.
132. Where do all motion, light, heat and color have their
origin? In the Universal Energy, which is one manifestation of the Universal
133. Where does the creative power of thought originate?
In the Universal Mind.
134. What is thought? Mind in motion.
135. How is the Universal differentiated in form? The
individual is the means by which the Universal produces the various combinations
which result in formation of phenomena.
136. How is this accomplished? The power of the individual
to think is his ability to act upon the Universal and bring it into manifestation.
137. What is the first form which the Universal takes
so far as we know? Electrons, which fill all space.
138. Where do all things have their origin? In mind.
139. What is the result of a change of thought? A change
140. What is the result of a harmonious mental attitude?
Harmonious conditions in life. Thought, immaterial though it may be, is
the matrix that shapes the issues of life.
"The mind has been active in all fields during this
fruitful century, but it is to science we must look for the thoughts that
have shaped all thinking."
INTRODUCTION - PART FIFTEEN
Experiments with parasites found on plants indicate that
even the lowest order of life is enabled to take advantage of natural law.
This experiment was made by Jacques Loch, M.D., Ph. D., a member of the
"In order to obtain the material, potted rose bushes
are brought into a room and placed in front of a closed window. If the
plants are allowed to dry out, the aphids (parasites), previously wingless,
change to winged insects. After the metamorphosis, the animals leave the
plants, fly to the window and then creep upward on the glass."
It is evident that these tiny insects found that the plants
on which they had been thriving were dead, and that they could therefore
secure nothing more to eat and drink from this source. The only method
by which they could save themselves from starvation was to grow temporary
wings and fly, which they did.
Experiments such as these indicate that Omniscience as
well as Omnipotence is omnipresent and that the tiniest living thing can
take advantage of it in an emergency.
Part Fifteen will tell you more about the law under which
we live. It will explain that these laws operate to our advantage; that
all conditions and experiences that come to us are for our benefit; that
we gain strength in proportion to the effort expended, and that our happiness
is best attained through a conscious cooperation with natural laws.
1. The laws under which we live are designed solely for
our advantage. These laws are immutable and we cannot escape from their
2. All the great eternal forces act in solemn silence,
but it is in our power to place ourselves in harmony with them and thus
express a life of comparative peace and happiness.
3. Difficulties, inharmonies, and obstacles, indicate
that we are either refusing to give out what we no longer need, or refusing
to accept what we require.
4. Growth is attained through an exchange of the old for
the new, of the good for the better; it is a conditional or reciprocal
action, for each of us is a complete thought entity and this completeness
makes it possible for us to receive only as we give.
5. We cannot obtain what we lack if we tenaciously cling
to what we have. We are able to consciously control our conditions as we
come to sense the purpose of what we attract, and are able to extract from
each experience only what we require for our further growth. Our ability
to do this determines the degree of harmony or happiness we attain.
6. The ability to appropriate what we require for our
growth, continually increases as we reach higher planes and broader visions,
and the greater our abilities to know what we require, the more certain
we shall be to discern its presence, to attract it and to absorb it. Nothing
may reach us except what is necessary for our growth.
7. All conditions and experiences that come to us do so
for our benefit. Difficulties and obstacles will continue to come until
we absorb their wisdom and gather from them the essentials of further growth.
8. That we reap what we sow is mathematically exact. We
gain permanent strength exactly to the extent of the effort required to
9. The inexorable requirements of growth demand that we
exert the greatest degree of attraction for what is perfectly in accord
with us. Our highest happiness will be best attained through our understanding
of, and conscious cooperation with natural laws.
10. In order to possess vitality thought must be impregnated
with love. Love is a product of the emotions. It is therefore essential
that the emotions be controlled and guided by the intellect and reason.
11. It is love which imparts vitality to thought and thus
enables it to germinate. The law of attraction, or the law of love, for
they are one and the same, will bring to it the necessary material for
its growth and maturity.
12. The first form which thought will find is language,
or words; this determines the importance of words; they are the first manifestation
of thought -- the vessels in which thought is carried. They take hold of
the ether and by setting it in motion reproduce the thought to others in
the form of sound.
13. Thought may lead to action of any kind, but whatever
the action, it is simply the thought attempting to express itself in visible
form. It is evident, therefore, that if we wish desirable conditions, we
can afford to entertain only desirable thoughts.
14. This leads to the inevitable conclusion that if we
wish to express abundance in our lives, we can afford to think abundance
only, and as words are only thoughts taking form, we must be especially
careful to use nothing but constructive and harmonious language, which
when finally crystallized into objective forms, will prove to our advantage.
15. We cannot escape from the pictures we incessantly
photograph on the mind, and this photography of erroneous conceptions is
exactly what is being done by the use of words, when we use any form of
language which is not identified with our welfare.
16. We manifest more and more life as our thought becomes
clarified and takes higher planes. This is obtained with greater facility
as we use word pictures that are clearly defined, and relieved of the conceptions
attached to them on lower planes of thought.
17. It is with words that we must express our thoughts,
and if we are to make use of higher forms of truth, we may use only such
material as has been carefully and intelligently selected with this purpose
18. This wonderful power of clothing thoughts in the form
of words is what differentiates man from the rest of the animal kingdom;
by the use of the written word he has been enabled to look back over the
centuries and see the stirring scenes by which he has come into his present
19. He has been enabled to come into communion with the
greatest writers and thinkers of all time, and the combined record which
we possess today is therefore the expression of Universal Thought as it
has been seeking to take form in the mind of Man.
20. We know that the Universal Thought has for its goal
the creation of form, and we know that the individual thought is likewise
forever attempting to express itself in form, and we know that the word
is a thought form, and a sentence is a combination of thought forms, therefore,
if we wish our ideal to be beautiful or strong, we must see that the words
out of which this temple will eventually be created are exact, that they
are put together carefully, because accuracy in building words and sentences
is the highest form of architecture in civilization and is a passport to
21. Words are thoughts and are therefore an invisible
and invincible power which will finally objectify themselves in the form
they are given.
22. Words may become mental places that will live forever,
or they may become shacks which the first breeze will carry away. They
may delight the eye as well as the ear; they may contain all knowledge;
in them we find the history of the past as well as the hope of the future;
they are living messengers from which every human and superhuman activity
23. The beauty of the word consists in the beauty of the
thought; the power of the word consists in the power of the thought, and
the power of the thought consists in its vitality. How shall we identify
a vital thought? What are its distinguishing characteristics? It must have
principle. How shall we identify principle?
24. There is a principle of Mathematics, but none of error;
there is a principle of health, but none of disease; there is a principle
of truth, but none of dishonesty; there is a principle of light, but none
of darkness, and there is a principle of abundance, but none of poverty.
25. How shall we know that this is true? Because if we
apply the principle of Mathematics correctly we shall be certain of our
results. Where there is health there will be no disease. If we know the
Truth we cannot be deceived by error. If we let in light there can be no
darkness, and where there is abundance there can be no poverty.
26. These are self-evident facts, but the all-important
truth that a thought containing principle is vital and therefore contains
life and consequently takes root, and eventually but surely and certainly
displaces the negative thoughts, which by their very nature can contain
no vitality, is one which seems to have been overlooked.
27. But this is a fact which will enable you to destroy
every manner of discord, lack and limitation.
28. There can be no question but that he who "is
wise enough to understand" will readily recognize that the creative
power of thought places an invincible weapon in his hands and makes him
a master of destiny.
29. In the physical world there is a law of compensation
which is that "the appearance of a given amount of energy anywhere
means the disappearance of the same amount somewhere else," and so
we find that we can get only what we give; if we pledge ourselves to a
certain action we must be prepared to assume the responsibility for the
development of that action. The subconscious cannot reason. It takes us
at our word; we have asked for something; we are now to receive it; we
have made our bed, we are now to lie in it; the die has been cast; the
threads will carry out the pattern we have made.
30. For this reason Insight must be exercised so that
the thought which we entertain contains no mental, moral or physical germ
which we do not wish objectified in our lives.
31. Insight is a faculty of the mind whereby we are enabled
to examine facts and conditions at long range, a kind of human telescope;
it enables us to understand the difficulties, as well as the possibilities,
in any undertaking.
32. Insight enables us to be prepared for the obstacles
which we shall meet; we can therefore overcome them before they have any
opportunity of causing difficulty.
33. Insight enables us to plan to advantage and turn our
thought and attention in the right direction, instead of into channels
which can yield no possible return.
34. Insight is therefore absolutely essential for the
development of any great achievement, but with it we may enter, explore
and possess any mental field.
35. Insight is a product of the world within and is developed
in the Silence, by concentration.
36. For your exercise this week, concentrate on Insight;
take your accustomed position and focus the thought on the fact that to
have a knowledge of the creative power of thought does not mean to possess
the art of thinking. Let the thought dwell on the fact that knowledge does
not apply itself. That our actions are not governed by knowledge, but by
custom, precedent and habit. That the only way we can get ourselves to
apply knowledge is by a determined conscious effort. Call to mind the fact
that knowledge unused passes from the mind, that the value of the information
is in the application of the principle; continue this line of thought until
you gain sufficient insight to formulate a definite program for applying
this principle to your own particular problem.
"Think truly, and thy thoughts
Shall the world's famine feed;
Speak truly, and each word of thine
Shall be a fruitful seed;
Live truly, and thy life shall be
A great and noble creed."
PART FIFTEEN Study Questions with Answers
141. What determines the degree of harmony which we attain?
Our ability to appropriate what we require for our growth from each experience.
142. What do difficulties and obstacles indicate? That
they are necessary for our wisdom and spiritual growth.
143. How may these difficulties be avoided? By a conscious
understanding of and cooperation with Natural laws.
144. What is the principle by which thought manifests
itself in form? The Law of Attraction.
145. How is the necessary material secured by which the
growth, development and maturity of the idea take form? The law of love,
which is the creative principle of the Universe, imparts vitality to the
thought, and the law of attraction brings the necessary substance by the
law of growth.
146. How are desirable conditions secured? By entertaining
desirable thoughts only.
147. How are undesirable conditions brought about? By
thinking, discussing and visualizing conditions of lack, limitation, disease,
inharmony and discord of every kind. This mental photography of erroneous
conceptions is taken up by the subconscious and the law of attraction will
inevitable crystallize it into objective form. That we reap what we sow
is scientifically exact.
148. How can we overcome every kind of fear, lack. limitation,
poverty and discord? By substituting principle for error.
149. How may we recognize principle? By a conscious realization
of the fact that Truth invariably destroys error. We do not have to laboriously
shovel the darkness out; all that is necessary is to turn on the light.
The same principle applies to every form of negative thought.
150. What is the value of Insight? It enables us to understand
the value of making application of the knowledge which we gain. Many seem
to think that knowledge will automatically apply itself, which is by no
"To every man there openeth a way,
And the high soul climbs the high way,
And the low soul gropes the low;
And in between on the misty flats,
The rest drift to and fro.
But to every man there openeth
A high way and a low
And every man decideth
The way his soul shall go."
INTRODUCTION - PART SIXTEEN
The vibratory activities of the planetary Universe are
governed by a law of periodicity. Everything that lives has periods of
birth, growth, fruitage, and decline. These periods are governed by the
The Law of Sevens governs the days of the week, the phases
of the moon, the harmonies of sound, light, heat, electricity, magnetism,
atomic structure. It governs the life of individuals and of nations, and
it dominates the activities of the commercial world.
Life is growth, and growth is change, each seven years
period takes us into a new cycle. The first seven years is the period of
infancy. The next seven the period of childhood, representing the beginning
of individual responsibility. The next seven represents the period of adolescence.
The fourth period marks the attainment of full growth. The fifth period
is the constructive period, when men begin to acquire property, possessions,
a home and family. The next from 35 to 42, is a period of reactions and
changes, and this in turn is followed by a period of reconstruction, adjustment
and recuperation, so as to be ready for a new cycle of sevens, beginning
with the fiftieth year.
There are many who think that the world is just bout to
pass out of the sixth period; that it will soon enter into the seventh
period, the period of readjustment, reconstruction and harmony; the period
which is frequently referred to as the Millennium.
Those familiar with these cycles will not be disturbed
when things seem to go wrong, but can apply the principle outlined in these
lessons with the full assurance that a higher law will invariably control
all other laws, and that through an understanding and conscious operation
of spiritual laws, we can convert every seeming difficulty into a blessing.
1. Wealth is a product of labor. Capital is an effect,
not a cause; a servant, not a master; a means, not an end.
2. The most commonly accepted definition of wealth is
that it consists of all useful and agreeable things which possess exchange
value. It is this exchange value which is the predominant characteristic
3. When we consider the small addition made by wealth
to the happiness of the possessor, we find that the true value consists
not in its utility but in its exchange.
4. This exchange value makes it a medium for securing
the things of real value whereby our ideals may be realized.
5. Wealth should then never be desired as an end, but
simply as a means of accomplishing an end. Success is contingent upon a
higher ideal than the mere accumulation of riches, and he who aspires to
such success must formulate an ideal for which he is willing to strive.
6. With such an ideal in mind, the ways and means can
and will be provided, but the mistake must not be made of substituting
the means for the end. There must be a definite fixed purpose, an ideal.
7. Prentice Mulford said: "The man of success is
the man possessed of the greatest spiritual understanding and every great
fortune comes of superior and truly spiritual power." Unfortunately,
there are those who fail to recognize this power; they forget that Andrew
Carnegie's mother had to help support the family when they came to America,
that Harriman's father was a poor clergyman with a salary of only $200.00
a year, that Sir Thomas Lipton started with only 25 cents. These men had
no other power to depend upon, but it did not fail them.
8. The power to create depends entirely upon spiritual
power; there are three steps, idealization, visualization and materialization.
Every captain of industry depends upon this power exclusively. In an article
in Everybody's Magazine, Henry M. Flagler, the Standard Oil multi-millionaire,
admitted that the secret of his success was his power to see a thing in
its completeness. The following conversation with the reporter shows his
power of idealization, concentration and visualization, all spiritual powers:
9. "Did you actually vision to yourself the whole
thing? I mean, did you, or could you, really close your eyes and see the
tracks? And the trains running? and hear the whistles blowing: Did you
go as far as that?" "Yes." "How clearly?" "Very
10. Here we have a vision of the law, we see "cause
and effect", we see that thought necessarily precedes and determines
action. If we are wise, we shall come into a realization of the tremendous
fact that no arbitrary condition can exist for a moment, and that human
experience is the result of an orderly and harmonious sequence.
11. The successful business man is more often than not
an idealist and is every striving for higher and higher standards. The
subtle forces of thought as they crystallize in our daily moods is what
12. Thought is the plastic material with which we build
images of our growing conception of life. Use determines its existence.
As in all other things our ability to recognize it and use it properly
is the necessary condition for attainment.
13. Premature wealth is but the forerunner of humiliation
and disaster, because we cannot permanently retain anything which we do
not merit or which we have not earned.
14. The conditions with which we meet in the world without,
correspond to the conditions which we find in the world within. This is
brought about by the law of attraction. How then shall we determine what
is to enter into the world within?
15. Whatever enters the mind through the senses or the
objective mind will impress the mind and result in a mental image which
will become a pattern for the creative energies. These experiences are
largely the result of environment, chance, past thinking and other forms
of negative thought, and must be subjected to careful analysis before being
entertained. On the other hand, we can form our own mental images, through
our own interior processes of thought regardless of the thoughts of others,
regardless of exterior conditions, regardless of environment of every kind,
and it is by the exercise of this power that we can control our own destiny,
body, mind and soul.
16. It is by the exercise of this power that we take our
fate out of the hands of chance, and consciously make for ourselves the
experiences which we desire, because when we consciously realize a condition,
that condition will eventually manifest in our lives; it is therefore evident
that in the last analysis thinking is the one great cause in life.
17. Therefore, to control thought is to control circumstances,
conditions, environment, and destiny.
18. How then are we to control thought; what is the process?
To think is to create a thought, but the result of the thought will depend
upon its form, its quality and its vitality.
19. The form will depend upon the mental images from which
it emanates; this will depend upon the depth of the impression, the predominance
of the idea, the clarity of the vision, the boldness of the image.
20. The quality depends upon its substance, and this depends
upon the material of which the mind is composed; if this material has been
woven from thoughts of vigor, strength, courage, determination, the thought
will possess these qualities.
21. And finally, the vitality depends upon the feeling
with which the thought is impregnated. If the thought is constructive,
it will possess vitality; it will have life, it will grow, develop, expand,
it will be creative; it will attract to itself everything necessary for
its complete development.
22. If the thought is destructive, it will have within
itself the germ of its own dissolution; it will die, but in the process
of dying, it will bring sickness, disease, and every other form of discord.
23. This we call evil, and when we bring it upon ourselves,
some of us are disposed to attribute our difficulties to a Supreme Being,
but this supreme being is simply Mind in equilibrium.
24. It is neither good nor bad, it simply is.
25. Our ability to differentiate it into form is our ability
to manifest good or evil.
26. Good and evil therefore are not entities, they are
simply words which we use to indicate the result of our actions, and these
actions are in turn predetermined by the character of our thought.
27. If our thought is constructive and harmonious we manifest
good; if it is destructive and discordant we manifest evil.
28. If you desire to visualize a different environment,
the process is simply to hold the ideal in mind, until your vision has
been made real; give no thought to persons, places or things; these have
no place in the absolute; the environment you desire will contain everything
necessary; the right persons, and the right things will come at the right
time and in the right place.
29. It is sometimes not plain how character, ability,
attainment, achievement, environment and destiny can be controlled through
the power of visualization, but this is an exact scientific fact.
30. You will readily see that what we think determines
the quality of mind, and that the quality of mind in turn determines our
ability and mental capacity, and you can readily understand that the improvement
in our ability will naturally be followed by increase in attainment and
a greater control of circumstances.
31. It will thus be seen that Natural laws work in a perfectly
natural and harmonious manner; everything seems to "just happen."
If you want any evidence of this fact simply compare results of your efforts
in your own life, when your actions were prompted by high ideals and when
you had selfish or ulterior motives in mind. You will need no further evidence.
32. If you wish to bring about the realization of any
desire, form a mental picture of success in your mind, by consciously visualizing
your desire; in this way you will be compelling success, you will be externalizing
it in your life by scientific methods.
33. We can only see what already exists in the objective
world, but what we visualize, already exists in the spiritual world, and
this visualization is a substantial token of what will one day appear in
the objective world, if we are faithful to our ideal. The reason for this
is not difficult; visualization is a form of imagination; this process
of thinking forms impressions on the mind, and these impressions in turn
form concepts and ideals, and they in turn are the plans from which the
Master architect will weave the future.
34. The psychologists have come to the conclusion that
there is but one sense, the sense of feeling, and that all other senses
are but modifications of this one sense; this being true, we know why feeling
is the very fountain head of power, why the emotions so easily overcome
the intellect, and why we must put feeling into our thought, if we wish
results. Thought and feeling is the irresistible combination.
35. Visualization must, of course, be directed by the
will; we are to visualize exactly what we want; we must be careful not
to let the imagination run riot. Imagination is a good servant but a poor
master, and unless it is controlled it may easily lead us into all kinds
of speculations and conclusions which have no basis or foundation of fact
whatever. Every kind of plausible opinion is liable to be accepted without
any analytical examination and the inevitable result is mental chaos.
36. We must therefore construct only such mental images
as are known to be scientifically true. Subject every idea to a searching
analysis and accept nothing which is not scientifically exact. When you
do this you will attempt nothing but what you know you can carry out and
success will crown your efforts; this is what businessmen call far-sightedness;
it is much the same as insight, and is one of the great secrets of success
in all important undertakings.
37. For your exercise this week, try to bring yourself
to a realization of the important fact that harmony and happiness are states
of consciousness and do not depend upon the possession of things. That
things are effects and come as a consequence of correct mental states.
So that if we desire material possession of any kind our chief concern
should be to acquire the mental attitude which will bring about the result
desired. This mental attitude is brought about by a realization of our
spiritual nature and our unity with the Universal Mind which is the substance
of all things. This realization will bring about everything which is necessary
for our complete enjoyment. This is scientific or correct thinking. When
we succeed in bringing about this mental attitude it is comparatively easy
to realize our desire as an already accomplished fact; when we can do this
we shall have found the "Truth" which makes us "free"
from every lack or limitation of any kind.
"A man might frame and let loose a star, to roll
in its orbit, and yet not have done so memorable a thing before God as
he who lets a golden-orbed thought to roll through the generations of time."
PART SIXTEEN Study Questions with Answers
151. Upon what does wealth depend? Upon an understanding
of the creative nature of thought.
152. Upon what does its true value consist? Upon its exchange
153. Upon what does success depend? Upon spiritual power.
154. Upon what does this power depend? Upon use; use determines
155. How may we take our fate out of the hands of chance?
By consciously realizing the conditions which we desire to see manifested
in our lives.
156. What then is the great business of life? Thinking.
157. Why is this so? Because thought is spiritual and
therefore creative. To consciously control thought is therefore to control
circumstances, conditions, environment and destiny.
158. What is the source of all evil? Destructive thinking.
159. What is the source of all good? Scientific correct
160. What is scientific thinking? A recognition of the
creative nature of spiritual energy and our ability to control it.
“The greatest events of an age are its best thoughts.
It is the nature of thought to find its way into action."
INTRODUCTION - PART SEVENTEEN
The kind of Deity which a man, consciously or unconsciously,
worships, indicates the intellectual status of the worshipper.
Ask the Indian of God, and he will describe to you
a powerful chieftain of a glorious tribe. Ask the Pagan of God, and he
will tell you of a God of fire, a God of water, a god of this, that, and
Ask the Israelite of God, and he will tell you of the
God of Moses, who conceived it expedient to rule by coercive measures;
hence, the Ten Commandments. Or of Joshua, who led the Israelites into
battle, confiscated property, murdered the prisoners, and laid waste to
The so-called heathen made "graven images"
of their Gods, whom they were accustomed to worship, but among the most
intelligent, at least, these images were but the visible fulcrums with
which they were enabled to mentally concentrate on the qualities which
they desired to externalize in their lives.
We of the twenty-first century worship a God of Love
in theory, but in practice we make for ourselves "graven images"
of "Wealth," "Power," "Fashion," "Custom"
and "Conventionality." We "fall down" before them and
worship them. We concentrate on them and they are thereby externalized
in our lives.
The student who masters the contents of Part Seventeen
will not mistake the symbols for the reality; he will be interested in
causes, rather than effects. He will concentrate on the realities of life,
and will then not be disappointed in the results.
1. We are told that Man has "dominion over all things";
this dominion is established through Mind. Thought is the activity which
controls every principle beneath it. The highest principle by reason of
its superior essence and qualities necessarily determines the circumstances,
aspects and relation of everything with which it comes in contact.
2. The vibrations of Mental forces are the finest and
consequently the most powerful in existence. To those who perceive the
nature and transcendency of mental force, all physical power sinks into
3. We are accustomed to look upon the Universe with a
lens of five senses, and from these experiences our anthropomorphic conceptions
originate, but true conceptions are only secured by spiritual insight.
This insight requires a quickening of the vibrations of the Mind, and is
only secured when the mind is continuously concentrated in a given direction.
4. Continuous concentration means an even, unbroken flow
of thought and is the result of patient, persistent, persevering and well-regulated
5. Great discoveries are the result of long-continued
investigation. The science of mathematics requires years of concentrated
effort to master it, and the greatest science -- that of the Mind -- is
revealed only through concentrated effort.
6. Concentration is much misunderstood; there seems to
be an idea of effort or activity associated with it, when just the contrary
is necessary. The greatness of an actor lies in the fact that he forgets
himself in the portrayal of his character, becoming so identified with
it, that the audience is swayed by the realism of the performance. This
will give you a good idea of true concentration; you should be so interested
in your thought, so engrossed in your subject, as to be conscious of nothing
else. Such concentration leads to intuitive perception and immediate insight
into the nature of the object concentrated upon.
7. All knowledge is the result of concentration of this
kind; it is thus that the secrets of Heaven and Earth have been wrested;
it is thus that the mind becomes a magnet and the desire to know draws
the knowledge, irresistibly attracts it, makes it your own.
8. Desire is largely subconscious; conscious desire rarely
realizes its object when the latter is out of immediate reach. Subconscious
desire arouses the latent faculties of the mind, and difficult problems
seem to solve themselves.
9. The subconscious mind may be aroused and brought into
action in any direction and made to serve us for any purpose, by concentration.
The practice of concentration requires the control of the physical, mental,
and physical being; all modes of consciousness whether physical, mental,
or physical, must be under control.
10. Spiritual Truth is therefore the controlling factor;
it is this which will enable you to grow out of limited attainment and
reach a point where you will be able to translate modes of thought into
character and consciousness.
11. Concentration does not mean mere thinking of thoughts,
but the transmutation of these thoughts into practical values; the average
person has no conception of the meaning of concentration. There is always
the cry "to have" but never the cry "to be"; they fail
to understand that they cannot have one without the other, that they must
first find the "kingdom" before they can have the "things
added." Momentary enthusiasm is of no value; it is only with unbounded
self-confidence that the goal is reached.
12. The mind may place the ideal a little too high and
fall short of the mark; it may attempt to soar on untrained wings and instead
of flying, fall to earth; but that is no reason for not making another
13. Weakness is the only barrier to mental attainment;
attribute your weakness to physical limitations or mental uncertainties
and try again; ease and perfection are gained by repetition.
14. The astronomer centers his mind on the stars and they
give forth their secrets; the geologists centers his mind on the construction
of the earth and we have geology; so with all things. Men center their
minds on the problems of life, and the result is apparent in the vast and
complex social order of the day.
15. All mental discovery and attainment are the result
of desire plus concentration; desire is the strongest mode of action; the
more persistent the desire, the more authoritative the revelation. Desire
added to concentration will wrench any secret from nature.
16. In realizing great thoughts, in experiencing great
emotions that correspond with great thoughts, the mind is in a state where
it appreciates the value of higher things.
17. The intensity of one moment's earnest concentration
and the intense longing to become and to attain may take you further than
years of slow normal and forced effort; it will unfasten the prison bars
of unbelief, weakness, impotence and self-belittlement, and you will come
into a realization of the joy of overcoming.
18. The spirit of initiative and originality is developed
through persistence and continuity of mental effort. Business teaches the
value of concentration and encourages decision of character; it develops
practical insight and quickness of conclusion. The mental element in every
commercial pursuit is dominant as the controlling factor, and desire is
the predominating force; all commercial relations are the externalization
19. Many of the sturdy and substantial virtues are developed
in commercial employment; the mind is steadied and directed; it becomes
efficient. The principal necessity is the strengthening of the mind so
that it rises superior to the distractions and wayward impulses of instinctive
life and thus successfully overcomes in the conflict between the higher
and lower self.
20. All of us are dynamos, but the dynamo of itself is
nothing; the mind must work the dynamo; then it is useful and its energy
can be definitely concentrated. The mind is an engine whose power is undreamed;
thought is an omni-working power. It is the ruler and creator of all form
and all events occurring in form. Physical energy is nothing in comparison
with the omnipotence of thought, because thought enables man to harness
all other natural power.
21. Vibration is the action of thought; it is vibration
which reaches out and attracts the material necessary to construct and
build. There is nothing mysterious concerning the power of thought; concentration
simply implies that consciousness can be focalized to the point where it
becomes identified with the object of its attention. As food absorbed is
the essence of the body, so the mind absorbs the object of its attention,
gives it life and being.
22. If you concentrate on some matter of importance, the
intuitive power will be set in operation, and help will come in the nature
of information which will lead to success.
23. Intuition arrives at conclusions without the aid of
experience or memory. Intuition often solves problems that are beyond the
grasp of the reasoning power. Intuition often comes with a suddenness that
is startling; it reveals the truth for which we are searching, so directly
that it seems to come from a higher power. Intuition can be cultivated
and developed; in order to do this it must be recognized and appreciated;
if the intuitive visitor is given a royal welcome when he comes, he will
come again; the more cordial the welcome the more frequent his visits will
become, but if he is ignored or neglected he will make his visits few and
24. Intuition usually comes in the Silence; great minds
seek solitude frequently; it is here that all the larger problems of life
are worked out. For this reason every businessman who can afford it has
a private office, where he will not be disturbed; if you cannot afford
a private office you can at least find somewhere, where you can be alone
a few minutes each day, to train the thought along lines which will enable
you to develop that invincible power which is necessary to achieve.
25. Remember that fundamentally the subconscious is omnipotent;
there is no limit to the things that can be done when it is given the power
to act. Your degree of success is determined by the nature of your desire.
If the nature of your desire is in harmony with Natural Law or the Universal
Mind, it will gradually emancipate the mind and give you invincible courage.
26. Every obstacle conquered, every victory gained, will
give you more faith in your power, and you will have greater ability to
win. Your strength is determined by your mental attitude; if this attitude
is one of success, and is permanently held with an unswerving purpose,
you will attract to you from the invisible domain the things you silently
27. By keeping the thought in mind, it will gradually
take tangible form. A definite purpose sets causes in motion which go out
in the invisible world and find the material necessary to serve your purpose.
28. You may be pursuing the symbols of power, instead
of power itself. You may be pursuing fame instead of honor, riches instead
of wealth, position instead of servitude; in either event you will find
that they turn to ashes just as you overtake them.
29. Premature wealth or position cannot be retained because
it has not been earned; we get only what we give, and those who try to
get without giving always find that the law of compensation is relentlessly
bringing about an exact equilibrium.
30. The race has usually been for money and other mere
symbols of power, but with an understanding of the true source of power,
we can afford to ignore the symbols. The man with a large bank account
finds it unnecessary to load his pockets down with gold; so with the man
who has found the true source of power; he is no longer interested in its
shams or pretentions.
31. Thought ordinarily leads outwardly in evolutionary
directions, but it can be turned within where it will take hold of the
basic principles of things, the heart of things, the spirit of things.
When you get to the heart of things it is comparatively easy to understand
and command them.
32. This is because the Spirit of a thing is the thing
itself, the vital part of it, the real substance. The form is simply the
outward manifestation of the spiritual activity within.
33. For your exercise this week concentrate as nearly
as possible in accordance with the method outlined in this lesson; let
there be no conscious effort or activity associated with your purpose.
Relax completely, avoid any thought of anxiety as to results. Remember
that power comes through repose. Let the thought dwell upon your object,
until it is completely identified with it, until you are conscious of nothing
34. If you wish to eliminate fear, concentrate on courage.
35. If you wish to eliminate lack, concentrate on abundance.
36. If you wish to eliminate disease, concentrate on health.
37. Always concentrate on the ideal as an already existing
fact; this is the germ cell, the life principle which goes forth and sets
in motion those causes which guide, direct and bring about the necessary
relation, which eventually manifest in form.
"Thought is the property of those only who can entertain
it." - Emerson
PART SEVENTEEN Study Questions with Answers
161. What is the true method of concentration? To become
so identified wit the object of your thought that you are conscious of
162. What is the result of this method of concentration?
Invisible forces are set in motion which irresistibly bring about conditions
in correspondence with your thought.
163. What is the controlling factor in this method of
thought? Spiritual Truth.
164. Why is this so? Because the nature of our desire
must be in harmony with Natural Law.
165. What is the practical value of this method of concentration?
Thought is transmuted into character, and character is the magnet which
creates the environment of the individual.
166. What is the controlling factor in every commercial
pursuit? The mental element.
167. Why is this so? Because Mind is the ruler and creator
of all form and all events occurring in form.
168. How does concentration operate? By the development
of the powers of perception, wisdom, intuition, and sagacity.
169. Why is intuition superior to reason? Because it does
not depend upon experience or memory and frequently brings about the solution
to our problems by methods concerning which we are in entire ignorance.
170. What is the result of pursuing the symbol of the
reality? They frequently turn to ashes just as we overtake them, because
the symbol is only the outward form of the spiritual activity within, therefore
unless we can possess the spiritual reality, the form disappears.
INTRODUCTION - PART EIGHTEEN
In order to grow we must obtain what is necessary for
our growth. This is brought about through the law of attraction. This principle
is the sole means by which the individual is differentiated from the Universal.
Think for a moment, what would a man be if he were not
a husband, father, or brother, if he were not interested in the social,
economical, political or religious world. He would be nothing but an abstract
theoretical ego. He exists, therefore, only in his relation to the whole,
in his relation to other men, in his relation to society. This relation
constitutes his environment and in no other way.
It is evident, therefore, that the individual is simply
the differentiation of the one Universal Mind "which lighteth every
man that cometh into the world," and his so-called individuality or
personality consists of nothing but the manner in which he relates with
This we call his environment and is brought about by the
law of attraction. Part Eighteen, which follows, has something more to
say concerning this important law.
1. There is a change in the thought of the world. This
change is silently transpiring in our midst, and is more important than
any which the world has undergone since the downfall of Paganism.
2. These present revolution in the opinions of all classes
of men, the highest and most cultured of men as well as those of the laboring
class, stands unparalleled in the history of the world.
3. Science has of late made such vast discoveries, has
revealed such an infinity of resources, has unveiled such enormous possibilities
and such unsuspected forces, that scientific men more and more hesitate
to affirm certain theories as established and beyond doubt or to deny other
theories as absurd or impossible.
4. A new civilization is being born; customs, creeds,
and precedent are passing; vision, faith and service are taking their place.
The fetters of tradition are being melted off from humanity, and as the
impurities of materialism are being consumed, thought is being liberated
and truth is rising full robed before an astonished multitude.
5. The whole world is on the eve of a new consciousness,
a new power, and a new realization within the self.
6. Physical Science has resolved matter into molecules,
molecules into atoms, atoms into energy, and it has remained for Mr. J.
A. Fleming, in an address before the Royal Institution, to resolve this
energy into mind. He says, "In its ultimate essence, energy may be
incomprehensible by us except as an exhibition of the direct operation
of that which we call Mind or Will."
7. And this mind is the indwelling and ultimate. It is
imminent in matter as in spirit. It is the sustaining, energizing, all
pervading Spirit of the universe.
8. Every living thing must be sustained by this omnipotent
Intelligence, and we find the difference in individual lives to be largely
measured by the degree of this intelligence, which they manifest. It is
greater intelligence that places the animal in a higher scale of being
than the plant, the man higher than the animal, and we find that this increased
intelligence is again indicated by the power of the individual to control
modes of action and thus to consciously adjust himself to his environment.
9. It is this adjustment that occupies the attention of
the greatest minds, and this adjustment consists in nothing else than the
recognition of an existing order in the universal mind, for it is well
known that this mind will obey us precisely in proportion as we first obey
10. It is the recognition of Natural Laws that has enabled
us to annihilate time and space, to soar in the air and to make iron float,
and the greater the degree of intelligence the greater will be our recognition
of these Natural Laws and the greater will be the power we can possess.
11. It is the recognition of the self as an individualization
of this Universal Intelligence that enables the individual to control those
forms of intelligence which have not yet reached this level of self-recognition;
they do not know that this Universal Intelligence permeates all things
ready to be called into action; they do not know that it is responsive
to every demand, and they are therefore in bondage to the law of their
12. Thought is creative and the principle on which the
law is based is sound and legitimate and is inherent in the nature of things;
but this creative power does not originate in the individual, but in the
universal, which is the source and foundation of all energy and substance;
the individual is simply the channel for the distribution of this energy.
13. The individual is simply the means by which the universal
produces the various combinations which result in the formation of phenomena,
which depends upon the law of vibration, whereby various rates of rapidity
of motion in the primary substance form new substances only in certain
exact numerical ratios.
14. Thought is the invisible link by which the individual
comes into communication with the Universal, the finite with the Infinite,
the seen with the Unseen. Thought is the magic by which the human is transformed
into a being who thinks and knows and feels and acts.
15. As the proper apparatus has enabled the eye to discover
worlds without number millions of miles away, so, with the proper understanding,
man has been enabled to communicate with the Universal Mind, the source
of all power.
16. The Understanding which is usually developed is about
as valuable as a VCR without a videotape; in fact, it is usually nothing
more than a "belief", which means nothing at all. The savages
of the Cannibal Islands believe something; but that proves nothing.
17. The only belief which is of any value to anyone is
a belief that has been put to a test and demonstrated to be a fact; it
is then no longer a belief, but has become a living Faith or Truth.
18. And this Truth has been put to the test by hundreds
of thousands of people and has been found to be the Truth exactly in proportion
to the usefulness of the apparatus which they used.
19. A man would not expect to locate stars hundreds of
millions of miles away without a sufficiently strong telescope, and for
this reason Science is continually engaged in building larger and more
powerful telescopes and is continually rewarded by additional knowledge
of the heavenly bodies.
20. So with understanding; men are continually making
progress in the methods which they use to come into communication with
the Universal Mind and its infinite possibilities.
21. The Universal Mind manifests itself in the objective,
through the principle of attraction that each atom has for every other
atom, in infinite degrees of intensity.
22. It is by this principle of combining and attracting
that things are brought together. This principle is of universal application
and is the sole means whereby the purpose of existence is carried into
23. The expression of growth is met in a most beautiful
manner through the instrumentality of this Universal Principle.
24. In order to grow we must obtain what is essential
for our growth, but as we are at all times a complete thought entity, this
completeness makes it possible for us to receive only as we give; growth
is therefore conditioned on reciprocal action, and we find that on the
mental plane like attracts like, that mental vibrations respond only to
the extent of their vibratory harmony.
25. It is clear, therefore, that thoughts of abundance
will respond only to similar thoughts; the wealth of the individual is
seen to be what he inherently is. Affluence within is found to be the secret
of attraction for affluence without. The ability to produce is found to
be the real source of wealth of the individual. It is for this reason that
he who has his heart in his work is certain to meet with unbounded success.
He will give and continually give; and the more he gives, the more he will
26. What do the great financiers of Wall Street, the captains
of industry, the statesmen, the great corporation attorneys, the inventors,
the physicians, the authors -- what do each of these contribute to the
sum of human happiness but the power of their thought?
27. Thought is the energy which the law of attraction
is brought into operation, which eventually manifests in abundance.
28. The Universal Mind is static Mind or Substance in
equilibrium. It is differentiated into form by our power to think. Thought
is the dynamic phase of mind.
29. Power depends upon consciousness of power; unless
we use it, we shall lose it, and unless we are conscious of it, we cannot
30. The use of this power depends upon attention; the
degree of attention determines our capacity for the acquirement of knowledge
which is another name for power.
31. Attention has been held to be the distinguishing mark
of genius. The cultivation of attention depends upon practice.
32. The incentive of attention is interest; the greater
the interest, the greater the attention; the greater the attention, the
greater the interest, action and reaction; begin by paying attention; before
long you will have aroused interest; this interest will attract more attention,
and this attention will produce more interest, and so on. This practice
will enable you to cultivate the power of attention.
33. This week concentrate upon your power to create; seek
insight, perception; try to find a logical basis for the faith which is
in you. Let the thought dwell on the fact that the physical man lives and
moves and has his being in the sustainer of all organic life air, that
he must breathe to live. Then let the thought rest on the fact that the
spiritual man also lives and moves and has his being in a similar but subtler
energy upon which he must depend for life, and that as in the physical
world no life assumes form until after a seed is sown, and no higher fruit
than that of the parent stock can be produced; so in the spiritual world
no effect can be produced until the seed is sown and the fruit will depend
upon the nature of the seed, so that the results which you secure depend
upon your perception of law in the mighty domain of causation, the highest
evolution of human consciousness.
"There is no thought in my mind but it quickly tends
to convert itself into a power and organizes a huge instrumentality of
means." - Emerson
PART EIGHTEEN Study Questions with Answers
171. How is the difference in individual lives measured?
By the degree of intelligence which they manifest.
172. What is the law by which the individual may control
other forms of intelligence? A recognition of the self as an individualization
of the Universal Intelligence.
173. Where does the creative power originate? In the Universal.
174. How does the Universal create form? By means of the
175. What is the connecting link between the individual
and the Universal? Thought.
176. What is the principle by which the means of existence
is carried into effect? The Law of Love.
177. How is this principle brought into expression? By
the law of growth.
178. Upon what condition does the law of growth depend?
Upon reciprocal action. The individual is complete at all times and this
makes it possible to receive only as we give.
179. What is it that we give? Thought.
180. What do we receive? Thought, which is substance in
equilibrium and which is constantly being differentiated in form by what
INTRODUCTION - PART NINETEEN
Fear is a powerful form of thought. It paralyzes the
nerve centers, thus affecting the circulation of the blood. This, in turn,
paralyzes the muscular system, so that fear affects the entire being, body,
brain and nerve, physical, mental, and muscular.
Of course the way to overcome fear is to become conscious
of power. What is this mysterious vital force which we call power? We do
not know, but then, neither do we know what electricity is. But we do know
that by conforming to the requirements of the law by which electricity
is governed, it will be our obedient servant; that it will light our homes,
our cities, run our machinery, and serve us in many useful capacities.
And so it is with vital force. Although we do not know
what it is, and possibly may never know, we do know that it is a primary
force which manifests through living bodies, and that by complying with
the laws and principles by which it is governed, we can open ourselves
to a more abundant inflow of this vital energy, and thus express the highest
possible degree of mental, moral, and spiritual efficiency.
This part tells of a very simply way of developing
this vital force. If you put into practice the information outlined in
this lesson you will soon develop the sense of power which has ever been
the distinguishing mark of genius.
1. The search for truth is no longer a haphazard adventure,
but it is a systematic process, and is logical in its operation. Every
kind of experience is given a voice in shaping its decision.
2. In seeking the truth we are seeking ultimate cause;
we know that every human experience is an effect; then if we may ascertain
the cause, and if we shall find that this cause is one which we can consciously
control, the effect or the experience will be within our control also.
3. Human experience will then no longer be the football
of fate; a man will not be the child of fortune, but destiny. Fate and
fortune will be controlled as readily as a captain controls his ship, or
an engineer his train.
4. All things are finally resolvable into the same element
and as they are thus translatable, one into the other, they must ever be
in relation and may never be in opposition to one another.
5. In the physical world there are innumerable contrasts,
and these may for convenience sake, be designated by distinctive names.
There are sizes, colors, shades or ends to all things. There is a North
Pole, and a South Pole, an inside and an outside, a seen and an unseen,
but these expressions merely serve to place extremes in contrast.
6. They are names given to two different parts of one
quantity. The two extremes are relative; they are not separate entities,
but are two parts or aspects of the whole.
7. In the mental world we find the same law; we speak
of knowledge and ignorance, but ignorance is but a lack of knowledge and
is therefore found to be simply a word to express the absence of knowledge;
it has no principle in itself.
8. In the Moral World we again find the same law; we speak
of good and evil, but Good is a reality, something tangible, while Evil
is found to be simply a negative condition, the absence of Good. Evil is
sometimes thought to be a very real condition, but it has no principle,
no vitality, no life; we know this because it can always be destroyed by
Good; just as Truth destroys Error and light destroys darkness, so Evil
vanishes when Good appears; there is therefore but one principle in the
9. We find exactly the same law obtaining in the Spiritual
world; we speak of Mind and Matter as two separate entities, but clearer
insight makes it evident that there is but one operative principle and
that is Mind.
10. Mind is the real and the eternal. Matter is forever
changing; we know that in the eons of time a hundred years is but as a
day. If we stand in any large city and let the eye rest on the innumerable
large and magnificent buildings, the vast array of modern automobiles,
cellular telephones, the electric lights, and all the other conveniences
of modern civilization, we may remember that not one of them was there
just over a century ago, and if we could stand on the same spot in a hundred
years from now, in all probability we should find that but few of them
11. In the animal kingdom we find the same law of change.
The millions and millions of animals come and go, a few years constituting
their span of life. In the plant world the change is still more rapid.
Many plants and nearly all grasses come and go in a single year. When we
pass to the inorganic, we expect to find something more substantial, but
as we gaze on the apparently solid continent, we are told that it arose
from the ocean; we see the giant mountain and are told that the place where
it now stands was once a lake; and as we stand in awe before the great
cliffs in the Yosemite Valley we can easily trace the path of the glaciers
which carried all before them.
12. We are in the presence of continual change, and we
know that this change is but the evolution of the Universal Mind, the grand
process whereby all things are continually being created anew, and we come
to know that matter is but a form which Mind takes and is therefore simply
a condition. Matter has no principle; Mind is the only principle.
13. We have then come to know that Mind is the only principle
which is operative in the physical, mental, moral and spiritual world.
14. We also know that this mind is static, mind at rest,
we also know that the ability of the individual to think is his ability
to act upon the Universal Mind and convert it into dynamic mind, or mind
15. In order to do this fuel must be applied in the form
of food, for man cannot think without eating, and so we find that even
a spiritual activity such as thinking cannot be converted into sources
of pleasure and profit except by making use of material means.
16. It requires energy of some kind to collect electricity
and convert it into a dynamic power, it requires the rays of the sun to
give the necessary energy to sustain plant life, so it also requires energy
in the form of food to enable the individual to think and thereby act upon
the Universal Mind.
17. You may know that thought constantly, eternally is
taking form, is forever seeking expression, or you may not, but the fact
remains that if your thought is powerful, constructive, and positive, this
will be plainly evident in the state of your health, your business and
your environment; if your thought is weak, critical, destructive and negative
generally, it will manifest in your body as fear, worry and nervousness,
in your finance as lack and limitation, and in discordant conditions in
18. All wealth is the offspring of power; possessions
are of value only as they confer power. Events are significant only as
they affect power; all things represent certain forms and degrees of power.
19. A knowledge of cause and effect as shown by the laws
governing steam, electricity, chemical affinity and gravitation enables
men to plan courageously and to execute fearlessly. These laws are called
Natural Laws, because they govern the physical world, but all power is
not physical power; there is also mental power, and there is moral and
20. What are our schools, our universities, but mental
powerhouses, places where mental power is being developed?
21. As there are many mighty powerhouses for the application
of power to ponderous machinery, whereby raw material is collected and
converted into the necessities and comforts of life, so the mental powerhouses
collect the raw material and cultivate and develop it into a power which
is infinitely superior to all the forces of nature, marvelous though they
22. What is this raw material which is being collected
in these thousands of mental powerhouses all over the world and developed
into a power which is evidently controlling every other power? In its static
form it is Mind - in its dynamic form, it is Thought.
23. This power is superior because it exists on a higher
plane, because it has enabled man to discover the law by which these wonderful
forces of Nature could be harnessed and made to do the work of hundreds
and thousands of men. It has enabled man to discover laws whereby time
and space have been annihilated, and the law of gravitation overcome.
24. Thought is the vital force or energy which is being
developed and which has produced such startling results in the last half
century as to bring about a world which would be absolutely inconceivable
to a man existing only 50 or 25 years ago. If such results have been secured
by organizing these mental powerhouses in 50 years, what may not be expected
in another 50 years?
25. The substance from which all things are created is
infinite in quantity; we know that light travels at the rate of 186,000
miles per second, and we know that there are stars so remote that it takes
light 2,000 years to reach us, and we know that such starts exist in all
parts of the heaven; we know, too, that this light comes in waves, so that
if the ether on which these waves travel was not continuous the light would
fail to reach us; we can then only come to the conclusion that this substance,
or ether, or raw material, is universally present.
26. How, then, does it manifest in form? In electrical
science a battery is formed by connecting the opposite poles of zinc and
copper, which causes a current to flow from one to the other and so provides
energy. This same process is repeated in respect to every polarity, and
as all form simply depends upon the rate of vibration and consequent relations
of atoms to each other, if we wish to change the form of manifestation
we must change the polarity. This is the principle of causation.
27. For your exercise this week, concentrate, and when
I use the word concentrate, I mean all that the word implies; become so
absorbed in the object of your thought that you are conscious of nothing
else, and do this a few minutes every day. You take the necessary time
to eat in order that the body may be nourished, why not take the time to
assimilate your mental food?
28. Let the thought rest on the fact that appearances
are deceptive. The earth is not flat, neither is it stationary; the sky
is not a dome, the sun does not move, the stars are not small specks of
light, and matter which was once supposed to be fixed has been found to
be in a state of perpetual flux.
29. Try to realize that the day is fast approaching --
its dawn is now at hand -- when modes of thought and action must be adjusted
to rapidly increasing knowledge of the operation of eternal principles.
"Silent thought, is, after all, the mightiest agent
in human affairs." - Channing
PART NINETEEN Study Questions with Answers
181. How are extremes placed in contrast? They are designated
by distinctive names, such as inside and outside, top and bottom, light
and dark, good and bad.
182. Are these separate entities? No, they are parts or
aspects of one Whole.
183. What is the one creative Principle in the physical,
mental and spiritual world? The Universal Mind, or the Eternal Energy from
which all things proceed.
184. How are we related to this creative Principle? By
our ability to think.
185. How does this creative Principle become operative?
Thought is the seed, which results in action and action results in form.
186. Upon what does form depend? Upon the rate of vibration.
187. How may the rate of vibration be changed? By mental
188. Upon what does mental action depend? Upon polarity,
action and reaction, between the individual and the Universal.
189. Does the creative energy originate in the individual
or the Universal? In the Universal, but the Universal can manifest only
through the individual.
190. Why is the individual necessary? Because the Universal
is static, and requires energy to start it in motion. This is furnished
by food which is converted into energy, which in turn enables the individual
to think. When the individual stops eating he stops thinking; then he no
longer acts upon the Universal; there is consequently no longer any action
or reaction; the Universal is then only pure mind in static form -- mind
INTRODUCTION - PART TWENTY
For many years there has been an endless discussion
as to the origin of evil. Theologians have told us that God is Love, and
that God is Omnipresent. If this be true, there is no place where God is
not. Where, then, is Evil, Satan and Hell? Let us see:
God is Spirit.
Spirit is the Creative Principle of the Universe.
Man is made in the image and likeness of God.
Man is therefore a spiritual being.
The only activity which spirit possesses is the power
Thinking is therefore a creative process.
All form is therefore the result of the thinking process.
The destruction of form must also be a result of the
Fictitious representations of form are the result of
the creative power of thought, as in Hypnotism.
Apparent representation of form are the result of the
creative power of thought, as in Spiritualism.
Invention, organization and constructive work of all
kinds are the result of the creative power of thought, as in concentration.
When the creative power of thought is manifested for
the benefit of humanity, we call the result good.
When the creative power of thought is manifested in
a destructive or evil manner, we call the result evil.
This indicates the origin of booth good and evil; they
are simply words which have been coined in order to indicate the nature
of the result of the thinking or creative process.
Thought necessarily precedes and predetermines action;
action precedes and predetermines condition.
Part Twenty will throw more light upon this important
1. The spirit of a thing is that thing; it is necessarily
fixed, changeless and eternal. The spirit of you is -- you; without the
spirit you would be nothing. It becomes active through your recognition
of it and its possibilities.
2. You may have all the wealth in Christendom, but unless
you recognize it and make use of it, it will have no value; so with your
spiritual wealth: unless you recognize it and use it, it will have no value.
The one and only condition of spiritual power is use or recognition.
3. All great things come through recognition; the scepter
of power is consciousness, and thought is its messenger, and this messenger
is constantly molding the realities of the invisible world into the conditions
and environments of your objective world.
4. Thinking is the true business of life, power is the
result. You are at all times dealing with the magical power of thought
and consciousness. What results can you expect so long as you remain oblivious
to the power which has been placed within your control?
5. So long as you do this you limit yourself to superficial
conditions, and make of yourself a beast of burden for those who think;
those who recognize their power; those who know that unless we are willing
to think we shall have to work, and the less we think the more we shall
have to work, and the less we shall get for our work.
6. The secret of power is a perfect understanding of the
principles, forces, methods and combinations of Mind, and a perfect understanding
of our relationship to the Universal Mind. It is well to remember that
this principle is unchangeable; if this were not so, it would not be reliable;
all principles are changeless.
7. This stability is your opportunity; you are its active
attribute, the channel for its activity; the Universal can act only through
8. When you begin to perceive that the essence of the
Universal is within yourself -- is you -- you begin to do things; you begin
to feel your power; it is the fuel which fires the imagination; which lights
the torch of inspiration; which gives vitality to thought; which enables
you to connect with all the invisible forces of the Universe. It is this
power which will enable you to plan fearlessly, to execute masterfully.
9. But perception will come only in the Silence; this
seems to be the condition required for all great purposes. You are a visualizing
entity. Imagination is your workshop. It is here that your ideal is to
10. As a perfect understanding of the nature of this power
is a primary condition for its manifestation, visualize the entire method
over and over again, so that you may use it whenever occasion requires.
The infinity of wisdom is to follow the method whereby we may have the
inspiration of the omnipotent Universal Mind on demand at any time.
11. We can fail to recognize this world within, and so
exclude it from our consciousness, but it will still be the basic fact
of all existence; and when we learn to recognize it, not only in ourselves,
but in all persons, events, things and circumstances we shall have found
the "Kingdom of heaven" which we are told is "within"
12. Our failures are a result of the operation of exactly
the same principle; the principle is unchangeable; its operation is exact,
there is no deviation; if we think lack, limitation, discord, we shall
find their fruits on every hand; if we think poverty, unhappiness or disease,
the thought messengers will carry the summons as readily as any other kind
of thought and the result will be just as certain. If we fear a coming
calamity, we shall be able to say with Job, "the thing I feared has
come upon me"; if we think unkindly or ignorantly we shall thus attract
to ourselves the results of our ignorance.
13. This power of thought, if understood and correctly
used, is the greatest labor-saving device ever dreamed of, but if not understood
or improperly used, the result will in all probability be disastrous, as
we have already seen; by the help of this power you can confidently undertake
things that are seemingly impossible, because this power is the secret
of all inspiration, all genius.
14. To become inspired means to get out of the beaten
path, out of the rut, because extraordinary results require extraordinary
means. When we come into a recognition of the Unity of all things and that
the source of all power is within, we tap the source of inspiration.
15. Inspiration is the art of imbibing, the art of self-realization;
the art of adjusting the individual mind to that of the Universal Mind;
the art of attaching the proper mechanism to the source of all power; the
art of differentiating the formless into form; the art of becoming a channel
for the flow of Infinite Wisdom; the art of visualizing perfection; the
art of realizing the omnipresence of Omnipotence.
16. An understanding and appreciation of the fact that
the infinite power is omnipresent and is therefore in the infinitely small
as well as the infinitely large will enable us to absorb its essence; a
further understanding of the fact that this power is spirit and therefore
indivisible will enable us to appreciate its present at all points at the
17. An understanding of these facts, first intellectually
and then emotionally, will enable us to drink deeply from this ocean of
infinite power. An intellectual understanding will be of no assistance;
the emotions must be brought into action; thought without feeling is cold.
The required combination is thought and feeling.
18. Inspiration is from within. The Silence is necessary,
the senses must be stilled, the muscles relaxed, repose cultivated. When
you have thus come into possession of a sense of poise and power you will
be ready to receive the information or inspiration or wisdom which may
be necessary for the development of your purpose.
19. Do not confuse these methods with those of the clairvoyant;
they have nothing in common. Inspiration is the art of receiving and makes
for all that is best in life; your business in life is to understand and
command these invisible forces instead of letting them command and rule
you. Power implies service; inspiration implies power; to understand and
apply the method of inspiration is to become a superman.
20. We can live more abundantly every time we breathe,
if we consciously breathe with that intention. The IF is a very important
condition in this case, as the intention governs the attention, and without
the attention you can secure only the results which every one else secures.
That is, a supply equal to the demand.
21. In order to secure the larger supply your demand must
be increased, and as you consciously increase the demand the supply will
follow, you will find yourself coming into a larger and larger supply of
life, energy and vitality.
22. The reason for this is not difficult to understand,
but it is another of the vital mysteries of life which does not seem to
be generally appreciated. If you make it your own, you will find it one
of the great realities of life.
23. We are told that "In Him we live and move and
have our being," and we are told that "He" is a Spirit,
and again that "He" is Love, so that every time we breathe, we
breathe this life, love, and spirit. This is Pranic Energy, or Pranic Ether,
we could not exist a moment without it. It is the Cosmic Energy; it is
the Life of the Solar Plexus.
24. Every time we breathe we fill our lungs with air and
at the same time vitalize our body with this Pranic Ether which is Life
itself, so that we have the opportunity of making a conscious connection
with All Life, All Intelligence and All Substance.
25. A knowledge of your relation and oneness with this
Principle that governs the Universe and the simple method whereby you can
consciously identify yourself with it gives you a scientific understanding
of a law whereby you may free yourself from disease, from lack or limitation
of any kind; in fact, it enables you to breathe the "breath of life"
into your own nostrils.
26. This "breath of life" is a superconscious
reality. It is the essence of the "I am." It is pure "Being"
or Universal Substance, and our conscious unity with it enables us to localize
it, and thus exercise the powers of this creative energy.
27. Thought is creative vibration and the quality of the
conditions created will depend upon the quality of our thought, because
we cannot express powers which we do not possess. We must "be"
before we can "do" and we can "do" only to the extent
to which we "are," and so what we do will necessarily coincide
with what we "are" and what we are depends upon what we "think."
28. Every time you think you start a train of causation
which will create a condition in strict accordance with the quality of
the thought which originated it. Thought which is in harmony with the Universal
Mind will result in corresponding conditions. Thought which is destructive
or discordant will produce corresponding results. You may use thought constructively
or destructively, but the immutable law will not allow you to plant a thought
of one kind and reap the fruit of another. You are free to use this marvelous
creative power as you will, but you must take the consequences.
29. This is the danger from what is called Will Power.
There are those who seem to think that by force of will they can coerce
this law; that they can sow seed of one kind and by "Will Power"
make it bear fruit of another, but the fundamental principle of creative
power is in the Universal, and therefore the idea of forcing a compliance
with our wishes by the power of the individual will is an inverted conception
which may appear to succeed for a while but is eventually doomed to failure
- because it antagonizes the very power which it is seeking to use.
30. It is the individual attempting to coerce the Universal,
the finite in conflict with the Infinite. Our permanent well being will
be best conserved by a conscious cooperation with the continuous forward
movement of the Great Whole.
31. For your exercise this week, go into the Silence and
concentrate on the fact that "In him we live and move and have our
being" is literally and scientifically exact! That you ARE because
He IS, that if He is Omnipresent He must be in you. That if He is all in
all you must be in Him! That He is Spirit and you are made in "His
image and likeness" and that the only difference between His spirit
and your spirit is one of degree, that a part must be the same in kind
and quality as the whole. When you can realize this clearly you will have
found the secret of the creative power of thought, you will have found
the origin of both good and evil, you will have found the secret of the
wonderful power of concentration, you will have found the key to the solution
of every problem whether physical, financial, or environmental.
"The power to think consecutively and deeply and
clearly, is an avowed and deadly enemy to mistakes and blunders, superstitions,
unscientific theories, irrational beliefs, unbridled enthusiasm, fanaticism."
PART TWENTY Study Questions with Answers
191. Upon what condition does power depend? Upon recognition
192. What is recognition? Consciousness.
193. How do we become conscious of power? By thinking.
194. What then is the true business of life? Correct scientific
195. What is correct scientific thinking? The ability
to adjust our thought processes to the will of the Universal. In other
words, to cooperate with Natural laws.
196. How is this accomplished? By securing a perfect understanding
of the principles, forces, methods and combinations of mind.
197. What is this Universal Mind? The basic fact of all
198. What is the cause of all lack, limitation, disease
and discord? It is due to the operation of exactly the same law, the law
operates relentlessly and is continually bringing about conditions in correspondence
with the thought which originated or created them.
199. What is inspiration? The art of realizing the omnipresence
200. Upon what does the conditions with which we meet
depend? Upon the quality of our thought. Because what we do depends upon
what we are and what we are depends upon what we think.
INTRODUCTION - PART TWENTY-ONE
It is my privilege to enclose Part Twenty-One. In paragraph
7 you will find that one of the secrets of success, one of the methods
of organizing victory, one of the accomplishments of the Master Mind is
to think big thoughts.
In paragraph 8 you will find that everything which we
hold in our consciousness for any length of time becomes impressed upon
our subconsciousness and so becomes a pattern which the creative energy
will wave into our life and environment. This is the secret of the wonderful
power of prayer.
We know that the universe is governed by law; that for
every effect there must be a cause, and that the same cause, under the
same conditions, will invariably produce the same effect. Consequently,
if prayer has ever been answered, it will always be answered, if the proper
conditions are complied with. This must necessarily be true; otherwise
the universe would be a chaos instead of a cosmos. The answer to prayer
is therefore subject to law, and this law is definite, exact and scientific,
just as are the laws governing gravitation and electricity. An understanding
of this law takes the foundation of Christianity out of the realm of superstition
and credulity and places it upon the firm rock of scientific understanding.
But, unfortunately, there are comparatively few persons
who know how to pray. They understand that there are laws governing electricity,
mathematics, and chemistry, but, for some inexplicable reason, it never
seems to occur to them that there are also spiritual laws, and that these
laws are also definite, scientific, exact, and operate with immutable precision.
1. The real secret of power is consciousness of power.
The Universal Mind is unconditional; therefore, the more conscious we become
of our unity with this mind, the less conscious we shall become of conditions
and limitations, and as we become emancipated or freed from conditions
we come into a realization of the unconditional. We have become free!
2. As soon as we become conscious of the inexhaustible
power in the world within, we begin to draw on this power and apply and
develop the greater possibilities which this discernment has realized,
because whatever we become conscious of, is invariably manifested in the
objective world, is brought forth into tangible expression.
3. This is because the Infinite mind, which is the source
from which all things proceed, is one and indivisible, and each individual
is a channel whereby this Eternal Energy is being manifested. Our ability
to think is our ability to act upon this Universal substance, and what
we think is what is created or produced in the objective world.
4. The result of this discovery is nothing less than marvelous,
and means that mind is extraordinary in quality, limitless in quantity,
and contains possibilities without number. To become conscious of this
power is to become a "live wire"; it has the same effect as placing
an ordinary wire in contact with a wire that is charged. The Universal
is the live wire. It carries power sufficient to meet every situation which
may arise in the life of every individual. When the individual mind touches
the Universal Mind it receives all the power it requires. This is the world
within. All science recognizes the reality of this world, and all power
is contingent upon our recognition of this world.
5. The ability to eliminate imperfect conditions depends
upon mental action, and mental action depends upon consciousness of power;
therefore, the more conscious we become of our unity with the source of
all power, the greater will be our power to control and master every condition.
6. Large ideas have a tendency to eliminate all smaller
ideas so that it is well to hold ideas large enough to counteract and destroy
all small or undesirable tendencies. This will remove innumerable petty
and annoying obstacles from your path. You also become conscious of a larger
world of thought, thereby increasing your mental capacity as well as placing
yourself in position to accomplish something of value.
7. This is one of the secrets of success, one of the methods
of organizing victory, one of the accomplishments of the Master-mind. He
thinks big thoughts. The creative energies of mind find no more difficulty
in handling large situations, than small ones. Mind is just as much present
in the Infinitely large as in the Infinitely small.
8. When we realize these facts concerning mind we understand
how we may bring ourselves any condition by creating the corresponding
conditions in our consciousness, because everything which is held for any
length of time in the consciousness, eventually becomes impressed upon
the subconscious and thus becomes a pattern which the creative energy will
wave into the life and environment of the individual.
9. In this way conditions are produced and we find that
our lives are simply the reflection of our predominant thoughts, our mental
attitude; we see then that the science of correct thinking is the one science,
that it includes all other sciences.
10. From this science we learn that every thought creates
an impression on the brain, that these impressions create mental tendencies,
and these tendencies create character, ability and purpose, and that the
combined action of character, ability and purpose determines the experiences
with which we shall meet in life.
11. These experiences come to us through the law of attraction;
through the action of this law we meet in the world without the experiences
which correspond to our world within.
12. The predominant thought or the mental attitude is
the magnet, and the law is that “like attracts like”, consequently the
mental attitude will invariably attract such conditions as correspond to
13. This mental attitude is our personality and is composed
of the thoughts which we have been creating in our own mind; therefore,
if we wish a change in conditions all that is necessary is to change our
thought; this will in turn change our mental attitude, which will in turn
change our personality, which will in turn change the persons, things and
conditions, or, the experiences with which we meet in life.
14. It is, however, no easy matter to change the mental
attitude, but by persistent effort it may be accomplished; the mental attitude
is patterned after the mental pictures which have been photographed on
the brain; if you do not like the pictures, destroy the negatives and create
new pictures; this is the art of visualization.
15. As soon as you have done this you will begin to attract
new things, and the new things will correspond to the new pictures. To
do this: impress on the mind a perfect picture of the desire which you
wish to have objectified and continue to hold the picture in mind until
results are obtained.
16. If the desire is one which requires determination,
ability, talent, courage, power or any other spiritual power, these are
necessary essentials for your picture; build them in; they are the vital
part of the picture; they are the feeling which combines with thought and
creates the irresistible magnetic power which draws the things you require
to you. They give your picture life, and life means growth, and as soon
as it beings to grow, the result is practically assured.
17. Do not hesitate to aspire to the highest possible
attainments in anything you may undertake, for the mind forces are ever
ready to lend themselves to a purposeful will in the effort to crystallize
its highest aspirations into acts, accomplishments, and events.
18. An illustration of how these mind forces operate is
suggested by the method in which all our habits are formed. We do a thing,
then do it again, and again, and again, until it becomes easy and perhaps
almost automatic; and the same rule applies in breaking any and all bad
habits; we stop doing a thing, and then avoid it again, and again until
we are entirely free from it; and if we do fail now and then, we should
by no means lose hope, for the law is absolute and invincible and gives
us credit for every effort and every success, even though our efforts and
successes are perhaps intermittent.
19. There is no limit to what this law can do for you;
dare to believe in your own idea; remember that Nature is plastic to the
ideal; think of the ideal as an already accomplished fact.
20. The real battle of life is one of ideas; it is being
fought out by the few against the many; on the one side is the constructive
and creative thought, on the other side the destructive and negative thought;
the creative thought is dominated by an ideal, the passive thought is dominated
by appearances. On both sides are men of science, men of letters, and men
21. On the creative side are men who spend their time
in laboratories, or over microscopes and telescopes, side by side with
the men who dominate the commercial, political, and scientific world; on
the negative side or men who spend their time investigating law and precedent,
men who mistake theology for religion, statesmen who mistake might for
right, and all the millions who seem to prefer precedent to progress, who
are eternally looking backward instead of forward, who see only the world
without, but know nothing of the world within.
22. In the last analysis there are but these two classes;
all men will have to take their place on one side or the other; they will
have to go forward, or go back; there is no standing still in a world where
all is motion; it is this attempt to stand still that gives sanction and
force to arbitrary and unequal codes of law.
23. That we are in a period of transition is evidenced
by the unrest which is everywhere apparent. The complaint of humanity is
as a roll of heaven's artillery, commencing with low and threatening notes
and increasing until the sound is sent from cloud to cloud, and the lightning
splits the air and earth.
24. The sentries who patrol the most advanced outposts
of the Industrial, Political, and Religious world are calling anxiously
to each other. What of the night? The danger and insecurity of the position
they occupy and attempt to hold is becoming more apparent every hour. The
dawn of a new era necessarily declares that the existing order of things
cannot much longer be.
25. The issue between the old regime and the new, the
crux of the social problem, is entirely a question of conviction in the
minds of the people as to the nature of the Universe. When they realize
that the transcendent force of spirit or mind of the Cosmos is within each
individual, it will be possible to frame laws that shall consider the liberties
and rights of the many instead of the privileges of the few.
26. As long as the people regard the Cosmic power as a
power non-human and alien to humanity, so long will it be comparatively
easy for a supposed privileged class to rule by Divine right in spite of
every protest of social sentiment. The real interest of democracy is therefore
to exalt, emancipate and recognize the divinity of the human spirit. To
recognize that all power is from within. That no human being has any more
power than any other human being, except such as may willingly be delegated
to him. The old regime would have us believe that the law was superior
to the law-makers; herein is the gist of the social crime of every form
of privilege and personal inequality, the institutionalizing of the fatalistic
doctrine of Divine election.
27. The Divine Mind is the Universal Mind; it makes no
exceptions, it plays no favorites; it does not act through sheer caprice
or from anger, jealousy or wrath; neither can it be flattered, cajoled
or moved by sympathy or petition to supply man with some need which he
thinks necessary for his happiness or even his existence. The Divine Mind
makes no exceptions in favor any individual; but when the individual understands
and realizes his Unity with the Universal principle he will appear to be
favored because he will have found the source of all health, all wealth,
and all power.
28. For your exercise this week, concentrate on the Truth.
Try to realize that the Truth shall make you free, that is, nothing can
permanently stand in the way of your perfect success when you learn to
apply the scientifically correct thought methods and principles. Realize
that you are externalizing in your environment your inherent soul potencies.
Realize that the Silence offers an ever available and almost unlimited
opportunity for awakening the highest conception of Truth. Try to comprehend
that Omnipotence itself is absolute silence, all else is change, activity,
limitation. Silent thought concentration is therefore the true method of
reaching, awakening, and then expressing the wonderful potential power
of the world within.
"The possibilities of thought training are infinite,
its consequence eternal, and yet few take the pains to direct their thinking
into channels that will do them good, but instead leave all to chance."
PART TWENTY-ONE Study Questions with Answers
201. What is the real secret of power? The consciousness
of power, because whatever we become conscious of, is invariably manifested
in the objective world, is brought forth into tangible expression.
202. What is the source of this power? The Universal Mind,
from which all things proceed, and which is one and indivisible.
203. How is this power being manifested? Through the individual,
each individual is a channel whereby this energy is being differentiated
204. How may we connect with this Omnipotence? Our ability
to think is our ability to act on this Universal Energy, and what we think
is what is produced or created in the objective world.
205. What is the result of this discovery? The result
is nothing less than marvelous, it opens unprecedented and limitless opportunity.
206. How, then, may we eliminate imperfect conditions?
By becoming conscious of our Unity with the source of all power.
207. What is one of the distinctive characteristics of
the Master Mind? He thinks big thoughts, he holds ideas large enough to
counteract and destroy all petty and annoying obstacles.
208. How do experiences come to us? Through the law of
209. How is this law brought into operation? By our predominant
210. What is the issue between the old regime and the
new? A question of conviction as to the nature of the Universe. The old
regime is trying to cling to the fatalistic doctrine of Divine election.
The new regime recognizes the divinity of the individual, the democracy
INTRODUCTION - PART TWENTY-TWO
In Part Twenty-two you will find that thoughts are spiritual
seeds, which, when planted in the subconscious mind, have a tendency to
sprout and grow, but unfortunately the fruit is frequently not to our liking.
The various forms of inflammation, paralysis, nervousness
and diseased conditions generally, are the manifestation of fear, worry,
care, anxiety, jealousy, hatred and similar thought.
The life processes are carried on by two distinct methods;
first, the taking up and making use of nutritive material necessary for
constructing cells; second, breaking down and excreting the waste material.
All life is based upon these constructive and destructive
activities, and as food, water and air are the only requisites necessary
for the construction of cells, it would seem that the problem of prolonging
life indefinitely would not be a very difficult one.
However strange it may seem, it is the second or destructive
activity that is, with rare exception, the cause of all disease. The waste
material accumulates and saturates the tissues, which causes autointoxication.
This may be partial or general. In the first case the disturbance will
be local; in the second place it will affect the whole system.
The problem, then, before us in the healing of disease
is to increase the inflow and distribution of vital energy throughout the
system, and this can only be done by eliminating thoughts of fear, worry,
care, anxiety, jealousy, hatred, and every other destructive thought, which
tend to tear down and destroy the nerves and glands which control the excretion
and elimination of poisonous and waste matter.
"Nourishing foods and strengthening tonics"
cannot bestow life, because these are but secondary manifestations to life.
The primary manifestation of life and how you may get in touch with it
is explained in the Part which I have the privilege of enclosing herewith.
1. Knowledge is of priceless value, because by applying
knowledge we can make our future what we wish it to be. When we realize
that our present character, our present environment, our present ability,
our present physical condition are all the result of past methods of thinking,
we shall begin to have some conception of the value of knowledge.
2. If the state of our health is not all that could be
desired, let us examine our method of thinking; let us remember that every
thought produces an impression on the mind; every impression is a seed
which will sink into the subconscious and form a tendency; the tendency
will be to attract other similar thoughts and before we know it we shall
have a crop which must be harvested.
3. If these thoughts contain disease germs, the harvest
will be sickness, decay, weakness, and failure; the question is, what are
we thinking, what are we creating, what is the harvest to be?
4. If there is any physical condition which it is necessary
to change, the law governing visualization will be found effective. Make
a mental image of physical perfection, hold it in the mind until it is
absorbed by the consciousness. Many have eliminated chronic ailments in
a few weeks by this method, and thousands have overcome and destroyed all
manner of ordinary physical disturbances by this method in a few days,
sometimes in a few minutes.
5. It is through the law of vibration that the mind exercises
this control over the body. We know that every mental action is a vibration,
and we know that all form is simply a mode of motion, a rate of vibration.
Therefore, any given vibration immediately modifies every atom in the body,
every life cell is affected and an entire chemical change is made in every
group of life cells.
6. Everything in the Universe is what it is by virtue
of its rate of vibration. Change the rate of vibration and you change the
nature, quality and form. The vast panorama of nature, both visible and
invisible, is being constantly changed by simply changing the rate of vibration,
and as thought is a vibration we can also exercise this power. We can change
the vibration and thus produce any condition which we desire to manifest
in our bodies.
7. We are all using this power every minute. The trouble
is most of us are using it unconsciously and thus producing undesirable
results. The problem is to use it intelligently and produce only desirable
results. This should not be difficult, because we all have had sufficient
experience to know what produces pleasant vibration in the body, and we
also know the causes which produce the unpleasant and disagreeable sensations.
8. All that is necessary is to consult our own experience.
When our thought has been uplifted, progressive, constructive, courageous,
noble, kind or in any other way desirable, we have set in motion vibrations
which brought about certain results. When our thought has been filled with
envy, hatred, jealousy, criticism or any of the other thousand and one
forms of discord, certain vibrations were set in motion which brought about
certain other results of a different nature, and each of these rates of
vibration, if kept up, crystallized in form. In the first case the result
was mental, moral and physical health, and in the second case discord,
inharmony and disease.
9. We can understand, then, something of the power which
the mind possesses over the body.
10. The objective mind has certain effects on the body
which are readily recognized. Someone says something to you which strikes
you as ludicrous and you laugh, possibly until your whole body shakes,
which shows that thought has control over the muscles of your body; or
someone says something which excites your sympathy and your eyes fill with
tears, which shows that thought controls the glands of your body; or someone
says something which makes you angry and the blood mounts to your cheek,
which shows that thought controls the circulation of your blood. But as
these experiences are all the results of the action of your objective mind
over the body, the results are of a temporary nature; they soon pass away
and leave the situation as it was before.
11. Let us see how the action of the subconscious mind
over the body differs. You receive a wound; thousands of cells being the
work of healing at once; in a few days or a few weeks the work is complete.
You may even break a bone. No surgeon on earth can weld the parts together
(I am not referring to the insertion of rods or other devices to strengthen
or replace bones). He may set the bone for you, and the subjective mind
will immediately begin the process of welding the parts together, and in
a short time the bone is as solid as it ever was. You may swallow poison;
the subjective mind will immediately discover the danger and make violent
efforts to eliminate it. You may become infected with a dangerous germ;
the subjective will at once commence to build a wall around the infected
area and destroy the infection by absorbing it in the white blood corpuscles
which it supplies for the purpose.
12. These processes of the subconscious mind usually proceed
without our personal knowledge or direction, and so long as we do not interfere
the result is perfect, but, as these millions of repair cells are all intelligent
and respond to our thought, they are often paralyzed and rendered impotent
by our thoughts of fear, doubt, and anxiety. They are like an army of workmen,
ready to start an important piece of work, but every time they get started
on the undertaking a strike is called, or plans changed, until they finally
get discouraged and give up.
13. The way to health is founded on the law of vibration,
which is the basis of all science, and this law is brought into operation
by the mind, the "world within." It is a matter of individual
effort and practice. Our world of power is within; if we are wise we shall
not waste time and effort in trying to deal with effects as we find them
in the "world without," which is only an external, a reflection.
14. We shall always find the cause in the "world
within"; by changing the cause, we change the effect.
15. Every cell in your body is intelligent and will respond
to your direction. The cells are all creators and will create the exact
pattern which you give them.
16. Therefore, when perfect images are placed before the
subjective, the creative energies will build a perfect body.
17. Brain cells are constructed in the same way. The quality
of the brain is governed by the state of mind, or mental attitude, so that
if undesirable mental attitudes are conveyed to the subjective they will
in turn be transferred to the body; we can therefore readily see that if
we wish the body to manifest health, strength and vitality this must be
the predominant thought.
18. We know then that every element of the human body
is the result of a rate of vibration.
19. We know that mental action is a rate of vibration.
20. We know that a higher rate of vibration governs, modifies,
controls, changes, or destroys a lower rate of vibration.
21. We know that the rate of vibration is governed by
the character of brain cells, and finally,
22. We know how to create these brain cells; therefore,
23. We know how to make any physical change in the body
we desire, and having secured a working knowledge of the power of mind
to this extent, we have come to know that there is practically no limitation
which can be placed upon our ability to place ourselves in harmony with
natural law, which is omnipotent.
24. This influence or control over the body by mind is
coming to be more and more generally understood, and many physicians are
now giving the matter their earnest attention. Dr. Albert T. Shofield,
who has written several important books on the subject, say, "The
subject of mental therapeutics is still ignored in medical works generally.
In our physiologies no references is made to the central controlling power
that rules the body for its good, and the power of the mind over the body
is seldom spoken of”.
25. No doubt many physicians treat nervous diseases of
functional origin wisely and well, but what we contend is that the knowledge
they display was taught at no school, was learned from no book, but it
is intuitive and empirical.
26. This is not as it should be. The power of mental therapeutics
should be the subject of careful, special and scientific teaching in every
medical school. We might pursue the subject of maltreatment, or want of
treatment, further in detail and describe the disastrous results of neglected
cases; but the task is an invidious one.
27. There can be no doubt that few patients are aware
how much they can do for themselves. What the patient can do for himself,
the forces he can set in motion are as yet unknown. We are inclined to
believe that they are far greater than most imagine, and will undoubtedly
be used more and more. Mental therapeutics may be directed by the patient
himself to calming the mind in excitement, by arousing feelings of joy,
hope, faith, and love; by suggesting motives for exertion, by regular mental
work, by diverting the thoughts from the malady.
28. For your exercise this week concentrate on Tennyson's
beautiful lines "Speak to Him, thou, for He hears, and spirit with
spirit can meet, Closer is He than breathing, and nearer than hands and
feet." Then try to realize that when you do "Speak to Him"
you are in touch with Omnipotence.
29. This realization and recognition of this Omnipresent
power will quickly destroy any and every form of sickness or suffering
and substitute harmony and perfection. Then remember there are those who
seem to think that sickness and suffering are sent by God; if so, every
physician, every surgeon and every Red Cross nurse is defying the will
of God and hospitals and sanitariums are places of rebellion instead of
houses of mercy. Of course, this quickly reasons itself into an absurdity,
but there are many; who still cherish the idea.
30. Then let the thought rest on the fact that until recently
theology has been trying to teach an impossible Creator, one who created
beings capable of sinning and then allowed them to be eternally punished
for such sins. Of course the necessary outcome of such extraordinary ignorance
was to create fear instead of love, and so, after two thousand years of
this kind of propaganda, Theology is now busily engaged in apologizing
31. You will then more readily appreciate the ideal man,
the man made in the image and likeness of God, and you will more readily
appreciate the all originating Mind that forms, upholds, sustains, originates,
and creates all there is. "All are but parts of one stupendous whole,
Whose body nature is, and God the soul." Opportunity follows perception,
action follows inspiration, growth follows knowledge, eminence flows progress.
Always the spiritual first, then the transformation into the infinite and
illimitable possibilities of achievement.
PART TWENTY-TWO Study Questions with Answers
211. How may sickness be eliminated? By placing ourselves
in harmony with Natural Law which is Omnipotent.
212. What is the process? A realization that man is a
spiritual being and that this spirit must necessarily be perfect.
213. What is the result? A conscious recognition of this
perfection - first intellectually, then emotionally - brings about a manifestation
of this perfection.
214. Why is this so? Because thought is spiritual and
therefore creative and correlates with its object and brings it into manifestation.
215. What Natural Law is brought into operation? The Law
216. Why does this govern? Because a higher rate of vibration
governs, modifies, controls, changes, or destroys a lower rate of vibration.
217. Is this system of mental therapeutics generally recognized?
Yes, there are literally millions of people in this country who make use
of it in one form or another (and obviously many more world-wide).
218. What is the result of this system of thought? For
the first time in the world's history every man's highest reasoning faculty
can be satisfied by a demonstrable truth which is now fast flooding the
219. Is this system applicable to other forms of supply?
It will meet every human requirement or necessity.
220. Is this system scientific or religious? Both. True
science and true religion are twin sisters, where one goes, the other necessarily
INTRODUCTION - PART TWENTY-THREE
In the part which I have the honor to transmit herewith
you will find that money weaves itself into the entire fabric of our very
existence; that the law of success is service; that we get what we give,
and for this reason we should consider it a great privilege to be able
We have found that thought is the creative activity behind
every constructive enterprise. We can therefore give nothing of more practical
value than our thought.
Creative thought requires attention, and the power of
attention is, as we have found, the weapon of the Super-man. Attention
develops concentration, and concentration develops Spiritual Power, and
Spiritual Power is the mightiest force in existence.
This is the science which embraces all sciences. It is
the art which, above all arts, is relevant to human life. In the mastery
of this science and this art there is opportunity for unending progression.
Perfection in this is not acquired in six days, nor in six weeks, nor in
six months. It is the labor of life. Not to go forward is to go backward.
It is inevitable that the entertainment of positive, constructive
and unselfish thoughts should have a far-reaching effect for good. Compensation
is the key-note of the universe. Nature is constantly seeking to strike
an equilibrium. Where something is sent out something must be received;
else there should be a vacuum formed. By observance of this rule you cannot
fail to profit in such measure as to amply justify your effort along this
1. The money consciousness is an attitude of mind; it
is the open door to the arteries of commerce. It is the receptive attitude.
Desire is the attractive force which sets the current in motion and fear
is the great obstacle by which the current is stopped or completely reversed,
turned away from us.
2. Fear is just the opposite from money consciousness;
it is poverty consciousness, and as the law is unchangeable we get exactly
what we give; if we fear we get what we feared. Money weaves itself into
the entire fabric of our very existence; it engages the best thought of
the best minds.
3. We make money by making friends, and we enlarge our
circle of friends by making money for them, by helping them, by being of
service to them. The first law of success then is service, and this in
turn is built on integrity and justice. The man who at least is not fair
in his intention is simply ignorant; he has missed the fundamental law
of all exchange; he is impossible; he will lose surely and certainly; he
may not know it; he may think he is winning, but he is doomed to certain
defeat. He cannot cheat the Infinite. The law of compensation will demand
of him an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
4. The forces of life are volatile; they are composed
of our thoughts and ideals and these in turn are molded into form; our
problem is to keep an open mind, to constantly reach out for the new, to
recognize opportunity, to be interested in the race rather than the goal,
for the pleasure is in the pursuit rather than the possession.
5. You can make a money magnet of yourself, but to do
so you must first consider how you can make money for other people. If
you have the necessary insight to perceive and utilize opportunities and
favorable conditions and recognize values, you can put yourself in position
to take advantage of them, but your greatest success will come as you are
enabled to assist others. What benefits one must benefit all.
6. A generous thought is filled with strength and vitality,
a selfish thought contains the germs of dissolution; it will disintegrate
and pass away. Great financiers like Turner, Gates, Trump, and others are
simply channels for the distribution of wealth; enormous amounts come and
go, but it would be as dangerous to stop the outgo as the income; both
ends must remain open; and so our greatest success will come as we recognize
that it is just as essential to give as to get.
7. If we recognize the Omnipotent power that is the source
of all supply we will adjust our consciousness to this supply in such a
way that it will constantly attract all that is necessary to itself and
we shall find that the more we give the more we get. Giving in this sense
implies service. The banker gives his money, the merchant gives his goods,
the author gives his thought, the workman gives his skill; all have something
to give, but the more they can give, the more they get, and the more they
get the more they are enabled to give.
8. The financier gets much because he gives much; he thinks;
he is seldom a man that lets anyone else do his thinking for him; he wants
to know how results are to be secured; you must show him; when you can
do this he will furnish the means by which hundreds or thousands may profit,
and in proportion as they are successful will he be successful. Morgan,
Rockefeller, Carnegie and others did not get rich because they lost money
for other people; on the contrary, it is because they made money for other
people that they became the wealthiest men in the wealthiest country on
9. The average person is entirely innocent of any deep
thinking; he accepts the ideas of others, and repeats them, in very much
the same way as a parrot; this is readily seen when we understand the method
which is used to form public opinion, and this docile attitude on the part
of a large majority who seem perfectly willing to let a few persons do
all their thinking for them is what enables a few men in a great many countries
to usurp all the avenues of power and hold the millions in subjection.
Creative thinking requires attention.
10. The power of attention is called concentration; this
power is directed by the will; for this reason we must refuse to concentrate
or think of anything except the things we desire. Many are constantly concentrating
upon sorrow, loss and discord of every kind; as thought is creative it
necessarily follows that this concentration inevitable leads to more loss,
more sorrow and more discord. How could it be otherwise? On the other hand,
when we meet with success, gain, or any other desirable condition, we naturally
concentrate upon the effects of these things and thereby create more, and
so it follows that much leads to more.
11. How an understanding of this principle can be utilized
in the business world is well told by an associate of mine:
12. "Spirit, whatever else it may or may not be,
must be considered as the Essence of Consciousness, the Substance of Mind,
the reality underlying Thought. And as all ideas are phases of the activity
of Consciousness, Mind or Thought, it follows that in Spirit, and in it
alone, is to be found the Ultimate Fact, the Real Thing, or Idea."
13. This being admitted, does it not seem reasonable to
hold that a true understanding of Spirit, and its laws of manifestation,
would be about the most "practical" thing that a "practical"
person can hope to find? Does it not seem certain that if the "practical"
men of the world could but realize this fact, they would "fall all
over themselves" in getting to the place in which they might obtain
such knowledge of spiritual things and laws? These men are not fools; they
need only to grasp this fundamental fact in order to move in the direction
of that which is the essence of all achievement.
14. Let me give you a concrete example. I know a man in
Chicago whom I had always considered to be quite materialistic. He had
made several successes in life; and also several failures. The last time
I had a talk with him he was practically "down and out," as compared
with his former business condition. It looked as if he had indeed reached
"the end of his rope," for he was well advanced into the stage
of middle-age, and new ideas came more slowly, and less frequently to him
than in former years.
15. He said to me, in substance: "I know that all
things that 'work out' in business are the result of Thought; any fool
knows that. Just now, I seem to be short on thoughts and good ideas. But,
if this 'All-Mind' teaching is correct, it should be possible for the individual
to attain a 'direct connection' with Infinite Mind; and in Infinite Mind
there must be the possibility of all kinds of good ideas which a man of
my courage and experience could put to practical use in the business world,
and make a big success thereof. It looks good to me; and I am going to
look into it."
16. This was several years ago. The other day I heard
of this man again. Talking to a friend, I said: "What has come of
our old friend X? Has he ever gotten on his feet again?" The friend
looked at me in amazement. "Why," said he, "don't you know
about X's great success? He is the Big Man in the '_________ Company' (naming
a concern which has mad a phenomenal success during the last eighteen months
and is now well known, by reason of its advertisements, from one end of
the country to another, and also abroad). He is the man who supplied the
BIG IDEA for that concern. Why, he is about a half-million to the good
and is moving rapidly toward the million mark; all in the space of eighteen
months." I had not connected this man with the enterprise mentioned;
although I knew of the wonderful success of the company in question. Investigation
has shown that the story is true, and that the above stated facts are not
exaggerated in the slightest.
17. Now, what do you think of that? To me, it means that
this man actually made the "direct connection" with Infinite
Mind -- Spirit -- and, having found it, he set it to work for him. He "used
it in his business."
18. Does this sound sacrilegious or blasphemous? I hope
not; I do not mean it to be so. Take away the implication of Personality,
or Magnified Human Nature, from the conception of the "The Infinite,"
and you have left the conception of an Infinite Presence-Power, the Quintessence
of which is Consciousness -- in fact, at the last, Spirit. As this man,
also, at the last, must be considered as a manifestation of Spirit; there
is nothing sacrilegious in the idea that he, being Spirit, should so harmonize
himself with his Origin and Source that he would be able to manifest at
least a minor degree of its Power. All of us do this, more or less, when
we use our minds in the direction of Creative Thought. This man did more,
he went about it in an intensely "practical" manner.
19. I have not consulted him about his method of procedure,
though I intend doing so at the first opportunity, but, he not only drew
upon the Infinite Supply for the ideas which he needed (and which formed
the seed of his success), but that he also used the Creative Power of Thought
in building up for himself an Idealistic Pattern of that which he hoped
to manifest in material form, adding thereto, changing, improving its detail,
from time to time -- proceeding from the general outline to the finished
detail. I judge this to be the facts of the case, not alone from my recollection
of the conversation a few years ago, but also because I have found the
same thing to be true in the cases of other prominent men who have made
similar manifestation of Creative Thought.
20. Those who may shrink from this idea of employing the
Infinite Power to aid one in his work in the material world, should remember
that if the Infinite objected in the least to such a procedure the thing
could never happen. The Infinite is quite able to take care of Itself.
21. "Spirituality" is quite "practical,"
very "practical," intensely "practical." It teaches
that Spirit is the Real Thing, the Whole Thing, and that Matter is but
plastic stuff, which Spirit is able to create, mould, manipulate, and fashion
to its will. Spirituality is the most "practical" thing in the
world -- the only really and absolutely "practical" thing that
22. This week concentrate on the fact that man is not
a body with a spirit, but a spirit with a body, and that it is for this
reason that his desires are incapable of any permanent satisfaction in
anything not spiritual. Money is therefore of no value except to bring
about the conditions which we desire, and these conditions are necessarily
harmonious. Harmonious conditions necessitate sufficient supply, so that
if there appears to be any lack, we should realize that the idea or soul
of money is service, and as this thought takes form, channels of supply
will be opened, and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that spiritual
methods are entirely practical.
"We have discovered that premeditated, orderly thinking
for a purpose matures that purpose into fixed form, so that we may be absolutely
sure of the result of our dynamic experiment."
PART TWENTY-THREE Study Questions
221. What is the first law of success? Service.
222. How may we be of the most service? Have an open mind;
be interested in the race rather than the goal, in the pursuit rather than
223. What is the result of a selfish thought? It contains
the germs of dissolution.
224. How will our greatest success be achieved? By a recognition
of the fact that it is just as essential to give as to receive.
225. Why do financiers frequently meet with great success?
Because they do their own thinking.
226. Why do the great majority in every country remain
the docile and apparently willing tools of the few? Because they let the
few do all their thinking for them.
227. What is the effect of concentrating upon sorrow and
loss? More sorrow and more loss.
228. What is the effect of concentrating upon gain? More
229. Is this principle used in the business world? It
is the only principle which is ever used, or ever can be used; there is
no other principle. The fact that it may be used unconsciously does not
alter the situation.
230. What is the practical application of this principle?
The fact that success is an effect, not a cause, and if we wish to secure
the effect we must ascertain the cause, or idea or thought by which the
effect is created.
"Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe
in the heroic makes heroes." - Disraeli
INTRODUCTION - PART TWENTY-FOUR
Enclosed you will find Part Twenty-four, your final lesson
of this course.
If you have practiced each of the exercises a few minutes
every day, as suggested, you will have found that you can get out of life
exactly what you wish by first putting into life that which you wish, and
you will probably agree with the student who said: "The thought is
almost overwhelming, so vast, so available, so definite, so reasonable
and so usable."
The fruit of this knowledge is, as it were, a gift of
the Gods; it is the "truth" that makes men free, not only free
from every lack and limitation, but free from sorrow, worry and care, and,
is it not wonderful to realize that this law is no respector of persons,
that it makes no difference what your habit of thought may be, the way
has been prepared.
If you are inclined to be religious, the greatest religious
teacher the world has ever known made the way so plain that all may follow.
If your mental bias is toward physical science, the law will operate with
mathematical certainty. If you are inclined to be philosophical, Plato
or Emerson may be your teacher, but in either case, you may reach degrees
of power to which it is impossible to assign any limit.
An understanding of this principle, I believe, is the
secret for which the ancient Alchemists vainly sought, because it explains
how gold in the mind may be transmuted into gold in the heart and in the
1. When the scientists first put the Sun in the center
of the Solar System and sent the earth spinning around it, there was immense
surprise and consternation. The whole idea was self-evidently false; nothing
was more certain than the movement of the Sun across the sky, and anyone
could see it descend behind the western hills and sink into the sea; scholars
raged and scientists rejected the idea as absurd, yet the evidence has
finally carried conviction in the minds of all.
2. We speak of a bell as a "sounding body,"
yet we know that all the bell can do is to produce vibrations in the air.
When these vibrations come at the rate of sixteen per second, they cause
a sound to be heard in the mind. It is also possible for the mind to hear
vibrations up to the rate of 38,000 vibrations per second. When the number
increases beyond this, all is silence again; so that we know that the sound
is not in the bell, it is in our own mind.
3. We speak and even think of the Sun as "giving
light." Yet we know it is simply giving forth energy which produces
vibrations in the ether at the rate of four hundred trillion a second,
causing what are termed light waves, so that we know that we call light
is simply a form of energy and that the only light there is, is the sensation
caused in the mind by the motion of the waves. When the number increases,
the light changes in color, each change in color being caused by shorter
and more rapid vibrations; so that although we speak of the rose as being
red, the grass as being green, or the sky as being blue, we know that the
colors exist only in our minds, and are the sensations experienced by us
as the result of the vibrations of light waves. When the vibrations are
reduced below four hundred trillion a second, they no longer affect us
as light, but we experience the sensation of heat. It is evident, therefore,
that we cannot depend upon the evidence of the senses for our information
concerning the realities of things; if we did we should believe that the
sun moved, that the world was flat instead of round, that the stars were
bits of light instead of vast suns.
4. The whole range then of the theory and practice of
any system of metaphysics consists in knowing the Truth concerning yourself
and the world in which you live; in knowing that in order to express harmony,
you must think harmony; in order to express health you must think health;
and in order to express abundance you must think abundance; to do this
you must reverse the evidence of the senses.
5. When you come to know that every form of disease, sickness,
lack and limitation are simply the result of wrong thinking, you will have
come to know "the Truth which shall make you free." You will
see how mountains may be removed. If these mountains consist only of doubt,
fear, distrust or other forms of discouragement, they are none the less
real, and they need not only to be removed but to be "cast into the
6. Your real work consists in convincing yourself of the
truth of these statements. When you have succeeded in doing this you will
have no difficulty in thinking the truth, and as has been shown, the truth
contains a vital principle and will manifest itself.
7. Those who heal diseases by mental methods have come
to know this truth, they demonstrate it in their lives and the lives of
others daily. They know that life, health and abundance are Omnipresent,
filling all space, and they know that those who allow disease or lack of
any kind to manifest, have as yet not come into an understanding of this
8. As all conditions are thought creations and therefore
entirely mental, disease and lack are simply mental conditions in which
the person fails to perceive the truth; as soon as the error is removed,
the condition is removed.
9. The method for removing this error is to go into the
Silence and know the Truth; as all mind is one mind, you can do this for
yourself or anyone else. If you have learned to form mental images of the
conditions desired, this will be the easiest and quickest way to secure
results; if not, results can be accomplished by argument, by the process
of convincing yourself absolutely of the truth of your statement.
10. Remember, and this is one of the most difficult as
well as most wonderful statements to grasp.... remember that no matter
what the difficulty is, no matter where it is, no matter who is affected,
you have no patient but yourself; you have nothing to do but to convince
yourself of the truth which you desire to see manifested.
11. This is an exact scientific statement in accordance
with every system of Metaphysics in existence, and no permanent results
are ever secured in any other way.
12. Every form of concentration, forming Mental Images,
Argument, and Auto-Suggestion are all simply methods by which you are enabled
to realize the Truth.
13. If you desire to help someone, to destroy some form
of lack, limitation or error, the correct method is not to think of the
person whom you wish to help; the intention to help them is entirely sufficient,
as this puts you in mental touch with the person. Then drive out of your
own mind any belief of lack, limitation, disease, danger, difficulty or
whatever the trouble might be. As soon as you have succeeded is doing this
the result will have been accomplished, and the person will be free.
14. But remember that thought is creative and consequently
every time you allow your thought to rest on any inharmonious condition,
you must realize that such conditions are apparent only, they have no reality,
that spirit is the only reality and it can never be less than perfect.
15. All thought is a form of energy, a rate of vibration,
but a thought of the Truth is the highest rate of vibration known and consequently
destroys every form of error in exactly the same way that light destroys
darkness; no form of error can exist when the "Truth" appears,
so that your entire mental work consists in coming into an understanding
of the Truth. This will enable you to overcome every form of lack, limitation
or disease of any kind.
16. We can get no understanding of the truth from the
world without; the world without is relative only; Truth is absolute. We
must therefore find it in the "world within."
17. To train the mind to see Truth only is to express
true conditions only, our ability to do this will be an indication as to
the progress we are making.
18. The absolute truth is that the "I" is perfect
and complete; the real "I" is spiritual and can therefore never
be less than perfect; it can never have any lack, limitation, or disease.
The flash of genius does not have origin in the molecular motion of the
brain; it is inspired by the ego, the spiritual "I" which is
one with the Universal Mind, and it is our ability to recognize this Unity
which is the cause of all inspiration, all genius. These results are far
reaching and have effect upon generations yet to come; they are the pillars
of fire which mark the path that millions follow.
19. Truth is not the result of logical training or of
experimentation, or even of observation; it is the product of a developed
consciousness. Truth within a Caesar, manifests in a Caesar's deportment,
in his life and his action; his influence upon social forms and progress.
Your life and your actions and your influence in the world will depend
upon the degree of truth which you are enabled to perceive, for truth will
not manifest in creeds, but in conduct.
20. Truth manifests in character, and the character of
a man, should be the interpretation of his religion, or what to him is
truth, and this will in turn be evidenced in the character of his possession.
If a man complains of the drift of his fortune he is just as unjust to
himself as if he should deny rational truth, though it stand patent and
21. Our environment and the innumerable circumstances
and accidents of our lives already exist in the subconscious personality
which attracts to itself the mental and physical material which is congenial
to its nature. Thus our future being determined from our present, and if
there should be apparent injustice in any feature or phase of our personal
life, we must look within for the cause, try to discover the mental fact
which is responsible for the outward manifestation.
22. It is this truth which makes you "free"
and it is the conscious knowledge of this truth which will enable you to
overcome every difficulty.
23. The conditions with which you meet in the world without
are invariably the result of the conditions obtaining in the world within,
therefore it follows with scientific accuracy that by holding the perfect
ideal in mind you can bring about ideal conditions in your environment.
24. If you see only the incomplete, the imperfect, the
relative, the limited, these conditions will manifest in your life; but
if you train your mind to see and realize the spiritual ego, the "I"
which is forever perfect and complete, harmonious; wholesome, and healthful
conditions only will be manifested.
25. As thought is creative, and the truth is the highest
and most perfect thought which anyone can think, it is self-evident that
to think the truth is to create that which is true and it is again evident
that when truth comes into being that which is false must cease to be.
26. The Universal Mind is the totality of all mind which
is in existence. Spirit is Mind, because spirit is intelligent. The words
are, therefore, synonymous.
27. The difficulty with which you have to contend is to
realize that mind is not individual. It is omnipresent. It exists everywhere.
In other words, there is no place where it is not. It is, therefore, Universal.
28. Men have, heretofore, generally used the word "God"
to indicate this Universal, creative principle; but the word "God"
does not convey the right meaning. Most people understand this word to
mean something outside of themselves; while exactly the contrary is the
fact. It is our very life. Without it we would be dead. We would cease
to exist. The minute the spirit leaves the body, we are as nothing. Therefore,
spirit is really, all there is of us.
29. Now, the only activity which the spirit possesses
is the power to think. Therefore, thought must be creative, because spirit
is creative. This creative power is impersonal and your ability to think
is your ability to control it and make use of it for the benefit of yourself
30. When the truth of this statement is realized, understood,
and appreciated, you will have come into possession of the Master-Key,
but remember that only those who are wise enough to understand, broad enough
to weigh the evidence, firm enough to follow their own judgment, and strong
enough to make the sacrifice exacted, may enter and partake.
31. This week, try to realize that this is truly a wonderful
world in which we live, that you are a wonderful being that many are awakening
to a knowledge of the Truth, and as fast as they awake and come into a
knowledge of the “things which have been prepared for them” they, too,
realize that "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered
into the heart of man," the splendors which exist for those who find
themselves in the Promised Land. They have crossed the river of judgment
and have arrived at the point of discrimination between the true and the
false, and have found that all they ever willed or dreamed, was but a faint
concept of the dazzling reality.
"Though an inheritance of acres may be bequeathed,
an inheritance of knowledge and wisdom cannot. The wealthy man may pay
others for doing his work for him, but it is impossible to get his thinking
done for him by another or to purchase any kind of self-culture."
PART TWENTY-FOUR Study Questions with Answers
231. Upon what principle does the theory and practice
of every system of Metaphysics in existence depend? Upon a knowledge of
the "Truth" concerning yourself and the world in which you life.
232. What is the "Truth" concerning yourself?
The real "I" or ego is spiritual and can therefore never be less
233. What is the method of destroying any form of error?
To absolutely convince yourself of the "Truth" concerning the
condition which you wish to see manifested.
234. Can we do this for others? The Universal Mind in
which "we live and move and have our being" is one and indivisible,
it is therefore just as possible to help others as to help ourselves.
235. What is the Universal Mind? The totality of all mind
236. Where is the Universal Mind? The Universal Mind is
omnipresent, it exists everywhere. There is no place where it is not. It
is therefore within us. It is "The World within." It is our spirit,
237. What is the nature of the Universal Mind? It is spiritual
and consequently creative. It seeks to express itself in form.
238. How may we act on the Universal Mind? Our ability
to think is our ability to act on the Universal Mind and bring it into
manifestation for the benefit of ourselves or others.
239. What is meant by thinking? Clear, decisive, calm,
deliberate, sustained thought with a definite end in view.
240. What will be the result? You will also be able to
say, "It is not I that doeth the works, but the ‘Father’ that dwelleth
within me, He doeth the works." You will come to know that the "Father"
is the Universal Mind and that He does really and truly dwell within you,
in other words, you will come to know that the wonderful promises made
in the Bible are fact, not fiction, and can be demonstrated by anyone having
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