Brandeis University


Gift of


San Antonio Chapter




1920 BY Christian D. Larson .Copyright.

upon the object or subject at hand. and one of the greatest when mastered. to develop the power to concentrate well at any time and for any purpose mind. art of concentration is one of the simplest to learn. who wish to make real concen- tration a permanent acquisition of the may Whatever your work or your purpose be. necessary to apply. a good concentration is indisIt is pensable. and these pages are written especially for those who wish to learn how as- to master this fine art in all of its who wish . the [i] 30: .CONCENTRATION THE pects.

or in view. is talent if you are to secure. and to still there are comparatively few that really know how concentrate. the results you you have win the one thing But the art of con- centration not only a leading factor in the fields of achievement and realization. it is also a leading factor in an- other bility. Some of these have a natural aptitude for con- centrated thought and action. with a certainty. field — a field of untold possi- The tion is exceptional value of concentra- recognized universally. but psychology of concentration derstood generally. and that not un- is why the majority have not developed this great [2] . while others have improved themselves remarkas yet the is ably in this direction. due to increased knowledge on the subject.Concentration full power of thought and desire.

in order to concentrate Among well. clear up when we learn the psychology of the subject. When we we do not know how to pro- either hesitate or proceed in a we may proceed under the guidance of a number of misleading beliefs. In beliefs that fact. concentration there are several ideas have interfered greatly with the development of this art. but that pro- duce the very opposite effect. that are supposed and to develop concentration. and published broadcast. or. And in connection with bungling fashion. become oblivious to everything but the one thing before attention now. but [3] . doing ceed. find these misleading beliefs we one of the most prevalent to be that we must. however. These things. although they are deeply desirous of so.Concentration art. methods have been given out.

and suffiand keen to be aware of everything in the mind and all about the mind. order to concentrate well. so that we must find a better [4] . that literally we must attention compel the mind to fix but here upon the object or subject before it. is is detrimental in the long run. that Another belief is this. we must note that forced action. true of the This body as well as of the mind. is the highly active The mind is and thoroughly alive when we ciently alive perfectly. we must in use great force in the mind is. although giving first thought and concentrate attention to the work in hand. we have simply buried the fact is that ourselves in abstraction. although seemingly effective for a while.Concentration when we become oblivious to our surroundings we do not concentrate at all. which reverse of concentration.

easy and harmonious. wear and tear have been eliminated. in that attitude. The mind that concentrates well does not work in the commonplace sense of that term. there is neither mental strain nor hard work con- nected with the process. the mind be- comes well poised and serene. there is no desire to force or drive things through. and no tendency whatever towards the high strung or keyed up condition. and. On the contrary. This we can fully appreciate when we tion. in real concentra- mind has gained that peculiar [5] . orderly. full power and capacity is applied where attention is directed. and work has become a keen pleasure. when we learn the we find that required. there is no strenuous action. no special real secret of concentration effort is However.Concentration method. all action is smooth. the learn that.

Therefore. and that stream flows into the one place where work is going on now. knowing how and where to open the gates of energy in the mental world. They have and as those obstacles have prevented the development of real concentration. continue to think and speak of this factor as weak. nearly every mind the — that of adverse most detrimental of feeling the Briefly. another obstacle has arisen in suggestion — all. the majority.Concentration faculty open all through which it can at will the avenues of energy in such a way that all those energies flow into one stream. but a matter of knowledge. as obstacles. [6] . it is not a matter of main force. When we concentration. lack of concentration. study the psychology of we find that most of our only acted previous beliefs on the subject will have to be discarded.

ther. or are weak or inferior in any re- [7] . live they who mentally in that that we we are unable to concentrate. ness to live mentally in weakness. as We should think as little possible about that our When we know weakness. we will not think or say.* again and again. that they very poor in concentration. Adcir- verse suggestion acts as a blight. ignorantly and unintentionally. weak we have a of points. and must not be permitted under any cumstance.Concentration They are continue to suggest to themselves. Therefore. certain it we need not speak fur- To is dwell mentally upon weak- and weakness cannot develop strength. No mental faculty or power can develop to any extent so long as we think or speak of that faculty as weak or inferior. and therefore they hold this factor in a perpetual state of down weakness.

[8] . but we will proceed to train our- selves to concentrate wonderfully. will think and say that we We We complain that we concentrate poorly. We will eliminate all manner will not of adverse suggestion.Concentration spect whatever. can.

1 words or emotion. or express ourselves through thoughts. and this is true whether we work with muscle.'**&*£. brain or mind. Time - •Z? 7>Z<2 i^e CONCENTRATION may in general be defined as an active state of mind wherein the whole of attention.jrf-+. The principle of concentration is to do one thing at a time. with all available energy talent.2*. We literally turn on the full current of mental and personal energy — not only the full current of what [9] . is and con- being applied upon the one thing that we are doing now. We centrate in the full meaning of the term when we give ourselves completely to the thought or the action of the present moment. and to do that one thing with all the talent and power we possess.

the development of that [IO] . for the we are not giving our whole best self to hand unless we apply all the life. work in this may be accomplished we understand clearly as we proceed with our analysis of the many phases of How will the subject. Although the general purpose of is this art to give undivided attention to the in work hand. and the we will discover that power to concentrate well means vastly more and involves vastly more than most minds ever imagined.Concentration — but pose we may feel on the surface of thought all that we can It arouse in deeper a leading pur- consciousness. and bring forth from the is greater self within. in cencentration to lay hold upon deeper and greater possibility. energy and talent that we can through super-effort awaken and develop now.

and must learn to give our work undivided attention whatever our any circumstances. and we will enter a new field. portant as we all surroundings may be. we will discover in concentration a new power and a marvelous possibility. and in order that — which ments. and the to do this at any time and under This is vitally immeet distractions at every turn. en] . familiar with this art is we may become from every aspect its velopment we will consider briefly the most important of these accomplishFirst of all — necessary to highest de- we gain the power to hold attention upon any object or subject for a sufficient length of time to power complete the work in hand. There are many things that we may expect to accomplish through concentration.Concentration purpose will presently lead us beyond this point.

and hand. moves slowly is never brilliant. — work together tration. We and all appreciate the value of speed. cause all the available energies of mind and personality to gether. with full capacity. while the mind that can think and act with [12] . will tery. work to- at will. mean a high degree of mental mas- To be able to master the elements sufficiently to and energies of the mind bring them all togther to « anywhere any time this is an advantage for which we would pay almost any price but it comes as a natural emolument with the development of concen.Concentration When we concentrate well we may. in upon the work This will increase remarkably working capacity and the dependable the endurance of both mind and body. especially among the thinking pro- The mind that cesses of the mind.

and it will mean more work and better work. the whole of the mind will be this and called to higher ground. and of genius in this It is may reach the goal way if depth and range are combined with the element of speed. You action. and gradually devel- oping itself into wonder [13] . not possible. it comes naturally through concentration. more perfect plans and more brilliant ideas a combination that will go very far towards the high goal we have — in view. are equal to any occasion when the whole of your mind is called into very thing concentraMore than tion has the power to do. thereby ing itself out of mediocrity that workand restate stricted channels.Concentration lightning rapidity is on the verge of at- taining genius. however. to produce mental speed through forced action. that.

in every part the whole mind. a remarkable force The fact is that real concentration be- comes used in the of attraction — mind attracting to itself un- and latent energies sources in the mental world. The only to act of concentration tends not apply effectively all available energy of mind and personality. but tends also to draw forth latent energies. from all That is one reason why the mind that concen- [14] . well When we we we exercise a peculiar influence over create. an irresistible desire to go to work. the and concentra- invariably leads into worlds of concentrate greater results. Real can lead whole mind tion will follow. of the mind.Concentration where everything seems concentration possible. the way. and we inspire every element of the mind with a definite ambition to excel.

" make expert use of what you have and Nature your supply. Concentrate the mind upon any prob- you concentrate wonderfully [15] . and why such a mind will invariably forge ahead. and if a definite goal. more". and upon the possibilities that principle that "much gathers " nothing succeeds like success " . and as concentration tends to attract latent en- ergy from all sources. regardless of what the obstacles trates well or difficulties may is be. we perceive here assume tremendous proportions." is will bountifully increase All things in stream because the main stream going somewhere concentrating — life flow into the main — its movements upon lem.Concentration becomes so powerful. Concentrated action will grow into greater action. It is now a known fact that the subconscious supply of latent energy enormous.

is know that The same cir- true of any subject.'***//** > & **&6eJ Concentration well. you will find the solution. but stage of our study to in this these things can be done. and concentration is the solution of any key. to get beneath the surface. through concenin- tration. and thus get hold of bed-rock information. to enter into the very life of the thing. [16] . situation or cumstance. a The psychology of this involves sufficient most fascinating study. The problem is locked up in that problem. Real concentration has the power to break through the shell. side facts You can. find the main points or the of any subject or situation consider. that you may These things we may accomplish through concentration and there is good reason therefore why it has always been . to get in behind the scenes.

Concentration looked upon as the master art. Positively. does not tarry goes farther. [17] . It goes straight on. but there is one thing more. Mental action. will New laws and principles be discovered. with known facts. farther and farther into the ciple substance or prin- that is acted upon at the time. when go perfectly con- centrated. fore the mind. It and on Concentration forges ahead. Concentration tendency — develops a to penetrating lead the into the a tendency the usual mind out of unknown. the greatest of them all. A new region of possibility will open beto light. It and such a journey will invariably prove a journey of discovery. The mind will find and It sets out upon a journey. and long sought secrets may come we can. enter new fields of thought. tends to life.

[18] .Concentration through a highly developed concentration. cause Nature to give up her secrets. and cause the mysteries of Life to be revealed.

we the This then is Be really interested in [19] . we make every conceivable effort to develop this master art. and therefore to proceed what principles to adopt and what methods to apply.WHEN we realize what may shall be accomplished through concentration. and our persistence. first principle. we find that it is based upon mental actions that are deeply in- how — will want to know terested in a certain subject or object. we concentrate naturally and without effort whenever or wherever are vitally interested. determination and enthusiasm will know neither pause nor measure. When we examine the psychology of concentration. that is. we will purpose positively to learn how to concentrate.

and we proceed upon the fact that everything is interesting from a certain point of view its — that if everything can attract our attention permitted to reveal chief attraction. The problem. however.Concentration that to which you are to address yourself. appeal to us in the least. It useless or uninteresting. This is the first and possibly the greatest obstacle we have to meet in the develop- do not. and you will give it your undivided is attention. or that ment of concentration. To the superficial mind many things may seem think. do not. attract our attention. or commonplace viewpoint. come jects that how to be- really interested in subjects or ob- on their own account. but not so to the mind that has learned to from a is only on the surface. but the solution is very simple. on the surface. that [20] .

The most commonplace istence. scientifically. certainly true that It is everything is interesting from a certain point of view. and it is only when looked upon through the eyes of prejudice or ignorance that our associations may re- pel or produce indifference. [21] . and discover the greater possibilities that are awaiting back of object in ex- the scenes everywhere. and especially when we seek for the deeper cause of every condition. such as a simple rock or a turf. becomes life. will ties wonder-world when examined and the ordinary duties of if examined from all points of view.Concentration most things may seem unworthy of passing notice. The situation changes entirely when we see things as they are. or that life and its work may offer slight appeal. reveal opportunities and possibilia that will positively startle the mind.

in its chief attraction. when looked prove with eyes that a see. Therefore. provided the chief attraction. We concentrate naturally and pervitally fectly when we are Everything is. illustrations all inits The universe in of realities. — in all of its actions and in- these things. will teresting to frequently degree. extremely interesting. and existence changes into.Concentration and we may multiply definitely. life in all of its manifestations. but we find here we meet [22] . we may. the we may make tion : following proposiinterested. by seeking the chief attraction in everything. concentrate naturally perfectly anywhere any time. and This is simple and conclusive. and to an amazing ject. Understanding this aspect of the subwhich is the all important aspect. fascinating wonderful degree.

and to drill that fact into the tive action mind with posiand depth of thought.Concentration another problem. When you convince the mind that [23] . therefore to solve. — of find elements of real interest anywhere sufficient interest to attract our undivided attention. but ways do so at the we may not almoment. is we have another problem again. only necessary at first to proceed is upon the conviction that everything interest- ing from certain points of view. but possible to find that interesting viewpoint anywhere and on short notice? It is true that we can. in due time. A situation will arise that can solve this other problem absolutely. the solution simple — and It within easy reach of any one is who will try. everything is We is it may grant that a certain interesting from point of view.

the mind in the situation is really interested in that subject or object. that we should emphasize and reemphasize these things [24] . or that you may take up for consideration. So there vital essen- you have the tial and most for concentration. effort to has sprung up subconwithout your making the least become first interested. and in everything ment keenly looking for the interesting ele- ment. a natural tendency to be on the alert for this interesting viewpoint. it of this principle is and the methods connected with are so effective.Concentration everything is interesting from a certain point of view. Vital interest sciously. The importance so great. unconsciously and unele- look for the interesting you meet in life. Your mind failingly. you establish. And when the mind is on the alert. in the subconscious. will.

should think on these things repeatedly. things in the cial fashion.Concentration our minds in every way conceivable. In practical will life this is how the plan work. and give special time and thought to the facts involved. dwell upon this situation with in We the utmost of faith and confidence. nearly every terest in a There is a tendency in mind to take natural infew things only. so that the tendency of indifference may be supplanted by one of whole-hearted interest. out of the question such a state of attention mind. attention to upon to give something you do not underare called You stand. to work and and to think of most general and superfiBut real concentration is in act largely in grooves. or something that does not ap- [25] . that is why special should be given to the facts under consideration.

at moment. or the give matter undivided everything attention. nothing more than mild interest may arise. If this be your first attempt in the application of this method. and a curious your own mind mind is on the verge of becoming an ing interested mind. But you remember the great fact noted in this study. and even that might aid you decidedly at the time.Concentration peal to you in the least. You are not the and therefore you cannot. Suppose you make it a part of your daily work to impress upon [26] . concentrate properly. curious. but suppose you make use of this a method many times every day for weeks and months. Instantly you become curious to know what the interesting element in the matYou have made ter in hand might be. interested. that is interest- from a certain point of view.

Suddenly. and. You are giving [27] . to seek the interesting ele- the subject before you.Concentration /iyour mind. a keen desire has to look into this subject to come over you thoroughly. everything again and again. the fact that is interesting from a certain point of view. the mind prompted. before you are hardly aware of the this subject has become interesting and attractive. fact. You are vitally interested. and the subconscious never forgets really learned. You want know. Then suppose you are called upon to consider a subject towards which you have been wholly indifferent. The subconscious will soon receive these impressions and make that fact its very own. But the subconscious has been advised that there are elements of interest everywhere. will be what it has once Accordingly. by powerful impulses in from ments within.

give your whole attention to anything that you may meet. in the . deeply and perma- workings and possibilities of all aspects of life you are wonderfully attracted to the real and the true everywhere. When to it becomes a part of your mind know and feel that there are interest- ing elements in everything. you concentrate nently. Wherever you think and act.Concentration the matter undivided attention. you develop a permanent faculty for looking into the vital elements in all things. when looked upon with that see. and that eyes everything. and without effort. or that you are called upon to consider. You are interested. perfectly. you do so with your whole mind. You are concentrating perfectly in that direction. not because you are trying to [28] . becomes a wonder-world. and therefore you will instantly.

[29] .Concentration do so. but because you have developed that something in yourself that produces perfect concentration.

Whether we meet the exceptional. the act of looking for that element will create interest in the mind. rules of life to with the desire to discover . it we should make one of the per- meet everything its real worth and chief points of interest and whether the element of interest be found or not. thereby pro- ducing a certain degree of concentration. rigidly observed. the commonplace or rule this should be the and whenever we have moments to spare we should apply rule definitely to any subject or object at hand. so that the mind may develop in illustrate. and all secure possible results. a permanent and a powerful tendency that direction. To we may [30] .TO manent develop this idea farther.

and every one of those questions would arouse the deepest interest in the mind because they would be questions that would involve some of the greatest principles in science.Concentration take an ordinary looking rock and ask what there is about this rock in which we may become interested. how they attracted to each other and how they of. to hold together. We might proceed asking questions. and we would happen find that fifty to we could ask anywhere from one hundred very interesting and about this very most scientific questions ordinary looking rock. We would ask what this rock is comourselves posed are contain. how many elements it may how they combine. and every instance we shall be surprised [31] in to . The same method may ject be applied in connection with any object or any sub- we may wish to consider.

in which we are not We [32] . The moment. its possibilities and very soul. its qualities. and look into its elements. its its is powers. we shall not find anything to be commonplace or uninteresting. however. truth that if we are wide awake to the meaning and purpose of everything in existence. What appears to be unin- teresting appears so simply because we in- have not taken the time to make an telligent examination. we shall find so much that interesting that we might occupy the mind for days.Concentration find how many The points of interest will come forth the mind. shall find nothing to be of greater value as a daily practice than to take up objects or subjects. that we really examine the thing itself. to attract and even amaze is. weeks and months in a deeper and further examination. its nature.

and we know that there is nothing that adds so much to our fund of knowledge as the happy faculty of being able to look for facts. or hear. This practice will produce a permanent tendency in the mind to look for the interesting in connection with everything that we may this see. Concentration actually interested. not only intellect. but we through this practice. and the same faculty tends to develop. because we will not only find will. or think about and tendency will expand and de- [33] . much that is interesting. ele- ments richly or factors connection with those objects or subjects. or for the truth everywhere. but all the finer mental facul- ties as well. and direct the mind in to look for interesting viewpoints. train the mind to look naturally for that which is of interest everywhere. We shall be rewarded..

and place us tion in a position to secure direct or first-hand informa- from every experience and from we meet on More than this. the real principle. tendency will develop in the mind the every object or subject that faculty of searching for the chief essentials. and it is possible over-estimate the value of such a faculty. the real power. [34] . the same the way. knowing as the surface continually. we if do that the average mind skims over and seldom. the real truth. we have gained immensely. or the real thing. the real factors that exist in everything we meet in life. that invariably exists in the actual life or soul af that with which hardly we come to in contact. discovers the real. ever.Concentration velop the mind. When we develop the faculty of finding the real thing. vital principle involved anywhere.

we should is in inquire deeply and scientifically as to what there is about such work that reality in- teresting. And as we continue this practice. and we will find it. that is. and will act thoroughly and effectively of itself. [35] . And when we have work that does not seem interesting work upon which we must concentrate in order to do it well we should take up such work in the same — — attitude. This question to will cause the mind coming up. we should proceed at in- once to examine that particular thing with a view of finding something of terest. and at once concentration will begin. that is.Concentration seem Whenever we meet what does not interesting. become interested. the tendency to look for the interesting everywhere will become second nature. concentration will have become a permanent power in the mind.

of course. interesting elements in everything.Concentration wherever the mind may proceed to act. [36] . provided further. \ . that your mind is keenly alive with the desire to know. The rule is simple: Look for the in- and the mind becomes interested. and wherever the mind is interested. to achieve. there you concentrate naturally and effectively. to excel. that you subconsciously feel that there are teresting. provided. and.

in any mode or man- — ner desired.A of the MOST tion is important essential in the development of concentrato learn to control the actions of the actions. experienced We all have moments when the forces mind seemed to be under perfect control when it seemed as if we could jnove those forces. really quite simple. are in deeper or closer we find that touch with the finer forces of mind and personality — that is the secret. And when we we our states of mind during such moments. just as we move our hands analyze or feet. we exercise this power almost hourly to some degree. To [37] . mind — all the leading both objective and subjective. this and although for in fact may seem it is to de a diffi- cult undertaking.

that currents of mental rents that determine life. Be- [38] . We rily. that prepares the state of mind. more penetrating currents that produce real results. in a superficial manner. secure some slight results temporais thing that being done. and to begin. should try and feel so deeply about . but it is those deeper.Concentration acquire the art of entering into this closer touch therefore must be our puris pose. finer. those finer curin results every- when concentrating may. to and that alone have the capacity produce extraordinary results. everything that we think or do that the into the under- mind actually enters into the very spirit is. it deeper feeling way for that desired Whenever we proceed to concentrate. of the process. we should try and deepen the feeling of all we thought and all mental action in fact.

However. finer it is the consciousness of those currents that gives the mind the power all to exercise complete control over the actions and forces of the mental / world tion. Every [39] . by giving special atsit- tention to the principle. you are simply aware of pleasing sound. but a problem at times to enter into this state of deeper feel- you can. found in listening to music. but infinitely more. wherein you can appreciate the very soul in a of music. if you are but nothing more.Concentration sides. — an attainment find it that is most im- portant in the development of concentra- You may ing. master this uation absolutely. you will not simply hear pleasing sound. and the secret will be comparing the two ways of When you listen to music and remain in a superficial state. deeper state of mind at the time.

we meet experiences. and the experi- could not Briefly stated. in mental contact merely with the outer meaning. its effect would remain with you for weeks. feelings in and arouse mind and possibly soul that are so deep. so lofty and so beautiful that you describe them. and come in mental contact with the very kingdom of the invariably enter We find that we [40] . ence would be such that possibly years. your entire being would be alive with the deepest and finest and most sacred emotions. or come very soul. or anything in in the attitude of deeper and finer states such times of mind.Concentration tone of that music will actually thrill the atoms of your being. At we do not simply discern the surface of things. life we actually discern the of things. months and This illustrates what happens when life.

Concentration into this live every deeper feeling when we try to act. fit the truth u that\ if ('your mind will do anything for you you really want it done. thought or experience that may appear in our world. condition or tendency that we continue to desire with persistis ence and sincerity. we enter into the very life of that particular thing. To develop the tendency to enter the deeper states of the mind. we should work in harmony with a leading law in the mental world. the mind will soon develop a tendall ency that will invariably take men- [41] . that is. ^J When we make it our purpose to enter into deeper states of feeling in connection with every thought and action. the peculiar proneness of the mind to produce within itself any state. and the reason why is found in the fact that whenever we try to live anything.

we shall find it a feel the finer touch of the real life of music. to enter into the depths of life. it exist in the very of music We shall find an excellent practice to apply the same principle in connection with anything that is beautiful. whatever we may be thinking about. to look for the soul of music. whenever we hear good music. or anything that may appeal to the mind as be- ing worthy of our deepest and highest attention.Concentration tal action into To deeper states of feeling. and to try to appreciate the most delicate spirit harmonies that itself. thought and feeling. to try and tion. and in fact. and gradually con- 03 . we should try and enter into the very soul of the thought In this manner. we will or the theme. encourage the mind in this connec- most excellent practice. develop a natural desire to seek for the real.

we ifind shall not only every sensation more delightful than before. has be- come more manner. our aim.Concentration sciousness will deepen until all of its activities we in every find we can feel more deeply thought or experience. We the shall find it profitable to apply same principle to every aspect of physical sensation. as a whole. refined in every form and [43] . and we shall also find that the conscious domain has been increased remarkably. but try to discern and feel the finer elements that are invariably expressed through all forms of sensation. and to every experiIf we make it ence of the sense life. but also that it has been lifted to a higher plane — that grossness crudeness have disappeared. and and that the physical body. not to be satisfied with the grosser side of physical sensation.

but we must make the our chief realm of may act deeper fields of thought our real place of business. the surface. to The purpose must be to live beneath make the great within We life and concern. for we know that when we have gained perfect control over the mind. then all — the actions of we shall be able to con- centrate all the energy we possess upon any object or subject we may have in view. For surely if we would [44] .Concentration These exercises and experiences will tend directly to prepare the way for the development of those states of mind that we must possess in order to enter into this closer and finer touch with the higher and finer forces of the mind a most important essential in the art of controlling all the actions of the mind. upon and with the external aspects of life.

we must live and think where those forces arise and develop. [45] . (This. is a mat ter of imperative importance.Concentration master the deeper forces of life. therefore.

To you have several facts concerning a proposed invention. correctly applied. you will apply will power upon that group of facts. and wherever mental activity is inof that invention. there the creative process is in- [46] . process of thought creation. we will suppose that in bringing those facts together in the If combination required for the perfecting you understand the use of the will. and the use of the will in connection with concentration variously. creased. knowing that you thereby increase mental activity in that particular part of the mind. but may be illustrated we will first examine the of will power.AN effect in the indispensable element is that of a good strong will. but have not as yet succeeded illustrate.

will not only increase activity throughout this creative process. connection with the creative process that is working to perfect that will. because the make concentration power of will. The use of the however. The fact is this. but will also more when perfect. and this may be accomplished through [47] . the applied in connection with concenincreases tration. invariably both power and the capacity of the force of concentration. You will find it possible to perfect al- most any idea you have in mind. the reason is that whenever that the mind is not sufficiently active in idea.Concentration tensified and expressd to a higher and more perfect degree. although you know you have all the elements required. if you can bring to bear upon that idea all the available energy existing in your mind. an idea may seem indistinct.

We intensify the process is involved. we increase power and activity. the elements required for this new idea and this power is lacking be- [48] . and most minds are a position to create brilliant ideas at fre- quent intervals.Concentration concentration. provided concentration is deeply expressed. The reason is that they have not the power to bring to. and there nothing that tends more directly to increase the power of concentration than the act of increasing the rapidity of action wherever concentration \ may be taking place. in We all appreciate the value of bril- liant ideas. and in a positive manner — results full action of the fully apply we may secure through the will. gether all . but as a rule they merely come up to the point of creating a brilliant idea they do not quite reach the point itself. For when we the will.

where the required combination can be brought about so as to evolve the idea or plan we desire. or all We may have the essentials.Concentration cause the will tion weak and concentraThe same is true reundeveloped. but we may not always have the power to bring them together to a focus. is garding the perfecting of plans or methods. because such thought is almost invari- ably the result of the bringing together. in the impressions that proper combination. of the best may have come into [49] . the factors required. The use of the will. in this connection will produce remarkable results. however. The will always intensifies any mental process. creation of rich and valuable thought may be furthered in the same manner. and thereby tends to bring to a climax any creative process The that may be going on in the mind.

the full we we express the full power of the power of the will. and the use of the will in connection with concentration invariably tends to increase both the force and the capacity of the process. In fact. To will. every action of the will howmust be [50] . for the elimination of adverse mental states. never can concentrate with all that are unless we express through concentration. whether for the overcoming of physical ailments.Concentration the mind through our own study or ex- perience. because whenever we use the power of thought. ever. Regarding the psychological use of the power of thought. or for the build- — wherever we of thought — ing up of character or mental faculties may apply the power is a perfect concentration indispensable. we shall find the same principle of exceptional value.

We understand therefore that if we would learn to concentrate well we must also acquire a thorough knowledge of the will. that is. [51] . and develop the will to the of finer — highest possible degree. or through the attitude tively. and the it feeling the importance of which we have previously considered.Concentration positive. will must act subjecmust act through the undercurrents.

Besides. the element of desire will instill a some- thing into concentration that alive. The force of desire will also deepen and expand every mental process involved a situation that may. When we view. and will give to every ac- tion that vital spark that means so much.THE is power of invaluable persistent desire wherever in- creased results are wanted. is really It will eliminate the tendency to make mental ical or personal actions mechan- or forced. at times. — [52] . desire persistently the object in we become deeply interested in that object and we cause the whole mind to work for its realization. and therefore the full force of desire must invariably combine with concentration. become the opening way to remarkable results.

every energy and force in the mind becomes alive. thereby providing the process of [53] . and second. and here real desire rected. by arousing. the latent or dormant energies of the mind. first these energies is where becomes invaluable. and may be enlisted for good work in any place where the power of concentration has been dibe aroused. must We find therefore that the force of desire becomes a direct and powerful aid to concentration in two particulars. or making alive. first.Concentration To direct concentrate successfully we must creative and focalize all the energies of the mind upon but the object of concentration. Wherever we turn on the full current of persistent desire. by creating wide-awake interest all through the distinct mind — by causing the mind to become vitally interested in the goal in view.

when we concentrate full and with the force of a perfect desire concentration. especially where we may not be person- [54] . or realize any ideal perfectly. We can reach any goal. In this connection inquiry to the best may arise as methods for creating this deeper and more persistent desire.Concentration concentration with a vast amount of additional power. All of this we understand perfectly." The secret then is to want what you\ want with is all the life and power there / in you. and the more we investigate the psychology of the process. deeper mental interest and greater mental power. the more reasons we find why we always get what we want when we want it " real bad. and persistent proceeds to give concentration the two chief essen- more and more of tials. that is.

tent. in the best and most thorough use of every psychological law we may have the privilege to employ. go The future is long. the greatest possible success. even though the greater portion of elsewhere.Concentration ally interested in the final results. every form of gain will come to each in a very short due time time if we take advantage of every opportunity to increase our own capacity and power. Realizing this fact. personally. the tangible results may. We should therefore be one of us in — interested. that we always is gain personally from anything that done Oriental If we develop we greater power through the use of any gain to that ex- psychological law. we will want to desire success. for every enterprise with which [55 1 . in this instance. but here we should remember right.

Concentration Such a desire will improve remarkably. and although it may not come at once. realizing mind acts in a certain direction the greater becomes its power to act still more in the same the direction. not only our connected. Our own gain therefore will be strictly personal. and tangible gain positively will most direct. more The force of desire there- [56] . The future is those who improve both larger and richer for themselves in the present. in the come near future. but improvements must be genuine. but also talents all other powers and we may possess. we may be own concentration. not merely superficial. and greater opportunities are waiting everywhere for greater minds. To sire in increase the power of desire we should deepen and intensify the fact that the all such de- every form and manner.

[57] . concentrate well the — wonderfully well — we ex- desire the power to energy and action press in the building of real concentration. advantage. and more deeply we more life. we may the forces of concentration and desire to and react upon each other to great is. act Furthermore.Concentration fore come immense. that while desire the the trate for the increase of desire — the more we concenworth more powerful and — persistent will such desire become. may through this simple rule And the more we bein- crease the force of desire the more we cause increase results in every field of thought or action.

some of the functions of concen- tration are so closely related to those of imagination as to seem almost identical. and therefore have not given extensive attention to their own creative possibili- the richest and most numerous of exist in the fields of imagination. greatest faculty of all it is is that of imagination. due principally to the fact that in most minds have grooves of thought. which talent. and this is especially true with regard to the power of concentration. these creative possibilities must receive direct and scientific attention. When you employ the faculty of is imagination. Besides. but the least understood. one of your chief objects [58] . In the development of any power or however.THE remained ties.

bring together. When you employ the gether the faculty of imagination. a therefore better training increase of the imagination largely power of concentration. combining those energies tention at the at- one process to which you are giving the time.Concentration to bring together ideas or mental images with a view of creating some new or greater idea. we understand how by working with imagination. and in concentration this 11 bringing together " tendency clearly — this uniting the object in many that will in one. and when concentration can. A highly de- veloped faculty of imagination therefore naturally becomes an invaluable aid to the power of concentration. into one powerful line of mental [59] . you also tend to bring to- many creative energies of the in mind. is the It is leading evident view.

well-trained imagination tends to " light up " the entire mental world. we not only concentrate better. but the entire mind becomes account of ness.Concentration action. we that a vivid. other words. the to make clear. an action that increases directly and instantane- ously the all power of concentration. or. experience We know through how much [60] . everything mind more The result that the idea or object upon which we concentrate becomes more distinct. we know a why we usually find an excellent imagin- ation wherever concentration. in in is. and accordingly. its interested in this idea on vividness and distinctivecall into action the Thus we many aspects of mental attention. all the best ideas of the all available creative mind and energy. we find remarkable find Analyzing the subject farther.

all that and stand out so our faculties will be- come interested. and also how much better we can concentrate when we have a distinct mental picture of the object in view. or stand out clearly in the mind. we will imagination into action wherever to concentrate. we wish and immediately that place or process in the mind will become so clearly. The entire mind will [61] . and we all can what an immense advantage in the practical application be of concentration. vivid. call To illustrate. if well trained and scientifically applied. When imagination vivid. every mental process will be literally surrounded with appreciate this will filled and light. And imagination.Concentration we which we better can think when the ideas with are dealing are vivid. will invariably turn the light upon any idea that we may call up for examinais tion or further development.

and in a tire moment the en- mind will concentrate. to a focus at the point of This simple rule will not only produce some startling results in the process of concentration itself. As a practical suggestion we should. whenever we begin ceed to imagine to concentrate. And when for the we have the whole mind working object in view.Concentration turn its attention towards the point of concentration. to take the lead in the mental and therefore whenever we imagine that a certain thing is being done in the mind. Herewith. pro- all the forces of the mind coming concentration. we lead a majority of the energies of the mind to go and do [62] . but will also train imagination for nite defi- and practical work. the results desired will positively be realized. let us note that imagination does have the power world.

that very thing; provided of course that

imagination be vivid and highly positive


Here then we have

within easy reach a most remarkable

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concentrate well


not sufconcen-


we must


trate with the greatest possible

capacity; and therefore,

we should


ourselves to concentrate with the whole mind; or to express more and more of life and power in every thought and acBut the average mind makes acttion. ual use of only a small fraction of what is possible in ability and power; and that is one reason why the concentrated
efforts of such a

mind are


weak or

utterly futile.



we always

weak and immost of the mind





where concentration




activity all

through the menthen

The problem [6 4 ]


awaken more of the mind, and express more of the power of the mind in everything we do a problem that would largely solve itself if we would aban- \ don completely all half-hearted modes ) of thought and action. We should make it a practice to ex-

press the whole self in everything



think or say; and the increase in mental





should eliminate indifference absolutely.

Whether we turn to the left or to the right, we should turn with all we have in feeling, purpose and will. Wherever we act, we should be a power, and aim conto make all action constructive

ducive to greater capacity for action to-

morrow. There is no gain in saving up power for another day. If we use it all now, we will have still more when the The power that is other day arrives.

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con- and subconscious. we should not simply but think with think with the brain. the more we have to- morrow. the force of such concentration will Our therefore. every force and element in the entire personality. When we think. more power we shall use to-day. And when mind scious can. what be.Concentration used to-day — not — used in generated in the system to-day should be scattered — but used expression. we can imagine principal object. There is nothing that will increase mental capacity so quickly so effectively as the training of the to use the and mind the whole personality in every thought and expression. should be in this connection to the vast regions of awaken dormant energy all [66] . constructive that the And the law is. in concentration. draw upon the entire personality for power.



more and more of everything we do.

through the mental world, and express this new energy in Thus we provide



measure of power. A most excellent

practice, in order to

more of





thought and action,

to lay hold

the energy of the

upon mind with deep

and actually take up take up a book with the hand, and place it where we want it now. This can readily be done and with practice we will find that we can control our mental energies just as


that energy as

we would

effectively as


control the


of hands or feet.


this control



shall be able, at

any time, to

increase the expression of the

power of





power of concentration; and when we

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realize that even exceptional

minds use



per cent of their latent



gain some idea of the vast-

ness of our



further this increase




we should

give definite and fre-

quent directions to the subconscious for
this particular purpose.

In fact, there

nothing that will avail so much for

such a purpose, which fact

we can readily when we note what the suband what


can do.


should make

a daily practice there-




awaken the whole mind, and
in constructive action, the full

to express,

power and Remarkable increase will be realized, as the weeks pass, both in working capacity and in
capacity of the mind.

thinking power.

Then we should proceed

farther and


direct the subconscious to develop


shall be




itself; and we what can be done in




that the sub-


can do anything within the

range of


possibility, if


directed; therefore the creative


of the great within can build for us
concentration conceivable.

the most effective and the most perfect

This mar-



latent in every


waiting to be used with intelligence,

and real


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because they do not respond to any action of mind or will that is merely superficial. one can acquire power and the . first [70] .. the deeper forces and the finer energies of mind and persondeal directly. but any this work among life. IN ality the science and art of concentrait is tion. And here we find another reason why it is only the few it is who really can concentrate only the few who think deeply and who of cause the actions of the m'tad to the powerful undercurrents thought and mentality. To accomplish we must gain in- terior hold of those forces. and according to our purpose or desire. and with which we therefore we increase the power of con- centration as we acquire the ability to take up or control those forces at will. this.

This / inner mastery of the forces and energies of the mind. When we can take hold of the forces of the mental world. is a purely subjective pro- I developed only as we learn to act consciously and positively in what we inlLy^eTrrr-"ttie ^ inner field" oT~ and is thought. although there are act. consciousness and mind action. just as we sway or extend the arm in any mode or direction desired when we can do this. The value of this power. then we are beginning to acquire^_ those forces in any — the / power of real concentration. And field. in this inner the majority can acquire this only through extensive practice. cess. and direct or sway way desired. even aside [71] . to many who can power and do some extent.Concentration step towards that end is to gain this interior hold of the finer energies of the mind.

every mental creative process of genuine worth depends directly of these finer energies. upon the action If we would de- velop the real power of concentration. we must and more. di- of those forces with mind and [72] . to take positive hold will. more creating brilliant ideas. for the fact is. that it is only in this in- ner field of mind and thought that are bril- liant ideas created. and gain. this interior hold upon the forces of mind and personality.Concentration from that of concentration. To advance in this direction. we should endeavor frequently to take up and apply the deeper forces of the mental system. therefore. and besides. that is. and also master the art of think and act in the consciousness of the " inner field " of mentality. is very- great. especially in connection with the creation of effective and brilliant ideas.

on the one [73] . to cause them in to move one moment and straight lines. to focalize them all upon any subject or idea long we have in mind. And here we should remember that the moment we lose interest in the subject before us. then upon some other sphere. that the moment we to our surroundings. either towards the depths or the heights of the mental world. become oblivious that moment we cease to concentrate. the next moment. and we can continue such to see how or focalization without losing interest in the subject becoming oblivious to our surroundings. to move those forces to and fro as in we may circles desire . Concentration involves. that moment we cease to concentrate. and also.Concentration recting them first upon one sphere in the mental world. or in to gather them in large groups small groups according to desire.

the real power of concentration time being. and when this continuous practice that will give the [74] . is con- power desired.Concentration hand. complete everything going roundings. on the other hand. and every imaginable method should be employed. To gain this interior hold upon the it deeper forces of the mind. the greater will become our conscious hold upon those forces. sway or manipulate those forces. both to the objective and to the subjective. it lost for the is very important there- fore that we continue to be wide-awake. undivided attention to the subject or object before us. in fact. because the more ways through which we can handle. and. in as wide and deep and large a sphere as possible. to wide-awakeness on among our sur- The moment we become is oblivious to our surroundings.

but will also awaken latent forces and new talents. An tion excellent practice is to turn atten- frequently upon the great within. the vast and marvelous posexist in concentrating the deeper forces of the mind upon sibilities that the fathomless depths of the mental world. This re- practice will not only aid the mind markably in gaining this interior hold upon the finer energies.Concentration scious hold becomes remarkable. and will invariably arouse increased capacity and power in every faculty and talent we may be using now. When we find that the faculties and [75] . we shall be power. energy and power we possess. then we can apply those forces anywhere at any time. and turn on the full current of all the talent. able to concentrate perfectly. and with full capacity and In other words.

this practice will enlarge immensely the field for concentration. the greater becomes the power of concentration. and here it is importwith determination We will ant to remember that the greater the scope and range of the mental world. propositions and achievements.Concentration talents ficient we employ do not possess suf- force and capacity to make that work a success." and we shall be able to speed on with twice and thrice the usual cargo of plans. Every faculty or power in the mind gains exceptional advantages when given more and more to work with. and the practice of concentrating frequently [76] . soon experience most marked improvement. of which we are actively conscious. Furthermore. it is most important that we take up the above practice and do so and enthusiasm. the mental engine will have more " steam.

as a whole. besides giv- ing the mind.Concentration upon the great within faculty will give every more to work with. an ever-increasing world for attainment and achieve- ment. [77] .

in fact.THE all possibilities of concentrais tion are many. and every step in advance will should seek open new worlds to conquer. and for practical illus- [78] . no limits or restrictions can be found. that through concentration clear the almost any achievement. and this range is a thousand times greater than we have supposed. The principle is this. The results will be amazing. we can way for This principle can be applied to almost anything that we may wish to find or accomplish. and develop to the highest degree conceivable. attainment or discovery within the range of human life and power. but there to one possibility in particular that we understand most thoroughly.

It is the usual custom.Concentration we will consider first the problems we meet in daily life. for the fact is. that problem will be placed under the penetrating gaze of a powerful mental search light. accordingly. to all concentrate upon the problem with the energy and intellect this is we possess. The new way is to concentrate. Thus the solution will be found. when we have difficult tration problems to solve. to waste a vast amount of time and energy worrying about how we are to find the solution. and. that situations or prob- lems seem difficult or perplexing only [79] . and as we know this is an easy way to failure and defeat. the mind will be able to look into and look through the entire situation. and what will happen: The full light of the mind will be focused upon that problem.

not give up at any stage. concentrate [80] . we should con- upon those things. and we can. and with unflinching faith and determination. We will see through it all. if necessary. through a highly developed concentration. We will soon is penetrate the mystery and find what wanted. then we know what sufficient light and all mysProblems cease to be tery disappears. circumstance or Therefore.Concentration when viewed light. The same principle will apply if you Do are working on some invention. and see clearly what to do. subject. problems when viewed in the clear light. concentrate for days or weeks. thing. turn the full light of the Turn on mind upon any situation. concentrate with all the energy and intellect we centrate possess. in the dark or in subdued When we can look through the to do.

and concentrate with give up her secrets to those who will really want them. or through mental processes that involved lightning speed creative power. the possibilities of the mind become ply marvelous full creative when the full light and the power of the mind are con- centrated upon the goal in view. Nature will perfect. sim- always due to previous moments of exceptional concentration. realize We inven- therefore that greater [81] . or to those who come into her greater realms and get them.Concentration upon the thing you wish to develop or more and more persistence until the thing is done. It is a well known fact that most inventions have come through persistent concentration. and concentration has the penetrating power to go on in anywhere. Nothing is impossible. and such processes are Furthermore.

all We also realize that ties when we apply our facul- and forces upon the creation of an if idea or the perfecting of an invention. upon the in work power of the mind and the highest and most effective actions of hand. the power to create new ideas. And it is the function of concentration to apply. among other things. liant will that idea become. Rich things grow where producing [82] . the full that power. and we can realize that the more intellect and energy we apply in any creative process the greater and more brilgenius involves. the results will be far greater than we applied only a fraction of those fac- ulties and forces.Concentration tions than the world has ever dreamed to of may be expected when a much larger number learn Inventive master the wonder working art of concentration.

old way. When you are in need of a new plan in your business. will not all the talents and forces of only cause the work together at the point awaken latent energies in mind and personality sometimes an enormous amount of new ento mind of action. and the producing power of the mind at any point will be abundant in profusion when we concentrate the best that we have and the best that we are upon that point. but will also — until you feel as if you were a dynamo. The [8 3 ] . do not consult all the people you know. the majority of whom may ergy — living not be really interested.Concentration power is abundant. and it That is the leads to confusion. or in your field of endeavor. let us note again power of concentration when and highly developed. And to emphasize that the persistent this fact.

[8 4 ] . active or latent. and if you concentrate exceptionally well. Nothing is more true than this. you will cause those actions to make a super-effort the result of which will go far beyond your every expectation.Concentration new way greatest upon the plan you want. to work out any plan you may require for your best welfare and continued progress. They can do it. and drilled so thoroughly into every human brain that it becomes a positive and ever you. that your own mind is — fully able to take the very best care of This is a statement that should be shouted from the house tops. Thus you cause the highest and greatest in your mind to go to work and evolve the plan you desire. and with the highest and is to concentrate actions of the mind. Here you should note well the fact that your own mind has the power.

only through a well developed conpower can be applied majority. can solve your problems and Your own mind work out the plans that you need for advance- and your work. And your own mind will do these things if you concentrate persistently upon that which you want. A field large and valued field for the ap- plication of the same principle. and concentrate won- ment in your life derfully well. in this is the of ideals. hoptration. But centration that this effectively.Concentration conscious realization. And connection we should that consider well the great fact in- whenever the mind gains the it sight to perceive an ideal also gains the it is power to make that ideal real. [8 5 ] . do not give sufficient thought to concenThey dream and dream. The among those who however. entertain high ideals.

or. Most of them merely hope and hope that their ambitions will be realized somehow. but they do not concentrate persistently and continually upon the great goal they have view. they journey off into abstractions and transcendental speculations — a process that does not call into action the power that is able to make those dreams come true. and the [86] . their fact ambitions never that materialize. and. consequence. The same is true of young minds who are ambitious. in They do not call into con- certed and organized action the sumtotal of their forces in and is faculties. to heights give up their early ambitions after a few years and decide resume an average existence. The fifty where one of ambitious mind scales the achievement.Concentration ing the dream will come true. when they do try to concentrate.

current of and persists. provided of course that your whole mind is working for you. This should be the rule: Whatever you want. concentrate upon those greater forces and possibilities within you that can get you what you want that can see you — through successfully.Concentration chief reason is. certain The successful full one. it is they do concentrate. tively true that For it is posi- your own mind can get you anything within reason. and your whole mind will work for you will work for you with — the highest degree of effectiveness — [8 7 ] . that these fifty do not if concentrate. until is the goal in view realized. unfashion. with undaunted faith and determination. only for a time and in a weak. concentrate upon the purpose you have in mind. or. turns on the concentration. however. concentrate.

that reveals clearly the master touch of genius. or to those mental do- mains with which most of us are familiar. To illustrate. that is. [88] . There are other and greater worlds that we may discover and take possession of through the use of this master art. if we wish to evolve or develop something that is entirely new. with absolute cer- tainty.Concentration if you concentrate wonderfully well. is to concentrate in that direcshall Thus we make a super-ef- fort in that direction. to the usual of achievement. or decidedly different. yond that class is develop something that is besomething all previous effort — distinctive. if we con- centrate with full capacity and marvel- ous skill. however. The possibilities of concentration are fields not confined. that stands out in a by itself. the principle tion. and we will.

Concentration The elements of genius are latent in every mind. which when applied. a new and of in life superior plan for the re- alization highly desired changes or. through the super-efforts of a marvelous concentration. Thus somedeveloped. The most wonderful is possibility of all this. richer kingdoms and greater worlds. creative action. out of present restric- mind on and tions and beyond present states of knowledge and consciousness. might revolutionize everything in that sphere of of doing things — ways an entirely new way human thought or endeavor. call those elements together into positive. and methods. or. that concentration can lead the on. and any mind may. brilliant idea thing It new or startling may be may be a new and most certain . We know that [8 9 ] concentration . into new realms.

delve into anything in the may vast domains of Life. we are going to make discoveries. into Mind. It is Mind to to or Nature. into Nature. farther into Life. [90] . or make discoveries in any field or region that would prove amazing invaluable to to the mind and human progress. Thus we might find long sought secrets in the natural world. It is the positive truth that a highly developed concentration can carry the mind farther and deeper in any direction. This is something that the great minds of every age have demonstrated And if we go deeper or repeatedly.Concentration does have the tendency to go farther. and that so that it it has real penetrating power. possible therefore cause the power of concentration go so far into any state of reality that new and marvelous domains will open before the mind.

through is. These things are not exaggerations nor the mere picturing of a highly stimulated imagination. laws and principles. thousand so-called impossibil- We are going to discern the inner workings of things in many fields and regions. use of concentration. discover or accom- almost anything. the knowledge of which may reduce to simplicity a ities. that if we carry on the process far enough.Concentration We are going to find secrets that no mind has known before. for when we in accept the fact that concentration can lead the — which we plish mind farther and deeper fact any direction this we all accept absolutely — realize that we may. It is a matter therefore of deciding to con- [91] . and thus secure information that wise men have sought all through the ages. We are going to meet forces.

The outcome will be pected. Here then is food for thought whatever our work may be. thoughtful attention to these things. or whatever our Here we have fields of study may be.Concentration centrate until we find or secure what we as ex- want. for in due time learn we shall meet shall the great and the wonderful. we remarkable power can open to the mind regions beyond rethis how gions of untold possibility. for those who who are look- ing for new worlds to conquer. we perceive most keenly that we are ever on the brink of wonders and marvels with the power to go on into those fabulous regions and take possession. promises rich and rare for those aspire to excel. for those who are in search of the deeper secrets And as we give of life everywhere. — To the practical mind it is clearly [92] .

thor- oughly along and learn to concentrate wonderfully well. we are going to move forward steadily surely. is equally evident that a well trained mind can.Concentration evident that if we all train the essential mind lines. And if we continue in this manner. ize that the possibilities For when we realmind holds marvels and far beyond what we ever [93] . take a charmed journey into Nature's wonder world with the posi- — tive assurance that something of untold value will be found. gaining capacity. To the mind of ideals. through a highly developed concentration. but we and may at any time strike a new trail lead- ing directly and quickly to the highest pinnacle of achievement. we will not only accomplish what we have in view. and to all who it have faith in greater possibilities. power and speed as we proceed.

even heart of things things tering into the secrets of life and the when we note these we stand amazed at what might — But the mind of faith and courage will stand amazed only for a moment.Concentration dreamed. — it there failure power that never knew nor defeat a power that is is a — fully able to cast the mountains of im- possibility into the sea of oblivion. [94] . Such a mind will resolve to master this wonder art at once for in be done. and when we know that these mental marvels can be gathered and trained for super-effort work on any scale — — or for creative for going out en- upon expeditions of discovery.



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