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The Master Key System

By Charles Haanel

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Table of Contents
Pre'ace 3ntroduction 4oreword Wee( 9ne: #n 3ntroduction to the :aster ;ey )ystem Wee( 1wo: 1he Basics o' 8our :ind Wee( 1hree: &eali6in$ 8our :ental &esources Wee( 4our: &e%ersin$ the Process < 4rom Cause to !''ect Wee( 4i%e: 1he Creati%e :ind Wee( )i/: 1he Brain o' :an Wee( )e%en: .tili6in$ the 9mni"otent Power Wee( !i$ht: 1hou$ht and 3ts &esults Wee( =ine: #''irmations and 8our :ind Wee( 1en: # Certain 5e'inite Cause Wee( !le%en: 3nducti%e &easonin$ and the 9b2ecti%e :ind Wee( 1wel%e: 1he Power o' Concentration Wee( 1hirteen: 1he 5reams o' the 5reamer Wee( 4ourteen: 1he Creati%e Power o' 1hou$ht Wee( 4i'teen: 1he aw .nder Which We i%e Wee( )i/teen: >ainin$ )"iritual .nderstandin$ Wee( )e%enteen: )ymbols and &eality Wee( !i$hteen: 1he aw o' #ttraction

Wee( =ineteen: 8our :ental 4ood Wee( 1wenty: 1he )"irit o' 1hin$s Wee( 1wenty-9ne: 1o 1hin( Bi$ 1hou$hts Wee( 1wenty-1wo: )"iritual )eeds Wee( 1wenty-1hree: 1he aw o' )uccess 3s )er%ice Wee( 1wenty-4our: #lchemy ?isit

Charles Haanel wrote 1he :aster ;ey )ystem a century a$o, and it still remains the $old standard in "ersonal de%elo"ment and sel'-hel". #ll modern sel'-hel" e/"erts can trace their teachin$s bac( to Charles and the :aster ;ey )ystem, includin$ =a"oleon Hill, W. Clement )tone, and =orman ?incent Peal. 3n 'act, 1he :aster ;ey )ystem was the basis 'or the best-sellin$ mo%ie and boo( 1he )ecret.

1he :aster ;ey )ystem is all about success. Whether you want to start a business, lose wei$ht, or im"ro%e relationshi"s, the :aster ;ey )ystem will hel". 1o be blunt, it@s u" to you to determine what success means to youA

By studyin$ this boo( you will learn the secrets that will: B #llow you to com"letely eliminate 'ear and worry 'rom your li'e. B .nloc( you hidden "otential, de%elo"in$ sel'-con'idence and "ower. B Become a ma$net that attracts "eo"le, resources, and e%ents that create success. B :o%e you towards your $oals and dreams. B 1hin( constructi%ely and systematically. B earn to control your mind and emotions. B 5raw health, abundance, and success to yoursel' li(e a ma$net. B earn to li%e harmoniously, eliminatin$ "roblems and chaos. B 5e%elo" the Cmillionaire mindsetD that will hel" you earn and accumulate more money.

1he :aster ;ey )ystem was ori$inally desi$ned as a wee(ly home study course. !ach cha"ter is a lesson to be studied, "racticed, and mastered. !ach lesson has a "ractical e/ercise that will teach you to control your mind and emotions, and to learn to e''ecti%ely %isuali6e your desired outcome.

While you can read the boo( 'rom co%er to co%er, the best results are obtained by studyin$ each lesson 'or a wee(, readin$ the lesson and doin$ the e/ercises daily. We ur$e you to ta(e notes and 'aith'ully do the e/ercises in each

cha"ter. Be "atient and ha%e 'aith. 5on@t e/"ect miracles to ha""en o%erni$ht. But i' you are dili$ent and "ersistent you will 'ind your li'e $ettin$ better and better.

1hat doesn@t mean that you won@t see immediate im"ro%ement. 3 can "ersonally attest that you@ll start noticin$ thin$s $et better immediately. 3n 'act, 3 recommend that you start a""lyin$ what you learn to small e%eryday thin$s. 3 "ersonally started usin$ it to 'ind "ar(in$ s"ots and to eliminate red li$hts. 3 can@t be$in to e/"lain how $rati'yin$ it is the 'irst time you catch e%ery sto" li$ht. :y record is 1E strai$ht Fthen 3 reached my destination7.

WeG%e created this %ersion o' 1he :aster ;ey to brin$ this clasic boo( to the ;indle. We 'ound se%eral %ersions but were dissatis'ied. )ome wanted to char$e "eo"le 'or a boo( that was "ublished a century a$o. )ome claimed to ma(e changes or improvements, but were in reality e/actly the same boo( as Charles Haanel "ublished a century a$o. 9thers made chan$es, but in e%ery case made the boo( worse.

1he ori$inal boo( was a master"iece. 1here really isnGt any room 'or im"ro%ement. While some o' the lan$ua$e is dated, this adds to the e/"erience. Please 'eel 'ree to contact us i' you ha%e 0uestions or comments. We@%e created this boo( 'or you, 'ree o' char$e, so that you can reach your hi$hest "otential. While you are at it, "lease sto" by our site and chec( us out at We ha%e a wealth o' resources dedicated to hel"in$ you. 3n 'act, our motto is wealth and life balance through entrepreneurship.

How can we hel" youH B 1imely articles on "ersonal de%elo"ment, sel' hel", "ersonal 'inance, wealth buildin$, education, and entre"reneurshi". B >reat "roducts $uaranteed to ta(e you to the ne/t le%el. B !/"ert #d%ice.

#nd to be blunt, weGre really nice "eo"le. 8ouGll en2oy your %isitA Iust $o to J a hre'KLhtt"

=ature com"els us all to mo%e throu$h li'e. We could not remain stationary howe%er much we wished. !%ery ri$htthin(in$ "erson wants not merely to mo%e throu$h li'e li(e a sound-"roducin$, "erambulatin$ "lant, but to de%elo" to im"ro%e - and to continue the de%elo"ment mentally to the close o' "hysical li'e.

1his de%elo"ment can occur only throu$h the im"ro%ement o' the 0uality o' indi%idual thou$ht and the ideals, actions and conditions that arise as a conse0uence. Hence a study o' the creati%e "rocesses o' thou$ht and how to a""ly them is o' su"reme im"ortance to each one o' us. 1his (nowled$e is the means whereby the e%olution o' human li'e on earth may be hastened and u"li'ted in the "rocess.

Humanity ardently see(s L1he 1ruthL and e/"lores e%ery a%enue to it. 3n this "rocess it has "roduced a s"ecial literature, which ran$es the whole $amut o' thou$ht 'rom the tri%ial to the sublime - u" 'rom 5i%ination, throu$h all the Philoso"hies, to the 'inal lo'ty 1ruth o' L1he :aster ;eyL.

1he L:aster ;eyL is here $i%en to the world as a means o' ta""in$ the $reat Cosmic 3ntelli$ence and attractin$ 'rom it that which corres"onds to the ambitions, and as"irations o' each reader.

!%ery thin$ and institution we see around us, created by human a$ency, had 'irst to e/ist as a thou$ht in some human mind. 1hou$ht there'ore is constructi%e. Human thou$ht is the s"iritual "ower o' the cosmos o"eratin$ throu$h its creature man. L1he :aster ;eyL instructs the reader how to use that "ower, and use it both constructi%ely and creati%ely. 1he thin$s and conditions we desire to become realities we must 'irst create in thou$ht. L1he :aster ;eyL e/"lains and $uides the "rocess.

L1he :aster ;eyL teachin$ has hitherto been "ublished in the 'orm o' a Corres"ondence Course o' 2E lessons, deli%ered to students one "er wee( 'or 2E wee(s. 1he reader, who now recei%es the whole 2E "arts at one times, is warned not to attem"t to read the boo( li(e a no%el, but to treat it as a course o' study and conscientiously to imbibe the meanin$ o' each "art - readin$ and re-readin$ one "art only "er wee( be'ore "roceedin$ to the ne/t. 9therwise the later "arts will tend to be misunderstood and the readerGs time and money will be wasted.

.sed as thus instructed L1he :aster ;eyL will ma(e o' the reader a $reater, better "ersonality, and e0ui""ed with a new "ower to achie%e any worthy "ersonal "ur"ose and a new ability to en2oy li'eGs beauty and wonder.


)ome men seem to attract success, "ower, wealth, attainment, with %ery little conscious e''ortO others con0uer with $reat di''icultyO still others 'ail alto$ether to reach their ambitions, desires and ideals. Why is this soH Why should some men reali6e their ambitions easily, others with di''iculty, and still others not at allH 1he cause cannot be "hysical, else the most "er'ect men, "hysically, would be the most success'ul. 1he di''erence, there'ore, must be mental - must be in the mindO hence mind must be the creati%e 'orce, must constitute the sole di''erence between men. 3t is mind, there'ore, which o%ercomes en%ironment and e%ery other obstacle in the "ath o' men.

When the creati%e "ower o' thou$ht is 'ully understood, its e''ect will be seen to be mar%elous. But such results cannot be secured without "ro"er a""lication, dili$ence, and concentration. 1he student will 'ind that the laws $o%ernin$ in the mental and s"iritual world are as 'i/ed and in'allible as in the material world. 1o secure the desired results, then, it is necessary to (now the law and to com"ly with it. # "ro"er com"liance with the law will be 'ound to "roduce the desired result with in%ariable e/actitude. 1he student who learns that "ower comes 'rom within, that he is wea( only because he has de"ended on hel" 'rom outside, and who unhesitatin$ly throws himsel' on his own thou$ht, instantly ri$hts himsel', stands erect, assumes a dominant attitude, and wor(s miracles.

3t is e%ident, there'ore, that he who 'ails to 'ully in%esti$ate and ta(e ad%anta$e o' the wonder'ul "ro$ress which is bein$ made in this last and $reatest science, will soon be as 'ar behind as the man who would re'use to ac(nowled$e and acce"t the bene'its which ha%e accrued to man(ind throu$h an understandin$ o' the laws o' electricity.

9' course, mind creates ne$ati%e conditions 2ust as readily as 'a%orable conditions, and when we consciously or unconsciously %isuali6e e%ery (ind o' lac(, limitation and discord, we create these conditionsO this is what many are unconsciously doin$ all the time.

1his law as well as e%ery other law is no res"ecter o' "ersons, but is in constant o"eration and is relentlessly brin$in$ to each indi%idual e/actly what he has createdO in other words, LWhatsoe%er a man soweth that shall he also rea".L

#bundance, there'ore, de"ends u"on a reco$nition o' the laws o' #bundance, and the 'act that :ind is not only the creator, but the only creator o' all there is. Certainly nothin$ can be created, be'ore we (now that it can be created and then ma(e the "ro"er e''ort. 1here is no more !lectricity in the world today than there was 'i'ty years a$o, but until someone reco$ni6ed the law by which it could be made o' ser%ice, we recei%ed no bene'itO now that the law is understood, "ractically the whole world is lit by it. )o with the law o' #bundanceO it is only those who reco$ni6e the law and "lace themsel%es in harmony with it, who share in its bene'its.

1he scienti'ic s"irit now dominates e%ery 'ield o' e''ort, relations o' cause and e''ect are no lon$er i$nored.

1he disco%ery o' a re$ion o' law mar(ed an e"och in human "ro$ress. 3t eliminated the element o' uncertainty and ca"rice in menGs li%es, and substituted law, reason and certitude.

:en now understand that 'or e%ery result there is an ade0uate and de'inite cause, so that when a $i%en result is desired, they see( the condition by which alone this result may be attained.

1he basis u"on which all law rests was disco%ered by inducti%e reasonin$ which consists o' com"arin$ a number o' se"arate instances with one another until the common 'actor which $i%es rise to them all is seen.

3t is this method o' study to which the ci%ili6ed nations owe the $reater "art o' their "ros"erity and the more %aluable "art o' their (nowled$eO it has len$thened li'e, it has miti$ated "ain, it has s"anned ri%ers, it has bri$htened the ni$ht with the s"lendor o' day, e/tended the ran$e o' %ision, accelerated motion, annihilated distance, 'acilitated intercourse, and enabled men to descend into the sea, and into the air. What wonder then that men soon endea%ored to e/tend the blessin$s o' this system o' study to their method o' thin(in$, so that when it became "lainly e%ident that certain results 'ollowed a "articular method o' thin(in$ it only remained to classi'y these results.

1his method is scienti'ic, and it is the only method by which we shall be "ermitted retain that de$ree o' liberty and 'reedom which we ha%e been accustomed to loo( u"on as an inalienable ri$ht, because a "eo"le is sa'e at home and in the world only i' national "re"aredness mean such thin$s as $rowin$ sur"lus o' health, accumulated e''iciency in "ublic and "ri%ate business o' whate%er sort, continuous ad%ance in the science and art o' actin$ to$ether, and the increasin$ly dominant endea%or to ma(e all o' these and all other as"ects o' national de%elo"ment center and re%ol%e about ascendin$ li'e, sin$le and collecti%e, 'or which science, art and ethics 'urnish $uidance and controllin$ moti%es.

1he :aster ;ey is based on absolute scienti'ic truth and will un'old the "ossibilities that lie dormant in the indi%idual, and teach how they may be brou$ht into "ower'ul action, to increase the "ersonGs e''ecti%e ca"acity, brin$in$ added ener$y, discernment, %i$or and mental elasticity. 1he student who $ains an understandin$ o' the mental laws which are un'olded will come into the "ossession o' an ability to secure results hitherto undreamed o', and which has rewards hardly to be e/"ressed in words.

3t e/"lains the correct use o' both the rece"ti%e and acti%e elements o' the mental nature, and instructs the student in the reco$nition o' o""ortunityO it stren$thens the will and reasonin$ "owers, and teaches the culti%ation and best uses o' ima$ination, desire, the emotions and the intuitional 'aculty. 3t $i%es initiati%e, tenacity o' "ur"ose, wisdom o' choice, intelli$ent sym"athy and a thorou$h en2oyment o' li'e on its hi$her "lanes.

1he :aster ;ey teaches the use o' :ind Power, true :ind Power, not any o' the substitutes and "er%ersionsO it has nothin$ to do with Hy"notism, :a$ic or any o' the more or less 'ascinatin$ dece"tions by which many are led to thin( that somethin$ can be had 'or nothin$.

1he :aster ;ey culti%ates and de%elo"s the understandin$ which will enable you to control the body and thereby the health. 3t im"ro%es and stren$thens the :emory. 3t de%elo"s 3nsi$ht, the (ind o' 3nsi$ht which is so rare, the (ind which is the distin$uishin$ characteristic o' e%ery success'ul business man, the (ind which enables men to see the "ossibilities as well as the di''iculties in e%ery situation, the (ind which enables men to discern o""ortunity close at hand, 'or thousands 'ail to see o""ortunities almost within their $ras" while they are industriously wor(in$ with situations which under no "ossibility can be made to reali6e any substantial return.

1he :aster ;ey de%elo"s :ental Power which means that others instincti%ely reco$ni6e that you are a "erson o' 'orce, o' character - that they want to do what you want them to doO it means that you attract men and thin$s to youO that you are what some "eo"le call Lluc(yL, that Lthin$sL come you wayG that you ha%e come into an understandin$ o' the 'undamental laws o' =ature, and ha%e "ut yoursel' in harmony with themO that you are in tune with 3n'initeO that you understand the law o' attraction, the =atural laws o' $rowth, and the Psycholo$ical laws on which all ad%anta$es in the social and business world rest.

:ental Power is creati%e "ower, it $i%es you the ability to create 'or yoursel'O it does not mean the ability to ta(e somethin$ away 'rom someone else. =ature ne%er does thin$s that way. =ature ma(es two blades 'or $rass $row where one $rew be'ore, and :ind Power enables men to do the same thin$.

1he :aster ;ey de%elo"s insi$ht and sa$acity, increased inde"endence, the ability and dis"osition to be hel"'ul. 3t destroys distrust, de"ression, 'ear, melancholia, and e%ery 'orm o' lac( limitation and wea(ness, includin$ "ain and diseaseO it awa(ens buried talents, su""lies initiati%e, 'orce, ener$y, %itality - it awa(ens an a""reciation o' the beauti'ul in #rt, iterature and )cience.

3t has chan$ed the li%es o' thousands o' men and women, by substitutin$ de'inite "rinci"les 'or uncertain and ha6y methods - and "rinci"les 'or the 'oundation u"on which e%ery system o' e''iciency must rest.

!lbert >ary, the chairman o' the .nited )tates )teel Cor"oration, said L1he ser%ices o' ad%isors, instructors, e''iciency e/"erts in success'ul mana$ement are indis"ensable to most business enter"rises o' ma$nitude, but 3 deem the reco$nition and ado"tion o' ri$ht "rinci"les %astly more im"ortance.L

1he :aster ;ey teaches ri$ht "rinci"les, and su$$ests methods 'or ma(in$ a "ractical a""lication o' the "rinci"lesO in that it di''ers 'rom e%ery other course o' study. 3t teaches that the only "ossible %alue which can attach to any "rinci"le is in its a""lication. :any read boo(s, ta(e home study courses, attend lectures all their li%es without e%er ma(in$ any "ro$ress in demonstratin$ the %alue o' the "rinci"les in%ol%ed. 1he :aster ;ey su$$ests methods by which the %alue o' the "rinci"les tau$ht may be demonstrated and "ut in actual "ractice in the daily e/"erience.

1here is a chan$e in the thou$ht o' the world. 1his chan$e is silently trans"irin$ in our midst, and is more im"ortant than any which the world has under$one since the down'all o' Pa$anism.

1he "resent re%olution in the o"inions o' all classes o' men, the hi$hest and most cultured o' men as well as those o' the laborin$ class, stands un"aralleled in the history o' the world.

)cience has o' late made such %ast disco%eries, has re%ealed such an in'inity o' resources, has un%eiled such enormous "ossibilities and such unsus"ected 'orces, that scienti'ic men more and more hesitate to a''irm certain theories as established and indubitable or to deny certain other theories as absurd or im"ossible, and so a new ci%ili6ation is bein$ bornO customs, creeds, and cruelty are "assin$O %ision, 'aith and ser%ice are ta(in$ their "lace. 1he 'etters o' tradition are bein$ melted o'' 'rom humanity, and as the dross o' materialism is bein$ consumed, thou$ht is bein$ liberated and truth is risin$ 'ull orbed be'ore an astonished multitude.

1he whole world is on the e%e o' a new consciousness, a new "ower and a new consciousness, a new "ower and a new reali6ation o' the resources within the sel'. 1he last century saw the most ma$ni'icent material "ro$ress in history. 1he "resent century will "roduce the $reatest "ro$ress in mental and s"iritual "ower.

Physical )cience has resol%ed matter into molecules, molecules into atoms, atoms into ener$y, and it has remained 'or )ir #mbrose 4lemin$, in an address be'ore the &oyal 3nstitution, to resol%e this ener$y into mind. He says: L3n its ultimate essence, ener$y may be incom"rehensible by us e/ce"t as an e/hibition o' the direct o"eration o' that which we call :ind or Will.L

et us see what are the most "ower'ul 'orces in =ature. 3n the mineral world e%erythin$ is solid and 'i/ed. 3n the animal and %e$etable (in$dom it is in a state o' 'lu/, 'ore%er chan$in$, always bein$ created and recreated. 3n the atmos"here we 'ind heat, li$ht and ener$y. !ach realm becomes 'iner and more s"iritual as we "ass 'rom the %isible to the in%isible, 'rom the coarse to the 'ine, 'rom the low "otentiality to hi$h "otentiality. When we reach the in%isible we 'ind ener$y in its "urest and most %olatile state.

#nd as the most "ower'ul 'orces o' =ature are the in%isible 'orces, so we 'ind that the most "ower'ul 'orces o' man are his in%isible 'orces, his s"iritual 'orce, and the only way in which the s"iritual 'orce can mani'est is throu$h the "rocess o' thin(in$. 1hin(in$ is the only acti%ity which the s"irit "ossesses, and thou$ht is the only "roduct o' thin(in$.

#ddition and subtraction are there'ore s"iritual transactionsO reasonin$ is a s"iritual "rocessO ideas are s"iritual conce"tionsO 0uestions are s"iritual searchli$hts and lo$ic, ar$ument and "hiloso"hy is s"iritual machinery.

!%ery thou$ht brin$s into action certain "hysical tissue, "arts o' the brain, ner%e or muscle. 1his "roduces an actual "hysical chan$e in the construction o' the tissue. 1here'ore it is only necessary to ha%e a certain number o' thou$hts on a $i%en sub2ect in order to brin$ about a com"lete chan$e in the "hysical or$ani6ation o' a man.

1his is the "rocess by which 'ailure is chan$ed to success. 1hou$hts o' coura$e, "ower, ins"iration, harmony, are substituted 'or thou$hts o' 'ailure, des"air, lac(, limitation and discord, and as these thou$hts ta(e root, the "hysical tissue is chan$ed and the indi%idual sees li'e in a new li$ht, old thin$s ha%e actually "assed away, all thin$s ha%e become new, he is born a$ain, this time born o' the s"irit, li'e has a new meanin$ 'or him, he is reconstructed and is 'illed with 2oy, con'idence, ho"e, ener$y. He sees o""ortunities 'or success to which he was hereto'ore blind. He reco$ni6es "ossibilities which be'ore had no meanin$ 'or him. 1he thou$hts o' success with which he has been im"re$nated are radiated to those around him, and they in turn hel" him onward and u"wardO he attract to him new and success'ul associates, and this in turn chan$es his en%ironmentO so that by this sim"le e/ercise o' thou$ht, a man chan$es not only himsel', but his en%ironment, circumstances and conditions.

8ou will see, you must see, that we are at the dawn o' a new dayO that the "ossibilities are so wonder'ul, so 'ascinatin$, so limitless as to be almost bewilderin$. # century a$o any man with a >atlin$ >un could ha%e annihilated a whole army e0ui""ed with the im"lements o' war'are then in use. )o it is at "resent. #ny man with a (nowled$e o' the "ossibilities contained in the :aster ;ey has an inconcei%able ad%anta$e o%er the multitude.

#ee$ %ne& 'n Introduction to the Master Key System

(etter of Transmittal
It is my privilege to enclose herewith Part One of The Master Key System. Would you bring into your life more power !et the power consciousness. More health !et the health consciousness. More happiness !et the happiness consciousness. "ive the spirit of these things until they become yours by right. It will then become impossible to #eep them from you. The things of the world are fluid to a power within man by which he rules them.

$ou need not ac%uire this power. $ou already have it. &ut 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.

)ay by day as you go on and on( as you gain momentum( as your inspiration deepens( as your plans crystalli*e( as you gain understanding( you will come to reali*e 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 and beauty.

It is evident that it re%uires understanding to wor# 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 reali*e their hopes and their dreams come true( life has a deeper( fuller( clearer meaning than before.

#ee$ %ne& 'n Introduction to the Master Key System

1. 1hat much $athers more is true on e%ery "lane o' e/istence and that loss leads to $reater loss is e0ually true.

2. :ind is creati%e, and conditions, en%ironment and all e/"eriences in li'e are the result o' our habitual or "redominant mental attitude.

P. 1he attitude o' mind necessarily de"ends u"on what we thin(. 1here'ore, the secret o' all "ower, all achie%ement and all "ossession de"ends u"on our method o' thin(in$

E. 1his is true because we must LbeL be'ore we can Ldo,L and we can LdoL only to the e/tent which we Lare,L and what we LareL de"ends u"on what we Lthin(.L

Q. We cannot e/"ress "owers that we do not "ossess. 1he only way by which we may secure "ossession o' "ower is to become conscious o' "ower, and we can ne%er become conscious o' "ower until we learn that all "ower is 'rom within.

-. 1here is a world within < a world o' thou$ht and 'eelin$ and "owerO o' li$ht and li'e and beauty and, althou$h in%isible, its 'orces are mi$hty.

*. 1he world within is $o%erned by mind. When we disco%er this world we shall 'ind the solution 'or e%ery "roblem, the cause 'or e%ery e''ectO and since the world within is sub2ect to our control, all laws o' "ower and "ossession are also within our control.

+. 1he world without is a re'lection o' the world within. What a""ears without is what has been 'ound within. 3n the world within may be 'ound in'inite Wisdom, in'inite Power, in'inite )u""ly o' all that is necessary, waitin$ 'or un'oldment, de%elo"ment and e/"ression. 3' we reco$ni6e these "otentialities in the world within they will ta(e 'orm in the world without.

,. Harmony in the world within will be re'lected in the world without by harmonious conditions, a$reeable surroundin$s, the best o' e%erythin$. 3t is the 'oundation o' health and a necessary essential to all $reatness, all "ower, all attainment, all achie%ement and all success.

10. Harmony in the world within means the ability to control our thou$hts, and to determine 'or oursel%es how any e/"erience is to a''ect us.

11. Harmony in the world within results in o"timism and a''luenceO a''luence within results in a''luence without.

12. 1he world without re'lects the circumstances and the conditions o' the consciousness within.

1P. 3' we 'ind wisdom in the world within, we shall ha%e the understandin$ to discern the mar%elous "ossibilities that are latent in this world within, and we shall be $i%en the "ower to ma(e these "ossibilities mani'est in the world without.

1E. #s we become conscious o' the wisdom in the world within, we mentally ta(e "ossession o' this wisdom, and by ta(in$ mental "ossession we come into actual "ossession o' the "ower and wisdom necessary to brin$ into mani'estation the essentials necessary 'or our most com"lete and harmonious de%elo"ment.

1Q. 1he world within is the "ractical world in which the men and women o' "ower $enerate coura$e, ho"e, enthusiasm, con'idence, trust and 'aith, by which they are $i%en the 'ine intelli$ence to see the %ision and the "ractical s(ill to ma(e the %ision real.

1-. i'e is an un'oldment, not accretion. What comes to us in the world without is what we already "ossess in the world within.

1*. #ll "ossession is based on consciousness. #ll $ain is the result o' an accumulati%e consciousness. #ll loss is the result o' a scatterin$ consciousness.

1+. :ental e''iciency is contin$ent u"on harmonyO discord means con'usionO there'ore, he who would ac0uire "ower must be in harmony with =atural aw.

1,. We are related to the world without by the ob2ecti%e mind. 1he brain is the or$an o' this mind and the cerebros"inal system o' ner%es "uts us in conscious communication with e%ery "art o' the body. 1his system o' ner%es res"onds to e%ery sensation o' li$ht, heat, odor, sound and taste.

20. When this mind thin(s correctly, when it understands the truth, when the thou$hts sent throu$h the cerebros"inal ner%ous system to the body are constructi%e, these sensations are "leasant, harmonious.

21. 1he result is that we build stren$th, %itality and all constructi%e 'orces into our body, but it is throu$h this same ob2ecti%e mind that all distress, sic(ness, lac(, limitation and e%ery 'orm o' discord and inharmony is admitted to our li%es. 3t is there'ore throu$h the ob2ecti%e mind, by wron$ thin(in$, that we are related to all destructi%e 'orces.

22. We are related to the world within by the subconscious mind. 1he solar "le/us is the or$an o' this mindO the sym"athetic system o' ner%es "resides o%er all sub2ecti%e sensations, such as 2oy, 'ear, lo%e, emotion, res"iration, ima$ination and all other subconscious "henomena. 3t is throu$h the subconscious that we are connected with the .ni%ersal :ind and brou$ht into relation with the 3n'inite constructi%e 'orces o' the .ni%erse.

2P. 3t is the coordination o' these two centers o' our bein$, and the understandin$ o' their 'unctions, which is the $reat secret o' li'e. With this (nowled$e we can brin$ the ob2ecti%e and sub2ecti%e minds into conscious coo"eration and thus coordinate the 'inite and the in'inite. 9ur 'uture is entirely within our own control. 3t is not at the mercy o' any ca"ricious or uncertain e/ternal "ower.

2E. #ll a$ree that there is but one Princi"le or Consciousness "er%adin$ the entire .ni%erse, occu"yin$ all s"ace, and bein$ essentially the same in (ind at e%ery "oint o' its "resence. 3t is all "ower'ul, all wisdom and always "resent. #ll thou$hts and thin$s are within 3tsel'. 3t is all in all.

2Q. 1here is but one consciousness in the uni%erse able to thin(O and when it thin(s, its thou$hts become ob2ecti%e thin$s to it. #s this Consciousness is omni"resent, it must be "resent within e%ery indi%idualO each indi%idual must be a mani'estation o' that 9mni"otent, 9mniscient and 9mni"resent Consciousness.

2-. #s there is only one Consciousness in the .ni%erse that is able to thin( it necessarily 'ollows that your consciousness is identical with the .ni%ersal Consciousness, or, in other words, all mind is one mind. 1here is no dod$in$ this conclusion.

2*. 1he consciousness that 'ocuses in your brain cells is the same consciousness which 'ocuses in the brain cells o' e%ery other indi%idual. !ach indi%idual is but the indi%iduali6ation o' the .ni%ersal, the Cosmic :ind.

2+. 1he .ni%ersal :ind is static or "otential ener$yO it sim"ly isO it can mani'est only throu$h the indi%idual, and the indi%idual can mani'est only throu$h the .ni%ersal. 1hey are one.

2,. 1he ability o' the indi%idual to thin( is his ability to act on the .ni%ersal and brin$ it into mani'estation. Human consciousness consists only in the ability o' man to thin(. :ind in itsel' is belie%ed to be a subtle 'orm o' static ener$y, 'rom which arises the acti%ities called Rthou$ht,@ which is the dynamic "hase o' mind. :ind is static ener$y, thou$ht is dynamic ener$y - the two "hases o' the same thin$. 1hou$ht is there'ore the %ibratory 'orce 'ormed by con%ertin$ static mind into dynamic mind.

P0. #s the sum o' all attributes are contained in the .ni%ersal :ind, which is 9mni"otent, 9mniscient and 9mni"resent, these attributes must be "resent at all times in their "otential 'orm in e%ery indi%idual. 1here'ore, when the indi%idual thin(s, the thou$ht is com"elled by its nature to embody itsel' in an ob2ecti%ity or condition which will corres"ond with its ori$in.

P1. !%ery thou$ht there'ore is a cause and e%ery condition an e''ectO 'or this reason it is absolutely essential that you control your thou$hts so as to brin$ 'orth only desirable conditions.

P2. #ll "ower is 'rom within, and is absolutely under your controlO it comes throu$h e/act (nowled$e and by the %oluntary e/ercises o' e/act "rinci"les.

PP. 3t should be "lain that when you ac0uire a thorou$h understandin$ o' this law, and are able to control your thou$ht "rocesses, you can a""ly it to any conditionO in other words, you will ha%e come into conscious coo"eration with 9mni"otent law which is the 'undamental basis o' all thin$s.

PE. 1he .ni%ersal :ind is the li'e "rinci"le o' e%ery atom which is in e/istenceO e%ery atom is continually stri%in$ to mani'est more li'eO all are intelli$ent, and all are see(in$ to carry out the "ur"ose 'or which they were created.

PQ. # ma2ority o' man(ind li%es in the world withoutO 'ew ha%e 'ound the world within, and yet it is the world within that ma(es the world withoutO it is there'ore creati%e and e%erythin$ which you 'ind in your world without has been created by you in the world within.

P-. 1his system will brin$ you into a reali6ation o' "ower which will be yours when you understand this relation between the world without and the world within. 1he world within is the cause, the world without the e''ectO to chan$e the e''ect you must chan$e the cause.

P*. 8ou will at once see that this is a radically new and di''erent ideaO most men try to chan$e e''ects by wor(in$ with e''ects. 1hey 'ail to see that this is sim"ly chan$in$ one 'orm o' distress 'or another. 1o remo%e discord, we must remo%e the cause, and this cause can be 'ound only in the world within.

P+. #ll $rowth is 'rom within. 1his is e%ident in all nature. !%ery "lant, e%ery animal, e%ery human is a li%in$ testimony to this $reat law, and the error o' the a$es is in loo(in$ 'or stren$th or "ower 'rom without.

P,. 1he world within is the .ni%ersal 'ountain o' su""ly, and the world without is the outlet to the stream. 9ur ability to recei%e de"ends u"on our reco$nition o' this .ni%ersal 4ountain, this 3n'inite !ner$y o' which each indi%idual is an outlet, and so is one with e%ery other indi%idual.

E0. &eco$nition is a mental "rocess, mental action is there'ore the interaction o' the indi%idual u"on the .ni%ersal :ind, and as the .ni%ersal :ind is the intelli$ence which "er%ades all s"ace and animates all li%in$ thin$s, this

mental action and reaction is the law o' causation, but the "rinci"le o' causation does not obtain in the indi%idual but in the .ni%ersal :ind. 3t is not an ob2ecti%e 'aculty but a sub2ecti%e "rocess, and the results are seen in an in'inite %ariety o' conditions and e/"eriences.

E1. 3n order to e/"ress li'e there must be mindO nothin$ can e/ist without mind. !%erythin$ which e/ists is some mani'estation o' this one basic substance 'rom which and by which all thin$s ha%e been created and are continually bein$ recreated.

E2. We li%e in a 'athomless sea o' "lastic mind substance. 1his substance is e%er ali%e and acti%e. 3t is sensiti%e to the hi$hest de$ree. 3t ta(es 'orm accordin$ to the mental demand. 1hou$ht 'orms the mold or matri/ 'rom which the substance e/"resses.

EP. &emember that it is in the a""lication alone that the %alue consists, and that a "ractical understandin$ o' this law will substitute abundance 'or "o%erty, wisdom 'or i$norance, harmony 'or discord and 'reedom 'or tyranny, and certainly there can be no $reater blessin$ than these 'rom a material and social stand"oint.

EE. =ow ma(e the a""lication: )elect a room where you can be alone and undisturbedO sit erect, com'ortably, but do not loun$eO let your thou$hts roam where they will but be "er'ectly still 'or 'rom 'i'teen minutes to hal' an hourO continue this 'or three or 'our days or 'or a wee( until you secure 'ull control o' your "hysical bein$.

EQ. :any will 'ind this e/tremely di''icultO others will con0uer with ease, but it is absolutely essential to secure com"lete control o' the body be'ore you are ready to "ro$ress. =e/t wee( you will recei%e instructions 'or the ne/t ste"O in the meantime you must ha%e mastered this one.

#ee$ %ne ) Study *uestions "ith 'ns"ers

1.What is the world without in its relation to the world withinH 1he world without is a re'lection o' the world within.

2. ."on what does all "ossession de"endH #ll "ossession is based on consciousness.

P. How is the indi%idual related to the ob2ecti%e worldH 1he indi%idual is related to the ob2ecti%e world by the ob2ecti%e mindO the brain is the or$an o' this mind.

E. How is he related to the .ni%ersal :indH He is related to the .ni%ersal :ind by the subconscious mindO the )olar Ple/us is the or$an o' this mind.

Q. What is the .ni%ersal :indH .ni%ersal :ind is the li'e "rinci"le o' e%ery atom which is in e/istence.

-. How can the 3ndi%idual act on the .ni%ersalH 1he ability o' the indi%idual to thin( is his ability to act u"on the .ni%ersal and brin$ it into mani'estation.

*. What is the result o' this action and interactionH 1he result o' this action and interaction is cause and e''ectO e%ery thou$ht is a cause and e%ery condition an e''ect.

+. How are harmonious and desirable conditions securedH Harmonious and desirable conditions are obtained by ri$ht thin(in$.

,. What is the cause o' all discord, inharmony, lac( and limitationH 5iscord, inharmony, lac( and limitation are the result o' wron$ thin(in$.

10. What is the source o' all "owerH 1he source o' all "ower is the world within, the .ni%ersal 4ountain o' )u""ly, the 3n'inite !ner$y o' which each indi%idual is an outlet.

#ee$ T"o& The Basics of +our Mind

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Our difficulties are largely due to confused ideas and ignorance of our true interests. The great tas# is to discover the laws of nature to which we are to ad,ust ourselves. -lear thin#ing and moral insight are( therefore( of incalculable value. .ll processes( even those of thought( rest on solid foundations.

The #eener the sensibilities( the more acute the ,udgment( 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 e0istence yields. 1ence 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 e0travagant accomplishment( or even dreams of material progress.

Thought is energy. .ctive 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 tal# of wea#lings.

The ability to receive and manifest this power depends upon the ability to recogni*e the Infinite 2nergy 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 e0act proportion to the recognition of this truth will be the manifestation in the outer life of the individual.

#ee$ T"o& The Basics of +our Mind

1. 1he o"erations o' the mind are "roduced by two "arallel modes o' acti%ity, the one conscious, and the other subconscious. Pro'essor 5a%idson says: LHe who thin(s to illuminate the whole ran$e o' mental action by the li$ht o' his own consciousness is not unli(e the one who should $o about to illuminate the uni%erse with a rushli$ht.L

2. 1he subconscious@ lo$ical "rocesses are carried on with a certainty and re$ularity which would be im"ossible i' there e/isted the "ossibility o' error. 9ur mind is so desi$ned that it "re"ares 'or us the most im"ortant 'oundations o' co$nition, whilst we ha%e not the sli$htest a""rehension o' the modus o"erandi.

P. 1he subconscious soul, li(e a bene%olent stran$er, wor(s and ma(es "ro%ision 'or our bene'it, "ourin$ only the mature 'ruit into our la"O thus ultimate analysis o' thou$ht "rocesses shows that the subconscious is the theatre o' the most im"ortant mental "henomena.

E. 3t is throu$h the subconscious that )ha(es"eare must ha%e "ercei%ed, without e''ort, $reat truths which are hidden 'rom the conscious mind o' the studentO that Phidias 'ashioned marble and bron6eO that &a"hael "ainted :adonnas and Beetho%en com"osed sym"honies.

Q. !ase and "er'ection de"end entirely u"on the de$ree in which we cease to de"end u"on the consciousnessO "layin$ the "iano, s(atin$, o"eratin$ the ty"ewriter, the s(illed trades, de"end 'or their "er'ect e/ecution on the "rocess o' the sub-conscious mind. 1he mar%el o' "layin$ a brilliant "iece on the "iano, while at the same time conductin$ a %i$orous con%ersation, shows the $reatness o' our subconscious "owers.

-. We are all aware how de"endent we are u"on the subconscious, and the $reater, the nobler, the more brilliant our thou$hts are, the more it is ob%ious to oursel%es that the ori$in lies beyond our (en. We 'ind oursel%es endowed with tact, instinct, sense o' the beauti'ul in art, music, etc., or whose ori$in or dwellin$ "lace we are wholly unconscious.

*. 1he %alue o' the subconscious is enormousO it ins"ires usO it warns usO it 'urnishes us with names, 'acts and scenes 'rom the storehouse o' memory. 3t directs our thou$hts, tastes, and accom"lishes tas(s so intricate that no conscious mind, e%en i' it had the "ower, has the ca"acity 'or.

+. We can wal( at willO we can raise the arm whene%er we choose to do soO we can $i%e our attention throu$h eye or ear to any sub2ect at "leasure. 9n the other hand, we cannot sto" our heartbeats nor the circulation o' the blood, nor the $rowth o' stature, nor the 'ormation o' ner%e and muscle tissue, nor the buildin$ o' the bones, nor many other im"ortant %ital "rocesses.

,. 3' we com"are these two sets o' action, the one decreed by the will o' the moment, and the other "roceedin$ in ma2estic, rhythmic course, sub2ect to no %ascillation, but constant at e%ery moment, we stand in awe o' the latter, and as( to ha%e the mystery e/"lained. We see at once that these are the %ital "rocesses o' our "hysical li'e, and we can not a%oid the in'erence that these all- im"ortant 'unctions are desi$nedly withdrawn 'rom the domain o' our outward will with its %ariations and transitions, and "laced under the direction o' a "ermanent and de"endable "ower within us.

10. 9' these two "owers, the outward and chan$eable has been termed the LConscious :ind,L or the L9b2ecti%e :indL Fdealin$ with outward ob2ects7. 1he interior "ower is called the L)ubconscious :ind,L or the L)ub2ecti%e :ind,L and besides its wor( on the mental "lane it controls the re$ular 'unctions which ma(e "hysical li'e "ossible.

11. 3t is necessary to ha%e a clear understandin$ o' their res"ecti%e 'unctions on the mental "lane, as well as o' certain other basic "rinci"les. Percei%in$ and o"eratin$ throu$h the 'i%e "hysical senses, the conscious mind deals with the im"ressions and ob2ects o' the outward li'e.

12. 3t has the 'aculty o' discrimination, carryin$ with it the res"onsibility o' choice. 3t has the "ower o' reasonin$ whether inducti%e, deducti%e, analytical or syllo$istic - and this "ower may be de%elo"ed to a hi$h de$ree. 3t is the seat o' the will with all the ener$ies that 'low there'rom.

1P. =ot only can it im"ress other minds, but it can direct the subconscious mind. 3n this way the conscious mind becomes the res"onsible ruler and $uardian o' the subconscious mind. 3t is this hi$h 'unction which can com"letely re%erse conditions in your li'e.

1E. 3t is o'ten true that conditions o' 'ear, worry, "o%erty, disease, inharmony and e%ils o' all (inds dominate us by reason o' 'alse su$$estions acce"ted by the un$uarded subconscious mind. #ll this the trained conscious mind can entirely "re%ent by its %i$ilant "rotecti%e action. 3t may "ro"erly be called Lthe watchman at the $ateL o' the $reat subconscious domain.

1Q. 9ne writer has e/"ressed the chie' distinction between the two "hases o' mind thus: LConscious mind is reasonin$ will. )ubconscious mind is instincti%e desire, the result o' "ast reasonin$ will.L

1-. 1he subconscious mind draws 2ust and accurate in'erences 'rom "remises 'urnished 'rom outside sources. Where the "remise is true, the subconscious mind reaches a 'aultless conclusion, but, where the "remise or su$$estion is an error, the whole structure 'alls. 1he subconscious mind does not en$a$e in the "rocess o' "ro%in$. 3t relies u"on the conscious mind, Lthe watchman at the $ate,L to $uard it 'rom mista(en im"ressions.

1*. &ecei%in$ any su$$estions as true, the subconscious mind at once "roceeds to act thereon in the whole domain o' its tremendous 'ield o' wor(. 1he conscious mind can su$$est either truth or error. 3' the latter, it is at the cost o' wide-reachin$ "eril to the whole bein$.

1+. 1he conscious mind ou$ht to be on duty durin$ e%ery wa(in$ hour. When the LwatchmanL is Lo'' $uard,L or when its calm 2ud$ment is sus"ended, under a %ariety o' circumstances, then the subconscious mind is un$uarded and le't o"en to su$$estion 'rom all sources. 5urin$ the wild e/citement o' "anic, or durin$ the hei$ht o' an$er, or the im"ulses o' the irres"onsible mob, or at any other time o' unrestrained "assion, the conditions are most dan$erous. 1he subconscious mind is then o"en to the su$$estion o' 'ear, hatred, sel'ishness, $reed, sel'de"reciation and other ne$ati%e 'orces, deri%ed 'rom surroundin$ "ersons or circumstances. 1he result is usually

unwholesome in the e/treme, with e''ects that may endure to distress it 'or a lon$ time. Hence, the $reat im"ortance o' $uardin$ the subconscious mind 'rom 'alse im"ressions.

1,. 1he subconscious mind "ercei%es by intuition. Hence, its "rocesses are ra"id. 3t does not wait 'or the slow methods o' conscious reasonin$. 3n 'act, it can not em"loy them.

20. 1he subconscious mind ne%er slee"s, ne%er rests, any more than does your heart, or your blood. 3t has been 'ound that by "lainly statin$ to the subconscious mind certain s"eci'ic thin$s to be accom"lished, 'orces are set in o"eration that lead to the result desired. Here, then, is a source o' "ower which "laces us in touch with 9mni"otence. Here in is a dee" "rinci"le which is well worth our most earnest study.

21. 1he o"eration o' this law is interestin$. 1hose who "ut it into o"eration 'ind that when they $o out to meet the "erson with whom they antici"ate a di''icult inter%iew, somethin$ has been there be'ore them and dissol%ed the su""osed di''erencesO e%erythin$ is chan$edO all is harmoniousO they 'ind that when some di''icult business "roblem "resents itsel' they can a''ord to ma(e delay and somethin$ su$$ests the "ro"er solutionO e%erythin$ is "ro"erly arran$edO in 'act, those who ha%e learned to trust the subconscious 'ind that they ha%e in'inite resources at their command.

22. 1he subconscious mind is the seat o' our "rinci"les and our as"irations. 3t is the 'ount o' our artistic and altruistic ideals. 1hese instincts can only be o%erthrown by an elaborate and $radual "rocess o' underminin$ the innate "rinci"les.

2P. 1he subconscious mind cannot ar$ue contro%ersially. Hence, i' it has acce"ted wron$ su$$estions, the sure method o' o%ercomin$ them is by the use o' a stron$ counter su$$estion, 're0uently re"eated, which the mind must acce"t, thus e%entually 'ormin$ new and healthy habits o' thou$ht and li'e, 'or the subconscious mind is the seat o' Habit. 1hat which we do o%er and o%er becomes mechanicalO it is no lon$er an act o' 2ud$ment, but has worn its dee" $roo%es in the subconscious mind. 1his is 'a%orable 'or us i' the habit be wholesome and ri$ht. 3' it be harm'ul, and wron$, the remedy is to reco$ni6e the omni"otence o' the subconscious mind and su$$est "resent actual 'reedom. 1he subconscious bein$ creati%e and one with our di%ine source will at once create the 'reedom su$$ested.

2E. 1o sum u": 1he normal 'unctions o' the subconscious on the "hysical side ha%e to do with the re$ular and %ital "rocesses, with the "reser%ation o' li'e and the restoration o' healthO with the care o' o''s"rin$, which includes an instincti%e desire to "reser%e all li'e and im"ro%e conditions $enerally.

2Q. 9n the mental side, it is the storehouse o' memoryO it harbors the wonder'ul thou$ht messen$ers, who wor(, unham"ered by time or s"aceO it is the 'ountain o' the "ractical initiati%e and constructi%e 'orces o' li'e: 3t is the seat o' habit.

2-. 9n the s"iritual side, it is the source o' ideals, o' as"iration, o' the ima$ination, and is the channel throu$h which we reco$ni6e our 5i%ine )ource, and in "ro"ortion as we reco$ni6e this di%inity do we come into an understandin$ o' the source o' "ower.

2*. )ome one may as(: LHow can the subconscious chan$e conditionsHL 1he re"ly is, because the subconscious is a "art o' the .ni%ersal :ind and a "art must be the same in (ind and 0uality as the wholeO the only di''erence is one o' de$ree. 1he whole, as we (now, is creati%e, in 'act, it is the only creator there is, conse0uently, we 'ind that mind is creati%e, and as thou$ht is the only acti%ity which the mind "ossesses, thou$ht must necessarily be creati%e also.

2+. But we shall 'ind that there is a %ast di''erence between sim"ly thin(in$, and directin$ our thou$ht consciously, systematically and constructi%elyO when we do this we "lace our mind in harmony with the .ni%ersal :ind, we come in tune with the 3n'inite, we set in o"eration the mi$htiest 'orce in e/istence, the creati%e "ower o' the .ni%ersal :ind. 1his, as e%erythin$ else, is $o%erned by natural law, and this law is the L aw o' #ttraction,L which is that :ind is creati%e, and will automatically correlate with its ob2ect and brin$ it into mani'estation.

2,. ast wee( 3 $a%e you an e/ercise 'or the "ur"ose o' securin$ control o' the "hysical bodyO i' you ha%e accom"lished this you are ready to ad%ance. 1his time you will be$in to control your thou$ht. #lways ta(e the same room, the same chair, and the same "osition, i' "ossible. 3n some cases it is not con%enient to ta(e the same room, in this case sim"ly ma(e the best use o' such conditions as may be a%ailable. =ow be "er'ectly still as be'ore, but inhibit all thou$htO this will $i%e you control o%er all thou$hts o' care, worry and 'ear, and will enable you to entertain only the (ind o' thou$hts you desire. Continue this e/ercise until you $ain com"lete mastery.

P0. 8ou will not be able to do this 'or more that a 'ew moments at a time, but the e/ercise is %aluable, because it will be a %ery "ractical demonstration o' the $reat number o' thou$hts which are constantly tryin$ to $ain access to your mental world.

P1. =e/t wee( you will recei%e instructions 'or an e/ercise which may be a little more interestin$, but it is necessary that you master this one 'irst.

-ause 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

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Week T"o ) Study *uestions "ith 'ns"ers

11. What are the two modes o' mental acti%ityH Conscious and subconscious.

12. ."on what do ease and "er'ection de"endH !ase and "er'ection de"end entirely u"on the de$ree in which we cease to de"end u"on the conscious mind.

1P. What is the %alue o' the subconsciousH 3t is enormousO it $uides us, warns us, it controls the %ital "rocesses and is the seat o' memory.

1E. What are some o' the 'unctions o' the conscious mindH 3t has the 'aculty o' discriminationO it has the "ower o' reasonin$O it is the seat o' the will and may im"ress the subconscious.

1Q. How has the distinction between the conscious and subconscious been e/"ressedH LConscious mind is reasonin$ will. )ubconscious mind is instincti%e desire, the result o' "ast reasonin$ will.L

1-. What method is necessary in order to im"ress the subconsciousH :entally state what is wanted.

1*. What will be the resultH 3' the desire is in harmony with the 'orward mo%ement o' the $reat Whole, 'orces will be set in motion which will brin$ about the result.

1+. What is the result o' the o"eration o' this lawH 9ur en%ironment re'lects conditions corres"ondin$ to the "redominant mental attitude which we entertain.

1,. What name has been $i%en to this lawH 1he aw o' #ttraction.

20. How is the law statedH 1hou$ht is a creati%e ener$y, and will automatically correlate with is ob2ect and brin$ it into mani'estation.

#ee$ Three& Reali,in- +our Mental Resources

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$ou have found that the Individual may act on the 4niversal( and that the result of this action and interaction is cause and effect. Thought( therefore( is the cause( and the e0periences with which you meet in life are the effect.

2liminate( 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 ma#e them what you would li#e them to be.

)irect your effort to a reali*ation 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 reali*ation of the fact that there can be no failure in the accomplishment of any proper ob,ect in life if you but understand your power and persist in your ob,ect( because the mind/forces are ever ready to lend themselves to a purposeful will( in the effort to crystalli*e thought and desire into actions( events and conditions.

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 ,ust 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 activities.

When you reali*e this( you will have found a source of power which will enable you to ta#e care of any situation in life which may develop.

#ee$ Three& Reali,in- +our Mental Resources

1. 1he necessary interaction o' the conscious and subconscious mind re0uires a similar interaction between the corres"ondin$ systems o' ner%es. Iud$e 1roward indicates the %ery beauti'ul method in which this interaction is

e''ected. He says: 1he cerebro- s"inal system is the or$an o' the conscious mind and the sym"athetic is the or$an o' the subconscious. 1he cerebro-s"inal is the channel throu$h which we recei%e conscious "erce"tion 'rom the "hysical senses and e/ercise control o%er the mo%ements o' the body. 1his system o' ner%es has its centre in the brain.

2. 1he )ym"athetic )ystem has its centre in a $an$lionic mass at the bac( o' the stomach (nown as the )olar Ple/us, and is the channel o' that mental action which unconsciously su""orts the %ital 'unctions o' the body.

P. 1he connection between the two systems is made by the %a$us ner%e which "asses out o' the cerebral re$ion as a "ortion o' the %oluntary system to the thora/, sendin$ out branches to the heart and lun$s, and 'inally "assin$ throu$h the dia"hra$m, it loses its outer coatin$ and becomes identi'ied with the ner%es o' the )ym"athetic )ystem, so 'ormin$ a connectin$ lin( between the two and ma(in$ man "hysically a Lsin$le entityL.

E. We ha%e seen that e%ery thou$ht is recei%ed by the brain, which is the or$an o' the consciousO it is here sub2ected to our "ower o' reasonin$. When the ob2ecti%e mind has been satis'ied that the thou$ht is true it is sent to the )olar Ple/us, or the brain o' the sub2ecti%e mind, to be made into our 'lesh, to be brou$ht 'orth into the world as reality. 3t is then no lon$er susce"tible to any ar$ument whate%er. 1he subconscious mind cannot ar$ueO it only acts. 3t acce"ts the conclusions o' the ob2ecti%e mind as 'inal.

Q. 1he )olar Ple/us has been li(ened to the sum o' the body, because it is a central "oint o' distribution 'or the ener$y which the body is constantly $eneratin$. 1his ener$y is %ery real ener$y, and this sun is a %ery real sun, and the ener$y is bein$ distributed by %ery real ner%es to all "arts o' the body, and is thrown o'' in an atmos"here which en%elo"es the body.

-. 3' this radiation is su''iciently stron$ the "erson is called ma$neticO he is said to be 'illed with "ersonal ma$netism. )uch a "erson may wield an immense "ower 'or $ood. His "resence alone will o'ten brin$ com'ort to the troubled minds with which he comes in contact.

*. When the )olar Ple/us is in acti%e o"eration and is radiatin$ li'e, ener$y and %itality to e%ery "art o' the body, and to e%ery one whom he meets, the sensations are "leasant, the body is 'illed with health and all with whom he comes in contact e/"erience a "leasant sensation.

+. 3' there is any interru"tion o' this radiation the sensations are un"leasant, the 'low o' li'e and ener$y to some "art o' the body is sto""ed, and this is the cause o' e%ery ill to the human race, "hysical, mental or en%ironmental.

,. Physical because the sun o' the body is no lon$er $eneratin$ su''icient ener$y to %itali6e some "art o' the bodyO mental because the conscious mind is de"endent u"on the subconscious mind 'or the %itality necessary to su""ort its thou$ht, and en%ironmental, because the connection between the subconscious mind and the .ni%ersal mind, is bein$ interru"ted.

10. 1he )olar Ple/us is the "oint at which the "art meets with the whole, where the 'inite becomes 3n'inite, where the .ncreate becomes create, the .ni%ersal becomes indi%iduali6ed, the 3n%isible becomes %isible. 3t is the "oint at which li'e a""ears and there is no limit to the amount o' li'e an indi%idual may $enerate 'rom this )olar centre.

11. 1his centre o' ener$y is 9mni"otent because it is the "oint o' contact with all li'e and all intelli$ence. 3t can there'ore accom"lish whate%er it is directed to accom"lish, and herein lies the "ower o' the conscious mindO the subconscious can and will carry out such "lans and ideas as may be su$$ested to it by the conscious mind.

12. Conscious thou$ht, then, is master o' this sun centre 'rom which the li'e and ener$y o' the entire body 'lows and the 0uality o' the thou$ht which we entertain determines the 0uality o' the thou$ht which this sun will radiate, and the character o' the thou$ht which our conscious mind entertains will determine the character o' the thou$ht which this sun will radiate, and the nature o' the thou$ht which our conscious mind entertains will determine the nature o' thou$ht which this sun will radiate, and conse0uently will determine the nature o' the e/"erience which will result.

1P. 3t is e%ident, there'ore, that all we ha%e to do is let our li$ht shineO the more ener$y we can radiate, the more ra"idly shall we be enabled to transmute undesirable conditions into sources o' "leasure and "ro'it. 1he im"ortant 0uestion, then, is how to let this li$ht shineO how to $enerate this ener$y.

1E. =on-resistant thou$ht e/"ands the )olar Ple/usO resistant thou$ht contracts it. Pleasant thou$ht e/"ands itO un"leasant thou$ht contracts it. 1hou$hts o' coura$e, "ower, con'idence and ho"e all "roduce a corres"ondin$ state, but the one arch enemy o' the )olar Ple/us which must be absolutely destroyed be'ore there is any "ossibility o' lettin$ any li$ht shine is 'ear. 1his enemy must be com"letely destroyedO he must be eliminatedO he must be e/"elled 'ore%erO he is the cloud which hides the sunO which causes a "er"etual $loom.

1Q. 3t is this "ersonal de%il which ma(es men 'ear the "ast, the "resent and the 'utureO 'ear themsel%es, their 'riends and their enemiesO 'ear e%erythin$ and e%erybody. When 'ear is e''ectually and com"letely destroyed, your li$ht will shine, the clouds will dis"erse and you will ha%e 'ound the source o' "ower, ener$y and li'e.

1-. When you 'ind that you are really one with the 3n'inite "ower, and when you can consciously reali6e this "ower by a "ractical demonstration o' your ability to o%ercome any ad%erse condition by the "ower o' your thou$ht, you will ha%e nothin$ to 'earO 'ear will ha%e been destroyed and you will ha%e come into "ossession o' your birthri$ht.

1*. 3t is our attitude o' mind toward li'e which determines the e/"eriences with which we are to meetO i' we e/"ect nothin$, we shall ha%e nothin$O i' we demand much, we shall recei%e the $reater "ortion. 1he world is harsh only as we 'ail to assert oursel%es. 1he criticism o' the world is bitter only to those who cannot com"el room 'or their ideas. 3t is 'ear o' this criticism that causes many ideas to 'ail to see the li$ht o' day.

1+. But the man who (nows that he has a )olar Ple/us will not 'ear criticism or anythin$ elseO he will be too busy radiatin$ coura$e, con'idence, and "owerO he will antici"ate success by his mental attitudeO he will "ound barriers to "ieces, and lea" o%er the chasm o' doubt and hesitation which 'ear "laces in his "ath.

1,. # (nowled$e o' our ability to consciously radiate health, stren$th and harmony will brin$ us into a reali6ation that there is nothin$ to 'ear because we are in touch with 3n'inite )tren$th.

20. 1his (nowled$e can be $ained only by ma(in$ "ractical a""lication o' this in'ormation. We learn by doin$O throu$h "ractice the athlete comes "ower'ul.

21. #s the 'ollowin$ statement is o' considerable im"ortance, 3 will "ut it in se%eral ways, so that you cannot 'ail to $et the 'ull si$ni'icance o' it. 3' you are reli$iously inclined, 3 would say, you can let your li$ht shine. 3' your mind has a bias toward "hysical science, 3 would say you can wa(e the )olar Ple/usO or, i' you "re'er the strictly scienti'ic inter"retation, 3 will say that you can im"ress your subconscious mind.

22. 3 ha%e already told you what the result o' this im"ression will be. 3t is the method in which you are now interested. 8ou ha%e already learned that the subconscious is intelli$ent and that it is creati%e, and res"onsi%e to the will o' the conscious mind. What, then, is the most natural way o' ma(in$ the desired im"ressionH :entally concentrate on the ob2ect o' your desireO when you are concentratin$ you are im"ressin$ the subconscious.

2P. 1his is not the only way, but it is a sim"le and e''ecti%e way, and the most direct way, and conse0uently the way in which the best results are secured. 3t is the method which is "roducin$ such e/traordinary results that many thin( that miracles are bein$ accom"lished.

2E. 3t is the method by which e%ery $reat in%entor, e%ery $reat 'inancier, e%ery $reat statesman has been enabled to con%ert the subtle and in%isible 'orce o' desire, 'aith and con'idence into actual, tan$ible, concrete 'acts in the ob2ecti%e world.

2Q. 1he subconscious mind is a "art o' the .ni%ersal mind. 1he .ni%ersal is the creati%e "rinci"le o' the .ni%erse, a "art must be the same in (ind and 0uality as the whole. 1his means that this creati%e "ower is absolutely unlimitedO

it is not bound by "recedent o' any (ind, and conse0uently has no "rior e/istin$ "attern by which to a""ly its constructi%e "rinci"le.

2-. We ha%e 'ound that the subconscious mind is res"onsi%e to our conscious will, which means that the unlimited creati%e "ower o' the .ni%ersal :ind is within control o' the conscious mind o' the indi%idual.

2*. When ma(in$ a "ractical a""lication o' this "rinci"le, in accordance with the e/ercises $i%en in the subse0uent lessons, it is well to remember that it is not necessary to outline the method by which the subconscious will "roduce the results you desire. 1he 'inite cannot in'orm the 3n'inite. 8ou are sim"ly to say what you desire, not how you are to obtain it.

2+. 8ou are the channel by which the undi''erentiated is bein$ di''erentiated, and this di''erentiation is bein$ accom"lished by a""ro"riation. 3t only re0uires reco$nition to set causes in motion which will brin$ about results in accordance with your desire, and this is accom"lished because the .ni%ersal can act only throu$h the indi%idual, and the indi%idual can act only throu$h the .ni%ersalO they are one.

2,. 4or your e/ercise this wee(, 3 will as( you to $o one ste" 'urther. 3 want you to not only be "er'ectly still, and inhibit all thou$ht as 'ar as "ossible, but rela/, let $o, let the muscles ta(e their normal conditionO this will remo%e all "ressure 'rom the ner%es, and eliminate that tension which so 're0uently "roduces "hysical e/haustion.

P0. Physical rela/ation is a %oluntary e/ercise o' the will and the e/ercise will be 'ound to be o' $reat %alue, as it enables the blood to circulate 'reely to and 'rom the brain and body.

P1. 1ensions leads to mental unrest and abnormal mental acti%ity o' the mindO it "roduces worry, care, 'ear and an/iety. &ela/ation is there'ore an absolute necessity in order to allow the mental 'aculties to e/ercise the $reatest 'reedom.

P2. :a(e this e/ercise as thorou$h and com"lete as "ossible, mentally determine that you will rela/ e%ery muscle and ner%e, until you 'eel 0uiet and rest'ul and at "eace with yoursel' and the world.

PP. 1he )olar Ple/us will then be ready to 'unction and you will be sur"rised at the result.

#ee$ Three ) Study *uestions "ith 'ns"ers

21. What system o' ner%es is the or$an o' the Conscious :indH 1he Cerebro-s"inal.

22. What system o' ner%es is the or$an o' the subconscious mindH 1he sym"athetic.

2P. What is the central "oint o' distribution 'or ener$y which the body is constantly $eneratin$H 1he solar "le/us.

2E. How may this distribution be interru"tedH By resistant, critical, discordant thou$hts, but es"ecially 'ear.

2Q. What is the result o' such interru"tionH !%ery ill with which the human race is a''licted.

2-. How may this ener$y be controlled and directedH By conscious thou$ht.

2*. How may 'ear be com"letely eliminatedH By an understandin$ and reco$nition o' the true source o' all "ower.

2+. What determines the e/"eriences with which we meet in li'eH 9ur "redominant mental attitude.

2,. How may we awa(e the solar "le/usH :entally concentrate u"on the condition which we desire to see mani'ested in our li%es.

P0. What is the creati%e "rinci"le o' the .ni%erseH 1he .ni%ersal :ind.

#ee$ Four& Re.ersin- the Process / From Cause to !ffect

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2nclosed herewith I hand you Part 5our. This part will show you why what you thin#( or do( or feel( is an indication of what you are.

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.

5or this reason we have !od and the )evil 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.

"ife is e0pressive and it is our business to e0press ourselves harmoniously and constructively. Sorrow( misery( unhappiness( disease and poverty are not necessities and we are constantly eliminating them.

&ut this process of eliminating consists in rising above and beyond limitation of any #ind. 1e 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.

#ee$ Four& Re.ersin- the Process / From Cause to !ffect

1. 1he L3L o' you is not the "hysical bodyO that is sim"ly an instrument which the L3L uses to carry out its "ur"osesO the L3L cannot be the :ind, 'or the mind is sim"ly another instrument which the L3L uses with which to thin(, reason, and "lan.

2. 1he L3L must be somethin$ which controls and directs both the body and the mindO somethin$ which determines what they shall do and how they shall act. When you come into a reali6ation o' the true nature o' this L3L, you will en2oy a sense o' "ower which you ha%e ne%er be'ore (nown.

P. 8our "ersonality is made u" o' countless indi%idual characteristics, "eculiarities, habits, and traits o' characterO these are the result o' your 'ormer method o' thin(in$, but they ha%e nothin$ to do with the real L3.L

E. When you say L3 thin(L the L3L tells the mind what it shall thin(O when you say L3 $oL the L3L tells the "hysical body where it shall $oO the real nature o' this L3L is s"iritual, and is the source o' the real "ower which comes to men and women when they come into a reali6ation o' their true nature.

Q. 1he $reatest and most mar%elous "ower which this L3L has been $i%en is the "ower to thin(, but 'ew "eo"le (now how to thin( constructi%ely, or correctly, conse0uently they achie%e only indi''erent results. :ost "eo"le allow their thou$hts to dwell on sel'ish "ur"oses, the ine%itable result o' an in'antile mind. When a mind becomes mature, it understands that the $erm o' de'eat is in e%ery sel'ish thou$ht.

-. 1he trained mind (nows that e%ery transaction must bene'it e%ery "erson who is in any way connected with the transaction, and any attem"t to "ro'it by the wea(ness, i$norance or necessity o' another will ine%itably o"erate to his disad%anta$e.

*. 1his is because the indi%idual is a "art o' the .ni%ersal. # "art cannot anta$oni6e any other "art, but, on the contrary, the wel'are o' each "art de"ends u"on a reco$nition o' the interest o' the whole.

+. 1hose who reco$ni6e this "rinci"le ha%e a $reat ad%anta$e in the a''airs o' li'e. 1hey do not wear themsel%es out. 1hey can eliminate %a$rant thou$hts with 'acility. 1hey can readily concentrate to the hi$hest "ossible de$ree on any sub2ect. 1hey do not waste time or money u"on ob2ects which can be o' no "ossible bene'it to them.

,. 3' you cannot do these thin$s it is because you ha%e thus 'ar not made the necessary e''ort. =ow is the time to ma(e the e''ort. 1he result will be e/actly in "ro"ortion to the e''ort e/"ended. 9ne o' the stron$est a''irmations which you can use 'or the "ur"ose o' stren$thenin$ the will and reali6in$ your "ower to accom"lish, is, L3 can be what 3 will to be.L

10. !%ery time you re"eat it reali6e who and what this L3L isO try to come into a thorou$h understandin$ o' the true nature o' the L3LO i' you do, you will become in%incibleO that is, "ro%ided that your ob2ects and "ur"oses are constructi%e and are there'ore in harmony with the creati%e "rinci"le o' the .ni%erse.

11. 3' you ma(e use o' this a''irmation, use it continuously, ni$ht and mornin$, and as o'ten durin$ the day as you thin( o' it, and continue to do so until it becomes a "art o' youO 'orm the habit.

12. .nless you do this, you had better not start at all, because modern "sycholo$y tells us that when we start somethin$ and do not com"lete it, or ma(e a resolution and do not (ee" it, we are 'ormin$ the habit o' 'ailureO absolute, i$nominious 'ailure. 3' you do not intend to do a thin$, do not startO i' you do start, see it throu$h e%en i' the hea%ens 'allO i' you ma(e u" your mind to do somethin$, do itO let nothin$, no one, inter'ereO the L3L in you has determined, the thin$ is settledO the die is cast, there is no lon$er any ar$ument.

1P. 3' you carry out this idea, be$innin$ with small thin$s which you (now you can control and $radually increase the e''ort, but ne%er under any circumstances allowin$ your L3L to be o%erruled, you will 'ind that you can e%entually control yoursel', and many men and women ha%e 'ound to their sorrow that it is easier to control a (in$dom that to control themsel%es.

1E. But when you ha%e learned to control yoursel' you will ha%e 'ound the LWorld WithinL which controls the world withoutO you will ha%e become irresistibleO men and thin$s will res"ond to your e%ery wish without any a""arent e''ort on your "art.

1Q. 1his is not so stran$e or im"ossible as it may a""ear when you remember that the LWorld WithinL is controlled by the L3L and that this L3L is a "art or one with the 3n'inite L3L which is the .ni%ersal !ner$y or )"irit, usually called >od.

1-. 1his is not a mere statement or theory made 'or the "ur"ose o' con'irmin$ or establishin$ an idea, but it is a 'act which has been acce"ted by the best reli$ious thou$ht as well as the best scienti'ic thou$ht.

1*. Herbert )"ender said: L#mid all the mysteries by which we are surrounded, nothin$ is more certain than that we are e%er in the "resence o' an 3n'inite and !ternal !ner$y 'rom which all thin$s "roceed.L

1+. yman #bbott, in an address deli%ered be'ore the #lumni o' Ban$or 1heolo$ical )eminary, said: LWe are comin$ to thin( o' >od as dwellin$ in man rather than as o"eratin$ on men 'rom without.L

1,. )cience $oes a little way in its search and sto"s. )cience 'inds the e%er-"resent !ternal !ner$y, but &eli$ion 'inds the Power behind this ener$y and locates it within man. But this is by no means a new disco%eryO the Bible

says e/actly the same thin$, and the lan$ua$e is 2ust as "lain and con%incin$: L;now ye not that ye are the tem"le o' the li%in$ >odHL Here, then, is the secret o' the wonder'ul creati%e "ower o' the LWorld Within.L

20. Here is the secret o' "ower, o' mastery. 1o o%ercome does not mean to $o without thin$s. )el'-denial is not success. We cannot $i%e unless we $etO we cannot be hel"'ul unless we are stron$. 1he 3n'inite is not a ban(ru"t and we who are the re"resentati%es o' 3n'inite "ower should not be ban(ru"ts either, and i' we wish to be o' ser%ice to others we must ha%e "ower and more "ower, but to $et it we must $i%e itO we must be o' ser%ice.

21. 1he more we $i%e the more we shall $etO we must become a channel whereby the .ni%ersal can e/"ress acti%ity. 1he .ni%ersal is constantly see(in$ to e/"ress itsel', to be o' ser%ice, and it see(s the channel whereby it can 'ind the $reatest acti%ity, where it can do the most $ood, where it can be o' $reatest ser%ice to man(ind.

22. 1he .ni%ersal cannot e/"ress throu$h you as lon$ as you are busy with your "lans, your own "ur"osesO 0uiet the senses, see( ins"iration, 'ocus the mental acti%ity on the within, dwell in the consciousness o' your unity with 9mni"otence. L)till water runs dee"OL contem"late the multitudinous o""ortunities to which you ha%e s"iritual access by the 9mni"resence o' "ower.

2P. ?isuali6e the e%ents, circumstances and conditions which these s"iritual connections may assist in mani'estin$. &eali6e the 'act that the essence and soul o' all thin$s is s"iritual and that the s"iritual is the real, because it is the li'e o' all there isO when the s"irit is $one, the li'e is $oneO it is deadO it has ceased to e/ist.

2E. 1hese mental acti%ities "ertain to the world within, to the world o' causeO and conditions and circumstances which result are the e''ect. 3t is thus that you become a creator. 1his is im"ortant wor(, and the hi$her, lo'tier, $rander and more noble ideals which you can concei%e, the more im"ortant the wor( will become.

2Q. 9%er-wor( or o%er-"lay or o%er-bodily acti%ity o' any (ind "roduces conditions o' mental a"athy and sta$nation which ma(es it im"ossible to do the more im"ortant wor( which results in a reali6ation o' conscious "ower. We should, there'ore, see( the )ilence 're0uently. Power comes throu$h re"oseO it is in the )ilence that we can be still, and when we are still, we can thin(, and thou$ht is the secret o' all attainment.

2-. 1hou$ht is a mode o' motion and is carried by the law o' %ibration the same as li$ht or electricity. 3t is $i%en %itality by the emotions throu$h the law o' lo%eO it ta(es 'orm and e/"ression by the law o' $rowthO it is a "roduct o' the s"iritual L3L, hence its 5i%ine, s"iritual, and creati%e nature.

2*. 4rom this it is e%ident that in order to e/"ress "ower, abundance or any other constructi%e "ur"ose, the emotions must be called u"on to $i%e 'eelin$ to the thou$ht so that it will ta(e 'orm. How may this "ur"ose be accom"lishedH 1his is the %ital "ointO how may we de%elo" the 'aith, the coura$e, the 'eelin$, which will result in accom"lishmentH

2+. 1he re"ly is, by e/erciseO mental stren$th is secured in e/actly the same way that "hysical stren$th is secured, by e/ercise. We thin( somethin$, "erha"s with di''iculty the 'irst timeO we thin( the same thin$ a$ain, and it becomes easier this timeO we thin( it a$ain and a$ainO it then becomes a mental habit. We continue to thin( the same thin$O 'inally it becomes automaticO we can no lon$er hel" thin(in$ this thin$O we are now "ositi%e o' what we thin(O there is no lon$er any doubt about it. We are sureO we (now.

2,. ast wee( 3 as(ed you to rela/, to let $o "hysically. 1his wee(, 3 am $oin$ to as( you to let $o mentally. 3' you "racticed the e/ercise $i%en you last wee( 'i'teen or twenty minutes a day in accordance with the instructions, you can no doubt rela/ "hysicallyO and anyone who cannot consciously do this 0uic(ly and com"letely is not a master o' himsel'. He has not obtained 'reedomO he is still a sla%e to conditions. But 3 shall assume that you ha%e mastered the e/ercise and are ready to ta(e the ne/t ste", which is mental 'reedom.

P0. 1his wee(, a'ter ta(in$ your usual "osition, remo%e all tension by com"letely rela/in$, then mentally let $o o' all ad%erse conditions, such as hatred, an$er, worry, 2ealousy, en%y, sorrow, trouble or disa""ointment o' any (ind.

P1. 8ou may say that you cannot Llet $oL o' these thin$s, but you canO you can do so by mentally determinin$ to do so, by %oluntary intention and "ersistence.

P2. 1he reason that some cannot do this is because they allow themsel%es to be controlled by the emotions instead o' by their intellect. But those who will be $uided by the intellect will $ain the %ictory. 8ou will not succeed the 'irst time you try, but "ractice ma(es "er'ect, in this as in e%erythin$ else, and you must succeed in dismissin$, eliminatin$ and com"letely destroyin$ these ne$ati%e and destructi%e thou$htsO because they are the seed which is constantly $erminatin$ into discordant conditions o' e%ery concei%able (ind and descri"tion.

There is nothing truer than that the %uality of thought which we entertain correlates certain e0ternals in the outside world. This is the "aw from which there is no escape. .nd it is this "aw( this correlative of the thought with its ob,ect( that from time immemorial has led the people to believe in special providence.


#ee$ Four ) Study *uestions "ith 'ns"ers

P1. What is thou$htH 1hou$ht is s"iritual ener$y.

P2. How is it carriedH By the law o' %ibration.

PP. How is it $i%en %italityH By the law o' lo%e.

PE. How does it ta(e 'ormH By the law o' $rowth.

PQ. What is the secret o' its creati%e "owerH 3t is a s"iritual acti%ity.

P-. How may we de%elo" the 'aith, coura$e, and enthusiasm which will result in accom"lishmentH By a reco$nition o' our s"iritual nature.

P*. What is the secret o' PowerH )er%ice.

P+. Why is this soH Because we $et what we $i%e.

P,. What is the )ilenceH # "hysical stillness.

E0. 9' what %alue is itH 3t is the 'irst ste" to sel'-control, sel'-mastery.

#ee$ Fi.e& The Creati.e Mind

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2nclosed herewith you will find Part 5ive. .fter studying this part carefully( you will see that every conceivable force or ob,ect or fact is the result of mind in action.

Mind in action is thought( and thought is creative. Men are thin#ing now as they never thought before.

Therefore( this is a creative age( and the world is awarding its richest pri*es to the thin#ers. Matter is powerless( passive( inert. Mind is force( energy( power. Mind shapes and controls matter. 2very form which matter ta#es is but the e0pression of some pre/ e0isting thought.

&ut thought wor#s 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 ac%uaintances( and eventually upon the whole of your environment. $ou can originate thought( and( since thoughts are creative( you can create for yourself the things you desire.

#ee$ Fi.e& The Creati.e Mind

1. #t least ninety "er cent o' our mental li'e is subconscious, so that those who 'ail to ma(e use o' this mental "ower li%e within %ery narrow limits.

2. 1he subconscious can and will sol%e any "roblem 'or us i' we (now how to direct it. 1he subconscious "rocesses are always at wor(O the only 0uestion is, are we to be sim"ly "assi%e reci"ients o' this acti%ity, or are we to consciously direct the wor(H )hall we ha%e a %ision o' the destination to be reached, the dan$ers to be a%oided, or shall we sim"ly dri'tH

P. We ha%e 'ound that mind "er%ades e%ery "art o' the "hysical body and is always ca"able o' bein$ directed or im"ressed by authority comin$ 'rom the ob2ecti%e or the more dominant "ortion o' the mind.

E. 1he mind, which "er%ades the body, is lar$ely the result o' heredity, which, in turn, is sim"ly the result o' all the en%ironments o' all "ast $enerations on the res"onsi%e and e%er-mo%in$ li'e 'orces. #n understandin$ o' this 'act will enable us to use our authority when we 'ind some undesirable trait o' character mani'estin$.

Q. We can consciously use all the desirable characteristics with which we ha%e been "ro%ided and we can re"ress and re'use to allow the undesirable ones to mani'est.

-. #$ain, this mind which "er%ades our "hysical body is not only the result o' hereditary tendencies, but is the result o' home, business and social en%ironment, where countless thousands o' im"ressions, ideas, "re2udices and similar thou$hts ha%e been recei%ed. :uch o' this has been recei%ed 'rom others, the result o' o"inions, su$$estions or statementsO much o' it is the result o' our own thin(in$, but nearly all o' it has been acce"ted with little or no e/amination or consideration.

*. 1he idea seemed "lausible, the conscious recei%ed it, "assed it on to the subconscious, where it was ta(en u" by the )ym"athetic )ystem and "assed on to be built into our "hysical body. L1he word has become 'lesh.L

+. 1his, then, is the way we are consistently creatin$ and recreatin$ oursel%esO we are today the result o' our "ast thin(in$, and we shall be what we are thin(in$ today, the aw o' #ttraction is brin$in$ to us, not the thin$s we should li(e, or the thin$s we wish 'or, or the thin$s some one else has, but it brin$s us Lour own,L the thin$s which we ha%e created by our thou$ht "rocesses, whether consciously or unconsciously. .n'ortunately, many o' us are creatin$ these thin$s unconsciously.

,. 3' either o' us were buildin$ a home 'or oursel%es, how care'ul we would be in re$ard to the "lansO how we should study e%ery detailO how we should watch the material and select only the best o' e%erythin$O and yet how careless we are when it comes to buildin$ our :ental Home, which is in'initely more im"ortant than any "hysical home, as e%erythin$ which can "ossibly enter into our li%es de"ends u"on the character o' the material which enters into the construction o' our :ental Home.

10. What is the character o' this materialH We ha%e seen that it is the result o' the im"ressions which we ha%e accumulated in the "ast and stored away in our subconscious :entality. 3' these im"ressions ha%e been o' 'ear, o' worry, o' care, o' an/ietyO i' they ha%e been des"ondent, ne$ati%e, doubt'ul, then the te/ture o' the material which we are wea%in$ today will be o' the same ne$ati%e material. 3nstead o' bein$ o' any %alue, it will be mildewed and rotten and will brin$ us only more toil and care and an/iety. We shall be 'ore%er busy tryin$ to "atch it u" and ma(e it a""ear at least $enteel.

11. But i' we ha%e stored away nothin$ but coura$eous thou$ht, i' we ha%e been o"timistic, "ositi%e, and ha%e immediately thrown any (ind o' ne$ati%e thou$ht on the scra" "ile, ha%e re'used to ha%e anythin$ to do with it, ha%e re'used to associate with it or become identi'ied with it in any way, what then is the resultH 9ur mental material is now o' the best (indO we can wea%e any (ind o' material we wantO we can use any color we wishO we (now that the te/ture is 'irm, that the material is solid, that it will not 'ade, and we ha%e no 'ear, no an/iety concernin$ the 'utureO there is nothin$ to co%er, there are no "atches to hide.

12. 1hese are "sycholo$ical 'actsO there is no theory or $uesswor( about these thin(in$ "rocessesO there is nothin$ secret about themO in 'act, they are so "lain that e%ery one can understand them. 1he thin$ to do is to ha%e a mental house-cleanin$, and to ha%e this house-cleanin$ e%ery day, and (ee" the house clean. :ental, moral and "hysical cleanliness are absolutely indis"ensable i' we are to ma(e "ro$ress o' any (ind.

1P. When this mental house-cleanin$ "rocess has been com"leted, the material which is le't will be suitable 'or the ma(in$ o' the (ind o' ideals or mental ima$es which we desire to reali6e.

1E. 1here is a 'ine estate awaitin$ a claimant. 3ts broad acres, with abundant cro"s, runnin$ water and 'ine timber, stretch away as 'ar as the eye can see. 1here is a mansion, s"acious and cheer'ul, with rare "ictures, a well-stoc(ed library, rich han$in$s, and e%ery com'ort and lu/ury. #ll the heir has to do is to assert his heirshi", ta(e "ossession, and use the "ro"erty. He must use itO he must not let it decayO 'or use is the condition on which he holds it. 1o ne$lect it is to lose "ossession.

1Q. 3n the domain o' mind and s"irit, in the domain o' "ractical "ower, such an estate is yours. 8ou are the heirA 8ou can assert your heirshi" and "ossess, and use this rich inheritance. Power o%er circumstances is one o' its 'ruits, health, harmony and "ros"erity are assets u"on its balance sheet. 3t o''ers you "oise and "eace. 3t costs you only the labor o' studyin$ and har%estin$ its $reat resources. 3t demands no sacri'ice, e/ce"t the loss o' your limitations, your ser%itudes, your wea(ness. 3t clothes you with sel'-honor, and "uts a sce"ter in your hands.

1-. 1o $ain this estate, three "rocesses are necessary: 8ou must earnestly desire it. 8ou must assert your claim. 8ou must ta(e "ossession.

1*. 8ou admit that those are not burdensome conditions.

1+. 8ou are 'amiliar with the sub2ect o' heredity. 5arwin, Hu/ley, Haec(el, and other "hysical scientists ha%e "iled e%idence mountain hi$h that heredity is a law attendin$ "ro$ressi%e creation. 3t is "ro$ressi%e heredity which $i%es man his erect attitude, his "ower o' motion, the or$ans o' di$estions, blood circulation, ner%e 'orce, muscular 'orce, bone structure and a host o' other 'aculties on the "hysical side. 1here are e%en more im"ressi%e 'acts concernin$ heredity o' mind 'orce. #ll these constitute what may be called your human heredity.

1,. But there is a heredity which the "hysical scientists ha%e not com"assed. 3t lies beneath and antecedent to all their researches. #t a "oint where they throw u" their hands in des"air, sayin$ they cannot account 'or what they see, this di%ine heredity is 'ound in 'ull sway.

20. 3t is the beni$nant 'orce which decrees "rimal creation. 3t thrills down 'rom the 5i%ine, direct into e%ery created bein$. 3t ori$inates li'e, which the "hysical scientist has not done, nor e%er can do. 3t stands out amon$ all 'orces su"reme, una""roachable. =o human heredity can a""roach it. =o human heredity measures u" to it.

21. 1his 3n'inite i'e 'lows throu$h youO is you. 3ts doorways are but the 'aculties which com"rise your consciousness. 1o (ee" o"en these doors is the )ecret o' Power. 3s it not worthwhile to ma(e the e''ortH

22. 1he $reat 'act is, that the source o' all li'e and all "ower is 'rom within. Persons, circumstances and e%ents may su$$est need and o""ortunities, but the insi$ht, stren$th and "ower to answer these needs will be 'ound within.

2P. #%oid counter'eits. Build 'irm 'oundations 'or your consciousness u"on 'orces which 'low direct 'rom the 3n'inite source, the .ni%ersal :ind o' which you are the ima$e and li(eness.

2E. 1hose we ha%e come into "ossession o' this inheritance are ne%er 0uite the same a$ain. 1hey ha%e come into "ossession o' a sense o' "ower hitherto undreamed o'. 1hey can ne%er a$ain be timid, wea(, %acillatin$, or 'ear'ul. 1hey are indissolubly connected with 9mni"otence. )omethin$ in them has been arousedO they ha%e suddenly disco%ered that they "ossess a tremendous latent ability o' which they were hereto'ore entirely unconscious.

2Q. 1his "ower is 'rom within, but we cannot recei%e it unless we $i%e it. .se is the condition u"on which we hold this inheritance. We are each o' us but the channel throu$h which the 9mni"otent "ower is bein$ di''erentiated into 'ormO unless we $i%e, the channel is obstructed and we can recei%e no more. 1his is true on e%ery "lane o' e/istence and in e%ery 'ield o' endea%or and all wal(s o' li'e. 1he more we $i%e, the more we $et. 1he athlete who wishes to $et stron$ must ma(e use o' the stren$th he has, and the more he $i%es the more he will $et. 1he 'inancier who wishes to ma(e money must ma(e use o' the money he has, 'or only by usin$ it can he $et more.

2-. 1he merchant who does not (ee" his $oods $oin$ out will soon ha%e none comin$ inO the cor"oration which 'ails to $i%e e''icient ser%ice will soon lac( customersO the attorney who 'ails to $et results will soon lac( clients, and so it $oes e%erywhereO "ower is contin$ent u"on a "ro"er use o' the "ower already in our "ossessionO what is true in e%ery 'ield o' endea%or, e%ery e/"erience in li'e, is true o' the "ower 'rom which e%ery other "ower (nown amon$ men is be$otten -- s"iritual "ower. 1a(e away the s"irit and what is le'tH =othin$.

2*. 3' then the s"irit is all there is, u"on the reco$nition o' this 'act must de"end the ability to demonstrate all "ower, whether "hysical, mental or s"iritual.

2+. #ll "ossession is the result o' the accumulati%e attitude o' mind, or the money consciousnessO this is the ma$ic wand which will enable you to recei%e the idea, and it will 'ormulate "lans 'or you to e/ecute, and you will 'ind as much "leasure in the e/ecution as in the satis'action o' attainment and achie%ement.

2,. =ow, $o to your room, ta(e the same seat, the same "osition as hereto'ore, and mentally select a "lace which has "leasant associations. :a(e a com"lete mental "icture o' it, see the buildin$s, the $rounds, the trees, 'riends, associations, e%erythin$ com"lete. #t 'irst, you will 'ind yoursel' thin(in$ o' e%erythin$ under the sun, e/ce"t the ideal u"on which you desire to concentrate. But do not let that discoura$e you. Persistence will win, but "ersistence re0uires that you "ractice these e/ercises e%ery day without 'ail.

#ee$ Fi.e ) Study *uestions "ith 'ns"ers

E1. What "ro"ortion o' our mental li'e is subconsciousH #t least ninety "er cent.

E2. 3s this %ast mental storehouse $enerally utili6edH =o.

EP. Why notH 4ew understand or a""reciate the 'act that it is an acti%ity which they may consciously direct.

EE. Where has the conscious mind recei%ed its $o%ernin$ tendenciesH 4rom heredity -- which means that it is the result o' all the en%ironments o' all "ast $enerations.

EQ. What is the law o' attraction brin$in$ to usH 9ur L9wn.L

E-. What is our L9wnLH What we inherently are, and is the result o' our "ast thin(in$, both conscious and subconscious.

E*. 9' what is the material with which we construct our mental home com"osedH 1he thou$hts which we entertain.

E+. What is the )ecret o' PowerH # reco$nition o' the omni"resence o' omni"otence.

E,. Where does it ori$inateH #ll li'e and all "ower is 'rom within.

Q0. ."on what is the "ossession o' "ower contin$entH ."on a "ro"er use o' the "ower already in our "ossession.

#ee$ Si0& The Brain of Man

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It is my privilege to enclose Part Si0. This part will give you an e0cellent understanding of the most wonderful piece of mechanism which has ever been created. . mechanism whereby you may create for yourself 1ealth( Strength( Success( Prosperity or any other condition which you desire.

6ecessities 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( li#e 4niversal development( must be gradual with an ever/increasing capacity and volume.

The #nowledge 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 7The greatest good to the greatest number.7 .spiration( desire and harmonious relations constantly and persistently maintained will accomplish results. The greatest hindrance is erroneous and fi0ed 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 4niversal will change its modus operandi to suit us or our ideas( but it does mean that we can come into harmonious relationship with the 4niversal( and when we have accomplished this we may as# anything to which we are entitled( and the way will be made plain.

#ee$ Si0& The Brain of Man

1. 1he .ni%ersal :ind is so wonder'ul that it is di''icult to understand its utilitarian "owers and "ossibilities and its unlimited "roducin$ e''ects.

2. We ha%e 'ound that this :ind is not only all intelli$ence but all substance. How, then, is it to be di''erentiated in 'ormH How are we to secure the e''ect which we desireH

P. #s( any electrician what the e''ect o' electricity will be and he will re"ly that L!lectricity is a 'orm o' motion and its e''ect will de"end u"on the mechanism to which it is attached.L ."on this mechanism will de"end whether we

shall ha%e heat, li$ht, "ower, music or any o' the other mar%elous demonstration o' "ower to which this %ital ener$y has been harnessed.

E. What e''ect can be "roduced by thou$htH 1he re"ly is that thou$ht is mind in motion F2ust as wind is air in motion7, and its e''ect will de"end entirely on the Lmechanism to which it is attached.L

Q. Here, then, is the secret o' all mental "owerO it de"ends entirely on the mechanism which we attach.

-. What is this mechanismH 8ou (now somethin$ o' the mechanism which has been in%ented by !dison, Bell, :arconi and other electrical wi6ards, by which "lace and s"ace and time ha%e become only 'i$ures o' s"eech, but did you e%er sto" to thin( that the mechanism which has been $i%en you 'or trans'ormin$ the .ni%ersal, 9mni"resent Potential Power was in%ented by a $reater in%entor than !disonH

*. We are accustomed to e/aminin$ the mechanism o' the im"lements which we use 'or tillin$ the soil, and we try to $et an understandin$ o' the mechanism o' the automobile which we dri%e, but most o' us are content to remain in absolute i$norance o' the $reatest "iece o' mechanism which as e%er come into e/istence, the brain o' man.

+. et us e/amine the wonders o' this mechanismO "erha"s we shall thereby $et a better understandin$ o' the %arious e''ects o' which it is the cause.

,. 3n the 'irst "lace, there is the $reat mental world in which we li%e and mo%e and ha%e our bein$O this world is omni"otent, omniscient and omni"resentO it will res"ond to our desire in direct ratio to our "ur"ose and 'aithO the "ur"ose must be in accordance with the law o' our bein$, that is, it must be creati%e or constructi%eO our 'aith must be stron$ enou$h to $enerate a current o' su''icient stren$th to brin$ our "ur"ose into mani'estation. L#s thy 'aith is, so be it unto thee,L bears the stam" o' scienti'ic test.

10. 1he e''ects which are "roduced in the world without are the result o' the action and reaction o' the indi%idual u"on the uni%ersalO that is the "rocess which we call thin(in$O the brain is the or$an throu$h which this "rocess is accom"lishedO thin( o' the wonder o' it allA 5o you lo%e music, 'lowers, literature, or are you ins"ired by the thou$ht o' ancient or modern $eniusH &emember, e%ery beauty to which you res"ond must ha%e its corres"ondin$ outline in your brain be'ore you can a""reciate it.

11. 1here is not a sin$le %irtue or "rinci"le in the storehouse o' nature which the brain cannot e/"ress. 1he brain is an embryonic world, ready to de%elo" at any time as necessity may arise. 3' you can com"rehend that this is a scienti'ic truth and one o' the wonder'ul laws o' nature, it will be easier 'or you to $et an understandin$ o' the mechanism by which these e/traordinary results are bein$ accom"lished.

12. 1he ner%ous system has been com"ared to an electric circuit with its battery o' cells in which 'orce is ori$inated, and its white matter to insulated wires by which the current is con%eyedO it is throu$h these channels that e%ery im"ulse or desire is carried throu$h the mechanism.

1P. 1he s"inal cord is the $reat motor and sensory "athway by which messa$es are con%eyed to and 'rom the brainO then, there is the blood su""ly "lun$in$ throu$h the %eins and arteries, renewin$ our ener$y and stren$th, the "er'ectly arran$ed structure u"on which the entire "hysical body rests, and, 'inally, the delicate and beauti'ul s(in, clothin$ the entire mechanism is a mantle o' beauty.

1E. 1his then is the L1em"le o' the li%in$ >odL and the indi%idual L3L is $i%en control and u"on his understandin$ o' the mechanism which is within his control will the result de"end.

1Q. !%ery thou$ht sets the brain cells in actionO at 'irst the substance u"on which the thou$ht is directed 'ails to res"ond, but i' the thou$ht is su''iciently re'ined and concentrated, the substance 'inally yields and e/"resses "er'ectly.

1-. 1his in'luence o' the mind can be e/erted u"on any "art o' the body, causin$ the elimination o' any undesirable e''ect.

1*. # "er'ect conce"tion and understandin$ o' the laws $o%ernin$ in the mental world cannot 'ail to be o' inestimable %alue in the transaction o' business, as it de%elo"s the "ower o' discernment and $i%es a clearer understandin$ and a""reciation o' 'acts.

1+. 1he man who loo(s within instead o' without cannot 'ail to ma(e use o' the mi$hty 'orces which will e%entually determine his course in li'e and so brin$ him into %ibration with all that is best, stron$est and most desirable.

1,. #ttention or concentration is "robablyO the most im"ortant essential in the de%elo"ment o' mind culture. 1he "ossibilities o' attention when "ro"erly directed are so startlin$ that they would hardly a""ear credible to the uninitiated. 1he culti%ation o' attention is the distin$uishin$ characteristic o' e%ery success'ul man or woman, and is the %ery hi$hest "ersonal accom"lishment which can be ac0uired.

20. 1he "ower o' attention can be more readily understood by com"arin$ it with a ma$ni'yin$ $lass in which the rays o' sunli$ht are 'ocusedO they "ossess no "articular stren$th as lon$ as the $lass is mo%ed about and the rays

directed 'rom one "lace to anotherO but let the $lass be held "er'ectly still and let the rays be 'ocused on one s"ot 'or any len$th o' time, the e''ect will become immediately a""arent.

21. )o with the "ower o' thou$htO let "ower be dissi"ated by scatterin$ the thou$ht 'rom one ob2ect to another, and no result is a""arentO but 'ocus this "ower throu$h attention or concentration on any sin$le "ur"ose 'or any len$th o' time and nothin$ becomes im"ossible.

22. # %ery sim"le remedy 'or a %ery com"le/ situation, some will say. #ll ri$ht, try it, you who ha%e had no e/"erience in concentratin$ the thou$ht on a de'inite "ur"ose or ob2ect. Choose any sin$le ob2ect and concentrate your attention on it 'or a de'inite "ur"ose 'or e%en ten minutesO you cannot do itO the mind will wander a do6en times and it will be necessary to brin$ it bac( to the ori$inal "ur"ose, and each time the e''ect will ha%e been lost and at the end o' the ten minutes nothin$ will ha%e been $ained, because you ha%e not been able to hold your thou$ht steadily to the "ur"ose.

2P. 3t is, howe%er, throu$h attention that you will 'inally be able to o%ercome obstacles o' any (ind that a""ear in your "ath onward and u"ward, and the only way to ac0uire this wonder'ul "ower is by "ractice -- "ractice ma(es "er'ect, in this as in anythin$ else.

2E. 3n order to culti%ate the "ower o' attention, brin$ a "hoto$ra"h with you to the same seat in the same room in the same "osition as hereto'ore. !/amine it closely at least ten minutes, note the e/"ression o' the eyes, the 'orm o' the 'eatures, the clothin$, the way the hair is arran$edO in 'act, note e%ery detail shown on the "hoto$ra"h care'ully. =ow co%er it and close your eyes and try to see it mentallyO i' you can see e%ery detail "er'ectly and can 'orm a $ood mental ima$e o' the "hoto$ra"h, you are to be con$ratulatedO i' not, re"eat the "rocess until you can.

2Q. 1his ste" is sim"ly 'or the "ur"ose o' "re"arin$ the soilO ne/t wee( we shall be ready to sow the seed.

2-. 3t is by such e/ercises as these that you will 'inally be able to control your mental moods, your attitude, your consciousness.

2*. >reat 'inanciers are learnin$ to withdraw 'rom the multitude more and more, that they may ha%e more time 'or "lannin$, thin(in$ and $eneratin$ the ri$ht mental moods.

2+. )uccess'ul businessmen are constantly demonstratin$ the 'act that it "ays to (ee" in touch with the thou$ht o' other success'ul businessmen.

2,. # sin$le idea may be worth millions o' dollars, and these ideas can only come to those who are rece"ti%e, who are "re"ared to recei%e them, who are in success'ul 'rame o' mind.

P0. :en are learnin$ to "lace themsel%es in harmony with the .ni%ersal :indO they are learnin$ the unity o' all thin$sO they are learnin$ the basic methods and "rinci"les o' thin(in$, and this is chan$in$ conditions and multi"lyin$ results.

P1. 1hey are 'indin$ that circumstances and en%ironment 'ollow the trend o' mental and s"iritual "ro$ressO they 'ind that $rowth 'ollows (nowled$eO action 'ollows ins"irationO o""ortunity 'ollows "erce"tionO always the s"iritual 'irst, then the trans'ormation into the in'inite and illimitable "ossibilities o' achie%ement.

P2. #s the indi%idual is but the channel 'or the di''erentiation o' the .ni%ersal, these "ossibilities are necessarily ine/haustible.

PP. 1hou$ht is the "rocess by which we may absorb the )"irit o' Power, and hold the result in our inner consciousness until it becomes a "art o' our ordinary consciousness. 1he method o' accom"lishin$ this result by the "ersistent "ractice o' a 'ew 'undamental "rinci"les, as e/"lained in this )ystem, is the master (ey which unloc(s the storehouse o' .ni%ersal 1ruth.

PE. 1he two $reat sources o' human su''erin$ at "resent are bodily disease and mental an/iety. 1hese may be readily traced to the in'rin$ement o' some =atural aw. 1his is, no doubt, owin$ to the 'act that so 'ar (nowled$e has lar$ely remained "artial, but the clouds o' dar(ness which ha%e accumulated throu$h lon$ a$es are be$innin$ to roll away and with them many o' the miseries that attend im"er'ect in'ormation.

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/awa#e to the power of right thought in constructive action


#ee$ Si0 ) Study *uestions "ith 'ns"ers

Q1. What are some o' the e''ects which can be "roduced by electricityH Heat, li$ht, "ower, music.

Q2. ."on what do these %arious e''ects de"endH ."on the mechanism to which electricity is attached.

QP. What is the result o' the action and interaction o' the indi%idual mind u"on the .ni%ersalH 1he conditions and e/"eriences with which we meet.

QE. How may these conditions be chan$edH By chan$in$ the mechanism by which the .ni%ersal is di''erentiated in 'orm.

QQ. What is this mechanismH 1he brain.

Q-. How may it be chan$edH By the "rocess we call thin(in$. 1hou$hts "roduce brain cells, and these cells res"ond to the corres"ondin$ thou$ht in the .ni%ersal.

Q*. 9' what %alue is the "ower o' concentrationH 3t is the %ery hi$hest "ersonal accom"lishment which can be ac0uired, and the distin$uishin$ characteristic o' e%ery success'ul man or woman.

Q+. How may it be ac0uiredH By 'aith'ully "racticin$ the e/ercises in this )ystem.

Q,. Why is this so im"ortantH Because it will enable us to control our thou$hts, and since thou$hts are causes conditions must be e''ectsO i' we can control the cause we can also control the e''ect.

-0. What is chan$in$ conditions and multi"lyin$ results in the ob2ecti%e worldH :en are learnin$ the basic methods o' constructi%e thin(in$.

#ee$ Se.en& Utili,in- the %mni1otent Po"er

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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 personali*e this power and call it !od( or we may thin# 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 ob,ective( the physical( the visible( is the personal( that which can be cogni*ed by the senses. It consists of body( brain and nerves. The sub,ective is the spiritual( the invisible( the impersonal.

The personal is conscious because it is a personal entity. The impersonal( being the same in #ind and %uality as all other &eing( 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 e0ercise 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 e0ercise 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.

$ou will therefore see that it is your privilege to depend upon the human will with all its limitations and misconceptions( or you may utili*e the potentialities of Infinity by ma#ing use of the subconscious mind. 1ere( then( is the scientific e0planation of the wonderful power which has been put within your control( if you but understand( appreciate and recogni*e it.

One method of consciously utili*ing this omnipotent power is outlined in Part Seven.

#ee$ Se.en& Utili,in- the %mni1otent Po"er

1. ?isuali6ation is the "rocess o' ma(in$ mental ima$es, and the ima$e is the mold or model which will ser%e as a "attern 'rom which your 'uture will emer$e.

2. :a(e the "attern clear and ma(e it beauti'ulO do not be a'raidO ma(e it $randO remember that no limitation can be "laced u"on you by any one but yoursel'O you are not limited as to cost or materialO draw on the 3n'inite 'or your su""ly, construct it in your ima$inationO it will ha%e to be there be'ore it will e%er a""ear anywhere else.

P. :a(e the ima$e clear and clean-cut, hold it 'irmly in the mind and you will $radually and constantly brin$ the thin$ nearer to you. 8ou can be what Lyou will to be.L

E. 1his is another "sycholo$ical 'act which is well (nown, but un'ortunately, readin$ about it will not brin$ about any result which you may ha%e in mindO it will not e%en hel" you to 'orm the mental ima$e, much less brin$ it into mani'estation. Wor( is necessary - labor, hard mental labor, the (ind o' e''ort which so 'ew are willin$ to "ut 'orth.

Q. 1he 'irst ste" is ideali6ation. 3t is li(ewise the most im"ortant ste", because it is the "lan on which you are $oin$ to build. 3t must be solidO it must be "ermanent. 1he architect, when he "lans a P0- storey buildin$, has e%ery line and detail "ictured in ad%ance. 1he en$ineer, when he s"ans a chasm, 'irst ascertains the stren$th re0uirements o' a million se"arate "arts.

-. 1hey see the end be'ore a sin$le ste" is ta(enO so you are to "icture in your mind what you wantO you are sowin$ the seed, but be'ore sowin$ any seed you want to (now what the har%est is to be. 1his is 3deali6ation. 3' you are not sure, return to the chair daily until the "icture becomes "lainO it will $radually un'oldO 'irst the $eneral "lan will be dim, but it will ta(e sha"e, the outline will ta(e 'orm, then the details, and you will $radually de%elo" the "ower by which you will be enabled to 'ormulate "lans which will e%entually materiali6e in the ob2ecti%e world. 8ou will come to (now what the 'uture holds 'or you.

*. 1hen comes the "rocess o' %isuali6ation. 8ou must see the "icture more and more com"lete, see the detail, and, as the details be$in to un'old the ways and means 'or brin$in$ it into mani'estation will de%elo". 9ne thin$ will lead to another. 1hou$ht will lead to action, action will de%elo" methods, methods will de%elo" 'riends, and 'riends will brin$ about circumstances, and, 'inally, the third ste", or :ateriali6ation, will ha%e been accom"lished.

+. We all reco$ni6e the .ni%erse must ha%e been thou$ht into sha"e be'ore it e%er could ha%e become a material 'act. #nd i' we are willin$ to 'ollow alon$ the lines o' the >reat #rchitect o' the .ni%erse, we shall 'ind our thou$hts ta(in$ 'orm, 2ust as the uni%erse too( concrete 'orm. 3t is the same mind o"eratin$ throu$h the indi%idual. 1here is no di''erence in (ind or 0uality, the only di''erence is one o' de$ree.

,. 1he architect %isuali6es his buildin$, he sees it as he wishes it to be. His thou$ht becomes a "lastic mold 'rom which the buildin$ will e%entually emer$e, a hi$h one or a low one, a beauti'ul one or a "lain one, his %ision ta(es 'orm on "a"er and e%entually the necessary material is utili6ed and the buildin$ stands com"lete.

10. 1he in%entor %isuali6es his idea in e/actly the same manner, 'or instance, =i(ola 1esla, he with the $iant intellect, one o' the $reatest in%entors o' all a$es, the man who has brou$ht 'orth the most ama6in$ realities, always %isuali6es his in%entions be'ore attem"tin$ to wor( them out. He did not rush to embody them in 'orm and then s"end his time in correctin$ de'ects. Ha%in$ 'irst built u" the idea in his ima$ination, he held it there as a mental "icture, to be reconstructed and im"ro%ed by his thou$ht. L3n this way,L he writes in the !lectrical !/"erimenter. L3 am enabled to ra"idly de%elo" and "er'ect a conce"tion without touchin$ anythin$. When 3 ha%e $one so 'ar as to

embody in the in%ention e%ery "ossible im"ro%ement 3 can thin( o', and see no 'ault anywhere, 3 "ut into concrete, the "roduct o' my brain. 3n%ariably my de%ise wor(s as 3 concei%ed it shouldO in twenty years there has not been a sin$le e/ce"tion.L

11. 3' you can conscientiously 'ollow these directions, you will de%elo" 4aith, the (ind o' 4aith that is the L)ubstance o' thin$s ho"ed 'or, the e%idence o' thin$s not seenLO you will de%elo" con'idence, the (ind o' con'idence that leads to endurance and coura$eO you will de%elo" the "ower o' concentration which will enable you to e/clude all thou$hts e/ce"t the ones which are associated with your "ur"ose.

12. 1he law is that thou$ht will mani'est in 'orm, and only one who (nows how to be the di%ine thin(er o' his own thou$hts can e%er ta(e a :asterGs "lace and s"ea( with authority.

1P. Clearness and accuracy are obtained only by re"eatedly ha%in$ the ima$e in mind. !ach re"eated action renders the ima$e more clear and accurate than the "recedin$, and in "ro"ortion to the clearness and accuracy o' the ima$e will the outward mani'estation be. 8ou must build it 'irmly and securely in your mental world, the world within, be'ore it can ta(e 'orm in the world without, and you can build nothin$ o' %alue, e%en in the mental world unless you ha%e the "ro"er material. When you ha%e the material you can build anythin$ you wish, but ma(e sure o' your material. 8ou cannot ma(e broadcloth 'rom shoddy.

1E. 1his material will be brou$ht out by millions o' silent mental wor(ers and 'ashioned into the 'orm o' the ima$e which you ha%e in mind.

1Q. 1hin( o' itA 8ou ha%e o%er 'i%e million o' these mental wor(ers, ready and in acti%e useO brain cells they are called. Besides this, there is another reser%e 'orce o' at least an e0ual number, ready to be called into action at the sli$htest need. 8our "ower to thin(, then, is almost unlimited, and this means that your "ower to create the (ind o' material which is necessary to build 'or yoursel' any (ind o' en%ironment which you desire is "ractically unlimited.

1-. 3n addition to these millions o' mental wor(ers, you ha%e billions o' mental wor(ers in the body, e%ery one o' which is endowed with su''icient intelli$ence to understand and act u"on any messa$e or su$$estion $i%en. 1hese cells are all busy creatin$ and recreatin$ the body, but, in addition to this, they are endowed with "sychic acti%ity whereby they can attract to themsel%es the substance necessary 'or "er'ect de%elo"ment.

1*. 1hey do this by the same law and in the same manner that e%ery 'orm o' li'e attracts to itsel' the necessary material 'or $rowth. 1he oa(, the rose, the lily, all re0uire certain material 'or their most "er'ect e/"ression and they secure it by silent demand, the aw o' #ttraction, the most certain way 'or you to secure what you re0uire 'or your most com"lete de%elo"ment.

1+. :a(e the :ental 3ma$eO ma(e it clear, distinct, "er'ectO hold it 'irmlyO the ways and means will de%elo"O su""ly will 'ollow the demandO you will be led to do the ri$ht thin$ at the ri$ht time and in the ri$ht way. !arnest 5esire will brin$ about Con'ident !/"ectation, and this in turn must be rein'orced by 4irm 5emand. 1hese three cannot 'ail to brin$ about #ttainment, because the !arnest 5esire is the 'eelin$, the Con'ident !/"ectation is the thou$ht, and the 4irm 5emand is the will, and, as we ha%e seen, 'eelin$ $i%es %itality to thou$ht and the will holds it steadily until the law o' >rowth brin$s it into mani'estation.

1,. 3s it not wonder'ul that man has such tremendous "ower within himsel', such transcendental 'aculties concernin$ which he had no conce"tionH 3s it not stran$e that we ha%e always been tau$ht to loo( 'or stren$th and "ower LwithoutHL We ha%e been tau$ht to loo( e%erywhere but LwithinL and whene%er this "ower mani'ested in our li%es we were told that it was somethin$ su"ernatural.

20. 1here are many who ha%e come to an understandin$ o' this wonder'ul "ower, and who ma(e serious and conscientious e''orts to reali6e health, "ower and other conditions, and seem to 'ail. 1hey do not seem able to brin$ the aw into o"eration. 1he di''iculty in nearly e%ery case is that they are dealin$ with e/ternals. 1hey want money, "ower, health and abundance, but they 'ail to reali6e that these are e''ects and can come only when the cause is 'ound.

21. 1hose who will $i%e no attention to the world without will see( only to ascertain the truth, will loo( only 'or wisdom, will 'ind that this wisdom will un'old and disclose the source o' all "ower, that it will mani'est in thou$ht and "ur"ose which will create the e/ternal conditions desired. 1his truth will 'ind e/"ression in noble "ur"ose and coura$eous action.

22. Create ideals only, $i%e no thou$ht to e/ternal conditions, ma(e the world within beauti'ul and o"ulent and the world without will e/"ress and mani'est the condition which you ha%e within. 8ou will come into a reali6ation o' your "ower to create ideals and these ideals will be "ro2ected into the world o' e''ect.

2P. 4or instance, a man is in debt. He will be continually thin(in$ about the debt, concentratin$ on it, and as thou$hts are causes the result is that he not only 'astens the debt closer to him, but actually creates more debt. He is "uttin$ the $reat law o' #ttraction into o"eration with the usual and ine%itable result -- oss leads to $reater L oss.L

2E. What, then, is the correct "rinci"leH Concentrate on the thin$s you want, not on the thin$s you do not want. 1hin( o' abundanceO ideali6e the methods and "lans 'or "uttin$ the aw o' #bundance into o"eration. ?isuali6e the condition which the aw o' #bundance createsO this will result in mani'estation.

2Q. 3' the law o"erates "er'ectly to brin$ about "o%erty, lac( and e%ery 'orm o' limitation 'or those who are continually entertainin$ thou$hts o' lac( and 'ear, it will o"erate with the same certainty to brin$ about conditions o' abundance and o"ulence 'or those who entertain thou$hts o' coura$e and "ower.

2-. 1his is a di''icult "roblem 'or manyO we are too an/iousO we mani'est an/iety, 'ear, distressO we want to do somethin$O we want to hel"O we are li(e a child who has 2ust "lanted a seed and e%ery 'i'teen minutes $oes and stirs u" the earth to see i' it is $rowin$. 9' course, under such circumstances, the seed will ne%er $erminate, and yet this is e/actly what many o' us do in the mental world.

2*. We must "lant the seed and lea%e it undisturbed. 1his does not mean that we are to sit down and do nothin$, by no meansO we will do more and better wor( then we ha%e e%er done be'ore, new channels will constantly be "ro%ided, new doors will o"enO all that is necessary is to ha%e an o"en mind, be ready to act when the time comes.

2+. 1hou$ht 'orce is the most "ower'ul means o' obtainin$ (nowled$e, and i' concentrated on any sub2ect will sol%e the "roblem. =othin$ is beyond the "ower o' human com"rehension, but in order to harness thou$ht 'orce and ma(e it do your biddin$, wor( is re0uired.

2,. &emember that thou$ht is the 'ire that creates the steam that turns the wheel o' 'ortune, u"on which your e/"eriences de"end.

P0. #s( yoursel' a 'ew 0uestions and then re%erently await the res"onseO do you not now and then 'eel the sel' with youH 5o you assert this sel' or do you 'ollow the ma2orityH &emember that ma2orities are always led, they ne%er lead. 3t was the ma2ority that 'ou$ht, tooth and nail, a$ainst the steam en$ine, the "ower loom and e%ery other ad%ance or im"ro%ement e%er su$$ested.

P1. 4or your e/ercise this wee(, %isuali6e your 'riend, see him e/actly as you last saw him, see the room, the 'urniture, recall the con%ersation, now see his 'ace, see it distinctly, now tal( to him about some sub2ect o' mutual interestO see his e/"ression chan$e, watch him smile. Can you do thisH #ll ri$ht, you canO then arouse his interest, tell him a story o' ad%enture, see his eyes li$ht u" with the s"irit o' 'un or e/citement. Can you do all o' thisH 3' so, your ima$ination is $ood, you are ma(in$ e/cellent "ro$ress.

#ee$ Se.en ) Study *uestions "ith 'ns"ers

-1. What is %isuali6ationH 1he "rocess o' ma(in$ mental "ictures.

-2. What is the result o' this method o' thou$htH By holdin$ the ima$e or "icture in mind, we can $radually but surely brin$ the thin$ nearer to us. We can be what we will to be.

-P. What is 3deali6ationH 3t is a "rocess o' %isuali6in$ or ideali6in$ the "lans which will e%entually materiali6e in our ob2ecti%e world.

-E. Why are clearness and accuracy necessaryH Because Lseein$L creates L'eelin$L and L'eelin$L creates Lbein$.L 4irst the mental, then the emotional, then the illimitable "ossibilities o' achie%ement.

-Q. How are they obtainedH !ach re"eated action renders the ima$e more accurate than the 'ormer one.

--. How is the material 'or the construction o' your mental ima$e securedH By millions o' mental wor(ers. Brain cells they are called.

-*. How are the necessary conditions 'or brin$in$ about the materiali6ation o' your ideal in the ob2ecti%e world securedH By the aw o' #ttraction. 1he natural law by which all conditions and e/"eriences are brou$ht about.

-+. What three ste"s are necessary in order to brin$ this law into o"erationH !arnest 5esire, Con'ident !/"ectation, 4irm 5emand.

-,. Why do many 'ailH Because they concentrate on loss, disease and disaster. 1he law is o"eratin$ "er'ectlyO the thin$s they 'ear are comin$ u"on them.

*0. What is the alternati%eH Concentrate on the ideals which you desire to see mani'ested in your li'e.

#ee$ !i-ht& Thou-ht and Its Results

(etter of Transmittal
In this Part you will find that you may freely choose what you thin# but the result of your thought is governed by an immutable law+ Is not this a wonderful thought Is it not wonderful to #now that our lives are not sub,ect to caprice or variability of any #ind 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 "aw which ma#es the 4niverse one grand paean of 1armony. If it were not for law( the 4niverse would be a -haos instead of a -osmos.

1ere( 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.

"et 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 2merson and -arlyle. 2merson loved the good and his life was a symphony of peace and harmony( -arlyle hated the bad( and his life was a record of perpetual discord and inharmony.

1ere we have two grand men( each intent upon achieving the same ideal( but one ma#es use of constructive thought and is therefore in harmony with 6atural "aw( the other ma#es use of destructive thought and therefore brings upon himself discord of every #ind and character.

It is evident therefore that we are to hate nothing( not even the 7bad(7 because hatred is destructive( and we shall soon find that by entertaining destructive thought we are sowing the 7wind7 and in turn shall reap the 7whirlwind.7

#ee$ !i-ht& Thou-ht and Its Results

1. 1hou$ht contains a %ital "rinci"le, because it is the creati%e "rinci"le o' the .ni%erse and by its nature will combine with other similar thou$hts.

2. #s the one "ur"ose o' li'e is $rowth, all "rinci"les underlyin$ e/istence must contribute to $i%e it e''ect. 1hou$ht, there'ore, ta(es 'orm and the law o' $rowth e%entually brin$s it into mani'estation.

P. 8ou may 'reely choose what you thin(, but the result o' your thou$ht is $o%erned by an immutable law. #ny line o' thou$ht "ersisted in cannot 'ail to "roduce its result in the character, health and circumstances o' the indi%idual. :ethods whereby we can substitute habits o' constructi%e thin(in$ 'or those which we ha%e 'ound "roduce only undesirable e''ects are there'ore o' "rimary im"ortance.

E. We all (now that this is by no means easy. :ental habits are di''icult to control, but it can be done and the way to do it is to be$in at once to substitute constructi%e thou$ht 'or destructi%e thou$ht. 4orm the habit o' analy6in$ e%ery thou$ht. 3' it is necessary, i' its mani'estation in the ob2ecti%e will be a bene'it, not only to yoursel', but to all whom it may a''ect in any way, (ee" itO treasure itO it is o' %alueO it is in tune with the 3n'initeO it will $row and de%elo" and "roduce 'ruit an hundred 'old. 9n the other hand, it will be well 'or you to (ee" this 0uotation 'rom >eor$e :atthews #dams, in mind, L earn to (ee" the door shut, (ee" out o' your mind, out o' your o''ice, and out o' your world, e%ery element that see(s admittance with no de'inite hel"'ul end in %iew.L

Q. 3' your thou$ht has been critical or destructi%e, and has resulted in any condition o' discord or inharmony in your en%ironment, it may be necessary 'or you to culti%ate a mental attitude which will be conduci%e to constructi%e thou$ht.

-. 1he ima$ination will be 'ound to be a $reat assistance in this directionO the culti%ation o' the ima$ination leads to the de%elo"ment o' the ideal out o' which your 'uture will emer$e.

*. 1he ima$ination $athers u" the material by which the :ind wea%es the 'abric in which your 'uture is to be clothed.

+. 3ma$ination is the li$ht by which we can "enetrate new worlds o' thou$ht and e/"erience.

,. 3ma$ination is the mi$hty instrument by which e%ery disco%erer, e%ery in%entor, o"ened the way 'rom "recedent to e/"erience. Precedent said, L3t cannot be doneOL e/"erience said, L3t is done.L

10. 3ma$ination is a "lastic "ower, moldin$ the thin$s o' sense into new 'orms and ideals.

11. 3ma$ination is the constructi%e 'orm o' thou$ht which must "recede e%ery constructi%e 'orm o' action.

12. # builder cannot build a structure o' any (ind until he has 'irst recei%ed the "lans 'rom the architect, and the architect must $et them 'rom his ima$ination.

1P. 1he Ca"tain o' 3ndustry cannot build a $iant cor"oration which may coordinate hundreds o' smaller cor"orations and thousands o' em"loyees, and utili6e millions o' dollars o' ca"ital until he has 'irst created the entire wor( in his ima$ination. 9b2ects in the material world are as clay in the "otterGs handO it is in the :aster :ind that the real thin$s are created, and it is by the use o' the ima$ination that the wor( is done. 3n order to culti%ate the ima$ination it must be e/ercised. !/ercise is necessary to culti%ate mental muscle as well as "hysical muscle. 3t must be su""lied with nourishment or it cannot $row.

1E. 5o not con'use 3ma$ination with 4ancy, or that 'orm o' daydreamin$ in which some "eo"le li(e to indul$e. 5aydreamin$ is a 'orm o' mental dissi"ation which may lead to mental disaster.

1Q. Constructi%e ima$ination means mental labor, by some considered to be the hardest (ind o' labor, but, i' so, it yields the $reatest returns, 'or all the $reat thin$s in li'e ha%e come to men and women who had the ca"acity to thin(, to ima$ine, and to ma(e their dreams come true.

1-. When you ha%e become thorou$hly conscious o' the 'act that :ind is the only creati%e "rinci"le, that it is 9mni"otent, 9mniscient and 9mni"resent, and that you can consciously come into harmony with this 9mni"otence throu$h your "ower o' thou$ht, you will ha%e ta(en a lon$ ste" in the ri$ht direction.

1*. 1he ne/t ste" is to "lace yoursel' in "osition to recei%e this "ower. #s it is 9mni"resent, it must be within you. We (now that this is so because we (now that all "ower is 'rom within, but it must be de%elo"ed, un'olded, culti%atedO in order to do this we must be rece"ti%e, and this rece"ti%ity is ac0uired 2ust as "hysical stren$th is $ained, by e/ercise.

1+. 1he law o' attraction will certainly and unerrin$ly brin$ to you the conditions, en%ironment, and e/"eriences in li'e, corres"ondin$ with your habitual, characteristic, "redominant mental attitude. =ot what you thin( once in a while when you are in church, or ha%e 2ust read a $ood boo(, B.1 your "redominant mental attitude is what counts.

1,. 8ou can not entertain wea(, harm'ul, ne$ati%e thou$hts ten hours a day and e/"ect to brin$ about beauti'ul, stron$ and harmonious conditions by ten minutes o' stron$, "ositi%e, creati%e thou$ht.

20. &eal "ower comes 'rom within. #ll "ower that anybody can "ossibly use is within man, only waitin$ to be brou$ht into %isibility by his 'irst reco$ni6in$ it, and then a''irmin$ it as his, wor(in$ it into his consciousness until he becomes one with it.

21. Peo"le say that they desire abundant li'e, and so they do, but so many inter"ret this to mean that i' they will e/ercise their muscles or breathe scienti'ically, eat certain 'oods in certain ways, drin( so many $lasses o' water e%ery day o' 2ust a certain tem"erature, (ee" out o' dra'ts, they will attain the abundant li'e they see(. 1he result o' such methods is but indi''erent. Howe%er, when man awa(ens to the truth, and a''irms his oneness with all i'e, he 'inds that he ta(es on the clear eye, the elastic ste", the %i$or o' youthO he 'inds that he has disco%ered the source o' all "ower.

22. #ll mista(es are but the mista(es o' i$norance. ;nowled$e $ainin$ and conse0uent "ower is what determines $rowth and e%olution. 1he reco$nition and demonstration o' (nowled$e is what constitutes "ower, and this "ower is s"iritual "ower, and this s"iritual "ower is the "ower which lies at the heart o' all thin$sO it is the soul o' the uni%erse.

2P. 1his (nowled$e is the result o' manGs ability to thin(O thou$ht is there'ore the $erm o' manGs conscious e%olution. When man ceases to ad%ance in his thou$hts and ideals, his 'orces immediately be$in to disinte$rate and his countenance $radually re$isters these chan$in$ conditions.

2E. )uccess'ul men ma(e it their business to hold ideals o' the conditions which they wish to reali6e. 1hey constantly hold in mind the ne/t ste" necessary to the ideal 'or which they are stri%in$. 1hou$hts are the materials with which they build, and the ima$ination is their mental wor(sho". :ind is the e%er-mo%in$ 'orce with which they secure the "ersons and circumstance necessary to build their success structure, and ima$ination is the matri/ in which all $reat thin$s are 'ashioned.

2Q. 3' you ha%e been 'aith'ul to your ideal, you will hear the call when circumstances are ready to materiali6e your "lans and results will corres"ond in the e/act ratio o' your 'idelity to your ideal. 1he ideal steadily held is what "redetermines and attracts the necessary conditions 'or its 'ul'illment.

2-. 3t is thus that you may wea%e a $arment o' s"irit and "ower into the web o' your entire e/istenceO it is thus that you may lead a charmed li'e and be 'ore%er "rotected 'rom all harmO it is thus that you may become a "ositi%e 'orce whereby conditions o' o"ulence and harmony may be attracted to you.

2*. 1his is the lea%en which is $radually "ermeatin$ the $eneral consciousness and is lar$ely res"onsible 'or the conditions o' unrest which are e%erywhere e%ident.

2+. 3n the last Part you created a mental ima$e, you brou$ht it 'rom the in%isible into the %isibleO this wee( 3 want you to ta(e an ob2ect and 'ollow it bac( to its ori$ination, see o' what it really consists. 3' you do this you will de%elo" ima$ination, insi$ht, "erce"tion, and sa$acity. 1hese come not by the su"er'icial obser%ation o' the multitude, but by a (een analytical obser%ation which sees below the sur'ace.

2,. 3t is the 'ew who (now that the thin$s which they see are only e''ects, and understand the causes by which these e''ects were brou$ht into e/istence.

P0. 1a(e the same "osition as hereto'ore and %isuali6e a Battleshi"O see the $rim monster 'loatin$ on the sur'ace o' the waterO there a""ears to be no li'e anywhere aboutO all is silenceO you (now that by 'ar the lar$est "art o' the %essel is under waterO out o' si$htO you (now that the shi" is as lar$e and as hea%y as a twenty-story s(yscra"erO you (now that there are hundreds o' men ready to s"rin$ to their a""ointed tas( instantlyO you (now that e%ery de"artment is in char$e o' able, trained, s(illed o''icials who ha%e "ro%en themsel%es com"etent to ta(e char$e o' this mar%elous "iece o' mechanismO you (now that althou$h it lies a""arently obli%ious to e%erythin$ else, it has eyes which see e%erythin$ 'or miles around, and nothin$ is "ermitted to esca"e its watch'ul %isionO you (now that while it a""ears 0uiet, submissi%e and innocent, it is "re"ared to hurl a steel "ro2ectile wei$hin$ thousands o' "ounds at an enemy many miles awayO this and much more you can brin$ to mind with com"arati%ely no e''ort whate%er. But how did the battleshi" come to be where it isO how did it come into e/istence in the 'irst "laceH #ll o' this you want to (now i' you are a care'ul obser%er.

P1. 4ollow the $reat steel "lates throu$h the 'oundries, see the thousands o' men em"loyed in their "roductionO $o still 'urther bac(, and see the ore as it comes 'rom the mine, see it loaded on bar$es or cars, see it melted and "ro"erly treatedO $o bac( still 'urther and see the architect and en$ineers who "lanned the %esselO let the thou$ht carry you bac( still 'urther in order to determine why they "lanned the %esselO you will see that you are now so 'ar bac( that the %essel is somethin$ intan$ible, it no lon$er e/ists, it is now only a thou$ht e/istin$ in the brain o' the architectO but 'rom where did the order come to "lan the %esselH Probably 'rom the )ecretary o' 5e'enseO but "robably this %essel was "lanned lon$ be'ore the war was thou$ht o', and that Con$ress had to "ass a bill a""ro"riatin$ the moneyO "ossibly there was o""osition, and s"eeches 'or or a$ainst the bill. Whom do these Con$ressmen re"resentH 1hey re"resent you and me, so that our line o' thou$ht be$ins with the Battleshi" and ends with oursel%es, and we 'ind in the last analysis that our own thou$ht is res"onsible 'or this and many other thin$s, o' which we seldom thin(, and a little 'urther re'lection will de%elo" the most im"ortant 'act o' all and that is, i' someone had not disco%ered the law by which this tremendous mass o' steel and iron could be made to 'loat u"on the water, instead o' immediately $oin$ to the bottom, the battleshi" could not ha%e come into e/istence at all.

P2. 1his law is that, Lthe s"eci'ic $ra%ity o' any substance is the wei$ht o' any %olume o' it, com"ared with an e0ual %olume o' water.L 1he disco%ery o' this law re%olutioni6ed e%ery (ind o' ocean tra%el, commerce and war'are, and made the e/istence o' the battleshi", aircra't carriers, and cruise shi"s "ossible.

PP. 8ou will 'ind e/ercises o' this (ind in%aluable. When the thou$ht has been trained to loo( below the sur'ace e%erythin$ ta(es on a di''erent a""earance, the insi$ni'icant becomes si$ni'icant, the uninterestin$ interestin$O the thin$s which we su""osed to be o' no im"ortance are seen to be the only really %ital thin$s in e/istence.

"oo# To This )ay 5or it is "ife( the very "ife of "ife. In Its brief course lie all the 8erities and 9ealities of your e0istence' The &liss of !rowth' The !lory of .ction' The Splendor of &eauty' 5or $esterday is but a )ream( .nd tomorrow is only a 8ision: &ut Today well lived ma#es every $esterday a )ream of 1appiness( and 2very Tomorrow a 8ision of 1ope. "oo# well( therefore( to This )ay+

5rom the Sans#rit

#ee$ !i-ht ) Study *uestions "ith 'ns"ers

*1. What is the ima$inationH # 'orm o' constructi%e thou$ht. 1he li$ht by which we "enetrate new worlds o' thou$ht and e/"erience. 1he mi$hty instrument by which e%ery in%entor or disco%erer o"ened the way 'rom "recedent to e/"erience.

*2. What is the result o' ima$inationH 1he culti%ation o' the ima$ination leads to the de%elo"ment o' the ideal out o' which your 'uture will emer$e.

*P. How may it be culti%atedH By e/erciseO it must be su""lied with nourishment or it cannot li%e.

*E. How does ima$ination di''er 'rom daydreamin$H 5ay dreamin$ is a 'orm o' mental dissi"ation, while ima$ination is a 'orm o' constructi%e thou$ht which must "recede e%ery constructi%e action.

*Q. What are mista(esH 1he result o' i$norance.

*-. What is (nowled$eH 1he result o' manGs ability to thin(.

**. What is the "ower with which success'ul men buildH :ind is the %ery mo%in$ 'orce with which they secure the "ersons and circumstances necessary to com"lete their "lans.

*+. What "re-determines the resultH 1he ideal held steadily in mind attracts the necessary conditions 'or its 'ul'illment.

*,. What is the result o' a (een analytical obser%ationH 1he de%elo"ment o' ima$ination, insi$ht, "erce"tion and sa$acity.

+0. 1o what do these leadH 9"ulence and harmony.

#ee$ 2ine& 'ffirmations and +our Mind

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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. $our whims( your wishes( your fancies( your ambitions may be thwarted at every step( but your inmost thoughts will find e0pression ,ust 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: &y the law of growth. -ause and effect are as absolute and undeviating in the hidden realm of thought as in the world of material things.

1old in mind the condition desired' affirm it as an already e0isting fact. This indicates the value of a powerful affirmation. &y constant repetition it becomes a part of ourselves. We are actually changing ourselves' are ma#ing ourselves what we want to be.

-haracter 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/an0ious or harassed by thoughts of fear or impending danger( remember that is a0iomatic that 7two things cannot e0ist in the same place at the same time.7

20actly 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( lac# and limitation.

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 dar#ness( and the results will be ,ust as effectual.

.ct 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 ma#e or unma#e yourself( and ,oy or suffering will be the reward.

#ee$ 2ine& 'ffirmations and +our Mind

1. 1here are only three thin$s which can "ossibly be desired in the Lworld withoutL and each o' them can be 'ound in the Lworld within.L 1he secret o' 'indin$ them is sim"ly to a""ly the "ro"er LmechanismL o' attachment to the omni"otent "ower to which each indi%idual has access.

2. 1he three thin$s which all man(ind desires and which are necessary 'or his hi$hest e/"ression and com"lete de%elo"ment are Health, Wealth and o%e. #ll will admit that Health is absolutely essentialO no one can be ha""y i' the "hysical body is in "ain. #ll will not so readily admit that Wealth is necessary, but all must admit that a su''icient su""ly at least is necessary, and what would be considered su''icient 'or one, would be considered absolute and "ain'ul lac( 'or anotherO and as =ature "ro%ides not only enou$h but abundantly, waste'ully, la%ishly, we reali6e that any lac( or limitation is only the limitation which has been made by an arti'icial method o' distribution.

P. #ll will "robably admit that o%e is the third, or maybe some will say the 'irst essential necessary to the ha""iness o' man(indO at any rate, those who "ossess all three, Health, Wealth, and o%e, 'ind nothin$ else which can be added to their cu" o' ha""iness.

E. We ha%e 'ound that the .ni%ersal substance is L#ll Health,L L#ll )ubstanceL and L#ll o%eL and that the mechanism o' attachment whereby we can consciously connect with this 3n'inite su""ly is in our method o' thin(in$. 1o thin( correctly is there'ore to enter into the L)ecret Place o' the :ost Hi$h.L

Q. What shall we thin(H 3' we (now this we shall ha%e 'ound the "ro"er mechanism o' attachment which will relate us to LWhatsoe%er thin$s we desire.L 1his mechanism may seem %ery sim"le when 3 $i%e it to you, but read onO you will 'ind that it is in reality the L:aster ;ey,L the L#laddinGs lam",L i' you "leaseO you will 'ind that it is the 'oundation, the im"erati%e condition, the absolute law o' well-doin$, which means, well-bein$.

-. 1o thin( correctly, accurately, we must (now the L1ruth.L 1he truth then is the underlyin$ "rinci"le in e%ery business or social relation. 3t is a condition "recedent to e%ery ri$ht action. 1o (now the truth, to be sure, to be con'ident, a''ords a satis'action beside which no other is at all com"arableO it is the only solid $round in a world o' doubt, con'lict and dan$er.

*. 1o (now the 1ruth is to be in harmony with the 3n'inite and 9mni"otent "ower. 1o (now the truth is, there'ore, to connect yoursel' with a "ower which is irresistible and which will swee" away e%ery (ind o' discord, inharmony, doubt or error o' any (ind, because the L1ruth is mi$hty and will "re%ail.L

+. 1he humblest intellect can readily 'oretell the result o' any action when he (nows that it is based on truth, but the mi$htiest intellect, the most "ro'ound and "enetratin$ mind loses its way ho"elessly and can 'orm no conce"tion o' the results which may ensue when his ho"es are based on a "remise which he (nows to be 'alse.

,. !%ery action which is not in harmony with 1ruth, whether throu$h i$norance or desi$n, will result in discord, and e%entual loss in "ro"ortion to its e/tent and character.

10. How then are we to (now the truth in order to attach this mechanism which will relate us to the 3n'initeH

11. We can ma(e no mista(e about this i' we reali6e that truth is the %ital "rinci"le o' the .ni%ersal :ind and is 9mni"resent. 4or instance, i' you re0uire health, a reali6ation o' the 'act that the L3L in you is s"iritual and that all s"irit is oneO that where%er a "art is the whole must be, will brin$ about a condition o' health, because e%ery cell in the body must mani'est the truth as you see it. 3' you see sic(nessO they will mani'est sic(nessO i' you see "er'ection they must mani'est "er'ection. 1he a''irmation, L3 am whole, "er'ect, stron$, "ower'ul, lo%in$, harmonious and ha""yL, will brin$ about harmonious conditions. 1he reason 'or this is because the a''irmation is in strict accordance with the 1ruth, and when truth a""ears e%ery 'orm o' error or discord must necessarily disa""ear.

12. 8ou ha%e 'ound that the L3L is s"iritual, it must necessarily then always be no less than "er'ect, the a''irmation. L3 am whole, "er'ect, stron$, "ower'ul, lo%in$, harmonious and ha""yL is there'ore an e/act scienti'ic statement.

1P. 1hou$ht is a s"iritual acti%ity and s"irit is creati%e, there'ore the result o' holdin$ this thou$ht in mind, must necessarily brin$ about conditions in harmony with the thou$ht.

1E. 3' you re0uire Wealth a reali6ation o' the 'act that the L3L in you is one with the .ni%ersal mind which is all substance, and is 9mni"otent, will assist you in brin$in$ into o"eration the law o' attraction which will brin$ you into %ibration with those 'orces which ma(e 'or success and brin$ about conditions o' "ower and a''luence in direct "ro"ortion with the character and "ur"ose o' your a''irmation.

1Q. ?isuali6ation is the mechanism o' the attachment which you re0uire. ?isuali6ation is a %ery di''erent "rocess 'rom seein$O seein$ is "hysical, and is there'ore related to the ob2ecti%e world, the Lworld without,L but ?isuali6ation is a "roduct o' the ima$ination, and is there'ore a "roduct o' the sub2ecti%e mind, the Lworld within.L 3t there'ore "ossesses %italityO it will $row. 1he thin$ %isuali6ed will mani'est itsel' in 'orm. 1he mechanism is "er'ectO

it was created by the :aster #rchitect who Ldoeth all thin$s well,L but un'ortunately sometimes the o"erator is ine/"erienced or ine''icient, but "ractice and determination will o%ercome this de'ect.

1-. 3' you re0uire o%e try to reali6e that the only way to $et lo%e is by $i%in$ it, that the more you $i%e the more you will $et, and the only way in which you can $i%e it, is to 'ill yoursel' with it, until you become a ma$net. 1he method was e/"lained in another lesson.

1*. He who has learned to brin$ the $reatest s"iritual truths into touch with the so-called lesser thin$s o' li'e has disco%ered the secret o' the solution o' his "roblem. 9ne is always 0uic(ened, made more thou$ht'ul, by his nearness o' a""roach to $reat ideas, $reat e%ents, $reat natural ob2ects, and $reat men. incoln is said to ha%e be$otten in all who came near him the 'eelin$ awa(ened when one a""roaches a mountain, and this sense asserts itsel' most (eenly when one comes to reali6e that he has laid hold u"on thin$s that are eternal, the "ower o' 1ruth.

1+. 3t is sometimes an ins"iration to hear 'rom someone who has actually "ut these "rinci"les to the test, someone who has demonstrated them in their own li'e. # letter 'rom 4rederic( #ndrews o''ers the 'ollowin$ insi$ht:

1,. 3 was about thirteen years old when 5r. 1. W. :arsee, since "assed o%er, said to my mother: L1here is no "ossible chance, :rs. #ndrews. 3 lost my little boy the same way, a'ter doin$ e%erythin$ 'or him that it was "ossible to do. 3 ha%e made a s"ecial study o' these cases, and 3 (now there is no "ossible chance 'or him to $et well.L

20. )he turned to him and said: L5octor, what would you do i' he were your boyHL and he answered, L3 would 'i$ht, 'i$ht, as lon$ as there is a breath o' li'e to 'i$ht 'or.L

21. 1hat was the be$innin$ o' a lon$ drawn-out battle, with many u"s and downs, the doctors all a$reein$ that there was no chance 'or a cure, thou$h they encoura$ed and cheered us the best they could.

22. But at last the %ictory came, and 3 ha%e $rown 'rom a little, croo(ed, twisted, cri""le, $oin$ about on my hands and (nees, to a stron$, strai$ht, well 'ormed man.

2P. =ow, 3 (now you want the 'ormula, and 3 will $i%e it to you as brie'ly and 0uic(ly as 3 can.

2E. 3 built u" an a''irmation 'or mysel', ta(in$ the 0ualities 3 most needed, and a''irmin$ 'or mysel' o%er and o%er a$ain, L3 am whole, "er'ect, stron$, "ower'ul, lo%in$, harmonious and ha""y.L 3 (e"t u" this a''irmation, always the

same, ne%er %aryin$, till 3 could wa(e u" in the ni$ht and 'ind mysel' re"eatin$, L3 am whole, "er'ect, stron$, "ower'ul, lo%in$, harmonious and ha""y.L 3t was the last thin$ on my li"s at ni$ht and the 'irst thin$ in the mornin$.

2Q. =ot only did 3 a''irm it 'or mysel', but 'or others that 3 (new needed it. 3 want to em"hasi6e this "oint. Whate%er you desire 'or yoursel', a''irm it 'or others, and it will hel" you both. We rea" what we sow. 3' we send out thou$hts o' lo%e and health, they return to us li(e bread cast u"on the watersO but i' we send out thou$hts o' 'ear, worry, 2ealousy, an$er, hate, etc., we will rea" the results in our own li%es.

2-. 3t used to be said that man is com"letely built o%er e%ery se%en years, but some scientists now declare that we build oursel%es o%er entirely e%ery ele%en monthsO so we are really only ele%en months old. 3' we build the de'ects bac( into our bodies year a'ter year, we ha%e no one to blame but oursel%es.

2*. :an is the sum total o' his own thou$htsO so the 0uestion is, how are we $oin$ to entertain only the $ood thou$hts and re2ect the e%il onesH #t 'irst we canGt (ee" the e%il thou$hts 'rom comin$, but we can (ee" 'rom entertainin$ them. 1he only way to do this is to 'or$et them -- which means, $et somethin$ 'or them. 1his is where the ready-made a''irmation comes into "lay.

2+. When a thou$ht o' an$er, 2ealousy, 'ear or worry cree"s in, 2ust start your a''irmation $oin$. 1he way to 'i$ht dar(ness is with li$ht -- the way to 'i$ht cold is with heat -- the way to o%ercome e%ils is with $ood. 4or mysel', 3 ne%er could 'ind any hel" in denials. #''irm the $ood, and the bad will %anish. - 4rederic( !lias #ndrews

2,. 3' there is anythin$ you re0uire, it will be well 'or you to ma(e use o' this a''irmationO it cannot be im"ro%ed u"on. .se it 2ust as it isO ta(e it into the silence with you, until it sin(s into your subconsciousness, so that you can use it anywhere, in your car, in the o''ice, at homeO this is the ad%anta$e o' s"iritual methodsO they are always a%ailable. )"irit is omni"resent, e%ery readyO all that is re0uired is a "ro"er reco$nition o' its omni"otence, and a willin$ness or desire to become the reci"ient o' its bene'icent e''ects.

P0. 3' our "redominant mental attitude is one o' "ower, coura$e, (indliness and sym"athy, we shall 'ind that our en%ironment will re2ect conditions in corres"ondence with these thou$htsO i' it is wea(, critical, en%ious and destructi%e, we shall 'ind our en%ironment re'lectin$ conditions corres"ondin$ to these thou$hts.

P1. 1hou$hts are causes and conditions are e''ects. Herein is the e/"lanation o' the ori$in o' both $ood and e%il. 1hou$ht is creati%e and will automatically correlate with its ob2ect. 1his is a Cosmolo$ical law Fa uni%ersal law7, the law o' #ttraction, the law o' Cause and !''ectO the reco$nition and a""lication o' this law will determine both be$innin$ and endO it is the law by which in all a$es and in all times the "eo"le were led to belie%e in the "ower o' "rayer. L#s thy 'aith is, so be it unto thee,L is sim"ly another, shorter and a better way o' statin$ it.

P2. 1his wee( %isuali6e a "lantO ta(e a 'lower, the one you most admire, brin$ it 'rom the unseen into the seen, "lant the tiny seed, water it, care 'or it, "lace it where it will $et the direct rays o' the mornin$ sun, see the seed burstO it is now a li%in$ thin$, somethin$ which is ali%e and be$innin$ to search 'or the means o' subsistence. )ee the roots "enetratin$ the earth, watch them shoot out in all directions and remember that they are li%in$ cells di%idin$ and subdi%idin$, and that they will soon number millions, that each cell is intelli$ent, that it (nows what is wants and (nows how to $et it. )ee the stem shoot 'orward and u"ward, watch it burst throu$h the sur'ace o' the earth, see it di%ide and 'orm branches, see how "er'ect and symmetrical each branch is 'ormed, see the lea%es be$in to 'orm, and then the tiny stems, each one holdin$ alo't a bud, and as you watch you see the bud be$in to un'old and your 'a%orite 'lower comes to %iewO and now i' you will concentrate intently you will become conscious o' a 'ra$ranceO it is the 'ra$rance o' the 'lower as the bree6e $ently sways the beauti'ul creation which you ha%e %isuali6ed.

PP. When you are enabled to ma(e your %ision clear and com"lete you will be enabled to enter into the s"irit o' a thin$O it will become %ery real to youO you will be learnin$ to concentrate and the "rocess is the same, whether you are concentratin$ on health, a 'a%orite 'lower, an ideal, a com"licated business "ro"osition or any other "roblem o' li'e.

PE. !%ery success has been accom"lished by "ersistent concentration u"on the ob2ect in %iew.

#ee$ 2ine ) Study *uestions "ith 'ns"ers

+1. What is the im"erati%e condition o' all well-bein$H Well doin$.

+2. What is the condition "recedent to e%ery ri$ht actionH &i$ht thin(in$.

+P. What is the underlyin$ condition necessary in e%ery business transaction or social relationH 1o (now the 1ruth.

+E. What is the result o' a (nowled$e o' the 1ruthH We can readily "redict the result o' any action that is based u"on a true "remise.

+Q. What is the result o' any action based u"on a 'alse "remiseH We can 'orm no conce"tion o' the results which may ensue.

+-. How may we (now the 1ruthH By a reali6ation o' the 'act that 1ruth is the %ital "rinci"le o' the .ni%erse and is there'ore omni"resent.

+*. What is the nature o' 1ruthH 3t is s"iritual.

++. What is the secret o' the solution to e%ery "roblemH 1o a""ly s"iritual 1ruth.

+,. What is the ad%anta$e o' s"iritual methodsH 1hey are always a%ailable.

,0. What are the necessary re0uirementsH # reco$nition o' the omni"otence o' s"iritual "ower and a desire to become the reci"ient o' its bene'icent e''ects.

Thought means life( since those who do not thin# do not live in any high or real sense. Thin#ing ma#es the man.

.. &. .lcott

#ee$ Ten& ' Certain 3efinite Cause

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If you get a thorough understanding of the thought contained in Part Ten( you will have learned that nothing happens without a definite cause. $ou will be enabled to formulate your plans in accordance with e0act #nowledge. $ou will #now how to control any situation by bringing ade%uate causes into play. When you win( as you will( you will #now e0actly why.

The ordinary man( who has no definite #nowledge of cause and effect( is governed by his feelings or emotions.

1e thin#s chiefly to ,ustify his action. If he fails as a businessman( he says that luc# is against him. If he disli#es music( he says that music is an e0pensive lu0ury. If he is a poor office man( he says that he could succeed better at some outdoor wor#. If he lac#s friends( he says his individuality is too fine to be appreciated.

1e never thin#s his problem through to the end. In short( he does not #now that every effect is the result of a certain definite cause( but he see#s to console himself with e0planations and e0cuses. 1e thin#s only in self/defence.

On the contrary( the man who understands that there is no effect without an ade%uate cause thin#s impersonally. 1e gets down to bedroc# facts regardless of conse%uences. 1e is free to follow the trail of truth wherever it may lead. 1e sees the issue clear to the end( and he meets the re%uirements fully and fairly( and the result is that the world gives him all that it has to give( in friendship( honor( love and approval.

#ee$ Ten& ' Certain 3efinite Cause

1. #bundance is a natural law o' the .ni%erse. 1he e%idence o' this law is conclusi%eO we see it on e%ery hand. !%erywhere =ature is la%ish, waste'ul, e/tra%a$ant. =owhere is economy obser%ed in any created thin$. Pro'usion is mani'ested in e%erythin$. 1he millions and millions o' trees and 'lowers and "lants and animals and the %ast scheme o' re"roduction where the "rocess o' creatin$ and recreatin$ is 'ore%er $oin$ on, all indicates the la%ishness with which =ature has made "ro%ision 'or man. 1hat there is an abundance 'or e%eryone is e%ident, but that many 'ail to "artici"ate in this abundance is also e%identO they ha%e not yet come into a reali6ation o' the .ni%ersality o' all substance, and that mind is the acti%e "rinci"le whereby we are related to the thin$s we desire.

2. #ll wealth is the o''s"rin$ o' "owerO "ossessions are o' %alue only as they con'er "ower. !%ents are si$ni'icant only as they a''ect "owerO all thin$s re"resent certain 'orms and de$rees o' "ower.

P. ;nowled$e o' cause and e''ect as shown by the laws $o%ernin$ electricity, chemical a''inity and $ra%itation, enables man to "lan coura$eously and e/ecute 'earlessly. 1hese laws are called =atural aws, because they $o%ern in the "hysical world, but all "ower is not "hysical "owerO there is also mental "ower, and there is moral and s"iritual "ower.

E. )"iritual "ower is su"erior because it e/ists on a hi$her "lane. 3t has enabled man to disco%er the law by which these wonder'ul 'orces o' =ature could be harnessed and made to do the wor( o' hundreds and thousands o' men. 3t has enabled man to disco%er laws whereby time and s"ace ha%e been annihilated and the law o' $ra%itation to be o%ercome. 1he o"eration o' this law is de"endent u"on s"iritual contact, as Henry 5rummond well says:

Q. L3n the "hysical world as we (now it, there e/ists the or$anic and the inor$anic. 1he inor$anic o' the mineral world is absolutely cut o'' 'rom the "lant or animal worldO the "assa$e is hermetically sealed. 1hese barriers ha%e ne%er yet been crossed. =o chan$e o' substance, no modi'ication o' en%ironment, no chemistry, no electricity, no 'orm o' ener$y, no e%olution o' any (ind can e%er endow a sin$le atom o' the mineral world with the attribute o' i'e.L

-. L9nly by the bendin$ down into this dead world o' some li%in$ 'orm can those dead atoms be $i'ted with the "ro"erties o' %italityO without this contact with li'e they remain 'i/ed in the inor$anic s"here 'ore%er. Hu/ley says that the doctrine o' Bio$enesis For li'e only 'rom li'e7 is %ictorious all alon$ the line, and 1yndall is com"elled to say: G3 a''irm that no shred o' trustworthy e%idence e/ists to "ro%e that li'e in our day has e%er a""eared inde"endent o' antecedent li'e.G

*. LPhysical laws may e/"lain the inor$anic, Biolo$y e/"lains and accounts 'or the de%elo"ment o' the or$anic, but o' the "oint o' contact )cience is silent. # similar "assa$e e/ists between the =atural world and the )"iritual worldO this "assa$e is hermetically sealed on the natural side. 1he door is closedO no man can o"en it, no or$anic chan$e, no mental ener$y, no moral e''ort, no "ro$ress o' any (ind can enable any human bein$ to enter the s"iritual world.L

+. But as the "lant reaches down into the mineral world and touches it with the mystery o' i'e, so the .ni%ersal :ind reaches down into the human mind and endows it with new, stran$e, wonder'ul and e%en mar%elous 0ualities. #ll men or women who ha%e e%ery accom"lished anythin$ in the world o' industry, commerce or art ha%e accom"lished because o' this "rocess.

,. 1hou$ht is the connectin$ lin( between the 3n'inite and the 'inite, between the .ni%ersal and the indi%idual. We ha%e seen that there is an im"assable barrier between the or$anic and the inor$anic, and that the only way that matter can un'old is to be im"re$nated with li'eO as a seed reaches down into the mineral world and be$ins to un'old and reach out, the dead matter be$ins to li%e, a thousand in%isible 'in$ers be$in to wea%e a suitable en%ironment 'or the new arri%al, and as the law o' $rowth be$ins to ta(e e''ect, we see the "rocess continue until the ily 'inally a""ears, and e%en L)olomon in all his $lory was not arrayed li(e one o' theseL.

10. !%en so, a thou$ht is dro""ed into the in%isible substance o' the .ni%ersal :ind, that substance 'rom which all thin$s are created, and as it ta(es root, the law o' $rowth be$ins to ta(e e''ect and we 'ind that conditions and en%ironment are but the ob2ecti%e 'orm o' our thou$ht.

11. 1he law is that 1hou$ht is an acti%e %ital 'orm o' dynamic ener$y which has the "ower to correlate with its ob2ect and brin$ it out o' the in%isible substance 'rom which all thin$s are created into the %isible or ob2ecti%e world. 1his is the law by which, and throu$h which all thin$s come into mani'estationO it is the :aster ;ey by which you are admitted into the )ecret Place o' the :ost Hi$h and are L$i%en dominion o%er all thin$s.L With an understandin$ o' this law you may Ldecree a thin$ and it shall be established unto thee.L

12. 3t could not be otherwiseO i' the soul o' the .ni%erse as we (now it is the .ni%ersal )"irit, then the .ni%erse is sim"ly the condition which the .ni%ersal )"irit has made 'or itsel'. We are sim"ly indi%iduali6ed s"irit and are creatin$ the conditions 'or our $rowth in e/actly the same way.

1P. 1his creati%e "ower de"ends u"on our reco$nition o' the "otential "ower o' s"irit or mind and must not be con'used with !%olution. Creation is the callin$ into e/istence o' that which does not e/ist in the ob2ecti%e world. !%olution is sim"ly the un'oldin$ o' "otentialities in%ol%ed in thin$s which already e/ist.

1E. 3n ta(in$ ad%anta$e o' the wonder'ul "ossibilities o"ened u" to us throu$h the o"eration o' this law, we must remember that we oursel%es contribute nothin$ to its e''icacy as the >reat 1eacher said: L3t is not 3 that doeth the wor(s, but the 4ather that dwelleth in me, He doeth the wor(L. We must ta(e e/actly the same "ositionO we can do nothin$ to assist in the mani'estation, we sim"ly com"ly with the law, and the #ll-ori$inatin$ :ind will brin$ about the result.

1Q. 1he $reat error o' the "resent day is the idea that :an has to ori$inate the intelli$ence whereby the 3n'inite can "roceed to brin$ about a s"eci'ic "ur"ose or result. =othin$ o' this (ind is necessaryO the .ni%ersal :ind can be de"ended u"on to 'ind the ways and means 'or brin$in$ about any necessary mani'estation. We must, howe%er, create the ideal, and this ideal should be "er'ect.

1-. We (now that the laws $o%ernin$ !lectricity ha%e been 'ormulated in such a way that this in%isible "ower can be controlled and used 'or our bene'it and com'ort in thousands o' ways. We (now that messa$es are carried around the world, that "onderous machinery does its biddin$, that it now illuminates "ractically the whole world, but we (now too that i' we consciously or i$norantly %iolate its law by touchin$ a li%e wire, when it is not "ro"erly insulated, the result will be un"leasant and "ossibly disastrous. # lac( o' understandin$ o' the laws $o%ernin$ in the in%isible world has the same result, and many are su''erin$ the conse0uences all the time.

1*. 3t has been e/"lained that the law o' causation de"ends u"on "olarity, a circuit must be 'ormedO this circuit cannot be 'ormed unless we o"erate in harmony with the law. How shall we o"erate in harmony with the law unless we (now what the law isH How shall we (now what the aw isH By study, by obser%ation.

1+. We see the law in o"eration e%erywhereO all nature testi'ies to the o"eration o' the law by silently, constantly e/"ressin$ itsel' in the law o' $rowth. Where there is $rowth, there must be li'eO where there is li'e there must be harmony, so that e%erythin$ that has li'e is constantly attractin$ to itsel' the conditions and the su""ly which is necessary 'or its most com"lete e/"ression.

1,. 3' your thou$ht is in harmony with the creati%e Princi"le o' =ature, it is in tune with the 3n'inite :ind, and it will 'orm the circuit, it will not return to you %oidO but it is "ossible 'or you to thin( thou$hts that are not in tune with the 3n'inite, and when there is no "olarity, the circuit is not 'ormed. What, then, is the resultH What is the result when a dynamo is $eneratin$ electricity, the circuit is cut o'' and there is no outletH 1he dynamo sto"s.

20. 3t will be e/actly the same with you, i' you entertain thou$hts which are not in accordance with the 3n'inite and cannot there'ore be "olari6edO there is no circuit, you are isolated, the thou$hts clin$ to you, harass you, worry you, and 'inally brin$ about disease and "ossibly deathO the "hysician may not dia$nose the case e/actly in this way, he

may $i%e it some 'ancy name which has been manu'actured 'or the %arious ills which are the result o' wron$ thin(in$, but the cause is the same ne%ertheless.

21. Constructi%e thou$ht must necessarily be creati%e, but creati%e thou$ht must be harmonious, and this eliminates all destructi%e or com"etiti%e thou$ht.

22. Wisdom, stren$th, coura$e and all harmonious conditions are the result o' "ower and we ha%e seen that all "ower is 'rom withinO li(ewise, e%ery lac(, limitation or ad%erse circumstance is the result o' wea(ness, and wea(ness is sim"ly absence o' "owerO it comes 'rom nowhere, it is nothin$ -- the remedy then is sim"ly to de%elo" "ower, and this is accom"lished in e/actly the same manner that all "ower is de%elo"ed, by e/ercise.

2P. 1his e/ercise consists in ma(in$ an a""lication o' your (nowled$e. ;nowled$e will not a""ly itsel'. 8ou must ma(e the a""lication. #bundance will not come to you out o' the s(y, neither will it dro" into your la", but a conscious reali6ation o' the law o' attraction and the intention to brin$ it into o"eration 'or a certain, de'inite and s"eci'ic "ur"ose, and the will to carry out this "ur"ose will brin$ about the materiali6ation o' your desire by a natural law o' trans'erence. 3' you are in business, it will increase and de%elo" alon$ re$ular channels, "ossibly new or unusual channels o' distribution will be o"ened and when the law becomes 'ully o"erati%e, you will 'ind that the thin$s you see( are see(in$ you.

2E. 1his wee( select a blan( s"ace on the wall, or any other con%enient s"ot, 'rom where you usually sit, mentally draw a blac( hori6ontal line about si/ inches lon$, try to see the line as "lainly as thou$h it were "ainted on the wallO now mentally draw two %ertical lines connectin$ with this hori6ontal line at either endO now draw another hori6ontal line connectin$ with the two %ertical linesO now you ha%e a s0uare. 1ry to see the s0uare "er'ectlyO when you can do so draw a circle within the s0uareO now "lace a "oint in the center o' the circleO now draw the "oint toward you about 10 inchesO now you ha%e a cone on a s0uare baseO you will remember that your wor( was all in blac(O chan$e it to white, to red, to yellow.

2Q. 3' you can do this, you are ma(in$ e/cellent "ro$ress and will soon be enabled to concentrate on any "roblem you may ha%e in mind.

When any ob,ect or purpose is clearly held in thought( its precipitation( in tangible and visible form( is merely a %uestion of time. The vision always precedes and itself determines the reali*ation.

"illian Whiting

#ee$ Ten ) Study *uestions "ith 'ns"ers

,1. What is WealthH Wealth is the o''s"rin$ o' "ower.

,2. 9' what %alue are "ossessionsH Possessions are o' %alue only as they con'er "ower.

,P. 9' what %alue is a (nowled$e o' cause and e''ectH 3t enables men to "lan coura$eously and e/ecute 'earlessly.

,E. How does li'e ori$inate in the inor$anic worldH 9nly by the introduction o' some li%in$ 'orm. 1here is no other way.

,Q. What is the connectin$ lin( between the 'inite and the 3n'initeH 1hou$ht is the connectin$ lin(.

,-. Why is that soH Because the .ni%ersal can mani'est only throu$h the indi%idual.

,*. ."on what does causation de"endH ."on "olarityO a circuit must be 'ormedO the .ni%ersal is the "ositi%e side o' the battery o' li'e, the indi%idual is the ne$ati%e, and thou$ht 'orms the circuit.

,+. Why do many 'ail to secure harmonious conditionsH 1hey do not understand the lawO there is no "olarityO they ha%e not 'ormed the circuit.

,,. What is the remedyH # conscious reco$nition o' the law o' attraction with the intention o' brin$ it into e/istence 'or a de'inite "ur"ose.

100. What will be the resultH 1hou$ht will correlate with its ob2ect and brin$ it into mani'estation, because thou$ht is a "roduct o' the s"iritual man, and s"irit is the creati%e Princi"le o' the .ni%erse.

. vivid thought brings the power to paint it' and in proportion to the depth of its source is the force of its pro,ection.


#ee$ !le.en& Inducti.e Reasonin- and the %b4ecti.e Mind

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$our life is governed by law / by actual( immutable principles that never vary. "aw is in operation at all times' in all places. 5i0ed laws underlie all human actions. 5or this reason( men who control giant industries are enabled to determine with absolute precision ,ust 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 possibilities.

We fre%uently hear it said( 7. 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.7 We fail to remember that li#e attracts li#e in the mental world( and that the thought which we entertain brings to us certain friendships( companionships of a particular #ind( and these in turn bring about conditions and environment( which in turn are responsible for the conditions of which we complain.

#ee$ !le.en& Inducti.e Reasonin- and the %b4ecti.e Mind

1. 3nducti%e reasonin$ is the "rocess o' the ob2ecti%e mind by which we com"are a number o' se"arate instances with one another until we see the common 'actor that $i%es rise to them all.

2. 3nduction "roceeds by com"arison o' 'actsO it is this method o' studyin$ nature which has resulted in the disco%ery o' a rei$n o' law which has mar(ed an e"och in human "ro$ress.

P. 3t is the di%idin$ line between su"erstition and intelli$enceO it has eliminated the elements o' uncertainty and ca"rice 'rom menGs li%es and substituted law, reason, and certitude.

E. 3t is the LWatchman at the >ateL mentioned in a 'ormer lesson.

Q. When, by %irtue o' this "rinci"le, the world to which the senses were accustomed had been re%olutioni6edO when the sun had been arrested in his course, the a""arently 'lat earth had been sha"ed into a ball and set whirlin$ around himO when the inert matter had been resol%ed into acti%e elements, and the uni%erse "resented itsel' where%er we directed the telesco"e and microsco"e, 'ull o' 'orce, motion and li'eO we are constrained to as( by what "ossible means the delicate 'orms o' or$ani6ation in the midst o' it are (e"t in order and re"air.

-. i(e "oles and li(e 'orces re"el themsel%es or remain im"enetrable to each other, and this cause seems in $eneral su''icient to assi$n a "ro"er "lace and distance to stars, men and 'orces. #s men o' di''erent %irtues enter into "artnershi", so do o""osite "oles attract each other, elements that ha%e no "ro"erty in common li(e acids and $ases clin$ to each other in "re'erence and a $eneral e/chan$e is (e"t u" between the sur"lus and the demand.

*. #s the eye see(s and recei%es satis'action 'rom colors com"lementary to those which are $i%en, so does need, want and desire, in the lar$est sense, induce, $uide and determine action.

+. 3t is our "ri%ile$e to become conscious o' the "rinci"le and act in accordance with it. Cu%ier sees a tooth belon$in$ to an e/tinct race o' animals. 1his tooth wants a body 'or the "er'ormance o' its 'unction, and it de'ines the "eculiar body it stands in need o' with such "recision that Cu%ier is able to reconstruct the 'rame o' this animal.

,. Perturbations are obser%ed in the motion o' .ranus. e%errier needs another star at a certain "lace to (ee" the solar system in order, and =e"tune a""ears in the "lace and hour a""ointed.

10. 1he instincti%e wants o' the animal and the intellectual wants o' Cu%ier, the wants o' nature and o' the mind o' e%errier were ali(e, and thus the resultsO here the thou$hts o' an e/istence, there an e/istence. # well-de'ined law'ul want, there'ore, 'urnishes the reason 'or the more com"le/ o"erations o' nature.

11. Ha%in$ recorded correctly the answers 'urnished by nature and stretched our senses with the $rowin$ science o%er her sur'aceO ha%in$ 2oined hands with the le%ers that mo%e the earthO we become conscious o' such a close, %aried and dee" contact with the world without, that our wants and "ur"oses become no less identi'ied with the harmonious o"erations o' this %ast or$ani6ation, than the li'e, liberty, and ha""iness o' the citi6en is identi'ied with the e/istence o' his $o%ernment.

12. #s the interests o' the indi%idual are "rotected by the arms o' the country, added to his ownO and his needs may de"end u"on certain su""ly in the de$ree that they are 'elt more uni%ersally and steadilyO in the same manner does conscious citi6enshi" in the &e"ublic o' nature secure us 'rom the annoyances o' subordinate a$ents by alliance with su"erior "owersO and by a""eal to the 'undamental laws o' resistance or inducement o''ered to mechanical or chemical a$ents, distribute the labor to be "er'ormed between them and man to the best ad%anta$e o' the in%entor.

1P. 3' Plato could ha%e witnessed the "ictures e/ecuted by the sun with the assistance o' the "hoto$ra"her, or a hundred similar illustrations o' what man does by induction, he would "erha"s ha%e been reminded o' the intellectual midwi'ery o' his master and, in his own mind mi$ht ha%e arisen the %ision o' a land where all manual, mechanical labor and re"etition is assi$ned to the "ower o' nature, where our wants are satis'ied by "urely mental o"erations set in motion by the will, and where the su""ly is created by the demand.

1E. Howe%er distant that land may a""ear, induction has tau$ht men to ma(e strides toward it and has surrounded him with bene'its which are, at the same time, rewards 'or "ast 'idelity and incenti%es 'or more assiduous de%otion.

1Q. 3t is also an aid in concentratin$ and stren$thenin$ our 'aculties 'or the remainin$ "art, $i%in$ unerrin$ solution 'or indi%idual as well as uni%ersal "roblems, by the mere o"erations o' mind in the "urest 'orm.

1-. Here we 'ind a method, the s"irit o' which is, to belie%e that what is sou$ht has been accom"lished, in order to accom"lish it: a method, be0ueathed u"on us by the same Plato who, outside o' this s"here, could ne%er 'ind how the ideas became realities.

1*. 1his conce"tion is also elaborated by )wedenbor$ in his doctrine o' corres"ondencesO and a still $reater teacher has said, LWhat thin$s soe%er ye desire, when ye "ray, belie%e that ye recei%e them, and ye shall ha%e them.L F:ar( 11:2E7 1he di''erence o' the tenses in this "assa$e is remar(able.

1+. We are 'irst to belie%e that our desire has already been 'ul'illed, its accom"lishment will then 'ollow. 1his is a concise direction 'or ma(in$ use o' the creati%e "ower o' thou$ht by im"ressin$ on the .ni%ersal sub2ecti%e mind, the "articular thin$ which we desire as an already e/istin$ 'act.

1,. We are thus thin(in$ on the "lane o' the absolute and eliminatin$ all consideration o' conditions or limitation and are "lantin$ a seed which, i' le't undisturbed, will 'inally $erminate into e/ternal 'ruition.

20. 1o re%iew: 3nducti%e reasonin$ is the "rocess o' the ob2ecti%e mind, by which we com"are a number o' se"arate instances with one another until we see the common 'actor that $i%es rise to them all. We see "eo"le in e%ery ci%ili6ed country on the $lobe, securin$ results by some "rocess which they do not seem to understand themsel%es, and to which they usually attach more or less mystery. 9ur reason is $i%en to us 'or the "ur"ose o' ascertainin$ the law by which these results are accom"lished.

21. 1he o"eration o' this thou$ht "rocess is seen in those 'ortunate natures that "ossess e%erythin$ that others must ac0uire by toil, who ne%er ha%e a stru$$le with conscience because they always act correctly, and can ne%er conduct themsel%es otherwise than with tact, learn e%erythin$ easily, com"lete e%erythin$ they be$in with a ha""y (nac(, li%e in eternal harmony with themsel%es, without e%er re'lectin$ much what they do, or e%er e/"eriencin$ di''iculty or toil.

22. 1he 'ruit o' this thou$ht is, as it were, a $i't o' the $ods, but a $i't which 'ew as yet reali6e, a""reciate, or understand. 1he reco$nition o' the mar%elous "ower which is "ossessed by the mind under "ro"er conditions and the 'act that this "ower can be utili6ed, directed, and made a%ailable 'or the solution o' e%ery human "roblem is o' transcendental im"ortance.

2P. #ll truth is the same, whether stated in modern scienti'ic terms or in the lan$ua$e o' a"ostolic times. 1here are timid souls who 'ail to reali6e that the %ery com"leteness o' truth re0uires %arious statements -- that no one human 'ormula will show e%ery side o' it.

2E. Chan$in$, em"hasis, new lan$ua$e, no%el inter"retations, un'amiliar "ers"ecti%es, are not, as some su""ose, si$ns o' de"arture 'rom truth but on the contrary, they are e%idence that the truth is bein$ a""rehended in new relations to human needs, and is becomin$ more $enerally understood.

2Q. 1he truth must be told to each $eneration and to e%ery "eo"le in new and di''erent terms, so that when the >reat 1eacher said -- LBelie%e that ye recei%e and ye shall recei%eL or, when Paul said -- L4aith is the substance o' thin$s ho"ed 'or, the e%idence o' thin$s not seenL or, when modern science says -- L1he law o' attraction is the law by which thou$ht correlates with its ob2ectL, each statement when sub2ected to analysis, is 'ound to contain e/actly the same truth. 1he only di''erence bein$ in the 'orm o' "resentation.

2-. We are standin$ on the threshold o' a new era. 1he time has arri%ed when man has learned the secrets o' mastery and the way is bein$ "re"ared 'or a new social order, more wonder'ul than anythin$ e%ery hereto'ore dreamed o'. 1he con'lict o' modern science with theolo$y, the study o' com"arati%e reli$ions, the tremendous "ower o' new social mo%ements, all o' these are but clearin$ the way 'or the new order. 1hey may ha%e destroyed traditional 'orms which ha%e become anti0uated and im"otent, but nothin$ o' %alue has been lost.

2*. # new 'aith has been born, a 'aith which demands a new 'orm o' e/"ression, and this 'aith is ta(in$ 'orm in a dee" consciousness o' "ower which is bein$ mani'ested, in the "resent s"iritual acti%ity 'ound on e%ery hand.

2+. 1he s"irit which slee"s in the mineral, breathes in the %e$etable, mo%es in the animal and reaches its hi$hest de%elo"ment in man is the .ni%ersal :ind, and it behoo%es us to s"an the $ul' between bein$ and doin$, theory and "ractice, by demonstratin$ our understandin$ o' the dominion which we ha%e been $i%en.

2,. By 'ar the $reatest disco%ery o' all the centuries is the "ower o' thou$ht. 1he im"ortance o' this disco%ery has been a little slow in reachin$ the $eneral consciousness, but it has arri%ed, and already in e%ery 'ield o' research the im"ortance o' this $reatest o' all $reat disco%eries is bein$ demonstrated.

P0. 8ou as( in what does the creati%e "ower o' thou$ht consistH 3t consists in creatin$ ideas, and these in turn ob2ecti'y themsel%es by a""ro"riatin$, in%entin$, obser%in$, discernin$, disco%erin$, analy6in$, rulin$, $o%ernin$, combinin$, and a""lyin$ matter and 'orce. 3t can do this because it is an intelli$ent creati%e "ower.

P1. 1hou$ht reaches its lo'tiest acti%ity when "lun$ed into its own mysterious de"thO when it brea(s throu$h the narrow com"ass o' sel' and "asses 'rom truth to truth to the re$ion o' eternal li$ht, where all which is, was or e%er will be, melt into one $rand harmony.

P2. 4rom this "rocess o' sel' contem"lation comes ins"iration which is creati%e intelli$ence, and which is undeniably su"erior to e%ery element, 'orce or law o' nature, because it can understand, modi'y, $o%ern and a""ly them to its own ends and "ur"oses and there'ore "ossess them.

PP. Wisdom be$ins with the dawn o' reason, and reason is but an understandin$ o' the (nowled$e and "rinci"les whereby we may (now the true meanin$ o' thin$s. Wisdom, then, is illuminated reason, and this wisdom leads to humility, 'or humility is a lar$e "art o' Wisdom.

PE. We all (now many who ha%e achie%ed the seemin$ly im"ossible, who ha%e reali6ed li'e-lon$ dreams, who ha%e chan$ed e%erythin$ includin$ themsel%es. We ha%e sometimes mar%eled at the demonstration o' an a""arently irresistible "ower, which seemed to be e%er a%ailable 2ust when it was most needed, but it is all clear now. #ll that is re0uired is an understandin$ o' certain de'inite 'undamental "rinci"les and their "ro"er a""lication.

PQ. 4or your e/ercise this wee(, concentrate on the 0uotation ta(en 'rom the Bible, LWhatsoe%er thin$s ye desire, when ye "ray, belie%e that ye recei%e them and ye shall ha%e themLO notice that there is no limitation, LWhatsoe%er thin$sL is %ery de'inite and im"lies that the only limitation which is "laced u"on us in our ability to thin(, to be e0ual to the occasion, to rise to the emer$ency, to remember that 4aith is not a shadow, but a substance, Lthe substance o' thin$s ho"ed 'or, the e%idence o' thin$s not seen.L

)eath is but the natural process whereby all material forms are thrown into the crucible for reproduction in fresh diversity.

#ee$ !le.en ) Study *uestions "ith 'ns"ers

101. What is inducti%e reasonin$H 1he "rocess o' the ob2ecti%e mind by which we com"are a number o' se"arate instances with each other until we see the common 'actor which $i%es rise to them all.

102. What has this method o' studyin$ accom"lishedH 3t has resulted in the disco%ery o' a rei$n o' law which has mar(ed an e"och in human "ro$ress.

10P. What is it that $uides and determines actionH 3t is need, want and desire which in the lar$est sense induce, $uide and determine action.

10E. What is the 'ormula 'or the unerrin$ solution o' e%ery indi%idual "roblemH We are to belie%e that our desire has already been 'ul'illedO its accom"lishment will then 'ollow.

10Q. What $reat 1eachers ad%ocated itH Iesus, Plato, )wedenbor$.

10-. What is the result o' this thou$ht "rocessH We are thin(in$ on the "lane o' the absolute and "lantin$ a seed, which i' le't undisturbed will $erminate into 'ruition.

10*. Why is it scienti'ically e/actH Because it is =atural aw.

10+. What is 4aithH L4aith is the substance o' thin$s ho"ed 'or, the e%idence o' thin$s unseen.L

10,. What is the aw o' #ttractionH 1he aw by which 4aith is brou$ht into mani'estation.

110. What im"ortance do you attach to an understandin$ o' this lawH 3t has eliminated the elements o' uncertainty and ca"rice 'rom menGs li%es and substituted law, reason, and certitude.

#ee$ T"el.e& The Po"er of Concentration

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Part Twelve is enclosed herewith. In the fourth paragraph you will find the following statement: 7$ou must first have the #nowledge of your power' second( the courage to dare' third( the faith to do.7 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 #nowledge upon which you are concentrating.

Knowledge does not apply itself' we as individuals must ma#e the application( and the application consists in fertili*ing 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 ob,ect 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 e0clusion of all other thoughts. If you have ever loo#ed through the viewfinder of a camera( you found that when the ob,ect 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. 4nless you can concentrate upon the ob,ect which you have in view( you will have but a ha*y( indifferent( vague( indistinct and blurred outline of your ideal and the results will be in accordance with your mental picture.

#ee$ T"el.e& The Po"er of Concentration

1. 1here is no "ur"ose in li'e that cannot be best accom"lished throu$h a scienti'ic understandin$ o' the creati%e "ower o' thou$ht.

2. 1his "ower to thin( is common to all. :an is, because he thin(s. :anGs "ower to thin( is in'inite, conse0uently his creati%e "ower is unlimited.

P. We (now that thou$ht is buildin$ 'or us the thin$ we thin( o' and actually brin$in$ it nearer, yet we 'ind it di''icult to banish 'ear, an/iety or discoura$ement, all o' which are "ower'ul thou$ht 'orces, and which continually send the thin$s we desire 'urther away, so that it is o'ten one ste" 'orward and two ste"s bac(ward.

E. 1he only way to (ee" 'rom $oin$ bac(ward is to (ee" $oin$ 'orward. !ternal %i$ilance is the "rice o' success. 1here are three ste"s, and each one is absolutely essential. 8ou must 'irst ha%e the (nowled$e o' your "owerO second, the coura$e to dareO third, the 'aith to do.

Q. With this as a basis you can construct an ideal business, an ideal home, ideal 'riends, and an ideal en%ironment. 8ou are not restricted as to material or cost. 1hou$ht is omni"otent and has the "ower to draw on the 3n'inite ban( o' "rimary substance 'or all that it re0uires. 3n'inite resources are there'ore at your command.

-. But your ideal must be shar", clear-cut, de'initeO to ha%e one ideal today, another tomorrow, and a third ne/t wee(, means to scatter your 'orces and accom"lish nothin$O your result will be a meanin$less and chaotic combination o' wasted material.

*. .n'ortunately this is the result which many are securin$, and the cause is sel' e%ident. 3' a scul"tor started out with a "iece o' marble and a chisel and chan$ed his ideal e%ery 'i'teen minutes, what result could he e/"ectH #nd why should you e/"ect any di''erent result in moldin$ the $reatest and most "lastic o' all substances, the only real substanceH

+. 1he result o' this indecision and ne$ati%e thou$ht is o'ten 'ound in the loss o' material wealth. )u""osed inde"endence which re0uired many years o' toil and e''ort suddenly disa""ears. 3t is o'ten 'ound then that money and "ro"erty are not inde"endence at all. 9n the contrary, the only inde"endence is 'ound to be a "ractical wor(in$ (nowled$e o' the creati%e "ower o' thou$ht.

,. 1his "ractical wor(in$ method cannot come to you until you learn that the only real "ower which you can ha%e is the "ower to ad2ust yoursel' to 5i%ine and unchan$eable "rinci"les. 8ou cannot chan$e the 3n'inite, but you can come into an understandin$ o' =atural laws. 1he reward o' this understandin$ is a conscious reali6ation o' your ability to ad2ust your thou$ht 'aculties with the .ni%ersal 1hou$ht which is 9mni"resent. 8our ability to coo"erate with this 9mni"otence will indicate the de$ree o' success with which you meet.

10. 1he "ower o' thou$ht has many counter'eits which are more or less 'ascinatin$, but the results are harm'ul instead o' hel"'ul.

11. 9' course, worry, 'ear, and all ne$ati%e thou$hts "roduce a cro" a'ter their (indO those who harbor thou$hts o' this (ind must ine%itably rea" what they ha%e sown.

12. #$ain, there are the Phenomena see(ers who $ormandi6e on the so-called "roo's and demonstration obtained at materiali6in$ sSances. 1hey throw o"en their mental doors and soa( themsel%es in the most "oisonous currents

which can be 'ound in the "sychic world. 1hey do not seem to understand that it is the ability to become ne$ati%e, rece"ti%e and "assi%e, and thus drain themsel%es o' all their %ital 'orce, which enables them to brin$ about these %ibratory thou$ht 'orms.

1P. 1here are also the Hindu worshi""ers, who see in the materiali6in$ "henomena which are "er'ormed by the socalled ade"ts, a source o' "ower, 'or$ettin$, or ne%er seemin$ to reali6e that as soon as the will is withdrawn the 'orms wither, and the %ibratory 'orces o' which they are com"osed %anish.

1E. 1ele"athy, or thou$ht trans'erence, has recei%ed considerable attention, but as it re0uires a ne$ati%e mental state on the "art o' the recei%er, the "ractice is harm'ul. # thou$ht may be sent with the intention o' hearin$ or seein$, but it will brin$ the "enalty attached to the in%ersion o' the "rinci"le in%ol%ed.

1Q. 3n many instances, hy"notism is "ositi%ely dan$erous to the sub2ect as well as the o"erator. =o one 'amiliar with the laws $o%ernin$ in the mental world would thin( o' attem"tin$ to dominate the will o' another, 'or by so doin$, he will $radually Fbut surely7 di%est himsel' o' his own "ower.

1-. #ll o' these "er%ersions ha%e their tem"orary satis'action and 'or some a (een 'ascination, but there is an in'initely $reater 'ascination in a true understandin$ o' the world o' "ower within, a "ower which increases with useO is "ermanent instead o' 'leein$O which not only is "otent as a remedial a$ency to brin$ about the remedy 'or "ast error or results o' wron$ thin(in$, but is a "ro"hylactic a$ency "rotectin$ us 'rom all manner and 'orm o' dan$er, and 'inally is an actual creati%e 'orce with which we can build new conditions and new en%ironment.

1*. 1he law is that thou$ht will correlate with its ob2ect and brin$ 'orth in the material world the corres"ondence o' the thin$ thou$ht or "roduced in the mental world. We then discern the absolute necessity o' seein$ that e%ery thou$ht has the inherent $erm o' truth in order that the law o' $rowth will brin$ into mani'estation $ood, 'or $ood alone can con'er any "ermanent "ower.

1+. 1he "rinci"le which $i%es the thou$ht the dynamic "ower to correlate with its ob2ect, and there'ore to master e%ery ad%erse human e/"erience, is the law o' attraction, which is another name 'or lo%e. 1his is an eternal and 'undamental "rinci"le, inherent in all thin$s, in e%ery system o' Philoso"hy, in e%ery &eli$ion, and in e%ery )cience. 1here is no $ettin$ away 'rom the law o' lo%e. 3t is 'eelin$ that im"arts %itality to thou$ht. 4eelin$ is desire, and desire is lo%e. 1hou$ht im"re$nated with lo%e becomes in%incible.

1,. We 'ind this truth em"hasi6ed where%er the "ower o' thou$ht is understood, 1he .ni%ersal :ind is not only 3ntelli$ence, but it is substance, and this substance is the attracti%e 'orce which brin$s electrons to$ether by the law o' attraction so that they 'orm atomsO the atoms in turn are brou$ht to$ether by the same law and 'orm moleculesO molecules ta(e ob2ecti%e 'ormsO and so we 'ind that the law o' lo%e is the creati%e 'orce behind e%ery mani'estation, not only o' atoms, but o' worlds, o' the .ni%erse, o' e%erythin$ o' which the ima$ination can 'orm any conce"tion.

20. 3t is the o"eration o' this mar%elous law o' attraction which has caused men in all a$es and all times to belie%e that there must be some "ersonal bein$ who res"onded to their "etitions and desires, and mani"ulated e%ents in order to com"ly with their re0uirements.

21. 3t is the combination o' 1hou$ht and o%e which 'orms the irresistible 'orce, called the law o' attraction. #ll natural laws are irresistible, the law o' >ra%itation, or !lectricity, or any other law o"erates with mathematical e/actitude. 1here is no %ariationO it is only the channel o' distribution which may be im"er'ect. 3' a brid$e 'alls, we do not attribute the colla"se to any %ariation o' the law o' $ra%itation. 3' a li$ht 'ails us, we do not conclude that the laws $o%ernin$ electricity cannot be de"ended u"on, and i' the law o' attraction seems to be im"er'ectly demonstrated by an ine/"erienced or unin'ormed "erson, we are not to conclude that the $reatest and most in'allible law u"on which the entire system o' creation de"ends has been sus"ended. We should rather conclude that a little more understandin$ o' the law is re0uired, 'or the same reason that a correct solution o' a di''icult "roblem in :athematics is not always readily and easily obtained.

22. 1hin$s are created in the mental or s"iritual world be 'ore they a""ear in the outward act or e%ent. by the sim"le "rocess o' $o%ernin$ our thou$ht 'orces today, we hel" create the e%ents which will come into our li%es in the 'uture, "erha"s e%en tomorrow. !ducated desire is the most "otent means o' brin$in$ into action the law o' attraction.

2P. :an is so constituted that he must 'irst create the tools, or im"lements by which he $ains the "ower to thin(. 1he mind cannot com"rehend an entirely new idea until a corres"ondin$ %ibratory brain cell has been "re"ared to recei%e it. 1his e/"lains why it is so di''icult 'or us to recei%e or a""reciate an entirely new ideaO we ha%e no brain cell ca"able o' recei%in$ itO we are there'ore incredulousO we do not belie%e it.

2E. 3', there'ore, you ha%e not been 'amiliar with the 9mni"otence o' the law o' attraction, and the scienti'ic method by which it can be "ut into o"eration, or i' you ha%e not been 'amiliar with the unlimited "ossibilities which it o"ens to those who are enabled to ta(e ad%anta$e o' the resources it o''ers, be$in now and create the necessary brain cells which will enable you to com"rehend the unlimited "owers which may be yours by coo"eratin$ with =atural aw. 1his is done by concentration or attention.

2Q. 1he intention $o%erns the attention. Power comes throu$h re"ose. 3t is by concentration that dee" thou$hts, wise s"eech, and all 'orces o' hi$h "otentiality are accom"lished.

2-. 3t is in the )ilence that you $et into touch with the 9mni"otent "ower o' the subconscious mind 'rom which all "ower is e%ol%ed.

2*. He who desires wisdom, "ower, or "ermanent success o' any (ind will 'ind it only withinO it is an un'oldment. 1he unthin(in$ may conclude that the silence is %ery sim"le and easily attained, but it should be remembered that only in absolute silence may one come into contact with 5i%inity itsel'O may learn o' the unchan$eable law and o"en 'or himsel' the channels by which "ersistent "ractice and concentration lead to "er'ection.

2+. 1his wee( $o to the same room, ta(e the same chair, the same "osition as "re%iouslyO be sure to rela/, let $o, both mentally and "hysicallyO always do thisO ne%er try to do any mental wor( under "ressureO see that there are no tense muscles or ner%es, that you are entirely com'ortable. =ow reali6e your unity with omni"otenceO $et into touch with this "ower, come into a dee" and %ital understandin$, a""reciation, and reali6ation o' the 'act that your ability to thin( is your ability to act u"on the .ni%ersal :ind, and brin$ it into mani'estation, reali6e that it will meet any and e%ery re0uirementO that you ha%e e/actly the same "otential ability which any indi%idual e%er did ha%e or e%er will ha%e, because each is but an e/"ression or mani'estation o' the 9ne, all are "arts o' the whole, there is no di''erence in (ind or 0uality, the only di''erence bein$ one o' de$ree.

Thought cannot conceive of anything that may not be brought to e0pression. 1e who first uttered it may be only the suggester( but the doer will appear.


#ee$ T"el.e ) Study *uestions "ith 'ns"ers

111. How may any "ur"ose in li'e be best accom"lishedH 1hrou$h a scienti'ic understandin$ o' the s"iritual nature o' thou$ht.

112. What three ste"s are absolutely essentialH 1he (nowled$e o' our "ower, the coura$e to dare, the 'aith to do.

11P. How is the "ractical wor(in$ (nowled$e securedH By an understandin$ o' =atural laws.

11E. What is the reward o' an understandin$ o' these lawsH # conscious reali6ation o' our ability to ad2ust oursel%es to 5i%ine and unchan$in$ "rinci"le.

11Q. What will indicate the de$ree o' success with which we meetH 1he de$ree in which we reali6e that we cannot chan$e the 3n'inite

but must coo"erate with it.

11-. What is the "rinci"le which $i%es thou$ht its dynamic "owerH 1he aw o' #ttraction which rests on %ibration, which in turn rests

u"on the law o' lo%e. 1hou$ht im"re$nated with lo%e becomes in%incible.

11*. Why is this law irresistibleH Because it is a =atural law. #ll =atural laws are irresistible and unchan$eable and act with mathematical e/actitude. 1here is no de%iation or %ariation.

11+. Why then does it sometimes seem to be di''icult to 'ind the solution to our "roblems in li'eH 4or the same reason that it is sometimes di''icult to 'ind the correct solution to a di''icult mathematical "roblem. 1he o"erator is unin'ormed or ine/"erienced.

11,. Why is it im"ossible 'or the mind to $ras" an entirely new ideaH We ha%e no corres"ondin$ %ibratory brain cell ca"able o' recei%in$ the idea.

120. How is wisdom securedH By concentrationO it is an un'oldmentO it comes 'rom within.

#ee$ Thirteen& The 3reams of the 3reamer

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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 foretell.

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 #now that thin#ing 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. 1erbert Kaufman are interesting in this connection.

7They 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. Ma#ers of 2mpire( they have fought for bigger things than crowns and higher seats than thrones. $our homes are set upon the land a dreamer found. The pictures on its walls are visions from a dreamer;s soul. They are the chose few // the bla*ers of the way. Walls crumble and 2mpires fall( the tidal wave sweeps from the sea and tears a fortress from its roc#s. The rotting nations drop off from Time;s bough( and only things the dreamer;s ma#e live on.7

Part Thirteen which follows tells why the dreams of the dreamer come true. It e0plains the law of causation by which dreamers( inventors( authors( financiers( bring about the reali*ation of their desires. It e0plains the law by which the thing pictured upon our mind eventually becomes our own.

#ee$ Thirteen& The 3reams of the 3reamer

1. 3t has been the tendency, and, as mi$ht be "ro%ed, a necessity 'or science to see( the e/"lanation o' e%eryday 'acts by a $enerali6ation o' those others which are less 're0uent and 'orm the e/ce"tion. 1hus does the eru"tion o' the %olcano mani'est the heat which is continually at wor( in the interior o' the earth and to which the latter owes much o' her con'i$uration.

2. 1hus does the li$htnin$ re%eal a subtle "ower constantly busy to "roduce chan$es in the inor$anic world, and, as dead lan$ua$es now seldom heard were once rulin$ amon$ the nations, so does a $iant tooth in )iberia, or a 'ossil in the de"th o' the earth, not only bear record o' the e%olution o' "ast a$es, but thereby e/"lains to us the ori$in o' the hills and %alleys which we inhabit today.

P. 3n this way a $enerali6ation o' 'acts which are rare, stran$e, or 'orm the e/ce"tion, has been the ma$netic needle $uidin$ to all the disco%eries o' inducti%e science.

E. 1his method is 'ounded u"on reason and e/"erience and thereby destroyed su"erstition, "recedent and con%entionality.

Q. 3t is almost three-hundred years since ord Bacon recommended this method o' study, to which the ci%ili6ed nations owe the $reater "art o' their "ros"erity and the more %aluable "art o' their (nowled$eO "ur$in$ the mind 'rom narrow "re2udices, denominated theories, more e''ectually than by the (eenest ironyO callin$ the attention o' men 'rom hea%en to earth more success'ully by sur"risin$ e/"eriments than by the most 'orcible demonstration o' their i$noranceO educatin$ the in%enti%e 'aculties more "ower'ully by the near "ros"ect o' use'ul disco%eries thrown o"en to all, than by tal( o' brin$in$ to li$ht the innate laws o' our mind.

-. 1he method o' Bacon has sei6ed the s"irit and aim o' the $reat "hiloso"hers o' >reece and carried them into e''ect by the new means o' obser%ation which another a$e o''eredO thus $radually re%ealin$ a wondrous 'ield o' (nowled$e in the in'inite s"ace o' astronomy, in the microsco"ic e$$ o' embryolo$y, and the dim a$e o' $eolo$yO disclosin$ an order o' the "ulse which the lo$ic o' #ristotle could ne%er ha%e un%eiled, and analy6in$ into 'ormerly un(nown elements the material combinations which no dialectic o' the scholastics could 'orce a"art.

*. 3t has len$thened li'eO it has miti$ated "ainO it has e/tin$uished diseasesO it has increased the 'ertility o' the soilO it has $i%en new securities to the marinerO it has s"anned $reat ri%ers with brid$es o' 'orm un(nown to our 'athersO it has $uided the thunderbolt 'rom hea%en to earthO it has li$hted u" ni$ht with the s"lendor o' dayO it has e/tended the ran$e o' human %isionO it has multi"lied the "ower o' the human musclesO it has accelerated motionO it has annihilated distanceO it has 'acilitated intercourse, corres"ondence, all 'riendly o''ices, all dis"atch o' businessO it has enabled men to descend into the de"ths o' the sea, to soar into the air, to "enetrate securely into the no/ious recesses o' the earth.

+. 1his then is the true nature and sco"e o' induction. But the $reater the success which men ha%e achie%ed in the inducti%e science, the more does the whole tenor o' their teachin$s and e/am"le im"ress us with the necessity o' obser%in$ care'ully, "atiently, accurately, with all the instruments and resources at our command the indi%idual 'acts be'ore %enturin$ u"on a statement o' $eneral laws.

,. 1o ascertain the bearin$ o' the s"ar( drawn 'rom the electric machine under e%ery %ariety o' circumstances, that we thus may be emboldened with 4ran(lin to address, in the 'orm o' a (ite, the 0uestion to the cloud about the nature o' the li$htnin$. 1o assure oursel%es o' the manner in which bodies 'all with the e/actness o' a >alileo, that with =ewton we may dare to as( the moon about the 'orce that 'astens it to the earth.

10. 3n short, by the %alue we set u"on truth, by our ho"e in a steady and uni%ersal "ro$ress, not to "ermit a tyrannical "re2udice to ne$lect or mutilate unwelcome 'acts, but to rear the su"erstructure o' science u"on the broad and unchan$eable basis, o' 'ull attention "aid to the most isolated as well as the most 're0uent "henomena.

11. #n e%er-increasin$ material may be collected by obser%ation, but the accumulated 'acts are o' %ery di''erent %alue 'or the e/"lanation o' nature, and as we esteem most hi$hly those use'ul 0ualities o' men which are o' the rarest occurrence, so does natural "hiloso"hy si't the 'acts and attach a "re-eminent im"ortance to that stri(in$ class which cannot be accounted 'or by the usual and daily obser%ation o' li'e.

12. 3' then, we 'ind that certain "ersons seem to "ossess unusual "ower, what are we to concludeH 4irst, we may say, it is not so, which is sim"ly an ac(nowled$ment o' our lac( o' in'ormation because e%ery honest in%esti$ator admits that there are many stran$e and "re%iously unaccountable "henomena constantly ta(in$ "lace. 1hose, howe%er, who become ac0uainted with the creati%e "ower o' thou$ht, will no lon$er consider them unaccountable.

1P. )econd, we may say that they are the result o' su"ernatural inter'erence, but a scienti'ic understandin$ o' =atural aws will con%ince us that there is nothin$ su"ernatural. !%ery "henomenon is the result o' an accurate de'inite cause, and the cause is an immutable law or "rinci"le, which o"erates with in%ariable "recision, whether the law is "ut into o"eration consciously or unconsciously.

1E. 1hird, we may say that we are on L'orbidden $round,L that there are some thin$s which we should not (now. 1his ob2ection was used a$ainst e%ery ad%ance in human (nowled$e. !%ery indi%idual who e%er ad%anced a new idea, whether a Columbus, a 5arwin, a >alileo, a 4ulton or an !merson, was sub2ected to ridicule or "ersecutionO so that this ob2ection should recei%e no serious considerationO but, on the contrary, we should care'ully consider e%ery 'act which is brou$ht to our attentionO by doin$ this we will more readily ascertain the law u"on which it is based.

1Q. 3t will be 'ound that the creati%e "ower o' thou$ht will e/"lain e%ery "ossible condition or e/"erience, whether "hysical, mental or s"iritual.

1-. 1hou$ht will brin$ about conditions in corres"ondence with the "redominant mental attitude. 1here'ore, i' we 'ear disaster, as 'ear is a "ower'ul 'orm o' thou$ht, disaster will be the certain result o' our thin(in$. 3t is this 'orm o' thou$ht which 're0uently swee"s away the result o' many years o' toil and e''ort.

1*. 3' we thin( o' some 'orm o' material wealth we may secure it. By concentrated thou$ht the re0uired conditions will be brou$ht about, and the "ro"er e''ort "ut 'orth, which will result in brin$in$ about the circumstances necessary to reali6e our desiresO but we o'ten 'ind that when we secure the thin$s we thou$ht we wanted, they do not ha%e the e''ect we e/"ected. 1hat is, the satis'action is only tem"orary, or "ossibly is the re%erse o' what we e/"ected.

1+. What, then, is the "ro"er method o' "rocedureH What are we to thin( in order to secure what we really desireH What you and 3 desire, what we all desire, what e%ery one is see(in$, is Ha""iness and Harmony. 3' we can be truly ha""y we shall ha%e e%erythin$ the world can $i%e. 3' we are ha""y oursel%es we can ma(e others ha""y.

1,. But we cannot be ha""y unless we ha%e, health, stren$th, con$enial 'riends, "leasant en%ironment, su''icient su""ly, not only to ta(e care o' our necessities but to "ro%ide 'or those com'orts and lu/uries to which we are entitled.

20. 1he old orthodo/ way o' thin(in$ was to be La worm,L to be satis'ied with our "ortion whate%er it isO but the modern idea is to (now that we are entitled to the best o' e%erythin$, that the L4ather and 3 are oneL and that the L4atherL is the .ni%ersal :ind, the Creator, the 9ri$inal )ubstance 'rom which all thin$s "roceed.

21. =ow admittin$ that this is all true in theory, and it has been tau$ht 'or two thousand years, and is the essence o' e%ery system o' Philoso"hy or &eli$ion, how are we to ma(e it "ractical in our li%esH How are we to $et the actual, tan$ible results here and nowH

22. 3n the 'irst "lace, we must "ut our (nowled$e into "ractice. =othin$ can be accom"lished in any other way. 1he athlete may read boo(s and lessons on "hysical trainin$ all his li'e, but unless he be$ins to $i%e out stren$th by actual wor( he will ne%er recei%e any stren$thO he will e%entually $et e/actly what he $i%esO but he will ha%e to $i%e it 'irst. 3t is e/actly the same with usO we will $et e/actly what we $i%e, but we shall ha%e to $i%e it 'irst. 3t will then return to us many 'old, and the $i%in$ is sim"ly a mental "rocess, because thou$hts are causes and conditions are e''ectsO there'ore in $i%in$ thou$hts o' coura$e, ins"iration, health or hel" o' any (ind we are settin$ causes in motion which will brin$ about their e''ect.

2P. 1hou$ht is a s"iritual acti%ity and is there'ore creati%e, but ma(e no mista(e, thou$ht will create nothin$ unless it is consciously, systematically, and constructi%ely directedO and herein is the di''erence between idle thin(in$, which is sim"ly a dissi"ation o' e''ort, and constructi%e thin(in$, which means "ractically unlimited achie%ement.

2E. We ha%e 'ound that e%erythin$ we $et comes to us by the aw o' #ttraction. # ha""y thou$ht cannot e/ist in an unha""y consciousnessO there'ore the consciousness must chan$e, and, as the consciousness chan$es, all conditions necessary to meet the chan$ed consciousness must $radually chan$e, in order to meet the re0uirements o' the new situation.

2Q. 3n creatin$ a :ental 3ma$e or an 3deal, we are "ro2ectin$ a thou$ht into the .ni%ersal )ubstance 'rom which all thin$s are created. 1his .ni%ersal )ubstance is 9mni"resent, 9mni"otent and 9mniscient. #re we to in'orm the 9mniscient as to the "ro"er channel to be used to materiali6e our demandH Can the 'inite ad%ise the 3n'initeH 1his is the cause o' 'ailureO o' e%ery 'ailure. We reco$ni6e the 9mni"resence o' the .ni%ersal )ubstance, but we 'ail to a""reciate the 'act that this substance is not only 9mni"resent, but is 9mni"otent and 9mniscient, and conse0uently will set causes in motion concernin$ which we may be entirely i$norant.

2-. We can best conser%e our interests by reco$ni6in$ the 3n'inite Power and 3n'inite Wisdom o' the .ni%ersal :ind, and in this way become a channel whereby the 3n'inite can brin$ about the reali6ation o' our desire. 1his means that reco$nition brin$s about reali6ation, there'ore 'or your e/ercise this wee( ma(e use o' the "rinci"le, reco$ni6e the 'act that you are a "art o' the whole, and that a "art must be the same in (ind and 0uality as the wholeO the only di''erence there can "ossibly by, is in de$ree.

2*. When this tremendous 'act be$ins to "ermeate your consciousness, when you really come into a reali6ation o' the 'act that you Fnot your body, but the !$o7, the L3,L the s"irit which thin(s is an inte$ral "art o' the $reat whole, that it is the same in substance, in 0uality, in (ind, that the Creator could create nothin$ di''erent 'rom Himsel', you will also be able to say, L1he 4ather and 3 are oneL and you will come into an understandin$ o' the beauty, the $randeur, the transcendental o""ortunities which ha%e been "laced at your dis"osal.

Increase in me that wisdom Which discovers my truest interest( Strengthen my resolution To perform that which wisdom dictates.


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121. What is the method by which natural "hiloso"hers obtain and a""ly their (nowled$eH 1o obser%e indi%idual 'acts care'ully, "atiently, accurately, with all the instruments and resources at their command, be'ore %enturin$ u"on a statement o' $eneral laws.

122. How may we be certain that this method is correctH By not "ermittin$ a tyrannical "re2udice to ne$lect or mutilate unwelcome 'acts.

12P. What classes o' 'acts are esteemed most hi$hlyH 1hose which cannot be accounted 'or by the usual daily obser%ation o' li'e.

12E. ."on what is this "rinci"le 'oundedH ."on reason and e/"erience.

12Q. What does it destroyH )u"erstition, "recedent and con%entionality.

12-. How ha%e these laws been disco%eredH By a $enerali6ation o' 'acts which are uncommon, rare, stran$e and 'orm the e/ce"tion.

2*. How may we account 'or much o' the stran$e and hereto'ore une/"lainable "henomena which is constantly ta(in$ "laceH By the creati%e "ower o' thou$ht.

12+. Why is this soH Because when we learn o' a 'act we can be sure that it is the result o' a certain de'inite cause and that this cause will o"erate with in%ariable "recision.

12,. What is the result o' this (nowled$eH 3t will e/"lain the cause o' e%ery "ossible condition, whether "hysical, mental or s"iritual.

1P0. How will our best interest be conser%edH By a reco$nition o' the 'act that a (nowled$e o' the creati%e nature o' thou$ht "uts us in touch with 3n'inite "ower.

#ee$ Fourteen& The Creati.e Po"er of Thou-ht

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$ou 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 %uite analogous to that e0isting between a weather vane and the atmosphere.

3ust 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 e0act proportion to the depth of feeling characteri*ing 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. $ou are cutting them away at the root. $ou are sapping their vitality.

9emember that the law of growth necessarily governs every manifestation in the ob,ective( so that a denial of unsatisfactory conditions will not bring about instant change. . 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.

$ou will see that this is an e0actly opposite course from the one which we would naturally be inclined to adopt.

It will therefore have an e0actly 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.

#ee$ Fourteen& The Creati.e Po"er of Thou-ht

1. 1he .ni%ersal !ner$y in which all motion, li$ht, heat, and color ha%e their ori$in, does not "arta(e o' the limitation o' the many e''ects o' which it is the cause, but it is su"reme o%er them all. 1his .ni%ersal )ubstance is the source o' all Power, Wisdom and 3ntelli$ence.

2. 1o reco$ni6e this 3ntelli$ence is to ac0uaint yoursel' with the (nowin$ 0uality o' :ind and throu$h it to mo%e u"on the .ni%ersal )ubstance, and brin$ it into harmonious relations in your a''airs.

P. 1his is somethin$ that the most learned "hysical science teacher has not attem"ted -- a 'ield o' disco%ery u"on which he has not yet launchedO in 'act, but 'ew o' the materialistic schools ha%e e%er cau$ht the 'irst ray o' this li$ht. 3t does not seem to ha%e dawned u"on them that wisdom is 2ust as much "resent e%erywhere as are 'orce and substance.

E. )ome will say, i' these "rinci"les are true, why are we not demonstratin$ themH #s the 'undamental "rinci"le is ob%iously correct, why do we not $et "ro"er resultsH We do. We $et results in e/act accordance with our understandin$ o' the law and our ability to ma(e the "ro"er a""lication. We secured no results 'rom the laws $o%ernin$ electricity until someone 'ormulated the law and showed us how to a""ly it.

Q. 1his "uts us in an entirely new relation to our en%ironment, o"enin$ u" "ossibilities "re%iously undreamed o', and this by an orderly se0uence o' law which is naturally in%ol%ed in our new mental attitude.

-. :ind is creati%e and the "rinci"le u"on which this law is based is sound and le$itimate and is inherent in the nature o' thin$sO but this creati%e "ower does not ori$inate in the indi%idual, but in the .ni%ersal, which is the source

and 'ountain o' all ener$y and substance, the indi%idual is sim"ly the channel 'or the distribution o' this ener$y. 1he indi%idual is the means by which the .ni%ersal "roduces the %arious combinations which result in the 'ormation o' "henomena.

*. We (now that scientists ha%e resol%ed matter into an immense number o' moleculesO these molecules ha%e been resol%ed into atoms, and the atoms into electrons. 1he disco%ery o' electrons in hi$h %acuum $lass tubes containin$ 'used terminals o' hard metal, indicates conclusi%ely that these electrons 'ill all s"aceO that they e/ist e%erywhere, that they are omni"resent. 1hey 'ill all material bodies and occu"y the whole o' what we call em"ty s"ace. 1his, then, is the .ni%ersal )ubstance 'rom which all thin$s "roceed.

+. !lectrons would 'ore%er remain electrons unless directed where to $o to be assembled into atoms and molecules, and this director is :ind. # number o' electrons re%ol%in$ around a center o' 'orce constitutes an atomO atoms unite in absolutely re$ular mathematical ratios and 'orm molecules, and these unite with each other to 'orm a multitude o' com"ounds which unite to build the .ni%erse.

,. 1he li$htest (nown atom is hydro$en and this is 1,*00 times hea%ier than an electron. #n atom o' mercury is P00,000 times hea%ier than an electron. !lectrons are "ure ne$ati%e electricity, and as they ha%e the same "otential %elocity as all other cosmic ener$y, such as heat, li$ht, electricity and thou$ht, neither time nor s"ace re0uire consideration. 1he manner in which the %elocity o' li$ht was ascertained is interestin$.

10. 1he %elocity o' li$ht was obtained by the 5anish astronomer &oemer in 1-*-, by obser%in$ the ecli"ses o' Iu"iterGs moons. When the earth was nearest to Iu"iter, the ecli"se a""eared about ei$ht and one-hal' minutes too soon 'or the calculations, and when the earth was most remote 'rom Iu"iter, they were about ei$ht and one-hal' minutes too late. &oemer concluded the reason to be that it re0uired 1* minutes 'or li$ht 'rom the "lanet to tra%erse the diameter o' the earthGs orbit, which measured the di''erence o' the distances o' the earth 'rom Iu"iter. 1his calculation has since been %eri'ied, and "ro%es that li$ht tra%els about 1+-,000 miles a second.

11. !lectrons mani'est in the body as cells, and "ossess mind and intelli$ence su''icient 'or them to "er'orm their 'unctions in the human "hysical anatomy. !%ery "art o' the body is com"osed o' cells, some o' which o"erate inde"endentlyO others in communities. )ome are busy buildin$ tissue, while others are en$a$ed in 'ormin$ the %arious secretions necessary 'or the body. )ome act as carriers o' materialO others are the sur$eons whose wor( it is to re"air dama$eO others are sca%en$ers, carryin$ o'' wasteO others are constantly ready to re"el in%aders or other undesirable intruders o' the $erm 'amily.

12. #ll these cells are mo%in$ 'or a common "ur"ose and each one is not only a li%in$ or$anism, but has su''icient intelli$ence to enable it to "er'orm its necessary duties. 3t is also endowed with su''icient intelli$ence to conser%e the ener$ies and "er"etuate its own li'e. 3t must, there'ore, secure su''icient nourishment and it has been 'ound that it e/ercises choice in the selection o' such nourishment.

1P. !ach cell is born, re"roduces itsel', dies and is absorbed. 1he maintenance o' health and li'e itsel' de"ends u"on the constant re$eneration o' these cells.

1E. 3t is there'ore a""arent that there is mind in e%ery atom o' the bodyO this mind is ne$ati%e mind, and the "ower o' the indi%idual to thin( ma(es him "ositi%e, so that he can control this ne$ati%e mind. 1his is the scienti'ic e/"lanation 'or meta"hysical healin$, and will enable anyone to understand the "rinci"le u"on which this remar(able "henomenon rests.

1Q. 1his ne$ati%e mind, which is contained in e%ery cell o' the body, has been called the subconscious mind, because it acts without our conscious (nowled$e. We ha%e 'ound that this subconscious mind is res"onsi%e to the will o' the conscious mind.

1-. #ll thin$s ha%e their ori$in in mind, and a""earances are the result o' thou$ht. )o that we see that thin$s in themsel%es ha%e no ori$in, "ermanency, or reality. )ince they are "roduced by thou$ht, they can be erased by thou$ht.

1*. 3n mental, as in natural science, e/"eriments are bein$ made and each disco%ery li'ts man one ste" hi$her toward his "ossible $oal. We 'ind that e%ery man is the re'lection o' the thou$ht he has entertained durin$ his li'etime. 1his is stam"ed on his 'ace, his 'orm, his character, his en%ironment.

1+. Bac( o' e%ery e''ect there is a cause, and i' we 'ollow the trail to its startin$ "oint, we shall 'ind the creati%e "rinci"le out o' which it $rew. Proo's o' this are now so com"lete that this truth is $enerally acce"ted.

1,. 1he ob2ecti%e world is controlled by an unseen and, hereto'ore, une/"lainable "ower. We ha%e, hereto'ore, "ersonali6ed this "ower and called it >od. We ha%e now, howe%er, learned to loo( u"on it as the "ermeatin$ essence or Princi"le o' all that e/ists -- the 3n'inite or .ni%ersal :ind.

20. 1he .ni%ersal :ind, bein$ in'inite and omni"otent, has unlimited resources at its command, and when we remember that it is also omni"resent, we cannot esca"e the conclusion that we must be an e/"ression or mani'estation o' that :ind.

21. # reco$nition and understandin$ o' the resources o' the subconscious mind will indicate that the only di''erence between the subconscious and the .ni%ersal is one o' de$ree. 1hey di''er only as a dro" o' water di''ers 'rom the ocean. 1hey are the same in (ind and 0uality, the di''erence is one o' de$ree only.

22. 5o you, can you, a""reciate the %alue o' this all-im"ortant 'actO do you reali6e that a reco$nition o' this tremendous 'act "laces you in touch with 9mni"otenceH 1he subconscious mind bein$ the connectin$ lin( between the .ni%ersal :ind and the conscious mind, is it not e%ident that the conscious mind can consciously su$$est thou$hts which the subconscious mind will "ut into action, and as the subconscious is one with the .ni%ersal, is it not e%ident that no limit can be "laced u"on its acti%itiesH

2P. # scienti'ic understandin$ o' this "rinci"le will e/"lain the wonder'ul results which are secured throu$h the "ower o' "rayer. 1he results which are secured in this way are not brou$ht about by any s"ecial dis"ensations o' "ro%idence, but on the contrary, they are the result o' the o"eration o' a "er'ectly natural law. 1here is, there'ore, nothin$ either reli$ious or mysterious about it.

2E. 8et there are many who are not ready to enter into the disci"line necessary to thin( correctly, e%en thou$h it is e%ident that wron$ thin(in$ has brou$ht 'ailure.

2Q. 1hou$ht is the only realityO conditions are but the outward mani'estationsO as the thou$ht chan$es, all outward or material conditions must chan$e in order to be in harmony with their creator, which is thou$ht.

2-. But the thou$ht must be clear cut, steady, 'i/ed, de'inite, unchan$eableO you cannot ta(e one ste" 'orward and two ste"s bac(ward, neither can you s"end twenty or thirty years o' your li'e buildin$ u" ne$ati%e conditions as the result o' ne$ati%e thou$hts, and then e/"ect to see them all melt away as the result o' 'i'teen or twenty minutes o' ri$ht thin(in$.

2*. 3' you enter into the disci"line necessary to brin$ about a radical chan$e in your li'e, you must do so deliberately, a'ter $i%in$ the matter care'ul thou$ht and 'ull consideration, and then you must allow nothin$ to inter'ere with your decision.

2+. 1his disci"line, this chan$e o' thou$ht, this mental attitude will not only brin$ you the material thin$s which are necessary 'or your hi$hest and best wel'are, but will brin$ health and harmonious conditions $enerally.

2,. 3' you wish harmonious conditions in your li'e, you must de%elo" an harmonious mental attitude.

P0. 8our world without will be a re'lection o' your world within.

P1. 4or your e/ercise this wee(, concentrate on Harmony, and when 3 say concentrate, 3 mean all that the word im"liesO concentrate so dee"ly, so earnestly, that you will be conscious o' nothin$ but harmony. &emember, we learn by doin$. &eadin$ these lessons will $et you nowhere. 3t is in the "ractical a""lication that the %alue consists.

"earn to #eep the door shut( #eep out of your mind and out of your world( every element that see#s admittance with no definite helpful end in view.

!eorge Mathew .dams

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1P1. What is the source o' all Wisdom, Power and 3ntelli$enceH 1he .ni%ersal :ind.

1P2. Where do all motion, li$ht, heat and color ha%e their ori$inH 3n the .ni%ersal !ner$y, which is one mani'estation o' the .ni%ersal :ind.

1PP. Where does the creati%e "ower o' thou$ht ori$inateH 3n the .ni%ersal :ind.

1PE. What is thou$htH :ind in motion.

1PQ. How is the .ni%ersal di''erentiated in 'ormH 1he indi%idual is the means by which the .ni%ersal "roduces the %arious combinations which result in 'ormation o' "henomena.

1P-. How is this accom"lishedH 1he "ower o' the indi%idual to thin( is his ability to act u"on the .ni%ersal and brin$ it into mani'estation.

1P*. What is the 'irst 'orm which the .ni%ersal ta(es so 'ar as we (nowH !lectrons, which 'ill all s"ace.

1P+. Where do all thin$s ha%e their ori$inH 3n mind.

1P,. What is the result o' a chan$e o' thou$htH # chan$e in conditions.

1E0. What is the result o' a harmonious mental attitudeH Harmonious conditions in li'e.

Thought( immaterial though it may be( is the matri0 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 loo# for the thoughts that have shaped all thin#ing.

#ee$ Fifteen& The (a" Under #hich #e (i.e

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20periments with parasites found on plants indicate that even the lowest order of life is enabled to ta#e advantage of natural law. This e0periment was made by 3ac%ues "och( M.).( Ph. ).( a member of the 9oc#efeller Institute.

7In 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. .fter the metamorphosis( the animals leave the plants( fly to the window and then creep upward on the glass.7

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 drin# from this source. The only method by which they could save themselves from starvation was to grow temporary wings and fly( which they did.

20periments such as these indicate that Omniscience as well as Omnipotence is omnipresent and that the tiniest living thing can ta#e advantage of it in an emergency.

Part 5ifteen will tell you more about the law under which we live. It will e0plain that these laws operate to our advantage' that all conditions and e0periences that come to us are for our benefit' that we gain strength in

proportion to the effort e0pended( and that our happiness is best attained through a conscious cooperation with natural laws.

#ee$ Fifteen& The (a" Under #hich #e (i.e

1. 1he laws under which we li%e are desi$ned solely 'or our ad%anta$e. 1hese laws are immutable and we cannot esca"e 'rom their o"eration.

2. #ll the $reat eternal 'orces act in solemn silence, but it is in our "ower to "lace oursel%es in harmony with them and thus e/"ress a li'e o' com"arati%e "eace and ha""iness.

P. 5i''iculties, inharmonies, and obstacles, indicate that we are either re'usin$ to $i%e out what we no lon$er need, or re'usin$ to acce"t what we re0uire.

E. >rowth is attained throu$h an e/chan$e o' the old 'or the new, o' the $ood 'or the betterO it is a conditional or reci"rocal action, 'or each o' us is a com"lete thou$ht entity and this com"leteness ma(es it "ossible 'or us to recei%e only as we $i%e.

Q. We cannot obtain what we lac( i' we tenaciously clin$ to what we ha%e. We are able to consciously control our conditions as we come to sense the "ur"ose o' what we attract, and are able to e/tract 'rom each e/"erience only what we re0uire 'or our 'urther $rowth. 9ur ability to do this determines the de$ree o' harmony or ha""iness we attain.

-. 1he ability to a""ro"riate what we re0uire 'or our $rowth, continually increases as we reach hi$her "lanes and broader %isions, and the $reater our abilities to (now what we re0uire, the more certain we shall be to discern its "resence, to attract it and to absorb it. =othin$ may reach us e/ce"t what is necessary 'or our $rowth.

*. #ll conditions and e/"eriences that come to us do so 'or our bene'it. 5i''iculties and obstacles will continue to come until we absorb their wisdom and $ather 'rom them the essentials o' 'urther $rowth.

+. 1hat we rea" what we sow is mathematically e/act. We $ain "ermanent stren$th e/actly to the e/tent o' the e''ort re0uired to o%ercome di''iculties.

,. 1he ine/orable re0uirements o' $rowth demand that we e/ert the $reatest de$ree o' attraction 'or what is "er'ectly in accord with us. 9ur hi$hest ha""iness will be best attained throu$h our understandin$ o', and conscious coo"eration with natural laws.

10. 3n order to "ossess %itality thou$ht must be im"re$nated with lo%e. o%e is a "roduct o' the emotions. 3t is there'ore essential that the emotions be controlled and $uided by the intellect and reason.

11. 3t is lo%e which im"arts %itality to thou$ht and thus enables it to $erminate. 1he law o' attraction, or the law o' lo%e, 'or they are one and the same, will brin$ to it the necessary material 'or its $rowth and maturity.

12. 1he 'irst 'orm which thou$ht will 'ind is lan$ua$e, or wordsO this determines the im"ortance o' wordsO they are the 'irst mani'estation o' thou$ht -- the %essels in which thou$ht is carried. 1hey ta(e hold o' the ether and by settin$ it in motion re"roduce the thou$ht to others in the 'orm o' sound.

1P. 1hou$ht may lead to action o' any (ind, but whate%er the action, it is sim"ly the thou$ht attem"tin$ to e/"ress itsel' in %isible 'orm. 3t is e%ident, there'ore, that i' we wish desirable conditions, we can a''ord to entertain only desirable thou$hts.

1E. 1his leads to the ine%itable conclusion that i' we wish to e/"ress abundance in our li%es, we can a''ord to thin( abundance only, and as words are only thou$hts ta(in$ 'orm, we must be es"ecially care'ul to use nothin$ but constructi%e and harmonious lan$ua$e, which when 'inally crystalli6ed into ob2ecti%e 'orms, will "ro%e to our ad%anta$e.

1Q. We cannot esca"e 'rom the "ictures we incessantly "hoto$ra"h on the mind, and this "hoto$ra"hy o' erroneous conce"tions is e/actly what is bein$ done by the use o' words, when we use any 'orm o' lan$ua$e which is not identi'ied with our wel'are.

1-. We mani'est more and more li'e as our thou$ht becomes clari'ied and ta(es hi$her "lanes. 1his is obtained with $reater 'acility as we use word "ictures that are clearly de'ined, and relie%ed o' the conce"tions attached to them on lower "lanes o' thou$ht.

1*. 3t is with words that we must e/"ress our thou$hts, and i' we are to ma(e use o' hi$her 'orms o' truth, we may use only such material as has been care'ully and intelli$ently selected with this "ur"ose in %iew.

1+. 1his wonder'ul "ower o' clothin$ thou$hts in the 'orm o' words is what di''erentiates man 'rom the rest o' the animal (in$domO by the use o' the written word he has been enabled to loo( bac( o%er the centuries and see the stirrin$ scenes by which he has come into his "resent inheritance.

1,. He has been enabled to come into communion with the $reatest writers and thin(ers o' all time, and the combined record which we "ossess today is there'ore the e/"ression o' .ni%ersal 1hou$ht as it has been see(in$ to ta(e 'orm in the mind o' :an.

20. We (now that the .ni%ersal 1hou$ht has 'or its $oal the creation o' 'orm, and we (now that the indi%idual thou$ht is li(ewise 'ore%er attem"tin$ to e/"ress itsel' in 'orm, and we (now that the word is a thou$ht 'orm, and a sentence is a combination o' thou$ht 'orms, there'ore, i' we wish our ideal to be beauti'ul or stron$, we must see that the words out o' which this tem"le will e%entually be created are e/act, that they are "ut to$ether care'ully, because accuracy in buildin$ words and sentences is the hi$hest 'orm o' architecture in ci%ili6ation and is a "ass"ort to success.

21. Words are thou$hts and are there'ore an in%isible and in%incible "ower which will 'inally ob2ecti'y themsel%es in the 'orm they are $i%en.

22. Words may become mental "laces that will li%e 'ore%er, or they may become shac(s which the 'irst bree6e will carry away. 1hey may deli$ht the eye as well as the earO they may contain all (nowled$eO in them we 'ind the history o' the "ast as well as the ho"e o' the 'utureO they are li%in$ messen$ers 'rom which e%ery human and su"erhuman acti%ity is born.

2P. 1he beauty o' the word consists in the beauty o' the thou$htO the "ower o' the word consists in the "ower o' the thou$ht, and the "ower o' the thou$ht consists in its %itality. How shall we identi'y a %ital thou$htH What are its distin$uishin$ characteristicsH 3t must ha%e "rinci"le. How shall we identi'y "rinci"leH

2E. 1here is a "rinci"le o' :athematics, but none o' errorO there is a "rinci"le o' health, but none o' diseaseO there is a "rinci"le o' truth, but none o' dishonestyO there is a "rinci"le o' li$ht, but none o' dar(ness, and there is a "rinci"le o' abundance, but none o' "o%erty.

2Q. How shall we (now that this is trueH Because i' we a""ly the "rinci"le o' :athematics correctly we shall be certain o' our results. Where there is health there will be no disease. 3' we (now the 1ruth we cannot be decei%ed by error. 3' we let in li$ht there can be no dar(ness, and where there is abundance there can be no "o%erty.

2-. 1hese are sel'-e%ident 'acts, but the all-im"ortant truth that a thou$ht containin$ "rinci"le is %ital and there'ore contains li'e and conse0uently ta(es root, and e%entually but surely and certainly dis"laces the ne$ati%e thou$hts, which by their %ery nature can contain no %itality, is one which seems to ha%e been o%erloo(ed.

2*. But this is a 'act which will enable you to destroy e%ery manner o' discord, lac( and limitation.

2+. 1here can be no 0uestion but that he who Lis wise enou$h to understandL will readily reco$ni6e that the creati%e "ower o' thou$ht "laces an in%incible wea"on in his hands and ma(es him a master o' destiny.

2,. 3n the "hysical world there is a law o' com"ensation which is that Lthe a""earance o' a $i%en amount o' ener$y anywhere means the disa""earance o' the same amount somewhere else,L and so we 'ind that we can $et only what we $i%eO i' we "led$e oursel%es to a certain action we must be "re"ared to assume the res"onsibility 'or the de%elo"ment o' that action. 1he subconscious cannot reason. 3t ta(es us at our wordO we ha%e as(ed 'or somethin$O we are now to recei%e itO we ha%e made our bed, we are now to lie in itO the die has been castO the threads will carry out the "attern we ha%e made.

P0. 4or this reason 3nsi$ht must be e/ercised so that the thou$ht which we entertain contains no mental, moral or "hysical $erm which we do not wish ob2ecti'ied in our li%es.

P1. 3nsi$ht is a 'aculty o' the mind whereby we are enabled to e/amine 'acts and conditions at lon$ ran$e, a (ind o' human telesco"eO it enables us to understand the di''iculties, as well as the "ossibilities, in any underta(in$.

P2. 3nsi$ht enables us to be "re"ared 'or the obstacles which we shall meetO we can there'ore o%ercome them be'ore they ha%e any o""ortunity o' causin$ di''iculty.

PP. 3nsi$ht enables us to "lan to ad%anta$e and turn our thou$ht and attention in the ri$ht direction, instead o' into channels which can yield no "ossible return.

PE. 3nsi$ht is there'ore absolutely essential 'or the de%elo"ment o' any $reat achie%ement, but with it we may enter, e/"lore and "ossess any mental 'ield.

PQ. 3nsi$ht is a "roduct o' the world within and is de%elo"ed in the )ilence, by concentration.

P-. 4or your e/ercise this wee(, concentrate on 3nsi$htO ta(e your accustomed "osition and 'ocus the thou$ht on the 'act that to ha%e a (nowled$e o' the creati%e "ower o' thou$ht does not mean to "ossess the art o' thin(in$. et the thou$ht dwell on the 'act that (nowled$e does not a""ly itsel'. 1hat our actions are not $o%erned by (nowled$e, but by custom, "recedent and habit. 1hat the only way we can $et oursel%es to a""ly (nowled$e is by a determined conscious e''ort. Call to mind the 'act that (nowled$e unused "asses 'rom the mind, that the %alue o' the in'ormation is in the a""lication o' the "rinci"leO continue this line o' thou$ht until you $ain su''icient insi$ht to 'ormulate a de'inite "ro$ram 'or a""lyin$ this "rinci"le to your own "articular "roblem.

Thin# truly( and thy thoughts Shall the world;s famine feed' Spea# truly( and each word of thine Shall be a fruitful seed' "ive truly( and thy life shall be . great and noble creed.

1oratio &onar

#ee$ Fifteen ) Study *uestions "ith 'ns"ers

1E1. What determines the de$ree o' harmony which we attainH 9ur ability to a""ro"riate what we re0uire 'or our $rowth 'rom each e/"erience.

1E2. What do di''iculties and obstacles indicateH 1hat they are necessary 'or our wisdom and s"iritual $rowth.

1EP. How may these di''iculties be a%oidedH By a conscious understandin$ o' and coo"eration with =atural laws.

1EE. What is the "rinci"le by which thou$ht mani'ests itsel' in 'ormH 1he aw o' #ttraction.

1EQ. How is the necessary material secured by which the $rowth, de%elo"ment and maturity o' the idea ta(e 'ormH 1he law o' lo%e, which is the creati%e "rinci"le o' the .ni%erse, im"arts %itality to the thou$ht, and the law o' attraction brin$s the necessary substance by the law o' $rowth.

1E-. How are desirable conditions securedH By entertainin$ desirable thou$hts only.

1E*. How are undesirable conditions brou$ht aboutH By thin(in$, discussin$ and %isuali6in$ conditions o' lac(, limitation, disease, inharmony and discord o' e%ery (ind. 1his mental "hoto$ra"hy o' erroneous conce"tions is ta(en

u" by the subconscious and the law o' attraction will ine%itable crystalli6e it into ob2ecti%e 'orm. 1hat we rea" what we sow is scienti'ically e/act.

1E+. How can we o%ercome e%ery (ind o' 'ear, lac(, limitation, "o%erty and discordH By substitutin$ "rinci"le 'or error.

1E,. How may we reco$ni6e "rinci"leH By a conscious reali6ation o' the 'act that 1ruth in%ariably destroys error. We do not ha%e to laboriously sho%el the dar(ness outO all that is necessary is to turn on the li$ht. 1he same "rinci"le a""lies to e%ery 'orm o' ne$ati%e thou$ht.

1Q0. What is the %alue o' 3nsi$htH 3t enables us to understand the %alue o' ma(in$ a""lication o' the (nowled$e which we $ain. :any seem to thin( that (nowled$e will automatically a""ly itsel', which is by no means true.

To every man there openeth a way( .nd the high soul climbs the high way( .nd the low soul gropes the low' .nd in between on the misty flats( The rest drift to and fro. &ut to every man there openeth . high way and a low .nd every man decideth The way his soul shall go

#ee$ Si0teen& ainin- S1iritual Understandin(etter of Transmittal

The vibratory activities of the planetary 4niverse are governed by a law of periodicity. 2verything that lives has periods of birth( growth( fruitage( and decline. These periods are governed by the Septimal "aw.

The "aw of Sevens governs the days of the wee#( 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.

"ife is growth( and growth is change( each seven years period ta#es us into a new cycle. The first seven years is the period of infancy. The ne0t seven the period of childhood( representing the beginning of individual responsibility.

The ne0t seven represents the period of adolescence. The fourth period mar#s the attainment of full growth. The fifth period is the constructive period( when men begin to ac%uire property( possessions( a home and family. The ne0t from >? to @A( is a period of reactions and changes( and this in turn is followed by a period of reconstruction( ad,ustment and recuperation( so as to be ready for a new cycle of sevens( beginning with the fiftieth year.

There are many who thin# that the world is ,ust bout to pass out of the si0th period' that it will soon enter into the seventh period( the period of read,ustment( reconstruction and harmony' the period which is fre%uently 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.

#ee$ Si0teen&

ainin- S1iritual Understandin-

1. Wealth is a "roduct o' labor. Ca"ital is an e''ect, not a causeO a ser%ant, not a masterO a means, not an end.

2. 1he most commonly acce"ted de'inition o' wealth is that it consists o' all use'ul and a$reeable thin$s which "ossess e/chan$e %alue. 3t is this e/chan$e %alue which is the "redominant characteristic o' wealth.

P. When we consider the small addition made by wealth to the ha""iness o' the "ossessor, we 'ind that the true %alue consists not in its utility but in its e/chan$e.

E. 1his e/chan$e %alue ma(es it a medium 'or securin$ the thin$s o' real %alue whereby our ideals may be reali6ed.

Q. Wealth should then ne%er be desired as an end, but sim"ly as a means o' accom"lishin$ an end. )uccess is contin$ent u"on a hi$her ideal than the mere accumulation o' riches, and he who as"ires to such success must 'ormulate an ideal 'or which he is willin$ to stri%e.

-. With such an ideal in mind, the ways and means can and will be "ro%ided, but the mista(e must not be made o' substitutin$ the means 'or the end. 1here must be a de'inite 'i/ed "ur"ose, an ideal.

*. Prentice :ul'ord said: L1he man o' success is the man "ossessed o' the $reatest s"iritual understandin$ and e%ery $reat 'ortune comes o' su"erior and truly s"iritual "ower.L .n'ortunately, there are those who 'ail to reco$ni6e this "owerO they 'or$et that #ndrew Carne$ieGs mother had to hel" su""ort the 'amily when they came to #merica, that HarrimanGs 'ather was a "oor cler$yman with a salary o' only T200 a year, that )ir 1homas i"ton started with only 2Q cents. 1hese men had no other "ower to de"end u"on, but it did not 'ail them.

+. 1he "ower to create de"ends entirely u"on s"iritual "owerO there are three ste"s, ideali6ation, %isuali6ation and materiali6ation. !%ery ca"tain o' industry de"ends u"on this "ower e/clusi%ely. 3n an article in !%erybodyGs :a$a6ine, Henry :. 4la$ler, the )tandard 9il multi-millionaire, admitted that the secret o' his success was his "ower to see a thin$ in its com"leteness. 1he 'ollowin$ con%ersation with the re"orter shows his "ower o' ideali6ation, concentration and %isuali6ation, all s"iritual "owers:

,. L5id you actually %ision to yoursel' the whole thin$H 3 mean, did you, or could you, really close your eyes and see the trac(sH #nd the trains runnin$H #nd hear the whistles blowin$H 5id you $o as 'ar as thatHL L8es.L LHow clearlyHL L?ery clearly.L

10. Here we ha%e a %ision o' the law, we see Lcause and e''ectL, we see that thou$ht necessarily "recedes and determines action. 3' we are wise, we shall come into a reali6ation o' the tremendous 'act that no arbitrary condition can e/ist 'or a moment, and that human e/"erience is the result o' an orderly and harmonious se0uence.

11. 1he success'ul businessman is more o'ten than not an idealist and is e%ery stri%in$ 'or hi$her and hi$her standards. 1he subtle 'orces o' thou$ht as they crystalli6e in our daily moods is what constitutes li'e.

12. 1hou$ht is the "lastic material with which we build ima$es o' our $rowin$ conce"tion o' li'e. .se determines its e/istence. #s in all other thin$s our ability to reco$ni6e it and use it "ro"erly is the necessary condition 'or attainment.

1P. Premature wealth is but the 'orerunner o' humiliation and disaster, because we cannot "ermanently retain anythin$ which we do not merit or which we ha%e not earned.

1E. 1he conditions with which we meet in the world without, corres"ond to the conditions which we 'ind in the world within. 1his is brou$ht about by the law o' attraction. How then shall we determine what is to enter into the world withinH

1Q. Whate%er enters the mind throu$h the senses or the ob2ecti%e mind will im"ress the mind and result in a mental ima$e which will become a "attern 'or the creati%e ener$ies. 1hese e/"eriences are lar$ely the result o'

en%ironment, chance, "ast thin(in$ and other 'orms o' ne$ati%e thou$ht, and must be sub2ected to care'ul analysis be'ore bein$ entertained. 9n the other hand, we can 'orm our own mental ima$es, throu$h our own interior "rocesses o' thou$ht re$ardless o' the thou$hts o' others, re$ardless o' e/terior conditions, re$ardless o' en%ironment o' e%ery (ind, and it is by the e/ercise o' this "ower that we can control our own destiny, body, mind and soul.

1-. 3t is by the e/ercise o' this "ower that we ta(e our 'ate out o' the hands o' chance, and consciously ma(e 'or oursel%es the e/"eriences which we desire, because when we consciously reali6e a condition, that condition will e%entually mani'est in our li%esO it is there'ore e%ident that in the last analysis thin(in$ is the one $reat cause in li'e.

1*. 1here'ore, to control thou$ht is to control circumstances, conditions, en%ironment, and destiny.

1+. How then are we to control thou$htO what is the "rocessH 1o thin( is to create a thou$ht, but the result o' the thou$ht will de"end u"on its 'orm, its 0uality and its %itality.

1,. 1he 'orm will de"end u"on the mental ima$es 'rom which it emanatesO this will de"end u"on the de"th o' the im"ression, the "redominance o' the idea, the clarity o' the %ision, the boldness o' the ima$e.

20. 1he 0uality de"ends u"on its substance, and this de"ends u"on the material o' which the mind is com"osedO i' this material has been wo%en 'rom thou$hts o' %i$or, stren$th, coura$e, determination, the thou$ht will "ossess these 0ualities.

21. #nd 'inally, the %itality de"ends u"on the 'eelin$ with which the thou$ht is im"re$nated. 3' the thou$ht is constructi%e, it will "ossess %italityO it will ha%e li'e, it will $row, de%elo", e/"and, it will be creati%eO it will attract to itsel' e%erythin$ necessary 'or its com"lete de%elo"ment.

22. 3' the thou$ht is destructi%e, it will ha%e within itsel' the $erm o' its own dissolutionO it will die, but in the "rocess o' dyin$, it will brin$ sic(ness, disease, and e%ery other 'orm o' discord.

2P. 1his we call e%il, and when we brin$ it u"on oursel%es, some o' us are dis"osed to attribute our di''iculties to a )u"reme Bein$, but this su"reme bein$ is sim"ly :ind in e0uilibrium.

2E. 3t is neither $ood nor bad, it sim"ly is.

2Q. 9ur ability to di''erentiate it into 'orm is our ability to mani'est $ood or e%il.

2-. >ood and e%il there'ore are not entities, they are sim"ly words which we use to indicate the result o' our actions, and these actions are in turn "redetermined by the character o' our thou$ht.

2*. 3' our thou$ht is constructi%e and harmonious we mani'est $oodO i' it is destructi%e and discordant we mani'est e%il.

2+. 3' you desire to %isuali6e a di''erent en%ironment, the "rocess is sim"ly to hold the ideal in mind, until your %ision has been made realO $i%e no thou$ht to "ersons, "laces or thin$sO these ha%e no "lace in the absoluteO the en%ironment you desire will contain e%erythin$ necessaryO the ri$ht "ersons, and the ri$ht thin$s will come at the ri$ht time and in the ri$ht "lace.

2,. 3t is sometimes not "lain how character, ability, attainment, achie%ement, en%ironment and destiny can be controlled throu$h the "ower o' %isuali6ation, but this is an e/act scienti'ic 'act.

P0. 8ou will readily see that what we thin( determines the 0uality o' mind, and that the 0uality o' mind in turn determines our ability and mental ca"acity, and you can readily understand that the im"ro%ement in our ability will naturally be 'ollowed by increase in attainment and a $reater control o' circumstances.

P1. 3t will thus be seen that =atural laws wor( in a "er'ectly natural and harmonious mannerO e%erythin$ seems to L2ust ha""en.L 3' you want any e%idence o' this 'act sim"ly com"are results o' your e''orts in your own li'e, when your actions were "rom"ted by hi$h ideals and when you had sel'ish or ulterior moti%es in mind. 8ou will need no 'urther e%idence.

P2. 3' you wish to brin$ about the reali6ation o' any desire, 'orm a mental "icture o' success in your mind, by consciously %isuali6in$ your desireO in this way you will be com"ellin$ success, you will be e/ternali6in$ it in your li'e by scienti'ic methods.

PP. We can only see what already e/ists in the ob2ecti%e world, but what we %isuali6e, already e/ists in the s"iritual world, and this %isuali6ation is a substantial to(en o' what will one day a""ear in the ob2ecti%e world, i' we are 'aith'ul to our ideal. 1he reason 'or this is not di''icultO %isuali6ation is a 'orm o' ima$inationO this "rocess o' thin(in$ 'orms im"ressions on the mind, and these im"ressions in turn 'orm conce"ts and ideals, and they in turn are the "lans 'rom which the :aster architect will wea%e the 'uture.

PE. 1he "sycholo$ists ha%e come to the conclusion that there is but one sense, the sense o' 'eelin$, and that all other senses are but modi'ications o' this one senseO this bein$ true, we (now why 'eelin$ is the %ery 'ountain head o' "ower, why the emotions so easily o%ercome the intellect, and why we must "ut 'eelin$ into our thou$ht, i' we wish results. 1hou$ht and 'eelin$ is the irresistible combination.

PQ. ?isuali6ation must, o' course, be directed by the willO we are to %isuali6e e/actly what we wantO we must be care'ul not to let the ima$ination run riot. 3ma$ination is a $ood ser%ant but a "oor master, and unless it is controlled it may easily lead us into all (inds o' s"eculations and conclusions which ha%e no basis or 'oundation o' 'act whate%er. !%ery (ind o' "lausible o"inion is liable to be acce"ted without any analytical e/amination and the ine%itable result is mental chaos.

P-. We must there'ore construct only such mental ima$es as are (nown to be scienti'ically true. )ub2ect e%ery idea to a searchin$ analysis and acce"t nothin$ which is not scienti'ically e/act. When you do this you will attem"t nothin$ but what you (now you can carry out and success will crown your e''ortsO this is what businessmen call 'arsi$htednessO it is much the same as insi$ht, and is one o' the $reat secrets o' success in all im"ortant underta(in$s.

P*. 4or your e/ercise this wee(, try to brin$ yoursel' to a reali6ation o' the im"ortant 'act that harmony and ha""iness are states o' consciousness and do not de"end u"on the "ossession o' thin$s. 1hat thin$s are e''ects and come as a conse0uence o' correct mental states. )o that i' we desire material "ossession o' any (ind our chie' concern should be to ac0uire the mental attitude which will brin$ about the result desired. 1his mental attitude is brou$ht about by a reali6ation o' our s"iritual nature and our unity with the .ni%ersal :ind which is the substance o' all thin$s. 1his reali6ation will brin$ about e%erythin$ which is necessary 'or our com"lete en2oyment. 1his is scienti'ic or correct thin(in$. When we succeed in brin$in$ about this mental attitude it is com"arati%ely easy to reali6e our desire as an already accom"lished 'actO when we can do this we shall ha%e 'ound the

L1ruthL which ma(es us L'reeL 'rom e%ery lac( or limitation o' any (ind.

. man might frame and let loose a star( to roll in its orbit( and yet not have done so memorable a thing before !od as he who lets a golden/orbed thought to roll through the generations of time.

1. W. &eecher

#ee$ Si0teen ) Study *uestions "ith 'ns"ers

1Q1. ."on what does wealth de"endH ."on an understandin$ o' the creati%e nature o' thou$ht.

1Q2. ."on what does its true %alue consistH ."on its e/chan$e %alue.

1QP. ."on what does success de"endH ."on s"iritual "ower.

1QE. ."on what does this "ower de"endH ."on useO use determines its e/istence.

1QQ. How may we ta(e our 'ate out o' the hands o' chanceH By consciously reali6in$ the conditions which we desire to see mani'ested in our li%es.

1Q-. What then is the $reat business o' li'eH 1hin(in$.

1Q*. Why is this soH Because thou$ht is s"iritual and there'ore creati%e. 1o consciously control thou$ht is there'ore to control circumstances, conditions, en%ironment and destiny.

1Q+. What is the source o' all e%ilH 5estructi%e thin(in$.

1Q,. What is the source o' all $oodH )cienti'ic correct thin(in$.

1-0. What is scienti'ic thin(in$H # reco$nition o' the creati%e nature o' s"iritual ener$y 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.


#ee$ Se.enteen& Symbols and Reality

(etter of Transmittal
1he (ind o' 5eity which a man, consciously or unconsciously, worshi"s, indicates the intellectual status o' the worshi""er.

#s( the 3ndian o' >od, and he will describe to you a "ower'ul chie'tain o' a $lorious tribe. #s( the Pa$an o' >od, and he will tell you o' a >od o' 'ire, a >od o' water, a $od o' this, that, and the other.

#s( the 3sraelite o' >od, and he will tell you o' the >od o' :oses, who concei%ed it e/"edient to rule by coerci%e measuresO hence, the 1en Commandments. 9r o' Ioshua, who led the 3sraelites into battle, con'iscated "ro"erty, murdered the "risoners, and laid waste to cities.

1he so-called heathen made L$ra%en ima$esL o' their >ods, whom they were accustomed to worshi", but amon$ the most intelli$ent, at least, these ima$es were but the %isible 'ulcrums with which they were enabled to mentally concentrate on the 0ualities which they desired to e/ternali6e in their li%es.

We o' the twentieth century worshi" a >od o' o%e in theory, but in "ractice we ma(e 'or oursel%es L$ra%en ima$esL o' LWealth,L LPower,L L4ashion,L LCustomL and LCon%entionality.L We L'all downL be'ore them and worshi" them. We concentrate on them and they are thereby e/ternali6ed in our li%es.

1he student who masters the contents o' Part )e%enteen will not mista(e the symbols 'or the realityO he will be interested in causes, rather than e''ects. He will concentrate on the realities o' li'e, and will then not be disa""ointed in the results.

#ee$ Se.enteen& Symbols and Reality

1. We are told that :an has Ldominion o%er all thin$sLO this dominion is established throu$h :ind. 1hou$ht is the acti%ity which controls e%ery "rinci"le beneath it. 1he hi$hest "rinci"le by reason o' its su"erior essence and 0ualities necessarily determines the circumstances, as"ects and relation o' e%erythin$ with which it comes in contact.

2. 1he %ibrations o' mental 'orces are the 'inest and conse0uently the most "ower'ul in e/istence. 1o those who "ercei%e the nature and transcendency o' mental 'orce, all "hysical "ower sin(s into insi$ni'icance.

P. We are accustomed to loo( u"on the .ni%erse with a lens o' 'i%e senses, and 'rom these e/"eriences our anthro"omor"hic conce"tions ori$inate, but true conce"tions are only secured by s"iritual insi$ht. 1his insi$ht re0uires a 0uic(enin$ o' the %ibrations o' the :ind, and is only secured when the mind is continuously concentrated in a $i%en direction.

E. Continuous concentration means an e%en, unbro(en 'low o' thou$ht and is the result o' "atient, "ersistent, "erse%erin$ and well-re$ulated system.

Q. >reat disco%eries are the result o' lon$-continued in%esti$ation. 1he science o' mathematics re0uires years o' concentrated e''ort to master it, and the $reatest science -- that o' the :ind -- is re%ealed only throu$h concentrated e''ort.

-. Concentration is much misunderstoodO there seems to be an idea o' e''ort or acti%ity associated with it, when 2ust the contrary is necessary. 1he $reatness o' an actor lies in the 'act that he 'or$ets himsel' in the "ortrayal o' his character, becomin$ so identi'ied with it, that the audience is swayed by the realism o' the "er'ormance. 1his will $i%e you a $ood idea o' true concentrationO you should be so interested in your thou$ht, so en$rossed in your sub2ect, as to be conscious o' nothin$ else. )uch concentration leads to intuiti%e "erce"tion and immediate insi$ht into the nature o' the ob2ect concentrated u"on.

*. #ll (nowled$e is the result o' concentration o' this (indO it is thus that the secrets o' Hea%en and !arth ha%e been wrestedO it is thus that the mind becomes a ma$net and the desire to (now draws the (nowled$e, irresistibly attracts it, ma(es it your own.

+. 5esire is lar$ely subconsciousO conscious desire rarely reali6es its ob2ect when the latter is out o' immediate reach. )ubconscious desire arouses the latent 'aculties o' the mind, and di''icult "roblems seem to sol%e themsel%es.

,. 1he subconscious mind may be aroused and brou$ht into action in any direction and made to ser%e us 'or any "ur"ose, by concentration. 1he "ractice o' concentration re0uires the control o' the "hysical, mental, and "hysical bein$O all modes o' consciousness whether "hysical, mental, or "hysical, must be under control.

10. )"iritual 1ruth is there'ore the controllin$ 'actorO it is this which will enable you to $row out o' limited attainment and reach a "oint where you will be able to translate modes o' thou$ht into character and consciousness.

11. Concentration does not mean mere thin(in$ o' thou$hts, but the transmutation o' these thou$hts into "ractical %aluesO the a%era$e "erson has no conce"tion o' the meanin$ o' concentration. 1here is always the cry Lto ha%eL but ne%er the cry Lto beLO they 'ail to understand that they cannot ha%e one without the other, that they must 'irst 'ind the L(in$domL be'ore they can ha%e the Lthin$s added.L :omentary enthusiasm is o' no %alueO it is only with unbounded sel'-con'idence that the $oal is reached.

12. 1he mind may "lace the ideal a little too hi$h and 'all short o' the mar(O it may attem"t to soar on untrained win$s and instead o' 'lyin$, 'all to earthO but that is no reason 'or not ma(in$ another attem"t.

1P. Wea(ness is the only barrier to mental attainmentO attribute your wea(ness to "hysical limitations or mental uncertainties and try a$ainO ease and "er'ection are $ained by re"etition.

1E. 1he astronomer centers his mind on the stars and they $i%e 'orth their secretsO the $eolo$ists centers his mind on the construction o' the earth and we ha%e $eolo$yO so with all thin$s. :en center their minds on the "roblems o' li'e, and the result is a""arent in the %ast and com"le/ social order o' the day.

1Q. #ll mental disco%ery and attainment are the result o' desire "lus concentrationO desire is the stron$est mode o' actionO the more "ersistent the desire, the more authoritati%e the re%elation. 5esire added to concentration will wrench any secret 'rom nature.

1-. 3n reali6in$ $reat thou$hts, in e/"eriencin$ $reat emotions that corres"ond with $reat thou$hts, the mind is in a state where it a""reciates the %alue o' hi$her thin$s.

1*. 1he intensity o' one momentGs earnest concentration and the intense lon$in$ to become and to attain may ta(e you 'urther than years o' slow normal and 'orced e''ortO it will un'asten the "rison bars o' unbelie', wea(ness, im"otence and sel'-belittlement, and you will come into a reali6ation o' the 2oy o' o%ercomin$.

1+. 1he s"irit o' initiati%e and ori$inality is de%elo"ed throu$h "ersistence and continuity o' mental e''ort. Business teaches the %alue o' concentration and encoura$es decision o' characterO it de%elo"s "ractical insi$ht and 0uic(ness o' conclusion. 1he mental element in e%ery commercial "ursuit is dominant as the controllin$ 'actor, and desire is the "redominatin$ 'orceO all commercial relations are the e/ternali6ation o' desire.

1,. :any o' the sturdy and substantial %irtues are de%elo"ed in commercial em"loymentO the mind is steadied and directedO it becomes e''icient. 1he "rinci"al necessity is the stren$thenin$ o' the mind so that it rises su"erior to the distractions and wayward im"ulses o' instincti%e li'e and thus success'ully o%ercomes in the con'lict between the hi$her and lower sel'.

20. #ll o' us are dynamos, but the dynamo o' itsel' is nothin$O the mind must wor( the dynamoO then it is use'ul and its ener$y can be de'initely concentrated. 1he mind is an en$ine whose "ower is undreamedO thou$ht is an omniwor(in$ "ower. 3t is the ruler and creator o' all 'orm and all e%ents occurrin$ in 'orm. Physical ener$y is nothin$ in com"arison with the omni"otence o' thou$ht, because thou$ht enables man to harness all other natural "ower.

21. ?ibration is the action o' thou$htO it is %ibration which reaches out and attracts the material necessary to construct and build. 1here is nothin$ mysterious concernin$ the "ower o' thou$htO concentration sim"ly im"lies that consciousness can be 'ocali6ed to the "oint where it becomes identi'ied with the ob2ect o' its attention. #s 'ood absorbed is the essence o' the body, so the mind absorbs the ob2ect o' its attention, $i%es it li'e and bein$.

22. 3' you concentrate on some matter o' im"ortance, the intuiti%e "ower will be set in o"eration, and hel" will come in the nature o' in'ormation which will lead to success.

2P. 3ntuition arri%es at conclusions without the aid o' e/"erience or memory. 3ntuition o'ten sol%es "roblems that are beyond the $ras" o' the reasonin$ "ower. 3ntuition o'ten comes with a suddenness that is startlin$O it re%eals the truth 'or which we are searchin$, so directly that it seems to come 'rom a hi$her "ower. 3ntuition can be culti%ated and de%elo"edO in order to do this it must be reco$ni6ed and a""reciatedO i' the intuiti%e %isitor is $i%en a royal welcome when he comes, he will come a$ainO the more cordial the welcome the more 're0uent his %isits will become, but i' he is i$nored or ne$lected he will ma(e his %isits 'ew and 'ar a"art.

2E. 3ntuition usually comes in the )ilenceO $reat minds see( solitude 're0uentlyO it is here that all the lar$er "roblems o' li'e are wor(ed out. 4or this reason e%ery businessman who can a''ord it has a "ri%ate o''ice, where he will not be disturbedO i' you cannot a''ord a "ri%ate o''ice you can at least 'ind somewhere, where you can be alone a 'ew minutes each day, to train the thou$ht alon$ lines which will enable you to de%elo" that in%incible "ower which is necessary to achie%e.

2Q. &emember that 'undamentally the subconscious is omni"otentO there is no limit to the thin$s that can be done when it is $i%en the "ower to act. 8our de$ree o' success is determined by the nature o' your desire. 3' the nature o' your desire is in harmony with =atural aw or the .ni%ersal :ind, it will $radually emanci"ate the mind and $i%e you in%incible coura$e.

2-. !%ery obstacle con0uered, e%ery %ictory $ained, will $i%e you more 'aith in your "ower, and you will ha%e $reater ability to win. 8our stren$th is determined by your mental attitudeO i' this attitude is one o' success, and is "ermanently held with an unswer%in$ "ur"ose, you will attract to you 'rom the in%isible domain the thin$s you silently demand.

2*. By (ee"in$ the thou$ht in mind, it will $radually ta(e tan$ible 'orm. # de'inite "ur"ose sets causes in motion which $o out in the in%isible world and 'ind the material necessary to ser%e your "ur"ose.

2+. 8ou may be "ursuin$ the symbols o' "ower, instead o' "ower itsel'. 8ou may be "ursuin$ 'ame instead o' honor, riches instead o' wealth, "osition instead o' ser%itudeO in either e%ent you will 'ind that they turn to ashes 2ust as you o%erta(e them.

2,. Premature wealth or "osition cannot be retained because it has not been earnedO we $et only what we $i%e, and those who try to $et without $i%in$ always 'ind that the law o' com"ensation is relentlessly brin$in$ about an e/act e0uilibrium.

P0. 1he race has usually been 'or money and other mere symbols o' "ower, but with an understandin$ o' the true source o' "ower, we can a''ord to i$nore the symbols. 1he man with a lar$e ban( account 'inds it unnecessary to load his "oc(ets down with $oldO so with the man who has 'ound the true source o' "owerO he is no lon$er interested in its shams or "retensions.

P1. 1hou$ht ordinarily leads outwardly in e%olutionary directions, but it can be turned within where it will ta(e hold o' the basic "rinci"les o' thin$s, the heart o' thin$s, the s"irit o' thin$s. When you $et to the heart o' thin$s it is com"arati%ely easy to understand and command them.

P2. 1his is because the )"irit o' a thin$ is the thin$ itsel', the %ital "art o' it, the real substance. 1he 'orm is sim"ly the outward mani'estation o' the s"iritual acti%ity within.

PP. 4or your e/ercise this wee( concentrate as nearly as "ossible in accordance with the method outlined in this lessonO let there be no conscious e''ort or acti%ity associated with your "ur"ose. &ela/ com"letely, a%oid any thou$ht o' an/iety as to results. &emember that "ower comes throu$h re"ose. et the thou$ht dwell u"on your ob2ect, until it is com"letely identi'ied with it, until you are conscious o' nothin$ else.

PE. 3' you wish to eliminate 'ear, concentrate on coura$e.

PQ. 3' you wish to eliminate lac(, concentrate on abundance.

P-. 3' you wish to eliminate disease, concentrate on health.

P*. #lways concentrate on the ideal as an already e/istin$ 'actO this is the $erm cell, the li'e "rinci"le which $oes 'orth and sets in motion those causes which $uide, direct and brin$ about the necessary relation, which e%entually mani'est in 'orm.

Thought is the property of those only who can entertain it. 2merson

#ee$ Se.enteen ) Study *uestions "ith 'ns"ers

1-1. What is the true method o' concentrationH 1o become so identi'ied with the ob2ect o' your thou$ht that you are conscious o' nothin$ else.

1-2. What is the result o' this method o' concentrationH 3n%isible 'orces are set in motion which irresistibly brin$ about conditions in corres"ondence with your thou$ht.

1-P. What is the controllin$ 'actor in this method o' thou$htH )"iritual 1ruth.

1-E. Why is this soH Because the nature o' our desire must be in harmony with =atural aw.

1-Q. What is the "ractical %alue o' this method o' concentrationH 1hou$ht is transmuted into character, and character is the ma$net which creates the en%ironment o' the indi%idual.

1--. What is the controllin$ 'actor in e%ery commercial "ursuitH 1he mental element.

1-*. Why is this soH Because :ind is the ruler and creator o' all 'orm and all e%ents occurrin$ in 'orm.

1-+. How does concentration o"erateH By the de%elo"ment o' the "owers o' "erce"tion, wisdom, intuition, and sa$acity.

1-,. Why is intuition su"erior to reasonH Because it does not de"end u"on e/"erience or memory and 're0uently brin$s about the solution to our "roblems by methods concernin$ which we are in entire i$norance.

1*0. What is the result o' "ursuin$ the symbol o' the realityH 1hey 're0uently turn to ashes 2ust as we o%erta(e them, because the symbol is only the outward 'orm o' the s"iritual acti%ity within, there'ore unless we can "ossess the s"iritual reality, the 'orm disa""ears.

#ee$ !i-hteen& The (a" of 'ttraction

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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 4niversal.

Thin# 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. 1e would be nothing but an abstract theoretical ego. 1e e0ists( 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 4niversal Mind 7which lighteth every man that cometh into the world(7 and his so/called individuality or personality consists of nothing but the manner in which he relates with the whole.

This we call his environment and is brought about by the law of attraction. Part 2ighteen( which follows( has something more to say concerning this important law.

#ee$ !i-hteen& The (a" of 'ttraction

1. 1here is a chan$e in the thou$ht o' the world. 1his chan$e is silently trans"irin$ in our midst, and is more im"ortant than any which the world has under$one since the down'all o' Pa$anism.

2. 1hese "resent re%olution in the o"inions o' all classes o' men, the hi$hest and most cultured o' men as well as those o' the laborin$ class, stands un"aralleled in the history o' the world.

P. )cience has o' late made such %ast disco%eries, has re%ealed such an in'inity o' resources, has un%eiled such enormous "ossibilities and such unsus"ected 'orces, that scienti'ic men more and more hesitate to a''irm certain theories as established and beyond doubt or to deny other theories as absurd or im"ossible.

E. # new ci%ili6ation is bein$ bornO customs, creeds, and "recedent are "assin$O %ision, 'aith and ser%ice are ta(in$ their "lace. 1he 'etters o' tradition are bein$ melted o'' 'rom humanity, and as the im"urities o' materialism are bein$ consumed, thou$ht is bein$ liberated and truth is risin$ 'ull robed be'ore an astonished multitude.

Q. 1he whole world is on the e%e o' a new consciousness, a new "ower, and a new reali6ation within the sel'.

-. Physical )cience has resol%ed matter into molecules, molecules into atoms, atoms into ener$y, and it has remained 'or :r. I. #. 4lemin$, in an address be'ore the &oyal 3nstitution, to resol%e this ener$y into mind. He says, L3n its ultimate essence, ener$y may be incom"rehensible by us e/ce"t as an e/hibition o' the direct o"eration o' that which we call :ind or Will.L

*. #nd this mind is the indwellin$ and ultimate. 3t is imminent in matter as in s"irit. 3t is the sustainin$, ener$i6in$, all "er%adin$ )"irit o' the uni%erse.

+. !%ery li%in$ thin$ must be sustained by this omni"otent 3ntelli$ence, and we 'ind the di''erence in indi%idual li%es to be lar$ely measured by the de$ree o' this intelli$ence, which they mani'est. 3t is $reater intelli$ence that "laces the animal in a hi$her scale o' bein$ than the "lant, the man hi$her than the animal, and we 'ind that this increased intelli$ence is a$ain indicated by the "ower o' the indi%idual to control modes o' action and thus to consciously ad2ust himsel' to his en%ironment.

,. 3t is this ad2ustment that occu"ies the attention o' the $reatest minds, and this ad2ustment consists in nothin$ else than the reco$nition o' an e/istin$ order in the uni%ersal mind, 'or it is well (nown that this mind will obey us "recisely in "ro"ortion as we 'irst obey it.

10. 3t is the reco$nition o' =atural aws that has enabled us to annihilate time and s"ace, to soar in the air and to ma(e iron 'loat, and the $reater the de$ree o' intelli$ence the $reater will be our reco$nition o' these =atural aws and the $reater will be the "ower we can "ossess.

11. 3t is the reco$nition o' the sel' as an indi%iduali6ation o' this .ni%ersal 3ntelli$ence that enables the indi%idual to control those 'orms o' intelli$ence which ha%e not yet reached this le%el o' sel'- reco$nitionO they do not (now that this .ni%ersal 3ntelli$ence "ermeates all thin$s ready to be called into actionO they do not (now that it is res"onsi%e to e%ery demand, and they are there'ore in bonda$e to the law o' their own bein$.

12. 1hou$ht is creati%e and the "rinci"le on which the law is based is sound and le$itimate and is inherent in the nature o' thin$sO but this creati%e "ower does not ori$inate in the indi%idual, but in the uni%ersal, which is the source and 'oundation o' all ener$y and substanceO the indi%idual is sim"ly the channel 'or the distribution o' this ener$y.

1P. 1he indi%idual is sim"ly the means by which the uni%ersal "roduces the %arious combinations which result in the 'ormation o' "henomena, which de"ends u"on the law o' %ibration, whereby %arious rates o' ra"idity o' motion in the "rimary substance 'orm new substances only in certain e/act numerical ratios.

1E. 1hou$ht is the in%isible lin( by which the indi%idual comes into communication with the .ni%ersal, the 'inite with the 3n'inite, the seen with the .nseen. 1hou$ht is the ma$ic by which the human is trans'ormed into a bein$ who thin(s and (nows and 'eels and acts.

1Q. #s the "ro"er a""aratus has enabled the eye to disco%er worlds without number millions o' miles away, so, with the "ro"er understandin$, man has been enabled to communicate with the .ni%ersal :ind, the source o' all "ower.

1-. 1he .nderstandin$ which is usually de%elo"ed is about as %aluable as a ?C& without a %ideota"eO in 'act, it is usually nothin$ more than a Lbelie'L, which means nothin$ at all. 1he sa%a$es o' the Cannibal 3slands belie%e somethin$O but that "ro%es nothin$.

1*. 1he only belie' which is o' any %alue to anyone is a belie' that has been "ut to a test and demonstrated to be a 'actO it is then no lon$er a belie', but has become a li%in$ 4aith or 1ruth.

1+. #nd this 1ruth has been "ut to the test by hundreds o' thousands o' "eo"le and has been 'ound to be the 1ruth e/actly in "ro"ortion to the use'ulness o' the a""aratus which they used.

1,. # man would not e/"ect to locate stars hundreds o' millions o' miles away without a su''iciently stron$ telesco"e, and 'or this reason )cience is continually en$a$ed in buildin$ lar$er and more "ower'ul telesco"es and is continually rewarded by additional (nowled$e o' the hea%enly bodies.

20. )o with understandin$O men are continually ma(in$ "ro$ress in the methods which they use to come into communication with the .ni%ersal :ind and its in'inite "ossibilities.

21. 1he .ni%ersal :ind mani'ests itsel' in the ob2ecti%e, throu$h the "rinci"le o' attraction that each atom has 'or e%ery other atom, in in'inite de$rees o' intensity.

22. 3t is by this "rinci"le o' combinin$ and attractin$ that thin$s are brou$ht to$ether. 1his "rinci"le is o' uni%ersal a""lication and is the sole means whereby the "ur"ose o' e/istence is carried into e''ect.

2P. 1he e/"ression o' $rowth is met in a most beauti'ul manner throu$h the instrumentality o' this .ni%ersal Princi"le.

2E. 3n order to $row we must obtain what is essential 'or our $rowth, but as we are at all times a com"lete thou$ht entity, this com"leteness ma(es it "ossible 'or us to recei%e only as we $i%eO $rowth is there'ore conditioned on reci"rocal action, and we 'ind that on the mental "lane li(e attracts li(e, that mental %ibrations res"ond only to the e/tent o' their %ibratory harmony.

2Q. 3t is clear, there'ore, that thou$hts o' abundance will res"ond only to similar thou$htsO the wealth o' the indi%idual is seen to be what he inherently is. #''luence within is 'ound to be the secret o' attraction 'or a''luence without. 1he ability to "roduce is 'ound to be the real source o' wealth o' the indi%idual. 3t is 'or this reason that he who has his heart in his wor( is certain to meet with unbounded success. He will $i%e and continually $i%eO and the more he $i%es, the more he will recei%e.

2-. What do the $reat 'inanciers o' Wall )treet, the ca"tains o' industry, the statesmen, the $reat cor"oration attorneys, the in%entors, the "hysicians, the authors -- what do each o' these contribute to the sum o' human ha""iness but the "ower o' their thou$htH

2*. 1hou$ht is the ener$y which the law o' attraction is brou$ht into o"eration, which e%entually mani'ests in abundance.

2+. 1he .ni%ersal :ind is static :ind or )ubstance in e0uilibrium. 3t is di''erentiated into 'orm by our "ower to thin(. 1hou$ht is the dynamic "hase o' mind.

2,. Power de"ends u"on consciousness o' "owerO unless we use it, we shall lose it, and unless we are conscious o' it, we cannot use it.

P0. 1he use o' this "ower de"ends u"on attentionO the de$ree o' attention determines our ca"acity 'or the ac0uirement o' (nowled$e which is another name 'or "ower.

P1. #ttention has been held to be the distin$uishin$ mar( o' $enius. 1he culti%ation o' attention de"ends u"on "ractice.

P2. 1he incenti%e o' attention is interestO the $reater the interest, the $reater the attentionO the $reater the attention, the $reater the interest, action and reactionO be$in by "ayin$ attentionO be'ore lon$ you will ha%e aroused interestO this interest will attract more attention, and this attention will "roduce more interest, and so on. 1his "ractice will enable you to culti%ate the "ower o' attention.

PP. 1his wee( concentrate u"on your "ower to createO see( insi$ht, "erce"tionO try to 'ind a lo$ical basis 'or the 'aith which is in you. et the thou$ht dwell on the 'act that the "hysical man li%es and mo%es and has his bein$ in the sustainer o' all or$anic li'e air, that he must breathe to li%e. 1hen let the thou$ht rest on the 'act that the s"iritual man also li%es and mo%es and has his bein$ in a similar but subtler ener$y u"on which he must de"end 'or li'e, and that as in the "hysical world no li'e assumes 'orm until a'ter a seed is sown, and no hi$her 'ruit than that o' the "arent stoc( can be "roducedO so in the s"iritual world no e''ect can be "roduced until the seed is sown and the 'ruit will de"end u"on the nature o' the seed, so that the results which you secure de"end u"on your "erce"tion o' law in the mi$hty domain o' causation, the hi$hest e%olution o' human consciousness.

There is no thought in my mind but it %uic#ly tends to convert itself into a power and organi*es a huge instrumentality of means.


#ee$ !i-hteen ) Study *uestions "ith 'ns"ers

1*1. How is the di''erence in indi%idual li%es measuredH By the de$ree o' intelli$ence which they mani'est.

1*2. What is the law by which the indi%idual may control other 'orms o' intelli$enceH # reco$nition o' the sel' as an indi%iduali6ation o' the .ni%ersal 3ntelli$ence.

1*P. Where does the creati%e "ower ori$inateH 3n the .ni%ersal.

1*E. How does the .ni%ersal create 'ormH By means o' the indi%idual.

1*Q. What is the connectin$ lin( between the indi%idual and the .ni%ersalH 1hou$ht.

1*-. What is the "rinci"le by which the means o' e/istence is carried into e''ectH 1he aw o' o%e.

1**. How is this "rinci"le brou$ht into e/"ressionH By the law o' $rowth.

1*+. ."on what condition does the law o' $rowth de"endH ."on reci"rocal action. 1he indi%idual is com"lete at all times and this ma(es it "ossible to recei%e only as we $i%e.

1*,. What is it that we $i%eH 1hou$ht.

1+0. What do we recei%eH 1hou$ht, which is substance in e0uilibrium and which is constantly bein$ di''erentiated in 'orm by what we thin(.

#ee$ 2ineteen& +our Mental Food

(etter of Transmittal
5ear is a powerful form of thought. It paraly*es the nerve centers( thus affecting the circulation of the blood.

This( in turn( paraly*es 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 #now( but then( neither do we #now what electricity is.

&ut we do #now that by conforming to the re%uirements 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.

.nd so it is with vital force. .lthough we do not #now what it is( and possibly may never #now( we do #now 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 e0press the highest possible degree of mental( moral( and spiritual efficiency.

This part tells of a very simple 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 mar# of genius.

#ee$ 2ineteen& +our Mental Food

1. 1he search 'or truth is no lon$er a ha"ha6ard ad%enture, but it is a systematic "rocess, and is lo$ical in its o"eration. !%ery (ind o' e/"erience is $i%en a %oice in sha"in$ its decision.

2. 3n see(in$ the truth we are see(in$ ultimate causeO we (now that e%ery human e/"erience is an e''ectO then i' we may ascertain the cause, and i' we shall 'ind that this cause is one which we can consciously control, the e''ect or the e/"erience will be within our control also.

P. Human e/"erience will then no lon$er be the 'ootball o' 'ateO a man will not be the child o' 'ortune, but destiny. 4ate and 'ortune will be controlled as readily as a ca"tain controls his shi", or an en$ineer his train.

E. #ll thin$s are 'inally resol%able into the same element and as they are thus translatable, one into the other, they must e%er be in relation and may ne%er be in o""osition to one another.

Q. 3n the "hysical world there are innumerable contrasts, and these may 'or con%enience sa(e, be desi$nated by distincti%e names. 1here are si6es, colors, shades or ends to all thin$s. 1here is a =orth Pole, and a )outh Pole, an inside and an outside, a seen and an unseen, but these e/"ressions merely ser%e to "lace e/tremes in contrast.

-. 1hey are names $i%en to two di''erent "arts o' one 0uantity. 1he two e/tremes are relati%eO they are not se"arate entities, but are two "arts or as"ects o' the whole.

*. 3n the mental world we 'ind the same lawO we s"ea( o' (nowled$e and i$norance, but i$norance is but a lac( o' (nowled$e and is there'ore 'ound to be sim"ly a word to e/"ress the absence o' (nowled$eO it has no "rinci"le in itsel'.

+. 3n the :oral World we a$ain 'ind the same lawO we s"ea( o' $ood and e%il, but >ood is a reality, somethin$ tan$ible, while !%il is 'ound to be sim"ly a ne$ati%e condition, the absence o' >ood. !%il is sometimes thou$ht to be a %ery real condition, but it has no "rinci"le, no %itality, no li'eO we (now this because it can always be destroyed by >oodO 2ust as 1ruth destroys !rror and li$ht destroys dar(ness, so !%il %anishes when >ood a""earsO there is there'ore but one "rinci"le in the :oral World.

,. We 'ind e/actly the same law obtainin$ in the )"iritual worldO we s"ea( o' :ind and :atter as two se"arate entities, but clearer insi$ht ma(es it e%ident that there is but one o"erati%e "rinci"le and that is :ind.

10. :ind is the real and the eternal. :atter is 'ore%er chan$in$O we (now that in the eons o' time a hundred years is but as a day. 3' we stand in any lar$e city and let the eye rest on the innumerable lar$e and ma$ni'icent buildin$s, the %ast array o' modern automobiles, cellular tele"hones, the electric li$hts, and all the other con%eniences o' modern ci%ili6ation, we may remember that not one o' them was there 2ust o%er a century a$o, and i' we could stand on the same s"ot in a hundred years 'rom now, in all "robability we should 'ind that but 'ew o' them remained.

11. 3n the animal (in$dom we 'ind the same law o' chan$e. 1he millions and millions o' animals come and $o, a 'ew years constitutin$ their s"an o' li'e. 3n the "lant world the chan$e is still more ra"id. :any "lants and nearly all $rasses come and $o in a sin$le year. When we "ass to the inor$anic, we e/"ect to 'ind somethin$ more substantial, but as we $a6e on the a""arently solid continent, we are told that it arose 'rom the oceanO we see the $iant mountain and are told that the "lace where it now stands was once a la(eO and as we stand in awe be'ore the $reat cli''s in the 8osemite ?alley we can easily trace the "ath o' the $laciers which carried all be'ore them.

12. We are in the "resence o' continual chan$e, and we (now that this chan$e is but the e%olution o' the .ni%ersal :ind, the $rand "rocess whereby all thin$s are continually bein$ created anew, and we come to (now that matter is but a 'orm which :ind ta(es and is there'ore sim"ly a condition. :atter has no "rinci"leO :ind is the only "rinci"le.

1P. We ha%e then come to (now that :ind is the only "rinci"le which is o"erati%e in the "hysical, mental, moral and s"iritual world.

1E. We also (now that this mind is static, mind at rest, we also (now that the ability o' the indi%idual to thin( is his ability to act u"on the .ni%ersal :ind and con%ert it into dynamic mind, or mind in motion.

1Q. 3n order to do this 'uel must be a""lied in the 'orm o' 'ood, 'or man cannot thin( without eatin$, and so we 'ind that e%en a s"iritual acti%ity such as thin(in$ cannot be con%erted into sources o' "leasure and "ro'it e/ce"t by ma(in$ use o' material means.

1-. 3t re0uires ener$y o' some (ind to collect electricity and con%ert it into a dynamic "ower, it re0uires the rays o' the sun to $i%e the necessary ener$y to sustain "lant li'e, so it also re0uires ener$y in the 'orm o' 'ood to enable the indi%idual to thin( and thereby act u"on the .ni%ersal :ind.

1*. 8ou may (now that thou$ht constantly, eternally is ta(in$ 'orm, is 'ore%er see(in$ e/"ression, or you may not, but the 'act remains that i' your thou$ht is "ower'ul, constructi%e, and "ositi%e, this will be "lainly e%ident in the state o' your health, your business and your en%ironmentO i' your thou$ht is wea(, critical, destructi%e and ne$ati%e $enerally, it will mani'est in your body as 'ear, worry and ner%ousness, in your 'inance as lac( and limitation, and in discordant conditions in your en%ironment.

1+. #ll wealth is the o''s"rin$ o' "owerO "ossessions are o' %alue only as they con'er "ower. !%ents are si$ni'icant only as they a''ect "owerO all thin$s re"resent certain 'orms and de$rees o' "ower. 1,. # (nowled$e o' cause and e''ect as shown by the laws $o%ernin$ steam, electricity, chemical a''inity and $ra%itation enables men to "lan coura$eously and to e/ecute 'earlessly. 1hese laws are called =atural aws, because they $o%ern the "hysical world, but all "ower is not "hysical "owerO there is also mental "ower, and there is moral and s"iritual "ower.

20. What are our schools, our uni%ersities, but mental "owerhouses, "laces where mental "ower is bein$ de%elo"edH

21. #s there are many mi$hty "owerhouses 'or the a""lication o' "ower to "onderous machinery, whereby raw material is collected and con%erted into the necessities and com'orts o' li'e, so the mental "owerhouses collect the raw material and culti%ate and de%elo" it into a "ower which is in'initely su"erior to all the 'orces o' nature, mar%elous thou$h they may be.

22. What is this raw material which is bein$ collected in these thousands o' mental "owerhouses all o%er the world and de%elo"ed into a "ower which is e%idently controllin$ e%ery other "owerH 3n its static 'orm it is :ind - in its dynamic 'orm, it is 1hou$ht.

2P. 1his "ower is su"erior because it e/ists on a hi$her "lane, because it has enabled man to disco%er the law by which these wonder'ul 'orces o' =ature could be harnessed and made to do the wor( o' hundreds and thousands o' men. 3t has enabled man to disco%er laws whereby time and s"ace ha%e been annihilated, and the law o' $ra%itation o%ercome.

2E. 1hou$ht is the %ital 'orce or ener$y which is bein$ de%elo"ed and which has "roduced such startlin$ results in the last hal' century as to brin$ about a world which would be absolutely inconcei%able to a man e/istin$ only Q0 or 2Q years a$o. 3' such results ha%e been secured by or$ani6in$ these mental "owerhouses in Q0 years, what may not be e/"ected in another Q0 yearsH

2Q. 1he substance 'rom which all thin$s are created is in'inite in 0uantityO we (now that li$ht tra%els at the rate o' 1+-,000 miles "er second, and we (now that there are stars so remote that it ta(es li$ht 2,000 years to reach us, and we (now that such starts e/ist in all "arts o' the hea%enO we (now, too, that this li$ht comes in wa%es, so that i' the ether on which these wa%es tra%el was not continuous the li$ht would 'ail to reach usO we can then only come to the conclusion that this substance, or ether, or raw material, is uni%ersally "resent.

2-. How, then, does it mani'est in 'ormH 3n electrical science a battery is 'ormed by connectin$ the o""osite "oles o' 6inc and co""er, which causes a current to 'low 'rom one to the other and so "ro%ides ener$y. 1his same "rocess is re"eated in res"ect to e%ery "olarity, and as all 'orm sim"ly de"ends u"on the rate o' %ibration and conse0uent relations o' atoms to each other, i' we wish to chan$e the 'orm o' mani'estation we must chan$e the "olarity. 1his is the "rinci"le o' causation.

2*. 4or your e/ercise this wee(, concentrate, and when 3 use the word concentrate, 3 mean all that the word im"liesO become so absorbed in the ob2ect o' your thou$ht that you are conscious o' nothin$ else, and do this a 'ew minutes e%ery day. 8ou ta(e the necessary time to eat in order that the body may be nourished, why not ta(e the time to assimilate your mental 'oodH

2+. et the thou$ht rest on the 'act that a""earances are dece"ti%e. 1he earth is not 'lat, neither is it stationaryO the s(y is not a dome, the sun does not mo%e, the stars are not small s"ec(s o' li$ht, and matter which was once su""osed to be 'i/ed has been 'ound to be in a state o' "er"etual 'lu/.

2,. 1ry to reali6e that the day is 'ast a""roachin$ -- its dawn is now at hand -- when modes o' thou$ht and action must be ad2usted to ra"idly increasin$ (nowled$e o' the o"eration o' eternal "rinci"les.

Silent thought( is( after all( the mightiest agent in human affairs. -hanning

#ee$ 2ineteen ) Study *uestions "ith 'ns"ers

1+1. How are e/tremes "laced in contrastH 1hey are desi$nated by distincti%e names, such as inside and outside, to" and bottom, li$ht and dar(, $ood and bad.

1+2. #re these se"arate entitiesH =o, they are "arts or as"ects o' one Whole.

1+P. What is the one creati%e Princi"le in the "hysical, mental and s"iritual worldH 1he .ni%ersal :ind, or the !ternal !ner$y 'rom which all thin$s "roceed.

1+E. How are we related to this creati%e Princi"leH By our ability to thin(.

1+Q. How does this creati%e Princi"le become o"erati%eH 1hou$ht is the seed, which results in action and action results in 'orm.

1+-. ."on what does 'orm de"endH ."on the rate o' %ibration.

1+*. How may the rate o' %ibration be chan$edH By mental action.

1++. ."on what does mental action de"endH ."on "olarity, action and reaction, between the indi%idual and the .ni%ersal.

1+,. 5oes the creati%e ener$y ori$inate in the indi%idual or the .ni%ersalH 3n the .ni%ersal, but the .ni%ersal can mani'est only throu$h the indi%idual.

1,0. Why is the indi%idual necessaryH Because the .ni%ersal is static, and re0uires ener$y to start it in motion. 1his is 'urnished by 'ood which is con%erted into ener$y, which in turn enables the indi%idual to thin(. When the indi%idual sto"s eatin$ he sto"s thin(in$O then he no lon$er acts u"on the .ni%ersalO there is conse0uently no lon$er any action or reactionO the .ni%ersal is then only "ure mind in static 'orm -- mind at rest.

#ee$ T"enty& The S1irit of Thin-s

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5or many years there has been an endless discussion as to the origin of evil. Theologians have told us that !od is "ove( and that !od is Omnipresent. If this be true( there is no place where !od is not. Where( then( is 2vil( Satan and 1ell

"et us see:!od is Spirit.Spirit is the -reative Principle of the 4niverse. Man is made in the image and li#eness of !od. Man is therefore a spiritual being. The only activity which spirit possesses is the power to thin#. Thin#ing is therefore a creative process. .ll form is therefore the result of the thin#ing process. The destruction of form must also be a result of the thin#ing process.

5ictitious representations of form are the result of the creative power of thought( as in 1ypnotism. .pparent representation of form are the result of the creative power of thought( as in Spiritualism.

Invention( organi*ation and constructive wor# of all #inds 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 both good and evil' they are simply words which have been coined in order to indicate the nature of the result of the thin#ing or creative process. Thought necessarily precedes and predetermines action' action precedes and predetermines condition.

Part Twenty will throw more light upon this important sub,ect.

#ee$ T"enty& The S1irit of Thin-s

1. 1he s"irit o' a thin$ is that thin$O it is necessarily 'i/ed, chan$eless and eternal. 1he s"irit o' you is -- youO without the s"irit you would be nothin$. 3t becomes acti%e throu$h your reco$nition o' it and its "ossibilities.

2. 8ou may ha%e all the wealth in Christendom, but unless you reco$ni6e it and ma(e use o' it, it will ha%e no %alueO so with your s"iritual wealth: unless you reco$ni6e it and use it, it will ha%e no %alue. 1he one and only condition o' s"iritual "ower is use or reco$nition.

P. #ll $reat thin$s come throu$h reco$nitionO the sce"ter o' "ower is consciousness, and thou$ht is its messen$er, and this messen$er is constantly moldin$ the realities o' the in%isible world into the conditions and en%ironments o' your ob2ecti%e world.

E. 1hin(in$ is the true business o' li'e, "ower is the result. 8ou are at all times dealin$ with the ma$ical "ower o' thou$ht and consciousness. What results can you e/"ect so lon$ as you remain obli%ious to the "ower which has been "laced within your controlH

Q. )o lon$ as you do this you limit yoursel' to su"er'icial conditions, and ma(e o' yoursel' a beast o' burden 'or those who thin(O those who reco$ni6e their "owerO those who (now that unless we are willin$ to thin( we shall ha%e to wor(, and the less we thin( the more we shall ha%e to wor(, and the less we shall $et 'or our wor(.

-. 1he secret o' "ower is a "er'ect understandin$ o' the "rinci"les, 'orces, methods and combinations o' :ind, and a "er'ect understandin$ o' our relationshi" to the .ni%ersal :ind. 3t is well to remember that this "rinci"le is unchan$eableO i' this were not so, it would not be reliableO all "rinci"les are chan$eless.

*. 1his stability is your o""ortunityO you are its acti%e attribute, the channel 'or its acti%ityO the .ni%ersal can act only throu$h the indi%idual.

+. When you be$in to "ercei%e that the essence o' the .ni%ersal is within yoursel' -- is you -- you be$in to do thin$sO you be$in to 'eel your "owerO it is the 'uel which 'ires the ima$inationO which li$hts the torch o' ins"irationO which $i%es %itality to thou$htO which enables you to connect with all the in%isible 'orces o' the .ni%erse. 3t is this "ower which will enable you to "lan 'earlessly, to e/ecute master'ully.

,. But "erce"tion will come only in the )ilenceO this seems to be the condition re0uired 'or all $reat "ur"oses. 8ou are a %isuali6in$ entity. 3ma$ination is your wor(sho". 3t is here that your ideal is to be %isuali6ed.

10. #s a "er'ect understandin$ o' the nature o' this "ower is a "rimary condition 'or its mani'estation, %isuali6e the entire method o%er and o%er a$ain, so that you may use it whene%er occasion re0uires. 1he in'inity o' wisdom is to 'ollow the method whereby we may ha%e the ins"iration o' the omni"otent .ni%ersal :ind on demand at any time.

11. We can 'ail to reco$ni6e this world within, and so e/clude it 'rom our consciousness, but it will still be the basic 'act o' all e/istenceO and when we learn to reco$ni6e it, not only in oursel%es, but in all "ersons, e%ents, thin$s and circumstances we shall ha%e 'ound the L;in$dom o' hea%enL which we are told is LwithinL us.

12. 9ur 'ailures are a result o' the o"eration o' e/actly the same "rinci"leO the "rinci"le is unchan$eableO its o"eration is e/act, there is no de%iationO i' we thin( lac(, limitation, discord, we shall 'ind their 'ruits on e%ery handO i' we thin( "o%erty, unha""iness or disease, the thou$ht messen$ers will carry the summons as readily as any other (ind o' thou$ht and the result will be 2ust as certain. 3' we 'ear a comin$ calamity, we shall be able to say with Iob, Lthe thin$ 3 'eared has come u"on meLO i' we thin( un(indly or i$norantly we shall thus attract to oursel%es the results o' our i$norance.

1P. 1his "ower o' thou$ht, i' understood and correctly used, is the $reatest labor-sa%in$ de%ice e%er dreamed o', but i' not understood or im"ro"erly used, the result will in all "robability be disastrous, as we ha%e already seenO by the hel" o' this "ower you can con'idently underta(e thin$s that are seemin$ly im"ossible, because this "ower is the secret o' all ins"iration, all $enius.

1E. 1o become ins"ired means to $et out o' the beaten "ath, out o' the rut, because e/traordinary results re0uire e/traordinary means. When we come into a reco$nition o' the .nity o' all thin$s and that the source o' all "ower is within, we ta" the source o' ins"iration.

1Q. 3ns"iration is the art o' imbibin$, the art o' sel'-reali6ationO the art o' ad2ustin$ the indi%idual mind to that o' the .ni%ersal :indO the art o' attachin$ the "ro"er mechanism to the source o' all "owerO the art o' di''erentiatin$ the 'ormless into 'ormO the art o' becomin$ a channel 'or the 'low o' 3n'inite WisdomO the art o' %isuali6in$ "er'ectionO the art o' reali6in$ the omni"resence o' 9mni"otence.

1-. #n understandin$ and a""reciation o' the 'act that the in'inite "ower is omni"resent and is there'ore in the in'initely small as well as the in'initely lar$e will enable us to absorb its essenceO a 'urther understandin$ o' the 'act that this "ower is s"irit and there'ore indi%isible will enable us to a""reciate its "resent at all "oints at the same time.

1*. #n understandin$ o' these 'acts, 'irst intellectually and then emotionally, will enable us to drin( dee"ly 'rom this ocean o' in'inite "ower. #n intellectual understandin$ will be o' no assistanceO the emotions must be brou$ht into actionO thou$ht without 'eelin$ is cold. 1he re0uired combination is thou$ht and 'eelin$.

1+. 3ns"iration is 'rom within. 1he )ilence is necessary, the senses must be stilled, the muscles rela/ed, re"ose culti%ated. When you ha%e thus come into "ossession o' a sense o' "oise and "ower you will be ready to recei%e the in'ormation or ins"iration or wisdom which may be necessary 'or the de%elo"ment o' your "ur"ose.

1,. 5o not con'use these methods with those o' the clair%oyantO they ha%e nothin$ in common. 3ns"iration is the art o' recei%in$ and ma(es 'or all that is best in li'eO your business in li'e is to understand and command these in%isible 'orces instead o' lettin$ them command and rule you. Power im"lies ser%iceO ins"iration im"lies "owerO to understand and a""ly the method o' ins"iration is to become a su"erman.

20. We can li%e more abundantly e%ery time we breathe, i' we consciously breathe with that intention. 1he 34 is a %ery im"ortant condition in this case, as the intention $o%erns the attention, and without the attention you can secure only the results which e%ery one else secures. 1hat is, a su""ly e0ual to the demand.

21. 3n order to secure the lar$er su""ly your demand must be increased, and as you consciously increase the demand the su""ly will 'ollow, you will 'ind yoursel' comin$ into a lar$er and lar$er su""ly o' li'e, ener$y and %itality.

22. 1he reason 'or this is not di''icult to understand, but it is another o' the %ital mysteries o' li'e which does not seem to be $enerally a""reciated. 3' you ma(e it your own, you will 'ind it one o' the $reat realities o' li'e.

2P. We are told that L3n Him we li%e and mo%e and ha%e our bein$,L and we are told that LHeL is a )"irit, and a$ain that LHeL is o%e, so that e%ery time we breathe, we breathe this li'e, lo%e, and s"irit. 1his is Pranic !ner$y, or Pranic !ther, we could not e/ist a moment without it. 3t is the Cosmic !ner$yO it is the i'e o' the )olar Ple/us.

2E. !%ery time we breathe we 'ill our lun$s with air and at the same time %itali6e our body with this Pranic !ther which is i'e itsel', so that we ha%e the o""ortunity o' ma(in$ a conscious connection with #ll i'e, #ll 3ntelli$ence and #ll )ubstance.

2Q. # (nowled$e o' your relation and oneness with this Princi"le that $o%erns the .ni%erse and the sim"le method whereby you can consciously identi'y yoursel' with it $i%es you a scienti'ic understandin$ o' a law whereby you may 'ree yoursel' 'rom disease, 'rom lac( or limitation o' any (indO in 'act, it enables you to breathe the Lbreath o' li'eL into your own nostrils.

2-. 1his Lbreath o' li'eL is a su"erconscious reality. 3t is the essence o' the L3 am.L 3t is "ure LBein$L or .ni%ersal )ubstance, and our conscious unity with it enables us to locali6e it, and thus e/ercise the "owers o' this creati%e ener$y.

2*. 1hou$ht is creati%e %ibration and the 0uality o' the conditions created will de"end u"on the 0uality o' our thou$ht, because we cannot e/"ress "owers which we do not "ossess. We must LbeL be'ore we can LdoL and we can

LdoL only to the e/tent to which we Lare,L and so what we do will necessarily coincide with what we LareL and what we are de"ends u"on what we Lthin(.L

2+. !%ery time you thin( you start a train o' causation which will create a condition in strict accordance with the 0uality o' the thou$ht which ori$inated it. 1hou$ht which is in harmony with the .ni%ersal :ind will result in corres"ondin$ conditions. 1hou$ht which is destructi%e or discordant will "roduce corres"ondin$ results. 8ou may use thou$ht constructi%ely or destructi%ely, but the immutable law will not allow you to "lant a thou$ht o' one (ind and rea" the 'ruit o' another. 8ou are 'ree to use this mar%elous creati%e "ower as you will, but you must ta(e the conse0uences.

2,. 1his is the dan$er 'rom what is called Will Power. 1here are those who seem to thin( that by 'orce o' will they can coerce this lawO that they can sow seed o' one (ind and by LWill PowerL ma(e it bear 'ruit o' another, but the 'undamental "rinci"le o' creati%e "ower is in the .ni%ersal, and there'ore the idea o' 'orcin$ a com"liance with our wishes by the "ower o' the indi%idual will is an in%erted conce"tion which may a""ear to succeed 'or a while but is e%entually doomed to 'ailure - because it anta$oni6es the %ery "ower which it is see(in$ to use.

P0. 3t is the indi%idual attem"tin$ to coerce the .ni%ersal, the 'inite in con'lict with the 3n'inite. 9ur "ermanent wellbein$ will be best conser%ed by a conscious coo"eration with the continuous 'orward mo%ement o' the >reat Whole.

P1. 4or your e/ercise this wee(, $o into the )ilence and concentrate on the 'act that L3n him we li%e and mo%e and ha%e our bein$L is literally and scienti'ically e/actA 1hat you #&! because He 3), that i' He is 9mni"resent He must be in you. 1hat i' He is all in all you must be in HimA 1hat He is )"irit and you are made in LHis ima$e and li(enessL and that the only di''erence between His s"irit and your s"irit is one o' de$ree, that a "art must be the same in (ind and 0uality as the whole. When you can reali6e this clearly you will ha%e 'ound the secret o' the creati%e "ower o' thou$ht, you will ha%e 'ound the ori$in o' both $ood and e%il, you will ha%e 'ound the secret o' the wonder'ul "ower o' concentration, you will ha%e 'ound the (ey to the solution o' e%ery "roblem whether "hysical, 'inancial, or en%ironmental.

The power to thin# consecutively and deeply and clearly( is an avowed and deadly enemy to mista#es and blunders( superstitions( unscientific theories( irrational beliefs( unbridled enthusiasm( fanaticism.


#ee$ T"enty ) Study *uestions "ith 'ns"ers

1,1. ."on what condition does "ower de"endH ."on reco$nition and use.

1,2. What is reco$nitionH Consciousness.

1,P. How do we become conscious o' "owerH By thin(in$.

1,E. What then is the true business o' li'eH Correct scienti'ic thin(in$.

1,Q. What is correct scienti'ic thin(in$H 1he ability to ad2ust our thou$ht "rocesses to the will o' the .ni%ersal. 3n other words, to coo"erate with =atural laws.

1,-. How is this accom"lishedH By securin$ a "er'ect understandin$ o' the "rinci"les, 'orces, methods and combinations o' mind.

1,*. What is this .ni%ersal :indH 1he basic 'act o' all e/istence.

1,+. What is the cause o' all lac(, limitation, disease and discordH 3t is due to the o"eration o' e/actly the same law, the law o"erates relentlessly and is continually brin$in$ about conditions in corres"ondence with the thou$ht which ori$inated or created them.

1,,. What is ins"irationH 1he art o' reali6in$ the omni"resence o' 9mniscience.

200. ."on what does the conditions with which we meet de"endH ."on the 0uality o' our thou$ht. Because what we do de"ends u"on what we are and what we are de"ends u"on what we thin(.

#ee$ T"enty)%ne& To Thin$ Bi- Thou-hts

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It is my privilege to enclose Part Twenty/One. In paragraph B you will find that one of the secrets of success( one of the methods of organi*ing victory( one of the accomplishments of the Master Mind is to thin# big thoughts.

In paragraph C 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 #now 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.

-onse%uently( 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 sub,ect to law( and this law is definite( e0act and scientific( ,ust as are the laws governing gravitation and electricity. .n understanding of this law ta#es the foundation of -hristianity out of the realm of superstition and credulity and places it upon the firm roc# of scientific understanding.

&ut( unfortunately( there are comparatively few persons who #now how to pray.

They understand that there are laws governing electricity( mathematics( and chemistry( but( for some ine0plicable reason( it never seems to occur to them that there are also spiritual laws( and that these laws are also definite( scientific( e0act( and operate with immutable precision.

#ee$ T"enty)%ne& To Thin$ Bi- Thou-hts

1. 1he real secret o' "ower is consciousness o' "ower. 1he .ni%ersal :ind is unconditionalO there'ore, the more conscious we become o' our unity with this mind, the less conscious we shall become o' conditions and limitations, and as we become emanci"ated or 'reed 'rom conditions we come into a reali6ation o' the unconditional. We ha%e become 'reeA

2. #s soon as we become conscious o' the ine/haustible "ower in the world within, we be$in to draw on this "ower and a""ly and de%elo" the $reater "ossibilities which this discernment has reali6ed, because whate%er we become conscious o', is in%ariably mani'ested in the ob2ecti%e world, is brou$ht 'orth into tan$ible e/"ression.

P. 1his is because the 3n'inite :ind, which is the source 'rom which all thin$s "roceed, is one and indi%isible, and each indi%idual is a channel whereby this !ternal !ner$y is bein$ mani'ested. 9ur ability to thin( is our ability to act u"on this .ni%ersal )ubstance, and what we thin( is what is created or "roduced in the ob2ecti%e world.

E. 1he result o' this disco%ery is nothin$ less than mar%elous, and means that mind is e/traordinary in 0uality, limitless in 0uantity, and contains "ossibilities without number. 1o become conscious o' this "ower is to become a Lli%e wireLO it has the same e''ect as "lacin$ an ordinary wire in contact with a wire that is char$ed. 1he .ni%ersal is the li%e wire. 3t carries "ower su''icient to meet e%ery situation which may arise in the li'e o' e%ery indi%idual. When the indi%idual mind touches the .ni%ersal :ind it recei%es all the "ower it re0uires. 1his is the world within. #ll science reco$ni6es the reality o' this world, and all "ower is contin$ent u"on our reco$nition o' this world.

Q. 1he ability to eliminate im"er'ect conditions de"ends u"on mental action, and mental action de"ends u"on consciousness o' "owerO there'ore, the more conscious we become o' our unity with the source o' all "ower, the $reater will be our "ower to control and master e%ery condition.

-. ar$e ideas ha%e a tendency to eliminate all smaller ideas so that it is well to hold ideas lar$e enou$h to counteract and destroy all small or undesirable tendencies. 1his will remo%e innumerable "etty and annoyin$ obstacles 'rom your "ath. 8ou also become conscious o' a lar$er world o' thou$ht, thereby increasin$ your mental ca"acity as well as "lacin$ yoursel' in "osition to accom"lish somethin$ o' %alue.

*. 1his is one o' the secrets o' success, one o' the methods o' or$ani6in$ %ictory, one o' the accom"lishments o' the :aster- :ind. He thin(s bi$ thou$hts. 1he creati%e ener$ies o' mind 'ind no more di''iculty in handlin$ lar$e situations, than small ones. :ind is 2ust as much "resent in the 3n'initely lar$e as in the 3n'initely small.

+. When we reali6e these 'acts concernin$ mind we understand how we may brin$ oursel%es any condition by creatin$ the corres"ondin$ conditions in our consciousness, because e%erythin$ which is held 'or any len$th o' time in the consciousness, e%entually becomes im"ressed u"on the subconscious and thus becomes a "attern which the creati%e ener$y will wa%e into the li'e and en%ironment o' the indi%idual.

,. 3n this way conditions are "roduced and we 'ind that our li%es are sim"ly the re'lection o' our "redominant thou$hts, our mental attitudeO we see then that the science o' correct thin(in$ is the one science, that it includes all other sciences.

10. 4rom this science we learn that e%ery thou$ht creates an im"ression on the brain, that these im"ressions create mental tendencies, and these tendencies create character, ability and "ur"ose, and that the combined action o' character, ability and "ur"ose determines the e/"eriences with which we shall meet in li'e.

11. 1hese e/"eriences come to us throu$h the aw o' #ttractionO throu$h the action o' this law we meet in the world without the e/"eriences which corres"ond to our world within.

12. 1he "redominant thou$ht or the mental attitude is the ma$net, and the law is that Lli(e attracts li(eL, conse0uently the mental attitude will in%ariably attract such conditions as corres"ond to its nature.

1P. 1his mental attitude is our "ersonality and is com"osed o' the thou$hts which we ha%e been creatin$ in our own mindO there'ore, i' we wish a chan$e in conditions all that is necessary is to chan$e our thou$htO this will in turn chan$e our mental attitude, which will in turn chan$e our "ersonality, which will in turn chan$e the "ersons, thin$s and conditions, or, the e/"eriences with which we meet in li'e.

1E. 3t is, howe%er, no easy matter to chan$e the mental attitude, but by "ersistent e''ort it may be accom"lishedO the mental attitude is "atterned a'ter the mental "ictures which ha%e been "hoto$ra"hed on the brainO i' you do not li(e the "ictures, destroy the ne$ati%es and create new "icturesO this is the art o' %isuali6ation.

1Q. #s soon as you ha%e done this you will be$in to attract new thin$s, and the new thin$s will corres"ond to the new "ictures. 1o do this: im"ress on the mind a "er'ect "icture o' the desire which you wish to ha%e ob2ecti'ied and continue to hold the "icture in mind until results are obtained.

1-. 3' the desire is one which re0uires determination, ability, talent, coura$e, "ower or any other s"iritual "ower, these are necessary essentials 'or your "ictureO build them inO they are the %ital "art o' the "ictureO they are the 'eelin$ which combines with thou$ht and creates the irresistible ma$netic "ower which draws the thin$s you re0uire to you. 1hey $i%e your "icture li'e, and li'e means $rowth, and as soon as it bein$s to $row, the result is "ractically assured.

1*. 5o not hesitate to as"ire to the hi$hest "ossible attainments in anythin$ you may underta(e, 'or the mind 'orces are e%er ready to lend themsel%es to a "ur"ose'ul will in the e''ort to crystalli6e its hi$hest as"irations into acts, accom"lishments, and e%ents.

1+. #n illustration o' how these mind 'orces o"erate is su$$ested by the method in which all our habits are 'ormed. We do a thin$, then do it a$ain, and a$ain, and a$ain, until it becomes easy and "erha"s almost automaticO and the same rule a""lies in brea(in$ any and all bad habitsO we sto" doin$ a thin$, and then a%oid it a$ain, and a$ain until we are entirely 'ree 'rom itO and i' we do 'ail now and then, we should by no means lose ho"e, 'or the law is absolute and in%incible and $i%es us credit 'or e%ery e''ort and e%ery success, e%en thou$h our e''orts and successes are "erha"s intermittent.

1,. 1here is no limit to what this law can do 'or youO dare to belie%e in your own ideaO remember that =ature is "lastic to the idealO thin( o' the ideal as an already accom"lished 'act.

20. 1he real battle o' li'e is one o' ideasO it is bein$ 'ou$ht out by the 'ew a$ainst the manyO on the one side is the constructi%e and creati%e thou$ht, on the other side the destructi%e and ne$ati%e thou$htO the creati%e thou$ht is dominated by an ideal, the "assi%e thou$ht is dominated by a""earances. 9n both sides are men o' science, men o' letters, and men o' a''airs.

21. 9n the creati%e side are men who s"end their time in laboratories, or o%er microsco"es and telesco"es, side by side with the men who dominate the commercial, "olitical, and scienti'ic worldO on the ne$ati%e side or men who s"end their time in%esti$atin$ law and "recedent, men who mista(e theolo$y 'or reli$ion, statesmen who mista(e mi$ht 'or ri$ht, and all the millions who seem to "re'er "recedent to "ro$ress, who are eternally loo(in$ bac(ward instead o' 'orward, who see only the world without, but (now nothin$ o' the world within.

22. 3n the last analysis there are but these two classesO all men will ha%e to ta(e their "lace on one side or the otherO they will ha%e to $o 'orward, or $o bac(O there is no standin$ still in a world where all is motionO it is this attem"t to stand still that $i%es sanction and 'orce to arbitrary and une0ual codes o' law.

2P. 1hat we are in a "eriod o' transition is e%idenced by the unrest which is e%erywhere a""arent. 1he com"laint o' humanity is as a roll o' hea%enGs artillery, commencin$ with low and threatenin$ notes and increasin$ until the sound is sent 'rom cloud to cloud, and the li$htnin$ s"lits the air and earth.

2E. 1he sentries who "atrol the most ad%anced out"osts o' the 3ndustrial, Political, and &eli$ious world are callin$ an/iously to each other. What o' the ni$htH 1he dan$er and insecurity o' the "osition they occu"y and attem"t to hold is becomin$ more a""arent e%ery hour. 1he dawn o' a new era necessarily declares that the e/istin$ order o' thin$s cannot much lon$er be.

2Q. 1he issue between the old re$ime and the new, the cru/ o' the social "roblem, is entirely a 0uestion o' con%iction in the minds o' the "eo"le as to the nature o' the .ni%erse. When they reali6e that the transcendent 'orce o' s"irit or mind o' the Cosmos is within each indi%idual, it will be "ossible to 'rame laws that shall consider the liberties and ri$hts o' the many instead o' the "ri%ile$es o' the 'ew.

2-. #s lon$ as the "eo"le re$ard the Cosmic "ower as a "ower non-human and alien to humanity, so lon$ will it be com"arati%ely easy 'or a su""osed "ri%ile$ed class to rule by 5i%ine ri$ht in s"ite o' e%ery "rotest o' social sentiment. 1he real interest o' democracy is there'ore to e/alt, emanci"ate and reco$ni6e the di%inity o' the human s"irit. 1o reco$ni6e that all "ower is 'rom within. 1hat no human bein$ has any more "ower than any other human bein$, e/ce"t such as may willin$ly be dele$ated to him. 1he old re$ime would ha%e us belie%e that the law was

su"erior to the law-ma(ersO herein is the $ist o' the social crime o' e%ery 'orm o' "ri%ile$e and "ersonal ine0uality, the institutionali6in$ o' the 'atalistic doctrine o' 5i%ine election.

2*. 1he 5i%ine :ind is the .ni%ersal :indO it ma(es no e/ce"tions, it "lays no 'a%oritesO it does not act throu$h sheer ca"rice or 'rom an$er, 2ealousy or wrathO neither can it be 'lattered, ca2oled or mo%ed by sym"athy or "etition to su""ly man with some need which he thin(s necessary 'or his ha""iness or e%en his e/istence. 1he 5i%ine :ind ma(es no e/ce"tions to 'a%or any indi%idualO but when the indi%idual understands and reali6es his .nity with the .ni%ersal "rinci"le he will a""ear to be 'a%ored because he will ha%e 'ound the source o' all health, all wealth, and all "ower.

2+. 4or your e/ercise this wee(, concentrate on the 1ruth. 1ry to reali6e that the 1ruth shall ma(e you 'ree, that is, nothin$ can "ermanently stand in the way o' your "er'ect success when you learn to a""ly the scienti'ically correct thou$ht methods and "rinci"les. &eali6e that you are e/ternali6in$ in your en%ironment your inherent soul "otencies. &eali6e that the )ilence o''ers an e%er-a%ailable and almost unlimited o""ortunity 'or awa(enin$ the hi$hest conce"tion o' 1ruth. 1ry to com"rehend that 9mni"otence itsel' is absolute silence, all else is chan$e, acti%ity, limitation. )ilent thou$ht concentration is there'ore the true method o' reachin$, awa(enin$, and then e/"ressin$ the wonder'ul "otential "ower o' the world within.

The possibilities of thought training are infinite( its conse%uence eternal( and yet few ta#e the pains to direct their thin#ing into channels that will do them good( but instead leave all to chance.


#ee$ T"enty)%ne ) Study *uestions "ith 'ns"ers

201. What is the real secret o' "owerH 1he consciousness o' "ower, because whate%er we become conscious o', is in%ariably mani'ested in the ob2ecti%e world, is brou$ht 'orth into tan$ible e/"ression.

202. What is the source o' this "owerH 1he .ni%ersal :ind, 'rom which all thin$s "roceed, and which is one and indi%isible.

20P. How is this "ower bein$ mani'estedH 1hrou$h the indi%idual, each indi%idual is a channel whereby this ener$y is bein$ di''erentiated in 'orm.

20E. How may we connect with this 9mni"otenceH 9ur ability to thin( is our ability to act on this .ni%ersal !ner$y, and what we thin( is what is "roduced or created in the ob2ecti%e world.

20Q. What is the result o' this disco%eryH 1he result is nothin$ less than mar%elous, it o"ens un"recedented and limitless o""ortunity.

20-. How, then, may we eliminate im"er'ect conditionsH By becomin$ conscious o' our .nity with the source o' all "ower.

20*. What is one o' the distincti%e characteristics o' the :aster :indH He thin(s bi$ thou$hts, he holds ideas lar$e enou$h to counteract and destroy all "etty and annoyin$ obstacles.

20+. How do e/"eriences come to usH 1hrou$h the law o' attraction.

20,. How is this law brou$ht into o"erationH By our "redominant mental attitude.

210. What is the issue between the old re$ime and the newH # 0uestion o' con%iction as to the nature o' the .ni%erse. 1he old re$ime is tryin$ to clin$ to the 'atalistic doctrine o' 5i%ine election. 1he new re$ime reco$ni6es the di%inity o' the indi%idual, the democracy o' humanity.

#ee$ T"enty)T"o& S1iritual Seeds

(etter of Transmittal
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 fre%uently not to our li#ing.

The various forms of inflammation( paralysis( nervousness and diseased conditions generally( are the manifestation of fear( worry( care( an0iety( ,ealousy( hatred and similar thought.

The life processes are carried on by two distinct methods' first( the ta#ing up and ma#ing use of nutritive material necessary for constructing cells' second( brea#ing down and e0creting the waste material.

.ll life is based upon these constructive and destructive activities( and as food( water and air are the only re%uisites necessary for the construction of cells( it would seem that the problem of prolonging life indefinitely would not be a very difficult one.

1owever strange it may seem( it is the second or destructive activity that is( with rare e0ception( the cause of all disease. The waste material accumulates and saturates the tissues( which causes autointo0ication. 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( an0iety( ,ealousy( hatred( and every other destructive thought( which tend to tear down and destroy the nerves and glands which control the e0cretion and elimination of poisonous and waste matter.

76ourishing foods and strengthening tonics7 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 e0plained in the Part which I have the privilege of enclosing herewith.

#ee$ T"enty)T"o& S1iritual Seeds

1. ;nowled$e is o' "riceless %alue, because by a""lyin$ (nowled$e we can ma(e our 'uture what we wish it to be. When we reali6e that our "resent character, our "resent en%ironment, our "resent ability, our "resent "hysical condition are all the result o' "ast methods o' thin(in$, we shall be$in to ha%e some conce"tion o' the %alue o' (nowled$e.

2. 3' the state o' our health is not all that could be desired, let us e/amine our method o' thin(in$O let us remember that e%ery thou$ht "roduces an im"ression on the mindO e%ery im"ression is a seed which will sin( into the subconscious and 'orm a tendencyO the tendency will be to attract other similar thou$hts and be'ore we (now it we shall ha%e a cro" which must be har%ested.

P. 3' these thou$hts contain disease $erms, the har%est will be sic(ness, decay, wea(ness, and 'ailureO the 0uestion is, what are we thin(in$, what are we creatin$, what is the har%est to beH

E. 3' there is any "hysical condition which it is necessary to chan$e, the law $o%ernin$ %isuali6ation will be 'ound e''ecti%e. :a(e a mental ima$e o' "hysical "er'ection, hold it in the mind until it is absorbed by the consciousness. :any ha%e eliminated chronic ailments in a 'ew wee(s by this method, and thousands ha%e o%ercome and destroyed all manner o' ordinary "hysical disturbances by this method in a 'ew days, sometimes in a 'ew minutes.

Q. 3t is throu$h the law o' %ibration that the mind e/ercises this control o%er the body. We (now that e%ery mental action is a %ibration, and we (now that all 'orm is sim"ly a mode o' motion, a rate o' %ibration. 1here'ore, any $i%en %ibration immediately modi'ies e%ery atom in the body, e%ery li'e cell is a''ected and an entire chemical chan$e is made in e%ery $rou" o' li'e cells.

-. !%erythin$ in the .ni%erse is what it is by %irtue o' its rate o' %ibration. Chan$e the rate o' %ibration and you chan$e the nature, 0uality and 'orm. 1he %ast "anorama o' nature, both %isible and in%isible, is bein$ constantly chan$ed by sim"ly chan$in$ the rate o' %ibration, and as thou$ht is a %ibration we can also e/ercise this "ower. We can chan$e the %ibration and thus "roduce any condition which we desire to mani'est in our bodies.

*. We are all usin$ this "ower e%ery minute. 1he trouble is most o' us are usin$ it unconsciously and thus "roducin$ undesirable results. 1he "roblem is to use it intelli$ently and "roduce only desirable results. 1his should not be di''icult, because we all ha%e had su''icient e/"erience to (now what "roduces "leasant %ibration in the body, and we also (now the causes which "roduce the un"leasant and disa$reeable sensations.

+. #ll that is necessary is to consult our own e/"erience. When our thou$ht has been u"li'ted, "ro$ressi%e, constructi%e, coura$eous, noble, (ind or in any other way desirable, we ha%e set in motion %ibrations which brou$ht about certain results. When our thou$ht has been 'illed with en%y, hatred, 2ealousy, criticism or any o' the other thousand and one 'orms o' discord, certain %ibrations were set in motion which brou$ht about certain other results o' a di''erent nature, and each o' these rates o' %ibration, i' (e"t u", crystalli6ed in 'orm. 3n the 'irst case the result was mental, moral and "hysical health, and in the second case discord, inharmony and disease.

,. We can understand, then, somethin$ o' the "ower which the mind "ossesses o%er the body.

10. 1he ob2ecti%e mind has certain e''ects on the body which are readily reco$ni6ed. )omeone says somethin$ to you which stri(es you as ludicrous and you lau$h, "ossibly until your whole body sha(es, which shows that thou$ht has control o%er the muscles o' your bodyO or someone says somethin$ which e/cites your sym"athy and your eyes 'ill with tears, which shows that thou$ht controls the $lands o' your bodyO or someone says somethin$ which ma(es you an$ry and the blood mounts to your chee(, which shows that thou$ht controls the circulation o' your blood. But as these e/"eriences are all the results o' the action o' your ob2ecti%e mind o%er the body, the results are o' a tem"orary natureO they soon "ass away and lea%e the situation as it was be'ore.

11. et us see how the action o' the subconscious mind o%er the body di''ers. 8ou recei%e a woundO thousands o' cells bein$ the wor( o' healin$ at onceO in a 'ew days or a 'ew wee(s the wor( is com"lete. 8ou may e%en brea( a bone. =o sur$eon on earth can weld the "arts to$ether F3 am not re'errin$ to the insertion o' rods or other de%ices to stren$then or re"lace bones7. He may set the bone 'or you, and the sub2ecti%e mind will immediately be$in the "rocess o' weldin$ the "arts to$ether, and in a short time the bone is as solid as it e%er was. 8ou may swallow "oisonO the sub2ecti%e mind will immediately disco%er the dan$er and ma(e %iolent e''orts to eliminate it. 8ou may become in'ected with a dan$erous $ermO the sub2ecti%e will at once commence to build a wall around the in'ected area and destroy the in'ection by absorbin$ it in the white blood cor"uscles which it su""lies 'or the "ur"ose.

12. 1hese "rocesses o' the subconscious mind usually "roceed without our "ersonal (nowled$e or direction, and so lon$ as we do not inter'ere the result is "er'ect, but, as these millions o' re"air cells are all intelli$ent and res"ond to our thou$ht, they are o'ten "araly6ed and rendered im"otent by our thou$hts o' 'ear, doubt, and an/iety. 1hey are li(e an army o' wor(men, ready to start an im"ortant "iece o' wor(, but e%ery time they $et started on the underta(in$ a stri(e is called, or "lans chan$ed, until they 'inally $et discoura$ed and $i%e u".

1P. 1he way to health is 'ounded on the law o' %ibration, which is the basis o' all science, and this law is brou$ht into o"eration by the mind, the Lworld within.L 3t is a matter o' indi%idual e''ort and "ractice. 9ur world o' "ower is withinO i' we are wise we shall not waste time and e''ort in tryin$ to deal with e''ects as we 'ind them in the Lworld without,L which is only an e/ternal, a re'lection.

1E. We shall always 'ind the cause in the Lworld withinLO by chan$in$ the cause, we chan$e the e''ect.

1Q. !%ery cell in your body is intelli$ent and will res"ond to your direction. 1he cells are all creators and will create the e/act "attern which you $i%e them.

1-. 1here'ore, when "er'ect ima$es are "laced be'ore the sub2ecti%e, the creati%e ener$ies will build a "er'ect body.

1*. Brain cells are constructed in the same way. 1he 0uality o' the brain is $o%erned by the state o' mind, or mental attitude, so that i' undesirable mental attitudes are con%eyed to the sub2ecti%e they will in turn be trans'erred to the bodyO we can there'ore readily see that i' we wish the body to mani'est health, stren$th and %itality this must be the "redominant thou$ht.

1+. We (now then that e%ery element o' the human body is the result o' a rate o' %ibration.

1,. We (now that mental action is a rate o' %ibration.

20. We (now that a hi$her rate o' %ibration $o%erns, modi'ies, controls, chan$es, or destroys a lower rate o' %ibration.

21. We (now that the rate o' %ibration is $o%erned by the character o' brain cells, and 'inally,

22. We (now how to create these brain cellsO there'ore,

2P. We (now how to ma(e any "hysical chan$e in the body we desire, and ha%in$ secured a wor(in$ (nowled$e o' the "ower o' mind to this e/tent, we ha%e come to (now that there is "ractically no limitation which can be "laced u"on our ability to "lace oursel%es in harmony with natural law, which is omni"otent.

2E. 1his in'luence or control o%er the body by mind is comin$ to be more and more $enerally understood, and many "hysicians are now $i%in$ the matter their earnest attention. 5r. #lbert 1. )ho'ield, who has written se%eral im"ortant boo(s on the sub2ect, say, L1he sub2ect o' mental thera"eutics is still i$nored in medical wor(s $enerally. 3n our "hysiolo$ies no re'erences is made to the central controllin$ "ower that rules the body 'or its $ood, and the "ower o' the mind o%er the body is seldom s"o(en o'L.

2Q. =o doubt many "hysicians treat ner%ous diseases o' 'unctional ori$in wisely and well, but what we contend is that the (nowled$e they dis"lay was tau$ht at no school, was learned 'rom no boo(, but it is intuiti%e and em"irical.

2-. 1his is not as it should be. 1he "ower o' mental thera"eutics should be the sub2ect o' care'ul, s"ecial and scienti'ic teachin$ in e%ery medical school. We mi$ht "ursue the sub2ect o' maltreatment, or want o' treatment, 'urther in detail and describe the disastrous results o' ne$lected casesO but the tas( is an in%idious one.

2*. 1here can be no doubt that 'ew "atients are aware how much they can do 'or themsel%es. What the "atient can do 'or himsel', the 'orces he can set in motion are as yet un(nown. We are inclined to belie%e that they are 'ar $reater than most ima$ine, and will undoubtedly be used more and more. :ental thera"eutics may be directed by the "atient himsel' to calmin$ the mind in e/citement, by arousin$ 'eelin$s o' 2oy, ho"e, 'aith, and lo%eO by su$$estin$ moti%es 'or e/ertion, by re$ular mental wor(, by di%ertin$ the thou$hts 'rom the malady.

2+. 4or your e/ercise this wee( concentrate on 1ennysonGs beauti'ul lines L)"ea( to Him, thou, 'or He hears, and s"irit with s"irit can meet, Closer is He than breathin$, and nearer than hands and 'eet.L 1hen try to reali6e that when you do L)"ea( to HimL you are in touch with 9mni"otence.

2,. 1his reali6ation and reco$nition o' this 9mni"resent "ower will 0uic(ly destroy any and e%ery 'orm o' sic(ness or su''erin$ and substitute harmony and "er'ection. 1hen remember there are those who seem to thin( that sic(ness and su''erin$ are sent by >odO i' so, e%ery "hysician, e%ery sur$eon and e%ery &ed Cross nurse is de'yin$ the will o' >od and hos"itals and sanitariums are "laces o' rebellion instead o' houses o' mercy. 9' course, this 0uic(ly reasons itsel' into an absurdity, but there are manyO who still cherish the idea.

P0. 1hen let the thou$ht rest on the 'act that until recently theolo$y has been tryin$ to teach an im"ossible Creator, one who created bein$s ca"able o' sinnin$ and then allowed them to be eternally "unished 'or such sins. 9' course the necessary outcome o' such e/traordinary i$norance was to create 'ear instead o' lo%e, and so, a'ter two thousand years o' this (ind o' "ro"a$anda, 1heolo$y is now busily en$a$ed in a"olo$i6in$ 'or Christendom.

P1. 8ou will then more readily a""reciate the ideal man, the man made in the ima$e and li(eness o' >od, and you will more readily a""reciate the all ori$inatin$ :ind that 'orms, u"holds, sustains, ori$inates, and creates all there is.

.ll are but parts of one stupendous whole( Whose body nature is( and !od the soul.

Opportunity follows perception( action follows inspiration( growth follows #nowledge( eminence flows progress. .lways the spiritual first( then the transformation into the infinite and illimitable possibilities of achievement.

#ee$ T"enty)T"o ) Study *uestions "ith 'ns"ers

211. How may sic(ness be eliminatedH By "lacin$ oursel%es in harmony with =atural aw which is 9mni"otent.

212. What is the "rocessH # reali6ation that man is a s"iritual bein$ and that this s"irit must necessarily be "er'ect.

21P. What is the resultH # conscious reco$nition o' this "er'ection - 'irst intellectually, then emotionally - brin$s about a mani'estation o' this "er'ection.

21E. Why is this soH Because thou$ht is s"iritual and there'ore creati%e and correlates with its ob2ect and brin$s it into mani'estation.

21Q. What =atural aw is brou$ht into o"erationH 1he aw o' ?ibration.

21-. Why does this $o%ernH Because a hi$her rate o' %ibration $o%erns, modi'ies, controls, chan$es, or destroys a lower rate o' %ibration.

21*. 3s this system o' mental thera"eutics $enerally reco$ni6edH 8es, there are literally millions o' "eo"le in this country who ma(e use o' it in one 'orm or another Fand ob%iously many more world- wide7.

21+. What is the result o' this system o' thou$htH 4or the 'irst time in the worldGs history e%ery manGs hi$hest reasonin$ 'aculty can be satis'ied by a demonstrable truth which is now 'ast 'loodin$ the world.

21,. 3s this system a""licable to other 'orms o' su""lyH 3t will meet e%ery human re0uirement or necessity.

220. 3s this system scienti'ic or reli$iousH Both. 1rue science and true reli$ion are twin sisters, where one $oes, the other necessarily 'ollows.

#ee$ T"enty)Three& The (a" of Success Is

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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 e0istence' 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 to give.

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.

-reative thought re%uires attention( and the power of attention is( as we have found( the weapon of the Super/man. .ttention develops concentration( and concentration develops Spiritual Power( and Spiritual Power is the mightiest force in e0istence.

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 ac%uired in si0 days( nor in si0 wee#s( nor in si0 months. It is the labor of life. 6ot to go forward is to go bac#ward.

It is inevitable that the entertainment of positive( constructive and unselfish thoughts should have a far/reaching effect for good. -ompensation is the #eynote of the universe. 6ature is constantly see#ing to stri#e an e%uilibrium. Where something is sent out something must be received' else there should be a vacuum formed.

&y observance of this rule you cannot fail to profit in such measure as to amply ,ustify your effort along this line.

#ee$ T"enty)Three& The (a" of Success Is

1. 1he money consciousness is an attitude o' mindO it is the o"en door to the arteries o' commerce. 3t is the rece"ti%e attitude. 5esire is the attracti%e 'orce which sets the current in motion and 'ear is the $reat obstacle by which the current is sto""ed or com"letely re%ersed, turned away 'rom us.

2. 4ear is 2ust the o""osite 'rom money consciousnessO it is "o%erty consciousness, and as the law is unchan$eable we $et e/actly what we $i%eO i' we 'ear we $et what we 'eared. :oney wea%es itsel' into the entire 'abric o' our %ery e/istenceO it en$a$es the best thou$ht o' the best minds.

P. We ma(e money by ma(in$ 'riends, and we enlar$e our circle o' 'riends by ma(in$ money 'or them, by hel"in$ them, by bein$ o' ser%ice to them. 1he 'irst law o' success then is ser%ice, and this in turn is built on inte$rity and 2ustice. 1he man who at least is not 'air in his intention is sim"ly i$norantO he has missed the 'undamental law o' all e/chan$eO he is im"ossibleO he will lose surely and certainlyO he may not (now itO he may thin( he is winnin$, but he is doomed to certain de'eat. He cannot cheat the 3n'inite. 1he law o' com"ensation will demand o' him an eye 'or an eye and a tooth 'or a tooth.

E. 1he 'orces o' li'e are %olatileO they are com"osed o' our thou$hts and ideals and these in turn are molded into 'ormO our "roblem is to (ee" an o"en mind, to constantly reach out 'or the new, to reco$ni6e o""ortunity, to be interested in the race rather than the $oal, 'or the "leasure is in the "ursuit rather than the "ossession.

Q. 8ou can ma(e a money ma$net o' yoursel', but to do so you must 'irst consider how you can ma(e money 'or other "eo"le. 3' you ha%e the necessary insi$ht to "ercei%e and utili6e o""ortunities and 'a%orable conditions and reco$ni6e %alues, you can "ut yoursel' in "osition to ta(e ad%anta$e o' them, but your $reatest success will come as you are enabled to assist others. What bene'its one must bene'it all.

-. # $enerous thou$ht is 'illed with stren$th and %itality, a sel'ish thou$ht contains the $erms o' dissolutionO it will disinte$rate and "ass away. >reat 'inanciers are sim"ly channels 'or the distribution o' wealthO enormous amounts come and $o, but it would be as dan$erous to sto" the out$o as the incomeO both ends must remain o"enO and so our $reatest success will come as we reco$ni6e that it is 2ust as essential to $i%e as to $et.

*. 3' we reco$ni6e the 9mni"otent "ower that is the source o' all su""ly we will ad2ust our consciousness to this su""ly in such a way that it will constantly attract all that is necessary to itsel' and we shall 'ind that the more we $i%e the more we $et. >i%in$ in this sense im"lies ser%ice. 1he ban(er $i%es his money, the merchant $i%es his $oods, the author $i%es his thou$ht, the wor(man $i%es his s(illO all ha%e somethin$ to $i%e, but the more they can $i%e, the more they $et, and the more they $et the more they are enabled to $i%e.

+. 1he 'inancier $ets much because he $i%es muchO he thin(sO he is seldom a man that lets anyone else do his thin(in$ 'or himO he wants to (now how results are to be securedO you must show himO when you can do this he will 'urnish the means by which hundreds or thousands may "ro'it, and in "ro"ortion as they are success'ul will he be success'ul. :or$an, &oc(e'eller, Carne$ie and others did not $et rich because they lost money 'or other "eo"leO on the contrary, it is because they made money 'or other "eo"le that they became the wealthiest men in the wealthiest country on the $lobe.

,. 1he a%era$e "erson is entirely innocent o' any dee" thin(in$O he acce"ts the ideas o' others, and re"eats them, in %ery much the same way as a "arrotO this is readily seen when we understand the method which is used to 'orm "ublic o"inion, and this docile attitude on the "art o' a lar$e ma2ority who seem "er'ectly willin$ to let a 'ew "ersons do all their thin(in$ 'or them is what enables a 'ew men in a $reat many countries to usur" all the a%enues o' "ower and hold the millions in sub2ection. Creati%e thin(in$ re0uires attention.

10. 1he "ower o' attention is called concentrationO this "ower is directed by the willO 'or this reason we must re'use to concentrate or thin( o' anythin$ e/ce"t the thin$s we desire. :any are constantly concentratin$ u"on sorrow, loss and discord o' e%ery (indO as thou$ht is creati%e it necessarily 'ollows that this concentration ine%itable leads to more loss, more sorrow and more discord. How could it be otherwiseH 9n the other hand, when we meet with success, $ain, or any other desirable condition, we naturally concentrate u"on the e''ects o' these thin$s and thereby create more, and so it 'ollows that much leads to more.

11. How an understandin$ o' this "rinci"le can be utili6ed in the business world is well told by an associate o' mine:

12. L)"irit, whate%er else it may or may not be, must be considered as the !ssence o' Consciousness, the )ubstance o' :ind, the reality underlyin$ 1hou$ht. #nd as all ideas are "hases o' the acti%ity o' Consciousness, :ind or 1hou$ht, it 'ollows that in )"irit, and in it alone, is to be 'ound the .ltimate 4act, the &eal 1hin$, or 3dea.L

1P. 1his bein$ admitted, does it not seem reasonable to hold that a true understandin$ o' )"irit, and its laws o' mani'estation, would be about the most L"racticalL thin$ that a L"racticalL "erson can ho"e to 'indH 5oes it not seem certain that i' the L"racticalL men o' the world could but reali6e this 'act, they would L'all all o%er themsel%esL in $ettin$ to the "lace in which they mi$ht obtain such (nowled$e o' s"iritual thin$s and lawsH 1hese men are not 'oolsO they need only to $ras" this 'undamental 'act in order to mo%e in the direction o' that which is the essence o' all achie%ement.

1E. et me $i%e you a concrete e/am"le. 3 (now a man in Chica$o whom 3 had always considered to be 0uite materialistic. He had made se%eral successes in li'eO and also se%eral 'ailures. 1he last time 3 had a tal( with him he was "ractically Ldown and out,L as com"ared with his 'ormer business condition. 3t loo(ed as i' he had indeed reached Lthe end o' his ro"e,L 'or he was well ad%anced into the sta$e o' middle-a$e, and new ideas came more slowly, and less 're0uently to him than in 'ormer years.

1Q. He said to me, in substance: L3 (now that all thin$s that Lwor( outL in business are the result o' 1hou$htO any 'ool (nows that. Iust now, 3 seem to be short on thou$hts and $ood ideas. But, i' this L#ll-:indL teachin$ is correct, it should be "ossible 'or the indi%idual to attain a Rdirect connection@ with 3n'inite :indO and in 3n'inite :ind there must be the "ossibility o' all (inds o' $ood ideas which a man o' my coura$e and e/"erience could "ut to "ractical use in the business world, and ma(e a bi$ success thereo'. 3t loo(s $ood to meO and 3 am $oin$ to loo( into it.L

1-. 1his was se%eral years a$o. 1he other day 3 heard o' this man a$ain. 1al(in$ to a 'riend, 3 said: LWhat has come o' our old 'riend UH Has he e%er $otten on his 'eet a$ainHL 1he 'riend loo(ed at me in ama6ement. LWhy,L said he, LdonGt you (now about UGs $reat successH He is the Bi$ :an in the G Com"anyG Fnamin$ a concern which has mad a "henomenal success durin$ the last ei$hteen months and is now well (nown, by reason o' its ad%ertisements, 'rom one end o' the country to another, and also abroad7. He is the man who su""lied the B3> 35!# 'or that concern. Why, he is about a hal'-million to the $ood and is mo%in$ ra"idly toward the million mar(O all in the s"ace o' ei$hteen months.L 3 had not connected this man with the enter"rise mentionedO althou$h 3 (new o' the wonder'ul success o' the com"any in 0uestion. 3n%esti$ation has shown that the story is true, and that the abo%e stated 'acts are not e/a$$erated in the sli$htest.

1*. =ow, what do you thin( o' thatH 1o me, it means that this man actually made the Ldirect connectionL with 3n'inite :ind -- )"irit -- and, ha%in$ 'ound it, he set it to wor( 'or him. He Lused it in his business.L

1+. 5oes this sound sacrile$ious or blas"hemousH 3 ho"e notO 3 do not mean it to be so. 1a(e away the im"lication o' Personality, or :a$ni'ied Human =ature, 'rom the conce"tion o' the L1he 3n'inite,L and you ha%e le't the conce"tion o' an 3n'inite Presence- Power, the Vuintessence o' which is Consciousness -- in 'act, at the last, )"irit. #s this man, also, at the last, must be considered as a mani'estation o' )"iritO there is nothin$ sacrile$ious in the idea that he, bein$ )"irit, should so harmoni6e himsel' with his 9ri$in and )ource that he would be able to mani'est at

least a minor de$ree o' its Power. #ll o' us do this, more or less, when we use our minds in the direction o' Creati%e 1hou$ht. 1his man did more, he went about it in an intensely L"racticalL manner.

1,. 3 ha%e not consulted him about his method o' "rocedure, thou$h 3 intend doin$ so at the 'irst o""ortunity, but, he not only drew u"on the 3n'inite )u""ly 'or the ideas which he needed Fand which 'ormed the seed o' his success7, but that he also used the Creati%e Power o' 1hou$ht in buildin$ u" 'or himsel' an 3dealistic Pattern o' that which he ho"ed to mani'est in material 'orm, addin$ thereto, chan$in$, im"ro%in$ its detail, 'rom time to time -- "roceedin$ 'rom the $eneral outline to the 'inished detail. 3 2ud$e this to be the 'acts o' the case, not alone 'rom my recollection o' the con%ersation a 'ew years a$o, but also because 3 ha%e 'ound the same thin$ to be true in the cases o' other "rominent men who ha%e made similar mani'estation o' Creati%e 1hou$ht.

20. 1hose who may shrin( 'rom this idea o' em"loyin$ the 3n'inite Power to aid one in his wor( in the material world, should remember that i' the 3n'inite ob2ected in the least to such a "rocedure the thin$ could ne%er ha""en. 1he 3n'inite is 0uite able to ta(e care o' itsel'.

21. L)"iritualityL is 0uite L"ractical,L %ery L"ractical,L intensely L"ractical.L 3t teaches that )"irit is the &eal 1hin$, the Whole 1hin$, and that :atter is but "lastic stu'', which )"irit is able to create, mould, mani"ulate, and 'ashion to its will. )"irituality is the most L"racticalL thin$ in the world -- the only really and absolutely L"racticalL thin$ that there isA

22. 1his wee( concentrate on the 'act that man is not a body with a s"irit, but a s"irit with a body, and that it is 'or this reason that his desires are inca"able o' any "ermanent satis'action in anythin$ not s"iritual. :oney is there'ore o' no %alue e/ce"t to brin$ about the conditions which we desire, and these conditions are necessarily harmonious. Harmonious conditions necessitate su''icient su""ly, so that i' there a""ears to be any lac(, we should reali6e that the idea or soul o' money is ser%ice, and as this thou$ht ta(es 'orm, channels o' su""ly will be o"ened, and you will ha%e the satis'action o' (nowin$ that s"iritual methods are entirely "ractical.

We have discovered that premeditated( orderly thin#ing for a purpose matures that purpose into fi0ed form( so that we may be absolutely sure of the result of our dynamic e0periment.

5rancis "arimer Warner

#ee$ T"enty)Three ) Study *uestions "ith 'ns"ers

221. What is the 'irst law o' successH )er%ice.

222. How may we be o' the most ser%iceH Ha%e an o"en mindO be interested in the race rather than the $oal, in the "ursuit rather than "ossession.

22P. What is the result o' a sel'ish thou$htH 3t contains the $erms o' dissolution.

22E. How will our $reatest success be achie%edH By a reco$nition o' the 'act that it is 2ust as essential to $i%e as to recei%e.

22Q. Why do 'inanciers 're0uently meet with $reat successH Because they do their own thin(in$.

22-. Why do the $reat ma2ority in e%ery country remain the docile and a""arently willin$ tools o' the 'ewH Because they let the 'ew do all their thin(in$ 'or them.

22*. What is the e''ect o' concentratin$ u"on sorrow and lossH :ore sorrow and more loss.

22+. What is the e''ect o' concentratin$ u"on $ainH :ore $ain.

22,. 3s this "rinci"le used in the business worldH 3t is the only "rinci"le which is e%er used, or e%er can be usedO there is no other "rinci"le. 1he 'act that it may be used unconsciously does not alter the situation.

2P0. What is the "ractical a""lication o' this "rinci"leH 1he 'act that success is an e''ect, not a cause, and i' we wish to secure the e''ect we must ascertain the cause, or idea or thou$ht by which the e''ect is created.

6urture your mind with great thoughts' to believe in the heroic ma#es heroes.


#ee$ T"enty)Four& 'lchemy

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2nclosed you will find Part Twenty/four( your final lesson of this course.

If you have practiced each of the e0ercises a few minutes every day( as suggested( you will have found that you can get out of life e0actly what you wish by first putting into life that which you wish( and you will probably agree with the student who said: 7The thought is almost overwhelming( so vast( so available( so definite( so reasonable and so usable.7

The fruit of this #nowledge is( as it were( a gift of the !ods' it is the 7truth7 that ma#es men free( not only free from every lac# and limitation( but free from sorrow( worry and care( and( is it not wonderful to reali*e that this law is no respecter of persons( that it ma#es 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 #nown 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 2merson may be your teacher( but in either case( you may reach degrees of power to which it is impossible to assign any limit.

.n understanding of this principle( I believe( is the secret for which the ancient .lchemists vainly sought( because it e0plains how gold in the mind may be transmuted into gold in the heart and in the hand.

#ee$ T"enty)Four& 'lchemy

1. When the scientists 'irst "ut the )un in the center o' the )olar )ystem and sent the earth s"innin$ around it, there was immense sur"rise and consternation. 1he whole idea was sel'-e%idently 'alseO nothin$ was more certain than the mo%ement o' the )un across the s(y, and anyone could see it descend behind the western hills and sin( into the seaO scholars ra$ed and scientists re2ected the idea as absurd, yet the e%idence has 'inally carried con%iction in the minds o' all.

2. We s"ea( o' a bell as a Lsoundin$ body,L yet we (now that all the bell can do is to "roduce %ibrations in the air. When these %ibrations come at the rate o' si/teen "er second, they cause a sound to be heard in the mind. 3t is also "ossible 'or the mind to hear %ibrations u" to the rate o' P+,000 %ibrations "er second. When the number increases beyond this, all is silence a$ainO so that we (now that the sound is not in the bell, it is in our own mind.

P. We s"ea( and e%en thin( o' the )un as L$i%in$ li$ht.L 8et we (now it is sim"ly $i%in$ 'orth ener$y which "roduces %ibrations in the ether at the rate o' 'our hundred trillion a second, causin$ what are termed li$ht wa%es, so that we (now that we call li$ht is sim"ly a 'orm o' ener$y and that the only li$ht there is, is the sensation caused in the mind by the motion o' the wa%es. When the number increases, the li$ht chan$es in color, each chan$e in color bein$ caused by shorter and more ra"id %ibrationsO so that althou$h we s"ea( o' the rose as bein$ red, the $rass as bein$ $reen, or the s(y as bein$ blue, we (now that the colors e/ist only in our minds, and are the sensations e/"erienced by us as the result o' the %ibrations o' li$ht wa%es. When the %ibrations are reduced below 'our hundred trillion a second, they no lon$er a''ect us as li$ht, but we e/"erience the sensation o' heat. 3t is e%ident, there'ore, that we cannot de"end u"on the e%idence o' the senses 'or our in'ormation concernin$ the realities o' thin$sO i' we did we should belie%e that the sun mo%ed, that the world was 'lat instead o' round, that the stars were bits o' li$ht instead o' %ast suns.

E. 1he whole ran$e then o' the theory and "ractice o' any system o' meta"hysics consists in (nowin$ the 1ruth concernin$ yoursel' and the world in which you li%eO in (nowin$ that in order to e/"ress harmony, you must thin( harmonyO in order to e/"ress health you must thin( healthO and in order to e/"ress abundance you must thin( abundanceO to do this you must re%erse the e%idence o' the senses.

Q. When you come to (now that e%ery 'orm o' disease, sic(ness, lac( and limitation are sim"ly the result o' wron$ thin(in$, you will ha%e come to (now Lthe 1ruth which shall ma(e you 'ree.L 8ou will see how mountains may be remo%ed. 3' these mountains consist only o' doubt, 'ear, distrust or other 'orms o' discoura$ement, they are none the less real, and they need not only to be remo%ed but to be Lcast into the sea.L

-. 8our real wor( consists in con%incin$ yoursel' o' the truth o' these statements. When you ha%e succeeded in doin$ this you will ha%e no di''iculty in thin(in$ the truth, and as has been shown, the truth contains a %ital "rinci"le and will mani'est itsel'.

*. 1hose who heal diseases by mental methods ha%e come to (now this truth, they demonstrate it in their li%es and the li%es o' others daily. 1hey (now that li'e, health and abundance are 9mni"resent, 'illin$ all s"ace, and they (now that those who allow disease or lac( o' any (ind to mani'est, ha%e as yet not come into an understandin$ o' this $reat law.

+. #s all conditions are thou$ht creations and there'ore entirely mental, disease and lac( are sim"ly mental conditions in which the "erson 'ails to "ercei%e the truthO as soon as the error is remo%ed, the condition is remo%ed.

,. 1he method 'or remo%in$ this error is to $o into the )ilence and (now the 1ruthO as all mind is one mind, you can do this 'or yoursel' or anyone else. 3' you ha%e learned to 'orm mental ima$es o' the conditions desired, this will be the easiest and 0uic(est way to secure resultsO i' not, results can be accom"lished by ar$ument, by the "rocess o' con%incin$ yoursel' absolutely o' the truth o' your statement.

10. &emember, and this is one o' the most di''icult as well as most wonder'ul statements to $ras".... remember that no matter what the di''iculty is, no matter where it is, no matter who is a''ected, you ha%e no "atient but yoursel'O you ha%e nothin$ to do but to con%ince yoursel' o' the truth which you desire to see mani'ested.

11. 1his is an e/act scienti'ic statement in accordance with e%ery system o' :eta"hysics in e/istence, and no "ermanent results are e%er secured in any other way.

12. !%ery 'orm o' concentration, 'ormin$ :ental 3ma$es, #r$ument, and #utosu$$estion are all sim"ly methods by which you are enabled to reali6e the 1ruth.

1P. 3' you desire to hel" someone, to destroy some 'orm o' lac(, limitation or error, the correct method is not to thin( o' the "erson whom you wish to hel"O the intention to hel" them is entirely su''icient, as this "uts you in mental touch with the "erson. 1hen dri%e out o' your own mind any belie' o' lac(, limitation, disease, dan$er, di''iculty or whate%er the trouble mi$ht be. #s soon as you ha%e succeeded is doin$ this the result will ha%e been accom"lished, and the "erson will be 'ree.

1E. But remember that thou$ht is creati%e and conse0uently e%ery time you allow your thou$ht to rest on any inharmonious condition, you must reali6e that such conditions are a""arent only, they ha%e no reality, that s"irit is the only reality and it can ne%er be less than "er'ect.

1Q. #ll thou$ht is a 'orm o' ener$y, a rate o' %ibration, but a thou$ht o' the 1ruth is the hi$hest rate o' %ibration (nown and conse0uently destroys e%ery 'orm o' error in e/actly the same way that li$ht destroys dar(nessO no 'orm o' error can e/ist when the L1ruthL a""ears, so that your entire mental wor( consists in comin$ into an understandin$ o' the 1ruth. 1his will enable you to o%ercome e%ery 'orm o' lac(, limitation or disease o' any (ind.

1-. We can $et no understandin$ o' the truth 'rom the world withoutO the world without is relati%e onlyO 1ruth is absolute. We must there'ore 'ind it in the Lworld within.L

1*. 1o train the mind to see 1ruth only is to e/"ress true conditions only, our ability to do this will be an indication as to the "ro$ress we are ma(in$.

1+. 1he absolute truth is that the L3L is "er'ect and com"leteO the real L3L is s"iritual and can there'ore ne%er be less than "er'ectO it can ne%er ha%e any lac(, limitation, or disease. 1he 'lash o' $enius does not ha%e ori$in in the molecular motion o' the brainO it is ins"ired by the e$o, the s"iritual L3L which is one with the .ni%ersal :ind, and it is our ability to reco$ni6e this .nity which is the cause o' all ins"iration, all $enius. 1hese results are 'ar reachin$ and ha%e e''ect u"on $enerations yet to comeO they are the "illars o' 'ire which mar( the "ath that millions 'ollow.

1,. 1ruth is not the result o' lo$ical trainin$ or o' e/"erimentation, or e%en o' obser%ationO it is the "roduct o' a de%elo"ed consciousness. 1ruth within a Caesar, mani'ests in a CaesarGs de"ortment, in his li'e and his actionO his in'luence u"on social 'orms and "ro$ress. 8our li'e and your actions and your in'luence in the world will de"end u"on the de$ree o' truth which you are enabled to "ercei%e, 'or truth will not mani'est in creeds, but in conduct.

20. 1ruth mani'ests in character, and the character o' a man, should be the inter"retation o' his reli$ion, or what to him is truth, and this will in turn be e%idenced in the character o' his "ossession. 3' a man com"lains o' the dri't o' his 'ortune he is 2ust as un2ust to himsel' as i' he should deny rational truth, thou$h it stand "atent and irre'utable.

21. 9ur en%ironment and the innumerable circumstances and accidents o' our li%es already e/ist in the subconscious "ersonality which attracts to itsel' the mental and "hysical material which is con$enial to its nature. 1hus our 'uture bein$ determined 'rom our "resent, and i' there should be a""arent in2ustice in any 'eature or "hase o' our "ersonal li'e, we must loo( within 'or the cause, try to disco%er the mental 'act which is res"onsible 'or the outward mani'estation.

22. 3t is this truth which ma(es you L'reeL and it is the conscious (nowled$e o' this truth which will enable you to o%ercome e%ery di''iculty.

2P. 1he conditions with which you meet in the world without are in%ariably the result o' the conditions obtainin$ in the world within, there'ore it 'ollows with scienti'ic accuracy that by holdin$ the "er'ect ideal in mind you can brin$ about ideal conditions in your en%ironment.

2E. 3' you see only the incom"lete, the im"er'ect, the relati%e, the limited, these conditions will mani'est in your li'eO but i' you train your mind to see and reali6e the s"iritual e$o, the L3L which is 'ore%er "er'ect and com"lete, harmoniousO wholesome, and health'ul conditions only will be mani'ested.

2Q. #s thou$ht is creati%e, and the truth is the hi$hest and most "er'ect thou$ht which anyone can thin(, it is sel'e%ident that to thin( the truth is to create that which is true and it is a$ain e%ident that when truth comes into bein$ that which is 'alse must cease to be.

2-. 1he .ni%ersal :ind is the totality o' all mind which is in e/istence. )"irit is :ind, because s"irit is intelli$ent. 1he words are, there'ore, synonymous.

2*. 1he di''iculty with which you ha%e to contend is to reali6e that mind is not indi%idual. 3t is omni"resent. 3t e/ists e%erywhere. 3n other words, there is no "lace where it is not. 3t is, there'ore, .ni%ersal.

2+. :en ha%e, hereto'ore, $enerally used the word L>odL to indicate this .ni%ersal, creati%e "rinci"leO but the word L>odL does not con%ey the ri$ht meanin$. :ost "eo"le understand this word to mean somethin$ outside o' themsel%esO while e/actly the contrary is the 'act. 3t is our %ery li'e. Without it we would be dead. We would cease to e/ist. 1he minute the s"irit lea%es the body, we are as nothin$. 1here'ore, s"irit is really, all there is o' us.

2,. =ow, the only acti%ity which the s"irit "ossesses is the "ower to thin(. 1here'ore, thou$ht must be creati%e, because s"irit is creati%e. 1his creati%e "ower is im"ersonal and your ability to thin( is your ability to control it and ma(e use o' it 'or the bene'it o' yoursel' and others.

P0. When the truth o' this statement is reali6ed, understood, and a""reciated, you will ha%e come into "ossession o' the :aster- ;ey, but remember that only those who are wise enou$h to understand, broad enou$h to wei$h the e%idence, 'irm enou$h to 'ollow their own 2ud$ment, and stron$ enou$h to ma(e the sacri'ice e/acted, may enter and "arta(e.

P1. 1his wee(, try to reali6e that this is truly a wonder'ul world in which we li%e, that you are a wonder'ul bein$ that many are awa(enin$ to a (nowled$e o' the 1ruth, and as 'ast as they awa(e and come into a (nowled$e o' the Lthin$s which ha%e been "re"ared 'or themL they, too, reali6e that L!ye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart o' man,L the s"lendors which e/ist 'or those who 'ind themsel%es in the Promised and. 1hey ha%e crossed the ri%er o' 2ud$ment and ha%e arri%ed at the "oint o' discrimination between the true and the 'alse, and ha%e 'ound that all they e%er willed or dreamed, was but a 'aint conce"t o' the da66lin$ reality.

Though an inheritance of acres may be be%ueathed( an inheritance of #nowledge and wisdom cannot. The wealthy man may pay others for doing his wor# for him( but it is impossible to get his thin#ing done for him by another or to purchase any #ind of self/ culture.

S. Smiles

#ee$ T"enty)Four ) Study *uestions "ith 'ns"ers

2P1. ."on what "rinci"le does the theory and "ractice o' e%ery system o' :eta"hysics in e/istence de"endH ."on a (nowled$e o' the L1ruthL concernin$ yoursel' and the world in which you li'e.

2P2. What is the L1ruthL concernin$ yoursel'H 1he real L3L or e$o is s"iritual and can there'ore ne%er be less than "er'ect.

2PP. What is the method o' destroyin$ any 'orm o' errorH 1o absolutely con%ince yoursel' o' the L1ruthL concernin$ the condition which you wish to see mani'ested.

2PE. Can we do this 'or othersH 1he .ni%ersal :ind in which Lwe li%e and mo%e and ha%e our bein$L is one and indi%isible, it is there'ore 2ust as "ossible to hel" others as to hel" oursel%es.

2PQ. What is the .ni%ersal :indH 1he totality o' all mind in e/istence.

2P-. Where is the .ni%ersal :indH 1he .ni%ersal :ind is omni"resent, it e/ists e%erywhere. 1here is no "lace where it is not. 3t is there'ore within us. 3t is L1he World within.L 3t is our s"irit, our li'e.

2P*. What is the nature o' the .ni%ersal :indH 3t is s"iritual and conse0uently creati%e. 3t see(s to e/"ress itsel' in 'orm.

2P+. How may we act on the .ni%ersal :indH 9ur ability to thin( is our ability to act on the .ni%ersal :ind and brin$ it into mani'estation 'or the bene'it o' oursel%es or others.

2P,. What is meant by thin(in$H Clear, decisi%e, calm, deliberate, sustained thou$ht with a de'inite end in %iew.

2E0. What will be the resultH 8ou will also be able to say, L3t is not 3 that doeth the wor(s, but the R4ather@ that dwelleth within me, He doeth the wor(s.L 8ou will come to (now that the L4atherL is the .ni%ersal :ind and that He does really and truly dwell within you, in other words, you will come to (now that the wonder'ul "romises made in the Bible are 'act, not 'iction, and can be demonstrated by anyone ha%in$ su''icient understandin$.

Temples have their sacred images( and we see what influence they have always had over a great part of man#ind' but( in truth( the ideas and images in men;s minds are the invisible powers that constantly govern them' and to these they all pay universally a ready submission.

3onathan 2dwards

5isit #ealth)and)
WeG%e created a community o' li(e minded readers intent on $rowin$ and im"ro%in$. By shatterin$ con%entional thin(in$ we will hel" you $et to the ne/t le%el.

Iust $o to and weGll hel" you achie%e the success, wealth, and li'e balance you are loo(in$ 'or.