This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
The Law of Attraction in the Thought World
THE Universe is governed by Law - one great Law. Its manifestations are multiform but
viewed from t!e Ultimate t!ere is but one Law. "e are familiar wit! some of its
manifestations but are almost totally ignorant of #ertain ot!ers. $till we are learning a
little more every day - t!e veil is being gradually lifted.
"e s%ea& learnedly of t!e Law of 'ravitation but ignore t!at e(ually wonderful
manifestation THE L)" *+ )TT,)-TI*. I. THE TH*U'HT "*,L/. "e are
familiar wit! t!at wonderful manifestation of Law w!i#! draws and !olds toget!er t!e
atoms of w!i#! matter is #om%osed - we re#ogni0e t!e %ower of t!e law t!at attra#ts
bodies to t!e eart! t!at !olds t!e #ir#ling worlds in t!eir %la#es but we #lose our eyes
to the mighty law that draws to us the things we desire or fear, that makes or
mars our lives.
"!en we #ome to see t!at T!oug!t is a for#e - a manifestation of energy - !aving a
magnet-li&e %ower of attra#tion we will begin to understand t!e w!y and w!erefore of
many t!ings t!at !ave !eretofore seemed dar& to us. T!ere is no study t!at will so well
re%ay t!e student for !is time and trouble as t!e study of t!e wor&ings of t!is mig!ty law
of t!e world of T!oug!t - t!e Law of )ttra#tion.
"!en we t!in& we send out vibrations of a fine et!ereal substan#e w!i#! are as real as
t!e vibrations manifesting lig!t !eat ele#tri#ity magnetism. T!at t!ese vibrations are
not evident to our five senses is no %roof t!at t!ey do not e1ist. ) %owerful magnet will
send out vibrations and e1ert a for#e suffi#ient to attra#t to itself a %ie#e of steel
weig!ing a !undred %ounds but we #an neit!er see taste smell !ear nor feel t!e
mig!ty for#e. T!ese t!oug!t vibrations li&ewise #annot be seen tasted smelled !eard
nor felt in t!e ordinary way2 alt!oug! it is true t!ere are on re#ord #ases of %ersons
%e#uliarly sensitive to %sy#!i# im%ressions w!o !ave %er#eived %owerful t!oug!t-
waves and very many of us #an testify t!at we !ave distin#tly felt t!e t!oug!t vibrations
of ot!ers bot! w!ilst in t!e %resen#e of t!e sender and at a distan#e. Tele%at!y and its
&indred %!enomena are not idle dreams.
Lig!t and !eat are manifested by vibrations of a far lower intensity t!an t!ose of
T!oug!t but t!e differen#e is solely in t!e rate of vibration. T!e annals of s#ien#e t!row
an interesting lig!t u%on t!is (uestion. 3rof. Elis!a 'ray an eminent s#ientist says in
!is little boo& 4T!e 5ira#les of .ature46
4T!ere is mu#! food for s%e#ulation in t!e t!oug!t t!at t!ere e1ist sound-waves t!at no
!uman ear #an !ear and #olor-waves of lig!t t!at no eye #an see. T!e long dar&
soundless s%a#e between 70000 and 700000000000000 vibrations %er se#ond and
t!e infinity of range beyond 800000000000000 vibrations %er se#ond w!ere lig!t
#eases in t!e universe of motion ma&es it %ossible to indulge in s%e#ulation.4
5. 5. "illiams in !is wor& entitled 4$!ort -!a%ters in $#ien#e4 says6
4T!ere is no gradation between t!e most ra%id undulations or tremblings t!at %rodu#e
our sensation of sound and t!e slowest of t!ose w!i#! give rise to our sensations of
gentlest warmt!. T!ere is a !uge ga% between t!em wide enoug! to in#lude anot!er
world of motion all lying between our world of sound and our world of !eat and lig!t2
and t!ere is no good reason w!atever for su%%osing t!at matter is in#a%able of su#!
intermediate a#tivity or t!at su#! a#tivity may not give rise to intermediate sensations
%rovided t!ere are organs for ta&ing u% and sensifying t!eir movements.4
I #ite t!e above aut!orities merely to give you food for t!oug!t not to attem%t to
demonstrate to you t!e fa#t t!at t!oug!t vibrations e1ist. T!e last-named fa#t !as been
fully establis!ed to t!e satisfa#tion of numerous investigators of t!e sub9e#t and a little
refle#tion will s!ow you t!at it #oin#ides wit! your own e1%erien#es.
"e often !ear re%eated t!e well-&nown 5ental $#ien#e statement 4T!oug!ts are
T!ings4 and we say t!ese words over wit!out #ons#iously reali0ing 9ust w!at is t!e
meaning of t!e statement. If we fully #om%re!ended t!e trut! of t!e statement and t!e
natural #onse(uen#es of t!e trut! ba#& of it we s!ould understand many t!ings w!i#!
!ave a%%eared dar& to us and would be able to use t!e wonderful %ower T!oug!t
+or#e 9ust as we use any ot!er manifestation of Energy.
)s I !ave said w!en we t!in& we set into motion vibrations of a very !ig! degree but
just as real as the vibrations of light, heat, sound, electricity. )nd w!en we
understand t!e laws governing t!e %rodu#tion and transmission of t!ese vibrations we
will be able to use t!em in our daily life 9ust as we do t!e better &nown forms of energy.
T!at we #annot see !ear weig! or measure t!ese vibrations is no %roof t!at t!ey do
not e1ist. T!ere e1ist waves of sound w!i#! no !uman ear #an !ear alt!oug! some of
t!ese are undoubtedly registered by t!e ear of some of t!e inse#ts and ot!ers are
#aug!t by deli#ate s#ientifi# instruments invented by man2 yet t!ere is a great ga%
between t!e sounds registered by t!e most deli#ate instrument and t!e limit w!i#!
man:s mind reasoning by analogy &nows to be t!e boundary line between sound
waves and some ot!er forms of vibration. )nd t!ere are lig!t waves w!i#! t!e eye of
man does not register some of w!i#! may be dete#ted by more deli#ate instruments
and many more so fine t!at t!e instrument !as not yet been invented w!i#! will dete#t
t!em alt!oug! im%rovements are being made every year and t!e une1%lored field
)s new instruments are invented new vibrations are registered by t!em - and yet the
vibrations were just as real before the invention of the instrument as afterward.
$u%%osing t!at we !ad no instruments to register magnetism - one mig!t be 9ustified in
denying t!e e1isten#e of t!at mig!ty for#e be#ause it #ould not be tasted felt smelt
!eard seen weig!ted or measured. )nd yet t!e mig!ty magnet would still send out
waves of for#e suffi#ient to draw to it %ie#es of steel weig!ing !undreds of %ounds.
Ea#! form of vibration re(uires its own form of instrument for registration. )t %resent t!e
!uman brain seems to be t!e only instrument #a%able of registering t!oug!t waves
alt!oug! o##ultists say t!at in t!is #entury s#ientists will invent a%%aratus suffi#iently
deli#ate to #at#! and register su#! im%ressions. )nd from %resent indi#ations it loo&s as
if t!e invention named mig!t be e1%e#ted at any time. T!e demand e1ists and
undoubtedly will be soon su%%lied. ;ut to t!ose w!o !ave e1%erimented along t!e lines
of %ra#ti#al tele%at!y no furt!er %roof is re(uired t!an t!e results of t!eir own
"e are sending out t!oug!ts of greater or less intensity all t!e time and we are rea%ing
t!e results of su#! t!oug!ts. .ot only do our t!oug!t waves influen#e ourselves and
ot!ers but t!ey !ave a drawing %ower - t!ey attra#t to us t!e t!oug!ts of ot!ers t!ings
#ir#umstan#es %eo%le 4lu#&4 in a##ord wit! t!e #!ara#ter of t!e t!oug!t u%%ermost in
our minds. T!oug!ts of Love will attra#t to us t!e Love of ot!ers2 #ir#umstan#es and
surroundings in a##ord wit! t!e t!oug!t2 %eo%le w!o are of li&e t!oug!t. T!oug!ts of
)nger Hate Envy 5ali#e and =ealousy will draw to us t!e foul brood of &indred
t!oug!ts emanating from t!e minds of ot!ers2 #ir#umstan#es in w!i#! we will be #alled
u%on to manifest t!ese vile t!oug!ts and will re#eive t!em in turn from ot!ers2 %eo%le
w!o will manifest in!armony2 and so on. ) strong t!oug!t or a t!oug!t long #ontinued
will ma&e us t!e #enter of attra#tion for t!e #orres%onding t!oug!t waves of ot!ers. Li&e
attra#ts li&e in t!e T!oug!t "orld - as ye sow so s!all ye rea%. ;irds of a feat!er flo#&
toget!er in t!e T!oug!t "orld - #urses li&e #!i#&ens #ome !ome to roost and bringing
t!eir friends wit! t!em.
T!e man or woman w!o is filled wit! Love sees Love on all sides and attra#ts t!e Love
of ot!ers. T!e man wit! !ate in !is !eart gets all t!e Hate !e #an stand. T!e man w!o
t!in&s +ig!t generally runs u% against all t!e +ig!t !e wants before !e gets t!roug!. )nd
so it goes ea#! gets w!at !e #alls for over t!e wireless telegra%!y of t!e 5ind. T!e
man w!o rises in t!e morning feeling 4grum%y4 usually manages to !ave t!e w!ole
family in t!e same mood before t!e brea&fast is over. T!e 4nagging4 woman generally
finds enoug! to gratify !er 4nagging4 %ro%ensity during t!e day.
T!is matter of T!oug!t )ttra#tion is a serious one. "!en you sto% to t!in& of it you will
see t!at a man really ma&es !is own surroundings alt!oug! !e blames ot!ers for it. I
!ave &nown %eo%le w!o understood t!is law to !old a %ositive #alm t!oug!t and be
absolutely unaffe#ted by t!e in!armony surrounding t!em. T!ey were li&e t!e vessel
from w!i#! t!e oil !ad been %oured on t!e troubled waters - t!ey rested safely and
#almly w!ilst t!e tem%est raged around t!em. *ne is not at t!e mer#y of t!e fitful storms
of T!oug!t after !e !as learned t!e wor&ings of t!e Law.
"e !ave %assed t!roug! t!e age of %!ysi#al for#e on to t!e age of intelle#tual
su%rema#y and are now entering a new and almost un&nown field t!at of %sy#!i#
%ower. T!is field !as its establis!ed laws and we s!ould a#(uaint ourselves wit! t!em
or we will be #rowded to t!e wall as are t!e ignorant on t!e %lanes of effort. I will
endeavor to ma&e %lain to you t!e great underlying %rin#i%les of t!is new field of energy
w!i#! is o%ening u% before us t!at you may be able to ma&e use of t!is great %ower
and a%%ly it for legitimate and wort!y %ur%oses 9ust as men are using steam ele#tri#ity
and ot!er forms of energy today.
Thought Waves and their Process of Reproduction
LI?E a stone t!rown into t!e water t!oug!t %rodu#es ri%%les and waves w!i#! s%read
out over t!e great o#ean of t!oug!t. T!ere is t!is differen#e !owever6 t!e waves on t!e
water move only on a level %lane in all dire#tions w!ereas t!oug!t waves move in all
dire#tions from a #ommon #enter 9ust as do t!e rays from t!e sun.
=ust as we !ere on eart! are surrounded by a great sea of air so are we surrounded by
a great sea of 5ind. *ur t!oug!t waves move t!roug! t!is vast mental et!er e1tending
!owever in all dire#tions as I !ave e1%lained be#oming somew!at lessened in
intensity a##ording to t!e distan#e traversed be#ause of t!e fri#tion o##asioned by t!e
waves #oming in #onta#t wit! t!e great body of 5ind surrounding us on all sides.
T!ese t!oug!t waves !ave ot!er (ualities differing from t!e waves on t!e water. T!ey
!ave t!e %ro%erty of re%rodu#ing t!emselves2 in t!is res%e#t t!ey resemble sound
waves rat!er t!an waves u%on t!e water. =ust as a note of t!e violin will #ause t!e t!in
glass to vibrate and 4sing4 so will a strong t!oug!t tend to awa&en similar vibrations in
minds attuned to re#eive it. 5any of t!e 4stray t!oug!ts4 w!i#! #ome to us are but
refle#tions or answering vibrations to some strong t!oug!t sent out by anot!er. ;ut
unless our minds are attuned to re#eive it t!e t!oug!t will not li&ely affe#t us. If we are
t!in&ing !ig! and great t!oug!ts our minds a#(uire a #ertain &eynote #orres%onding to
t!e #!ara#ter of t!e t!oug!ts we !ave been t!in&ing. )nd t!is &eynote on#e
establis!ed we will be a%t to #at#! t!e vibrations of ot!er minds &eyed to t!e same
t!oug!t. *n t!e ot!er !and let us get into t!e !abit of t!in&ing t!oug!ts of an o%%osite
#!ara#ter and we will soon be e#!oing t!e low order of t!oug!t emanating from t!e
minds of t!e t!ousands t!in&ing along t!e same lines.
"e are largely w!at we !ave t!oug!t ourselves into being t!e balan#e being
re%resented by t!e #!ara#ter of t!e suggestions and t!oug!t of ot!ers w!i#! !ave
rea#!ed us eit!er dire#tly by verbal suggestions or tele%at!i#ally by means of su#!
t!oug!t waves. *ur general mental attitude !owever determines t!e #!ara#ter of t!e
t!oug!t waves re#eived from ot!ers as well as t!e t!oug!ts emanating from ourselves.
"e re#eive only su#! t!oug!ts as are in !armony wit! t!e general mental attitude !eld
by ourselves2 t!e t!oug!ts not in !armony affe#ting us very little as t!ey awa&en no
res%onse in us.
T!e man w!o believes t!oroug!ly in !imself and maintains a %ositive strong mental
attitude of -onfiden#e and /etermination is not li&ely to be affe#ted by t!e adverse and
negative t!oug!ts of /is#ouragement and +ailure emanating from t!e minds of ot!er
%ersons in w!om t!ese last (ualities %redominate. )t t!e same time t!ese negative
t!oug!ts if t!ey rea#! one w!ose mental attitude is %it#!ed on a low &ey dee%en !is
negative state and add fuel to t!e fire w!i#! is #onsuming !is strengt! or if you %refer
t!is figure serve to furt!er smot!er t!e fire of !is energy and a#tivity.
"e attra#t to us t!e t!oug!ts of ot!ers of t!e same order of t!oug!t. T!e man w!o
t!in&s su##ess will be a%t to get into tune wit! t!e minds of ot!ers t!in&ing li&ewise and
t!ey will !el% !im and !e t!em. T!e man w!o allows !is mind to dwell #onstantly u%on
t!oug!ts of failure brings !imself into #lose tou#! wit! t!e minds of ot!er 4failure4
%eo%le and ea#! will tend to %ull t!e ot!er down still more. T!e man w!o t!in&s t!at all
is evil is a%t to see mu#! evil and will be broug!t into #onta#t wit! ot!ers w!o will seem
to %rove !is t!eory. )nd t!e man w!o loo&s for good in everyt!ing and everybody will be
li&ely to attra#t to !imself t!e t!ings and %eo%le #orres%onding to !is t!oug!t. "e
generally see t!at for w!i#! we loo&.
@ou will be able to #arry t!is idea more #learly if you will t!in& of t!e 5ar#oni wireless
instruments w!i#! re#eive t!e vibrations only from t!e sending instrument w!i#! !as
been attuned to t!e same &ey w!ile ot!er telegrams are %assing t!roug! t!e air in near
vi#inity wit!out affe#ting t!e instrument. T!e same law a%%lies to t!e o%erations of
t!oug!t. "e re#eive only t!at w!i#! #orres%onds to our mental attunement. If we !ave
been dis#ouraged we may rest assured t!at we !ave dro%%ed into a negative &ey and
!ave been affe#ted not only by our own t!oug!ts but !ave also re#eived t!e added
de%ressing t!oug!ts of similar #!ara#ter w!i#! are #onstantly being sent out from t!e
minds of ot!er unfortunates w!o !ave not yet learned t!e law of attra#tion in t!e t!oug!t
world. )nd if we o##asionally rise to !eig!ts of ent!usiasm and energy !ow (ui#&ly we
feel t!e inflow of t!e #ourageous daring energeti# %ositive t!oug!ts being sent out by
t!e live men and women of t!e world. "e re#ogni0e t!is wit!out mu#! trouble w!en we
#ome in %ersonal #onta#t wit! %eo%le and feel t!eir vibrations de%ressing or
invigorating as t!e #ase may be. ;ut t!e same law o%erates w!en we are not in t!eir
%resen#e alt!oug! less strongly.
T!e mind !as many degrees of %it#! ranging from t!e !ig!est %ositive note to t!e
lowest negative note wit! many notes in between varying in %it#! a##ording to t!eir
res%e#tive distan#e from t!e %ositive or negative e1treme.
"!en your mind is o%erating along %ositive lines you feel strong buoyant brig!t
#!eerful !a%%y #onfident and #ourageous and are enabled to do your wor& well to
#arry out your intentions and %rogress on your roads to $u##ess. @ou send out strong
%ositive t!oug!t w!i#! affe#ts ot!ers and #auses t!em to #o-o%erate wit! you or to
follow your lead a##ording to t!eir own mental &eynote.
"!en you are %laying on t!e e1treme negative end of t!e mental &eyboard you feel
de%ressed wee& %assive dull fearful #owardly. )nd you find yourself unable to ma&e
%rogress or to su##eed. )nd your effe#t u%on ot!ers is %ra#ti#ally nil. @ou are led by
rat!er t!an leading ot!ers and are used as a !uman doormat or football by more
In some %ersons t!e %ositive element seems to %redominate and in ot!ers t!e negative
(uality seems to be more in eviden#e. T!ere are of #ourse widely varying degrees of
%ositiveness and negativeness and ; may be negative to ) w!ile %ositive to -. "!en
two %eo%le first meet t!ere is generally a silent mental #onfli#t in w!i#! t!eir res%e#tive
minds test t!eir (uality of %ositiveness and fi1 t!eir relative %osition toward ea#! ot!er.
T!is %ro#ess may be un#ons#ious in many #ases but it o##urs nevert!eless. T!e
ad9ustment is often automati# but o##asionally t!e struggle is so s!ar% - t!e o%%onents
being so well mat#!ed - t!at t!e matter for#es itself into t!e #ons#iousness of t!e two
%eo%le. $ometimes bot! %arties are so mu#! ali&e in t!eir degrees of %ositiveness t!at
t!ey fail to #ome to terms mentally2 t!ey never really are able to get along wit! ea#!
ot!er and t!ey are eit!er mutually re%elled and se%arate or else stay toget!er amid
#onstant broils and wrangling.
"e are %ositive or negative to everyone wit! w!om we !ave relations. "e may be
%ositive to our #!ildren our em%loyees and de%endents but we are at t!e same time
negative to ot!ers to w!om we o##u%y inferior %ositions or w!om we !ave allowed to
assert t!emselves over us.
*f #ourse somet!ing may o##ur and we will suddenly be#ome more %ositive t!an t!e
man or woman to w!om we !ave !eretofore been negative. "e fre(uently see #ases of
t!is &ind. )nd as t!e &nowledge of t!ese mental laws be#omes more general we will
see many more instan#es of %ersons asserting t!emselves and ma&ing use of t!eir
;ut remember you %ossess t!e %ower to raise t!e &eynote of your mind to a %ositive
%it#! by an effort of t!e will. )nd of #ourse it is e(ually true t!at you may allow yourself
to dro% into a low negative note by #arelessness or a wea& will.
T!ere are more %eo%le on t!e negative %lane of t!oug!t t!an on t!e %ositive %lane and
#onse(uently t!ere are more negative t!oug!t vibrations in o%eration in our mental
atmos%!ere. ;ut !a%%ily for us t!is is #ounterbalan#ed by t!e fa#t t!at a %ositive
t!oug!t is infinitely more %owerful t!an a negative one and if by for#e of will we raise
ourselves to a !ig!er mental &ey we #an s!ut out t!e de%ressing t!oug!ts and may ta&e
u% t!e vibrations #orres%onding wit! our #!anged mental attitude. T!is is one of t!e
se#rets of t!e affirmations and autosuggestions used by t!e several s#!ools of 5ental
$#ien#e and ot!er .ew T!oug!t #ults. T!ere is no %arti#ular merit in affirmations of
t!emselves but t!ey serve a twofold %ur%ose6 B1C T!ey tend to establis! new mental
attitudes wit!in us and a#t wonderfully in t!e dire#tion of #!ara#ter- building - t!e
s#ien#e of ma&ing ourselves over. B<C T!ey tend to raise t!e mental &eynote so t!at we
may get t!e benefit of t!e %ositive t!oug!t waves of ot!ers on t!e same %lane of
"!et!er or not we believe in t!em we are #onstantly ma&ing affirmations. T!e man
w!o asserts t!at !e #an and will do a t!ing - and asserts it earnestly - develo%s in
!imself t!e (ualities #ondu#ive to t!e well doing of t!at t!ing and at t!e same time
%la#es !is mind in t!e %ro%er &ey to re#eive all t!e t!oug!t waves li&ely to !el% !im in
t!e doing. If on t!e ot!er !and one says and feels t!at !e is going to fail !e will #!o&e
and smot!er t!e t!oug!ts #oming from !is own sub#ons#ious mentality w!i#! are
intended to !el% !im and at t!e same time will %la#e !imself in tune wit! t!e +ailure-
t!oug!t of t!e world - and t!ere is %lenty of t!e latter &ind of t!oug!t around I #an tell
/o not allow yourselves to be affe#ted by t!e adverse and negative t!oug!ts of t!ose
around you. ,ise to t!e u%%er #!ambers of your mental dwelling and &ey yourself u% to
a strong %it#! away above t!e vibrations on t!e lower %lanes of t!oug!t. T!en you will
not only be immune to t!eir negative vibrations but will be in tou#! wit! t!e great body
of strong %ositive t!oug!t #oming from t!ose of your own %lane of develo%ment. 5y aim
will be to dire#t and train you in t!e %ro%er use of t!oug!t and will t!at you may !ave
yourself well in !and and may be able to stri&e t!e %ositive &ey at any moment you may
feel it ne#essary. It is not ne#essary to stri&e t!e e1treme note on all o##asions. T!e
better %lan is to &ee% yourself in a #omfortable &ey wit!out mu#! strain and to !ave t!e
means at #ommand w!ereby you #an raise t!e %it#! at on#e w!en o##asion demands.
;y t!is &nowledge you will not be at t!e mer#y of t!e old automati# a#tion of t!e mind
but may !ave it well under your own #ontrol.
/evelo%ment of t!e will is very mu#! li&e t!e develo%ment of a mus#le - a matter of
%ra#ti#e and gradual im%rovement. )t first it is a%t to be tiresome but at ea#! trial one
grows stronger until t!e new strengt! be#omes real and %ermanent. 5any of us !ave
made ourselves %ositive under sudden #alls or emergen#ies. "e are in t!e !abit of
4bra#ing u%4 w!en o##asion demands. ;ut by intelligent %ra#ti#e you will be so mu#!
strengt!ened t!at your !abitual state will be e(ual to your 4bra#ing u%4 stage now and
t!en w!en you find it ne#essary to a%%ly t!e s%ur you will be able to rea#! a stage not
dreamed of at %resent.
/o not understand me as advo#ating a !ig! tension #ontinuously. T!is is not at all
desirable not only be#ause it is a%t to be too mu#! of a strain u%on you but also
be#ause you will find it desirable to relieve t!e tension at times and be#ome re#e%tive
t!at you may absorb im%ressions. It is well to be able to rela1 and assume a #ertain
degree of re#e%tiveness &nowing t!at you are always able to s%ring ba#& to t!e more
%ositive state at will. T!e !abitually strongly %ositive man loses mu#! en9oyment and
re#reation. 3ositive you give out e1%ressions2 re#e%tive you ta&e in im%ressions.
3ositive you are a tea#!er2 re#e%tive a %u%il. It is not only a good t!ing to be a good
tea#!er but it is also very im%ortant to be a good listener at times.
A Talk about the ind
5). !as but one mind but !e !as many mental fa#ulties ea#! fa#ulty being #a%able of
fun#tioning along two different lines of mental effort. T!ere are no distin#t dividing lines
se%arating t!e two several fun#tions of a fa#ulty but t!ey s!ade into ea#! ot!er as do
t!e #olors of t!e s%e#trum.
)n )#tive effort of any fa#ulty of t!e mind is t!e result of a dire#t im%ulse im%arted at t!e
time of t!e effort. ) 3assive effort of any fa#ulty of t!e mind is t!e result of eit!er a
%re#eding )#tive effort of t!e same mind2 an )#tive effort of anot!er along t!e lines of
suggestion2 T!oug!t Dibrations from t!e mind of anot!er2 T!oug!t im%ulses from an
an#estor transmitted by t!e laws of !eredity Bin#luding im%ulses transmitted from
generation to generation from t!e time of t!e original vibratory im%ulse im%arted by t!e
3rimal -ause - w!i#! im%ulses gradually unfold and uns!eat! w!en t!e %ro%er state of
evolutionary develo%ment is rea#!edC.
T!e )#tive effort is new-born - fres! from t!e mint w!ilst t!e 3assive effort is of less
re#ent #reation and in fa#t is often t!e result of vibratory im%ulses im%arted in ages
long %ast. T!e )#tive effort ma&es its own way brus!ing aside t!e im%eding vines and
&i#&ing from its %at! t!e obstru#ting stones. T!e 3assive effort travels along t!e beaten
) t!oug!t-im%ulse or motion-im%ulse originally #aused by an )#tive effort of fa#ulty
may be#ome by #ontinued re%etition or !abit stri#tly automati# t!e im%ulse given it by
t!e re%eated )#tive effort develo%ing a strong momentum w!i#! #arries it on along
3assive lines until sto%%ed by anot!er )#tive effort or its dire#tion #!anged by t!e same
*n t!e ot!er !and t!oug!t-im%ulses or motion-im%ulses #ontinued along 3assive lines
may be terminated or #orre#ted by an )#tive effort. T!e )#tive fun#tion #reates
#!anges or destroys. T!e 3assive fun#tion #arries on t!e wor& given it by t!e )#tive
fun#tion and obeys orders and suggestions.
T!e )#tive fun#tion %rodu#es t!e t!oug!t-!abit or motion-!abit and im%arts to it t!e
vibrations w!i#! #arry it on along t!e 3assive lines t!ereafter. T!e )#tive fun#tion also
!as t!e %ower to send fort! vibrations w!i#! neutrali0e t!e momentum of t!e t!oug!t-
!abit or motion-!abit2 it also is able to laun#! a new t!oug!t-!abit or motion-!abit wit!
stronger vibrations w!i#! over#omes and absorbs t!e first t!oug!t or motion and
substitutes t!e new one.
)ll t!oug!t-im%ulses or motion-im%ulses on#e started on t!eir errands #ontinue to
vibrate along %assive lines until #orre#ted or terminated by subse(uent im%ulses
im%arted by t!e )#tive fun#tion or ot!er #ontrolling %ower. T!e #ontinuan#e of t!e
original im%ulse adds momentum and for#e to it and renders its #orre#tion or
termination more diffi#ult. T!is e1%lains t!at w!i#! is #alled 4t!e for#e of !abit.4 I t!in&
t!at t!is will be readily understood by t!ose w!o !ave struggled to over#ome a !abit
w!i#! !ad been easily a#(uired. T!e Law a%%lies to good !abits as well as bad. T!e
moral is obvious.
$everal of t!e fa#ulties of t!e mind often #ombine to %rodu#e a single manifestation. )
tas& to be %erformed may #all for t!e #ombined e1er#ise of several fa#ulties some of
w!i#! may manifest by )#tive effort and ot!ers by 3assive effort.
T!e meeting of new #onditions - new %roblems - #alls for t!e e1er#ise of )#tive effort2
w!ilst a familiar %roblem or tas& #an be easily !andled by t!e 3assive effort wit!out t!e
assistan#e of !is more enter%rising brot!er.
T!ere is in .ature an instin#tive tenden#y of living organisms to %erform #ertain a#tions
t!e tenden#y of an organi0ed body to see& t!at w!i#! satisfies t!e wants of its
organism. T!is tenden#y is sometimes #alled )%%eten#y. It is really a 3assive mental
im%ulse originating wit! t!e im%etus im%arted by t!e 3rimal -ause and transmitted
along t!e lines of evolutionary develo%ment gaining strengt! and %ower as it
%rogresses. T!e im%ulse of t!e 3rimal -ause is assisted by t!e %owerful u%ward
attra#tion e1erted by THE );$*LUTE.
In %lant life t!is tenden#y is %lainly dis#ernible ranging form t!e lesser e1!ibitions in t!e
lower ty%es to t!e greater in t!e !ig!er ty%es. It is t!at w!i#! is generally s%o&en of as
t!e 4life-for#e4 in %lants. It is !owever a manifestation of rudimentary mentation
fun#tioning along t!e lines of 3assive effort. In some of t!e !ig!er forms of %lant life
t!ere a%%ears a faint #olor of inde%endent 4life a#tion4 - a faint indi#ation of #!oi#e of
volition. "riters on %lant life relate many remar&able instan#es of t!is %!enomenon. It is
undoubtedly an e1!ibition of rudimentary )#tive mentation.
In t!e lower animal &ingdom a very !ig! degree of 3assive mental effort is found. )nd
varying in degree in t!e several families and s%e#ies a #onsiderable amount of )#tive
mentation is a%%arent. T!e lower animal undoubtedly %ossesses ,eason only in a
lesser degree t!an man and in fa#t t!e dis%lay of volitional mentation e1!ibited by an
intelligent animal is often nearly as !ig! as t!at s!own by t!e lower ty%es of man or by a
)s a #!ild before birt! s!ows in its body t!e stages of t!e %!ysi#al evolution of man so
does a #!ild before and after birt! - until maturity - manifest t!e stages of t!e mental
evolution of man.
5an t!e !ig!est ty%e of life yet %rodu#ed at least u%on t!is %lanet s!ows t!e !ig!est
form of 3assive mentation and also a mu#! !ig!er develo%ment of )#tive mentation
t!an is seen in t!e lower animals and yet t!e degrees of t!at %ower vary widely among
t!e different ra#es of men. Even among men of our ra#e t!e different degrees of )#tive
mentation are %lainly noti#eable2 t!ese degrees not de%ending by any means u%on t!e
amount of 4#ulture4 so#ial %osition or edu#ational advantages %ossessed by t!e
individual6 5ental -ulture and 5ental /evelo%ment are two very different t!ings.
@ou !ave but to loo& around you to see t!e different stages of t!e develo%ment of
)#tive mentation in man. T!e reasoning of many men is s#ar#ely more t!an 3assive
mentation e1!ibiting but little of t!e (ualities of volitional t!oug!t. T!ey %refer to let
ot!er men t!in& for t!em. )#tive mentation tires t!em and t!ey find t!e instin#tive
automati# 3assive mental %ro#ess mu#! easier. T!eir minds wor& along t!e lines of
least resistan#e. T!ey are but little more t!an !uman s!ee%
)mong t!e lower animals and t!e lower ty%es of men )#tive mentation is largely
#onfined to t!e grosser fa#ulties - t!e more material %lane2 t!e !ig!er mental fa#ulties
wor&ing along t!e instin#tive automati# lines of t!e 3assive fun#tion.
)s t!e lower forms of life %rogressed in t!e evolutionary s#ale t!ey develo%ed new
fa#ulties w!i#! were latent wit!in t!em. T!ese fa#ulties always manifested in t!e form of
rudimentary 3assive fun#tioning and afterwards wor&ed u% t!roug! !ig!er 3assive
forms until t!e )#tive fun#tions were broug!t into %lay. T!e evolutionary %ro#ess still
#ontinues t!e invariable tenden#y being toward t!e goal of !ig!ly develo%ed )#tive
mentation. T!is evolutionary %rogress is #aused by t!e vibratory im%ulse im%arted by
t!e 3rimal -ause aided by t!e u%lifting attra#tion of THE );$*LUTE.
T!is law of evolution is still in %rogress and man is beginning to develo% new %owers of
mind w!i#! of #ourse are first manifesting t!emselves along t!e lines of 3assive
effort. $ome men !ave develo%ed t!ese new fa#ulties to a #onsiderable degree and it
is %ossible t!at before long 5an will be able to e1er#ise t!em along t!e line of t!eir
)#tive fun#tions. In fa#t t!is %ower !as already been attained by a few. T!is is t!e
se#ret of t!e *riental o##ultists and of some of t!eir *##idental bret!ren.
T!e amenability of t!e mind to t!e will #an be in#reased by %ro%erly dire#ted %ra#ti#e.
T!at w!i#! we are in t!e !abit of referring to as t!e 4strengt!ening of t!e "ill4 is in
reality t!e training of t!e mind to re#ogni0e and absorb t!e 3ower "it!in. T!e "ill is
strong enoug! it does not need strengt!ening but t!e mind needs to be trained to
re#eive and a#t u%on t!e suggestions of t!e "ill. T!e "ill is t!e outward manifestation
of t!e I )5. T!e "ill #urrent is flowing in full strengt! along t!e s%iritual wires2 but you
must learn !ow to raise t!e trolley-%ole to tou#! it before t!e mental #ar will move. T!is
is a somew!at different idea from t!at w!i#! you !ave been in t!e !abit of re#eiving
from writers on t!e sub9e#t of "ill 3ower but it is #orre#t as you will demonstrate to
your own satisfa#tion if you will follow u% t!e sub9e#t by e1%eriments along t!e %ro%er
T!e attra#tion of THE );$*LUTE is drawing man u%ward and t!e vibratory for#e of t!e
3rimal Im%ulse !as not yet e1!austed itself. T!e time of evolutionary develo%ment !as
#ome w!en man #an !el% !imself. T!e man w!o understands t!e Law #an a##om%lis!
wonders by means of t!e develo%ment of t!e %owers of t!e mind2 w!ilst t!e man w!o
turns !is ba#& u%on t!e trut! will suffer from !is la#& of &nowledge of t!e Law.
He w!o understands t!e laws of !is mental being develo%s !is latent %owers and uses
t!em intelligently. He does not des%ise !is 3assive mental fun#tions but ma&es good
use of t!em also #!arges t!em wit! t!e duties for w!i#! t!ey are best fitted and is able
to obtain wonderful results from t!eir wor& !aving mastered t!em and trained t!em to
do t!e bidding of t!e Hig!er $elf. "!en t!ey fail to do t!eir wor& %ro%erly !e regulates
t!em and !is &nowledge %revents !im from meddling wit! t!em unintelligently and
t!ereby doing !imself !arm. He develo%s t!e fa#ulties and %owers latent wit!in !im and
learns !ow to manifest t!em along t!e line of )#tive mentation as well as 3assive. He
&nows t!at t!e real man wit!in !im is t!e master to w!om bot! )#tive and 3assive
fun#tions are but tools. He !as banis!ed +ear and en9oys +reedom. He !as found
!imself. HE H)$ LE),.E/ THE $E-,ET *+ THE I )5.
5). #an build u% !is mind and ma&e it w!at !e wills. In fa#t we are mind-building
every !our of our lives eit!er #ons#iously or un#ons#iously. T!e ma9ority of us are
doing t!e wor& un#ons#iously but t!ose w!o !ave seen a little below t!e surfa#e of
t!ings !ave ta&en t!e matter in !and and !ave be#ome #ons#ious #reators of t!eir own
mentality. T!ey are no longer sub9e#t to t!e suggestions and influen#es of ot!ers but
!ave be#ome masters of t!emselves. T!ey assert t!e 4I4 and #om%el obedien#e from
t!e subordinate mental fa#ulties. T!e 4I4 is t!e sovereign of t!e mind and w!at we #all
"ILL is t!e instrument of t!e 4I.4 *f #ourse t!ere is somet!ing ba#& of t!is and t!e
Universal "ill is !ig!er t!an t!e "ill of t!e Individual but t!e latter is in mu#! #loser
tou#! wit! t!e Universal "ill t!an is generally su%%osed and w!en one #on(uers t!e
lower self and asserts t!e 4I4 !e be#omes in #lose tou#! wit! t!e Universal "ill and
%arta&es largely of its wonderful %ower. T!e moment one asserts t!e 4I4 and 4finds
!imself4 !e establis!es a #lose #onne#tion between t!e Individual "ill and t!e
Universal "ill. ;ut before !e is able to avail !imself of t!e mig!ty %ower at !is
#ommand !e must first effe#t t!e 5astery of t!e lower self.
T!in& of t!e absurdity of 5an #laiming to manifest %owers w!en !e is t!e slave of t!e
lower %arts of !is mental being w!i#! s!ould be subordinate. T!in& of a man being t!e
slave of !is moods %assions animal a%%etites and lower fa#ulties and at t!e same
time trying to #laim t!e benefits of t!e "ill. .ow I am not %rea#!ing as#eti#ism w!i#!
seems to me to be a #onfession of wea&ness. I am s%ea&ing of $elf-5astery - t!e
assertion of t!e 4I4 over t!e subordinate %arts of oneself. In t!e !ig!er view of t!e
sub9e#t t!is 4I4 is t!e only real $elf and t!e rest is t!e non-self2 but our s%a#e does not
%ermit t!e dis#ussion of t!is %oint and we will use t!e word 4self: as meaning t!e entire
man. ;efore a man #an assert t!e 4I4 in its full strengt! !e must obtain t!e #om%lete
mastery of t!e subordinate %arts of t!e self. )ll t!ings are good w!en we learn to master
t!em but no t!ing is good w!en it masters us. =ust so long as we allow t!e lower
%ortions of t!e self to give us orders we are slaves. It is only w!en t!e 4I4 mounts !is
t!rone and lifts t!e s#e%ter t!at order is establis!ed and t!ings assume t!eir %ro%er
relation to ea#! ot!er.
"e are finding no fault wit! t!ose w!o are swayed by t!eir lower selves - t!ey are in a
lower grade of evolution and will wor& u% in time. ;ut we are #alling t!e attention of
t!ose w!o are ready to t!e fa#t t!at t!e $overeign must assert !is will and t!at t!e
sub9e#ts must obey. *rders must be given and #arried out. ,ebellion must be %ut down
and t!e rig!tful aut!ority insisted u%on. )nd t!e time to do it is .ow.
@ou !ave been allowing your rebellious sub9e#ts to &ee% t!e ?ing from !is t!rone. @ou
!ave been allowing t!e mental &ingdom to be misgoverned by irres%onsible fa#ulties.
@ou !ave been t!e slaves of )%%etite Unwort!y T!oug!ts 3assion and .egativeness.
T!e "ill !as been set aside and Low /esire !as usur%ed t!e t!rone. It is time to re-
establis! order in t!e mental &ingdom. @ou are able to assert t!e mastery over any
emotion a%%etite %assion or #lass of t!oug!ts by t!e assertion of t!e "ill. @ou #an
order +ear to go to t!e rear2 =ealousy to leave your %resen#e2 Hate to de%art from your
sig!t2 )nger to !ide itself2 "orry to #ease troubling you2 Un#ontrolled )%%etite and
3assion to bow in submission and to be#ome !umble slaves instead of masters - all by
t!e assertion of t!e 4I.4 @ou may surround yourself wit! t!e glorious #om%any of
-ourage Love and $elf--ontrol by t!e same means. @ou may %ut down t!e rebellion
and se#ure %ea#e and order in your mental &ingdom if you will but utter t!e mandate
and insist u%on its e1e#ution. ;efore you mar#! fort! to em%ire you must establis! t!e
%ro%er internal #ondition - must s!ow your ability to govern you own &ingdom. T!e first
battle is t!e #on(uest of t!e lesser self by t!e ,eal $elf.
I AM Asserting the Mastery of My Real Self
,e%eat t!ese words earnestly and %ositively during t!e day at least on#e an !our and
%arti#ularly w!en you are #onfronted wit! #onditions w!i#! tem%t you to a#t on t!e lines
of t!e lesser self instead of following t!e #ourse di#tated by t!e ,eal $elf. In t!e
moment of doubt and !esitation say t!ese words earnestly and your way will be made
#lear to you. ,e%eat t!em several times after you retire and settle yourself to slee%. ;ut
be sure to ba#& u% t!e words wit! t!e t!oug!t ins%iring t!em and do not merely re%eat
t!em %arrot-li&e. +orm t!e mental image of t!e ,eal $elf asserting its mastery over t!e
lower %lanes of your mind - see t!e ?ing on !is T!rone. @ou will be#ome #ons#ious of
an influ1 of new t!oug!t and t!ings w!i#! !ave seemed !ard for you will suddenly
be#ome mu#! easier. @ou will feel t!at you !ave yourself well in !and and t!at @*U
are t!e master and not t!e slave. T!e t!oug!t you are !olding will manifest itself in
a#tion and you will steadily grow to be#ome t!at w!i#! you !ave in mind.
+i1 t!e mind firmly on t!e !ig!er $elf and draw ins%iration from it w!en you feel led to
yield to t!e %rom%tings of t!e lower %art of your nature. "!en you are tem%ted to burst
into )nger - assert t!e 4I4 and your voi#e will dro%. )nger is unwort!y of t!e develo%ed
$elf. "!en you feel ve1ed and #ross remember w!at you are and rise above your
feeling. "!en you feel +earful remember t!at t!e ,eal $elf fears not!ing and assert
-ourage. "!en you feel =ealousy in#iting t!in& of your !ig!er nature and laug!. )nd
so on asserting t!e ,eal $elf and not allowing t!e t!ings on t!e lower %lane of
mentality to disturb you. T!ey are unwort!y of you and must be taug!t to &ee% t!eir
%la#es. /o not allow t!ese t!ings to master you - t!ey s!ould be your sub9e#ts not your
masters. @ou must get away from t!is %lane and t!e only way to do so is to #ut loose
from t!ese %!ases of t!oug!t w!i#! !ave been 4running t!ings4 to suit t!emselves. @ou
may !ave trouble at t!e start but &ee% at it and you will !ave t!at satisfa#tion w!i#!
#omes only from #on(uering t!e lower %arts of our nature. @ou !ave been a slave long
enoug! - now is t!e time to free yourselves. If you will follow t!ese e1er#ises fait!fully
you will be a different being by t!e end of t!e year and will loo& ba#& wit! a %itying
smile to your former #ondition. ;ut it ta&es wor&. T!is is not #!ild:s %lay but a tas& for
earnest men and women "ill @*U ma&e t!e effortG
The !ecret of the Will
"HILE %sy#!ologists may differ in t!eir t!eories regarding t!e nature of t!e "ill none
deny its e1isten#e nor (uestion its %ower. )ll %ersons re#ogni0e t!e %ower of strong
"ill - all see !ow it may be used to over#ome t!e greatest obsta#les. ;ut few reali0e
t!at t!e "ill may be develo%ed and strengt!ened by intelligent %ra#ti#e. T!ey feel t!at
t!ey #ould a##om%lis! wonders if t!ey !ad a strong "ill but instead of attem%ting to
develo% it t!ey #ontent t!emselves wit! vain regrets. T!ey sig! but do not!ing.
T!ose w!o !ave investigated t!e sub9e#t #losely &now t!at "ill 3ower wit! all its latent
%ossibilities and mig!ty %owers may be develo%ed dis#i%lined #ontrolled and dire#ted
9ust as may be any ot!er of .ature:s for#es. It does not matter w!at t!eory you may
entertain about t!e nature of t!e "ill you will obtain t!e results if you %ra#ti#e
3ersonally I !ave a somew!at odd t!eory about t!e "ill. I believe t!at every man !as
%otentially a strong "ill and t!at all !e !as to do is to train !is mind to ma&e use of it. I
t!in& t!at in t!e !ig!er regions of t!e mind of every man is a great store of "ill 3ower
awaiting !is use. T!e "ill #urrent is running along t!e %sy#!i# wires and all t!at it is
ne#essary to do is to raise t!e mental trolley-%ole and bring down t!e %ower for your
use. )nd t!e su%%ly is unlimited for your little storage battery is #onne#ted wit! t!e
great %ower!ouse of t!e Universal "ill 3ower and t!e %ower is ine1!austible. @our "ill
does not need training - but your 5ind does. T!e mind is t!e instrument and t!e su%%ly
of "ill 3ower is %ro%ortionate to t!e fineness of t!e instrument t!roug! w!i#! it
manifests. ;ut you needn:t a##e%t t!is t!eory if you don:t li&e it. T!is lesson will fit your
t!eory as well as mine.
He w!o !as develo%ed !is mind so t!at it will allow t!e "ill 3ower to manifest t!roug!
it !as o%ened u% wonderful %ossibilities for !imself. .ot only !as !e found a great
%ower at !is #ommand but !e is able to bring into %lay and use fa#ulties talents and
abilities of w!ose e1isten#e !e !as not dreamed. T!is se#ret of t!e "ill is t!e magi# &ey
w!i#! o%ens all doors.
T!e late /onald '. 5it#!ell on#e wrote6 4,esolve is w!at ma&es a man manifest2 not
%uny resolve but #rude determination2 not errant %ur%ose - but t!at strong and
indefatigable will w!i#! treads down diffi#ulties and danger as a boy treads down t!e
!eaving frost-lands of winter2 w!i#! &indles !is eye and brain wit! a %roud %ulse-beat
toward t!e unattainable. "ill ma&es men giants.4
5any of us feel t!at if we would but e1ert our "ill we mig!t a##om%lis! wonders. ;ut
some!ow we do not seem to want to ta&e t!e trouble - at any rate2 we do not get to t!e
a#tual willing %oint. "e %ut it off from time to time and tal& vaguely of 4some day4 but
t!at some day never #omes.
"e instin#tively feel t!e %ower of t!e "ill but we !aven:t enoug! energy to e1er#ise it
and so drift along wit! t!e tide unless %er!a%s some friendly diffi#ulty arises some
!el%ful obsta#le a%%ears in our %at! or some &indly %ain stirs us into a#tion in eit!er of
w!i#! #ases we are #om%elled to assert our "ill and t!us begin to a##om%lis!
T!e trouble wit! us is t!at we do not want to do t!e t!ing enoug! to ma&e us e1ert our
"ill 3ower. We don't want to hard enough. "e are mentally la0y and of wea& /esire.
If you do not li&e t!e word /esire substitute for it t!e word 4)s%iration.4 B$ome %eo%le
#all t!e lower im%ulses /esires and t!e !ig!er )s%irations - it:s all a matter of words
ta&e you #!oi#e.C T!at is t!e trouble. Let a man be in danger of losing !is life - let a
woman be in danger of losing a great love - and you will witness a startling e1!ibition of
"ill 3ower from an une1%e#ted sour#e. Let a woman:s #!ild be t!reatened wit! danger
and s!e will manifest a degree of -ourage and "ill t!at swee%s all before it. )nd yet t!e
same woman will (uail before a domineering !usband and will la#& t!e "ill to %erform
a sim%le tas&. ) boy will do all sorts of wor& if !e but #onsiders it %lay and yet !e #an
s#ar#ely for#e !imself to #ut a little firewood. $trong "ill follows strong /esire. If you
really want to do a t!ing very mu#! you #an usually develo% t!e "ill 3ower to
T!e trouble is t!at you !ave not really wanted to do t!ese t!ings and yet you blame
your "ill. @ou say t!at you do want to do it but if you sto% to t!in& you will see t!at you
really want to do somet!ing else more t!an t!e t!ing in (uestion. @ou are not willing to
%ay t!e %ri#e of attainment. $to% a moment and analy0e t!is statement and a%%ly it in
your own #ase
@ou are mentally la0y - t!at:s t!e trouble. /on:t tal& to me about not !aving enoug! "ill.
@ou !ave a great store!ouse of "ill awaiting your use but you are too la0y to use it.
.ow if you are really in earnest about t!is matter get to wor& and first find out w!at you
really want to do - t!en start to wor& and do it. .ever mind about t!e "ill 3ower - you:ll
find a full su%%ly of t!at w!enever you need it. T!e t!ing to do is to get to t!e %oint
w!ere you will resolve to do. T!at t!e real test - t!e resolving. T!in& of t!ese t!ings a
little and ma&e u% your mind w!et!er or not you really want to be a "iller suffi#iently
!ard to get to wor&.
5any e1#ellent essays and boo&s !ave been written on t!is sub9e#t all of w!i#! agree
regarding t!e greatness of "ill 3ower t!e most ent!usiasti# terms being used2 but few
!ave anyt!ing to say about !ow t!is %ower may be a#(uired by t!ose w!o !ave it not
or w!o %ossess it in but a limited degree. $ome !ave given e1er#ises designed to
4strengt!en4 t!e "ill w!i#! e1er#ises really strengt!en t!e 5ind so t!at it is able to
draw u%on its store of %ower. ;ut t!ey !ave generally overloo&ed t!e fa#t t!at in
autosuggestion is to be found t!e se#ret of t!e develo%ment of t!e mind so t!at it may
be#ome t!e effi#ient instrument of t!e "ill.
I AM Using My Will Power
$ay t!ese words several times earnestly and %ositively immediately after finis!ing t!is
arti#le. T!en re%eat t!em fre(uently during t!e day at least on#e an !our and
%arti#ularly w!en you meet somet!ing t!at #alls for t!e e1er#ise of "ill 3ower. )lso
re%eat t!em several times after you retire and settle yourself for slee%. .ow t!ere is
not!ing in t!e words unless you ba#& t!em u% wit! t!e t!oug!t. In fa#t t!e t!oug!t is
4t!e w!ole t!ing4 and t!e words only %egs u%on w!i#! to !ang t!e t!oug!t. $o t!in& of
w!at you are saying and mean w!at you say. @ou must use +ait! at t!e start and use
t!e words wit! a #onfident e1%e#tation of t!e result. Hold t!e steady t!oug!t t!at you
are drawing on your store!ouse of "ill 3ower and before long you will find t!at t!oug!t
is ta&ing form in a#tion and t!at your "ill 3ower is manifesting itself. @ou will feel an
influ1 of strengt! wit! ea#! re%etition of t!e words. @ou will find yourself over#oming
diffi#ulties and bad !abits and will be sur%rised at !ow t!ings are being smoot!ed out
3erform at least one disagreeable tas& ea#! day during t!e mont!.. If t!ere is any
es%e#ially disagreeable tas& w!i#! you would li&e to s!ir& t!at is t!e one for you to
%erform. T!is is not given to you in order to ma&e you self-sa#rifi#ing or mee& or
anyt!ing of t!at sort - it is given you to e1er#ise your "ill. )nyone #an do a %leasant
t!ing #!eerfully but it ta&es "ill to do t!e un%leasant t!ing #!eerfully2 and t!at is !ow
you must do t!e wor&. It will %rove a most valuable dis#i%line to you. Try it for a mont!
and you will see w!ere 4it #omes in.4 If you s!ir& t!is e1er#ise you !ad better sto% rig!t
!ere and a#&nowledge t!at you do not want "ill 3ower and are #ontent to stay w!ere
you are and remain a wea&ling.
"ow to become immune to in#urious Thought Attraction
THE first t!ing to do is to begin to 4#ut out4 +ear and "orry. +ear-t!oug!t is t!e #ause
of mu#! un!a%%iness and many failures. @ou !ave been told t!is t!ing over and over
again but it will bear re%eating. +ear is a !abit of mind w!i#! !as been fastened u%on
us by negative ra#e-t!oug!t but from w!i#! we may free ourselves by individual effort
$trong e1%e#tan#y is a %owerful magnet. He of t!e strong #onfident desire attra#ts to
!im t!e t!ings best #al#ulated to aid !im - %ersons t!ings #ir#umstan#es surroundings2
if !e desires t!em !o%efully trustfully #onfidently #almly. )nd e(ually true !e w!o
+ears a t!ing generally manages to start into o%eration for#es w!i#! will #ause t!e t!ing
!e feared to #ome u%on !im. /on:t you see t!e man w!o +ears really expects t!e
feared t!ing and t!e eyes of t!e Law is t!e same as if !e really !ad wis!ed for or
desired itG T!e Law is o%erative in bot! #ases - t!e %rin#i%le is t!e same.
T!e best way to over#ome t!e !abit of +ear is to assume t!e mental attitude of
-ourage 9ust as t!e best way to get rid of dar&ness is to let in t!e lig!t. It is a waste of
time to fig!t a negative t!oug!t-!abit by re#ogni0ing its for#e and trying to deny it out of
e1isten#e by mig!ty efforts. T!e best surest easiest and (ui#&est met!od is to assume
t!e e1isten#e of t!e %ositive t!oug!t desired in its %la#e2 and by #onstantly dwelling
u%on t!e %ositive t!oug!t manifest it into ob9e#tive reality.
T!erefore instead of re%eating 4I:m not afraid4 say boldly 4I am full of -ourage4 4I am
-ourageous.4 @ou must assert 4T!ere:s not!ing to fear4 w!i#! alt!oug! in t!e nature
of a denial sim%ly denies t!e reality of t!e ob9e#t #ausing fear rat!er t!an admitting t!e
fear itself and t!en denying it.
To over#ome fear one s!ould !old firmly to t!e mental attitude of -ourage. He s!ould
t!in& -ourage say -ourage a#t -ourage. He s!ould &ee% t!e mental %i#ture of
-ourage before !im all t!e time until it be#omes !is normal mental attitude. Hold t!e
ideal firmly before you and you will gradually grow to its attainment - t!e ideal will
Let t!e word 4-ourage4 sin& dee%ly into your mind and t!en !old it firmly t!ere until t!e
mind fastens it in %la#e. T!in& of yourself as being -ourageous - see yourself as a#ting
wit! -ourage in trying situations. ,eali0e t!at t!ere is not!ing to +ear - t!at "orry and
+ear never !el%ed anyone and never will. ,eali0e t!at +ear %araly0es effort and t!at
-ourage %romotes a#tivity.
T!e #onfident fearless e1%e#tant 4I -an and I "ill4 man is a mig!ty magnet. He
attra#ts to !imself 9ust w!at is needed for !is su##ess. T!ings seem to #ome !is way
and %eo%le say !e is 4lu#&y.4 .onsenseH 4Lu#&4 !as not!ing to do wit! it. It:s all in t!e
5ental )ttitude. )nd t!e 5ental )ttitude of t!e 4I -an:t4 or t!e 4I:m )fraid4 man also
determines !is measure of su##ess. T!ere:s no mystery w!atsoever about it. @ou !ave
but to loo& about you to reali0e t!e trut! of w!at I !ave said. /id you ever &now a
su##essful man w!o did not !ave t!e 4I -an and I will4 t!oug!t strong wit!in !imG "!y
!e will wal& all around t!e 4I -an:t4 man w!o !as %er!a%s even more ability. T!e first
mental attitude broug!t to t!e surfa#e latent (ualities as well as attra#ted !el% from
outside2 w!ilst t!e se#ond mental attitude not only attra#ted 4I -an:t4 %eo%le and t!ings
but also &e%t t!e man:s own %owers from manifesting t!emselves. I !ave demonstrated
t!e #orre#tness of t!ese views and so !ave many ot!ers and t!e number of %eo%le
w!o &now t!ese t!ings is growing every day.
/on:t waste your T!oug!t-+or#e but use it to advantage. $to% attra#ting to yourself
failure un!a%%iness in!armony sorrow - begin now and send out a #urrent of brig!t
%ositive !a%%y t!oug!t. Let your %revailing t!oug!t be 4I -an and I "ill24 think 4I -an
and I "ill24 dream "I -an and I "ill24 say 4I -an and I "ill24 and act 4I -an and I "ill4.
Live on t!e 4I -an and I and "ill4 %lane and before you are aware of it you will feel t!e
new vibrations manifesting t!emselves in a#tion2 will see t!em bring results2 will be
#ons#ious of t!e new %oint of view2 will reali0e t!at your own is #oming to you. @ou will
feel better a#t better see better ;E better in every way after you 9oin t!e 4I -an and I
+ear is t!e %arent of "orry Hate =ealousy 5ali#e )nger /is#ontent +ailure and all
t!e rest. T!e man w!o rids !imself of +ear will find t!at t!e rest of t!e brood !as
disa%%eared. T!e only way to be +ree is to get rid of +ear. Tear it out by t!e roots. I
regard t!e #on(uest of +ear as t!e first im%ortant ste% to be ta&en by t!ose w!o wis! to
master t!e a%%li#ation of T!oug!t +or#e. $o long as +ear masters you you are in no
#ondition to ma&e %rogress in t!e realm of T!oug!t and I must insist t!at you start to
wor& at on#e to get rid of t!is obstru#tion. @ou -). do it - if you only go about it in
earnest. )nd w!en you !ave ridded yourself of t!e vile t!ing life will seem entirely
different to you - you will feel !a%%ier freer stronger more %ositive and will be more
su##essful in every underta&ing of Life.
$tart it today ma&e u% your mind t!at t!is intruder must '* - do not #om%romise
matters wit! !im but insist u%on an absolute surrender on !is %art. @ou will find t!e tas&
diffi#ult at first but ea#! time you o%%ose !im !e will grow wea&er and you will be
stronger. $!ut off !is nouris!ment - starve !im to deat! - !e #annot live in a t!oug!t
atmos%!ere of +earlessness. $o start to fill your mind wit! good strong +earless
t!oug!ts - &ee% yourself busy t!in&ing +earlessness and +ear will die of !is own
a##ord. +earlessness is %ositive - +ear is negative and you may be sure t!at t!e
%ositive will %revail.
$o long as +ear is around wit! !is 4but4 4if4 4su%%ose4 4I:m afraid4 4I #an:t4 4w!at if4
and all t!e rest of !is #owardly suggestions you will not be able to use your T!oug!t
+or#e to t!e best advantage. *n#e get !im out of t!e way you will !ave #lear sailing
and every in#! of t!oug!t- sail will #at#! t!e wind. He is a =ona!. *verboard wit! !imH
BT!e w!ale t!at swallows !im will !ave my sym%at!y.C
I advise t!at you start in to do some of t!e t!ings w!i#! you feel you #ould do if you
were not afraid to try. $tart to wor& to do t!ese t!ings affirming -ourage all t!e way
t!roug! and you will be sur%rised to see !ow t!e #!anged mental attitude will #lear
away obsta#les from your %at! and will ma&e t!ings very mu#! easier t!an you !ad
anti#i%ated. E1er#ises of t!is &ind will develo% you wonderfully and you will be mu#!
gratified at t!e result of a little %ra#ti#e along t!ese lines.
T!ere are many t!ings before you awaiting a##om%lis!ment w!i#! you #an master if
you will only t!row aside t!e yo&e of +ear - if you will only refuse to a##e%t t!e ra#e
suggestion and will boldly assert t!e 4I4 and its %ower. )nd t!e best way to van(uis!
+ear is to assert 4-ourage4 and sto% t!in&ing of +ear. ;y t!is %lan you will train t!e mind
into new !abits of t!oug!t t!us eradi#ating t!e old negative t!oug!ts w!i#! !ave been
%ulling you down and !olding you ba#&. Ta&e t!e word 4-ourage4 wit! you as your
wat#!word and manifest it in a#tion.
,emember t!e only t!ing to fear is +ear and - well don:t even fear +ear for !e:s a
#owardly #!a% at t!e best w!o will run if you s!ow a brave front.
The Transmutation of $egative Thought
"*,,@ is t!e #!ild of +ear - if you &ill out +ear "orry will die for want of nouris!ment.
T!is advi#e is very old and yet it is always wort!y of re%etition for it is a lesson of w!i#!
we are greatly in need. $ome %eo%le t!in& t!at if we &ill out +ear and "orry we will
never be able to a##om%lis! anyt!ing. I !ave read editorials in t!e great 9ournals in
w!i#! t!e writers !eld t!at wit!out "orry one #an never a##om%lis! any of t!e great
tas&s of life be#ause "orry is ne#essary to stimulate interest and wor&. T!is is
nonsense no matter w!o utters it. "orry never !el%ed one to a##om%lis! anyt!ing2 on
t!e #ontrary it stands in t!e way of a##om%lis!ment and attainment.
T!e motive underlying a#tion and 4doing t!ings4 is /esire and Interest. If one earnestly
desires a t!ing !e naturally be#omes very mu#! interested in its a##om%lis!ment and
is (ui#& to sei0e u%on anyt!ing li&ely to !el% !im to gain t!e t!ing !e wants. 5ore t!an
t!at !is mind starts u% a wor& on t!e sub#ons#ious %lane t!at brings into t!e field of
#ons#iousness many ideas of value and im%ortan#e. /esire and Interest are t!e #auses
t!at result in su##ess. "orry is not /esire. It is true t!at if one:s surroundings and
environments be#ome intolerable !e is driven in des%eration to some efforts t!at will
result in t!rowing off t!e undesirable #onditions and in t!e a#(uiring of t!ose more in
!armony wit! !is desire. ;ut t!is is only anot!er form of /esire - t!e man desires
somet!ing different from w!at !e !as2 and w!en !is desire be#omes strong enoug! !is
entire interest is given to t!e tas& !e ma&es a mig!ty effort and t!e #!ange is
a##om%lis!ed. ;ut it wasn:t "orry t!at #aused t!e effort. "orry #ould #ontent itself wit!
wringing its !ands and moaning 4"oe is me4 and wearing its nerves to a fra00le and
a##om%lis!ing not!ing. /esire a#ts differently. It grows stronger as t!e man:s #onditions
be#ome intolerable and finally w!en !e feels t!e !urt so strongly t!at !e #an:t stand it
any longer !e says 4I won't stand t!is any longer - l will ma&e a #!ange4 and loH T!en
/esire s%rings into a#tion. T!e man &ee%s on 4wanting4 a #!ange t!e worst way Bw!i#!
is t!e best wayC and !is Interest and )ttention being given to t!e tas& of deliveran#e !e
begins to ma&e t!ings move. "orry never a##om%lis!ed anyt!ing. "orry is negative
and deat! %rodu#ing. /esire and )mbition are %ositive and life %rodu#ing. ) man may
worry !imself to deat! and yet not!ing will be a##om%lis!ed but let t!at man transmute
!is worry and dis#ontent into /esire and Interest #ou%led wit! a belief t!at !e is able to
ma&e t!e #!ange - t!e 4I -an and I "ill4 idea - t!en somet!ing !a%%ens.
@es +ear and "orry must go before we #an do mu#!. *ne must %ro#eed to #ast out
t!ese negative intruders and re%la#e t!em wit! -onfiden#e and Ho%e. Transmute
"orry into &een /esire. T!en you will find t!at Interest is awa&ened and you will begin
to t!in& t!ings of interest to you. T!oug!ts will #ome to you from t!e great reserve sto#&
in your mind and you will start to manifest t!em in a#tion. 5oreover you will be %la#ing
yourself in !armony wit! similar t!oug!ts of ot!ers and will draw to you aid and
assistan#e from t!e great volume of t!oug!t waves wit! w!i#! t!e world is filled. *ne
draws to !imself t!oug!t waves #orres%onding in #!ara#ter wit! t!e nature of t!e
%revailing t!oug!ts in !is won mind - !is mental attitude. T!en again !e begins to set
into motion t!e great Law of )ttra#tion w!ereby !e draws to !im ot!ers li&ely to !el%
!im and is in turn attra#ted to ot!ers w!o #an aid !im. T!is Law of )ttra#tion is no
9o&e no meta%!ysi#al absurdity but is a great live wor&ing %rin#i%le of .ature as
anyone may learn by e1%erimenting and observing.
To su##eed in anyt!ing you must want it very mu#! - /esire must be in eviden#e in
order to attra#t. T!e man of wea& desires attra#ts very little to !imself. T!e stronger t!e
/esire t!e greater t!e for#e set into motion. @ou must want a t!ing !ard enoug! before
you #an get it. @ou must want it more t!an you do t!e t!ings around you and you must
be %re%ared to %ay t!e %ri#e for it. T!e %ri#e is t!e t!rowing overboard of #ertain lesser
desires t!at stand in t!e way of t!e a##om%lis!ment of t!e greater one. -omfort ease
leisure amusements and many ot!er t!ings may !ave to go Bnot always t!oug!C. It all
de%ends on w!at you want. )s a rule t!e greater t!e t!ing desired t!e greater t!e %ri#e
to be %aid for it. .ature believes in ade(uate #om%ensation. ;ut if you really /esire a
t!ing in earnest you will %ay t!e %ri#e wit!out (uestion2 for t!e /esire will dwarf t!e
im%ortan#e of t!e ot!er t!ings.
@ou say t!at you want a t!ing very mu#! and are doing everyt!ing %ossible toward its
attainmentG 3s!awH @ou are only %laying /esire. /o you want t!e t!ing as mu#! as a
%risoner wants freedom - as mu#! as a dying man wants lifeG Loo& at t!e almost
mira#ulous t!ings a##om%lis!ed by %risoners desiring freedom. Loo& !ow t!ey wor&
t!roug! steel %lates and stonewalls wit! a bit of stone. Is your desire as strong as t!atG
/o you wor& for t!e desired t!ing as if your life de%ended u%on itG .onsenseH @ou don:t
&now w!at /esire is. I tell you if a man wants a t!ing as mu#! as t!e %risoner wants
freedom or as mu#! as a strongly vital man wants life t!en t!at man will be able to
swee% away obsta#les and im%ediments a%%arently immovable. T!e &ey to attainment
is /esire -onfiden#e and "ill. T!is &ey will o%en many doors.
+ear %araly0es /esire - it s#ares t!e life out of it. @ou must get rid of +ear. T!ere !ave
been times in my life w!en +ear would get !old of me and ta&e a good firm gri% on my
vitals and I would lose all !o%e2 all interest2 all ambition2 all desire. ;ut t!an& t!e Lord I
!ave always managed to t!row off t!e gri% of t!e monster and fa#e my diffi#ulty li&e a
man2 and loH T!ings would seem to be straig!tened out for me some!ow. Eit!er t!e
diffi#ulty would melt away or I would be given means to over#ome or get around or
under or over it. It is strange !ow t!is wor&s. .o matter !ow great is t!e diffi#ulty w!en
we finally fa#e it wit! #ourage and #onfiden#e in ourselves we seem to %ull t!roug!
some!ow and t!en we begin to wonder w!at we were s#ared about. T!is is not a mere
fan#y it is t!e wor&ing of a mig!ty law w!i#! we do not as yet fully understand but
w!i#! we may %rove at any time.
3eo%le often as&6 4it:s all very well for you .ew T!oug!t %eo%le to say :/on:t worry: but
w!at:s a %erson to do w!en !e t!in&s of all t!e %ossible t!ings a!ead of !im w!i#!
mig!t u%set !im and !is %lansG "ell all t!at I #an say is t!at t!e man is foolis! to
bot!er about t!in&ing of troubles to #ome at some time in t!e future. T!e ma9ority of
t!ings t!at we worry about don:t #ome to %ass at all2 a large %ro%ortion of t!e ot!ers
#ome in a milder form t!an we !ad anti#i%ated and t!ere are always ot!er t!ings w!i#!
#ome at t!e same time w!i#! !el% us to over#ome t!e trouble. T!e future !olds in store
for us not only diffi#ulties to be over#ome but also agents to !el% us in over#oming t!e
diffi#ulties. T!ings ad9ust t!emselves. "e are %re%ared for any trouble w!i#! may #ome
u%on us and w!en t!e time #omes we some!ow find ourselves able to meet it. 'od not
only tem%ers t!e wind to t!e s!orn lamb but He also tem%ers t!e s!orn lamb to t!e
wind. T!e winds and t!e s!earing do not #ome toget!er2 t!ere is usually enoug! time
for t!e lamb to get seasoned and t!en !e generally grows new wool before t!e #old
It !as been well said t!at nine-tent!s of t!e worries are over t!ings w!i#! never #omes
to %ass and t!at t!e ot!er tent! is over t!ings of little or no a##ount. $o w!at:s t!e use
in using u% all your reserve for#e in fretting over future troubles if t!is be soG ;etter wait
until your troubles really #ome before you worry. @ou will find t!at by t!is storing u% of
energy you will be able to meet about any sort of trouble t!at #omes your way.
"!at is it t!at uses u% all t!e energy in t!e average man or woman anywayG Is it t!e
real over#oming of diffi#ulties or t!e worrying about im%ending troublesG It:s always
4Tomorrow tomorrow4 and yet tomorrow never #omes 9ust as we feared it would.
Tomorrow is all rig!t2 it #arries in its gri% good t!ings as well as troubles. ;less my soul
w!en I sit down and t!in& over t!e t!ings w!i#! I on#e feared mig!t %ossibly des#end
u%on me I laug!H "!ere are t!ose feared t!ings nowG I don:t &now - !ave almost
forgotten t!at I ever feared t!em.
@ou do not need fight "orry - t!at isn:t t!e way to over#ome t!e !abit. =ust %ra#ti#e
#on#entration and t!en learn to #on#entrate u%on somet!ing rig!t before you and you
will find t!at t!e worry t!oug!t !as vanis!ed. T!e mind #an t!in& of but one t!ing at a
time and if you #on#entrate u%on a brig!t t!ing t!e ot!er t!ing will fade away. T!ere
are better ways of over#oming ob9e#tionable t!oug!ts t!an by fig!ting t!em. Learn to
#on#entrate u%on t!oug!ts of an o%%osite #!ara#ter and you will !ave solved t!e
"!en t!e mind is full of worry t!oug!ts it #annot find time to wor& out %lans to benefit
you. ;ut w!en you !ave #on#entrated u%on brig!t !el%ful t!oug!ts you will dis#over
t!at it will start to wor& sub#ons#iously2 and w!en t!e time #omes you will find all sorts
of %lans and met!ods by w!i#! you will be able to meet t!e demands u%on you. ?ee%
your mental attitude rig!t and all t!ings will be added unto you. T!ere:s no sense in
worrying2 not!ing !as ever been gained by it and not!ing ever will be. ;rig!t #!eerful
and !a%%y t!oug!ts attra#t brig!t #!eerful and !a%%y t!ings to us - worry drives t!em
away. -ultivate t!e rig!t mental attitude.
The Law of ental %ontrol
@*U, t!oug!ts are eit!er fait!ful servants or tyranni#al masters - 9ust as you allow
t!em to be. @ou !ave t!e say about it2 ta&e your #!oi#e. T!ey will eit!er go about your
wor& under dire#tion of t!e firm will doing it t!e best t!ey &now !ow not only in your
wa&ing !ours but w!en you are aslee% - some of our best mental wor& being %erformed
for us w!en our #ons#ious mentality is at rest as is eviden#ed by t!e fa#t t!at w!en t!e
morning #omes we find troublesome %roblems !ave been wor&ed out for us during t!e
nig!t after we !ad dismissed t!em from our minds - a%%arently2 or t!ey will ride all over
us and ma&e us t!eir slaves if we are foolis! enoug! to allow t!em to do so. 5ore t!an
!alf t!e %eo%le of t!e world are slaves of every vagrant t!oug!t w!i#! may see fit to
@our mind is given you for your good and for your own use - not to use you. T!ere are
very few %eo%le w!o seem to reali0e t!is and w!o understand t!e art of managing t!e
mind. T!e &ey to t!e mystery is -on#entration. ) little %ra#ti#e will develo% wit!in every
man t!e %ower to use t!e mental ma#!ine %ro%erly. "!en you !ave some mental wor&
to do #on#entrate u%on it to t!e e1#lusion of everyt!ing else and you will find t!at t!e
mind will get rig!t down to business - to t!e wor& at !and - and matters will be #leared
u% in no time. T!ere is an absen#e of fri#tion and all waste motion or lost %ower is
obviated. Every %ound of energy is %ut to use and every revolution of t!e mental driving
w!eel #ounts for somet!ing. It %ays to be able to be a #om%etent mental engineer.
)nd t!e man w!o understands !ow to run !is mental engine &nows t!at one of t!e
im%ortant t!ings is to be able to sto% it w!en t!e wor& !as been done. He does not &ee%
%utting #oal in t!e furna#e and maintaining a !ig! %ressure after t!e wor& is finis!ed or
w!en t!e day:s %ortion of t!e wor& !as been done and t!e fires s!ould be ban&ed until
t!e ne1t day. $ome %eo%le a#t as if t!e engine s!ould be &e%t running w!et!er t!ere
was any wor& to be done or not and t!en t!ey #om%lain if it gets worn out and wobbles
and needs re%airing. T!ese mental engines are fine ma#!ines and need intelligent
To t!ose w!o are a#(uainted wit! t!e laws of mental #ontrol it seems absurd for one to
lie awa&e at nig!t fretting about t!e %roblems of t!e day or more often of t!e morrow. It
is 9ust as easy to slow down t!e mind as it is to slow down an engine and t!ousands of
%eo%le are learning to do t!is in t!ese days of .ew T!oug!t. T!e best way to do it is to
t!in& of somet!ing else - as far different from t!e obtruding t!oug!t as %ossible. T!ere is
no use fig!ting an ob9e#tionable t!oug!t wit! t!e %ur%ose of 4downing4 it - t!at is a great
waste of energy and t!e more you &ee% on saying 4I won:t t!in& of t!is t!ingH4 t!e more
it &ee%s on #oming into your mind for you are !olding it t!ere for t!e %ur%ose of !itting
it. Let it go2 don:t give it anot!er t!oug!t2 fi1 t!e mind on somet!ing entirely different
and &ee% t!e attention t!ere by an effort of t!e will. ) little %ra#ti#e will do mu#! for you
in t!is dire#tion. T!ere is only room for one t!ing at a time in t!e fo#us of attention2 so
%ut all your attention u%on one t!oug!t and t!e ot!ers will snea& off. Try it for yourself.
Asserting the Life&'orce
I !ave s%o&en to you of t!e advantage of getting rid of +ear. .ow I wis! to %ut LI+E into
you. 5any of you !ave been going along as if you were dead - no ambition - no energy -
no vitality - no interest - no life. T!is will never do. @ou are stagnating. "a&e u% and
dis%lay a few signs of lifeH T!is is not t!e %la#e in w!i#! you #an stal& around li&e a
living #or%se - t!is is t!e %la#e for wide-awa&e a#tive live %eo%le and a good general
awa&ening is w!at is needed2 alt!oug! it would ta&e not!ing less t!an a blast from
'abriel:s trum%et to awa&en some of t!e %eo%le w!o are stal&ing around t!in&ing t!at
t!ey are alive but w!o are really dead to all t!at ma&es life wort!w!ile.
"e must let Life flow t!roug! us and allow it to e1%ress itself naturally. /o not let t!e
little worries of life or t!e big ones eit!er de%ress you and #ause you to lose your
vitality. )ssert t!e Life +or#e wit!in you and manifest it in every t!oug!t a#t and deed
and before long you will be e1!ilarated and fairly bubbling over wit! vitality and energy.
3ut a little life into your wor& - into your %leasures - into yourself. $to% doing t!ings in a
!alf-!eaded way and begin to ta&e an interest in w!at you are doing saying and
t!in&ing. It is astonis!ing !ow mu#! interest we may find in t!e ordinary t!ings of life if
we will only wa&e u%. T!ere are interesting t!ings all around us - interesting events
o##urring every moment - but we will not be aware of t!em unless we assert our life
for#e and begin to a#tually live instead of merely e1isting.
.o man or woman ever amounted to anyt!ing unless !e or s!e %ut life into t!e tas&s of
everyday life - t!e a#ts - t!e t!oug!ts. "!at t!e world needs is live men and women.
=ust loo& into t!e eyes of t!e %eo%le w!om you meet and see !ow few of t!em are
really alive. T!e most of t!em la#& t!at e1%ression of #ons#ious life w!i#! distinguis!es
t!e man w!o lives from t!e one w!o sim%ly exists.
I want you to a#(uire t!is sense of #ons#ious life so t!at you may manifest it in your life
and s!ow w!at 5ental $#ien#e !as done for you. I want you to get to wor& today and
begin to ma&e yourselves over a##ording to t!e latest %attern. @ou #an do t!is if you will
only ta&e t!e %ro%er interest in t!e tas&.
)++I,5)TI*. )./ EFE,-I$E
+i1 in your mind t!e t!oug!t t!at t!e 4I4 wit!in you is very mu#! alive and t!at you are
manifesting life fully mentally and %!ysi#ally. )nd &ee% t!is t!oug! t!ere aiding
yourself wit! #onstant re%etitions of t!e wat#!word. /on:t let t!e t!oug!t es#a%e you
but &ee% %us!ing it ba#& into t!e mind. ?ee% it before t!e mental vision as mu#! as
%ossible. ,e%eat t!e wat#!word w!en you awa&en in t!e morning - say it w!en you
retire at nig!t. )nd say it at meal times and w!enever else you #an during t!e day - at
least on#e an !our. +orm t!e mental %i#ture of yourself as filled wit! Life and Energy.
Live u% to it as far as %ossible. "!en you start in to %erform a tas& say 4I )5 )live4 and
mi1 u% as mu#! life as %ossible in t!e tas&. If you find yourself feeling de%ressed say 4I
)5 )live4 and t!en ta&e a few dee% breat!s and wit! ea#! in!alation let t!e mind !old
t!e t!oug!t t!at you are breat!ing in $trengt! and Life and as you e1!ale !old t!e
t!oug!t t!at you are breat!ing out all t!e old dead negative #onditions and are glad to
get rid of t!em. T!en finis! u% wit! an earnest vigorous affirmation6 4I )5 )live4 and
mean it w!en you say it too.
)nd let your t!oug!ts ta&e form in a#tion. /on:t rest #ontent wit! merely saying t!at you
are alive but %rove it wit! your a#ts. Ta&e an interest in doing t!ings and don:t go
around 4mooning4 or daydreaming. 'et down to business and LIDE.
Training the "abit&ind
3,*+E$$*, "illiam =ames t!e well-&nown tea#!er of and writer u%on 3sy#!ology
very truly says6 4T!e great t!ing in all edu#ation is to ma&e our nervous system our ally
instead of our enemy. +or t!is we must ma&e automati# and !abitual as early as
%ossible as many useful a#tions as we #an and as #arefully guard against growing into
ways t!at are li&ely to be disadvantageous. In t!e a#(uisition of a new !abit or t!e
leaving off of an old one we must ta&e #are to laun#! ourselves wit! as strong and
de#ided initiative as %ossible. .ever suffer an e1#e%tion to o##ur until t!e new !abit is
se#urely rooted in your life. $ei0e t!e very first %ossible o%%ortunity to a#t on every
resolution you ma&e and on every emotional %rom%ting you may e1%erien#e in t!e
dire#tion of t!e !abits you as%ire to gain.4
T!is advi#e is along t!e lines familiar to all students of 5ental $#ien#e but it states t!e
matter more %lainly t!an t!e ma9ority of us !ave done. It im%resses u%on us t!e
im%ortan#e of %assing on to t!e sub#ons#ious mind t!e %ro%er im%ulses so t!at t!ey
will be#ome automati# and 4se#ond nature.4 *ur sub#ons#ious mentality is a great
store!ouse for all sorts of suggestions from ourselves and ot!ers and as it is t!e 4!abit-
mind4 we must be #areful to send it t!e %ro%er material from w!i#! it may ma&e !abits.
If we get into t!e !abit of doing #ertain t!ings we may be sure t!at t!e sub#ons#ious
mentality will ma&e it easier for us to do 9ust t!e same t!ing over and over again easier
ea#! time until finally we are firmly bound wit! t!e ro%es and #!ains of t!e !abit and
find it more or less diffi#ult sometimes almost im%ossible to free ourselves from t!e
"e s!ould #ultivate good !abits against t!e !our of need. T!e time will #ome w!en we
will be re(uired to %ut fort! our best efforts and it rests wit! us today w!et!er t!at !our
of need s!all find us doing t!e %ro%er t!ing automati#ally and almost wit!out t!oug!t or
struggling to do it bound down and !indered wit! t!e #!ains of t!ings o%%osed to t!at
w!i#! we desire at t!at moment.
"e must be on guard at all times to %revent t!e forming of undesirable !abits. T!ere
may be no s%e#ial !arm in doing a #ertain t!ing today or %er!a%s again tomorrow but
t!ere may be mu#! !arm in setting u% the habit of of doing t!at %arti#ular t!ing. If you
are #onfronted wit! t!e (uestion6 4"!i#! of t!ese two t!ings s!ould I doG4 t!e best
answer is6 4I will do t!at w!i#! I would li&e to be#ome a !abit wit! me.4
In forming a new !abit or in brea&ing an old one we s!ould t!row ourselves into t!e
tas& wit! as mu#! ent!usiasm as %ossible in order to gain t!e most ground before t!e
energy e1%ends itself w!en it meets wit! fri#tion from t!e o%%osing !abits already
formed. "e s!ould start in by ma&ing as strong an im%ression as %ossible u%on t!e
sub#ons#ious mentality. T!en we s!ould be #onstantly on guard against tem%tations to
brea& t!e new resolution 49ust t!is on#e.4 T!is 49ust on#e4 idea &ills off more good
resolutions t!an any ot!er one #ause. T!e moment you yield 49ust t!is on#e you
introdu#e t!e t!in edge of t!e wedge t!at will in t!e end s%lit your resolution into
E(ually im%ortant is t!e fa#t t!at ea#! time you resist tem%tation t!e stronger does your
resolution be#ome. )#t u%on your resolution as early and as often as %ossible as wit!
every manifestation of t!oug!t in a#tion t!e stronger does it be#ome. @ou are adding to
t!e strengt! of your original resolution every time you ba#& it u% wit! a#tion.
T!e mind !as been li&ened to a %ie#e of %a%er t!at !as been folded. Ever afterwards it
!as a tenden#y to fold in t!e same #rease - unless we ma&e a new #rease or fold w!en
it will follow t!e last lines. )nd t!e #reases are !abits - every time we ma&e one it is so
mu#! easier for t!e mind to fold along t!e same #rease afterward. Let us ma&e our
mental #reases in t!e rig!t dire#tion.
The Psychology of (motion
*.E is a%t to t!in& of t!e emotions as inde%endent from !abit. "e easily may t!in& of
one a#(uiring !abits of a#tion and even of t!in&ing but we are a%t to regard t!e
emotions as somet!ing #onne#ted wit! 4feeling4 and (uite divor#ed from intelle#tual
effort. @et not wit!standing t!e distin#tion between t!e two bot! are de%endent largely
u%on !abit and one may re%ress in#rease develo% and #!ange one:s emotions 9ust
as one may regulate !abits of a#tion and lines of t!oug!t.
It is an a1iom of %sy#!ology t!at 4Emotions dee%en by re%etition.4 If a %erson allows a
state of feeling to t!oroug!ly ta&e %ossession of !im !e will find it easier to yield to t!e
same emotion t!e se#ond time and so on until t!e %arti#ular emotion or feeling
be#omes se#ond nature to !im. If an undesirable emotion s!ows itself in#lined to ta&e
u% a %ermanent abode wit! you you !ad better start to wor& to get rid of it or at least to
master it. )nd t!e best time to do t!is is at t!e start2 for ea#! re%etition renders t!e !abit
more firmly entren#!ed and t!e tas& of dislodging it more diffi#ult.
"ere you ever 9ealousG If so you will remember !ow insidious was its first a%%roa#!2
!ow subtly it w!is%ered !ateful suggestions into your willing ear and !ow gradually it
followed u% su#! suggestions until finally you began to see green. B=ealousy !as an
effe#t u%on t!e bile and #auses it to %oison t!e blood. T!is is w!y t!e idea of green is
always asso#iated wit! it.C T!en you will remember !ow t!e t!ing seemed to grow
ta&ing %ossession of you until you s#ar#ely #ould s!a&e it off. @ou found it mu#! easier
to be#ome 9ealous t!e ne1t time. It seemed to bring before you all sorts of ob9e#ts
a%%arently 9ustifying your sus%i#ions and feeling. Everyt!ing began to loo& green - t!e
green-eyed monster wa1ed fat.
)nd so it is wit! every feeling or emotion. If you give way to a fit of rage you will find it
easier to be#ome angry t!e ne1t time on less %rovo#ation. T!e !abit of feeling and
a#ting 4mean4 does not ta&e long to firmly settle itself in its new !ome if en#ouraged.
"orry is a great !abit for growing and wa1ing fat. 3eo%le start by worrying about big
t!ings and t!en begin to worry and fret about some smaller t!ing. )nd t!en t!e merest
trifle worries and distresses t!em. T!ey imagine t!at all sorts of evil t!ings are about to
befall t!em. If t!ey start on a 9ourney t!ey are #ertain t!ere is going to be a wre#&. If a
telegram #omes it is sure to #ontain some dreadful tidings. If a #!ild seems a little (uiet
t!e worrying mot!er is %ositive it is going to fall ill and die. If t!e !usband seems
t!oug!tful as !e revolves some business %lan in !is mind t!en t!e good wife is
#onvin#ed t!at !e is beginning to #ease to love !er and indulges in a #rying s%ell. )nd
so it goes - worry worry worry - ea#! indulgen#e ma&ing t!e !abit more at !ome. )fter
a w!ile t!e #ontinued t!oug!t s!ows itself in a#tion. .ot only is t!e mind %oisoned by
t!e blue t!oug!ts but t!e fore!ead s!ows dee% lines between t!e eyebrows and t!e
voi#e ta&es on t!at w!ining ras%ing tone so #ommon among worry-burdened %eo%le.
T!e #ondition of mind &nown as 4fault-finding4 is anot!er emotion t!at grows fat wit!
e1er#ise. +irst fault is found wit! t!is t!ing t!en wit! t!at and finally wit! everyt!ing.
T!e %erson be#omes a #!roni# 4nagger4 - a burden to friends and relatives and a t!ing
to be avoided by outsiders. "omen ma&e t!e greatest naggers. .ot be#ause men are
any better but sim%ly be#ause a man nagger a%t to !ave t!e !abit &no#&ed out of !im
by ot!er men w!o will not stand !is nonsense - !e find t!at !e is ma&ing t!ings too !ot
for !imself and !e reforms2 w!ile a woman !as more of a #!an#e to indulge in t!e !abit.
;ut t!is nagging is all a matter of !abit. It grows from small beginnings and ea#! time it
is indulged in it t!rows out anot!er root bran#! or tendril and fastens itself t!e #loser
to t!e one w!o !as given it soil in w!i#! to grow.
Envy un#!aritableness gossi% s#andal-mongering are all !abits of t!is &ind. T!e
seeds are in every !uman breast and only need good soil and a little watering to
be#ome lusty and strong.
Ea#! time you give way to one of t!ese negative emotions t!e easier do you ma&e it for
a re#urren#e of t!e same t!ing or similar ones. $ometimes by en#ouraging one
unwort!y emotion you find t!at you !ave given room for t!e growt! of a w!ole family of
t!ese mental weeds.
.ow t!is is not a good old ort!odo1 %rea#!ment against t!e sin of bad t!oug!ts. It is
merely a #alling of your attention to t!e law underlying t!e %sy#!ology of emotion.
.ot!ing new about it - old as t!e !ills - so old t!at many of us !ave forgotten all about it.
If you wis! to manifest t!ese #onstantly disagreeable and un%leasant traits and to
suffer t!e un!a%%iness t!at #omes from t!em by all means do so - t!at is your own
business and %rivilege. It:s none of mine and I am not %rea#!ing at you - it &ee%s me
busy minding my own business and &ee%ing an eye on my own undesirable !abits and
a#tions. I am merely telling you t!e law regarding t!e matter and you may do t!e rest. If
you wis! to #!o&e out t!ese !abits t!ere are two ways o%en to you. +irst w!enever
you find yourself indulging in a negative t!oug!t or feeling ta&e rig!t !old of it and say
to it firmly and vigorously 4'et outH4 It won:t li&e t!is at first and will bridle u% #urve its
ba#& and snarl li&e an offended #at. ;ut never mind - 9ust say 4$#at4 to it. T!e ne1t time
it will not be so #onfident and aggressive - it will !ave manifested a little of t!e fear-
!abit. Ea#! time you re%ress and #!o&e out a tenden#y of t!is &ind t!e wea&er it will
be#ome and t!e stronger will your will be.
3rofessor =ames says6 4,efuse to e1%ress a %assion and it dies. -ount ten before
venting your anger and its o##asion seems ridi#ulous. "!istling to &ee% u% #ourage is
no mere figure of s%ee#!. *n t!e ot!er !and sit all day in a mo%ing %osture sig! and
re%ly to everyt!ing wit! a dismal voi#e and your melan#!oly lingers. T!ere is no more
valuable %re#e%t in moral edu#ation t!an t!is as all w!o !ave e1%erien#e &now6 if we
wis! to #on(uer emotional tenden#ies in ourselves we must assiduously and in t!e first
instan#e #old-bloodedly go t!roug! t!e outward movements of t!ose #ontrary
dis%ositions we %refer to #ultivate.
$moot! t!e brow brig!ten t!e eye #ontra#t t!e dorsal rat!er t!an t!e ventral as%e#t of
t!e frame and s%ea& in a ma9or &ey %ass t!e genial #om%liment and your !eart must
be frigid indeed if it does not gradually t!aw.
)eveloping new Brain %ells
I !ave s%o&en of t!e %lan of getting rid of undesirable states of feeling by driving t!em
out. ;ut a far better way is to #ultivate t!e feeling or emotion dire#tly o%%osed to t!e one
you wis! to eradi#ate.
"e are very a%t to regard ourselves as t!e #reatures of our emotions and feelings and
to fan#y t!at t!ese feelings and emotions are 4we.4 ;ut su#! is far from being t!e trut!.
It is true t!at t!e ma9ority of t!e ra#e are slaves of t!eir emotions and feelings and are
governed by t!em to a great degree. T!ey t!in& t!at feelings are t!ings t!at rule one
and from w!i#! one #annot free !imself and so t!ey #ease to rebel. T!ey yield to t!e
feeling wit!out (uestion alt!oug! t!ey may &now t!at t!e emotion or mental trait is
#al#ulated to in9ure t!em and to bring un!a%%iness and failure instead of !a%%iness and
su##ess. T!ey say 4"e are made t!at way4 and let it go at t!at.
T!e new 3sy#!ology is tea#!ing t!e %eo%le better t!ings. It tells t!em t!at t!ey are
masters of t!eir emotions and feelings instead of being t!eir slaves. It tells t!em t!at
brain-#ells may be develo%ed t!at will manifest along desirable lines and t!at t!e old
brain-#ells t!at !ave been manifesting so un%leasantly may be %la#ed on t!e retired list
and allowed to atro%!y from want of use. 3eo%le may ma&e t!emselves over and
#!ange t!eir entire natures. T!is is not mere idle t!eory but is a wor&ing fa#t w!i#! !as
been demonstrated by t!ousands of %eo%le and w!i#! is #oming more and more before
t!e attention of t!e ra#e.
.o matter w!at t!eory of mind we entertain we must admit t!at t!e brain is t!e organ
and instrument of t!e mind in our %resent state of e1isten#e at least and t!at t!e brain
must be #onsidered in t!is matter. T!e brain is li&e a wonderful musi#al instrument
!aving millions of &eys u%on w!i#! we may %lay innumerable #ombinations of sounds.
"e #ome into t!e world wit! #ertain tenden#ies tem%eraments and %re-dis%ositions
"e may a##ount for t!ese tenden#ies by !eredity or we may a##ount for t!em u%on
t!eories of %re-e1isten#e but t!e fa#ts remain t!e same. -ertain &eys seem to res%ond
to our tou#! more easily t!an ot!ers. -ertain notes seem to sound fort! as t!e #urrent
of #ir#umstan#es swee%s over t!e strings. )nd #ertain ot!er notes are less easily
vibrated. ;ut we find t!at if we but ma&e an effort of t!e will to restrain t!e utteran#e of
some of t!ese easily sounded strings t!ey will grow more diffi#ult to sound and less
liable to be stirred by t!e %assing bree0e. )nd if we will %ay attention to some of t!e
ot!er strings t!at !ave not been giving fort! a #lear tone we will soon get t!em in good
wor&ing order2 t!eir notes will #!ime fort! #lear and vibrant and will drown t!e less
"e !ave millions of unused brain-#ells awaiting our #ultivation. "e are using but a few
of t!em and some of t!ese we are wor&ing to deat!. "e are able to give some of t!ese
#ells a rest by using ot!er #ells. T!e brain may be trained and #ultivated in a manner
in#redible to one w!o !as not loo&ed into t!e sub9e#t. 5ental attitudes may be a#(uired
and #ultivated #!anged and dis#arded at will. T!ere is no longer any e1#use for %eo%le
manifesting un%leasant and !armful mental states. "e !ave t!e remedy in our own
"e a#(uire !abits of t!oug!t feeling and a#tion re%eated use. "e may be born wit! a
tenden#y in a #ertain dire#tion or we may a#(uire tenden#ies by suggestions from
ot!er2 su#! as t!e e1am%les of t!ose around us suggestions from reading listening to
tea#!ers. "e are a bundle of mental !abits. Ea#! time we indulge in an undesirable
t!oug!t or !abit t!e easier does it be#ome for us to re%eat t!at t!oug!t or a#tion.
5ental s#ientists are in t!e !abit of s%ea&ing of desirable t!oug!ts or mental attitudes
as 4%ositive4 and of t!e undesirable ones as 4negative.4 T!ere is a good reason for t!is.
T!e mind instin#tively re#ogni0es #ertain t!ings as good for t!e individual to w!i#! it
belongs and it #lears t!e %at! for su#! t!oug!ts and inter%oses t!e least resistan#e to
t!em. T!ey !ave a mu#! greater effe#t t!an an undesirable t!oug!t %ossesses and
one %ositive t!oug!t will #ountera#t a number of negative t!oug!ts. T!e best way to
over#ome undesirable or negative t!oug!ts and feelings is to #ultivate t!e %ositive ones.
T!e %ositive t!oug!t is t!e strongest %lant and will in time starve out t!e negative one
by wit!drawing from it t!e nouris!ment ne#essary for its e1isten#e.
*f #ourse t!e negative t!oug!t will set u% a vigorous resistan#e at first for it is a fig!t
for life wit! it. In t!e slang words of t!e time it 4sees its finis!4 if t!e %ositive t!oug!t is
allowed to grow and develo%2 and #onse(uently it ma&es t!ings un%leasant for t!e
individual until !e !as started well into t!e wor& of starving it out. ;rain #ells do not li&e
to be laid on t!e s!elf any more t!an does any ot!er form of living energy and t!ey
rebel and struggle until t!ey be#ome too wea& to do so. T!e best way is to %ay as little
attention as %ossible to t!ese weeds of t!e mind but %ut in as mu#! time as %ossible
watering #aring for and attending to t!e new and beautiful %lants in t!e garden of t!e
+or instan#e if you are a%t to !ate %eo%le you #an best over#ome t!e negative t!oug!t
by #ultivating Love in its %la#e. T!in& Love and a#t it out as often as %ossible. -ultivate
t!oug!ts of &indness and a#t as &indly as you #an to everyone wit! w!om you #ome in
#onta#t. @ou will !ave trouble at t!e start but gradually Love will master Hate and t!e
latter will begin to droo% and wit!er. If you !ave a tenden#y toward t!e 4blues4 #ultivate
a smile and a #!eerful view of t!ings. Insist u%on your mout! wearing u%turned #orners
and ma&e an effort of t!e will to loo& u%on t!e brig!t side of t!ings. T!e 4blue-devils4 will
set u% a fig!t of #ourse but %ay no attention to t!em - 9ust go on #ultivating o%timism
and #!eerfulness. Let 4;rig!t -!eerful and Ha%%y4 be your wat#!word and try to live
T!ese re#i%es may seem very old and timeworn but t!ey are %sy#!ologi#al trut!s and
may be used by you to advantage. If you on#e #om%re!end t!e nature of t!e t!ing t!e
affirmations and autosuggestions of t!e several s#!ools may be understood and ta&en
advantage of. @ou may ma&e yourself energeti# instead of slot!ful a#tive instead of
la0y by t!is met!od. It is all a matter of %ra#ti#e and steady wor&. .ew T!oug!t %eo%le
often !ave mu#! to say about 4!olding t!e t!oug!t24 and indeed it is ne#essary to 4!old
t!e t!oug!t4 in order to a##om%lis! results. ;ut somet!ing more is needed. @ou must
4a#t out4 t!e t!oug!t until it be#omes a fi1ed !abit wit! you. T!oug!ts ta&e form in
a#tion2 and in turn a#tions influen#e t!oug!t. $o by 4a#ting out4 #ertain lines of t!oug!t
t!e a#tions rea#t u%on t!e mind and in#rease t!e develo%ment of t!e %art of t!e mind
!aving #lose relation to t!e a#t. Ea#! time t!e mind entertains a t!oug!t t!e easier
be#omes t!e resulting a#tion - and ea#! time an a#t is %erformed t!e easier be#omes
t!e #orres%onding t!oug!t. $o you see t!e t!ing wor&s bot! ways - a#tion and rea#tion.
If you feel #!eerful and !a%%y it is very natural for you to laug!. )nd if you will laug! a
little you will begin to feel brig!t and #!eerful. /o you see w!at I am trying to get atG
Here it is in a nuts!ell6 if you wis! to #ultivate a #ertain !abit of a#tion begin by
#ultivating t!e mental attitude #orres%onding to it. )nd as a means of #ultivating t!at
mental attitude start in to 4a#t-out 4 or go t!roug! t!e motions of t!e a#t #orres%onding
to t!e t!oug!t. .ow see if you #annot a%%ly t!is rule. Ta&e u% somet!ing t!at you really
feel s!ould be done but w!i#! you do not feel li&e doing. -ultivate t!e t!oug!t leading
u% to it - say to yourself6 4I li&e to do so and so4 and t!en go t!roug! t!e motions
B#!eerfully rememberHC and a#t out t!e t!oug!t t!at you li&e to do t!e t!ing. Ta&e an
interest in t!e doing - study out t!e best way to do it - %ut brains into it - ta&e a %ride in it
- and you will find yourself doing t!e t!ing wit! a #onsiderable amount of %leasure and
interest - you will !ave #ultivated a new !abit.
If you %refer trying it on some mental trait of w!i#! you wis! to be rid it will wor& t!e
same way. $tart in to #ultivate t!e o%%osite trait and t!in& it out and a#t it out for all you
are wort!. T!en wat#! t!e #!ange t!at will #ome over you. /on:t be dis#ouraged at t!e
resistan#e you will en#ounter at first but sing gaily6 4I -an and I "ill4 and get to wor& in
earnest. T!e im%ortant t!ing in t!is wor& is to &ee% #!eerful and interested. If you
manage to do t!is t!e rest will be easy.
The Attractive Power & )esire 'orce
"E !ave dis#ussed t!e ne#essity of getting rid of fear t!at your desire may !ave full
strengt! wit! w!i#! to wor&. $u%%osing t!at you !ave mastered t!is %art of t!e tas& or
at least started on t!e road to mastery I will now #all your attention to anot!er im%ortant
bran#! of t!e sub9e#t. I allude to t!e sub9e#t of mental lea&s. .o I don:t mean t!e
lea&age arising from your failure to &ee% your own se#rets - t!at is also im%ortant but
forms anot!er story. T!e lea&age I am now referring to is t!at o##asioned by t!e !abit of
!aving t!e attention attra#ted to and distra#ted by every %assing fan#y.
In order to attain a t!ing it is ne#essary t!at t!e mind s!ould fall in love wit! it and be
#ons#ious of its e1isten#e almost to t!e e1#lusion of everyt!ing else. @ou must get in
love wit! t!e t!ing you wis! to attain 9ust as mu#! as you would if you were to meet t!e
girl or man you wis!ed to marry. I do not mean t!at you s!ould be#ome a monomania#
u%on t!e sub9e#t and s!ould lose all interest in everyt!ing else in t!e world - t!at won:t
do for t!e mind must !ave re#reation and #!ange. ;ut I do mean t!at you must be so
4set4 u%on t!e desired t!ing t!at all else will seem of se#ondary im%ortan#e. ) man in
love may be %leasant to everyone else and may go t!roug! t!e duties and %leasures of
life wit! good s%irit but underneat! it all !e is !umming to !imself 4=ust *ne 'irl24 and
every one of !is a#tions is bent toward getting t!at girl and ma&ing a #omfortable !ome
for !er. /o you see w!at I meanG @ou must get in love wit! t!e t!ing you want and you
must get in love wit! it in earnest - none of t!is latter-day flirting 4on-today and off-
tomorrow4 sort of love but t!e good old-fas!ioned &ind t!at used to ma&e it im%ossible
for a young man to get to slee% unless !e too& a wal& around !is best girl:s !ouse 9ust
to be sure it was still t!ere. T!at:s t!e real &indH
)nd t!e man or woman in sear#! of su##ess must ma&e of t!at desired t!ing !is ruling
%assion - !e must &ee% !is mind on t!e main #!an#e. $u##ess is 9ealous - t!at:s w!y we
s%ea& of !er as feminine. $!e demands a man:s w!ole affe#tion and if !e begins flirting
wit! ot!er fair #!armers s!e soon turns !er ba#& u%on !im. If a man allows !is strong
interest in t!e main #!an#e to be sidetra#&ed !e will be t!e loser. 5ental +or#e
o%erates best w!en it is #on#entrated. @ou must give to t!e desired t!ing your best and
most earnest t!oug!t. =ust as t!e man w!o is t!oroug!ly in love will t!in& out %lans and
s#!emes w!ereby !e may %lease t!e fair one so will t!e man w!o is in love wit! !is
wor& or business give it !is best t!oug!t and t!e result will be t!at a !undred and one
%lans will #ome into !is field of #ons#iousness many of w!i#! are very im%ortant. T!e
mind wor&s on t!e sub#ons#ious %lane remember and almost always along t!e lines of
t!e ruling %assion or desire. It will fi1 u% t!ings and %at#! toget!er %lans and s#!emes
and w!en you need t!em t!e most it will %o% t!em into your #ons#iousness and you will
feel li&e !urra!ing 9ust as if you !ad re#eived some valuable aid from outside.
;ut if you s#atter your t!oug!t-for#e t!e sub#ons#ious mind will not &now 9ust !ow to
%lease you and t!e result is t!at you are a%t to be %ut off from t!is sour#e of aid and
assistan#e. ;eside t!is you will miss t!e %owerful result of #on#entrated t!oug!t in t!e
#ons#ious wor&ing out of t!e details of your %lans. )nd t!en again t!e man w!ose mind
is full of a do0en interests fails to e1ert t!e attra#ting %ower t!at is manifested by t!e
man of t!e one ruling %assion and !e fails to draw to !im %ersons t!ings and results
t!at will aid in t!e wor&ing out of !is %lans and will also fail to %la#e !imself in t!e
#urrent of attra#tion w!ereby !e is broug!t into #onta#t wit! t!ose w!o will be glad to
!el% !im be#ause of !armonious interests.
I !ave noti#ed in my own affairs t!at w!en I would allow myself to be side-tra#&ed by
anyt!ing outside of my regular line of wor& it would be only a s!ort time before my
re#ei%ts dro%%ed off and my business s!owed signs of a la#& of vitality. .ow many
may say t!at t!is was be#ause I left undone some t!ings t!at I would !ave done if my
mind !ad been #entered on t!e business. T!is is true2 but I !ave noti#ed li&e results in
#ases w!ere t!ere was not!ing to be done - #ases in w!i#! t!e seed was sown and
t!e #ro% was awaited. )nd in 9ust su#! #ases as soon as I dire#ted my t!oug!t to t!e
matter t!e seed began to s%rout. I do not man t!at I !ad to send out great mental waves
wit! t!e idea of affe#ting %eo%le - not a bit of it. I sim%ly began to reali0e w!at a good
t!ing I !ad and !ow mu#! %eo%le wanted it and !ow glad t!ey would be to &now of it
and all t!at sort of t!ing and loH 5y t!oug!t seemed to vitali0e t!e wor& and t!e seed
began to s%rout. T!is is no mere fan#y for I !ave e1%erien#ed it on several o##asions2 I
!ave s%o&en to many ot!ers on t!e sub9e#t and I find t!at our e1%erien#es tally
%erfe#tly. $o don:t get into t!e !abit of %ermitting t!ese mental lea&s. ?ee% your /esire
fres! and a#tive and let it get in its wor& wit!out interferen#e from #onfli#ting desires.
?ee% in love wit! t!e t!ing you wis! to attain - feed your fan#y wit! it - see it as
a##om%lis!ed already but don't lose your interest. ?ee% your eye on t!e main
#!an#e and &ee% your one ruling %assion strong and vigorous. /on:t be a mental
%olygamist - one mental love is all t!at a man needs - t!at is one at a time.
$ome s#ientists !ave #laimed t!at somet!ing t!at mig!t as well be #alled 4Love4 is at
t!e bottom of t!e w!ole of life. T!ey #laim t!at t!e love of t!e %lant for water #auses it to
send fort! its roots until t!e loved t!ing is found. T!ey say t!at t!e love of t!e flower for
t!e sun #auses it to grow away from t!e dar& %la#es so t!at it may re#eive t!e lig!t.
T!e so-#alled 4#!emi#al affinities4 are really a form of love. )nd /esire is a
manifestation of t!is Universal Life Love. $o I am not using a mere figure of s%ee#!
w!en I tell you t!at you must love t!e t!ing you wis! to attain. .ot!ing but intense love
will enable you to surmount t!e many obsta#les %la#ed in your %at!. .ot!ing but t!at
love will enable you to bear t!e burdens of t!e tas&. T!e more /esire you !ave for a
t!ing t!e more you Love it2 and t!e more you Love it t!e greater will be t!e attra#tive
for#e e1erted toward its attainment - bot! wit!in yourself and outside of you.
$o love but one t!ing at a time - don:t be a mental 5ormon.
The *reat )ynamic 'orces
@*U !ave noti#ed t!e differen#e between t!e su##essful and strong men in any wal& of
life and t!e unsu##essful wea& men around t!em. @ou are #ons#ious of t!e widely
differing #!ara#teristi#s of t!e two #lasses but some!ow find it diffi#ult to e1%ress 9ust in
w!at t!e differen#e lies. Let us ta&e a loo& at t!e matter.
;urton said6 4T!e longer I live t!e more #ertain I am t!at t!e great differen#e between
men t!e feeble and t!e %owerful t!e great and t!e insignifi#ant is energy and
invin#ible determination - a %ur%ose on#e fi1ed and t!en /eat! or Di#tory. T!at (uality
will do anyt!ing t!at #an be done in t!is world - and no talents no #ir#umstan#es no
o%%ortunities will ma&e a two-legged #reature a man wit!out it.4 I do not see !ow t!e
idea #ould be more #learly e1%ressed t!an ;urton !as s%o&en. He !as %ut !is finger
rig!t in t!e #enter of t!e sub9e#t - !is eye !as seen into t!e !eart of it.
Energy and invin#ible determination - t!ese two t!ings will swee% away mig!ty barriers
and will surmount t!e greatest obsta#les. )nd yet t!ey must be used toget!er. Energy
wit!out determination will go to waste. Lots of men !ave %lenty of energy - t!ey are full
to overflowing wit! it2 and yet t!ey la#& #on#entration - t!ey la#& t!e #on#entrated for#e
t!at enables t!em to bring t!eir %ower to bear u%on t!e rig!t s%ot. Energy is not nearly
so rare a t!ing as many imagine it to be. I #an loo& around me at any lime and %i#& out
a number of %eo%le I &now w!o are full of energy - many of t!em are energy %lus - and
yet some!ow t!ey do not seem to ma&e any !eadway. T!ey are wasting t!eir energy
all t!e time. .ow t!ey are fooling wit! t!is t!ing - now meddling wit! t!at. T!ey will ta&e
u% some trifling t!ing of no real interest or im%ortan#e and waste enoug! energy and
nervous for#e to #arry t!em t!roug! a !ard day:s wor& and yet w!en t!ey are t!roug!
not!ing !as been a##om%lis!ed.
*t!ers w!o !ave %lenty of energy fail to dire#t it by t!e %ower of t!e "ill toward t!e
desired end. 4Invin#ible determination4 - t!ose are t!e words. /o t!ey not t!rill you wit!
t!eir %owerG If you !ave somet!ing to do get to wor& and do it. 5ars!al your energy
and t!en guide and dire#t it by your "ill - bestow u%on it t!at 4invin#ible determination4
and you will do t!e t!ing.
Everyone !as wit!in !im a giant will but t!e ma9ority of us are too la0y to use it. "e
#annot get ourselves nerved u% to t!e %oint at w!i#! we #an say trut!fully6 4I "ill. If we
#an but %lu#& u% our #ourage to t!at %oint and will t!en %in it in %la#e so t!at it will not
sli% ba#& we will be able to #all into %lay t!at wonderful %ower - t!e Human "ill. 5an
as a rule !as but t!e faintest #on#e%tion of t!e %ower of t!e "ill but t!ose w!o !ave
studied along t!e o##ult tea#!ings &now t!at t!e "ill is one of t!e great dynami# for#es
of t!e universe and if !arnessed and dire#ted %ro%erly it is #a%able of a##om%lis!ing
almost mira#ulous t!ings.
4Energy and Invin#ible /etermination6 -- aren:t t!ey magnifi#ent wordsG -ommit t!em to
memory - %ress t!em li&e a die into t!e wa1 of your mind and t!ey will be a #onstant
ins%iration to you in !ours of need. If you #an get t!ese words to vibrating in your being
you will be a giant among %ygmies. $ay t!ese words over and over again and see !ow
you are filled wit! new life - see !ow your blood will #ir#ulate - !ow your nerves will
tingle. 5a&e t!ese words a %art of yourself and t!en go fort! anew to t!e battle of life
en#ouraged and strengt!ened. 3ut t!em into %ra#ti#e. 4Energy and Invin#ible
/etermination4 - let t!at be your motto in your wor&-a-day life and you will be one of
t!ose rare men w!o are able to 4do t!ings.4
5any %ersons are deterred from doing t!eir best by t!e fa#t t!at t!ey underrate
t!emselves by #om%arison wit! t!e su##essful ones of life or rat!er overrate t!e
su##essful ones by #om%arison wit! t!emselves.
*ne of t!e #urious t!ings noti#ed by t!ose w!o are broug!t in #onta#t wit! t!e %eo%le
w!o !ave 4arrived4 is t!e fa#t t!at t!ese su##essful %eo%le are not e1traordinary after
all. @ou meet wit! some great writer and you are disa%%ointed to find !im very ordinary
indeed. He does not #onverse brilliantly and in fa#t you &now a s#ore of everyday
%eo%le w!o seem far more brilliant t!an t!is man w!o da00les you by !is brig!tness in
!is boo&s. @ou meet some great statesman and !e does not seem nearly so wise as
lots of old fellows in your own village w!o waste t!eir wisdom u%on t!e desert air. @ou
meet some great #a%tain of industry and !e does not give you t!e im%ression of t!e
s!rewdness so mar&ed in some little bargain-driving trader in your own town. How is
t!is anywayG )re t!e re%utations of t!ese %eo%le fi#titious or w!at is t!e trouble
T!e trouble is t!is6 you !ave imagined t!ese %eo%le to be made of su%erior metal and
are disa%%ointed to find t!em made of t!e same stuff as yourself and t!ose about you.
;ut you as& w!erein does t!eir greatness of a#!ievement lieG -!iefly in t!is6 ;elief in
t!emselves and in t!eir in!erent %ower in t!eir fa#ulty to #on#entrate on t!e wor& in
!and w!en t!ey are wor&ing and in t!eir ability to %revent lea&s of %ower w!en t!ey
are not wor&ing. T!ey believe in t!emselves and ma&e every effort #ount. @our village
wise man s%ills !is wisdom on every #orner and tal&s to a lot of fools2 w!en if !e really
were wise !e would save u% !is wisdom and %la#e it w!ere it would do some wor&. T!e
brilliant writer does not waste !is wit u%on every #orner2 in fa#t !e s!uts t!e drawer in
w!i#! !e #ontains !is wit and o%ens it only w!en !e is ready to #on#entrate and get
down to business. T!e #a%tain of industry !as no desire to im%ress you wit! !is
s!rewdness and 4smartness. He never did even w!en !e was young. "!ile !is
#om%anions were tal&ing and boasting and 4blowing4 t!is future su##essful finan#ier
was 4sawin: wood and sayin: nut!in:.4
T!e great %eo%le of t!e world - t!at is t!ose w!o !ave 4arrived4 - are not very different
from you or me or t!e rest of us - all of us are about t!e same at t!e base. @ou !ave
only to meet t!em to see !ow very 4ordinary4 t!ey are after all. ;ut don:t forget t!e fa#t
t!at t!ey &now !ow to use t!e material t!at is in t!em2 w!ile t!e rest of t!e #rowd does
not and in fa#t even doubts w!et!er t!e true stuff is t!ere. T!e man or woman w!o
4gets t!ere4 usually starts out by reali0ing t!at !e or s!e is not so very different after
all from t!e su##essful %eo%le t!at t!ey !ear so mu#! about. T!is gives t!em
#onfiden#e and t!e result is t!ey find out t!at t!ey are able to 4do t!ings.4 T!en t!ey
learn to &ee% t!eir mout!s #losed and to avoid wasting and dissi%ating t!eir energy.
T!ey store u% energy and #on#entrate it u%on t!e tas& at !and2 w!ile t!eir #om%anions
are s#attering t!eir energies in every dire#tion trying to s!ow off and let %eo%le &now
!ow smart t!ey are. T!e man or woman w!o 4gets t!ere4 %refers to wait for t!e
a%%lause t!at follows deed a##om%lis!ed and #ares very little for t!e %raise t!at
attends %romises of w!at we e1%e#t to do 4some day4 or an e1!ibition of 4smartness4
*ne of t!e reasons t!at %eo%le w!o are t!rown in wit! su##essful men often manifest
su##ess t!emselves is t!at t!ey are able to wat#! t!e su##essful man and sort of
4#at#! t!e tri#&4 of !is greatness. T!ey see t!at !e is an everyday sort of man but t!at
!e t!oroug!ly believes in !imself and also t!at !e does not waste energy but reserves
all !is for#e for t!e a#tual tas&s before !im. )nd %rofiting by e1am%le t!ey start to wor&
and %ut t!e lesson into %ra#ti#e in t!eir own lives.
.ow w!at is t!e moral of t!is tal&G $im%ly t!is6 /on:t undervalue yourself or overvalue
ot!ers. ,eali0e t!at you are made of good stuff and t!at lo#&ed wit!in your mind are
many good t!ings. T!en get to wor& and unfold t!ose good t!ings and ma&e somet!ing
out of t!at good stuff. /o t!is by attention to t!e t!ings before you and by giving to ea#!
t!e best t!at is in you &nowing t!at %lenty of more good t!ings are in you ready for t!e
fres! tas&s t!at will #ome. 3ut t!e best of yourself into t!e underta&ing on !and and do
not #!eat t!e %resent tas& in favor of some future one. @our su%%ly is ine1!austible. )nd
don:t waste your good stuff on t!e #rowd of ga%ers wat#!ers and #riti#s w!o are
standing around wat#!ing you wor&. $ave your good stuff for your 9ob and don:t be in
too mu#! of a !urry for a%%lause. $ave u% your good t!oug!ts for 4#o%y4 if you are a
writer2 save u% your brig!t s#!emes for a#tual %ra#ti#e if you are a business man2 save
u% your wisdom for o##asion if you are a statesman2 and in ea#! #ase avoid t!e
desire to s#atter your %ears before - well before t!e ga%ing #rowd t!at wants to be
entertained by a 4free s!ow.4
.ot!ing very 4!ig!4 about t!is tea#!ing %er!a%s but it is w!at many of you need very
mu#!. $to% fooling and get down to business. $to% wasting good raw material and
start to wor& ma&ing somet!ing wort!w!ile.
%laiming your +wn
I. a re#ent #onversation I was telling a woman to %lu#& u% #ourage and to rea#! out for
a #ertain good t!ing for w!i#! s!e !ad been longing for many years and w!i#! at last
a%%eared to be in sig!t. I told !er t!at it loo&ed as if !er desire was about to be gratified
- t!at t!e Law of )ttra#tion was bringing it to !er. $!e la#&ed fait! and &e%t on
re%eating 4*!H It:s too good to be true - it:s too good for me! $!e !ad not emerged from
t!e worm-of-t!e-dust stage and alt!oug! s!e was in sig!t of t!e 3romised Land s!e
refused to enter it be#ause it 4was too good for !er.4 l t!in& I su##eeded in %utting
suffi#ient 4ginger4 into !er to enable !er to #laim !er own for t!e last re%orts indi#ate
t!at s!e is ta&ing %ossession.
;ut t!at is not w!at I wis! to tell you. I want to #all your attention to t!e fa#t t!at not!ing
is too good for @*U - no matter !ow great t!e t!ing may be - no matter !ow
undeserving you may seem to be. @ou are entitled to t!e best t!ere is for it is your
dire#t in!eritan#e. $o don:t be afraid to as& - demand - and ta&e. T!e good t!ings of t!e
world are not t!e %ortion of any favored sons. T!ey belong to all but t!ey #ome only to
t!ose w!o are wise enoug! to re#ogni0e t!at t!e good t!ings are t!eirs by rig!t and
w!o are suffi#iently #ourageous to rea#! out for t!em. 5any good t!ings are lost for
want of t!e as&ing. 5any s%lendid t!ings are lost to you be#ause of your feeling t!at
you are unwort!y of t!em. 5any great t!ings are lost to you be#ause you la#& t!e
#onfiden#e and #ourage to demand and ta&e %ossession of t!em.
4.one but t!e brave deserves t!e fair4 says t!e old adage and t!e rule is true in all
lines of !uman effort. If you &ee% on re%eating t!at you are unwort!y of t!e good t!ing -
t!at it is too good for you - t!e Law will be a%t to ta&e you at your word and believe w!at
you say. T!at:s a %e#uliar t!ing about t!e Law - it believes - w!at you say - it ta&es you
in earnest. $o beware w!at you say to it for it will be a%t to give #reden#e. $ay to it t!at
you are wort!y of t!e best t!ere is and t!at t!ere is not!ing too good for you and you
will be li&ely to !ave t!e Law ta&e you in earnest and say 4I guess !e is rig!t2 I:m going
to give !im t!e w!ole ba&es!o% if !e wants it - !e &nows !is rig!ts and w!at:s t!e use
of trying to deny it to !imG4 ;ut if you say 4*! it:s too good for me! T!e Law will
%robably say 4"ell I wouldn:t wonder but t!at t!at is so. $urely !e oug!t to &now and
it isn:t for me to #ontradi#t !im.4 )nd so it goes.
"!y s!ould anyt!ing be too good for youG /id you ever sto% to t!in& 9ust w!at you areG
@ou are a manifestation of t!e "!ole T!ing and !ave a %erfe#t rig!t to all t!ere is. *r if
you %refer it t!is way you are a #!ild of t!e Infinite and are !eir to it all. @ou are telling
t!e trut! in eit!er statement or bot!. )t any rate no matter for w!at you as& you are
merely demanding your own. )nd t!e more in earnest you are about demanding it - t!e
more #onfident you are of re#eiving it - t!e more will you use in rea#!ing out for it - t!e
surer you will be to obtain it.
$trong desire - #onfident e1%e#tation - #ourage in a#tion - t!ese t!ings bring to you your
own. ;ut before you %ut t!ese for#es into effe#t you must awa&en to a reali0ation t!at
you are merely as&ing for your own and not for somet!ing to w!i#! you !ave no rig!t or
#laim. $o long as t!ere e1ists in your mind t!e last snea&ing bit of doubt as to your rig!t
to t!e t!ings you want you will be setting u% a resistan#e to t!e o%eration of t!e Law.
@ou may demand as vigorously as you %lease but you will la#& t!e #ourage to a#t if
you !ave a lingering doubt of your rig!t to t!e t!ing you want. If you %ersist in regarding
t!e desired t!ing as if it belonged to anot!er instead of to yourself you will be %la#ing
yourself in t!e %osition of t!e #ovetous or envious man or even in t!e %osition of a
tem%ted t!ief. In su#! a #ase your mind will revolt at %ro#eeding wit! t!e wor& for it
instin#tively will re#oil from t!e idea of ta&ing w!at is not your own - t!e mind is !onest.
;ut w!en your reali0e t!at t!e best t!e Universe !olds belongs to you as a /ivine Heir
and t!at t!ere is enoug! for all wit!out your robbing anyone else2 t!en t!e fri#tion is
removed and t!e barrier bro&en down and t!e Law %ro#eeds to do its wor&.
I do not believe in t!is 4!umble4 business. T!is mee& and lowly attitude does not a%%eal
to me - t!ere is no sense in it at all. T!e idea of ma&ing a virtue of su#! t!ings w!en
5an is t!e !eir of t!e Universe and is entitled to w!atever !e needs for !is growt!
!a%%iness and satisfa#tionH I do not mean t!at one s!ould assume a blustering and
domineering attitude of mind - t!at is also absurd for true strengt! does not so e1!ibit
itself. T!e blusterer is a self-#onfessed wea&ling - !e blusters to disguise !is wea&ness.
T!e truly strong man is #alm self-#ontained and #arries wit! !im a #ons#iousness of
strengt! w!i#! renders unne#essary t!e bluster and fuss of assumed strengt!. ;ut get
away from t!is !y%notism of 4!umility4 - t!is 4mee& and lowly4 attitude of mind.
,emember t!e !orrible e1am%le of Uria! Hee% and beware of imitating !im. T!row
ba#& you !ead and loo& t!e world s(uare in t!e fa#e. T!ere:s not!ing to be afraid of -
t!e world is a%t to be as mu#! afraid of you as yell are of it anyway. ;e a man or
woman and not a #rawling t!ing. )nd t!is a%%lies to your mental attitude as well as to
your outward demeanor. $to% t!is #rawling in your mind. $ee yourself as standing ere#t
and fa#ing life wit!out fear and you will gradually grow into your ideal.
T!ere is not!ing t!at is too good for you - not a t!ing. T!e best t!ere is is not beginning
to be good enoug! for you2 for t!ere are still better t!ings a!ead. T!e best gift t!at t!e
world !as to offer is a mere bauble #om%ared to t!e great t!ings in t!e -osmos t!at
await your #oming of age. $o don:t be afraid to rea#! out for t!ese %layt!ings of life -
t!ese baubles of t!is %lane of #ons#iousness. ,ea#! out for t!em - grab a w!ole fistful -
%lay wit! t!em until you are tired2 t!at:s w!at t!ey are made for anyway. T!ey are made
for our e1%ress use - not to loo& at but to be %layed wit! if you desire. Hel% yourself -
t!ere:s a w!ole s!o%ful of t!ese toys awaiting your desire demand and ta&ing. /on:t be
bas!fulH /on:t let me !ear any more of t!is silly tal& about t!ings being too good for you.
3s!awH @ou !ave been li&e t!e Em%eror:s little son t!in&ing t!at t!e tin soldiers and toy
drum were far too good for !im and refusing to rea#! out for t!em. ;ut you don:t find
t!is trouble wit! #!ildren as a rule. T!ey instin#tively re#ogni0e t!at not!ing is too good
for t!em. T!ey want all t!at is in sig!t to %lay wit! and t!ey seem to feel t!at t!e t!ings
are t!eirs by rig!t. )nd t!at is t!e #ondition of mind t!at we see&ers after t!e /ivine
)dventure must #ultivate. Unless we be#ome as little #!ildren we #annot enter t!e
?ingdom of Heaven.
T!e t!ings we see around us are t!e %layt!ings of t!e ?indergarten of 'od %layt!ings
w!i#! we use in our game-tas&s. Hel% yourself to t!em - as& for t!em wit!out
bas!fulness demand as many as you #an ma&e use of - t!ey are yours. )nd if you don:t
see 9ust w!at you want as& for it - t!ere:s a big reserve sto#& on t!e s!elves and in t!e
#losets. 3lay %lay %lay to your !eart:s #ontent. Learn to weave mats - to build !ouses
wit! t!e blo#&s - to stit#! outlines on t!e s(uares - %lay t!e game t!roug! and %lay it
well. )nd demand all t!e %ro%er materials for t!e %lay - don:t be bas!ful - t!ere:s
enoug! to go round.
;ut - remember t!isH "!ile all t!is be true t!e best t!ings are still only game-t!ings -
toys blo#&s mats #ubes and all t!e rest. Useful most useful for t!e learning of t!e
lessons - %leasant most %leasant wit! w!i#! to %lay - and desirable most desirable for
t!ese %ur%oses. 'et all t!e fun and %rofit out of t!e use of t!ings t!at is %ossible. T!row
yourself !eartily into t!e game and %lay it out - it is 'ood. ;ut !ere:s t!e t!ing to
remember - never lose sig!t of t!e fa#t t!at t!ese good t!ings are but %layt!ings - %art
of t!e game - and you must be %erfe#tly willing to lay t!em aside w!en t!e time #omes
to %ass into t!e ne1t #lass and not #ry and mourn be#ause you must leave your
%layt!ings be!ind you. /o not allow yourself to be#ome unduly atta#!ed to t!em - t!ey
are for your use and %leasure but are not a %art of you - not essential to your !a%%iness
in t!e ne1t stage. /es%ise t!em not be#ause of t!eir la#& of ,eality - t!ey are great
t!ings relatively and you may as well !ave all t!e fun out of t!em t!at you #an - don:t be
a s%iritual %rig standing aside and refusing to 9oin in t!e game. ;ut do not tie yourself to
t!em - t!ey are good to use and %lay wit! but not good enoug! to use you and to ma&e
you a %layt!ing. /on:t let t!e toys turn t!e tables on you.
T!is is t!e differen#e between t!e master of -ir#umstan#es and t!e $lave of
-ir#umstan#es. T!e $lave t!in&s t!at t!ese %layt!ings are real and t!at !e is not good
enoug! to !ave t!em. He gets only a few toys be#ause !e is afraid to as& for more and
!e misses most of t!e fun. )nd t!en #onsidering t!e toys to be real and not reali0ing
t!at t!ere are %lenty more w!ere t!ese #ame from !e atta#!es !imself to t!e little
trin&ets t!at !ave #ome !is way and allows !imself to be made a slave of t!em. He is
afraid t!at t!ey may be ta&en away from !im and !e is afraid to toddle a#ross t!e floor
and !el% !imself to t!e ot!ers. T!e 5aster &nows t!at all are !is for t!e as&ing. He
demands t!at w!i#! !e needs from day to day and does not worry about over-loading
!imself2 for !e &nows t!at t!ere are 4lots more4 and t!at !e #annot be #!eated out of
t!em. He %lays and %lays well and !as a good time in t!e %lay - and !e learns !is
?indergarten lessons in t!e %laying. ;ut !e does not be#ome too mu#! atta#!ed to !is
toys. He is willing to fling away t!e worn-out toys and rea#! out for a new one. )nd
w!en !e is #alled into t!e ne1t room for %romotion !e dro%s on t!e floor t!e worn-out
toys of t!e day and wit! glistening eyes and #onfident attitude of mind mar#!es into
t!e ne1t room - into t!e 'reat Un&nown - wit! a smile on !is fa#e. He is not afraid for
!e !ears t!e voi#e of t!e Tea#!er and &nows t!at s!e is t!ere waiting for !im - in t!at
'reat .e1t ,oom.