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Book Description 1924. How to free yourself from the grip of a race habit millions of years old; Develop a new master center and thus cure disease; D

CHAPTER 1 UNIFICATION, AND SPIRALS OF CONSCIOUSNESS

MOST of those students who turn to New Thought or to any of its allied philosophies or systems of living, do so with one or more o First in numbers comes those who desire physical healing. Second are those who desire financial betterment. The third class is composed of those who are being forced out of the old routine by a vague but very real and insistent unrest a

This primal motive is apt to be lost from view early in the student's progress; but it is important to note, at this time, that it is alwa

What is really needed, first of all, whether or not the need is recognized, is a broad outlook upon the whole problem of personal un

It is the purpose of the present course of lessons to bring into the focus of the student's attention those dynamic elements or fund

With this principle in mind, let us consider the various factors which must be co-ordinated in organizing a life program fitted to brin

First, personal consciousness, which is that of the average human being of today. Personal consciousness is limited to the range of

Second, Cosmic Consciousness. This is an extension of personal consciousness, which at times or perhaps almost continuously beco

Third, Absolute Consciousness, or Spiritual Consciousness. This is intention of consciousness, rather than extension; it is a fusion of

The evolutionary spiral here indicated is that which all life at the human level is following, blindly or consciously, swiftly or faltering

Progress evidently results from understanding the nature of the work to be done and of the tools, equipment, and methods to be u

Development or intensification of the personal powers of mind and body comes first. This intensification falls under the heads of p

Unification is the next step. The isolated faculties of mind and body must be grouped around a master-center, or dominant faculty

Intensification of the individual faculties, unification and then comes extension, which enables the individual to work with the So

The use of unfamiliar terms, or of terms which through past association have come to connote nebulous and impractical concepts,

A theory has got to WORK or it should be discarded, no matter how "beautiful" or attractive it may be. I shall ask my readers to ma

It may be well at this time also to consider briefly the order in which the various divisions of our subject shall be taken up. Two opt

In connection with each lesson, an assignment will be given. The use made of these assignments is of great importance, for it is no

The assignments connected with each lesson, therefore, will have two characteristics: they will take advantage of the psychologica

As the assignment for this lesson, I am going to ask you to read and re-read, until it is impressed indelibly upon your memory, a tru

AS THE HART PANTETH AFTER THE WATER BROOK SO PANTETH MY SOUL AFTER THEE, OH GOD

In making this statement your own, realize that what you have in mind in voicing this aspiration is complete consciousness that

The law is that an ideal, whether presented by desire or by fear, tends by an orderly but unseen process to work out channels of ex

This law of the attractive power of fear and desire is a basic and eternal one, however, and before we go deeper into this philosoph

Repeat the truth statement again and again, trying at the same time to feel that this desire of your soul symbolized in the word " G FULL CONSCIOUSNESS, the consciousness of glorious and all-fulfil-ling life.

CHAPTER 2 CONNECTING WITH THE POWER WIRE

FOR THE sake of reminding the student just what we are endeavoring to accomplish, it may be well to review briefly the preceding

An axiom of all experience is that Consciousness is cause. That means that your environment today, including physical health and f

Consciousness is cause the one final and ultimate cause; and consciousness can function on all of three planes: the personal, the Cosmic consciousness is simply personal consciousness extended so as to take in a large part of the cosmos, or physical creation.

Spiritual consciousness, on the other hand, is a journey inward. It is intention rather than extension of personal consciousness. This understanding of the nature of consciousness and of the three directions in which it may function leads up to a consideration (1) developing the faculties of the personal man; (2) unifying these around a master center; (3) extending them and making them part of the great World Soul, or cosmic consciousness; and (4) finally turning them within until the center of all Being is reached, in the awakening of Spiritual Consciousness.

Development of these faculties is partially a matter of inner urge or impetus to development, which comes from the cosmic center

During each of these four decades, the cosmic urge is the determining factor in starting and maintaining development. This is reco

The application to personal unfoldment of this principle of the cosmic urge is direct and important: the student who is striving to a

One of the things most frequently overlooked is the necessity of a harmonious and complete development of all of the faculties an

The two ends which most New Thought students have in mind, are: first, physical healing or betterment; and, second, financial hea

Sickness is primarily a result of lack of energy. When vital pressure is reduced below a certain level, all manner of disintegrative pro

Financially, too, disease is caused by lack of well-directed energy. What the world lacks is not the physical means of subsistence on

All of which brings us face to face with the three-fold problem of human energy: What is it? Whence comes it? How can it be incre

From this standpoint of simplicity, we may consider that the main stream of power has three tributaries: it may be said to be deriv

These principles are well known to most people nowadays even if they are not always put into practice. Here is a fact connected w You can learn to draw more power from the big power wire, and to do it at will.

You need never remain tired or discouraged, for literally within you the real you, not your physical body is a spring of this cos Here is the first step in this process of increasing the inflow of cosmic energy:

After dinner this evening, arrange to have a quiet half hour with yourself. Go into a room where you will be undisturbed, if possible

Now breathe deeply but easily a dozen times. Don't imagine there is anything magical in this breathing business you simply wan

As you exhale the twelfth breath the exact number is of no importancelet your attention sink down to your abdomen. Make y

Continue this process with neck, arms and hands. You probably will have to go over and over this circuit, relaxing tensions again an

In connection with this work in releasing the physical tensions and inhibitions, continue to use the key thought I gave you last mon

THERE IS NO LIMITATION: FOR THOU ART THE SUPREME AND SOLE REALITY OF BEING, AND THOU ART THE GLORIOUS FULFILLMEN

Later I will tell you why I call this a "master affirmation." Just now I want you to put it to work in your life. Simply repeat it, if you ca

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op a new master center and thus cure disease; Dealing with disease and inharmony; A three word key thought that will focus your thought upon a mig

es or systems of living, do so with one or more of three basic motives urging them forward.

a vague but very real and insistent unrest a desire for a new vision of life, of its meaning and its possibilities.

is important to note, at this time, that it is always one of unrest, of dissatisfaction with present conditions of living. Something more, something differe

outlook upon the whole problem of personal unfoldment or personal evolution. In the successful execution of every worthwhile purpose, there exist c

ent's attention those dynamic elements or fundamentals which must be understood and properly utilized to achieve harmonious living. Some of these

dinated in organizing a life program fitted to bring real success and happiness. The primary factor to be considered is that mainspring of all actions and

ersonal consciousness is limited to the range of thoughts and sensations of the individual himself.

ch at times or perhaps almost continuously becomes fused with the mind of nature, or the big creative consciousness directing the universe. Many gre

ciousness, rather than extension; it is a fusion of the life of the individual with Spirit, eternal and primal Being,

owing, blindly or consciously, swiftly or falteringly. Happiness results from going forward with mastery along the path. Unhappiness results from progre

nd of the tools, equipment, and methods to be used in doing it. The nature of the work set before each individual has been indicated in these three ste

st. This intensification falls under the heads of physical and intellectual education.

ed around a master-center, or dominant faculty. Organization of this kind takes place in the world of business in a partial degree when the successful b

which enables the individual to work with the Soul of Things to become consciously one with the universe. This third step is often referred to as the

to connote nebulous and impractical concepts, is apt to awaken distrust within the minds of practical men and women. For this reason let us pause to

attractive it may be. I shall ask my readers to make this test their own in the journey that lies before us.

isions of our subject shall be taken up. Two options exist we may choose the logical order, which considers each division and sub-division with refer

e assignments is of great importance, for it is not under-standing a thing which helps, but rather putting it to work. I may know that a fire in my kitchen

cs: they will take advantage of the psychological order of presentation; and they will be useful only if applied. I have no mental magic to offer those wh is impressed indelibly upon your memory, a truth statement which you may have heard many times without really considering:

is aspiration is complete consciousness that consciousness of ever-present and eternal Good which is symbolized in the word "God." You desire tha

y but unseen process to work out channels of expression through which eventually it shall become manifest. If you fear a thing long enough, it will com

ver, and before we go deeper into this philosophy of masterful living, before we take up those methods and concepts which go beyond the range of ev

s desire of your soul symbolized in the word " God " is really consciousness:

h, it may be well to review briefly the preceding lesson.

vironment today, including physical health and financial condition, is a reflection of your condition of unfoldment. If there are in your circumstances fac

function on all of three planes: the personal, the cosmic and the absolute or Spiritual. Animal man is limited to that range included within the limits of w

large part of the cosmos, or physical creation.

r than extension of personal consciousness.

hich it may function leads up to a consideration of the steps which complete personal unfoldment. Unfoldment, or awakening, is what those who seek

ning of Spiritual Consciousness.

elopment, which comes from the cosmic center; and partially a matter of individual effort. The cosmic impetus is evident in what may be called the "ph

rting and maintaining development. This is recognized in modern pedagogy under the doctrine of "delayed instincts." There was a time when the teach

and important: the student who is striving to attain full consciousness is working with the order of Nature, but there are times and seasons appointed

complete development of all of the faculties and powers which go to make up the personal man. These faculties can be divided roughly into three gro

ealing or betterment; and, second, financial healing. Some are seeking one, some the other, while many are seeking both. Probably few of these seeke

w a certain level, all manner of disintegrative processes begin. When vital pressure is high, the disintegrative action of the various infections is powerles

acks is not the physical means of subsistence on any scale for all its inhabitants, but rather the man-power and the brain-power to create and co-ordina

hat is it? Whence comes it? How can it be increased? This problem is of such importance that we will be dealing with it, in one form or another, for som

has three tributaries: it may be said to be derived from the physical, the mental, and the cosmic springs within the individual. Little need be said about

ays put into practice. Here is a fact connected with the third source of energy, the cosmic inflow, which is not so generally known: There exists a bound

not your physical body is a spring of this cosmic energy which merely needs opening to fill you with more strength, physical and mental, than you e

room where you will be undisturbed, if possible, and lie down. If there is no bed or couch in the room, the floor will do. Experiment with your body un

cal in this breathing business you simply want to relax all surface tensions, and easy, full breathing will help you do it.

r attention sink down to your abdomen. Make yourself acutely conscious of the "feeling" in the muscles, and be particularly sensitive to any muscular t and over this circuit, relaxing tensions again and again. Do not be discouraged about this, as you are now beginning to free yourself from the grip of a

inue to use the key thought I gave you last month. And here is a statement you may alternate with it:

NG, AND THOU ART THE GLORIOUS FULFILLMENT OF EVERY DESIRE.

it to work in your life. Simply repeat it, if you can make no sense of it. The wisdom within you will understand.

thought that will focus your thought upon a mighty truth and raise you to a new level of master consciousness; Providing an inlet and outlet for energ

ons of living. Something more, something different, is desired.

cution of every worthwhile purpose, there exist certain divisions which may be called "dynamic elements," or fundamentals. The supreme importance

zed to achieve harmonious living. Some of these fundamentals are generally agreed upon, and the methods of applying them to everyday living are at

e considered is that mainspring of all actions and all desire, Consciousness. Consciousness is an evolutionary product. After having reached the human l

e consciousness directing the universe. Many great and successful men have attained a measure of this Cosmic Consciousness without being aware of t

along the path. Unhappiness results from progress arrested while the ego strives to burrow under or tunnel through obstructions.

h individual has been indicated in these three steps through which consciousness must pass. Here are the means of attainment, or the dynamic elemen

usiness in a partial degree when the successful business man succeeds in bringing all his thoughts and feelings under the domination of his " business s

niverse. This third step is often referred to as the attainment of Cosmic Consciousness. Spiritual Consciousness lies beyond, and is reached by making th

men and women. For this reason let us pause to consider just how far we are willing to go, in this journey we are planning to take together, in formula

onsiders each division and sub-division with reference to its relations with other divisions; or we may follow the psychological order, which takes up ea

g it to work. I may know that a fire in my kitchen stove will cook my dinner, but if I do not, kindle the fire and keep it going, my knowledge will be but a

applied. I have no mental magic to offer those who are too lazy to carry out the latter condition.

without really considering:

h is symbolized in the word "God." You desire that full awakening of your being which shall make you conscious here and now, of harmony, of health an

nifest. If you fear a thing long enough, it will come upon you through this law. If you desire a thing long enough, it, too, will come. This law never fai

ds and concepts which go beyond the range of everyday experience, I am going to ask you to set this big ideal to work. For it will work, if you meditate u

nfoldment. If there are in your circumstances factors which you do not like, it is because somewhere within that unseen empire which is your "conscio

mited to that range included within the limits of what he calls "I," or "myself." He is unaware of being part of an unbroken circuit of life, and of course d

foldment, or awakening, is what those who seek for the details of health and prosperity are really hungering for without knowing it; and unfoldment re

c impetus is evident in what may be called the "phases" or "cycles" or development of an average human being, from babyhood to maturity. The first d

ayed instincts." There was a time when the teacher sought to pound desirable qualities into his pupils by a vigorous use of book and rod, regardless of

ature, but there are times and seasons appointed for the emergence of these faculties of the complete man. "Pushing on the lines" will not do any good

se faculties can be divided roughly into three groups: the physical, the mental and the psychical. If any one of these groups is left out of the plan of unf

ny are seeking both. Probably few of these seekers realize that both health and prosperity are simply manifestations of a common cause: wisely directe

rative action of the various infections is powerless. Germs do not cause disease, any more than the barbarians destroyed the Roman Empire. These dis

ower and the brain-power to create and co-ordinate.

be dealing with it, in one form or another, for some time to come. Just now, however, it will be best to simplify the answer sufficiently to make it appli

gs within the individual. Little need be said about the first two of these sources of power just remember that both the physical and the mental or int

h is not so generally known: There exists a boundless tide of energy which can be specialized through human activity so as to show forth as health of bo

h more strength, physical and mental, than you ever dreamed of. This is only one of the things we are going to take up in this course of lessons, but it is

, the floor will do. Experiment with your body until you find that position which, for you, is easiest and most nearly self-supporting. You want to be able

es, and be particularly sensitive to any muscular tension. Relax it. Take another breath, and as it drifts easily out drop your attention down through you

now beginning to free yourself from the grip of a race habit millions of years old. It is a survival of the time when men had to be tense as steel springs if

ciousness; Providing an inlet and outlet for energy; Creative energy; How to heal your body and pocketbook; Warning signals of coming inharmony; Roo

nts," or fundamentals. The supreme importance of this law of fundamentals is that unless each of these dynamic elements is understood and is proper

ethods of applying them to everyday living are at least partially understood. Others of them are practically unknown by most men and women. The unr

onary product. After having reached the human level, it may manifest itself in one of three forms:

is Cosmic Consciousness without being aware of the nature of the gift which lifted them above the heads of their fellows.

tunnel through obstructions.

the means of attainment, or the dynamic elements or fundamentals, which must be utilized.

feelings under the domination of his " business sense." He will not play golf or go to the opera or make an investment unless this action has been cens

iousness lies beyond, and is reached by making the fourth turn of the spiral journey.

rney we are planning to take together, in formulating philosophies and in putting them to the test of experience. The only satisfactory criterion is an ab

ollow the psychological order, which takes up each topic solely with reference to the student's needs. Successful teaching and learning is based on foll

ire and keep it going, my knowledge will be but a dead possession. I am afraid that a few students along metaphysical or spiritual lines have been tryin

conscious here and now, of harmony, of health and power, of abundance. And that consciousness of wholeness is what you desire before all else.

long enough, it, too, will come. This law never fails. The trouble is that because you do not see the roots of your ideal working their way down through

ig ideal to work. For it will work, if you meditate upon it with even a partial understanding of its wonderful meaning. Don't be afraid of it it will not c

within that unseen empire which is your "consciousness " exist dynamic elements which are not in harmony with your desires. These dynamic element

part of an unbroken circuit of life, and of course does not know that it is possible for him to extend his consciousness far beyond its present bounds.

gering for without knowing it; and unfoldment results from

man being, from babyhood to maturity. The first decade is one largely of animal activity the youngster is learning to manipulate his own body. The se

by a vigorous use of book and rod, regardless of the particular fitness of the recipient for instruction. Now wise educators worry very little about the a

e man. "Pushing on the lines" will not do any good. There are the two elements to be considered: the cosmic, which both makes unfoldment possible a

y one of these groups is left out of the plan of unfoldment, distortion will result. It is like trying to walk on the hands, or to see with the ears. Each facult

manifestations of a common cause: wisely directed power.

arbarians destroyed the Roman Empire. These disintegrative cycles begin within, and the final dissolution brought about by the Vandals is simply the te

o simplify the answer sufficiently to make it applicable at once to the problems of most students, even though later we shall have to go more deeply in

mber that both the physical and the mental or intellectual groups of faculties act as generators of energy, when they are harmoniously used, as well as

human activity so as to show forth as health of body, power of will and mind, wisdom, etc., and the inflow of which, usually meagre and uncertain, can

going to take up in this course of lessons, but it is an important one.

d most nearly self-supporting. You want to be able to forget your body, and you will not be able to do this if part of it must be kept from slipping.

easily out drop your attention down through your thighs, knees, and on into your feet. Relax all muscular tension.

time when men had to be tense as steel springs if they were to keep out of the clutches of their fellow cave men and of the beasts of the swamp and th

tbook; Warning signals of coming inharmony; Rooting out ideals which cause disease; Self-healing; How to get inside your subconscious mind; A consci

se dynamic elements is understood and is properly co-ordinated with all the others, distortion of effort and meagerness of results must follow.

cally unknown by most men and women. The unrecognized effort to make part of the functions of complete living perform the work not only of thems

ads of their fellows.

ke an investment unless this action has been censored by the dominant center, and passed upon as either favorable to the master motive or at any rate

xperience. The only satisfactory criterion is an absolute and undeviating determination to test anything which can be put to the test of experience and

Successful teaching and learning is based on following this psychological order; and as we have made results rather than form our standard of measur

ng metaphysical or spiritual lines have been trying to warm their hands or cook their meals by the heat of a fire which they have neglected to light. The

wholeness is what you desire before all else.

ots of your ideal working their way down through the earth of your own or of the universal sub-consciousness, you do not think anything is "happening.

erful meaning. Don't be afraid of it it will not change you into a dreamer or a mystic or even into a "good" man, in the usual sense of the word go

rmony with your desires. These dynamic elements may be negative may be occluded faculties; or they may be positive, as in the case of active facult

s consciousness far beyond its present bounds.

er is learning to manipulate his own body. The second decade is mental he is becoming acquainted with his mind. The third decade is social usual

Now wise educators worry very little about the apparent moral turpitude of youngsters who are disorderly and inclined to mix truth with vivid imaginin

cosmic, which both makes unfoldment possible and which makes it an orderly process, taking place in a definite way; and the personal, which makes p

on the hands, or to see with the ears. Each faculty or group of faculties has its part to contribute, and ignoring any of these, causes an arrest of develo

ion brought about by the Vandals is simply the tearing down of effete and lifeless tissues. Every wise physician knows that if the tide of vitality turns an

n though later we shall have to go more deeply into the subject.

rgy, when they are harmoniously used, as well as being consumers of power. Wholesome physical and mental activities contribute more energy than th

flow of which, usually meagre and uncertain, can be immeasurably increased. The process is similar to that by which the trolley car draws energy from

his if part of it must be kept from slipping.

w cave men and of the beasts of the swamp and the jungle.

w to get inside your subconscious mind; A consciousness that radiates joy and serenity.

rt and meagerness of results must follow.

mplete living perform the work not only of themselves but of other faculties which are allowed to remain latent causes much of the misery which we se

ther favorable to the master motive or at any rate as not unfavorable to it. Complete unification is like that magnetizing of the iron bar which sets the a

ng which can be put to the test of experience and which offers a probability of "working," but to carry forward on the journey of life no useless baggage

results rather than form our standard of measurement, we will take up each branch of our studies into human unfoldment and its methods in the ord

t of a fire which they have neglected to light. They have stopped with a theoretical grasp of their philosophy, rather than make the effort to put it to w

ousness, you do not think anything is "happening." And because of this lack of vision, you sometimes forget to fear a thing before it comes upon you, th

a "good" man, in the usual sense of the word good. But it will set into motion in your life forces of which you have little comprehension mighty forc

hey may be positive, as in the case of active faculties turned to the wrong uses.

with his mind. The third decade is social usually he gets married and goes to work in the world of grown-ups, and both of these experiences bring to

derly and inclined to mix truth with vivid imaginings. These teachers know that disorderliness is typical of the child who is retracing the early stages of

a definite way; and the personal, which makes personal desire and activity necessary. If the student does his or her part, without anxiety or tension, fin

ignoring any of these, causes an arrest of development until the mistake is discovered and corrected.

physician knows that if the tide of vitality turns and rises high enough, disease will disappear. It is in the endeavor to cause this turning of the tide that m

d mental activities contribute more energy than they consume. Use your body and your mind vigorously every day the higher faculties do not awake

o that by which the trolley car draws energy from the power wire.

ain latent causes much of the misery which we see about us and sometimes within us.

that magnetizing of the iron bar which sets the attractive power of each molecule within the bar to working with all the rest, instead of in an opposite

forward on the journey of life no useless baggage.

to human unfoldment and its methods in the order in which we can best put these theories and methods to work. Eventually it will be possible to go ba

osophy, rather than make the effort to put it to work.

orget to fear a thing before it comes upon you, thus accidentally shutting off the cause and so the result; and often you cease desiring a thing, or expre

ich you have little comprehension mighty forces and practical ones.

rown-ups, and both of these experiences bring to bear upon him socializing influences of the highest importance. Finally, between thirty and forty, he

l of the child who is retracing the early stages of race history and development, and that order and a real understanding of the nature of "truth" are de

oes his or her part, without anxiety or tension, final success is certain because it is part of the order of Nature. An understanding of this principle wi

e endeavor to cause this turning of the tide that most drugs are used.

ly every day the higher faculties do not awaken to do away with normal and wholesome activity on the lower plane, but rather to increase its range

working with all the rest, instead of in an opposite direction or at right angles. The effectiveness of the individual is increased a thousand-fold when this

ods to work. Eventually it will be possible to go back over our journey and to organize into a logical and symmetrical system these apparently isolated s

ult; and often you cease desiring a thing, or expressing your desire for it, before it can reach you.

mportance. Finally, between thirty and forty, he begins to feel the stirrings of spiritual unrest; the desire to awaken to ranges of possibility beyond the

eal understanding of the nature of "truth" are delayed instincts, because they developed at a comparatively late period in the history of the race.

r of Nature. An understanding of this principle will help relieve the seeker of personal anxiety, because he will realize that by attending to his part in the

the lower plane, but rather to increase its range and power, and to co-ordinate its parts.

individual is increased a thousand-fold when this unifying process is even partially accomplished but in the world of common affairs there is no mast

d symmetrical system these apparently isolated steps.

ire to awaken to ranges of possibility beyond the physical, the mental, or the social.

atively late period in the history of the race.

e he will realize that by attending to his part in the best way he can, and then by letting the Greater Wisdom do its part give its increase results ar

t in the world of common affairs there is no master motive sufficiently powerful to dominate and co-ordinate all the o

isdom do its part give its increase results are certain. Temporary failure comes from overlooking certain parts of