Part One ||
Although similar in title, theme and
structure to his book Creative Mind, this is a completely different
book. Creative Mind has more of a focus on "Mental Healing."
This book is principally about what is today called in New Age circles "Prosperity
Consciousness". Holmes discusses how to focus one's thoughts
to create monetary wealth, as well as increase one's personal charisma
to garner circles of friends. This little classic of New Thought
is very similar to its successor, Think and Grow Rich, optimistic,
self-empowering, and confident in its outlook.
INTO THE TRUTH
AN inquiry into Truth is an inquiry into the cause of things
as the human race sees and experiences them. The starting point
of our thought must always begin with our experiences. We all know
that life is, else we could not even think that we are. Since
we can think, say and feel, we must be. We live, we are conscious
of life; therefore we must be and life must be. If we are life and
consciousness (self-knowing) then it follows that we must have come
from life and consciousness. Let us start, then, with this simple
fact: Life is and life is conscious.
But what is the nature of this life; is it physical, mental,
material or spiritual? A little careful thinking based upon logic,
more than any merely personal opinion, will do much in clearing
up some of these questions that at first seem to stagger us with
How much of that which is may we call life? The answer
would have to be: Life is all that there is; it is the reason
for all that we see, hear, feel--all that we experience in any way.
Now nothing from nothing leaves nothing, and it is impossible for
something to proceed from nothing. Since something is, that from
which it came must be all that is. Life, then, is all that there
is. Everything comes from it, ourselves included.
The next question is, how do things come from life? How do the
things that we see come from the things that we do not see? The
things that we see must be real because we see them. To say they
are not real will never explain them nor answer any question about
them. God's world is not a world of illusion but one of divine realities.
The truth must not explain away things that we see. It must explain
what they are. We are living and experiencing varying degrees of
consciousness and conditions. Only when the why of this living and
of our experiences is
Jesus understood will we know the least thing about the truth.
did not say that things are illusions. He said that we must not
judge from the standpoint of the seen but must judge righteously
or with right judgment; and He meant that we must get behind the
appearance and find out what caused it. So let us not in any way
fool ourselves nor allow ourselves to believe we have always been
fooled. We are living in a world of realities. Whatever we have
experienced is a reality as far as that experience is concerned,
although if we had had a higher understanding of life, the unpleasant
experience might have been avoided.
WHAT LIFE IS
IN the first place, what do we mean by life? We mean that which
we see, feel, hear, touch or taste, and the reason for it. We must
have come into contact with all we know of life. We have already
found what life is or we could not have had any of these experiences. "In
the beginning was God" or life. Out of this life which is,
everything which is is made. So life must flow through all things.
There is no such thing as dead matter. Moreover, life is one, and
it cannot be changed except into itself. All forms are forms of
this unity and must come and go through some inner activity. This
inner activity of life or nature must be some form of self-consciousness
or self-knowing. In our human understanding we would call this inner
knowing, or consciousness, "thought." The Spirit, or Life,
or God, must make things out of Himself through self-recognition,
or self-knowing or, as we would call it thinking. Since God is all,
there is nothing to hinder Him from doing what He wishes, and the
question, "How do things come into being?" is answered:
God makes them out of Himself. God thinks, or knows, and that thing
which He thinks or knows appears from Himself, and is made out of
Himself. There is no other possible explanation for what we see.
Unless people are willing to begin here, they will never understand
how it is that things are not material but spiritual.
BUT where does man come in? He is. Therefore it follows
that he, too, is made out of God, since God, or Spirit, is all.
Being made out of God, he must partake of His nature, for we are "made
in His image."
Man is a center of God in God. Whatever God is in the Universal,
man must be in the individual world. The difference between God
and man is one of degree and not of quality. Man is not self-made;
he is made out of 'God.
The question might arise, why did God do this? No living person
can answer this question. This is something that is known only of
the Father. We might suppose that God made man to live with Him
and to enjoy with Him, to be one with the Father. It is true, indeed,
that those who have felt this most deeply have had a corresponding
spiritual power that leads us to suppose that God really did make
man as a companion. Man is the individual and God is the Universal. "As
the Father hath life within Himself, so hath he given it to the
Son to have life within himself." Man's mind is made out of
God's mind, and all that man is or ever will be, all that he has
or ever will have, must partake of the Divine nature. Man did not
make it so, but it is so, and he must accept the fact and see what
he can do with it. If he has the same power in his individual life
that God has in the Universal, then this discovery will mean freedom
from all bondage when he learns how to use his power. As God governs
His Universal world so will man govern his individual world, always
subject to the greater law and life. This could not be otherwise
if we realize what follows from it, for so realizing we find ourselves
living in a very different world from the one in which we thought
we were living. God governs not through physical law as result,
but first by inner knowing--then the physical follows. In the same
way, man governs his world by the process which we will call, for
want of a better name, the power of his thought.
Man's inner life is one with the Father. There can be no separation,
for the self-evident reason that there is nothing to separate him
from God, because there is nothing but life. The separation of two
things implies putting a different element between them; but as
there is nothing different from God, the unity of God and man is
firmly established forever. "My Father and I are One"
is a simple statement of a great soul who perceived life as it really
is and not from the mere standpoint of outer conditions.
Taking as the starting point that man has the same life as God,
it follows that he uses the same creative process. Everything is
one, comes from the same source and returns again to it. "The
things which are seen are not made of the things which do appear."
What we see comes from what we do not see. This is the explanation
of the whole visible universe, and is the only possible explanation.
As God's thought makes worlds and peoples them with all living
things, so does our thought make our world and peoples it with all
the experiences we have had. By the activity of our thought things
come into our life, and we are limited because we have not known
the truth; we have thought that outside things controlled us, when
all the time we have had that within which could have changed everything
and given us freedom from bondage.
The question, then, naturally arises: Why did God create man
and make him a free agent? If God had created us in such
a way as to compel us to do or to be anything that was not of our
choosing, we should not have been individuals at all, we should
be automatons. Since we know that we are individuals, we know that
God made us thus; and we are just discovering the reason why. Let
any man wake up to this, the greatest truth in all ages, and he
will find it will answer all questions. He will be satisfied that
things are what they are. He will perceive that he may use his own
God-given power so to work, to think and to live that he will in
no way hinder the greater law from operating through him.
According to the clearness of his perception and the greatness of
his realization of this power will he provide within himself a starting
point through which God may operate. There will no longer be a sense
of separation, but in its place will come that divine assurance
that he is one with God, and thus will he find his freedom from
all suffering, whether it be of body, mind or estate.
MAN is beginning to realize that he has life within himself as
the great gift of God to him. If he really has life, if it is the
same nature as the life of God, if he is an individual and has the
right of self-choice which constitutes individuality; then it follows
that he can do with his life what the wants to do: he can make out
of Himself that which he wishes. Freedom is his, but this freedom
is within law and never outside it. Man must obey law. If he disobeys
it, it has to act as law, and so acting has to punish him. This
he cannot change but must submit to. Freedom comes to the individual
from understanding the laws of his own life, and conforming to them,
thereby subjecting them to his use, to the end of health, happiness
Law obtains throughout all nature, governing all things, both
the seen and the unseen. Law is not physical or material but mental
and spiritual. Law is God's method of operation. We should think
of God as the great Spirit whose sole impulse is love, freely giving
of Himself to all who ask and ref using none. God is our Father
in every sense of the term, watching over, caring for and loving
all alike. While all is love, yet, in order that things may not
be chaotic, all is governed by law. And as far as you and I are
concerned, this law is always mental.
GOVERNED BY OUR THINKING
IT is easy for the average person to see how it is that mind
can control, and to a certain extent govern, the functions of the
body. Some can go even further than this and see that the body is
governed entirely by consciousness. This they can see without much
difficulty, but it is not so easy for them to see how it is that
thought governs their conditions and decides whether they are to
be successes or failures.
Here we will stop to ask the question: If our conditions are
not controlled by thought, by what, then, are they controlled? Some
will say that conditions are controlled by circumstances. But what
are circumstances? Are they cause or are they effect? Of course
they are always effect; everything that we see is an effect. An
effect is something that follows a cause, and we are dealing with
causation only; effects do not make themselves, but they are held
in place by mind, or causation.
If this does not answer your thought, begin over again and realize
that behind everything that is seen is the silent cause. In your
life you are that cause. There is nothing but mind, and nothing
moves except as mind moves it. We have agreed that, while God is
love, yet your life is governed absolutely by mind, or law. In our
lives of conditions we are the cause, and nothing moves except as
our mind moves it.
The activity of our mind is thought., We are always acting because
we are always thinking. At all times we are either drawing things
to us or we are pushing them away from us. In the ordinary individual
this process goes on without his ever knowing it consciously, but
ignorance of the law will excuse no one from its effects.
"What," someone will say, "do you think that I
thought failure or wanted to fail?" Of course not. You would
be foolish to think that; but according to the law which we cannot
deny, you must have thought things that would produce failure. Perhaps
you thought that failure might come, or in some other way
you gave it entrance to your mind.
Thinking back over the reason for things, you will find that
you are surrounded by a mind, or law, that casts back at the thinker,
manifested, everything that he thinks. If this were not true, man
would not be an individual. Individuality can mean only the ability
to think what we want to think. If that thought is to have
power in our lives then there has to be something that will manifest
it. Some are limited and bound by law through ignorance. This law
is sometimes called "Karma," it is the law that binds
the ignorant and gives freedom to the wise.
We live in mind; and it can return to us only what we think into
it. No matter what we may do, law will always obtain. If we are
thinking of ourselves as poor and needy, then mind has no choice
but to return what we have thought into it. At first this may be
hard to realize, but the truth will reveal to the seeker that law
could act in no other way. Whatever we think is the pattern, and
mind is the builder. Jesus, realizing this law, said, "It is
done unto you even as you have believed." Shall we doubt but
that this great Way Shower knew what he was talking about? Did He
not say, "It is done unto you"? What a wonderful thought. "It
is done unto you." Nothing to worry about. "It is done
unto you." With a tremendous grasp of the power of true spiritual
thought, Jesus even called forth bread from the ethers of life,
and at no time did He ever fail to demonstrate that when one knows
the truth he is freed by that knowledge.
THE author once attended a patient who was suffering from a large
growth. She was operated on and about fifty pounds of water were
removed. In a few days the growth had returned. Where did it come
from? Not from eating or drinking. Neither did it move from one
part of the body to another part, as that would not have increased
her weight. It must have been created from elements which she took
in from the air. It had to come from something not physically seen,
something appearing from nothing that we see. What we call "creation"
is the same thing--the visible appearing from the invisible. Was
not this phenomenon a creation?
Cases as remarkable as this are occurring every day. We should
not deny this fact but try to explain it. In the case of this woman
there must have been an activity of thought molded forth into form,
else how could this growth have appeared? There is nothing manifest
but that there is a cause for the manifestation. Investigation proves
that behind every condition, whether of body or environment, there
has been some thought, conscious or unconscious, which produced
that condition. In the case of this woman the thought was not conscious.
But creation is going on all the time; we should realize this and
learn how to control it so that there may be created for us the
things that we desire and not those that we do not want. Is it any
wonder that the Bible says, "With all thy getting get understanding"?
Jesus understood all this, and so it was no more effort for Him
to do what He did than it is for us to breathe or to digest our
food. He understood, that is all. Because Jesus did understand
and did use these great laws with objective consciousness, people
thought He must be God. And when to-day something unusual occurs,
people think that a miracle has been performed. Jesus was not God.
He was the manifestation of God; and so are all people. "I
say that ye are gods, and every one of you sons of the Most High."
A thinking person will be compelled to admit, in view of all
this, that creation is first spiritual, through mental law, and
then physical in its manifestation.
Man does not really create. He uses creative power that already
is. Relatively speaking, he is the creative power in his own life;
and so far as his thought goes, there is something that goes with
it that has the power to bring forth into manifestation the thing
thought of. Hitherto men have used this creative power in ignorance
and so have brought upon themselves all kinds of conditions, but
today hundreds of thousands are beginning to use these great laws
of their being in a conscious, constructive way. Herein lies the
great secret of the New Thought movements under their various names
and cults and orders. All are using the same law even though some
deny to others the real revelation. We should get into an attitude
of mind wherein we should recognize the truth wherever we may find
it. The trouble with most of us is that unless we see sugar in a
sugar bowl we think it must be something else, and so we stick to
our petty prejudices instead of looking after principles.
THE first thing to realize is that since any thought manifests
it necessarily follows that all thought does the same, else how
should we know that the particular thought we were thinking would
be the one that would create? Mind must cast back all or none. Just
as the creative power of the soil receives all seeds put into it,
and at once begins to work upon them, so mind must receive all thought
and at once begin to operate upon it. Thus we find that all thought
has some power in our lives and over our conditions. We are making
our environments by the creative power of our thought. God has created
us thus and we cannot escape it. By conforming our lives and thought
to a greater understanding of law we shall be able to bring into
our experience just what we wish, letting go of all that we do not
want to experience and taking in the things we desire.
Every person is surrounded by a thought atmosphere. This mental
atmosphere is the direct result of thought which in its turn becomes
the direct reason for the cause of that which comes into our lives.
Through this power we are either attracting or repelling. Like attracts
like and we attract to us just what we are in mind. It is also true
that we become attracted to something that is greater than our previous
experience by first embodying the atmosphere of our desire.
Every business, every place, every person, everything has a certain
mental atmosphere of its own. This atmosphere decides what is to
be drawn to it. For instance, you never saw a successful man who
went around with an atmosphere of failure. Successful people think
about success. A successful man is filled with that subtle something
which permeates everything that he does with an atmosphere of confidence
and strength. In the presence of some people we feel as though nothing
were too great to undertake; we are uplifted; we are inspired to
do great things, to accomplish; we feel strong, steady, sure. What
a power we feel in the presence of big souls, strong men, noble
Did you ever stop to inquire why it is that such persons
have this kind of an effect over you while others seem to depress,
to drag you down, and in their presence you feel as though life
were a load to carry? One type is positive, the other negative.
In every physical respect they are just alike, but one has a mental
and spiritual power which the other does not have, and without that
power the individual can hope to do but little.
Which of these two do we like the better? With which do we want
to associate? Certainly not with the one that depresses us; we have
enough of that already. But what about the man who inspires us with
our own worth? Ah, he is the man we will turn to every time. Before
ever we reach him, in our haste to be near, even to hear his voice,
do we not feel a strength coming to meet us? Do you think that this
man who has such a wonderful power of attraction will ever want
for friends? Will he ever have to look up a position? Already so
many positions are open to him that he is weighing in his mind which
one to take. He does not have to become a success; he already is
Thoughts of failure, limitation or poverty are negative and must
be counted out of our lives for all time. Somebody will say, "But
what of the poor; what are you going to do with them; are they to
be left without help?" No; a thousand times no. The same power
is in them that is in all men. They will always be poor until they
awake and realize what life is. All the charity on earth has never
done away with poverty, and never will; if it could have done so
it would have done so; it could not, therefore it has not. It will
do a man a thousand times more good to show him how to succeed than
it will to tell him he needs charity. We need not listen to all
the calamity howlers. Let them howl if it does them any good. God
has given us a power and we must use it. We can do more toward saving
the world by proving this law than all that charity has ever given
Right here, in the manifold world to-day, there is more money
and provision than the world can use. Not even a fraction of the
wealth of the world is used. Inventors and discoverers are adding
to this wealth every day; they are the real people. But in the midst
of plenty, surrounded by all the gifts of heaven, man sits and begs
for his daily bread. He should be taught to realize that he has
brought these conditions upon himself; that instead of blaming God,
man or the devil for the circumstances by which he is surrounded,
he should learn to seek the truth, to let the dead bury their dead.
We should tell every man who will believe what his real nature is;
show him how to overcome all limitations; give him courage; show
him the way. If he will not believe, if he will not walk in the
way, it is not our fault, and having done all we can, we must go
our way. We may sympathize with people but never with trouble,
limitation or misery. If people still insist upon hugging their
troubles to themselves, all the charity in the world will not help
Remember that God is that silent power behind all things, always
ready to spring into expression when we have provided the proper
channels, which are receptive and positive faith in the evidence
of things not seen with the physical eye but eternal in the heavens.
All is mind, and we must provide a receptive avenue for it
as it passes out through us into the outer expression of our affairs.
If we allow the world's opinion to control our thinking, then that
will be our demonstration. If, on the other hand, we rise superior
to the world, we shall do a new thing.
Remember that all people are making demonstrations, only most
of them are making the ones they do not desire, but the only ones
they can make with their present powers of perception.
HOW TO ATTAIN
LET us see that we use the right attitude of mind in all that
we do, filling ourselves with such courage and power of strength
that all thought of weakness flees before us. If any thought of
weakness should come, ask this question: Is life weak? If life is
not weak and if God is not discouraged, then you are not, never
were, and never will be. I should like to see the sickly, discouraged
thought that could withstand this attitude of mind.
No! Life is strong, and you are strong with the strength of the
Infinite; forget all else as you revel in this strength. You are
strong and can say I AM. You have been laboring under an illusion;
now you are disillusioned. Now you know, and knowing is using the
law in a constructive way. "I and my Father are One;"
this is strength for the weak, and life for all who believe.
We can so fill ourselves with the drawing power of attraction
that it will become irresistible. Nothing can hinder things from
coming to the man who knows that he is dealing with the same power
that creates all from itself, moves all within itself, and yet holds
all things in their places. I am one with the Infinite Mind. Let
this ring through you many times each day until you rise to that
height that, looking, sees.
In order to be sure that we are creating the right kind of a
mental atmosphere and so attracting what we want, we must at first
watch our thinking, lest we create that which we should not like
to see manifest. In other words, we must think only what we wish
to experience. All is mind, and mind casts back at the thinker
that only which he thinks. Nothing ever happens by chance. Law governs
all life, and all people come under that law. But that law, so far
as we are concerned, we ourselves set in motion, and we do this
through the power of our thought.
Each person is living in a world of his own making, and he should
speak only such words and think only such thoughts as he wishes
to see manifested in his life. We must not hear, think, speak, read
or listen to limitation of any kind. There is no way under heaven
whereby we can think two kinds of thought and get only one result;
it is impossible, and the sooner we realize it the sooner we shall
arrive. This does not mean that we must be afraid to think lest
we create the wrong image, but it does mean that the way most people
think can produce nothing but failure; that is why so few succeed.
The person who is to succeed will never let his mind dwell on
past mistakes. He will forgive the past in his life and in the lives
of other people. If he makes a mistake he will at once forgive it.
He will know that so long as he desires any good, there is nowhere
in the universe anything that opposes him. God does not damn anyone
or anything; man damns everyone and everything.
God does not make things by comparing His power with some other
power. God knows that when He speaks it done; and if we partake
of the divine nature we must know the same thing in our lives that
God knows in His.
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul."
WHAT WE WILL
WE will always attract to us, in our lives and conditions, according
to our thought. Things are but outer manifestations of inner mental
concepts. Thought is not only power; it is also the form of all
things. The conditions that we attract will correspond exactly to
our mental pictures. It is quite necessary, then, that the successful
business man should keep his mind on thoughts of happiness, which
produce cheerfulness instead of depression; he should radiate joy,
and should be filled with faith, hope and expectancy. These cheerful,
hopeful attitudes of mind are indispensable to the one who really
wants to do things in life.
Put every negative thought out of your mind once and for all.
Declare your freedom. Know that no matter what others may say, think
or do, you are a success, now, and nothing can hinder you
from accomplishing your good.
All the power of the universe is with you; feel it, know it,
and then act as though it were true. This mental attitude alone
will draw people and things to you.
Begin to blot out, one by one, all false beliefs, all idea that
man is limited or poor or miserable. Use that wonderful power of
will that God has given to you. Refuse to think of failure or to
doubt your own power.
See only what you wish to experience, and look at nothing else.
No matter how many times the old thought returns, destroy it by
knowing that it has no power over you; look it squarely in the face
and tell it to go; it does not belong to you, and you must know--and
stick to it--that you are now free.
Rise up in all the faith of one who knows what he is dealing
with, and declare that you are one with Infinite Mind. Know that
you cannot get away from this One Mind; that wherever you may go,
there, right beside you, waiting to be used, is all the power there
is in the whole universe. When you realize this you will know that
in union with this, the only power, you are more than all
else, you are more than anything that can ever happen to you.
THE POWER OF ATTRACTION.
ALWAYS remember that Spirit makes things out of itself; it manifests
in the visible world by becoming the thing that it wills to become.
In the world of the individual the same process takes place. It
is given to man to use creative power, but with the using of this
power comes the necessity of using it as it is made to be used.
If God makes things out of His thought before they come into manifestation,
then we must use the same method.
You can attract only that which you first mentally become and
feel yourself to be in reality, without any doubting. A steady stream
of consciousness going out into creative mind will attract a steady
manifestation of conditions; a fluctuating stream of consciousness
will attract the corresponding manifestation or condition in your
life. We Host be consistent in our attitude of mind, never wavering.
lames says, "Ask in faith, nothing doubting, for he that doubteth
is like a surge of the sea driven by the wind and tossed. For let
not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord."
We are all immersed in an aura of our own thinking. This aura
is the direct result of all that we have ever said, thought or done;
it decides what is to take place in our life; it attracts what is
like itself and repels what is unlike itself. We are drawn towards
those things that we mentally embody. Most of the inner processes
of thought have been unconscious; but when we understand the law
all that we have to do is to embody consciously what we wish, and
think of that only, and then we shall be drawn silently toward it.
We have this law in our hands to do with as we will. We can draw
what we want only as we let go of the old order and take up the
new; and this we must do to the exclusion of all else. This is no
weak man's job but an undertaking for a strong, self-reliant soul;
and the end is worth the effort. The person who can hold his thought
one-pointed is the one who will obtain the best results.
But this does not imply the necessity of strain or anything of
a strenuous nature; on the contrary, strain is just what we must
avoid. When we know that there is but one power we shall not struggle,
we shall know, and in calmness we shall see only what we know must
be the Truth. This means a persistent, firm determination to think
what we want to think, regardless of all outer evidence to the contrary.
We look not to the seen but to the unseen. The king of Israel understood
this when, looking upon the advancing host of the enemy, he said, "We
have no might against this great company, but our eyes are upon
Thee"--upon the One Power.
HOW TO ATTRACT
THE man who has learned to love all people, no matter who they
may be, will find plenty of people who will return that love to
him. This is not mere sentiment, and it is more than a religious
attitude of mind; it is a deep scientific fact, and one to which
we should pay attention. The reason is this: As all is mind, and
as we attract to us what we first become, until we learn to love
we are not sending out love vibrations, and not until we send out
love vibrations can we receive love in return.
One of the first things to do is to learn to love everybody.
If you have not done this, begin to do so at once. There is always
more good than bad in people, and seeing the good tends to bring
it forth. Love is the greatest healing and drawing power on earth.
It is the very reason for our being, and that explains why it is
that people should have something or somebody to love.
The life that has not loved has not lived; it is still dead.
Love is the sole impulse for creation; and the man who does not
have it as the greatest incentive in his life has never developed
the real creative instinct. No one can swing out into the Universal
without love, for the whole universe is based upon it.
When we find that we are without friends, the thing to do is
at once to send our thought out to the whole world,--send it full
of love and affection. Know that this thought will meet the desires
of some other person who is wanting the same thing, and in some
way the two will be drawn together. Get over thinking that people
are queer. That kind of thought will only produce misunderstanding
and cause us to lose the friends that we now have. Think of the
whole world as your friend; but you must also be the friend of the
whole world. In this way and with this simple practice you will
draw to you so many friends that the time will be too short to enjoy
them all. Refuse to see the negative side of anyone. Refuse to let
yourself misunderstand or be misunderstood. no not be morbid. Know
that everyone wants you to have the best; affirm this wherever you
go and then you will find things just as you wish them to be.
The atmosphere created by a real lover of the race is so powerful
that although his other shortcomings may be many, still the world
will love him in return. "To him who loveth much, much will
be forgiven." People are dying for real human interest, for
someone to tell them that they are all right. Which person do we
like the better: the one who is always full of trouble and faultfinding,
or the one who looks at the world as his friend and loves it? The
question does not need to be asked; we know that we want the company
of the person who loves and loving, forgets all else.
The only reason we think other people are "queer" is
because they do not happen to think as we do. We must get over this
little, petty attitude and see things in the large. The person who
sees what he wants to see, regardless of what appears, will some
day experience in the outer what he has so faithfully seen within.
From selfish motives alone, if from no loftier reason, we cannot
afford to find fault or to hate or even to hold in mind anything
against any living soul. The God who is love cannot hear the prayer
of the man who is not love. Love and co-operation will yet be found
to be the greatest business principle on earth. "God is Love."
We will make our unity with all people, with all life. We will
affirm that God in us is unified with God in all. This One is now
drawing into our life all love and fellowship. I am one with all
people, with all things, with all life. As I listen in the silence
the voice of all humanity speaks to me and answers the love that
I hold out to it.
This great love that I now feel for the world is the love of
God, and it is felt by all and returned from all. Nothing comes
in between because there is nothing but love to come in between.
I understand all people and that understanding is reflected back
to me from all people. I help, therefore I am helped. I uplift,
therefore I am uplifted. Nothing can mar this perfect picture of
myself and my relations with the world; it is the truth, the whole
truth, and nothing but the truth. I am now surrounded by all love,
all friendship, all companionship, all health, all happiness, all
success. I am one with life. I wait in the silence while the Great
Spirit bears this message to the whole world.
THE man who can control his thought can have and do what he wishes
to have and to do; everything is his for the asking. He must remember
that whatever he gets is his to use but not his to hold. Creation
is always flowing by and we have as much of it as we can take and
use; more would cause stagnation.
We are relieved of all thought of clinging to anybody or anything.
Cannot the Great Principle' of Life create for us faster than we
can spend or use? The universe is inexhaustible; it is limitless;
it knows no bounds and has no confines. We are not depending on
a reed shaken by the wind, but on the principle of life itself,
for all that we want, have or ever shall have. It is not some
power, or a great power, we affirm again; it is ALL POWER.
All that we have to do is to believe this and act as though it were
so, never wavering, not even once, no matter what happens. As we
do this we shall find that things are steadily coming our way, and
that they are coming without that awful effort that destroys the
peace of the majority of the race. We know that there can be no
failure in the Divine Mind, and this Mind is the Power on which
we are depending.
Now just because we are depending upon Divine Mind we must not
think that we do not have to do our share. God will work through
us if we will let Him, but we must act in the outer as though we
were sure of ourselves. Our part is to believe, and then to act
Jesus went to the tomb of Lazarus believing and knowing that
God was working through Him. Often we may have to go somewhere or
do something and we must know with deep conviction that there will
be a power going with us that none can gainsay. When we feel this
secure place in our thought, all that we will have to do is to act.
There is no doubt but that the creative power of the universe
will answer; it always does. And so we need not take the worry
upon ourselves, but rather we will "Make known our requests
When Jesus said, "All things whatsoever ye pray and ask
for, believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them,"
he was uttering one of those many deep truths that were so clear
to Him and that we are just beginning to see. He knew that everything
is made out of mind and that without that positive acceptance on
the part of the individual there is no mold into which mind can
pour itself forth into form. In the mind of God there is the correct
mold, the true knowing, but in the mind of man there is not always
this true knowing. Since God can do for us only by doing
through us, nothing can be done for us unless we are positively
receptive, but when we realize the law and how it works, then we
will provide that complete inner acceptance. By so doing we permit
the Spirit to do the work, to make the gift.
The reason we can make our requests known with thanksgiving is
because we know from the beginning that we are to receive and therefore
we cannot help being thankful. This grateful attitude to the Spirit
puts us in very close touch with power and adds much to the reality
of the thing that we are dealing with. Without it we can do but
little. So let us cultivate all the gratitude that we can. In gratitude
we will send our thoughts out into the world, and as it comes back
it will come laden with the fruits of the Spirit.
TO the student who has realized that all is mind and that everything
is governed by law, there comes another thought: it is that he can
create, or have created for him, from his own thinking. He can create
such a strong mental atmosphere of success that its power of attraction
will be irresistible. He can send his thought throughout the world
and have it bring back to him whatever he wants. He can so fill
his place of business with the power of success that it will draw
from far and near. Thought will always bring back to us what we
send out. First we must clear our thought of all unbelief. This
book is written for those who believe; and to those who do believe
it will come true in their lives.
Without mental clearness on the part of the thinker there can
be no real creative work done. As water will reach only its own
level, so mind will return to us only what we first believe. We
arc always getting what we believe but not always what we want.
Our thought has the power to reach, in the outer form of conditions,
an exact correspondence to our inner convictions.
By thinking, you set in motion a power that creates. It will
be exactly as you think. You throw out into mind an idea, and mind
creates it for you and sets it on the path of your life. Think of
it, then, as your greatest friend. It is always with you wherever
you may be. It never deserts you. You are never alone. There is
no doubt, no fear, no wondering; you know. You are going
to use the only power that there is in the universe. You are going
to use it for a definite purpose. You have already fixed this purpose
in your thought; now you are going to speak it forth.
You are speaking it for your own good. You desire only the good
and you know that only the good can come to you. You have made your
unity with life, and now life is going to help you in your affairs.
You are going to establish in your rooms such an atmosphere of
success that it will become an irresistible power; it will sweep
everything before it as it realizes the greatness and the All-Mightiness
of the One. You are so sure, that you will not even look to see
if it is going to happen; you KNOW.
And now your word, which is one with the Infinite Life, is to
be spoken in calm, perfect trust. It is to be taken up, and at once
it is to be operated on. Perfect is the pattern and perfect will
be the result. You see yourself surrounded by the thing that you
desire. More than this, you are the thing that you desire.
Your word is now establishing it forever; see this, feel it, know
it. You are now encompassed by perfect life, by infinite activity,
by all power, by all guidance. The power of the Spirit is drawing
to you all people; it is supplying you with all good; it is filling
you with all life, truth and love.
Wait in perfect silence while that inner power takes it up. And
then you know that it is done unto you. There goes forth from this
word the power of the Infinite. "The words which I speak, they
are spirit and they are life."
THE POWER OF
MAN'S word, spoken forth into creative mind, is endowed with
power of expression. "By our words we are justified and by
our words we are condemned." Our word has the exact amount
of power that we put into it. This does not mean power through effort
or strain but power through absolute conviction, or faith. It is
like a little messenger who knows what he is doing and knows just
how to do it. We speak into our words the intelligence which we
are, and backed by that greater intelligence of the Universal Mind
our word becomes a law unto the thing for which it is spoken. Jesus
understood this far better than we do. Indeed, He absolutely believed
it, for He said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away but my words
shall not pass away till all be fulfilled."
This makes our word inseparable from Absolute Intelligence and
Power. Now if any word has power it must follow that all words have
power. Some words may have a greater power than others, according
to our conviction, but all words have some power. How careful, then,
we should be what kind of words we are speaking.
All this goes to prove that we really are one with the Infinite
Mind, and that our words have the power of life within them; that
the word is always with us and never far off. The word is within
our own mouth. Every time we speak we are using power.
We are one in mind with the whole universe; we are all eternally
united in this mind with real power. It is our own fault if we do
not use this truth after we see it. We should feel ourselves surrounded
by this mind, this great pulsating life, this all-seeing and all-knowing
reality. When we do feel this near presence, this great power and
life, then all we have to do is to speak forth into it, speak with
all the positive conviction of the soul that has found its source,
and above all else never fear but that it will be done unto us even
as we have believed.
What wonderful power, what a newness of life and of power of
expression, is waiting for those who really believe. What may the
race not attain to when men wake up to the real facts of being?
As yet the race has not begun to live, but the time is drawing near.
Already thousands are using this great power, and thousands are
eagerly watching and waiting for the new day.
ALWAYS when we pray we must believe. Our idea of prayer is not
so much asking God for things as it is believing that we already
have the things that we need. As we have said before, this already-believing
is necessary because all is mind, and until we have provided that
full acceptance we have not made a mold into which mind could pour
itself and through which it could manifest. This positive belief
is absolutely essential to real creative work; and if we do not
at present have it, then we must develop it.
All is law, and cause and effect obtain through all life. Mind
is cause, and what we term matter, or the visible, is effect. As
water will freeze into the form that it is poured, so mind will
solidify only into the forms that our thought takes. Thought is
form. The individual provides the form; he never creates or even
manifests,--that is, of himself; there is something that does all
this for him. His sole activity is the use of this power. This power
is always at hand ready to be spoken into and at once ready to form
the words into visible expression. But the mold that most of us
provide is a very poor one, and we change it so quickly that it
is more like a motion picture than anything else.
Already we have the power; it is the gift of the Most High in
its Finite Expression. But our ignorance of its use has caused us
to create the wrong form, which in its turn has caused mind to produce
the form which we have thought into it. From this law of cause and
effect we may never hope to escape; and while we may think of it
as a hard thing, at first, yet, when we understand, we shall see
it as absolute justice without which there could be no real self-acting,
individual life at all. Because of our divine individuality, even
God may have to wait our recognition of Him and His laws.
People in business will do well to remember this and so to form
their thought that they will be willing to receive what they send
out. No thought of discouragement or disorder should ever be created,
but only positive assurance, strong thoughts of success, of Divine
activity, the feeling that with God all things are possible, the
belief that we are One with that Great Mind. These are the thoughts
that make for success.
The realization that we are dealing with one and not with two
powers enables us to think with clearness. We are not troubled about
competition or opposition or failure because there is nothing but
life, and this life is continually giving to us all that we could
ask for, wish, or think into it.
We can now see how essential it is that thought should be held
one-pointed; that we should think always and only upon what we want,
never letting our mind dwell on anything else. In this way the Spirit
works through us.
WHERE SO MANY
THE ordinary individual, sitting down to give a treatment to
his business, unconsciously does just the thing that he should have
avoided; and then he wonders why he did not get the desired results.
Most people simply sit and wish for, or long for, something. They
may even have a great desire or hope. They may even go so far as
to believe that their desire is going to happen. All this is good
as far as it goes, but it does not go far enough. What we must do
is to provide that already-having-received attitude. This may seem
hard at first but we can easily see that it is necessary; and as
it is the only way that mind works, this is what we must do.
Power is, and mind is, and life is; but they have to flow through
us in order to express in our lives. We are dealing with law; and
nature must be obeyed before it will work for us. Just realize that
this law is as natural a law as any other of God's laws, and use
it with the same intelligence that you would use the law of electricity;
then you will get the desired results. We provide the thought form
around which the divine energies play and to which they attract
the conditions necessary for the fulfillment of the though.
When we give a treatment this is all that we have to do, but
before we can do even this we have to clear our minds of all fear,
of every sense of separation from the Divine Mind. Law is; but we
must enforce it, or use it, in our own lives. Nothing can happen
to us that is not first an accepted belief in our own consciousness.
We may not always be aware of what is going on within, but practice
will enable us to control our thought more and more so that we shall
be able to think what we want to think, regardless of what may seem
to be the case.
Each person has within himself the capacity of knowing and making
use of the law but it must be consciously developed. This is done
by practice, and by willingness to learn and to utilize whatever
we know so far as we have gone.
The individual who has the most power is the one who has the
greatest realization of the Divine Presence, and to whom this means
the most as an active principle of his life.
We all need more backbone and less wishbone. There is something
which waits only our recognition to spring into being, bringing
with it all the power in the universe.
USING THE IMAGINATION.
JUST imagine yourself surrounded by mind, so plastic, so receptive,
that it receives the slightest impression of your thought. Whatever
you think it takes up and executes for you. Every thought is received
and acted upon. Not some but all thoughts. Whatever the pattern
we provide, that will be our demonstration. If we cannot get over
thinking that we are poor then we will still remain poor. As soon
as we become rich in our thought then we will be rich in our expression.
These are not mere words, but the deepest truth that has ever come
to the human race. Hundreds of thousands of the most intelligent
thinkers and the most spiritual people of our day are proving this
truth. We are not dealing with illusions but with realities; pay
no more attention to the one who ridicules these ideas than you
would to the blowing of the wind.
In the center of your own soul choose what you want to become,
to accomplish; keep it to yourself. Every clay in the silence of
absolute conviction know that it is now done. It is just as much
done, as far as you are concerned, as it will be when you experience
it in the outer. Imagine yourself to be what you want to be. See
only that which you desire, refuse even to think of the other. Stick
to it, never doubt. Say many times a day, "I am that thing,"
realize what this means. It means that the great Universal power
of Mind is that, and it cannot fail.
MAN is created an individual and as such he has the power of
choice. Many people seem to think that man should not choose, that
since he has asked the Spirit to lead him, he need no longer act,
or choose. This is taught by many teachers but is not consistent
with our individuality. Unless we had this privilege, this power
of choice, we would not be individuals. What we do need to learn
is that the Spirit can choose through us. But when this happens
it is an act on our part. Even though we say, "I will not choose,"
we are still choosing; because we are choosing not to choose.
We cannot escape the fact that we are made in such a way that
at every step life is a constant choice. What we do need to do is
to select what we feel to be right and know that the universe will
never deny us anything. We choose and Mind creates. We should endeavor
to choose that which will express always a greater life and we must
remember that the Spirit is always seeking to express love and beauty
through us. If we are attuned to these, and are working in harmony
with the great creative power, we need have no doubt about its willingness
to work for us.
We must know exactly what it is that we wish and get the perfect
mental picture of it. We must believe absolutely that we now have
it and never do or say anything that denies it.
OLD AGE AND
ONE of the besetting errors of people is a belief that they are
too old to do things. This comes from a lack of understanding what
life really is. Life is consciousness and not years. The man or
woman who is seventy years old should be better able to demonstrate
than the man who is only twenty. He should have evolved a higher
thought, and it is thought and not conditions that we are dealing
Amelia Barr was fifty-three before she wrote a book. After that
she wrote over eighty, all of which had a large circulation. Mary
Baker Eddy was sixty before she began her work, and she attended
to all of her great activities until she passed from this plane
to a higher one. The author of this book once took a man who was
over sixty, one who thought his chance for success had gone, and
through teaching him these principles in a year's time made him
a prosperous business man. He is now doing well and was never before
in his life so happy. The last time he was interviewed he said that
business was increasing every day and that he had not begun yet.
Every day he stands in his store and claims more activity. He speaks
the word and realizes increase all the time. If this were not true
then life would not be worth the living. What is a few years in
eternity? We must get over these false notions about age and competition.
In the truth the word competition is never mentioned. The people
who think about it have never known the truth.
Life is what we make it from within and never from without. We
are just as old as we think we are, no matter what the number of
years may have been that we have lived on this planet.
SUCCESS IN BUSINESS.
ALL demonstrations take place within ourselves. Creation is eternally
flowing through all things. The law is always working from that
inner pattern. We do not struggle with conditions, we use principles
which create conditions. What we can mentally encompass we can accomplish,
no matter how hard it may seem from the outside.
All external things are but the outer rim of inner thought activity.
You can easily prove this for yourself. If you are in business,
say, running an ice cream stand or counter, and are not doing good
business, look carefully into your own thought and see what you
will find. You will find that it is an established belief there
that business is not good. You are not feeling a sense of activity.
You will not find within your thought any feeling of success. You
are not expecting many customers.
Now suppose someone comes along and says to you: "What is
the matter? Why are you not doing more business?" This is about
what the answer would be: "People don't seem to want what I
have to sell." Or perhaps something like this: "I am too
old to compete with modern methods." Or even: "Well, times
are hard." All this is negative thought.
Now this man to whom you are talking does not believe a word
you have said. He knows that causation is in mind and not in matter,
and he says: "The whole thing is in your own mind; the trouble
with you is that you don't feel that you are a success."
Perhaps you have heard something of this before; if so you will
ask him what he means, or perhaps you think he is talking about
something peculiar; but we are taking it for granted that you are
so anxious to do something to make your business a success that
you will be willing to try anything, so you ask him to explain.
He begins by telling you all is Mind; nothing moves but Mind moves
it and that you are a center in this Mind. You do not understand
how this relates in any way to your business, but he goes on to
say that your thought decides whether your business shall be a success
or a failure. Here you become indignant, and ask if he means to
tell you that you want to fail. Of course he knows you do not, and
he explains that while you wish success, you are thinking failure,
fearing it, and that there is a law that makes your thought, never
asking questions but at once sets about its fulfillment. You become
interested and ask how this can be; in return you are asked this
question: "How did anything come into being?" This sets
you to thinking and of course you realize that there was a time
when nothing existed but life; so whatever has come into being must
have come from that life, for what we see must come from that which
we do not see. You have to admit that. Then what you do not see
must be the Cause of everything; and you must also admit that; and
that Cause works by Law; this you are compelled to admit. Then this
Law, being everywhere, must be in you; this is harder for you to
see; but after much thought you begin to realize that it is so.
Then you, without knowing where your thought processes were leading
you, have conceded that you, yourself, are the reason for what happens
in your life, be it success or failure.
God couldn't make you any other way and at the same time make
you a self-choosing individual. This is plain.
Now what are you going to do about it? This is what you must
do. For every time that you have thought failure you are going to
replace it with strong radiant thoughts of success. You are going
to speak activity into your business. You are going daily to see
nothing but activity and to know that it is Law that you are using,
Universal Law, and as such your thought is as sure as the thought
Daily you are going to give to the Great Creative Mind exactly
what you want to happen. You will see only what you desire and in
the silence of your soul you will speak and it will be done unto
you. You will come to believe that a great Divine Love flows through
you and your affairs. You will be grateful for this Love.
It fills your life. It satisfies your soul. You are a different
man. You are so filled with activity and courage that when you meet
people they will wonder at your energy. They will begin to wish
simply to come in contact with you. They will feel uplifted.
In the course of a few months you will be a success. People will
come to you and say: "How do you do it?" The answer will
be the same that was given to you a few months ago.
Let the man who is speaking to the public do the same thing.
Let him daily see throngs of people coming to hear him. Let him
see nothing else. He will experience what he feels, and sees.
Always remember this. Life is from within outward, and never
from without inward. You are the center of power in your own
Be sure and not take on false suggestion. The world is full of
calamity howlers; turn from them, every one, no matter how great
you think they may be; you haven't the time to waste over anything
that is negative. You are a success, and you are giving to the Law,
every day, just what you want done. And the Law is always working
for you. All fear has gone and you know that there is but One Power
in all the Universe. Happy is the man who knows this, the greatest
of all Truths.
The whole thing resolves itself into our mental ability to control
our thought. The man who can do this, can have what he wants, can
do what he wishes, and becomes what he wills. Life, God, the Universe,
MONEY A SPIRITUAL
MANY people seem to think that money must be evil, although I
have never as yet seen any who did not want a lot of this evil in
If all is an expression of life, then money is an expression
of life, and as such, must be good. Without a certain amount of
it in this life, we would have a hard time. But how to get it; that
is the race problem. How shall we acquire wealth? Money didn't make
itself, and not being self-creative it must be an effect. Behind
it must be the Cause that projects it. That cause is never seen;
no cause is ever seen. Consciousness is cause and people who have
a money consciousness have the outward expression of it. People
who have it as a sure reality in their mind, have it as an expression
in their pocket. People who don't have this mental likeness don't
have money in their pockets.
What we need to do is to acquire a money consciousness. This
may seem very material, but the true idea of money is not material--it
is spiritual. We need to make our unity with it. We can never do
this while we hold it away from us by thinking that we haven't it.
Let us change the method and begin to make our unity with supply
by daily declaring that all the Power in the Universe is daily bringing
to us all that we can use. Feel the presence of supply. Know that
it is yours now.
Make yourself feel that you now have, and to you shall be given.
Work with yourself until there is nothing in you that doubts. Money
can not be kept away from the man who understands that all is Mind,
and that Divine Law governs his life.
Daily give thanks for perfect supply. Feel it to be yours, that
you have entered into the full possession of it now.
Refuse to talk poverty or limitation. Stick to it that you are
rich. Get the million dollar consciousness. There is no other way,
and this will react into everything that you do.
See money coming to you from every source and from every direction.
Know that everything is working for your good.
Realize in your life the presence of an Omnipotent Power. Speak
forth into It, and feel that It responds to your approach.
Whenever you see anything or anybody whom you think has more
than you, at once affirm that you have the same thing. This doesn't
mean that you have what is his, but that you have as much. It means
that all you need is yours.
Whenever you think about anything big, at once say, "That
means me." In this way you learn to unify yourself, in the
Law, with large concepts, and according to the way that Law works,
it will tend to produce that thing for you.
Never let yourself doubt for even a minute. Always be positive
about yourself. Keep watch over the inner workings of your thought,
and the Law will do the rest.
THE Universe is teeming with activity. There is motion everywhere.
Nothing ever stands still. All activity comes from mind. If we want
to be in line with things we must move. This doesn't mean that we
must strain or struggle, but we must be willing to do our part by
letting the Law work through us.
God can do for us only as we will allow Him to do through us.
Intelligence gives us ideas and in our turn we work on them. But
our work is no longer done in any sense of doubt or fear, for we
know that we are dealing with something that never makes a mistake.
We proceed with a calm confidence born of the inner trust in a Power
that is Infinite. Behind all of our movements, then, is a great
purpose, to let the Law work through us.
The Law of Activity must be complied with; we must be willing
to take the way of outer activity. Jesus went to the tomb of Lazarus.
We may have to go but there will accompany us something that never
This law of activity we must use in our business. So many business
places that we go into have such an atmosphere of inactivity, produce
such a drowsy feeling, that we at once lose all interest in what
is going on. We don't feel like buying. We leave that place without
any apparent reason and go into another. Here we feel that all is
life, all is motion, all is activity. We feel confident that this
is the place we are looking for. We will buy here; we find just
what we want; we are satisfied with our purchase and go away cheerful.
Now to create this activity something more than thought is essential.
Not that it does not come first, but the one who has this thought
of activity will naturally manifest it in vigorous, energetic movement
which helps to produce a spirit of activity in his business and
in everything he undertakes. Wherever you see a man who does not
move, then you will find one whose thought is inactive; the two
always go together.
A man in a store or place of business should always be moving
his goods. He should always be doing something. People will see
this and getting the thought of activity behind it will want to
trade there. We are not attracted to a store that always has the
same things on the same shelf. The world likes action, change. Action
Let a clerk in a store think activity and begin to manifest it,
even though he may not be waiting on customers, and in a short time
he will be waiting on them. Alertness is the word. Always be alert.
There must be mental alertness before there can be physical activity.
Act as though things were happening even though they may not
appear to be. Keep things moving and soon you will have to avoid
the rush. Activity is genius. Half the stores that you go into make
you sleepy before you get out, and you feel as though you can't
get out fast enough. The other half are alive and those are the
ones who are doing the business of the world.
The man who is active in his thought doesn't have to sit by himself
to think; he works while he thinks and so complies with the Law
which has to work through him. The thought of activity makes him
move, and the thought of confidence makes his movements sure, and
the thought of Supreme Guidance makes his work intelligent.
We must be careful and not get into ruts; always be doing something
new and different, and you will find life becomes a great game in
which you are taking the leading part.
Life will never become tiresome to the active mind and body.
It is so interesting that we wonder if we will ever get enough of
it. Some people get into such lazy mental habits that a new idea
cannot find entrance. Great things are done by people who think
great thoughts and then go out into the world to make their dreams
If you can't find anything new to do, go home and change the
bed around, or the piano; put the cook stove in the parlor and eat
on the back step for a time. It will start something moving and
changing in you that will never stop. The wide awake person can
find so many things to do that he hasn't time even to begin in this
life and he knows that Eternity is necessary to carry out the ideals
that he already has evolved.
Everything comes from Mind, but Mind acts on itself and we must
act on ourselves and on conditions; not as a slave but as a master.
Be interested in life, if you want life to be interested in you.
Act in Life and Life will act through you. So will you also become
one of the great people on earth.
IDEAS OF THE
SUPPOSE that we wish to draw from the Universal Mind some definite
idea, some guidance, some information, some leading. How are we
going to do this? First we must become convinced that we can do
Where do all the inventions come from? Where does Edison get
his information about electricity? Where, if not direct from the
Mind of the Universe? Everything that has ever come into the race
comes direct from Mind. There is nothing else it could come from.
Every invention is but a discovery of something that already
is, although we may not have seen it. Where does the harmony of
music come from? Where could it originate except in Mind? Does not
a great musician listen and hear something that we do not hear?
His ear is attuned to Harmony and he catches it straight from Life
itself and interprets it to the world. We are surrounded by the
music of the spheres but few of us ever catch the sound.
We are so filled with trouble that the Divine Melody is never
heard. If we could see, if we could hear, if we could understand,
if we only realized the presence of the All, what could we not do?
When a great thought springs up in the mind of an individual,
when a great poem is written, when a great work of art is wrought
by some receptive artist, it is simply a sign that the veil is thin
between; he has caught a glimpse of reality.
But for most of us Inspiration is not to be depended on, and
we must take the slower but none the less sure method of receiving
straight from the Infinite. The method is a simple one and very
effective. When you want to know a certain thing, or how to begin
a certain line of action:
First, you must be quiet within yourself. You must not be confused
by any outward appearance. Never become disturbed by effects. They
didn't make themselves and have no intelligence to contradict you.
Be quiet until you realize the presence of absolute Intelligence
all around you, of the Mind that knows. Now get a perfect picture
of just what you desire. You cannot get a picture unless you know
what it is you want. Put your mind in touch with Universal Mind,
saying just what you are waiting for. Ask for it, believe that you
are receiving it, and wait. After a few minutes declare that you
now know, even though you may not seem to know, yet in the depths
of consciousness you have received the impression. Give thanks that
you now receive. Do this every day until you get some direction.
It is sometimes a good thing to do this just before going to sleep.
Never, after you have done this, deny the knowledge that has
been given you. The time will come when some idea will begin to
take form. Wait for it and, when it does appear, act upon it with
all the conviction of one who is perfectly sure of himself.
You have gotten understanding straight from the source of all
understanding, knowledge from the source of knowledge. All can do
this if they will be persistent. It is a sure direction and guidance
and will never fail us. But we must be sure that we are not denying
in other moments what we affirm in the moments of Faith. In this
way we will make fewer mistakes and in time our lives will be controlled
by supreme wisdom and understanding.
DON'T BE A
NEVER lean on other people. You have strength of your own that
is great enough to do all that is necessary. The Almighty has implanted
genius within the soul of everyone and what we need to do is to
unearth that inner genius and cause it to shine forth. We will never
do this while we look to others for guidance. "To thine own
self repair, wait thou within the silence dim, and thou shalt find
All the power and intelligence of the Universe is already within,
waiting to be utilized. The Divine Spark must be fanned into a blaze
of the living Fire of your own divinity.
Self-reliance is the word to dwell on. Listen to your own voice;
it will speak in terms that are unmistakable. Trust in your own
self more than in all else. All great men have learned to do this.
Every person, within his own soul, is in direct communication with
the Infinite Understanding. When we depend on other people we are
simply taking their light and trying to light our path with it.
When we depend on ourselves we are depending on that inner voice
that is God, speaking in and through man. "Man is the inlet
and the outlet to all there is in God." God has made us and
brought us up to where we recognize our own individuality; from
now on we will have to let Him express through us. If it were different
we should not be individuals. "Behold I stand at the door and
wait." This is a statement of the near presence of power; but
we, the Individual, must open the door. This door is our thought
and we are the guardian of it, and when we do open the door we will
find that the Divine Presence is right at hand, waiting, ready and
willing to do for us all that we can believe.
We are strong with the strength of the Infinite. We are not weak.
We are great and not mean. We are One with the Infinite Mind.
When you have a real thing to do, keep it to yourself. Don't
talk about it. Just know in your own mind what it is that you want
and keep still about it. Often when we think that we will do some
big thing we begin to talk about it and the first thing we know
all the power seems to be gone.
This is what happens. We are all sending out into Mind a constant
stream of thought; the clearer it is, the better will it manifest;
if it becomes doubtful it will not have so clear a manifestation.
If it is confused it will manifest only confusion. All this is according
to the Law of Cause and Effect, and we cannot change that Law. Too
often, when we tell our friends what we are going to do, they confuse
our thought by laughing about it, or by doubting our capacity to
do so large a thing. Of course this would not happen if we were
always positive, but when we become the least bit negative it will
react and we will lose that power of clearness which is absolutely
necessary to good creative work.
When you want to do a big thing, get the mental pattern, make
it perfect, know just what it means, enlarge your thought, keep
it to yourself, pass it over to the creative power behind all things,
wait and listen, and when the impression comes, follow it with assurance.
Don't talk to anyone about it. Never listen to negative talk or
pay any attention to it and you will succeed where all others fail.
WHEN we realize that life is not fundamentally physical, but
mental and spiritual, it will not be hard for us to see that by
a certain mental and spiritual process we can demonstrate what we
We are not dealing with conditions but with causes. Causes originate
only from the unseen side of life. This is not strange as the same
might be said of electricity, or even of life itself. We do not
see life, we only see what it does. This we call a condition. Of
itself it is simply an effect. We are living in the outer world
of effects and in the inner world of causes. These causes we set
in motion by our thought, and, through the power inherent within
the cause, expresses the thought as a condition. It follows that
the cause must be equal to the effect and that the effect always
evaluates with the cause held in mind. Everything comes from One
Substance, and our thought qualifies that Substance and determines
what is to take place in our life.
The whole teaching of the Bhagavad Gita is that there
is but One and that it becomes to us just what we first believe
into it. In other words we manifest the unmanifested. This in no
way takes away from the omnipotence of God, but adds to it, for
He has created something that is able to do this. God still rules
in the Universe, but we are given the power to rule in our lives.
We must realize, then, absolutely that we are dealing with a
Substance that we have a right to deal with, and by learning its
laws we will be able to subject them to our use, just as Edison
does with electricity. Law is but we must use it.
The substance that we deal with, in itself, is never limited,
but we often are, because we draw only what we believe.
Because we are limited is no reason why the Universe should have
limitation. Our limitation is only our unbelief; life can give us
a big thing or a little thing. When it gives us a little thing,
it is not limited, any more than life is limited when it makes a
grain of sand, because it could just as well have made a planet.
But in the great scheme of things all kinds of forms, small and
large, are necessary, which, combined, make a complete whole. The
power and substance behind everything remain Infinite.
Now this life can become to us only through us, and that becoming
is the passing of Spirit into expression in our lives through the
form of the thought that we give to it. In itself life is never
limited; an ant has just as much life as an elephant though smaller
in size. The question is not one of size but one of consciousness.
We are not limited by actual boundaries, but by false ideas about
life and by a failure to recognize that we are dealing with the
Limitation is an experience of the race, but it is not the fault
of God, it is the fault of man's perception. And to prove that this
is so, let any man break the bonds of this false sense of life and
he at once begins to express less and less limitation. It is a matter
of the growth of the inner idea.
People often say when they are told this, "Do you think
that I decided to be poor and miserable; do you take me for a fool?"
No, you are not a fool, but it is quite possible that you have been
fooled, and most of us have been. I know of no one who has escaped
being fooled about life; you may not have had thoughts of poverty
but at the same time you may have had thoughts that have produced
it. Just watch the process of your thinking and see how many times
a day you think something that you would not want to happen. This
will satisfy you that you need to be watchful, that your thought
needs to be controlled.
What we need to do is to reverse the process of our thinking
and see to it that we think only positive, constructive thoughts.
A calm determination to think just what we want to think regardless
of conditions will do much to put us on the highway to a greater
realization of life.
Of course we will fall, of course the road is not easy, but we
will be growing. Daily we will be giving to the Creative Mind a
newer and a greater concept to be worked out into the life around
us. Daily we will be overcoming some negative tendency. We must
stick to it until we gain the mastery of all our thought and in
that day we will rise never to fall again.
We must be good-natured with ourselves, never becoming discouraged
or giving up until we overcome. Feel that you are always backed
by an Omnipotent power and a kind Father of Love and the way will
ONE of the most necessary things to remember is that we cannot
demonstrate life beyond our mental ability to embody. We give birth
to an idea only from within ourselves. What we are, we put into
our thinking. What we are not, we cannot put into it.
If we are to draw from Life what we want, we must first think
it forth into Life. It always produces what we think. In order to
have success, we must first conceive it in our own thought. This
is not because we are creators, but because the flow of Life into
manifestation, through us, must take the form we give to it, and
if we want a thing we must have within ourselves the mental equivalent
before we get it.
This is what Jesus meant when he said that we must believe when
we pray. This belief is providing within us that something which
knows before it sees what it asks for.
For instance, suppose a man is praying for activity (our idea
of prayer is the accepting of a thing before we get it) in his affairs.
First, before this activity can come, he must have it within himself;
he must come to see activity in everything; there must be something
that corresponds to the thing that he wants; he must have a mental
We find that we attract to ourselves as much of anything as we
embody within. As water will reach only its own level, so our outward
conditions will re-produce only our inner realizations.
A man will always draw to him just what he is. But we can learn
to provide within the image of what we desire and so in a definite
way use the law to get just what we need. If at first we do not
have a great realization of activity we will have to work on what
we do have, and as our outer conditions come up to meet the inner
cause, we will find that it will be much easier to enlarge the inner
receptivity for something greater and more worth while. Of one thing
we may be assured--we must all start somewhere, and that somewhere
is within ourselves. In this within we must make the affirmation,
and there, too, we must do the real work of realization. At the
first the way may seem hard, for we are constantly confronted with
that which seems to be, and we are not always sure of ourselves
nor strong enough to overcome, but we may rest content in the assurance
that we are growing. Every day we will be providing a bigger concept
of life, and with the inner growth we will have an enlarged power
to speak forth into the Creative Mind, with the result that we shall
get a fresh impulse and be doing a bigger thing for ourselves. Growth
and realization are always from within and never from without.
The old race suggestion of fear and poverty and limitation must
be done away with and daily we must clear our thought from all that
limits the One from showing forth in our life.
Remember that you are dealing with One power, and not with two.
This will make it easier, for you do not have to overcome any condition,
because conditions flow from within out, and not from without in.
A man going to a new town will at once begin to attract to him
just what he brings in his thought. He should be very careful what
he thinks. He should know just what he wants and daily give it over
to the Supreme Mind, knowing that It will work for him. Old thoughts
must be destroyed, and new must take their places. Every time the
old thought comes look it squarely in the face and declare that
it has no part in your mind. It has no power over you. You state
the law and rely on it to the exclusion of all else. Daily try to
see more and to understand more, feel every day that you are being
especially looked after. There is no special creation for any individual,
but we all specialize the law every time we think into it. For all
our thought is taken up and something is always done with it.
A good practice is to sit and realize that you are a center of
Divine attraction, that all things are coming to you, that the power
within is going out and drawing back all that you will ever need.
Don't argue about it, just do it, and when you have finished leave
it all to the Law, knowing that it will be done. Declare that all
life, all love and power are now in your life. Declare that you
are now in the midst of plenty. Stick to it even though you may
not as yet see the result. It will work and those who believe the
most always get the most. Think of the Law as your friend. always
looking out for your interest. Trust completely in it and it will
bring your good to you.
ONE LAW AND
PEOPLE often ask if the Law will not bring harm as well as good.
This question would never be asked if people understood what Universal
Law really means. Of course it will bring us what we think. All
law will do the same thing. The law of electricity will either light
our house or burn it down. We decide what we are to do with the
Law. Law is always impersonal. There is no likelihood of using the
Law for harmful purposes if we always use it for the more complete
expression of life.
We must not use it for any purpose that we would not like to
experience ourselves. This should answer all questions of that nature.
Do I really want the thing I ask for? Am I willing to take for myself
what I ask for other people? How can we use the Law for evil if
we desire only the good? We cannot and we should not bother about
it. We want only the good for ourselves and for the whole world;
when we have started causation, at once the Law will set to work
carrying out our plans. Never distrust the Law and become afraid
lest you misuse it. That is a great mistake, all Law is impersonal
and cares not who uses it. It will bring to all just what is already
in their thought. No person can long use it in a destructive way,
for it will destroy himself if he persists in doing wrong. We have
no responsibility for any one except ourselves. Get over all idea
that you must save the world; we have all tried and have all failed.
We may, by demonstrating in our own lives, prove that the Law really
exists as the great power behind all things. This is all that we
can do. Every one must do the same thing for himself. Let the dead
bury their dead, and see that you live. In this you are not selfish
but are simply proving that law governs your life. All can do the
same when they come to believe, and none until they believe.
WHAT if at times we attract something that we do not want? What
about all the things that we have already attracted into our lives?
Must we still suffer until the last farthing be paid? Are we bound
by Karma? Yes, in a certain degree we are bound by what we have
done; it is impossible to set law in motion and not have it produce.
What we sow we must also reap, of that there is no doubt; but here
is something to think about; the Bible also says that if a man repents
his "sins are blotted out, and remembered no more forever."
Here we have two statements which at first seem not to agree. The
first says that we must suffer from what we have done, and the second
that under certain conditions we will not have to suffer. What are
those conditions? A changed attitude toward the Law. It means that
we must stop thinking and acting in the wrong way.
When we do this we are taken out of the old order and established
in the new. Someone will say: If that is true what about the law
of cause and effect? Is that broken? No, it is this way: The law
is not broken, it would still work out if we continued to use it
in the wrong way; but when we reverse the cause, that is, think
and act in a different way, then we have changed the flow of the
It is still the same Law but we have changed its flow, so that,
instead of limiting us and punishing us, it frees and blesses. It
is still the law but we have changed our attitude toward it. We
might throw a ball at the window, and if nothing stopped it, it
would break the glass. Here is law in motion. But if someone catches
the ball before it reaches the window, the glass will not be broken.
Neither the glass nor the law will be broken. The flow of law will
be changed, that is all. So can we, no matter what has happened
in the past, so transcend the old experience, that it will no longer
have any effect upon us. So if we have attracted something that
is not best to keep, we will remember that we do not have to keep
it. It was the best that we knew at the time, and so was good as
far as it went, but now we know more and can do better.
As law works without variation, so does the law of attraction
work the same way. All that we have to do is to drop the undesired
thing from our thought, forgive ourselves and start anew. We must
never even think of it again. Let go of it once and for all. Our
various experiences will teach us more and more to try to mold all
of our thoughts and desires, so that they will be in line with the
fundamental purpose of the Great Mind, the expression of that which
is perfect. To fear to make conscious use of the Law would be to
paralyze all efforts of progress.
More and more will we come to see that a great cosmic plan is
being worked out, and that all we have to do is to lend ourselves
to it, in order that we may attain unto a real degree of life. As
we do subject our thought to the greater purposes we are correspondingly
blest, because we are working more in line with the Father, who
from the beginning knew the end. We should never lose sight of the
fact that we are each given the individual right to use the law,
and that we cannot escape from using it.
Let us, then, go forward with the belief that a greater power
is working through us; that all law is a law of good; that we have
planted our seed of thought in the Mind of the Absolute; and that
we can go our way rejoicing in the Divine privilege of working with
THERE are many persons who are constantly unhappy because they
seem always to be misunderstood. They find it hard to use the law
of attraction in an affirmative way, and they keep on drawing to
themselves experiences which they would rather have avoided. The
trouble with them is that there is always an undercurrent of thought
which either neutralizes or destroys whatever helpful thoughts they
have set in motion in their moments of greater strength. Such persons
are usually very sensitive, and while this is a quality which is
most creative when under control, it is most destructive when uncontrolled,
because it is most chaotic. They should first come to know the law
and see how it works, and then treat themselves to overcome all
sensitiveness. They should realize that everyone in the world is
a friend, and prove this by never saying anything unkind to any
one or about any one. They must within themselves see all people
as perfect beings made in the Divine Image; and, seeing nothing
else, they will in time be able to say that this is also the way
that all people see them. Holding this as the law of their lives
they will destroy all negative thought; and then, with that power
which is always in a sensitive person, but which is now under control,
they will find that life is theirs to do with as they please, the
only requirement being that as they sow so must they also reap.
We all know that anything that is unlike good is of short duration,
but anything that embodies the good is like God, ever present and
Eternal. We free ourselves through the same law under which we first
The ordinary individual unknowingly does something that destroys
any possibility of getting good results in the demonstration of
prosperity. He affirms his good and makes his unity with it, and
this is right, but he does not stop looking at it in others, which
is wrong and is the cause of confusion. We cannot affirm a principle
and deny it in the same breath. We must become what we want and
we will never be able to do that while we still persist in seeing
what we do not want, no matter where we see it. We cannot believe
that something is possible for us without also believing the same
for every individual.
One of the ways of attainment is, of a necessity, the way of
universal love: coming to see all as the true sons of God, one with
the Infinite Mind. This is no mere sentiment but the clear statement
of a fundamental law and that man who does not obey it, is opposing
the very thing that brought him into expression. It is true that
through mental means alone he may bring to himself things and he
may hold them as long as the will lasts. This is the ordinary way,
but we want more than compelling things to appear. What we want
is that things should gravitate to us because we are employing the
same law that God uses. When we so attain this attitude of mind
then that which is brought into manifestation will never be lost,
for it will be as eternal as the law of God and cannot be destroyed
forever. It is a comfort to know that we do not have to make things
happen, but that the law of Divine love is all that we will ever
need; it will relieve the overworked brain and the fagged muscle
just to be still and know that we are One with the ALL in ALL.
How can we enter in, if at one and the same time we are believing
for ourselves and beholding the beam in our brother's eye? Does
that not obstruct the view and pervert our own natures? We must
see only the good and let nothing else enter into our minds. Universal
love to all people and to all things is but returning love to the
source of all love, to Him who creates all in love and holds all
in divine care. The sun shines on all alike. Shall we separate and
divide where God has so carefully united? We are dividing our own
things when we do this, and sooner or later the Law of Absolute
Justice that weighs out to each one his just measure will balance
the account, and then we shall be obliged to suffer for the mistakes
we have made. God does not bring this agony on us but we have imposed
it on ourselves. If from selfish motives alone, we must love all
things and look upon all things as good, made from the substance
of the Father.
We can only hope to bring to ourselves that which we draw through
the avenue of love. We must watch our thinking and if we have aught
against any soul, get rid of it as soon as possible. This is the
only safe and sure way. Did not Jesus at the supreme moment of sacrifice
ask that the Father forgive all the wrong that was being clone to
Him? Shall we suppose that 'we can do it in a better way? If we
do not at the present time love all people, then we must learn how
to do it, and the way will become easier, when all condemnation
is gone forever and we behold only good. God is good and God is
Love; more than this we cannot ask nor conceive.
Another thing that we must eliminate is talking about limitation;
we must not even think of it or read about it, or have any connection
with it in any of our thinking, for we get only that which we think,
no more and no less. This will be a hard thing to do. But if we
remember that we are working out the science of being, though it
may seem long and hard at times we sooner or later do it, and once
done it is done forever. Every step in advance is an Eternal step,
and will never have to be taken again. We are not building for a
day or a year, but we are building for all time and for Eternity.
So we will build the more stately mansion under the Supreme wisdom
and the unfailing guidance of the Spirit, and we will do unto all,
even as we would have them do unto us; there is no other way. The
wise will listen, look and learn, then follow what they know to
be the only way that is in line with the Divine will and purposes.
So shall all see that God is good and in him is no evil.
IN demonstrating the truth of supply we do not have to experience
any peculiar emotion or psychic experience. We do not have to feel
any thrills or anything of that sort. While it is true that some
of these things may come, yet we should remember that what we are
doing is dealing with law, and that as law it will obey us, when
we comply with its nature and contact it in the right way. What
we are doing, is stating something into Mind, and if the impression
is clear in our own minds that it is and that it is done
we have put all the activity we can put into it, until such a time
as something happens in the external for us to work upon. So many
people say, "I do wish that I could feel something, when I
give a treatment." All this is a mistake and is an attempt
to give a physical reason for life. What we do need to feel is that,
since God is all and is good, he wants us to have only the good;
and feeling this we should take what is already made for us. Our
attitude towards such a good Father should constantly be one of
thanksgiving. When we begin to prove the power of the truth we will
always maintain this attitude. Know that you are dealing with a
sure thing and that all you have to do is to know positively into
it and wait for the results to come in the outer. Then do what your
own good sense tells you to do, for this is the thought of God through
you. More and more you will find that you are being led out of difficulty
into that freedom which is the Divine birthright of every living
soul. Go ahead, then, looking only at the things desired and never
at the things not wanted. Victory will always be on the side that
the majority of your thoughts rest on in absolute acceptance.
SOME people visualize everything that they think of and many
think that it is impossible to make a demonstration unless they
possess the power to visualize. This is not the case. While a certain
amount of vision is necessary, on the other hand it must be remembered
that we are dealing with a power that is like the soil of the ground,
which will produce the plant when we plant seed. It does not matter
if we have never before seen a plant like the one that is to be
made for us. Our thought is the seed and mind is the soil. We are
always planting and harvesting. All that we need to do is to plant
only that which we want to harvest. This is not difficult to understand.
We cannot think poverty and at the same time demonstrate plenty.
If a person wants to visualize let him do so, and if he sees himself
in full possession of his desire and knows that he is receiving,
he will make his demonstration. If, on the other hand, he does not
visualize, then let him simply state what he wants and absolutely
believe that he has it and the result will always be the same.
Remember that you are always dealing with law and that this is
the only way that anything could come into existence. Don't argue
over it. That means that you have not as yet become convinced of
the truth or you would not argue. Be convinced and rest in peace.
DOES demonstration take place in the patient, the practitioner
or in the mind of God? Let us see; We are in the mind of God and
so it must take place there. But the patient is also in the mind
of God or there would be two minds, and so it must take place in
the mind of the patient, also. But that is the mind of God, so what
does it matter where it takes place? We do not have to project our
thought, because Mind is right at hand and never leaves us at any
time. All that we have to do is to know within ourselves, and, when
we are absolutely convinced, we will have made the demonstration.
As far as the practitioner is concerned, all that he has to do
is to convince himself. Here his work begins and ends. There is
a power that will look after the rest. Is this not the supreme attitude
of faith in higher power? Of course it is, and the more of that
faith that we have, the easier it will be for us and the quicker
we will receive an answer to our prayer. If you have a simple, childlike
faith it will produce; but it should give us a greater faith when
we know something of the way that the law operates. It follows,
then, that we should, by understanding, have so great a faith that
we shall never fail to get the affirmative answer to all of our
thoughts. Each victory will strengthen us until the time will come
when we will no longer have to say I hope or believe,
but I know.
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