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- THE SIXTH SENSE
THE DOOR TO THE TEMPLE OF WISDOM
The Thirteenth Step toward Riches
THE "thirteenth" principle is known as the SIXTH SENSE,
through which Infinite Intelligence may, and will communicate voluntarily,
without any effort from, or demands by, the individual.
This principle is the apex of the philosophy. It can be assimilated,
understood, and applied ONLY by first mastering the other twelve
The SIXTH SENSE is that portion of the subconscious mind which
has been referred to as the Creative Imagination. It has also been
referred to as the "receiving set" through which ideas,
plans, and thoughts flash into the mind. The "flashes"
are sometimes called "hunches" or "inspirations."
The sixth sense defies description! It cannot be described to
a person who has not mastered the other principles of this philosophy,
because such a person has no knowledge, and no experience with which
the sixth sense may be compared. Understanding of the sixth sense
comes only by meditation through mind development from within.
The sixth sense probably is the medium of contact between the finite
mind of man and Infinite Intelligence, and for this reason, it
is a mixture of both the mental and the spiritual. It is believed
to be the point at which the mind of man contacts the Universal
After you have mastered the principles described in this book,
you will be prepared to accept as truth a statement which may, otherwise,
be incredible to you, namely:
Through the aid of the sixth sense, you will be warned of impending
dangers in time to avoid them, and notified of opportunities in
time to embrace them.
There comes to your aid, and to do your bidding, with the development
of the sixth sense, a "guardian angel" who will open to
you at all times the door to the Temple of Wisdom.
Whether or not this is a statement of truth, you will never know,
except by following the instructions described in the pages of this
book, or some similar method of procedure.
The author is not a believer in, nor an advocate of "miracles,"
for the reason that he has enough knowledge of Nature to understand
that Nature never deviates from her established laws. Some
of her laws are so incomprehensible that they produce what appear
to be "miracles." The sixth sense comes as near to being
a miracle as anything I have ever experienced, and it appears so,
only because I do not understand the method by which this principle
This much the author does know--that there is a power, or a First
Cause, or an Intelligence, which permeates every atom of matter,
and embraces every unit of energy perceptible to man--that this
Infinite Intelligence converts acorns into oak trees, causes water
to flow down hill in response to the law of gravity, follows night
with day, and winter with summer, each maintaining its proper place
and relationship to the other. This Intelligence may, through the
principles of this philosophy, be induced to aid in transmuting
DESIRES into concrete, or material form. The author has this knowledge,
because he has experimented with it--and has EXPERIENCED IT.
Step by step, through the preceding chapters, you have been led
to this, the last principle. If you have mastered each of the preceding
principles, you are now prepared to accept, without being skeptical,
the stupendous claims made here. If you have not mastered the other
principles, you must do so before you may determine, definitely,
whether or not the claims made in this chapter are fact or fiction.
While I was passing through the age of "hero-worship"
I found myself trying to imitate those whom I most admired. Moreover,
I discovered that the element of FAITH, with which I endeavored
to imitate my idols, gave me great capacity to do so quite successfully.
I have never entirely divested myself of this habit of hero-worship,
although I have passed the age commonly given over to such. My experience
has taught me that the next best thing to being truly great, is
to emulate the great, by feeling and action, as nearly as possible.
Long before I had ever written a line for publication, or endeavored
to deliver a speech in public, I followed the habit of reshaping
my own character, by trying to imitate the nine men whose lives
and life-works had been most impressive to me. These nine men were,
Emerson, Paine, Edison, Darwin, [paragraph continues] Lincoln, Burbank,
Napoleon, Ford, and Carnegie. Every night, over a long period of
years, I held an imaginary Council meeting with this group whom
I called my "Invisible Counselors."
The procedure was this. Just before going to sleep at night,
I would shut my eyes, and see, in my imagination, this group of
men seated with me around my Council Table. Here I had not only
an opportunity to sit among those whom I considered to be great,
but I actually dominated the group, by serving as the Chairman.
I had a very DEFINITE PURPOSE in indulging my imagination through
these nightly meetings. My purpose was to rebuild my own character
so it would represent a composite of the characters of my imaginary
counselors. Realizing, as I did, early in life, that I had to overcome
the handicap of birth in an environment of ignorance and superstition,
I deliberately assigned myself the task of voluntary rebirth through
the method here described.
BUILDING CHARACTER THROUGH AUTO-SUGGESTION
Being an earnest student of psychology, I knew, of course, that
all men have become what they are, because of their DOMINATING THOUGHTS
AND DESIRES. I knew that every deeply seated desire has the effect
of causing one to seek outward expression through which that desire
may be transmuted into reality. I knew that self-suggestion is a
powerful factor in building character, that it is, in fact, the
sole principle through which character is builded.
With this knowledge of the principles of mind operation, I was
fairly well armed with the equipment needed in rebuilding my character.
In these imaginary Council meetings I called on my Cabinet members
for the knowledge I wished each to contribute, addressing myself
to each member in audible words, as follows:--
"Mr. Emerson, I desire to acquire from you the marvelous
understanding of Nature which distinguished your life. I ask that
you make an impress upon my subconscious mind, of whatever qualities
you possessed, which enabled you to understand and adapt yourself
to the laws of Nature. I ask that you assist me in reaching and
drawing upon whatever sources of knowledge are available to this
"Mr. Burbank, I request that you pass on to me the knowledge
which enabled you to so harmonize the laws of Nature that you caused
the cactus to shed its thorns, and become an edible food. Give me
access to the knowledge which enabled you to make two blades of
grass grow where but one grew before, and helped you to blend the
coloring of the flowers with more splendor and harmony, for you,
alone, have successfully gilded the lily.
"Napoleon, I desire to acquire from you, by emulation, the
marvelous ability you possessed to inspire men, and to arouse them
to greater and more determined spirit of action. Also to acquire
the spirit of enduring FAITH, which enabled you to turn defeat into
victory, and to surmount staggering obstacles. Emperor of Fate,
King of Chance, Man of Destiny, I salute you!
"Mr. Paine, I desire to acquire from you the freedom of
thought and the courage and clarity with which to express convictions,
which so distinguished you!
"Mr. Darwin, I wish to acquire from you the marvelous patience,
and ability to study cause and effect, without bias or prejudice,
so exemplified by you in the field of natural science.
"Mr. Lincoln, I desire to build into my own character the
keen sense of justice, the untiring spirit of patience, the sense
of humor, the human understanding, and the tolerance, which were
your distinguishing characteristics.
"Mr. Carnegie, I am already indebted to you for my choice
of a life-work, which has brought me great happiness and peace of
mind. I wish to acquire a thorough understanding of the principles
of organized effort, which you used so effectively in the
building of a great industrial enterprise.
"Mr. Ford, you have been among the most helpful of the men
who have supplied much of the material essential to my work. I wish
to acquire your spirit of persistence, the determination, poise,
and self-confidence which have enabled you to master poverty, organize,
unify, and simplify human effort, so I may help others to follow
in your footsteps.
"Mr. Edison, I have seated you nearest to me, at my right,
because of the personal cooperation you have given me, during my
research into the causes of success and failure. I wish to acquire
from you the marvelous spirit of FAITH, with which you have uncovered
so many of Nature's secrets, the spirit of unremitting toil
with which you have so often wrested victory from defeat."
My method of addressing the members of the imaginary Cabinet
would vary, according to the traits of character in which I was,
for the moment, most interested in acquiring. I studied the records
of their lives with painstaking care. After some months of this
nightly procedure, I was astounded by the discovery that these imaginary
figures became, apparently real.
Each of these nine men developed individual characteristics,
which surprised me. For example, Lincoln developed the habit of
always being late, then walking around in solemn parade. When he
came, he walked very slowly, with his hands clasped behind him,
and once in a while, he would stop as he passed, and rest his hand,
momentarily, upon my shoulder. He always wore an expression of seriousness
upon his face. Rarely did I see him smile. The cares of a sundered
nation made him grave.
That was not true of the others. Burbank and Paine often indulged
in witty repartee which seemed, at times, to shock the other members
of the cabinet. One night Paine suggested that I prepare a lecture
on "The Age of Reason," and deliver it from the pulpit
of a church which I formerly attended. Many around the table laughed
heartily at the suggestion. Not Napoleon! He drew his mouth down
at the corners and groaned so loudly that all turned and looked
at him with amazement. To him the church was but a pawn of the State,
not to be reformed, but to be used, as a convenient inciter to mass
activity by the people.
On one occasion Burbank was late. When he came, he was excited
with enthusiasm, and explained that he had been late, because of
an experiment he was making, through which he hoped to be able to
grow apples on any sort of tree. Paine chided him by reminding him
that it was an apple which started all the trouble between man and
woman. Darwin chuckled heartily as he suggested that Paine should
watch out for little serpents, when he went into the forest to gather
apples, as they had the habit of growing into big snakes. Emerson
observed--"No serpents, no apples," and Napoleon remarked, "No
apples, no state!"
Lincoln developed the habit of always being the last one to leave
the table after each meeting. On one occasion, he leaned across
the end of the table, his arms folded, and remained in that position
for many minutes. I made no attempt to disturb him. Finally, he
lifted his head slowly, got up and walked to the door, then turned
around, came back, and laid his hand on my shoulder and said, "My
boy, you will need much courage if you remain steadfast in carrying
out your purpose in life. But remember, when difficulties overtake
you, the common people have common sense. Adversity will develop
One evening Edison arrived ahead of all the others. He walked
over and seated himself at my left, where Emerson was accustomed
to sit, and said, "You are destined to witness the discovery
of the secret of life. When the time comes, you will observe that
life consists of great swarms of energy, or entities, each as intelligent
as human beings think themselves to be. These units of life
group together like hives of bees, and remain together until they
disintegrate, through lack of harmony.
[paragraph continues] These units have differences of opinion,
the same as human beings, and often fight among themselves. These
meetings which you are conducting will be very helpful to you. They
will bring to your rescue some of the same units of life which served
the members of your Cabinet, during their lives. These units are
eternal. THEY NEVER DIE! Your own thoughts and DESIRES serve as
the magnet which attracts units of life, from the great ocean of
life out there. Only the friendly units are attracted--the ones
which harmonize with the nature of your DESIRES."
The other members of the Cabinet began to enter the room. Edison
got up, and slowly walked around to his own seat. Edison was still
living when this happened. It impressed me so greatly that I went
to see him, and told him about the experience. He smiled broadly,
and said, "Your dream was more a reality than you may imagine
it to have been." He added no further explanation to his statement.
These meetings became so realistic that I became fearful of their
consequences, and discontinued them for several months. The experiences
were so uncanny, I was afraid if I continued them I would lose sight
of the fact that the meetings were purely experiences of my imagination.
Some six months after I had discontinued the practice I was awakened
one night, or thought I was, when I saw Lincoln standing at my bedside.
He said, "The world will soon need your services. It is about
to undergo a period of chaos which will cause men and women to lose
faith, and become panic stricken. Go ahead with your work and complete
your philosophy. That is your mission in life. If you neglect it,
for any cause whatsoever, you will be reduced to a primal state,
and be compelled to retrace the cycles through which you have passed
during thousands of years."
I was unable to tell, the following morning, whether I had dreamed
this, or had actually been awake, and I have never since found out
which it was, but I do know that the dream, if it were a dream,
was so vivid in my mind the next day that I resumed my meetings
the following night.
At our next meeting, the members of my Cabinet all filed into
the room together, and stood at their accustomed places at the Council
Table, while Lincoln raised a glass and said, "Gentlemen, let
us drink a toast to a friend who has returned to the fold."
After that, I began to add new members to my Cabinet, until now
it consists of more than fifty, among them Christ, St. Paul, Galileo,
Copernicus, Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Homer, Voltaire, Bruno,
Spinoza, Drummond, Kant, Schopenhauer, Newton, Confucius, Elbert
Hubbard, Brann, Ingersoll, Wilson, and William James.
This is the first time that I have had the courage to mention
this. Heretofore, I have remained quiet on the subject, because
I knew, from my own attitude in connection with such matters, that
I would be misunderstood if I described my unusual experience. I
have been emboldened now to reduce my experience to the printed
page, because I am now less concerned about what "they say"
than I was in the years that have passed. One of the blessings of
maturity is that it sometimes brings one greater courage to be truthful,
regardless of what those who do not understand, may think or say.
Lest I be misunderstood, I wish here to state most emphatically,
that I still regard my Cabinet meetings as being purely imaginary,
but I feel entitled to suggest that, while the members of my Cabinet
may be purely fictional, and the meetings existent only in my own
imagination, they have led me into glorious paths of adventure,
rekindled an appreciation of true greatness, encouraged creative
endeavor, and emboldened the expression of honest thought.
Somewhere in the cell-structure of the brain, is located an organ
which receives vibrations of thought ordinarily called "hunches."
So far, science has not discovered where this organ of the sixth
sense is located, but this is not important. The fact remains that
human beings do receive accurate knowledge, through sources other
than the physical senses. Such knowledge, generally, is received
when the mind is under the influence of extraordinary stimulation.
Any emergency which arouses the emotions, and causes the heart to
beat more rapidly than normal may, and generally does, bring the
sixth sense into action. Anyone who has experienced a near accident
while driving, knows that on such occasions, the sixth sense often
comes to one's rescue, and aids, by split seconds, in avoiding
These facts are mentioned preliminary to a statement of fact
which I shall now make, namely, that during my meetings with the "Invisible
Counselors" I find my mind most receptive to ideas, thoughts,
and knowledge which reach me through the sixth sense. I can truthfully
say that I owe entirely to my "Invisible Counselors" full
credit for such ideas, facts, or knowledge as I received through "inspiration."
On scores of occasions, when I have faced emergencies, some of
them so grave that my life was in jeopardy, I have been miraculously
guided past these difficulties through the influence of my "Invisible
My original purpose in conducting Council meetings with imaginary
beings, was solely that of impressing my own subconscious mind,
through the principle of auto-suggestion, with certain characteristics
which I desired to acquire. In more recent years, my experimentation
has taken on an entirely different trend. I now go to my imaginary
counselors with every difficult problem which confronts me and my
clients. The results are often astonishing, although I do not depend
entirely on this form of Counsel.
You, of course, have recognized that this chapter covers a subject
with which a majority of people are not familiar. The Sixth Sense
is a subject that will be of great interest and benefit to the person
whose aim is to accumulate vast wealth, but it need not claim the
attention of those whose desires are more modest.
Henry Ford, undoubtedly understands and makes practical use of
the sixth sense. His vast business and financial operations make
it necessary for him to understand and use this principle. The late
Thomas A. Edison understood and used the sixth sense in connection
with the development of inventions, especially those involving basic
patents, in connection with which he had no human experience and
no accumulated knowledge to guide him, as was the case while he
was working on the talking machine, and the moving picture machine.
Nearly all great leaders, such as Napoleon, Bismarck, Joan of
Arc, Christ, Buddha, Confucius, and Mohammed, understood, and probably
made use of the sixth sense almost continuously. The major portion
of their greatness consisted of their knowledge of this principle.
The sixth sense is not something that one can take off and put
on at will. Ability to use this great power comes slowly, through
application of the other principles outlined in this book. Seldom
does any individual come into workable knowledge of the sixth sense
before the age of forty. More often the knowledge is not available
until one is well past fifty, and this, for the reason that the
spiritual forces, with which the sixth sense is so closely related,
do not mature and become usable except through years of meditation,
self-examination, and serious thought.
No matter who you are, or what may have been your purpose in
reading this book, you can profit by it without understanding the
principle described in this chapter. This is especially true if
your major purpose is that of accumulation of money or other material
The chapter on the sixth sense was included, because the book
is designed for the purpose of presenting a complete philosophy
by which individuals may unerringly guide themselves in attaining
whatever they ask of life. The starting point of all achievement
is DESIRE. The finishing point is that brand of KNOWLEDGE which
leads to understanding--understanding of self, understanding of
others, understanding of the laws of Nature, recognition and understanding
This sort of understanding comes in its fullness only through
familiarity with, and use of the principle of the sixth sense, hence
that principle had to be included as a part of this philosophy,
for the benefit of those who demand more than money.
Having read the chapter, you must have observed that while reading
it, you were lifted to a high level of mental stimulation. Splendid!
Come back to this again a month from now, read it once more, and
observe that your mind will soar to a still higher level of stimulation.
Repeat this experience from time to time, giving no concern as to
how much or how little you learn at the time, and eventually you
will find yourself in possession of a power that will enable you
to throw off discouragement, master fear, overcome procrastination,
and draw freely upon your imagination. Then you will have felt the
touch of that unknown "something" which has been the moving
spirit of every truly great thinker leader, artist, musician, writer,
statesman. Then you will be in position to transmute your DESIRES
into their physical or financial counterpart as easily as you may
lie down and quit at the first sign of opposition.
FAITH VS. FEAR!
Previous chapters have described how to develop FAITH, through
Auto-suggestion, Desire and the Subconscious. The next chapter presents
detailed instructions for the mastery of FEAR.
Here will be. found a full description of the six fears which
are the cause of all discouragement, timidity, procrastination,
indifference, indecision, and the lack of ambition, self-reliance,
initiative, self-control, and enthusiasm.
Search yourself carefully as you study these six enemies, as
they may exist only in your subconscious mind, where their presence
will be hard to detect.
Remember, too, as you analyze the "Six Ghosts of Fear,"
that they are nothing but ghosts because they exist only in one's
Remember, also, that ghosts--creations of uncontrolled imagination--have
caused most of the damage people have done to their own minds, therefore,
ghosts can be as dangerous as if they lived and walked on the earth
in physical bodies.
The Ghost of the Fear of Poverty, which seized the minds of millions
of people in 1929, was so real that it caused the worst business
depression this country has ever known. Moreover, this particular
ghost still frightens some of us out of our wits.
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