Part Twenty-Three - Page 3

  1. The power of attention is called concentration; this power is directed by the will; for this reason we must concentrate or think of only the things we desire. Some are constantly concentrating upon happiness, abundance and harmony of every kind; as thought is creative it necessarily follows that this concentration inevitably leads to more abundance, more happiness and more harmony. It must be so. When we meet with success, abundance, or any other desirable condition, we naturally concentrate upon the effects of these things and thereby create more, and so it follows that much leads to more.
  2. How an understanding of this principle can be utilized in the business world is well told by an associate of mine:
  3. Spirit, whatever else it may or may not be, must be considered as the Essence of Consciousness, the Substance of Mind, the reality underlying Thought. And as all ideas are phases of the activity of Consciousness, Mind or Thought, it follows that in Spirit, and in it alone, is to be found the Ultimate Fact, the Real Thing, or Idea.
  4. This being admitted, does it not seem reasonable to hold that a true understanding of Spirit, and its laws of manifestation, would be about the most practical thing that a practical person can hope to find? Does it not seem certain that if the practical people of the world could but realize this fact, they would fall all over themselves in getting to the place in which they might obtain such knowledge of spiritual things and laws? These people are smart; they need only to grasp this fundamental fact in order to move in the direction of that which is the essence of all achievement.
  5. Let me give you a concrete example. I know a man in Chicago whom I had always considered to not be spiritual. He had made several successes in life; and also several not.
  6. The last time I had a talk with him he was not even close to successful as compared with his former business condition. It looked as if he had indeed reached no more chances, for he was well advanced into the stage of middle-age, and new ideas came not as quickly, and as frequently to him than in former years.

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