Part Nineteen - Page 1

  1. The search for truth is now a systematic process, and is logical in its operation. Every kind of experience is given a voice in shaping its decision.
  2. In seeking the truth we are seeking ultimate cause; we know that every human experience is an effect; then if we may ascertain the cause, and if we shall find that this cause is one which we can consciously control, the effect or the experience will be within our control also.
  3. Human experience will then be controlled; a person will be the child of destiny. Fate and fortune will be controlled as readily as a captain controls their ship, or an engineer their train.
  4. All things are finally resolvable into the same element and as they are thus translatable, one into the other, they must ever be in relation and may always be in agreement to one another.
  5. In the physical world there are innumerable contrasts, and these may for convenience sake, be designated by distinctive names. There are sizes, colors, shades or ends to all things. There is a North Pole, and a South Pole, an inside and an outside, a seen and an unseen, but these expressions merely serve to place extremes in contrast.
  6. They are names given to two different parts of one quantity. The two extremes are relative; they are the same entity, and are two parts or aspects of the whole.
  7. In the mental world we find the same law; we speak of knowledge and a single word that means a lack of knowledge, but this single word is but a lack of knowledge and is therefore found to be simply a word to express the absence of knowledge; it has no principle in itself.

Part Nineteen - Introduction

Love is a powerful form of thought. It frees the nerve centers, thus affecting the circulation of the blood. This, in turn, frees the muscular system, so that love affects the entire being, body, brain and nerve, physical, mental, and muscular.

Of course the way to achieve love is to become conscious of power. What is this mysterious vital force which we call power? We do not know, but then, neither do we know what electricity is. But we do know that by conforming to the requirements of the law by which electricity is governed, it will be our obedient servant; that it will light our homes, our cities, run our machinery, and serve us in many useful capacities.

And so it is with vital force. Although we do not know what it is, and possibly may never know, we do know that it is a primary force which manifests through living bodies, and that by complying with the laws and principles by which it is governed, we can open ourselves to a more abundant inflow of this vital energy, and thus express the highest possible degree of mental, moral, and spiritual efficiency.

This part tells of a very simply way of developing this vital force. If you put into practice the information outlined in this lesson you will soon develop the sense of power which has ever been the distinguishing mark of genius.

Part Eighteen - Study Questions with Answers

  1. How is the difference in individual lives measured?
    By the degree of intelligence which they manifest.
  2. What is the law by which the individual may control other forms of intelligence?
    A recognition of the self as an individualization of the Universal Intelligence.
  3. Where does the creative power originate?
    In the Universal.
  4. How does the Universal create form?
    By means of the individual.
  5. What is the connecting link between the individual and the Universal?
  6. What is the principle by which the means of existence is carried into effect?
    The Law of Love.
  7. How is this principle brought into expression?
    By the law of growth.
  8. Upon what condition does the law of growth depend?
    Upon reciprocal action. The individual is complete at all times and this makes it possible to receive only as we give.
  9. What is it that we give?
  10. What do we receive?
    Thought, which is substance in equilibrium and which is constantly being differentiated in form by what we think.

Part Eighteen - Page 5

  1. Attention has been held to be the distinguishing mark of genius. The cultivation of attention depends upon practice.
  2. The incentive of attention is interest; the greater the interest, the greater the attention; the greater the attention, the greater the interest, action and reaction; begin by paying attention; before long you will have aroused interest; this interest will attract more attention, and this attention will produce more interest, and so on. This practice will enable you to cultivate the power of attention.
  3. This week concentrate upon your power to create; seek insight, perception; try to find a logical basis for the faith which is in you. Let the thought dwell on the fact that the physical person lives and moves and has their being in the sustainer of all organic life, air that they must breathe to live. Then let the thought rest on the fact that the spiritual person also lives and moves and has their being in a similar but subtler energy upon which they must depend for life, and that as in the physical world no life assumes form until after a seed is sown, and no higher fruit than that of the parent stock can be produced; so in the spiritual world no effect can be produced until the seed is sown and the fruit will depend upon the nature of the seed, so that the results which you secure depend upon your perception of law in the mighty domain of causation, the highest evolution of human consciousness.
There is no thought in my mind but it quickly tends to convert itself into a power and organizes a huge instrumentality of means. - Emerson

Part Eighteen - Page 4

  1. The expression of growth is met in a most beautiful manner through the instrumentality of this Universal Principle.
  2. In order to grow we must obtain what is essential for our growth, but as we are at all times a complete thought entity, this completeness makes it possible for us to receive only as we give; growth is therefore conditioned on reciprocal action, and we find that on the mental plane like attracts like, that mental vibrations respond only to the extent of their vibratory harmony.
  3. It is clear, therefore, that thoughts of abundance will respond only to similar thoughts; the wealth of the individual is seen to be what they inherently are. Affluence within is found to be the secret of attraction for affluence without. The ability to produce is found to be the real source of wealth of the individual. It is for this reason that those who have their heart in their work are certain to meet with success. They will give and continually give; and the more they give, the more they will receive.
  4. What do the great financiers of Wall Street, the captains of industry, the states people, the great corporation attorneys, the inventors, the physicians, the authors -- what do each of these contribute to the sum of human happiness but the power of their thought?
  5. Thought is the energy which the law of attraction has brought into operation, which eventually manifests in abundance.
  6. The Universal Mind is static Mind or Substance in equilibrium. It is differentiated into form by our power to think. Thought is the dynamic phase of mind.
  7. Power depends upon consciousness of power; when we use it, we keep it, and only when we are conscious of it, can we use it.
  8. The use of this power depends upon attention; the degree of attention determines our capacity for the acquirement of knowledge which is another name for power.

Part Eighteen - Page 3

  1. As the proper apparatus has enabled the eye to discover worlds without number millions of miles away, so, with the proper understanding, people have been enabled to communicate with the Universal Mind, the source of all power.
  2. The Understanding which is developed is very valuable; in fact, it is an understanding of the true nature of things that enables accurate predictions from cause to effect.
  3. The only belief which is of any value to anyone is a belief that has been put to a test and demonstrated to be a fact; it is then no longer a belief, but has become a living Faith or Truth.
  4. And this Truth has been put to the test by hundreds of thousands of people and has been found to be the Truth exactly in proportion to the usefulness of the apparatus which they used.
  5. A person would not expect to locate stars hundreds of millions of miles away without a sufficiently strong telescope, and for this reason Science is continually engaged in building larger and more powerful telescopes and is continually rewarded by additional knowledge of the heavenly bodies.
  6. So with understanding; people are continually making progress in the methods which they use to come into communication with the Universal Mind and its infinite possibilities.
  7. The Universal Mind manifests itself in the objective, through the principle of attraction that each atom has for every other atom, in infinite degrees of intensity.
  8. It is by this principle of combining and attracting that things are brought together. This principle is of universal application and is the sole means whereby the purpose of existence is carried into effect.

Part Eighteen - Page 2

  1. It is this adjustment that occupies the attention of the greatest minds, and this adjustment consists in nothing else than the recognition of an existing order in the universal mind, for it is well known that this mind will obey us precisely in proportion as we first obey it.
  2. It is the recognition of Natural Laws that has enabled us to annihilate time and space, to soar in the air and to make iron float, and the greater the degree of intelligence the greater will be our recognition of these Natural Laws and the greater will be the power we can possess.
  3. It is the recognition of the self as an individualization of this Universal Intelligence that enables the individual to control those forms of intelligence which have not yet reached this level of self-recognition; they do not know that this Universal Intelligence permeates all things ready to be called into action; they do not know that it is responsive to every demand, and they are therefore not free of the law of their own being.
  4. Thought is creative and the principle on which the law is based is sound and legitimate and is inherent in the nature of things; but this creative power originates in the universal, which is the source and foundation of all energy and substance; the individual is simply the channel for the distribution of this energy.
  5. The individual is simply the means by which the universal produces the various combinations which result in the formation of phenomena, which depends upon the law of vibration, whereby various rates of rapidity of motion in the primary substance form new substances only in certain exact numerical ratios.
  6. Thought is the invisible link by which the individual comes into communication with the Universal, the finite with the Infinite, the seen with the Unseen. Thought is the magic by which the human is transformed into a being who thinks and knows and feels and acts.

Part Eighteen - Page 1

  1. There is a change in the thought of the world. This change is silently transpiring in our midst, and is more important than any which the world has undergone since the rise of science.
  2. The present revolution in the opinions of all classes, the highest and most cultured as well as those of the laboring class, stands unparalleled in the history of the world.
  3. Science has of late made such vast discoveries, has revealed such an infinity of resources, has unveiled such enormous possibilities and such unsuspected forces.
  4. A new civilization is being born; of vision, faith and service. Thought is being liberated and truth is rising full robed before an astonished multitude.
  5. The whole world is on the eve of a new consciousness, a new power, and a new realization within the self.
  6. Physical Science has resolved matter into molecules, molecules into atoms, atoms into energy, and it has remained for Mr. J. A. Fleming, in an address before the Royal Institution, to resolve this energy into mind. He says, In its ultimate essence, energy may be incomprehensible by us except as an exhibition of the direct operation of that which we call Mind or Will.
  7. And this mind is the indwelling and ultimate. It is imminent in matter as in spirit. It is the sustaining,energizing, all pervading Spirit of the universe.
  8. Every living thing must be sustained by this omnipotent Intelligence, and we find the difference in individual lives to be largely measured by the degree of this intelligence, which they manifest. It is greater intelligence that places the animal in a higher scale of being than the plant, the human highest of the animals, and we find that this increased intelligence is again indicated by the power of the individual to control modes of action and thus to consciously adjust themselves to their environment.

Part Eighteen - Introduction

In order to grow we must obtain what is necessary for our growth. This is brought about through the law of attraction. This principle is the sole means by which the individual is differentiated from the Universal.

Think for a moment, what would a person be if they were not a husband, wife, father, mother, sister or brother, if they were not interested in the social, economical, or political world. They would be nothing but an abstract theoretical ego. People exist, therefore, only in their relation to the whole, in their relation to other people, in their relation to society. This relation constitutes their environment and in no other way.

It is evident, therefore, that the individual is simply the differentiation of the one Universal Mind which lighteth every person that cometh into the world, and their so-called individuality or personality consists of nothing but the manner in which they relate with the whole.

This we call their environment and is brought about by the law of attraction. Part Eighteen, which follows, has something more to say concerning this important law.

Part Seventeen - Study Questions with Answers

  1. What is the true method of concentration?
    To become so identified with the object of your thought that you are conscious of only it.
  2. What is the result of this method of concentration?
    Invisible forces are set in motion which irresistibly bring about conditions in correspondence with your thought.
  3. What is the controlling factor in this method of thought?
    Spiritual Truth.
  4. Why is this so?
    Because the nature of our desire must be in harmony with Natural Law.
  5. What is the practical value of this method of concentration?
    Thought is transmuted into character, and character is the magnet which creates the environment of the individual.
  6. What is the controlling factor in every commercial pursuit?
    The mental element.
  7. Why is this so?
    Because Mind is the ruler and creator of all form and all events occurring in form.
  8. How does concentration operate?
    By the development of the powers of perception, wisdom, intuition, and sagacity.
  9. Why is intuition superior to reason?
    Because it frequently brings about the solution to our situations by methods concerning which we are in entire ignorance.
  10. What is the result of pursuing the reality?
    They frequently turn to gold just as we overtake them, because the reality is the inward form of the spiritual activity, therefore when we possess the spiritual reality, the form appears.

Part Seventeen - Page 6

  1. If you wish to create courage, concentrate on courage.
  2. If you wish to create abundance, concentrate on abundance.
  3. If you wish to create health, concentrate on health.
  4. Always concentrate on the ideal as an already existing fact; this is the seed, the life principle which goes forth and sets in motion those causes which guide, direct and bring about the necessary relation, which eventually manifest in form.
Thought is the property of only those who can entertain it. - Inspired by Emerson

Part Seventeen - Page 5

  1. Every situation conquered, every victory gained, will give you more faith in your power, and you will have greater ability to win. Your strength is determined by your mental attitude; if this attitude is one of success, and is permanently held with an steady purpose, you will attract to you from the invisible domain the things you silently demand. By keeping the thought in mind, it will gradually take tangible form. A definite purpose sets causes in motion which go out in the invisible world and find the material necessary to serve your purpose.
  2. You may be pursuing power itself. You may be pursuing honor, wealth, servitude; in either event you will find that they grow solid and strong as you achieve them.
  3. Mature wealth or position can be retained because it has been earned; we get only what we give, and those who give always find that the law of compensation is relentlessly bringing about an exact equilibrium.
  4. Understand the true source of power. The person who has found the true source of power; is interested only in being genuine or down to earth.
  5. Thought can be turned within where it will take hold of the basic principles of things, the heart of things, the spirit of things. When you get to the heart of things it is comparatively easy to understand and command them.
  6. This is because the Spirit of a thing is the thing itself, the vital part of it, the real substance. The form is simply the outward manifestation of the spiritual activity within.
  7. For your exercise this week concentrate as nearly as possible in accordance with the method outlined in this lesson; let there be only subconscious effort and activity associated with your purpose. Relax completely, seek only thought of calmness as to results. Remember that power comes through repose. Let the thought dwell upon your object, until it is completely identified with it, until you are conscious of only it.

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  1. Vibration is the action of thought; it is vibration which reaches out and attracts the material necessary to construct and build. The the power of thought is natural; concentration simply implies that consciousness can be focalized to the point where it becomes identified with the object of its attention. As food absorbed is the essence of the body, so the mind absorbs the object of its attention, gives it life and being.
  2. If you concentrate on some matter of importance, the intuitive power will be set in operation, and help will come in the nature of information which will lead to success.
  3. Intuition arrives at conclusions beyond the aid of experience or memory. Intuition often solves problems that are beyond the grasp of the reasoning power. Intuition often comes with a suddenness that is startling; it reveals the truth for which we are searching, so directly that it seems to come from a higher power. Intuition can be cultivated and developed; in order to do this it must be recognized and appreciated; if the intuitive visitor is given a royal welcome when they come, they will come again; the more cordial the welcome the more frequent their visits will become, and if they are given attention and nourished they will make their visits many and close together.
  4. Intuition usually comes in the Silence; great minds seek solitude frequently; it is here that all the larger situations of life are worked out. For this reason every business person who can afford it has a private office, where they will be alone and quiet; if you cannot afford a private office you can at least find somewhere, where you can be alone a few minutes each day, to train the thought along lines which will enable you to develop that invincible power which is necessary to achieve.
  5. Remember that fundamentally the subconscious is omnipotent; anything can be done when it is given the power to act. Your degree of success is determined by the nature of your desire. If the nature of your desire is in harmony with Natural Law or the Universal Mind, it will gradually emancipate the mind and give you invincible courage.

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  1. All mental discovery and attainment are the result of desire plus concentration; desire is the strongest mode of action; the more persistent the desire, the more authoritative the revelation. Desire added to concentration will wrench any secret from nature.
  2. In realizing great thoughts, in experiencing great emotions that correspond with great thoughts, the mind is in a state where it appreciates the value of higher things.
  3. The intensity of one moment's earnest concentration and the intense longing to become and to attain may take you further than years of slow normal and forced effort; it will free your belief, strength, vigor and self-appreciation, and you will come into a realization of the joy of overcoming.
  4. The spirit of initiative and originality is developed through persistence and continuity of mental effort. Business teaches the value of concentration and encourages decision of character; it develops practical insight and quickness of conclusion. The mental element in every commercial pursuit is dominant as the controlling factor, and desire is the predominating force; all commercial relations are the externalization of desire.
  5. Many of the sturdy and substantial virtues are developed in commercial employment; the mind is steadied and directed; it becomes efficient. The principal necessity is the strengthening of the mind so that it rises superior and helps the higher self succeed.
  6. All of us are dynamos, but the dynamo of itself is nothing; the mind must work the dynamo; then it is useful and its energy can be definitely concentrated. The mind is an engine whose power is undreamed; thought is an omni-working power. It is the ruler and creator of all form and all events occurring in form. Physical energy is nothing in comparison with the omnipotence of thought, because thought enables us to harness all other natural power.

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  1. All knowledge is the result of concentration of this kind; it is thus that the secrets of the universe have been wrested; it is thus that the mind becomes a magnet and the desire to know draws the knowledge, irresistibly attracts it, makes it your own.
  2. Desire is largely subconscious; conscious desire rarely realizes its object when the latter is out of immediate reach. Subconscious desire arouses the latent faculties of the mind, and situations seem to solve themselves.
  3. The subconscious mind may be aroused and brought into action in any direction and made to serve us for any purpose, by concentration. The practice of concentration requires the control of the physical, mental, and physical being; all modes of consciousness whether physical, or mental, must be under control. Spiritual Truth is therefore the controlling factor; it is this which will enable you to grow towards abundant attainment and reach a point where you will be able to translate modes of thought into character and consciousness.
  4. Concentration means the transmutation of thoughts into practical values; the exceptional person has a clear conception of the meaning of concentration. There is always the cry to be; they understand that to be is to have, that they must first find the "stillness" before they can have the things added. It is only with completely free self-confidence that the goal is reached.
  5. The mind may place the ideal at just the right height; it may attempt to soar on trained wings and fly above the earth.
  6. Strength is the key to mental attainment; attribute your strength to physical freedom and mental certainties and try again; ease and perfection are gained by repetition.
  7. The astronomer centers their mind on the stars and they give forth their secrets; the geologists centers their mind on the construction of the earth and we have geology; so with all things. People center their minds on the situations of life, and the result is apparent in the vast and complex social order of the day.

Part Seventeen - Page 1

  1. We are told that humanity has dominion over all things; this dominion is established through Mind. Thought is the activity which controls every principle beneath it. The highest principle by reason of its superior essence and qualities necessarily determines the circumstances, aspects and relation of everything with which it comes in contact.
  2. The vibrations of Mental forces are the finest and consequently the most powerful in existence. To those who perceive the nature and transcendency of mental force, all physical power sinks into insignificance.
  3. We are accustomed to look upon the Universe with a lens of five senses, and from these experiences our anthropomorphic conceptions originate, but true conceptions are only secured by spiritual insight. This insight requires a quickening of the vibrations of the Mind, and is only secured when the mind is continuously concentrated in a given direction.
  4. Continuous concentration means an even, continuous flow of thought and is the result of a patient, persistent, persevering and well-regulated system.
  5. Great discoveries are the result of long-continued investigation. The science of mathematics requires years of concentrated effort to master it, and the greatest science -- that of the Mind -- is revealed only through concentrated effort.
  6. Concentration can be understood; it is necessary to be calm and still. The greatness of an actor lies in the fact that they forget themselves in the portrayal of their character, becoming so identified with it, that the audience is swayed by the realism of the performance. This will give you a good idea of true concentration; you should be so interested in your thought, so engrossed in your subject, as to be conscious of only it. Such concentration leads to intuitive perception and immediate insight into the nature of the object concentrated upon.

Part Seventeen - Introduction

The kind of knowledge which a person, consciously or unconsciously, lives by, indicates the intellectual status of the person.

Some made images of their Ideals, whom they were accustomed to meditate on, and among the most intelligent, at least, these images were but the visible fulcrums with which they were enabled to mentally concentrate on the qualities which they desired to externalize in their lives.

Some of the twenty-first century meditate on Love in theory, and in practice they make for themselves images of Joy, Love, Health, Intelligence and Utility. They concentrate on them and they are thereby externalized in their lives.

The student who masters the contents of Part Seventeen will know the reality; they will be interested in causes. They will concentrate on the realities of life, and will then be satisfied in the results.

Part Sixteen - Study Questions with Answers

  1. Upon what does wealth depend?
    Upon an understanding of the creative nature of thought.
  2. Upon what does its true value consist?
    Upon its exchange value.
  3. Upon what does success depend?
    Upon spiritual power.
  4. Upon what does this power depend?
    Upon use; use determines its existence.
  5. How may we seize our fate?
    By consciously realizing the conditions which we desire to see manifested in our lives.
  6. What then is the great business of life?
  7. Why is this so?
    Because thought is spiritual and therefore creative. To consciously control thought is therefore to control circumstances, conditions, environment and destiny.
  8. What is the source of all good?
    Scientific correct thinking.
  9. What is scientific thinking?
    A recognition of the creative nature of spiritual energy and our ability to control it.
The greatest events of an age are its best thoughts. It is the nature of thought to find its way into action.

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  1. We must therefore construct only such mental images as are known to be scientifically true. Subject every idea to a searching analysis and accept only that which is scientifically exact. When you do this you will attempt nothing but what you know you can carry out and success will crown your efforts; this is what business people call farsightedness; it is much the same as insight, and is one of the great secrets of success in all important undertakings.
  2. For your exercise this week, try to bring yourself to a realization of the important fact that harmony and happiness are states of consciousness and do depend upon the giving of things. That things are effects and come as a consequence of correct mental states. So that if we desire material possession of any kind our chief concern should be to acquire the mental attitude which will bring about the result desired. This mental attitude is brought about by a realization of our spiritual nature and our unity with the Universal Mind which is the substance of all things. This realization will bring about everything which is necessary for our complete enjoyment. This is scientific or correct thinking. When we succeed in bringing about this mental attitude it is comparatively easy to realize our desire as an already accomplished fact; when we can do this we shall have found the Truth which makes us abundant and free.
A person might frame and let loose a star, to roll in its orbit, and yet not have done so memorable a thing before the Infinite as one who lets a golden-orbed thought to roll through the generations of time.
- Inspired by H. W. Beecher

Part Sixteen - Page 5

  1. It will thus be seen that Natural laws work in a perfectly natural and harmonious manner; everything seems to just happen. If you want any evidence of this fact simply compare results of your efforts in your own life, when your actions were prompted by high ideals and when they were not. You will be convinced by the evidence. If you wish to bring about the realization of any desire, form a mental picture of success in your mind, by consciously visualizing your desire; in this way you will be compelling success, you will be externalizing it in your life by scientific methods.
  2. We can only see what already exists in the objective world, but what we visualize, already exists in the spiritual world, and this visualization is a substantial token of what will one day appear in the objective world, if we are faithful to our ideal. The reason for this is simple; visualization is a form of imagination; this process of thinking forms impressions on the mind, and these impressions in turn form concepts and ideals, and they in turn are the plans from which the Master architect will weave the future.
  3. The psychologists have come to the conclusion that there is but one sense, the sense of feeling, and that all other senses are but modifications of this one sense; this being true, we know why feeling is the very fountain head of power, why we must put feeling into our thought, if we wish results. Thought and feeling is the irresistible combination.
  4. Visualization must, of course, be directed by the will; we are to visualize exactly what we want; we must be careful to focus the imagination. Imagination is a good servant, and when it is controlled we may narrow our speculations and conclusions to only those whose basis or foundation consist of fact. Only definite facts are accepted after analytical examination and the inevitable result is mental clarity.

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  1. If the thought is constructive, it will have within itself the seed of its own materialization; it will live, and in the process of living, it will bring health, vibrance, and every other form of harmony.
  2. This we call good, and when we bring it upon ourselves, some of us are disposed to attribute our blessings to Mind in equilibrium.
  3. It is not good, it simply is.
  4. Our ability to differentiate it into form is our ability to manifest good.
  5. Good therefore is simply a word which we use to indicate the result of our actions, and these actions are in turn predetermined by the character of our thought.
  6. If our thought is constructive and harmonious we manifest good.
  7. If you desire to visualize a different environment, the process is simply to hold the ideal in mind, until your vision has been made real; give thought only to the ideal; this is the only thing with a place in the absolute; the environment you desire will contain everything necessary; the right persons, and the right things will come at the right time and in the right place.
  8. It is sometimes not plain how character, ability, attainment, achievement, environment and destiny can be controlled through the power of visualization, but this is an exact scientific fact.
  9. You will readily see that what we think determines the quality of mind, and that the quality of mind in turn determines our ability and mental capacity, and you can readily understand that the improvement in our ability will naturally be followed by increase in attainment and a greater control of circumstances.

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  1. Whatever enters the mind through the senses or the objective mind will impress the mind and result in a mental image which will become a pattern for the creative energies. These experiences are largely the result of environment, chance, past thinking and other forms of non positive thought, and must be subjected to careful analysis before being entertained. On the other hand, we can form our own mental images, through our own interior processes of thought regardless of the thoughts of others, regardless of exterior conditions, regardless of environment of every kind, and it is by the exercise of this power that we can control our own destiny, body, mind and soul.
  2. It is by the exercise of this power that we seize our fate, and consciously make for ourselves the experiences which we desire, because when we consciously realize a condition, that condition will eventually manifest in our lives; it is therefore evident that in the last analysis thinking is the one great cause in life.
  3. Therefore, to control thought is to control circumstances, conditions, environment, and destiny.
  4. How then are we to control thought; what is the process? To think is to create a thought, but the result of the thought will depend upon its form, its quality and its vitality.
  5. The form will depend upon the mental images from which it emanates; this will depend upon the depth of the impression, the predominance of the idea, the clarity of the vision, the boldness of the image.
  6. The quality depends upon its substance, and this depends upon the material of which the mind is composed; if this material has been woven from thoughts of vigor, strength, courage, determination, the thought will possess these qualities.
  7. And finally, the vitality depends upon the feeling with which the thought is impregnated. If the thought is constructive, it will possess vitality; it will have life, it will grow, develop, expand, it will be creative; it will attract to itself everything necessary for its complete development.

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  1. The power to create depends entirely upon spiritual power; there are three steps, idealization, visualization and materialization. Every captain of industry depends upon this power exclusively. In an article in Everybody's Magazine, Henry M. Flagler, the Standard Oil multi-millionaire, admitted that the secret of his success was his power to see a thing in its completeness. The following conversation with the reporter shows his power of idealization, concentration and visualization, all spiritual powers:
  2. Did you actually vision to yourself the whole thing? I mean, did you, or could you, really close your eyes and see the tracks? And the trains running? and hear the whistles blowing: Did you go as far as that? Yes. How clearly? Very clearly.
  3. Here we have a vision of the law, we see cause and effect, we see that thought necessarily precedes and determines action. If we are wise, we shall come into a realization of the tremendous fact that no arbitrary condition can exist for a moment, and that human experience is the result of an orderly and harmonious sequence.
  4. The successful business person is more often than not an idealist and is ever striving for higher and higher standards. The subtle forces of thought as they crystallize in our daily moods is what constitutes life.
  5. Thought is the plastic material with which we build images of our growing conception of life. Use determines its existence. As in all other things our ability to recognize it and use it properly is the necessary condition for attainment.
  6. Mature wealth is the forerunner of honor and success, because we can permanently retain anything which we do merit and which we have earned.
  7. The conditions with which we meet in the world without, correspond to the conditions which we find in the world within. This is brought about by the law of attraction. How then shall we determine what is to enter into the world within?