14. The conditions 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?
15. 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 negative 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 internal processes of thought, regardless of the thoughts of
others, regardless of external 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.
16. It is by the exercise of this power that we take our fate out of the hands of chance, 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.
17. Therefore, to control thought is to control circumstances, conditions, environment, and destiny.
18. 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.
19. 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
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. If the thought is destructive, it will have within itself the germ of its own dissolution; it will die,
but in the process of dying, it will bring sickness, disease, and every other form of discord.
23. This we call evil, and when we bring it upon ourselves, some of us are disposed to attribute our
difficulties to a Supreme Being, but this Supreme Being is simply Mind in equilibrium.
24. It is neither good nor bad, it simply is.
25. Our ability to differentiate it into form is our ability to manifest good or evil.
26. Good and evil are therefore not entities; they are simply words which we use to indicate the
result of our actions, and these actions are in turn determined by the character of our thought.
27. If our thought is constructive and harmonious, we manifest good; if it is destructive and
discordant, we manifest evil.
28. 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 no thought to persons, places or things; these have
no 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 to the right place.
29. 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.
30. 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.
31. 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 the
results of your efforts in your own life when your actions were prompted by high ideals and when
you had selfish or ulterior motives in mind. You will need no further 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.
32. 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 not difficult; 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.
33. 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 fountainhead of power, why the emotions so easily overcome the intellect, and why we
must put feeling into our thought, if we wish results. Thought and feeling is the irresistible
34. Visualization must, of course, be directed by the will. We are to visualize exactly what we
want; we must be careful not to let the imagination run riot. Imagination is a good servant but a
poor master, and unless it is controlled, it may easily lead us into all kinds of speculations and
conclusions which have no basis or foundation whatever of fact. Every kind of plausible opinion is
liable to be accepted without any analytical examination and the inevitable result is mental chaos.
35. We must therefore construct only such mental images as are known to be scientifically true.
Subject every idea to a searching analysis and accept nothing which is not 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 businessmen call far-sightedness. It is much the same as insight,
and is one of the great secrets of success in all important undertakings.
36. 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 not depend upon the possession 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 “free” from every lack or limitation of any kind.
“A man might frame and let loose a star to roll in its orbit, and yet not have done so memorable a
thing before God as he who lets a golden-orbed thought to roll through the generations of time.”
- H. W. Beecher
Part Sixteen Study Questions With Answers
151. Upon what does wealth depend? Upon an understanding of the creative nature of thought.
152. Upon what does its true value consist? Upon its exchange value.
153. Upon what does success depend? Upon spiritual power.
154. Upon what does this power depend? Upon use; use determines its existence.
155. How may we take our fate out of the hands of chance? By consciously realizing the conditions
which we desire to see manifested in our lives.
156. What then is the great business of life? Thinking.
157. Why is this so? Because thought is spiritual and therefore creative. To consciously control
thought is therefore to control circumstances, conditions, environment and destiny.
158. What is the source of all evil? Destructive thinking.
159. What is the source of all good? Scientific correct thinking.
160. 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
Introduction - Part Seventeen
The kind of Deity which a man consciously or unconsciously worships indicates the intellectual
status of the worshipper.
Ask the Indian of God, and he will describe to you a powerful chieftain of a glorious tribe. Ask the
Pagan of God, and he will tell you of a God of fire, a God of water, a god of this, that, and the
Ask the Israelite of God, and he will tell you of the God of Moses, who conceived it expedient to
rule by coercive measures; hence, the Ten Commandments. Or of Joshua, who led the Israelites
into battle, confiscated property, murdered prisoners, and laid waste to cities.
The so-called heathen made graven images of their Gods, whom they were accustomed to worship,
but 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
We of the twenty-first century worship a God of Love in theory, but in practice we make for
ourselves “graven images” of Wealth, Power, Fashion, Custom and Conventionality. We fall down
before them and worship them. We concentrate on them and they are thereby externalized in our
The student who masters the contents of Part Seventeen will not mistake the symbols for the
reality; he will be interested in causes, rather than effects. He will concentrate on the realities of
life, and will not then be disappointed in the results.
1. We are told that Man 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
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, unbroken 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, and the greatest science – that of the Mind – is
revealed only through concentrated effort.
6. Concentration is much misunderstood; there seems to be an idea of effort or activity associated
with it, when just the contrary is necessary. The greatness of an actor lies in the fact that he forgets
himself in the portrayal of his 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 nothing else.
Such concentration leads to intuitive perception and immediate insight into the nature of the object
7. All knowledge is the result of concentration of this kind; it is thus that the secrets of Heaven and
Earth 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.
8. 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 difficult
problems seem to solve themselves.
9. 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, mental, or
physical, must be under control. Spiritual Truth is therefore the controlling factor; it is this which
will enable you to grow out of limited attainment and reach a point where you will be able to
translate modes of thought into character and consciousness.
10. Concentration does not mean mere thinking of thoughts, but the transmutation of these thoughts
into practical values; the average person has no conception of the meaning of concentration. There
is always the cry “to have” but never the cry “to be”; they fail to understand that they cannot have
one without the other, that they must first find the “kingdom” before they can have the “things
added.” Momentary enthusiasm is of no value; it is only with unbounded self-confidence that the
goal is reached.
11. The mind may place the ideal a little too high and fall short of the mark; it may attempt to soar
on untrained wings and fall to earth instead of flying; but that is no reason for not making another
12. Weakness is the only barrier to mental attainment; attribute your weakness to physical
limitations or mental uncertainties and try again; ease and perfection are gained by repetition.
13. The astronomer centers his mind on the stars and they give forth their secrets; the geologists
centers his mind on the construction of the earth and we have geology; so with all things. Men
center their minds on the problems of life, and the result is apparent in the vast and complex social
order of the day.
14. 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 wrest any secret from nature.
15. 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.
16. 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 unfasten the prison
bars of unbelief, weakness, impotence and self-belittlement, and you will come into a realization of
the joy of overcoming.
17. 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.
18. 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 above the distractions and wayward impulses of instinctive life and thus
successfully overcomes in the conflict between the higher and lower self.
19. 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 omnipotent 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 man to harness all other natural power.
20. Vibration is the action of thought; it is vibration which reaches out and attracts the material
necessary to construct and build. There is nothing mysterious concerning the power of thought;
concentration simply implies that consciousness can be focused to the point where it becomes
identified with the object of its attention. As the body absorbs food, so the mind absorbs the object
of its attention, gives it life and being.
21. 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.
22. Intuition arrives at conclusions without 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 he comes, he
will come again; the more cordial the welcome the more frequent his visits will become, but if he is
ignored or neglected he will make his visits few and far apart.
23. Intuition usually comes in the Silence; great minds seek solitude frequently; it is here that all
the larger problems of life are worked out. For this reason every businessman who can afford it has
a private office where he will not be disturbed; if you cannot afford a private office, you can at least
find a place 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.
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