8. The idea seemed plausible, the conscious received it, passed it on to the subconscious, where it
was taken up by the Sympathetic System and passed on to be built into our physical body. "The
word has become flesh."
9. This, then, is the way we are consistently creating and recreating ourselves; we are today the
result of our past thinking, and we shall be what we are thinking today, the Law of Attraction is
bringing to us, not the things we should like, or the things we wish for, or the things some one else
has, but it brings us "our own," the things which we have created by our thought processes, whether
consciously or unconsciously. Unfortunately, many of us are creating these things unconsciously.
10. If either of us were building a home for ourselves, how careful we would be in regard to the
plans; how we should study every detail; how we should watch the material and select only the best
of everything; and yet how careless we are when it comes to building our Mental Home, which is
infinitely more important than any physical home, as everything which can possibly enter into our
lives depends upon the character of the material which enters into the construction of our Mental
11. What is the character of this material? We have seen that it is the result of the impressions
which we have accumulated in the past and stored away in our subconscious Mentality. If these
impressions have been of fear, of worry, of care, of anxiety, if they have been despondent, negative,
doubtful, then the texture of the material which we are weaving today will be of the same negative
material. Instead of being of any value, it will be mildewed and rotten and will bring us only more
toil and care and anxiety. We shall be forever busy trying to patch it up and make it appear at least
12. But if we have stored away nothing but courageous thought, if we have been optimistic,
positive, and have immediately thrown any kind of negative thought on the scrap pile, have refused
to have anything to do with it, have refused to associate with it or become identified with it in any
way, what then is the result? Our mental material is now of the best kind; we can weave any kind of
material we want; we can use any color we wish; we know that the texture is firm, that the material
is solid, that it will not fade, and we have no fear, no anxiety concerning the future; there is nothing
to cover, there are no patches to hide.
13. These are psychological facts; there is no theory or guess work about these thinking processes;
there is nothing secret about them; in fact, they are so plain that every one can understand them.
The thing to do is to have a mental house-cleaning, and to have this house-cleaning every day, and
keep the house clean. Mental, moral and physical cleanliness are absolutely indispensable if we are
to make progress of any kind.
14. When this mental house-cleaning process has been completed, the material which is left will be
suitable for the making of the kind of ideals or mental images which we desire to realize.
15. There is a fine estate awaiting a claimant. Its broad acres, with abundant crops, running water
and fine timber, stretch away as far as the eye can see. There is a mansion, spacious and cheerful,
with rare pictures, a well-stocked library, rich hangings, and every comfort and luxury. All the heir
has to do is to assert his heirship, take possession, and use the property. He must use it; he must not
let it decay for use is the condition on which he holds it. To neglect it is to lose possession.
16. In the domain of mind and spirit, in the domain of practical power, such an estate is yours. You
are the heir! You can assert your heirship and possess, and use this rich inheritance. Power over
circumstances is one of its fruits, health, harmony and prosperity are assets upon its balance sheet.
It offers you poise and peace. It costs you only the labor of studying and harvesting its great
resources. It demands no sacrifice, except the loss of your limitations, your servitudes, and your
weakness. It clothes you with self-honor, and puts a scepter in your hands.
17. To gain this estate, three processes are necessary: You must earnestly desire it. You must assert
your claim. You must take possession.
18. You admit that those are not burdensome conditions.
19. You are familiar with the subject of heredity. Darwin, Huxley, Haeckel, and other physical
scientists have piled evidence mountain high that heredity is a law attending progressive creation. It
is progressive heredity which gives man his erect attitude, his power of motion, the organs of
digestions, blood circulation, nerve force, muscular force, bone structure and a host of other
faculties on the physical side. There are even more impressive facts concerning heredity of mind
force. All these constitute what may be called your human heredity.
20. But there is a heredity which the physical scientists have not compassed. It lies beneath and
antecedent to all their researches. At a point where they throw up their hands in despair, saying they
cannot account for what they see, this divine heredity is found in full sway.
21. It is the benign force which decrees primal creation. It thrills down from the Divine, direct into
every created being. It originates life, which the physical scientist has not done, nor ever can do. It
stands out among all forces supreme, unapproachable. No human heredity can approach it. No
human heredity measures up to it.
22. This Infinite Life flows through you; is you. Its doorways are but the faculties which comprise
your consciousness. To keep open these doors is the Secret of Power. Is it not worth while to make
23. The great fact is that the source of all life and all power is from within. Persons, circumstances,
and events may suggest need and opportunities, but the insight, strength and power to answer these
needs will be found within.
24. Avoid counterfeits. Build firm foundations for your consciousness upon forces which flow
direct from the Infinite source, the Universal Mind of which you are the image and likeness.
25. Those who have come into possession of this inheritance are never quite the same again. They
have come into possession of a sense of power hitherto undreamed of. They can never again be
timid, weak, vacillating, or fearful. They are indissolubly connected with Omnipotence. Something
in them has been aroused; they have suddenly discovered that they possess a tremendous latent
ability of which they were heretofore entirely unconscious.
26. This power is from within, but we cannot receive it unless we give it. Use is the condition upon
which we hold this inheritance. We are each of us but the channel through which the Omnipotent
power is being differentiated into form; unless we give, the channel is obstructed and we can
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receive no more. This is true on every plane of existence and in every field of endeavor and all
walks of life. The more we give, the more we get. The athlete who wishes to get strong must make
use of the strength he has, and the more he gives the more he will get. The financier who wishes to
make money must make use of the money he has, for only by using it can he get more.
27. The merchant who does not keep his goods going out will soon have none coming in; the
corporation which fails to give efficient service will soon lack customers; the attorney who fails to
get results will soon lack clients, and so it goes everywhere; power is contingent upon a proper use
of the power already in our possession; what is true in every field of endeavor, every experience in
life, is true of the power from which every other power known among men is begotten – spiritual
power. Take away the spirit and what is left? Nothing.
28. If then the spirit is all there is, upon the recognition of this fact must depend the ability to
demonstrate all power, whether physical, mental or spiritual.
29. All possession is the result of the accumulative attitude of mind, or the money consciousness;
this is the magic wand which will enable you to receive the idea, and it will formulate plans for you
to execute, and you will find as much pleasure in the execution as in the satisfaction of attainment
30. Now, go to your room, take the same seat, the same position as heretofore, and mentally select
a place which has pleasant associations. Make a complete mental picture of it, see the buildings, the
grounds, the trees, friends, associations, everything complete. At first, you will find yourself
thinking of everything under the sun, except the ideal upon which you desire to concentrate. But do
not let that discourage you. Persistence will win, but persistence requires that you practice these
exercises every day without fail.
Part Five Study Questions With Answers
41. What proportion of our mental life is subconscious? At least ninety per cent.
42. Is this vast mental storehouse generally utilized? No.
43. Why not? Few understand or appreciate the fact that it is an activity which they may
44. Where has the conscious mind received its governing tendencies? From heredity; this means
that it is the result of all the environments of all past generations.
45. What is the Law of Attraction bringing to us? Our "Own."
46. What is our "Own"? What we inherently are, and is the result of our past thinking, both
conscious and subconscious.
47. Of what is the material with which we construct our mental home composed? The thoughts
which we entertain.
48. What is the Secret of Power? A recognition of the omnipresence of omnipotence.
49. Where does it originate? All life and all power is from within.
50. Upon what is the possession of power contingent? Upon a proper use of the power already in
Introduction - Part Six
It is my privilege to enclose Part Six. This part will give you an excellent understanding of the most
wonderful piece of mechanism which has ever been created. A mechanism whereby you may create
for yourself Health, Strength, Success, Prosperity or any other condition which you desire.
Necessities are demands, and demands create action, and actions bring about results. The process of
evolution is constantly building our tomorrows out of our todays. Individual development, like
Universal development, must be gradual with an ever increasing capacity and volume.
The knowledge that if we infringe upon the rights of others, we become moral thorns and find
ourselves entangled at every turn of the road, should be an indication that success is contingent
upon the highest moral ideal, which is "The greatest good to the greatest number."
Aspiration, desire, and harmonious relations constantly and persistently maintained will accomplish
results. The greatest hindrance is erroneous and fixed ideas.
To be in tune with eternal truth we must possess poise and harmony within. In order to receive
intelligence the receiver must be in tune with the transmitter.
Thought is a product of Mind and Mind is creative, but this does not mean that the Universal will
change its modus operandi to suit us or our ideas, but it does mean that we can come into
harmonious relationship with the Universal, and when we have accomplished this we may ask
anything to which we are entitled, and the way will be made plain.
1. The Universal Mind is so wonderful that it is difficult to understand its utilitarian powers and
possibilities and its unlimited producing effects.
2. We have found that this Mind is not only all intelligence but all substance. How, then, is it to be
differentiated in form? How are we to secure the effect which we desire?
3. Ask any electrician what the effect of electricity will be and he will reply that "Electricity is a
form of motion and its effect will depend upon the mechanism to which it is attached." Upon this
mechanism will depend whether we shall have heat, light, power, music or any of the other
marvelous demonstration of power to whichthis vital energy has been harnessed.
4. What effect can be produced by thought? The reply is that thought is mind in motion (just as
wind is air in motion), and its effect will depend entirely on the "mechanism to which it is
5. Here, then, is the secret of all mental power; it depends entirely on the mechanism which we
6. What is this mechanism? You know something of the mechanism which has been invented by
Edison, Bell, Marconi and other electrical wizards, by which place and space and time have
become only figures of speech, but did you ever stop to think that the mechanism which has been
given you for transforming the Universal, Omnipresent Potential Power was invented by a greater
inventor than Edison?
7. We are accustomed to examining the mechanism of the implements which we use for tilling the
soil, and we try to get an understanding of the mechanism of the automobile which we drive, but
most of us are content to remain in absolute ignorance of the greatest piece of mechanism which as
ever come into existence, the brain of man.
8. Let us examine the wonders of this mechanism. Perhaps we shall thereby get a better
understanding of the various effects of which it is the cause.
9. In the first place, there is the great mental world in which we live and move and have our being.
This world is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent; it will respond to our desire in direct ratio
to our purpose and faith. The purpose must be in accordance with the law of our being, that is, it
must be creative or constructive. Our faith must be strong enough to generate a current of sufficient
strength to bring our purpose into manifestation. "As thy faith is, so be it unto thee," bears the
stamp of scientific test.
10. The effects which are produced in the world without are the result of the action and reaction of
the individual upon the universal; that is the process which we call thinking. The brain is the organ
through which this process is accomplished. Think of the wonder of it all! Do you love music,
flowers, literature, or are you inspired by the thought of ancient or modern genius? Remember,
every beauty to which you respond must have its corresponding outline in your brain before you
can appreciate it.
11. There is not a single virtue or principle in the storehouse of nature which the brain cannot
express. The brain is an embryonic world, ready to develop at any time as necessity may arise. If
you can comprehend that this is a scientific truth and one of the wonderful laws of nature, it will be
easier for you to get an understanding of the mechanism by which these extraordinary results are
12. The nervous system has been compared to an electric circuit with its battery of cells in which
force is originated, and its white matter to insulated wires by which the current is conveyed. It is
through these channels that every impulse or desire is carried through the mechanism.
13. The spinal cord is the great motor and sensory pathway by which messages are conveyed to and
from the brain. Then, there is the blood supply plunging through the veins and arteries, renewing
our energy and strength, the perfectly arranged structure upon which the entire physical body rests.
Finally, the delicate and beautiful skin, clothing the entire mechanism is a mantle of beauty.
14. This then is the "Temple of the living God" and the individual "I" is given control and upon his
understanding of the mechanism which is within his control will the result depend.
15. Every thought sets the brain cells in action. At first the substance upon which the thought is
directed fails to respond, but if the thought is sufficiently refined and concentrated, the substance
finally yields and expresses perfectly.
16. This influence of the mind can be exerted upon any part of the body, causing the elimination of
any undesirable effect.
17. A perfect conception and understanding of the laws governing in the mental world cannot fail
to be of inestimable value in the transaction of business, as it develops the power of discernment
and gives a clearer understanding and appreciation of facts.
18. The man who looks within instead of without cannot fail to make use of the mighty forces
which will eventually determine his course in life and so bring him into vibration with all that is
best, strongest and most desirable.
19. Attention or concentration is probably the most important essential in the development of mind
culture. The possibilities of attention when properly directed are so startling that they would hardly
appear credible to the uninitiated. The cultivation of attention is the distinguishing characteristic of
every successful man or woman, and is the very highest personal accomplishment which can be
20. The power of attention can be more readily understood by comparing it with a magnifying glass
in which the rays of sunlight are focused. They possess no particular strength as long as the glass is
moved about and the rays directed from one place to another. But let the glass be held perfectly still
and let the rays be focused on one spot for any length of time, the effect will become immediately
21. So with the power of thought. Let power be dissipated by scattering the thought from one object
to another, and no result is apparent; but focus this power through attention or concentration on any
single purpose for any length of time and nothing becomes impossible.
22. A very simple remedy for a very complex situation, some will say. All right, try it, you who
have had no experience in concentrating the thought on a definite purpose or object. Choose any
single object and concentrate your attention on it for a definite purpose for even ten minutes. You
cannot do it. The mind will wander a dozen times and it will be necessary to bring it back to the
original purpose, and each time the effect will have been lost and at the end of the ten minutes
nothing will have been gained, because you have not been able to hold your thought steadily to the
23. It is, however, through attention that you will finally be able to overcome obstacles of any kind
that appear in your path onward and upward, and the only way to acquire this wonderful power is
by practice – practice makes perfect, in this as in anything else.
24. In order to cultivate the power of attention, bring a photograph with you to the same seat in the
same room in the same position as heretofore. Examine it closely at least ten minutes, note the
expression of the eyes, the form of the features, the clothing, the way the hair is arranged. In fact,
note every detail shown on the photograph carefully. Now cover it and close your eyes and try to
see it mentally. If you can see every detail perfectly and can form a good mental image of the
photograph, you are to be congratulated. If not, repeat the process until you can.
25. This step is simply for the purpose of preparing the soil. Next week we shall be ready to sow
26. It is by such exercises as these that you will finally be able to control your mental moods, your
attitude, your consciousness.
27. Great financiers are learning to withdraw from the multitude more and more, that they may
have more time for planning, thinking, and generating the right mental moods.
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