PART 16

The vibratory activities of the planetary Universe are governed by a law of

periodicity. Everything that lives has periods of birth, growth, fruitage, and

decline. These periods are governed by the Septimal Law.

The Law of Sevens governs the days of the week, the phases of the moon, the

harmonies of sound, light, heat, electricity, magnetism, atomic structure. It

governs the life of individuals and of nations, and it dominates the activities of

the commercial world.

Life is growth, and growth is change, each seven years period takes us into a new

cycle. The first seven years is the period of infancy. The next seven the period of

childhood, representing the beginning of individual responsibility. The next seven

represents the period of adolescence. The fourth period marks the attainment of

full growth. The fifth period is the constructive period, when men begin to acquire

property, possessions, a home and family. The next from 35 to 42, is a period of

reactions and changes, and this in turn is followed by a period of reconstruction,

adjustment and recuperation, so as to be ready for a new cycle of sevens, beginning

with the fiftieth year.

There are many who think that the world is just bout to pass out of the sixth

period; that it will soon enter into the seventh period, the period of

readjustment, reconstruction and harmony; the period which is frequently referred

to as the Millennium.

Those familiar with these cycles will not be disturbed when things seem to go

wrong, but can apply the principle outlined in these lessons with the full

assurance that a higher law will invariably control all other laws, and that

through an understanding and conscious operation of spiritual laws, we can convert

every seeming difficulty into a blessing.

PART SIXTEEN

1. Wealth is a product of labor. Capital is an effect, not a cause; a servant, not

a master; a means, not an end.

2. The most commonly accepted definition of wealth is that it consists of all

useful and agreeable things which possess exchange value. It is this exchange value

which is the predominant characteristic of wealth.

3. When we consider the small addition made by wealth to the happiness of the

possessor, we find that the true value consists not in its utility but in its

exchange.

4. This exchange value makes it a medium for securing the things of real value

whereby our ideals may be realized.

5. Wealth should then never be desired as an end, but simply as a means of

accomplishing an end. Success is contingent upon a higher ideal than the mere

accumulation of riches, and he who aspires to such success must formulate an ideal

for which he is willing to strive.

6. With such an ideal in mind, the ways and means can and will be provided, but the

mistake must not be made of substituting the means for the end. There must be a

definite fixed purpose, an ideal.

7. Prentice Mulford said: “The man of success is the man possessed of the greatest

spiritual understanding and every great fortune comes of superior and truly

spiritual power.” Unfortunately, there are those who fail to recognize this power;

they forget that Andrew Carnegie’s mother had to help support the family when they

came to America, that Harriman’s father was a poor clergyman with a salary of only

$200 a year, that Sir Thomas Lipton started with only 25 cents. These men had no

other power to depend upon, but it did not fail them.

8. 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:

9. “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.”

10. 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.

11. The successful businessman is more often than not an idealist and is every

striving for higher and higher standards. The subtle forces of thought as they

crystallize in our daily moods is what constitutes life.

12. 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.

13. Premature wealth is but the forerunner of humiliation and disaster, because we

cannot permanently retain anything which we do not merit or which we have not

earned.

14. 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?

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 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.

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 the image.

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 therefore are not entities, they are simply words which we use to

indicate the result of our actions, and these actions are in turn predetermined 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 in 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 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.

32. 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.

33. 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.

34. 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

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 combination.

35. 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 of fact whatever. Every kind of plausible opinion is liable to be

accepted without any analytical examination and the inevitable result is mental

chaos.

36. 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.

37. 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

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