Your life is governed by law – by actual, immutable principles that never vary. Law
is in operation at all times; in all places. Fixed laws underlie all human actions.
For this reason, men who control giant industries are enabled to determine with
absolute precision just what percentage of every hundred thousand people will
respond to any given set of conditions.
It is well, however, to remember that while every effect is the result of a cause,
the effect in turn becomes a cause, which creates other effects, which in turn
create still other causes; so that when you put the law of attraction into
operation you must remember that you are starting a train of causation for good or
otherwise which may have endless possibilities.
We frequently hear it said, “A very distressing situation came into my life, which
could not have been the result of my thought, as I certainly never entertained any
thought which could have such a result.” We fail to remember that like attracts
like in the mental world, and that the thought which we entertain brings to us
certain friendships, companionships of a particular kind, and these in turn bring
about conditions and environment, which in turn are responsible for the conditions
of which we complain.
1. Inductive reasoning is the process of the objective mind by which we compare a
number of separate instances with one another until we see the common factor that
gives rise to them all.
2. Induction proceeds by comparison of facts; it is this method of studying nature
which has resulted in the discovery of a reign of law which has marked an epoch in
3. It is the dividing line between superstition and intelligence; it has eliminated
the elements of uncertainty and caprice from men’s lives and substituted law,
reason, and certitude.
4. It is the “Watchman at the Gate” mentioned in a former lesson.
5. When, by virtue of this principle, the world to which the senses were accustomed
had been revolutionized; when the sun had been arrested in his course, the
apparently flat earth had been shaped into a ball and set whirling around him; when
the inert matter had been resolved into active elements, and the universe presented
itself wherever we directed the telescope and microscope, full of force, motion and
life; we are constrained to ask by what possible means the delicate forms of
organization in the midst of it are kept in order and repair.
6. Like poles and like forces repel themselves or remain impenetrable to each
other, and this cause seems in general sufficient to assign a proper place and
distance to stars, men and forces. As men of different virtues enter into
partnership, so do opposite poles attract each other, elements that have no
property in common like acids and gases cling to each other in preference and a
general exchange is kept up between the surplus and the demand.
7. As the eye seeks and receives satisfaction from colors complementary to those
which are given, so does need, want and desire, in the largest sense, induce, guide
and determine action.
8. It is our privilege to become conscious of the principle and act in accordance
with it. Cuvier sees a tooth belonging to an extinct race of animals. This tooth
wants a body for the performance of its function, and it defines the peculiar body
it stands in need of with such precision that Cuvier is able to reconstruct the
frame of this animal.
9. Perturbations are observed in the motion of Uranus. Leverrier needs another star
at a certain place to keep the solar system in order, and Neptune appears in the
place and hour appointed.
10. The instinctive wants of the animal and the intellectual wants of Cuvier, the
wants of nature and of the mind of Leverrier were alike, and thus the results; here
the thoughts of an existence, there an existence. A well-defined lawful want,
therefore, furnishes the reason for the more complex operations of nature.
11. Having recorded correctly the answers furnished by nature and stretched our
senses with the growing science over her surface; having joined hands with the
levers that move the earth; we become conscious of such a close, varied and deep
contact with the world without, that our wants and purposes become no less
identified with the harmonious operations of this vast organization, than the life,
liberty, and happiness of the citizen is identified with the existence of his
12. As the interests of the individual are protected by the arms of the country,
added to his own; and his needs may depend upon certain supply in the degree that
they are felt more universally and steadily; in the same manner does conscious
citizenship in the Republic of nature secure us from the annoyances of subordinate
agents by alliance with superior powers; and by appeal to the fundamental laws of
resistance or inducement offered to mechanical or chemical agents, distribute the
labor to be performed between them and man to the best advantage of the inventor.
13. If Plato could have witnessed the pictures executed by the sun with the
assistance of the photographer, or a hundred similar illustrations of what man does
by induction, he would perhaps have been reminded of the intellectual midwifery of
his master and, in his own mind might have arisen the vision of a land where all
manual, mechanical labor and repetition is assigned to the power of nature, where
our wants are satisfied by purely mental operations set in motion by the will, and
where the supply is created by the demand.
14. However distant that land may appear, induction has taught men to make strides
toward it and has surrounded him with benefits which are, at the same time, rewards
for past fidelity and incentives for more assiduous devotion.
15. It is also an aid in concentrating and strengthening our faculties for the
remaining part, giving unerring solution for individual as well as universal
problems, by the mere operations of mind in the purest form.
16. Here we find a method, the spirit of which is, to believe that what is sought
has been accomplished, in order to accomplish it: a method, bequeathed upon us by
the same Plato who, outside of this sphere, could never find how the ideas became
17. This conception is also elaborated by Swedenborg in his doctrine of
correspondences; and a still greater teacher has said, “What things soever ye
desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” (Mark
11:24) The difference of the tenses in this passage is remarkable.
18. We are first to believe that our desire has already been fulfilled, its
accomplishment will then follow. This is a concise direction for making use of the
creative power of thought by impressing on the Universal subjective mind, the
particular thing which we desire as an already existing fact.
19. We are thus thinking on the plane of the absolute and eliminating all
consideration of conditions or limitation and are planting a seed which, if left
undisturbed, will finally germinate into external fruition.
20. To review: Inductive reasoning is the process of the objective mind, by which
we compare a number of separate instances with one another until we see the common
factor that gives rise to them all. We see people in every civilized country on the
globe, securing results by some process which they do not seem to understand
themselves, and to which they usually attach more or less mystery. Our reason is
given to us for the purpose of ascertaining the law by which these results are
21. The operation of this thought process is seen in those fortunate natures that
possess everything that others must acquire by toil, who never have a struggle with
conscience because they always act correctly, and can never conduct themselves
otherwise than with tact, learn everything easily, complete everything they begin
with a happy knack, live in eternal harmony with themselves, without ever
reflecting much what they do, or ever experiencing difficulty or toil.
22. The fruit of this thought is, as it were, a gift of the gods, but a gift which
few as yet realize, appreciate, or understand. The recognition of the marvelous
power which is possessed by the mind under proper conditions and the fact that this
power can be utilized, directed, and made available for the solution of every human
problem is of transcendental importance.
23. All truth is the same, whether stated in modern scientific terms or in the
language of apostolic times. There are timid souls who fail to realize that the
very completeness of truth requires various statements — that no one human formula
will show every side of it.
24. Changing, emphasis, new language, novel interpretations, unfamiliar
perspectives, are not, as some suppose, signs of departure from truth but on the
contrary, they are evidence that the truth is being apprehended in new relations to
human needs, and is becoming more generally understood.
25. The truth must be told to each generation and to every people in new and
different terms, so that when the Great Teacher said — “Believe that ye receive
and ye shall receive” or, when Paul said — “Faith is the substance of things hoped
for, the evidence of things not seen” or, when modern science says — “The law of
attraction is the law by which thought correlates with its object”, each statement
when subjected to analysis, is found to contain exactly the same truth. The only
difference being in the form of presentation.
26. We are standing on the threshold of a new era. The time has arrived when man
has learned the secrets of mastery and the way is being prepared for a new social
order, more wonderful than anything every heretofore dreamed of. The conflict of
modern science with theology, the study of comparative religions, the tremendous
power of new social movements, all of these are but clearing the way for the new
order. They may have destroyed traditional forms which have become antiquated and
impotent, but nothing of value has been lost.
27. A new faith has been born, a faith which demands a new form of expression, and
this faith is taking form in a deep consciousness of power which is being
manifested, in the present spiritual activity found on every hand.
28. The spirit which sleeps in the mineral, breathes in the vegetable, moves in the
animal and reaches its highest development in man is the Universal Mind, and it
behooves us to span the gulf between being and doing, theory and practice, by
demonstrating our understanding of the dominion which we have been given.
29. By far the greatest discovery of all the centuries is the power of thought. The
importance of this discovery has been a little slow in reaching the general
consciousness, but it has arrived, and already in every field of research the
importance of this greatest of all great discoveries is being demonstrated.
30. You ask in what does the creative power of thought consist? It consists in
creating ideas, and these in turn objectify themselves by appropriating, inventing,
observing, discerning, discovering, analyzing, ruling, governing, combining, and
applying matter and force. It can do this because it is an intelligent creative
31. Thought reaches its loftiest activity when plunged into its own mysterious
depth; when it breaks through the narrow compass of self and passes from truth to
truth to the region of eternal light, where all which is, was or ever will be, melt
into one grand harmony.
32. From this process of self contemplation comes inspiration which is creative
intelligence, and which is undeniably superior to every element, force or law of
nature, because it can understand, modify, govern and apply them to its own ends
and purposes and therefore possess them.
33. Wisdom begins with the dawn of reason, and reason is but an understanding of
the knowledge and principles whereby we may know the true meaning of things.
Wisdom, then, is illuminated reason, and this wisdom leads to humility, for
humility is a large part of Wisdom.
34. We all know many who have achieved the seemingly impossible, who have realized
life-long dreams, who have changed everything including themselves. We have
sometimes marveled at the demonstration of an apparently irresistible power, which
seemed to be ever available just when it was most needed, but it is all clear now.
All that is required is an understanding of certain definite fundamental principles
and their proper application.
35. For your exercise this week, concentrate on the quotation taken from the Bible,
“Whatsoever things ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them and ye
shall have them”; notice that there is no limitation, “Whatsoever things” is very
definite and implies that the only limitation which is placed upon us in our
ability to think, to be equal to the occasion, to rise to the emergency, to
remember that Faith is not a shadow, but a substance, “the substance of things
hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Death is but the natural process whereby all material forms are thrown into
the crucible for reproduction in fresh diversity.
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