Part Twelve is enclosed herewith. In the fourth paragraph you will find the
following statement: “You must first have the knowledge of your power; second, the
courage to dare; third, the faith to do.” If you concentrate upon the thoughts
given, if you give them your entire attention, you will find a world of meaning in
each sentence, and will attract to yourself other thoughts in harmony with them,
and you will soon grasp the full significance of the vital knowledge upon which you
Knowledge does not apply itself; we as individuals must make the application, and
the application consists in fertilizing the thought with a living purpose.
The time and thought which most persons waste in aimless effort would accomplish
wonders if properly directed with some special object in view. In order to do this,
it is necessary to center your mental force upon a specific thought and hold it
there, to the exclusion of all other thoughts. If you have ever looked through the
viewfinder of a camera, you found that when the object was not in focus, the
impression was indistinct and possibly blurred, but when the proper focus was
obtained the picture was clear and distinct. This illustrates the power of
concentration. Unless you can concentrate upon the object which you have in view,
you will have but a hazy, indifferent, vague, indistinct and blurred outline of
your ideal and the results will be in accordance with your mental picture.
1. There is no purpose in life that cannot be best accomplished through a
scientific understanding of the creative power of thought.
2. This power to think is common to all. Man is, because he thinks. Man’s power to
think is infinite, consequently his creative power is unlimited.
3. We know that thought is building for us the thing we think of and actually
bringing it nearer, yet we find it difficult to banish fear, anxiety or
discouragement, all of which are powerful thought forces, and which continually
send the things we desire further away, so that it is often one step forward and
two steps backward.
4. The only way to keep from going backward is to keep going forward. Eternal
vigilance is the price of success. There are three steps, and each one is
absolutely essential. You must first have the knowledge of your power; second, the
courage to dare; third, the faith to do.
5. With this as a basis you can construct an ideal business, an ideal home, ideal
friends, and an ideal environment. You are not restricted as to material or cost.
Thought is omnipotent and has the power to draw on the Infinite bank of primary
substance for all that it requires. Infinite resources are therefore at your
6. But your ideal must be sharp, clear-cut, definite; to have one ideal today,
another tomorrow, and a third next week, means to scatter your forces and
accomplish nothing; your result will be a meaningless and chaotic combination of
7. Unfortunately this is the result which many are securing, and the cause is self
evident. If a sculptor started out with a piece of marble and a chisel and changed
his ideal every fifteen minutes, what result could he expect? And why should you
expect any different result in molding the greatest and most plastic of all
substances, the only real substance?
8. The result of this indecision and negative thought is often found in the loss of
material wealth. Supposed independence which required many years of toil and effort
suddenly disappears. It is often found then that money and property are not
independence at all. On the contrary, the only independence is found to be a
practical working knowledge of the creative power of thought.
9. This practical working method cannot come to you until you learn that the only
real power which you can have is the power to adjust yourself to Divine and
unchangeable principles. You cannot change the Infinite, but you can come into an
understanding of Natural laws. The reward of this understanding is a conscious
realization of your ability to adjust your thought faculties with the Universal
Thought which is Omnipresent. Your ability to cooperate with this Omnipotence will
indicate the degree of success with which you meet.
10. The power of thought has many counterfeits which are more or less fascinating,
but the results are harmful instead of helpful.
11. Of course, worry, fear, and all negative thoughts produce a crop after their
kind; those who harbor thoughts of this kind must inevitably reap what they have
12. Again, there are the Phenomena seekers who gormandize on the so-called proofs
and demonstration obtained at materializing sances. They throw open their mental
doors and soak themselves in the most poisonous currents which can be found in the
psychic world. They do not seem to understand that it is the ability to become
negative, receptive and passive, and thus drain themselves of all their vital
force, which enables them to bring about these vibratory thought forms.
13. There are also the Hindu worshippers, who see in the materializing phenomena
which are performed by the so-called adepts, a source of power, forgetting, or
never seeming to realize that as soon as the will is withdrawn the forms wither,
and the vibratory forces of which they are composed vanish.
14. Telepathy, or thought transference, has received considerable attention, but as
it requires a negative mental state on the part of the receiver, the practice is
harmful. A thought may be sent with the intention of hearing or seeing, but it will
bring the penalty attached to the inversion of the principle involved.
15. In many instances, hypnotism is positively dangerous to the subject as well as
the operator. No one familiar with the laws governing in the mental world would
think of attempting to dominate the will of another, for by so doing, he will
gradually (but surely) divest himself of his own power.
16. All of these perversions have their temporary satisfaction and for some a keen
fascination, but there is an infinitely greater fascination in a true understanding
of the world of power within, a power which increases with use; is permanent
instead of fleeing; which not only is potent as a remedial agency to bring about
the remedy for past error or results of wrong thinking, but is a prophylactic
agency protecting us from all manner and form of danger, and finally is an actual
creative force with which we can build new conditions and new environment.
17. The law is that thought will correlate with its object and bring forth in the
material world the correspondence of the thing thought or produced in the mental
world. We then discern the absolute necessity of seeing that every thought has the
inherent germ of truth in order that the law of growth will bring into
manifestation good, for good alone can confer any permanent power.
18. The principle which gives the thought the dynamic power to correlate with its
object, and therefore to master every adverse human experience, is the law of
attraction, which is another name for love. This is an eternal and fundamental
principle, inherent in all things, in every system of Philosophy, in every
Religion, and in every Science. There is no getting away from the law of love. It
is feeling that imparts vitality to thought. Feeling is desire, and desire is love.
Thought impregnated with love becomes invincible.
19. We find this truth emphasized wherever the power of thought is understood, The
Universal Mind is not only Intelligence, but it is substance, and this substance is
the attractive force which brings electrons together by the law of attraction so
that they form atoms; the atoms in turn are brought together by the same law and
form molecules; molecules take objective forms; and so we find that the law of love
is the creative force behind every manifestation, not only of atoms, but of worlds,
of the Universe, of everything of which the imagination can form any conception.
20. It is the operation of this marvelous law of attraction which has caused men in
all ages and all times to believe that there must be some personal being who
responded to their petitions and desires, and manipulated events in order to comply
with their requirements.
21. It is the combination of Thought and Love which forms the irresistible force,
called the law of attraction. All natural laws are irresistible, the law of
Gravitation, or Electricity, or any other law operates with mathematical
exactitude. There is no variation; it is only the channel of distribution which may
be imperfect. If a bridge falls, we do not attribute the collapse to any variation
of the law of gravitation. If a light fails us, we do not conclude that the laws
governing electricity cannot be depended upon, and if the law of attraction seems
to be imperfectly demonstrated by an inexperienced or uninformed person, we are not
to conclude that the greatest and most infallible law upon which the entire system
of creation depends has been suspended. We should rather conclude that a little
more understanding of the law is required, for the same reason that a correct
solution of a difficult problem in Mathematics is not always readily and easily
22. Things are created in the mental or spiritual world before they appear in the
outward act or event. by the simple process of governing our thought forces today,
we help create the events which will come into our lives in the future, perhaps
even tomorrow. Educated desire is the most potent means of bringing into action the
law of attraction.
23. Man is so constituted that he must first create the tools, or implements by
which he gains the power to think. The mind cannot comprehend an entirely new idea
until a corresponding vibratory brain cell has been prepared to receive it. This
explains why it is so difficult for us to receive or appreciate an entirely new
idea; we have no brain cell capable of receiving it; we are therefore incredulous;
we do not believe it.
24. If, therefore, you have not been familiar with the Omnipotence of the law of
attraction, and the scientific method by which it can be put into operation, or if
you have not been familiar with the unlimited possibilities which it opens to those
who are enabled to take advantage of the resources it offers, begin now and create
the necessary brain cells which will enable you to comprehend the unlimited powers
which may be yours by cooperating with Natural Law. This is done by concentration
25. The intention governs the attention. Power comes through repose. It is by
concentration that deep thoughts, wise speech, and all forces of high potentiality
26. It is in the Silence that you get into touch with the Omnipotent power of the
subconscious mind from which all power is evolved.
27. He who desires wisdom, power, or permanent success of any kind will find it
only within; it is an unfoldment. The unthinking may conclude that the silence is
very simple and easily attained, but it should be remembered that only in absolute
silence may one come into contact with Divinity itself; may learn of the
unchangeable law and open for himself the channels by which persistent practice and
concentration lead to perfection.
28. This week go to the same room, take the same chair, the same position as
previously; be sure to relax, let go, both mentally and physically; always do this;
never try to do any mental work under pressure; see that there are no tense muscles
or nerves, that you are entirely comfortable. Now realize your unity with
omnipotence; get into touch with this power, come into a deep and vital
understanding, appreciation, and realization of the fact that your ability to think
is your ability to act upon the Universal Mind, and bring it into manifestation,
realize that it will meet any and every requirement; that you have exactly the same
potential ability which any individual ever did have or ever will have, because
each is but an expression or manifestation of the One, all are parts of the whole,
there is no difference in kind or quality, the only difference being one of degree.
“Thought cannot conceive of anything that may not be brought to expression.
He who first uttered it may be only the suggester, but the doer will appear.”
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