Physical science is responsible for the marvelous age of invention in which we are
now living, but spiritual science is now setting out on a career whose
possibilities no one can foretell.
Spiritual science has previously been the football of the uneducated, the
superstitious, the mystical, but men are now interested in definite methods and
demonstrated facts only.
We have come to know that thinking is a spiritual process, that vision and
imagination preceded action and event, that the day of the dreamer has come.
The following lines by Mr. Herbert Kaufman are interesting in this connection.
“They are the architects of greatness, their vision lies within their souls, they
peer beyond the veils and mists of doubt and pierce the walls of unborn Time. The
belted wheel, the trail of steel, the churning screw, are shuttles in the loom on
which they weave their magic tapestries. Makers of Empire, they have fought for
bigger things than crowns and higher seats than thrones. Your homes are set upon
the land a dreamer found. The pictures on its walls are visions from a dreamer’s
soul. They are the chose few — the blazers of the way. Walls crumble and Empires
fall, the tidal wave sweeps from the sea and tears a fortress from its rocks. The
rotting nations drop off from Time’s bough, and only things the dreamer’s make live
Part Thirteen which follows tells why the dreams of the dreamer come true. It
explains the law of causation by which dreamers, inventors, authors, financiers,
bring about the realization of their desires. It explains the law by which the
thing pictured upon our mind eventually becomes our own.
1. It has been the tendency, and, as might be proved, a necessity for science to
seek the explanation of everyday facts by a generalization of those others which
are less frequent and form the exception. Thus does the eruption of the volcano
manifest the heat which is continually at work in the interior of the earth and to
which the latter owes much of her configuration.
2. Thus does the lightning reveal a subtle power constantly busy to produce changes
in the inorganic world, and, as dead languages now seldom heard were once ruling
among the nations, so does a giant tooth in Siberia, or a fossil in the depth of
the earth, not only bear record of the evolution of past ages, but thereby explains
to us the origin of the hills and valleys which we inhabit today.
3. In this way a generalization of facts which are rare, strange, or form the
exception, has been the magnetic needle guiding to all the discoveries of inductive
4. This method is founded upon reason and experience and thereby destroyed
superstition, precedent and conventionality.
5. It is almost three-hundred years since Lord Bacon recommended this method of
study, to which the civilized nations owe the greater part of their prosperity and
the more valuable part of their knowledge; purging the mind from narrow prejudices,
denominated theories, more effectually than by the keenest irony; calling the
attention of men from heaven to earth more successfully by surprising experiments
than by the most forcible demonstration of their ignorance; educating the inventive
faculties more powerfully by the near prospect of useful discoveries thrown open to
all, than by talk of bringing to light the innate laws of our mind.
6. The method of Bacon has seized the spirit and aim of the great philosophers of
Greece and carried them into effect by the new means of observation which another
age offered; thus gradually revealing a wondrous field of knowledge in the infinite
space of astronomy, in the microscopic egg of embryology, and the dim age of
geology; disclosing an order of the pulse which the logic of Aristotle could never
have unveiled, and analyzing into formerly unknown elements the material
combinations which no dialectic of the scholastics could force apart.
7. It has lengthened life; it has mitigated pain; it has extinguished diseases; it
has increased the fertility of the soil; it has given new securities to the
mariner; it has spanned great rivers with bridges of form unknown to our fathers;
it has guided the thunderbolt from heaven to earth; it has lighted up night with
the splendor of day; it has extended the range of human vision; it has multiplied
the power of the human muscles; it has accelerated motion; it has annihilated
distance; it has facilitated intercourse, correspondence, all friendly offices, all
dispatch of business; it has enabled men to descend into the depths of the sea, to
soar into the air, to penetrate securely into the noxious recesses of the earth.
8. This then is the true nature and scope of induction. But the greater the success
which men have achieved in the inductive science, the more does the whole tenor of
their teachings and example impress us with the necessity of observing carefully,
patiently, accurately, with all the instruments and resources at our command the
individual facts before venturing upon a statement of general laws.
9. To ascertain the bearing of the spark drawn from the electric machine under
every variety of circumstances, that we thus may be emboldened with Franklin to
address, in the form of a kite, the question to the cloud about the nature of the
lightning. To assure ourselves of the manner in which bodies fall with the
exactness of a Galileo, that with Newton we may dare to ask the moon about the
force that fastens it to the earth.
10. In short, by the value we set upon truth, by our hope in a steady and universal
progress, not to permit a tyrannical prejudice to neglect or mutilate unwelcome
facts, but to rear the superstructure of science upon the broad and unchangeable
basis, of full attention paid to the most isolated as well as the most frequent
11. An ever-increasing material may be collected by observation, but the
accumulated facts are of very different value for the explanation of nature, and as
we esteem most highly those useful qualities of men which are of the rarest
occurrence, so does natural philosophy sift the facts and attach a pre-eminent
importance to that striking class which cannot be accounted for by the usual and
daily observation of life.
12. If then, we find that certain persons seem to possess unusual power, what are
we to conclude? First, we may say, it is not so, which is simply an acknowledgment
of our lack of information because every honest investigator admits that there are
many strange and previously unaccountable phenomena constantly taking place. Those,
however, who become acquainted with the creative power of thought, will no longer
consider them unaccountable.
13. Second, we may say that they are the result of supernatural interference, but a
scientific understanding of Natural Laws will convince us that there is nothing
supernatural. Every phenomenon is the result of an accurate definite cause, and the
cause is an immutable law or principle, which operates with invariable precision,
whether the law is put into operation consciously or unconsciously.
14. Third, we may say that we are on “forbidden ground,” that there are some things
which we should not know. This objection was used against every advance in human
knowledge. Every individual who ever advanced a new idea, whether a Columbus, a
Darwin, a Galileo, a Fulton or an Emerson, was subjected to ridicule or
persecution; so that this objection should receive no serious consideration; but,
on the contrary, we should carefully consider every fact which is brought to our
attention; by doing this we will more readily ascertain the law upon which it is
15. It will be found that the creative power of thought will explain every possible
condition or experience, whether physical, mental or spiritual.
16. Thought will bring about conditions in correspondence with the predominant
mental attitude. Therefore, if we fear disaster, as fear is a powerful form of
thought, disaster will be the certain result of our thinking. It is this form of
thought which frequently sweeps away the result of many years of toil and effort.
17. If we think of some form of material wealth we may secure it. By concentrated
thought the required conditions will be brought about, and the proper effort put
forth, which will result in bringing about the circumstances necessary to realize
our desires; but we often find that when we secure the things we thought we wanted,
they do not have the effect we expected. That is, the satisfaction is only
temporary, or possibly is the reverse of what we expected.
18. What, then, is the proper method of procedure? What are we to think in order to
secure what we really desire? What you and I desire, what we all desire, what every
one is seeking, is Happiness and Harmony. If we can be truly happy we shall have
everything the world can give. If we are happy ourselves we can make others happy.
19. But we cannot be happy unless we have, health, strength, congenial friends,
pleasant environment, sufficient supply, not only to take care of our necessities
but to provide for those comforts and luxuries to which we are entitled.
20. The old orthodox way of thinking was to be “a worm,” to be satisfied with our
portion whatever it is; but the modern idea is to know that we are entitled to the
best of everything, that the “Father and I are one” and that the “Father” is the
Universal Mind, the Creator, the Original Substance from which all things proceed.
21. Now admitting that this is all true in theory, and it has been taught for two
thousand years, and is the essence of every system of Philosophy or Religion, how
are we to make it practical in our lives? How are we to get the actual, tangible
results here and now?
22. In the first place, we must put our knowledge into practice. Nothing can be
accomplished in any other way. The athlete may read books and lessons on physical
training all his life, but unless he begins to give out strength by actual work he
will never receive any strength; he will eventually get exactly what he gives; but
he will have to give it first. It is exactly the same with us; we will get exactly
what we give, but we shall have to give it first. It will then return to us many
fold, and the giving is simply a mental process, because thoughts are causes and
conditions are effects; therefore in giving thoughts of courage, inspiration,
health or help of any kind we are setting causes in motion which will bring about
23. Thought is a spiritual activity and is therefore creative, but make no mistake,
thought will create nothing unless it is consciously, systematically, and
constructively directed; and herein is the difference between idle thinking, which
is simply a dissipation of effort, and constructive thinking, which means
practically unlimited achievement.
24. We have found that everything we get comes to us by the Law of Attraction. A
happy thought cannot exist in an unhappy consciousness; therefore the consciousness
must change, and, as the consciousness changes, all conditions necessary to meet
the changed consciousness must gradually change, in order to meet the requirements
of the new situation.
25. In creating a Mental Image or an Ideal, we are projecting a thought into the
Universal Substance from which all things are created. This Universal Substance is
Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscient. Are we to inform the Omniscient as to the
proper channel to be used to materialize our demand? Can the finite advise the
Infinite? This is the cause of failure; of every failure. We recognize the
Omnipresence of the Universal Substance, but we fail to appreciate the fact that
this substance is not only Omnipresent, but is Omnipotent and Omniscient, and
consequently will set causes in motion concerning which we may be entirely
26. We can best conserve our interests by recognizing the Infinite Power and
Infinite Wisdom of the Universal Mind, and in this way become a channel whereby the
Infinite can bring about the realization of our desire. This means that recognition
brings about realization, therefore for your exercise this week make use of the
principle, recognize the fact that you are a part of the whole, and that a part
must be the same in kind and quality as the whole; the only difference there can
possibly by, is in degree.
27. When this tremendous fact begins to permeate your consciousness, when you
really come into a realization of the fact that you (not your body, but the Ego),
the “I,” the spirit which thinks is an integral part of the great whole, that it is
the same in substance, in quality, in kind, that the Creator could create nothing
different from Himself, you will also be able to say, “The Father and I are one”
and you will come into an understanding of the beauty, the grandeur, the
transcendental opportunities which have been placed at your disposal.
“Increase in me that wisdom Which discovers my truest interest, Strengthen
my resolution To perform that which wisdom dictates.”
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