In order to grow we must obtain what is necessary for our growth. This is brought
about through the law of attraction. This principle is the sole means by which the
individual is differentiated from the Universal.
Think for a moment, what would a man be if he were not a husband, father, or
brother, if he were not interested in the social, economical, political or
religious world. He would be nothing but an abstract theoretical ego. He exists,
therefore, only in his relation to the whole, in his relation to other men, in his
relation to society. This relation constitutes his environment and in no other way.
It is evident, therefore, that the individual is simply the differentiation of the
one Universal Mind “which lighteth every man that cometh into the world,” and his
so-called individuality or personality consists of nothing but the manner in which
he relates with the whole.
This we call his environment and is brought about by the law of attraction. Part
Eighteen, which follows, has something more to say concerning this important law.
1. There is a change in the thought of the world. This change is silently
transpiring in our midst, and is more important than any which the world has
undergone since the downfall of Paganism.
2. These present revolution in the opinions of all classes of men, the highest and
most cultured of men as well as those of the laboring class, stands unparalleled in
the history of the world.
3. Science has of late made such vast discoveries, has revealed such an infinity of
resources, has unveiled such enormous possibilities and such unsuspected forces,
that scientific men more and more hesitate to affirm certain theories as
established and beyond doubt or to deny other theories as absurd or impossible.
4. A new civilization is being born; customs, creeds, and precedent are passing;
vision, faith and service are taking their place. The fetters of tradition are
being melted off from humanity, and as the impurities of materialism are being
consumed, thought is being liberated and truth is rising full robed before an
5. The whole world is on the eve of a new consciousness, a new power, and a new
realization within the self.
6. Physical Science has resolved matter into molecules, molecules into atoms, atoms
into energy, and it has remained for Mr. J. A. Fleming, in an address before the
Royal Institution, to resolve this energy into mind. He says, “In its ultimate
essence, energy may be incomprehensible by us except as an exhibition of the direct
operation of that which we call Mind or Will.”
7. And this mind is the indwelling and ultimate. It is imminent in matter as in
spirit. It is the sustaining, energizing, all pervading Spirit of the universe.
8. Every living thing must be sustained by this omnipotent Intelligence, and we
find the difference in individual lives to be largely measured by the degree of
this intelligence, which they manifest. It is greater intelligence that places the
animal in a higher scale of being than the plant, the man higher than the animal,
and we find that this increased intelligence is again indicated by the power of the
individual to control modes of action and thus to consciously adjust himself to his
9. It is this adjustment that occupies the attention of the greatest minds, and
this adjustment consists in nothing else than the recognition of an existing order
in the universal mind, for it is well known that this mind will obey us precisely
in proportion as we first obey it.
10. It is the recognition of Natural Laws that has enabled us to annihilate time
and space, to soar in the air and to make iron float, and the greater the degree of
intelligence the greater will be our recognition of these Natural Laws and the
greater will be the power we can possess.
11. It is the recognition of the self as an individualization of this Universal
Intelligence that enables the individual to control those forms of intelligence
which have not yet reached this level of self-recognition; they do not know that
this Universal Intelligence permeates all things ready to be called into action;
they do not know that it is responsive to every demand, and they are therefore in
bondage to the law of their own being.
12. Thought is creative and the principle on which the law is based is sound and
legitimate and is inherent in the nature of things; but this creative power does
not originate in the individual, but in the universal, which is the source and
foundation of all energy and substance; the individual is simply the channel for
the distribution of this energy.
13. The individual is simply the means by which the universal produces the various
combinations which result in the formation of phenomena, which depends upon the law
of vibration, whereby various rates of rapidity of motion in the primary substance
form new substances only in certain exact numerical ratios.
14. Thought is the invisible link by which the individual comes into communication
with the Universal, the finite with the Infinite, the seen with the Unseen. Thought
is the magic by which the human is transformed into a being who thinks and knows
and feels and acts.
15. As the proper apparatus has enabled the eye to discover worlds without number
millions of miles away, so, with the proper understanding, man has been enabled to
communicate with the Universal Mind, the source of all power.
16. The Understanding which is usually developed is nothing more than a “belief”,
which means nothing at all. The savages of the Cannibal Islands believe something;
but that proves nothing.
17. The only belief which is of any value to anyone is a belief that has been put
to a test and demonstrated to be a fact; it is then no longer a belief, but has
become a living Faith or Truth.
18. And this Truth has been put to the test by hundreds of thousands of people and
has been found to be the Truth exactly in proportion to the usefulness of the
apparatus which they used.
19. A man would not expect to locate stars hundreds of millions of miles away
without a sufficiently strong telescope, and for this reason Science is continually
engaged in building larger and more powerful telescopes and is continually rewarded
by additional knowledge of the heavenly bodies.
20. So with understanding; men are continually making progress in the methods which
they use to come into communication with the Universal Mind and its infinite
21. The Universal Mind manifests itself in the objective, through the principle of
attraction that each atom has for every other atom, in infinite degrees of
22. It is by this principle of combining and attracting that things are brought
together. This principle is of universal application and is the sole means whereby
the purpose of existence is carried into effect.
23. The expression of growth is met in a most beautiful manner through the
instrumentality of this Universal Principle.
24. In order to grow we must obtain what is essential for our growth, but as we are
at all times a complete thought entity, this completeness makes it possible for us
to receive only as we give; growth is therefore conditioned on reciprocal action,
and we find that on the mental plane like attracts like, that mental vibrations
respond only to the extent of their vibratory harmony.
25. It is clear, therefore, that thoughts of abundance will respond only to similar
thoughts; the wealth of the individual is seen to be what he inherently is.
Affluence within is found to be the secret of attraction for affluence without. The
ability to produce is found to be the real source of wealth of the individual. It
is for this reason that he who has his heart in his work is certain to meet with
unbounded success. He will give and continually give; and the more he gives, the
more he will receive.
26. What do the great financiers of Wall Street, the captains of industry, the
statesmen, the great corporation attorneys, the inventors, the physicians, the
authors — what do each of these contribute to the sum of human happiness but the
power of their thought?
27. Thought is the energy which the law of attraction is brought into operation,
which eventually manifests in abundance.
28. The Universal Mind is static Mind or Substance in equilibrium. It is
differentiated into form by our power to think. Thought is the dynamic phase of
29. Power depends upon consciousness of power; unless we use it, we shall lose it,
and unless we are conscious of it, we cannot use it.
30. The use of this power depends upon attention; the degree of attention
determines our capacity for the acquirement of knowledge which is another name for
31. Attention has been held to be the distinguishing mark of genius. The
cultivation of attention depends upon practice.
32. The incentive of attention is interest; the greater the interest, the greater
the attention; the greater the attention, the greater the interest, action and
reaction; begin by paying attention; before long you will have aroused interest;
this interest will attract more attention, and this attention will produce more
interest, and so on. This practice will enable you to cultivate the power of
33. This week concentrate upon your power to create; seek insight, perception; try
to find a logical basis for the faith which is in you. Let the thought dwell on the
fact that the physical man lives and moves and has his being in the sustainer of
all organic life air, that he must breathe to live. Then let the thought rest on
the fact that the spiritual man also lives and moves and has his being in a similar
but subtler energy upon which he must depend for life, and that as in the physical
world no life assumes form until after a seed is sown, and no higher fruit than
that of the parent stock can be produced; so in the spiritual world no effect can
be produced until the seed is sown and the fruit will depend upon the nature of the
seed, so that the results which you secure depend upon your perception of law in
the mighty domain of causation, the highest evolution of human consciousness.
“There is no thought in my mind but it quickly tends to convert itself into a
power and organizes a huge instrumentality of means.”
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