Fear is a powerful form of thought. It paralyzes the nerve centers, thus affecting

the circulation of the blood.

This, in turn, paralyzes the muscular system, so that fear affects the entire

being, body, brain and nerve, physical, mental, and muscular.

Of course the way to overcome fear is to become conscious of power. What is this

mysterious vital force which we call power? We do not know, but then, neither do we

know what electricity is.

But we do know that by conforming to the requirements of the law by which

electricity is governed, it will be our obedient servant; that it will light our

homes, our cities, run our machinery, and serve us in many useful capacities.

And so it is with vital force. Although we do not know what it is, and possibly may

never know, we do know that it is a primary force which manifests through living

bodies, and that by complying with the laws and principles by which it is governed,

we can open ourselves to a more abundant inflow of this vital energy, and thus

express the highest possible degree of mental, moral, and spiritual efficiency.

This part tells of a very simple way of developing this vital force. If you put

into practice the information outlined in this lesson you will soon develop the

sense of power which has ever been the distinguishing mark of genius.


1. The search for truth is no longer a haphazard adventure, but it is a systematic

process, and is logical in its operation. Every kind of experience is given a voice

in shaping its decision.

2. In seeking the truth we are seeking ultimate cause; we know that every human

experience is an effect; then if we may ascertain the cause, and if we shall find

that this cause is one which we can consciously control, the effect or the

experience will be within our control also.

3. Human experience will then no longer be the football of fate; a man will not be

the child of fortune, but destiny. Fate and fortune will be controlled as readily

as a captain controls his ship, or an engineer his train.

4. All things are finally resolvable into the same element and as they are thus

translatable, one into the other, they must ever be in relation and may never be in

opposition to one another.

5. In the physical world there are innumerable contrasts, and these may for

convenience sake, be designated by distinctive names. There are sizes, colors,

shades or ends to all things. There is a North Pole, and a South Pole, an inside

and an outside, a seen and an unseen, but these expressions merely serve to place

extremes in contrast.

6. They are names given to two different parts of one quantity. The two extremes

are relative; they are not separate entities, but are two parts or aspects of the


7. In the mental world we find the same law; we speak of knowledge and ignorance,

but ignorance is but a lack of knowledge and is therefore found to be simply a word

to express the absence of knowledge; it has no principle in itself.

8. In the Moral World we again find the same law; we speak of good and evil, but

Good is a reality, something tangible, while Evil is found to be simply a negative

condition, the absence of Good. Evil is sometimes thought to be a very real

condition, but it has no principle, no vitality, no life; we know this because it

can always be destroyed by Good; just as Truth destroys Error and light destroys

darkness, so Evil vanishes when Good appears; there is therefore but one principle

in the Moral World.

9. We find exactly the same law obtaining in the Spiritual world; we speak of Mind

and Matter as two separate entities, but clearer insight makes it evident that

there is but one operative principle and that is Mind.

10. Mind is the real and the eternal. Matter is forever changing; we know that in

the eons of time a hundred years is but as a day. If we stand in any large city and

let the eye rest on the innumerable large and magnificent buildings, the vast array

of conveniences of modern civilization, we may remember that not one of them was

there just over a century ago, and if we could stand on the same spot in a hundred

years from now, in all probability we should find that but few of them remained.

11. In the animal kingdom we find the same law of change. The millions and millions

of animals come and go, a few years constituting their span of life. In the plant

world the change is still more rapid. Many plants and nearly all grasses come and

go in a single year. When we pass to the inorganic, we expect to find something

more substantial, but as we gaze on the apparently solid continent, we are told

that it arose from the ocean; we see the giant mountain and are told that the place

where it now stands was once a lake; and as we stand in awe before the great cliffs

in the Yosemite Valley we can easily trace the path of the glaciers which carried

all before them.

12. We are in the presence of continual change, and we know that this change is but

the evolution of the Universal Mind, the grand process whereby all things are

continually being created anew, and we come to know that matter is but a form which

Mind takes and is therefore simply a condition. Matter has no principle; Mind is

the only principle.

13. We have then come to know that Mind is the only principle which is operative in

the physical, mental, moral and spiritual world.

14. We also know that this mind is static, mind at rest, we also know that the

ability of the individual to think is his ability to act upon the Universal Mind

and convert it into dynamic mind, or mind in motion.

15. In order to do this fuel must be applied in the form of food, for man cannot

think without eating, and so we find that even a spiritual activity such as

thinking cannot be converted into sources of pleasure and profit except by making

use of material means.

16. It requires energy of some kind to collect electricity and convert it into a

dynamic power, it requires the rays of the sun to give the necessary energy to

sustain plant life, so it also requires energy in the form of food to enable the

individual to think and thereby act upon the Universal Mind.

17. You may know that thought constantly, eternally is taking form, is forever

seeking expression, or you may not, but the fact remains that if your thought is

powerful, constructive, and positive, this will be plainly evident in the state of

your health, your business and your environment; if your thought is weak, critical,

destructive and negative generally, it will manifest in your body as fear, worry

and nervousness, in your finance as lack and limitation, and in discordant

conditions in your environment.

18. All wealth is the offspring of power; possessions are of value only as they

confer power. Events are significant only as they affect power; all things

represent certain forms and degrees of power.

19. A knowledge of cause and effect as shown by the laws governing steam,

electricity, chemical affinity and gravitation enables men to plan courageously and

to execute fearlessly. These laws are called Natural Laws, because they govern the

physical world, but all power is not physical power; there is also mental power,

and there is moral and spiritual power.

20. What are our schools, our universities, but mental powerhouses, places where

mental power is being developed?

21. As there are many mighty powerhouses for the application of power to ponderous

machinery, whereby raw material is collected and converted into the necessities and

comforts of life, so the mental powerhouses collect the raw material and cultivate

and develop it into a power which is infinitely superior to all the forces of

nature, marvelous though they may be.

22. What is this raw material which is being collected in these thousands of mental

powerhouses all over the world and developed into a power which is evidently

controlling every other power? In its static form it is Mind – in its dynamic form,

it is Thought.

23. This power is superior because it exists on a higher plane, because it has

enabled man to discover the law by which these wonderful forces of Nature could be

harnessed and made to do the work of hundreds and thousands of men. It has enabled

man to discover laws whereby time and space have been annihilated, and the law of

gravitation overcome.

24. Thought is the vital force or energy which is being developed and which has

produced such startling results in the last half century as to bring about a world

which would be absolutely inconceivable to a man existing only 50 or 25 years ago.

If such results have been secured by organizing these mental powerhouses in 50

years, what may not be expected in another 50 years?

25. The substance from which all things are created is infinite in quantity; we

know that light travels at the rate of 186,000 miles per second, and we know that

there are stars so remote that it takes light 2,000 years to reach us, and we know

that such stars exist in all parts of the heaven; we know, too, that this light

comes in waves, so that if the ether on which these waves travel was not continuous

the light would fail to reach us; we can then only come to the conclusion that this

substance, or ether, or raw material, is universally present.

26. How, then, does it manifest in form? In electrical science a battery is formed

by connecting the opposite poles of zinc and copper, which causes a current to flow

from one to the other and so provides energy. This same process is repeated in

respect to every polarity, and as all form simply depends upon the rate of

vibration and consequent relations of atoms to each other, if we wish to change the

form of manifestation we must change the polarity. This is the principle of


27. For your exercise this week, concentrate, and when I use the word concentrate,

I mean all that the word implies; become so absorbed in the object of your thought

that you are conscious of nothing else, and do this a few minutes every day. You

take the necessary time to eat in order that the body may be nourished, why not

take the time to assimilate your mental food?

28. Let the thought rest on the fact that appearances are deceptive. The earth is

not flat, neither is it stationary; the sky is not a dome, the sun does not move,

the stars are not small specks of light, and matter which was once supposed to be

fixed has been found to be in a state of perpetual flux.

29. Try to realize that the day is fast approaching — its dawn is now at hand —

when modes of thought and action must be adjusted to rapidly increasing knowledge

of the operation of eternal principles.

“Silent thought, is, after all, the mightiest agent in human affairs.”


Master Key System

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