Our difficulties are largely due to confused ideas and ignorance of our true
interests. The great task is to discover the laws of nature to which we are to
adjust ourselves. Clear thinking and moral insight are, therefore, of incalculable
value. All processes, even those of thought, rest on solid foundations.
The keener the sensibilities, the more acute the judgment, the more delicate the
taste, the more refined the moral feelings, the more subtle the intelligence, the
loftier the aspiration — the purer and more intense are the gratifications which
existence yields. Hence it is that the study of the best that has been thought in
the world gives supreme pleasure.
The powers, uses and possibilities of the mind under the new interpretations are
incomparably more wonderful that the most extravagant accomplishment, or even
dreams of material progress.
Thought is energy. Active thought is active energy; concentrated thought is a
concentrated energy. Thought concentrated on a definite purpose becomes power. This
is the power which is being used by those who do not believe in the virtue of
poverty, or the beauty of self-denial. They perceive that this is the talk of
The ability to receive and manifest this power depends upon the ability to
recognize the Infinite Energy ever dwelling in man, constantly creating and
recreating his body and mind, and ready at any moment to manifest through him in
any needful manner. In exact proportion to the recognition of this truth will be
the manifestation in the outer life of the individual.
Part Two explains the method by which this is accomplished.
1. The operations of the mind are produced by two parallel modes of activity, the
one conscious, and the other subconscious. Professor Davidson says: “He who thinks
to illuminate the whole range of mental action by the light of his own
consciousness is not unlike the one who should go about to illuminate the universe
with a rushlight.”
2. The subconscious’ logical processes are carried on with a certainty and
regularity which would be impossible if there existed the possibility of error. Our
mind is so designed that it prepares for us the most important foundations of
cognition, whilst we have not the slightest apprehension of the modus operandi.
3. The subconscious soul, like a benevolent stranger, works and makes provision for
our benefit, pouring only the mature fruit into our lap; thus ultimate analysis of
thought processes shows that the subconscious is the theatre of the most important
4. It is through the subconscious that Shakespeare must have perceived, without
effort, great truths which are hidden from the conscious mind of the student; that
Phidias fashioned marble and bronze; that Raphael painted Madonnas and Beethoven
5. Ease and perfection depend entirely upon the degree in which we cease to depend
upon the consciousness; playing the piano, skating, operating the typewriter, the
skilled trades, depend for their perfect execution on the process of the
mind. The marvel of playing a brilliant piece on the piano, while at the
same time conducting a vigorous conversation, shows the greatness of our
6. We are all aware how dependent we are upon the subconscious, and the greater,
the nobler, the more brilliant our thoughts are, the more it is obvious to
ourselves that the origin lies beyond our ken. We find ourselves endowed with tact,
instinct, sense of the beautiful in art, music, etc., or whose origin or dwelling
place we are wholly unconscious.
7. The value of the subconscious is enormous; it inspires us; it warns us; it
furnishes us with names, facts and scenes from the storehouse of memory. It directs
our thoughts, tastes, and accomplishes tasks so intricate that no conscious mind,
even if it had the power, has the capacity for.
8. We can walk at will; we can raise the arm whenever we choose to do so; we can
give our attention through eye or ear to any subject at pleasure. On the other
hand, we cannot stop our heartbeats nor the circulation of the blood, nor the
growth of stature, nor the formation of nerve and muscle tissue, nor the building
of the bones, nor many other important vital processes.
9. If we compare these two sets of action, the one decreed by the will of the
moment, and the other proceeding in majestic, rhythmic course, subject to no
vascillation, but constant at every moment, we stand in awe of the latter, and ask
to have the mystery explained. We see at once that these are the vital processes of
our physical life, and we can not avoid the inference that these all-important
functions are designedly withdrawn from the domain of our outward will with its
variations and transitions, and placed under the direction of a permanent and
dependable power within us.
10. Of these two powers, the outward and changeable has been termed the “Conscious
Mind,” or the “Objective Mind” (dealing with outward objects). The interior power
is called the “Subconscious Mind,” or the “Subjective Mind,” and besides its work
on the mental plane it controls the regular functions which make physical life
11. It is necessary to have a clear understanding of their respective functions on
the mental plane, as well as of certain other basic principles. Perceiving and
operating through the five physical senses, the conscious mind deals with the
impressions and objects of the outward life.
12. It has the faculty of discrimination, carrying with it the responsibility of
choice. It has the power of reasoning – whether inductive, deductive, analytical or
syllogistic – and this power may be developed to a high degree. It is the seat of
the will with all the energies that flow therefrom.
13. Not only can it impress other minds, but it can direct the subconscious mind.
In this way the conscious mind becomes the responsible ruler and guardian of the
subconscious mind. It is this high function which can completely reverse conditions
in your life.
14. It is often true that conditions of fear, worry, poverty, disease, inharmony
and evils of all kinds dominate us by reason of false suggestions accepted by the
unguarded subconscious mind. All this the trained conscious mind can entirely
prevent by its vigilant protective action. It may properly be called “the watchman
at the gate” of the great subconscious domain.
15. One writer has expressed the chief distinction between the two phases of mind
thus: “Conscious mind is reasoning will. Subconscious mind is instinctive desire,
the result of past reasoning will.”
16. The subconscious mind draws just and accurate inferences from premises
furnished from outside sources. Where the premise is true, the subconscious mind
reaches a faultless conclusion, but, where the premise or suggestion is an error,
the whole structure falls. The subconscious mind does not engage in the process of
proving. It relies upon the conscious mind, “the watchman at the gate,” to guard it
from mistaken impressions.
17. Receiving any suggestions as true, the subconscious mind at once proceeds to
act thereon in the whole domain of its tremendous field of work. The conscious mind
can suggest either truth or error. If the latter, it is at the cost of widereaching
peril to the whole being.
18. The conscious mind ought to be on duty during every waking hour. When the
“watchman” is “off guard,” or when its calm judgment is suspended, under a variety
of circumstances, then the subconscious mind is unguarded and left open to
suggestion from all sources. During the wild excitement of panic, or during the
height of anger, or the impulses of the irresponsible mob, or at any other time of
unrestrained passion, the conditions are most dangerous. The subconscious mind is
then open to the suggestion of fear, hatred, selfishness, greed, self-depreciation
and other negative forces, derived from surrounding persons or circumstances. The
result is usually unwholesome in the extreme, with effects that may endure to
distress it for a long time. Hence, the great importance of guarding the
subconscious mind from false impressions.
19. The subconscious mind perceives by intuition. Hence, its processes are rapid.
It does not wait for the slow methods of conscious reasoning. In fact, it can not
20. The subconscious mind never sleeps, never rests, any more than does your heart,
or your blood. It has been found that by plainly stating to the subconscious mind
certain specific things to be accomplished, forces are set in operation that lead
to the result desired. Here, then, is a source of power which places us in touch
with Omnipotence. Here in is a deep principle which is well worth our most earnest
21. The operation of this law is interesting. Those who put it into operation find
that when they go out to meet the person with whom they anticipate a difficult
interview, something has been there before them and dissolved the supposed
differences; everything is changed; all is harmonious; they find that when some
difficult business problem presents itself they can afford to make delay and
something suggests the proper solution; everything is properly arranged; in fact,
those who have learned to trust the subconscious find that they have infinite
resources at their command.
22. The subconscious mind is the seat of our principles and our aspirations. It is
the fount of our artistic and altruistic ideals. These instincts can only be
overthrown by an elaborate and gradual process of undermining the innate
23. The subconscious mind cannot argue controversially. Hence, if it has accepted
wrong suggestions, the sure method of overcoming them is by the use of a strong
counter suggestion, frequently repeated, which the mind must accept, thus
eventually forming new and healthy habits of thought and life, for the subconscious
mind is the seat of Habit. That which we do over and over becomes mechanical; it is
no longer an act of judgment, but has worn its deep grooves in the subconscious
mind. This is favorable for us if the habit be wholesome and right. If it be
harmful, and wrong, the remedy is to recognize the omnipotence of the subconscious
mind and suggest present actual freedom. The subconscious being creative and one
with our divine source will at once create the freedom suggested.
24. To sum up: The normal functions of the subconscious on the physical side have
to do with the regular and vital processes, with the preservation of life and the
restoration of health; with the care of offspring, which includes an instinctive
desire to preserve all life and improve conditions generally.
25. On the mental side, it is the storehouse of memory; it harbors the wonderful
thought messengers, who work, unhampered by time or space; it is the fountain of
the practical initiative and constructive forces of life: It is the seat of habit.
26. On the spiritual side, it is the source of ideals, of aspiration, of the
imagination, and is the channel through which we recognize our Divine Source, and
in proportion as we recognize this divinity do we come into an understanding of the
source of power.
27. Some one may ask: “How can the subconscious change conditions?” The reply is,
because the subconscious is a part of the Universal Mind and a part must be the
same in kind and quality as the whole; the only difference is one of degree. The
whole, as we know, is creative, in fact, it is the only creator there is,
consequently, we find that mind is creative, and as thought is the only activity
which the mind possesses, thought must necessarily be creative also.
28. But we shall find that there is a vast difference between simply thinking, and
directing our thought consciously, systematically and constructively; when we do
this we place our mind in harmony with the Universal Mind, we come in tune with the
Infinite, we set in operation the mightiest force in existence, the creative power
of the Universal Mind. This, as everything else, is governed by natural law, and
this law is the “Law of Attraction,” which is that Mind is creative, and will
automatically correlate with its object and bring it into manifestation.
29. Last week I gave you an exercise for the purpose of securing control of the
physical body; if you have accomplished this you are ready to advance. This time
you will begin to control your thought. Always take the same room, the same chair,
and the same position, if possible. In some cases it is not convenient to take the
same room, in this case simply make the best use of such conditions as may be
available. Now be perfectly still as before, but inhibit all thought; this will
give you control over all thoughts of care, worry and fear, and will enable you to
entertain only the kind of thoughts you desire. Continue this exercise until you
gain complete mastery.
30. You will not be able to do this for more than a few moments at a time, but the
exercise is valuable, because it will be a very practical demonstration of the
great number of thoughts which are constantly trying to gain access to your mental
31. Next week you will receive instructions for an exercise which may be a little
more interesting, but it is necessary that you master this one first.
“Cause and effect is as absolute and undeviating in the hidden realm of
thought as in the world of visible and material things. Mind is the master weaver,
both of the interior garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance”
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