PART 03

PART THREE

You have found that the Individual may act on the Universal, and that the result of

this action and interaction is cause and effect. Thought, therefore, is the cause,

and the experiences with which you meet in life are the effect.

Eliminate, therefore, any possible tendency to complain of conditions as they have

been, or as they are, because it rests with you to change them and make them what

you would like them to be.

Direct your effort to a realization of the mental resources, always at your

command, from which all real and lasting power comes.

Persist in this practice until you come to a realization of the fact that there can

be no failure in the accomplishment of any proper object in life if you but

understand your power and persist in your object, because the mind-forces are ever

ready to lend themselves to a purposeful will, in the effort to crystallize thought

and desire into actions, events and conditions.

Whereas in the beginning of each function of life and each action is the result of

conscious thought, the habitual actions become automatic and the thought that

controls them passes into the realm of the subconscious; yet it is just as

intelligent as before. It is necessary that it become automatic, or subconscious,

in order that the self-conscious mind may attend to other things. The new actions

will, however, in their turn, be come habitual, then automatic, then subconscious

in order that the mind again may be freed from this detail and advanced to still

other activities.

When you realize this, you will have found a source of power which will enable you

to take care of any situation in life which may develop.

PART THREE

1. The necessary interaction of the conscious and subconscious mind requires a

similar interaction between the corresponding systems of nerves. Judge Troward

indicates the very beautiful method in which this interaction is effected. He says:

The cerebro-spinal system is the organ of the conscious mind and the sympathetic is

the organ of the subconscious. The cerebro-spinal is the channel through which we

receive conscious perception from the physical senses and exercise control over the

movements of the body. This system of nerves has its centre in the brain.

2. The Sympathetic System has its centre in a ganglionic mass at the back of the

stomach known as the Solar Plexus, and is the channel of that mental action which

unconsciously supports the vital functions of the body.

3. The connection between the two systems is made by the vagus nerve which passes

out of the cerebral region as a portion of the voluntary system to the thorax,

sending out branches to the heart and lungs, and finally passing through the

diaphragm, it loses its outer coating and becomes identified with the nerves of the

Sympathetic System, so forming a connecting link between the two and making man

physically a “single entity”.

4. We have seen that every thought is received by the brain, which is the organ of

the conscious; it is here subjected to our power of reasoning. When the objective

mind has been satisfied that the thought is true it is sent to the Solar Plexus, or

the brain of the subjective mind, to be made into our flesh, to be brought forth

into the world as reality. It is then no longer susceptible to any argument

whatever. The subconscious mind cannot argue; it only acts. It accepts the

conclusions of the objective mind as final.

5. The Solar Plexus has been likened to the sun of the body, because it is a

central point of distribution for the energy which the body is constantly

generating. This energy is very real energy, and this sun is a very real sun, and

the energy is being distributed by very real nerves to all parts of the body, and

is thrown off in an atmosphere which envelopes the body.

6. If this radiation is sufficiently strong the person is called magnetic; he is

said to be filled with personal magnetism. Such a person may wield an immense power

for good. His presence alone will often bring comfort to the troubled minds with

which he comes in contact.

7. When the Solar Plexus is in active operation and is radiating life, energy and

vitality to every part of the body, and to every one whom he meets, the sensations

are pleasant, the body is filled with health and all with whom he comes in contact

experience a pleasant sensation.

8. If there is any interruption of this radiation the sensations are unpleasant,

the flow of life and energy to some part of the body is stopped, and this is the

cause of every ill to the human race, physical, mental or environmental.

9. Physical because the sun of the body is no longer generating sufficient energy

to vitalize some part of the body; mental because the conscious mind is dependent

upon the subconscious mind for the vitality necessary to support its thought, and

environmental, because the connection between the subconscious mind and the

Universal mind, is being interrupted.

10. The Solar Plexus is the point at which the part meets with the whole, where the

finite becomes Infinite, where the Uncreate becomes create, the Universal becomes

individualized, the Invisible becomes visible. It is the point at which life

appears and there is no limit to the amount of life an individual may generate from

this Solar centre.

11. This centre of energy is Omnipotent because it is the point of contact with all

life and all intelligence. It can therefore accomplish whatever it is directed to

accomplish, and herein lies the power of the conscious mind; the subconscious can

and will carry out such plans and ideas as may be suggested to it by the conscious

mind.

12. Conscious thought, then, is master of this sun centre from which the life and

energy of the entire body flows and the quality of the thought which we entertain

determines the quality of the thought which this sun will radiate, and the

character of the thought which our conscious mind entertains will determine the

character of the thought which this sun will radiate, and the nature of the thought

which our conscious mind entertains will determine the nature of thought which this

sun will radiate, and consequently will determine the nature of the experience

which will result.

13. It is evident, therefore, that all we have to do is let our light shine; the

more energy we can radiate, the more rapidly shall we be enabled to transmute

undesirable conditions into sources of pleasure and profit. The important question,

then, is how to let this light shine; how to generate this energy.

14. Non-resistant thought expands the Solar Plexus; resistant thought contracts it.

Pleasant thought expands it; unpleasant thought contracts it. Thoughts of courage,

power, confidence and hope all produce a corresponding state, but the one arch

enemy of the Solar Plexus which must be absolutely destroyed before there is any

possibility of letting any light shine is fear. This enemy must be completely

destroyed; he must be eliminated; he must be expelled forever; he is the cloud

which hides the sun; which causes a perpetual gloom.

15. It is this personal devil which makes men fear the past, the present and the

future; fear themselves, their friends and their enemies; fear everything and

everybody. When fear is effectually and completely destroyed, your light will

shine, the clouds will disperse and you will have found the source of power, energy

and life.

16. When you find that you are really one with the Infinite power, and when you can

consciously realize this power by a practical demonstration of your ability to

overcome any adverse condition by the power of your thought, you will have nothing

to fear; fear will have been destroyed and you will have come into possession of

your birthright.

17. It is our attitude of mind toward life which determines the experiences with

which we are to meet; if we expect nothing, we shall have nothing; if we demand

much, we shall receive the greater portion. The world is harsh only as we fail to

assert ourselves. The criticism of the world is bitter only to those who cannot

compel room for their ideas. It is fear of this criticism that causes many ideas to

fail to see the light of day.

18. But the man who knows that he has a Solar Plexus will not fear criticism or

anything else; he will be too busy radiating courage, confidence, and power; he

will anticipate success by his mental attitude; he will pound barriers to pieces,

and leap over the chasm of doubt and hesitation which fear places in his path.

19. A knowledge of our ability to consciously radiate health, strength and harmony

will bring us into a realization that there is nothing to fear because we are in

touch with Infinite Strength.

20. This knowledge can be gained only by making practical application of this

information. We learn by doing; through practice the athlete comes powerful.

21. As the following statement is of considerable importance, I will put it in

several ways, so that you cannot fail to get the full significance of it. If you

are religiously inclined, I would say, you can let your light shine. If your mind

has a bias toward physical science, I would say you can wake the Solar Plexus; or,

if you prefer the strictly scientific interpretation, I will say that you can

impress your subconscious mind.

22. I have already told you what the result of this impression will be. It is the

method in which you are now interested. You have already learned that the

subconscious is intelligent and that it is creative, and responsive to the will of

the conscious mind. What, then, is the most natural way of making the desired

impression? Mentally concentrate on the object of your desire; when you are

concentrating you are impressing the subconscious.

23. This is not the only way, but it is a simple and effective way, and the most

direct way, and consequently the way in which the best results are secured. It is

the method which is producing such extraordinary results that many think that

miracles are being accomplished.

24. It is the method by which every great inventor, every great financier, every

great statesman has been enabled to convert the subtle and invisible force of

desire, faith and confidence into actual, tangible, concrete facts in the objective

world.

25. The subconscious mind is a part of the Universal mind. The Universal is the

creative principle of the Universe, a part must be the same in kind and quality as

the whole. This means that this creative power is absolutely unlimited; it is not

bound by precedent of any kind, and consequently has no prior existing pattern by

which to apply its constructive principle.

26. We have found that the subconscious mind is responsive to our conscious will,

which means that the unlimited creative power of the Universal Mind is within

control of the conscious mind of the individual.

27. When making a practical application of this principle, in accordance with the

exercises given in the subsequent lessons, it is well to remember that it is not

necessary to outline the method by which the subconscious will produce the results

you desire. The finite cannot inform the Infinite. You are simply to say what you

desire, not how you are to obtain it.

28. You are the channel by which the undifferentiated is being differentiated, and

this differentiation is being accomplished by appropriation. It only requires

recognition to set causes in motion which will bring about results in accordance

with your desire, and this is accomplished because the Universal can act only

through the individual, and the individual can act only through the Universal; they

are one.

29. For your exercise this week, I will ask you to go one step further. I want you

to not only be perfectly still, and inhibit all thought as far as possible, but

relax, let go, let the muscles take their normal condition; this will remove all

pressure from the nerves, and eliminate that tension which so frequently produces

physical exhaustion.

30. Physical relaxation is a voluntary exercise of the will and the exercise will

be found to be of great value, as it enables the blood to circulate freely to and

from the brain and body.

31. Tensions leads to mental unrest and abnormal mental activity of the mind; it

produces worry, care, fear and anxiety. Relaxation is therefore an absolute

necessity in order to allow the mental faculties to exercise the greatest freedom.

32. Make this exercise as thorough and complete as possible, mentally determine

that you will relax every muscle and nerve, until you feel quiet and restful and at

peace with yourself and the world.

33. The Solar Plexus will then be ready to function and you will be surprised at

the result.

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