In this Part you will find that you may freely choose what you think but the result
of your thought is governed by an immutable law! Is not this a wonderful thought?
Is it not wonderful to know that our lives are not subject to caprice or
variability of any kind? That they are governed by law. This stability is our
opportunity, because by complying with the law we can secure the desired effect
with invariable precision.
It is the Law which makes the Universe one grand paean of Harmony. If it were not
for law, the Universe would be a Chaos instead of a Cosmos.
Here, then, is the secret of the origin of both good and evil, this is all the good
and evil there ever was or ever will be.
Let me illustrate. Thought results in action, if your thought is constructive and
harmonious, the result will be good; if your thought is destructive or
inharmonious, the result will be evil.
There is therefore but one law, one principle, on cause, one Source of Power, and
good and evil are simply words which have been coined to indicate the result of our
action, or our compliance or non-compliance with this law.
The importance of this is well illustrated in the lives of Emerson and Carlyle.
Emerson loved the good and his life was a symphony of peace and harmony, Carlyle
hated the bad, and his life was a record of perpetual discord and inharmony.
Here we have two grand men, each intent upon achieving the same ideal, but one
makes use of constructive thought and is therefore in harmony with Natural Law, the
other makes use of destructive thought and therefore brings upon himself discord of
every kind and character.
It is evident therefore that we are to hate nothing, not even the “bad,” because
hatred is destructive, and we shall soon find that by entertaining destructive
thought we are sowing the “wind” and in turn shall reap the “whirlwind.”
1. Thought contains a vital principle, because it is the creative principle of the
Universe and by its nature will combine with other similar thoughts.
2. As the one purpose of life is growth, all principles underlying existence must
contribute to give it effect. Thought, therefore, takes form and the law of growth
eventually brings it into manifestation.
3. You may freely choose what you think, but the result of your thought is governed
by an immutable law. Any line of thought persisted in cannot fail to produce its
result in the character, health and circumstances of the individual. Methods
whereby we can substitute habits of constructive thinking for those which we have
found produce only undesirable effects are therefore of primary importance.
4. We all know that this is by no means easy. Mental habits are difficult to
control, but it can be done and the way to do it is to begin at once to substitute
constructive thought for destructive thought. Form the habit of analyzing every
thought. If it is necessary, if its manifestation in the objective will be a
benefit, not only to yourself, but to all whom it may affect in any way, keep it;
treasure it; it is of value; it is in tune with the Infinite; it will grow and
develop and produce fruit an hundred fold. On the other hand, it will be well for
you to keep this quotation from George Matthews Adams, in mind, “Learn to keep the
door shut, keep out of your mind, out of your office, and out of your world, every
element that seeks admittance with no definite helpful end in view.”
5. If your thought has been critical or destructive, and has resulted in any
condition of discord or inharmony in your environment, it may be necessary for you
to cultivate a mental attitude which will be conducive to constructive thought.
6. The imagination will be found to be a great assistance in this direction; the
cultivation of the imagination leads to the development of the ideal out of which
your future will emerge.
7. The imagination gathers up the material by which the Mind weaves the fabric in
which your future is to be clothed.
8. Imagination is the light by which we can penetrate new worlds of thought and
9. Imagination is the mighty instrument by which every discoverer, every inventor,
opened the way from precedent to experience. Precedent said, “It cannot be done;”
experience said, “It is done.”
10. Imagination is a plastic power, molding the things of sense into new forms and
11. Imagination is the constructive form of thought which must precede every
constructive form of action.
12. A builder cannot build a structure of any kind until he has first received the
plans from the architect, and the architect must get them from his imagination.
13. The Captain of Industry cannot build a giant corporation which may coordinate
hundreds of smaller corporations and thousands of employees, and utilize millions
of dollars of capital until he has first created the entire work in his
imagination. Objects in the material world are as clay in the potter’s hand; it is
in the Master Mind that the real things are created, and it is by the use of the
imagination that the work is done. In order to cultivate the imagination it must be
exercised. Exercise is necessary to cultivate mental muscle as well as physical
muscle. It must be supplied with nourishment or it cannot grow.
14. Do not confuse Imagination with Fancy, or that form of daydreaming in which
some people like to indulge. Daydreaming is a form of mental dissipation which may
lead to mental disaster.
15. Constructive imagination means mental labor, by some considered to be the
hardest kind of labor, but, if so, it yields the greatest returns, for all the
great things in life have come to men and women who had the capacity to think, to
imagine, and to make their dreams come true.
16. When you have become thoroughly conscious of the fact that Mind is the only
creative principle, that it is Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent, and that you
can consciously come into harmony with this Omnipotence through your power of
thought, you will have taken a long step in the right direction.
17. The next step is to place yourself in position to receive this power. As it is
Omnipresent, it must be within you. We know that this is so because we know that
all power is from within, but it must be developed, unfolded, cultivated; in order
to do this we must be receptive, and this receptivity is acquired just as physical
strength is gained, by exercise.
18. The law of attraction will certainly and unerringly bring to you the
conditions, environment, and experiences in life, corresponding with your habitual,
characteristic, predominant mental attitude. Not what you think once in a while
when you are in church, or have just read a good book, BUT your predominant mental
attitude is what counts.
19. You can not entertain weak, harmful, negative thoughts ten hours a day and
expect to bring about beautiful, strong and harmonious conditions by ten minutes of
strong, positive, creative thought.
20. Real power comes from within. All power that anybody can possibly use is within
man, only waiting to be brought into visibility by his first recognizing it, and
then affirming it as his, working it into his consciousness until he becomes one
21. People say that they desire abundant life, and so they do, but so many
interpret this to mean that if they will exercise their muscles or breathe
scientifically, eat certain foods in certain ways, drink so many glasses of water
every day of just a certain temperature, keep out of drafts, they will attain the
abundant life they seek. The result of such methods is but indifferent. However,
when man awakens to the truth, and affirms his oneness with all Life, he finds that
he takes on the clear eye, the elastic step, the vigor of youth; he finds that he
has discovered the source of all power.
22. All mistakes are but the mistakes of ignorance. Knowledge gaining and
consequent power is what determines growth and evolution. The recognition and
demonstration of knowledge is what constitutes power, and this power is spiritual
power, and this spiritual power is the power which lies at the heart of all things;
it is the soul of the universe.
23. This knowledge is the result of man’s ability to think; thought is therefore
the germ of man’s conscious evolution. When man ceases to advance in his thoughts
and ideals, his forces immediately begin to disintegrate and his countenance
gradually registers these changing conditions.
24. Successful men make it their business to hold ideals of the conditions which
they wish to realize. They constantly hold in mind the next step necessary to the
ideal for which they are striving. Thoughts are the materials with which they
build, and the imagination is their mental workshop. Mind is the ever-moving force
with which they secure the persons and circumstance necessary to build their
success structure, and imagination is the matrix in which all great things are
25. If you have been faithful to your ideal, you will hear the call when
circumstances are ready to materialize your plans and results will correspond in
the exact ratio of your fidelity to your ideal. The ideal steadily held is what
pre-determines and attracts the necessary conditions for its fulfillment.
26. It is thus that you may weave a garment of spirit and power into the web of
your entire existence; it is thus that you may lead a charmed life and be forever
protected from all harm; it is thus that you may become a positive force whereby
conditions of opulence and harmony may be attracted to you.
27. This is the leaven which is gradually permeating the general consciousness and
is largely responsible for the conditions of unrest which are everywhere evident.
28. In the last Part you created a mental image, you brought it from the invisible
into the visible; this week I want you to take an object and follow it back to its
origination, see of what it really consists. If you do this you will develop
imagination, insight, perception, and sagacity. These come not by the superficial
observation of the multitude, but by a keen analytical observation which sees below
29. It is the few who know that the things which they see are only effects, and
understand the causes by which these effects were brought into existence.
30. Take the same position as heretofore and visualize a Battleship; see the grim
monster floating on the surface of the water; there appears to be no life anywhere
about; all is silence; you know that by far the largest part of the vessel is under
water; out of sight; you know that the ship is as large and as heavy as a
skyscraper; you know that there are hundreds of men ready to spring to their
appointed task instantly; you know that every department is in charge of able,
trained, skilled officials who have proven themselves competent to take charge of
this marvelous piece of mechanism;
you know that although it lies apparently oblivious to everything else, it has
eyes which see everything for miles around, and nothing is permitted to escape its
watchful vision; you know that while it appears quiet, submissive and innocent, it
is prepared to hurl a steel projectile weighing thousands of pounds at an enemy
many miles away; this and much more you can bring to mind with comparatively no
effort whatever. But how did the battleship come to be where it is; how did it come
into existence in the first place? All of this you want to know if you are a
31. Follow the great steel plates through the foundries, see the thousands of men
employed in their production; go still further back, and see the ore as it comes
from the mine, see it loaded on barges or cars, see it melted and properly treated;
go back still further and see the architect and engineers who planned the vessel;
let the thought carry you back still further in order to determine why they planned
the vessel; you will see that you are now so far back that the vessel is something
intangible, it no longer exists, it is now only a thought existing in the brain of
but from where did the order come to plan the vessel? Probably from the
Secretary of Defense; but probably this vessel was planned long before the war was
thought of, and that Congress had to pass a bill appropriating the money; possibly
there was opposition, and speeches for or against the bill. Whom do these
Congressmen represent? They represent you and me, so that our line of thought
begins with the Battleship and ends with ourselves, and we find in the last
analysis that our own thought is responsible for this and many other things, of
which we seldom think, and a little further reflection will develop the most
important fact of all and that is, if someone had not discovered the law by which
this tremendous mass of steel and iron could be made to float upon the water,
instead of immediately going to the bottom, the battleship could not have come into
existence at all.
32. This law is that, “the specific gravity of any substance is the weight of any
volume of it, compared with an equal volume of water.” The discovery of this law
revolutionized every kind of ocean travel, commerce and warfare, and made the
existence of the battleship, aircraft carriers, and cruise ships possible.
33. You will find exercises of this kind invaluable. When the thought has been
trained to look below the surface everything takes on a different appearance, the
insignificant becomes significant, the uninteresting interesting; the things which
we supposed to be of no importance are seen to be the only really vital things in
“Look To This Day For it is Life, the very Life of Life. In Its brief
course lie all the Verities and Realities of your existence; The Bliss of Growth;
The Glory of Action; The Splendor of Beauty; For Yesterday is but a Dream, And
tomorrow is only a Vision: But Today well lived makes every Yesterday a Dream of
Happiness, and Every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope. Look well, therefore, to This Day!
From the Sanskrit
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