How much do I want to read more? 7/10
Yes, this book may sound irrational, and yes it may look old, but in a good way, and pushes to read for more.
The author is given credit by is scientific approach, he read thousands of books, made a fortune in business, met lots of people during his lifetime, and had an obsession about this mere idea that mind power can trigger unexpected results that man's eyes can't see, and man's rational can't understand, yet it feels real. And in the end, it becomes real.
Reading more, it even gets better. I underline most of the book like with good classics. Each sentence becomes a hammer to get that idea nailed down inside of me. I get caught by surprise, convinced that those are of uttermost importance, like a secret whispered that will change my life forever.
1 - How I Came to Tap the Power of Belief
IS THERE some force, or factor, or power, or science – cal it what you will – which a few people understand and use to overcome their difficulties and achieve outstanding success?
I firmly believe that there is, and it is my purpose in this book to try to explain it so that you can use it if you desire.
I am now convinced that any intelligent person who is sincere with themselves can reach any heights they truly and honestly desire.
the woman told me "You have a duty to give to the men and women who seek places for themselves in the world. Everyone of ambition wants to get ahead, and you have amply demonstrated that you have something that wil help anyone."
this work is written also to help develop individual thinking and doing.
I have read literally thousands of books on modern psychology, metaphysics, ancient magic, Voodoo, Yoga, Theosophy, Christian Science, Unity, Truth, New Thought, Coueism, and many others dealing with what I call “Mind Stuff,” as wel as the philosophies and teachings of great masters of the past.
Gradually I discovered that a golden thread runs through all the teachings and makes them work for those who sincerely accept and apply them, and that thread can be named in the single word – belief.
It is this same element or factor – belief – that causes people to be cured through mental healing, enables others to climb high the ladder of success, and gets phenomenal results for all who accept it. Why belief works miracles is something that cannot be satisfactorily explained; but have no doubt that there’s genuine magic in believing. “The magic of believing” became a phrase around which my thoughts steadily revolved.
The science of thought is as old as man himself. The wise men of all ages have known it and used it. The only thing I have done is to put the subject in modern language and bring to the reader’s attention what some of today’s outstanding minds are doing to substantiate the great truths that have come down through the centuries.
Fortunately for the world, people are coming to the realization that there is something to this “mind-stuff” after all. I believe that millions of people would like to get a better understanding of it – and prove that it does work.
I grew bitter at having no spending money and no way of getting any. One night enroute to the forward area on a crowded troop train when sleep was out of the question, I made up my mind that on my return to civilian life, I would have a lot of money. The whole pattern of my life was altered at that moment.
On that fateful night in the spring of 1918, when I told myself that some day I would have a lot of money, I did not realize that I was laying the groundwork for a series of causes which would unleash forces that would bring accomplishment. As a matter of fact, the idea never entered my mind that I could develop a fortune with my thinking and believing.
However, the forces I had unconsciously set in motion were already setting the stage for me.
I received a telephone call from the president of a club in which I had been active. He told me to call a prominent man in the investment banking business who had read about my return and had expressed a wish to see me before I resumed newspaper work.
Many people in moments of abstraction or while talking on the telephone engage in doodling – drawing or sketching odd designs and patterns upon paper. My doodling was in the form of dollar signs like these – $ $ $ $ $ – $ $ $ $ – $ $ $ – $ $ – on every paper that came across my desk.
During the past years, I have found that by far the greatest problems bothering most people are financial ones.
He replied, “Sometimes as we go through life, instinctively we get the idea to do this or that. That noon I was sitting in the doorway of my cabin watching the passengers come up the gangplank, and as you came aboard, something told me to seat you at my table. Beyond that I cannot explain, any more than I can explain how I can frequently stop my ship at the right spot at the pier at the first try.”
Belief is the motivating force that enables you to achieve your goal.
It’s the belief or the basic confidence within you that brings outward material results.
The eminent scientist claimed that if the thought is changed in the innermost depths of the unconscious mind, then man will grow a new leg as easily as the crab grows a new claw.
But persistence gives confidence, and continued right mental attitude followed by consistent action will bring success.
When you have that knowing inside you, fear vanishes.
Since the beginning, there have been two great subtle forces in the world – good and evil. Both are terrifically powerful in their respective scopes and cycles. The basic principle operating both is mind power – massed mind power. It is mind power that has built empires, and we have seen how it can be used to destroy them – history has recorded the facts.
If you read this book reflectively, you wil understand how the science can be used with terribly destructive force, as well as for good and constructive results. It is like many natural forces, such as water and fire, which are among men’s greatest benefactors. Yet both can be hideously catastrophic, depending upon whether they are used for constructive or destructive purposes.
Therefore, take great care that you do not misuse the science of “Mind Stuff.” I cannot emphasize this too strongly, for if you employ it for harmful or evil purposes, it wil boomerang and destroy you just as it has others down through the centuries.
2 - Mind-Stuff Experiments
The more we contemplate and study thought, the more we realize what a terrific force it is and how unlimited its powers are.
you are looking at a number of inanimate objects. That is true so far as visual perception is concerned, but you are actualy looking at thoughts or ideas which have come into materialization through the creative work of some human being. It was a thought, first, that created the furniture, fashioned the window glass, gave form to the draperies and coverings.
The automobile, the skyscraper, the great planes that sweep the stratosphere, the sewing machine, the tiny pin, a thousand and one things – yes, millions of objects – where did they come from originally? Only from one source: From that strange force – thought.
Ralph Waldo Emerson declared that the ancestor of every action is thought; when you understand that, you begin to comprehend that our world is governed by thought, and that everything external had its counterpart originally within the mind. It is just as Buddha said many centuries ago: “All that we are is the result of what we have thought.”
Your very life is your thinking – and the result of your thinking processes. Your flesh, bones, and muscles can be reduced to 70 percent
water and a few chemicals of small value, but it is your mind and what you think that makes you what you are. The secret of success lies not outside, but within the thoughts of man.
The very way you walk, the way you carry yourself, your talk, your manner of dress, all reflect your way of thinking. A slovenly carriage is an indication of slovenly thinking, whereas an alert, upright carriage is the outward sign of inward strength and confidence. What you exhibit outwardly, you are inwardly. You are the product of your own thoughts.
What you believe yourself to be, you are.
Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and of all achievement. Without it there would be no medicine, no great museums, no great plays or novels, no modern conveniences – in fact, there would be no advance over life in the most primitive ages.
Your thoughts – those that predominate – determine your character, your career, indeed, your everyday life.
“A man’s thoughts make or break him.”
there can be no action or reaction, either good or bad, without the generating force of thought initiating it.
[quote, The Bible]
“For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap,”
“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so,”
the universe in which we live is a creation of our minds;
Almost since the beginning of the human race, men have been molded by those who knew something of thought’s great power.
men of powerful dynamic thought have always swayed people by appealing to their minds – whether sometimes to lead them into freedom or into slavery.
George Russell, the famous fish editor and poet, was once quoted as saying that we become what we contemplate; and he certainly demonstrated it in his own life by becoming a great writer, lecturer, painter, and poet.
However, it must be kept in mind that many of the thoughts we think are not ours at all, at least not of our own originating.
We are molded by the thoughts of others; by what we hear in conversation, what we read in newspapers, magazines, and books, what we hear in the movies, on TV, and on the radio; even by chance remarks from bystanders.
And these thoughts bombard us constantly.
Some of them, which harmonize with our own inmost thoughts and open the way to greater visions in our life, are helpful. But too often these thoughts are upsetting, weaken our self-confidence, and turn us away from our higher purposes. It is these outside thoughts that are the trouble makers, and later I shall explain how you can keep free of them.
Few people give much thought to the law of cause and effect Much less do they understand the meaning of such axioms as “Everything is within; nothing is without” or “Mind is the source of power.”
“El Dorado, a country rich beyond all precedent in gold and jewels, lies at every man’s door. Your bonanza lies under your feet. Your luck is ready at hand. All is within; nothing is without, though it often appears that men and peoples by dumb luck or avarice or force or overreaching strike upon bonanzas and sail away in fair weather on the sea of prosperity . . . Man individually and collectively is entitled to life in all abundance. It is a most evident fact. Religion and philosophy assert it; history and science prove it. ‘That they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly,’ is the law.
What do you seek? Pay the price and take it away. There is no limit to the supply, but the more precious the thing you seek, the higher the price. For everything we obtain, we must barter the gold of our own spirits.
“Where to find the gold of the All Powerful? One secures the gold of the spirit when he finds himself. When he finds himself, he finds freedom and all riches, achievement, and prosperity. High-sounding talk? No, the most palpable evidence of American history and biography, of all history. The concrete proof is apparent even in current events if we but open our eyes. Nothing substantial, lasting, powerful, or moving was ever accomplished, nor ever can be, except by men [who have discovered] in themselves of the gold of the spirit, which commands dominion, power, and accomplishment.
Men who knew themselves know at once that all material things and ideas have a spiritual counterpart or basis. They see it in money, in credit. The law of supply and demand is not to an awakened man merely an economic principle, but the material manifestation of spiritual law.
“Thomas A. Edison said a few years before he died: ‘Ideas come from space. This may seem astonishing and impossible to believe, but it is true. Ideas come from out of space.’ Surely Edison should have known, for few men ever received or gave forth more ideas . . . Let each man seek the El Dorado within himself. Power is plentiful. The source is inexhaustible. As the Canonical Fathers of the church expressed it, that which is received is according to the measure of the recipient. It is not the power that is lacking, it is the will. When one finds oneself, the wil becomes automatically set toward El Dorado.
“By a full and powerful imagination anything can be brought into concrete form. The great physician, Paracelsus, said: ‘The human spirit is so great a thing that no man can express it; could we rightly comprehend the mind of man, nothing would be impossible to us upon the earth. Through faith, the imagination is invigorated and completed, for it really happens that every doubt mars its perfection.
Faith must strengthen the imagination, for faith establishes the will.’
Faith is personal, individual. Salvation, any way you take it, is personal. Faith comes in the finding of one’s self. This self-finding establishes a clear realization of one’s identity with the eternal.
Self-knowers always dwell in El Dorado; they drink from the fountain of youth and are at all times owners of all they wish to enjoy.”
hard work alone will not bring success.
The world is filled with people who have worked hard but have little to show for it.
Something more than hard work is necessary: namely, creative thinking and firm belief in your ability to execute your ideas.
he successful people in history have succeeded through their thinking. Their hands were merely helpers to their brains.
Another important point: For success, it is essential that your desire be an all-obsessing one, your thoughts and aims be coordinated, and your energy be concentrated and applied without letup.
It may be that you want riches or fame or position or knowledge, for each person has their own idea of what success means. But whatever you consider it to be, you can have your objective, provided you are willing to make it the burning desire of your life.
By using the dynamic force of believing, you can set all your inner forces in motion, and they in turn will help you reach your goal.
the first thing to determine is precisely what you do want.
a success – as most people do – is too vague. You must have a pattern clearly drawn in your mind. Ask yourself. Where are you headed? What is your exact goal? Have you visualized just what you really want? If success is to be measured in terms of wealth, can you fix the amount in figures? If in terms of achievement, can you specify it definitely?
strange as it may seem, not one out of a hundred people can answer these questions!
Most people have a general desire to succeed, but beyond that, everything is indefinite. They merely go along from day to day, figuring that if they have a job today, they will have it tomorrow.
They are like corks floating aimlessly on the water, drawn this way and that by various currents, either washing up on shore or becoming water-logged and eventually sinking.
Therefore, it is vital that you know exactly what you want out of life.
You must know where you are headed, and keep a fixed goal in view.
Remember, there is a great difference between a need and a desire. You may need a new car for driving to work, and you may desire one in order to give pleasure to your family. The one for business you wil buy as a matter of necessity.
Desire for something new, something different, that is going to change your life, makes you exert an extra effort. And the power of believing alone sets in motion those inner forces by which you add what I call plus-values to your life.
So if you ever hope to achieve anything or gain more than you have now, begin with desire. It is the prime motivating force in all of us and, without an all-consuming desire, nothing can be achieved or gained.
We’ve all heard the remark, “If you don’t, you’ll catch your death of cold.” That thought has never had the slightest effect upon me. I haven’t worn rubbers since I was a small child. I have had my shoes and feet thoroughly wet hundreds of times, often for hours at a time, yet I cannot recall ever having caught cold as a result.
Some people have a tremendous fear of drafts, but I have often thought that if they did catch cold by being in a draft, it was because of their fearful thoughts rather than because of the drafts themselves. I sit in drafts for long periods daily, and at night I sleep in a corner room which has windows on two sides. I raise them in all sorts of weather, so that the wind often sweeps across me. Yet I’ve never had a cold as a result, because I never give it a thought.
For centuries, outstanding thinkers have claimed that man could shape events and control matter through his mind alone, and the more you study this science, the more you will realize the amazing powers of your own mind.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes declared that in thought alone there was a constructive and destructive power akin to the “faith that can move mountains.”
While thoughts do create and exercise control far beyond any limits yet known to man, I cling to the theory that they create only according to their pitch, intensity, emotional quality, depth of feeling, or vibratory plane. In other words, thoughts have a creative or controlling force in the exact ratio of their constancy, intensity, and power – comparable to the wave length and wattage of a broadcasting station.
Pythagoras, the great geometrician and philosopher who lived in the sixth century before Christ, held that everything that exists is a vibration. This is the very essence of our scientific electronic theory of today – that all matter consists of electrons (with a negative charge), neutrons (with a neutral charge), protons (with a positive charge), and other subatomic particles, each with their own charges, which constantly act and react with one another.
When you realize that your nervous system is reached only through vibration – in other words, that our five known senses record vision, hearing, touch, taste, and smell by means of vibrations given off by the external things themselves – you get a better understanding of the nature of vibrations. For example, we hear a loud noise. It comes to us only via the sound vibration through the air. We see a green leaf, but it is merely a pattern of light waves as gathered by the eyes and transmitted to the brain.
There are, however, many vibrations pitched at a much greater frequency than our senses are attuned to, and of which we never have any conscious knowledge. For example, there is a whistle pitched so high that only a dog can hear it.