How to acquire a Definite Major Purpose
A/ Write out a complete, clear and definite statement of your Major Purpose in Life, sign it and commit it to memory.
Then repeat it orally at least once every day, more often if practicable. Repeat it over and over.
B/ Write out a clear, definite plan by which you intend to begin the attainment of the object of your Definite Major Purpose. State the maximum time allowed for the attainment of your purpose, and describe precisely what you intend to give in return for the realization of your purpose. Everything has a price which must be paid in advance.
C/ Make your plan flexible enough to permit changes at any time you are inspired to do so. Infinite Intelligence may present you with a plan far superior to any you can create. Be ready at all times to recognize and adopt any superior plan that may be presented to your mind.
D/ Keep you Major Purpose and your plans for attaining it strictly to yourself except insofar as you will receive additional instructions for carrying out your plan.
Follow the instructions to the letter, in good faith. Just as many of the greatest leaders have proceeded.
Decide now what you desire from life and what you have to give in return.
Decide where you are going and how you are to get there.
Then make the start from where you now stand. Make the start with whatever means of attaining your goal that may be at hand. Other and better means will reveal themselves to you.
Ideas that lead to success begin as Definiteness of Purpose
Ideas are the only assets which have no fixed values. They are the beginning of all achievements.
Ideas form the foundation of all fortunes, the starting point of all inventions.
All ideas begin as the result of Definiteness of Purpose.
Self-suggestion, the connecting link
Transfer of thought from the conscious to the subconscious section of the mind may be hastened by the simple process of "stepping up" or stimulating the vibrations of thought through faith, fear, or any other highly intensified emotion, such as enthusiasm, a burning desire.
Thoughts backed by faith have precedence to reach the subconscious section of the mind.
Infinite Intelligence never attempts to modify, change or alter any thought that is submitted to it, and it has never been known to act upon a mere wish or indefinite idea, thought or purpose.
All "hunches" should be treated civilly and examined carefully, as they often convey information of the utmost value to the individual who receives them.
It becomes a self-revealing subject only upon meditation and thought.
Successful men become successful only because they acquire the habit of thinking in terms of success.
Definiteness of purpose can, and it should, so completely occupy the mind that one has no time or space in the mind for thoughts of failure.
By reversing the position of the "sails" of mind, we can convert the winds of adversity into a power of equal volume which will carry onward to success.
There is a power greater than the power of conscious thought, and often it is not perceptible to the finite mind of man. Acceptance of this truth is essential for the successful culmination of any definite purpose based upon the desire for great achievements.
The circumstances of every man's life are the result of causes over which he has or may have control.
If the circumstances of a man's life are not what he desires, he may change them by changing his mental attitude and forming new and more desirable thought habits.
How Definiteness of Purpose leads to success
Chrysler spent all his savings to buy a car, then took it apart, piece by piece until the parts were scattered all over. Then he began to put the parts together again. He repeated this operation so often that some of his friends thought he had lost his mind. It looked aimless, what they didn't see was the plan which was taking form in Chrysler's mind.
He was making his mind "automobile conscious", saturating it with definiteness of purpose.
His raise to fame and fortune was both rapid and definite, because he knew where he was going before he started.
Those people attract the friendly co-operation of others, break down resistance, and get that which they seek.
A $2,000,000 Purpose
"I am writing to express my grateful appreciation of your book "Think and grow rich". I followed its advice to the letter. As a result, I received an idea which resulted in the sale of a two million dollar life insurance policy."
He did not read the book as perhaps several million other men had done, and then lay it aside in an attitude of cynicism or doubt. He read it with an open mind, in a spirit of expectancy, recognized the power of the ideas it contained, appropriated those ideas, and moved on them with definiteness of purpose.
The major weakness of most men is that they recognize the obstacles they must surmount without recognizing the spiritual power at their command by which those obstacles may be removed at will.
Road to mastery
The real riches of life increase in exact proportion to the scope and extent of the benefit they bring to those with whom they are shared.
The surest way to solve one's personal problem is to find someone with a greater problem and help him to solve it, with going the extra mile.
By helping others to find the path, you will find it for yourself.
The best way to appropriate the principles of the philosophy of individual achievement is by teaching it to others. When a man begin to teach anything he begins also to learn more about that which he is teaching. You can become a master by teaching it to others, thus your compensation will be assured you in advance.
The time has come when it is not only beneficial to the individual to help his neighbor to solve his personal problems, but it is imperative that each of us do so as a means of self-preservation.
The more lucrative opportunities of the world of today and tomorrow will go to those who prepare themselves for leadership in their chosen calling. It requires a sound philosophy.
The future holds forth opportunities for useful service such as we have never known before; opportunities born of necessity in a world which has changed so rapidly that some fail to recognize the scope and the nature of the changes which have taken place.
Take inventory, you who are without a Definite Major Purpose, to find out where you fit in this changed world; prepare yourself for your new opportunities and make the most of them.
I can serve you more profitably by teaching you how to do this for yourself.
Somewhere along the way the idea for which you are searching will reveal itself to you. When the idea will comes you will recognize it, for it should come with such force that you cannot escape it.
There may come a time when he will need to draw upon the resources of other minds, and that time is sure to come to those who aspire to leadership in the higher brackets of personal achievement.
Just as Andrew Carnegie had no capital nor education, and Edison had no personal knowledge of Physics, mathematics, it should give you hope as your major goal in life this philosophy provides a way by which any goal within reason may be attained by any man of average ability. The one thing it cannot do for you is to choose your goal for you.
Your major responsibility right now is to find our what you desire in life, where you are going, and what you will do when you get there.
The power of burning desire
Procrastination influence 98% of people to go all the way through life without choosing a Definite Major Purpose.
Singleness of purpose is a priceless asset because so few possess it.
Make up your mind what you desire of life, decide to get just that. You will have taken possession of one of the most priceless of all assets available to human beings.
It must be a burning desire, and it must become so definitely an obessional desire that you are willing to pay whatever the price its attainment pay cost.
When you come to that inspiring moment when you choose your Definite Major Purpose, do not become discouraged if relatives or friends call you a "dreamer". They have been the forerunners of all human progress.
Make sure to back your dreams with action.
He knew what he wanted
Lloyd came under the influence of the book "Think and grow rich". It made such a profound impression upon him.
His first step was that of writing out his definite major aim. He committed this to memory and repeated it many times daily. Substantially, it provided for him to own the finest jewelry store in Whiteville, marry the prettiest girl in the city, own the finest home and rear and educate a happy family of children.
Quite an order for a man without the use of his legs, starting from scratch and without operating capital.
Each day he expresses a prayer of gratitude for the blessings he enjoys despite his physical handicap.
Wise men share most of their riches generously. They share their confidence sparingly. When they talk of their aims and plans they generally do it by action rather than by words.
Chapter 4: The habit of going the extra mile
The rendering of more and better service than that for which one is paid, and giving it in a positive mental attitude.
The farmer, by clearing the land, plowing it, and planting the seed at the right time of the year, for none of which he receives any pay in advance.
Nature takes over the seeds he plants, for every grain of wheat or corn he plants in the soil, Nature yields him perhaps a hundred grains, thus enabling him to benefit by the law of increasing returns.
Nature goes the extra mile by producing enough of everything for her needs, together with a surplus for emergencies and waste. The fruit on the trees, frogs in the pond and fish in the seas.
It is true that Nature procides the sources of supply of food for every living thing, but every creature must labor before it may partake of that food.
Thus we see that Nature discourages the habit which some men have acquired of trying to get something for nothing.
- It brings favorable attention: will provide opportunities.
- It tends to make one indispensable, it enables to command more.
- It leads to mental growth and physical skill and perfection, adding capacity.
- It protects against the loss of employment and place in a position to command the choicest of jobs.
- It enables the law of contrast, since the majority of people do not practice the habit.
- It leads to a positive, pleasing mental attitude, essential to enduring success.
- It tends to develop a keen, alert imagination, it inspires to seek new and better ways of rendering service.
- It develops personal initiative.
- It develops self-reliance and courage.
- It serves to build the confidence of others in one's integrity.
- It aids against procrastination
- It develops definiteness of purpose, insuring one against the common habit of aimlessness.
Give more, get more
Going the extra mile gives one the only logical reason for asking for increased compensation.
The first test that Mr. Carnegie applied to any worker whom he desired to promote was that of determining to what extent the worker was willing to go the extra mile.
M. Schwab always performed more and better service than that for which he was paid. Moreover, he performed it in a pleasing mental attitude which made him popular among his fellow workers.
On some occasions Mr Carnegie not only paid Mr Schwab's salary, which was generous enough, but he gave him as much as $1,000,000 as a bonus in addition to his regular salary. "I gave him his salary for the work he actually performed, and the bonus for his willingness to go the extra mile, thus setting a fine example for his fellow workers."
There is another benefit to be gained by the man who follows the habit of going the extra mile: it keeps his own conscience and serves as a stimulant to his own soul. Therefore it is a builder of sound character which has no equal in any other human habit.
Teach a child the benefits of rendering more service and better service than that which is customary, and you will have made contributions of character to that child which will serve him or her all through life.
When a man becomes the master of his own emotions, and learns the blessed art of self-expression through useful service to others, he has gone far toward the developmentof a positive mental attitude.
The habit of going the extra mile provides benefits far beyond the mere accumulation of material riches.
Too good a man to lose
It is impossible for anyone to render such extra service without receiving appropriate compensation.
If you serve an ungrateful master, serve him the more. Put God in your debt. Every stroke shall be repaid. The longer the payment is withholden, the better for you; for compound interest on compound interest is the rate and usage of this exchequer.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
The most profitable time a man devotes to labor is that for which he receives no direct or immediate financial compensation.
There are two compensations: One is the wages he receives in money. The other is the skill he attains from his experiences.
The attitude of the man who follows the habit of going the extra mile is this: He recognizes the truth that he is receiving pay for schooling himself for a better position and greater pay.
This is an asset of which no worker can be cheated.
"Personally I am not so much interested in a forty hours per week minimum work law as I am in finding how I can crowd forty hours into a single day."
-- A great industrial leader
If I were compelled to risk my chances of success upon but one of the seventeen principles of achievement, I would, without hesitancy, stake everything on the principle of going the extra mile.
The seventeen principles may be likened to the twenty-six letters of the alphabet through the combinations of which all human thought may be expressed. The individual letters of the alphabet convey little or no meaning, but when they are combined into words they may express any thought one can conceive.
The seventeen principles are the "alphabet" of individual achievement.
Chapter 5: Love, the true emancipator of mankind
Love brings one into communication with Infinite Intelligence.
When it is blended with the emotions of sex and romance it may lead one to the higher mountain-peaks of individual achievement through creative vision.
The emotions of love, sex and romance are the three sides of the eternal triangle of achievement known as genius. Nature creates geniuses through no other media.
Love is an outward expression of the spiritual nature of man.
Sex is purely biological, but it supplies the springs of action in all creative effort, from the humblest creature that crawls, to the most profound of all creations, man.
It clears out selfishness, greed, jealousy, and envy. True greatness will never be found where love does not abide.
Love in its highest and purest expression is a combination of the eternal triangle, yet it is greater than any one of its three component parts.
It is the one factor which determines for every man the amount of space he shall occupy in the hearts of his fellowmen.
Love give all riches quality and endurance.
Those who are capable of humility, of justice, of love, of aspiration, are already on the platform that commands the sciences and arts, speech and poetry, action and grace. For whoso dwells in this mortal beatitude does already anticipate those special powers which men prize so highly
"love is the only bow on life's dark cloud.
It is the morning and the evening star.
It shines upon the babe, and sheds its radiance on the quiet tomb.
It is the mother of art, inspirer of poet, patriot and philosopher.
It is the air and light of every heart - builder of every home, kindler of every fire on every hearth.
It was the first to dream of immortality.
It fills the world with melody - for music is the voice of love.
Love is the magician, the enchanted, that changes worthless things to joy, and makes right royal kings and queens of common clay.
It is the perfume of that condrous flower, the heart, and without that sacred passion, that divine swoon, we are less than beasts; but with it, earth is heaven and we are gods.
Love is transfiguration. It ennobles, purifies, and glorifies.
Love is a revelation, a creation. From love the world borrows its beauty and the heavens their glory. Justice, self-denial, charity and pity are the children of love.
Without love all glory fades, the noble falls from life, art dies, music loses meaning and becomes mere motions of the air, and virtue ceases to exist."
If a man is truly great he will love all mankind.
He will love the good and the bad among all humanity. The good he will love with pride and admiration and joy. The bad he will love with pity and sorrow, for he will know if he be truly great, taht both good and bad qualities in men often are but the results of circumstances over which they have, because of their ignorance, little control.
If a man be truly great he will be compassionate, sympathetic and tolerant.
Some who have benefited by the habit of going the extra mile
The young man asked if he might serve her.
"No" she replied, "I am just killing time, waiting for the rain to stop so I can go home."
"Very well, Madam" the young man smiled, "May I bring out a chair for you?" and he brought it without waiting for her answer. After the rain slacked the young man took the old lady by the arm, escorted her to the street and bade her good-bye. As she left she asked him for his card.
Several months later the owner of the store received a letter, asking that this young man be sent to Scotland. No one would do except this particular young man. The letter were signed by Andrew Carnegie, the "house" he wanted furnished was Skibo Castle in Scotland. The elderly lady was Mr. Carnegie's mother.
The greatest benefit from this habit does not come to those to whom the service is rendered. It comes to the one who renders the service, in the form of a changed "mental attitude", which gives him more influence with other people, more self-reliance, greater initiative, more enthusiasm, more vision and definiteness of purpose.
"Do the thing and you shall have the power" said Emerson.
An easy way to get what you want
Why do you not become wise and start getting what you wish the easy and sure way? Yes, there is an easy and a sure way to promote one's self into whatever he wants from life, and its secret becomes known to every person who makes it his business to go the extra mile. The secret can be uncovered in no other manner, for it is wrapped up in that extra mile.
This is the pot of gold at the "end of the rainbow". The trouble with most of us is that we do not know how to follow rainbows. Those who know the secret know how that the end of the rainbow can be reached only by going the extra mile.
There are two types of men who are valuable. One is the fellow who can do something and do it well, without complaining taht he is being overworked. The other is the fellow who can get other people to do things well, without complaining. You are both types wrapped into one package.
The main trouble with so many of us is that we see men who have "arrived" and we weigh them in the hour of their triumph without taking the trouble to find out how or why they "arrived".
The story "A message to Garcia" was popular because it had in it something of the magic power that belongs to the man who does something, and does it well.
The whole world is clamoring for such men. They are needed and wanted in every walk of life.
People want greater individual shares of the vast resources. That is a healthy desire. The wealth is here in abundance, but let us stop this foolish attempt to get it the wrong way. Let us get our wealth by giving something of value in return for it.
We know the rules by which success is attained. Let us appropriate these rules and use them intelligently, thereby acquiring the personal riches we demand, and adding to the wealth of the nation as well.
The case of the greedy employer
Some will say "I am already doing more that I am paid for, but my employer is so selfish and greedy he will not recognize the sort of service I am rendering."
Greedy emplyers do not wish to lose the services of one who makes a habit of going the extra mile. They know the value of such employees.
The clever man will make it his business to become indispensable to a greedy emplyer by doing more work and better work than any other employee.
Most men spend their lives searching for the "breaks", waiting for opportunities to overtake them, depending upon "luck" to provide them with their needs, but never come within sight of their goal because they have no definite goal. Therefore they have no motive to inspire them to form the habt gonig the extra mile. They never recognize:
"The worldly Hope men set their Hearts upon
Turns Ashes - or it prospers; and anon,
Like Snow upon the Desert's dusty face
Lighting a little Hour or two - is gone."
Their haste becomes waste! For they go round and round, like goldfish in a bowl, coming back always to the place from whence they started; coming back empty-handed and disappointed.
Riches may be attained by appointment only; by the choice of a definite goal and a definite plan for attaining it; also by the selection of a definite starting point from which to take off.
The revealing story of Edward Choate
Those who are truly wise recognize that the greatest pay-off through this principle comes in terms of friendships which endure throught life. In a willingness to share one's blessings with others.
Through an unfortunate business venture he lost all of his money and found himself at the bottom of the ladder, and was forced to make a new start.
But perhaps I should have said "a fortunate business venture". Through his meditations he became a student of the philosophy of individual achievement. When he reached the lesson on going the extra mile, he was awakened by a keen sense of understanding he had never before experienced, and he recognized that the loss of material riches may lead one to the source of greater riches, consisting of one's spiritual forces.
He focused on the development of positive mental attitude.
For the time being he ceased to think about the amount of life insurance he might sell, and began to look around for opportunities he might sell, and began to look around for opportunities to be of service to others who were burdened with problems they could not solve. He took home a young man who had failed in a mining venture.
He attracted only those with difficult problems, like a testing period by which he might demonstrate his sincerity of purpose in helping others. A period, which everyone who applies the principle of going the extra mile must experience in one way or another.
Sales began to come his way, he was selling more insurance, without any strenuous effort, than he had ever sold previously by the hardest kind of labor.
Chapter 6: The Mastermind
Definition: An alliance of two or more minds blended in a spirit of perfect harmony and co-operating for the attainment of e definite purpose.
Without "harmony", collective effort may constitute co-operation, but it will lack the power which harmony provides through co-ordination of effort.
The Master Mind principle is the medium through which one may procure the full benefit of the experience, training, education, specialized knowledge and native ability of others, just as completely as if their minds were one's own.
An alliance of two or more minds, in a spirit of perfect harmony for the attainment of a definite purpose, stimulates each individual mind with a high degree of inspiration, and may become that state of mind known as Faith! (A slight idea of this stimulation and its power is experienced in the relationship of close friendship and in the relationship of love)
Every human brain is both a broadcasting station and a receiving station for the expression of the vibrations of thought, and the stimulating effect of the Master Mind principle stimulates action of thought, through what is commonly known as telepathy, operating through the sixth sense.
The Master Mind principle, when actively applied, has the effect of connecting one with the subconscious section of the mind, and the subconscious section of the minds of his allies - a fact which may explain many of the seemingly miraculous results obrained through the Master Mind.
The more important human relationship in connection with which one may apply beneficially the Master Mind principles are these:
- In marriage
- In religion
- In connection with one's occupation, profession or calling
Through the knowledge of geologists, one may understand the history and the structure of this earth. With the aid of scientists, technicians, physicists and practical mechanics one may become a successful inventor without personal training in any of these fields.
Two general type of Mastermind alliance:
- Alliance for purely social or personal reasons, with one's relatives, religious advisors and friends, where no material gain or objective is sought. The most important of this type of alliance is that of man and wife.
- Alliances for business, professional and economic advancement.
Do not be afraid to aim high when you establish your goal.
Remember that you live in a land of opportunities where no man is limited in the quality, the quantity or the nature of the riches he may acquire, provided he is willing to give adequate value in return.
"I bargained with Life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store.
For Life is a just employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task."
I worked for a meanial's hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have willingly paid."
Successful men do not bargain with Life for poverty!
Chapter 7: Analysis of the Master Mind principle
"Privileges do not spring, mushroom-life, from nothing. They must be created and maintained by the application of power.
The responsability of embracing and using this foundation must be assumed by every person who claims any portion of this freedom and wealth.
The attainment of one's Definite Major Purpose can be carried out only by a series of steps; taht every thought one thinks, every transaction in which one engages, in relationship with others, every plan one creates, every mistake one makes, has a vital bearing on his ability to attain his chosen goal.
One's major purpose must be backed up and followed though by continuous effort, the most important part of which consists in the sort of relationship one maintains with others.
One must cultivate, organize and use in his progress toward the attainment of his chosen goal the following"
Outside of the relationship of marriage, there is no form of relationship as important as that which exists between a man and those with whom he works in his chosen occupation.
Every man has a tendency to take on the mannerisms, beliefs, mental attitude, political and economic viewpoint, of the men with whom he associates in his daily work.
Men of sound character, who know exactly what they wish, usually have the wisdom to keep their own counsel, and seldom waste any of their time trying to discourage others.
Man will prove his wisdom by forming friendships with those who can be, and who are willing to become, mutually beneficial to him.
I will study and prepare myself, and some day my chance will come
-- Abraham Lincoln
The man with a constructive Definite Major Purpose will never envy his superiors, but he will study their methods and learn to acquire their knowledge.
People got promoted by appopriating and making practical use of the experience of everyone with whom they came in contact.
The place of daily labor is litterally a school room where education comes from observation and experience.
Men lend their experience, their knowledge, and they cooperate with other men, because they have been given a sufficient motive to cause them to desire as much.
The man who relates himself to his daily associates in a friendly, cooperative way, with the right sort of mental attitude toward them, stands a better chance of learning from them than does the man who is belligerent, irritable, discourteous or neglectful of the little amenities of courtesy which exist between all cultured people.
"A man can catch more flies with honey than with salt".
No man's education is ever finished.
He must learn from every possible source.
Libraries carry the total of man's knowledge on every subject. Thus we can make a habit to acquire knowledge which comes from the experience of other men who have gone before.
A man's reading program should be as carefully planned as his daily diet, for that too is food, without which he cannot grow mentally.
Reading is not the only source of education.
No man can go through life successfully without the habit of cultivating friends.
The man who shuts himself up in his own shell becomes a confirmed introvert, and soon becomes selfish and narrow in his views on life.
If the better type of citizen fails to exercice his right to vote, politics will disintegrate and become an evil that will destroy the nation.
When a group of men get together and enter into a round-table discussion on any subject, this sort of spontaneous expression and interchange of thought enriches the minds of all who participate. Every man needs to reinforce his own ideas and plans with new food for thought, which he can acquire only through frank and sincere discussions with people whose experience and education differ from his own.
Study nature's plan and you will discover that every living thing, from the smallest insect to the complicated machinery of a human being, grows and remains healthy only by constant use.
If I give you a though in return for one of your thoughts, each of us will have gained a hundred percen dividend on his investment of time.
No form of human relationship is as profitable as that through which men exchange useful thoughts, and it may be surprising but true that one may acquire from the mind of the humblest person ideas of the firs magnitude of importance.
A man need not seek his opportunity in the distance, but he can find it right where he stands, by recognizing the fact that the grass on the other side of the fence is no greener than that where he stands.
Through harmonious relationships with the minds of other men an individual may have the full use of his capacity to create ideas.
The main thing of importance is to know what one wants.
The next thing of importance is to begin digging for diamonds right where one is.
Marriage is by far the most important alliance any man ever experiences during his entire life.
It is more important financially, physically, mentally and spiritually, for it is a relationship bound together by all of these.
Inharmony between a man and his wife is unpardonable, no matter what may be the cause. Because it may destroy a man's chances of success, even though he has every attribute necessary for success.
For wives only
Through the emotion of love the wife may send her husband to his daily labor in a spirit with no failure. But nagging, jealousy, fault-finding and indifference do not feed the motion of love, they kill it.
Every meal hour should be a period of friendly intercourse between the wife and her husband, they should not be converted into periods of inquisition and fault-finding, but rather into family worship, pleasant subjects of mutual interest.
More family relationship are wrecked at the family meal hour than at any other time, for this is the hour which many families devote to settling their family differences of opinion, or to disciplining the children.
Stomach is the way to heart, it's an opportunity to reach other's heart with any idea one desire to plant. But the approach must be based on love and affection; not upon negative habits of discipline and fault-finding.
Love required cultivation and food, just as does the physical body. Love does not thrive on indifference, nagging, fault-finding or domineering by either party.
Love thrives best where a man and his wife feed it through singleness of purpose.
Women behind the scene
Mrs Edison often supplied the missing link to many of his unsolved problems.
Carnegie methods of testing men for loyalty were both ingenious and mutiple in scope.
No one ever does anything with enthusiasm unless he benefits thereby.
Confidence is the basis of all harmonious relationships.
Chapter 8: Applied faith
Faith is a royal visitor which enters only the mind that has been properly prepared for it; the mind that has beend set in order through self-discipline.
In the fashion of all royalty, Faith commands the best room.
It will not associate with envy, greed, superstition, hatred, revenge, vanity, doubt, worry or fear.
Get the full signifiance of this truth and you will be on the way to an understanding of that mysterious power which had baffled the scientists down through the ages.
Then you will recognize the necessity for conditioning your mind, through self-discipline, before expecting Faith to become your permanent guest.
In every man there is something wherein I may learn of him, and in that I am his pupil.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Whater, you have cleaned the sewers, washed the pavements, rendered countless services to man and beast, returning always to your source, there to become purified and start your journey of service once again. You are forever going happy at your labor. No matter how much dirty work you perform, you cleanse yourself at the end of your labor. You cannot be created, nor destroyed. Without your beneficience no form of life on this earth would exist.
And without the sun's help sparkling water of the flowing brook would have remained eternally imprisoned in the oceans, and life on this earth could never have existed.
Romantic affinity existing between the sun and the water and all life on this earth.
I am only a tiny pebble of stone, yet a small universe. I appear to be dead and motionless. Inside the atoms are countless numbers of electrons which move at n inconveivable rate of speed. I appear to be a solid mass, but the appearance is an illusion, for my electrons are separated one from another by a distance greater than their mass.
The great power of the universe are the intangibles.
Back to the city, there to mingle once again with those who are driven like galley slaves, by the inexorable rules of civilization, in a mad scramble to gather up material things they do not need.
I know that my Faith in Infinite Intelligence is read and enduring. I had been looking in the wrong direction for the source of my Faith. I had been seeking it in the deeds of men, in human relationships, in bank balances and material things. I found it in a tiny acorn, a giant oak tree, a small pebble or stone, the leaves of a simple fern and the soil of the earth; in the friendly sun which warms the earth and gives motion to the aters; in the Evening Star; in the silence and calm of the great outdoors.
My source of power is as free as the air I breathe, and as limitless.
Enduring Sources of Faith
When the mind has been cleared of a negative mental attitude, the power of Faith moves in and begins to take possession.
Faith is a state of mind which might properly be called the "mainspring of the soul" through one's aims, desires and purposes may be translated into their physical or financial equivalent.
Faith may be enjoyed only by those who have learned the art of taking full and complete control of their minds! This is the one and only prerogative over which an individual has been given complete control.
Faith expresses its powers only through the mind that has been prepared for it. But the way of preparation is known and may be attained by all who desire to find it.
The Fundamentals of Faith are these
- A/ Definiteness of Purpose supported by personal initiative or action
- B/ The habit of going the extra mile in all human relationships.
- C/ A Master Mind alliance with one or more people who radiate courage based on Faith, and who are suited spiritually and mentally to one's needs in carrying out a given purpose.
- D/ A positive mind, free from all negatives, such as fear, envy, greed, hartred, jealousy and superstition.
- E/ Recognition of the truth that every adversity carries with it the seed of an equivalent benefit.
- F/ The habit of affirming one's Definite Major Purpose in life, in a ceremony of meditation, at least once daily.
- G/ Recognition of the existence of Infinite Intelligence which gives orderliness to the universe; that all individuals are minute expressions of this Intelligence, and as such the individual mind has no limitations except those which are accepted and set up by the individual in his own mind.
- H/ A careful inventory of one's past defeats and adversities, which will reveal the truth that all such experiences carry the seed of an equivalent benefit.
- I/ Self-respect expressed through harmony with one's own conscience.
- J/ Recognition of the oneness of all mankind.
Faith is the "elan vital" that gives power, inspiration and action to a positive mind. It is the power that causes a positive mind to act as an "electro-magnet", attracting to it the exact physical coutnerpart of the thought it expresses.
Faith gives resourcefulness to the mind, enabling the mind to make "grist of all that comes to its mill". It recognizes favorable opportunities, in every circumstance of one's life.
Faith enables man to penetrate deeply into the secrets of Nature and to understand Nature's language as it is expressed in all natural laws.
If you would have Faith, keep your mind on that which you desire.
Faith is guidance from within! The guiding force is Infinite Intelligence directed to definite ends. It will not bring which one desires, but it will guide one to the attainment of the object of desire.
How to demonstrate the Power of Faith
- A/ Know what you want and determine what you have to give in return for it.
- B/ When you affirm the objects of your desires, through prayer, inspire your imagination to see yourself already in possession of them, and act precisely as if you were in the physical possession thereof.
- C/ Keep the mind open at all times for guidance from withing, and when you are inspired by "hunches" to modify your plans or to move on a new plan, move without hesitancy or doubt.
- D/ When overtaken by temporary defeat, as you may be overtaken many times, remember that man's Faith is tested in many ways, and your defeat may be only one of your "testing periods". Therefore, accept defeat as an inspiration to greater effort and carry on with belief that your will succeed.
- E/ Any negative state of mind will destroy the capacity for Faith and result in a negative climax of any affirmation you may express. Your state of mind is everything; therefore take possession of your mind and clear it completely of all unwanted interlopers taht are unfriendly to Faith, and keep it cleared no matter what may be the cost in effort.
- F/ Learn to give expression to your power of Faith by writing out a clear description of your Definite Major Purpose in life and using it as the basis of your daily meditation.
- G/ Associate with your Definite Major Purpose as many as possible of the nine basic motives
- H/ Write out a list of all the benefits and advantages you expect to derive from the attainment of the object of your Definite Major Purpose and call thses into your mind many times daily, thereby making your mind "success conscious".
- I/ Associate yourself, as far as possible, with people who are in sympathy with your Definite Major Purpose; people who are in harmony with you, and inspire them to encourage you in every way possible.
- J/ Let not a single day pass without making at least one definite move toward the attainment of your Definite Major Purpose. "Faith without works is dead."
- K/ Choose some prosperous person of self-reliance and courage as your "pace-maker", and make up your mind not only to keep up with that perosn, but to excel him. Do this silently, without mentioning your plan to anyone. (Boastfulness will be fatal)
- L/ Surround yourself with books, pictures, wall mottoes and other suggestive reminders of self-reliance founded upon Faith as it has been demonstrated by other people, thus building around yoruself an atmosphere of prosperity and achievement. This habit will be fruitful of stupendous results.
- M/ Adopt a policy of never evading or running away from unpleasant circumstances, but recognize such circumstances and build a counter-fire against the mright where they overtake you. You will discover that recognition of such circumstances, without fear of their consequence, is nine-tenths of the battle in mastering them.
- N/ Recognize the truth that everythign worht having has a definite price. The price of Faith, among other things, is eternal vigilance in carrying out these simple instructions. Your watchord must be persistence.
Faith in Action
Feed your mind on such mental food and it will be easy for you to adopt the habit of going the extra mile. It will be easy for you to keep your mind attuned to that which you desire, with assurance that it shall become yours.
"The key to every man, is thought."
Every man today is the result of his thoughts of yesterday.
Human progress is the result of applied faith, expressed by men who have conditioned their minds.
The space that every man occupies in the world is measured by the Faith he expresses in connection with his aims and purposes.
Let a man be motivated by love and see how quickly this emotion is given wings for action through Faith.
The hours of the day are not long enough, He finds that fatigue is soften by the joy of self-expression.
Success becomes inevitable; He has no time or inclination for hatred; Harmony in human relationship comes naturally to him.
And self-discipline becomes as natural as the eating of food.
He understands people because he loves them, and because of this love he is willing to share his blessings. Of fear he knows nothing, for all his fears have been driven away by Faith.
Faith is an expression of gratitude for man's relationship to his Creator. Fear is an acknowledgment of the influences of evil and it connotes a lack of belief in the Creator.
The greatest of life's riches consist in the understanding of the four principles just mentioned: The "Big Four" of this philosophy.
Some to whom the Master-Key has been revealed
Everything turned his hand seemed to wither and disappear into nothingness. Then a great love came into his life. It ended with the death of the woman, but the sorrow over taht death reached deeply into the man's soul and there it made contact with the secret power that comes from within. It made him President of the United States.
What strange fear is it that gets into the minds of men and short-circuits their approach to this secret power from withing, and when it is recognized and used lifts men to great heights of achievement? How and why do the vast majority of the people of the world become the victim of a hypnotic rhythm which destroys their capacity to use the secret power of their own minds?
"Faith", said Miss Keller "rightly understood, is active, not passive!. Passive faith is no more a force than sight is in an eye that does not look or search out. Active faith knows no fear. Reinforced with faith, the weakest mortal is mightier than disaster."
A source of Secret Power
Go back through the pages of history and you will observe taht the story of civilization's unfoldment leads inevitably to the works of men and women who opened the door to that secret power from within, with applied faith as the master-key.
Observe, too, that great achievements always are born of hardship and struggle and barriers which seem insurmontable; obstacles which yield to nothing but an indomitable will backed by an abiding faith.
The contact has been made through LeTourneau's subconscious mind, where he had carefully etched a clear picture of what he wanted. It generally appears because of some emergency which forces men to look beyond the power of ordinary thought for the solution of their problems. It is during these emergencies that we draw upon that secret power from within which knows no resistance strong enough to defeat it.
A test of Faith
To be effective it must be based on a willingness to risk whatever the circumstances demand; libery, material fortune, and life itself. Faith without risk is a passive faith, which "is no more a force than sight is in an eye that does not look or search out."
We called them "genius" (Edison…) but unfortunately, not all of us recognize the handicaps under which they worked, the obstacles they had to overcome, and the spirit of active faith in which they carried on their work.
The emergencies of life often bring men to the crossroads, where they are forced to choose their directions, one road being marked Faith and another Fear!
The choice hinges upon one's mental attitude.
The man who takes the Faith road is the man who has conditioned his mind to believe; conditioned it a little at a time, by prompt and courageous decisions in the details of his daily experiences.
The Power within
It translates into reality one's dominating thoughts.
Up from failure
It is not a new philosophy of achievement that the world needs. But a re-dedication of the old and tried principles which led unerringly to the discovery of that power from within which "moves mountains".
It is called by myriad names, but its nature never changes. It works through but one medium, and that is the mind. It is as free as the air we breathe, and as abundant as the scope and space of the universe.