The Heart of the New Thought by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Heart of the New Thought by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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Ella Wheeler Wilcox Original Publishers Preface This book is noteworthy as an interpretation
of New Thought. That
which was vague, mystic, unreal, has become, in the hands of Missus
Wilcox, a lovable philosophy of simplest construction. The backbone of this philosophy is The Power
of Right Thought. Startling as are some of the tenets expressed,
they are provably true here and now. It is possible that the very simplicity of
this book will encourage careless criticism from those who believe
that genius and ambiguity are twin. But Missus Wilcox is ever the voice of the
people what she says is practical what she thinks is clear what she
feels is plain. Let the people judge this book Chicago, November, Nineteen O Two The Heart of the New Thought 1 Let the Past Go Do not begin the new year by recounting to
yourself or others all your losses and sorrows. Let the past go. Should some good friend present you with material
for a lovely garment, would you insult her by throwing
it aside and describing the beautiful garments you had worn out in past
times? The new year has given you the fabric for
fresh start in life why dwell upon the events which have gone, the joys,
blessings and advantages of the past! Do not tell me it is too late to be successful
or happy. Do not tell me
you are sick or broken in spirit the spirit cannot be sick or broken,
because it is of God. It is your mind which makes your body sick. Let the spirit assert itself
and demand health and hope and happiness in this new year. Forget the money you have lost, the mistakes
you have made, the injuries you have received, the disappointments
you have experienced. Real sorrow, the sorrow which comes from the
death of dear ones, or some great cross well borne, you need not
forget. But think of these
things as sent to enrich your nature, and to make you more human
and sympathetic. You are missing them if you permit yourself
instead to grow melancholy and irritable. It is weak and unreasonable to imagine destiny
has selected you for special suffering. Sorrow is no respecter of persons. Say to yourself
with the beginning of this year that you are going to consider all your
troubles as an education for your mind and soul and that out of the
experiences which you have passed through you are going to build a
noble and splendid character, and a successful career. Do not tell me you are too old. Age is all imagination. Ignore years
and they will ignore you. Eat moderately, and bathe freely in water
as cold as natures rainfall. Exercise thoroughly and regularly. Be alive, from crown to toe. Breathe deeply, filling every cell of the
lungs for at least five minutes, morning and night, and when you draw
in long, full breaths, believe you are inhaling health, wisdom and
success. Anticipate good health. If it does not come at once, consider it a
mere temporary delay, and continue to expect it. Regard any physical ailment as a passing inconvenience,
no more. Never for an instant believe you are permanently
ill or disabled. The young men of France are studying alchemy,
hoping to learn the secret of the transmutation of gold. If you will study your own spirit
and its limitless powers, you will gain a greater secret than any
alchemist ever held a secret which shall give you whatever you
desire. Think of your body as the silver jewel box,
your mind as the silver lining, your spirit as the gem. Keep the box burnished and clear of
dust, but remember always that the jewel within is the precious part of
it. Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled
success. A whole,
clear, glorious year lies before you! In a year you can regain health,
fortune, restfulness, happiness! Push on! Achieve, achieve! 2 The Sowing of the Seed When you start in the New Thought do not expect
sudden illumination. Do not imagine that you are to become perfectly
well, perfectly cheerful, successful, and a healer,
in a few days. Remember all growth is slow. Mushrooms spring up in a night, but
oaks grow with deliberation and endure for centuries. Mental and spiritual power must be gained
by degrees. It you attained maturity before you entered
this field of New Thought, it is folly to suppose a complete
transformation of your whole being will take place in a week.a month.or
a year. All you
can reasonably look for is a gradual improvement, just as you might
do if you were attempting to take up music or a science. The New Thought is a science, the Science
of Right Thinking. But the
brain cells which have been shaped by the old thoughts of
despondency and fear, cannot all at once be reformed. It will be a
case of Try, try again. Make your daily assertions, I am love, health,
wisdom, cheerfulness, power for good, prosperity, success, usefulness,
opulence. Never fail
to assert these things at least twice a day twentv times is better. But
if you do not attain to all immediately, if your life does not at once
exemplify your words, let it not discourage you. The saying of the words is the watering of
the seeds. After a time
they will begin to sprout, after a longer time to cover the barren earth
with grain, after a still longer time to yield a harvest. If you have been accustomed to feeling prejudices
and dislikes easily, you will not all at once find it easy to illustrate
your assertion, I am love. If you have indulged yourself in thoughts
of disease, the old aches and pains will intrude even while you
say I am health! If you have groveled in fear and a belief
that you were born to poverty and failure, courage and success and opulence
will be of slow growth. Yet they will grow and materialize, as surely
as you insist and persist. Declare they are yours, right in the face
of the worst disasters. There
is nothing that so confuses and frustrates misfortune as to stare it
down with unflinching eyes. If you waken some morning in the depths of
despondency and gloom, do not say to yourself I may as well give
up this effort to adopt the New Thought.I have made a failure of it evidently. Instead sit down
quietly, and assert calmly that you are cheerfulness, hope, courage,
faith and success. Realize that your despondency is only temporary
an old habit, which is reasserting itself, but over which you
will gradually gain the ascendancy. Then go forth into the world and busy yourself
in some useful occupation, and before you know it
is on the way, hope will creep into your heart, and the gray cloud
will lift from your mind. Physical pains will loosen their hold, and
conditions of poverty will change to prosperity. Your mind is your own to educate and direct. You can do it by the aid
of the Spirit, but you must be satisfied to work slowly. Be patient and
persistent. 3 Old Clothes As you go over your wardrobe in the spring
or fall, do not keep any old, useless, or even questionable, garments,
for fear you might need them another year. Give them to the ragman, or send them to the
county or city poor house. There is nothing that will keep you in a rut
of shabbiness more than clinging to old clothes. It is useless to say that you cannot afford
new garments. It is because
you have harped upon this idea that you are still in straitened
circumstances. You believe neither in God or yourself. Possibly you
were brought up to think yourself a mere worm of earth, born to
poverty and sorrow. If you were, it will of course require a continued
effort to train your mind to the new thought, the thought of your
divine inheritance of all Gods vast universe of wealth. But you can do it. Begin by giving away your old clothes. There may be people, poor
relations, or some struggling mother of half clad children, to whom
your old garments will seem like new raiment, and to whom they will
bring hope and happiness. As a rule, it is not well to give people your
discarded clothing. It has a
tendency to lower their self respect and to make them look to you,
instead of to themselves, for support. It all depends upon whom the
people are and how you do it. If you can find employment for them, and arouse
their hope and selfconfidence and ambition, it is better than carloads of
clothing or furniture or provisions. But little children, suffering from cold,
or hard working, over taxed men and women, will not be harmed, and may
be temporarily cheered and encouraged by your gifts. No matter if you still need your frayed out not keep them. Your thoughts of poverty and trouble have
impregnated them so that you will continue to produce the same despondent
mind stuff while you wear these garments. Get rid of them, and believe that you are
to soon procure fresh, becoming raiment. Rouse all your energies, and
go straight ahead with that purpose in mind. You will be surprised to
find how soon the opportunity presents itself for you to obtain what
you need. There is new strength, repose of mind and
inspiration in fresh apparel. God gives Nature new garments every season. We are a part of
Nature. He gives us the qualities and the opportunities
to obtain suitable covering for our changing needs,
if we believe in the one, and use the other. When I read of a wealthy man who boasts that
he has worn one hat seven years, or a woman in affluent circumstances
who has worn one bonnet for various seasons, I feel sorry for
their ignorance and ashamed of their penuriousness. Look at the apple tree, with its delicate
spring drapery, its luxurious summer foliage, its autumn richness of coloring,
its winter draperies of white! Surely the Creator did not intend the tree
to have more variety than man! The tree trusts, and grows, and takes storm
and sun as divinely sent, and believes in its right to new apparel,
and it comes. It will come to
you if you do the same. 4 High Noon Every woman who passes thirty ought to keep
her brain, heart and mind alive and warm with human sympathy and
emotion. She ought
to interest herself in the lives of others, and make her friendship
valuable to the young. She should keep her body supple, and avoid
losing the lines of grace and she should select some study or work to
occupy her spare hours and to lend a zest to the coming years. Every woman in the
comfortable walks in life can find time for such a study. No woman of
tact, charm, refinement and feeling need ever let her husband, unless
she has married a clod, become indifferent or commonplace in his
treatment of her. Man reflects to an astonishing degree womans
sentiments for him. Keep sentiment alive in your own heart, madam,
and in the heart of your husband. If he sees that other men admire you he will
be more alert to the necessity of remaining your lover. Take the happy, safe, medium path between
a gray and a gay life by keeping it radiant and bright. Read and think and talk of cheerful,
hopeful, interesting subjects. Avoid small gossip, and be careful in
your criticism of neighbors. Sometimes we must criticize, but speak to
people whose faults you feel a word of counsel may amend, not of
them to others. Make your life after it reaches its noon,
glorious with sunlight, rich with harvests, and bright with color. Be alive in mind, heart and body. Be
joyous without giddiness, loving without silliness, attractive without
being flirtatious, attentive to others needs without being officious, and
instructive without too great a display of erudition. Be a noble, loving,
lovable woman. If is never too late in life to make a new
start. No matter how small a
beginning may be, it is so much begun for a new incarnation if it is cut
off here by death. If I were one hundred years old, and in possession
of my faculties, I would not hesitate to undertake a new enterprise
which offered a hope of bettering my condition. Thought is eternal in its effects, and every
hopeful thought which enters the mind sets vibrations in motion,
which shall help minds millions of miles distant and lives yet unborn. It is folly to mourn over a failure to provide
opportunities and luxuries for children. We have only to look at the children of the
rich, to see how little enduring happiness money gives,
and how seldom great advantages result in great characters. The majority of the really great people of
the world, in all lines of achievement, have sprung from poverty. I do not mean from pauper homes, but from
the homes where only the mere necessities of life could be obtained, and where early
in their youth the children felt it necessary to go into the world and make their own way. Self dependence, self reliance, energy, ambition,
were all developed in this way. How rarely do we find these qualities in the
children of wealth. How
rarely do great philosophers, great statesman, great thinkers and
great characters develop from the wealthy classes. Pauperism.infant labor.the wage earning women.are
all evils which ought to be abolished. But next to that evil I believe the worst
thing possible for a human soul is to be born to
wealth. It is an obstacle to
greatness which few are strong enough to surmount, and it rarely
results in happiness to the recipient. 5 Obstacles However great the obstacles between you and
your goal may be or have been, do not lay the blame of your failure
upon them. Other
people have succeeded in overcoming just as great obstacles. Remove
such hindrances from the path for others, if you can, or tell them a
way to go around. Even lead them a little distance and cheer
them on. But so far as you yourself are concerned,
do not stop to excuse any delinquency or half heartedness or defeat
by the plea of circumstance or environment. The great nature makes its own environment,
and dominates circumstance. It all depends upon the amount of force in
your own soul. While you apply this rule to yourself and
make no scapegoat of fate, you must have consideration for the weakness
of others, and you must try and better the conditions of the world
as you go along. You are robust and possessed of all your limbs. You can mount over
the great boulder which has fallen in the road to success, and go on
your way to your goal all the stronger for the experience. But behind you comes a one legged man.a blind
man.a man bowed to the earth with a heavy burden, which he
cannot lay down. It will
require weeks, months, years of effort on their part to climb over that
rock which you surmounted in a few hours. So it is right and just for you to call other
strong ones to your aid and roll the boulder away or blast it out of the
path. That is just exactly
the way you should think of the present industrial conditions. In spite
of them, the strong, well poised, earnest and determined soul can
reach any desired success. But there are boulders in the road which do
not belong there, boulders which cause hundreds of the pilgrims who are
lame or blind or burdened, to fall by the wayside and perish. It is your duty to aid in
removing these obstacles and in making the road a safe and clear
thoroughfare for all who journey. Do not sit down by the roadside and say you
have been hindered by these difficulties, that is to confess yourself
weak. Do not mount over
them and rush to your goal and say coldly to the throngs behind you,
Oh, everybody can climb over that rock who really tries.didnt I? That is to announce yourself selfish and unsympathetic. No doubt the lame, the blind and the burdened
could attain the goal despite the rocks if they were fired by a
consciousness of the divine force within them that consciousness can achieve
all things under all circumstances. But there will always be thousands of pilgrims
toiling wearily toward the goal who have not come
to this realization. If there are unjust, unfair and unkind restrictions
placed about them, see to it that you do all in your power to
right what is wrong. But
never wait to attain your own success because of these restrictions or
obstacles. Believe absolutely in your own God given power
to overcome anything and everything. Think of yourself as performing miracles with
Gods aid. Desire success so intensely that you attract
it as the magnet attracts the steel. Help to adjust things as you go along, but
never for a moment believe that the lack of adjustment can cause you
to fail. 6 Thought Force Your spirit and mine are both part of the
stupendous cause. We have
always been, and always will be. First in one form, then in another. Every thought, word and deed is helping decide
your next place in the Creators magnificent universe. You will be beautiful or ugly, wise or
ignorant, fortunate or unfortunate, according to what use you make of
yourself here and now. Unselfish thoughts, training your mind to
desire only universal good, the cultivation of the highest attributes,
such as love, honesty, gratitude, faith, reverence and good will,
all mean a life of usefulness and happiness in another incarnation, as well
as satisfaction and selfrespect in this sphere. Even if you escape the immediate results of
the opposite course of action here, you must face the law of cause
and effect in the next state. It is inevitable. God, the maker of all things, does not change
His laws. As you sow you reap. As a man thinketh so is he. There
is no revenge in Gods mind. He simply makes His laws, and we
work our destinies for good or ill according to our adherence to them
or violation of them. Each one of us is a needed part of His great
plan. Let each soul say
He has need of me or I would not be. I am here to strengthen the
plan. Remember that always in your most discouraged
hours. The Creator makes no mistakes. There is a divine purpose in your
being on earth. Think of yourself as necessary to the great
design. It
is an inspiring thought. And then consider the immensity of the
universe and how accurately the Maker planned it all. Do not associate with pessimists. If you are unfortunate enough to be
the son or daughter, husband or wife of one, put cotton wool either
real or spiritual in your ears, and shut out the poison words of
discouragement and despondency. No tie of blood or law should
compel you to listen to what means discomfort and disaster to you. Get out and away, into the society of optimistic
people. Before you go, insist on saying cheerful,
hopeful and bright things, sowing the seed, as it were, in the mental
ground behind you. But do
not sit down to see it grow. Never feel that it is your duty to stay
closely and continuously in the atmosphere of the despondent. You might as well think it your duty to stay
in deep water with one who would not make the least effort to swim. Get on shore and throw
out a life line, but do not remain and be dragged under. If you find
anyone determined to talk failure and sickness and misfortune and
disaster, walk away. You would not permit the dearest person on
earth to administer slow poison to you if you knew it. Then why think it your duty to take
mental potions which paralyze your courage and kill your ambition? Despondency is one phase of immorality. It is blasphemous and an
insult to the Creator. You are justified in avoiding the people who
send you from their presence with less hope and force and strength
to cope with lifes problems than when you met them. Do what you can to change their
current of thought. But do not associate intimately with them
until they have learned to keep least,
if they cannot speak hopefully. Learn how to walk, how to poise your body,
how to breathe, how to hold your head, how to focus your mind on
things of universal importance. Believe your tender, loving thoughts and wishes
for good to all humanity have power to help the struggling
souls of earth to rise to higher and better conditions. No matter how limited your sphere of action
may seem to you and how small your town appears on the map, if you develop your mental and
spiritual forces through love thoughts you can be a power to move the world along. Rise up and realize your
strength. Not only will you be more useful and happy,
but you will grow more beautiful and keep your youth. 7 Opulence Do not go through the world talking poverty
and asking everyone you deal with to show you special consideration
because you are poor and unfortunate. If you do this with an idea of saving a few
dollars here and there, you will always have to do
it, because you are creating poverty conditions by your constant assertions. It is a curious fact that the people who are
always demanding consideration in money matters demand the
best that is going at the same time. I have known a woman to make a plea for cut
prices in a boarding house because she was so poor, yet
she wanted the sunniest room and the best location the house afforded. It is the charity patients who make the most
complaint of a physicians skill or a nurses attention. If you cannot afford to do certain things,
or buy certain objects, dont. But when you decide you must, decide, too,
that you will pay the price, and make no whining plea of poverty. There are two extremes of people in the world,
one as distasteful as the other. One is represented by the man who boasts of
the costliness of every possession, and invites the whole
world to behold his opulence and expenditure. His clothes, his house, his servants, his
habits, seem no different to the observer from his neighbors, yet,
according to his story, they cost ten times the amount. The other extreme is the man who dresses well,
lives well, enjoys all the comforts and pleasures of his associates,
yet talks poverty continually, and expects the entire community
to show him consideration in consequence. Another thing to avoid is the role of the
chronically injured person. We
all know him. He has a continual grievance. He has been cheated,
abused, wronged, insulted, disappointed and deceived. We wonder
how or why he has managed to exist, as we listen to the story of his
troubles. No one ever treats him fairly, either in business
or social life. Everybody is ungrateful, unkind, selfish,
and he could not be made to believe that these experiences were of his
own making. All of us meet with occasional blows from
fate, in the form of insults, or ingratitude, or trickery from an unexpected
source. But if we get
nothing else but those disappointing experiences from life, we may
rest assured the fault lies somewhere in ourselves. We are not
sending out the right kind of mental stuff, or we would get better
returns. You never can tell what your thoughts will
do In bringing you hate or love,
For thoughts are things, and their airy wings Are swift as a carrier dove. They follow the law of the universe. Each thing must create its kind,
And they speed oer the track to bring you back
Whatever went out from your mind. In the main, we must of necessity get from
humanity what we give to it. If we question our ability to win friends
or love, people will also question it. If we doubt our own judgment and discretion
in business, others will doubt it, and the shrewd and unprincipled
will take the opportunity given by our doubts of ourselves, to spring
upon us. If in consequence
we distrust every person we meet, we create an unwholesome and
unfortunate atmosphere about ourselves, which will bring to us the
unworthy and deceitful. Stand firm in the universe. Believe in yourself. Believe in others. If
you make a mistake, consider it only an incident. If someone wrongs
you, cheats, misuses or insults you, let it pass as one of the lessons
you had to learn, but do not imagine that you are selected by fate for
only such lessons. Keep wholesome, hopeful and sympathetic with
the world at large, whatever individuals may do. Expect life to use you
better every year, and it will not disappoint you in the long run. For
life is what we make it. 8 Eternity Do you know what a wonderfully complicated
thing a human being is? Every feature, every portion of your body,
every motion you make, reflects your mental organization. I know a woman past middle life who has always
been on the opposite side of every question discussed in her presence. She was agnostic
with the orthodox, reverential with atheists, liberal with the narrow,
bigoted with the liberal. Whatever belief anyone expressed on any
subject, she invariably took the other extreme. She loved to disagree
with her fellow men. It was her pastime. Now, to walk with that woman in silence is
merely to carry on a wordless argument. You cannot regulate your steps so they will
harmonize with hers. She will be just ahead or just behind you,
and if you want to turn to the left, she pulls to the right. A promenade with her is more exhausting than
a days labor. She is not conscious of it, and would think
anyone very unreasonable and unjust who told her of her peculiarities. I know a woman who all her life has been looking
afar for happiness and peace and content, and has never found
any of them, because she did not look in her own soul. She was a restless girl, and she married,
believing in domestic life lay the goal of her dreams. But she was not
happy there, and sighed for freedom. She wanted to move, and did
move, once, twice, thrice, to different points of the United States. She was discontented with each change. She is today possessed of all
comforts and luxuries which life can afford, yet she is the same
restless soul. She likes to read, but it is always the book
which she does not possess which she craves. If she is in the library with shelves
book filled, she goes into the garret and hunts in old boxes for a book
or a paper which has been cast aside. If she is in a picture gallery,
she wants to go to the window and look out on the street, but when
she is on the street it bores her, and she longs to go in the house. If a
member of the family is absent, she gets no enjoyment out of the
society of those at home yet when that absent one returns her mind
strays elsewhere, seeking some imagined happiness not found here. I wonder if such souls ever find it, even
in the spirit realm, or if they go on there seeking and always seeking something
just beyond. It is
a great gift to learn to enjoy the get all there is out of it,
and to think of today as a piece of eternity. Begin now to teach
yourself this great art if you have not thought of it before. To be able
to enjoy heaven, one must learn first to enjoy earth. 9 Morning Influences What do you think about the very first thing
in the morning? Your
thoughts during the first half hour of the morning will greatly influence
the entire day. You may not realize this, but it is nevertheless
a fact. If you set out with worry, and depression,
and bitterness of soul toward fate or man, you are giving the keynote
to a day of discords and misfortunes. If you think peace, hope and happiness, you
are sounding a note of harmony and success. The result may not be felt at once, but it
will not fail to make itself evident eventually. Control your morning thoughts. You can do it. The first moment on waking, no matter what
your mood, say to yourself I will get all the comfort and pleasure
possible out of this day, and I will do something to add to the
measure of the worlds happiness or well being. I will control myself when tempted to be
irritable or unhappy, I will look for the bright side of every event. Once you say these things over to yourself
in a calm, earnest way, you will begin to feel more cheerful. The worries and troubles of the
coming day will seem less colossal. Then say I shall be given help to meet anything
that comes today. Everything will be for the best. I shall succeed in whatever I
undertake. I cannot fail. Do not let it discourage you if the moment
you leave your room you encounter a trouble or a disaster. This usually happens. When we
make any boast, spiritually or physically, we are put to the test. The
occult forces about us are not unlike human beings. When a,
schoolboy boasts of his strength, and says he can lick any boy in
school, he generally gets a chance to prove it. When we declare we are brave enough to overcome
any fate, we find our strength put to the test at once. But that is all right. Prove your
words to be true. Regard the troubles and cares you encounter
as the punching bags of fate, given you to develop
your spiritual muscle. Go at them with courage and keep to your morning
resolve. By and
by the troubles will lessen, and you will find yourself master of
Circumstances. 10 The Philosophy of Happiness There are natures born to happiness just as
there are born musicians, mechanics and mathematicians. They are usually children who came
into life under right pre natal conditions. That is, children conceived
and born in love. The mother who thanks God for the little life
she is about to bring to earth, gives her child a
more blessed endowment than if it were heir to a kingdom or a fortune. As the majority of people, however, born under
civilized conditions, are unwelcome to their mothers, it is rarely
we encounter one who has a birthright of happiness. Youth possesses a certain buoyancy and exhilaration
which passes for happiness, until the real disposition of the
individual asserts itself with the passing of time. Good health and strong vitality are great
aids to happiness yet that they, wealth and honors
added, do not produce that much desired state of mind we have but
to look about us to observe. One who is not born a musician needs to toil
more assiduously to acquire skill in the art, however strong his
desire or great his taste, than the natural genius. So the man not endowed with joyous impulses
needs to set himself the task of acquiring the habit of happiness. I believe it can be done. To the sad or restless or discontented being
I would say Begin each morning by resolving to find something in
the day to enjoy. Look in
each experience which comes to you for some grain of happiness. You
will be surprised to find how much that has seemed hopelessly
disagreeable possesses either an instructive or an amusing side. There is a certain happiness to be found in
the most disagreeable duty when you stop to realize that you are getting
it out of the way. If it is
one of those duties which has the uncomfortable habit of repeating
itself continually, you can at least say you are learning patience and
perseverance, which are two great virtues and essential to any
permanent happiness in life. Do not anticipate the happiness of tomorrow,
but discover it in today. Unless you are in the profound depths of some
great sorrow, you will find it if you look for it. Think of yourself each morning as an explorer
in a new realm. I know
a man whose time is gold, and he carefully arranged his plans to take
three hours for a certain pleasure. He lost his way and missed his
pleasure, but was full of exuberant delight over his new experience. I saw places and met with adventures I might
have missed my whole life. He was a true philosopher and optimist and
such a man gets the very kernel out of the nut of life. I know a woman who had since her birth every
material blessing, health, wealth, position, travel and a luxurious
home. She was forever
complaining of the cares and responsibilities of the latter. Finally she
prevailed upon the family to rent the home for a series of years and to
live in hotels. Now she goes about posing as a martyr, a homeless
woman. It is impossible for such a selfishly perverted
nature to know happiness. A child should be taught from its earliest
life to find entertainment in every kind of condition or weather. If it hears its elders cursing and
bemoaning a rainy day the childs plastic mind is quick to receive the
impression that a rainy day is a disaster. How much better to
expatiate in its presence on the blessing of rain, end to teach it the
enjoyment of all natures varying moods, which other young animals
feel. Happiness must come from within in order to
respond to that which comes from without, just as there must be a musical ear and temperament
to enjoy music. Cultivate happiness as an art or science. 11 A Worn Out Creed I have a, letter from an orthodox Christian,
who says the only hope for humanity lies in the old fashioned religion. Then be proceeds to
tell me how carefully he has studied human nature, in business, in
social life, and in himself, and that he finds it all vile.selfish.sinful. Of course he does, because he studies it from
a false and harmful standpoint, and looks for the worm of earth
and the poor, miserable sinner, instead of the divine man. We find what we look for in this world. I have always been looking for
the noble qualities in human beings, and I have found them. There
are great souls all along the highway of life, and there are great
qualities even in the people who seem common and weak to us
ordinarily. One of the grandest souls I know is a man
who served his term in prison for sins committed while in drink. He was not born bad. he
simply drifted into bad company and formed bad habits. He paid the
awful penalty of five years behind prison bars, but the divine man
within him asserted itself, and today I have no friend I feel prouder to
call that name. Mister John L Tait, secretary of the Central
Howard Association, of Chicago, writes me regarding his knowledge
of ex convicts According to my experience with a number of
men of this class during the last two years, more than 90 per cent
of them are worthy of the most cordial support and assistance. If this can be said of men who have been criminals,
surely humanity is not so vile as my orthodox correspondent would
have me believe. A
Christian of that order ought to be put under restraint, and not
allowed to associate with mankind. He carries a moral malaria with
him, which poisons the air. He suggests evil to minds which have not
thought it. He is a dangerous hypnotist, while pretending
to be a disciple of Christ. The man who believes that all men are vicious,
selfish and immoral is projecting pernicious mind stuff into space,
which is as dangerous to the peace of the community as dynamite bombs. The world has been
kept back too long by this false, unholy and blasphemous religion. It
is not the religion of is the religion of ignorant translators,
ignorant readers. Thank God, its supremacy is past. A wholesome and holy religion has
taken its place with the intelligent progressive minds of the day, a
religion which says I am all goodness, love, truth, mercy, health. I
am a necessary part of Gods universe. I am a divine soul, and only
good can come through me or to me. God made me, and He could
make nothing but goodness and purity and worth. I am a reflection of
all His qualities. This is the new religion yet it is older than
the universe. It is Gods
own thought put into practical form. 12 Common Sense If you are suffering from physical ills, ask
yourself if it is not your own fault. There is scarcely one person in one hundred
who does not overeat or drink. I know an entire family who complains of gastric
troubles, yet who keep the coffee pot continually on the range and
drink large quantities of that beverage at least twice a day. No one
can be well who does that. Almost every human ailment can be traced
to foolish diet. Eat only two meals in twenty four hours. If you are not engaged in
active physical labor, make it one meal. Drink two or three or four
quarts of milk at intervals during the day to supply good blood to the
system. You will thrive upon it, and you will not
miss the other two meals after the first week. And your ailments will gradually disappear. Meantime, if you are self supporting, your
bank account will increase. Think of the waste of money which goes into
indigestible food! It is
appalling when you consider it. Heaven speed the time when men and
women find out how little money it requires to sustain the body in
good health and keep the brain clear and the eye bright! The heavy drinker is today looked upon with
pity and scorn. The time
will come when the heavy eater will be similarly regarded. Once find the delight of a simple diet, the
benefit to body and mind and purse, and life will assume new interest,
and toil will be robbed of its drudgery, for it will cease to be a mere
matter of toiling for a bare existence. Again, are you unhappy? Stop and ask yourself why. If you have a
great sorrow, time will be your consoler. And there is an ennobling
and enriching effect of sorrow well borne. It is the education of the
soul. But if you are unhappy over petty worries
and trials, you are wearing yourself to no avail and if you are
allowing small things to irritate and harass you and to spoil the beautiful
days for you, take yourself in hand and change your ways. You can do it if you choose. It is pitiful to observe what sort of
troubles most unhappy people are afflicted with. I have seen a
beautiful young woman grow care lined and faded just from imagining
she was being slighted or neglected by her acquaintances. Someone
nodded coldly to her, another one spoke superciliously, a third failed to
invite her, a fourth did not pay her a call, and so on. always a grievance to relate until one is
prepared to look sympathetic at the sight of her. And such petty, petty grievances for this
great, good life to be marred by! And all the result of her own disposition. Had she chosen to look
for appreciation and attention and good will she would have found it
everywhere. Then, about your temper? Is it flying loose over a trifle? Are you
making yourself and everyone else wretched if a chair is out of place,
or a meal a moment late, or some member of the family is tardy at
dinner, or your shoe string is in a tangle or your collar button mislaid? Do you go to pieces nervously if you are obliged
to repeat a remark to someone who did not understand you? I have known a home to be
ruined by just such infinitesimal annoyances. It is a habit, like the
drug or alcohol habit.this irritability. All you need do is to stop it. Keep your voice from rising, and speak
slowly and calmly when you feel yourself giving way to it. Realize how
ridiculous and disagreeable you will be if you continue, what an
unlovely and hideous old age you are preparing for yourself. And
realize that a loose temper is a sign of vulgarity and lack of culture. Think of the value of each day of life, how
much it means and what possibilities of happiness and usefulness
it contains if well spent. But if you stuff yourself like an anaconda,
dwell on the small worries and grow angry at the least trifle, you are
committing as great and inexcusable a folly as if you flung your furniture
and garments and food and fuel into the sea in a spirit of
wanton cruelty. You are
wasting life for nothing. Every sick, gloomy day you pass is a sin
against life. Get health, be cheerful, keep calm. Clear your mind of every gloomy, selfish angry
or revengeful thought. Allow no resentment or grudge toward man or
fate to stay in your heart overnight. Wake in the morning with a blessing for every
living thing on your lips and in your soul. Say to yourself Health, luck,
usefulness, success, are mine. I claim them. Keep thinking that
thought, no matter what happens, just as you would put one foot
before another if you had a mountain to climb. Keep on, keep on, and
suddenly you will find you are on the heights, with luck beside you. Whoever follows this recipe cannot fail of
happiness, good fortune and a useful life. But saying the words over once and then drifting
back to anger, selfishness, revenge and gloom will
do no good. The words must be said over and over, and
thought and lived when not said. 13 Literature The world is full of New Thought Literature. It is helpful and inspiring to read. It is worth many dollars to anyone who will
live its philosophy. I talked to a man who has been studying along
these lines for some years. Oh, I know all that philosophy, he said it
is nothing new. I
am perfectly familiar with it. Yet this man was continually allowing
himself to grow angry over the least trifle he was quick to see and
speak of the faults in others he was demanding more of those he
associated with in the way of consideration and justice than he was
willing to give, and he was untidy in his person and improvident in his
use of money. Now it is the merest waste of time for this
man to read New Thought literature or practice deep breathing, since
he will not put into daily and hourly practice what is taught by the
New Religion. He is like the
orthodox Christian who mumbles through the Lords Prayer and then
goes forth to do exactly as he would not be done by in business, social
and domestic life. Man is what he thinks. Not what he says, reads or hears. By
persistent thinking you can undo any condition which exists. You can
free yourself from any chains, whether of poverty, sin, ill health or
unhappiness. If you have been thinking these thoughts half
a lifetime you must not expect to batter down the walls
you have built, in a week, or a month, or a year. You must work and wait, and grow
discouraged and stumble and pick yourself up and go on again. You cannot in an hour gain control over a
temper which you have let fly loose for twenty years. But you can control it eventually, and learn
to think of a burst of anger as a vulgarity like drunkenness or
profanity, something you could not descend to. If you have allowed yourself to think despondent
thoughts and believe that poverty and sickness were your portion
for years, it will take time to train your mind to more cheerful and hopeful
ideas but you can do it by repeated assertions and by reading and
thinking and living the beautiful New Thought Philosophy. 14 Optimism Not long ago I read the following gloomy bit
of pessimism from the pen of a man bright enough to know better
than to add to the mental malaria of the world. He said,
Life is a hopeless battle in which we are foredoomed to defeat. And
the prize for which we strive to have and to hold. What is it? A
thing that is neither enjoyed while had, nor missed when lost. So worthless it is, so unsatisfying, so inadequate
to purpose, so false to hope and at its best so brief, that for consolation and compensation
we set up fantastic faiths of an aftertime in a better world from which no confirming
whisper has ever reached us out of the void. Heaven is a prophecy uttered by the lips of
despair, but Hell is an inference from history. This is morbid and unwholesome talk which
can do no human being any good to utter, or listen to. But it can depress and discourage the
weak and struggling souls, who are striving to make the best of
circumstances, and it can nerve to suicide the hand of some halfcrazed
being, who needed only a word of encouragement and cheer to
brace up and win the race. This is the unpardonable talk discouragingly
to human souls, hungering for hope. When the man without brains does it, he can
be pardoned for knowing no better. When the man with brains does it, he
should be ashamed to look his fellow mortals in the eyes. It is a sin
ten times deeper dyed than giving a stone to those who ask for bread. It is giving poison to those who plead for
a cup of cold water. Fortunately the remarks above quoted contain
not one atom of truth! The writer may speak for himself, but he has
no right to speak for others. It is all very well for a man who is marked
with smallpox to say his face has not one unscarred inch on
the surface of it. But he
has no premises to stand upon when he says there is not a face in the
world which is free from small pox scars. Life is not a hopeless battle in which we
are doomed to defeat. Life
is a glorious privilege, and we can make anything we choose of it, if
we begin early and are in deep earnest, and realize our own divine
powers. Nothing can hinder us or stay us. We can do and be
whatsoever we will. The prize of life is not a thing which is
neither enjoyed while had nor missed when lost. It is enjoyed by millions of souls today.this
great prize of life. I for one declare that for every day of misery
in my existence I have had a week of joy and happiness. For every hour of
pain, I have had a day of pleasure. For every moment of worry, an
hour of content. I cannot be the only soul so endowed with
the appreciation of life! I
know scores of happy people who enjoy the many delights of earth,
and there are thousands whom I do not know. Of course life is not missed when lost.because
it is never lost. It is
indestructible. Life ever was, and ever will be. It is a continuous
performance. It is not worthless to the wholesome, normal
mind. It is full of
interest, and rich with opportunities for usefulness. When any man
says his life is worthless, it is because he has eyes and sees not, and
ears and hears not. It is his own fault, not the fault of God,
fate or accident. If every life seems at times unsatisfactory
and inadequate it is only due to the cry of the immortal soul longing
for larger opportunities and fewer limitations. Neither is life false to hope. He who trusts the divine Source of Life,
shall find his hopes more than realized here upon earth. I but voice
the knowledge of thousands of souls, when I make this assertion. I
know whereof I speak. All that our dearest hopes desire will come
to us, if we believe in ourselves as rightful heirs to Divine Opulence,
and work and think always on those lines. If no whisper has ever reached us out of the
void confirming our faith in immortality, then one third of the
seemingly intelligent and sane beings of our acquaintance must be fools
or liars. For we have
the assertion of fully this number that such whispers have come,
besides the Biblical statistics of numerous messages from the other
realm. As it was in the beginning, is now and shall
be ever more, world without end, Amen. 15 Preparation Every day I hear middle aged people bemoaning
the fact that they were not given advantages or did not seize
the opportunities for an education in early youth. They believe that their lives would be
happier, better and more useful had an education been obtained. Scarcely one of these people realizes that
middle life is the schooltime for old age, and that just as important an
opportunity is being missed or ignored day by day for the storing up of
valuable knowledge which will be of great importance in rendering old
age endurable. Youth is the season to acquire knowledge,
middle life is the time to acquire wisdom. Old age is the season to enjoy both, but wisdom
is far the more important of the two. By wisdom I mean the philosophy
which enables us to control our tempers, curb our tendency to severe
criticism, and cultivate our sympathies. The majority of people after thirty five consider
themselves privileged to be cross, irritable, critical and severe, because they have lived
longer than the young, because they have had more trials and disappointments, and because
they believe they understand the world better. Those are excellent reasons why they should
be patient, kind, broad and sympathetic. The longer we live the more we should realize
the folly and vulgarity of ill temper, the cruelty of severe criticism
and the necessity for a broad minded view of life, manners, morals
and customs. Unless we adapt ourselves to the changing
habits of the world, unless we adopt some of the new ideas that are constantly
coming to the front, we will find ourselves carping, disagreeable
and lonely old people as the years go by. The world will not stand still for us. Society will not wear the same
clothes or follow the same pleasures, or think the same thoughts when
we are eighty that were prevalent when we were thirty. We must
keep moving with the world or stand still and solitary. After thirty we
must seize every hour and educate ourselves to grow into agreeable
old age. It requires at least twenty years to become
well educated in book and college lore. If we begin to study at seven we are rarely
through with all our common schools, seminaries, high schools
and colleges have to offer under a score of years. The education for old age needs fully as many
years. We need to begin at thirty to be tolerant,
patient, serene, trustful, sympathetic and liberal. Then, at fifty, we may hope to have graduated
with honors from lifes school of wisdom, and to be prepared for another score of years
of usefulness and enjoyment in the practice of these qualities. Instead of wasting our time in bemoaning the
loss of early opportunities for obtaining an education,
let us devote ourselves to the cultivation of wisdom, since that is free
to all who possess self control, will power, faith and perseverance. Begin today, at home. Be more
tolerant of the faults of the other members of your household. Restrain your criticisms on the conduct of
your neighbors. Try and realize the causes which led some
people who have gone wrong to err. Look for the admirable qualities in everyone
you meet. Sympathize with the world. Be interested in progress, be interested in
the young. Keep in touch with each new generation, and
do not allow yourself to grow old in thought or feeling. Educate yourself for a
charming old age. There is no time to lose. 16 Dividends Our thoughts are shaping unmade spheres,
And, like a blessing or a curse, They thunder down the formless years
And ring throughout the universe. The more we realize the tremendous responsibility
of our mental emanations the better for the world and ourselves. The sooner we
teach little children what a mighty truth lies in the Bible phrase As a
man thinketh, so is he, the better for future generations. If a man
thinks sickness, poverty and misfortune, he will meet them and claim
them all eventually as his own. But he will not acknowledge the close
relationship, he will deny his own children and declare they were sent
to him by an evil fate. Walter Atkinson tells us that he who hates
is an assassin. Every
kindergarten and public school teacher ought to embody this idea in
the daily lessons for children. It may not be possible to teach a child
to love every neighbor as himself, for that is the most difficult of
Commandments to follow to the letter but it is possible to eliminate
hatred from a nature if we awaken sympathy for the object of dislike. That which we pity we cannot hate. The wonderful Intelligence which
set this superb system of worlds in action must have been inspired by
love for all it created. So much grandeur and magnificence, so much
perfection of detail, could only spring from Love. Whatever is out of harmony in our little world
has been caused by mans substituting hate and fear for love and
faith. Every time we
allow either hate or fear to dominate our minds we disarrange the
order of the universe and make trouble for humanity, and ourselves. It may be a little late in reaching us, but
it is sure to come back to the Mind which sent forth the cause. Every time we entertain thoughts of love,
sympathy, forgiveness and faith we add to the well being of the world,
and create fortunate and successful conditions for ourselves. Those, too, may be late in coming
to us.but they will come. Right thinking is not attained in a day or
a week. We must train the
mind to reject the brood of despondent, resentful, fearful and
prejudiced thoughts which approach it, and to invite and entertain
cheerful, broad and wholesome thoughts instead, just as we overcome
false tones and cultivate musical ones in educating the voice for
singing. When we once realize that by driving away
pessimistic, angry and bitter thoughts we drive away sickness and misfortune to a great
extent, and that by seeking the kinder and happier frame of mind we seek at the same
time success and health and good luck, we will find a new impetus in the control of
our mental forces. For we all love to be paid for our worthy
deeds, even while we believe in being good for goods sake only. And nothing in life is surer than this right
thinking pays large dividends. Think success, prosperity, usefulness. It is much more profitable than
thinking self destruction or the effort at self destruction, for that is an
act which aims at an impossibility. You can destroy the body, but the
you who suffers in mind and spirit will suffer still, and live still. You
will only change your location from one state to another. You did not
make yourself, you cannot unmake yourself. You can merely put
yourself among the spiritual tramps who hang about the earths
borders, because they have not prepared a better place for
themselves. Suicide is cheap, vulgar and cowardly. Because you have made a
wreck of a portion of this life, do not make a wreck of the next. Mend
up your broken life here, go along bravely and with sympathy and love
in your heart, determined to help everybody you can, and to better
your condition as soon as possible. Men have done this after fifty, and
lived thirty good years to enjoy the results. Do not feel hurt by the people who slight
you, or who refer to your erring past. Be sorry for them. I would rather be a tender hearted
reformed sinner than a hard hearted model of good behavior. I would
rather learn sympathy through sin than never learn it at all. There is nothing we cannot live down, and
rise above, and overcome. There is nothing we cannot be in the way of
nobility and worth. 17 Royalty We get what we give. I have never known this rule to fail in the
long run. If we give sympathy, appreciation, goodwill,
charitable thoughts, admiration and love.we receive all these back
from humanity in time. We may bestow them unworthily, as the sower
of good seed may cast it on a rocky surface but the winds of heaven
will scatter it broadcast, and, while the rock remains barren, the fields
shall yield a golden harvest. The seed must be good, however. If I say to myself without any real regard
for another in my heart, I want that person to like me, I will do all
in my power to please him, I need not be surprised if my efforts fail or
prove of only temporary efficacy. Neither need I feel surprised or pained if
I find by and by that other people are bestowing policy friendship upon
me, actions with no feeling for a foundation. No matter how kind and useful I make my
conduct toward an individual, if in my secret heart I am criticizing him
severely and condemning him, I must expect criticism and
condemnation from others as my portion. We reap what we sow. Some harvests are longer in growing than
others, but they will all grow in time. Servility in love, or friendship, or duty,
is never commendable. I do
not believe God Himself feels complimented when the beings He
created as the highest type of His workmanship declare themselves
worthless worms, unworthy of His regard! We are heirs of Gods kingdom, and rightful
inheritors of happiness, and health, and success. What monarch would feel pleasure in having
his children crawl in the dust, saying, We are less than nothing,
miserable, unworthy creatures? Would he not prefer to hear them
say, proudly We are of royal blood? We ought always to believe in our best selves,
in our right to love and be loved, to give and receive happiness, and
to toil and be rewarded, And then we should bestow our love, our gifts
and our toil with no anxious thought about the returns. If we chance to love a loveless individual,
to give to one bankrupt in gratitude, to toil for the unappreciative, it is but a temporary
deprivation for us. The love, the gratitude and the recompense
will all come to us in time from some source, or many sources. It cannot fail. 18 Heredity American parents, as a rule, can be put in
two extreme classes, those who render the children insufferably conceited
and unbearable by overestimating their abilities and over praising
their achievements, and those who render them morbid and self
depreciating by a lack of wholesome praise. It is rare indeed, when we find parents wise
and sensible enough to strengthen the best that
is in their children by discreet praise, and at the same time to control
the undesirable qualities by judicious and kind criticism. I heard a grandmother not long ago telling
callers in the presence of a small boy what a naughty, bad child he was,
and how impossible it seemed to make him mind. Wretched seed to sow in the little mind,
and the harvest is sure to be sorrow. I have heard parents and older
children expatiate on the one stupid trait and the one plain feature of a
bright and handsome child, intending to keep it from forming too good
an opinion of itself. To all young people I would say, cultivate
a belief in yourself. Base it
on self respect and confidence in Gods love for his own handiwork. Say to yourself, I will be what I will to
be. Not because the human
will is all powerful, but because the Divine will is back of you. Analyze
your own abilities and find what you are best fitted to do. Then set
about the task of doing your chosen work to the very best of your
ability, and do not for an instant doubt your own capabilities. Perhaps
they may be dwarfed and enfeebled by years of morbid thought but if
you persist in a self respecting and self reliant and God trusting
course of thinking your powers will increase and your capabilities
strengthen. It is no easy matter to overcome a habit of
self depreciation. It is like
straightening out a limb which has been twisted by a false attitude or
correcting a habit of sitting round shouldered. It requires a steady
and persistent effort. When the depressing and doubtful thoughts
come, drive them away like malaria breeding insects. Say, This is not
complimentary to my Maker. I am His work. I must be worthy of my
own respect and of that of others. I must and will succeed. 19 Invincibility If we persistently desire good things to come
to us for unselfish purposes, and at the same time faithfully
perform the duties which lie nearest, we will eventually find our desires
being realized in the most unexpected manner. Our thought force has proved to be a wedge,
opening the seemingly inaccessible Wall of Circumstance. To read good books, to think and ponder on
what you read, to cultivate every agreeable quality you observe
in others, and to weed from your nature every unworthy and disagreeable
trait, to study humanity with an idea of being helpful and
sympathetic, all these efforts will help you to the ultimate attainment
of your wishes. It is a proven fact that if we devote a few
moments each day to reaching exercises, standing with loose garments and stretching the body
muscles to reach some point above us, we increase our stature. Just so if we mentally and spiritually are
continually reaching to a higher plane, we are growing. Every least thought of the brain is a chisel,
chipping away at our characters, and our characters are building
our destinies. The
incessant and persistent demand of our hearts and minds must be
granted. 20 That Mental Chisel During a trolley ride through a thrifty New
England locality, where church spires were almost as plentiful as
trees, I studied the faces of the people who came into the car during my
two hours journey. The
day was beautiful, and all along the route our numbers were recruited
by bevies of women, young, middle aged and old, who were bent on
shopping expeditions or setting forth to make social calls. They went
and came at each village through which our coach of democracy
passed, and they represented all classes. The young girls were lovely, as young girls
are the world over their complexion possessed that soft tender luster,
peculiar to seashore localities, for the salty breath of Father
Neptune is the greatest of cosmetics. Many of the young faces were formed in classic
mould, their features clearly cut and refined, and
severe, like the thoughts and principles of their ancestors. Often I observed a mother and some female
relative, presumably an aunt, in company with a young relative and always the sharpening
and withering process of the years of set and unelastic thought was discernible upon
their faces, which had once been young, and classic and attractive. In the entire two hours I saw but three lovely
faces which were matured by time. I saw scores of well dressed and evidently
wellcared for women of middle age, whose countenances
were furrowed, drawn, pinched, sallow, and worn, beyond excuse
for time, sorrow, and sickness are not plausible excuses for
such ravages upon a face God drew in lines of beauty. Time should mature a womans beauty as it does
that of a tree. Sorrow should glorify it as does the frost
the tree, and sickness should not be allowed to lay a lingering touch upon
it, until death calls the spirit away. Without question the great majority of the
women I saw were earnest orthodox Christians. I heard snatches of conversation regarding
Church and Charities and I have no doubt that each woman among
them believed herself to be a disciple of Christ. Yet where was the
result of the loving, tender, sweet spirit of Christs teaching? It surely
was not visible upon those pinched and worried faces, and those faces
were certain and truthful chronicles of the work done by the minds
within. One face said to me in every line, I talk
about Gods goodness and loving kindness, but I worry over the dust
in the spare room, I fret about our expenses, I am troubled about my
lungs, and I fear my husband has an unregenerate heart. I never know an hours peace,
for even in my sleep, I worry, worry, worry, but of course I know I will
be saved by the blood of Christ! Another said, I am in Gods fold, well and
safe, but I hate and despise my nearest neighbor, for she wears clothes
that I am sure she cannot pay for, and her children are always dressed
better than mine. I quarrel with my domestics, and am always
in trouble of some kind, just because human beings are so full of sin and no one but myself
is ever right. I shall be so glad to leave this world of
woe and go to heaven, but I hope I will not meet many of my present acquaintances there! Another said, If I only had good health.but
I was born to sickness and suffering, and it is Gods will that I
should suffer! Oh the pity of
it, and to imagine this is religion! Thank God the wave of New Thought is sweeping
over the land, and washing away those old blasphemous errors
of mistaken creeds. The
New Thought is to give us a new race of beautiful middle aged and
old people. Today in any part of the land among rich,
poor, ignorant or intellectual, orthodox or materialists
the beautiful mature face is rarer than a white blackbird in the woods. It is impossible to be plain,
ugly, or uninteresting in late life, if the mind keeps itself occupied with
right thinking. The withered and drawn face of fifty indicates
withered emotions and drawn and perverted ambitions. The dried and sallow face tells its
story of dried up sympathies and hopes. The furrowed face tells of
acid cares eating into the heart. All this is irreligious! Yet all this
prevails extensively in our most conservative and churchy
communities. He who in truth trusts God cannot worry. He who loves God and
mankind, cannot become dried and withered at fifty, for love will recreate
his blood, and renew the fires of his eye. He who understands
his own divine nature will grow more beautiful with the passing of
time, for the God within will become each year more visible. The really reverent soul accepts its sorrows
as blessings in disguise, and he who so accepts them is beautified and
glorified by them, within and without. Are you growing more attractive as you advance
in life? Is your eye
softer and deeper, is your mouth kinder, your expression more
sympathetic, or are you screwing up your face in tense knots of worry? Are your eyes growing hopeless and dull, is
your mouth drooping at the corners, and becoming a set thin line
in the centre, and is your skin dry, and sallow, and parched? Study yourself and answer these questions
to your own soul, for in the answer depends the decision whether you really
love and trust God, and believe in your own immortal spirit, or
whether you are a mere impostor in the court of faith. 21 The Object of Life What do you believe to be the object of your
life? To be happy and
successful, perhaps you are thinking, even if you do not answer in
those words. That is the idea of the many. Meanwhile others, who
have been educated in the melancholy faith of their ancestors, believe
the object of this life is to be miserable, poor, and full of sorrow, that
they may wear a crown of glory hereafter. But the clear thinker and
careful observer must realize that there is one and only one main
object in life.the building of character. He who sets out in early youth with that ambition
and purpose, and keeps to it, will not only attain his object,
but he will, too, attain happiness and true success.for there is no
such thing as failure for the man or woman of character. We often apply the two words character and
success, unworthily. We
speak of a man of much character when he is merely self assertive
and stubborn, and we call a man successful, who has accumulated a
fortune, or achieved fame and a position, by doubtful methods. Then what is character, and what is success? Character is the result of
the cultivation of the highest and noblest dualities in human nature,
and putting those qualities to practical use. Success is the conquest of
the lower and baser self, and the ability to be useful to ones fellow
men. There are men of brain, wealth and position
who are failures, and there are men of limited abilities and in
humble places who are yet successful, inasmuch as they make the utmost
of themselves, and their opportunities. It makes no difference how lowly your sphere
in life may be, and no matter how limited your environment, you can
build your character if you will. You need no outlay of money, no assistance
from those in power, no influence. Character Building must be done alone, and
by yourself. The ground
must be cleansed of debris, and the structure must be erected stone
by stone. It is dull, slow, hard work, especially the
preparation. All
preparation is drudgery. When this little whirling globe of ours began
to cool in space think what a task lay before it! Think of the mass of
chaos which had to slowly shape itself into mighty, green, glad and
snowcapped mountains, fertile vales, and noble forests. Each one of us is a little world, whirling
alone on an individual orbit, but the divine power is within us, to grow
into symmetry, beauty, and perfection if only we realize it. And the happiness of the work, once
we begin it, is beyond the power of description. There is no other
satisfaction can compare with that of looking back across the years
and finding that you have grown in self control, in charity of judgment,
in a sense of justice, in generosity, and in unselfishness. If you are
conscious of this growth, let no lack of material success for one
moment disturb you. That will come, enough for your need, in time. The man of symmetrically developed character
is never a pauper. He
is never dependent for more than a temporary period. To possess
character is to be useful, and to be useful is to be independent, and to
be useful and independent, is to be happy, even in the midst of
sorrow for sorrow is not necessarily unhappiness. The man who has
made the development of a noble and harmonious character the
business of his life, accepts his sorrows as means of greater growth,
and finds in them an exaltation of spirit which is closely allied to
happiness. To such a nature, absolute wretchedness would
only be possible through the loss of self respect
the lowering of an ideal or the failure of a principle. Would you be happy and successful? Then set yourself to build
character. Seek to be worthy of your own highest commendation. 22 Wisdom A great many people are attracted to the New
Thought of the day, by its declaration of our right to material wealth,
and by its claim that the mind of man can create, command, and control
conditions which produce wealth. There is no question concerning the truth
of this claim. But woe unto him who cultivates his mental
and spiritual powers only for this purpose. His gold shall turn to dross, his pleasure
to Dead Sea fruit. He shall be as one who drags a beautiful garment
through the mud of the streets, and while clothed in purple and fine
linen is yet a repulsive object. Into the Great Scheme of Existence, as first
conceived by the Creator, money did not enter. He made this beautiful Universe, and all that
it contains was meant for the enjoyment of His
creatures. There was no
millionaire and no pauper soul created by God. Each soul contains the spark of the divine
spirit, and by the realization of that spark, and all it means, whatever
is desired by mortal man may come to him. But wise is he who remembers the injunction,
Seek first the kingdom of heaven and all other things shall be added
unto you. Wise is he
who understands the meaning of the words, Unto him that hath, more
shall be given. Not until you obtain the faculty of being
happy through your spiritual and mental faculties, independent of material
conditions, not until you learn to value wealth only as a means of helpfulness,
can you safely turn your powers of concentration upon the
idea of opulence. To demand, assert, and command wealth for
its mere sensual benefits, to focus your mind upon it because you desire
to shine, lead, and triumph, is to play spiritual football with
spiritual dynamite. You may
obtain what you seek, you may accumulate riches, but at the cost of
all that is worth living for. The merely ignorant, or stupid, or wholly
material man who stumbles into a fortune, through inheritance, dogged
persistent industry, or chance, may enjoy it in his own fashion, and
do no harm in the world. But the man who knows and who has developed
his spiritual powers only for the purpose of commanding material
gain, might better have a millstone tied about his neck. For he makes himself a spiritual
outcast, and his money shall never bring him happiness. Make, therefore, your assertion of opulence
the last in your list, as you make Love first. Call unto yourself spiritual insight, absolute
unselfishness, desire for universal good, wisdom, justice, and
usefulness, and last of all opulence. Think of yourself as possessed of
all these qualities before you picture financial independence. For
without love for your kind, without the desire for usefulness and the
spiritual insight and the wisdom to be just before being generous, your
money would bring you only temporary pleasure, and would do the
world no good. Neither should you labor under the impression
that Gods work is lying undone because you have no fortune to command
and wisely distribute where most needed. Rest assured if you do the work which
lies nearest to you, relieve such distress as is possible to you, and
keep your faith in the ultimate justice of Gods ways, that the world
will move on, and humanity will slowly attain its destined goal, even if
you never become a millionaire. 23 Self Conquest Every New Idea, or supposed New Idea, is a
light which attracts the moths. The New Thought is no exception. About it flutter hysterical
women, unbalanced men the erratic and the irresponsible. The possibilities of performing miracles,
of healing the sick, hypnotizing the well, transforming poverty
into wealth, and changing age to youth, are the rays of light which
flicker through the darkness and draw them into the circle of radiance. The self indulgent fat woman subscribes to
New Thought literature, pays for a course of lectures, and goes forth
into the ranks of the unbelievers, proclaiming her power to become
a sylph, and to cause others to become sylphs. The extravagant and inconsiderate rush forth
after having heard a discourse upon the power of mind over matter,
and declare that they possess the secret of accumulating a fortune
by occult means. The
lovers of the marvelous believe that they will become great healers in
a brief space of time. Not one of these moth converts realizes that
the very first step to take in the direction of
New Thought is selfconquest. The gourmand does not know that self indulgence
and a gross appetite are incompatible with mental or spiritual
growth, and will be insurmountable obstacles in her path toward
symmetry. The
spendthrift does not take into consideration the fact that good sense,
thrift and industry, must aid his mental assertion of wealth, and the
miracle lover does not understand that something greater and more
difficult is required than a mere wish to heal before healing powers can
be obtained. That the physical body and material conditions
can be dominated by the divine spirit in man, is an incontrovertible
fact. But first, last and
always, the lesser self must be subjugated, and the weak and
unworthy qualities overcome. The woman who desires to reduce her flesh
cannot do so by reading occult literature, or joining mystic circles,
or attending lectures, unless she permeates herself so thoroughly with spiritual
truths that she no longer craves six courses at dinner, and three
meals a day, and unless she overcomes her dislike for exercise. The man who wishes to control circumstances
must love better things than money before he can succeed. He must love, and respect, and
believe in his Creator, and trust the Divine Man within himself, and he
must illustrate this love and trust by his daily conduct, and in his home
circle, and in his business relations. Once in a century, perhaps, is a man born
with great powers already developed to heal the sick, or to do other
seeming miracles. Such
beings are old souls, who have obtained diplomas in former lives but
the majority of us are still in school, and we cannot become seniors
until we pass through the lower grades. We must change ourselves
before we can change material conditions we must heal our own
thoughts and make them sane and normal, before we can heal bodily
disease in others. It is not an immediate process. I have heard an old lady declare that
she got religion in the twinkling of an eye, and she believed all
people would be damned and burn in hell fire, who did not pass
through this sudden illumination. It is possible that the religion which can
worship a God cruel enough to bum his children in fire, can only be obtained
in the twinkling of an eye but the reverent, wholesome, and beautiful
religion of New Thought must be grown into little by little,
through patience, faith, and practice. All that it claims to do it can do, but not
instantaneously, not rapidly. We must first make ourselves over after absolute
control of our minds has been obtained, then, and only then, may
we hope to influence circumstances and health. 24 The Important Trifles You will find, in the effort to reach a higher
spirituality in your daily life, that the small things try your patience
and your strength more than the greater ones. Home life, like business life, is composed
of an accumulation of trifles. There are people who bear great sorrows with
resignation, and seem to gain a certain dignity and force of character
through trouble, but who are utterly vanquished by trivial annoyances. The old fashioned
orthodox Christian was frequently of this order. Death, poverty, and
misfortune he bore without complaining, and became ofttimes a more
agreeable companion in times of deepest sorrow. He regarded all such experiences as the will
of God, and bowed to them. Yet, if his dinner was late, his coffee below
the standard, if his eye glasses were misplaced, or his toe trodden upon, he became a raging
lion, and his roar drove his affrighted household into dark corners. There have been neighborhood Angels, who watched
beside the dying sinner, sustained orphans and widows, and
endured great troubles sublimely like martyrs. But if a dusty shoe trod upon a freshly washed
floor, or husband or child came tardily to the breakfast table, or
lingered outside the door after regulation hour for retiring. lo, the
Angel became a virago, or a droning mosquito with persistent sting. The New Philosophy demands serenity and patience
through small trials, as well as fortitude in meeting lifes
larger ills. It demands, too,
that we seek to avoid giving others unnecessary irritation by a
thoughtless disregard of the importance of trifles. A man is more
likely to keep calm if he wakes in the night and discovers that the
house is on fire, than he is if, on being fully prepared to retire, he finds
the only mug on the third story is missing from his wash stand, or the
cake of toilet soap he asked for the day before has been forgotten. A mother bears the affliction of a crippled
child with more equanimity than she is able to bring to bear upon the
continual thoughtlessness of a strong one. To be kind, means to be thoughtful. The kindest and
most loving heart will sometimes forget and be careless but it cannot
be perpetually forgetful and careless of anothers wishes and needs,
even in the merest trifles. 25 Concentration The New Thought includes concentration of
thought in its teaching and he who learns that important art is not
liable to frequently forget small or large duties. It is he who scatters, instead of concentrates
his mind powers, who keeps himself and others
in a state of continual irritation by forgetting, mislaying, and losing,
three petty vices which do much to mar domestic or business life. Concentration is a most difficult acquirement
for the mature mind which has been allowed to grow in the habit
of thought scattering. Wise is the mother, and as sure as wise, who
teaches her child to finish each task begun before attempting another,
for that is the first step in concentration. Prentice Mulford, that great and good pioneer
in the field of practical New Thought, tells us to apply our whole mental
powers to whatever we do, even if it is merely the tying of a
shoe, and to think of nothing else until that shoe is tied, then to utterly
forget the shoe string, when we turn to another duty or employment. The next lesson in concentration he gives
us, is to repeat the word often, to impress it upon the mind. And then to declare each day that Concentration
is mine will aid still farther in the acquisition of this great and important quality. Meanwhile, since we can be so fortunate as
to always surround ourselves with others who have acquired it,
the student of the Higher Philosophy must learn to be serene and self
poised when he encounters lifes pigmy worries. He must carry his religion into his
bedroom and his office, and not forget it utterly when he loses his
collar button, or misses his car, or finds his office boy has taken a
parcel to the wrong address. To build character necessitates a constant
watch upon ourselves. The
New Thought is not a religion of Sundays, but of every day. 26 Destiny Never say that you wish your situation were
different! Never wish you
had some other persons life or troubles or worries. Accept your own
as a working basis, the best for you. Then go ahead and change
whatever displeases you. Remember you are the maker and molder of
your own destiny. You do not recall the fact, but you brought
about the present conditions of your destiny in
former incarnations. Even if you do not believe this, you must
acknowledge that you are here, and that the situation in which you
find yourself seems to be inevitable for the present. But it is not inevitable for the future, unless
you lie down in the furrow and whine, and wish you were a millionaire,
or a genius, and rail at the partiality of Providence. There is no partiality in the Universe. The whole scheme is well
balanced. If you were allowed to change lots with anyone
on the face of the earth, you would complain and find
fault in a short time. One of our best known millionaires, born to
opulence, complains that he has been robbed of the privilege of making
his own fortune. He is
no happier than you. His confession betrays his weakness of character
just as your repining and fault finding betrays yours. The real
worthwhile character thanks God for its destiny and says, I will show
the world what I can do with my life. Not long ago there was a great trotting race
at Brighton Beach. The
blind conqueror Rythmic won five consecutive races. Think of it! He
did not, like a mortal man, shrink back and say I am blind.that is a
terrible destiny.I am cursed of God.I will not try to win the race. He just trusted the hand of the Master at
the reins, did his best and won the honors of the season. We are all blind racers on the track of earth. The king, the millionaire,
the statesman, the law maker, the beggar, the laborer, the cripple, we
are all in the dark. The only thing is to trust the hand of the
Master, and do our best. Believe your position is the right starting
point for you, merely the starting point. It is the shapeless block of stone from which
you are to fashion the perfect statue. Or it is the mere mud from which you are
to mould the clay image, and later that is to be put into enduring
marble. What is uglier or more unattractive than mud? Yet think of the
glorious conceptions which it imprisons. Take the mud of your present
environment and thank God for it, and make the image of the future
you desire. You can do must do will do it. 27 Sympathy Are you of a sympathetic nature? If so, do not let your sympathies
help to add to the worlds miseries. That may seem a strange
expression, but it can be explained if you will listen. Much of the misery in the world is the result
of imagination. All of it is
the result of selfishness and ignorance. But hundreds and thousands
of people believe themselves sick, sorrowful and poverty stricken, who
would be well, glad and prosperous, if they only thought themselves
so. Every time you pour out your sympathy upon
these self made sufferers, you add to their burden of wrong
thought, and make it just so much more difficult for them to rise out
of their troubles. I do not believe all the misfortune in the
world is caused by wrong thinking in this life, or can be done away
with by right thinking. The
three year old child who toddles in front of a trolley car and loses a
leg, while the tired mother is bending over the washtub to keep the
wolf of hunger at bay, cannot be blamed for wrong thinking as the
cause of its trouble. Neither can the deaf mute or the child born
blind or deformed. We must go farther back, to former lives,
to find the first cause of such misfortunes. No New Thought, no amount of optimistic theology
or philosophy can restore the childs leg, or ears, or eyes. It is utter nonsense to say
that miracles like these can be performed. There are scores of
individuals whom we meet handicapped in lifes race by such dire
calamities that we spontaneously pour forth our sympathy. But, even
to these, it were kinder and wiser to give diverting thoughts, and a
new outlook, and to open up avenues for pleasure, and entertainment,
and profit, in place of tears and condolence. Sympathy, without alleviating actions to a
sufferer, is like a cloud without rain to the parched earth. But the great majority of people
whom we encounter are making their own crosses, and we who offer
them sympathy, and condolence, are but adding to the burdens
weight. I do not recommend coldness, indifference,
or ridicule as a substitute for sympathy. But instead of leading the sick man on to
tell you the details of his illness, and to describe all
his symptoms, while your own body responds with sympathetic aches and pains
as you listen, it is kinder to divert his attention to some cheerful
and merry topic, or to refer to some case like his own which resulted
in perfect restoration to health. Instead of going down into his underground
cave of depression, bring him out into the wholesome sunlight of your own healthful state,
even if for a moment only, and impress upon his mind that health belongs to him, and must
return to him. To the man in business trouble the same advice
applies. Tell him you
are sorry for him, but do not take on his despondency to prove it. Talk
of the future and all the possibilities it holds for a determined man or
woman. Make him laugh. Speak of trouble as the gymnasium where
our moral muscles are developed. Answer him that everything he
desires is his if he will be persistent and determined in demanding his
own. If you put force in your words you will leave
an impression. Do not go away from the house of trouble in
tears, but leave the troubled ones you called upon smiling as you
depart. That is true
sympathy. 28 The Breath A man reproved me for my interest in New Thought
creeds. The old
religion I learned at my mothers knee is good enough for me! he
said. It is good enough for anybody! Yet this mans mother had
always enjoyed poor health, as the old lady expressed it, and the
man himself was forever talking of his diseases, his ill luck, his
poverty, which he said he had been enabled to endure only through
the sustaining power of the religion learned at his mothers knee. It would be difficult to convince the man
that had his mother taught him the creed of the New Religion he could
have changed all these unfortunate conditions. Life long ill health would have been impossible
for his mother, or for him. The old fashioned religion allowed and still
allows a human being to breathe like a canary bird. Little children go
to Sunday School all their young lives, and grow up to be devout
church members, and never hear one word about the importance of
deep breathing. Possibly you may think breathing lessons belong
to physical culture, and have no place in religious teachings. There is where you err. In
order to develop your whole being, you must learn how to control body
and mind through the spirit. Thousands of years ago, men who gave
their entire lives to the study of these things learned the great
importance of deep breathing as an aid to religious meditation. By this
practice, systematically observed, the body is calmed, the mind is
brought into subjection, and the spirit rises into control. And in
addition, absolute health is achieved. A large portion of our physical
ailments result from unused lung cells, and consequent imperfect
circulation of the blood. Fill the lungs full.every cell.with fresh
air, two or three times daily, and do not overload the digestive organs,
and sickness will fly away to the dark regions where it belongs. At least ten minutes morning and
night should be given to the breathing exercises. Sit upright in a
comfortable chair, alone, facing the east in the morning and the west
at night, because great magnetic force comes from the direction of the
sun. Have a window or a door opening to the outer
air. Place your
hands lightly on your knees, and close your eyes and mouth. Leave
your spine free, not touching the chair. Wear no compressing
garments or bands. Inflate the chest and abdominal regions as
you inhale deep breaths through the nostrils,
while counting seven slowly. Exhale while you count seven. Repeat this exercise seven times. Think as you inhale of whatever qualities
you would like to possess, and believe that you are inhaling them. Select seven qualities.Love,
Health, Wisdom, Usefulness, Power to Do Good, Success, and
Opulence will cover the average human desires. The very unworldly
will substitute spiritual knowledge for opulence. Fill your mind with
the idea that you are drawing in these qualities with your breaths, and
exhaling all that is weak or unworthy. After a few moments you will
be conscious of a security and peace new and uplifting. And after a
few weeks of steady, persistent practice of these exercises, you will
find life growing more beautiful to you, and your strength will be
increased tenfold, both physically and spiritually. 29 Generosity Have you ever observed how invariably your
last dollar is restored to you, with additions, when you have given it
for some worthy purpose? Even if the purpose did not prove to be a
worthy one, yet if you thought it so, and gave your last dollar with
spontaneous sympathy and good will, you were not long left penniless. Money is much like a
man. If you do not hold it too jealously it returns
to you the more readily. Never hesitate to give aid where you feel
there is sore and pressing need, for fear you will be left in want yourself. You will not be. This
does not mean that indiscriminate charity is commendable. It does
not mean that you should lend money to everyone who asks, or lift
and carry the burdens of everyone who is ready to lean upon you. It is as wrong to encourage the man addicted
to the vice of borrowing, as the one with the vice of alcohol or drugs. One depends upon his
acquaintances to tide him over hard places, instead of upon his own
strength of character, and the other depends upon stimulants for the
same purpose. The too ready lender is almost as great an
evil to humanity as rum or opium, since he too helps
a man to kill his own better nature and destroy his self respect. If you were able and willing to pay rents
of all the poor people you know, and clothe their children, you would
soon produce a condition of settled pauperism among them. Large and frequent favors of a
financial nature are an injury to anyone, even if it is your son or
brother. Let no man lean on anyone save God and his
own divine self. But little helps, when they are unexpected,
arouse hope and awaken new faith and new ambition in a discouraged
soul. Look about you for
such souls, the worn and weary father of a brood of hungry children,
the widow struggling with adverse fate in an effort to clothe and
educate a child, the tired shop girl who uses all her earnings to sustain
her parents, the ambitious boy or girl eager for a chance in life, and
the poor cripple or invalid seeking health. You will find them all about
you. Do not be afraid to use a dollar here or there
to give these worthy ones a happy surprise, no matter how
poor you are. It is an
insult to the Opulent Creator to suppose you will suffer want and
poverty if you help those who are in temporary misfortune. You will
not. Ofttimes we read and hear of the open handed
generous man who helped everybody, and who never refused to
aid a needy brother, and who ended his life in penury because of
his generosity. Never
believe these tales until you investigate them. Invariably you will find
not generosity but extravagance and utter lack of forethought, caused
the mans financial ruin. I recall a gifted young woman who gave freely
to all who asked her assistance and who died a lingering death
as a charity patient in a hospital. Yet this young woman had expended ten dollars
on foolish and rapid living where she gave one in charity
it was her wasteful extravagance, not her open heart of sympathy,
which made her a pauper. It has been my observation that dollars planted
in the soil of benevolence grow into harvests of prosperity. The man who is not
afraid to use his small means to assist others need not fear poverty. 30 Womans Opportunity The greatest opportunity to better the world
which can come to any woman is through the experience of maternity. The power of prenatal
influence which a mother possesses is awe inspiring to realize. It has
been said upon excellent authority that Napoleons mother read
Roman history with absorbing interest during the months preceding his
birth. Think of the nations and the centuries influenced
by that one womans mental concentration! The geography of the world was
changed by her power of focused thought. In all probability Napoleons mother did not
know what she was doing she was not conscious of the destiny her mind
was shaping for her unborn child, nor of the law governing such
conditions. Women have
been strangely ignorant of this vital truth until recent years it has not
been considered a proper theme for tongue or pen, and today the
great majority of young women marry absolutely uninformed upon the
subject of prenatal influence. Men are equally oblivious of any knowledge
regarding the matter, and consequently make no special effort to keep
the expectant mother of their offspring happy, hopeful, or free of
anxiety and worry during this period. Often they do not strive to aid them in their
own attempts to bestow a desirable temperament upon the unborn
child, but heedlessly and needlessly aggravate or grieve the mind
which is stamping its impress upon an unborn soul. It is just here that the New Thought can perform
its greatest miracles of good. Even the woman who has not been enlightened
upon the law of ante birth influence will, if a true disciple of the
Religion of Right living, bring healthy and helpful children into the
world, because her normal state of mind will be inclusive of those
three qualities and her continued and repeated assertions of her own
divine nature will shape the brain of her child in optimistic and
reverential mold. There is the old law of the continual falling
of the drop of water upon the stone to be verified in the spiritual
plane. Continual assertions of a
mother that her child will be all that she desires it to be, will wear
away the stone of inherited tendencies, and bring into physical being a
malleable nature wholly amenable to the after influences and efforts
she may bring to bear upon it. It is a tremendous responsibility which
rests upon the woman who knows she is to be a mother of a human
being. A hundred ancestors may have contributed certain
qualities to that invisible and formless atom which contains
an immortal soul, yet the mothers mind has the power to remake and rebuild
all those characteristics, and to place over them her
own dominating impulse, whether for good or ill. Surely, if success in the arts or the sciences
is worthy of years of devoted attention and interested effort, the
molding of a noble human being is worth eight or nine months of concentrated
thought and unflagging zeal of purpose. Every expectant mother should set herself
about the important business God has entrusted her with, unafraid, and confident of her divine
mission. She should direct her mind into wholesome
and optimistic channels she should read inspiring books
and think loving and large thoughts. She should pray and aspire! and always should
she carry in her mind the ideal of the child she would mother, and command from the great
Source of all Opulence the qualities she would desire to perpetuate. And they will be given. 31 Balance Avoid all strained and abstruse language,
when conversing with people who may not have entered this realm of thought. Do not allow anyone
to think of you as a lunatic, or a crank, unnecessarily. Of course there
are people in the world who consider everyone a lunatic who holds an
opinion differing from their own. But it can do you, or your
philosophy, no good to thrust its most difficult phases before the
minds of the unawakened, by vague and high flown expressions. I once chanced to call upon a lady who had,
quite unknown to me, entered upon the study of Christian Science. She remarked to me,
almost as soon as the greetings were exchanged, I had a claim to
meet for three days this week, but I have come through it and am
victorious. I supposed the lady referred to some business
matter, perhaps a legal affair, and waited an explanation. After considerable
rambling conversation, I managed to grasp the fact that the woman
had been sick in the house three days, but now was well. She
considered her illness a mere claim her mortal mind had made
which she had to meet and combat. This sort of talk is very ridiculous. We need not talk about every
ailment which attacks us as we move along toward the condition of
perfect health which belongs to us! But if we do speak of
indisposition, let us use common sense language. What we want to realize is, that we are in
the body, but that the spirit can control bodily conditions, if we give
it the ascendancy, to the extent of keeping us well, moral, useful,
and comfortable even in the midst of sickness, vice, indolence and poverty. We can rise above
these false elements, and subjugate them. Meanwhile we cannot live without food, clothes
and money. Despise
and ignore these vulgar things as we may assume to do, we yet must
have them. It brings only ridicule upon ourselves and
our ideas to make this pretense of despising the necessities
of life. To make them
secondary in our thoughts to spiritual knowledge is right and wise, but
this is better illustrated by our lives and conduct than by our words. This is the end of The Heart of the New Thought,
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