THE MAGIC IN YOUR MIND
This book reveals a mental magic that assures success, that absolutely guarantees increased achievement, whether your profession
is in the arts or business, in science or sales, in sports, war, or politics. Here you will learn the secret way in which your mind is tied
to the source of all power; you will learn how you are capable of
becoming anything and doing anything you can visualize.
Every man’s consciousness is constantly changing, is trapped at
the knife-edge overlap of past and future, reacts rather than acts, is
incomplete and partial, eternally seeks itself, for since the mere
state of being throws no light on that state, consciousness learns of
itself through reaction to outside stimuli. If a man comes to believe
he is unsuccessful, it is because he carries the impression he has
been unsuccessful, and this conclusion, once adopted, inescapably
molds him into the shape of the thing he believes, locks him in a
prison of his own making.
The magic by which a man becomes free is imagination. By training himself to cast up mental pictures of the thing he desires, by resisting sensual stimuli, even envisaging the exact opposite, he
tends to assume a factual position in accordance with his vision,
for his vision then becomes his experience, rather than the sensual
stimuli that moved him before. Consciousness always assumes a
form to suit its knowledge of itself, and where such knowledge
breaks beyond the limits imposed by sensory experience, man begins to grow into the image of the Secret Self.
There is only one mind in all creation; that mind is in everyone, is
in its true state of being not confined to anyone, not confined to the
body. It is a central, knowing consciousness in which everything
dwells, which dwells in everything. In a bodily-confined state it assumes the limitations imposed upon it by the knowledge of itself
which it receives through the senses, but when bondage to those
4 senses is broken by development of an inner power to perceive and
know directly, then slavery to its embodiment is at an end.
Perfect action and perfect works stem from an inner conviction of
the mental cause behind all things. A man changes the state of his
outer world by first changing the state of his inner world. Everything that comes to him from outside is the result of his own consciousness. When he changes that consciousness he alters his perception and thus the world he sees. By coming to a clear understanding of the process and effect of mental imagery he is led irrevocably along the correct path to his goal.
By working with this cause of all things—his own consciousness—he achieves infallibility in works, for inasmuch as his mental imagery propels him into
action, that action is always true to the picture in his mind and will
deliver him its material counterpart certainly.
In this book you will find a program for training the image power
of the mind, so that a scene or situation cast up in consciousness
will arrive in three dimensions, with color and sound, pulsing with
life, as real for you as the outside world. Haven’t you ever dreamed
such dreams? Haven’t you sometimes in sleep become immersed
in a mental and spiritual world with such solidity and dimension
that you were certain it was real and the material world a delusion?
If ever you have known the overwhelming power of mental imagery to influence your attitude and perception, then you will
quickly see that the salvation of each of us is to train his image
power to obey him. In this manner it is possible to become free
from the promptings and urgings of nature, from death and disease
and destruction, from ineffectuality and frustration. For the man
whose inner power of vision transcends the constantly distracting
stimuli of the outer world has taken charge of his own life, is truly
master of his fate.
I give you the end of a golden string:
Only wind it into a ball,—
It will lead you in at Heaven’s gate,
Built in Jerusalem’s wall. (WILLIAM BLAKE)
THE HIDDEN CAUSE OF ALL THINGS
SHAKESPEARE’S Hamlet in his famed soliloquy pondered,
“To be or not to be,” and thus faced squarely the primary challenge of life. Most people only exist, never truly are at all. They
exist as predictable equations, reacting rather than acting, walking
compendiums of aphorisms and taboos, reflexes and syndromes.
Surely the gods must chuckle at the ironic spectacle of robots fancying themselves free, but still, when finally the embodied consciousness rises above the pain-pleasure principle of nature, then the true meaning of freedom is made apparent at last.
ACTION VERSUS REACTION
We exist in order that we may become something more than we
are, not through favorable circumstance or auspicious occurrence,
but through an inner search for increased awareness. To be, to become, these are the commandments of evolving life, which is going somewhere, aspires to some unsealed heights, and the awakened soul answers the call, seeks, grows, expands. To do less is to
sink into the reactive prison of the ego, with all its pain, suffering,
limitation, decay, and death. The man who lives through reaction
to the world about him is the victim of every change in his environment, now happy, now sad, now victorious, now defeated, affected but never affecting. He may live many years in this manner, rapt with sensory perception and the ups and downs of his surface
self, but one day pain so outweighs pleasure that he suddenly perceives his ego is illusory, a product of outside circumstances only.
Then he either sinks into complete animal lethargy or, turning
away from the senses, seeks inner awareness and self-mastery.
Then he is on the road to really living, truly becoming; then he begins to uncover his real potential; then he discovers the miracle of
his own consciousness, the magic in his mind.
Mastery over life is not attained by dominion over material things,
but by mental perception of their true cause and nature. The wise
man does not attempt to bend the world to fit his way or to coerce
events into a replica of his desires, but instead strives for a higher
consciousness that enables him to perceive the secret cause behind
all things. Thus he finds a prominent place in events; by his utter
harmony with them he actually appears to be molding them. He
moves effortlessly through the most strenuous action, the most perilous times, because his attunement with the mental force that controls the universe guides him to perform the work that needs to be done.
This mental force that controls the universe may be called anything
you like and visualized any way you choose. The important thing
is to understand that it exists, to know something about how it
works, what your relationship to it is. It might, for instance, be likened to an enormous electromagnetic field. All conscious forms of
life then would be tiny electro-magnetic fields within the universal
field and finding positions within it, each according to the kind and
quality of its field. Where each individual field would wind up
within the main field then would be a matter of inexorable law and
absolutely unavoidable, as is illustrated by the millions of people
who perform the same tasks over and over with absolutely the
same results, almost as if following ritual. Perhaps they are always
sick, always defeated, “just barely misers,” perhaps always broke,
always out of a job. If we give just the slightest reflection to our
own lives we cannot help but be startled by how we seem dogged
by the same situation in all things, year after year, time after time.
This deadly recurrence is the source of most frustration and mental
illness, is the bottom root of all failure.
Yet it is avoidable. And the way by which it is avoidable brings
complete emancipation of the mind and spirit. For the tiny electro-
magnetic field has inherent within it the ability to change the kind
and quality of its field, so that it will be moved about within the
main field with all the power and sureness of the main field until it
arrives at the position its new quality of consciousness demands.
The important thing to remember about this illustration is that the
tiny electro-magnetic field does not move itself. It is moved by the
large field. And behind its movement lies all the power of the large
field. Any attempt by it to move itself is obviously futile since it is
held in place by a power infinitely greater than itself. And it is held
where it is because of what it is. The moment a change occurs
within itself, it is moved by a power outside itself to a new position
in the field, one in keeping with its new potential.
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- THE HIDDEN CAUSE OF ALL THINGS 7
- DISCOVERING THE SECRET SELF 34
- THE GREATEST MAGIC OF ALL 60
- SELF-MASTERY 83
- MIND OVER MATTER 105
- MENTAL IMAGERY 127
- THE POWER OF CHOICE 148
- OVERCOMING OPPOSITION 168
- DEVELOPING SKILLS 190
- CREATING YOUR OWN TALENT 209
- HOW TO USE YOUR SIXTH SENSE 230
- THE MENTAL ATTITUDE THAT
NEVER FAILS 245