One who never turned his back but marched breast forward,
Never doubted clouds would break,
Never dreamed though right were worsted
Wrong would triumph,
Held we fall to rise, are baffled to fight better,
Sleep to wake."
AMONG your friends there is one of those men who doesn't have much
use for the word "can't." You marvel at his capacity for work.
You'll admire him the more the longer you know him.
You'll always respect him.
For he not only has made good, but he always will make good. He
has found and appropriated to himself the [paragraph continues] "Talisman of Napoleon"--absolute confidence
The world loves a leader. All over the world, in every walk of
life, people are eagerly seeking for some one to follow. They want
some one else to do their thinking for them; they need some one to
hearten them to action; they like to have some one else on whom to
lay the blame when things go wrong; they want some one big enough to
share the glory with them when success crowns his efforts.
But to instill confidence in them, that leader must have utter
confidence in himself. A Roosevelt or a Mussolini who did not
believe in himself would he inconceivable. It is that which makes
men invincible--the Consciousness of their own Power. They put no
limit upon their own capacities--therefore they have no limit. For Universal Mind sees all, knows all, and
can do all, and we share in this absolute power to the exact extent
to which we permit ourselves. Our mental attitude is the magnet that
attracts from Universal Mind everything we may need to bring our
desires into being. We make that magnet strong or weak as we have
confidence in or doubt of our abilities. We draw to ourselves
unlimited power or limit ourselves to humble positions according to
our own beliefs.
A long time ago Emerson wrote: "There is one mind common to all
individual men. Every man is an inlet to the same and to all of the
same. He that is once admitted to the right of reason is made a
freeman of the whole estate. What Plato has thought, he may think;
what a saint has felt, he may feel; what at any time has befallen any man, he can understand. Who
hath access to this Universal Mind, is a party to all that is or can
be done, for this is the only and sovereign agent."
The great German physicist, Nernst, found that the longer an
electric current was made to flow through a filament of oxide of
magnesium, the greater became the conductivity of the filament.
In the same way, the more you call upon and use your subconscious
mind, the greater becomes its conductivity in passing along to you
the infinite resources of Universal Mind. The wisdom of a Solomon,
the skill of a Michael Angelo, the genius of an Edison, the daring
of a Napoleon, all may be yours. It rests with you only to form the
contact with Universal Mind in order to draw from it what you will.
Think of this power as something that you can connect with any
time. It has the answer to all of your problems. It offers you
freedom from fear, from worry, from sickness, from accident. No man
and no thing can interfere with your use of this power or diminish
your spare of it. No one, that is, but yourself.
Don Carlos Musser expresses it well in "You Are":
"Because of the law of gravitation the apple falls to the ground.
Because of the law of growth the acorn becomes a mighty oak. Because
of the law of causation, a man is 'as he thinketh in his heart.'
Nothing can happen without its adequate cause."
Success does not come to you by accident. It comes as the logical
result of the operation of law. Mind, working through your brain and your body, makes your world. That it is
not a better world and a bigger one, is due to your limited thoughts
and beliefs. They dam back the flood of ideas that Mind is
constantly striving to manifest through you. God never made a
failure or a nobody. He offers to the highest and the lowest alike,
all that is necessary to happiness and success. The difference is
entirely in the extent to which each of us AVAILS himself of that
There is no reason why you should hesitate to aspire to any
position, any honor, any goal, for the Mind within you is fully able
to meet any need. It is no more difficult for it to handle a great
problem than a small one. Mind is just as much present in your
little everyday affairs as in those of a big business or a great
nation. Don't set it doing trifling rums in arithmetic when it might just as well be solving problems
of moment to yourself and the world.
Start something! Use your initiative. Give your mind something to
work upon. The greatest of all success secrets is initiative. It is
the one quality which more than any other has put men in high
Conceive something. Conceive it first in your own mind. Make the
pattern there and your subconscious mind will draw upon the plastic
substance or energy all about you to make that model real.
Drive yourself. Force yourself. It is the dreamer, the man with
imagination, who has made the world move. Without him, we would
still be in the Stone Age.
Galileo looked at the moon and dreamed of how he might reach it.
The telescope was the fruition of that dream. Watt dreamed of what might be done with
steam--and our great locomotives and engines of today are the
result. Franklin dreamed of harnessing the lightning--and today we
have man-made thunderbolts.
Initiative, plus imagination, will take you anywhere. Imagination
opens the eyes of the mind, and there is nothing good you can image
there that is not possible of fulfillment in your daily life.
Imagination is the connecting link between the human and the
Divine, between the formed universe and formless energy. It is, of
all things human, the most God-like. It is our part of Divinity.
Through it we share in the creative power of Universal Mind. Through
it we can turn the most drab existence into a thing of life and
beauty. It is the means by which we avail ourselves of all the good which Universal Mind is constantly offering to us
in such profusion. It is the means by which we can reach any goal,
win any prize.
What was it gave us the submarine, the aeroplane, wireless,
electricity? Imagination. What was it that enabled man to build the
Simplon Tunnel, the Panama Canal, the Hell Gate span? Imagination.
What is it that makes us successful and happy, or poor and
friendless? Imagination--or the lack of it.
It was imagination that sent Spanish and English and French
adventurers to this new world. It was imagination that urged the
early settlers westward--ever westward. It was imagination that
built out railroads, our towns, our great cities.
Parents foolishly try to discourage imagination in their
children, when all it needs is proper guidance. For imagination forms the world from which their future will take its shape.
Restrain the one and you constrict the other. Develop the one in the
right way, and there is no limit to the other. Uncontrolled, the
imagination is like a rudderless ship. Or even, at times, like the
lightning. But properly controlled, it is like the ship that carries
riches from port to port. Or like the electric current, carrying
unlimited power for industry and progress.
Do you want happiness? Do you want success? Do you want position,
power, riches? Image them! How did God first make man? "In his image
created He him." He "imaged" man in His Mind.
And that is the way everything has been made since time began. It
was first imaged in Mind. That is the way everything you want must start--with a mental image.
So use your imagination! Picture in it your Heart's Desire.
Imagine it--daydream it so vividly, so clearly, that you will
actually BELIEVE you HAVE it. In the moment that you carry this
conviction to your subconscious mind--in that moment your dream will
become a reality. It may be a while before you realize it, but the
important part is done. You have created the model. You can safely
leave it to your subconscious mind to do the rest.
When Jesus adjured His disciples--"Whatsoever ye desire, when ye
pray, believe that ye RECEIVE it," He was not only telling them a
great truth, but he was teaching what we moderns would call
excellent psychology as well. For this "belief" is what acts upon
the subconscious mind. It is through this "belief" that formless energy is
compressed into material form.
Every man wants to get out of the rut, to grow, to develop into
something better. Here is the open road--open to you whether you
have schooling, training, position, wealth, or not. Remember this:
Your subconscious mind knew more from the time you were a baby than
is in all the books in all the colleges and libraries of the world.
So don't let lack of training, lack of education, hold you back.
Your mind can meet every need--and will do so if you give it the
chance. The Apostles were almost all poor men, uneducated men, yet
they did a work that is unequalled in historical annals. Joan of Arc
was a poor peasant girl, unable to read or write--yet she saved
France! The pages of history are dotted with poor men, uneducated men, who thought
great thoughts, who used their imaginations to master circumstances
and became rulers of men. Most great dynasties started with some
poor, obscure man. Napoleon came of a poor, humble family. He got
his appointment to the Military Academy only through very hard work
and the pulling of many political strings. Even as a Captain of
Artillery he was so poverty-stricken that he was unable to buy his
equipment when offered an appointment to India. Business today is
full of successful men who have scarcely the rudiments of ordinary
education. It was only after he had made his millions that Andrew
Carnegie hired a tutor to give him the essentials of an education.
So it isn't training and it isn't education that make you successful. These help, but the thing that really
counts is that gift of the Gods--Creative Imagination!
You have that gift. Use it! Make every thought, every fact, that
comes into your mind pay you a profit. Make it work and produce for
you. Think of things--not as they are but as they MIGHT be. Make
them real, live and interesting. Don't merely dream--but CREATE!
Then use your imagination to make that CREATION of advantage to
mankind--and, incidentally, yourself.
Suggested Further Reading
The Secret of the Ages, by Robert Collier, .
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