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Author of

The Ideal Made Real," " The Great Within," "What

Is Truth," " On the Heights," " The Hidden

Secret," "How to Stay Young," "Your

Forces and How to Use Them,"

"Poise and Power," "The

Pathway of Roses,"




Copyright 1912




I. The Greatest Power in Man 7

II. The Best Use of the Mind 14

III. What Determines Mental Action 25

IV. The Leading Metaphysical Law 37

V. How the Mind Makes the Man 48

VI. How Mental Pictures Become Reali-
ties 60

VII. The Increase of Mental Power 73

VIII. The Within and the Without. ...... 83

IX. Finding Your Place in Life 95

X. When All Things Work for Good ... 104

XL With What Measure Ye Mete 116

XII. Finding Material for Mind Building. 125

XIII. Building the Superior Mind 139

XIV. The Secret of the Master Mind 147

XV. The Power of Mind Over Body 156

XVI. The Power of Mind Over Destiny ... 162

XVII. The X-Ray Power of the Mind 169

XVIII. When Mind is Broad and Deep 180

XIX. The Greatest Mind of All 187

XX. When Mind is On the Heights 196




Everything that is in action must necessarily
work through definite laws. And as the mind is in
constant action, alternating its actions at almost
every turn of thought or feeling, it is evident that
a vast number of laws are employed by the mental
process. To know how the mind works, therefore,
we must know something about these laws.

In the following pages the most important of the
mental and metaphysical laws known to date are
considered from every possible viewpoint, the prin-
cipal object being to ascertain their real nature as
well as their power and use. In addition, a number
of psychological ideas are presented that will throw
light both on the inner and the outer workings of
the mind.

No effort, however, has been made to delve into
the mysteries of the mind; this will be done in
another work, the object here being to present the
practical side of mental action, and present it in
such a way that anyone may learn to use the powers
of the mind properly. And at the present stage of
psychological study, this is the most important. We
want to know how the mind does work so that we
may, in all mental work, use the mind in the best,
the fullest and the most effective manner.


The fact that we have, in the past, known prac-
tically nothing about the real workings of the mind,
and also that there are only a few minds, even in
the present, that have gained the power to direct
and control mental action according to system,
design and law, should make the study of this book
both interesting and profitable. In fact, we are
convinced that all who understand the purpose and
the message of this book will become highly en-
thused over its practical value; and will accordingly
gain more from its perusal than tongue can ever

That this number may be very large in the pres-
ent, and constantly become larger in the future, is
our dearest wish in this connection; for when you
know that a certain thing is so very true and so
very important, you want everybody else, if possi-
ble, to gain all that you have gained from the under-
standing and use of that particular thing.

And this is natural; we all want to share the
truth with others; we all want everybody to gain
that power through which the richest and the best
that life has in store may be realized ; and this fact
proves that there is far more of the noble in human
nature than we have previously believed. How-
ever, it is only as we learn to use the mind in har-
mony with the natural and orderly workings of
mental law, that everything that is noble in human
nature will find expression.



It is now a demonstrated fact that the powers and
the possibilities that are inherent in the mind of
man are practically unbounded. And this conclu-
sion is based upon the discovery that no limit can
be found to anything in human nature, and that
everything in human nature contains a latent capac-
ity for perpetual development. This discovery, and
no discovery of greater importance has appeared in
any age, gives man a new conception of himself, a
conception which when applied will necessarily rev-
olutionize the entire sphere of human thought and

To be able to discern the real significance of this
new conception will naturally constitute the greatest
power in man, and should therefore be given the
first thought in all efforts that have advancement,
attainment or achievement in view. The purpose
of each individual should be not simply to cultivate
and apply those possibilities that are now in evi-
dence, but also to develop power to discern and
fathom what really exists within him. This power



is the greatest power because it prepares the way
for the attainment and expression of all other pow-
ers. It is the power that unlocks the door to every-
thing that is great and wonderful in man, and must
therefore be understood and applied before any-
thing of real value can be accomplished through
human thought or action.

The principal reason why the average person
remains weak and incompetent is found in the fact
that he makes no effort to fathom and understand
the depths of his real being. He tries to use what
is in action on the surface, but is unconscious of
the fact that enormous powers are in existence in
the greater depth of his life. These powers are
dormant simply because they have not been called
into action, and they will continue to lie dormant
until man develops his greatest power; that is, the
power to discern what really exists within him.

The fundamental cause of failure is found in the
belief that what exists on the surface is all there
is of man. And the reason why greatness is the
rare exception instead of the universal rule can be
traced to the same cause. When the mind discovers
that its powers are inexhaustible and that its facul-
ties and talents can be developed to the very highest
degree imaginable, and to any degree beyond that,
the fear of failure will entirely disappear. In its
stead will come the conviction that man may attain
anything or achieve anything, provided, of course,


he works within the natural sphere of universal law.
Whatever circumstances may be today such a mind
will know that all can be changed; that this condi-
tion can be made to pass away, and that the vacancy
may be filled with the heart's most cherished desire.

That mind that can discern what exists in the
depths of the real life of man does not simply change
its views as to what man may attain or achieve, but
actually begins to draw upon the inexhaustible
power within, and begins at once to develop and
apply the greater possibilities that this deeper dis-
cernment has revealed. When man can see, feel
and understand what exists beneath the surface of
his life, the expression of this deeper life begins,
because whatever we become conscious of that we
invariably bring forth into tangible expression.
And since the deeper life contains innumerable pos-
sibilities as well as unbounded power, it is evident
that when the deeper life is clearly discerned, any-
thing within the human sphere may be attained or

The idea that there is more and more of man than
what appears on the surface should be so constantly
and so deeply impressed upon the mind that it be-
comes a positive conviction, and no thought should
be placed in action unless it is based upon this con-
viction. To live, think and act in the realization of
the fact that there is "more of me" should be the
constant purpose of every individual. When this


is done the more will constantly develop, coming
forth in greater and greater measure, giving added
power, capacity and life to everything that is in
action in the human system.

When the average person fails he either blames
circumstances or comes to the conclusion that he
was not equal to the occasion. He is therefore
tempted to give up, and tries to be content with the
lesser. But if he knew that there was more in him
than what he had applied in this undertaking he
would not give up. He would know that by devel-
oping this "more" he positively would succeed
where he had previously failed. It is therefore
evident that when man gives attention to his great-
est power, that is, the power to discern the more
that is in him, he will never give up until he does
succeed ; and in consequence he invariably will suc-

That individual who knows his power does not
judge according to appearances. He never permits
himself to believe that this or that cannot be done.
He knows that those things can be done because he
has discovered the more which really exists within
him. He works in the conviction that he must and
will succeed because he has the power. And this
is the truth. He does have the power. We all have
the power.

To live, think and work in the attitude that there
is more of you within the great depths of your being,


and to know that there is more of you within the
great depths of your being, and to know that this
"more" is so immense that no limit to its power can
be found, will cause the mind to come in closer and
closer touch with this greater power. And you
will in consequence gain more and more of this
power. The mind that lives in this attitude
opens the door of consciousness, so to speak, to
everything in human life that has real quality and
worth. It places itself in that position where it can
respond to the best that exists within itself. And
modern psychology has discovered that this "best"
is extraordinary in quality, limitless in power, and
contains possibilities that cannot be numbered.

It is the truth that man is a marvelous being, and
the greatest power in man is the power to discern
this marvelousness that really does exist within him.
It is the law that we steadily develop and bring
forth whatever we think of the most. We shall
therefore find it highly profitable to think constantly
of our deeper nature and to try in every manner and
form imaginable to fathom the limitlessness and the
inexhaustibleness of these great and marvelous

In practical life this mode of thinking will have
the same effect upon the personal mind as that which
is secured when placing an ordinary wire in contact
with a wire that is charged. The great within is a
live wire. When the mind touches the great within


it becomes charged with the same immense power.
And the mind is more or less in touch with the great
within when it lives, thinks, and works in the firm
conviction that there is "more of me," so much
more that it cannot be measured.

We can receive from the deeper life only that
which we recognize, because consciousness is the
power between the outer life and the great within;
and we open the door only to those things of which
we become conscious. The principal reason, there-
fore, why the average person does not possess
greater powers and talents is because he is not con-
scious of more. And he is not conscious of more
because he has not recognized the depths of his real
life, and has not tried to fathom the possibilities
that are latent within him.

The average person lives on the surface. He
thinks that the surface is all there is of him, and
therefore does not place himself in touch with the
live wire of his great and inexhaustible nature

within. He does not exercise his greatest power

the power to discern what his whole nature may
contain, and therefore does not unlock the door to
any of his other powers. This being true, we can
readily understand why mortals are weak. They
are weak simply because they have chosen weak-
ness. But when they choose power and greatness
they shall positively become what they have chosen


to become. And we all can choose power and great-
ness, because it is in us.

We all admit that there is more in man than what
is expressed in the average person. We may differ
as to how much more, but the more should be devel-
oped, expressed and applied. It is unjust both to
the individual and to the race to remain in the
lesser when it is possible to attain the higher, the
richer and the greater. It is right that we all should
ascend to the higher and the greater now. And
the greatest power in man reveals the fact that we
all can.



We have at the present time a number of meta-
physical systems, and though they differ consider-
ably in many respects they all produce practically
the same results. We find that no one system is
more successful than the others, and yet they are all
so remarkably successful that modern metaphysics
is rapidly becoming one of the most popular studies
of today. The real secret of all these systems is
found in their power to draw consciousness more
deeply into the realization of the absolute.

The absolute is unconditioned ; therefore the more
deeply consciousness enters the absolute the less
conscious will the mind become of conditions. That
is, the mind will be emancipated more and more
from conditions as it grows into the realization of
that which is unconditioned, or rather above condi-

Any method that will tend to develop in the mind
the consciousness of the absolute will produce eman-
cipation from physical or mental ills, the reason
being that there are no ills in the absolute, and it
is not possible for the mind to be conscious of ills
when it is in the consciousness of that which is



absolutely free from ills. In other words, the mind
cannot be in darkness, weakness or disease when it
is in light, power and health.

Although it is not exact science to state that all
is mind, because it can easily be proven that all is
not mind; nevertheless, the statement that all is
mind has a tendency to resolve consciousness into
the allness of infinite mind, that is, the mind of the
absolute. This will eliminate from the personal
mind the consciousness of personal limitations and
thus produce the realization of the absolute, that
state of being that is free from conditions. It will
also cause the personal mind to function in the con-
sciousness of its unity with the iifipersonal mind
which again is the infinite mind.

In like manner it is not scientific to deny the exist-
ence of matter, because matter does exist. Never-
theless the persistent denial of the existence of
matter has a tendency to eliminate from mind the
consciousness of shape and form, also the limita-
tions and the conditions of shape and form. The
result will be a certain degree of emancipation from
conditions, and accordingly the ills that may have
existed in those conditions will disappear.

The purpose of metaphysical methods is to pre-
vent superficial mental action by deepening thought
into the understanding of real action; that is, to
prevent bondage to the limitations of form by awak-
ening the consciousness of that limitless Hfe that


animates all form, and also to prevent the creation
of imperfect conditions by producing in the mind
the realization of absolutely perfect states. Any
method that will tend to promote these objects in
view will prove healthful to a degree in producing
personal emancipation from sickness, adversity or
want; but if the method is not strictly scientific its
value will be very limited, and will prove to be noth-
ing more than a temporary aid in the lesser aspects
of life.

In this connection we must remember that no
metaphysical method can fully promote the purpose
in view unless it recognizes the reality of the whole
universe and aims to produce advancement in every
individual expression of universal life. However,
every method is at first incomplete, therefore not
strictly scientific. But to be scientific we must give
everything due credit for what it is doing, no matter
how limited it may be in its personal power.

To awaken the consciousness of the real, the
unconditioned and the absolute, it is not necessary
to declare that all is mind, nor is it necessary to
deny the existence of matter. On the contrary, such
methods should be avoided, because they will prove
detrimental to the highest development of the indi-
vidual if employed for any length of time. And
we realize that our purpose is not simply to emanci-
pate man from the ordinary ills of personal life,


but also to develop man to the very highest heights
of real greatness.

There is a world of absolute reality that exists
within and about all things. It permeates all things
and surrounds all things. It is an infinite sea in
which all things live and move and have their being.
It is the source of everything, and being limitless
can give limitless life and power to anything. All
science recognizes this world of absolute reality,
and it is the purpose of metaphysics, that is, the
best use of the mind, to gain that understanding
that will enable any individual to place himself in
perfect conscious touch with that ^orld. This abso-
lute reality is the perfect state of being upon which
all individual being is based. Therefore the more
perfectly conscious the individual becomes of the
absolute, the less imperfection there will be in the
life of the individual. And when individual con-
sciousness is completely resolved in absolute con-
sciousness, the cosmic state is realized a state with
such marvelous beauty and such indescribable joy
that it is worth a thousand ages of pain to come
within its gates for just one single moment.

To develop the consciousness of the absolute and
to grow steadily into the realization of the reality
of perfect being the fundamental essential is to live
habitually in the metaphysical attitude. This is a
distinct attitude, by far the most desirable attitude
of the mind, and comes as a natural result of the


mind's discernment of the existence, the reality and
the absoluteness of the universal sea of uncondi-
tioned life. This attitude is emancipating because
it removes the imperfect by resolving the mind into
the consciousness of the perfect. It produces the
realization of the real and thus floods human life
with the light of the real, that light that invariably
dispels all darkness, whether it be ignorance, adver-
sity, want, weakness, illusion or evil in any form
or condition.

The secret of all metaphysical methods of cure
is found in the peculiar power of the metaphysical
attitude. To enter this attitude is to resolve mind
in the consciousness of the absolute, and since there
is no sickness in the absolute it is not possible for
any mind to feel sickness while in the consciousness
of the absolute. For this reason any method that
will cause the mind to enter the metaphysical atti-
tude will give that mind the power to heal physical
or mental ailments. However, it is not the method
that heals. It is that peculiar power or conscious-
ness that conies when the mind is in the metaphys-
ical attitude. And this power simply implies the
elimination of imperfect conditions by resolving
consciousness into the perfection of absolute states.

The actions of the mind are back of all personal
conditions, therefore when the mind begins to act
in the consciousness of absolute states it will express
the perfection, the health, the wholeness and the


power of those states. And when the qualities of
such states arc expressed, imperfect conditions
must necessarily disappear. Light and darkness
cannot exist in the same place at the same time;
neither can health and disease. When the former
comes the latter is no more. When the mind is
placed in the metaphysical attitude the conscious
realization of the more powerful forces of life is
gained. This means possession and mastery of
those forces, at least in a measure, and the result
will be a decided increase in the power, the capacity
and the ability of every active faculty of the mind.
It is therefore evident that every person who
desires to become much and achieve much should
live habitually in the metaphysical attitude, for it
is in this attitude that the best use of the mind is
secured. The metaphysical attitude is distinct from
the psychical attitude, and it is highly important
for every person to clearly understand this distinc-
tion. Both attitudes will place the mind in touch
with the more powerful forces of life, but the meta-
physical is based upon the conviction that all power
is in itself good, and that the mind naturally controls
all power ; but the psychical attitude has no definite
conviction or purpose regarding the real nature of
power. The metaphysical attitude takes hold of
those finer powers and applies them constructively,
while in the psychical attitude those powers are
more or less in a chaotic state. For this reason the


psychical attitude is nearly always detrimental,
while the metaphysical is never otherwise than
highly beneficial.

To approach the universal life of unbounded wis-
dom and limitless power is usually termed occultism.
We find therefore that metaphysics and occultism
have the same general purpose, and deal largely
with the same elements and powers, but they do not
make the same use of those elements and powers,
nor are the results identical in any sense whatever.
The psychical attitude opens the mind to more power
but takes no definite steps in directing that power
into constructive channels. If the mind is whole-
some and constructive while in the psychical atti-
tude the greater powers thus gained will be benefi-
cial because it will in such a mind be directed prop-
erly. But to enter the psychical while there are ad-
verse tendencies, false ideas or perverted desires in
mind, is decidedly detrimental because this greater
power will at such times be misdirected. And the
greater the power the worse will be the consequence
when misdirection takes place.

To state it briefly, no mind can safely enter the
psychical attitude unless it has a spotless character,
a masterful mind, and knows the truth about every-
thing in this present state of existence. But as this
requirement is practically beyond everybody, we
must conclude that no one can safely enter the psy-
chical state. To enter the psychical attitude is to fill


the personality with new forces, some of which will
be very strong, and if the mind is not constructive
through and through, at the time, some or all of
those forces will become destructive.

However, it is not possible to make the mind con-
structive through and through without entering the
metaphysical attitude ; that is, the mind is not fit to
enter the psychical attitude until it has entered the
metaphysical attitude. But as the same powers are
secured in the metaphysical attitude, the psychical
attitude becomes superfluous. Therefore, to give a
single moment of thought or attention to occultism
is a waste of time.

When a mind enters the metaphysical attitude it
becomes constructive at once, because the metaphys-
ical attitude is naturally a constructive attitude, be-
ing based upon the conviction that all things are in
themselves good and working together for greater
good. All power is good and all power is construc-
tive. All power is beneficial when applied accord-
ing to its true purpose, but no mind can apply power
according to its true purpose until it becomes thor-
oughly constructive, and no mind can become thor-
oughly constructive until it enters the metaphysical

In this attitude all thought and attention is given
to that which makes for better things and greater
things. The mind is placed in such perfect harmony
with the absolute that it naturally follows the law of


the absolute,and to follow this law is to be all that
you can be. It is therefore the very soul of ad-
vancement, attainment and achievement, having
nothing but construction in view.

The fact that the practice of occultism produces
extraordinary phenomena, either upon the physical
plane or in the world of mental imagery gives it an
atmosphere of the marvelous, and therefore it be-
comes extremely fascinating to the senses. Meta-
physics, however, does not aim to appeal directly to

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