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The Psalms are full of declarations, to the effect that
wholeness is the natural result of abiding in God.
Healing is biblical.








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Prayer Is communion, aspiration, soul-contact with
God. The ideal prayer is not a petition for things,
for Infinite Love has already bestowed the best,
though we may be unconscious of it. To expect a
change on God's part would imply that He is imper-
fect. The ruling desire of each soul is its prayer,
therefore each one prays '' without ceasing," wisely
or unwisely. If it be for wealth, pleasure, renown, or
sensuous gratification, the answer is upon the same
low plane. The response comes, but proves unsatis-
fying. But true prayer wields divine forces and makes
them ministries of blessing. It discovers and utilizes
divine law. Every prayer for the best is eternally
answered — on God's part — but not to us — unless
we come into at-one-ment.

" All things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe
that ye have received them, and ye shall have them."
(Mark xi. 24. New Version.)

If ruling desire binds me to God, I shall receive
what is God-like. I link myself there, and not to dust.
I pray to be whole, and on God's part the answer is
eternally complete. To pray is to lift the soul into
unison with the Eternal Goodness.



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As the building is complete in the mind of the
architect before it appears outwardly, so the divine
innermost is already perfect, waiting for me to bring
it into the external. I am well, because the spiritual
is the real, even if it be not yet outwardly manifest.
How shall I actualize the inward ideal ? By thought-
concentration upon it, and by identifying the conscious
ego with it. / am spirit, not matter. / am whole,
despite outer appearances. The real ego being per-
fect, I am potentially sound in mind and body. The:
spirit of wholeness is in contact with every fibre and
tissue of my organism. In God's strength I affirm
that my (naming seemingly diseased parts or mem-
bers) are already well, strong, and beautiful. The
spiritual body of correspondence is divinely complete,
and that is the /. I bolt the door of thought against
every mental picture of imperfection and disorder. I
hold only the perfect, and affirm nothing less. I also
claim entire supremacy over intellect and memory. I
will forget the evil and remember the good. I am.
whole, mentally and physically.








'' But Jesus saith unto him, Follow me ; and leave
the dead to bury their own dead."

I hereby bury my negation, weakness, fear, selfish-
ness, and all doubt under a mountain of positive, in-
tense, living Truth.

I am perfectly sound in mind and body. Nothing
in the universe -ean hinder my progress.
' I am the child of God. The divine will is my will.

It is only good. I understand and feel it.

I am strong in the Lord, one with my Father.

I am in loving relation to the universal order.

I am peace to all my environment.

I am Love, and radiate it everywhere.

Goodness is flowing into me.

Christ is iormed in me and is the All.

I have overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil.

I " walk after the Spirit."

'' For all things are yours ; whether Paul, or Apollos,
or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things
present, or things to come ; all are yours ; and ye are
Christ's ; and Christ is God's."



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One great field which the author of Ideal Suggestion believes
will open to it in the near future, is the reformation of inebriety.
The world is struggling with the problem of finding an efficient
remedy for the slavery to intoxicants. There is no common agree-
ment as to the best means to accomplish this purpose, and the
efforts put forth are spasmodic, unsystematic and unscientific.
The great organized movements for the suppression of intemper-
ance have changed during the last few decades, and in some
respects the trend seems to have been reactionary.

The Washingtonian movement, with the moral enthusiasm which
followed, and education and moral suasion in general, have been
largely displaced by efforts toward legal prohibition and external
suppression. No disparagement is cast upon prohibition, so far as
it goes, but it does not cure inebriety. It is unfortunate that it
has popularly come to be regarded as synonymous with temperance,
and therefore it has largely overshadowed and displaced organized
moral agencies. Under the most favorable conditions it is external,
and inadequate to the great end desired by its well-meaning and
conscientious advocates.

Another phase of present thought, is the idea that inebriety is a
disease of the body^ and that it can be cured by material medi-
cation. This view has gained considerable acceptance from the
fact that many cures take place through the power of numerous,



subtle and unconscious mental influences which are generally un-
appreciated or ignored. It is unnecessary to enlarge upon this
solution of the seeming results of medication ; for those who have
perused Part I. of this book will find every phenomenon abundantly
accounted for in accordance with the laws of mental causation.

Inebriety is cured temporarily by '^ hypnotic suggestion." Vivid
mental impressions imposed by another mind change the victim's ■
likes, tastes, and even his ruling appetite. This assertion does not
need to be verified to any who are aware of the progress of hyp-
notic research in a few of the noted institutes of Europe, and to a
much less extent in this country. The mere experimental stage
has been passed.

The inebriate needs to be ^^t free — cured from within — which-
involves the overcoming of the old consciousness by a new and
higher one. Suggestion is the human motor. To pass a saloon,
suggests a drink. A feeling of depression or weakness does the
same on account of the known temporary exhilaration which fol-
lows. On the other side, things external, especially the palpable,
forfeited respect of his fellows, suggests to the victim that he is a
victim. Everything within and without concurs regarding his deg-
radation. The lower selfhood is emphasized, and the conscious-
ness sinks into animalism. Now what does he need t Most
assuredly vivid suggestio?is of the opposite and higher. In some *
way they must be lodged in his mind. If he have any desire for
release — and almost every one does in some degree — Ideal
Suggestion furnishes a systematic means to the end. In propor-
tion as it is thoroughly followed, mental laws insure positive results.

Let us briefly outline a possible reformatory conducted in accord
with the laws of suggestion as they shape mental action. What
\NO\\\d he t\i& modus opera?2di? In the first place the inebriate /«
man would not be recognized, but utterly ignored. The theory in
all instruction and intercourse would be, that the divine in man is


the man. He is ideally whole, potentially perfect, — a child of God.
Everything must emphasize that suggestion. All this would natu- .
rally include the exercises in mental photography as formulated in
this work. These and kindred ideals would be graphically im-
pressed upon the mental field of vision. This action, to the outer
sense, could be heightened by the employment of words in electric
light, or formed of tiny gas-jets in a background of darkness,
instead of the common printed text. An hour's exposure to such
ideals during each day would produce a remarkable impress upon
the mental vision. The rational use of some such unique means
will be easily grasped when it is understood that the object is a
vivid mental picture. Take such " suggestions " as " I am free,"
" I am soul," or " God is here." After a few days they would
stand out before the mind, by night and by day. They would be |
seen in words of Jt?'e before the saloon-entrance, and flame up in
the mind's eye at every call of the appetite. The higher self-con-
sciousness thus gained would make it plain to the man that it was
only the animal, and not hifjiself, who craved the stimulant.

Such an institution is to-day only an imaginary one ; but it would
be in accord with the laws of mind, and it is to be hoped that it
may have a practical trial in the not distant future. In the past,
under traditional and materialistic theories, retreats and asylums
have entirely disregarded the immutable order of mental causation.
Their aims have been good, but their methods have not fitted the
laws of mind, and the power of ideals has been unappreciated.
Now that human duality, or the double consciousness, is becoming
understood, the way is open through idealism for a great advance-
ment. It is quite true that the philosophy here advanced may
seem strange, and perhaps visionary, to many whose thinking has
been superficial, but such has been the verdict which at first has
greeted every great advance of history.


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/. The Nature of God. VII. The Solidarity of the Race.

II. Revelation through Nature.

III. Direct Revelation.

IV, Biblical Revelation.

V. Revelation through the Son.

VI. The Universality of law.

VIII. Man's Dual Nature.

IX. The Unseen Realm.

X. Evolution as a Key.

XI. From the Old to the New.

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