Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The Four Greatest Values In Life – James Breckenridge Jones – 03

CTF The Four Greatest Values in Life

(An excerpt from If You Can Count to Four available on Amazon)

The Four Greatest Values In Life

To me, there are four values in life which stand out above all others. They are as follows: Integrity, Faith, Courage and Humility. Let us consider, first of all, Integrity.

Of all the values in the universe, to me, integrity is the greatest. This universe operates on the premise of law and principle. It is designed to operate basically according to an exact science. There is a variable quality and an invariable quality. There is an area of law which is inflexible and there is an area of flexibility, or personality, which is flexible.

But, integrity is a law, just like electricity, gravity, mathematics and chemistry. Integrity, when you thoroughly understand its nature, is something that one would not violate any more than one would violate the laws of electricity if one knew the consequences of such violation. I know that it is necessary to think of integrity as a moral problem until an individual becomes aware of the deeper laws underlying integrity.

In order to protect the individual from the uncomfortable consequences of violating the basic law of integrity, it is necessary that we approach this matter of integrity from a standpoint of morality. In other words, we must lay down certain rules and we must say that it is good if we observe the rules, and it is evil to violate the rules. And then, from a sense of fear, from a sense of respect and a responsibility, an individual, who does not understand the scientific nature of responsibility, will observe the law of respect or the moral aspect of the matter.

But let us all become keenly aware that integrity is a scientific matter, as well as a moral matter, and that when we know the truth about any situation, we will know the quality of integrity, and we will observe that law and that law will respond by bringing us harmony, peace and abundance.

I think the supreme challenge of the age is for mankind to learn that integrity is the greatest value on the highest priority list in the entire universe. There is no value in this entire universe. That should be as great in our concepts as integrity. To understand the truth about a matter is to act in truth, but not to understand it is to express ourselves, according to our degree of understanding, and it will react to us according to our understanding of it. This is a scientific matter.

Next to integrity, I believe that faith is the highest value in life. The English word for faith is an attempt to describe a mental function known to me as an inner understanding or an inner perception. The ability to see the invisible laws of the universe and to see how they function and to understand how they operate and deal with them in a tangible fashion while they are going through the invisible process and before they become visible. That mental quality we call faith.

When we understand the great underlying laws, the invisible laws of the universe, and we deal with them as though they are as tangible as mathematics, then we expressed faith. That is what we call faith. Since these great laws are infinite, and we deal with them in a relative sense, and the relative, in regard to the absolute, has size, color, quality and quantity, and we express this size and color, and the quality and quantity according to our faith or the size and color of our ideals.

In other words, our mind expresses through the instruments of our thoughts and our thoughts are contained in our words, which have size and color, design and texture. For when we say, “According to our faith it is done unto us,” we are saying, “According to our inner perception and according to the size and color of our ideas relative to the infinite, it is done unto us.” So faith is also a tangible law and not something that we just profess to blindly.

However, if we express blind faith and conviction in something and it happens to be, according to its nature or truth, it will also respond to us and bring us harmony and peace, but the challenge is for us to understand these things, and to study them so that we will foresee it and feel it with the inner eyes of faith! We will then be relaxed, harmonious and peaceful and express this life abundantly according to our own perception or our faith.

The next great value, to me, is courage. Courage is a function of mind that expresses itself in terms of intensity of attitude. Our ability to stand up and face life without fear. It really is a quality that is based upon our understanding, because our courage would depend upon our understanding, and according to our understanding, we will be able to react to life positively or with courage. We will be able to do the thing we fear in the process of gaining our understanding.

I think courage is that quality that would cause us to do the thing we fear, would cause us to run the risk of suffering discomfort, in order to learn how to live in a new area of understanding. If we do not have courage, we are afraid to learn new lessons, to accept new ideas and to have new experiences, to enter into the unknown in order that we might learn the unknown and make it known.

It takes courage to run the risk of being insulted in order to learn how to deal with a situation so effectively that we would not be insulted in the future.

It takes courage to jump off a high diving board for the first time when we do not understand exactly how to do it and run the risk of burning blisters on our bodies.

It takes courage to step onto a stage and make a speech and run the risk of being embarrassed until we learn to feel comfortable when making a speech.

It takes courage to punch a doorbell and run the risk of being met with unkindness or discourtesy at the door, or having it slammed in our faces in the process of learning how we may approach on the reference-lead plan.

It takes courage to accept a new idea on the assumption that it is true, and run the risk of having temporary failure and embarrassment if it does not prove to be true, in order that we might learn to get closer to the truth. Yes, courage is a great quality.

Courage is an indispensable quality and to me it is one of the four greatest qualities in the universe.

The next quality, to me, is the great quality of humility. Humility is that quality that comes from knowing who we are, in relationship to ourselves and our fellow man, and in relationship to the Creator of the universe and all of life. We know that of ourselves, we amount to nothing, but we know that when we are aware of this great power in the universe, that through this power, and the laws and the truth of the great appropriation of this power, we can do anything we desire to do, and we can be anything we want to be and have anything we want to have, but I think it is all in giving credit where credit is due.

Yes, humility is knowing the truth about our relationship to life, giving credit where credit is due. It is not the pollyanna-sissy type of attitude or the act that many people put on and call humility. It is a tenacious, stable type of thinking that comes from a habit pattern based on the understanding of life.

Do not think that we, of ourselves, in a separated sense, can do anything. We know that we are all dependent upon each other, upon our Creator, upon so many things. We must recognize that and give credit where credit is due and be humble and kind and we know that we will be harmonious and happy and prosperous.

And so,

  • Integrity is the greatest quality in the universe, and it is a scientific thing. To know the truth is to have integrity. When you understand integrity you would rather give someone $10 than to beat them out of a dollar. You know that the law will bring you happiness, health and abundance if you practice integrity.
  • Faith is that size and color of one’s convictions and inner understanding; and the amount and the quality that one is able to express proportionate to one’s individuality.
  • Courage is that quality which makes it possible for us to learn new things and face the things we fear in order that we might continue to grow in our understanding of life.
  • Humility is understanding our true relationship to life, and not to feel that we can do anything of ourselves, but we can do all things through the great powers with which we are one.

“Make no small plans for they have no magic to stir men’s blood.”


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How To Get A Feeling – James Breckenridge Jones – 03

CTF How to Get a Feeling

(An excerpt from If You Can Count to Four available on Amazon)

How To Get A Feeling

It has been said by lettered men for centuries, and that to have a feeling of happiness is to be happy and have a feeling of abundance is to have an abundance, and to have a feeling of health is to be healthy.

At first, I did not understand the meaning of such statements, and perhaps, you will not, at first, understand the meaning. Now I do have some degree of understanding of such statements, and I find that they have scientific premises, based upon laws that are real and tangible as any other science of which we are so familiar, such as electricity, gravity, mathematics and chemistry.

The conscious mind originates a concept and expresses it in the form of thoughts, ideas and in the form of words. It has been discovered, in psychological research, that the degree of feeling put into these concepts, and expressed, with feeling, in words, to the subconscious, determines the action in the subconscious. That any idea, expressed with feeling to the subconscious by the conscious, must express itself as an experience. That is a scientific, proven fact in psychology.

Yes, any idea that is conceived and well defined, and expressed with strong feeling, is felt by the subconscious, and must expressed as an experience. And everything that is impressed upon the subconscious, by an expressed feeling consciously, must become an experience. Well, what do people want more than anything else? They want a certain type of experience. They want to experience a larger measure of happiness.

They want to experience a larger measure of health and, of course, a large measure of prosperity. So, we design our ideas to contain the type of experiences we want to experience, then we express them with feeling, consciously, and they are impressed upon the subconscious mind, which is the soil of life, and then, in time, when they have had time to gestate and to become an experience, we have the experience.

Now that is the general premise that can be pooled in each of our lives, but how do we get this feeling? Someone says, “Well, I have the concept, I would like to have a certain type of experience, but it does not happen in my life. What is the missing link?

What do I lack? What am I failing to do?” The answer to that is you do not have the feeling for it. We must not only have a concept we must have a feeling for it. Now how do we get this feeling? If we can get the feeling, we can have the experience, no more second if we cannot get the feeling, we cannot have the experience, so the purpose of this chapter is to talk about how to get the feeling.

Now, I would like to introduce what I call the law of reversibility, which is a law in this universe, the same as any other great law, like electricity. The law of reversibility could be illustrated as follows: if you start with a dynamo and a crank on a wheel, you can turn the crank and the wheel and turn the dynamo which we will refer to as physical action. We can start with physical action, and by using physical action, we can turn the dynamo physically and we can create electricity.

On the other hand, we can reverse the process. We can start with electricity, and with electricity, we can turn a wheel or a physical action. In other words, we can reverse the process, we can start with physical action to create electricity or we can start with electricity and create physical action. I’m sure that everybody can understand that.

Now, let’s apply it in a higher level of values. We can start with physical action and create a feeling and then in turn, feeling will create a physical action. Show me a man that has no feeling and if we can ask him to do certain things, which would be physical action, the doing of these things would create action which would be physical action.

Then we can cause him to feel a certain way after he goes through these physical exercises. We can create any kind of a feeling we want by getting him to assume this activity physically. To have him play a certain role physically, he will create within himself a feeling of that role. When he starts the action, he has no feeling for it at all. It is merely an exercise, a physical exercise.

Show me a man who has a certain feeling for a role and he will play the role and do the things that the role calls for. In other words, we can start with physical action and creating feeling, or we can start with feeling and create an action. That is the law of reversibility, and this law works on every level of life. On the first dimension, the second dimension, the third dimension and the fourth dimension.

So, how do we get a feeling?

No matter how cold we may feel toward some idea, we identify the physical action in which we would exercise if we were playing the role, then we decide to do that, at first without feeling, then we do it over and over and over again until we create the feeling, and as soon as we create a strong feeling we are appropriating the basic essence of life.

We can consciously express this feeling; it will be impressed upon the subconscious and anything that is impressed upon the subconscious must become a habitual experience in our lives.

So, while education is a wonderful thing, it is not necessary to have a so-called academic education, perchance you don’t have one. If you have one it is wonderful and I congratulate you, but I do not want anyone who does not have a so-called academic education to say, “Well, this can’t happen to me,” because it isn’t necessary to have an education to propagate this law of reversibility. If you can act like a king, if you can feel like a king, you can be a king. If you can act like you are rich, you can feel like you are rich, and if you can feel like you are rich, you can be rich. If you can act like you are healthy, you can feel like you are healthy, and if you can feel like you are healthy, you can be healthy. All of these laws are fundamental and incorporate all secondary laws, such as nutrition, such as cleanliness, such as exercise. Any secondary law, that any school of thought recommends, is subsidiary to these laws about which I am speaking at this time.

Now, how do you get a feeling? You get a feeling by going through the physical exercises that you would go through if you were already the type of person you want to be. It is the number two portion of the “If You Can Count To Four” Formula.

The number two portion is, “Pretend that you already are the person you want to be.

Pretend that you already have what you want to have. That is the appropriating of the law of reversibility. I did not go into this law in the original discussion on the If You Can Count To Four Formula because I wanted to keep it very, very simple indeed.

However, through starting with action, if you will start with action, you can create the feeling, the type of action that you would be in engaged in if you were the person that you want to be and if you already had the things that you want to have. Go through that action and go through it over and over again until you feel very strongly about it, Then as soon as you feel strongly about it, it must become experience. There is no way to stop it other than neutralizing it by giving your subconscious a counter demand or a counter feeling.

Isn’t it a wonderful idea to be able to know that you can be anything you want to be and have anything you want to have merely by going through an act? One of the greatest psychologists in the world (William James) said. “Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic. Act like you are healthy and you will become healthy. Act like you are prosperous and you will become prosperous.”

Those statements are based upon the deeper laws of the universe which are real and tangible and basic, just like any other law. So, with childlike faith, I challenge each of you to act like you are the person you want to be, act like you have the things that you want to have. Select that beautiful mansion in which you would want to live and think like it is yours and act like it is yours. Go through the action of going out to it as though it were yours. Pick out that lovely automobile and act like it is yours. Go through every moment as though it is yours until you have the feeling it is yours, and as soon as the subconscious is deeply impressed with the feeling that it is yours, it will go through all the natural means of obtaining it for you, even to raising the money. Yes, this covers the financial as well as all other aspects.

So, this law of reversibility is the law that we must learn to use in order to get the feeling.

Very briefly, I’m going to share with you this process, as I used it myself, in taking my trip around the world last year. Several months before we actually took the trip, we designed the idea in the coldest fashion. There was no feeling for it, but we began to act as though we were going to take the trip. We design our plans. Where we would go first, how much time we would spend in each place, on the absolute assumption that we’re going to take a trip, and it was very interesting, indeed, to observe just how each time we had a conference, each time we acted as though we actually taking the trip, how the feeling developed in Mrs. Jones and myself and our close associates who were working on the plan.

In a few weeks time, after we had been going through this activity or the law of action, starting with the law of action, it wasn’t long before we had a very strong feeling about the whole trip around the world. Of course, as many of you know, we actually took the trip.

It became an experience and the law says that if you start with action, start with physical activity, which is under the direct control of the conscious mind, you can go through these activities, even coldly and mechanically, and if you keep on going through these activities consciously and mechanically, you will stir a strong feeling in the subconscious.

That may repeat again and again, that any concept, any idea that is well-defined and is well impressed with feeling upon the subconscious, it must express as an experience area. It has no choice, it is a law the same as the law of gravity, mathematics, chemistry or electricity.

So, you can literally be anything you want to be and you can have anything that you want to have if you will first of all identify it:

(1) Define it then play the game
(2) until it becomes a strong feeling in the conscious and then express this concept with strong feeling on the subconscious, and then it must become an experience in your life.

So, I challenge you to test this out.

Try to prove me wrong, if you will. If you will prove it is correct, it is a “truth” then you can literally be anything you want to be and you can have anything you want to have.

So, dare to dream largely and “make no small plans for they have no magic to stir men’s blood.”


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Monday, November 23, 2020

Chapter 5 – Righting the Direction – Wake Up and Live – 04

WUAL Chapter 5 - Righting the Direction

(An excerpt from The Strangest Secret Library available on Amazon)

Chapter 5 Righting the Direction

In spite of the will to fail, in spite of the rewards of failure, success is the normal aim of man, his proper objective. Energy is correctly used, not by spending it to hold ourselves inactive, nor by spurring ourselves to unproductive sterile activity, but only when it is at the service of the maturest and most comprehensive idea of ourselves that we can arrive at.

What this highest idea is will vary from individual to individual, and will expand with growth. No outsider can dictate another’s private definition of success. It may, it often does, include some recognition from one’s fellows, and greater financial rewards; on the other hand, it may not. Many a researcher in the sciences would consider himself fully successful (and would be right), if he added one minute fact to the mass of accumulating details on which science must proceed, if he took one item out of the realm of hypothesis and speculation and placed it in its proper relation to the mass of known truths. His name might never be known by those outside his science; it might be quite obscure even within his own field. He would nevertheless have attained the goal for which he was working if he accomplished that which he himself set out to do.

The actress who reaches the top of her art is as successful as the mother who raises a large and healthy family – but not more so. A priest or minister immersed in the care of his parish lives as successful a life as the genius whose name is known by most of his contemporaries. Another’s ideal of success may have so little in common with our own that we are quite blind as to what he can see in the career he has chosen, but unless we are totally unimaginative we know, when we see him living responsibly, effectively, usefully, happily, making the most of his advantages and gifts, that we are dealing with a successful man.

To offer too circumscribed a definition of success would defeat the purpose of this book. Much of our distrust of the word, as it is, comes from not realizing the infinitely extensive range of possible “successes.” Each of us, usually by late adolescence, has a mass of knowledge about himself, which – if we took the counsel “Know thyself” seriously – could be examined and considered until the individual’s ideal of the good life would emerge from it plainly. It ought to be part of education to see that each child should understand the necessity of finding this clue to his future, and be shown that it is sometimes thrown into confusion by hero-worship, or by the erroneous notion that what is an item in the success of one must be present in the success of each of us. Still, in spite of confusion, false starts, the taking over of the ambitions of a parent or teacher for ourselves instead of finding our own, most of us do arrive in the early twenties knowing what we are best fitted to do, or could do best if we had the training and opportunity.

It is worth noting carefully that unless you have allowed yourself to overestimate your character grossly, your own success-idea is within the region of those things which can be brought about. Usually, far from overrating our abilities, we do not understand how great they are. The reason for this under-estimation of ourselves will be considered later, but it is well to realize that few except the truly insane believe themselves suited for careers far beyond their full powers.

The next point to understand is that in these pages we are not talking about success of any secondary or metaphorical sort. Your idea of what is success for you is not here to be replaced by another high-sounding, “idealistic” compromise. You are not being exhorted, once more, to lower your hopes and then find that you can easily reach the simpler standard. Such programs are only temporizing with failure. On the contrary, the more vividly you can present to yourself the original picture of the goal you once hoped to be able to reach, the better your chances are of attaining it.

Now, having examined the currents in our nature which lead us to acquiesce in failure, understanding that, if we allow it to happen, we can be carried unprotestingly down in the deathward direction, let us see what is operating immediately to keep us from the healthy efforts we must make to succeed.

To do so we must turn to a subject which is in some disrepute today: hypnotism. For many reasons, some excellent but others suspiciously weak, hypnotism is a subject which is seldom studied nowadays. If you have never had occasion to read a sound book on the subject, it may seem to you that some of the feats claimed for hypnotized persons cannot possibly have been done. There is some likelihood, however, that you have read at least one book on auto-suggestion, the method of healing which was so popular about a decade ago, and auto-suggestion is one of the by-products of the nineteenth-century study of hypnotism.

But few readers today know of the work, for instance, of Esdaile in India in the middle 1800’s: of the surgical operations he performed painlessly on hundreds of patients, of his comments on the rapid recovery of those who had felt no pain during the operation – an early contribution to the theory of the deleterious effects of “surgical shock.” The work of Braid and Bernheim is almost unknown, and Mesmer, who combined a fantastic theory with a mass of arrestingly effective experiments, is now looked on mainly as a quack.

There is no doubt that hypnotism is in its present disrepute partly because its early practitioners could not refrain from premature and fantastic theorizing, and because it became connected in the minds of the public with such subjects as “spirit-rappings” and “slate-writing” mediums, many of whom were later exposed as tricksters.

Possible experimenters were alienated from the subject because it was offered to the world with such unnecessary accompaniments as the hypotheses about “odic fluid” and “animal magnetism” – explanations which explained nothing. In addition to these prejudicial theories, experiments in anesthesia by the use of chloroform and ether were proceeding in the same years. Insensitiveness to pain reached by hypnosis was uncertain and presented many difficulties: not everyone was hypnotizable, and, even more important, not every physician was able to hypnotize. Inevitably, the more certain form of attaining anesthetization through the use of chloroform and ether was the practice which became accepted.

The study of hypnotism, which many acute observers of the middle and late nineteenth century believed to be the first step towards the freeing of mankind from physical suffering, as well as the overcoming of many temperamental difficulties and the cure of many vices, fell into a decline. With the emergence of the psycho-analytic theory, the defeat of hypnotism – at least for our day – was cemented.

Now, although the formula that we are about to consider has in it no trace of auto-hypnotism, it is still possible to learn from the despised procedure what it is that defeats us in our efforts to be effective. Consider for a moment the successes of a good hypnotist with a good subject: they sound utterly beyond nature, and for that very reason we have not learned from them all we might garner. One man, ordinarily suffering from vertigo at even a slight eminence, when hypnotized can walk a very narrow plank at a great height. Another, looking light and delicate, can lift a dead weight. A stammerer can be commanded to give a fervid oration, and will do so without showing a trace of the speech-defect which hampers him in his normal state.

Perhaps one of the most remarkable cases is one cited by F. W. H. Myers in his chapter on hypnotism in Human Personality: a young actress, an understudy, called upon suddenly to replace the star of her company, was sick with apprehension and stage-fright. Under light hypnosis she performed with competence and brilliance, and won great applause; but it was long before she was able to act her parts without the aid of the hypnotist, who stationed himself in her dressing room. (Later in this same case the phenomenon of “post-hypnotic suggestion” began to be observed, and the foundations of the Nancy school of auto-suggestion, of which CouĂ© is the most famous contemporary associate, were laid.)

In the same chapter in which he quotes the remarkable case of the actress, Myers made a theorizing comment which is of immense value to everyone who hopes to free himself of his bondage to failure. He points out that the ordinary shyness and tentativeness with which we all approach novel action is entirely removed from the hypnotized subject, who consequently acts instead with precision and self-confidence.

Now the removal of shyness, or mauvaise honte (he wrote), which hypnotic suggestion can effect, is in fact a purgation of memory – inhibiting the recollection of previous failures, and setting free whatever group of aptitudes is for the moment required.

There is the clue. No sentence was ever more packed with rich implications for those who are in earnest about reorienting their lives towards success.

It has become a commonplace to say that we learn by “trial and error.” We learn by discovering that one course of action does not bring about the end we had in view; we try again, and perhaps many times, until we find the procedure which accomplishes our intention. We then adopt the last term in this series of acts.

That is the mental picture we make of the “trial-and-error” method of learning.

Roughly it is right, but it omits to emphasize one element of the process which, although we may not dwell upon it intentionally, is never forgotten by the Unconscious: the element of pain. We believe, or speak and write as though we believed, that the one success remains as the total residue of the series of attempts, and that it cancels from our minds all the failures which went before it. We do not take into account the tremendous importance to our future conduct of those discarded trials which ended in failure. We succeeded at last, it is true; but meanwhile we experienced failure, sometimes ridicule, sometimes real pain, sometimes grave humiliation. We by no means retain in our memories only the item of the final success, nor does the success operate to make the failures and pain unimportant to our Unconscious.

The Unconscious dreads pain, humiliation, fatigue; it bends its efforts even more ceaselessly to the end of avoiding pain than it does to the procuring of positive pleasures. So we are faced with a fact which at once accounts for much of the inactivity, the inertia, to which we succumb at moments when positive action would be to our advantage: that rather than face the mere possibility of pain we will not act at all.

Rather than revive the memory of our early failures, let alone run the risk of hurting ourselves anew, we will unconsciously decide to remain inactive, or we will choose to do something easier than we should attempt, or we will start on a program and carry it near the spot where we were hurt before, and there find any excuse to beat a hasty retreat, leaving the work undone, the reward ungathered. The childish Unconscious wins: at least we were not bruised again in an already tender spot.

It is utterly illogical, of course; in order to avoid a trivial discomfort we roll up a great account of failure to wound us in the future, we miss opportunity after opportunity which may never come again, we expose ourselves to far greater pain than that we manage to avoid. But at least the memory of that early humiliation can sleep, or only turn restlessly, half-awakened.

Now, if that is true – and only a little self-analysis will prove that it is true – how convenient it would be if each of us could carry a hypnotist about, to cast his spell whenever we had to get to work! How marvelous if each of us could have his own private Svengali! Impossible, of course; and, more than that, undesirable. Fortunately, it is not at all necessary to be put under the sway of another’s will in order to do our own work. The solution is far simpler. All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this:

Act as if it were impossible to fail.

That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right-about-face which turns us from failure towards success.

Clear out, by an easy imaginative feat, all the distrusts and timidities, all the fears of looking ridiculous which you may hardly suspect of being treacherous trouble-makers in your life. You will find that if you can imaginatively capture the state of mind which would be yours if you knew you were going towards a pre-arranged and inevitable success, the first result will be a tremendous surge of vitality, of freshness.

Then – well, the only way to put it is that it will seem as though your mind gave a great sigh of relief, of gratitude for the liberation, and stretched itself to its fullest extent. This is the moment where one may be forgiven for feeling that there is something truly magical about the whole affair. There will appear an extension of capacity which seems more than normal.

Then the long-dammed-up flow sets in: directly, irresistibly, turned at last in the right direction, the current gathers strength from minute to minute. At first you may still harbor some fear that the spell which worked so instantaneously may break in the same way. It will not, simply because it is no spell; it is a reminder to yourself of the way in which work can always be successfully undertaken. If you remember that, far from your seeing the successful action stop, you will find that each hour of unhampered activity opens out into a promise of others in the future. There may actually be some embarrassment from seeing too many expanding possibilities until you have learned to organize your new life.

Those fears, anxieties and apprehensions, you see, were far more than mere negative things. By acting as if they were important, you endowed them with importance, you turned them into realities. They became parasitic growths, existing at the expense of everything that is healthy in you. While we allow them to sap us, we are allowing the nourishment which should go towards expanding growth to be used for feeding monsters, cherishing the freaks and by-blows of the mind instead of its extraordinary and creative elements. So that it is not that one is suddenly given wonderful new powers; by ceasing to let fear hold its frustrating sway we come into the use of already existing aptitudes which we formerly had no energy to explore. We discover that we already possess capacities we had not suspected, and the effect, of course, is as though we had just received them. And the rapidity with which these capacities make themselves known when once the aspects are favorable for them is truly somewhat startling. It is even more enjoyable.

Next, there is the further experience of seeming to become, in contrast with one’s old self, practically tireless. Actual records of working periods introduced by using this formula would strain the credulity of those who have never yet had the experience. And these periods are not followed by any depressed reaction. There is always so much ahead, and it is so clearly seen, that there is no chance for depression to set in when the mind is turned back from its onward drive to consider all the tribulations of the past, all the possible mischances which might conceivably happen, it cannot, of course, at the same time explore the road into the future. But once absolve it of the thankless and unnecessary task, and it rewards you by seeming to fly where before it had stumbled and groped.

It takes some self-education to learn how to go from one item of successful work to the next, not to lose time and spend strength – much more happily, but just as surely – in gloating over either the ease with which the task as done or in contemplating too fondly the truly remarkable work one has just been so fortunate as to produce. But a few days’ Harvest Home is quite excusable; and since, still resilient and unexhausted, one looks forward to further activity with enjoyment, there is no permanent danger that the first success under the new regime will be the last.

If you are tempted to look askance at this procedure, to feel that you arc being invited to deceive yourself into a feeling of success, you are quite wrong. We are all pragmatists and empiricists in our daily life; what “works” for us is our practical truth, and becomes the basis of our further activity. “Our thoughts become true in proportion as they successfully exert their go-between function,” as William James says. And even more fully and convincingly, the late Hans Vaihinger worked out these conceptions in his book, The Philosophy of “As If.” Not everyone will go with him to the furthest boundaries of his theory, but it is certainly plain that in most matters of life each of us must act as if this or that fact were a self evident truth. For one thing, if we insisted on proving the reality or efficacy or even probability of most of the conceptions on which we base our practical procedures, we should have no time left in which to act. So, in general, we accept the premises for action which are presented to us on good authority, and use them as proved unless or until our experience causes us to doubt the wisdom of so doing. Then we may reexamine them and perhaps reach different conclusions from our mentors, but for the most part we all act as if our norms of conduct, our standards of values, were eternally and everywhere valid, so long as they prove practicable for us.

In everyday life, then, if you are ineffectual in your daily encounters and unproductive in your work, you are to that extent acting as if you willed to fail. Turn that attitude inside out, consciously decide that your “As If” shall be healthy and vital, shall be aimed towards accomplishment, and you have made success a truth for yourself.

“The law of nature is: Do the thing and you shall have the power; but they who do not do the thing have not the power.”


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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Belief Makes Things Happen – 03

 

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Belief Makes Things Happen

In 1944 a popular magazine ran a story about a group of scientists in Chicago who were experimenting with moths. A female moth of rare species was placed in a room, and a male moth of the same species was released four miles away. In a few hours, the male moth was found beating its wings against the window of the room in which the female was confined. The editor declared that he believed that ideas fly – with the sureness with which the female moth communicated her whereabouts to the male – across incredible barriers to the one mind for which they are originally intended.

Here is a simple experiment that will make you wonder whether the birds don’t possess telepathic or clairvoyant power. Put some scraps of bread in the backyard. There isn’t a bird in sight. But hardly have you entered the house before birds begin to congregate. First come sparrows then wrens. In two or three minutes, the yard is filled with birds. Put out anything but food, and not a bird appears. What brings them to your yard? How do they know the bread is food for them?

Science can give no answers.

In his broadcast of February 17, 1947, Edwin C. Hill stated that the more scientists investigate, the more they are convinced that birds and insects have a wireless of their own or some other invisible manner of communication with one another. This theory has long been expounded by nature students, and many books have been written on the subject, notably one by William J. Long, How Animals Talk.

During World War II, the Army Signal Corps experimented with carrier pigeons and short-wave radio. They found that the pigeons were affected by the radio waves and often, when confused, flew in circles and were lost. Consider that the swallows of San Juan Capistrano, California, fly away each October 23 and return each March 19 with unfailing punctuality. Tagged salmon released from Columbia River points spend four years in the Pacific Ocean, then consistently return to the spots from which they departed. Cats and dogs taken many miles from their homes have returned. Wild ducks and geese wing their way back to their original localities. Are we not faced with the fact that telepathic forces operate in the fish, bird, and animal kingdoms, in fact, in everything around us?

Some writers claim that all living things have the means of communicating with each other, and this may not be so far-fetched after all. Early in 1945, radio listeners heard the voices of blinded soldiers telling of their experiences in “Facial sight,” through which they were able to detect objects in their paths through a sixth sense or kind of “mental radar.” Dr. Jacob Levine, a Boston psychologist, had charge of the school at Old Farms, in the Avon district of Connecticut where war blinded veterans were taught the use of this sixth sense. He declared that he could not explain its mechanics, but he knew that it worked. This “Facial sight” is based on the hypothesis that the body radiates definite rays of an unknown variety which, coming into contact with an object, assemble or group themselves in such form as to make a picture of it, after which they return, still bearing the picture, to the blinded person, who “sees” the returning rays as they radiate through his body.

I have long been convinced that various forms of telepathy or thought-transmission are used every day of our lives, far more than most people suspect. I believe that many leaders, preachers, orators, executives, and so-called super-salesmen, exercise the power to varying degrees, some unconsciously and others thoroughly conscious of its workings. We meet a person, and before a word is spoken, we experience a like or dislike. What causes the feeling to register but some form of thought-transmission? I have already stated that the only possible explanation of healing and affecting others at a distance is through the medium of this phenomenon, of which we are only now beginning to get a scientific explanation.

I have often sat in a famous lawyer’s office as he dictated letters concerning business affairs. When he dictated, he always paced the floor, and his concentration was intense. Once I asked him why he stood while dictating – and how it happened that his letters always accomplished the end intended.

“In the first place,” he replied, “I think better on my feet. Before I start dictating and during the whole period that I talk, I visualize before me the person to whom I write the letter. If I do not know him, I try to picture him as I think he may look. In both cases, I direct all my words to him in person, as though he were actually before me in the flesh and tell him mentally that my premises are right and that he should follow them.”

A successful book saleswoman told me that if a customer really wanted to purchase a book, but was hesitating between two choices, she would keep repeating to herself – but directing her thought to the customer – the title of the one best suited to him. She added that many of her sales were made by thought-directive power. An automobile executive told me that when he had a prospect, he always said to himself, “You’re going to buy this car, you’re going to buy this car” – and the prospect did.

Very few people like to believe they are influenced by the silent thoughts of others when it comes to a matter of doing anything. But the fact remains that this invisible power exists, and all of us are subject to this subtle influence, be it telepathy or anything else you want to call it. A little experimenting on your part will convince you that it is both formidable and active.

I am certain that mothers unknowingly use it on their children, and often children use it on their parents. Not infrequently husbands and wives use it on one another, especially where a man and wife are closely attuned to one another. You who are married and have never used this science have a new field to explore! One of the most striking examples of this subtle influence in action came to my attention several years ago. The president of a company I had been helping was dissatisfied with his sales manager, but because of the man’s many years of service he didn’t wish to discharge him. “I was at my wits’ end,” he told me, “when I suddenly got the idea that I could suggest to him mentally that he ought to resign and become a salesman instead of remaining as manager. I thought about it for hours one night. The first thing next morning, he came into my office, saying that he would like to resign as manager, since he felt that he could make more money by getting out on the street as a salesman.

“I nearly fell off my chair. I don’t know whether I was guilty of using some sort of magic. But my conscience is clear, because the man today is making twice as much money as he did as sales manager. He’s much happier, and we’re all going to town.”

A husband and wife once came to see me. The man told me that until a few months before our meeting, he had been one of the largest clothing manufacturers in the Midwest, but had sold out and was now traveling the country. “For more than thirty years,” he said, “I had been a member of one of the largest and oldest secret organizations in the world which embraces this theme of believing from A to Izzard. But I, like thousands of others, never had my mind opened to it and I never realized the ‘truths’ contained therein. However, several years ago I attended a series of lectures on the subject of mind control, and for the first time my eyes were opened to what a wonderful power man could make available for himself. I could see how it would work in our business to tremendous advantage, and I used it. Needless to say, our business started to increase as soon as I put it to work, and it has been increasing ever since. During the Depression, when firms like ours were having a terrific struggle, we consistently made money, and when I sold out my interests, I can say with all modesty that I was at the top.”

At this point his wife entered the conversation: “Before he started, my husband wouldn’t openly scoff at me when I talked about this subject and what I had learned at the lectures. But he believed I was wasting my time. I just knew there was something to it, and I was certain that if my husband could get hold of it, it would mean a great deal more business for him. I talked and talked to him about attending the lectures, and then one day I realized I was doing the wrong thing. Instead of talking to him, I should use the very science I had been taught. I went at it with a vengeance.

Several times a day, both my daughter and I kept repeating to ourselves mentally, ‘Dad is going to go, Dad is going to go.’ It took us nearly three weeks, but Dad did go.”

Here the husband broke in:

“You speak about your tap-tap idea. Well, she certainly worked it on me. When she first talked about what she had heard at the lectures, I just couldn’t believe them to be true. I had been brought up in a very practical business world, and couldn’t get myself to believe in many of the so-called abstract things. However, one day ‘something’ impelled me to go with her.

I didn’t know at the time that the ‘something’ was my wife’s mental suggestion, and I had no idea that she and my daughter had been working on me. However, it was the greatest thing that ever happened to me. After the first lecture, I did some experimenting, and our business began to improve – and continued to improve until the day I sold out.

“Don’t get me wrong. I am not religious in an orthodox sense, and what I talk about is not goody-goody stuff, but an exact science. What we think or contemplate develops into reality. We radiate our thoughts, perhaps unconsciously, to others, and we affect them. We give forth vibrations of dislike or hatred which we engender in ourselves – and, bingo, they come right back and floor us.

All one needs to do is to study and understand the law of cause and effect, and it all becomes plain.

“Thought has been referred to as a powerful unseen influence, and so it is. There are so few people you can talk with on this. Most people ignorant of the subject look at you askance when you mention something about it, and now I understand why Jesus spoke in parables. However, it probably won’t be many years before people generally are into the subject up to their ears.

Thousands of enlightened people are recognizing that we are on the threshold of great developments in thought power, and the number is rapidly increasing. I wonder why more men don’t catch hold of it and apply it in their businesses, but I guess most are like I used to be – they keep their minds closed, and no one ever takes the trouble to work on them as my wife did on me.

All a person has to do is to believe, earnestly and sincerely, that such a power of mind exists and then conscientiously apply the science. It’s all just as you say: when one starts tapping the subconscious mind – your own or others – the bricks fall into place as though by magic. Does it work? And how!”

Alfred F. Parker, a highly respected general insurance agent in the Pacific Northwest, wrote to me in 1937, in connection with the use of this science. I do not know whether Mr. Parker was even interested in the subject of telepathy, but he thoroughly believed in the efficacy of belief. His letter speaks for itself:

“Recently I had an opportunity to put into further practice your tap-tap idea, and I thought that you might be interested in knowing the circumstances. I have a small son who on December 29, 1936, picked up some obscure infection. For days he lay desperately ill in the hospital. There was grave doubt that he would live. I was in terrible anguish, but I resolved to meet the situation as best I could. Taking a tip from you, I put his picture on my desk and carried another in my pocket. Every hour of the day I looked a them and repeated to myself, ‘He will recover, he will recover.’

“At first I felt I was lying to myself, as he hardly seemed to have an even chance.  However, I kept it up and gradually found myself believing what I kept repeating. At just about that time, thanks to the best medial and nursing attention and some of a friend’s blood transfused to him, the boy actually did begin to recover. He is now at home and regaining his strength fast.

“It may have been mere coincidence that the time when empty words began to turn into belief at the time when recovery began. But at least such coincidence is worthy of note.”

Some people have walked into a darkened room and felt the presence of someone there, even before a word was uttered. Certainly, nothing but the vibrations of some unseen individual could have indicated his presence to the other person. Evidence of telepathy? What do you think? It is maintained that if, at the entry of the second person, the first person in the room thinks of something entirely foreign to himself and dismisses all thought of the possibility of his discovery, the second person will not sense his presence. Thousands of people have thought of someone, only to hear from them or see them shortly thereafter, without giving any heed to the phenomena involved. These experiences are usually considered coincidences. But isn’t the power of thought the real explanation? Anyone with an open mind and willing to read and experiment will sooner or later conclude that the phenomena of psychokinesis and telepathy are realities, and, as investigators have pointed out, that these powers are latent in everyone, though developed to varying degrees.

Hudson, in his Law of Psychic Phenomena, originally published in 1893, recounted numerous experiments to prove the existence of telepathy, among them one that made use of playing cards.

One member of a group of people was blindfolded, after which another member selected a card, and the others present were told to concentrate on it. The blindfolded person was then asked to name it, according to the first mental impression he received. The results were further proof of the validity of telepathy.

Here is a simple experiment that may be carried out by only three people. Cut from a magazine five colored slips of paper, each about half an inch wide and three inches long. The more vivid the colors (such as bright red or electric blue), the better, but be sure to have them quite distinct from one another. One person should then place them far-wise between the thumb and forefinger of their right hand, as you would hold a hand of cards. Let a second person touch any one of the colored slips, without being seen by the third person. Immediately after this, the person holding the slips concentrates their mind on the colored slip selected, with a view of communicating the information to the mind of the third person, who is then asked to indicate which slip the second person touched.

The third person’s decision must be immediate and spontaneous, and they should either make their mind a blank or be thinking of something entirely remote from the experiment. That is, they should not attempt to guess, deliberate, or consciously try to think of the color of the slip selected, but should act immediately upon the first mental impulse they receives The number of times the third person will name the colored slip selected by the second person will astound you. With a little practice, people who are more or less en rapport (such as a husband holding the slips and the wife acting as the third person, after some second person has previously indicated a choice) will make an even higher score of successes. I have seen this done twenty to thirty rimes without a single miss.

Here again, belief must come into play. The holder of the slips must possess not just the ability to maintain an unwavering concentration, but the strong belief that he can transmit the image of the color to the third person’s mind.

Let me interpose a word of caution. This experiment, as well as others outlined in this book, should never be attempted in the presence of scoffers or those who profess disbelief in psychic phenomena. Their negative thoughts may confuse and obstruct the free flow of your own, especially if their skepticism is aggressive. Always remember that belief is a power operating destructively or constructively, depending upon the end to which it is employed. (Dr. Rhine discovered that disbelieving could depress the results in the psychokinesis tests.) In addition. Dr. G. R. Schmeidler of the Harvard Psychological Clinic, where extensive experiments in telepathy have been made, pointed out that subjects who maintain that telepathy is a myth invariably show scores far below chance. Once more, we see the magic of believing in action. Believe that it will work, and it will. Believe that it will not work, and it won’t!

The great French astronomer and scientist, Camille Flammarion, was an early exponent of thought-transmission. He held somewhat to the theory later advanced by Professors Eddington and Jeans, claiming that there was mind not only in human and animal life, but in everything – in plants, minerals, even space – and he declared that mind gleams through every atom.

Early in 1947, Dr. Phillips Thomas publicly announced that upon retiring, he intended to devote his time to research in the field of telepathy. Dr. Thomas said, “You may think I’m crazy, but I intend to devote my time to research in this field. We can’t conceive scientifically how [telepathy] could come about, but neither can we explain the apparent success of ‘mind readers.’ “

This announcement caused the Portland Oregonian to comment editorially:

“Before you exclaim, “Ha, another crackpot!” pray reflect that Dr. Phillips Thomas is an eminent scientist who for many years has been research engineer with the Westinghouse Company. Now he elects to become an explorer of that last dark continent, the human mind …

“It must be evident to the veriest skeptic that Dr. Thomas, international authority on electronics, is convinced – by evidence not lightly to be dismissed – that in our sedulous application to what may be called conventional science, we have rather stupidly neglected those challenging phenomena which in times past bore the stigma of sorcery and witchcraft …

“The proper and rational attitude toward the seeming phenomena of the mind – if that it what they are – is one of scientific inquiry which,  though rigorously exacting, will not resist conviction when incontestable proof has been obtained. Actually there can be no such thing as a supernatural phenomenon, but only the manifestation of natural law as yet unknown to us. Nor is it without precedent, this decision of a distinguished scientist to attempt penetration of the unknown continent of the mind … Dogmatic disbelief, not infrequently manifested by scientists toward telepathy and similar manifestations, is far from a scientific attitude.

“What profit to mankind is there in the quest to which Dr. Thomas presently shall address himself? This is the most difficult question for it may be that the inner secrets are, indeed, inviolable. But if of this research comes a better understanding of ourselves, and of the forces latent in mind, the knowledge might liberate more happiness for the race.”

In the late 1940s, much was written about Robert R. Young, the aggressive and energetic chairman of the Board of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, and his plans for railroad improvement and development. While I never saw anything in print stating that Mr. Young utilized the subconscious, anyone knowing anything about the subject would conclude that Mr. Young relied greatly upon it for his ideas. In an article appearing in Life Magazine early in 1947, it was stated that Mr. Young believed in “extrasensory perception” and that he could “become almost mystical about getting off by himself and ‘feeling a truth.'”

Whether it be mind, as we understand the general usage of the word, or electrical vibrations of some kind, the conclusion is that the phenomena themselves embrace and pervade everything, call them what you wish. So when we consider the subconscious of a single individual as only an infinitesimal part of the whole and the vibrations there from extending to and embracing everything, we get a better understanding of psychokinesis, telepathy, and kindred phenomena.

In explaining psychokinesis, Dr. Rhine pointed out that if a person is to be successful in the experiments, there must be a mental attitude of expectancy, concentration of thought, and enthusiasm for the desired results. Again we have the magic of believing at work. The subject must have a prior belief that they can influence the fall of the dice. Belief is the basic factor in the ability to demonstrate psychokinesis (control of mind over matter) and telepathy – as was also confirmed in experiments at Duke University. New York Herald Tribune science editor, John J. O’Neill, reported that in these experiments, it was possible to “kid” a person out of their power to demonstrate psychokinesis and telepathy.

He told how a young woman distracted one of the young men attempting to control the fall of the dice, and scoffed at his professed ability to demonstrate his power of mind over matter. She succeeded in injecting such a strong negative factor that she weakened his belief in himself and ruined his score for the day. Mr. O’Neill made an interesting speculation when he went on to say, “The converse of this experiment, still to be made, would test the possibilities for improving the score by a confidence-inspiring pep talk.”

In view of the thousands of experiments made at Duke and other universities, it is apparent that scores improve when the experimenters believe and are confident of the results. Also, nothing is more logical than that pep talks should help those who lack confidence or belief, and thus should improve their scores. If golf shots can be influenced by mental attitudes or proper visualization, and the “galloping ivories” turn up at the players’ mental command, who is to say that events are not influenced by thought? Before us, this field is gradually yielding some secrets of the ancient mysteries. Isn’t the so-called luck factor in reality brought about by powerful thought vibrations, rather than coincidence or chance? Writers, long before the experiments at Duke, declared that luck came about from a determined mind – a combination of visualizing, concentrated thought, willing, and believing. Think about this in connection with yourself and the goals you have set for yourself, for in it lies the primary secret of this science.

Gamblers often apply the word “hot” to card players or crap shooters when they have a winning streak. When the hot period wears off, the gamblers either quit the game or begin to lose. What is this streak of good luck? Nothing more than an all-knowing feeling, a deep-rooted belief that they can win. Even in gambling, the magic of believing plays a major role.

Of course, this book is not written for professional gamblers, but for sincere men who wish to succeed in life. I refer to games of chance only to provide further evidence that concentrated thought, expectancy, and steadfast belief actually set in motion vibratory forces that bring about material manifestations.

As I stated before, charms, amulets, and talismans have no power in themselves. But those who believe in them firmly and unquestionably tend to develop the kind of force or power now known as psycho-kinetic. I have tried to make plain how this belief can be developed to take you up the ladder as far as you wish to go. I must point out, though, that it is easy to lose one’s belief or faith.

Thousands have risen to great heights of success, only to stumble and fall to undreamed-of depths.

Others, seeking health, have appeared to be more or less miraculously cured, only to find that their ailments recur years or even months later. There are many weakening factors and influences – all suggestive in nature – which, in unguarded moments, we allow to slip into our subconscious minds. Once there, they begin their destructive work and undo all the good our constructive forces accomplished. So step out in front, head toward the sun. Keep facing it, and dark shadows will not cross your path.

I realize it’s difficult for the average person who knows nothing of this subject to accept the idea that all is within. But even as far as the most materialistic person is concerned, nothing exists for them unless they have knowledge of it or unless it becomes fixed in their consciousness. The images created in their mind give reality to the world outside of them. Therefore happiness, sought by many and found by few, is a matter entirely within ourselves. Your environment and the everyday happenings of life have absolutely no effect on your happiness except as you permit mental images of the outside to enter your consciousness. Happiness is wholly independent of position, wealth, or material possessions. It is a state of mind which we ourselves have the power to control – and that control lies with our thinking.

“Consider that everything is opinion, and opinion is in thy power,” said the great philosopher Marcus Aurelius Antoninus. “Take away then, when thou choosest, thy opinion; and like a mariner who has doubled the promontory, thou wilt find calm, everything stable, and a waveless bay.”

A modern version of this is found in the statement of my seventy-eight-year-old friend, who said, “Distress ensues only when developed by conscious mental attitudes. Disappointments, suppressions, melancholy, depressions, etc. – all are emotional excitations or suggestions from a mode of thinking. If you resisted these emotional tendencies and assert will-power to prevent such influences reaching your consciousness, the foundation of the thought disappears. Consequently, the distress vanishes. Weakness to resist repressing thoughts and imagination arising from emotional reflex both develop from failure of self-control. Stop thinking! Refuse to think that idea or way. Assert yourself to be the creator and boss of your own habit of thought – in fact, become unconquerable. No one ever defeated a resolute will. Even death stands still before such a will.”

Emerson asked, “What is the hardest task in the world? To think.” This is obviously so, when one considers that most of us are victims of mass thinking and feed upon suggestions from others. We all know that the law of cause and effect is inviolable. Yet how many of us ever pause to consider its workings? Many times, the entire course of a man’s life has been changed by a single thought coming to him in a flash. History is replete with strong-minded, resolutely willed individuals who, steadfastly holding to their inner convictions, have been able to inspire their fellow-man. In the face of tremendous and determined opposition, they have created literally out of nothing great businesses, huge empires, and altered the whole current of human events.

They had no monopoly of thought-power. You and every other man and woman have it. All you have to do is to use it. You will then become the person you envisage in your imagination; for with the working of the law of cause and effect, you bring into your life the new elements which your most dominant thoughts create from within and attract from outside.

Positive creative thought leads to action and ultimate realization. But the real power, much more than action itself, is the thought. Remember always, “Whatever man can conceive mentally, he can bring into materialization.” If the proper mental pictures are created and constantly maintained, health, wealth, and happiness must follow, for the law of cause and effect is immutable.

“Know Thyself.” Know your power. Read and reread this book until it becomes a part of your daily life. Faithfully use the cards and the mirror technique, and you will get results far beyond your fondest expectations. Just believe that there is genuine creative magic in believing – and magic there will be, for belief will supply the power for you to succeed in everything you undertake. Back your belief with a resolute will, and you become unconquerable, a master among men – yourself.


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Thursday, November 19, 2020

How to Figure Things Out and Test Them For Yourself – 02

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How to Figure Things Out and Test Them For Yourself.

While I was sorting out Self-Help, a funny thing happened. I wasn t sure I knew how to investigate and analyze anything.

So I had to pause that study, step back, and study how to study. I had to analyze analysis. All without any proven study or analysis tools.

Tricky.

But it was again that start-up approach. Work in iterations. Added to that was the pragmatic farmer/engineer upbringing: to use the tools you have to get the job done and meanwhile, create the tools you need to do a better job.

Above, you heard about natural systems. When I was growing up, some of the big, popular books were Rachel Carson s Silent Spring and Paul Erlich s Population Bomb. These books made some very important points. However, history wasn t kind to them.

  • Far from being permanent, removing DDT from sprays proved that it didn t have any continuing or residual effect on our bird populations. (Unfortunately, for certain countries, it also brought back Malaria as they now had nothing as effective to kill mosquitoes.)

  • As nations improve their disposable income, by building their middle class, the numbers of children per family drop. And now several nations have negative population growth. As immigrants entered these countries, they also raised their own standards of living and also quit having as many children.

  • Natural systems are also playing havoc with other popular books. Everyone agrees that the climate changes, but it s a 50/50 split on exactly how it s changing. (Which is why the term Global Warming was turned into Climate Change. )

Nature has a habit of healing itself, as long as it’s not interfered with too much. Humankind has made more than one desert. But, if they emulate Nature and replant according to Nature s rules, they are able to regenerate the land. Unfortunately, this isn t widely known. You can see areas which were part of the great Dust Bowl of the 30 s which are being farmed today and not eroding even in a drought. Farmers changed their practices. They started farming like Nature does – different plants every year, and a diverse variety of them. And it turned out some of that land should only be grazed, or managed for sustainable forestry.

Natural systems also apply to analysis. The Scientific Method has been widely used, as it s really based on observing how successful people work things out.

Despite how the Academia have turned it into complicated processes with twenty-some steps and verified only by advanced calculus, it can be quite simple. (You just have to take it back to the version the Ancient Greeks used.)

But it also isn t a simple, one-time sequence. It s a system. Once you improve something, you can turn around and continue to improve it.

Here s the short-hand:

1. Look over something.

2. Get an idea of how it could be improved, get a plan.

3. Execute that plan and see the results.

4. Finally, compare those results back against what the scene is now.

1-2-3-4, rinse, repeat.

That s a four point analysis system. It s natural, as you ll see anything living on this planet uses this. Nature is abundant and pervasive because it uses systems like this.

This system can also test anything you are told, read, or view.

1. Start out with what results you want.

2. Then observe what s there and work out what should be changed to achieve those results – which gives you a plan.

3. Execute that plan.

4. Are those results then closer or further from what you want or need?

Someone gives you a datum. If you try to apply this datum, does it give you the expected result? Look closely, and you ll see those four points there again. That datum should give you expected results. If it doesn t then the datum as given doesn t work. You can run it through a few more times, if you can figure that maybe you need to tweak this or that – but if it keeps coming up with different results than you expect, it s a false datum.

So now I had an analysis system.

Applying this to self help, the idea came: if self-help is based on a natural system it would be successful in its results.

OK, I can hear you from here. And the warning is this: look out for short cuts.

Monsanto tried this with their Roundup Ready herbicide and genetically-modified plants. About the time their patent ran out, Nature had already started producing Roundup-resistant weeds. And a decade after that patent expiration, people are moving off Roundup and glysophate-based herbicides as they don t work as promised any more. They are moving to alternating herbicides and pesticides, as well as changing their tillage and planting habits.

In short, they ve gone to what worked before this breakthrough. Monsanto had a great run, made a lot of money, sued a lot of farmers for mis-using their patented seeds. A quarter-century later, it didn t matter. (And we re side-stepping what genetically-modified plants and glysophate may or may not do to animal and human consumers.)

Internet Marketers also have this problem: there are a certain crowd who have attracted a following of gullible consumers who will buy the latest thing in online marketing. The problem is that by the time these guys write up and package what quickly made them millions, is that they no longer work.

When you really look at what they were doing, it was to use shady Internet Marketing tactics to sell Internet Marketing packages to Internet Marketing wannabes. Since their sales proved those packages worked, it was a continuing vicious cycle.

(Why it actually continues to work is that most people who buy courses never complete them. The whole system runs on charisma. See something familiar here?)

And these Internet Marketers shared their lists with their network by promoting those other people s products to their lists. Meanwhile, they cross-coordinated their releases so that they weren t stepping on each other s toes. This means that most of the people they email to are on several of their fellow Internet Marketer s lists as well. And this group of people is happy to buy their stuff and put the package on their living room shelves as a trophy.

These Internet Marketers know people probably won t get through the course they offer before they get the next offer to buy. And the entertainment value of their pitches keeps those customers in a buying mood. So they pitch the next guy s stuff and rake in commissions for those sales. And so it continues, round-robin. Meanwhile, their buying public keep their Day Jobs, for sure.

Are these Internet Marketers doing anything to improve humanity? Only to the degree they keep cheering people up.

Did Monsanto help? For awhile. Now, not so much.

But at last I had a way to study broad classes of things to find the natural systems which made them work.

And now, you do too.


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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

How To Get Started On Your Dream – Dr. J B Jones – 03

CTF How To Get Started On Your Dream

(An excerpt from If You Can Count to Four available on Amazon)

How To Get Started On Your Dream

It has been said by a wise old sage, that to get started on a journey is to be half way there. Of course, it is quite obvious that if one never gets started toward an objective, it is absolutely impossible to ever reach that objective. It is of vital importance, therefore, for one to learn how to get started on ones dream.

Before we pursue the matter of how to get started on one’s dream, let us review briefly some of the fundamentals which we have been considering.

What is the secret of genuine success? The secret is very simple.

All anyone has to do to enjoy a large measure of happiness, health and prosperity is to find a great human need, to find the answer to filling that need, burn all of his bridges behind him, and learn to take the answer to that need through a channel of service in quality and quantity.

It is very important also want to become aware of some of the very simple mental processes upon which success is based.

For instance, one must become aware that he is a thinking being.

The majority of the people of the world are unaware of this basic fact. Besides being aware that he is a thinking being, one must become aware that he thinks constantly and that he thinks only one thought at a time.

At times, it seems that one thinks more than one thought at a time because it is possible for us to switch our attention from one thing to another so rapidly that it seems like we’re thinking of three or four thoughts at a time, but basically, and this has been scientifically proved, one thinks only one thought at a time.

Next, it is important that one become keenly aware that he can control the one thought which he thinks at a time through will power.

He must be aware that nothing on the outside of himself has any power to control him unless he permits it. This establishes the seat of control within himself.

Next, it is important that he become keenly aware that he is, that everyone is what they are, because of the quality and the quantity of their past thoughts and experiences.

This basic truth is crystallized in the saying of wise old Solomon, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”

Now, if we are thinking being, if we think constantly, if we think only one thought at a time, if we can control our thoughts, if we are what we are because of what we have permitted ourselves to think throughout the entire past, then, in order to be anything we want to be and to have anything we want to have, we can exercise the privilege of control over our thoughts, and from this moment forward, direct all of our attention toward that which we want to be and have. It is obvious that the law of cause and effect will bring about the fulfillment of our dream.

It is important for us to choose our objectives or our goals.

Due to the peculiar nature of the mental processes, operating through the conscious mind and the subconscious mind, it is necessary to choose or definitize our thinking relative to an objective or a goal. Otherwise, thought concentration to the point of action toward our objective or goal is impossible. It is amazing to me that only 2 people out of 100, according to statistics, have made a definite decision relative to their goal in life.

In order for one to be happy, healthy and prosperous, one must have an objective.

If he does not, he will not be appropriating the great power within himself.

It is important that one develop self-confidence.

One must feel strongly that he is capable of doing the things which are necessary to reach his objective. The basic cause for a feeling of inferiority is that we’re making false comparisons constantly. We are inclined to compare ourselves with other people. There is really no basis for comparison between one person and another, because every person is an individual.

Everyone is especially and exclusively designed to do something well and possibly better than anyone else. Therefore, due to the fact that no two individuals are like or are designed for the same purpose, there is no intelligent basis for comparison of one individual with another.

  • Realize that you are important.
  • Realize that you are designed especially to do a great service to humanity and that you are different.
  • Realize that you are exclusive.
  • Realize that you have your own individuality.
  • Become keenly aware of your individuality, and your great purpose, and then dedicate yourself to fulfilling that great purpose, and you will develop self-confidence.

In order to get started on our dream, we need to know the proper concept of money, which is the medium of exchange used in our economic world today.

Money is a symbol of service. Money is deferred service. Money isn’t affected, service is cause.

So, when we get into the habit of giving most of our attention to the effect or a symbol, which is money, then we do not have very much money. However, when we learn to render a quality and a quantity of service to humanity, which is cause, like planting in the field of life, we know that we are compensated in proportion to the quality and quantity of service rendered, not only in the realm of joy and living, but in the realm of the finances as well. We will then have the proper concept of money and money will not be a power over us but we will be the power over money.

There is a great law in this universe, the law of habit.

It is sometimes referred to as the law of cosmic habit force. It is a basic universal law, which maintains that when we have a thought experience or a physical experience, which occurs over and over and over, it becomes established, and soon we think the thought or do the act. Therefore, we can learn to think, automatically or habitually, the thoughts which will cause us to be successful and we can learn to do the things, automatically or habitually, which will cause us to be successful.

There is a way for every individual to obtain the missing ingredients he needs in order to reach his dream or objective. I refer to the Mastermind Principle.

Through this mastermind principle, which means the friendly alliance of two or more people working toward a common objective, one can obtain every necessary ingredient, the experience, the skill, the prestige, the time, the energy and even the money which is necessary to reach an objective.

Discovering this great principle and learning how to use it, will eliminate all need for an excuse for not reaching any objective in life.

Consider, too, the will power, which every individual possesses.

This will power is not the creative power within ourselves, but it is the power to direct our attention and to control our attention, at any time we choose, toward that which we desire to be or desire to have.

Once we used this will power for a brief period of time, controlling our attentions and our thought processes along constructive and desirable lines, the power of habit takes over and becomes established, and then we automatically do the things or say the things and think the things which make it possible for us to reach our objectives.

Another very important factor in getting started on your dream and having the dream fulfilled is to become thoroughly acquainted with the marvelous imagination which every individual possesses.

It is the instrument or the faculty to design and experience a new idea. Our ability to definitize a new idea, is like planting the seed of life in the soil of life. When we imagine and definitize an idea and plant it in the subconscious, the great law of sowing and reaping will cause the idea to grow and become a reality.

So, accept the challenge to constantly learn to use this wonderful ability to imagine. It is an ability which gives us the power to us so that we already are what we want to be and that we already have what we want to have. It is the power which makes all desires obtainable.

The habit of going the second mile is one of the most important principles of success.

It is unfortunate, but the majority of people in the world today are not in the habit of going the second mile. Going the second mile means rendering more service than that which is usually expected in any situation and rendering that extra service with a positive attitude. Every great individual in history discovered this principle and made it a habit. They always looked for an opportunity to do more than that which was usually expected and perform that extra service with a positive mental attitude. One of the finest ways in the world for you to realize your dream fulfilled is to acquire this marvelous habit of going the second mile.

It is vitally important that one learn the power of the emotion or the power of feeling, because when the conscious mind uses the imagination, and definitizes an idea, that idea must be felt.

One must feel strongly about an idea, otherwise it will not be impressed upon the subconscious and consequently it will not express itself in one’s experience. So, if one believes in an idea of which he is designing with his imagination, the degree of belief and the degree of feeling determines the degree of power with which the subconscious will accept and express it in experience. Therefore, learn to feel strongly about the great need which you are trying to fill! Feel strongly about the answer to that need! Feel strongly that you are the one to take the answer to the need to humanity in quality and quantity.

Another important factor in attaining health, happiness and success, is constantly having peace of mind.

Harmony of soul. To have peace of mind, one must have a true concept of life, a true concept of the universe in which we live, a true concept of our relationship to ourselves and to our fellow men and to our Creator. There is just one great power in this universe, and it expresses itself at many levels of intelligence.

  • The lowest level is the mineral world.
  • The next level upward, or the second level, is the vegetable world.
  • The third level is the animal world.
  • The fourth level is where the human can express themselves through thought.

Thought with freedom of choice and decision. When we realize that this one power is within us, and realize that we have legislative and judicial and executive powers within ourselves, we know that we can refuse to react negatively to any life situation. We can choose to see the good, the true and the beautiful at all times. To know and firmly believe that all is good at all times, causes us to become invulnerable to in harmony or frustration, and we can always maintain a peaceful state of mind.

Now, give serious consideration of “How to Get Started on Your Dream.”

First, take inventory of your present situation, relative to the size and quality of your thinking. May I suggest that you obtain a notebook and write down an inventory of your present situation, fourth dimensionally and third of dimensionally. You may wonder how to take inventory fourth dimensionally. Write down, in your notebook, your concept of how much poise, how much charm, how much kindness, how much love, how much faith, how much gentleness, how much patience, how many good qualities which are desirable, and how many bad qualities which are undesirable you possess as a matter of habitual experience at the present time.

That will be your fourth dimensional inventory. Be frank with yourself. If you feel that you are unlovely to any degree, write it down. By the same token, if you feel that you are to a large degree a lovely person, write that down also. Be honest with yourself in this inventory.

Now, write down your third dimensional inventory. Your third dimensional inventory includes the type of house you live in, the type of car you drive, the type of clothes you wear, the type of income you habitually receive. Everything you have in your physical environment is in your third dimensional inventory. Get a clean-cut, distinct picture of your NOW, fourth dimensionally and third dimensionally. That is number one.

Then, turn the page in your notebook and write down what you would like to be fourth dimensionally. How lovely you would like to be, how charming you would like to be, how much confidence, how much faith, how much patience, how much love, how much joy, how much peace, how much gentleness, how much kindness you would like to experience habitually.

Describe it distinctly, and definitize it in words, so you will get a clean-cut mental concept of what you want to be fourth dimensionally. Make quite a study of this. If you can’t find any pictures, color pictures preferably, in magazines or newspapers, which seem to represent the kind of person you would like to be, clip those pictures out and paste them in your notebook.

Then, take inventory of the type of person you would like to be from the standpoint of the third dimension. What kind of house would you like to live in, what kind of a car would you really like to drive, what kind of clothes would you like to wear, what kind of a neighborhood would you like to live in, what kind of a country club would you like to join, what kind of friends would you like to socialize with, how much money would you like to have as a stable, basic income?

All of those things are your third dimensional desires. Write those down and definitize them in every way possible. Anything that you can do to cause you to become more keenly aware of what you want to be and what you want to have is very important in this regard.

Number three, have a little talk with yourself. You are constantly carrying on a conversation with yourself, within yourself.

Now, start talking from the position of your dreams fulfilled. Read the things you want to be and have, listed in your notebook, each night before you go to bed. Assume, through this wonderful power of your imagination, that you already are or what you want to be and you already have what you want to have.

Live in your dreams fulfilled as often as possible. It will take a little time for you to feel natural, emotionally, in your dream fulfilled, because each day, you must go about your usual life and usual work.

As soon as you learn to feel natural in your dream fulfilled, thinking from the position that you already are what you want to be and that you already have what you want to have, you will find that you have attained this new level of experience and you will be casually living in your dream fulfilled.

Actually, you will have detached yourself from the old inventory and will be making new inventories in your notebook. As you attain an objective, you will make up your new inventory fourth dimensionally and third dimensionally. You will fill out a new seat, with new objectives, new dreams and you will continue to do it time and time again. There is no end to the possibility of growth and expression. We continue to grow and expand and experience new dreams throughout our lives.

The way to get started on your dreams now, is to definitize them now. When you have attained the new level of your present dream fulfilled, you will be able to see further over the horizon of life and will be in a position to design a new dream of being and having. In turn, when you reach the attainment of new dreams fulfilled again and again you will be at a new vantage point and will live in a continually increasing abundance of living through all of your life. Isn’t it a joyful thought to know that there is no end to the attainment of our dreams?

So I close with this wonderful challenge, “Make large plans for they have magic to stir men’s blood.”


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