From "WORKING WITH THE LAW" by Dr. Raymond Holliwell:
"As a man thinketh in his heart so is he."
~~ Proverbs 23:7
"To the average person, Life is an enigma, a deep mystery, a complex,
an incomprehensible problem, or appears so, but it is very simple if one holds
- Mystery is only another name for ignorance;
- all things are mysteries
when they are not understood,
- but when we understand life, it no longer
Man is a progressive being, a creature of constant growth, before whom lies
an illimitable ocean of progress to be navigated and conquered only by
development and culture of his inherent powers. The progress of the individual
is largely determined by his ruling mental state, because the mind is the
basic factor and governing power in the entire life of man. Attention should
be given to the pre-dominant mental state, for it will regulate the action and
direction of all one's forces, faculties and powers, the sum total of which
will inevitably determine many particular experiences and the personal fate.
The ruling state of mind is made up of various mental attitudes which the
individual adopts towards things, events, and life in general. If his
attitudes are broad in mind, optimistic in tone, and true to life, his
predominant mental state will correspond and exhibit a highly constructive and
progressivetendency. As almost all the forces of the personality function
through the conscious mind in one way or another, and as the daily mental and
physical acts are largely controlled by the conscious mind, it is obvious that
the leading mental state will determine the direction in which the powers of
the individual are to proceed.
If his ruling mental state is upward bound, that is, aspiring, harmonious,
and positive, all his forces will be directed into constructive channels; but
if his state of mind is downward in tendency, that is, discordant and
negative, then almost all his forces will be misdirected.
It is evident, therefore, that of all the factors which regulate the life
and experience of man, none perhaps exercise a greater influence than the
ruling state of mind. Mental attitudes are the result of ideas, and these have
their origin in points of view therefore, by seeking true and natural points
of view, one may secure the best and most superior ideas, and these in turn
will determine the predominating state of mind.
We are prone to believe more than what we see. The evidences of the senses
are the only facts that some accept, but now we shall realize more and more
that it is what we believe that determines what we shall see.In other words,
believing is seeing. More defeats and failures are due to mental blindness
than to moral deviations. If one lived only by physical sight, his world would
be very small. It is said of a bug that its world is only as large as the size
of the leaf on which it lives, and many times it does not live long enough to
consume the whole leaf. With man, if he lived according to the senses, the
largest sense he possessed would be that of sight. Thus our whole world would
extend only as far as we could see.
If we believed in the testimony of our eyes, we would accept many
conditions that are not true. For example, if you look down a railroad track,
you will observe that at a certain distance the two tracks converge at one
point. This is not true. Have you ever stood on the boardwalk and watched a
ship slowly sink into the sea as it sailed away? That ship wasn't sinking; our
eyes tell us falsely. When you are worried over some obstacle or problem, just
remind yourself that it may be purely an illusion of the senses, that it may
not be true at all, according to the Law.
Did you know that you don't even see with your eyes? Your eyes are like a
pair of windows; at the back, of the window there is a reflector and this
reflector, in turn, forms an image of what you see and sets up a wave current.
This wave current follows along thin wires called nerves. This relays the
image back to the brain. Here at the brain it is referred to the memory
center. If the picture is a common one our memory accepts it readily, but if
we are looking upon some new picture, some new scene, our memory does not
recognize it, and then we must repeat the picture over and over many times
until it makes a lasting impression. Therefore, we do not see with our eyes;
we see with our mind.
Thought is a subtle element; although it is invisible to the physical
sight, it is an actual force or substance, as real as electricity, light,
heat,water or even stone. We are surrounded by a vast ocean of thought stuff
through which our thoughts pass like currents of electricity, or tiny streaks
of light or musical waves. You can flash your thoughts from pole to pole,
completely around the world many times in less than a single second.
Scientists tell us that thought is compared with the speed of light. They tell
us our thoughts travel at the rate of 186,000 miles per second. Our thought
travels 930,000 times faster than the sound of our voice. No other force or
power in the universe yet known is as great or as quick. It is a proven fact,
scientifically, that the mind is a battery of force, the greatest of any known
It is an unlimited force; your power to think is inexhaustible, yet there
is not one in a thousand who may be fully aware of the possibilities of his
thought power. We are mere babes in handling it. As we grow in understanding
and in the right use of thought, we will learn to banish our ills, to
establish good in every form we may desire. It is our power to think that
determines our state of living. As one is able to think, he generates a power
that travels far and near, and this power sets up a radiation which becomes
individual as he determines it. Our thoughts affect our welfare, and often
affect others we think of. The kind of thoughts we register on our memories or
habitually think attracts the same kind of conditions.
If we take the thought of success and keep it in mind, the thought elements
will be attracted, for "like attracts like." We are mentally drawn
to the universal thought currents of success, and these thought currents of
success are existent all around us. We will psychically contact minds who
think along the same lines, and later such minds will be brought into our
lives. Therefore, successful minded people help success to come to them. That
is how successful living is founded.
The Law of mind is in perpetual operation, and it works both ways. Persons
who dwell on thoughts of failure or poverty will gravitate toward like
conditions; they, in turn, will draw to them people who accept failure and
poverty. On the other hand, we can think on positive conditions, on success
and plenty, and in the same manner, enjoy full and plenty. What the mind holds
within takes its form in the outer world.
Some think that we must deal with two forces; that is, to attract the good
we must do away with the bad, but this is not true. For example; if we are
cold, we do not work with cold and heat alike in order to get warm. We build a
fire, and as we gather around that fire we enjoy the heat that is extended
from it and become warm. As we build up warmth, the cold disappears, for cold
is the absence of heat. To be warm, we give our whole thought to those things
which tend to create warmth; we ignore the cold in thinking of heat and bring
Prosperity and poverty are not two things; they are merely two
sides of one and the same thing. They are but one power, rightly or wrongly
used. We cannot think of plenty and then worry about the unfavorable
conditions that may seem apparent. We think about plenty, and as we think of
it, lack, its opposite, will become absorbed or disappear.
All our thoughts
must be directed to that one thing which we desire in order that our desire
may be fulfilled. Our method is not manipulating two powers, not dealing with
good and evil, right and wrong, prosperity and poverty, but as we follow the
Law of Good and dwell upon that which is good we shall bring to pass all good
The mind force is creating continually like fertile soil. Nature does not
differentiate between the seed of a weed and that of a flower. She produces
and causes both seeds to grow.
The same energy is used for both, and so it is
with the mind. The mind creates either good or bad. Your ideas determine which
is to be created."