Our difficulties are largely due to confused ideas and
ignorance of our true interests. The great task is to discover the laws
of nature to which we are to adjust ourselves. Clear thinking and
moral insight are, therefore, of incalculable value. All
processes, even those of thought, rest on solid foundations.

The keener the sensibilities, the more acute the judgment, the
more delicate the taste, the more refined the moral feelings,
the more subtle the intelligence, the loftier the aspiration --
the purer and more intense are the gratifications which
existence yields. Hence it is that the study of the best that
has been thought in the world gives supreme pleasure.

The powers, uses and possibilities of the mind under the new
interpretations are incomparably more wonderful that the most
extravagant accomplishment, or even dreams of material

Thought is energy. Active thought is active energy;
concentrated thought is a concentrated energy. Thought concentrated on a
definite purpose becomes power. This is the power which is
being used by those who do not believe in the virtue of poverty, or
the beauty of self-denial. They perceive that this is the talk of

The ability to receive and manifest this power depends upon the
ability to recognize the Infinite Energy ever dwelling in man,
constantly creating and recreating his body and mind, and ready
at any moment to manifest through him in any needful manner. In
exact proportion to the recognition of this truth will be the
manifestation in the outer life of the individual.

Part Two explains the method by which this is accomplished.


1. The operations of the mind are produced by two parallel
modes of activity, the one conscious, and the other subconscious.
Professor Davidson says: "He who thinks to illuminate the whole
range of mental action by the light of his own consciousness is
not unlike the one who should go about to illuminate the
universe with a rushlight."

2. The subconscious' logical processes are carried on with a
certainty and regularity which would be impossible if there
existed the possibility of error. Our mind is so designed that
it prepares for us the most important foundations of cognition,
whilst we have not the slightest apprehension of the modus

3. The subconscious soul, like a benevolent stranger, works and
makes provision for our benefit, pouring only the mature fruit
into our lap; thus ultimate analysis of thought processes shows
that the subconscious is the theatre of the most important
mental phenomena.

4. It is through the subconscious that Shakespeare must have
perceived, without effort, great truths which are hidden from
the conscious mind of the student; that Phidias fashioned
marble and bronze; that Raphael painted Madonnas and Beethoven
composed symphonies.

5. Ease and perfection depend entirely upon the degree in which
we cease to depend upon the consciousness; playing the piano,
skating, operating the typewriter, the skilled trades, depend
for their perfect execution on the process of the sub-conscious
mind. The marvel of playing a brilliant piece on the piano,
while at the same time conducting a vigorous conversation,
shows the greatness of our subconscious powers.

6. We are all aware how dependent we are upon the subconscious,
and the greater, the nobler, the more brilliant our thoughts
are, the more it is obvious to ourselves that the origin lies
beyond our ken. We find ourselves endowed with tact, instinct,
sense of the beautiful in art, music, etc., or whose origin or
dwelling place we are wholly unconscious.

7. The value of the subconscious is enormous; it inspires us;
it warns us; it furnishes us with names, facts and scenes from the
storehouse of memory. It directs our thoughts, tastes, and
accomplishes tasks so intricate that no conscious mind, even if
it had the power, has the capacity for.

8. We can walk at will; we can raise the arm whenever we choose
to do so; we can give our attention through eye or ear to any
subject at pleasure. On the other hand, we cannot stop our
heartbeats nor the circulation of the blood, nor the growth of
stature, nor the formation of nerve and muscle tissue, nor the
building of the bones, nor many other important vital

9. If we compare these two sets of action, the one decreed by
the will of the moment, and the other proceeding in majestic,
rhythmic course, subject to no vascillation, but constant at
every moment, we stand in awe of the latter, and ask to have
the mystery explained. We see at once that these are the vital
processes of our physical life, and we can not avoid the
inference that these all-important functions are designedly
withdrawn from the domain of our outward will with its
variations and transitions, and placed under the direction of a
permanent and dependable power within us.

10. Of these two powers, the outward and changeable has been
termed the "Conscious Mind," or the "Objective Mind" (dealing
with outward objects). The interior power is called the
"Subconscious Mind," or the "Subjective Mind," and besides its
work on the mental plane it controls the regular functions
which make physical life possible.

11. It is necessary to have a clear understanding of their
respective functions on the mental plane, as well as of certain
other basic principles. Perceiving and operating through the
five physical senses, the conscious mind deals with the
impressions and objects of the outward life.

12. It has the faculty of discrimination, carrying with it the
responsibility of choice. It has the power of reasoning -
whether inductive, deductive, analytical or syllogistic - and
this power may be developed to a high degree. It is the seat of
the will with all the energies that flow therefrom.

13. Not only can it impress other minds, but it can direct the
subconscious mind. In this way the conscious mind becomes the
responsible ruler and guardian of the subconscious mind. It is
this high function which can completely reverse conditions in
your life.

14. It is often true that conditions of fear, worry, poverty,
disease, inharmony and evils of all kinds dominate us by reason
of false suggestions accepted by the unguarded subconscious
mind. All this the trained conscious mind can entirely prevent
by its vigilant protective action. It may properly be called
"the watchman at the gate" of the great subconscious domain.

15. One writer has expressed the chief distinction between the
two phases of mind thus: "Conscious mind is reasoning will.
Subconscious mind is instinctive desire, the result of past
reasoning will."

16. The subconscious mind draws just and accurate inferences
from premises furnished from outside sources. Where the premise
is true, the subconscious mind reaches a faultless conclusion,
but, where the premise or suggestion is an error, the whole
structure falls. The subconscious mind does not engage in the
process of proving. It relies upon the conscious mind, "the
watchman at the gate," to guard it from mistaken impressions.

17. Receiving any suggestions as true, the subconscious mind at
once proceeds to act thereon in the whole domain of its
tremendous field of work. The conscious mind can suggest either
truth or error. If the latter, it is at the cost of
wide-reaching peril to the whole being.

18. The conscious mind ought to be on duty during every waking
hour. When the "watchman" is "off guard," or when its calm
judgment is suspended, under a variety of circumstances, then
the subconscious mind is unguarded and left open to suggestion
from all sources. During the wild excitement of panic, or
during the height of anger, or the impulses of the irresponsible mob,
or at any other time of unrestrained passion, the conditions are
most dangerous. The subconscious mind is then open to the
suggestion of fear, hatred, selfishness, greed,
self-depreciation and other negative forces, derived from
surrounding persons or circumstances. The result is usually
unwholesome in the extreme, with effects that may endure to
distress it for a long time. Hence, the great importance of
guarding the subconscious mind from false impressions.

19. The subconscious mind perceives by intuition. Hence, its
processes are rapid. It does not wait for the slow methods of
conscious reasoning. In fact, it can not employ them.

20. The subconscious mind never sleeps, never rests, any more
than does your heart, or your blood. It has been found that by
plainly stating to the subconscious mind certain specific
things to be accomplished, forces are set in operation that lead to
the result desired. Here, then, is a source of power which places
us in touch with Omnipotence. Here in is a deep principle which is
well worth our most earnest study.

21. The operation of this law is interesting. Those who put it
into operation find that when they go out to meet the person
with whom they anticipate a difficult interview, something has
been there before them and dissolved the supposed differences;
everything is changed; all is harmonious; they find that when
some difficult business problem presents itself they can afford
to make delay and something suggests the proper solution;
everything is properly arranged; in fact, those who have
learned to trust the subconscious find that they have infinite
resources at their command.

22. The subconscious mind is the seat of our principles and our
aspirations. It is the fount of our artistic and altruistic
ideals. These instincts can only be overthrown by an elaborate
and gradual process of undermining the innate principles.

23. The subconscious mind cannot argue controversially. Hence,
if it has accepted wrong suggestions, the sure method of
overcoming them is by the use of a strong counter suggestion,
frequently repeated, which the mind must accept, thus
eventually forming new and healthy habits of thought and life, for the
subconscious mind is the seat of Habit. That which we do over
and over becomes mechanical; it is no longer an act of
judgment, but has worn its deep grooves in the subconscious mind. This is
favorable for us if the habit be wholesome and right. If it be
harmful, and wrong, the remedy is to recognize the omnipotence
of the subconscious mind and suggest present actual freedom.
The subconscious being creative and one with our divine source will
at once create the freedom suggested.

24. To sum up: The normal functions of the subconscious on the
physical side have to do with the regular and vital processes,
with the preservation of life and the restoration of health;
with the care of offspring, which includes an instinctive
desire to preserve all life and improve conditions generally.

25. On the mental side, it is the storehouse of memory; it
harbors the wonderful thought messengers, who work, unhampered
by time or space; it is the fountain of the practical
initiative and constructive forces of life: It is the seat of habit.

26. On the spiritual side, it is the source of ideals, of
aspiration, of the imagination, and is the channel through
which we recognize our Divine Source, and in proportion as we
recognize this divinity do we come into an understanding of the source of

27. Some one may ask: "How can the subconscious change
conditions?" The reply is, because the subconscious is a part
of the Universal Mind and a part must be the same in kind and
quality as the whole; the only difference is one of degree. The
whole, as we know, is creative, in fact, it is the only creator
there is, consequently, we find that mind is creative, and as
thought is the only activity which the mind possesses, thought
must necessarily be creative also.

28. But we shall find that there is a vast difference between
simply thinking, and directing our thought consciously,
systematically and constructively; when we do this we place our
mind in harmony with the Universal Mind, we come in tune with
the Infinite, we set in operation the mightiest force in
existence, the creative power of the Universal Mind. This, as
everything else, is governed by natural law, and this law is
the "Law of Attraction," which is that Mind is creative, and will
automatically correlate with its object and bring it into

29. Last week I gave you an exercise for the purpose of
securing control of the physical body; if you have accomplished this you
are ready to advance. This time you will begin to control your
thought. Always take the same room, the same chair, and the
same position, if possible. In some cases it is not convenient to
take the same room, in this case simply make the best use of such
conditions as may be available. Now be perfectly still as
before, but inhibit all thought; this will give you control
over all thoughts of care, worry and fear, and will enable you to
entertain only the kind of thoughts you desire. Continue this
exercise until you gain complete mastery.

30. You will not be able to do this for more that a few moments
at a time, but the exercise is valuable, because it will be a
very practical demonstration of the great number of thoughts
which are constantly trying to gain access to your mental

31. Next week you will receive instructions for an exercise
which may be a little more interesting, but it is necessary
that you master this one first.

"Cause and effect is as absolute and undeviating in the hidden
realm of thought as in the world of visible and material
things. Mind is the master weaver, both of the interior garment of
character and the outer garment of circumstance."

James Allen
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