Always remember the fact that you are surrounded by such a energy force that it is the principle of demonstration. It knows every thought. As we send forth our thoughts into it, it does unto us. The person who is ignorant of this law must by that ignorance be bound by his thoughts, by his own beliefs. One who understands will begin to break these ties that bind him, one by one he will destroy every negative thought in his mind, until at last he is able to think what he wants to think, and so he frees himself by the use of the same power that at one time or another bounded him. We must destroy all thoughts that we would not want manifested and hold to that which we would want, until we receive the affirmative answer. Never struggle, thought makes things out of Itself, there is no effort made except in the subconscious thought.

Don’t think that there is so much to overcome. Have only a calm sense of perfect peace as you realize that God is all, and that you are using the perfect law and that nothing can hinder it from working for you. Many people are learning to do this, and no one has yet failed to demonstrate this, who has been steadfast, using the law in a consistent and persistent trust. All that we have to do is to provide the right mental and spiritual attitude of mind and then believe that we already have, and the reward will be with us. We shall see it. The time will come when we will not have to demonstrate at all because we will be always living so near to the law that it will do all for us without much conscious thought on our part. So when you say, “I am poor, sick or weak, you are not one with the Creative Mind,” you are using that creative power to keep yourself away from the Infinite, and just as soon as you declare that you are one with God, there is a rushing out to meet you, as the Father rushed out to meet his prodigal son.

The spirit seeketh, but as long as your mind thinks in the terms of conditions you cannot overcome. The difficulty comes from our inability to see our own Divine nature, and its relationship to the Universe. Until we awake to the fact that we are one in nature with God, we will not find the way of life, until we realize that our own word has the power of life we will not see the way of life, and this brings us to the consideration of the use of the Word in our lives. We are allowing our thoughts to run in any direction, not in the short time spent in silence, but in the long hours stretching themselves into days, months, and years, are we always using the word. An hour a day spent in silent meditation will not save us from the confusions of life, the fifty-one per cent of a man’s thinking is what counts.

It is easy when we are alone to brave the storms of life, surrounded by our own exalted atmosphere we feel the strength of the Infinite, we rise in Spirit, we think we are experiencing the ultimate of truth, that all things are ours. These moments in a busy life are well spent, but must unavoidably be brief. But what of the rest of the day, what of the busy street, of the market place, and of all the daily contact with life? Do we then obtain in our own husbandry? Do we keep on in the same ways? Or do we fall before the outer confusions of our surroundings? We are still creating the word and setting it afloat in the great ethers of life. Are these words creating for us? Yes! Few people in the day in which we live are well poised. Where do we find the man who can live above his surroundings, who in his own thought can dominate all conditions, and in the midst of the crowd keep his own way, and his own counsel? When we do meet with such a person we will know him, for we shall find on his face the image of perfect peace. We shall detect in his appearance the ease and independence that comes only to the man who has found himself and who is centered not in the outer but in the inner world of himself.

Such a character as this has the power to attract to himself all of the best in the world, he is a center toward which all else must gravitate. The atmosphere which he creates and with which he surrounds himself is one of absolute calm and peace. The world at once sees in this man a master, and gladly sits at his feet. And yet this man who has risen above the thought of the world cares not that other people should sit at his feet. He knows that what he has done all may do, and he well knows that all the teaching in the world will not produce another such as him. He knows that it is not from the teaching but from the being that true greatness springs. So this man does not go around teaching or preaching, he simply is.

“Sometimes Opportunity knocks”

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