Call yourself to be so strong that nothing may interrupt your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness and prosperity to each individual you meet. To make all your acquaintances feel that there's something in them.
To view the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. To believe only the best, to work only for the best, and to anticipate only the best. To be even as enthusiastic about the success of other people as you are about your own. To blank out the errors of the past and push on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear an upbeat countenance at all times and provide every living creature you meet a smile. To present so much time to the betterment of yourself that you've no time to knock others. To be too big for worry, too noble for rage, too strong for dread; and too happy to allow the presence of trouble.
To think well of yourself and to exclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words but in good deeds. To live in the faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you're true to the best that's in you.
The purpose of the accompanying pages will be to analyze the whole nature of man, find all the forces in his possession, whether they be evident or hidden, alive or dormant, and to present techniques through which all those forces may be applied in making the life of every person richer, greater and better. To make each phase of this work as useful as possible to the highest number possible, not one statement will be made that all can't understand, and not one idea will be presented that anybody can't apply to daily life.
We all wish to know what we really possess both in the physical, the mental and the spiritual, and we wish to understand how the elements and forces inside us may be applied in the most successful manner. Its results in practical life that we wish, and we're not true to the race or ourselves till we learn to utilize the powers inside us so effectively, that the greatest results possible inside the possibilities of human nature are assured.
The issue before us is to understand what is in us and how to utilize what is in us. If we only knew how to utilize these powers, we could achieve practically anything that we might have in sight, and not only realize our wishes to the fullest degree, but likewise reach even our greatest goal. Though this might seem to be a strong statement, all the same, we're compelled to admit that it's true even in its fullest sense, and not one person may fail to realize his wants and reach his goal, after he has learned how to utilize the powers that are in him.
The more we study the lives of individuals who have achieved, and the more we study our own experience daily, the more positive we become that there's no reason whatever why any person shouldn't realize all his aspirations and much more.
We have to know what we are, before we may know and utilize what we in inherently possess. Man is compiled of ego, consciousness and form. Man is body, mind and soul. Man is compiled of individuality and personality.
Before we pass to the more pragmatic side of the subject, we shall find it profitable to have a look at briefly these assorted ideas concerning the nature of man. When the average individual employs the term "ego," he thinks that he's dealing with something that's concealed so deeply in the abstract that it may make little difference whether we understand it or not.
This, however isn’t true, because it's the ego that must act before any process may take place anywhere in the human system, and it's the ego that has to originate the new before any advance may be taken. Additionally, it's exceedingly crucial to realize that the power of will to control the forces we have, depends directly on how fully conscious we are of the ego as the ruling principle inside us. It’s utterly essential to associate all thought, all, feeling and all actions of mind or personality with the ego.
The opening move in this connection, is to realize “the ego” in everything you do, and to think always of “the ego”, as being you -- the supreme you. If you think, realize that it’s “the ego” that originated the thought. Whenever you act, recognize that it's “the ego” that gives initiative to that action, and whenever you think of yourself or attempt to be conscious of yourself, recognize that “the ego” occupies the throne of your entire field of consciousness.
A different crucial essential is to affirm silently in your own mind that you're “the ego”. And as you affirm this think of “the ego” as being the ruling principle in your whole world, as being distinct and above and superior to all else in your being, and as being you, yourself, in the highest, largest, and most comprehensive sense.
You thus lift yourself up, as it were, to the mountaintop of masterful individuality; you enthrone yourself; you become true to yourself; you place yourself where you belong. Through this practice, you not only discover yourself to be the master of your whole life, but you advance all your conscious actions to that lofty state in your consciousness.
If you want to control and direct the forces you possess, you have to act from the throne of your being, or put differently, from that conscious point in your mental world wherein all power of command, direction and initiative proceeds. You have to act, not as a body, not as a personality, not as a, mind, but as “the ego”.
When we have a look at the mind of the average individual, we find that they commonly identify themselves with mind or body. They think either that they're body or that they're mind, and therefore they may control neither mind nor body.
“The ego” in their nature is submerged in a bunch of ideas, some of which are true and some of which are not, and their thought is commonly controlled by those ideas without getting any direction from that principle inside them that alone was intended to give direction.
A different technique that is highly important in this connection is to take a few minutes daily and try to feel that you -- “the ego” -- are not only above mind and body, but in a certain sense, distinct from mind and body. This practice will give you what might be termed a perfect consciousness. Accordingly, all your mental actions will, from that time on, come directly from “the ego”; and if you'll continue to stand above all such actions at all times, you'll be able to control them and direct them totally.
When “the ego” looks out upon life we have simple consciousness. When “the ego” looks on its own position in life we have self-consciousness, and when “the ego” looks up into the vastness of real life we have cosmic consciousness.
In simple consciousness, you're only witting of those things that exist outwardly to yourself, but when you start to become conscious of yourself as a distinct entity, you start to develop self-consciousness. When you start to turn your attention to the great within and start to look up into the real source of all things, you become conscious of that world that seemingly exists inside all worlds, and when you enter upon this experience, you're on the borderland of cosmic consciousness, the most fascinating subject that's ever been known.
In the past, we have constantly utilized the expression, "I have a soul," which naturally implies the belief that “I'm a body”; and so deeply has this idea become fixed in the normal mind that nearly everyone thinks of the body whenever the term “me” or “myself “ is employed. But in this attitude of mind the individual isn't above the physical states of thought and feeling; in fact, he's more or less submerged in what might be called a bundle of physical facts and thoughts, of which he has very little control.
You can't control anything in your life, however, till you're above it. You can't control what is in your body till you realize that you're above your body. You can't control what is in your brain till you realize that you're above your mind, and therefore no one may use the forces inside them to any extent so long as they think of themselves as being localized exclusively in the body.
The soul is the man himself, and that the ego is the central principle of the soul; or to utilize another expression, the soul, including “the ego”, constitutes the individuality, and that visible something through which individuality finds expression, comprises the personality.
If you wish to comprehend your forces, and gain that masterful attitude necessary to the command of your forces, train yourself to think that you are a soul, but don't think of the soul as something vague or mysterious.
Consider the soul as being the individual you and all that that expression may possibly imply. Train yourself to think that you are master of mind and body, as you're above mind and body, and possess the power to utilize everything that's in mind and body.