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Chapter 13

Manifest Your Desires Effortlessly

The next requisite I might term your Nourishment or Reserve. We know that few are capable of sustained effort, and that is the reason why we have comparatively few outstanding successes. You have learned that your great power lies not upon the surface but deep within your being, in your Inner mind. The average human lives upon the surface, ignorant of his great interior power. Placing what little faith he has, in the Outer mind, he is governed by its false reports, and as a result he is constantly in a turmoil of confusion, strife and strain until he succumbs, discouraged and disheartened, broken in health and spirit.

Why is this so? Why is it a common expression that a man who accumulates wealth pays dearly for it in health and vitality? Because, as I have already told you, when he intensifies upon a given objective, he automatically transfers to it a portion of his vital life force. This is all very well and necessary, but such a practice continued, with no replenishment to keep that life force nourished, drains it and the result is trouble.

It is your rightful heritage, your birthright, to have anything that you desire and without limit, for, as I have said, you are in a sense the only one here, for yours is the only consciousness in existence as far as you are concerned. You can never know another. Those things that you desire were put here for you to use and enjoy. If not, why are they here? And since only you can be conscious of your own individual desires, those things were placed here specifically for you.

Yes, you may have riches and position and with them health and happiness, when you know the law of your being and cooperate with it. I have no patience with the one who proclaims that poverty is a blessing. Poverty is the greatest curse upon earth. The one who preaches such a doctrine is untrue to himself, for, while such remarks are proceeding from his lips, the desire for the good things of life is gnawing at his heart.

Knowing so well that each individual, being differently constituted, given the fundamental principles of the Law, will each work it out somewhat differently, accordingly to his own particular inherent nature, I have purposely avoided referring to my method, so that you might have your entire freedom of interpretation and decision. But since I feel prompted to do so, I will give you a hint of how I work, advising that you let this not influence or change you in your method, because of it having come from me. You cannot attain dominion patterning after another, or following custom or tradition. Sheep and plodders do that. Masters and leaders never do.

A painting would be a dull, uninteresting thing were the artist, in featuring a great oak tree, to fail to include its natural surroundings of grass, brush, flowers, leaves, and possibly sky and clouds. The true artist creates a faithful reproduction. Our methods are similar. While he places his upon the canvas, I place mine within. He places the oak upon the canvas and gives it its natural surroundings. I do the same. To bring his picture forth, he is compelled to concentrate upon it to the exclusion of all else that would tend to draw him away from his purpose. So am I. At times something in the external suggests the picture to him. At other times, inspiration suggests it. It is the same with me. A hundred things in a day may come up to distract him and attempt to draw him away, but with his picture uppermost, he does not resist those distractions, but gives them their due attention and returns to the picture. Just so with me. His picture completed, he begins another. I also do. For I am never consciously, mentally inactive. Inactivity is retrogression.

Should I desire the presence of my servant at this moment, I would see him before me in my mind picture surrounded by what is within my vision here and shortly the picture out-pictures.

Were I to desire wealth, I would surround that picture with all of wealth’s natural accompaniments of conditions and possessions that would instinctively present themselves for inclusion. I would get my suggestions, if necessary, from the out-picturing or externalized picture of another’s success. I would go about my duties as usual. It matters little what I appear to be doing in the outer. It matters much what I am doing within.

If I were a beginner and desired, for instance, a new automobile or home, I would select a picture in colors of the one or closely resembling the one I desired, from a trade or home periodical, and place it where it would meet my eyes frequently. This would tend to hold the Outer mind in line and hasten the out-picturing of my idea.