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Ask him or her questions about what they believe about their success in the area that you're modeling. You might even have to ask the same question once or twice more if he continues to say "I don't know. People don't become successful by chance. There are powerful beliefs that are the foundation of a person's success. Discover those beliefs, and I'll show you how to install them in yourself later in the book. Find another person you would like to model. Model their beliefs.

Take the beliefs that seem to really make the difference in these people's lives, write or type them out and put them in a conspicuous place in your house and car, so that you remind yourself of beliefs you would like to have. Later on, I'll take you further into installing beliefs. Understanding state is the key to understanding change and achieving excellence. Our behavior is the result of the state we're in. We always do the best we can with the resources available to us, but sometimes we find ourselves in unresourceful states.

A state can be defined as the sum of the millions of neurological processes happening within us, in other words, the sum total of our experience at any moment in time. The problem is, most of our states happen without any conscious direction on our part. People succeed or fail in life in direct relationship to their ability to consistently put themselves in states that support them in their achievements. Almost everything people want is some possible state-love, confidence, respect-even money, which you want in order to give you states like freedom, power, love, etc.

Anything that affects one will automatically affect the other. To control our states, we must control and consciously direct our internal representations and physiology. The key word is "re-presentation"-we experience our world through our five senses-visual, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory, gustatory.

Thus, your internal representation, your experience of the event, isn't precisely what happened but rather a personalized internal re-presentation-it's just one interpretation as filtered through specific personal belief, attitudes, values, and metaprograms.

This filtering process explains the huge range in human perception. One person may pay more attention to what s he saw, another to what s he heard-they look at it from different angles, and have different physiologies to begin the perception process with. Since we don't know how things really are, but only how we represent them to ourselves, why not represent them in a way that empowers ourselves and others, rather than creating limitations? The key to doing this successfully is memory management.

In any experience, you have many things to focus on-no matter how terrible a situation is, you can represent it in a way that empowers you. We can represent things in a way that puts us in a positive state, or we can do the opposite. If we don't consciously direct our own minds and states, our environment may produce undesirable states.

We must weed our garden by deciding what we are going to focus on. Successful people are able to gain access to their most resourceful states on a consistent basis. When we go into a state, our brain then accesses possible behavioral choices. The number of choices is determined by our models of the world-what are your behavioral choices when you're in an angry state, for example? The Firewalk teaches people how to change their states and their behaviors in a way that empowers them to take action and produce new results in spite of fear. The Firewalk helps people form a new internal representation of belief and possibility.

They wake up depressed or they wake up energized. Good breaks lift them up, bad ones bring them down. Successful people are able to summon their best when they need it, when the pressure is the greatest. People who have achieved excellence are masters of tapping into the most resourceful parts of their brain, by deciding what they are going to focus on-what they are going to represent to themselves, and thus controlling the state they access on a regular basis. State change is what most people are after. Learn how to effectively run your brain in order to direct your state.

The key to directing your internal representations successfully is memory management. We must weed our garden by deciding what we are going to focus on-like W. Mitchell did.

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Life is like a river. It's moving, and you can be at the mercy of the river if you don't take deliberate conscious action to steer yourself in the direction you have predetermined.

The number of behavioral choices we have is determined by our models of the world. Most people take very little conscious action to direct their states. The Firewalk teaches people to form new internal representations of possibility.

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Are you a jealous person? No, you're not. Remember, behavior is a result of your state you're in a jealous state, and you can change that state by changing your physiology and your internal representations-what you focus on-in an instant. Think of a time when you were in a jealous state. Remember a specific time. Go back to that specific time, and ask yourself the three questions below. If you've never been jealous, then think of a time when you were angry at someone.

Find out HOW you created this state for yourself by discovering: a What did you picture about that person? Were you conscious of any images about what you thought that person did or didn't do? Note how much power these pictures either have or don't have in terms of your feeling the state of jealousy. Note: the pictures may not be that important to you, or you may not be aware of them-you may have to go to step b. Notice which of the three representation. You should also notice now that this is just a state, and can be changed by focusing on something that makes you feel good. Follow the same procedure as in number 1, but choose the state of love.

Remember a time when you felt totally loved or loving. Remember a specific time, and go back to that time, and discover HOW you go into the state of love, and notice the difference in pictures, internal dialogue and physiology between these two states. Beliefs deliver direct commands to your nervous system. Handled effectively, they can be the most powerful forces for creating good in your life. On the other hand, beliefs that limit your actions and thoughts can be as devastating as resourceful beliefs can be empowering.

Beliefs are the compass and maps that guide us toward our goals and give us the certainty to know we'll get there. Without beliefs or the ability to tap into them, people can be totally dis-empowered; with powerful guiding beliefs, you can see what you want and be energized to get it. The more we learn about human behavior, the more we learn about the extraordinary power that beliefs have over our lives.

Invariably a blister will develop at the point of contact. What counted was not reality but belief-the direct, unquestioned communication to the nervous system. The brain simply does what it's told through our beliefs. Norman Cousins talks about the placebo effect, and from his own illness and studying many others, concludes, "Drugs are not always necessary.

Belief in recovery always is. The birth of excellence begins with our awareness that our beliefs are a choice. You can choose beliefs that limit you, or you can choose beliefs that support you. The biggest misconception people often have of belief is that it's a static, intellectual concept, an understanding that's divorced from action and results.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Belief is the doorway to excellence precisely because there's nothing divorced or static about it. This is a classic downward spiral: failure breeds failure. On the positive side, however, if you begin by believing with every fiber of your being that you will succeed, you'll tap lots of your potential, take massive action, and your belief in your ability to produce even better results in the future will be affirmed.

In this case, success feeds on success and each success creates more belief and momentum to success on an even higher scale. Amazingly, sometimes just not having a limiting belief is enough to ensure success, or to have an experience that disproves a particular limitation-another reason we do the Firewalk. Beliefs are the compass and maps that guide us toward our goals and give us the certain to know we'll get there. Belief is nothing but a state-a feeling of certainty-that governs behavior.

Beliefs come from a variety of sources: 1 Environment 2 Events 3 Knowledge 4 Past results 5 Creating in your mind the experience you desire in the future as if it were here now-experiencing results in advance. Sometimes just not having a limiting belief is enough to ensure success. What beliefs resourceful and unresourceful do you currently hold that were generated by your environment?

Significant events. Discover the beliefs you have about the other significant events in your life by answering the same question about each one. What are the significant books you have read, or knowledge you have gained from experience? Past results. List five things you have accomplished in your life and one or two things you haven't accomplished, and discover what your beliefs are.

Most people that have attended the Firewalk seminar, for example, would say, "Because I was able to do something that ought to be impossible, I now believe that anything is possible. List five things you would you like to accomplish in your life. What would you believe about yourself, life, people, etc. If you have skipped these exercises, you might ask yourself if you aren't worth discovering what beliefs you currently have.

They will provide interesting comparisons to the beliefs I will be talking about in the next chapter. We don't know if our beliefs are true or false. What we can know, though, is if they work-if they support us. The word "lies" is used in this chapter as a constant reminder that we do not know for certain exactly how things are, and that no matter how much we believe in a concept, we should be open to other possibilities and continuous learning.

I suggest you look at these seven beliefs and decide whether they're useful for you. I've found them time and time again in successful people I have modeled. And remember, modeling begins with modeling people's belief systems of excellence. Remember the story of W. Mitchell-this was his key belief. Successful people have an uncanny ability to focus on what is possible in a situation, no matter how much negative feedback they get from their environment.

Do you generally expect things to work out well, or to work out poorly? Do you see the potential in a situation, or do you see the roadblocks? Many people tend to focus on the negative more than the positive. The first step toward changing that is to recognize it. People always succeed in getting some sort of results. The super successes of our culture aren't people who don't fail, but simply people who know that if they try something and it doesn't give them what they want, they've had an important learning experience.

You can always learn from every human experience and can thereby always succeed in anything you do. Think of Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Edison. They knew they were getting feedback, so they could make finer distinctions about politics and leadership, science and electricity. Buckminster Fuller said: "Humans have learned only through mistakes. Robert Schuller asks the question: "What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

Great leaders and achievers operate from the belief that they create their world. No matter what happens-good or bad-if they didn't cause it by their physical actions, maybe they did by the level and tenor of their thoughts. Now I don't know if this is true, but it's a useful lie-an empowering belief. And if you don't believe that you're creating your world, you then believe that you're at the mercy of circumstances-things just happen to you you're an object, not a subject.

If we try to tell someone we love them, and they get upset or hostile, the fact is, our communication may have been the trigger without our knowing it. By retaining responsibility, by changing our actions, we can change our communication-the power to change the result we produce.

Achievers tend to be time misers-they exact the essence from a situation, take out what they need, and don't dwell on the rest. They know what's essential and what's not. I'll bet that if I asked you to explain how electricity works, you would come up with something between a blank and a sketchy answer. But you're quite capable of flicking the switch and getting the result called light. Individuals of excellence almost universally have a tremendous sense of respect and appreciation for people.

They have a sense of team, a sense of common purpose and unity. Look at Japanese business and the conclusion of the book In Search of Excellence by Tom Peters and Robert Waterman: "There was hardly a more pervasive theme in excellent companies than respect for the individual. Pablo Picasso once said, "When I work, I relax; doing nothing or entertaining visitors makes me tired. If there's a single belief that seems almost inseparable from success, it's that there's no great success without great commitment.

Anna Pavlova once said: "To follow, without halt, one aim: there's the secret of success. I like to describe what they do with W. What Ever It Takes to succeed. What if your beliefs are negative, not positive? How do you change beliefs? You've already taken the first step-awareness. You know what you want. The second step is action, learning to control your internal representations and beliefs, learning how to run your brain.

We don't know if our beliefs are true or false, so we remind ourselves of that by humorously calling them "lies. Belief in limits creates limited people. Successful people aren't necessarily the ones with the most information, the most knowledge, but they are the most effective at using what they know. Some workaholics focus on work so much because they love it so much-they look at work the way most of us look at play. What would happen if you installed these seven beliefs, and lived "as if" these beliefs were true? What changes do you think would happen in your life?

Take some time to look at how your beliefs would be affected if you adopted the beliefs of successful people I have presented to you in this chapter. What would you no longer be able to believe about people, events, life, your abilities, etc. And what kinds of successes would you be likely to have if you replaced some of your old beliefs with these new ones?

This chapter teaches you how to be in control of your states and, therefore, in control of your actions. I see our neurology as a jukebox that has records of our experiences that will be played back at any time if the right stimulus in our environment is triggered. So we can choose to remember experiences or push buttons that play "songs" of happiness and joy, or we can push buttons that create pain. If, however, you hold the traditional therapeutic model that we have deep-seated negative experiences that build up inside like a fluid and finally burst and overflow, and you follow a therapeutic plan of re-experiencing those negative experiences-i.

So let's discover not only how to push the buttons that play the pleasure "songs," but also how to push a button that used to play a sad song, but instead now brings up an ecstatic one-or even learn to re-record over the disk and take the old memories and change them. We look at the structure of human experience, not the content. We look for answers as to "how" someone creates pain and pleasure. Wisdom is an unseen substance—our unseen faiths attach themselves to the unseen source of wisdom.

Thought is unseen; our faiths, torn loose from things, begin to reach out into the unseen realm of thought. Ideals are unseen things. Our faiths, torn loose from the already-realized, begin to tendril the unseen ideals, the race's ideals, the family ideals, and lastly our individual ideals. Our unseen faiths become one with these unseen ideals; and through these little faith tendrils we begin literally to draw the ideal down into our physical being and out into the visible world.

Through our faith tendrils the ideal is literally ex-pressed, pressed out into visibility. When our faiths were attached to material things, the material things being negative to us sucked us dry. Now our faith tendrils reach upward to the unseen ideal realm of real substance to which we are negative and by the same law of dynamics it is we who draw the life; draw it from the unseen realm of real life substance. We breathe out that which, through our faith-tendrils, the Great Unseen breathes into us. While you were attached by your faiths to things they used you; now you use them.

Pin your faiths to the Unseen things and let patience have her perfect work. Let things rock as they will; let facts be stubborn and conditions hard if need be. Never mind them. To mind them is to pin your faiths to them. Mind the Unseen things. Pin your faiths to your ideals. Flout facts and hard conditions! Believe in the Unseen. Train your faiths upward. If it is a mushroom expect it in a night.

If you desire a great oak give it time to grow. In due time, perhaps in an hour when you least expect it, it will surely appear. The one thing needful is to pin your little faiths to the Unseen Source of all things. Believe in the great unseen part of yourself and the universal.

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All desirable and as-yet-unexpressed things are in the silence waiting to be drawn into expression through aspiration and inspiration. Of course one can aspire and inspire anywhere and under almost any conditions. I remember one great aspiration of mine which was satisfied whilst I was sitting in a crowded street car with folks standing in front of me and others clinging to the running board. The Things of the Silence are everywhere present, permeating solid things as the X-rays do.

All creation cannot hinder a man communing with the Unseen at any time and in any place—all creation cannot hinder him except as he lets it. But that is the trouble—he lets it interfere unless he is in almost agonizing earnest about the unseen things. I was so absorbed in that one subject that the crowds were as nothing to me. Your interest is like the plate in a camera; it receives impressions only from that upon which it is turned.

And the camera must be held steadily in one position until the impression is received. The human camera receives impressions from the unseen in exactly the same way that it receives impressions from the seen world. But it takes a longer time to receive a complete impression from the unseen, just as it takes a longer time to get a good negative in the dark.

The unseen is the dark to us; hence the long time it often takes to get a complete impression of anything we desire to receive in the silence. Now the busy person, the person who is interested in a thousand things, keeps his interest so busy taking instantaneous photographs that he has no time to get impressions from the unseen. His mind is constantly flitting from one thing to another. When it happens to turn toward the unseen it simply sweeps the dark quickly and comes back to earth again without an impression. Instead of a steady aspiration toward the ideal there is a constant perspiration toward the real.

As there is nothing new under the sun the only progress made is around and around the same old things. The only real relief from things as they are lies in the unseen. In order to do this the attention must be called away from seen things. People who are not yet satisfied that the visible world does not and cannot satisfy, will see no need of going into the silence on set occasions.

And almost invariably, if not always I have never heard of an exception , these are people who have tried nearly every method of spiritual culture extant, have practiced fasting and prayer, breath exercises, denials and affirmations, and treatments and concentrations of every conceivable kind. Is this universal urge only a lie? These concentration exercises are kindergarten methods by which we learn to use ourselves. When by practice we have learned how, we discard the kindergarten methods.

What was gained by self-conscious effort becomes habit. We turn intuitively to the unseen, whereas we used to turn to it only by conscious effort, by special practices. But why repudiate the practices? Why tell others who are trying to learn how, that their efforts are all useless?

By practices we found the way; why discourage practice? There are people who as yet are wrapped up in the material.

There are those who are wrapped up in the unseen. To those whose interests are mainly in the material world, but who want to understand and be deeply interested in the unseen world—from whence come all things,—to those I say, Go into the silence at regular periods every day. To all humanity who are longing for Something, I say. All things are in the Silence; be still and know. I did my work and started to dress for my journey, when there came over me such a feeling of depression, or despondency, or gloom, that I could not understand.

I kept on getting ready, all the time trying to reason away the feeling. But it would not go. At the time I supposed the voice I call it voice for want of a more definite term had told me to stay at home because some one was coming to me for help. This was my first year as a teacher and healer. But not a soul came that day, nor that night, and the thought flitted through my mind that perhaps it was all nonsense after all and I might as well have gone.

Well, the outcome was that the train I would have taken met with a fearful accident in which many were killed or badly injured. This is only one of many similar experiences I have had. I do not stop to reason out things. The world has tried for years to follow reason, and look at the outcome I follow my intuition and it never fails me. Howard, Los Angeles, Cal. It is his crowning glory, created for use.

But it is not all the wisdom a man has access to, nor is it the greatest. The man who exalts his understanding above the wisdom of the rest of creation, and un-creation, is a fool and sure to come to grief. But he who rejoices in his personal understanding or reason as the means by which he taps the source of all wisdom, is in a fair way to profit by his own intelligence and the universal intelligence besides. Everybody knows his foresight is not so good as his hindsight.

He has demonstrated the fact many a time, by as many little tumbles off his high horse. Really, it seems as if he might have learned by this time not to be quite so sure about his reason. After Mrs. Howard knew that the train she meant to go on had been wrecked she saw, plainly, why it was unwise for her to go on that particular train.

Her reason had been enlightened, her hindsight perfected. By what? By universal intelligence. What do you suppose would happen? She would go to smash in a week. It is by her reception of all those messages as to outside doings, that she is enabled to reason out her business problems and send out messages that move the world. To exalt New York knowledge and reason, and despise outside knowledge and reason, would quickly ruin her. Intuition is the wireless line by which we receive directions from every other station in the universe.

Howard had received and obeyed her message from the universal—some days after—she knew why she had been so directed. You see, we have none of us ever passed this way before. This day is a new day; this bit of road has never been traveled before. Nobody can know by reason what we shall run into just around the bend there. He may make a rough guess at it, but he cannot know. But—there is Something which, whether it knows or does not know consciously, what is, or will be, around that corner there—there is Something which can and does send us by the wireless line a message to keep away, or to go to it, as the case may be.

Now Mrs. Howard was a woman with no desire to be in such a smash, and she believed her intuitions would keep her warned away from them. Now next door to Mrs. Howard, just as devoted to her intuitions, who received a message to go on that train. At the same moment Mrs. She mounted the steps and walked into the car and along past several vacant seats before she felt the impression to sit down. She sat down and gazed happily out of the window.

By and by, as they were bowling swiftly along there came a sudden crash, and shrieks, and hiss of steam. Then there was work to do. This woman neighbor of Mrs. There were dead and dying in front and behind her, but she was safe. There was work to do and she was there to do it. You see, this woman was a physician and surgeon, and the only one on the train. She had been years preparing for such work, and she believed her intuitions would lead her, strong and well herself, into just such opportunities as this.

So the message which depressed Mrs. Howard brought light to the soul of this woman. Each received and interpreted the message according to her own particular character. And what about the injured and killed? The man who thinks in terms of accident is pretty sure to meet them.

And through all ages we have been fitting ourselves; and we are still at it. He who is not busy fitting himself for the best is relating himself to the less good. He who fits himself to die with his boots on will die so. He who fits himself for life may perchance never again see death. When the bubonic plague is about to appear in a place all the birds fly away. What warned them? Before Mt. Pelee spit destruction, all the wild animals not one of which could have had any personal knowledge, or any record of volcano lore fled from the vicinity.

The tame animals whimpered and cowered and those which could ran away. As Mt. Pelee had never destroyed them before and it wouldn't now. So the wise reasoners corralled the poor fools. And they were well corralled. Only one ever got away. Now just what this spirit is like that tries to lead us into all truth, is a thing I don't know. I have been led of the spirit into ways of pleasantness, peace and plenty; and before that I turned up my nose at the spirit and went my own way into all sorts of troubles.

The spirit is the universal intelligence which fills this universe so full there is not room for anything else. There are just little eddies and whirls and currents and cross-currents in this great ocean of intelligence. And you are one eddy in it, and I another; and each of us sets up little swirls and currents that move us about and move other things to us.

And when a leaf floats by it is drawn into our eddy, but when we swirl by a rock, the rock in unmoved and so are we. We are not related to the rock. When gold is placed beside a horseshoe magnet it stays put. The magnet and gold are not interested in each other. But that does not prove that the magnet is stupid and dead. No, there is a great current of longing in that magnet. If it had means of locomotion it would go about the world seeking, seeking—perhaps never knowing just what it was seeking, but still seeking.

And by and by it would begin to feel a definite inclination to go in a certain direction. Now if it is just a fool magnet without great pride in its brains it will follow that definite inclination. And as it journeys the drawing power will grow, and it will journey faster, and behold, it will fly into the arms of its affinity, a steel bar. And it will cling and cling, and the bar will cling, and joy will be born. It takes two, and an exchange of intelligence, to bring joy into being. Or perhaps our magnet will stay at home and long, long, until it draws to it steel filings.

This is not so fanciful as you may suppose. All things are intelligent. All things are putting their little compulsions on all creation for satisfaction. And in due time all compulsions will be met. The great sea is seething with intelligence, and affinities are coming together. It is the attraction of the magnet for the steel that constitutes what I call the spirit.

That attraction is intelligence. When in doubt as to the meaning of your solar center feelings, do nothing. Come back as Mrs. Howard did, sit down; be still; ask for the meaning; and obey. The Rev. Horton tells a little story of a remarkable answer to prayer. He was with a party of tourists in Norway. The golosh must be found, or the tour curtailed. As you may imagine, every member of the party set diligently to work to find the missing rubber.

Over and over they hunted the miles of glades and mountain sides they had traversed At last they gave it up and returned to the hotel. But in the afternoon a thought came to Dr.

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Horton—why not pray that they find the shoe? So he prayed. And they rowed back up the fjord to the landing of the morning, and he got out and walked directly to the overshoe, in a spot he would have sworn he had before searched repeatedly. I remember a similar experience of my own. There were four of us riding bicycles along a rather sandy road some distance from town.

Two were spinning along on a tandem some distance ahead of us, on a down grade, when a rivet flew out and the chain dropped. The tandem ran for a quarter of a mile on down the hill and slowed up on the rise beyond, so that our friends were able to dismount without injury. By this time we had overtaken them, having ridden in their track, and learned for the first time the cause of their halt. Two of the party are crack shots with the rifle, with very quick eyesight.

I thought one of these two might find the rivet. But we all walked slowly back, far beyond the point where they became conscious of their loss, and no one spied the rivet. Then it occurred to me that the high spirit within had not been called to our assistance. Immediately I said to myself, "Spirit, you know where the rivet is!

These words floated into my mind, "Rivet, rivet, rivet my eye! So I walked leisurely, calmly along, eyes willing, and those words saying themselves over and over in my mind. And the rivet riveted my eye! I, who considered myself very slow of sight, found the rivet. And I know it was because I turned to the universal self, to God, to the Law of Attraction for the help needed, for the knowledge which not one of us had in consciousness, but which was certainly present in the universal mind in which we live and move and have our being. For years I have said I could never find ready made garments to fit me.

Have tried many times; waists all too short and narrow in front, sleeves skimpy.


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But I keep trying, every year; for everything is evolving you know, even clothes and tailors. I tried the biggest suit house in Springfield; no good. Then one day I had an impulse to try the best places in Holyoke. So I gave it up. I found the [shirt] waist I wanted, and I found a pretty white lawn suit besides! And it was found in the most unlikely corner in the vicinity, according to my judgment and experience.

There is a little law in here that I want you to notice. The spirit leads us through impressions or attractions; and it is limited in its revelations by our mental makeup, which is the conscious and ruling part of us. Why did not the spirit impress me in the first place to go to that store, where that [shirt] waist and dress had been waiting for me since spring? And I had wanted them since spring. That shut the spirit up for the time. It was not until I had given up finding anything at these places, and was going right by the door of the other store, that the spirit had a chance even to whisper its name to me.

The spirit had to lead me around all my prejudices in the matter, before it could get me to think of that place. My mind was open to the thought of the shirt waist, but it was closed hard and fast against the idea of that particular store. At least the direct mental route to that store was closed.

So the spirit had to lead me around by back-alley brain connections. But now the direct route is open. The spirit always goes shopping with me, and nearly always the direct mental routes are open, so I have lots of fun shopping, never waste a lot of time at it, and I nearly always get just what I want, many times at bargain prices, though I almost never look at bargain ads in the papers.

But many, many times have I gone into a store to buy a certain thing and found a big special sale on, of that very item. Do you think these are very trivial things to be bothering the spirit about? The spirit is all-wise, all-powerful, everywhere present, and its chief end and joy is to direct folks aright. The spirit is a sort of universal floor-walker to straighten out the snarls between supply and demand in all departments of life. And I think it is a pretty heedless or foolish individual who won't consult it in every little dilemma. Herein lies the secret of all our little experiences when it looks as if our leading of the spirit was all wrong and our prayers, longing and desires all unanswered: The spirit never fails us.

It is we who grow weary following the spirit; which must lead us to the desired goal by way of our own mental paths. And here the spirit helps us again. As soon as the spirit succeeded in getting me around all my prejudices and into that store I wiped away the prejudice. So there is a straight mental street now where none existed before. Then it is so simple, so easy, we can hardly believe the spirit would condescend to it! Ah, but it does! Try living in a north room with the windows shut, and see. If we all lived under the sun and slept under the stars that healer's advice might be good enough.

But we don't. We live in tight, dark rooms whence the spirit of life has fled, leaving only its cast off effluvia. We breathe the dead air of close rooms. Spirit is LIFE, and we live by breathing it. Spirit is in fresh air; fresh air is in spirit; fresh air and spirit are one. Dead air is air minus spirit, or life.

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Pure air and sunshine are spirit specially prepared for your use. What good will it do you to pretend that you depend upon spirit when you shut yourself into rooms whence the spirit has flown? I know in my heart and soul and mind that this is true. If we understood and applied the Gospel of Fresh Air we should think right without trying. It is in gloomy, unaired corners that evil thoughts breed—because the spirit of life is not present there in such form that it can be appropriated by human beings.

They get therein the Breath of Death, and generate thoughts to match—distorted thoughts of death and evil and despair.


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  5. The fact of the matter is this: He fails to realize that all is spirit. He is still tangled up with good and evil, spirit and not-spirit, God and devil. He does not see spirit in everything and everything in spirit; so he puts the Keep-Off-the-Grass sign wherever he does not see spirit. This will not prevent his pointing you to the spirit where he does recognize it.

    None of us are wise enough as yet always to see God in all his works. It is spirit which makes us breathe. When we shut ourselves away from the pure breath of life we shut away the power that makes us breathe. And when we are too interested in doing indoor work the spirit finds it pretty hard work to make us breathe enough to keep us in good condition for growing. So we, by working against the spirit, form a habit of breathing too little, thus robbing ourselves of the life, health, wisdom, power, joy which the spirit is trying to give us with every breath.

    Now we find ourselves hampered by self-imposed habits which need breaking. So we set ourselves to work with the Spirit of Life. We throw open the window and let in the Spirit of Life. We go outdoors and revel in the Spirit of Sunshine. We run and jump to make ourselves inbreathe the Spirit of Life.

    Being too busy to spend hours every day outdoors we do stunts in our nightdresses to make us inbreathe more of the Spirit of Life. And always, night and day, winter and summer, we take pains to leave our windows well open that the Spirit of Life be not shut away from us for one single moment. We are learning to depend wholly upon the Spirit. We used to remember the Spirit only on the Sabbath day; now we remember it every day and all day and all night—we remember to breathe it and eat it as well as think it. And verily we are blessed. One must think the thing he desires, and he must put his shoulder to the wheel.

    But the person who is full of the sense of failure and defeat is more apt than not to put his shoulder to the wrong side of the wheel. So he goes stupidly along drudging away with his shoulder in the same old spot—the wrong spot. But let that man make up his mind that there is a way to budge that wheel and he will find it; and you will see things move.

    Or another team will pass just at the right time to give him a lift out. The man who believes himself equal to any emergency which arises will be strong mentally and physically. His mind will be alert, full of expedients. Instead of pushing like a blind mule at one spot until he drops in his tracks, he will use his gumption and find another way.

    He will conjure up a lever of some sort to budge that load. He believes he will work it somehow, and he does. All affirmations and all going into the silence are useful in waking mental and physical energy to intelligent action. This belief in failure fills the individual with an affinity for undesirable things.

    The infallible cure, the only cure, for failure, is belief in success, belief in one's own power to turn even defeat to good advantage. After he arrived at his destination he said he saw on his tramp hundreds of places where he could have started in without a cent and in time made piles of money—opportunities just crying to be developed.

    Only the thought of a bigger chance at the end of the route kept him from stopping in the very first town on his route! But that boy had success in him and was on the alert for opportunities. He believed in himself and the world. When a man is looking for trouble and defeat he finds them. The heart of man is the emotional center of his habits or instinct, the center from which radiate his instincts, his habits, as the nerves radiate from the solar plexus.

    Instincts are habit thoughts, heart thoughts. And every instinct came into being through conscious thought and effort. Follow your internal experiences while learning to play the piano and you will gain a clear idea of how instinct comes into being. At first your fingers are stiff and every movement is a voluntary one, every movement has to be thought about, directed by thought.

    But gradually you acquire the habit of handling your fingers in a certain way. Henceforth, instead of thinking consciously about your finger movements you think about them in your heart, that is, sub-consciously. Psychologists say that not more than five per cent of our mental processes are conscious, the remaining ninety-five per cent being under the consciousness.

    And you can see why a mere intellectual conception of new thought is not enough to change him and his environment. Man is a magnet, at least ninety-five per cent of which is habit mind. Therefore by far the greater part of his environment comes to him by its affinity to his ninety-five percent habit or instinct mind, his under-conscious mind, of whose workings he is practically unconscious. He knows he does not consciously desire these unpleasant things and he can scarcely conceive the fact that he is conscious of only about five per cent of his thoughts and desires.

    And, too, he is loath to acknowledge that the greater part of himself has no more sense than to bring such things to him! Man is a magnet, and every line and dot and detail of his experiences come by his own attraction. We only hurt ourselves by fighting. And to run away from the things we have attracted is to run into the arms of similar, or worse, conditions.

    We have to take ourselves along. This can be done with more or less ease, according to the degree of setness of character and the degree of will and enthusiasm brought to bear. The key to all change of character lies with that little five per cent conscious mind, which with all its littleness is a sure lever by which to move the ninety-five percent ponderosity below it. For conscious thought is positive thought, dynamic; while subconscious thought is negative, receptive. That little five percent mind has stronger compelling power than several times its bulk of sub-conscious mind, and there is not an atom of all that ninety-five per cent subconscious mind which cannot be moved by that little five per cent mind which lies at the top.

    The conscious self is the directing power. Just as it directed your fingers to change their fixed habits, so it can direct any change in other lines of mental or bodily habit—by directing persistent, quietly insistent practice on the desired lines. Insist upon right conscious thinking, and in due time you cannot fail to have right subconscious thinking. And in proportion as the heart becomes filled with such habits the environment and experiences will change to match. How long will it take thus to transform you by the renewing of your whole mind? All depends upon you.

    If your practice is fitful and half-hearted it may take another generation or two. If you go at it with a steady will, cutting off all distractions which sap your will and enthusiasm, practicing faithfully and diligently at the new mental habits you may make the desired change in, say, half a lifetime or less. And if you can bring to your assistance a high spiritual exaltation and faith you can make the change in almost no time at all. This is the secret of quick accomplishment in children; their hearts are clean and molten in the emotional fires of enthusiasm and faith, ready to receive deep and lasting impressions.

    The Power of Purpose

    By [our being schooled in] reason we grown-ups have cooled and even quenched the heart fires of faith and enthusiasm; so it takes time and repetition to re-form us. This is the secret of miracles. Religious enthusiasm and exaltation are akin to the fires of youth; they melt the heart to receive higher impressions. The rationalist must receive his new impressions by painstaking hammering in. Repetition and time will do for him what religious or youthful enthusiasm does quickly for babes and fools.

    But they will transform you, heart and consciousness, so that you will attract better horses as well as wheels, better roads, more friends to happen? And affirmations of the right sort will wake up your gumption so that you will not overload your horses or your personal energies to the point of needing a shoulder at the wheel.

    Success is the natural result of intelligent direction of effort. Affirmations of success, faith, wisdom, power, good, love, will wake your latent forces to more intelligent uses. The more enthusiasm you can conjure into the affirmations the more quickly will you realize success. You can overdo anything, even self-treatment. If you keep repeating affirmations to yourself your mental chattering interferes with the real healing. It is not the conscious mind which heals you; it is the subconscious or soul mind and the super-conscious or Over-Soul mind.

    Your soul's expression is guided and directed by your conscious mind. A mental affirmation is simply a word of direction to your soul mind. The soul hears your statements and then builds accordingly. But what would happen if you called up your housemaids and told them over and over, just what you wanted done and just how to do it? If you spent all your time repeating your directions to them when would they get the work done?

    You call up your maids and tell them quietly and kindly, and in as few words as possible, just what you want done. Then they go cheerfully away out of your presence and do their best to please you. If you later come across something which was not done right you call in a maid and repeat your directions, with perhaps a little further explanation. Then you go away again and trust her to do it aright this time.

    What would happen if you tagged around after your maids and tried to watch and criticize and direct every little movement? Why, they would grow nervous and make foolish mistakes and you would all give up in despair. And what would happen if you directed them to do a certain difficult piece of work and then came back five minutes later expecting to find it all done? Your objective, everyday consciousness is the mistress or master of your being. Psychologists say the objective mental activities are not more than one twentieth of all your mental activities.

    That means that the mistress mind has the equivalent of at least twenty maids under her direction. Then there is the great Over-Soul, of which your individual soul is but an atom; but an atom whose every demand is heard. That means that your little mistress mind not only has at her bidding the equivalent of at least twenty maids of the subconscious, but she has also at her call the equivalent of ten million billion other helpers of the infinite Over-Soul. And all the mistress mind has to do is say the word. All these helpers fly to do her bidding. But they do. You keep repeating your directions over and over, and you keep trying to tag around after all your twenty or more housemaids to see if they are doing the things you want done.

    You watch them in your stomach and your liver and your lungs, always fretting for fear they are going wrong. Make your statements of health, happiness and success at certain regular intervals, say two or three times a day. Make the statements plainly and positively. Then call your mind entirely away from the subject and give your soul and the Over-Soul a chance to work. Make light of your feelings and go get well interested in some good work.

    Take it for granted that all your being, and all creation besides, is working out for you the things you desire. Rest easy and trust yourself. I didn't want to do [the first record, Janet Jackson ]. I wanted to go to college. But I did it for my father The Jacksons disapproved of the relationship, citing DeBarge's immaturity and substance abuse. Jackson left her husband in January and was granted an annulment later that year.

    Commenting on the decision, she stated, "I just wanted to get out of the house, get out from under my father, which was one of the most difficult things that I had to do, telling him that I didn't want to work with him again. Although Joseph Jackson initially demanded that his daughter's new album be recorded in Los Angeles so that he could keep an eye on her, Jam and Lewis refused.

    She then went back to Minneapolis to record one more track, titled "What Have You Done for Me Lately", which was originally penned for one of Jam and Lewis's own records. Who's that for? I think she was very pleased when she heard the track". The lyrics were rewritten to convey Jackson's feelings about her recent annulment from James DeBarge. It was the last song to be recorded for Control , and was ultimately chosen as the lead single for the album, as Jam and Lewis felt it best represented Jackson's outlook on life: "I think it was very representative of the sparseness and the funkiness that the rest of the album had and the attitude Janet had about being in control, being mature to the point where she had definite opinions about what she wanted to say".

    She recalled, "They were emotionally abusive. Sexually threatening. Instead of running to Jimmy or Terry for protection, I took a stand. I backed them down. Lyrically, it involves the singer asking why her lover was not as attentive as he once was. He was not treating her as well as he used to, and she calls him a "loser" in response.

    You seem to think you're God's gift to this earth. I'm telling you no way", Jackson sings. Life is also about what you do". For Spin magazine's J. Stevenson, most of the album's power is in its dance floor authority, with songs such as "What Have You Done for Me Lately". It debuted on the Billboard Hot at number 95 and climbed moderately and peaked at number four on the Billboard issue dated May 17, The video's choreographer was Paula Abdul , who appears in the video as Jackson's friend.

    According to a Jet magazine publication in , in the video Abdul "combined sexual energy with classy, alluring moves. The combination propelled Janet into the classification of sexy superstar. Any who saw the videos witnessed the fact that Janet was, indeed, a full-grown woman. I enjoed the compliments about my "new" shape.

    I shot the video and did in fact reshape my image. It premiered on BET on February 17, Her boyfriend played by Rudy Huston shows up with his friends, and Jackson decides to share her feelings about their relationship. In the video, Jackson's reality is a dark world with faded colors. In a more dreamscape world, the colors are vibrant and everything is 2D. On the Rhythm Nation Tour , it was the third song on the setlist. In "What Have You Done for Me Lately", she had new and syncopated vocals, which were different from the original song.

    According to Denise Sheppard from Rolling Stone , it was "another crowd favorite; perhaps best dubbed as the 'bitter' portion of the night", also adding that "this performer - who has been performing onstage for twenty-eight years - knows what the crowd comes for and gives it to them in spades". After an interlude, Jackson made her entrance amid fireworks and theatrical smoke to perform the medley, while donning a Mohawk hairstyle. While promoting her second greatest hits album Number Ones , the singer performed an eight-minute medley of six hits during the American Music Awards of At the end of the performance, she received applauses and standing ovation from the audience.

    She performed it wearing a metallic catsuit. Oprah Winfrey commented: "What you're seeing in all the areas of arts and entertainment is black women internalizing the idea of black power and pride Black women started listening to their inner cues, rather than society or even the black community's idea of what they are supposed to be and can be. He did it again during his Nude tour and during his shows in still stopping halfway through the song still asking "Who wrote this? There was a dispute regarding the paternity of the music.

    What has Zach Ryder done for Mojo Rawley lately? Credits adapted from Control album booklet. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Klingensmith, p. Henry , p. Graves, Sr. New York: Billboard Books. The New York Times. Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr. Retrieved July 5, Archived from the original on July 1,

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