You say big corporations scheme
To keep a fellow down;
They drive him, shame him, starve him, too,
If he so much as frown.
God knows I hold no brief for them;
Still, come with me to-day
And watch those fat directors meet,
For this is what they say:
"In all our force not one to take
The new work that we plan!
In all the thousand men we've hired
Where shall we find a man?"
--ST. CLAIR ADAMS. [**]
YOU'VE often heard it said that a man is worth $2 a day from the
neck down. How much he's worth from the neck up depends upon how
much he is able to SEE.
"Without vision the people perish" did not refer to good eyesight.
It was the eyes of the mind that counted in days of old just as
they do today. Without them you are just so much power "on the hoof,"
to be driven as a horse or an ox is driven. And you are worth only
a little more than they.
But given vision--imagination--the ability to visualize conditions
and things a month or a year ahead; given the eyes of the mind--there's
no limit to your value or to your capabilities.
The locomotive, the steamboat, the automobile, the aeroplane--all
existed complete in the imagination of some man before ever they
became facts. The wealthy men, the big men, the successful men,
visioned their successes in their minds' eyes before ever they won
them from the world.
From the beginning of time, nothing has ever taken on material
shape without first being visualized in mind. The only difference
between the sculptor and the mason is in the mental image behind
their work. Rodin employed masons to hew his blocks of marble into
the general shape of the figure he was about to form. That was mere
mechanical labor. Then Rodin took it in hand and from that rough
hewn piece of stone there sprang the wondrous figure of "The Thinker."
That was art!
The difference was all in the imagination behind the hands that
wielded mallet and chisel. After Rodin had formed his masterpiece,
ordinary workmen copied it by the thousands. Rodin's work brought
fabulous sums. The copies brought day wages. Conceiving ideas--creating
something--is what pays, in sculpture as in all else. Mere hand-work
is worth only hand wages.
"The imagination," says Glenn Clark in "The Soul's Sincere Desire,"
"is of all qualities in man the most God-like--that which associates
him most closely with God. The first mention we read of man in the
Bible is where he is spoken of as an 'image.' 'Let us make man in
our image, after our likeness.' The only place where an image can
be conceived is in the imagination. Thus man, the highest creation
of God, was a creation of God's imagination.
"The source and center of all man's creative power--the power
that above all others lifts him above the level of brute creation,
and that gives him dominion, is his power of making images, or the
power of the imagination. There are some who have always thought
that the imagination was something which makes-believe that which
is not. This is fancy --not imagination. Fancy would convert that
which is real into pretense and sham; imagination enables one to
see through the appearance of a thing to what it really is."
There is a very real law of cause and effect which makes the
dream of the dreamer come true. It is the law of visualization--the
law that calls into being in this outer material world everything
that is real in the inner world. Imagination pictures the thing
you desire. VISION idealizes it. It reaches beyond the thing that
is, into the conception of what can be. Imagination gives you the
picture. Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own.
Make your mental image clear enough, picture it vividly in every
detail, and the Genie-of-your-Mind will speedily bring it into being
as an everyday reality.
That law holds true of everything in life. There is nothing you
can rightfully desire that cannot be brought into being through
Suppose there's a position you want the general managership of
your Company. See yourself--just as you are now--sitting in the
general manager's chair. See your name on his door. See yourself
handling his affairs as you would handle them. Get that picture
impressed upon your subconscious mind. See it! Believe it! The Genie-of-your-Mind
will find the way to make it come true.
The keynote of successful visualization is this: See things as
you would have them be instead of as they are. Close your eyes and
make clear mental pictures. Make them look and act just as they
would in real life. In short, day dream--but day dream with a purpose.
Concentrate on the one idea to the exclusion of all others, and
continue to concentrate on that one idea until it has been accomplished.
Do you want an automobile? A home? A factory? They can all be
won in the same way. They are in their essence all of them ideas
of mind, and if you will but build them up in your own mind first,
stone by stone, complete in every detail, you will find that the
Genie-of-your-Mind can build them up similarly in the material world.
"The building of a trans-continental railroad from a mental picture,"
says C. W. Chamberlain in "The Uncommon Sense of Applied Psychology,"
"gives the average individual an idea that it is a big job. The
fact of the matter is, the achievement, as well as the perfect mental
picture, is made up of millions of little jobs, each fitting in
its proper place and helping to make up the whole.
"A skyscraper is built from individual bricks, the laying of
each brick being a single job which must be completed before the
next brick can be laid."
It is the same with any work, any study. To quote Professor James:
"As we become permanent drunkards by so many separate drinks,
so we become saints in the moral, and authorities and experts in
the practical and scientific spheres, by so many separate acts and
hours of working. Let no youth have any anxiety about the upshot
of his education whatever the line of it may be. If he keep faithfully
busy each hour of the working day he may safely leave the final
result to itself. He can with perfect certainty count on waking
some fine morning, to find himself one of the competent ones of
his generation, in whatever pursuit he may have singled out....Young
people should know this truth in advance. The ignorance of it has
probably engendered more discouragement and faintheartedness in
youths embarking on arduous careers than all other causes taken
Remember that the only limit to your capabilities is the one
you place upon them. There is no law of limitation. The only law
is of supply. Through your subconscious mind you can draw upon universal
supply for anything you wish. The ideas of Universal Mind are as
countless as the sands on the seashore. Use them. And use them lavishly,
just as they are given. There is a little poem by Jessie B. Rittenhouse
[**] that so well describes the limitations that most of us put
upon ourselves that I quote it here:
"I bargained with Life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store.
. . . . . .
"For Life is a just employer;
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.
"I worked for a menial's hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have paid."
Aim high! If you miss the moon, you may hit a star. Everyone
admits that this world and all the vast firmament must have been
thought into shape from the formless void by some Universal Mind.
That same Universal Mind rules today, and it has given to each form
of life power to attract to itself whatever it needs for its perfect
growth. The tree, the plant, the animal--each one finds its need.
You are an intelligent, reasoning creature. Your mind is part
of Universal Mind. And you have power to say what you require for
perfect growth. Don't be a niggard with yourself. Don't sell yourself
for a penny. Whatever price you set upon yourself, life will give.
So aim high. Demand much! Make a clear, distinct mental image of
what it is you want. Hold it in your thought. Visualize it, see
it, believe it! The ways and means of satisfying that desire will
follow. For supply always comes on the heels of demand.
It is by doing this that you take your fate out of the hands
of chance. It is in this way that you control the experiences you
are to have in life. But be sure to visualize only what you want.
The law works both ways. If you visualize your worries and your
fears, you will make them real. Control your thought and you will
control circumstances. Conditions will be what you make them.
Most of us are like factories where two-thirds of the machines
are idle, where the workmen move around in a listless, dispirited
sort of way, doing only the tenth part of what they could do if
the head of the plant were watching and directing them. Instead
of that, he is off idly dreaming or waiting for something to turn
up. What he needs is someone to point out to him his listless workmen
and idle machines, and show him how to put each one to working full
time and overtime.
And that is what YOU need, too. You are working at only a tenth
of your capacity. You are doing only a tenth of what you are capable
of. The time you spend idly wishing or worrying can be used in so
directing your subconscious mind that it will bring you anything
of good you may desire.
Philip of Macedon, Alexander's father, perfected the "phalanx"--a
triangular formation which enabled him to center the whole weight
of his attack on one point in the opposing line. It drove through
everything opposed to it. In that day and age it was invincible.
And the idea is just as invincible today.
Keep the one thought in mind, SEE it being carried out step by
step, and you can knit any group of workers into one homogeneous
whole, all centered on the one idea. You can accomplish any one
thing. You can put across any definite idea. Keep that mental picture
ever in mind and you will make it as invincible as was Alexander's
phalanx of old.
"It is not the guns or armament
Or the money they can pay,
It's the close cooperation
That makes them win the day.
It is not the individual
Or the army as a whole
But the everlasting team work
of every bloomin' soul."
--J. MASON KNOX.
The error of the ages is the tendency mankind has always shown
to limit the power of Mind, or its willingness to help in time of
"Know ye not," said Paul, "that ye are the temples of the Living
No--most of us do not know it. Or at least, if we do, we are
like the Indian family out on the Cherokee reservation. Oil had
been found on their land and money poured in upon them. More money
than they had ever known was in the world. Someone persuaded them
to build a great house, to have it beautifully furnished, richly
decorated. The house when finished was one of the show places of
that locality. But the Indians, while very proud of their showy
house, continued to live in their old sod shack!
So it is with many of us. We may know that we are "temples of
the Living God." We may even be proud of that fact. But we never
take advantage of it to dwell in that temple, to proclaim our dominion
over things and conditions. We never avail ourselves of the power
that is ours.
The great Prophets of old had the forward look. Theirs was the
era of hope and expectation. They looked for the time when the revelation
should come that was to make men "sons of God." "They shall obtain
joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away."
Jesus came to fulfill that revelation. "Ask and ye shall receive,
that your joy may be full."
The world has turned in vain to matter and materialistic philosophy
for deliverance from its woes. In the future the only march of actual
progress will be in the mental realm, and this progress will not
be in the way of human speculation and theorizing, but in the actual
demonstration of the Universal, Infinite Mind.
The world stands today within the vestibule of the vast realm
of divine intelligence, wherein is found the transcendent, practical
power of Mind over all things.
"What eye never saw, nor ear ever heard,
What never entered the mind of man--
Even all that God has prepared for those who love Him."
Suggested Further Reading
^191:* From "It Can Be Done." Copyright 1921, George Sully &
^199:* From "The Door of Dreams," Houghten, Mifflin & Co., Boston.
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