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The Higher Powers of Minds and Spirit

Originally Published: 1917

by Dodge Publishing Company, New York

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I. The Silent, Subtle Building Forces of Mind and Spirit

II. Soul, Mind, Body--The Subconscious Mind That Interrelates Them

III. The Way Mind Through the Subconscious Mind Builds Body

IV. The Powerful Aid of the Mind in Rebuilding Body--How Body Helps Mind

V. Thought as a Force in Daily Living

VI. Jesus the Supreme Exponent of the Inner Forces and Powers: His People's Religion and Their Condition

VII. The Divine Rule in the Mind and Heart: The Unessentials We Drop--The Spirit Abides

VIII. If We Seek The Essence of His Revelation, and the Purpose of His Life

IX. His Purpose of Lifting Up, Energising, Beautifying, and Saving the Entire Life: The Saving of the Soul is Secondary; but Follows

X. Some Methods of Attainment

XI. Some Methods of Expression

XII. The World War--Its Meaning and Its Lessons For Us

XIII. Our Sole Agency of International Peace, and International Concord


We are all dwellers in two kingdoms, the inner kingdom, the kingdom of the mind and spirit, and the outer kingdom, that of the body and the physical universe about us. In the former, the kingdom of the unseen, lie the silent, subtle forces that are continually determining, and with exact precision, the conditions of the latter. To strike the right balance in life is one of the supreme essentials of all successful living. We must work, for we must have bread. We require other things than bread. They are not only valuable, comfortable, but necessary. It is a dumb, stolid being, however, who does not realize that life consists of more than these. They spell mere existence, not abun-dance, fullness of life.

We can become so absorbed in making a living that we have no time for living. To be capable and efficient in one's work is a splendid thing; but efficiency can be made a great mechanical device that robs life of far more than it returns it. A nation can become so possessed, and even obsessed, with the idea of power and grandeur through efficiency and organisation, that it becomes a great machine and robs its people of the finer fruits of life that spring from a wisely subordinated and co-ordinated individuality. Here again it is the wise balance that determines all. Our prevailing thoughts and emotions de-termine, and with absolute accuracy, the pre- vailing conditions of our outward, material life, and likewise the prevailing conditions of our bodily life. Would we have any conditions different in the latter we must then make the necessary changes in the former. The silent, subtle forces of mind and spirit, ceaselessly at work, are continually moulding these out- ward and these bodily conditions.

He makes a fundamental error who thinks that these are mere sentimental things in life, vague and intangible. They are, as great numbers are now realising, the great and elemental things in life, the only things that in the end really count. The normal man or woman can never find real and abiding satisfaction in the mere possessions, the mere accessories of life. There is an eternal something within that forbids it. That is the reason why, of late years, so many of our big men of affairs, so many in various public walks in life, likewise many women of splendid equipment and with large possessions, have been and are turning so eagerly to the very things we are consider- ing. To be a mere huckster, many of our big men are finding, cannot bring satisfaction, even though his operations run into millions in the year. And happy is the young man or the young woman who, while the bulk of life still lies ahead, realises that it is the things of the mind and the spirit the fundamental things in life that really count; that here lie the forces that are to be understood and to be used in moulding the every-day conditions and affairs of life ; that the springs of life are all from within, that as is the inner so always and inevitably will be the outer. To present certain facts that may be con- ducive to the realisation of this more abun- dant life is the author's purpose and plan.

R. W. T. Sunnybrat Farm, Crolon-on-Hudson, New York.

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