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Brains and How To Get Them

Originally Published: 1914

by The New Literature Publishing Company, Los Angeles, California

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Introduction:--New Discoveries in Brain Building

Chapter I. Building the Brain

Chapter II. Making Every Brain Cell Alive

Chapter III. rinciples in Brain Building

Chapter IV. Practical Methods in Brain Building

Chapter V. Vital Secrets in Brain Building

Chapter VI. Special Brain Development

Chapter VII. The Inner Secret

Chapter VIII. The Finer Forces

Chapter IX. Subjective Concentration

Chapter X. Principle of Concentration

Chapter XI. Development of Business Ability

Chapter XII. Accumulation of Increase

Chapter XIII. Individual Advancement

Chapter XIV. The Genius of Invention

Chapter XV. The Musical Prodigy

Chapter XVI. Talent and Genius in Art

Chapter XVII. Talent and Genius in Literature

Conclusion:--Vital Essential in Brain Building



When we consider the human brain, together with mental brilliancy, mental power and mental capacity, we find three factors in particular that stand out distinctly; and we also find that the more we have of these three factors, the more brains we possess. The first factor is the physical cells of the brain ; the second factor is the quality of the mind acting through the brain; and the third factor is the actions of the mind itself. The actions of the mind we may also speak of as mental force; that is, that power in the mind that is distinct both from mental quality and the physical side of the brain ; and we always find that the possession of an exceptional degree of this mental force or power, always means mental brilliancy as well as high mental activity. The fact that these three factors, when highly developed, invariably produce a greater quantity and a higher degree of brains, leads us to inquire how the further development of these factors may be promoted ; and we now know that these factors can be developed. In the past we lived largely in the belief that the increase of talent or ability was something that we might not expect — something that was hardly possible in any case ; and therefore we felt it necessary to be content with what ability we might happen to be born with. This however, we do not believe any more, because any number of intensely interesting experiments conducted along these lines have proven conclusively that brains can be developed. This same fact is being proven every day by a great number of individuals who are constantly building up the mind and its power, through the best methods that they have been able to find in modern psychology. We have all noted how cer- tain people have improved during certain periods of time when they gave attention to the newest principles of mind development; and in many cases such improvement has been remarkable. We may therefore proceed in the conviction that brains can be developed, and that an individual can develop his own brains, not only to a certain degree, but to any degree desired.

Considering the first factor — the cells of the brain — we come face to face with a very interesting fact that has been evolved in recent years through certain laboratory experiments, and this fact is, that the cells of the brain can be increased in number and improved in quality through the mere act of increasing life and power in the various groups of the brain cells. To illustrate, we will suppose that you divide your brain into five or six divisions, and take, say, one-half hour, twice every day, for the purpose of concentrating attention upon those various divisions, for the express purpose of increasing life and energy throughout the brain ; you will find, in the course of a few weeks' time, that every part of your brain will be more active than it was before; and you will note a remarkable increase in the power and capacity of the mind as a whole. We all are familiar with the fact that whenever we concentrate attention upon any group of cells, cither in the body, or in the brain, we invariably increase life, energy, and nourishment among those cells; and the result must be development. These experiments in concentration prove that the circulation can be increased anywhere in the human system, at the point of concentration; and we know full well that whenever we increase the circulation, we supply added nourishment as well as added life force. We understand therefore, that by providing the different divisions of the brain with added nourishment and life force, through this process of concentration, we provide those very essentials that nature requires in order to build more cells, as well as develop further the cells already existing in that particular group.

This same mode of concentration tends to increase brain activity, and wherever brain activity is increased, there we always find a corresponding improvement in quality, together with finer mental action, deeper mental action, and a more refined mode of mental functioning, which invariably leads to superior thinking. The development of the brain through this method does not necessarily mean an enlargement of the brain on the whole, for the fact is that the higher development of the brain tends to produce more cells and smaller cells, so that where one crude cell might have existed before, we may produce a dozen or more finer cells; and the law is, that the finer the cells of the brain, the more perfect the brain becomes as an instrument through which ability, talent and genius may be expressed. However, if this process of brain development is continued for a number of years, the entire cranium will have increased in size to some extent. We find in great men and great women who have used their brains and minds extensively all through life, that the measurement of the cranium has increased slightly every ten years; and in some instances we find that the circumference of the cranium has increased one entire inch after the age of sixty. This fact proves conclusively that brain development may be continued far beyond the half century mark ; and that ability may be increased remarkably even after the three score and ten has been passed; in fact, the new psychology is proving conclusively that we can increase ability, talent, brain capacity and mental power every year as long as we live, so that any man may become far more brilliant at the age of one hundred than he might have been at any previous time in his life.

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