Friday, January 20, 2006

The Proper Use of Will

oohhhh, i am sooo excited about this, because i finally truly understand this from my own experience at last!

i am now on chapter 9 of the free e-book, in using one's will the right way (which is not over others or external factors or God -- how can you force God to give you your Good when that is all that God desires? : >), and this is tooo good not to share here:

Use your mind to form a mental image of what you want and
to hold that vision with faith and purpose. And use your will to
keep your mind working in the right way.

The more steady and continuous your faith and purpose, the
more rapidly you will get rich because you will make only POSITIVE
impressions upon substance, and you will not neutralize
or offset them by negative impressions.

The picture of your desires, held with faith and purpose, is
taken up by the formless, and permeates it to great distances —
throughout the universe, for all we know.

As this impression spreads, all things are set moving toward its
realization. Every living thing, every inanimate thing, and the things
yet uncreated are stirred toward bringing into being that which
you want. All force begins to be exerted in that direction. All things
begin to move toward you. The minds of people everywhere are
influenced toward doing the things necessary to the fulfilling of
your desires, and they work for you, unconsciously.

But you can check all this by starting a negative impression in
the formless substance. Doubt or unbelief is as certain to start a
movement away from you as faith and purpose are to start one
toward you. It is by not understanding this that most people
make their failure. Every hour and moment you spend in giving
heed to doubts and fears, every hour you spend in worry,
every hour in which your soul is possessed by unbelief, sets a
current away from you in the whole domain of intelligent substance.
All the promises are unto them that believe, and unto
them only.

Since belief is all important, it behooves you to guard your
thoughts, and as your beliefs will be shaped to a very great extent
by the things you observe and think about, it is important
that you should carefully govern to what you give your attention.
And here the will comes into use, for it is by your will that
you determine upon what things your attention shall be fixed.
If you want to become rich, you must not make a study of

Things are not brought into being by thinking about their
opposites. Health is never to be attained by studying disease
and thinking about disease; righteousness is not to be promoted
by studying sin and thinking about sin; and no one ever got rich
by studying poverty and thinking about poverty.

Do not talk about poverty, do not investigate it, or concern
yourself with it. Never mind what its causes are; you have nothing
to do with them.

What concerns you is the cure.

Do not spend your time in so-called charitable work or charity
movements; most charity only tends to perpetuate the wretchedness
it aims to eradicate. I do not say that you should be hardhearted
or unkind and refuse to hear the cry of need, but you
must not try to eradicate poverty in any of the conventional ways.
Put poverty behind you, and put all that pertains to it behind
you, and “make good.”

Get rich. That is the best way you can help the poor.

And you cannot hold the mental image which is to make you
rich if you fill your mind with pictures of poverty and all its
attendant ills. Do not read books or papers which give circumstantial
accounts of the wretchedness of the tenement dwellers,
of the horrors of child labor, and so on. Do not read anything
which fills your mind with gloomy images of want and suffering.
You cannot help the poor in the least by knowing about these
things, and the widespread knowledge of them does not tend at
all to do away with poverty.

What tends to do away with poverty is not the getting of pictures
of poverty into your mind, but getting pictures of wealth,
abundance, and possibility into the minds of the poor.

You are not deserting the poor in their misery when you refuse
to allow your mind to be filled with pictures of that misery.
Poverty can be done away with, not by increasing the number
of well-to-do people who think about poverty, but by increasing
the number of poor people who purpose with faith to get rich.

The poor do not need charity; they need inspiration. Charity
only sends them a loaf of bread to keep them alive in their wretchedness,
or gives them an entertainment to make them forget for
an hour or two. But inspiration can cause them to rise out of
their misery.

If you want to help the poor, demonstrate to them
that they can become rich. Prove it by getting rich yourself.
The only way in which poverty will ever be banished from
this world is by getting a large and constantly increasing number
of people to practice the teachings of this book.

People must be taught to become rich by creation, not by competition.

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