ur thoughts are shaping
And, like a blessing or a curse,
The thunder down the formless
And ring throughout the universe.
The more we realize the tremendous responsi-
bility of our mental emanations the better for the
world and ourselves. The sooner we teach little
children what a mighty truth lies in the Bible
phrase "As a man thinketh, so is he," the better
for future generations.
If a man thinks sickness, poverty and misfor-
tune, he will meet them and claim them all
eventually as his own. But he will not acknowl-
edge the close relationship, he will deny his
own children, and declare they were sent to him
by an evil fate.
Walter Atkinson tells us that "he who hates
is an assassin."
Every kindergarten and public school teacher
ought to embody this idea in the daily lessons for
It may not be possible to teach a child to
"love every neighbor as himself," for that is the
most difficult of Commandments to follow to the
letter; but it is possible to eliminate hatred from
a nature if we awaken sympathy for the object
That which we pity we cannot hate. The
wonderful Intelligence which set this superb
system of worlds in action must have been inspired
by love for all it created.
So much grandeur and magnificence, so
much has been caused by man's substituting hate
and fear for love and faith.
Every time we allow either hate or fear to
dominate our minds we disarrange the order of
the universe and make trouble for humanity,
It may be a little late in reaching us, but it
is sure to come back to the Mind which sent
forth the cause.
Every time we entertain thoughts of love,
sympathy, forgiveness and faith we add to the
well-being of the world, and create fortunate
and successful conditions for ourselves.
Those, too, may be late in coming to us--
BUT THEY WILL COME.
Right thinking is not attained in a day or a
We must train the mind to reject the brood
of despondent, resentful, fearful and prejudiced
thoughts which approach it, and to invite
and entertain cheerful, broad and wholesome
thoughts instead, just as we overcome false tones
and cultivate musical ones in educating the
voice for singing.
When we once realize that by driving away
pessimistic, angry and bitter thoughts we drive
away sickness and misfortune to a great extent,
and that by seeking the kinder and happier
frame of mind we seek the same time success
and health and good luck, we will find a new
impetus in the control of our mental forces.
For we all love to be paid for our worthy
deeds, even while we believe in being good for
good's sake only. And nothing in life is surer
RIGHT THINKING PAYS LARGE DIVI-
Think success, prosperity, usefulness.
much more profitable than thinking self-destruc-
tion or the effort at self-destruction for
that is an act which aims at an impossibility.
You can destroy the body, but the you who suffers
in mind and spirit will suffer still, and live still.
You will only change your location from one
state to another. You did not make yourself,
you cannot unmake yourself. You can merely
put yourself among the spiritual tramps who
hang about the earth's borders, because they
have not prepared a better place for themselves.
Suicide is cheap, vulgar and cowardly.
Because you have made a wreck of a portion of
this life, do not make a wreck of the next.
Mend up your broken life here, go along
bravely and with sympathy and love in your heart,
determined to help everybody you can, and to
better your condition as soon as possible. Men
have done this after fifty, and lived thirty good
years to enjoy the results.
Do not feel hurt by the people who slight you,
or who refer to your erring past. Be sorry for
them. I would rather be a tender-hearted
reformed sinner than a hard-hearted model of
I would rather learn sympathy through sin
than never learn it at all.
There is nothing we cannot live down, and
rise above, and overcome. There is nothing we
cannot be in the way of nobility and worth.
The Heart of the New Thought by Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
Chicago : The Psychic Research Company, c1902.