Saturday, January 29, 2011
Countdown to the 12th INSIGHT:
The Hour of Decision
The whole world is discovering that all mankind is one and that the unity of man is real – not just an abstract idea.
"...I always looked for the Cause behind things and didn't fritter away my time analyzing Effect. All knowledge exists as Cause. It is simple. It is limited to Light of Mind and the electric wave of motion which records God's thinking in matter."
He posited that the universe was founded on a unifying principle of rhythmic balanced interchange. This physical theory, laid out primarily in his books The Secret of Light (1947) and The Message of the Divine Iliad (1948–49), has not been accepted by mainstream scientists. Russell asserted that this was mainly due to a difference in the assumptions made about the existence of mind and matter; Russell assumes the existence of mind as cause while scientists in general assume the existence of matter as effect.
The term New Age in its contemporary sense can be traced back at least to 1888. Walter Russell spoke of " ... this New Age philosophy of the spiritual re-awakening of man ... Man's purpose in this New Age is to acquire more and more knowledge ..." in his essay "Power Through Knowledge," which was published in 1944. Note: Emma Curtis Hopkins' "Scientific Christian Mental Practice" was published in 1888. Coincidence?
Russell believed that humankind was on the brink of making another key, evolutionary leap in consciousness. The next cycle of human evolution, said Maurice Bucke, would be from rational self-consciousness to spiritual super-consciousness on the order of that experienced by sages, religious figures, and mystics of the past 2,500 years.
In 1947–48, Russell wrote: “This New Age is marking the dawn of a new world-thought. That new thought is a new cosmic concept of the value of man to man. The whole world is discovering that all mankind is one and that the unity of man is real – not just an abstract idea. Mankind is beginning to discover that the hurt of any man hurts every man, and, conversely, the uplift of any man uplifts every man” (Message of the Divine Iliad, vol. 2, p. 69). Russell’s predictions about what the New Age would bring included “a marriage between religion and science” (MDI p 257). Russell appeared to believe that this "New Age" would begin in 1946, based on a vision he had in 1921.
In 1963, Walter Cronkite in the national television evening news, commenting on Dr. Walter Russell's death, referred to him as "... the Leonardo da Vinci of our time."
Friday, January 28, 2011
Did you reject it as absurdity when you first heard it spoken that visible material objects have, indeed, no reality as matter, but that as spirit is omnipresent their only substance is spirit, and therefore there is no matter? But now you begin to understand it, do you not? This is Christ risen again in you, the hope of glory. Your hope begins to be quickened, does it not? You have an indefinable expectation of something good coming to you from seeing the point, do you not? This expectation will not fail you. Truth never fails to bring something good to the one who recognizes her. Christ is Truth. Did you feel exceeding indignation when the metaphysicians not only insisted upon the unreality of matter, but also declared that all evil performances are only a delusion of the mind?
If you put the idea away and refused positively to entertain it, or consider it at all, then you rolled the stone of unbelief against the place where you hid the idea in your mind.
But the mind is very mysteriously retentive where a truth is concerned. Some day you will find that that idea is as clear as crystal to you. It rises smiling and loving and living as ever. There is not a truth you have ever heard spoken but what it is now milling within you and preparing to appear to you again. This is the nature of Truth. Then there are more intense statements of Truth than that evil is a delusion and matter is non est.
Rev. Michael Terranova
All of Emma Curtis Hopkins’s teachings are presented in 12 chapters, or lessons. Her first six lessons always deal with the human personality or ego. The last six lessons always deal with expressing in the world. The first chapter is always “the thing itself,” or God as all there is. The second chapter has to do with denying anything that is not the Truth of God. The third is affirming the Truth. Each succeeding chapter expands on the Truth that God is all. Her progression in the lessons is designed to have us train our personal mind to be the one with the universal Mind of God. http://www.wisewomanpress.com/about_emma.htm Why I was drawn to her after studying ACIM and noticing the similarities.
Michael Terranova is a student of the major religions of the world. He was one of the first spiritual practitioners at the Abundant Life Center in Vancouver, Washington. He holds ministerial degrees from "the “The Teaching of Intuitional Metaphysics” and “The Teaching of the Inner Christ.” He has been a minister since 1979. He was Ordained in 2009 by Rev. Marcia Sutton of the “Christ Church of Co-Creation” where he has studied the works of Emma Curtis Hopkins for over 15 years. He is a member of WiseWoman Press, who publish the works of Emma Curtis Hopkins. http://www.newthoughtcsl.org/node/1041
Russell Herman Conwell (1843 –1925) was an American Baptist minister, orator, philanthropist, lawyer, and writer.
He is best remembered as the founder and first president of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and for his inspirational lecture Acres of Diamonds. "Acres of Diamonds" originated as a speech which Conwell delivered over 6,000 times around the world. It was first published in 1890 by the John Y. Huber Company of Philadelphia.
The theme is developed by an introductory anecdote, told to Conwell by an Arab guide, about a man who wanted to find diamonds so badly that he sold his property and went off in futile search for them; the new owner of his home discovered that a rich diamond mine was located right there on the property.
Conwell elaborated on the theme through examples of success, genius, service, or other virtues involving ordinary Americans contemporary to his audience: "dig in your own back-yard!".
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Eric Butterworth (1916-2003)
Popular "Unity" Minister, Author, Philosopher and Lecturer
He had the unique ability to simplify the most complex metaphysical teachings in simple terms of awareness. He was described as "The twentieth century Emerson."
Born in Winnipeg, Canada in 1916, Eric attended Fresno State University and Capital University in Ohio, where he studied music. He began training for the ministry at Unity Village in Missouri during WWII. He left to join the army and as a lieutenant in the Medical Corps, trained medical personnel and also served as chaplain and counselor. After the war, he returned to his ministerial studies and graduated from Unity Ministerial School.
"Real life isn't made up of great success and great failure, but of an infinite number of levels of living in between. And true greatness depends more on inner overcomings than on outer achievements."
A scholar and educator, Eric established three powerful Unity ministries. Pittsburgh, Detroit and New York City.
"So, no matter what the difficulty, the loss, the financial adversity, if you are feeling negative, get busy pearling. By the "all things work together for good" principle, any experience of life can become the best thing that ever happened to you."
He wrote the book “Discover the Power Within You”. Eric Butterworth taught that God isn't "up there. He exists inside each one of us, and it's up to us to seek the divine within."
"When you begin to understand this life principle, you will know that there is a wellspring of life, substance, and intelligence within you, and that yours is the privilege at any time of giving way to its flow. This may lead to one of the most important realizations that will ever come to you: If ever there is a lack of any kind, whether it is a need for employment, or for money, or for guidance, or even for healing, something is blocking the flow. And the most effective remedy: Give!"
Went to the TechVibe Recruitment Event at the Waterloo Inn last night. Met knew people and someone I've talked to over the phone but never actually met. It was a nice event. I hope they have more of them.
I was reminded of an assignment years ago. I was working for a consulting firm and got an assignment at an insurance company to re-write a report program in PL1 that had been written in Autocoder. Of course I was their second choice. It seems the 1st choice walked in Monday, looked at the Autocoder manual and left. I went in Tuesday. Actually it was a subprogram called from another module.
There was a little concern as to whether I could do it, which was understandable considering the events from the previous day.
I read the manual, started falling asleep and asked for copies of the reports showing the control breaks. One Team Leader gave me two reports of about 500 pages to browse. The other gave me 4 pages. (She’s the one that became Project Manager when everyone jumped ship).
I verified the control breaks by the headings printed from Autocoder and checked the input file. It was sorted so it was merely writing a report and keeping track of totals. I had to run the missing report on my own but it was easy. So I coded it, tested it, tweaked the report format and implemented.
A few weeks later I got a call. The report wasn’t producing any output. So I went back. I checked the input files , yes there’s input. But no output. Well, after lunch I ran it again and there was output. Why, I didn’t know. The project leader wasn’t impressed. But since I had a few hours she asked me to help a co-op student. So I did. He’d inherited something and showed me what he was doing. I offered a few suggestions about corrections and asked for his specs. They were 1. Save this are. 2. Do this. 3. Restore this area.
Now the thing was he did 1. He did 2. But 3 was missing. And guess who’s program was called after that which ran with no data when 3 wasn’t done.
I was laughing. The project leader was relieved. He went into sales.
Monday, January 24, 2011
... man must cast out of himself everything that separates him from God. He must will to live the divine life, and he must rise above all moral temptations; he must forsake every course of action that is not in accord with his highest ideals.
He must reach the right viewpoint, recognizing that God is all, in all, and that there is nothing wrong. He must see that nature, society, government, and industry are perfect in their present stage, and advancing toward completion; and that all men and women everywhere are good and perfect. He must know that all is right with the world, and unite with God for the completion of the perfect work.
It is only as man sees God as the Great Advancing Presence in all, and good in all that he can rise to real greatness. Wallace D. Wattles: The Science Of Being Great
The mental reservoir of most people is like a leaky dam which we sometimes see in the country, where the greater part of the water flows out without going over the wheel and doing the work of the mill. The habit of mind-wandering, of worrying about this and that,
"Genius, that power which dazzles mortal eyes,
Is oft but Perseverance in disguise."
Many a man would have been a success had he connected his fragmentary efforts. Spasmodic, disconnected attempts, without concentration, uncontrolled by any fixed idea, will never bring success. It is continuity of purpose alone that achieves results. Orison Swett Marden: An Iron Will
There is no chance, no destiny, no fate,
Can circumvent, or hinder, or control
The firm resolve of a determined soul.
Gifts count for nothing; will alone is great;
All things give way before it soon or late.
What obstacle can stay the mighty force
Of the sea-seeking river in its course,
Or cause the ascending orb of day to wait?
Each well-born soul must win what it deserves.
Let the fool prate of luck. The fortunate
Is he whose earnest purpose never swerves,
Whose slightest action or inaction serves
The one great aim.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
What we need to do is to acquire a money consciousness. This may seem very material, but the true idea of money is not material--it is spiritual. We need to make our unity with it. We can never do this while we hold it away from us by thinking that we haven't it. Let us change the method and begin to make our unity with supply by daily declaring that all the Power in the Universe is daily bringing to us all that we can use. Feel the presence of supply. Know that it is yours now.
Make yourself feel that you now have, and to you shall be given. Work with yourself until there is nothing in you that doubts. Money can not be kept away from the man who understands that all is Mind, and that Divine Law governs his life. Ernest Shurtleff Holmes: Creative Mind And Success
Sunday, January 23, 2011
“Five persons were concerned in it. One sat on a stool. Two stood at the side of the person at the knees, two behind the shoulders, all breathed in unison, and all raised their hands together, palms pressing together, all except index fingers closed. As their hands came up the fourth time, the fingers were placed under arms and knees and the person was lifted without any sense of weight. This was also done with a person lying down, and with a table. With a friend, I have lifted a heavy stone thus. I am sure that a few persons, by practice in breathing and moving in unison can in this way practically annihilate, In any given case, the law of gravity.”
Man's Greatest Discovery and marks the beginning of the Psychic Era: the Dawn of the Millennium.
Today it is known, among thinkers and investigators, that Thought is Power. It is THE Power that controls all other Power. THOUGHT is POWER!
THOUGHT IS POWER!
Begin now to control SELF manifestations by controlling Thought, and by recognizing that it does the work. As you have used in the past other power, now use this. NEVER BEGIN TO DO A THING UNTIL YOU ARE READY. And you are not ready until, like the engine on the track, you are filled with Power. The hasty, the worried, the fearful, the irritable, the impatient, the doubtful, the fault-finding, are all like the engine that has punctures in the boilers, or has no fire. They are not ready. Get ready by first filling up with Thought. As in the experiment, breathe and think. Consider what to do; think of it; and breathe slowly, with this concentrated thought. All calm, patient, concentrated persons do this. All happy, healthful and successful persons do this. It is the secret of their success. Before they move
to do, they let the Thought fill them possess them. The Suggestion and the Affirmation must have time and opportunity to fill the organism with its power. This done, then this Power, this Thought, does the work. Think and breathe before you act! This is the Law of Power.
MAN'S GREATEST DISCOVERY.
HENRY HARRISON BROWN
To MY READERS OF 2002.
What to me is Perception, to you is History.
The Century between us will shape into the sense-life of the race that which now has form only in Thought.
In that eternal world where we are one, I greet you.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
“The real value of the Tao Tê Ching lies not in such puerilities, but in its wealth of suggestive hints and pregnant phrases, each containing a world of thought in itself and capable of expansion into volumes.”
Practise inaction, occupy yourself with doing nothing.
Desire not to desire, and you will not value things difficult to obtain.
Leave all things to take their natural course, and do not interfere.
AMONG mankind, the recognition of beauty as such implies the idea of ugliness, and the recognition of good implies the idea of evil. There is the same mutual relation between existence and non-existence in the matter of creation; between difficulty and ease in the matter of accomplishing; between long and short in the matter of form; between high and low in the matter of elevation; between treble and bass in the matter of musical pitch; between before and after in the matter of priority.
The truest sayings are paradoxical.
Knowledge in harmony is called constant. Constant knowledge is called wisdom. * Increase of life is called felicity. The mind directing the body is called strength. (There must always be a due harmony between mind and body, neither of them being allowed to outstrip the other. Under such circumstances, the mental powers will be constant, invariable, always equally ready for use when called upon. And such a mental condition is what Lao Tzŭ here calls "wisdom")
Emma Curtis Hopkins quoted from the Tao.
The messages of the Tao, ACIM, the Vedas and Zend Avesta are similar.
• The Second Book of the Tao, Penguin Press, 2009, ISBN 1-59-420203-2
• Gilgamesh: A New English Version, Free Press, 2004, ISBN 0-74-326169-0
• Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation, Harmony Books, 2002, ISBN 0-60-981034-0
• Real Power: Business Lessons from the Tao Te Ching (with James A. Autry), Riverhead Books, 1998, ISBN 1-57-322089-2
Lao-tzu’s Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, is the classic manual on the art of living, and one of the wonders of the world. In eighty-one brief chapters, the Tao Te Ching looks at the basic predicament of being alive and gives advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit. This book is about wisdom in action. It teaches how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao (the basic principle of the universe) and applies equally to good government and sexual love; to child rearing, business, and ecology.
Stephen Mitchell’s bestselling version has been widely acclaimed as a gift to contemporary culture. http://www.stephenmitchellbooks.com/transAdapt/taoTeChing.html
until finally you arrive at non-action.
When nothing is done,
nothing is left undone.
When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.
Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.
Laozi (Chinese: 老子; pinyin: Lǎozǐ; Wade–Giles: Lao Tzu; also Lao Tse, Lao Tu, Lao-Tzu, Lao-Tsu, Laotze, Laosi, Lao Zi, Laocius, and other variations) was a mystic philosopher of ancient China, and best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching.
Lecture Notes–Booklet V http://www.ppquimby.com/articles/booklet_5.htm
My subject [Lucius Burkmar] was placed in communication with a lady who directed him to her father's house, which he described with particularity, even noticing the closets and doors. And often giving a description of each member of the family, said there was an old lady sitting in the corner, with a pair of spectacles over her eyes and that she was knitting. The lady immediately wrote home and ascertained that at the time named by my subject, there was such an individual present in the room, answering to the description of my subject and that she was also knitting.
While in Bangor a lady was put in communication with my subject[Lucius Burkmar] and requested him to go with her. He complied and described a certain house and the flower-garden about it–even the shape of the flower beds. While he was going on with the description, he exclaimed at the top of his lungs, “Get out, get out.” She inquired what he saw, and he replied that there was a great dog digging up one of the beds and destroying the flowers. Also asked the lady if she did not see him–that he should think she might as the dog had made so large a hole. This house and garden was situated in Gardiner. The lady immediately wrote to G. and received an answer, that my subject was correct–that there was a dog which did actually dig into one of the beds and destroy the flowers. Sometime after this I met one of the ladies of the house at Gardiner, who related to me the same facts.
A gentleman in this village, who was given a little to skepticism towards Clairvoyance although he was confident of the power of thought reading, requested me to call at his office with my subject at such an hour. In the meantime he had been to his house and requested his wife to arrange something in a certain room, different from what it was then and not let him know what the change was to be. The gentleman returned to his office and the room was put in order. My subject was taken to the room and described all the particulars, which the gentleman found to be correct upon his return. I took him to the room myself and he asked me if I heard, what the lady said? I inquired what it was and he replied, “she says I wish he would come, if he is coming. I wonder if he is here now.” This was found to be the conversation of the lady while in the room at the time my subject was there, directed to her mother who was also present.
A lady who had been frequently thrown into the Mesmeric State by me, desired to be directed to Boston and ascertain when her son, who was residing there would be home. I mesmerized her and directed her to Boston. She visited her son and asked him when he would be in Belfast. He answered her on such a day which proved to be correct. I also on another occasion took her to Boston to see her son. She said he had left in the schooner Comet. I then directed her to find the Comet. She did and said it was just at that time coming out of a certain harbour, giving the name, and that she would arrive in Belfast on such a night, and that he would be home on the following morning after her arrival. He came according to her prediction. …
These experiments are introduced to prove true clairvoyance, that the subject does actually see objects, which do not exist in the mind of the operator and of which the operator could have no knowledge–that there is something in all these facts seen independent of any other power than independent sight. Every experiment develops something, which is found to be true, and cannot be explained upon the principle of thought-reading.
In other words, that to the mind, independent of the body, there is no such impediment as time, space, distance and materiality, but that it only requires direction–and all its inherent faculties are in operation, giving its attention to the object to which it has been directed.
So in almost all the experiments we have related in thought-reading, the subject may be said to either describe the thoughts of those around him or to actually see and describe the persons and objects themselves. Where an explanation may be given in thought-reading or clairvoyance, it is difficult and perhaps impossible to tell from which the subject acts.
Clairvoyance is very rare
and can be easily be tested
by blindfolding the subject
and giving him a book to read.
If he can read without seeing -
that is conclusive evidence
that he has independent sight.
Quimby's experiences with Lucius Burkmar helped formulate his philosophy. They also affirmed what he read from Thomas C. Upham and others on the mind and mesmerism.
The term clairvoyant as used in modern times is really thought-reading in the majority of cases.
Quimby would have loved Jeff and Tessa Evason
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Henry Harrison Brown (1840-1918) was one of the elder statesmen of the New Thought movement in the early part of the 20th Century. He taught school; worked for newspapers; lectured in a variety of fields for 17 years and was a Unitarian minister for 7 years. He entered the work of mental healing and teaching in 1893. He thus knew that which he taught in his books.
NOT HYPNOTISM, BUT SUGGESTION A Lesson in SOUL CULTURE
-BY HENRY HARRISON BROWN
• Each person now, in ignorance of his power and of the laws of mind (and foremost among them is the Law of Suggestion), creates his body and his surroundings without being conscious of so doing, from his choice. Each day's conditions are the result of choices made without knowledge of results. These are common expressions: "If I had known more last year;" "Had I chosen differently;" "Had I forgiven;" "Had I bought or sold, how different my life would be." And one is condemned for his intemperance, his crime, his poverty, or his ignorance, "because he could do better," thus implying a belief, at least in a limited power of choice, and a limited responsibility for the conditions of life. Everyone realizes that his life would be very different today had he made a different decision on certain matters a year ago. Thus do we shape destiny according to our intelligence. This proves the point I wish to emphasize: each one, whether he is conscious of it or not, creates his own conditions of life.
• … some of the advertisements of the teachers and schools where the words, "secret power," "subtle power," and others are used to convey the idea that they have something mysterious and hidden and that the possession of this something will enable its possessor to influence any person to do his will, and will enable a graduate of their school to win everything he wishes in the battle of life. These claims are false. They mislead. NO such power exists. All persons may cultivate and attain all that is claimed for "Hypnotism" and "Personal Magnetism" by a simple application of this Law of Suggestion.
• Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy was, in her early career, a Spiritualist Medium. Dr. Quimby, of Maine, had, from his studies in Suggestion then called "Animal Magnetism," discovered that Disease is a belief. He developed a system of mental treatment. Mrs. Eddy, then Mrs. Baker, was a patient and a student under Dr. Quimby. This was her start. To the philosophy of Dr. Quimby, she applied an original Biblical interpretation. Rightly does she claim the name of "Christian Science" for the philosophy and Art founded upon her interpretation of the Bible. But she has no claim to originality in the Principle for the beginnings of this stream were, like that of Spiritualism, in the spring of Suggestion. Such movements, resulting in such blessing, affecting every avenue of modern thought and activity, are only prophecies of what shall be when Suggestion is generally understood.
Although this book was written in 1902 it is every bit as relevant NOW as it was then.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Lecture Notes–Booklet III http://www.ppquimby.com/articles/booklet_3.htm
“There are few cases,” he(Upham) says, “(the recent instance of Jane Rider in this country is one), where persons, in the condition of somnambulism, have not only possessed slight visual power, but perceptions of sight increased much above the common degree. In the extraordinary narrative of Jane Rider, the author informs us, that he took two large wads of cotton and placed them directly on the closed eyelids, and then bound them on with a black silk handkerchief. The cotton filled the cavity under the eyebrows and reached down to the middle of the cheek and various experi¬ments were tried to ascertain whether she could see. In one of them a watch enclosed in a case was handed to her and she was requested to tell what o'clock it was by it; upon which, after examining both sides of the watch, she opened the case and then answered the question. She also read, without hesitation, the name of a gentleman, written in characters so fine that no one else could distinguish it at the usual distance from the eye. In another paroxysm, the lights were removed from her room and the windows so secured that no object was discernible, and two books were presented to her when she immediately told the titles of both, though one of them was a book which she had never before seen. In other experiments, while the room was so darkened that it was impossible, with the ordinary powers of vision to distinguish the colors of the carpet, her eyes were also bandaged. She pointed out the different colors in the hearth rug, took up and read several cards lying on the table, threaded a needle and performed several other things which could not have been done without the aid of the vision. Of extraordinary cases of this kind, it would seem that no satisfactory explanation, (at least no explanation which is unattended with difficulties), has as yet been given.”
This last case with the remarks is extracted from Thomas C. Upham(1799-1872), D.D., “Mental Philosophy” Vol. 1, page 214.
[Depending on the edition it could be 239/240/241 http://truthinheart.com/EarlyOberlinCD/CD/Philosophy/UphamMentalPhil.html]
Check out Jeff and Tessa Evason http://www.evason.com/
… well into the twentieth century, people continued to purchase extraordinary quantities of worthless nostrums--"Boyd's Batteries" and even "powdered unicorn's horn"--not merely because they were gullibly manipulated by quacks and cheats but because people believed that at least a few of these products, in some sense, really "worked." …
Perkins's Metallic tractors may have been exposed as fraudulent, but the public has repeatedly resisted the cautions of the medical establishment and continued over the years to "discover" the therapeutic power of similar kinds of objects. In this century, "Boyd's Batteries" and similar objects were worn around the neck to improve flagging energy and soothe various aches and pains … http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/emotions/self.html
Still goes on. I’ve seen sacred geometry jewelry demonstrated to work because of dowsing rods.
Not exactly stringent scientific testing.
We hear a great deal about getting one’s self into harmony with certain forces that are supposed to be moving through this universe.
We are told that there is a secret “flame” in our atmospheric ether which we can extract after a little practice and it will have an astonishing effect upon us.
We are told of elixirs that float and crackle all about us, which only a few on this round ball have ever caught any of, but they have been filled with extraordinary powers.
Those powers really all start from the soul principle in each of us, and it is what we ourselves have generated that we finally inhale as “flame,” “elixir vitae,” or “forces.”
Emma Curtis Hopkins
December 23, 1894
Beliefs are strange things. Is a belief a belief or is it knowledge?
Friday, January 14, 2011
Orison Swett Marden (1850 - 1924) was an American writer associated with the New Thought Movement. He also held a degree in medicine, and was a successful hotel owner.
Born in New Hampshire, his mother died When he was 3, leaving Orison and his two sisters in the care of their father. When he was seven years old, his father died from injuries incurred while in the woods, and the children were shuttled from one guardian to another, with Orison working as a "hired boy" to earn his keep. Inspired by an early self-help book by the Scottish author Samuel Smiles, which he found in an attic, Marden set out to improve himself and his life circumstances. He persevered in advancing himself and graduated from Boston University in 1871. He later graduated from Harvard with an M.D. in 1881 and an LL.B. degree in 1882. He also studied at the Boston School of Oratory and Andover Theological Seminary.
Marden supported himself during his college years by working in a hotel and afterward by becoming the owner of several hotels and a resort. Financial reverses ended that career, and in 1893, he was again working as a hotel manager, in Chicago, during the time that the World's Columbian Exposition was attracting visitors to that city from all over the world. It was during this period that he began to write down his philosophical ideas, with the goal of inspiring others as he had been inspired by Samuel Smiles.
In addition to Smiles, Marden cited as influences on his thinking the works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. and Ralph Waldo Emerson, both of whom were influential forerunners of what, by the 1890s, was called the New Thought Movement.
Marden's first book, Pushing to the Front, published in 1894, had a phenomenal circulation. In 1897 he founded Success Magazine, which reached the enormous circulation, for that time, of nearly a half-million, meaning of course that it was read by from two to three million readers. This publication ran into financial difficulties and suspended publication in 1912. But once again, 1n 1918, he founded a new Success which was rapidly climing in circulation when death ended his career, in 1924. He was a regular contributor to Elizabeth Towne's New Thought magazine Nautilus during the first two decades of the 20th century.
His book titles express eloquently the outlook of cheerful optimism and confidence. His writings are definitely in the New Thought tradition. Marden believed that our thoughts influence our lives and our life circumstances. He said, "We make the world we live in and shape our own environment." Yet although he is best known for his books on financial success, he always emphasized that this would come as a result of cultivating one's personal development.
Whether consciously or not, Orison Swett Marden was a definite and highly influential figure in the outreach of New Thought ideas into the general culture of his time.
It is not in your environment;
it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others;
it is in yourself alone."
Emma Curtis Hopkins emphasized taming the mind.
Thomas Troward emphasized repeating the Lord's Prayer
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven so on earth.
Give us bread for our needs from day to day.
And forgive us our offences, as we have forgiven our offenders.
And do not let us enter into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever and ever.
 Mathew(6,9:13) Wrong, wickedness, error.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven so on earth.
Give us bread for our needs every day.
And forgive us our sins,
for we have also forgiven all who have offended us.
And do not let us enter into temptation, but deliver us from error.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever and ever.
 Luke(11,2:4) Anything contrary to the Truth.
From the Ancient Eastern Text
George M. Lamsas's Translations
From the Aramaic of the
Dr. George M. Lamsa (1892 – 1975) was an Assyrian scholar and author. He was born in Mar Bishu in what is now the extreme east of Turkey. A native Aramaic speaker, he translated the Aramaic Peshitta (literally "straight, simple, sincere or true") into English versions of the Old Testament and New Testament.
From the Mediterranean east into India the Peshitta is still the Bible of preference among Christians, though nearly all who use it speak Arabic,
or one of the tongues of South India.
and think about God instead.
The Golden Key to Prayer
by Emmet Fox
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Abbé Charles-Étienne Brasseur de Bourbourg (1814 – 1874) was a noted French writer, ethnographer, historian and archaeologist. He became a specialist in Mesoamerican studies, travelling extensively in the region. His writings, publications, and recovery of historical documents contributed much to knowledge of the region's languages, writing, history and culture, particularly those of the Maya and Aztec. However, his speculations concerning relationships between the ancient Maya and the lost continent of Atlantis inspired Ignatius L. Donnelly and encouraged the pseudo-science of Mayanism.
As a youth he went to Ghent in the newly independent Belgian state to study theology and philosophy. He became interested in writing during his studies there, and in 1837 aged 23 he began contributing essays to a Parisian journal. His reputation as a notable young writer and intellectual continued to develop. He transferred his studies and residence to Rome, where in 1845 he was ordained into the Roman Catholic priesthood, at the age of 30.
In the autumn of 1845 he left Europe bound for the British colony of the Province of Canada, stopping over briefly in Boston on the way. Upon his arrival in Quebec City he began work as a professor of ecclesiastical history at the seminary (the Séminaire de Québec, founded in 1663).
From 1848 to 1863 he travelled extensively as a missionary in many parts of Mexico and Central America. In 1862 while searching through archives at the Royal Academy of History in Madrid for New World materials, he came across an abridged copy of a manuscript which had originally been written by the Spanish cleric Diego de Landa sometime around 1566. His main interest in the document, however, was a section in which de Landa reproduced what he called "an alphabet" of the as-yet undeciphered Maya hieroglyphics, the writing system of the ancient Maya civilization.
Brasseur began to write about Atlantis in Grammaire de la langue quichée (1862). He suggested that the origins of European and Persian words could be traced to indigenous languages of the Americas and that the ancient cultures of the New and Old Worlds had been in constant contact with one another.
The combination of Brasseur de Bourbourg's interests in spiritualism and these speculations about connections between the ancient Maya and Atlantis laid the foundations for Mayanism.
In 1869–1870 Brasseur de Bourbourg published his analyses and interpretations of the content of the Troano codex in his work Manuscrit Troano, études sur le système graphique et la langue des Mayas. His his translation would later inspire Augustus Le Plongeon and thus lay the basis for the speculation on the lost continent of Mu. The Name Mu actually goes back to Brasseur de Bourbourg.
In 1871 Brasseur de Bourbourg published his Bibliothèque Mexico-Guatémalienne, a compendium of literature and sources associated with Mesoamerican studies.
His last article, "Chronologie historique des Mexicains" (1872) refers to the Codex Chimalpopoca and identifies four periods of world cataclysms that began about 10,500 BC and were the result of shifts in the Earth's axis (a concept related to pole shift theory).
His linguistic and archaeological fieldwork, as well as his diligent collection, discovery and republication of source materials, proved to be highly useful for subsequent Mesoamerican researchers and scholars.
The interpretations and theories he advanced mostly proved to be inaccurate.
 Abbé (from Latin abbas, in turn from Greek αββας = abbas father, from Aramaic abba) is the French word for abbot.
 Pseudoscience is a claim, belief, or practice which is presented as scientific, but which does not adhere to a valid scientific methodology, lacks supporting evidence or plausibility, cannot be reliably tested, or otherwise lacks scientific status. Pseudoscience is often characterized by the use of vague, exaggerated or unprovable claims, an over-reliance on confirmation rather than rigorous attempts at refutation, a lack of openness to evaluation by other experts, and a general absence of systematic processes to rationally develop theories.
 Mayanism is a term used to refer to a non-codified eclectic collection of New Age beliefs, influenced in part by Pre-Columbian Maya mythology and some folk beliefs of the modern Maya peoples. Adherents of this belief system are not to be confused with Mayanists, scholars who research the historical Maya civilization.
 Atlantis (in Greek, Ἀτλαντὶς νῆσος, "island of Atlas") is a legendary island first mentioned in Plato's dialogues Timaeus and Critias. In Plato's account, Atlantis was a naval power lying "in front of the Pillars of Hercules" that conquered many parts of Western Europe and Africa 9,000 years before the time of Solon, or approximately 9600 BC. After a failed attempt to invade Athens, Atlantis sank into the ocean "in a single day and night of misfortune".
Scholars dispute whether and how much Plato's story or account was inspired by older traditions. Some scholars argue Plato drew upon memories of past events such as the Thera eruption or the Trojan War, while others insist that he took inspiration from contemporary events like the destruction of Helike in 373 BC or the failed Athenian invasion of Sicily in 415–413 BC.
"It is only in modern times that people have taken the Atlantis story seriously; no one did so in antiquity". Alan Cameron, “Greek Mythography in the Roman World”, Oxford University Press (2004) p. 124
 Augustus Le Plongeon (1825–1908) was a photographer, antiquarian and amateur archaeologist. He studied the pre-Columbian ruins of America, particularly those of the Maya civilization on the northern Yucatán Peninsula. While his writings contain many eccentric notions that were discredited by later researchers, Le Plongeon left a lasting legacy in his photographs documenting the ancient ruins. He should also be regarded as one of the earliest proponents of Mayanism.
Le Plongeon's theories, an early form of alternative history, survive today in certain New Age beliefs that are derived from occult knowledge and Theosophy.
 Mu is the name of a hypothetical continent that allegedly existed in one of Earth's oceans, but disappeared at the dawn of human history.
The concept and the name were proposed by 19th century traveler and writer Augustus Le Plongeon, who claimed that several ancient civilizations, such as those of Egypt and Mesoamerica, were created by refugees from Mu — which he located in the Atlantic Ocean. This concept was popularized and expanded by James Churchward, who asserted that Mu was once located in the Pacific.
The existence of Mu was disputed already in Le Plongeon's time.
Today, scientists universally dismiss the concept of Mu (and of other lost continents like Lemuria) as physically impossible, since a continent can neither sink nor be destroyed in the short period of time required by this premise. Moreover, the weight of all archaeological, linguistic and genetic evidence is contrary to the claim that the ancient civilizations of the New and Old Worlds stemmed from a common ancestral civilization. Mu is today considered to be a fictional place.
 Lemuria is the name of a hypothetical "lost land" variously located in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The concept's 19th century origins lie in attempts to account for discontinuities in biogeography; however, the concept of Lemuria has been rendered obsolete by modern theories of plate tectonics. Although sunken continents do exist — like Zealandia in the Pacific and the Kerguelen Plateau in the Indian Ocean — there is no known geological formation under the Indian or Pacific Oceans that corresponds to the hypothetical Lemuria.
Though Lemuria is no longer considered a valid scientific hypothesis, it has been adopted by writers involved in the occult, as well as some Tamil writers of India. Accounts of Lemuria differ, but all share a common belief that a continent existed in ancient times and sank beneath the ocean as a result of a geological, often cataclysmic, change. There is no scientific evidence to support these claims.
 James Churchward (1851-1936) is best known as a British born occult writer.
Monday, January 10, 2011
HEALING Now the only conception you can have of yourself in the absolute, or unconditioned, is as purely living Spirit, not hampered by conditions of any sort, and therefore not subject to illness; and when this idea is firmly impressed on the sub-conscious mind, it will externalize it. The reason why this process is not always successful at the first attempt is that all our life we have been holding the false belief in sickness as a substantial entity in itself and thus being a primary cause, instead of being merely a negative condition resulting from the absence of a primary cause; and a belief which has become ingrained from childhood cannot be eradicated at a moment's notice. We often find, therefore, that for some time after a treatment there is an improvement in the patient's health, and then the old symptoms return. This is because the new belief in his own creative faculty has not yet had time to penetrate down to the innermost depths of the subconscious mind, but has only partially entered it. Each succeeding treatment strengthens the subconscious mind in its hold of the new belief until at last a permanent cure is effected. This is the method of self-treatment based on the patient's own knowledge of the law of his being.
Our ordinary conception of ourselves is that of an individual personality which ends where another personality begins, in other words that the two personalities are entirely separate. This is an error. There is no such hard and fast line of demarcation between personalities, and the boundaries between one and another can be increased or reduced in rigidity according to will, in fact they may be temporarily removed so completely that, for the time being, the two personalities become merged into one.
The practitioner should have firmly fixed in mind the fact that there is but one mind and but one expression of this one mind although it fills all space with its numberless manifestations. This awareness removes the line of demarcation between patient and healer.
If one hopes to be of any help to a patient one must not give treatment for disease. That would surely intensify the disease! In giving a spiritual treatment the practitioner should utterly dismiss all thoughts of disease and of personality from the mind. To hold the thought on disease would mean MORE disease. Rather the healer should mentally see Life whole, free, at peace and in harmony through the power of the Radiant Christ within.
... Thought is unbelievably fast in its transmission and can span the earth instantly; and it does not lose any of its power in the transmission! In giving an absent treatment the healer should be positive that the thought sent forth reaches the recipient now and with infinite power.
In the Absolute the ONLY time there is the eternal now. To it there is no past; nor is there any future. To it there is only the present. if the practitioner holds the thought that the patient "will be all right," it will always be "will be" for the patient because the healer is postponing the healing until some future time, and there is no future known to the Spirit, as I have said. Did Jesus ever say to any of those who were healed by Him: "You will be healed. Arise and go"? No, not ever. Always He spoke to them in the present tense; always He told them something to this effect: "You ARE WHOLE! Go in Peace!"
HOW TO LIVE LIFE AND LOVE IT
If you desire a true companion, close your mind entirely to all personality and physical being, and dwell in thought and feeling on the spirit of love and true comradeship, without reference to any physical person. The person is the instrument through which these particular qualities manifest, and not the qualities themselves, as we often learn too late.
Or you may desire improved financial condition. Here again it is not mere money you desire. It is that which money symbolizes --Substance, Liberty, Freedom from lack. Therefore, you should go alone night and morning (or any time when you are certain you will not be disturbed) and meditate first upon your own true relation to God. After your feeling has been stimulated to the point of certainty, then meditate upon the ever-present, never-failing substance and freedom of God. Try not to lose sight of the fact that the greatest magnet for acquiring money is Ideas. There is every reason that you should capture one of these big money ideas, if you will persistently follow the suggestions given.
If you do this, you will not only capture the idea, but also the courage to put the idea into practical application. This courage, put to positive uses, will bring you to the goal of your desire-substance, love, friends, health, happiness, and the peace that passeth all understanding.
Visualization Video Genevieve Behrend http://youtu.be/jhiIX4tdRG4
- Your Invisible Power - A Presentation of the Mental Science of Judge Thomas Troward 
- Attaining Your Desires By Letting Your Subconscious Mind Work For You 
- Ways of fullfillment; a correspondence course in the toward philosophy and by Bible Interpretation Geneieve Behrend Smith and Heber Worth Smith, Redondo Beach, California
- HOW TO LIVE LIFE AND LOVE IT!The key to the new age. 
Secrets of the Operation of Your Mental Pictures by Genevieve Behrend [Extracted from the book: Your Invisible Power]
Genevieve Behrend(1897 - 1950) was determined to have Thomas Troward’s personal instruction even if she was the only pupil to do so. He reported that when he visited London at the Higher Thought Centre, she was waiting for him with earnest prayers for his lessons, and when he returned to his home on the South Coast, she was waiting with earnest prayers, sitting on the doorstep. Finally, under the stress at this most insistent resolve, he caved in letting her prepare a long list of questions she wanted to ask about the practical application of his views, particularly on visualization and other forms of concentration for health and prosperity. He answered these questions at his leisure time away from his other precious occupations.
Mrs. Genevieve Swink, who later changed to Mrs. Behrend, was touted as “the only personal student in America of Judge Troward's teaching."
Mrs. Behrend gave nationwide publicity to the writings of Mr. Troward, and made them popular in the metaphysical circles in the United States and Canada, where she lectured.
”That he married her not only because, as her business associate and manager, he learned to love her, in spite of the difference in age, but also because he could protect her from may schemers who sought to separate her financially from the prosperity life had brought her, some of it as a result of the success teachings of Troward.”
Visualizing success was one of her special methods. She presented the Troward material in a practical way, with emphasis on visualizing success and prosperity.
Evidently the marriage was a happy one. As Mrs. Behrend-Smith's lecture work gradually diminished , Mr. Smith helped her maintain Troward’s work through correspondence courses.
As a footnote: Walter Goodyear, a grandson of the Goodyear name in rubber tires and other products, actually preceded her by two years in promoting Trowards work in New York. He opened a metaphysical library in New York and ran a publishing company, The Goodyear Book Concern, which published early Troward’s books. Goodyear was intrigued by the deep philosophy of abstract principles in their pure classic form.