Man is a progressive being - before whom lies a vast ocean of progress to be conquered and navigated only by development of his inherent powers. The progress of the individual is largely determined by his ruling mental state. Attention should be given to the pre-dominant mental state; for it will regulate the action and direction of all one's forces and powers - which will determine many particular experiences and the personal fate.
If the individual's attitudes are broad in mind, optimistic in tone and true to life; his predominant mental state will exhibit a highly constructive and progressive tendency. But if his state of mind is negative in tendency, then almost all his forces will be misdirected. As almost all the forces of the personality function through the conscious mind, and as the daily mental and physical acts are largely controlled by the conscious mind, it is obvious that the leading mental state will determine the direction in which the powers of the individual proceed.
We should realize more that it is what we believe that determines what we shall see - believing is seeing. With man, if he lived according to the senses, the largest sense he possessed would be that of sight. If one lived only by physical sight, his world would be very small. Thus our whole world would extend only as far as we could see.
Thought is a subtle element; it is an actual force or substance - as real as electricity, light, heat, water or even stone. It is a proven fact, scientifically, that the mind is a battery of force - the greatest of any known element. It is an unlimited force; your power to think is inexhaustible. Yet there is not one in a thousand who may be fully aware of the possibilities of his thought power - we are mere babes in handling it. As we grow in understanding and in the right use of thought; we will learn to banish our ills and establish good in every form we may desire.
It is our power to think that determines our state of living. As one is able to think, he generates a power that sets up a radiation which becomes individual as he determines it. Our thoughts affect our welfare. The kind of thoughts we register on our memories or habitually think attracts the same kind of conditions.
If we keep the thought of success in mind, the thought elements will be attracted - for "like attracts like." We will psychically contact minds who think along the same lines and such minds will be brought into our lives. Therefore, successful minded people help success to come to them.
The Science of mind is in perpetual operation, working both ways. Persons who dwell on thoughts of failure or poverty will gravitate toward like conditions; they, in turn, will draw to them people who accept failure and poverty. On the other hand, we can think on positive conditions - on plenty and success - and then enjoy full and plenty. What the mind holds within, takes its form in the outer world.
Some think that we must deal with two forces; that is, to attract the good we must do away with the bad, but this is not true. For example; if we are cold, we do not work with cold and heat alike in order to get warm. We build a fire and enjoy the heat that is extended from it - becoming warm. As we build up warmth, the cold disappears, for cold is the absence of heat. To be warm, we give our whole thought to those things which tend to create warmth; we ignore the cold in thinking of heat.
Prosperity and poverty are not two things; they are merely two sides of one and the same thing. They are but one power, rightly or wrongly used. We cannot think of plenty and then worry about the unfavorable conditions that may seem apparent. We think about plenty, and as we think of it, lack, its opposite, will become absorbed or disappear. All our thoughts must be directed to that one thing which we desire in order that our desire may be fulfilled. As we dwell upon that which is good, we shall bring to pass all good things.
The mind force is creating continually like fertile soil. Nature does not differentiate between the seed of a weed and that of a flower. She produces and allows both seeds to grow. The same energy is used for both, and so it is with the mind. The mind creates either good or bad. Your ideas determine which is to be created.