Although the book, KEY TO YOURSELF,
was no doubt the greatest
accomplishment of her career, Dr. Venice J. Bloodworth was also known
through her works, to many people within and around the vicinity of
Atlanta, Georgia, as teacher, counselor, and friend.
Venice Bloodworth received her doctorate in psychology from
Northwestern University, Chicago. The content of her teaching, and the
practice of her chosen profession reflect both the findings of modem
psychologists, and the principles taught hundreds of years ago by Jesus
of Nazareth. In describing her work she has said this: "The method is
always the same, regardless of what is to be accomplished. First, the
idea. Second, visualizing the idea. Third, manifesting the idea. First
we make a decision; then, we use the marvelous function of the mind,
the imagination, which I call the workshop of the mind, to visualize
this change. Since it is a law that energy follows thought, then when
the thoughts are flowing in a positive manner, we get positive results."
She shared her formula for health, beauty, joy, harmony, and
living through several avenues: writing, private consultations, public
lectures, and class work. Dr. Bloodworth referred to her subject matter
as Spiritual Psychology, and set for her purpose in teaching the goal
of helping humanity, by explaining to people that they can THINK
themselves into actually being well, happy, prosperous, and beautiful.
In addition she provided helpful suggestions as to how her students
might nurture this belief, and thus stay with it, until the desired
changes appeared either in form or experience.
The personal affirmation she used to begin her day's activities
this: "I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and
happy." Standing before her mirror, she repeated these words for about
ten minutes each day. Evidence of the effectiveness of her belief came
to her in many ways. For instance, she discarded her glasses after
her eyes were "whole and perfect, and continually rebuild themselves."
When Dr. Bloodworth was around thirty years of age, she decided
this was "such a nice age to be" that she resolved to retain her
youthful appearance, by remaining as she was then. This she did most
successfully. In fact, when she was beyond fifty she was continually
taken for a woman as young as the age she had named for herself.
Upon three different occasions this petite, lovely, and gracious
was offered roles in motion pictures, which she did not accept. She
preferred to help the sick and frustrated regain health and happiness,
and those who had lost their way to become rehabilitated and useful
Her interests extended to many areas of helpfulness, including
to PTA groups on child psychology, and work with the Atlanta Council of
Church Women at the Atlanta Prison Farm, and the Georgia Training
School for Girls. KEY TO YOURSELF was written over a period of several
years, along with the demands of her professional practice, which she
carried on in her farm home near Kenesaw Mountain.
Although Dr. Venice Bloodworth was devoted to the service of
she found time also for a normal, well-balanced personal life. As a
homemaker and wife, she spent many happy years with her husband, James
A. Bloodworth, a railroad official. Together they enjoyed the comfort
of their farm home, along with the collection of animals they took with
them back into their wooded mountain retreat. There was Mike, the dog,
a mare named Honey, and a pair of cats called Ike and Mamie. The cat
family grew, as cat families will, to include three kittens: Napoleon,
the proud one, Rastus Densenberry, who was by nature "sort of slow,"
and Loving Sam, whose name was well suited to his personality.
In acknowledgment of help received, the Bloodworth home was richly
showered by tokens of gratitude from patrons, from many points around
the world. Their library too was representative of many interests,
containing a wide variety of reading matter, from the purely
inspirational to mystery novel; books to inform, to live by, and for
entertainment and relaxation.
The tenor of Dr. Bloodworth's life was a harmonious reflection of
philosophy she taught.
On January 17, 1956, Venice Bloodworth embarked on another
which took her beyond the frontiers of human experience into an
unfamiliar realm of spiritual unfoldment. Those who knew her
personally, or have found strength, courage, and inspiration in her
work realize how well she must have known her way. The joy of her
belief, or the peace of her understanding surely cannot be lost to her,
even as they have not gone from those who have been blessed by them.
To her many friends and pupils Venice Bloodworth left a rich
one that emerged through the love that impelled her to record her
innermost thoughts, and the conviction of her heart. It is a legacy
which enriches you first by the attention given to her written words.
Its value is enhanced as the ideas gleaned are employed in daily
living. In due time it is wondrously expanded as you share your legacy
through the radiance of Truth and Beauty which expresses within and
Memory lives, then, not as a person departed, but as the
of a lifetime that continue to fill an ever widening Circle of Love.
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