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The Law of Success

by Bruce MacLelland

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Book Description
1916. Based upon the proposition that events do not happen without a fixed cause, MacLelland shows the why, and also shows how all can get into touch with the psychic current which will carry them to success and contentment. It is a wonderfully deep book, yet couched in such simple language that all can understand. It is not a theory but a resume of life. The principles involved are deductions from his own experience. It will carry you into any desired position in life if the methods are used. Every person in an unsatisfactory position should read it and follow its instructions. Bruce MacLelland has helped many to a life of contentment and satisfaction. May he do it for you?


Wealth Does Not Bring Content­ment

IT is a psychic law that, to receive, one must first give out.

In pursuance of that result, desiring to grow, as well as getting contentment from the improved condition of those who were able to receive my philosophy, I have given much time to its promulgation.

There is no joy equal to the joy of re­ceiving expressions of gratitude from a developed man for having taught how to start the development.

Being nothing to gain on our part and nothing farther required on his part the gratitude is peculiarly free from motive other than its own expression.

These laws have done so much for me without exacting a return; been given so freely, that they must be given to you in the same spirit.

Something of what they have done will impress their actuality upon others and be a means of starting them on the road. Let us follow their action upon my per­sonality.

Probably there has never been born a more perfect natural candidate for failure than the writer of these lines.

In a varied experience of forty-five years I have never found a fool of quite so many varieties.

Born of an improvident family, in a mediocre strain; endowed with a coward­ice that was appalling; giggling, blushing, stammering, like a silly school girl when­ever a man or woman spoke to me, mean­time cursing myself for being such a fool, knowing it full well, and ashamed, as though the muddled mass of terror which people looked upon as me was some other person in whom I was compelled to live; antagonistic, hasty, bombastic, sensual, vacillating and boastful, it was surely a poor equipment with which to win the battle of life.

On the other side of the ledger was a determination which nothing could deter. Striving to exhaustion and despon-dency I would begin again and work with greater fury, goaded by a boundless ambition. This ambition by driving me so relentlessly has been a curse. I had hope to excess which was a fatuous light to beguile into a fancied security, when in­stead there should have been the realiz­ation that unless some method was found to induct wisdom and courage, failure was the predestined result.

Underlying it, but buried beyond ex­pression, was a veneration for Infinity and love of nature which afterwards brought peace and concord.

The natural trend of these things was failure and the better qualities of necessity must overcome that tendency in a terrific up-hill battle.

As a consequence failure followed fail­ure for years.

It is interesting to look back at the re­sults of those qualities. Studying book­-keeping I amazed the teachers by finishing a nine months' course in three months and twenty days, passing a perfect examina­tion, while in the meantime both teachers and students were converted into enemies.

For the next ten years my principal occupation was getting discharged from position after position and finding an­other. The worry, venom, and expect­ation of discharge and failure brought it while my determination to find another brought that. I was never idle.

An ex-employer, told a prospective em­ployer, "There is no better book-keeper in the city but no one can get along with him. He hates himself, God, man, and devil. Let him alone." Yet I know this big, whole-souled man liked me and could feel the underlying love of truth, high sense of justice, honesty, sobriety, and love under the hate.

In fact, hate is only love on the wrong track. He said when he discharged me, "My boy I am sorry for you. You are capable, honest, and intelligent, but the hate and worry destroys all the harmony in the office. It won't do. No business can succeed that way."

This made me wild with rage. I did not want sympathy. I wanted to succeed and knew I was capable.

The remark set me to thinking, however, and brought the resolve to stop worrying and get some sense.

But how?

Realize the position. Here was a fool determined to cure himself of foolishness.

Who would be the teacher?

There was no psychism open to the pub­lic in those days. In fact that resolve was a very prominent factor in the development of the so-called New Thought of the present day.

I cast about for help. Hating religion with other things kept me from studying the Sermon on the Mount where a solution might have been found.

At that time a school of hypnotism was flooding the country with its circulars. Drowning, I grabbed at the straw and hare always been glad, because an im­perfect rendering of the law of suggestion was embraced therein. But it was enough.

How clearly memory brings back those sentences, "I shall not worry over any­thing. Nothing shall annoy me. I will not let anything worry me."

Plunging into this as into everything else it became a constant reiteration. It was with me all day and all night, every day and every night. There was no immediate apparent response. Nor can an immediate response be expected. The inborn fear and habit of a lifetime is not so easily overcome.

My mind sickened with the very con­stancy of the repetition, and despair seized me as I thought, "There is nothing to it."

But from within came the conviction that there was a truth somewhere in that connection which was needed and must be found.

Resting for a few days, back into the suggestions I went, and after a long struggle found some slight relief in not hating people so fiercely.

The hate was the product of fear, so also was the worry, and the suggestion, though imperfect for my peculiar mental­ity, helped suppress it without supplying anything else.

Had it been, "God loves me and will protect me." "All men are my brothers," it would have struck at the foundation by supplanting the fear with courage through appreciation of His love and protection and made mankind my friends.

However, it is just as well because the deduction would have been lost to the world.

Determination, grim and relentless, kept me to the task. Just how long I am not sure, but probably eighteen months was spent in incessant suggestions before certain results arrived.

One morning I awoke quiet, buoyant, and happy. My rapture knew no bounds. Knowing nothing about planes of mind I did not know such a condition existed. In my ignorance I supposed it would be permanent.

Suddenly a great black cloud of fear shut out my sunlight.

I saw it coming and resisted with all the fury of a demon without avail. Heaven had become hell again.

Cursing and raving like a madman I gave up to depression and despair.

Had not the thought of leaving an in­valid wife and two babies to the mercy of a heartless world prevented, there would have been a sad end.

The scars of that battle remain to this day. When some degree of calmness sup­planted the rage, a realization that such a wonderful freedom and happiness could be attained, and that I knew how to attain it, brought a degree of hope and set in motion the suggestions again.

I read "Plato's Immortality," the Bible, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, The Age of Reason, Emerson's essays and kindred thought.

A crisis requiring prompt action arose. The manager was away. I, the book-keeper, was in charge. Should I act? Failure meant discharge and it was an ugly business.

But the interests of the corporation re­quired action, prompt, decisive, effective.

I acted; and to this day wonder how I got out alive. Instead of being firmly diplomatic I turned all the fury within me loose and cursed those swarthy and igno­rant miners without restraint.

For a wonder it was successful. They were appalled by the very vehemence of the attack and went back to work.

The firm raised my salary fifty dollars per month and made me Auditor and Gen­eral Sales Agent.

Then I knew the suggestions had brought growth.

Afterwards they elected me Secretary with another increase of fifty dollars per month because I had been fortunate enough to conceive and carry out a plan netting many thousands.

Suggestions had been a paying invest­ment. Resigning I went into business and made enough in a few months to buy a ranch in Oklahoma.

We were in the Indian country. Geronimo and his Apaches were captives on the Fort Sill reservation.

The Comanches passed our place almost every day, to the east lived the Chickasaws, while cow-men, with their jingling spurs, were in constant evidence.

It was frontier in the reality and the last of the age of American romance.

When statehood came we sold and moved to Oregon.

Psychic investigation and development is my life. The spirit guides me and rest­ing in such powerful arms, content, I do my duty each day; do it as well as I can; keep rancor out of my soul; smile occa­sionally, love liberality, liberty, justice, and a good fight for their support.

The change in my character is due to living within the law.

It was the transformation from the depths of despondency and hate to peace, joy, and content.

Mastering one's self is no child's play. But it can be accomplished by every reader of this book.

The change from dependency, irresolu­tion, and want, to a glowing certainty that what one needs he can go out and get, be it great or small; and the constant pres­ence of peace and radiating joy in the soul is sufficient reward for the exertion put forth.

I do not believe any calamity, so-called, could throw me off my balance. Things have happened which were sufficient to drive the average man to distraction and some to insanity without changing my smile of contentment and inward joy.

I can go to prison for a principle with­out a murmur; can stand abuse from theo­logians and self-seeking politicians with­out resentment; or flay them to a finish if necessary to produce better conditions.

These outside affairs are all immaterial to those who live from within.

The only really important matter is to preserve my poise at all times, asleep or awake, and thus retain the spiritual con­nection between my spirit and the spirit of my God.

The ideas in this volume have benefited mankind in every part of the English-speaking world. They will do more in the future.

The revivifying effects of the law will go with it and influence every one who will admit it; will stir the very soul, sending energy and health bounding through one and prosperity will follow.

Nothing but refusal to clear the way can stop it.

Earnestly, lovingly, in peace and joy, I bid you good night, but not good-bye.


Chapter 1


Insight and Industry Are Excellent Acquisitions.

IN order to get acquainted and under­stand each other, suppose we spend a little time in talking about the situation.

What is success? Do you mean that it consists in gathering great riches? That is not success. Those men live empty, discontented lives. They are not happy, and show it by a constant pursuit of pleasure. If they had the contentment of a soul at peace there would be no such pursuit. On the contrary, they rush hither and thither to ball games, yachting, balls, women and wine, horse races, poker playing, shooting, fishing, billiards, and every other form of entertainment the mentality can suggest without finding peace or content.

In that frame of mind they can receive no induction of thought on higher planes than money making, no inspiration, no realization of the power of will, no wan­dering in flowery fields of spirituality amid the smiling petals of the sun-kissed blossoms of love, no growth into unity and understanding.

Such inharmonious condition is what was meant by, "It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven."

The reason being that the constant pur­suit of riches des-troys the ability to de­velop the connection between the spirit of God in mankind and the mental faculties.

The greatest failure of all is this man, let a tear fall in sympathy for his starved and shriveled soul and for the soul of his wife, the society woman.

This is not an argument against an honest business, great or small. It is an argument against letting the pursuit of wealth be the paramount aim of life.

Everyone must live and most of us must earn the means as we go, but we are not compelled to make it the love of our religion. To him who makes acquisitions of property his aim there is no end to strife, no goal of peace nor spiritual growth. Immersed within the lake of selfishness, he grows farther and farther away from the real things of life.

The richer he becomes the richer he de­sires to be and ambition grows as he grasps. There is no end to this.

It is immaterial whether he gathers great riches, a moderate fortune, or no for­tune at all, the effect of such a pursuit is equally disastrous to the happiness of the man.

To attain happiness the goal must be the development of self into unity with Infinity. Then contentment, wealth, and indwelling peace becomes a constituent part of the man. A part so firm that nothing can take it away because it is the man.

Some think they will become wealthy, then spend the remainder of this life en­joying it. Have you ever found a man who got satisfaction and contentment out of such a situation? Those who have come to my attention were restless, dis­contented, and growing into querulous senility.

The human mind requires some pur­suit, some god, and the goal of self-con­quest promises a constant and permanent occupation with greater rewards than any other aspiration.

In such mood one does his work because he is interested in that work, it is a thing worthwhile within itself and not a means to secure wealth. The results, however, are always wealth and usually some degree of fame because in such mood the very best work can be done, and the world is quick to reward the man who does any­thing better than it has been done before.

It also brings concentration, good will to all, economy, high ideals and force of character, which is growth.

Have you an idea that wealth brings happiness?

Do not believe it. Contentment and as­piration, coupled with plenty of work, does bring it.

Men who seek happiness in travel, in society, in the pursuit of happiness are miserable.

The world is full of people who are wealthy and fairly wild with longing for some aim. They do not know what is wrong, however, and remain miserable.

Those who are centering their atten­tion on some work, saving some money, and can see progress in the future, are happy.

Success, then, is the possession of happiness and a content-ment that satisfies the soul.

We do not expect to make millionaires of every man who reads this book, but we do intend to show you a way to get the highest degree of efficiency and the largest returns consistent with your power. Also how to increase that power.

We would distinguish between the man who has a position with a sufficient income and the man who is independent of any one firm, because the former is liable to discharge any instant and grows less valuable as he becomes older.

Under such conditions there can never be the contentment of the man who has proved himself and knows he can depend upon his own creative efforts to bring the funds required. Employed men are suc­cessful to some degree but not in the in­tent of this reasoning.

There is a deeper purpose herein. An intent to start you on a road which will lead into a world where your mind will find other things to occupy it with greater happiness than can be found in the pur­suit of wealth.

But first and primarily we propose teaching you that financial success de­pends upon the man; which means the condition of, and qualities within his mind, and show you how to acquire them.

It shames a psychic to know that the only way to lead a man to God is by us­ing Divine Law to satisfy the selfish desire for financial aggrandizement, but we are also glad to be able to do it.

A man unable to acquire a competency is entitled to this law for his development into sufficient for his needs and a home.

It is the man who, getting much, craves more that disgraces himself and insults the law.

Understand, then, that success depends Upon yourself alone.

The foolish hope that the Lord will provide is a chimera. We are provided with the power to acquire all we need, or to build within ourselves courage, deter­mination, initiative, and force. These qualities will bring success in every case.

Success is bred, like health, and belongs to some families as a birthright. They expect it and find a way of getting it. Failure does not occur to them. With unerring instinct they seek a business that has the elements of success within itself and follow it with diligence.

Others are bred failures, and unless they learn the law will fail forever and breed failures forever.

Born in that atmosphere and thoroughly inoculated with it, they expect failure. Everything works against them. Should they get an idea of merit and have the courage to look it in the face long enough to organize it, the bankers would doubt their tenacity and wisdom and hesitate about loaning them money to carry out the plan.

The family atmosphere stands in the way. Personality carries borrowing power at the banks. This is the ill-luck we hear so much about.

Everybody and everything, including that intangible thing we call circum­stances, work to promote the interests of the successful mind.

The application may be found in the following story:

"I'm tired of this way of living and am going to work," a man said to the other loungers.

"Where?" one asked, eagerly.

"They ain't no jobs worth havin'," an­other grumbled. The remainder looked on with varying degrees of interest.

The first had aroused a determination to create better conditions for himself.

The second had evidently formed the same resolve but had not reached the point of taking the initiative, or making the start.

The third had neither energy, deter­mination, nor initiative. Was, in fact, worthless and not being willing to do his best, considered all jobs as underpaid and wage earners as slaves. This is the pro­duct of a mind which is deficient in the qualities mentioned, and such men must be failures.

Now the first speaker did seek work earnestly—took the initiative and stead­fastly refused to be discouraged by refusal. Work was scarce. He kept at it, determined that something would be found.

Finally, a man who had regretfully re­fused work because there were no vacan­cies in his plant told Jim, as we will call him, of a man who had a contract to cut pit posts and hew ties and suggested that perhaps work might be secured.

Off went Jim, post-haste, and found the contractor and a job.

He worked earnestly, kept silent, courteous, and gentle-manly during the three months the work lasted. While others grumbled and swore and quit, he silently swung his ax for low wages, knowing better things would come, imag­ining himself as having a contract and thus in obedi-ence to a law of nature built up a strong drawing power within him­self to attract better conditions.

The railroad purchasing agent had been watching him and offered him a contract.

Today "Jim" is President of one of the big lumber comp-anies.

He got within the law of success and was borne onward by its action.

When he started to find work he obeyed the first command, i.e., take the initiative—do something.

When he refused to be discouraged be­cause work was difficult to obtain he obeyed the second command, i.e., you must have courage and determination.

When he silently worked and planned to get a contract for himself, thinking of himself as having the contract, he unknowingly employed the law of imagina­tion and created the place to be occupied.

As his business grew, he planned larger enterprises as he had the first and suc­ceeded by the same law.

The first efforts created sympathetic interest and through  such interest the first poor job was found. Had he gone about his search in a half-hearted way the man who put him on the track of work would not have felt an interest nor thought of the wood cutting. Mankind is always willing to help a successful man or kick an unsuccessful one.

From the moment he determined to better his condition and refused to be dis­couraged by failure he was successful, i.e., had a successful mind.

Had he quit when work was refused the first few days the friendly interest would not have been created, nor the place found; but the loafers’ crowd would have been augmented by one to the acclaim of many "I told you so's."

In which case his would have been an unsuccessful mind and failure the logical outcome. "Jim" did not select his business because he had a longing for that line of effort. He took the first opportunity and made the most of it. But everyone should find the business, trade, or profes­sion to which he is adapted and stick to it.

The desire is a sure guide if it is a well-defined longing and not a fancy of an un­settled mind.

The man who wants to follow some business and knows that he wants that, and that alone, is being led by divine wis­dom. He will not make as perfect suc­cess out of any other work and will not build his spirit at all unless he follows its guidance.

It seems hard for me to confine myself strictly to money making. The desire to see everybody enjoy the fulness of life through communion of the God within with Eternal Love by development is so strong it creeps in unawares.

Let it manifest itself. It's for your welfare and happiness. Every success is the outcome of a small beginning.

To the child born in this age of big busi­ness it seems that these giants always existed, and that he cannot own such an enterprise, but the elders of his own gen­eration can remember when the great U.S. Steel Corporation was a scattered group of little iron foundries.

These foundries were started by men who had the quality, of initiative, or the will to commence some original enterprise.

They were perilous adventures of small promise. The bankers did not consider them good security and were reluctant to advance funds for their promotion.

In fact, the advent into the business of the man who has since been styled the steel king was because he had loaned one firm some money and was forced to fore­close.

There was little demand for their prod­ucts. Sheet steel and structural steel was unknown.

In spite of these handicaps and dis­couragements the men had determination and courage enough to persist in the enterprises, and force sufficient to drive them to a successful conclusion.

As the business grew the men who man­aged them grew with them. They became able to grasp big things in a big way.

Everyone, who desires to succeed, must have the ability to lay aside doubts, fears, indecision and lassitude and do some­thing: also courage and determination sufficient to sustain him when things look black and the cloud of despair hangs low: and a clear mind to originate plans to fur­ther the business. Without initiative the foundries would never have been started, without determination they would have failed under the discouragements.

The persistent efforts created a demand for the output, originated new uses, and brought the Bessemer process out of the unknown to cheapen the cost.

Of this principal, too much cannot be made. Realize that in the unseen world the continued effort on any project is building up a force to bring circumstances to aid.

If one becomes discouraged and quits, even in thought, the structure tumbles and the material is sent away to others who are making more determined efforts.

There is no luck so hard that this men­tal condition will not overcome it, nor no luck so good that it will bring returns of moment without them.

There is sound sense in doing your very best, then waiting in faith and trust for returns; but none whatever in weakly beg­ging the Majestic Power which rules to send a fortune and trusting in faith that it will come.

We know a forceful, intelligent, ener­getic man can always find a way of ac­quiring wealth, but even a weakling can make money if started in some small busi­ness with light expense.

A boy in Detroit, Mich., grew rich by developing and printing films for amateur photographers.

He never had over fifty dollars invested at any one time and the returns came mostly in sums of less than one dollar.

The trouble is, the weakling does not have enough courage to make the start.

The original investment to this boy was a big thing and caused him as much trouble to get as a million would cause some men.

He did not lose heart and give it up, but persisted until he got it.

Nothing can be accomplished without courage sufficient to overcome the diffi­culties in the way. Some men can plan and execute up to the very point of suc­cess, but go to pieces when the crucial point, which requires all their energy, comes; and they fail.

If you should unexpectedly make a thousand dollars today would you hug yourself and rush home to tell the glad tidings to your wife and neighbors; or would you quietly put it in the bank, forget it and continue to saw your own wood?

In the first case, you cannot stand prosperity, and no amount of good fortune would benefit you because you would soon fritter it away and be worse off than before.

Money dominates you. You are a weakling. Build yourself up into strength of mind and forceful character. Up to the point where you can carry a deal through, see the papers signed, without a tremor of excitement, knowing that you have earned this money by your efforts and it is rightfully yours. Take it as a matter of fact. Then you dominate money and are capable of doing a big business.

In every town able-bodied but sick-minded men, may be found idling on the street corners, or sitting on a dry goods box with their equals grumbling at the hard times, and settling State affairs to their entire satisfaction.

These fellows always know precisely how everything should be done and consider themselves capable of the doing, but never do anything.

Their highest ambition is to get a job. To originate a business never occurs to them. They would instantly recognize their own utter unfitness if it did.

But inertia is not the only cause of fail­ure. Over-anxiety, over-doing, worrying into exhaustion, little wisdom in the selec­tion of a business, or vocation, antagon­ism, hatred, jealousy, revenge, each add to the load one carries and makes it harder to travel the road of endeavor to the town of success. If you wanted to employ a man would you seek a worrying, grum­bling fellow or one who was alert, willing and good-natured?

Every man is peculiarly adapted to some line of effort and every mind to some degree of success.

A petty mind could not manage a big business. The manager must have a broad grasp upon affairs.

Put a petty man in as buyer for a de­partment store and he would be fright­ened at the tremendous bills. Would buy in little dabs, run the stock down, disgust the clerks and patrons, and ruin the busi­ness.

In a small store of the same kind he would be successful. Had he been buyer from the start of the big business he would probably have grown with the business and been able to grasp the increased de­mands upon his mind.

Some men are naturally physicians, some attorneys, some artists, some ranchers, some truck gardeners, some teachers, while others are adaptable to almost anything, but not specialists in any line.

Does responsibility frighten you? If so, you need courage. Are you always in a hurry? Fear does that. Are you indo­lent? You need energy. It's fun to rest and accumulate a store of energy, then work it off in quiet, concentrative effort.

The result is an enlarged warehouse in which to store more energy, and that is growth.

Do you always plan to get into some big man's employ, i.e., a big company? (Every big concern is the shadow of some big man.) Or do you plan to have a busi­ness of your own?

In the one ease you need self-reliance. In the other you have it.

Why have you not started your busi­ness? Probably because you are deficient in that quality of doing things which we call initiative.

Do you consider yourself rather above the average in intelligence?

That means you have so little intelli­gence that the mind has no chance to compare what is known to the vast knowable. You are not capable of doing any­thing for yourself and are not valuable to others.

As a clerk you might give satisfaction but never as a manager.

Most of you would get frightened at prosperity and become hysterical if you met him. When wealth is set on a pedes­tal and worshipped, when it is considered unattainable and not for you, that thought actually makes it difficult to attain.

If you are of that mind, so born, remem­ber that others are born with the opposite kind of mind and are naturally success­ful, also that you can change the elements within your mind until it will correspond with theirs and be naturally successful.

You are ill at ease and your solar plexus trembles, your heart throbs, and nerves tingle, every time a really big person no­tices you.

Your mind goes wobbling around with­out intelligent direction, or consideration of the effect of your present thought and environment.

You have no inborn plan of what you desire to do in life; nor are borne along on the quiet silent enthusiasm such a plan produces.

Drifting along like flotsam, swept by each wind that blows, into another channel, on to another course, mindless, weak, and helpless, The end will ever be a derelict, without sea-men, adrift on an angry sea.

This Christmas a friend bought me a pair of gloves.

Having occasion to exchange them for a better fitting pair, I called at the store.

"Ah!" the clerk said, superciliously. "Another exchange, I suppose."

I gave him the gloves silently.

"I have been exchanging all day," he further informed me as he reached for a glove box," and don't mind saying it's a beastly bore," No reply, but silent amuse­ment at the vaporing of his senseless head.

"Yes, it most certainly is," he con­tinued as he measured my hand," espe­cially after being duck shooting out at our reserve all day yesterday. Ah!"

"Yes?" I replied, interestedly, care­ful to restrain the smile within. "Any luck?"

He looked at me as though the ques­tion was a reflection upon him.

"Ah! Luck? I don't call it luck when I get a string of ducks."

I afterward ascertained he had never been duck shooting to anyone's knowledge before and his string was one lone little teal.

The point is, he made a poor impres­sion, and left in me a repugnance to go­ing to that store again.

I knew exactly why he mentioned the duck shooting. Had it been his regular custom, it would not have seemed impor­tant and he would never have thought about it again, nor would he have mentioned it to a stranger if he had poss-essed a grain of wisdom.

The fellow gave himself away, showed his shallowness, and hurt the business, all because he had so little sense. Silence and wisdom are twin brothers.

We do not believe speculation is legi­timate. It fosters a non-productive man who lives upon the labor of others.

Starting upon a small basis and carry­ing a business to a large affair is too slow for them. They want quick riches and idleness.

This begets a fraudulent mind. He does not consider justice, or the rights of others, in the schemes put forth.

The man becomes an outcast. When he fails everyone laughs. They feel that he got precisely what was coming.

If he is strong enough to win a big for­tune they openly fawn upon him but secretly hate and despise him.

He is headed for spiritual and physical dissolution.

To win a real success either produce something, or do some service to mankind.

The first includes every form of farm life, manufacturing, mining, and inven­tion.

The second all professions, trades, un­skilled laborers, merchants, railroads, telephones, et cetera, but eliminates riches from increased land values, and subdi­visions, politics, stock brokerage, and re­quires that business be done upon a basis of exact fairness.

Everything has a proportional value. A laborer working for two dollars per day should be able to rent a comfortable home for six dollars per month and buy flour for one dollar per fifty pound sack, with other supplies in such ratio. If this condition does not prevail the speculator is in some way getting the man's wages for nothing.

But prices are subject to the law of supply and demand. If they were uni­form there would be no commerce.

The point involved is: Each producer by tricks and combinations of his own, as well as those of the jobber above him, creates fictitious prices and work a hard­ship upon the consumer.

This condition must not be if the world is to live upon a higher plane and you, as one of the world, can be just, and cast your influence for Justice, and thus de­velop a rounded and perfect character as well as attain wealth.

One cake of yeast will leaven the whole loaf. You can really lift the whole neighborhood alone. Do you wonder what these economic ideas have to do with your success?

Just this: psychic law exacts justice. There can be no promotion for the man who shirks—it is against the law.

He is cheating, and such deserve no betterment. Shirking in mind, the un­willingness to grab on and shove, is equally as productive of failure as is physical loafing at every opportunity.

The speculator is building a spirit which will be hard to overcome when he starts on the psychic road.

Do not hide behind the intention to avoid such things. You never will, be­cause every man, sometime in the eternal, must come. Have you ever stopped to consider that you have an influence over every one, either for their benefit or detri­ment, and that every one has an influence over you?

Are some people repulsive, some at­tractive, some aspiring, some excite pity, and some, who seem to be equally as respectable and worthy as yourself, arouse a dislike without a word?

These things have a direct bearing upon your business, character and happiness. They are the effect of a law which will be explained.

If you were free from their influence your plans would be clearer and the handicap of their doubts, anxieties and misgivings, added to your own would be removed.

Here is another idea for digestion be­fore plunging into the explanation of psychic law.

Each mind recognizes its capabilities and limitations.

The man who never expects to own a home feels his unfitness to earn enough to buy one. While the fellow who intends to become wealthy knows he can.

To say you cannot do a certain thing puts a bar to progress in that direction because the effort stops. One ruins his own chances for success.

People who allow themselves to doubt their future success forget that they can grow in wisdom and executive ability, and that if the start was made without doubt­ing and fearing, that they would advance mentally as fast as the demands came.

If you won't say, "I'll try," instead of whining that you can't, stop reading right here; throw the book into the fire and be a failure.

I do not write for such people.

A common mistake, which produces disaster, is to vote into office, or seek com­panionship, with genial men, mistaking it for honesty and fair intent.

That such men are soothing and in­teresting is true, but one should carefully examine their acts in order to have a safe guide.

The expression, "John is a good fel­low, I'm going to vote for him," carries within itself a menace to the perpetuity of liberty.

John may be true to the interests of the people or he may be seeking selfish aggrandizement.

Our expression should be, "John has always been upright, honest, and fair. We can trust him."

This should prevail, no matter whether he soothes our vanity by kissing the baby or stiffens our moral fibre by telling us wherein lie our faults; whether he smiles and smiles, or is surly and grim.

It is no trouble to determine what in­tent governs a man.

Stop thinking and sense him in solitude. You can feel his intent.

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