The Will to Believe - And Other Essays in Popular PhilosophyHow What You Believe and Your Faith Create Your World

Something is always mere fact and givenness; and there may be in the whole universe no one point of view extant from which this would not be found to be the case. “Reason,” as a gifted writer says, “is  but one item in the mystery; and behind the proudest consciousness that ever reigned, reason and wonder blushed face to face. The inevitable stales, while doubt and hope are sisters. Not unfortunately the universe is wild,—game-flavored as a hawk’s wing. Nature is miracle all; the same returns not save to bring the different. The slow round of the engraver’s lathe gains but the breadth of a hair, but the difference is distributed back over the whole curve, never an instant true,—ever not quite.”

The first four essays are largely concerned with defending the legitimacy of religious faith. To some rationalizing readers such advocacy will seem a sad misuse of one’s professional position. Mankind, they will say, is only too prone to follow faith unreasoningly, and needs no preaching nor encouragement in that direction. I quite agree that what mankind at large most lacks is criticism and caution, not faith. Its cardinal weakness is to let belief follow recklessly upon lively conception, especially when the conception has instinctive liking at its back. I admit, then, that were I addressing the Salvation Army or a miscellaneous popular crowd it would be a misuse of opportunity to preach the liberty of believing as I have in these pages preached it. What such audiences most need is that their faiths should be broken up and ventilated, that the northwest wind of science should get into them and blow their sickliness and barbarism away.

After all, though, you will say, Why such an ado about a matter concerning which, however we may theoretically differ, we all practically agree? In this age of toleration, no scientist will ever try actively to interfere with our religious faith, provided we enjoy it quietly with our friends and do not make a public nuisance of it in the market-place. But it is just on this matter of the market-place that I think the utility of such essays as mine may turn. If  religious hypotheses about the universe be in order at all, then the active faiths of individuals in them, freely expressing themselves in life, are the experimental tests by which they are verified, and the only means by which their truth or falsehood can be wrought out. The truest scientific hypothesis is that which, as we say, ‘works’ best; and it can be no otherwise with religious hypotheses.

Religious history proves that one hypothesis after another has worked ill, has crumbled at contact with a widening knowledge of the world, and has lapsed from the minds of men. Some articles of faith, however, have maintained themselves through every vicissitude, and possess even more vitality to-day than ever before: it is for the ‘science of religions’ to tell us just which hypotheses these are. Meanwhile the freest competition of the various faiths with one another, and their openest application to life by their several champions, are the most favorable conditions under which the survival of the fittest can proceed.

They ought therefore not to lie hid each under its bushel, indulged-in quietly with friends. They ought to live in publicity, vying with each other; and it seems to me that (the régime of tolerance once granted, and a fair field shown) the scientist has nothing to fear for his own interests from the liveliest possible state of fermentation in the religious world of his time. Those faiths will best stand the test which adopt also his hypotheses, and make them integral elements of their own. He should welcome therefore every species of religious agitation and discussion, so long as he is willing to allow that some religious hypothesis may be  true.

(From the Preface.)

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What Jesus Really Said by Dr. Robert C. WorstellThis started out from the need for a clear guidebook to Gospel.

I needed a study guide to clear out all interpretations of Jesus’ actual words – as near as we can determine from the remaining fragments discovered only in this last century.

The largest problem in studying this great philosopher’s work is separating what was actually said from all the interpretations which came later. It didn’t help that Jesus or Nazareth was never a writer. All these stories were passed down for several generations before ever committed to parchment.

We are in luck in this, is that there are certain sayings attributed to Jesus which have survived in remarkably similar form. So the studies began at this point – commonalities of attributed sayings.

First, I took the “Q” Gospel as one source, since this was seen as a single (if missing) source which was common to our New Testament authors. This lacks all the narratives and details added later, and contains basically the simple teachings Jesus left.

Second source along this line was found to be the Gospel of Thomas, as recently uncovered in the Nag Hammurabi files. This, too, is simply the sayings of Jesus – without narratives or added detail.
Why would I want to study these? Because by studying his exact words, as far as we can determine, I would be able to uncover more truth from these words and not have to weed out other interpretations.
Rather, I would be able to study these interpretations for what they were – and so see if I agreed or disagreed with those ideas. The first point was to boil what has been saved down to its essence.
And so, in the oldest traditions, I could see with my own insight.

Now I publish this for you and your use.

Good Hunting!

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TNT: It Rocks the Earth by Claude M. BristolHow This Author’s Success Saved His Business With “Mind Stuff.”

It was that period approaching the end of the second year of the great economic depression when hopefulness had almost vanished from business life, and everyone was overwhelmed with fear, that Mr. Claude M. Bristol, my close business associate of many years standing, astounded me by relating a most amazing experience in having found “that something” for which he had been searching many years.

As he revealed the truths which had come to him I, at first, was skeptical, but as he took me along with him, I, too, began to see the light which only stimulated my ambition for further knowledge of the theme of how to live powerfully by adopting that science which relates to the development of the human personality.

I realized that there was a great change for good coming over myself, and sensed the possibilities of what could be done if the members of our own organization put the author’s teachings into practice, and forthwith arrangements were made for him to talk to our entire staff. The immediate response of every member of our organization in demanding a copy — followed by the most remarkable transformation of individuals and organization, brought home the positive conviction to me that the message contained in his theme was exactly what the world most needed, and that a great service could be rendered by publishing same for general distribution.

In “T.N.T. — It Rocks the Earth,” you are told exactly how to acquire a wonderful secret, that Power, or whatever you wish to call it, which, when accepted and developed through a process of right thinking, creates a philosophy of life which sweeps away all obstacles and brings that which every human desires: success, happiness and contentment.

If it were not for the fact that I am intimately acquainted with the author I would pause to wonder where he acquired those facts and principles which he sets forth in his story, but suffice to say that I know that he knows what he is talking about, and he clearly outlines a system of mechanics which can be used by every one — irrespective of his or her walk in life.

Do exactly as he says, put his plan into operation—and I also promise you that almost over night you will be transformed and the things for which you have wished all your life will be yours.

Your fears, trials and tribulations will fade into the mists. The door of yesterday will be closed forever. A grand and glorious feeling will engulf you and you will smile, and when you do, the world will smile with you.

I know it. I believe it and it is so.

(From the Forward.)

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Thoughts Are Things - Secrets to the Law of AttractionJust when you thought you had the Law of Attraction mastered…

….you find someone who wrote before it was popular and “everybody knew”.

Prentice Mulford was ages ahead of his time. Factually, what he wrote in the 1800’s is still being discovered today:

“When we dread a misfortune, or live in fear of any ill, or expect ill luck, we make also a construction of unseen element, thought, – which, by the same law of attraction, draws to it destructive, and to you damaging, forces or elements. Thus the law for success is also the law for misfortune…”

When you read his philosophy, you see a man who tempered his writing with a great deal of hands-on “people study”. The advise you get here has been weighed against results. So it’s great stuff – and useful.

If you want the highly polished stuff that hypes your world, this author isn’t for you. But if you want the pitch straight, with no curves – then Mumford is the way to get the straight bottom line.

(Also contains the complete text of “The God In You”.)

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Think, Thank, Thunk – Self-Help Collection

Posted: July 21, 2017 by Thrivelearning in purpose
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Think, Thank, Thunk - Self-Help CollectionMeet the Triumvirate of Self-Help

There are three authors who have completely changed your world – and continue to do so, today:

  • Charles F. Haanel – “The Master Key System
  • Wallace D. Wattles – “The Science of Getting Rich
  • Napoleon Hill – “Think and Grow Rich

How they did it is point of study. But every major self-help author and every true success on this planet all use the same underlying system.

I was fortunate to uncover and explore this system in my book “Go Thunk Yourself”, but later research only confirms this system as actual and underlying all that exists in our world – which is as we create it.

In this volume is a guidebook to their essential truths, so you can apply them to get rich or anything else you really want out of life.

From them, you can work out the solution to any problem – if you apply what they teach to yourself and your dreams.

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A Theory of Human Motivation by Abraham Maslow

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A Theory of Human Motivation by Abraham MaslowAn Introduction to the Wide Range of Human Motivations

(…which aren’t just running from “fear or pain”.)

The present paper is an attempt to formulate a positive theory of motivation which will satisfy these theoretical demands and at the same time conform to the known facts, clinical and observational as well as experimental. It derives most directly, however, from clinical experience.

This theory is, I think, in the functionalist tradition of James and Dewey, and is fused with the holism of Wertheimer, Goldstein, and Gestalt Psychology, and with the dynamicism of Freud and Adler. This fusion or synthesis may arbitrarily be called a ‘general-dynamic’ theory.

It is far easier to perceive and to criticize the aspects in motivation theory than to remedy them. Mostly this is because of the very serious lack of sound data in this area. I conceive this lack of sound facts to be due primarily to the absence of a valid theory of motivation.

The present theory then must be considered to be a suggested program or framework for future research and must stand or fall, not so much on facts available or evidence presented, as upon researches to be done, researches suggested perhaps, by the questions raised in this paper.

(From the Introduction)

This is the original 1943 paper by Abraham Maslow which set the Psychology World on fire with its original thinking.

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The Story of Opal: The Journal of an Understanding HeartMeet a Young Girl That Nature Loved and Civilization Scorned

For those whom Nature loves, the Story of Opal is an open book. They need no introduction to the journal of this Understanding Heart. But the world veils the spirit and callouses the instincts, dulls honest curiosity and replaces it with criticism and doubt.

Those who are removed from Nature demand facts and backgrounds, theories and precise explanations. For them it seems worthwhile to uncover and publicize a more “tabloid” review of a child’s “hidden” story beyond the diary, and to attempt to weave together a warped fiction based on presumed facts and prejudices.

This is the story of a rare and unique genius, who was ill-equipped to deal with the clothed savagery of so-called “civilized society.”

As a child growing up in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon at the turn of the century, Opal Whiteley roamed the fields and forests and logging camps, recording all she saw in a secret diary. She began her diary at the age of six, writing with colored pencils on scraps of butcher paper, wrapping paper and the backs of envelopes.

Opal preferred to be alone, spending her days in the forests with the animals and trees. Some of her friends were Michael Angelo Sanzio Raphael, the “most tall fir tree that grows back of the barn,” and Thomas Chatterton Jupiter Zeus, “that most velvety wood rat.”

Opal was considered by her family as an odd and different child. What they didn’t know was that Opal a unique and extreme genius (although later mistaken for mental illness.) She had a heightened sense of awareness of the sights and sounds around her. She was learning constantly, both from the abundance of local flora and fauna, as well as an insatiable reader. She was well ahead of all of her peers (and probably all of the adults) around her.

The Diary That A Nation Shamed Into Obscurity

Her heightened sensibilities and her genius for expressing herself combined to create the most fascinating diary ever written. Writing each day, she observed her surroundings in the mill town and wrote “a long time ago this road had a longing to go across the river, and some that had understanding made it a bridge to go across on.”

While picking up potatoes in the field with her grandfather she wrote, “All the times I was picking up potatoes, I did have conversations with them. I have thinks these potatoes growing here did have knowings of star-songs. I have kept watch in the field at night, and I have seen the stars look kindness down upon them. I have walked between the rows of potatoes, and I have watched the star-gleams on their leaves. And as the wind did go walking in the field, I did follow her down the rows. Her goings-by made ripples on my nightgown.”

Opal hid her secret diary in a hollow log in the woods near her home in Cottage Grove, Oregon. When Opal was 14, her younger sister found the diary and tore it to pieces in a fit of jealous anger. Heartbroken, Opal kept the pieces and stored them at a neighbor’s house in an old hatbox.

When Opal was 23, she met Ellery Sedgwick. publisher of the Atlantic Monthly. Hoping he would publish her nature books for children, she told him of her childhood in the logging camps of the Cascade Mountains.

Intrigued with her personality and her memory for detail, Sedgwick wondered if she had kept a diary as a child. She said that she had, and he asked to see it at once. The hat box was brought to New York. For nine months, Opal worked to piece her diary back together. She and an assistant, paid by the publisher, managed to get two years of her journal re-assembled. In 1920 The Diary of Opal Whiteley was published by the Atlantic Monthly.

A work of genius, from the hand of a child

Hailed as a work of genius, capturing “the essence of the spirit of childhood,” the diary of this 7 year-old girl became a national best-seller.

But because of the diary’s brilliance, people soon began to question if one so young could have written it, and Opal was quickly assailed as a fraud.

The editor of the Whiteley’s local town newspaper lead the charge, and the East Coast papers soon echoed the witch hunt. Ten months after its publication, the diary was out of print and Opal was disgraced. Her family had to move and change their name to avoid the libelous press.

Opal had already left the United States and made her home in England. Opal toured widely, celebrated by European and Indian royalty. Then she vanished from public view as World War II raged.

In 1948. She was found rummaging in the bombed-out rubble of buildings in England during World War II. She was looking for long-loved, but now uncared-for books. Her neighbors in the tenement house where she lived called the authorities and Opal was taken to a public rest home in Napsbury, England. She was well cared for until until she died there on February 16, 1992.

Make up your own mind: genius or fraud?

Reprinted after nearly a century of obscurity, the mysterious “DIARY OF OPAL WHITELEY” comes to life again.

Part of the “Magic of Believing” Library, you may find that your beliefs create the facts around you, just as Opal and her enemies both found for themselves.

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