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The Secret of Health, Success And Power

Written by -James Allen

              Where there is sterling faith and uncompromising purity there is health, there is success, and there is power. In such a one, disease, failure and disaster can find no lodgment, for there is nothing on which they can feed.
              The sooner we realize and acknowledge that sickness is the result of our own error or sin, the sooner shall we enter upon the highway of health. Disease comes to those who attract is, to those whose minds and bodies are receptive to it and flees from those whose strong, pure and positive thought-sphere generates healing and life giving currents.
              If you are given to anger, worry, jealousy, greed, or any other inharmonious state of mind and expect perfect physical health you are expecting the impossible, for you are continually sowing the seeds of disease in your mind. Such conditions of mind are carefully shunned by the wise man, for he knows them to be far more dangerous than a bad drain or an infected house.
              If you would be free from all physical aches and pains, and would enjoy perfect physical harmony, then put your mind in order, and harmonise your thoughts. Think joyful thoughts; think living thoughts; let the elixir or goodwill course through your veins, and you will need no other medicine. Put away your jealousies, your suspicions, your worries, your hatreds, your selfish indulgences, and you will put away your dyspepsia, your biliousness, your nervousness and aching joints. If you will persist in clinging to these debilitating and demoralizing habits of mind, then do not complain when your body is laid low with sickness.
              Many people complain that they have broken down through over-work. In the majority of such cases, the breakdown is more frequently the result of foolishly wasted energy. If you would secure health you must learn to work without friction. To become anxious or excited, or to worry over needless details is to invite a breakdown. Work, whether of brain or body, is beneficial and health-giving and the man who can work with a steady and calm persistency, freed from all anxiety and worry and with his mind utterly oblivious to all but the work he has in hand, will not only accomplish far more than the man who is always hurried and anxious, but he will retain his health, a boon which the other quickly forfeits.
              True health and true success go together, for they are inseparably intertwined in the thought-realm. By the power of faith every enduring work is accomplished. Faith in the Supreme; faith in the over-ruling Law; faith in your work and in your power to accomplish that work, here is the rock upon which you must build if you would achieve, if you would stand and not fall. To follow, under all circumstances, the highest promptings within you; to be always true to the divine self; to rely upon the inward Light, the inward Voice, and to pursue your purpose with a fearless and restful heart, believing that the future will yield unto you the need of every thought and effort; knowing that the laws of the universe can never fail, and that your own will come back to you with mathematical exactitude, this is faith and the living of faith. By the power of such faith the dark waters of uncertainty are divided, every mountain of difficulty crumbles away, and the believing soul passes on unharmed. Strive, O reader! To acquire, above everything, the priceless possessing of this dauntless faith, for it is the talisman of happiness of success, of peace, of power, of all that makes life great and superior to suffering. Build upon such a faith, and you build upon the Rock of the Eternal, and with the material of the Eternal, and structure that you erect will never be dissolved, for it will transcend all the accumulations of material luxuries and riches, the end of which is dust. Whether you are hurled into the depths of sorrow, or lifted upon the heights of joy, ever retain your hold upon this faith, ever return to it as your rock of refuge, and keep your feet firmly planted upon its immortal and immovable base. Centred in such a faith, you will become possessed of such a spiritual strength as will shatter, like so many toys of glass, all the forces of evil that are hurled against you, and you will achieve a success such as the mere striver after wo
rldly gains can ever know or even dream of. If you will become possessed of this faith, you will not need to trouble about your future success or failure, and success will come. You will not need to become anxious about results, nut will work joufully, and peacefully, knowing that right thought and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.
              Your success, your failure, your influence, your whole life you carry about with you, for your dominant trends of thought are the determining factors in your destiny. Send forth loving stainless, and happy thoughts and blessings will fall into your hands and your table will be spread with the cloth of peace. Send forth hateful, impure and unhappy thoughts, and curses will rain down upon you and fear and unrest will wait upon your pillow. You are the unconditional maker of your fate, be that fate what it may. Every moment you are sending forth from you the influences which will make or mar your life. Let your heart grow large and loving and unselfish and great and lasting will be your influence and success, even though you make little money. Confine it within the narrow limits of self-interests, and even though you become a millionaire, your influence and success, at the final reckoning, will be found to be utterly insignificant.
              Cultivate, then, this pure and unselfish spirit, and combine with purity and faith, singleness of purpose, and you are evolving from within the elements, not only of abounding health and enduring success, but of greatness and power.
              Whatever your task may be, concentrate your whole mind upon it, throw into it all the energy of which you are capable. The faultless completion of small tasks leads inevitably to larger tasks. See to it that you rise by steady climbing and you will never fall. And herein lies the secret of true power. Learn, by constant practice, how to husband you resources, and to concentrate them, at an moment, upon a given point. The foolish waste all their mental and spiritual energy in frivolity foolish chatter, or selfish argument not to mention wasteful physical excesses.
              If you would acquire overcoming power you must cultivate poise and passivity. You must be able to stand alone. All power is associated with immovability. The mountain, the massive rock, the storm-tried oak, all speak to us of power, because of their combined solitary grandeur and defiant fixity while the shifting sand, the yielding twig, and the waving reed speak to us of weakness, because they are movable and non-resistant, and are utterly useless when detached from their fellows. He is the man of power who, when all his fellows are swayed by some emotion, or passion, remains calm and unmoved.
              He only is fitted to command and control who has succeeded in commanding and controlling himself. The hysterical the fearful, the thoughtless and frivolous, let such seek company, or they will fall for lack of support; but the calm, the fearless, the thoughtful, and grave; lit such seek the solitude of the solitude of the forest, the desert and the mountain-top, and more power will be added to their power, and they will more and more successfully stem the psychic currents and whirlpools which engulf mankind.
              Passion is not power; it is the abuse of power, the dispersion of power. Passion is like a furious storm which beats fiercely and wildly upon the embattled rock, which beats fiercely and wildly upon the embattled rock, whilst power is like the rock itself which remains silent and unmoved through it all.
              If you have not this power, you may acquire it by practice and the beginning of power is likewise the beginning of wisdom. You must commence by overcoming those purposeless trivialities to which you have hitherto been a willing victim. Boisterous and uncontrolled laughter, slander and idle talk, and joking merely to raise a laugh, all these things must be put on one side and so much waste of valuable energy.
              Above all, be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it. Let nothing draw you aside; remember that, "The double-minded man is unstable in all his ways." Be eager to learn, but slow to beg. Have a thorough understanding of your work and let it be your own; and as you proceed, ever following the inward Guide, the infallible Voice, you will pass on from victory to victory, and will rise step by step to higher resting-places, and your ever broadening outlook will gradually reveal to you the essential beauty and purpose of life. Self-purified health will be yours; faith protected, success will be yours; self-governed, power will be yours, and all that you do will prosper, for, ceasing to be a disjointed unit, self-enslaved, you will be in harmony with the Great Law, working no longer against, but with universal Life, the Eternal Good. And what Health You gain it will remain with you; what success you achieve will be beyond all human computation, and will never pass away; and what influence and power you wield will continue to increase throughout the ages, for it will be a part of that unchangeable principle which supports the universe.
              This, then, is the secret of health- a pure heart and well-ordered mind; this is the secret of success- an unfaltering faith, and a wisely-directed purpose; and to rein in, with unfaltering will, the dark steed of desire, this is the secret of power.

 
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