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The Creative Power of Man's MindA Lecture Delivered by The Imperator to the Ethical
Culture Society of San Francisco
[By H. Spencer Lewis]
[From The Mystic Triangle October 1925]
IT was common for ancient rulers to begin a manifesto with the words: "By the Power in me decreed, I direct, etc., etc." The idea back of this and similar phrases was that by the physical power resulting from the station they held, they directed or commanded certain things to be done.
It is a notable fact that in most cases these rulers possessed no power to force their issues or command results from their decrees other than that residing in their armed forces; and individually and personally they seldom possessed sufficient mental or physical prowess to combat the attacks of the least of their serfs.
But so great was the power of station, position, and authority that nations often trembled in fear at a proclamation.
Such autocrats, seemly safe in their guarded environment and omnipotent with a power foreign to their own beings, have at times found themselves conquered by the command and controlling influence of a master mind.
When Raymund VI, Count of Toulouse, himself a powerful ruler of the most progressive province of France, set his mind against the edicts of church and class rule, he conquered the formidable forces of military and political mastership, as his great forebear, Raymund IV (of St. Gilles) had done in the Crusades to Jerusalem.
All through history we find record of the stupendous achievements and marvelous victories of those men, and women, who have possessed and exerted a power not physical and not dependent upon physical constitution. They have mastered kings, potentates, and rulers, and have swayed nations and empires by their seeming magnetic personalities and an invisible power coupled with a weird ability to assure a fulfillment of their desires.
What is this strange power? and how is it exerted?
First of all one must bear in mind that the greatest, most potent and formidable power this side of the Cosmic circle is resident in the very spiritual being of man.
Whatever physical power man may inherit through clean, wholesome ancestry, and whatever further power he may acquire or develop in his physical body, is, after all, dependent upon the mind in his body to direct it and exert it.
In fact the mind of man has the natural, endowed, ability and function, to attract to itself, to draw to its aid and need, such power at times as man little understands.
Man is, essentially, a counterpart of God. Created in God's spiritual and divine likeness, God gave unto man the directive, creative power, to a degree, that God possessed.
Let us look at the matter in an analytical way. Here we have the physical body of man. Clay of clay, the "salt of the earth," a wonderful organization, a marvelous piece of mechanical design. Of and by itself it possesses not even strength enough to hold its individual cells together or to hold itself upright without the power of residing solely in the spiritual consciousness or psychic body within the physical.
The psychic body, invisible to most, recognized by few, is the divine power, the only power man possesses. The physical body is its mere tool, its gross mechanism, for the accomplishment of but a few of the activities that should be the occupation and devotion of man.
We may liken this combination to the great electrical motors which operate in large factories. The creator of these motors worked diligently and carefully in designing and evolving the mechanical and organic details, even adding grace and beauty to the outer form, ever mindful of two fundamentals,--that it was to perform well and that it would be the tool of the power to be infused into it when it was completed.
But, whereas man has learned that no motor is greater than the power operating through it, he has come to look upon his own body, and its demonstrations of power, as a wonderfully independent creature, possessing in its physical constitution a power unrelated to the divine source of all power.
Truly, man has learned that his personal abilities and physical activities depend upon life,--that mysterious force which distinguishes the animate from the inanimate. But he seldom realizes that life, as a vitality of the flesh, is not the directing power that gives him the other powers he enjoys. Think, if you will, of the body of man in an unconscious state! Life, as a vitality, an energy, a chemical action, is still there; but the man is a helpless being. Life, as a vitality in the flesh, is not sufficient to make the man mighty in all that is his Divine Heritage.
Mind, the inseparable segment of the Divine Will, resident in man as the creative principle, must function in order that man may utilize and demonstrate the real power that is his.
Man has the ability to direct his marvelous creative power, in invisible waves, to all points within his body, and to all points outside of the body. When man decides to pick a lead pencil from the desk, his mind directs to the muscles of his arm and fingers the power to make those parts move. More power is directed to the same parts when he decides to lift from the floor fifty pounds of lead.
When man thinks, meditates, images, visualizes, and mentally pictures, he is directing waves of creative power to his mind centers. These waves are waves of energy and power. They can be directed to a point outside of the consciousness more uniformly and more truly than radio waves can be directed from the antenna of a broadcasting station today.
But, again, only a few know and appreciate this fact, hence, the false belief that the physical power demonstrated by the body is the only power man possesses and the only way in which personal power can be made manifest.
Once all come to know that by the concentration of the mind on one point, on one principle, on one desire, a power is radiated to that point with creative nature and demonstrative abilities, man will think more carefully, more constructively and more efficiently, and, the likeness unto the image of God will dawn upon the consciousness of man to his greater glory and the eternal worship of his creator.
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