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..If one endure
In purity of thought, joy follows him 

As his own shadow—sure."

Man is a growth by law, and not a creation by artifice, and cause and effect is as absolute and 
undeviating in the hidden realm of thought as in the world of visible and material things. A noble and 

Godlike character is not a thing of favour or chance, but is the natural result of continued effort in right 

thinking, the effect of long-cherished association with Godlike thoughts. An ignoble and bestial 

character, by the same process, is the result of the continued harbouring of grovelling thoughts.

Man is made or unmade by himself; in the armoury of thought he forges the weapons by which he 

destroys himself; he also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy 

and strength and peace. By the right choice and true application of thought, man ascends to the Divine 
Perfection; by the abuse and wrong application of thought, he descends below the level of the beast. 

Between these two extremes are all the grades of character, and man is their maker and master.

Of all the beautiful truths pertaining to the soul which have been restored and brought to light in this 
age, none is more gladdening or fruitful of divine promise and confidence than this—that man is the 

master of thought, the moulder of character, and the maker and shaper of condition, environment, and 


As a being of Power, Intelligence, and Love, and the lord of his own thoughts, man holds the key to 

every situation, and contains within himself that transforming and regenerative agency by which he 

may make himself what he wills.

Man is always the master, even in his weaker and most abandoned state; but in his weakness and 

degradation he is the foolish master who misgoverns his "household." When he begins to reflect upon 

his condition, and to search diligently for the Law upon which his being is established, he then 

becomes the wise master, directing his energies with intelligence, and fashioning his thoughts to fruitful 
issues. Such is the conscious master, and man can only thus become by discovering within himself the 

laws of thought; which discovery is totally a matter of application, self analysis, and experience.

Only by much searching and mining, are gold and diamonds obtained, and man can find every truth 
connected with his being, if he will dig deep into the mine of his soul; and that he is the maker of his 

character, the moulder of his life, and the builder of his destiny, he may unerringly prove, if he will 

watch, control, and alter his thoughts, tracing their effects upon himself, upon others, and upon his life 

and circumstances, linking cause and effect by patient practice and investigation, and utilizing his every 
experience, even to the most trivial, everyday occurrence, as a means of obtaining that knowledge of 

himself which is Understanding, Wisdom, Power. In this direction, as in no other, is the law absolute 

that "He that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened;" for only by patience, 
practice, and ceaseless importunity can a man enter the Door of the Temple of Knowledge.

2. Effect of Thought on Circumstances

MAN‘S mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; 
but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then 

an abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.

Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits 
which he requires, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and 

impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure 

thoughts. By pursuing this process, a man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his 
soul, the director of his life. He also reveals, within himself, the laws of thought, and understands, with

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