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ever-increasing accuracy, how the thought-forces and mind elements operate in the shaping of his 
character, circumstances, and destiny.

Thought and character are one, and as character can only manifest and discover itself through 

environment and circumstance, the outer conditions of a person‘s life will always be found to be 
harmoniously related to his inner state. This does not mean that a man‘s circumstances at any given 

time are an indication of his entire character, but that those circumstances are so intimately connected 

with some vital thought-element within himself that, for the time being, they are indispensable to his 


Every man is where he is by the law of his being; the thoughts which he has built into his character 

have brought him there, and in the arrangement of his life there is no element of chance, but all is the 

result of a law which cannot err. This is just as true of those who feel "out of harmony" with their 
surroundings as of those who are contented with them.

As a progressive and evolving being, man is where he is that he may learn that he may grow; and as he 

learns the spiritual lesson which any circumstance contains for him, it passes away and gives place to 
other circumstances.

Man is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside 

conditions, but when he realizes that he is a creative power, and that he may command the hidden soil 
and seeds of his being out of which circumstances grow, he then becomes the rightful master of 


That circumstances grow out of thought every man knows who has for any length of time practised 
self-control and self-purification, for he will have noticed that the alteration in his circumstances has 

been in exact ratio with his altered mental condition. So true is this that when a man earnestly applies 

himself to remedy the defects in his character, and makes swift and marked progress, he passes rapidly 

through a succession of vicissitudes.

The soul attracts that which it secretly harbours; that which it loves, and also that which it fears; it 

reaches the height of its cherished aspirations; it falls to the level of its unchastened desires,—and 

circumstances are the means by which the soul receives its own.

Every thought-seed sown or allowed to fall into the mind, and to take root there, produces its own, 

blossoming sooner or later into act, and bearing its own fruitage of opportunity and circumstance. Good 

thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bad fruit.

The outer world of circumstance shapes itself to the inner world of thought, and both pleasant and 

unpleasant external conditions are factors, which make for the ultimate good of the individual. As the 
reaper of his own harvest, man learns both by suffering and bliss.

Following the inmost desires, aspirations, thoughts, by which he allows himself to be dominated, 

(pursuing the will-o‘-the-wisps of impure imaginings or steadfastly walking the highway of strong and 
high endeavour), a man at last arrives at their fruition and fulfilment in the outer conditions of his life. 

The laws of growth and adjustment everywhere obtains.

A man does not come to the almshouse or the jail by the tyranny of fate or circumstance, but by the 
pathway of grovelling thoughts and base desires. Nor does a pure-minded man fall suddenly into crime 

by stress of any mere external force; the criminal thought had long been secretly fostered in the heart, 

and the hour of opportunity revealed its gathered power. Circumstance does not make the man; it 

reveals him to himself No such conditions can exist as descending into vice and its attendant sufferings 
apart from vicious inclinations, or ascending into virtue and its pure happiness without the continued 

cultivation of virtuous aspirations; and man, therefore, as the lord and master of thought, is the maker

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