Prosperity Chapter II
The Law Of Attraction
Prosperity Chapter II:
It was never intended that God's children should ever want for
anything. We live in the very lap of abundance; there is plenty of
everything all about us, the great cosmic universe is packed with all
sorts of beautiful, marvelous things, glorious riches, ready for our use
Everything the human heart can crave, the great creative Intelligence offers us.
We can draw from this vast ocean of intelligence everything we wish:
all that it is necessary for us to do is to obey the law of attraction, —
like attracts like.
To realize prosperity and abundance does not depend upon man's own
little brain, his own little one-sided efforts. It is a question of his
making his mind a magnet to attract the things he wants, to attract his
Everything that the race enjoys has been attracted out of the great
ocean of intelligence according to a law. All inventions, all
discoveries, all the marvelous facilities of civilization, — our
hospitals, our schools, our churches, our libraries, and other
institutions, our homes, with their comforts and luxuries, — have all
been attracted from this great cosmic storehouse of intelligence by the
It was intended that our longings, our yearnings, our legitimate
desires should be satisfied, that our dreams should come true. It is our
ignorance of the law that would bring our own to us which keeps it from
When you were a boy experimenting with your little steel magnet,
didn't you often try to make it pick up wood, copper, rubber, or some
other substance different from itself? And, of course, you found it
would not, because it had no affinity for things that were unlike
You found that it would pick up a needle but not a toothpick. In other words you demonstrated the law that — like attracts like.
Not a day passes that we do not see this law demonstrated in
different ways in human life. Sometimes the demonstrations are very
tragic. Only a short time ago a little eight-year-old girl, the daughter
of a Pennsylvania farmer, died from fright in a dentist's chair, where
she had been placed to have a tooth extracted. Although the child knew
nothing about the law, it worked just the same; - the thing she feared
had come to her.
By the operation of the same law that draws to us disease and death,
we draw to ourselves poverty or opulence, success or failure. The mind
at any given time is a magnet for something. It is a magnet for whatever
thought, whatever convictions dominate the mind at the time, and the
blessed, glorious thing about it all is that we can determine what the
mind shall attract, what sort of a magnet it shall become.
Now, you may attract to you that which is not good for you, that
which will damn you, that which will pain and humiliate. By
concentrating upon and working for it you become a specialist in that
line and the law of attraction brings it to you.
If you have a prosperity mental attitude, if you have a vigorous
faith that you are going to get away from poverty, that you are going to
demonstrate prosperity, abundance, and strive intelligently and
persistently to realize your vision, you will do so. That's the law. If
you obey the law you will get good results.
"You cannot get what we desire by doubting or fearing. Whatever we visualize and work for we will get."
- O.S. Marden
If we could only see a picture of the mental processes of whatever is
held in the mind, pulling the things which correspond to our thought;
if we could see more failure, more bad business, more debts, more losses
starting towards us because we have contacted with these things in our
thought, we would quit worrying about the things we don't want and think
the things we do want, attracting more instead of less, attracting
abundance instead of poverty, prosperity instead of failure.
Oh, how often we make our mind a magnet to attract all sorts of enemy
thoughts, poverty thoughts, sick thoughts, fear thoughts, and worry
thoughts, and then somehow we expect that a miracle will be performed,
and that out of these negative causes we will be sure in some way to
enjoy positive results. No miracle could perform such a change as this.
Results correspond with causes.
Before we can be conquered by poverty, we must, first of all, be poor
mentally. The poverty thought, the acceptance of a poverty-stricken
environment as an inevitable condition from which you cannot get away,
keeps you in the poverty current and draws more poverty to you. It is
the operation of the same law which attracts good things, a better
environment, to those who think abundance, prosperity, who are convinced
that they are going to be well off, and work confidently, hopefully,
toward that end.
Not the things we long for most, not the things we wish for, but our
own, that which has lived in our thoughts and mind, dominated in our
mentality, in our mental attitude, that is what the law of attraction
brings to us. It may be that this law has brought us the very things
we hated and wanted to get rid of, but we have dwelt upon them, and,
because they formed the mental model, the life processes built them into
The law of attraction often brings us hated bedfellows, but they have
lived so long in our minds, that they must become a part of our lives,
by the very law that like attracts like.
Until recently many of us did not understand what Job meant when he
said, "The thing which I greatly feared has come upon me." Now we know
that he expressed a psychological law that is as inexorable as the laws
of mathematics. We know that the things we fear most, the things we have
a horror of and want to flee from, we are really pursuing by our very
fear of them. By predicting them and visualizing them in our minds, we
are attracting them to ourselves, and when we do this we are turning our
backs upon the very things which we long for most.
"By the law of affinity you may know that your own is always seeking
you if you are" seeking it With all your might and are not driving it
away with your doubts."
- Orison Swett Marden
Prosperity Chapter II , continued...
The time will come when the law of attraction will be known as the greatest power in creation.
This is the law upon which all successes, all characters, all lives
are built. Mental attraction is the only power upon which we can build
anything successfully. It is an inevitable law, an inexorable principle,
that everything attracts to itself everything else like itself, that
air affinities tend to get together, and when you make your mind a
magnet it will attract according to its quality, according to your
mental vision, your thoughts, your motives, your dominant attitude.
The saying "Money attracts money" is only another way of stating the
law, — "like attracts like." The prosperous classes think prosperity,
believe in it, work for it, never for a moment doubt their right to have
all the money and all the good things they need, and of course they get
them. They are living up to the very letter and spirit of the law of
A Rockefeller, a Schwab, uses this law in a masterly way to amass a
large fortune. The newsboy uses the same law in selling his newspapers,
running a news-stand and climbing gradually to become the Mayor of his
city or town. We all use this law of attraction no matter whether we
know it or not. We use it every instant of our lives.
Many people wonder that bad men, wicked men, vicious men are
successful in business, at money making, in amassing a fortune, while
the good man, the upright man, doesn't seem to be able to make any
headway. They haven't the knack of accumulation in the way of making
money. Good things do not seem to come to them. If they make an
investment they almost always lose; they buy in the wrong market, or
sell in the wrong market.
Now, a man's morals do not have anything specially to do with his
money-making faculties, except that honesty is always and everywhere the
best business policy. It is just a question of obeying the law of
accumulation, the law that like attracts like. A very bad man may obey
the law of accumulation, the law of attraction, and accumulate a vast
fortune. If he is honest, his other defects and immoralities, his
viciousness, will not hinder the working of the law. The law is unmoral —
it is neither moral nor immoral.
Multitudes of people are attracting the wrong things because they do
not know the law. They have never learned that the great secret of
health, happiness, and success lies in holding the mental attitude which
builds, which constructs, the mental attitude which draws to us the
good things we desire.
They have never learned the difference between building and tearing
down thoughts; the difference between success and failure thoughts; in
fact, they do not know that whatever comes to us in life, in our
undertakings, great or small, is largely a question of the kind of
thoughts we hold in the mind.
Prosperity flows only through channels that are wide open to receive it.
It does not flow through channels pinched by the poverty thought, by discouragement, doubt, or fear, or by a strangling narrow-visioned policy. A generous expenditure is often the wisest economy, the only thing that brings a generous success.
If a great manufacturer like Henry Ford, a great merchant like John Wanamaker, a big railroad manager, or other business man, should lose his broad vision and wide outlook; should begin to skimp on necessary output; should substitute inferior goods and men and service for the best; should reverse his policy, changing from a broad, generous one to a narrow, stingy one, he would soon find his business dwindling away to nothing.
There is no changing the principle of the law of supply. Whatever your business, your profession or occupation, or your circumstances, your mental attitude will determine your success or failure.
A pinched mind means a pinched supply. It means that you try to tap the great fountainhead of supply with a gimlet and then expect to get an abundant supply. That is impossible. Your mental attitude gauges the How of your supply.
We can attract the thing we desire as easily as we can attract the thing we hate and despise and long to get rid of. It is simply a matter of holding the image of the thing in the mind. That is the model which the life processes will build into our environment and which we will objectify.
Like attracts like, failure more failure, poverty more poverty. Hatred attracts more hatred, envy more envy, jealousy more jealousy, and malice more malice. Everything has power to attract its kind. The feeling of jealousy or hatred is a seed sown in the great cosmic soil all about us, and the eternal laws return to us a harvest the same in kind. What we sow we reap, just as the soil will return to us exactly what we put into it. Nothing has the power to reproduce anything but itself. There is no exception to this law.
"Everything that the race enjoys has been attracted out of the great universe, according to the law."
The law cannot pity or help you if you break a bone, or are injured,
any more than the law of electricity can help you when you abuse it. It
will kill you if you break the law.
To think about and worry about the things we do not want, or to fear
that they will come to us, is but to invite them; because every
impression becomes an expression, or tends to become so unless the
impression is neutralized by its opposite. If we think too much about
our losses, too much about our possible failure, all these things will
tend to bring to us the very thing we are trying to get away from.
On every hand we see this law of like attracting like exemplified in
the lives of the poverty-stricken multitudes, who, through ignorance of
the law, keep themselves in their unfortunate condition by saturating
their minds with the poverty idea; thinking and acting and talking
poverty; living in the belief in its permanency; fearing, dreading, and
worrying about it. They do not realize, no one has ever told them, that
as long as people mentally see the hunger wolf at the door and the
poorhouse ahead of them; as long as they expect nothing but lack and
poverty and hard conditions, they are headed toward these things; they
are making it impossible for prosperity to come in their direction.
The way to attract prosperity and drive poverty out of the life is to work in harmony with the law instead of against it.
To expect prosperity, to believe with all your heart, no matter how
present conditions may seem to contradict, that you are going to become
prosperous, that you are already so, is the very first condition of the
law of attaining what you desire. You cannot get it by doubting or
fearing. Whatever we visualize and work for we will get.
What we most frequently visualize, what we think most about, is
constantly weaving itself into the fabric of our lives, becoming a part
of ourselves, increasing the power of our mental magnet to attract those
things to us. It doesn't matter whether they are things we fear and try
to avoid or things that are good for us, that we long to get. Keeping
them in mind increases our affinity for them and inevitably tends to
bring them into our lives.
It is a curious fact that many people seem to think that one must
spend years as an apprentice to become an expert in any line of
endeavor, in business or in a profession, but that in regard to
prosperity it is largely a matter of chance, of fate, something which
cannot be affected very much by anything they may be able to do.
They say, "Well, I was not built that way. I am not a natural
money-maker, and never can be." Or they excuse themselves on the grounds
that their parents and those before them were never money-makers, and
never did anything more than make a bare living.
There is nothing at all peculiar about prosperity any more than there
is about legal efficiency or expertness in law or medicine. Its
realization is purely a matter of concentration and of preparation; a
matter of focusing all our powers upon the prosperity law in order to
attract prosperity and to make ourselves expert in attaining it.
The law of prosperity, of opulence, is just as definite as the law of
gravitation, and it works just as unerringly. Its first principle is
mental. Wealth is created mentally first; it is thought out before it
becomes a reality.
If you would attract success, keep your mind saturated with the
success idea. Develop an attitude of mind that will attract success.
When you think success, when you act it, when you live it, when you talk
it, when it is in your bearing, then you are attracting it.
When we once get this law of attraction thoroughly fixed in our minds
we will be careful about attracting our enemies, contacting with them
through our mind, thinking about them, worrying about them, fearing, and
dreading them. We will hold the sort of thoughts that will attract the
things we long for and are seeking, not the things we dread, and
despise, and are trying to avoid.
It is just as easy to attract what you want as to attract what you
don't want. It is just a question of holding the right thought, and
making the right effort. There is no exception to the law of attraction,
any more than there is to the laws of mathematics.
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