Prosperity Chapter IV
Establishing The Creative Consciousness
Prosperity Chapter IV:
The great trouble with those of us who are living in a world of
unfulfilled desires and ambitions is that we do not hold the right
consciousness. Dr. Perry Green rightly says that Job's lament — "The
thing which I feared is come upon me" — should be changed to "The thing 'which I was greatly conscious of is come upon me."
In other words, it is the thing we hold in our consciousness that
comes out of the invisible world of realities and takes visible form in
our lives according to its nature, — poverty or prosperity; health or
disease; happiness or misery.
The whole secret of individual growth and development is locked up in
our consciousness, for this is the door of life itself. Every
experience; whether of joy or sorrow, of health or disease, of success
or failure, must come through our consciousness. There is no other way
by which it can enter and become a part of the life.
You cannot have what you are not conscious of; you cannot do what you
are not conscious of being able to do. In short, it is an immutable law
that, whatever you hold in mind, believe that you can do or get, is the
thing that will manifest itself in your life. The thing that Job held
in his consciousness was the thing that came upon him.
Joan of Arc saved her country, because from childhood she held the
consciousness that she had been born to do that very thing. This poor
unlettered peasant girl knew nothing about the great law of mental
attraction, but unconsciously she worked with it. But for her
consciousness of victory she never could have accomplished her
It is the victorious consciousness that achieves victory in every age
and in every field. After many years' study of the lives and methods of
successful men in every department of life, I have found that those who
win out in a large way are great believers in themselves, in their
power to succeed in the things they undertake. Great artists,
scientists, inventors, explorers, generals, business men, and others,
who have done the biggest things in their specialty, have always held
the victorious consciousness. Success was the goal they constantly
visualized, and they never wavered in their conviction that they would
Men fail, not because of lack of ability, but because they do not hold the victorious consciousness, the success consciousness.
They do not live in the expectancy of winning, in the belief that they
will succeed in reaching the goal of their ambitions. They live rather
in the expectation of possible failure, in fear of poverty, and coming
to want, and they get what they hold in mind, what they habitually dwell
The pinched, narrow, limited, poverty-stricken, fear-filled
consciousness; the consciousness that expects stingy returns, that
expects poverty and does not believe it will get anything better, is
responsible for more poverty than any other one thing.
Our consciousness is a part of our creative force; that is, it puts
the mentality in a position to attract its affinity, that which is like
itself. A penury consciousness cannot demonstrate a fortune; a failure
consciousness cannot demonstrate success. It would be against the law.
If you are steeped in poverty and failure, you have no one to blame
but yourself, for you are working against the law. You are holding the
poverty consciousness, living in the thought of failure. Perhaps you are
wondering why you can't create something that will match your ambition,
your longings when all the time you are filling your mind so full of
discouragement, so full of black, gloomy, despairing pictures, that your
whole life is saturated with the failure consciousness. You feel,
perhaps, that something, some invisible force, some cruel fate or
destiny is holding you back?
"The consciousness of power creates power. What we are conscious of, we already possess."
- O.S. Marden
Something is holding you back, but it is not fate or destiny; it is
your discouraged mental attitude, the unfortunate consciousness that you
have been holding for years. While you were trying to build on the
material plane, you were neutralizing all your efforts by constantly
tearing down on the mental plane. You have been obeying the negative law
which destroys and kills, blights and blasts, instead of the positive
law that produces; that creates, builds, beautifies, develops man's
godlike qualities and glorifies his life.
All of life and its achievements, its possibilities, depend upon our
consciousness, and we can develop any sort of consciousness we wish. The
great musician has developed a musical consciousness of which most of
us are ignorant, because we are not conscious of this mode of activity.
Our musical consciousness has not been developed. The mathematician, the
astronomer, the writer, the physician, the artist, the specialist in
whatsoever line, has developed a particular consciousness, and he
realizes the fruits of that consciousness. He manifests and enjoys a
special power just in proportion as he has developed his specialty
"In proportion to the intensity, the persistence, the vividness, the
definiteness of your consciousness of the thing you want, do you begin
to create it, to attract it."
- Orison Swett Marden
Prosperity Chapter IV , continued...
What sort of consciousness do you want to develop? What do you
want to get, to do, to become? Make yourself very positive on this point
for the first step toward the development of a new consciousness is to
get a thorough grip upon your purpose, your desire, your aim; to get a
picture of it firmly fixed in your mind; to make it dominant in your
thoughts, in your acts, in your life!
This is how the successful lawyer at the start develops a law
consciousness; the successful physician, a medical consciousness; the
successful business man, a business consciousness. It is of the utmost
importance to get started right, because whatever the consciousness you
develop, your mind will attract that which has an affinity for it, will
draw to you the material for your building.
The next thing is to establish the conviction that you can achieve
whatever you desire. This is a tremendous step in the way of
accomplishment, for conviction is stronger than will power. That is, you
may will ever so hard to do a thing, but if you are convinced that you
can't do it, the conviction of your inability will prevail over your
Your conviction is your strongest lever of accomplishment.
This is what has enabled so many poor boys and girls to climb to high
place and power in spite of all sorts of obstacles, and often contrary
to the opinion and advice of those who knew them best. They were so
thoroughly conscious of their ability to do the thing they wanted to do,
and so convinced that they could do it, that nothing could hold them
back from their own.
The beginning of every achievement must be in your consciousness.
That is the starting point of your creative plan. In proportion to the
intensity, the persistence, the vividness, the definiteness of your
consciousness of the thing you want, do you begin to create in any line.
For instance, consciousness of power reveals power; the consciousness
of supremacy is equivalent to supremacy itself; the consciousness of
self-confidence is what gives us the assurance that we are equal to the
thing we undertake. What we are conscious of, we already possess. But we
cannot come into possession of anything we are not conscious of. That
is, it cannot be ours until we become conscious of it.
If you are not conscious of the ability to succeed, you can't
succeed. If you are not conscious of your own superiority, you cannot
become superior. But if you hold in your consciousness the picture of
masterfulness; if you hold in mind the thought of superiority, you are
putting in operation a little law of mastership, a little law of
superiority, and you begin to manifest these things in your life.
We have unlimited power, boundless resources, in the great within
of us, but until we awaken to a consciousness of this hidden power,
those invisible resources, we cannot use them.
Some time ago a friend of mine saw a small, delicate woman leap over a
six-bar gate when frightened by the sudden approach of a cow which she
mistook for a bull. He said that this woman told him she could no more
have done this under ordinary conditions than she could have lifted a
corner of her house from its foundations. But she thought her life was
in peril, and, in her great extremity, she became for a moment conscious
of the power within. Seeing the cow running toward her, and imagining
that it was an angry bull, she had no time to allow her doubts and fears
as to whether she could leap over the gate to control her. It was the
only means of escape in sight, and with the aroused consciousness of the
latent power within her, she cleared the gate without difficulty. But
when the imagined danger was past she lost the consciousness of her
hidden strength and relapsed into her ordinary condition of weakness.
There are numerous instances on record where invalids and cripples,
people who had been paralyzed for years, who did not feel that they
could do anything whatever, have risen up from their beds when a fire or
some terrible accident endangered their own lives or the lives of those
dear to them, and then and there performed marvelous feats, in carrying
heavy furniture out of a burning house, rescuing children, and doing
other things that would have seemed miraculous even for strong men.
Again and again unusual emergencies give us a fleeting consciousness of our vast reserve powers and we perform prodigies that amaze ourselves, but we don't continue to make the demand on them and the consciousness that it is possible for us to do anything out of the ordinary slips from us and our measureless resources remain untouched.
Emerson says: "Every soul is not only the inlet but may become the outlet of all that is in God." The consciousness of this great truth is the secret of all power. It is the full realization of our connection with Omnipotence, with Omniscience, with the Source of all there is that enables us to use the vast powers that are within us, always at our command, waiting to accomplish our ends.
"The Creator puts no limit to our supply. There is no limitation of anything we need except in our own consciousness."
The Creator puts no limit to our supply. There is no limitation of
anything we need except in our own consciousness. That is the door,
which, according to its quality, shuts us off from, or admits us to, the
great storehouse of infinite supply. The pinched, stingy consciousness
never gets in touch with this supply.
It is the man who has faith in his own power to meet whatever
demands life may make upon him, who spends his last dollar fearlessly,
because he knows the law of supply and is in touch with a flow of
abundance, that gets on and up in the world. But the one who hoards
his last dollar in fear and trembling, afraid to let go of it, even
though he must go hungry, who always carries in his mind a vivid picture
of the wolf at the door, never conquers poverty, because he never gets
the prosperity consciousness.
A wonderful uplift and courage comes to the man who follows the
aspiring tendency in his nature that bids him trust and look up, no
matter how dark the outlook. Faith in the Power that orders all things
well tells him that there is a silver lining to the black cloud which
temporarily shuts out the light, and he goes serenely on, feeling
confident that his plans will succeed, that his demands will be met. His
is the consciousness that assures him, no matter what happens, that "God's in his Heaven; all's right with the world."
If you keep this one thing in mind, that we are always creating, always manifesting in our lives the conditions we hold in our consciousness,
you will not make the mistake millions are making today, manifesting
the things they don't want instead of the things they want.
When we realize that our enjoyment, our happiness, our satisfaction,
our achievement, our power, our personality, all depend on the nature of
our consciousness, the aim and direction in which it is unfolding, we
will not deliberately build up a consciousness of the very opposite of
all that we are struggling to attain.
On the contrary, we will hold constantly in mind the consciousness of
our ambition, whatever it is, the consciousness of our heart's
longings, our soul's desires; we will hold the truth consciousness, the
God conciousness, the harmony consciousness, the opulent consciousness,
and then we shall really begin to live. Then life will mean something
more to all of us than it now does to most of us — a mere struggle for
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