Fear And Worry Magnetize The Mind - How To Get Rid Of Them
Prosperity Chapter XV:
Dr. William F. Warren, a former president of Boston University, in an address to the students said: "No command occurs so many times in the Bible as this emphatic one, 'Fear not!'
From Genesis to Apocalypse 'Fear not' seemed an unending refrain. I
began to count the occurrences; soon I had twenty, then thirty, then
forty, then fifty. Glancing from fifty to seventy I noticed that other
words, like those of our Lord, 'Let not your heart be troubled, neither
let it be afraid,' meant exactly the same thing; so that my count,
however complete, never represents the true total."
Yet there are millions of people in America, in every part of the
world, whose minds are constantly filled with the fear of something.
From the cradle to the grave, fear throws its black shadow over mankind,
marring and stunting vast multitudes of lives, making people wretched,
keeping them in poverty and inferiority, driving many to insanity and
Not long ago a girl in New York slipped on an icy pavement and fell
to the street. At the moment an approaching truck passed so close to her
that the wheels almost touched her. Terror-stricken at the thought
of her danger, the girl imagined that the horses and the truck had
actually passed over her. When picked from the street and taken to a
nearby hospital in an ambulance she was raving about the horses and the
truck running over her, and finally became insane.
This tragedy was purely the result of imagination, for there was not a
scratch of any kind on the girl's body, not even her clothes having
been touched. Like the fears and worries that makes the lives of so many
people wretched failures, the thing that drove away her reason had no
The thing she feared never happened, but the effect of her fear, the
conjuring up in her mind a picture of death, or of a mutilated body,
brought upon her something worse, something more disastrous; for no
other loss can compare with the blotting out of the light of reason.
The wrong kind of thought is daily bringing disaster, frightful
tragedies and misfortunes into the lives of men and women everywhere.
A short time ago during a severe thunderstorm, a woman became
unconscious from fright and died. An examination showed that there was
no heart trouble, and that the lightning had not touched her; but it
appeared that all her life the woman had felt a great nervous dread of
thunder and lightning, and finally the thing she had long feared and
expected came to her. It was not the lightning, however, but her fear of
it that had killed her.
Multitudes today are seriously affected through fear of disease. They
fear and expect influenza or pneumonia, and so invite these diseases.
Their fear destroys their disease-resisting power and predisposes them
to become victims.
We had a striking example of this soon after America entered the
World War, when the influenza epidemic made its appearance in the
soldiers' camps, and then spread through the country like wildfire. In
an incredibly short time, thousands of victims, mostly young people,
were carried off by the dread disease. Fear was at the bottom of its
Through the influence of the fear thought, the gloomy, discouraged
thought, the disease thought, the failure thought, — all sorts of morbid
thoughts and imaginings — people are cutting off their divine supply,
ruining their health, their possibilities of success and happiness.
The fear of death, the fear of disease, the fear of coming to want,
the fear of failure, the fear of what our neighbors will think and say,
the fear of accidents, anticipating misfortunes, bad luck generally, the
fear of the future, of the miscarriage of our plans, fear of this, fear
of that and the other, makes this, the most negative and destructive of
all human emotions, the closest companion of our daily lives.
Fear is the damnable ghost that is always bobbing up to rob us of
our legitimate enjoyment, of our peace of mind, of our courage and
strength, of our faith in ourselves and our ability to rise above
conditions that hold us back from victorious lives.
Take the fear of poverty alone. Consider the misery it has caused.
Who can ever estimate what havoc this single fear has played in the race
history, — the fear of coming to want, the torture of visualizing the
wolf approaching the door; the agony of possible suffering for our loved
ones if we cannot provide for their needs!
Oh, this terrible fear of want! We read it in the faces of multitudes
of people who never have learned to demonstrate supply, who know
nothing of the law of prosperity and never dream that holding in mind
this fear of want, this horror of poverty, having the conviction that
they are doomed to be poor all their lives, is driving away from them
the supply, the opulence they long for.
They do not know that it is only by holding the prosperity thought,
the thought of abundance; by picturing themselves in connection with
limitless supply, visualizing what they want instead of what they don't
want, that they will get away from the poverty they hate and connect
with the very fountainhead of supply.
How many men and women deplete their strength and thus lessen their
earning power by lying awake at night worrying over their business
problems, their home problems, the expanding needs of their growing
families, and wondering where their supply is coming from!
Has this fear and worry business ever done anything for you? Has
it ever added to your income, to your health, to your comfort or your
happiness? Has it ever solved your problems or helped you in any way?
Hasn't it always done just the reverse? Most of us know from bitter
experience how the vicious fear and worry habit uses up our mental
powers, saps our life forces, cuts down our efficiency, robs us of hope,
courage, and enthusiasm; in fact, cuts down our success chances fully
The great secret of success, and of happiness, too, is to have
faith; to face life with courage and confidence, and not to anticipate
It is greatly to our discredit that, in spite of the fact that
America is the richest, the most prosperous, the most productive and
resourceful country in the world, we are a nation of worriers. The
majority of us don't face life in the right way; we fear and worry more
than any other people on earth.
"The fear of tomorrow,
anticipation of the trials and troubles just ahead, robs multitudes of
the strength and enthusiasm that would enable them to make today a
- O.S. Marden
The Public Health Service in Washington realizing this, and knowing
the evil effects of such a mental attitude in breeding nervous diseases
and other life stranglers, some time ago issued a bulletin, the burden
of which was, "Don't worry." "So far as is known," it said, "no bird
ever tried to build more nests than its neighbor. No fox ever fretted
because he had only one hole in which to hide. No squirrel ever died of
anxiety lest he should not lay by enough nuts for two winters instead of
for one, and no dog ever lost any sleep over the fact that he did not
have enough bones laid aside for his declining years."
In other words, we might take a lesson from what we call the "lower
animals" in not worrying about our future supply, which is one of the
chief sources of our anxiety. We say they cannot reason, but they show
far more intelligence in this matter than we do; they show that faith we
lack, that faith which the Christ so constantly tried to implant in his
disciples: "Therefore take no thought [that is, no anxious thought]
saying what shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall
we be clothed?... For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of
all these things... Take therefore no thought for the morrow; for the
morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the
day is the evil thereof."
Rich and poor alike are victims of the unreasonable fear of lack of
supply, lack of means, as all panics and business depressions show, for
it is the wealthy who through withdrawal of cash from business and
banks, first disturb public credit. Of course not all of us anticipate
There are many who, though not what the world calls wealthy, do not
worry over money matters: instead they allow fear and worry to get hold
of them through some other obsession, the anticipation of failure in
their work, a breakdown in their health, some misfortune to their
children, the fear that some member of the family may go wrong, bring
disgrace upon themselves and all connected with them.
Now, the man or the woman who is constantly afraid of some impending
evil, always dreading, anticipating something that will work to his or
her injury, or who is worrying about something that has already
happened, is lacking in the most essential character and success
elements — courage, self-confidence, and faith in the divine God-power
in the great within of man, which makes him greater than anything that
can happen to him.
Such a fear-stricken, worrying soul shows by his mental attitude that
he does not believe in God; that he is not anchored in the
consciousness of the limitless power and resources that are at his
command; that he lacks confidence in the infinite Power that creates,
preserves, and upholds the universe.
"It is not the work we have actually done, the burdens we have
actually borne, the troubles that have actually come that have furrowed
deep wrinkles in the faces of many of us, and made us prematurely old;
it is the useless fears and worries we have lugged along with us that
have done all the mischief."
- Orison Swett Marden
Prosperity Chapter XV , continued...
Don't be one of those craven souls; don't allow yourself to be robbed
of your birth-right — success and happiness. Even if you have the fear
and worry habit, you can free yourself from it.
Professor William James says that fear is conquerable; that it has at
last become possible for large numbers of people to pass from the
cradle to the grave without ever having a pang of genuine fear. There is
no doubt that fear and worry, those terrible evils that have so long
cursed mankind and held back the development of the race can be
absolutely driven out of our lives. And you will not get very far, my
friend, nor climb very high, until you rid yourself of your fears and
doubts, of the worry and discouragement which are blighting your life,
strangling your aspirations and obscuring your ideals.
How many really able people are struggling along, barely making a
living, getting nowhere near the realization of their youthful dreams,
because they listened to the whisperings of those human traitors, the
fears and doubts and worries which held them back from doing what they
were sent into the world to do!
It is for you to determine now whether you shall continue to be the
slave of fear and worry; to lead the narrow, pinched life, limited in
all its possibilities and power of expression, that you have so long
been living, or whether you shall leave it forever behind you and rise
to the height of your divine power and possible achievement through
claiming your kinship with God — with whom all things are possible.
You don't need to make any preparations, to delay for anything, or to
ask anyone's assistance. You can break away from your discouraging
past; you can change your poverty-stricken environment and plant your
feet firmly in the path of attainment; you can do this instantly by
reversing your thought. Through the exercise of your divine power you
can change your thought at will; and to change the thought is the first
step in the cure of any evil condition.
Worry, anxiety, lack of faith, self-depreciation, timidity, lack of
self-confidence, these are all expressions of fear, and cannot exist in
your mind for a moment in the presence of the courage, thought, the
mental suggestion of fearlessness, self-confidence, self-reliance; the
image of yourself as strong, resourceful, courageous, in touch with the
infinite reservoir of divine power and energy that flows to you from
your Source, the Omnipotent One, the Creator of the universe.
Instead of picturing trouble and misfortune ahead, brooding over the
difficulties that confront you, and fearing you will never be able to
get past them, flood your mind with triumphant thoughts, with the
thought of the power that is stored in the great within of you, always
wanting to be used, always more than a match for the giant fear that
tries to frighten you with bogies, with unrealities that have no
existence outside of your troubled imagination.
No fear, no anxiety, no discouragement, no doubt or apprehension
regarding the future, can possibly enter your mind while it is filled
with thoughts of hope, of courage, of assurance, of all power and
strength through your connection with Infinite Power.
You will find it a great help in driving out fear and worry to
express strong, courageous sentiments aloud. When alone say to any enemy
thoughts that would frighten or harass you: "Get out of my mental
kingdom. I will not allow you to come between me and my Father. I am a
son of God, and I was never made to cower before anything; to be
frightened and turned from my purpose by a mere thought. I am brave,
courageous, afraid of nothing; I am a conqueror of fear, not its slave."
Remember, that as God's child you have nothing to fear, for through
your kinship with Omnipotence, the Source of all courage, of all supply,
of all beauty, of all good, no evil thing has power over you. The next
time that something which you feel is holding you back whispers to you, "Don't
do that; you'll make a fool of yourself. Many a stronger, abler man
than you are has failed in trying to do that same thing. Many with more
ability, in more favorable circumstances, with more influence, and with
outside help, have failed in the ambitious undertaking you are going to
attempt, poor and ill-equipped as you are. You had better be careful;
make sure that you are going to succeed before you begin," — don't
listen to the evil thing, for it is fear that is whispering to you. And
it is lying as it has lied to millions who came before you, as it will
lie to millions who come after you.
He who listens to it will never enter into his heritage as a child of
God, his birthright of peace, power, harmony, success, abundance.
"The man who fears
tomorrow is afraid of life, and that sort of man is a coward. He has no
faith in God or in himself. He will never amount to much."
Fear and doubt, discouragement and worry are always found
together. They belong to the same family, and work for the same end — to
rob people of energy and ambition, and to keep them from doing what
they were made to do.
These relatives of Fear have ever been the great retarders of human
progress, the great killers of ability, the blighters of happiness, the
stranglers of aspirations, the murderers of success. They have kept
untold millions in mediocrity and have caused utter failure and ruin of
other millions who could have done big things had they gone ahead, made
the most of their ability and worked steadily for the realization of
their early visions.
God never meant any of His children to be victims of fear, worry,
discouragement or any evil specter of the imagination. He intended that
their lives should be triumphant achievements, glorious successes, and
not miserable failures.
Whatever tries to hold you back from the pursuit of a high ambition
is your enemy. When fear tries to shake your confidence in yourself, to
keep you from beginning the things which you long to do and feel that
you have the ability to carry through; when you feel yourself weakening
before some unusual difficulty and think of turning back; when you are
tempted to worry about something that has happened, or that you think
may happen; when you doubt your ability to do this or that, and think
you would better not undertake anything that is not perfectly sure to
come out all right, drive all such suggestions out of your mind.
Asserting your divine power as a son of God, say to yourself:
"Now, it is right up to me to make good. I can't give up this way and
turn coward. It would be unmanly, contemptible. I am able to overcome
this thing; it has no power to keep me down. No matter whether I can see
the way or not I shall keep going, forging ahead. No matter what
obstacles may come up I shall keep headed toward the port of my
ambition. Nothing has power over me, but what I give it. I will not
allow anything to thwart my purpose and destroy my career. I can and I
will rise above all my troubles, above all my mistakes and errors.
Nothing can keep me from my own, for from now on I will work with the
God in me. I will not be overcome by any enemy; I will overcome."
Nothing but ourselves can make God's promise to man void, —"Behold I have set before you an open door which no man can shut."The door that leads to your ambition, to the fuller, happier, more abundant life you desire is wide open.
No one can close it but yourself. Nothing but your doubts,
your fears, your pessimism, your worry, your lack of faith in the
Creator and in yourself can prevent you from matching your desires with