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The Conquest of Death

The Conquest of Death

James Allen described this book as "...a treatise on the theory of immortality in the flesh. The author declares her unbelief in the necessity of any life other than that of the body, and regards the body as the man himself. As a result of this attitude of mind, she considers the death of the body to be a calamity, and has persuaded herself that she can defy natural decay by the power of her own personal will."

The strangeness of the title of this work, The Conquest of Death, will doubtless prompt some, into whose hands it may chance to fall, to lay it down without reading; for the conquest of death,…
To many, probably the majority of people, the question, "Can death be overcome?" will appear a foolish one, and a person a foolish person who would, in seriousness, ask it, expecting a serious answer. Yet…
If we are to give credit, as I suggested, to those who before us sought to blaze the way to continued existence in our present bodies, we must begin with the author of the Book…
I am far from being alone in my search for immortal life in the flesh, or in faith that it can be accomplished, though all who search and hope have not the courage to declare…
I had written a good many pages in this book—not those which appear at the beginning as it is at present arranged, but others further on—when a friend asked permission to read them. As he…
Up to this time—I was fifty years old, or thereabouts—my search for eternal life was confined to persons and things outside of myself. I was constantly looking for someone who knew more on the subject…
In the last chapter I referred to the fact that in my search for an escape from death, I kept constantly looking for some person or persons who had gone farther on this line of…
It was nearly twenty years ago that I severed my connection with the paper that I was then on and with the friends I made while there, and I have often wondered if these friends…
In looking back I now see that a belief in death as a fixed and unalterable fact never had full possession of me. I doubt whether in a true sense it really has full possession…
I am familiar with the phenomena of spiritualism, and I will say that it—of all the theories extant—furnishes by far the best basis of belief in life beyond the grave. Spiritualism is not humbuggery. It…
No man has tested the powers of his own mind; no man knows its mysterious complications, or dreams of the strange seed lying dormant within it, and capable of springing up into the blossoming and…
Man is a compendium of all the lives that have existed before him; but he does not show forth the full power of all those individual lives. He is—in his present stage of development—a compromise…
To think in the old ruts is to remain in the old conditions. To think expansively is to grow endlessly in the direction of freedom and happiness. Death is not growth. It solves no problem.…
Since the first two atoms came together under the Law of Attraction and produced the earliest specimen of individual life upon our planet, the vitality of the race has been slowly ripening up to the…
Since the first two atoms came together under the Law of Attraction and produced the earliest specimen of individual life upon our planet, the vitality of the race has been slowly ripening up to the…
I now leave it to the reader to say whether death is a necessity of our organization, or a desirable thing, since spirit and matter are not two separate substances; and I will return to…
In attempting to define the seeming difference between the law of gravitation and the Law of Attraction, I showed that this seeming difference was a difference in the degree of intelligence in the objects that…
Out of the night that shelters me,Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods there beFor my unconquerable soul.—From "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley The much repetition of the foregoing pages…
Self-dependence in the pursuit of wisdom—this alone is growth. Whenever a man is in a position that entails the necessity of leaning on some external aid, he is a dying man; his tendency is downward;…
The visible universe is the universe of uses, and man's theater of ever progressive action. To pull out of his own brain, as the spider pulls out of its body, an unending web of creations;…
From the mental standpoint, disease is error; it cannot consistently be called anything else. If all is life, as it surely is in absolute truth; and if man is an individualized understanding of the life,…
A few men have cherished life-long visions of cheating death, though without that belief in their hopes that would prompt them to search for a continuance of life in a way likely to lead to…
Desire is the infusing principle of individual growth. It is the factor by which our bodies have been built; first of all the lower or more inferior parts of our bodies have attained form and…
The men of the old time to whom the hope of eternal life in the flesh was a constant source of vitality, even though they placed the fruition of this hope ahead of their own…
Desire, just as we all recognize it in ourselves and others a hundred times a day, is the Principle of Attraction in its external expression through all things—plants, animals and man. Desires increase with increasing…
There is only one attracting power; it is the Life Principle. It is the same in essence in the horseshoe magnet and in the mother's yearning for her child. It is this same thing that…
In proportion as we become self-centered by a recognition of the great importance of the "I," we come under the principle of attraction where our own comes to us. What is our own? Everything that…
Expectation is the natural offspring of desire. In unconscious growth, expectation always comes with desire. If it were not so, the desire which is of the Law of Attraction, would never be manifested or externalized,…
The recognition of desire is the great motor of unconscious life, and expectation that the desire will be realized is as essential as recognition; these are the two factors in building every organized form. Desire,…
Man is entirely a mental creature; he is a mental statement of what he believes; his body is mental substance, and has been built by his thought, his thought as expressed in belief. If it…
I have spoken of the connection between the brain and the body by means of the nerves. When the brain comes to the conclusion that such and such things are possible, such as walking through…
The main point m these writings is this: we are not pensioners on any power outside of ourselves. If we fail to get this fact well fixed in our minds, we cannot become established in…
When desire has proceeded through unconscious growth accompanied by expectation so clear as to admit no shadow of doubt to cloud it, it becomes what we call a will. What, then, it a human will?…
We located in Florida to work out an idea. We wanted to clear a space in the atmosphere of the world's diseased and dying beliefs, and plant our new hopes and aspirations in it. We…
Life on its present plane is beggared; it is animalized to the core. Its small allurements are soon spent, leaving nothing but old age and the grave. Its so-called wealth is rotten rags, and its…
We will have to come up higher if we conquer death; and to conquer death is the next great movement of the race. Nothing short of the conquest of death here in this world, and…
In starting a town here in Florida, we have but one object in view. This one object, however, is ulterior and circumferences many others. We want to work out our conceptions of the beautiful through…
It was not by accident, but rather by what seemed to be some undefined mental leading that the founders of the School of Scientific, Philosophic and Ethical Research came to establish first their home, and…
Almost four hundred years ago (1512) one who loved life far more than he feared death, crossed a stormy sea and faced the dangers that lurked in the unexplored forests of a newly discovered continent,…
A chain of natural waterways, broken here and there, where, for a short distance, the main land reaches a finger down to the sea, extends from the mouth of the St. Johns River, near Jacksonville,…
One great need of the race today is courage. Not exactly the courage that is shown upon the field of battle; of that there seems to be plenty. Dewey and his men had it when…
The brain or thought factory has always led. What it said was true was instantly built upon by the digestive system" and became flesh and blood. No matter how erroneous the statement may be which…
It is the instinct and the effort of all life (animate and inanimate) to rise continually to higher expression of life. The life of man lay locked in the heart of the earth. By and…
The fact that men do not anticipate death for themselves, furnishes a tremendous argument in favor of the ultimate conquest of death. It shows that there is an intuitive perception within man of the eternal…
Desire, hope, belief, faith—the knowing; these are the rounds of the ladder by which we reach the goal of our aspirations. First comes the longing for something, we hardly know what. We are conscious of…
Affirmation is creation. When the student in Mental Science has come into sufficient understanding of the principles underlying this mighty truth, he may begin to affirm for himself, and his affirmation creates. Let us say…
You cannot tell me, neither can I give you the component parts of thought, or explain its action except by its effect. But I do know that thought produces an effect as surely and as…
Every age has had its philosophers, every cycle of years its prophets; in fact, it may be truthfully announced that every advance which the race has made, that has been worthy of being regarded as…
The man who possesses the most powerful selfhood attracts to himself what he considers the most good, and his power to attract it is not limited to those unseen elements which we call spiritual, and…
If the rock had not been ground into powder by the force of the tempests and the action of nature's chemicals, there had never been any vegetation; and if the coarser vegetable growths of the…