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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."

Preface

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, they say, is impossible. Yet, who knows if it be so or not? The author of this work has discovered…
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Can Death Be Overcome?

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 the question has been asked in all seriousness by some of the greatest minds the world has known, and one…
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From the Standpoint of Personal Experience

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 was a man whose literary ability I greatly respected, I gave him the manuscript. When he returned it he said,…
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The Effort of Jesus to Overcome Death

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 than I did, in order that I might hitch myself to his ideas and get a free ticket, as it…
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Every Hope is the Sure Prophecy of its Own Fulfillment

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 of anyone; for, while it seems real enough so far as the dying of other people is concerned, we rarely…
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The Endless Creativeness of the Human Intelligence

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 is a genuine thing. Spirits, or what seem to be spirits, do make themselves visible to spectators under certain conditions.…
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The One Mighty Factor in Race Growth is Thought

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 of them all. The power of all of them, and vastly more power, lies stored in his brain, but it…
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Desire, the Organizing Principle

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 point where immortality in the flesh could become a possible thing. As the vital powers have ripened, conditions have also…
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Beliefs, Both Fixed and Unfixed

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 again consider what seems to be the spirit forms described so frequently by Spiritualists, and seen by thousands of people.…
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The Law of Attraction

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 were attracted. I showed how the words "death to death" would explain the law of gravitation, and "life to life"…
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The Ego

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 would be unpardonable but for the fact that nothing short of repetition over and over again would make the subject…
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Endless Progression: Its Retardation by Fear

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; he is under the so-called law of gravitation. Knock the props from under him; then, if he can stand alone,…
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Man’s Power to Speak the Creative Word: Evolution of the Ideal

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; creations that suggest other creations in a never ending procession of higher and still higher and more potent uses—this is…
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The Study of Man

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 the desired result. There have been many Ponce de Leons in the world. History is strewed thick with them. Writers…
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The Life Principle Yields Its Power to Man in Proportion as Man Comes Into an Intellectual Understanding of it: There is No Limit to the Supply: There Need Be No Limit to the Demand

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 intelligence; hence, man has more and more varied desires than any life below him; and his desires will constantly increase…
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From Selfishness to Selfhood

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 we desire or aspire to in the process of true advancement. We often think we desire things that we do…
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Expectation

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, and there would be no visible universe. It is self-evident truth that the Love Principle, the attracting forces that men…
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Doubt

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, which is the reaching forth of the spirit for happiness, is of no avail unless it be accompanied by expectation.…
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A Conquest of Fire by the Human Body

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 were not for this fact, there would be no use in trying to conquer death. If we were made of…
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The Power of Thought in the Development of the Will

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 the positive pole of our being, where the negative conditions of weakness, deformity and disease fall away from us. Consider,…
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Honor is to Him First Who Through The Impassable Makes a Road

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 possessors—those who have struggled half their lives in its attainment—know it, and are asking, "Is this all?" Why, every brain…
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Come Up Higher

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 the present generation, will satisfy my demand. And I hold to this demand : every atom of my body…
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The Uses of Beauty

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, and we want to see other people do the same. It is in the pursuit of beauty that the…
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The School of Research

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 later the college, at Sea Breeze, Florida. The idea had long been growing and taking shape in their minds of…
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A Bit of History

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, in search of the fountain of perpetual youth. Ponce de Leon represented in himself the sole desire for eternal life…
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Our Location

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, to the extreme southern section of the state. A portion of these waters is navigable for craft of considerable size;…
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Courage

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 they sailed into Manila Bay, regardless alike of the guns of the Spanish fort and fleet and of possible torpedoes,…
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Length of Life is Increasing

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 the brain makes, so long as that statement is accepted and believed, the digestive system builds it into veritable flesh…
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Life Must be Expressed in Action

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 by vegetable life shook off the more negative conditions of its remoter earth state, and rose and stood erect, still…
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To Know Truth is to be Redeemed by It

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 spirit of life that pervades all things. This spirit of life is the one fact upon which I wish to…
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Believing

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 something lacking, something needed to round out our lives, to make us contented, satisfied, at ease, of a vacancy rather…
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How to Grow

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 that he knows he is all mind; and that his mind, which is himself, has risen to a condition of…
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The Substantiality of Thought

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 unerringly as electricity or magnetism, which is equally as invisible to the naked eye as is thought. Indeed, the fact…
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Mental Science is the True Interpreter of the Bible

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 a New Age, has been the result of new truths proclaimed by the prophets and philosophers of that time; or…
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Man a Magnet

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 by which his character is said to be built up in force and strength; but he also attracts from the…
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Whatever Is, Is Right

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 earlier ages had not perished, the finer ones—those adapted to the use of the higher animals and of man—would not…
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