Author of "How to Control Fate through Suggestion," "Not Hypnotism, But Suggestion," and Editor of NOW.
The web of events is the flowing robe in which she is clothed.
—Henry Harrison Brown
These essays are TRUTH to me. They wrote themselves. I was but the instrument through which thought crystallized. They welled up from a full heart and were moist with tears of joy. When the significance of the Greatest of all human discoveries dawned upon me, like Saul of Tarsus, I was stricken with the magnitude of the Perception and for several days lived as one in a trance. The sub-conscious life was the only reality. I lived that which I have here written.
When the Thought crystallized into the title of this book, like the Greek of old I cried, "Eureka," and paced my room in rapture. I clairvoyantly perceived the wonderful possibilities that lay in the Discovery. Like a mighty spiritual wind, such as the old Hebrew seers felt when they prophesied, was this perception of fulfillment.
"The hour now is when men shall no more worship God either in temple or on mount, but shall know themselves almighty and deathless," was the Voice within me.
I saw man as Conscious King of himself, and "I AM POWER" was the Affirmation then realized. In this spirit was the first essay written. Day by day, since that September morning, have I entered more and more into the Realization of the Vision then vouchsafed me. Each succeeding essay has only increased the responsibility which I, as Henry Harrison Brown, have felt, as the instrument for that "which has been from all eternity," as it finds expression in and through me. I am possessed with the desire and purpose to keep my personality behind the curtain and to have Truth for which I stand recognized by the world. This desire is now overruled by this same Perception and Power, and I must say this much that the centuries to come may find it as History. I must also add: Truth and I are one!
Since Truth is eternal, this book is eternal. The paper on which it is written may perish but the Thought vibrations, never. This generation may pass from sight but MAN will live forever. This generation may have individuals who realize Truth and never die. Generations to come will all so realize and earth will be redeemed from the results of undeveloped human powers. The Potential of Life is IMMORTALITY, and that without pain, sorrow, disease or death.
I know of no other attempt in literature to demonstrate from the position of modern science the Unity of Soul and matter under the thought of a Present Immortality. It being a fact that that the thought of these essays is in accord with that of advanced thinkers along many lines, I have prefaced each one with numerous quotations. Limited in my library advantages, I have given what I found. But finding so many in my limited range of authorities, what must there be to him who has the range of the large libraries denied, by location, to me?
I have only carried their principles and their deductions farther and have done this through the scientific spirit and method, basing all my deductions upon observed phenomena. If my position is false, the physics of the world is also false.
The phenomena of Telepathy, Levitation, and Clairvoyance are as familiar to me as that of chemistry to the professors of that science. I have been healed by Thought. I heal by Thought. I send and receive messages by the wireless telegraphy of Mind. By this method I am in communication with those individualities with whom I can establish sympathetic vibration, whether they are in the sphere we call the sense-life or in that we call spirit-life, for these spheres are one to the unfolded Soul.
By means of my Psychometric faculties I read the inner life of man or rock, and know only Soul, as the maker and builder of all external life. Knowing this from over thirty years' experience, I were false to Self, to Truth, to my fellowman did I not write that which I know, that it may be a stimulant to others, helping them to realize that they are not body, but Mind, and are deathless. I can only affirm: that which I am, all men are. The century that now is will see all this phenomena the common life of the advanced races. Telepathy is the promise of that unfoldment of latent power which means for earth the fulfillment of all that poet, priest, and seer have foreseen. Feeling this, I have only let Truth have its way through me. It has clothed itself in the best robes of language it found in the storehouses of my brain.
Written first for the columns of my little journal, NOW, these essays, perhaps, have the crudities of the haste of newspaper preparation, but better so than that I take the fire of inspiration from them by the cooling process of criticism. So, oblivious of critic, I put them forth in this form for those who can feel the Truth in them. I thus awaken those vibrations in the Thought ocean, in which all humanity is engulfed, which will find other brains fitted by special training for their manifestation along similar and co-ordinate lines. Thus this little book, the child of my inspiration and love, is set a Bethel-stone to mark the beginning of this Psychic Era that ushers in the Millennial dawn of Perfect Manhood.
In the Faith that Love and Truth will soon lead Man to this victory, I am:
Henry Harrison Brown
"NOW" Office, San Francisco, April, 1902.
The joy of unborn peoples.
Sound trumpets far off blown,
Your triumph is my own.
Parcel and part of all,
I keep the festival;
Fore-reach the good to be,
And share the victory.
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James Allen was a little-known philosophical writer and poet. He is best recognized for his book, As a Man Thinketh. Allen wrote about complex subjects such as faith, destiny, love, patience, and religion but had the unique ability of explaining these subjects clearly and in a way that is easy to understand. He often wrote about cause and effect, sowing and reaping, as well as overcoming sadness, sorrow, and grief. For more information on the life of James Allen, click here.