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A Lesson in Soul Culture

So shall some Thought of mine yet encircle earth,
And puff away thy crumbling altars, Jove.
—Lowell
Logic and Sermons never convince,
The damp of night drives deeper into my Soul.
—Walt Whitman
A man for success must have ideas, must obey ideas, or he might as well be the horse he rides on. Of no use are the men who study to do exactly as was done before, who never understand that today is a new day.
—Emerson

To the two young disciples of soul culture who made "NOW" FOLK possible.

YOU!

Were you to learn that in a certain vault was untold treasure, and that, could you find the KEY, it would be yours, what would you do?

Did you know that beneath your acres lie valuable mines of precious ore and only a certain form of dynamite would rift the hills and expose it, what would you do?

Did some expert convince you that wells of oil lie under your field and only a certain drill would bore to it, what would you do?

Did you ascertain that a certain book held all the information to make you wise in your dealings with men; that it would make each waking hour happy and each sleeping one peaceful, and that only by a great sacrifice could you obtain it, what would you do?

You would sacrifice all you at present possessed, for you would know that, possessing these, millions more would be yours. You possess now all these treasures. You are able to pay for their revelation. Will you?

I.

I possess the Power that will bring the realization of your possession. It is the only Power that can give this to you. All that gold is yours. I have the KEY. All those mines are yours. I have the POWDER. All those wells are yours. I have the DRILL. All that information is yours. I have the BOOK. It is yours by birthright. You did not know it. It lies deep WITHIN. Knowledge is POWER. It unlocks the treasure. That Knowledge so long sought is found. Its name is WISDOM. That KEY, that POWDER, that DRILL, that BOOK, is SUGGESTION.

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Henry Harrison Brown

  • Born in 1840
  • An early leader in the New Thought movement
  • Published NOW magazine which was "...a Monthly Journal of Positive Affirmations, devoted to Mental Science and the Art of Living."
  • Unitarian Minister
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