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Ideal Suggestion Through Mental Photography

Ideal Suggestion Through Mental Photography

A restorative system for home and private use, preceded by a study of the laws of mental healing.

This book was described by James Allen as "...a work of great originality and practical utility. In it he enunciates, and graphically illustrates by whole-page word-pictures, a system of "ideal suggestion" for the cure of disease and the eradication of inharmonious conditions, which, though grounded upon deep spiritual Truths, is simple and easily grasped. For those who are just beginning to awaken spiritually, it cannot fail to prove of great value in helping them to create spiritual suggestions in themselves by which to overcome downward tendencies. His method is widely distinguished from self-hypnotism, and is, in reality, the outward presentation of an inward process that is continually going on in the souls of those who aspire to wholeness of life, and the author points out that his word-pictures are merely "aids during the educational unfoldment of the concentrative faculty." He deals with the mental causation and cure of disease, but points out that "the overcoming of disease is not the chief and primary object in the aspiration to spiritual consciousness," but the attainment of divine Life."

Part I. of this work Is a study of the Laws of Mental Healing, and Part II. embodies them in a restorative system, formulated and arranged for home and private use. Visionary and impracticable aspects of the subject are eliminated, and a scientific basis is found. The book is not technical, but thoroughly plain and concise, and will prove a boon to invalids and a valuable addition to the substantial literature of the subject.

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"At the end of a month I feel a great change for the better, physically." — E. W.
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"The meditations go with me as companions from place to place." —G. H. N.
"Ideal Suggestion' marks an epoch in my life." —J. L. J.
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"It has been a tremendous inspiration to me, and to the twenty or thirty people I have lent it to, or influenced to buy it" —A. J. R.

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Preface

A Restorative System For Home and Private Use Preceded By a Study of The Laws of Mental Healing By Henry Word Author of "The Symphony of Life", "God's Image In Man", "Studies In The Thought World", "Victor Serenus", "Edward Burton", "The Political Economy Of Humanism", etc. The Universe Is Change;Our Life Is What Our Thoughts…
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The Obstacles to Progress

Progress, man's distinctive mark alone,Not God's, and not the beasts': God is, they are;Man partly is, and wholly hopes to be.—Robert Browning Before attempting to give an outline of the laws of mental healing, it may be well to briefly consider some of the difficulties which are encountered, not only in its practical application, but…
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The Body

For of the soule the bodie forme doth take;For soule is forme, and doth the bodie make.—Edmund Spenser The human body is a holy temple. The external sanctuary of the soul, unlike temples made with hands, is built from within. It is the acme of God's material handiwork; the masterpiece of the Divine Architect. The…
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The Power of Thought

Mind is the great lever of all things; human thought is the process by which human ends are ultimately answered.—Daniel Webster At no previous time have the influence and potency of thought received such careful and discriminating investigation as is now being centered upon it. While a few seers of keen and intuitive perception have…
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Planes of Consciousness

The nature of man is complex. In the ascending evolutionary scale his physical organism stands upon the fifth great plane, having been preceded by the elementary, chemical, vegetal, and animal subdivisions. He is now evolving a spiritual faculty, which is regarded as a sixth plane or state of consciousness, and has within him the germ…
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Inferences and Conclusions

A Careful study of all the factors involved leads to the conclusion that health is teachable. Mental healing is not a result of the influence of one personality impressed upon another, but comes through the agency of Truth, made operative by correct thinking and ideal delineation. No healer, however eminent, has any inherent power to…
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Ideal Suggestion

Part II The formulation of the system of Ideal Suggestion is the outcome of a study of the laws and manifestations of mental activity. Law is universal; its understanding is the acme of scientific attainment, and its utilization the highest prerogative of man. Its clear and harmonious lines are as distinctly traceable, in their onward…
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Practical Directions for Ideal Suggestion

Instructions for the use of the Suggested Ideals contained in the following pages. First—Retire each day to a quiet apartment, and be alone IN THE SILENCE. Second—Assume the most restful position possible, in an easy-chair, or otherwise; breathe deeply and rather rapidly for a few moments, and thoroughly relax the physical body, for by suggestive…
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God Is Here

Part IIIMeditations and Suggestions Man through a careless or mistaken consciousness separates himself from God, and this produces infelicity and disease. Thought confers subjective realism either upon ideal entities or upon seeming bad conditions. What we dwell upon we become, or at least grow like. Thought must have an outlet, otherwise it stagnates. God is…
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Divine Love Fills Me

Unselfish love is divine. God is not merely lovely. He is Love. As gravitation inheres in universal matter, so love permeates universal Spirit. It is a vast atmosphere in which we live, even though unconsciously. It inspires life and infuses vigor. It "casts out fear." "Fear hath torment," and kills. Love heals. Thought-messages of love…
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God Is My Life

To the deceptive and sensuous consciousness, life seems limited and narrow, but it is really a part of the One—the Universal Life. The concept of separation closes the divine influx and causes dryness and leanness. Life is a continuous divine communication. The heart-throb of God pulsates through humanity. Life can never die nor diminish. External…
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Christ Is Within

Christ is the name given to the divine human ideal. It represents the type that was manifested through the personality of Jesus. The highest inner consciousness is the Christ. He is already within, but remains undiscovered so long as we think of ourselves as flesh. He is found when we recognize the true spiritual ego,…
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I Am Soul

I Am soul; not have a soul, but am soul, here, now, and forever. My body is no part of me, though it outwardly expresses my past quality of thinking. Sin, disease, suffering, fear, grief, and death, are not entities having independent existence. They are shadows, morbid pictures, images, dreams which have only a seeming…
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I Am Part of a Great Whole

Humanity is one. I am living and loving, not for myself, but for the race. If I rise, I help to lift all about me, and if I fall, I drag others down. Loving thought, sent out, has a positive healing influence both on sender and recipient. We live the life of humanity—others in us,…
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All Things Are Yours

In the divine strength "all things" are ours. In proportion as we recognize its all sufficiency, we have life, love, help, rest, bliss, light, peace, faith, honor, power, purity, health, beauty, growth, energy, relief, wisdom, strength, harmony, ability, freedom, dignity, liberty, fluency, rapture, support, delight, sonship, courage, concord, soundness, goodness, wholeness, vitality, gladness, nobility, guidance,…
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I Am Not Body

I have physical expression, but am not body. I have never seen my friend, nor has he beheld me. I have never even seen myself. Matter has been seized upon by the life-forces—or mind—and built up into a form of sensuous expression. All potency resides in spirit, and all material organisms are the products of…
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I Will Fear No Evil

The highest and purest human perception is that which sees no evil and understands that all things, real entities (for subjective conditions are of our own making), are made by Good in good and for good. This is self-evident, for the manifestation of God must be universal, else how could He be omnipresent. Subjective thought…
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I Will: Be Thou Made Clean

Faith is absolutely essential. We must believe or we will never move. Doubt and unbelief end in stagnation and death. Positive belief, even if mixed with error, leads by degrees towards truth. Its very positiveness puts it in a process of self-rectification. Will is life. The illumined will is the divine energy, or God in…
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Spirit Is the Only Substance

God is Spirit (not a spirit, as incorrectly translated). If God be Spirit His offspring must be spirit also. True, forms and organisms are built by its subtle and orderly energy, but they are only shadows cast by the unseen substance. Dust is seized upon by its living potency and molded and fashioned to express…
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I Am Free

Freedom is harmony with Law. Law is not only universal, but beneficent. I deny my past condition of servitude. I am no longer bound by the chains of appetite, passion, impulse, custom, creed, fashion, societies, politics, traditionalism, or the animal nature. I deny their power. Only the spiritual self is free, and I recognize that…
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There Is No Death

"There is no death! What seems so is transition." Man lays aside the curtain which, in his servitude to the senses, he has hung between God and himself, and calls the process death. Paul declares, "I die daily." This is to grow spiritually. It is an elimination of the base, the earthy, the sensual. We…
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I Look Upward

Things which we hold in our consciousness soon become our possession. Universal evolution, which sees all things "in a state of becoming," is the great modern inspiration. The feeling within us, that conditions, social, political, economic, ethical, and religious, are really growing better, has a wonderful healing power in itself. Temporary, local, and apparent declensions…
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I Am God's Child

The divine heredity overlaps all inherited human ills. The fact that I am God's child must rule my consciousness, until, like the rising sun, it dissipates the fogs and mists of ancestral inharmony. In a vastly deeper and more vital sense I am God's child than that of my parents. As children of God we…
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Pain Is Friendly

Soul: Why dost thou come to torment me? I would have peace and be free from thy dominion. Pain: I am thy friend, and my mission is beneficent. Soul: How can that be while thy presence so distresses me? I pray thee, depart. Pain: My face seems repulsive and cruel, but my character is only…
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I Listen

I Go into the silence and open my inner hearing to the "still, small voice." The sanctuary of soul is the "Holy of Holies;" the trysting-place of the divine and the human. The tribunal of God is at the soul-center of man. The divine likeness is here unveiled. It is the "manger" where the Christ-consciousness…
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I Make Harmony

There are invisible threads which connect us with every object which makes up our environment. Vibrations are ever passing over these connections, backward and forward, and it is for us to control their purpose and quality. Every star, sun, person, circumstance, and principle is exchanging messages with us. The dispatches we send are echoed back…
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I Rule the Body

There is no axiom plainer than that the higher should control the lower, and no one but a positive materialist can deny that man is above his body. The "fall of man" consists of his dropping into subjection to his animal nature. When the body rules, it soon becomes an unrelenting tyrant, but, if it…
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Health Is Natural

Health is natural. The natural is that which is in harmony with orderly law. All law is beneficent, therefore the degree of harmony in anything is the test of its naturalness. God is the Author of nature, and natural law is divine method. Inharmony, disease, and unhappiness are unnatural, because they are discordant with all…
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Mental Healing Is Scientific

Science is systematized truth, as manifested under the operation of law. The great obstacle to the general acceptance of mind-healing has been the mistaken popular notion that its elements were mystical, occult, magical, or capricious. Nothing could be further from the truth. The laws of spiritual science are as exact as those of mathematics. Every…
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Healing Is Biblical

The whole tenor of the Bible indicates that healing is expected as the natural result of the quickened spiritual life. Preach the gospel, and heal the sick, are both included in the great divine commission. They are the inner and outer sides of one whole. The external is the visible sign and attestation of the…
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Prayer Is Answered

Prayer is communion, aspiration, soul-contact with God. The ideal prayer is not a petition for things, for Infinite Love has already bestowed the best, though we may be unconscious of it. To expect a change on God's part would imply that He is imperfect. The ruling desire of each soul is its prayer, therefore each…
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I Am Healed

As the building is complete in the mind of the architect before it appears outwardly, so the divine innermost is already perfect, waiting for me to bring it into the external. I am well, because the spiritual is the real, even if it be not yet outwardly manifest. How shall I actualize the inward ideal?…
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Be Ye Therefore Perfect

"But Jesus saith unto him, Follow me; and leave the dead to bury their own dead." I hereby bury my negation, weakness, fear, selfishness, and all doubt under a mountain of positive, intense, living Truth. I am perfectly sound in mind and body. Nothing in the universe can hinder my progress. I am the child…
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Appendix

One great field which the author of Ideal Suggestion believes will open to it in the near future, is the reformation of inebriety. The world is struggling with the problem of finding an efficient remedy for the slavery to intoxicants. There is no common agreement as to the best means to accomplish this purpose, and…
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