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The Esoteric Art of Living

The Esoteric Art of Living

This is a scientific and practical work, by a thoughtful and able writer, on the mastery of self, and the attainment of Spiritual knowledge. The work of this writer is distinctively original, being unlike that of any other, and the practical methods which he advises are evidently based on his own experience, which gives them increased value and weight. He believes that all possibilities are in the soul of the individual, and can only be evolved by self-effort, and that every individual should so meditate and live as to mould and utilize environment, instead of succumbing to and being dominated by it. He says, "Man must become a conscious creator. He must realize that his powers for good or ill are far-reaching, that whatever else others may do or be, his conscious universe will be made for and by himself. He must learn something of the potential powers of his soul—what natural means he is using daily to weave the web of life around him, and how they may be so used as to lift him into a higher condition instead of fettering him. Hence, the key of the life and the art of living are expressed in the words Mastery and Attainment." The book is specially adapted for those who are prepared to pass through discipline to strength and peace.

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Preface

For all experience (living) there is a common basis, which may be found in the inherent potential nature of man and his adjustment to environment. The diversity of expression and adjustment is as great as the multitude of individuals. Not all expressions and adjustments are happy, beneficent, wise, or progressive. Surely it is desirable to…
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Some Basic Philosophy

The Universe and man are inseparable. Universal law de fines the individual expression as well as correlates all in the One. Individual consciousness differentiates the Universal, and evolves through sense, and psychic, to the higher states, by means of the life in which the ego seeks to express in ever- increasing degree of perfection the…
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Mental States and Selected Consciousness

Having briefly considered the philosophy of unfoldment along the higher paths of being, we may next consider some of the right mental states that make such an unfoldment possible. It must be understood not only that the mental life is an expression of the ego, but that the further expression is greatly aided or hindered…
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Eliminative and Constructive Mentation

Professor Marsh pointed out a most interesting fact in evolution. It is well known that the gigantic animal structures of the geological ages disappeared from the earth and have been succeeded by smaller organisms. It seems to be true that in such changes the brain of the succeeding type has ever been larger in comparison…
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Original Thought and Free Expression

Man stands between two powers—Authority and Freedom. To the first he may subject his mind; to the second he may ally himself. The one seeks to enforce its ancient lien upon the soul, to foreclose the mortgage of ancestral making, to exact from new life a homage to the old, to compel the present to…
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Self-Revelation

In subsequent papers, where will be considered the subject of the subliminal consciousness, it will be seen that one of the most potent characteristics of the present nature of man is his responsiveness to external stimuli: in popular phrase, it has been known as susceptibility to suggestion. It has been this faculty of responding to…
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Subliminal Consciousness

Knowing the characteristics of the subliminal consciousness, which are so potent in their effect upon the life, we are in a position to understand the philosophy of concentration and introspection (or meditation). Certain profound experiences have been repeated century after century in the lives of many persons separated by time and' country, and especially among…
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The Rationale of Concentration

I fling my past behind me, like a robe Worn threadbare in the seams, and out of date. I have outgrown it. —Ella Wheeler Wilcox The most troublesome thing to overcome in coming into these teachings is to forget our past. There are people of two classes. One class is always living in the future,…
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The Normal and the Supernormal

The man of the Stone Age—whose body was scantily protected from the elements by rude skins, whose habitation was the natural cavern of the earth, whose handicraft rose no higher than the chipping of flint stones for weapons, whose principal pastime was the fierce chase of the wild boar, and whose great peril was the…
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