Let's continue where we left off in Part 1...
We have stated that it was in the power of man to Create
Desire; not only to be its master when created, but also to
actually create it by bringing it into being. And the
statement is absolutely true, and is verified and proven by
the most recent experiments and discoveries of modern
psychology. Instead of man being a creature of Desire and
this indeed he is in many cases, he may become Master of
Desire and even a Creator of it. By knowledge and Will he
may reverse the ordinary order of things and, displacing
the intruder from the throne, he may seat himself there in
his rightful place, and then bid the late occupant do his
will and obey his bidding. But the best way for the new
occupant of the throne to bring about a reorganized court
is to dismiss the old objectionable creatures of his mind
and create new ones in their places. And here is how it may
be done: In the first place, one must think carefully over
the tasks that he wishes to accomplish, then, using his
judgment carefully, judicially and impartially,impersonally
so far as is possible ? he must take mental stock of himself
and see in what points he is deficient, so far as
the successful accomplishment of the task is concerned.
Then let him analyze the task before him, in detail,
separating the matter into as many clear defined divisions
as possible, so that he may be able to see the Thing as
It Is, in detail as well as in its entirety. Then let him
take a similar inventory of the things, which seem
necessary of the accomplishment of the task, not the details
that will arise only as the work progresses, day by day, but
the general things, which must be done in order that the
task is brought to a successful conclusion. Then having
taken stock of the task, the nature of the undertaking, and
one's own qualifications and shortcomings ? then Begin to
Create Desire, according to the following plan: The first
step in the Creation of Desire is that of the forming of a
clear, vital Mental Image of the qualities, things and
details of the undertaking, as well as of the Completed
Whole. By a Mental Image we mean a clear-cut, distinct
mental picture in the Imagination of the things just names.
Now, do not turn away with an impatient motion at the
mention of the word Imagination. That is another word that
you have only a mistaken idea of. Imagination means far
more than the mere idle, fanciful use of that part of the
mind that is believed by people to be "all there is to it.
It isn't all, by a long way. In fact, the fanciful part
may be said to be merely a shadow of the real Imaginative
effort. Imagination is a real thing, it is a faculty of the
mind by which it creates a matrix, mold, or pattern of
things, which the trained Will and Desire afterward,
materializes into objective reality. There has been nothing
created by the hands and mind of man which did not have its
first origin in the Imagination of some one. Imagination is
the first step in Creation, whether of worlds or trifles.
The mental pattern must always precede the material form.
And so it is in the Creation of Desire. Before you can
Create a Desire you must have a clear Mental Image of what
you need to Desire.
You will find that this task of creating a Mental Image is
a little harder than you had expected at the start. You
will find it hard to form even a faint mental picture of
that which you need. But be not discouraged, and persevere,
for in this, as everything else. Practice makes perfect.
Each time you try to form the Mental Image it will appear
a little clearer and more distinct, and the details will
come into a little more prominence. Do not tire yourself
at first, but lay aside the task until later in the day,
or tomorrow. But practice and persevere and you need, just
as clearly as a memory picture of something you have
already seen. We shall have more to say on this subject
of Mental Imagery and Imagination in subsequent lessons.
Then, after having acquired the clear Mental Image of the
things you wish to Desire, and thus attain, cultivate the
focusing of the Attention upon these things. The word
attention is derived from the Latin word "Attendere,"
meaning "to stretch forth," the original idea being that
in Attention the mind was "stretched forth," or "extended"
toward the object of attention, and this is the correct
idea for that is the way the mind operates in the matter.
Keep the ideas before your attention as much as possible,
so that the mind may take a firm grasp upon them, and make
them a part of itself ? by doing this you firmly impress
the ideas upon the wax tablet of the mind.
Thus having fixed the idea clearly in your mind, by means
of the Imagination and Attention, until as we have said,
it becomes a fixture there, begin to cultivate an ardent
DESIRE, LONGING, CRAVING DEMAND for the materialization
of the things. Demand that you grow the qualities
necessary for the task ? demand that your mental pictures
materialize, Demand that the details be manifested as well
as the Whole, making allowance for the "something better"
which will surely arise to take the place of the original
details, as you proceed,the Inner Consciousness will
attend to these things for you.
Then Desire firmly, confident, and earnestly. Be not half
hearted in your demands and desires, claim and demand
the WHOLE THING, and feel confident that it will work out
into material objectivity and reality. Think of it, dream
of it, and always LONG for it. You must learn to want it
the worst way; learn to "want" it hard enough. "You can
attain and obtain many things by "wanting them hard enough"
The trouble is with most of us that we do not want things
hard enough, we mistake vague cravings and wished for
earnest, longing, demanding Desire and Want. Get to Desire
and Demand the Thing just as you demand and Desire your
daily meals. That is "wanting it the worst way." This is
merely a hint. Surely you can supply the rest, if you are
in earnest, and want it hard enough.
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