Character-Building Thought Power

ing the great law underlying habit-forming, character-building; for there is a sim … CHARACTER-BUILDING THOUGHT POWER. And it is quite the same in human life. …

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CHARACTER- BUILDING THOUGHT POWER CHARACTER- BUILDING THOUGHT POWER by Ralph Waldo Trine 2 RALPH WALDO TRINE CHARACTER-BUILDING THOUGHT POWER T HE B OOK  UNCONSCIOUSLY we are forming habits every moment of our lives. Some are habits of a desirable nature; some are those of a most undesirable nature. Some, though not so bad in themselves, are exceedingly bad in their cumulative effects, and cause us at times much loss, much pain and anguish, while their opposites would, on the contrary, bring as much peace and joy, as well as a continually in-creasing power. Have we it within our power to determine at all times what types of habits shall take form in our lives? In other words, is habit-forming, character-building, a matter of mere chance, or have we it within our own control? We have, entirely and absolutely. I will be what I will to be, can be said and should be said by every human soul. After this has been bravely and determinedly said, and not only said, but fully inwardly realized, something yet remains. Something remains to be said regard-ing the great law underlying habit-forming, character-building; for there is a sim-ple, natural, and thoroughly scientific method that all should know. A method whereby old, undesirable, earth-binding habits can be broken, and new, desir-able, heaven lifting habits can be acquired, a method whereby life in part or in its totality can be changed, provided one is sufficiently in earnest to know and, knowing it, to apply the law. Thought is the force underlying all. And what do we mean by this? Simply this: Your every act – every conscious act – is preceded by a thought. Your dominating thoughts determine your dominating actions. In the realm of our own minds we have absolute control, or we should have, and if at any time we have not, then there is a method by which we can gain control, and in the realm of the mind become thorough masters. In order to get to the very foundation of the matter, let us look to this for a moment. For if thought is always parent to our acts, hab-its, character, life, then it isfirst necessary that we know fully how to control our thoughts. Here let us refer to that law of the mind which is the same as is the law in Connec-tion with the reflex nerve system of the body, the law which says that whenever one does a certain thing in a certain way it is easier to do the same thing in the same way the next time, and still easier the next, and the next, and the next, until in time it comes to pass that no effort is required, or no effort worth speaking of; but on the opposite would require the effort. The mind carries with it the power 3 RALPH WALDO TRINE CHARACTER-BUILDING THOUGHT POWER that perpetuates its own type of thought, the same as the body carries with it through the reflex nerve system the power which perpetuates and makes continu-ally easier its own particular acts. Thus a simple effort to control one’s thoughts, a simple setting about it, even if at first failure is the result, and even if for a time failure seems to be about the only result, will in time, sooner or later, bring him to the point of easy, full, and complete control. Each one, then, can grow the power of determining, controlling his thought, the power of determining what types of thoug

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