The Miracle Of Right
- by Orison Swett
Marden, published in 1910
Excerpts from the book
Divinity of Desire
all of your heart that you will do what you were
made to do. When the mind has once formed the habit
of holding cheerful, happy, prosperous pictures, it
will not be easy to form the opposite habit.
It does not
matter how improbable or how far away this
realization may see, or how dark the prospects may
be, if we visualize them as best we can, as vividly
as possible, hold tenaciously to them and vigorously
struggle to attain them, they will gradually become
actualized, realized in the life. But a desire, a
longing without endeavor, a yearning abandoned or
held indifferently will vanish without realization.
It is only
when desire crystallized into resolve, however, that
it is effective.
Think and say
only that which you wish to become true.
Faith is the
substance of things hoped for, the outline of the
image itself; the real substance, not merely a
mental image. What we believe is coming to us is a
tremendous creative motive. Your whole thought
current must be set in the direction of your life
to us in life, we create first in our mentality.
Happiness Are For You
No man has a
right, unless he can not help himself, to remain
where he will be constantly subjected to the
cramping, ambition-blighting influences and great
temptations of poverty. His self-respect demands
that he should get out of such an environment. It is
his duty to put himself in a position of dignity and
independence where he will not be liable at any
moment to be a burden to his friends in case of
sickness or other emergencies, or where those
depending on him may suffer.
begins in the mind and is impossible with a mental
attitude which is hostile to it. We can not attract
opulence mentally by a poverty-stricken attitude
which is driving away what we long for. We must
think prosperity before we can come to it.
circumstances in life, our financial condition, our
poverty or our wealth, our friends or lack of them,
our condition of harmony or discord, are all very
largely the offspring of our thought.
through a perfectly scientific mental process. The
man who becomes prosperous believes that he is going
to be prosperous. He has faith in his ability to
make money. He does not start out with his mend
filled with doubts and fears, and all the time talk
poverty and think poverty, walk like a pauper and
dress like a pauper. He turns his face towards the
thing he is trying for and is determined to bet, and
will not admit its opposite picture in his mind.
The man who
expects prosperity is constantly creating money in
his mind, building his financial structure mentally.
There must be a mental picture of the prosperity
first; the building around it is comparatively easy.
prosperous we must put ourselves in the prosperous
attitude. We must think opulently, we must feel
opulent in thought; we must exhale confidence and
assurance in our very bearing and manner. Our mental
attitude towards the thing we are striving for and
the intelligent effort we put forth to realize it,
will measure our attainment.
One Thing And Expecting Something Else
The man who
would succeed must think success, must think upward.
He must think progressively, creatively,
constructively, inventively, and, above all,
attitude which we hold toward our work or our aim
has everything to do with what we accomplish.
minds become negative by influences which destroy
their self-confidence. They gradually lose faith in
philosophy of efficiency and happiness consist in
the vigorous, consistent affirmation of the thing we
are trying to be, and trying to do.
Great Things Of Yourself
Faith is an
optimist because it sees the way out. Doubt is a
pessimist, can not see the way ahead and fears
because not conscious of being able to cope with the
Faith is the
divine messenger sent to guide man, blinded by doubt
estimate of yourself, of your ability, your
standing, the weight you carry, and of the figure
you cut in the world, will be out-pictured in your
appearance, in your manner.
the very basis of all achievement. There is a
tremendous power in the conviction that we can do a
thing. The man who has great faith in himself is
relived from a great many uncertainties as to
whether he is in his right place, from doubts as to
his ability, and from fears regarding his future.
essential to achievement. No once can do his
greatest work when his mind is cramped with worry,
anxiety, fear, or uncertainty, any more than he can
do his best physical work with his body in a cramped
position. Absolute freedom is imperative for the
best brain work. Uncertainty and doubt are great
enemies of that concentration which is the secret of
We are told
that it is faith that doubles one's power and
multiples one's ability, and that without it we can
do nothing. How quickly a strong man is stripped of
his power the moment he loses confidence in himself
or his ability!
The habit of
dwelling on difficulties and magnifying them
weekends the character and paralyzes the initiative
in which a way as to hinder one from ever daring to
undertake great things. The man who does things is
the man who sees the end and defies the obstacles.
never seem to come to themselves until they have
received a great humiliating defeat. This seems to
touch a spring deep in their nature,, setting free
dynamic forces which enable them to do marvels. When
a man who has got the right stuff in him as made a
slip and feels that he is down and out, when he sees
those that know him regarding him as a failure,
calling him a "bas been", he makes a resolve to
redeem himself from the disgrace and every red blood
corpuscle in him helps him to make good.
Self-Encouragement By Self Suggestion
He only is
beaten who admits it.
How can you
expect to get the maximum of efficiency when worry,
fear, anxiety, discouragement, or melancholy are
sapping twenty-five, fifty, or seventy-five per cent
of your mental energy? You must clear the mind of
its enemies; otherwise you pay the penalty in
exhausted vitality, in wasted energy.
Every time you
feel fear coming into your mind, shut it out as
quickly as possible and apply the antidote -
fearlessness, assurance. Picture yourself as
absolutely fearless. Say to yourself, "I am no
coward. Cowards fear and cringe and crawl but I am a
man. Fear is a child's fraillty. It is not for
grown-ups. I positively refuse to stoop to such a
degrading thing. Fear is an abnormal mental process
and I am normal. Fear can not influence me, for I
will not harbor it. I will not allow it to cripple
The man who
has acquired the power of keeping his mind filled
with the thoughts which uplift and encourage, the
optimistic thought, the cheerful, hopeful thought,
has solved one of the great riddles of life.
Of The "Blues"
brain can not think clearly, vigorously, logically.
Worry clogs the bring and paralyzes the thought.
Faith is the
great antidote for worry. We fear because we can not
see the way. Faith sees the way.
The man who
can smile when everything seems to go against him
shows that he is made of winning material, for no
ordinary man can do this.
There is no
place in civilization for the morose, gloomy, or
despondent man. Nobody wants to live with him.
Everybody is dejected and depressed in his presence,
and tries to get away from him. There is nothing
more contagious than mental depression and the
A man who is
at the mercy of his disposition can never be a
leader, a power among men.
You are not
capable of correct judgment, of using good sense,
where there is fear or doubt or despondence in your
mind. Sound judgment comes from a perfectly working
brain, unclouded, untroubled faculties. Never act
upon that which is suggested when you are in a state
of fear and anxiety. When fear is in the mind, the
mental forces are scattered and we are not capable
of vigorous concentration. Calmness, poise, balance,
mental serenity are absolutely essential to the most
The art of
arts is to learn how to clear the mind of its
enemies, - enemies of our comfort, happiness, and
success. It is a great thing to learn to focus the
mind upon the beautiful instead of the ugly, the
true instead of the false, upon harmony instead of
discord, life instead of death, health instead of
disease, and is not always easy, but it is possible
to everybody. It requires only a little skillful
thinking, the forming of the right thought habits.
The best way
to keep out darkness is to keep the life filled with
light; to keep our discord, keep it filled with
harmony; to shut our error, keep the mind filled
with truth, to shut out ugliness, contemplate beauty
and loveliness; to get rid of all that is sour and
unwholesome, contemplate all that is sweet and
wholesome. Opposite thoughts can not occupy the mind
at the same time.
The world has
little use for the man who has not sand enough in
him to brace up and be a man when he meets with
Thought, Change The Man
If you are
vacillating, if you lack decision, just assume a
decisive mental attitude. Constantly affirm that you
are able to decide wisely, firmly, finally. Do not
allow yourself to think that you are weak.
One of the
cruelest things one can do to another is to reproach
him for his deficiencies, peculiarities, or
weaknesses. What such a person wants is
encouragement and help, not additional handicap.
No one can
help another very much when he sees in him a
hopeless picture. On the other hand, you can make a
person do almost anything when you show him his
possibilities and make him believe in himself.
Paralysis Of Fear
Fear and worry
make us attract the very things we dread.
Fear in all
its different phases of expression, such as worry,
anxiety, anger, jealousy, timidity, is the greatest
enemy of the human race. It has robbed men of more
happiness and efficiency, has made more men cowards,
more people failures or forced them into mediocrity,
than anything else.
Fear is a
great robber of power. It paralyzes the thinking
faculties, ruins spontaneity, enthusiasm, and
self-confidence. It has a blighting effect upon all
one's thoughts, moods, and efforts. it destroys
ambition and efficiency.
No matter what
your need is, put it into the hands of faith. Do not
ask how or why or when. Just do your level best, and
have faith, which is the great miracle worker of the
worriers are always deficient in faith.
The secret of
achievement is concentration. Worry or fear of any
kind is fatal to mental concentration and kills
creative ability. When the whole mental organism is
vibrating with conflicting emotions, efficiency is
impossible. The things which makes us prematurely
old, which wrinkle our faces, take the elasticity
out of our step, the bloom from the cheek, and which
rob us of joy are not those which actually happen.
initiative. It kills confidence and causes
indecision, makes us waver, afraid to begin things,
suspect and doubt. Fear is a great leak in power.
There are plenty of people who waste more than half
of their precious energy in useless worry and
Our sense of
fear or terror is always in proportion to our sense
of weakness or inability. When conscious of being
stronger than that which terrorizes weaker persons,
we have no sense of fear.
The secret of
all health, prosperity, and happiness is being in
conscious union with the Divine.
The closer we
are to Divinity, the nearer we are to the limitless
source of things. When we feel strongest, when we
feel conscious of the power which is back of the
flesh, but not of it, when we feel that we are in
touch with Divinity, our power is greater and our
Every time a
man does wrong he weakens himself by so much. Every
time we do wrong, every time we depart from the
truth, every time we commit a dishonest, unworthy
act, do a mean, contemptible thing, we lessen the
Omnipotent grip upon us, and then we become a party
to all sorts of fears, apprehensions, dreads, and
The moment we
feel conscious that our union with the Great Source
of things is broken, we are filled with uncertainty
and apprehension; we feel a sense of helplessness,
which makes us weak, timid, apprehensive. Fear,
anxiety, worry, are positive evidence that we have
lost our divine connection and strayed from home,
that we are out of tune with the Infinite, and in
discord with principle.
The very idea
of persistently holding the thought that one is
divinely upheld, the thought that no harm can
possibly come to him while he is thus ensconced in
the Divine Presence destroys all fear and worry;
restores confidence, and multiples power.
If we could
only learn the art of always keeping ourselves in
harmony we could multiply our effectiveness
is fatal to quality in work. The destructive
emotions - worry, anxiety, hatred, jealousy, anger,
greed, selfishness, are all deadly enemies of
Harmony is the
secret of all effectiveness, beauty, happiness; and
harmonious simply keeping ourselves in tune with the
Infinite. This means absolute health of all the
mental and moral faculties. Poise, serenity,
amiability, sweetness of temper tend to keep the
whole mental and physical economy in harmony with
the perpetual renewal processes constantly going on
within us, which are destroyed by friction.
repairs the broken wires of our Divine connection,
reassures us, brings us into harmony with the
Infinite. This is the secret of all mental healing.
We all have
moments when we get glimpses of the great
possibilities within ourselves. It may sometimes be
an experience which takes away a loved one, which
opens up a rift in our nature and gives us a glimpse
of power we never before knew we possessed.
A New Way
Of Bringing up Children
child's mind full of harmony, of truth, and there
will be no room for discord, for error.
advantage is it to send a youth out into the world
with a head full of knowledge but without the
confidence or assurance to use it effectively, or
the ability to grapple with life's problems with
that vigor and efficiency which alone can bring
The rime will
come when no child will be allowed to grow up
without being taught to believe in himself, to have
great confidence in his ability. This will be a most
important part of his education, for if he believes
in himself enough, he will not be likely to allow a
single deficient faculty or weakness to wreck his
A man is like
a fine clock, which, if properly cared for, will
keep splendid time and run for a century, but which,
if neglected or abused, will very soon get out of
order, and wear out or give out long before it
ideal determines what shall be built into the life,
whether it shall be youthful or aging conditions.
Every person has the inherent capacity for
prolonging his life, increasing his potential
longevity; but he must first understand the mental
health, vigor, and robustness are impossible to one
whose mind is a slave to the conviction that he is
on the decline, that he is going down-hill
physically, that his powers are gradually lessening
Most people do
not realize that their mental attitude is a positive
energy which is constantly creating results. Every
time we focus the mind, we are producing, creating
No one is old
until the interest in life is gone out of him, until
his spirit becomes aged, until his heart becomes
cold and unresponsive; as long as he touches life at
many points he can not brow old in spirit.
A man is old,
no matter what his years, when he is out of touch
with youth, with its ideals, its points of view, out
of touch with the spirit of his times; when he has
ceased to be progressive and up-to-date.
The minds of
many people have become unbalanced because they did
not break the habit of night picturing, visualizing
their troubles and trails, which are always so much
exaggerated and appear in such fearful vividness
during the night.
into unconsciousness, we should fill the mind with
bright, encouraging, inspiring thoughts. We should
never go to sleep until we have restored our lost
balance, gained perfect mental poise, until we have
put into operation the forces which would tend to
harmonize and bring peace and joy into our lives.
We age rapidly
because we do not keep our mental instruments in
tune. Discord, grating and jarring whittle life away
very quickly. We suffer when we are discordant
because we have violated the fundamental low of
divine harmony. Poise, mental serenity, is a friend
of youth and tends to refresh, renew, and rejuvenate
Look as though
you were young. Dress as youthful as is consistent
with the dignity and good sense of your years. Do
not stoop over, or shuffle your feet. Throw your
shoulders back; walk erect, and youthful; do not
drag your steps.
Do not let
romance die out of your heart. It is a great youth
preserver. Love, unselfishness, a spirit of kindness
and helpfulness, keep the heart warm and young.
think of yourself, always hold the image of yourself
as you would like to be. Do not dwell upon your
imperfections or weaknesses, because that will mar
your image, but hold tenaciously to the ideal of
yourself thing of yourself in your perfection, as
the personality the Creator intended you to be.
Lots of play
and innocent fun tend to erase the marks of age and
to bring us back to youth. Fun is a twin of youth.
To be normally healthy, we require a great deal of
amusement and recreation and all of the innocent fun
we can get, for these are great stimulators, life
Humor is a
care-killer, a worry destroyer. It tends to quicken
the circulation, to promote digestion. Cheerful
people sleep better, are better company, and have
more friends, and people who have many friends are
less likely to be morose and depressed. Sociability
is a promoter of good will, kindly feelings, and
harmony; and all these things induce health and
Growth is an
enemy of old age. The man who is mentally expanding,
who is constantly growing larger and becoming
broader, fuller, complete, does not agree nearly as
rapidly as the man who has ceased to grow.
when growth stops. When the mind ceases to expand,
to reach out and up, when the ideals begin to grow
dim, when aspiration halts, then old age steps in.
The man who
feels the spirit of youth surging through his body
all the time, who holds the bright, cheerful,
youthful, hopeful thought, retains his youthful
As A Man
When you are
suffering from fear or worry, you may be sure you
have endowed something with this power over you,
otherwise it could not have gained such a hold. The
very fact that you fear it shows that you have
established between it and yourself a relation which
you could break if you only knew how to apply your
mental chemistry. Whenever you are unhappy,
distressed, "blue<" worried, it is due to some
mental poison, which ought to be as easy to antidote
as it is to destroy fire with water.
What you allow
to live in your heart, harbor in your mind, dwell
upon in your thoughts, are seeds which will develop
in your life and produce things like themselves.
Hate seed in the heart can not produce a love flower
in the life.
every kind, whether it is expressed in suffering, in
disease, in poverty, in failure, in happiness,
simply means that one is out of harmony with his
better self, that he does not harmonize with his
which suggest weakness, failure, unhappiness, or
poverty, are destructive, negative, tearing-down
thoughts. They are our enemies. Brand them whenever
they try to gain an entrance into your mind. Avoid
them as you would thieves for they are thieves,
"thieves of our comfort, thieves of harmony, of
power, of happiness, of success.
The mind must
be kept free from bitterness, jealousy, hatred,
envy, and uncharitable thoughts; from from
everything which trammels it, or there must be a
penalty paid in impaired efficiency and inferior
work as well as loss of peace of mind.
There must be
good-will in the heart or we can not do good work
with head or hand.
No once can
carry secret hatreds and grudges, jealousies, and
revengeful feelings, without seriously impairing his
own reputation. Many people wonder why they are not
popular, why they are disliked generally, why they
stand for so little in their community, when it is
really because of their bitter, revengeful,
discordant radiations which keep personal magnetism.
On the other
hand, those who send out kindly, loving, helpful,
sympathetic thoughts, those who feel friendly toward
everybody, and who carry no bitterness, hatred, or
jealousy in their hearts, are attractive, helpful
Man will reach
the millennium when he has learned to hold the right
attitude of mind towards his fellow men. The time
will come when it will be found infinitely easier to
do right than to do wrong, when people will eagerly
follow the Golden Rule, because it will produce
harmony and universal well-being.
or emotion vibrates through every cell in the body
and leaves an influence like itself.
To be healthy,
happy, and successful, we must be good. There is no
other road to true happiness and real prosperity.
realize that it is possible to read in your face and
manner the record of your thoughts; that your face
is a bulletin board upon which is advertised what
has been going on in your mind for years?
A healthy body
is composed of healthy thought externalized,
outpictured. And, too, it follows the ideals, and as
long as one holds the youthful, vigorous,
progressive, energetic, creative ideal in his mind
his body responds to the thought.
Just try the
experiment of thinking of yourself as an absolutely
perfect being, possessing superb health, a
magnificent body, a vigorous constitution, a sublime
mind, and capable of standing any amount of strain.
yourself to have a defective, crippled, dwarfed
ideal of yourself; never entertain such an imperfect
health model for an instant, for these mental
patterns of yourself will gradually begin to be
reproduced in your physical condition.
ideals, thoughts, emotions, moods, our mental
attitude, send a constant succession of vibrations
through every cell, every organ, and through all the
functions of the body. There is a perpetual
succession of these impulses through the entire mass
of the millions of cells.
It is now well
established that vicious mental states, violent
emotions and explosive passions, make chemical
changes in the brain and poison the cell life
through the whole body.
We are much
more susceptible to disease when suffering from any
sort of mental discord, discouragement, or the
"blues," because of the cell damage due to the
presence of chemical changes, the impairment of
nutrition, imperfect digestion, and mental
discordant from worry, anxiety, anger, revenge, or
jealousy, you may know that these things drain away
your energy, waste your vitality at a fearful rate,
and not only do no good, but also grind away the
delicant mental machinery, inducing premature age
and shortening the life. Worry thoughts, fear
thoughts, selfish thoughts are so many malignant
forces within us, destroying harmony and ruining
efficiency, while the opposite thoughts produce just
the opposite result. They soothe instead of
irritate, and increase efficiency, multiply mental
power. Five minutes of hot temper may work such a
havoc in the delicate cell life of the nervous
system that it will take weeks or months to repair
the injury, or it may never be repaired.
keep themselves in a state of chronic self-poisoning
by their embittered, revengeful, hatred, jealous
thoughts, selfishness or by their violent tempers
and fits of raging passion. These self-prisoners not
only destroy their present happiness and success,
but also many years of their lives.
improves the health of the mind improves the health
of the body. The uplifting, inspiring, cheerful and
optimistic thought is not only a great mental tonic,
but a physical tonic also.
yourself to be convinced that you are not complete
master of yourself. Stoutly affirm your own
superiority over bodily ills, and do not acknowledge
yourself the slave of an inferior power.
Love is the
normal law of our being, and any departure from the
love though must result in anarchy of the physical
economy, because the law of our being has been
It is not
difficult to shut out poisonous thoughts from the
mind. All one need do is to substitute the opposite
thought to that which produces the fatal poison, for
it will always furnish the antidote. Discord can not
exist in the presence of harmony. The charitable
thought, the love thought, will very quickly kill
the jealousy, the hate, and the revenge though, If
we force pleasant, cheerful pictures into the mind,
the gloomy, "blue" thoughts will have to get out.