We share what we know, so that we all may grow."

"Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers;
powers that would astonish him,
that he never dreamed of possessing;
forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused
and put into action."
- Orison Swett Marden


Submitter's Note:
Craig has been studying and researching the human mind, the "last unexplored frontier" for the past fifteen years and he is currently "working" on the connection (overlap) between mind and spirit, the relationship between psychology (science of the mind) and the spiritual world, God. A fascinating subject!

This article (in point form) is based on an excellent motivational, up-lifting and inspiring book 'THE MAGIC OF BELIEVING' by Claude Bristol (written in the "thirties"). I am sharing the contents of this work in the spirit of encouraging and hopefully even inspiring those people, who really want to achieve their fullest potentials to read this classic book. Then just BELIEVE (tempered with some plan of action, of course!)...and then surprise themselves what happens, as you travel down your unique path in life.

Thank you sincerely, Mr Bristol for sharing your practical insight, words of wisdom and especially inspiration, which I'm passing on in the form of this series of articles from my notes taken from your book.
Do you really BELIEVE you can be successful on the internet?

Powerful forces locked in your mind can turn desire into reality. Learn to release them in this extraordinary book.

"If thou can'st believe, all things are possible to him that believeth"
- Mark 9:23

Most religions of the world (but especially Christianity) are based upon principles of psychology... and especially the powerful principle of FAITH ("God turns the impossible into the possible"). There is a golden thread running through all the teachings and makes them work for all who genuinely accept and apply them; it helps them reach all their goals in life. True ??? That thread, in a word, is BELIEF. There's genuine magic in believing. Study books of greatness and inspiration; because as we learn, we grow (in knowledge, as well as spiritually). It's a journey of exploration and personal growth.

See the law of suggestion (auto-suggestion) at work.
Most of history's greatest achievements have been accomplished not by the most talented, but by the people who were willing to take on great risks and challenges and see them through. And that happens only by believing...and then sustaining that belief over a period of time. And ALL of us can develop belief, yet few people know HOW.

"You can become the unique person that it is in you to become; but only if you resist the urge to conform to the images others hold of you. You can turn all your potential into reality, only if you are willing to DREAM...and BELIEVE."
- Nido R. Quebin.
Is there a something, a force, factor, power, a science, call it what you will, which a few people understand and use to overcome their difficulties and achieve outstanding success?

This concept is understood by few and used by even less people. I am convinced any sincere person can reach any heights he or she desires. There is a wealth of spirit in YOU. This book is written to help develop individual thinking and doing, to help people to a better understanding...and the principle DOES work.

THE POWER OF THOUGHT (or the 'science of thought'): The principles mentioned in this work substantiate great truths handed down the ages (or what is simply known as 'The Law of Attraction').

The greatest problems bothering most people are financial ones. So the amazing invention of the internet provides an avenue to help yourself and others at the same time. I really believe that!

Old Latin proverb: "Believe you have it and you have it." Belief is the motivating factor that enables you to reach your goal.
Believe it... then you'll SEE it!

Make success your dominant thought. Whatever is your dominant thought will end up happening (through controlled FOCUS, like a laser-beam). So you need to put it "out there" and everything will follow. Lift yourself up to possibilities (endless). Keep on believing, even though there are always challenges and knock-backs. Always really believe that your vision is going to come to fruition...one bright sunny day!
Can man project his thoughts, even at great distances into other minds (mental telepathy)?

The most important advance in the next generation will be in the vast unknown of the human mind - dealing with the spiritual, ie. thought. Psychology is the science of the mind.

Persistence brings confidence and a continued right mental attitude followed by consistent action will bring success. Know the formula. It is mind power that has built empires.

Use the technique only for GOOD - to better yours and others lives.

Thought is a terrific force with unlimited powers.
RW Emerson: "Thought is the ancestor of our every action."

Our world is governed by thought. Buddha: "All that we are is the result of what we have thought."

The secret of success lies not without, but within the thoughts of man. History is filled with accounts of how thought has made weak men strong and strong men weak...and evidence of this is evident all around us in everyday living.

What you exhibit outwardly you are inwardly. You are the product of your own thoughts. "What you believe yourself to be, you are."
Your body is the garden, whilst your mind and will are the gardeners.

Thought is the original source of all wealth, success, material gain, all great discoveries and inventions...and of ALL achievement. Without it there'd be no empires built. A man's thoughts make or break him. Shakespeare: "There is nothing good or bad; but thinking makes it so."

Draw on the great source of power that lies within each one of us.
We become what we contemplate, what we think about most. Everything is within - the mind is the SOURCE of all POWER.
Man secures the gold of the spirit, when he finds himself.

Edison said that 'ideas come from space'. God??? (another "heavy" topic for discussion, there craig with your bright spark friend, Andy)

The great ancient Greek physician, Paracelsus: "The human spirit is so great a thing that no-one can express it. Faith must strengthen the imagination, for faith establishes the will."
The Keys to Success:
The first step on the road to success:
Know exactly WHAT you want out of life.
Then DEFINE it!

Hard work alone will not bring success; our hands are designed to be helping the brain.
DESIRE (burning), an obsession helps ensure success in any endeavour. (Personally, I feel we need to have balance in our lives).
Ensure your thoughts and aims are co-ordinated.
Make your energy concentrated and applied without "let-up" (continuous). Then channelled into focused direction.
There is a big difference between NEED and a DESIRE.

All-consuming thoughts can be bad, as one needs balance in our lives. It becomes more real with our thinking and adding flavour (intensity) through our imaginations, ie. the technique of visualisation.

"Thought attracts that upon which it is directed."
It then sinks into our consciousness - the depth depends on the constancy, intensity and power of your thoughts.

Everything that exists is vibration???
As evident in "the healing touch of Jesus's hand".

Prayer and meditation operate through this principle, as "focussed energy", like a lasar-beam.

"Creative force comes only when there is a completely rounded-out thought, when there is a fully developed mental picture, or when the imagination can visualise the attainment of our ambition and see in our mind a picture of the object we desire - a house, a car, a radio, etc - just as if we already possessed them."

To be effective, you have to really BELIEVE that your prayers will be answered. Different creeds and cults work as a result of the firm beliefs of the individual: The "Magic of Believing".
The Subconscious Mind:

The "still small voice within".
Supreme Intelligence or Universal Mind, the subconscious or "essence of life" : the limits of its powers are unknown - it never sleeps, warns us of impending danger and can perform what are sometimes called 'miracles'. The subconscious acts primarily on its own initiave, but there are times when its activities appear to be the result of influences from outside.

Get in contact with your subconscious mind and you can achieve wealth, power, fame, as well as cure physical ailments and solve countless human problems. And its power is for YOU to use. Just BELIEVE in its power and put it to work using the techniques or systems mentioned in the book.

Inventions, great musical compositions, poetry, fiction, writings (like this work) and all other ideas for original accomplishment come from the subconscious. Bricks fall into place, like a "magical hand". A pattern of co-incidences is a working out of a pattern you started with your own weaving.

The great power of the subconscious is one of the most formidable forces in shaping and controlling our lives. Perhaps it works like an electrical vibration sets the law of attraction into operation.

Sustained thought or fixed mental picture - go "into the silence". Make mental pictures through the imagination - visualise. This comes about as a result of belief - a strange power that causes miracles to happen. It's a deep-seated belief - "heart and soul". a spiritual force. Know with every fibre of your being that you WILL achieve your desires.

Remember that success is a process and your life is a "work in progress"; so take one day at a time in an 'attitude of gratitude'.

In a "nutshell"...

* THINK right
* ACT right
* BELIEVE right

if you THINK you CAN!

BE happy enjoying the incredible journey of life

Shared by Craig Lock ("Information and Inspiration Distributor, Writer for Self Empowerment, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder")

"God creates us with different gifts. Each one of us comes into the world with a different collection of life circumstances that often severely challenge us, things that give us joy and in expressing our talents allow us to bless the people, the world around us."

"The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within you...and the seemingly difficult path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you."
- craig

"When I let go of what (and who) I think I am, I become all that I can be... and am capable of being."
- craig (as adapted and inspired from Lao Tzu)

Together, one mind, one life at a time, let's see how many people we can impact, empower, uplift, encourage ... and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials."

End of Part One (Part II to follow)

"The spring of hope is eternal and will never run dry."
- craig

Author's Bio: 

About the submitter:
Craig believes in (and loves) sharing information, insights and 'principles' to help and especially encourage people to make the most of their minds along life's magical journey ... and that brings him the greatest joy. www.craiglockbooks.com http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html

Craig's blog (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) is at http://en.search.wordpress.com/?q=%22craig+lock%22&t=post and http://craiglock.wordpress.com

The various books that Craig "felt inspired to write" are available at http://www.creativekiwis.com/books.html www.lulu.com/craiglock
http://www.webng.com/writernz/index.html and http://www.myspace.com/writercraig

All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children - mine!

(enough of that negativity, cut it out right NOW and start really believing, now "chappie"!)