The Game of Life and How to Play It
I replied that this would be a violation of spiritual law, but that I would speak the word for the right man,
the "divine selection," the man who belonged to her by divine right. I added, "If A. B. is the right man
you can't lose him, and if he isn't, you will receive his equivalent." She saw A. B. frequently but no
headway was made in their friendship. One evening she called, and said, "Do you know, for the last week,
A. B. hasn't seemed so wonderful to me." I replied, "Maybe he is not the divine selection - another man
may be the right one." Soon after that, she met another man who fell in love with her at once, and who
said she was his ideal. In fact, he said all the things that she had always wished A. B. would say to her.
She remarked, "It was quite uncanny." She soon returned his love, and lost all interest in A. B.
This shows the law of substitution. A right idea was substituted for a wrong one; therefore there was no
loss or sacrifice involved. Jesus Christ said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and
all these things shall be added unto you," and he said the Kingdom was within man.
The Kingdom is the realm of right ideas, or the divine pattern. Jesus Christ taught that man's words
played a leading part in the game of life. "By your words ye are justified and by your words ye are
condemned." Many people have brought disaster into their lives through idle words.
For example: A woman once asked me why her life was now one of poverty of limitation. Formerly she
had a home, was surrounded by beautiful things and had often tired of the management of her home, and
had said repeatedly, "I'm sick and tired of things - I wish I lived in a trunk," and she added: "Today I am
living in that trunk." She had spoken herself into a trunk. The subconscious mind has no sense of humor
and people often joke themselves into unhappy experiences.
For example: A woman who had a great deal of money, joked continually about "getting ready for the
In a few years she was almost destitute, having impressed the subconscious mind with a picture of lack
and limitation. Fortunately the law works both ways, and a situation of lack may be changed to one of
For example: A woman came to me one hot summer's day for a "treatment" for prosperity. She was worn
out, dejected and discouraged. She said she possessed just eight dollars in the world. I said, "Good, we'll
bless the eight dollars and multiply them as Jesus Christ multiplied the loaves and fishes," for He taught
that every man had the power to bless and to multiply, to heal and to prosper. She said, "What shall I do
next?" I replied, "Follow intuition. Have you a 'hunch' to do anything, or to go anywhere?" Intuition
means, intuition, or to be taught from within. It is man's unerring guide, and I will deal more fully with its
laws in a following chapter.
The woman replied: "I don't know - I seem to have a 'hunch' to go home; I've just enough money for
carfare." Her home was in a distant city and was one of lack and limitation, and the reasoning mind (or
intellect) would have said: "Stay in New York and get work and make some money." I replied, "Then go
home - never violate a hunch." I spoke the following words for her: Infinite Spirit open the way for great
abundance for --. She is an irresistible magnet for all that belongs to her by divine right." I told her to
repeat it continually also. She left for home immediately. In calling on a woman one day, she linked up
with an old friend of her family.