The Silence: What It Is and How to Use It
"There is abundance in the world for me given by the bountiful hand of Omnipotence. I gratefully
claim and accept all the supply for my needs."
The old idea of orthodox prayer was that of supplication and begging.
I have spent a whole night at a time begging for a few pennies
and supplicating for the salvation of others. What waste of energy.
Each time that we send up such a weak supplication as the attitude of
a beggar, with the timid, frightful thoughts that only a beggar's
mind can have--this condition of mind, cross circuits the power to
bring into our lives the very things we most desire.
When the beggar extends his hand for a copper, he knows that
not everyone who passes is going to give him a coin. He,
therefore, solicits more or less mechanically, with a mind not positive
or sure. His hand is extended in timidity and weakness. Now and then
he gets a coin from a sympathetic passer-by. The same principle
holds true for the man who prays in the old orthodox fashion. He
utters his petitions with doubts and misgivings, with timidity and wonderings. Some of
his prayers are answered--just as the occasional coin is cast to the beggar. But most of the
orthodox prayers sent up in the fashion of begging and supplicating are never answered. Of
necessity, they cannot be, because the concentration is filled with fear and trembling.
Only by positive and courageous thinking do we attract to ourselves the answers to our prayers.
When we are permeated with the spirit of doubt, our petitions are cross-circuited.
Therefore, in making your affirmation this time, rest assured that the abundant spirit of the
Universal Supply has everything you need, and has it now. You have only to put your mind in a
condition to receive.
You do not have to beg the sun for its rays, nor God for His love. It is there for the taking. Many
of us keep the sunshine of abundance out of our lives by pulling down the curtain of doubt--just
as we may go into a room, pull down a shade and keep out the sun. James Russell Lowell,
seventy-five years ago, told us the same story in "The Vision of Sir Launfal," when he said that
"Heaven is given away and God may be had for the asking".
By gratefully accepting all of the supply for your needs, you are running up the shade of positive
faith and letting the sunlight of abundance in.
Send out the desire for your supply to the Universal Mind and then rest--feeling that it has been
acquired. Of course, the stronger you concentrate, without stress and strain (as outlined in
"Practical Psychology and Sex Life," by the author, under the chapter "How to get what you
want," and chapters on "Concentration"), and the more positive and courageous your
concentration, the stronger will be your mental thought currents and consequently the quicker