"In nature, there is no blemish but the mind. None can be called deformed but the unkind." -- Shakespeare
TO MAKE WAY for constructive thinking and a true molding of the mental faculties, we must first banish all unfit thoughts. The mind is a part of the great living organism – the body – just as are the heart and lungs. It should be cleansed in conjunction with the body cleansing. Six days of the purging of the mind should be accompanied by a six-day period of cleansing of the physical system.
Destructive and malignant thoughts must be eliminated. We must entirely deny feelings of dissatisfaction, dullness and impatience. These attributes destroy mental balance and impair the health to a remarkable degree. Sooner or later, they endanger worldly success and achievement. We know that the body and mind are so interrelated that any activity of one must almost inevitably have its effect upon the other. Mind and organism are one. They are inseparable. Diseases of the mind are truly hideous for they inevitably involve body processes and lead to complete spiritual and physical disintegration. Envy, fear, and anger actually cause harmful organic disturbances and often do inestimable harm. Let us follow, then, our theory that body, soul, and mind are one. Let us glory in the purging and purifying of its vital forces. For each month of the year and for each day of the month we ar going to follow the spiritual principles outlined in this book. For the month of January we will direct our purposes to cleansing the mind.
The first step in achieving a firm relationship with the Divine Flow of Power is to go into silence. You can obtain Divine silence any place in the world. No dark room is necessary. All earthly disturbances must be banished. Close your mind to outside influences and start to commune with your spirit. In other words, contact the Divine Flow, which is ever-present, just as the ether waves of radio are always in the air. Shut out all other thoughts and forces. Repeat the affirmation for the day indicated. Read it with the consciousness and the faith that you are pouring out your soul to the Divine Creator. Be positive. Repeat every word either orally or mentally. Linger on each word. Put behind it every ounce of energy you have. Make this a living part of you. Make the affirmation vibrate with every beat of your heart.
Let no one disturb you. If necessary, stop on a corner of the busiest streets and, putting your hand in the hand of the Divine Presence, repeat at least 100 times the affirmation given for the day.