The Magic of the Mind by Ernest Holmes


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The world is a thing of wonder and we should be filled with a greater sense of what is wonderful. But it so happens that in many respects we are still in a primitive stage of development so that instead of a feeling of reverence and appreciation for the world about us we inadequately interpret it in terms of the miraculous, the magical, and the mysterious.

We feel ourselves surrounded by events and happenings which appear to have no apparent cause and we have devised many odd and peculiar ways of relating ourselves to them. We may laugh at the efforts of primitive peoples to deal with their world through strange rites, formulas, and symbols, but at the same time overlook our own foibles.

All too often we are prone to forget that we are living in a universe that is a thing of law and order and we ascribe the cause of certain events to the workings of magic or miracles. Such an attitude is merely an attempt to explain in some way the operations of laws and forces which we have not yet come fully to understand. In this respect what may be entirely reasonable and commonplace to one person may be incomprehensible and mysterious to another.

For the most part we are still toying with ideas as to what the mind is and how it works. Many of the things that we encounter in our experience we attribute to the magical workings of the mind, without realizing that anything that does work must of necessity function logically and be governed by laws that operate intelligently.

Man’s distinguishing quality in an orderly universe is his ability to think. It naturally follows that his use of thought must conform to the action of law, and that anything that results from his use of thought must be a result of the action of law.

If we have considered that the mind has any magical or miraculous qualities we have not yet recognized that there is no such thing as the erratic action of mysterious powers or forces. Actually there could only be associated with the action of the mind certain laws which always work, laws which we can come to understand and use in a specific and definite manner, even though now we may be but dimly aware of them.

Whatever power thought may have, whatever seeming magic may emanate from the mind, whatever effectiveness thought in the form of affirmative prayer can have, there can only be one intelligent explanation: nothing that occurs in this universe of ours is beyond the control of the laws which govern it, and the action of our mind is no exception. There always lies ahead of us the possibility that we can come to discover the nature of the laws of mind. When rightly understood we can use them in a constructive and beneficial manner bringing new and marvelous things into our experience. Then we will have a feeling of humility and a sense of wonder for the universe which God has created.