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you have arrived at this point in less time, you should go back and begin where haste first retarded your progress.


No matter how great may be your ability to read and understand books, that growth, that law, require time as well as intelligent effort. No matter how poor may be your ability in such respect, that growth is absolutely certain if you put reasonable time and genuine effort into its acquisition.

The giant trees of California were once puny saplings. The slow lapse of time has drawn nature into their mighty hearts. Magnetism can no more be acquired by the mere reading of a book, or by hurried practice of its directions, than can these giants of the West be produced in the hot-house culture of a northern summer.

MAGNETIC GROWTH IS NATURALLY SLOW. Its principles, its methods, and the results of its study, have to be deeply sunk into and absorbed and assimilated by the subjective self before the reaction of magnetism in the objective life can obtain. This book has promised no miracle. If you have read it correctly, you have learned that magnetic growth cannot be hurried. These statements are placed here because, had they appeared at the beginning of our work, the outlook would have seemed, perhaps, discouraging, but more especially because they would not have been understood. You now understand them because you have toiled, and you can afford to smile at such possible discouragement. You have paid an easy price for magnetic power, for the gains discount the pains.


The faithful observance of the suggestions of this volume has developed many surprises during the time occupied. It is possible that the lessons have unduly cultivated your subjective life. In a work of this kind, such a danger is unavoidable. The growth of magnetism involves intense and continuous concentration of thought upon the psychic field, and it is very likely that you may find it necessary to guard against that danger. The method of so guarding is briefly indicated below.

The sole value of magnetism consists in its practical application to everyday affairs. Success-Magnetism is not an accomplishment merely; it is a practical power. When rightly developed and used, it controls the subjective self in the concrete work of the objective. The definition of the goal you have been seeking now appears:


The first duty of man is practical sanity.


It is possible that you have now discovered in yourself certain occult talents, such as telepathy, hypnotism, mediumship, clairaudience, clairvoyance, psychometry, psychic healing, and the like.

It would be evidence of ignorance to call in question these "faculties" of the human ego. The author's personal experience forbids. Nevertheless, it is now freely stated:


Hypnotism and magnetism are widely separated.

Psychic healing occupies another field.

Clairaudience and clairvoyance are not utilizable by magnetism.

Telepathy and psychometry are related to its etheric explanation alone.

Mediumship is totally independent of it.

In other words, personal magnetism in operation requires NONE of these talents, except, perhaps, telepathy and genuine palmistry-- the study of hands as indicative physiologically (not occultly) of present character (not past or future events).

It is a noble characteristic of personal magnetism that, while issuing in and from the subconscious self, its real instruments are the everyday body, the everyday mind, the everyday self, as its real field is the everyday, objective world, big with opportunity, adequate to the splendid development of any human being.

YOU ARE NOW URGED TO PERMIT NO OCCULT STUDY OR TALENT TO INTERRUPT OR BEFOG YOUR PRACTICAL LIFE. All things are his who steadfastly remembers that "life is real, life is earnest." Magnetism is sanity at work. It is unalterably opposed to runaway fads, chimerical visions, unstrung nerves, mental aberration, psychic gourmandism. Magnetism is practical cooperation with level-headed people who are bent on making the best of self and the world through created opportunity.

For these reasons, you cannot study magnetism too deeply nor practise it too faithfully. Its legitimate culture will harm none, will benefit all.

To him who possesses any occult power and uses it nobly, this book extends congratulations.

How May Contentment Dull My Zeal

If one small fact my mind could know Of matter or of spirit,-- Within, without, above, below, And never neighbor near it,-- This tiny thing a Universe would be, Clear as Arabian caves to Sesame.

Then should I scan the littlest laws Their mightier kin unfolding, Detect the essence of all Cause And see the Cosmos molding; Then should I run, a new-born god, the race Begun with thought, complete in planet-space.

How might one stay the perfect quest In surfeit of succeeding? This were a weak and venal rest-- Vast yonder-wealth unheeding. This were to make of Knowing that high goal Which truth declares is Culturing a Soul.

How may contentment dull my zeal, With range on range uprising, While growing power to know and feel Adds to the soul's sure prizing? Let me, one god, like Him, the Infinite All, In each achievement hear the Higher Call.



Relays of races, rugged and long, Up the peaks rising and blending! Wine for the daring, meat for the strong, Power with toil contending! "Higher! Yet higher!" the man's full song-- "Never a last ascending!"


Scattered here and there through the preceding pages, various laws of magnetism have appeared. We now proceed to formulate certain other laws that have been involved in our discussion, but not, for the most part, expressed as such. These laws are of an advanced order, and should be exhaustively studied in the interest of the highest magnetic intelligence and power. Necessarily this work must be purely individual and cannot be specifically directed. We begin with


FIRST LAW: DISCOVERY OF ENDOWMENT. The limits of magnetic endowment latent in every normal person emerge only through prolonged effort in the culture of magnetism.

SECOND LAW: DIFFICULT ENVIRONMENT. Magnetism develops in direct proportion to the difficulty of environment.

THIRD LAW: MAGNETIC INTENTION. Magnetism evolves solely through multiplication of endowment into environment by the persistent magnetic intention.

FOURTH LAW: FREE ADJUSTMENT. The culture of magnetism imperatively demands that central adjustment of the self to all powers which realizes in absolute psychic freedom.

FIFTH LAW: CONCENTRATION. The magnetic multiplication of endowment into environment is only possible to intense, persistent and unified concentration to the methods of Success-Magnetism.

SIXTH LAW: PURPOSE-IDEALS. Growth of noblest magnetism depends, in the larger sense, upon general adherence to a single, preeminent, ideal life-purpose, and, in the particular sense, upon specialization of the individual in studied magnetic conduct

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