It’s not merely about thinking

Here’s an interesting quote from William Walker Atkinson:

“In closing this lesson I wish to caution my readers to refrain from manifesting or feeling anything like fear at what I have said about the use of mentative energy by other people. Remember, that fear in itself is the most negative influence and most weakening mental state known. It renders negative the most positive man if freely indulged in.

No matter how potent may be these mentative currents, there are none that may not be rendered impotent, and ineffectual by your own willpower set in motion by your own desireforce. Each and every one of you have within you, and under your own control, a force that will render you perfectly and absolutely immune from undesirable mentative influence, no matter who may use it against you.

Nature has blessed all of us in this respect—it makes no bane without its antidote, and does not depart from its rule in this phase any more than in any other. It supplies the means of selfprotection to everyone, and always furnishes the defensive weapon to match the offensive one.

As a matter of fact, you are defending yourself constantly, although you may not know it.

Much of this defensive work is done along subconscious lines, but you are doing much of it consciously by the use of your will and spirit of individuality. You are using the mental “No!” all the time—that is, unless you are some poor creature who is afraid to say “No!” even mentally, and if you are that, then this book is doubly needed by you.

There is nothing to be afraid of except fear—so the sooner you cast off fear the better you will be, and the more advanced on the road to mastery. While this is not the place for exercises, still I want each and every one of you to start right in now and form a mental attitude of fearlessness and strength, that you may begin at once to send forth mentative currents of that rate of vibration.

If you do so—and you will, I know—then you will begin to notice an improvement at once. You will begin to realize your increasing power, and you will also see that others are beginning to feel it. Begin today—this moment—to radiate mentative currents of strength and power in all directions.

Stimulate the currents by arousing a strong, intense, burning desire to be strong and to radiate strength vibrations—then back this up by the application of a strong, steady, masterful and dominant will—and then “the trick will be done.”

But right here, remember, first, last, and all the time, that it is not a mere matter of thinking—but a matter of feeling. Thoughts are cold, but feelings are warm, alive and vital. Therefore you must not merely think “I Am Strong,” or say it like a parrot—but you must stir up your nature to its depth, until you can really feel that you are indeed strong and possessed of the radiant energy of mentative force. Feeling is living thought.

Everything that is worth while was produced by this feeling thought. Feeling — Desire — Emotion — Passion — Wanting — Willing — Demanding — these are the things that have creative power. So do not deceive yourself with this “holding the thought,” or any such nonsense of which you have heard so much until you get sick at the mention of the words. It is not simply “holding the thought,” it is “holding the desire,” and backing it up with the will, that does the work. To create a thing you must want it with a burning, eager want that brooks no denial—backed up by a will that knows no such word as “can’t” or “no.”

It’s particularly important you notice what I underlined in bold. Notice that’s it’s exactly what I keep on repeating that it’s not just the thought, it’s everything else combined with the thought. It’s the thought that has the impact on all your body.

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