Here’s a fascinating quote from William Walker Atkinson:
“It’s not always the biggest and strongest physically who rule – the ruler becomes so by reason of the mysterious soul quality which we call Spiritdness, and which men often call “nerve”, or “mettle”, or “sand”.
When two individuals come into contact with each other there is mental struggle – there may not even be a word uttered – and yet soul grapples with soul as the two pairs of eyes gaze into each other, and a subtle something in each engages and grapples with a subtle something in the other.
It may be all over in a moment, but the conflict is settled for the time, and each of the mental combatants knows that he is victor or defeated, as the case may be.
There may be no feeling of antagonism between the parties engaging, but nevertheless there seems to be an inward recognition on both sides that there is something between them always leads.
And this leadership does not depend upon physical strength, intellectual attainment, or culture in the ordinary sense, but upon the manifestation and recognition of that subtle quality that we have called Spirit.
People unconsciously assert their recognition of quality in themselves and others by their use of the term. We often hear of people “lacking spirit”; “being spiritless”; and of others having had their spirit broken;”, etc.
Breeders of thoroughbred racing horses will tell you that a horse having spirit will run a gamer race and will often outdistance and out-wind a horse having higher physical characteristics, but less “spirit” or “class”. Horsemen insist that the possession of “spirit” in a horse is recognized by the other horses, who are affected by it and become discouraged and allow themselves to be beaten, although often they may be better racing machines, physically.
This spirit is a fundamental vital strength possessed by all living things in degrees – and it may be developed and strengthened in one’s self.”
This “spirit” Atkinson is talking about is nothing more than magnetism coupled with a Strong Will! And it’s our goal to develop it.
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