Poise and Power

Jan 24, 2013 by

POISE AND POWER by Christian D. Larson was originally published in 1907 and as the title so accurately suggests, gives the reader great information on how to attain personal power and poise.

Here are a few lines to get you started:

“A genius is slumbering in the subconscious of every mind. This genius can be awakened.”

“Whatever we wish to attain or accomplish, power is required; and since it is our privilege as well as our desire to attain much and accomplish much, any method through which we may increase our power will naturally receive our most direct and most thorough attention. The newest science of life has discovered such a method, and it is the purpose of the following pages to elucidate its principles and laws so perfectly that anyone can apply them with the greatest possible results.

The method under consideration we shall call Poise, because Poise conserves energy, and conserved energy accumulates energy. The path to increase is to save what you now receive, and to constructively use what you have saved. This we
accomplish through Poise.  When we attain Poise, all the energy generated in the system is saved; that is, all loss and waste is prevented. This fact means much — so much that months of experience may be required to realize its import in full.

Some conception of the value of being able to save all the energy generated in the system will be gained when we learn that the average person loses from three- fourths to nine-tenths of this power. Even the mental giants in the world are actually wasting nearly three-fourths of the energy generated in their systems. The one-fourth which is saved and employed makes them great : then what might they not become if they saved and employed all this power? The human personality may well be termed a living dynamo, because the amount of energy generated in the average healthy person is simply enormous.

We may therefore predict great things for the race when the art of saving and using all this power is learned. But the importance of the subject does not end with attainment and achievement; in fact, the art of saving one’s Poise and Power.Power is of value in every department of human activity. Modem physiological research has demonstrated conclusively that it is practically impossible for any one to become sick so long as the system is full of energy. And it has traced the great majority of the ordinary human ills to one cause — lack of vital force.

It is therefore evident that sickness could be wholly prevented had we some method through which all the energy- generated in the system could be saved ; because there is enough energy generated in the average person to perform several times as much physical or mental labor as the average person does
perform. At the same time he can keep the entire personality full to the brim with vital force.”

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