Thinking in the Heart OR Easy Lessons in Realization

Nov 5, 2013 by

thinkingThinking in the Heart OR Easy Lessons in Realization by Kate Atkinson Boehme was originally published in 1902 and is an  important book for those interested in the early New thought Movement.

Here are a few paragraphs from early in the book to give you a feel for her style and content:

“To enter into Realization it is necessary to get away from the comparatively meaningless action which constitutes the greater part of our thinking. There is nothing to realize but Truth, and all thinking which does not move toward the knowledge of Truth is desultory, vague, purposeless, unreal and useless.

You, the master workman, must learn how to use the thought machine. You must also learn how to let it rest, for you are not at the mercy of your thoughts, except as you allow yourself to be. You really stand behind all your thought action and have the power to control and direct it. By developing this power you acquire the mastery over environment.

Edward Carpenter, in his ” Visit to a Gnani,” speaks to the point. He says: “That a man should be a prey to any thought that chances to take possession of his mind, is commonly among us assumed as unavoidable. It may be matter of regret that he should be kept awake all night from anxiety as to the issue of a lawsuit on the morrow, but that he should have the power of determining whether he be kept awake or not seems an extravagant demand. The image of an impending calamity is no doubt odious, but its very odiousness (we say) makes it haunt the mind all the more pertinaciously, and it is useless to try to expel it.”

Yes, this is an absurd position for man, the heir of all the ages, to be in; hag-ridden by the flimsy creatures of his own brain. If a pebble in our boot torments us, we expel it. We take off the boot and shake it out. And once the matter is fairly understood, it is just as easy to expel an intruding and obnoxious thought from the mind. About this there ought to be no mistake ; no two opinions. The thing is obvious, clear and unmistakable. It should be as easy to expel an obnoxious thought from your mind as it is to shake a stone out of your shoe; and until a man can do that, it is just nonsense to talk about his ascendency over Nature, and all the rest of it. He is a mere slave, and a prey to the bat-winged phantoms that flit through the corridors of his own brain.”

Carpenter then goes on to say that this power has long been known and practiced in the East, but that, like other arts, it requires practice to attain any degree of success, when it no longer remains a thing of difficulty, or even mystery. He continues : “While at work your thought is to be absolutely concentrated in it, undistracted by anything whatever, irrelevant to the matter in hand — pounding away like a great engine, with giant power and perfect economy — no wear and tear of friction, or dislocation of parts owing to the working of different forces at the same time. Then, when the work is finished, if there is no more occasion for the use of the machine, it must stop equally, absolutely — stop entirely — no worrying (as if a parcel of boys were allowed to play their devilments with a locomotive as soon as it was in the shed) — and the man must retire into that region of his consciousness where his true self dwells. ”

I say the power of the thought-machine itself is enormously increased by this faculty of letting it alone on the one hand, and of using it singly and with concentration on the other. It becomes a true tool, which a master workman lays down when done with, but which only a bungler carries about with him all the time to show that he is the possessor of it.”


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