Your Forces and How to Use Them

Aug 29, 2012 by

For anyone who may feel he or she is under-using their “forces”……(and don’t we all at one time or another?) I have just the book!  Originally published in 1912, YOUR FORCES AND HOW TO USE THEM by Christian Larson was one of many successful and prescient new age / new thought books written by the prolific metaphysical author. Christian Larson is credited by many as being the founder of what is commonly known as the  New Thought movement. He also (little side note) wrote the Optimist Creed that is still used today by Optimist Clubs around the world.

Here are a few of his words on the use of “I AM” later suggested, utilized and written about by many current motivational and new age writers/speakers.

To develop individuality, the first essential is to give the “I Am” its true and lofty position in your mind. The “I Am” is the very center of individuality, and the more fully conscious you become of the  ‘I Am ‘  the more of the power that is in the  ‘ I Am ‘ ‘you arouse, and it is the arousing of this power that makes individuality positive and strong. Another essential is to practice the idea of feeling or conceiving yourself as occupying the masterful attitude. “Whenever you think of yourself, think of yourself as being and living and acting in the masterful attitude. Then in addition, make every desire positive, make every feeling positive, make every thought positive, and make every action of mind positive. To make your wants distinct and positive, that is, to actually and fully know what you want and then proceed to want what you want with all the power that is in you, will also tend to give strength and positiveness to your individuality; and the reason is that such actions of mind will tend to place in positive, constructive action every force that is in your system.

         A most valuable method is to picture in your mind your own best idea of what a strong, well-developed individuality would necessarily be, and then think of yourself as becoming more and more like that picture. In this connection it is well to remember that we gradually grow into the likeness of that which we think of the most. Therefore, if you have a very clear idea of a highly developed individuality, and think a great deal of that individuality with a strong, positive desire to develop such an individuality, you will gradually and surely move towards that lofty ideal. Another valuable method is to give conscious recognition to what may be called the bigger man on the inside.

Few people think of this greater man that is within them, but we cannot afford to neglect this interior entity for a moment. This greater or larger man is not something that is separate and distinct from ourselves. It is simply the sum total of the greater powers and possibilities that are within us. We should recognize these, think of them a great deal, and desire with all the power of heart and mind and soul to arouse and express more and more of these inner powers. Thus we shall find that the interior man, our real individuality, will become stronger and more active, and our power to apply our greater possibilities will increase accordingly. The value of individuality is so great that it cannot possibly be overestimated. Every known method that will develop individuality, therefore, should be applied faithfully, thoroughly and constantly. In fact, no one other 1 thing we can do will bring greater returns. ”

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