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The Shoulders On Which We Stand


Cherish your visions. Cherish your ideals. Cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.

James Allen (1864-1912)

The great truth is, within you is the unborn possibility of limitless life, and yours is always the privilege of giving birth to it. The need is to get out of the shallows of self-limiting thought, and launch out into the depths of limitless Mind.

Eric Butterworth (1916-2003), Celebrate Yourself

What everyone desires is to have only the good manifested in his life and surroundings – to have his life full of love, to have perfect health, to know all things, to have great power and much joy – and this is just exactly what God wants us to have. All love is God in manifestation, as we have learned in a previous lesson. All wisdom is God. All life and health are God. All joy (because all good) and all power are God. All good of whatever kind is God come forth into visibility through people or some other visible form. When we crave more of any good thing, we are in reality craving more of God to come forth into our lives so that we can realize it by the senses. Having more of God does not take out of our lives the good things – it only puts more of them in. In the mind that is God, there is always the desire to give more, for the divine plan is forever to get more good into visibility.

Emilie Cady (1848-1941), Lessons In Truth

God is a metaphor for that which transcends all levels of intellectual thought. It’s as simple as that.

Joseph Campbell (1904-1987)

Let us realize that we should so live in body and in mind that we may be channels through which the Creative Forces may flow. Let us give more attention to our thoughts, for thoughts are deeds and are children of the union of the mind and the soul. What we think continually we become.

Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), A Search For God, Book 1

Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

It is a law of thought that we grow like that which we see in mind and dwell on in our thoughts. Restitution means, primarily, that man is to be restored to the Divine image and likeness and to the mastery and dominion which were given him in the beginning. The whole earth, the whole creation, suffers because of the loss of man’s dominion. And as he comes back into the consciousness of who he is and what his power is as the offspring of God, he will exercise his power and dominion in wisdom and love and the whole earth shall be blessed.

Charles Fillmore (1854-1948), Unity Correspondence Course

I am convinced that we are coming to the time when we shall be obliged to face eternal life—to bring the soul face to face with the Christ power, and to hold it to the true course of life until the real plan of life is known and fulfilled.

Myrtle Fillmore (1845-1931), How To Let God Help You

So your real self, the Christ within, the spiritual man, the I Am, or the divine spark, as it is variously called, is an individualization of God. You are the presence of God at the point where you are. This does not, of course, mean that you are an absurd little personal God. You are an individualization of the one and only God.

Emmet Fox (1886-1951), The Seven Main Aspects of God

There is only one way to find your heaven on earth, and that is through inner contact with God. Rest assured that all that humanhood is, is a sense of separation from God. All that divine being is, is conscious oneness with God. …But, in making contact with God so that you feel it, so that you actually catch that sense of awareness, you let your humanhood become the transparency through which the Divinity of you is shining. Then, you are no longer living your own life; God is living Its life as you.

Joel Goldsmith (1892-1964), Consciousness Unfolding

The whole world is on the eve of a new consciousness, a new power and a new consciousness, a new power and a new realization of the resources within the self. The last century saw the most magnificent material progress in history. The present century will produce the greatest progress in mental and spiritual power.

Charles F. Haanel (1866-1949), The Master Key System

Anything the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

Napoleon Hill (1883-1970), Think and Grow Rich

When one can sing praises in the face of adversity, the adversity will soon disappear. That is not a promise; that is a Law. Learn to render praise, to be thankful for the good at hand, and you will have found the magic lamp of Spirit.

Raymond Holliwell (1900-1986), Working With The Law

A new light is coming into the world. We are on the borderland of a new experience. The veil between Spirit and matter is very thin. The invisible passes into visibility through our faith in it. A new science, a new religion, and a new philosophy are rapidly being developed. This is in line with the evolution of the great Presence and nothing can hinder its progress. It is useless, as well as foolish, to make any attempts to cover this Principle, or to hold It as a vested right of any religion, sect or order. The Truth will out; the spirit will make itself known. Happy are we if we see these things which, from the foundation of the human race, have been longed for by all aspiring souls.

Ernest Holmes (1887-1960), The Science of Mind

Nothing straightens out the mind like looking all the claims of evil boldly in the face with the uplifted conviction that there is nothing but Good, telling all things that there is one substance, and that is Spirit, only one life and that is God, only one mind and that is God.

Emma Curtis Hopkins (1849-1925), Scientific Christian Mental Practice

Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

The law of life is the law of belief, and belief could be summed up briefly as a thought in your mind. As a man thinks, feels, and believes, so is the condition of his mind, body, and circumstances.

Joseph Murphy (1898-1981), The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

The person who sends out positive thoughts activates the world around him positively and draws back to himself positive results.

Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)

So we see, to play successfully the game of life, we must train the imaging faculty. A person with an imaging faculty trained to image only good, brings into his life “every righteous desire of his heart”—health, wealth, love, friends, perfect self-expression, his highest ideals.

Florence Scovel Schinn (1871-1940), The Game of Life and How To Play It

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Seeing. We might say that the whole of life lies in that verb—if not ultimately, at least essentially. Fuller being is closer union;…union increases only through an increase in consciousness, that is to say in vision. And that, doubtless, is why the history of the living world can be summarized as the elaboration of ever more perfect eyes within a cosmos in which there is always something more to be seen.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955), The Phenomenon of Man

It is only as man sees God as the Great Advancing Presence in all, and good in all, that he can rise to real greatness.

Wallace D. Wattles (1860-1911), The Science of Being Great

Believe in your strength, not your weakness; in your goodness, not your shortcomings; in your divine heritage of abundance, not in appearance of lack.

Ernest C. Wilson (1896-1982)