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William Walker Atkinson

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Arcane Formulas or Mental Alchemy

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Egohood - Establishing the Ego - 1 - Establishing the Ego - 2 - Establishing the Ego - 3 - Will Focalization - The Excluded Middle - Mastering the Opposite - Neutralizing Rhythm - Cyclicity and Balance - Mentalism in a Nutshell - Formula for Positivity - Will Atmosphere - Personal Positivity - Visualization - Statements - Denials - Mental Alchemy - Mental Vibration - Thought Waves and Currents - Thought Forms - Practical Methods - Concentration - Mental Imaging - Materialization of Thought - Aids to Mental Imaging - General Application - The Arcane Formula - Contents -

Lesson IV. - Establishing the Ego (III) - p.25

In the preceding lessons we have directed your attention to the process of mentally freeing oneself from the restrictions imposed by the illusory identification of the Self or Ego with the physical body --- the Corporeal Self. If the Neophyte has caught the spirit of the Formulas, and has put the same into practice, he will have at least evolved into a partial consciousness or realization of the Incorporeal Self.

But even this is but the first step toward Freedom and Attainment. Even with the highest conception of the Incorporeal Self, when the latter is bound by the illusion of Personality, one fails to realize his true Egohood. Only when the bonds of Personality are loosened, does the Ego begin to realize its true nature.

Just as one is bound by the illusion of the corporeal nature of the "I," so is it further bound --- and even more closely bound --- by the illusion of the personal nature of the Ego. The Ego is not only more, and greater, than the physical body it uses --- but it

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