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William Walker Atkinson

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William Walker Atkinson's

Thought Force in Business and Everyday Life

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Preface - Dedication - Salutatory - The Nature of the Force - How the Thought Force Can Aid You - Direct Psychic Influence - A Little Worldly Wisdom - The Power of the Eye - The Magnetic Gaze - The Volic Force - Direct Volation - Telepathic Volation - The Adductive Quality of Thought - Character Building By Mental Control - The Art of Concentering - The Practice of Concentering - Valedictory - Contents

Lesson 8 - The Volic Force - p. 36

Distinction between the adductive Quality of Thought and the Volic Force - Varying manifestations of thought vibrations - Definition of Volation and Volic Force - A most potent force - The real man - The "I Am"- Its recognition - Its importance - Man attains hither to unknown powers - The Soul of Man - The will - The secret of the development of the will - Active and Passive mentation - The projection of thought waves.

In the preceding lessons, I have given you an explanation of the manner whereby one person may attract another, in a personal interview, by means of the power of suggestion, etc. The person thus making the impression upon another is aided in his work by two other forces. The first of these assisting forces is what is known as the Adductive Quality of Thought, of which I will speak in subsequent lessons; the second is the Volative influence of the mind of one person over the mind of another. There is a marked difference in these two manifestations of the power of the mind. In the first instances, the Adductive Quality of Thought, once being set in motion, affects others without a conscious effort of your mind; your mere thinking strongly of certain things, setting a mighty force in motion which influences others. In the case of Volation, the mental vibrations are sent out and impelled by the conscious exercise of the will power of the sender, and are directed toward some special object; when the impelling power is withdrawn, the vibrations cease.

I find no term in general use, which is especially applicable to this form of thought force, and I do not desire to continue to speak of it as "the conscious effort of the will, producing thought-vibrations, and impelling the same toward a given object." I am driven, by necessity, to the coining of a name to express this idea.

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