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Henry Harrison Brown

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Henry H. Brown's

Concentration: The Road to Success

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Introductory - What is Success? - The "Why" of the Book - Concentration a Natural Process - Paying Attention - Some Channels of Waste - "I Am Life" - How Shall I Concentrate - The Will - Habits - "In the Silence" - Compensation of Concentration - With Eyes See Not - The Ideal - Prayer - Desire versus Wish - Mental Poise - Methods of Concentration - Directions for Practice - How To Do It - Some Practical Suggestions - Self-Study and the Law of Life - Special Desires versus Principles - My One Rule:-Agreement - Love - Opinions and Methods of Others - A Parting Word -


Chapter XIV. - Desire versus Wish - 79

Want fewer things but want those few things more.
--- Elizabeth Towne.

Hunger goes selfishly thinking of food;
Evil lies painfully yearning for Good.
--- John Boyle O'Reily.

I only ask a will resigned,
0 Father, to thine own!
--- Whittier.

The one prudence of life is concentration; the one evil, dissipation. Everything is good which takes away one plaything and delusion more, and drives us home to add one more stroke of faithful work.
--- Emerson.


Will concentration bring me what I desire 0! "I want something so much" thus writes a friend of many years.

What is desire? I must consider it, as the consciousness of the pressure of the unfolding soul. Could consciousness be given the rose-bud in spring-time, I think it would be filled with desire; outward pressure is ex-pressure. So desire in the Human consciousness is but the demand of the soul for expansion through expression. Every desire must be gratified. Hunger is the prophecy of food. The hunger would not be were there not that which can satisfy it. Hunger and food are the two sides of one fact. Hunger the subjective side and food the objective. So is it with every desire; it not only can be but it is gratified.

But here is one important thought, one which will help you to an understanding of my assertion. There is here

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