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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 XVII. - Directions for Practice - 92

Like a beautiful flower full of color but without fragrance
are all the fine but fruitless words of him who does not act accordingly.
--- Dhammapada.

Time was, I sat out Truth to find.
Heart-sick, foot-sore, weary grew my mind;
When haply-oh my pride! what bitter cost!
Truth found me wandering. I, not Truth, was lost.
--- Alfred Young.

The only way to change conditions effectually is to change the heart, the habit, or instinct-mind.

This can be done with more or less ease, according to the degree of setness of character and the degree of will and enthusiasm brought to bear.

The key to all change of character lies within that little five per cent conscious mind, which with all its littleness is a sure lever by which to move the ninety-five per cent ponderosity below it. For conscious thought is positive thought, dynamic; while subconscious thought is negative, receptive. That little five per cent mind has stronger compelling power than several times its bulk of sub-conscious mind, and there is not an atom of all that ninety- five per cent sub-conscious mind which cannot be moved by that little five per cent mind which lies at the top.
The conscious self is the directing power. Just as it directed your fingers to change their fixed habits, so it can direct any change in other lines of mental or bodily habit --- by directing persistently, quietly insistent practice on the desired lines. Insist upon right conscious thinking, and in due time you cannot fail to have right sub-conscious thinking.

--- Elizabeth Towne in The Life Power.

Many teachers give formulas; there is a belief extant that certain positions; directions in relation to points of the compass; certain minerals, crystals, amulets,

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