False Thought — Selfishness — Fear
( Originally Published Early 1900's )
And when fear vanishes, replaced by the white life, selfishness will die as impossible, and thought will no longer be false for the reason that only truth will be possessed.
If the whole world, then, would but thrust out fear and receive the spirit of courage, I do not know any "evils" that could endure a century.
And if you who read these pages will but swing up to the white-life harmony-plane, Health, Happiness and Power must be yours as surely as air rushes into a broken vacuum. If you ask, " What are the limits of this truth?" I answer, "I do n't know." To speak otherwise would be mere speculation. I affirm the great truth: All things are yours. That you, if stricken through and through with disharmony, may be able to receive all you crave, I may not affirm. Nevertheless, it is permitted to say: "Launch out! Launch out in the New Thought of Life, and receive, as you do so, what-ever is rightly your own, as you are increasingly able to do so."
Man has banished many of his fears already. It is not a long run of the centuries since he quaked before the gloom of the forest, the solitude of the hills, the fog of the vast sea, and, creating innumerable gods and devils by that wizard of distortion, the imagination, lodged them in every object of existence under and in the heavens. He has gotten rid of these.
But when we observe the fear of water, the fear of tornadoes, the fear of lightning, the fear of fire, the fear of disease, the fear of accident, the fear of death, the fear of ridicule, the fear of public opinion, the fear of bankruptcy, the fear of self, the fear for self, the fear of others, the fear of failure, the fear of devils, the fear of a vindictive God, the fear of the future, the fear of a hell—Oh, then, we know that the sun of light is not at his meridian height. We can yet get rid of these also. This is one of the world's tasks. This is your task, if you would make the most of your self and life.
"There is yet very much land to be possessed." No one will possess all of that land in the present stage of existence. Some will be able to claim more than others, but they will err if they assume themselves to be favorites, and the "others" will do worse than err if they complain, " We, alas, are down on our luck." Be assured of one thing: all may be rid of their fears and the whole mass of distress induced by fears. All may acquire dauntless yet serene courage. In that state, if it be of the highest, as it may be, will come to them a peace, a happiness, an influx of buoyancy, a confidence, a sense of well-being, the like of which they have never known.