Menticulture - Boston Budget, Oct. 6, 1895
( Originally Published 1901 )
It is eradication and not repression that Mr. Fletcher enjoins. In this he is right. No one can read thoughtfully the history of the past without realizing how far an advance in spiritual evolution the present century and the present generation have made over that of past ages. Humanity grows constantly finer, truer, nobler. The next step is to clearly perceive that faults, errors, defects of conduct are not necessary; that it is no more necessary to be angry or irritable than it is to steal or to tell falsehoods. All people above the grade of the criminal classes would indignantly resent the thought that they could be dishonest, or directly and maliciously false in statements, while they accept, as a matter of course, ill temper, impatience, irritation, vexation, what ever its forms, and they are anxious, suspicious, worried, perplexed, variously and perhaps almost constantly to a greater or less degree. All this is really just as unnecessary as theft or falsehood would be. There is a better way.
Now the very moment that one clearly and earnestly realizes that anger and worry and all their attendant train of variations and shades are unnecessary utterly and absolutely unnecessary he has taken the initial step toward his emancipation. If each and every one could do this, nine-tenths of the tangles of the world would be straightened out at once.
For one thing, here is a great conservation of energy. The amount of strength wasted in worry, in vexation, in worrying not only over things that have happened, but over things that possibly might but probably never will is something appalling.
" Some of our griefs we can cure, And the sharpest we still may survive, But what pangs of distress we endure From the evils that never arrive."
Many that do arrive are called into existence by worry, by fret, by utterly unnecessary anxiety, while, had the same expenditure of energy been made in sending out thoughts of radiant and noble and exalted anticipation, the results would have been of that order.
One makes the magnetic connection with whatever great sphere of thought he allies himself. Order, calmness, serenity and sweetness connect one who habitually holds his feelings with that realm of life; while fret and irritation connect him just as surely with all the realm of torment and torture. By this magnetic law one becomes possessed of not only his own harmony, or discord, as may be, but a vast and indeed unlimited reservoir of the one or the other is laid open to his life.
People talk much of needing rest. As a rule, they do not need rest at all, in the sense of cessation from work, but they need serenity and poise. A man does not gain time, but loses it, by beginning his work in a nervous hurry. Let him sit down quietly and alone and collect his forces, assert his spiritual supremacy, and then shall he go to his task with a concentration of power that is effective. Circumstances are pliant to spiritual power; they are controlled entirely by spiritual force. Realizing this truth is to gain a working hypothesis, by means of which life is rendered clear, direct and effective.
Truly, it is an era, a spiritual crisis in life, when we can simply and clearly realize that anger and worry are no more necessary, no more inevitable, than theft and falsehood. Believe and love. Recognize only the good. It is the secret of all success, of all happiness, of all Divine life.