In Tune With The Infinite
by Ralph Waldo Trine
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Before "New Age" there was "New Thought," a philosophy that sought God through metaphysics and was wildly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. American mystic and best-selling author RALPH WALDO TRINE (1866-1958) was one of the most significant writers on New Thought principles. Here, Trine examines how to strengthen connection to the Infinite Mind to enjoy a free-flow of abundance, personal blessings, and a strong sense of so necessary one's well being. Originally published in 1897, this timeless book inspired a generation and sold more than two million copies in its day. It is thought to be a fundamental work of inspirational writing that led to such bestsellers as Think and Grow Rich, and The Power of Positive Thinking.
Preface to the First Edition
THERE is a golden thread
through every religion in the world. There is a golden thread that runs
through the lives and the teachings ot all the prophets, seers, sages,
and saviors in the world's history, through the lives of all men and
women of truly great and lasting power. All that they have ever done or
attained to has been done in full accordance with law.
To point out the great
connection with, and the great laws underlying the workings of the
interior, spiritual, thought forces, to point them out so simply and so
clearly that even a child can understand, is the author's aim. To point
them out so simply and so clearly that all can grasp them, that all can
take them and infuse them into everyday life, so as to mold it in all
its details in accordance with what they would have it, is his purpose
That life can be thus molded by them is not a matter of mere
speculation or theory with him, but a matter of positive knowledge
Within yourself lies the cause of whatever enters into your
life. To come into the full realization of your own awakened
inner powers is to be able to condition your life in exact
accord with what you would have it.
A New Message from the Author
WE are born into a strange time - a time that tries men's souls. Bewilderment and fear hold many; change and uncertainty stalk through the land - all lands.
Those who keep their courage up and go serenely on are coming through in a way that those who weaken or lie down cannot know. But to do this many lives need help—real concrete help. A remark by an old college friend some years ago has come to my mind every now and then of late. 'After all,' said he, 'it is well for one to have a little philosophy in ones life. A farm boy, eager for a better education and to get ahead pushing his way through college in the face of great odds, he has been doing a splendid work in a great city, and for his country, and yet has always remained humble. His own character indicates to me he has in goodly measure the philosophy which he commended.
'Yes' I replied 'if it has the element of use.' For I had even then read much in the philosophies of the present and of earlier times, and was forced to the conclusion that very large parts of them are of little real value—interesting, but of little real value—because of their lack of the element ot use; use in the everyday problems of life.
Each of us has their problems of one sort or another, and no life is free from them. We all need help. This is particularly true at present because of the peculiar time we have been born into.
I have often said to friend and acquaintance during the last two or three years that there is perhaps no one quality men and women need so much, and right down in their hearts long for so much, as the quality of courage. For courage to me is nothing more or less than a positive, creative type of thought. It not only keeps us going, but all the time works out effects on the course of our journeying. Thoughts are forces, subtle, vital, creative, continually building and shaping our lives according to their nature. It is in this way that the life always and inevitably follows the thought.
Thoughts of strength engender strength from within and attract it from without. Thoughts of weakness actualize weakness within and attract it from without. Courage therefore begets success, as fear begets failure.
There is something in the universe that responds to intrepid thinking. The POWER that holds and that moves the stars in their courses sustains, illumines and fights for the brave and the upright. Courage has power and magic in it. Faith and hope and courage are great producers—we cannot fail if we live always in the brave and cheerful attitude of mind and heart. He alone fails who gives up and lies down.
To open ourselves to this sustaining POWER, to live continually under its guidance, this is our part. Those of us who do our part will keep free from fear, and therefore from a weakening, corroding worry, the two black twins that carry the germs of despair and defeat, costly for ourselves, unfair for our families, our friends and as our neighbors, costly even for our country.
Years ago, shortly after this book was written, I used on the title page of a little book, as a sort of keynote, the sentence: 'The moment we fully and vitally realize who and what we are, we then begin to build our own world even as God builds His.'
What is the fundamental fact, the fundamental principle of life, the real basis of any healthy or even worthy philosophy of life—Can we find it and know it? There's the rub. But long ago there came one
who with a great aptitude for discerning the things of the mind and the spirit, a great clarity of perception that enabled Him to understand the reality of life, the One Life, and to identify His own life with it—the Infinite Spirit of life and power that is back of all, animating and working through all, the life of all.
So direct and intimate was His understanding of it that He used the term Father: I and my Father are one. And to make it of value in that it was not for Him alone, He said: As I am you shall be. My consciousness of the One Life shall be your consciousness, My insight and power shall be your insight and power, if you will receive My message and do the things I tell you. And truly He handled the stuff of life with a wonderful artistry. This is the message that the Master, Jesus of Galilee, tried so hard to get over into the world. It is through this that He becomes the supreme Way-revealer, the Way-revealer to us men and women of earth.
The Way He showed is what man so sadly needs for a higher and a more efficient individual life, and what the world needs for a more efficient and harmonious and co-operative life. Here is the basis of all idealistic philosophy - a philosophy, a religion of power, of concrete creative power and therefore of use. All are partakers and individual expressions of the One Life, all related and interrelated. As we open ourselves fully to the realization of this we bring harmony into our individual lives, and out of that harmony we create a world of harmony and co-operation, in which each individual and each country enjoys freedom and the fruits of labor, instead of enslavement, of disruption, and of eventual destruction.
Yes, from the conception of the One Life flows the inevitable reality that all men are brothers. There is great gain, there is even an obvious self-interest in building our individual lives and our world life upon that reality. If we do so, we will establish a just and therefore more lasting peace.
What a frightful price we have now to pay for our ignorance, our negligence, our self-seeking, our forgetting that the good of all is the only real and lasting good! Out of all the travail good may come, but again that will depend on us.
We must keep our courage up, must keep our vision clear, must keep our balance, so that we may free ourselves and others with us from the frightful dangers dislocation and disorder that are the results of the great world conflicts.
A single stanza by Edwin Markham voices the poet's inspiration:
At the heart of the cyclone tearing the sky,
And flinging the clouds and the towers by,
Is a place of central calm.
So, here in the roar of mortal things
I have a place where my spirit sings,
In the hollow of God's palm.
I know not where His islands lift
Their fronded palms in air,
I only know I cannot drift
Beyond His love and care.
THE optimist is right. The
right. The one differs from the other as the light from the dark. Yet
both are right. Each is right from their own particular point of view,
and this point of view is the determining factor in the life of each.
It determines as to whether it is a life of power or of impotence, of
peace or of pain, of success or of failure.
The Supreme Fact of the Universe
THE great central fact of the
is that Spirit of Infinite Life and Power that is behind all, that
animates all, that manifests itself in and through all; that
self-existent principle of life from which all has come, and not only
from which all has come, but from which all is continually coming. If
there is an individual life, there must of necessity be an infinite
source of life from which it comes. If there is a quality or a force of
love, there must of necessity be an infinite source of love whence it
comes. If there is wisdom, there must be the all-wise source behind it
from which it springs. The same is true in regard to peace, the same in
regard to power, the same in regard to what we call material things.