Each of us resides in two
kingdoms, states Ralph Waldo Trine in The
Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit, an inner kingdom, consisting of the
mind and the spirit, and an outer kingdom made up of the body and the
physical universe around it. It is achieving the balance between these
two worlds that Trine addresses in this 1917 work. One cannot force
change in the outer kingdom, argues Trine--one of the most influential
thinkers and philosophers of "New Thought"--without
first changing the "silent, subtle forces" that make up the inner
kingdom, the "kingdom of the unseen." Learn how the soul, mind, and
body interrelate; how the mind can be used to build the body (and vice
versa); how thought can be used as a force in everyday life, and much
are all dwellers in two kingdoms, the inner kingdom, the kingdom of the
and spirit, and the outer kingdom, that of the body and the physical
about us. In the former, the kingdom of the unseen, lie the silent,
forces that are continually determining, and with exact precision, the
conditions of the latter.
strike the right balance in life is one of the supreme essentials of
successful living. We must work, for we must have bread. We require
things than bread. They are not only valuable, comfortable, but
is a dumb, stolid being, however, who does not realize that life
more than these. They spell mere existence, not abundance, fullness of
can become so absorbed in making a living that we have no time for living. To be capable and efficient
in one's work is a splendid thing; but efficiency can be
made a great mechanical device that robs life of far more
than it returns it. A nation can become so possessed, and even
the idea of power and grandeur through efficiency and organisation,
becomes a great machine and robs its people of the finer fruits of life
spring from a wisely subordinated and coordinated individuality. Here
is the wise balance that determines all.
prevailing thoughts and emotions determine, and with absolute accuracy,
prevailing conditions of our outward, material life, and likewise the
prevailing conditions of our bodily life. Would we have any conditions
different in the latter we must then make the subtle forces of mind and
ceaselessly at work, are continually moulding these outward and these
makes a fundamental error who thinks that these are mere sentimental
life, vague and intangible. They are, as great numbers are now
great and elemental things in life, the only things that in the end
count. The normal man or woman can never find real and abiding
the mere possessions, the mere accessories of life. There is an eternal
something within that forbids it. That is the reason why, of late
many of our big men of affairs, so many in various public walks in
likewise many women of splendid equipment and with large possessions,
and are turning so eagerly to the very things we are considering. To be
huckster, many of our big men are finding, cannot bring satisfaction,
though his operations run into millions in the year.
happy is the young man or the young woman who, while the bulk of life
lies ahead, realises that it is the things of the mind and the spirit—the fundamental things in life—that really count; that here lie the forces
to be understood and to be used in moulding the everyday conditions and
of life; that the springs of life are all from within, that as is the
always and inevitably will be the outer.
present certain facts that may be conducive to the realisation of this
abundant life is the author's purpose and plan.
THE SILENT, SUBTLE BUILDING FORCES<> OF MIND AND SPIRIT
are moments in the lives of all of us when we catch glimpses of a life—our life—that is infinitely beyond the life we are now
living. We realise that
we are living below our possibilities. We long for the realisation of
that we feel should be.
we perceive that there are within us powers and forces that we are
inadequate use of, and others that we are scarcely using at all.
metaphysics, a more simplified and concrete psychology, well-known laws
mental and spiritual science, confirm us in this conclusion.
own William James, he who so splendidly related psychology, philosophy,
even religion, to life in a supreme degree, honoured his calling and
tremendous service for all mankind, when he so clearly developed the
we have within us powers and forces that we are making all too little
that we have within us great reservoirs of power that we have as yet
men and the women who are awake to these inner helps—these directing, moulding, and sustaining
forces that belong to the realm of mind and spirit—are never to be found among those who ask: Is
worth the living? For them life has been multiplied two, ten, a hundred
is not ordinarily because we are not interested in these things, for
instinctively we feel them of value; and furthermore our observations
experiences confirm us in this thought. The pressing cares of the
everyday life—in the great bulk of cases, the bread and
problem of life, which is after all the problem of ninety-nine out of
hundred—all seem to conspire to
keep us from giving the time and attention to them that we feel we
them. But we lose thereby tremendous helps to the daily living.
the body and its avenues of sense, we are intimately related to the
universe about us. Through the soul and spirit we are related to the
Power that is the animating, the sustaining force—the Life Force—of all objective material forms. It is
through the medium of the mind
that we are able consciously to relate the two. Through it we are able
realise the laws that underlie the workings of the spirit; and to open
ourselves that they may become the dominating forces of our lives.
is a divine current that will bear us with peace and safety on its
bosom if we
are wise and diligent enough to find it and go with it. Battling
current is always hard and uncertain. Going with the current lightens
labours of the journey. Instead of being continually uncertain and even
exhausted in the mere efforts of getting through, we have time for the
enjoyments along the way, as well as the ability to call a word of
cheer or to
lend a hand to the neighbour, also on the way.
The natural, normal life is
by a law
divine under the guidance of the spirit. It is only when we fail to
seek and to
follow this guidance, or when we deliberately take ourselves from under
influence, that uncertainties arise, legitimate longings go
that violated laws bring their penalties.
is well that we remember always that violated law carries with it its
penalty. The Supreme Intelligence—God, if you please—does not
punish. He works through the channel of great immutable systems of law.
It is ours to find these laws. That is what mind, intelligence, is for.
them we can then obey them and reap the beneficent results that are
part of their fulfilment; knowingly or unknowingly, intentionally or
unintentionally, we can fail to observe them, we can violate them, and
the results, or even be broken by them.
is not so complex if we do not so continually persist in making it so.
Intelligence, creative Power works only through law. Science and
but different approaches to our understanding of the law. When both are
they supplement one another and their findings are identical.
old Hebrew prophets, through the channel of the spirit, perceived and
enunciated some wonderful laws of the natural and normal life—that are now being confirmed by
of mental and spiritual science—and that
are now producing these identical results in the lives of great numbers
us today, when they said: "And thine ears shall hear a word behind
saying, this is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand
ye turn to the left."
again: "The Lord is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him,
will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you."
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee;
because he trusteth in thee." "The Lord in the midst of thee is
mighty." "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall
abide under the shadow of the Almighty." "Thou shalt be in league
with the stones of the field, and the beasts of the field shall be at
with thee." "Commit thy way unto the Lord: trust also in him and he
shall bring it to pass." Now these formulations all mean something of a
very definite nature, or, they mean
nothing at all. If they are actual expressions of fact, they are
certain definite and immutable laws.
men gave us, however, no knowledge of the
laws under-lying the workings of these inner forces and powers;
perhaps had no such knowledge themselves. They were intuitive
truth on their part. The scientific spirit of this, our age, was
unknown to them. The growth of the race in the meantime, the
development of the
scientific spirit in the pursuit and the finding of truth, makes us
beyond them in some things, while in others they were far ahead of us.
fact remains, and this is the important fact: If these things were
in the lives of these early Hebrew prophets, they are then actual facts
lives right now, today; or, if not actual facts, then they are facts
lie in the realm of the potential, only waiting to be brought into the
were not unusual men in the sense that the Infinite Power, God, if you
could or did speak to them alone. They are types, they are examples of
man or any woman, through desire and through will, can open himself or
to the leadings of Divine Wisdom, and have actualised in his or her
ever-growing sense of Divine Power. For truly "God is the same
and today, and forever." His laws are unchanging as well as immutable.
of these men taught, then, how to recognise the Divine Voice within,
nor how to
become continually growing embodi-ments of the Divine Power. They gave
perhaps, though, all they were able to give. Then came Jesus, the
this long line of illustrious Hebrew prophets, with a greater aptitude
things of the spirit—the supreme embodiment of
Divine realisation and revelation. With a greater knowledge of truth
he did greater things than they.
not only did these works, but he showed how he did them. He not only
revealed the Way, but so earnestly and so diligently
he implored his hearers to follow the Way.
He makes known the secret of his insight and his power: "The words that
speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in
doeth the works." Again, "I can of my own self do nothing." And
he then speaks of his purpose, his aim: "I am come that ye might have
life, and that ye might have it more abundantly." A little later he
"The works that I do ye shall do also." Now again, these things mean
something of a very definite nature, or they mean nothing at all.
works done, the results achieved by Jesus' own immediate disciples and
followers, and in turn their followers, as well as in the early church
close to two hundred years after his time, all attest the truth of his
and demonstrate unmistakably the results that follow.
through the intervening centuries, the teachings, the lives and the
various seers, sages, and mystics, within the church and out of the
have likewise attested the truth of his teachings. The bulk of the
world, however, since the third century, has been so concerned with
theories and teachings concerning
Jesus, that it has missed almost completely the real vital and
teachings of Jesus.
have not been taught primarily to follow his injunctions, and to apply
truths that he revealed to the problems of our everyday living. Within
two score of years or a little more, however, there has been a great
directly to the teachings of Jesus, and a determination to prove their
and to make effective their assurances. Also various laws in the realm
Mental and Spiritual Science have become clearly established and
formulated, that confirm all his fundamental teachings.
are now definite and well-defined laws in relation to thought as a
the methods as to how it determines our material and bodily conditions.
are now certain well-defined laws pertaining to the subconscious mind,
ceaseless building activities, how it always takes its direction from
active, thinking mind, and how through this channel we may connect
with reservoirs of power, so to speak, in an intelligent and effective
are now well-understood laws underlying mental suggestion, whereby it
made a tremendous source of power in our own lives, and can likewise be
effective agency in arousing the motive powers of another for his or
healing, habit-forming, character-building. There are likewise
facts not only as to the value, but the absolute need of periods of
and quiet, alone with the Source of our being, stilling the outer
senses, and fulfilling the conditions whereby the Voice of the Spirit
to us and through us, and the power of the Spirit can manifest in and
nation is great only as its people are great. Its people are great in
degree that they strike the balance between the life of the mind and
the spirit—all the finer forces and emotions of life—and their outer business organisation and
When the latter become excessive, when they grow at the expense of the
then the inevitable decay sets in, that spells the doom of that nation,
time is tolled off in exactly the same manner, and under the same law,
that of all the other nations before it that sought to reverse the
human soul and its welfare is the highest business that any state can
attention to. To recognise or to fail to recognise the value of the
in other nations, determines its real greatness and grandeur, or its
self-complacent but essential vacuity. It is possible for a nation,
subtle delusions, to get such an attack of the big head that it bends
backwards, and it is liable, in this exposed position, to get a thrust
be carried too far along the road of efficiency, big business,
power, domination, at the expense of the great spiritual verities, the
humanities of national life, that make for the real life and welfare of
people, and that give also its true and just relations with other
their people, is both dangerous and in the end suicidal—it can end
in nothing but loss and eventual disaster.
A silent revolution of thought is taking place in the minds of the
all nations at this time, and will continue for some years to come. A
stock-taking period in which tremendous revaluations are under way, is
is becoming clear-cut and decisive.
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