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Because the muscles of the blacksmith’s arm are 30Mind over matterstrongly developed, it does not follow that exercise has produced this result or that a less used arm must be weak. If matter were the cause 199 199:1of action, and if muscles, without volition of mortal mind, could lift the hammer and strike the anvil, it 3might be thought true that hammering would enlarge the muscles. The trip-hammer is not increased in size by exercise. Why not, since muscles are as material as 6wood and iron? Because nobody believes that mind is producing such a result on the hammer.
Muscles are not self-acting. If mind does not move 9them, they are motionless. Hence the great fact that Mind alone enlarges and empowers man through its mandate, — by reason of its demand for and supply of 12power. Not because of muscular exercise, but by rea‐son of the blacksmith’s faith in exercise, his arm becomes stronger.
15 Mortals develop their own bodies or make them sick, according as they influence them through mortal mind. Latent fear subduedTo know whether this development is produced 18consciously or unconsciously, is of less impor‐tance than a knowledge of the fact. The feats of the gym‐nast prove that latent mental fears are subdued by him. 21The devotion of thought to an honest achievement makes the achievement possible. Exceptions only confirm this rule, proving that failure is occasioned by a too feeble 24faith.
Had Blondin believed it impossible to walk the rope over Niagara’s abyss of waters, he could never have 27done it. His belief that he could do it gave his thought-forces, called muscles, their flexibility and power which the unscientific might attribute to a lubricating oil. His 30fear must have disappeared before his power of putting resolve into action could appear.
When Homer sang of the Grecian gods, Olympus was 200 200:1dark, but through his verse the gods became alive in a nation’s belief. Pagan worship began with muscularity, 3Homer and Mosesbut the law of Sinai lifted thought into the song of David. Moses advanced a nation to the worship of God in Spirit instead of matter, and il‐6lustrated the grand human capacities of being bestowed by immortal Mind.