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    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 reason 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 importance than a knowledge of the fact. The feats of the gymnast 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 il6lustrated the grand human capacities of being bestowed by immortal Mind.

    Whoever is incompetent to explain Soul would be wise 9not to undertake the explanation of body. Life is, always A mortal not manhas been, and ever will be independent of matter; for Life is God, and man is the idea 12of God, not formed materially but spiritually, and not subject to decay and dust. The Psalmist said: “Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of Thy 15 hands. Thou hast put all things under his feet.”

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