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The Mystic Will

Charles Godfrey Leland

Book Overview: 

This book presents a method of developing and strengthening the faculties of the mind, through the awakened will, by a simple, scientific process possible to any person of ordinary intelligence

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .away will be more fully explained in another chapter. For this let it suffice to say that earnest forethought, and the more of it the better, bestowed on aught which we intend to undertake, is a thing rarely attempted in the real sense in which I mean it, but which, when given, eases every burden and lightens every toil.

Mere forethought repeated is the easiest of mental efforts. Yet even a little of it asserted before undertaking a task will wonderfully facilitate the work.

"Hypnotism," says Dr. JAMES R. COCKE, "can be used to train the attention of persons habitually inattentive." But, in fact, forethinking in any way is the minor or initiatory stage of Suggestion. Both are gradual persuasion of the nervous system into habit.

And on this text a marvelous sermon could be preached, which, if understood, would sink deeply into every heart, inspiring some while alarming others, but greatly cheering the brave. And it is this. Th. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A lot to digest in this book. But in principle, the book equates the “will” to the repeated effort of a task until it is mastered and become a habit. So, you want to master something, do it many times, you want to remember something repeat it until it becomes a second nature etc. There were a lot of

A Victorian Predecessor to "The Secret", though repetitive (the author himself exercises his own technique by repeating it throughout) I found it far more interesting and well written than the latter book. I'm very glad I read it and will certainly implement the technique contained herein.

An interesting read with great wisdom on memory and power of mind.

A rather early, primitive neuroscience book. Now days is known that Agree easily from the OCEAN model, are those that can utilize the power of self-suggestion, visualization,etc
The sceptics like me read more books like this :)