The Original Secret
This is from a little pamphlet called “The Secret.” It was probably written around 1930 in Florence Italy. I was given this pamphlet by a dear friend in the mid 1970’s. Throughout the years it has popped up out of its hiding places, and always at the most perfect time. This time, it fell into my lap, and I knew it was time to share it with you. You’ll see why!
“I want to write you about my eyes. It has been a great thing to get away from New York, away from myself. I have learned how to demonstrate, I have learned how to make Science a thing of life, not of words – and I am going to tell you what the wonderful secret is, for it is wonderful.
Now it is this: Not to see or hear or repeat any kind of imperfection. It is seeing, hearing and repeating good, and good only, at all times, under all circumstances, in spite of everything that appears to the contrary.
I make that resolution every morning when I first open my eyes, and review it every hour of the day. I see perfection, a perfect cause and perfect effect, perfect God and perfect man, and I refuse to make any kind of exception – I refuse to admit the slightest imperfection in myself, in my friends, in my so-called enemies, in my affairs, in the affairs of the world.
I take my radical stand for the perfection of God, and everything and everybody he has made. I look up at the world with God’s eyes and see it as He sees it. I refuse to see it any other way.
I stop a dozen times a day to renew the resolve and to make sure that I am not repeating error, giving way to fear and criticism. I watch my thoughts even about people – the lame, the old – the unlovely (to sense ) that I pass – and the stray animals. I have taken my radical stand for the perfection of all things, and I will not, I absolutely will not release the perfect standard.
The result has been simply marvelous. Try it and you will forget to wear your glasses. They will become unnecessary. You will be seeing with God’s eyes, and you will behold a perfect universe.
The outward conditions are pictures of our inward thinking. To change the picture one must change the thoughts that produce the picture.”