Mind Power: A Manifesto

Why a PEN-Award Winning Historian is Dedicated to Positive-Mind Metaphysics

Portrait of Neville Goddard (1905–1972) by Tim Botta
Portrait of Vernon Howard (1918–1992) by Tim Botta
Portrait of Ernest Holmes (1887–1960) by Tim Botta

When facing ultimate moral questions, Byrne … spoke of the experience of others, describing events that she had never personally encountered or reckoned with. Opinions, like philosophies, demand verification, either by logic or lived experience. Byrne’s logic was akin to that of a person visiting a neighbor’s house, whistling for a dog, receiving no response, and concluding that the neighbor has no dog. She took no account of possibilities outside of her purview.

Spiritual insight arrives through self-observation — not in analyzing, or justifying, the suffering experienced by others. To judge others is to work without any self-verification, which is the one pragmatic tool of the spiritual search. The private person who can maturely and persuasively claim self-responsibility for his own suffering, or who can endure it as an inner obligation, shines a light for others. The person who justifies someone else’s suffering, in this case through collective fault, only casts a stone.


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