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Categories: Chapter I - The Twin-Verses
Books: Mastery of Self

No matter how great may be your ability to read and understand

books, that growth, that law, require time as well as intelligent

effort No matter how poor may be your ability in such respect,

that growth is absolutely certain if you put reasonable time and

genuine effort into its acquisition

The giant trees of California were once puny saplings The slow

lapse of time has drawn nature into th
ir mighty hearts Magnetism

can no more be acquired by the mere reading of a book, or by

hurried practice of its directions, than can these giants of the

West be produced in the hot-house culture of a northern summer

MAGNETIC GROWTH IS NATURALLY SLOW Its principles, its methods,

and the results of its study, have to be deeply sunk into and

absorbed and assimilated by the subjective self before the

reaction of magnetism in the objective life can obtain This book

has promised no miracle If you have read it correctly, you have

learned that magnetic growth cannot be hurried These statements

are placed here because, had they appeared at the beginning of our

work, the outlook would have seemed, perhaps, discouraging, but

more especially because they would not have been understood You

now understand them because you have toiled, and you can afford to

smile at such possible discouragement You have paid an easy price

for magnetic power, for the gains discount the pains