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The Game of Life and How to Play It Paperback – December 3, 2004
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Dr. Norman Vincent Peale The Game of Life is filled with wisdom and creative insights. That its teachings will work I know to be fact, for I've long used them myself.
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale By studying and practicing the principles laid down in this book one may find prosperity, solve problems, have better health, achieve personal relations -- in a word, win the game of life. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Charles William Daniel (1871-1955) was a maverick free-thinker whose tiny publishing house had august links with many of the most influential thinkers and movements of the 20th century. To wit, copies of Daniel's books could be found in the library at Ghandi's ashram. This spirit lived on after his death, and the company maintained its niche by publishing definitive texts on a variety of spiritual and esoteric subjects. Many of these titles, notably those on Aromatherapy and Bach Flower remedies, have become standard works on the subject. When the C.W. Daniel list went looking for a new home, the Vermilion and Rider imprints were the natural place for this wonderful collection of authors. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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After beginning only the first chapter, I decided to follow suit on one of the anecdotes the author shares --as an example to the methodology at work here as a means to manifestation. Several pages in she references a time when during one of her daily travels she happened to be walking somewhere and stopped and found herself gazing at a lovely rose tree displayed inside the window of a florist. She wished to receive one, and stated and intended it so, exactly as she teaches in the book, and went about her merry way. A few days later, she was hosting Easter, when she received a pre gathering delivery from one of her guests...the rose tree...turns out the guest actually had requested that Easter lilies be sent, but the florist ~mixed~ the order up, and the author ended up with exactly what she had intended.
Well..having read that, I decided to put that exact suggestion into use, intending that I would receive flowers in the next few days-- figuring Start small, with no actual attachment to the outcome.
This afternoon, my husband called, saying he was hitting the grocery store on the way home, did I want anything? Between the time of the call and his arrival home, I remembered the flowers, and thought to myself, oh good, hopefully he will pick up the standard white roses we often grab to put on the table in our kitchen area, but without my prompting.. In he came with all the bags, and no flowers. I wasn't phased, figured, I'd maintain my intention, and that was that.
A minute or two later he went back out to close the garage door or whatever. I, at this point, was busy going through the mail, so had my back to him. When I happened to turn back around to say something, there in my line of sight were, yes, you already guessed it-- flowers! Not the white roses, but instead an exquisite arrangement of red and white roses mixed in with branches of cherry blossoms, and a lovely assortment of beautiful flowers. I was absolutely and utterly stunned, and still am. I don't know about you, but that was all the proof I could possibly need, and will be continuing my studies with Ms Florence Scovel Shinn, and this book!
I do want to add --- I have been avidly and actively reading quite a few of the prayers in Susan Shumsky's books as well--- they are profound in the depth of their power, and I cannot recommend them enough - Instant Healing and Miracle Prayers are my go to's; I have to give additional credit where it is unquestionably due. The prayers are truly healing in removing a multitude of blocks,fears, and other issues in my life, and I'm now a strict believer and dedicated to reading them aloud at least once daily. Some of those prayers deal with healing our mindsets of lack to not feeling we deserve the highest and best things that God/the Universe/our higher selves/whatever higher power you believe in has to offer. And will offer us if we remember to ask, work on our mindsets in thinking and speaking positively, and trusting that no matter what, the outcome will come about as good, if not better than we could ever have expected (white roses vs gorgeous bouquet), with focus, surrender, and persistence in following the steps ... Start simple, go from there, and you can count on seeing the results in the blink of an eye as I did...
This book shows that it’s really nothing new to think and write about prosperity, as it’s so much a fashion today. I would boldly allege that the best that was written about the subject was written about it in the first half of the 20th century. Think only of James Allen who published ‘As a Man Thinketh’ in 1902, Charles Haanel who published ‘The Master Key System’ in 1916 and Ernest Holmes who published ‘The Science of Mind’ in 1927. We may today prefer to read secondary literature about these books, we may resort to sampler reviews in the style Tom Butler-Bowden published them, or we may even consider watered-down approaches, reading republished versions of some of those books that were adding comments and bold text for highlighting important passages. All this is of course legitimate but does it convey the original intention of the author? Some argue that the older English was hard to read, that expressions could be misleading, that the spelling was confusing, or that language had to be updated to the standard of the ‘psychological thinking’ of today’s world.
I regard all these arguments as off-topic. There is nothing more refreshing and instructive than reading original texts, from whatever period of time and in whatever language we can muster to decipher. Let me point this out clearly here: my reviews are not written in the intention to replace the lecture of the original books. I believe we need to read the original, always, and without exception, in order to truly understand what an author has to convey. That’s why I often quote authors because I believe we cannot always accurately paraphrase what others have written.
This being said, the author puts a real stress on the power of the word, actually in all her books. To my knowledge, all leadership and success authors stress this point, in particular also Napoleon Hill and Joseph Murphy. Murphy gives a number of equally striking examples in his books, as we have seen already. This is perhaps the single most important fact to know about the workings of the subconscious mind. It carries out literally what we affirm, if only we affirm it often enough to impress the subconscious on a consistent basis. Another example the author cites is a woman who had a lot of money but liked to joke about ‘getting ready for the poorhouse.’ In a few years down the road, then, she was almost destitute, the author reports, because she had impressed her subconscious mind with the picture of lack and limitation.
But fortunately, as I mentioned already, this law works in both ways, so if we are aware of such a situation, we can change it for the better once again by using appropriate positive affirmations, repeating them often enough to impression the inner mind.
Now, let us ask, once again, why are words exhibiting such a powerful force in the universe? Why can they move the world? Charles W. Leadbeater, and later other members of the Theosophical Society, have inquired deeply into this question and found that all language, every single syllable, every letter, carry a unique and specific vibrational code. The Jewish tradition knows this truth since millennia: all the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet have been assigned a ‘tone’, a vibration that carries through from the subconscious to the conscious world, thereby deploying creational power.
The author reports the words of Isaiah ‘My word shall not return unto me void, but shall accomplish that where unto it is sent.’ She speaks of words and thoughts as being ‘a tremendous vibratory force, ever moulding man’s body and affairs.’ /15
Some life coaches speak of ‘setting an act’, which in spiritual circles is called ‘making a demonstration.’ It is the fact that an act of faith has the most astonishing consequences. As the author reports it in her book, a woman was looking for an apartment in NYC during a period of great shortage and her friends were sorry to tell her that she will have to store her furniture and live in a hotel. She denied the fact and simply affirmed: ‘Infinite Spirit, open the way for the right apartment.’ Then she went to a department store and bought bedsheets while her negative inner voice said something on the lines of ‘You will have no use of these blankets as you won’t get an apartment anyway … ‘. Although there were over two hundred other applicants, she got an apartment. Indeed, we can only receive what we allow ourselves to receive. This is what an act of faith is all about.
We already learned that the spoken word has creative power. This has been called the Law of Command or the Law of Decree. In addition, we have seen that for the world to unfold its creational power, there must be nonresistance. However, there is something magic about it for when you look up to a situation fearlessly, there is no more situation to face. The author reports the example of a woman who was deadly afraid to walk under a ladder. One day she had to take something out of her safe-deposit vault in her bank but workers had put a ladder right in the way to it, so she turned around and went out of the building in fear. However, as the author had previously told her to walk fearlessly under the next ladder she was facing, she remembered her words, turned back, and fiercely decided to walk under the ladder. But there was no more ladder. It had been taken away!
On the same line of reasoning, to idly chat about ‘hard times’ means to harness the power of the spoken word negatively and destructively. The author mentions the old saying that the spoken word should be used only for three purposes, to ‘heal, bless or prosper,’ for what we say of others will be said about us, and what we wish for another, we are wishing for ourselves. Sickness can be brought about through using negative language. For example, the author reports that criticism can produce rheumatism, ‘as critical, inharmonious thoughts cause unnatural deposits in the blood, which settle in the joints.’ /27
The law of nonresistance can be put in the formula: ‘Resist not evil, be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.’ When we see children attracting fatal diseases, we may wonder why, as their innocent minds are not yet stricken with negative thoughts. But the problem is that they are sensitive and receptive toward the thoughts of others around them, and thereby manifest the fears of their parents. As their subconscious mind is especially open to receive suggestions, they are easily manipulated into forms of behavior that are not for their best.
In a chapter entitled ‘Casting the Burden’, the author gives advice about how to impress the subconscious. She compares it to the winding-up of a victrola: we must wind ourselves up with the spoken word. But this requires us to transmute fear into faith; then we can ‘make believe’ the subconscious with an act that expresses that faith, and thereby manifests the desired outcome. In the next chapter about ‘Love’, Florence Shinn declares that suffering is not necessary for our evolution, ‘but few people seem able to rouse themselves from their ‘soul sleep’ without it.’ /58
In this same chapter she expresses what all prosperity authors say, namely that money must be kept to flow, and that hoarding brings about losses. However, she also says that saving money brings about its loss. This is in contradiction to what we have seen is said by Napoleon Hill who spent a whole chapter on the power of saving money. I think to resolve this apparent contradiction, we need to again remind ourselves of the mindfulness required for any action that is set to improve our lives. Saving money can be done in two different states of mind. It can be done in a ‘hoarding’ state of mind, as an act of withholding flow and depriving others from the benefits an outflow of resources produces, but it can also be done with a mindset of abundance that is set to prevent waste.
When we spend money lavishly, which is a prosperous behavior generally, there is a borderline that is easy to trespass: that borderline is the one that separates management from waste. Resource management should avoid the hoarding of resources but it must be done with the intention to avoid waste, for otherwise the door would be open to squandering wealth.
Another important principle for building prosperity and basic happiness in life is to refrain from judging. In the Bible we read: ‘Condemn not lest ye also be condemned.’ Such a result is a simple outflow of the law of karma. In addition, judging is an attitude that blocks the flow of the vital energies, and in so doing blocks the flow of money. And it’s quite staggering how a karmic spear can hit home. The author gives the example of a woman who was extremely judgmental about another woman who had an affair with her husband. The author told her to stop condemning that woman, for otherwise she would attract the same situation for herself. And this really happened. A year or two later, the author reports, that woman became deeply interested in a married man herself.
To close this book review I would like to tell the reader that a list of prayers—denials and affirmations—is contained at the end of the highly useful booklet.
and her telephone was not working. I was so nervous because I thought the lady from the sales office wouldn't be able to reach me to tell me whether I was approved for the apartment. Note: Cell phones were not being used in those days. Anyway, I followed a principle in this book and just let go. My mother was on the phone one day talking to a friend and after she finished the call she went to hang up, the lady from the sales office was on the line. If my mother wasn't on the phone I would have never received that call that day. Read this book and apply the priniciples. It worked for me in the past and I am going to re-read it again to see if some more positive things will flow my way!