The Value of Giving Before Trying to Get
I am sure that no effort which we extend to those who are in distress can go without some form of adequate reward. Not
always does the reward come from those to whom the service is rendered, but it will come from one source or another.
I seriously doubt that any man can avail himself of the benefits of his “other self” as long as he is steeped in greed
and avarice, envy and fear, but if I am wrong in this conclusion then I still have the unusual honor of being one who has
found peace of mind and happiness through a viewpoint that was not sound. I would prefer being thus wrong and happy, to
being right and unhappy! But this viewpoint is not wrong! As long as I remain on good terms with my “other self”
I shall be able to acquire every material thing that I need. Moreover, I shall be able to find happiness and peace of mind.
What more could anyone else accomplish?
The sole motive which inspired me to write this book was a sincere desire to be helpful to others by sharing with them as
much as they may be prepared to accept of the stupendous fortune which became mine the moment I discovered my “other
self” This fortune, happily, is one that cannot be measured in material or financial terms alone, because it is greater than
everything which such things represent.
Material and financial fortunes, when reduced to their most liquid terms, are measurable in terms of bank balances. Bank
balances are no stronger than banks. This other fortune of which I speak is measurable, not only in terms of peace of mind
and contentment but as manifested in those adept at prayer. My “other self” has taught me to concentrate upon my
purpose and to forget about the plan by which it is to be attained when I go to prayer. I am not suggesting that material
objects may be acquired without plans. What I am saying is that the power which translates one’s thoughts or desires into
realities has its source in an Infinite Intelligence which knows more about plans than the one doing the praying.
Stating the case in another way, may it not be wise, when praying, to trust to the Universal Mind to hand over the plan
best suited for the attainment of the object of that prayer? My experience with prayer has taught me that so often all which
results from prayer is a plan (if the prayer is answered at all), a plan that is suited for the attainment of the object of the
prayer through natural and material media. The plan must be transmuted, through self-effort action.
I know nothing about any form of prayer which can be induced to work favorably in a mind that is colored, in the
slightest degree, by fear.
Is prayer a part of your life? Do you trust God to “hand over the plan best suited for the attainment of the object” of your
prayer? Do you acknowledge that in order for your plan to be successful you must take action?