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Sometimes all we need is a little inspiration and motivation in our lives. Here you will find a collection of motivational and inspirational articles and stories for self empowerment and personal development, courage and creativity, success and inner-strength, hope and encouragment, and advice for finding peace and happiness when dealing with those every day ups-and-downs that life throws our way.

The Magic Of Believing (from Inspirational Books - Part One)


“Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers;
powers that would astonish him,
that he never dreamed of possessing;
forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused
and put into action.”
- Orison Swett Marden

“Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it” Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes


Submitter’s Note: Craig has been studying and researching the human mind, the “last unexplored frontier” for the past fifteen years and he is currently “working” on the connection (overlap) between mind and spirit, the relationship between psychology (science of the mind) and the spiritual world, God. A fascinating subject!

This article (in point form) is based on an excellent motivational, up-lifting and inspiring book‘THE MAGIC OF BELIEVING’ by Claude Bristol (written in the “thirties”). I am sharing the contents of this work in the spirit of encouraging and hopefully even inspiring those people, who really want to achieve their fullest potentials to read this classic book. Then just BELIEVE (tempered with some plan of action, of course!)…and then surprise themselves what happens, as you travel down your unique path in life.

Thank you sincerely, Mr Bristol for sharing your practical insight, words of wisdom and especially inspiration, which I’m passing on in the form of this series of articles from my notes taken from your book. *

Do you really BELIEVE you can be successful on the internet?

Powerful forces locked in your mind can turn desire into reality. Learn to release them in this extraordinary book. Just BELIEVE!

“If thou can’st believe, all things are possible to him that believeth” - Mark 9:23

Most religions of the world (but especially Christianity) are based upon principles of psychology… and especially the powerful principle of FAITH (“God turns the impossible into the possible”). There is a golden thread running through all the teachings and makes them work for all who genuinely accept and apply them; it helps them reach all their goals in life. True ??? That thread, in a word, is BELIEF. There’s genuine magic in believing. Study books of greatness and inspiration; because as we learn, we grow (in knowledge, as well as spiritually). It’s a journey of exploration and personal growth.

See the law of suggestion (auto-suggestion) at work. Most of history’s greatest achievements have been accomplished not by the most talented, but by the people who were willing to take on great risks and challenges and see them through. And that happens only by believing…and then sustaining that belief over a period of time. And ALL of us can develop belief, yet few people know HOW.

“You can become the unique person that it is in you to become; but only if you resist the urge to conform to the images others hold of you. You can turn all your potential into reality, only if you are willing to DREAM…and BELIEVE.” - Nido R. Quebin.

Is there a something, a force, factor, power, a science, call it what you will, which a few people understand and use to overcome their difficulties and achieve outstanding success?

This concept is understood by few and used by even less people. I am convinced any sincere person can reach any heights he or she desires. There is a wealth of spirit in YOU. This book is written to help develop individual thinking and doing, to help people to a better understanding…and the principle DOES work.

THE POWER OF THOUGHT (or the ‘science of thought’): The principles mentioned in this work substantiate great truths handed down the ages (or what is simply known as ‘TheLaw of Attraction‘).

The greatest problems bothering most people are financial ones. So the amazing invention of the internet provides an avenue to help yourself and others at the same time. I really believe that!

Old Latin proverb: “Believe you have it and you have it.” Belief is the motivating factor that enables you to reach your goal. Believe it… then you’ll SEE it!

Make success your dominant thought. Whatever is your dominant thought will end up happening (through controlled FOCUS, like a laser-beam). So you need to put it “out there” and everything will follow. Lift yourself up to possibilities (endless). Keep on believing, even though there are always challenges and knock-backs. Always really believe that your vision is going to come to fruition…one bright sunny day!

Can man project his thoughts, even at great distances into other minds (mental telepathy)?

The most important advance in the next generation will be in the vast unknown of the human mind – dealing with the spiritual, ie. thought. Psychology is the science of the mind.

Persistence brings confidence and a continued right mental attitude followed by consistent action will bring success. Know the formula. It is mind power that has built empires.

Use the technique only for GOOD – to better yours and others lives.

THOUGHT: Thought is a terrific force with unlimited powers. RW Emerson: “Thought is the ancestor of our every action.”

Our world is governed by thought. Buddha: “All that we are is the result of what we have thought.”

The secret of success lies not without, but within the thoughts of man. History is filled with accounts of how thought has made weak men strong and strong men weak…and evidence of this is evident all around us in everyday living.

What you exhibit outwardly you are inwardly. You are the product of your own thoughts. “What you believe yourself to be, you are.” Your body is the garden, whilst your mind and will are the gardeners.

Thought is the original source of all wealth, success, material gain, all great discoveries and inventions…and of ALL achievement. Without it there’d be no empires built. A man’s thoughts make or break him. Shakespeare: “There is nothing good or bad; but thinking makes it so.”

Draw on the great source of power that lies within each one of us. We become what we contemplate, what we think about most. Everything is within – the mind is the SOURCE of all POWER. Man secures the gold of the spirit, when he finds himself.

Edison said that ‘ideas come from space’. God??? (another “heavy” topic for discussion, there craig with your bright spark friend, Andy)

The great ancient Greek physician, Paracelsus: “The human spirit is so great a thing that no-one can express it. Faith must strengthen the imagination, for faith establishes the will.”

The Keys to Success:
The first step on the road to success:
Know exactly WHAT you want out of life.
Then DEFINE it!

Hard work alone will not bring success; our hands are designed to be helping the brain. DESIRE (burning), an obsession helps ensure success in any endeavour. (Personally, I feel we need to have balance in our lives). Ensure your thoughts and aims are co-ordinated. Make your energy concentrated and applied without “let-up” (continuous). Then channelled into focused direction. *

There is a big difference between NEED and a DESIRE.

All-consuming thoughts can be bad, as one needs balance in our lives. It becomes more real with our thinking and adding flavour (intensity) through our imaginations, ie. the technique of visualisation.

“Thought attracts that upon which it is directed.” It then sinks into our consciousness – the depth depends on the constancy, intensity and power of your thoughts.

Everything that exists is vibration??? As evident in “the healing touch of Jesus’s hand”.

Prayer and meditation operate through this principle, as “focussed energy”, like a lasar-beam.

“Creative force comes only when there is a completely rounded-out thought, when there is a fully developed mental picture, or when the imagination can visualise the attainment of our ambition and see in our mind a picture of the object we desire – a house, a car, a radio, etc – just as if we already possessed them.”

To be effective, you have to really BELIEVE that your prayers will be answered. Different creeds and cults work as a result of the firm beliefs of the individual: The “Magic of Believing”.

The Subconscious Mind:

It’s the “still small voice within”. Supreme Intelligence or Universal Mind, the subconscious or “essence of life” : the limits of its powers are unknown – it never sleeps, warns us of impending danger and can perform what are sometimes called ‘miracles‘. The subconscious acts primarily on its own initiative, but there are times when its activities appear to be the result of influences from outside.

Get in contact with your subconscious mind and you can achieve wealth, power, fame, as well as cure physical ailments and solve countless human problems. And its power is for YOU to use. Just BELIEVE in its power and put it to work using the techniques or systems mentioned in the book.

Inventions, great musical compositions, poetry, fiction, writings (like this work) and all other ideas for original accomplishment come from the subconscious. Bricks fall into place, like a “magical hand”. A pattern of co-incidences is a working out of a pattern you started with your own weaving.

The great power of the subconscious is one of the most formidable forces in shaping and controlling our lives. Perhaps it works like an electrical vibration sets the law of attractioninto operation.

Sustained thought or fixed mental picture – go “into the silence”. Make mental pictures through the imagination – visualise. This comes about as a result of belief – a strange power that causes miracles to happen. It’s a deep-seated belief – “heart and soul”. a spiritual force. Know with every fibre of your being that you WILL achieve your desires.

Remember that success is a process and your life is a “work in progress”; so take one day at a time in an ‘attitude of gratitude‘.

In a “nutshell”…

* THINK right
* ACT right and
* BELIEVE right

You CAN if you THINK you CAN!

BE happy enjoying the incredible journey of life

Shared by Craig Lock (“Information and Inspiration Distributor, Writer for Self Empowerment, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)

“God creates us with different gifts. Each one of us comes into the world with a different collection of life circumstances that often severely challenge us, things that give us joy and in expressing our talents allow us to bless the people, the world around us.”

“The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within you…and the seemingly difficult path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you.” - craig

“When I let go of what (and who) I think I am, I become all that I can be… and am capable of being.” - craig (as adapted and inspired from Lao Tzu)

End of Part One (Part II to follow)

“The spring of hope is eternal and will never run dry.”

“From the depth of the valleys, in the deserts of despair, there is hope… as there is the unquenchable oasis, the immense breadth and depth of the human spirit… always.”

- craig

About the Author: Copyright© 2011, Jim Rohn.

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The Magic Of Believing (from Inspirational Books - Part Two)


Perhaps this works like an electrical vibration that sets the law of attraction into operation. The belief changes the tempo of the mind or thought frequency. Like a huge magnet, it draws the subconscious forces into play, changing your whole aura and affecting everything about you…and often people and subjects at great distances. It then brings startling results – results you never dreamed possible. There are countless references to the principle in the Bible.

What is the Subconscious Mind? The best results in life are obtained by close harmony between the conscious and subconscious minds. The desire for success needs to be present in the conscious mind.

It works even when you are relaxing or sleeping. You wake up with the problem solved whilst sleeping. The judgement of the subconscious mind, which represents inherited instincts and the accumulation of experience is virtually infallible.

Just as the conscious mind is the source of thought, so the subconscious is the source of power. It’s a memory vault and gives a person strength, courage and faith in themselves. It’s a powerful sending and receiving station. A link with the spiritual world – past, present and future. In brief, the subconscious mind embodies the feeling andwisdom of the past, the awareness and knowledge of the present and the thought and vision of the future. It perceives by intuition; thus warning us of approaching danger.

“The subconscious mind will not take the trouble to work for those who do not believe in it.” Make it serve you; SEE yourself as already successful. Continue to believe in the power and wisdom of the subconscious mind.

Then when you look back, you will see how the things you were called upon to do all formed a logical line of events, the last of which was your final arriving – the reward of your sincerest hopes and desires – your own triumphant personal success. *


It’s the act of believing that is the starting force or generating power that leads to successful accomplishment.

The power of auto-suggestion. Once a belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
Man’s mind becomes grooved to a certain pattern (like Germany and Japan before WWII). The power of repeated suggestion is even mentioned even in the Bible (Genesis 30: 36-43).

The indomitable human spirit.

William James, father of modern psychology in America, declared that often our faith(belief) in advance of a doubtful undertaking is the only thing that can assure its successful occasion. “Success or failure in business is caused more by mental attitudes even than by mental capacities.”

“As we think and believe, so we are.” King Soloman: “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” - the Bible (Proverbs)

The subconscious mind always brings to reality what it is led to believe. Visualise – “hold the picture” in your head.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” - the Bible

One just has to believe; this works through intensified thought or mental picture making. “I realised a long time ago that a belief, which does not spring from a conviction in the emotions is no belief at all.” - Evelyn Scott, American author (1893-1963).

“We influence events by very great desires.”

Our thoughts determine our carriage (posture).

Shakespeare: “Assume a virtue, if you have it not.” Dr Emil Coue, French doctor declared that imagination was a much stronger force than will-power. When in conflict, the imagination always wins.

Charles Fourier, the French philosopher of more than a century and a half ago once declared that “the future of the world would grow out of the brain of man – shaped, controlled and directed by the desires and passions by which men are moved”.

There are comparatively few men with great desires – most people are content to fill tiny niches in their lives.

DESIRE is the motivating force of life itself – the keener, the more urgent the desire, the sooner its communication. Two opposing thoughts (as a positive and a negative) cannot fill the same space at the same time in the human mind. The subconscious mind will respond to the vibrations of the thoughts that are strongest in you.

Close the door on yesterday, as we live TODAY. Give your audience the BEST that is in you (my writing aim). There is a theory that the subconscious mind controls our age. It’s the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance and sweeps away all obstacles. Repetition of thoughts – the “tip tapping” impresses it on your subconscious mind and on the mind (sub) of others.

SNIOP = “don’t be susceptible to the negative influences of other people.”

To end off, a few thoughts in summary…

Whatever we fix our thoughts upon or steadily focus our imagination upon, that is what we attract. What we focus on expands!
Everything starts with THOUGHT – it’s the seed, the source (rich) of ideas.
Then we need to ACT upon them. Because “faith without action is dead.”

Firmly believe in the power of believing, work hard with passion, be patient and see “impossibilities become possibilities, the stair-case to your wildest dreams“.

Shared by Craig Lock (“Information and Inspiration Distributor, Writer for Self Empowerment, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)

William James once wrote, “Faith is the pillar of strength that allows man to achieve the impossible, reach the unattainable and solve the unfathomable.”

“The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.”

“God creates us with different gifts. Each one of us comes into the world with a different collection of life circumstances that often severely challenge us, things that give us joy and in expressing our talents allow us to bless the people, the world around us.”

“The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within you…and the seemingly difficult path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you.” - craig

“Our talents are our gifts from God… but what we do with them are our gifts TO God.”

“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact,empower, uplift, encourage … and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”

End of Part Two (Part Three to follow)

These thoughts may be freely published


“Faith is the pillar of strength that allows man to achieve the impossible, reach the unattainable and solve the unfathomable.”

“Faith is the bright light that guides us through the darkness.”

- Emmet Fox

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The Magic Of Believing (from Inspirational Books - Part Three)



Develop a “money consciousness”. Think wealth. Get the picture of what you want and keep telling yourself that you are going to get it. See yourself actually doing the things you visualise and it will work out; because every thought held constantly and persistently sooner or later materialises.

Every great mass movement in history from religious to military has come about through one individual, whose flaming belief in his own cause gave him the power to convert thousands of others. Enthusiasm is very contagious and can readily be transmitted to others, if one is bursting with it.

Repeat key words to yourself. Keep telling yourself that you are going to be an outstanding success and that nothing in this world is going to stop you. Eyes are “windows of the soul”.
Heed and trust your intuitions. Order the subconscious mind to bring you the answer to your problem. ACT on the answer immediately. The subconscious is the key to unlock the door that opens on the roadway, which will lead to the goal of your desire(s).
Have a plan of action. Be specific in KNOWING what you want.

Mental picture + ACTION = SUCCESS .

How to project your thoughts:

Man can bring into materialisation anything that he can conceive mentally. You have that inner spark within; but it must be fanned, until the fire is of white-hot intensity and it must be constantly stoked, which you do by adding ideas…ideas + action.

Emerson: “The only way to have a friend is to be one.”

The thing we get back is a reflection of what we project mentally, ie. life is a mirror.

The basic law of reciprocity. Take the initiative.

“Man is heir to the wisdom of the ages found within the covers of great books.” Knowledge is power only when put to use. Avoid associating with negative people.
The longer you put off a problem, the greater it becomes.

Learn to make decisions (good ones). All great men are men of quick decisions, which flows from their intuition, their accumulated knowledge and previous experience.
The effects of emotionalised thinking. The power of suggestion. In all cases it is the individuals belief, that determines the success of the individual’s method of cure. When transmitted by auto-suggestion to the patient’s own subconscious mind, where it becomes effective.

The Soul:
Dualism of soul and body – both are fundamentally different, yet the two in a sense are unified and interact.

Don’t let life break you; make your own “breaks”!”

There is certainly something, call it a power, God, or anything you wish, which is always there to sustain us in times of need. I’ve never seen it fail – “an indomitable human spirit”. All the great things in this world, have been done by men and women who were dreamers and believers in their dreams coming true. Develop a spirit and determination to get things done through great belief.

Famous American psychologist, William James said that belief creates its verification in fact; it affords unmistakable proof that often events are influenced by our very desires.

The power of suggestion working in the individual to make a prophecy a reality – one that finally produced a certain outcome. The law of expectancy (positive). The formula for success (in any endeavour): An idea (good), singleness of purpose and utmost belief.

Develop a spirit of NEVER QUITTING. The great source of inspiration comes from the subconscious mind. Learn how to tap the resources of the “sub”. When you learn to draw on your subconscious mind powers, there’s really no limit to what you can accomplish.

Hold a picture in your mind what you desire to achieve. Develop an actual mental picture (the technique of visualisation). Even write down your goals. In this domain lie the seed of genius.

It’s there available to you, just waiting to be tapped and expressed by anyone who knows how to get at it. However, there’s no substitute for hard work.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe – the story obsessed her and literally “wrote itself”.
She insisted that it was God who wrote this classic work. The subconscious is much more than intuition, as it possesses great forces through application of the power of dynamic believing – seeds. The more you call on these resources, the more they are placed at your disposal. It’s all a matter of believing and of co-operation between the two minds, working “in synch”. *

It’s one’s BELIEF THAT MAKES THINGS HAPPEN.. because firm beliefs lead to ACTIONS (even small ones at first, but one step leads to another…and another).

What we think about or contemplate develops into reality.

All a person has to do is to believe, earnestly and sincerely, that such a power of mind exists and then conscientiously apply the science. When one starts tapping the unconscious mind, your own and others, the bricks fall into place as though by magic.
Explore that last dark continent, the human mind.

Powerful forces locked in your mind can turn desire into reality! Learn to release them in this extraordinary book by Claude Bristol. You need a mental attitude of expectancy, concentration of thought and enthusiasm for the desired results. The “luck” factor came about from a determined mind – a combination of visualising, concentrated thought, willing and believing. There is evidence that with concentrated thought, expectancy and great BELIEF you’ll astound yourself with amazing results in your relationships… and your life.


Craig Lock (“Information and Inspiration Distributor, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)

“Life is about finding, then following the dream… and one’s dream/vision comes to reality through believing in yourself, making the commitment and then creating it.”

“Whatever, you want to do or dream you can do, the hardest part is making a beginning. Once you take that first step in following your passion, the rest will follow naturally…and lead to who know’s where.”

“The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within you…and the seemingly difficult path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you.” - Craig Lock

About the Author: Craig Lock believes in (and loves) sharing information, insights and 'principles' to help and especially encourage people to make the most of their minds along life's magical journey ... and that brings him the greatest joy.

Craig's blog (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) is at All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – mine!

(enough of that negativity, cut it out right NOW and start really believing, now “chappie”!)


Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, uplift, encourage … and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”

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