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Archive for March, 2012


The Origin and Nature of Emotions

Subtitle: Miscellaneous Papers Author: George W. Crile Excerpt: The word anesthesia–meaning WITHOUT FEELING–describes accurately the effect of ether in anesthetic dosage. Although no pain is felt in operations under inhalation anesthesia, the _*nerve impulses excited by a surgical operation still reach the brain_. We know that not every portion of the brain is fully anesthetized, […]

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The Quest of the Simple Life

Author: William J. Dawson Excerpt: The thing that is least perceived about wealth is that all pleasure in money ends at the point where economy becomes unnecessary. The man who can buy anything he covets, without any consultation with his banker, values nothing that he buys. There is a subtle pleasure in the extravagance that […]

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The Simple Life

Author: Charles Wagner Excerpt: THE ESSENCE OF SIMPLICITY Before considering the question of a practical return to the simplicity of which we dream, it will be necessary to define simplicity in its very essence. For in regard to it people commit the same error that we have just denounced, confounding the secondary with the essential, […]

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A Handful of Stars

Subtitle: Texts That Have Moved Great Minds Author: Frank Boreham Excerpt: BY WAY OF INTRODUCTION It is not good that a book should be alone: this is a companion volume to ‘A Bunch of Everlastings.’ ‘O God,’ cried Caliban from the abyss, O God, if you wish for our love, Fling us a handful of […]

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Within You is the Power

Author: Henry Thomas Hamblin Excerpt: PREFACE There is a power lying hidden in man, by the use of which he can rise to higher and better things. There is in man a greater Self, that transcends the finite self of the sense-man, even as the mountain towers above the plain. The object of this little […]

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Where No Fear Was

Subtitle: A Book About Fear Author: Arthur Christopher Benson Excerpt: THE SHADOW There surely may come a time for each of us, if we have lived with any animation or interest, if we have had any constant or even fitful desire to penetrate and grasp the significance of the strange adventure of life, a time, […]

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The Way of Power

Author: L. Adams Beck Excerpt: CHAPTER I “The Occult of Today Is the Science of Tomorrow.” I have chosen this motto for my book relating to the occult, for it is an attempt to describe the (at first) very small experiences and knowledge which led me to see the reality of the true occult world […]

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Supreme Personality

Subtitle: FUN IN LIVING: A Doubt, Fear, and Worry Cure Author: Delmer Eugene Crof Excerpt: The purpose of this Course of Lessons is to kill Doubt, Fear, and Worry, Cure the habit of growing old, develop your limitless Psychic, Mental and Bodily forces, bring you back to Nature, renew your cosmos, and help you lay […]

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Self-Development and the Way to Power

Author: L. W. Rogers Excerpt: It is the natural right of every human being to be happy–to escape all the miseries of life. Happiness is the normal condition, as natural as the landscapes and the seasons. It is unnatural to suffer and it is only because of our ignorance that we do suffer. Happiness is […]

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Power of Mental Imagery

Subtitle: Being the Fifth of a Series of Twelve Volumes on the Applications of Psychology to the Problems of Personal and Business Efficiency Author: Warren Hilton Excerpt: IMAGINATION AND RECOGNITION [Sidenote: Recognizing the Past as Past] In the preceding volume of this Course, entitled “The Trained Memory,” you learned that the memory process involves four […]

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