The Magic of Believing

Let me tell you about a book that I think should be on everybody’s home book shelf. The title is THE MAGIC OF BELIEVING by Claude Bristol. If you’ve read it many years ago, as I did, it’s a good idea to read it again – or at least parts of it.

Here is a book of inspiration. It’ll never win a Pulitzer Prize as a great piece of work; but when you feel depressed, or worried, or unsure of yourself, the chances are good THE MAGIC OF BELIEVING will set you straight again.

Claude Bristol, the author of the book, himself, hit rock bottom back during the depression of the thirties, and when he discovered that he had within himself – that each of us has – the power to make of his life anything he wants to make of it, he had the magic key to successful living.

In his book Bristol points out that each of us has his own El Dorado within himself, and that we’re fortunate to live in a country which is the greatest El Dorado on earth.

But how do we win the life we want? Before we can find the outer El Dorado we seek, we must find it first within ourselves. We must understand that the only thing standing in our way is ourselves.

Let me quote from his book.

He wrote: “Where to find the gold of the All Powerful? One secures the gold of the spirit when he finds himself. When he finds himself, he finds freedom and all riches, achievement, and prosperity.

Men who know themselves know at once that all material things and ideas have a spiritual component or basis. By a full and powerful imagination anything can be brought into concrete form. The great physician, Paracelsus, said: ‘The human spirit is so great a thing that no man can express it; could we rightly comprehend the mind of man, nothing would be impossible to us upon the earth. Through faith, the imagination is invigorated and completed, for it really happens that every doubt mars its perfection. Faith must strengthen the imagination, for faith establishes the will.’”

We can have anything we want – we have only to earn it – to pay the price for it. People who tell you they’re not getting what they want are usually people who want more than they’re willing to pay for it in activity and dedication. They often sit and cry out at the cruel world or fate which has singled them out for trouble and misery, when all they have to do is get up, decide upon what they want and then get it by earning it – by paying the price. The more we want, the higher the price. And the more we’re willing to pay in the coin of faith, steadfastness of purpose, willingness and selfless dedication, the more we can have of the El Dorado by which we’re constantly surrounded.

As it says in Mr. Bristol’s book, “Man, know thyself, thine own individual self, is everlastingly the supreme command. Self-knowers always dwell in El Dorado; they drink from the fountain of youth and are at all times owners of all they wish to enjoy.”

I suggest you get a copy of THE MAGIC OF BELIEVING by Claude Bristol at your bookstore. If you have an old copy lying around, dig it out and read it again. Very little happens without inspiration.

Men used to dream of a city of gold, and they called it El Dorado. This name could be applied to every town and city in America. But what good does it do for a person who is living in El Dorado and doesn’t know it.

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  1. Lee McIntyre on July 29, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    Bravo. It’s a terrific book, which I re-read just two months ago.

  2. Lester Gabriel on August 25, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    A great book and a terrific article. It is an all time classic.

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