MAN AND HIS ATMOSPHERE
It was a bright sunny day in San Francisco and I was strolling
down Market Street. Not having lived in San Francisco very long, I met
no one that I know, but it is a friendly city so I enjoyed the sunshine.
The streets were not crowded, so when I passed people I did not have to
scuffle and slide by those I passed.
Unconsciously I cam up close behind a lady, close to her,
within several feet, when she turned suddenly and looked directly at me.
I had made no sound walking, as I had on rubber soled-shoes; and there
were the other sounds around me, the shuffling and clicking of heels, which
were all so natural and would not attract anyoneís attention on a busy
I walked on down the street wondering at the directness
of the look, and tried to remember if I had seen this lady before. No,
I was sure I had not. I also remembered having had this happen before.
Surely this has happened to you many times -- maybe you have not questioned
This incident of mine on Market Street is a perfect example
of the unconscious transfer of the vibration of one personís atmosphere
into another personís atmosphere, when the two atmospheres intermesh or
come in contact with one another.
The foreign vibration of one transferring or being felt
by the other tells the person there is a stranger around. How does it do
it? Well, it acts just like having an infra-red lamp turned on your back
or any other place where you did not see the source of the light, but felt
it. This is done through the electro-magnetic field of one person being
picked up by the other.
Let us take another example of this function of the atmosphere.
Have you ever interviewed people for jobs or work where they will be going
to play a certain part in a company, or church, in which you are working?
A man stands before me; we have never met before. I personally
know nothing of the fellow as to his background or history. He came to
me for a job -- this is our first interview. I am at my desk. He is standing
just in front of it, until he sits down there. Somehow though, there is
a personal feeling, an attraction which seems to be stirring inside of
me. I like this fellow. Why? He is five-foot-eight, about forty, with more
or less nondescript facial features. It is true he looks straight at you,
but some people have developed this attitude toward people. He does not
have a look of high intelligence, but I like to be near him.
We may size up a person, or try to find out "what
makes him tick," who may live in the same club or hotel or apartment
house. Each person thinks, at least subconsciously. Thinking is a process
which produces and causes electrical waves of vibration -- electromagnetic
waves -- to radiate from the brain and physical body. Whether we know it
or not, this is a scientific fact. It also is a fact that as we think we
build up in space around the physical body a vibratory pattern which we
call manís atmosphere (and it really is).
The description above is the nature of your personal atmosphere
which is felt or sensed consciously or unconsciously by those we meet,
and with whom we associate. This is why I liked to be near the young man
on our first interview.
This is your atmosphere and every day in every way you
are forming your atmosphere (and what will be in it) through which people
must approach you -- also all the things that you will experience, and
by this we mean the people you are going to draw to you. Then there are
the things such as money, houses, cars, clothes, etc. And the things that
put you in touch with these whether they can be accepted in your body --
that is, aside from their chemical content. Then we have our personal reaction
to colors which are entirely our own reaction to them, for each person
even sees colors differently. This has been proven in the selection of
shades of colors by several people, and then calibrating their selection
on a machine which has no past to affect its decision.
This atmosphere is also part of your protective mechanism
in this atomic age, with the fallout of atom bombs and all of the other
changes that are taking place.
This atmosphere is formed from your thinking, reactions
to things that happen in this life of yours and its events, as well as
those things you bring over from the last lifetime. There is also a certain
amount of the pre-natal period experience which goes to make up some of
your atmosphere, and which reflects in the soul thinking.
Thinking and action -- the conscious or unconscious acceptance
of these and other things such as race, religion, national philosophy,
childhood events, environment, etc. Form part of the thinking pattern and
acceptance which changes your atmosphere. Let us not forget the real name
of that which affects most of our thinking, mass mind, which is the composite
pattern of what society wants to accept -- also wants us to accept, true
or untrue -- as they say, "hook, line and sinker."
These all go to make up your atmosphere, or, as some think
of it, your nature; but really it is the atmosphere around your body, as
the air we breathe is part of the atmosphere of the earth. A person versed
in astrology believes this atmosphere is determined at the hour of birth.
Let us say here that the stars impel or make easier to happen, but do not
compel, as man has free choice.
In short, a tide of circumstances first met you, through
incidents of many lives. And thus entering this life cycle, you have a
certain amount of things which go to setting up certain potential reactions
-- a part of a predetermined pattern of know causes and action which also
necessitates some thinking in the general understanding of life and what
you are relating to, such as money, work, morals, etc., in whatever vein
of thought or action your karma lies, in order for these things to be possible
to appear in your life.
Jesus asked the people to "Repent and forsake their
sins." The base word of repent, if you will stop and think -- the
word pent means "stored or confined within a certain boundary".
The prefix "re" means to reverse the action or in this case,
to release. Thus to "Repent and forsake their sins" is to release
and leave behind their errors and not to continue to carry them along through
life. Some people will tell you, "It is a pretty heavy load I carry,"
and so they struggle on in their martyr pose. For you are a recipient of
the present-day martyr complex if you do this.
This is not predestination, but depends on the action
which is within your power to change and control. It is within the power
of every person to do the right, wrong, or negative thing. All of these
go into making up your atmosphere through which filter all sound, thought
and reactions, through which the power of God manifests in your life. It
determines what shall come into your life, as the God Force will be patterned
in accord with the contents of your atmosphere and your acceptance.
Therefore, every person builds his own atmosphere through
his thinking, action, the words he speaks or thinks, and previous action.
This is what is generally thought of as his individuality, but is a lot
more potent and serious in its far-reaching effect. It is your atmosphere
-- your personal universe.
If this were the only truth connected with the subject,
it would be of little concern or interest now to continue along with this
line of study. With a correct understanding of the Universal function of
the teachings of Jesus, and many of the other Great Masters, one may change
his or her entire life.
Let us go further with our idea of education in terms
of specialization as they do in colleges today -- to discipline memory,
and train minds to follow one specific groove or line of science. It is
true some certain subjects, such as a language, mathematics and history
are taken by all. But are our students taught to think? Then because the
student being turned out is so highly specialized in certain subjects and
because our technology has reached out into visual space, we are apt to
deceive ourselves in thinking and learning of twenty years ago, and that
this method should give us a brighter future for our nation as a people.
But was this training for the good of all, or was it for the benefit of
a few, special privileged persons?
The real good of a man to himself and the good of the
community and his country is what his atmosphere along with the othersí
atmospheres will create as a nation, as a world. What comes through the
masses of independent atmospheres thus becomes the mass mind which controls
the thinking and has control of the masses and what they accept; also the
acceptance of a thing such as the laws we ask our law-makers to pass, to
control our movements, our associations with others, as to being right
Then there are the unwritten laws of our societies in
different countries. These laws are really not legal but they are the ones
which say you send a card of thanks to your hostess after spending a pleasant
evening in her home; also the many other business ethics which are generally
observed they are accepted by the masses and therefore become part of the
mass mind. But because these are accepted does not mean that they are right
or wrong according to the Great Creatorís Law and Order of the Universe.
Then this pattern of forces becomes the ever-impounding influence on the
sub-conscious mind, whether you know it or not. This is what people must
free themselves of in order to freely work with the Law and gain the God
It is very much like putting oneself in a huge sphere
made of a transparent plastic -- the plastic being of paper thickness,
which has been treated in a way to allow just certain light rays to pass
through. This would be similar to the use of a filter on your camera. When
a person wishes to take a picture on a bright day, or if he is interested
in bringing out certain details in a picture, he uses a certain type of
filter. In other words, only certain waves of light can pass through because
of the filter, thus certain things in the picture will be stronger and
others weaker. The filter is your atmosphere.
The question then, is, "What kind of atmosphere has
the college built in the studentís personal atmosphere?" The college
itself certainly has its own atmosphere in which the student remains for
four years; and the teachers and teaching body have their atmosphere --
the pattern which has been set for teaching and the repetition of the teaching
material -- these all go to build a distinct pattern. All of these have
decided effect on the atmosphere.
Also, the nature of the atmosphere is determined by the
response to pattern of itself and its motivation. In other words, this
atmosphere will determine what a student will be able to conceive when
he is ready to go to work -- conceiving the fundamental ideas for his company
or employer for which he is being presumably hired as an Engineer, a Scientist,
a Designer, or a Salesman.
The question in my mind is: If the student leaves college
taking with him his new atmosphere, is he going to hold out any and all
theories which were not commonly accepted by his college in the books which
formed the course of study to which his atmosphere is now attuned at this
time? Will he hold out new ideas not taught in the text he has studied?
Is he not simply adrift on a sea of non-correlative and unscientific thought?
By unscientific thought we mean contrary to the Laws of Nature of God,
for after all, are we not functioning in the Mind of God and is not this
Universe a manifestation of the Great Creative Mind of this Solar System?
Therefore, anything that does not take into consideration
the Great Creative Force of the Universe -- can it have a positive functional
lasting good? Anything that is not working positively for the evolving
creation of God -- how can it live and last in the mind of God as a living
Now donít look around and say that all this murder and
evil, or negative action, has lasted for thousands of years. Remember that
this time element is only a man-made point of consciousness.
Is there a safe anchorage to be found for this new worker?
Does he have the tools to cope with this unspecialized world or God in
which he must live and create? Let us see if he can start out and use what
he has attained in school or must he re-adjust himself to the unknowns
of the research group and what we call experience?
This atmosphere of his -- the atmosphere of all of us,
whether we go to college or to no school at all -- is of the greatest importance.
It is a mighty reality and through its vibrations must come the things
that you are to receive. Though it is not understood by most people now,
in this new age it will be taught as a fundamental part of the mental science.
Undoubtedly it will be taught in more scientific terms, but he will have
solved the problem of living. Its existence is as real as the noonday sun.
We feel it every time we mingle with people. It sometimes attracts people
good or bad -- sometimes it repels. Sometimes its reactions are felt stronger
than other times. It is the medium of two lovers. If you want a man in
your life, put one there -- the one that would be right for you or the
one that you want; but you cannot accept a mate and reject this mate at
the same time, as some have tried to do. Just as long as he is not already
spoken for, he will come to you. He will also stay if you are capable of
measuring up to this man of your dreams. This holds true with anything
-- be sure you are adequate to be with, use or afford whatever the item
When recognizing an unfavorable atmosphere surrounding
a friend or associate, we attempt to change it. As a rule the results of
such an attempt have been a failure; also the cause of much bad blood between
people. In the first place it is not the otherís atmosphere that needs
changing, but ours. Even though we recognize ours should be changed we
usually declare, "Well, this is just me so I guess it will remain
This subject has a far-reaching charm that reaches into
the Holy of Holies of each and every person, for secretly 90% of the people
alive have experienced one or another of these reactions, the sensing of
the other fellowís atmosphere, or a psychic manifestation of some sort.
You are not crazy because you function the way God made
you. Let a person declare he is ill and he is sure to have what he wants.
Let one declare repeatedly and openly, as he has, has inability to control
his own atmosphere, and his whole existence evidences proof of his effort
to do that very thing.
Does not the very fact that you entertain this thought
lead you to ask the question, "Why should I want to even think about
changing my atmosphere?" If you have not been successful in controlling
this atmosphere of yours perhaps there is a deeper motivation, a deeper
Again, some people have succeeded in their work of changing
their atmosphere. Do we not all know people whose atmosphere has been wholly
changed -- so much so that we were surprised, feeling almost they were
not our former friend but some former reincarnation of theirs? How they
accomplished this has been explained in many ways. We listen to the many
versions but somehow the stories do not bring conviction; perhaps we are
pretty well informed in the general knowledge of life. Where is the trouble?
Is all knowledge institutional? Is it that the logic of
intellect ever refuses to light the way, or shed light from the source
-- The Master Within? If so, we must recognize a higher guide than intellect
to find the truth. Are you afraid of God? In order that we will not be
confused, let us start out from this moment forward with a basic infallible
Law that will lift the clouds and stop the wavering from one side of the
road to the other, regardless as to whether we are Protestant, Catholic,
Jew or Mohammedan. Here it is:
Man controls his own atmosphere, absolutely and without
To prove this we leave the logic of school behind, at
least insofar as logic being only applicable to the seen world. We must
look within. We enter the throbbing silence of the intuitional with a conscious
knowledge of the life-pulse all through us. One cannot refuse to do so,
because the statement of our proposition makes it self-evident that Man
cannot refer to the man as seen in your mirror, or the flesh alone. What
you will see will be an outcropping of the cause of what and how you built
Donít forget, you can only see what can come through the
filter of your atmosphere. This inner being is the impersonality of oneís
own being; it is his unseeable -- it is the ego and should made manifest;
it is eternal.
Man Controls Through His Choice
This means the true balance with the will made manifest.
Thus the true Ego and Will have a way of their own on what the mind accepts,
and the Great Creator or Creative Power of the Universe brings into material
being, into your See (Visible) World - God made manifest!
Knowledge of power must precede the ability to use the
power intelligently. These statements being true, this raises a question:
How little does our conscious self know of the real Self within? This is
a matter of the expanding consciousness of man, but we cannot discuss it
here, for the purpose of this book is to lead the student to know his Power
-- not to marvel why he has not known it before -- which he will.
It is true that many have learned of a seeming other God
self to which they could appeal. They did not know the open scientific
way to the reservoir of wisdom within; they guessed, and happily, guessed
In these days of power, atomic and other forms of natural
power, the return of the Christ Consciousness, the new world, the appeal
for facts and the need of true balance, the student demands demonstration.
It is right that he does. It is well to make note here that the person
might even have knowledge of his power and not exercise it. Knowledge of
it may give courage and yet all this does not get the work done.
You may know you can learn German because of your acquaintance
and discipline in languages, other than the first one acquired at your
motherís knee, but such knowledge alone without practice and technique
of speech does not give a mastery of even the simplest phrase of German.
Reason: from past experience in study of language you know what the results
will be with faithful work and practice on your part, under the direction
of a master teacher in that tongue.
All that reasoning is simple in learning a language. Now
how far does it help us in the demonstration attempt? If we can control
nothing without the knowledge of the power to be controlled, then this
knowledge must precede the use of the power.
From where and whom shall such knowledge be gained? We
turn to the Masters of the East and read the marvels done by them and still
being done, and yet the story of their unfoldment is hard to reveal to
the Western mind.
We look about us, hear of some shining examples of Mastery
of self -- also of victory won in attaining consciousness by men who could
only see to read the bright lights of the advertising. With this hope above
the limitless path of "I can," these men have attained their
goals. They have touched that one thing which is Humility; a state of humility
that gave them the use of their power -- this power working through them.
This is every man and woman.
But this is not a scientific approach and puts one in
a state of confusion with indefinite ways to proceed to use of power. It
is more a sense of blind faith; nevertheless they won, and this is not
to be discounted.
The mind of this modern age of youth is looking for examples
of these things which people cannot see or hear with their eyes and ears,
to bridge the time/space gap in mind -- to take the work out of living.
Is this going to be another time in history when youth shall lead the way
as it did in the past?
If ever you were in a railroad accident where you suffered
severe shock, have you not noticed that for weeks and months afterwards,
upon picking up the paper, any newspaper, your eyes would quickly fall
upon any item in it relating to or referring to a railroad happening or
event -- perhaps a disaster. It seemed to you that such occurrences were
increasing because you were always reading of them. Today we know your
eye was directed to the paragraph by the action of the subconscious mind,
from a motive in the nature of a warning.
The shock you had received previously made you absolutely
still a moment. At that instant the subconscious mind became charged with
one thought of enlightening you regarding railroads, whenever it might
be on the subject; hence the seeming unconscious action.
The above is good material to build a fear complex into
your atmosphere which would limit your freedom. Here too, in knowing of
your power through your word, this can be erased.
Here is a demonstration of the fact that in knowing the
power accessible throughout words and thought, we must keep all things
out of the mind which we do not want to materialize, and be still while
the subconscious receives the thoughts or patterns of what we desire. This
is going to set up a vibration which will filter out any opposite action
from being drawn into our life through our atmosphere.
Here then we find a condition, a state of mind and vibration
building into our atmosphere, which has been created by us and nay event.
To overcome this vibration in our atmosphere one has only to charge the
subconscious mind with thoughts of security and peace.
This may be accomplished in different ways but all use
the same basic principle. One of the simplest may be to sit alone 10 minutes
a day and hold the thought "I am under complete protection and I am
always in perfect harmony with the Universe." Soon the sitter will
find that the stories in the newspapers will no longer bring themselves
to the attention of himself or God. In the above case, the action which
produced the condition was involuntary. The action to change the condition
is voluntary and scientific; sometimes called by the religionist treatment,
and rightfully so, for you are giving a new vibration to your atmosphere.
Look over your list of friends for a moment and select one whom you have
know for years who never gives a complete and frank endorsement of another
person. Though he may appear to have marked tact with the praise of the
other fellow, he invariably insists on qualifying phrases by way of criticism.
Gradually you observed you could not come into his atmosphere without being
treated to a budget of criticism of others.
The others might be friends, or might be public characters
more or less well known. Your friend has learned to pride himself on his
wonderful ability to discern faults quickly in those whom he meets.
Soon all his friends know what to expect when they come
into his atmosphere.
They too find that within it they are likely to supplement
him on the same lines; they too become fault finders. The effect of this
on the one who created the atmosphere about himself is to intensify his
bitterness, until even they who once listened willingly now withdraw from
an atmosphere that has become too oppressive for them to breathe. No one
would think it fair to lay this condition to the stars or to environment.
This fault finding is the surest way I know of creating
headaches of all kinds and a lack of life force, because the person is
rejecting another part of God when he rejects his brother Man.
Many of you will be able to recall a boy who in his early
childhood experienced poverty and who, in boyhood, experienced a firm desire
to go to college. If a little later that desire became a declared resolve,
soon all avenues would open up to fulfill that desire. That desire and
resolve created an atmosphere which attracted the force necessary to draw
to him the things needed to attain the purpose of the young lad.
Many of these young men will tell us that as long as they
were consistent and were taking every opportunity and never lost sight
of their goal, help came unsought to get them on their way.
With a little reflection, illustrations will present themselves
by the score as the causes that may produce this or that atmosphere. This
is in accordance with our statement "Man controls his own atmosphere
absolutely and without exception."
The foregoing now shows that your atmosphere is a product
of your thought that makes it what it is, and thought work alone can change
it. Although it be true that conditions are started as we have seen --
sometimes without any apparent "willing them to be," let us not
forget, whether it be the acts and thought of this life span or the last
life, or the things that we have stored up in mind before, you are still
in command of the direction of the Creative Power of the Father within.
Remember what Emerson said: "Will is always miraculous,
being the presence of God to men. When it appears in man he is a hero and
all metaphysics are at fault. Heaven is the exercise of the faculties,
the added sense of power."
The atmosphere that marks the strong individuality is
universally ceded to be the product of the invisible emanation of thought
centered on ideas.
Our proposition as to control of power now reduces itself
to this: if we ourselves are master of our apparatus, we know we can control
our thoughts and thus dictate the type of atmosphere we are going to maintain
in our life -- meaning both the material and spiritual living and development
Thus we see that our atmosphere is not a mythical principle
but a space and time continuum around us, into which we pour the thinking
and speech of our living, thus building up a live dynamic force field which
is constantly changing as we might change our thinking patterns, and it
will or will not permit certain things to come into our lives which we
desire or do not desire, according to the thing we have set in our atmosphere.