Tuesday, 23 November 2010

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These recent photos are from the forthcoming books of Rasa Von Werder,
"Old Woman / Young Man - Why They Belong Together"
Parts I & II

My daughter, age sixteen & a champ in karate, & I - play acting. She is the one doing the kick - I am the one with the flexible back.  My daughter was a champion gymnast, ballerina, karate expert (won all the tournaments she entered), & did modeling & TV commercials for Gloria Vanderbilt.  Her gymnastics were amazing, she was invited (but declined) to join the Alvin Ailey dance company. I took many images of her beauty which must be scanned in before I upload them - need a webman to help.
I encourage all parents to help their daughters fulfill their potential.  It used to be that families gave the son more than the daughter - the assumption being that the daughter should get her resources from a husband.  Here, sickening discrimination started right in the home – the daughter deprived of resources but forced to be dependent on men! Today, with only part of the discrimination removed from women,-  women have forged ahead dramatically (75% college students are female) & WE ARE MOVING INTO MATRIARCHY.  Soon (IT'S BEGINNING) women will be supporting men!
Women ARE STILL DISCRIMINATED AGAINST!  White women are getting 77 cents to the dollar for the same work as men do, black women getting only 66 cents to the dollar!  And yet, WITH THE HANDICAPS STILL ON THE SIDE OF MEN, WOMEN HAVE BEATEN THEM IN EDUCATION, DOCTOR DEGREES, MANAGEMENT & NOW COMPRISE THE MAJORITY OF THE WORK FORCE! (This is increasing, women moving forward, males slipping back.)  What does this tell you – (which explains why men have had so many devices against women) – Females are far stronger than males!
Important:  The morning of Nov. 20th, 2010 , we held a meeting of the “Phi Beta Female” Empowerment Group.  In attendance were myself with two females, “Gabby” – 22 & “Erica” – 28.  We began at the pizza parlor.  Gabrielle had been studying my website for years – they both were totally receptive to the message of female superiority.
But what happened – as I predicted –with the human males around? (Hitherto called “Creatures” – “Freaks” or “Freakazoids”.)
No sooner did I sit at table waiting for the girls, one of a group of males tried to sit with me (he had been insulting me minutes before) & I told him “no.”  He tried again, complaining to his friends. He was a handsome Creature, mixed race, 6’ tall, around 20.  His buddy who was putting a hit on Erica was about 5’4”, chocolate, & the other three hangers on were white.
We women sit down & start talking & I declare,
“OK, we start the meeting right here & now .”
The freaks were listening, they were in the next booth.  You’d think they’d do their own thing – why don’t freaks just go ahead & do their own thing when women convene?  Because, as I said before, Freakazoids think that wherever there are women, they have the sovereign right to interrupt & invade their private space!  And they especially become worried, concerned, & frightened when the women seem serious, doing their own thing, impervious to them! 
As I spoke quietly to my women, the freaks went silent & you could hear a pin drop.
When I got to the part,
“men are going extinct”
Six foot freaky gave out a loud howl!  He began to make incomprehensible noises.  I asked the ladies to ignore him, but Gabrielle took it upon herself to curse him out – thereby starting a brouhaha with him saying more illogical things, louder & wackier.
To make a long story short, for the next 20 minutes, as I explained to the girls how the two X chromosomes of the female make her superior, with male having only one X chromosome & a tiny damaged Y, (this is the basis of female superiority),  they kept interrupting in two ways.
Mean freaky kept making loud noises, while the chocolate dwarf sat down with us & tried to do Erica.  I told him in a polite way,
“We did not invite you to sit down.  Please leave, we are having a serious discussion, this is safe space for women.”
He did leave but tormented us by doing it again twice – each time I had to be more forceful to make him go, & Erica did not understand the principle of our sovereignty – was way too nice to him, making it hard for us to get rid of the creature!
Gabrielle & I were on the same page & possibly I got more forceful than needed (haha, no regrets – Gabrielle was cursing like a sailor, I was proud of her but a little worried creatures might get violent) & said to him,
“She does not want you to dump her load into her.  She does not want to be used as a garbage disposal for your sperm – understand?  She doesn’t want your sperm!”
“You are not an asshole, assholes have a purpose!”
I said to the mean one.
Now a dispute started between myself & Erika, who cold not understand why she had to get rid of a creature THAT WAS BEING NICE TO HER!
I told her,
“Whether they are mean or nice, they are derailing & disrupting our meeting!”
I told her,
“We officially started the meeting here, in anticipation of going to my apt. next – don’t you remember?  I said, we are starting the discussion!”
She seemed obtuse & we hammered this issue again later on.  I told her,
“This is not an easy call when the guy is friendly, but I must tell you, once we are in meeting – all men must lay off. We have to understand– when a male, approaches us, we have to dismiss him.  If he is nice, you can always say,
‘Right now I am in the middle of something with my sisters.  I will speak to you another time.”
Be POLITE but FIRM he’s respectful.
But, I said to Erica,
“Freaky, although he had a nice front, was being disrespectful.  Did you not hear me tell him in a polite way that he was not to sit with us or interrupt us, that we were in meeting with an important discussion - & yet, he sat down two more times, kept trying to talk to you.  Can’t you see that under the front of “nice” he was being actually disrespectful to our wishes (for privacy) & imposing his will on us – like his desires were more crucial than ours?
(She said she didn’t mind him talking to her – but I said, look, I’m the leader of this quorum, & Gabrielle also agreed, we wanted to talk, but this was not possible with them butting in.  Every time I got started on a thread, that thread was broken by interruption.  This is derailing our work!)
Erica had trouble understanding the principle of this, but finally, in the end, after I said beg off in a polite manner she FINALLY GOT IT.
I realized then that as we begin our meetings, I must define certain principles by which we abide.  This incident triggered in me the need to write,
“Principles of Female Empowerment – Safe Space for Women.”
It could begin like this.
What does safe space for women mean?  Naturally, if we go off alone, behind closed doors, or where there is no male present, we are automatically safe.  But this is not always possible. Sometimes we meet in a park, or restaurant, where males might approach us.  What is the protocol here?
I believe the principle is this:  Once we convene, it is sacred, as private as the American Indian ceremonies.  Once a ceremony starts, no one can enter, even the Chief, if he was not there in the beginning!  It breaks the continuity of the event!
When we convene we have to understand that it is like prayer, & being in Church.  When you sit down before God you do not keep your cell phone handy – you turn it off.  You do not do anything but turn your attention to God.  You are finding your nourishment from God, peace, how can the world interfere?  If you allow the world to interfere, short of an emergency – you are compromising your own relationship with God – putting God second.
Now when sisterhood gathers, this is the time FOR US.  We recognize the Divine Principle within us & other women.  We know men & women have been at war – with them oppressing us.  They have in the present age, disempowered us, and deprived us of life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness.  They have taken away our sovereignty & our sisterhood, & we are working to get it back!  (Even in the best of times, when Matriarchy flourished, women would have sat down, alone, without men, to decide how to run the family & world – it had nothing to do with them – they were not leaders, & participated only when invited!)
What happens when males take part in any of our proceedings?  Dire consequences.  The point is - they are IRRELEVANT.
As sisters we have to make a decision, & it is this:
“Do I, right now, want to regain my autonomy, affirm that my identity is sovereign & that I do not lay it down the minute a male wants my attention?  AT LEAST FOR THE TIME BEING?  Do I leave God – Disrupt my intimacy with her, to bow down to a man?  Or do I allow myself sacred space at designated times?
The sisters have to STAND TOGETHER during these times.  One sister cannot break ranks to flirt with a male, or answer her cell phone for a booty call.  There are times for this, & times for that.  This is the time for this.  If any male approaches one of the sisters, we stand together in removing him.  Working as a corporate entity is respect for other women & it helps all of us.  Sisterhood is powerful – we can do more for each other by teaming up.  Men have done so to oppress us – it works for them, it works for us.
Now we continued our discussion, - Freakazoids were thrown out by the manager.
A minute later, another Creature enters, & seeing us, begins to talk so loud you would think he was trying to speak to an Elephant in Africa .  It was loud, louder, louder – he was alone & talking to the waiters.  I told the girls he was doing this for our benefit, trying to get our attention, & ignore him – what he was doing was saying,
“Look at my tail feathers!  Look at how big my dick is!”
He eventually moved his seat so he was a few feet away, became silent, trying to hear us.  I then told the girls, let us move away, turning my back on him to redirect my voice.
After a while, creature knew my name, & kept calling,
“Rasa – Rasa”
I told the women to ignore him.  Sure enough, when the ladies went to the bathroom I did ask him,
“What do you want?”
It was attention he wanted – like all of them. 
We then decided to go to my apt. to continue the discussion.
They loved the place & as we sat talking, wondered if we could improve the furniture so the group would feel closer.  The two of them picked up my sofa & couch & experimented – we did make an improvement – sisterhood!
When they entered my bedroom behind the French doors  both jumped on my bed & I thought they wanted to talk there – it’s so cozy & beautiful!
This conversation continued another two hours!  It was interrupted by a booty call for Erica!  Six AM a male caller! - she made a date with him a half hour hence, & asked if we could go to her apartment.
I was disappointed in her.  Funniest thing was, booty call stood her up.
We talked in her beautiful, huge apartment for another two hours, with Gabrielle & I discussing relationships, while Erica fell asleep at the table.
Overall, Erica said she felt greatly empowered within an hour of my teaching, Gabrielle cried  from emotional relief – she said she had been praying to God for help for a long time, & I was the answer to that prayer.
I had been trying to get like 5 to 8 women at a time for the groups, but even one or two is enough.  After I get these small groups going, they understand what it is, then after a while, we coalesce.  Things start small, but they have to start right, & then it grows.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta started WITH ONE WOMAN SHE PICKED UP OFF THE STREET, sick, abandoned.  She put that woman in her own bed, slept on the floor – the rest is history.  Saints are not dreamers, THEY DO THINGS.
Mother Teresa gets free air travel, from Pan Am, in First Class!  At dinner, she COLLECTS THE SCRAPS from the first class passengers, for the poor!  Rasa collects the pizza scraps from the tables for her raccoons – eccentric actions done out of charity. 
If you want to be in our meetings  contact me at 607 655 9391
@ Rasa a ho is a woman who sleeps wit multiple men or who sleeps with men for the wrong reasons....♥
Rasa says:  Liz, what r da right reasons?  & if a woman sleeps wit multiple men for da right reasons, is she still a ho?  btw, where can one find multiple men to sleep wit 4 da right reasons?  Just askin' 4 a friend of mine (she want'm goooooooood lookin, though - gotta b at least a 3 on a scale of one to 10 - she's a 2 so 3 is pretty hot to her.)  Now me, I only sleep (not really sleep though, hard ‘ta sleep wit da guy in da bed) wit guys that are 9-10-& jackpot 11-12)  or above, so ya' can only find like one of dem a month, so that restricts the multiples - Is twelve a year called multiples ?  Oh, I forgot to ask.  If ya' sleeps wit one guy 4 da wrong reasons (like being horny I guess is the wrong reason?), but you do it a few times a day, every time he can get it up,  for weeks, months, even a year wit da same guy, does dat make you a ho?  I would like to know more details on "right reasons" & "wrong reasons" - Do u mean sex is right only if u love each other but if ur "just horny" then it's bad?  How about if u can't find a guy who luvs u - but u luv him & wanna' do it - r u still ho material?  & one last thing, if u can’t find a good reason to do it wit a guy, do you think God would forgive u if you just once in a while, do it for da wrong reasons?  Maybe once a week?  What is the limit on multiples before u become ho material?
helpful – sugar biggest enemy but you must eat good fat to lose weight.  Good fat:  olive oil, butter, nuts, eggs, avocadoes, coconut oil.....food to avoid:  all processed foods filled with sweeteners, chemicals, hi fructose corn syrup etc...avoid regular breads, good breads are made from sprouted grains, spelt & millet.....avoid all fake butters, all margarines, vegetable oils except for olive oil.....liver is overwhelmed by chemicals in processed foods, slows down in breaking down fat....eat foods that have ONE INGREDIENT – sweet potatoes, vegetables, fruits, leaves etc.
Airport officials at Denver International airport were on high alert yesterday when a full body scanner operator was caught masturbating in his booth as a team of High School netball players went through the scanner.

"The young ladies were going through the scanner one by one, and every time one went through, this guys face was getting redder and redder. His hand was moving and then he started sweating. He was then seen doing his 'O' face. That's when the security dragged him out of his booth and cuffed him. He had his pants round his ankles and everybody was really disgusted," Jeb Rather, a passenger on a flight to New York told CBS news.

Kellie Everts (Rasa Von Werder)

We all witnessed the implosion of the 1980s power couple. As women flexed their shoulder pads all you got were stressed couples who were battling for the same role and trying to find a slot in their diaries for dinner.
But now there is a third way. The second-generation feminists – that is, women in their twenties and thirties – have found a new way to solve the alpha-beta paradox. The 21st century sisters have a terrifyingly clear agenda when it comes to finding a mate. They map out their life plans early: rise to the top of their chosen career, get the smart house, the cute kids and curl up in bed with a loving beta male. The alpha girl doesn’t need Mr Alpha to sweep her off her feet and buy her a condo in town; she has enough money to do that herself. She is successful, confident and she wants a caring man who can pick up some of the domestic slack.
October 7, 2007
What modern women want: a beta male
Men are surrendering in the sex war, taking on the supporting role
Kate Mulvey
Last week I went to dinner with an eligible doctor. As we were finishing the main course, I struck up conversation with the owner (Marco) in Italian – I speak five languages. My date nearly choked on his linguini and spent the rest of the date mute. I had committed the worst dating faux pas: I had outshone my suitor.
Yet it would seem I am not the only woman who is wondering whether it is time to hang up her brain and turn into a Stepford Date. In America research shows successful young women are hiding their accomplishments for fear that their academic achievements and financial kudos will scare off potential suitors.
And it is no different here. Researchers from Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh and Glasgow universities discovered that high-IQ women saw marriage prospects fall dramatically, but men with high IQs had little trouble finding a mate. They found that for each 16-point rise in a woman’s IQ, her marriage prospects declined by 40%, but the man’s chances of marriage increased by 35% with each rise.
The widespread view is that accomplished women are at a disadvantage in the marriage market because men start out by saying they want a strong, powerful woman and then end up running off with the secretary. I should know. A few years ago my Swiss banker found my conversation too arty and cast his attentions on a lovely Spanish girl who worked in his office.
Should women pander to male insecurities? Self-help guides exhort us to flatter the male ego; don’t talk too much and let him make all the jokes if you want him to like you. Well I would rather skewer my eyes out than change my personality.
So what is the answer? Someone has to surrender in the sex war. Should women soften their image if they want to marry an alpha? Since the beginning of time anthropologists have told us women are programmed to seek a mate who can provide for her.
We all witnessed the implosion of the 1980s power couple. As women flexed their shoulder pads all you got were stressed couples who were battling for the same role and trying to find a slot in their diaries for dinner.
But now there is a third way. The second-generation feminists – that is, women in their twenties and thirties – have found a new way to solve the alpha-beta paradox. The 21st century sisters have a terrifyingly clear agenda when it comes to finding a mate. They map out their life plans early: rise to the top of their chosen career, get the smart house, the cute kids and curl up in bed with a loving beta male. The alpha girl doesn’t need Mr Alpha to sweep her off her feet and buy her a condo in town; she has enough money to do that herself. She is successful, confident and she wants a caring man who can pick up some of the domestic slack.
Penelope, 34, a high-earning public relations executive, is married to an actor. They are both comfortable acknowledging that the wife is the chief breadwinner. So it makes sense that it is her career that gets fast-tracked. “John is really irreverent and playful and after I have had people kowtowing to me all day, it is nice to be brought down to earth with a joke.”
Does he mind playing the supporting role? “I love it that my wife is this go-getting career woman. I have never been into status anyway, so I don’t feel emasculated by the fact that she earns way more money than me.”
To better understand this role reversal, we have to look at the key social changes in the past 30 years. Since 1975 the number of women entering the workforce has increased by a third and in 2005 one-third of all managers were women. Women are better educated – there are more women with advanced degrees than before – and there are now more female trainee lawyers and doctors than male ones.
This creates a shift in the way women view marriage. With their increased earning power, women are less hung up on the Jane Austen model of finding a providing husband. “Women can choose a man who has charm and looks, instead of going for the grumpy, ugly alpha just because he is solvent,” says Penelope. So is this a liberating thing?
For young women this shift in economic power has given them new choices. But what about the men? While it is true that many older men seem stuck with the “man as success object, woman as sex object” idea and would never contemplate marrying a ball-breaking alpha earner, men in their twenties and thirties seem to be redefining masculinity.
Having grown up with successful women such as Margaret Thatcher and Madonna as role models, and with popular culture awash with fantasies of all-powerful women, from Lara Croft to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, men are not so uncomfortable with the woman in control. This value system recognises the trend of female supremacy, which while not as yet the norm seems to be pointing the way for future relationships.
The Pathway to Prosperity
Lesson 19 - The Secret Of Health, Success and Power

We all remember with what intense delight, as children, we listened to the never-tiring fairy tale. How eagerly we followed the fluctuating fortunes of the good boy or girl, ever protected, in the hour of crisis, from the evil machinations of the scheming witch, the cruel giant, or the wicked king. And our little hearts never faltered for the fate of the hero or heroine, nor did we doubt their ultimate triumph over all their enemies, for we knew that the fairies were infallible, and that they would never desert those who had consecrated themselves to the good and the true. And what unspeakable joy pulsated within us when the Fairy Queen, bringing all her magic to bear at the critical moment, scattered all the darkness and trouble, and granted them the complete satisfaction of all their hopes, and they were "happy ever after."

With the accumulating years, and an ever increasing intimacy with the so-called "realities" of life, our beautiful fairy-world became obliterated, and its wonderful inhabitants were relegated, in the archives of memory, to the shadowy and unreal. And we thought we were wise and strong in thus leaving forever the land of childish dreams, but as we re-become little children in the wondrous world of wisdom, we shall return again to the inspiring dreams of childhood and find that they are, after all, realities.

The fairy-folk, so small and nearly always invisible, yet possessed of an all-conquering and magical power, who bestow upon the good, health, wealth, and happiness, along with all the gifts of nature in lavish profusion, start again into reality and become immortalized in the soul-realm of those who, by growth in wisdom, have entered into a knowledge of the power of thought, and the laws which govern the inner world of being. To them, the fairies live again as thought-people, thought-messengers, thought-powers in working harmony with the over-ruling Good. And they who, day by day, endeavor to harmonize their hearts with the heart of the Supreme Good, do in reality acquire true health, wealth, and happiness. There is no protection to compare with goodness, and by "goodness" I do not mean a mere outward conformity to the rules of morality; I mean pure thought, noble aspiration, unselfish love, and f^r^e^e^dom from vain glory. To dwell continually in good thoughts, is to throw around oneself a psychic atmosphere of sweetness and power which leaves its impress upon all who come in contact with it.

As the rising sun puts to rout the helpless shadows, so are all the impotent forces of evil put to flight by the searching rays of positive thought which shine forth from a heart made strong in purity and faith.

Where there is sterling faith and uncompromising purity there is health, there is success, there is power. In such a one, disease, failure, and disaster can find no lodgment, for there is nothing on which they can feed.

Even physical conditions are largely determined by mental states, and to this truth the scientific world is rapidly being drawn. The old, materialistic belief that a man is what his body makes him, is rapidly passing away, and is being replaced by the inspiring belief that man is superior to his body, and that his body is what he makes it by the power of thought. Men everywhere are ceasing to believe that a man is despairing because he is dyspeptic, and are coming to understand that he is dyspeptic because he is despairing, and in the near future, the fact that all disease has its origin in the mind will become common knowledge.

There is no evil in the universe but that which has its root and origin in the mind, and sin, sickness, sorrow, and affliction do not, in reality, belong to the universal order, are not inherent in the nature of things, but are the direct outcome of our ignorance of the right relations of things.

According to tradition, there once lived, in India, a school of philosophers who led a life of such absolute purity and simplicity that they commonly reached the age of one hundred and fifty years, and to fall sick was looked upon by them as an unpardonable disgrace, for it was considered to indicate a violation of law.

The sooner we realize and acknowledge that sickness, far from being the arbitrary visitation of an offended God, or the test of an unwise
Providence, is the result of our own error or sin, the sooner shall we enter upon the highway of health. Disease comes to those who attract it, to those whose mind and bodies are receptive to it, and flees from those whose strong, pure, and positive thought-sphere generates healing and life-giving currents.

If you are given to anger, worry, jealousy, greed, or any other inharmonious state of mind, and expect perfect physical health, you are expecting the impossible, for you are continually sowing the seeds of disease in your mind. Such conditions of mind are carefully shunned by the wise man, for he knows them to be far more dangerous than a bad drain or an infected house.

If you would be f^r^e^e from all physical aches and pains, and would enjoy perfect physical harmony, then put your mind in order, and harmonize your thoughts. Think joyful thoughts; think loving thoughts; let the elixir of goodwill course through your veins, and you will need no other medicine. Put away your jealousies, your suspicions, your worries, your hatreds, your selfish indulgences, and you will put away your dyspepsia, your biliousness, your nervousness and aching joints. If you will persist in clinging to these debilitating and demoralizing habits of mind, then do not complain when your body is laid low with sickness.

The following story illustrates the close relation that exists between habits of mind and bodily conditions. A certain man was afflicted with a painful disease, and he tried one physician after another, but all to no purpose. He then visited towns which were famous for their curative waters, and after having bathed in them all, his disease was more painful than ever. One night he dreamed that a Presence came to him and said, "Brother, hast thou tried all the means of cure?" and he replied, "I have tried all." "Nay," said the Presence, "come with me, and I will show thee a healing bath which has escaped thy notice." The afflicted man followed, and the Presence led him to a clear pool of water, and said, "Plunge thyself in this water and thou shalt surely recover," and thereupon vanished. The man plunged into the water, and on coming out, lo! his disease had left him, and at the same moment he saw written above the pool the word "Renounce." Upon waking, the full meaning of his dream flashed across his mind, and looking within he discovered that he had, all along, been a victim to a sinful indulgence, and he vowed that he would renounce it forever. He carried out his vow, and from that day his affliction began to leave him, and in a short time he was completely restored to health.

Many people complain that they have broken down through over-work. In the majority of such cases the breakdown is more frequently the result of foolishly wasted energy. If you would secure health you must learn to work without friction. To become anxious or excited, or to worry over needless details is to invite a breakdown. Work, whether of brain or body, is beneficial and health-giving, and the individual who can work with a steady and calm persistency, free from all anxiety and worry, and with their mind utterly oblivious to all but the work they have in hand, will not only accomplish far more than the person who is always hurried and anxious, but will retain their health, a boon which the other quickly forfeits.

True health and true success go together, for they are inseparably intertwined in the thought-realm. As mental harmony produces bodily health, so it also leads to a harmonious sequence in the actual working out of one's plans. Order your thoughts and you will order your life. Pour the oil of tranquility upon the turbulent waters of the passions and prejudices, and the tempests of misfortune, howsoever they may threaten, will be powerless to wreck the bark of your soul, as it threads its way across the ocean of life. And if that bark be piloted by a cheerful and never-failing faith its course will be doubly sure, and many perils will pass it by which would otherwise attack it.

By the power of faith every enduring work is accomplished. Faith in the Supreme; faith in the over-ruling Law; faith in your work, and in your power to accomplish that work -- here is the rock upon which you must build if you would achieve, if you would stand and not fall. To follow, under all circumstances, the highest promptings within you; to be always true to the divine self; to rely upon the inward Light, the inward Voice, and to pursue your purpose with a fearless and restful heart, believing that the future will yield unto you the need of every thought and effort; knowing that the laws of the universe can never fail, and that your own will come back to you with mathematical exactitude, this is faith and the living of faith. By the power of such a faith the dark waters of uncertainty are divided, every mountain of difficulty crumbles away, and the believing soul passes on unharmed.

Strive, O reader to acquire, above everything, the priceless possession of this dauntless faith, for it is the talisman of happiness, of success, of peace, of power, of all that makes life great and superior to suffering. Build upon such a faith, and you build upon the Rock of the Eternal, and with the materials of the Eternal, and the structure that you erect will never be dissolved, for it will transcend all the accumulations of material luxuries and riches, the end of which is dust. Whether you are hurled into the depths of sorrow, or lifted upon the heights of joy, ever retain your hold upon this faith, ever return to it as your rock of refuge, and keep your feet firmly planted upon its immortal and immovable base. Centered in such a faith, you will become possessed of such a spiritual strength as will shatter, like so many toys of glass, all the forces of evil that are hurled against you, and you will achieve a success such as the mere striver after worldly gain can never know or even dream of.

"If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this. . . but if ye shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea, it shall be done."

There are those today, men and women tabernacled in flesh and blood, who have realized this faith, who live in it and by it day by day, and who, having put it to the uttermost test, have entered into the possession of its glory and peace. Such have sent out the word of command, and the mountains of sorrow and disappointment, of mental weariness and physical pain have passed from them, and have been cast into the sea of oblivion.

If you will become possessed of this faith you will not need to trouble about your future success or failure, and success will come. You will not need to become anxious about results, but will work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.

I know a lady who has entered into many blissful satisfactions, and recently a friend remarked to her, "Oh, how fortunate you are! You only have to wish for a thing, and it comes to you." And it did, indeed, appear so on the surface; but in reality all the blessedness that has entered into this woman's life is the direct outcome of the inward state of blessedness which she has, throughout life, been cultivating and training towards perfection.

Mere wishing brings nothing but disappointment; it is living that tells. The foolish wish and grumble; the wise, work and wait. And this woman had worked; worked without and within, but especially within upon heart and soul; and with the invisible hands of the Spirit she had built up, with the precious stones of faith, hope, joy, devotion, and love, a fair temple of light, whose glorifying radiance was ever round about her. It beamed in her eye; it shone through her countenance; it vibrated in her voice; and all who came into her presence felt its captivating spell.

And as with her, so with you. Your success, your failure, your influence, your whole life you carry about with you, for your dominant trends of thought are the determining factors in your destiny. Send forth loving, stainless, and happy thoughts, and blessings will fall into your hands, and your table will be spread with the cloth of peace. Send forth hateful, impure, and unhappy thoughts, and curses will rain down upon you, and fear and unrest will wait upon your pillow. You are the unconditional maker of your fate, be that fate what it may. Every moment you are sending forth from you the influences which will make or mar your life. Let your heart grow large and loving and unselfish, and great and lasting will be your influence and success, even though you make little money. Confine it within the narrow limits of self-interest, and even though you become a millionaire your influence and success, at the final reckoning will be found to be utterly insignificant.

Cultivate, then, this pure and unselfish spirit, and combine with purity and faith, singleness of purpose, and you are evolving from within the elements, not only of abounding health and enduring success, but of greatness and power.

If your present position is distasteful to you, and your heart is not in your work, nevertheless perform your duties with scrupulous diligence, and whilst resting your mind in the idea that the better position and greater opportunities are waiting for you; ever keep an active mental outlook for budding possibilities, so that when the critical moment arrives, and the new channel presents itself, you will step into it with your mind fully prepared for the undertaking, and with that intelligence and foresight which is born of mental discipline.

Whatever your task may be, concentrate your whole mind upon it, throw into it all the energy of which you are capable. The faultless completion of small tasks leads inevitably to larger tasks. See to it that you rise by steady climbing, and you will never fall. And herein lies the Secret of true power. Learn, by constant practice, how to husband your resources, and to concentrate them, at any moment, upon a given point. The foolish waste all their mental and spiritual energy in frivolity, foolish chatter, or selfish argument, not to mention wasteful physical excesses.

If you would acquire overcoming power you must cultivate poise and passivity. You must be able to stand alone. All power is associated with immovability. The mountain, the massive rock, the storm-tried oak, all speak to us of power, because of their combined solitary grandeur and defiant fixity; while the shifting sand, the yielding twig, and the waving reed speak to us of weakness, because they are movable and non-resistant, and are utterly useless when detached from their fellows. He is the man of power who, when all his fellows are swayed by some emotion or passion, remains calm and unmoved.

He only is fitted to command and control who has succeeded in commanding and controlling himself. The hysterical, the fearful, the thoughtless and frivolous, let such seek company, or they will fall for lack of support; but the calm, the fearless, the thoughtful, and grave, let such seek the solitude of the forest, the desert, and the mountain-top, and to their power more power will be added, and they will more and more successfully stem the psychic currents and whirlpools which engulf mankind.

Passion is not power; it is the abuse of power, the dispersion of power. Passion is like a furious storm which beats fiercely and wildly upon the embattled rock, whilst power is like the rock itself, which remains silent and unmoved through it all. That was a manifestation of true power when Martin Luther, wearied with the persuasions of his fearful friends, who were doubtful as to his safety should he go to Worms, replied, "If there were as many devils in Worms as there are tiles on the house tops I would go." And when Benjamin Disraeli broke down in his first Parliamentary speech, and brought upon himself the derision of the House, that was an exhibition of germinal power when he exclaimed, "The day will come when you will consider it an honor to listen to me."

When that young man, whom I knew, passing through continual reverses and misfortunes, was mocked by his friends and told to desist from further effort, and he replied, "The time is not far distant when you will marvel at my good fortune and success," he showed that he was possessed of that silent and irresistible power which has taken him over innumerable difficulties, and crowned his life with success.

If you have not this power, you may acquire it by practice, and the beginning of power is likewise the beginning of wisdom. You must commence by overcoming those purposeless trivialities to which you have hitherto been a willing victim. Boisterous and uncontrolled laughter, slander and idle talk, and joking merely to raise a laugh, all these things must be put on one side as so much waste of valuable energy.
St. Paul never showed his wonderful insight into the hidden laws of human progress to greater advantage than when he warned the Ephesians against "Foolish talking and jesting which is not convenient," for, to dwell habitually in such practices is to destroy all spiritual power and life. As you succeed in rendering yourself impervious to such mental dissipations you will begin to understand what true power is, and you will then commence to grapple with the more powerful desires and appetites which hold your soul in bondage, and bar the way to power, and your further progress will then be made clear.

Above all, be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it. Let nothing draw you aside; remember that "The double-minded man is unstable in all his ways." Be eager to learn, but slow to beg. Have a thorough understanding of your work, and let it be your own; as you proceed, ever following the inward Guide, the infallible Voice, you will pass on from victory to victory, and will rise step by step to higher resting-places, and your ever-broadening outlook will gradually reveal to you the essential beauty and purpose of life.

Self-purified, health will be yours; faith-protected, success will be yours; self-governed, power will be yours, and all that you do will prosper, for, ceasing to be a disjointed unit, self-enslaved, you will be in harmony with the Great Law, working no longer against, but with, the universal Life, the Eternal Good. And what health you gain it will remain with you what success you achieve will be beyond all human computation, and will never pass away; and what influence and power you wield will continue to increase throughout the ages, for it will be a part of that unchangeable Principle which supports the universe.

This, then, is the secret of health - a pure heart and a well-ordered mind; this is the secret of success - an unfaltering faith, and a wisely directed purpose; and to rein in, with unfaltering will, the dark steed of desire - this is the secret of power.

These recent photos are from the forthcoming books of Rasa Von Werder,
"Old Woman / Young Man - Why They Belong Together"
Parts I & II

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