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Florence Scovel Shinn was a New Thought spiritual teacher and metaphysical writer. In "The Secret Door To Success" she shows the easy path to prosperity and wealth by teaching how to conquer your own and personal inside Jericho. This edition includes as a bonus another one of her publications called "Your Word Is Your Wand".
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The Secret Door To Success (Bonus Edition)
Florence Scovel Shinn
The Secret Door To Success
The Secret Door To Success
Bricks Without Straw
"And Five Of Them Were Wise"
What Do You Expect?
The Long Arm Of God
The Fork In The Road
Crossing Your Red Sea
The Watchman At The Gate
The Way Of Abundance
I Shall Never Want
Look With Wonder
Catch Up With Your Good
Rivers In The Desert
The Inner Meaning Of Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
Bonus: Your Word Is Your Wand
Words Of Wisdom
The Divine Design
The Secret Door To Success (Bonus Edition), F. S. Shinn
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"So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city."--Joshua 6:20.
A successful man is always asked--"What is the secret of your success?"
People never ask a man who is a failure, "What is the secret of your failure?" It is quite easy to see and they are not interested.
People all want to know how to open the secret door of success.
For each man there is success, but it seems to be behind a door or wall. In the Bible reading, we have heard the wonderful story of the falling of the walls of Jericho.
Of course all biblical stories have a metaphysical interpretation.
We will talk now about your wall of Jericho: the wall separating you from success. Nearly everyone has built a wall around his own Jericho.
This city you are not able to enter, contains great treasures; your divinely designed success, your heart's desire!
What kind of wall have you built around your Jericho? Often, it is a wall of resentment--resenting someone, or resenting a situation, shuts off your good.
If you are a failure and resent the success of someone else, you are keeping away your own success.
I have given the following statement to neutralize envy and resentment.
What God has done for others, He now does for me and more.
A woman was filled with envy because a friend had received a gift, she made this statement, and an exact duplicate of the gift was given her--plus another present.
It was when the children of Israel shouted, that the walls of Jericho fell down. When you make an affirmation of Truth, your wall of Jericho totters.
I gave the following statement to a woman: The walls of lack and delay now crumble away, and I enter my Promised Land, under grace. She had a vivid picture of stepping over a fallen wall, and received the demonstration of her good, almost immediately.
It is the word of realization which brings about a change in your affairs; for words and thoughts are a form of radio-activity.
Taking an interest in your work, enjoying what you are doing opens the secret door to success.
A number of years ago I went to California to speak at the different centers, by way of the Panama Canal, and on the boat I met a man named Jim Tully.
For years he had been a tramp. He called himself The King of the Hoboes.
He was ambitious and picked up an education.
He had a vivid imagination and commenced writing stories about his experiences.
He dramatized tramp life, he enjoyed what he was doing, and became a very successful author. I remember one book called "Outside Looking In." It was made into a motion picture.
He is now famous and prosperous and lives in Hollywood. What opened the secret door to success for Jim Tully?
Dramatizing his life--being interested in what he was doing, he made the most of being a tramp. On the boat, we all sat at the captain's table, which gave us a chance to talk.
Mrs. Grace Stone was also a passenger on the boat; she had written the "Bitter Tea of General Yen," and was going to Hollywood to have it made into a moving-picture: she had lived in China and was inspired to write the book.
That is the Secret of Success, to make what you are doing interesting to other people. Be interested yourself, and others will find you interesting.
A good disposition, a smile, often opens the secret door; the Chinese say, "A man without a smiling face, must not open a shop."
The success of a smile was brought out in a French moving-picture in which Chevalier took the lead, the picture was called, "With a Smile." One of the characters had become poor, dreary and almost a derelict; He said to Chevalier "What good has my honesty done me?" Chevalier replied, "Even honesty won't help you, without a smile:" so the man changes on the spot, cheers up, and becomes very successful.
Living in the past, complaining of your misfortunes, builds a thick wall around your Jericho.
Talking too much about your affairs, scattering your forces, brings you up against a high wall. I knew a man of brains and ability, who was a complete failure.
He lived with his mother and aunt, and I found that every night when he went home to dinner, he told them all that had taken place during the day at the office; he discussed his hopes, his fears, and his failures.
I said to him, "You scatter your forces by talking about your affairs. Don't discuss your business with your family. Silence is Golden!"
He took my lead. During dinner he refused to talk about business, His mother and aunt were in despair: They loved to hear all about everything; but his silence proved golden!
Not long after, he was given a position at one hundred dollars a week, and in a few years, he had a salary of three hundred dollars a week.
Success is not a secret, it is a System.
Many people are up against the wall of discouragement. Courage and endurance are part of the system. We read this in lives of all successful men and women.
I had an amusing experience which brought this to my notice. I went to a moving picture theatre to meet a friend.
While waiting, I stood near a young boy, selling programs.
He called to people passing, "Buy a complete program of the picture, containing photographs of the actors and a sketch of their lives."
Most people passed by without buying. To my great surprise, he suddenly turned to me, and said--"Say, this ain't no racket for a guy with ambition!"
Then he gave a discourse on success. He said, "Most people give up just before something big is coming to them. A successful man never gives up.
Of course I was interested and said, "I'll bring you a book the next time I come. It is called The Game of Life and How to Play It. You will agree with a lot of the ideas."
A week or two later I went back with the book.
The girl at the ticket office said to him--"Let me read it, Eddie, while you are selling programs." The man who took tickets leaned over to see what it was about.
"The Game of Life" always gets people's interest.
I returned to the theatre in about three weeks, Eddie had gone. He had expanded into a new job that he liked. His wall of Jericho had crumbled, he had refused to be discouraged.
Only twice, is the word success mentioned in the Bible--both times in the Book of Joshua.
"Only be strong and very courageous to observe to do according to all the law which Moses, my servant, commanded thee: turn not from it to the right nor to the left, that thou mayest have good success whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart from thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do all that is written therein, for then shalt thou make thy way prosperous and thou shalt have good success. Turn not to the right nor to the left."
The road to success is a straight and narrow path; it is a road of loving absorption, of undivided attention.
"You attract the things you give a great deal of thought to."
So if you give a great deal of thought to lack, you attract lack, if you give a great deal of thought to injustice, you attract more injustice.
Joshua said, "And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout: and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up, every man straight before him."
The inner meaning of this story, is the power of the word, your word which dissolves obstacles, and removes barriers.
When the people shouted the walls fell down.
We find in folk-lore and fairy stories, which come down from legends founded on Truth, the same idea--a word opens a door or cleaves a rock.
We have it again in the Arabian Night's Story, "Ali Baba and The Forty Thieves." I saw it made into a moving picture.
Ali Baba has a secret hiding place, hidden somewhere behind rocks and mountains, the entrance may only be gained by speaking a secret word.--It is "Open Sesame!"
Ali Baba faces the mountain and cries--"Open Sesame!" and the rocks slide apart.
It is very inspiring, for it gives you the realization of how YOUR own rocks and barriers, will part at the right word.
So let us now take the statement--The walls of lack and delay now crumble away, and I enter my Promised Land, under grace.
"There shall no straw be given you, yet ye shall make bricks without straw."--Exodus 5:18.
In the 5th chapter of Exodus, we have a picture of every day life, when giving a metaphysical interpretation.
The Children of Israel were in bondage to Pharaoh, the cruel taskmaster, ruler of Egypt. They were kept in slavery, making bricks, and were hated and despised.
Moses had orders from the Lord to deliver his people from bondage--"Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh--Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness."
He not only refused to let them go, but told them he would make their tasks even more difficult: they must make bricks without straw being provided for them.
"And the task-masters of the people went out, and their officers, and they spake to the people, saying, Thus saith Pharaoh, I will not give you straw."
"Go ye, get you straw where ye can find it: yet not ought of your work shall be diminished."
It was impossible to make bricks without straw. The Children of Israel were completely crushed by Pharaoh, they were beaten for not producing the bricks--Then came the message from Jehovah.
"Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale (number) of bricks."
Working with Spiritual law they could make bricks without straw, which means to accomplish the seemingly impossible.
How often in life people are confronted with this situation.
Agnes M. Lawson in her "Hints to Bible Students" says--"The Life in Egypt under foreign oppression is the symbol of man under the hard taskmasters of Destructive thinking, Pride, Fear, Resentment, Ill-will, etc. The deliverance under Moses is the freedom man gains from the taskmasters, as he learns the law of life, for we can never come under grace, except we first know the law. The law must be made known in order to be fulfilled."
In the 111th Psalm we read in the final verse, "The fear of the Lord (law) is the beginning of Wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth forever."
Now if we read the word Lord (law) it will give us the key to the statement.
The fear of the law (Karmic law) is the beginning of wisdom (not the fear of the Lord).
When we know that whatever we send out comes back, we begin to be afraid of our own boomerangs.
I read in a medical journal the following facts telling of the Boomerang this great Pharaoh received.
"It would appear that flesh is indeed heir to a long and ancient line of ills, when, as was revealed by Lord Monyahan at a lecture at Leeds, that the Pharaoh of the oppression suffered from hardening of the heart in a literal sense; Lord Monyahan showed some remarkable photographic slides of results of surgical operations a thousand years before Christ, and among these was a slide of the actual anatomical remains of the Pharaoh of the Oppression.
"The large vessel springing from the heart was in such a well-preserved state, as to enable sections of it to be made and compared with those made recently from the lantern slide. It was impossible to distinguish between the ancient and modern vessel. Both hearts had been attacked by Atheroma, a condition in which calcium salts are deposited in the walls of the vessel, making it rigid and inelastic.
"Inadequate expanse to the stream of blood from the heart caused the vessel to give way; with this condition went the mental changes that occur with a rigid arterial system: A narrowness of outlook; restriction and dread of enterprise, a literal hardening of the heart."
So Pharaoh's hardness of heart, hardened his own heart.
This is as true today as it was several thousand years ago--we are all coming out of the Land of Egypt, out of the House of Bondage.
Your doubts and fears keep you in slavery; you face a situation which seems hopeless; What can you do? It is a case of making bricks without straw.
But remember the words of Jehovah, "Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale (number) of bricks."
You shall make bricks without straw. God makes a way where there is no way!
I was told the story of a woman who needed money for her rent: it was necessary to have it at once, she knew of no channel, she had exhausted every avenue.
However, she was a Truth student, and kept making her affirmations. Her dog whined and wanted to go out, she put on his leash and walked down the street, in the accustomed direction.
However, the dog pulled at his leash and wanted to go in another direction.
She followed, and in the middle of the block, opposite an open park, she looked down, and picked up a roll of bills, which exactly covered her rent.
She looked for ads, but never found the owner. There were no houses near where she found it.
The reasoning mind, the intellect, takes the throne of Pharaoh in your consciousness. It says continually, "It can't be done. What's the use!"
We must drown out these dreary suggestions with a vital affirmation!
For example take this statement: "The unexpected happens, my seemingly impossible good now comes to pass." This stops all argument from the army of the aliens (the reasoning mind).
"The unexpected happens!" That is an idea it cannot cope with.
"Thou hast made me wiser than mine enemies." Your enemy thoughts, your doubts, fears and apprehensions!
Think of the joy of really being free forever, from the Pharaoh of the oppression. To have the idea of security, health, happiness and abundance established in the subconscious. It would mean a life free from all limitation!
It would be the Kingdom which Jesus Christ spoke of, where all things are automatically added unto us. I say automatically added unto us, because all life is vibration; and when we vibrate to success, happiness and abundance, the things which symbolize these states of consciousness will attach themselves to us.
Feel rich and successful, and suddenly you receive a large cheque or a beautiful gift.
I tell the story showing the working of this law. I went to a party where people played games, and whoever won, received a gift. The prize was a beautiful fan.
Among those present, was a very rich woman, who had everything. Her name was Clara. The poorer and resentful ones got together and whispered: "We hope Clara doesn't get the fan." Of course Clara won the fan.
She was care-free and vibrating to abundance. Envy and resentment short-circuit your good and keep away your fans.
If you should happen to be resentful and envious, take the statement; What God has done for others He now does for me and more!
Then all the fans and things will come your way.
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