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MILLIONS OF READERS HAVE PROVED THAT THE MAGIC OF BELIEVING WORKS WONDERS! For more than four decades success-oriented Americans have turned to the no-nonsense, time-tested motivational techniques described in The Magic of Believing to achieve all their long- and short-term goals: a better job, an increased income, a happier marriage, or simply a good night's sleep. Now it MILLIONS OF READERS HAVE PROVED THAT THE MAGIC OF BELIEVING WORKS WONDERS! For more than four decades success-oriented Americans have turned to the no-nonsense, time-tested motivational techniques described in The Magic of Believing to achieve all their long- and short-term goals: a better job, an increased income, a happier marriage, or simply a good night's sleep. Now it's your turn to put Claude M. Bristol's special "magic" into your life and into action! His tough-minded, hard-hitting message speaks directly to You. It has yielded proven results for forty years and remains as fresh and focused as ever. Learn how to: * Harness the unlimited power of the subconscious mind and make your dreams come true * Protect your thoughts and turn them into achievements * Use "the law of suggestion" to step up your effectiveness in everything you do * Apply the power of your imagination to overcome obstacles * And much more! If you seek to become more assertive in business, more fulfilled at home, more influential in your dealings with others -- you can believe in MAGIC!


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MILLIONS OF READERS HAVE PROVED THAT THE MAGIC OF BELIEVING WORKS WONDERS! For more than four decades success-oriented Americans have turned to the no-nonsense, time-tested motivational techniques described in The Magic of Believing to achieve all their long- and short-term goals: a better job, an increased income, a happier marriage, or simply a good night's sleep. Now it MILLIONS OF READERS HAVE PROVED THAT THE MAGIC OF BELIEVING WORKS WONDERS! For more than four decades success-oriented Americans have turned to the no-nonsense, time-tested motivational techniques described in The Magic of Believing to achieve all their long- and short-term goals: a better job, an increased income, a happier marriage, or simply a good night's sleep. Now it's your turn to put Claude M. Bristol's special "magic" into your life and into action! His tough-minded, hard-hitting message speaks directly to You. It has yielded proven results for forty years and remains as fresh and focused as ever. Learn how to: * Harness the unlimited power of the subconscious mind and make your dreams come true * Protect your thoughts and turn them into achievements * Use "the law of suggestion" to step up your effectiveness in everything you do * Apply the power of your imagination to overcome obstacles * And much more! If you seek to become more assertive in business, more fulfilled at home, more influential in your dealings with others -- you can believe in MAGIC!

30 review for The Magic of Believing

  1. 4 out of 5

    ★1740 Investments★

    Claude Bristol was a hard-headed journalist for several years, including stints as a police reporter and as church editor of a large city newspaper. In this post he met people from every denomination and sect, and later read hundreds of books on psychology, religion, science, metaphysics and ancient magic. Gradually, Bristol began to see the 'golden thread' which runs through all religions and esoteric teachings: that belief itself has amazing powers. Having spent years thinking about the power o Claude Bristol was a hard-headed journalist for several years, including stints as a police reporter and as church editor of a large city newspaper. In this post he met people from every denomination and sect, and later read hundreds of books on psychology, religion, science, metaphysics and ancient magic. Gradually, Bristol began to see the 'golden thread' which runs through all religions and esoteric teachings: that belief itself has amazing powers. Having spent years thinking about the power of thought, he had assumed others knew something about it too. He was wrong. Strangely, he found that most people go through life without realising the effect that strong belief can have on reaching their goals - they leave their desires vague and so they get vague outcomes. When Bristol was a soldier in World War One, there was a period in which he had no pay and couldn't even afford cigarettes. He made up his mind that when he got back to civilian life "he would have a lot of money". In his mind this was a decision, not a wish. Barely a day had passed after his arrival back home when he was contacted by a banker who had seen a story on him in the local newspaper. He was offered a job, and though he started on a small salary, he constantly kept before him 'a mental picture of wealth'. In quiet moments or while on the telephone, he doodled '$$$' signs on bits of paper that crossed his desk. This definiteness of belief, he suggests, more than anything else paved the way for a highly successful career in investment banking and business. Bristol had learned the truth of philosopher William James' statement that "Belief creates its verification in fact". Just as fearful thoughts set you up to experience the situation you can't stop thinking about (the Biblical Job said: 'What I feared most had come upon me'), optimistic thoughts and expecting the best inevitably form favourable circumstances. Belief and destiny Napoleon was given a star sapphire when he was a boy, accompanied by the prophecy that it would bring him good fortune and make him Emperor of France. Napoleon accepted this as fact, and therefore to him at least, his rise was inevitable. Bristol tells the intriguing story of Opal Whiteley, the daughter of an Oregon logger, who believed herself to be the daughter of Henri d'Orleans, a Bourbon with a claim to be King of France. There was a diary purportedly written by her describing her royal parents, although most believed it to be a hoax. Nevertheless, when Opal was in her twenties she was spotted in India, being pulled along regally in a carriage belonging to the Maharaja of Udaipur; it turned out she was living in the royal household. An Oregan newspaper man who had known Opal in her childhood remarked: "It was uncanny, almost supernatural, the manner in which circumstances suited themselves to her plans." This brings us to the book's strongest message: that virtually anything can be yours, and you can be anything, if you are able to develop a 'knowing' about it that you don't ever need to question. Of Napoleon and Alexander the Great, Bristol says, "They became supermen because they had supernormal beliefs". Your BELIEF about yourself and your place in the world is arguably the major determinant of success.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Phyllis Diller mentioned that this book gave her inspiration and insight in her book, "Like A Lampshade In a Whorehouse". For a book copyrighted in 1948...it was ahead of it's time. In comparison to today's books on the subject....this one I think is better. It doesn't have all that feely, lovey, syrupy over the top...love your self stuff. He stays on what I'll call the science side of positive projective thinking.... At least that's I come up with! It worked for Phyllis! Phyllis Diller mentioned that this book gave her inspiration and insight in her book, "Like A Lampshade In a Whorehouse". For a book copyrighted in 1948...it was ahead of it's time. In comparison to today's books on the subject....this one I think is better. It doesn't have all that feely, lovey, syrupy over the top...love your self stuff. He stays on what I'll call the science side of positive projective thinking.... At least that's I come up with! It worked for Phyllis!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Žilvinas Navickas

    Very good philosophic book. Idea of believing actually made me happier, I can't say about what happens next but now, when I recently read this book I'm far happier :) and I think that happiness is the most important thing, so I shared this book with my family. I don't know about things like psychokinesis and telepathy that he was talking about, but I choose to believe, because if you believe, what worse can happen? If you make a wrong assumption and after some time period you understand that you Very good philosophic book. Idea of believing actually made me happier, I can't say about what happens next but now, when I recently read this book I'm far happier :) and I think that happiness is the most important thing, so I shared this book with my family. I don't know about things like psychokinesis and telepathy that he was talking about, but I choose to believe, because if you believe, what worse can happen? If you make a wrong assumption and after some time period you understand that you were wrong, you can be embarrassed, but think about it - it was worth believing, because if you hadn't even try to believe - nothing would have changed, just rotting in one place and not moving on.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mohammed Morsi

    A book written in simple language a long time ago - about a very timeless and at the same time contemporary topic, belief. I'd say three-and-a-half stars but the rating is rather irrelevant. To write this at the conservative time it was written in - and have it published - would have been an act of courage and also a big accomplishment - a testimony of the power of belief. The author lists example after example to substantiate his claim and most of them are very interesting but lack any kind of A book written in simple language a long time ago - about a very timeless and at the same time contemporary topic, belief. I'd say three-and-a-half stars but the rating is rather irrelevant. To write this at the conservative time it was written in - and have it published - would have been an act of courage and also a big accomplishment - a testimony of the power of belief. The author lists example after example to substantiate his claim and most of them are very interesting but lack any kind of real investigation into their success or demise. Indeed the power of belief is very real but one should be careful not to ascribe it all importance. I am a firm believer myself in the power of belief but I'm also a firm believer in the laws of nature that are prerequisites that allow us to understand the power of belief in the first place. It's a good read definitely. I must admit I was skimming the later parts, wanting it to end, as I felt I was looping around in examples that could have been left out as the point had already been made. That aside, recommended read that's easy and enjoyable.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Prashant

    The Magic of Believing - Claude ‘Virtually anything can be yours, and you can be anything, if you are able to develop a 'knowing’’ Do you believe in Magic, do you believe in some mystical power, which runs the world, and make sure that everything runs as per the will of an individual? If you want be successful by controlling your subconscious than this is the book for you. Claude Bristol was a hard-headed journalist for several years, including stints as a police reporter and as church editor of a The Magic of Believing - Claude ‘Virtually anything can be yours, and you can be anything, if you are able to develop a 'knowing’’ Do you believe in Magic, do you believe in some mystical power, which runs the world, and make sure that everything runs as per the will of an individual? If you want be successful by controlling your subconscious than this is the book for you. Claude Bristol was a hard-headed journalist for several years, including stints as a police reporter and as church editor of a large city newspaper. In this post he met people from every denomination and sect, and later read hundreds of books on psychology, religion, science, metaphysics and ancient magic. Gradually, Bristol began to see the 'golden thread' which runs through all religions and esoteric teachings: that belief itself has amazing powers. Having spent years thinking about the power of thought, he had assumed others knew something about it too. He was wrong. Strangely, he found that most people go through life without realising the effect that strong belief can have on reaching their goals - they leave their desires vague and so they get vague outcomes. Bristol had learned the truth of philosopher William James' statement that "Belief creates its verification in fact". Just as fearful thoughts set you up to experience the situation you can't stop thinking about (the Biblical Job said: 'What I feared most had come upon me'), optimistic thoughts and expecting the best inevitably form favourable circumstances. Belief and destiny Napoleon was given a star sapphire when he was a boy, accompanied by the prophecy that it would bring him good fortune and make him Emperor of France. Napoleon accepted this as fact, and therefore to him at least, his rise was inevitable. Bristol tells the intriguing story of Opal Whiteley, the daughter of an Oregon logger, who believed herself to be the daughter of Henri d'Orleans, a Bourbon with a claim to be King of France. There was a diary purportedly written by her describing her royal parents, although most believed it to be a hoax. Nevertheless, when Opal was in her twenties she was spotted in India, being pulled along regally in a carriage belonging to the Maharaja of Udaipur; it turned out she was living in the royal household. An Oregan newspaper man who had known Opal in her childhood remarked: "It was uncanny, almost supernatural, the manner in which circumstances suited themselves to her plans." This brings us to the book's strongest message: that virtually anything can be yours, and you can be anything, if you are able to develop a 'knowing' about it that you don't ever need to question. Of Napoleon and Alexander the Great, Bristol says, "They became supermen because they had supernormal beliefs". Your BELIEF about yourself and your place in the world is arguably the major determinant of success. The subconscious servant If you can understand the relationship between the conscious and the subconscious minds, Bristol says, you will get to the core of belief power. The subconscious constantly works to express our deepest beliefs and desires. It is a faithful servant which renews, guides and inspires, but to get the most from it requires greater respect for and faith in what it can do. Because the subconscious operates in terms of imagery, it is vital that we feed it mental pictures of what we desire. It can then go to work in 'living up to' the image placed before it, by giving us intuitions about what to do, where to go, who to meet. Somehow, the subconscious is connected to all other minds, and through the law of radiation and attraction it can attract events and people to you that will assist in making your dreams reality. However, it will only find ways to make the image real if that image is clear and convincing - hence the importance of the mental pictures of success you feed it. The force of belief cannot really work in our favour until the belief becomes literally part of us, settled in the subconscious mind as a fact. Projecting thought and belief Bristol borrows from New Thought principles to suggest that there is intelligence in everything that exists in the universe and that we are all linked up by a kind of universal mind'. The force of your belief represents a transmitter to the universe that enters the minds of other people and even inanimate objects. The more powerful your 'broadcast', the more likely that the world will pick it up and react accordingly. It was not impossible, said the astronomer Sir Arthur Eddington that the physical laws of the universe could be made subject to human thought and modern quantum physics does not rule it out either. Bristol's explanation is that a person with a strong belief will exist at a certain vibration that seeks its like in the form of matter. Thus the startling conclusion: you do not achieve deep felt goals by action alone, but are helped along depending on the quality and intensity of the belief that they will be achieved. The power of suggestion Charms, talismans, good-luck pieces of any kind, alone do not bring good fortune, Bristol says, it is the belief in their efficacy that is powerful. Why do people chant, repeat affirmations, bang drums or count beads? Repetition is another way to implant a suggestion into our minds, the 'white magic' which enables us to turn a wish into an expectation. By ritualising it, by giving it structure, the idea changes from being a mere wish to being imminent reality. We give thanks for what is or is about to be. The 'terrific force of thought repetition', Bristol says, first overcomes reason by acting on our emotions and then penetrates into the subconscious where it is only a matter of time before the thought is enacted. This, of course, is the principle behind successful advertising and propaganda. Bristol includes a warning about misuse of the mental technology associated with strong belief and suggestion: it is a power to be used constructively, not to achieve dominance. His book is dedicated to 'independent thinkers of all times' who wish to use belief for creative, life-affirming ends. He talks much of the power of belief to physically heal, for instance. Final word The Magic of Believing is rambling and its references are dated; you may find yourself saying 'get to the point'. Some readers will also be turned off by the unscientific nature of the book, yet the strange thing about it is that it can reveal more to you on second, third or fourth readings. It may also be difficult to stomach some of this 'mind stuff' as the author calls it. He himself was sceptical, but then realised that we all summon the magic of believing when we desperately want something to come into being. Captured a good part from other reviews from Good reads.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sergiy Lichenko

    The whole book is dedicated to the law of attraction idea. Author gives lots of examples how it works from his own life and lives of people with whom he was working with. The idea is this, if you are focusing on something for a long period of time, by repeating for yourself some thought, phrase or sentence, you will eventually begin to believe in it. He also mentions that hard work as itself won't bring success, you must to believe in what you are doing and do the hard work in order to succeed. A The whole book is dedicated to the law of attraction idea. Author gives lots of examples how it works from his own life and lives of people with whom he was working with. The idea is this, if you are focusing on something for a long period of time, by repeating for yourself some thought, phrase or sentence, you will eventually begin to believe in it. He also mentions that hard work as itself won't bring success, you must to believe in what you are doing and do the hard work in order to succeed. Author gives 3 main exercises in the book in order to start use this "science of mind stuff": 1. Mirror technique - repeating to yourself some phrase, which describes what you want in front of the mirror, looking into your own eyes, literally hypnotizing yourself. 2. Cards technique - write what you want on cards and carry some of them with yourself, put them everywhere in your house, so every time you look into it you will be reminded about your goal. 3. Use affirmations - repeat some statement about what you want over and over again by yourself, until you will find the way how to get it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sanjay Gautam

    It is the book from where the book such as 'the secret' has been inspired, in fact all of the book based on 'law of attraction'. Its a book that tells the power of belief. p.s. Its not a book on positive thinking. It is the book from where the book such as 'the secret' has been inspired, in fact all of the book based on 'law of attraction'. Its a book that tells the power of belief. p.s. Its not a book on positive thinking.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    “Just believe that there is genuine creative magic in believing—and magic there will be, for belief will supply the power which will enable you to succeed in everything you undertake.” The Magic of Believing was originally published in 1948 yet its thesis has withstood the test of time and it is as relevant, informative and inspirational as it was 70 years ago! Claude Bristol is clearly the father of The Secret and The Law of Attraction. Mr. Bristol was a newspaper man who came to learn what many “Just believe that there is genuine creative magic in believing—and magic there will be, for belief will supply the power which will enable you to succeed in everything you undertake.” The Magic of Believing was originally published in 1948 yet its thesis has withstood the test of time and it is as relevant, informative and inspirational as it was 70 years ago! Claude Bristol is clearly the father of The Secret and The Law of Attraction. Mr. Bristol was a newspaper man who came to learn what many have written about since then— what you think, you become by attracting it into your life. He was a WWI veteran and he wrote this book to help returning vets acclimate to civilian life yet he helped millions of everyday people and continues to do so today. The crux of this book is the power of the subconscious mind and the use of your imagination to help you achieve what you desire.The subtitle of this book says it all - The Classic Guide to Unlocking the Power of Your Mind. The Magic of Believing explores such timeless issues as the power of suggestion, does the soul survive death, can the soul talk to God, communication with the dead, witchcraft, mental healers, and more. The book is peppered with anecdotes as well as scientific evidence to support his assertions. Bristol spends a lot of time explaining some techniques to help you achieve your dreams, including focused attention, cards and the mirror approach. He believes we use telepathy a lot more than we realize. Just repeatedly thinking it’s time for an unwanted guest to leave will ultimately send them on their way. As regards the relevance of telepathy, Bristol mentions that even Thomas Edison was interested in the direct transference of thought from one to another without the use of human sensory information. There are discussions of fascinating phenomenon that continue to be unexplainable today, such as Facial Shift, in which blind vets are able to detect objects in their path. In addition, there are examples of mundane experiences offered in the book to help illustrate the points Bristol makes — for example, he recommends that if you want to sink the ball into the hole, visualize where it is you want the ball to go and see it going there. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the origin of The Secretor Law of Attraction. Thank you to Dover Publications - Ixia Press and NetGalley for an advance reader copy in exchange for my honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    John G.

    I read this book because of Phyllis Diller actually. She was being interviewed in another book, "Great Comedians Talk About Comedy" and highly endorsed this book. I found parallels between this book and "The Tao of Psychology: Synchronicity and the Self" by Jean Shioda Bolen. They both examine elements outside of conventional thought which I like and treat it with respect. I was highly skeptical of this book to start, kinda felt like some sleazy, snake oil salesman making a pitch, but after read I read this book because of Phyllis Diller actually. She was being interviewed in another book, "Great Comedians Talk About Comedy" and highly endorsed this book. I found parallels between this book and "The Tao of Psychology: Synchronicity and the Self" by Jean Shioda Bolen. They both examine elements outside of conventional thought which I like and treat it with respect. I was highly skeptical of this book to start, kinda felt like some sleazy, snake oil salesman making a pitch, but after reading, I think Bristol is on to something. Well worth reading and sharing. The truth is out there.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Vaishali

    Some WOW stuff from a former police reporter and businessman : Notes: ======================== Thought is the original source of wealth. A man’s thoughts make him or break him. One essential to success is that your desire be an all obsessing one, your thoughts and aims be co-ordinated, and your energy be concentrated and applied without letup. Whatever you consider (success) to be, you can have it provided you are willing to make the objective the burning desire of your life. By using the dynamic force Some WOW stuff from a former police reporter and businessman : Notes: ======================== Thought is the original source of wealth. A man’s thoughts make him or break him. One essential to success is that your desire be an all obsessing one, your thoughts and aims be co-ordinated, and your energy be concentrated and applied without letup. Whatever you consider (success) to be, you can have it provided you are willing to make the objective the burning desire of your life. By using the dynamic force of believing, you can set all your inner forces in motion. Thought attracts that upon which it is directed. Just as the conscious mind is the source of thought, so the subconscious mind is the source of power. It is one of the greatest realities in human life, rooted in instinct. The powers of the subconscious are many, including intuition, emotion, certitude, inspiration, deduction, imagination, organization, suggestion, memory and dynamic energy. A powerful force within us, an un-illuminated part of the mind – separate from the conscious mind – is constantly at work molding our thoughts, feelings, and actions. It isn’t an organ of so-called physical matter, such as we know the brain to be, and science hasn’t located its tangible position in the human body. Nevertheless, it is there, and from the beginning of recorded time, man has known that it exists. Just as the conscious mind is the source of thought, so too the subconscious mind is the source of power. The subconscious is one of the greatest realities in human life. It is rooted in instinct, and is aware of the most elemental desires of the individual, yet it is always pressing upward into conscious existence. It is a distinct entity. It uses powers all its own. Three primary purposes of the subconscious: 1. It maintains and preserves the well-being and indeed the very life of the body. 2. In times of great emergency it springs into immediate action, independent of the body… and conscious mind. 3. It is operative in the psychic world. When you apply your imagination properly, you see yourself doing the thing, and you go ahead and do it! It’s the doing the thing you have pictured to yourself that brings it into actual existence. Often I have likened this matter of desire and suggestion to the planting of seeds. They are determined to emerge from the ground. When they start upward through the soil in search of sunshine and moisture, obstacles mean nothing to them. If they can’t push aside stones or bits of wood, they’ll extend themselves and grow around them. The truth is that when you talk about what you’re going to do, you scatter your forces. You lose your close connection with the subconscious. Faith without action is dead. A woman cannot weep while looking at herself in a mirror. That penetrating gaze that makes others think you are looking into their very souls… Sooner or later will come an intensity to bespeak the intensity of your thought, which people will begin to recognize. Emerson wrote that every man carries in his eye the exact indication of his rank. Remember that your own gradation or position in life is marked by what you carry in your eyes. So develop eyes that speak confidence. A negative person can raise havoc in an organization or a home. When pitted against (a positive person), the negative frequently becomes the more powerful. The vibrations set up by others affect us much more than we realize. A person who desires riches must go where the riches are. You must go where it is, and where it is being spent. Being properly attired, keeping your eyes straight ahead and fixed on your goal, throwing around you the proper aura -which is done by an act of your imagination or an extension of your personal magnetism- will work wonders. When man fully comprehends the great power of his mind, and earnestly puts it to work, he will have dominion over this earth and everything on it You yourself have this inner spark, but it must be fanned until the fire is a white-hot intensity. And it must be constantly stoked, which you do by adding fuel: ideas and action. Step out in front, head toward the sun, keep facing it, and the dark shadows shall not cross your path. All is within. Nothing exists on the outside plain unless he has knowledge of it, or unless he has fixed it in his consciousness. Happiness - sought by many, found by few - is therefore a matter entirely within ourselves. History is replete with the stories of strong-minded, resolutely-willed individuals who, steadfastedly holding onto their inner convictions, have been able to inspire their fellow man and in the face of tremendous and determined opposition, literally created - out of nothing - big businesses, huge empires, and new worlds. Back your belief with a resolute will, and you will become unconquerable. Know yourself, know your power: a master of men.

  11. 4 out of 5

    ♥ Ibrahim ♥

    Indeed, I love this kind of books I can eat it up with a spoon. I got my copy for less than ten dollars and it is always on the table. This kind of books you read over and over again. We are inundated and bombarded with doubt and skepticism on every side. It takes courage to "hold onto" the faith. A Latin proverb says "crede quod habes, et habes", that is, Believe that you have it, and you have it. The Bible says that faith calls calls into being that which does not exist (Romans 4: 17). Indeed, I love this kind of books I can eat it up with a spoon. I got my copy for less than ten dollars and it is always on the table. This kind of books you read over and over again. We are inundated and bombarded with doubt and skepticism on every side. It takes courage to "hold onto" the faith. A Latin proverb says "crede quod habes, et habes", that is, Believe that you have it, and you have it. The Bible says that faith calls calls into being that which does not exist (Romans 4: 17).

  12. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    A bit antiquated (and perhaps even alienating) for modern readers, however the underlining core message is still vibrant and impactful. If you can get past these objections, as I was able to, you might find the principles in this book meaningful and useful.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ania

    In a BBC radio series called "Desert Island Discs" (1951-1960) Liberace, when asked what he'd bring on a desert Island with him, named this book and a piano. "The Magic of Believing" certainly had big shoes to fill after such a promise. :) Written in the vain of The Secret and other such books about attracting metaphysical powers to get what you want out of life, this book is definitely different because it is written based on the direct experience of the author and those around him. Although a s In a BBC radio series called "Desert Island Discs" (1951-1960) Liberace, when asked what he'd bring on a desert Island with him, named this book and a piano. "The Magic of Believing" certainly had big shoes to fill after such a promise. :) Written in the vain of The Secret and other such books about attracting metaphysical powers to get what you want out of life, this book is definitely different because it is written based on the direct experience of the author and those around him. Although a sceptic, I certainly have a very open mind and value experience much more than empty words or instructions not based in direct experience. Hence, although I wasn't 100% sold on the message of the book, it was certainly more inspiring than "The secret" ever was. At times there are limits to what this book can do, due to the fact how old and dated it can feel. It seems to be directed nearly exclusively at men, and even more directly at businessmen. Sure it has a chapter on successful women, but it sort of felt like an afterthought, like buying a dog shampoo that had "and now will also work on cats!" written in small print at the back of the bottle. Not to complain about Mr. Bristol of course. I understand why it was written this way. He, as a man and a businessman, wrote about his direct experience as such, and I respect that.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    One of the first books of it's kind, it's all about believing, visualization, affirmations. It's very similar to the book The Secret. Everything comes from creative thought, and whether you believe in that thought will determine if you are successful or not. The law of suggestion starts in the subconscious mind, and to make it work the way you want you must assert believable affirmations. People think that a rabbit tail, or a 4 leaf clover will bring you good luck - it will if you believe it to. One of the first books of it's kind, it's all about believing, visualization, affirmations. It's very similar to the book The Secret. Everything comes from creative thought, and whether you believe in that thought will determine if you are successful or not. The law of suggestion starts in the subconscious mind, and to make it work the way you want you must assert believable affirmations. People think that a rabbit tail, or a 4 leaf clover will bring you good luck - it will if you believe it to. The mirror principle - stand infront of the mirror, breathe in and out, look in the depths of your eyes, say it in the mirror to yourself, practice morning and night. And you need to know exactly what you want and visualize it. "..we realize that these achievements, and in fact all our possessions t0 a thousand and one things - came as a result of creative thinking" "...Buddha said many centuries ago: "All that we are is the result of what we have thought." "faith without action is dead"

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    This book I chose because i was leaving the country and wanted some inspirational words to read. Its extremely outdated (the author was in world war one, and in the book the US hasn't landed on the moon yet...haha) which makes most of his refrences un-relatable to us today. the message is good though and I think he does make many valid points that I plan to use in my everyday life now. I'll admit thought that I skipped through it a lot because he writes example after example after example, its l This book I chose because i was leaving the country and wanted some inspirational words to read. Its extremely outdated (the author was in world war one, and in the book the US hasn't landed on the moon yet...haha) which makes most of his refrences un-relatable to us today. the message is good though and I think he does make many valid points that I plan to use in my everyday life now. I'll admit thought that I skipped through it a lot because he writes example after example after example, its like "i get it already". I think the book could perhaps been half as a long and still gotten the point across. There really is power in your thoughts though!

  16. 4 out of 5

    LadyS

    If anything, this book encourages keeping your mind focused on the things that you want to achieve and deliberately overcoming the thrill that negative emotions (and people) present. I definitely found something to apply to my life. I revisit this book about roughly once a month.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Keith Flint

    Excellent book on the power of the mind. Has two workable techniques that will absolutely produce results. Just remember, it is possible !

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ivi Oltovska

    i loved it very inspirational

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gitanshi Tuteja

    In my opinion everyone should read this book or books which talk about this idea. Usually I finish books in one sitting but I took my time with this one, not because it's long or difficult but it makes you think, contemplate. And because I'm experimenting with the ideas this book gave and the similar texts that I've read the reading experience was all the more amazing. I know for a fact that I'm gonna re read this time and again until the ideas in this becomes second nature to me. In my opinion everyone should read this book or books which talk about this idea. Usually I finish books in one sitting but I took my time with this one, not because it's long or difficult but it makes you think, contemplate. And because I'm experimenting with the ideas this book gave and the similar texts that I've read the reading experience was all the more amazing. I know for a fact that I'm gonna re read this time and again until the ideas in this becomes second nature to me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Briana Brown

    I didn't finish it. Didn't hold my interest. I didn't finish it. Didn't hold my interest.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Short read and okay. Well written but like so many offers more info about LOA rather than being full of practical tips.

  22. 5 out of 5

    William Hill

    This book was written in the late 1940s and so it pre-dates a lot of the new age self-help books that have become quite common. It's a fascinating look at the power of positive thinking and how it can help you create the life you want for yourself. Interestingly, the author Claude Bristol gets a lot of things right, especially with how you can re-program your thinking. With our modern 21st Century understanding of neuroplasticity, a lot of the things that are mentioned in the book can actually b This book was written in the late 1940s and so it pre-dates a lot of the new age self-help books that have become quite common. It's a fascinating look at the power of positive thinking and how it can help you create the life you want for yourself. Interestingly, the author Claude Bristol gets a lot of things right, especially with how you can re-program your thinking. With our modern 21st Century understanding of neuroplasticity, a lot of the things that are mentioned in the book can actually be applied. My wife and I were introduced to this book from a Screen Actors' Guild panel with the late actress Phyllis Diller many years ago. She mentioned that this was the book she read that got her started in her career. So a friend of ours got it for us and we had first read it years ago. We recently picked it back up and re-read it now. It's definitely worth a read as you will get insights into your own life and ideas of how you might apply some of the magic of believing!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jim Brown

    FOR THE RECORD. I'M READING IT FOR THE SECOND TIME! IT IS THAT GOOD. I am convinced that if you were to put this book into the hands of a teenager, the younger the better, and IF they were to read it at least once but preferably 2 or 3 times, there is no limit to what they could accomplish. If you and I have a choice about what we want our lives to become, doesn't it make sense to give it the best chance of success we could. Just thinking about something will not make it so. But REALLY BELIEVING FOR THE RECORD. I'M READING IT FOR THE SECOND TIME! IT IS THAT GOOD. I am convinced that if you were to put this book into the hands of a teenager, the younger the better, and IF they were to read it at least once but preferably 2 or 3 times, there is no limit to what they could accomplish. If you and I have a choice about what we want our lives to become, doesn't it make sense to give it the best chance of success we could. Just thinking about something will not make it so. But REALLY BELIEVING in something might be strong enough incentive to take the next step which is creating some form of action that leads you to where you want to go. This book shows you exactly HOW to do that! Can that be a bad thing? Over 30 years ago I created a Life Mission Statement for me. "To help people to do what they do, to do it better!" I would then use Joe Tye's Direction-Deflection-Question (DDQ) which is very simple. I would ask myself this question or one similar: "Is what I am about to say or do consistent with my Life's Mission Statement to help people to do what they do to do it better?" If yes, I say or do it; if no, I don't. Can't get any easier. Works every time. I could have saved all the work and concern by just handing them a copy of Claude M. Bristol's book, The Magic of Believing. If his book does not help you and everyone who reads it to do whatever it is you do or something that you may want to do to, to do it better, then nothing ever will; the book is that good! I have used the principles discussed in the book without knowing them to be principles; at least at first. I know they work because they have worked for me. In particular when I first left the service I knew not what I was going to do with my life. I responded to an advertisement (that turned out to be a little misleading) where an aircraft parts company was looking for an office manager. I did not finish college (2 years), managed to get drafted (1965), spent 20 years in the Coast Guard (loved it) but was forced out because of a bad knee (1985). I specialized in personnel management but had no degree. In 1985 the economy sucked, unemployment was high. I got the interview to meet with the Vice President of the aircraft parts company and the job sounded great. After the interview I wrote her a thank you note for the interview but never thought I would get a call back; until...... For the next several days, I continually thought about that job and I knew I could do it and I actually envisioned myself sitting in the office doing the job. I got the call back and I got the job. More importantly, the VP showed me the stack of resumes from people applying for the job, most had college degrees, some has Masters Degrees and a couple had Doctors Degrees. Why was I selected for the job? Two reasons. I believe it was because like in Bristol's book, I told myself and believed I was going to be great at the job and could see myself doing it. Secondly, the VP told me that I was the ONLY one who sent her a thank you note. Points taken on both counts! Bristol's book and principles will work for you, of that I am certain BUT ONLY IF YOU LEARN TO BELIEVE IN WHAT YOU EXPECT TO HAPPEN. What I believe is that if you take the time to read the book, even though it was written in the late 1940's, it is more valid today with all that is going on and the competition to become successful being so competitive. I could give you several more examples of The Magic of Believing in my own life but you would be better served by reading the book. My test of a good book? Would I read it again? ABSOLUTELY! Would I give it as a gift? ABSOLUTELY!!!!! I pray my 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren would all read it (when they are ready that is). I think anyone over the age of 8 to 10 would benefit from this book. BEST OF ALL? I costs only $2.99 on as a Kindle read. BEST $2.99 I HAVE EVER SPENT! FOLLOW UP: Can't say why but I was waiting at a Doctor's office to be called in. I opened by Kindle to resume reading a book but instead of the book appearing, the Kindle immediately opened to page late in the book. Even though I had already read the entire book over a month ago, here it was as if I was suppose to read it which I did. I have a couple of very nagging medical issues and frankly I never thought about using the principles in this book to aid me in getting better. I made the commitment today to do just that; think about what I want to happen and think about it often and repeatedly; don't change the thought message. I'll let you know how it all turns out.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth J.

    I read this book way before the New Age Started back in early 80's. This is one of the first books I read and it saved my life. I put into practice all that Bristol said. It all works. Yes all the new age books these days are copies off the greats like Bristol, Louise Hayes "You can heal your life." Anthony Robbins "Unlimited Power" and on.. Anyone who reads this and our open to teaching their intuition about the word "now" and about keeping ones mind blank by singing a specific song you will heal I read this book way before the New Age Started back in early 80's. This is one of the first books I read and it saved my life. I put into practice all that Bristol said. It all works. Yes all the new age books these days are copies off the greats like Bristol, Louise Hayes "You can heal your life." Anthony Robbins "Unlimited Power" and on.. Anyone who reads this and our open to teaching their intuition about the word "now" and about keeping ones mind blank by singing a specific song you will heal yourself and your life. Easily bringing to you all that you want for your life now. I taught so many clients from these books and so many more - I was a psychotherapist in private practice dealing with P.T.S.D. and helped so many people with these concepts! Great book and a must read - forget about "Secrets" it is only for money grabbing.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Muffin Pam

    Millions of readers have proved the magic of believing!! Okay? I'm working on my own proof as I write this. As far as the book goes - it's kind of a rambling text that seems to have been forced onto paper in a wave of excitement at this discovery. By believing something strongly and with enough emotion and faith, it will come true. Yes, there is magic to that. I struggled with the turn of the century language and some phrases that may be considered a bit old-fashioned: "yes, women too can make t Millions of readers have proved the magic of believing!! Okay? I'm working on my own proof as I write this. As far as the book goes - it's kind of a rambling text that seems to have been forced onto paper in a wave of excitement at this discovery. By believing something strongly and with enough emotion and faith, it will come true. Yes, there is magic to that. I struggled with the turn of the century language and some phrases that may be considered a bit old-fashioned: "yes, women too can make this happen - even with their female brains"??!! But in the end - I'm talking myself up in the mirror and living with the belief in myself. Great message Mr. Bristol - even though I am a woman, I'm on board.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Yoric

    Yes, this book may sound irrational, and yes it may look old, but in a good way, and pushes to read for more. The author is given credit by is scientific approach, he read thousands of books, made a fortune in business, met lots of people during his lifetime, and had an obsession about this mere idea that mind power can trigger unexpected results that man's eyes can't see, and man's rational can't understand, yet it feels real. And in the end, it becomes real. Reading more, it even gets better. I Yes, this book may sound irrational, and yes it may look old, but in a good way, and pushes to read for more. The author is given credit by is scientific approach, he read thousands of books, made a fortune in business, met lots of people during his lifetime, and had an obsession about this mere idea that mind power can trigger unexpected results that man's eyes can't see, and man's rational can't understand, yet it feels real. And in the end, it becomes real. Reading more, it even gets better. I underline most of the book like with good classics. Each sentence becomes a hammer to get that idea nailed down inside of me. I get caught by surprise, convinced that those are of uttermost importance, like a secret whispered that will change my life forever.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Annoh

    It came before the Secret. It's emphasis in that one must constantly repeat a thought over and over again to make it stick. Much like other books in this category of literature it talks of sustained thoughts and visualizations. It connects religious practices, occult and extraordinary feats of success under the banner of belief. In a notable quote, * "... most of us are victims of mass thinking and feed upon suggestions from others," stress the importance of belief. It has many stories of succes It came before the Secret. It's emphasis in that one must constantly repeat a thought over and over again to make it stick. Much like other books in this category of literature it talks of sustained thoughts and visualizations. It connects religious practices, occult and extraordinary feats of success under the banner of belief. In a notable quote, * "... most of us are victims of mass thinking and feed upon suggestions from others," stress the importance of belief. It has many stories of success that come from the act of sustained. A valuable read for the years to come. I can see myself constantly reviewing its pages for insights and inspiration, I suggest that you should too.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Lewis Kozoriz

    Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and all acheivement. ― Claude M. Bristol, "The Magic of Believing" This program helps us tap into how our beliefs shape our destiny. This book is recommended by billionaire John Templeton. Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and all acheivement. ― Claude M. Bristol, "The Magic of Believing" This program helps us tap into how our beliefs shape our destiny. This book is recommended by billionaire John Templeton.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Shultz

    A foundational book on the power of our thoughts and beliefs. It is a book that I will likely re-read or review my highlights. Some of the content referenced dated ideas and events, but this did not take away from the timeless principles.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    The message is wonderful, but it's so outdated! It's a classic, and the message is still true yet we now live in a radically different world than in 1948. I found the author to be long-winded and needed to skim through some parts. Interesting read. The message is wonderful, but it's so outdated! It's a classic, and the message is still true yet we now live in a radically different world than in 1948. I found the author to be long-winded and needed to skim through some parts. Interesting read.

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