“Relation Between Mental and Material

AS AN ILLUSTRATION LET ME USE THE METAPHOR of a lake with a beautiful island in the centre of it. The island represents some material thing you desire- wealth, for instance. The water of the lake represents surrounding mental conditions. Your natural desire is to rush headlong for the island. You find yourself floundering in the water- mental condition. A seemingly intangible, but nevertheless an effectual barrier. To get to the island you must learn to swim. That is, you must learn how to master the laws of mental surroundings before you can reach material results.”