Florence Scovel Shinn

Man receives only that which he gives. The Game of Life is a game of boomerangs. Man’s
thoughts, deeds and words, return to him sooner or later, with astounding accuracy. This is
the law of Karma, which is Sanskrit for “Comeback.” “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he
also reap.”
– Florence Scovel Shinn

Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

“Bless your enemy, and you rob him of his ammunition.” His arrows will be transmuted into
– Florence Scovel Shinn

“Keep thy heart (or imagination) with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.” (Prov.
4:23.) This means that what man images, sooner or later externalizes in his affairs. I know of
a man who feared a certain disease. It was a very rare disease and difficult to get, but he
pictured it continually and read about it until it manifested in his body, and he died, the
victim of distorted imagination.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

Where there is an effect there is always a cause; there is no such thing as chance.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

Owing to the vibratory power of words, whatever man voices, he begins to attract.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

Nothing stands between man and his highest ideals and every desire of his heart, but doubt
and fear. When man can “wish without worrying,” every desire will be instantly fulfilled.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

Man sees first his failure or success, his joy or sorrow, before it swings into visibility from the
scenes set in his own imagination.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

No man can attract money if he despises it. Many people are kept in poverty by saying:
“Money means nothing to me, and I have a contempt for people who have it.” This is the
reason so many artists are poor. Their contempt for money separates them from it.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

A feeling of opulence must precede its manifestation.
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The inharmonious situation comes from some inharmony within man himself. When there is, in
him, no emotional response to an inharmonious situation, it fades away forever, from his
pathway. So we see man’s work is ever with himself.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

The thing man seeks is seeking him – the telephone was seeking Bell!
– Florence Scovel Shinn

Wealth is a matter of consciousness. The French have a legend giving an example of this. A
poor man was walking along a road when he met a traveler, who stopped him and said: “My
good friend, I see you are poor. Take this gold nugget, sell it, and you will be rich all your
days.” The man was overjoyed at his good fortune, and took the nugget home. He
immediately found work and became so prosperous that he did not sell the nugget. Years
passed, and he became a very rich man. One day he met a poor man on the road. He stopped
him and said: “My good friend, I will give you this gold nugget, which, if you sell, will make you
rich for life.” The mendicant took the nugget, had it valued, and found it was only brass. So
we see, the first man became rich through feeling rich, thinking the nugget was gold.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

One’s ships come in over a calm sea.
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All power is given man (through right thinking) to bring his heaven upon his earth, and this is
the goal of the Game of Life. The simple rules are fearless faith, nonresistance and love.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

Man can only receive what he sees himself receiving.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

Nothing on earth can resist an absolutely nonresistant person. The Chinese say that water is
the most powerful element, because it is perfectly nonresistant. It can wear away a rock, and
sweep all before it.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

Fear and impatience demagnetize. Poise magnetizes.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

Man comes into the world financed by God, with all that he desires or requires already on his
pathway. This supply is released through faith and the Spoken Word. “If thou canst believe, all
things are possible.”
– Florence Scovel Shinn

The robbers of time are the past and the future. Man should bless the past, and forget it, if it
keeps him in bondage, and bless the future, knowing it has in store for him endless joys, but
live fully in the now.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

Your word is your wand.
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Sure-ism is stronger than optimism.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

Good-will produces a great aura of protection about the one who sends it, and “No weapon
that is formed against him shall prosper.” In other words, love and good-will destroy the
enemies within one’s self, therefore, one has no enemies on the external!
– Florence Scovel Shinn

The horse-shoe or rabbit’s foot contains no power, but man’s spoken word and belief that it
will bring him good luck creates expectancy in the subconscious mind, and attracts a “lucky
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Desire is a tremendous force, and must be directed in the right channels, or chaos ensues.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

I banish the past and now live in the wonderful now, where happy surprises come to me each
– Florence Scovel Shinn

Many people have brought disaster into their lives through idle words. For example: A woman
asked me why her life was now one of poverty of limitation. Formerly she had a home, was
surrounded by beautiful things and had plenty of money. We found she had often tired of the
management of her home, and had said repeatedly, “I’m sick and tired of things – I wish I lived
in a trunk,” and she added: “Today I am living in that trunk.” She had spoken herself into a
trunk. The subconscious mind has no sense of humor and people often joke themselves into
unhappy experiences.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

Perhaps one’s fear is of personality. Then do not avoid the poeple feared; be willing to meet
them cheerfully, and they will either prove “golden links in the chain of one’s good,” or
disappear harmoniously from one’s pathway.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

Never argue with a hunch.
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Man must ever hold the vision of his journey’s end and demand the manifestation of that
which he has already received. It may be his perfect health, love, supply, self-expression,
home or friends. They are all finished and perfect ideas registered in Divine Mind (man’s own
superconscious mind) and must come through him, not to him.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

I am asked, so often by my students, “How can I get rid of fear?” I reply, “By walking up to
the thing you are afraid of.”
– Florence Scovel Shinn

Anger blurs the vision, poisons the blood, is the root of many diseases, and causes wrong
decision leading to failure.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

People are sometimes filled with remorse for having done someone an unkindness, perhaps
years ago. If the wrong cannot be righted, its effect can be neutralized by doing someone a
kindness in the present.
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Real love is selfless and free from fear. It pours itself out upon the object of its affection,
without demanding any return. Its joy is in the joy of giving.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

The student’s goal is poise! Poise is power, for it gives God-Power a chance to rush through
man, to “will and to do Its good pleasure.” Poised, he thinks clearly, and makes “right
decisions quickly.”
– Florence Scovel Shinn

Hope looks forward, Faith knows it has already received and acts accordingly.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

A keen observer of life once said, “No man can fail, if some one person sees him successful.”
Such is the power of the vision, and many a great man has owed his success to a wife, or
sister, or a friend who “believed in him” and held without wavering to the perfect pattern!
– Florence Scovel Shinn

You can control any situation if you first control yourself.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

The children of Israel were told that they could have all the land they could see. This is true
of every man. He has only the land within his own mental vision. Every great work, every big
accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often
just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

Someone has said that courage contains genius and magic. Face a situation fearlessly, and
there is no situation to face; it falls away of its own weight.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

Any inharmony on the external, indicates there is mental inharmony. “As the within, so the
without.” Man’s only enemies are within himself.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

Happiness and health must be earned by absolute control of the emotional nature.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

Before Columbus reached America, he saw birds and twigs which showed him land was near.
So it is with a demonstration; but often the student mistakes it for the demonstration itself,
and is disappointed.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

I have often been asked why one man is born rich and healthy, and another poor and sick.
Where there is an effect there is always a cause; there is no such thing as chance. This
question is answered throught he law of reincarnation. Man goes through many births and
deaths, until he knows the truth which sets him free. He is drawn back to the earth plane
through unsatisfied desire, to pay his Karmic debts, or to “fulfill his destiny.” The man born rich
and healthy has had pictures in his subconscious mind, in his past life, of health and riches;
and the poor and sick man, of disease and poverty. Man manifests, on any plane, the sum
total of his subconscious beliefs.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

“Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap.” This means that whatever man sends out
in word or deed, will return to him; what he gives, he will receive.
– Florence Scovel Shinn

If a man wishes someone “bad luck,” he is sure to attract bad luck himself. If he wishes to aid
someone to success, he is wishing and aiding himself to success.
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God is the Giver and the Gift.
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