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This is one of the secrets of the affirmations and auto-suggestions used by several schools of Mental Science and other New Thought groups. There is no particular merit in affirmations of themselves, but they serve a twofold purpose: (1) They tend to establish new mental attitudes within us and act wonderfully in the direction of character- building - the science of making ourselves over. (2) They tend to raise the mental keynote so that we may get the benefit of the positive thought waves of others on the same plane of thought.

Whether or not we believe in them, we are constantly making affirmations. The person who asserts that they can and will do a thing - and asserts it earnestly -develops in themselves the qualities conducive to the well doing of that thing, and at the same time places their mind in the proper key to receive all the thought waves likely to help them in the doing. If one says and feels that they are going to succeed, they will breathe life into the thoughts coming from their own subconscious mentality which are intended to help them, and at the same time will place themselves in tune with the Success-thought of the world - and there is some of that kind of thought around, I can tell you.

Allow yourselves to only be affected by the favorable and positive thoughts of those around you. Rise to the upper chambers of your mental dwelling, and key yourself up to a strong pitch, towards the vibrations on the higher planes of thought. Then you will be only affected by their positive vibrations and will be in touch with the great body of strong positive thought coming from those of your own plane of development. My aim will be to direct and train you in the proper use of thought and will, that you may have yourself well in hand and may be able to strike the positive key at any moment you may feel it necessary.

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The one with the stronger power of attraction draws the other towards their level of positivity. This process may be unconscious in many cases, but it occurs nevertheless. The adjustment is often automatic, but occasionally the attractions are so well matched - that the matter forces itself into the consciousness of the two people. Sometimes both parties are so much alike in their degrees of attraction that they have no influence on each other, mentally; they are unable to affect each others level of positivity.

We are less positive or more positive to everyone with whom we have relations. We may be more positive to our children, our employees and dependents.

Of course, something may occur and we will suddenly become more positive than the person to whom we have heretofore been not as positive. We frequently see cases of this kind. And as the knowledge of these mental laws becomes more general we will see many more instances of persons asserting themselves and making use of their new found power.

But remember you possess the power to raise the keynote of your mind to a higher positive pitch by an effort of the will. And, of course, it is equally true that you may force yourself to jump into a higher, positive note by carefulness and a strong will.

There are some people on the higher positive planes of thought, and consequently there are some positive thought vibrations in operation in our mental atmosphere. And, happily for us, it only takes 5 positive thoughts to raise our level of positivity, and if by force of will we raise ourselves to a higher mental key we can open up happy thoughts and may take up the vibrations corresponding with our changed mental attitude.

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If we have been encouraged, we may rest assured that we have jumped into a positive key, and have been affected not only by our own thoughts but have also received the added uplifting thoughts of similar character which are constantly being sent out from the minds of other fortunates who have learned the law of attraction in the thought world. And if we occasionally rise to heights of enthusiasm and energy, how quickly we feel the inflow of the courageous, daring, energetic, positive thoughts being sent out by the live people of the world. We recognize this without much trouble when we come in personal contact with people and feel their vibrations. But the same law operates when we are not in their presence, although less strongly.

The mind has many degrees of pitch, ranging from the highest positive note to the no positive note, with many notes in between, varying in pitch according to the amount of positivity.

When your mind is operating along positive lines you feel strong, buoyant, bright, cheerful, happy, confident and courageous, and are enabled to do your work well, to carry out your intentions, and progress on your roads to Success. You send out strong positive thought, which affects others and causes them to co-operate with you or to follow your lead, according to their own mental keynote.

In some persons the positive element seems to predominate. There are, of course, widely varying degrees of positiveness, and B may be less positive to A, while more positive than C. When two people first meet there is generally a silent attraction in which their respective minds test each others power of attraction, and fix their relative position toward each other.

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The person who believes thoroughly in themselves and maintains a positive strong mental attitude of Confidence and Determination is likely to be affected by the beneficial and positive thoughts of Encouragement and Success emanating from the minds of other persons in whom these last qualities predominate. At the same time these positive thoughts, if they reach one whose mental attitude is pitched on a high key, heighten their positive state and add fuel to the fire which is feeding their strength, or, if you prefer this figure, serve to further fan the fire of their energy and activity.

We attract to us the thoughts of others of the same order of thought. The person who thinks success will be apt to get into tune with the minds of others thinking likewise, and they will help the person, and the person them. The person who allows their mind to dwell constantly upon thoughts of success brings themselves into close touch with the minds of other "success" people, and each will tend to push the other up still more. The person who thinks that all is good is apt to see much good, and will be brought into contact with others who will seem to prove their theory. And the person who looks for good in everything and everybody will be likely to attract to themselves the things and people corresponding to their thought. We generally see that for which we look.

You will be able to carry this idea more clearly if you will think of the Marconi wireless instruments, which receive the vibrations only from the sending instrument which has been attuned to the same key, while other telegrams are passing through the air in near vicinity without affecting the instrument. The same law applies to the operations of thought. We receive only that which corresponds to our mental attunement.