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In Tune With The Infinite
(gender-neutral editon)
Ralph Waldo Trine

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Book Description
Before "New Age" there was "New Thought," a philosophy that sought God through metaphysics and was wildly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. American mystic and best-selling author RALPH WALDO TRINE (1866-1958) was one of the most significant writers on New Thought principles. Here, Trine examines how to strengthen connection to the Infinite Mind to enjoy a free-flow of abundance, personal blessings, and a strong sense of so necessary one's well being. Originally published in 1897, this timeless book inspired a generation and sold more than two million copies in its day. It is thought to be a fundamental work of inspirational writing that led to such bestsellers as Think and Grow Rich, and The Power of Positive Thinking.

This ebook version
contains the full text of the original 1897 version of this best-seller, slightly edited to make it gender-neutral

Preface to the First Edition

THERE is a golden thread that runs through every religion in the world. There is a golden thread that runs through the lives and the teachings ot all the prophets, seers, sages, and saviors in the world's history, through the lives of all men and women of truly great and lasting power. All that they have ever done or attained to has been done in full accordance with law.

What one has done, all may do. This same golden thread must enter into the lives of all who today, in this busy work-a-day world of ours, would exchange impotence for power, weakness and suffering for abounding health and strength pain and unrest for perfect peace, poverty of whatever nature for fullness and plenty.

Each is building their own world. We both build from within and we attract from without. Thought is the force with which we build, for thoughts are forces. Like builds like and like attracts like. In the degree that thought is spiritualized does it become more subtle and powerful in its workings. This spiritualizing is in accordance with law and is within the power of all.

Everything is first worked out in the unseen before it is manifested in the seen, in the ideal before it is realized in the real, in the spiritual before it shows forth in the material. The realm of the unseen is the realm of cause. The realm of the seen is the realm of effect. The nature of effect is always determined and conditioned by the nature of its cause.

To point out the great facts in connection with, and the great laws underlying the workings of the interior, spiritual, thought forces, to point them out so simply and so clearly that even a child can understand, is the author's aim. To point them out so simply and so clearly that all can grasp them, that all can take them and infuse them into everyday life, so as to mold it in all its details in accordance with what they would have it, is his purpose That life can be thus molded by them is not a matter of mere speculation or theory with him, but a matter of positive knowledge

There is a divine sequence running throughout the universe. Within and above and below the human will incessantly works the Divine will. To come into harmony with it and thereby with all the higher laws and forces, to come then into league and to work in conjunction with them, in order that they can work in league and in conjunction with us, is to come into the chain of this wonderful sequence. This is the secret of all success. This is to come into the possession of unknown riches, into the realization of undreamed-of powers.


Within yourself lies the cause of whatever enters into your
life. To come into the full realization of your own awakened
inner powers is to be able to condition your life in exact
accord with what you would have it.

A New Message from the Author

WE are born into a strange time - a time that tries men's souls. Bewilderment and fear hold many; change and uncertainty stalk through the land - all lands.

Those who keep their courage up and go serenely on are coming through in a way that those who weaken or lie down cannot know. But to do this many lives need help—real concrete help. A remark by an old college friend some years ago has come to my mind every now and then of late.  'After all,' said he, 'it is well for one to have a little philosophy in ones life. A farm boy, eager for a better education and to get ahead pushing his way through college in the face of great odds, he has been doing a splendid work in a great city, and for his country, and yet has always remained humble. His own character indicates to me he has in goodly measure the philosophy which he commended.

'Yes' I replied 'if it has the element of use.' For I had even then read much in the philosophies of the present and of earlier times, and was forced to the conclusion that very large parts of them are of little real value—interesting, but of little real value—because of their lack of the element ot use; use in the everyday problems of life.

Each of us has their problems of one sort or another, and no life is free from them. We all need help. This is particularly true at present because of the peculiar time we have been born into.

I have often said to friend and acquaintance during the last two or three years that there is perhaps no one quality men and women need so much, and right down in their hearts long for so much, as the quality of courage. For courage to me is nothing more or less than a positive, creative type of thought. It not only keeps us going, but all the time works out effects on the course of our journeying. Thoughts are forces, subtle, vital, creative, continually building and shaping our lives according to their nature. It is in this way that the life always and inevitably follows the thought.

Thoughts of strength engender strength from within and attract it from without. Thoughts of weakness actualize weakness within and attract it from without. Courage therefore begets success, as fear begets failure.

There is something in the universe that responds to intrepid thinking. The POWER that holds and that moves the stars in their courses sustains, illumines and fights for the brave and the upright. Courage has power and magic in it. Faith and hope and courage are great producers—we cannot fail if we live always in the brave and cheerful attitude of mind and heart. He alone fails who gives up and lies down.

To open ourselves to this sustaining POWER, to live continually under its guidance, this is our part. Those of us who do our part will keep free from fear, and therefore from a weakening, corroding worry, the two black twins that carry the germs of despair and defeat, costly for ourselves, unfair for our families, our friends and as our neighbors, costly even for our country.

Years ago, shortly after this book was written, I used on the title page of a little book, as a sort of keynote, the sentence: 'The moment we fully and vitally realize who and what we are, we then begin to build our own world even as God builds His.'
What is the fundamental fact, the fundamental principle of life, the real basis of any healthy or even worthy philosophy of life—Can we find it and know it? There's the rub. But long ago there came one
who with a great aptitude for discerning the things of the mind and the spirit, a great clarity of perception that enabled Him to understand the reality of life, the One Life, and to identify His own life with it—the Infinite Spirit of life and power that is back of all, animating and working through all, the life of all.

So direct and intimate was His understanding of it that He used the term Father: I and my Father are one. And to make it of value in that it was not for Him alone, He said: As I am you shall be. My consciousness of the One Life shall be your consciousness, My insight and power shall be your insight and power, if you will receive My message and do the things I tell you. And truly He handled the stuff of life with a wonderful artistry. This is the message that the Master, Jesus of Galilee, tried so hard to get over into the world. It is through this that He becomes the supreme Way-revealer, the Way-revealer to us men and women of earth.

The Way He showed is what man so sadly needs for a higher and a more efficient individual life, and what the world needs for a more efficient and harmonious and co-operative life. Here is the basis of all idealistic philosophy - a philosophy, a religion of power, of concrete creative power and therefore of use. All are partakers and individual expressions of the One Life, all related and interrelated. As we open ourselves fully to the realization of this we bring harmony into our individual lives, and out of that harmony we create a world of harmony and co-operation, in which each individual and each country enjoys freedom and the fruits of labor, instead of enslavement, of disruption, and of eventual destruction.

Yes, from the conception of the One Life flows the inevitable reality that all men are brothers. There is great gain, there is even an obvious self-interest in building our individual lives and our world life upon that reality. If we do so, we will establish a just and therefore more lasting peace.

What a frightful price we have now to pay for our ignorance, our negligence, our self-seeking, our forgetting that the good of all is the only real and lasting good! Out of all the travail good may come, but again that will depend on us.

We must keep our courage up, must keep our vision clear, must keep our balance, so that we may free ourselves and others with us from the frightful dangers dislocation and disorder that are the results of the great world conflicts.

A single stanza by Edwin Markham voices the poet's inspiration:

At the heart of the cyclone tearing the sky,
And flinging the clouds and the towers by,
Is a place of central calm.
So, here in the roar of mortal things
I have a place where my spirit sings,
In the hollow of God's palm.

This was the poet's way of expressing the great truth we are considering and I know he believed it thoroughly, for we talked it over many times together. This was his belief as to the mission and the revelation of the Master, and the Kingdom of God that comes into being when all men realize they are brothers, and are wise enough to live and to act as brothers.

In this again lie the truth and the song that arose from it and sang itself through our earlier poet Whittier, good Quaker and true always to the "Inner Light":

I know not where His islands lift
Their fronded palms in air,
I only know I cannot drift
Beyond His love and care.

A dark age can come only if we men and women of earth fail to do our part. We will not fail. We cannot fail. But the sands in the hour-glass may be running lower than we know. We must bestir ourselves.



THE optimist is right. The pessimist is right. The one differs from the other as the light from the dark. Yet both are right. Each is right from their own particular point of view, and this point of view is the determining factor in the life of each. It determines as to whether it is a life of power or of impotence, of peace or of pain, of success or of failure.

The optimist has the power of seeing things in their entirety and in their right relations. The pessimist looks from a limited and a one-sided point of view. The one has their understanding illuminated by wisdom, the understanding of the other is darkened by ignorance. Each is building their world from within, and the result of the building are determined by the point of view of each The optimist, by their superior wisdom and insight, is making their own heaven, and in the degree that they make their own heaven are helping to make one for all the world beside. The pessimist, by virtue of their limitations, are making their own hell, and in the degree that they make their own hell are they helping to make one for all mankind.

You and I have the predominating characteristics of an optimist or the predominating characteristics of a pessimist. We then are making, hour by hour, our own heaven or our own hell; and in the degree that we are making the one or the other for ourselves are we helping make it for all the world beside.

The word heaven means harmony. The word hell is from the Old English hell, meaning to build a wall around, to separate; to be helled was to be shut off from. Now if there is such a thing as harmony there must be that something one can be in right relations with; for to be in right relations with anything is to be in harmony with it. Again, if there is such a thing as being helled, shut off, separated from, there must be that something from which one is helled, shut off, or separated.

The Supreme Fact of the Universe

THE great central fact of the universe is that Spirit of Infinite Life and Power that is behind all, that animates all, that manifests itself in and through all; that self-existent principle of life from which all has come, and not only from which all has come, but from which all is continually coming. If there is an individual life, there must of necessity be an infinite source of life from which it comes. If there is a quality or a force of love, there must of necessity be an infinite source of love whence it comes. If there is wisdom, there must be the all-wise source behind it from which it springs. The same is true in regard to peace, the same in regard to power, the same in regard to what we call material things.

There is then this Spirit of Infinite Life and Power behind all, which is the source of all. This Infinite Power is creating, working, ruling through the agency of great immutable laws and forces that run through all the universe that surrounds us on every side. Every act of our everyday lives is governed by these same great laws and forces. Every flower that blooms by the wayside, springs up, grows, blooms, fades, according to certain great immutable laws. Every snowflake that plays between earth and heaven, forms, falls,  melts, according to certain great unchangeable laws.

In a sense there is nothing in all the great universe but law. If this is true there must of necessity be a force behind it all that is maker of these laws, and a force greater than the laws that are made. This Spirit of Infinite Life and Power that is behind all is what I call God. I care not what term you may use, be it Kindly Light, Providence, the Over Soul, Omnipotence, or whatever term may be most convenient. I care not what the term may be as long as we are agreed in regard to the great central fact itself.

God, then, is this Infinite Spirit which fills all the universe with Himself alone, so that all is from Him and in Him, and there is nothing that is outside. Indeed and in truth, then, in Him we live and move and have our being. He is the life of our life, our very life itself. We have received, we are continually receiving our life from Him. We are partakers of the life of God; and though we differ from Him in that we are individualized spirits, while He is the Spirit including us as well as all else beside, yet in essence the life of God and the life of man are identically the same, and so are one. They differ not in essence, in quality; they differ in degree.

A Resolve for Today

THE following little motto—a resolve for today—may contain a little aid for the following of the Way.


I believe that my Master intended that I take His teachings in the simple, frank, and open manner in which He gave them, out on the hill-side, by the calm blue waters of the Galilean sea, and out under the stars of heaven.

I believe that He knew what He meant, and that He meant what He said, when He gave the substance of all religion and the duty of man as love to God, and love and service for His fellow-man.

I am therefore resolved at this, the beginning of another day, this fresh beginning of life, to go forth eager and happy and unafraid, in that I can come into the same filial relations of love and guidance and care with my Father in Heaven that my Master realized and lived, and going before revealed to me.

I shall listen intently to know, and shall run with eager feet to do my Father's will, calm and quiet within, knowing that I shall have the Divine guidance and care, and that no harm therefore shall befall me; for I am now living in God's life and there I shall live forever.

 I am resolved in all human contact to meet petulance with patience, questionings with kindness, hatred with love, eager always to do the kindly deed that brings the joy of service—and that alone makes human life truly human. I shall seek no advantage for myself to the detriment or the harm of my neighbor, knowing that it is only through the law of mutuality that I can fully enjoy what I gain—or can even be a man.

I am resolved therefore so to live this day that, when the twilight comes and the night falls, I shall be not only another day's journey nearer home; but I shall have lived a man's part and done a man's work in the world and shall indeed deserve my Father's love and care.

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"In Tune With The Infinite" by Ralph Waldo Trine

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