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Illustrator, actress, artist and later metaphysical author, Florence Scovel Shinn was born in Camden, New Jersey in September, 1871. Schinn was educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where, besides honing her skills as an artist, she met the man who would later become her husband. Florence and Everett Shinn married and lived together in New York. Everett Shinn built a theatre next door to their home. He wrote and produced three plays in which Florence played the leading role. The two divorced in 1912. Shinn is said to have had a natural talent for pencil illustrations and her work was widely published in magazines, newspapers and books. Her other published books include: Your Word is Your Wand, The Power of the Spoken Word, and The Wisdom of Florence Scovel Shinn. The heavy influence of the metaphysical permeates every piece of her writing and artwork. Much of what she said was real life situations which she tried to connect with quotes from the Bible. She wrote anecdotally as she attempted to give advice on empowerment through positive thinking. Her firm belief was that the opportunities for physical healing and progress were all possible through changing one's mindset. This philosophy has caused her to be identified with the school of New Thought and among other such proponents as the founders of the Unity Church. These include the likes of Phineas Quimby, Emma Curtis Hopkins and Charles and Myrtle Fillmore. Unfortunately, very few pieces of her artwork are around today. Nevertheless, her words of affirmation and positive thinking still continue to influence modern thought. She will probably remain best known for her book, The Game of Life and How to Play It, which she self-published in 1925.

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."
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Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.
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"Bless your enemy, and you rob him of his ammunition." His arrows will be transmuted into
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"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.
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Where there is an effect there is always a cause; there is no such thing as chance.
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Owing to the vibratory power of words, whatever man voices, he begins to attract.
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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.
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Man sees first his failure or success, his joy or sorrow, before it swings into visibility from the
scenes set in his own imagination.
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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.
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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.
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The thing man seeks is seeking him - the telephone was seeking Bell!
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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.
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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.
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Man can only receive what he sees himself receiving.
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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.
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Fear and impatience demagnetize. Poise magnetizes.
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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."
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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.
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Your word is your wand.
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Sure-ism is stronger than optimism.
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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!
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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.
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I banish the past and now live in the wonderful now, where happy surprises come to me each
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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.
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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.
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