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Magnetism: The inherent power of the soul

Why is it when some people speak, everyone is enthralled, while others can talk about the same thing and no one is interested? Even with all their obvious faults, dictators are able to wield tremendous influence. What is the secret of this power? It is called magnetism.
Each human being is a medium through which God’s magnetism flows, but people allow many things to obstruct that magnetism, and very few people are truly magnetic. However, the right kind of magnetism can be developed. Everyone is divinely endowed with personal magnetism. Then why do some obviously possess it and others seem not to? It is because very few know how to develop that magnetism; it lies dormant in most people. When you think of physical development, you don’t mean strengthening one arm and ignoring the rest of the body. Someone with a peanut size head and a large body would appear disproportionate. Your development will likewise be disproportionate if you cultivate only some of your god given mental faculties and not the others.
What is magnetism? Hypnotism has been called animal magnetism, it is sort of mental chloroform administered through the suggestions of the hypnotist. But spiritual magnetism is something different. It is the power of the soul to attract or create whatever it needs for all round happiness and well being.
To become magnetic to others, you must make yourself attractive from within. Someone with a magnetic personality is sincere, kind, accepting, and possessed of great self-control – qualities that produce a good effect on oneself and other people. Positive behavior, control of speech, and kind words are qualities which clothe a person with right kind of magnetism.
THE EFFECT OF DIETRY HABBITS ON MAGNETISM: There are many factors that affect the development of magnetism. Firstly, consider the kind and quantity of food you eat. Overeating and wrong eating are dangerous to the development of magnetism because of their adverse effects on the vital forces in the body. Those who overload their systems with meat, for example, diminish their magnetism. This is also true of other foods not suited to the body. On the other hand, pure food such as fresh fruits increases magnetism. Don’t fill yourself to the gills. Over loading the stomach drains the inner life force and causes a loss of magnetism.
Sincerity is a quality of all highly magnetic souls. Be sincere with all and above all, be sincere with yourself. Watch your thoughts to be sure they are right. When your thoughts are right, sincere and helpful words, and good deeds, will naturally follow. When you talk to others, don’t talk too much about yourself. Try to speak on a subject that interests the other person, and when that person speaks, listen with sincere attention.
Carry the vibration of sincerity with you wherever you go. People will feel this vibration. Sincere, sweet words are nectar to thirsty souls. They contribute to the happiness of people in the home, in social outings, in churches, and in business offices.
Exercise extreme vigilance in maintaining your self-control at all times.You must be able to put on at will the apparel of your best disposition whenever you come across people with combative mentalities. It is human weakness to get angry and scold, but it shows divine strength to be able to hold the reins over the wild steeds of your temper and speech. No matter what the provocation may be, behave yourself and by calm silence or genuinely kind words, show that your kindness is more powerful than the other person’s ugliness.
Like attracts like. Whatever you want others to be, first be that yourself, then you will find others responding in like manner to you. If you want to be loved, start loving others who need your love. If you expect others to be honest with you, then start being honest yourself. If you want others to sympathize with you, start showing sympathy to those around you. If you want to be respected, you must learn to be respectful to everyone, both young and old. If you want a display of peace from others, you must be peaceful yourself.
Ego-inspired attitudes and actions obstruct the free flow of one’s energy and are demagnetizing. The mental habit of criticizing others, regardless of whether the criticism is gentle or severe, has a darkening effect on the consciousness and drags a person down into greater delusion. When you occupy your mind with an unholy interest in the failings of others, you also rouse and stimulate your own pre-natal bad habits.
Try not to give in to moods. The darkness of moods will invariably be reflected in your facial expressions. The best cure for a bad mood is to try to do something that will raise your energy level and put you in a good mood. Always stay away from people in ugly moods, to prevent them from spreading to you their epidemic of disharmony.
Divine magnetism is the power of all powers. By meditating regularly, you become increasingly charged with the pure magnetism of Spirit. When you meditate and live in the consciousness that you are a child of the Divine, you gradually dissolve all inharmonious emotions and vibrations within yourself.
Always keep in tune with the inner divine magnetic power. When your prayer bursts from your heart and God gives up His vow of silence and speaks to you — you will have gained divine magnetism.
— Self-Realization Fellowship International Headquarters, California (1939) by Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda.
If you could feel even a particle of divine love, so great would be your joy- so overpowering- you could not contain it.

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