I have here something more about the mind, I hope you like it.
Development of the will is very much like the development of a muscle, a matter of practice and gradual improvement. At first it is apt to be tiresome, but at each trial one grows stronger until the new strenght becomes real and permanent. Many of us have made ourselves positive under sudden calls or emergencies. We are in the habit of “bracing up” when occasions demands. But by intelligent practice you will be so much strenghtened that your habitual state will be equal to your “bracing up” stage now, and then, when you find it necesary to apply the spur you will be able to reach a stage not dreamed of a present.
Man has but one mind, but he has many mental faculties, each faculty being capable of functioning along two different lines of mental effort. There are no distinct dividing lines separating the two several functions of faculty, but they shade into each other as do the colours of the spectrum.
An active effort of any faculty of the mind is the result of the direct impulse imparted at the time of the effort. A passive effort of any faculty of the mind is the result of either a preceding active effort of the same mind, an active effort of another along the lines of suggestion, or thought vibration from the mind of another.
An active effort is new born, fresh from the mint, whilst the passive effort of less recent creation and is often the result of vibratory impulses imparted in ages long past. The active effort makes its own way, brushing aside the impending vines and kicking from its path the obstructing stones. The passive effort travels along the beaten path.
A thought-impulse or motion-impulse originally caused by an active effort of faculty,may become by continue repetition, or habit, strictly automatic, the impulse given it by the repeated active effort developing a strong momentum, which carries it on, along passive lines, until stopped by another active effort or its direction changed by the same cause.
On the other hand, thought-impulses or motion-impulses, continued along passive lines may be terminated or corrected by an active effort. The active function creates, changes or destroys. The passive function carries on the work given it by the active function and obeys orders and suggestions.
An active function produces the thought-habit, or motion-habit and imparts to it the vibrations, which carry it on along the passive lines thereafter. The active function also has the power to send forth vibrations which neutralize the momentum of the thought-habit or motion-habit. It is also able to launch a new thought-habit or motion-habit with stronger vibrations, which overcomes and absorbs the first thought, or motion and subtitutes the new one.
All thoughts-impulses, or motion-impulses, once started to their errands, continue to vibrate along passive lines until corrected or terminated by subsequent impulses imparted by the active function or other controlling power. The continuance of the original impulse adds momentum and force to it, and renders its correction or termination more difficult. This explains that which is called “the force of habit”. This will be readily understood by those who have struggled to overcome a habbit which had been easily acquired. The law applies to good habits as well as bad. The moral is obvious.