Your Invisible Power is a highly insightful, highly dense book that covers the process of visualising and manifesting in a lot of detail. I would describe the book as an honest and concise guide to cultivating the right mindset for manifesting exactly what you want in your life.
Although it is merely 22 pages long, the depth of the explanations and concepts demanded more time that I had imagined to get through it all. In fact, I found myself rereading certain paragraphs many times over to completely understand specific ideas. I’m writing this review having read the book twice.
Genevieve Behrend talks a lot about the natural laws of the universe, notably the law of visualisation in the first half of her book. Described as the “great secret of success”, the writer states that you should “grasp the power to visualise your heart’s desire and hold it with your will; it attracts to you all things requisite to the fulfilment of that picture by the harmonious vibrations of the law of attraction.” In other words, you see what you want, expect it to come to pass with total faith and certitude, and it will.
Whatever you hold in the mind (the spiritual realm), whether negative or positive, must develop into form in the physical world; in much the same way that wax or plastic both solidify when cooled, visualisation leads to an inevitable and perceptible change received by the bodily senses.
It’s important to understand that what lies within us all is enormous potential and infinite power. Behrend describes this as the Universal Mind, or God, and stresses that our own individuality is Universal Mind, or God, specialised within.
Genevieve, having lost her husband, endured a long period of deep sadness, longing and loneliness. She sought out to heal herself by delving into the study of Mental Science. On her journey, she discovered different philosophies and ideologies that either clarified her existence and life purpose or redirected her in the right direction.
She met with Abdul Baha, the founder of The Baha’i Faith, in the early 20th century. He told her that she would travel all over seeking the truth; once she’d found this truth she should share it with the world. Genevieve goes on to explain the rest of her journey in chapter 8 entitled “Why I took up the study of Mental Science”.
She examined New Thought ideology and then eventually found the works of Thomas Troward including “The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science” and ‘The Dores Lectures”, both of which she studied for many months.
Her study of the ‘The Dores Lectures’ birthed a deep desire to become a student of Thomas Troward. Nevertheless, this seemed quite impossible at the time. Firstly, she didn’t have sufficient funds to support herself were she to move abroad to England from the USA and be close to her new teacher. Second, Troward ignored her letters after numerous attempts to propose her request. When she did eventually get a response from him Troward said he didn’t have any time to devote to a pupil.
Never losing sight of her objective, Behrend used affirmations she found in ‘The Dores Lectures’ to recharge her faith and determination. She goes on to summarise the manifestation of this desire, including $20, 000 to support her travels, and the ensuing personal growth and expansion she experienced.
Throughout the latter part of Your Invisible Power, the emphasis is put on getting into a positive state and acting as if your desire already exists. In that way, you attract solutions and ideas that help bring about the realisation of your ambitions. Following this, regardless of the form in which ideas come to you, you must act on them as soon as you can. Manifestations are only possible, however, through faith and action, and the former cannot happen unless the latter is secured.
For the actual application of these ideas Behrend suggests you:
- spend one minute per day consciously thinking about your objective in detail;
- visualise your ideal outcome, incorporating all the senses into the experience. This should be done twice a day for 15 minutes at a time;
- spend 5 minutes every day between 12pm and 1pm thinking about ways to generate wealth.
Some powerful quotes shared in Your Invisible Power that I loved are:
“Ask, believing you have already received and you shall receive.”
“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
“As you sow, you shall reap.”
Overall, this was an encouraging read which underlined the impact our thoughts and words have on the external – our results, behaviour, achievements, etc. Though I did not fully grasp Your Invisible Power the first time, I did feel more equipped the second time around about managing my state and how to begin manifesting the kind future I want for myself.