Florence Scovel Shinn self-published her first and most famous book The Game of Life and How to Play in 1925 after she was unable to get it published by a traditional publisher. It became a great success. She did the same with her second book, Your Word is Your Wand, which was published in 1928, and The Secret Door to Success, which was published in 1940. Power of the Spoken Word was published in 1945 after her death, and is a compilation of her notes by one of her students.
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In 2013 Louise Hay’s famous publishing company Hay House published a lost manuscript of Florence Scovel Shinn’s called The Magic Path of Intuition.
“In 1925, Florence Scovel Shinn made her debut on the metaphysical scene with her first book, The Game of Life and How to Play It. Not long after this, I was born.
Although Ms. Shinn died in 1940, I have long felt a kinship with her. I first came across her work in 1972 as I was beginning my own exploration of the metaphysical world, and I have been enamored of her ever since. I resonated with her no-nonsense way of writing—her words spoke to me, and I became a devoted follower. I often quoted her affirmations and shared them with my own students.
Last year, a rare-book dealer found a small, typewritten unpublished manuscript of the last writings of Florence Scovel Shinn. I received a letter from them asking if Hay House would have any interest in it. Life works in the most wondrous ways. I am continuously astounded as my good comes to me. That this work would be found and come into my hands, just amazed me.
Here is a taste of what you’ll find in this beautiful little treasure. I hope you enjoy it:
The Magic Path of Intuition by Florence Scovel Shinn
“Prayer is telephoning to God, and intuition is God telephoning to you.”
True prayer means preparation. Having made your demands on the Universal Supply for any good thing, act immediately, as if you expected to receive it. Show active faith,thereby impressing the subconscious mind with expectancy.
There was a lady who knew the law of preparation and purchased expensive magazines to give herself the feeling of opulence. Intuition told her to buy the magazines. One way to cultivate intuition is to say before sleeping: “In the morning, I’ll know just what to do.” Ideas will flash before you begin to reason.
Prayer is telephoning to God, and intuition is God telephoning to you. Intuition comes from your superconscious mind. It is God within. The subconscious is simply power without direction. What you feel deeply or say with feeling is impressed upon the subconscious and carried out in the minutest detail. It is your soul and must be restored. Impress the subconscious with the perfect ideas of the superconscious mind instead of the doubts and fears of the conscious mind. Do this by repeating an affirmation: Stand still and see the power within me.
Through following intuition, you often go for one thing and get another. From the superconscious—the realm of intuition—what you should know will be revealed to you. Become very quiet and make affirmations.
You have no need for resentment, resistance, fear, worry, all forms of fighting, etc. The situation you resent will be wiped out. Stand still. Keep your poise, and the Power within will fight your battle. Anger and resentment blur vision and often affect eyesight, as well as prevent you from following your intuitive leads.”