Psychology of Superstition – Florence Scovel-Shinn

Living in the Present - Daily VigilanceThe 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 situation.” I find however, this will not “work” when man has advanced spiritually and knows a higher law. One cannot turn back, and must put away “graven images.”

For example: Two men in my class had had great success in business for several months, when suddenly everything “went to smash.” We tried to analyze the situation, and I found, instead of making their affirmations and looking to God for success and prosperity, they had each bought a “lucky monkey.”

I said: “Oh I see, you have been trusting in the lucky monkeys instead of God.” “Put away the lucky monkeys and call on the law of forgiveness,” for man has power to forgive or neutralize his mistakes.

They decided to throw the lucky monkeys down a coalhole, and all went well again. This does not mean, however, that one should throw away every “lucky” ornament or horse-shoe about the house, but he must recognize that the power back of it is the one and only power, God, and that the object simply gives him a feeling of expectancy.

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