Visualization For Belief Change.
A SIMPLE AND GOOD GUIDE TO USE THE POWER OF VISUALIZATION FROM THE ONLY PERSONAL STUDENT OF THE “MASTER OF
MENTAL SCIENCE,” THOMAS TROWARD: A REVIEW OF GENEVIEVE BEHREND’S
“YOUR INVISIBLE POWER”
Explaining how to harness the amazing power that exists in your mind is not easy. Genevieve Behrend does a very
good job to put in simple terms how to train your thoughts to capture this power. The terms she uses have lost
little of their expression even though they were penned in 1921. Some of the Chapters in particular are very
helpful in understanding the process. Chapters 6 and 7 are quite brief but they give a good foundation to the
reader of what is needed to utilize the power that exists through the mind. As reinforcement in a longer chapter,
Chapter 16 walks the reader through the process with helpful suggestions. These chapters concentrate on the
Other chapters are interesting as well. Ms. Behrend writes of her own study of mental science and how she became
the only personal student of Thomas Troward. She also writes in the beginning of the book about numerous examples
of successes due to her instruction.
The language and illustrations that Ms Behrend uses bring understanding to her lessons. As she stated in her
Forward: “Try to remember that the picture you think, feel, and see is reflected into the Universal Mind, and by
the natural law of reciprocal action must return to you in either spiritual or physical form. Knowledge of this law
of reciprocal action between the individual and the Universal Mind opens to you free access to all you may wish to
possess or to be.” As she further explains in Chapter 1: “In other words, when your understanding grasps the power
to visualize your heart’s desire and hold it with your will, it attracts to you all things requisite to the
fulfillment of that picture by the harmonious vibrations of the law of attraction.” And in a graphic picture of its
own, Ms. Genevieve further describes: “You know that all you have to do is to start the plastic substance of the
Universe flowing into the thought-moulds your picture-desire provides.”
Ms. Behrend uses an illustration of how our mind is part of the Universal Mind in the way branches are part of the
tree. The quote illustrates the Christian context in which the power of the mind is described: “If we, as
individual branches of the Universal Mind, would refer our difficulties in the same confident manner to the source
from which we were projected, and use the remedies which it has provided, we would realize what Jesus meant when he
said, ‘Ask and ye shall receive.’ Our every requirement would be met. Surely the Father must supply the child. The
trunk of the tree cannot fail to provide for its branches.”
Some of the Chapters are not as easy to follow. Chapters 12 and 13 talked about the importance of Faith and how one
could increase one’s Faith. These chapters were more difficult to bring in line with the main message of the book.
The connection was as strong as other concepts.
Another concept that was not easy to follow was the importance of keeping the desire of your powerful thought
secret. The power did not seem to dissipate when people told her of the power they were receiving due to her
lessons. Still, Ms. Genevieve states: “The more enthusiasm and faith you are able to put into your picture, the
more quickly it will come into visible form, and your enthusiasm is increased by keeping your desire secret. The
moment you speak it to any living soul, that moment your power is weakened. Your power, your magnet of attraction
is not that strong, and consequently cannot reach so far. The more perfectly a secret between your mind and your
outer self is guarded, the more vitality you give your power of attraction. One tells one’s troubles to weaken
them, to get them off one’s mind, and when a thought is given out, its power is dissipated.” This concept may need
more explanation than this brief document could explain, but as stated it is not clear.
Overall, however, this book is excellent as a guide to understanding the power of one’s mind. The examples used are
vivid and expressive. No more demonstrative example of the power of the mind was stated than the author’s own
search for $20,000 to be able to go to England and try to convince Thomas Troward to take her on as a student. The
ideas of how to reach that goal came in one after another once she had her mind properly focused. As she described
the process in Chapter 15: “You are intent upon an idea not quite complete as to the ways and means of fulfillment,
and behold along comes another idea, from no one can tell where, and find friendly lodging with your idea; one idea
attracting another, and so on until your desires are physical facts.” It is with this visualization and focus that
our ideas become reality.