Christian D. Larson


Your Forces and How to Use Them

This self-help book has already helped readers the world over to achieve the seemingly impossible just by learning how to bring the incredible force of the subconscious under their control. It provides powerful techniques for changing your life simply by changing your beliefs. The book combines time honored spiritual wisdom to explain the influence of the subconscious mind on everything you do.  It presents simple, practical and effective methods that can turn your mind into a powerful tool for improving your everyday life.

The following opening from Chapter 1 was so popular it was adopted by Optimist International in 1922 to be their creed.  The words are just as powerful  and meaningful today:


To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all timed and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticise others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear; and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words but in great deeds.
To live in the faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you.

Many have found inspiration in The Optimist Creed. In hospitals, the creed has been used to help patients recover from illness. In locker rooms, coaches have used it to motivate their players.


1) The Ruling Principle in Man
2) How we Govern the Forces We Possess
3) The Use of Mind in Practical Action
4) The Forces of the Subconscious
5) Training the Subconscious for Special Results
6) The Power of Subjective Thought
7) How Man Becomes What He thinks
8) The Art of changing for the Better
9) He Can Who Thinks He Can
10) How We Secure What We Persistently Desire
11) Concentration and the Power Back of Suggestion
12) The Development of the Will
13) The Building of a Great Mind
14) How Character Determines Constructive Action
15) The Art of Building Character
16) The Creative Forces in Man
17) The Building Power of Consecutive Speech
18) Imagination and the Master Mind
19) The Higher Forces in Man
20) The Greatest Power in Man.


Christian D. Larson was an outstanding and highly influential New Thought leader and teacher as well as a prolific writer of New Thought books who believed that people have tremendous latent powers, which could be harnessed for success with the proper attitude.

A one time honorary president of the International New Thought Alliance, along with such stalwarts as W.W. Atkinson, Horatio Dresser, Charles Brodie Patterson, and Annie Rix Militz, he was one who exercised considerable influence over Religious Science founder, Ernest Holmes, in his early career.  Holmes had been studying the Christian Science textbook, Science & Health, but was particularly impressed with the New Thought writings of Larson. According to Fenwicke he abandoned the Christian Science textbook for Larson's works. Ernest and his brother Fenwicke took a correspondence course with Larson, and in his biography of his brother, Ernest Holmes: His Life and Times, Fenwicke Holmes elaborates on the influence of Larson's thought on that of his brother. Here he ranks Ralph Waldo Trine's In Tune with the Infinite with Larson's The Ideal Made Real as influential on Holmes.

The New-Thought movement in Cincinnati, Ohio, owes its origin to Larson, who in January, 1901, organized the New Thought Temple, at his residence, 947 West Seventeenth St. In September of that year Mr. Larson began to publish Eternal Progress, for several years one of the leading New-Thought periodicals.