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PAGE FOUR 6# (Sunshine Psychology Service) (In memory of our late friend, Harry Ellington Brook, N. D., who for many years was editor of a special column published in the maga- zine section of the Los Angeles "Times," which he called "Care of the Body," this column, "Care of the Mind," is respectfully dedicated.) SOME FOLKS take excellent care of their radio receiving sets, but, What of their own minds? Sir W. Hamilton says: "What we mean by mind is simply that which perceives, thinks, feels, wills and desires." Mental "sunshine," when searching for human happiness, should always be kept in mind. "Care of the Mind" means, then, appreciation for the mental "power plant," with its many operations of human force --such as impulse, desire, imagination, sincerity, enthusiasm, persistence, enterprise, and motive. Human achievement and success are not all in the accumulation of property and wealth. What human being can en- joy his wealth if he lacks the quality of mentality necessary to appre- ciate its beauty and utility. Think.* Think! THINK! This is the great cry of our modern educational system. What to THINK ABOUT is a secret that is usu- ally locked in the mind of the thinker ! Uncontrolled imagination and visualization are oftentimes nothing more than idle dreaming, which it has been said, uses up more than fifty percent of the human mental energy. There are so many theories regarding the operation of the sub- conscious and conscious mind (just as there are theories in food val- ues, etc.), that we feel the readers of the Catalina Islander would be interested in reading some of the theories on the operation of human impulses, imaginations, desires and motives. Over indulgence in any form of human activity is but a lack of proper mind control. In our last issue we referred to the mind as a set of "gears that act as a balance wheel to human action." We sug- gested the adoption of a MENTAL DALLY DOZEN system of ex- ercises. Ralph Waldo Trine, whom we once had the pleasure of meeting while he was a Catalina visitor, has written an excellent article on the mind making the physical conditions. Mr. Trine said: *'If the thought forces sent out by any particular llfe are those of hatred or jealously, or malice, or fauitfinding~ or criticism, or scorn, these same thought forces are aroused and sent back from others, so that one is affected not only by reason of the unpleasantness of having such thoughts from Others, but they also in turn affect one's own mental state, and through these his own bodily conditions, so that, so far as even the welfare of self is concerned, the indulgence in thoughts and emotions of this nature is most expensive, most detrimental, most destructive. "If, on the other hand, the thought-forces sent out be those of love, of sympathy, of kindness, of cheer and good will, these same forces are aroused and sent back.... There comes from others, then, ex- actly what one sends to and hence calls forth from them." Possibly no one realized the marvelous forces of the human mind more vividly than the late Count Leo Tolstoi of Russia. In an article published in the June issue of the Hearsts International Magazine, Count llya Tolstoi, a son of the late Russian writer, said of his father: "My father was a man of a violent character and very quick tean- pered. In conversation he frequently grew excited. Then i would see how suddenly he took himself in hand, and stopped his temper. If he did not care for a person, he would persuade himself to like him. To me he would say: " '1 like him. 1 like him very much. 1 like him much more than other people.' "1 knew that it was because he did not care for him in the bottom of his heart, but was compelling himself. He would ofte~a be more unkind to those whom he really loved than to others. "He always struggled for self-perfectlon ..... And when he failed he reproached himself... He was of powerful nature, and had powerful passions. He was always self-tormented, even up to the end of his life. "But he would never compel anybody else to follow his ideas .... "Tolstoi was not a mystic. I mean by that he never believed in anything supernatural. The Hindus believe in reincarnation, the Chris- tians and Mohammedans believe in a paradise They believe that something will come out of death. Eve,n in this my father had no mysticism~ He simply did not believe in death That is all. He had no fear of what will happen after death. He said: "'We can not know. The best part of us e~u not die.' "And again, he said: " 'Life is a dream. Death is the awakening.'" It is evident, thorn, that if a trained thinker, as Tolstoi was, should find the necessity of "reproaching himself" for his failures, the average human mind needs considerable care and attention to produce healthy, vigorous and elevating thoughts. To keep the mind constantly opera- ring in wholesome channels is of vital importance to those ambitious for results and success. However much we disagree with Tulstoi's views on religion and politics, we must admit that he was sincere in his mo- tives, and that he contributed to the world of literature many beautiful thoughts of altruism, brotherhood, sincerity and simplicity. Dr. William J. Mayo of Rochester, in 1923, said that the uncon- scious mind controls seventy-five percent of the body's efficiency. The unc0nscious mind attempts to control bodily functions, he said, but its record is one of continual defeats, though it is never completely con- quered. "The unconscious mind is always master," he added... "Man is not much above the lower animals in his subconscious activities. Three- quarters of the energy created by the food he eats and the air he breatt, es, is spent without his knowing it .... :"When the conscious is severely disciplined and mends his ways, the unconscious takes up his duties again." ' In subsequent isstms .of this column we hope to discuss, in a friend- ly way, a number of problems Which we think confront those who are interested in the development of "broad minds," and who are con- stantly searching for that elusive mental state termed "h&ppiness." Avalon Branch of the Los Angeles County Public Library, 201 Metropole avenue, open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from 2 to 5; also Wednesday and Saturday evenings from 7 to 9 o'clock. Visitors are al- ways welcome. The Catalina Islander every week, fifty-two times during the year, is boosting Catalina Island. The results of this continuous publicity are of ma- terial benefit to every merchant, busi- ness and professional man, as well as every worker, residing in Avalon. Mr. Business Man, how many~ weeks dur- ing the year do you return the comp- liment ? Wednesday Evening, May 28th Lionel Barrymore (the kind of solemn comedy) in "THE GREAT ADVENTURE" In which he proves himself the world's shyest man. Also "THE DAREDEVIL" ,.-~--$TRAN D~ Thursday Evening, May 29th "RIDERS OF THE LAW" With Jack Hoxie--A gripping, north- western story on the dim northern Trails. Also Pathe Comedy "ONE SPOOKY NIGHT" -.....--ST R AN D-.---- Friday Evening, May 3Oth Back again--Two-gun Bill Hart in the triumph of his career "COLD DECK" Alma Rubens and Sylvia Bremmer in support. It's a great picture. Also Pathe Comedy "LET'S BUILD" -.-.--ST RAN D~ Saturday Evening, May 31st Win. De Mille's Special "MISS LULU BETT" With Theodore Roberts, Lois Wilson, Helen Ferguson and Milton Sills. It bares the lives of truly American people. Also Educational Comedy "THE OPTIMIST" ....--ST RAN D---.--. EXTRA SPECIAL ! Sunday Evening, June 1st Jackie Coogan and Lon Chaney in "OLIVER TWIST" Magnifieiently presented--True to Charles Dickens' most famous novel. Also Peerless Comedy "SLEEP WALKER" And INTERNATIONAL NEWS ---..--..ST R AN O~ Monday Evening, June 2nd Ernest Torrence, Mary Astor, Noah Beery, Cullen Landis and Phillis Haver--a great cast in 'q'HE FIGHTING COWARD" A late Paramount sensation--one of the best comedy dramas ever screened. Also Aubrey Comedy "A GHOSTLY NIGHT" --~-STRAN o----- Tuesday Evening, June 3rd Hoot Gibson in "40-HORSE HAWKINS" A pace-making western romance that will act as z spring tonic. Don't miss it. Also "TIPS" And INTERNATIONAL NEWS ~TRAND--~-- Wednesday Evening, June 4th 'q'HE HUNTRESS" Featuring Colleen Moore and Lloyd Hughes. A refreshing, original story of life with the Indians Also Pathe Comedy "NEAR DUBLIN" .----8TRAND--~-. 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