The Magic in Your Mind "It is a mental world we live in, not a physical one at all. The physical is merely an extension of the mental, and an imperfect extension at that," states U.S. Andersen in the introduction to The Magic in Your Mind. In this personal development self-help book, Andersen explains the importance of the "secret self" as a way to uncover your true hidden potential.

Perhaps even more significant than his concept of the secret self is the emphasis on mental imagery, in other words, the importance of first visualizing your goals. Says Anderson, "Thus the man whose consciousness is influenced only by the goals and purposes he has set within is delivered of all defeat and failure, for obstacles then are only temporary and have no effect upon his inner being."

In each chapter, Andersen explains ways in which we can realize full consciousness. In chapter two, "Discovering the Secret Self," Andersen states, "Our consciousness is anchored falsely in our surface selves and it is this delusion that is our fall from grace, for by it we do not know who we truly are."

Throughout the book Andersen relies on many different sources. Every other page includes either a quote from a different author or a short story. For example, in chapter one, entitled, "The Hidden Cause of All Things," the author refers to Jonathan Swift, who wrote, "...eleven thousand persons have, at
several times, suffered death rather than submit to break their eggs at the smaller end." On the next page he refers to Bernard Spinoza: "So long as a man imagines that he cannot do this or that, so long is he determined not to do it; and consequently, so long is it impossible to him that he should do it."

Andersen's frequent use of such quotes and stories to amplify his points, while at times a bit redundant, is effective: it adds to the book's easy-to-read style, and helps hammer home the importance of goal-setting and mental imagery.

Andersen's "secret self" concept is a powerful way to discover how we can maximize our true potential, and it adds to a book that deserves a serious read--followed by a serious re-read! If you enjoyed Wallace D. Waddles' The Science of Getting Rich, this book is for you. (And if you haven't read Waddles' work, put that next on your list!)

Paperback, 252 pages, $15.00; Wilshire Book Company.