Do you want to know the secret to perfect living?
James T Mangan (1896 – 1970) wrote a book titled The Secret of Perfect Living. To him, the big obstacle to living heaven on earth is the war between the conscious and the subconscious, an “apartness.” The secret to Perfect Living is “self-togetherness.” As the result of forty years of research, James Mangan came up with 100 words he named Switch-words to bring about this “togetherness.” In this new science of “push-button living,” the master switch-word is unsurprisingly Together. This switch-word led to a week of perfect bliss for James Mangan, and inspired him to uncover the other ones.
What is Apartness?
Apartness is obvious in its extreme forms, when someone literally comes undone, coming apart at the seams. A maniacal outburst. A meltdown. Flying off the handle. When that happens, a person feels sicker.
Apartness exists within all of us, in its various degrees and manifestations – nervousness, complaining, self-torment, pain, worry, fear, etc. Even in a “normal” state, “you seem to be a vast receptacle for sorrow and sadness, some of it your own, some of it the unwelcome gift of nearly every person you meet”1 People tend not to see or want to see and acknowledge this “apartness”; indeed “we are not ‘all in one piece.'”
Apartness enters your personality in myriad ways over which you seem to have no control. But the most vicious kind of Apartness, and in the heaviest volume, is the Apartness you make for yourself.2
Most of us live without giving any credit or voice to the subconscious, ignoring the sub terrain of the subconscious and the powerful role it plays in our lives. In this way, we are deepening this chasm between the conscious and subconscious, the two selves that Goethe has written as warring parties. While many may feel the conscious self is in control, we know that is not true. In the iceberg analogy, as with the tip of the iceberg, the only part visible is the conscious, with the vast subconscious submerged. (Based on the density of ice and salt water, 10% of the iceberg is above the water’s surface. How much is conscious depends on the person.)
We have all heard the saying, “we are our worst enemy.” Without knowing it, we all self-sabotage, out of fear of being rejected and out of fear of the magnificent beings that we are.
In a state of union between the conscious and subconscious, this state of “absolute togetherness” that we can all achieve, the “we” of the conscious and subconscious work together for the whole person. This is togetherness. Apartness, splittered, to togetherness.
The subtitle of James Mangan’s book is How to Set into Motion Tremendous “Sleeping Powers” That Can Bring You All the Good Things of Life as if by Magic.” What are these “sleeping powers”? The way he saw it is that the subconscious is the sum total of all our experiences, all the words we have ever uttered, all the actions we have ever made, all the interactions, the relationships, all the knowledge…”everything that ever happened to you, everything you ever thought or imagined, everything you ever dreamed, everything that ever floated by-whether you dreamed it, or felt it, or recognized it as experience, is your true experience and it has never left your possession.”3
James T Mangan
The subconscious knows so much more than the conscious, even if we should insist that “your only experience is the experience you can call to mind.”4
The subconscious has perfect memory so even if the conscious mind does not register where we dropped our keys or put down our eyeglasses, the subconscious does. The more we strain to remember, the more slippery the information becomes and later in the day, seemingly out of the blue, we remember where we last put down what we thought we had lost. The switch word for finding “lost” items is Reach.
Within our subconscious lies our “sleeping powers.”
James Mangan sees the subconscious/subsurface as an underground factory, not only for our natural needs such as the automatic functions of the body (breathing, digestion, etc) and also for our desires. Shaped by our experience, full of “unknown skills and amazing cleverness” there are countless machines just waiting to do the work. Together, the master switch-word that led to boundless rapture for James Mangan, turns on the entire factory and all the machines, each “custom built either to eliminate a specific distress or achieve a specific desire.” (There is fear-dispelling machinery, which he writes as the most unused.) Alas, “they are rusty, out of alignment, sprung by neglect and disuse.” While James Mangan calls the results “as if by magic”, this rehabilitation process will take time, belief, and experiment, and also adventure and fun.
…the outstanding characteristic of the [Perfect Living] feeling is this: You are at peace with the world and with yourself. Nothing bothers you in that glorious moment, neither people, nor the world, nor yourself
In Chapter 20 of his book titled “The Mind-Machines in Action” James Mangan reminds the reader that four conditions are required – submission to Self-Union, objective and want, belief, and the Switch.
What are Switch-words?
Switch-words are one-word affirmations or mantras, designed to access the subconscious, bypassing the conscious which has a whole bunch of linear and rational arguments about why it cannot be. It is a device to invite the cooperation of the subconscious.
The best way to know if switch-words work is to experiment with them, test them out. Try them without attachment or link their meaning to your desire. Need or want must be present. Oftentimes we believe we need or want something while subconsciously there are conflicts. According to the book, of the 1000 experiments carried out with the switch-word Change for pain, 200 reported success. Why did 800 fail? Want and belief were missing. The missing link is not oftentimes known, as the subconscious is a deep mine.
Below is a list of James Mangan’s switch-words that may help to improve health and wellbeing. The proof is in the pudding – try them out and let us know. If in doubt, together can be the default. The more you use these switch-words the more you will also uncover more of yourself. The more you work with turning on the links in the subconscious, you will find that the master switch-word is the only one you will need.
..for Perfect Living, once understood, is as free as time and as handy as fresh air. All mankind can share in it to the hilt.
James T Mangan
1 James T Mangan. The Secret of Perfect Living. Infinity Publishing. 2006. p115. The author writes that even in the “normal” state, people are still “far from peace and joy…We are not exactly sad, either, though we are always mildly conscious of internal unrest and disquietude.”
2 Ibid. p119
Some other causes the author includes are – inherited, picked up from the family environment, copied from others, the media, and the law of averages.
3 Ibid. p45
All quotes were taken from James T Mangan’s book The Secret of Perfect Living.
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