Secret Thoughts by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In the mid to late 1800s, Ella Wheeler Wilcox was a writer of New Thought, and a philosopher who engaged in the Power of Right Thought.  She published poetry and prose for the Hearst newspaper.  Much of her writing centered on the art of being kind and she spent much of her time trying to live this philosophy every day.

I wanted to share a lovely poem she wrote that is attributed to the Law of Attraction and aptly called, Secret Thoughts.  I hope you enjoy it!

Secret Thoughts

Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 1850-1919

I hold it true that thoughts are things;
They’re endowed with bodies and breath and wings;
And that we send them forth to fill
The world with good results or ill.

That which we call our secret thought
Speeds forth to earth’s remotest spot,
And leaves its blessings or its woes,
Like tracks behind it as it goes.

It is God’s law. Remember it
In your still chamber as you sit
With thoughts you would not dare have known,
And yet made comrades when alone.

These thoughts have life; and they will fly
And leave their impress by and by,
Like some marsh breeze, whose poisoned breath
Breathes into homes its fevered breath.

And after you have quite forgot
Or all outgrown some vanished thought,
Back to your mind to make its home,
A dove or raven, it will come.

Then let your secret thoughts be fair;
They have a vital part and share
In shaping worlds and moulding fate—
God’s system is so intricate.


A version (many different ones published) of the poem  can be found HERE

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