Author : James Allen
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“As a man thinketh in his heart so is he,” not only embraces the whole of a man‘s being, but is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of his life. A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.
1. Thought and Character
As the plant springs from, and could not be without, the seed, so every act of a man springs from the hidden seeds of thought, and could not have appeared without them.
Act is the blossom of thought, and joy and suffering are its fruits; thus does a man garner in the sweet and bitter fruitage of his own husbandry.
Man is made or unmade by himself; in the armoury of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself; he also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace.
2. Effect of Thought on Circumstances
Every man is where he is by the law of his being; the thoughts which he has built into his character have brought him there, and in the arrangement of his life there is no element of chance.
Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.
Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results; bad thoughts and actions can never produce good results.
A man only begins to be a man when he ceases to whine and revile, and commences to search for the hidden justice which regulates his life.
3. Thought and Purpose
UNTIL thought is linked with purpose there is no intelligent accomplishment.
They who have no central purpose in their life fall an easy prey to petty worries, fears, troubles, and self-pityings, all of which are indications of weakness, which lead, just as surely as deliberately planned sins (though by a different route), to failure, unhappiness, and loss, for weakness cannot persist in a power evolving universe.
4. The Thought-Factor in Achievement
ALL that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts.
A strong man cannot help a weaker unless that weaker is willing to be helped, and even then the weak man must become strong of himself; he must, by his own efforts, develop the strength which he admires in another.
A man can only rise, conquer, and achieve by lifting up his thoughts. He can only remain weak, and abject, and miserable by refusing to lift up his thoughts.
5. Visions and Ideals
THE dreamers are the saviours of the world.
He who cherishes a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his heart, will one day realize it. Columbus cherished a vision of another world, and he discovered it.
The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg; and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.
The Vision that you glorify in your mind, the Ideal that you enthrone in your heart—this you will build your life by, this you will become.
CALMNESS of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. It is the result of long and patient effort in self-control.
The strong, calm man is always loved and revered. He is like a shade-giving tree in a thirsty land, or a sheltering rock in a storm.
; He does but sleep: wake Him. Self-control is strength; Right Thought is mastery; Calmness is power. Say unto your heart, “Peace, be still!”.
7. The Science of Self-Control
A man cannot acquire self-control, and become possessed of the wisdom and peace giving knowledge which that self-control confers, but by many years of patient labor; a labor which is all the more arduous because it is silent, and both unrecognized and unappreciated by others; and he who would pursue this science successfully must learn to stand alone, and to toil unrewarded, as far as any outward emolument is concerned.
8. Training of the Will
WITHOUT strength of mind, nothing worthy of accomplishment can be done.
The true path of will cultivation is only to be found in the common everyday life of the individual, and so obvious and simple is it that the majority, looking for something complicated and mysterious, pass it by unnoticed.
1. Break off bad habits.
2. Form good habits.
3. Give scrupulous attention to the duty of the present moment.
4. Do vigorously, and at once, whatever has to be done.
5. Live by rule.
6. Control the tongue.
7. Control the mind.
THOROUGHNESS consists in doing little things as though they were the greatest things in the world.
When one understands that the great things of the world and of life consist of a combination of small things, and that without this aggregation of small things the great things would be nonexistent, then he begins to pay careful attention to those things which he formerly regarded as insignificant.
10. Mind-Building and Life-Building
As a body is built of cells, and a house of bricks, so a man‘s mind is built of thoughts.
The various characters of men are none other than compounds of thoughts of varying combinations.
“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
CONCENTRATION, or the bringing of the mind to a center and keeping it there, is vitally necessary to the accomplishment of any task. It is the father of thoroughness and the mother of excellence.
Concentration is an aid to the doing of something; it is not the doing of something in itself.
The beginning of concentration, then, is to go to your daily task and put your mind on it, bringing all your intelligence and mental energy to a focus upon that which has to be done.
Practice of Meditation
Concentration is necessary to worldly success: meditation is necessary to spiritual success.
The perfection of concentration is power; the perfection of meditation is wisdom.
By daily dwelling upon pure thoughts, the man of meditation forms the habit of pure and enlightened thinking which leads to pure and enlightened actions and well performed duties.
The world a reflex of mental states
What you are, so is your world. Everything in the universe is resolved into your own inward experience.
Your own thoughts, desires, and aspirations comprise your world, and, to you, all that there is in the universe of beauty and joy and bliss, or of ugliness and sorrow and pain, is contained within yourself.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. It is founded on our thoughts; it is made up of our thoughts.
Every soul attracts its own, and nothing can possibly come to it that does not belong to it.
The silent power of thought
The most powerful forces in the universe are the silent forces.
Think good thoughts, and they will quickly become actualized in your outward life in the form of good conditions. Control your soul-forces, and you will be able to shape your outward life as you will.
You must daily practice the habit of putting your mind at rest, ―going into the silence,‖ as it is commonly called.
The difference between a savior and a sinner is this, that the one has a perfect control of all the forces within him; the other is dominated and controlled by them.
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