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As a Man Thinketh — James Allen —— (31 pages) — [1902]

Quotations from As a Man Thinketh: Men do not attract what they want, but what they are. A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts. Cherish your visions. Cherish your ideals. Cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment, of these, if you but remain true to them your world will at last be built. The soul attracts that which it secretly harbors, that which it loves, and also that which it fears. It reaches the height of its cherished aspirations. It falls to the level of its unchastened desires — and circumstances are the means by which the soul receives its own. Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves, they therefore remain bound. Every action and feeling is preceded by a thought. Right thinking begins with the words we say to ourselves. Circumstance does not make the man, it reveals him to himself. You cannot travel within and stand still without. As the physically weak man can make himself strong by careful and patient training, so the man of weak thoughts, can make them strong by exercising himself in right thinking.
  1   As a Man Thinketh James Allen (1902)  2   Table of Contents Introduction ( p3 ) Chapter 1: Thought and Character ( p5 ) Chapter 2: Effect of Thought on Circumstances ( p8 ) Chapter 3: Effects of Thoughts on Health and Body ( p16 ) Chapter 4: Thought and Purpose ( 19 ) Chapter 5: The Thought-Factor in Achievement ( p22 ) Chapter 6: Visions and Ideals ( p26 ) Chapter 7: Serenity ( p30 )  3   Introduction Mind is the Master-power that molds and makes,  And Man is Mind, and evermore he takes The tool of Thought, and, shaping what he wills Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills:-- He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass: Environment is but his looking-glass.  Allen has a positive basis for his philosophical thought in that he says law, justice, righteousness are the molding and moving forces in the spiritual governing of the world. When man rights himself humanity, in turn, learns that the universe is right and in focus. One must attain a spiritual focus to learn that as things are viewed, in turn one is viewed by things. The focal point of view changes as things are viewed in one light and perspective and then another, while simultaneously, when being viewed, the focus again is ever changing. All these elements, actions, interactions, gradations flow one into and out of the other to create a spiritual focus. This little volume (the result of meditation and experience is not intended as an exhaustive treatise on the much-written-upon subject of the power of thought. It is suggestive rather than explanatory, its object being to  4   stimulate men and women to the discovery and perception of the truth that —   They themselves are makers of themselves by virtue of the thoughts which they choose and encourage; that mind is the master-weaver, both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance, and that, as they may have hitherto woven in ignorance and pain they may now weave in enlightenment and happiness. James Allen  
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