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May 17, 2013, 01:48:10 PM

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James Allen, "As A Man Thinketh"
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"James Allen was a philosophical writer and poet.  He is best known for his book, As a Man Thinketh.  Allen wrote about complex subjects such as faith, destiny, love, patience, and religion but had the unique ability of explaining these subjects in a way that is simple and easy to comprehend.  He often wrote about cause and effect, sowing and reaping, as well as overcoming sadness, sorrow, and grief."
http://www.jamesallenlibrary.com/content/about-james-allen.html

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The aphorism, "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.

...man is the master of thought, the molder of character, and the maker and shaper of condition, environment, and destiny...
 
A man does not come to the alms-house or the jail by the tyranny of fate or circumstance, but by the pathway of groveling thoughts and base desires. Nor does a pure-minded man fall suddenly into crime by stress of any mere external force.

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. And he adapts his mind to that regulating factor, he ceases to accuse others as the cause of his condition, and builds himself up in strong and noble thoughts; ceases to kick against circumstances, but begins to use them as aids to his more rapid progress, and as a means of discovering the hidden powers and possibilities within himself.

Man is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions, but when he realizes that he is a creative power, and that he may command the hidden soil and seeds of his being out of which circumstances grow; he then becomes the rightful master of himself.

Let a man radically alter his thoughts, and he will be astonished at the rapid transformation it will effect in the material conditions of his life.

The sudden falling, when greatly tempted, into some grievous sin by one who was believed, and who probably believed himself, to stand firm, is seen neither to be a sudden nor a causeless thing when the hidden process of thought which led up to it are revealed. The falling was merely the end, the outworking, the finished result of what commenced in the mind probably years before.

"There is nothing hidden that shall not be revealed," and every thought that is harbored in the mind must, by virtue of the impelling force which is inherent in the universe, at last blossom into act good or bad according to its nature.

Guard well your thoughts, reader, for what you really are in your secret thoughts today, be it good or evil, you will, sooner or later, become in actual deed.
James Allen, “As A Man Thinketh”


May 17, 2013, 02:56:05 PMReply #1

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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2013, 02:56:05 PM »
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The Reign Of Law

The little party gods have had their day. The arbitrary gods, creatures of human caprice and ignorance, are falling into disrepute. Men have quarrelled over and defended them until they have grown weary of the strife, and now, everywhere, they are relinquishing and breaking up these helpless idols of their long worship.

The god of revenge, hatred and jealousy, who gloats over the downfall of his enemies; the partial god who gratifies all our narrow and selfish desires; the god who saves only the creatures of his particular special creed; the god of exclusiveness and favouritism; such were the gods (miscalled by us God) of our soul's infancy, gods base and foolish as ourselves, the fabrications of our selfish self.

And we relinquished our petty gods with bitter tears and misgivings, and broke our idols with bleeding hands.
But in so doing we did not lose sight of God; nay we drew nearer to the great, silent Heart of Love.

I'm captivated by this book.  I've read through most of it briefly, and I think much of it fits in well here.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

 

May 17, 2013, 10:20:14 PMReply #2

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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2013, 10:20:14 PM »
James Allen was a very forward-thinking author and speaker back in his day.  And you're right Diane, his words are as pertinent today as they were when he wrote them - they have always been pertinent from the time these particular laws were first fomented, explored, interpreted and understood by humanity.

May 18, 2013, 06:32:03 AMReply #3

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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2013, 06:32:03 AM »
Thank you for posting James Allen here, Diane. I've not read him in depth, but am most impressed with what I already know of him. And your quoting him has prompted me to add his corpus to my library: http://www.amazon.com/Mind-Master-Complete-James-Treasury/dp/1585427691/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1368876680&sr=8-3&keywords=james+allen

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May 21, 2013, 06:40:52 PMReply #4

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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2013, 06:40:52 PM »
His words ground me, much like The Kolbrin.  Happy that you both approve, and agree. "it's all good". 

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Bring reason to bear on all things. Test all things. Be eager to know and understand. Be logical in thought. Be consistent in word and action. Bring the searchlight of knowledge to bear on your condition of mind, in order to simplify it and remove its errors. Question yourself with searching scrutiny.

Let go of belief, hearsay, and speculation, and lay hold on knowledge. He who stands upon knowledge acquired by practice is filled with a sublime yet lowly confidence, and is able to speak the word of Truth with power. Master the task of discrimination. Learn to distinguish between good and evil; to perceive the facts of life, and understand them in their relation one to another. Awake the mind to see the orderly sequence of cause and effect in all things, both mental and material. Thus will be revealed the worthlessness of pleasure-seeking and sin, and the glory and gladness of a life of sublime virtue and spotless purity.


May 22, 2013, 01:04:15 PMReply #5

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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2013, 01:04:15 PM »
His words ground me, much like The Kolbrin.

I think they ground you because they contain fundamentals. When we apply these fundamentals to our lives and thought in a consistent manner, we have laid down the groundwork in which to learn and grow in much greater degrees of complexity, and we can then actually start to practice and experience first hand the Higher Mysteries.

Without the fundamentals, we are only building castles made of sand.

Please continue to share these fundamentals, Diane, anywhere on the forum where you see they are lacking, or are inconsistent, whether they are taken out of James Allen, the Kolbrin, the Bible, or your own heart.  ;D

May 23, 2013, 03:01:13 AMReply #6

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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2013, 03:01:13 AM »
Absolutely!

May 23, 2013, 12:28:19 PMReply #7

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« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2013, 12:28:19 PM »
Impartiality can be a challenge in life.   Try to search for the truth .

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By clinging to stubborn prejudice what joys are missed, what friends are sacrificed, what
happiness is destroyed, and what prospects are blighted! And yet freedom from prejudice is a
rare thing.

There are few men who are not prejudiced partisans upon the subjects which are of
interest to them. One rarely meets a man that will dispassionately discuss his subject from both
sides, considering all the facts and weighing all the evidence so as to arrive at truth on the
matter.

 Each partisan has his own case to make out. He is not searching for truth, for he is
already convinced that his own conclusion is the truth, and that all else is error; but he is
defending his own case, and striving for victory. Neither does he attempt to prove that he has
the truth by a calm array of facts and evidence, but defends his position with more or less heat
and agitation.  Seventh Pillar - Impartiality - The Eight Pillars of Prosperity - James Allen

May 23, 2013, 10:01:18 PMReply #8

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« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2013, 10:01:18 PM »
I wonder how much of impartiality is just that or submissiveness to one's real/true thoughts and/or feelings on anything.

May 28, 2013, 06:13:40 PMReply #9

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« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2013, 06:13:40 PM »
I believe I understand what you mean Lance.   When you hear something that goes against truth and logic,  bells and whistles go off inside you, and then it's your choice, (option, free will), to either go with the truth or go with the mind set of your political party, group, whatever.  Many times people will go with the flow of their group for the good of all in their minds.  But there are some that say , "wait a minute here, I'm on the side of truth, not lies and illusion".  Those people in my opinion are the ones that can change the world.

From my limited experience with this I have to say that it appears to me that some people have not evolved enough yet to have that option open to them.  They truly cannot see anything which goes against the direction they've accepted as truth even if it's based on lies.  They literally short circuit, blow a fit, and say without a doubt the truth cannot be the truth.  No getting through to them, it's not an option for them, they can't get out of the prison.

I don't flow with the idea that we've forgotten everything from our experiences before this life.  I know old souls, and new souls.  You retain some things that just have to be brought back to the surface.  No you don't remember them exactly, they've been erased.  No you don't start where you left off so to speak...but you do retain a knowledge, wisdom from past experience that can help you along your path once you connect to it.   Some people just know things, and a light bulb goes on after just one reminder lesson, or they need no lessons, others need many more lessons. 

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Bear no ill-will. Subdue anger and overcome hatred. Think of all, and act towards all, with the same unalterable kindness and compassion. Do not, under the severest trial, give way to bitterness, or words of resentment; but meet anger with calmness, mockery with patience, and hatred with love. Do not be a partisan, but be a peacemaker. Do not increase division between man and man, or promote strife by taking sides with one party against another, but give equal justice, equal love, and equal goodwill to all. Do not disparage other teachers, other religions, or other schools of thought. Do not set up barriers between rich and poor, employer and employed, governor and governed, master and servant, but be equal-minded towards all, perceiving their several duties. By constantly controlling the mind, subduing bitterness and resentment, and striving to acquire a steadfast kindness, the spirit of goodwill will at last be born.  James Allen
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May 28, 2013, 06:47:49 PMReply #10

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« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2013, 06:47:49 PM »
Couldn't agree more with your viewpoint here Diane.  Wonderful.

I remember the first time I came across the extract about bearing no ill-will or animosity towards others, belief systems and so forth and thinking how wonderful our world would be if everyone were able to view life in that manner.  However, I know this will never be the case [on Earth, at least] as there are those who are not here for this type of experience.

June 01, 2013, 09:08:07 AMReply #11

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To see others as they are you must not allow impulsive likes or dislikes, powerful prejudices, or egotistic considerations to come between you and them. You must not resent their actions or condemn their beliefs and opinions.

You must leave yourself entirely out, and must, for the time being, assume their position. Only in this way can you become en rapport with them, and so fathom their life, their experience, and understand it, and when a man is understood it becomes impossible to condemn him.

Men misjudge, condemn, and avoid each other because they do not understand each other, and they do not understand each other because they have not overcome and purified themselves.  James Allen

Often I've found when in a heated discussion with someone it's best to take a step back, rather than continue.  Step back and look at what I said, and then become the person I said it to.  See what they see.  Many times this can help to understand why the conversation became heated.  Not that either said anything really wrong...could be that the person took what I said in a way I didn't intend, or it could be that their understanding of what I said is different from my own. 

Silly and obvious example might be when you joke with someone.  When one of my boys was in his early teens he was walking down Main Street with a group of friends.  They got the idea tear down the "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" sign down that was hung on the courthouse.  It being evening, no one was around the courthouse.  They took the sign down and stashed it behind someones bushes.

The headline in our local newspaper the next day was, "The Grinch Stole Christmas".  I had no idea my son was involved with the removal of the sign, until I received a phone call later that day from the police.  Well they went on and on about how my son could be charged with defacing public property, and blah, blah, blah.  My son admitted what happened, and returned the sign to it's proper location.  They gave the boys some type of probation, and that was the end of the story.  That whole acting as a group mentality is something I'd love to dive into here sometime.

20 years go by, my son has grown into a wonderful loving man with a great job and high values.  BUT when we see him at Christmas time one of my other boys will always bring up the subject of "The Grinch", and how we all know who the Grinch really is.  Even though it's an old story, and now we can laugh about it, it hurts my son to bring back those memories.  It was something he'd rather not be reminded of every Christmas for the rest of his life.  The brothers think it's hysterical, but I could see the pain in my childs eyes, because I could put myself in his position and know even 20 years later he doesn't think what he did was very funny.  I had a private talk with the, "other brothers", and hopefully this Holiday Season we won't see The Grinch, but we'll see a wonderful grown man who'll be talking about his future and not his past.


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June 09, 2013, 09:59:22 PMReply #12

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« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2013, 09:59:22 PM »
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Even though it's an old story, and now we can laugh about it, it hurts my son to bring back those memories.

I'm glad to hear that your son's escapade is global in its essence.  No doubt we have all done what could be considered "silly" things in our past, and no doubt varying degrees of guilt have accompanied such acts. 

I have to wonder how much of a negative consequence such actions have (albeit your son's happened to hit the local media thus exacerbating the experience somewhat) as I would hazard to guess your son has been positively influenced by this little stunt with his friends; i.e. does he think twice when confronted with the potential to commit other such tom foolery?  Does he now think of the consequences of his actions and the consequences of the actions of those he is with?  I wonder whether or not that little incident had a fairly major influence on your son and may account for the way he has turned out today!

June 13, 2013, 09:47:01 PMReply #13

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« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2013, 09:47:01 PM »
My oldest, and he was haunting by the whole event for many years.  Small town in Pennsylvania. After High School, he moved out to the nearest city.  He returned to the area a few times on and off.  Eventually he got a job as a photographer in a studio in the city.  Within a few years he managed the studio.  He's always had a bubbling and fun personality, the joker on one side of the coin, and the serious warrior on the other.  He's always taken responsibility for his actions, his work, and how he projects himself, very seriously. I hear from many parents how much they miss him.  He was amazing with the children, and the photo's turned out so very real and happy, not all so posed.  He can make anyone smile.

 So he curbed his mischievous joker routine and used it to his benefit, and others, by making children smile.  Not to say he wouldn't still hide a penny on top of my kitchen cabinets, just to see if I'd find it.  Checking on how often I dust I suppose. ;-)

He met a lovely girl at a manager convention held by the portrait/photography firm.  He now has his own studio in Michigan with the same company, bought a house with his lovely future wife, (wedding in September), and they have a beautiful baby boy.  The best thing he did was move away from our small town.  I miss him terribly sometimes though, but we talk often.  Time has passed.  He could move back without anyone really remembering.  But he has a new life and he's very happy.  So the story ended all well...for now. :-) 


June 18, 2013, 06:06:36 AMReply #14

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« Reply #14 on: June 18, 2013, 06:06:36 AM »
Ah, onwards and upwards, as a dear friend of mine regularly tells me.  What a lovely story.  Two new members to your family in one year; fantastic!

And may your son's final chapters be as glorious as his previous ones.