Sunday, May 31, 2009

Creative Thinking Sunday:
James Allen’s 107 years old manifesto
As a Man Thinketh

“Let a man radically alter his thoughts, and he will be astonished at the rapid transformation it will effect in the material conditions of life,” wrote James Allen in “As a Man Thinketh,” published 107 years ago.

Long before “The Secret,” there were those extolling the virtual of thought and its effect. Is this from The Secret or Allen? – “The soul attracts that which it secretly harbors.”

Today we will look at gems from Allen’s century old book. Do they fit today or is the book ancient?

“There can be no progress, no achievement without sacrifice…”

“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 life.” Today that’s called “karma.”

“Suffering is always the effect of wrong thought in some direction. Suffering ceases for him who is pure.

“Thoughts of fear, doubt, and indecision crystallize into weak, unmanly, and irresolute habits, which solidify into circumstances of failure, indigence, and slavish dependence.

“Man has but to right himself to find the universe is right.

“Man is always the master, even in his weakest and most abandoned state;

“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 arrancement of his life there is no element of chance, but all is the result of a law which (SIC) cannot err. This is just as true of those who feel “out of harmony” with their surroundings as of those who are content with them.

“Man, therefore, as the lord and master of thought, is the maker of himself, the shaper and author of environment. Man is manacled only by himself.”

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