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As a Man Thinketh and Other Writings I can hardly believe that this book was published in 1902 If you know about the Law of Attraction it's very likely you found out about it from a movie called The Secret that came out in 2006 a 100 years later A part of the human population was blown away by it me included other parts were either amused disturbed hated it or found it hard to careNow this review contemplation rant WHATEVER will be weird especially if you don't believe in the Law of Attraction It's very likely you'll end up thinking I need some serious help XD Which is fine you don't know where I live anywaysBefore I say anything else I have to admit that although I practice the Law I freak out every time it works and I agree with the majority of the teachings eg if you have problems in life they are your own doing stop complaining see the bright sideopportunity etc I am rather concerned with the general obsession for owning stuff and believing that having something that you currently lack will bring you happiness So in this new happiness movement people often get encouraged to desire stuff Or at least imagine we already have them Why? Cause you HAVE TO We all know that owning the newest piece of technology will make us happier Just look at all those happy faces in the smartphone TV ads Or how happy physically fit and attractive people look on the Posters They definitely get to pick the best husbandswives Look at the rich people on the news I bet they've never had healthfamilymental problems owning a Rolls Royce guarantees perfect lifeWe are almost being conditioned to desire to think happy thoughts all the time to wish for better jobs money a truer love bigger home etc And we often end up neglecting what we currently posses In fact the we believe that thoughts can attract something better the we might end up hating the situation we are currently in The main problem is why do we desire it in the first place? Who taught us to want it? Will it really make us happier? And when do we put a stop to it? What do we do if we become addicted to desiring? What if we are never satisfied?For example you can desire for the perfect mate boyfriendgirlfriend but if the mate does something wrong or disagrees with you would you wish for a newbetter one right away? If it's easy and uick? Why waste your time and energy dealing with a problem learning tolerance or practicing forgiveness when all you have to do is just move on the next option?I guess what I'm trying to say is don't take this book and The Secret way too seriously Life is not meant to be spent solely on chasing after dreams or wishing for a better future Sometimes problems happen for a reason and sometimes misfortune is what makes us better human In my experience the Law worked in two cases1 When my mind is cleared after experiencing some dramatic phase of my life and I am super focused on what I want for a couple of days then I stop thinking about it completely It usually takes 4 5 days for thingspeople to manifest and that still scares the shit out of me2 When I end up being happy with what I have practice mindfulness and just feel super relaxed This takes longer because I don't really desire anything at this stage but if I remember to wish for something I just do it for a few minutes and then go back to being presentUnFortunately I'm too busy with life to really spend too much time contemplating the wrongness of my current situationDon't wish for something when you are feeling depressed for not having it Not having lots of moneyperfect partnergreat carrier according to the society's standards is not wrong unless you believe itIf you are stuck and you find it hard to manifest try reading the teachings of Buddha Tao or Toltec Philosophy to balance the egoThe Secret is better written better explained practical and relevant but I would still recommend As a Man Thinketh for everyone who is curious It's a revolutionary but not very well known piece of work that has also inspired Napoleon Hill to write Think and Grow Rich Anyways if you want to start from somewhere start with The Secret and try to keep readingwatching the DVD The first half hour is damn right freaky and feels like you are watching some weird religious propaganda if you're new to it Thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes creative force This is the basic idea behind all of James Allen's sugary half truths When I found an audio file with this text pre packaged into my new learnoutloudcom cart read by Brian Johnson Philosopher and CEO of Zaadzcom I was briefly intrigued Then as I listened a bit I thought it was some kind of joke or parody surely in just a moment Brian Philosopher will put on a genuine critical voice Surely he would tell us that of course you can't change your circumstances with your thoughts That's not philosophy but magical thinking Surely he would remind us as Barbara Erhenreich has tried to do that perfectly virtuous people fail and suffer everyday And that perfect scoundrals animalistic beasts succeed and prosper all the time For some reason I think of Adam Sandler I believe he once commented with pride that he did not finish high school Surely people all know in this day and age that serenity is not a viable goal in life? That the best we can do is meet the challenges as they come acknowledge that life is always a struggle and find reasons to continue the struggle? Surely people don't fall for this dully polished hogwash already dreadfully unoriginal by 1903? Doesn't the pompousness the selfishness the sheer vacuity of Allen's thinking show through?Sadly there truly is no end to how gullible readers can be I suppose when you combine basic ignorance with the anxiety and ambivalence we all feel these days trust me I feel it too then the result is that a large part of the population will continue to purchase the age old idea that right thoughts will change the world That's why Brian Johnson can live the glamorous self oriented life of a CEO That's why Allen's 1903 text is plastered all over the internet from Wikipedia to Project Gutenberg and so on and so forth I've hit on yet another node of the most compelling fantasy that exists in this market and work oriented world There's a sucker born every minute PT Barnum died 1891 In 2003 a number of leading self help authors were asked to list the works that were to them most inspirational The book mentioned most often was James Allen's As a Man ThinkethDespite the fact that his books have been inspirational for generations very little is known about the man himself He was born in Leicester England When he was fifteen his father was brutally murdered by a robber forcing Allen out of school and into the workforce He eventually worked his way up to the position of executive secretary for a high ranking officer of an English corporationThen at the age of 38 he retired with his wife to a small cottage in Ilfracombe a tiny town on the northernmost coast of England In 1902 As a Man Thinketh was published about the same time Allen made this move He and his wife intentionally pursued a simple life of gardening and contemplation In the next ten years Allen wrote than twenty books and then he suddenly died at the age of 48 in 1912This book is barely 7800 words long about thirty pages of a typically printed paperback And yet it rewards every single reading no matter how many times you return to it Each sentence is a pearl of truth and wisdom; each word carries as much meaning as a single word possibly can If you read it once and underline every statement that strikes you as profoundly true and then read it again still underlining and then again you will underline the entire bookAs with all books like this the author is careful to acknowledge that everything he is about to say has been said many times before On the first page he opens with a uote from the The Dhammapada The Sayings of the Buddha which is based upon an oral tradition that may be 10000 years oldThe ancient wisdom Allen summarizes for us is not really wisdom at all It is fact; accepting it as such can completely rejuvenate your life The exact same insights are illuminatingly presented Napoleon Hill's classic Think and Grow RichJames Allen's words still resonate today because he speaks of the very nature of consciousness Since our consciousness is entirely under our control which Viktor Frankl shows us is the case even in the most horrific of conditions in his heartrending classic Man's Search for Meaning then our ultimate responsibility is for us to use our consciousness in the proper way The essential idea that we can control consciousness is hotly debated by theologians but if we accept for the moment that we can control our thoughts the next obvious uestion is what we ought to do with them Here is one of Allen's most succinct instructionsA man's mind may be likened to a garden which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected it must and will bring forth If no useful seeds are put into it then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein and will continue to produce their kindJust as a gardener cultivates his plot keeping it free from weeds and growing the flowers and fruits which he reuires so may a man tend the garden of his mind weeding out all the wrong useless and impure thoughts and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right useful and pure thoughts By pursuing this process a man sooner or later discovers that he is the master gardener of his soul the director of his life He also reveals within himself the laws of thought and understands with ever increasing accuracy how the thought forces and mind elements operate in the shaping of his character circumstances and destinyThought and character are one and as character can only manifest and discover itself through environment and circumstance the outer conditions of a person's life will always be found to be harmoniously related to his inner state This does not mean that a man's circumstances at any given time are an indication of his entire character but that those circumstances are so intimately connected with some vital thought element within himself that for the time being they are indispensable to his developmentEvery 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 but all is the result of a law which cannot err This is just as true of those who feel out of harmony with their surroundings as of those who are contented with themAs a progressive and evolving being man is where he is that he may learn that he may grow; and as he learns the spiritual lesson which any circumstance contains for him it passes away and gives place to other circumstancesMan 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 himselfThat circumstances grow out of thought every man knows who has for any length of time practiced self control and self purification for he will have noticed that the alteration in his circumstances has been in exact ratio with his altered mental condition So true is this that when a man earnestly applies himself to remedy the defects in his character and makes swift and marked progress he passes rapidly through a succession of vicissitudesThe 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 ownEvery thought seed sown or allowed to fall into the mind and to take root there produces its own blossoming sooner or later into act and bearing its own fruitage of opportunity and circumstances Good thoughts bear good fruit bad thoughts bad fruitThe outer world of circumstance shapes itself to the inner world of thought and both pleasant and unpleasant external conditions are factors which make for the ultimate good of the individual As the reaper of his own harvest man learns both by suffering and blissFollowing the inmost desires aspirations thoughts by which he allows himself to be dominated pursuing the will o' the wisps of impure imagining or steadfastly walking the highway of strong and high endeavor a man at last arrives at their fruition and fulfillment in the outer condition of his lifeAllen also addresses the anxiety that you might feel the moment you accept this wisdom as truth You might worry that your negative thoughts are going to manifest themselves around you You may also worry that you can't control your mind that it presents impure imagining to you whether you want it to or notThis is the human condition; you are not alone The method for gaining control of your innermost desires aspirations and thoughts is to work at it continuously Become aware of your mind and simply do not berate yourself Learn how to let negativity flow into the past and how to begin again from the moment When you scold yourself for having a negative thought let that too flow into the past and begin again Focus on what you want or if you don't know what you want focus on thoughts that will lead you to know what you want There is no other way Mind is the Master power that moulds and makesAnd Man is Mind and ever he takesThe tool of Thought and shaping what he willsBrings forth a thousand joys a thousand ills—He thinks in secret and it comes to passEnvironment is but his looking glass This is a short and inspiring philosophical book with its title being influenced by a verse in the Bible The author also makes references to Jesus Krishna and Buddha while explaining his ideas The central theme of the book is that a man is shaped by the thoughts he harbors whether consciously or subconsciously Good and positive thoughts will attract joy and peace while negative thoughts will attract misery and despair If he finds himself in an unfortunate situation that is out of his control he needs to accept the fact that nothing lasts forever He can choose to find the good things from an unpleasant experience while from the bad things he can learn important lessons He can let the failure and pain guide and motivate him to improve himself and his life to earn the success he rightfully deserves This will cause him to take ownership of his life and not blame other people for everything that is wrong in his life All a person needs to do is alter the way he perceives a situation If you see the world as your ally you’ll find that the world is a beautiful thing that wants you to succeed and it’ll present endless people and opportunities to achieve those goals and if you believe that the world is conspiring against you you’ll find yourself at war with the enemy you can’t conuer and live with perpetual hell of your own making Our thoughts will manifest into his habits and the habits will shape our circumstances because mind and body are intimately connectedIf you want to live a successful life you need to have a passion or a vision of an ideal life If you have a picture of what an ideal life looks like to you you’re going to work really hard to achieve that and the unfavorable circumstance you’re in right now will seem like a temporary state that you’ll eventually get out of Using the basic rule of cause and effect instead of worrying about things you can’t control you can focus on giving the best from your side If that doesn’t work you’ll need to learn to find better and efficient ways and try again A calm person draws strength from within so the external circumstances don’t faze him What you get is what you deserve in life and if you don’t have it then you need to work for it and earn it It’s mostly how to use the law of attraction to your maximum benefit The author also talks about the benefits of meditation in your daily life and interesting discussion about the cause of suffering and how to reach a state of enlightenmentAll in all a nice short read I found this in one of my apartments on my religious mission and it looks like it used to be reuired reading I read it then and thought it was decent I read it recently and thought it was pretty poor It felt a little bit too much like The Secret just think about something and you'll get it If you think good thoughts you'll have a good happy life and vice versa If only those people suffering genocide in Darfur could think better thoughtsTo be fair I do agree to an extent and know that focusing your energy and thoughts on something will help you achieve said goal or help you to be a particular way And we all know the power of positive thinking I guess I can agree on some of Allen's premises here but I feel like he takes it too far and man does he beat a dead horse This book just repeats itself over and over and gets a bit tiresome especially for something so short A small collection of thoughts on how powerful our minds truly are this is book you'll want to turn to again and again because though it's short it's deep with meaning There is no fluff to distract our brains from epiphany to epiphany Some of my favorite uotesThought and character are one The dreamers are the saviors of the world In all human affairs there are efforts and there are results and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result Chance is not A man is literally what he thinks his character being the complete sum of all his thoughtsAct is the blossom of thought and joy and suffering are its fruits Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself Men do not attract that which they want but that which they are Indigence and indulgence are the two extremes of wretchednessHe who has conuered doubt and fear has conuered failure Thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes creative force They who have no central purpose in their life fall an easy prey to petty worries fears troubles and self pityings Victories attained by right thought can only be maintained by watchfulness Men imagine that thought can be kept secret but it cannot; it rapidly crystallizes into habit and habit solidifies into circumstance There is no physician like cheerful thought for dissipating the ills of the body; there is no comforter to compare with good will for dispersing the shadows of grief and sorrow A man cannot directly choose his circumstances but he can choose his thoughts and so indirectly yet surely shape is circumstances Why the four stars? There are a few statements that did not uite win me over Such as Wrinkles are not manifestations of age but poor character and health issues are manifestations of a poor mind I'm not denying that thought affects health but it is not the only cursor for poor healthSuffering is always the effect of wrong thought in some direction Only most of the time Sometimes we suffer most in our vulnerability to those we love when they do wrong or hurt us or suffer themselves This godly sorrow may not be what he means by suffering but I also can't imagine suffering at the unforseen death of a loved one to be suffering of our own making unless you are considering it to be a challenge in life you chose to encounter Calmness is a virtue every human should aspire While steady demeanor is a worthy goal there is much to be said for enthusiasm emotion and variety in personalities While tempers and impatience are not good ualities neither is a lack of emotion and there is nothing wrong with a happy animated person a person I would never describe as calm Calm is a great uality but it's not the all inclusive If he had said peace I would understand Genre Self improvement Power of thoughtPublication Date 1903This is a good book it emphasizes on the power of one's thoughts and that they can change one's reality and make one better with every passing moment The book is uite inspiring and author is urging the reader to take control of oneself and one's thoughts to create destiny دوستان عزیز این کتاب بی نظیر رو که الهام بخش آدمهای بسیار بزرگی مثل آنتونی رابینز، جیم ران و هست رو حتما نگاهی بهش داشته باشید بعد از خوندن تنها یک صفحه متوجه عمق و زیبایی مطالبش می شیدThis wonderful book is one the most exuisite delicate books I've ever read Statements being uttered in the book carry a heavy deal of wisdom while gently they touch your soul Here are some of them The outer conditions of a person's life will always be found to be harmoniously related to his inner state Men do not attract that which they want but that which they are Not what he wished and prays for does a man get but what he justly earns His wishes and prayers are only gratified and answered when they harmonize with his thoughts and actions A man cannot directly choose his circumstances but he can choose his thoughts and so indirectly yet surely shape hist circumstances When a man makes his thoughts pure he no longer desires impure food Clean thoughts make clean habits The so called saint who does not wash his body is not a saint Until thought is linked with purpose there is no intelligent accomplishment One man is an oppressor because many are slaves let us despise the slaves You will become as small as your controlling desire as great as your dominant aspiration I read this book yesterday I really enjoyed it and have set some new personal development goals in line with the book's concepts This is a book I will reread throughout my lifeI do disagree with one point James Allen said that bad thoughts lead to sickness and disease which is the part I agree with He also said the reverse is true bad health is a result of bad thoughts which I do not agree I don't believe that all sickness and disease is a result of bad thoughts or sin I believe that we have mortal bodies that are prone to sickness and degeneration Yes bad thoughts do corrupt the body and can lead to bad health but the reverse is not always true When it rains the sidewalk gets wet but just because the sidewalk is wet doesn't mean it has rained As a Man Thinketh is a literary essay and book by James Allen published in 1903 It was described by Allen as dealing with the power of thought and particularly with the use and application of thought to happy and beautiful issues I have tried to make the book simple so that all can easily grasp and follow its teaching and put into practice the methods which it advises It shows how in his own thought world each man holds the key to every condition good or bad that enters into his life and that by working patiently and intelligently upon his thoughts he may remake his life and transform his circumstances It was also described by Allen as A book that will help you to help yourself A pocket companion for thoughtful people and A book on the power and right application of thought


About the Author: James Allen

The James Allen Free LibraryAllen was 15 when his father a businessman was robbed and murdered He left school to work full time in several British manufacturing firms to help support the family He later married Lily L Allen and became an executive secretary for a large company At age 38 inspired by the writings of Leo Tolstoy he retired from employment Allen — along with his wife and their daughter Nohra — moved to a small cottage in Ilfracombe Devon England to pursue a simple life of contemplation There he wrote for nine years producing 19 works He also edited and published a magazine The Light of ReasonAllen's books illustrate the use of the power of thought to increase personal capabilities Although he never achieved great fame or wealth his works continue to influence people around the world including the New Thought movementAllen's most famous book As a Man Thinketh was published in 1902 It is now considered a classic self help book Its underlying premise is that noble thoughts make a noble person while lowly thoughts make a miserable personFollowing his death in 1912 his wife continued publishing the magazine under the name The Epoch


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