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As a Man Thinketh by [James Allen]
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``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 stimulate men and women to the discovery and perception of the truth that - --from The Author, James Allen --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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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.

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. This applies equally to those acts called “spontaneous” and “unpremeditated” as to those which are deliberately executed.

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.

“Thought in the mind hath made us. What we are By thought was wrought and built. If a man’s mind Hath evil thoughts, pain comes on him as comes The wheel the ox behind . . . If one endure In purity of thought, joy follows him As his own shadow—sure.”

Man is a growth by law, and not a creation by artifice, and cause and effect are as absolute and undeviating in the hidden realm of thought as in the world of visible and material things. A noble and Godlike character is not a thing of favour or chance, but is the natural result of continued effort in right thinking, the effect of long-cherished association with Godlike thoughts. An ignoble and bestial character, by the same process, is the result of the continued harbouring of groveling thoughts.

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. By the right choice and true application of thought, man ascends to the Divine Perfection; by the abuse and wrong application of thought, he descends below the level of the beast. Between these two extremes are all the grades of character, and man is their maker and master.

Of all the beautiful truths pertaining to the soul which have been restored and brought to light in this age, none is more gladdening or fruitful of divine promise and confidence than this—that man is the master of thought, the moulder of character, and the maker and shaper of condition, environment, and destiny.

As a being of Power, Intelligence, and Love, and the lord of his own thoughts, man holds the key to every situation, and contains within himself that transforming and regenerative agency by which he may make himself what he wills.

Man is always the master, even in his weakest and most abandoned state; but in his weakness and degradation he is the foolish master who misgoverns his “household.” When he begins to reflect upon his condition, and to search diligently for the Law upon which his being is established, he then becomes the wise master, directing his energies with intelligence, and fashioning his thoughts to fruitful issues. Such is the conscious master, and man can only thus become by discovering within himself the laws of thought; which discovery is totally a matter of application, self-analysis and experience.

Only by much searching and mining are gold and diamonds obtained, and man can find every truth connected with his being if he will dig deep into the mine of his soul; and that he is the maker of his character, the moulder of his life, and the builder of his destiny, he may unerringly prove, if he will watch, control, and alter his thoughts, tracing their effects upon himself, upon others, and upon his life and circumstances, linking cause and effect by patient practice and investigation, and utilizing his every experience, even to the most trivial, every-day occurrence, as a means of obtaining that knowledge of himself which is Understanding, Wisdom, Power. In this direction, as in no other, is the law absolute that “He that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened;” for only by patience, practice, and ceaseless importunity can a man enter the Door of the Temple of Knowledge. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN : B00EJO9A40
  • Publisher : Sublime Books (July 21, 2013)
  • Publication date : July 21, 2013
  • Language : English
  • File size : 149 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 42 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!!! Change Your Mind Change Your Life, Added Key to meditation.
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As A Man Thinketh is a great book if you wish to change your ways of thinking and come to the realization that your thoughts govern and produce results within your life (law of attraction/manifestation). I would say that this is a book you would read if you're into meditation. The reason I say that is because being open-minded while reading this book is key to getting the most out of this book. Every word, sentence and paragraph resonated with me and ultimately helped me to understand that I am responsible for my own life and how my thoughts respond to circumstances. What is key to benefitting from this book is to ingrain this philosophy into your daily life so that no matter what events unfold you know that this information is true. For some people, they may be able to read this book and get this message saved within their brains the first time. But if you're analytical like I was... you'll need to practice and literally read this over and over until this knowledge becomes second nature. Yes it's common sense that A person's thoughts inevitably create their life, we just need to find a way to direct and control our thoughts or feelings within our subconscious. What has helped for me is meditation. You would listen to guided meditation and then after you've calmed your mind read this book, then meditate again. When you first meditate it's to clear your mind, when you meditate a second time after reading As A Man Thinketh, it's to integrate this knowledge within your psyche so that you meditate on these truths and they become a part of you. This book is enlightening and it's key that it becomes a part of our subconscious so that we can gradually benefit over and over from it. I highly recommend this book.
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Not the book I thought I was getting. Words like "ORIGINAL" or UN-abridged" in MY mind mean: the original work, uncut, not shortened, complete. I have here a 25 page book when I could've sworn the ORIGINAL had 60+
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