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As a Man Thinketh Paperback – July 3, 2011
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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
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JAMES ALLEN (1864-1912) was an Englishman who retired from the business world to pursue a lifestyle of writing and contemplation. His books are classics in the fields of inspiration and spirituality. Although best known for As a Man Thinketh, he authored several other books that deal with the power of thought including The Path to Prosperity, The Mastery of Destiny, The Way of Peace, and Entering the Kingdom.
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This book has higher ratings for a reason. If you come to a point were you're undecided, just purchase the damn book. What you got to lose? $2? What you got to gain? ETERNAL KNOWLEDGE
That is very different from most self-help books, which allow for circumstances beyond our control. In those books, the best we can do is to choose our response. Allen goes beyond that. He writes, "Man is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions. But when he realizes 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."
Allen is not some alchemist. If he was, he'd be hocking his book as a get-rich-quick scheme on an infomercial. No, the key to the mastery of circumstances for Allen is very difficult. We cannot be master of ourselves if all we do is react to circumstances. We must give ourselves to wholeness, to fulfillment in our relationships, to our ideals and dreams. These are the best parts of ourselves.
THIS IS NOT A SELF-HELP BOOK. IT IS A MEDITATION. There are no steps to follow. It deserves to be read and re-read for years. And in conjunction with reading this book, I recommend that you write out your true-self thoughts. Who are you when you're at your best? How do you treat other people? How are you living and what are you accomplishing? Then commit yourself to meditate on those until they are so true that you can no longer not act upon them.
The book is chock full of insightful yet practical wisdom that I have been applying to my life to make quick and long-term changes. I am now focusing more on what I want, I get up at 4:30am every morning, and I have gained a greater understanding of how my thoughts TRULY impact my world I experience.
Marc Allen does such an excellent job at narrating the book, and speaks of his own deep personal connection with the book and how it has profoundly impacted his own life and turned it into a success.
Every time I listen to this, it helps me to refocus my thoughts on what is important, and I often gain new insights from listening to it another time through.
It is only about an hour long, so it is great that you can get through the whole thing easily and digest it all. I like to listen to it while preparing food, riding my bike to and from class, doing housework/laundry, while running, or just relaxing.
This is such a powerful tool in such a small package, well-worth to have around and listen to again and again.