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a man thinketh thought and character 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
aspect 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 fruit äj– of his own husbandry
thought in the mind have 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 is 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 favor or chance but is the natural
result of continued efforts in right thinking the effect of law
cherished association with godlike thoughts and ignoble and bestial
character by the same process is the result of the continued harbouring of
grovelling thoughts man is made or unmade by himself in the armoury of
thoughts 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 more fruitful of divine promise and
confidence than this that man is the master of thought the molder 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 weaker and most abandoned state but in
his weakness and degradation he is the foolish master who miss governs 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 our 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 molder of his
life and the Builder of his destiny he may unerring ly 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 everyday 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 Effect of thought on circumstances 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 than an abundance of useless
weed seeds will fall therein and will continue to produce their kind
and just as a gardener cultivates his plot keeping it free from weeds and
growing the flowers and fruits which he requires 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 destiny thought 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 development every man is where he is by the law of his being the thoughts
which he has built into his character have brought him here 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 them as 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 circumstances 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 that
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 vicissitudes the soul
attracts that which it secretly harbours 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 own every thoughts seeds 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 circumstance go thoughts
bear good fruit bad thoughts bad fruit the 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 bliss following
the inmost desires aspirations thoughts by which he allows himself to be
dominated pursuing the will of the wisps of impure imaginings or steadfastly
walking the highway of strong and high endeavor a man at last arrives at their
fruition and fulfilment in the outer conditions of his life the laws of
growth and adjustment everywhere obtains a man does not come to the almshouse or
the jail by the tyranny of fate or circumstance but by
the pathway of grovelling thoughts and base desires nor does a pure-minded man
fall suddenly into crime by stress of any mere external force the criminal
thought had long been secretly fostered in the heart and the hour of opportunity
revealed its gathered power circumstance does not make the man it reveals him to
himself no such conditions can exist as descending into vice and its attendant
sufferings apart from vicious inclinations or ascending into virtue
and it’s pure happiness without the continued cultivation of virtuous
aspirations and man therefore as Lord and Master of thought is the maker of
himself the shaper and author of environment even at birth the soul comes
to its own and through every step of its earthly pilgrimage it attracts those
combinations of conditions which reveal itself which are the reflections of its
own purity and impurity its strengths and weakness men do not attract that
which they want but that which they are there wins fancies and ambitions are
thwarted at every step but their inmost thoughts and desires are fed with their
own food we had foul or clean the divinity that shapes our ends is in
ourselves it is our very self only himself manacles man thought and action
are the jailers of fate they imprison being base they are also the angels of
freedom they liberate being noble not what he wishes and prays for does a man
get but what he justly earns his wishes and prayers are only gratified and
answer when they harmonize with his thoughts and actions in the light of this truth what then is
the meaning of fighting against circumstances it means that a man is
continually revolting against an effect without while all the time he is
nourishing and preserving its cause in his heart that cause may take the form
of a conscious vice or an unconscious weakness but whatever it is it
stubbornly retards the efforts of its possessor and thus calls aloud for
remedy men are anxious to improve their circumstances but are unwilling to
improve themselves they therefore remain bound the man who does not shrink from
self crucifixion can never fail to accomplish the object upon which his
heart is set this is as true of earthly as of heavenly beings even the man whose
sole object is to acquire wealth must be prepared to make great personal
sacrifices before he can accomplish his object and how much more so he who would
realize a strong and well-poised life here is a man who is wretchedly poor he
is extremely anxious that his surroundings and home comforts should be
improved yet all the time he shirks his work and considers he is justified in
trying to deceive his employer on the ground of the insufficiency of his wages
such a man does not understand the simplest rudiments of those principles
which are the basis of true prosperity and is not only totally unfitted to rise
out of his wretchedness but is actually attracting himself a still deeper
wretchedness by dwelling in and acting out indolent deceptive and unmanly
thoughts here is a rich man who is the victim of a painful and persistent
disease as the result of gluttony he is willing to give large sums of money to
get rid of it but he will not sacrifice his gluttonous desires he wants to
gratify his taste for rich and unnatural viens and have his health as well such a
man is totally unfit to have health because he has not yet learned the
first principles of a healthy life here is an employer of Labor who adopts
crooked measures to avoid paying the regulation wage and in the hope of
making larger profits reduces the wages of his workpeople such a man is
altogether unfitted for prosperity and when he finds himself bankrupt both as
regards reputation and riches he blames circumstances not knowing that he is the
sole author of his condition I have introduced these three cases merely as
illustrative of the truth that man is the causer though nearly always is
unconsciously of his circumstances and that whilst aiming at a good end he is
continually frustrating its accomplishment by encouraging thoughts
and desires which cannot possibly harmonize with that end such cases could
be multiplied and varied almost indefinitely but this is not necessary
as the listener can if he so resolves trace the action of the laws of thought
in his own mind in life and until this is done mere external facts cannot serve
as a ground of reasoning circumstances however are so complicated thought is so
deeply rooted and the conditions of happiness vary so vastly with
individuals that a man’s entire soul condition although it may be known to
himself cannot be judged by another from the external aspect of his life alone a
man may be honest in certain directions yet suffer privations a man may be
dishonest in certain directions yet acquire wealth but the conclusion
usually formed that the one man fails because of his particular honesty and
that the other prospers because of his particular dishonesty is the result of a
superficial judgment which assumes that the dishonest man is almost totally
corrupt and the honest man almost entirely virtuous in the light of a
deeper knowledge and wider experience such judgment is found to be erroneous
the dishonest man may have some admirable
virtues which the other does not possess and the honest man obnoxious vices which
are absent in the others the honest man reaps the good results of his honest
thoughts and acts he also brings upon himself the sufferings which his vices
produce the dishonest man likewise Garner’s his own suffering and happiness
it is pleasing to human vanity to believe that one suffers because of
one’s virtue but not until a man has extirpated every sickly bitter and
impure thought from his mind and washed every sinful stain from his soul can he
be in a position to know and declare that his sufferings are the result of
his good and not of his bad qualities and on the way to yet long before he has
reached that supreme perfection he will have found working in his mind and life
the great law which is absolutely just and which cannot therefore give good for
evil evil for good possessed of such knowledge he will then know looking back
upon his past ignorance and blindness that his life is and always was justly
ordered and that all his past experiences good and bad were the
equitable outworking of his evolving yet unevolved self the thoughts and actions
can never produce bad results bad thoughts and actions can never produce
good results this is but saying that nothing can come from corn but corn
nothing from nettles but Nettles men understand this law in the natural world
and work with it but few understand it in the mental and moral world though its
operation there is just as simple and undeviating and they therefore do not
cooperate with it suffering is always the effect of wrong thought in some
direction it is an indication that the individual is out of harmony with
himself with the law of his being the sole and supreme use of suffering is to
purify to burn out all that is useless and impure suffering ceases
for him who is pure there could be no object in burning gold after the dross
had been removed and a perfectly pure and enlightened being could not suffer
the circumstances which a man encounters with suffering are the result of his own
mental inharmony the circumstances which a man encounters with blessedness are
the result of his own mental harmony blessedness not material possessions is
the measure of right thought wretchedness not lack of material
possessions is the measure of wrong thought a man may be cursed and rich he
may be blessed and poor blessedness and riches are only joined together when the
riches are rightly and wisely used and the poor man only descends into
wretchedness when he regards his lot as a burden unjustly imposed indigence and
indulgence are the two extremes of wretchedness they are both equally
unnatural and the result of mental disorder a man is not rightly
conditioned until he is a happy healthy and prosperous being and happiness
health and prosperity are the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner
with the outer of the man with his surroundings a man not 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 as 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 law not
confusion is the dominating principle in the universe justice not injustice is
the soul and substance of life and righteousness not corruption is the
moulding and moving force in the virtual government of the world this
being so man has but to write himself to find that the universe is right and
during the process of putting himself right he will find that as he alters his
thoughts toward things and other people things and other people will alter
towards him the proof of this truth is in every person and it therefore admits
of easy investigation by systematic introspection and self-analysis let a
man radically alter his thoughts and he will be astonished at the rapid
transformation it will affect in the material conditions of his life men
imagine that thought can be kept secret but it cannot it rapidly crystallizes
into habit and habit solidifies into circumstance their seal thoughts
crystallize into habits of drunkenness and sensuality which solidify into
circumstances of destitution and disease impure thoughts of every kind
crystallize into enervating and confusing habits which solidify into
distracting and adverse circumstances thoughts of fear doubt and indecision
crystallize into weak unmanly and irresolute habits which solidify into
circumstances of failure indigence and slavish dependence lazy thoughts
crystallize into habits of uncleanliness and dishonesty which solidify into
circumstances of foul Ness and beggary hateful and condemnatory thoughts
crystallize into habits of accusation and violence which solidify into
circumstances of injury and persecution selfish thoughts of all kinds
crystallize into habits of self-seeking which solidify into circumstances more
or less distressing on the other hand beautiful thoughts of all kinds
crystallize into habits of grace and kindness which solidify into genial and
sunny circumstances pure thoughts crystallize into habits of temperance
and self-control which solidify into circumstances of repose and peace
thoughts of courage self-reliant send decision crystallize into manly
habits which solidify into circumstances of success plenty and freedom energetic
thoughts crystallize into habits of cleanliness and industry which solidify
into circumstances of pleasantness gentle and forgiving thoughts
crystallize into habits of gentleness which solidify into protective and
preservative circumstances loving and unselfish thoughts crystallize into
habits of self-forgetfulness for others which solidify into circumstances of
sure and abiding prosperity and true riches a particular train of thought
persisted in being good or bad cannot fail to produce its results on the
character and circumstances a man cannot directly choose his circumstances but he
can choose his thoughts and so indirectly yet surely shape his
circumstances nature helps every man to the gratification of the thoughts which
he most encourages and opportunities are presented which will most speedily bring
to the surface both the good and evil thoughts let a man cease from his sinful
thoughts and all the world will soften towards him and be ready to help him let
him put away his weakly and sickly thoughts and lo opportunities will
spring up on every hand to aid his strong resolves let him encourage good
thoughts and no hard fate shall bind him down to wretchedness and shame the world
is your kaleidoscope and the varying combinations of colors which at every
succeeding moment it presents to you are the exquisitely adjusted pictures of
your ever-moving thoughts so you will be what you will to be let failure find its
false content in that poor word environment but spirit scorns it and is
free it masters time it conquers space it cowes that boastful trickster chance
and bids the tyrant circumstance uncrown and
fill a servant’s place the human will that force unseen the offspring of a
deathless soul can hew a way to any goal the walls of granite intervene be not
impatient in delays but wait as one who understands when spirit Rises and
commands the gods are ready to obey Effect of thought on health and the body
the body is the servant of the mind it obeys the operations of the mind whether
they be deliberately chosen or automatically expressed at the bidding
of unlawful thoughts the body sinks rapidly into disease and decay at the
command of glad and beautiful thoughts it becomes clothed with youthfulness and
beauty disease and health like circumstances are rooted in thought
sickly thoughts will express themselves through a sickly body thoughts of fear
have been known to kill a man as speedily as a bullet and they are
continually killing thousands of people just as surely though less rapidly the
people who live in fear of disease are the people who get it anxiety quickly
demoralizes the whole body and lays it open to the entrance of disease while
impure thoughts even if not physically indulged will soon shatter the nervous
system strong pure and happy thoughts build up the body and vigor and grace
the body is a delicate and plastic instrument which responds readily to the
thoughts by which it is impressed and habits of thought will produce their own
effects good or bad upon it men will continue to have impure and poisoned
blood so long as they propagate unclean thoughts out of a clean heart comes a
clean life and a clean body out of a defiled mind proceeds a defiled life and
a corrupt body thought is the fount of action life and manifestation make the
fountain pure and all will be pure change of diet will not help a man who
will not change his thoughts 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 he who has strengthened and purified his
thoughts does not need to consider the malevolent microbe if you would protect
your body guard your mind he you would renew your body beautify your
mind thoughts of malice Envy disappointment despondency robbed the
body of its health and grace a sour face does not come by chance it is made by
sour thoughts wrinkles that Mar are drawn by folly passion and pride I know
a woman of ninety-six who has the bright innocent face of a girl I know a man
well under middle-age whose face is drawn into inharmonious contours the one
is the result of a sweet and sunny disposition the other is the outcome of
passion and discontent as you cannot have a sweet and wholesome abode unless
you admit the air and sunshine freely into your rooms so a strong body and a
bright happy or serene countenance can only result from the free admittance
into the mind of thoughts of joy and goodwill and serenity on the faces of
the aged there are wrinkles made by sympathy others by strong and pure
thought and others are carved by passion who cannot distinguish them with those
who have lived righteously ages calm peaceful and softly mellowed like the
Setting Sun I have recently seen a philosopher on his deathbed he was not
old except in years he died as sweetly and peacefully as he had lived there is
no physician like cheerful thought for dissipating the ills of the body there
is no comforter to compare with goodwill for dispersing the shadows of grief and
sorrow to live continually in thoughts of ill will cynicism suspicion and envy
is to be confined in a self-made prison hole but to think well of all to be
cheerful with all to patiently learn to find the good in all such unselfish
thoughts are the very portals of heaven and to dwell day by day in thoughts of
peace toward every creature will bring abounding peace to their possessor thought and purpose until four is linked
with purpose there is no intelligent accomplishment with the majority the
bark of thought is allowed to drift upon the ocean of life aimlessness is a vice
and such drifting must not continue for him who would steer clear of catastrophe
and destruction they who have no central purpose in their life fallen easy prey
to petty worries fears troubles and self-pitying all of which are
indications of weakness which lead just as surely as deliberately planned sins
though by a different route to failure unhappiness and loss for weakness cannot
persist in a power evolving universe a man should conceive of a legitimate
purpose in his heart and set out to accomplish it he should make this
purpose the centralizing point of his thoughts it may take the form of a
spiritual ideal or it may be a worldly object according to his nature at the
time being but whichever it is he should steadily focus his thought
forces upon the object which he has set before him he should make this purpose
his supreme duty and should devote himself to its attainment not allowing
his thoughts to wander away into ephemeral fancies longings and
imaginings this is the Royal Road to self-control and true concentration of
thought even if he fails again and again to accomplish his purpose as he
necessarily must until weakness is overcome the strength of character
gained will be the measure of his true success and this will form a new
starting-point for future power and triumph those who are not prepared for
the apprehension of a great purpose should fix the thoughts upon the
faultless performance of their duty no matter how insignificant their task may
appear only in this way can the thoughts be gathered and focused and resolution
and energy be developed which being done there is nothing which may not be
accomplished the weakest so knowing its own weakness and believing
this truth that strength can only be developed by effort and practice will
thus believing at once begin to exert itself and adding effort to effort
patience to patience and strength to strength will never cease to develop and
will at last grow divinely strong as the physically weak man can make himself
strong by careful and patient training so the man of weak thoughts can make
them strong by exercising himself in right thinking to put away aimlessness
and weakness and to begin to think with purpose is to enter the ranks of those
strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment who
make all conditions serve them and who think strongly attempt fearlessly and
accomplish masterfully having conceived of his purpose a man should mentally
mark out a straight pathway to its achievement looking neither to the right
nor the left doubts and fears should be rigorously excluded they are
disintegrating elements which break up the straight line of effort rendering it
crooked ineffectual useless thoughts of doubt and fear never accomplished
anything and never can they always lead to failure purpose energy power to do
and all strong thoughts cease when doubt and fear creep in the will to do Springs
from the knowledge that we can do doubt and fear are the great enemies of
knowledge and he who encourages them who does not slay them thwarts himself at
every step he who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure his every
thought is allied with power and all difficulties are bravely met and wisely
overcome his purposes are seasonably planted and they bloom and bring forth
fruit which does not fall prematurely to the ground
thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes creative force he who knows this
is ready to become something higher and stronger than a mere bun
love wavering thoughts and fluctuating sensations he who does this has become
the conscious and intelligent wielder of his mental powers the thought factor in
achievement all that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the
direct result of his own thoughts in a justly ordered universe where loss of
equipoise would mean total destruction individual responsibility must be
absolute a man’s weakness and strength purity and impurity are his own and not
another man’s they are brought about by himself and not by another and they can
only be altered by himself never by another his condition is also his own
and not another man’s his suffering and his happiness are evolved from within as
he thinks so he is as he continues to think so he remains a strong man cannot
help a weaker unless that weaker is willing to be helped and even then the
weak man must become strong of himself he must by his own efforts develop the
strength which he admires in another none but himself can alter his condition
it has been usual for men to think and to say many men are slaves because one
is an oppressor let us hate the oppressor now however there is amongst
an increasing few a tendency to reverse this judgment and to say one man is an
oppressor because many are slaves let us despise the slaves the truth is
that oppressor and slave are co-operators in ignorance and while
seeming to afflict each other are in reality afflicting themselves a perfect
knowledge perceives the action of law in the weakness of the oppressed and the
misapplied power of the oppressor a perfect love seeing the suffering which
both states entail condemns neither a perfect compassion embraces both
oppressor and oppressed he who has conquered weakness and has
put away all selfish thoughts belongs neither to oppressor nor oppressed he is
free a man can only rise conquer and achieve by lifting up his thoughts he
can only remain weak and abject and miserable by refusing to lift up his
thoughts before a man can achieve anything even in worldly things he must
lift his thoughts above slavish animal indulgence he may not in order to
succeed give up all animality and selfishness by any means but a portion
of hit must at least be sacrificed a man whose first thought is bestial
indulgence and would fail in any undertaking not having commenced to
manfully control his thoughts he is not in a position to control affairs and to
adopt serious responsibilities he is not fit to act independently and stand alone
but he is limited only by the thoughts which he chooses there can be no
progress no achievement without sacrifice and a man’s worldly success
will be in the measure that he sacrifices his Confused animal thoughts
and fixes his mind on the development of his plans and the strengthening of his
resolution and self-reliance and the higher he lifts his thoughts the more
manly upright and righteous he becomes the greater will be his success the more
blessed and enduring will be his achievements the universe does not favor
the greedy the dishonest the vicious although on the mere surface it may
sometimes appear to do so it helps the honest the magnanimous the virtuous all
the great teachers of the ages have declared this in varying forms and to
prove and know it a man has but to persist in making himself more and more
virtuous by lifting up his thoughts intellectual achievements are the result
of thought consecrated to the search for knowledge or for the beautiful and true
in life and nature such achievements may be sometimes connected with
an ambition but they are not the outcome of those characteristics they are the
natural outgrowth of long and arduous effort and of pure and unselfish
thoughts spiritual achievements are the consummation of holy aspirations he who
lives constantly in the conception of noble and lofty thoughts he who dwells
upon all that is pure and unselfish will as surely if the Sun reaches its zenith
and the moon it’s full become wise and Noble in character and rise into a
position of influence and blessedness achievement of whatever kind is the
crown of effort the diadem of thought by the aid of self-control resolution
purity righteousness and well-directed thought a man ascends by the aid of
animality indolence impurity corruption and confusion of thought a man descends
a man may rise to high success in the world and even to lofty altitudes in the
spiritual realm and again descend into weakness and wretchedness by allowing
arrogant selfish and corrupt thoughts to take possession of him victories
attained by right thought can only be maintained by watchfulness many give way
when success is assured and rapidly fall back into failure all achievements
whether in the business intellectual or spiritual world are the result of
definitely directed thought are governed by the same law and are of the same
method the only difference lies in the object of attainment he who would
accomplish little must sacrifice little he who would achieve much must sacrifice
much he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly visions and ideals the dreamers are the
saviors of the world as the visible world is sustained by the invisible so
men through all their trials and sins and sordid vocations are nourished by
the beautiful visions of their solitary dreamers humanity cannot forget it’s
dreamers it cannot let their ideals fade and die it lives in them it knows them
as realities which it shall one day see and no composer sculptor painter poet
prophet sage these are the makers of the afterworld the architects of heaven the
world is beautiful because they have lived without them laboring humanity
would perish he who cherishes a beautiful vision a lofty ideal in his
heart will one day realize it columbus cherished a vision of another world and
he discovered it Copernicus fostered the vision of a multiplicity of worlds and a
wider universe and he revealed it Buddha beheld the vision of a spiritual world
of stainless beauty and perfect peace and he entered into it cherish your
visions cherish your ideals cherish the music that stirs in your heart the
beauty that forms in your mind the loveliness that drapes your purest
thoughts for out of them will grow all delightful conditions all heavenly
environment of these if you but remain true to them your world will at last be
built to desire is to obtain to aspire is to achieve shall man’s basest desires
receive the fullest measure of gratification and his purest aspirations
starve for lack of sustenance such as not the law such a condition of things
can never obtain ask and receive dream lofty dreams and as you dream so shall
you become your vision is the promise of what you
shall one day be your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last
unveil the greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream the oak
sleeps in the Acorn the bird waits in the egg and in the highest vision of the
soul awaking angel stirs dreams are the seedlings of realities your
circumstances may be uncongenial but they shall not long remain so if you but
perceive an ideal and strive to reach it you cannot travel within and stand still
without here is a youth hard pressed by poverty and labor confined long hours in
an unhealthy workshop unschooled and lacking all the arts of refinement but
he dreams of better things he thinks of intelligence of refinement
of grace and beauty he conceives of mentally builds up an ideal condition of
life the vision of a wider liberty and a larger scope takes possession of him
unrest urges him to action and he utilizes all his spare time and means
small though they are to the development of his latent powers and resources very
soon so altered has his mind become that the workshop can no longer hold him it
has become so out of harmony with his mentality that it falls out of his life
as a garment is cast aside and with the growth of opportunities which fit the
scope of his expanding powers he passes out of it forever years later we see
this youth as a full-grown man we find him a master of certain forces of the
mind which he wields with worldwide influence and almost unequalled power in
his hands he holds the cords of gigantic responsibilities he speaks and low lives
are changed men and women hang upon his words and remould their characters and
sun-like he becomes the fixed and luminous center round which
innumerable destinies revolve he has realized the vision of his youth he has
become one with his ideal and you too youthful listener will realize the
vision not the idle wish of your heart be it base or beautiful or a mixture of
both for you will always gravitate toward that which you secretly most love
into your hands will be placed the exact results of your own thoughts you will
receive that which you earn no more no less whatever your present environment
may be you will fall remain or rise with your thoughts your vision your ideal you
will become as small as you’re controlling desire as great as your
dominant aspiration in the beautiful words of stanton kirkham davis you may
be keeping accounts and presently you shall walk out of the door that for so
long has seemed to you the barrier of your ideals and shall find yourself
before an audience the pen still behind your ear the ink stains on your fingers
and then and there shall pour out the torrent of your inspiration you may be
driving sheep and you shall wander to the city bucolic and open mouthed shall
wander under the intrepid guidance of the spirit into the studio of the master
and after a time he shall say I have nothing more to teach you and now you
have become the master who did so recently dream of great things while
driving sheep you shall lay down the soul and the plane to take upon yourself
the regeneration of the world the thoughtless the ignorant and the
indolent seeing only the apparent effects of things and not the things
themselves talk of luck of fortune and chance seeing a man grow rich they say
how lucky he is observing another become intellectual they exclaim how highly
favored he is and noting the saintly character and
wide influence of another they remarked how chance aids him at every turn they
do not see the trials and failures and struggles which these men have
voluntarily encountered in order to gain their experience have no knowledge of
the sacrifices they have made of the undaunted efforts they have put forth of
the faith they have exercised that they might overcome the apparently
insurmountable and realize the vision of their heart they do not know the
darkness and the heartaches they only see the light and joy and call it luck
they do not see the long and arduous journey but only behold the pleasant
goal and call it good fortune do not understand the process but only perceive
the result and call it chance 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 gifts powers material intellectual and spiritual possessions
are the fruits of effort they are thoughts completed objects accomplished
visions realized the vision that you glorify in your mind
the ideal that you enthrone in your heart this you will build your life by
this you will become annancy calmness of mind is one of the
beautiful jewels of wisdom it is the result of long and patient effort in
self-control its presence is an indication of ripened experience and of
a more than ordinary knowledge of the laws and operations of thought a man
becomes calm in the measure that he understands himself as a thought evolved
being for such knowledge necessitates the understanding of others as the
result of thought and as he develops a right understanding and sees more and
more clearly the internal relations of things by the action of cause and effect
he ceases to fuss and fume and worry and grieve and remains poised steadfast
serene the calm man having learned how to govern himself knows how to adapt
himself to others and they in turn reverence his spiritual strength and
feel that they can learn of him and rely upon him the more tranquil a man becomes
the greater is his success his influence his power for good even the ordinary
trader will find his business prosperity increase as he develops a greater
self-control and equanimity for people will always prefer to deal with a man
whose demeanor is strongly equable the strong calm man is always loved and
revered he is like a shade Giving Tree in a thirsty land or a sheltering rock
and a storm who does not love a tranquil heart a sweet-tempered balanced life it
does not matter whether it rains or Shine’s or what changes come to those
possessing these blessings for they are always sweet serene and calm that
exquisite poise of character which we call serenity is the last lesson of
culture the fruit egde of the soul it is precious as wisdom more to be desired
than gold yay then even fine gold how insignificant mere money seeking looks
in comparison with a serene life a life that dwells in the ocean of truth
beneath the waves beyond the reach of tempest s– in the eternal calm how many
people we know who sour their lives who ruin all that is sweet and beautiful by
explosive tempers who destroy their poise of character and make bad blood it
is a question whether the great majority of people do not ruin their lives and
Mar their happiness by lack of self-control how few people we meet in
life who are well-balanced who have that exquisite poise which is characteristic
of the finished character yes humanity surges with uncontrolled passion is
tumultuous with on governed grief is blown about by anxiety and doubt only
the wise man only he whose thoughts are controlled and purified makes the winds
and the storms of the soul obey him tempest-tossed Souls wherever you may be
under whatsoever conditions you may live know this in the ocean of life the Isles
of blessedness are smiling and the sunny shore of your ideal awaits your coming
keep your hand firmly upon the helm of thought in the bark of your soul
reclines the commanding master he does but sleep wake him self-control is
strength right thought is mastery calmness is power say unto your heart
peace be still you forward 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 they themselves are makers of themselves by
virtue of the thoughts which they choose and encourage that mind is the master
weaver both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of
circumstance and that as they may have hitherto woven in ignorance and pain
they may now weave in enlightenment and happiness James Allen broad Park Avenue
Ilfracombe England as a man thinketh thought and character 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 aspect 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 fruit äj– of his own husbandry thought in the mind that 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 wee you’ll the arcs 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 is 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 favor 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 grovelling thoughts man is made or unmade by himself in the armoury of
thoughts 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 more fruitful of divine promise and
confidence than this that man is the master of thought the molder of
character and the maker and shaper of conditioned 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 weaker and most
abandoned state but in his weakness and degradation he is the foolish master who
miss governs 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 our 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 molder of his life and
the Builder of his destiny he may unapprove 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
everyday 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 effective thought on circumstances 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 than an abundance of useless
weed seeds will fall therein and will continue to produce their kind just as a
gardener cultivates his plot keeping it free from weeds and growing the flowers
and fruits which he requires 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 destiny thought 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
development every man is where he is by the law of his being the thoughts which
he has built into his character have brought him here 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 them
as 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 circumstances nan 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 that 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 vicissitudes the soul attracts that which it secretly harbours
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 own every thoughts
seeds 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 circumstance go thoughts bear good fruit bad thoughts bad fruit
the 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 bliss following the inmost desires
aspirations thoughts by which he allows himself to be dominated pursuing the
will of the whisks of impure imaginings or steadfastly walking the highway of
strong and high endeavour a man at last arrives at their fruition and fulfilment
in the outer conditions of his life the laws of growth and adjustment everywhere
obtains a man does not come to the almshouse or the jail by the tyranny of
fate or circumstance but by the pathway of grovelling thoughts and base desires
nor does a pure-minded man fall suddenly into crime by stress of any mere
external force the criminal thought had long been secretly fostered in the heart
and the hour of opportunity revealed its gathered power circumstance does not
make the man it reveals him to himself no such conditions can exist as
descending into vice and its attendant sufferings apart from vicious
inclinations or ascending into virtue and it’s pure happiness without the
continued cultivation of virtuous aspirations and man therefore as Lord
and Master of thought is the maker of himself the shaper and author of
environment even at birth the soul comes to its own and through every step of its
earthly pilgrimage it attracts those combinations of conditions which reveal
itself which are the reflections of its own purity and impurity its strengths
and weakness men do not attract that which they want but at which they are
there wins fancies and ambitions are thwarted at every step but their inmost
thoughts and desires are fed with their own food be it foul or clean the
divinity that shapes our ends is in ourselves it is our very self only
himself manacles man thought and acts are the jailers of fate they imprison
being base they are also the Angels of freedom they liberate being noble not
what he wishes and prays for does a man get but what he justly earns his wishes
and prayers are only gratified and answer when they harmonize with his
thoughts and actions in the light of this truth what then is the meaning of
fighting against circumstances it means that a man is continually revolting
against an effect without while all the time he is nourishing and preserving its
cause in his heart that cause may take the form of a conscious vice or an
unconscious weakness but whatever it is it stubbornly retards the efforts of its
possessor and thus calls aloud for remedy men are anxious to improve their
circumstances but are unwilling to improve themselves they therefore remain
bound the man who does not shrink from self crucifixion can never fail to
accomplish the object upon which his heart is set this is as true of earthly
as of heavenly beings even the man whose sole object is to acquire wealth must be
prepared to make great personal sacrifices before he can accomplish his
object and how much more so he who would realize a strong and well-poised life
here is a man who is wretchedly poor he is extremely anxious that his
surroundings and home comforts should be improved yet all the time he shirks his
work and considers he is justified in trying to deceive his employer on the
ground of the insufficiency of his wages such a man does not understand the
simplest rudiments of those principles which are the basis of true prosperity
and is not only totally unfitted to rise out of his wretchedness but is actually
attracting himself a still deeper wretchedness by dwelling in and acting
out indolent deceptive and unmanly thoughts here is a rich man who is the
victim of a painful and persistent Dizzy’s as the result of gluttony he’s
willing to give large sums of money to get rid of it but he will not sacrifice
his gluttonous desires he wants to gratify his taste for rich and unnatural
viens and have his health as well such a man is totally unfit to have health
because he has not yet learned the first principles of a healthy life here is an
employer of labour who adopts crooked measures to avoid paying the regulation
wage and in the hope of making larger profits reduces the wages of his
workpeople such a man is altogether unfitted for prosperity and when he
finds himself bankrupt both as regards reputation and riches he blames
circumstances not knowing that he is the sole author of his condition I have
introduced these three cases merely as illustrative of the truth that man is
the causer though nearly always is unconsciously of his circumstances and
that whilst aiming at a good end he is continually frustrating its
accomplishment by encouraging thoughts and desires which cannot possibly
harmonize with that end such cases could be multiplied and varied almost
indefinitely but this is not necessary as the listener can if he so resolves
trace the action of the laws of thought in his own mind and life and until this
is done mere external facts cannot serve as a ground of reasoning circumstances
however are so complicated thought is so deeply rooted and the conditions of
happiness vary so vastly with individuals that a man’s entire sole
condition although it may be known to himself cannot be judged by another from
the external aspect of his life alone a man may be honest in certain directions
yet suffer privations a man may be dishonest in certain directions yet
acquire wealth but the conclusion usually formed that the one man fails
because of his particular honesty and that the other prosper
because of his particular dishonesty is the result of a superficial judgment
which assumes that the dishonest man is almost totally corrupt and the honest
man almost entirely virtuous in the light of a deeper knowledge and wider
experience such judgment is found to be erroneous the dishonest man may have
some admirable virtues which the other does not possess and the honest man
obnoxious vices which are absent in the others the honest man reaps the good
results of his honest thoughts and acts he also brings upon himself the
sufferings which his vices produce the dishonest man likewise Garner’s his own
suffering and happiness it is pleasing to human vanity to believe that one
suffers because of one’s virtue but not until a man has extirpated every sickly
bitter and impure thought from his mind and washed every sinful stain from his
soul can he be in a position to know and declare that his sufferings are the
result of his good and not of his bad qualities and on the way to yet long
before he has reached that supreme perfection he will have found working in
his mind and life the great law which is absolutely just and which cannot
therefore give good for evil evil for good possessed of such knowledge he will
then know looking back upon his past ignorance and blindness that his life is
and always was justly ordered and that all his past experiences good and bad
were the equitable outworking of his evolving yet unevolved self good
thoughts and actions can never produce bad results bad thoughts and actions can
never produce good results this is but saying that nothing can come from corn
but corn nothing from nettles but Nettles
men understand this law in the natural world and work with it but few
understand it in the mental and moral world though its operation there is just
as simple and undeviating and they therefore do not cooperate with it
suffering is always the effect of wrong thought in some direction it is an
indication that the individual is out of harmony with himself with the law of his
being the sole and supreme use of suffering is to purify to burn out all
that is useless and impure suffering ceases for him who is pure there could
be no object in burning gold after the dross had been removed and a perfectly
pure and enlightened being could not suffer the circumstances which a man
encounters with suffering are the result of his own mental inharmony the
circumstances which a man encounters with blessedness are the result of his
own mental harmony blessedness not material possessions is the measure of
right thought wretchedness not lack of material possessions is the measure of
wrong thought a man may be cursed and rich he may be blessed and poor
blessedness and riches are only joined together when the riches are rightly and
wisely used and the poor man only descends into wretchedness when he
regards his lot as a burden unjustly imposed indigence and indulgence are the
two extremes of wretchedness they are both equally unnatural and the result of
mental disorder a man is not rightly conditioned until he is a happy healthy
and prosperous being and happiness health and prosperity are the result of
a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer of the man with his
surroundings a man not 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 as
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 law not confusion if the dominating
principle in the universe justice not injustice is the soul and substance of
life and righteousness not corruption is the moulding and moving force in the
spiritual government of the world this being so man has but to write himself to
find that the universe is right and during the process of putting himself
right he will find that as he alters his thoughts toward things and other people
things and other people will alter towards him the proof of this truth is
in every person and it therefore admits of easy investigation by systematic
introspection and self-analysis let a man radically alter his thoughts and he
will be astonished at the rapid transformation it will affect in the
material conditions of his life men imagine that thought can be kept secret
but it cannot it rapidly crystallizes into habit and habit solidifies into
circumstance their seal thoughts crystallize into habits of drunkenness
and sensuality which solidify into circumstances of destitution and disease
impure thoughts of every kind crystallize into enervating and
confusing habits which solidify into distracting and adverse circumstances
thoughts of fear doubt and indecision crystallize into weak unmanly and
irresolute habits which solidify into circumstances of failure indigence and
slavish dependence lazy thoughts crystallize into habits of uncleanliness
and dishonesty which solidify into circumstances of foul Ness and beggary
hateful and condemnatory thoughts crystallize into habits of accusation
and violence which solidify into circumstances of injury and persecution
selfish thoughts of all kinds crystallize into habits of self-seeking
which solidify into circumstances more or less distressing
on the other hand beautiful thoughts of all kinds crystallize into habits of
grace and kindness which solidify into genial and sunny circumstances pure
thoughts crystallize into habits of temperance and self-control which
solidify into circumstances of repose and peace thoughts of courage
self-reliance and decision crystallize into manly habits which solidify into
circumstances of success plenty and freedom energetic thoughts
crystallize into habits of cleanliness and industry which solidify into
circumstances of pleasantness gentle and forgiving thoughts crystallize into
habits of gentleness which solidify into protective and preservative
circumstances loving and unselfish thoughts crystallize into habits of
self-forgetfulness for others which solidify into circumstances of sure and
abiding prosperity and true riches a particular train of thought persisted in
be it good or bad cannot fail to produce its results on the character and
circumstances a man cannot directly choose his circumstances but he can
choose his thoughts and so indirectly yet surely shape his circumstances
nature helps every man to the gratification of the thoughts which he
most encourages and opportunities are presented which will most speedily bring
to the surface both the good and evil thoughts let a man cease from his sinful
thoughts and all the world will soften towards him and be ready to help him let
him put away his weakly and sickly thoughts and lo opportunities will
spring up on every hand to aid his strong resolves let him encourage good
thoughts and no hard fate shall bind him down to wretchedness and shame the world
is your kaleidoscope and the varying combinations of colors which at every
succeeding moment it presents to you are the exquisitely adjusted pictures of
your ever-moving thoughts so you will be what you will to
be let failure find its false content in that poor word environment but spirit
scorns it and is free it masters time it conquers space it cowes that boastful
trickster chance and bids the tyrant circumstance uncrown and fill a
servant’s place the human will that force unseen the offspring of a
deathless soul can hew a way to any goal the walls of granite intervene be not
impatient in delays but wait as one who understands when spirit Rises and
commands the gods are ready to obey Effect of thought on health and the body
the body is the servant of the mind it obeys the operations of the mind whether
they be deliberately chosen or automatically expressed at the bidding
of unlawful thoughts the body sinks rapidly into disease and decay at the
command of glad and beautiful thoughts it becomes clothed with youthfulness and
beauty disease and health like circumstances are rooted in thought
sickly thoughts will express themselves through a sickly body thoughts of fear
have been known to kill a man as speedily as a bullet and they are
continually killing thousands of people just as surely though less rapidly the
people who live in fear of disease are the people who get it anxiety quickly
demoralizes the whole body and lays it open to the entrance of disease while
impure thoughts even if not physically indulged will soon shatter the nervous
system strong pure and happy thoughts build up the body and vigor and grace
the body is a delicate and plastic instrument which responds readily to the
thoughts by which it is impressed and habits of thought will produce their own
effects good or bad upon it men will continue to have impure and poisoned
blood so long as they propagate unclean thoughts out of a clean heart comes a
clean life and a clean body out of a defiled mind proceeds a defiled life and
a corrupt body thought is the fount of action life and manifestation make the
fountain pure and all will be pure change of diet will not help a man who
will not change his thoughts 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 he who has strengthened and purified his
thoughts does not need to consider them a level and microbe if you would protect
your body guard your mind if you would renew your body beautify
your mind thoughts of malice Envy disappointment despondency robbed the
body of its health and grace a sour face does not come by chance it is made by
sour thoughts wrinkles that Mar are drawn by folly passion and pride I know
a woman of ninety-six who has the bright innocent face of a girl I know a man
well under middle-age whose face is drawn into inharmonious contours the one
is the result of a sweet and sunny disposition the other is the outcome of
passion and discontent as you cannot have a sweet and wholesome abode unless
you admit the air and sunshine freely into your rooms so a strong body and a
bright happy or serene countenance can only result from the free admittance
into the mind of thoughts of joy and goodwill and serenity on the faces of
the aged there are wrinkles made by sympathy others by strong and pure
thought and others are carved by passion who cannot distinguish them with those
who have lived righteously ages calm peaceful and softly mellowed like the
Setting Sun I have recently seen a philosopher on his deathbed he was not
old except in years he died as sweetly and peacefully as he
had lived there is no physician like cheerful thought for dissipating the
ills of the body there is no comforter to compare with goodwill for dispersing
the shadows of grief and sorrow to live continually in thoughts of ill will
cynicism suspicion and envy is to be confined in a self-made prison hole but
to think well of all to be cheerful with all to patiently learn to find the good
in all such unselfish thoughts are the very portals of heaven and to dwell day
by day in thoughts of peace toward every creature will bring abounding peace to
their possessor thought and purpose until four is linked
with purpose there is no intelligent accomplishment with the majority the
bark of thought is allowed to drift upon the ocean of life aimlessness is a vice
and such drifting must not continue for him who would steer clear of catastrophe
and destruction they who have no central purpose in their life fallen easy prey
to petty worries fears troubles and self-pitying all of which are
indications of weakness which lead just as surely as deliberately planned sins
though by a different route to failure unhappiness and loss for weakness cannot
persist in a power evolving universe a man should conceive of a legitimate
purpose in his heart and set out to accomplish it he should make this
purpose the centralizing point of his thoughts it may take the form of a
spiritual ideal or it may be a worldly object according to his nature at the
time being but whichever it is he should steadily focus his thought
forces upon the object which he has set before him he should make this purpose
his supreme duty and should devote himself to its attainment not allowing
his thoughts to wander away into ephemeral fancies longings and
imaginings this is the Royal Road to self-control and true concentration of
thought even if he fails again and again to accomplish his purpose as he
necessarily must until weakness is overcome the strength of character
gained will be the measure of his true success and this will form a new
starting-point for future power and triumph those who are not prepared for
the apprehension of a great purpose should fix the thoughts upon the
faultless performance of their duty no matter how insignificant their task may
appear only in this way can the thoughts be gathered and focused and resolution
and energy be developed which being done there is nothing which may not be
accomplished the weakest soul knowing its own weakness and believing this
truth that strength can only be developed by effort and practice will
thus believing at once begin to exert itself and adding effort to effort
patience to patience and strength to strength will never cease to develop and
will at last grow divinely strong as the physically weak man can make himself
strong by careful and patient training so the man of weak thoughts can make
them strong by exercising himself in right thinking to put away aimlessness
and weakness and to begin to think with purpose is to enter the ranks of those
strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment who
make all conditions serve them and who think strongly
attempt fearlessly and accomplish masterfully having conceived of his
purpose a man should mentally mark out a straight pathway to its achievement
looking neither to the right nor the left doubts and fears should be
rigorously excluded they are disintegrating elements which break up
the straight line of effort rendering it crooked ineffectual useless thoughts of
doubt and fear never accomplished anything and never can they always lead
to failure purpose energy power to do and all strong thoughts cease when doubt
and fear creep in the will to do Springs from the knowledge that we can do doubt
and fear are the great enemies of knowledge and he win Courage’s them who
does not slay them thwarts himself at every step he who has conquered doubt
and fear has conquered failure his every thought is allied with power and all
difficulties are bravely met and wisely overcome his purposes are seasonably
planted and they bloom and bring forth fruit which does not fall prematurely to
the ground thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes creative force
he who knows this is ready to become something higher and stronger than a
mere bundle of wavering thoughts and fluctuating sensations he who does this
has become the conscious and intelligent wielder of his mental powers the thought
factor in achievement all that a man achieves and all that he fails to
achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts in a justly ordered universe
where loss of equipoise would mean total destruction individual responsibility
must be absolute a man’s weakness and strength purity and impurity are his own
and not another man’s they are brought about by himself and not by another and
they can only be altered by himself never by another his condition is also
his own and not another man’s his suffering and his happiness are evolved
from within as he thinks so he is as he continues to think so he remains a
strong man cannot help a weaker unless that weaker is willing to be helped and
even then the weak man must become strong of himself he must by his own
efforts develop the strength which he admires in another none but himself can
alter his condition it has been usual for men to think and to say many men are
slaves because one is an oppressor let us hate the oppressor now however there
is amongst an increasing few a tendency to reverse this judgment and to say one
man is an oppressor because many are slaves
let us despise the slaves the truth is that oppressor and slave are
co-operators in ignorance and while seeming to afflict each other are in
reality afflicting themselves a perfect knowledge perceives the action of law in
the weakness of the oppressed and the misapplied power of the oppressor a
perfect love seeing the suffering which both states entail condemns neither
compassion embraces both oppressor and oppressed he who has conquered weakness
and has put away all selfish thoughts belongs neither to oppressor nor
oppressed he is free a man can only rise conquer and achieve by lifting up his
thoughts he can only remain weak and abject and miserable by refusing to lift
up his thoughts before a man can achieve anything even in worldly things he must
lift his thoughts above slavish animal indulgence he may not in order to
succeed give up all animality and selfishness by any means but a portion
of he had must at least be sacrificed a man whose first thought is bestial
indulgence and would fail in any undertaking not having commenced to
manfully control his thoughts he is not in a position to control affairs and to
adopt serious responsibilities he is not fit to act independently and stand alone
but he is limited only by the thoughts which he chooses there can be no
progress no achievement without sacrifice and a man’s worldly success
will be in the measure that he sacrifices his Confused animal thoughts
and fixes his mind on the development of his plans and the strengthening of his
resolution and self-reliance and the higher he lifts his thoughts the more
manly upright and righteous he becomes the greater will be his success the more
blessed and enduring will be his achievements the universe does not favor
the greedy the dishonest the vicious although on the mere surface it may
sometimes appear to do so it helps the honest the magnanimous the virtuous all
the great teachers of the ages have declared this in varying forms and to
prove and know it a man has but to persist in making himself more and more
virtuous by lifting up his thoughts intellectual achievements are the result
of thought consecrated to the search for knowledge
or for the beautiful and true in life and nature such achievements may be
sometimes connected with vanity and ambition but they are not the outcome of
those characteristics they are the natural outgrowth of long and arduous
effort and of pure and unselfish thoughts spiritual achievements of a
consummation of holy aspirations he who lives constantly in the conception of
noble and lofty thoughts he who dwells upon all that is pure and unselfish will
as surely if the Sun reaches its zenith and the moon it’s full become wise and
Noble in character and rise into a position of influence and blessedness
achievement of whatever kind is the crown of effort the diadem of thought by
the aid of self-control resolution purity righteousness and well-directed
thought a man ascends by the aid of animality indolence impurity corruption
and confusion of thought a man descends a man may rise to high success in the
world and even to lofty altitudes in the spiritual realm and again descend into
weakness and wretchedness by allowing arrogant selfish and corrupt thoughts to
take possession of him victories attained by right thought can only be
maintained by watchfulness many give way when success is assured and rapidly fall
back into failure all achievements whether in the business intellectual or
spiritual world are the result of definitely directed thought are governed
by the same law and are of the same method the only difference lies in the
object of attainment he who would accomplish little must sacrifice little
he who would achieve much must sacrifice much he who would attain highly must
sacrifice greatly visions and ideals the dreamers are the
saviors of the world as the visible world is sustained by the invisible so
men through all their trials and sins and sordid vocations are nourished by
the beautiful visions of their solitary dreamers humanity cannot forget it’s
dreamers it cannot let their ideals fade and die it lives in them it knows them
as realities which it shall one day see and no composer sculptor painter poet
prophet sage these are the makers of the afterworld the architects of heaven the
world is beautiful because they have lived without them laboring humanity
would perish he who cherishes a beautiful vision a lofty ideal in his
heart will one day realize it columbus cherished a vision of another world and
he discovered it Copernicus fostered the vision of a multiplicity of worlds and a
wider universe and he revealed it Buddha beheld the vision of a spiritual world
of stainless beauty and perfect peace and he entered into it cherish your
visions cherish your ideals cherish the music that stirs in your heart the
beauty that forms in your mind the loveliness that drapes your purest
thoughts for out of them will grow all delightful conditions all heavenly
environment of these if you but remain true to them your world will at last be
built to desire is to obtain to aspire is to achieve cha man’s basest desires
receive the fullest measure of gratification and his purest aspirations
starve for lack of sustenance such is not the law such a condition of things
can never obtain ask and receive dream lofty dreams and as you dream so shall
you become your vision is the promise of what you
shall one day be your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last
unveil the greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream leoch
sleeps in the Acorn the bird waits in the egg and in the highest vision of the
soul awaking angel stirs dreams are the seedlings of realities your
circumstances may be uncongenial but they shall not long remain so if you but
perceive an ideal and strive to reach it you cannot travel within and stand still
without here is a youth hard pressed by poverty and labor confined long hours in
an unhealthy workshop unschooled and lacking all the arts of refinement but
he dreams of better things he thinks of intelligence of refinement
of grace and beauty he conceives of mentally builds up an ideal condition of
life the vision of a wider liberty and a larger scope takes possession of him
both I look Molly I know of information usually

100 thoughts on “The GREATEST Knowledge Ever Shared (REVISED)

  1. I like that he teaches you that life is what you make it by how you use the energies within yourself and the world.

  2. Law of Mutual Exchange at 32:36 ….the Strength of Character gained will be the measure of his TRUE SUCCESS & WILL FORM A NEW STARTINGPOINT FOR FUTURE POWER

  3. There is bias inherent to the many normative claims given. Limiting statements made to only descriptive claims would have bettered this. The emphasis on morality and the justice inherent to cause and effect (causality) in the natural world seems quite true to my sensibilities for the most part. Although there are dashes of magical thinking when it comes to health and wellness and the audio attempts to appeal to emotion (argumentum ad passiones) in males by conflating masculinity with personal agency in self-improvement, the ideas conveyed still do mostly contain beneficial advice regardless.

  4. JESUS is thee Answer for the world today above him their no other because Jesus is the way hallelujah !!!!!!!

  5. The inside of my head is a veritable HELL – no wonder I'm such an unpleasant bastard!

  6. See…. For some reason what this video discibes works the opposite in my life, and not by my will
    My will was to make some money, get a new vehicle, and be the right hand man or assistant to the (part) owner of busines I work for. Orrr at least thats what i set out to do back in February. Since then i currently have $25 to my name, driving a P.O.S. car with one head light, and my current job is clean up. I will like to get a new truck, become that right hand, and actually get rewarded for my hard work. Bragging rights doesn't buy new trucks. Money buys new trucks, and I need to acquire Wealth for myself.

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  8. Waw, what a wonderful story, this is so deep and beautiful, but truth is everything, thank God for all these words even I am not perfect there is room in me to change in who I am. This means so much to me, truly thank you πŸ€—

  9. A want to be Profit ,,,,, listen to the bible first ,all knowledge is in the bible ,

  10. Very simply put:

    DO NOT EVER HARBOR EVIL THOUGHTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ALWAYS SHUN IMPURE IDEAS!

    ALWAYS ACT ON THOUGHTS THAT INSPIRE, ARE HELPFUL TO THOSE IN NEED, LOOKING TO JESUS (YASHUA) TO REMAIN IN GOD’S GLORY AND JOY.

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  12. Wonderful mind and soul food thanks for sharing . This is exactly what I needed today

  13. You can accomplish anything look around you folks at the things u have and accomplish in life take those same concepts and applied it to the bigger things you want if you think it you can achieve it I'm not saying it will be easy but that's the joy of it all it not it not about the end results it's about what you become in the process that matters most and you will have whatever you desire manifest it to the universe just think and stay focus on those thoughts be positive always continue to work on yourself and a break threw will appear. Be patient

  14. What does it mean when he says at 18:00 mans suffering is from his good and not of his bad qualities

  15. I believe this audio book has steered the course of my life towards tremendous success, may who ever posted this for us to listen for free be extremely blessed and happy

  16. Wisdom is proven to be rite by one's soul and mind! Knowledge is knowing not to go over the ledge 720

  17. As a man thinketh – James Allen
    0:22 Thought and character
    5:42 Effect of thought on circumstances
    26:39 Effect of thought on health and the body
    31:05 Thought and purpose
    35:48 The thought factor in achievement
    41:50 Visions and ideals
    50:06 Serenity
    54:08 Foreword

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  20. This is Pure Knowledge and Understanding All those who would listen would find true success

  21. The breaking point and empathy when empathy is applied is the greatest freeing of man.

  22. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful information with all of us. You are doing so much good. Thank you x

  23. proverbs 20:5
    Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
    Proverbs 18:4
    The words of a man's mouthΒ are asΒ deep waters,Β andΒ the wellspring of wisdomΒ asa flowing brook.
    Psalm 64:6
    They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inwardΒ thoughtΒ of every oneΒ of them, and the heart,Β isΒ deep.
    1 Corinthians 2:11
    For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

  24. Women this wisdom does apply to you as well. In his era, it was difficult to relate women with men in writing. I doubt James was sexist

  25. thoughts are the foundation by which the character is formulated man can only so much but without the truths that comes from the Creator God a man work is in vain,, His existence and true purpose is not known therefore cannot be utilized,

  26. There is nothing or no one against me All heaven is for me. I am one with Yeshua

  27. europeans got this knowledge from the ancient africans..the original people who were meditating and connecting to the universe.. being 1 with nature..this dude aint saying nothing new..and it didn't come from no European

  28. I like the reader of this book!! other books read by others are not as gripping… who is reading this text?

  29. 1. DNA has so much to say about your character….2. emotion is faster than thinking. understanding your emotions is far more powerful if you want to shape your personality and behaviour. 3. concentration on thoughts you can know alone ignores the power of the unconscious mind, of emotion memory, 'the mine of the soul' is not merely conscious thoughts – it goes well beyond what you are congnisant of. to imagine that you can shape your own character using self control and mental conditioning is unrealistic

  30. trying to control your thoughts is creating an internal war – your thoughts emerge from your emotions and memories. meditation practice teaches you to merely watch your thoughts and let them go. connecting to nature, observing breath, watching your emotions and just letting them be

  31. what nonsense about being responsible for your own suffering – good , well thinking people suffer – if a drunk driver runs up the curb and hits your toddler breaking both her legs is her suffering caused by wrong thinking – is your suffering as the mother caused by wrong thinking – meanwhile the driver speeds off and gets away with it – when he wakes up he can't even remember what happened and merely suffers from a hang over.

  32. So much truth tilted through some religious eyeglasses. You'll want to be discerning when listening. πŸ™‚

  33. he must have read …"in tune with the infinite – written by Waldo Trine

  34. This is pure wisdom. I feel blessed to have found this. Thank you!

  35. I have given this book to more people than any other , thank you for this video

  36. we must become gods without gods help :WHATS THE REASION?AND ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO SAVE OURSELFS?

  37. πŸ’­ thoughts are powerful and you can create a heaven or hell .READING POSITIVE UPLIFTING WORDS FILL YOUR MIND WITH GOOD THOUGHTS….. βœŒπŸ’ŸπŸ‘…πŸ˜‡πŸ˜€πŸ‘£β€πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ–€πŸ’“πŸ’πŸ’œπŸ’”πŸ’•πŸ˜»πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜

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  39. Alcohol and drugs POISON THE MIND AND CAUSE ALL KINDS OF MENTAL ILLNESS AND THINKING PROBLEMS! GET HELP. ASK FOR HELP NOW.πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜€πŸ‘£πŸ’‹πŸ‘£πŸ‘£πŸ‘£πŸ‘£πŸ‘£πŸ‘£πŸ‘£πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ’œπŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’—πŸ’‹πŸ’ŸβœŒπŸ’™πŸ’“πŸ’πŸ’žπŸ˜˜

  40. Men have messed this country up as Presidents and Political leaders …… It time for all women to support other women. Use men. And discard them when your done. That's what the strippers do and men love that. βœŒπŸ˜‡πŸ‘£πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’–πŸ’“πŸ’žπŸ’‹β€πŸ’™πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’žπŸ’žπŸ’πŸ’πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸπŸ’Ÿ

  41. Beautiful πŸ’­ thoughts about our next President being a Woman!

  42. I see all as actors
    We create pedestal for others.
    Being nieve and slow in thinking at times.
    Play fools for love. Turn blind eyes.
    Judge others as if we have no personal issues.
    We are all actors on a stage.
    Perform well
    Perform well

  43. How to create best life : i am born from my good parents my father great teacher my self elder son to my father very much deciplined his hand writing is very beautiful in the district my beloved father good administar in his nature we are growing in perfectly 18 years 75 yogsasnas full practice . 28 year my teaching post order comming to at my home from collector office . Six different places successful worked it self 30 years service over then after retired from my service liseare 32 months no pension govt bifircation created then after i will be created this book it is in international good click it self .

  44. Judgement is the worst of all else.. only time and experience in the distance.. the other is the envious or deciever causing victims to become the deciever..

  45. I find it difficult to learn from people, when I hear wrong that I know is wrong, not that I think is wrong. I try to listen all the way through, and I've wasted hours of time that way. For example, Earl Nightingale is one of the worst I've ever heard, POINT BLANK PERIOD!!! There are those that I've listened to multiple times, because the information has a way of exceeding itself. The best that I've listened to are nearly universally applicable. For example: Tony Robbins, Napoleon Hill, Jim Rohn, and a few others; they say things that I've found to be extremely out of touch. They've said so much more though, that could be applied to life, and I thank the Universe for running my attention in their directions.

  46. Thank you for the message God bless you and your family βœ¨πŸŽ‡πŸŽ†πŸ’–πŸ’™πŸ™

  47. Watch my video titled Charitable Miracle Farm and help me save the world.

  48. 😭 serious revelation to me .. since I was 15 yrs old. I was prideful about our ability if we practice as I did if I can think bad nasty judge mental. Etc thoughts and no one can tell it’s my secret my mind ( example I can’t sleep with that hot women but I can in my mind ha ). Over years of that. I now understand I had it way wrong. I thought I could hide those wild thoughts with no outer external effect. But it did effect my mood. Personality etc. .. now it is time to re wire my circuit board aka my subconscious. And control and keep positive n good thoughts only .. real talk !!!!

  49. I think continually to improve my life by thoughts of winning the lottery and I sure hope that comes to pass…..πŸ’ž

  50. Man is created weak falls in to sin man is created to fall in to desires and forgets so his.

    Allah swt mentions in the Glorious. Quran that he created man out of clay or ground soul purpose to worship him….
    And when dont then we falll into selfishness greed

  51. People perish for lack of knowledge. The knowledge to apply Wisdom an Understanding. Here it is in this message. Think beauty peace harmony wealth an health. This is the Master key.

  52. if it's the greatest knowledge ever shared?……. why is it revised.

  53. I do agree that the most valuable commodity is information. I think it is important to remember that the reason for all wrong action is the lack of knowledge and the value of each individual is exactly the same no matter the extent of their knowledge. Awareness is the beginning of responsibility in that it is the beginning of the ability to respond. Every experience before awareness leads us to it. It is the responsibility of the aware not to hide it but to demonstrate it by example and to be willing to help the willing without judgement because we are all one exactly equal in the Spirit and so to help another is to help ourselves and to deny another is to deny ourselves.

  54. I try not to think down I try to stay positive but sometimes it is hard to do . I did not realize just how hard it is to keep positive thoughts but i’m working on it going to give this a 100% try if anyone is down like me just remember never give up some people say it could always be worse but i believe it is a better chance of getting better i’m trying to stay positive hope you do to

  55. Beautifull explanation with a beautifull voice thank you for your positivity

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