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A MAN

THINKETH
BY JAMES ALLEN
AUTHOR OF "FROM PASSION TO PEACE"

AUTHORIZED EDITION

NEW YORK
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7 . . 34 39 45 Serenity .11 26 30 Effect of Thought on Health and the Body Thought and Purpose The Thought-Factor Visions and Ideals in Achievement .COKTCHTS Thought and Character Effect of Thought on Circumstances .

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FOT(eWO%T> This little volume (the is result of meditation as and experience) treatise not intended an exhaustive of on the much-written-upon subject It is the power of thought. as garment of character and the outer they garment of circumstance. both that. Ilfracombe. that of the inner mind is the master-weaver. its suggestive rather than explanatory. England. and may have hitherto woven in ignorance and pain they may now weave in enlightenment and happiness. object being to stimulate men and women to the discovery tion of the truth that — and percep- "They themselves are makers of themselves" by virtue of the thoughts which they choose and encourage. . James Allen Broad Var\ Avenue.

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Act is the blossom of thought. the seed. and joy and its suffering are fruits. but reach out to every condition and circumstance o£ his life. and could not be without. As the plant springs from. This applies equally to those acts called "spontaneous" and "unpremeditated" as to those which are deliberately executed. "As a is is man thinketh in his heart so he. and could not have appeared without them. [/] . A man is literally what he thinks. thus does a man gar- ner in the sweet and bitter fruitage of his own husbandry. all his character being the complete sum of his thoughts.As a Man =a®» Thinketh IHOUQHi: tAHT> CHA%ACT€% The a aphorism." not only embraces the whole of so comprehensive as to man's being. so every act of a man springs from the hidden seeds of thought.

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and joy and its suffering are fruits. thus does a man gar- ner in the sweet and bitter fruitage of his own husbandry. This applies equally to those acts called "spontaneous" and "unpremeditated" as to those which are deliberately executed. but reach out to every condition and circumstance of his -his life. As the plant springs from.As a Man Thinketh THOUQHi: ^AHT> CH4-T(ACT£X The a aphorism. so every act of a man springs from the hidden seeds of' thought. A man is literally what he thinks. and could not be without. and could not have appeared without them. "As a is is man thinketh in his heart so he." not only embraces the whole of so comprehensive as to man's being. the seed. [7] . all his character being the complete sum of thoughts. Act is the blossom of thought.

and noc a creation by effect is as absolute and visible undeviating in the hidden realm o£ thought as in the world of and material things. Man is made or unmade by himself. . but is the natural result of con- tinued effort in right thinking. .^4S <A "Thought JWAK THIKKCTH in the mind hath made us. right choice By the and true application of thought. An ignoble and bestial character. he de- . joy follows As his own shadow — him sure. the effect of longcherished association with Godlike thoughts. by the abuse and wrong application of thought. man ascends to the Divine Perfection. . . . in the armoury of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself. If a man's mind Hath evil thoughts. the result of the continued harbour- ing of grovelling thoughts. What we are By thought was wrought and built. and cause and growth by law. is by the same process." Man is a artifice. pain comes on him as comes The wheel the ox behind. he tools also fashions the with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace. is A noble and Godlike character not a thing of favour or chance. If one endure In purity of thought.

and man can only •hus become by discovering within himself the [9] . the moulder of character. is and most abandoned but in his weakness and degradation he ter the foolish mas- who misgoverns his "household. and destiny. his and Love. As a being of Power." reflect When and to his he begins to being upon his condition. may make himself what Man est is always the master. and the maker and shaper of condition. none is more gladdening or fruitful of divine promise and confidence than this — that man is the master of thought. Such is the conscious master. and fashioning his thoughts to fruitful issues. he then becomes the wise master. man holds the key to every situation.<AS tA JMAK THIKKeTH Between scends below the level of the beast. all Of soul the beautiful truths pertaining to the which have been restored and brought to light in this age. and contains within transforming and regenerative agency by which he he wills. and the lord of himself that own thoughts. environment. Intelligence. two extremes are all the grades of charand man is their maker and master. even in his weakstate. directing his energies with intelligence. search diligently for the is Law upon which established. these acter.

Wis- dom. and the builder of his destiny. Power. occurrence. and into_ are gold man can find every truth connected with his being if he will dig deep the mine of his soul. and ceaseless importunity can a man enter the Door of the Temple of Knowledge. as in no other. and experience. the law absolute that "He that seeketh findit est. and utilizing experience.<AS cA JMAK TH1KK£ TH C C laws o£ thought. he ingly prove. even to the most trivial. practice. as a means of obtaining that knowlis edge of himself which Understanding. linking cause and effect by patient pracevery-day and investigation. upon tice" jarhers. for only by patience. which discover is totally a matter of application. ['«] . and that he his character. and upon his life and circumhis every stances. In is this direction. if may unerralter he will watch. self-analysis. Only by much searching and mining and diamonds obtained. the is the maker of moulder of his life. control. tracing their effects upon himself. and his thoughts. and to him that knocketh shall be opened".

circumstances. which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild. or neit glected. He also reveals. and pure thoughts. discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul. and will. toward perfection the flowers and useful. it. and cultivating fruits of right. If no useful seeds are put into then an abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall therein. with ever-increas- ing accuracy. keeping it free fruits from weeds. so may a man tend the all garden of his mind. must. and will continue to produce their kind.£FF£CT OF THOU'gHf OH C^CUMSTAHCeS A man's mind may be likened to a garden. weeding out useless. [»] . within himself. Just as a gardener cultivates his plot. but whether cukiyated. and Impure thoughts. By pursuing this proc- a man sooner or later. and growing the flowers and which he requires. the director of his life. bring forth. and destiny. ess. the wrong. elements operate in the shaping of his character. and understands. the laws how the thought-forces and mind- of thought.

and as chardiscover itself Thought and acter can only manifest and through environment and circumstance. the thoughts not err. Man is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions. for the so intimately connected element within himself time being. outer conditions of a person's life will the always be found to be harmoniously related to his inner state. This does not mean that a man's circum- stances at any given time are an indication of his entire character. is by the law of his which he has built into his character have brought him there. but all is the result of a law which can- Every man is where he being. As and as a progressive and evolving being. but that those circumstances are with some vital thoughtthat. passes away and gives place to other circumstances.<AS <A J\dAK THIKKSrH character are one. they are indispensable to his development. spiritual lesson it where he that he may learn that he man is may grow. and in the arrangement of his life there is no element of chance. which any he learns the circumstance contains for him. but when he realizes that he is a [»] . This is just as true of those who feel "out of harmony" with their surroundings as of those who is are contented with them.

it falls to the level of its desires. man knows who will That circumstances grow out of thought every has for any length of time have noticed that the alteration in his ratio ciral- practised self-control jmd self-purification. with his is So true this that when a man earnesdy applies himself to remedy the defects in his character. bad thoughts bad The outer world of circumstance shapes itself ['3] . and to take root own.<AS <A creative power. that which it_lpv. blossoming sooner or its later into act. produces Every thought-seed sown or allowed to mind. Good thoughts fruit. and makes swift and marked progress. he passes rapidly through a succession of vicissitudes. The it soul_attracts that which and it secretly har- bours. — unchastened and circumstances soul receives its are the means by fall which the into the its own. bear good fruit. it reaches the height of cherished as- pirations. for he cumstances has been in exact tered mental condition. and cir- bearing own fruitage of opportunity and cumstance. there. he then becomes the rightful master of himself.es* also that its which fears. JMAH THIHK6TH and that he his may command the hidden soil and seeds o£ being out of which circumstances grow.

aspirations. and both pleas- ant and unpleasant external conditions are factors which make good of the individual. but by the pathway of grovelling thoughts and base desires. No such conditions can exist as and its descending into vice apart attendant sufferings or ascending from vicious and its inclinations. and the hour of opportunity revealed its gathered power. Following the inmost thoughts. into virtue pure happiness without the . The laws of growth and adjustment everywhere obtain. by which he allows himself to be dominated (pursuing the will-o'-the-wisps of impure imaginings or steadfastly walking the highway of strong and high endeavour). A man does not come to the almshouse or the jail by the tyranny of fate or circumstance. it Cir- cumstance does not make the man. man learns both by suffering and desires. reveals him to himself. Nor does a pure-minded stress of man fall sud- denly into crime by force. a man at last arrives at their fruition and fulfilment in the outer conditions of his life. the criminal any mere external se- thought had long been credy fostered in the heart. As the reaper of his own harvest.<AS ^4 to the inner JUAK THIKK^H for the ultimate world of thought. bliss.

THIKKeTH and master of at birth the continued cultivation of virtuous aspirations. as the lord is the maker of himself. Man is manacled only by himjailers — self: thought and action are the of Fate they imprison. is The "divinit is ity that shapes our ends"' in ourselves. and ambitions are thwarted their their at every step. and through every step it attracts of its earthly pilgrimage of those comitself. being noble. want. what. environment. its Even comes to own. the meaning of "fighting against circumstances"? It means that a man is continually revolting [>5] . Not what he get. then. thought. wishes and prays for does a man but what he justly earns. being base. but that which they Their whims.cAS tA JAAH. but inmost thoughts and desires are fed with own food. they are also the angels of Freedom — they liberate. and man. strength and weakness. our very self. In the light of this truth. Men do not which they. the shaper and author soul of. binations conditions which its reveal which are the reflections of its own purity and impurity. attract that are. His wishes and prayers are only gratified and answered when is they harmonize with his thoughts and actions. therefore. be it foul or clean. fancies.

selves.^LS <A JMAK THIKKtfH all against an effect without. are anxious to improve their circum- but are unwilling to improve them- they therefore remain bound. yet all the time he shirks his work. He is extremely anxious that his surroundings and home comforts should be improved. and thus aloud for remedy.6] . upon which sole ob- his heart This is as true of earthly as of heavenly things. and is not only totally unfitted to rise out of his wretchedness. and how much more he who would realize a strong and well-poised life? Here is a man who is wretchedly poor. it scious vice or whatever its possessor. The man who does not shrink from self-crucifixion can fail never to accomplish the object is set. Even the ject is to acquire man whose wealth must be prepared to make great personal sacrifices before he can so ac- complish his object. man does not understand the simplest rudi- ments of those principles which are the basis of true prosperity. Men stances. while is the time he nourishing and preserving its cause in his heart. That cause may take the form of a conan unconscious weakness. but is actually [. but stubbornly retards the efforts of calls it is. and considers he tified in is jus- trying to deceive his employer on the Such ground of the insufficiency of a his wages.

and unmanly thoughts. Such a man is totally unfit to have health. I have introduced these three cases merely the truth that as illustrative of man is the causer his cir- (though nearly always unconsciously) of end. indolent. gards reputation and riches. both as re- when he stances. he blames circum- npt knowing that he is the sole author of his condition. Such a man is altogether unfitted for prosperity. sums of money to get rid of but he will not sacrifice his gluttonous desires. profits. deceptive. taste for rich He wants to gratify his his and unnatural viands and have health as well. and. in the hope of making larger reduces the wages of his work-people.*AS *A JidAK attracting to himself a THIKKCTH deeper wretchedness still by dwelling in. Here an employer of labour who adopts crooked measures to avoid paying the regulation wage. whilst aiming at a good is its accomplishdesires ment by encouraging thoughts and ['7l . and acting out. because he has not yet learned the first principles of a healthy is life. Here is a rich man who is the victim of a painful and persistent disease as the result of gluttony. and finds himself bankrupt. he continually frustrating cumstances. and that. He is willing to give large it.

is the result of a superficial judg- ment. are so complicated. as the reader can. if be multiplied and' varied but this is not necessary. and until this is done. thought is so deeply rooted. a man may be honest in certain directions.<AS <A JAATSL Such most THIKKeTH al- which cannot possibly harmonize with that end. The dishonest man may have some admirable virtues which . and the honest man is man al- most entirely virtuous. which assumes that the dishonest almost totally corrupt. and the conditions of happiness vary so vastly with individuals. tions. trace the action of the laws of thought in his own mind and life. In the light of a deeper knowledge and wider experience. 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 alone. such judg- ment is found to be erroneous. mere external facts can- not serve as a ground of reasoning. and that the other prospers because of his particular dishonesty . cases could indefinitely. life A man may be honest in certain direcdis- yet suffer privations. yet acquire wealth. but the conclusion usually formed that the one man fails because of his particular honesty. however. Circumstances. he so resolves.

and which are the result of his good. that supreme perfection. jusdy ordered. all his and always past expe- was. give good for evil. evil for good. yet working of bad results. Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad thoughts and actions can never .<AS ^4 J\dAH rHIHK£TH man the other does not possess. can he be in a know and declare that his sufferings and not of his bad and on the way to. pleasing to human vanity to believe that one a suffers because of one's virtue. he will then know. good and bad. but not until bitter. looking back upon his past ignorance and blindness. The honest man reaps the acts. the Great Law which is absolutely just. yet long before he has reached. qualities. Possessed of such knowledge. good he results o£ his honest thoughts and also brings upon himself the sufferings which his vices produce. that his life is. and washed every sinful stain from his soul. working in his mind and life. and the honest obnoxious vices which are absent in the other. man has extirpated every sickly. were the equitable outhis evolving. therefore. cannot. he will have found. unevolved self. and that riences. The dishonest man likewise garners his own suffering It is and happiness. and impure thought position to Eom liis mind.

Men law in the natural world. is the measure of right thought. Suffering ceases for him who pure. There could be no had been object in burning gold after the dross removed. man encounters own mental The circumstances which a man the" result of his encounters with blessedness are the result of his own mental harmony. nothing from nettles but nettles. do not cooperate with Suffering is always the effect It is of wrong thought in some direction. be cursed and rich. that the individual self. wretchedness. 2 o] . and work with but few understand world (though ple it in the mental and moral is its operation there just as sim- and undeviating). and they.<AS <A produce good JMAH miHKCrH results. and a perfectly pure and enlightened being could not suffer. it. is the measure of wrong thought. rial Blessedness. to burn that is useless is and impure. is an indication out of harmony with him- with the Law of his being. therefore. not mate- possessions. he [ A man may may be blessed and poor. This is but saying that understand this it. not lack of material possessions. is The sole and supreme use of suffering out all to purify. The circumstances which a with suffering are inharmony. nothing can come from corn but corn.

is Law. of the man with his surroundings. A a man is not rightly conditioned until he is happy. man when he to ceases to whine and as and commences search for the hidden justice which regulates his And he adapts his mind to that regu- lating factor. the dominating prinis ciple in the universe. man only begins to be a revile. and the poor man only descends into wretchedhis lot as when he regards a burden unjustly imposed. A life. ceases to kick against circumstances. and righteous- [«] . and prosperity are the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer. not confusion. and prosperous being. They are both equally unnatural and the result of mental disorder. he ceases to accuse others as the cause of his condition. healthy. more rapid progress.<AS <A J\dAH when ness rHIHK£7H Blessedness and riches are only joined together the riches are rightly and wisely used. Indigence and indulgence are the two ex- tremes of wretchedness. and happiness. and as means of discovering the hidden powers and possibilities within himself. and builds himself up in strong and noble thoughts. but begins to use as aids to his them a. the soul and substance of life. justice. not injustice. health.

man radically alter his thoughts. and habit and solidifies into circumstance. rapidly crystallizes into habit. things and other people will alter towards him. JMAH THIKKerH is not corruption. and indecision crystallize into weak. which solidify into circumstances of failure.<AS *A ness". Bestial thoughts crystallize into habits of drunkenness sensuality. unmanly. and during the process of putting himself right. and irresolute habits. and slavish dependence: lazy thoughts crystal- [«] . Let a will will life. and he it be astonished at the rapid transformation effect in the material conditions of his Men but it imagine that thought can be kept cannot. doubt. The and it proof of this truth is in every person. therefore admits of easy investigation by systematic introspection and self-analysis. he will find that as he alters his thoughts towards things and other people. This being so. it secret. which solidify into circum- stances of destitution and disease: impure thoughts of every kind crystallize into enervating and confusing habits. man has but to right is himself to find that the universe right. which solidify into distracting and adverse circumstances: thoughts of fear. indigence. the moulding and mov- ing force in the spiritual government o£ the world.

which into solidify into circumstances of pleasantness: gentle crystallize . which solidify genial and sunny circumstances: pure thoughts crystallize into habits of temperance and self-control.^S ^ JWAK THIHK£7H lize into habits of uncleanliness and dUhonof ^est y^ which solidify into circumstances foulness and beggary: hateful and condemnainto tory . all jselfish kinds crystallize into habits of solidify into circumstances which more or less distressing. plenty. self-reliance. and peace: thoughts of cour- manly of habits. [-3] . which solidify into circumstances of sure and abiding prosperity and true riches. and forgiving thoughts of gentleness. and decision crystallize into which solidify into circumstances and freedom: energetic success. thoughts crystallize into habits of cleanliness and industry. On the other hand. which solidify cir- cumstances of injury and persecution: thoughts of self-seeking. habits which crystal- solidify into protective and preservative circum- stances: loving and unselfish thoughts lize into habits of self-forgetfulness for others. beautiful thoughts of all kinds crystallize into Jhabits of grace into and kindliness.tiioughtsjcrystallize into 'habits of accusation and__viglence. which solidify into circum- stances of repose age.

and opportunities are presented which will most speedily bring to the surface both the good and evil thoughts. shape his circumstances. will be what you will to be. and alt the world will soften towards him. yet surely. and no hard fate shall bind him down ties will spring his strong resolves. but he can choose his thoughts. and be ready to help him.' spirit scorns it.<AS ^i JidAK good or bad. The world is your kaleidoscope. be it fail on the character and circumstances. 'environment. "You But and is tree. and the varying combinations of colours which at every succeeding moment it presents to tures of you are the exquisitely adjusted pic your ever-moving thoughts. and lo! opportuni- up on every hand to aid let him encourage good thoughts. of the thoughts Nature helps every man to the gratification which he most encourages. cannot THIKK£7H to produce its results A particular train of thought persisted in. A man can- not directly choose his circumstances. let him put away his weakly and sickly thoughts. Let failure find its false content In that poor word. and so indirecdy. . Let a man cease from his sinful thoughts. to wretchedness and shame.

The offspring of a deathless Soul. When spirit rises and commands. "Be not impatient in delay. But wait as one who understands. it conquers space.<AS <A It JMAK <rHIHK£?H trickster. "It masters time. The gods are ready to obey." [>i] . and a servant's place. And bids the tyrant Circumstance Uncrown. cows that boastful fill Chance. that force unseen. "The human Will. Can hew a way to any goal. Though walls of granite intervene.

even if not physically indulged. Sickly thoughts will express themselves through a sickly body. of fear have been ily as Thoughts as speed- known to kill a man a bullet. The people who it. are rooted in thought. It obeys The body liberately is the operations of the mind. will soon shatnervous system. and lays open to the entrance of disease. live in fear of disease are the people who get Anxiety quickly deit moralizes the whole body.£FF£CT OF THOUGHT OH HEALTH <AKD TH£ "BODY the servant of the mind. ter the Strong. at the it com- mand of glad and beautiful thoughts becomes clothed with youthfulness and beauty. while impure thoughts. and they are continually killing less thousands of people just as surely though rapidly. Disease and health. At the bidding of unlawful thoughts the body sinks rapidly into disease and decay. like circumstances. happy thoughts build up The body is a [26] . pure. and the body in vigour and grace. whether they be de- chosen or automatically expressed.

Change his of diet will not help a not change his thoughts. If you would If perfect your body. its A sour face does not come by h7l . habits. will and habits of thought effects. When man who will a man makes thoughts pure. produce their own good or bad. beautify your mind. life they propagate unclean Out of a clean heart comes a clean and a clean body. is the fount of action.<AS <A JldAK readily to the thoughts THIKK£?H delicate. Clean thoughts make clean called saint saint. Men have impure and poi- soned blood so long thoughts. and maniall make the fountain pure. you would renew your body. guard your mind. The sowho does not wash his body is not a He who has strengthened and purified his thoughts does not need to consider the ma- levolent microbe. envy. which responds by which it is impressed. he no longer desires impure food. Thoughts of malice. disappointment. Thought festation. life. despondency. and plastic instrument. upon will continue to as it. rob the body of health and grace. and will be pure. life Out of a defiled mind proceeds a defiled and a corrupt body.

To [28] . innocent face of a girl. passion. peaceful. He died and peacefully as he had lived. thought. or serene countenance can only result from the admittance into the mind serenity. and others are carved by strong and pure by passion: who cannot distinguish them? With is those who I have lived righteously. who has the know a man is is well under middle age whose face drawn into inharmonious contours. age calm.^LS <A chance. of thoughts of joy and goodwill and others On the faces of the aged there are wrinkles made by sympathy. the other the outcome of passion and discontent. know a woman bright. happy. As you freely into cannot have a sweet and wholesome air abode unless you admit the and sunshine your rooms. there no live comforter to compare with goodwill for dispersing the shadows of grief and sorrow. have recently seen a philosopher on his death- He as sweetly was not old except in years. Wrinkles drawn by folly. so a strong body and a free bright. that I it is JMAK THIKKCTH of ninety-six I mar are made by sour thoughts. is There no physician ills like cheerful thought is for dissipating the of the body. like the setting sun. softly mellowed. pride. of a sweet The one the result is and sunny disposition. and bed.

made prisonhole. self- and envy. and to dwell day by day in thoughts of peace toward every creature will bring abounding peace to their possessor. But to think well of to be cheerful with good in all — all. to patiently learn to find the such unselfish thoughts are the very portals of heaven. is to be confined in a all. [><?] . ill-will. cynicism.<as <a jmatsl thihk£t:h continually in thoughts of suspicion.

A He man should conceive of a legitimate purit. but whichever it is. as deliberately which lead. for and weakness cannot persist in a power-evolving universe. and They who have no life fall central purpose in their fears. an easy prey to petty worries. to failure. Aimlessness a and such drifting must not continue steer clear of catastrophe for him who would destruction. It spiritual ideal. he should steadily focus object thought-forces upon the which he has [3o] . or it may take the form of a may be a worldly object.THOVQHT\AHT> TUT{VOS£ Until thought is is linked with purpose there no intelligent accomplishment. and set out to accomplish should make this purpose the centralizing point of his thoughts. pose in his heart. troubles. is With the majority the barque of thought "drift" vice. unhappiness. just as surely difloss. his set according to his nature at the time being. allowed to is upon the ocean of life. planned sins (though by a ferent route). all of which are indi- cations of weakness. and self-pityings.

Even he fails again and again to accomplish his puris pose (as he necessarily must until weakness . patience to patience. will never [3'1 . overcome) the strength of character gained will be the measure of his true success. longings. and strength to strength. trol This Is the royal road to self-conif and true concentration of thought. soul. and should devote himself attainment. self. and imaginings. and this will form a new starting-point triumph. The weakest ness. for future power and Those who are not prepared for the apprehen- sion of a great purpose. effort and thus believing. there is nothing which may not be accomplished. and resolution and energy be developed. JUAK should <THIKK£TH make this He purpose his to its supreme duty.<AS ^4 before him. at once begin to exert and. which being done. should fix the thoughts upon the matter faultless performanceof their duty. not allowing his thoughts to wan- der away into ephemeral fancies. no how insignificant their task may appear. Only in this way can the thoughts be gathered and focussed. knowing and believing this truth — its own weakpractice. it- that strength can only be developed by will. adding effort to effort.

they are disintegrating ments which break up the straight fort. when doubt and fear that The will we can to do. grow divinely weak man can make himby careful and patient training. line of ef- rendering it crooked. do springs from the knowledge Doubt and fear are the great . strong. energy. and never can. attempt fearlessly. failure. ineffectual. and strong thoughts cease creep in. should mentally its Having conceived of his purpose. is to enter the ranks of those strong ones failure as who only recognize one of the pathways to attainment. all who make conditions serve them.cAS cA JUAK THIKKeTH and will at last cease to develop. useless. a man mark out a straight pathway to achievement. so the man of weak thoughts can make them strong by exercising himself in right thinking. and who think strongly. and As the physically self strong to begin to think with purpose. looking neither to the right left. nor the ously Doubts and fears should be rigorele- excluded. They always lead to all Purpose. To put away aimlessness and weakness. fear never accomplish Thoughts of doubt and anything. and accomplish masterfully. power to do.

thwarts him- every step. [33] . he who does this has become the conscious and intelligent wielder of his mental powers. His purposes are seasonably planted. Thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes this is creative force: he who knows ready to become something higher and stronger than a mere bundle of wavering thoughts and fluctuating sensations. self at does not slay them. and he them. and all difficulties are bravely met and wisely overcome. and they bloom and bring forth fruit which does not fall prematurely to the ground.<AS <A who JUAH 7HIKK£rH who encourages enemies of knowledge. His every thought is allied with power. has conquered doubt and fear has He who conquered failure.

where loss of equipoise would mean total destruction. and even then the weak himself. as he continues to think. A man's weakness and strength. by himalso his never by another. purity and impurity.1H6 THOUQHT-FACrOli IK ACHI£V€M£H I' C C All THAT to a man is achieves and direct all that he of his fails achieve the result own thoughts. As he thinks. so he is. develop in the strength which he admires another. man must become strong of by his own efforts. so he remains. individual responsibility must be absolute. and not another man's. and not by another. None but It himself can alter his condition. A strong man is cannot help a weaker unless that weaker willing to be helped. and not another man's. has been usual for men to think and to [34] . In a justly ordered universe. and they can only be altered self. His suffering and his happiness are evolved from within. he must. they are brought about by himself. are his own. His condition is own.

He may not.*AS *A J\dAH say. and has thoughts." Now. A lift man can only rise. up all animality and selby any means. let us despise the slaves. a perfect which both states entail. in or- der to succeed. and miserable by refusing to his thoughts. are in reality afflicting themselves. belongs neither all selfish to oppressor nor oppressed. however. let us hate the oppressor. but a portion of it [35l . conquer. seeing the suffering condemns neither. give fishness. even in lift worldly things. "One man is an oppressor because slaves. there tendency to reverse amongst an increasing few a this judgment." many are The truth is afflict that oppressor and slave are co-operators in ig- norance. and. and to say. Compassion emand oppressed. a perfect Love. He' is free. braces both oppressor He who put away has conquered weakness. A law perfect Knowledge perceives the action of in the weakness of the oppressed and the mis- applied power of the oppressor. he must his thoughts above slavish animal indulgence. He can only remain weak. and abject. Before a man can achieve anything. TtimKeTH one is "Many men is are slaves because an oppressor. while seeming to each other. and achieve by lifting up up his thoughts.

is be sacrificed. A man whose first thought bestial indulgence could neither think clearly nor plan methodically. The surface universe does not favour the greedy. There can be no progress. no achievement sacrifice. the magnanimous. and fixes his mind on the development of his plans. the virtuous. at least. And his thoughts. the more manly. it may sometimes appear to do helps the honest. upright. he could not find and develop his latent resources. although it on the mere so. act independently He not to is and stand alone.must. and righteous he becomes. But he limited only by the thoughts which he chooses. All the great Teachers of the ages have declared this in varying forms. the greater will be his success. the more blessed and enduring will be his achievements. without and a man's worldly success sacrifices his will be in the measure that he con- fused animal thoughts. and would he is fail in any undertaking. the vicious. the dishonest. not in a position to control and to fit adopt serious responsibilities. Not having affairs is commenced manfully to control his thoughts. and the strength- ening of his resolution and the higher he lifts self-reliance. and to prove and know it a man has but to persist in making him- .

purity. cor- and confusion of thought a man de- scends. by the aid of animality. By the aid of self-control. resolution. its zenith and become wise and noble in sun reaches character. [37] . Spiritual achievements are the effort. and well-directed thought a ruption. righteousness. indolence. of whatever kind. as surely as the moon its full. effort. will. is Achievement. man ascends. knowllife edge. and rise into a position of influence and of blessedness. Intellectual achievements are the result of for thought consecrated to the search nature. or for the beautiful and true in and Such achievements may be sometimes connected with vanity and ambition. and of pure and unselfish consummation constandy in of holy aspirations. they are the natural outgrowth of long and arduous thoughts. who the dwells upon all pure and unselfish. the crown the diadem of thought. A man may rise to high success in the world.<AS <A JidAK self THIHK6TH lifting more and more virtuous by up his thoughts. impurity. He who that is lives the conception of noble and lofty thoughts. but they are not the outcome of those characteristics.

intellectual. [38] . the only difference lies in the object of attainment. Many give way when success is assured. or spiritual world. and corrupt thoughts to take possession of him. Victories attained by right thought can only be maintained by watchfulness. selfish. whether in the business. he who would attain highly he must sacrifice greatly. and again descend into weakness and wretched- by allowing arrogant. are governed by the same law and are of the same method. sacrifice would accomplish little must sacriwho would achieve much must much. All achievements. are the result of definitely directed thought. He who fice litde.^AS ^A JAATSL and even to ness THIHKeTH lofty altitudes in the spiritual realm. and rapidly fall back into failure.

vision of another world. Coand lumbus cherished a he discovered it. Copernicus fostered the vision of a multiplicity of worlds and a wider universe. prophet. are nourished visions of their solitary by the beautiful dreamers. it lives in them. is the visible world sustained ble. cannot let their it and die. Buddha beheld the it. Humanity it cannot forget ideals fade its dreamers. the architects of heaven.VISIOKS <AKD WCALS by the and invisi- The As dreamers are the saviours of the world. sculptor. Composer. vision of a spiritual world of stainless beauty and perfect and he entered into [39] . will one day realize it. The world is beautiful because they have lived. poet. so men. a lofty ideal in his heart. He who cherishes a beautiful vision. painter. without them. sage. and he revealed peace. labour- ing humanity would perish. these are the makers of the after-world. it. through all their trials sins and sordid vocations. knows them as the realities which it shall one day see and know.

of you but re- true to them. in your heart. the beauty that forms in your mind. they shall not long remain so ceive an Ideal Your circumstances may be uncongenial. to aspire desires is to achieve. The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. so shall of you become. Your Vision is the promise what you shall one day be. but if you but perand strive to reach still it. and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. and as you dream. the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts. cherish your cherish the music that stirs ideals. -these." Dream lofty dreams. for out of them main built. Here [4o] . your world will at last be To Shall desire is to obtain. You can- not travel within and stand without. The oak sleeps in the acorn. the bird waits in the egg. Dreams are the seedlings of realities. will grow all delightful conditions.Cherish your visions. your Ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil. and tions starve for lack of sustenance? the Such is not Law: such a condition of things can never obtain: "Ask and receive. if all heavenly environment. man's basest receive the fullest his purest aspira- measure of gratification.

But he dreams of better things. unschooled. he speaks. sunlike. his words and remould their char- and. of grace and beauty. up. to the development of his latent pow- and resources. unrest urges lizes all his him to action. and lo! lives are changed. He conceives of. small though they ers are. he becomes the fixed and luminous centre round which innumerable des- . Very soon set so altered has his mind become hold him. and lacking the arts of refine- ment. We mind him a master of certain forces of the which he wields with world-wide influence and almost unequalled power. he thinks of intelligence. Years later we find see this youth as a full-grown man. confined long hours in an unhealthy workshop. with the growth of opportunities which fit the scope of his expand- ing powers. and. and" he uti- spare time and means. It that the workshop can no longer out of harmony out of his life as it falls has become with his mentality that a garment is cast aside. of refinement. men and women hang upon acters. In his hands he holds the cords of gigantic responsibilities. an ideal condition of the vision of a wider liberty and a larger scope takes possession of him.<AS ^L is JMAK THIKKCTH by poverty and all a youth hard pressed labour. he passes out of it forever. mentally builds life.

your Vision. no more. you. You will bedesire. will realize And it the Vision (not the idle wish) of your heart. you will receive that which you earn. your Ideal. too. shall — wander under he shall say. He has realized the Vision of his He has become one with his Ideal. the inkstains on your finshall and then and there your inspiration. no less. you will fall. and you shall wander to the city bucolic and open-mouthed.<AS *A J\dAH tinies revolve. most love. Whatever your present environment may be. youthful reader. "You may be keeping shall accounts. the intrepid guidance of the spirit into the studio of the master. and presendy you walk out of the door that for so long has seemed to you the barrier of your ideals. Into your hands will be placed the exact results of your own thoughts.' And now . THIHKeTH youth. for will always gravitate toward that you which you. or a mixture of both. and shall find yourself before an still audience — the pen behind your gers — ear. be base or beautiful. or rise with your thoughts. and after a time 'I have nothing more to teach you. secretly. pour out the driv- torrent of You may be ing sheep. come tiful as small as your controlling as great as your dominant aspiration: in the beau- words of Stanton Kirkham Davis. remain.

the ignorant. and arduous journey. "How chance aids him see the. You shall lay down the saw and the plane to take upon yourself the regeneration of the world. talk of luck. and the indo- lent.<AS <A JMAH. have no knowledge of the sacrifices they have made. they only see the light and joy. trials at every turn!" They do not struggles failures and which these men have voluntarily en- and countered in order to gain their experience. of the faith they have exercised. they exclaim. of fortune." The thoughdess. who did so recendy dream of great things while driving sheep. but call it only behold the pleasant goal. and realize the Vision of their heart. of the undaunted efforts they have put forth. and chance. other "How lucky he is!" Observing an- become intellectual. and see the long "luck". "How highly favoured he is!" And noting the saintly character and wide influence of another. seeing only the apparent effects of things and not the things themselves. Seeing a man grow rich. they remark. They do not call it know do not the darkness and the heartaches. THIKKetH you have become the master. and "good [«] . that they might overcome the apparendy insurmountable. they say.

" powers. this you will be- come. they are thoughts completed. intellectual. and spiritual possessions are the fruits of effort." human there are efforts. visions realized. there are results. The you Vision that you glorify in your mind. but only perceive the In all and call it "chance. Chance is "Gifts. and not. do not understand the process. objects accomplished. material. the Ideal that you enthrone in your heart will build — this your life by. and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.<AS <A JUAK 7HIKK6TH result. affairs fortune". [44 .

steadfast. serene. is one of the beautiful the result of long and Its It is patient effort in self-control. knows how to adapt himself to others.Calmness of mind jewels of wisdom. presence is an indication of ripened experience. and remains poised. Even the ordinary [45] . The calm man. reverence his spiritual strength. and feel that they can learn of him and rely upon him. his is his success. his influ- power for good. and sees more and more clearly the internal relations of things by the action of cause and effect. and he develops a right understanding. The more tranquil a man as becomes. in turn. and they. the greater ence. he ceases to fuss and fume and worry and grieve. having learned how to govern himself. A man becomes calm in the measure that he understands himself as a thought-evolved being. and of a more than ordinary knowledge of the laws and operations of thought. for such knowledge necessitates the under- standing of others as the result of thought.

in the Eternal Calm! that is "How many people we know who sour their lives. for people will always prefer to deal with a ble. than — seeking looks in comparison with a serene a life that dwells in the ocean of Truth. precious as wis- dom. character. is strongly equa- The revered. or a sheltering rock in a storm. be- neath the waves. a sweetlife? tempered. and calm. calm man is always loved and He is like a shade-giving tree in a thirsty land. for they are always sweet. balanced It does not matter whether it rains or shines. he develops a greater THmKCTH self-control trader will find his business prosperity increase as and equa- nimity. or what changes come to those possessing these blessings. more to be desired than gold even fine gold. who and make bad blood! question whether the great majority of people do not . who ruin all sweet and beautiful by destroy their poise of It is a explosive tempers. serene. the flowering of It is the fruitage of the soul. of culture. How insignificant mere moneylife — yea.iAS ^L JMAK. That exquisite poise of character last lesson which we it is call serenity is the life. man whose demeanour strong. "Who does not love a tranquil heart. beyond the reach of tempests.

' Only the wise man. Keep your hand In the firmly upon the helm of thdught. Tempest-tossed souls.*AS <A JMAH rHIHK£7H mar their happiness ruin their lives and of self-control. only he whose thoughts are controlled and purified. wake Him. "Peace. know in the ocean of life the of Blessed- ness are smiling. barque of your soul reclines the commanding Master. wherever ye under whatsoever conditions ye this — may isles live. is tumultuous with ungoverned grief. may be. is Self- strength. is Right Thought mas- Calmness power. by lack How few people we meet in life who have that exquisite characteristic of the finished char- who poise are well-balanced. and the ideal sunny shore of your awaits your coming. He is does but sleep. control tery. which is acter!" Yes. humanity surges with uncontrolled passion. be still!" U7\ . makes the winds and the storms of the soul obey him. Say unto your heart. is blown about by anxiety and doubt.

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