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About The Author ..................................................................................page 3 Table Of Contents .................................................................................page 4 Foreword ................................................................................................page 5 Chapter 1 of As A Man Thinketh ..........................................................page 6 Chapter 2 of As A Man Thinketh ..........................................................page 8 Chapter 3 of As A Man Thinketh ........................................................page 15 Chapter 4 of As A Man Thinketh ........................................................page 17 Chapter 5 of As A Man Thinketh ........................................................page 19 Chapter 6 of As A Man Thinketh ........................................................page 22 Chapter 7 of As A Man Thinketh ........................................................page 25 How To Share As A Man Thinketh .....................................................page 27

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Start Free . Visions And Ideals Chapter 7. Serenity Page 4 of 30 Get Paid To Share .Chapter 1 Table Of Contents COPYRIGHT NOTE: This is a FREE eBook because the copyright for this book has EXPIRED. Thought And Purpose Chapter 5. The Thought-Factor In Achievement Chapter 6. Effects Of Thoughts On Health And Body Chapter 4. and now it is a Public Domain book. Thought and Character Chapter 2. Foreword Chapter 1. Effect Of Thought On Circumstances Chapter 3.

ENGLAND Page 5 of 30 Get Paid To Share .Start Free ." by virtue of the thoughts. as they may have hitherto woven in ignorance and pain they may now weave in enlightenment and happiness. both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance. BROAD PARK AVENUE. that mind is the master-weaver. its object being to stimulate men and women to the discovery and perception of the truth that "They themselves are makers of themselves. ILFRACOMBE. JAMES ALLEN. which they choose and encourage. and that.Chapter 2 Foreword 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.

" not only embraces the whole of a man's being. Man is made or unmade by himself. A man is literally what he thinks. but is the natural result of continued effort in right thinking. "Thought in the mind hath made us.. so every act of a man springs from the hidden seeds of thought.. As the plant springs from. "As a man thinketh in his heart so is he. and joy and suffering are its fruits. by the same process.. and cause and effect is as absolute and undeviating in the hidden realm of thought as in the world of visible and material things.Start Free ." Man is a growth by law. the effect of long-cherished association with Godlike thoughts. but is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of his life. An ignoble and bestial character. If a man's mind Hath evil thoughts. .If one endure In purity of thought.sure. and could not have appeared without them. in the armoury of thought he forges the weapons by which Page 6 of 30 Get Paid To Share . the seed. is the result of the continued harbouring of grovelling thoughts.Chapter 3 Chapter 1 of As A Man Thinketh Thought and Character THE aphorism. thus does a man garner in the sweet and bitter fruitage of his own husbandry.. pain comes on him as comes The wheel the ox behind. Act is the blossom of thought. and not a creation by artifice. his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts. What we are By thought was wrought and built. joy follows him As his own shadow . This applies equally to those acts called "spontaneous" and "unpremeditated" as to those. and could not be without. which are deliberately executed. A noble and Godlike character is not a thing of favour or chance.

By the right choice and true application of thought. and Love. Of all the beautiful truths pertaining to the soul which have been restored and brought to light in this age. In this direction. upon others. everyday occurrence. and fashioning his thoughts to fruitful issues. and man is their maker and master. self analysis. directing his energies with intelligence." for only by patience. environment. as in no other.Start Free . Man is always the master. if he will dig deep into the mine of his soul. which discovery is totally a matter of application. control. and upon his life and circumstances. Intelligence. as a means of obtaining that knowledge of himself which is Understanding. linking cause and effect by patient practice and investigation. practice. and experience. man ascends to the Divine Perfection. is the law absolute that "He that seeketh findeth. and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Only by much searching and mining. and the maker and shaper of condition. even in his weaker and most abandoned state.he destroys himself. none is more gladdening or fruitful of divine promise and confidence than this . he descends below the level of the beast. but in his weakness and degradation he is the foolish master who misgoverns his "household. and utilizing his every experience. Power. Page 7 of 30 Get Paid To Share . tracing their effects upon himself. the moulder of character. and the lord of his own thoughts. if he will watch. the moulder of his life. he may unerringly prove. and contains within himself that transforming and regenerative agency by which he may make himself what he wills. by the abuse and wrong application of thought. and man can only thus become by discovering within himself the laws of thought. and that he is the maker of his character.that man is the master of thought. and to search diligently for the Law upon which his being is established." When he begins to reflect upon his condition. and ceaseless importunity can a man enter the Door of the Temple of Knowledge. he then becomes the wise master. and destiny. As a being of Power. even to the most trivial. and the builder of his destiny. and man can find every truth connected with his being. and alter his thoughts. Between these two extremes are all the grades of character. he also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace. Such is the conscious master. are gold and diamonds obtained. Wisdom. man holds the key to every situation.

By pursuing this process. useful. bring forth. they are indispensable to his development. and as character can only manifest and discover itself through environment and circumstance. then an abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall therein. If no useful seeds are put into it. and will continue to produce their kind. Page 8 of 30 Get Paid To Share . weeding out all the wrong. Thought and character are one. and destiny. He also reveals. and in the arrangement of his life there is no element of chance. the director of his life. This is just as true of those who feel "out of harmony" with their surroundings as of those who are contented with them. but that those circumstances are so intimately connected with some vital thought-element within himself that.Chapter 4 Chapter 2 of As A Man Thinketh Effect Of Thought On Circumstances MAN'S mind may be likened to a garden. the laws of thought. Every man is where he is by the law of his being. but all is the result of a law which cannot err. Just as a gardener cultivates his plot. the thoughts which he has built into his character have brought him there. within himself. and growing the flowers and fruits which he requires. with ever-increasing accuracy. but whether cultivated or neglected. keeping it free from weeds. for the time being. and pure thoughts. which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild. how the thought-forces and mind elements operate in the shaping of his character. and will. circumstances.Start Free . a man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul. and understands. so may a man tend the garden of his mind. and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right. useless. This does not mean that a man's circumstances at any given time are an indication of his entire character. and impure thoughts. the outer conditions of a person's life will always be found to be harmoniously related to his inner state. it must.

As a progressive and evolving being. by which he allows himself to be dominated. and also that which it fears. and as he learns the spiritual lesson which any circumstance contains for him. the criminal thought had long been secretly fostered in the heart. A man does not come to the almshouse or the jail by the tyranny of fate or circumstance. aspirations. it falls to the level of its unchastened desires. and that he may command the hidden soil and seeds of his being out of which circumstances grow. which make for the ultimate good of the individual. Every thought-seed sown or allowed to fall into the mind. and makes swift and marked progress. produces its own. it passes away and gives place to other circumstances. The laws of growth and adjustment everywhere obtains. and the hour of opportunity revealed its gathered power. it reaches the height of its cherished aspirations.Start Free . a man at last arrives at their fruition and fulfilment in the outer conditions of his life. and circumstances are the means by which the soul receives its own. but when he realizes that he is a creative power. and both pleasant and unpleasant external conditions are factors. he passes rapidly through a succession of vicissitudes. The outer world of circumstance shapes itself to the inner world of thought. but by the pathway of grovelling thoughts and base desires. man is where he is that he may learn that he may grow. for he will have noticed that the alteration in his circumstances has been in exact ratio with his altered mental condition. and to take root there. bad thoughts bad fruit. that which it loves. So true is this that when a man earnestly applies himself to remedy the defects in his character. Good thoughts bear good fruit. Nor does a pure-minded man fall suddenly into crime by stress of any mere external force. Man is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions. (pursuing the will-o'-the-wisps of impure imaginings or steadfastly walking the highway of strong and high endeavour). That circumstances grow out of thought every man knows who has for any length of time practised self-control and self-purification. Circumstance Page 9 of 30 Get Paid To Share . he then becomes the rightful master of himself. The soul attracts that which it secretly harbours. man learns both by suffering and bliss. As the reaper of his own harvest. blossoming sooner or later into act. thoughts. and bearing its own fruitage of opportunity and circumstance. Following the inmost desires.

and ambitions are thwarted at every step. they therefore remain bound. That cause may take the form of a conscious vice or an unconscious weakness. and how much more so he who would realize a strong and well-poised life? Here is a man who is wretchedly poor. or ascending into virtue and its pure happiness without the continued cultivation of virtuous aspirations. is the meaning of "fighting against circumstances?" It means that a man is continually revolting against an effect without. but are unwilling to improve themselves. as the lord and master of thought. and man.does not make the man. and unmanly thoughts. therefore. it stubbornly retards the efforts of its possessor. it is our very self.they liberate. yet all the time he shirks his work. being noble.Start Free . but that which they are. His wishes and prayers are only gratified and answered when they harmonize with his thoughts and actions. Page 10 of 30 Get Paid To Share . what. and acting out. Not what he wishes and prays for does a man get. Men do not attract that which they want. but is actually attracting to himself a still deeper wretchedness by dwelling in. and thus calls aloud for remedy. its strength and weakness. Even the man whose sole object is to acquire wealth must be prepared to make great personal sacrifices before he can accomplish his object. Only himself manacles man: thought and action are the gaolers of Fate . 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. indolent. they are also the angels of Freedom .they imprison. being base. In the light of this truth. while all the time he is nourishing and preserving its cause in his heart. Men are anxious to improve their circumstances. and considers he is justified in trying to deceive his employer on the ground of the insufficiency of his wages. The "divinity that shapes our ends" is in ourselves. fancies. but their inmost thoughts and desires are fed with their own food. which are the reflections of its own purity and. He is extremely anxious that his surroundings and home comforts should be improved. impurity. This is as true of earthly as of heavenly things. deceptive. and is not only totally unfitted to rise out of his wretchedness. Their whims. Such a man does not understand the simplest rudiments of those principles which are the basis of true prosperity. but what he justly earns. then. but whatever it is. it reveals him to himself No such conditions can exist as descending into vice and its attendant sufferings apart from vicious inclinations. be it foul or clean. is the maker of himself the shaper and author of environment. The man who does not shrink from self-crucifixion can never fail to accomplish the object upon which his heart is set.

both as regards reputation and riches. not possess. and the honest man almost entirely virtuous. if he so resolves. and. and the conditions of happiness vary so. he blames circumstances. Such a man is altogether unfitted for prosperity. A man may be honest in certain directions. mere external facts cannot serve as a ground of reasoning. The dishonest man likewise garners his own suffering and happiness. Here is an employer of labour who adopts crooked measures to avoid paying the regulation wage. and the honest man obnoxious vices which are absent in the other. and that. Such a man is totally unfit to have health. can he be in a position to know and declare that his sufferings are the Page 11 of 30 Get Paid To Share . is the result of a superficial judgment. but he will not sacrifice his gluttonous desires. he also brings upon himself the sufferings. which assumes that the dishonest man is almost totally corrupt. The dishonest man may have some admirable virtues. and washed every sinful stain from his soul. which his vices produce. and until this is done. and when he finds himself bankrupt. It is pleasing to human vanity to believe that one suffers because of one's virtue. yet suffer privations. are so complicated. and that the other prospers because of his particular dishonesty. 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. but not until a man has extirpated every sickly. but this is not necessary. he is continually frustrating its accomplishment by encouraging thoughts and desires which cannot possibly harmonize with that end. The honest man reaps the good results of his honest thoughts and acts. whilst aiming at a good end. not knowing that he is the sole author of his condition. thought is so deeply rooted. in the hope of making larger profits. which the other does. yet acquire wealth.Start Free . He is willing to give large sums of money to get rid of it. trace the action of the laws of thought in his own mind and life. a man may be dishonest in certain directions. however. reduces the wages of his workpeople. In the light of a deeper knowledge and wider experience such judgment is found to be erroneous. He wants to gratify his taste for rich and unnatural viands and have his health as well. but the conclusion usually formed that the one man fails because of his particular honesty. and impure thought from his mind.Here is a rich man who is the victim of a painful and persistent disease as the result of gluttony. Such cases could be multiplied and varied almost indefinitely. bitter. Circumstances. 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. vastly with individuals. because he has not yet learned the first principles of a healthy life. as the reader can.

of the man with his surroundings. he will then know. he ceases to accuse others as the cause of his condition. wretchedness. Men understand this law in the natural world. that supreme perfection. are the result of his own mental harmony. The circumstances. and which cannot. Indigence and indulgence are the two extremes of wretchedness. and happiness. yet unevolved self. do not co-operate with it. and not of his bad qualities. give good for evil. It is an indication that the individual is out of harmony with himself. and on the way to. Blessedness. This is but saying that nothing can come from corn but corn. the Great Law which is absolutely just. nothing from nettles but nettles. not lack of material possessions. looking back upon his past ignorance and blindness. health. were the equitable outworking of his evolving. therefore. bad thoughts and actions can never produce good results. but few understand it in the mental and moral world (though its operation there is just as simple and undeviating). A man only begins to be a man when he ceases to whine and revile. and a perfectly pure and enlightened being could not suffer. and builds himself up in strong and noble thoughts. evil for good. he will have found. and they. Suffering is always the effect of wrong thought in some direction. A man may be cursed and rich. healthy. Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results. he may be blessed and poor.result of his good. And as he adapts his mind to that regulating factor. They are both equally unnatural and the result of mental disorder. A man is not rightly conditioned until he is a happy. Suffering ceases for him who is pure. and prosperous being. and work with it. and always was. is the measure of wrong thought. ceases to kick against circumstances. to burn out all that is useless and impure. yet long before he has reached. and prosperity are the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer. not material possessions. Blessedness and riches are only joined together when the riches are rightly and wisely used.Start Free . and that all his past experiences. therefore. which a man encounters with suffering. There could be no object in burning gold after the dross had been removed. The sole and supreme use of suffering is to purify. and commences to search for the hidden justice which regulates his life. is the measure of right thought. The circumstances. that his life is. and the poor man only descends into wretchedness when he regards his lot as a burden unjustly imposed. with the Law of his being. working in his mind and life. Possessed of such knowledge. but begins to use them as aids to his more Page 12 of 30 Get Paid To Share . good and bad. are the result of his own mental in harmony. which a man encounters with blessedness. justly ordered.

doubt. man has but to right himself to find that the universe is right. and decision crystallize into manly habits. which solidify into circumstances more or less distressing. shape his circumstances. not injustice. and habit solidifies into circumstance. and freedom: energetic thoughts crystallize into habits of cleanliness and industry. it rapidly crystallizes into habit. and as a means of discovering the hidden powers and possibilities within himself. indigence. which solidify into circumstances of destitution and disease: impure thoughts of every kind crystallize into enervating and confusing habits. and it therefore admits of easy investigation by systematic introspection and self-analysis. is the dominating principle in the universe. not corruption. This being so. which solidify into circumstances of repose and peace: thoughts of courage. which solidify into distracting and adverse circumstances: thoughts of fear. and irresolute habits. Bestial thoughts crystallize into habits of drunkenness and sensuality. which solidify into protective and preservative circumstances: loving and unselfish thoughts crystallize into habits of self-forgetfulness for others. Men imagine that thought can be kept secret. yet surely. Law. which solidify into circumstances of success. Page 13 of 30 Get Paid To Share .rapid progress. things and other people will alter towards him. and indecision crystallize into weak. plenty. and so indirectly. On the other hand. and during the process of putting himself right he will find that as he alters his thoughts towards things and other people. beautiful thoughts of all kinds crystallize into habits of grace and kindliness. unmanly. which solidify into circumstances of sure and abiding prosperity and true riches. A particular train of thought persisted in. is the moulding and moving force in the spiritual government of the world. justice. and he will be astonished at the rapid transformation it will effect in the material conditions of his life. The proof of this truth is in every person. Let a man radically alter his thoughts. cannot fail to produce its results on the character and circumstances. which solidify into circumstances of foulness and beggary: hateful and condemnatory thoughts crystallize into habits of accusation and violence. be it good or bad. is the soul and substance of life. which solidify into circumstances of pleasantness: gentle and forgiving thoughts crystallize into habits of gentleness. self-reliance. which solidify into circumstances of injury and persecution: selfish thoughts of all kinds crystallize into habits of self-seeking. and righteousness. A man cannot directly choose his circumstances. which solidify into circumstances of failure.Start Free . but it cannot. not confusion. which solidify into genial and sunny circumstances: pure thoughts crystallize into habits of temperance and self-control. but he can choose his thoughts. and slavish dependence: lazy thoughts crystallize into habits of uncleanliness and dishonesty.

that force unseen. The offspring of a deathless Soul.Nature helps every man to the gratification of the thoughts. and all the world will soften towards him. "Be not impatient in delays But wait as one who understands. Chance. Though walls of granite intervene. Can hew a way to any goal. which he most encourages. and is free. "So You will be what you will to be. It cowes that boastful trickster. which at every succeeding moment it presents to you are the exquisitely adjusted pictures of your ever-moving thoughts. 'environment. Let a man cease from his sinful thoughts. "It masters time. Let failure find its false content In that poor word." Page 14 of 30 Get Paid To Share . opportunities will spring up on every hand to aid his strong resolves. let him put away his weakly and sickly thoughts. and fill a servant's place. And bids the tyrant Circumstance Uncrown. let him encourage good thoughts. it conquers space. and be ready to help him. "The human Will.' But spirit scorns it. and opportunities are presented which will most speedily bring to the surface both the good and evil thoughts. and lo. and no hard fate shall bind him down to wretchedness and shame. The world is your kaleidoscope. and the varying combinations of colours. When spirit rises and commands The gods are ready to obey.Start Free .

The so-called saint who does not wash his body is not a saint. and manifestation. Clean thoughts make clean habits. at the command of glad and beautiful thoughts it becomes clothed with youthfulness and beauty. Thought is the fount of action. and all will be pure. and they are continually killing thousands of people just as surely though less rapidly. and habits of thought will produce their own effects.Start Free . The people who live in fear of disease are the people who get it. Change of diet will not help a man who will not change his thoughts. Men will continue to have impure and poisoned blood. It obeys the operations of the mind. When a man makes his thoughts pure. Sickly thoughts will express themselves through a sickly body. while impure thoughts. Out of a clean heart comes a clean life and a clean body. and lays it open to the entrance of disease. Anxiety quickly demoralizes the whole body. The body is a delicate and plastic instrument. Thoughts of fear have been known to kill a man as speedily as a bullet. make the fountain pure. pure. he no longer desires impure food. which responds readily to the thoughts by which it is impressed. Strong. good or bad. Page 15 of 30 Get Paid To Share . whether they be deliberately chosen or automatically expressed. like circumstances. At the bidding of unlawful thoughts the body sinks rapidly into disease and decay. Disease and health. upon it. Out of a defiled mind proceeds a defiled life and a corrupt body. are rooted in thought. and happy thoughts build up the body in vigour and grace. so long as they propagate unclean thoughts. will soon shatter the nervous system.Chapter 5 Chapter 3 of As A Man Thinketh Effects Of Thoughts On Health And Body THE body is the servant of the mind. life. even if not physically indulged.

But to think well of all. He died as sweetly and peacefully as he had lived. is to be confined in a self made prison-hole. Wrinkles that mar are drawn by folly. Page 16 of 30 Get Paid To Share . rob the body of its health and grace. envy.Start Free . I have recently seen a philosopher on his deathbed. to be cheerful with all. age is calm. or serene countenance can only result from the free admittance into the mind of thoughts of joy and goodwill and serenity. beautify your mind. The one is the result of a sweet and sunny disposition. the other is the outcome of passion and discontent. so a strong body and a bright. There is no physician like cheerful thought for dissipating the ills of the body. like the setting sun. and others are carved by passion: who cannot distinguish them? With those who have lived righteously. On the faces of the aged there are wrinkles made by sympathy.He who has strengthened and purified his thoughts does not need to consider the malevolent microbe. there is no comforter to compare with goodwill for dispersing the shadows of grief and sorrow. guard your mind. A sour face does not come by chance. I know a man well under middle age whose face is drawn into inharmonious contours. to patiently learn to find the good in all such unselfish thoughts are the very portals of heaven. If you would renew your body. it is made by sour thoughts. He was not old except in years. cynicism. As you cannot have a sweet and wholesome abode unless you admit the air and sunshine freely into your rooms. and softly mellowed. peaceful. happy. passion. I know a woman of ninety-six who has the bright. Thoughts of malice. and envy. If you would protect your body. and to dwell day by day in thoughts of peace toward every creature will bring abounding peace to their possessor. innocent face of a girl. suspicion. despondency. and pride. To live continually in thoughts of ill will. disappointment. others by strong and pure thought.

longings. Even if he fails again and again to accomplish his purpose (as he necessarily must until weakness is overcome). and such drifting must not continue for him who would steer clear of catastrophe and destruction. Those who are not prepared for the apprehension of a great purpose should fix the thoughts upon the faultless performance of their duty. It may take the form of a spiritual ideal. and this will form a new starting-point for future power and triumph. Only in this way can the thoughts be gathered and focussed. Page 17 of 30 Get Paid To Share . no matter how insignificant their task may appear. which lead. or it may be a worldly object. and imaginings. and set out to accomplish it. according to his nature at the time being. This is the royal road to self-control and true concentration of thought. and loss. and should devote himself to its attainment. he should steadily focus his thought-forces upon the object. there is nothing which may not be accomplished. A man should conceive of a legitimate purpose in his heart. They who have no central purpose in their life fall an easy prey to petty worries. Aimlessness is a vice.Start Free . to failure.Chapter 6 Chapter 4 of As A Man Thinketh Thought And Purpose UNTIL thought is linked with purpose there is no intelligent accomplishment. and resolution and energy be developed. With the majority the bark of thought is allowed to "drift" upon the ocean of life. all of which are indications of weakness. He should make this purpose his supreme duty. the strength of character gained will be the measure of his true success. but whichever it is. just as surely as deliberately planned sins (though by a different route). unhappiness. not allowing his thoughts to wander away into ephemeral fancies. and self-pityings. which being done. He should make this purpose the centralizing point of his thoughts. for weakness cannot persist in a power evolving universe. which he has set before him. troubles. fears.

will never cease to develop. His every thought is allied with power. and who think strongly. he who does this has become the conscious and intelligent wielder of his mental powers. and. As the physically weak man can make himself strong by careful and patient training. Doubts and fears should be rigorously excluded. and he who encourages them. To put away aimlessness and weakness. Page 18 of 30 Get Paid To Share . which does not fall prematurely to the ground. knowing its own weakness. attempt fearlessly. ineffectual. 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. They always lead to failure. and will at last grow divinely strong. so the man of weak thoughts can make them strong by exercising himself in right thinking. power to do. thwarts himself at every step. Thoughts of doubt and fear never accomplished anything. He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure. and believing this truth that strength can only be developed by effort and practice. The will to do springs from the knowledge that we can do. which break up the straight line of effort.Start Free . looking neither to the right nor the left. useless. thus believing. at once begin to exert itself.The weakest soul. and strength to strength. and never can. and all difficulties are bravely met and wisely overcome. energy. Purpose. they are disintegrating elements. and to begin to think with purpose. and they bloom and bring forth fruit. rendering it crooked. His purposes are seasonably planted. will. a man should mentally mark out a straight pathway to its achievement. who does not slay them. is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment. patience to patience. Doubt and fear are the great enemies of knowledge. and all strong thoughts cease when doubt and fear creep in. and accomplish masterfully. adding effort to effort. Having conceived of his purpose. who make all conditions serve them.

they are brought about by himself. a perfect Compassion embraces both oppressor and oppressed. are his own. let us hate the oppressor. and to say. His condition is also his own. and not another man's. so he remains. purity and impurity. As he thinks. He who has conquered weakness. He is free. however. let us despise the slaves." The truth is that oppressor and slave are co-operators in ignorance. "One man is an oppressor because many are slaves. and not by another. and not another man's. develop the strength which he admires in another. A perfect Knowledge perceives the action of law in the weakness of the oppressed and the misapplied power of the oppressor. and has put away all selfish thoughts. and. Page 19 of 30 Get Paid To Share . A man's weakness and strength. which both states entail. while seeming to afflict each other. as he continues to think. His suffering and his happiness are evolved from within. there is amongst an increasing few a tendency to reverse this judgment. and even then the weak man must become strong of himself. A strong man cannot help a weaker unless that weaker is willing to be helped.Start Free . seeing the suffering. where loss of equipoise would mean total destruction. so he is. belongs neither to oppressor nor oppressed. "Many men are slaves because one is an oppressor. In a justly ordered universe. and they can only be altered by himself. by his own efforts. It has been usual for men to think and to say. he must." Now.Chapter 7 Chapter 5 of As A Man Thinketh 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. are in reality afflicting themselves. condemns neither. a perfect Love. never by another. None but himself can alter his condition. individual responsibility must be absolute.

and rise into a position of influence and blessedness.A man can only rise. All the great Teachers of the ages have declared this in varying forms. the diadem of thought. And the higher he lifts his thoughts. and the strengthening of his resolution and self-reliance. He who lives constantly in the conception of noble and lofty thoughts. By the aid of self-control. Not having commenced to manfully control his thoughts. The universe does not favour the greedy. will. Intellectual achievements are the result of thought consecrated to the search for knowledge. he could not find and develop his latent resources. and righteous he becomes. no achievement without sacrifice. the dishonest. and confusion of thought a man descends. Such achievements may be sometimes connected with vanity and ambition. He is not fit to act independently and stand alone. and to prove and know it a man has but to persist in making himself more and more virtuous by lifting up his thoughts. and well-directed thought a man ascends. or for the beautiful and true in life and nature. in order to succeed. He may not. of whatever kind. but they are not the outcome of those characteristics. Before a man can achieve anything. He can only remain weak. the greater will be his success. they are the natural outgrowth of long and arduous effort. impurity. conquer. the more blessed and enduring will be his achievements. who dwells upon all that is pure and unselfish. Achievement. and fixes his mind on the development of his plans. it helps the honest. and would fail in any undertaking. the more manly. at least. the virtuous. There can be no progress. resolution. be sacrificed. he must lift his thoughts above slavish animal indulgence. righteousness. A man whose first thought is bestial indulgence could neither think clearly nor plan methodically. and abject. and of pure and unselfish thoughts. although on the mere surface it may sometimes appear to do so. and achieve by lifting up his thoughts. the vicious. and a man's worldly success will be in the measure that he sacrifices his confused animal thoughts. which he chooses. by any means. as surely as the sun reaches its zenith and the moon its full. indolence. the magnanimous. even in worldly things. corruption. but a portion of it must. is the crown of effort. Page 20 of 30 Get Paid To Share . Spiritual achievements are the consummation of holy aspirations. give up all animality and selfishness. But he is limited only by the thoughts.Start Free . become wise and noble in character. upright. by the aid of animality. purity. he is not in a position to control affairs and to adopt serious responsibilities. and miserable by refusing to lift up his thoughts.

the only difference lies in the object of attainment. or spiritual world. He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little. Page 21 of 30 Get Paid To Share . he who would achieve much must sacrifice much. whether in the business. are the result of definitely directed thought. Victories attained by right thought can only be maintained by watchfulness. and corrupt thoughts to take possession of him.Start Free . are governed by the same law and are of the same method. and rapidly fall back into failure. All achievements. and again descend into weakness and wretchedness by allowing arrogant. and even to lofty altitudes in the spiritual realm. intellectual. selfish.A man may rise to high success in the world. he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly. Many give way when success is assured.

for out of them will grow all delightful conditions. it lives in them. Humanity cannot forget its dreamers. so men. without them. it cannot let their ideals fade and die. your world will at last be built. 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. and he entered into it.Chapter 8 Chapter 6 of As A Man Thinketh Visions And Ideals THE dreamers are the saviours of the world. Your Vision is the promise of what you shall one day be. the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts. will one day realize it. if you but remain true to them. sculptor. the beauty that forms in your mind. prophet. and as you dream. and he discovered it.Start Free . to aspire is to. the architects of heaven. of these. heavenly environment. through all their trials and sins and sordid vocations. achieve. Copernicus fostered the vision of a multiplicity of worlds and a wider universe. Composer. are nourished by the beautiful visions of their solitary dreamers. all. cherish the music that stirs in your heart. To desire is to obtain. so shall you become. cherish your ideals. labouring humanity would perish. Buddha beheld the vision of a spiritual world of stainless beauty and perfect peace. Columbus cherished a vision of another world. The world is beautiful because they have lived. poet. Page 22 of 30 Get Paid To Share . Shall man's basest desires receive the fullest measure of gratification. your Ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil. As the visible world is sustained by the invisible. and he revealed it. these are the makers of the after-world. painter. it knows them as they realities which it shall one day see and know. He who cherishes a beautiful vision. sage." Dream lofty dreams. a lofty ideal in his heart. Cherish your visions.

and lacking all the arts of refinement. but they shall not long remain so if you but perceive an Ideal and strive to reach it. most love. The oak sleeps in the acorn. he speaks. Your circumstances may be uncongenial. and he utilizes all his spare time and means. He has realized the Vision of his youth. the bird waits in the egg. lives are changed. and you shall wander to the city-bucolic and open-mouthed. and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. the ink stains on your fingers and then and there shall pour out the torrent of your inspiration. which fit the scope of his expanding powers.The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. too. as great as your dominant aspiration: in the beautiful words of Stanton Kirkham Davis. Very soon so altered has his mind become that the workshop can no longer hold him. and. You shall lay down the saw and the plane to take upon yourself the regeneration of the world. or rise with your thoughts. In his hands he holds the cords of gigantic responsibilities. be it base or beautiful. You cannot travel within and stand still without. no less. who did so recently dream of great things while driving sheep. unschooled. men and women hang upon his words and remould their characters. he becomes the fixed and luminous centre round which innumerable destinies revolve. he thinks of intelligence.the pen still behind your ear. You may be driving sheep. you will receive that which you earn. to the development of his latent powers and resources. with the growth of opportunities. Years later we see this youth as a full-grown man. for you will always gravitate toward that which you. 'I have nothing more to teach you. And you. unrest urges him to action. He has become one with his Ideal. But he dreams of better things. and lo. small though they are.Start Free ." Page 23 of 30 Get Paid To Share . You will become as small as your controlling desire. mentally builds up. which he wields with worldwide influence and almost unequalled power. Dreams are the seedlings of realities. It has become so out of harmony with his mentality that it falls out of his life as a garment is cast aside. confined long hours in an unhealthy workshop. and presently you shall walk out of the door that for so long has seemed to you the barrier of your ideals. "You may be keeping accounts. We find him a master of certain forces of the mind. you will fall. no more. Here is a youth hard pressed by poverty and labour. and shall find yourself before an audience . sunlike. your Vision. of refinement.' And now you have become the master. He conceives of. shall wander under the intrepid guidance of the spirit into the studio of the master. will realize the Vision (not the idle wish) of your heart. he passes out of it forever. Into your hands will be placed the exact results of your own thoughts. an ideal condition of life. youthful reader. or a mixture of both. your Ideal. of grace and beauty. Whatever your present environment may be. remain. and after a time he shall say. the vision of a wider liberty and a larger scope takes possession of him. and. secretly.

and chance. the Ideal that you enthrone in your heart . and call it "luck". and call it chance. of the undaunted efforts they have put forth. they only see the light and joy.The thoughtless." do not understand the process. material. but only behold the pleasant goal.Start Free . They do not know the darkness and the heartaches. In all human affairs there are efforts. and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result. "How highly favoured he is!" And noting the saintly character and wide influence of another. They do not see the long and arduous journey. objects accomplished. powers. and call it "good fortune. but only perceive the result. The Vision that you glorify in your mind. they are thoughts completed. this you will become. Page 24 of 30 Get Paid To Share . "How lucky he is!" Observing another become intellectual. the ignorant. that they might overcome the apparently insurmountable. Seeing a man grow rich.this you will build your life by. Chance is not. and the indolent. talk of luck. and there are results. seeing only the apparent effects of things and not the things themselves. "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. and realize the Vision of their heart. they say. and spiritual possessions are the fruits of effort. of the faith they have exercised. of fortune. Gifts. they remark. visions realized. have no knowledge of the sacrifices they have made. they exclaim. intellectual.

It is the result of long and patient effort in self-control. and as he develops a right understanding.yea. and they. He is like a shade-giving tree in a thirsty land. or what changes come to those possessing these blessings. How insignificant mere money seeking looks in comparison with a serene life . serene. and calm. balanced life? It does not matter whether it rains or shines. 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. Its presence is an indication of ripened experience. the fruitage of the soul. serene. more to be desired than gold . A man becomes calm in the measure that he understands himself as a thought evolved being.a life that dwells in the ocean of Truth. than even fine gold. "Who does not love a tranquil heart. the greater is his success. or a sheltering rock in a storm. a sweet-tempered. for such knowledge necessitates the understanding of others as the result of thought. in the Eternal Calm! Page 25 of 30 Get Paid To Share .Chapter 9 Chapter 7 of As A Man Thinketh Serenity CALMNESS of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. Even the ordinary trader will find his business prosperity increase as he develops a greater self-control and equanimity. The calm man. beyond the reach of tempests. reverence his spiritual strength. calm man is always loved and revered. It is precious as wisdom. and remains poised. for they are always sweet.Start Free . That exquisite poise of character. knows how to adapt himself to others. his power for good. having learned how to govern himself. The more tranquil a man becomes. beneath the waves. in turn. steadfast. and of a more than ordinary knowledge of the laws and operations of thought. his influence. for people will always prefer to deal with a man whose demeanour is strongly equable. which we call serenity is the last lesson of culture. The strong. and feel that they can learn of him and rely upon him.

makes the winds and the storms of the soul obey him. Self-control is strength."How many people we know who sour their lives. How few people we meet in life who are well balanced. Keep your hand firmly upon the helm of thought. 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. Calmness is power. humanity surges with uncontrolled passion. who ruin all that is sweet and beautiful by explosive tempers. "Peace. who have that exquisite poise which is characteristic of the finished character! Yes. He does but sleep: wake Him. and the sunny shore of your ideal awaits your coming. Say unto your heart. only he whose thoughts are controlled and purified. Tempest-tossed souls. wherever ye may be. be still!" THE END Page 26 of 30 Get Paid To Share . who destroy their poise of character. In the bark of your soul reclines the commanding Master. is tumultuous with ungoverned grief.Start Free . know this in the ocean of life the isles of Blessedness are smiling. Right Thought is mastery. under whatsoever conditions ye may live. is blown about by anxiety and doubt only the wise man.

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