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As a Man Thinketh: The Complete Original Edition: With th and millions of other books are available for instant access. As a Man Thinketh - Complete Original Text Paperback – January 31, "As a Man Thinketh" is a literary essay by James Allen, published in
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You might worry that your negative thoughts are going to manifest themselves around you. You may also worry that you can't control your mind - that it presents "impure imagining" to you whether you want it to or not. This is the human condition; you are not alone. The method for gaining control of your "innermost desires, aspirations, [and] thoughts" is to work at it continuously.
Become aware of your mind, and simply do not berate yourself. Learn how to let negativity flow into the past, and how to begin again from the moment. When you scold yourself for having a negative thought, let that, too, flow into the past, and begin again. Focus on what you want, or if you don't know what you want, focus on thoughts that will lead you to know what you want. There is no other way. View all 3 comments. A small collection of thoughts on how powerful our minds truly are, this is book you'll want to turn to again and again because though it's short, it's deep with meaning.
There is no fluff to distract our brains from epiphany to epiphany. Some of my favorite quotes: Thought and character are one. The dreamers are the saviors of the world. In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result. A man is literally wh A small collection of thoughts on how powerful our minds truly are, this is book you'll want to turn to again and again because though it's short, it's deep with meaning.
A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts. Act is the blossom of thought, and joy and suffering are its fruits. Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself. Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are. Indigence and indulgence are the two extremes of wretchedness. He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure. Thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes creative force. They who have no central purpose in their life fall an easy prey to petty worries, fears, troubles, and self-pityings.
Victories attained by right thought can only be maintained by watchfulness. Men imagine that thought can be kept secret, but it cannot; it rapidly crystallizes into habit, and habit solidifies into circumstance. There is no physician like cheerful thought for dissipating the ills of the body; there is no comforter to compare with good will for dispersing the shadows of grief and sorrow. A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape is circumstances.
Why the four stars? There are a few statements that did not quite win me over. Wrinkles are not manifestations of age but poor character, and health issues are manifestations of a poor mind. I'm not denying that thought affects health, but it is not the only cursor for poor health. Suffering is always the effect of wrong thought in some direction. Only most of the time. Sometimes we suffer most in our vulnerability to those we love when they do wrong or hurt us or suffer themselves. This godly sorrow may not be what he means by suffering, but I also can't imagine suffering at the unforseen death of a loved one to be suffering of our own making, unless you are considering it to be a challenge in life you chose to encounter.
Calmness is a virtue every human should aspire. While steady demeanor is a worthy goal, there is much to be said for enthusiasm, emotion, and variety in personalities. While tempers and impatience are not good qualities, neither is a lack of emotion, and there is nothing wrong with a happy animated person, a person I would never describe as calm. Calm is a great quality, but it's not the all-inclusive. If he had said peace, I would understand. View all 4 comments. Oct 13, Jesse Field rated it did not like it. When I found an audio file with this text pre-packaged into my new learnoutloud.
Then as I listened a bit more, I thought it was some kind of joke or parody -- surely in just a moment Brian, "Philosopher," will put on a more genuine, critical voice. Surely he would tell us "Thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes creative force. Surely he would tell us that of course you can't change your circumstances with your thoughts.
That's not philosophy, but magical thinking. Surely he would remind us, as Barbara Erhenreich has tried to do, that perfectly virtuous people fail and suffer everyday. And that perfect scoundrals, animalistic beasts, succeed and prosper all the time. For some reason I think of Adam Sandler. I believe he once commented with pride that he did not finish high school.
Surely people all know, in this day and age, that "serenity" is not a viable goal in life? That the best we can do is meet the challenges as they come, acknowledge that life is always a struggle, and find reasons to continue the struggle? Surely people don't fall for this dully polished hogwash, already dreadfully unoriginal by ?
Doesn't the pompousness, the selfishness, the sheer vacuity of Allen's thinking show through? Sadly, there truly is no end to how gullible readers can be. I suppose when you combine basic ignorance with the anxiety and ambivalence we all feel these days trust me I feel it too then the result is that a large part of the population will continue to purchase the age-old idea that "right thoughts" will change the world.
I've hit on yet another node of the most compelling fantasy that exists in this market-and-work oriented world. View all 7 comments. I found this in one of my apartments on my mission and it looks like it used to be required reading. I read it then and thought it was decent. I read it recently and thought it was pretty poor. It felt a little bit too much like "The Secret" If you think good thoughts you'll have a good happy life and vice versa.
If only those people suffering genocide in Darfur could think better thoughts To be fair, I do agree to an extent and know that focus I found this in one of my apartments on my mission and it looks like it used to be required reading. To be fair, I do agree to an extent and know that focusing your energy and thoughts on something will help you achieve said goal, or help you to be a particular way. And we all know the power of positive thinking. I guess I can agree on some of Allen's premise here, but I feel like he takes it too far, and man does he beat a dead horse.
This book just repeats itself over and over and gets a bit tiresome, especially for something so short. Jan 26, Sarah M. View all 5 comments. I can hardly believe that this book was published in ! If you know about the "Law of Attraction" it's very likely you found out about it from a movie called The Secret that came out in - a years later! A part of the human population was blown away by it me included , other parts were either amused, disturbed, hated it or found it hard to care.
It's very likely you'll I can hardly believe that this book was published in ! It's very likely you'll end up thinking I need some serious help. XD Which is fine, you don't know where I live anyways. Before I say anything else, I have to admit that although I practice the Law I freak out every time it works and I agree with the majority of the teachings e. I am rather concerned with the general obsession for owning stuff and believing that having something that you currently lack will bring you happiness.
So in this new "happiness movement" people often get encouraged to desire stuff.
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Or at least imagine we already have them. We all know that owning the newest piece of technology will make us happier. Just look at all those happy faces in the smartphone TV ads. Or how happy physically fit and attractive people look on the Posters. Look at the rich people on the news! We are almost being conditioned to desire , to think happy thoughts all the time, to wish for better jobs, more money, a truer love, bigger home, etc.
And we often end up neglecting what we currently posses.
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In fact, the more we believe that thoughts can attract something better, the more we might end up hating the situation we are currently in. The main problem is Who taught us to want it? Will it really make us happier? And when do we put a stop to it? What do we do if we become addicted to "desiring"? What if we are never satisfied? If it's easy and quick?
Why waste your time and energy dealing with a problem, learning tolerance or practicing forgiveness, when all you have to do is just move on the next option? I guess, what I'm trying to say is- don't take this book and The Secret way too seriously. Life is not meant to be spent solely on chasing after dreams or wishing for a better future.
Sometimes, problems happen for a reason and sometimes misfortune is what makes us better, more human. In my experience, the Law worked in two cases: When my mind is cleared after experiencing some dramatic phase of my life and I am super focused on what I want for a couple of days, then I stop thinking about it completely.
When I end up being happy with what I have, practice mindfulness and just feel super relaxed. This takes longer, because I don't really desire anything at this stage, but if I remember to wish for something I just do it for a few minutes and then go back to being "present". Un Fortunately, I'm too busy with life to really spend too much time contemplating the "wrongness" of my current situation. Don't wish for something when you are feeling depressed for not having it.
If you are stuck and you find it hard to "manifest", try reading the teachings of Buddha, Tao or Toltec Philosophy to balance the "ego".
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The Secret is better written, better explained, more practical and more relevant, but I would still recommend As a Man Thinketh for everyone who is curious. It's a revolutionary but not very well-known piece of work that has also inspired Napoleon Hill to write Think and Grow Rich. The first half hour is damn right freaky and feels like you are watching some weird religious propaganda if you're new to it. Dec 19, Amir Tesla rated it it was amazing Shelves: This wonderful book is one the most exquisite, delicate, books I've ever read.
Statements being uttered in the book carry a heavy deal of wisdom while gently they touch your soul. Here are some of them: His wishes and prayers are only gratified and answered when they harmonize with his thoughts and actions. Mar 06, Viji Bookish endeavors rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is about the value of thoughts,how they influence a man,or rather how they make a man. The text is divided into different chapters,each on how thought is related to various aspects of life, and gives a clear and brief explanation of how thoughts influence one's life.
To summarize the text in its own words.. It obeys the operations of the mind, whether they be deliberately chosen or automatically expressed. At the bidding of unlawful thoughts the body sinks rapidly into disease and decay; at the command of glad and beautiful thoughts it becomes clothed with youthfulness and beauty.
He should make this purpose the centralizing point of his thoughts. It may take the form of a spiritual ideal, or it may be a worldly object, according to his nature at the time being; but whichever it is, he should steadily focus his thought-forces upon the object, which he has set before him. Before a man can achieve anything, even in worldly things, he must lift his thoughts above slavish animal indulgence.
It is the result of long and patient effort in self-control. Its presence is an indication of ripened experience, and of a more than ordinary knowledge of the laws and operations of thought. Oct 05, Azza rated it it was ok Shelves: Good thoughts will bring you good things in life, bad thoughts will bring you bad things.
Here you go, you just read the book. Reading this sentence is exactly like reading the whole book because it is the only idea in there but is repeated like a million times, in all possible ways. But that does not mean I don't believe in it, I do. It makes sense to me. In As a Man Thinketh, James Allen strongly professes the concept that a man is only as good as his thoughts.
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While in a sense, it may be true, you could also argue against it. It has a lot of possibilities for an amusing, thought-provoking debate. Nor does a pure-minded man fall suddenly into crime by stress of any mere external force; the criminal thought had long been secretly fostered in the heart, and the hour of opportunity revealed its gathered power.
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Not surprised if you did too. We all have loved that character, who, out of sheer desperation to feed his family, stole a piece of bread and ended up in prison. Theft is a crime, no matter what they say, but feeding your family is not. Bringing up this fictional scenario to point out that Allen is wrong, is not my intention though. Does that justification make them any less guilty? But does that knowledge lessen your hatred for the said accused?
Admit it, it did. Had he always harbored ill thoughts, thought of stealing, killing, murdering? Could he have avoided those thoughts if he willed himself hard enough?
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The answer is NO. However hard we try, a controlled mind always slips, always blends in with its surroundings, because just like a coin with two sides, a mind is composed of bad thoughts as much as the good ones. We may think bad stuff, and will ourselves not to do it. Of course, it is just what I feel to be true, you may have arguments that I may counter-argue. You can choose to be good or bad, but you definitely cannot choose to think good thoughts or bad thoughts.
When a man makes his thoughts pure, he no longer desires impure food. What someone eats is his own business, you idiot. Even if you eat a snake, or a man for that matter, your body will adjust unless there are other ways for survival. Doubt and fear are the great enemies of knowledge, and he who encourages them, who does not slay them, thwarts himself at every step. This one might be the truest thing he said, but it is not a fact at all.
Like those physics theories we were forced to learn in high school? The strength of the effort is the measure of the result. This was published in what? Recommended to Norm by: A stranger willing to help me when I needed help. Guess he thought the loss of the book would be better than the loss of ear rings from his department around Mother's Day.
Since reading that book I have read in the neighborhood of , of these type of books.
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What has always struck me was that each new book I read said pretty much what the others said except it was explained a little differently. I used to wonder where it started. Where do these obviously successful books come from? Where is their birth place? I read older and older of these type books and came to believe that this type of book has its beginnings lost in the annals of history.
But for modern purposes this little volume, and the date it was written century ago has probably been devoured by every self-help guru that has ever written a newer self help book this century. As a Man Thinketh is pretty much where every modern day self help guru goes to or comes from, except they say it in about times as many words as James Allen did.
If you're inclined to take an interest in self help and you are not sure which guru is getting it right in the almighty sea of self help books you'll do yourself a great service if you read the 7 essays in this short book first. Most the rest the offerings are based on this little volume. Mar 09, Cassandra Kay Silva rated it it was ok Shelves: This was basically the original version of "the secret". I consider this whole Law of Attraction thing a by product of a spoilt and generally healthy society, but apparently this idea has been circulating for some time.
Anyone who has dealt with a debilitating illness brought on by nothing but genetics knows that you can't "think your way" out of a bad situation. You can make the best of what you have but blaming someones thoughts for the cards they were dealt in life be it poverty, health, or l This was basically the original version of "the secret". You can make the best of what you have but blaming someones thoughts for the cards they were dealt in life be it poverty, health, or life circumstance can only be done by people who have never suffered the many injustices of this life.
Jun 11, Steven Walle rated it it was amazing. In this short easy to read volume, James Allen teches us how the conscience awearness of what we think definitely determins where we will end up. If you don't know where you are going, how will you know when you get there? We must have a spasific goal and have that goal infront of us at all times until we reach it. Enjoy and Be Blessed. Sep 16, booklady rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I've read this book many times.
First ran across it 15 years ago and have come back to it many times; glean new treasures from it each time. This go-round was especially rich. Sep 22, Pam rated it it was amazing. Cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment, of these, if you but remain true to them your world will at last be built.
The soul attracts that which it secretly harbors, that which it loves, and also that which it fears. It reaches the height of its cherished aspirations. It falls to the level of its unchastened desires - and circumstances are the means by which the soul receives its own. Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves, they therefore remain bound. Every action and feeling is preceded by a thought.
Right thinking begins with the words we say to ourselves. Circumstance does not make the man, it reveals him to himself. You cannot travel within and stand still without. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. June Learn how and when to remove this template message.
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