As a man thinketh - James Allen


Mind is the master power that moulds and makes, and man in Mind, and evermore he takes the tool of thought, and, shaping what he wills, bring forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills: He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass: Environment is but his looking-glass.

Foreword

This book is suggestive to stimulate men and women to discover that: they themselves are makers of themselves.
By virtue of the thoughts which they choose and encourage, that mind is the master weaver, both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of circumstances, and that, as they may have hitherto woben in ignorance and pain they may now weave in enlightenment and happiness.

Thought and character

"As a man thinketh in his heart so he is" not only embrace the whole of a man's being but is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of his life.
A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.

As the plant springs from, and could not be without the seed, so every act of a man springs from the hidden seeds of thought, and could not have appeared without them.

Act is the blossom of thought, and joy and suffering are its fruits.

Man is made or unmade by himself in the armoury of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself, or the tools for heavenly mansions of joy, strength and peace.

As a being of power, intelligence and love, and the lord of his own thought, man holds the key to every situation, and contains within himself that transforming and regenerative agency by which he may make himself what he wills.

“He that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened;” for only by patience, practice, and ceaseless importunity can a man enter the Door of the Temple of Knowledge.

EFFECT OF THOUGHT ON CIRCUMSTANCES

A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth.

Man is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions, but when he realizes that he is a creative power, and that he may command the hidden soil and seeds of his being out of which circumstances grow, he then becomes the rightful master of himself.

Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself.

Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.
their inmost thoughts and desires are fed with their own food.
The “divinity that shapes our ends” is in ourselves; it is our very self. Man is manacled only by himself.
Not what he wishes and prays for does a man get, but what he justly earns. His wishes and prayers are only gratified and answered when they harmonize with his thoughts and actions.

Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
The man who does not shrink from self-crucifixion can never fail to accomplish the object upon which his heart is set.

The sole and supreme use of suffering is to purify, to burn out all that is useless and impure. Suffering ceases for him who is pure. There could be no object in burning gold after the dross had been removed, and a perfectly pure and enlightened being could not suffer.

Let a man radically alter his thoughts, and he will be astonished at the rapid transformation it will effect in the material conditions of his life.
Men imagine that thought can be kept secret, but it cannot; it rapidly crystallizes into habit, and habit solidifies into circumstance.

A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances.

The world is your kaleidoscope, and the varying combinations of colours, which at every succeeding moment it presents to you are the exquisitely adjusted pictures of your ever-moving thoughts.