INTRODUCTION BY SUCCESS.COM FORWARD FROM THE AUTHOR THOUGHT AND CHARACTER EFFECT OF THOUGHT ON CIRCUMSTANCE EFFECTS OF THOUGHTS ON THE BODY THOUGHT AND PURPOSE THE THOUGHT-FACTOR IN ACHIEVEMENT VISIONS AND IDEALS SERENITY 3 4 5 8 17 19 21 24 27
INTRODUCTION BY SUCCESS.COM
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FORWARD FROM THE AUTHOR
This little volume (the result of meditation and experience) is not intended as an exhaustive treatise on themuch-written-upon subject of the power of thought. It is suggestive rather than explanatory, its object being to stimulate men and women to the discovery and perception of the truth that “They themselves are makers of themselves” by virtue of the thoughts which they choose and encourage; that mind is the master weaver, both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance, and that, as theymay have hitherto woven in ignorance and pain they may now weave in enlightenment and happiness. James Allen Ilfracombe, England
THOUGHT AND CHARACTER
“As you think, so you are.” This not only embraces the whole of your being, but also everything that ever happens to you in life. You are, literally, what you think, and your character is the complete sum of all your thoughts. As theplant springs from (and could not exist without) the seed, your every action springs from the hidden seeds of thought and could not have appeared without them. This applies equally to those acts called “spontaneous” and “unpremeditated” as to those which are deliberate. Action is the blossom of thought, and joy and suffering are its fruit. In this way do we harvest the sweet and bitter results of ourown activities. Thought in the mind hath made us. What we are by thought was wrought and built. If a man’s mind hath evil thoughts, pain comes on him as comes the wheel the ox behind. If one endure in purity of thought, Joy follows him as his own shadow—sure. As humans, we follow the natural laws of the universe, and cause and effect are as absolute and undeviating in the hidden realm of thoughtas in the world of visible and material things. A noble and God-like character is not a thing of favor or chance, but is the natural result of continued effort in right thinking, the effect of long-cherished association with God-like thoughts. An ignoble and bestial character, by the same process, is the result of the continued harboring of groveling thoughts.
We are made or unmade by ourown selves. In the armory of thought, we forge the weapons which we use to destroy ourselves. We also fashion the tools with which we build for ourselves heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace. By the right choice and true application of thought, we ascend to the divine perfection. By the abuse and wrong application of thought, we descend below the level of the beast. Between these twoextremes are all the grades of character, and we are their makers and masters. Of all the beautiful truths pertaining to the soul that have been restored and brought to light in this age, none is more gladdening or fruitful of divine promise and confidence than this – that we are the masters of thought, the molders of character, and the makers and shapers of condition, environment, and destiny. As...