One of my many daily rituals is to read for at least an hour a day. Amongst the two other pieces I am reading, I had the pleasure of doing a quick read-through of ‘As A Man Thinketh’ by James Allen. I had read this over a decade ago, but completely struck it from my mind. So, picking it back up today was like reading it for the first time.
Originally published in 1903, it shares many of the same qualities of the majority of self-help books of the past century, from ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ to ‘The Secret’. It is also along the same lines as the book I am publishing in the next few weeks (a little presumptuous to compare my work to some of the great classics, I know).
In essence, the novel encapsulates the ideal that all circumstances in one’s life bloom from thoughts within. Everything that happens to us, everyday, is a direct result of manifestation. When we carry ourselves in love and positivity, our life will exude love and positivity, and we will attract the positive to ourselves. When we live in fear and selfishness, we will attract the negative into our lives.
Of the many extraordinary pieces of wisdom that jumped out to me from this novel, one of my favorites was:
“The thoughtless, the ignorant, and indolent, seeing only the apparent effects of things and not the things themselves, talk of law, of fortune, and chance. Seeing a man grow rich, they say, ‘How lucky he is!’ Observing another become intellectual they exclaim, ‘How highly favored he is!’ And noting the saintly character and wide influence of another, they remark, ‘How chance aids him at every turn!’ They don’t see the trials and failures and the struggles which these men have voluntarily encountered in order to gain their experience; have no knowledge of the sacrifices they have made, of the undaunted efforts they have put forth, of the faith they have exercised, that they might overcome the apparently insurmountable, and realize the vision of their heart. They do not know the darkness and the heart aches; they only see the light and the Joy, and they call it ‘luck’; do not see the longing arduous journey, but only behold the pleasant goal, and call it ‘good fortune’; do not understand the process, but only perceive the result, and call it ‘chance’.”
What can you add to this post that I left out about ‘As A Man Thinketh’?