Learning about great authors that aren’t exactly mainstream was one of the bonuses at the self-discovery course I joined last fall.
The paragraphs below are from a book by James Allen, published in 1903. The title ‘As a Man Thinketh’ is influenced by a verse in the Book of Proverbs, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he”, but it’s not a Christian book per se. Spiritual, yes. (If you’re curious about the Law of Attraction, this might be the kind of book you’re looking for).
The original text of ‘As A Man Thinketh’ is in the Public Domain. The text I have copied below is an excerpt from a revised version by Christopher Westra, and you can read the entire book on his web site. You may also order the book here (free shipping worldwide).
“Your mind may be likened to a garden. This garden may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, grow something. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall into it, and will continue to produce their kind.
A gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits that he requires. So may you tend the garden of your mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and impure thoughts. Cultivate toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts. Thus you will grow in truth, intelligence, and light.
By pursuing this process, you sooner or later discover that you are the master-gardener of your soul, the director of your life. You also reveal, within yourself, the flaws of thought, and understand, with ever-increasing accuracy, how the thought-forces and mind elements operate in the shaping of your character, circumstances, and destiny. Thought leads to character. As character can only reveal itself through environment and circumstance, the outer conditions of your life will always be harmoniously related to your inner state.
This does not mean that your circumstances at any given time indicate your entire character. It does mean that your outer conditions are intimately connected to some vital inner thought processes. Some of these thoughts and beliefs may be below the level of your current awareness. You are where you are in life because of the laws of thought. The thoughts that you have built into your character have brought you here.
In the arrangement of your life, there is no element of chance, but all is the result of a law that cannot be broken. This is just as true for those of you who feel “out of harmony” with your surroundings as for those of you who are contented with your place in life.”
I am a gardener of my own mind and I continue to weed …. and I know that I will succeed. Rome was not built in one day, nor will my weeding be finished overnight. But I persist and I have the weeding tools I need, thanks to this online course which you can check out right now!
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