As A Man Thinketh, By James Allen
Mind is the Master-power that molds and makes,
And Man is Mind, and evermore he takes
The tool of Thought, and, shaping what he wills
Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills:–
He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass:
Environment is but his looking-glass.
Allen has a positive basis for his philosophical thought in that he says law, justice, righteousness are the molding and moving forces in the spiritual governing of the world. When man rights himself humanity, in turn, learns that the universe is right and in focus. One must attain a spiritual focus to learn that as things are viewed, in turn one is viewed by things. The focal point of view changes as things are viewed in one light and perspective and then another, while simultaneously, when being viewed, the focus again is ever changing. All these elements, actions, interactions, gradations flow one into and out of the other to create a spiritual focus.
This little volume (the result of meditation and experience is not intended as an exhaustive treatise on the much-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 they may have hitherto woven in ignorance and pain they may now weave in enlightenment and happiness. – James Allen