In Byways of Blessedness James Allen instructs us on how to improve our life and spiritual wellbeing through the power of positive thinking. Allen teaches how . Byways of Blessedness. This book was first published in James Allen described this as “A book for all. It aims to reveal the sublime principles which lie . Byways to Blessedness by James Allen – Once again James Allen instructs us on how to improve our life and spiritual wellbeing through the power of positive.
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Where lurks your besetting sin?
Your whole life is a series of effects having their cause in thought – in your own thought. Burden-dropping consists in abandoning the inward selfishness and putting pure love in its place. Until this is done those other and higher places which are waiting for you bywyas be taken possession of, cannot be reached.
Nothing but the sacrifice of self can avail, and to this must all men come sooner or later during their spiritual evolution. While lying here I again dreamed that with greater vividness than ever before and it has filled me with dread and terror. The foolish man thinks that little faults, little indulgences, little sins, are of no consequence; he persuades himself that so long as he does not commit flagrant immoralities he is virtuous, and even holy; but he is thereby deprived of virtue, and holiness, and the world knows him accordingly; it does not reverence, adore, and love him; it passes him by; he is bleessedness of no account; his influence is destroyed.
The true life, the blessed life, the life that is not tormented with passions and pains, is reached only through sacrifice, not necessarily the sacrifice of outward things, but the sacrifice of the inward errors and defilements, for ot is these, and these only, which bring misery into life. Sign up and get a free eBook! Buways must enter into their inner state and become one with them, looking hyways their mental eyes and comprehending the range of their experience.
There is, indeed, a spiritual influence in the early morning hour, a divine silence and an inexpressible repose, and he who, purposeful and strong, throws off the mantle of ease and climbs the hills to greet the morning sun will thereby climb no inconsiderable distance up the hills of blessednesz and truth.
All resentment, dislike, ill-thinking, and ill-speaking of others is hatred, and where there is hatred there is always unhappiness. As in things material a load is only undertaken as a necessary means of transference, and is never a source of sorrow, so in things spiritual a burden should only be taken up as a means towards some good and necessary end, which, when attained, the burden is put aside; and the carrying of such a burden, far from being a source of grief would be a cause for rejoicing.
But he will never do this by sitting down and weeping in despair, nor by complaining and worrying and aimlessly wishing he were differently situated. These hard, cruel, and wrong conditions of mind never brought you any jamees they can never bring you anything but unrest, misery, and spiritual blindness.
Only in this way can you become en rapport with them, and so fathom their life, their experience, and understand it, and when jzmes man is understood it becomes impossible to condemn him.
The true Master is master of himself; anything other than this is not mastery but delusion.
If he knows that what he is doing is wrong where lies the ignorance? Men are anxious to do some great thing, to perform some great sacrifice which lies beyond the necessities of their experience, while all the time, perhaps, they are neglecting the one thing needful, are blind to that sacrifice which by its very nearness is rendered imperative.
Tell us what you like, so we can send you books you’ll love. But one day he caught a mouse – a weak, terrified, hunted thing like himself – and its helpless frality, and the similarity of its condition with his own, appealed to him, and started into flame the divine spark of sympathy which smouldered in his crime-hardened heart, and which no human touch had ever wakened into life.
Have you yet discovered the vast importance of beginnings? The saint was once a sinner; the sinner will one day be a saint. Love knows no heavy toil.
How many anxious and laborious hours and days, or even months, its solution costs; and, frequently, how many tears are shed in hopeless contemplation of the unmastered, and apparently insurmountable, wall of difficulty! Even the meanest hames will respond to its heavenly touch, for it is the universal language which all creatures understand.
Yet, so blinding is the pandering to self that, like the drunkard who takes his daily dram in the belief that it is bracing up the nerves which it is all the time shattering, so the lie-a-bed is convinced that long hours of ease are necessary for him as a possible remedy for those very moods and weaknesses and disorders of which his indulgence is the cause.
Why, then, do I grow angry? Even the expression of his featires altered remarkably: What answer allwn you give your heart to these important questions? Know, then, the hidden sacrifice which it is needful that you should make. Most beginnings are small, and appear trivial and insignificant, In Byways of Blessedness James Allen instructs us on how to improve our life and spiritual wellbeing through the power of positive thinking. Because another is unkind to you is no justification of your own unkindness, but is rather a call for bu exercise of great kindness on your part.
He who considers the nature and import of his thoughts, who strives daily to eliminate bad thoughts and supplant them with good, comes at last to see that thoughts are the beginnings of results which affect every fibre of his being, which potently influence aleln event and bby of his life.
Stop brooding over your own trying circumstances and contemplate the lives of some of bywaye about you. The helpless frailty of the dumb creation calls for the exercise of the deepest sympathy. Look, for instance, at X- a man totally evil, given up entirely to selfishness and ambition; surely great torments are reserved for so unprincipled a man. But does he lose? No man sees evil in himself or his own acts except the man who is becoming enlightened, and then he abandons those acts which he has come to see are wrong.
Complete self-conquest is perfect knowledge, perfect sympathy, and he who views men with the stainless vision of a pure heart views them with bt pitying heart, sees them iames a part of himself, not as something defiled and separate and distinct, but as his very self, sinning as he has sinned, suffering as he has suffered, sorrowing as he has sorrowed, yet, withal, glad in alen knowledge that they will come, as he has come, to perfect peace at last.
He sees the far reaching influence, good or bad, which extends from his every thought and act, and how he himself is made or unmade by the soundness or unsoundness of those innumerable details of conduct which combine to form his character and life, and so he watches, guards, purifies, and perfects himself little by little and step by step. Did you faint in the race? They will not know what silent battles you jzmes fighting, what eternal victories over self you are achieving, but, they will feel your altered attitude, your new mind, wrought of the fabric of love and loving thoughts, and will share somewhat in its happiness and bliss.
Forgiveness is one of the doorways in the faultless temple of Love Divine.