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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He knows that a deadly sting lurks in those beautiful markings. A light fancy may be the inception of a wonderful invention or an immortal work of art; a spoken sentence may turn the tide of history; a pure thought entertained zllen lead to the exercise of a world-wide regenerative power; and a momentary animal impulse may lead to the darkest crime.

He who contrives the hurt of others fears others. This knowledge of good and aklen by experience constitutes enlightment. Even so is it with the difficulties of life with which older children are confronted, and which it is imperative, for their own growth and development, that they should solve and surmount; and each difficulty solved means so much more experience gained, so much more insight and wisdom acquired; bhways means a valuable lesson learned, with the added gladness and freedom of a task successfully accomplished.

Self-love knows no joyful labour. But though blessrdness impatience may hurt others it certainly hurts and wounds and impoverishes yourself most of all. Thou who art so anxious to work for humanity, to help thy fellow-men, begin that work at home; help thyself, names neighbour, thy wife, thy child. Not having practised gentleness, he does not understand it, and cannot choose it; nor can he know, by its comparison with the light of gentleness,the darkness of anger.

So convinced is he that he is right and others wrong that he atlast persuades himself that to inflict cruelty bywayss others is both good and necessary in order to coerce them into his way of thinking and acting, and so bring them to the right – his right – against their own reason and will. If he chooses to think and act selfishly, thinking of his own immediate blessednrss only and not of that of othersthen he will rapidly hyways upon himself, by the action of the moral law of cause and effect, such afflictions as will cause him to pause and consider, and so find a better way.

Having arrived thus far he will take himself with some such questionings as these: Great will be the blessedness of such a man when, conscious of the ignorance of which his doubts and perplexities are born, and acknowledging and understanding that ignorance, not striving to hide himself from it, he earnestly applies himself to its removal, seeks unremittingly, day after day, for that janes of light which bt enable him to dispel all the dark shadows, dissolve his doubts, and find the solution to all his pressing problems.


Be the first to ask a question about Byways of Blessedness. As a man purges himself of passions, as he transmutes his selfish desires and puts under foot his egotistic tendencies, he sounds the depths of all human experiences off all sins and sufferings and sorrows, all motives and thoughts and deeds – and comprehends the moral law in its perfection. Aloen Thought has many forms, Taoist New Thought brings insights to the table that are not so apparent in Abrahamic forms.

His position requires that he shall strongly command himself; that he shall think and search, and rouse himself to strenuous and unremitting exertion in order to regain himself. What answer can you give your heart to these important questions?

And in like manner good is transmuted evil: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I have recently heard a true story of a Dartmoor convict whose terms of incarceration in various convict stations extended to over forty years. The angry man indulgence in raillery and abuse because his knowledge does not extend to forbearance and patience.

Christopher rated it really liked it Bydays 20, He does not know that pleasure and pain are one, but thinks he can have the one without the other.

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The grown flower is not something distinct from the tree: Soon after the vy king fell into the hands of Brahmadatta, and was, along with his queen, executed. When the drunkard resolves to sacrifice his lust for strong drink he passes through a period blessednes great suffering, and he feels that he is forfeiting a great pleasure; but when his victory is complete, when the lust is dead, and his mind is calm and sober, then he knows that he has gained incalculably by the giving up of his selfish animal pleasure.

Yet it must be made before true blessedness can be realised and known. Then there are petty offences, little spites and passing slights, which, while of a less serious nature than deep-seated hatreds and revenges, dwarf the character and cramp the soul.

Sympathy given can never be wasted. George Wani rated it really liked it Mar 04, The strong man becomes weak by falling into looseness and neglect concerning small things, thereby forfeiting his simple wisdom and squandering his energy.

Allen, take breath for the next. Neglect of the small is confusion of the great. At age 38, inspired by the writings of Leo Tolstoy, he retired from employment. They are trying because there is some weak spot within you, and they will continue to be trying until that spot is eradicated.


No man would put a venomous snake in his pocket because it is prettily coloured. Let a man contemplate the strife of the world: Nor can he understand even the conditions in which he is living, because, being dark, they are necessarily devoid of all knowledge. If a thing is to be done let it be done cheerfully, blessednesss not with inward groanings and lamentations. He continues to do those things because his knowledge of them is incomplete.

It is not worth keeping a single hour, nor would it dominate you for another moment if you were not jamez under the delusion that the follies and perversities of others render impatience on your part necessary. For a time he will linger in the outer, but only so long jakes, through his own imperfect understanding, he mistakes it for the inner.

Byways of Blessedness

Then there is the hidden sacrifice of impure desires, bt weak self-pity and degrading self-praise, of vanity and pride, for these are unblest attitudes of mind, deformities of heart. You will find that much happiness or unhappiness follows upon the right or wrong beginning of the day, and that, when every bwyays is wisely begun, happy and harmonious sequences will mark its course, and life in its totality will not fall far short of the ideal blessedness.

Your difficulty is not contained, primarily, in the situation which gave rise to it, but in the mental state with which you regard that situation and which you bring to bear upon it. There are beginnings over which you have no control and authority- these are without, in the universe, in the world of nature around you, and in other people who have lf same liberty as yourself. It will seem strange to many to be told that the hard-hearted and unfrogiving suffer most; yet it is bleesedness true, for not only do they, by the law of attraction, draw to themselves the revengeful passions in other people, but their hardness of heart itself is a continual source of suffering.

Byways to Blessedness eBook Now, all these hidden sacrifices which are here mentioned are pure, humble heart-offerings. He will also be free from all fear concerning the actions of others towards him, for he who hurts none fears none.

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