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As a Man Thinketh

Updated on March 12, 2011

James Allen

How Thought Creates Your Reality

James Allen rates highly on my list of people who walked the talk. A humble man who lived from 1864 to 1912, during that time he studied the laws that govern reality and only after testing the laws in his own life did he then share his findings with the world. He wrote nineteen books in all and though he did not achieve fame in his own lifetime his books have inspired millions since. This simple man was forced to leave school at the age of fifteen in order to support his family when his father was murdered.

I learned of James Allen when my father gave me the book "As A Man Thinketh" as I set out on my own life's journey as a young man. I didn't fully understand the ideas explained in the book at first. It has taken me many years and many readings to come to the understanding I have today of what James Allen wanted to teach the world. I would like to share with you this understanding which I practice in my own life. No doubt I will continue to refine this understanding as the years progress and I invite you to join me in exploring how our thoughts create and are constantly altering our reality.

Thought is an energy. Like electricity or magnetism you can't see it but you know it exists because of its effects. Though electricity isn't completely understood we use it and have become dependent on it for some of our basic needs like heat and light. Thought too can be harnessed by the mind for the effects it produces. Scientists know how to harness electricity to create heat and light but few ever learn how to harness the power of thought to create health, wealth and happiness. We are all aware of the desire for every human being to be healthy, wealthy and happy but there is no subject in the school curriculum that teaches us how to achieve these things.

Can any of you remember your very first thought? Do you even remember the first thought you have on waking? Yet we spend most of our lives immersed in thought. The only times we are not thinking are times when we are driving and arrive at our destination unable to remember the journey, or when we are dozing or sleeping. Are you thinking when you are watching TV or a movie or is your mind doing something else? Surely you must remember a time during a boring lesson or meeting when you were jolted back to the present when someone called your name? Have you ever had the experience of being stuck on the same page in a book because every time you read the paragraph you can't remember what you read?

What if thought is an energy at our disposal? What if it could be moulded to create anything we wanted in our lives but this came with a condition? In order to create something we had to continuously think about the thing we wanted. What if it was as simple as dwelling upon a thought form in order to create what we wanted? How then could a child who thinks he is stupid ever be clever? How then could a man be poor if he dwells upon thoughts of how to create wealth? How could a woman be loved if she harbours thoughts of how unlovable she is?

Thoughts are like radio waves all around us and we tune into certain frequencies depending on how we feel. The happier we feel the higher the thought forms we attract and so we simply feed ourselves more happiness. The more miserable we feel the more we attract thoughts of misery and by feeding our minds with more of the same we feel worse. It is our choice of thought initially that starts the cycle so wouldn't it make sense to choose the thoughts to dwell upon in order to create the feelings we desire?

The chair you are sitting on started off as a thought in someones head. That person must have spoken about the idea and eventually enough energy was invested in the idea to give it momentum and it is now physically manifested under you. It is not magic, it is a process and once you understand the process you can use it to create not just the feelings you desire but even the material things you want.

It is not enough to consciously think about something in order to create it. If it was that simple then everybody would be doing it and the world would be Paradise. Effort is required and the effort involved is what stands in the way of every human being receiving everything they desire. It takes effort to concentrate on only allowing yourself to think things that you don't believe right now. If you are poor it is difficult for you to dwell upon the idea that you are rich. But unless you replace your thoughts of poverty with thoughts of wealth how else are you going to change your reality? Well, you could entertain the idea that you could become rich and start imagining all the ways that this could happen. You could start reading about the lives of people who rose out of the ashes to become rich and famous. You could use your powerful imagination to shift your limiting beliefs and you could change your internal dialogue to hear yourself saying..."Everyday in every way I am becoming happier and happier, I am starting to love and accept myself more and more with each passing day." Eventually the walls of Jericho did fall and so too the walls of your negative world will crumble and you will rebuild for yourself a stronger brighter, healthier, wealthier, world.

Give it a go...what have you got to lose! Thank you Dad, and thank you James Allen.

To read more about what I have written about James Allen and his ideas follow the link below:

More about James Allen and his ideas.

As A Man Thinketh

James Allen and The Law of Attraction


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      Xavier Nathan 4 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you Paradise7 for your comment and you will not be disappointed. It was after reading this book that my own spiritual journey began. Good luck!

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      Xavier Nathan 4 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you tHErEDpILL for the visit and yes you are absolutely right in that our minds can be used constructively or destructively. We can even use it against ourselves. I would highly recommend some meditation .

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      Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      I got the book from Amazon. I really want to check it out. I never heard of this gentleman before reading this hub, so thank you for sharing this with me.

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      Alem Belton 4 years ago from New York

      Personally I think my mind is a weapon.....but I don't know not how to use or understand it yet.

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      Alem Belton 4 years ago from New York

      I love this. The breaking down of the chair that I am sitting in was brilliant. Thumbs way the hell up.

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      Xavier Nathan 4 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you Mr Happy :)

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      Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "The chair you are sitting on started off as a thought in someones head." - I'd say it started as a "seed" in Earth, which grew into a Tree and so on ... I do get your point though. I'm just being difficult as always. Haha!!

      Great article - thank You for writing it. Will share.


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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you maplethorpej, I am glad you enjoyed this hub. Nothing exists without thoughts and therein also lies Man's dilemma.

      I will be checking out your hubs too.

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      Jerad Maplethorpe 6 years ago from Minneapolis, Minn.

      I will have to read this book. I, too, believe thoughts are the driving force in life. Without them, does anything exist?

      Great hub; I will certainly be following you.

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you for your comments. They are very much appreciated.

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      Laura Arne 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      Great write. As a therapist by trade, I really enjoyed this. People do not realize the potential of the mind in their thoughts. I think you just gave me an idea for a question. Please check it out. Voted up and awesome

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      Thank you, Spirit Whisperer, for this life changing hub! I have heard this theory many times, presented in many ways...and it always seemed Greek to me! I just had an "AH HA" that is singing in my heart and ears! I am book marking this for daily reading...this is the KEY! Again, thank you!

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Great hub. I'm currently reading this book and am half-way through it. Thanks for the well written review.

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      Ashantina 6 years ago

      I first read this book a few years ago - v powerful!

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      damian0000 6 years ago from Belfast

      This was a great hub spirit whisperer --- sounds like a very interesting book!

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      brownlickie 6 years ago

      Well written Spirit Whisperer. As a man thinketh has been around for a long while. I have tried to get it from the library but at this stage I have had no success. I might buy it from amazon. Great hub. regards brownlickie