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The Power of Thought – Serenity by James Allen

A man sat on a rock, looking into the distant mountains , with a thoughtful face, the power of thought,

Here at ULU, we’re passionate about all things mental wellbeing and wellness. That’s why we’re creating a ‘Wellness’ blog section to share anything that we’ve found helpful or meaningful. In this week’s wellness blog, we want to share with you a powerful section on ‘The Power of Thought’ from Serenity by James Allen.

James Allen

As A Man Thinketh by James Allen  (Born Leicester England 1864) was first published in 1902. The work recognises that a person’s visions can become reality, simply through the power of thought.

As A Man Thinketh has influenced many contemporary writers including Norman Vincent Peale, Earl Nightingale, Denis Waitley, Tony Robbins, and Bob Proctor.

One specific chapter and example we want to share with you here is Serenity. We suggest you to read and digest the words regularly. After all, don’t we all seek to find Serenity and The Power of Thought in our complex lives? 

Serenity

Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. It is the result of long and patient effort in self-control. Its presence is an indication of ripened experience, and of a more than ordinary knowledge of the laws and operations of thought.

A man becomes calm in the measure that he understands himself as a thought-evolved being.  Because such knowledge necessitates the understanding of others as the result of thought. And as he develops a right understanding, and sees more and more clearly the internal relations of things by the action of cause and effect, he ceases to fuss and fume and worry and grieve. So he remains poised, steadfast, serene.

The calm man, having learned how to govern himself, knows how to adapt himself to others. And then they, in turn, reverence his spiritual strength, and feel that they can learn from him and rely upon him. The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Even the ordinary trader will find his business prosperity increase as he develops a greater self-control and equanimity. So people will always prefer to deal with a man whose demeanor is equable.

People love and revere a strong and calm man. He is like a shade-giving tree in a thirsty land, or a sheltering rock in a storm. “Who does not love a tranquil heart, a sweet-tempered, balanced life? It does not matter whether it rains or shines, or what changes come to those possessing these blessings, for they are always sweet, serene, and calm. That exquisite poise of character which we call serenity is the last lesson of culture; it is the flowering of life, the fruitage of the soul. It is precious as wisdom, more to be desired than gold—yea, than even fine gold. How insignificant mere money-seeking looks in comparison with a serene life — a life that dwells in the ocean of Truth, beneath the waves, beyond the reach of the tempests, in the Eternal Calm!”

“How many people we know who sour their lives, who ruin all that is sweet and beautiful by explosive tempers, who destroy their poise of character, and make bad blood! It is a question whether the great majority of people do not ruin their lives by lack of self-control. How few people we meet in life who are well balanced, who have that exquisite poise which is characteristic of the finished character!”

Yes, humanity surges with uncontrolled passion, is tumultuous with ungoverned grief, is blown about by anxiety and doubt. But only the wise man, only he whose thoughts are controlled and purified, makes the winds and the storms of the soul obey him.

Tempest-tossed souls, wherever you may be, under whatsoever conditions you may live, know this—in the ocean of life the isles of Blessedness are smiling, and the sunny shore of your ideal awaits your coming. Keep your hands firmly upon the helm of thought. In the barque of your soul reclines the commanding Master; He does but sleep; wake Him. Self-control is strength; Right Thought is mastery; Calmness is power. Say unto your heart, “Peace be still!”

The Power of Thought – Serenity by James Allen

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