As a Man Thinketh by James Allen is a remarkable book. Published n 1902, the MP3 version is something that I sometimes listen to on long car journeys. The title of the book comes from a verse in the Book of Proverbs in the Bible. One of the first lessons I really learned in my own personal development was the importance of learning to think properly. As one wise person put it, ‘you are not what you think you are. But what you think, you are’. And that is the essence of this book; that you are the sum total of everything you have thought in your life, right up to the present moment.
It is a message that resonates within much of the popular personal development literature available today. Often termed the Law of Attraction, the basic idea is that like attracts like; you get in your life exactly what you think about. So if you choose to think bad, negative or unhelpful thoughts, then that’s what turns up in your life. On the other hand, if you choose to think uplifting, positive and empowering thoughts, then good things will turn up for you.
Of course, learning to control your thinking so that you can actually think positive thoughts constantly is often a great challenge for anyone who has taken this message on board. Negative thoughts are bound to come along sooner or later, so having some kind of technique for repelling them, or displacing them, is often offered as a way of staying positive. Effectively, you simply repeat a positive mantra over and over again when negative thoughts come into your head. It takes effort, but it does work because you can really only think, consciously, about one thing at a time.
James Allen is usually classified as a New Thought writer. The New Thought Movement, which began in c19 in the USA, is what I would describe as a loosely bound coalition of writers and thinkers who’s central themes attempt to unite religious belief in a universal power, or God, with practical principles for positive living. In this genre, thought and the act of thinking, is seen as a kind of prayer and essentially, the universe, or God, grants the prayers you make, or think.
At the time the book was written, it was quite common practice to make use of the word ‘man’ as a kind of shorthand for the word ‘mankind’ in much the same way as it is used within the Bible. So despite the title, it was never James Allen’s intention to exclude women from his discussion. There would certainly have been no sexist intent in his choice of title and indeed, even the possibility of seeing the title in that light is a peculiarly modern interpretation. Nevertheless, it has occurred to me on a number of occasions that As a Woman Thinketh might make a very good title for a future book of mine … we’ll see.
Many of the New Thought writers, including James Allen, come from Christian traditions, as you might expect, hence the presence of Biblical references within the writing itself. Often, the Bible is cited in support of the ideas proposed. But some of the ideas are to be found within other religions too. For example, the basic idea that you get back what you put out is essentially to be found in Indian religions and usually referred to as karma.
Other writers in this genre include Napoleon Hill, who wrote Think and Grow Rich, Charles F Haanel, who was the originator of The Master Key System and Wallace D Wattles, who wrote The Science of Getting Rich. Since, much of new thought writing has now passed into the public domain, a good deal of it is now widely available on the web. At present, you can get a full copy of As a Man Thinketh in MP3, simply by making a quick Tweet or putting a simple post on your Facebook wall.
Pay with a Tweet is an idea we are experimenting with, at present, to see whether or not it is something we can use in our marketing. The idea is that you make a Tweet or Facebook post and then you get directed to the download – free. I like the idea because it is a win-win proposition. The person who makes the Tweet gets a free download, the followers of that person get the opportunity to do the same, and we, get the opportunity to get the word out about our site. In principle, we could reach a much wider audience but, of course, only testing provides the real answers to such questions.
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