This does not only embraces the whole of a man’s being, but is so comprehensive
as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of his life
So this means that a man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts
Lets take a look at plant for instance, As the plant springs from, and could not be without, the seed,
so every act of man springs from the hidden seeds of thought, and
could not have appeared without them. This applies equally to
those acts called “spontaneous” and “unpremeditated” as to those
which are deliberately executed.
Act is the blossom of thought
In a nut shell, this chapter want to make us understand that👇👇
✔ The thought in the mind hath made us what we are
✔If a man’s mind hath evil and negative thought, pain/ difficulty comes on him as comes the wheel the OX behind
✔If one endure in purity of thought, joy follows him as his own shadow
👉We(man) is the master of thought, the molder of character, the maker and shaper of condition, environment and destiny
👉As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his
own thoughts, man holds the key to every situation, and contains
within himself that transforming and regenerative agency by which
he may make himself what he wills.
Such is the conscious master, and we can only thus become that by discovering within ourselves the law of thought.
This discovery is totally a matter of application, self analysis and experience
Man should watch, control and alter his thoughts, tracing their effect upon himself, upon others and upon his life and circumstances
Obtaining that knowledge of himself which is understanding, wisdom, and power.
In this direction, as in no other, is the law absolute that “He that
seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” For only by patience, practice, and ceaseless importunity can a man enter the door of the temple of knowledge
*CHAPTER 2: effect of thought on circumstances*
1⃣A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be
intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether
cultivated or neglected, it must, and will bring forth. If no useful
seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed-seeds will
fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind
2⃣Every man is where he is by the law of his being; the thoughts
which he has built into his character have brought him there, and
in the arrangement of his life there is no element of chance, but all
is the result of a law which cannot err. This is just as true of those
who feel “out of harmony” with their surroundings as of those who
are contented with them.
3⃣The circumstances which a man encounters with suffering are
the result of his own mental inharmony. The circumstances which a
man encounters with blessedness are the result of his own mental
harmony. Blessedness, not material possessions, is the measure of
right thought; wretchedness, not lack of material possessions, is the
measure of wrong thought.
4⃣Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results; bad
thoughts and actions can never produce good results. This is but
saying that nothing can come from corn but corn, nothing from
nettles but nettles.
5⃣A particular train of thought persisted in, be it good or bad,
cannot fail to produce its results on the character and
circumstances. A man cannot directly choose his circumstances,
but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape
6⃣Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are
unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
7⃣ The man who does not shrink from self-crucifixion can never fail to accomplish the object upon which his heart is set.
✔Lets cease from negative/sinful thoughts and all the world will soften towards us
✔Lets put away our weak and sick thoughts and opportunities will spring up on every hand
✔we should as well encourage good thoughts and no hard fate shall bind us down.