Two-Minute Book Gist: Core Lessons Every Reader Gets From "As a Man Thinketh" by James Allen

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As a Man Thinketh by James Allen is one of the most raw references available today for mind and psychological improvement. It has been read by many influential people - even Tony Robbins mentioned this book playing a big part in his life!

While the book is a treasure trove of life lessons, here are all the most important things you can learn while reading the book:


About Thought


In this book, James Allen suggests to people the opportunity to discover for themselves one law which he experienced as absolute: that man is the author of every circumstance in his life –inner in character, and outer in the material realm. Man does this through his thoughts.

James Allen further discussed it through a wonderful imagery: that habits are merely crystallized thoughts, and these habits are then solidified into circumstances. Therefore, he said, although man cannot directly create circumstances, he can do this indirectly –yet surely, through his thoughts.


About Fear

One important point which James Allen discussed is fear. He said that man attracts what man harbors –this means those which he loves but also those which he fears. As an example, he told of people constantly fearing for a particular disease and ending up with the exact same disease themselves.


About Negativity


James Allen compared the mind to a garden. A garden in itself grows weeds in default –and that the nature of weeds on a garden is the same as the nature of negative thought in the mind. He said that it must be a constant task to keep the mind free of negative thought, pretty much how weeds must be constantly removed; then in its place, cultivate the healthy seeds of pure thought.


"Circumstances do not make the man, they reveal him."
-James Allen

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