Saturday, August 25, 2012

As a Man (or Woman) Thinketh

There is an amazing little book that was written in 1902 by James Allen, one of the pioneer's of the New Thought Movement: As a Man Thinketh. This book is one of many that he wrote, and is based on Proverbs 23:7: "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it.

Allen helps us understand the power of identity with: "Man is anxious to change his circumstances, yet unwilling to change himself. Therefore, he remains bound." and again with: "Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are."

Neville Goddard echoed Allen in his book, The Power of Awareness, published in 1952.
"You never draw out of the deep of yourself that which you want, you always draw that which you are and you are that which you feel yourself to be as well as that which you feel is true of others. Be who you are instead of who you are not."

Richard Bach, author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1970) and Illusions (1998), put it this way: "Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they are yours."

We argue and fight for our identities while we complain about our circumstances. The one simply mirrors the other. Life is always an inside job.

Neville says it so clearly in Out of this World, first published in 1949: "There is no way to bring about the outer perfection we seek other than by the transformation of ourselves... Nothing is more important than our concept of ourselves...It is our concept of ourselves which frees or constrains us...Because life molds the outer world to reflect the inner arrangement of our minds, there is no way of bringing about the (change) we seek (from without)...Thus it is our own consciousness that we must turn, as to the only reality, the only foundation on which all phenomena can be attempt to change the world before we change our concept of ourselves (Identity) is to struggle against the nature of things. There can be no outer change, until there is an inner change. As within, so without."

As we attempt to change our lives and our world, we MUST turn to Identity.

Who do you think you are?

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