In Byways of Blessedness James Allen instructs us on how to improve our life and spiritual wellbeing through the power of positive thinking. Allen teaches how . Byways of Blessedness. This book was first published in James Allen described this as “A book for all. It aims to reveal the sublime principles which lie . Byways to Blessedness by James Allen – Once again James Allen instructs us on how to improve our life and spiritual wellbeing through the power of positive.

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Whatever others may say of you, whatever they may do to you, never take offence. Sorrow is not arbitrarily imposed. Is not because my blind animal passions are aroused and allowed to subdue my better nature? It does not exist. Do not concern yourself with these beginnings, but direct your energies and attention to those beginnings over which you have complete control and authority, and which bring about the complicated web of results which compose your life.

Each time you give way kames the animal within you, and feed and gratify him, he waxes stronger and more rebellious, and takes firmer possession of your mind, which should be in the keeping of Truth.

Byways of Blessedness. By James Allen. The James Allen Free Library

Having arrived thus far he will take himself with some such questionings as these: They are presented every day and every hour to blessdness person. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Rather let me humble myself, and correct mine own errors, before assuming the position of supreme judge of those of other men.

We blesserness only sympathise with others in so far as we have conquered ourselves. Even if you are bound by passion, and feel helpless, you have bound yourself, and are not helpless.

The foolish man thinks that little faults, little indulgences, little sins, are of no consequence; he persuades himself that so long as he does not commit flagrant immoralities he is virtuous, and even holy; but he is thereby deprived of virtue, and holiness, and the world knows him accordingly; it does not reverence, adore, and love him; jamess passes him by; he is reckoned of no account; his influence is destroyed. Neither can anger overcome anger.


The small precedes the great. If that is so, and if no man can escape from the penalty of his evil deeds, what an inferno some of our men in power must be preparing for themselves. All resentment, dislike, ill-thinking, and ill-speaking of others is hatred, and where there is hatred there is always unhappiness. There is no way from childhood to manhood but by growth; nor is there any other way from folly to wisdom, from ignorance to knowledge, from weakness to strength.

The protecting of creatures weaker and more indefensible than oneself is another form in which this divine sympathy is manifested. All suffering is the result of ignorantly violated law, and after many repetitions of blesedness same wrong act, and the same kind of suffering resulting from that act, knowledge of the law is acquired, and the higher state of obedience and wisdom is reached.

But he who will step aside from the passionate press, and will deign to notice and to enter the byways which are here presented, his dusty feet shall press the incomparable flowers of blessedness, his eyes be gladdened with their beauty, and his mind refreshed with their sweet perfume.

Byways to Blessedness

A beginning is a cause, and as such it must be followed by an effect, or a train of effects, and the effect will always be of the same nature as the cause. For a time he will linger in the outer, but only so long as, through his own imperfect understanding, he mistakes it for jzmes inner.

Men misjudge, condemn, and avoid each alldn because they do not understand each other, and they do not understand each other because they have not overcome and purified themselves.

What answer can you give your heart to these important questions? No circumstances can be trying to wisdom; nothing can weary love.

Byways of Blessedness by James Allen

Paperbackpages. Then there blossoms the pure and perfect flower of sympathy. Byways of Blessedness by James Allen.

Do not try to run away from them; this is impossible, for wherever you go they will still be there with you – but meet them calmly and bravely; confront them with all the dispassion and dignity which you can command; weigh up their proportions; analyse them; grasp their details; measure their strength; understand them; attack them, and finally vanquish them.

You have but to learn how wisely to apply yourself in that place which you now occupy.


Shakespeare through one of his characters says: Numbers of people are today suffering the fiery torments of an unforgiving spirit, and only when they make an effort to overcome that spirit can they know what a cruel and exacting taskmaster they are serving. Reason is the rightful monarch of the mind, and anarchy reigns in his spiritual kingdom when his jamse is usurped by passion. Contribute to the Growth of the Library.

New Thought is universal in its ideals and therefore should be universal in its appeal. Are you prepared to silently endure abuse, attack, accusation, and unkindness, refusing to pay back these in their own coin? So convinced is he that he is right and others wrong that he atlast persuades himself that to inflict cruelty on others is both good and necessary in order to coerce them into his way of thinking and acting, and so bring them to the right – his right – against their own reason and will.

Life is growth, development, evolution, and there is no essential distinction between the vyways and the saint – there is only a difference in degree. Alllen to Blessedness By James Allen.

All things are mirrors in which you see yourself reflected, and the gloom which you perceive in your work is but a reflection of that mental state which pf bring to it. Now, did this young man know that lying was wrong? Thus sympathy bestowed increases its store in our own hearts, and enriches and fructifies our own life.

Where a man ceases to sympathise he ceases to live, ceases to see and realise and know.

Byways of Blessedness

It bywaya to the perfecting of life, for he who thinks perfectly has abolished all unhappiness, his every moment is peaceful, his years are rounded with bliss – he has attained to the complete and perfect blessedness. Begin the day, then, by rising early. By his works, his fruits. Without difficulties there could be no progress, no unfoldment, no evolution; universal stagnation would prevail, and humanity would perish of ennui.