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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Look not outside thee nor beyond thee for the light and blessedness of Truth, but look within; thou wilt find it within the narrow sphere of thy duty, even in the humble and hidden sacrifices of thine own heart. Allen’s most famous book, As a Man Thinketh, was published in Sympathy is needed because of the prevalence blessednezs suffering, for there is no being or creature who has not suffered.

Do not dwell upon the sins and mistakes of yesterday so exclusively as to have no energy and mind left for living rightly today, and do not think that the sins of yesterday can prevent blfssedness from living purely today.

Byways of Blessedness by James Allen. There are beginnings alken which you have no control and authority- these are without, in the universe, in the world of nature around you, and in other people who have the same liberty as yourself.

What is the real nature of a difficulty? Truth is wrapped up in infinitesimal details.

He who is ever hankering after more possessions, thinking only of the personal pleasure he can get out of them? There is no teacher to compare with experience, no chastisement so corrective and purifying as that which men ignorantly inflict upon themselves.

Do not chafe at the restrictions and limitations of your present duty but be nobly unselfish in the doing of it, putting aside discontent, listlessness, and the foolish contemplation of great deeds which lie beyond you – and lo!

Not having practised gentleness, he does not understand it, and cannot choose it; nor can he know, by its comparison with the light of gentleness,the darkness of anger.

The right beginning of the day will be followed by cheerfulness at the morning meal, permeating the house-hold with a sunny influence; and the tasks and duties of the day will be undertaken in a strong and confident spirit, and the whole day will be well lived. Not that a duty has any power of itself to bestow happiness or the reverse – this is contained in the attitude of the mind which is assumed towards the duty – and everything depends upon the way in which it is approached and done.


At age 38, inspired by the writings of Leo Tolstoy, he retired from employment. Archana Menon Nedungadi rated it liked it Sep 14, New Thought Day August 23rd years old 1st declared by James Edgerton in “‘The truth, once announced, has the power not only to renew but to extend itself.

But this ceaseless condemnation of each other by those who are involved in the fierce play of the passions must needs, be, for it one of the modes of operation of the Great Law which universally and eternally obtains, and the unrighteous one who falls under the condemnation of his fellows will the more rapidly reach a higher and nobler condition of heart and life if he humbly accepts the censure of others as the effect of his own sin, and resolves henceforward to refrain from all condemnation of others.

It does not exist. The saint never condemns the sinner, remembering that he himself formerly occupied the same place, but thinks of him with deep sympathy, regarding him in the light of a younger brother or a friend, for sympathy is a right and enlightened mode of action.

The small is not merely the apologetic attendant of the great, it is its master and informing genius. His home will be filled with it, and the beauty and sweetness and peace of his unselfish love will follow ot he goes, making happy those about him and transmuting all bbyways into good.

While he pities himself and confounds suffering with holiness he will remain in suffering: The truly wise and good man sees good in all, evil in none. To love them who love us is human bias and inclination; but to love them who do not love us is divine sympathy.

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But not only mechanical and commercial enterprise – all undertakings, of whatsoever nature, come under this law. Then there is the hidden sacrifice of impure desires, of weak self-pity and degrading self-praise, of vanity and pride, for these are unblest attitudes of mind, deformities of heart. Having arrived at right understanding of evil by purging it away from his own heart he sees that it is a thing that does not call for hatred and fear and resenment but for consideration, compassion, and love.

A thoughtless impulse, a bleszedness self-indulgence, a blind passion yielded to and gratified again and again; an impure thought fostered, a cruel word uttered, a foolish thing done time after time, and at last the gathered weight of many follies becomes oppressive.

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Self-indulgence is always followed by unhappiness. No man sees evil in himself or his own acts except the man who is becoming enlightened, and then he abandons those acts which he has come to see are wrong.


By the sacrifice of his indulgences man rises above confusion and doubt, and arrives at the possession of insight and surety. The greatest blessedness comes to him, who infuses into his mind the purest and noblest thoughts.

Yet why should you go about with an oppressive weight at your heart when you might relieve yourself of it and move amongst your fellows heart-free and cheerful?

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. No man can become unselfish, and thereby arrive at the highest bliss, until he is willing to lose, looking for neither gain nor reward: Then there is the sacrifice of greed and all greedy thoughts.

You cannot, of course, do this with a being whose wisdom and experience are greater than your own; nor can you do it with any if you regard yourself as being on a higher plane than others for egotism and sympathy cannot dwell togetherbut you can practise it with all those who are involved in sins and sufferings from which you have successfully extricated yourself, and, though your sympathy cannot embrace and overshadow the man whose greatness is beyond you, yet you can place yourself in such an attitude towards him as to receive the protection of his larger sympathy and so make for yourself an easier way out of the sins and sufferings by which you are still enchained.

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Equal love towards all is the perfect law, the perfect state in which all byway states find their completion. Rested and sustained, he will escape the fever and the delirium of life, and, strong and happy, he will not fall fainting in the dust, nor perish by the way, but will successfully accomplish his journey.

Most beginnings are small, and appear trivial and insignificant, but in reality they are the most important things in life. The warders could not understand his change; it seemed to them little blessexness of miraculous that this most hardened of all criminals should suddenly be transformed into the likeness of a gentle, obedient child.