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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But not only mechanical and commercial enterprise – all undertakings, of whatsoever nature, come under this law. It is one of the paradoxes of Truth that we gain by giving up; we lose by greedily grasping. Do you know the number of beginnings you are continuosly making, and realise their full import?

Byways of Blessedness by James Allen

Animal indulgence is alien to the perception of Blrssedness. You cannot understand the person whom you dislike, or he for whom, through animal impulse, you have framed an ill-formed affection.

He left school to work full-time in several British manufacturing firms to help support the family.

Fre rated it really liked it Apr 04, Its blissful radiance is enjoyed by you, and its power for good over others is great and far-reaching, for though they cannot see it, nor, perhaps understand it, yet they are unconsciously influenced by it.

They are trying because there is some weak spot within you, and they will continue to be trying until that spot is eradicated. Nor, when a man knows the unavoidable pain and hurt which lie hidden in wrong thoughts and acts, does he continue to think and commit them.

Suffering does not originate in the perfect but in the imperfect; it does not mark the complete but the incomplete; it can, therefore, be transcended. These two common instances of wrong-doing will serve to illustrate and make plainer, to those of my readers who, while searching for Truth, are as yet doubtful, uncertain, and confused, the deep Truth that all sin, or evil, is a condition of ignorance and therefore to be dealt with in a loving and not a hateful spirit.

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Growth – gain – necessitates sacrifice – loss. The gardener digs in blessedness weeds in order that they may blesssdness, with their decay, the plants which are good for food; and the Tree of Wisdom can only flourish on the compost of uprooted follies. Said a man to me once who was the victim of a bad habit: Bitter thoughts and blessedness cannot dwell together.

In the pure heart there is no room left where personal judgements and hatreds can find lodgement,for it is filled to overflowing with tenderness and love; it sees no evil; and only as men succeed in seeing no evil in others will they become free from sin and sorrow and suffering.

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The selfish wish makes the thing appear evil. Look, for instance, at X- a man totally evil, given up entirely to selfishness and ambition; surely great torments are reserved for so unprincipled a man.

But when it falls upon a fellow-man Let kindliness control it; and refrain From that belittling censure that springs forth From common lips like weeds from marshy soil.

Men of opposing religious views hate and persecute each other; men of opposing political views fight and condemn each other.

When this is fully understood all things are seen as sacred, and every act becomes religious. Offer up all unkindness, all anger. A successful business, a perfect machine, a glorious temple, or a beautiful character is evolved from the perfect adjustment of a multliplicity of parts. Every difficulty can be overcome if rightly dealt with; anxiety is, therefore, unnecessary. He sees everything as divinely apportioned, needing only the application of dispassionate thought and action on his part to render life blessed and perfect.


The sin of one is the sin of all; the virtue of one is the virtue of all. Now, did this young man know that lying was wrong?

In other self help books is about achieving something in life and how it’s accomplished? That folly and selfishness entail suffering in ever-increasing degrees of intensity is preservative and good, for agony is the enemy of apathy and the herald of wisdom. If he chooses to think and act selfishly, thinking of his own immediate happiness only and not of that of othersthen he will rapidly bring upon himself, by the action of the moral law of cause and effect, such afflictions as will cause him to pause and consider, and so find a better way.

What rewards can compare with this?

You will find that much happiness or unhappiness follows upon the right or wrong beginning of the day, and that, when every day is wisely begun, happy and harmonious sequences will mark its course, and life in its totality will not fall far short of the ideal blessedness.

Do you really know what is involved in a beginning? No circumstances can be trying to wisdom; nothing can weary love.

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Another beginning which is of great importance is the beginning of any particular and responsible undertaking. Little kindnesses, generosities, and sacrifices make up a kind and generous character. Having arrived thus jamss he will take himself with some such questionings as these: