AS A MAN THINKET….
Thought and Character; the molder and maker of man and his environs.
The discovery of the fact that “as a man thinket in his heart, so is he” not only embraces the whole of a man’s being but it is so comprehensive to reach out to every condition and circumstance of his life. A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.
As the plant springs forth and cannot be without the seed, so every aspect of a man spring from the hidden seeds of thought and could not have appeared without them. This applies also to those acts called spontaneous and unpremeditated acts (acts that are deliberately executed). Act is the blossom of thoughts, and joy and suffering are his fruits. Thus a man must gain from the sweet or bitter fruitage of his own husbandry called thought.
Thought in the mind has made us. If a man’s heart has evil thought pains come to him and also if one enjoins a purity of thoughts, joy follows him as his own shadow should.
Cause and effect is as absolute and un-deviated as in the hidden realm of thought as in the world of visible and material things.
A noble or God-like character is not a thing of favor or chance but it is the natural result of a continuous effort in the right thinking, the effect of long cherished association with God-like thoughts.
Man is made and unmade by himself. In the armoring of his thoughts man either forges the weapon with which he destroys himself or fashions the tools with which he build for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace. By the right choice and true application of thoughts man ascends to the divine perfection also by the abuse and wrong application of thoughts he descends below the level of a beast. Between these two extremes, are all greats of character and man is their maker and master.
Of all the beautiful truths pertaining to the soul which has been restored and brought to light in this age, non is gladdening or more fruitful of divine promise and providence than this “that man is the master of thought, the molder of character and the maker and shaper of condition, environment and destiny”. Man is also a being of power, intelligence and love, and as the lord of his own thought man holds the key to every situation and contains within himself that transforming and regenerative power with which he can make himself what he wills.
Man is always a master, even in his weaker and most abandoned state. But in his weakness and degradation he is but a foolish master, who misgoverns his household. When he begins to reflect upon his condition and to search diligently for the law upon which his being is established, he then becomes a wise master, directing his energies with intelligence and fashioning his thoughts to fruitful issues, such is the conscious master. A man can only thus become, by discovering within himself the laws of thought, which discovery is totally a matter of application, self analysis and experience. Only by much searching and mining are gold and diamonds obtained and man can find every truth connected with his being if he will dig deep into the mind of his soul and believe that he is the maker of his character, the molder of life and the builder of his destiny.
A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild, but whether cultivated or neglected it must bring forth plants which can be desiring or undeserving. If good seeds are cultivated in it, it will definitely produce its kinds but it is allowed to run wild, it will bring forth a thousand fold of destructive and useless plants and fruits.
Just like a gardener weeds and takes care of his garden, so shall a man weed and rid off his heart, all impure and evil thoughts and then cultivate towards perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful and pure thoughts.
Thought and character are one. And as character can only manifest and discover itself through environment and circumstance, the outer conditions of a man’s life will always be found to be harmonious with his inner state of man.
Every man is where he is, by the law of his being; the thoughts which he has built into his character have brought him to his present state. And in the arrangement of his life, there is no element of chance. But all is a result of a law which cannot err (as a man thinket in his heart so he is).
As a progressive and evolving being, a man is where he is so that he can learn and grow. And as he learns the spiritual and intellectual lessons which any circumstance contains for him, it passes away and gives place to other circumstances. Man is perfected by circumstances so long as he believes that he is in charge of his outside conditions through the control of his internal disposition.
When man realizes that he is a creative power and that he may command the hidden soils and seeds of his being out of which his circumstances grow, he then become a wise master, a rightful master of himself.
The soul attracts that which it secretly harbours, that which it loves and that which it fears. And thought determines that which the soul harbours; love or fears. Every thought seed sown or allowed to be planted in the mind produces its own kind and blossoms sooner or later into act, and bearing its own fruitage of opportunity and circumstance. Good thought bear good fruit while bad thoughts bear bad fruit.
The outer world of circumstances shapes itself to the inner world of thoughts. Thus one becomes that which he habours in his mind. Thought makes and unmakes a man.
So, if you are sick and tired of your old and unproductive life, and you want a change, all you have got to do is to change your old way of thinking, embrace a positive way of thinking and your outer life and circumstances will conform to that.
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