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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How can happiness dwell in a heart that is so disturbed by ill-will? Christopher rated it really liked it Oct 20, All this was made known to the warders shortly afterwards, when, on his discharge, he took the mouse away with him.

If not, come with me for a short time, and thoughtfully explore this much ignored byway of blessedness, for blessed it is when wisely resorted blessfdness, and much strength and comfort it holds for the understanding mind. The time to decide is before responsibilities are adopted, but, once adopted, all selfish considerations, with their attendant grumblings, whinings, and complainings, should be religiously excluded from the heart.

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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. Nay, more, are you prepared to give in return for these dark follies kindness and loving protection? New Thought Leaders “are life long learners” Learn the hidden wisdom.

It is the same with the liar, the slanderer, and the thief; he lf in this dark condition of mind and action because he is limited to it by his immature nyways and experience, because never having lived in the higher conditions, he has no knowledge of them, and it is, to him, allej if blesseedness were non-existent: Consider, also, how in the spiritual world the greatest things proceed from smallest beginnings. It is divine, for in its reciprocal light all thought of self is lost, and there remains only the pure joy of oneness with others, the ineffable communion of spiritual identity.

One cannot truly sympathise with others until all selfish considerations concerning them are put away, and he who does this and strives to see others as they are, strives to realise their particular sins, temptations, and sorrows, their beliefs, opinions, and prejudices, comes at last to see exactly where they stand in their spiritual evolution, comprehends the arc of their experience, and knows that they cannot for the present act otherwise than they do.

The weak man becomes strong by attaching value to little things and doing them accordingly. It was said by one of old to those who were about to stone, as evil, a woman taken in the act of committing one of the darkest sins: A successful business, a perfect machine, a glorious temple, or a beautiful character is evolved from the perfect adjustment of a multliplicity of parts.


The pandering to the animal nature, even when it appears innocent and seems sweet, leads away from truth and blessedness. He left school to work full-time in several British manufacturing firms to help support the family. But, by the storms of circumstance unshaken, And subject neither to eclipse nor wane, Duty exists. Here is bywaya woman blesswdness a large family who has to make ends meet on a pound a week. He who does any necessary thing in a niggardly and complaining spirit, hunting the while after unnecessary pleasures, lashes himself with the scorpions of misery and disappointment, and imposes upon himself a doubly-weighted burden of weariness and unrest under which he incessantly groans.

Its self-born cause can be found, investigated, comprehended, and for ever removed.

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Growth – gain – necessitates sacrifice – loss. When I see a man doing evil I know that he is evil; and I cannot even think of X- but I burn with righteous indignation. Do they not, rather, make you and those about you wretched? Material possessions are temporary, and in this sense we cannot truly call them our own – they are merely in our keeping for a short time – but spiritual possessions are eternal and must ever remain with us.

Self-love knows no joyful labour. 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. Jsmes you prepared to sacrifice the angry impulse and word, the unkind thought and deed?

You say a certain thing a duty, a companionship, or a social obligation troubles you, is burdensome, and you resign yourself to oppression with the thought: Contribute to the Growth of blessefness Library. Have I not seen Oh, pitiful sight!

No man would put a venomous snake in his pocket because it is prettily coloured. Man is blinded and deluded only by his own dark and byeays tendencies; and the giving up of all unforgiveness means the giving up of pride and certain blessednes of passion, the abandonment of the deeply-rooted idea of the importance of one-self and of the necessity for protecting and defending that self; and when that is done the higher life, greater wisdom, and pure enlightenment, which pride and passion completely obscured, are revealed in all their light and beauty.

Blessfdness, 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. To sympathise with another is to receive his being into our own, to become one with him, for unselfish love indissolubly unites, and he whose sympathy reaches out to and embraces all humankind and all living creatures has realised his identity and oneness with all, and comprehends the universal Love and Law and Wisdom.

He who contrives the hurt of others fears others. 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. 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.


James Allen wrote some wonderful works which enable us to better implement New Thought Principles in our lives and thereby manifest a better experience.

He has become wise and powerful by sacrificing ambition and pride in the doing of those necessary things which evoke no applause and promise no reward. He who makes them, one by one, gradually subduing and overcoming them, will, according to the measure of his success, rise above weakness and suffering and sorrow, and will comprehend and enjoy the perfect and imperishable blessedness. Where you have bound you can unbind. 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.

Whosoever is blinded and deluded by vanity will continually see something in the actions and the attitudes of others towards him at which to take offence, and the more there is of vanity the more greatly will the imaginary slight or wrong be exagerrated. No situation can be difficult of itself; it is the lack of insight into its intricacies, and the want of wisdom in dealing with it, which give rise to the difficulty. Equal love towards all is the perfect law, the perfect state in which all lesser states find their completion.

And who is the blessed man? There is no teacher to compare with experience, no chastisement so corrective and purifying as that which men ignorantly inflict upon themselves.

Byways of Blessedness

Every difficulty can be overcome if rightly dealt with; anxiety is, therefore, unnecessary. Self-assertion or opinionativeness is a form of egotism or selfishness most generally found in connection with intellectualism and dialectical skill. Be the first to ask a question about Byways of Blessedness.

Books by James Allen. Principles in the New Thought Tao provide powerful processes which serve as keys to deeper happiness and inner peace from the inside out. How does a man begin the building of a house? His dilemma calls for alertness, logical thought, and calm calculation.