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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Self-love knows no joyful labour. Nothing but the sacrifice of self can avail, and to this must all men come sooner or later during their spiritual evolution. Where does temptation assail you most strongly?

Thus sympathy bestowed increases its store in our own hearts, and enriches and fructifies our own life. Think no more of any injury to your own petty self, but see to it that henceforth you injure and wound no other. I have got rid of Dirgheti and his queen, but thier sonPrince Dirghayu, lives, and aloen will be sure blessednese contrive some means of effecting my assassination; yet he is unknown to any, and I have no means of discovering him. 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.

We cannot think and feel for others while we are engaged in condoling with and pitying ourselves; cannot deal tenderly and lovingly with others while we are anxious for our own pre-eminence or for the exclusive preservation of ourselves, our opinions, and our own generally. Great will be the blessedness of such a man when, conscious of the ignorance of which his doubts and perplexities are born, and acknowledging and understanding that ignorance, not striving to hide himself from it, he earnestly applies himself to its removal, seeks unremittingly, day after day, for that pathway of light which shall enable him to dispel all the dark shadows, dissolve his doubts, and find the solution to all his pressing problems.

At age 38, inspired by the writings of Leo Tolstoy, he retired from employment. Every man justifies himself in what he does, and, however evil others may regard his conduct, he himself thinks it to be good and necessary; If he did not he would bywags, could not do it. The sinner condemns the sinner, condemnation being a wrong mode of action. Well, take breath for the blessednews. We meet our own at every turn, and duties only become oppressive loads when we refuse to recognize and embrace them.

Hatred has many names and many forms but only one essence – namely, burning thoughts of resentment against others. The wise man understands and understanding, he ceases from all bitterness and accusation.


When this is fully understood all things are seen as sacred, alldn every act becomes religious. You can, by careful thought, avoid wrong beginnings and make right beginnings, and so escape evil results and enjoy good results.

The foolish man thinks that little faults, little indulgences, little sins, are of no consequence; he persuades himself bywways 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; it passes him by; he is reckoned of no account; his influence is destroyed.

Byways of Blessedness by James Allen

Be glad that you have the opportunity of becoming stronger and allrn. It is of the greatest folly to scowl upon necessity as an enemy, and to wish or try to overcome or avoid her. Nor can these byways be ignored without ny. Having proceeded thus far, and extracted from his past conduct this priceless grain of golden wisdom, his difficulty will already have assumed less impregnable proportions, and he will then be able to bring to bear upon it the searchlight of dispassionate thought, to thoroughly anatomize it, to comprehend it in all its details, and to perceive the relation which those details bear to the motive source of action and conduct within himself.

It is blindly presumptive and uncharitable, and, more often than not, is regarded as a virtue; but when once the mind has opened to perceive the way of gentleness and self-sacrificing love then the ignorance, deformity, and painful nature of self-assertion become apparent.

Nor can he understand the hearts of others, and enter lovingly into their strivings and aspirations. The criminal was a criminal no longer; he was saved, converted; clothed, and in his right mind; restored to humaneness and to humanity, and set firmly on the pathway to divinity by pitying and caring for a defenceless creature. Another form of sympathy is that of rejoicing with those who are more successful than ourselves, as though their success were our own.

There is no rest for him who broods over slights and injuries and bywzys no quiet repose of mind for him who feels that he has been unjustly treated, and who schemes how best to act for the discomfiture of his enemy.

Don’t expect others to accomplish them for you or hold your hands.

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Not that he will cease to see ignorance and folly; not that he will cease to see suffering and sorrow and misery; not that he will cease to distinguish between acts that are pure and impure, right and wrong, for, having put away passion and prejudice, he will see these things in the full, clear light of knowledge, and exactly as they are; but he will cease to see anything-any evil power- in another which can do him injury, which he must violently alleb and strive to crush, and against blessedenss he must guard himself.


If it is neither right nor necesssary that a thing should be done then the doing of it in order to gain some coveted pleasure is folly, which can only lead to burdensome issues. He who does any necessary oof 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.

No circumstances can be trying to wisdom; nothing can weary love. All conduct is made and moulded by thought; all deeds, blessednesa or bad, are thoughts made visible.

Byways to Blessedness

In what frame of mind do you enter upon the sacred life of a new day? There are a multitude of opportunities for us all and this book will help make sure you don’t miss them.

The gardener who most carefully studies how, when, and where to put in his seeds obtains the best results and gains the greater horticultural knowledge. Want to Read saving…. Rather let me humble myself, and correct mine own errors, before assuming the bywayys of supreme judge of those of other men.

The insignificance which he attaches to his small vices permeates his whole character and is the measure of his manhood: Everything in the universe is made up of little things, and bywayx perfection of the great is based upon the perfection of the small. People who lie in bed till a late hour are never bright and cheerful and fresh, but are the prey of irritabilities, depressions, debilities, nervous disorders, abnormal fancies, and all unhappy moods.

There is one supreme right jamed evry being possesses – to think and act as he chooses. 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: 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.

Paperbackpages. Burden-dropping consists in abandoning the inward selfishness and putting pure love in its place. This is so simple, so plain, so absolutely true!

His mind is cramped and embittered, and he is shut out from all sweet sympathy and spiritual communion. There combination is himself. While he pities himself and confounds suffering with holiness he will remain in suffering: Now the ignorance to which I refer as evil, or as the source of evil, is two-fold.

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