Another power excerpt from the works of James Allen an author I discovered this year 2018. His words perfectly compliment what I have to share.
Do not be alarmed by the title "MIND IS THE MASTER" that is not to say that God the Father is not. What it means is your mind will allow you to master yourself helping you to live a life that the Father is proud of. Remember this verse Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Now with that being said I present to you James Allen. After most of the paragraphs I will be providing my own commentary on what Mr. Allen wrote.
James Allen 1
“If you would acquire overcoming power you must
cultivate poise and passivity.
You must be able to stand alone. All power
is associated with immovability.
The mountain, the massive
rock, the storm-tried oak, all speak to us of power, because of
their combined solitary grandeur
and defiant fixity; while the
shifting sand, the yielding twig,
and the waving reed speak to
us of weakness, because they are
movable and non-resistant,
and are utterly useless when
detached from their fellows.
He is the man of power who, when
all his fellows are swayed
by some emotion or passion,
remains calm and unmoved.
He only is fitted to command
and control who has succeeded
in commanding and controlling himself.”
In the previous paragraph author James Allen eloquently outlines exactly what I write about in my book “Harness the Power Within and Without”. This is exactly what I mean by “Self Mastery under the Kingdom of Heaven”! Being “unswayed” by popular emotions and passions like:
- Cheating on your wife or husband
- Drug abuse
- Being rude or narcissistic
- And anything else we were taught not to do in elementary and Sunday school, that all of a sudden as an adult has become ok
One very important key to self mastery is to control passions, in fact, negative passions especially, should not even be allowed to take root in your life. In the Shu Ha Ri Do symbol the mind is represented by a burst of light, the spirit (i.e passions, ambitions, desires etc) is represented by fire, and the body is represented by water. The mind is driven by content, the spirit is driven by thought, and the body is driven by passion. Make sure your passions are righteous!
As paul wrote in 1st Corinthians 9:24-27 24″ Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”
James Allen 2
“The hysterical, the fearful, the
thoughtless and frivolous, let
such seek company, or they will
fall for lack of support; but
the calm, the fearless, the
thoughtful, and let such seek the
solitude of the forest, the desert,
and the mountain-top, and
to their power more power
will be added, and they will
more and more successfully stem
the psychic currents and
whirlpools which engulf mankind.”
Yes, yes I could not have said it better! Troubling activities are indeed engulfing and being approved by mankind. One point is clear from the above paragraph, and that is, that self mastery under the Kingdom of Heaven is a lonely path, not many will accompany you in your journey.
James Allen 3
“Passion is not power; it is the
abuse of power, the dispersion
of power. Passion is like a furious
storm which beats fiercely
and wildly upon the embattled
rock whilst power is like the
rock itself, which remains silent
and unmoved through it all.”
Ancient Samurais were surgical with their swords. Your passions are like a sword make sure they are righteous and do not let them rule you. Be surgical!
James Allen 4
“That was a manifestation of true
power when Martin Luther,
wearied with the persuasions of
his fearful friends, who were
doubtful as to his safety should
he go to Worms, replied, ―If
there were as many devils in
Worms as there are tiles on the
housetops I would go. And when
Benjamin Disraeli broke
down in his first Parliamentary
speech, and brought upon
himself the derision of the
House, that was an exhibition
of germinal power when he
exclaimed, ―The day will come
when you will consider it an
honor to listen to me.
When that young man, whom
I knew, passing through
continual reverses and misfortunes,
was mocked by his
friends and told to desist from
further effort, and he replied,
―The time is not far distant
when you will marvel at
my good fortune and success,
he showed that he was
possessed of that silent and
irresistible power which has taken
him over innumerable difficulties,
and crowned his life with
success. If you have not this
power, you may acquire it by
practice, and the beginning of
power is likewise the beginning
of wisdom. You must commence
by overcoming those
purposeless trivialities to
which you have hitherto been a
“Purposeless Trivialities” I can only smile at the surgical nature of that statement. Just think of the daily “pop culture” routine and ask yourself what is the purpose?
“Boisterous and uncontrolled laughter, slander and idle talk, and joking merely to raise a laugh, all these things must be put on one side as so much waste of valuable energy.”
So long ago this was written and how accurate it is today. We live in a constant gag reel of “JK” (just kidding) “LOL” and “YOLO” that one should ask the question what is all of that energy expended just to gain a laugh gaining me in life. Sure laughter is good for the soul however, the constant laughter of today’s youth prevents them from being able to take anything seriously.
James Allen 5
“St. Paul never showed his wonderful
insight into the hidden
laws of human progress to greater
advantage than when he
warned the Ephesians against
Foolish talking and jesting
which is not convenient, for
to dwell habitually in such
practices is to destroy all
spiritual power and life.
As you succeed in rendering
yourself impervious to such
mental dissipation you will
begin to understand what true
power is, and you will then
commence to grapple with the
more powerful desires and
appetites which hold your soul in
bondage, and bar the way to power,
and your further progress
will then be made clear.”
THIS MY FRIENDS IS A PROFOUND ILLUSTRATION OF WHAT I MEAN BY SELF MASTERY UNDER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN!
Righteous learning=righteous thoughts=righteous passions=righteous actions=righteous habits=righteous character=righteous destiny!
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