Have you ever come across the writings of James Allen?
I hadn’t heard of him until very recently. However, I’m now reading through some of his works and although the language is dated, his words contain great wisdom that still applies to our lives today. True Wisdom definitely stands the test of time!
He lived between 1864 and 1912 and wrote profusely on the Laws of the Universe. From what I’ve read so far, his philosophy for a great life is very much based around changing our thoughts to change our life experiences. I also wrote about this myself recently and it’s strange that when we start to focus on something, so often we randomly come across signals that tell us we’re on the right track. I wasn’t looking for anything to do with James Allen, I was searching the internet for something completely different and yet a YouTube video popped up and started playing. I nearly switched it off, but the words called out to me and I’m so glad I stopped and listened to someone reading the words from one of his books.
The Universe sends us signals that sometimes we miss. I’m glad I didn’t miss this one, which reinforces to me that I’m on the right track. I’ve definitely worked hard over the last couple of years to improve my thoughts and challenge my beliefs and life is definitely transforming as a result!
I feel doubly certain now, that if we want to experience something different in our lives, we have to change our thoughts. We need to become more conscious about what our thoughts are and then choose to change the ones that are negative or not working for us.
Living a Remarkable Life really is a Choice we can all make!
You can read more about my thoughts on this here: How Are Your Thoughts Influencing Your Life?
James Allen was also a great believer in meditation and his works include a meditation for every day of the year. This is what he writes for the 11th October:
“When a man aspires to know and realise the Truth, he gives attention to conduct, to self-purification”
BY concentration a man can scale the highest heights of genius, but he cannot scale the heavenly heights of Truth ; to accomplish this he must meditate.
By concentration a man may acquire the wonderful comprehension and vast power of a Caesar ;
by meditation he may reach the divine wisdom and perfect peace of a Buddha.
The perfection of concentration is power ; the perfection of meditation is wisdom.
By concentration men acquire skill in the doing of the things of life—in science, art, trade, etc.
—but by meditation they acquire skill in life itself ; in right living, enlightenment, wisdom, etc.
Saints, sages, saviours—wise men and divine teachers— are the finished products of holy meditation.
Love Truth so fully and intensely as to become wholly absorbed in it.
Bella from thoughtsnlifeblog has clearly aligned herself with the power of meditation and provides access to some great meditations to inspire us. I followed this one on her blog today and it was so calming: https://thoughtsnlifeblog.com/2017/10/11/meditation-commentary-into-the-soul/
I’m also inspired by Miriam at Outanabout, to form a new daily meditation habit myself. Miriam took up the Brilliance Within 90 Day Habit Changing Challenge, to start daily meditation. I think today maybe her day 40 so WELL DONE Miriam!! You can read about Miriam’s meditation experience alongside some wonderful photo’s, that really are Heaven on Earth! https://outanabout.com/2017/10/06/the-calm-hour/
If you’ve read some of James Allen’s work, I’d love to know what you think. If you haven’t, watch this space.. I’m sure I’ll be adding some more ‘James Allen’ feature posts soon…
Have a brilliant day!