WHEN A MAN enters a dark room he is not sure of his movements, he cannot see objects around him, or properly locate them, and is liable to hurt himself by coming into sudden contact with them. But let a light be introduced, and immediately all confusion disappears. Every object is seen, and there is no danger of being hurt. To the majority, life is such a dark room, and their frequent hurts—their disappointments, perplexities, sorrows and pains—are caused by sudden contact with principles which they do not see, and are therefore not prepared to deal with. But when the light of wisdom is introduced into the darkened understanding, confusion vanishes, difficulties are dissolved, all things are seen in their true place and proportion, and henceforth the man walks open-eyed and unhurt, in the clear light of wise comprehension.
2. The Light That Leads to Perfect Peace
3. Light on Facts and Hypotheses
4. Light on Cause and Effect in Human Life
5. Light on Values—Spiritual and Material
6. Light on the Sense of Proportion
7. Light on Adherence to Principle
8. Light on the Sacrifice of the Self
9. Light on the Management of the Mind
10. Light on Self-Control
11. Light on Acts and Their Consequences
12. Light on the Way of Wisdom
13. Light on Disposition
14. Light on Individual Liberty
15. Light on the Blessing and Dignity of Work
16. Light on Good Manners and Refinement
17. Light on Diversities of Creeds
18. Light on Law and Miracle
19. Light on War and Peace
20. Light on the Brotherhood of Man
21. Light on Life’s Sorrows
22. Light on Life’s Changes
23. Light on the Truth of Transitoriness
24. The Light That Never Goes Out
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James Allen (1864–1912) was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of self-help movement. His best known work, As a Man Thinketh, has been mass produced since its publication in 1903. It has been a source of inspiration to motivational and self-help authors. Born in Leicester, England, into a working class family, Allen was the eldest of three brothers. His mother could neither read nor write while his father, William, was a factory knitter. In 1879, following a downturn in the textile trade of central England, Allen's father traveled alone to America to find work and establish a new home for the family. Within two days of arriving his father was pronounced dead at New York City Hospital, believed to be a case of robbery and murder. At age fifteen, with the family now facing economic disaster, Allen was forced to leave school and find work. For much of the 1890s, Allen worked as a private secretary and stationer in several British manufacturing firms. In 1893, Allen moved to London where he met Lily Louisa Oram who he then wed in 1895. In 1898, Allen found an occupation in which he could showcase his spiritual and social interests as a writer for the magazine The Herald of the Golden Age. At this time, Allen entered a creative period where he then published his first book of many books, From Poverty to Power (1901). In 1902, Allen began to publish his own spiritual magazine, The Light of Reason, later retitled The Epoch. In 1903, Allen published his third and most famous book As a Man Thinketh. Loosely based on the biblical proverb, "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he," the small work eventually became read around the world and brought Allen posthumous fame as one of the pioneering figures of modern inspirational thought. The book's minor audience allowed Allen to quit his secretarial work and pursue his writing and editing career. In 1903, the Allen family retired to the town of Ilfracombe where Allen would spend the rest of his life. Continuing to publish the Epoch, Allen produced more than one book per year until his death in 1912. There he wrote for nine years, producing 19 important works.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
When a man enters a dark room he is not sure of his movements; he cannot see the objects around, or properly locate them, and is liable to hurt himself by coming into sudden contact with them; but let a light be introduced, and immediately all confusion disappears, every object is seen, and there is no more danger of being hurt.
To the majority life is such a dark room, and their frequent hurts―their disappointments, perplexities, sorrows, and pains―are caused by sudden contact with principles which they do not see, and are therefore not prepared to deal with; but when the light of wisdom is introduced into the darkened understanding, confusion vanishes, difficulties are dissolved, all things are seen in their true place and proportion, and henceforth the man walks, open-eyed and unhurt, in the clear light of a wise comprehension.
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