Mind is the Master: The Complete James Allen Treasury

Mind is the Master

The classic books of the motivational visionary, collected for the first time in a single volume. 

Mind is the Master – Featuring nineteen beloved works, including As a Man Thinketh, Eight Pillars of Prosperity, The Mastery of Destiny, and From Poverty to Power, here is the first-ever comprehensive and definitive collection of the books of self-help pioneer James Allen. 

Formatted in a large, easy-to-read workbook size, with fully redesigned and reset text, Mind Is the Master provides a life­time’s worth of wisdom and guidance from one of history’s leading voices of self- affirming and motivational philosophy. 

Mind Is the Master compiles Allen’s most celebrated books, along with little-known gems and posthumous works-such as Foundation Stones to Happiness and Success and Light on Life’s Difficulties-awaiting discovery by a whole new generation of readers. 

As a special bonus, Mind Is the Master includes a rare remembrance of James Allen by his wife and intellectual partner, Lily Allen. It is an invaluable window on the life and inner world of a writer whose insights touched millions of readers.

Book Review by Digitaizen

James Allen is a classic writer in Self-Help literature and this book is a TREASURE of wisdom. Since I’ve read “As a Man Thinketh” my life HAS changed for the better as I understood the point being made: my life is a mirror image of my inner self. It’s not enough to just wish a better life – I need to strive for it in my heart, in my mind – change and mold my inner world and these changes in me will reflect in my outer world. Balance – without it, one is doomed to suffering.

We have to re-align ourselves with our dreams and go for it – life is short, can’t wait for things to get better, can’t afford the excuses for procrastination we are all guilty of. The point in your life is not merely to know yourself but to make a better you, what you envision as an ideal you.

As a society we’ve been mislead to believe that our salvation is in the hands of some higher authority – it was a creation of a slave mindset, one of dependency and thus of weakness, impotency. But we are not if we take the charge and assume the responsibility for our own selves. We have the beauty and the power within us as well as the ugly and the weak – the only difference is where your faith lies, you become what you choose.

Our society is sick because we are sick. It’s directly proportional. The poor state of affairs in the world is just a reflection of us en mass, the waste of the vanity we are guilty of. The world is going to change for the better when we ourselves are going to choose to grow into better beings, there’s no other way. Choose your destiny. Jump-start your life. Evolve. Change the world.

P.S. I believe, we live in revolutionary times – there’s a mass awakening taking place. I don’t know if we are going to repeat the history (as we’ve done it so many times) but I know that if we learn to conquer our fears and understand the forces of nature in and out of ourselves, we’ll be able to build a better living for us all. Good and Bad forces are within us all, they complement each other and give a meaning to each other – one is meaningless without the other.

Two magnetic poles, two opposing sides creating the motion of time, the vortex of life. Perfectly captured in the Eastern philosophical symbol of Yin-Yan: duality, balance, inclusivity, attraction, perpetual motion, infinity, repetition.

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About the Author

James Allen was born in Leicester, England, in 1864. He took his first job at age 15 to support his family, after his father was murdered while looking for work in America. Allen was employed as a factory knitter and a private secretary until the early twentieth century, when he became increasingly known for his motivational writing. His 1903 work As a Man Thinketh earned him worldwide fame as a prophet of inspirational thinking and influenced a who’s-who of self-help writers, including Napoleon Hill, Dale Carnegie, and Norman Vincent Peale. Allen died at age 47 in 1912.

Originally published: 24 December 2009

AuthorAssociate Professor of Philosophy James Allen

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