Although B yways to Blessedness was written in , the book is still useful today. In the book, James Allen provides advice that enables readers to live a wonderful life. He encourages readers to find happiness by avoiding negative states of mind as they lead to suffering. Also, he enlightens readers on the importance of difficulties and solitude.
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Although B yways to Blessedness was written in , the book is still useful today. In the book, James Allen provides advice that enables readers to live a wonderful life. He encourages readers to find happiness by avoiding negative states of mind as they lead to suffering. Also, he enlightens readers on the importance of difficulties and solitude. Anyway, there are many lessons James Allen provides in the book, but here are the lessons I loved the most.
How you begin your day matters because it determines how your day will be. Your day will be filled with joy if you begin it wisely and joyfully, and you might have a bad day if you start it with a poor attitude. If you want to be great, you must sacrifice pride because it prevents you from doing the things that will make you great.
Besides this, you must be willing to dedicate all your mind and energy on one thing, and you must avoid focusing on the outcome. He also teaches that difficulty fosters growth and development because it forces us to exercise our intelligence and awaken our hidden powers.
Resentfulness causes suffering because it prevents you from attaining true enlightenment. Moreover, it hardens your heart and prevents you from receiving the blessings meant for you. Furthermore, it makes you suffer because it causes a troubled mind and makes you remember the bad things some people did to you. He believes you can find joy by being selfless because selfishness results in suffering. He also teaches that you can find joy by avoiding the attachment to things and loving everyone.
Solitude is necessary for your spiritual life as sleep is necessary for your body. Solitude is so important that lacking it can result in a spiritual break down. Moreover, it enables you to realize your true self and the hidden powers or possibilities within you. I really loved the book because it enabled me to know how the voice in my head works. By advising us that we are not the voice in our heads, Michael Singer aims at making us think about who we truly are. Moreover, he aims at making us realize that the voice in our heads cannot cause stress if we know that we are separate from it.
Much of what the inner voice says about the future is useless because life seldom unfolds in accordance with the voice. The sun will continue rising and setting regardless of what the voice says, and life will happen in accordance with greater unimaginable forces regardless of what you think about it. The main source of our problems is our mind because it overanalyzes the past and the future.
For this reason, freeing ourselves from the mind by refusing to emotionally attach to its chatter frees us from our problems. The best way to deal with change is to accept it by realizing that it leads to personal growth. If you want to be truly free, you must make peace with pain instead of avoiding it. Therefore, instead of running away from experiences that can bring inner pain, try to face them and deal with the pain, and it will eventually disappear.
Instead, you must decide to be unconditionally happy, that is, you must decide to be happy with your life regardless of your circumstances. Contemplating death is important to us because it enables us to detach ourselves from the part of us that is unwilling to let us live to the fullest.
You must read the book to learn more valuable lessons. You are welcome to my amazing Facebook group; The Unbounded Wisdom Community , for amazing quotes and ideas. The Kabbalah was a school of thought — in Jewish mysticism — that wanted its members to achieve oneness with the Creator. As well, it encouraged members to discover their full potential and live a fulfilling life.
However, it was hidden from the public, and only a few individuals understood its teachings. For this reason, great authors, for example, Shimon Halevi , have tried to simplify the Kabbalah so that we understand its secret esoteric teachings. Although the book has several teachings, I loved the teachings about the vegetable man, the animal man, and the natural man, and something forced me to share them with you.
This man chooses the safest path and avoids risky paths because he yearns for security. On the other hand, the animal man is an evolved being. He has strong willpower and loves shaking the world with amazing discoveries. Just like an animal that wants something, the animal man will ignore pain so that he achieves his objectives.
Both the animal and vegetable man have big dreams. The main difference between them is that the animal man fights for his dreams, while the vegetable man chooses security over going through the risky and competitive path of dream chasing.
The natural man possesses the powers of the animal and the vegetable man. He is a powerful being, for he has power over both living and non-living things. Human beings are destined to be natural men. We were created to rule the earth and gain dominion over everything. Also, we were put here to develop our spiritual, physical, and mental powers to their full potential so that we become gods on this planet.
However, most people act like vegetable men. Although they want to develop into animal and natural men, they are afraid of the narrow path that leads to these states of being. They thus prefer a normal and less risky life. Eventually, they die wishing they worked on evolving into the animal and natural man because they realize that a normal life is a boring and an unfulfilling life.
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The Negative Effects of Resentfulness Resentfulness causes suffering because it prevents you from attaining true enlightenment. The Importance of Solitude Solitude is necessary for your spiritual life as sleep is necessary for your body. Share this:. Related Topics:. Continue Reading. You may like. Click to comment. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Published 4 months ago on January 23, By Isaac Wechuli. Enjoy: 1. Much of What the Inner Voice Says About the Future is Useless Much of what the inner voice says about the future is useless because life seldom unfolds in accordance with the voice.
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Byways to Blessedness
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Byways of Blessedness
Nor can these byways be ignored without suffering. But he who will step aside from the passionate press, and will deign to notice and to enter the byways which are here presented, his dusty feet shall press the incomparable flowers of blessedness, his eyes be gladdened with their beauty, and his mind refreshed with their sweet perfume. 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. Life is full of beginnings. They are presented every day and every hour to every person. Most beginnings are small, and appear trivial and insignificant, but in reality they are the most important things in life. See how in the material world everything proceeds from small beginnings.
7 Great Lessons From Byways to Blessedness By James Allen