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James Allen, the philosopher who pioneered the self-help genre
THE DIVINE COMPANION
PART 1. THE DIVINE COMPANION
Truth As Awakener
Truth As Consoler
Truth As Redeemer
Truth As Reconciler
Truth As Protector
PART 2. THE DIVINE DIALOGUE
1. Of Seeking And Finding
2. Of Entering The Way
3. Of Discipline And Purification
4. Of Renunciation
5. Of Purity Of Heart
6. Of Righteousness
7. Of Knowledge Of The Law
PART 3. THE DIVINE MESSAGES
The First Prophecy, Called The Awakening
The Second Prophecy, Called The Messiah
The Third Prophecy, Called The All – One
The Fourth Prophecy, Called Unrest
The Fifth Prophecy, Called Transition
The Sixth Prophecy, Called Peace
The First Exhortation, Concerning Purity
The Second Exhortation, Concerning Humility
The Third Exhortation, Concerning Love
Instruction, Concerning The Master
Instruction, Concerning The Law
Instruction, Concerning The Great Reality
Discourse Concerning The Way Of Truth
James Allen was a British poet and writer, known for his highly philosophical and practical books and for being the forerunner of the self-help genre. Allen's works are eminently practical and he never wrote theories. According to his wife Lily, Allen only wrote when he had a message and that message was only conveyed when he had lived it in his own life and knew it was good. This is how he wrote, about facts that had been proven in practice. Another fundamental trait of Allen's was that he believed in the use of the faculty of thought to increase personal capacities and to achieve fame, fortune and happiness. Allen insisted on the power of the individual to shape his own character and create his own happiness; so he shows us how to turn our dreams into realities. He gives us a message of hope even in the midst of turmoil and argues that we become spiritually rich when we discover the adventure within, are aware of the unity of all life, know the power of meditation and experience our kinship with nature. His most famous work, "As a Man Thinketh" (1903), is considered one of the pioneering, classic and best-selling self-help books. Its premise is that noble thoughts make a person noble, while miserable thoughts make a person miserable. Today we are where our thoughts have led us and we are the architects - for better or worse - of our future. This book is part of the New Thought movement, a philosophical movement that emerged in the mid-19th century in the United States. A movement that became increasingly important, spreading throughout the world and producing great writers throughout the 20th century, such as Thomas Troward, William Walker Atkinson, Ralph Waldo Trine, Napoleon Hill, Emmet Fox, Joseph Murphy, Louise H. Hay, Deepak Chopra and Gary Zukav, among others. James Allen has been a source of inspiration for other authors of self-help books.
The literary life of James Allen
As a young man, Allen worked for several years in various British manufacturing companies and moved first to London and then to South Wales.
In 1898 Allen found an occupation in which he could display 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 in which he published the first of his many books, “From Poverty to Power” (1901). In 1902 Allen began publishing his own spiritual magazine, The Epoch.
It was his third book, “As a Man Thinketh” (1903), that brought him great popularity and enabled him to devote himself full time to being a writer and publisher. Allen had a truly prolific career. Continuing to publish for the Epoch, Allen produced more than a book a year until his death in 1912. There he wrote for nine years, producing 19 works. Among them are some of his best works: "Byways of Blessedness" (1904), "The Mastery of Destiny" (1909), "Above Life's Turmoil" (1910) and " The Divine Companion" (published posthumously in 1919).
James Allen is often referred to as " An unrewarded genius", as he did not receive the recognition he deserved during his lifetime.
The Editor, P.C. 2022
I, the Spirit of Truth
Am the Friend of the forsaken and the Companion of the wise,
I restore the one, and I gladden the other, and all men I protect, though they know me not.
REJOICE! for the Morning has dawned:
The Truth has awakened us;
We have opened our eyes and, the dark night of error is no more.
Long have we slept in matter and Sensation;
Long did we struggle in the painful nightmare of evil;
But now we are awake in Spirit and Truth:
We have found the Good, and the struggle with evil is ended:
We slept, yet knew not that we slept:
We suffered, yet knew not why we suffered:
We were troubled in our dreaming, yet none could awake us, for all were dreaming like ourselves;
Then there came a pause in our dreaming;
Our sleep was stayed;
Truth spoke to us, and we heard;
And lo! we opened our eyes, and saw.
We slumbered and saw not;
We slept and knew not;
But now we are awake and see;
Yea, we know we are awake because we have seen Holiness, and we love sin no more;
We have beheld Truth, and error has ceased to attract us.
Yea, we have seen the Truth!
Not as a dream in the night, but as a Reality with our awakened eyes;
As a beautiful land afar have we seen it,
And we shall press forward until we reach and possess it.
How beautiful is Truth!
How glorious is the Realm of Reality!
How Ineffable is the bliss of Holiness!
We have abandoned error for truth, and illusion for Reality.
We have turned our backs on error and confusion,
And have set our faces towards the harmony of Justice and Truth.
To sin is to dream,
And to love sin is to love darkness.
The awakened do not prefer dreaming to intelligent action;
They do not choose darkness rather than light.
They who love darkness are involved in the darkness;
They have not yet seen the light.
He who has seen the light does not choose to walk in darkness.
To see the Truth is to love it, and in comparison error has no beauty,
The dreamer is now in pleasure, now in pain;
This hour in confidence, the next in fear.
He is without stability and has no abiding refuge.
When the monsters of remorse and retribution pursue him, whither can he fly?
There is no place of safety unless he awake.
Let the dreamer struggle with his dream;
Let him strive to realise the illusory nature of all self-seeking desire,
And lo! he will open his spiritual eyes upon the world of Light and Truth;
He will awake, and will see all things in their right relations and true proportions;
He will be happy, sane, and peaceful seeing things as they are.
Truth is the light of universe, the day of the mind;
In it there is no error, no anguish, and no fear.
He who has awakened into the light of day is no more burdened with the troubles of his dreams.
They are remembered as dreams only as illusions that are dispelled.
The unawakened one knows neither waking nor dreaming;
He is in confusion, he knows not himself;
Neither knows he others, and his judgment is without knowledge.
The awakened one knows both waking and dreaming;
He is established in wisdom;
Knowing himself, he knows others, and he judges with knowledge.
He is the understander, the knower of hearts,
And, walking in the light of Truth, he knows that every dreamer will at last awake.
Truth awakens us out of the slumber of ignorance,
Out of the deep sleep of sin.
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