1912. To the majority of people, life is a dark room where one is liable to hurt himself by coming into contact with something he cannot see. 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 one walks, open-eyed and unhurt in the clear light of a wise comprehension.
James Allen was born in Leicester, England, in 1864. After the unexpected death of his father, he left school at age fifteen in order to help support his family. For the next twenty-three years, Allen worked, read, and observed the world around him. At age thirty-eight, he wrote From Poverty to Power, one of the first motivational books. His next book, As a ManThinketh, established his reputation as an inspirational writer. Although his writing career lasted only ten years, until his death in 1912, Allen produced twenty titles, which continue to motivate and inspire.
Table of contents
The Light that Leads to Perfect Peace
Light on Facts and Hypotheses
Light on the Law of Cause and Effect
in Human Life
Light on Values—Spiritual and Material
Light on the Sense of Proportion
Light on Adherence to Principle
Light on the Sacrifice of the Self
Light on the Management of the Mind
Light on Self-Control: The Door of Heaven
Light on Acts and Their Consequences
Light on the Way of Wisdom
Light on Disposition
Light on Individual Liberty
Light on the Blessing and Dignity of Work
Light on Good Manners and Refinement
Light on Diversities of Creeds
Light on Law and Miracle
Light on War and Peace
Light on the Brotherhood of Man
Light on Life’s Sorrows
Light on Life’s Changes
Light on the Truth of Transitoriness
The Light that Never Goes Out
About the Author
Introduction or preface
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.