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Out From the Heart

Out From the Heart

This book lays down the first steps in the Path of Enlightenment, and expounds the method by which the higher powers of the mind are cultivated. It shows how to gain self-mastery, and ascend, by successive stages, into a higher and nobler life.

This book unfolds the method of mental cultivation, shows how habits of thought are formed and re-formed, and gives definite and methodical instructions in the regulation and control of one‘s thoughts.

This book was published in 1904 and is the sequel to As a Man Thinketh.

It has been described as:
The work of an idealist expressed in terms of considerable beauty and force. A settled peace will be acquired if its teaching is attained. Its words will be appreciated by all seekers after truth, and his practical suggestions can be carried out by the busiest workers. This is a charming little volume in Mr. Allen's quiet, thoughtful style. It contains such good sense, expressed in a simple and attractive manner. No one could possibly read the book without profit.

 

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Foreword

Confucius said: "The perfecting of one’s self is the fundamental base of all progress, and of all moral development." A maxim as profound and compensable as it is simple, practical, and uninvolved, for there is no surer way to knowledge, nor better way to help the world than by perfecting one’s self. Nor is there…
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The Heart and the Life

As the heart, so is the life. The within is ceaselessly becoming the without. Nothing remains unrevealed. That which is hidden is but for a time; it ripens and comes forth at last. Seed, tree, blossom, and fruit are the fourfold order of the universe. From the state of a man's heart proceed the conditions…
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The Nature and Power of Mind

Mind is the arbiter of life. It is the creator and shaper of conditions, and the recipient of its own results. It contains within itself both the power to create illusion and to perceive reality. Mind is the infallible weaver of destiny. Thought is the thread, good and evil deeds are the "warp and woof"…
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Formation of Habit

Every established mental condition is an acquired habit, and it has become such by continuous repetition of thought. Despondency and cheerfulness, anger and calmness, covetousness and generosity—indeed, all states of mind—are habits built up by choice, until they have become automatic. A thought constantly repeated at last becomes a fixed habit of the mind, and…
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Doing and Knowing

Let a man realize that his life, in its totality, proceeds from his mind. Let him realize that the mind is a combination of habits which he can, by patient effort, modify to any extent, and over which he can thus gain complete ascendancy, mastery, and control. At once, he will have obtained possession of…
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First Steps in the Higher Life

Seeing that the path of virtue is the Path of Knowledge, and that before the all-embracing Principles of Truth can be comprehended, perfection in the more lowly steps must be acquired, how, then, shall a disciple of Truth begin? How shall one who aspires to the righting of his mind and the purification of his…
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Mental Conditions and Their Effects

Without going into the details of the greater steps and lessons in the right life (a task outside the scope of this small work) a few hints concerning those mental conditions from which life in its totality springs seem in order. These hints will prove helpful to those who are ready and willing to penetrate…
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Exhortation

Disciples of Truth, lovers of Virtue, seekers of Wisdom; you, also, who are sorrow stricken, knowing the emptiness of the self-life, and who aspire to the life that is supremely beautiful, and serenely joyful—take now yourselves in hand, enter the Door of Discipline, and know the Better Life. Put away self-delusion. Behold yourself as you…
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