Effect of Thought on Health and the Body

images-4This is the first time I am posting some else’s writing. I recently read James Allen’s As A Man Thinketh. It’s a short read, but by no means a quick read. This tiny book, an essay really, written in 1902 and published by the Little Leather Library Company around 1920, sums up the power of thought and the Law of Attraction in only 91 miniature pages.

Here I am posting the section called, Effect of Thought on Health and the Body:

The body is the servant of the mind. It obeys the operations of the mind, whether they be deliberately chosen or automatically expressed. At the bidding of unlawful thoughts the body sinks rapidly into disease and decay; at the command of glad and beautiful thoughts it becomes clothed with youthfulness and beauty.

Disease and health, like circumstances, are rooted in thought. Sickly thoughts will express themselves through a sickly body. Thoughts of fear have been known to kill a man as speedily as a bullet, and they are continually killing thousands of people just as surely though less rapidly. The people who live in fear of disease are the people who get it. Anxiety quickly demoralizes the whole body, and lays it open to the entrance of disease; while impure thoughts, even if not physically indulged, will soon shatter the nervous system.

Strong, pure, and happy thoughts build up the body in vigor and grace. The body is a delicate and plastic instrument, which responds readily to the thoughts by which it is impressed, and habits of thought will produce their own effects, good or bad, upon it. 

Men will continue to have impure and poisoned blood, as long as they propagate unclean thoughts. Out of a clean heart comes a clean life and a clean body. Out of a defiled mind proceeds a defiled life and a corrupt body. Thought is the fount of action, life, and manifestation; make the fountain pure, and all will be pure.

Change of diet will not help a man who will not change his thoughts. When a man makes his thoughts pure, he no longer desires impure food.

Clean thoughts make clean habits. The so-called saint who does not wash his body is not a saint. He who has strengthened and purified his thoughts does not need to consider the malevolent microbe.

If you would perfect your body, guard your mind. If you would renew your body, beautify your mind. Thoughts of malice, envy, disappointment, despondency, rob the body of its health and grace. A sour face does not come by chance; it is made by sour thoughts. Wrinkles that mar are drawn by folly, passion, pride.

I know a woman of ninety-six who has the bright, innocent face of a girl. I know a man well under middle age whose face is drawn into inharmonious contours. The one is the result of a sweet and sunny disposition; the other is the outcome of passion and discontent.

As you cannot have a sweet and wholesome abode unless you admit air and sunshine freely into your rooms, so a strong body and a bright, happy, or serene countenance can only result from the free admittance into the mind of thoughts of joy and goodwill and serenity.

On the faces of the aged there are wrinkles made by sympathy, others by strong and pure thought, and others are carved by passion: who cannot distinguish them? With those who have lived righteously, age is calm, peaceful, and softly mellowed, like the setting sun. I have recently seen a philosopher on his deathbed. He was old except in years. He died as sweetly and peacefully as he had lived. 

There is no physician like cheerful thought for dissipating the ills of the body; there is no comforter to compare with goodwill for dispersing the shadows of grief and sorrow. To live continually in thoughts of ill will, cynicism, suspicion, and envy, is to be confined in a self-made prison-hole. But to think well of all, to be cheerful with all – such unselfish thoughts are the very portals of heaven; and to dwell day by day in thoughts of peace toward every creature will bring abounding peace to their possessor.

About Julianne Victoria

I am a Spiritual Counselor, Shamanic Healer, Writer, & Creator. I hope to help heal, teach, and inspire others on their souls' journeys and in this life. © Julianne Victoria and Through the Peacock's Eyes Press under the Common Law Copyright www.juliannevictoria.com
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19 Responses to Effect of Thought on Health and the Body

  1. Aimee E says:

    Appreciate you bblogging this

  2. Pingback: Notes on the Mind – Body connection | The First Gates

  3. smilecalm says:

    in the right direction 🙂

  4. Tricia M Foster says:

    Thanks for posting! I just started writing about a character in mental distress. I may need to work this text into the story line.

  5. great post , worth remembering…

  6. speedyrabbit says:

    very inspiring,if only every one was like this ,imagine what a wonderful world this would be?xx Rachel

  7. In the Stillness of Willow Hill says:

    I have many friends who will not consider such a conversation. So sad. Mindful body-mind connections have made a huge difference in my health.

  8. Gneiss Moon says:

    Truth ! Saturn in Aries 3, plus big Neptune in 11 I learned to choose thoughts, friends wisely.
    Strangely two am’s ago terrible back pain, thought Sun must be at 9 Cancer (squ Saturn). It was. Brainpower- minute I knew, pain began to ease.
    Great reminder, lovely post thank you.

  9. renatembell says:

    Wisdom is timeless! Thank you for sharing, Julianne.

  10. E.D. says:

    I am sure I just commented on this post. Let me know.. I am sure i did and i also posted a website… eve

  11. E.D. says:

    yes, the website to go to for more details is Researchers of Truth.. Daskalos. He wrote, during his lifetime, much on the power of thoughts. http://www.researchersoftruth.org/ for main website. I used to have on line lessons from the group. they were well written and precise. I loved them. eve

  12. Wonderfully uplifting post, Julie!! Just beautiful – thank you so much for sharing James Allen’s work – it is very inspiring!! The deepest yogi I know has the heart and eyes of a child, and survives (and thrives!) on coffee and peanut butter (haha) – once we master the mind, all else comes naturally! This post immediately had me thinking of the power of probing beyond the conscious thoughts, and finding the root – what experiences or patterns have us engaging in impure thoughts? How can we uproot the impurities at their source? I suppose that is why I love dreaming, meditation and creativity so much…as I delve deeper and begin to glimpse some of the sources of my negative thoughts, the ability to transform them seems more within reach.

    After all, awareness = freedom!!!!

    Thank you for your wisdom and inspiration,

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