The Mastery of Destiny by James Allen Book Review: Part I

Updated: Sep 15, 2019

James Allen, The Mastery of Destiny part I

When we think of a master of something, we think the best of the best, a person that took time and effort in developing their craft until they became the most skilled in this undertaking, so much so we deemed them even “one” with it. Comparatively, to the story of the Sorcerer’s Apprentices. The Sorcerer was a master of the art of magic, where he could wield his wand so effortless that it seemed easy, so easy the apprentice thought he could do it as well, just to find out it was much more difficult than the masters made it appear to be. That is what a master does, he or she takes the complex and makes it look effortless.

In turn, when we think of a title called The Mastery of Destiny, we think of a person who has practiced rigorously inhabits that gives them the power to not only determine their own destinies but the skills to achieve in any avenue they choose. A person like this we call successful, we call them masters of the Universe or just plain greatness. While the majority of people are mere slaves to the beck and call of circumstances and can only wish to get out of their obscurity with no means to achieve their goals or create a happy productive life. Only a select few have the blessings to be considered in charge of their existence. What is the difference, what makes one person a victim to circumstance while another a master of it? It is called The Mastery of Destiny. A book about what habits that must be mastered in ordered to not just find success in the material sense, but in the mental, emotional and spiritual as well. This piece of literature, which is about a two-hour read, is one of the best books I have read, at the same time changed my life and I know it can change yours just as well.

The author, James Allen explains in such detail and with great metaphors about the power of the mind and habits; how it is the very catalysts to our success or failures. He illustrates practical methods in understanding destiny and how we can become masters of it with guided steps to its obtainment.

The American politician and speaker, William Jennings Bryan once said, “Destiny is not a matter of chance it’s a matter of choice.” This book takes this quote further by explaining that destiny is in itself a matter of a multitude of choices made over a period of time. A collective of choices consisting of thoughts, deeds, and words made every day, in return becomes the habitual patterns we take on which eventually becomes our reality. The author calls it “The middle way between free will and fate.” That every effect has a cause and the cause is our choices in words, thoughts, and deeds, we create the cause but the hand of the universe decides its effects. He further explains how The law of Causes will always equal out the exact proportion to its Law of Effect, meaning every act is our free will to engage in but the outcome of those choices is out of our control, it’s controlled by the Laws of the Universe. Once a cause is created, no pleading, no begging or nothing in material reality can alter the effects.

Stating it in another way, acts, words, and deeds of kindness, inspiration, determination, positive belief, and love will create effects of the same nature while acts, words, and deeds of indulgences, selfishness, short cuts, laziness, hopelessness or negative beliefs will lead to negative effects and the cause is always equal to its effects, it’s the balancing of the Universal checkbook. It evens out the scales by giving back what has been given. That is why the sages and wise men of the past have always said, you will always get back what you give. You give a little you get a little, you give a lot you will receive much.

A person attracts what they are and what they are, is their character and their character is the sum of all of their thoughts and deeds. The author relays that man is the maker of his own character because he has the sole control over his thoughts and deeds, in turn, he is the sole controller of what he attracts which means he is the maker of his reality. Unknowingly, we attract the people, places and situations we bring upon ourselves. Man or woman will always be the causes of their circumstances even if they will admit it or not. For a long time, I couldn’t admit this truth, so I became a victim to the world, similar to a bag in the wind, being pushed around to wherever the air decided to blow, but once I established this truth in my mind and in my heart, I began to control myself. I began to be able to control my own reality and predict what was going to happen in the grand scheme of my life.

“Man is the maker of himself.” Quotes, James Allen, an individual’s destiny is just the reflection of that individual, who this person became in his or her thoughts, feelings, words, and deeds, so if the reflection is unsatisfactory, you must change the person, not the mirror. All the mirror is doing is showing you yourself. In order for the image to change the individual has to first and only when this happens will reality reflect a different image. The laws of the Universe are consistent and concise, so no one can force your free will, it's ours, so if we decide to think, be and live in an unmanly or negative state, we have to live with the consequences of these decisions with full responsibility without creating alibis or excuses for our shortcomings.

This is the concept of forgiving our enemies because our enemies we attracted through something that is being harbored inside ourselves, via thought or deed. If you have cheated, do not think for a moment that you will not be cheated on and if you steal you can be guaranteed that you will be stolen from. Everything that has been given has been done. Forgiveness is the best way to start to adjust our energy to this concept and switch our thoughts so we do not contract further debts, by showing an ill will to others and disdain for our current situations, we are perpetuating it.

Now, I know some readers may say if this is true, “Why do good things happen to bad people while bad things happen to good people?” This question comes from the lack of full understanding of this concept, the lack of mastery. This question stems from the erroneous idea that the good person was always good and the bad person was always bad, effects do not come instantaneously, the duration for the energy to come back takes time, so we can be living out thoughts we had two years ago while a person doing bad now is living out the good they did in the past. A “good person” may be considered good in society's eyes but have constructed habits of poverty, hatefulness or saunter. A person will always reap what they sow, if you are sowing it, that means you have reaped in some sort of fashion.

The author gives a prime example by telling a story of a man who has worked very hard for years but longed for ease and relaxation, inturn he lost his employment. With nothing to do, he wished for work and became motivated by it, which turned into multiple job opportunities in the future. Napoleon Hill said, “Be careful the thoughts you dwell upon.” The request for ease will led to ease but the request for work and opportunity will lead yourself to work and opportunities. If a person becomes unaware or does not monitor their thoughts, they will believe this ebb and flow of life, is random or victim of circumstances but it is science everything you do has energy and energy has to bring forth a material counterpart. “That which comes to the individual is a product of his own deeds.” -James Allen. He goes on to say even nations are products of the people who generate the population as a whole creates an energy that has its own results.

The practical ways the book relays are as follows, I predict like myself, if you can go after these with repetition you will start to see your life become mastered and to your own benefit.

Number 1: Self-control.

To control yourself is controlling your destiny. When a person is considered great in social terms they are considered a person with great self-control. A person that is not raddled or affected by outside circumstances, stays poised and within themselves in every and any circumstances. A person who loses themselves in emotions is not the person of great power, but a weak individual who bends to the moment. A person with self-control does not weaken to indulgences, vices or temptations but remains steadfast to their objectives and remains focused on the result they want not the results being shown at a particular moment in time.

To gain self-control a person must become like a scientist in their own psyche by reviewing themselves like a microscope would do cell. A scientist (1) does an observation of nature to gain a reference point. How does nature act, how does it respond, what is the creative force behind it, (2) then, they would experiment by gaining theories from nature and testing it out in a controlled environment or on themselves, (3) they will use their findings and classify them by true, not true or not sure to help define laws by which something becomes true in every experiment, (4) they will create deduction, finding substantial truths that are hidden from the naked eye, which leads to (5) knowledge of the facts so profoundly that he or she can relay it to others to advance their own lives.

In order to gain self-control, you must become the scientist of yourself, discovering how you think and how what you do relays to the laws of nature that you were born into. We will start by:

Introspection: Examine the internal mind, figure out why you may be a slave to base desires, review your impulses, ask yourself why am I thinking this way or why have I been acting this way?

Self -analysts: Watch the results caused by your thoughts and deeds. Classify them from good to bad impulses. How do you decide which are good and bad, see which benefits you in your soul's development, your financials, your relationships, your career, your productivity, your health or your inner peace and see which does not?

Adjustments: Switch to only the good deeds and thoughts. Become a master at choosing only the things that benefit you in the terms listed in #2. No more underrating or overrating, truly see yourself as you really are without defending, creating alibis or hiding from faults.

Righteousness: Realize the Golden rule. Truly in your heart, comprehend the laws of cause and effects and only think, say and act in ways that are right & just, even if you lose a friend, a job, a home, a spouse or a luxury.

Pure knowledge: The realization of Spirit or God in your life. When the mind scientist acquires the divine knowledge, the knowledge of self.

Wisdom: Sharing pure knowledge with the world.

In order to gain full-self control, a person must keep their minds locked form distractions and the outside world which is extremely difficult without a purpose. Napoleon Hill said, “The starting point of all achievement is a purpose.” Meaning all mental capacity must be dedicated toward a goal, a single-minded focus. A goal so large it takes your whole being involved in its accomplishment. “All successful men are men of purpose.” said the author. Circumstances bows to a man or woman with a purpose, because a mission-driven individual will not stop or quit, will not fold under pressure and becomes the captain of their souls. A weak-minded individual lacks purpose and becomes a drift through life with no aim getting pushed from place to place, instead of being rooted in a purpose, they are afloat to nowhere.

True joy comes from the completion of a task no matter how small. Blissfulness is having a purpose and seeing its end. Nobody is more miserable than the shirker, the person that gives half-hearted efforts, that's glutinous, lazy and unrefined. This person is always unhappy because they have not established something to live for except malice and contempt. Life is effort and effort will always lead to joy. Everyone’s happiness lies in their work, in providing an outstanding product. Misery comes to those who violate this concept, everyone’s results are a byproduct of the impulse to cheat, to not take responsibility, to half give and in not giving 100% of themselves into what they do. The results will always speak to a person’s efforts and reflect back what they have given or not given.

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