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DonnaNguyen

Ms.Pasche
APLanguageandCompositionMay23,2014
AsYouThink
ByJamesAllen
1.Asabeingofpower,intelligence,andloveyouholdthekeytoeverysituation,and
containwithinyourselfthattransformingandregenerativeagencybywhichyoumaymakeyourselfwhat
youwill.(22)
JamesAllenpresentsanideathatpeoplewholearnhowtotrulyapplythemselvesinsituations
oflifewillbesuccessful.Theycangrowaspersonastheyrealizetheirowntruepotential.Anyperson
hasthepowertochangetheirlifeinaninstantiftheyhavethewillpowertodoso.Allenusesdiction
suchaspower,intelligence,andlovethatisappealingtohumans.Peoplegenerallywantpower,
intelligence,andlove.Heusesthesespecificwordstoattractthereaderinterests.Thereforelater
leadingthereaderwantingtofollowhissuggestiontochangetheirlifestyleandsituation.
2.Whatwearewasdesignedandbuiltbyourownthoughtsinourminds.Ifwenurtureignorantorevil
thoughts,painwillsoonfollow.Ifourthoughtsarehealthyandbeneficial,joywillfollowisassurelyas
ourshadowsfollowusonasunnyday.(24)
Eliminatingignorantorevilthoughtswillclearthemindandone'slifeashewhohashappy
thoughtswilllivealifewithmorejoy.Thetrueapplicationsofhisthoughtscanhelpshimgrowrather
thandestroyhimselfbecausethroughwrongapplicationshecandescendfromgoodness.The
importanceofbeingawarethathehasselfcontrolandbeingconsciousofthelawsofthought.Allen
usescauseandeffecttoencourageaction.Painwillresultfromevilthoughtsthereforethosethoughts
mustbeeliminatedfromonesmind.Allenalsousescompareandcontrastbetweenevilandgood
thoughts.Ontheotherhandgoodthoughtswillbefollowedbyjoy.Thetechniquesheusesisinorderto
promotepositivethoughtsovernegativethoughts.JamesAllenwriteswetoputgrouphimselfalong
withthereadertopromoteunityandthatthereaderisnotalone.
3.Justasgardenerscultivatetheirplots,keepingthemfreefromweeds,andgrowingthe
flowersandfruitstheydesire,somayyoutendthegardenofyourmind,weedingoutallthewrong,
useless,andimpurethoughts,andcultivationtowardperfectiontheflowersandfruitsofright,useful,and
purethoughts.(31)
Thegardenisrepeatingsymbolforaperson'smind.Theimportanceofcultivatingthegarden
andtendingtothegardendependsonweedingoutallthe"wrong"and"impure"thoughts.Oncethese
impurethoughtsaregonehewillrealizesoonerthathecanbecomethemasteroftheirownsoul.
Learningfromtheexternalworldaffectstheinnerworldofthoughtsandthroughselfexaminationthose
arewillingtoimprovetheircircumstancescan.
4.Somepeoplearemiserableandrichsomeareblessedandpoor.Blessednessandriches
areonlyjoinedtogetherwhentherichesarerightlyandwiselyusedandthepooronlydescendinto
miserywhentheyregardtheirlotasaburdenunjustlyimposeduponthem.(43)
Allenusescompareandcontrasttoemphasizethedifferencebetweeneconomicstabilitywith
happiness.Moneycanprovidehappinessbutbeingrichdoesnotguaranteehappinessbecausemoney
canleadtocorruption.ThecompareandcontrasttechniquehelpsAllensignifytheimportanceofhaving
therightmindset.Thelivingconditionsofoneslifeandsituationcanbeeasilymanipulatedbytheir
outlookontheirownlife.Thepoorcanbehappyandtherichcanbemiserableorviceversa.

5.Thebodyisadelicateandplasticinstrument,andrespondsreadilytothethoughtsbywhich
itisimpressed.(52)
JamesAllenusesametaphortocomparethebodytoaplasticinstrumenttoshowthatpeople
areaffectedbywhatotherssayanddoaroundus.Oursurroundingsarewhatmakesuswhoweare.
Bycomparingthebodytoplastic,Allenshowstheaudiencethatweashumansmoldeasily.InthatI
meanthathumansadaptandlearneasily.AtfirstIwonderedaboutthiscertainlinethinkingwhatit
actuallymeant.IreaditacouplemoretimesandIrealizedthatitsallabouthowwebecomewhowe
arenow.
6.Thosewhoarenotpreparedfortheapprehensionofagreatpurposeshouldfixtheir
thoughtsuponthefaultlessperformanceoftheirduty,nomatterhowinsignificanttheirtaskmayappear.
Onlythiswaycanthethoughtsbegatheredandfocused,andresolutionandenergybedeveloped,that
beingdone,thereisnothingthatmaynotbeaccomplished.(61)
Peoplemustfindapurposeandsetouttoaccomplishitratherthanaimlesslygoingabouttheir
life.Thoughtsarenotmeanttodriftwithnocleargoalsordestinations.Failuretoaccomplishthe
purposeissomethingthatmustbedonesothatweaknessescanbeovercome.JamesAllendraws
connectionstothosewhoworkouttostrengthentheirphysicalbodyissimilartothewayapersoncan
strengthentheirmind.Onceagainheusesthetechniqueofcauseandeffecttoprovetheimportanceof
havingapositivemindset.Ifonededicatestheirlifeintogoodenergyandpurposethentheycan
accomplishanything.
7.Theoaksleepsintheacornthebirdwaitsintheeggandinthehighestvisionofthesoula
wakingangelstirs.(77)
JamesAllenusesmetaphorstosignifytheimportanceofpatience.Bybeingpatienttheycan
achievetranquilityandfindpeacewithinlifeandthemselves.Everyonewillhavetheirmomentoftruthin
theirlives.Theywillgrowfromasmallacorntoasturdyoaktreeorabreakouttheirshellandlive
freelylikeabird.WhenIreadthisitremindedmeofasimilarmetaphorofabutterflybreakingoutofits
cocoonbecausewithpatiencesomethingbeautifulcanemergeandIthinkwhenAllenusesthese
metaphorsheillustratesthisdepiction.
8.Inallhumanaffairsthereareefforts,andthereareresults,andthestrengthoftheeffortisthe
measureoftheresult.Itisnotchance.Socalledgifts,powersandmaterial,intellectual,andspiritual
possessionsarethefruitsofefforttheyarethoughtscompleted,objectsaccomplished,visionsrealized.
(81)
JamesAllenencouragesinternalmotivationoverexternalmotivation.Theresultsoneacquireis
duetotheirownhardworknotduetoluck.Whenpeopleputintheefforttoachieveagoaltheywill
earnitthroughtheirownmerit.Hedefineswhattakepartsinachievingresultsandthisismainlythrough
humanefforts.Ithinkpeoplewhoarebeingdrivenbytheirownvisionsandsetouttomakeitrealityis
important.
9.Quoteofthebook:Selfcontrolisstrengthrightthoughtismasterycalmnessispower.
(88)
JamesAllenexplainsthatbeingabletoreachtranquilityshowsthatapersonisabletocontrol
andselfgovern.Similartothewayheconnectsthegardenwiththemindheconnectstheoceantolife
andthe"sunnyshoreofyouridealawaitsyourcoming,"andthecommanderoftheshipisyou.Self
controlisconsideredasstrength.Cleanandrightthoughtismasteryofthisstrength.Calmnessand
serenityispowertoonesindividuality.Ithinkthisquoteoverallrepresentstheauthorspurpose.The
quoteisareminderofwhattrulyisimportantanditmeanstobeawareofyourownthoughts.Itis
simpleandstraightforwardonceagainhechoosesthreeconceptsandIbelieveselfcontrol,right
thoughts,andcalmnessreplacestheoriginalfirstthreeconceptshementions:power,intelligence,and
love.
10.ReflectionLetter:
Ireallyenjoyedreadingthisbook,ImgladIchosethisbooktoendofftheschoolyear.Itwas
veryinspirationaltomewithallthewordsAllenusestoshowthatapersoncanbecomeabetterversion
ofthemselves.IlearnedthatallofmythoughtsmakemewhoIam.IfIthinknegativelythatswhoIll
become,butifIthinkpositivelythesamewillhappen.Iwoulddefinatelyrecommendthisbookto
anyoneandeveryone.Itdoesntmatterifyoureapersonwhoisdownornot.Thisselfhelpbookjust
makesyouwanttoliveyourlifebetterthanitalreadyisandmakesyouthinkaboutsomeofthelittle
thingsyoudothatyoumayhavenotnoticed.Thisbooktaughtmehowimportantdictionisinan
authorswriting.Thosewordwitheithermakeorbreakthebook.Luckily,itmadethisbookterrific.