(PDA) This service has been facilitated by subscriber Ruth Temple of San Francisco, California. Clearly Gandhi and Rockefeller are quite different in their “genius.” And of course, there are some kinds of genius that many do not like to acknowledge, such as Mao’s, Stalin’s, Marquis De Sade’s, and Theordore Kaczynski’s genius on the dark side of human nature. I have the James Allen book (one of my favorites) and if he was the granddaddy of self-improvement then Venice Bloodworth was the grandmother. It takes a long time to make a quilt, just like building character. His ideas, told mostly through metaphor, can be summed up thus: “The mind is the master weaver, both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance, and where they have hitherto woven ignorance and pain they may now weave enlightenment and happiness.”. In the recent book Yeats’s Ghosts, the Secret life of W.B. I was privileged to visit both places and the Cornwall coast with a group of painters last May. We attract to ourselves from the thoughts in our mind so if we want to change our circumstances we must change our attitude. We know that anything that can be conceived can also be accomplished. It is good to read something that sets a goal in front of us, something to aim at. Our hotel for 3 nights was in Ilfracombe right at the seaside. First picking out a pattern, or designing your own, then picking out the right colors and material. His little book, As A Man Thinketh, has gone through multiple printings and translations and has influenced millions, including Norman Vincent Peale, Earl Nightingale, Tony Robbins. Many of us have taught ourselves techniques to throw off depression, self-defeat, dry periods, criticism. True creativity must be, I think, heaven on earth. by Sandy Triolo, Silver Spring, MD, USA. As a Man Thinketh, modeled loosely on the Bible verse of the same wording, set Allen apart as a leader in the self-help movement. “Rocket girl”Leanne Cadden, Victoria, BC, Canada, Yet all experience is an arch wherethro’ In our recent survey many writers requested that we make a regular feature of various artists’ work. Most of them were lesbians and had already burned their bridges. Were he alive today he might be surprised at the number of artists and other independent thinkers who “just do it.”, PS: “Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Thought and forethought are imbedded in our business. How dull it is to pause, to make an end, Allen’s idea was that we are our own creative power. This little gem of knowledge must be learned, if someone just told you to think it and then you will get it, you would not believe him or her. Connection My grandfather studied at the Royal College of Art, London and in Europe, taught at King’s College, University of London and was selected to emigrate to Canada in 1886 to be principal of the Hamilton Art School where he taught technical drawing to J. E. H. MacDonald. (Alfred, Lord Tennyson). For ever and for ever when I move. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen. If you control the cause- you can control the effect. by Grace Cowling, Ontario, Canada. The bonus and the curse of our modern world is instant access to information, trivia and imaging. Her book Key to Yourself published in 1952 is the book I turn to again and again when I need reinforcement as an artist and as an individual. Man is manacled only by himself; thought and action are the jailers of Fate.”. People flip through headlines, scan pictures, become instant experts and then forget. Our life is what we make it and our success or failure is determined by the choices we make. Quilting I say temperament. This art journey we have taken is by necessity lonely. He makes the case that men with unwholesome thoughts are not fit for prosperity, creativity, success, or even happiness. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall unveil.” (James Allen), Esoterica: At the same time there are many of us who believe we are creatures inhibited by outside conditions. James Allen was contemporary with my paternal Grandfather, Samuel John Ireland who was born in Barnstaple, Devon just a few miles from Ilfracombe. James Allen’s apparently sexist attitudes were not such a problem to readers 100 years ago. It is a visual joy to watch the grays in the morning light turned to color by the sun, watch evenings with color saturated shadows; to see how the noonday sun flattens, how colors sing on a rainy day. Right mind, right energy and true determination are the keys. I make time to read a lot, but I don’t have a lot of time to review books, so what I do share, I’m sharing because the book has been very influential and helpful to me in my life, and I believe it will also help others. Recognized genius may be born of favorable circumstance (and also “good timing”), but it is clear that genius is only accomplished as it has been said by “hard work”. Yeats, author Brenda Maddox deals with the self-starting and independent thinking woman poets, writers and painters that came in and out of Yeats’s life. As tho’ to breathe were life! “Master yourself,” he said, “then you can master your world. What this means is that the busy artist, artistic businessperson, or stressed art-educator can get any quote from our resource while on the go. This could be in the same photo or in separate jpegs. His ideas, told mostly through metaphor, can be summed up thus: “The mind isRead More He hardly mentions women. Involvement in the process of painting brings me satisfaction: experimenting, ruminating, spending time with the subject. Honesty and childlike purity are our stock in trade. You may be interested to know that artists from every state in the USA, every province in Canada, and at least 97 countries worldwide have visited these pages since January 1, 2002. “The mind is the master weaver, both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance, and where they have hitherto woven ignorance and pain they may now weave enlightenment and happiness.” This made me remember how it is when one puts a quilt together. "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." As you put it together, piece by piece, thinking you have the pattern in mind, but finding the real excitement comes when you turn the quilt over. Needless to say, however, there are an almost infinite number of skills, so genius can vary greatly. If your thoughts are pure and … While in the art mode we retreat into ourselves with only the knowledge and ability possessed to this point for expression. But once you learn to use your own power, you believe anything is possible as long as you are willing to channel the mental and physical energy into the endeavor. Note: I don’t review substandard books. James Allen (1864-1912) of Ilfracombe, England was the granddaddy of the self-improvement industry. Channel the energy “The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.” (Isaac D’Israeli). Thought is the seed for action. You can subscribe and receive them for free, here! It’s easy to “practice” skills that you have a passion for doing. And while experience shows us that there are lots of unsavory folks who become presidents of corporations, or even rich artists, he has a message that many artists will intuitively know to be true.
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