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June 15, 2010

Serenity chapter ( from as a man thinketh)
Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. It is the result of long and patient
effort in self control. Its presence is an indication of ripened experience, and of a more than
ordinary knowledge of the laws and operations of thought. A man becomes calm in the
measure that he understands himself as as thought- evolved being, for such knowledge
necessitates the understanding of others as the result of thought. As he develops a right
understanding, and sees more and more clearly the internal relations of things by the action of
cause and effect, he ceases to fuss and fume and worry and grieve, and remains poised,
steadfast, serene.
The calm man, having learned how to govern himself knows how to adapt himself to others;
and they in turn, reverence his spiritual strength, and feel that they can learn of him and rely
upon him. The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his
power for good. Even the ordinary trader will find his business prosperity increase as he
develops a greater self, a control and equanimity, for people will always prefer to deal with a
man whose demeanor is strongly equable.
The strong calm man is always loved and revered . He is like a shade-giving tree in a thirsty
land, or a sheltering rock in a storm. Who does not love a tranquil heart, a sweet-tempered,
balanced life? It does not matter whether it rains or shines, or what changes come to those
possessing these blessings, for they are always sweet, serene, and calm. “that exquisite poise of
character which we call serenity is the last lesson culture; it is the flowering of life, the fruitage
of the soul. It is precious as wisdom more to be desired than gold- yea, than even fine gold.
How insignificant mere money-seeking looks in comparison with a serene life- life that dwells
in the ocean of Truth beneath the wave, beyond the reach of tempest, into Eternal Calm!
“How many people we know who sour their lives, who ruin all that is sweet and beautiful by
explosive tempers, who destroy their poise of character, and make bad blood! I t is a question
whether the great majority of people do not ruin their lives and mar their happiness by lack of
self control. How few people we meet in life who are well balanced, who have that exquisite
poise which is characteristic of the finished character!”
Yes, humanity surges with uncontrolled passion, is tumultuous with ungoverned grief, is
blown about by anxiety and doubt only the wise man, only he whose thoughts are controlled
and purified, makes the winds and the storms of the soul obey him.
Tempest-tossed souls, wherever he may be, under what -ever conditions ye may live, know
his – in the ocean of life the isles of blessedness are smiling, and sunny shore of your ideal
awaits your coming keep your hand firmly upon the helm of thought. In the bark of your soul
reclines the commanding Master; He does but sleep; wake Him. self-control is strength; Right
Thought is mastery; Calmness is power
Say unto your heart, Peace, Be still!”
This writing from as a man thinketh is a basis upon many things I intend to write about Hope
you enjoy my writings in the near future.
Brian Stiehl

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