progressive and evolving being, man is where he is that he may learn that he
may grow; and as he learns the spiritual lesson which any circumstance contains
for him, it passes away and gives place to other circumstances.
is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature
of outside conditions, but when he realizes that he is a creative power, and
that he may command the hidden soil and seeds of his being out of which
circumstances grow, he then becomes the rightful master of himself.
circumstances grow out of thought every man knows who has for any length of
time practiced self-control and self-purification, for he will have noticed
that the alteration in his circumstances has been in exact ratio with his
altered mental condition. So true is this that when a man earnestly applies
himself to remedy the defects in his character, and makes swift and marked
progress, he passes rapidly through a succession of vicissitudes.
James Allen – As A Man Thinketh (1903)