Self Empowerment Theories and Practices

See that wretched outcast! Poor and miserable, shunned by all but depraved associates, he drags out the worthless remnant of his days. He is disturbed deep down inside. He carries with him, everywhere he goes, the poisonous fruits of his wrong deeds he has so planted. Tears run down his chin and his heart aches  but signs of a heart attack are not evident. He sigh and the tears come running down more and more --"Oh, could I begin life again:--could I but live my days over once more-- how different the course I would pursue; how different the things I would undo and the things I would do. Instead of rushing on blindly and mindlessly, without forethought or care, and allowing myself to become an easy prey to temptation and sin, I would reflect maturely, and choose wisely the path for my footsteps. Faithfully I would search for the way of virtue, honesty, sobriety, and goodness, and strictly would I walk therein! I would be of great positive impact on humanity and also be of positive influence on people that I may be rewarded for my kindness."
Creative independence

He is a man who was wretchedly poor. He is extremely anxious that his surroundings and home comforts should be improved, yet all the time he shirks his work, and considers himself justified in trying to fake things on the ground of the insufficiency of his wages. Such a man does not understand the simplest rudiments of those principles which are the basis of true prosperity, and he is not only totally unfitted to rise out of his wretchedness, but he is actually attracting to himself a still deeper wretchedness by dwelling in, and acting out, indolent, deceptive, and unmanly thoughts. He is not aware of the fact that he is bound to his thoughts and the things he believes in; and his excuses are of no use because he shall be condemned by his foul plays and not for them.

Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain as they are: no change, no true wealth. The man who does not shrink from self-crucifixion can never fail to accomplish the object upon which his heart is set. This is as true of earthly as of heavenly things. Even the man whose sole object is to acquire wealth must be prepared to make great personal sacrifices before he can accomplish his object; and how much more so he who would realize a strong and well-poised life?

Man does not come to the almshouse or the jail by the tyranny of fate or circumstance, but by the pathway of grovelling thoughts and base desires. Nor does a pure-minded man fall suddenly into crime by stress of any mere external force; the criminal thought had long been secretly fostered in the heart, and the hour of opportunity revealed its gathered power.The hour of opportunity which gives way to blunt excuses.

Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to whom he really is. No such conditions can exist as descending into vice and its attendant sufferings apart from vicious inclinations, or ascending into virtue and its pure happiness without the continued cultivation of virtuous aspirations; and man, therefore, as the lord and master of thought, is the chief of his mind and the captain of his soul. That he may attract that which he has come to believe strongly and concealed in his mind; whether good or foul, he alone has the power to make things just as he will.
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