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Discovery of a Lost Trail

Discovery of a Lost Trail

This book is intended to help to reader to find the Lost Trail of the Spiritual Life in Himself.

This book was advertised in Allen's journal, The Light of Reason.

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Preface

Ho, ye who suffer! know ye suffer from yourselves.None else compels no other holds you that ye live or die.—Siddartha It is only as man puts off from himself all external support and stands alone that see him to be strong and to prevail. —Emerson To all who have sought and have not found the paths…
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The Lost Trail

So must you press forward to open your soul to the Eternal. But it must be the Eternal that draws forth your strength and beauty, not desire of growth. For in the one case you develop in the luxuriance of purity, in the other you harden by the forcible passion for personal stature. —“Light on…
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Confidence

''All forces have been steadily employed to complete and delight me.Now on this spot I stand with my robust soul." —Walt Whitman The shadow land of failure lies always close to the sun land of success. Their provinces are curiously related. They interpenetrate each other. We cross the borderland unconsciously and do not discern the…
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Toiling in Rowing

And he saw them toiling in rowing, for the wind was contrary unto them. —Mark 6, 48. What hard work we make of living! How we labor at the oar in our efforts to be practical and to avoid the charges of idealism and credulity! In the twilight of Galilee the fishermen were toiling when…
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Patience

Everything must be taken genially, and we must be at the top of our condition to understand anything rightly. —Emerson The most unhappy man in the world is he that is not patient in adversity, for men are not killed with the adversity they have to bear, but with the impatience which they suffer.—Chas. Bailly, 1571.…
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Master Mariners

Coast Notes "Blow the wind East or blow it West, Whichever wind blows is the best." "I count it kinglier far to wait, Aye, wait and wait a thousand years, Than once to doubt or challenge fate."—Joaquin Miller The evolution of the spiritual man is simply the education of a navigator. The boy who takes…
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Will

"Stronger than woe is will." —Edwin ArnoldBe it unto thee even as thou wilt. —Jesus All power is most effectually applied through concentration. In mechanics we bring the tempered steel to a fine point to pierce the solid substance or to an edge for cutting. Thought can both pierce and cut, but it must have…
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The Evolution of Power

That power which the disciple shall covet is that which shall make him appear as nothing in the eyes of men. —"Light on the Path." Behold I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. —Jesus. Power…
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Decision

The first step in occultism brings the student to the tree of knowledge. He must pluck and eat. He must choose. No longer is he capable of the indecision of ignorance.—"Light on the Path." In a history of the development of the Cripple Creek gold mines it is related that experts of wide reputation in…
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Thought Tonics

"I cried aloud, and wrung my hands in woe When Grief came to my door in mourning guise; I strove to shut the door, and closed my eyes, But she stood, patient, there, and would not go. "Then Pain came down the pathway, sad and slow; And Sacrifice with face raised to the skies; And…
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Expression

Speech comes only with knowledge. Attain to knowledge and you will attain to speech.Life itself has speech and is never silent. —"Light on the Path" "The strongest and sweetest songs yet remain to be sung."—Walt Whitman It has already become an axiom in metaphysics that all suffering comes from misdirected energy. Pain is an abnormal…
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The Power of Gladness

Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength. —Nehemiah viii. 10. We cannot play the chords of "success" upon an instrument relaxed by disappointment and discouragement, nor with the harp-strings held at nervous tension by anxiety and fear. Doubt and longing…
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A Plea for Matter

'There was a man in our town, And he was wondrous wise: He jumped into a bramble bush And scratched out both his eyes. And when he saw his eyes were out, With all his might and main He jumped into another bush And scratched them in again."—Mother Goose A friend in the West used…
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The Song of Life

"Strains musical, flowing through ages, now reaching hither,I take to your reckless and composite chords, add to them, and cheerfully pass them forward."—Walt Whitman Listen to the song of Life. Store in your memory the melody you hear. Learn from it the lesson of harmony. Only fragments of the great song come to your ears…
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