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Spiritual Consciousness

Spiritual Consciousness

James Allen reviewed this book saying:
This is a philosophical work of great power and depth. The author deals with states of consciousness, and he belongs to the new school of thinkers who work from the spiritual basis. To him the invisible realities are of primary importance, as is seen by the following quotation:—"We see outwardly just what we are outwardly conditioned to see by reason of the status of our own consciousness: and if we could see otherwise, it must be primarily, through the cultivation of a different quality or degree of consciousness, rather than through the substitution of different external conditions." The section on "Christianity" is particularly fine, and should be carefully studied by those who are looking for a more universal interpretation of the mission of Jesus than at present obtains in the multitude of creeds.

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Preface

The closing years of the nineteenth century seem in many respects the most significant in human history. Men have fed on the dry husks of materialism until they are crying out for food which satisfies the craving of their higher nature. The extent to which this hunger is felt is indicated by the widespread interest…
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Signs of the Times

An inborn craving for knowledge forever impels the mind to reach out in all directions for an unknown something with which to satisfy its desires. Attention is at first attracted by the outer world of objects—appearances that appeal to the senses. But after analyzing all that the senses can perceive, and even carrying the process…
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What is Truth?

The skeptic, the bigot and the seer are typical representatives of three distinct attitudes which men entertain toward the Truth. Individuals of each of these classes are equally positive in their convictions, equally certain that their particular views are correct. How, then, is it possible for one to decide whether that which appeals to him…
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Realization of Ideals Through Right-Thinking

Our subject contains three elementary ideas— Ideals, Right-Thinking, and Realization. Let us consider Ideals first. What is an ideal? The word Idea, from which the adjective and the noun Ideal are formed, is derived from the Greek to see. An ideal is primarily, then, something that is seen. We may define it as The Absolute…
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The Outer World

Ever since Kant revolutionized modern speculative philosophy by his "Critique of pure reason," in which he shows that the physical senses can give us no absolutely correct information concerning the essential nature of things, but that the objective world we see, is obliged to conform in appearance to certain conditions of perception existing a priori…
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The Inner World

Space pertains to the perception of things outwardly, as they are represented in objective relations. Time pertains to their perception inwardly, as they are represented in subjective relations. Every person is familiar with the three-dimensional conception of space; but comparatively few people are accustomed to think of time in that way. Yet a three-dimensional conception…
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Consciousness

The more we study the world of externals,—the objective world we imagine to exist distinctly outside of us,—the more we appropriate, build into our thought ideas presented to us objectively, the larger our conception of life grows, and the more we realize of self-hood subjectively; and, conversely, the more we think, expand mentally, the larger…
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Christianity

As the light of this nineteenth century is reflected back over the historical narrative of the New Testament, the fragmentary incidents there recorded grow luminous with a suggestiveness which enables us now to restore, in its original perfection, the Christian philosophy of life, after it has reposed for centuries beneath the surface debris of traditional…
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The Growth of Society

Undoubtedly the most important contribution of the nineteenth century to the store of human knowledge is the doctrine of evolution. We know now that from time immemorial the hidden things of the spiritual world have been coming forth into manifestation in the visible universe through an orderly process of unfolding. From a finite standpoint, everything…
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The Problem of Evil

Any scheme of philosophy that recognizes evil as a factor to be reckoned with, in dealing with problems of human existence, seems to some persons to savor of pessimism. In whatever light the theme may be presented, in whatever fashion it may be treated, they regard any serious consideration of it as altogether superfluous. They…
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The Spiritual Basis of Health

Viewed from its absolute center, life appears to be a perfect unit; while from any eccentric point, its proportions seem more or less distorted, and an infinite number of independent centers are seen. Each eccentric observer, on discovering what he imagines to be an unbalanced whole, tries to rectify matters, as far as possible, by…
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Manifestations of the Spiritual Principle

In all ages there have lived seers, prophets and men of genius, who have professed to find in life a deep, esoteric meaning, unappreciated and unrecognized by the restless throng of human beings, who crave only amusement or entertainment. Individuals of these rarer types are often accounted eccentric, by their less aspiring fellows, because they…
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Music

Music constitutes a world of itself, co-ordinate with the worlds of Nature, Religion and Philosophy. It is not, like the other arts, an extension of the natural order, for it is characterized by an entirely different mode of revelation. The world of Music is pre-eminently the world of harmony. The idea of harmony—unity in variety—is…
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Art and Nature

As man beholds the process of creation going on around him in the outer world, he at first supposes himself to be a product of natural forces —or a mere cog in the machinery of the world, as it were. Recognizing only the finite in himself, not yet being aware of the existence of a…
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