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Studies in the Thought World

Studies in the Thought World

Described by James Allen as: "...a work consisting of twenty-two spiritual essays on man in his relation to external nature, the universe, and his fellow-men. In his preface the author says: "All Truth which is above the plane of the intellect should be accepted, not upon external authority, but just in the measure that it receives the full sanction of the inner 'Guide,' or spiritual intuition of the individual. To aid in and point out the law of the development of this supernal faculty to his readers is the writer's earnest desire and effort." There is a great beauty and charm about the essays, and we should like to quote freely from them had we the space. The following are the titles of a few of the essays:—"The Divinity of Nature," "Our Relations To Environment," "The Dynamics of Mind," "The Education of Thought," "The Subconscious Mind," "The Psychology of Crime."

Preface

Practical Mind Art By Henry Wood Author of "Ideal Suggestion", "God's Image In Man", "Edward Burton", "The Political Economy of Humanism", Etc. Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force; that thoughts rule the world.—Emerson The steady and increasing demand for this collection of essays indicates an inherent vitality…
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Ownership in the Thought World

There is a universal craving for desirable things; but in many particulars there would be wide variation of opinion as to what is deservedly to be sought. The subjective bias of different individuals is very unlike; and it is this, rather than abstract merit, which determines the quality and intensity of personal demand. The lack…
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The Evolutionary Climb of Man

The eons of the past have been occupied with a struggle to bring forth man. That great effort is still in progress, for he is not yet completed. Generic man, or the human ideal, is, and always was, potentially complete; but in actualized existence and expression he is ever more becoming. This is an era…
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A Great Art Museum

Man is mind. He is an unconscious artist, dwelling in the midst of an endless variety of mental pictures. His time is spent in photographing things around him, and in taking impressions from his thoughts and ideas. The great palaces of art, like the Louvre of Paris and the Uffizi and Pitti of Florence, contain…
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The Vital Energy and Its Increase

Every living thing has an inherent potential force which may be said to be the mainspring of its organism. This energy is so strong and constant that it not only holds in check all corruptive and disintegrative tendencies, but it has positive and formative power. Under normal conditions it is a veritable "dynamo" which transmutes…
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A Corrected Standpoint in Psychical Research

We are so accustomed to deal directly and almost solely with the objective, that any attempt to readjust our own end of a line of relationship is unconventional, and by many is regarded as irregular, if not unscientific. The great obstacle to the apprehension of truth is not so much in its complexity or occultism,…
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The Divinity of Nature

Nature speaks to us in a language of her own. If her intonations sound harsh or unmusical, we may infer that our hearing is not attuned to her utterances. If her voices are unknown tongues, we need carefully to study her rhythm and accent, in order that we may translate her message. Nature is not…
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The Hygiene of the Consciousness

The scope of material hygiene, though important in itself, is essentially partial and incomplete. There is another great causative domain which is both higher and complementary, and it is unwise to ignore it. As compared with any former period, modern investigation is inclined to delve deeply in order to discover hidden principles, and to reach…
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What is Man?

We are living in a remarkable era. In these closing years of the nineteenth century the minds of men are restless as never before. Systems, philosophies, theories, and institutions are being questioned, shaken, and summoned to the judgment-bar of truth. A gigantic pair of balances, real though immaterial, has been set up; and not only…
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Our Relations to Environment

The threads which connect us with objective things are woven into our life-fabric, and determine its quality. This is true in its application alike to circumstances, events, principles, and persons. We are not only influenced and modified by relations, but are made by them. The ego is the vital center of a network of derived,…
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Divinity and Humanity

More near than aught thou call'st thy own,Draw if thou canst the mystic line,Severing rightly His from thine,Which is human, which divine.—Emerson What is the normal relation between God and Man? Can there be any distinct boundary line between them? Is there a divine side to man which opens out into the unfathomable deeps of…
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Has Mental Healing a Valid Scientific and Religious Basis?

As this topic is somewhat unconventional, the author may be pardoned for a few preliminaries that are somewhat personal and explanatory. He has no professional interest along this line, his position being that of an independent investigator and seeker for truth. He does not appear as the advocate of any school, system, or cult, but…
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The Unity of Diversity

The inspirational truth which is permeating modern thought is the essential inter-relation of all things. The negative conditions which are so widely prevalent in human consciousness are largely due to the lack of a discriminating sense of the numberless lines of mutual relationship. Emerson voiced this sentiment in the simple words:— All are needed by…
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The Dynamics of Mind

In the light of recent psychical demonstrations, it has been said that thoughts are things; but perhaps a more exact statement would be that they are forces. In physical science the present trend of teaching is distinctly from the former accepted atomic basis, which included the solidity and potency of matter, towards a hypothesis in…
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Auto-Suggestion and Concentration

Having considered in a previous paper the law of vibratory forces as operative between soul and soul, a study of its exercise in one's individual economy logically follows. But, while individuated, it is clearly impossible for spiritual development to be selfish, because no limitation can enclose it. Egotism is existent only on the sensuous plane.…
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Human Evolution and the "Fall"

In the world's comparative chronology it was but yesterday that the evolutionary philosophy was itself evolved in the human consciousness. Only its lower and materialistic aspects have yet been recognized by science, the grander and higher visions being still in reserve. But even the limited progress already made marks the most stupendous new departure of…
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Omnipresent Divinity

This is a scientific age. The domain of exact investigation is visibly broadening, and limitations are being pushed back in all directions. There have been other periods noted for their intellectual activity in certain directions, during which lofty climaxes have been reached. Great waves of architectural and artistic accomplishment, and eras of scholastic research in…
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Mental and Physical Chemistry in the Human Economy

The human body is a chemical laboratory. The mind is the conscious or unconscious chemist, and exercises direct control in all the multiform physical processes. Its compounding is performed unintelligently, and often ignorantly, but the final product is always the natural outcome of past and present mental activity, in quality and degree. The subtle delicacy…
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The Education of Thought

Thought is the human motor. With the great majority, however, it exerts its force without definite aim or purpose. It is a building-power, but yet works to no plan or specification. Its operations may be compared to the work of a crazy carpenter, who, though always busy, nails up material at random. In the light…
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The Nature and Uses of Pain

The world has waged an unceasing warfare with pain. It has been regarded as the monster who despoils us of our pleasure, robs us of our repose, and whose dart is ever poised to strike us down. Its unwelcome presence has embittered every cup, and rendered life—otherwise so desirable—hardly worth the living. Sages and seers…
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The Sub-Conscious Mind

Every unit is made up of unlike elements. The mentality of each individual, therefore, though a unified entity, contains factors which are quite dissimilar in their offices and modes of operation. It is only through an intelligent discrimination of these various phases of mental activity that phenomena can be correctly resolved and their modus operandi…
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The Psychology of Crime

Every outward manifestation is a harvest. No full-fledged or overt act takes place that is not the lawful sequence of previous incubation, nourishment, and growth. When a criminal offense "happens," the usual concern is only with the event, its details, and the adequate punishment of the offender. The act is vividly outlined, its heinous features…
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The Signs of the Times

A new light is dawning upon the human horizon. Its golden beams are penetrating into the damp, dark caverns of pessimistic realism, and transforming them into the abodes of spiritual brightness and optimism. The divinity of man—so long in eclipse that it has seemed well nigh lost—is manifestly asserting itself, and indications are not wanting…
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