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The Symphony of Life

The Symphony of Life

Also called A Series of Constructive Sketches and Interpretations.

"The Symphony of Life" blends art and religion in a wonderfully attractive way. The magic of his pen takes from a dry subject all dullness and imbues it with life. —Chicago Record-Herald

"A Series of Constructive Sketches." Described by James Allen as "Broad charity, sane philosophy, and lofty yet practical idealism, are the most prominently marked features of this work. Of the 300 beautifully printed pages, every one of them is full of ripe thought, admirably expressed. Spiritual evolution, the cause and nature of disease, and the meaning of evil, are among some of the subjects treated, and so comprehensive is the work that it constitutes an ethical and philosophical library in itself."

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Preface

A Series of Constructive Sketches and Interpretations By Henry Wood Author of "Ideal Suggestion," "Studies In The Thought World," "God's Image In Man," "Victor Serenus," "Edward Burton," "The Political Economy of Humanism," etc. I trust in my own soul, that can perceive the outward and the inward, Nature's good and God's.—Browning Although the general purpose…
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From the Pre-Adamic to the Human

A Study In The Higher Evolution So he drove out the man; and he planted at the east of the Garden of Eden the Cherubim,and the flame of a sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.—Genesis III. 24 There is more of philosophy, evolution and even science in…
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"In the Bush"

Oh, when I am safe in my sylvan home,I tread on the pride of Greece and Rome.And when I am stretched beneath the pines,Where the evening star so holy shines,I laugh at the lore and the pride of man,At the sophist schools and the learned clan.For what are they all, in their high conceit,When man…
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The Human Body as a Temple

The physical organism of man, without question, is the masterpiece of the whole material creation. Even when considered simply as a complex mechanism, apart from mind, it occupies the superlative rank. From the anatomical viewpoint, its grace, proportion and perfect adjustment to environment fill one with wonder. It is also a marvelous demonstration of the…
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Christ Was Asleep

And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow; and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? —Mark IV. 38. That part of the sea of human life which lies within the latitude of the intermediate or psychic zone of man's threefold constitution…
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The Oneness of Life and Being

The Significance of Late Scientific Discoveries The threshold of the twentieth century marks a time when the thoughts, accomplishments, and expectations of men are expanded as never before. The era is entirely unique, for there is nothing in history that is worthy of a comparison. Scientific discoveries in new directions, and through fields hitherto unexplored,…
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Evolutionary Reconciliation

When refined from its former materialism, the evolutionary philosophy exhales the spirit or an optimism that cannot be limited. What a great and rapid advance within the forty years or more since Darwin and Wallace formulated their theories of "The Struggle for Life," and "The Survival of the Fittest," to the present accepted altruistic basis,…
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The King’s Touch

The history of this remarkable ceremony, which prevailed in England for seven hundred years, and in France much longer, seems much like a romance. But besides its unique romanticism, which might render it of interest as a curious study in folklore, it includes phases of occult law of importance to every student of philosophy and…
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Nearer to Nature’s Heart

From drug medication as a therapeutic system, to the observance of intelligent hygienic regulation is a great advance. It leads away from the artificial toward the natural, and from the experimental and empirical to that which is logically in accord with the constitution of man. Hygiene cooperates with the beneficent forces of nature instead of…
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What is the Meaning of Evil?

By common consent, any rational solution of the origin, nature and purpose of evil is one of the most difficult and profound undertakings in which the human mind can engage. As a problem it has been regarded as insoluble, and has steadily held its place as the king of all mysteries. The seeming universal presence…
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Intelligent Physiological Designing

Any study of the correspondence or relativity between mind and body must include factors which are subtle and complex, if not elusive. Like other many-sided problems, it should be approached impartially and without that bias which colors any effort to make facts bend to some preconceived theory or system. Never before the present time was…
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What is the Higher Law?

The term "higher law" implies the existence of other law which is relatively lower, either in quality, scope, or potency. Law, unqualified by any adjective, is defined by Webster as, "In general, a rule of being or of conduct, established by an authority able to enforce its will; a controlling regulation; the mode or order…
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War From The Evolutionary Viewpoint

War, like every other human phenomenon, may be studied from a variety of points of view, thereby revealing unlike aspects. We may survey it from the patriotic, ethical, social, humanitarian, religious or economic standpoint, and as a result reach one-sided and even misleading conclusions. But the evolutionary significance of war subtly permeates or rather underlies…
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A Christmastide Musing

The ringing of Christmas chimes ushers in another joyful season, during which reciprocal love finds its most copious overflow. Every living principle has a rhythmical movement, for the law of action and reaction is universal. As we slowly wind up the spiral of human ascent it is, therefore, normal to find recurring pulsations of unusual…
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Thinking as a Fine Art

Art is the systematic application of knowledge or skill in effecting a desired result. In a broad sense, it is nature humanized, or re-expressed through the power of the human mind. Man studies the laws of nature, and becomes familiar with her forces, and then intelligently combines, re-arranges and re-presents them in forms that accord…
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Selfishness and Nervousness

Neurotic disturbance is so much in evidence in America that it has given us an unenviable notoriety, in this direction, among the nations in general. We boast of our high civilization, but however desirable this may be, if peoples and races lower in the intellectual scale are more free from this fundamental deficiency in nerve…
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The Ever Present Judgment

The Judgment Day never began and never will end. An eternal inquest is being held, and every principle, opinion, belief and theory is being tested, valued, measured and given its award. This process goes on, unmarked by time or other limitation. But from our own conscious and local standpoint, the present era, as compared with…
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The Unfulfilled Ideal of Religious Liberalism

In these days, when theological creeds are waning and religious dogmatism has so largely spent its force, it would naturally appear liberal churches whose faith is simple, wholesome and attractive should be distinctively prosperous and aggressive. But, outwardly and numerically at least, such a consummation has not been realized. During the last two or three…
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The Spiritual Utility of Physical Correspondence

In the dislodgment and defeat of a strong foe, through military strategy, the most decisive results are often gained through a movement known as outflanking. Whether the antagonist be real or seeming, material or mental, the front he presents is always formidable. There his entrenchments are the strongest and in that direction his heaviest guns…
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Reactions In The Higher Development

The great work of spiritual evolution in the individual as in the race, is continuous but not uniform in its visible progress. As the growth of a world from the primal nebulous condition to fitness for human habitation is through storm, upheaval and friction, so the evolution of the spiritual ego is often marked by…
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Dogmatism, New and Old

It is safe to avoid all kinds of extremes. Dogmatism, whether ancient or modern, past or present, is unprofitable. It may appear in the form of negative positiveness as well as in that of positive positiveness. The uncolored truth, without fear or favor, is the most valuable of all possessions. Doubtless some unnecessary prejudice against…
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What Is Disease?

All are aware that the primary definition of the term, disease, is simply "a lack of ease." But this gives a very inadequate idea of its significance as it is usually employed. A lack is only a negative condition, and does not involve any positive and objective entity. But words are only the labels for…
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The Cosmic Consciousness

Only quite recently has the term "cosmic consciousness " come into use. It stands for something which may be regarded as a modern development. Perhaps then it may warrant a brief attempt at its definition, and also an inquiry as to its utility. Relation and interrelation as now understood, are rich in promise and already…
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Splinters

The scattered fragments of Truth are being gathered up and fitted, each in its place, "without sound of hammer," into one great temple. Molecules are only smaller worlds, and worlds but molecules in relativity. The twentieth century will usher in a rapidly increasing spiritual consciousness. We must join hands to walk safely over pit-falls. Life…
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