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The Light of ReasonFebruary 1902Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. I. February 1st, 1902 No. 2 Devoted to:The expounding of the laws of being and the higher life. The Light of Reason has gone forth on its mission, and has been cordially and enthusiastically received. Letters are continually coming in…
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Overcoming (Poem)

How shall I a habit break?As you did that habit make.As you gathered, you must lose;As you yielded, now refuse.Thread by thread the strands we twistTill they bind us neck and wrist,Thread by thread the patient handMust untwine ere free we stand.As we builded, stone by stone,We must toil, unhelped,…
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God In Man

In all man’s concepts of God he never fails to see Him as the Supreme Good. He constantly reaches out and strives for the good, and knows that if he were God he would be first, last, and always wholly Good. When man describes his concept of Good, he says…
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The Perfect Man (Poem)

For God thou seekest! Where, and why?—Thou scarce shalt find Him here or there—In earth below, in Heaven on high,But rather everywhere. For God?—but what dost thou expectTo find? He’s all. Not so confinedAs to be cramped in creed or sect:Good thoughts, brave deeds, kind words, reflectHis image: be not…
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Giving and Receiving

One of the greatest weaknesses of human nature is that of providing a scapegoat for its sins, mistakes and sorrows. It is so easy to blame someone, or something else outside ourselves for all our sins and failures; so hard to visit them upon our own heads. And yet, perhaps,…
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The Mind and the Body

Many of us appear to be under the impression that the mind is something totally apart in every way from the body, and we do not seem to realize that the ideas we hold have immediately a direct effect upon some part of our human frame, and also upon our…
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Belief the Basis of Action

Belief is an important word in the teachings of the wise, and it figures prominently in all religions. According to Jesus a certain kind of belief is absolutely necessary to salvation or regeneration, and Buddha definitely taught that Right Belief is the first and most essential step in the Way…
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Will (Poem)

Oh flickering lamp of life, whose flameOne tiny circle in the gloomServes to illume, I cannot blameYou, tho’ I flutter to my doom. Oh tree of knowledge, though I ateYour golden sun-browned fruit, nor knewTill then the mysteries of Fate—Ill breeding ill—I blame not you! Oh serpent, whom the woman…
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The Power of Sympathy in Human Life

What a marvelous power has sympathy, and yet, like other good gifts, how often it is grudgingly given. So strong is it that it will melt the stoniest heart, it will comfort the deepest mourner, it will raise the most degraded to strive for higher things, it will infuse hope…
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Duty (Poem)

"Do! do! What shall I do?"Is that still your cry?"Know! know! What would I know?"Is that still your sigh? Leave thyself and all thy doing,Cease from thought and all thy knowing,Yield thee to the soul that movethO’er the earth, the soul of beauty,When her voice of Love reproveth,Know it pointeth…
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The True Life

The truly wise man or woman will recognize no one as an enemy. Occasionally we hear the expression, "Never mind; I’ll get even with him." Will you? And how will you do it? You can do it in one of two ways. You can, as you have in mind, deal…
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Immortality (Poem)

He shall not die who seeks the Way of Truth;He shall not see corruption who doth walkWith stainless feet the Path of Purity;He shall not wander in dark worlds of woeWho finds the Gate of Good and enters there,For he shall taste of immortalityWhile feasting at the table of his…
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Victor Hugo on Immortality

You say that the soul is nothing but the result of bodily powers. Why, then, is my soul the more luminous when my bodily powers begin to fail? Winter is on my head, and eternal spring is in my heart. For half-a-century I have been writing my thoughts in prose,…
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The Christ-Life

We cannot shape our lives from any outer model. It is the creative power within that makes all changes, even in the things about us. Persons not satisfied with the present order seek to reform it. The first step in any reformation is to conform to this inner law. We…
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Right Living

What can man do in this world to secure his happiness here and best fit him for the world which is to come? We may sum it all up in one or two bright phrases, two phrases ancient in their origin, positive and negative in their expressions: "You shall do…
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Gems of Truth From Emerson

Hitch thy wagon to a star. The true poem is the poet’s mind. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. Abide in the simple and noble regions of thy life, obey…
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Our Talk With Correspondents

F. M.—In reply to your letter I must say that, although you may not consider that you have suffered for your own misdeeds, you certainly have suffered for your own mistakes. Having "no desire to make money," you entered into heavy monetary transactions against the dictates of your own judgment…
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