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Publisher's Letter

The Light of ReasonJanuary 1902Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. I. January 1st, 1902 No. 1 Devoted to:The expounding of the laws of being and the higher life. To the readers of The Light of Reason: Dear Readers:In accepting the publication of this journal we seem to be placing ourselves…
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Editorial

We offer no apology for the appearance of The Light of Reason. It was needed, and it is sent forth. It has a mission to perform—that of pointing the way to the true life of unselfishness and Love, which is the life of joy, of serenity, and of real and…
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A Oneness Throughout

More than half the troubles in this world will disappear when we individually realize the important fact that justice is being meted out to everyone of us now and always through the unalterable laws which a just and supreme God has Himself instituted. Many of us have been brought up…
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The Unseen Cord (Poem)

There is an unseen cord which bindsThe whole wide world together;Through every human life it winds—This one mysterious tether.It links all races and all landsThroughout their span allotted,And death alone unites the strandsWhich God Himself has knotted. However humble be your lot,Howe’er your hands are fettered,You cannot think a noble…
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A Vision

After the fashion of John Bunyan, I had a dream, and, like his, it was of a Path. But in my dream there were many paths, which yet were only one. I seemed to be standing on the margin of what looked like a lake or sea, but which I…
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The Reign of Law

The little party gods have had their day. The arbitrary gods, creatures of human caprice and ignorance, are falling into disrepute. Men have quarreled over and defended them until they have grown weary of the strife, and now, everywhere, they are relinquishing and breaking up these helpless idols of their…
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The Way of Truth

Jesus said, "I am the way;" and commanded, "Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you;" also "Love one another;" and His life was an example of His precepts. The Master knew His commands embodied principles which, when practiced, would involve the subjugation of qualities that, if allowed…
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As You Go Through Life (Poem)

Don't look for flaws as you go through life;And even when you find them,It is wise and kind to be somewhat blind,And to seek for the virtues behind them.For the cloudiest night has a hint of lightSomewhere in its shadow hiding,And it’s better far to hunt for a starThan the…
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The Soul's Awakening

Looking back is not always beneficial, and at times it retards, rather than helps the growth of the soul. But there are times—epochs in life—when we are suddenly brought to a stand-still, it may be by some great disappointment or calamity, and we are suddenly brought face to face with…
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Labor is Life (Poem)

Labor is life! 'Tis the still water faileth;Idleness ever despaireth, bewaileth;Keep the watch wound, for the dark rust assaileth;Flowers droop and die in the stillness of noon. Labor is glory! The flying cloud lightens;Only the waving wing changes and brightens!Idle hearts only the dark future frightens.Play the sweet keys would’st…
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The World a Reflex of Mental States

What you are, so is your world. Everything in the universe is resolved into your own inward experience. It matters little what is without, for it is all a reflection of your own consciousness. It matters everything what you are within, for everything without will be mirrored and colored accordingly.…
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Divine Justice

As man is, so has he made himself. The Divine Essence, the True Self within him emanates from the Almighty; but his physical surroundings are of his own creation. The present is the outcome of the past; therefore the future may be controlled by the present. Sickness and health, wisdom…
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Our Actions Determine Our Condition

A good man may become bad; a bad man may become good according as he conducts himself, for all things stand in mutual relation to each other:— Nothing and somethingAre relative terms;Easy and hard,Are the same;The long to the shortA proportion affirms,Which the high to the lowAlso claim.The tones and…
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Forgiveness of Sin

Has it ever occurred to you when you pray the Lord’s Prayer that, unless you have obliterated from your heart all remembrance of personal wrong, you are asking for punishment rather than forgiveness? If you have never before come in contact with this idea, it will doubtless startle you; yet…
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Spiritual Mastery (Poem)

You will be what you will to be;Let failure find its false contentIn that poor word, "environment,"But spirit scorns it, and is free. It masters time, it conquers space,It cowes that boastful trickster, Chance,And bids the tyrant CircumstanceUncrown, and fill a servant’s place. The human Will, that force unseen,The offspring…
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Becoming as Little Children

You have the child’s character in these four things—Humility, Faith, Charity and Cheerfulness. That’s what you have got to be converted to. "Except ye be converted and become as little children." You hear much of conversion nowadays; but people always seem to think they have got to be made wretched…
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Love (Poem)

From The Opening of The GatesBy Permission O Spirit, thou alone who art,In whom alone our life doth live,Thou dwellest in the simple heart,And joyest all thy joys to give. And duty ever great and true,Cometh from thee divinely fair,And everything in love we doWoundeth the spirit of despair. For…
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The Power of Unselfishness

After twenty years’ practice as a physician, I am satisfied that much of what goes under the name of chronic disease, especially of a nervous type, has its root in selfishness—at least, a purely unselfish man or woman, with consequent tranquil happiness, I never saw who was a nervous invalid.…
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Real Prosperity

Real prosperity is not to be estimated by large estates or great wealth. It is the blessing of the Lord that maketh rich. It is this which gives to the possessions of earth their true value, and which makes the little that the righteous man hath better than all the…
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