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The Light of ReasonNovember 1902Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. II. November 1st, 1902 No. 5 Devoted to:The expounding of the laws of being and the higher life. "He whose intentions are righteousness and justice will meet with no failure, but be successful in his enterprises, and his success will…
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The Risen Soul

It is a great thought that the virtue, the purity, the goodness of the world, rise and fall with the virtue, the purity, the goodness of each human being. You cannot grow corrupt and leave the moral tone of the world where it stood before, no matter how little you…
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The Dawn (Poem)

Children of Light! Still sleeping?The dreaming hours are past, and the fair morn,Although in cloudy garment, is at hand;And breathless stand the watchers for the dawnOn the dark heights, above the silent land. Children of Light! 'tis yoursTo meet with outstretched hands the coming day.Delay not, but the rock-strewn mountain…
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Concentration

The secret of all true knowledge and of all great achievement is concentration, and failure can generally be traced to a want of that power. Application and perseverance are simply wasted, lost, dissipated without concentration. The principle is this: given an object or point, make for it, stick to it,…
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Pain as a Means to Happiness

It should not be inferred from the above that the attainment of happiness is necessarily consequent upon the incurrence of pain, or even that it is essential to undergo suffering to any degree to reach the Divine Altitudes of Bliss; the meaning intended to be conveyed, and the essence of…
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The Lesson of Pain (Poem)

The cry of man's anguish went up unto God:"Lord, take away pain!The shadow that darkens the world Thou hast made,The close-coiling chainThat strangles the heart, the burden that weighsOn the wings that would soar—Lord, take away pain from the world Thou hast made,That it love Thee the more!" Then answered…
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Wisdom and Wisdom

The human mind works by system. It is at infinite pains to construct an immense cabinet with innumerable pigeon-holes and drawers and shelves; it labels all signs and forms and forces of life, and files them away with complacency, as though eternally disposed of. We stand uncovered before that wisdom…
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Heed Not (Poem)

Heed not alone what the multitudes round thee are crying,Listen once more to the voice that is still at thy side,Yearning thy soul to uplift from its Earth-gotten sighing,Singing the songs of the spheres where our Spirits abide,Swelling the prayers of thy life to a full flowing tide. From The…
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Trust

"All things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye have received them, and ye shall have them," is not merely the arbitrary promise of a personal God who may grant our petitions today and deny them tomorrow; it is a strictly scientific statement of the Law of our…
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True Joy (Poem)

True joy is like the reddened evening sky,For though the vivid colors fade and die,We know they leave us promise of fair day;After true joy contentment still doth stay—True joy is found in doing God's own will;Bearing His rod, hopeful and trusting still—Take it, if bliss He offers, 'twill not…
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Substantial Comfort (Part 6)

Two forces being equal there is no resistance, nothing but perfect rest. This is true mentally as well as physically, for when the strength is equal to the sorrow, then there is no sorrow, but rest; when the power is equal to the pain, then there is no pain but…
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Heart Belief (Poem)

There is no unbelief:Whoever plants a seed beneath the sod,And waits to see it push away the clod,He trusts in God. Whoever says, when clouds are in the sky,Be patient, heart, light breaketh by-and-by,Trusts the Most High. Whoever sees 'neath winter's Held of snow,The silent harvest of the future grow,God's…
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The Poetry of Life

In the crowded sunways and the quiet shadow-paths of life are met alike its prose and poetry. The straight path of our commonplace way that runs like a grey line from birth to death might be called the prose of life, while the lights and shades, the gay glints of…
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The Invincibility of Righteousness

The righteous man is invincible. No enemy can possibly overcome or confound him; and he needs no other protection than that of his own integrity and holiness. As it is impossible for evil to overcome Good, so the righteous man can never be brought low by the unrighteous. Slander, envy,…
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The Duty of Happiness

After all, it rests with ourselves as to whether we shall live in a World Beautiful. It depends little on external scenery, little on those circumstances outside our personal control. Like the Kingdom of Heaven, it is not a locality, but a condition. It is a Spiritual state, and depends…
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The Larger Life

In these days of bustle and toil we must guard ourselves that we do not get tied to the narrow limits of our immediate circle. Let us as often as possible get away from the sight of bricks and mortar and meditate upon the works and greatness of the Creator…
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The Saving Power of Knowledge

The tendency of evolution is the perfecting of individuality; the concentration of power in the ego. Man must learn that he is self-creative, and that his only hope lies in this fact; that his only salvation is knowledge; that knowledge is a constantly growing power. Seeing this to be so,…
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The Way of Love

It seemed to me just now as though the many doors through which I am accustomed to pass out into the freer world beyond the walls of this were suddenly shut fast against me, and through no efforts of mine could I reopen them. Music was of no avail; an…
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Our Talk With Correspondents

W.—We are glad to know that you derive such help and comfort from the pages of The Light of Reason. As for those who condemn you for reading it, do not condemn them in return, and if you will realize this,—that they think they are doing that which is right,…
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Reviews of Books

The World Beautiful, by Lilian Whiting. It has been said of John Bunyan that he is "the divinity in Shakespeare," and in like manner I would say of Lilian Whiting, she is the divinity in Emerson. She has all the grace and charm of Emerson in an increased measure, without the…
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