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Editorial

The Light of ReasonOctober 1902Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. II. October 1st, 1902 No. 4 Devoted to:The expounding of the laws of being and the higher life. There is little doubt that nearly all our readers are deeply interested in the spiritual trend of thought which is now moving…
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Thoughts From Friends

Extracts From the Letters of Our No. 1 Correspondence Circle From time to time, under the above heading, we shall publish helpful extracts from the letters of The Light of Reason Correspondence Circles. Written, as such letters are, by isolated truth-seekers to one another, the snatches of soul-experience, originally expressed…
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Hope

If, as Paul says, "Faith is the substance of things hoped for," then it follows that Hope is at the root of, and is, in fact, the very essence of, Faith; it underlies all effort towards the attainment of the Ideal, inasmuch as it is the direct outcome of the…
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Contentment (Poem)

How truly blest is he who knows content!His life is calm and peaceful, and the lightOf sweetest happiness shines warm and brightAcross his path. His mind is not intentOn what God grants not, nor is his time spentln vain complaining, but he finds delightIn Heaven's gifts, and walks with face…
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Echoes of the Past

The utterances of Socrates, full of beauty, wisdom and truth, are as fresh and inspiring after twenty-four centuries as though only spoken yesterday. These echoes of a distant past linger in the memory, and, reverberating again and again, compel the attention, and impress themselves upon the mind as only words…
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Precept and Practice (Poem)

Halt not! Decide which course is thine:Look neither right nor left: Advance!Thy mission is indeed divine—Not at the beck and call of chance. Hold up thine head, and know thy worth:The Highest dwells Himself in thee,No greater force in heaven or earthThan Manhood ever can there be. Wouldst order all—on…
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Possessions

It is a strange thing, when one comes to think of it, that though we bring nothing into the world with us, and certainly cannot take anything away with us when we die, yet we one and all make quite a business of accumulating possessions—large they may be, or small,…
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Work

"All true work is sacred," said Carlyle; "in all true work, were it but true hand-labor, there is something of Divineness. Labor, wide as the earth, has its summit in Heaven." And this is the gospel which has consciously or unconsciously inspired all the noble lives of the Christian era.…
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Substantial Comfort (Part 5)

It is well said "when things come to the worst they mend." When they are bad enough to drive us within for strength to bear them, they usually depart. They have done their work pro tem, and a spiritual achievement has been gained. So shall I fight and conquer, conquer…
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Perfect Peace (Poem)

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee.—Isaiah xxvi. 3. How grand the thought to have a perfect peace,And feel the joy of quietness within;To know the voice of Love has now cried"Cease, ye stormy billows and ye waves of sin."O, blessed knowledge, that there…
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Flattery and Reproof

Few people can endure a reproof, and fewer still can extract and utilize the grain of golden wisdom which a reproof always contains. Vanity is so deeply rooted in human nature that very few attempt to tear up the vile weed which is fed and fostered by the rains of…
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Words and Deeds

The origin of speech is one of the great disputed questions of the scientists, but need not much disturb those who are anxious only to say true words or do good deeds. But there has always been a danger lest words should become a substitute for deeds, and that words…
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The Hidden Source (Poem)

Our many deeds, the thoughts that we have thought,They go out from us, thronging every hour,And in them all is folded up a powerThat on the earth doth move them to and fro;And mighty are the marvels they have wroughtIn hearts we know not, and may never know.
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In the Light

God is Light, and in Him is no darkness at all.—1 John 1:5 If this be true, how can it be that we, who are "sparks of the divine," are content for so much of our life to "walk in darkness," without the "light of life"? While that pure radiance…
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Sacrifice

We are given to sing most lustily and cheerfully "In the Cross of Christ I glory," without a thought of what Paul meant by glorying in the Cross, or what the words really imply. What we usually mean, if we mean anything at all, is that we glory in the…
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Judge Righteous Judgment

The spirit of criticism seems to be rampant amongst us; we criticize and are criticized at every turn. That we are criticized matters not at all, but that we should criticize and condemn matters very much, for by so doing we attract to ourselves the faults that we condemn, and…
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Only (Poem)

"Only a thought; but the work it wroughtCould never by tongue or pen be taught,For it ran through a life like a thread of gold,And the life bore fruit a hundredfold. "Only a word; but 'twas spoken in love,With a whispered prayer to the Lord above;And the angels in Heaven…
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Reason and Faith

There can be no surer sign of decrepitude and decay in faith than a prevalent nervousness about naming and commending reason, an unwillingness to allude to its existence except under wrappings of language which suggest that it is but a necessary evil. The fear of doing injury to the unstable…
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Our Talk With Correspondents

A Seeker—The period of doubt and gloom and uncertainty through which you are now passing is one through which, sooner or later, all must pass on their way to the Divine Life. Your present state of anguish is the dark prelude to a fuller and more complete emancipation than you…
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Reviews of Books

The Will to be Well By Charles Brodie Patterson. In this work, the author (who is justly regarded as one of the most prominent spirits in the New Thought movement) explains in beautiful and simple language the reality of man's spiritual nature, and the powers and possibilities that attend his…
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Magazines Received

Suggestion. Devoted to the study and advancement of suggestive therapeutics, and to scientific investigation of all occult phenomena. Edited by Herbert A. Parkyn, M.D., C. M. Monthly. Now. A journal of Affirmation. Edited by Henry Harrison Brown. Published by "Now" Company, 1423, Market Street, San Francisco, California. Monthly. The Anvil.…
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