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The Light of ReasonApril 1903Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. III. April 1st, 1903 No. 4 Devoted to:The expounding of the laws of being and the higher life. We need the faith to go a path untroded.The power to be alone and vote with God.—Edwin Markham Will our readers and…
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Through the Gate of Good

Through the Gate of Good Or Christ and Conduct IV The Word and the Doer Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man which built his house upon a rock:and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the wind blew…
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The Age of Good (Poem)

Mankind has waited long;Still saved by hope it waits,Calming its eagerness with songWhile quelling fears and hates. No more the soul is boundBy man's dim-sighted creeds;Love makes all earth a holy groundAnd fills all human needs. Wars still may scourge the lands,And Greed with Greed may fight,But Free Religion nobly…
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Substantial Comfort (Part 7)

All depression and dejection arise, I am sure, from an imaginary separation between man and God, this produces a sense of isolation and desolation, a sense of weakness and loneliness, whereas a realization of our union with God renders us strong and cheerful, and enables us to exclaim, in the…
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A Song of Joy (Poem)

Happy am I as the thrushes that sing;Happy as Nature that welcomes the Spring;Glad as the flowers that drink the cool rain,For sweet joy has kissed me again and again. Happy am I every hour of the day,For I live in the woods, and bathe in the spray;My home is…
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Circumstances

There are many ideas prevalent today which, to say the least, are mistaken ones; ideas, to remove which, would assuredly bring about a great betterment of existing conditions. Almost the greatest of these errors, at any rate in Spiritual importance, if not in physical magnitude, is the idea in which…
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Look for the Good (Poem)

In every man there lives a spark of goodnessHowever lost he seem to human sight;It is our duty then to find and tend it,Breathing upon it purity and light.It may not burn at once with radiant glory,Yet it is worth the while to make it glow,Raising the soul with momentary…
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All These Things Added (A Review)

This is a review of the book All These Things Added by James Allen. In wading through that ocean of literature in which, year after year, the ingenuity of man expends its best energy in trying to define the undefinable by forcing the spiritual principles of Religion into metaphysical and…
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Sonnet (Poem)

He who hath borne us out upon this sphere,And girdled us within this sunlit zone,Hath not forgotten us that all aloneWe struggle with an aching want and fear;Nor is He far away; but liveth nearAs that quick breath by mortal impulse known;Or that embrace, which, clinging to our own,Incarnates human…
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Love

Love is supposed by many to be of various kinds, but I think there can be only one kind of love; that is to say, that love is one, as God is me and God is Love; therefore love comes from God its source, and whether we give it or…
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Solitude

There are times in most lives when the still small voice is heard saying; "Come ye apart into a desert place and rest awhile"—when there is no possibility of resisting the call and the soul has to go forth shrinking and trembling without its accustomed supports to learn lessons which…
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The Unity of Life

In trying to reach the higher level of life, it seems to me that each, in order to succeed, should endeavor to lose the personal element in their thoughts. This is surely what is meant by self-surrender, unselfishness, or whatever term we may employ to describe that state of mind…
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The Better Way (Poem)

I saidIf I could see the light ahead,Could know the ships I sent to seaWere blown by Fortunes gale toward me,I could believe, in matters great or small,God watcheth over all. O, selfish heart!Canst thou not see the nobler part?—To bear with patience sure defeat,To upward climb with stubborn feet,In…
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Thoughts From Friends

Being Extracts From Our Correspondence Circle, No. 2 "Earnest doubters are, perhaps, only skeptical of the accretions which time has gathered about the original gem of Faith, and if they could hear the glad tidings of a religion which harmonizes with Science, and which only sees its God more glorious…
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The Only Way (Poem)

Believe not that without thee lies salvation;It is within thee every good abides,And 'tis within thee also there residesThe tendency to fall—we term temptation. If thou art human, yet thou art divine:Though time and space may limit brain and limb—Still dost thou live and move alone in Him—And if so…
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Our Talk With Correspondents

Change of address—Letters for the Editor should now be addressed, The Editor, The Light of Reason, Ilfracombe. A. E. W.—Yes, you are at liberty to employ the illustration to which you refer. Do not imagine, for one moment, that because you are "just over thirty," you have left behind the…
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Reviews of Books

Fallacies In Present Day Thought, by J. P. Sandlands, M.A., Vicar of Brigstock. Published by Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, London, E.C.. Books dealing with the habits and tendencies of the human mind are usually deeply serious and contemplative; the author of this volume, however, deals with the serious things…
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Magazines Received

Realization. A mystical and ethical journal. Edited by Joseph Stewart, L.L.M., 1107, E. Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C. Bimonthly. Practical Ideals. A journal inculcating health of mind and body. Published at 200, Clarendon Street, Boston, Mass., U.S.A. Monthly. Young Oxford. A magazine of Constructive Thought devoted to the Ruskin Hall Movement.…
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