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Editorial

The Light of ReasonFebruary 1903Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. III. February 1st, 1903 No. 2 Devoted to:The expounding of the laws of being and the higher life. Readers of The Light of Reason are constantly sending Editorial communications to our Publishing Department, and orders for books and subscriptions for…
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Through the Gate of Good

Through the Gate of Good Or, Christ and Conduct Part II. The Law and the Prophets Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the Law and the Prophets.—Jesus (Matthew 7:12) If thou wilt enter into life,…
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Spiritual Security (Poem)

However skilled and strong art thou, my foe,However fierce is thy relentless hate,Tho firm thy hand and strong thy aim, and straightThy poisoned arrow leaves the bended bowTo pierce the target of my heart, ah! knowI am the master yet of my own fate.Thou canst not rob me of my…
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Spiritual Growth

There is a difference in the way in which different people meet life. We have but to look about us to know that this is true. There is a difference in the spirit, and consequently in the way in which they work, in which they play, in which they meet…
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God's Picture-Puzzle (Part 2)

The child's Picture-Puzzle and the Key represent the two elements of Education, Practice and Theory. In Nature's method—Evolution—Practice ever comes before Theory. We begin life by making mistakes. We learn by making mistakes: it is God's way of teaching us. Indeed, we go on doing all manner of perverse things.…
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Humility

"Humility is like a tree, whose root, when it sets deepest in the earth, rises higher, spreads fairer, stands surer and lasts longer." Thus says Jeremy Taylor, and the most obvious teaching we derive from his words is, that the character which has for its foundation the roots of humility,…
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The Spiritual Christ (Poem)

Where love is, God is; and where Goodness livesThere Christ abides: and he who daily strives'Gainst self and selfishness, shaping his mindTo Truth and Purity, shall surely findThe Master's presence in his inmost heart.God shall be one with him (and not apart)Who overcomes himself; and makes his lifeGodlike and holy;…
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Soul-Liberty

True liberty is never won by physical force, because evil is not overcome by evil, but can only be overcome by good. All true liberty is achieved by obedience to the everlasting; laws of right, and by self-subjugation and self-control. Wisdom spoke by Jesus when He said, "Ye shall know…
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Wishing and Working

Many people wish to be in different circumstances or conditions from those they occupy, not realizing that they themselves are alone to blame for their circumstances, which are the result of their former habits and desires. Do you doubt this? or think it a cruel thing if it is so?…
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Circumstance

Given our soil,Whether we thrive or dieIs ours to fathom.Care and toilCan from much barren groundBring forth abundantly. Given a Soul,It rests with us to makeIt still diviner.A perfect whole;Something complete at last,Worthy a God to take. Opportunities correspond with almost mathematical accuracy to the ability to use them.—Lilian Whiting…
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Love Reckoneth Not Up Her Wrongs

How much of the unhappiness and misery of life arises from reckoning up our wrongs, or from "standing up for our rights," which is the more active expression of the same feeling. For the two are but differing symptoms of the same disease—love of self. The person who stands up…
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The Vital Truth (Poem)

O look not on the clash of creeds,Their conflict that confronts us here—See how each, caught in passion, breedsMistrust and hatred, scorn and fear. O turn! and seek the vital truthOn which they claim to rest, and seeHow, when each Faith was in its youth,Of Right 'twas the epitome. Note…
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Knowledge of Christ

If St. John's rule be good, that no man truly knows Christ but he that keepeth his commandments, it is much to be suspected that many of us which pretend to light, have a thick and gloomy darkness within overspreading our souls. There be now many large volumes and discourses…
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Like the Flowers

We want to grow beautifully like the flowers. Have you ever thought how they grow? They just open out slowly, gradually into their full glory, and God's love shines upon them. They do not struggle nor resist, nor push forward hurriedly, but calmly and joyously open out their lives for…
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Our Talk With Correspondents

A.—You ask "Is it possible for people who are mental weaklings to grow out of such condition in this life?" If the weakness is not too pronounced, Yes; but if, by "mental weaklings," you mean the mentally deficient, the irresponsible, then, No. Such people should be protected by the mentally…
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Reviews of Books

Women in the Business World, by One of Them. Thousands of well-educated women are, today, living in a state bordering on indigence. Such a condition ought not to be, and, moreover, need not be. The tendency of women is to look to outside things for their support and happiness, and…
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