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The Light of ReasonJanuary 1903Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. III. January 1st, 1903 No. 1 Devoted to:The expounding of the laws of being and the higher life. The World is like a looking glass; smile at it, and you will see a smile reflected: frown, and you will see…
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Through the Gate of Good

Through the Gate of Good Or, Christ and Conduct Part I. The Gate and the Way Straight is the Gate, and narrow is the Way, which leadeth unto Life, and few there be that find it.—Jesus (Matthew 7:14) A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth…
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The Good Man (Poem)

He is one who counts no public toil so hardAs idly glittering pleasures; one controlledBy no man's haste, nor swayed by gods of gold;Prizing, not courting, all just men's regard;With none but manhood's ancient Order starred,Nor crowned with titles less august and oldThan human greatness; large-brained, limpid-souled;Whom dreams can hurry…
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If We Will

"A Happy New Year to you!" It is sounding in our ears again, the old greeting. Old, did I say? Why, it is one of those things that never grow old; it is as new, and fresh, and full of meaning today as it was when our fathers and fathers'…
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If I can Live (Poem)

If I can liveTo make some pale face brighter, and to giveA second luster to some tear-dimmed eye,Or e'en impartOne throb of comfort to an aching heart,Or cheer some wayworn soul in passing by; If I can lendA strong hand to the fallen, or defendThe right against a single envious…
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God's Picture-Puzzle (Part 1)

Who has not experienced in solemn awe the sensation of walking before daybreak when all nature is shrouded in darkness? How softly, gently, sweetly, the coming glory dawns upon the sleeping world by small and slow and almost imperceptible degrees! How, in the landscape, one object after another becomes, as…
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The Proof (Poem)

Each separate life is but part of the life-universal,We catch just a glimpse—nothing more—of the God Whom we seek,In the dutiful deed, in the word kindly spoken, in motivesReminding us all of the life Whose example we love.Look less to the sky than the soul of thy brother and sisterFor…
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The New Life in the New Year

The opening of the New Year has, from time immemorial, been synonymous with the formation of new resolutions, tending to the commencement, as it were, of conditions somewhat in advance of those which have previously existed, and in this light this season of the year commends itself to us as…
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The Thought World (Poem)

Deep in the secret heart of Life there liesA wondrous land, a garden of the soul;Unheard, without, the tides of passion roll,And from its portals human suffering flies. The gate stands ever open, and the flowersThe glory of their beauty offer free,We gather fruit or blossom from the tree,For all…
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Feeling After Him

A Review The letter of Scripture admits of an almost infinite variety of interpretations; the ceaseless growth of creeds attests this fact. Its spirit, however, is one, and the end to which it is applied is the complete satisfaction of man's spiritual nature; this also is one and universal. The…
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Do the Right

I fear nothing but doing a wrong thing.—Sterne A wrong deed, a bad action, means the loss of personal character, the loss of self-respect. When this occurs in another, the effect, the impression upon the mind of the on-looker, is one of pity and regret, and unfortunately of less esteem.…
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Thoughts From Friends

Extracts From the Letters of Our No. 2 Correspondence Circle "As regards confidence in human nature, do you know, I almost think it synonymous with confidence in God. It is quite surprising how, as soon as one but commences to eradicate that self-hood that, in varying degrees, all are born…
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Wishing (Poem)

Do you wish the world were better?Let me tell you what to do.Set a watch upon your actions;Keep them always straight and true.Rid your mind of selfish motives,Let your thoughts be clean and high.You can make a little EdenOf the sphere you occupy. Do you wish the world were wiser?Well,…
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Our Talk With Correspondents

Vera.—You are evidently passing through great tribulation, but you would do well to remember (as you will later on realize) that tribulation worketh patience. Take well to heart the lessons contained in your present troubles. Beware of self and enmity. Do not thirst for rewards. Think no evil thought of…
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Reviews of Books

Ideal Suggestion Through Mental Photography, by Henry Wood. The gifted writer has here given to the world a work of great originality and practical utility. In it he enunciates, and graphically illustrates by whole-page word-pictures, a system of "ideal suggestion" for the cure of disease and the eradication of inharmonious…
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