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The Light of ReasonJuly 1903Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. IV. July 1st, 1903 No. 1 Devoted to:The expounding of the laws of being and the higher life. The fact that "extremes meet" has recently been strongly borne in upon me in my correspondence, but more especially in going over…
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The Perfect Law of Liberty

The Perfect Law of Liberty is the ultimate attainment of Ideal Manhood—the establishment of the Divine Order in Man. To the select few it comes comparatively early in life as a special gift of Heaven, and manifests itself as one of the forms of genius—an intuitive inclination of the soul…
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As I Can (Poem)

The words "Als ich kan" are painted over a portrait by Jan van Eyck in the National Gallery. A saying wrought from mingled warp and weftOf joy and woeIn human hearts, and for our learning leftSo long ago:Not "as I would," the master's motto ran,But "as I can." The waking…
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The Recognition of the Self

"In them, and Thou in Me": let us reason from these, Christ's simple words: simple, yet containing all Truth. The same Divinity which dwelt in Christ, and which He recognized as Himself—"I and My Father are One"—is imminent in us: unacknowledged by the majority, doubtless: still, it is there. It…
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True Mysticism (Poem)

To shut the big world out a little while,To hold aloof from all its whirl and wearWhich makes existence hateful: this it isTo be in Peace apart—yet not alone:To "know thyself"—and therefore justly judgeOf all beside. For in thyself indeedReposes All that Is—that only is.To commune with thy Soul, to…
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The King's Sentence

A great king, who had a very large family, conceived the idea of testing the characters of his children by sending them into a distant country in which they would be free to follow either the laws he had framed for them or others which were quite different in tendency.…
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The Christian Tourists (Poem)

A life of beauty lends to all it seesThe beauty of its thought;And fairest forms, and sweetest harmoniesMake glad its way unsought. Sure stands the promise,—ever to the meekA heritage is given;Nor lose they Earth who, single-hearted, seekThe righteousness of Heaven! This is a selection of the poem "The Christian…
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Of Conscience

Conscience is not a special faculty whose function is to discover the several duties of man. Reason alone can show what is or is not a duty, and why it should be regarded as such; which to a large extent accounts for the divergence of moral opinions, arguments for or…
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Echoes of the Past

The meditations and aphorisms of Marcus Aurelius, the philosopher king, bear the indelible stamp of truth, which the lapse of seventeen hundred years has but accentuated. No words of ours can add to the beauty and nobility of the following excerpts. "Take notice that all events turn out justly, and…
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Liberty (Poem)

So let my soul vibrateWith Virtue ever,That I incorporateIn each endeavorThe essence the Eternal only yields. So let me live, that DeathHath terrors none.For he who triumphethO'er Death hath wonThe Liberation he who conquers wields.
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Your Mental Attitude

As a being of thought, your dominant mental attitude will determine your condition in life. It will also be the gauge of your knowledge and the measure of your attainment. The so-called limitations of your nature are the boundary lines of your thoughts; they are self-erected fences, and can be…
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Ordinary People

Nothing remains unquestioned today. What is the use of it? is asked of the most stable institutions. Are we better for possessing it? Happier? More progressive? Having a wider life? If not—away with it. Rightly used this is no idle spirit and often reveals depths and heights of truth before…
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Ask (Poem)

Rise at the dawn, and prayFor strength and truth, for every need,That in the coming dayTempted, thou shalt be strong indeed.Pray for a purpose strong,Prepared with thy last breathTo battle with the wrong,Though it seem certain death.Ask that thy heart may emptied beOf bitterness and pride,Filled up with love and…
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The Soul-Universe

Every living soul has its orbit, or appointed path. And yet appearances are otherwise. Some of us, indeed, appear to be travelling with moral consistency and purpose, but the majority merely wandering; and it may seem an absurdity to say that saint and libertine alike are following an orbit. It…
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The Mystic Gladness (Poem)

A little sun, a little rain,A soft wind blowing from the west,And woods and fields are sweet again,And warm within the mountain's breast.So simple is the earth we tread,So quick with love and life her frame,Ten thousand years have dawned and fled,And still her magic is the same. A little…
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Satisfaction

Before we can possibly be satisfied we must feel our need; we may be complaisant, and care nothing about the most vital things of life, but that state is not satisfaction, it is ignorance. Before we can be satisfied we must hunger: "He satisfieth the longing soul and filleth the…
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Sunshine and Storm (Poem)

I stand on a grass—waving hillside,A wanderer, friendless, unknown,But my heart is all tranquil within me,For my thoughts to the meadows have flown;Have flown to the woodlands, enjoying a senseOf the beauty in Nature, of rapture intense. Before me lie mountains, woods, valleys,A lake—which reflects the blue sky—And round my…
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Our Talk With Correspondents

J. C. B.—Your question is in substance as follows: —"Why do millions of highly organized sentient beings pass their lives in unnatural conditions, with more or less almost constant suffering until the final death-blow?" This question involves the whole enigma of the universe; and to solve it is to solve…
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Reviews of Books

Dominion and Power, by Charles Brodie Patterson. Lovers of Patterson's books will find this work one of the best products of his genius, probably the best. It deals with a wide variety of subjects, all of which have a direct bearing on individual life and character, and upon man's social,…
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