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The Light of ReasonNovember 1903Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. IV. November 1st, 1903 No. 5 Devoted to:The expounding of the laws of being and the higher life. The essence of all true religion is goodness; not a pharisaical goodness...but a constant striving after perfection in thought, word, and deed.…
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The Search (Poem)

I wandered in a solitary way,And found no place of rest:A barren lot was mine from day to day,A hunger of the breast. I scanned the records of our human kind,And lo! in conscious thought,And deeds—unconscious thinking—did I findOne Heart with mine, that sought: One Heart, that knew a Greatness…
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The New Birth

Man's body should be free from all that disturbs and annoys. The equilibrium of his divine poise should be perfect. Pain, distortion, and disease should be unknown to him, and they would be if he understood the power of the Christ's Resurrection; but so long as the masses observe merely…
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The Bonds of Time and Space

It has always been a great difficulty and, to a large extent, a stumbling-block to men, in their first efforts to comprehend, or rather, apprehend the Abstract, to understand the unreality of time and space. Man's method of thinking and living for past ages has so invested these two powerfully…
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Unselfishness (Poem)

Thrice happy he who, far from Pleasures train,Lives to inspire the wretched and distressed,Lives to do good, and seeks no other gain,No sweeter rest.This is the grand philosophy of Life:—Go yield thine all to soothe another's woe,And battle nobly in the World's fierce strife,While here below.
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The One Thing Needful

In going through life the most indifferent observer is struck with the vast amount of suffering and misery prevalent, which in various forms and degrees of intensity, falls to the share of most human beings. Even in the lives of those who are considered the most fortunate, what are called…
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Love Goodness (Poem)

Love goodness for itself alone;And not from fear of punishment for sin.Each kindly act or gentle word of yours,An answering echo from the world will win. As we forgive so shall we be forgiven.Soften thy heart to those who do thee wrong;Returning only good, revenge forgetting,And peace will fill thee…
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Law and Liberty

The Transcendent Liberty is arrived at through the active operation of Law. Liberty apart from law is inconceivable. When a man thinks of light and dark, life and death, right and wrong, good and evil, he unconsciously conceives of law; he also declares and prophecies the Liberty which ensouls the…
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The Cultivation of the Will

Will is the product of the last analysis in the scientist's laboratory. It is the last analysis of everything, everywhere. It would be an idle exploit of language to attempt in words its definition. No one has failed to recognize its existence. It is as veritable as thought; and since…
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Choice (Poem)

The will to evil and the will to GoodAre both within thee; which wilt thou employ?Thou knowest what is right and what is wrong;Which wilt thou love and foster? which destroy? Thou art the chooser of thy thoughts and deeds;Thou art the maker of thine inward state;The power is thine…
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Man the Master

Man has endeavored laboriously to find out God, regardless or unconscious of the fact that within himself lies the key to the riddle of life. We in our day are beginning to realize that man is microcosmic, that in him is potentially, in some degree, all the powers that are…
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Substantial Comfort (Part 9)

If you are worried it is no matter what worries you, the state of mind is that which has to be overcome, not the circumstance; an apparently trivial thing may cause you as much worry as an apparently important one; whatever the cause of worry the effect is the same,…
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Unfettered Freedom (Poem)

Man is but God in part,—a spirit free,Boundless, unfettered, and of vast desireTo far outstep the swiftest who have trodThrough life's unbounded joy and misery,Mounting on wings of greatness, higher and higher,Till satisfied by nothing less than God! I wish that life should not be cheap but sacred. I wish…
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Sympathy and Influence

Tired out by the continual noise of traffic I turned from one of London's busy thorough-fares into a quieter street. That day had seen me in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the East End, and my one thought was, "How can I make those around me see the meaning…
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Shadows (Poem)

Shadows, shadows cast we all,And they gladden or appallAs on other lives they fall. Be they good or be they illShadows we are casting still,And, at first, 'tis as we will But as pass the years away,Consequence asserts her sway,And we may not say her nay. For each self-fulfilled desire,Dragging…
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Patience

"The good that is for thee shall gravitate to thee," said Emerson; and his words are but an echo of what the wisest and noblest men have believed and lived by throughout the ages. It is the foolish and shortsighted who clutch wildly at anything that comes to them, because…
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Sin

Sin is not so much wickedness as an agglomeration of the mistakes of ignorance, principally the mistake of supposing happiness to lie in material things. Adam has the credit of putting the first rotten apple to the making of this pile. The evil of sin lies as much in shirking…
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Ideals

Now believe me, God hides some ideal in every human soul.—Robert Collyer Look up, weary traveler, and see your ideals ever shining in front of you, beckoning you onwards and upwards. Are they lost for a time? Is the way so dark that the beautiful vision is hidden? Nay, be…
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Duty

One morning I awoke to find my mind tranquil and my spirit calmed, as one who has passed through a great danger. The first thought that passed across my spirit was, "your sufferings are the temptations of egotism, and arise from a misconception of life." I perceived that, although every…
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Our Talk With Correspondents

Seeker—In an Institution such as the one in which you are placed with a large number of boys under your training, discipline is very necessary; but there are two kinds of discipline, one of fear, and the other of Awe. The latter is, of course, the better way; it is…
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The "Light of Reason" Gatherings

In response to our proposal, groups of readers of The Light of Reason are forming in various centers. We shall be glad to hear of readers, wishing to join, from the following centers:—Sheffield; Manchester; Bradford; Leicester; St. Albans; North London; Cheltenham; Gloucester; Weston-super-Mare; Hyde; Weymouth; Plymouth; Banbury; Torquay; Newcastle-on-Tyne; Bolton;…
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Reviews of Books

The Paradox of Pain: A Study In Spiritual Evolution, by F. T. S. Published by Elliot Stock and Son, 62, Paternoster Row, London, E.C. This booklet of 56 pages is No. 2 of "The Higher Life" Series, No. 1 being "The Christian Life: A Study In Spiritual Evolution," formerly reviewed…
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