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The "Light of Reason" Gatherings

West Longdon Group—On November 1st, Mr. Charles Brodie Patterson, the Editor of "Mind," New York, who is now in England, was with us. There were about 30 members of both Groups and some guests present. At the wish of Mr. Patterson I read a short article, choosing a piece from his "New Thought Essays" on "Spiritual Healing." Mr. Patterson then gave us a series of short talks on "God," "Evolution," "Involution," "Healing," "The Truth to be found everywhere," and "Evil as the absence of Good." He also gave explanations to questions put to him, making spiritual truths plain by analogy from the seen world. We all felt greatly indebted to Mr. Patterson's great kindness, which was warmly expressed by every member. On Tuesday, November 15th, Mrs. Tucker, of Washington, D.C., took part in a discussion on general subjects. —Rudolf O. Gercke, Secretary

North London Group—At the meeting held at Mrs. Walker's house on October 15th, Mr. Gercke read a paper on "The Progress of Truth in Germany," in which he incorporated an account of his recent experiences while staying in Germany. Mrs. Duckworth, Secretary of the Liverpool and Birkenhead Group, was present.

On Saturday, October 22nd, we took a short ramble in Epping Forest, returning to Chingford to discuss the future work of the London Groups.

On Saturday, October 29th, we held a meeting at Mrs. Walker’s, when Mr. John D. Macdonald gave a short but very interesting address on "Aspiration." The rest of the evening was spent in discussing the various suggestions put forward on the previous Saturday, and a Committee was formed to finally arrange matters, and will meet at Mrs. Smout’s on Saturday, November 12th. —Harry J. Stone, Secretary

Meetings at the Editorial Headquarters—During the winter of 1903-4, weekly meetings were held at the house of Mr. and Mrs. Allen, for readers of The Light of Reason, and their friends. Essays were read, or addresses given, followed by discussions more or less interesting. At the conclusion of the meetings for the season all felt that we owed a debt of gratitude to the Editor and his wife for the interesting and helpful evenings we had spent at their house.

On October 14th the meetings were renewed, the first one being social. On October 21st, Mrs. Allen read an essay on "The Force of Habit," which was followed by an interesting discussion. The possibility of the development of high moral excellence and nobility of character, under the varying conditions of life, was discussed with enthusiasm. Stress was laid on the fact that the foundation of character was in the mind in the form of thoughts, and only by thinking good thoughts could we develop nobility of character.

At the next meeting on the 28th, the subject for study was the poetry of Tennyson. Mrs. Allen read a selection of verses which she called "Pearls from Tennyson," interspersed with commentaries, in which she remarked how helpful the poet was to her. She dwelt especially on his recognition of the divine in man. Mr. Foyster read several stanzas from "In Memoriam," and others quoted passages from the poet's works.

On November 4th Mr. Allen gave an address on "Some Things that make Life Happy." He divided his subject into eight heads, namely:—(1) Thoughtfulness; (2) Regularity, or Promptness; (3,) Faithfulness to Duty; (4) Non-interference; (5) Non-condemnation; (6) Non-retaliation; (7) Patience; and (S) Pure Companionship. —A. S. Wormall, Secretary.

Birmingham Group—Our usual monthly meeting was held on Tuesday, November 8th. Mr. Akehurst favored us with a remarkably good and original paper on "The Development of Will." It was full of deep thought and purpose, and was much appreciated. —Francis S. Blizard, Secretary.

Liverpool and Birkenhead Group—The evening meeting was held as usual on Wednesday, October 26th. At the afternoon meeting, November 14th, a letter from the North London Group was read containing an account of Mr. Brodie Patterson's address, and quoting some of his life-giving expressions of truth. A paper on the "Veil of Matter" was also read by the Secretary. —A. C. Duckworth, Secretary.

Mr. Vincent D. Nicholson, Secretary of the proposed Manchester Group, will be glad to hear from any, in Manchester and district, who wish to join. His address is 60, Ashton Hill Lane, Droylsden, Manchester.

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James Allen

James Allen was a little-known philosophical writer and poet. He is best recognized for his book, As a Man Thinketh. Allen wrote about complex subjects such as faith, destiny, love, patience, and religion but had the unique ability of explaining these subjects clearly and in a way that is easy to understand. He often wrote about cause and effect, sowing and reaping, as well as overcoming sadness, sorrow, and grief. For more information on the life of James Allen, click here.

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