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Extracts From the Letters of Our No. 2 Correspondence Circle

"Whatever else I doubt, my whole life-study of the effect of action of the unseen forces on the soul, or center of consciousness, teaches me one thing beyond all doubt; it is that our relationship to life and to each other is governed by a Law of Love. As Truth, though many-sided, can never contradict Truth, but must support it, so every deep consideration of systems of living (ruling thoughts always manifest in conduct) will sustain this one grand truth. Take the first example that comes to my mind: has anyone ever known a kindly person who was not blessed to the degree of his or her kindness? I speak of conduct, goodness is nothing till it converts itself into action. The law of thought or Spirit can never be evaded; it is, as it were, self-acting, and wonderfully sure and just. Love is giving; the animal self thinks it lives by taking; hence the necessity of regeneration, or second birth—of the Love-Self, before co-operation with this Divine Law is possible. To know this is worth much; to have unbuilded the walls raised in ignorance and sin, which shuts us off from doing what the new-born voice dictates this is to be divine and to live in the state called Heaven."

"When I look on such a scene as I have before me now, all green and gold, shadow and sunlight, it seems like the smile of God, and pain and evil seem impossible. It used to be more difficult to me to believe that God is Love, in the face of the world's misery; now the truth seems to have flashed upon me that we have been libeling Him; that there is no evil except that which we have created in our sin and ignorance; that God shines on us as the sun does on me now, but we have hidden Him from sight by dark clouds of our own making."

"Realization is the key to the very history of our souls. We all know what it is to suddenly see a thing in the new light—it seems a new thing."

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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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