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Editorial

The Light of ReasonDecember 1905Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. VII. December 1st, 1905 No. 12 All loose numbers of The Light of Reason up to December 1904 are now out of print. Those who, having entered the Brotherhood either as Members, Associate-Members, or Supporters, have not yet sent their…
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Brotherhood (Poem)

A Brotherhood! Ah yes, we sorely need To learn the deeper meaning of that name. Our hearts yet lack the warm and vital flame. Gilding with heavenly light each word and deed. When flames of love and thought are ebbing low, How oft we stir the dying embers till The…
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A December Homily

The year 1905 has grown old and is ready to pass away. Burdened with its sins and sorrows, its tears and ineffectual strife, like an old man weary of the stress of life, it is prepared to die. Like the year, all things are changing, growing old, and making for…
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Self-Confidence

(Continued) All this then—the undeviating practice of virtue and resolute renunciation of vanity—is necessary to a knowledge of the divine self; and when this is attained, irresolution, fear, and all the negative burdens of life pass away like darkness from before approaching dawn. “When I am pure I shall have…
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Courage

The higher our ideals, the more courage we require to attain them. Victory comes only to the man who possesses a dauntless spirit; who firmly follows the dictates of his inner consciousness, and accepts all defeats as incentives to stronger effort. We require courage for the reason that individual life…
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Self-Conquest

With the passing of the old year, many resolutions of amendment and reformation are formed, to be put into practice with the incoming of the New Year. At this time many of those bound by evil habit, or chained to some form of vice, determine that they will no longer…
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Reality

I see men gaze upon the distant skies Of ideals inaccessible and vain; And miss the Holy Way which near them lies— The hourly conquest over sin and pain. I see uplifted and imploring hands Aching with emptiness; I see the cause, Self-made, of man's long sorrow; see his bands…
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Ideals and Opportunities

Our Ideal should be a mark of the loftiness of the soul that created it; it should be above us, but not beyond us, and should bring us in touch with the life of today keen and alive to the opportunities of the ever-present now, yet at the same time…
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A Vision of Life (Poem)

I laid me down on my luxurious couch, And courted sleep on pillows soft with down, Yet the Enchanter heeded not my prayer, But turned from my advances with a frown. On shadowy wings he rose and took his flight, And fled mysterious thro' th realms of night. He sped…
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The Light at Even-Tide

Who is there who has not at some time or other felt the beauty of the eventide—not only seen it but felt it also? For as there comes to us at times a darkness which not only obscures the light, but that is a darkness to be felt too, so…
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An Autumn Thought (Poem)

Poets have linked fair Autumn with regret, But this is not the note to which I set The Autumn days of ripened fruit and corn, Of glowing eve, and frost-kissed, misty morn. It is the season of the fuller life, The time of peace that follows youthful strife, When store…
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Genius and the Subjective Mind

True genius is always the same, no matter where it is found; and in every case it is the result of the concordant and harmonious workings of the objective and subjective faculties. True genius is never seen in those who are largely objective, nor is it compatible with decided subjective…
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Peace

We believe bloodshed to be the enemy to serene life; we connect swords and guns with the world which knows not peace. But neither bloodshed, swords drawn, nor guns fired are the true foes of peace. Man who is selfish quarrels for at certainty. He is then the enemy of…
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Our Talk With Correspondents

L.B.—No; those who return the Book of Discipline, and decide not to join the Brotherhood, are not “eligible to receive the Book of Instruction." L.M.F.—All who join the Order, whether as Members, Associate-Members, or Supporters, must send their subscription direct to us. The object of this rule is to consolidate…
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Our Groups and Their Work

We have received the following letter from our London Groups who are supplying food and clothing to the poor children of London. For the Children Dear Friends, To us at present is presented a great physical necessity—one wherein theories play no part, but where human sympathy is the greatest aid.…
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The Editor's Tour

Further Reports of Meetings Report of Public Meeting at the Food Reform Restaurant, Holborn, London.--On Monday, October 16th, Mr. Allen addressed a meeting at the above Restaurant on “The Way of Enlightenment." Mr. Rist of the North London Group was in the chair. In his introductory remarks the Chairman gave a…
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