North London Group—Meeting, May 13th. On this date Mr. Dimsdale Stocker made his second visit to Mrs. Walker's home at Finchley, where our Group meets. We should like to record our heartiest thanks to Mr. Stocker, both for his helpful presence, and the very able and inspiring address he gave us on the subject of "Sub-consciousness."
In these days, he said, everyone knew something of the value of the power of thought. We could only use that power rightly, however, by understanding something about the laws governing its application. Investigation and experiment in these psychic laws had proved that only a part—a small part in fact—of an individual manifested itself at any given time. The conscious waking mind is only the surface mind; beneath and within this there is the subconscious or subliminal mind. Within this again, and including both these minds, is the universal mind. Life is in reality one substance, manifesting in various forms, which, for convenience sake we could divide into two parts, viz., Spirit and Matter. Growth must proceed from the center, and ripple out to the circumference. All living things are in a constant state of vibration, the varying forms of expression corresponding to the varying rates of vibration. Behind the dense physical vibrations there are the finer vibrations of thought, will, emotion, &c. Two minds pitched to the same rate of vibration resulted in what we knew as sympathy. It was for each one to gain control of and harmonize these powerful currents of vibration within us; In this way we should develop higher faculties and become the interpreters of the Divine Consciousness.
On Saturday, May 27th, the Group held their first ramble for the season. Nineteen members and friends met at Chingford, and strolled leisurely through the forest, now looking like a fairyland in its profusion of color. In one of the most enchanting glades near High Beech we spread out our meal, and rested and refreshed the body after our long walk in the heat of the afternoon. The sun sinking in the West threw long slanting rays through the trees as we refreshed the mind with healthy interchange of thought; and later, as we made our way homeward, the sky presented one of those natural Spectacles that one only sees once in a long while. Little pink clouds, flecking a sky that melted into every possible shade of green, blue, and yellow, floated dreamily away into a belt of gold. Everyone felt glad to have been out in the forest on such an afternoon; glad, too, to have caught something of the harmony of the One Life that throbbed in all the varying forms of expression around us.
We are hoping to see a greater number of members and readers at the next North London ramble, which starts at Chingford Station, 4 p.m., on July 8th.—Harry J. Stone, Hon. Secretary.
West London Group—Meeting, May 17th, 1905. —Mrs. Northesk Wilson delivered a brilliant lecture on "X Rays and other subjects." The lecturer illustrated her remarks by means of diagrams, showing the various currents of thought, will, emotion, desire, &c. that make up the mental apparatus of a man. Too long, she said, had suffering and misery been in the world. It was time we knew ourselves, and if we wished to radiate Health and Gladness to those around, we must know the power at the back of us. Those who felt the truth within them must prepare themselves to give out the message. The psychic currents within must be organized and harmonized until we become a well-poised unity. Everyone present felt grateful to her, both for the very interesting address, and also for her kindness and self-sacrifice in coming to speak to us after a busy day.
Mrs. Clow, of the Higher Thought Center, London, has kindly offered her services, and will in future be Secretary of the West London Group. Miss Ewen also kindly volunteered to act as Librarian and Book-agent for the Group.—Harry J. Stone, Hon. Sec., pro. tem.
May 31st. There was a good attendance to hear Miss Rosenberg's sketch of the life of Beha Ullah, and the story of the life of the Persian Abbas Effendi, as now lived in Akka, Palestine. She having resided in the home of Abbas Effendi for several months, is now filled with the desire to disseminate his teachings, which seem to portray the life of a man who is the embodiment of Love, and is transforming his prison boundaries into a garden of Eden. Mr. Woodcock, who accompanied Miss Rosenberg, gave his willing and able testimony as to the work being done by this great teacher. It was especially kind of Mr. Woodcock to give our Group the benefit of his experience in Akka, being on the eve of his departure for Canada on the morrow.—Louise Clow, Secretary.
Home Group, Ilfracombe—May 12th. A happy social evening was spent.
May 19th. Mr. Swift gave a most interesting lecture on "Plant Life." The first part was an answer to the query, "What is a plant?" He then described plant life with great clearness, explaining the distinction between plant and animal life. The daisy was minutely described in all its various parts. The interest of the lecture was increased by many excellent illustrations, greatly magnified, of the subjects mentioned.
May 26th. Mr. Foyster read some extracts from Ralph Cudworth's noted sermon. Mr. Allen then read a selection from the writings of Clement of Alexandria, which was followed by conversation.—A. S. Wormall, Secretary.
June 2nd. We had a most instructive little lecture by Mr. Swift on "The Metamorphosis of Insects," after which questions were asked and answered. Then Miss E. Thorpe read one of Ruskin's beautiful little fairy stories, called "The Legend of St. Ursula." Lastly Mr. Allen read a piece written by himself for "Occasional Papers," on "Some of Shakespeare's Single Lines."
June 9th. Mr. Wrighton gave a useful lecture on 'The Air we Breathe," illustrated by one or two simple experiments. He impressed upon us the importance of breathing pure air at all times, this being more important than pure water or pure food. An interesting conversation followed the lecture.—M. C. Hunt, Secretary, pro. Tem.
Bolton Group.—The meetings of this group are Suspended during the summer months.
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