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Home Group, Ilfracombe—April 14th. We had an excellent address from Mr. Allen, entitled “Yea and Nay,“ which dealt with the subject of truthfulness. He quoted the text—"Let your yea be yea and your nay, nay, for whatsoever is more than this cometh of evil." The simple truth needs no embellishment of adjectives or oaths. We should also trust other people, he said, and believe that they are equally wishful for the truth. Suspicion leads to untruth and deception, but trusting and believing to truthfulness. The Great Masters always spoke in simple language; than the Sermon on the Mount, for instance, nothing could be simpler in language, yet how deep the truth. Excitement, because of the loss of self-control, is often n cause of untruthfulness; it may be quite unconsciously so on the part of the speaker, but quiet thought afterwards will no doubt convince that it is untruth.

The interchange of thought alter the address was helpful and interesting.

April 28th. Mrs. Shaw read an essay on "Hope," in which she gave many inspiring quotations from a large circle of writers, both prose and poetical, illustrative of the beautiful quality of hope. A very helpful conversation followed the reading of the paper which was an able presentment of the subject, and was rich in thought.

May 5th. Mrs. Allen gave us an earnest address on “Helpful thoughts for daily life." She spoke of Faith, High Endeavor, and Peace. We must, she said, have faith before we are capable of our highest endeavor; and the faithful performance of duty will give us peace. —A. S. Wormall, Secretary.

Leicester Group—A meeting of this Group was held May 4th. The Secretary read a letter received from Miss Wilhelmina Walker as representing the North London Group, the purport of which was the Unity of “Light of Reason" Groups by inter-communication. The expressions of opinion were in praise of the principle, and the good wishes of our future welfare fully reciprocated. 

Mr. Wills read the article “Environment," by Harry J. Stone (April "Light of Reason”), which was very profitably discussed. The many ideas of environment were considered in the light of the laws of being. The true and complete recognition and application of law was seen to be necessary to the right conception of environment; as also Man's relation to it. Further, that happiness is commensurate with Man's molding of his environment, and not with Man’s molding by environment. Man the Mind we saw as the Master-Craftsman, and just as

“He thinks in secret and it comes to pass,“
so
“Environment is but his looking glass."

—John C. Chambers, Secretary.

Birmingham Group—The usual monthly meeting was held on Tuesday, April 11th, at “The Orchard" Restaurant, Martineau Street.

Mr. T. C. Corah gave a reading from "The Three Paths," by Mrs. Besant, which was attentively listened to and greatly appreciated.

May 9th. Mrs. Ridley-Smith obliged with at paper on “The use of Prayer," which was listened to with much interest. Several interesting questions arose out of the reading, and a discussion followed.

It is a matter of surprise to our members that so comparatively few of the readers of “The Light of Reason " in Birmingham avail themselves of the advantages of our Group, and the mutual sympathy and assistance which it affords. New faces will always be welcomed, and their presence will help to strengthen the bonds of Brotherhood amongst all renders of “The Light of Reason."—Francis S. Blizzard, Secretary

Liverpool and Birkenhead Group—Monday, April 10th. Several members contributed papers on “Intuition," this being the subject selected for thought during the past month. Many of the ideas presented were culled from Locke, Hudson, Dimsdale Stacker and other thinkers. By the time the afternoon closed, all members felt that "Intuition" was a reality possessed in some degree by one and all—that it was a God-sense awaiting unfoldment. At the conclusion of the discussion, the Secretary read a chapter on "Genius" from “Subconsciousness," by Dimsdale Stocker, which proved most inspiring. 

On Thursday, May 11th the Secretary introduced the subject for the afternoon, “Will-power" by reading “Wonders of the Will," a chapter from “Subconsciousness " by Dimsdale Stacker. This cleared one or two confused points for several members, and acted as a foundation for an able discourse by Mr. E. Allen on “The Power and Development of the Will." The speaker touched on the necessity for holding the highest possible ideal of the human powers and destiny; for just as a high ideal held and constantly affirmed acts as an inspiring and creative energy, so the contrary acts in equal ratio as a belittling and impoverishing agent.

Another member read a most interesting paper introducing the group to Bunyan‘s Allegory, “The Holy War," in a most apt and refreshing manner, suggesting that "in the inner consciousness it would be wisest to maintain the Will in a sort of limited monarchy, allowing it to be supreme only when its dictates are supported and confirmed by "Conscience and understanding, and especially so, when these two dignitaries are in their turn recipients of enlightenment from the Supreme Mind." The next meeting will be as usual, Monday, 12th June. Selected Subject: Recreation. — A. C. Duckworth, Secretary.

North London Group.—Meeting, April 15th. As the speaker failed to arrive, a discussion was held on the subject: “Stamping out Desire.” After an unconventional exchange of thought, it was generally agreed that desire was not an evil in itself to be stamped out of the heart, but rather to be constantly ennobled and purified, or raised to a higher level.

West London Group—At a meeting on April 15th, Miss Stacey kindly addressed the Group. The address was very much appreciated by all.

On May 3rd, Mr. Purcell Quinton kindly gave us a lecture on “Maya, or Reality and Non-Reality." Life presented to us, he said, a duality—Spirit and Form, these in reality being one. By carefully training, first the body, or form, it would in time run automatically, giving us little or no trouble, and allowing us to concentrate all our energies and attention upon the Spirit within. Knowledge that had previously come to us though the medium of the physical senses, would then come to us by other means. Those things we saw by the physical eye were not the only things to be seen.

On Saturday, May 6th, the W. L. Group held their first rambler. Eighteen members and their friends met at Hampstead Heath and proceeded together to Golders Hill. The weather was delightful, and a very enjoyable afternoon was spent in the charming Golders Hill Park, one of London's beautiful playgrounds. Everyone returned feeling invigorated by the healthy exchange of thought in the open air. —Harry J. Stone, Secretary.

Addresses of Secretaries

Readers wishing to join any of the Groups should apply to the Secretaries, from whom all particulars may be obtained. Their addresses are as follows:—
West London.—Mr. Cecil Cavett, 4, Grittleton Road, Elgin Avenue, W.
North London.—Mr. Harry J. Stonr, 25. Marriott Road, Tollington Park, N.
Ilfracombe—Miss A. S. Wormall, Western Bank, Station Road.
Leicester—Mr. John C. Chambers, Glen Parva, near Leicester.
Birmingham—Mr. Francis S. Blizard, 213, Heathfield Road. Handsworth
Liverpool and Birkenhead—Mrs. Duckworth, The Heys, Eastham, near Birkenhead.
Bolton—Mr. Alex. Gordon, 46, Castle Street.

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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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