North London Group:—At the last meeting we talked over the question of the circulation of the magazine. Everyone agreed that our responsibility did not cease when we had purchased a copy of the magazine, read its contents, and attended a meeting of the Group. It was generally felt that one of our duties as members was to see that The Light of Reason reached everyone who was in need of, or perhaps waiting for, just the message that it offered. Many suggestions were put forward to this end, but I think that they are practically all condensed in the following proposals:—
"That the librarian of the Group receive all orders for the magazines and books for the members and their friends, and that all such magazines and books be sent to him for distribution at the meet1ngs."
"That typical articles be reprinted from the magazines in leaflet form, to which we could attach a printed slip stating the address of the Group where the magazines could be obtained, object of meetings, etc. These, together with the yearly order forms, could be circulated by the members." —Harry J. Stone, Secretary.
West London Group—On February 22nd Mr. Martin Judge, of the Institute for the Study and Teaching of the Truth of Being and the Law of Expression, Kensington, gave an excellent address on the Science of Being. He pointed out the importance of acquiring control of our mental world, and so purifying it in all its details that only good deeds and a perfect health could express through our body. By many striking illustrations he expounded the Law of Expression—"As a Man thinketh in his heart, so is he."
On March 8th Mr. Leigh gave us an inspiring address on "Attainment." In a series of word-pictures that revealed a deep experience of his subject, he showed the way of attainment which every truth-seeker has to follow in one form or another. Taking the Christ-life as a type, he reminded us that this too started in a lowly way. Then following this life through childhood and youth, we find all outer material props cast aside one by one, until the mountain-top of the Higher Consciousness is attained. Here all the Universe lies revealed. Resisting the temptation to use this glorious power for selfish ends, he turns to give the beauty and blessing of his vision to his fellows, and inspired by this thought he comes out with his message into the world. The discussion following showed how difficult it is to express the experiences of the inner consciousness in every-day terms. Mr. Leigh had to clear away quite a number of difficulties regarding the expressions "Higher and Lower Consciousness" "Mountain of Attainment," &c.—Cecil Cavett, Hon. Secretary.
On Wednesday, March 22nd, Mr. Dimsdale Stocker addressed the Group on the subject of "Sub-consciousness." In the course of an exceptionally helpful and inspiring address he pointed out that only a fraction of the mind rose above the threshold of the consciousness at any given time. There was a vast reservoir beneath the ordinary waking mind generally known as the sub-consciousness mind. In this reservoir we were constantly pouring the streams of daily thought, and receiving sometimes the results of past habits of thought. Hence there was a very great reason why we should keep the mind in tune with the highest we knew. The lecturer also dealt at some length with the power of concentration in the silence, and showed how in this way we could develop those higher faculties which made for the evolution of the individual and the race.
On Wednesday, April 5th, Mrs. Anna Mills kindly gave us an address on "New Thought." The lecturer cleared away a popular misunderstanding at the beginning by pointing out that, while the term "New Thought" had served as a name for many lesser movements, it really stood for the modern presentation of old truths, as distinguished from those presentations of the past, though not differing from them in essence. The New Thought message would lift us above the old conceptions of weakness and separateness into the consciousness of Unity and Strength, in which too we should see that sickness and death did not belong to the order of things, but were only the outcome of lower states of consciousness. A short discussion followed on the place and necessity of sacrifice in the "New Thought."—Harry J. Stone, Secretary pro tem.
North London Group:—On March 11th, Mr. Leigh addressed the Group on "Attainment." With slight differences in detail he treated his subject much the same as on the previous Wednesday at the West London meeting. A brief account of his address appears in the West London report.
At a meeting held on April 1st, Mr. D. Macdonald read a paper on "Darkness." Perhaps "Light" would better have described the subject matter of the paper, for the essayist treated Darkness as a negative condition, physically, mentally, and spiritually. He described the action of the morning sun as it chased away the shadows of night, first from the smooth face of the earth, and later from the nooks and crannies; showed how a similar process went on in the mental world, where the view of life and religion broadened first, then the light of reason gradually sought out the dusky corners of the mind, and finally how the spiritual light of intuition flooded the life, bringing lasting power and joy, and the certainty of knowledge.—Harry J. Stone, Hon. Secretary.
Home Group Ilfracombe:—March 24th. The first meeting at the new and charming home of Mr. and Mrs. Allen. Mr. Foyster gave an address on "Woman and her place in the world," in which he advocated equality of treatment, both politically, morally, and, to a great extent, economically; also that all avenues of learning should be open to her. He believed that political freedom would tend to a general improvement in the moral tone. In countries where the enfranchisement of woman had been tried, good in many ways had resulted.
March 31st. Mrs. Allen spoke on the subject of "The Power of Thought." The material things of life were subject to this power. The use of education is to bring out the latent knowledge, or thoughts, which, as "trailing clouds of glory," each soul possesses as by inheritance. Many of those present gave illustrative experiences, or asked questions, which further opened out the idea.
April 7th. Mrs. Foyster read an article from "The Lotus" magazine on Jacob Boehme, also a few extracts from his writings. Conversation followed on the subject of mystics and mysticism; also the original meaning of the word "mystic." —A. S. Wormall, Secretary.
Birmingham Group:—We held our usual monthly meeting on February 14th, at The Orchard Restaurant. Mr. Akehurst kindly consented to read the first three chapters of his excellent book, "Self-Deliverance," which was listened to most attentively, and was thoroughly appreciated. After the reading several questions of deep interest were put to the author, whose answers were instructive and to the point. —Francis S. Blizard, Secretary.
Leicester Group:—At the meeting held on March 6th, an interesting discussion took place upon "Character-Building." Mr. T. W. Allen read the article on Character-Building, by A. S. Wormall, from the February issue of The Light of Reason, after which members and friends exchanged thoughts and ideas upon the subject.
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