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The Light of ReasonNovember 1905Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. VII. November 1st, 1905 No. 11 The second edition of the book “Out from the Heart" is now ready. Those of our foreign readers who wish to have the bound volumes of “The Light of Reason" at the low prices…
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A More Excellent Way (Poem)

Covet earnestly the best gifts; and yet show I unto you a more excellent way.—Corinthians xii., 31. It is not in the ready flow of words, The apt repartee, phrases neatly turned, Not merely in the cloven tongue of fire That pours out freely all the mind has stored, Nor…
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Self-Confidence

Self-confidence is not to be confounded with self-conceit. The former is the outcome of a principle upon which a man may rest, when by experience he has entered into a realization of his inherent powers; the latter, an effect of ignorance. To be conceited is to be the victim of…
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Steadfastness (Poem)

O though who in the ways Of this rough world art faint and weary grown, Thy drooping head upraise, And let thy heart be strong for better days, Still trust that future time will unto thee make known. In darkness, danger, pain; In poverty, misfortune, sorrow, all The woes which…
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Echoes of the Past

Although Richard Baxter lived in troublous times, amid “wars and rumors of wars,” and persecutions from which he himself was anything but exempt, his words still echo again and again above the jarring sounds of sectarian strife and religious intolerance. A man of sterling integrity of purity of life, Baxter…
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Look Out

Earth crammed with heaven, And every common bust a fire with God." —E. B. Browning The autumn of this year has been unusually beautiful. As one wanders in the fields and lanes of middle England, the words of Mrs. Browning are borne in upon the mind, for the finger of…
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Reflection

What you are so is your world. Everything in the universe is resolved into your own inward experience. It matters little what is without, for it is all a reflection of your own consciousness. It matters everything what you are within, for everything without will be mirrored and colored accordingly.—James…
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Sunset (Poem)

The blue of Heaven pales to the crimson west, Where glancing o'er the fields he late possessed, Apollo flashes back his burning rays And sets one half the heavens in a blaze! The farthest fringe fades to a softer hue, Disseminates, and mingles with the blue. The slow-progressing cloudlets catch…
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Altruism

Indiscriminate alms-giving confuses itself with charity, and the momentary impulse which prompts it with altruism, and the true spirit is lost. It is easy to give without thought—to pander to the self-sufficient sense of generosity, and an ignorant sense of a virtuous deed performed. No underlying knowledge accompanies the indifferent…
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Finite and Infinite

Whenever the great and stupendous fact that the unseen is more than the perceptible is once grasped by any human mind, that mind undergoes at change of attitude towards all things never to revert to its prior condition. To once and for all realize that beyond all that constitutes the…
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The Quarry (Poem)

Who by the Universal squares his life, Sees but success in all its finite strife; In all that is, his Truth-enlightened eyes Detect the May-be through its thin disguise; And in the Absolute’s unclouded sun, To him the two already are the one. So mount ye into purer, freer air,…
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The Developing of Love

It is proverbial that he who is wronged may forgive, but he who has done the wrong never docs so, and though the statement must be accepted with limitations yet it is in effect true. There is another aspect to the proverb however, which is as true, indeed far more…
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Covetousness

Covetousness is the condition of being covetous. Its root is the same as that of cupidity, cupio, desire. It is used with especial reference to acquisition. It is generally used in an ill sense. The word is akin to "avariciousness," but worse in spirit; for the avaricious man desires to…
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Our Groups and Their Work

Home Group, Ilfracombe, September 15th—A social evening, when Miss Janet Weakley, A.R.C.M., again favored us with music on the piano. September 22nd. Dr. Perks, of Paignton, gave an address on "The Physical, Psychical and spiritual Aspects of Vegetarianism." It is a subject, he said, which is coming more and more…
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The Editor's Tour

Reports of Meetings Birmingham—On Saturday, October 7th,at a private meeting of the T.S. Lodge, held at the Pitman Hotel, Mr. Allen spoke on the subject of meditation, explaining the necessity for it, the means of attaining to right meditation, and the sell-control and peace to which it leads.—J.A. Smethwick—There was…
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Reviews of Books

The Mystics, Ascetics, and Saints of India, by John Campbell Oman, published by T. Fisher Unwin, Paternoster Square, London. This book of nearly 3,00 pages is crowded with valuable facts and information concerning the wandering Ascetics of India, and its value is considerably increased by the excellent photos with which…
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