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 to the front; newspapers publish articles on the question, and allow it to he discussed in their columns, whereas only a few years ago no Editor would have thought of permitting such a thing. But the most remarkable thing was that the medical profession was more and more advocating a fleshless diet, the importance of which, said the Doctor, could only be fully appreciated by one in the profession. Considering the question from the physical plane, many reasons were given to show that man is by nature intended to live on a bloodless diet; and it was a well-known fact that flesh-eating tended to feed the passions. Then said the Doctor, we absorb the psychic nature of the food on which we feed, and this more so from the blood, which is the life, and therefore contains more of the psychic element. The mind has so much power over the body that if vegetarianism is commenced from the highest ethical and spiritual reasons, so much less difficulty is there likely to he experienced on the change of diet. But if we are indeed temples of the Holy Spirit, how important it is that we keep our bodies pure.
The address was followed by a lively conversation; then a most interesting evening was concluded by Miss Weakley again favoring us with music.
September 29th. Mr. Allen read an article of his published in “Bibby's Quarterly," on “Little Children us Unconscious Teachers." We have so out-grown our early life and character that in the vast majority of cases childhood is practically forgotten. Few can go back to the feelings and thoughts of four or five years of age, though certain incidents may be remembered as standing out from the usual routine of life. Some of the characteristics named by Mr. Allen, such as obedience, caused some discussion, as some children, even at an early age, are very disobedient. The most charming traits mentioned as characteristic of childhood were innocence, a trustful nature and forgiving disposition. And until, as the Master said, we can become like them, we can in no wise enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
As the conversation turned chiefly on the subject of obedience in children, Mr. Allen read another article from the same magazine, written by a Mother, in which a very vivid description was given of her failure in training her first baby boy through ignorance of the child-nature.—A. S. Wormall, Secretary
North London Group—Ramble, September 16th.—Meeting at Theydon Bois Station, a small party of the Members and their friends made their way up the hillside through the quaint village of Theydon Bois, into the Forest. The afternoon was perfect, and the leaves were just beginning to don their lovely autumn colors. We soon found a bank forming a natural table, and here we prepared tea. After all signs of our al-fresco meal had been cleared away, there was all too short a time left for exploring the beauties of the Forest in this part, but such time as we had left was profitably spent in a pleasant exchange of thought, the while we rambled through moss and bracken and silver birch on a circuitous route back to the station.
Meeting, Saturday, September 30th.—A pleasant meeting was held on the above date at the home of our Chairman, Mr. Rist. Miss Gremmie read a very interesting paper from “The Magazine of Mysteries," by Fredrick Wm. Burrie, entitled “The Value of Growth." The writer drew attention to the fact that man cannot grasp all the truth, but must progress in steps. It is better, he pointed out, to take short steps, and take them surely and deliberately, than to take long steps forward and have to retrace them. The paper was followed by some original remarks by Miss Gremmie on mental and spiritual growth.
October 7th.—A few members and friends met at Woodside Park on the above date, and although the afternoon was chilly, a very pleasant time was spent in the fields and lanes of Finchley and Mill Hill. After describing a circle of about 4 miles we returned to Torrington Park where Mrs. Walker had kindly prepared tea for the party.—Harry J. Stone, Secretary.
West London Group met as usual on September 6th. A telegram was read from Mr. Harry Gaze, stating his inability to attend owing to a sudden call to New York. Mr. Smith, a visitor, filled the gap by giving us an address which he called “Truth Revealed," and from which we received much spiritual enlightenment. He showed that within and of ourselves we possessed all possibilities. He was listened to with eager interest by a room full of earnest seekers. Many questions were asked and answered at the close.
September 20th.—Mrs. Anna Mills again favored us with one of her very helpful addresses. She took for her text, “The Light of Reason," and proceeded to unfold to us the many paths by which we can obtain and display this Light, each to the other and for the universal good. The meeting was small but most helpful to teachers and students, being full of earnestness and spiritual power.—Louise Clow, Hon. Secretary.
Liverpool and Birkenhead Group—On October 9th, letters from the Secretary of the N. London Group and absent members were read, also the Editorial in the October issue of the magazine n the formation of the Brotherhood. It was decided that the Secretary should send for the rules and that they should be read at the next meeting. A member then read a most helpful paper containing a vivid and inspiring account of a wonderful sunrise she had witnessed from her window one morning last June. The thoughts suggested by the beautiful panorama, which exhibited a faithful and glorified replica in the heavens of all the main features to be seen in the landscape, were most impressive and amounted almost to a revelation. Members will kindly note that the meetings will in future be held on the first Wednesday in every month. The next meeting will therefore take place on 1st. Nov.—A. C. Duckworth, Secretary.
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