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Editorial

The Light of Reason
September 1905
Published Monthly
Edited by James Allen

Vol. VII. September 1st, 1905 No. 9

For particulars of the Editor's tour this month, readers are referred to page 403.

After December 30th next, bound volumes of the Light of Reason will not be sold under the full price. All, therefore, who wish to have them at the reduced price, as now advertised, must purchase them before that date.

The holiday season is now at an end, and we have kind remembrances of all those friends who visited us during the summer as paying guests, thus helping us in our work, and at the same time passing a pleasant and invigorating holiday in the midst of peaceful hills and valleys, and sublime scenery. A considerable number of readers accepted our invitation, so much so that during the greater part of July and August our house was full. Picnics at various places of interest and loveliness in the vicinity of Ilfracombe were organized by Mrs. Allen; pleasant evenings were spent in the drawing room, and innocent fun and wholesome wit sparkled at the daily board, so that altogether the summer with our readers (many of whom we have thus met for the first time) has been one of mutual happiness. The boat trips and coach rides to the more distant places of beauty in North Devon were also taken advantage of by our guests, so that they have, doubtless, carried away with them memories of nature's loveliness, along with increased health, and added mental vigor wherewith to light the strenuous battle of life. As will be seen by our altered announcement, we are keeping our home open for the same purpose during the winter months, and at slightly reduced terms.

A Brotherhood is about to be organized in connection with the Light of Reason. It will be open to both sexes, and, in order to make it all-inclusive, candidates for fellowship will be admitted under the three distinctive titles of—1. Members; 2. Associate-Members; and 3. Supporters. Membership will include those who are prepared to adopt the Observances, Rules, and Discipline of the Order in their entirety; Associate-Membership will comprise those who, while not prepared, for various reasons, to carry out the Rules and Discipline, are willing to accept the Seven Observances; and the Supporters will be all those who though not wishing to bind themselves to any of the laws of the Order, are yet in sympathy with its work and objects, who are prepared to help it by their influence and goodwill, and who read our journal and literature.

No membership fees will be charged, but the Order will be open freely to all those who are prepared to live the life as embodied in the Observances and Rules. The only other condition being that on entering the Order, either as Members, Associate-Members, or Supporters, subscription for the Light of Reason shall be sent direct to us (if this has not already been done) instead of purchasing it from a stranger in the ordinary way.

The Order will constitute a School of Virtue in which men and women will fit and equip themselves to live a pure and unselfish life for the welfare and happiness of all living things, and for the enlightenment and salvation of mankind. The Members will be the elders, guides, and guardians of the Brotherhood; joining as voluntary Pupils, they will, by faithful observance of the Rules, and obedience to the Discipline, become wise teachers and loving helpers of men. They will be known by the lofty virtue and sweet purity of their lives, and will be the qualified instructors and recognized teachers of the Order. But Members, Associate-Members and Supporters alike will be workers and helpers in building up the Empire of Righteousness, for which cause the Order is called into existence.

"The Book of Discipline," upon which the Brotherhood will be based, is now in course of preparation, and will be ready shortly. It will consist of a complete system of rules for living the Higher Life, and will be sent free to all who apply for it with a view to joining the Order. It will be followed by "The Book of Instruction," which will contain explicit instructions on the right practice of the Rules. A stamped directed envelope must accompany the application for the above books, and, when it is decided not to join the Order, they must; be returned within one month.

The Order will be founded on November 28th next (though applications for entrance may be made at once), on which date the affiliation of applicants will first take place. Peace to the world.

An unexamined life is a life not worth living.
—Socrates
Let us no more contend, nor blame
Each other, blam'd enough elsewhere; but strive
In offices of love how we may lighten
Each other's burden in our share of woe.
—John Milton

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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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