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December

Editorial

The Light of ReasonDecember 1906Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. VIII. December 1st, 1906 No. 12   Many and pressing duties have delayed the publication of "The Book of Instruction," but it is ready at last, and one will be sent to each Member, Associate-Member, and Supporter of the Order…
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Crossing the Rubicon

1906-1907 Part I Only by thou strong and very courageous; then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.—Joshua 1, 7, 8. In the passing away of the old year and the incoming of the new there is something pathetic which strikes and arrests even…
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Rest (Poem)

Close, tired eyes, and rest;Shut out all wearing strife and pain;Then ope them wide upon Life’s good,And smile again.Pause, anxious brain, and wait;Why strive against your Life’s just plan?Live in the day, and know that LoveDoes work through man.Peace, tired heart, and knowThat if heights seem beyond your reach,The waiting…
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Extremes and How They Meet

Why do you dance for joy in prosperity or become dejected in adversity or trial? With a little patience and calmness observe the drama of life which is played around.—Vasishtha Bring together the two ends of a straight line, and you have a complete circle. Extend a straight line, and…
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Avoiding Extremes

When the world speaks of Beauty as being beautiful, ugliness is at once defined.When Goodness is seen to be good, evil is at once apparent.So do Existence and Non-existence mutually give rise to one another; as that which is difficult and easy, distant and near, high and low, shrill and…
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Truth is Within Ourselves

All wisdom lies centered within. A man cannot gain his deeper experiences from without, but in his individual self lies all truth. It is there he is brought face to face with the mysteries of his own nature, where also he traverses alone the subtle meanings of sense, mind, and…
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Harmony With Law

All laws (although we separate them for convenience in studying) are one in essence, and merely diverse modes or aspects of the Great Law of Causation which operates on every plane of being—physical, moral, spiritual. As the expression of the Divine Nature, it is invariable, omnipotent, absolutely just, and all-embracing;…
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Home

"Be it ever so humble." Home! A small word of four letters, yet one of the very dearest and sweetest in our Mother tongue. What tender memories it holds, what sacred and blessed ties it tells of, ties that may be broken for a time, to earthly ken, but will…
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A Memory System (Poem)

Forget each kindness that you do As soon as you have done it; Forget the praise that falls to you The moment you have won it; Forget the slander that you hear Before you can repeat it; Forget each slight, each spite, each sneer, Whenever you may meet it. Remember…
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Looking Back

In the preface to “David Copperfield," Charles Dickens tells how with mingled feelings of regret and pleasure he laid down the pen after putting "finis” to that masterly work. He speaks of how sorrowfully the task was ended, and with what emotions he dismissed the crowd of the creatures of…
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A Chat With Our Readers

Once more the winter is with us, though we, in North Devon, can scarcely lay claim to such term, with, as Charles Kingsley describes them, our "soft, warm, sham, winters," for the sunshine remains with us throughout even "dark and dreary November," and while we hear and read of hail,…
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Best Things

The best theology—a pure and beneficent life. The best philosophy—a contented mind. The best law—the golden rule. The best education—self knowledge. The best medicine—cheerfulness and temperance. The best art—painting a smile upon the brow of childhood. The best science—extracting sunshine from a cloudy way. The best war—to war against one’s…
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Withered Leaves. A Retrospect (Poem)

See! how they gather down the waste of years! The withered leaves that on life’s roadway lie, All vanished dreams, and spent, illusive hopes, Pleasures forgotten—loves that passed us by—All useless leaves! Ah, what a heap they make! The dead-sea fruits of passions lie there too, Wasted emotions and all…
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Our Talk With Correspondents

Under this heading we are prepared, month by month, to give needful advice, and to deal with the questions and difficulties of our readers. To insure a reply in the subsequent issue letters should reach ns not later than the 7th. Correspondents may choose their own nom-de-plume, but no utters…
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Our Groups and Their Work

Liverpool & Birkenhead Group—On Monday, 5th November, in the presence of a fairly full gathering, the Editorial given in November issue and the "Message to our Groups" given in January issue, 1904, were duly read. A resolution was then unanimously passed to the effect that all members of the Group…
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Books Received

The Kingship of Self-Control, and The Majesty of Calmness, are two very fine books by William George Jordan. The various chapters are brief, but weighty with thought, and are eminently practical, but the practicality is of that pure and noble kind which inspires while it helps. The writer evidently speaks…
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Announcement

One of our readers and friends, Mr. Sydney Rist, of 39, Mildenhall Road, Clapton, London, wishes us to state that he proposes to start, early in the New Year, a class for youths or young men desiring assistance and guidance in the Higher Life. He would be prepared to correspond…
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