Liverpool and Birkenhead Group—On June 1stour Secretary, Mrs. Duckworth, gave us a charming account of a contemplation which had been hers in her own garden. While her senses were regaled with the scent and beauty of the flowers, the song of the bird sand the breath of the sort wind on her cheek, her mind rejoiced in the wonderful interdependence of the animal and vegetable worlds, and her spirit was delighting in the marvelous preparation shown in plant life for the flower and seed, and in the parental care of the songsters for their nestlings, when the delicious harmony was disturbed by the arrival of a crow who darted into the nest in the fir tree and seized one of its tiny inmates as his prey. How was this act to be reconciled with the loving purpose of Nature? Through all the past ages the strong had been preying on the weak, but nevertheless, as Drummond shows in his “Ascent of Man, "the “Survival of the Fittest ” is only a phase in the process of the world’s history—the true end of the conflict is the evolution of “Motherhood” and of all the spiritual virtues of self-sacrificing love which that word implies.
The conclusion of the paper had for its text a piece of broken glass, although cast out as worthless, it nevertheless had the power of reflecting the intense brilliance of the sun, and its rough edges were beautiful with rainbow tints. This was taken as portraying the way in which, in spite of our imperfections, we may yet both receive and give out to others divine blessings. The next gathering is to take place on July 4th, and the subject for consideration is “The Divine Economy of Humanism," as explained by Henry Wood. —A. K. Holden, Sub-Secretary
West London Group—May 16th. Our speaker for the evening did not arrive. Mr. Ernest Leigh was asked to read to us. He kindly consented, and-read in article from “Buddhism" entitled “The Illusion of the Ego," by James Allen. A good discussion followed.
May 30th. Miss Emma Allum read the first two chapters from “As a Man Thinketh.” The members agreed that the teaching of this valuable little book is most helpful to character-building.—Jane Worley, Secretary.
West Central London Group—On Saturday, May 12th, Mr. H. J. Stone read a paper entitled “The Kingdom of the Heart.” Among the many interesting phases touched upon was that of the neglect of the Spiritual call, and the consequent dissatisfaction. The address was enlivened by many questions.
On Saturday, May 26th, Mr. Spencer Keith lectured upon the “Anatomy of the Skull in relation to brains and Character." The subject was dealt with in an admirable manner, and a number of fallacious notions concerning Phrenology were explained away. The lecturer kindly promised to give us the pleasure of hearing him again when our meetings resume in the autumn. Until further notice they are suspended.
Rambles with the West London and North London Groups take place during the summer. All particulars can be had of the Secretary, Mr. D. Macdonald, 33,Gloucester Road, Finsbury Park, London, N.
Home Group, Ilfracombe—On May 11th Mr. E. Swift read an instructive and interesting paper on “The Butterfly,” which was illustrated by diagrams.
On May 18th Mr. James Allen read passages from Dr. Bucke's “Cosmic Consciousness," and introduced explanatory remarks as he proceeded.
June 1st and 8th were social evenings.
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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.