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Editorial

The Light of ReasonMarch 1906Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. VIII. March 1st, 1906 No. 3 The "Bryngoleu Cookery Book" was expected to be ready by the 1st February, but an unlooked-for delay in the printing of the book prevented its publication until the 9th, which explains the reason why…
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The Five Stages in Temptation

The only external tempters of man are the objects of sensation. These, however, are powerless in themselves until they are reflected in his mind as desirable objects to possess. His only enemy, therefore, is his coveting of the objects of sensation. By ceasing to covet objects of sensation, temptation and…
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Thoughts

If we could know the mighty power of thought,Its fertile growth and all-creative laws,And potency for evil or for good,The theme would give us pause. For every thought begotten in the heart,Grows as a child on that from which it feeds,Till it matures, and surely passes outInto the world of…
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Divine Sonship

A modern writer has said that "There is nothing so strikes men with fear as the saying that they are all the Sons of God." If this remark contains any truth, the fear must arise from immature thoughts of the Divine, or from ignoble ideas of man and his destiny.…
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How Flowers Help Us

II—The Rose Helen Verrey had come to London to make her fortune. That is to say, she had decided to stay on in London after her course of studies at the Musical College was completed. She had won awards, and fancied that the praises of the men-students, and the half-jealous,…
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Limitations

I dreamed of holding sway o'er wide domainsWhose fruitful tillage should enrich a realm;Instead—a narrow plot of stony soilUpon a hillside bleak is mine to tend—But summer twilights fall as softly hereAs in a fairer spot; what time the windsWhisper together of the coming night,(As children whisper secrets in their…
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Humility

Could the mind of man be seen as a garden, its choicest and rarest flower would be called humility. A careless wanderer there, however, would not readily find it; the more florid blossoms would catch his eye and strike his fancy, but the grave and sincere nature-lover would detect it,…
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Simplicity

Our time is speeding swiftly by,And days are telling into years,And every passing moment bearsThe impress of Eternity. Oh give us, Lord, the single eyeTo read the message each one bears,Till even through a rain of tearsThe bow of promise we descry. Nor do we pray for mirth and ease—For…
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Aspirations

Aspirations, what are they? They are the fledglings of our nests, scarcely clothed with the feathers of mature thought, which nevertheless yearn heavenwards to that which lies above and beyond, with never-ceasing longing. These yearnings are snatches from the one eternal Harmony. We have as yet not resolved the notes…
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Difficulty a Door of Hope

It is an erroneous notion, though too generally held, that the way of ease is the pathway to utility and nobility. It is a matter for gratitude that ere many years have elapsed the glorious word duty looks us in the face, nor can its imperious demands be disregarded without…
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Moral Strength

Strength is always admirable; moral weakness begets pity and contempt. The man who carries the invaluable reserved strength of mental and moral force with him wins and commands success; what he touches he renews with his own personality; what he attempts he accomplishes. Strength of purpose is not purchased easily;…
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More Thought, More Happiness

If thinking banished smiles without reserve or warning, and could not be the companion of happiness under any pretext whatsoever, then to think would be assuredly the grossest evil. But can this be true in any sense? Can the beauty of smiles, and the happiness of men and women, be…
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Winter

Some day, some daySpring will come again;Some day, some dayLight will gild the plain,And the meadows starred with flowersWill refresh these hearts of oursNow so drearyAnd so wearyOf the winter's lengthened reign. Some day, some dayGladness will return;Some day, some dayHearts which freeze and burnWith the passion of unrest,Will confess…
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Our Talk With Correspondents

The following letter is from one of our Burmese readers:— "Dear Sir,—I wish you would tell me what you mean about Truth. I think it must be something very good and splendid from the way you speak about it, I mean write about it, but I wish you would tell…
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Our Groups and Their Work

Home Group, Ilfracombe—January 12th. The first meeting of 1906, when, "to celebrate the event," Mr. and Mrs. Allen kindly invited the members to dine with them at 6:30. Nearly all accepted the invitation, and the excellent menu and artistic arrangements were highly appreciated by the guests. The remainder of the…
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Reviews of Books

Bible Mystery and Bible Meaning, by T. Troward (late Divisional Judge, Punjab); published by Stead Danby and Co., 4, Kensington High St., London. Many of our readers will know that Mr. Troward is the author of "The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science," a book formerly reviewed in these pages. His…
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Books Received

Tariff Without Tears, by Harold E. Hare, illustrated. C. W. Daniel, 3, Amen Corner, Paternoster Row, London. The Bible's Own Account of Itself, by Edward Maitland, B.A. The Ruskin Press, Stafford Street, Birmingham. What it Costs to Be Vaccinated, by A. and H. B. Bonner. A. C. Fifield, 44, Fleet…
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