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The Pathway of the Soul

The Epoch —and—The Light of Reason Founded by James Allen, 1902Editor Mrs. James Allen Vol. XX. April 1918 No. 4 There is no binding save by love, and love’s way is the way to Paradise, where birds and flowers are understood and God walks openly with men.—A Modem Mystic. "Man…
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The Real Presence (Poem)

Nor merely when before the altar bending,Whereon the symbols of Thy Love are spread—To blood red wine in holy chalice standing,Or on the paten that sad broken bread.Nor in the cloistered aisle with organ pealingThe anthems grand in praise of Thy dear Love;But everywhere I have the gracious feelingWhich to…
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The Need of a Guide

The Moslem Dervishes place themselves under a Spiritual Guide, and those are most successful in their mystical journey, whose minds have been wholly captivated by the personality of the Guide. The hope of attainment to ultimate union with God depends entirely upon their absorption into the Being of the Guide.…
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The Imperishable (Poem)

Within man’s inmost self the best persists,It cannot die, for part it isOf one vast grand Eternity.There is no other thought within the bounds of timeWhich yields a harvest of such sweet content,And makes one sing "Let come what mayI count it well that I have lived."If time be but…
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Spiritual Strength

A clear and firm head must precede and accompany a clean and gentle heart. Without the first the second is impossible, for the qualities of purity and gentleness can only be reached through a clear perception of right and wrong, and by the exercise of an irresistible will. The strength…
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Mors Janua Vitae (Death is the Gate to Life)

The doctrine of reincarnation or rebirth, which teaches that the spiritual part of man is an integral part of God—that it enfolds all the divine possibilities as the acorn enfolds the oak—that by many existences in an earthly body of gradually improving texture the spirit is reaching nearer to perfection…
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The Enlarged Heart

An Easter Thought "If so be that we suffer with Him...we may be also glorified together.—St. Paul If thou wilt not suffer, thou refusest to be crowned; but if thou desirest to be crowned, fight manfully and endure patiently.—Thomas a Kempis I know it is difficult to enter into Easter…
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Acacia Inflorescence (Poem)

As I crossed the dellO'er my pathway fellA serene little blossom of white,And I glanced o’erheadWhere the branches spreadFrom a tree of unusual height. Then my eyes were dazed,And my heart amazed,So stupendous the gorgeous scene—A majestic dome,Where the ocean foamDrifted over the billows of green. O my lips were…
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Yearning (Poem)

My life—a flame of Love Divine,Quenchless upon an altar throne,Which is this weary heart of mine,Where burns this fire of Love alone.My body—a fair temple shrineWhere vice and hatred are unknownMy mind—a priest with purpose fine.My thoughts—the glory of a crown.My Being all—a palace fairWhere reigns the everlasting KingWhose radiant…
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The Unseen is the Real (Poem)

Vain are appearances,Yet we are their victims,Sinking each day deep in the mire;Thinking we're these thingsCalled "successes" and "failures,"Looking without instead of within.When shall we shake off this tyrannical thralldom?Rise to the heights of soul-life Divine;Claim our just heritage—Union with spirit,—Untouched and unmovedBy sensuous things,Reigning in silence,Hidden in mystery,Calm and…
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Separation (Poem)

The pangs of absence court defeat,Should they essay to flood my breast.And yet when heart to heart is press’d,Can our reunion be less sweet? Such comfort in the thought I fund,That though the yawning gulf of spaceBy distant leagues holds us apace.We yet are one in inmost mind. Could separation…
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The Editor's Letter Box

Dear Mrs. Allen, Thanks so much for really helpful letter. I am trying to see things as you see them. I am trying to live in your world, but it is hard. I am tempted at times to ask, "Does Mrs. Allen wear colored spectacles? Is her world a real…
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Laughter! (Poem)

All Nature seems to laugh when I am glad,And laughter is the music I most love,It cheers me when I weary sit—and sad,And from ill humor lifts me high above.There’s music in the laughter of the breeze,A gladsome frolic in the rustling leaves,There’s laughter in the waving, happy trees,And in…
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Shakespeare as a Spiritual Force

"A rarer spirit never did steer humanity." In this age of spiritual upheaval and mental revolution many books which contained the truths that are, at this time, slowly dawning upon the minds of the people, but which hitherto were sealed books to the majority,—blinded as they were by dogma and…
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Gratitude

Thinking of Gratitude and its purpose and place in life, I took up the book of essays by M. B. Theobald, The Triple Ply of Life, and opening it at the essay entitled Wed Fate, which title, by the way, seems in itself an inspiration,—my eyes met the sentence, While…
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A Study of Mankind

"The study of mankind is man” and certainly the student of human nature has a field of wonderful and increasingly interesting discovery before him. The student of human nature lives in a world unknown to the self-centered and unobservant; he moves in the depth of a world of fascinating interest,…
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