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Helps to Right Living

Helps to Right Living

This is a collection of fifty-two short, pithy, inspiring articles which are full of spiritual vitality. They are as sweet and fresh as new-mown hay, and so simple that all can enter freely into them. Yet they are studded with strong and beautiful thoughts. The author says, “I have felt every word I have written,” and the truth of this statement is evident in the book itself, for there is life in every line. The following are some of the subjects treated: “Happiness in Events,” “Difficulties,” “Tranquility,” “Superiority to Conditions,” “Complaints,” “Soul-Completeness,” “Being and Doing.” All the articles have a direct bearing upon daily life, and the book should be secured by those who require sweet spiritual sustenance rather than difficult mental problems.

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Preface

I make no apology for this book. It has written itself. The articles were the foundation thoughts of the Wednesday Class. We called this class “Helps to Right Living'' So the book has named itself. If the reader will take one lesson at a time, try to get the spirit of it, and live it…
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Dedication

To the two souls who have come nearest my own in this incarnation, my mother and my husband, I lovingly dedicate this volume. —K. H. N I saw the mountains standSilent, wonderful, and grand, Looking out across the land When the golden light was falling On distant dome and spire; And I heard a low…
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Spiritual Force

Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than material force, that thoughts rule the world. —Emerson If we begin with uncivilized man, we will observe that all that he gains for himself comes through physical or material force. He works entirely in the external, fighting and struggling for all that he gets.…
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Sense of Separateness

Before the eyes can see, they must be incapable of tears. Before the ear can hear, it must have lost its sensitiveness. Before the voice can speak, it must have lost the power to wound. —Light on the Path This quotation interpreted means this: Before the eyes can see,—that is, before we see spiritually,—we must…
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Demand and Supply

The greater the demand, the greater the spiritual supply awaiting you. In the divine economy the two are always in equilibrium. The one thought in mind for these Wednesday talks is to get a larger understanding of ourselves, and therefore a larger understanding of God or law. Emerson tells us that the “counting, planting man”…
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Present Freedom

I am not bound by any past. I am not limited by any future. I am now and forever eternally free. — K. H. N. We can repeat this affirmation very glibly, and then keep right on living in a thought of limitation. Let us go back mentally to the time we think of as…
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We Cannot Be Cheated

Ideas take root in the soil of man’s mind according to its condition.—Rosy Cross The universe is full of ideas. Ideas are falling into the various minds of men. One idea finds a place in my mind, another finds a place in yours. If we become interested in a certain subject, idea will follow idea…
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Forgetting

I fling my past behind me, like a robe Worn threadbare in the seams, and out of date. I have outgrown it. —Ella Wheeler Wilcox The most troublesome thing to overcome in coming into these teachings is to forget our past. There are people of two classes. One class is always living in the future,…
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Foundations

The height of the pinnacle is determined by the breadth of the base. —Emerson We readily understand what this means when a column of granite like Bunker Hill Monument is raised, also when large buildings are erected. We cannot put poor material into our foundations. We must have them of the best material; and, the…
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Letting Go

If you have lost youth and happiness, let go. If friends have proved false and ungrateful, let go. If you look back upon your life's journey with regrets, let go. —F. B. Dowd If we watch people for one day, we shall find that everyone is either trying “to get” or to “hold on” to…
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Mental House Cleaning

And the message of liberty is that the cause of sorrow lies in ourselves, and not in the universe; that it lies in our ignorance, and not in the nature of things; that it lies in our blindness, and not in the life.—Annie Besant When we come into metaphysical thought, our first feeling is one…
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Removing Opinion

Take away thy opinion, and then there is taken away the complaint “I have been harmed.” Take away the complaint, “I have been harmed,” and the harm is taken away. —Marcus Aurelius, A.D. 150 In coming into metaphysical thought, we look upon life from another standpoint. The same conditions exist that have always existed, but…
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Possession Through Understanding

Whatsoever ye sow, that shall ye also reap. — Bible To make our comparison between the old and new thought, we must begin with the old. We have been taught that by sowing was meant the way we lived externally. If we did wrong, lived wrong, we would certainly reap punishment. On the other hand,…
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Progression

Cycles ferried my cradle, rowing and rowing like cheerful boatmen.For room to me, stars kept aside in their own rings.Before I was born out of my mother, generations guided me.My embryo has never been torpid, nothing could overlay it.—Walt Whitman I want to take you with me today out into unlimited space. I wish to…
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Apprehensiveness

Live neither in the present nor in the future, but in the Eternal. —Light on the Path In all metaphysical teaching, concentration is the first step which leads to our development. We all remember the old adage, — “Don't cross your bridges before you get to them.” This suggests that much of our trouble is…
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Happiness in Events

A son is dead. What, then? A son is dead. Nothing more? Nothing. A ship is lost. What then? A ship is lost. He is carried to prison. What then? He is carried to prison. That he is unhappy is an addition that everyone must make for himself. You must apply yourself either to things…
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Certainty

Seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. There seems to be no doubt whatever about these statements. It is not said that we may find, but that we shall find. What is our first step in seeking? I mean, in seeking for the real. The first thing is a…
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Difficulties

Difficulties are things that show what men are. —Epictetus How often we see in our everyday life people who under trying circumstances “come out strong” we say! They rise to the occasion. We all meet large difficulties much better than small ones; and is it not because we have our principles ready at such times?…
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Tranquility

Occupy thyself with few things if thou wouldst be tranquil, says the philosopher; for this brings not only the tranquility which comes from doing well, but also that which comes from doing few things. For nowhere, either with more quiet or more freedom does a man retire than into his own soul, particularly when he…
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Superiority to Conditions

None of these things move me. —Paul These are the words Paul uttered after three years of preaching and teaching, during which time he had met with many discouragements and disappointments. Even after all this he could say, “None of these things move me.” He had done his work earnestly, faithfully, believing the teachings to…
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Everlasting Life

Death does not differ at all from life. —Thales 640 B.C. Ithink some have reached this realization, but there are numerous stages of mental development in regard to it. Let us go back to the time in our own lives when we believed that the experience of death brought a great change; that, when one…
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Right Thinking

There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. —Shakespeare We all believe in the power of thought to a greater or less extent. We talk about it very knowingly, and see at once where others are deficient in its application, and realize that all their trouble comes from not “living up”…
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Burdens

My yoke is easy, and my burden is light. —Bible The thing that impresses one the most in the study of metaphysics is the great effort that people make in applying the principle to daily living. Great effort in action denotes a fear in regard to strength in carrying out our desire. If we are…
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Seeking

Seek out the way. Seek the way by retreating within. Seek the way by advancing boldly withoutLook for the flower to bloom in the silence that follows the storm, not till then. —Light on the Path We are all seeking “the way.” There are so very many roads that lead to this one way through…
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Criticism

Out of the silence that is peace a resonant voice shall arise. —Light on the Path The silence that we are in the habit of thinking of is not silence. The silence that comes with quiet externals, but chaotic interiors, is not silence. The silence of which I speak may be possible in the greatest…
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Perseverance

Be not weary in well-doing. —Bible If we work a few days or weeks faithfully endeavoring to live to the best of our spiritual awakenment, and then let discouragement possess us, we shall not make rapid strides in growth. When we learn the principles of life and apply, them to daily living, we are at…
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Thankfulness

In everything give thanks. —Paul Certainly, we say, we believe in “giving thanks.” We give thanks for friends, family, health, prosperity, for all good things, for all experiences of pleasure. We are glad to be alive when all goes right, and glad, too, to give thanks. What is the meaning of “everything”? The dictionary defines…
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Satisfaction

I exist as I am, that is enough.If no other in the world be aware, I sit content;And, if each and all be aware, I sit content.—Walt Whitman When our minds begin to ask questions which we cannot answer, our first impulse is to run to another, and get his opinion in regard to the…
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Hearing

He that hath ears to hear let him hear. — Bible We all have ears to hear; but how many of us have ears to hear? It does not say, “He that hath ears let him hear, but “He that hath ears to hear.” We hear enough to say yes or no m the right…
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Poise

Oh to be self-balanced for contingencies,To confront night, storms, ridicule, accidents, rebuffs, as trees and animals do.—Walt Whitman As I am a pupil as well as yourselves, I judge that my needs are also your needs. For experience is the teacher of all; and, as we grow or develop through our experiences, we think and…
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Realities

All our fears are needless, and not one single human hope, expectation, or aspiration, is half great enough or good enough or bold enough. —Edwin Arnold As I teach and treat, and have larger experiences which come to me in this work, I have less theory in regard to the subject and no clearly defined…
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Graveclothes

And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth! And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes. —John xi. 43, 44 This is a good illustration of the condition of many persons. In fact, we all are in different stages of “deadness.” You will…
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Small Things

Despise not the day of small things. —Bible What are small things? Are there great or small things? Is not everything of equal importance? We have large events in our lives which we always remember. Did not these same large events turn upon some seemingly very trivial thing? We have a day of small things.…
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Complaints

The only real thing is to study how to rid life of lamentation and complaint. — Epictetus As I talk with different patients, pupils, friends, I find in all a state of dissatisfaction. This seems to be necessary up to a certain point in evolution. But we do not wish to dwell in this state…
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Attraction

To him who hath shall be given, and to him who hath not shall be taken away even that which he seemeth to have. —Bible Iwant to speak about the law of attraction, — vibration. We often observe that people who have plenty of money are the ones who have fortunes left to them; also…
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Soul Completeness

I sent my Soul through the InvisibleSome secret of that after-life to spell;And by and by my Soul returned to me,And answered, “I myself am Heaven and Hell.”—Persian Song In the past we have speculated upon heaven and hell as places, and upon God as a person. Man begins by finding all outside of himself.…
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Individuality

We take it to be the work of one who studies philosophy to bring his will into harmony with events, so that none of the things which happen may happen against our inclination nor those which do not happen be desired by us. — Epictetus When we have settled this point, we are never disappointed.…
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Faith

According to thy faith be it unto you. — Bible What is faith? We begin with a belief that means uncertainty. Faith is the outcome of this condition after the uncertainty has become a truth to us. Then we have confidence in it: it is a reality to us. There are many kinds or, rather,…
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Now

Now is the accepted time. — Bible We who have been educated in the churches were taught that our trials were to come in this life, but in the future we should find peace and happiness. Teachers have said, “Now is the accepted time,” when urging us to come to Christ and join the church.…
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Assimilation

A man who desires to live must eat his food himself, —this is the simple law of nature, which applies also to the higher life. A man who would live and act in it cannot be fed like a babe with a spoon. He must eat for himself. — Light on the Path We all…
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Love

Love is the fulfilling of the law. — Bible Law is rule of action or motion. We always think of harmony in connection with law. It is a something that brings order out of chaos. Now what is our highest ideal of law? First, it must be for “good”; second, unchangeable; and, third, it must…
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Fearlessness

I will fear no evil. — David In metaphysics we do not recognize evil as a reality. We think of evil as ignorance; for we believe only in one power, which is God, or Good. Then evil to our minds is the different conditions of development through which we pass, and the evil is as…
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Self-Knowledge

By attaining a knowledge of his subjective self, man becomes superior to selfishness, to environment, to the world, to everything external. Fear is changed to courage, calm and peace take the place of anxiety, and slavery to the senses no longer forms his yoke. He also knows that whatever comes to each soul that soul…
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God

I hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God not in the least. Nor do I understand who there can be more wonderful than myself.— Walt Whitman As long as we are willing to take the ideas of another in regard to God, without giving the matter any special thought, we cannot become…
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Healing

The same heard Paul speak: who steadfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, said with a loud voice. Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked. — Bible Paul and Barnabas had come to Lystra, and were preaching. There they saw this crippled man who had never walked.…
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The Higher Life

Every man is a divinity in disguise, — a god playing the fool.— Emerson If we stop and think for a moment of our own actions for one day, we shall see that we all of us play the fool. Not one day passes without our doing so. I wish that each of us on…
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Misunderstanding

And no man understands any greatness or goodness but his own, or the indication of his own. — Walt Whitman If this be true, then no man understands any wickedness or evil-doing but his own. I wish to make a distinction between understanding and seeing, or observing a thing to be. In one sense we…
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The Personal Self

I will not make a poem nor the least part of a poem but has reference to the soul;Because having looked at the objects of the universe, I find there is no one nor any particle of one but has reference to the soul.—Walt Whitman Ifind, as I think over the needs of those coming…
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Independence and Decision

You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things from me. You shall listen to all sides, and filter them from yourself. —Walt Whitman My first object in these Wednesday lessons is to make you think for yourselves. I am simply suggestive. You come to get your keynote for the week. I expect…
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Being and Doing

The world is my country, and to do good is my religion. —Thomas Paine Fifty years ago this was considered a very unusual statement, and even today it is thought to be a broad one. But it has its limitations, and we can make a larger statement; that is, the universe is my country, and…
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The Personal and the Divine

Certainly, men shall be reduced to quietness by some way or another, so that they can hear in them the sound of gentle silence that is emitted from their heavenly being. — Burnell We all know that, if there is a loud noise outside, it is very difficult to hear sweet music in the same…
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True Relations

And I will show that there is no imperfection in the present, and can be none in the future. And I will show that whatever happens to anybody, it may be turned to beautiful results. —Walt Whitman When we have experienced a thing, when we have found a truth, we can give it to another…
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Affirmations

I swear there is nothing but immortality. That the exquisite scheme is for it, and the nebulous float is for it, and the cohering is for it! And all preparation is for it, and identity is for it, and life and materials are altogether for it! — Walt Whitman Iwish you would read this quotation…
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The Unspoken Word

I swear I see what is better than to tell the best, — It is always to leave the best untold.—Walt Whitman. Iam writing these words to you in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. I am in my tent. A rushing, roaring stream passes just beyond. The rocks, the pines, the mountains, all inspire…
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