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The Logic of Faith

All those things at which thou wishest to arrive by a circuitous road thou canst have now if thou dost not refuse them to thyself. —Marcus Aurelius. Every act of our lives is an act of faith, based upon experience. We take food and drink into our mouths without thought…
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Restless Aspiration

"In quietness and confidence shall be thy strength." "Thy strength is to sit still." "Be still and know." There is a curious restlessness frequently to be observed among students in the science of thought. It is displayed in a greed for books and lectures which is never satisfied. This is…
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Poverty as a Disease

Wisdom is better than rubies. —Solomon Truth alone makes rich and great. —Emerson One of the most subtle fallacies of the day is the common belief that wealth is power. Wealth is not power; it is only an evidence of power. The ruby is a precious stone, but the wisdom that…
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Christian Transgressors—The Disease of Conservatism

No truth is so sublime but it may be trivial tomorrow in the light of new thoughts.People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them. —Emerson Progress is from the Latin "pro," meaning forward, and "gradi," to step. Retrogress is from…
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Insomnia

Dwell up there in the simple and noble regions of thy life. Obey thy heart and thou shalt reproduce the foreworld again.— Emerson. Who of us has not suffered from sleepless nights? The subjective life in which, as Macdonald so quaintly suggests, our souls go home to their father's house…
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Present Immortality

We grizzle every day. I see no need of it. Whilst we converse with what is above us we do not grow old but young. —Emerson Everyman is a divinity in disguise: A god playing the fool. —Emerson The greatest discovery of the nineteenth century is man's discovery of himself,…
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The Hypnotic Power of Words

It is well known to all students of the science of vibration that certain hypnotic influences are conveyed through sounds as well as sight. Such influences can indeed be developed through the avenues of any of the senses. The sound waves of a clear-toned bell will place a sensitive subject…
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Mental Dyspepsia

Curiously enough, we find many of the errors and diseases of the physical plane and of the ecclesiastical schools repeating themselves on progressive lines in what is called the "new thought." We do not escape them, as we should, in passing from one to the other. They change their mode…
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Pillow Thoughts—Or, Mental Sleeping Draughts

Prescription—To be taken nightly. Today I have got out of all trouble; or rather, I have cast out all trouble, for it was not outside but within, and in my opinions. —Marcus Aurelius It is well to acquaint ourselves with the laws of storms in the domain of the spirit,…
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Spiritual Evolution

To me the converging objects of the universe perpetually flow; All are written to me and I must get what the writing means. —Walt Whitman. In passing through life we encounter in our fellow-men all the dangers of the forest and jungle. In all men there linger some of the…
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Domestic Despots

The spreading of new thought reveals a phase of domestic tyranny which is rather startling in our nineteenth century. In many a home circle there is marked resistance to the effort of the child or companion to study on new lines. This opposition always springs from jealousy—from a fear that…
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Hidden Treasures

Give thyself time to learn something new and good, and cease to be whirled around. —Marcus Aurelius Plato claimed that all knowledge was reminiscence. It is a curious fact that the universal belief of the world anticipates in the next stage of existence a complete provision for all individual wants,…
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Miserable Offenders

My peace I give unto you. —Jesus The objection to conforming to usages that have become dead to you is that it scatters your force. It loses your time and blurs the impression of your character. And of course so much force is withdrawn from your proper life. —Emerson Sunday…
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Counterfeit Bodies—A Study in Vibration

In nature all is useful, all is beautiful. It is therefore beautiful because it is alive, moving, reproductive. It is therefore useful because it is symmetrical and fair. —Emerson It is claimed by certain schools of metaphysicians that our bodies are counterfeits and not realities. If this were true, would…
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Bric-A-Brac Bondage

The man or woman who would have remained a sunny garden flower, with no room for its roots and too much sunshine for its head, by the falling of the walls and the neglect of the gardener is made the banian of the forest, yielding shade and fruit to wide…
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Spiritual Mathematics

That which is not good for the swarm, Neither is it good for the bee.—Marcus Aurelius Unselfishness is freedom. It is a state of mind that looks abroad. It does not need, however, to seek for itself the gratification of public activities. The reputation of “unselfishness" often suggests a subtle…
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An Honest Graveyard

"Death does not differ at all from life." —Thales 640 B.C. In Turkish cemeteries the stones are carved with the turban or head-dress of the deceased, to show the class or profession to which he belonged in life. In Christian cemeteries the monuments are often surmounted by the statue of…
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Antidotes to Worry

It is only the finite that has wrought and suffered, the Infinite lies stretched in smiling repose.— Emerson. Our lessons of today are in the present tense of the verbs to be, to do, to have, to know. We must not turn back to the lessons of yesterday, or forward…
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The Folly of Resentment

It has been wisely said, "There are no penalties to virtue." If we suffer through another, it must be because of some responsive chord within ourselves which is not well attuned. The suffering is nature's signal bell. If we are bruised, there must be some sore spots that need attention,…
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Self-Sacrifice—A New Definition

God can give us nothing less than the best at any moment of our existence—the best we are capable of receiving. How, then, can "self-sacrifice" be possible if it is the fulfillment of our highest good? Let us not confound self-sacrifice with service. We gain the highest development through service,…
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Christian Atheism

We will learn one day that our own orbit is all our task, and we need not assist the administration of the universe. —Emerson God is sufficient to all mankind. No one is ever dependent for his highest good or happiness upon a fellow mortal. Each and every life is…
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Thought Vibrations

"Neither be ye of doubtful mind." It is a significant and helpful fact that business etiquette requires signatures implying truth and honesty in our relations to each other. "Yours respectfully" and "Most truly yours" suggest a bond of sincerity and service that is more than a mere formality. The vibrations…
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Vibratory Affinity—A Study in Heredity

The soul looketh steadily forward: creating a world always before her, leaving worlds always behind her. —Emerson The true science of mind is found in the study of thought vibration. When we have once admitted that all growth is from within, and that the external is but the expression of…
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Mental Microbes

It is not fit that I should give myself pain, for I have never intentionally given pain even to another. —Marcus Aurelius. Small annoyances are the seeds of disease. We cannot afford to entertain them. They are the bacteria,—the germs that make serious disturbance in the system, and prepare the…
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Telepathy—The Circulation of Mind

The study of telepathy is a study of the tides and currents of mental forces. A knowledge of the laws that govern them would doubtless explain all psychic phenomena. This appears to be the pass-key with which we could unlock the mysteries of hypnotism and all forms of mental healing,…
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Morbid Tenacity

He in whom the love of truth predominates will keep himself aloof from all moorings and afloat. —Emerson. Life is inspiration and expression. If we fail in one, we fail in both. We often close ourselves to fresh thought by our tenacity of the old. The attempt to harmonize the…
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Preface

The year's at the Spring, And day's at the morn; Morning's at seren; The hillside's dew-pearled; The lark's on the wing; The snail's on the thorn; God's in his heaven— All's right with the world. —Robert Browning The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that…
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Food For Thought

Now in the name of all the gods at once, upon what meat doth this, our Caesar, feed that he is grown so great? —Shakespeare We are often told of late that "thoughts are things." This is only a partial statement. Thoughts are living entities. We may even bring them into…
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The Gates of Sorrow—An Easter Whisper

Alas for him who never seesThe stars shine through his cypress trees.—Whittier We can truthfully say there is no such thing as a real trouble in the world. We are fighting shadows,—false appearances. A very shapely man will often cast a shadow that is Titanic and grotesque. The effect is…
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A Pivotal Philosophy

"The light that is within thee." The scientific world is just beginning to conjecture that light is an interior condition. The cat sees in an atmosphere that to the human eye is darkness. Among men there is an infinite variety of vision. An environment may be opaque to one and…
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The Horizon of Natural Law

When we have new perception we shall gladly disburthen the memory of its hoarded treasures as old rubbish. —Emerson. What is "nature's law?" Is it not simply the horizon that limits our knowledge of today? Tomorrow we will have climbed higher—we will have a more elevated view—we will restate the…
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From Dan to Beersheba

Milestones in a Psychic Pilgrimage Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up if thou wilt ever dig. —Marcus Aurelius. In the usual reaction which follows a new and radical discovery of truth, the first impulse of the student is to distrust all that…
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Emotional Bankruptcy

The soul is raised over passion; It seeth identity and eternal causation; It is a perceiving that Truth and Right are. Hence it becomes a tranquility out of the knowing that all things go well. —Emerson We find many in middle life who are positively bankrupt in the emotions. They…
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The Problem of Life

He who is immersed in what concerns person or place cannot see the problem of existence. —Emerson We have heard much of the "conflict" between science and religion. There can be no inharmony between true science and true religion. The conflict is always between "sciolism" (or false science) and religion,…
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Bitter Medicine

The wise man always throws himself on the side of his assailants. It is more his interest than it is theirs to find his weak point. —Emerson Before the eye can see, it must be incapable of tears. Before the ear can hear, it must have lost its sensitiveness. —"Light…
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Suicide: Is It Worthwhile?

I am Existence Absolute, Bliss Absolute, Knowledge Absolute. I am It—I am It. —From the Vedas There is a marked increase in the tendency to suicide. This tendency develops oftenest among men. They furnish more than two-thirds of the subjects, and are generally men of intelligence and in responsible positions.…
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Postponement A Delusion

'"Tis life of which our nerves are scant— O life, not death, for which I pant, More life and fuller that I want." I preach a gospel of true worldliness. Let us eat, drink, and be merry with the fruits of righteousness, and know that we shall not die tomorrow.…
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Sympathy as a Vice

We come to them who weep foolishly, and sit down and cry for company, instead of imparting to them truth and health in rough electric shocks, putting them once more in communication with the soul. —Emerson It is a curious idea of friendship that demands attention to personal ills for…
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Opulence Through Growth

Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune. —Walt Whitman Undeniably it is the inner life which is master of the outer, just as a man's brain guides the movements of his lips. —Light on the Path No two men are exactly alike; the same is true…
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Virtuous Vices

The secret of genius is to suffer no fiction to exist for us; to realize all that we know; in the high refinement of modern life, in arts, in sciences, in books, in men, to exact good faith, reality, and a purpose; and first, last, midst, and without end to…
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