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A Morning Meditation

It was the very early morning, and I climbed to the summit of a familiar hill to engage in my usual morning meditation. In the distance the ocean stretched placidly out before me like a giant at rest; below me lay the sleeping town; no wind stirred; there was no…
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Seeing and Believing

We often hear it said that Seeing is Believing. But this is not true. When, for instance, we witness an exhibition of legerdemain we do not believe the evidence of our eyes; we know that what we see is an optical illusion. The reality in that case is not what…
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Are You Well Bred?

If you are well-bred—You will be kind.You will not use slang.You will try to make others happy.You will not be shy or self-conscious.You will never indulge in ill-natured gossip.You will never forget the respect due to age.You will not swagger or boast of your achievements.You will think of others before…
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One Life, One Law (Poem)

What do we know—what need we knowOf the great world to which we go?We peer into the tomb, and hark:Its walls are dim, its doors are dark.Be still, O mourning heart, nor seekTo make the tongueless silence speak,Be still, be strong, nor wish to findTheir way who leave the world…
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Character

Talent is best formed in solitude But character upon the world's rough sea.—Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe The true sculptor seeks to mirror that which lies at the back of his surging brain. He hacks at the cold impassive stone-smooths off a little dust here, turns the line a little more…
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Exhortation

Disciples of Truth, lovers of Virtue, seekers of Wisdom; you, also, who are sorrow stricken, knowing the emptiness of the self-life, and who aspire to the life that is supremely beautiful, and serenely joyful—take now yourselves in hand, enter the Door of Discipline, and know the Better Life. Put away…
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A Song of Joy (Poem)

Happy am I as the thrushes that sing;Happy as Nature that welcomes the Spring;Glad as the flowers that drink the cool rain,For sweet joy has kissed me again and again. Happy am I every hour of the day,For I live in the woods, and bathe in the spray;My home is…
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Right Beginnings

All common things, each day's events,That with the hour begin and end;Our pleasures and our discontentsAre rounds by which we may ascend.""We have not wings, we cannot soar;But we have feet to scale and climb.—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow For common life, its wantsAnd ways, would I set forth in beauteous hues.…
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Sincerity

I should say sincerity—a deep, great, genuine sincerity—is the first characteristic of all men in any way heroic.—Thomas Carlyle Sincerity is the fulcrum upon which society turns, and no social state can thrive without it. It is at the root of all things which are "lovely and of good report."…
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The Realization of Selfless Love

It is said that Michael Angelo saw in every rough block of stone a thing of beauty awaiting the master-hand to bring it into reality. Even so, within each there reposes the Divine Image awaiting the master-hand of Faith and the chisel of Patience to bring it into manifestation. And…
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Sacrifice

We are given to sing most lustily and cheerfully "In the Cross of Christ I glory," without a thought of what Paul meant by glorying in the Cross, or what the words really imply. What we usually mean, if we mean anything at all, is that we glory in the…
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Look for the Good (Poem)

In every man there lives a spark of goodnessHowever lost he seem to human sight;It is our duty then to find and tend it,Breathing upon it purity and light.It may not burn at once with radiant glory,Yet it is worth the while to make it glow,Raising the soul with momentary…
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The Power of Faith

Faith can move mountains; so the Scripture saith.The very gates of Heaven are built on faith.He would not see high Heaven, though Heaven were near,Who had not Faith: and with it, Heaven is here.—Clifford Harrison The mind evolves its own. Seek the True and you will find it; or the…
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The Power of Meditation

Part II: The Way of Peace Spiritual meditation is the pathway to Divinity. It is the mystic ladder which reaches from earth to heaven, from error to Truth, from pain to peace. Every saint has climbed it; every sinner must sooner or later come to it, and every weary pilgrim…
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Editorial

The Light of ReasonNovember 1904Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. VI. November 1st, 1904 No. 5 He who stands alone will stand where other fall.—Oswald Godman There are times in the life of every man who takes his stand on high moral principles when his faith in, and knowledge of,…
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Trifles

We often hear it said that "Trifles make up the sum of human life," which saying, rightly interpreted, means, that as a fact there is no thought, word, or deed, nor any thing, how- ever small 0r apparently insignificant, which is a matter of no importance, and that no event,…
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The Law of Compensation

The curse causeless shall not come.—Pro. XXXI. 2. THAT heart that looks only at the appearance of things, and not at the reality, at the surface but never into the depths, must constantly be tossed hither and thither, one day upon the crest of the waves of hope, and the…
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Thoughts From Friends

Extracts From the Letters of Our No. 2 Correspondence Circle "As regards confidence in human nature, do you know, I almost think it synonymous with confidence in God. It is quite surprising how, as soon as one but commences to eradicate that self-hood that, in varying degrees, all are born…
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