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Relation of the Visible to the Invisible

One of the first essentials, if we would rule circumstances, instead of be ruled by them, is to see what we are, in our essential being, or ego, in contradistinction to what we appear to be in our relation to the external world. We must look within as well as…
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Living by Insight of by Outsight

That thing you see when you look in the mirror is not you. It is yours. It is something you use, and as such it is good. By means of it you execute your thought on the plane to which the object belongs. It does not think or exercise volition.…
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Where the Senses Belong

"Well! as long as I have my senses, I shall never believe that!" is the ejaculation when we hear something said which is not true to us. It is a natural ejaculation, according to the common view of the nature of the senses; a view likely to continue till understanding…
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Incarnation—The Purpose of Nature Fulfilled

You have read this statement again and again, have you, and still cannot quite see what it means? "Our real being is incarnated only as it is re-presented to the Soul as its self-idea." Perhaps the meaning can be made plainer. It is a great truth which it is well…
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Servant or Master?

All our shortcomings and limitations are understood when we see that the personal I is necessarily limited by the self-sense, while the real I, the individuality, is limitless and complete outside of the sense of self. We see that our work, in the face of these present limitations, is to…
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The Way to Happiness

"Oh! if I only had your opportunities!" That is what you said yesterday to your friend whose possessions and environment are unlike your own and are what you desire. She is placed so differently from yourself! She can do so • much that is impossible for you! And she does…
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Destiny and Fate

Are you passively and contentedly living according to the personality which is less than it sometime must be? Or are you earnestly and actively endeavoring to live according to the individuality which is the changeless Lord? How are you thinking? Up or down? As a personality you are soul and…
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Preface

Practically, if not theoretically, we admit the element of chance or luck in the government of our lives and consequently believe in fate; believe that many of our conditions and experiences are beyond our power of control and must be endured with as much fortitude as we are able to…
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Words as Storage Batteries

If you would be master where you have been subject you must learn the power of words and how to utilize it. Till the soul is awakened to its birthright we do not dream of this power, or that because of our ignorant use of it we have been making…
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The Common Ground of the Oriental and Occidental Philosophy

When we can look upon existence as only the gradual appearing of what we eternally are in our being, it ceases to be a puzzle and an unfathomable mystery. Chaos ceases and Cosmos begins. Order succeeds disorder; a constantly clearing vision: the perplexity and obscurity. As nothing can evolve that…
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The Law of Liberty

What is the "perfect law of liberty"? Is liberty—freedom from all that practically holds us in bonds, possible? Yes, not only possible but sure, and yet attended with conditions. You say you do not see how our sufferings, all that we call evil, are self-made; but just as long as…
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The Inventor and the Invention

It is self-evidently true that if one wishes to solve a problem correctly he needs to be acquainted with the factors concerned in it. Attempts to reach a right conclusion without this acquaintance will prove abortive, and the worker, however persistent for a time, will become discouraged. Like attempts to…
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What is Within the “Here”

"Where shall we be when we go away from here?" Again and again you have asked this question of yourself, and of others, seeking an answer that satisfies. And again and again you have failed to get the desired satisfaction as you pondered over the replies received. For ages human…
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The Man and the Woman in Our Dream-Consciousness

When we sleep at night, we dream. In our dream are people, places, things, pleasant and unpleasant occurrences. These are real to us while we are dreaming. As long as the dream lasts these are the only reality. Not till we begin to awaken comes the dawning consciousness, "This is…
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How to Care for the Body

You speak of conditions of the body. What do you mean? How is the body conditioned? You say, "As long as this condition lasts I cannot do or be more than I am now." You should know that until, as a living soul, you do and be more than you…
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The Origin of Evil

Do you believe in two equal powers forever contending with each other? Then it is no wonder you are at war with yourself and with all the world. You will remain at war as long as you believe this. What but perpetual warfare can result from the clashing of two…
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The Language of Suggestion

Everything we see has a language. "There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification." We have many voices in ourselves. Each impulse, sense, and faculty, each nature in our composite being, has its voice. And everything which belongs…
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Letting the Dead Bury Its Dead

One of the conditions essential to the mastery of all that causes suffering is the ability to let go of the past. To “let the dead bury its dead" is requisite for continued progress and victory. You have met with a most trying experience recently—one that has wrung your heart…
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Law or Chance

Every observing and reflective mind is sometimes obliged to choose one horn of the dilemma—either all is law and order or all is chance. If chance rules all, if things happen, we might as well take life as easily as possible, for we are sure of nothing but the present…
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Ascension of Ideas

Did you ever concentrate your attention for even a moment upon the thought—"I, in my real being, am the expression of God?" If you do this you may feel a force arise from some hidden center within and move gently through you till it becomes a physical sensation—a glow which…
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The Power and Powerlessness of Heredity

One of the most prolific causes of the continuance of suffering and all that is called evil is the belief in the power of heredity. Even moral reformers and philanthropists run against this rock in their efforts at betterment of general conditions. And rock indeed it is in its immovableness,…
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The Voice that is Heard in Loneliness

"Oh, I feel so utterly alone!" Has this been the cry of your heart? Have you felt, while in the midst of your family and friends, that, dear as they were to you, there was an inner self that was solitary, even desolate at times? Have you eaten at the…
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Constructive Imagination

"Professor Tyndall's thoughts were not limited to physics and allied sciences, but passed into psychology." "Led as he was to make excursions into the science of mind, he was led into that indeterminate region through which this science passes into the science of being." "Rightly conceived imagination is the power…
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The Hidden Body

"How are the dead raised, and with what body do they come?" How many are puzzled by this question which frequently presents itself to you, does it not? "If I am a living soul now, and using this physical shape only temporarily, what will my body be when I have…
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The Engrafted Word and What Comes of it

"O! yes! this teaching is very attractive. As a theory I like it very much, but I do not see any pronounced change in myself." This utterance—perhaps you have expressed the same view or something like it—shows that the gulf between the ideal and the practical has not yet been…
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The Germs of Disease

Did the suggestiveness of the modern germ theory of disease ever strike you? So many diseases are now traced to a germ which in former years were attributed to other causes. From the metaphysical point of view, following the principles of the Science of Being, not only all diseases but…
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