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The Duty of Happiness

The Fairest enchants me,The Mighty commands me,Saying, 'Stand in thy placeUp and Eastward turn thy Face,So thou attend the enriching fateWhich none can stay, and none accelerate.—Emerson The World Beautiful After all, it rests with ourselves as to whether we shall live in a World Beautiful. It depends little on…
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The Religion of Whittier

What did our poet have to guide his feetAlong the path humanity must tread—What but the gleam "Eternal Goodness" shed—To make the here and there in love complete?He had "the inward light" we count so sweet,And by its inspiration was he led,With all of heaven to trust and naught to…
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The Mission of Jesus

Worship's deeper meaning liesIn mercy, and not sacrifice.Not proud humilities of senseAnd posturing of penitence,But love's unforced obedience;Christ dwells not afar,But here, amidst the poor and blind,The bound and suffering of our kind;In works we do, in prayers we pray,Life of our life, he lives today.—John Greenlead Whittier On a…
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The Sacred Circle

In ancient time the circle had deep significance among thoughtful men in many nations. As the symbol of eternity many regarded it as not only suggestive, but also as possessing a mystic power belonging to no other figure, and many of the earlier religions appear to have constructed their places…
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Happy Endings

Such is the Law which moves to righteousness,Which none at last can turn aside or stay;The heart of it is Love, the end of itIs peace and consummation sweet. Obey.—The Light of Asia So, haply, when thy task shall end,The wrong shall lose itself in right,And all thy weekday Sabbaths…
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Foreword

Author of "How to Control Fate through Suggestion," "Not Hypnotism, But Suggestion," and Editor of NOW. The Soul looketh steadily forward, creating a world before her, leaving worlds behind her.The web of events is the flowing robe in which she is clothed.—Emerson The potential of Life is Immortality and that…
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Incarnation

Among the deeper thoughts of mankind, the great thought of the Incarnation of the highest and holiest Divine in the visible and active life of the greatest souls of the race, has had a mighty influence for good, and alike under eastern and western civilization has been an uplifting power…
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Understanding the Simple Laws of Life

Watch narrowlyThe demonstration of a truth, its birth,And you trace back the effluence to its springAnd source within us.—Robert Browning More is the treasure of law than gems;Sweeter than comb its sweetness. Its delights,Delightful past compare.—The Light of Asia Walking those byways which I have so far pointed out, resting…
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Part VI: Character-Building Thought Power

A thought—good or evil—an act, in time a habit—so runslife's law: what you live in your thought-world, that, sooner orlater, you will find objectified in your life. Unconsciously we are forming habits every moment of our lives. Some are habits of a desirable nature; some are those of a most…
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The Eternal Now

Now is thy reality in which time is contained. It is more and greater than time; it is an ever-present reality. It knows neither past nor future, and is eternally potent and substantial. Every minute, every day, every year is a dream as soon as it has passed, and exists…
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Editorial

The Light of ReasonDecember 1904Published MonthlyEdited by James Allen Vol. VI. December 1st, 1904 No. 6 We shall mount, for the Ideal of today becomes the Actual of tomorrow.—J. S. F. Miller The attention of our readers is particularly drawn to the announcement which appears on the first advertisement page…
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Echoes of the Past

PetrarchWhittier said, "No voice, however feeble, lifted up for truth dies." Six hundred years have passed since Francis Petrarch, poet, philosopher, and man of letters, lifted up his voice for truth, and that it was neither small nor feeble, is demonstrated by the echo of his words, which has not…
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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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Solitude

Why idly seek from outward thingsThe answer inward silence brings?Why climb the far-off hills with pain,A nearer view of heaven to gain?In lowliest depths of bosky dellsThe hermit Contemplation dwells,Whence, piercing heaven, with screened sight,He sees at noon the stars, whose lightShall glorify the coming night.—John Greenlead Whittier In the…
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