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The Unity of Life

In trying to reach the higher level of life, it seems to me that each, in order to succeed, should endeavor to lose the personal element in their thoughts. This is surely what is meant by self-surrender, unselfishness, or whatever term we may employ to describe that state of mind…
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Divine Energies in Everyday Life

And what, let us ask, is the result and hence the value of this realization? For unless it is of value in the affairs of everyday life, it is then a mere dead theory, and consequently of no real value. Use must be the final test of everything, and if…
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The True Life

The truly wise man or woman will recognize no one as an enemy. Occasionally we hear the expression, "Never mind; I’ll get even with him." Will you? And how will you do it? You can do it in one of two ways. You can, as you have in mind, deal…
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Love, The Inspiration of Life

Every time the soul of a man is inspired by the breath of Love, the world is made anew. The air he breathes becomes spiritual and ethereal, and is fraught with divine messages from other spheres. The walls of flesh are rent asunder, and the soul is filled with light;…
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The Treasures of Life

When Jesus said that there is another kind of treasure that may be laid up in heaven, he did not mean at some future time, for some future happiness, but that we are storing away knowledge which will be of use in our daily life. When I say knowledge I…
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Fullness of Life: Bodily Health and Vigor

God is the Spirit of Infinite Life. If we are partakers of this life, and have the power of opening ourselves fully to its divine inflow, it means more, so far as even the physical life is concerned, than we may at first think. For very clearly, the life of…
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Length of Life is Increasing

The brain or thought factory has always led. What it said was true was instantly built upon by the digestive system" and became flesh and blood. No matter how erroneous the statement may be which the brain makes, so long as that statement is accepted and believed, the digestive system…
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The Object of Life

What do you believe to be the object of your life? To be happy and successful, perhaps you are thinking, even if you do not answer in those words. That is the idea of the many. Meanwhile others, who have been educated in the melancholy faith of their ancestors, believe the object…
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Clues for Everyday Life

How often in company one may have to listen to others speaking of sickness, or so-called misfortunes. One feels it is such a waste of time, and yet common politeness (which is another name for kindness) prevents one from telling the speakers so. I have often been asked, “What is…
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The Continuity of Life

We are accustomed to think and speak of life in a very foolish and even false manner. We think of it as short, ephemeral, evil. We say our years are "as a tale that is told," and "as a watch in the night," or we lament that they are "few…
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The Unity of Life

No human eyes Thy face may see;No human thought Thy form may know;But all creation dwells in Thee,And Thy great life through all doth flow.—T. W. Higginson Oh, the little birds sang east, and the little birds sang west.And I smiled to think God's greatness flowed around our incompleteness, Round…
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The Joyful Life

To be ushered into turmoil, blindly toil a few years through its fitful maze, and then go out in darkness is surely not the method of wise design. Life must mean more than this, and it does mean more. Man is the builder, and to him is given all the…
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Jesus and the Christ-Life

One of the brightest jewels in the character of Jesus was his consistency. At the commencement of his career, when he preached that incomparable sermon on the mount, he enunciated the guiding principles of his life. He told man to ‘seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,‘ ‘Resist…
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In Tune With the Infinite

You can listen to Ralph Waldo Trine's book In Tune With the Infinite using the player below. Click on the play button to listen online or you can download the files to your computer using the links in the download column for use on your iPod or other MP3 player.…
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The New Life (Poem)

For long years has thy pleading voice been heardUnanswered; now some hidden hand which heldMe through the darkness has at last dispelled(On this rare morning, since Thy voice upstirredThe thrilling joy-note of the early bird)All fears of that dim night-time; and has knelledThe death of baser motive, and compelledMy spirit…
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No Vision, No Life

Where there is no vision the people perish.—Proverbs 29:18 In youth beside the summer sea Voices and visions came to me.—Thomas Bailey Aldrich The most pessimistic poem which has ever been printed in the English language ("The City of Dreadful Night," by James Thomson) chants the weird wail of a…
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The Relation of the Law to the Christian Life

In the New Testament we are stuck by two seemingly opposite ways of speaking about law. St. Paul says, "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law." While, according to St. Matthew, we find our Lord Himself uses the words, "Think not that I am come to destroy…
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The True Life

The satisfaction of the personal will leads to death; the satisfaction of the Father's will gives true life. Thy Will Be Done And Jesus rejoiced in the power of the spirit and said: I acknowledge the spirit of the Father, the source of everything in heaven and earth, who has…
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The Poetry of Life

In the crowded sunways and the quiet shadow-paths of life are met alike its prose and poetry. The straight path of our commonplace way that runs like a grey line from birth to death might be called the prose of life, while the lights and shades, the gay glints of…
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The Life Abundant

The old Coptic bishop had been talking of magic and ancient wisdom. He had told me stories of the horrors of sorcery in his own beloved land, where the majority of the people were grossly ignorant and superstitious. Then he went on: "You Western people can scarcely realize the reality…
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The Simple Life (Poem)

The Simple Life! Dost thou with iron mood Dream the ascetic’s dream? make thy life cold And meager? stand unblest without the fold Of Social Being, choosing for thy food Those bitter herbs ? and say, is thine earth good? Albeit the trees are bowed; the wheat is gold. And…
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Adjustment to Life

In one of the most secluded of Alpine valleys, where the steam whistle has never broken the native stillness, nor the progress of science intruded on the confines of medieval tradition, lies one of the most remarkable villages in the world. The traveler, as he enters this unique town, feels…
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The Source of Life

The life of all men proceeds from the spirit of the Father. Hallowed Be Thy Name Later on, some of John's pupils came to ask Jesus whether it was he of whom John spoke: Did he reveal the Kingdom of God and renew men by the spirits Jesus answered and…
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The Supreme Fact of Human Life

From the great central fact of the universe in regard to which we have agreed, namely, this Spirit of Infinite Life that is behind all and from which all comes, we are led to inquire as to what is the great central fact in human life. From what has gone…
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Our Life in Mind

Certain aspects of the outer world now stand out clearly before us. The universe is an order, a system, an organized whole, in which each being and thing bears some relation to all others. Everything is related, not alone through its dependence on its neighbors, but through the law of…
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Life (Poem)

O Life, how vast thou art!How little understood!The force that fills the universe!The universal good!The truth in everything!The love that knows no fear!The very faculties by whichWe feel, and see, and hear!The light that never failsWherever we may range!The great foundation of us allWhich nothing here can change!E'en death itself…
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The Aim of Life

Our aim is not the greatest possible happiness, but the greatest possible nobleness.—Mazzini Oh! be noble, be noble, for nothing can bring lasting happiness except that you live nobly. And this, not that you may gain happiness, but because once having seen a true Ideal of what you must, and…
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Simple Life

The simplest things are often the truest and the most beautiful. The simplest modes of dress, of speech, and of living, claim to be modest as well as honest and good. Yet Complexity is the word stamped upon things of today. A false god is being elevated—that false god of…
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The Religion of Life

There was never so great a. thought laboring in the breasts of men as now. It almost seems as if what was afore-time spoken fabulously and hieroglyphically, was now spoken plainly, the doctrine, namely, of the indwelling of the Creator in man.What is the scholar, what is the man for,…
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Life’s Mirror (Poem)

There are loyal hearts, there are spirits brave,There are souls that are pure and true,Then give to the world the best you have,And the best shall come back to you.Give love and to your heart will flow,A strength in your utmost need;Have faith and a score of hearts will showTheir…
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The Oneness of Life and Being

The Significance of Late Scientific Discoveries The threshold of the twentieth century marks a time when the thoughts, accomplishments, and expectations of men are expanded as never before. The era is entirely unique, for there is nothing in history that is worthy of a comparison. Scientific discoveries in new directions,…
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Life Must be Expressed in Action

It is the instinct and the effort of all life (animate and inanimate) to rise continually to higher expression of life. The life of man lay locked in the heart of the earth. By and by vegetable life shook off the more negative conditions of its remoter earth state, and…
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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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The Heart and the Life

As the heart, so is the life. The within is ceaselessly becoming the without. Nothing remains unrevealed. That which is hidden is but for a time; it ripens and comes forth at last. Seed, tree, blossom, and fruit are the fourfold order of the universe. From the state of a…
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The Battle of Life

The object of this paper is to show that a man's commission to fight in the Battle of Life is confined to the little kingdom of his own heart; that he is not at liberty to resist the evil that he thinks exists in other people until he has first…
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A Vision of Life (Poem)

I laid me down on my luxurious couch, And courted sleep on pillows soft with down, Yet the Enchanter heeded not my prayer, But turned from my advances with a frown. On shadowy wings he rose and took his flight, And fled mysterious thro' th realms of night. He sped…
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Life’s Uses

Hours that are grief-dimmed,Days that are toil worn,Bid them be star-rimmed;Bid them be love-born;Suffer Time's light and shade,Till earthly scores are paid. Never to break thee,Making thee ratherLowly, yet perfectlyOne with the Father,Drink from Loves Spiritual cup,Lift thy Life's uses up. Faith that is fearlessFold thy desirings,Peace in God's nearnessCrown…
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The Supreme Luxury of Life

After all, say what we will, the one supreme luxury of life of Life is sympathetic companionship. Friendship is a comprehensive term, and to a considerable degree comprises those relations of friendly feeling which are given, which should be given, freely and widely, but which do not, necessarily, involve the…
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The Purpose of Life

As one looks around and sees the suffering, misery, and apparent injustice in the world—the questions arise—What does it all mean? Is it just that some lives should be fraught with sorrow and suffering, while others seem full of happiness and free from care? Are we creatures of circumstances or…
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Human Life (Poem)

Infinite possibility of lifeIs ours who live upon this earth. Each soulIs in itself a harmony, a wholeAs given direct from God.And if the strifeEnter and mar the music that is rifeWithin the deeps of being, may the dayDawn of sweet peace the world not takes away;And may the soul…
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The Power of Sympathy in Human Life

What a marvelous power has sympathy, and yet, like other good gifts, how often it is grudgingly given. So strong is it that it will melt the stoniest heart, it will comfort the deepest mourner, it will raise the most degraded to strive for higher things, it will infuse hope…
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The Christ-Life

We cannot shape our lives from any outer model. It is the creative power within that makes all changes, even in the things about us. Persons not satisfied with the present order seek to reform it. The first step in any reformation is to conform to this inner law. We…
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Life (Poem)

Life is a Prayer, if lived aright,And troubles viewed beneath God's LightAre beautiful and bright. Life is a Song, if filled with praise,And discords that beset our waysEnnoble all our days. Life, too, is Light, if only weThe lining of the cloud will seeAnd bright reflectors be. Though raindrops fall…
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The Daily Life

Our thoughts make our life, and just as work is necessary to everyone whether rich or poor, man or woman, to make the full and balanced life, so is it necessary to take a time apart from the influence of the world and business ties when we can, that we…
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Life (Poem)

My life is what I make it, I am I,A spark of God, to cherish, or let die. I breast no tide, but drift to sea, a weed—Or shape myself into a tuneful reed. I work with every fiber till I standA beacon, shedding light throughout the land. Or else…
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The Battle of Life

The world full of hardships is, to us near-sighted creatures, the one most in need of softening influence. We would ameliorate sorrow by covering it with the light cloak of sentiment, would brush aside effort and invite comfort to our fireside, would shake the tree of goodness and pick up…
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Life as a Journey

If you purposed taking a journey into a strange country, where the language, manners, and customs of the people were different from those of your own land, and where the climate differed radically from yours, you would make it your business to become as well informed as possible concerning that…
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Soul-Life

When in an ancient drama job is made to say, "My soul is weary of my life," a note of human experience is struck which is not uncommon in our modern world. Common enough, indeed, but sad beyond words, and we turn from so pessimistic an outlook with feelings of…
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The Simplication of Life

Civilization is that which tends to make a man the best sort of national unit, and progress is his approach to that ideal. On this point the collective wisdom of the ages seems to be agreed; namely, that man in best sub-serving his own ends, consciously or unconsciously sub-serves the…
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