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Thoughts From Friends

Extracts From the Letters of Our No. 1 Correspondence Circle From time to time, under the above heading, we shall publish helpful extracts from the letters of The Light of Reason Correspondence Circles. Written, as such letters are, by isolated truth-seekers to one another, the snatches of soul-experience, originally expressed…
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As a Man Thinketh

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Thought and Purpose

Until thought is linked with purpose there is no intelligent accomplishment. With the majority the bark of thought is allowed to "drift" upon the ocean of life. Aimlessness is a vice, and such drifting must not continue for him who would steer clear of catastrophe and destruction. They who have…
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A Thought (Poem)

Sometimes in the dark,When stars in heaven their silent watches keep,While mother nature rocks the world to sleep,And all is strangely still;My soul awakes and vainly strives to seeThe why and wherefore of life’s mystery,And why what was, and is, and is to beShould Be. Sometimes in the morn,When from…
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Thoughts on Love

Love is the natural atmosphere of the Soul. Who does not love does not live, but merely exists. Being "in love" is not the same as loving, as being in life is not necessarily living. As a man may walk in his sleep without being conscious of walking, so a…
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Precious Thoughts

Manners give the whole form and colour to our lives.—Burke Silence, when nothing need be said, is the eloquence of discretion. —Bovee By patience and perseverance the mulberry leaf becomes silk. —Chinese Proverb He who is firm in will moulds the world to himself. —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Speak clearly…
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Thoughts From Friends

Extracts From the Letters of Our No. 2 Correspondence Circle "Whatever else I doubt, my whole life-study of the effect of action of the unseen forces on the soul, or center of consciousness, teaches me one thing beyond all doubt; it is that our relationship to life and to each…
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Forethought

Forth went Sower. People smiled,And thought 'twas strange indeed.No wife had he –no mate, no child,Only himself to feed.Yet springtime mile, or winter wild,Alike he sowed his seed.Forth went the Reaper. People bowed,And bared was every head.They thronged him, that adoring crowd,They crouched to him for breadWith blessing loud. And,…
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A Thought From Emerson

One of the best of men; his wordsAre radiant with the mystic lightThat never shone on land or sea;His thoughts fall like the song of birds,That even through the stormiest nightMust tell us of their ecstasy. He knew the earth-pangs, yet he soAdored the Heart that rules behind,And trod the…
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Thought as a Force in Daily Living

Some years ago an experience was told to me that has been the cause of many interesting observations since. It was related by a man living in one of our noted university towns in the Middle West. He was a well-known lecture manager, having had charge of many lecture tours…
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The Thought World (Poem)

Deep in the secret heart of Life there liesA wondrous land, a garden of the soul;Unheard, without, the tides of passion roll,And from its portals human suffering flies. The gate stands ever open, and the flowersThe glory of their beauty offer free,We gather fruit or blossom from the tree,For all…
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The One Mighty Factor in Race Growth is Thought

Man is a compendium of all the lives that have existed before him; but he does not show forth the full power of all those individual lives. He is—in his present stage of development—a compromise of them all. The power of all of them, and vastly more power, lies stored…
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Thought as a Shield—The Human Aura

From what has been said in the two preceding chapters, the reader will have gathered that the author's attempt has been to point the way from servitude to freedom in individual life by process of self-culture, which must of necessity antedate all successful endeavors to control exterior circumstances. We should…
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The Significance of Thought

We stand so nearly upon the border of the unseen world that, though prone to deny its very existence, we must commonly express the material in terms of the immaterial—as when we speak of the "weight" of a body we must express it as a measure of gravity—that is to…
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Thought

Thought means life, since those who do not think do not live in any high and real sense. Thinking makes the man.—Alcott If the above be true, then it is impossible to write too much in The Epoch on the subjects of thoughts and thinking. lf not to think is…
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Thoughts at Even-Tide

The twilight shades are deepening, and the nightComes swiftly down, and we—we turn to TheeIn Whom no shadow is; be Thou our LightAnd give us eyes to see. To see with clearer vision, oft we gropeWith feeble fingers, and with faltering feet;Shine on us then, our glorious Star of Hope,And…
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From Poverty to Power

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Thoughts From Friends

Being extracts from our No. I. Correspondence Circle, written in response to the Question, "What of the things I possess are mine?" "By way of opening the question here's my own answer condensed into one word, 'Nothing —for if we cannot lay claim to our bodies as personal property, much…
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Impressions of Thought

We receive impressions from conditions—the variability of these is responsible for the multitudinous thoughts that are ours. They are conveyed to the brain to be rejected or accepted—to be cast away or pondered upon—pregnant with possibilities good or bad. Through the mind they come like dirty water or pure clear…
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The Power of Thought in the Development of the Will

The main point m these writings is this: we are not pensioners on any power outside of ourselves. If we fail to get this fact well fixed in our minds, we cannot become established in the positive pole of our being, where the negative conditions of weakness, deformity and disease…
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Thoughts and Fancies

What a curious world is this! When on some autumnal evening, while the rain beats on the window, and the wild wind is whirling the brown leaves through the darkness, you, tired with the day's work, sit cozily beside a if warm tire, thoughts and fancies which have is no…
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Above Life's Turmoil

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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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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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The Substantiality of Thought

You cannot tell me, neither can I give you the component parts of thought, or explain its action except by its effect. But I do know that thought produces an effect as surely and as unerringly as electricity or magnetism, which is equally as invisible to the naked eye as…
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Effect of Thought on Circumstances

Man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall therein, and will continue to…
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The Philosopher’s Ripest Life Thought

Let us now see how the truths we have already set forth stand in reference to the thought of the philosopher Fichte. Truth, the highest truth, and truth for its own sake, was the one supreme object of his life. And in order to discern this clearly himself, that he…
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Original Thought and Free Expression

Man stands between two powers—Authority and Freedom. To the first he may subject his mind; to the second he may ally himself. The one seeks to enforce its ancient lien upon the soul, to foreclose the mortgage of ancestral making, to exact from new life a homage to the old,…
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Thought and Character

The aphorism, "As a man thinketh in his heart so is he, (Proverbs 23:7)" not only embraces the whole of a man's being, but is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of his life. A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the…
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Essay I: Thought as Power

An Explanation and a Prophecy Recently, at my class, we tried an experiment, old to me, and yet then and there it burst upon my comprehension that in this experiment lay Power. Later, I saw that this discovery of Power was man's greatest discovery; that more lay in it for…
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Ownership in the Thought World

There is a universal craving for desirable things; but in many particulars there would be wide variation of opinion as to what is deservedly to be sought. The subjective bias of different individuals is very unlike; and it is this, rather than abstract merit, which determines the quality and intensity…
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The Birth of Thought

Now let the joy bells peal. For strength of purpose and confidence have wedded love and tenderness. Henceforth they shall be all in all to each other, and the fruit of their union, their dear children, shall be loving and joyful thoughts. Born, not without travail, they shall be washed…
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The Education of Thought

Thought is the human motor. With the great majority, however, it exerts its force without definite aim or purpose. It is a building-power, but yet works to no plan or specification. Its operations may be compared to the work of a crazy carpenter, who, though always busy, nails up material…
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Pure Thoughts (Poem)

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest...just...pure...lovely...of good report;if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.—Philippians 4:8 What is't that makes us start and look around ?What thought of evil is there in the worldThat comes upon us? Some unquieted…
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A Thought For Christmas-Tide

Through an ancient narrative, devoutly and literally accepted by the many, and regarded in a mystical light by the few, the hearts of millions throughout Europe and where-else-soever Europeans have settled, are periodically stirred. With us, the streets become bright with light and color, and amid wreaths of greenery a…
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The Power of Thought

Mind is the great lever of all things; human thought is the process by which human ends are ultimately answered.—Daniel Webster At no previous time have the influence and potency of thought received such careful and discriminating investigation as is now being centered upon it. While a few seers of…
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The Thought-Factor in Achievement

All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts. In a justly ordered universe, where loss of equipoise would mean total destruction, individual responsibility must be absolute. A man's weakness and strength, purity and impurity, are his own, and…
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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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A New Order of Thought

To remain in one order of thought, that is, never to change our method of thinking, would mean stagnation, and stagnation always means death. Now the moment one speaks of changing one’s order of thinking, there are those who immediately jump to the conclusion that one has rejected all that…
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Thoughts From Friends

Being Extracts From the Letters of Our No. 2 Correspondence Circle. "Immortality is a state of life, and not continuance." "After all, we have to be ourselves, and speak for ourselves." "Constant aspiration is the only prayer. To cease to aspire is to never pray. That spasmodic supplication, often called…
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Thought Habit

We are all creatures of habit. A deep rut is worn by a meadow brook because it has run in the same channel for a long time. It is no less true of a thought channel. In either case it is not easy to turn it into a new course.…
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More Thought, More Happiness

If thinking banished smiles without reserve or warning, and could not be the companion of happiness under any pretext whatsoever, then to think would be assuredly the grossest evil. But can this be true in any sense? Can the beauty of smiles, and the happiness of men and women, be…
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Thought Tonics

"I cried aloud, and wrung my hands in woe When Grief came to my door in mourning guise; I strove to shut the door, and closed my eyes, But she stood, patient, there, and would not go. "Then Pain came down the pathway, sad and slow; And Sacrifice with face…
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Thoughts From Friends

Being Extracts From Our Correspondence Circle, No. 2 "Earnest doubters are, perhaps, only skeptical of the accretions which time has gathered about the original gem of Faith, and if they could hear the glad tidings of a religion which harmonizes with Science, and which only sees its God more glorious…
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Thought Selection

If one goes to market to buy the materials for a good dinner, he will carefully choose things of a superior quality. Not only the enjoyment of the meal but its nourishing qualities depend upon the right selection. One will go into detail as to the different cuts—if he be…
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Thoughts

Thoughts are like seeds which we cast from us, not heeding the fact that each one is carried by some psychic wind to its appointed spot in our future path, there to grow to flower and fruit. Our everyday course is overgrown with the thorny tangle of forgotten thought, and…
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An Autumn Thought (Poem)

Poets have linked fair Autumn with regret, But this is not the note to which I set The Autumn days of ripened fruit and corn, Of glowing eve, and frost-kissed, misty morn. It is the season of the fuller life, The time of peace that follows youthful strife, When store…
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