I LOOKED FOR THE CAUSE. I LOOKED AROUND, BUT COULD NOT FIND IT; I LOOKED IN BOOKS, BUT COULD NOT FIND IT; I LOOKED WITHIN, AND FOUND THERE THE CAUSE AND THE SELF-MADE NATURE OF THAT CAUSE. I LOOKED AGAIN, AND DEEPER, AND FOUND THE REMEDY. I FOUND ONE LAW, THE LAW OF LOVE; ONE LIFE; THE LIFE OF ADJUSTMENT TO THAT LAW; ONE TRUTH, THE TRUTH OF A CONQUERED MIND AND A QUIET AND OBEDIENT HEART.

 

FIND WITHIN SOURCE OF SUCCESS, ALL HAPPINESS, ALL ACCOMPLISHMENT, ALL TRUTH. AND THE DREAM REMAINED WITH ME, AND AT LAST BECAME SUBSTANTIAL; I SEND IT FORTH INTO THE WORLD ON ITS MISSION OF HEALING AND BLESSEDNESS KNOWN THAT IT CANNOT FAIL TO REACH HOMES AND HEARTS OF THOSE WHO ARE WAITING AND READY TO RECEIVE IT.

UNREST AND PAIN AND SORROW ARE THE SHADOWS OF LIFE. THERE IS NO HEART IN ALL THE WORLD THAT HAS NOT FELT THE STING OF PAIN, NO MIND THAT HAS NOT BEEN TOSSED UPON THE DARK WATERS OF TROUBLE, NO EYE THAT HAS NOT WEPT THE HOT, BLINDING TEARS OF UNSPEAKABLE ANGUISH. THERE IS NO HOUSEHOLD WHERE THE GREAT DESTROYERS, DISEASE AND DEATH, HAVE NOT ENTERED, SEVERING HEART FROM HEART, AND CASTING OVER ALL THE DARK PALL OF SORROW. IN THE STRONG, AND APPARENTLY INDESTRUCTIBLE MESHES OF EVIL ALL ARE MORE OR LESS FAST CAUGHT, AND PAIN, UNHAPPINESS, AND MISFORTUNE WAIT UPON MANKIND.

WITH THE OBJECT OF ESCAPING, OR IN SOME WAY MITIGATING THIS OVERSHADOWING GLOOM, MEN AND WOMEN RUSH BLINDLY INTO INNUMERABLE DEVICES, PATHWAYS BY WHICH THEY FONDLY HOPE TO ENTER INTO A HAPPINESS WHICH WILL NOT PASS AWAY. SUCH ARE THE DRUNKARD AND THE HARLOT, WHO REVEL IN SENSUAL EXCITEMENTS; SUCH IS THE EXCLUSIVE AESTHETE, WHO SHUTS HIMSELF OUT FROM THE SORROWS OF THE WORLD, AND SURROUNDS HIMSELF WITH ENERVATING LUXURIES; SUCH IS HE WHO THIRSTS FOR WEALTH OR FAME, AND SUBORDINATES ALL THINGS THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THAT OBJECT; AND SUCH ARE THEY WHO SEEK CONSOLATION IN THE PERFORMANCE OF RELIGIOUS RITES.

AND TO ALL THE HAPPINESS SOUGHT SEEMS TO COME, AND THE SOUL, FOR A TIME, IS LULLED INTO A SWEET SECURITY, AND AN INTOXICATING FORGETFULNESS OF THE EXISTENCE OF EVIL; BUT THE DAY OF DISEASE COMES AT LAST, OR SOME GREAT SORROW, TEMPTATION OR MISFORTUNE BREAKS SUDDENLY IN ON THE UNFORTIFIED SOUL, AND THE FABRIC OF ITS FANCIED HAPPINESS IS TORN TO SHREDS.

SO OVER THE HEAD OF EVERY PERSONAL JOY HANGS THE DEMOCLETIAN SWORD OF PAIN, READY AT ANY MOMENT, TO FALL AND CRUSH THE SOUL OF HIM WHO IS UNPROTECTED BY KNOWLEDGE. THE CHILD CRIES TO BE A MAN OR WOMAN, THE MAN AND WOMAN SIGH FOR THE LOST FELICITY OF CHILDHOOD. THE POOR MAN CHAFES UNDER THE CHAINS OF POVERTY BY WHICH HE IS BOUND, AND THE RICH MAN OFTEN LIVES IN FEAR OF POVERTY, OR SCOURS THE WORLD IN SEARCH OF AN ELUSIVE SHADOW HE CALLS HAPPINESS. SOMETIMES THE SOUL FEELS THAT IT HAS FOUND A SECURE PEACE AND HAPPINESS IN ADOPTING A CERTAIN RELIGION, IN EMBRACING AN INTELLECTUAL PHILOSOPHY, OR IN BUILDING UP AN INTELLECTUAL OR ARTISTIC IDEAL; BUT SOME OVERPOWERING TEMPTATION PROVES THE RELIGION TO BE INADEQUATE OR INSUFFICIENT; THE THEORETICAL PHILOSOPHY, IS FOUND TO BE A USELESS PROP; OR IN A MOMENT, THE IDEALISTIC STATUE UPON WHICH THE DEVOTEE HAS FOR YEARS BEEN LABORING IS SHATTERED INTO FRAGMENTS AT HIS FEET.

 

IS THERE, THEN, NO WAY OF ESCAPE FROM PAIN AND SORROW? ARE THERE NO MEANS BY WHICH THE BOUNDS OF EVIL MAY BE BROKEN? IS PERMANENT HAPPINESS, SECURE PROSPERITY, AND ABIDING PEACE A FOOLISH DREAM?

 

NO, THERE IS A WAY, AND I SPEAK IT WITH GLADNESS, BY WHICH EVIL CAN BE SLAIN FOREVER; THERE IS A PROCESS BY WHICH DISEASE, POVERTY, OR ANY ADVERSE CONDITION OR CIRCUMSTANCE CAN BE PUT ON ONE SIDE NEVER TO RETURN; THERE IS A METHOD BY WHICH A PERMANENT PROSPERITY CAN BE SECURED, FREE FROM ALL FEAR OF THE RETURN OF ADVERSITY, AND THERE IS A PRACTICE BY WHICH UNBROKEN AND UNENDING PEACE AND BLISS CAN BE PARTAKEN OF AND REALIZED. AND THE BEGINNING OF THE WAY WHICH LEADS TO THIS GLORIOUS REALIZATION IS THE ACQUIREMENT OF A RIGHT UNDERSTANDING OF THE NATURE OF EVIL.

IT IS NOT SUFFICIENT TO DENY OR IGNORE EVIL; IT MUST BE UNDERSTOOD. IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO PRAY TO GOD TO REMOVE THE EVIL; YOU MUST FIND OUT WHY IT IS THERE, AND WHAT LESSON IT HAS FOR YOU. IT IS OF NO AVAIL TO FRET AND FUME AND CHAFE AT THE CHAINS WHICH BIND YOU; YOU MUST KNOW WHY AND HOW YOU ARE BOUND. THEREFORE, READER, YOU MUST GET OUTSIDE YOURSELF AND MUST BEGIN TO EXAMINE AND UNDERSTAND YOURSELF. YOU MUST CEASE TO BE A DISOBEDIENT CHILD IN THE SCHOOL OF EXPERIENCE, AND MUST BEGIN TO LEARN, WITH HUMILITY AND PATIENCE, THE LESSONS THAT ARE SET FOR YOUR EDIFICATION AND ULTIMATE PERFECTION; FOR EVIL, WHEN RIGHTLY UNDERSTOOD, IS FOUND TO BE, NOT AN UNLIMITED POWER OR PRINCIPLE IN THE UNIVERSE, BUT A PASSING PHASE OF HUMAN EXPERIENCE AND IT THEREFORE BECOMES A TEACHER TO THOSE WHO ARE WILLING TO LEARN. EVIL IS NOT AN ABSTRACT SOMETHING OUTSIDE YOURSELF; IT IS AN EXPERIENCE IN YOUR OWN HEART, AND BY PATIENTLY EXAMINING AND RECTIFYING YOUR HEART YOU WILL BE GRADUALLY LED INTO THE DISCOVERY OF THE ORIGIN AND NATURE OF EVIL, WHICH WILL NECESSARILY BE FOLLOWED BY ITS COMPLETE ERADICATION.

ALL EVIL IS CORRECTIVE AND REMEDIAL AND IS THEREFORE NOT PERMANENT. IT IS ROOTED IN IGNORANCE, IGNORANCE OF THE TRUE NATURE AND RELATION OF THINGS, AND SO LONG AS WE REMAIN IN THAT STATE OF IGNORANCE, WE REMAIN SUBJECT TO EVIL. THERE IS NO EVIL IN THE UNIVERSE WHICH IS NOT THE RESULT OF IGNORANCE, AND WHICH WOULD NOT IF WE WERE READY AND WILLING TO LEARN ITS LESSON, LEAD US TO HIGHER WISDOM, AND THEN VANISH AWAY. BUT MEN REMAIN IN EVIL, AND IT DOES NOT PASS AWAY BECAUSE MEN ARE NOT WILLING OR PREPARED TO LEARN THE LESSON WHICH IT CAME TO TEACH THEM. CERTAIN CHILDREN SUFFER THROUGH THEIR IGNORANCE OF THE REAL NATURE OF THE THINGS WHICH THEY WEEP FOR AND STRIVE AFTER AND WHICH HARM THEM WHEN THEY ARE SECURED; THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BEING THAT IN THE LATTER CASE THE IGNORANCE AND EVIL ARE MORE DEEPLY-ROOTED AND OBSCURE.

EVIL HAS ALWAYS BEEN SYMBOLIZED BY DARKNESS, AND GOOD BY LIGHT, AND HIDDEN WITHIN THE SYMBOL IS CONTAINED THE PERFECT INTERPRETATION, THE REALITY; FOR, JUST AS LIGHT ALWAYS FLOODS THE UNIVERSE, AND DARKNESS IS ONLY A MERE SPECK OR SHADOW PAST BY A SMALL BODY INTERCEPTING A FEW RAYS OF THE ILLIMITABLE LIGHT, SO THE LIGHT OF THE SUPREME GOOD IS THE POSITIVE AND LIFE-GIVING POWER WHICH FLOODS THE UNIVERSE, AND EVIL THE INSIGNIFICANT SHADOW CAST BY THE SELF THAT INTERCEPTS AND SHUTS OFF THE ILLUMINATING RAYS WHICH STRIVE FOR ENTRANCE. WHEN NIGHT FOLDS THE WORLD IN ITS NIGHT IMPENETRABLE MANTLE, NO MATTER HOW DENSE THE DARKNESS, IT COVERS BUT THE SMALL SPACE OF HALF OUR LITTLE PLANET, WHILE THE WHOLE UNIVERSE IS ABLAZE WITH LIVING LIGHT, AND EVERY SOUL KNOWS IT WILL AWAKE IN THE LIGHT IN THE MORNING. KNOW, THEN, THAT WHEN THE DARK NIGHT OF SORROW, PAIN, OR MISFORTUNE SETTLES DOWN UPON YOUR SOUL, AND YOU STUMBLE ALONG WEARY AND UNCERTAIN STEPS, THAT YOU ARE MERELY INTERCEPTING  YOUR OWN PERSONAL DESIRES BETWEEN YOURSELF AND THE BOUNDLESS LIGHT OF JOY AND BLISS, AND THE DARK SHADOW THAT COVERS YOU IS CAST BY NONE AND NOTHING BUT YOURSELF. AND JUST AS THE DARKNESS WITH OUGT IS BUT A NEGATIVE SHADOW, N UNREALITY WHICH COMES FROM NOWHERE, GOES TO NOWHERE, AND HAS NO ABIDING DWELLING-PLACE, SO THE DARKNESS WITHIN IS EQUALLY A NEGATIVE SHADOW PASSING OVER THE EVOLVING AND LIGHT-BORN SOUL.

“BUT,” I FANCY I HEAR SOMEONE SAY, “WHY PASS THROUGH THE DARKNESS OF EVIL AT ALL?” BECAUSE BY IGNORANCE YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO DO SO, AND BECAUSE, BY DOING SO, YOU MAY UNDERSTAND BOTH GOOD AND EVIL, AND MAY THE MORE APPRECIATE THE LIGHT BY HAVING PASSED THROUGH THE DARKNESS. AS EVIL IS THE DIRECT OUTCOME OF IGNORANCE, SO, WHEN THE LESSONS OF EVIL ARE FULLY LEARNED, IGNORANCE PASSES AWAY, AND WISDOM TAKES ITS PLACE. BUT AS A DISOBEDIENT CHILD REEFS TO LEARN ITS LESSONS AT SCHOOL, SO IT IS POSSIBLE TO REFUSE TO LEARN THE LESSONS OF EXPERIENCE, AND THUS TO REMAIN IN CONTINUAL DARKNESS, AND TO SUFFER CONTINUALLY RECURRING PUNISHMENTS IN THE FORM OF DISEASE, DISAPPOINTMENT, AND SORROW.

 

HE, THEREFORE, WHO WOULD SHAKE HIMSELF FREE OF THE EVIL WHICH ENCOMPASSES HIM, MUST BE WILLING AND READY TO LEARN, AND MUST BE PREPARED TO UNDERGO THAT DISCIPLINARY PROCESS WITHOUT WHICH NO GRAIN OF WISDOM OR ABIDING HAPPINESS AND PEACE CAN BE SECURED.

A MAN MAY SHUT HIMSELF UP IN A DARK ROOM, AND DENY THAT THE LIGHT EXISTS, BUT IT IS EVERYWHERE WITHOUT, AND DARKNESS EXISTS ONLY IN HIS OWN LITTLE ROOM. SO YOU MAY SHUT OUT THE LIGHT OF TRUTH, OR YOU MAY BEGIN TO PULL DOWN THE WALLS OF PREJUDICE, SELF-SEEKING AND ERROR WHICH YOU GAVE BUILT AROUND YOURSELF, AND SO LET IN THE GLORIOUS AND OMNIPRESENT LIGHT. BY EARNEST SELF-EXAMINATION STRIVE TO REALIZE, AND NOT MERELY HOLD AS A THEORY, THAT EVIL IS A PASSING PHRASE, A SELF-CREATED SHADOW; THAT ALL YOUR PAINS, SORROWS AND MISFORTUNES HAVE COME TO YOU BY A PROCESS OF UNDEVIATING AND ABSOLUTELY PERFECT LAW; HAVE TO YOU BECAUSE YOU DESERVE AND REQUIRE THEM, AND THAT BY FIRST ENDURING, AND THEN UNDERSTANDING THEM, MAY BE MADE STRONGER, WISER NOBLER. WHEN YOU HAVE FULLY ENTERED INTO THIS REALIZATION, YOU WILL BE IN A POSITION TO MOLD YOUR OWN CIRCUMSTANCES, TO TRANSMUTE ALL EVIL INTO GOOD, AND TO WEAVE, WITH A MASTER HAND, THE FABRIC OF YOUR DESTINY.

WHAT OF THE NIGHT, O WATCHMAN! SEE’ST THOU YET

THE GLIMMERING DAWN UPON THE MOUNTAIN

HEIGHTS,

THE GOLDEN HERALD OF THE LIGHT OF LIGHTS,

ARE HIS FAIR FEET UPON THE HILLTOPS SET?

COMETH HE YET TO CHASE AWAY THE GLOOM,

AND WITH IT ALL THE DEMONS OF THE NIGHT?

STRIKE YET HIS DARTING RAYS UPON THY SIGHT?

HEAR’ST THOU HIS VOICE, THE SOUND OF ERROR’S DOOM?

THE MORNING COMETH, LOVER OF THE LIGHT;

E’EN NOW HE GILDS WITH GOLD THE MOUNTAIN’S

BROW,

DIMLY I SEE THE PATH WHEEREON E’EN NOW

HIS SHINING FEET ARE SET TOWARD THE NIGHT.

DARKNESS SHALL PASS AWAY, AND ALL THE THINGS THAT LOVE THE DARKNESS, AND THAT HATE THE LIGHT

SHALL DISAPPEAR FOREVER WITH THE NIGHT.

DARKNESS SHALL PASS AWAY, AND ALL THE THINGS

THAT LOVE THE DARKNESS, AND HATE THE LIGHT

SHALL DISAPPEAR FOREVER WITH THE NIGHT:

REJOICE! FOR THUS THE SPEEDING HERALD SINGS.

WHAT YOU ARE, SO IS YOUR WORLD. EVERYTHING IN THE UNIVERSE IS RESOLVED INTO YOUR OWN INWARD EXPERIENCE. IT MATTERS LITTLE WHAT IS WITHOUT, FOR IT IS ALL A REFLECTION OF YOUR OWN STATE OF CONSCIOUSNESS. IT MATTERS EVERYTHING WHAT YOU ARE WITHIN, FOR EVERYTHING WITHOUT, WILL BE MIRRORED AND COLORED ACCORDINGLY.

ALL THAT YOU POSITIVELY KNOW IS CONTAINED IN YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE; ALL THAT YOU EVER WILL KNOW MUST PASS THROUGH THE GATEWAY OF EXPERIENCE AND SO BECOME PART OF YOURSELF.

YOUR OWN THOUGHTS, DESIRES, AND ASPIRATIONS COMPRISE YOUR WORLD, AND, TO YOU, ALL THAT THERE IS IN THE UNIVERSE OF BEAUTY AND JOY AND BLISS, OR OF UGLINESS AN SORROW AND PAIN, IS CONTAINED WITHIN YOURSELF.

BY YOUR OWN THOUGHTS YOU MAKE OR MAR YOUR LIFE, YOUR WORLD, YOUR UNIVERSE. AS YOU BUILD WITHIN BY THE POWER OF THOUGHT, SO WILL YOUR OUTWARD LIFE AND CIRCUMSTANCE SHAPE THEMSELVES ACCORDINGLY. WHATSOEVER YOU HARBOR IN THE INMOST CHAMBERS OF YOUR HEART WILL SOONER OR LATER, BY THE INEVITABLE LAW OF REACTION, SHAPE ITSELF IN YOUR OUTWARD LIFE. THE SOUL THAT IS IMPURE, SORDID AND SELFISH, IS GRAVITATING WITH UNNERING PRECISION TOWARD MISFORTUNE AND CATASTROPHE; THE SOUL THAT IS PURE UNSELFISH AND NOBLE, IS GRAVITATING WITH EQUAL PRECISION TOWARD HAPPINESS AND PROSPERITY. EVERY SOUL ATTRACTS ITS OWN, AND NOTHING COULD POSSIBLY COME TO IT BY THE QUALITY AND POWER OF ITS OWN INNER THOUGHT-LIFE.

 

EVERY SOUL IS A COMPLEX COMBINATION OF GATHERED EXPERIENCES AND THOUGHTS, AND THE BODY IS BUT AN IMPROVISED VEHICLE FOR ITS MANIFESTATION.

WHAT, THEREFORE, YOUR THOUGHTS ARE, THAT IS YOUR REAL LIFE; AND THE WORLD AROUND, BOTH ANIMATE AND INANIMATE, WEARS THE ASPECT WITH WHICH YOUR THOUGHTS CLOTHE IT. WHETHER ONE BE FEARFUL OR FEARLESS, FOOLISH OR WISE, TROUBLED OR SERENE, WITHIN THAT SOUL LIES THE CAUSE OF ITS OWN STATE OR STATES, AND NEVER WITHOUT. AND NOW I EXCLAIM, “BUT DO YOU REALLY MEAN TO SAY THAT OUTWARD CIRCUMSTANCES DO NOT AFFECT OUR MINDS?”. I DO NOT SAY THAT, BUT I SAY THIS, AND KNOW IT TO BE AN INFALLIBLE TRUTH, THAT CIRCUMSTANCES CAN ONLY AFFECT YOU IN SO FAR AS YOU ALLOW THEM TO DO SO. YOU ARE SWAYED BY CIRCUMSTANCES BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOT A RIGHT UNDERSTANDING OF THE NATURE, USE AND POWER OF THOUGHT. YOU BELIEVE (AND UPON THIS LITTLE WORD BELIEF HANG ALL YOUR SORROWS AND JOYS) THAT OUTWARD THINGS HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE OR MAR YOUR LIFE; BY SO DOING YOU SUBMIT TO THOSE OUTWARD THINGS, CONFESS THAT YOU ARE THEIR SLAVE, AND THEY YOUR UNCONDITIONAL MASTER; BY SO DOING, YOU INVEST THEM WITH A POWER WHICH THEY DO NOT, OF THEMSELVES, POSSESS, AND YOU SUCCUMB, IN REALITY, NOT TO THE MERE CIRCUMSTANCES, BUT TO THE GLOOM OR GLADNESS, THE FEAR OR HOPE, THE STRENGTH OR WEAKNESS, WHICH YOUR THOUGHT-SPHERE HAS THROWN AROUND THEM. THOUGHTS OF STRENGTH, OF HOPE, AND RENEWED ENDEAVOR.

IF CIRCUMSTANCES HAD THE POWER TO BLESS OR HARM, THEY WOULD BLESS AND HARM ALL MEN ALIKE, BUT THE FACT THAT THE SAME CIRCUMSTANCES WILL BE ALIKE GOOD AND BAD TO DIFFERENT SOULS PROVES THAT THE GOOD OR BAD IS NOT IN THE CIRCUMSTANCE, BUT ONLY IN THE MIND OF HIM THAT ENCOUNTERS IT. WHEN YOU BEGIN TO REALIZE THIS YOU WILL BEGIN TO CONTROL YOUR THOUGHTS, TO REGULATE AND DISCIPLINE YOUR MIND, AND TO REBUILD THE INWARD TEMPLE OF YOUR SOUL, ELIMINATING ALL USELESS AND SUPERFLUOUS MATERIAL, AND INCORPORATING INTO YOUR BEING THOUGHTS ALONE OF JOY AND SERENITY, OF STRENGTH AND LIFE, OF COMPASSION AND LOVE, OF BEAUTY AND IMMORTALITY; AND AS YOU DO THIS YOU WILL BECOME JOYFUL AND SERENE, STRONG AND HEALTHY, COMPASSIONATE AND LOVING, AND BEAUTIFUL WITH THE BEAUTY OF IMMORTALITY.

AND AS WE CLOTHE EVENTS WITH THE DRAPERY OF OUR OWN THOUGHTS, SO LIKEWISE DO WE CLOTHE THE OBJECTS OF THE VISIBLE WORLD AROUND US, AND WHERE ONE SEES HARMONY AND BEAUTY, ANOTHER SEES REVOLTING UGLINESS.

THE WILD FLOWER WHICH THE CASUAL WAYFARER THOUGHTLESSLY TRAMPLES UPON IS, TOTHE SPIRITUAL EYE OF THE POET, AN ANGELIC MESSENGER FROM THE INVISIBLE. TO THE MANY, THE OCEAN IS BUT A DREARY EXPANSE OF WATER ON WHICH SHIPS SAIL AND ARE SOMETIMES WRECKED; TO THE SOUL OF THE MISSION IT IS A LIVING THING, AND HE HEARS, IN ALL ITS CHANGING MOODS, DIVINE HARMONIES. WHERE THE ORDINARY MIND SEES DISASTER AND CONFUSION, THE MIND OF THE PHILOSOPHER SEES THE MOST PERFECT SEQUENCE OF CAUSE AND EFFECT, AND WHERE THE MATERIALIST SEES NOTHING BUT ENDLESS DEATH, THE MYSTIC SEES PULSATING AND ETERNAL LIFE.

AND AS WE CLOTHE BOTH EVENTS AND OBJECTS WITH OUR OWN THOUGHTS, SO LIKEWISE DO WE CLOTHE THE SOULS OF OTHERS IN TH GARMENTS OF OUR THOUGHTS. THE SUSPICIOUS BELIEVE EVERYBODY TO BE SUSPICIOUS; THE LIAR FEELS SECURE IN THE THOUGHT THAT HE IS NOT FOOLISH AS TO BELIEVE THAT THERE IS SUCH A PHENOMENON AS A STRICTLY TRUTHFUL PERSON; THE ENVIOUS SEE ENVY IN EVERY SOUL; THE MISER THINKS EVERYBODY IS EAGER TO GET HIS MONEY; HE WHO HAS SUBORDINATED CONSCIENCE IN THE MAKING OF HIS WEALTH, SLEEPS WITH A REVOLVER UNDER HIS PILLOW, WRAPT IN THE DELUSION THAT THE WORLD IS FULL OF CONSCIENCELESS PEOPLE WHO ARE EAGER TO ROB HIM, AND THE ABANDONED SENSUALIST LOOKS UPON THE SAINT AS A HYPOCRITE. ON THE OTHER HAND, THOSE WHO WHO DWELL IN LOVING THOUGHTS, SEE THAT IN ALL WHICH CALLS FORTH THEIR LOVE AND SYMPATHY; THE TRUSTING AND HONEST ARE NOT TROUBLED BY SUSPICIONS; THE GOOD-NATURED AND CHARITABLE WHO REJOICE AT THE GOOD FORTUNE OF OTHERS, SCARCELY KNOW WHAT ENVY MEANS; AND HE WHO HAS REALIZED THE DIVINE WITHIN HIMSELF RECOGNIZES IT IN ALL BEINGS, EVEN IN THE BEASTS.

AND MEN AND WOMEN ARE CONFIRMED IN THEIR MENTAL OUTLOOK BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT, BY THE LAW OF CAUSE AND EFFECT, THEY ATTRACT TO THEMSELVES THAT WHICH THEY SEND FORTH, AND SO COME IN CONTACT WITH PEOPLE SIMILAR TO THEMSELVES. FOR IN THE THOUGHT-WORLD OF MATTER, EACH CLINGS TO ITS KIND.

“DO YOU WISH FOR KINDNESS? BE KIND.

DO YOU ASK FOR TRUTH? BE TRUE.

WHAT YOU GIVE OF YOURSELF YOU FIND;

YOUR WORLD IS A REFLEX OF YOU.”

IF YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE WHO ARE PRAYING FOR, AND LOOKING FORWARD TO, A HAPPIER WORLD BEYOND THE GRAVE, HERE IS A MESSAGE OF GLADNESS FOR YOU, YOU MAY ENTER INTO AND REALIZE THAT HAPPY WORLD NOW; IT FILLS THE WHOLE UNIVERSE, AND IT IS WITHIN YOU, WAITING FOR YOU TO FIND, ACKNOWLEDGE, AND POSSESS. “WHEN MEN SHALL SAY LO HERE, OR LO THERE, GO NOT AFTER THEM; THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN YOU.” WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO IS TO BELIEVE IT WITH A MIND UNSHADOWED BY DOUBT, AND THEN MEDITATE UPON IT TILL YOU UNDERSTAND IT. YOU WILL THEN BEGIN TO PURIFY AND TO BUILD YOUR INNER WORLD, AND AS YOU PROCEED, PASSING FROM REVELATION TO REVELATION, FROM REALIZATION TO REALIZATION, YOU WILL DISCOVER THE UTTER POWERLESSNESS OF OUTWARD THINGS BESIDE THE MAGIC POTENCY OF A SELF-GOVERNED SOUL.

IF THOU WOULD’ST RIGHT THE WORLD,

AND BANISH ALL ITS EVILS AND ITS WOES,

MAKE ITS WILD PLACES BLOOM,

AND ITS DREAR DESERTS BLOSSOM AS THE ROSE,-

THEN RIGHT THYSELF.

IF THOU WOULD’ST TURN THE WORLD

FROM ITS LONG, LONE CAPTIVITY IN SIN,

RESTORE ALL BROKEN HEARTS,

SLAY GRIEF, AND LET SWEET CONSOLATION IN, -

TURN THOU THYSELF

IF THOU WOULD’ST CURE THE WORLD

OF ITS LONG SICKNESS, END ITS GRIEF AND PAIN;

BRING IN ALL-HEALING JOY,

AND GIVE TO THE AFFLICTED REST AGAIN, -

THEN CURE THYSELF.

IF THOU WOULD’ST WAKE THE WORLD

OUT OF ITS DREAM OF DEATH AND DARK’NING STRIFE,

BRING IT TO LOVE AND PEACE,

AND LIGHT AND BRIGHTNESS OF IMMORTAL LIFE,-

WAKE THOU THYSELF.

HAVING SEEN AND REALIZED THAT EVIL IS BUT A PASSING SHADOW THROWN, BY THE INTERCEPTING SELF, ACROSS TRANSCENDENT FROM OF THE ETERNAL GOOD, AND THAT THE WORLD IS A MIRROR IN WHICH EACH SEES A REFLECTION OF HIMSELF, WE NOW ASCEND, BY FIRM AND EASY STEPS, TO THAT PLANE OF PERCEPTION WHEREON IS SEEN AND REALIZED THE VISION OF THE LAW. WITH THIS REALIZATION COMES THE KNOWLEDGE THAT EVERYTHING IS INCLUDED IN A CEASELESS INTERACTION OF CAUSE AND EFFECT, AND THAT NOTHING CAN POSSIBLY BE DIVORCED FROM LAW. FROM THE MOST TRIVIAL THOUGHT, WORD, OR ACT OF MAN, UP TO THE GROUPINGS OF THE CELESTIAL BODIES, LAW REIGNS SUPREME. NO ARBITRARY CONDITION WOULD BE A DENIAL AND AN ANNIHILATION OF LAW. EVERY CONDITION OF LIFE IS, THEREFORE, BOUND UP IN AN ORDERLY AND HARMONIOUS SEQUENCE, AND THE SECRET AND CAUSE OF EVERY CONDITION IS CONTAINED WITHIN ITSELF. THE LAW, “WHATSOEVER A MAN SOWS THAT SHALL HE ALSO REAP,” IS INSCRIBED IN FLAMING LETTERS UPON THE PORTAL OF ETERNITY, AND NONE CAN DENY IT, NONE CAN CHEAT IT, NONE CAN ESCAPE IT. HE WHO PUTS HIS HAND IN THE FIRE MUST SUFFER THE BURNING UNTIL SUCH TIME AS IT HAS WORKED ITSELF OUT, AND NEITHER CURSES NOR PRAYERS CAN AVAIL TO ALTER IT. AND PRECISELY THE SAME LAW GOVERNS THE REALM OF MIND. HATRED, ANGER, JEALOUSY, ENVY, LUST, COVETOUSNESS, ALL THESE ARE FIRES WHICH BURN, AND WHOEVER EVEN SO MUCH AS TOUCHES THEM MUST SUFFER THE TORMENTS OF BURNING. ALL THESE CONDITIONS OF MIND ARE RIGHTLY CALLED “EVIL,” FOR THEY ARE THE EFFORTS OF THE SOUL TO SUBVERT, IN ITS IGNORANCE, THE LAW, AND THEY, THEREFORE, LEAD TO CHAOS AND CONFUSION WITHIN, AND ARE SOONER OR LATER ACTUALIZED IN THE OUTWARD CIRCUMSTANCES OF DISEASE, FAILURE, AND MISFORTUNE, COUPLED WITH GRIEF, PAIN, AND DESPAIR. WHEREAS LOVE, GENTLENESS, GOODWILL, PURITY, ARE COOLING AIRES WHICH BREATHE PEACE UPON THE SOUL THAT WOOES THEM, AND, BEING IN HARMONY WITH THE ETERNAL LAW. SUCH KNOWLEDGE LEADS TO STRENGTH AND POWER AND IT IS UPON SUCH KNOWLEDGE ALONE THAT A TRUE LIFE AND AN ENDURING SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS CAN BE BUILT. TO BE PATIENT UNDER ALL CIRCUMSTANCES, AND TO ACCEPT ALL CONDITIONS AS NECESSARY FACTORS IN YOUR TRAINING, IS TO RISE SUPERIOR TO ALL PAINFUL CONDITIONS, AND TO OVERCOME THEM WITH AN OVERCOMING WHICH IS SURE, AND WHICH LEAVES NO FEAR OF THEIR RETURN, FOR BY THE POWER OF OBEDIENCE TO LAW THEY ARE UTTERLY SLAIN. SUCH AN OBEDIENT ONE IS WORKING IN HARMONY WITH THE LAW, HAS, IN FACT, IDENTIFIED HIMSELF WITH THE LAW, AND WHATSOEVER HE CONQUERS HE CONQUERS FOREVER; WHATSOEVER HE BUILDS CAN NEVER BE DESTROYED.

THE CAUSE OF ALL POWER, AS OF ALL WEAKNESS, IS WITHIN: THE SECRET OF ALL HAPPINESS AS OF ALL MISERY IS LIKEWISE WITHIN. THERE IS NO PROGRESS APART FROM UNFOLDMENT WITHIN, AND NO SURE FOOTHOLD OF PROSPERITY OR PEACE EXCEPT BY ORDERLY ADVANCEMENT IN KNOWLEDGE.

YOU SAY YOU ARE CHAINED BY CIRCUMSTANCES; YOU CRY OUT FOR BETTER OPPORTUNITIES, FOR A WIDER SCOPE, FOR IMPROVED PHYSICAL CONDITIONS, AND PERHAPS YOU INWARDLY CURSE THE FATE THAT BINDS YOU HAND AND FOOT. IT IS FOR YOU THAT I WRITE; IT IS TO YOU THAT I SPEAK. LISTEN, AND LET MY WORDS BURN THEMSELVES INTO YOUR HEART, FOR THAT WHICH I SAY TO YOU IS TRUTH:- YOU MAY BRING ABOUT THAT IMPROVED CONDITION IN YOUR OUTWARD LIFE WHICH YOU DESIRE, IF YOU WILL UNSWERVINGLY RESOLVE TO IMPROVE YOUR INNER LIFE. I KNOW THIS PATHWAY LOOKS BARREN AT ITS COMMENCEMENT (TRUTH ALWAYS DOES, IT IS ONLY ERROR AND DELUSION WHICH ARE AT FIRST INVITING AND FASCINATING), BUT IF YOU UNDERTAKE TO WALK IT; IF YOU PERSEVEREINGLY DISCIPLINE YOUR MIND, ERADICATING YOUR WEAKNESSES, AND ALLOWING YOUR SOUL-FORCES AND SPIRITUAL POWERS TO UNFOLD THEMSELVES, YOU WILL BE ASTONISHED AT THE MAGICAL CHANGES WHICH WILL BE BROUGHT ABOUT IN YOUR OUTWARD LIFE. AS YOU PROCEED, GOLDEN OPPORTUNITIES WILL BE STREWN ACROSS YOUR PATH, AND THE POWER AND JUDGEMENT TO PROPERLY  UTILIZE THEM WILL SPRING UP WITHIN YOU. GENIAL FRIENDS WILL COME UNBIDDEN TO YOU; SYMPATHETIC SOULS WILL BE DRAWN TO YOU AS THE NEEDLE IS TO THE MAGNET; AND BOOKS AND ALL OUTWARD AIDS THAT YOU REQUIRE WILL COME TO YOU UNSOUGHT.

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