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The Life Power and How to Use It

Originally Published: 1906

by Elizabeth Towne Publishing Co. Holyoke, Mass.

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1. Methuselah and the Sun

2. Three-Fold Being

3. Soul, Mind, and Body

4. How To Aim

5. The Substance of Things

6. To Get At The Substance

7. The Spirit and the Individual

8 By Crooked Paths

9. Spirit the Breath of Life

10. Affirmations and Wheels

11. Your Forces and How To Manage Them

12. Duty and Love

14. Well Done

15. Will and Wills

16. Concerning Vibrations

17. The I Was and the I Am

18. Immortal Thought

19. God in Person

20 How To Reach Heaven

21. A Look At Heredity

22. Critic and Criticised

23. The Nobility


To see the beauty of the world, and hear

The rising harmony of growth, whose shade

Of undertone is harmonized decay;

To know that love is life — that blood is one

And rushes to the union — that the heart

Is like a cup athirst for wine of love;

Who sees and feels this meaning utterly,

The wrong of law, the right of man, the natural truth,

Partaking not of selfish aims, withholding not

The word that strengthens and the hand that helps!

Who wants and sympathizes with the pettiest life,

And loves all things,

And, reaches up to God

With thanks and blessing —

He alone is living.

— John Boyle O'Reilly,

The sun gives forth to us heat and light rays, without which this old world could never be. Glory to warmth and light, which are power and wisdom shed upon us. But there is likewise a third kind of ray shed by old Sol, whose mission we may not so readily bless. The sun's actinic rays are death-dealing. They cause disintegration, decomposition. There are people who declare that time was when a great canopy of vapor hung over the earth and revolved with it, as Jupiter's vapory canopies now do; and that this vapory canopy kept off almost completely the ac- tinic rays, while it admitted light and heat rays. Thus they account for Adam's and Methuselah's great ages. And they say that, unless this vapory canopy is again formed around our earth, to ward off these death- dealing rays, we shall never attain immortality in the flesh. They claim that as heat and light rays are power and wisdom, so the actinic rays are the Devil of the Bible, the Destroyer. And they believe that before man can be saved the Destroyer must be cast into outer darkness — shut out by that sheltering canopy of vapor. An interesting and apparently plausible theory, is it not? But there are facts yet to be reckoned with. It is true that if a great watery veil spread itself over the earth to-day there might be no more death. But neither could there be growth. Every form of life would continue as it is, wrinkles, gray hair and all. Why? Because there must be dissolution of old forms before there can be new ones made with that material. Take a photo plate as an instance: Here is a glass surface covered with a delicate gelatine; expose it in a dark-room under a red light and you can see just what it looks like; hold it there as long as you please and it still looks the same. Now shut it into the black camera and sally forth on pleasure bent. The delicate film is undisturbed. But you come to a beautiful bit of woodland you want to "snap." You turn your focus upon it, and one little snap of a second's duration transforms that gelatine surface. Just for one instant of time you let in those actinic rays, and then all was darkness again inside the camera. Now back you go into the dark-room and turn up the red light, by which you see again your beautiful bit of woodland, reproduced on that delicate gelatine surface. If you let in a bit of daylight your picture would be gone in a wink — the delicate gelatine would be "pied" in an attempt to reproduce whatever it faced. But you don't let in the light of day; you "fix" your bit of beautiful woodland by dipping the plate in a solution which hardens the particles of gelatine to the glass. Henceforth the light cannot affect that gelatine; the picture you have, but life, progress, change, possibilities, are gone from the delicate gelatine forever...

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