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ory of Atlantis (1. E M.)--The Beautiful and the Useful (J. M. Saunders,

Ph.D., LL.D.)- New Century Ideals

THE FAMILY CIRCLE.

Conducted by Florence Peltier Perry and the Rev. Helen Van-Anderson.

Answers to Correspondents (Hélen Van-Anderson)-Louise and Her Friends

(Charles Brodie Patterson)-Mercury in Town (Lorraine K. Trivett)-

Little Gypsy's Tea-Party (Poem:

Mary L. Clark)-Voices (Mary J.

Woodward-Weather bee)-A Little Pilgrim (Lillian Foster Colby)

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Each of these works comprises from 380 to 480 pages of the ripest thought of many of the best metaphysical writers of the day.

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In the closing week of a Presidential campaign, with men's passions and prejudices stirred deeply, amid the din of monster meetings and processions, in the very building wherein the excitement focused, men and women gathered last October from all parts of the country to listen to papers and addresses upon subjects that seemed as far away from the tumult of a national election as if they pertained to the interests of some other orb. In the great hall of Madison Square Garden, while tens of thousands were acclaiming the strenuous life, a few hundreds were listening to descriptions of the serene life. It was the Second Annual Convention of the International Metaphysical League. That League was the outgrowth of a club in Boston whose aims were defined as an organization-"to promote interest in and the practise of a true spiritual philosophy of life; to develop the highest self-culture through right thinking, as a means of bringing one's loftiest ideals into present realization; to stimulate faith in and study of the higher nature of man, in its relation to health, happiness, and progress; to advocate the intelligent and systematic treatment of disease by the mental method.” In other words, the aim of the club, and of the League, the child of the club, is the training of thought as a life forcethe life force; making at once for health and wealth, in the fullest sense of the words;

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for the well-being of the whole man; for character as well as a career.

We cannot hope to make much progress in the training of thought until we first have some clear conception of the nature of thought itself. A philosophy of thought must precede a cultus of thought.

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The deepest philosophy of men, in different lands and ages, has found in thought the substance of the Universe itself; the underlying reality below all phenomena or appearances; the stuff out of which the worlds are made; the energizing force in all forms of motion. Were there space, it would be an interesting study to trace the presence of this conception of thought in the great philosophies of the East as well as in the later philosophies of our modern world.

India knew this philosophy ages ago. It is the warp and woof of its deepest systems.

This philosophy reappeared in Greece, in the person of Plato, who taught that all things are the copies in visible matter of their unseen originals in mind—the divine ideas. Everything that exists in the world has its counterpart in the mind of God. This conception of Plato has been much misunderstood and abused. Rightly read it is nothing else than the yet more ancient philosophy of India, asserting that all things are, as the child says, “thinks"—thoughts first, and things afterward. The same conception can be traced in the Hebrew sacred Scriptures. Whether it originated of itself in Israel, or whether it was, as is more probable, an influence from the works of the Platonizing Jews of Alexandria, is a matter of little consequence in our present consideration. The fact is that the Old Testament distinctly recognizes this conception. The first story of the creation in the book of Genesis has been recognized by philosophic thinkers, as far back as St. Augustine and as late as Frederick Dennison Maurice, as no description

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