The Power of Silence: An Interpretation of Life in Its Relation to Health and Happiness

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G.H. Ellis, 1895 - 219 pages

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Page 83 - God comes to see us without bell"; that is, as there is no screen or ceiling between our heads and the infinite heavens, so is there no bar or wall in the soul where man, the effect, ceases, and God, the cause, begins. The walls are taken away. We lie open on one side to the deeps of spiritual nature, to the attributes of God.
Page 16 - ... presence known. God is not the same as our experience. He is not identical with the world. But the world is from moment to moment real by virtue of His immanent presence. Life, then, ultimately speaking, is a continuous, divine communication. There is no real separation between our souls and the Father in whom, in the most literal sense, "we live and move and have our being.
Page 16 - Life, then, all life, yours and mine, all that holds it together and links it with the eternal forces of the universe, is a continuous, divine communication. There is no separation between our own souls and that Spirit in whom, in the most literal sense, we live and move and have our being, between the world in which we live and that eternal Reality of whose substance and of whose activity it is a part. The life which sleeps in the rock, dreams in the plant, and awakens to consciousness in man, is...
Page 74 - Wherever man has lived and thought, these atmospheres have been left behind him. They are associated with chairs where people have sat for some length of time. They are associated with clothing, and a change of clothing is therefore sufficient at times to change the state of mind.
Page 130 - There is a difference, then, between ignoring a trouble, between neglecting to take proper care of ourselves, and that wise direction of thought which in no way hinders while it most surely helps to remedy our ills. There is strong reason for believing that there is a simple, natural way out of every trouble, that kind Nature, which is another name for an omniscient God, is ever ready to do her utmost for us.
Page 159 - ... at once; for nature's method of measured transformation through evolution is the only wise and healthgiving course to pursue. To know that everything we need is within, here and now, this is poise.
Page 17 - ... literal sense, we live and move and have our being, between the world in which we live and that eternal reality of whose substance and of whose activity it is a part. "All nature reveals God . . . He is in nature, yet more than nature ; personal, yet more than person ; on the one hand the great unity, omnipresent force, and substance whence all things and beings proceed, impersonal, infinite, unknown, transcendent, indefinable ; on the other hand relatively known, finite, immanent, personal ;...
Page 1 - Man cannot fully understand himself without constant reference to the omnipresent Spirit in whom he lives, and in this profoundest wisdom is to be found the one unfailing resource in every moment of need.
Page 178 - ' new thought" prophets babbling of "God's lovely universe," it is enough to drive a sensible person to drink or to Schopenhauer. For instance, here is a typical rhapsody from Dresser: — "Here we are in this beautiful, beautiful world. How wonderfully it is wrought ! How systematically it has evolved, governed by exact laws and animated by unvarying forces ! It is our home. We can rely upon it and on that heaven-taught instinct which guides its creatures better than the combined wisdom of all...
Page 143 - It is well to observe what a range of thought and sentiment is opened up by genuine happiness, and then, when the spirit of depression weighs heavily upon us, to recall these conditions, to let the morbid thought languish for mere want of attention, to stir one's self, to arouse a forced happiness if one cannot shake off the heavy spirit in any other way.

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