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THE SEVEN PROPOSITIONS: GOD, THE SOUL, EMBODI-
MENTS, SPIRIT STATES, FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES,
FREE WILL, PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY.
THE principal elements in the hy-
pothesis presented in the following
chapters, consist of seven definite
1. There is an infinite and universal in-
telligence permeating and pervading the
whole material universe, directing and gov-
erning all physical, mental and spiritual
growth and development through immutable
and inexorable laws which are inherently
beneficent. This supreme consciousness is
God, and the universe is the expression or
manifestation of this infinite, omniscient,
omnipotent, omnipresent, eternal entity,
i 2. The human soul is an immortal, eternal,
finite entity, in quality "like unto God" but
finite instead of infinite in degree and scope.
The soul is to the human body what God is
to the universe.
3. The expressions or manifestations of
the soul in earth life consist in a series of
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life experiences or successive embodiments.
This does not mean reincarnation or trans-
migration as generally understood, but a
succession of lives for acquiring knowledge
and experience, each embodiment being an
advance in soul growth upon the preceding
one. These successive lives are necessary to
give exact justice to all souls and to achieve
victory over all the temptations, trials and
ordeals of earthly experience.
4. Between the successive embodiments
of the soul there are spirit states which are
states of fruition, where the experiences of
the preceding life in the body are assimila-
ted, and the lessons of that life made a part
of the soul's knowledge. Communication
between those in the spirit and those in the
body is possible and common, but communi-
cation through mediumship is not always to
be commended and is often harmful, degrad-
ing and destructive. There is a better way,
by bringing one's self into direct contact
and communion with the spirit world,
through right living and moral and spiritual
5. N There are in Nature two great under-
lying principles always at work. One is con-
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structive and impels ever and always toward
physical, mental, moral and spiritual per-
fection. The other is destructive and strives
unceasingly toward disintegration, disease
and death. These two principles operate in
the moral and spiritual world as well as in
the physical, and man must conform his life
to Nature's constructive principle if he
would attain independent spiritual unf old-
ment, self-control, poise and mastership.
6. Man is endowed with free wiU and
choice, within the limits of natural laws.
While he is governed by these great laws and
influences, such as heredity, environment and
compensation, he may by exercise of free
will and choice modify and surmount them,
not by breaking through but by conforming
to them. Man is not therefore the creature
of fate or circumstances but is potent to be-
come the master of his own destiny.
7. Every human being is personally re-
sponsible to himself and to God, for the use
he makes of his opportunities to develop his
spiritual capacities. This responsibility
cannot be shirked or shifted by any scheme
of salvation but must be borne by the indi-
vidual, until in the " fullness of time" he
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shall achieve the highest degree of spiritual
It is not intended to maintain these propo-
sitions by argument in these pages, but sim-
ply to present sufficient reasoning to make
them clearly understood.
The reader is invited to divest his mind of
previous prejudice, if possible, and with an
open mind, consider the propositions upon
their merits, and their relations to each other
upon their consistency. Their value as a
whole will be determined by their reason-
ableness and their rational application to
the explanation of the inequalities of human
life, the prevalence of evil and the uses of
pain and sorrow.
Build on resolve, and not upon regret,
The structure of the future. Do not grope
Among the shadows of old sins, but let
Thine own soul's light shine on the path of hope
And dissipate the darkness. Waste no fears
Upon the blotted record of lost years,
But turn the leaf and smile, oh, smile, to see
The fair white pages that remain for thee.
Prate not of thy repentance. But believe
The spark divine dwells in thee. Let it grow.
That which the unpreaching spirit can achieve
The grand and all creative forces know.
They will assist and strengthen as the light
Lifts up the acorn to the oak tree's height.
Thou hast but to resolve, and, lo! God's whole
Great universe shall fortify thy soul.
ELLA WHEELER WILCOX.