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standing; the night shall be my Germany of poetic philosophy and dreams.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson is another striking instance in our times of a man who made the most of life. He proved the truth of his own saying, “Let the single man plant himself on his instincts, and the huge world will come round to him.” He had two leading ideas, by which he lived, and which he taught to his age. One of them was "Self-reliance," the other “God-reliance." Trust in your own deep and permanent convictions, though the whole world insist that you are wrong. “Call a pop-gun a pop-gun, though the ancient and honorable declare it to be the crack of doom." He believed in that which was highest, and did that which was nearest, following the suggestive lines of Wordsworth :
“The primal duties shine aloft like stars ;
The charities which soothe and bless and save,
Pursuing his own way quietly, trusting in the intuitions of his soul, saying his own words, not those of any one else, accepting the present moment with its immediate inspiration, and believing in an overhanging heaven and an infinite spiritual presence, Emerson did with his might what his hand found to do, and saw the great world come round to him. Trust in God and your own soul, is the fourth rule.
I have described conspicuous persons, because in such lives principles of action are made most evident. But it must not be supposed that they have any monopoly of this "Art of life." If you will only consider, you will remember many a person of whom the world never heard and will never hear, whose years have been as full of generosity, loyalty to duty, faith in God, fidelity to every day's work, as those of Franklin or Garfield, Lincoln or Emerson. They, also, have put their hands to the plough and have not looked back. Having made
Having made up their minds to what ought to be done, they did not hesitate, did not procrastinate, did not worry or grow anxious, but faithfully performed the duty of the hour. They had faith in Providence, and so did with their might what their hands found to do. They gave, and it was given to them again, "full measure, pressed down and running over.” They did good, hoping for nothing again, and the reward came in lives full of content; in cheerfulness, peace, and satisfaction.
THE FAMILY IN HEAVEN AND EARTH.
THE doctrine of Correspondences, as taught by THE
Swedenborg, contains much truth. This, at least, is true, that there is not only a resemblance between material and spiritual things, but that the one is the natural sign of the other. The facts of outward nature signify other facts of the soul. Thus, in all languages, light stands for knowledge. We speak of brilliant ideas, an illuminated intellect, the shining forth of truth. So heat, in all time, has signified affection, or feeling. We say warm affections, hot desires, burning love, fiery passions, and the like. In the same way physical forces in the outward world correspond to will, purpose, determination of spirit. We say an iron will, a strong purpose, a powerful determination. The three dimensions of space — height, depth, and width — are types of aspiration, of reflection, and of experience. We say deep thoughts, lofty purposes, a broad experience. This is what is meant by types. The physical world is full of types of the mental world. We use these symbolic expressions many