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Horatio Dresser was a major early New Thought author

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Horatio W. Dresser's

Education and the Philosophical Ideal

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Preface - Introduction - The New Point of View - Educational Ideals - Equanimity - The Subconscious Mind - The Spiritual Ideal in Childhood - An Experiment in Education - The Expression of the Spirit - An Ideal Summer Conference - The Ministry of the Spirit - The Mystery of Pain and Evil - The Philosophical Ideal - The Criteria of Truth - Organic Perfection - Immortality - Index - p. 247


Chapter 9 - The Ministry of the Spirit

When I watch that flowing river which, out of regions I see not, pours for a season its streams into me, I see that I am a pensioner not a cause, but a surprised spectator of this ethereal water; that I desire and look up, and put myself in the attitude of reception, but from some alien energy the visions come. — Emerson.

LET us suppose that our summer conference has been in session one month. All phases of the social question have been under discussion and many practical remedies have been proposed. But the time has come when the question in all hearts is, Whence shall come the motive power which is to stir humanity to knowledge of the great truths thus far agreed upon? It is Sunday, and the members of the conference are assembled beneath the pines in worshipful silence. Scarcely a sound breaks the restful stillness as the speaker approaches who is to propose the first answer to the burning question. The speaker takes his place, then rises to address the conference, standing for a moment or two in rapt contemplation before opening his lips to speak. He speaks as follows, but we can give only the words. The absorbed attention with which he is

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