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International New Thought Alliance's

First International New Thought Metaphysical Congress

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Preface - First Convention - Address of Welcome - Thought Grafting - A Rational Positive Spiritual Philosophy - Abundant Life - Value of Social Ideals - Powers Invisible - After Christianity, What? - Mental Treatment for Communities - A Plea for Work Among School-teachers - Officers and Executive Board for 1899 - 1900 - Factions and Divisions - Law of the Good - Tried and True - Gospel of Healing - Is Mental Science Enough? - Constitution and By-laws - Divine Law - God, Freedom, and Immortality - Unity of Good - New Century's Call - Spirit of the New Thought - Individual Ideals - Contents -


A RATIONAL AND POSITIVE SPIRITUAL
PHILOSOPHY.

BY HENRY WOOD.

[Mr. Wood prefaced his address by the following words of welcome in behalf of The Metaphysical Club, of Boston, of which he is the President:

"Before beginning my address, I want to say an in formal word of local significance to those who have come from a distance to attend the sessions of The International League. In behalf of The Metaphysical Club of Boston I give you a cordial welcome to this city. Boston is often regarded by many in the country at large as the paradise of cranks, and in a certain sense we are glad that this is so. If a little independent thinking and some freedom from the narrow ruts of the past constitute a crank, the more we have of them the better. We hope that you may gain much inspiration from this Convention, and that your stay here may be pleasant and profitable. While here you are cordially invited to visit the rooms of our Club, as you may have opportunity. They are located at 201 Clarendon street, which is near Trinity Church and the Art Museum. This is only a local postscript to the general welcome of our worthy President."]

The movement, which in a broad way is represented by this Convention, will present itself in a variety of aspects to differ eat observers. Even could we clearly define it, in its essence, its validity would yet depend mainly upon the personal point of view. Whether called the New Thought, the Metaphysical Movement, Practical Idealism, or by some other name, it will be variously rated by the majority --- as intangible speculation, or illogical and unscientific assumption --- while to the lesser number, who have recognized its truth, scope, and usefulness, its value can hardly be exaggerated.

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