Ourselves Volume 4 Book I Pt 1. Chapter 2

CHAPTER II THE ESQUIRES OF THE BODY: THIRST           Thirst likes Cold Water.—Another most service-able Esquire of the Body is Thirst. How serviceable he is you will understand when you remember that by far the greater part of a man’s weight is made up of water. This water is always wasting away in one way or another, and the business of Thirst is to make … Continue reading Ourselves Volume 4 Book I Pt 1. Chapter 2

Ourselves Volume 4 Book I Pt 1. Chapter 1

PART I THE HOUSE OF BODY CHAPTER I THE ESQUIRES OF THE BODY: HUNGER           The Work of the Appetites.—We will first consider the Esquires of the Body; not that they are the chief Officers of State, but in Mansoul, as in the world, a great deal depends upon the least important people; and the Esquires of the Body have it very much in their … Continue reading Ourselves Volume 4 Book I Pt 1. Chapter 1

Ourselves Volume 4 Book I Introductory. Chapter 3

CHAPTER III THE GOVERNMENT OF MANSOUL             Each of us a Kingdom of Mansoul.—I must give up attempting to talk about Mansoul in parables. I daresay you have already found it difficult to make everything fit; but, never mind; what you do not understand now you may understand someday, or you may see a meaning better and truer than that which is intended. Every … Continue reading Ourselves Volume 4 Book I Introductory. Chapter 3

Ourselves Volume 4 Book I Introductory. Chapter 2

CHAPTER II THE PERILS OF MANSOUL           The Government to Blame.—You are thinking, I daresay, what a rich and beautiful country Mansoul must be! But, like most other lands, it is subject to many perils. Unlike most other lands, however, Mansoul has means of escape from the perils that threaten it from time to time. In other countries, we hear the government blamed if poor … Continue reading Ourselves Volume 4 Book I Introductory. Chapter 2

Ourselves Volume 4 Book I Introductory. Chapter 1

Ourselves Book I.—Self Knowledge “Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control, These three alone lead life to sovereign power.”                                                                                                  —TENNYSON. ———-♦♦———-  INTRODUCTORY CHAPTER I THE COUNTRY OF MANSOUL           The Riches of Mansoul.—“Do you not like fair londes?” says King Alfred; and he answers himself: “Why should I not like fair londes? They are the fairest part of God’s creation.” And of … Continue reading Ourselves Volume 4 Book I Introductory. Chapter 1

Ourselves Volume 4 Bk II Pt III Chapter 7

CHAPTER VII FAITH IN GOD           ‘Only Believe’—“My duty towards God is to believe in Him,” my first duty, the duty of my life, without which other duties would not appear to count much.           ‘Only believe,’ the writer was told as a girl, to her great anger and soreness of heart. If ‘only fly’ had been said, she could not have flown, but anyway … Continue reading Ourselves Volume 4 Bk II Pt III Chapter 7

Ourselves Volume 4 Bk II Pt III Chapter 6

CHAPTER VI PRAISE           Implies Discriminating Appreciation.—If our dull souls are slow to thank, perhaps they are still slower to praise, because praise implies discriminating appreciation and reflection as well as thankfulness.           We know how the painter, the musician, writhe under the compliments of people who do not understand, while a word of discriminating praise sends them on their way rejoicing: they are honoured. … Continue reading Ourselves Volume 4 Bk II Pt III Chapter 6

Ourselves Volume 4 Bk II Pt III Chapter 5

CHAPTER V THANKSGIVING           The Nine.—“Whoso offereth Me thanks and praise, he honoureth Me,” saith our God; and we are abashed when we realise that it rests with us to add honour to the Highest, and that we refrain our lips.           “Were there not ten cleansed, but where are the nine?” Alas, how often are we among the nine, the poor, pitiful souls who … Continue reading Ourselves Volume 4 Bk II Pt III Chapter 5

Ourselves Volume 4 Bk II Pt III Chapter 4

  CHAPTER IV PRAYER           Unconsidered Prayer.—It is hard to separate the functions of the Soul, because, indeed, all work together; but it is necessary to fullness of life that we should have continual speech with God, and also—though the soul is abashed before the greatness and sweetness of this hope—continual answering speech. These things are a necessity of that intimate union with our Father … Continue reading Ourselves Volume 4 Bk II Pt III Chapter 4