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Light on Life’s Difficulties

James Allen (1864-1912)

1. Foreward
2. Chapter 1: The Light That Leads to Perfect Peace
3. Chapter 2: Light on Facts and Hypotheses
4. Chapter 3: Light on Cause and Effect in Human Life
5. Chapter 4: Light on Values—Spiritual and Material
6. Chapter 5: Light on the Sense of Proportion
7. Chapter 6: Light on Adherence to Principle
8. Chapter 7: Light on the Sacrifice of the Self
9. Chapter 8: Light on the Management of the Mind
10. Chapter 9: Light on Self-Control
11. Chapter 10: Light on Acts and Their Consequences
12. Chapter 11: Light on the Way of Wisdom
13. Chapter 12: Light on Disposition
14. Chapter 13: Light on Individual Liberty
15. Chapter 14: Light on the Blessing and Dignity of Work
16. Chapter 15: Light on Good Manners and Refinement
17. Chapter 16: Light on Diversities of Creeds
18. Chapter 17: Light on Law and Miracle
19. Chapter 18: Light on War and Peace
20. Chapter 19: Light on the Brotherhood of Man
21. Chapter 20: Light on Life’s Sorrows
22. Chapter 21: Light on Life’s Changes
23. Chapter 22: Light on the Truth of Transitoriness
24. Chapter 23: The Light That Never Goes Out

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When a man enters a dark room he is not sure of his movements, he cannot see objects around him, or properly locate them, and is liable to hurt himself by coming into sudden contact with them. But let a light be introduced, and immediately all confusion disappears. Every object is seen, and there is no danger of being hurt. To the majority, life is such a dark room, and their frequent hurts—their disappointments, perplexities, sorrows and pains—are caused by sudden contact with principles which they do not see, and are therefore not prepared to deal with. But when the light of wisdom is introduced into the darkened understanding, confusion vanishes, difficulties are dissolved, all things are seen in their true place and proportion, and henceforth the man walks open-eyed and unhurt, in the clear light of wise comprehension.