Men, women and emotions.
By Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
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    I believe in progressive immortality and in a
succession of lives here, or on other planets.
    I believe the spirit lives forever and cannot
decay or die.
    I believe that after the death of the body those
who have wandered from the laws of the Creator
will be obliged to occupy a low sphere in the next
world, and separated from those who lived true to
principle, that they  must begin the dreary labor of
reformation alone with their awakened consciences.
    I believe that whatever is, is best, and the sufferings
we are all compelled to endure here are but the
results of wrong methods of living, and thinking,
in this or former lives, and are ripening experiences
intended to force the soul into truer conditions.
    I believe space is peopled with advanced
spirits who have passed through former incarnations
and who sympathize with us, and strengthen
us when we cry for help; not in spiritual
manifestations or materialization, but in more subtle
and mysterious ways beyond the power of reason
to fathom or explain.
    I believe that Christ had passed through many
reincarnations and that He was, therefore, enabled
to be infinite in His sympathies and power.
    I believe that each soul is its own Savior; that
prayer to the Unseen Forces about us widens our
spiritual knowledge and brings us closer to divine
    I believe that we are evolved from lesser order
of life through millions of centuries, and that
humanity is the highest type yet obtained; that the world
grows better and humanity more spiritual and
intelligent constantly, and that we are all progressing
towards divinity; that in time the earth will
be inhabited by almost god-like beings, who shall
analyze and discuss the remnants of humanity as we
now discuss the chimpanzee.
    I believe that love is the Universal Law, that to
live upon the earth is an inestimable blessing and
privilege, and that death is but the gateway to a
more advanced existence.
Men, women and emotions. By Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
Chicago : W. B. Conkey, 1893.\

Courtesy of Bonnie Char.

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