Letters of the Scattered Brotherhood

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Letters of the Scattered Brotherhood

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Not written in The Churchman magazine as Wikipedia says. The editor 'Mary Strong' wrote that they were published in a 'religious weekly', which The Churchman was not, it is and was a monthly.

These letters were eventually compiled by one 'Mary Strong' and published in 1948. It is still in print and very popular with those attracted to spiritual living.

Found the first letter online, here is some of it:
Let us consider again what our daily living is, this
human living without thought; the conduct of people, the
philosophy needed to live upon earth, to live intelligently, the
mystery of pleasure and pain. First it appears that we are
spoiled from lack of discipline, seif-discipline. We are ignorant,
too, and full of wild emotions, savage dislikes, greed, pride;
pride of family, of race, community and nation.

This emotional fever-bag is our danger, for left to itself,
inflated by angry argument, it is destructive and overpowers
the balance of clear thinking. Through it we are influenced
and swayed by passing events, the daily news and all the
harm of misinformation. When possessed by states that are
ungoverned, even while we carry our outward poise, there is
a kind of lawlessness that swings to inertia, a what's-the-use
attitude of mind, a refusal to make an efiort which is a kind
of lawlessness also. A child asks, Why is it necessary to have
law and discipline? Because it is needful to establish a balanced
order of conduct. Think for a moment of yourselves as raw
material; through your acceptance or rejection of a thought,
an idea, you establish your lives, your individualities. Emotion
is as wild and unpredictable as the weather and must be faced
and dominated. No wonder the ancients called it the devil,
for at times it will run away with you, weaken your resolves,
loosen your armor and plunge you into hell. Here is where
pain often comes in and is indeed the drill sergeant. You have
seen how many wild natures have been touched and softened
by pain and sorrow. But why go that way to illumination?
You who have started on this strange and beautiful journey,
who have sensed immortality and touched it, have opened a
door into a place where the mystery of life will be simplified
for you if you will obey these promptings from within.
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For many this is beyond understanding and the seek the satisfaction of penance in sacrifice and good works. That is not to be condemned, but it is only the first step, for as was said by one who lived in the thirteenth century:

"Visible deeds do not increase the goodness of the inner life, however long and broad, whatever their number or dimension; its goodness is its own. The visible deeds of virtue can never be worth much if the inward process is small or has little life; but they can never be of little worth if the inner life is rich and great. The inner life goes on perpetually and draws upon God, from the very heart of Him, for the inner life of man is His son."

Therefore obey the promptings that come to you from within when you have true communion with him, and you will learn your requirements, your disciplines, renunciations as well as illumination and the peace that passeth all understanding. With this knowledge you will find that it will be very uncomfortable for you if you get out of balance. This power held in stillness will go far toward stopping wars, for it will indeed move mountains and bring order out of chaos, as it is a living force. If you believe that character can be changed and transmuted, act on the promise. For to be freed from the laws of the material world we must pay the price, and the price is to make this instrument clean, pure, steady, vigilant, strong and faithful in little things.

Come closer to the center of all light; come freed from the ignorant emotional habits, from subtle appetites of prejudice and criticism. More is told you than by spoken words; only make way of the Light and you will be oriented and held in safety and great will be the results in your day, your hours, your seconds of time. The mystery of living will then be revealed to you... it is the transmutation of this living entity into the divine spiritual Man.
End of letter one.
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May the Lord of all, the very real and present Saviour, the very quick, the very vital, breathe his health in you and fill you with divine breath; may he hold your mind in stillness, quicken your thoughts, speak with your tongue and listen with your ear; may he give you the impulse of the moment that you may hold it, illumined.
From page six.
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The original "Mary Strong" edition from 1948 is still not to be found online, by me. They were written during the 1930s & during WW II.

Here is one site which gives some PC edited ('personhood' for manhood) excerpts from the 104 letters:

https://onetruething.us/lsb-edited-by-mary-strong-2015/

In addition to the letters many mystic quotes are sprinkled around. Before the letters this untraced quote begins the book:
If therefore ye are intent upon wisdom, a lamp will not be wanting and a shepherd will not fail, and a fountain will not dry up
A possible interpretation might be - the lamp is some text or teaching that you discover - the shepherd is a wiser teacher that will come your way - the fountain is your innate inspiration.
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From The Retractations, chapter 12 of St Augustine:
That which is called the Christian religion existed among the ancients, and never did not exist from the beginning of the human race until Christ came in the flesh, at which time the true religion, which already existed, began to be called Christianity.
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Though written around 1940, this passage speaks to today also.
Today when the earth is more greatly troubled than ever before, whole communities of people turn their faces away from their responsibility to a world in peril. In their daily lives, where a vigilance should begin, they cling to habits of comfort and self-indulgence, eyes dull, ears stopped, inertia and indifference like chains upon their feet. At no time is this voyage for a pilot who would spare himself, for his soul's sake, for his beloved's sake, and for the sake of his country.
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A blessing and prayer for the aspirant:
May the Lord of all, the very real and present Savior, the very quick, the very vital, breathe his health in you and fill you with divine breath; may he hold your mind in stillness, quicken your thoughts, speak with your tongue and listen with your ear; may he give you the impulse of the moment that you may hold it, illumined.
pages 5-6
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The reason the world is in this state is because it has not been alert, awake, vigilant in obeying the words of the Spirit. Hate, the negations, the antitheses of the Spirit, have been vigilant; the negatives always are.
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