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Facets of the Gem: 1944

Quotations from the Horizon Journals of Manly P. Hall

January, 1944

Psychologists are looked to as leaders in mental culture. They are sought out by those who are in mental trouble; and the first thing they should do for the man who is in trouble is to open the door toward idealism, so he can escape outwardly and upwardly toward something greater than himself. To block the door to idealism is to make impossible the complete or correct remedy of any human ailment.

Hall, Manly P. "A Background for Modern Psychology." Horizon (January 1944) Vol. 3, No. 5: p. 13

February, 1944

In recent years we have placed the whole thing on a physical basis, in the hope we could climb to heaven by our own teeth. It is not enough that we eat well. It is not enough that we exercise daily. Some of the most unhealthy people who ever lived ate nobly and exercised daily until they died. Harmony control must, like musicianship, be applied to the entire keyboard, not to hitting on one note, as most people do; for it is over a wide range that we must create concords and harmonic structures—and we can do this by disciplining what goes in, in the form of thought, emotion, and action; and also by disciplining what comes out in the form of reflexes.

Hall, Manly P. "Our Rates of Vibration." Horizon (February 1944) Vol. 3, No. 6: p. 30

Spring, 1944

Pain is its own reward. It is a reward for something we have done wrongly. There is no more reason why we should go to heaven because we have suffered than that we should go to heaven because we have paid our bills. Pain is not an extraordinary virtue; pain is the result of having failed to meet the problems of living, and because we failed to meet them here we are suffering for them not only here but hereafter. The problem of living presents us with the challenge of living well.

Hall, Manly P. "Pagan Ideals and Christian Idols." Horizon (Spring 1944) Vol. 4, No. 1: p. 64

Summer, 1944

We know beyond question of a doubt that religion is not fundamentally an institution. Religion is fundamentally a quality in the spiritual consciousness of man himself. The forms of religious institutions may be constantly changing but some religion must survive these changes; that is evident because man is naturally a venerating creature. He must worship something.

Man may be deflected for temporary periods from spiritual values to the course of industrial values; he may make a god out of his dollars, or one out of a dictator, or worship a despot; but he must have some god; and the various deities that temporarily distract his attention from the spiritual factors of life can only stand for a certain time, and then man must turn again to an adequate idealism for support.

Hall, Manly P. "Christ or Karma." Horizon (Summer 1944) Vol. 4, No. 2: p. 52

Fall-Winter, 1944

So, today, without having done anything very much inside of himself to merit longer life, the individual is protected by science from the just rewards of his own actions. He is still inclined to indulge in those things which would destroy his health, but he is gaining ever more immunity from the consequences of his own actions. As a result of his being protected by a vast array of scientific equipment, his natural resistance has been increased; by his actions he should have killed himself, but science will not let him die.

Hall, Manly P. "The Healing Arts of Tomorrow." Horizon (Fall-Winter 1944) Vol. 4, No. 3: p. 4

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