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AUTHOR OF “THE PRINCIPLES OF NATURE, HER DIVINE REVELATIONS, AND
Spontaneous and profound Questions are living representatives of internal Desires;
V O L III.
B O S T O N :
NEW YORK :
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1852, By ANDREW JACKSON DAVIS, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, in and for the District of Connecticut. *
STEREOTYPED BY RICH A R D H. H. O B BS, HARTFORD, CONN.
IN accordance with an announcement made in the Preface to Vol. II., “The Teacher,” the author has devoted almost all the past year to lecturing and orally teaching the principles of the Harmonial Philosophy. It was supposed that this absorbing occupation would preclude the possibility of writing and issuing the present volume. However, as it still appears, the regular treatment of the subject “Concerning The Deity,” which concludes the preceding work, is postponed to another volume of the series.
The subjects treated in the ensuing pages are, in the present state of the public mind, of the utmost interest and practical importance. Several of the discourses are somewhat discussionary in spirit and method, especially those which treat of “Religious Chieftains”— embracing the most prominent personages mentioned in profane and sacred History—the object being to adapt the thoughts to the popular understanding. The difference in style perceptible between the author's works of the past year and the previous volumes, is the difference which must naturally exist between a profound treatise, designed for quiet examinations, and the popular, extemporaneous style adapted to a public audience. “The Approaching Crisis” and “The Seer” are works composed from lectures delivered before a promiscuous assembly.
It is believed that the present work will do much toward giving correct and definite impressions concerning the entire phenomena of Psychology, Clairvoyance, and Inspiration. The whole ground is traversed and examined in detail, and the conclusions obtained
are believed to be entirely consistent with the principles of nature, and with the author's personal experience. For a summary view of the subjects treated upon, the reader is referred to the adjoining table of contents. For the position now occupied by the author in relation to the world of Reform, the preface to the “Approaching Crisis” may be consulted; this will give some idea of what the reader may expect during the coming year, should circumstances warrant. Those who have written to the author, concerning the great questions presented in this work, may possibly find satisfactory answers by examining the succeeding pages. Standing in the vestibule of creation, we are capable of comprehending but a small amount of the truths connected with our present and future existence. But it is truly believed that the volume here presented, will extend the reader's survey of life, and add many rainbow tints to those familiar thoughts which every age has done something toward developing. To the good mind a good result is certain; the inquiring may be placed upon the straight
and narrow way leading to joy and peace. A. J. D.
HARTFord, March 27, 1852.
LECTUR. E. I.
THE MISSION OF MIND CONSIDERED AS A MOTIVE POWER.
The supremacy of mind. The natural formation of mind. How mind
L ECT U R E II.
T)efinition of mind. The recognition of divinity. Tord Bacon and Isaac
T, ECT U R E III.
Representation of the subject to the author's mind. The dangerous