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The Power of Philosophy

The Power of Philosophy


I recently took part in the Lyceum evening for Poole Spiritualist Church. It was a lovely evening and we spoke about the Power of Philosophy.

For a couple of days before, I could not get a poem out of my head. It is a poem I have come across before called “The Ship” and have read out on a few occasions. Over the years, I have realised that often we receive these prompts, as I call them, from Spirit for a reason.

I read this out as part of my talk on philosophy and immediately a number of people got straight back as it was a poem that was read out at a love one’s funeral or it had given them comfort on the night I read it out. The words are beautiful and again I realised that Spirit often bring the message and comfort through in the philosophy of Spiritualism.

I hope you like this poem:

The Ship


What is dying

I am standing on the seashore, a ship sails in the morning breeze and starts for the ocean.

She is an object of beauty and I stand watching her till at last she fades on the horizon and someone at my side says: "She is gone."

Gone!

Where!

Gone from my sight that is all.

She is just as large in the masts, hull and spars as she was when I saw her, and just as able to bear her load of living freight to its destination.

The diminished size and total loss of sight is in me, not in her, and just at the moment when someone at my side says,

"She is gone"

there are others who are watching her coming, and other voices take up a glad shout:

"There she comes!"

and that is dying.


Bishop Brent


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