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Free Will of Life Made

By the Authors of "Thought for Help"



Pastor Plymouth Congregational Church, Chicago



Copyright, 1914, by William C. Comstock

All rights reserved rr ,,„



The Gorham Press, Boston, U. S. A.



Foreword v

The Writer's Preface xi

Introduction xiii

I Work of Man

1 Firm Will of Man 1

2 Will for Life Worthy 21

3 Worth of Life 28

II Philosophy

1 Wisdom of Men 41

2 Will that Made the Universe Rules It 41

3 Will of God Rules Life 46

4 Will Free of Life Personal .... 49

5 Will Free P'ulfills the Purpose of Will

Higher 85

6 Life Personal 91

7 Purpose of Free Personal Life ... 92

III Purpose of Will Higher 99

IV The Powers of Life 109

V Words for Help 113

VI Final Word 129


No thought is more engaging in its loveliness
and nobler in its reactions upon life and conduct
than the thought of "Immortality," and the great-
est service that one man can do another is, by word
or deed, to give this sweet expectancy of the larger
life the fibre and the consistency of a certitude.

The critical and exacting spirit of our times can
no longer be satisfied with a purely subjective
religion. Our age goes to nature for its science,
and the day is not far away when its prayers and
its creeds and its worship will be founded on the
vital realities of life.

The reflective mind has taken a distaste to the
barren syllogisms of theology. It asks for a God
who is rooted in reality, and an immortality that
has its sanction and demonstration in human ex-

Until recent years, the arguments supporting
the thesis of a future life have been altogether meta-
physical. If one asked for a demonstration of this
high and noble faith in the endless persistency of
the ego, the enquiring mind has had to content
itself with logical proofs deduced from abstract and

vi Foreword

remote generalities — such as the indestructibility
of matter, the persistency of force, the rationality
of the universe, and the universality of the belief.
Each of these arguments has a certain evidential
value, and all of them taken together have a proba-
tive force amounting to a moral certainty; but
"moral certainty" after all is a vague certainty,
and in this great matter the mind has the right to
ask for evidence that is as cold and cogent as the
evidences that go to establish the undulatory the-
ory of light and the Copernican system of astron-
omy. If the world that is ever growing more
critical and judicial shall continue to cherish the
belief in the immortality of man as a real force of
life, its faith must be founded, not on the subtleties
of logic, but on the more solid ground of the hard,
indisputable facts of the psychic world that is en-
gaging, by the pressure of its extraordinary data,
the attention and the adhesion of many of the fore-
most men of letters, of art and of science. How-
ever supercilious our skepticism may be, unless our
minds are hermetically sealed by the blind bigotry
of prejudice, we are coerced by the benign tyranny
of facts to admit that beyond this normal world in
which we all meet on a democratic equality of
faculties there is a supernormal world — the world
of clairvoyance, clairaudience, telepathy, autom-
atism, inspirational writing, and other strange

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and extraordinary forces — a supernormal world in
which a few elect spirits are qualified to live and
labour, hy virtue of certain affinities of the psychic
organism with which they are peculiarly endowed.
Our leading men of science — Oliver Lodge,
Crooks, Alfred Russell Wallace, William James,
and many others — tell us that we can no longer ig-
nore this supernormal world, and that it calls for
investigation and discovery just as insistently as
the world of matter calls for investigation and dis-

It is one of the educative functions of this book
to bring the supernormal world with more vivid
impact upon the consciousness of all those who are
seeking light, and who are courting truth with open

The spiritual message that this book brings to us
in its reverent pages is the largest wisdom that man
can attain upon this earth. Its high and divine
motive is the enthronement of the will of God in
the processes of history and in the realization of the
destiny of the individual, and its central theme is
the subordination of the will of man, perfect in its
freedom, to the architectonic purpose and the in-
vincible plan of the Eternal.

The noble lesson of this brave and helpful book
is the final apotheosis of the human will, through
the gradual illuminations of experience, sweet and

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bitter, and through many and repeated reincarna-
tions, in which man has ample time and scope to
escape from the confusions and incoherences of
blind impulse, and to adjust, in happy, progressive
submission, his own will, without compulsion or
coercion, to the unswerving decree of the Infinite.
The philosophy of life contains within itself no
more enlarging, no more consolatory counsel than
lies buried in the white and tranquil deeps of the
sovereign will of God — the master theme of this
noble volume, which is as rich in the treasures of
wisdom as it is compact in expression. And yet to
my mind, noble as is the ministry of the wisdom
that comes to us through this treatise, its first im-
portance is not the deliverance of philosophy it
makes to the devout spirit, but rather the deliver-
ance of the proof it affords to the enquiring and
exacting intellect searching for light on the great-
est of all problems, — the problem of man's con-
scious, personal survival of the catastrophe of

The writer of this book — a man whose life is
dominated by the most austere ideals of truth and
honour — a man of sagacity and culture, whose life,
in its chosen sphere of operation, has been an un-
broken success — tells us that the teachings and
revelations which find expression through him are
in no sense the product of his own reflection; that

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his function as an author has exhausted itself in the
duties of an amanuensis; and that he has been the
passive, though conscious, vehicle of celestial intel-
ligences. The author of this volume is dowered
with the rare gift of clairaudience. He has written
what he has written, in form, in style and in sub-
stance, word by word, under the conscious impacts
of discarnate intelligences — not the less real be-
cause they are mystical and inscrutable. Of
course, there are many people, enslaved in propen-
sions dominantly mundane and material, who will
waft aside as impossible and incredible the author's
faith in the supersensual origin of this treatise.
But it will come to those who have a hunger for the
Infinite, a passion for the Eternal, as a courageous
and persuasive witness to a belief that is growing
with man's growth in vision and in spirituality —
the belief that the personality of man is rooted in
the eternities, and that there is a solidarity of spirit-
ual life and light and love that comprehends all
worlds, all planes of conscious life — angelic and
human — within its cosmic grasp, with the master-
ful ease with which gravity comprehends all planets
and all suns.

The day is not far distant when man shall stand
upon the peaks of the cumulative wonders of his
spiritual experiences and affirm, without reserve
or hesitation, "I know my soul to be immortal."

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And it is the blessed privilege of this treatise meas-
urably to aid in lifting this great faith in the eter-
nity of man's being out of the twilight world of
speculation into the world of high light, the world
of demonstration and of certitude.

Joseph Anthony Milburn.


AGAIN it has been my privilege to be the
writer for those in the wider life beyond
earth who would help men to win that
wider life. The intent of this volume is
to help men's faith in the wise and benevolent pur-
pose of God, which follows the life that He made
while it is man and forever; to help their under-
standing of the function of man's work in the pur-
pose of Him who made man's life immortal self;
and to make clear that the higher purpose of God
must be, and is fulfilled by the free will and pur-
pose of man himself.

The thought gives a new meaning to work, and
brings to him who will think a new sense of the re-
sponsibility of selfhood. It is helpful thought for
the philosopher, and for the "man in the street";
thought which each man may take to his work, to
his reading, and to his thinking, and find it help
for them all.

As was the volume "Thought for Help," so is
this volume; not my word, not one little word

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mine, but a word for help from those in the wider
life who know that it is truth.

William C. Comstock.
Chicago, September, 1914.


Dr. Coulter.

WILL Higher, the will of Omnipo-
tent God, wills in man's life, wills
in life's work forever. Man, life
purposed wider, fuller, more glori-
ous life, finds his wisdom by God's purpose. That
wisdom life takes to freed life. Willed the man's
life for teaching, willed man's work also for teach-
ing, the life immortal wills for its own future by
God's purpose. Yet man is ruled, and life is ruled
by Omnipotent Will. None may escape His will;
none may forbid His purpose. Man, wilier on
earth for life immortal, has the power willed from
God. The life which for earth is man finds, as
God wills, the worth that frees that life from earth.
Man who wills, find help from these words.
God grant that the book may help many.




Dr. Coulter.

WILL Higher, whose purpose life
made by Him fulfills, was when
life made was not. His will rules
the life which he made. His will
rules the Universe. Man who has from Him life
has by His will the work of earth.

Man who works life's earth work has for his use
in that work the will of life itself. That will, free
while man uses it, wins for man the worth which
life must find in man. Will firm life wins by
man's work. Man, who works using life's free
will, learns by the teaching of life's work of man
the lesson God purposes. Work then man has that
life find firm free will, firm for work, firm for
worth. God wills for life freedom won by will of

Will Higher, Will who made man, wills for him
work. That work teach man his Maker wills; that
by work the will be made firm his Maker wills; that
by work his juurpose be made firm God wills. The

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life purposed man's work is taught by the work of
earth till it learns that which its Maker purposes,
will and purpose firm; and that which God pur-
poses life shall find, firm will, firm purpose, it finds
through the way He provides, the work of earth.
Work then man has by God's will that through its
teaching life win the firm will and purpose which
free that life from earth.

Think, man who wills weakly. Man must work
life's earth work ; man must find the firm will which
life takes to freedom. Work of man teaches life
which wills its wider work by the firm will which
man must find.

Man wins for life through his work of earth the
firm will which helps life freed. Life wins firm
will when man has won it. For life man works,
for life he wills. "When life has by the work of
man won the firm will which by God's purpose it
must, He wills for it wider work in wider life.
Work helps man, the life willed freedom, and with
the firm will which man finds by his work life wills
for its wider work. When life has worked man's
work well, when it has finished that work, God frees
it from man. Man then, whose work he does well
or ill as he chooses, must find firm will or liis life is
not freed. Think, man of earth, think well.

Work of man is purposed to teach the life for
which Higher Will purposes wider work beyond

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earth. Work of life man has, work which life must
finish before it wins worthiness for its wider work.
Work purposed man has. For that work man
wills as he chooses. But till he wins firm will life
works on earth. Remember this, who work weakly.
Man must find firm will that life find wider life.

Will of life's Maker, Will that made man life
for worlds, is the Will of Omnipotence. Will of
the Master of All wills that life find worth first in
man. When life has found in man the worth
which, by the purpose of God, frees from earth,
man's body dies. Life lives on, freed from man's
work, freed from the infirm will that hinders worth
in man, and worthy the wider work which God wills
for life freed. The work of life in man on earth is
purposed to teach firm will. Found by life of man
then must be the firm will needed when life in free-
dom works its higher work. The finished work of
man makes life worthy higher work. Will firm
won by life in man's work helps wider life's work.
Will firm won for life worthy in man wins life's
worth in life wider. Man then must finish well
life's work of earth, for until that work is finished
life is held to earth. Man, then, has for his life to
find the firm will that life finds help for work and
worth forever.

Will with which man uses the life of earth, will
which finally wins the freedom that Will Higher

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purposes, is the power of life personal. That life
which wills is man while the work of man is to be
finished. That work purposed to teach must teach
that which Will Higher purposes before the life
wins higher life. Will that must then, man has;
will that wins purposed worth because it must.
Life's must is to win worth of free will. Free will
man knows he uses. His life personal uses will in
the work of life for which wider work is purposed.
Then free will he uses finally well because his man's
work is by Higher Will purposed to be teaching
for the will. Man wills his worth using free will,
yet that free will finally fulfills God's purpose be-
cause it is by the work of man taught. Wise use of
free will finishes man's work; wise use of free will
man, the life, finds finally because life is working on
earth the work which by the purpose of Omnipo-
tent Will teaches that life wisdom. Will free
finally becomes wise free will because man is life
for which free will taught is purposed.

The work of life man has for his work. The life
must by man's work find firm will. Man wins that
firm will himself. The weak man who works
weakly wins but further work of man. That life
which works well in man wins firm will for the life
beyond man's world. That which Will Higher
purposes life of man must fulfill. The firm free
will which man finds life finds. When life has

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found that firm will it wins wider life. Remember,
you who work weakly, the man himself wins that
will which frees life immortal.

Man works his work using the power which life
will forever use; man wills that work well finished;
then life has won wider work. Man wills that life
be worthy; life has found that which brings wider,
fuller life. Think, man who works. Life works
as you do. Think well.

The will which man uses is life's free will. Life
wins its worth forever using firm will. But while
life is man it perhaps wills weakly. Then the life
waits for wider life. Then will firm life must find
in man or wait for freedom? Yes, but the pur-
pose of life's Maker life finally fulfills, and, willing
firmly its worth, it finds the wider life. Wise pur-
pose of the Wilier of Life makes life free in will,
and when life wills w r ell it finds free will the help
Will Higher purposes it shall be finally. When
life wins firm will in man it has found that will
which Will Higher purposes that life in man must
find. But that will life wins for itself. Work
purposed teaches will; mistakes will teach. Man
wills his purposed worth himself. Will firmly used
by man wins for his life the worth which life must
find by God's purpose.

With powers of life man works his man's work,
using free will in that work for purpose that will

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free be made will firm. The will which life uses
forever is the will which life uses for man's work.
Then will is by the life of man taught, for Will
Higher purposes that life find by the teaching of
work the firm will that helps life while it is.
What from this follows? This — will firm man finds
by wise use of free will made his for purpose that
life personal find firm will on earth. Well life
works finally in man, well life wills finally in man,
for by that Will who wills for life forever man is
willed wider life won by his free will. Would life
willed worth find worth of free will? Life must
find worth, and the will of life is free. Then man
finds by life's free will the worth which brings wider

Will Higher wills for life the work of man.
That work teaches finally the free will of life. His
work man has that, while he finishes it, he shall win
the firm will that life takes to higher life. The
life which wills is man while it needs man's work
and life for teaching. Work teaches firm will.
That will by which life wider wins its worth forever
is man's will taught by the work and life of man.
When life has found the firm will which life must
find before Will Higher frees it from earth,
life has won wider work and higher life. The pur-
posed worth of life man finds willing for work and
worth of man.

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Work purposed to be life's work of earth man
has. The life which works well in man, willing
firmly to finish that work, wins by that work done
and finished well the firm will by which life wider
finishes its wider work. Help for life the work of
man is purposed to be. Life wins firm will when
man has won it. Then man finds for life which
must work wider work the firm will by which life
finishes its wider work.

The work which man has is willed for him by his
Maker. He who willed worlds to be man's work-
ing place made man the worker who finally learns
through his work. The life works in man, the life
immortal. That work which teaches man, then,
teaches life itself. What would man be without his
work? The dreamer who finds no worth. Life
of man works by God's purpose, for man is made
for work. His man's work teaches firm will, and
by firm will his life wins the wider life which is pur-
posed for life immortal. Man wills for his work
himself, yet that work is purposed for him by the
Wilier of his life. Man who works the work of life
immortal, the work that is purposed to teach life,
wins through that work the firm will by which the
life wins freedom from man. But that life which
works in man on earth is life for which its Wilier
purposes wider life and wider work. Then the
life which works in man, which finds firm will

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through man's work, fulfills by firm will the purpose
of its Maker that it find on earth worth for wider
life. Man wins that worth using the life's free
will, and the free will given to man, being thus well
used, fulfills the purpose of Him who made man
life of personal self. Will Higher purposes for
life to which He wills that worth of life which per-
mits wider life, and the free will which He gives to
man, life immortal, fulfills His purpose.

Man who works the life's work of earth is by that
work taught firm will. Man himself finds by the
work which is purposed for teaching the firm will
which life on earth must. But life is many men.
The life which finally wins the purposed firm will
may be weak for many incarnations. Yet life for
which firm will is purposed must finally find firm
will. The life of man which wins wider life by
God's purpose lives the man's life willing by free
will; yet finally it learns wise free will, and that wise
free will, firmly used, fulfills God's purpose that life
find worth for wider life.

What will has man? The free will which life
t a Ices to wider life. Then by that will life in man
finds the worth for wider life. What worth frees
life? Worth found by man. Then man finds the
worth that wins for life immortal its wider life of
freedom from earth. Yes, will free wins wider

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life, will free that man uses now must forward life
toward the worth that God purposes, or life fulfills
not His will. Then life wins not its freedom from
earth. What must life find for its earth worth
then ? This : — worth of will firm, worth of purpose
firm, worth of work well finished. Worth that man
finds his life finds, and that life find wider life man
wills himself. For man what thought for help!
He who reads must think.

We who, with the man who writes the words we
tell, would help men, would help their thought of
work. The work which man has we know is the
earth work of the life which wins wider life when
its earth work is finished. Men think of work as
for earth help only. We know it helps life im-
mortal. The man wills for that work using the
free power of life immortal. Man wills for his
work using the free will which God wills to he help
for life forever. Man is that life which wins life
wider. Life personal man is made, and for his
work he uses the free will of personal self. Then
man wins by his free will work better of life freed.
Work purposed to be teaching man has ; that work
teaches life firm will; firm free will wins the life
wider which by God's purpose the life personal
must. Work, then, which man thinks helps but
earth life, is help for life forever.

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Bishop Wilberforce.

The work which man has, work which is purposed
for teaching, is the first work of life immortal.
The work purposed to teach man, then, teaches life
immortal. That work which is by Higher Will
purposed for teaching will teach the life which wills
to finish well man's work. Work for life is willed
that life find help through its teaching. Man's
work is first work of life immortal.

Will which life uses in man is the will which life
will forever use. Will which life finds help in the
wider life must be found by that life in man. Then
man must work well the life's work, for through
that work he finds the will which helps life wider.
Work purposed to teach life man has. That work
teaches finally by God's purpose. But life in man
may will that work ill finished. Then while man
works using life's will he wills that life find wider
life, or that life remain man. Purposed work
teaches finally, for that which Will Higher wills life
finally fulfills. But the man who incarnates life
this time may will well or ill, for life of man is free
in will. What work has life when man wills
weakly? Further man's work. Life which wills
to finish well the man's work wins the firm will which
helps in wider work. When will is weakly used
life wins but further work of man. Then for the
work of daily life man must will firmly. Self finds

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in man the will which helps life wider by man's own

Work willed for man life finishes in man; but
that work God wills for life of man as teaching for
wider work. Free in will man is, yet Will Higher
purposes for life wider work than that of man.
For wider work man wills then when he wills his
man's work well finished. Life wins life wider then
on earth. Will firm must win the wider life. Man
wins the wider life that by Higher Will life must,
working the man's work well, using for that work
man's free will, making firm for worth the free will
which by the purpose of Will Higher man has as
life immortal. Work of man teaches free will, for
work that life has on earth is by the Will Higher
purposed for teaching. Man wins wider work
taught by life's work of earth.

Will Higher, man's Maker, wills that life work
man's work. When the life is by that work taught
firm use of free will, life has learned that which work
is purposed to teach. Purposed work of man
teaches life for which worth is willed. Taught by
the willed work of man, life of personal self w r ins by
free will its worth for wider life. Firm will work
teaches, and that which life must of its free w T ill find
life finds by help of the free will taught firmness in
the work of man.

Work which man is willed, purposed for teaching

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of life immortal, is willed to be the earth work of
life immortal. That work which by the purpose of
Will Higher life works in man will teach life, then,
of necessity. But free the will of life is, and that

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