Letter from Annie Besant to May Wright Sewall.

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Besant, Annie

U.S.M.S. "St. Louis."

Sept 27, 1897.

My dear Mrs. Sewell,

I was very sorry that we did not meet, though our paths so often coverged. Still, as we did not, the time was not ripe.

We cannot have "one world at a time," can we? As the very constitution of our nature links us to more. The rupture in this world of your dearest tie, & your true intention that the tie itself cannot be ruptured, shows that you are not limited to this

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world, even though your consciousness cannot impress its full knowledge on its vehicle in this world. Your union with your husband, unbroken in the higher world, asserts itself in the physical brain in the belief that the tie endures, & to him, living in that higher world, there is no separation from you. Your soul & his are in full communication, though yours cannot impress the physical brain with the facts & all the happiness those facts imply. That the physical body is a prison, more than a vehicle, of consciousness is due to the way of our living, to our absorption in worldly interests, our [?][tion?] of the higher, fuller, life.

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We may, however, mend our ways, & take possession of our birthright of living in the worlds to which we belong; we live in this the more helpfully when we live also in the higher.

I have lately put into [book?] form the outlines of the teaching which, for me, has been, & is, the light of life. If you care to read this - "The Ancient Wisdom" - & find it commends itself to you, & if the chapter especially on "Man's Ascent" finds any echo in your

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thought, why not come & tread the paths that so many of us have found to be that of life & peace?

My London address is 19 Avenue Road, Regents Park, London, N.W.

With sincere regards,

Annie Besant

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