|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Copy-Cat & Other Stories by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman:
if he wants to," returned Myrtle with her odd,
"But I will take the things up there to him, if you
will let me have a horse and wagon," said Stephen.
"I will, and be glad. When will you go?"
"I'll have them ready," said Myrtle.
After the minister had gone she went into her
own bedroom and cried a little and made the moan
of a loving woman sadly bewildered by the ways
of man, but loyal as a soldier. Then she dried
|The fourth excerpt represents the element of Earth. It speaks of physical influences and the impact of the unseen on the visible world, and is drawn from The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James:
Buddhist or of the Catholic philosophy, may grow up. Our
impulsive belief is here always what sets up the original body of
truth, and our articulately verbalized philosophy is but its
showy translation into formulas. The unreasoned and immediate
assurance is the deep thing in us, the reasoned argument is but a
surface exhibition. Instinct leads, intelligence does but
follow. If a person feels the presence of a living God after the
fashion shown by my quotations, your critical arguments, be they
never so superior, will vainly set themselves to change his
Please observe, however, that I do not yet say that it is BETTER