Dr. Charles Brodie Patterson, in "The Rhythm of Life" rightly emphasizes the importance of music in the educational scheme; the Greeks long ago taught the world the indispensability of music to culture. But rhythmic effects are produced not by sound alone; color also has its harmonies. "Color is sound made visible, and sound is color made audible." The regenerating, re-invigorating, therapeutic action of visible and audible harmonics on the human system is enlarged upon with enthusiasm by Dr. Patterson. The score of chapters treat of music as a compelling power, the dance, music and color tones, color tonics, music and character, cosmic consciousness, musical therapeutics, and other related themes, all presented with the persuasive charm that comes from earnestness and conviction on the writer's part.
In this book the author has tried to show, in so far as lay within his power, different stages or degrees of growth in human life, and that all these varying degrees are necessary; that the very mistakes and sins of men tend to bring about the fuller and more complete life; that in the grand economy of the universe nothing is lost, but that all things work together for good, whether we name them good or evil. Knowing this to be true, the message is optimistic; one of peace and good will to all men; one of healing to the sick, and recovery of sight to the blind, of liberty to those in captivity; one wherein the acceptable year of the Lord is proclaimed.
A New Heaven and a New Earth; or, The Way to Life Eternal, by Charles Brodie Patterson, bears the sub-title, "Thought Studies of the Fourth Dimension." Mr. Patterson believes that "death, as now understood, will cease to be, and that the time will come when the highly developed man will have the power to lay down or take up his life through a conscious knowledge of the laws of eternal being and the direct application of these laws to his own life." He believes in spiritualism, and he says that vibration begins in the center of the soul and moves out in harmony with the laws of all etheric vibrations, and that when etheric vibrations rule, man's life will be as eternal as etheric vibrations are, and that we will go from one octave of life to another. He calls love the great white light made up of the seven prismatic colors of faith, hope, joy, peace, power, gentleness, and goodness—"against such there is no law." Many arresting things are said about concentration, the law of reciprocity, etc. The oneness with God and the power of thought suggests the principles of all the so-called New Thought movements. It is a book of serious advance thought, well written and of peculiar and timely interest. The theories advanced cannot fail to attract the attention of those who are in sympathy with esoteric thought along these lines.