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Not my will, but Your will be done in me. What does it look like open, and what does it look like closed? There is no such thing as only one “pearl. Black ink does not taste good, nor is there any sustenance to be found on the printed page, and those persons who are living on the printed word are going to be just as hun- gry as those who suffer from malnutrition.

That is why it is important for me to take time out every day to forgive all those who have aught against me, to goldsmithh any enemy of my nation, my race, or my religion— not because I am a good man, but because I am wise: Let me be obedient to Your plan for me. I am forgiving my Self. Have the prayers of the Christians, the Jews, the Hindus, or the Buddhists been answered?

So it is that wherever we are — at home, on the street, or at business — we can make a transition from the slavery of the senses to the freedom of the Soul. How, then, could man begin his search and where would he begin it?

A Parenthesis in Eternity

We could not give away even a nickel without our Self knowing it an d reflecting it back into our experience immediately. This ignorance can be likened to a group of people, born and brought up on an island with no knowledge of, or contact with, the outside world and therefore living as if their par- ticular island were the circumference of the entire world with nothing going on except what was taking place in that small and isolated sphere. It cannot come that way.


Can anyone ever reveal the last word of spiritual truth? There must be such a desire for freedom that it is virtually a passion if we are to attain the heights that we sit around wishing for, hoping for, and complaining that we do not reach.

It is a world of people and a world of things formed of the illumined or enlightened consciousness. Kellee Paiz rated it really liked it Feb 17, The God there is, is hidden within us, waiting for each one of us to discover for himself.

Then, tomorrow when his enemy becomes his friend, this procedure might be completely reversed: That mind can be attained only in silence, not with words or with thoughts, although words and thoughts may be used as a preliminary step in what we know as meditation, which plays a vitally important part in the development of our spiritual life.

When we stop believing that God is going to Teward or punish us, we will leave God alone to function: No person and no condition external to us are binding upon us. Reality and Illusion For our own sake! For years I have been seeking for a word in which I could imprison what I am trying to teach, and so far I have not succeeded in finding that word.

Something must take place within us; there must be a conscious remembrance that the Christ abides in us. Gaining the kingdom of God has to be accomplished inside of our own being. True, it does not always happen that way. In our innermost heart we know that that is not true even though that is the human picture. The Spirit that is flowing through us is now consciously flowing through all those who are attuning themselves to that One— those who may be praying in orthodox churches or those who may be praying a paganistic prayer.

Similarly, is not the world today filled with people, educated and uneducated, yet knowing nothing beyond what they see, hear, taste, touch, smell, or feel? No one can deny that in the presence of God there is fullness of life. Often we bring more trouble upon ourselves through our ignorance of this principle than by any evil that we do.


We are a blessing unto all of them because, regard- less of their form of worship and while they may not know it, they are turning to Something beyond the human, and in turning to that Something, they are turning to the Christ, and all who reach out to the Spirit in any way are blessed. God in the midst of me is the only power. It is nonsense to believe that human beings are under the law of God when all the prayers that the human race has ever invented have never brought God into human experience: There is no limitation when we realize that the whole king- dom of God is locked up within us.

The illumined, who have touched the infinite Divinity at the center of their being, are never limited to time, space, place, or amount. Show me plainly the way in which I am to go, and 1 promise to follow the light as it is given to me. It will teach us in the only place where we can be taught — within. How much of it still lies between the covers of a book? God eludes us when we try to put God into the letters Go-d. Some persons complain that they cannot study spiritual wisdom because they cannot afford to buy books.

When, in this nothingness of the individual, the Father speaks-takes over, heals, redeems, and instructs— then the Father lives that life. As long as they believe that God, for any reason whatsoever, would sink a ship, let an airplane fall, or permit children or adults to be mangled, lost, drowned, or suffer disease, they cheat themselves of the opportunity of learning why these ills have come upon them, and what they can do to prevent them from touching their households.

There is nothing tragic or disgraceful about being broken or about being a failure, nothing at all.