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Oneness with God
Prayer that craves
a particular commodity, anything less than all good, is vicious. Prayer
is the contemplation of the facts of life from the highest point of view.
It is the soliloquy of a beholding and jubilant soul. It is the Spirit
of God pronouncing His works good. But prayer as a means to effect a private
end is meanness and theft. It supposes dualism and not unity in nature
and consciousness. As soon as the man is [consciously] at one with God,
he will not beg. -- Emerson
TRUE PRAYER, then, is just
a continual recognition and thanksgiving that all is good, and
that all good is ours now as
much as it ever can be. Oh, when will our faith become strong and steadfast
enough to take possession of our inheritance here? The Israelites entered
not into the Promised Land because of their unbelief. Their inheritance
was real and was awaiting them then and there, but it could not do them
any good nor give any enjoyment until they took hold of it by faith, after
which and as a result of which, would have come the reality. It is this
taking by faith that brings anything into actuality and visibility.
Why will this mortal mind
of ours forever postpone the acceptance of all good as our rightful inheritance
for this life? The heir of material wealth must accept his inheritance
before he can possibly come into its possession or use. So long as he rejects
it, he is as poor as though nothing had been provided
for him. All things are ours now, fullness of love, of life, of wisdom,
of power--aye, more than these, fullness of all good, which means abundance
of all things, material as well as spiritual. "Every good gift and
every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights,
with whom can be no variation, neither shadow that is cast by turning."
Thank God, some of His children
are ceasing to look at the things of God from the objective standpoint,
and are learning to contemplate the facts of life from the subjective,
or higher side--even pronouncing all things good, as God does, until everything
else but the thought of good drops out of mind, and only the good is manifest.
Oh, how marvelous are these
little glimpses we are from time to time obtaining of things as God sees
them! To what high points of privilege are we, His children, being lifted,
in these latter days, so that it is possible for us to see things from
the standpoint of pure intelligence, perfect wisdom! "Verily I say
unto you, that many prophets and righteous men desired to see the things
which ye see, and saw them not."
One instant's view of the facts
of life from the subjective side (God's side) makes all our carnal
aspirations and struggles, all our ambitions, all our boasted
wisdom and pride sink into utter nothingness. We see instead "the
wisdom of this world is foolishness with God." All other objects in
life fade into insignificance beside the one of getting more and more into
conscious oneness with the Father, where, at all times, we shall pray the
true prayer of rejoicing and thanksgiving that all good is the only real
thing in the universe. When we came into perfect recognition of unity instead
of duality, then, indeed, shall we know prayer to be but the "soliloquy
of a beholding and jubilant soul," and we shall cease forever to pray
the prayer as a means to effect a private end, which is theft and meanness.
The nearer we approach to God,
and the more we grow into the realization of our true relationship to Him,
our Father, the more surely are all personalities, all divisions lost sight
of; our oneness with all men becomes so vivid and real to us that a prayer
for "private ends" becomes impossible to us. All desires of the
little self are merged in the desire for universal good, because we recognize
but One in the universe and ourselves as part of that One.
Now comes the question: How
can we most quickly and most surely attain this conscious oneness with
the Father, which will enable us to see things as He sees them--all good?
And instantly flashes over the
wires of intuition, out from the stillness of the invisible, a voice saying
"O return ye unto God." Return, turn back away from the mortal,
away from people, from human ways; turn "within and look unto me,
ye people, saith the Lord your God."
Seek the light from the interior,
not from external sources. Why always seek to interpose human help between
ourselves and God? Emerson says: "The relations of the soul to the
divine spirit are so pure that it is profane to seek to interpose helps.
. . . Whenever a mind is simple and receives a divine wisdom, old things
pass away--means, teachers, texts, temples fall."
"Let us not roam, let us
stay home with the cause."
Constant reading, discussions,
interchange of opinions are all external ways of reaching the Truth from
the intellectual side. These are a way, but "I am the way, and the
truth, and the life," spake the voice of the Father through the Nazarene.
"The anointing which ye received of him abideth in you, and ye need
not that anyone teach you." "The Spirit of truth . . . shall
guide you into all the truth and he shall declare unto you the things that
are to come.
When will we cease running after
Truth, and learn
to "be still, and know that I am God"?
In order that we may hear
the inner voice and may receive the highest form of teaching, which
There's a wideness
in God's mercy, Like the wideness
of the sea: There's a kindness
in His justice, Which is more
than liberty. For the love
of God is broader Than the measure
of man's mind; And the heart
of the Eternal Is most wonderfully
alone can open the eyes of our
spiritual understanding, the mortal self must cease its clamoring even
for Truth, the
human intellect must become absolutely still, forgetting to argue or discuss.
The Father can lead into all Truth only when we listen to hear what He
will say--not to what others will Say. We must learn to listen--not anxiously
and with strained ears, but expectantly, patiently, trustingly. We must
learn how to wait on God, in the attitude of "Speak Jehovah for thy
servant heareth," if we would know Truth.
Jesus said, "Except ye
turn, and become as little children [that is, teachable and trusting] ye
shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven," or the kingdom
of understanding of Truth. And again He said, "I thank thee, O Father
. . . that thou didst hide these things from the wise and understanding
[or intellectual], and didst reveal them unto babes."
We must put aside all preconceived
opinions of Truth, either our own or any other person's, and with receptive
mind opened toward the source of all light, say continually, "Lord,
teach me." We must become as babes in human wisdom before we can enter
into the deep things of God.
But believe me, the revelation
that the Spirit of truth will make to you when you have withdrawn from
all outside sources and learned to listen to the voice in your own soul,
will be such as to make you know--no longer believe---your oneness with
the Father and with all His children. They will be such as to fill you
with great joy. "These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy
may be in you, and that your joy may be made full."
The great God of the universe
has chosen you and me through whom to manifest Himself. "Ye did not
choose me, but I chose you." Shall we forever limit this manifestation
by making ourselves into a little, narrow mold of personality that will
shape and size the Divine, or, worse still, shall we run here and there
to borrow some measure our neighbor has made of himself, and hold it as
our measure under the great rushing waters of infinite wisdom and love,
thereby saying: "This full is all I want; it is all there is to be
had, all that thou art"?
Away forever with such limitations!
Would you, then, know
God, "whom to know aright
is life eternal"? Go not abroad looking for the Divine. "Stay
at home within thine own soul." Seek there earnestly, calmly, trustfully,
the source of all good. Know at once and forever that only therein will
you find Truth, and only thereby will you grow to be what you desire--self-centered,
self-poised. Let go your little narrow thoughts of the Divine, cease to
desire anything less than the fulfillment of God's will in you. His thoughts
are higher than ours as the heavens are higher than the earth. Let nothing
short of the perfect fulfillment of His thought in and through you satisfy
Do you comprehend this in its
fullness--the desire of infinite love and pure intelligence being fulfilled
(or filled full) in you and me?
Oh, how quickly and far recede
the cankering cares of life, the frets and fumes, the misunderstandings
and the being misunderstood! How sure we are when we have consciously--
and by effort if need be--swept away all limitations of personal desire
and are saying, "Here am I, infinite Father, Thou great Fountainhead
of all good. I have no desire. Thou art fulfilling thy highest thoughts
in me, unhindered by my consciousness; Thou art now pouring Thyself through
this organism into visibility; Thou art thinking Thy thoughts through this
intellect; Thou art loving through this heart with Thine own tender Father-Mother
love, which thinketh no evil, endureth all things, beareth all things,
seeketh not its own; Thou art manifesting Thyself in Thine own way through
this organism unto the visible world." I say, when we thus burst the
bonds of personal desire and rise to a willingness that the Father's will
be done through us every moment, how sure we are of the fatherly care that
will clothe us with the beauty of the lilies and feed us as the birds of
the air. Aye, with even a more lavish abundance of all good things than
He gives to either of these, for "ye are of more value than many sparrows."
Do you fear to break loose from
teachers, from human helps? Fear not. Trust to the great and mighty One
that is in you and is limitless to manifest Himself as Truth to you and
through you. There will be no failure, no mistake. Spend some time daily
alone with the Creator of the universe. In no other way will you ever come
into the realization that you desire. Learn to sever yourself from those
around you. Practice this, and soon you can be as much alone with God in
the street or in a crowded room, as you could be in the wilds of a desert.
A little book called, "The Practice of the Presence of God,"
by Brother Lawrence, tells how he, for years, kept himself consciously
in the very glory of divine Presence, even while at the most humble daily
tasks, by always
keeping the thought. "I am in His presence." All things that
were not divine in the man died out, and dropped away, not because he fought
them or resisted the uprising of the natural man, but because he persistently
practiced the Presence (or thought of the Presence) of God, and in that
Presence all other things melted away like snow before a
This is the only way of growth,
of overcoming. "Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus."
We do not have, by some supreme effort, to draw this Mind into us, but
simply to let it come into us. Our part is to take the attitude consciously
of receiving, remembering first to enter the "inner chamber"
of our own soul, and to shut the door on all thought but that of divine
Each individual has his own
salvation to work out--that is, his own true self to bring into visibility.
This is not to be done by some intense superhuman effort, but by each one
dealing directly with the Father.
So long as anyone clings to
another, just so long will the manifestation of the real self, God, remain
weak and limited. Wait only on God for the light you desire. He will tell
you how to act, what to do. Trust your own inspiration; act on it, though
all the world sit in judgment on it, for when any man puts
aside selfish aims, and desires only to manifest the Highest, his life
then becomes the perfect One manifesting through him.
When you learn to let God manifest
Himself through you in His own way, it will not be like the manifestation
through anyone else. You will think and speak and do without previous thought
or plan. You will be as new and surprising to yourself as to anyone else.
For it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking
Oh, what supreme tranquility
we have when we are conscious that our thought is God's thought through
us; our act, our word, God's act and word through us! We never stop to
think of results; that is His care. We are quietly indifferent to criticism
of lesser minds (mortal thought), for we know whom we have believed. We
know that what we speak and do is right, though all the world be made wrong
thereby. "What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people
think," says Emerson. Then God in you becomes a law to you, and you
have no longer need of external laws. God becomes wisdom to you, ever revealing
to you more and more of Himself, giving you new and clear visions of Truth,
and indeed, "ye need not that any one teach you." You have no
longer use for external forms, which are but the limitations of Truth and
itself. Then God shall be to
you, and through you to others, not only wisdom and understanding, but
love and life and the abundance of all things needful.
Then shall you have at all times
something new to give to others, instead of looking to them to receive;
for you will stand in the very storehouse of all good with the Master of
the house, that through you He may pass out freely the bread and water
of life to those who are still holding up their empty cups to some human
hand to be filled--not yet having learned to enter into all the fullness
of good for themselves.
Believe me, you who seek Truth,
who seek life and health and satisfaction, it is nowhere to be found until
you seek it directly from the Fountainhead who "giveth to all liberally
and upbraideth not."
Begin at once to put aside all
things that you have hitherto interposed between your own soul and the
great cause of all things.
Cease now and forever to lean
on anything less than the Eternal. Nothing less can give you peace.
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