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reality. It is this taking by faith first that brings anything into actuality or visibility.
Why will these mortal minds of ours forever postpone the acceptance of All-Good as our rightful inheritance for this life? The heir of material wealth must claim 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, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variableness, neither shadow of 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, 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 have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them.
One instant's view of the facts of life from the subjective, or God's side, makes all our carnal aspirations and struggles, all our ambitions, all our boasted wisdom and pride sink into utter nothingness; and we see instead, “the wisdom of men but 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 come 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, I say, we approach to God, and the more we grow into the realization of our true relationship to Him, our Father, the surer are all personalities, all divisions to be lost sight of, and our oneness with all men and women 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 we a part of that
Now comes the question, How can we quickest and surest attain this conscious oneness with the Father, which shall 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 Seek the light from the interior, not from external sources. Why always seek to interpose human help between our soul and God? Emerson again says: “The relations of the soul to the Divine Spirit are so pure that it is profane to interpose helps. . . . Whenever a mind is simple and receives Divine Wisdom, then old things pass away-means, teachers, texts, temples, fall.”
“Let us not roam, let us stay at 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, the truth and the life,” spake the voice of the Father through the Nazarene. “The anointing ye have received abideth in you, and ye need not that any man
“The Spirit of truth which dwelleth in you shall lead you into all truth, and shall show you things to come.
Oh, when will we cease this running to and fro, seeking truth, and learn to “be still, and know that I am God”?
In order that we may hear this inner Voice
and may receive this highest form of teaching, which alone can open the eyes of our spiritual understanding, this mortal self must cease its clamoring even for truth; this human intellect must become absolutely still, forgetting to argue or discuss. The Father can only lead into All Truth when we listen to hear what He will say—not to what others will say. must learn to listen—not anxiously and with strained ears, but expectantly, patiently, trustingly. We must learn how to wait upon God, in the attitude of “Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth,” if we would know truth.
Jesus said, “Except ye become as little children,” that is, teachable and trusting- ye cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven,” or the kingdom of understanding of truth. And again he said, “Father, I thank thee that thou hast hidden these things from the wise (or intellectual], and revealed them unto babes.
We must put aside all preconceived opinions of the truth, either our own or any other person's, and with receptive souls opened toward the source of all light, say continually, “Lord, teach me." We must become as babes in hu