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man wisdom before we can enter into the deep things of God.

But believe me, the revelations which the Spirit of Truth will make to you when you have withdrawn from all outside sources and learned to listen to the voice in your own soul, will be such as to make you know—no longer believe your oneness with the Father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 might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

The great Soul of the Universe has chosen you and me through whom to manifest itself. “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you." Shall we forever limit this manifestation by making ourselves into a little narrow mould of personality which shall 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, ye seekers of truth.

“We make His love too narrow
With false limits of our own;
And we magnify His strictness
With a zeal He will not own.
For the love of God is broader
Than the measures of man's mind;
And the heart of the Eternal
Is most wonderfully kind."

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 desireself-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 you.

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 consciouslyand by effort if need beswept 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 great tender Father-Mother love, which thinketh no evil, endureth all things, beareth all things, seeketh not her own; thou art manifesting thyself in thine own way through this organism unto the visible world.” I say when we thus burst the bounds 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 which

shall 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 "are ye not 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 Soul which is in you and is limitless behind you to manifest himself as truth to you and through you. There will be no failure, no mistake. Spend some hours daily alone with the Creator of the universe. In no other way will you ever come into the realization 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 in the wilds of a desert. A little book called, "The Practice of the Presence of God," by Bro. 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 other things which 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 spring sun.

This is the only way of growth, of overcoming. It is letting “the same mind be 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. Our part is to take the attitude consciously of receiving, remembering first to "enter the closet" of our own soul and “shut the door” on all thoughts but that of Divine Presence.

Each individual soul has its own salvation to work out—that is, its own 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.

Just as long as anyone clings to the skirts of another, so long will the manifestation of the real Self-God-remain weak and limited. Wait only upon God for the light you desire. He will tell you how to

how to act, what to do. Trust

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