From the American Mystic, Ernest Holmes' classic work of inspiration;
Words That Heal Today: "Jesus tells
us that the real treasures of life are eternal. They belong to
the Kingdom of God within us. These treasures cannot be
corrupted, they do not corrode, thieves cannot break through nor steal
them. It is in this sense that no one gives to us but ourselves
and no one takes from us but ourselves.
No one could ask for a
higher justice or a greater mercy. If we can believe in an inner
integrity, an inward security of which no man can rob us, then instead
of putting on sackcloth and ashes and spending our time lamenting, we
shall anoint our heads with the oil of peace, don the robe of
confidence, and wear the shoes of gladness."
The Intelligence of G-d
within us knows that justice is the ultimate Law of the Universe.
I hesitate to use the term intelligent design, but this is true of
this universal, changeless, immutable, eternal Law. Evolution
has given us an elevated intelligence to know this is so. And
the truth of this gives us the understanding that Love and G-d are
synonymous. Love points the way and Law makes the way possible
is the simplest form in which we can understand our relationship to
this Law. Yet in our moments of weakness or self-doubt we lose
sight of the justice inherent in all things.
We have all heard that "G-d
is closer to us than breathing" and we can have a fuller
realization that this is so when we realize that Love is always with
us in some form or another. Love is the beating of our heart,
the joy we feel in our soul and the vitality that enlivens our mind.
Our recognition that Love exists within us can cause us to be healed,
to be prospered and to be blessed in a multitude of ways. That
which I am seeking is seeking me ... Love is the I am ... and Love is
seeking me. Love is always seeking justice ... seeking that
which we have sown into our mind whether it be the loveliest thought
that we have ever been conscious of or the ugliest most negative
thought that has entered our mind. If either become our dominant
thought the result shall be just.
Since there is no limitation in G-d or
in the Law of G-d, there is no limitation in the way in which Love can
enter into our life experience. We limit or even oftentimes
block Love from our life by the limitations we place on It.
Those of us who hold a persistent view in our mind that Love must
imitate the movies or the romance novels, are holding a limitation in
our mind that sometimes even the mercy of G-d cannot break through.
The human mind has been conditioned to believe that Love leads to
marriage or a relationship with another person in some form.
Yet, Love is given and received in a tremendous number of ways that
have nothing to do with the human-mind concepts of marriage and
relationships. The person who feels that "love has passed
me by" because they are still single, widowed or divorced, is
resisting the Power of Love to present Itself in their experience.
It is the person who recognizes the spiritual Reality that knows our
soul is always seeking a relationship with G-d ... with Love.
The people, places and things are but symbols ... and too often we get
so attached to the symbols that we lose sight of the real Love that is
Now, let us not conclude that marriage and
relationships are unimportant for they are to so many. But, they
are not the end-all of Love's eternal seeking to be expressed through
us and for us. If we take the thought in our mind that Love is
right where we are, we shall find evidence of It in ways that our
conscious mind is often not aware of.
Let's think about these
"Words that Heal Today": "We
all feel the need of an intimate and personal relationship with the
Spirit. We need the personal experience, no only of conscious
communion with God, but equally we need the assurance that God will
respond. We must feel that when we talk to the Spirit we
actually commune with It; otherwise, we shall have no sense of
personal response. Communion means that something goes out and
something returns; that we not only seek Him (Spirit) but that we find
Him (Spirit). There is no such thing as a one-sided communion.
Unless the response is there, the attempt to hold communion ends in
emptiness and futility. We must gain the assurance that God not
only hears, He (Spirit) answers; that we are not talking to a vacuum
or attempting to commune with the emptiness of space."
And so we see clearly first we
must develop a relationship with the Omnipresent Spirit of G-d if we
truly desire to experience the Love of G-d. This Love is always
seeking us and will always find us ... but it is up to us to recognize
that this is so. Love will fill our mind with images that bring
us joy and happiness ... Love will draw to us whatever it may be that
will bring a genuine and lasting feeling of love in our hearts ... but
we must loose whatever limitations we may have imposed upon our mind
and let Love bless us in Its own good way!
SO IT IS!
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