The greatest healing works, the greatest works of restoration and reformation, the greatest works of spiritual power are accomplished when there is neither word nor thought, when there is a complete stillness. Then something, the revelation of the Spirit and Its power, takes place within.

In that complete absence of self, when there is only an inner peace, an expectance, there comes that little jump, that little deep breath, that little gasp, that little release. That is when we know the Spirit is on the field and the work is being accomplished.

It is an upsurge from within, a Presence and a Power that reveals Itself in stillness, in quietness, and in calmness, that does the work.

The kingdom of God is within us, and It utters Itself. It may utter Itself in speech; It may utter Itself as a light; It may utter itself merely as an inner glow. But when It does, something happens.

All the Father has will be released through the “still small voice.”

– Joel S. Goldsmith, excerpts from Awakening Mystical Consciousness,
copyright 1980, Emma Goldsmith

And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.

And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me:
for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.

And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.

And he said unto her,
Daughter, be of good comfort:
thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.

Luke 8:43-48

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NEW YEAR 2023, Part 2

Jesus no longer walks among men in the flesh. …But the fleshly manifestation faded only that the greater glory might be revealed. … The Christ-power is drawing all men unto itself, the true Comforter has come. … From the great centre of life and power, wisdom and love have gone forth to all. Thus the many declare what once the isolated soul beheld.

The particular revelation may be historical and distant, the universal can only be present and living. He who can look back and behold the Christ, then turn to humanity and discover the Christ in process truly knows that the great truth is universal.

It is the universe in all its fulness that is the kingdom of God. The revelation of Jesus concerning the kingdom which is ‘within’ is doubtless the first fact. The soul must be set right before it can discern the true world. … Hence the vital truth without which the inner Christ of old means little, namely, the truth that God lives, that His total kingdom abides, is as fully here as it was nineteen centuries ago.

The Christ bespeaks the ideal attitude, the true approach to the Father, in all times and places. To those who thus approach, the Father speaketh freely; and what shall be uttered none knoweth till the inspired voice shall utter it.

To believe in ourselves seems to be disloyal to Jesus. Yet only by such belief may we apprehend the great principle for which His life stood. … No discovery can equal in scope and power the one which stirs the soul when, having searched near and far, one turns from letter to spirit, from the visible and external to the invisible and interior, and exclaims in reverent surprise, Behold, God is here!

Oh, Spirit of spirits,
Soul of souls,
Life of lives,
the Beauty of all that makes beautiful,
the Love of all who love,
the Wisdom of all who are wise,
I feel Thy glorious presence,
I know that Thou art nigh.
I have long sought Thee,
and now Thou hast revealed Thyself.
Oh, fill my soul with Thy presence
that I may help men everywhere to know Thee,
to know that there is nought without Thee!
Oh, the blessedness of life with Thee!
Hear ye that voice!
Be still in the heaven of silences
and listen for its rhythmic pulse-beat.
Trust all to God,
leave the future to Him.
Be a soul.
Be true to the best you know,
and cling to what love and peace you have.
Carry that love to your fellows.
Be at peace with the world.

– excerpts, “Glad Tidings,” The Greatest Truth,
by Horatio W. Dresser, 1907

He (Jesus) stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’ Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them, ‘Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’(Luke 4:17-20).

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NEW YEAR 2023: Part 1

Those who have learned life lessons through their families, Bible, church experiences, and inner revelations over many years find themselves yearning for even greater depths in the world of the Spirit as life evolves. Now & then we may be fortunate enough to find expressions of belief that inspire ever more growth and maturing of understanding – provide us with “aha!” moments that may or may not find adequate words. In writing this blog, there are times when it’s tempting to quote whole books or chapters. Alas, that is not realistic for a blog, and might discourage readers who benefit from brief but “well, I hadn’t thought of it that way,” ideas.
These quotes are offered to encourage those interested in finding their sources for themselves. Nearly all used in this blog are from writings in the public domain and can be downloaded. Writings from the past use language of their era, but with helpful truths that are timeless.
Above all, this writer’s hope is that readers discover God’s presence within themselves.
– And remain open to new interpretations of Scripture regarding Who and What God really is: The One Who can be fully trusted when we receive personal guidance.

For this New Year 2023, we begin with selected quotes from The Greatest Truth by Horatio W. Dresser, published 1907. It is a book full of inspiration and food for thought. This post will continue.

Oh! my fellow men, my sisters, and my brothers, a great truth has been made known unto the world, a truth which concerns you one and all. It is a message of joy, a gospel of peace and love. It is a word spoken unto the heart, it brings power and guidance to the soul. Above all it is a life-giving message – with that life eternal which sets humanity free. … To you who have tasted the world’s boasted pleasures and found no joy therein. … To the sorrowful and the afflicted, to the soul that is famished for spiritual food, the truth-seeker and the sceptic.

There is one panacea for all ills, one truth which will set you free. Listen, then, while I speak to one and to all; not as one having authority, but as one who has toiled a little way up the steep slope of the mountain of life and behold a glorious vista … It is the vision of the beauty and wisdom, the grandeur and power of God. Oh! my people, know the great truth: God lives. God is here. … He abides near and within the great universe which so marvelously reveals Him. He is a being of boundless wisdom and love, of justice, peace, and mercy. He knows your ways, knows the hearts and minds, apprehends the needs of all.
Listen to Him for He will guide you.
He is light and in Him is no darkness.
He is peace and in Him is no discord.

Say not that the truth is not for you, or that God is partial. The power that will change all for you is here today. This day shall you know that there is one true God, who possesseth all things, who guideth all things, who will carry all things and all peoples forward to peace and joy and freedom.

God lives.

All that is partakes of His life, reveals His ineffable glory.
He called it into being.
He has purpose in it all.
It is life of His life,
– substance of His substance,
– heart of His heart.
He has loved it into being.
He is with all beings in love, ever sustaining, guiding, uplifting;
there is nought besides His kingdom.

– excerpts, “Glad Tidings,” The Greatest Truth,
by Horatio W. Dresser, 1907

“The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”
Jesus of Nazareth
Matthew 4:17b

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There were some shepherds living in the same part of the country, keeping guard throughout the night over their flock in the open fields. Suddenly an angel of the Lord stood before them, the splendour of the Lord blazed around them, and they were terror-stricken. But the angel said to them,

“Do not be afraid!
Listen, I bring you glorious news of great joy which is for all the people.
This very day, in David’s town,
a Saviour has been born for you.
He is Christ, the Lord.

Let this prove it to you:
you will find a baby, wrapped up and lying in a manger.”

And in a flash there appeared with the angel a vast host of the armies of Heaven,
praising God and saying:

“Glory to God in the highest Heaven!
Peace upon earth among men of goodwill!”

When the angels left them and went back into Heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Now let us go straight to Bethlehem and see this thing which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went as fast as they could and they found Mary and Joseph–and the baby lying in the manger. And when they had seen this sight, they told everybody what had been said to them about the little child. And all those who heard them were amazed at what the shepherds said. But Mary treasured all these things and turned them over in her mind. The shepherds went back to work, glorifying and praising God for everything that they had heard and seen, which had happened just as they had been told.

– Luke 2:8-20, The New Testament in Modern English, Revised Edition.
Translated by J. B. Phillips.

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Spiritual healing is so marvelous and so far beyond the range of human explanation that it may appear to be supernatural. We cannot explain it clearly, but this we know: When we attain oneness with the invisible force that moves the mind, a new and higher energy sweeps through us; the thought is ablaze, and even our spoken words seem alive. When the word or spiritualized thought is sent to a receptive mind, it is conducted like the oscillations of the wireless telegraph [“wi-fi”, mjd]; there is a universal thought ether that carries the message.

When the word goes forth from a spiritual center (represented in Scripture by Jesus and His apostles) it becomes a continuous life-giver to all who believe in the spiritual as the source of life. Through faith they “tune in” and catch the message from the living word.

“The words that I have spoken unto you are spirit, and life.” [John 6:63]
“Heaven and earth shall pass away; but my words shall not pass away.” [Matthew 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33]

– Charles Fillmore, Mysteries of John, 1946.

The nobleman said to Him,
“Sir, come down before my child dies!”
Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.”
So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way.
And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying,
“Your son lives!”
Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better.
And they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.”
So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him,
“Your son lives.”
And he himself believed, and his whole household.
John 4:49 – 53

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New Year, 2017

One of the very early posts in this blog has much to say at any time. Sometimes our way is crystal clear. At other times we find ourselves detoured for awhile to tend to the unexpected. Whatever the circumstances, this quotation is reassuring us that the “detour” will culminate in our growth as God’s children.

Thoughts by Mary Jo Disler

“Remember that you are a soul dwelling in eternity. Live in the thought of eternity for a while, and let the world of time rage on.

If you do not see what is wise for you to do next year, what plans you ought to adopt for the coming month, what you should do tomorrow, ask yourself if there is something for you to do today. … Probably you will find more in the living present than you can attend to, and there you were borrowing trouble for next year! When you have settled upon the wisest thing for today, do it as well as you can. Put your whole soul into it, let it be an artistic, philosophical performance. When that is well done you will readily see what to do next.

… When in doubt about the future, when in need of guidance, we can, at least, be…

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A post from several years ago – as inspiring as ever. mjd

Thoughts by Mary Jo Disler

“There is an inexhaustible supply, and we are God’s beloved children for whom He is ever providing and to whom He has given His own life and wisdom and power and substance, the innate ability to do whatever is required in bringing our own soul to the Christ standard of living and serving others.”

 – Letters of Myrtle Fillmore

Look for the play on words in Psalm 37:4. “Desire” has a double meaning–the inner desire ( …of your heart.), and the fulfillment of that desire ( he will give you… ). When “delight in the Lord” is your first and foremost “treasure of the heart,” a valid desire comes from the Creator. It can be trusted as meant for you. The realization will come. If it seems delayed according to our human time table, trust that preparation for it is nevertheless part of the “treasure.” It will…

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Introduction (mjd): The common denominator in countless writings that have interested me over many years is – put simply – silence: prayer as listening, not dictating to the Almighty. How we wish at times that communication of the richness of spiritual life was not circumscribed by words and language! Inevitably some verbal descriptions are assumed to be “categories” rather than limited attempts to convey a rich experience. One such word is “mysticism.” It tends to sound exotic, a “category” for historical figures – “mystics” – who wrote of inner experiences – some of which were bizarre. To be accurate, the ancients wrote of both positive and depressing periods, which should be included if one is interested in more comprehensive study. However, this short quotation emphasizes the rich rewards and practicality for those called to the inner search.

How refreshing it is to find recent writers who have the perspectives of distance, study, and their own lives that illuminate history, cultural and religious environments of bygone eras. They sort the wheat from the chaff, and help us understand our own inner life journey which is ever one of growth, learning and maturing. This discerning post is a brief quotation from What is Mysticism? A Study of Man’s Search for God (1923), by Episcopal clergyman Charles Morris Addison (1856 – 1947).

We have called (mysticism) Prayer at its highest and best. We can give it no higher name. It is the retirement into one’s self, the shutting out of the world’s interests, the cessation of the mind’s restless thinking, its doubts and fears; the silencing of even the soul’s constant loquacity; the distinct expectation of finding God within and hearing God speak, if only we can be empty and silent enough to give Him a chance; the perfect repose of the soul, what an old English writer has called “our fiduciary recumbency,” trusting the promises of God, that he who seeks finds, he who asks receives and that God is ready to meet us within. This is Mysticism and this is Prayer. Anyone who can succeed in reaching that state (for it is more a state than an act) removes the last barrier, pierces the last veil, may find his soul irradiated with the Vision of God, experience a sense of his presence, may almost reach to his goal of union with God and is lifted thereby into a joy which is inexpressible.

But however incomprehensible may be the joys of a Mystic to the ordinary Christian, it must be plain from what has been said, that the way to them is a way open to us all. It is the common road. There is nothing vague or unreal about it. If it has mystery, it is only because it reaches farther toward Infinity, toward the Being of God, the Source of our being. If we may not see to the bottom of the well, it is because it is deep and not because it is muddy. … Its knowledge comes by feeling, intuitively. Truth bears witness to itself and is its own authority. It is ready to reason upon the truth it feels but does not look to Reason for proof. It is not afraid of Reason but makes it the servant and helper of Faith.

– Charles Morris Addison, D.D. (1856 – 1947)
Rector St. John’s Church, Stamford, Connecticut
What is Mysticism: A Study of Man’s Search for God, 1923

I Samuel 3:1-10

Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in his place, and when his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see, and before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle of the Lord where the ark of God was, and while Samuel was lying down, that the Lord called Samuel. And he answered, “Here I am!”

So he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.”

And he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” And he went and lay down.

Then the Lord called yet again, “Samuel!”

So Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” He answered, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” (Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor was the word of the Lord yet revealed to him.)

And the Lord called Samuel again the third time.
So he arose and went to Eli, and said,
“Here I am, for you did call me.”

Then Eli perceived that the Lord had called the boy.

Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say,

‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.’
” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times,
“Samuel! Samuel!”

And Samuel answered,
“Speak, for Your servant hears.”

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Some thoughts at times of life fulfillment:

… you are just as secure in God’s love in death as in life.

There is no way to prevent death except to lose the fear and dread of it and to understand that in what the world calls life or death, there is a oneness with God, with love, and with life. If you really accept that, you cannot believe that a time will ever come when that relationship with God will ever change. Therefore, in the experience of life, the experience of death, the experience before our birth, or the experience after our death, we still are one with our Source.

The degree of our conscious oneness with God within becomes the degree of manifested harmony in the without.

The life of the Christ is forever … It will never leave us. It will go with us from glory to glory, from manifestation to manifestation.

– excerpts, Joel S. Goldsmith, “This is immortality,” The Altitude of Prayer

I am convinced that neither death,
nor life,
nor angels,
nor authorities,
nor present,
nor future,
nor power,
nor height,
nor depth,
nor any other created thing,
is able to separate us from the love of God in our Lord Christ Jesus!

Romans 8:38
translated by Ferrar Fenton,
The New Testament in Modern English, 1906

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For the New Year, 2022

“And be not conformed to this world:
but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that ye may prove what is that good,
and acceptable,
and perfect,
will of God.”
Romans 12:2 (KJV)

So by wisely using that which we have, the natural, we are transformed from that which is most apparent, and consequently that which we think we are, the mortal, the physical, into that which from all eternity we in reality are, and never except in our own minds can get away from, – the Spiritual, the Divine.

It is through this instrumentality that the Divine Life within us, the Divine Life with all its ever-ready-to-break-forth glories and powers, is enabled to be changed from a mere passive and hence potential actuality, and to burst forth into the full splendors of conscious, active life. Surely, then, thought rightly directed and rightly used has within it the true regenerating and hence redeeming power; through it and it alone are we able to make for ourselves a new heaven and a new earth, or rather, by thus finding the kingdom of God, and through it entering into the conscious realization of the heavenly state, are we able to make for ourselves a new earth by actualizing the kingdom of Heaven in our lives while living on the earth, and which, when once truly realized, can never be lost.

– Ralph Waldo Trine, The Greatest Thing Ever Known,” 1898

I stand amazed at the fathomless wealth of God’s wisdom and God’s knowledge.
How could man ever understand his reasons for action,
or explain his methods of working?
For: Who hath known the mind of the Lord?
Or who hath been his counsellor?
Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
For everything began with him,
continues its existence because of him,
and ends in him.
To him be the glory for ever, amen.
– St. Paul, Romans 11:33-36

The New Testament in Modern English: Student Edition Revised,
translated by J. B. Phillips, copyright.

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