The New Year is a time for reflection, as thankfulness for the past and opportunities to come. This blog deals heavily with the inner life, the reality of God’s everlasting Presence. But what does this mean in the day-to-day world? What is the “how?” This quote from Horatio Dresser helps to bring it all down to earth, to our day-to-day human understanding. – mjd
The resulting practical impetus is the best evidence one can give of the sanity and value of (spiritual life and) experiences.
How shall one begin? Simply by starting with what is clear and letting the rest follow. Here you are, a human soul. Here is human life, loving, tender, sympathetic. Here is God, the All-Father: you believe in His presence, His guiding love and wisdom. Cling to this relationship, and lift the soul in responsiveness.
God is here in the common. Do not strain after Him. See Life in what you are passing through today, and let Life have its course. Be calm at the centre, that you may truly respond. Remember that the spiritual world is the more real world, is around us here and now. There is no space between, no time intervening. You are a spirit now, even in this apparently insignificant life-round. Do not postpone the highest and best.
But remember this. The soul sees quickly and far in the superior realm, assimilates power and wisdom without regard to time. … The flesh responds more slowly than the understanding. Therefore, when you have dwelt on the heights for a season, give mind and body time to respond. Do not push them. Do not think that you have fallen back or lost hold, even though the way is dark and you cannot see beyond physical sensation. Give yourself time to grow. Let yourself grow in Life’s way.
If you would help another, let love lead the way. The desire to help is a prayer for the power of spiritual healing. The silent, deeply poised attitude is dynamic. … There is guidance at hand for each step of the way. There is a “stream of tendency” or power. Pause and observe that you may learn whither the stream is flowing. Do not judge by the sensations. Live wholly in consciousness of the readjustments which Life is carrying forward. Trust Life and let your dynamic attitude be quickened by it, in guided co-operation.
Think of the Presence in the sense of vivifying power or energy, as quickening, life-giving. Consider what that Presence must be in itself, undisturbed at heart, in perfect peace, in ineffable composure, all-comprehending wisdom, all-sustaining love.… Then see the Spirit as going forth from its centre (which is everywhere, its circumference nowhere) in power-conveying activity or vibration, going forth into action to touch the hearts or spirits of men, imbuing them with love, guiding their minds with wisdom.
Having dwelt on the God-ward side for a time, turn to the human and see the spirit or soul in its integrity in the presence of this divinely perfect peace and composure, able to receive love and wisdom according to need.
Then put the two together.
The inward stillness or realization invites the presence.
– excerpts, Horatio W. Dresser, Spiritual Health and Healing, 1922.
that I am God.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect (complete) peace,
whose mind is stayed on Thee:
because he trusteth in Thee.
In Him we live,
and have our being.