HEALING LIGHT

God’s light shines both within us and without us, and by learning to receive Him within we begin to perceive Him without.

This being so, let us gladly seek Him without as well as within. As we fill our beings morning after morning with His light, let us also fill our days with His over-ruling guidance and help and protection. Let us give thanks that His power is working not only in us but also in the world outside of us. Let us bless the day through which we are about to walk and lift it up into the light of His love. Let us invoke His blessing on everything that we intend to do during the coming day … And if we do not know what we should do that day let us offer it to Him, asking Him to use it according to His will. Sometimes He has His own plan for the day, and for that reason we have been unable to make one.

On days that we have given Him we must be particularly quick to hear and heed His voice, lest we miss the very opportunities that He is sending us. For the Holy Spirit that spake through the prophets speaks both through us and to us today, in the kindliest possible manner, and we need only still ourselves to feel His presence.

We are continually amazed and delighted that God will talk to us, that He loves us, that the guiding Intelligence of the Universe really cares for our small concerns. His lavishness overwhelms us and His humility humbles us. For as nothing is too great for Him, so nothing is too small.

In all these tiny ways I find that a meditation which began for the purpose of healing has become really a prayer for at-one-ment with God, or harmony. By daring to try God and see whether His promises are true, I have regained a measure of that instinctive faith of the very young or the very simple.

 – excerpts, Agnes Sanford,
The Healing Light: The Art and Method of Spiritual Healing, 1947.


By Periods GOD created that which produced the Solar Systems;
then that which produced the Earth.
But the Earth was unorganised and empty;
and darkness covered its convulsed surface;
while the breath of GOD rocked the surface of its waters.
GOD then said, “Let there be light;”
and light came.
And GOD gazed upon that beautiful light…

Genesis 1:1-4a
“translated direct from the Hebrew by Ferrar Fenton,” 1903
(complete edition of Fenton’s translation of the Bible)

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POWER

They live by the Spirit who know that Spirit as it is personally perceived, as it illumines each soul. The Father has a special message for each which he will declare to those who listen in peace, in love and humility.

It is (in the inner life) that the Spirit is found, there that one finds rest and food for the soul–in the kingdom of silence, the home of peace, of hope, and freedom; the starting-point in all that is noblest in humanity, the dominion of the Christ ideal.

The power of those lives which are inspired by the Spirit consists more in their attitude as centres of well-poised spiritual power than in their thought. … It is when the peace and love of God have entered the life, become the motive factors of one’s very existence, that they touch other lives, quickening and inspiring them, even though no word be spoken.

 – Horatio W. Dresser, Living by the Spirit, 1903.


If we live in the Spirit,
let us also walk in the Spirit.

Galatians 5:25
King James Bible

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ESSENCE

The almost startling fact of the essential oneness of the human with the Divine, was the realisation and the teaching of Jesus. That the Divine works in and through the human in the degree that we are able in our own lives to realise it as the Source of our strength, and the Essence of our lives, and to give allegiance and therefore potency to no other power–such is the revelation and the message that distinguishes him as a teacher above all others.

A sense of dependence upon the Divine guidance and power gives that appropriate humility which is always combined in those of real wisdom and power. It is a part of their life; it is indeed a part of their power.

In all his thought and in all his acts Jesus gave allegiance and acknowledgment to this guidance and power–Of myself I can do nothing [John 5:30a]; it is the Father that worketh in me. [from John 14:10] “Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.” [Luke 18:19; Mark 10:18] “Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in Heaven.” [Matthew 23:9]

To know God whom the Christ revealed, and to know him in the manner as by him revealed, is to become happy and strong in the conscious actualising of the Divine leadings and forces and powers that are potential within us, but that the Christ revealed and explicitly enjoined upon us to realise and use.

 – Ralph Waldo Trine, In the Hollow of His Hand, 1919


Don’t you believe that I am in the Father,
and that the Father is in me?
The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority.
Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.

John 14:10
The Bible, New International Version

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WORSHIP

Worship (is) not an attempt to “butter up” the Almighty and get Him into good temper, but the reverent contemplation of what this Personality must be in Itself; and when we see it to be that Life, Love, Beauty, … we shall learn to love Him for what He IS, and our prayer will be “Give me more of Thyself.” If we realize the great truth that the Kingdom of Heaven is within us, that it is the Kingdom of the innermost of our own being and of all creation, and if we realize that this innermost is the place of the Originating Power where Time and Space do not exist and therefore antecedent to all conditions, then we shall see the true meaning of Worship.

There we find the Eternal Being of God pure and simple, and we stand reverently in this Supreme Presence knowing that it is the Source of our own being, and wrapt in the contemplation of This, the conditioned is seen to flow out from It.

Yet the reverence which the vision of this Supreme Center of all Being cannot fail to inspire is coupled with a sense of feeling quite at home with It. This is because as the Center of all Being it is the center of our own being also. It is one-with-ourselves.

 – Thomas Troward, The Creative Process in the Individual, 1915


 (Jesus said):
But the hour is coming,
and now is,
when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth,
for such the Father seeks to worship him.
God is spirit,
and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

John 4:23-24
The Bible
Revised Standard Version

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SIMPLE GIFTS

Christ’s thinking and teaching … dwelt when He pleased in the loftiest region of truths. … Words fell from Him the infinite depth of whose thought we have not fathomed yet.

And yet, dwelling in this inner light and breathing always the air of the sublimest heights, we find His work and His teaching revolving always around the simple things of life. In them He found His peace: in making a religion of common life fit for the use of the humblest and of the poor in spirit. In healing the sick and comforting the sorrow-stricken; in taking away the burden of sin; in moving through the ordinary life of men–in the boat, in the field, in the craftsman’s shop, in the quiet village, He found for men the way to God, the certainties of immortal life, the best repose of heart. In the homelier scenery of earth He found the best illustrations of the infinite truths of Heaven: in the rain which fell and the flowers that adorned themselves, in the flying-birds and the growing seed, in the ways of the sheep and the foldings of the vine branch. In these things, simple human and natural things, he chose to reveal the infinite God and His relation to us. To understand them and their stories, to understand the relations of man to man, and man to nature and its life, was to understand the relation of the Everlasting Father to His children. The word is very nigh thee, even in thy heart. [Deuteronomy 30:14, quoted in Romans 10:8]

It is a great lesson for us. We shall find the most enduring beauty and sublimity not in the mountainous region of Christian speculation, haunted by the thunderstorms of spiritual doubt and pain, but in sailing on the slowly flowing river of a life of daily love. … And with that life, there will be revelation also–quiet days when the still beauty of God will descend like the low colour of the sunset, and fill the heart with mystic peace and long-lived joy: and when out of the far and steady aspiration wrought by doing always the right and loving thing, magnificence will come, and we shall look below the clouds of life straight into the infinite, and in the light know the truths which speculation only toils all its life in vain to find.

It is well when we have been a long time in our nest on the dewy ground of gentle human love, to soar, singing and aspiring, into the skies, and live for a little in a ‘privacy of glorious light;’ but the greater part of life should bring God down to the common earth.

We shall have hope, not ecstatic, but growing into assurance. And in such a life, most tenderly, most purely dawns the peace which passeth understanding.

 – The Rev. Stopford Brooke
“Spiritual Exhaustion,”
a sermon in The Spirit of the Christian Life, London, 1881.


Righteousness by faith speaks like this:
“You need not say in your heart
‘Who could go up to Heaven to bring Christ down to us,
or who could descend into the depths to bring him up from the dead?’
No, the word is very near you, on your own lips and in your own heart!”

Romans 10: 6-8
The New Testament in Modern English
Revised Student Edition
Translated by J. B. Phillips, 1972

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SUPREME BLESSEDNESS

There is no inner life that is not also an outer life

There is an outer way and an inner way and both are one.

He who asks, with the ground swell of his whole inner being, for the things which minister to life and feed its deepest roots, will get what he asks for.

Religion can no more be cut apart from the intellectual currents, or from the moral undertakings, or from the social tasks of an age, than any other form of life can be isolated from its native environment. But at the same time the only possible way to realize a kingdom of God in this world, or in any other world, is to begin by getting an inner spirit, the spirit of the Kingdom…

(In the Beatitudes), in a few lines, loaded with insight, the seed-spirit of the Kingdom comes full into sight. We are given no new code, no new set of rules, no legal system at all. It is the proclamation of a new spirit, a new way of living, a new type of person. … this spirit would produce not only a new inner world, but a new outer world as well.

The beatitude [blessedness] lies not in attainment, not in the arrival at a goal, but in the way, in the spirit, in the search, in the march.

 – excerpts from Rufus Jones, The Inner Life, 1922.


When Jesus saw the vast crowds he went up the hill-side and after he had sat down his disciples came to him. Then he began his teaching by saying to them,

How happy are those who know their need for God,
for the kingdom of Heaven [the kingdom within] is theirs!

How happy are those who know what sorrow means,
for they will be given courage and comfort!

Happy are those who claim nothing,
for the whole earth will belong to them!

Happy are those who are hungry and thirsty for true goodness,
for they will be fully satisfied! [“Seek and you will find.”]

Happy are the merciful,
for they will have mercy shown to them!

Happy are the utterly sincere,
for they will see God!

Happy are those who make peace,
for they will be known as sons of God!

Happy are those who have suffered persecution for the cause of goodness,
for the kingdom of Heaven is theirs!

And what happiness will be yours when people blame you and ill-treat you
and say all kinds of slanderous things against you for my sake!
Be glad then, yes, be tremendously glad–
for your reward in heaven is magnificent!

Matthew 5: 1 – 12a

The New Testament in Modern English,
Revised Student Edition
translated by J. B. Phillips, 1958.

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The GIFT

“Fear not, little flock,
it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
(Luke 12:32)

Fear is the great enemy of man. But fear is a mental attitude and as such can be converted into something else. Fear is the reverse mental attitude to faith …

Fear arises from that mental attitude which limits the possibility and the willingness of Spirit to give us the good we so greatly desire. There is nothing wrong in the desire for self-expression.

God is the giver and the sustainer of human life and expression. …

If it is God’s pleasure to give us the Kingdom
then it should be our privilege to accept the gift.

The Infinite will not be, or become, less than Itself. We are of Its nature. We did not make our own being. All we can do is to accept that the being which we are is some part of the Divine. To know this is to overcome fear.

Love alone can overcome fear because love surrenders itself to the object of adoration. The soul must make a complete surrender of itself to the Spirit. … The will of the Spirit is peace, clear thinking and happiness, It could have no other will.

– excerpts, Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind; A Philosophy, A Faith, A Way of Life
1938; edition of 1998.


 

There is no fear in love,
but perfect [complete] love casts out fear.

I John 4:18a

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