All other revelations of God in humanity compared with (the resurrection of Christ Jesus) are as starlight which precedes the dawn. Not the vision of apostles alone, not the word of eye-witnesses on the great morning and during the “forty days;” but the consensus of Christendom for eighteen hundred years is cumulative evidence for the reappearings of Jesus (after the resurrection). The highest experiences and profoundest introversions of the purest and healthiest minds along this whole track of the centuries bring them into correspondency with the risen and glorified Saviour; not by open vision, but by signs and tokens quite as trustworthy.

When men have been turned from darkness to light, from the slavery of lust and sin to the joyous service of the living God; when the Divine Voice has come down upon the stormy seas of passion in the soul commanding audience, “still as night or summer’s noon-tide air;” when all its higher powers have been waked into life; faith, sympathy, disinterested love, tenderness towards God and towards everything that breathes; when the peace has come at last where storms and conflicts are no more; it has all been with the profoundest consciousness of a risen Saviour near at hand, with his assurance, “All power is given me both in heaven and upon the earth.” If the intuitions of the soul are to be appealed to, what are its shadowy gropings compared with these sun-bright beholdings of so many of the best and healthiest minds through a period of eighteen hundred years?

 – Edmund Sears, “The Reappearings of Jesus,”
The Fourth Gospel; The Heart of Christ, 1872.

Sears, an American Unitarian parish minister,
wrote the words for the Christmas carol
“It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.
When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.
Then Jesus came to them and said,
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28: 16-20

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Writings by those gifted with portraying the life of the spirit, sometimes border on poetry. Their work draws us in and enriches our perceptions – our understanding – our inner selves – our sense of satisfaction that we are part of a grand design. We belong.
Rufus M. Jones, the eminent Quaker academic, philosopher, activist, was one such writer.

As I prepare this blog post early in March, 2021, on the cusp of springtime, the celebration of Life renewed by Easter – Life Eternal is especially meaningful after so many confrontations of death during the past difficult year. The excerpts given here from one of Jones’ numerous books were written while WWI was raging, and countless tragedies unfolding in personal lives.

These thoughts sing with hope, joy, and promise. Life is ultimately confirmed and victorious.
– mjd

There is one thing which fills me with profound wonder … and that is the reawakening of the world in springtime. It seems some of these mornings almost as though we might hear the sons of God once more shouting for joy as they behold the new miracle of re-creation going on. … I am not surprised that men in all ages have taken this rebirth of the world in spring as a parable of a deeper rebirth. … That Power that guides the unfolding of the acorn and pushes up the oak, that Mind that brings the gorgeous butterfly out of the dull cocoon and raises it to its new and winged career, may well know how to “swallow up mortality with life” (II Corinthians 5:4) and bring us and ours to a higher stage of being. This new and greater miracle of another life beyond does not stagger us much after we have fully entered into the wonder of the spring. It is no more difficult to carry a soul safely over the bridge of death into the light and joy of a new world than it is to make a spring dandelion out of one of those strange winged seeds which a child carelessly blew away last summer.

As far as we are able to discover, the soul possesses infinite capacity. A blossom may reach its perfection in a day, but no one has fathomed the possibilities of a human heart. Eternity is not too vast for a soul to grow in, if the soul wills to grow.

“If a man die, shall he live again?” Our heart as well as our head seeks an answer. Knowing that such a hope is reasonable is not enough; we wish to feel that it is true. Here again God meets us, not only with an outward promise, or through the voices of nature, but with an inward conviction born of acquaintance with himself. We hear the answer when we first find him, but it grows as we learn to know him better. … “Learn of me,” said the Master (Jesus), “and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matthew 11:29).

Yes, in this experience we even cease questioning. We know him and we trust. On his love we rest. Why should we reckon with the grave? Our Father this side shall be our Father beyond. We are trusting him here; we can trust him there.

Rufus M. Jones, The World Within, 1918.
More about Rufus M. Jones:

For we know that even if our terrestrial home of this tent should be removed,
we possess a home, a building from God, not made by hand,
eternal in the heavens!

And indeed, we, while loaded in this tent, groan;
yet we do not wish to be stripped of it, but to be endowed,
so that this mortality may be swallowed up by that life.
But He Who enables us to work for this purpose is God,
Who gave us the pledge of the Spirit.

I Corinthians 5:1, 4-5

The New Testament in Modern English,
translated from the Greek by Ferrar Fenton, 1906

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Our ante-natal existence was a dependent and derived mode of being through the umbilical cord. When this was cut, we entered upon an existence independent of the maternal organism. But that spiritual something that answers to the umbilical attachment, and forever binds us to God, the Primal and Central Life, has never been severed. In Him we live, and move, and have our being. Our existence is, and ever will be, inclosed within the womb of Infinite Being. We can never be so born, or born again, as to be independent of Him. Because He lives, we live also. He is the true vine, we are the branches; but the immortal sap of a Divine Life circulates through the minutest twig and leaf of our tree of life. If we look to food, or medicine, or anything else, for life, we are searching for it where we shall never find it. Life in its highest sense is conscious or unconscious union with God.

 – Warren Felt Evans, The Divine Law of Cure, 1885

I am the true Vine, and My Father is the Cultivator.

I am the Vine; you are the branches.

Just as the Father has loved Me, so I have loved you:
continue in His love with Me.
If you keep My commands, you will continue in My love;
just as I have kept the commands of My Father,
and continue in His love.
I have spoken to you so that My delight may be in you
and your delight may be perfect [complete].
My command is this:
that you love one another, just as I have loved you.
Stronger love has no one than this,
that one should lay down his own life for his friends.
You are My friends,
if you are doing what I am commanding you.

John 15:1; 5a; 9-13

The New Testament in Modern English, Fourth Edition, 1906
Translated from the Greek by Ferrar Fenton

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The principle of common sense, or the natural light which all men possess, is from the Divine Logos, or Word, the emanative sphere of the Divine Intellect. It has been variously denominated by different philosophers as instinct, intuition, feeling, belief, faith, inspiration, and revelation. … Faith is more than an intellectual belief. It is a mode of knowing. In its highest degree it is an intuition, an interior perception. … Whatever we feel to be true, we are compelled to believe. In this way we gain a knowledge of what is unattainable by sense. Thus, faith becomes the highest mode of knowledge. It is the “substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)

But by faith, we must always bear in mind, is not meant a cold, intellectual apprehension of the truth, but a feeling of the truth. This interior light, call it what you will,–common sense, the light of nature, instinct, intuition, impression, faith, the Divine Word that came to the prophets, a revelation, an inspiration, or even the Holy Spirit,–is the highest authority within us, and the divinest light for human guidance. … It is oftentimes, if we understood it aright, a prescription written by the finger of the Deity within us.

The revelation which we have in the depths of our own nature–the light and life of the eternal Word there–never grows old, and it is always there to be questioned according to our spiritual needs, and to be sought unto for guidance.

There is in the … inmost recesses, of all souls a region where a Divine Word will respond to our sincere craving for truth, and where Divine secrets hidden from the senses will be revealed to us.

 – Warren Felt Evans, The Divine Law of Cure, 1885

The WORD existed in the beginning,
and the WORD was with God,
and the WORD was God.
He was present with God at the beginning.
All came into existence by means of Him;
and nothing came into existence apart from Him.
That which originated in Him was Life;
and the Life was the Light of mankind.
That Light shines in the darkness;
but the darkness did not absorb it.
John 1: 1-5

The real Light was that which enlightens every man coming into the world.
John 1:9

Whosoever welcomed Him,
believing in His power,
He bestowed upon them the right to become children of God.
John 1:12

The New Testament in Modern English, Fourth Edition, 1906
Translated from the Greek by Ferrar Fenton

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There is a very beautiful passage in the Hebrew sacred poetry expressive of the relation of the Divine life to the cure of all mental and bodily maladies: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies, who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed as the eagles.” (Psalm 103:2-5.)

So fully convinced was the great religious poet of the Hebrews that the Lord was the source and the “strength of our life” (Psalm 27:1) that he believed He (God) could save us from the most fatal epidemics,–from the pestilence that walketh in darkness, and from the destruction that wasteth at noonday. (Psalm 91:6) … So when a man attains to the consciousness of the immanence of God in his individual being, and that his “life is hid with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3), he is an incarnation of the Deity, a divine theophany, a manifestation
of God in the flesh. He is a partaker of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4), and thus is strengthened with might in the inner man (Ephesians 3:16)

The whole life of Jesus the Christ was the highest exemplification of the power of this idea ever witnessed in the history of the race, and a demonstration of its theoretical and practical truth. He cured diseases of mind and body by bringing men into conscious contact with the one and only Life. Thus we see that the higher forms of the religious life, and the state of mind and body which we designate by the name of health, are closely associated. The radical significance of the word religion is that of reunion, or a binding together of what has been sundered. When realized in its full import, it unites the body to the soul in a living correspondence, and consciously connects the soul with God in an influential sympathetic union. In this state of conjunction with the Lord of life, and the Father of spirits, the boundary line between our individual existence and the Divine Being becomes more dimly defined and each soul becomes in a degree a repetition of the Christ in another personality, and the answer of the prayer of Jesus is fulfilled, that we might become one with God as he and the Father were one. (John 17:21-23.) In this state we lay hold of eternal life; death is annihilated, and disease loses its reality. Our life is so linked with the Divine Being that because He lives we live also.

No one has life in himself, self-originated and underived, but it is the perpetual gift of God. It is also intuitively certain that the same is true of health. Vital force in its last analysis is the life of God in man, and every man can say, in the language of David, that the Lord is the “health of his countenance.” (Psalm 42:11 ; Psalm 43:5.)

  • excerpts, Warren Felt Evans, “The Scriptural Idea of Health and Disease,”
    The Divine Law of Cure, 1885
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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.


Be still
and know
that I am God.
Psalm 46:10a

Thou wilt keep him in perfect (complete) peace,
whose mind is stayed on Thee:
because he trusteth in Thee.
Isaiah 26:3

In Him we live,
and move,
and have our being.
Acts 17:28

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… health is the natural right of every human soul. The presence of the Creator with us through the wisdom which guides and the love which sustains is for the sake of health, among ends of greater value than health itself. We ought therefore to judge by what God is endeavoring to quicken in us and produce through us, taking the whole of our life into account.

… it should not seem strange at all that a person may find his health spiritually by discovering his work in the world.

What if we were to seek directly that spiritual life which not only makes for permanent health but discloses the purpose for which we live? What if we should begin forthwith by doing this work which God calls us to do, whether it seems to make for health or not? This would be adopting in entire seriousness the promise that Christ came to bring the abundant life. It would imply firm belief in the spiritual law, namely, that we should first seek the kingdom of God and the righteousness pertaining to the kingdom before going in quest of the things which are to be added. It would be putting health on the spiritual basis, as a gift of the Spirit.

Horatio W. Dresser, Spiritual Health and Healing, 1922.

GOD Who saved me–I trust You,
and no more will dread!
For You, LORD, are my vigour and song, EVER-LIVING!
And You are a Saviour to me!

Isaiah 12:2

The Bible in Modern English, Fourth Edition, 1906
Ferrar Fenton, translator

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The human spirit is made for integrity or wholeness. It has power to hit the mark, to realize life’s purpose. Our thought should be given to the conditions which favor such wholeness, we should look for power in this direction. The Lord is working with us in this endeavor.
We have been taking our clues from the sorrow and misery, the sin and suffering of the world. We have judged the human spirit by its failures, by unfortunate inheritances, by external environment with its sinful influences. But this is wrong. We should think and will and work in the vineyard of the Lord with the divine standard of health or wholeness in mind.

The Gospel is not a mere corrective of our errors, not a mere plan of salvation. It discloses the true positive plan of living. This plan implies the supremacy of the Spirit over material things. That is, it leads us to the great truth that all real causality is spiritual, that we live and work from the spiritual world, the Lord working with us.

What does the power of the living Christ within us endeavor to achieve? … To shake us out of our apathy and self-righteousness, our mere contentment when things are moving as we would like them whether other people suffer or not. To call us into the active service of spreading the glad news for those who believe. To quicken us out of our hypocrisy and every other form of two-foldness into true unity within the self, unity between head and heart, the understanding and the will. To prompt our hearts to change from self-love and love for the world to love of God and our fellowmen. To lead us into the true life of charity which is the real sign that we profoundly believe and expect the signs following.

Horatio W. Dresser, “With Signs Following,”
Spiritual Health and Healing, 1922

Now after the Lord Jesus had discoursed with them (the eleven apostles / disciples),
He was taken up into heaven,
and took His seat at God’s right hand.
And they went out,
and proclaimed it everywhere,
the Lord energizing them,
and confirming the Message by the signs which followed.

Mark 16:19-20

The New Testament in Modern English
Fourth Edition, 1906
Translated by Ferrar Fenton

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When Jesus says, “Before Abraham was, I am;” “Search the scriptures … they are they which testify of me;” “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden,” he is plainly not calling the weary and distressed to him as a man only. Jesus teaches from first to last that all wisdom, life and power have a single source. It is the Father who gives according to our needs, who guides us along life’s pathway, who sustains, provides, bestows life and light. All the words of wisdom proceed from Him. The works of healing are His. It is his mission that saves, quickens and establishes the kingdom. The divine plan of this mission ante-dates Abraham. Jesus fulfills it step by step, that all things may be accomplished according to divine law, that the human may not intrude. Hence he is able to say without qualification that he is faithful in word and deed to the Father’s will.

We may state the universal principle as follows: There is one right attitude toward the Father, whose wisdom and love constitute the real efficiency in the minds and hearts of men, namely, that we should seek first the purpose or forward movement of the divine life in process through us, adopting this the divine trend of life as our own, serving and living with the realization that it is the Father who accomplishes in each of us the work He would have us do. Jesus is the living representative who not only teaches but proves this Christ-wisdom which he came to bring to men. As exemplifier of the Gospel he turns attention away from himself. … We should discern the universality of the way, the truth, and the life. The Christ-wisdom is in a sense separable and capable of being taught by itself. Having discerned this universal principle, we are ready to consider the selfhood of God as Father on the one side and the personality of Jesus in the historic sense on the other.

We know that no man alone can save his fellow men, that the true Saviour is God the Father, is the Christ. … we may all abide in the divine love as branches of the true vine. Hence it includes not only all men as sons of God, but the Father too; it is the abiding relationship throughout all eternity.

Horatio W. Dresser, “The Christ,”
Spiritual Health and Healing,  1922

And he that sent me is with me:
the Father hath not left me alone;
for I do always those things that please him.

John 8:29

Whoever is of God listens to God
Those who belong to God hear the words of God.

John 8:47a

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The highest soaring of the intellect is that deliberate abandonment of itself to the illumination of God. It is in higher exercise when it becomes the instrument of the Divine Wisdom than when, by its own unaided strivings, it wrestles with knowledge, for then it has learnt how to cease from its own eager toil, and be, instead, a listener.

God is great. So great, so transcendent, that the glory of His Presence penetrates the world. Our nature is so fashioned for God that the Divine Presence fills our whole being, body, soul, and spirit. Man, like earth, is crammed with God. … in the very centre of his being there is the secret chamber of the Presence, of which the Christ spoke when He said, “Enter into thy chamber, and shut to the door (Matthew 6:6).” If you will be content to take pains to retire within yourself, to be still, to be alone, to expel one by one from your consciousness all interrupting sounds, and the thoughts of daily life, if you will retire into your inmost self, and there shut the door against distractions, within your own heart you will find God.

And what is God if not a voice!

That is God as Christians know Him. You cannot be in the Presence of God, or at least you cannot wake to the consciousness of the Divine Presence, and not receive the speech of God. When other sounds have been made to cease, when the busy and restless brain has been stilled, and the whole nature, by deliberate and constant practice, silenced, then in that silence you will find the speech of God. … He does not frame His messages into the words of any language. The speech of God is communication of Spirit with spirit. That communion lies deeper than words.

There are two ways in which this consciousness of God can be practised. The first is in solitary meditation. Thousands of people in the New World are crying out for meditation. They are weary of a religion which cannot give them the power of an immediate contact with the Unseen … (The Church of the Ages) is the Mother of meditation.

Bring to your meditation nothing but silence; leave behind the busy questioning of the intellect. The revelations in the Holy Word of God lie deeper than the brain; its secrets are not of the intellect… but as you bring your mind and spirit to stillness, to listening silence, beauty, joy, life pass into your being and become your own: you are learning the ways of meditation, yet what is simpler than to listen? To realize one single word of the Eternal Life is enough to fill a year of our noisy restless days.

 – Cyril Hepher (1872 – 1931), Canon Residentiary of Winchester Cathedral, Editor
The Fellowship of Silence: Experiences in the Common Use of Prayer Without Words, 1917.


Jesus’ silence:

Matthew 6:6
But you, when you pray, go into your room,
and when you have shut your door,
pray to your Father who is in the secret place;
and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

Matthew 27:12-14
And while (Jesus) was being accused by the chief priests and elders,
He answered nothing.
Then Pilate said to Him,
“Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?”
But He answered him not one word,
so that the governor marveled greatly.



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