For all of us there comes a time when we finally get down to brass tacks, living and being the Spiritual Life. Usually, adversity of some sort, health, business, grief, loneliness or boredom, drives us to this decision.
Oftentimes it is fear of one kind or another. Perhaps we simply yield to the prodding of others, or to the urge of an intangible feeling within–the “divine discontent”; but whatever the reasons for our action, one fact is certain: the decision that brings it about is very personal. It is an alone experience that takes place within.
You know this is a fact.
All have discovered that, from the moment we act on the decision to discover Reality, we begin to find it. The moment we sincerely begin a determination of the Absolute, it continues of its own accord until Reality is disclosed!
The acted-upon decision to determine fact from fiction is somewhat like pushing a canoe into a river where it is quickly caught up in the silent and effortless flow to a happy and Infinite awakening. It is like putting seed in fertile ground.
“Mr. Samuel, be specific! Exactly what action is required? Church activity? Prayer? Healing? Self-immolation?”
Here is the answer: our first action is the effortless turning within to the Self to listen to the Heart. This is it. This is all!
Is this a disappointing oversimplification? Did your erudite nature expect a profound revelation, a metaphysical pronouncement of reason and logic to shake the intellect?
So you, like so many, expect Reality to come forth only from blinding flashes of Light and ecstatic Illumination?
Here is the unadorned Truth, stripped of the ego’s covering of abstruseness and intellectualism. Truth is simple. It is always simple. The Truth is easy and uncomplicated. It is tender and effortlessly available. Its location is not limited to the great libraries, nor to universities, temples and cathedrals. Truth, and the honest statements about it, are simplicity itself. It is found with the heart, with the Self, here and now.
For years we have gone outside to teachers, leaders, and holy books, when the entire universe of Truth has been within us all the while. Its confirmation is found nowhere else.
Where? Within the Heart! Here! Now! REALITY IS EASILY COMPREHENDED inevitably; intellectual mankind complicates everything and makes a mystery of truth.
In intellectual circles the idea is prevalent that Reality is relative at best and can never really be known; that all we can do is get closer to it—and that, say the ministers, philosophers, theologians, and educators, takes years of study, prayer, self-immolation, self-denial, suffering, toil and perhaps a death or two thrown in for good measure.
Reality is real, not relative, and it can be discovered without labor!
Instead of effort, it is the tenderest labor of love; it is happiness beyond belief; it is reward that hasn’t even been dreamt of!
Prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
For this proof, the first action is simply, quietly to turn within to one’s Self, there to listen to the Heart, where Truth is and where the answers are!
THE ANSWER IS HERE One’s own Heart is here, consequently the Truth is here.
It is comforting to desist from the rat race for a moment and acknowledge that Truth is at hand. Truth is the solution to all that seems untrue, hence unreal.
How wonderful to realize, no matter what the apparent problem, that one is never any farther from the Happiness, Peace and Tranquility he may think he needs than himself. “Himself” is right here, this very now, closer than breathing.
“My sanctuary shall be in the midst of them forever-more; Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you”.
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