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Present Immortality

We grizzle every day. I see no need of it. Whilst we converse with what is above us we do not grow old but young. —Emerson

Everyman is a divinity in disguise: A god playing the fool. —Emerson

The greatest discovery of the nineteenth century is man's discovery of himself, the recognition of the fact that he possesses all the powers which he has ascribed to God; that they are natural and latent, awaiting his development and not the supernatural acquirement of a future state.

We no longer speak of being "imprisoned in the body," because we know that the less cannot contain the greater, and that we are no more in the body than in any other tool that we have made and use for our own purposes.

We do not repeat in our confessions of faith as formerly, "It is he that has made us and not we ourselves," because we have learned that the exact reverse of this is true.

We drop the old phrase, "Life is too short," when once convinced that it is within our power to lengthen it at will.

We do not recognize our traditional limitations. It has instead become an axiom that any purpose man is capable of forming he is capable of carrying to fulfillment.

We have begun to study as a science the new dogma of present immortality.

We do not now hang our harps on willow trees, even figuratively. We have taken them down and begun to tune them to the symphonies of nature instead of Hebrew lamentations.

We are not "exiles" weeping when we remember Zion, and praying for release from "captivity."

We have emancipated ourselves and find good reason to believe that we are quite at home in the planet earth and have nothing to gain by leaving it. We do not sigh for liberty since we have learned that we possess it. We do not talk of poverty since we have come to know that we are preferred stockholders in a universe of good with cumulative dividends subject to sight draft.

These dividends are real and can be cashed and materialized at pleasure.

The beautiful discoveries that have come through spiritualism have given us the actual experience of multitudes who have passed through death, enabling us to know for the first time the real character of what we have always called the "life beyond."

This knowledge has revolutionized our former thought. It has shown us the operation of the law of cause and consequence. It has proved that "Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap." It has made it plain that we live in a universe governed throughout by perfect laws that work with entire equity and marvelous accuracy in all places and conditions. It has shown life to be progressive, and confirmed the theory of evolution. It has identified the life of spirit with the life of mortal, the hereafter with the here, and taught us to study existence as a problem of the now. Perhaps the most important result of all is to destroy the sophistry of living for the future by showing that death itself leaves us unchanged, that it adds nothing to us and takes nothing away. It only brings us to a larger consciousness of life.

This consciousness may be developed now, with all the knowledge and power we have associated with the "spirit spheres."

We need not wait for supernatural opportunities or gifts.

We know that the only crown we will ever receive is the crown of character, and that it is ours as soon as we choose to wear it.

Happiness will not come by dying. We arise from death as we arise from sleep,— to face our own old selves. The problem ever remains the same. If we idle away our days we will find our "treasures in heaven" do not keep us from the sufferings of poverty in that ideal sphere, and that the problem still confronts us after death,— how to work out our salvation. We have not escaped it as we idly fancied. It was only postponed. The task becomes more difficult, as is always the case with a neglected duty.

As intelligent beings we can no longer speak of what awaits us in the spirit life with the old doubts and questionings. It has to a great extent ceased to be a speculation, as much so as the character of any country with which we are made familiar through the reports of travelers. It is the mark of a narrow mind today to be uninformed in the philosophy and facts that spiritualism has revealed so clearly. No person claiming to be intelligent can fairly plead such ignorance.

We need all the light of the new day that has dawned. We have been living in the revelations of a remote past and among the tombs of old "beliefs."

Immortality in the flesh is only learning to keep on our feet a little longer or lie down at will, instead of being tumbled over through not knowing how to adjust ourselves to the law of gravitation, to keep the line of direction within the base.

The race is still in its infancy and creeping when it ought to walk.

The folly is in saying we were not intended to walk.

The world is already flooded with the light of the resurrection morning.

The stone is rolled away at last from the mouth of the sepulcher. Let us awake and arise. The last enemy has been overcome. It remains only to enjoy the fruits of the great victory.

God screens us evermore from premature ideas. Our eyes are holden that we cannot see things that stare us in the face until the hour arrives that the mind is ripened. Then we behold them, and the time that we saw them not is like a dream. —Emerson

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