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All Life is One Life

"Be of those beings, filled with force and will and love."

Anything that is worth doing in this world, is worth doing well. No matter what we undertake, be the thing great or little, it should receive our thoughtful consideration. Having once decided upon its execution, we should be both energetic and thorough in carrying it out. We are all apt to underestimate what we call the trivial or petty things in life. We devote time and thought to the things we consider of importance, but we pass the smaller things by as being trivial — so insignificant in their way that they do not count. 

To be thorough in the great things we must be thorough in the little ones. In order to meet the great emergencies of life we must know how to deal correctly with those we consider of less importance. To do this, it is necessary that we should understand in what relation we stand, not alone to family or friends, but to every living, breathing thing — to both man and beast. In the newer and better interpretation of life as a unity, we cannot fail to discern that more is demanded of us than ever in the past. The dumb animal exacts obligations that many of us never thought of in the past — obligations that once realized, one should never shrink from fulfilling. We cannot lay down a law for humanity that will ignore the brute creature. All life is one life, whether it be life of the tree, animal, human, or divine. The names only signify limitations of intelligence and expression. Those of the higher expression — the greater degree of manifested intelligence — should always protect, preserve, and care for the lower forms of life, and not abuse or destroy them.

And so it is through the understanding of life as a whole that we come first to understand our own relation as an integral part of the whole. Whatever we do we should consider not alone its bearing on our individual lives, but mark well how it is going to affect life in general — whether our action will prove to be unselfish, uplifting, and of real benefit to the world at large, or whether it is prompted by the selfishness that thinks and cares alone for that which seems to advance its own personal welfare. I use the term seem, for the advance at best can only be seeming, because it is not possible for one to make any true advancement in life at the expense of another.

In a statement of Spiritual Science principles we declare our belief in a brotherhood and a sisterhood of man. It is part of the foundation upon which we build. A great many of our brothers and sisters in this world do not, as yet, believe in this relationship. With a great many others it is a matter of theory that is not carried into practice. Are we Spiritual Scientists beyond the theorizing point? Do we realize the force of this divine brotherhood and sisterhood of man — this brotherhood and sisterhood that is not of flesh and blood nor of the will of man, but is the Will of God as it becomes manifest through man ? If we are beyond theory, then we will show it in kindly thought, and deed, and word. We would forgive what we consider the shortcomings of others as we would be forgiven for our own deficiencies. We would not be disturbed by the unthinking remarks made by one member concerning another. We would realize that people often speak without serious thought, and when their words are repeated by another, it often happens that a meaning is given them that never was intended. It is not to be expected of any one that he will always say and do the right thing. Few have progressed to that standard yet. So it behooves us to be charitable, to be forgiving. It is Well for us to remember that the judgment, the condemnation of others, is ever visited upon ourselves. And so, when any one has done us a real or fancied injury, let us put it out of sight, instead of harboring it in our minds.

Still another thing in our relation to one another: No two of us have evolved exactly the same tastes and desires, and it is often a difficult matter for people to assimilate with others because of this fact. Now, I think if we would compare notes with one another we could find points of agreement, and this is what we want to find, and not points of disagreement. Let us enter in and be interested in things that other people are interested in then we will find many things in common. Let us not be brothers and sisters in word, but in thought and deed. As the soul discerns its relation to all other souls, it perceives, at last, that love of God and love of man are inseparable that love, and love alone, is the fulfilling of the law.

Therefore, let petty differences go. Life is too short on this plane of existence to be affected by them. Cultivate the spirit of kindness and goodwill toward one another for you are then doing more nearly the Will of God. He shines in your soul. He stamps you with His gentleness, He destroys your interest in the world for your own sake and arouses your interest in it for His sake, giving you His power to wield. You do in His name the works which He inspires; you wipe away tears, you act for Him, you no longer have anything of your own like Him, you love all creatures with unquenchable love."

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Charles Brodie Patterson

  • Canadian New Thought author
  • Born in Nova Scotia in 1854 and died on June, 22nd 1917

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