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Meditation

"God loves from whole to parts but human soul Must rise from individual to whole.”
—Pope

A careful review of the life of Jesus will show that it was literally true as was written of him, that the mountains had been brought low, the valleys had been filled up, and the crooked places made straight. All this denotes an evenness, a roundness, of character, no mental nor spiritual quality being cultivated at the expense of other qualities. No matter what the circumstances, whether refuting the earthly wisdom of the scribes or proclaiming the truth to the people, or in his dealings with his own disciples, the greatest things were accomplished as easily as the smallest. True genius is not a wonderful development in one particular thing so that one is regarded as a prodigy, but a development that fits one for the little things in life as well as for the great things, and thus enables one to meet any and every emergency that may present itself — to thoroughly understand one's relation to life as a whole, so that thoughts and acts may conform to this understanding.

Meditation is a lost art, if indeed, it was ever an art among the western nations. It is rarely that we meditate on the Law of God. We may sometimes try to reason and think the law out but never to meditate on it. We never allow the mind to become filled with an all-absorbing spiritual question, and then restfully, without mental effort, look upon it as though it were something apart from ourselves. We never allow our thoughts to pass before us in review, to see them, in a way, as being something distinct from us, and meditate upon all that is pure and good. We allow reason and intellect to dispel meditation, and yet meditation is essential to the development of spiritual powers. We can meditate only when our minds are peaceful and restful, and if some vital question fills our very being, then through meditation will come revelation far beyond any that we can get in any other way. We would also find that meditation acts on all the higher and truer impulses of being to quicken and give more vital force to thought, and many things that we have been unable to understand would become clear. We would see how to perform all our duties in such a way that they would be of greater benefit to ourselves and others. In the development of spiritual power we should work as earnestly for the good of others as we would work for ourselves.

No desire should fill the mind for psychic power through curiosity or with the thought of displaying power that others do not possess. In the development of all power pride should be eliminated. Power is not you. You have come into the understanding of the laws, and through that understanding you have acquired greater force in your own life. You are as much responsible for the use of that force as you are responsible for worldly goods that have been committed to your care. If it is used with any selfish end in view, then it were far better if you had never developed psychic power. It brings peace and rest to the soul when used aright, but when put to a perverted use it fills the soul with a sense of unrest — a sense of shortcomings.

Do not seek a knowledge of psychic things unless you have some high and holy end in view. Then it will make your life beautiful and give happiness to other souls. The greatest possible development may be put to a perverted use. We should first realize the need of a development of spiritual powers, and then try to unfold naturally to the inner gifts. If this development should come in any abnormal way we would not understand their uses, and failing to understand we would certainly put them to a wrong use. Therefore, it behooves us to take each step carefully and thoughtfully, with the realization, if possible, of its effect upon our lives and the lives of others. I do not say this in order to retard any one in psychic development, but I say it so that they may understand their increased responsibility which comes through such development. Earnestly desire spiritual gifts, but be as earnest in desiring that they may prove beneficial to all. Be as earnest in desiring a knowledge of the law so that you may consciously direct them aright.

"Nothing ever for a moment broke the serenity of Christ's life," wrote Henry Drummond. "Christ's life outwardly was one of the most troubled lives that was ever lived. Tempest and tumult, tumult and tempest, the waves breaking over it all the time."

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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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