It is a great thought that the virtue, the purity, the goodness of the world, rise and fall with the virtue, the purity, the goodness of each human being. You cannot grow corrupt and leave the moral tone of the world where it stood before, no matter how little you may affect it. And it is a gloriously inspiring fact that as you rise in purity, peace, and power you lift the whole world with you. You are, to this extent, the ruler of the universe. You are, to this extent, free—therefore responsible. You are master of the situation. Neither powers nor principalities can prevail against you.
There is a still larger sense in which the man who re-forms himself re-forms the world. The man who finds the Kingdom of Heaven within himself has conquered the world, and can make of it what he will. This is the only true self-development—the development of that inner, that divine Self which is supreme in quality and most potent in life; that Self which is hidden on the sensitive plate of the soul until the chemistry of life reveals it in its fullness of beauty and majesty of power. But the completeness of this self-development comes to the individual only by and through his very noblest service to humanity. This is his final test, because the quality of a man emanates from him as freely and as naturally as the perfume from the rose—without thought and without effort.
In preparing to serve, then, one must give his best service. As a man develops spiritually, he increasingly radiates an atmosphere that subtly affects all with whom he comes in contact, and that spreads far beyond the circle of his immediate presence. Sensitive and receptive persons will go into his house and feel there the atmosphere of peace and love. People who sit by his side in the car will be soothed and calmed by his nearness—by touching the hem of his garment. Meeting him on the street, people will see the glory shining through his face. The grasp of his hand will be a healing treatment. And all this will take place more or less unconsciously to himself. It will be as normal to him as breathing. Along with this new consciousness will come the ability to control the great uplifting forces of life; consciously and intelligently to send out currents of divine love that shall reach and melt and purify some soul toward which they are directed. The paradox, seen everywhere in nature, is found here as well—the preparation and the doing are one.
The beginnings of a life of genuine service are in the divine unrest that, soon or late, comes to all of us; not the sort of dissatisfaction that vents itself in harsh criticism of "things as they are " in the external world, but the candid recognition that the inner life is not being lived in accordance with the dictates of the Spirit. Just here it is well to ask ourselves one or two deeply searching questions. On the answers to these hangs the real outcome of our search. "What we seek we find." Do we want to find the causes of existing conditions with a view to changing them? Are we earnestly seeking for fundamental principles that we can use as our cues in the great drama of life? Having found some such principles, are we brave enough to follow wherever they may lead?
It is a metaphysical fallacy that by some sudden illumination, by the quick grasping of some mystical "it," by the credulous acceptance of some vague, occult teaching, or, indeed, by any other process of mental jugglery, a man can become truly a man; can become centered, poised, serene; can become the channel through which spiritual power may, unimpeded, flow into beneficial and uplifting expression. The way is long, but is not necessarily weary or joyless, and one can and must do much by the way. But one must be before he can truly teach; otherwise the teaching has a hollow ring that cries aloud the counterfeit.
The Teacher's work is to rouse the slumbering soul to a glimpse of its immense possibilities; to stir it to a dawning appreciation of its inherent greatness; to direct the desires to a lofty level; to call into play some of the spiritual forces that lead the individual on to higher attainment. The real, the lasting, the fundamental work the individual must do for himself, through patient, persistent, consecrated effort to live out the life of the Spirit.
- Born February 10th, 1855 in Wellfleet, Massachusetts.
- Son of Jonathan Kendrick and Mary Hickman Dill (Jonathan Kendrick changed his name to Charles Gustavus Rodman by act of legislatlure.)
- Warren was an Osteopath and an Architect living in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts. He was also a founding member of the Metaphysical Club of Boston and at one time he was Secretary.
Thanks to his great granddaughter, Mary Kate Rodman Feighan, for this information.