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Harmony With Law

All laws (although we separate them for convenience in studying) are one in essence, and merely diverse modes or aspects of the Great Law of Causation which operates on every plane of being—physical, moral, spiritual. As the expression of the Divine Nature, it is invariable, omnipotent, absolutely just, and all-embracing; so that nothing can happen either as affecting the personality or individual that is outside of, and not subject to, Law; and there is no thought, feeling or act evolved, but must of necessity have exactly that result which ensues. Chance is excluded, and what we term “accidents" demonstrate the presence of factors which were unexpected, or of laws the workings of which are at present unknown. All the facts of Science are based upon the reliability of Law, and there can be no grounds for supposing that the minutest particle of the Universe is excluded from its operations, or that its application should not extend beyond the physical world.

Unwittingly man commits acts which involve consequences both painful and pleasant; and these experiences are stored up in the mind, enhancing his understanding in varying degrees. From the standpoint arrived at he ever seeks to avoid pain and to gain that which he thinks will bring him the greatest amount of happiness, but it is the degree of harmony with the law of his being which qualifies his success. Power to determine results is limited by ignorance of law. Yet if a man unconsciously does the right thing, the result will be same as that which knowledge would have brought about; although his mind may still be dark as to the true reason. For all this, ability to enjoy or suffer is always in strict proportion to the mental and moral development.

Often when pain and failure attend his efforts, when his sky is overclouded and the grey mists of despair chill his very life-blood, man will doubt the supremacy of justice and Goodness, will repudiate the idea that Law and Order reign, and will imagine that if there is any governing power at all it must be partial, despotic, and unprincipled. To the thoughtful, however, this aspect will be but transient; for, pondering over the deep problems of life, he will eventually come to the conclusion that the cause of all his distress is in himself, and in himself alone is the remedy. He has been trying to work against the Law, has pitted his puny strength against Omnipotence, has sought his selfish ends in opposition to the Universal Good; and now, broken and bleeding, is beginning to learn his lesson, is gradually realizing that strength and peace may be his only through that wisdom which consists in action perfectly attuned to Law. Even then he may stubbornly turn his back upon the dawning light, but that is his affair. The Law will not alter, his higher nature will not be denied, and the outward conditions will still reflect the inward state.

To us, as practical men and women, a knowledge of the Law is of the first importance, because in no other way may we be liberated from a position of impotence amidst the innumerable forces operating around and in us, to that of power to utilize those forces to definite ends. To know one’s exact position in the Cosmos, is to be in touch with supreme power. But very few are they who consciously seek some definite good, and fewer still is the number of those who have attained to perfect satisfaction. Most of us have undefined cravings which drive us hither and thither, until, bewildered in mind, we grope blindly for—we know not what.

There are quack remedies innumerable for all the ills to which the flesh is heir; but the wise will leave to the vendors the full benefit of their ingenuity. Everyone has arrived at a different stage in evolution, and my particular way is not my brother’s, although the goal is the same. Impressions received are qualified by the inner state of consciousness, and in no two persons is this exactly similar. Therefore should each search diligently within himself for the hidden meanings of life, and persist until he understands the law of his being.

Success, which in some form or other we so earnestly desire, awaits us in the perfecting of those faculties which we possess, and not in attempting to do another man’s work. Since Law reigns supreme, the Universe has need of each, and for this reason each is here with his particular abilities and environment. That which he knows as evil is the limitation which is sensed as irksome, and because of its galling nature he is kept in a state of unrest until it shall be transcended. But to the awakened soul, who with purposeful effort strives to correct his weaknesses and faults, and does the best he knows in developing the talents with which he is endowed, final success is assured, for he is working in harmony with law.

And it is well to remember that the joy of success lies not in the grasping of some outward object, but in the ability of heightened faculties to appreciate attainment.
What of immortal have I done today?
—Maeterlinck
There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.
—Emerson

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