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Certainty

Seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

There seems to be no doubt whatever about these statements. It is not said that we may find, but that we shall find.

What is our first step in seeking? I mean, in seeking for the real.

The first thing is a desire,—a desire to obtain something that will benefit us. Then we begin seeking in different directions. Sometimes it is reading, sometimes talking upon the subject in mind, sometimes it is thinking,—letting our minds wander out into the universal.

In order to be successful, we must be open on all sides. We first have the desire, which is seeking, then we “knock.” As we knock, it will be opened unto us. We cannot say, I will receive from this source, but not from that. We cannot judge fairly until we have experienced a thing.

“And ye shall know the truth; and the truth shall make you free.”

Here, again, is no doubt. “Ye shall know.” limits. It gives us absolute freedom. The chicken was surrounded by the larger truth all the time it was in its shell. It simply broke down the barrier to the larger realization of it. We are also living in the universal truth, and our barrier to a larger realization is thought of self. When we break down this barrier, we are flooded with truth. We realize it in all directions. It is ours: we are “free indeed.”

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