The greater the demand, the greater the spiritual supply awaiting you. In the divine economy the two are always in equilibrium.
The one thought in mind for these Wednesday talks is to get a larger understanding of ourselves, and therefore a larger understanding of God or law. Emerson tells us that the “counting, planting man” is not the real man. We are not trying to discover more about the external man, but are trying to understand the real man,—the divine in us. But someone says, “There are some things we cannot understand.” There is no doubt about that; but suppose we teach and live the things we do know? Shall we then not be in a position to learn some things that we do not yet know?
We should think a person very foolish who, desiring to take sun-baths, would sit in a room with closed shutters. We should consider a man very poor if he had a large bank account, and did not know how to draw his check. Yet we are living in this cramped and ignorant way, even the best of us, wishing for the sun to shine upon us, wishing to externalize our opulence, and yet not realizing that we possess these things.
We are told that in the divine economy demand and supply are always equal. I think we have all of us proved this to be true. We make a small demand, and hope for a large supply; but we never get it. The supply is small if the demand has been small. We make a small demand for health, strength, sight, happiness, usefulness. Our checks have been drawn for small amounts: they are cashed accordingly. We open our blinds a trifle, and hope to be flooded with sunshine. We get a ray or two, according to our demand,—no more, no less.
With constant ills, the dilatory strive.
Here is the secret. We are half-hearted, we are dilatory. We think we must “creep before we can walk.” We must grow, and growth to some is a matter of indefinite postponement; and that is not growth, it is indolence. We dislike to get out of a warm bed on a cold wintry morning. It requires an effort to make the first plunge from under the bedclothes. Here is where we stand. Some have not even made the effort; and some are shivering and wishing they had not made it, while others are partly sorry and partly glad. Let us shake ourselves, and get to work in earnest. Let us make large demands upon the divine, knowing that the supply will be fully equal. Let us teach and live the truth we already know, and not spend our time in speculations about that which we do not know. All things that we can conceive we can know. When does not matter. We are to live the Now: the future will take care of itself. It is not ours, and never will be. The Now is always ours.
Let us declare that our demands shall be large, never fearing that they may be too large. Let us not add to the number of dilatory minds. Then shall we be rid of “constant ills.”
Again I will say, Let us teach and live that which we already know; and our supply will show us what our demand has been.