He that hath ears to hear let him hear. — Bible
We all have ears to hear; but how many of us have ears to hear? It does not say, “He that hath ears let him hear, but “He that hath ears to hear.” We hear enough to say yes or no m the right place. We listen to long stories or recitals of woe or happiness from our friends, and, when we try to remember what we were told, find we have lost most of it. This is superficial hearing. True hearing is understanding. True hearing is always followed by right action. I say to you, “All is good.” You have annoyance, perplexities. You are unhappy as a result, you think. I say over again to you, “All is good.” “Yes,” you reply, “I agree with you.” That shows that intellectually you have grasped the idea. But there is more in true hearing. You continue saying, “All is good,” never doubting it; and someday instantly, in “the twinkling of an eye,” you have heard it for the first time. You understand it. You have never understood it before. Now your ears were there all the time, but the “ears to hear” means the spiritual, — the real of us. When that hears, all doubt vanishes; and, having heard, our work on that particular line is finished.
That which thou wouldst reach by a circuitous road thou canst have now if thou dost not refuse it to thyself. Epictetus
We all wander on a “circuitous road.” We all put off for some future time. Jesus said, “Now is the accepted time.” Now suppose we are dishonest. Someone says. You ought not to be dishonest; you are injuring yourself more than any one. We agree with him. But we say we intend to be honest someday. This really seems absurd to us, does it not? To be honest at some future time. But why is it absurd to us? Because we have reached that point in development where we understand what honesty is. In other words, we have heard with our “ears to hear” on that particular line. We can be honest today. We are not only on certain lines. One person is honest in one direction, another in other directions. But we follow a “circuitous road,'' and refuse to ourselves what we would have now, or, rather, what we think we would have. You would be surprised at the results if, instead of thinking ahead, you would expect things now. People would be cured of sickness and unhappiness at once if they did not continually put it off in mind to some future time. Jesus did not think or say that it took time to be cured. He said, “According to thy faith be it unto you.”
One truth a man lives is worth a thousand he only utters. — Epicharmus, B. C. 540.
We all do too much talking and too little living. I hear people discussing metaphysics with those who are not interested in them, saying what comfort and help they have derived from these studies, and yet living in fear and anger, and externalizing the result of these mental conditions. Let us talk less, and live more. Let us sometimes not talk at all. Don't try to make people understand that you have a grand something to live by, but live so well that people will come to you of themselves, and ask what it is that makes you always happy and well, and they see it in your face! Let us live the truth, and we shall not need to talk it.