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Present Freedom

I am not bound by any past. I am not limited by any future. I am now and forever eternally free.
— K. H. N.

We can repeat this affirmation very glibly, and then keep right on living in a thought of limitation. Let us go back mentally to the time we think of as the starting-point, for it is so abstract and unthinkable when we say that we have always existed. We believe it; but let us start with the thinkable atom, which must have form. That is our first idea of form. We can imagine this individual atom drawing to itself through vibration that which it needs to develop into the next form. This atom draws at first unconsciously, simply obeying a law that it does not yet understand. But, as we say, “Nature travels in the line of the least resistance.” So does this atom draw to itself, through this very law, form after form. Every form expressed is in advance of the previous form. This is evolution. Now imagine as best we can the ages upon ages that we have been in evolving from the first form to our present one.

How we have changed, little by little,—steadily, surely, no possibility of retrogression, but climbing ever higher and higher, until, as we have said, we reached our present development! We have been free from the first to attract to ourselves. We are not bound by any past any more than a dinner of last week is of importance to us now. It had its place then, but its time has passed. It is necessary no longer. Then, if we are not bound by the past, we certainly cannot be limited by the future. If we are not limited by the future, neither are we limited by the present.

Most people think that they are limited by the present. Yes, even metaphysicians are a little skeptical when one takes a decided stand and lives as if unlimited. We can all talk it. But these same metaphysicians will wonder if it is quite safe to follow out our logical conclusions after stating our premises. If there is danger in living them, we should not state them. But, if we not only believe, but know a thing to be true, then we must live it, or we are not living to our best; and this is what we claim to do. We are now and forever eternally free. We are now and forever absolutely responsible. These are tremendous statements, but they are true.

All things are now ready.—Parable

You remember the story how “a certain man made a great supper,” and sent out his servants to invite the people to come and partake of the feast. As they were invited, they began to make excuses why they could not accept. One said that he had some new oxen which he must try, and therefore could not come; another, that he had bought a piece of ground (real estate we would call it, I suppose), and must go to look at it; another, that he had just married; and another, that he must bury his father; and all had an excuse. But “all things” were just as ready as if there had been no excuses. It seems to me that that old Bible time and now are very much alike. “All things are now ready,” but we still make our excuses. Some day in the future we intend to live spiritual truths. Just now we talk them much and live them little. We are afraid of our “conclusions,” they are so vast. We are surprised at our being able to heal, at being able to overcome inharmonious conditions and bring out of them harmonious ones. We look with a somewhat doubting interest on our financial difficulties as they begin to get into a more opulent condition. “0 ye of little faith,” do not be afraid to live up to the principles you believe in to the fullest. Make no excuses. We are unlimited in the eternal now, and “all things are now ready” for us to realize and appropriate.

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