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I exist as I am, that is enough.
If no other in the world be aware, I sit content;
And, if each and all be aware, I sit content.
—Walt Whitman

When our minds begin to ask questions which we cannot answer, our first impulse is to run to another, and get his opinion in regard to the matter. We try not only one, but many; and, as time goes on, our questions accumulate, and our anxiety to solve them forms the larger part of our daily life. We think this condition denotes growth, and pride ourselves that we are at least active in thought, and not half asleep, as some people are. This condition is a forerunner of better things to come. It seems to be a necessary stage to most minds.

What I wish to teach today is that each must have his own revelation of truth in regard to all that concerns life. We must first reveal ourselves to ourselves. We need not speculate upon the past until we are bewildered with wondering about the beginning of all things, — all the theories in regard to life, which is the most correct, — but let us start with today. “I exist as I am, that is enough.” Yes, quite enough to keep my thinking-machine busy as I come into a larger realization of all that it means.

“If no other in the world be aware, I sit content.” This, to my mind, is the true position, — not to care for the opinion of people, whether they think you are growing spiritually or not; not to care for results as to what may or may not come to you; not to care how or when other people grow; to give up being a caretaker either for yourself or others; to have no desire for ways and means; to have but one purpose in life, and that is to understand your own development as you unfold day by day, — in other words, to get your own revelation, to know, through your own wisdom, the real of life. If all wisdom is within each of us, as we believe, then the one thing for us to do is to become aware of it.

All anxiety in regard to unlocking this wisdom delays us. The key that opens the door most quickly is indifference. I mean by this to be indifferent as the child is indifferent. His pleasure is in the present moment. He enjoys without anxiety as to the future. He does not think of results. He grows without being aware of it, until some day it dawns upon him that he is a man. All the petty detail of arriving at this state is of very little importance to him. We do not think of pumping a river to make it flow, neither do we have to make an effort to get our own revelation. All wisdom opens itself to our understanding as we become indifferent in the right sense, for indifference is poise.

Do not expect the wisdom before you need it. The occasion will bring what is necessary if you are living in the ultimate, and not in the details.

Afoot and light-hearted, I take to the open road.
Henceforth I ask not good fortune: I myself am good fortune.
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing.
Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms.
Strong and content, I travel the open road.
—Walt Whitman

This quotation gives me a sense of freedom. I give up the pessimistic I, which doubts and fears and looks for education from without. I realize, as never before, the mighty I Am, — my real self, from which cometh all my understanding. I will trust it. I will listen. I will know all humanity and life by realizing more fully what I am myself. Can we not all trust the divine within?

Can we not “travel the open road” removing all limitations? Let us say it over to ourselves, “I am travelling the ‘open road.'“ We take a long breath and expand our lungs as we say it, for it is truth.

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