By the Law of Gravitation all matter is drawn towards the earth’s center. Nothing material has ever successfully deﬁed it, yet all growth, whether it be the growth of the vegetable life, or the growth of the animal life, has striven to do so. The seedling lifts its frail leaves above the earth’s surface, and, drawn by the attraction of the sun, it leaves the ground, reaching up and up towards the sky until it becomes the tallest tree in the great forest, but the law of gravitation overcomes it at last, and it lies prone upon the earth which has claimed its own. The bird in its upward ﬂight, so far, is defying the pull of the earth, but its ﬂight is limited—it returns at last, pulled back by the material law to which it is subject.
Everything in the material world is a symbol of some spiritual force, and has its counterpart in the Heavens—the REAL WORLD.
Every part of the physical body has its correspondence in a spiritual power, as it is written,—
“The invisible things of Him from the foundation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made."
And again is it not written,—
“While we look, not at the things which are seen but at the things which are not seen, for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal."
Now, the question is—Are we by an unalterable ﬁat to remain forever slaves to the Law of Gravitation? As matter, or gross physical bodies only, the answer is, Yes ; as spiritual or heavenly beings, the answer is, No.
There is a Law of which the Law of Gravitation is but a correspondence or counterpart, viz., The Law of Spiritual Attraction. You remember I mentioned a moment ago that the little seedling is attracted by the Sun. and is drawn by it away from the pull of the earth. And we have in the great solar light, warmth, and inﬂuence—the pull of the sun—as the Correspondence or Counterpart of this Spiritual Law of Attraction.
But so long as man regards the physical or material laws of the universe as the only laws, and believes that he is subject unto those laws, whether he wills to be or not, so long will he walk in blindness, and be the slave of matter, decay and death.
Man is hedged in by his belief in the power of the material world, and he can see no way of escape, nor will he gain his freedom while he believes only in that which his physical eyes can see, and his hands handle.
Of all the creation man alone has power over material and physical laws. But he does not know it. Why, think you, is man today straining every nerve, and even ready to sacriﬁce his very life, in his attempts to ﬂy? He probably does not know why (there may be one or two here and there who understand) but the fact is that deep, deep down in his awakening consciousness is coming to birth a taint glimmer of light which will lead man at last to conquer every material law, the Law of Gravitation included. Man is director of Nature and all her laws and forces, and not the slave and servant to do her bidding.
earth further and further behind; the bird, with more life still, soars high above the trees. So dead, or inanimate matter is the counterpart of the material mind of man, the mind not yet spiritually awakened. The more material and “animal” the mind, the greater is the power of material laws over it; the closer is it bound to, and subject to, the law of matter, the Law of Gravitation, which is the way of death. The moment the mind of man begins to awaken to its divinity, that moment he begins to rise superior to the animal nature, and his ascent has begun.