|There is a secret, sacred place where man enters into communion with the Ultimate Mystery. This secret place is discovered only by those who are willing to surrender their personal possession of power to the Greater Power. However, to surrender does not mean to quit or to stop; to cease or to discontinue. To surrender is to deliver up the I Know in order to find the Way of Knowing.|
Many religious souls suffer in exile, isolated from the Spirit of Truth because they have great possessions in the form of preconceived ideas that they are not willing to give up. Like the Rich Young Ruler in the Bible story, they have confidence in their own judgment and in these ideas with which they have become familiar and accustomed. Sadly, they, like he will miss the opportunity to follow Christ fully because they will not part with the riches of what they already know.
We can all access this secret, sacred place, but we must first surrender our possession of the known to the unknown of God. Yet surrender is not our nature. The human in us surrendering to the spiritual is always a struggle. But as Frederick Douglass wisely stated so many years ago, where there is no struggle, there is no progress.
Finding happiness and true inner peace is the result of a process of searching for our spiritual selves, our higher nature, by struggling and asking. Happiness and inner peace is also found in accepting that this process will continue for a lifetime.
Quote of the Week
"You cannot lose anything that is worth having through acquiring a knowledge of the Truth. Sacrifice there has to be, but it is only sacrifice of the things that one is much happier without - never of anything that is really worth having." -Emmet Fox