Friday, 25 December 2009

Weekly Bible quote 87 from the School of Truth, read by andre

As a heart longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for Thee - (Ps 42:1)
I cast myself into the eternal arms of Spirit

"The water that I give will become in you a spring welling up to life unconstrained by the conditions and circumstances of the world" says the Christ-presence in you. And who of us, gazing into the clear, fresh water of a running stream, can fail to resonate with the Master's imagery?

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Weekly Bible quote 86

A friend loveth at all times - (Prov 17:17)
Help me to be a true friend, Father

What a wonderful thing it is to have a true friend before whom, as Emerson says, we 'may think aloud'. He says: "Almost every man we meet requires some civility, requires to be humoured; he has some fame, some talent, some whim of religion or philanthropy in his head that is not to be questioned, and so spoils all conversation with him. But a friend is a sane man who exercises not my ingenuity, but me. My friend gives me entertainment without requiring me to stoop, or to lisp, or to mask myself."
Think of your own circle of acquaintances in order to prove how right the essayist is. To how many of them can you say exactly what you think? Is he not right when he says that most people have to be humoured? With one, you may not be able to discuss your religion because the form you follow differs from his. Another, perhaps, is extremely sensitive and you have to be on the alert not to give offense.

Appreciate your friends and give them of your best.

The Path of Truth Vol. 57, No. 4 page 233.

Weekly Bible quote 85

You have to be faithful over a little, I will set you over much - (Mt 25:21)
I face all life's experiences in love and trust

Life is all a matter of living through experiences and of growing by means of trial and error. Experiences are not sent to us by some outside power which is not under our control; they are not tests which we set ourselves. They call for the best that is in us and it is only when we fail to give of that best that we are overcome by the experience.

Weekly Bible quote 84

Let every soul be in subjection to the higher powers - (Rom 13:1)
God's will is always good will

'Thy will be done' is the finest prayer we can say, yet how many of us say it from the heart? We repeat it in church maybe but do we really mean it? Are we willing to subject the personal will to the divine will?

We should cultivate the things of the Spirit if we want to advance along the pathway which leads to conscious at-one-ment with God - love, faith, truth, goodness, and beauty are the things we should concentrate on. Yet many of us are so busy trying to make money that we must work if we would eat and keep a roof over our heads, but we should also pay attention to those things which have everlasting value and which are the only things we shall be able to take with us when we pass on to the next plane of consciousness.

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Weekly Bible quote 83

The Father Who dwells in me does His works - (Jn 14:10)
I let conscience in me speak for itself

The freedom to change your mind is the right of every seeker of Truth. All sincere scripture exhorts us to examine our conscience, to think again. Oaths and vows, regardless of the sanctity that the world claims for them, close the channel of open-mindedness through which we continually receive Divine guidance.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Weekly Bible quote 82

God is Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship in spirit and truth - (John 4:24)

I will revere you in the true spirit of Holiness, Father

To worship God in spirit and in truth does not mean going to a church service or a lecture once a week and saying our daily affirmations or prayers. It means bringing Him into everything we do. To meet together is a good thing, for the Christ said that where two or three were gathered together there was He in the midst of them, but it is not enough.

We worship God when we turn to Him often, not only when we are in sorrow or trouble, but also in our joy. It is to feel our oneness with Him and all that He is and has. It is to know that we are His beloved children, and to live according to our high calling.

When we truly appreciate all the beauty with which we are surrounded, whether it is Nature or whether it is something beautiful made by man, we are worshipping God, for Nature is God in expression, and anything beautiful made by man has been inspired by Him. And God is beauty.

The Path of Truth Vol. 58, No. 1 page 39.

Weekly Bible quote 81

Jehovah will be thy confidence - (Prov 3:26)
I live in the presence of Divine Love and Life

If you asked the average man in what he placed his confidence, you would get many different answers. One might say "in the stability of the Stock Exchange", a second "in the company I work for", a third "in the government of the country", another "in the law and order obtaining in nature". Few would answer, "In God."

Weekly Bible quote 80

In His hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind - (Job 12:10)

I take hold of Reality and make It my own

Hardship and difficulty may leave the impression that we are alone, but it is not so. There is no place, no state of being, outside of All-in-all. Our lives are a fulfilling of what is, not a journey into foreign territory.

However isolated in spirit we may feel, however alienated in outlook from our world, however frightened by apparent prospects, we are ever held in His arms. The universe that seems to lie about us is really within us, and cannot harm itself. Our part is to see it thus and make it thus: "Let me dwell in Thy tent forever! Oh to be safe under the shelter of Thy wings!"

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Weekly Bible Quote 78 with commentary by the School of Truth

Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into His presence with singing! - (Ps 100:2)
Joy opens the whole world to me

Joy, in All its degrees, is the great quest of humanity. Unlike mere pleasure, it is the water that quenches our thirst, the spice that fulfils our lives. It is proof positive of God in us.

We make a mistake in seeing joy as the fruit of success. It guarantees success, for it confirms the presence of God in our endeavours. So feel joy in All you do, especially when the going gets tough - not only are you embracing God, you are radiating encouragement to your fellows, extending the bounds of possibility, introducing magic to what may seem predictable.

Do not let others get you down, drag you into their hole. Remain quietly content, truly self-radiant, confident. This consciousness makes you one with your Father - you walk with His legs, understand with His mind, feel with His soul. The whole world is open and hospitable to you. His song resonates through your very being.

The Path of Truth Vol. 52, No. 6 page 356.

Weekly Bible Quote 77 with commentary by the School of Truth

You shall not be afraid of the face of man, for the judgement is God's - (Deut 1:17)
Filled with God I have nothing to fear

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The Master, who respected the laws given out by Moses, says something apparently different: "The Father judges no-one, but has given all judgement to the Son." Is he contradicting the great leader and prophet? No. The "Son" is everyone who deeply accepts sonship and, to the extent that he admits it, he is the expression of the heavenly Father.

God does not stand apart from us but infuses us from the centre of our being to the circumference of our affairs. With mind and heart open to this Truth we have nothing to fear and therefore no need to condemn anyone.

This may seem chilly logic, of little use amid the circumstances and passions of daily life. But it must become an attitude, a way of seeing and approaching all life's experience: "I shall not want, I shall not fear, for Thou art with me."

The Path of Truth Vol. 54, No. 3 page 159.

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Weekly Bible Quote 76 with commentary by the School of Truth

The practice of Truth is neither blind belief nor retirement into mysticism.. It is thinking, feeling, speaking and acting consciously and constructively. We are lead by ideas. Our intellect and emotions reflect what is of God - we trust them and use them. In our times of quiet communion we surrender to Spirit because we know it is the right thing to do.

Another name of God is Law. This name reflects our certainty of our highest good when we surrender our dilemmas to Him. It is not a hit-and-miss practice but fulfilment of That Which binds the universe, That Which manifests in every particle and pulse of Creation. Scientists may have to accept that the true nature of matter and energy will forever elude them, but this does not stop them from applying what they do know to great effect - and so do we.

So, make God, Spirit, Love, your friend. It is closer to you than hands and feet, closer than breathing. You are Its very expression.

The Path of Truth Vol. 55, No. 3 page 170.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Weekly Bible Quote 75 with commentary by the School of Truth

Blessed is he who keeps the Law - (Pro 28:18)
Ever more deeply I accept the oneness of Creation

The great leaders and prophets of the Old Testament established laws for good living over the ages. But underlying all such laws in all the civilizations of history is one fundamental Law: You shall love God with all your heart and soul and with all your mind, and you shall love your neighbour as yourself.

This "love" which we pursue with heart and mind is nothing less than acceptance of God's oneness. Whenever we alienate ourselves from any aspect of God's creation we tear ourselves apart and invoke inevitable pain and suffering - we live in a shattered world, a world of separation of things, people, feelings, thoughts. Love is the restoring acceptance that there is only one Creation and we are each the very centre of It. This Oneness contains all that we could ever need or truly desire, for nothing real exists outside of It.

It is this consciousness of Oneness that Truth seeks to bring to us. We practice it in meditation and in the hurly-burly of our daily lives. It is our destiny.

The Path of Truth Vol. 50, No. 2 page 96.

Weekly Bible Quote 74 with commentary by the School of Truth

Blessed is he who keeps the Law - (Pro 28:18)
Ever more deeply I accept the oneness of Creation

The great leaders and prophets of the Old Testament established laws for good living over the ages. But underlying all such laws in all the civilizations of history is one fundamental Law: You shall love God with all your heart and soul and with all your mind, and you shall love your neighbour as yourself.

Monday, 14 September 2009

Weekly Bible Quote 73 with commentary by the School of Truth

Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me - (Ps 50:15)
I trust God now, tomorrow and always

Appearances may become very frightening. They may threaten great suffering and death. Then we remember God's promise "Call upon Me and I will deliver you." All else abandons us. However long we have walked the path of Truth and however far we think we have advanced, the situation has come that forces us to the simple and great law of trust.

Truth is not learning about lots of things, it is learning a very few things very well: God is not separate from me, for Him all things are possible, I trust Him absolutely, therefore I dwell in the state of fearlessness called Love. The Psalmist puts it even more simply: "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want."

Do not wait for adversity to close in on you, forcing you to cry out "Lord, Lord." Start now to cultivate love and trust and a vision of All-in-all. Practise it in your everyday life, in things great and small. Learn to live with God so that you are never in doubt what to do in the day of trouble.

The Path of Truth Vol. 54, No. 1 page 37.

Friday, 4 September 2009

Weekly Bible Quote 72 with commentary by the School of Truth

Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord - (1 Cor 15:58)
I share my life with a wise Partner

The helter-skelter of today's world allows little time for most to arrange their priorities so that their pursuit of Truth remains the main goal of each day. Many sincere travellers on the Path find themselves on a mid Monday morning, for example, feeling harassed by their day. They attended to their thoughts and feelings thoroughly over the weekend - so they thought - but all came unstuck a few hours into the working week.

Living in Truth demands a steadfast state of mind and heart, habitual surrender to Wisdom in all things. This does not mean living life in slow-motion - not at all. It means living with a Partner Who assists you to act purposefully, to make the right decisions, to control your mood. It does not add to your stress but relieves you of stress. You are not alone. You are protected and comforted.

Remember that everything that you do and say, your whole body language, is testimony to God within you. This is your most powerful call to others to interest themselves in your life's choice.

The Path of Truth Vol. 55, No. 1 page 48.

Friday, 28 August 2009

Weekly Bible Quote 71 with commentary by the School of Truth

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds in Jesus-Christ - (Phil 4:7)

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I let Peace in, and free myself Experience Peace and you experience God, know God and you know Peace. It is not a state that comes upon you after you have wrestled and conquered your problems, it precedes problems, invades you and your circumstances and confirms God's presence, the Christ-presence, in you.

You do not "find" Peace. You surrender to It and It surrounds and inhabits you, freeing everything that you have held tense in self-defence - every sharpened thought, every rigid feeling, every stretched nerve and every taught muscle. Peace lets God's substance flow in you and through you, irrigating life's apparent wounds.

So don't sit in your battle bunker longing for Peace. Let It in and let yourself out. God's kingdom surrounds you. It is a place of wonder and abundance ready for you to fulfill It and It you.

The Path of Truth Vol. 53, No. 5 page 293.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Weekly Bible Quote 70 with commentary by the School of Truth

Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgement - (Jn 7:24)
In all my decisions I look to Divine integrity

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It is a very unusual person who declares "I am a liar." Much more unusual is to claim honesty. Can we ever be sure that what we hear or read is true? The answer in practice is that we judge by appearances, and it is a frail judgement. For example, advertising and packaging may claim all sorts of attributes but the product may disappoint. Even society's laws may be fallible, and the judgement of the magistrate who must use them may be flawed.

What then is the Master's "right judgement"? As children of our heavenly Father, there is within us Divine integrity, which cannot be compromised by corruption, coercion or expediency. It is the confirmation deep in our hearts and minds of our oneness with Him. It honours all His creation, regardless of appearances.

Divine integrity unfolds in us and our lives through practice, through shunning negative opinions, through listening to conscience, through sticking to Truth.

The Path of Truth Vol. 55, No. 5 page 285.

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Weekly Bible Quote 69, with School of Truth Comment

This is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith - (1 Jn 5:4)
I carry God's torch into my experience

Faith is a victory in itself, for it asserts itself over every aspect of our lives - our thinking, feeling, speaking and doing. And faith takes us into a new world in which new laws hold sway. In God's kingdom is adversity met with calmness and certainty, aggression with peacefulness and security, ignorance with tolerance and wisdom.

The world does not exist to frustrate and destroy us. Why would God, Who is Oneness, make it so? We are the form that He takes to express Love in the realm of matter and physical energy. We do His works and He gives us the means to do it - faith.

In absolute trust we carry the torch of Love into the nooks and crannies of our experience, dissipating the phantoms of fear. In doing it for myself I do it for Him, for I and the Father are one.

The Path of Truth Vol. 54, No. 5 page 293.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Weekly Quote 68 - with commentary from the School of Truth

Let your light so shine before men, that they give glory to your Father - (Mt 5:16)
God fills me with what I give to others

It is true that what you do not have you cannot give. But fulfilment of self goes hand in hand with giving of self - as you give, so you have, of everything. You may experience deep rapture and bliss in your meditations, but until you impart it to others it is not established.

We are God's means of expression, and the expression itself. The taciturn, self-contained person is denied the area of influence that opens up through fluent communication. The person who gushes is denied the response of thoughtfulness. The listener invites wisdom and beauty. The doer attracts confidence and co-operation.

The Master puts it so simply - we convey God's light and it attracts others to its Source in us. We put aside self image and convey God's image: "Not my will but Thy will be done."

The Path of Truth Vol. 54, No. 2 page 110.

Weekly Quote 67 - with commentary from the School of Truth

Whatever is born of God overcomes the world - (1 Jn 5:3)
What I leave to God He overcomes

Seemingly from nowhere problems arrive at our doorstep, and our first impulse is to do everything humanly possible to resolve them. The fruit of this response, as it becomes a habit, is bitterness in us - the fearful bitterness of failure mixed with the cynical bitterness of success.

But there is another response - the one of Divine ignorance: "I don't know the answer. I leave it to the guidance and resolution of God within me. I know only that in Him is it overcome."

The greatest blessing of leaving it to God, apart from the demonstration of His good, is the understanding that grows in us. We come to see life not an end in itself but as the terrain in which we discover that we are truly His beloved children.

The Path of Truth Vol. 56, No. 1 page 29.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Weekly Quote 66, with Commentary from the School of Truth

Love is the fulfilling of the Law - (Rom 13:10)
Love in me overcomes all negation

Newcomers to Truth often put so much effort into being positive that they forget about love. Nothing can be achieved in Truth without love. Love is our acknowledgement of the oneness and supremacy of God, that nothing real opposes us or could possibly oppose us. Therefore we have no grounds for fear and its variations - anger, envy, possessiveness, vengefulness.

Love is a light always available to us but which we have to switch on. As night yields its imagined terrors to brightening dawn, so does all negation fade from our lives. There is no need for us to resist conditions, circumstances or persons. None can prevail. All dangers are illusions.

This may sound like the height of wishful thinking. It cannot be argued or proven from afar. You have to enter Love to demonstrate it. Love is Law that cannot do other than fulfil Itself.

The Path of Truth Vol. 53, No. 3 page 170.

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Weekly Quote 65 - with commentary from the School of Truth

The peace of God, which passes all understanding - (Phil 4:7)
Your peace is ever with me, dear Father

Peace is like joy - it is the hand of our Father resting on our shoulder as we traverse the hills and valleys of life, assuring us that all is well. We do not have to "find" peace, it is ever available, even in the tumult of our day. Our Father is not disturbed by any thoughts, feelings and actions which do His work.

"Thou dost keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee" was the joyous cry of the prophet Isaiah. Peace to the navigator in a storm who tells us that we are on course and clear of all hazards. It may bewilder others to see us thus, like the humourous office poster which says "If you can keep your head amidst all this you do not understand the situation."

It is in the nature of our attunement to God that we do not wait for Him to bring us things. Instead we become those things. We take one step towards Him and he runs out to meet us. In your meditations feel His peace, feel it during your day, and recall it should it temporarily become distant.

The Path of Truth Vol. 50, No. 3 page 183.

Friday, 19 June 2009

Weekly Quote 64 - with commentary from the School of Truth

The precious substance of men is to the diligent - (Pro. 12:2)
God blesses my work for I put my best efforts in the doing of it

Are you happy in your work? Are you doing the thing you like best to do? If not, if you can change it, by all means do so, but if this is impossible at the moment, learn to like it - look on it as work done for God and do your best. There is some reason for your being where you are, so do all you can to make a success of your job. If you have work to do, whether you like it or not, thank God for it. Think of the number of people who are out of work and be grateful.

Helen Keller said: "My share of the work of the world may be limited, but the fact that it is work makes it precious. Darwin could work only half an hour at a time; yet in many diligent half-hours he laid anew the foundations of philosophy.

Green, the historian, tells us that "the world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of the heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker."

The Path of Truth Vol. 57, No. 5 page 350.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Weekly Quote 63 - with commentary from the School of Truth

Giving thanks always for all things - (Eph 5:20)
With spiritual vision I acknowledge only the Omnipresence of God

In God's Omnipresence there is no such thing as evil, there is only that which - to human awareness - holds out an appearance of evil, while hidden within it is THE GOOD THAT IS GOD.
We shall, in all probability, not be able to see this with our physical eyes but if our Spiritual Vision has been awakened we shall surely perceive that which IS in the place of that which is not.
God fills all space, is all Cause and Effect, so whatever comes into our lives derives from Him; there is no other source. On this plane of experience practically all of us see through a glass darkly, but we can - if we have the requisite faith - lift up our gaze to the hills and behold the truth through the inner Eyes of Love. Because God IS Love, we must take it on trust that all is well in this His visible world.

The Path of Truth Vol. 56, No. 5 page 285.

Friday, 5 June 2009

Weekly Quote 62 - with Commentary from the School of Truth

To the Lord your God belong the heaven, the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it - (Deut 10:14)
I inhabit God's natural, spiritual world

Omnipresence includes all that is seen and unseen. God is not divided. "Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven."

So look upon your world with great love and respect, for you are looking upon God. Look inwardly at your thoughts and feelings - there too you are looking upon God. Whatever negation you think you behold is not of God, but is separation from Him, pockets of darkness maintained in minds and hearts and accepted by you.

God's kingdom, from its unknowable source in Spirit, wells up through our thoughts and feelings, and through our bodies into our affairs. It is all of one Substance and is timeless: "Of His kingdom there will be no end." Understand that there is no "here and there", no "now and then". There is only here and now.

The Path of Truth Vol. 52, No. 3 page 165.

Friday, 22 May 2009

Weekly Quote 61 - with Commentary from the School of Truth

Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger - (Eph 4:26)
Today I will forgive

Even the most understanding and patient person may be roused to indignation by the behaviour of others. It is right that we register our disapproval of actions that transgress previous agreements or even general understandings but it is not right to allow our reaction to become entrenched, to acquire feelings of resentment and vengeance. Then we become victims of ourselves.

Rather, detach yourself as soon as possible from the event and later, when you are able to reflect on the situation in quiet meditation, hear the Christ within ask "What is that to you?" Prolonged anger gives others power over you. In effect you have begun to worship another god.

Do not allow such darkness to dull the bright, short day that is your life. Forgiveness of yourself and others clears away the clouds and lets you see clearly God's kingdom all around you.

The Path of Truth Vol. 55, No. 2 page 103.

Saturday, 16 May 2009

Weekly Quote 60

The righteous shall live by his faith - (Hab 2:7)
I increase my faith in God by making use of what I have - which I now do

Unfortunately many of us have faith in the wrong things. We believe in sickness instead of health, in poverty instead of plenty; and in misery instead of joy. We regard these things as realities, whereas the realities are things which have lasting value, not those which pass.

If we want to be well we must have faith in health and think in terms of health instead of sickness. If we want to have all our needs supplied we must know that we share in God's abundance and dwell on that rather than on poverty. As for joy - we must lift up our hearts to God and not give way to misery. We all have to endure sorrow at some time in our lives for it is part of life but we should not allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by it.

Let us have faith in the good and lovely things of life. Let us fill our minds with what is true rather than with what only appears to be true and is not. We show our faith in our fellowmen daily - why not in their Creator?

The Path of Truth No. 2, 2009, page 77.

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Weekly Quote 59, with Commentary from the School of Truth

You will know them by their fruits - (Mt 7:16)
I find God in my fellow

The Master's teaching cuts through all religion, even that founded in his name. How does a man or woman live? Are they a light among their fellows? Do they comfort and assure those in difficulty or pain? Do they inspire the fearful and hesitant to greater unfoldment of their potential? Do they turn wrath towards reason? Do they rise above their own constraints?

Too often is the individual judged by the worst of their religion or a religion by the worst of its followers. Rather discount religion altogether in your dealings with your fellows. God is All-presence. Truth would have us seek and find Him in our fellows rather than look for religious labels, weaknesses and failures. Also, as we strive to see our Father in them, we increase our own light.

It is the sincerity of their personal quest, and the humility and tolerance that this has forced upon them, that makes a person radiant to others, not their religious precepts.

The Path of Truth Vol. 50, No. 4 page 222.

Friday, 24 April 2009

Weekly Quote 58, with Commentary from the School of Truth

Love is the fulfilling of the Law - (Rom 13:10)
Love alone gives me life

We are all restricted by language, the words and grammar that various communities have evolved over the centuries to communicate needs, intentions, values. Languages tend to grow, ever adding new elements and shedding disused ones. In contrast, our true Self is both Oneness and timelessness. This means that man is continuously finding different ways of expressing the same thing.

So we need to renew our understanding of what "Love" means in relation to God. It describes the way we have adapted our thoughts and feelings to universal Mind and Soul. Love instantly tells us what is right and wrong, instantly forgives, instantly directs us towards outcomes that benefit all, instantly bathes us in humility, that of ourselves we can do nothing, that everything comes from the One.

We and our Father are One. There is one Mind-Soul-Substance of which everything in heaven and earth is expression. However you conceive It, whatever you call It, you ally yourself to It only through Love.

The Path of Truth Vol. 50, No. 5 page 302.

Weekly Quote 57, with Commentary from the School of Truth

The Lord my God lightens my darkness - (Ps 18:28)
I agree with God and am at peace

"God, show me the way!" is our cry in the midst of turmoil. And what great peace comes upon us when, perhaps suddenly, it is revealed to us what to do, or not do. We were lost in a dark and frightening environment and all at once light appeared and we could perceive and understand our predicament. The solution was at hand all the time but we could not see it.

Knowledge and understanding, more than any outside agency, are the bringers of peace. All the answers are already in us, and the means to overcome all difficulties, but we need perspective. This is what trust gives us. We focus away from ourselves and our apparent limitations and look towards Omniscience. The act of letting go itself breaks our logjam of fear. Divine solutions are always simple, very often they lie simply in a change of attitude - towards ourselves and others.

So, in the heart of the storm affirm Peace: "You lead me beside still waters, You restore my Soul." Solutions are not given to us - they are ours even before we perceive the problem, but we must give Wisdom a chance.

The Path of Truth Vol. 56, No. 4 page 226.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Weekly Quote 56, with Commentary from the School of Truth

I can do all things in Him Who strengthens me - (Phil 4:13)
I do it with and for God

Do you face a situation that you wish you could simply avoid? Maybe it is a duty involving traumatised relationships. Maybe it is a task that daunts you so much that already you feel exhausted and would rather sleep. Maybe it is something that fills you with fear.

Know this - life never presents you anything which, with God's help, you cannot resolve. Claim time for brief communion with Him. Let your prayer be along these lines: "Father, I do not have the knowledge or strength to climb this mountain so I let You be my mind, heart and body. I know that You wish me to do this thing on Your behalf and that Your direction and strength in me is sufficient. Thank you."

Then go forth almost as an observer of your own activity, assured that you fulfil God's purpose and that it takes you towards your highest good.

The Path of Truth Vol. 55, No. 6 page 353.

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Weekly Quote 55, with Commentary from the School of Truth

The old things are passed away; behold, they are become new - (2 Cor 5:17)
This is the day the lord hath made; I will rejoice and be glad in it

Are you overwhelmed with guilt sometimes because of the things you have done wrong in the past? If so and if you can rectify the wrong by all means do so, but if not, put it out of your mind and start afresh. Each day gives you the opportunity to begin anew - to set aside errors of the past and to strive to do well in the present. We should learn the lessons our mistakes have taught us and then put them behind us.

The past is over - let it go. Stop blaming yourself for what has been and concentrate on what you can do to make up for it. If you have harmed someone to whom you cannot make amends do something good for someone else.

Free yourself of outworn ideas. What you thought yesterday is not necessarily what you think today. If you are to evolve you will have to discard some of your old notions.

The Path of Truth Vol. 57, No. 4 page 244.

Friday, 27 March 2009

Weekly Quote 54, with Commentary from the School of Truth

You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one - (Jn 8:15)
Think no evil, see no evil, and speak no evil

If people would only think before they speak they might be less given to talking scandal, of which there is far too much in the world. Often it is the result of thoughtlessness rather than a real desire to hurt, but that does not prevent the damage that is so often done. The results may be equally harmful whatever the motive.

Why do we condemn when we so seldom know the true facts? The reason for anti-social behaviour may lie far back in the days of childhood. How then can we be competent to judge our fellows? The facts may seem to be obvious, but are they? How can we look into the depths of the mind of another and tell what is going on unless we have been specially trained to do so?

The Path of Truth Vol. 60, No. 3 page 163.

Friday, 20 March 2009

Weekly Quote 53, with Commentary from the School of Truth

Be ye also patient - (James 5:8)
I will not lose patience, Father, but remain calm under pressure

Patience according to the dictionary means the calm endurance of pain or any provocation; or perseverance. How many of us are patient under provocation? Are we not liable to be irritated when people do annoying things? We dislike to be kept waiting, for instance. We get cross with those who move slowly, and so on.

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velop poise - learn to control our emotions so that we do not lose our temper when things are not just as we would like them to be. Particularly are we liable to become irritated with those who serve us, which is often most unjust. It confuses them and makes them awkward. Far better to be patient.

There is the impatience of motorists on the road which often spells danger not only for them but for others. There would be far fewer accidents if people were not in such a hurry.
Maybe we become impatient even with God if our prayers are not answered at once; but He is not to be hurried so let us keep our poise.

The Path of Truth Vol. 59, No. 2 page 98.

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Weekly Quote 52, with Commentary from the School of Truth

Teach me good judgement and knowledge - (Ps 119:66)
I turn a deaf ear to the babble that surrounds me

"The Father judges no-one, but has given all judgement to the Son." As you open yourself to your indwelling Father you become the Son. Then do you judge righteous or "right" judgement. Then do you dismiss negation as it appears in your world literally as nothing. As nothing, negation cannot affect real Substance, any more than darkness can affect light.

Just so can ignorance not affect Knowledge. Turn a deaf ear to the babble that would beset you from morning to night. In your mind and heart uphold All-knowledge, of Which you are the microcosm. You may not yet know the answer, yet the answer is known to you. Keep yourself open to it, affirming that it is already yours.

The Psalmist of old makes the same cry that we do today. Humanity's yearning to know its true place in Creation has not changed. Nor has the Answer changed.

The Path of Truth Vol. 56, No. 3 page 168.

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Weekly Quote 51, with Commentary from the School of Truth

Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free - (John 8:32)
Give me the understanding to know the truth

What appears to be the truth is not always so. A table would seem to be an unmoving piece of wood, but science has proved otherwise. We must learn to differentiate between the appearance and the truth.

Some people ask how God, if He is love, can allow war? The truth is that He neither allows nor disallows it. It is a man-made thing and has nothing to do with Him. Man through his wrong thoughts and actions and his greed brings it about. God has given us free-will and He does not make us do anything. We can obey His laws and live according to the Truth or we can disobey them and be unhappy.

Search for truth always. Saint Augustine said: "Retire into thyself, for truth dwells in the inner man." If we want to know the truth about our fellowmen we must delve below the surface to discover their motives and their ideals and ideas. Our eyes can deceive us and what we see may not be the real man. Let us seek him.

The Path of Truth Vol. 58, No. 1 page 47.

Friday, 27 February 2009

Weekly Quote 50, with Commentary from the School of Truth

And I shall walk at liberty - (Ps 19:45)
I am a beloved expression of God and my love for, and faith in Him, fulfil my good

So many of us are chained to something or someone. We may be the victims of fear, and what would we not give to be free of this destructive emotion? It prevents us from living fully and richly - from living adventurously and excitingly. Instead of enjoying the thrill of striving against the current in the middle of the stream of life, fearful people try to stay in a quiet backwater which they hope will be safe. We should all cultivate courage diligently. It will come with faith. Faith in the Power of God within us will make us bold and free.

We also need to rid ourselves of outworn ideas - the wrong ones instilled into us by ignorant people in our childhood perhaps. And these are not easy to eradicate.

But we must get rid of the ideas of God as a God, sitting on a throne in some remote heaven noting the errors of His erring children that He may punish them. God is a God of LOVE, understanding, and forgiveness.

The Path of Truth Vol. 57, No. 5 page 288.

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Weekly Quote 49, with Commentary from the School of Truth

This is the day which the Lord has made - (Ps 118:24)
In my inmost chamber is Timelessness

We think God changes things for us. He changes nothing - it is we who change. The Psalmist declares in jubilation "The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone." Timelessness means that a situation may take on a very different appearance purely by the way we adjust our minds and hearts to it.

So do not wait for "things to change". Instead affirm "You, dear Father, are present now in this place. Your perfect ideas have always and will always be available to me. Nothing has first to happen." As thus you open your being to Him you find your clouds lifting, your limbs flexing, your mind clearing. What seemed utterly impossible is now possible.

In your inmost chamber is no clock. You cannot impose your notions of time and sequence upon All-presence. To try, is to congest and paralyse, not God, but yourself.

The Path of Truth Vol. 53, No. 6 page 355.

Friday, 13 February 2009

Weekly Quote 48, with Commentary from the School of Truth

My presence will go with you - (Ex 33:15)
I am open everywhere and always to God

Many people feel God is in some way rooted to their place of worship or communion. They go forth each day and then return to Him. But Omnipresence never leaves us, not for an instant. He is present in our periods of dedicated communion but no less in our most busy and active moments. He is present in events spiritual and carnal, when we are "good" and when we are "bad", when we are distracted by the world and when we take the opportunity to reflect.

His guidance is available not only at major crossroads in life but at every step we take. Often our greatest flashes of understanding come in unexpected moments - while we are busy with some ordinary task, doing something unconnected with our quandaries. Travellers on the path of Truth learn always to be open to His presence and not to depend on "big decisions".

"Do not be anxious about tomorrow" counsels the Master, because anxiety tends to close our inner doors. God is not constrained by time or place. So, if we leave our difficulties in His hands, neither should we be constrained.

The Path of Truth Vol. 54, No. 6 page 366.

Friday, 6 February 2009

Weekly Quote 47, with Commentary from the School of Truth

One there is Who is good - (Mt 19:17)
God pours good into my life

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We live our lives in episodes or along avenues. Each situation seems to play itself out in its own terms for better or worse. How often do we consider that a single Onlooker accompanies us throughout, for Whom our every situation is but a variation of one opportunity, to turn, behold Him and let Him in.

Do not imagine that you live among demons and saints, like in soap operas. You live within Oneness Who alone is Good. You cannot extract good where there is none, hope that manipulation of people and situations will suddenly release good for you. The Treasure is in your heart, and becomes manifest only as you release It.

As you start a new day say to yourself "There is One Who is good. This One dwells within me and yearns to be set free in my world. Now He goes before me pouring His goodness into every situation, unravelling it, bringing out the best in all involved. I fear no evil."

The Path of Truth Vol. 52, No. 5 page 289.

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Weekly Quote 46

There is one God, the Father, and one Lord, Jesus-Christ - (1 Cor 8:6)
Good alone prevails in my life

The story of Jesus-Christ should be understood within a Greek context, where aspects of Deity were almost always personified. What Paul is saying is that the cosmos is Oneness, with God and His Creation unseparated. Down the ages this "monist" view of the world has continuously been challenged by "dualism" which attempts to introduce a second principle - such as matter, flesh, evil, etc.

Light and darkness do not constitute two principles. Darkness is nothingness, the absence of light. All this may sound like dry philosophy but it is vital to our consciousness and our life. Do we deep down believe that negation is a force that can challenge God? Or do we accept God alone, and ourselves as expression of Him? Do we face life bravely, saying "I embrace God-the-Good only and turn my back on all appearances to the contrary?

Today place all your faith in the One Principle, God. In spite of all personalities, conditions and circumstances insist that Good alone prevails in your life.

The Path of Truth Vol. 52, No. 6 page 352.

Friday, 23 January 2009

Weekly Quote 45

You shall call, and the Lord will answer - (Is 58:9)
I behold God's kingdom in me

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To the great promise in Isaiah the Master adds a qualification: "Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you receive it, and you will." We have to accept the truth of the promise before it can be fulfilled in us. This is the central dynamic of Truth, the "leap" of mind and heart that we must make - we have to trust God in everything that we need and truly desire.

Almost all of us have been indoctrinated from birth in the global religion of materialism and the interpretation of life's experience demanded by it. It is very hard to see things differently, to believe that there is a Power within us for Which all things are possible. Yet we must believe it. Within us each is the little leaven that can transform our reality - we must give it the chance to do its work.
"Ask and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you." Lift the veil of fear and behold the Kingdom of heaven in which you already dwell.
The Path of Truth Vol. 54, No. 3 page 157.

Friday, 16 January 2009

Weekly Quote 44

Now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken - (Ps 37:25)
I place my trust in Him Who never fails

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The whole of Psalm 37 is a gem for followers of Truth. It is echoed in many places in the teachings of the Master, repeatedly affirming that negation disappears before Good. Older followers of Truth, particularly, will agree with the Psalmist's reflection that he has not seen the righteous (right thinkers, feelers and doers) forsaken.

Our progress along the path of Truth is better evaluated in retrospect than in the moment. Like a hiker we may pause on a rise and look back upon the difficult terrain we have traversed and draw satisfaction from it. The great value placed upon prediction and planning in today's culture of materialism would misdirect our journey. Spirit (a name of God) is in hand - we simply trust It and use It. In due course we will comprehend the good It has brought us.

If now you are passing through the deep dark valley of despair, take courage from those who declare the fulfilment that has come through their reliance on Him. Say to yourself "I will have what they have."

The Path of Truth Vol. 55, No. 3 page 166.