IN TUNE WITH THE INFINITE By Ralph Waldo Trine

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Yes I replied if it has the element of use For I had even then read much in the philosophies of the present and. of earlier times and was forced to the conclusion that very large parts of them are of little real value interesting. but of little real value because of their lack of the element of use use in the everyday problems of life. Each of us has their problems of one sort or another and no life is free from them We all need help This is. particularly true at present because of the peculiar time we have been born into. I have often said to friend and acquaintance during the last two or three years that there is perhaps no one quality. men need so much and right down in their hearts long for so much as the quality of courage For courage to me. is nothing more or less than a positive creative type of thought It not only keeps us going but all the time works. out effects on the course of our journeying Thoughts are forces subtle vital creative continually building and. shaping our lives according to their nature It is in this way that the life always and inevitably follows the thought. Thoughts of strength engender strength from within and attract it from without Thoughts of weakness actualize. weakness within and attract it from without Courage therefore begets success as fear begets failure. There is something in the universe that responds to intrepid thinking The POWER that holds and that moves the. stars in their courses sustains illumines and fights for the brave and the upright Courage has power and magic in. it Faith and hope and courage are great producers we cannot fail if we live always in the brave and cheerful. attitude of mind and heart He alone fails who gives up and lies down. To open ourselves to this sustaining POWER to live continually under its guidance this is our part Those of us. who do our part will keep free from fear and therefore from a weakening corroding worry the two black twins. that carry the germs of despair and defeat costly for ourselves unfair for our families our friends and as our. neighbors costly even for our country, Years ago shortly after this book was written I used on the title page of a little book as a sort of keynote the. sentence The moment we fully and vitally realize who and what we are we then begin to build our own world. even as God builds His, What is the fundamental fact the fundamental principle of life the real basis of any healthy or even worthy. philosophy of life Can we find it and know it There s the rub But long ago there came one who with a great. aptitude for discerning the things of the mind and the spirit a great clarity of perception that enabled Him to. understand the reality of life the One Life and to identify His own life with it the Infinite Spirit of life and. power that is back of all animating and working through all the life of all. So direct and intimate was His understanding of it that He used the term Father I and my Father are one And to. make it of value in that it was not for Him alone He said As I am you shall be My consciousness of the One. Life shall be your consciousness My insight and power shall be your insight and power if you will receive My. message and do the things I tell you And truly He handled the stuff of life with a wonderful artistry This is the. message that the Master Jesus of Galilee tried so hard to get over into the world It is through this that He. becomes the supreme Way revealer the Way revealer to us men of earth. The Way He showed is what man so sadly needs for a higher and a more efficient individual life and what the. world needs for a more efficient and harmonious and co operative life Here is the basis of all idealistic. philosophy a philosophy a religion of power of concrete creative power and therefore of use All are partakers. and individual expressions of the One Life all related and interrelated As we open ourselves fully to the. realization of this we bring harmony into our individual lives and out of that harmony we create a world of. harmony and co operation in which each individual and each country enjoys freedom and the fruits of labor. instead of enslavement of disruption and of eventual destruction. Yes from the conception of the One Life flows the inevitable reality that all men are brothers There is great. gain there is even an obvious self interest in building our individual lives and our world life upon that reality If. we do so we will establish a just and therefore more lasting peace. What a frightful price we have now to pay for our ignorance our negligence our self seeking our forgetting that. the good of all is the only real and lasting good Out of all the travail good may come but again that will depend. We must keep our courage up must keep our vision clear must keep our balance so that we may free ourselves. and others with us from the frightful dangers dislocation and disorder that are the results of the great world. A single stanza by Edwin Markham voices the poet s inspiration. At the heart of the cyclone tearing the sky,And flinging the clouds and the towers by. Is a place of central calm,So here in the roar of mortal things. I have a place where my spirit sings,In the hollow of God s palm.
This was the poet s way of expressing the great truth we are considering and I know he believed it thoroughly. for we talked it over many times together This was his belief as to the mission and the revelation of the Master. and the Kingdom of God that comes into being when all men realize they are brothers and are wise enough to. live and to act as brothers, In this again lie the truth and the song that arose from it and sang itself through our earlier poet Whittier good. Quaker and true always to the Inner Light,I know not where His islands lift. Their fronded palms in air,I only know I cannot drift. Beyond His love and care, A dark age can come only if we men of earth fail to do our part We will not fail We cannot fail But the sands. in the hour glass may be running lower than we know We must bestir ourselves. Ralph Waldo Trine, THE optimist is right The pessimist is right The one differs from the other as the light from the dark Yet both.
are right Each is right from their own particular point of view and this point of view is the determining factor in. the life of each It determines as to whether it is a life of power or of impotence of peace or of pain of success. or of failure, The optimist has the power of seeing things in their entirety and in their right relations The pessimist looks from. a limited and a one sided point of view The one has their understanding illuminated by wisdom the. understanding of the other is darkened by ignorance Each is building their world from within and the result of. the building are determined by the point of view of each The optimist by their superior wisdom and insight is. making their own heaven and in the degree that they make their own heaven are helping to make one for all the. world beside The pessimist by virtue of their limitations are making their own hell and in the degree that they. make their own hell are they helping to make one for all mankind. You and I have the predominating characteristics of an optimist or the predominating characteristics of a. pessimist We then are making hour by hour our own heaven or our own hell and in the degree that we are. making the one or the other for ourselves are we helping make it for all the world beside. The word heaven means harmony The word hell is from the Old English hell meaning to build a wall around to. separate to be helled was to be shut off from Now if there is such a thing as harmony there must be that. something one can be in right relations with for to be in right relations with anything is to be in harmony with it. Again if there is such a thing as being helled shut off separated from there must be that something from which. one is helled shut off or separated,THE SUPREME FACT OF THE UNIVERSE. THE great central fact of the universe is that Spirit of Infinite Life and Power that is behind all that animates all. that manifests itself in and through all that self existent principle of life from which all has come and not only. from which all has come but from which all is continually coming If there is an individual life there must of. necessity be an infinite source of life from which it comes If there is a quality or a force of love there must of. necessity be an infinite source of love whence it comes If there is wisdom there must be the all wise source. behind it from which it springs The same is true in regard to peace the same in regard to power the same in. regard to what we call material things, There is then this Spirit of Infinite Life and Power behind all which is the source of all This Infinite Power is. creating working ruling through the agency of great immutable laws and forces that run through all the universe. that surrounds us on every side Every act of our everyday lives is governed by these same great laws and forces. Every flower that blooms by the wayside springs up grows blooms fades according to certain great immutable. laws Every snowflake that plays between earth and heaven forms falls melts according to certain great. unchangeable laws, In a sense there is nothing in all the great universe but law If this is true there must of necessity be a force. behind it all that is maker of these laws and a force greater than the laws that are made This Spirit of Infinite. Life and Power that is behind all is what I call God I care not what term you may use be it Kindly Light. Providence the Over Soul Omnipotence or whatever term may be most convenient I care not what the term. may be as long as we are agreed in regard to the great central fact itself. God then is this Infinite Spirit which fills all the universe with Himself alone so that all is from Him and in. Him and there is nothing that is outside Indeed and in truth then in Him we live and move and have our being. He is the life of our life our very life itself We have received we are continually receiving our life from Him. We are partakers of the life of God and though we differ from Him in that we are individualized spirits while. He is the Spirit including us as well as all else beside yet in essence the life of God and the life of man are. identically the same and so are one They differ not in essence in quality they differ in degree. There have been and are highly illumined souls who believe we receive our life from God after the manner of a. divine inflow And again there have been and are those who believe that our life is one with the life of God and. so that God and man are one Which is right Both are right both right when rightly understood. In regard to the first if God is the Infinite Spirit of Life behind all whence all comes then clearly our life as. individualized spirits is continually coming from this infinite Source by means of this divine inflow In the. second place if our lives as individualized spirits are directly from are parts of this Infinite Spirit of Life then. the degree of the Infinite Spirit that is manifested in the life of each be identical in quality with that Source just. as a drop of water from the ocean is in nature in characteristics identical with the ocean its source And how. could it be otherwise The liability to misunderstanding in this latter case however is this in that although the. life of God and the life of man in essence are identically the same the life of God so far transcends the life of. individual man that it includes all else beside In other words so far as the quality of life is concerned in essence. they are the same so far as the degree of life is concerned they are vastly different. In this light is it not then evident that both conceptions are true and more that they are one and the same Both. conceptions may be typified by one and the same illustration. There is a reservoir in a valley which receives its supply from an inexhaustible reservoir on the mountain side It. is then true that the reservoir in the valley receives its supply by virtue of the inflow of the water from the larger. reservoir on the mountain side It is also true that the water in this smaller reservoir is in nature in quality in. characteristics identically the same as that in the larger reservoir which is its source The difference however is. this the reservoir on the mountain side in the amount of its water so far transcends the reservoir in the valley. that it can supply an innumerable number of like reservoirs and still be unexhausted. And so in the life of man If as I think we have already agreed however we may differ in regard to anything else. there is this Infinite Spirit of Life behind all the life of all and so from which all comes then the life of. individual man your life and mine must come by a divine inflow from this Infinite Source And if this is true. then the life that comes by this inflow to man is necessarily the same in essence as is this Infinite Spirit of Life. There is a difference It is not a difference in essence It is a difference in degree. If this is true does it not then follow that in the degree that man opens himself to this divine inflow does he. approach to God If so it then necessarily follows that in the degree that he makes this approach does he take on. the God powers And if the God powers are without limit does it not then follow that the only limitations are the. limitations he sets to himself by virtue of not knowing himself. to come into the possession of unknown riches into the realization of undreamed of powers Ralph Waldo Trine Within yourself lies the cause of whatever enters into your life To come into the full realization of your own awakened inner powers is to be able to condition your life in exact accord with what you would have it

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