Emily Cady begins her wonderful Lessons in Truth with a simple, direct and timeless challenge aimed at each of us as we awaken to our spiritual Selves. She titles the book’s first lesson, “Bondage or Liberty, Which?”
“Every man,” she writes, “believes himself to be in bondage to the flesh and to the things of the flesh. All suffering is the result of this belief.”
“God is not a power over evil, and we have no power over evil.” This is a typically surprising statement from Joel Goldsmith, the great metaphysical teacher who loved to state his convictions in a way guaranteed to shock. “God is not a power over evil,” he writes in Realization of Oneness.
“To believe that God is a power over evil,” he adds, “is to believe that evil has an existence. And
“Be Prepared! It’s the Boy Scouts’ marching song!” to quote the great Tom Lehrer. Of course, it has become much more than a marching song through the years. Spilling over from scout meetings into our collective consciousness, it has become one of society’s most frequently
I think the total solar eclipse last Monday was a well-timed reminder that we are all fellow voyagers on a fragile planet in a large solar system that is itself an infinitesimal part of a vast universe. Even just watching the total eclipse on television generated a sense of awe that
I was (lovingly) accosted at a recent street fair by a woman insistent that my only path to salvation was through attendance at a certain local church. When I proved to be gently resistant to her admonitions, she went for the Big Finish: “God loves you anyhow,” she said as she turned her attention to a more likely prospect. Good to know.
We’re told in Genesis that we have “dominion” over the planet and the forms of life that share it with us. A great deal of damage has been done through centuries of assuming that ‘dominion’ meant that we could do whatever we chose, without regard for consequences.