Programed for Perfection
By Rev. Raymond Shea
Meister Eckhart wrote:
“Deep within us all there is an amazing sanctuary of the soul, a holy place, a divine center, a speaking voice, to which we may continuously return. Eternity is at our hearts, pressing upon our time-worn lives, warming us with intimations of an astounding destiny, calling us home unto Itself. Yielding to these persuasions, gladly committing ourselves in body and soul, utterly and completely to the Light Within, is the beginning of true life.”
We are programed to be sustained by an infinite Power of Love and Wisdom, ready and waiting for us to ask and receive an infinite abundance of perfect ideas. Jesus called our spiritual Power “the kingdom of God within,” our true resource for spiritual enlightenment. The Latin origin of the word resource means “to rise again.” So we rise to a higher awareness of the interdependence of all that is.
All the true answers we need arise from the Inner Source. If we follow Its inspiration, we rise again, and again as remember our true spiritual identity. We may believe we are “from God” but have forgotten that we are “of God.” When we act from this basic Truth, affirming the perfect answer, it will be successfully accomplished. If we are sincere and willing, acting in unison with the Spirit of Truth, we will receive the strength to achieve and manifest our inspired goal. We will experience a fuller, happier, life, as we heed the inner directions to “rise again” to a more expansive consciousness of the infinite possibilities the Universe is always offering us.
Even the worst situations of our lives can be the steppingstones to fulfill a higher potential. From a limited, human point of view, we may see our life experiences as confusing, disconnected events, rather than as part of a beautiful tapestry being created behind the scene thread by thread.
The divine Weaver holds the idea of the perfect design of life in all its magnificence. The universe sees each of us evolving far beyond whatever seeming limitation may be challenging us today.
In Truth, perfect spiritual evolution is our only true destiny.
At our deepest soul level, we are programed for perfection, even though what may sometimes be happening doesn’t always feel like it! It is said that the night is darkest before each dawn. At times we may feel we are living our lives in a dark, unhappy “basement.” However, if we search we will find the elevator to lift us to a place of peace, love and joy. When we feel desperate and at our wit’s end, by turning from the problem and to the infinite Power within us, we will rise out of the appearance of defeat. Thus we can meet each dark night of the soul with the full conviction that by focusing our mind’s eye only on the Light of Truth, we will see the new and joyful horizon before us that is always being there for us.
Many years ago, when Metaphysics was a new way of thinking for me, it reminded me of how my Advanced Algebra teacher in high school had taught me to get the right answers to the 25 mathematical problems he assigned the class every day. Whenever I had trouble getting my homework problems right, he said, “Today, I’m giving you 10 extra problems so you’ll have more opportunities to get the correct answers by using the formulas I taught you.” Follow the formula, what a concept! This is how it works following spiritual Principles. Life turns out well when I turn inward for answers.
As we assess the kind of world humanity has opted for until now, we focus outward and see many errors and limitations. Yet we can know the Truth of the infinite, perfect possibilities we have not yet realized. How and when do we finally “get It?” We begin by turning from outer “facts” to inner Truth. I invite you to reflect on these words from British Prime Minister William Gladstone:
“We look forward to the time when the power of love will replace the love of power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.”
The Source of all Truth dwells within each and every one of us. By identifying with and tuning in to that inner Voice, by quieting the busy, outer-directed mind, soon our conscious awareness be begins to expand as we listen to and follow the everlasting, indwelling Truth we begin to know and rely on. The problems that once seemed insurmountable, gradually are resolved and dissipate into nothingness.
Then we find the meaning of the words of Isaiah 30:15 :
"In quietness and confidence is your strength.”
And so it is.
Thank you Rev. Raymond Shea .
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