Rev. Sam Bowman, LT made his transition on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016.
Please read the following poem which I am posting here in his honor.
Gone From My Sight
I am standing on the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails billowing to the morning breeze and disembarks for the vast blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch her until at length she is a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says, "There! She's gone!" Gone where? Gone from my sight, that is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side, and she is just as able to bear her load of living weight to her destined harbor. Her diminished size is in me, not in her.
And just at the moment when someone at my side says, There! She's gone! there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "There she comes!"
And that, my friends, that is dying.
Henry Van Dyke
Being in the World 10-7-2015
By Rev, Sam M. Bowman, LUT
Our Master Teacher, Jesus the Christ, taught us to Be in the world, but not of the world. (John 8:23).
In The Alchemy of Awareness, Lorraine Sinkler (a student of Joel Goldsmith’s Infinite Way) writes: The spiritual aspirant must be able to live effectively in the world, meeting their human responsibilities, yet retaining an inner area of consciousness devoted primarily to spiritual attainment and open only to spiritual impulse.
It has been said that art imitates life, and this seems to be true. One of the most interesting and intriguing experiences of my youth was seeing the movie Fantasia produced by Walt Disney in 1940. The movie was free of animated dialogue and depicted eight animated short features with classical music playing in the background. One in particular that I enjoyed is called The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Mickey Mouse plays the apprentice and the story follows Goethe’s ballad poem of fourteen stanzas. The sorcerer Yen Sid, which is Walt Disney’s last name spelled backwards, leaves his apprentice with chores to perform. Tired of fetching water by the pail, the apprentice enchants a mop to do the work for him, using magic in which he is not fully trained. The floor is soon awash with water and the apprentice realizes he cannot stop the mop because he does not know how. The apprentice splits the mop in two with an axe, but each of the two pieces becomes a whole new mop and takes up a pail and continues to fetch water, now at twice the speed. When all seems lost the old sorcerer returns and quickly breaks the spell. The original poem finishes with the sorcerer’s statement that powerful spirits should only be called by the master himself.
As much as I enjoy Mickey Mouse, having been a loyal Mouseketeer since the early 50’s, I came to realize that Mickey Mouse was not real but a figment out of the imagination of Walt Disney. Mickey was a thought form and a character of Walt Disney’s creation.
There is an inner message in the Sorcerer Apprentice that I have come to value over the years and through my studies of Metaphysical Principles. The message is this: The sorcerer represents my inner life and the apprentice represents my outer life and when they are out of sync all manner of mayhem can occur. You may have had your own experience of this. For me the realization of the need of an Inner Life to govern and guide the outer life was a major breakthrough in the development of my spiritual consciousness.
For me True Spirituality is always an inner realization first and an outer demonstration of that realization second. When I follow my inner inspiration and intuition my life expresses with clarity, focus, ease and grace as Dr. Maria Nemeth indicates in her book Mastering Life’s Energies. When I am clear about my focus my outer life flows with ease and grace. For this realization and the experiences that follow I am truly grateful.
Awareness of this makes personal transformation a possibility. All things are possible to those who are willing to order their lives through the realization that God is Power, not thought. This Power flows through our lives with clarity, focus, ease and grace as we remember the words of the Master Jesus, the Christ to be in the world as the ever present moment but not of the world. God is the Power and the Source of all good by Grace in this world. Millions of people had an opportunity to see how this out pictures in the world of form during the visit to Cuba and the United States of Pope Francis two weeks ago. Here is a person who is governed by the Inner Life of God and his life is a demonstration of love, peace, joy and harmony. If we take time to be centered in God, we too can have the same clarity, focus, ease and grace that Pope Francis demonstrates. It is a gift from God to all humankind by Grace.
May Grace be our new way of living. And so it is and so it may be. Amen