An Extract from a Letter

ON our journey from sense to Soul it is never a question of years, but always one of growth in the knowledge of Truth. The thought that growth and change are dependent upon a material body and that the years mark periods in our development, is a serious mistake. The only real development and growth is the emergence into a truer understanding of what Life is and of the truths that govern us. Is it not a very clear and simple thing to see that we are entirely mental and that the body is not man? As the body has no life of its own, it cannot change one iota of itself. To have the body express perfection we should not direct our thoughts to it, for we should be entirely absorbed in the contemplation of the perfect Mind's creation, and being thus conscious of the perfect alone, our bodies can only reflect the perfect thought, like a stereopticon view thrown on a canvas.

We are in eternity now,—living in Mind,—and should be clarifying our thoughts to see things truthfully—things as they really are. We are on a mental journey to clear thinking, and we approach our destination, the attainment of a pure and perfect consciousness, as we look away from the material to the spiritual. Our progress is all in truthful perception; without which, years and experience count as nothing. Perfection is the natural, the simple, the beautiful, the desirable. It is the standard which Christ Jesus gave us, and he never set us an impossible task; let us therefore not contemplate the years or the body, but let us contemplate the Mind that was in Christ. The thought of added years should cease, and the perception of the perfect creation and perfect image absorb our interest; then will lawless decrepitude be impossible, and matter, the counterfeit of substance, will fade away as mist before the recognition of the spiritual.

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The Eternal Now
September 16, 1905

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