While staying in the Alpine heights, I asked a friend where we could find the most beautiful flowers. Her answer, that one must go up high to find the rare flower, brought home another truth to me, namely, the impossibility of finding and making one's own the joy and peace and harmony that are to be found in Spirit (the heights) if one dwells in the material senses (the lowlands).

"Ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." How often, when discouragement comes up, we thicken the cloud by adding to it self-pity instead of stopping to ask ourselves if we are fulfilling the condition, "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." There are not many who, if honest with themselves, will not own that the poor "finds" are due, not to the lack of flowers on the heights, but because one is looking for them in the lowlands. But if we would climb to the heights we must lay aside everything that would hinder our progress in the straight and narrow way that leads ever upward to the joys of Soul.

No matter what the senses say, we know the promise will be fulfilled, "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." So, instead of adding to our lack of earnestness, discouragement, etc., if we would bravely face the fact that man is not a helpless victim but can through the strength which is of God overcome every sense of evil that seeks to assert its false claim to place and power, how many more would be standing shoulder to shoulder, and how much more rapid our progress. We know that what enabled Daniel and the three Hebrews to come through their tests triumphantly was the consciousness that they had fulfilled the conditions which ensured divine protection, and having done so were certain of the results.

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October 5, 1912

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