"An house not made with hands"

"And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband" (Rev. 21:2). The writer has often experienced much joy and gratitude when reading the description of the holy city in Revelation. The realization that man's dwelling place is always in this heavenly city, this divine consciousness, has helped her greatly in her journey from sense to Soul.

At first she thought of the heavenly city as something afar off, as a place of spotless purity and beauty to which she might some day attain. One day however, when she was prayerfully considering this subject, she realized that her spiritual selfhood was already abiding in this city, and not in a brick and mortar house in a weary country, with evidence of bomb damage and neglect caused by years of war. She saw that at that very moment her real, her spiritual home was in divine consciousness: that she had never in reality left it and never could leave it: that in proportion to her awareness of this divine reality the purity, peace, and beauty of man's heavenly abode were hers to enjoy now. This heavenly home had never suffered damage or neglect, for, as one of our hymns says,

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