Why the Struggle?

One of the most difficult things for the mortal self to do is to give itself up. Yet this essential step is a critical one in the process of working out one's salvation. It is symbolized in Jesus' crucifixion, for it was through the crucifixion of the mortal self that Jesus gained the ascension. The human yielded to the divine, and this is the way of resurrection and glorification.

Obviously, we will not all go through a material crucifixion. But we will all go through the process of self-immolation. There is no other way to arrive at the Christ, the true sense of selfhood in the likeness of God. The degree of suffering involved depends upon the tenacity of the mortal sense of self. Sometime and in some way each one must come to the truth that Spirit, divine Mind, is the only Ego, the only source of life and intelligence.

When properly viewed, this process is a joyous release from all that is limited, negative, and material. The mortal self is a particular instance of mortal mind and includes all the beliefs that would encroach on one's freedom, health, and dominion. On the other hand, the Christ as the true selfhood of each individual includes all the qualities of God and reflects the unlimited goodness of divine Love. By all the conclusion of logic it should not be difficult to let go the mortal for the divine. One could well ask, Why the struggle?

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