The continuing adventure

Years ago I had a bustling little Pekingese. One morning in London's Kensington Gardens she was having a great time chasing pigeons, which were nearly as big as she was.

On a slope by the Serpentine (a large artificial lake) she flushed a fat pigeon and gave glorious chase. The bird, sensibly, took to its wings, but Yu-Tu continued to tear after it, her head in the air, watching it. As the bird flew over the Serpentine, the dog, all unaware, plunged into the Serpentine. But so intent was she on the chase that she hardly noticed the change. That was how she learned to swim!

I remember having a flash of insight at the time that this is how Life unfolds to us. We have our eyes on a goal. Our goal is spiritual ascension, following Christ Jesus in the progressive putting off of dependence on matter and in the discovering of ourselves as the purely spiritual ideas of God, divine Life, or Mind. We keep our eyes on this goal. Of less importance is whether we are living in this country or that, in a retirement home or hotel, in our own house, apartment, or room, or even in the so-called "here" or "hereafter." The only thing that really matters is, Are we on the road to ascension? Are we following in the way of our Master, who said, "He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life"? John 8:12;

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Learning to express Life
August 28, 1978

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