Without is change, and decay, and insecurity; within is all surety and blessedness. Man is a part of his surroundings. Such a process must, if assiduously pursued, necessarily lead to perfection. It destroys an evil, it preserves an good. The flesh is noisy and rude ; the Spirit is silent and gracious. Each man moves in the limited or expansive circle of his own thoughts, and all outside that circle is non-existent to him.
A life of virtue is noble and excellent. It ends only when every vain thought and selfish aim is overcome. Do not dispute about Truth, but live it. Peace is to the pure. If one should abuse or accuse, or speak ill of you, remain silent and self-controlled, striving to understand that the wrong-doer cannot injure you unless you retaliate, and allow yourself to be carried away by the same wrong condition of mind. Unhappiness can only enter through unguarded doors, and even then its power over the tenant is not complete unless it find him occupied with evil. It knows neither past nor future, and is eternally potent and substantial.
In all thy doing think of the good of others and of the world, and not of pleasure or reward to thyself. And knowing this Law I can contemplate all dishonesty with undisturbed repose, for I know where certain destruction awaits it. Sin and Christ cannot dwell together, and he who accepts the Christ-life of pure Goodness ceases from sin. By the ceaseless repetition of pure thoughts, he at last becomes one with those thoughts, and is a purified being, manifesting his attainment in pure actions. Without it he remains a grovelling animal, earthly, sensual, unenlightened, and uninspired. Every pain we suffer brings us nearer to the knowledge of the Divine Wisdom. Mind, thought, and life are as inseparable as light, radiance, and colour.
The effect will always be of the same nature as the cause. For he who truly knows and humbly acknowledges his weakness will not be slow in setting about the acquisition of strength. The mountain, the massive rock, the storm-tried oak, all speak to us of power, because of their combined solitary grandeur and defiant fixity ; while the shifting sand, the yielding twig, and the waving reed speak to us of weakness, because they are movable and non-resistant, and are utterly useless when detached from their fellows. Put away all dissipations of idle gossip. To fix the mind is to fore-ordain the achievement. But do not mistake pride for self-reliance.
Animal desire and gratification is the normal condition of the man who has not yet risen into aspiration ; he wishes for nothing more, nothing better, than his sensual enjoyments, and is, for the present, satisfied. The cares of life are many, and its path is beset with difficulties ; but Truth is greater than care, and is superior to all difficulties. It matters little what is without, for it is all a reflection of your own consciousness. So plain and unequivocal are they that even an unlettered child could grasp their meaning without difficulty. Man cannot know the Real whilst he clings to the unreal ; he cannot do the work of Truth whilst he clings to error. If you would like to have your own conversation with God, Meditations from Conversations with God, Book 2 is the ideal place to start. Go to your task with love in your heart, and you will g o to it light-hearted and cheerful.
When love is perfected and revealed in the heart, Christ is known. Little kindnesses, generosities, and sacrifices make up a kind and generous character. These rules or precepts are so simple, direct, and unmistakable that it is impossible to misunderstand them. By your own thoughts you make or mar your life, your world, your universe. You will begin to question your motives, thoughts, and acts, comparing them with your ideal, and endeavouring to look upon them with a calm and impartial eye. We gather strength, whether mental or physical, by a succession of strivings in given directions. Joyce Brothers, Leo Buscaglia, Norman Cousins, Amelia Earhart, Robert Frost, Helen Keller, John Lennon, Shirley MacLaine, Will Rogers, and Mark Twain along with insightful reflections and reassuring thoughts, The Promise of a New Day will help you find the promise of peace, encouragement, and a fresh start in every day of your life.
Knowing the Law of Love, he lives it, and maintains the same calm attitude of mind and sweetness of heart towards all. If he dreads to be alone with himself, what steadfastness shall he find in company? When the mind would wander, bring it back to rest on higher things. Bliss is the normal condition of the good man. Great is the conquest which thou hast entered upon, even the mighty conquest of thyself ; be faithful and thou shalt overcome. That man's last state is worse than his first who imagines that, though still continuing to cling to his old temper, his old opinionativeness, his old vanity, his old selfishness, he is constituted a new creature in some mysterious and unexplainable way by the adoption of some particular theology or religious formula. The man who cannot endure to have his errors and shortcomings brought to the surface and made known, but tries to hide them, is unfit to walk the highway of Truth.
It affords a secure shelter from the heat of selfish struggle. Let the old life of sin and sorrow pass ; let the new life of Righteousness and Joy come in. As the body breaks down when deprived of the needful rest and sleep, so do the spirits of men break down when deprived of the necessary silence and solitude. A man has no power to be happy while thinking and acting selfishly ; he cannot be unhappy while thinking and acting unselfishly. That within himself is the cause of all his suffering and lack of knowledge, and that also within is the source of all peace, enlightenment, and Godliness. He who neglects duty, be it great or small, or of a public or private nature, neglects Virtue ; and he who in his heart rebels against Duty rebels against Virtue. When the parts are made perfect, the Whole will be without blemish.
When he is sorely tempted, let him not mourn, therefore, but let him rejoice in that his strength is tried and his weakness exposed. Man is not the result of outward conditions; outward conditions are the result of man. It is a book to be treasured. Each man is pure or impure of himself alone. It may occupy a minute, or it may take a thousand ages.
He neglects nothing, does not hurry, seeks to escape nothing but error and folly; attends to every duty as it is presented to him, and does not postpone and regret. Not by accusing others do we come out of selfishness, but by purifying ourselves. Love is far beyond the reach of all selfish argument and can only be lived. Let him turn away from all that he has hitherto regarded as evil, and begin to look for the good. You will understand the Great Law, not only universally and in the abstract, but also in its particular application to individuals. If happiness is not already found within, it will never be found without. For you it can be the day of regeneration, renewal, rebirth.