The Way of the Spirit is harmony and peace
CHAPTER ONETHE STREAM OF BLESSEDNESS."There is a River known of oldFrom which the prophets drew;A living stream that ever flowsThe whole creation through.And they who find this mystic streamShall never thirst again;It flows from out the throne of GodTo all the sons of men." (Henry Victor Morgan).Too long has mankind suffered from the belief that it is not only "born totrouble as the sparks fly upwards," but condemned to endure it, and thatthere is no way of escape. It is still a common belief amongst many of us,who profess to believe in God, that disharmony is inevitable. If we escapefrom certain evils, then we say we are "lucky". Too often, alas! our onlybelief, as far as this life goes, is not in God ( a God who is of any practicaluse or help in this life), but in chance and luck.If we are lucky, well and good. If we are unlucky, then we must grin andbear it. Many of us do not believe that there is any practical help to bederived from prayer. We think that at its best, it is a beneficial exercisefor the soul. In this modernistic age those who think differently are oftensneered at as believers in magic. In other words, man is a victim to chanceand luck, to the elements, to certain powers of destruction, or toinfluences which may either raise him up, or cast him down; but yet overnone of these has he any power of his own; and as for God - well, He doesnot or cannot Interfere.It is true that so long as, and to the extent that, we hold these views, wemust remain victims of fate, or chance, or luck, and of powers of evil anddestruction. If we exclude from our mind all belief in the God-givenspiritual power promised to His children: liberty, mastery, dominion (notby the self, but that power and mastery that is experienced by those whoenter the liberty of the sons of God), we must forever remain weak slavesand victims of fate, or chance, or whatever it is that plagues and tormentsman.Even scientists, such as Sir James Jeans and others, are coming round tothe metaphysical idea that the world is not so much a thing external toourselves, as it is something that is held in the mind. This is no new belief,for it has been accepted, in the past, by nearly all thinkers who, byprocesses of reasoning, discovered that the only thing of which they couldbe certain was consciousness.