“We Bring Upon Ourselves the Penalty of Our Own Thoughts.”
We begin with a question: “Is what I am thinking now, upholding the truth of my being?” If it is not, then I am actually penalizing myself by my own thinking. Coming into the now moment, let us realize that in this moment, we are alive and have been given the opportunity to think, live, and be, what and who we are in Truth. Are we making the most of this opportunity? Are we understanding the gift in this moment?
There are times when we are faced with situations and challenges that we would rather avoid at all costs. And then we may remind ourselves: this too shall pass. Perhaps we could be mindful and know that there is Something which does not pass: the deep-seated Truth residing within each individual, and nothing we think, say or do, can change that underlying Truth. It is the same today and forever—let us be aware of IT in stillness.
Those who have taken part in our Divine Science Basic Principle Class will remember that there is an inevitable consequence to what we think and believe. This is the Law of Expression, and it is working in every single life, continually.
We read in scripture: “The land that thou seeist, to thee will I give it.” In other words, how we see life is what our experience of it will be. Each and every day, we are projecting our thoughts, our beliefs and our desires—we are sending these out into the universe, and may be quite upset when we receive what corresponds to what we are holding to be true.
We do not have to be predictors in life. There is another option … refer to the poem below. We see all around us, evidence of the “road most traveled,” which seemingly leads from fear, to greed and wars and man’s inhumanity to man. How futile, when after all is said and done and we leave this earth plane, and realize that we cannot take earthly treasures with us; we cannot ultimately be measured by our worldly achievements.
Time and time again, we are given the opportunity to BE STILL AND KNOW. How often do we ourselves delay our own discovery of the true treasure of Life? In taking the road less traveled by, we are realizing an opportunity to be a pioneer, a leader, a guide, as we venture forth in Life. It is not about conquering the highest mountain peak, or achieving status in our work positions; it is about leading and guiding by example; by our uplifted consciousness.
Emmet Fox stated in his writings, “Life is Consciousness,” and it is! We nurse our worries and concerns; we hold them close to our chests. Is this what we are doing or are we aware of that other “road” – the one less traveled by? The road seemingly most traveled by, in the world, has brought about what we are all experiencing throughout the planet today. And it can change!
Scripture and the teachings found in all the major traditions and belief systems have the “golden rule” philosophy: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. When are we going to wake up to the Truth that in Spirit we are One and that all solutions come through our knowing and abiding in the Truth of All Being.
As a man thinketh, so is he. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that will he also reap. Yes!! We bring upon ourselves the penalty of our own thoughts. It is time to wake up and nurture the Christ Consciousness within. As we become Still and Know, we are knowing for All.
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down on as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
(Photo by Samantha Barris)