Coming to Know Our Spiritual Worth
Last month the topic was: Being In This World But Not Of It; and we might say that this is a follow-on to that lesson. We talk of ‘uplifted consciousness’, yet really we can only practice this when we know and accept who we are in truth.
The goal generally, in life today, is to experience better living conditions, more material assets, and more money so that we can buy these things. And we call this prosperous living. There is nothing wrong with this, as long as we have balance.
God is first cause. Seek first the kingdom and all these things shall be added. So we may seek the kingdom to have all these things; but when we do this we are believing in our lack of them. We seek first the kingdom to KNOW GOD!!
Jim Rosemergy in his book: Even Mystics Have Bills to Pay, states: “Earthly food only feeds the body, but the fruit of Spirit animates body and soul.” We are not required to turn away from the world, but rather to turn toward God; and this is an inward turning. By seeking the kingdom to know God, we discover how to put earthly matters into perspective; and by making God our focus, we assign the world its proper place.
I have a statement made by Dr. Salazar on his first visit to our Centre here in Port Elizabeth, (when I took copious notes during the lessons) taped on the front of my computer: “To the extent we center ourselves in God, the situation changes.”
Recently two e-mails were received relating to Exodus 28:5, “Let them make me a Sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.”
The explanations given by the respective individuals relating to this passage in scripture resonates with our Divine Science Teaching. It is about the inner Sanctuary or Temple. We do not find it outside of ourselves, so we are always in that Presence, through awareness; awareness of knowing who we are in truth.
Yet, so often it seems, we ‘worship’ in the temples created in the world: the shopping malls, the corporate temples in the form of huge financial systems, defence systems, great sports stadiums and others. It is suggested that we have built so many temples out there that we are no longer able to recognize the Temple that is our life. So, we are called to remember the sacred space within ourselves where the Presence of the One already dwells.
Our sense of identity is not rooted in the world but in Truth. We are creations come forth from Divine Mind, or Source, and we cannot undo what God has created. Knowing our spiritual worth and living it, is our work. Do we believe that we deserve our spiritual inheritance?
Every day, and many times during the day, we need to come back, through awareness, to that “space” or “sanctuary” where we commune with the Inner Presence that already indwells each one. And we do this for no other reason than to BE in that Presence that is with us always—that Presence that is us.
Do we deserve this? Yes! Do we believe we deserve it?……that’s another story. That is our work: coming to know our spiritual worth; and ultimately knowing it for all!
Although Truth is omnipresent and changeless; although man lives, moves, and has his being in God, the All Good; although he dwells in the kingdom of heaven, if he is not conscious of it, he may go on his way lacking many things and losing the blessedness that IS his. “Heirs of God, joint-heirs with Christ,” men may, through ignorance of the truth be slaves of misery, doubt, and poverty.
It is KNOWING the truth that makes man free. Man gives a sense of reality and power to evil when he fails to recognize that his source, his life, his very existence through time and eternity is God the Good. Truth must be recognized in order to be realized and to become a power in the lives of men.
Divine Science: Its Principle and Practice