“We are individualised expressions of Spirit”
Emilie Cady Lessons in Truth Ch. 3
Do you ever ask why falls and bumps happen? Why we seem to experience challenges as we do? Emilie Cady writes that we are not automatons. It is through our experiences, not necessarily by them, that we grow. Our parents, no matter how much they love us, cannot grow for us. Nor can God, who is Omnipotence, at the centre of our being, grow spiritually for us without making us automatons instead of individuals.
Nancy, one of our students writes, “Yes, growth always contains disturbance, which may cause falls and bumps and certainly pain. Teenage angst was always put down to “growing pains”. And a seed put in the ground must burst its outside covering and disturb the soil so it can poke itself up out of the ground, as it moves from darkness into light. We may have to fall away from unhelpful ideas and bump up against old patterns of behaviour as we grow towards our ever increasing awareness of ourselves as individualised expressions of Spirit.”
The invitation is to turn our thoughts away from the external toward the spiritual, toward God that is the All in All, toward the good that dwells within us all.
Paul wrote in Phillipians 4:8, “Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” We are all children of God, all worthy of praise.
We certainly know this for the MP, Jo Cox, who lost her life last week, holding her family, friends and constituency in our prayers. May wisdom, right judgement and greater peace be the result of this act, holding the principles that Mrs Cox lived.