Each soul must sooner or later learn to stand alone with its God; nothing else avails. Nothing else will ever make you master of your own destiny.H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth
Most people long to be free. We ache to think our own thoughts, choose our own companions, fulfill our own destiny. This is a noble hunger. It rises up from our spiritual nature. The problem sets in because we don’t realize that. Many, if not most of us, have spent hefty portions of our lives struggling to attain our freedom through people, places, and things. That’s OK. Hello Human! It just doesn’t work. However, if we are even a tiny bit willing, our freedom-seeking adventures will finally lead us to Dr. H. Emilie Cady’s conclusion.
Given that, how does one’s soul learn to stand alone with God? Follow the H.O.W. – Honesty, Openness, Willingness –
- Honesty means we choose to become aware of ourselves. We choose to look within, to take stock of what thoughts and attitudes we carry. We choose to look at the actions these lead us to—both constructive and those we have outgrown. Honesty requires that we appreciate ourselves and value who we are. It compels us to lovingly see what may loom larger to us than our connection to, and awareness of, divine goodness.
- Openness means that we are sincerely engaged in our own spiritual development. We foster our ability to be generative people – those who actively create good through every circumstance.
- Willingness means that we choose to let go of what no longer serves our good. We realize that we don’t know everything! Imagine that! We trust that grace – God’s bountiful love in action – will catch us every time. We are the spiritual equivalent of the trapeze artist who, swinging toward her partner, lets go of the bar, knowing that he has the strength and the skill to catch her every time.
I invite you to celebrate this July 4th by standing firmly at one with your God. For in Truth, that’s HOW freedom works!
In the Love and Light of the Christ,