SECRET OF SPIRITUAL POWER
by: Jesse Jennings
Many books allude to the secret of spiritual power. If there is such a
secret, who possesses it?
Good question. My personal belief: the secret is that there is no
secret. Our spiritual power is hidden in plain sight Have you ever
heard it said that people tend to appreciate something more if they
have to work for it? Often we say this of our children: let them
earn it, or they’ll lose interest in it. Western religion, for whatever
reason, has customarily viewed its adherents as children under the
aegis of a Father who can’t reveal too much of Himself or the
children will run amok.
About 150 years ago, certain beliefs began to rise up from tinder-
ground, where they had lain hidden during millennia of spiritual
oppression and persecution. These beliefs included that humans are
born in blessing rather than sin, that God does not judge or punish,
and that one’s experience tailors itself to one’s deepest beliefs. Science
of Mind, for one, teaches all these things openly for all to hear. I have
never known anyone to run amok because of discovering who he or she
really is, and the freedom this awareness brings. Other the other hand,
1 have seen plenty who acted out their fear of judgment by God, or life,
or other people, in tragic ways.
The secret is that God is all there is and limitless spiritual power is at
the disposal of every man, woman, and child in the world. Yet not all
immediately embrace this and accept it as real for themselves. Some
believe they have to walk a long, circuitous path to get to where they are
worthy. So that path, for them, becomes the secret, the entrance closely
guarded. These circuitous paths have a real value: they deepen our
experience of ourselves, our hidden beliefs, and our innermost sense of
self. Yet, ultimately, they are peripheral. As Robert Frost wrote, “We
dance round in a ring and suppose, while the Secret sits at the center
and knows.” Once we decide to accept the grace and bounty of the
God-life within and around us, such becomes our experience.
Science of Mind
September 2001, ( page 12)
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