There is an order between power, principle, and practice. Before we can have relationship with power — Peace, Beauty, Kindness, Love — we must first become an embodiment of principle. And in order to become an embodiment of principle, we must practice it. The only way for us to know there is a world above us that would perfect us is if we will put ourselves in relationship with its powers through practicing them.
There is an integration that takes place when we practice what we love. As we work to embody these higher powers in our life, we are united with them. A marriage takes place within us that lessens the distance between that power and our purpose to be one with it. Surrendering self is how we end the separation between ourselves and that all-powerful Love for which we long. Only to the degree that we perfect our love in God do we come to realize oneness, and only God can perfect our love in Him.
Each moment of the day, no matter what comes your way, let what you remember as being true about Love always be your guide. Never let darkness, dismay — any of the things that attend the mind — be your guide. If you are sincere in your wish, and willing to work with practice to embrace principle, to discover what is necessary to put you in relationship — in alignment with a higher order — you will enter into God’s life, which is the one life.
Practice this oneness. Anyone can do it. You don’t need strength. You don’t need wisdom. You don’t need anything except for the wish to be a part of that Greater Life to which you have been called.
Question: For years now I have not been happy with myself because the lifestyle I want to live is not want I am living. I have heard it said that if you are not financially free by the time you are forty or fifty, it does not mean that you are living in the wrong country or the wrong time, it simply means that you have the wrong plan. Any time I think about that idea, I become unhappy because I am not living the lifestyle I want to live. For me to be happy in life is to achieve financial freedom. Can you help?
Answer: In itself, there is nothing wrong with wanting financial freedom, but it isn’t what you really want. What you really want is freedom from a mind that torments you every time it compares itself to the lives of others it imagines are happy because of what they possess. Truth be known, these people are possessed by a kind of spirit that can never be satisfied, as evidenced by the fact that there is no end to their appetite for more, and in this cycle is the seed of greed. Seek first freedom from fear and find there, in interior liberty, the fulfillment that only Truth can give. Then, in this new richness, you will be able to do what you really want and, without doubt, be successful there because you have first succeeded as a human being.