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now, you and I together in these
pages, travelled many miles along the Road that Betty knew. Through her
eyes of the spirit we have seen much of the landscape it traverses; and
in her company we have passed
certain landmarks, and have risen to certain heights from which we
can see the highway going on
for eternity, as the Invisibles had once said. And somehow, though we
cannot discern the end of the Road, we are able to make out, through the mists, at
least the lay of the land through which Betty will continue her journey.
What lies about us at this point?
Aside from all the details of instruction and the by-products of acquisition, I think I should define as the kernel
of her accomplishment up to now, conscious contact, or tuning in at
will, With the Source.
What of this Source?
In extreme starkness of definition,
it is the vital principle that is the basis of all manifestations and
energies that make up the universe. It is the underlying evolutionary power, force,
life that makes things, and keeps them in being, in development, and in
functioning. The highest expression of this force on earth indubitably is
human consciousness. And so an extended definition
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leads up to Consciousness as the one
and only reality. We sense this highest of reality, but not broken into
bits as is our own experience, but all-inclusive-and all knowing. Some
people name it God: some people name it something else. That does not
Now if Betty had stopped, on her
road, at the milestone of mere contact, she would have found herself in a
numerous company. Mystic communion has been often enough achieved to be
generally recognized, even if not widely practiced. But such mere
contact does not get you to the end of the journey. Betty's next forward thrust
was to be toward another milestone, not so well known.
The Source is the vital principle of
which we must partake for mere being. It is the origin, cause, basis of
existence. But merely to exist is not enough. Creation must also
function. To function it must have energy, power. And that energy and
power, certainly so far as we are concerned, must be renewed as it
exhausts itself by use. That is an axiom we well know as applying to, say, a gasoline engine. It has a fuel tank, which
must from time to time be
But now we are called upon to
discover that renewal is a universal need. The vast machine that is creation in
cosmos, that is the earth and all that in it is, that is
must have its power, and it must be renewed. Otherwise all sits "numb, and dumb
and unaware," awaiting the Word.
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Ask any man what he seeks from life.
Happiness, he will reply. And of what substance is happiness? Why, his
first thought runs, bodily health and comfort and efficiency, and a
certain security of possessions. But soon, even though he gains them in
full measure, he must conclude that these things are not happiness. His
discontents are not for things outside. His hunger is for things within.
What does man really want, in the
unstable world of today? Mental peace, I think. But mental peace seems
to him out of reach in high inexpressibles, on which he cannot put his
finger. And yet, if he could analyze, they are not so many. A few things would suffice—to achieve his
ambitions, and perhaps a
little more; to gain an inner assurance of a stability that is independent of
outward circumstance; above all to possess both the faith and the
that there is a strength beyond his
own, and that he can command and utilize it.
There is that strength, Betty was
assured. We do tap it and utilize it. But ordinarily our tapping it is
unconscious, a mere prerequisite of any function at all. We take from it
only what the need of the moment forces upon us, so to speak, and in
consequence our existence is niggardly and hampered.
So there is the Source, not only of
being, but of power—the Source of Supply.
Nobody would lead a niggardly and
hampered existence if he could help it. Well, he can help it, Betty
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demonstrates. It is unnecessary. No
man need be content with only just enough to get by with. If he would
follow her Road he will discover that it is possible for him to tap the Source
of Supply as a conscious and intended act. And in so doing he will find
that what he can take from that Source of Supply is limited only by his
desire-power and the energy with which he is willing to back it! For the
Source of Supply is unfailing and inexhaustible. And sympathetic and understanding.
What is the practical value of this
knowledge? Where does one apply it in everyday living? Merely to acquire
it is not sufficient: one must accomplish. How? The answer is
engraved on Betty's next milestone.
At the point in her progress to which
we have now traced her Betty had entered fully into the occupation and
savor of her "private world" and its powers and prerogatives. She had
perfected her mystic communion with the Source. She had learned how to
tap the Source of Supply. But now she perceived that she was to be not the
owner, but the agent. She must learn how to be the agent. That was the
next stretch of her Road she must traverse.
From the Source of Supply, Betty was
told, we can get everything, unstinted, everything that is good
for us and that we have earned and deserve. But only provided we know
how to give it away after we get it!
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"Take no thought of the morrow—" "All
things shall be added unto you—
But why? And how? Betty's contribution
from here on was to be not so much the discovery of additional principles,
as the learning of how to manage the fundamentals she had already
mastered. Let us follow her progress on this next stretch of her Road.