Once again, the words of Ralph Waldo Trine jump off the page to pierce my veil and open me to More.
It was the truth, the truth of this inner kingdom that would make men free that he came to reveal. "The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works." "My Father worketh hitherto and I work.... For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself.... I can of mine own self do nothing." As he followed the conditions whereby this higher illumination can come, so must we.
So must we.
So often, in what accounts we have about Jesus from the last quarter of the first century and beginning of the second century, we are told about the inner God, about realizing without God we can do nothing of consequence. Jesus speaks to us across the long centuries to tell us he cannot do anything without God and even challenges us, Greater things than this shall you do.
What are his conditions?
- Opening and keeping open the inner awareness of God,
- Taking time apart to be quiet and listen, prayer and meditation necessary
- Making God the priority and materiality of lesser import,
- Watching oneself and correcting our course as needed perhaps using his yard sticks such as assessing the probable result (fruit) of our direction
- Love, unconditional agape love
- Forgiveness and a generous heart
- Being open and teachable as a child