Where stand you then, my noble child, in light or frightful shadows? In what place
is found the mind that shapes the thing you are? Do you yearn and inward hunger to
touch the soul of God, to be yourself as one enlightened and filled to overflowing?
Look then with open eyes and see what dwells within you, shaping through the words
you speak the world in which you live; molding through the things you do the days
of all your life. For words alone but half empower while actions do the rest, causing
that there should be in you either wholeness or great division.
Yet will I reveal truly the thing which does break the spirit to weigh you down with
many sorrows; for it is given of God unto every man and every woman that there should
be no trial greater than you can bear; for in each trial which life would bring upon
you has God appointed a teacher and a lesson.
But it is through hurtful memories that you would speak from your lips all manner
of bitterness and anger and hate, to wound again and again the heart and soul within
you; to break in pieces even your own selves.
Surrendering yourselves to the dark speaker which would turn you away from God, which
dark speaker is the very ego within yourselves; casting up to feed your anger all
manner of hurtful memories.
36 For this I tell you for your learning, that the battle between the greater and
lesser portion is not found in such adversities as do swirl about you, but rather
is it found within the very soul of you.
37 For such trials and hardships which come upon you from time to time, even these
are made the teacher which would make known within your own heart, the thing which
rules within, whether it be the raging tempest of the ego or that gentle song which
comes from God.
38 Come then and I will tell you what the ego is like unto, for there was a certain
man which would capture a monkey whereby he might train it to serve him.
39 And taking a potter’s vessel, he did fasten it to a stout tree, and in the jar
did he place a sweet and savory morsel of food; and by and by there came a certain
monkey from out of the forest, and putting his hand into the jar, he seized the morsel
40 But for all his many efforts, the monkey could not pull out his hand, for the
open hand had he made into a fist whereby he might seize the morsel with the fingers
of the hand.
41 Then came the man which would take captive, and the monkey struggled even more
greatly to set free his hand, jumping about in frantic fear, chattering and screaming
for release; but he could by no means pull out the hand which was made into a fist,
for he would not open the hand to let go the tender morsel to set himself free.
42 In like manner would the ego of the self seize most firmly the one who would hold
onto it for the sake of pride or greed or envy, seeking therein the fulfillment of
some lesser promise which would cause that you be rich or famous or filled with earthly
43 Becoming in yourself as one who is ever captured again and again by those who
would tread upon the ego which rules within your heart, becoming in that stressful
moment most anxious of escape, but never letting go of the ego within whereby you
might be set at liberty.
44 Thus, if you would master the self within, then must you let go the ego which
would fill you up with trouble and woe, to set at liberty the heart and spirit together.
45 For the ego is that darker man which would take you captive to offer up for the
hand to seize, all manner of tender morsels which you might most desire.
46 And in the seizing of them, you do struggle continually to take to yourself all
manner of wealth or fame or earthly powers, and in that very moment are you become
as one captured and led astray by the ego which would come forth as that darker man,
and then are you yourself seized hold of, even as you would seize the tender morsel.
47 But if you would detach yourself from the ego within, to let go that dark speaker
which would hold you captive, then shall there rise up that inward calm which would
set the heart at rest.
48 For in this calmness is there given a sweet assurance, proclaiming in your heart
midst storm and wind and fire, that you are that greater self, which self is made
to dwell in the very heart of God forever.
49 And in that moment shall the ego stand defeated, being shaken loose of its desperate
grip upon the mind, and then shall you see the good which you might do, becoming
in yourself one with God and God in you.