THE seed covering, as explained in our last lesson, contains the germ-the promise-of the fulness of the Godhead, just as the outer man contains the seed form of the spiritual man, with all the possibilities of growth and expression. We would have you remember that while the inner and spiritual is always perfect, the outer covering is often out of harmony and has many imperfections, owing to long ages-as you count time-of ignorance and sense domination.
You are to learn that spirit is the rightful ruler, the true owner and king. Man has tried to alter conditions on the material plane, to seek help from without; this has hindered and often prevented the real work. Wherever spiritual forces have been brought to the material plane, the work is lasting, nay, eternal. An unconquered body is an unfinished life. All must be completed. He will perfect that which concerneth Him.
As you grow in understanding of the realities, your vision of Christ will be clearer, and vision is the beginning of attainment. We must first see, then become our vision. Hold the highest ideal, even Christ, and you will awake in His likeness.
You may ask at this point, how we explain the perfect physique of the undeveloped races. The difference is that you have evolved, and although through ignorance you have not developed perfectly all round, yet it is a far higher thing to have come to a knowledge of your spiritual being, even at a loss to the material. The undeveloped man will awaken later, and he too must learn that I AM. The will to be becomes a force to be reckoned with. He will suffer, for knowledge is born of suffering, until he comes to the consciousness of God. As you have struggled with the less real, so will he, and you will watch and pray with us, till all the kingdoms of the earth are as the kingdom of heaven, for all souls are the inheritance of God. So much of your suffering is unnecessary and caused by opposing the will of God, but there is a quality of suffering that effects the highest good, that suffering which brings into activity the three great principles of spiritual growth-faith, hope, and love. The highest good is known by its opposite, and every experience can be used for ultimate good. Learn that the beauty of morning is known because of the darkness of night. Sorrow is ever making channels for joy.