HUMANITY shrinks, and rightly go, from any thought of strangeness or loss, and any thought that occasions shrinking or pain should be quietly and peacefully dropped, without strife or resistance. I can tell you for a certainty that you will retain your personality just as long as you need it, and you will need it much longer yet. I am allowed to say to you that the meeting with your loved ones will be sweetly familiar, a great deal better than you can imagine, for they and you will be enriched by the love between you. Your loss is always gain. You can help them by your love and prayer, and they help you; think often of them. Bless them and become conscious of unity, which is a blessed reality. There is nothing untoward or strange; you are here just what you have made yourselves, and they who love you would not have you with them until you have finished. In fact, you are near them now, but the veil or covering is over you at present.
Love-Love-Love. This is a potent force. It would not meet the demands of your present nature to arrive suddenly at the end of being, since everything in God's plan is in perfect order. There must be gradual unfoldment and gentle awakening; even after the spirit ceases to need its personal form, it can always resume it at will. Paul, who was allowed to enter the interior realms, tells you that the inner man is renewed day by day in an identity peculiarly your own, and exactly resembling you as you appeared, except that you have added the spiritual qualities, refining and defining all the highest and best. This, too, is a covering or resurrection body, and it is clothed in white raiment to appear before mortal eyes.
As your Scriptures tell you repeatedly, the continuity of life is no more broken when the breath leaves the body than is the continuity of child life broken by the incident of birth. It is the means by which life is liberated, becoming more intense. Memory exists, although we have learned the power to dissolve into nothingness-this is true forgetfulness-all that is not of use. But I would have you know that you are greater than your form, that you have no limit, that you take limitations for purposes at present hidden from you, that true personality is not the fleshly form or a separate body, but, by reason of its greatness, is best manifested in part.
Paul, who had learned this mystery, tells you plainly that "the body is for the Lord, and the Lord for the body," therefore it is quite clear that the body or form is only a part of the great whole, the mystic body of Christ. Paul also had revealed to him the omnipresence of man, as he was present in spirit with the Church of Corinth while his body was visible in another place. Always bear in mind that to us there is neither time nor space.
I told you at the beginning that your Scriptures could reveal the highest, and you will find more and more that we only present to you in a new light the truth which was from the beginning, so that you may see life from higher standpoints, with renewed vision, new hopes, and moving in loftier spheres of thought and experience.
Now you begin to see that the Lord Christ possesses the body of flesh, through which you choose to manifest; and there is no reason why it should not readily respond, unless you yield to the great enemy, the false belief in separateness. This enemy is symbolized in the story of the Garden of Eden, the separation from God. The lower self would become even as the gods, though in the words-"Hear, O Israel, the Lord thy God is One Lord"-it was taught that we are one, that separate or outer forms never can finally overrule the One God. God requires perfection, therefore if we would rise to this consciousness we must begin with our lower self to bring it into obedience and subjection to the one
Ruler, and as we do this we learn what our true personality is. We shall not accomplish this great purpose without constant watchfulness and wholeheartedness, giving all to gain all, ready at every turn to sacrifice the lower self, that we may become selfless and free.