"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." Revelation 3:20
As the Father knoweth me, so may I know the Father, through the Christ Spirit, the door to the kingdom of the Father. Show Thou me the way. 262-27
[Based on Edgar Cayce readings 262-27 through 262-30]
Why shrinkest thou, my soul?
Doth thou not know new strength comes but by faith And faith renewed, and effort newly made? And couldst thou even dare to hope to catch The faintest glimpse of the Ineffable, If thou doth not stretch out to thy full length The helping hand to open wide the door?
[By Mrs. 2118 for this lesson]
The kingdom of God, the glory of the oneness in the Infinite, is the eternal destiny of every soul, the ultimate goal of every entity, regardless of his or her place or position in the seemingly complex scheme of things. In each there is felt that urge to press on. Through ignorance and misunderstanding many seek only the gratification of selfish desires, fighting, struggling, as it were, against the inflexible laws which an all-wise Creator has set. Eventually, each struggling soul must face the realities of life and make his or her will one with that of the divine Maker. With this comes peace in the realization of "I and my Father are one."
The door to the kingdom of the Father is through the life, the Spirit of the life, manifested in the Christ Consciousness in the material world. It is opened only by the efforts of an individual. Throughout the previous lessons, continual emphasis has been placed upon the awakening of the Christ Consciousness. Bach lesson has presented some attribute of the soul, some faculty of the inner self, which, if magnified in the conscious activities of the individual day by day, will add to and strengthen the growth of the soul's expression through the physical person. May we not ask these questions? Who, then, of us has learned to be truly cooperative one with another? Who has learned oneself sufficiently to know wherein one stands in relation to one's fellow human beings? Who has set the ideal wholly in Him? Who has magnified the faith in the Father and in the Son, that it may be accounted to that one forrighteousness? Who has virtue and understanding? Who has fellowship with the Father? Who has in patience possessed one's own soul?
The Christ Spirit comes as a result of Christ-like action. To each it comes as a realization of the activity of the soul forces. As the creative urge stirs the seed of the flower, just so the activity of the soul expressed through cooperation, a knowledge of self, the ideal set in Him, faith, virtue, understanding, and patience stirs an individual, and there is upward growth. As the flower in due time blossoms forth, just so the soul of humanity, through the Christ Spirit, comes into its full power and glory.
The Preparation of Self
The preparation for the way is a preparation of self. Each of us is the door that He, the Way, may enter. "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock." "I am the way, the truth, and the life." We must work to bring that consciousness, that awareness of His presence, into our material and mental affairs of life. The lesson must ever be, the spirit is the life, the mind is the builder, and the physical is the result.
Only when we completely surrender to the working of the Christ Spirit, can we say truthfully the door to the kingdom within is open. All selfish thoughts must be obliterated and replaced with the desire to be used by Him in carrying out His will in the world. When we seek our neighbor's good, rather than our own, we may expect our reward in proportion to the good we send out. When we become self-centered, we eventually feel that we are being cheated in life. It is then that we close ourselves to the good we might give out, and at the same time, build a barrier to the good that might flow to us.
As we seek to know the way, we must come in singleness of purpose and think not of the hindrances that are made by mortals; rather, know in whom we have believed and recognize that He has brought all things into being. As we seek and know this, we are His. In choosing Him, He has chosen us. As we realize we are one with Him, we become workers, pointing others to that joy, peace, and happiness that we have found. Will we not be faithful to the calling wherein He has called us?
How shall we begin? Let us take that which we have in hand, that which we have builded day by day, and, without fear, open the door that He may enter in and abide with us. Faith is the beacon that lights the path to the open door of the Father's house. Service is the password that admits us into the banquet hall. Come ye blessed of my Father, enter into the Kingdom prepared for you-for as ye have done unto one of the least of these, My brethren, so ye did it unto Me.
We have to contend with many conflicting forces when we would have faith and serve others. Selfishness and sensitiveness shut the Ideal from view and prevent a wholehearted cooperation with our fellow human beings in our daily lives. They may so retard our development that nothing seems worthwhile. These hindering qualities can even bring thoughts of self-destruction. It is only when self is put aside and the Spirit is allowed to lead that we indeed are free and able to accomplish anything that is of real, lasting value. When the thoughts of doubt, lack, and self-condemnation begin to creep in, the door begins to close more and more, until not even a ray of light may filter through to light the way. When these thoughts are allowed to remain in control, there is no despair more terrible. We are shutting out the light and living behind closed doors-closed to God and His goodness. Do we wonder, that where these thoughts are uppermost there are suicides, murders, and sins of every kind in evidence? Are not many in the world at this time ready to be shown a more perfect way? We show through service that as He overcame the world and became the Way, just so may we, who follow in His steps, overcome all things.