In seeking to magnify Thy Name, Thy Glory, through that Thou dost make manifest in me, О Lord, be Thou the Guide, and-day by day, as the opportunity is given-let my hands, my mind, my body, do that Thou wouldst have me do as Thine own in the earth; for, as I manifest, may Thy glory become known to those through the love, the promises Thou hast made in Thy Son. 262-49
[Based on Edgar Cayce readings 262-49 through 262-54]
Opportunity is a material manifestation of a spiritual ideal. Through a physical body the soul has an opportunity to express the attainments developed in other spheres of consciousness. Life in the earth becomes an opportunity for paralleling, correlating, cooperating, bringing into existence the effects of using all experience presented for the development of the soul. Hence, opportunity, primarily, is material manifestation of spiritual actions in conscious forces of the material plane. (See 262-50.)
Opportunities Come Through Cooperation
Cooperation is making ourselves a channel of blessings to others. Each day, each hour, in fact, each thought, provides an opportunity for "giving." What can we give? Peter said, "Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk."
Each one of us is in a particular job, a particular home, a particular city, state, and nation because we have prepared ourselves for this pattern. It is a time and place of our choice. We must begin our service here, now. A smile, a kind word, a healing thought, these we have and can give. For the life of self bespeaks the thoughts of the heart; and each shall so live that He, the Christ, becomes the opportunity for all who meet thee-whether at the table, in sleep, or walking in the street. (See 262-50.)
The Master went about doing good, making every opportunity a material manifestation of His spiritual ideal. Those who follow His example have placed upon themselves no great burden, for they have comfort in His words, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."
Thus, cooperation must be put into the pattern of our daily lives. Through simple thoughts and acts we prepare for the greater opportunities that lie ahead of each soul.
A Knowledge of Self Helps Us to Recognize More Opportunities
Spiritual forces have so long been considered as being in the misty realm of theory that we are, as children, just becoming aware that our soul faculties can be applied in everyday life, and that this awakening within makes us more useful in a material world. Therefore, being more conscious of our opportunities is a result of the awakening of our inner spiritual faculties-our entering into a new world, the world of spiritual youth. As we develop, there will come urges and aptitudes previously unknown. Calls to service will come. May we be ready and willing.
Each tried met and overcome is a means toward development We should realize that each experience is an opportunity to test, to train, and to strengthen us. It is only little by little that we are able to overcome all things.
In seeking to know that opportunity that is given each in the present, it is one thing to live that there may be presented to another that which will open another's opportunity; and it is for self to recognize and use the opportunity in self's own development. 262-50
Do ever in self that thou knowest to be right, though it may make of self even an outcast to thine neighbor. 373-2
If we do not watch ourselves and know that of ourselves we can do nothing, our life may become clogged with egotism, bitter resentment, petty jealousies, and evil thinking. We may fall so low that we can scarcely see good in any condition, person or thing. We should know self well enough to realize that the fault is within us, and that we have within just what we see in others, else how could we recognize it? We must open the door to our inner selves and let in the Christ light, let our wills be one with His, listen to His voice, heed His call. To know self is an opportunity. To know self to be one with God is the supreme opportunity of man.