The Best Is Yet To Be
“Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.” These words, ascribed to Jesus at the close of his mission in this life, implying as they do a supreme confidence in the universe and in the immortality of the soul, are fraught with peculiar significance to us at the Easter season. Jesus knew the soul to be immortal. “In my Father’s house are many mansions.” He taught that this is but one of the innumerable planes for the soul on its ever-expanding pathway of self-unfoldment.
Since humankind first began to meditate deeply and earnestly upon the spiritual meaning of life, there has always been a teaching that this physical plane is but a manifestation of a more subtle and ethereal plane, that this physical body is but a counterpart of an immaterial body.
Now immortality is either a principle in the universe or it is not. Consequently, if immortality is a principle, is must be true for every living soul. It would not be rational to assume that the Divine Creative Intelligence incarnates in some and then withdraws Its presence from them, nor can intelligence accept the proposition that some people are immortal while others are not. It certainly does not seem reasonable to suppose that immortality is a thing to be bargained for over some cosmic counter. How much more sane a position Robert Browning took when he said, “I trust that good shall come at last, alike, to all.”
The spiritually illumined of the ages have taught the immortality of every person, the continuity of every person’s individualized stream of God consciousness and self-awareness. We may desecrate our spiritual natures; we may temporarily dishonor or disown them; we may prolong the advent of our heaven. But somewhere, under some condition, we shall all awaken from our sleep.
Let us, then, seek that Divine Reality which ever enfolds us in Its eternal embrace, that Spirit which is within, around, and about us, that inspiration which is the guiding star of our soul. And as we permit Eternity to make a new imprint upon our mind, to enlarge the boundaries of our spiritual horizon, to break down the intellectual barriers of our thought, then we shall view the world “as one vast plane and one boundless reach of sky,” and we may walk into the Light in joy.
Excerpted from A Holmes Reader for All Seasons by Ernest Holmes, Science of Mind Publishing.
A Talk from Eckhart Tolle
In “A Balanced You—A Balanced Earth,” April Science of Mind magazine, Eckhart Tolle explains the secret to restoring balance in your life—finding the balance within your own being. From this awareness, you can learn to surrender to “what is.” Acceptance of “what is” takes one to a deeper level where a shift in perspective allows one to accept that which might seem to be unacceptable and discover the peace that passes understanding.
Click here to listen to Eckhart Tolle explaining the vital need for balance between "being the space" and "playing in the world of form." When we are "being the space," the world responds differently, and we are less likely to contribute fear to it.
Are You An Invisible Grandparent?
There is an empty spot on my counter every year for the Christmas cards I’ll never get, or thank you notes, signed in my grandkids developing handwriting, for birthday presents I didn’t get to send. I am an Invisible Grandparent…twice over. Over the past decade, I only got to imagine my two biological grandchildren, now nine and twelve, excited to see me, running to my open arms spouting versions of "gam-ma" that become more and more articulate as they get older.
There are millions of others out there like me, who because of their children’s careers, divorces, and complicated custody issues, or even choices made long ago, cannot see their grandkids at all or as much as they’d like. Today, instead of pouting and listing what was missing from my life that I have no control over, I’m putting a different vibration “out there.” It encourages and articulates our love for those little ones.
I have a book underway, Invisible Grandparenting, and facilitate workshops on healing the pain caused by separation, some of which you can witness on my website www.invisiblegrandparent.com. It details the events of my own story (and others), and shares ways, regardless of grandparenting status, we can all pass on values and memories.
Science of Mind principles played a huge role in how I handled my situation. Part of my healing came through writing letters, some to be saved for a hypothetical future date, others to be said and never sent, and released in rituals designed to transform negative energy into forgiveness.
Please join me in my journey and let me know about yours! Perhaps we can help each other by sharing how we’ve handled our invisibility. Let’s discover all of the ways we’ve coped with this painful reality, without judging them good or bad. Promising full confidentiality of names and locations, I’d love to interview other elders for a book that will give us some solace and hope.
Please visit my website www.invisiblegrandparent.com, make comments on my back-story, letters, or blog; better yet, write me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 831-601-9195. We need to develop a community of people who can transcend grief, transform their perspective on difficult circumstances, and pass on a legacy of love whether we can be there or not.
Pat Hanson is a veteran health educator, workshop leader, public speaker, proponent of new thought, and writer now living in Monterey, California. She is a columnist for the new magazine Crone: Women Coming of Age, www.cronemagazine.com.