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anticipations, and quite often just a dull indifference. But there is always the uncertainty.
To one who has developed the use of the mind on the superconscious plane, this element of uncertainty is less pronounced, because the superconscious plane of the mind holds the future life, just as the subconscious holds the past.
We are taught that intuition is the first step in the superconscious plane of mind. Women are said to be far more intuitional than men. In fact, it is said that women are guided, in their action, by intuition far more than by reason. If such is the case, they are to be congratulated, for reason often fails to show us the right way; intuition seldom does. From intuition we go to inspiration. Here we find numerous examples for illustrating. All our great poets and authors are said to have been inspired. They may have been inspired by an embodied or a disembodied spirit. Or they may have reached that point in their growth to which, I think, Emerson referred when he said, “ There is one mind common to all individual minds. Every man is an inlet to the same and to all of the same.”
This, to me, is the most acceptable idea of inspiration which I have found. One Great Mind, in which is all knowledge, all beauty of thought, poetry of language, music, painting, and all the innumerable things of which the mind of man can conceive. And we grow step by step, probably, through more than one life, until we come to a place where our mind is an inlet for this Great Universal Mind. Then is the imprisoned soul, which for ages has been beating its wings against the bars, indeed free, free to give expression to itself, and that aching longing within gives place to a glad triumphant sense of liberty.
Inspiration comes in other ways. When your friend comes to you grief stricken, heart broken, feeling that life holds nothing but darkest gloom for her, is it not inspiration that brings just the right words to your lips that heal and comfort that suffering
one? Is it not inspiration that brings that wonderful, wonderful love and sympathy, welling up from the centers of your being in such force, that they permeate your whole aura, and envelop her like strong loving arms, the very touch of your fingers on hair and cheek being like the memory of a mother's kiss ?
After inspiration comes prevision. Of this I have no personal knowledge, yet my belief in it is strong. In common with others who have the bump of curiosity largely developed, I have had my “ fortune told.” But I am still waiting, hopefully, for that famed and fabled ship, with gleaming sides and snowy sails, to drop anchor in some safe harbor of my changeful life. However much that mystical curtain that hangs between my future and me may wave and Autter, and make tantalizing little openings, yet never once has it been drawn aside so that aught that lay beyond it has been revealed to me.
We are taught that the next step in the superconscious plane is illumination. Here the view that unrolls before us is so vast, so wonderful, so radiantly beautiful, that words fail. Silence like a solemn presence fills our heart and soul. It is sacred ground, for when we raise our consciousness to this point, we shall be “even as the angels are." Then, indeed, would we be "workers and servants unto the Lord,” and just so long as there were sufferings souls, souls in darkness and sin, just so long as any of His children held out piteous bands for help, just that long would we wish to work and serve. And while our bodies would be as a garment to be laid aside at will, who among us would be willing to give them up so long as there was one wailing cry for help to be heard on the “Sorrowing Star”?
• The mind that follows the rambling sense makes the soul as helpless as a boat which the wind leads astray upon the waters."
(Text from the Revised Versiou.)
Lesson 4. October 22.
io. And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of Jehovah, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals to praise Jehovah, after the order of David king of Israel.
II. And they sang one to another in praising and giving thanks unto Jehovah, saying. For he is good, for his loving kindness endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised Jehovah, because the foundation of the house of Jehovah was laid.
12. But many of the priests and Levites and heads of fathers' houses, the old men that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy:
13. So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off.
1. Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity builded a temple unto Jehovah, the God of Israel;
2. Then they drew near to Zerubbabel, and to the heads of fathers' houses, and said unto them, Let us build with you: for we seek your God, as ye do; and we do sacrifice unto him since the days of Esar-haddon king of Assyria, who brought us up hither.
3. But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the heads of fathers' houses of Israel, said unto them. Ye have nothing to do with us to build a house unto our God; but we ourselves together will build unto Jehovah, the God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king of Persia hath commanded us.
4. Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building.
5. And hired counsellors against them, to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.
GOLDEN Text -- For the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.— I. Cor. 3:17.
The return of the children of Israel, and the rebuilding of the temple, is a symbolical description of what occurs in the consciousness of one who has been mentally confused for a season and has returned to normal conditions. The priests are the thoughts that relate us to spiritual things, and the builders the