“Go stand in front of the mirror and look at yourself. You are the synthesis of the
mortal and the spiritual, the common and the divine. Yet the spiritual side of your
nature is often muddied by the insistence of your own mortality which claims loudly
that only the physical is real, while anything of a spiritual nature is merely to
be tolerated and winked at. But to this your Heavenly Parents would speak…”
~ Commentary: Priesthood
For that which is of the flesh, being weak and perishable, is given no reality; for
reality is found in the eternal. Therefore, if you would lay hold upon that reality
which is come from God, seek you always the eternal.
For this cause does the dark speaker within you, being itself the ego, rise up continually
against the desires of your greater self, making against you some great demand, ever
mocking the things it cannot see or hear or taste or feel, proclaiming always within
your mind that in the mortal life is the only true reality ever found.
How then shall you set free yourselves from such illusions as do deceive you regarding
the greater issues of your life, to set at liberty your own selves whereby you can
see and hear and feel and touch the things which truly are?
Come then and God shall answer, for in the mortal life are you made both mortal and
immortal, both body and spirit, being made subject in your flesh to the illusion
of many things.
While in your spirit is there found the eternal and divine, in which there stands
revealed the only reality, which reality is not subject to the senses of your flesh,
but which reveal themselves through the inward eye of the heart and spirit together.
For the reality which is born of God does not yield itself to the whims and dictates
of those which cannot see; but is itself made always wondrous and filled with glory,
being in its nature constant and everlasting.
Thus if you would free yourself of illusion, to sweep away the shadows before your
eyes, then know most deeply within that in the sacrifice of temporal things are all
illusions swept away, causing your spirit to come alive within you.
This then are you appointed to do, to defend before Jehovah even all the house of
man, whereby they might be free at last to find the God within them; and in the finding
become themselves renewed; opening up before their eyes the true reality of all things
spiritual and divine.
…being in yourself as one most eager to embrace the great eternal; counting all else
of little worth for the joy of things divine, having felt already within the heart,
that beyond the shadows of this world there dwells a far greater reality than you
have ever known.
Why then should you dread a future which God would happy give you? Why fear a future
yet undreamed, a future filled with challenge? For future times call to the past,
and dares you to fulfill; leading gently through the ages to take its life from you,
to grow and blossom and stand full grown in a reality still to come.