As Human being we should not develop, either consciously or unconsciously, that we are superior to all other beings on the face of the earth. There is nothing that will interfere with the progress of life of the average individual so much as having a degree of superiority, unless perhaps it is the development of an inferiority complex.But there is no reason both why we should not understand, frankly and honestly, the real facts. The human being is the highest form and highest development of the creative forces in the world. The human form was gradually evolved and created to be “the living image of God” This does not mean the image of a personal God, and it does not mean having the form, figure and body of a God, It means having the spiritual image, the spiritual quality and the spiritual properties of the God Consciousness in our own physical organisms and in our minds and souls.
We possess by birth and DIVINE right, and are gifted with more highly evolved abilities and power than any other of God’s creatures on earth. The fact that we can talk, think, analyse and do things with our fingers and hands and with our bodies that other animal creatures cannot do easily, demonstrate our highest development. There are also many other qualities we possess that are lying dormant which are not fully awakened and are not often used, so that the average individual is never more than forty-five percent efficient as compared with what he or she could be if the will was there.
Many people have been surprised by the strange abilities, power and antics of my little pet dog. We casually remark sometimes that the things he does and the way in which he does them would indicate that he is “almost human”. And yet that is not a fair statement because that dog, with all of his wonderful abilities, or the best trained dog and the most developed dog or cat or horse or other animal that ever lived, could not begin to approach a human being in the special faculties and abilities which human beings possess.
Of course, it is true that all animals and all living creatures have some degree of an unevolved soul. Human beings are not the only living things that have souls, but they are the only living creatures that have individual souls that are associated with the utmost of DIVINE wisdom and intelligence.
My little dog has learned to do things which a child might do, with the same understanding and the same joy of doing them, and with the same good motive and purpose. And he has some faculties that the average human being has not even tried to develop. For example, he senses very quickly and effectively when anyone in the home is worried or deeply concerned about something, or is perplexed or tired. Very quickly he shows his sympathy and reveals that he senses a strange condition.
If anyone in the home was to be stricken with some illness and lying in the bed with death very close at hand, I know that this little dog would quickly sense the approach of transition and begin to cry and wail. He would sense a gradual reduction in the aura of the sick person and know instinctively and intuitively that a cosmic and physical condition was manifesting. Very few human beings have developed that degree of sensitivity. And of course the dog can sense many other things too which we might sense also if we took the time or the trouble to develop the faculties with which we were born. But with all of his intellect, and with all of his cooperation in being trained and developed by me, he is still far from possessing the sort of DIVINE intelligence and understanding that a human being possesses.
THE HIDDEN WISDOM OF MAN:
Every human being possesses an inner library of knowledge and wisdom and each one of us is born with certain abilities and powers that are like sparks waiting to be fanned into flames. But we make our way through life without developing these abilities or awakening these qualities, and without consulting this great storehouse of wisdom, until one day we find a necessity for doing so.
Then we join some movement or come under some instructor and begin an intense period of serious study and practice. We try to do in eight or 10 years what we should have been doing for 20 or 25 years previously. We try to crowd into a few years of life all of the development and study that should have been gradual and helpful in our progress.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask our self ‘who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous.’ Actually, who are you not to be?”
It is this DIVINE quality, this God Consciousness in us that distinguishes human beings from all other creatures of the creatures of the animal kingdom. It is what God intended in the beginning when, after He had created all the other things in the universe and all the living creatures, He decided that man should be created in His own DIVINE image. We were the last, the highest product of the creative consciousness of God, and throughout all the ages, human being have continued to be the special concern of God in His processes of evolution.
No matter what else God may do, and what else He may create in the universe, whatever is good and helpful and powerful, He has reserved for us and continues to confer upon us His most beneficent and bountiful blessings. That is why humanity has evolved and brought about what we call civilisation. We may attribute to ourselves, to our thinking, and to our mental capacity, many of the great improvements in life, but at the back of our own ability lays the DIVINE inspiration which God has placed there and continues to place there.
We have today attained only a small degree of what we will become through the passage of eons of time. But right now, our highly evolved human race represents the most learned, most powerful, and most developed qualities of the God Consciousness. Yet it requires humanity’s cooperation, understanding and willingness to complete what God has started.
INNER EXPLORATION OF MAN:
As long as we continue to ignore our DIVINE side and the DIVINE wisdom and highly specialised faculties and abilities we have, as long as we refuse to use them or exercise them, we will remain in all of our mental and worldly affairs nothing more than creature of the animal kingdom.
We can raise ourselves consciously to the degree of development we have inwardly. We must strive to do so and must understand and comprehend own beings. With all the worlds we are trying to explore, in the heaven and throughout the universe, with all of the unknown lands of the sea that we seek to explore and excavate, with all of the planets and starry cluster that we want to investigate and become familiar with, we continue to ignore the greatest field, the greatest world of exploration; the inner, DIVINE self.
Throughout the world today, the changing condition in the material world are forcing upon men and women the necessity of finding relief and protection, of finding salvation, strength and power in something that is not of the earthly element. More and more advanced and evolved human beings are turning their thought inward. And, as they develop their DIVINE consciousness, they become greater master of their own lives and affairs. For too many centuries people have pinned their faith in the material things of life. Religions say we should put our faith in God consciousness, the God wisdom and the God-given power that we possess within ourselves and which remain more or less UNDEVELOPED in all human beings.
We have seen the worldly elements and the worldly qualities and valuation depleted, ruined, destroyed, and made of no value. But the one thing that survives and comes to our rescue is our spiritual and mental powers and abilities. Until we come to recognise this to a greater degree and make ourselves in every sense “living images of God” we will be slaves to the worldly elements and victims of worldly circumstances.