The Greater-Yet-To-Be

Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

Ernest Holmes, the author of The Science of Mind and the founder of Religious Science, writes:

“Nature will not let us stay in any one place too long. She will let us stay just long enough to gather the experience necessary to the unfolding and advancement of the soul. This is a wise provision, for should we stay here too long, we would become too set, too rigid, too inflexible. Nature demands the change in order that we may advance.”

The above passage is found in The Science of Mind, from the chapter entitled “Immortality.” Of course, Immortality means eternal life. The enlightened ones among us understand that letting go of the physical body, as remarkable as that change is; is one of the many changes that nature demands.  It is neither an ending or a beginning, but rather the unfoldment of the greater-yet-to-be.  The Apostle Paul tells us we must die daily to the old in order to fully embrace the new. It brings great comfort to the lover of life to know that life itself is never over; that the infinite is made up of unending change. 

We are forever experiencing the afterlife of what was. We need look no further than the progression of infancy to toddler, to early childhood to the adolescent who inevitably becomes the adult, to realize this. By the time we begin to acquaint ourselves with who we are, we are moved to the next phase of life and living. Our accumulated awareness is carried forward to the next season of our existence. All this takes place in the here and now.

Yes, we are endlessly evolving into our greater-yet-to-be. It’s as if we keep getting another chance to live life more fully as we apply the wisdom gained through the various experiences we have encountered. In other words, we become a greater version of ourselves through change.

It has been said that ‘the wheels of evolution move slowly.’ So, while we may bemoan, “Why is this happening to me?” or, “What did I do to deserve this?”; The New Thought Movement teaches that each one of us has the power to consciously initiate the change that propels us into a higher frequency of self-expression. Yes, at any moment we may “change our thinking and change our life.”

Every season of life transforms us.  We inadvertently take the next logical step in our personal growth and unfoldment. All this reveals that life is a series of incremental change and that we are Beings of Light on an everlasting journey ~ forever moving from glory to glory.  

The key to successful living is to be fully present in the present moment. Letting go, or “dying daily,” to the former things that no longer serve and embracing the ever-expanding greater-yet-to-be. It’s about being grateful for the teachers on our path who show up in many guises. It’s about practicing the principles of Love, Peace, Harmony, and Joy that catapult us into higher frequencies of existence where we actually become the change we desire to see in the world.

This Weeks Affirmation

“GREATNESS Is mine!”

By Keith Childers

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