I recently read Ernest Holmes’ famous “Sermon by The Sea,” again. Each time I read this masterful work with its many gems, I am compelled to linger on the passage that says, “Find me one person who is for something and against nothing, who is redeemed enough not to condemn others out of the burden of his soul, and I will find an exalted human being.”
This is not a new lesson. Ancient Wisdom teaches “Judge not that you may not be judged” and, “First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Holmes’ New Thought reinforces the significance of being single-minded.In the final analysis, the question is, Do I want to be healed or do I want to be justified for my actions?
To be healed is to be in alignment with (or “for”) the Absolute Truth regardless of any appearances to the contrary. This practice requires a deep dive into self-inquiry. It’s about reconciling the concept “I am in the world but not of it; while at the same time affirming, “we are one.”
For example, there is no satisfaction in being “right” (or justified) when the issue remains the same; thus, causing a greater sense of separation. It’s about gaining clarity regarding the highest good for “all” and moving forward in that direction through thought and action. Remember, energy flows wherever the attention goes.
The one with this keen insight is able to distinguish the deed from the doer and discerns the truth that is trying to break through. This spiritual understanding, whether spoken audibly or inaudibly. is the powerful affirmation that ignites the Creative Law of Mind, and becomes, in form or experience, the image and likeness of the realization.
When we know WHAT we are “for” …the Indwelling Spirit knows HOW to bring it about. The ways this may manifest, creating a world that works for everyone is endless. Some may march in masses, motivated to bring awareness to the thing they are “for.” Others may sing a song that inspires others to realize a higher way of being in the world. Still others may write a book, a poem, or a greeting card that speaks to what they are “for.” Another may draw a painting, or act it out on stage or in a film. Others teach. Some are doctors, lawyers, judges, and yes, even politicians. All these creative expressions are effective when done in the spirit of being “for something” and “against nothing.”
Yes, “There is a Power in the universe greater than you are, and you can use it.”.
~ Ernest Holmes ~
“I emanate peace and love.”