Contemplate Farther Ahead

"For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Jesus (Luke, 6:38)

To the Eskimo, the sky is a continent made of ice, sustaining the seals.

To the savage of the forests, there is no paradise greater than an abundant hunt.

To a man of sectarian religious faith, the glory beyond the grave is exclusively his and to those of his participants.

To the wise man, this world and the celestial circles that surround him are small departments of the Universe.

Transfer your observations to your field of daily experiences and do not forget that the external situations shall be registered within you, according to the reflections you pictured in your conscience.

If you persevere in anger, all the forces around you will appear enraged.

If you prefer sadness you will note disenchantment in every step of the road.

If you have doubts about your personal ability, no one will have confidence in your efforts.

If you have become accustomed to habitual disturbances and difficulties, it will be next to impossible to learn to live in peace with yourself.

You will breathe in either a superior or inferior zone, tortured or peaceful, wherever you choose to direct your mind. Within the organization which pleases you, you will live with the genies that you call upon. If you remain idle, at rest, you will do so in whichever way you desire; if you involve yourself in work, you will find a thousand different ways of being of service.

As you stroll along, the scenery that enfolds you shall always be to your liking as you evaluate it to be, for with the same measure you apply to Nature, the living creation of God, Nature, will equally measure you.

XAVIER, Francisco Cândido. Our Daily Bread. By the Spirit Emmanuel. Spititist Alliance for Books, 2003. Chapter 72.