by William Samuel
The Light of Truth Breaking Through
EVENING TALK ON THE RIVER BANK
(Middle of a conversation by the campfire. Samuel speaking.)
A marvel happens in our affairs—a healing, say. Haven't you wondered what does the good work? Haven't you wondered exactly what happened or what caused it? Oh, we know that God is the source of all such good things, but exactly how? If we knew precisely what to look for, wouldn't that be a help? Of course. But we are usually looking for the specific healing, the answer to our perceived need of the moment, and if THAT need is met, we feel we've been successful in our study and prayer. It comes as a surprise to all of us, but the healing isn't the point.
Listen, listen. It is the Glimpse that does the work. I don't know why that fact dawns on us so slowly. We seem to take forever to understand that the glimpses of Light inevitably come with healing on their wings. It is the glimpse itself that does the work in this space-time sense of things. More, the Glimpse is the work! It doesn't come merely to do for us, but to be us.
Why are we seekers of Truth so slow to put our finger directly on the agent? We know God does the good work, but the specific agent, the specific event, goes unnoticed until something special happens. This very moment in our experience is a “something special” happening, so keep listening carefully.
For years I worked and struggled, pondered and pined to “know the truth.” I read voraciously to catch the glimpses and glimmers, but the vital connection that was absolutely essential eluded me. That is, I didn't understand it was the Glimpse itself that came through as Godhead's own Truth entering this scene I am, to brighten and enliven it.
Once upon a time I wanted the glimpse to bring information to this old sense of myself and work a wonder for it. Hear this softly now: The Glimpse doesn't just bring the truth like a messenger; the Glimpse is the Truth; the Glimpse is the Light; the Glimpse is our genuine Selfhood emerging!
The value of the Glimpse itself eludes everyone until precept upon precept, here a little, there a little, slowly it dawns. Many never make the connection—not even ministers and practitioners who are working to teach and heal their worlds. Most remain unaware that it is the Glimpse of Light that matters and does the work in the phenomenal world.
So what is the big deal here? We have intuitively known something good happens as we search and study our Bibles and books. That's why we study so expectantly. Yet, somehow, a veil hangs between the Glimpse and the inner knowledge that it is the Glimpse itself that matters and has come to us for a specific, healing purpose of its own.
“What are you saying, Bill? All day we have been talking about the Child within. Now you seem to have changed course.”
We haven't left the Child at all. Tonight we are examining the Child in even more detail. Let me try again. The GLIMPSE of Light does the work; the glimpse has the value, and nothing else in all this human experience is half so real as that instant of insight. That's what I mean here. That Glimpse is the Light of Godhead breaking into this consciousness of tangibility, into this awareness of space and time. The Glimpse is the Child stirring within. The Glimpse doesn't merely come from the Child, it is the Child of us.
Perhaps my initial inability to fully understand this had to do with the methods of instruction in my school days—or the way I was taught to comprehend things sequentially in a three-dimensional world. Maybe it was the way intellectual comprehension follows spiritual revelation, the revelation precedes understanding. The Glimpse of Light precedes the tangible scene even though we are not conscious of that. Most definitely my inability to understand had much to do with my linear sense of time.
People often say they have some sense of the Truth “intellectually straight” but haven't felt it in their hearts yet. This usually means that they are, as I was then, trying to catch a Glimpse along some specific line of heart's desire of the moment—about money or health or something. Well, I don't know that we can determine exactly what the Glimpse is to be about, but I am absolutely certain the Glimpse itself is the Real breaking into this limited dimension of human thought—and here in this tangible sense of things we need a continuing flow of Glimpses. Never mind whether they concern one's current questions or clear up intellectual points about religion and metaphysics or “heal” a problem of the moment. Never mind that! Go for the Glimpse! The Glimpse is the Child of ourself coming through! The Child comes with feelings, yes, but as insights of Light we can confirm in the world.
Yes, the Glimpse is the REAL coming into our affairs and it is the Glimpse that counts, not our human experience.
(Pause to stir the fire and watch the sparks fly upward.)
“Yes, I'm seeing and hearing something!”
Good. Now listen gently. What needs are to be met by the Glimpse or what happens to us because of the Glimpse is not as important as the Glimpse itself. The Glimpse is IT. It is the Child Identity coming through. Light comes as infinitely more than human thinking imagines.
Excerpt From The Child Within Us Lives! A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics