TODAY, I AM RESOLVED TO SEE ONLY THE GOOD
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and broke their chains in pieces.
“Sin is an obstruction in the heart; an inability to feel and comprehend all that is noble, true and great, and to take part in the good.” If man is to be free from sin, his mind and heart must be opened to the influence of enlightenment.
In the world there is nothing absolutely bad; Know, moreover, evil is only relative.
The Masnavi I Ma’Navi
We all wish to be brought out of darkness into the light. To be free from the bondage of fear, superstition and want, the mind must be riveted on freedom. The thought must rise transcendent over bondage. If we do this, we are brought from the shadow of darkness into the light of the glorious freedom of the sons of God. The Talmud tells us that if we would be free from sin (mistake) the mind and heart must be open to enlightenment. Ignorance of the truth is the great sin or mistake from which spiritual enlightenment alone can give freedom. But what is spiritual enlightenment other than an increasing capacity consciously to become aware of the Divine Presence as peace, joy and harmony. Our lesson tells us that “… evil is only relative.” This is a blessed assurance that no matter what the so-called evil of limitation may look like, it is an effect, blown across the pathway of our experience by ignorance. If we are to know the truth that makes us free, we must first recognize the essential non-reality of evil as being a thing within itself; we must equally know the essential absolute reality of good, not only as the Supreme Beneficence, but as the Absolute Power.
Therefore, today I am resolved to see only the good; and whenever evil, in the form of lack, fear, pain or uncertainty presents itself; I shall endeavor instantly to recognize its native nothingness; to know that it is entirely relative. I shall make every effort to see through this limitation to That which is boundless and free. I shall proclaim the glad tidings of the freedom of the kingdom of God in my experience, and in the experience of everyone I contact.