For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face:  now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 

I Corinthians 13:12

O ye people, earth-born folk, ye who have given yourselves to drunkenness and sleep and ignorance of God, be sober now, cease from your surfeit, cease to be glamoured by irrational sleep! 

Thrice-Greatest Hermes

I ye knew God as He ought to be known, ye would walk on the seas, and the mountains would move at your call. 

The Kashf Al-Mahjub

“For now we see through a glass, darkly;…”  How familiar this passage is to all of us, but what does it mean other than our vision is clouded by a material sense of things?  Hermes tells us that we are both drunk and asleep; that we are ignorant of God.  Emerson tells us that once in a while we awake from our slumber and look about us to perceive the world of reality, but too soon sink back again into sleep.  And from another ancient text, quoted above, we are told that if we knew God as we ought to, we would be able to walk on the seas, that the mountains would come at our call.  All progress is an awakening.  Every new scientific fact is a discovery.  This also is an awakening.  It is really true that we are largely asleep, dreaming away the hours.  “Awake thou that sleepest, and rise from the dead, and Christ shall give you life.”  It is indeed “high time that we awake from this sleep.”  No one can awaken us but the self.  Let us, then, make every endeavor to arouse the mind to reality and to penetrate the gloom of fear and superstition; to cast aside doubt and uncertainty; to behold the Light which is eternal.

I awake! I awake! I awake! I am alive, awake and aware.  My spiritual eyes are open.  As from a long night’s sleep, I awake!  

Taken from “ 365 Days of Richer Living ” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

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