first glance Mary L. Kupferle's book, "God Never
Fails" appears to be very similar to other books written in the
early 20th Century, yet her approach to teaching and defining
spiritual Truth is worthy of special attention. In the reading
of this book I was taken by the way in which a profound truth was
being so simply illustrated: "A
TRUTH student was severely criticized and condemned by a woman who
misunderstood the facts involved in a situation. When the student was
told of the criticism, something within her seemed to say quietly,
"Well, what are you going to make of it ?" Her first thought
was of the injustice of the condemnation and of finding some way to
explain the situation to the woman. Her second thought, as she turned
to Spirit for guidance, was: "Truth needs no defense. My business
is not to attempt to justify myself to man, but to follow the Christ
teachings and be true to God."
speaking a word of forgiveness in silent prayer, she set about turning
the incident to good by declaring that it would bring to her only
greater faith, greater compassion, greater understanding, a greater
degree of love than ever before. As she prayed about the problem she
felt as though she were infolded in a gentle atmosphere of love, that
every hurt feeling was transmuted into a new awareness of love for God
and all mankind."
true to God" she thought. And with this thought we each can
find a way in which to renew our consciousness to the greatest truth
we will ever realize; we are the image and likeness of G-d. We
are a reflection of the love, the intelligence, the power and the
spirit of G-d. And just as the young woman was able to transmute
her hurt feelings into a new awareness of love for G-d and mankind, we
can too. But we won't do this simply by asking G-d to do it for
us, but by seeking the awareness that we are already capable of
refreshing our own individual consciousness with a reflection of the
image and likeness of G-d.
Mary L. Kupferle
takes the words of Jesus and points us to the Christ; the spirit,
intelligence and power of G-d within us:
"... when Jesus was with the disciples, "they reasoned one
with another" concerning an appearance of lack and they received
His deep rebuke. He charged them quickly and sternly: "Why reason
ye, because ye have no bread? do ye not yet perceive, neither
understand? have ye your heart hardened? Having eyes, see ye not? and
having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? When I brake the
five loaves among the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken
pieces took ye up? And
when the seven among the four thousand, how many basketfuls of broken
pieces took ye up? . . . Do ye not yet understand?"
disciples must have been quickly silenced and ashamed for their having
looked to appearances. Jesus' rebuke was intended to bring forcibly to
their attention the Christ way of judging every situation: "Judge
not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment." This
message is carried down through two thousand years for your benefit
and mine today, to remind us to turn aside from all that appears to
be, from the lack, the inharmony, the sickness, the unhappiness, and
to turn, instead, to spiritual vision, to righteous judgment."
so we realize that this "spiritual vision" she is referring
to is for us begin to turn to that which is not seen with our physical
eyes, but that which we can plainly see through faith; the unseen
reality that is always calling to us to see G-d's reflection of good
in everything, although often beyond the physical. This we can
see in faith with our eyes closed as we stir up the spirit within
us. This we all can do. But we must want to see it with
all our heart. And so we see from Jesus' disciples that even
though we may know that something is possible, especially when we have
witnessed it personally, we must make the demand on our own
consciousness in order to demonstrate the truth that we know. In
other words, we may know the truth, but if we allow our mind to be
filled with its opposites, then we shall fail to maintain the life
experiences that reflect what we know.
final words from Mary: "You and I, today, have the same
claim to authority and command within ourselves that Jesus had. We are
meant to call it forth and to exercise it through acceptance of our
spiritual birthright and divine son-ship. We either make something of
the negative appearance or we make nothing of it through our spiritual
rebuke and acceptance of the one presence and power, God the good. We
either let it rule us, or we, ourselves, rule by the Spirit indwelling
so we see that this "son-ship" that is, the "part"
of G-d within each of us can be expanded and embodied to a greater
degree. We do this by reminding ourselves that we are a
"reflecting" the Intelligence, Power and Spirit of G-d to
the degree that we recognize and identify with them. It is not
so difficult to do and most of us have had moments when we felt this
transforming effect upon our mind, our heart and our soul. Yet,
we know that the degree in which we identify with this reflection of
G-d varies from day to day, hour to hour and moment to moment.
It is up to each of us, just as it was to the disciples of Jesus, to
determine to what degree we aspire to reach and experience.
SO IT IS!
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