Term Paper: Tune With the Infinite

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[. . .] It is the ignorant man who seeks his own ends at the expense of the greater whole. It is the ignorant man, therefore, who is the selfish man. The truly wise man is never selfish (Trine 89).

Trine feels there is good in everyone, and if a person cannot see good in another, they must look within themselves first, before they find something wrong with others. He believes God lives in every man, but it is sometimes buried very deeply. He also believes the worse we think of people, the worse they will in turn feel, and so it is a self-fulfilling prophecy. What we think of people, they can become, so if we think the best of people, they will do their best, and if we think of the worst in people, they will indeed become their worst, and this force is so compelling, it can even apply to animals. When we truly see the God in others, we will be in touch with it in ourselves, and we will be open to utter and complete understanding and love.

In Chapter Six, "Wisdom and Interior Illumination," Trine takes the complete love theme one step further, and discusses how ultimate acceptance is the ultimate wisdom and internal light. He writes, "In other words, be true to your own soul, for it is through your own soul that the voice of God speaks to you. This is the interior guide. This is the light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world. This is conscience" (Trine 106). Often, the voice inside us leads us in the right spiritual direction, but we choose not to listen to it, and so, we follow the wrong path. Our interior guide is always there for us, and if we heed its call, we are well on the way to our own enlightenment. We should of course, still use reason, but we should also always listen to our intuition.

"The Realization of Perfect Peace," Chapter Seven, is the culmination of everything Trine has written so far. If a person can put all the things Trine has demonstrated thus far into practice, then they should discover a life of "perfect peace" and harmony. He says, "To recognize the fact that we are spirit, and to live in this thought, is to be spiritually minded, and so to be in harmony and peace" (Trine 135). We will only find this peace within ourselves, and so we must always strive to be the best we can be inside, to find our own peace and happiness. To find this inner harmony, Trine believes we must have faith every day, in every way. He continues, "Then the fears and forebodings that have dominated us in the past will be transmuted into faith, and faith when rightly understood and rightly used is a force before which nothing can stand" (Trine 148). Therefore, when we have faith in others, and ourselves we will find peace and contentment in others and ourselves.

In Chapter Eight, "Coming into Fullness of Power," Trine talks about how we come to power, and how power can take control of us, if we allow it. He reminds the reader,

And let us also remember that the supernatural of yesterday becomes, as in the process of evolution we advance from the lower to the higher, from the more material to the more spiritual, the common and the natural of today, and what seems to be the supernatural of today becomes in the same way the natural of tomorrow, and so on through the ages. Yes, it is the God-man who does the things that appear supernatural, the man who by virtue of his realization of the higher powers transcends the majority and so stands out among them (Trine 153).

Trine also believes we are not a product of our environment, we shape our own environment, and this is the ultimate power in all of us. Our individuality is also a great source of power, and we must never give up our individuality in order to become one with the higher spirit. Being happy with ourselves, and who we are, is the ultimate power, and the ultimate in self-love, which we must have if we are to love others. Trine continues, "The secret of the highest power is simply the uniting of the outer agencies of expression with the Power that works from within" (Trine 159). If you put your very heart and soul into all you do, you will be successful, and you will enjoy the ultimate power.

Chapter Nine, "Plenty of All Things - The Law of Prosperity," talks about our own inner power, and how that power can bring us all number of good things, from prosperity to whatever we truly desire. He writes,

If one hold himself in the thought of poverty, he will be poor, and the chances are that he will remain in poverty. If he hold himself, whatever present conditions may be, continually in the thought of prosperity, he sets into operation forces that will sooner or later bring him into prosperous conditions (Trine 176).

Again, our outlook on life and how we feel within ourselves ultimately creates how we relate to others, and how we relate to power and prosperity. He actually scoffs at the idea that all truly good people are not prosperous, and believes they have simply not put themselves in the "right attitude" to accept prosperity. He continues, "This is the law of prosperity: When apparent adversity comes, be not cast down by it, but make the best of it, and always look forward for better things, for conditions more prosperous" (Trine 180). Keeping a good attitude, inside and out, is the most important path on the road to prosperity.

In Chapter Ten, "How Men Have Become Prophets, Seers, Sages, and Saviours," Trine looks at some words of the greatest thinkers and teachers, and discusses how they apply to our own everyday lives. He begins with the words of God himself, and his selfless act in sending his own son to guide us. He also discusses the words of Hindus, modern-day philosophers, and the Bible, and shows how they all turn back to the oneness with a higher being, and the goodness of that oneness. He says, "The Lord never prospers any man, but the man prospers because he acknowledges the Lord, and lives in accordance with the higher laws"

Trine 201). He shows how man can become great, not with wealth and power, but in his ultimate relationship with himself and the higher power, and shows how this relationship affects some truly great men.

Chapter Eleven, "The Basic Principle of All Religions -- the Universal Religion," is perhaps the timeliest of all his beliefs. He acknowledges that there will always be disagreements about details, but the underlying truth is that all religions have a common thread.

The great truth we are considering is the fundamental principle running through all religions. We find it in every one. In regard to it all agree. It is, moreover, a great truth in regard to which all people can agree, whether they belong to the same or to different religions. People always quarrel about the trifles, about their personal views of minor insignificant points. They always come together in the presence of great fundamental truths, the threads of which run through all. The quarrels are in connection with the lower self, the agreements are in connection with the higher self (Trine 203).

It seems that many religions have forgotten this fundamental sameness today, and this is one reason there is so much unrest and hatred between religions in the world today. There is no one "right" or "wrong," but that seems to be largely forgotten as Muslim fights against Jew, and Hindu fights against Buddhist. If we are all good inside, then we seem to be largely ignoring it when we pick fights over religion and belief. The world would be a much better place if the world's people could live more according to Trine's beliefs and principles. They do not seem so difficult to believe, or to master, but certainly difficult to get started, when there is so much hatred and strife in the world. Trine notes, "Why, bless you, there is only one religion, -- the religion of the living God" (Trine 208). If more people could live by that premise, we all might get along much better, and enjoy a more peaceful world. That one religion is not based on right or wrong, or worship in a church, but based on one's own personal relationship with the higher power, which seems really what may have been meant by religion all along. To have true faith, you do not need a church or a preacher,… [END OF PREVIEW]

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