Saturday, 8 April 2017

Ask earnestly in the Silence

I seem to grow no fruit, nothing but leaves. What is the thing that holds me back?

If you feel that heretofore you have brought forth only leaves, remember the leaves must come first and the fruit must follow. The tree must show its true vigorous growth by putting forth leaves that are
healthy, enduring and full of sap.

The fact that you have thus been able to put forth leaves and have awakened to the fact that the time of fruitage is here proves it is possible for you to do better. Therefore, ask earnestly in the Silence that you may be shown within yourself just what buds are ready to be pushed to the opening. Very often we have within us great possibilities—let us call them fruit buds—but they are overlaid with a certain selfish or ambitious desire to do something which the world will recognise and admire. And then we push out more leaves, for the things the world sees are leaves. Those who want the fruit must seek deeper for it. Also, in putting forth fruit, we will often find that which seemed so beautiful for the world is apt to wither. Then truly we begin the struggle.

So, dear student, we say to you, look earnestly within and know absolutely that you not only have these buds which can unfold into fruit but that you also have the wonderful Divine Helpers waiting only for you to put forth the effort, so that They may crown that effort with success. But you yourself must make the effort. You yourself must find the possibilities and also what it is in you which holds them back.

Letters from the Teacher, Volume II, Universal Religious Fellowship Inc., Harriette Augusta Curtiss and F. Homer Curtiss, Curtiss Book Company, California, 1924