“It would indeed be strange if you were asked to go beyond all symbols of the world, forgetting them forever; yet were asked to take a teaching function.  You have need to use the symbols of the world a while.  But be you not deceived by them as well.  They do not stand for anything at all, and in your practicing it is this thought that will release you from them.  They become but means by which you can communicate in ways the world can understand, but which you recognize is not the unity where true communication can be found.”

Kenneth Wapnick used a phrase I find very helpful: Be normal! I don’t need to stand out by acting in unusual ways, wearing unusual clothes, or engaging in elaborate rituals. I do need to hold in mind that all I perceive is only symbols, not reality. What is true is far beyond what I perceive, and I’m grateful to know that it exists. By my loving thoughts and acts I acknowledge my identity as part of God’s One Creation, and I do what I can to share the gentleness which is its clearest attribute. Thank you.

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