Steps in Human Progress

Jan 9, 2013 by

Steps in Human Progress is another great book by the groundbreaking metaphysician Christian D. Larson, originally published in 1916.
A few opening paragraphs for you:
“When we proceed to consider what we know about the highest truth conceivable in our present state of development, we shall meet a very great paradox, and we shall also meet the reverse of this truth; that is, what we may term the only real sin possible to the human ego — the coming down from the perfect consciousness of this highest truth, which would constitute the great fall. And when we inquire to what this highest truth has reference, our answer must be that it is the truth concerning the most sublime principle of which we are conscious; and this can be nothing less than our own real or supreme self.
We understand that we may know many things concerning the external, but we may naturally know more about our own innermost nature than anything else that may have existence in the universe. Therefore, this highest truth necessarily declares something definite concerning our innermost or supreme self; and when this highest truth reveals itself we discover that the real or eternal self, that is, the soul or spirit of man, is now in possession of what we may term the All in All, and accordingly, has no needs or requirements whatever. When we consider life in the external we find that existence has seemingly many needs and requirements; but we find that the spirit of man, the real eternal you, does not need anything whatever, being supplied abundantly with the All in All.
Accordingly, the soul of man can, in justice and truth, ask for nothing, pray for nothing, desire nothing, hope for nothing, because the soul does have every- thing— “All that the Father hath is mine.” However we may consider the life of the individual, the needs of the personal man, or the requirements of the human phases of existence, we come invariably to the conclusion that everything that the personal or human side of life can possibly desire or require does, even now, exist in the human soul. The great kingdom has been given to man. The eternal I Am is in itself sufficient unto itself — having all life, all wisdom, all power, all joy, and is complete, perfect, and finished in the largest and highest significance of those terms. When we consider this great truth, admittedly the highest truth that we can discern at the present time, we will, if our analysis be complete, meet the reverse; that is, the ignoring of this truth, which would involve the desire of the ego to seek for things in the external. And here is where we find the original sin, or the fall of man — going out or down into the external for anything whatever, when the soul or the spirit is already in possession of everything heart could wish for, or that the most perfect states of life might require.”
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