I Have Immortal Longings
"Give me my robe, put on my crown, I have immortal longings in me." -- Shakespeare
The soul of man filled with Immortal Longings reaches out through the mists of human theories and beliefs, seeking the place of contact; feelings its way through the mass of opinions and ideas, as if to grasp the Beloved.
Through a thousand busy streets and thoroughfares the world over I sought Him. Within and without the temples of a hundred religions I looked for the Bride. Into a million faces I peered, hoping to see an answering glance of Recognition filled with Immortal Longings.
"He is coming, He is coming," history kept calling through the dusty archives. But somehow or other He never came, and the Immortal Longings remained, driving me on and on through desert and garden, through city and country. "O that I might find Him."
"Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold thou art fair; thou hast doves' eyes within thy locks; thy hair is as a flock of goats, that appears from mount Gilead.
"Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet ...
"Thy neck is like the tower of David builded for an armory . ...
"Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.
"Thou hast ravished my heart.
"A garden enclosed ...
"Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; champhire with spikenard,
"Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all chief spices:
"A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon."
Thus Solomon -- the wisest of all (the Soul -- the Sun) -- vainly tried to describe the beauties and holiness of the Beloved. Thus did he picture in glorious words the wonders of the Beloved which cause the Immortal Belongings to flame high in the breast of every man.
The soul hunger is never satisfied until it eats of the body and drinks of the blood of Christ and is filled with Immortal Longings, which overturn and overturn every belief until He (the Beloved) Whose place it is to rule shall come.
Through all the world I sought thee, and then at last, when I ceased seeking, I found THEE close at hand. I had denied thee for long years. I had failed to recognize thee, and turned from thee because thou wert so close to me.
So man has pursued the Beloved through the ages, looking everywhere for that which lies within his own consciousness.
Once a candle is lighted, it does not add to its brightness to hold it longer in the flame. From that moment it is sufficient unto itself. When the Christ-consciousness is awakened in you, it is a light unto itself, and in being a light unto itself it is a light unto the world (your world). It will illumine the way to the Beloved.
Finally, man is learning that body and soul must be made one, and that Jesus Christ is one, and is complete and resurrected to a point in consciousness where He is above the laws of the human mind.
Solomon seeking the Beloved is the story of every man seeking Completeness, wholeness, which he senses and yet which he never dreams lies within his own consciousness. He must become aware of this before anything lasting and satisfying takes place.
The Bride and the Lamb say come."
The mystic marriage takes place, and completeness ensure -- balance, accomplishment, and power follow in the wake of this mystic union. Wholeness is the gift of every man who can answer, "Yes, Lord," the question "Wilt thou be made whole?" Wilt thou be made holy and complete, and find that which has caused the Immortal Longings in your soul? Then shall you put on your Robe and Crown, for authority shall be yours. Then shall you inherit the earth (the field of materialized spirit), for your shall be meek and lowly of heart. "The meek shall inherit the earth."
Becoming aware of this Christ -- the Beloved -- within your own consciousness opens the door of attainment, and causes man to function automatically as Jesus Christ functioned. "Let that mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus." It is wonderful what this discovery of the Beloved accomplishes for man. "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him." The warmth of this Divine Love fills the temple-body which glowing vitality and radiant health. It is regeneration and re-creation.
Possessing the whole garment instead of part of it influxes you with the fluid that went out from Jesus when the woman touched the hem of His garment and she was healed. Having found the Beloved within, Jesus showed forth the wondrous works that were to be accomplished by this union, the mystic marriage of body and soul.
Worn out with the searching or waiting for the Bridegroom to appear, many sleep by the way, trying vainly to borrow a little oil from others more fortunate, and thereby hoping to see the Beloved, but, as long as man tried to accomplish this marvelous thing through another, he only catches glimpses as best of the Beloved.
When you have discovered ME within yourself, the light of this discovery will enable you to see ME in everyone. Yes, you will see ME, and many times you will be able to call, "Lazarus, come forth," and see ME accomplish what the human mind says is impossible.
"I will stand upon my watch ... to see what He will say unto me."
"Be still and know that I am God." The one who has found the Beloved within his own consciousness is standing often on his watch to see what the Beloved has to say. It is Wonderful!
And the Lord magnified Solomon exceedingly in the sight of all Israel, and bestowed upon him such royal majesty as had not been on any king before him in Israel."
The Lord is magnified in the awakened soul, and this takes place in a concrete manner -- the "Word made flesh." Heaven comes out of the clouds of imagination and is materialized, and the "Kingdoms of the earth become the Kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ." The Beloved appears and Immortal Longings are satisfied.
"Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair."
I Have Immortal Longings (from Out of the Clouds)