“I am seeking my Good, and my Good is my God.” ~ Emma Curtis Hopkins
Last night marked the beginning of a new class I am taking at church, “Unveiling Your Hidden Power.” It is a class on the teachings of Emma Curtis Hopkins, a mystic who was known in her time as the “teacher of teachers.” Most every New Thought religion that exists today was founded by her students. In Emma’s perspective, our “Good” is our birthright.
She was not speaking of material stuff. It goes beyond form to the impetus behind form.
Ruth L Miller, who authored the book we are reading, says “It’s helpful to say that our Good is unbounded, unlimited Love.”
I have studied Emma before and, in fact, was interested in the class precisely because her teachings were so invaluable to me during the time when my husband was in the hospital in November of 2016. They kept me from spiraling into fear.
Since I had just finished reading Fearless Giving, I find myself relating it back to that. My human side wants to take “Good” and proclaiming it as a nice house, fat bank account – you know, all the usual trappings of success. But when I take the giving idea and pair it with Emma’s teachings, it removes the temptation to get hooked on shallow goals and takes me to the place where I ask myself if it is nourishing.
Emma calls this repentance, which she says is to return to our true nature. Our true nature is our Good.
As Hopkins said, ““There is Good for me and I ought to have it.”
In Scientific Christian Mental Practice, she says, “Love is the Good we are seeking. Love is the highest name of God. Love is the fulfilling of the law. At the height of our spiritual teachings we find God covering us with love. We find ourselves loving all things and all people.”
It is about returning to our true nature and being the person we were meant to be. Our Good is what we want instinctively to give.
“When a bird sings, it doesn’t sing for the advancement of music,” said Alan Watts.
It’s that. It’s for the love of it.
“There is Good for me and I ought to have it.”
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.