– Our initial choice of direction.
The secret of success, the secret of true happiness, is to manifest in your own behaviour all that you would like to receive from others. If you want smiles and kind looks, offer smiles and kind looks to others. If you want an Angel, a Heavenly Being to come and instruct and guide you, find someone who has had less opportunity to learn, and start by sharing your light with him. Your actions will be reflected immediately in the Invisible World and spirits of light will be drawn to help you in the same way.
You can set the whole universe in motion with this law, and this is where it becomes really interesting: to be able to reach out into faraway regions and influence even the most distant areas in space!
You can only reap fruits which correspond to the seeds you have sown… As you sow so shall you reap’, and this also means that what you do today directly prepares your future. At every instant by your inner attitude you can give direction to your future. Every decision you make, either for good or ill, sets the course of your future either for good or for ill.
Let me illustrate this with an example: suppose you feel like taking a trip and you are trying to choose between Nice and Moscow. Let’s say you decide to go to Nice.
From then on your itinerary is predetermined: the countryside you see on your way, your fellow-passengers, the stations the train goes through are all decided in advance. Once you choose your destination you have to follow the itinerary which already exists. It is not you who create the countryside you travel through. Its existence does not depend on you, but what does depend on you is the initial choice of direction.
In point of fact we do not actually create our future. To say that man creates his own future is a manner of speaking, it would be more exact to say that he chooses the direction he wants to go in. You say, ‘I’ll go that way.’ All right. But it is not up to you to create the regions your route takes you through nor their inhabitants. They have long since been created by God. We do not create our evil fate, but we steer ourselves towards its treacherous quicksands, swamps and forests full of dangers.
We decide only what direction we shall take, that is all. And if, on the other hand, we choose to go in the direction of a splendid future, the same rules apply: we decide to go in that direction but the future is already there, waiting for us. There are thousands of different regions and spheres in space, peopled with an infinite variety of creatures, and according to the region we choose as our goal, our path will lead us upwards or downwards until we reach it.
Every kind of distress and every kind of happiness exist already and others have experienced them before us. They were created long, long ago, but it is up to us now, to choose between them. And that is why, at this very moment, you must decide to change your course and steer towards the Heavenly regions which God has prepared for you from all eternity.