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Becoming a Great Soul | Inspirational Life Lessons

July 30, 2020

Listen to episode 497 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Becoming a Great Soul. Edited and adapted from Four Minute Essays by Frank Crane.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Get exclusive access to over 200 additional podcasts from our archive by becoming our patron today. Learn more by visiting: Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Four Minute Essays by Frank Crane, published in 1919.

Would you like a magic formula to help you though life? Here is one that I like to repeat over and over again. It goes like this: Mine own will come to me.

This statement is not provable. The deepest truths of life never are. The creeds of the world that have led humanity up out of barbarism into civilization, out of war into law, out of lust into love, are all open to doubt. We do not reach those sublime conclusions that transform our lives by building Babel Towers of bricks of Logic, for the end of all such work is a confusion of tongues. Instead, we fly to them by the airplanes of Faith.

We believe them. We do not know them. And the best things of existence are believed, not known. We believe them because we are drawn to them, because something in them appeals to something in us.

The most usable and persuasive wisdom has never been included in encyclopedias. It is felt by simple hearts, as sunshine is felt. It comes to us by affinities and repulsions that are as mysterious (yet as potent and undeniable) as electricity. So, that is how I know: Mine own will come to me.

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