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#44 The Bright Spot of Despair
Glimmerings of Penitence 8:15

The despair that enters [a person’s] heart is itself a sign of a gentle inner rebellion

issuing from [the person’s] higher consciousness of morality and holiness1;

it is therefore appropriate that the despair itself should encourage the person not to be afraid,

and to turn round from all sin with a penitence filled with serenity and spiritual courage.

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  1. Despair indicates a kind of spiritual allergic response. Your higher self is having a bad response to what you are feeding it, your higher consciousness of morality and holiness is reacting negatively to your life choices, to your inner and outer environment, demanding genuineness, right action, meaningfulness, and the taste of the sacred. See also Glimmering #21, “Why Are You Unhappy?” Back to text
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