by Shawn McDowell
The scriptures tell us in Romans 5:1-5 "Therefore
being justified by faith we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ.
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace
wherein we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of
God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations
also: knowing that tribulations worketh patience; and
patience experience; and experience hope. And hope
maketh not ashamed because the love of God is shed
abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given
One of the laws of physics state "A body at rest
stays at rest; a body in motion stays in motion." For
every action there is a reaction. Just as by dropping
a rock or stone into a body of water, the ripples from
ones actions move outward from the center in all
directions. It all becomes a matter of time as to
when you shall be the receipient of your actions upon
another. You can choose to respond to those who
transgress against you in hate or retaliate in anger.
One must realize there is a far reaching relational
cause and effect and subsequent consequence for each
action and reaction.
GALATIANS 6:7, summarizes what is commonly known as
the Legend of the Sower: "Whatsoever a man soweth,
that shall he also reap." In the Great Work, this is
known as the LAW OF COMPENSATION.
Natural Law, to insure a balance, insures that for
EVERY ACTION, THERE IS A REACTION. This is also known
as CAUSE AND EFFECT.
Call it what you will, the Law of Compensation relates
to every thought, desire and effort (good or bad) of
every human being. Every ACTION, whatever its nature,
must cause REaction. Many of today's problems are the
result of an unawareness or a disbelief of this Law.
Man has cheated, stolen, lied, been guilty of every
known crime and sin because he has felt he could "get
away with it," and then has wondered why he has so
many troubles, ills and hardships.
Throughout history, Man has tried to evade punishment
for wrongdoing and yet expects and demands a "fair
day's wages for a fair day's work." When we are
willing to accept the Divine Law of Compensation, we
will be more mindful of our every act, our every
thought and our every desire.
The dishonest Man will try to find a way to avoid
payment of debts. The honest Man will make every
effort to live within the Law and be willing to accept
reward or punishment in accord with his efforts.
Science has proven and accepted the Law of Action and
REaction. Man must eventually accept and DESIRE to
comply with the Law of Compensation - the sowing and
With the exception of Man, all things are in harmony
with the Law of Compensation. An animal is
instinctively aware of the fact that to exist, it must
eat and in order to eat, it must make some effort. Man
alone, having been given free Will, may choose between
following the Law and rejecting it. This free Will
allows Man to become a co-Creator with God, or to lose
that privilege and become the Biblical "chaff" to be
Regardless of what effort Man makes, his "reaping"
must be according to his "sowing." He can plant weeds
(evil acts) and reap evil in return, or he can sow
useful plants (good acts) and be rewarded accordingly.
The wise man, having planted weeds and seen the
results, can plow them under (transmute evil into
good) so they serve as soil conditioners.
The same garden that will grow weeds, will grow
vegetables. The choice is with the gardener. But his
choice ends with the sowing. Having planted weeds, he
has no choice but to harvest weeds. Throughout our
life, we must strive to keep our garden free from
weeds. But when they do appear, they must be plowed
under (transmuted) for the eventual improvement of our
As Man gradually fulfills his destiny, he becomes
fully familiar with the Divine Law and is willing,
even anxious, to live within that Law. In doing so, he
gradually attains to all that is real and lasting. It
will not - and this is a point that bears repeating -
be necessary for him to deny himself good thing
because both the Natural Law and the Law that controls
the physical are aspects of the Divine Law.
According to the Divine Law, Man's first duty is to
himself and to those whose responsibility he has
assumed; then, this having been accomplished, to the
welfare of others - not doing for them what they can
and should do for themselves, but in showing them the
way. No man can save another, but he can show another
how to save himself. Faith is essential as an urge to
effort, but ultimate Salvation is possible only by
proper sowing, by obedience and fulfillment of the
Man's one aim - his REASON for BEING - should be to
fulfill his destiny; to bring into manifestation his
potentialities and possibilities; to make full use of
all his "talents: to the benefit of himself and
humanity. This is a Divine Demand if Man wishes to
continue to live, to be of the "wheat" and not of the
"chaff" to be destroyed. This is made clear in God's,
or the Divine Law's statement: "And now the sons of
man have become as the Son of God...".
It has been truly said, "What is man but a god
afraid?" Man's life, because it has been governed
largely by ignorance, guilt, fear and the resulting
weaknesses, has been limited on all planes of
existence. This has been impressed upon his inner
consciousness to such a degree that he believes
therefore, that all that may or has happened to him,
is predestined by the hand of GOD - instead of his
Thus through continued ignorance of (or unwilling-ness
to obey) God's Laws, Divine Plans and promises, man
has permitted and nurtured his limitations.