4 SIX THEOSOPHIC POINTS in and of God. This new image, born in the life of God, beholds all the natural lives, and nothing is strange or difficult to it; for it beholds only its root from which it grew. As a fair flower grows out of the rough earth, which is not like the earth; but declares by its beauty the power of the earth, and how it is mixed of good and evil; so also is every man, who, out of the animal, wild, earthly nature and quality, is born again so as to become the right image of God. For those who are a growth of such a kind, and are shooting forth into the fair lily in the kingdom of God, and are in process of birth, have we written this book; that they should strengthen their essences therein, bud in the life of God, and grow and bear fruit in the tree of paradise. And seeing all the children of God grow in this tree, and each is a twig of this same tree, we have wished to impart to our twigs and fellow-branches in our tree, in which we all are, and from which we all grow, our sap, savour and essence, that our tree of paradise may become great, and that we may rejoice one with another. And we would urge all children, who are thus growing in this tree, friendly to ponder that each branch and twig helps to shelter /the other from the storm, and we commend ourselves unto their love and growth.