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about his perceptive or reflective /, and thereby misses
the truth of the event, so the man who seeks God
(though for the rest he gets on very well with the self-
seeker in the one soul), instead of allowing the gift
to work itself out, reflects about the Giver—and misses
God remains present to you when you have been sent
forth ; he who goes on a mission has always God before
him: the truer the fulfilment the stronger and more
constant His nearness. To be sure, he cannot directly
concern himself with God, but he can converse with Him.
Reflexion, on the other hand, makes God into an object.
Its apparent turning towards the primal source belongs
in truth to the universal movement away from it; just
as the apparent turning away of the man who is fulfilling
his mission belongs in truth to the universal movement
towards the primal source.
For the two primary metacosmical movements of
the world—expansion into its own being and reversal
to connexion—find their supreme human form, the
. real spiritual form of their struggle and adjust-
ment, their mingling and separation, in the history of
the human relation to God. In reversal the Word is
born on earth, in expansion the Word enters the chrysalis
form of religion, in fresh reversal it is born again with
new wings.
Arbitrary self-will does not reign here, even though
the movement towards the It goes at times so far that
it threatens to suppress and to smother the movement
out again to the Thou.
The mighty revelations to which the religions appeal
are like in being with the quiet revelations that are to