How do those fare in the next life who possess some of the spiritual qualities necessary for the spirit's progress to higher spheres than the earth plane? Where a person lives a life of self-denial on earth, he is pretty certain to be well rewarded in the next life. Self-denial or the suppression of self is the great thing needed to secure our future Happiness. Self-denial is not the self-denial of earthly enjoyments but the sharing of our own enjoyments with others. In short, to find our own happiness in the pleasure of seeing others happy. One has a duty to oneself as well as to others and the Correct Performance of our duty involves the correct performance of our duty to ourselves because we cannot be happy in doing good unless we are ourselves in a good state of health of mind and body. We see, therefore, that doing good involves no self-sacrifice but the highest self-seeking—the attainment of our own spiritual good and the bestowal of that good upon others. In fact, we cannot be happy if we keep a good to ourselves; we must learn to conquer self sufficiently to sacrifice something for others. The sacrifice is, however, not really such at all—it is only a distorted mental vision that makes it appear so. If we are going to do what is right—in other words, what we feel qualified for—it cannot involve anything irksome when once we get fairly into it.
We may all lead true lives, without any great hardships to encounter, if we will only take the right road to find our peculiar sphere in life and then strive to fulfil it.
What we should do is to find out where we can be of the most use and try to carry out our dreams of usefulness in the way we are best qualified. Do not torture yourself into being or doing something you feel uncongenial but pray for enlightenment and a road will be opened up to you for doing good that will make you happy.
Those who lead such a life feel the meaning of the expression, the Kingdom of Heaven is within you. For them, no need to wait until the grave closes on the body in order to appreciate the happiness in store for them in the spirit world. It is already within and around them and if they are in bodily health they need fear no trials or troubles in life, though many may crowd around them. They are protected by a shield of happiness which renders all the world a home to them and all men their friends. This is not an unpractical dream.