It is the common heart, of which all sincere conversation is the worship, to which all right action is submission; it’s that overpowering reality that confutes our tricks and talents, and constrains everyone to pass for what he is, and to speak from his character, and not from his tongue, and which evermore tends to pass into our thought and hand, and become wisdom and virtue, and power, and beauty
Emerson’s 1841 essay, The Over-Soul is filled with little gems of knowing. The 19th century was not what some call “The New Age,” but it certainly was the beginning of the end of religious tomfoolery. We haven’t reached the end of the silliness that surrounds our ritualistic behavior, but we can see a crack in the hard shell of rubbish that has controlled our ideas about God and our connection to that entity.
Emerson and others realized that we are connected, and can function as God when we allow what Emerson calls the heart to be our mentor. Our inner voice or heart is a whole part of the whole of God. The God that is in all things. The God that expresses itself as the universe, and everything in it. When we use our inner voice to fulfill our desires, our intentions are filled with virtue and wisdom, power and beauty. The hard shell of rubbish continues to crack. We start to understand that tricks and talents are the expressions of the common form of God within us.