Posted by: Zane Maser | October 7, 2012


Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe
in the heroic makes heroes.

In the 21st century, Charles Dickens remains a well-known icon of English literature. In his own 19th century—the Victorian era, his stature was that of the most popular British novelist.1 In fact, his enduring legacy of short stories and novels have remained in print to this very day without any lapse in their availability, in large part due to the famous, indelible characters he created! Such truth is timeless. He masterfully captured in words the “everyday man,” often with well-known humor.

As works of social commentary and distinct portraits of human nature, his unflagging focus and drive for reform centered on the harsh labor environments and impoverished conditions of the working-class, forgotten poor—at a time when Britain’s empire was at the height of its power, wealth, and influence. Not surprisingly, Dickens was as well known for his devotion to philanthropic work as for his clear-sighted depiction of Victorian society’s flagrant inequality between wealth and poverty.

Astrologically, his temperament and inclinations are aptly shown by the Sun in altruistic Aquarius and the Moon in Sagittarius conjunct idealistic Neptune—an outspoken signature that points to one who will courageously stand up for social justice, equality, and universal freedom for humanity. He is the one who sees with a far vision. His own interior nature was clearly that of profound goodness.

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden
of it to anyone else.
Charles Dickens

One of the noted qualities in the writings of Dickens is his penchant to create “idealized” characters (also described as “eye-rollingly naïve” by today’s standards) and then juxtapose them in contrast to cruel, ruthless, horrendous others. One such loathsome character is Mr. Murdstone, who seems to live from a blackened, greedy heart, while his stepson, David Copperfield, perceives life from and acts toward it with a sincerely good and true heart.

In multiple tests of his character throughout the story, David encounters additional vile individuals, such as Mr. Creakle, the sadistically brutal headmaster at The Wellington House Academy who violently torments David on every possible occasion. Another person is the repulsively devious and fraudulent clerk, Uriah Heep. Even in the worst of humiliating moments, in unsavory and hopeless environments, no outer circumstance or abusive person causes David to react from a hardened heart or to become in like measure as his oppressors. No external situation crushed his spirit, subverted his values, altered his strength, or tainted his subjective and internally intact resources. Perhaps from his own spiritual purity, an invisible cloak protected him continuously.

What we entertain in consciousness is
what we will find wherever we go.
Joel Goldsmith

Some unwavering part of David believed—and trusted—that fundamental goodness is the final victor that will inevitably show up in unforeseen, fortunate ways. He thus remained steadfast, hard working, conscientious, and optimistic—all qualities suggesting that David is likely an autobiographical sketch amongst the many characters Dickens created. He wrote, in the preface to the 1867 edition, “…like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child. And his name is David Copperfield.”2

Charles Dickens surrounded by his characters.

Tolstoy regarded Dickens as the best of all English novelists, and considered David Copperfield to be his finest work, ranking the “Mischief” chapter to be the standard by which the world’s great fiction should be judged. It was Sigmund Freud’s favorite novel.3

Everlasting characters, like David Cooperfield, and persons such as Dickens are the spiritual beacons for humanity. Their inner nature is incorruptible. They are facets of the Golden Jewel of Goodness, adjoined to every other facet, each with the potential to bring integrity and kindness into the outer world. Some inherent glow or knowing assures them that all temporary, outer circumstances of “contractiveness,” limitation, or cruel mistreatment will eventually change and open outward. No thing or person can indefinitely bind them because their innate goodness—god-li-ness—will inevitably reign supreme.

In the long-term, true good will overcome and guide. The weak-minded can never prevail over the spiritually mighty. Like will eventually always beget like, as spiritual Law and Truth govern life. All that is divinely good, fair-minded, just, affirmative, and progressive already is. All that is supremely good in the Universe must and will circulate. British philosopher, James Allen, says it best when he wrote: “Goodness is the most powerful thing in the world. …So powerful is goodness that the destiny of the world was, is, and will be in the hands of the good, who are the guides and emancipators of humanity.”

There is nothing easy about becoming conscious.
My own life was much easier before I knew about
the deeper meaning of choice, the power of choice
that accompanies taking responsibility. Abdicating
responsibility to an outside source can seem,
at least for the moment, so much easier. Once
you know better, however, you can’t get away
with kidding yourself for long.
Carolyn Myss

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• It’s Already Present

• Waves of Goodness

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• The Timeless Trek

• Soul Assignments



2. Ibid.

3. Ibid

Text © by Zane Maser, 2012. Photos and drawings (now legally in the Public Domain) are from WikiCommons. All rights reserved worldwide.

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