Posted by: Zane Maser | December 17, 2015


Life is meant to be a gentle
keeping on in Divine step.
Keep on quietly in the continuous now.

The nuance of words we use makes a huge difference. Some words are like a soft breeze that caresses our soul, while other words can be a strong gust of wind that knocks us over. And our words, like our life, are an expression of our inner world, as they come forth to play out externally. When we think and speak with presence of mind and consciousness, then the spirit and intention behind our words creates harmonious forms outwardly. We become the master of our own experience.

Here’s a simple example: keep up or keep on. There is a vast variation in the “energetic feeling” engendered by the statements to “keep up!” or to “keep on.”

Take a moment to experience what it feels like to be told: “You have to keep up! Come on, keep up!” If someone said to you, “Keep up! Keep up! Can’t you keep up?!” How does that feel? How many times do you do this to yourself with internal “self-talk,” in one form or another, with a harsh, critical, nagging voice prodding you ever onward?


Moreover, “keeping up” the pace produces stress and tension that derives from an overly active, busy mind and body in too great of a hurry—a pushing drive against the natural movement of energy in its own time. We fail to remember that, “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” So many of us attempt to “keep up” externally due to all the spoken and unspoken expectations, the “shoulds,” and the conventional striving toward what we “must be” and “must have” to “fit in” to be okay in the opinions of others. It’s the mode of “keeping up appearances” to remain in the frenetic crowd of competitive, human pushing.

As a case in point, in the early 1930’s, while lecturing in the United Kingdom as one of the leaders of the “New Thought” movement, Emmet Fox made some remarkable predictions in response to questions from his audiences. One of his extraordinary statements foretold of a “technology addiction in the 21st century.” In a recent study by researchers at the University of Glasgow, an astounding discovery exposed the fact that most people “check their e-mails every hour and fifty percent of those studied check their e-mails thirty and forty times an hour.” Their findings also revealed that nearly ninety percent of all Americans actively use some sort of computerized device.1 Such a “technology addiction” speaks perfectly to the desperate attempt to “keep up!!” in order to be “informed” every second—day and night!


In contrast, if someone said, “Keep on. There is no hurry; just keep on in your own pace.” How does this caring nod of acceptance and support feel? Is it encouraging and understanding of your unique rate and rhythm? Then, how does it feel to say to yourself: “I’m going to keep on with my project. I’m enjoying it, so I want to keep on.” The flow of life’s river is thus manageable and pleasurable when we simply “keep on keeping on” with ease, giving each thing its appointed time and energy. We keep on in sync with our own divine rate—with joy and thanksgiving.

“Haste doesn’t live here.”
A sign on the door of Chiara Vigo’s studio,
the last woman who is thought to make sea silk

“Keep up!” is a human-driven concept to be “of the world.” “Keep on” is a spiritual principle that denotes a persistent steadfastness to share our gifts “in the world” in a way that allows us to stay centered according to our own nature. “Keep up” is an external measure that someone else decrees. “Keep on” is an internal measure of being true to our Self, to our spiritual guidance, and the specific path before us. It’s a quiet tempo of peace and inward alignment, trusting that whatever our current need, the answer will appear naturally, timely. “Keeping on” is our personal journey to the sacred Mountaintop.

To change the energetic paradigm from “keep up” to “keep on” is to shift our center of consciousness from the material, human level of strenuous effort to the spiritual level of fluent ease—the “taking no thought for our life.” Then, we move from blessing to blessing in a genuine manner.


And how, you ask, are we to walk the spiritual path?
We answer: Say little; love much;
give all; judge no person; aspire to all
that is pure and good—
and keep on keeping on.
White Eagle, The Quiet Mind

In the many, many stories told of the search for the Holy Grail,
for the gold cup from which Jesus is supposed to have drunk at
the Crucifixion, the seekers always came home, impoverished
and broken in health, dropping wearily and despondently at
their own door. In every version is told the story of the person
who gives his whole life and fortune to the search in the outer
world only to find the long sought for treasure on his return home.
He finds it in his garden, perhaps hanging to the branch of a tree;
he reaches forth his hand at his own table, and it appears.
     The story of the Holy Grail is symbolic of the treasure hidden
within our consciousness, within our own being, there by virtue
of our oneness with God.
                           Joel S. Goldsmith, Conscious Union with God

Other Spiritual Offerings:

• Words Matter

• Words That Uplift

• Free Association: Peace

• The Ego’s Sneaky Version of the 23rd Psalm

• Slow Down!


1. JoAnn Corsiatto. 2015. “Emmet Fox: The Modern Mystic.” Golden Key Books, 170 pages.


Text © by Zane Maser, 2015. Photos gratefully used from Wikimedia Commons. All 2009-2015 rights of Zane Maser and SunnyCat Astrology reserved worldwide.

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My editorial guru and technological wizard is Chris Maser, my stupendous husband.

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