Open the letter of the body’s life.Inside the words, this body, your life, is a letter
to the king of the universe.Go to a private place and open it and read to see if
the words are right. If theyare not, start another! And do not think it is easy to open
the body and read the secretmessage. This is the most courageous work, not something
for children playing with knucklebones
in the dirt. Open tothe title page. Is what it says there the same as what you
have said it says? Ifyou are carrying a heavy sack, empty out the stones! Bring
only what should be given.
Make your own Bible.
Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson