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This selling all, Academicus, is the Measure of your dying to Self; all of it is to be given up; it is an apostate Nature, and stolen Life, brought forth in Rebellion against God; it is a continual Departure from him.  It corrupts everything it touches; it defiles everything it receives; it turns all the gifts and Blessings of God into Covetousness, Partiality, Pride, Hatred, and Envy.  All these Tempers are born, and bred, and nourished, in Self; they have no other Place to live in, no Possibility of Existence, but in the Creature which is fallen from a Life in God, into a Life of Self. – William Law (emphasis in the original)

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