Let’s continue our talks on the three stages of the spiritual path, with the third degree.
I think by now you are probably aware that I am covering from anywhere from two to thirty years in three or four hours; three or four talks. So you know I have only touched the surface of each one. But there should be enough information in each one of these talks to point to where you are, if you are honest with yourself and to point to some of the books that can help and what you should be looking for; what you should be doing in each degree.
But this is only a broad overview. To get into each one of these degrees in detail would take another six to ten talks each. But what I want to do here, what I hope to accomplish is to put down a road map. This has taken me over 36 years to glean this information; ferret these directions out of all of the books and talks I have come across and put them in one place so you don’t have to do that. And that is my mission in these three talks.
I think also by now you can see how discussing this with others is almost an impossibility. Someone in the first degree that says they are having a problem with their body and want to know what principles should they apply; if they say that to someone in the second degree, the person in the second degree is going to say, “Oh, you need to know about impersonalization and nothingization.” And the person with the problem in the first degree won’t understand what they are talking about.
If they say it to someone in the third degree, either that person will simply smile or they will say, “What body? What body are you talking about?” So you see there is this sort of cross communication where it does not compute. Again, that is why we learn in the second degree to keep this sacred and secret.
Now, listen to this because this is direct from Joel:
In the third degree we have to unlearn everything we have ever learned in the first and second degrees. It’s another major transition and if you are not ready for it, it will not happen to you. And so you must content yourself with staying in the second degree until you are lifted from on high. I can only report what happens in the third degree. I cannot tell you how to get there. The getting there, the preparation if there is any, is everything you do in the second degree; at the tail end of the second degree.
With that in mind, Joel had some specific talks which someone sent to me and I am so blessed to have this. I just love it. It is transcripts from the 1955 Kailua Study Group and in this particular—well, all throughout here, but in this particular talk here, he is trying to pull these students up a little higher. He’s trying to bring them to the tail end of the second degree and the beginning of the third degree.
So listen to what Joel says. But first bear in mind that in the second degree you are knowing all the truth you can remember in order to reach that place of rest in which you can make that contact. Remember?
Now here Joel is going to undo all of that. And this should point out something else to you. If you just order tapes willy-nilly, “I’ll take #18, #123, #459, #852,” you’re going to be hearing talks from all different stages, from each of these degrees. How could you possibly incorporate that? You can’t. You have to come up the way the rest of us did. That is why I am making these talks so you can find where you are, in which degree, and go from there so there are clear cut directions. So you don’t have to go through 35 years to find this stuff out, to pull a little from this talk here, that book there, this person there, that teacher there, this transcript over here. You see?
So getting back to this, he’s trying to help these people come up to the third degree and they have been knowing truth with the mind in order to reach that state of rest.
Now listen to what he says—and don’t order tapes indiscriminately and books indiscriminately any more. For those ready to move into the third degree he says:
That is the thing I would like our students from now on to learn—that all of this letter of truth is the foundation upon which you develop the ability to turn within and say, “Father give. Speak Lord, thy servant heareth.”
Now this developing is from two to twenty two years. You develop this capacity to turn within and say, “Speak Lord, thy servant hearth. Father give.”
Then whether you are helping yourself, or working for yourself or praying for yourself, turn away from all the truth you know.
See, that is a brand new approach which starts at the beginning of the third degree. I am going to read it again because I fumbled through it. Let me read it again so you can see it clearly.
That is the thing I would like our students to know from now on —that all of this letter of truth is the foundation upon which you develop the ability to turn within and say, “Speak Lord, thy servant heareth”
Then whether you are helping yourself or working for someone else, turn away from all the truth you know.
Let that truth you know be only the foundation on which you rest. But rest in it and be receptive, and let the Father within come to you with a fresh, new spontaneous impulse. And then you may get an actual message. You may get a quotation, a Scripture, a metaphysical truth, or you may get the click or release, or you may get a warmth permeating you. Whatever it is that comes, when it comes, trust it. Rely on it.
You see, he is teaching here, we must reach the place finally where we no longer rely on the truth we know. In other words, there is a problem presented to us, we realize instantly that is a mental image, we close our eyes and we don’t know any truth with the mind. Unless it’s a simple one line as in, “God is the only power so I rest.” That’s it. Then we wait, we listen, we’re receptive to an impartation from within. Because it’s not the truth you know with the mind. It’s the truth you receive from God.
So he says, after you feel that release within, that click, that Presence, Don’t think that you have to go out and shove it around or push it around to empower it. You turn from it, if necessary, turn on some music or do something else. Go out and cook a pie.
You see what I mean?
The only truth that is really truth is the spontaneous impulse of God that comes to you from within. All of the rest of it (that you spent all these years to learn) is the foundation upon which you rest.
That is the truth of being and it is a wonderful thing to remind yourself that God is the only substance or the only power. It isn’t going to heal you. Once you have quieted yourself with some of the basic premises then sit and wait and LET truth announce Itself.
Then you will know it’s really truth; you’ll really know it’s the word of God, and you’ll find that it is ‘quick and sharp and powerful.’ And then ultimately, as you continue to work this way, the day will come when you won’t have to sit down and go through any of the routines of remembering truth, the very moment you have a call, your ear will open like this and in will rush whatever truth you need at that moment.
You see that? He’s taking everything that you’ve learned in the second degree and the first degree; he’s wiping all of that out now. He’s saying all of that has to be let go of. We’re going to take a new approach in this third degree and that is that none of the truth we know is Truth.
All of the truth that you know with the mind isn’t Truth. Only that spontaneous impulse from God is Truth. So here in the third degree we are unlearning the old way we meditated and learning a new way. And here in 1955, he was taking this class up a step higher from the second degree. And that is not the only thing we have to unknow. This is a major, major transition from the second degree to the third degree. That is why it’s a very serious initiation. We have to unlearn everything we have ever learned, not just some of it.
In the third degree we have learned to go within, become still, simply to enter the Silence. Yes, that is a note I made for myself for this talk. You see, in the other two degrees, the first and the second degree, we became still in order to practice the principles which would meet this problem or demonstrate some good; which would dissolve error and reveal harmony. But here in the third degree we are now entering meditation for no reason whatsoever.
It is really strange but here in the third degree we are learning to rely on absolute nothingness. That is why it is called the Infinite Invisible. Here we let go of every prop that we ever had in place and it can be scary. That is why it’s valuable to have a teacher and some teachings near by that say; yes, yes, you are on the right path.
So here he is telling us to rely on no words and no thoughts because none of that that we learned in those 22 years is truth. The only thing that is truth comes from this Infinite Invisible as a spontaneous impartation from within.
And we learn to meditate for no reason whatsoever, not wanting anything. Just simply to enter the silence. Yes, here in the third degree we enter meditation only to enter the Silence and experience communion.
We are now not so much interested in demonstrating anything. We are interested only in communion with the Infinite Divine Consciousness, with the Father within, with that Infinite Invisible, with the nothingness which is All.
There are several books that deal specifically with the third degree such as, “Consciousness Is What I Am”, “The Thunder of Silence”, “The Mystical I”, “Leave Your Nets”, and “The Infinite Way” to name a few. Strange how “The Infinite Way” was one of the books dealing with this third degree and yet it was the first book. The reason for that is that Joel was living in the third degree and is living there and beyond, when that book was written; when that book poured through and when the entire Infinite Way was started—that came out of a consciousness in the third degree. So you can see why he doesn’t recommend that as one of the first books you pick up because he recognizes that.
Now, I want you to listen to a couple of things from some of these books we mentioned, so that you may see the difference between what we were doing in the first degree, the second degree and now here in the third degree. We ended the last talk by saying that in the third degree we realized that we have to die completely to a personal sense of self. And do you see how this recommendation, this suggestion by Joel, that we come up higher in our meditation, is dying to a personal sense of self? Sure, because it is dying to a personal sense of truth that you know in order to experience that impersonal Presence.
And do you see how entering meditation for communion and no other reason, is dying to a personal sense of self that would want to get something from meditation? This whole third degree is all about dying to a personal sense of self so that Christ may live Itself.
And so in “Consciousness Is What I Am”, that is what he starts to cover. He says:
We should ask ourselves: “How do I ‘die’? What did Paul mean by ‘dying daily’? Is there such a process as ‘dying daily’? Is there such a process as being reborn of the Spirit? If there is, let me get busy with it right now. Let me see if I can find out how to ‘die.’ Let me see if I can find out how to be reborn and stop quoting passages.”
You see, he is trying to lift us above what? A personal sense of the mind, a personal sense of truth.
There is a way to “die daily.”
It isn’t easy for you and it isn’t easy for me; it isn’t easy for anyone. We can all think of some of the problems that face us and see how “I” is involved in every problem, an “I” so limited in power and wisdom that it cannot solve or heal it. Now let us consider what would happen to the problem if the only I involved were God, and in our meditation ask ourselves: “Would there be such a problem if there were not a ‘me’? Would there be such a condition if ‘I’ were out of the way? Would I be in such a dilemma if the entire thing were up to God?”
In that way we will gradually come to see that there is no problem except what concerns the sense of I as a person. If we take away that personal sense of “I” and let I be God, then what happens to the problem?
And so here in the third degree it is all about lifting us up above the mind, above a personal sense of self. The third degree is for those who are ready to ascend up over the human mind. It is a very deep experience. It cannot be—well, if you are a person in the first degree and you stumble into a book store and you pick up “Beyond Words and Thoughts”, and you start reading about truth unveiled, where he talks about ascending up over the mind, it is not going to make any sense. You’re not going to be able to do that. You’re just not going to be able to do it. It takes preparation, from two to twenty two years. Please don’t take this lightly. I am very serious about this.
Here in the third degree you are going to undo everything you have done—everything—over the last twenty two years or however long it has taken you to come to the end of the second degree. And so he is teaching us how to ascend up over a personal sense of self which is what dying is all about.
Now, here in “The Thunder of Silence” he says,
To heal, it is necessary to transcend thought.
There it is again. How to come up over that human mind, which is the only place where hypnotism appears.
To heal, it is necessary to transcend thought. Even though a meditation begins as contemplation of truth, it must, before the healing is accomplished, rise into the higher realm of silent awareness.
Do you hear this, those of you that are ready? Do you hear this? We must leave that place where we are knowing truth with the mind. We must set that aside, all of it.
Yes it is legitimate to say “This is a nothingness. Let me close my eyes. Now God you speak.” That’s legitimate. But that is all; that is enough. Oh yes, you can use other words. You can say something like, “This is hypnotism. God is the substance of all. Speak Lord.” It doesn’t matter, just a sentence or two.
The point is that you are practicing coming up over that mind, the mind which knows the truth, in order that you may have this beautiful experience that he calls ‘silent awareness.’ Oh, that is beautiful. Gosh, that is just lovely. Because that is what it is, a silent awareness. Over all these twenty two years, you have been pouring truth and truth statements into the mind; and scripture and realizations and you’ve been pouring and pouring them in there, now the mind becomes a different kind of faculty because in the third degree, it becomes an avenue of awareness.
You see how, way back in the first degree, if you have been reading along one of these books and you read the mind is an avenue of awareness, you wouldn’t understand that. No way could you grasp that. It is not until you get to the third degree that you understand, through the experience of coming up over that mind, what it is like to be so still that you are in a state of silent awareness.
So, to continue:
At the beginning of a healing meditation a passage of truth, such as, “Henceforth know we no man after the flesh,” may come into our thought. But after looking at that, thought begins to slow down as we ponder the meaning of knowing no man after the flesh; good flesh or bad flesh; henceforth know we no man after good flesh or bad flesh; henceforth know we no man as sick or well, rich or poor; henceforth know we only God appearing as individual spiritual man.
Here it is again. Listen to me. This is all tied together. The belief in good and evil, the only place it exists is in the mind and so knowing truth with that same mind is not going to fix it. No, when you ascend up over that mind, you have just come out of the belief in good and evil. Now you have a silent awareness of God appearing as individual spiritual man or spiritual identity. This is an actual experience that happens to you here in the third degree. That is why here, you become aware of what man is.
You will never see God with your eyes and you will never see man with your eyes. Until you reach this third degree where you rise up over the mind and momentarily catch or feel that spiritual incorporeal man, which I am feeling right as I speak.
Now it says:
This is the secret of The Infinite Way, and it is the secret of healing: “Henceforth know we no man after the flesh.”
You see, the mind that knows truth by the statements it has memorized, is not knowing Truth is it? No we have to ascend up over that mind into the silent awareness and then we are given—well, the stone is cut out of the mountain without hands. Awareness bubbles up from deep within consciousness. We have the silent awareness of spiritual being and the oneness of man and God and it is an experience here in the third degree.
So he says:
“Henceforth know we no man after the flesh”—not even healthy flesh. No because healthy flesh is still a mental concept in the mind, isn’t it? It is not a silent awareness of spiritual being. Henceforth know we no man after his wealth—large amounts or small. We know only God as Father, and God as Son, the Christ, the spiritual image and likeness of God.
Now to actually see, feel and know the spiritual likeness of God or the Christ, you must reach this third degree where you ascend up over the mind in each and every meditation. Eventually you will stay in that state; that is, up over the mind. But in the beginning of the third degree, you are learning to attain it in meditation.
So he says:
Henceforth know we only God as constituting man; henceforth know we only God as the substance of man. Henceforth know we only God as the life of man, the Soul of man, the health of man, the wealth of man, the dwelling place of man. Henceforth know we only God, and not man.
Now we perceive that man is not flesh, but consciousness, possessing only spiritual qualities.
You see that? And so the Thunder of Silence is also written for those that are approaching or in that third degree. Because it is in the third degree that we are learning to unlearn everything we knew before. It is in the third degree that we are learning to enter meditation only to commune with that spiritual identity which is man and God; one.
In the third degree we are using the mind only as an avenue of silent awareness.
Again in “Beyond Words and Thoughts”, we are told briefly in ‘Truth Unveiled’:
Jesus, however, not only knew the truth but realized and became the Truth.
Do you see the difference between knowing the truth and realizing the truth? Knowing the truth with the mind was the metaphysics of the message but here we are learning to ascend up over the mind and realize, feel or become that truth. More correct would be feel that truth becoming us.
So he says:
Jesus, however, not only knew the truth but realized and became the Truth. “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”
In other words, here in the third degree is where personal self is crucified as it must be in all of us. And everything up until now was a preparation, getting us to the place where we are ready to come into the Promised Land. And what is the Promised Land? That area of consciousness up over the mind, where we have a silent awareness of spiritual identity. That is so beautiful; silent awareness. I love that. In that silent awareness of spiritual identity, the personal sense of self is crucified.
Jesus’ realization of the need to crucify, or rise above, the seeming mortal sense of self, enabled him to make the ascension.
And this is underlined and in brackets and in bold in my book:
The ascension is always the same: a rising above mind, above knowing the truth, to Truth Itself.
You see that? Through all of this we have been evolving and we have been moving through these many years, sometimes twenty two years, sometimes longer to get to the beginning of the third degree, that place where we will truly die to self.
Now I jotted down some things. I am going to go through them so that you will know what to expect in the third degree.
In the third degree we have learned that we are taught by God and the mind is an avenue of awareness for God Consciousness to flow through. You see how that is an experience of the death of personal self, so that we can create this opening through which God flows; through which Christ liveth Its life?
Here in the third degree the Presence lives us; Christ liveth my life. Over and over again Joel has talked about how we reach the point where the principles practice us. We reach the point where we no longer have to know truth, Truth is imparted from within. We are making the transition, we are dying—really, honestly—completely dying to a personal sense of self so this Infinite Invisible Nothing called God or Christ can live Its life through us. Here we live by grace which flows continuously from within our own consciousness.
In the third degree others come to us for help or for healing or for teaching. Here we are dwelling in the kingdom of heaven, here and now. And now you know that the kingdom of heaven is a rising above that mind, don’t you?
In the third degree the government really is on His shoulders and Christ liveth in me and through me.
In the third degree all fighting, all battling is over. We no longer demonstrate anything out here. Now our only demonstration is that inner release or that inner impartation, the peace that passeth understanding. That is our only demonstration in the third degree.
Here in the third degree we each, individually, begin to suspect the truth that all that God is, I am. Here we really are dying to a personal sense of life and are consciously, consciously aware of Christ living Itself, infinitely, immortally and eternally.
In the third degree we come within for one reason, to commune with the reality of being, with the I that I am.
Here in the third degree we experience the Word made flesh; pure Christ Consciousness forming Itself as every need fulfilled. Not only for our life but for all who enter our consciousness or who ask because here in the third degree, we recognize by experience, by seeing it in action, that God, the I within us, the I in our midst, that has come, is a law unto our entire consciousness and everything that enters it.
In the third degree we behold this I in our midst making all things new in Its image and likeness. Here we are back in the Garden of Eden where pure Christ Consciousness forms Itself without any impediments, without any opposition and even without any processes. In the third degree we have finally put on immortality.
In the third degree there is an inner doorway that is now permanently open and we live by the grace that flows through that opening continuously.
In the third degree problems sometimes dissolve at our approach without ever having taken any conscious thought about truth. Why? Because here in the third degree our consciousness is the Truth; I am the Truth.
In the third degree we have passed through a great initiation. We have entered the Circle of Christhood and here we have overcome the Law now and live entirely by Grace. To us there is no more good or evil, health or sickness, wealth or lack; the darkness and the light are both alike to thee for thou hast ascended up over duality.
Here in the third degree death has been overcome because it was only a personal sense of self that could ever die and now there is no personal sense of self here. Again, Christ liveth Its life.
In the third degree the final experience is the complete death of a personal sense of self. The son of man is dead and the Son of God is risen completely out of the tomb of mortality which has now been dissolved. Here then is the experience of God incarnate as infinite individual being, your being, in this third degree.
Now, listen again to what it said at the beginning of this chapter in “The Infinite Way” called “The New Horizon”, because it is pointing out to you what is going to have to happen in this third degree to ascend up over that human mind, which is what contains a mortal sense of existence. When you come out of that mortal mind and up over it, you find a silent awareness of your spiritual identity, your Christhood in God.
So in the New Horizon it says:
The sense which presents pictures of discord and inharmony, disease and death, is the universal mesmerism which produces the entire dream of human existence.
Yes, here in the third degree you have learned finally, the entire world that you hear, see, taste, touch, smell and think has been a dream in the human mind. But now you have come up over that human mind and now you have an awareness of spiritual being.
And so he says to us:
You must understand that there is no more reality to harmonious human existence than to discordant world conditions. You must realize that the entire human scene is mesmeric suggestion, and you must rise above the desire for even good human conditions.
You must understand fully that suggestion, belief or hypnotism is the substance, or fabric, of the whole mortal universe, whether good or evil, both good and evil human conditions, are dream pictures having no reality or permanence. And you must be willing for the harmonious as well as the inharmonious conditions of mortal existence to disappear from your experience in order that reality may be known and enjoyed and lived.
And then he tells us:
Above this sense-life, which we know now is in the mind; there is a universe of Spirit governed by Love, peopled with the children of God living in the household or temple of Truth. This world is real and permanent; its substance is eternal Consciousness. In it there is no awareness of discords, or even of temporary material good.
So, here in the third degree, you are one of those people that have come up over the mind and are living in this spiritual universe. Here in the third degree you are Christed – Ordained, that is the Robe of Christ Consciousness has been given to you, wrapped around you. And it is your Christ Consciousness now.
Here in the third degree you have unlearned and undone everything you did in the first and the second degrees. You have unlearned everything you learned in twenty two years, if that is how long it took you. It could be 7, 10, 12, or 15; depends on how serious a student you were and whether you turned back to the old city for a while or whether you became fat and complacent in the second degree.
Here in the third degree you stand in the Infinite Invisible. You stand in the middle of Christ Consciousness and Christ Consciousness pours through you. You know nothing, you are nothing, you are a complete witness; a beholder as Christ lives Itself as you. That is the ultimate of the third degree.
Listen to what he says in this book which was written to help us through the third degree called, “Leave Your Nets.” This is the chapter, “The Robe.”
As an initiate you will wear the robe of your degree, (You see, first, second or third degree.) and carry the title of initiate—but in this case he is referring to the robe of the third degree because he says, you will leave behind your family name and your family and friends as well.
Of course, now you understand you don’t have to go anywhere. This is not an external experience. You don’t run off into the mountains or go get a cottage by the sea or go join some monks somewhere, unless of course you are told to. But it is not at all necessary. No, this is an internal renouncing of family name. That is a personal sense of self. There is no I, me or mine involved. You don’t have a family. If you still see a ‘my family,’ you are still in the second degree.
Here in this third degree you see God, infinite individual Being, everywhere. You began seeing it in your meditations. But now, here in the third degree, you see it with your eyes open. As we started with, Joel points out that it only takes a second for the inner ear to open and for an impartation to flow forth because the doorway is permanently open to Christ Consciousness. It is permanently open. You don’t have to know truth for hours at a time in order to reach some state of rest in which you can catch a glimpse. No, here you are no longer living in the mind; consequently you are not in the material universal because there is none. You are living in Christ Consciousness with that inner door opened and you receive impartations almost continuously. So you are living in the Kingdom of Heaven here and now. That is what you hear, that is what you perceive, that is where you dwell.
And so he says here:
Having pledged your allegiance to God and to the service of God, now you have no other allegiance. Having been accepted into the ministry of the Spirit (and if you are in the third degree, you have been accepted.) you are released from the duties and works of the earth.
Because by the time you enter the third degree you are not living by anything you do out here. You are living entirely by grace. Everything you need is provided for before you can even think of it, before you even become aware. Before they call, I, the I of you, will answer.
In the spiritual life the initiate has been called to the service and life of the Master. Immediately he is divested of the clothing of the earthly world and given the robe of his degree
That means you have reached the place where Christ Consciousness is living Itself as you.
Your robe, your Christ Consciousness, is now your abiding place. It’s your home, your business, your pleasure, your dreams, your hope. Your robe, your Christ Consciousness, is your rock, your high tower, your secret place and this robe is your consciousness of truth. As your consciousness of truth deepens and expands you reach the higher degrees and planes of consciousness (because there are degrees beyond this one), each symbolized by a robe of different color, each demanding greater consecration, devotion and service and each bringing the greater rewards of Silence in His peace.
So do we see how here in the third degree, we reach a complete death of a false sense of self? The entire material creation, good and evil, is dissolved. There is no more sickness and there is no more health. There is no more poverty and there is no more wealth. There is no more male, there is no more female. There is one infinite Being, the Infinite Invisible, expressing Itself, as the Gita says, “It is ever all Itself,” and you are dwelling in the conscious awareness, the silent awareness of that Being, being ever all Itself.
Here in the third degree you have come out of mortality and put on immortal spiritual being. Here in the third degree you have overcome the world because you find in the final analysis the world was only a false state of mind.
Here in the third degree you have overcome the final enemy or death. There is no more death for you. That has been overcome. It has been swallowed up in victory; the only victory being the crucifixion of a personal sense of self and the rebirth of spiritual identity. This identity you will discover has never been born. It is eternal, not made by hands, eternal in the heavens, co-existent with God from the beginning, forever.
This spiritual identity, you will discover, is what I am. It cannot be born and cannot die.
This spiritual identity that you have discovered as your identity, as the I in your midst, the I that you are, it will be maintained and sustained in your awareness forever and ever and ever. You have found your eternal identity.
Here in the third degree you have stepped out of time and you live in an eternal universe, a spiritual universe, the first chapter of Genesis, pure Consciousness forming Itself as Itself.
Here in the third degree, you are home at last in the Silence, in the silent awareness that God is perfect and so is the Son, for these two are one infinite, eternal spiritual identity forever.
Yes, there are three stages or three degrees on this path. There are more, there is a state beyond this of which I am aware and I am sure there are others beyond that because God is infinite and the Son is infinite and the journey is infinite. But suffice it to say that these three are the three stages that The Infinite Way is designed to bring us through and to.
I hope you can see now, clearly, which stage you are at. I hope you will read the books with that in mind; set aside the books of which you are not at that stage yet. Just set them aside. They will be there when you are ready.
And in your meditations, practice the appropriate principles for the state of consciousness where you are, trying your best to live up to your highest sense of those principles. And then let God lift you to the next step, the next stage, the next degree.
I hope this has been helpful. I realize that I’ve only just brushed on these three degrees in three hours of talks; I have only just barely touched on each of the three degrees. But I felt it was necessary. It was pushing to come out of my Consciousness. So maybe this will help you to better understand who, where, and what you are so that you may go forward. I hope it does.
My love goes with you. Blessings of the Christ and may you move to that place soon, of silent awareness of Infinite individual Incorporeal Spiritual Being.
Today’s Audio File Is, @12 – “Infinite Invisible Incorporeal I”
I received a very specific message last night. I am going to try to get it across. But first take a deep breath, let it out, relax and close your eyes. If you are not in a position where you can close your eyes, then you need to turn this talk off and come back to it later when you can be still; when you can close your eyes and be receptive.
The Spirit that flows through me flows through you and it is the Spirit that makes intercession for us.
Let us begin with a meditation that we have probably had before. One that we may have memorized and yet even though we have heard it we may never have heard it. So let us close our eyes, relax back in a comfortable chair or seat and let us go through this together, as one.
With your eyes closed, wiggle your toes. Don’t open your eyes, keep them closed. Are you in those toes? Ask yourself the question, “Am I in these toes? Am I down there in the toes? Or do these toes belong to me? Am I in these feet? Am I? Or do these feet belong to me? How about these ankles, these shins, these calves, these knees – am I down there? Am I? Well we know a surgeon can look inside and not find me. Am I down there in those shins and calves and knees or are those mine? No. Those are mine. I move them where I will and most of the time I’m not even aware of them.”
“How about these thighs? Am I there in the thighs? In the back of the legs? Am I anywhere in the legs or the feet or are these mine? These are mine. I am not there. I am not in those legs. I move them but I am not in them.”
“How about your organs, your abdomen, your seat, your waist, your diaphragm? Are you there? Is that you? Am I in that? No. I am not in that. I use them; I digest, I eliminate, I breathe but I am not in them.”
“How about the stomach, the chest, the back? How about the heart? Am I in that heart? No. Most of the time I am not even aware that it is beating. I am not in that heart. I am not in that chest. I am some place else.”
“How about the neck? Am I in the neck? Am I in the Adam’s apple? Am I in the spinal chord? No. I am not there.
“Am I in the head? Am I in the ears or the mouth or the nose? Am I even in the eyes? No. No, I look out through the eyes but I am not in the eyes and even if these eyes weren’t here, I would still be here, wouldn’t I?”
“And now what about this brain? Am I in the brain? No. I am not in the brain, the brain is mine.”
“Am I in this body anywhere? I am not in this body. I move this body around; I use this body but I am not in this body.”
Now we have been told to say the word ‘I’ within our being, gently, ‘I’ and pull ourselves up about six inches above our head and six inches behind our body. And so I pull myself up six inches above my head and six inches behind the body and I realize ‘I’.
I am the way. Live by way of me. I look down upon the body. I look at this human body. This is mine, to move, to do with as I will. This brain, this human mind, this is mine. I am the thought. I am the thinker. When this body is still and this mind is quiet, I function it.
There is no life in this body unless I give it life, for I – up here, above the head, behind the body – I am the life. I have the power to lay this body down or pick it up again. This body, this mind, has no power. Of itself it is nothing. Of itself, it cannot function. I, the I up here – above the head, behind the body – I look down and I recognize I am the life. I am invisible, standing right here behind this form. I give the form power. I give the form life.
I spoke and I speak and I say the same thing I said: I am the way. I am the truth about you and I am the life. All that the Father has I have. This human form and human mind has nothing, is nothing. So it would be incorrect to say that all that the Father has, this human form and this human mind has. But it would be 100% correct to say, all that the Father has, I have; all that the Father is, I am. I, a little above and a little behind this form. I and the Father are one.
Yes it is I, be not afraid. I am living you. This I of me is the I of you. The I of all living, every living thing and living one.
This I is Christ. Your real identity. God really is individualized as the I of you.
Joel told us we cannot really make progress on the spiritual path until we see that we are not in this body. The belief that this body has a life, an individual identity, the belief that this mind is something of itself, is the universal belief and the universal belief is nothingness.
But I, if I be lifted up – above and behind this appearance – then I can rest in my true identity. All that the Father has, I have. All that the Father is, I am. I am the way; live by way of me. I am the truth; there is no other. I am the life.
It was truly said, “Thou couldest have no power unless it were given thee from above.” As you look at this body, this mind, you may same the same: “You can have no power, no life, no identity unless given you from above here, from I, for I am thy life.
I and the Father are one. That which God is, I am and though I look now out at this form, I am behind all form. I am the essence of all that is. I am the Presence, the invisible Presence, the substance behind all form. Everywhere that you thought you saw something or someone – a little above and behind – I was waiting for your recognition.
I spoke through Jesus and I told you God is a Spirit and ye must be born of the Spirit. Now you know. Lift yourself up and behind into the I of your being, for I am Spirit.
God is a Spirit and all that God is, I am. God’s spiritual substance is the spiritual substance that I am. I am Spirit, infinite, eternal. I was never born. I never entered that body, that form, that human mind. I have always stood right here in the invisible. I, Christ, am the Spirit of God. I cannot die. A body can die but I stand a little above and behind and I do not go through the experience. I am eternal Self, one with the Father, co-existing with God since the beginning.
I am the Comforter. If you will lift yourself up and rest in the I of your being, you will not taste death. You will see that you do not dwell in a body; a human body or a human mind. You will see that you are free in the moment you rise up.
Moses, in his mountain top experience, came to see I am not in that body; I am not in that mind. I am I. I am that I am. And he lifted himself up into the I that I am.
Paul, on the road to Damascus, suddenly realized “I am not in that flesh! Oh, my God! I am I. I am I. Before Abraham was, I am. Even unto the end of this entire world, I am and I and the Father are one.” It so shocked him that he could not even see this world for a time as he lifted himself up into the I that I am.
This dwelling in this I, a little above and a little behind the form, this is the secret place of the most high. This is where you go to have your being in Christ.
Man of earth, who thought you were a body and a mind, awake. Come up out of that mortality. Rise up into the I, just a little above and behind.
I am the life, the only life. Dwelling here, in the I of your being, this is the Son of God. To all those that learn how to lift themselves up out of that mortal dream life, into this I – a little above and behind – and rest here, to all of them God gives the power to become the Sons of God. God Itself individualized.
It is time for you to learn you are not going to become spiritual. You are going to rise up out of mortality in the shocking awareness, in the conscious feeling, I am that I am.
This I that I am, this is the Son. The Father loveth the Son and teaches him all things. This Son may say, “Speak Father, thy Son heareth” and receive the Word from the living Father.
This human form and human mind never was the son nor the daughter. That is why it has been unable to receive the Word. But now lift it up into the I – a little above, a little behind – I, the Christ, am still and open and I receive the Word of my Father.
Son, thou art ever with Me and all that I have is thine. Son, all that I am thou art. Son, whithersoever thou goest, I go.
I and my Father are one.
You must learn to lift yourself up in your meditations into the I of your being. This was so important to Joel that he stressed it. Furthermore, he stressed, when you look at others, see this I above their head. We may have read over these instructions and thought that it was a nice platitude or a nice idea, to see this I up over their head. It was a nice idea to meditate that I am not in the body. Oh but it was so much more. It was the precise instructions given from the Father to the Son, as Joel lifted himself up out of that image and into the I of him, which is the I of you and the I of me. And there, in the I, from the Father, he received the instructions and spoke them from that I. These are precise instructions on how to step out of mortality and into your immortal I.
If you will follow these instructions, if you will take your time until you feel yourself lifted up out of the form, back behind the mind, into the I that is eternal, you, too, will receive instruction directly from your Father. What’s more, as you learn to live in this I and let this I live in you; you will be dying to any sense of a human life.
When that day comes for the human life to be dropped, you will already be standing in the invisible and you will not be there. The I can never die; can never go through the experience of death because the I was never born.
This day you have learned the shocking truth: My God, I am that I am. I am I.
When I had this experience last night, I wasn’t sure whether I was going to make this talk today and so I asked for guidance and direction, dwelling in that I, and I heard ‘John 3:14.’ I am not a bible expert, I don’t have passages memorized and so I wasn’t convinced. John 3:14, now what could that be? We are all familiar with John 3:16, but what is John 3:14? I did not know. So I said, “Okay, okay,” and I went and got my bible and this is concerning this talk today. I opened it up to John 3:14 and here is what I saw:
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up.
And there it was, direct from the Father, through the Christ. Yes, this is the way. I am the way.
Now, look at these verses, you may have seen them another way. I didn’t tell you to open your eyes. Leave your eyes closed. Draw back up six inches above, six inches behind the form; the human mind. Continue to feel the I that you are, the I that is you, and listen now from that point of view.
No man hath ascended up to heaven but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
In other words, you, that are ascending, up over this mind into your I-identity, you are the same one that descended and now you are ascending back up where you always existed.
As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up
That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
In other words, when you have discovered this I in which you dwell consciously now, you have discovered your eternal life.
For God (your Father) so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, (this is the I of you), God so loved what he made that he gave this I, that whosoever believeth in this I should not perish, but have everlasting life. You see?
He that believeth him not is condemned already. Why? Because you condemned to be born and die and to be born and die and everything that goes with the human existence. But not you, not ye.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee ye must be born of the Spirit.
And so imagine if you will, my coming out of this meditation, opening my bible, going directly to where I was told to go and reading: Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up or must you be lifted up into an awareness of the I.
My beloved friends, you must practice lifting up the son of man into the Son of God. You must have the actual experience of living in It and It living you. You must have the experience of the Father speaking to the I that you are. You must have the experience of resting back knowing that I am the way and allowing Me to live you. You must have the experience of taking your entire attention off of any belief, any universal belief in a human existence and trust the I of you to out-picture Itself.
Now there is one other thing I wanted to read to you from Joel because it had also caught my attention this morning. See if this is not what we are doing.
Sooner or later you must come to the realization that God has fulfilled Itself in you. Not today and not tomorrow and not since you have studied The Infinite Way. Before Abraham was, I am you. I am the fulfillment of you. Before Abraham was, I have come in the midst of you, that you might be fulfilled. I am come that you might have life and that you might life more abundant or life eternal.
This message is not to make you spiritual but to reveal the spiritual origin of your nature, the I Am nature of your individual being. Therefore, at some time or another you must find yourself in the position of Moses where he was on the mountain top and suddenly realized I am that I am. I already am.
I understand that for a while you were studying with the hope of becoming spiritual but sooner or later, in this message, there must come an awakening as Paul had on the road to Damascus. It may shock you, blind you for a moment, but it must knock the wind out of you as you realize, “My God, I am.” And then there is a relaxing, a resting, an abiding in the Word: All that God is, I am.
You see the exact instructions were given 2000 years ago but perhaps we did not have ears to hear. Now today, this day can be your rebirth out of mortality into your spiritual existence. As you realize:
I am that I am, that I am is living me. All that God is, I am. All that God has, I have. I am the way. I am the way. It is time you live by that I and in that I. Abide in Me, I say, and I shall abide in you. I in the Father and the Father in Me and I in you and you in I and the Father in us and us in the Father and all that the Father is, I am.
It’s time to step behind the veil, live here in the invisible I of your being. This is the rebirth that must come to each of us. And I, if I be lifted up will draw all others to this same level. Of course it was not true when you said, “All that the Father has is mine,” and were living a human life. That is why we were told you cannot add God to that human life.
Now when you have minutes, moments, maybe even days, where you live here in the inner I, you can declare with absolute authority, I am the life and all that the Father has, I have and all God is, I am, for we are one and I am that one.
And now I say unto you, I want you to dwell in this I, abide in this I, and let this I abide in you. This is your work and this is your blessing. Dwelling in this I, resting in this I, being open to receive of your Father the blessings, everything you see, hear, taste, touch and smell, will be transformed by this inner renewing and lifted up and lifted up and lifted up until that which I am, the I of you, out-pictures as the harmonious perfect creation of your Father.
Yes, where two or more are gathered together to do this, there am I in their very midst and I will reveal My Self to them and I will reveal My Self to you.
Know ye not, ye are the temple of the living God. The I of you is the temple and the living God lives in that temple and here in the I of you, I and the Father commune and are one. And the I of you and the I behind all living form, and the I behind every living one, that I that I am is the I of all and the I of all and the I that I am and the Father are one I.
And so follow the instructions of Joel and Paul and henceforth know no one after the flesh, for that is nothing. That can have no power, no life that I don’t give them. And so know no one after the flesh. As you have recognized the I of you, recognize the I of them for this is one I and this I is the Father and the Son; one.
Now you have found the secret place of your most high Father. Now you have found the Christ and as you have your being in Christ you will experience the Father individualized as the I of you.
Do not speak of this, do not talk about this. Follow the instructions. Dwell in the I that I am.
I am the way. I am the truth. I am the life of all that is. I and the Father are one Being, one Presence, one Mind, one Life, one I forever…
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I have waited several years to say this and only because of the work that was done on this mainland trip to Chicago and Seattle and the preparation that we have had since this series began can I say it now with any hope that it will be understood, but I have a complete conviction that it can be understood, and that each one who hears this message, not only in this room, but those who will hear these tapes, and those who may some day read this in print, will be ready to understand, and willing to experience for a short time an inner struggle, until they get on top of the subject, of the understanding and of the demonstration.
You have been studying truth, most of you, for many years. Some through Christian Science, some through Unity, some through New Thought and now through The Infinite Way and it must have entered your mind many, many times, “Why, if these things are true, am I not demonstrating them or am I demonstrating so little of them?” Or even if I am demonstrating a good deal of them, why, if they are true, are so many in truth studies demonstrating so poorly? Why, if disease is not a reality and we know it, why is there so much disease even among truth students? Why if God is really all in all, the only intelligence of the universe, and divine love, why after we know that and after we know that ‘I and the Father are one,’ why doesn’t that perform miracles of healing, regeneration and supply?
Why after three-quarters of a century of metaphysical studies are there so few really capable practitioners? Why, if I am faithful in knowing the truth and I realize that God is All, that God is the only Law and the only Cause, and the only Substance, and the only Being, why if I meditate every day, and declare that God’s Grace is my sufficiency, why can these things go on year in and year out, and so little improvement be noted – either in my own affairs or the affairs of other students whom I am acquainted with? Or if this is the truth, why is it that the metaphysical movements aren’t growing, multiplying themselves ten times over each year instead of lessening each year? And they are lessening.
I know nothing about electricity or gadgets, but I do know that if someone tells me to plug in that instrument to the wall plug that light comes out, or music comes out, or a tape recorder works, or a toaster works. I know that if someone tells me how to drive a car that it only takes a few minutes or hours and then I can go and do likewise. I know that anybody with just ordinary, average intelligence can pilot an airplane after three hours of instruction, but I can study this for 20 years and not heal somebody of a headache. And yet I’ve read the best books that are published, sometimes not only the best ones, but all of them – including the worst ones. But at least I have read the best ones and studied them, and still find after years that I can’t heal a headache – for myself or another. What is the answer to all that?
You see this is the very point on which, in my earliest studies, I made a very grave mistake, one which I had to correct later. I was asked a question in the first year of my practice: “Is there any responsibility on our shoulder beyond knowing the truth, giving the correct treatment, knowing the truth correctly?” And I said, “No, that is our only responsibility. After that, the work is up to truth itself; the truth does the work.” Well that isn’t true. That isn’t true. The truth doesn’t do the work.
Even if you had never had any false teaching in metaphysics, if you had from the beginning had nothing but pure truth, and if you voiced that pure truth, or wrote it or thought it, the truth still would not make you free. Understand this: even though it will or may for awhile arouse a battle in you – it may be a battle with yourself or it may be a battle with me – it may be a battle with The Infinite Way, but if it does cause such a battle, you’ll have to learn to take it for your own unfoldment. Because I am only saying this to you after 25 years, and I’ll stake all of The Infinite Way on that, what I’m telling you today is the truth.
‘Knowing the truth’ alone will not make you free. Declaring it, reading it, meditating on it – these are the things on which the metaphysical movements have wrecked themselves – believing that reading truth, declaring truth, affirming truth would heal us of our sins and our diseases, and our lack and limitation. And in many cases, all it succeeded in doing was multiplying our troubles or perpetuating them.
The secret lies in the fact that truth is not a mental activity. It has nothing to do with an activity of the mind. Therefore, it has nothing to do with reading, speaking, thinking truth. God is a Spirit, and those that worship God, that is, expect to bring the good of God into their experience through prayer or God contact – must do so in Spirit – not in the mind. The mind part, which is the letter of truth, killeth. When we remain on the level of mind, truth, the letter killeth. It is the Spirit that makes us free. It is the attaining of the actual consciousness of truth that makes one free. It has nothing to do with how much of the letter of truth you know.
The letter of truth plays a part in the work because, above all things, it gives us a working tool so that we can work with, and through, the mind to get away from the mind. Later on it saves us from lapsing into a blind faith and a misapprehension of what is going on. For instance, in the days of the Master he healed the multitudes, he raised the dead, he multiplied loaves and fishes. But because of the ignorance of the letter of truth, people thought that that was a special sign given to this great Master and, therefore, they made no effort to ‘go and do likewise.’ They merely maintained themselves as beneficiaries of his Grace. They never thought that they, themselves, might attain that same healing power, that same multiplying power. No, no, no he was given this gift of God, and he had the power to give it to his disciples.
Later there were others gifted with a healing power. At one time – this is back in about the year 1400, no it was later, 1600 – there was a pastor in a church in Germany in the very small town of Nuremberg – at that time nothing but a hamlet, and this man had the healing gift. And it was noticed that when sick people came to hear his sermon on Sunday that very often they went away healed.
Well, as a result of this, that man’s attendance grew and grew until his church had to be conducted out in the open air, and there were times when 10,000 people traveled to that little village just to attend his service on Sunday morning. And the reason: he had this God-given healing gift, and they were coming to partake of it. And of course when he passed on, that was the end of the 10,000-attendance. That was the end of his large church and congregation, and they settled back again into just preaching on Sunday.
Now without understanding the letter of truth, that could very well happen again. You might have an idea that there are a few gifted people in this age, or a few hundred, or a few thousand, with some God-given healing power, and then just sit back and accept the healings from them, or the multiplying of loaves and fishes. And again the Word would be lost and generations might pass before it was again given to the world.
And so it is that the letter of truth will acquaint those interested with the great truth, first of all, that God is the infinity of being, but that God is individual being, and therefore, “I and the Father” being one, the wholeness of good, God, flows through and from me.
When you underscore, go a step further, that since God is this one infinite law and ‘I and the Father are one,’ all of the spiritual law there is must flow from my consciousness and so nothing out in the world can be a law unto me. I am the law unto everything out in the world through my oneness with God. And so we could go through all of the truth that we know and that would awaken us to the fact that all that God is I am, all that Jesus Christ did I can do, and all the other saints and sages of the age.
And so the letter of truth will bring us face to face with ourselves and from there on we can begin the work of bringing to light the demonstration of what so far we have accepted in the intellect, in the mind, as the truth of being. But, whereas the vast bulk of teaching and of treating is carried on in the mind and through the mind with these truths, they fail because the next step is omitted. And the next step is attaining that mind – or some measure of it – which was also in Christ Jesus, which would enable those works to be done through us.
We, as human beings, are not one with God. If we were, we would never be in any trouble. We, as human beings, are not children of God or we would never sin, and certainly never have a disease. We, as human beings, do not possess all that God has or we would never know lack. It is the Son of God in us, which is one with the Father, and that Son of God in us is, while we’re in the human being stage, slumbering. That’s why it has been said, “Awake thou that sleepest and Christ will give thee light.” As human beings we are asleep; that is, our Christ-hood is asleep in us. If it isn’t asleep, it’s buried under so many layers of this fabric of human existence – world beliefs, there has no way to come out into expression.
And so when we have devoted some time to learning the letter of truth, we then must take the next step and say that, “While this is true, what of it? So what? It isn’t going to do a thing for me and it isn’t going to do a thing for anyone else unless, or except in proportion as, I can take the next step and come into the realization and actual demonstration of what we call the Christ.” It can be known by a dozen other names. We shall call It “the Christ,” or “Emmanuel,” “God with us,” or the “Son of God” in us. We might call It our spiritual identity. But whatever we call It, we must bring It to light.
Now what I’m trying to say to you is that supposing you present to me a claim of a headache. I could very easily say to you, “It’s a lie. It isn’t true. It isn’t a part of God. Don’t you know that God is all in all? Don’t you know that God is the only law and the only life? Don’t you know you haven’t even got a head because God is the Godhead and, being infinite, there’s only one head – and that’s God’s head? So you haven’t got a headache.” And you’d say, “You know, you’re making my headache worse (Laughter). Your voice grates on me. It may be true what you’re saying, but I, I can’t feel that way, I, I just feel rebellion when you say that to me.” And you’d be justified because, even if it is true, what difference does it make? You’re still going to have that headache.
Now. Since I do have a background of the letter of truth, and I know that these things I’ve just said to you are true, I would be far better off as far as you’re concerned, and myself, if I would say, “OK, let me give you some help.” And instead of wasting a single, solitary minute with all of those metaphysical platitudes, clichés, and even truth, if you wish – if instead of that I will get back inside myself and just know that no matter what I know, it still isn’t of any power. Why isn’t it of any power?
The only power is God, and God is a Spirit so if I get back inside of myself and remain silent until the Spirit of God takes over, until the Spirit of God announces Itself in me, then I don’t have to declare any truth. I don’t have to know any truth because if you could name it, it isn’t that anyhow. No matter what I would say, it isn’t that anyhow. I might just as well let the Spirit Itself do the work. Do you see that?
Now. Supposing, just supposing for a moment, that somebody presented me suddenly with a cancer. I ask you in all fairness do you think I could do any more about it than you could, or the surgeons? Do you think I have any more knowledge of what to do about a cancer than anybody else has? And the answer is definitely no, definitely no – nothing. And I know that I could turn around and say, “There are no cancers in divine mind.” I know all the words and some of the music.
I know all the statements that can be made, all the denials and all the affirmations, but I don’t have any faith that they would heal any cancers because I have watched for 25 years these people who know all these truths and declare them all, and eventually have to give up their practice. And those that have the cancers usually end up giving up their lives – their human sense of life. But I can say this to you, there is a spiritual power. There actually is. You can’t see it anymore than you can see electricity. Probably when the first people told us that there was electricity, or told the world there was electricity, perhaps they also doubted it because you can’t see it. But, nevertheless, there is a force in this world called electricity.
For a long while people believed there was an atomic power, but nobody could prove it. It was something not yet discerned, and now all of a sudden we say, “Yes. There not only is electrical power; there is atomic power – not only there is atomic power, there is hydrogen power.” Who knows what more powers will be discovered! But I say to you, there is a spiritual power greater than all these.
There is a spiritual power that nullifies every power that has ever been known to the mind. In other words, people have been drowned, and this spiritual power has brought them back from death. People have been injured in automobile wrecks, and this power has brought them back from death. People have had every form of disease in the world, and this power has brought them back.
There is a spiritual power, but talking about it, affirming it and declaring it, doesn’t bring it into expression. That’s the point I’m making now – that I could sit here and talk electricity and atomic power and hydrogen power and never have one bit of them in this room. And so we could sit here and you can go home, and ride along in your automobile and declare every truth you know and yet not bring one trace of spiritual power into expression. But you can, without the use of words and thoughts, bring spiritual power into immediate availability, and you can do that by turning within yourself in silence.
You won’t do it in a tremendous degree at first. It is a development. It is an unfoldment, but by acknowledging, here and now:
“There is a spiritual power which is the infinite All-power of the universe, and this power is within me. It is ‘closer to me than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet.’ I cannot bring it forth through thinking thoughts. I cannot bring it forth through knowing truth. I can only bring it forth by a degree of interior silence through which I LET it escape from me.”
‘Let there be light and there was light.’ Let there be land and there was land. Let the Spirit be released and flow out from you, and it will be so.
Now. The day must eventually come to our students when they know the nature of God, the nature of prayer, the nature of individual being, and the nature of error. Those four things must constitute the basis of their knowledge of the letter of truth for two reasons: Once you know these subjects thoroughly – oh, we could add the fifth, the Christ, the activity of God in individual experience.
Once we know those things, we never again can go off the hook into a blind faith. Neither can we go into the worship of personalities or of things, or of thoughts. Once we know these – the secret of these five things – knowing the letter of them, we are established in the letter of truth. And from then on we know that whatever is to be accomplished, must be accomplished by not learning more things, but by permitting this Infinite Invisible Spirit, which we call God, or in Its individualization in you and me, we call It the Christ.
As the presence of God appears in individual expression, it is the Christ. Just like the sun in the heavens is the sun, but as it comes into your garden and mine, it is sunbeams or sunlight; it is still the sun. But it is the sun as it is appearing locally here. And so God is God. But when God is manifested as your individual being or mine, It is the Christ or Son of God. It is still God – God the Father, God the Son. But instead of my looking out here and saying, “Oh, we have a dozen gods in this room,” no we have one God and a dozen individualizations or beings. But still all God – do you see that?
Now, the moment you know this – and it’s a big step we’re going to take right now – the minute you know this, you will be confronted with pictures of error – multiplied from today on more than ever before; if not in your own experience, it will be in those you see around you. Can’t help it; can’t help it. That is the way it acts that the moment we become aware of something, we become aware of it multiplied. But it is only for one reason: so that you may develop your response to it.
Now. Don’t respond to an appearance of error with a statement of truth. Don’t do that from this moment. Let the truth as you know it – which now constitutes your consciousness – let it be satisfied that you already know the truth. You knew it yesterday and the day before so there’s no need to repeat it today. But instantly get to this center of your being – get in here as fast as you can and wait for the Father to speak or utter Itself, or declare Itself or reveal Itself so that if someone says to you, “I have a headache,” don’t be tempted to answer – even with a thought. Just grit your teeth and say “uh uh, no answer to that,” and then sort of wait a second. And you will see that something will take place within you. It doesn’t make any difference if it doesn’t happen the first time, it will happen very quickly as you train yourself not to affirm or deny, but immediately close your mind, open your ears, and wait.
And let God do it within you; let the Christ come into manifestation because it isn’t your thinking that is going to help anybody. If it would, New Thought would have saved the world in the last 50 years, and if New Thought couldn’t have done it, Dr. Peale would have done it. That isn’t saving the world. That is just giving the world a lot of more mental work to develop more headaches with. If all of this mental hodge-podge would do anything, psychology would be doing it instead of every department of life in which they’re entered, the errors are increasing. Year by year they are multiplying. Why?
There is a rightful function for your mind, but your mind isn’t a power; it’s an avenue of awareness. You have the right, with your mind, to know that two times two are four but you have no right to try to make two time two four with your mind. You have a right to know the infinity of God, but you have no right, with your mind, to try to push God into making it so. You have a right, with your mind, to know that God is the only law-giver and, therefore, Spirit is the only law and there is no law of disease. But with your mind you can’t make that law operate, and you can’t make that law a law.
All you can do with your mind is become aware of that which is. Just like our inventors with their minds, they become aware of these natural laws, and then, becoming aware of them, they hook them up, but they don’t create any of those laws. Nobody creates laws of agriculture. Nobody creates laws of architecture. All you do is open your mind and become aware of that which God created in the beginning. And so it is in truth work. Your mind has a normal, rightful function. When you read these books you have a right, through your mind, to become aware of the correct letter of truth. You have no right to believe that your mind can make it so or any activity of your mind can make it so. Your mind is purely an avenue of awareness.
Now, once I’m aware that two times two are four, I don’t have to go around repeating it over and over and over again. And if I see a sign that says, “two times two is five,” I don’t even have to say, “two times two are four;” I just have to laugh. That’s all; smile or ignore it because no matter what I do with my mind, I won’t change that sign. Nor will I change the four-ness of two times two.
So with this. Someone has a headache – you’re not going to change it. I don’t care what you say and I don’t care what you think. You’re not going to change it. But because there is an infinite being called Spirit, the introduction of that Spirit into the situation will dispel any illusory sense. Now remember that is why in our work you don’t ever have to tell us the name of a patient. You don’t.
A telephone call came here, when was it, less than two weeks ago of an automobile accident. There were two women involved, and when they got to the hospital they found one of them dead, but that didn’t prevent their telephoning here or one of the family telephoning here for help. And, a few minutes later, the pulse began to stir, and this week that lady’s walking out of the hospital on her own feet. See that? Now, I don’t know the lady’s name; I never met her. Nor did anyone tell me that she was dead. They merely said, “there’s been an automobile accident. Two women are involved. They’re on the way to the hospital; will you give help?”
Certainly I’ll give help. What kind of help can I give to a couple of women in an automobile accident on the way to the hospital? I don’t know what part of the body is hurt and I don’t know what their name is. Do you see that? That knocks all of the mental treatments in the hat, doesn’t it because I can’t fulfill any of the functions that you need to know to give a treatment? I don’t even know who to give it to.
As a matter of fact when the call came, I didn’t actually know where the accident took place. It was in the middle of the night. I was wakened out of a sleep. It was a long distance call and it was only when I got the letter saying that the woman was found dead in the hospital, but that they stood there with her and waited and the pulse came back that I knew where this accident had taken place.
Now you don’t need anything more than that to know that the only part we play in the demonstration is the holding ourselves in readiness, in a state of living The Infinite Way so that when a call like that comes, we can get silent and let the Spirit of God take over, let the Christ.
Where is the Christ? Where is the Spirit of God? Why, God is individual being so any Christ that I am experiencing here is that very person’s being! There’s no transfer of it from one place to another. God is that individual being as well as God is my individual being and it only takes one with God to be a majority. Do you see that?
Now, when I get very still and wait I eventually get that deep breath in there, what I call a click. Sometimes it’s accompanied with an actual message; sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes it’s nothing more than that deep breath, but that deep breath is like a release. It makes me feel, “Oh God’s on the scene; I’m through.” And then it brings harmony into the union/corporation relationships. It sounds funny, doesn’t it? It brings harmony to another person’s bones, and another person’s heart and liver and lungs, and another person’s eyes. Do you see that?
We’ve had the experience here of an instantaneous healing of cataracts. Now what do you think that was? Did it have anything to do with knowing any truth? What truth would you know to heal cataracts? Well you don’t know any more than I know and I have seen several cases – not many – in my own experience. Well what’s the difference between the one that was met and the ones that weren’t met? Well, evidently, the activity of the Spirit was brought instantly to bear and that was that. In the other cases probably there was too much unconscious fear of the word “cataracts” or something else that got in there that didn’t permit the pure activity of the Spirit. Do you see that?
We are having a case right now of the same nature. It’s also cataracts. I wish you could see the difference in the handwriting of the person from two weeks ago to this week or three weeks ago. You would never recognize that as the same person. Every single word is written clearly; every line is straight across. You can see that the vision has returned there. You know you couldn’t talk about a thing like that if you had any personal powers to make it so. But I can say to you that it isn’t that way at all. The only part that a person plays in it is in living the life so that the Spirit can flow. You can’t make a fool of God. God is not mocked.
You can’t talk spirituality and letting the Spirit of God flow, and then be off on a Saturday night jamboree. Nor can you fill your mind even with innocent card-playing or a perpetual round of movies or televisions or, that, that can’t be. I don’t mean that you can’t go and enjoy a movie now and then or a play, but you cannot clutter up your consciousness with the filth of human existence and then expect to be a transparency through which the Spirit can operate. Oh, that will not work. But that is the only part we can play is in maintaining some measure of our spiritual integrity so that we can be an open transparency through which the presence and the power can flow.
Do not misunderstand me. I hope no one – whether here in this room or those who are hearing it on the tapes – will go out and try to teach this to young students. They must go through the letter of truth as we have gone through it, and we, ourselves, will have to maintain ourselves in the letter.
We still will have to study those chapters on the nature of error, the nature of God, the nature of individual being, the nature of the Christ because that is part of ‘keeping the temple clean.’ If we do not keep ourselves immersed in spiritual literature, if we are not keeping ourselves immersed in what we are hearing, we soon will come under the mesmerism of the world, and no spiritual power will get through. It is only because we are using these writings and recordings as if they were scouring soap, cleansing agents, that we can maintain the consciousness.
That is why we meditate. That is why we contemplate God and the things of God, and we live in that contemplation. You say it’s a mental activity. Yes it is; it’s a mental activity of awareness, and it’s a mental activity which enables us to keep the impurities of the mind out, and allow the mind to be a useful function as a state of awareness, or as an avenue of awareness, and in that way we keep the channels open for the experience of the Spirit.
Now. To put this into practice is what constitutes this first battle that we go through for quite a period because as you witness the discords, the diseases, the inharmonies of this world your natural reaction, as a metaphysical student, will be to know the truth. That’s the first natural reaction of a metaphysician is to say, ‘oh, that’s a lie.’ Or ‘that’s no part of God’s law,’ or ‘oh, God is infinite,’ and believe me, you’ve spoiled it right there because you have tried to function spiritually through the mind. Whereas if you shut it off immediately – refuse to be tempted to make a statement of truth, or an affirmation of truth or a denial of error, grit the teeth, close the eyes, and wait – let God do it – pretty soon you’ll find there is a God.
God is a reality. Christ is as much of a reality this second here where we are as the sun is shining in the sky, or the waters are wet in the sea. Actually Christ is a reality but one which very few people ever experience, and that is because they function either as body or as mind, and they do not transcend these to reach the Spirit.
‘We do not live by bread alone’ – either physical bread or mental bread. We do not live by things or by thoughts, but ‘by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.’ Who said that your words and mine proceeded out of the mouth of God? Why God says, ‘your thoughts are not my thoughts and my thoughts are not your thoughts,’ why think any then?
Why not wait and let God’s thoughts come to you? That’s where the difficulty comes in, in this work at first. You’ve got to wait until God’s thoughts reach you. And that isn’t easy because there is a million layers, a million years of layers, of humanness, of the human mind, which is, in itself, a sense a separation from God. All these barriers of antiquity exist as barriers through which God seems unable to break, to get into our individual awareness.
We are the ones who have to open out that way, and we do it by refraining from taking thought. We do it by taking no thought for your life, or his life or her life, but waiting, waiting until God’s thought comes through. Do you know that if, if the voice of God ever came through and said, “Let’s have water from these plants,” water would flow? Now I can’t make it happen and neither can you. None of us are gifted in that way. But if it ever came through, you would see that it would happen just as in healing work.
When that feeling or spiritual impulse comes through, I have seen, and many of you have seen, sick people jump out of bed. No question about that. It happens every day in the week wherever, and really and truly this explains why Christian Science will always be ahead of all the other metaphysical movements in its healing approach, in its healing works. Because in its literature, it provides for the development of spiritual consciousness and acknowledges that there must be spiritual discernment; that the letter of truth alone won’t do it. The others don’t do that. The others insist that if you learn the words in this book, and if you take an examination and pass by 92 percent, we’ll give you a diploma and you can go out and be a healer.
None of that seems to take into effect at all the fact that you can’t develop a spiritual consciousness in three months, six months, nine months, twelve months, eighteen months or twenty-four months. It has taken all the years since you have begun your metaphysical studies to bring you to a place where your spiritual consciousness is sufficiently developed that you can now turn around and say, “Good. Now the letter of truth is embodied in me, and I know the truth, and I am ready now to let the voice of God speak.”
You go out and try to give this to a young student and see whether or not they can bring through the activity of the Christ. They can only do it if they are by nature attuned to it – not by the teaching of a mental practice. If they are by nature attuned, as some people naturally are, then of course they can bring it through with one day of instruction. Do you see? That’s because they are naturally, spiritually attuned.
Now. Anytime you believe that mentioning the name of a patient or mentioning the name of a disease in your treatment has any spiritual healing power, you will have to begin all over again. Or if you still are convinced that just by saying, “Oh it isn’t true; God didn’t make it,” that that is going to get you one bit along on this path, you are mistaken. There is but one answer at our period of unfoldment, and that answer is coming to a place of consciousness where we experience the activity of the Christ within us.
I was reading yesterday about the school founded by Pythagoras. He had ideas along this line, too, but he had a very wise way evidently of teaching. When you came to him for teaching, he accepted you and the first five years you couldn’t see him at all. You could only study with his teachers, and they prepared the way. At the end of five years, if you still wanted it, you could come and live in his home for three years and then he would teach you for three years. And by that time you had attained the second degree. By now, after eight years, if you were convinced that this was really serious business you could turn over to him all of your fortune and then he really would get busy and start teaching you. And I think he had something there (Class laughs).
Because I do know this, and I’ve said it before, that I wish there were a way that when people came to us for study that they could be compelled to sign up for three years because you can teach the correct letter of truth in one year. You can’t do it under that no matter how clear it is in the books. The resistance of the human mind is such to truth that it is not, it cannot be, assimilated. But in a year, if you had the correct letter of truth, you could teach it to a person in a year so that at the end of a year when they answered questions, they wouldn’t make any mistakes.
You see, in this work it isn’t like other works that if you get 94 percent, that’s fine. This work if you don’t get a hundred percent it means you don’t know what the truth is. If you can be made to give one incorrect answer out of a hundred, you don’t know what the truth is. But if you ever knew the truth, they could ask you a thousand questions but you couldn’t give a wrong answer because the principle is the same no matter what the thousand questions may be. And you either know the principle or you don’t. And so if you got 99 percent in my school, you would be left back because it would mean you do not know the principle. Do you see that?
Now. Once you know the principle, you can’t make any mistake in your answers. But, even though you know the principle, it doesn’t say that you have developed any consciousness of it. And it is from there on – from the moment that you know the letter of truth correctly – from there on the hard work begins because now you have to develop the consciousness of the truth that up to now you only intellectually apprehend. “The things of God are foolishness with men.” Do you see that?
Man’s mind cannot absorb and so it takes a period of ‘dying daily’ to this human mind so that ‘the mind that was in Christ Jesus’ can come to birth. And so it is that it has taken – and I can tell it when I’m standing in front of a class or a lecture group – that all I can do is to keep bringing out to them the correct letter of truth in one phase or another phase. Even though they object to repetition some times, I notice that they still keep reading the Bible after 300 years in churches, and that’s a little repetition too. It gets to be a little bit too much so sometimes.
But there is no other way for the Bible to register in our consciousness than repetition. If you really heard ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ spoken in a quiet manner and very slowly, very carefully, over a period of years it would begin to register what the real meaning of it was, whereas just knowing the words will not do anything for anybody.
Neither the words of “The Lord’s Prayer’ nor the words of the “Scientific Statement of Being” nor the words of any other prayer that’s ever been known or any other mantra, will do anything while it is merely in the realm of the intellect. Once it gets behind the intellect and begins to register in consciousness, in the Soul, then you perceive an inner meaning to it and this is the Christ power.
Now. Here is our mode of practice. Begin today whenever any problem is presented to you – whether it is a problem of your own or another’s – agree with yourself that you will not refute it, not deny it, and not affirm about it. But that you will close your mind to all of that and say, “none of that makes any difference now,” and just sit down and wait for this inner impulsion. Don’t wait more than two or three or four minutes. If it doesn’t come then, go back and try it an hour or two or three later. And if it doesn’t come then, do it the same thing over again because in the beginning, I admit, this is hard work.
There does come a time when most of the problems that are presented to you are quickly dispelled because the moment you close your eyes, that Christ comes right to light. Yet, at least in my experience, it is true that there still are problems that come to me that are not quickly met, which cause me to go back again and again and again and again for greater and greater and deeper and deeper realizations of the Christ. Once the true depth of it is achieved, then it really doesn’t make any difference what the name or nature of the claim is. It has to respond and it does. And it is only the few that now really need sometimes long and sometimes hard work.
Most of this work is much, much easier than water rolling off your back in the shower. I can tell you that. There is really nothing to it at all because most of it is not a conscious work at all. It is a work that takes place in consciousness without any conscious thought about it, and just as I am certainly not doing any conscious healing work here in this room, and yet I know that healings have taken place. But you see that’s all taking place as an activity of consciousness without any conscious thought about it.
Now that’s what this comes to be eventually. It really is something that takes place within you. It’s like the “Song of the Nightingale.” You sing your song, but you don’t even know who’s hearing it. And here you live your life and you don’t even know who is getting healed or of what because you’re not thinking consciously in that direction. Inwardly, you’re living always in a contact with this inner being.
Now do you see that if you were to persist in this refusing to take thought, to use the letter of truth, and were to create this inner vacuum for the experience of the Christ, that it would not be long until you experience the Christ? Once you have experienced It, the rest is up to you. You can neglect It, or you can achieve It occasionally, or you can become so fascinated with It that you live consciously with that, repeating it over and over and over again, until eventually you don’t have to do it consciously any more. It takes over your life, and It lives your life.
You don’t ever have to consciously make contact with the Christ. The Christ is always that which is maintaining you in Its contact. You are not doing anything to It; It is doing it to you. But that only comes with the degree with which we are faithful toward the frequent bringing to expression the activity of the Christ within us.
Many people have the idea that after they have had a spiritual experience that from then on they are going to live in the kingdom of heaven and it isn’t true. It isn’t. Many people have had spiritual experiences of different degrees and found that that’s the end of the experience and it doesn’t come again, and their lives are not too much changed. We should, when we have a spiritual experience, realize that that is but the beginning of a life that is to be lived in a new dimension – not the dimension of body and not the dimension of thought – but the dimension of a new Consciousness…
Todays Audio File Link: #10 “Mystical Prayer”
“All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, not of the will of the flesh, not of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.”
Now in these mystical words, we have a lifetime of study, a lifetime of insight. “The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us” and the secret of the “Word made flesh” is the secret of Spiritual Consciousness.
We were taught by Jesus to forgive seventy times seven. We were taught to pray for our enemies. We were taught to “resist not evil.” And all these teachings have one common denominator; you forgive, you resist not, and you pray for your enemy because, only the “Word made flesh” exists where there is a person you have forgiven, an enemy you have prayed for, and an evil that you have refused to resist.
The common denominator behind the one who apparently needs forgiveness, the one who seems to be an enemy, and the evil is always the invisible “Word made flesh.” The “Word made flesh that dwells among us” is the Christ and it is now omnipresent. It is a kingdom that is finished; and turning us to this Source, this one Infinite Invisible Source, is the purpose of every facet of the teaching of Jesus. So that in your forgiving, you are really acknowledging that all that comes from the “one” Source must be perfect; and you are not doing somebody else a favor—you are purifying your consciousness of the belief that there is one there who could be a sinner. You are acknowledging the “one” Source as the only Source. When you pray for your enemy, you are recognizing the “one” Source, which could not be an enemy, although it may appear to be. And, therefore, again your prayer for the enemy is merely the recognition of the invisible “one” Source functioning not to the human eye; but ever present, always bringing forth the Grace of God, omnipresent even though the human senses do not receive it.
When you “resist not evil,” it is because you are acknowledging the “one” Source being God—Spirit; evil is an impossibility. And so these are the purposes for being turned to forgiveness, nonresistance, prayer for the enemy. The enlightened Consciousness that is “too pure to behold iniquity” is the one that knows the “one” Source is ever present; and there can never be a power on this earth to prevent that “one” Source from functioning in its perfection. Always the power, the mind, the Presence is functioning invisibly where you are. The place whereon you stand must be upheld; not by what you see, but by what Spiritual enlightenment will tell you must be there regardless of the appearance.
Now we have all had our share of recurring problems that somehow never diminish in spite of our spiritual progress. We always say what shall I do about them? I’ve done everything I know how—almost! And the one thing we haven’t done is to rise to that place where we acknowledge the “one” Source as the only Source, the perfection of God Itself; and therefore, this problem, this problem constitutes the degree to which I am hypnotized. The problem is evidence that I am hypnotized because only the “one” Source is there. The “Word made flesh” is there and I am unable to recognize it, and so therefore, I have a problem.
And to trace my inability to recognize the problem back still further, we come perhaps to the moment of human birth when I, John, was born; or I, Henry, was born; or I, Will, was born. That was the name given us and so we say, I am Will, I am John, I am Henry. But Spirit says no that’s not true. Be still and know that I am not John, I am not Henry, and I am not Will, “be still and know that I am God.” And that initial misconception that I am Will, John, or Henry must be erased to the knowledge that I am not this form.
For as I live in this form and this mind, I am separate from my own identity, from my own substance—I am separate from the “Word made flesh.” I am separate from the Christ. I entertain a sense of separation and I grow up with it. And that sense of separation causes the belief that there can be another power than the “one” Source. This sense of another power than the “one” Source grows with us until we’re seeking out for God power. We’re seeking out for God power to overcome the powers that beset us—and there are no such powers. And we spend our lives trying to overcome these powers. We are destined to failure because you cannot overcome an illusion.
Now then, the “Word made flesh” has many subtle connotations. And as you have certain Spiritual experiences, you recognize that even Jesus had a great difficulty in bringing us his supreme message—because there was no terminology that would adequately cover the tremendous change of Consciousness that he was bringing to all men.
How could you explain to a child that there is a mind in you which sees only the world; and that only when this mind in you is purged to the point of self-crucifixion can there be another mind in you called the Christ mind which will now envision for you a Kingdom not visible to the previous human mind? How would you explain to a child that mortality, birth and death, and that livingness sandwiched in between, is only an experience in that false human mind, and the crucifixion of it releases the Christ mind which in turn is the beginning of a period called rebirth—a reborning?
And that Christ mind makes possible the advent into our lives of Truth. Truth, which can never enter our lives except through the Christ, mind. And that new Truth is being reborn of the water, that new Truth, the water, from the inner self, not from the well out there where you go to pump, but from the wellspring within. This water, this Truth allied with the new Christ mind, which is the Spirit, is the beginning of being reborn of the water and the Spirit. And now the new Christ mind brings new Truth. The new Truth releases more of the old false mind; releases more of the new mind, which again brings more Truth. And now you have this compounding pyramid of water and Spirit—an inner transformation, taking place, which is to rise us to a point where the old man is dead. The old man, who yesterday, thought of himself as a physical mortal being, who lived by chance, who unaware of the nature of Spiritual identity, and the power of Spirit, and the presence of Spirit, was unable to defend himself, was a creature who received not the things of God, because the mind was not a vessel prepared to receive the things of God. And that mind was an old wine bottle. And in it was old wine—old concepts, old beliefs, obsolescent beliefs. And the bottle and the contents, the complete false human mind had to be reborn of the Spirit and of the water.
And at that well of Samaria, James’ well, you remember the woman went outside of herself for water and she was chastised. That she had first depended on her five senses called her five husbands, for water—she was wedded to those senses. And then she graduated to a new teaching; but this new teaching was also false, and therefore, she was told it was not her husband that she was living with. And this new teaching is symbolic of the fact that there is no teaching on the face of the earth outside of yourself, which can bring you the water—which is the living water, the truth of God, itself. And she had to learn to find the wellspring of water within and graduate from the idea that there is a teaching in this world outside of our being.
Now we’re coming within, with a new mind, which is to transform us. We were never born of mother and father; we were never born of human blood; we were never born of human flesh; but we were taught that we were, and as a consequence that separation never really occurred. Neither life nor death can separate you from the love of God because the substance of which you are made is the substance of God.
And as you begin to draw upon your substance, you have gone further than Nicodemus, who had not yet begun his Spiritual adventure, and therefore, “came at night;” or the woman at the well who had gone beyond the senses but was still lingering in human teachings and had not found her inner well and beyond Pilate, whose sense of truth was to believe one thing and to do another.
You’ve come to that place, then, where your truth is not man-made, not man-given; but is the truth drawn from the Source of your own inner wellspring. Your own Substance becomes your truth, your word, your flesh. And only when you are drawing from this inner Substance, unseparated, can you arrive above the belief that there are powers in form, powers in matter. Until then, you’re compelled to resist these powers, to try to overcome them with might, and power of your own.
But when you’re in the one Mind, in the one Source, in the one Substance, in the one Consciousness, when you’re completely turned within, you find a lessening of your acceptance of material powers. Somehow the forces of this world hold no terror for you. Something in you can see through their validity. You do not fear them. You do not hate them. And also your love of the world becomes quite different. Your love changes; It becomes a sense of appreciation, but it does not cling. It does not try to possess. And it is more apt to see the passing nature of these material duties, which at one time had seemed to us to be life itself.
Now the Word is the living Christ, the substance of all being. And it dwells among us so that in our ignorance of its presence, we create a breach. And that breach is the gap between our awareness of the indwelling Christ and its actual presence. And when into our lives come those things that we call evil, error, problems, disturbances, they are merely a measuring device to tell you that there is a gap between the Christ that is and your awareness of it. To the degree that you are unaware of the indwelling Christ, life is fraught with these problems.
And when you seek to recover health, to recover supply, to recover harmony this too is an error, because you do not seek these things when you are Spiritually enlightened even in a measure; but rather you turn to seek the Source again. You never seek the form, you seek the Substance. And as you find the Substance, the omniscient Mind will provide the form for that Substance; and the “Word will be made flesh” and visible.
Now there are certain subtle things about this that cannot be explained. But I think Spirit has prepared us for this little meeting tonight by giving us certain things to help explain it. Now this letter, which came very recently will be very helpful to help to give us an idea of one facet of the “Word made flesh.” And it’s also covered in Matthew so I want to turn there; maybe it’s John.
Now this letter is about a skin rash:
“I waited a few days to write you and though I cannot report completely all clear, still I want you to know I’ve observed change and have felt the activity of Spirit. Now the other evening during meditation, my husband was conscious of a pair of hands above my head and he said that sparks seemed to flow out from the tips of the fingers. I felt this was especially significant since he did not know that I had written you, nor have I talked about any claim as such.”
Now the point of that is that a man sitting in a living room with his wife saw hands above her head and sparks flying out of them and he had no idea that she was having any connection with a Spiritual practitioner; or that she had anything that she was seeking help on. Now this is a very strange occurrence, but not really. You see, the Spirit will act in a way that no one can predetermine. And there’s a beautiful passage in here, which is explained by it and which also, explains the incident. And it’s one that you’ve probably thought about many times. Now this is the passage:
“The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so it is every one that is born of the Spirit.”
Now the point is that the wind comes and goes. You know that it appears. You don’t know where it goes to or where it came from. And so it is with these little hands that appeared over the woman’s head.
There was another case in which there was work done for a woman and in the middle of the night she was awakened and she saw an angel at the foot of her bed. She was quite surprised by it. She had never seen this. And she was so surprised she looked at it and said, “What are you doing here?” And then subsequently she realized she had had some kind of a visitation.
Now this is the wind coming and going. This is a sign of the “Word made flesh” and it cannot be outlined by any human mind. It will never do quite the same thing again. But it will produce its own sign in its own way. But that’s only one facet of the “Word made flesh.” The substance of Spirit is guided by the all-knowing Divine mind, and powered by Divine omnipotence. The Spirit is self-fulfilling. And although we who are not aware of it will try to stand in the way and do things of ourselves thus barricading ourselves from infinite Grace, always present is the power of this Spirit, and it can never make a mistake. So that as the transformation in you is taking place, as the Christ mind is being formed, as the truth of Spirit is being fed from within, there is a tendency in you to relax. The entire self assumes a stillness, an inner poise, and there is an abatement of the fear, the doubt, the concern, even an abatement of the desire to fulfill a need. There is the realization that “before you speak I shall answer.”
And slowly you are developing within you a conviction that Spirit answers every need and then a deeper conviction that Spirit already has answered every need. The fields are already white to harvest; the kingdom of God within is finished, completed. And God is resting; the Spirit is on its seventh day. The complete universe is complete.
Now this growing conviction is going to ultimate in a willingness to depend totally upon the presence of Spirit in all circumstances: and not to seek health, not to seek harmony, not to seek any outer form or condition because the Spirit itself has already innerly completed those steps that are necessary for that outer condition. And the step that is missing is your conscious awareness of the all power and all-presence and all knowing of Spirit.
And so as you seek Spirit, as you seek Source, as you seek Substance, which are all one and the same, and as you seek Christ, as you seek Self, all one and the same, you will discover that all the outer forms of health, harmony, supply are all already embodied in the Substance of the Word; and it has been made flesh, and it dwells among you. And this quietness, this willingness to depend completely upon it, is the surrender of the personal self.
This surrender of the personal sense—that I of my own self: must do, must find, must get, must acquire—when this goes, as conviction deepens, as the inner transformation rises, you always look to the hills. You look to the higher Consciousness within. And you know this is the Substance of health and I don’t have to tell it that I have a broken rib. I don’t have to tell it anything. And if I try to tell it anything, in that instant I have denied the all-knowing mind, I have denied the all-power; I have denied the finished present kingdom of God.
Now it’s quite a task to reach that altitude of Consciousness that can look at an insurmountable problem and not try to do something about it, not try to be concerned about it, and not try to even seek to remove it. But that is the ultimate nature of Christ Consciousness, and only through repeated tabernacling within yourself can you finally find that kind of a conviction, which can look at this insurmountable recurring problem and see that the reason it is there, is because you are separated from your Source. That is the only reason it is there. If a mechanic finds something wrong with your car, you may not like it, you may not like the expense, but it’s certainly a lot better than being on the road with that flaw in the car and so you’re grateful.
And if you do not like the problems you have, at least learn to be grateful for them. They are revealing the chinks in your armor. They are all necessary. You cannot live in the Spiritual kingdom of God while there is the slightest remnant of impurification in your Consciousness.
And so the mechanics must continue to find errors and they must be repaired. And every problem whether you are disturbed or not, whether it makes you unhappy or not is a favor to you. It is giving you an opportunity to seek first the kingdom of God within yourself. And to find there, that when you seek only that Source, that Substance, that Christ, that Word, you are building that body which when attained will not die. That body which when attained can be attained even before human death. And so all of our problems are playing a very vital part in building, forcing us, forcing us to surrender something we do not want to surrender—the human ego.
If you have ever been able to be lifted out of it, you know what a difficult task it was to give it up. It was as if you were being deprived of the thing which in life you valued the most. You were being deprived of your control over things. Control was taken away from you and this is where you put up the biggest fight of your life. You cannot give up your control. You’re afraid if you do, your life will be exposed—no one else will preserve you if you’re not there to do it. And this self-surrender is necessary and not even possible in your present human mind. It’s only possible when the inner transformation has started.
Now we’ve been living on bread. We’ve been living on human might, human power, human thought, human food, human sustenance, human desire, human ambition and a good deal of human fear. But the “Word that proceedeth from the mouth of God,” is the only Substance. And all else is a mythical substance without the power to sustain you and in time of need it will desert you. And you will discover what Paul discovered, that the human race in its entirety is “a branch cutoff” without Substance, abandoned. Abandoned by its own Self, by its own lack of awareness; that within its Self is an eternal Substance. And that unless an individual stands forth and comes separate from the multitudes and finds the Substance of the Kingdom within and is fed only by it, that individual is doomed to die—doomed to be cut off—doomed to whither—doomed to live out his human life span ever wondering why, how, when, without finding the answer.
But now we have a measure of the Christ Spirit realized in us. And we discover that the many thousands of years in which the universe of man has been searching to find God has now taken a new turn within us. And this turn, although at first it brings us many harmonies and is very, very desirable, after awhile it begins to make demands upon us that we were not prepared to face. And we find the earlier harmonies beginning to fade. We find to our great surprise, that whereas we thought we could coast along and have these nice comfortable things that Spirit had given us, there is now a time when we are called upon to sacrifice.
This is a somewhat of a bitter pill. We weren’t prepared to sacrifice. It was very enjoyable to acquire, but now it says, “I have trained you to the point where you have seen there is a living Spirit within you.” It has fed you. It has brought you to this higher estate. But you are still in the beginning of the First Degree. And now you must learn that your training is to teach you how to give and not to get. There is nothing you can get. All you can do is give. You cannot get fame. You cannot fulfill personal ambition. Every desire that you have must be given up, except one—the desire to glorify the Spirit of God. And this makes the shoe very tight. And this is where the disciples turn and flee.
This is too hard a teaching. But the few handfuls that remain, gather together and they decide we will sacrifice our human desires. Something in them seems to know that the Spirit of God has touched them and that the more they can give up the personal sense of life, the more they can realize another Self quite different than the majority of mankind is aware of as an existing life. These are those who have in a measure had certain experiences within which have revealed to them that God is a living Presence. And this touch of the Spirit, this series of experiences with this living Presence, may get to them, more important than any personal human fulfillments. They have been chosen and they are prepared now to sacrifice whatever is necessary regardless of the degree of sacrifice because they have been given that inner understanding that what is called sacrifice is not sacrifice at all.
The Word is there for those who are not prepared, who have not yet been chosen and it does frighten them away; and well it should, because they are not prepared for the remainder of the journey at that moment. But those who are, find that sacrifice is one of the greatest privileges because as you drop those things the false human mind had wanted, you receive in return the true eternal Substance of life and you are merely trading mythology for Reality. What kind of a sacrifice is that? To give away counterfeit and receive the original, the genuine, the authentic, the Real. We see through these words that say you must sacrifice and we realize that all we can ever really give away is that which has no reality. You cannot give away your Spirit and that is the only real Substance there is.
And so now the true, the faithful, the prepared, those illumined sufficiently to know that they are on the trail of Reality; oh, they’re so glad to give away every false concept they have entertained all these thousands of years. You can’t fool them into thinking that they are sacrificing. They have found the “pearl of great price.” And so let us presume that this describes us. After we know that the “pearl of great price” is a realization of the Christ within and that the Christ is “heir to all the heavenly riches,” we now have a right to say then where are the fruits of the Spirit, which I thought I would find when I had made a sufficient sacrifice of my false concepts? What are these lingering problems, these lingering disturbances? And again, here you must be willing to look at yourself in the mirror without flinching, to look at all the paunches and wrinkles and recognize them, to look at all those selfish desires in you, which still remain under the guise of pretending, even to yourself, that you want only Spiritual Reality. And if you find these selfish desires, if you find a spiritual flabbiness, if you find the desire for personal comforts and security, this is your barrier.
The ability to be selfless will be demanded of you. And it doesn’t make any difference what defenses you put up or how you rationalize, you must come to the point of selflessness. And that selflessness cannot be described as an affirmation or even a state of mind. That selflessness must be an act of Consciousness. Now let’s see if we can clarify this because it’s a point we all must pass.
There is another meaning to the phrase “take no thought” quite a deeper meaning than merely not thinking, quite a deeper meaning than taking no human thought. And perhaps it isn’t the ultimate meaning of “take no thought” but it comes rather close to the ultimate; and that is the awareness, that you are not existent as a physical form or as a thinking mind. There is an awareness that you are a living Spirit with no beginning in space and no ending in space, with no beginning in time and no ending in time. And to come out of this consciousness of you as a form into the Consciousness of you as pure Consciousness is the real meaning of “take no thought.” Do not live in thought but live in Consciousness.
And you cannot live in Consciousness when you’re living in a body. So you must come to a point of selflessness, which says, “I have no physical self.” And this, this is part of your walking on water; you cannot walk on water as a physical self. You cannot walk on water as a body consciousness. You cannot walk on water when there is any human selfhood there. And this was the test that Jesus exposed Peter to, that he was still a human self and couldn’t walk on water—he was still taking thought, he had not yet released his concepts of a physical human being who was born, who was living, who would die. He hadn’t realized himself to be pure Spirit and nothing else—pure Consciousness and nothing else. He hadn’t made the self-surrender. He hadn’t recognized himself to be the Word of God and nothing more, nothing less.
And you see this cannot be declared with the tongue or thought of with the mind. This is the practicing of the Presence. You are practicing the Presence of God where you stand. You are practicing “the place whereon I stand is Holy ground,” because there is something here greater than what appears to be here. There is something here greater than this me. And that something greater is the “Word made flesh,” invisible flesh, Spiritual flesh, and that Word made Spiritual flesh is my Being, my invisible Christhood. You cannot declare it or simply claim it with words or with your human mind; you must practice it and you practice it by facing every enemy, every evil, every sinner, every problem with your invisible Christhood.
That’s why the sinner is appearing, that’s why the evil is appearing, that’s why the earthquake is threatening. So that you may face them with your invisible Christhood and consciously live not in the fear of the earthquake, or in the condemnation of a sinner, or in the desire to rid yourself of the enemy; but to overcome these beliefs by resting in your invisible Christhood which will forgive seventy times seven because, that before you is not a sinner—that is the invisible Christhood of your own being. That before you is not an enemy. That is the invisible Christhood of your own being. And your prayer is the recognition of it. That is not an evil to resist. There are no conditions in Christhood and Christ is omnipresent. Now you see then every reaction, every unforgiveness, every condemnation, every fear, is riding another horse—is serving mammon and not glorifying the Christ within.
Now it may seem silly to you to be flat on your back, aching all over and saying this isn’t real. But it will be done when you have been practicing the Presence of the invisible Christ where you stand, because you as a human being will not be saying this is not real. That risen Christ, which you have been practicing, it will dissolve the appearance. It will raise the dead. It will heal the sick. It will feed the multitude. I, the human self, will do nothing, but my daily, day in and day out, my twenty-four hour a day awareness of the invisible Christ of my being, and my willingness to trust it in spite of every appearance and to “take no thought,” this is how I am fed by the Word instead of by the bread of the senses.
This is how I am able to behold the inner transformation in which the mind, the old wine bottle is dissolved. The old concepts are dissolved. And instead of putting a patch on the old garment, the new seamless garment within is being formed by my practicing of the invisible Christ where I stand. This is Holy ground. It makes no difference what the weather says, what climate we have, what disasters, or epidemics overtake us; it still is Holy ground.
And the reason we are overtaken is because we have not realized this Holy ground in Consciousness and that prevents the living Word of invisible Christhood from becoming the visible experience. Your Consciousness must be the channel. If your Consciousness does not knowingly entertain the Christ, then the “Word made flesh,” never becomes visible flesh, a visible condition, a visible harmony, a visible peace; even though it exists and is omnipresent invisibly where you stand. Your Consciousness untouched by truth is the “glass darkly.”
Now all of this is still First Degree. First Degree goes on and on and on and on and we’re all in it. We’d like to think that we’re practically at the point of transition, but First Degree continues until that moment when you have no human defense against anything in this world. And we’re all far away from that. We still have our human defenses and our human questions. And some of us even think, maybe I’m on the wrong path and better turn back—find something easy. And those who feel that, probably should, because more yet is going to be demanded than ever before. Who would think of turning an astronaut loose up there without an intensive ground training? Who would think of turning anyone loose in a Spiritual universe until he had known how to live as a Spiritual being?
Now the Word is the invisible Substance, which appears as food for seven thousand. The Word is the invisible Perfection, which walks forth, picks up its bed, and is no longer a cripple, because there was a channel, a Consciousness that had been practicing the presence of Christ. “I am the light, thou seest me thou seest the Father.” And you must be practicing “I am the light, thou seest me thou seest the Father.” You must be practicing the presence of that Christ, which in the three-year ministry of Jesus, performed what the world has called miracles. And you must know that although to you, as a human being, many limitations must be present, to the Christ which you are conscious of as your being—every miracle that appeared on earth through Jesus is possible through you; “and greater works shall ye do.” But not because you suddenly now say, “Well here’s a problem, I’ll let the Christ handle it;” it’s because you live in the conscious awareness of this invisible power twenty-four hours a day. That’s where the true disciple is—the one who is invisibly conscious every moment.
Now it’s easy to be conscious of the Christ in Spirit when there are no problems. It’s the easiest thing in the world to say, “I know that this is Holy ground.” The time to be conscious, the time to drop your defenses, the time to rely on the Christ, not on your might and your power, is when you have the problems. That is the time. That will determine if you have the Christ Consciousness or not. And so you prepare for that time when problems will beset you in the time when there are no problems. And you do not stop. Just like breathing you continue to breathe, you continue to be consciously aware of the invisible Christ. And so this is a permanent occupation. And that’s what is meant by the surrender of self. It’s so much easier to watch the ball game, so much easier to go fishing, so much easier to just relax and have fun. But we’re not at the stage yet where we can do that. We must build the invisible blocks of Christhood.
Now when you’re doing this you have all had the experience of needs being met before you even knew you had the need. We have all had the experience of certain harmonies slowly creeping into our lives. Now know that there is no need in your life. Not a single one that has not already been fulfilled and is present in the invisible waiting to appear in the visible as you permit it through your enlightened Consciousness which is free of fear and doubt.
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There is a new consciousness developing among us now, and you can measure it very easily by asking yourself one question. Before you attended this seminar, brief as it has been, (I think somebody is going to lower that mike out there. It’s got feedback, and it’s a new mike. It’s not right. Can the back row hear me? Did you say, Yes? (Yes!) Thank you!)
Before this seminar began, to a large extent, many of us were thinking about our own personal lives, perhaps in relationship to God and God’s Will. But now, you should be able to accept a new responsibility and see that it is forming on the horizon of your consciousness right this moment. Spirit is training you to release Soul Power into this world. That’s quite different than you had in mind. As you become Soul Conscious, you become an instrument for Soul Power, and suddenly another purpose for your presence here looms, and that is, wherever you are and wherever you go you will be releasing the power of the Infinite Soul of God to demonstrate that this truly is the Holy Ground of the Kingdom of the Father on Earth.
To do that, to recognize this opportunity is to change your focus again and see that everywhere you establish a goal, the goal keeps changing, whereas at one time, it may have been important for Soul Power to make your life better, you learn your life already is better, because it is the Life of God. And Soul Power now, is not to shine a little light on the ground where you stand, but to let an Infinite Light glow in the presence of all who walk the earth. Your Soul is here at this moment. Your Soul is everywhere at this moment. But even if it were not everywhere, but only here, there would be a hundred and fifty Souls here if there were more than one Soul. And imagine, one hundred and fifty Souls all in one room. How ridiculous that would be. And so, we begin to accept further that our Soul is not in this room alone, but everywhere. And then the words of the Father become more meaningful to us. Son, Thou art ever with Me. In order to release Soul Power, you will find you can use this Truth of the Father and convert it into a great reservoir of Truth.
God has said to you and to me, Wherever I am, Thou art. Where is God? God is here. God is there. God is everywhere. And wherever God is, YOU are with God. Wherever God is, you are. That’s a different you than the infant born many years ago. The you that is everywhere that God is cannot be your body of flesh can it? So now, this becomes more or less an obsolete area of our old consciousness. We’re not concerned too much in that area at this moment. We are accepting that wherever God is, I am; and therefore, we are now in a position to release Soul Power wherever I AM,… not only in this square foot. Wherever you are Soul Power can be released, and you are wherever God is. There’s a new you emerging, and you’ve got to prove to yourself that you have the power to release Soul Power wherever God is, wherever you are.
Let us accept now, that as your Soul is here and my Soul is here I and hers and his is here,… every Soul in the universe is here. There isn’t one Soul that has ever existed that isn’t here. If it isn’t, then the Soul is not Omnipresent. If it isn’t, then the Soul is not Indestructible,… is not Eternal. But because the Soul is the Soul of God, and therefore Indestructible, Eternal, Omnipresent, every Soul in the Universe is right where we are at this moment.
And that’s going to be the secret of your Soul Power. You are in contact with every Soul in the Universe, when you are in your Soul. And as Joel taught us, when we are in Spiritual Consciousness, all who enter the Spirit of their own Being are in immediate contact with our Spirit. That Spiritual Illumination puts us in contact with the entire Spiritual Universe, so it is with your Soul. The moment you become Soul Conscious, every Soul in the Universe is in contact with you and vice versa, right here where you appear. And therefore, you can commune with the Soul of any individual in the past, present, or future at this moment, provided you have done your Spiritual homework and have found a way to release yourself out of corporeality, out of materiality, out of mortality, into the Purity of Soul Awareness. When you have done that, you are in a completely different system, a completely different Universe, and you are in communion automatically with the Soul of every individual who walks this earth and ever did walk this earth. And then, the Purity of your Consciousness becomes a release of Soul Power into human experience.
Let us establish our own Soul Awareness then, and develop our techniques for releasing Soul Power, not only into our individual lives, but into the life of this world so that that which appears hypnotically as destructive forces, evil forces, karmic forces, ungodly forces, material forces, powers that are not powers, can meet this Consciousness of Soul and be dissolved in the Light of Truth. It will be slow, but one moment in your Soul will do more good than all of the do-gooders who walk the earth in their minds.
First, wherever God is, you are,…but not in the flesh,…in your Soul,… in your Spirit,… in your Christhood. Now, establish your Omnipresent Soul as your Identity, and be it. Let us release the idea of becoming it. There’s nothing you can ever become, because YOU ARE. Be your Living Soul, everywhere. This is the first step to release Soul Power. Be your Living Soul, everywhere. You are in communion with the terrorist in the Middle East. You don’t have to try to be. You are in communion with the oppressed and the oppressor in South Africa. You don’t have to try to be. YOU ARE OMNIPRESENT SOUL!
You are in communion with those who have hand guns and use them well, and those who use them for malicious purposes. You are in communion with their Soul. You do not have to establish that. It is a fact, the moment you are in your Soul, aware. You are in communion with the Souls of those who would wage war. There is no limitation to the power that can be released through your Soul to express the Perfection of Divinity. and to the degree that you become a Pure Soul in your consciousness, … not a divided consciousness,…you will be an instrument for Soul Power as long as you walk this earth and beyond.
We have established ourselves as a living Omnipresent Soul, … I in the Father, … the Father in me. For a moment I am a Soul,…you are a Soul. As we develop the conscious awareness of it, we will find we are the ONE Soul, … I mean as a living experience. Now, we are a network through which flows Divine Substance. Let us purify.
Forget your human self. Forget the material world. Forget a human motive, whether it’s good or bad. Something in you may say, well, if I’m forgetting a human motive, what’s the point of doing all this? I think you should be able to answer that objection. It seems to be a paradox if I am to do this without human motives, why am I doing it? You’re doing it without human motives so that you can fulfill Divine Will, not human will,… so that you can become aware that Divine will is present and functioning, and that Divine Will is not the existence of the conditions that our human mind would want to remove.
We are not trying to remove terrorism from the earth. We are not trying to remove prejudice from the earth. We are not trying to remove hunger from the earth. That is the trap! Now, with your Soul know, There is no hunger in the Kingdom of God on Earth, there is no terrorism in the Kingdom of God on Earth, there is no crime in the Kingdom of God on Earth. KEEP YOUR SOUL PURE OF THE BELIEF THAT THERE ARE CONDITIONS IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD. Your Soul can only live In the Unconditioned Universe in order to release Soul Power. It must be True to the Omnipresent Perfection of the Father. You are not trying to increase the supply of food in one country. You are not trying to deter people from using hand guns to shoot people. You are above those conditions, or you are not in your Soul. You must transcend the human condition, which is presented by the human mind. So, we release personal self and personal motives, no matter how we may feel we are involved in the situation. RELEASE PERSONAL MOTIVES! Now, if you want to go to the Middle East, remember you are in communion with the One Infinite Soul everywhere, in your Soul. Rest there!
Where is the Middle East? Where is terrorism? Where is antagonism? Where is racial hatred? NOT IN YOUR SOUL! NOT IN THE SOUL OF GOD! NOT IN THE SOUL OF ANY INDIVIDUAL ON THIS EARTH! FOR THE SOUL OF EVERY INDIVIDUAL IS THE SOUL OF GOD. We are above the mind’s of men, living in the Soul, which is Omnipresent where there is no terrorism, no racial hatred, no antagonism, no strife, … where all that exists is the Pure Expression of the Soul of God. And you rest here,…those who wait upon the Lord will inherit the earth. We are not leaning on human understanding. We are resting in the present awareness that the Soul of the Universe is right here, and Soul Power dominates all physical and mental power in the world. But, you must be patient and wait! You must wait until the Holy Ghost enters your consciousness.
Now; we’re going to try an experiment. I think there, at the center aisle. I’d like everyone on my left, … that means your right, to dwell in the Soul, which includes the terrorists, and to recognize the non-reality. I’d like everyone on my right to dwell in the Soul of the Israelis’ and to recognize there the Presence of the Infinite Father. We have Palestine and Israel. We’re both resting in the same Soul,… one group in one, one in another, resting in the Truth that where one seems to be, ONLY the Spirit of God is. Just rest there, in that knowledge. Then move out to Africa. Move out to Apartheid in South Africa. On the, left,… your right, rest in the knowledge that the Soul of the oppressor is perfect and not oppressing. It is perfect. It lives in God. It has an obstruction from the human consciousness there, but rest in the Soul, right here where you are. Now, the other side, rest in the conscious awareness of the Soul of the oppressed as being perfect, unharmed and beyond any form of oppression, because it is the Invisible Spirit of God. Rest there! There should come a sense of the Rightness of the Truth and the Power of the Truth, and ultimately the Dominion of the Truth that world power is no power in the Presence of Soul Power.
Now, imagine that right in front of you there are two doors,…two doors right where you are,… one just an inch in front of the other, and one closer to you. And now, come closer to the door nearest you, until you’re almost inside your own chest, and come still closer and closer and closer, closer than breathing and enter that door and know that you have entered the Soul of every individual on the face of this earth. Right there, as close as breathing and closer is the door to every Soul on this earth. Enter that door and restthere in Oneness, for that is where Soul Power reaches its ultimate peak. When you rest in Oneness inside your own Being; not straying outside. Nothing is out there. It is all right here in your soul Consciousness,… the Power behind the false powers of the world. Rest there! Wait upon the Lord!
Now, switch. The ones who were doing the apartheid, who were the oppressed,… now you become aware of the oppressor, and do exactly what you did. Those who were dwelling in the conscious awareness of the Presence of the Souls of the oppressed,…. of the oppressors, dwell now in those who are oppressed§ and you’ll see you’re dwelling in the same Soul. There is no distinction. The Soul is always Pure. The outer mental manifestation is where the trouble is. If you were dwelling before in the Soul of the terrorists, now move back and dwell in the Soul of the Israelis, and those who dwelt in the Soul of the Israelis, dwell in the Soul of the terrorists,…without animosity, in the knowledge of the Presence of Divine Peace and Love.
Whether you do world work for nations or for communities, the Soul of that community is right within your Being, all of it. And the moment you enter your Soul, you will feel the presence of the Soul of that community on any cause, and if you don’t enter with a personal motive to change anything, but rest in the purity of the Presence of the Invisible Father, you will find that Spiritual Law will flow forth. And as you can train others to do this with you, you will find you are a Soul Power wherever you are. The things in your personal life will become automatically adjusted, because wherever you release Soul Power, it overflows. I like to do this with things we can measure.
We could do it with hand guns, but how are we going to measure it, you see. I’d like you to see the result of it, is the point. We can be effective. The question is, Can you see the effect. We can see it on certain things, and that’s why in the most part I’ve been guided to select those things we could measure results in. Hopefully though, from that you could see that even when there are no results to be measured, you must know you are a power. Maybe you could measure it if we worked on earthquakes or catastrophes or that sort of thing. Maybe you could on hand guns. But there are things in your community and beyond on which you can train until you are lifted into the higher work of lifting mankind out of the many infidelities to Truth.
The Spirit of God moves through your Soul. And the more you abide in your Soul, the more the Spirit of God will flow into expression wherever you are. And then your light will be shining. You will almost feel shabby working on personal motives, because they are a complete denial of the Presence of God.
Now then, how are we going to continue to purify our capacity to live in the Soul, so that we can become transparencies for Soul Power. You must see that Identity is the crux. Identity! Without correct Identity, you have no place to begin. Without correct Identity, you walk in duality, and then the Power of the Soul has no outlet through your divided consciousness. Therefore, it is important to see that God IS. A simple fact,… GOD IS. And because God is, I am. And wherever God is, I am. And whatever God is, I am. Because the Father says so! Because I am is God individualizing as I AM. If, in a single second you are unaware that God iS and I am, and that God and I are ONE expression, then there’s no place for Soul Power to flow, because the Source is missing. So your Source is always GOD IS, I AM ONE,…ONE SOURCE, ONE CREATOR. And your fidelity to One Creator is starting at the top. One Creator. One Cause. One Manifestation of that One Cause. But, because God is, I am, and therefore, I am the Cause. I am the Manifestation. The world that I manifest is my consciousness. If I’m not manifesting happiness; joy; fulfillment, then I’m not living in that Identity which is that manifestation. I’m not living in GOD IS. I have fallen. I am not the seed that will harvest Divine Fruit one hundredfold. But, I can readily adjust that by entering the knowledge that because God is, I am, without separation. And now, I am stable again. I’m not floating out, moving and being moved by other forces.
Whenever you find that you have not been able to achieve the singleness of Identity,…as the I AM of God, you will find that you have in some way been trapped in believing that you exist inside the form. They usually go hand in hand. The moment you think you’re inside the form being the I AM of God, it seems either absurd or impossible or unattainable. And yet, it is the fact of Being, without having to become it. If there is anyone here who isn’t consciously the I AM of God, then that individual has to work upon it until the mind which consciously or otherwise neither accepts it nor is capable of perceiving it, must be released from power, because this I AM that you are is the Source of all dominion that will express in your life.
If you, for example, were walking the streets of South Africa, and not behaving in the way that the powers of the nation wanted you to behave, you would find that you would become one of the oppressed. But if you were walking the streets of South Africa in Soul Consciousness, you would find your Dominion expressing without effort. And so, if you were without funds, all needs would appear in one way or another. If you needed a visa to return, in some way the visa would appear. If you found yourself in prison, in some way you would be released. Wherever you are, even in the line of artillery fire,…if you are living in Soul, you will find that the human world is not where you are, and makes no contact with you.
You may not know it, but we are living in this hotel, for example, in a different way than other people in the hotel. We all seem to be in one hotel, but be assured we’re not. Some of us are in the hotel physically. Others are not in the hotel at all. And while their forms appear walking back and forth, their life is an entirely different series of events than others in this hotel.
And so it is in the world. Wherever you are, you can be walking in the places where the world sees horror and terror and victims of this and that, and you’ll find that you are walking only apparently in that world, but you’re walking in the Invisible Kingdom, even while your form, which the world calls your form appears to be walking in the material appearances. This should become more of a daily experience to you. You should feel the unusual nature of the way you really are, because we cannot be GOD, I AM and truly be walking in a material World. Do you see that? The moment you think you’re walking in a material world, you’ve lost Identity. You see why Joel has to stress and restress Incorporeality.
You cannot walk in a material world and be the Son of God. The Son of God lives here in what is an Invisible Kingdom to man. And you may be that Son of God living here NOW in this Invisible Kingdom, and yet appearing to human sense in the world, but you, … the I that you are is not what appears in this world. That which appears in this world is the world concept about who you are, but it is not you. And if you grab that distinction and live with it, and develop it, you will find that you can now walk consciously here in the Kingdom of God, while appearing in the world. Indeed, it would seem to me that unless this is established, duality has to continue. I, the Spirit of God, am the Kingdom of God. I do not walk in a world of matter. And so, the material world cannot be in your consciousness if you wish to live in Oneness rather than duality, because Soul Power will not express in matter.
You will see the effects of it appear in matter, but only because it is expressing in your Invisible Consciousness, and that will make it appear in matter, but it will not be acting in matter. Its presence in your consciousness will change the nature of the material illusion to human eyes, but the Soul Power never actively enters material things. It changes within the consciousness of the individual and appears outwardly as a change in the environment. Just as God never appears in this world and yet, seems to appear as mortal beings. We look at God and we see our concept called mortal beings. We will look at your Soul Power and we will see improved situations because the radar of Spirit will move directly to repairing that which the human consciousness is capable of perceiving, but it will not repair its own Invisible Kingdom because it already is Perfect. And that Perfection will simply be revealed as an improvement to our eyes.
Now, you can apply this to your individual life, of course, but if you confine it only to you, the power will not develop. You will dwarf the power. God functions Infinitely, and you cannot take this Infinite Power and sway it in your direction to improve your income or whatever, but you can dwell in, … do you recall the statement that the great demonstration is not to demonstrate things, but simply to rest in the Presence, and let the Presence do all the demonstrating. The great demonstration is to demonstrate your Oneness with the Spirit of God, and then, he who seeth in secret, in some way, through the Ghost, reveals to you the Perfection that is present where you had wrongly accepted the presence of the condition.
Now , I don’t want these words to fall upon barren ground, or stony ground. Individual Souls, though they are One Soul, are the Seed of God, and the Soul who went forth to sow them scattered Souls everywhere. And our Souls, One in the Infinite Soul of God, are here to bear Divine Fruit. They cannot return void. They must bear Divine Fruit. And each Soul being the seed, now must sprout its Power, its Benediction, its Divine Heritage into that world around it where the deeds of the Father can be expressed in visible, tangible form to the human race. You are entrusted with that Power as the Son of God. You have the transforming Power of the Soul, and it must be used. This is a Divine Heritage, which has been bestowed upon all of us and used by few. And because few of us use it, in areas where we should yield a bountiful harvest, we are often barren. And when we try to use it for our personal purposes we fail. When we let it use us,…when there are no personal motives for good or bad, but simply to let the Spirit of God do its own thing, … then you behold the marvel of the Presence of God in our midst. That is why the Kingdom of God is within you, … for you to release it through your Soul into visible expression.
You may not approve the plan that if you become a dead branch, for you are cut off but I’m sure you will like the plan that if you yield bountiful fruit… Divine Fruit, you’re promoted, … you’re lifted beyond the false sense of humanhood. You move into your Soul Universe in many ways in preparation for that moment when you are released from that sense of mortality which was necessary in order to give your Soul an opportunity to develop itself through this initiation, that it may proceed higher. Then you are Soul, Itself, and no longer mortal. And even though it may seem premature to live that way for the moment, I’d like you to think about yourself as having passed the mortal stage. Now there’s no mortal to take care of anymore. There’s no mortal needs. There’s no mortal oppressor and oppressed. You’re in another Universe, the Soul Universe, and you’re going to be there, so you may as well get used to the idea that in it, just as if you were in the Soul Universe right here, there are no oppressed and there are no oppressors. There are no terrorists and there are not those recipients of terror. It’s all in the mortal dream.
We’ll stand in our Soul Universe for the moment, as if we had lifted ourselves through fidelity to the Soul, beyond the realm of mortality. We have made our Transition. We are no longer members of the human race. We have risen. When that day comes, we will experience what we will imagine at this moment. What do you think you’ll be doing when you are a Soul in the Soul universe, without a human body, without a human life, without human people to hate or to love or to compete with? What will you be doing? You will find that your Soul wants to teach you that right now, to prepare you just for that experience.
You will find that your total function as a Soul, without a corporeal body, without a corporeal universe,…your total function is to serve Infinite Spirit in its own way, and that will be a long apprenticeship. You will have nothing to say. You will be without desire, totally. You will be completely desireless and you will have no corporeal sense to favor or to fear. You’ll have no enemies, you’ll have no friends. You will be living the life of selfless service and it may be for more than the equivalent of a thousand years. And that is a privilege! That is a privilege you earn now, so that by living the life of selfless service you become the bride adorned for the bridegroom. That is the purity born of the fire of Truth, which opens you to the capacity to receive your own Spirit. It is that selfless service, which prepares you for the union with your own Spirit.
It has nothing to do with human will. That is the Divine Will expressed through the Prophets. And in that union with your own Spirit, earned by your fidelity to being a pure dedicated selfless Soul, Christ is born. You see it all in the life of Mary. Wanting nothing. Seeking. nothing. Just purity, … a visible symbol of what the interior consciousness of each of us is invited to share in. And the reason we explain it this way at this moment is because you earn the privilege of being a dedicated Soul in the Fifth Universe of Soul, by being a dedicated Soul right here in the mortal appearance world. And so, this Soul dedication here then becomes a continued Soul dedication in your Soul Universe, but on a higher quickened level. Right now, we’re working on a very slow level. This world, to your Soul, is slow motion. All of it! It’s really, … a sort of a God Blackboard. It is as if God were taking us all to the blackboard and pointing and saying, See this! See that! This world of time and space and images is the blackboard that your Soul uses to study. And it all moves in slow motion so that your Soul can see very clearly what’s happening.
But, there is a quickening. And in that quickening a strange transformation takes place. The quickening changes your world right where others are standing in a different world that does not change. You are lifted out of the same concepts as the rest of the world. You are lifted out of the area of terror,…above the terror,…out of the area of disease, above the disease,…and out of the area of corporeality, into Incorporeal Awareness. This strange in visible transmutation takes place right where the world is and seems to be. It’s as if an invisible hand just tapped you on the shoulder and said, You are chosen! But, because you have earned the right by living in service to the Soul.
Now service may start out as just being a good person, but you know that there is the Inner Direction that comes, and then there is the obedience to the Inner Direction. There is the Inner Ear and the Inner Eye, and there is the heart that feels what eyes cannot see, and there is the response to this Divine Impulse and obedience to it is service. In your Divine Service you do not decide what you are going to do, but Christ, through your Soul gives you the guidance, the direction. And when you serve this guidance, unquestioningly, without fear, without personal motives, you are finding yourself in the Realm of the Soul Universe, even before you enter it fully, and you walk in this world visibly, but you walk in the Soul Universe, under the guidance and protection of Divine Law.
It would be nice if we could all say, I know I’m in that state now, and maybe some of us feel more than a tinge of it, but to be aware that it exists is probably more important at this point than whether or not we’re in it. We must acknowledge the presence of the Soul Universe here and we must learn how to walk in it, while the world sees these forms. One word from an individual can tell you that that individual is moving in and through the Soul Universe or the world mental universe. And you know how your human households are changed by the Spirit even more so when you enter your Soul Awareness. You find your Soul Household changes invisibly. The degree of fidelity you are exhibiting to the Soul in your selfless service to the Divine Impulse determines your Soul Household, determines those who commune with you, and the degree of Soul Wisdom that flows through you. Each step along the way is bolstered, strengthened by the constant reminder that God is, I am. GOD IS, I AM! GOD IN ME, I IN THE FATHER,… ONE. And the Kingdom of God within me is becoming evident through my capacity to live in the Soul, lifting me above human vibrations, above limited human dimensions into the miracle of Divine Soul Power expressing the Perfect Will and Wisdom of the Father.
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And so, Jesus again says to us all, Don’t think of me as a man. Remember I am just a visible symbol. Thou seest me, thou seest the Father, and the Father and me and the Father and you are ONE. What I am doing is what the Spirit of God is doing within your Soul every moment.
Let us see now, if we can glimpse our Soul Realm a little more clearly. Let us remove this hotel from our consciousness. Let us accept our Soul as the area where we live … not a body, … not a mind,… but the larger invisible area of the Soul is where we live, so large that even if there were a hotel in it, it would be smaller than a pea, so large that six continents would not even be the size of a condominium. I am the Infinite Soul of the Father. Expand to that just as science talks of the expanding universe. Let yourself flow outward until you do not feel the confinement of even mental form. Just flow out with the freedom of an astronaut in space. Infinite Soul, I am. All of it, I am. All invisible. All present. All Divine Substance. All One, without division. All alive. The Life of God that inhabits my Invisible Soul is the only Life I am, ever indivisible, ever without opposite, ever Supreme; because it is the only Life. That Life; I am. God is Life. I am Life. God is Spiritual Law. I am Spiritual Law. God is Dominion. I am Dominion. In myself, there is nothing to have dominion over. ALL IS I.
Now, if God did not create mortality, is there a mortality that you can go back to, or is that journey completely imaginary. And so, when you go back to what appears to be mortality, the fact that it appears that way does not mean that you must accept it. In short, it is possible not to go back to mortality; but simply to appear to go back. You cannot go back to what God didn’t exist, because it isn’t there. What God didn’t create does not exist. You cannot go back to mortality. There’s no way! Nor can you leave mortality. It isn’t there! The Son of God is aware of this. The shock of knowing it completely would be too much. And so, ever so gently, you will learn that there is no mortality to go back to, or depart from. It never was. You can awaken from that dream of mortality. You can awaken from all of the forms of unreality that existed in that dream, gradually. But you will do it not by working from within the dream and trying to imagine you’re out of it, but rather by letting your Soul do the work in the absence of your mental faculties. This is difficult,…to release your so-called self. But we’re no longer babes In Spirit exactly.
When you have heard the phrase, Let the little children come unto me, the Father was talking to your Soul which is the Child of God. Let your Soul come unto the Father, for your Soul is the little child. But it will grow and grow and grow in your consciousness, until it too is saying, God is, I am.
I am suggesting to you that you find a way to give yourself to some form of selfless work, whether it’s an hour a week, or a month, or maybe something of great importance in the world , but give yourself to it, and then listen until your Soul is attuned to in some way directing that effort to get yourself started on the idea of serving the Will of the Father in your Soul. If it’s personal, you see, you’re not serving the Will of the Father. You’re not about your Father’s Business. But we want to see that the Soul universe is what we’re being lifted into, where selfless dedication to the Will of God will be our total apprenticeship for One Complete Universe, until in our soul there isn’t one ounce of self that is not Divine Self,…not one ounce of self-will, … a complete training period. And in that training period, as a Soul, you will be sent on many missions. Pray within yourself that you reach that day of consciousness when your Soul is sent on many missions, for this is the path of Resurrection. The rising soul of your Being has a rendezvous with your Spirit. It is ascending toward your Spirit. And waiting on the other side of that marriage is your realization of your Immaculate Self, the Self that ever was you, before the world was, and is now, but beyond reach of our momentary sense of consciousness. We are being reborn of the Spirit, regenerated by our own Soul, that we may be born of God and walk this earth as the Living Son of God.
If for a moment, you have fallen back into mortal sense of Self, let’s do something about it right now. I think you should know by now that you have a tremendous capacity for overcoming human obstacles. It’s a capacity beyond belief. It’s just a matter of knowing that you are the Cause and not the effect. For example, you,…you could be very weary right now. You have the capacity to un-weary yourself, simply by knowing that the Nature of your Being is not weariness. You have fallen into a state of a self that isn’t. You could be deathly sick, and you have a tremendous capacity to see that the Soul of you couldn’t cause that, and as you literally hoist yourself back into Soul position, you can be amazed by your own Soul Power. These are very important moments when you are called upon to reject the claims of the world upon you, and to meet them with the Dominion of your own Soul in such a way that you do not accept the condition as part of your Being. Do you see that; stressing the fact that you do not accept the condition as part of your Being, and do not fall into the trap of trying to change or remove the condition, but to know that I AM THE SOUL, ITSELF, UNDER DIVINE LAW, INCAPABLE OF PRODUCING THIS CORPOREAL PROBLEM. And as you feel the Substance of your Soul, you will find the outer substance of your so-called form responding to the Truth of your Being, as you firm that inner knowing. And this is the Law of Spirit having total Dominion over this world.
The only pain that exists is in those moments when you are forming that solid consciousness of Truth, which releases the Soul Power that is you. If, during this seminar, there are some of you who have ideas on things you would like to see us dwell on in world work, write them down on a sheet of paper and put them on the desk here. I know there’ll be 10 on world peace and there’ll be others, but we’re looking for something that we can do together and SEE with our own eyes , what it is doing. Put your suggestions down and let us have them tomorrow or the next day. And maybe we’ll take some of these things home with us to do. We don’t know.
I hope we have some awareness then of the direction here of a totally different kind of direction than personal achievement. And let’s have a meditation or two now on a different subject. The Power of HERE and the Power of NOW borders on science fiction, but everything must be known consciously to be here, for this Soul Power to express. I mean, there isn’t any place in the Kingdom of God that isn’t here, right now. And there is nothing else. That is the Soul Consciousness that we can and will attain, … that all that is in the Kingdom of God is here right now, always. You don’t have to reach out for it. But you do have to know it is here and it is now, and you will find you are able to quickly touch that central core of your Being with that knowledge, and you will be catapulted into the Consciousness of the Hereness and the Nowness of all Reality, so that there isn’t anything in Reality external to Here and Now In your Soul. And from this proceeds the miracle of One Power without opposite.
We’re resting in the Hereness of the Infinity of the Kingdom of God, right inside that little doorway within your chest, closer than breathing, is the Infinity of the Kingdom of God, and this is not a symbol. This is the Truth. Wherever you are on this globe, this will always be True. The Infinite Kingdom is right here where you are, no matter where you appear to be. And all of IT, because it is indivisible,…quicker than the speed of electricity, the Truth in Consciousness moves through the Infinite Invisible Kingdom wielding Its Perfect Power. And if it has an outlet in your Soul, it will visibly, tangibly express. You must be in your Soul. You must have the awareness of the Infinite Kingdom being here and now where you are. And a few other things you either know or will know as you develop this miraculous capacity to be the Living Son of the Living God.
I did forget to mention that these class tapes are available through Eunice Bicks. Just see Eunice if you’re interested and those of you who want other class tapes just give her your address and you will receive a copy of the tapes that are available.
We’ve only started on our little journey, so tomorrow morning, 9:30 is the meditation and 10:00 the class. We’re becoming One Unified Soul Consciousness. And the Power of it should appear.
See you in the morning. Thanks very much!
Today’s Audio by Bill “Soul Substance”:
Our function in this class is to delve into the higher mysteries. You may find that less and less we’re not going to discuss any personal problems. We’re not going to be concerned about the world not created by God. And that may be very difficult for some but it has to come. There has to be a time when we’re no longer saying “God, heal me of this and heal me of that!” There has to come a time when we’re no longer saying “God, you’ve withheld this from me, and you’ve withheld that from me.” There has to come a time of acceptance, not of seeking but of acceptance. And this concerns the higher mysteries, the ‘above’ universe, the universe right where the visible universe seems to appear.
Today, it will be well if you can learn what makes an image. For you have one image called ‘the world’ and in it are many images, all part of the same image. And so we want to burst that bubble today so that some of you who have been living in the mind-universe, trying through the power of your mind to find some kind of peace, some kind of tranquility, some kind of solution, will discover that you’ve been living in the wrong universe and in the wrong body and in the wrong century; seeking in some way to improve God’s perfect universe because you’re unaware of it.
We see Jesus on his feet hands and knees and he’s washing the feet of Peter. Yes, the Master seems to be washing the feet of a student. And this is drawing the curtain to the inner mystery of Christ within Peter. This is drawing the mystery into visibility, by telling you and telling me that if you wish to walk in the universe of God instead of the kingdom that is this world, not of the Father but of the sense mind, you too will have to wash your feet. Not only yours, but the feet of the world.
You’ll have to see that the Master is revealing the secret of his great work is not his personal ability, but his capacity to say “The only me here is the inner Christ, there is no human me. I wash the feet. That which walks upon this earth I am dissolving in my consciousness. I am recognizing the inner Christ of Peter and in so doing, the inner Christ of every man, woman and child on this earth. And I, who seem to be the Master, am but the servant of this inner Christ. And therefore when thou seest me thou seest the activity of the inner Christ, not of a man. And the inner Christ that I glorify as I walk this earth, is the inner Christ of Peter, the inner Christ of Bill, the inner Christ of Mary, the inner Christ of everyone who walks this earth.”
And therefore it behooves Bill, it behooves Mary, it behooves Betty, it behooves Herb, it behooves every individual on the face of the earth to get on his hands and knees, which is the surrender of humanhood until in that yielding of self, the invisible Self is brought into activity in the visible experience world.
Of mine own self I can do nothing. And as long as I continue in the effort, I will fall into the image world. And while I am under the belief that I am loving God supremely, I am actually accusing God, condemning God, condemning God for the evil He leaves on the earth, accusing Him even of creating it.
Now, you know that condemnation has by now become very small in your consciousness. You can see the thief without accusing him. You can see the corruption in government without accusing. You can see many facets of the imperfect human life without condemnation, and probably you pride yourself upon it. What we don’t realize too often is that we are condemning God. We have risen to that level where we do not condemn our neighbor, but instead we condemn God.
How? Take the crusader. I don’t mean back in the medieval times. I mean today’s crusader – for good, for improvements. How do we improve anything except by recognizing that which needs improvement? And therefore what have we said? We have said there are two creations – God’s creation, which we will accept as perfect, but there is also a creation that needs improvement. And so we are going to crusade for the improvements. And we’re stuck with two creations. We’ve fallen into the trap of believing that God is aware of these things that need improvement in this earth and is doing nothing about it, so we’re going to do it. Of course, we are in a human consciousness. We’ve fallen into the trap of human images
Most of you have never heard what I’d like to tell you. It’s about this world of images and what makes it so.
There’s a process in photo engraving where you make a photograph of any object or person, and then in order to reproduce that, let’s say in a newspaper, you make a photograph of the photograph. And when you make a photograph of the photograph you put a filter or a screen between the object or photograph you’re going to photograph and your camera. And so now you get a new photograph of a photograph. This one is filtered or screened so that the photograph is broken down into all kinds of little dots. And then you photograph this onto metal and you put an emulsion on the metal and then you put acid on the emulsion and finally you get these dots so they’re raised up. And that’s all that’s raised up; the photograph of the original photograph broken into dots, raised up and then you put ink on the surface of these raised up dots and you turn the metal over and you print on a newspaper. You print those dots.
And every time you pick up a newspaper and look at a face, you’re not aware of it, you think that’s Richard Nixon, that’s Chou En Lai, that’s John Mitchell, that’s John Lindsay. And every time you look at these photographs in the paper you’re looking at nothing but little blobs of ink that are separated; they’re really little dots. And in about a one inch there are maybe about thirty-six hundred to four thousand little dots; that’s really what you’re looking at. Your eye doesn’t know it; your mind doesn’t know it. You’re looking at dots but you think its John Lindsay, Richard Nixon. And really there is just as many dots to make a Richard Nixon as there is to make a John Lindsay.
You can take the same dots and re-arrange them and make a hippopotamus. You can make an elephant. If you re-arrange the dots you can make anything that is on this earth. You can make a battleship, a spacecraft. In other words, your eye doesn’t see the dots. But if you take just a normal magnifying glass and look at any photograph in the newspaper, that’s what you’re going to see. Hold it there just until, raise it up or down until you see “Why it’s only made of dots and I thought it was a man’s face!” The face is the image formed by the dots but all that is on that paper are little black dots and they’re all identical. Put a few more on one side and you get a cluster of them. A few less on another side and you get what seems to be a lighter tone. But they’re all the same black dots.
When I do this privately and give a magnifying glass to somebody and they look and see the dots, they’re so much surprised that they hadn’t noticed them with their naked eye. And that’s how we all are able for fifty years to read a newspaper and never know that we have never really seen a photograph, we’ve have seen dots that appear to our human eye as faces and things.
And then you can take this and take it to your television screen and see the same process. On the television screen you’re looking at electric dots, dots of electricity. But you cannot see the dots. And as the electric moves you see the movement of the dots but you don’t know it’s the movements of electrical dots. So you say the horse is running. It isn’t running, there’s no horse there. You’re looking at electrical dots to simulate a horse running. No horse is going to run out of that screen, its an image on the screen. And the method is electrical dots, so fine that no human eye can see them. And so you get the forms.
Now you go to the motion picture house. There’s a giant screen and the same thing happens, dots. They are still electrical dots. And you can have Cleopatra and her barge draw up. You can have the complete spectacle of Rome. And it’s all made with electrical dots. Electrical dots that to the human eye appear as images called people doing things.
Now these processes are human inventions. The Father does it much more subtly. When you come to the human scene you find that the same process is going on around you. But now the dots are points of light, so fine that they have fooled the greatest religious and intellectual and scientific teachers of the world – points of light. And you watch these points of light move and you call them living forms. They are the very same process in a more sophisticated way for He hangeth the earth on nothing.
Now, what you are looking and calling forms then are points of light moving. You’re seeing the tree grow up but you’re not. You’re seeing the slow motion of points of light below the level of your perception. You see the horse run on the track but you’re not. You see boys go out to war on battlefields but you are looking at points of light and when that cannon roars and a boy falls down and the blood pours, you’re looking at points of light. You know you’re not looking at God’s creation and there are not two creations. What are you looking at? You’re looking at points of light in the cosmic mind.
Wherever you look on this earth that is all you will ever see – points of light. You cannot find one thing on this earth made by God, not one. Now that is important. And however revolutionary it may seem to the human mind it was a necessary step in the revelation of the allness of God, in the eternal life that comes into the experience of all who know God aright.
Now, what you’ve been looking at and calling forms, people, things, places, conditions are points of light in a cosmic telecast. And it has its purpose. And that purpose was explained to you in the Bible, but we walked by.
In these points of light you see the dying soldier, you see the accident on the freeway. You see the long inventory of disease and disaster not created by God. You’re looking at the image world of the mind, And often accusing the Father of putting it there. “Why did you do this to my daughter? Why did you do this to my son? Why don’t you change this and change that?” But the Father doesn’t change this and change that, for the simple reason that the Father does not see what you are seeing. The Father does not look at points of light in motion, seeming to us as real conditions of a real world. The Father is not dreaming; the Father is awake. The dream of mortality is where we see these points of light.
Fortunately we have them; they have a grand purpose. You have thought that everything wrong in your life couldn’t possibly be attributed to you. As a matter of fact we discover that most of us are pretty good human beings. And then we say, “Well, if I’ve been so good why have I been completely isolated from happiness, health, abundance, the things and joyful relationships that a child of God ought to have? Why am I besieged by this endless parade of things that I have to keep solving? When does the day of solving stop? When can I relax and say ‘At last, I’ve made it’?” And then suddenly there comes another problem out of nowhere. And it has a name.
And yet in spite of all – you’ve been reading your Bible, you’ve been listening to tapes. You’ve been as faithful as you know how and as dedicated. Some put in as many as twenty hours a day and still have things turn up that you would think after all this time and effort and dedication, would be impossible.
And that’s why we go back to the story of the wheat and the tares. Nobody plants weeds; you’ve never planted any weeds. You certainly wouldn’t do it intentionally. And neither did this man in the Bible, he planted wheat. But it wasn’t long in season where there was wheat and tares, wheat and weeds. Couldn’t figure it out, he hadn’t planted any tares. So he went to his friends and they told him “Well what really happened of course, is that your neighbor down the way who you had that argument with last month, he got even with you. While you were asleep he planted the tares.” and so asleep this man got weeds in his farm. And asleep we get problems in our consciousness.
The tares, planted while the farmer was asleep, are the beliefs planted in you below the level of your conscious awareness, meaning in your sleep. You do not know what the world mind is broadcasting into you. You haven’t the vaguest notion, how could you? You have a certain level of consciousness. If something comes in, in your unconscious how can you be conscious of it? And so seeds are planted, seeds of belief. And the only time you become aware of them is when they grow up into form. And you can then look out and say, “Why did I get arthritis? Why did my business fail? Why did my marriage prove such a disaster? Why this? Why that? Why the other?”
You’re only seeing these things on your screen of consciousness now, as images – broken homes, broken marriages, broken bodies. But they began in the unconscious level where the world-mind planted in you a seed. And each seed planted in you must become a visible experience. That visible experience you then give the label and say, “This is what I’ve got.” But you haven’t got that at all. What has happened is that from the invisible of your consciousness a seed you did not know was there has grown into a tree, and it is now dropping fruit. And that is in your visible world.
The image world is where you have seen the fruit of the tree of good and evil. And that fruit is very untasty at times. And it grows because the seeds of belief in your consciousness are there, unknown to you. You did not know they were coming in. You did not know that they were growing up. You did not know about them until you began to suffer.
The cause did not begin in you; the cause began in the world-mind. And so a very intelligent, infinite mind has provided you with a screen, a television screen called ‘the world.’ And from the invisible of your consciousness you automatically project the quality of your consciousness. You project into the world of images, the fabric of your own consciousness. And when you label it this or that, you’re really saying, “This is the nature of my invisible consciousness.” Because be sure of this, it isn’t someone else’s consciousness appearing on your screen. The problems you manifest are nothing more than your consciousness turned inside out like a reversible raincoat, from the invisible to the visible.
That’s what this world is all about – a place where you can project your consciousness. And then looking at the world of images you can go back to your consciousness, which is the land in which the wheat and the tares are growing side by side – in duality.
And finally you come to the realization that there is no thing in this world, which does not begin first in an invisible world. There’s no child in this world that doesn’t first begin in the invisible, no tree, no seed, no fruit, no flower, no animal. No animal, vegetable mineral or human begins in the visible, they begin in the invisible. And everything in this visible has a beginning in the invisible. That’s what we all have in common. And therefore if we were to live only in the visible we would continue in the world of effect, never going into the cause of things, which is the invisible.
And what is the cause of this imaged world that you live in? Your world is your consciousness. My world is my consciousness. And whoever is in this world is really in their own consciousness made visible. And so this is where the effects are – in the world. That’s the television screen where we can pick up what’s right or wrong in our life.
And now we go back, go back into the invisible, into our consciousness, because there we’re going to find what’s happening to make our visible world of good and evil. It is there where we are going to determine a way of dominion over the outer world of experience. Now, we look at our consciousness and we see that it’s subject to two forces. We’re no longer dealing in the world of problems, because if you meet a problem in the effect world of problems, you are never going to get to the cause of it, which is in your consciousness.
So you’re in the invisible of your consciousness. And you discover that your consciousness has been fed by the wrong life stream, by the world-mind. And that has brought forth the first print -you, the image you. Your consciousness has brought forth the image you have called ‘yourself’. And your consciousness, which brought forth this image, has not been able to see reality directly, because between your consciousness and reality, between your consciousness and the divine there is the world-mind, the glass darkly.
And you’re looking at the divine through the glass darkly of the world-mind. And just like that photo engraving process I told you about, you’re trying to make a photograph of the divine with your human consciousness. And there’s a filter or screen between your human consciousness and the divine. And so you break the divine down into little dots, little dots of light. And then your consciousness projects these dots of light into the world as the image called ‘you’.
These little dots of light, you know by now are the atoms identified by science, little dots of light. Little whorls of electrical energy so placed together that they look exactly like you. And you call those little whorls of atoms ‘you’, not knowing that is the image cast forth onto the screen of time and space by your consciousness. And that it is your consciousness where you must live and you must learn to tune out that world-mind, which is between you and the divine to let – not the dots, not the filtered light come through – but the direct divine light of the Father.
And there’s a way to do it. And the way is the only way that is prescribed by those who have done it. You’ll find that when your mind, your consciousness, has developed the capacity to be a vacuum; that it no longer receives the filtered light of the world-mind. It is closed to the filtered light of the world-mind and it becomes a clear plate of glass, crystal-clear glass. And just as Jesus walked through a wall that was only there to the human consciousness, the divine walks through the world-mind and through the clear crystal glass of your consciousness, bypassing the activity of that world-mind, which breaks things up into little atoms; coming through the crystal-clear glass of your consciousness, which has been purified of thought. And that divine light is no longer separated atoms, no longer separated dots of light – but is the fullness of the Father, the wholeness of the Father – not little points of separation. And all that was missing out here in the image form in the world of this human experience And there’s a way to do it. And the way is the only way that is prescribed.
You become a living embryo in the womb of the Father. That new spiritual womb of silence is really no different than the womb you inhabited as an embryo before you became an imaged human self. We really duplicate that condition. No mother has consciously fed the child in her womb. No embryo in the womb has consciously said to the mother “Feed me!” It’s an automatic process; it happens.
And when you have found the crystal-clear consciousness of silence, the vacuum of no-thought, when you have been able to put away the thousand and one human concepts that cram the brain, when you have been able to accept truth, divine truth, and have reached that place where the mind is at peace, then you are like the embryo. You are no longer saying to the Father “Give me! This is what I want! This is what I need! This is my will, that you fulfill my will here!” But rather you are resting in the womb of infinity with trust. Wanting nothing, needing nothing, seeking nothing, just like a child in the mother’s womb.
That spiritual embryo is the method in which you defeat the world-mind. As long as you have a thought, an idea, a plan, a scheme, a will, a belief or an acceptance of anything in this world that you consider real, you’re not ready for that womb. You still have house cleaning to do.
To be an embryo in the womb of the Father you must be the pure at heart, willing to seek nothing of good and nothing of evil in the dream of mortality for the Father is source, and the source is pure. And that pure being, which is the Father, is the essence of your being. And you must be fed by the essence of your being, not something else. You rest in the conscious awareness that the pure being called the Father, is here as my life.
And I, even past the point then of saying “Speak Father, Thy son heareth!” but rather there is no ‘you’ to say that. You go past that point and you see the real meaning of what Samuel said. He had so purified himself that there was no Samuel there. And then the Christ within Samuel said to the Father “Speak Father, Thy son heareth!” When you hear the words within you, it is Christ saying this to the Father who is greater than I. These words are the sign that you have stripped yourself of the dream. Not that you have said them humanly. But that they have been said within you by the Christ to the Father.
And now the revelation of oneness takes place. In your silence of humanhood there is no place for world-mind to go. You are not a receiver for the world-mind. It can plant no tares in your consciousness. It can plant no seeds in you that will become tomorrow’s problems. You are still. And now the essence of being, not broken into little dots of light, flows through your stillness. And the Father feeds the son, as the mother feeds the child in her womb. This is soul feeding.
I am the bread. And the real substance that feeds you as a spiritual embryo is the essence of God, the substance of God, the will of God, the power of God, the love of God – all become your hidden manna, your meat the world knows not of. You are fed by the divine. There’s nothing more to do. The feeding takes place. And now, this is what you image forth into the world – as a better body, a better mind, a better life, a better demonstration. You are glorifying the Father.
You are not saying to your mother “Feed me this way or that way, here’s what I prefer!” You’re saying to the Father “Let me have Your food. I’m silent to the food of the world.” And the food of the Father is His own being. “All that I have!” The very life of the Father flows through you. And so essence flows through your purified consciousness and becomes imaged form. The outer form then is manifesting the qualities of the new substance. And the new substance is pure wheat. It isn’t divided. It isn’t good and evil.
Now, the purification, which enables Christ in you to say to the Father “Speak Father, Thy son heareth” is the working in the invisible, in your consciousness to consciously turn it away from the duality of the world-mind. In other words you tune in by tuning out of the world-mind. You tune out of the world-mind to tune in for your divine feeding.
The you of you is forgotten in the image world. That’s going to be the result of how well you’re fed in the inner. And if you’ve learned your lessons properly, you don’t let that outer image self tempt you to fulfill its ambitions, its will, and its needs. You are out of the imaged world. You are working on the level of consciousness.
Now, this is the meaning of washing the feet. I who stand before you, washing your feet Peter; I am showing you that within you is a consciousness, which is pure. And it is the actual life of God. And I am serving that life of God in you and in myself and in everyone I meet, letting that life live itself through my conscious awareness of its presence; keeping my consciousness on that life – not on duality, not on a denial of the presence of that life, but rather on the presence of that life.
Now, some of you have been involved in worldwide movements to do good in this world and have thought that you are really doing good. But you haven’t known that you are working in the creation that is not the creation of God. What can you find in a divine creation that needs improvement? You’ve been working in a world of images. You’ve been working in the world that is not your Father’s kingdom. And even when you succeed in it, all you can do is change an image in the world that is not your Father’s kingdom to a better image. And it is still not your Father’s kingdom when it is a better image.
Whereas the way of the Father is “Is there a place now where I am not? Why not purify your consciousness of the belief that there is a place somewhere where I am not? Instead of trying to correct a world of images.”
The world of images isn’t to teach you that it needs correction. It’s to teach you how to purify your consciousness of the belief that you’re not in the kingdom of God. As long as in the world of images you see something wrong, you are not accepting in your inner consciousness that this is the kingdom of God.
That’s the purpose of the world of images. As long as you can see imperfection out there you must face it with the knowledge that it wasn’t created by God. And if you still think it’s real, you have invented a second creator. Who could put the imperfection there if there’s no other creator? Who could take God’s perfect creation and make it imperfect? And so as long as you’re still improving things you’ve missed the point.
The things that you want to improve don’t need improvement. The consciousness that put them out there needs improvement. And that doesn’t mean somebody else’s consciousness that means yours. Because the things you see out there are your consciousness made visible. Whoever else sees them that is their consciousness made visible. Our function is to purify our consciousness so that we become aware of God’s kingdom here on earth.
And to clarify the picture then: you have a perfect divine creation here and now and there is no other. You have a perfect divine being, an infinite being, not divided into little finite beings. And that infinite being is the life that we call God, and that is the only life there is. While you are dwelling in the inner consciousness to tune out the world-mind, you must tune out the belief that there’s another life here beside the life of God. Where would it be if God is infinite? If this house that we’re sitting in now were infinite, could you ever be in another one? If God is infinite can you ever be outside of infinity?
If you’re always in infinity and God is life you’re in infinite life. Where does it divide? Where does this infinite divine life become anything other than what it is? And so we come out into the imaged world and we see four billion forms instead of knowing the one life.
We are talking now in words and you are hearing these words. And it is your belief that you are hearing them from somebody sitting up on a podium in front of you. I’d like you to realize that isn’t what’s happening. You’re hearing them inside your own self right now, just as I am hearing them inside myself right now. That’s where you’re hearing them. We’re both hearing at the same fountain, although it appears that someone outside of yourself is talking to you.
Every experience in your life is an experience within yourself that appears to be an external one. You cannot have an external experience. There is no such experience. Every such experience is a false belief. Whatever you see, you see in yourself and think you’re seeing it out there. Whatever you taste, you taste within yourself and think you’re tasting it out there. Your complete experience is within. It appears without, because it’s simultaneous. You can’t catch it. But that’s how it’s happening. Usually mortal mind in you is talking to or hearing mortal mind in someone else. Or divine mind in you is hearing divine mind in someone else or a mixture, a shadow of divine mind. Always your experience is within, and you’re thinking it’s without.
And so I want you to do this: Take an individual in the outer world, and see if you can catch this idea that that individual that you think is out there, is within yourself; within yourself just like a little TV screen within yourself. And see that individual within you on a little TV screen. And now let that person talk. And what’s happening? They’re talking within you on a little TV screen. No matter what they say or do, that’s within you on a little TV screen. And if you saw this same person on TV and they complained to you about a problem, you would look at the TV and say “Why that’s just an image on a TV screen.” That’s precisely what this world of images is. Every image is on the inner TV screen of your brain, which you think is out there.
Now those of you who can dwell with this awhile will begin to get the idea that your dominion and your purification of consciousness, is to see that every evil in the world is nothing more than a little TV screen inside your consciousness that is broadcasting a lie, an untruth. And made you believe it was external when it couldn’t possibly be, in the creation of God.
When you reduce the images of the world into this little TV screen, you will find the whole world is on this little TV screen. And you will find if you don’t let it get off the TV screen, but can keep your consciousness knowing it’s only on an inner TV screen it can’t be real out there, because God didn’t make it.
If you can never let it get off that TV screen you’ll find you’re beginning to feel the message of dominion. And I don’t care what you have out there in the world, if you won’t let it get off this little TV screen inside, you’ll have caught part of what the Master was teaching all the time. To the man on the cross standing beside him, about to be crucified like himself “I will take thee today into Paradise.” To the bond servant of the centurion “Go thy way, he liveth.” Why? All that was in the inner little TV screen, the lie about the Father.
The allness of God is the rule, the law, the fact. Where is there a thief then on a cross? In this little TV screen of the mind. Catch it at that level. Don’t fight it out there it isn’t necessary. Don’t fight Pilate out there it isn’t necessary. Catch it inside. Because it’s coming through there, at the same time as you see it outside.
Everything has to come through your consciousness before it can appear out there to your consciousness. And you catch it at the level of it happening in consciousness, you’ll see the nothingness of it. All evil in the world is in the human consciousness, that’s the only place it is. It isn’t in the world; it’s in the human consciousness. There is no world. There is only the kingdom of God.
Now, what we’re at today at this moment is something that comes only from years of dwelling with it, until suddenly it announces itself to you. And you possibly may have sensed something along these lines at one time or another. But you’ll discover your dominion is to be able to look at this world and everything in it, and bring it right back to this little television screen inside your consciousness. Maybe one inch big if you want to visualize it, just a little one-inch screen. And whatever it’s complaining about, its nothing but a little TV broadcast coming from the world-mind. That’s the place to say “Sorry, the Father didn’t bring you into this world. Is this of God or is this the world-mind?” It’s not of God you know, if it’s evil. Where is it? Who created it? No One. It’s just a television broadcast and if you leave it on, it’s going to project itself. It’s going to demand attention.
Now, in the purification of your consciousness then, you’re saying to these broadcasts from within, which have appeared to you as images in the world without “Get thee behind me!” God is a pure being. God is the essence. Is there another essence? Is there another source? Can anything formed of that essence be less than the same essence? How can you dilute the essence of God? You can’t. How can you change it? You can’t. How can you pollute it? You can’t. How can you poison it? You can’t. How can you kill it? You can’t. How can you give it a disease? You can’t. Then what are you giving these things to? To nothing, to nothing whatsoever. The essence of God is omnipresent. You simply have been fooled by a world broadcast within yourself, which makes you think it’s out there.
And don’t think for a minute that I’m trying to build a picture as a sort of a comparison or an allegory or a symbolism. I mean it factually. What isn’t created by God cannot be out there. And by reducing it to a little broadcast within yourself, you’ll find you can throttle it at the level of conscious acceptance or conscious rejection. You can throttle it. And turn your mind, your consciousness to the presence of God. And watch how that little fellow inside begins broadcasting the truth.
Every world image regardless of its name is an inner telecast that you are receiving, which seems to be out there. We’re all wired to the same world-mind and we all receive it, almost simultaneously. It’s no different than six billion TV sets. In your home you get it. In someone else’s home they get the same thing. Here you’re getting it right inside yourself at the same time as they’re getting it inside themselves. And that’s what makes everyone see it, more or less the same.
Don’t meet it out there. Any more than you would go to a television set in your home and smash it because you didn’t like the face of somebody on it. You wouldn’t heal anything on a TV set screen. Get it right here at the level of TV and see the nothingness of it. That’s all it is.
The Bible calls it “the arm of flesh.” Christian Science calls it “mortal mind.” Others will call it “universal mind.” Others will call it “Maya.” Some will call it “hypnotism, mesmerism.” But the nature of it is that it mesmerizes you by appearing to be out there, when it isn’t. And why does it come through you? Because you have also accepted the image of you as a reality, instead of knowing that you are a living soul.
Now, in our rebirth out of this image, we’re not going to throw the image away, its very useful. But we are going to live in the consciousness of the presence of God, so that in our soul feeding we are one with the One; that the one essence can flow into form instead of the duality of the world-mind; so that we are not divided from the essence, so that the substance forms us.
The Father who is greater than I, is the essence. And I am the form of that essence. And the form of that essence that I am is the infinite Christ. The substance of the Father flows as the infinite Christ. And you find your spiritual form, which is not little pieces of light held together by magnetism; which is independent of the images of the world, independent of the flood and the fire, independent of world conditions. Why, because world conditions only occur in the image world, where the image form appears. And we must learn to walk through these images, right through these images, by that consciousness, which opens itself to the pure essence and lets the essence do the work. Now, how we’re going to do that, how we’re going to open our consciousness to the essence of being, to overcome the false dominion of the world and its two powers, is going to constitute all of our work.
The real freedom will only come as we learn to look at the world of images knowing what it is, so that we fear it not, so that its false powers mean nothing to us so that we can consciously walk in Oneness, in the acceptance that God is pure. And that purity, which is infinite, is the purity of my own being. That purity overflows and overflows and overflows throughout its kingdom as my self, my being. And I can live in my pure being independent of the image world, which has been necessary to lift me and my consciousness above the level of duality.
Those images, those wheats, those tares have been very important to me. They have helped me locate the unconscious beliefs I have entertained. I have seen those beliefs as images. Now I see them not as images, but as invisible beliefs. And now I can watch them and reject them. And turn my consciousness to the Father and rest in Oneness.
Now, after three, four or five of these sessions, including the second half of this, we are going to be developing our conscious awareness of the presence of God. We have been given all of the weapons we need to do this. Nothing has been withheld. Let’s have a little rest, quiet and then we’ll have a short intermission.
Today’s Audio by Bill:
“A Temple Made By Consciousness.
Herb: I’d like to begin with an experiment. If you will find your quiet spot and take into mind someone who is not here, someone close to you, no matter where he or she is, no matter what his or her age is, a child an adult, just one person if you will. Perhaps they’re in Florida, perhaps they’re in Connecticut, wherever they happen to be. That person in consciousness is where you are to go now in your consciousness. And when you arrive let us rest in the knowledge that I am the infinite Spirit of Christ and I will rest in this place knowing my identity. I am also knowing at the same time the identity of this individual who’s home I happen to be in, in consciousness. I am not trying to influence him or her, I’m just trying to be there silently. I am the living Christ. He or she is the living Christ and I will sit in this room in consciousness while we go on with our class together. Establish your presence there and when you return home you may discover that something has happened there that made this individual aware of you. At least we’ll find out.
Now as we stand in the quiet center of our being, resting in the knowledge that the universe is where I am, for I am in oneness with God, and God is the universe and that oneness covers all that I think and do and feel, for I am not in a physical body. I want to develop the consciousness that enables me to feel the slow steady progress of transformation. I wish to place my Soul in position so that each individual experience brings me closer to Soul awareness. Never losing sight of the fact that the I that I am, is fully attained. I am drawing my human consciousness closer to the Spiritual so that the human will be absorbed into oneness with the Spirit, and eventually the human will be deleted. It will be a natural process.
As we gather our new strength as the Spirit of the Lord comes upon us, we hear the Father speak. And we go to the Bible for the words he speaks.
“These things that I have spoken unto you in Proverbs, but the time cometh when I shall no more speak unto you in Proverbs, but I shall show you plainly of the Father.”
That must have been a very welcomed moment when the Spirit advised the disciples that they would soon hear the unvarnished truth. And try to see if you can detect what is happening and who it’s happening to, because the identity of those concerned will give a major importance to us.
“At that day ye shall ask in my name and I say not unto you that I will pray the Father for you. For the Father himself loveth you because ye have loved me and have believed that I came out from God.”
This is a closely knit group, allegedly speaking is the Christ Jesus, advising the group that he came from God. But I want you to see that something else is happening. I want you to see that this is the inner Christ not Jesus talking, “I came out from God.” They are listening to the Christ of Jesus and they are listening with the Christ of their own being. This is an inner communion between Christ Jesus and the Christ of the disciples. And the idea of it is to awaken in you a similar response so that you listen with the ears not of a human being but it is the Christ of you that hears the Christ of the Master. What the Christ of you hears from the Master will not be forgotten. What the mind of you hears can be forgotten. You are learning that the operation of the Divine plan is before you when Christ speaks to Christ. And you must be that Christ. Only the truth will come and every word will bare fruit richly. So listen closely.
“I came forth from the Father.”
Now you may think again that is Jesus, but it is Christ who came from the Father. The difference will be very marked in the result.
“And I came into the world again, I leave the world and go to the Father.”
This is setting up the manner in which the Father speaks, the Christ is the mouthpiece and you are the listener to develop the awareness that this is the method of Divine edification. Always I come from the Father, the Father speaks to me, I listen to what the Father has to say, there’s nothing between me and the Father, I am the Christ and I am the true representative of the Kingdom of heaven. And when I speak to you, you being the Christ is why I speak to you. You receive direct wisdom from the Father. You receive manna from the Father. You receive all that the Father hath through the Christ which comes from the Father and which is received by the Christ of you. That is how you’re going to develop the fullness of being. That is how everything in the world that could intervene, everything in the world that could deceive does not reach you when you are tune to the Christ of the Father by the Christ of your being. This is a network that has no possible intervention from any source, it’s airtight.
And so every word you receive from the Father is a Divine command. Every word you receive from the Father is a Divine blessing and you let these blessings communicate with you so that daily you are lifted up higher and higher, you’re given further insight into the Kingdom. Things keep happening to you. It’s a Divine diet there’s nothing to compare with it in the world. Once you get it started and adhere to it you realize I am living on Divine manna. And this manna is more than information. This manna is actually your life. You are slowly being born into Christhood, as you receive the Christ of the Father. This is one of the major events in our lives. It’s the way we begin to break out of the world into the Kingdom of heaven. Nothing else can take us there except this Divine manna coming direct from the Father. You can’t receive it with the mind and you don’t even receive it from the Father you receive it from the Christ who is a representative of the Father.
Many times Jesus Christ pointed out this process. When he sat on the well and the woman at the well said, “Do I know you I don’t think I do?” And he said, “Well what are you doing here?” and she said, “Well I’m fetching some water and…” he could read her mind he had told her she had had five husbands and that meant she was a normal mortal. He was referring to the five senses when he said it. The five husbands were the five senses which were glued in to the usual run of a menial things of the world but you have a sixth husband he said, a sixth man in your life, her ears went up. I wonder how he knew and he was telling us that she was not ordinary. She might have been a person studying science of mind or some other message that is on the way up, away from the mass of messages. And then he sat on the well. That meant everything had to come through the Christ. She was getting it from the source but there was nothing in the source that brought her Divine message, the minute he sat on the well it came through him and he was imitating what is going on in the passage we’re reading.
Whenever you receive from the Divine source, so whatever you read from a book, whatever you get from a big brain, whatever you get from a human authority is not the Divine source. You never get anything second hand no matter how brilliant it is. The source is in you. The source is yourself, your center and that’s where Christ lives. And as he rams home this point again and again and again hopefully we understand that I am a Divine being and the Christ of my being is the Son of God and that’s where I get my information. Nothing else will take me up past humanhood except Christ. And he says,
“And at that day ye shall ask in my name and I say not unto you that I will pray the Father for you, for the Father himself loveth you because ye have loved me.”
You have to see how closed this is, this area that you receive the Word. You receive it from the Christ that’s loving the Christ. And unless you receive it with the Christ of your being there’s no capacity to receive it, you’ll err, you’ll think I know what he said, but you won’t. The Christ is the only way you can translate the words of Christ. It’s such a beautiful method of educating those who would be the living children of God. No man can do it.
“I came forth from the Father and I come into the world again I leave the world and I go to the Father.”
His disciples were annoyed by this. They couldn’t quite make it out. “I leave I …” too many words for them. His disciples said unto him,
“Lo now speakest thou plainly and speakest no proverbs,”
We want to know we don’t want to guess. Tell us what you want us to know, say it simply.
“Now we are sure thou knowest things needest know that any man should ask thee. By this we believe that thou camest forth from God,” we know that, “but what have you got to say to us.”
Jesus answered them,
“Do you now believe?” they hadn’t been certain at one time. “Do you now believe? Behold the hour cometh. Ye is now come that you shall be scattered. Everyman to his own and shall leave me alone and yet I am not alone because the Father is with me.”
Now you see the identity is plainly marked. You’re not hearing the Father. You’re not hearing Jesus, you’re hearing the Christ of Jesus.
“These things have I spoken unto you that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.”
No matter where your disciples go now because you’re tune to me who has overcome the world you will find that you have overcome the world you will find that you have overcome the world, or at least you will learn how. The important phrase here is I have overcome the world but I am not just separate from you, you are listening, you are close, you are in me, I am in you. This is the point that the disciples in him and he in the disciples all benefit from his having overcome the world. I presume you remember what that means?
Number 1 he said to Pilate, “you have no power over me,” this man could crucify him so why couldn’t Pilate have power over him because “I have overcome the world.” Now that means two things. I know there is no world. I know that the world is a belief and that belief I have overcome. I have overcome the belief that there is a world. There can’t be a world if there is a Kingdom. There can’t be a world if God didn’t create it. There can’t be a world if the only creator didn’t create the world. The world is a duplicate, a counterfeit, an imitation. The world is not created by the Father but by the world mind and I have overcome the world and everyone in the world has not overcome it. Very few in the world have overcome it and are living under the guidance of the world. Not under the guidance of God. They’re living in a good and an evil world, living in the belief in duality, living in the belief in sickness, living in the belief in all kinds of negativity, that’s the world I have overcome. And when you go out from me you will find I will not deceive you with things that are in the world because I have overcome the world. No one who knew Jesus and learned to love the Christ of his being and the Christ of Jesus was ever given wrong information. Each was on a secret mission, a secret lifting process that his Soul would open up, and his Soul opened up to understand the nature of the Kingdom of God, the nature of individual identity as Christ.
“I have overcome the world. These words spake Jesus”. “Father the hour is come, glorify thy Son that thy Son may also glorify thee.”
This is before crucifixion, quite a bit before. This is the sign that the glorification of the Christ as the sole teacher of mankind. As a source of all Divine information. There’s no second source. We acknowledging the inner Christ of our being, acknowledging the infinite Christ which brings us guidance, leads us slowly patiently, just like a mother to the invisible Kingdom. This is our breakdown of authority into the Kingdom. This is our narrow path. Nothing can intervene.
So now we take an assessment of who we are, where we are. I am the Christ of the Father. You look at me and you think, “Oh that’s a man.” You look at her and and you say, “Oh that’s a woman.” But that’s not a woman and this is not a man the name is Christ. And it must be Christ if you want to receive from the Christ, from the infinite Christ of the Father you must be thee Christ because the only balancing factor is Christ to Christ it cannot come any other way. If you’re a human being you’ve just thrown away a couple of thousand years.
Let’s go with the plan and say “That woman is Christ. That man is Christ.” Forget he outer garment. Everyone who is Christ is geared to the Son of the Father who treats us royally, brings us the information, the transformation, the total inventory of everything we need to make the translation out of the body into the body of the Soul. And you can say to any human being on earth, “help me”, there’s nothing he can do for you. You must go to the Christ of your own being and let’s go there now because we’re going to strengthen that which is the faculty which opens us up and raises us to a new realm. At this moment there should be an awareness of immortality in every one. The belief that we were mortal is gone. The knowledge that we are not mortal is here. If we linger with the belief in mortality you will find that you cannot start even because there’s no Christ in a mortal being. The habitation of Christ must be in immortality, you’re compelled to start there, you’re compelled to accept immortality, it’s the prerequisite that begins your journey.
All the disciples are learning this and you are a disciple. There’s nothing John or Peter or James was, that you are not. We are the disciples of the Christ and our tuned consciousness lifts us up to the level where the Christ can speak to us, and we can hear, but we are first filling all essentials that we must be the servant of God, we must have stricken all material thought from our consciousness and even if we haven’t succeeded we have at least made the effort, and everything you do is known to the Father. Everything you do spiritually is known. You’re always under the microscope you think perhaps, nobody sees me. If they don’t see you it’s because you are a mortal the minute you get a tincture of immortality you get under the microscope, and that visibility under the microscope grows as your immortality increases, your spirituality increases. The more you are moving toward the Father the more the Father is aware of the presence.
“As thou has given him,” thy Son that is “Power over flesh that he should give eternal life to many as thou has given him.”
This is pointing up the authority of the infinite Christ to give eternal life to whoever can accept Christhood. When we seek eternal life we don’t know any other place to go but this Christ, this perfect Son of God. Which is called the way shower or the prototype, the achieved one, the one who made from the earth to the Kingdom of heaven in spite of every obstacle, in spite of crucifixion and proved that “I have overcome the world.” He said I have overcome the world before he overcame it, before we saw that he had, but he had overcome it already, he had overcome it long before his crucifixion. And now he’s teaching us how he did it, how we can do it.
We won’t do it in the visible way we think we will do it, but we will do it by a slow transformation of consciousness, from material belief, from the belief that I am a man or a woman, that I am the flesh, with a slow growing sureness that I’m not the flesh at all. That I don’t have a body that I thought I had that can die. That my Soul faculties will take the place of my sense faculties. The senses which deceive me into thinking that what I see is real. And my mind shall be the Christ mind. And all these things that I am developing the realization of, I was born with them. They were my heritage before the world. They are now coming to the fore. I am learning that I have the Christ mind. I have a Soul. I have a Divine body. I have a Divine life. I learn that all my fellow men have the same qualities. And that as we awaken into the truth and learn about ourselves one by one as I develop my Christhood, my Spiritual body and walk invisibly through this world in that body, someone will come up to me and will indicate he or she is ready. I will become their teacher and each one will start to expand the Christ truth. We start out with this little band of men, just twelve then eleven. And from that we will see that the world is slowly being Christed. They’re not being put into this religion or that religion, they’re being Christed. They’re not believing in a separate God who’s in a heaven, who’s upstairs, they’re believing in the power of the infinite force. This is not a personal thing, a personal God this is the only God.
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“And this is Life eternal. That they might know thee the only true God and Jesus Christ whom thou has sent”
Now then to know the only true God in Jesus Christ whom thou has sent. Does that mean that no other religion can know God? After all no other religion has Jesus Christ. We have to see that what is said here does not mean that Jesus Christ is the only representative of God. Jesus was the man who surrendered his human life to the Christ. And therefore we’re speaking of Jesus Christ, but Christ and God are the so-called team, and Christ and God are the team in any religion. Christ isn’t confined to one religion. Christ is the identity to every single person on the earth. And so Jesus Christ was the force that developed out of a man, just a man on this earth. He discovered his Christhood, but Lord you’d have to go way back to find out when. Before the floods. Certainly before anything in the Bible, before the world. So the name Jesus is important only because the name Christ is not a name. Christ is reality. Christ is reality in every country of the universe. If an individual had brought himself into Christhood in any country of the world he’d been glorified of the Father. So let us not think that we’re talking about a Christian religion as the only, we’re talking about those who live in Christ whatever their name, whatever their religion.
“I have glorified thee on the earth. I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. Now oh Father glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.”
Now that glorification is going to come a certain way. Jesus Christ will be revealed as the immortal self and the glorification will be his putting himself into a position where death is imminent, death is the only possible end for the man and the glorification is that he proves that he has overcome the world and cannot die. The crucifixion fools even those who would crucify him. They do not see the body of Spirit in which he lives. He has the Christ body. Each of us is looking at a picture of our self. When he says that he has the Christ body he is saying to us, “You have the same body.” You are the same Christ, as the Father has glorified Jesus the Christ, he will glorify anyone who has attained the Christ. And when you have the Spiritual body you will never walk off the earth.
This heritage is the aim for all men and all women. There is not one who will attain or ten who will attain, every single Soul on earth will attain. The Father made total perfection. As time goes some will attain earlier, others will attain later. Each one who does attain will be a source of teaching and inspiration for those who are still to go. This is mankind’s future but it is also mankind’s present. You cannot attain Godship you have to born that way. You have to have been in the world before birth was invented. It’s a natural reality of the so-called human mortal who has lived under hypnosis for thousands of years and the belief that he is a human being, a mortal being, an undeveloped individual, whereas all of the Divine capacities are in each us awaiting the recognition of the individual. No matter what you may have, you don’t have it. Perfection never changes. You must realize that the human appearance of you is not you. The human appearance is your concept self, your imitation self, and you must slowly learn to overcome the world mind which deceives you daily and thinks you are a mortal struggling for existence and you actually are a Divine being perfect as your Father. Never let it be thought for a second that the Father can create a Divine being and then uncreate him. We’re all God’s you know. One infinite being.
Now let’s take that name “I” because that is the name of God. And I, no matter what I look like or what I seem to be, no matter what I think, even if I disown divinity I still am. I can’t stand any other possibility what I am, I am. And the Father says, “I am Divine”. So you may consider yourself a low caste or high caste. You may consider yourself fortunate. You may consider yourself born on the wrong side of the tracks or the right side of the tracks, it makes no difference. God knows you as a Divine self. Some day you will attain it and join others who are Divine selves and all of you will realize that we are only one self. We appear in separate forms but we’re not. I think you may remember the scene after the crucifixion, when the various people involved down there were trying to tear apart his garments, and they couldn’t tear one garment, they wouldn’t separate. That’s the clue to you and the clue to me. The inseparable divinity. All appearing separate but not separable because we are one being. And all there is on this earth is one being. That’s something we’re going to have to learn. No matter how high or low you may think another one is, he’s the same being as you. He’s wearing a different coat of skin but the skin is not the man nor what is inside the man. The man is the one being. The one infinite life. The one infinite Christ.
Now let’s take that into consideration please, because if you don’t have your identity you’re going to be in a world just like a leaf floating in a raging river. You’ve got to have your identity, and if you keep it to yourself fine, but you’ve got to know that I infinite is my name. You’ve got to know that. I may be any profession, I may be a housewife, I may be anything in the world but it’s not what I am. But there’s one garment that doesn’t separate and that’s the garment of the infinite Christ. Your it, whether you like it or not and I’m sure you’ll like it.
Now let’s identify then inwardly, always inwardly because the world is not ready to take I am the infinite being, but you must know it! And it takes this knowledge to turn away that which you might call is an alien creature. Whatever is not you is turned away by the knowledge that you are you. If there is not this wall up of who I am, you’re an easy prey for anything on the earth, but when you have the knowledge of who I am, you will find that the Light of your being expressed by your knowledge of it is the power, it’s the invisible power of the man, of the woman. The Light of your being expressed and believed. And then as you find out that it’s true, and you’ll live more of yourself, you find you have the capacity to do wonderful things. To share the knowledge. To bring the Light into relationships. Wherever you are there will be something there that cannot be moved into the world of the days events. Something that is of the Father, something that has a different appearance, a different weight to it, a different structure to it, something that invisibly is Divine. And that is what you will be bringing to everything that you do to everyone you know and to your family, to your business, to everything that you’re connected with. Divinity is part of everything you’re connected with and if you are it, then you’re letting your Light shine. And with it you can walk through any situation and it will change. You’ll find in lawsuits, in miraculous effect that the truth has on the people involved in living, in every endeavor. If you’re a lumber a laborer who earns his food by the sweat of his brow, there is that Divine quality that you bring out, you’ll find that there is something different in your life. Something that makes you special. Whatever you are, it is lifted up by what you know you are and that’s the most important part of it. The knowledge in you that I am Divine. And as I listen to the Christ of my being and it directs me I become more and more aware that I truly am the Christ, because the Christ doesn’t speak to people, the Christ only speaks to Christ. Start listening again. Make it a point. In a few days give it priority. It will help you identify yourself in such a way that you will be assured of one thing in this world that I am no longer a human being. That is an outmoded idea. The truth is – and I didn’t know it – but the truth is that I am the immortal self, known as Christ, right now!
On that I want to meditate. It’s important that we hammer that home so that when everyone leaves this seminar they have come with a different identity than the one they leave with.
This is a Christ realization meditation.
I accept and I am true to that acceptance by living in the belief that I am the Christ and my actions will show forth my belief. What can I shrink from? Nothing. Even David, there he was, took off his armor why? Because the Christ does not shrink from Goliath and the Christ always vanquishes. This was the lesson of David and Goliath. The appearance is the small one and the big one. Christ is not a size. Christ is the flame of God. Someday you will realize that the flame of God is infinite. A flame that was on the earth before the sun. And it is now on the earth invisibly. It is the flame that is composed of Christ infinite. When I start to think of myself as part of that flame I correct it, that’s not true. By the strangest reasoning you can ever find each of us is the total flame. We’re not divided into little individual Christ’s we’re all one Christ.
When you bring this knowledge into everything you do, into everything that you plan, you will find a new power in your life. If you’re in a state of change, where’re in one situation and must go into another one and you don’t what situation would be or should be, don’t go into it as a human being, first assert your Christhood to yourself. The situation will then change and you’ll be where you should be. Believe it, this is magic. That is the truth.
You have the healer within yourself for every situation. The Christ of you has overcome the world. Prove it.
The Christ of you isn’t living just today, the Christ of you is living and there’s a complete future that you will experience in the future, Christ is already there. That’s why you may hear things from the Christ within which may not happen for quite a while. The Christ of you is not dead, the Christ is living in what you consider the past. The past, the present and the future the Christ lives in all three now. But you are the Christ. You haven’t yet learned to live in the present, the future and the past at one time. But Christ does and you are the Christ, you’ve got a little catching up to do to learn where you are. By the same token the Christ can do things you wouldn’t dream of, but the Christ has done them and is doing them now. In time you will learn what the Christ of your being is doing. There maybe difficulties ahead only because you have blocked out the Christ in your life. The Christ is a perfect being and if you are still on the up, still learning about the Christ you may encounter these difficulties. But nothing in the Christ is not complete, the Christ is compete and full. We each have to learn the fullness of the perfect Christ. That’s what we should be about our business now. When we’re about he Fathers business we’re learning that we are the Christ of the Father, that the Christ is perfect and we must learn what that means in our lives. Start with the truth the lie is over. Start with the Christ.
“The glory which you gave me I have given them, that they maybe one even as we are one.”
The infinite Christ is calling to itself everywhere in you, in him, in her that we may be one., but you may recognize that you are not talking to your brother or your friend, you are talking to yourself.
Take a peek on the ‘Sermon on the Mount’, chapters five six and seven Matthew. You may not particularly be able to find the meaning of every word and the meaning of every phrase but realize that it’s spoken to, spoken of, spoken by, ONE, who is trying to teach you that you are the Christ, and if you read it from that standpoint it’ll probably be the first time that you’ve read it from that standpoint. I the Christ, I’m going to read what this says about me. And everything it says about you will be seen from a different point of view and appreciated. You’ll understand what it means partially to be the living Christ when you read it from that standpoint. I the Christ am reading it. Teaching me how to be an infant before I become an adult. It’s teaching me things about myself that I don’t even know. Chapter five six and seven of Matthew, The Sermon.
“I alone and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that thou has sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”
You see Jesus speaking out loud, the Christ is saying “The love of the Father is yours as it has been his.” This is directly to you to let you know that you have not been left out. That you’re an integral part, that you are the self, but there’s no way for the self to leave out the self. It’s always telling you what you are, not what you’re going to be, what you can depend on being.
“Father I will that they also what thou hast given me be with me where I am that they may behold my glory which thou hast given me for thou lovest me before the foundations of the world.”
That’s telling you about your ancestry. He’s speaking about you. “That thou lovest me before the foundations of the world” – He’s telling you that you existed before the foundations of the world. So dig in and find out the fullness of your stature. You’re not a person to pass in time. That’s not who you are. You’re not here one day and gone the next. You’re not here for a few years and off you go. You existed before the foundations of the world. He’s showing your permanent stability, not the physical self, not the fleshly self, the Divine self, the Christ self. We’re being asked to accept our self without any finite self boundaries. Always he’s building up our knowledge that we never were once out of existence that we are the being that is the being, that has no Father to give it birth, because it is before birth. Try to capture that truth. The whole human concept is obliterated.
Now if we can grasp all of this, just dwell in it. We begin to lose the personal idea of self. I know I’m trying hard to cling to this shape that I’m in, this body I’m in, this brain I have but all of this is taking me out of it. I’ve got this little facsimile of a person and I’m trying to be that person. Jesus Christ is telling me, “You’re not that person, you were here before the foundations of the world. You’re infinite, you’re Divine”, all of these incredible things that I can’t begin to imagine, and yet that’s what I’m to be true to. That’s what he’s telling the Father openly that he wants for us to realize who we are. There will come a time when somehow you will have to realize it. Something will try to bring you down to a level of a person and it will suddenly be a source of rebellion on your part. “What you want to make me one of these little midget creatures.” That’s not me at all. I can’t accept that. The Bible tells me who I am. And now I’m going to be who I am.” I’m going to grow in my concepts of who I am until I can truthfully say, “I am ready to live as the Father wants me to live as the Divine image and likeness. That’s who I was made as, that’s who I will be.”
I know you can’t get it because it’s too big for any of us to get the fullness of what is said, but we have to live with it, and we have to prevent the forces of the world from taking it from us. It’s been too long that we’ve been without it. So the strides become longer, the thoughts become deeper, the consciousness grows, something happens to us, and we begin to show that we have changed. We are closer to what we are than what we have seemed to be.
Tomorrow we’re going to discuss time. It’s an interesting subject. It has the capacity from releasing us from the false boundaries we have set. So that our day is just passed it’s all gone, never to return. We’ll find time isn’t that way at all, timelessness is something different. When we look into it we’ll fit it into our concept that has changed a bit and we’ll begin to see how time rounds out when it’s attacked from a standpoint of not dying time, but living time. Time that never goes off the earth. Not time that passes. A time that always lives becomes not time, but eternally what it is. That eternal reality has been shortened and dwarfed into time on this earth.
“Awareness Breaks Attachment”
Herb: Good evening everybody. We have a very interesting subject today. The way to the realm of heaven on earth, to opening the consciousness, to witnessing the Creation of God as It is, in all its harmony, only comes through meditation. There is no other door. Unfortunately, the world has not realized this. It is only now about ten years since the idea of meditation became known throughout the world. Until then, most of us walked in one of two ways: in Orthodoxy or Metaphysics, completely unaware that the teaching of the Master was to go within to a new dimension of ourselves. And although many of us now have established the regular habit of meditation, it is a very common occurrence to notice that in spite of our good intentions, our dedication, our understanding of principles, we are still pursued by problems.
So, we have a right to say to ourselves why, if I am doing all that I know how to do and applying myself with sincerity and loyalty, why do I not show forth the fruits of meditation? Why do I solve one problem to turn around and face another? Why does my situation in life remain so unstable? Why do we fluctuate in health? And why are we always drawn into the world’s problems so that somehow instead of having the dominion we are given in the Bible, we find ourselves subject to inflation and deflation and war, racism, inhumanity, and a long inventory of the ills that beset us? When will my meditations bear the fruit that I had every reason to expect they would?
Now, if this were a beginner’s class, we would go over the basics very carefully. We would outline the purpose of meditation, the techniques, the barriers and we might have some special tips that would help you meet them. And we shall try to do all of these things today, but it would be a disservice to you if that were all we did. If that is all we did today, five years from now many of us would still be saying, why don’t my meditations bear fruit? And so we have to do something more today. We have to roll away a stone that we do not know exists. We have to find and understand one missing link, which is possibly the greatest barrier between a successful meditation, and a mediation that never kindles the fire. And so we must come to, not a quasi or pseudo truth. We must come to an ultimate truth. A truth that never deviates. A truth that is Absolute. And when we understand that truth, we will know what stone must be rolled away in order for a meditation to take root.
Some years ago, there was a book and it was either called Bridie Murphy or the story of Bridie Murphy. And as you remember, this woman knew all about her past lives and wrote about them. Not only did she know about them, but she was able to speak about all that she did with such intimate detail, down to the actual dialects and languages, the costumes, the idioms of the day, so that everything was recreated with no effort simply by memory recall. Many people were astounded because here at last seemed to be proof that we all had these many previous lives, because this woman with unerring detail was able to present many years which she would have no way of knowing about except through a total recall. And so, men came from many parts of the world to interview her and when they did they discovered to their complete astonishment that everything rang with authority. She gaily told them this and that and there was no place they could find a flaw. Authorities walked away baffled, they had to admit this looked like the real thing.
It was one of the biggest frauds in all of literary, of the literary world. Such a perfect fraud that even the author was unaware of it. Under hypnosis, this woman had been fed information completely taking into her mind all the facts that later, when out of hypnosis seemingly normal, seemingly like everyone else, she recalled with no problem whatsoever. So that she herself believed the things she was writing. She had no way of knowing that the things she was writing were given to her in a period of trance and that she was now merely parroting that which had come, not through psychic recall of many yesterdays and many past lifetimes, but she was merely responding now in this post hypnotic state to the stimuli given to her during the trance. This still is not common knowledge, at least not publicly.
Now recently, there was an article parallel to this, which bears a great importance in today’s discussion. It is about a representative in New York who did the following, this is a United Press release. Representative Allard Lowenstein of New York plans to introduce a bill tomorrow, to curb the use of hypnotism in police investigations, which one psychiatrist says can make people honest liars. To support his opinion Lowenstein conducted a demonstration of the power of the hypnotic trance at a news conference yesterday. Charles Schneider, a forty year old, New York City businessman was hypnotized and fed information about some mythical Blue Berets. Later newsmen could not shake Schneider of his conviction that the recent Green Berets case was really a cover-up for the top secret Blue Berets who kept the Vietnam war going and were responsible for campus disorder and racial unrest. Schneider even feared for his life.
Now, Dr. Herbert Spiegel, of Columbia University, had this to say, What we are doing here today in court is often done unwittingly by police and prosecutors. The power of suggestion made under pressure can induce a hypnotic trance in some people and make them honest liars. Medical data suggest that one in five Americans is capable of going into a self-induced hypnotic trance. Lowenstein’s bill then would prohibit anyone from being hypnotized in a clinical proceeding unless he had given permission after being informed of the nature and the risk of hypnosis, and the qualifications of the hypnotist. The Congressman said, That the most flagrant abuse of hypnotism occurred in 1966 when a Connecticut hairdresser was convicted on a narcotics charge. And the prosecution failed to disclose that one of its witnesses had been hypnotized and the federal court has ordered a new trial.
Now take you and make believe that you were this man Charles Schneider. You consider yourself level headed, and you are hypnotized into the beliefs that he was hypnotized into. So now you are convinced that the Blue Berets are really the power behind the Green Berets. The Green Berets are a front, they are prolonging the war, they are provoking campus disorder, and not only do you know this, but because you know this you know that your life is in danger and you fear for your life. Now this happened in open court to demonstrate that the human mind, when under hypnosis and fed certain information, will cling to that information, fight for it, and defend it, with unshakable conviction. We were really seeing, unknown to those who made the demonstration in court, the nature of the hypnotism that affects everyone, not one in five.
For example, we are told in scripture that God is present everywhere, omnipresent and what is more, the only One. Now, if you look around this room for God, everywhere you look you will be thwarted. Instead of seeing God, who is ever-present and the only One, you are going to see your neighbor. You are going to see people in a classroom. Oh, where is God? Scripture also tells us that the spiritual universe is here at hand now. The harmonies of this Spiritual universe are here. Scripture also tells us that we were created in the Divine image and likeness. And you realize that it is not very likely that the Divine image and likeness ever goes to a hospital or has an accident on the freeway, or in some way has troubles of any kind. So wherever you look you are not seeing that Divine image. You are not seeing the Spiritual universe. You are not seeing God. But that is all there is. I am the Lord thy God and besides me there is none other. If you can look at what is, but not see it, and see what is not, you are hypnotized. And what is the difference if you say that the Green Berets are the front for the Blue Berets, or if you say I am sick, I am unhealthy, I am unwell. The Divine image is your name and your hypnosis is that you are not the Divine image. You are unwell, you have a problem, you are not Spiritual Being you are flesh and blood. This is your hypnosis.
Do you know anyone who is not under the hypnosis of the belief that he could be sick, that he could lack funds that he could be limited, that he must die? Is there anyone who is immune to this hypnosis? And therefore, when you try to meditate while under this hypnosis, you cannot receive the fruit of the meditation. Just as this man feared for his life and was unshakably convinced and probably would still remain convinced if he were not taken back into trance and given the truth, to be freed from his false conviction. We too must be taken into Truth to be shaken from the false conviction that there is an imperfect world in which we walk. Because, we do have that conviction that this is an imperfect world, we know it because we have seen it and we have experienced it. But so did this man experience Blue Berets.
Now, one of the Absolute Truths we must learn to face as students of Truth is that what we call human vision is but a concept. What we call a human hearing is but a concept. What we call human experience is but a concept. All that we know humanly represents our sensory evidence, but the senses themselves are physical: we have a physical eye, a physical ear, the organs of the body are physical, and we have a physical heart, a physical brain, and physical lungs. And if they are not perfect, could they have been made by God? Did God make anything physical?
We find that we must worship God in Truth and in Spirit. We find that God’s Creation is Spirit not matter. And therefore the hypnosis consists of the belief that matter is here, physicality is here, and we believe it because we trust what our senses report. But the very senses themselves are physical matter and they were not created by God. And so the faculty, which we trust to deliver us truth, is a faculty that was not God created and has no capacity for Truth. It makes us believe that which is not real, that which is not true. And we, like this man walk out with the unshakable conviction that this that I know is truth, when it is not truth but rather the lie based upon the non-existent false physical senses which were not created by the Father.
The entire teaching of Jesus is based upon the fact that the human race is under the hypnosis of the senses and the mind. That every man, every woman, and every child on the earth for all times, up to this moment, completely walks in the hypnosis of the senses, and that we are sleep- walkers actually walking in the kingdom of heaven on earth without realizing it.
Now then, when you sit down to meditate, who is sitting down to meditate? The individual, who is a physical being with five senses and a human mind, and he says to himself I have been doing this for five years but nothing happens. He can do it for another five hundred and nothing will happen. Because before you have the right to expect an audience with God, you must come to God’s terms. I am the Lord thy God and besides me there is no other. Now, what is the physical image sitting down to mediate going to achieve if he has himself here and God there, in duality, in twoness, when the very purpose of all mediation is the realization of Oneness?
Do you see the stone that must be rolled away before you are even ready to seek the Word of God within you? The stone is this, and perhaps the best way to find it is to meditate along with me right now. We are going to do what you should be doing every morning of your life until this is so completely your way, your understanding, your consciousness that you are doing it everywhere at every moment without even trying. Rolling away the stone of a human personality.
Now I would be one with God.
I would love to listen to the still small Voice.
To dwell, in the secret place of the most high.
To know God aright.
To live in the realm of truth, of reality.
And my journey within cannot really begin for three reasons:
– I cannot insult God by having a problem for the Father has stated that his universe is perfect.
– I cannot insult God by bringing in a human physical being for God created none. All was created in the Divine image and likeness of Spirit.
– I cannot insult God with a false identity or with a false error.
I must go into meditation on the terms set down by God that I be pure at heart, Blessed only are the pure at heart, theirs is the kingdom of heaven, they shall see God face to face. I must do something that my human mind has refused to do. And I begin with accepting the Master Jesus as my guide. You shall know the truth and the truth will make you free. And I am ready now, I want to know the truth that will make me free.
All right the truth we will begin with is God is All and God is Spirit. Is that the whole Truth? No it is not. I might just as well say that birds fly. That will not help me to fly. It is only an approach to the truth. God is all. What is the other side of the coin? The hypnosis that I must overcome is that God is not all, and that there is a me here, as well. That is the beginning of the entrance to the doorway of meditation. God is All. God is Spirit and therefore, there is no me here, there is only God here. Ye shall know the truth and only the truth shall make you free. Are you ready for the truth that you are not here and God is? If you are, you are ready to meditate. If you are not ready, you may continue in your method and wonder why the fruits do not come from your meditation.
You will find that as you roll away the stone, of I, me, the self, the person, the personality, the physical being, being a reality, you will be admitted to the secret place of the most high, to the living Word of a living God. And you will receive in your meekness that of the Father, which is necessary for your present experience.
It isn’t the question or realizing oneness, through the meditation, but accepting it before the meditation. God is the only. The only presence in this room, in this world, in this universe. The only presence where each of us stands is the invisible God. And when you do this in preparation for your meditation, you will find that you are the prodigal returned and the Father’s arms are stretched out, opened wide saying, Son I am so glad you returned. That is only the beginning. But it is the great stone that all of us have failed to roll away. And in our duality, in our house divided, we were unable to receive the grace, the harmony, the fruits, the joys, the one perfect Self expressing where we stand.
Now, once you accept this when you awaken in the morning and you try to enter the spiritual realm, always you will see the barrier, which somehow prevents you from making the contact that is so vital to making your day a day in the kingdom instead of in the world. So each day you roll that stone away you are dying daily to the self. The self that God did not created in order that the Divine image and likeness of your true Being may reveal Itself. And as we do that now, there will be an activity in your mind, which refuses to let go. In your first attempts to do this, the activity of that mind will be the strongest. But it cannot win. The Self of you, the Real Self, has been given dominion. And the struggle now is, will the mind dominate or will you dominate that mind. It insists on a life of its own apart from God.
Your Spiritual consciousness tells you that just at the wave and the ocean are one, I and the Father are one, not two. There is not an ocean and waves, but they are the waves of the ocean. And I and the Father are One. The Father is individualized as the I that I Am. There is no separation between God and I. There is no place where God ends and I begin. There is no place where you can say, Here is me, and over there is God. There is no place where the wave is separated from the ocean. There is no place where the Son of God is separated from the Father. Nor is there a place where a wave is separated from another wave. All are in Oneness. And we learn to accept this that there is no real separation between me and any individual in all of time and space. We are all One in infinite Spirit. And that infinite Spirit is the only reality—the only presence, the only law, the only substance, the only activity and that is the activity of my Being.
Now, I am ready to dine at the table of God. Now I can be still. I have erased the me that is not. There is no one here but the Spirit of God, the Presence of the Christ. In this you find stillness is automatic. You are in the silence because the stone of mentality and all that it brings to you, has been rolled away.
I know from experience that each day as this is practised, it deepens until there really is a realization that there is no me present. Me has never been on this earth. There never was a me. There has only been God appearing through human sense as this me and that me and the other me. Only the One Being ever harmonious, ever perfect and ever present everywhere. And now the peace begins to steal in as I learn there is no me to fear about. There is no me that is subject to external powers. There is only God being throughout the universe – everywhere. Wearing the image mask that the human mind gives to personality. Only the One Infinite Self exists.
I begin to feel this, to know this and as I feel it and know it, I begin to feel the substance of God where I stand. I begin to know the contact which is confirming the truth that there is no separation and never has been between the Son and the Father. It has all been a hypnotic separation. Not a real one. I can never be separated from my Father and my Father does not end at a certain place and then I begin, we are One. I and the Father are truly One, without separation.
In this acceptance, in this self-crucifixion, resurrection is almost instantaneous. And as the self-crucifixion continues, the resurrection is quickened. The health is restored. The supply appears. The harmony becomes manifest on all levels of our experience. The presence that we are acknowledging to be the only one, reveals Itself as the only One. And only the laws of the Divine become visible in our experience. The fruit falls off the vine as supply, health, harmony, peace, beauty, love, truth, assurance and confidence that where I stand is the Father. That is why this is holy ground. We have never been separated nor can we ever be.
Now my meditation, the meditation in my heart, is actually God expressing, revealing, inspiring, directing, feeding, sustaining, maintaining, glorifying Itself. The stone is completely gone. It doesn’t have to be rolled away. It was only there as a hypnotic suggestion. The false belief, that the Father could be separated from the Son. We have left the land of the senses and enter the eternal now, right in the present. And there is no one who cannot benefit this way. We are restored to the reality of being. We are made whole and complete. We lose the fear that there is such a thing as old age, or powers that can torment me. We learn that this very presence that we feel within us also goes before us. It remains behind us. It blesses and prospers every act. It is reality. And it is our own Being we are speaking about.
Now that is the first and major error to overcome. In all of the meditations, of the people of this world, wherever you have an individual going into mediate in order to find human betterment, or better health, or better conditions—you have duality. And you have a guaranteed failure in that meditation. There is nothing we can seek in a meditation successfully, because you must go into the meditation with the realization that there is no error in the universe of God. There is no error on this earth for this is the universe of God.
When you go into your meditation, pure at heart, leaving your problems outside in the realization that those are problems of a false me, a false personality, of a hypnotized individual. When I go into this meditation I must know, that I cannot expect God to come into my living room if it is untidy. I cannot expect God to enter a habitation that has not been prepared for the Holy Presence. And so I must offer the purity, the oneness, the awareness that where I stand there is no error, there is no problem. I must accept that I am under hypnosis if I believe there is a problem, and that this is not the kingdom of God and I must reverse that. So I accept here and now, that because the presence of God is everywhere, and there is no other. This is the kingdom of God and all error must be a hypnotic influence without substance or reality.
Now, I am acknowledging Him in all my ways with heart, mind, body and soul. And I will not pin error on my neighbor. I will love him supremely as myself. What have we done? We have recognized that all of the individual waves are really the ocean and we have misperceived the ocean, we have misperceived God. But that doesn’t change God. God Is. There is nothing you can think or say or do that will change God, Is-ing. And where is God now? What is God doing this very minute? Being God. Being the law of His universe. But where is it, tucked away in a corner somewhere? This is it. But the senses cannot report it and that is the nature of hypnotism. That is making a Blue Beret and creating errors that do not exist.
So, don’t go into meditation to improve yourself, to heal yourself, to remove errors. You are making a mistake. Go into meditation with the acceptance of the presence of God where you stand, which presence automatically makes impossible the presence of any error where you are. And as you do this, you will feel the fruit of it. You will feel the contact. You will feel the presence and you will dissolve the false sense of self, which is reporting a claim that can never be true.
We are watching many students come into this confidence and their health is showing it, and their claims are diminishing. And their lives are beginning to show a glory they had never suspected existed in their own being. They are glorifying the Father instead of the human personality. Their meditations are deepening and bearing fruit because they are knowing the truth that sets them free before they go into the meditation. They are doing the preparatory work. They are rolling away the false sense of self. They are removing the barrier, which causes the belief in duality. They are realizing the oneness that exists, not to be sought, to be found, but to be accepted now. There is none of us then who does not have the power of Spirit within him to be released, if we will but release our self from the belief that there is a human selfhood standing in our clothes. You may find it difficult but it is the only way.
If it were known, many of those around the world who are meditating would find that contact which they have been seeking but not finding. If it were known, we might find a greater measure of peace and freedom in the world today. But be sure that when it is known in you and practiced in you, the peace and the freedom must follow for that is Divine law. Ye shall know the truth and the truth must make you free. It is a hard truth but it is truth. It is accepting the highest dimension of your Being as the only dimension of your Being. Infinite Self, everywhere expressing and that Infinite Self must be the substance of your Being.
And then the greatest line perhaps in all of the Infinite Way, When you find the presence of God within yourself, you are one with all spiritual idea throughout infinity. You are one with the ideas of Divine consciousness everywhere. And then you see why there are absent healings. Why you can heal somebody in China. You see why the invisible mind, which knoweth your needs, can pour forth beyond your ability to receive it, that which you need, from the remote corners of the universe. Because when you have found the presence of God within yourself, you have found the kingdom of God within and it is never separated from Itself. It is always One with Itself everywhere. And so you, in the realization of the fact that the presence of God is where you stand, and only that presence, you have released yourself from false selfhood. And have learned that you are already one with the entire Spiritual universe. There is the infinite Power that can now show forth and multiply in your meditation.
Now let’s do it just once more to get the idea, and it sounds rather difficult at first, almost impossible, but after awhile it begins to be the only way. If God is all, then the major hypnosis that confronts me is the belief that I am here. I cannot be. God is not flesh and blood. God is All. Therefore that which appears as flesh and blood must be something else. And we know through our studies, through our meditation, that this something else is a mental image. A concept we entertain about our own spiritual being. The very spirit of God is your substance. And therefore, the law of your substance is spirit, divine. And that law being perfect, your substance must ever, eternally be perfect. It does not age. It does not deteriorate. It does not even change. It is eternally perfect because it is the substance of God.
This is the teaching of the Master, I and the Father are one. And as we accept this for ourselves, the great miracle of life is that there is only Divine life. All that is not Divine is not, has no existence. There is no need to fear for it. It isn’t there. There is no need to worry about it, it isn’t there. That which I Am is the Divine Self, fed by itself, sustained by itself, protected by itself, activated by itself. And so I wait upon the Lord and as Isaiah said, Those who wait upon the Lord shall fly like eagles. We shall soar out of the false into the real. Right here! Right now! In our realization that loving God supremely means there is only one Divine Self on this earth and that Divine Self is my Self, your Self, his Self and her Self. I am eliminating all false concepts. I rest in my Father. Knowing the Father alone stands where I am.
Now take another step. Something in the mind says well what about such and such. What about this and what about that. This is the recurring hypnosis that is trying to reclaim a foothold. And so right now to that recurring idea, what about this and that, you say, If I have just confessed that only God is here, then this and that other thing cannot be here. I must overcome that belief—that hypnosis, if I would be faithful to my acceptance of only God being here, I must equally know that nothing else can be here. And that is how I will overcome this world.
No, I don’t have a problem in my mouth, or toe, or foot, or heart, or brain because only God is here. Only God is here. But what about the hungry? What about those killed in war? What about those in the hospitals? Only God is here. Ever the mind will try to intrude on your new found conviction and ever must you take a whip and clean the temple of the money changer. The idea that insists, But look you can see with your own eyes there are people in hospitals. Yes, I know and I can see with my own belief that there are Blue Berets, like this man in a trance, this man hypnotized and now with his eyes wide opened fearful for his life because the front behind, the front of the Blue Berets is the Green Beret. A businessman like some of us. A normal intelligent person and that is what is represented by the idea that there are sick people in hospitals. There are people dying. There are people getting old. These are the Blue Berets, the hypnosis of the human mind, which does not accept that God, is All.
Now, that is where you will turn and live, will awaken from hypnosis, meeting this at the level of the One. Only the one! You are laying down your life by accepting your divinity and in that you have rolled away the major obstacle to a successful meditation. Again and again and again, your mind will rise up and confront you with new evidence and every time you must confront the mind with a statement – that if God is All, you have not existence. I have no human sense. I have no human mind. God is All and God does not have human senses. God does not have a human mind. God does not have a human body. I Am pure spiritual being and the hypnosis is that I am a physical human being. This we must meet again and again and again until the reality of it is clear to you. And then you will find meditation is not an effort, not a task, but an opportunity to witness miracles.
We are going to pause after a moment now and then we will return in a few minutes. Let’s make it a long intermission this time about seven or eight minutes so that we can prepare for the next level of our discussion.
If you can during the intermission, try to hold on to the idea that even though you are seeing people God is all there Is. Certainly, you can do that for five or seven or eight minutes. And no matter what you do, retain that idea in the back of your consciousness while your eyes are seeing people. While your hands are shaking with people. While your mouth is talking with people. Remember that the Allness of God never changes in spite of what images may come through the senses to the brain. And then we will be ready for the many barriers that face us. The many ways to overcome the barriers and methods of deepening and expanding consciousness through meditation. We will see you then very shortly.
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We used to believe that prophets were specially endowed. And on a bit of reflection, it becomes clearer that the difference between a prophet and one who wasn’t, is that the prophet knew about meditation. He went within, he lived inside, he listened, and he was meek unto the Father and the kingdom of God within himself. Strangely enough, this power of prophecy may well be prevalent in many more people than we know about at the moment, who simply have not tapped the inner resources of their own being. All through the Old and the New Testaments, the word about meditation was sprinkled very lightly. And, of course, we wondered why, why couldn’t they just come right out and say why don’t you meditate. Why don’t you get inside and listen and hear the voice. And the reason is that even if they were told to do that nothing would have come of it.
If you were to tell somebody to do it, you would watch them like a child swimming in deep water. It wouldn’t help them to know there is such a thing, because meditation is unfruitful until it is preceded by other things. The Truth is the key in the lock. And only when the key is in the lock can meditation release the spirit that turns the key. If you try without truth as the first requisite, you have nothing to build your meditation upon. And therefore, contemplation becomes the preparatory ground for meditation.
And now it may seem to you that we are going to fundamentals, even elementary fundamentals, but still that must be done. In our contemplation, unless we have established regular habits so that we are plumbing the depths of our own Being at regular intervals, when the time comes for silence, we find we have no capacity for it. And, therefore, it becomes a very important thing to know that unless you are on a regular basis with contemplation of truth, you will not obtain that degree of inner peace, which makes it possible for the stillness that makes meditation fruitful.
Now there are certain subjects then for the contemplation that you must develop. And you will find the higher the subject, the loftier the idea behind it, the more it will release you from human thought.
For example, if you are going to contemplate, I am going to suggest several ways to contemplate several ideas that you might consider. For example, you might begin with ten qualities of God and in this contemplation, you would with your eyes closed consider that: God is immortal. God is Eternal. God is changeless, same yesterday, the same today, and the same tomorrow. And God is ever being perfect, maintaining a perfect Divine Selfhood. A perfect Divine Universe, everywhere. And from this you can see that whatever the Father is, the Son must be. The ocean cannot impart anything less than its own qualities to the waves. God cannot give you less than God and therefore in your contemplation you are realizing that whatever the Father is, I Am.
But we just said God is immortal. Therefore I Am immortal. God is Eternal therefore I Am Eternal. God is Harmony therefore I Am Harmony. God is Love therefore I Am love. Does God see or is God Vision itself? God is all Vision, all Hearing, therefore, the quality of all Vision and all Hearing is my quality. I Am all Vision. In other words, I do not see, I Am Sight itself. I do not hear, I Am Hearing itself. All that the Father is I Am. And in this contemplation, you are accepting that because I and the Father are one, whatever the Father is I Am. What about this mortal self and the mortal experiences? I cannot be both. I am either what the Father is or I am this outer mortal self that ages and dies. And so my contemplation is revealing because I Am what the Father is, I cannot be something else as well.
I am making my transition in consciousness, in contemplation and I haven’t even begun yet to meditate. If you are not doing this, you are like a baker who wants to bake bread without dough. You must prepare the dough through contemplation and then you will bake that dough in your meditation. Unless you are contemplating high truth, when it comes time to be still, you will find your mind is a melting pot of world ideas where warfare and friction occurs and re-occurs.
So therefore, One on your list is contemplation and to put it into simple terminology, five, seven, eight, ten minutes of contemplation even if you don’t plan to meditate after it is urgent, a must. Try to contemplate, no trivia and certainly nothing of this world. Get into the eternal. What is the purpose of life? What is my eternal self? What is the meaning of eternal life? What is the meaning of I am that I am? Lift your contemplation to the vision of the higher truths. And you will find it lifts you up to a level so that in the realization through contemplation, you will be preparing the groundwork. So that when you let go of human thought, of human contemplation, you are on a level that can easily make a transition into no thought, into the silence of meditation.
Now, so much for the basic fundamental of contemplation. You should in one year have covered at least three hundred and sixty five different subjects or repeated many of them until you have distilled from them, a newer, higher meaning that you had before your contemplation. And the correct technique there is upon completing your contemplation to move directly into and, Now Father that is far as I can see and understand, now reveal to me that which is and you release your contemplation and listen to the Father. But if you walk in cold it is like taking a cold shower just out of the blue, on a cold day. You can’t do it until you are very highly trained.
Contemplation then becomes a regular habit and usually at more than one interval during the day. The ideal is three minimum. I suppose you could get by on two. But why get by? The idea here is to attain the realization of the kingdom of heaven where you stand. Why avoid an opportunity to converse with God? And so your early meditation is preceded by a contemplation. In the middle of the day somewhere, somehow you can find the time and at night, of course, preferably before retiring.
Now, these become standard habits of procedure. So that if you left the house in the morning there are certain things that you know you must do. You must get dressed. You must find your driver’s license or your car-fare. You must check yourself in the mirror to see if your collar is straight, if your face is smudged, how you look, whether or not everything is shipshape, and now you are off. But, what have we forgotten? The most important part. What good is sending that image out into the world until Oneness with God is established? What can an image do in this world but live in an imaginary universe? More important than even your driver’s license is to establish first Oneness with God. And then the spirit goes before you on the highway, and it is behind protecting your residence that you just left. And it is prospering the details of the day with many good surprises.
And so three hundred and sixty-five days out of the year, we roll away that stone early, establishing the realization that only the Father runs this perfect universe. And therefore, there is only the law of the Father. And I contemplate the nature of Divine law, the nature of Divine power until it is clear, until I have a feeling of it, until the Presence says, and now, Be still and know that I in the midst of you am God. Rest in me, abide. And oh, when you have that, you are going to live a Divine day. Now you are on your way.
And we are told in this chapter by Joel, that quite often during the day. He didn’t say sit down and cross your legs on the highway and meditate to the stars, he said, pause a second. Now, there is no place and no time when we can’t pause a second. And so he tells us, to jog our memory to do that. And in that momentary pause just know that the presence of God which I felt this morning at home, is here now, and still goes before me and still remains behind me and will be the law of all my activity this day. That is all there is to it that momentary reminder that you are on your way. And because you said it, you will be aware of the fact that God, the invisible presence of the universe is there, cannot go away, cannot stop functioning as God, cannot stop being the only power, cannot stop being omnipotent, cannot stop being all-knowing, and therefore you are walking through the Grace of God wherever you go, realizing it, accepting it.
And now maybe it is lunchtime. And you can find ten minutes during lunchtime somewhere, somehow to sit down without haste, to dwell on another aspect of God. To contemplate God’s universe, God’s presence, God’s activity, God’s spirit, to contemplate your relationship to that spirit. And then Father: I rest now in thee to hear what you have to say about this spiritual universe of yours, about our relationship and oneness. I am still, totally still and not in haste. There is nothing that I am going to do that is more important than this moment now. Nothing is more important than my silence with God. And all you are doing is insuring that the rest of the day is going to maintain a Divine harmony and it does.
So that if any untoward news should come in the afternoon, you could face it and say to yourself, Well that can’t be there is only spiritual law, there is only Divine law, this is just another form of hypnosis and I have the strength to know it, to see it, to face it and not be concerned. Because if I were concerned I would be insulting God’s presence once more. I would be disbelieving in the presence of God. I would be worshiping the devil, instead of God. And now that the stone has been rolled away it is easier to maintain this equanimity in the face of the disturbances that pop up in everybody’s day.
And lo and behold, you know they are not there. They are pebbles in the water of the mind. But, He leadeth me beside the still waters. He maketh me lie down in green pastures. The growing unfoldment of truth is the green pasture under Divine harmony and this begins to be a very visible tangible Divine universe, for your I has been singled. The duality is gone. You are beginning to feel your way in a different universe than the world suspects is here. At night you can hardly wait to be still. That is like signing a used insurance policy. The minute you go into stillness you are divinely insured. And then while you are sleeping, it isn’t really you that is sleeping at all, you put a body to sleep—a mental image. You are still the invisible child of God, you are still Divine consciousness. And the you that is one with the Father because it is the substance of the Father, is not sleeping, that is living consciousness. It may jog you at three a.m. or four or five. It may answer a call for help while the body is sleeping. It is certainly one with the infinite spiritual universe and it is preparing your next perfect day, which it gives you upon awakening. And this second day in your contemplation there is a new kind of competence in your work. You are beginning to know, why this is my way. Try that for one year.
That reminds me of this passage in 1 Kings about earthquakes, I think I outlined it. Those earthquakes the other night, someone told me about three of the students were sitting in the Cohn Theater during the earthquake. And while others were running for the exists, screaming out shrill noises of fear, three Infinite Way students just sat there calmly, quietly, eyes closed realizing the truth and it was but a few minutes before the show resumed. I believe they felt no fear, no panic, and were obviously an instrument in helping others feel a presence that they didn’t know they were feeling. In 1 Kings this is the 19th chapter, 11th and 12th verse.
…But the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake:
Now in those days who knew what he was saying? And in these days who knows what he is saying, but a student of spiritual truth? If the Lord is not in the earthquake what is it? It is a mental image isn’t it? Is there anything that can be real if the Lord is not in it, when the Lord is everywhere? If God is omnipresent but not in an earthquake there can be none. Oh, you can feel the tremors and the building could fall down and the papers can report it, but so can a man feel that there are Blue Berets. The hypnosis of an earthquake was known to the writer of 1 Kings. The hypnosis of a whirlwind was known to the writer of 1 Kings. But God is not in the whirlwind and God is not in the earthquake, and therefore the earthquake is our sense-concept about something, which has no reality in God. And in your knowledge of this, in your stillness, because you have gone through the preparations that enable you to be still without fear, for you there is no earthquake. And that means if your home happened to be in the line of the fault of the earthquake, that fault of the earthquake would have to walk around your home. Because Divine law says that God is not in the earthquake and if you are resting in the contact of the presence of God for your home there is no earthquake. That is the meaning of God being the only power, omnipotent, the all-presence, the only. And if you include yourself in that through your spiritual work, the omnipotence of the Father must be the omnipotence of you and you do not have to lift a finger to make it so.
Son all that I have is thine. I Am Omnipotent and my Omnipotence is your Omnipotence, but don’t think that you are physical flesh and blood. You must be Spiritual being for Omnipotence to function, for it will only function in the spirit and make itself manifest in the world of flesh and blood. How? The author of 1 Kings gives us that.
And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire, and after the fire, and now he tells us why, the Lord was not in the wind, the earthquake or the fire, after the fire a still small voice. That is the Presence of God announced in you. And with it comes Omnipresence, Omniscience and Omnipotence, effortlessly doing its job of maintaining its perfect spiritual universe in which you and all that is yours is included because you are the spirit of God.
Paul had the idea, he gives it to us in Romans and that is the 7th chapter of Romans and it is the 22nd verse. Something about the inner man and also about meditation. Paul lived within this was his big secret and he says it very briefly here in Romans, 7:22. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man. Now, that is what we are doing isn’t it? Delighting in the law of God after the inward man. Everywhere you turn in scripture you are given another nudge about the importance of the kingdom within. Surely there can be no doubt that this must be the way.
Now, look at many of the errors that we make and to be sure that you do not miss them I have jotted them down. I am going to say this, that although there are possibly five thousand errors, it comes to me that one of the greatest errors is this: It is not the word disrespect that isn’t strong enough. It is a lack of reverence for the Word of God. If that reverence for God’s Word is missing, then you will find that you move very flat-footedly in a very prosaic way as if to demand of God that he gives you this and that. When that reverence is missing humility is missing, meekness is missing. But when that reverence for the Word is present, there is an automatic quickening in you, even before you enter the contemplation and meditative stages of a contemplation meditation. If you do not have that reverence for spirit, for God, for the spoken Word of God, for the inner Voice, for the spoken Word of God as revealed in all scriptures of the world, you may find this too is a very basic reason for your inability to progress faster than you have.
There must be that looking up with exalted expectancy and when you have that quality it seems to have a built-in insight to lead you where you must go. It finds the right place to be. The right time to be there. It evokes from you the proper instinct at the right time. But if you are flat, if you do not excite when the Word of God is nearby, if you do not exalt at the presence of God that is present wherever you stand, then that phase of your inability must be worked on until you are restored to this great anticipation which comes when you know that at any moment the presence may reveal itself. The Voice may speak. The vision maybe clarified. Heaven may open up. Don’t let yourself become so blasé that you can’t feel that way always.
We might say fear is another error and because it is an emotion, you may feel well I can’t control it—if I could I would. But you can. Fear is based on ignorance and you can certainly control ignorance. When you have knowledge, when you have enlightenment, when you know there is no cliff that you can fall off from, would you fear falling off a cliff? When you know the street isn’t slippery would you fear sliding? The knowledge that it isn’t slippery removes the fear. The knowledge that on the other side is a road, not an abyss removes the fear. The knowledge that God is present removes the fear. And where do you get that knowledge? Contemplation of the words, of the Masters who speak to you through the Bible, the Bhagavad-Gita, the word of Tao, anywhere you want to go where truth is, and revere those words for they are the living God speaking even now. Accept them for what they are. For their truth is timeless and they are ever yielding that truth, if the word was written five thousand years ago or you read it this moment the power of it is the same.
Now, when you have built this reverence for truth, for the Living Word, you will find that fear can no longer be bred through ignorance, for the ignorance is gone. And once you have overcome a degree of fear, through knowledge, through truth, through reverence for the truth, you will find again the human mind is not as persistent in its attempts to hypnotize you into the belief that around you is error. Work on your reverence for truth, your knowledge that eliminates fear and you might find collateral with the reverence for truth, that you will never go to God in an unseemly way. You wouldn’t say, God I have only five minutes to spend now and let’s get on with it. You wouldn’t go to God with the knowledge that you’ve got something more important pressing that you are going to have to do in five minutes from now. You wouldn’t go to God in haste as if you were running down to the corner grocery store to buy something. Do you see the need then for this reverence that prevents all the little foolish things we might do?
Now, there are other barriers – the greatest one after we have eliminated fear and lack of reverence is desire. By desire we mean wanting God to give you something. Because you are sufficiently advanced in truth that God cannot give you something, if you are making the error of asking God to improve your health, you are just talking to the wind. Your health is perfect, you are pure spirit, and to say Father improve my health is again to insult the truth. But rather to accept the truth of spirit as your being would remove the desire to improve your health. But the desire to improve your health will be fulfilled by removing that desire and only that way. To go to God to get is desire, to go to God to acquire, to accomplish, to fulfill a human need is doomed to failure because God didn’t make the human being, and you are only establishing the duality when you do it, that is why it fails. If you are in oneness, you are accepting your invisible spiritual selfhood and not the flesh and blood being who stands here, who will age and die. You are not making the mistake of dividing your house. And so all desire is the evidence that you are still living in a human personality and that is the nature of the hypnotism revealed in the first part of this talk. Every time you ask for something you are saying, I am a human being because the Son of God is your name and the Son of God has All that God has already. If you cannot accept that, that is the degree of your hypnotism.
By the same token we have another barrier. And it is unfortunate because we really don’t mean it to be that way we simply hadn’t thought about it. But how many times do we find the urge to go into meditation with the idea that this meditation should bless the world? Have you consciously done that lately? Do you make it a practice? Do you go into meditation to get something or to bestow the Spirit of God on the world around you? Do you see there is an invisible law that spirit can only function through a servant of spirit? And while you are busy building your little net to drawn things to you, you are pushing spirit away without knowing it. It cannot flow into the individual who wants it for himself, that is not the nature of spirit. And if you still persist in living it a human identity, you will say why would I bother with spirit if it won’t give me what I want? And many people do that. But we who are spirit and know that our neighbors are spirit and there is no separation between any, we know that is what is good for one is good for all. If I pray for sunshine for my neighbor, using that hypothetically, when the sun shines will I not receive sunshine? If I pray for good for the world, when it comes to the world, when it is revealed as being present, will I not bask in that goodness? If I recognize the spiritual peace that is ever present, when it reveals itself as peace, do I not share?
We never receive illumination for ourselves. We never receive goodness for ourselves and when we bestow it upon another we are giving nothing of ourselves. But the spirit is making that guidance, that direction. And so one of the more advance kinds of contemplation, meditation, is what Joel called world work. It has nothing to do with the personal selfish I. It has to do with being a light so that, the light of the Father may shine on this earth, through your enlightened consciousness for the betterment of anyone who is ready to share in that light.
Now, you may say, well, I don’t feel that I am important enough for that. Well is there anyone in the universe more important than the Son of God? Can there really be anyone more important than you? If you are not important enough for that you are saying you are not the Son of God. You are not spiritual being and you know that is not true. You are that light which must shine. And if you can get away from this physical fellow and rest in the light of your own being for the world, as a service to all those who still walk in the darkness, you may find that through this, those things you might have desired humanly to seek will be hanging from the tree of your life anyway. Because if you seek first the kingdom of God, the added things inevitably are there! And so now we are removing fear, learning the needs for reverence and desirelessness and selflessness.
Now, let’s look at some other aspects of meditation. The question came last week, how can I be still? I think to some degree you can see how you can be still, but this must be noted. Even if you were able to be mentally still on a conscious level, you would not really be still. The vast unconscious belief of this world would be pulsing through you even though you thought you were still. So really just how to be still isn’t enough.
The question should be asked: How do you live? When you are not meditating what are you doing? Is your life the very opposite of what you are trying to do in meditation? Is your life consistent with your goals in meditation? Are you always moving in the rhythm and in the knowledge of the presence? And if you are then you see stillness is a by-product of that. It isn’t something you have to strive to be. It is something you simply are. The presence is always at rest. And we learn we can rest in the presence and its stillness in us.
Now, before you meditate, if you have not done your preparatory work of living spiritually in the conscious awareness of the presence, a meditation would be a very direct departure from your way, it would be inconsistent. And because the departure would be too severe, you would not have the capacity to maintain it or to enter into it in such a way that you could find peace. And therefore now you must see that meditation depends on the fabric of your life. If it is a fabric built around the knowledge of the presence, the reverence of the presence, the love of the presence, the daily acknowledgment of the presence, meditation is just a fruit growing ripe on the vine. Not something you paste on in a moment when you decide you need something. And so you learn too, to meditate with your eyes open.
Those of us who have spent some time meditating with our eyes open, know that it is a very interesting form of discipline. It is part of learning how to still the visual sense, not by closing it, but by not responding to it.
Now there is a way to take your five senses and to train your discipline a sense at a time. For example, we have these boys out here speaking. We have a car going by. Now suppose you train yourself as if there were a rivetor out there making a loud blasting noise—and you knowing that God is not in the sounds of the earth, just as God is not in the earthquake, or the wind, or the fire, you train yourself to concentrate only on sound, that is the nature of this particular meditation- sound. And you learn to listen to sound. So that no matter how the intensity of the volume may increase, to you it is a nothingness. You are unconditioning yourself from sound. So that no matter what sounds may occur, there is a little oasis in the middle of these sounds in which you are dwelling, independent of the sounds. Drawing your substance and your inspiration and your life from this oasis so that all sound represents the fabric of nothingness, for you are only in the stillness of your own being. That stillness is never touched by sound. That stillness is ever where you are. You have isolated one sense and you are becoming independent of it. It will not report a fire to you and make you run. It will not shout earthquake and make you fear. No sound will impress you to the extent that you will react. You train yourself this way until you are living in a soundless universe. And one of the senses now has lost its power to imprison you in its lies about the perfect spiritual universe.
And then you take another sense. You take the sense of visibility and you learn to look. And just as you treated sound, you treat the images that you see. You learn the meaning of agreeing with thine adversary. Whatever I see with human eyes, I see not. Why? Physical eyes are not vision. They do not see the spirit that is there. And therefore I look at the physical world, but I am in my little oasis of stillness. And all of these rippling wave-links that enter to impress the brain with their evidence of a visible world are accepted with a state of stillness. So that five thousand who need to be fed, all the blind, all the deaf, or all those who walk on this earth even in goodness or badness are accepted in the stillness of this oasis as only the invisible Spirit of God, ever perfect. And once more you slowly develop the ability to face that which the eye pretends to see and to know that no imperfection can possibly exist where God Is and God is there, everywhere. There is no place where God is not. And all the evidence of the eye that says there is imperfection here and there, is the hypnotic lie about that presence of God, which is not visible to that eye but which must be there. You are being faithful to the shepherd within. You are acknowledging the Father and not the error, the imperfection. You are acknowledging the spirit within instead of the visible lie about the presence of that Spirit.
Each sense in turn is worked with this way. The sense of touch and smell and taste until having isolated those senses one by one, over maybe a period of five days or five weeks if you wish. They can now gang up on you. But because you have met them in their lair individually, you can handle them collectively. So that sound and sight may combine now to show you the roaring flame and the hiss of the smoke and of the fire, but you have conquered them individually and you can be equally non-reactive collectively. You remain in your oasis of silence. Until you realize that God didn’t make sound or sight. God didn’t make these images. God didn’t make that cruelty that appears there or that disability that appears here or that destruction that appears there. And what the Father didn’t make is an image in mind without substance. Oh, so real to that mind, but you have divided and conquered by wrestling with one sense at a time. And if you have never done that you have a pleasant surprise ahead.
That is one way to eventually put together a perfect meditation in which nothing of the five senses can ever defile. Nothing can enter the stillness of your Being until you are independent of those five senses in a large measure. Until whatever appears to you that is unlike God is instantly reversed with the knowledge that there can be nothing unlike God. And it doesn’t take a thought process to make it so. There is nothing unlike God anywhere. And what appears to be unlike God must be mis-perception of the senses, and therefore, I can agree with those senses, and that means to come to an understanding about the nature of those senses. They are conditioned to hypnotize. You are being unconditioned and that way you will live in the unconditioned perfect universe on this earth.
We have the example of many who have been able to do this. Some in greater measures than others. For instance: if you had a problem today, it was your responsibility with spiritual integrity to instantly reverse that problem by the awareness that a problem is a denial of the Presence of God.
I was called on to do that several times today. And the knowledge that a problem is stating that God is absent, whereas the truth is that God is present and in God’s presence there is no problem. Therefore it was necessary to realize that God is present. But you think you are going to do that instantly if you hadn’t lived in that consciousness that God is present? Do you think if somebody takes a tot and throws it in the water it is going to suddenly start to swim without preliminary training? We must be living in the consciousness of the presence, and then the untoward incident which is obviously a statement that the presence isn’t there must be false, because the presence is there. And because the presence is there the condition, which is not harmonious, cannot be there but it would appear there to the senses.
If we had worked with each sense one at a time to know that the images of the eye, the sounds of the ear, the taste of the tongue, and all of these are but approximate guesses about the invisible reality of spirit, we will have known this is a composite of the senses. It is two, three, four or five senses ganging up collectively, overpowering me with their false evidence, and I am a victim because I have not dominated the senses sufficiently and so they dominated me. Now these are some of the errors. We are going to go on though. Do you associate with people on the path? Do you immerse yourself in truth daily?
Now, this is not a request that we give up our friends because they are not on the spiritual path. But if you have found that as you entered the work deeper and deeper, somehow your friends kept changing, then you have evidence that the spirit is definitely working within you. Because our friends do change: Those who are in the spirit, those who are on the level of our household, wherever they may be, they do appear. And when we drop this one or that one it isn’t in a discordant way. Always the dropping away is harmonious. You will know that it is a spiritual activity that way. Even those friends, who drop away, do not do so with anger or resentment. It just becomes a natural thing. Now we expect this turnover because ultimately you see you must rub elbows with those who are walking the same path. This too is a spiritual law. It isn’t something you try to do, it is something that happens.
Even in your home, if there is a duality, a division, there begins to be through your fidelity, a twin spark that enables you to find harmony even in the midst of two different personalities. Why? Because in you the spirit recognizes the spirit of the other! You see this condition must remain until you recognize the spirit of the other. Until the sounds and the sights and the activities of the other fall upon that little oasis within which refuses to recognize the reality of anything that is unlike God. And so this test which often is one of the higher tests continues a long time. There must be a denial of the personal self which rejects another self, which says this one isn’t spiritual but I am—that isn’t true. The reality is one invisible spirit in that home. This is difficult. But the condition remains until it is met. And it doesn’t matter who you are or where you are, how low or high, that which you are not willing to do will remain. That which you are willing to be, you will be compelled to do. Always there must be an acknowledgement of the presence only of spirit and none other.
In the job, where there is a difficulty, there must be a recognition that only spirit is present. Everywhere that we are able to come to this realization, we will find a release. Not in the way we anticipated. The release will always surprise us. Those things that happen from Spirit are always beyond the capacity of the finite mind to predetermine.
Bill: Here is this weeks Audio File:
Again, I want to welcome all of you; it’s a pleasure to be here with you. Today we hope to reach a degree of clarification so that in all who have accepted the Spiritual way of life there is a firm foundation; so firm, so unshakable that it prepares you to enter higher worlds than the one we know. Unless this foundation is established, we continue needlessly to suffer in duality, to move in non-creation and to try to pursue a course that is destined to futility; and that is to try to live in two worlds — it cannot be done. You ultimately tear yourself apart. You cannot live in this world and at the same time in My Father’s kingdom. And it is necessary to live in My Father’s kingdom in order to find the peace, the freedom, the reality of being.
And so we must look at several of the barriers, the deterrents that keep us from finding that peace we all seek. We want to multiply our blessings and we must cease trying to do that. We want to improve the pleasures of our life span and it’s strange to learn that you must cease trying to do that. Until finally, you say, “What is there for me to do in this world if I am to do none of the things that are happy things?” And the answer is, you are to learn to step out of this world. There has never been another purpose to the Christ teaching or to The Infinite Way than to prepare you to step out of this world. It is not a teaching to teach you how to be happy in this world. It is concerned exclusively with making transition from man of earth to Son of God. And that transition does not come about by being pleasant to each other, by smiling and saying I love you as my neighbor; that transition does not come about except as you are able to look at the truth, to understand it, to accept it, to believe it enough to live it. In short unless you are learning to be God-centered you do not approach the possibility of transition.
Now we know that reincarnation is the established fact of everyone who passes out of the human scene. With only those exceptions who have reached the God-center of their being. And in as much as something within us has chosen us to live in such a way that transition is attained without reincarnation, we learn to prepare our self completely by a total submission to the facts as they are. We cannot turn away and hope that when we turn back the facts will disappear. We cannot depend upon a person to make a transition for us. We cannot depend upon any other human being on the earth to bring to us the peace and the real inner freedom that we seek.
And so we must get tough with the human self we have been. We must look at this mortal and say to him and to her, “The very existence of you is the denial of the allness of God.” There is no you; there is no me; there is no person; there is no mortal; there is no human selfhood. We cannot dally with these things and talk about Spiritual living or transition in the same breath. We must cease from man whose breath is in his nostrils. We must cease from the belief that in front of us and behind us and to the side of us, there is a mortal being anywhere on the face of the earth.
And as long as we are accept the mortal being in front of us as being there, we are sowing to the flesh. And in that acceptance of the flesh, we have denied the omnipresence of Spirit. Now every day we deny that omnipresence and every moment that we do we continue to build negative karma. We turn away further from the very goal we allegedly are seeking. Some even say and think they worship God. But there is no way to worship God if you deny omnipresence because God is omnipresence. And there’s no way to believe in omnipresence if you exclude your self. If you are not that omnipresence again you are denying the allness of God–the allness of omnipresence.
And so in our God-centering there are basics and none of them can be omitted. And there are taboos and all of them must be omitted and you must know them. You must know them just so clearly that instinctively you recognize when you are violating the truth and you know when you are living the truth. Beside God there is no self. Now where does that leave all of us parents, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers? If beside God there is no self? Are you willing to say your mother is God, your father is God, your sister and brother are God? Or do you still regard them as human beings and you have certain responsibilities to them and certain things you must be aware of about them as human beings. You see how you must sell all that thou hast; you must come clean? There is no way to transition except through the Pure at Heart. And that requires the Spiritual Consciousness that says, “The Infinite nature of God is all that exists and there is no other.”
Now let’s look at the method in which we learn to accept and live in omnipresence. You know of course that fear is an instantaneous rejection of the omnipresence of Spirit. All fear is based upon the absence of the Spirit. The moment that you find fear in some way dominating your makeup at any time, you are violating omnipresence. When you make human decisions you are violating omnipresence. When you have doubts; when you have concerns; when you have ambition; when you have desire, you are violating the allness of the Spirit of God.
It’s as if you were becoming extinct. And that is precisely the requirement of accepting omnipresence; ‘me’ must become extinct; me must be overcome. There is no me here to be rational. There is no me here to be healthy. There is no me here to be sick or poor. There is no me here to be successful or a failure. Me is the denial of the omnipresence of Spirit. That is the nucleus of the denial — me. You, him, her this is the denial of omnipresence. Therefore you must look to the invisible Self behind me, behind you, behind him, behind her and you must be conscious of the Invisible Self there. And you must maintain a continuity of awareness that the Invisible Self that is there is the only Self that is there. You must become one with that Invisible Self in your Consciousness. You must find your Father Self. And you must abide in your Father Self. And you must let your Father Self flow through your open acceptance, your open Consciousness from the invisible into the visible always expressing Itself as your being. You literally must cease from being man, from being woman, from being mother, from being father, from being brother and sister. You cannot be these things for Spirit is none of these things.
Now you cannot do this with people until you have lived it. And so the suggestion is that you go off a little ways, maybe five yards if necessary and take your self apart from people and be still until you can know that the Self of you is the Spirit of God; that the Spirit of God is the Self of every one you know and that before they come into view, the Self of them and the Self of you are the one Invisible Spirit. That doesn’t matter if it’s a motorcycle policeman giving you a ticket, or it’s a judge giving you a sentence, or if it’s a lawyer on the other side arguing against you; whoever it might be, whatever the news they bring to you or the attitude they bring to you, they are to be interpreted by you as your Invisible Self. The Invisible Spirit of God that stands there is always your Invisible Self.
And this God centering is vital before you can go any further in the Spiritual path. If you cannot find a way to live it for awhile, you cannot know the nature of how the Spirit imparts direction to you. This isn’t something you can share with husband or wife; this isn’t something you share with son or father; this is something you do so that to you, husband or wife, son or father, is accepted by you as your Invisible Spiritual Self. We must come to understand the Infinite nature of our being.
Now everywhere you look and feel a fear for the safety of another individual, or the health of another individual, or the condition of another individual, you have fallen into the violation which is the denial of the Invisible presence of God. There never is a second self. Do not accept one because you will step out of the kingdom of God. The only Self there is, is the Spirit of God. And if you are still determined or stubborn or unaware or unconscious of the truth that all that is present is the presence of God; you will continue to put labels on people and call them happy people or sad people, sane people or insane people, poor people or rich people. You will give them labels because this is how material sense operates.
In our trust that the Spirit is all there is present, we are accepting our own Identity everywhere. And you, if you wish to move into higher levels of Consciousness, higher worlds, you cannot do it until you have established that all of the higher worlds are your own being. You can only move into what you are. And if you have not established that you are Infinite Self, there’s no way you can move higher into worlds unknown to the human mind. And so we want to clear out all of the debris. We want to see that fear must be recognized as part of the mind universe. Human decisions and human judgments are part of the mind universe. Suspicion and hostility are part of the mind universe. We want to recognize them so that we are not magnetized into them so that we fall from Grace.
Now let’s see then there is one Presence and it is a universal Presence. And we have no right to divide that Presence into forms of flesh. We cannot separate the one Presence. We must look past the forms of flesh. We must believe in the one Presence as a fact, as a truth that never changes. And your knowledge of the one Presence means that there is no second presence everywhere and anywhere. It matters not what forms of flesh you see there is never a second presence. There is always one Presence. You let the clouds of form go by; you remain conscious of the one Presence that is present and you are God-centered. And now all responsibilities and fears for any individual on the earth, would be your refusal to accept that there is only one Presence. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, where the one Presence is understood to be present, liberty comes into visible manifestation. But if you are accepting the Presence as present and another presence, another self, another being, another anyone, you are not God centered. And you cannot open your self for Spirit to reveal its Presence through you.
Now that’s easy enough to understand. There is one Presence. And now you must know that the one Presence that is everywhere, is you; that the Presence is never divided! When we say that it individualizes, that doesn’t mean it divides itself; it means that the Presence expresses Itself everywhere in Its fullness. And when you learn that you are the one Presence that is everywhere, you are learning what the Master meant when he said, “I and my Father are one.” Father always means Source. I and my Father’s Self are one Self. Your Source, your Father Self is the one Presence. And the one Presence is always functioning through everyone on the face of the earth. Your conscious awareness of that lifts you to where you can experience your Source flowing through the outer appearance called form.
When the Consciousness you are in, accepts your Source and you are at one with your Source, then the Infinite being that you are, flows through expressing Its pure Divine Consciousness as the outer appearances of your being. And the Source of you, when you remain God-centered, continues to express a continuity of Grace so that your God-centering and the continuity of Grace become one and the same. Your Source is always the Father within, is always the Infinite Self is always your only Being. And it is just this tip or this external being, this image of man or woman, that you must teach to accept the presence of your Source as all that is present. Only your Source is present, there is no other presence.
Now unless you go apart from the world and dwell in the knowledge that you are the Source and it is you that is flowing through the Infinite, it is your Infinite Being that is expressing and there is no other anywhere; unless you give time to dwelling with this, you will unconsciously be reacting to forms and conditions and false powers that aren’t there. And yet, it’s so possible to know that when you are living in Source, one with Source, feeling the Infinite foundation of Source, that you can easily recognize the illusions of time and space as they are presented to you and watch them quickly; coming to a place of conviction within you that the presence of your own Source is right where the appearance of the evil appears.
And then you learn the great secret; this evil is not there it is merely being presented there and that’s the big difference. It’s being presented to you and you can know it is not there or you can accept it as being there. And your decision will be based upon where you are in your consciousness.
A good rule of thumb in your living Consciousness is that there is one Presence, one Life. It is always present everywhere no matter what appears. It is always living Itself. That one Life is always maintaining its perfection. It is always maintaining Its invisible form. It is always living. It is always the only power. That one Life is always present everywhere. It is the Presence and it is your presence. And it is your presence even though someone else will appear to be there. Because the presence of you is the Invisible Presence of everyone. I and my Father are one Presence. And the Presence that is there where another individual appears, whether in sickness or health, is always perfect and not in sickness, always maintaining Its perfection invisibly present awaiting only your recognition that one Life there is being perfect.
Now that is only the first step. You start everything with the knowledge of one invisible Life. You don’t count heads and you don’t judge appearances and you don’t back off from threats. All that is there and that fact will never change is the one invisible Life of God which is the life of you. And unless this is a permanent state of Consciousness practiced again, and again, and again, there’s no place to go. And so this today will be a reference point that we’ll have to come back to throughout the year in your work, come back again and again. Do you accept that there is one Presence, one Life, one Invisible Spirit and it is being Itself? It is maintaining Itself and beside It there is no other. If that is not a major acceptance you have no foundation to build on.
Now then I am suggesting that you practice it again, and again, and again, through every form of appearance that comes to you whether it’s close or far away. The Presence of you is the Invisible Presence of the Father. You are one and the same and that Presence is everywhere no matter what may appear to material sense.
Now that fact will never go away. You may go away, you may turn away, you may ignore it, you may think you can bypass it, you may try to live without accepting it, you may even say, “I understand it;” but are you living it? Are you being that Invisible Presence? Have you accepted your Self to be the Infinite Invisible Presence? Now that is only a preliminary fact to be accepted. It will never change, it will always be truth.
We’re going to assume that you have practiced that in the past and will continue in the future and there will come a time to you when this is a truth you will never violate because instinctively you will have been anchored in it sufficiently to know that whatever denies it is a lie — a mirage.
And then you can go to the second fact, because there is one Life and it is I, and because there is one Life and it is him and her; because that one Life is the Invisible Life of all and because there are no exceptions, that one Life is there now and this which comes to me as a form, as an appearance, as an image, as a condition, is not that one Life and, therefore, is a mirage. It can be a very healthy looking mirage. It can be a very sad looking mirage. But it is not that one Life and only the one Life is there, therefore I do not accept that there is a second life. That’s your second fact, you cannot accept a second life. Because you are accepting that there is one Life, one Presence and it is Divine.
All mortal life to you is not acceptable, to you there is no material life, there is no mortal life, there is no human life, there is no animal life, there is no life of nature. This was all right at one time but we’re talking now about that level which is preparing for transition. To you there is no world. As long as there is a world you are denying the presence of the kingdom of God. As there is one Life, that is the kingdom of God. As there is one Self, that is the kingdom of God. As there is one God there is no second self anywhere. You do not accept heaven and hell. You do not accept two worlds. You accept that My Life being the one Life and that Life being the Life of all, I am God-governed here and now and so is everyone, no matter in what form they appear they are invisibly God-governed. They may not know it, they may not show it, they may not accept it, but your job, you are the one moving toward transition; your job is to live in the truth that God-government rules Its universe and there is no other presence.
And so we have one Life and one government functioning and this is the acceptance then that the Life of you is omnipresent and it is also functioning everywhere regardless of appearances. It functions where your brother is, where your sister is, where your mother, father, daughter are. Even though it may not appear to be functioning to human sense, you look past the veil of material sense, you accept the invisible government of God is present there, it is functioning. You cannot have omnipresence without having omnipotence there at the same time. Wherever the presence of the Spirit is the power of the Spirit is. It may not be visible to material sense but it is there. So you accept the power is where the Presence is. You have got your second point. But if these are not established you cannot go on to a third point.
And so let’s see what might be missing before you can reach this permanent conviction. Right where you are, you will not permit someone to say you are unconscious. You would stand them off tooth and nail if they said you were, you would deny it adamantly. You are conscious. Now realize that God is conscious right where you are. And God is conscious right where you see an invalid. God is conscious right where you see a thief. God is conscious right where you see a battlefield. God is conscious right where you see disasters on the earth. Everywhere God is conscious. Trim that down inside your Consciousness. God is conscious, there is no place where God is unconscious.
If you are accepting the one present Life of God everywhere, it is a conscious Life; It knows what is happening. And that Consciousness which is alive and aware of what is happening, has the power to maintain the perfection of Its environment. Do not fall into the false belief that the Consciousness of God which knows what is happening and has the power to maintain the purity of what is happening, is permitting bad health, poverty, famine, ignorance, disease, mental aberrations or anything of that nature. Do not think these things exist or you are saying, God is unconscious, or God though conscious, does not have the power to maintain perfection. Come out of the false belief of believing what you see and what you feel and what you hear.
To become God-centered is to look at all of the malevolence in the world, at all of the sickness, at all of the cunning, at all of the superstition, at all of the limitation and the lack and to say that is material sense it has no part in me. God is conscious there and not permitting these things. There is no one who is sick on the face of the earth. God is conscious and not permitting sickness. There is no one who dying. God is conscious and not permitting dying. In the world of material sense these things will appear to everyone, but to make transition you must reach that Consciousness where you do not believe that Spirit has a second and that Spirit permits matter to either exist or to suffer. In short, to make transition you cannot think in terms of Spirit and matter. For matter is but the concept we entertain about Spirit.
Now don’t try to live in both worlds. You cannot live in Spirit and you cannot live in matter at the same time. You’ll only crucify your Self. Take everyone you know out of the material universe, they’re not in it, they never were. Put them back where they belong. Know them as they are.
To worship God aright is to accept that God is Spirit, Spirit is everywhere now without a second. That is the omnipresence that you learn to accept. That Spirit everywhere now, is the essence of your mother, your father, your child, your brother, your sister, your wife, your husband and It being an undivided essence, It is the same essence, the one essence, which is the essence of all who appear in the form that we see. Your Consciousness rests in that essence until the you, omnipresence, is your Consciousness. You know that the essence of your Spirit is the essence everywhere and nothing can convince you that a form exists in the essence of your Spirit. Nothing can convince you of materiality in the essence of your Spirit. Everywhere you look, the form to you has no meaning, for the essence of your Spirit is there. You are not a second self and when you are not a second self, you will be the One Self that is omnipresent essence.
Now that omnipresent essence is the invisible kingdom of God. When it is you, accepted, when a good part of your day is spent consciously aware of this, you will find you are not living in two worlds, you are only living in the truth of your being. I am that invisible essence. And you don’t have to explain away the appearance of form to anyone else. You do not have to fear their ridicule because of your belief, you must consciously remain God-centered which means, you are the invisible essence of God everywhere and there is no visible form that you accept to be your life, your being. And you don’t waste time trying to develop the visible form. Your interest is to live in the Invisible essence of your being as an everywhere Self, knowing that this is, I and the Father are one in Consciousness. Source and I are one. Essence and I are one. Living in this invisible Consciousness enables you to completely surrender the fears, desires, and ambitions for that visible form that you had called your own. Knowing, that you can trust your Invisible Self when you’re consciously in It, aware of It, living in It, to perform everything that the visible form will appear to be performing. You can trust your Invisible Self to be the Light that goes before the form. To prepare mansions in higher worlds! You can trust your Invisible Self because it is the omnipresent Spirit of God to contain everything it needs so that you don’t have to send the form out to get, you already accept it in your Invisible Self knowing that the Self will live Itself and that will appear as a projection of those needs into the visible.
You learn to trust your Self. And you learn joyously to stand in your Self so that for you the world has no more power to fool, to mesmerize, to project forms, images and conditions. You are learning that not only to accept omnipresence but that accepting omnipresence means that it is you, your Invisible Self, that is omnipresence. The center of gravity doesn’t rest where the form is. You won’t do that from one Sunday to the next and say, “I have it.” You’ll do that right up to the moment of transition. And every time you leave it, you will find you are tricked into denying it. The minute you leave the conscious awareness of omnipresence you are going to deny it. And there is nothing you can do about it, if you are not in it you are out of it. And once you are out of it you are in a completely different life stream. A life stream in which all of the opposites are constantly bombarding you through the mind universe instead of the Soul universe! All of your rationalizing as a sensible human being, all of your normal reactions, all of this is forfeited for a higher level of being.
Now we could suppose that you have accepted this and have lived with this for a sufficient time so that you could readily turn to anything that came to you knowing but there is only one presence and it is the presence of God, what is this? You could measure everything against that truth. And the speed with which you can make this measurement would be dependent upon how long and faithfully you have dwelt in the knowledge that you are the Invisible essence of the universe. That there is only one and there is no other. Then you could readily meet things and restore your Consciousness instantly to where it belongs so that you malpractice no one and yet, you do not insult the perfect power that is ever present of your own true being.
Now we know about being the Son of God; now we want to find the Father Self and know that is I too. I am not only the Son of God I am the Father Self. I the Son and I the Father are one. And that Father Self is your Infinite Self just as the Son is the expression of your Infinite Self. Always the outer and the inner are one and the same. Cease ye from the visible, physical self, that breeds human error there isn’t any. And learn that your Invisible Self is already complete. That all that your Self ever was, it is now and ever will be. You can never be more than your Self already is.
Now I know it’s fun to go on a vacation. I know it’s great to get out on the golf course. I know it’s great to get a ship and travel. It’s marvelous to be financially secure. It’s wonderful to swim in the ocean. There are many great joys in this world. And nobody said that you should not have them. You don’t have to sacrifice a single thing that is joyous. What we are talking about, is to develop the Consciousness of omnipresent Spirit as your Self. It’ll get you out on the golf course; it’ll get you on an ocean cruise. But it’ll do far more than that; it’ll bring you to that Peace which comes only from the knowledge of that Self which is always perfect. It’ll do more for you than the police department or Scotland Yard for protection. It’ll do more for you than a grove of orange trees. In other words, It knoweth your needs. And the It which knoweth your needs is your Self. And without your Self this human form can just go on enjoying itself a little while longer but that’s all; without your Self you have the mirage without the substance.
What we’re looking for then is our Self. And our Self is already everywhere. It doesn’t have to go there to get there. We are trying to become so superbly anchored in our Self that the continuity of Grace that flows into the outer is nothing more to us than a sign that we are living not in two world, but that we are consciously living totally in Consciousness in the fullness of our own total Being. We are not going to go into the kingdom of God to make transition into it; we are going to live in it and continue in it.
In the Revelation of St. John the 20th chapter, the :6th verse, we are given the very summit of the purpose of the Christ message. And that is what we have come to now in this class. Everything we have done has been honing itself toward that purpose.
“Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power…”
When you met up with this phrase several times in the last few years, you may have been impressed by it. It may have spurred you on to certain Spiritual achievements and now comes to a point where it is a challenge and a demand. We are here to develop living principles of the first resurrection. The second death is that reincarnation which we call human death, when we pass out and then come back; always coming back in through birth which is the first death. Through that birth we come out of Spiritual Identity and then we come into the second death or the death of the physical form that came in through birth. The first death is birth. The second death is our human death. And where we should be is in the Spirit.
“Blessed and holy is he who takes part in the first resurrection.”
If we are to give meaning to the teaching we are to take part in the first resurrection. And the principles of attaining and participating in the first resurrection are: that the will of the Father cannot function in a human being, in a second self, in a ‘me’. The will of the Spirit can only function in the Spirit. And those who have attained at least to the level of knowing that only transition is Spiritual success, they are the ones who are making every principle of the first resurrection their daily Bible. To them omnipresence is the only way they can live. And all that follows from omnipresence is the power of that omnipresence. The living Consciousness, which knows all that is within Itself and permits no evil. And from it, the total God-centering, which enables you not to live in a division or in two worlds, but consciously to know that my Self is the invisible kingdom here and now. And as I remain conscious of the invisible Consciousness of God as being present as my Consciousness, present as the only Consciousness on the earth, no matter what fragments of consciousness show forth, I am bearing witness to the One, abiding in the One, being the One. With that as your daily foundation you will find Invisible Worlds opening up.
Kind of like when you’re told you can’t eat candy because it is bad for your teeth or somebody takes away something you’d like to have. That’s how it seems sometimes when we have to talk about living in the Invisible Self. We think our candy is being taken away. But we’re being given the nectar of heaven in exchange. And if we have eyes to know that, then we’re very willing to make the trade. Almost impatient to get on with it and to do the work that is required so that everything that hits your Consciousness that is not motivated by the Invisible essence, is quickly seen to be a fraud, a nonexistence, requiring no attention of yours, for it simply is not there and then you are faithful to your Self, and you are finding the way to transition.
We’ll pause a moment…
Let’s take a few minutes for a rest and then come back.
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We want to now accept that we know at some time or other we’re going to reach that Consciousness which can know wherever I look my Invisible Self is there. And that Invisible Self is the only Self that is there. We are going to reach that someday. We’re going to look up to the sky and we’re going to know my Self is there. We’re going to look beyond the sky and know my Self is there. We’re going to look all over the earth and know my Self is there — all over the air, all over the sea. We’re going to know this is the truth of us. But we’re going to know more than it is the truth of us; we will have the experience of it. Again and again and again until it’s as normal to us as it has been to walk the earth on two legs. And it will become normal to us as we develop the capacity to be faithful to what we are.
Now let’s assume we had reached the point where through practice, we knew that the entire Invisible universe is my Self. And that there is no visible universe. That concept is strictly there because I was living in material sense unaware of Being. Now I want to explore. Why should my Consciousness be only right here in this little spot if I am everywhere?
And you will find that you have the capacity to do just that if you have carefully practiced that the presence of the Invisible Self everywhere, is you. When it is you, you can go into other exercises than you have up to now. We are going to do one. Its success will depend on whether you are the One Self everywhere or not.
All around you is Life and Life is moving. Life is vibrant. Life is radiant. There are Life currents moving up, up, up, all around you. They can lift you, if you are still. If you are not living in a second self. If you can lose the concept of a second self and find that Invisible Self that you are, the pure Consciousness, the pure at heart, and the pure Spirit, you can rest there. I, the pure Spirit, am not localized. And this temporary consciousness that formed itself as a form can be dissolved. And I can be lifted into other Realms present all the time right here and right now. If the mortal self is dropped away, these living radiant currents will lift me into a higher Realm than the visible world; where thought is not human, where no person may enter. Where the Soul provides its own light that goes before itself you find you are not in the universe of the mind but you are somewhere else. It is a Realm that the mind does not know. And you are there as a living Soul. And it is there that you discover that you are truly a free Self, not limited, that within your omnipresence, is everything needed always present. That health is omnipresent. That Divine qualities are everywhere in their fullness. There is no place where you travel through the Realm of Soul where you are not aware that the fullness of every need is already completely manifested in the Invisible.
This is the truth of the earth that we walk in, formed, but we only learn about it when we release our selves out of the mind universe. We can feel that all error on the earth is but a concept of the human mind. That all belief in bad health is in something that has no real existence whatsoever. That behind all the bad health on earth is the omnipresent Divine health and its perfection. We realize that we are eternal Being. That we are immortal Being. That we are unlimited Being. That we are totally Self-contained. We never lack and never have. We have never been limited except by the mental mountains that we had built around ourselves; that every problem we ever encountered was within the valleys created by the mental mountains we had built that never really existed. We learn the truth of Being is freedom now; peace now, not to be attained but present and always to be experienced by one who accepts the omnipresence of Being and confides himself to that infinity without thought, without fear.
And so we find previews as the currents of Light lift us and liberate us. Until one day we find this is normal, it isn’t something you do for an exercise, it’s the way it is, if you can just remove the veil of concept that separates you from the normal perfection of your eternal Being.
The Psalmist who wrote the 23rd Psalm was telling us this, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.” He was telling us that heaven and hell are both a myth, there is no such thing. All that is present is your Self. Nothing is present anywhere other than your Self. There is no heaven, there is no hell, there is no down and there is no up. There is only your Invisible Self everywhere and that’s all that is here. And when all the debris, all the unconscious beliefs, all of the material sense, everything that we had thought existed in material form is dropped from our Consciousness, when there is no second self, no second world, no second creation, only my total Invisible Self which is the essence of the Father, you will move through that Self. And you will experience the perfection of that Self everywhere. And the day is now.
The Psalmist was telling us that your Self is where you have thought there was space and there was time. But time isn’t there and the space isn’t there only your Self is. And looking at your Self from the human view you have seen time and space where only your Self is. You have seen bad health where only a perfect Self is. You have seen birth and death where only your timeless Self is. You have been looking at your own Infinite Being and seeing a finite progression in time and space, which never was there. Coming to understand this is coming into the First Resurrection.
There are times when you practice the exercise we just went through briefly, when you are really lifted beyond the mental realm. And things become clear to you that are not clear in the mental realm. The illusion of humanhood becomes very clear. The hollowness of the mortal shell becomes very clear. The false sense of a life span is no longer acceptable. You are eternal Being in the acceptance of omnipresence Self as Invisible everywhere you are accepting that you are eternal Being. You are rejecting that life began for you at the cradle; you are rejecting that life ends for you at the grave.
You are rejecting mortal conditions as being part of a cosmic hypnotism. And you accept this truth for everyone you know. And you don’t have to do something about it because the truth is the truth. You don’t have to establish the truth or invent the truth or create the truth; health is everywhere now, abundance is everywhere now in your Self. And if you’re not in your Self, you must have the good and the bad. But you can restore your Self instantly, by refusing to be a second self in a second world; refusing to be material self when you are Spiritual Being.
Now do your friends a real service, if you love them, love them as they are not as you see them. Do your parents a real service, do your children a real service love them as you love your Self. See them not as your eye sees them. If they’re wheezing, don’t hear them wheezing with your human ears; if they’re doing things you consider wrong, don’t see them with human eyes. Don’t fall into the false human sense of responsibility. If you fulfill your Spiritual responsibility, the Father who seeth in secret, will visibly fulfill what you had thought was your human responsibility. All your human responsibilities are fulfilled when you walk invisibly in the kingdom of God. That’s the great secret of learning who you are. Everything you are, visibly fulfills what we have called our human responsibilities. It fulfills the responsibility of home, family, business, health; it moves the heart, it moves the pulse, it moves the bloodstream. Invisibly, your universe is Divinely governed and that appears outwardly as harmony. If you pursue the human responsibilities humanly, you are subject to human error and human misjudgment and you’re bringing everyone back into a false life stream of a second world.
So the word, ‘trust’ is to trust your Father’s Self. He knoweth your needs. He knoweth what the outer normal human sense needs. He sees through the human needs. It is His good pleasure to give you the kingdom, to provide all that is necessary and therefore He is doing that. You see the kingdom is already providing all the health that is necessary on this earth. There’s no health lacking. There is simply no Consciousness to receive it. There is no food lacking. There is no security lacking. The Consciousness to receive it is all that is needed; it is present and it is present in your One Self. Whether you walk through the valley of the shadow of heaven, or the shadow of hell, that is a human concept and you can walk through it without fear because, all that is there is your Self, the Divine Being that you are. And then you;re in one world, the universe which is the kingdom, One Self, that Self which is birthless and deathless. And because it is the only, you can stretch out your arms to everyone you know invisibly; and welcome them into the One Self that you are, knowing there is nothing to be done for them in the outer; it is being done in the inner. And the recognition of it, the acceptance of it as the only Self present, will be for them, the Light that opens them to their Identity as the One Self in which they grasp and feel the invisible nature of their own true Being. And that will reveal itself as the restoration of harmony where they are. That is the best you can do for them. You can give them no higher degree of fidelity. Anything less is violating your Spiritual responsibility.
This is how you earn your way into being a permanent resident of Reality. This is how you prepare your foundation so that from this preparation comes your capacity to live by the Word instead of human bread. This is the preparation for the Voice, the preparation for the Impartation, the preparation for Divine Sustenance. The more you live in the Divine Self of Being as the One; the less you malpractice your neighbor, the more you fulfill all responsibilities and the more you are making possible that day when the door opens and you find, I, your Self, realized.
Now in another exercise place your eyes at a certain point within you. As you close your eyes you’ll notice your center of attention normally falls roughly about the bridge of the nose. That’s where it normally falls in some. Now raise that center to about your forehead within and hold it there for a moment. We’ll stay at that particular place within ourselves. It’s as if you were almost, not quite cross-eyed. It should be pleasant and comfortable. You are just holding your attention slightly above the bridge of the nose within your self inside the forehead. Now just to see how easy you can move that around, move that to the back of your head, that center of interest. Then move it up to the top of your head. So that you can have a point of interest or a focal point, just about wherever you choose. You can move it down to your foot if you want too. You might try that just to see how easy it is to move the point of focus of your Consciousness to any part of your body. Later you’ll learn you can move it out into any part of the universe.
Now bring it back just above the eyes, behind the eyes in the forehead and rest there a moment. And let’s take the phrase, “I stand at the door.” This is your Self and the door is, you might say, the entrance to the Soul or the exit from your mind. Just beyond your mind is a door. And center your interest now right there on that door on the Light that is white behind that door — the white Light behind the door. And just rest there until the Light itself opens the door for you. You find there’s a gentle exchange in which your mind permits the Light to open the door and again you’re out of mind — you’re in Soul; in one breath taking second Soul takes over.
Now in this position we’re open to impartation. We’re above the realm of human thought. And all that can enter is Divine Thought. There is no place where human thought can be. You are not even capable of thought if we have followed the exercise correctly. And as you rest in this position, all that exists is the Infinite universe. That’s all that is being, there is nothing else. You are sowing to Spirit, you are resting in the Word, you are waiting upon the Father, you’re really at this moment living in your Self. Your Self in which you are living is all intelligence. It is all Divine Consciousness. It is all power. It contains the fullness of God. And as you’re living in it, you are making your tomorrows which will appear in a human world. The white Light behind the door, is your universe and your Self. It is the Source; and it is the manifestation of that Source. It unfolds itself. When your mental consciousness is out of the way it unfolds itself and the Infinite Consciousness of your own Self lives its Self which is Christ living my life. Those of you who are doing this regularly know that out of the Infinite Invisible flows the miracles of all time; we are held within the realm of Spirit.
In John, “Pilate, thou couldst have no power over me.” When you have established the universal, the infinite nature of your being as Spirit; when you have lived there, above the realm of human thought; when you have seen It flow forth into visible expression as every need fulfilled; when you have discovered that you are not the physical form, you are not that second self, then you know, too, that where Pilate, where every aggressor, where every claim appears, it is merely being presented to you, it isn’t there, because your invisible Self is there. You are being tested again. Are you accepting your invisible Self or are you accepting the claim? When you accept your invisible Self there which is the pure essence of God, to the claim you say, without words necessarily, but just by your attitude, your rejection; you say to the claim, “Thou couldst have no power over me.”
In other words I know I am the invisible essence of God. And this claim, therefore, this Pilate has no power, it was a presentation of the world mind, the material sense mind to me saying, “Look what I can do to you.” And it was getting away with it because you were not in the Self of you. But when you are in the Self of you, you can face any claim with the knowledge that it is not there. It is a presentation to you by the carnal mind, but you have the power to not accept it. It doesn’t exist in you. The claim is never in you; it’s in your second self. It’s in the self you are not. And until you live in the Self you are, every claim that hits you, you think is in you. You think that you have this problem, you have this physical disease, and you have this physical malfunction. But it isn’t in you; it’s in the false sense of self you entertain about you. And as you prove that out you discover you’ve never been sick, you never even had a pain. The false sense of you suffered the pain. The false sense of you suffered the sickness because you weren’t living in you.
And suppose you have now proved it out enough that you could look at anyone and know this is true of them too. They’re suffering with a false Pilate. They are suffering with a claim because they do not know that there is no claim in their Self. They’re not living in their Self. What do I have to do for them? But only their Self is there. That self which they think they are, isn’t there. The Spirit made no dictators. The Spirit doesn’t permit killing. The Spirit doesn’t permit diseases. All that was made was made by the Spirit. Then what is this? This false self has a false claim. Don’t get rid of the false claim; get rid of the false self. How do you get rid of it? You know who is there. The Self of God which is your Self is there. And that’s what you do every time you are faced with a claim from another individual. Don’t get rid of their claim; see them as they are; they are not there the invisible Spirit of God which is their Self and your Self is there and you don’t have to get rid of the false self or the false claim; they are not there. The only Self that is there, is there, and it has no claim and rest in that Word. That resting is saying to Pilate, “Thou couldst have no power over me;” even though you think you are going to going to crucify me. And if Pilate had said to him that Pilate had a sore throat or Pilate had a bad heart, he could have known there was no Pilate there to have a sore throat or a bad heart but he could only know it because he knew who was there. His invisible Spirit, the Spirit of God was there. And this is the truth that you and I must learn to face. Day in and day out we’ll come again to the same problem in a different form, or shape, or name. Always because we are putting false persons, false selves, where only the Invisible Spirit of God can be.
Now that’s our foundation. And that foundation must be developed. And as you develop it, the power of the Spirit of God, the omnipotence of the Spirit can reveal Itself. It could never reveal Itself to a human being living in a human sense of form, only in fragments. The miracles of old, the greater works are just beyond the realm of the human consciousness awaiting recognition. And they will pour forth in abundance. Don’t get rid of the claim; get rid of the false self of the individual making the claim by knowing there is no false self present. The only Self present is the Invisible Spirit of God, which is your invisible Self. Practice this whether you get claims from people or not, until it’s very normal to live that way. From that, everything necessary flows into experience. You’ll get the hang of it; it takes a long time but when you get the hang of it, there is just no other way to go.
Now we’re going to apply all of this next week. We’re going to take some of these principles and add a few to this basic one of, I am the omnipresent Self. And we’re going to see how when applied, these principles are infallible.
Now then, during the week it becomes necessary for you to live in the conscious awareness that you are only One Self. That there is no physical you and a Spiritual you. That there is no permanent Eternal Spiritual Self and a changing physical you! And in your Consciousness you must get rid of the one who is not there. To whatever degree you find your capacity to do that, you will increase that capacity if you ask the Master within to help you. Turn to the higher Self that you accept and rest in It, knowing that It always does its function. And when you have established that to some degree, you can go into the exercise of looking behind the forehead into the white Light behind the door of human consciousness; feeling the radiant currents of the Invisible, lifting you up into Realms where the Dove actually descends to impart upon you the Glory of the Invisible universe as a Living Reality right where you are.
With that preparation we can look at the application of that principle to everything that comes to us in this world; so that we can dispose of it, put it behind us, clarify the air, move in the unconditioned Realm. So those are your two exercises — they’re big ones.
If there’s anyone on this earth that you are malpracticing, please make it a point this week to know that the invisible essence of God is where they are. Don’t worry that you don’t feel it; you’ve got to know it first before you feel it. And you’ve got to accept it before you feel it. And only when you have been willing to go that far can the invisible Dove lift you into the experience of that which you have been willing to accept. Your acceptance precedes the Experience in most cases. You’ll be all the better for it.
Thank you. — Herb
Today’s Audio File: Resurrection & Ascension
Based on The Thunder of Silence by Joel S. Goldsmith
We have a very wonderful subject today provided by Joel, “Ye are the Light.” The light means many things to many people, depending on many factors too. I suppose that at one time we all thought that the light was some form of higher inspiration. To a Physicist the light would be dancing electrons. Always lurking in the corner of the human mind is an opinion about the light and because it is a human mind, it has a finite opinion, about light which is Infinite.
Now I’d like you to look at this. This is a magnified glass and if we held it in the sunlight over a piece of paper, say about six inches from the paper, the light would be received by the magnifying glass and then it would be condensed and concentrated in a point, and within a few moments the paper would be on fire.
Now just in the same way, we receive the light of the world through our senses and you might say that this magnifying glass then represents our senses. And the light of the world enters our senses and it is compressed. And here is this brain receiving all the light at one point and at the point where the brain receives all of the light that comes through the senses, this becomes our concept chamber, it actually becomes our form. It becomes our body and our mind, and now you can see that we’re limited only to what falls through that magnifying glass. If it does not have the capacity to receive something that is outside of it, it never gets through to that brain.
Now this is the tomb that man has lived in for many thousands and thousands of years. With his five senses used as antennae, he receives it seems, the outer light of the world and then this light pressing into his brain, gives him his opinions, his thoughts, his beliefs. These sensory images he judges to be external to him, and if we were to continue to live, in that frame of mind, we would continue to suffer, the various problems that the world encounters. We find that in this frame of mind, man is controlled by his environment; he has absolutely no power to control the environment around himself.
He has the illusion that he controls it, until perhaps one night he comes home and there’s a fire, and his two children are burned. Then he realizes he doesn’t control his environment at all, or his son is drafted, or whatever. We find that this world around us controls us. Try as we will, when we penetrate in some way to control the forces that oppose us, we find that as we’re facing front, there’s a force creeping up behind us. And ultimately, even though our vanity is high, we must admit to ourselves that as a human being, we are subjected to every possible disaster and catastrophe on the face of the earth.
Now along comes the Master, but he says there’s another way of life, instead of being a five sense antennae, which extracts images from the air and entombs you within those images. Come into the broader view, that view of life, which is given to us by those who have transcended the human mind. Not those who are living within the limitations of that mind, but those who have actually stepped beyond this perimeter, who have discovered another universe, a universe where the environment around man, is not unfriendly, contains no disasters, contains no catastrophes, where death itself is unknown.
And so the Master gives us words, “Ye Are the Light,” “Ye are the light of the world.” And because the Master has said, “I am the light,” when we are told, “Ye are the light,” those of us who have wondered how we are to live in a world where madness prevails, where inhumanity prevails, where corruption prevails, where disease prevails and where there seems to be no antidote for these things, we listen carefully then to the Master’s words, “I am the light of the world.” I’m not a human being. What is the meaning of this light of the world, explain it, because if I am something else, than I think I am, it is high time I knew about it.
Now I’m not going to give you any personal opinions about the meaning of the light, I think we’ve had enough of personal opinions about things. But rather, we’re going in scripture to trace the word light. Not as you think about it, not as I think about it, but as those prophets who wrote about it knew it to be, for it was they who spent their life spans, demonstrating the power of that light. Proving to us, that they had something that we could depend upon, and if we ever call ourselves Christians or whatever we do call ourselves, if we are to believe in the Gospel, then the authority of those who say, “Ye are the light,” must be witnessed in our own consciousness if we are to be illuminated.
Now Paul said, “Put on the full armor of light,” in a way he may have made a mistake, because the moment you hear that, you respond with the idea, that I will use the armor of light to protect myself. The Master went further, he did not say put on the full armor of light, he said, “Ye are the light,” and that distinction is the distinction between the Master and Paul; “Ye are the light,” then we search the scriptures to know what it means.
Now perhaps some of you want to take down a list that I have prepared, maybe it’d be better if we do that later after the class. And now we proceed in our pilgrimage through the Bible, to find in the Bible itself the very meaning we seek. We’re going to start with the Master’s words in Matthew, in the 5th chapter in the Sermon on the Mount.
“Ye are the light of the world, a city that is set on a hill cannot be hid, neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick and it giveth light unto all that is in the house, Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Now then, the salient fact seems to be, that every one of us, is the light of the world. These words are not spoken to any particular individual, they are impartial words, they are not singling out this one or that one. They are not singling out any nation, any race, any creed, or any color, they are speaking to the human race, and they say, “Ye are the light of the world,” and so we have here, a light that is not individual but universal:
“A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid, neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel but on a candlestick and it giveth light unto all that is in the house.”
And then the command, “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Now then, I am that light, each of us sitting here is that light, and the one whose words we respect, the Master says, “Let your light shine.” And my question is what is my light? Where is it? How do I let it shine? What’s the way? I really do not know what that light is. But scripture does. Now let us see in John, we find a very illuminating statement, right at the beginning in the first chapter, “In him,” speaking of God, “was life and the life was the light of men.” Now the light that I am, is told here as the life of God, “In him was life and the life was the light of men,” because we are the light and the light is the life of God, we are the life of God. Now that should be established clearly and definitively, as the fact given to us by the Master. You are the life of God, because the light that you are, is the life of God.
Now dwell on that a moment and try to recall in the entire past human span of your life, how often you have been aware or unaware that the life of God is you. But that’s what the Bible says. Think of the moments, the years, in which you have acted without the knowledge that the life of God is you. Is it a wonder then, that we have experienced problems that we have not been immune to the world’s disasters that we haven’t been under the government of the life of God, in as much as we have been unaware that the life of God is our life?
And then the mind says, ”How can I be the life of God? Look at my mother and father were they the life of God? Look at the hard life they had, look at all the tortures that have gone on in this world, were they the life of God? What about the children who suffer form malnutrition, are they the life of God?” and the answer is, no, they’re not.
The moment that we hear that we are the life of God, the light of God, we are learning that we are not what we have thought we were.
We come into this world and grow into the belief that we are mortal beings. Is not God immortal; is the life of God mortal? Can the life of immortality be anything but immortality? Is not God all, and is not the life of God immortal as God itself? So we find that we, accepting mortality, have actually denied that we are the life, the light of God. We, accepting mortality, have lived under the assumption, that we are another life, not the light of God. For we know now that the life of God being immortal, when we accepted mortal life as our life, we accepted another life than the life of God, and that other life which we accepted, is the life which has been subject to the problems of this world.
The Master wasn’t here to merely give us words to rhyme or words to read, but rather, words to lift us, beyond the temporary limited concepts of the human mind. To lift us into the Kingdom of God on earth. And that meant a change, a change from the human belief, and one of those beliefs is that I am a mortal being, with a life that must end, with a life that is subject to all the good and evil of this world.
But if, ye are the light of the world, and the light is the life of God, how can the life of God be subject to the good and evil of this world? And so the Master is revealing, the nature of the hypnosis of the human mind. That which later would say, “Awake thou that sleepest,” is telling us that mortality is a concept of the human mind, which is not created by God, not sustained by God, not maintained by God, not under the law of God. And as long as we continue in the belief that we are mortal, we are outside the law of God and we are living in a second life, a second form that is separated from the very life of God which is all life.
Now as we learn that God is all, and that all life must be God life, we see that human life or mortal life is not God life, and therefore we find it to be, nothing but a concept, a concept which we live in until we cannot maintain the concept, and then because we are not aware that God life is the only life, and that we are that life, this concept brings about that appearance which we call death.
But there is a broader picture here, a far broader picture, and in your present level of consciousness you may have more than a glimmer of that. You may see for example, that what we have called human birth is not the beginning of God life. What we have called human death is not the ending of God life. And now you begin to see that there is something happening in this world which claims to be life, which the Master is alerting us to recognize as non-life. And soon you may even see that all life on this earth or what we have called life is really the preparation for life; it is not life itself. Just as we have called birth, the production of a baby into form, we discover that all that we have really called life is really nothing more than the labor pains preceding the real life.
So what we are going through now are these labor pains, the real birth was not in a physical form that took place years ago, the real birth does not take place with death either, the real birth is when you make your transition from being man of earth to being the light of the Father. That is the birth, the Master calls it the rebirth; you come out of the belief that I am physical form, subject to physical law, subject to physical death, subject to physical disease, into the realization that you are not physical at all, ye are the light of the world.
When this hits a responsive cord in your consciousness, when you accept the authority of the risen Christ, who says, “Ye are the light of the world,” then a change begins, and continues, as a living transformation, in which the light that you are, the life that you are, are revealed to you as Divine. You finally come to the conclusion that God is your Father. The only life you have is the Divine life. You have no life that can die, you have a conceptual life that can die, but the only life there is being God, your life is Divine. And you must come into possession of the awareness of that Divine life. Then these words have begun to open you up, then these words have a meaning, they are taken out of just a source of inspiration for an evangelical meeting. They come to have a purpose, and that purpose is to turn you from the belief that you are an individual, living in a mortal physical form, subject to the laws of this world. And the Master who himself was born into such a form, was able to rise out of that belief into the knowledge which could declare openly to the world, “I am the light of the world.” Once I was a physical form, once I was a human being, born of woman, once I walked in the world subject to the laws of the world, but then came illumination, then came the realization, that I am the light and the light is the light of God.”
And in that realization, he stepped out of mortal belief, into the mind of Christ. Out of the mind under the magnifying glass, which condenses all life down to a body, down to a physical self. All of that was crossed out. And he rose in consciousness, to the other side of the magnifying glass, to the other side of the five senses, no longer entombed within those five senses and all that he saw was Light and that light he said I am. For that Light is the light of God.
It is never separated from itself, it is Infinite. It has no place where it begins, it has no place where it ends, and in that Light there is no darkness at all. That Light he said, “I am.” God is my Father, I and the Father are one light, I am the Son of that light, all that that light has is mine, every quality in that light he said, is my quality. And so I can still the storm, I can cleanse the leper, I can walk the ocean waves, I can say to the cripple, “What did hinder thee.” Why? Because the light of the Father is my life and that light is the light of all men. For ye are the light of the world that I am. Call no man your Father, for one is your Father and because your Father is God and God is light, the light of God is the light of you.
With his demonstration of that truth he rent the veil. He was called the first born of the Father. We have walked right by, untaught, unknowing, unsuspecting, that the light which appeared on earth, under the name Jesus Christ is the selfsame light of our own being. And the authority for it is that very selfsame Jesus Christ, “Ye are the light of the world.”
Now this will fall on millions of deaf ears, it has already. But here and there, there is a child of God hidden behind a form, and the ears of that child of God, hears the Master’s voice within saying, “I am the light of your being, I can never leave thee or forsake thee, I in the midst of thee is greater than he that walks the earth.” And when this responsive cord is struck, there is a standing still.
I am the light, that is my name, that is my birthright, that is my identity, and as you stand still, accepting your identity as the light, your next problem is, what shall I do about it? Where do I go from here? You’re in the proper identity, but you don’t know where to go, I am the light of the world, I sense the meaning of it, but what is my next step?
Usually the very next step is to go right back into that human mind under the microscope, under the magnifying glass, the mind that never knew it was but a fragment without reality, the sense mind, which was subject to every form of evil on the face of the earth. And with that same mind we try to figure out what we’re to do as the light, but scripture says, “Oh no, no, trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not on your own understanding,” don’t go back to that human mind, to discover what you’re to do about the light, it doesn’t know, if it knew it would’ve done it.
You are to transcend that mind instantly, rather, accept the words of the Master as your authority. And the Master who tells you , ye are the light, has a far better plan than the human understanding would outline for you. The Master says, “All power is in God.” If you rely on the evidence of your human mind, you will continue to disbelieve that, and violate it, In fact, you will look out and there will be a son or a daughter, and a car heading her way, you will shout, “lookout! lookout!” that’s the human mind. But the divine mind has not placed a form in front of an automobile to be run down. The light of the Father is not going to be run down. Always in the human mind we will be tricked into appearances, very logical, reasonable, appearances, and we will feel that we must humanly save someone from a disaster.
But wait one second now, I am the light of the world and ye are the light and that light that ye are, is the light of that girl standing right where that automobile is coming, and it is the light of the driver. The light of the Father is immortal, if are you seeing another mortal being, then you’re back in your sense mind. And so all logic not withstanding, we listen again as the Master says, “Lean not on your own understanding.” Let us establish clearly and forever, that all power is in God! That means there is one power, and that power is the power of God which is the power of love, the power of life, the power of fulfillment, the power of peace, the power of harmony, the power of security, the power of protection. Oh, you say, “But where is that power? I don’t see it,” of course not, God did not create human senses, how can human senses see God.
But let yourself transcend those senses, and when you’re told to “Lean not on thine own understanding,” that means you must come to a level, where you do not stand there in your mind and say, “Only what I can understand will I follow.” You cannot follow the Master with your own understanding. If you were to limit yourself to your understanding, you will be limiting God to your level of understanding, and that would be like saying to a higher mathematics instructor, “Teach this three year old mathematics, but teach them calculus on their level of three years old,” it cannot be done, for calculus wouldn’t get down to that three year old mind.
God cannot teach you down on your level, you must accept God’s level on faith. God’s level is one power, functioning right where you stand now. And as you dwell in this a moment, you will see that it is very reasonable, because who is there and what is there that can remove the presence of God? Have we not established clearly the God is everywhere, omnipresent, right where you stand is Holy ground? “Neither lo here or lo there, but the kingdom of God is within you.” If God is everywhere, isn’t the power of God everywhere? Isn’t the sense mind unaware that the power of God is everywhere? Isn’t the sense mind experiencing only that which it can touch and see and feel? It doesn’t see and touch and feel the power of God. Who’s hypnotized, God or the sense mind? God is everywhere and the power of God must be were God is, and therefore the sense mind which does not experience that power must be hypnotized. It simply does not have the capacity to experience the power of God, but the power of God is present, right now.
There is a simple analogy about the sun, if you were an infant or a young child and your parents said to you that the sun had been stolen from the sky and that is why the sun was not shining today, you might believe your parent, that the sun had actually been stolen from the sky. And as you grew up, you would learn that the sun couldn’t be stolen from the sky, it has to be there. It might be momentarily covered by a cloud, but you could say with assurance that the cloud will pass and the sun will shine again. So would the power of God. But we in our infancy, spiritually, we have been convinced that someone could come and steal away the power of God, tuck it away on a shelf somewhere, or in a closet.
What we haven’t understood is that the power of God is always present and functioning at its fullness. And as the sun is never taken out of the sky, but is only covered by a cloud, so the power of God is ever present although our sense mind functions as a cloud. Our clouds of thought block our experience of the present power of the Father, and that power never extends into our clouds of thought for a very simple reason, our human experience never extends beyond our thought.
The sensory images of our mind are not the life or the mind of God, the power of God will not extend to the illusory nature of our thinking. The power of God functions in Reality, in the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. And we, skirting around in our thought, are pulling clouds down over that ever present power, and then seemingly knowing so much we have assumed that the power of God was absent. We have been so clever that we have been able to take God power and remove it. We who could not remove the sun from the sky, have been hypnotized into believing that God power could be absent from where God is.
As you rectify your error, and accept that there is no power present but the one power, of God, because it cannot go anywhere, “I can never leave thee nor forsake thee,” then we know that whatever demonstrates the power of evil, is as much a lie as the belief that the sun was taken out of the sky. If God power is present and functioning, then that which we see as evil cannot be there, even though we see it with our sense mind. How can the power of God be here and functioning and evil be here too? The acceptance of evil is the denial of the presence of God. And we inadvertently, in accepting the presence of evil in any form, have been duped by our sense mind into believing that God power is not present. But which is present, God or evil? They cannot both be present! The mind we have relied upon to lead us through life is revealed as undependable, it sees the evil, but it does not see God. God is here and the evil is not.
Once we have accepted one power, every so called power which contradicts the presence of God’s perfect power, is then revealed as non power. We have come into the understanding of the Omnipotence of the Father, only the Father’s power is present, and all that denies it is a liar. It has fooled our sense mind, but now that I have risen to the point where I am beginning to be the light of the world I cannot be fooled. God is present, God’s love is present, and every quality of the Father is equally present.
How could there be less of God over there than over here? How can God tomorrow be more than God today? How can there be love of God in one direction and not in another? And as I find the qualities of God are present where God is, then those qualities being harmony, peace, truth, love, intelligence, wisdom, justice, and equality, go on and on, and all that denies the presence of those qualities is again a hypnotism of the mind. The clouds of mesmerism are being dissolved, as we accept that I, being the light and life of God, am no longer subject to the material laws of this world.
I can stand me still and behold the salvation of truth. I can stand in the midst of mine enemies knowing there are none. I am the light of the world and they are the light of the world. The sense mind which sees us as different has been misled. I no longer have a sense mind as my God.
Now just as the acceptance of one power is possible, when you have accepted the allness of God, knowing there is nothing else present but God, we who wish to come to the realization of the light, let’s go many steps higher. When you understand that the allness of God, precludes the possibility of a second power, a power of evil, a power of destruction, a power of pain, because only the one power can be. You can then see something that has never been explained in this particular fashion before. Now this is a step for those of you who are ready.
Eternity is never less than Itself. There is no such thing as time in eternity, eternity is all this. Take a magnifying glass here and let eternity come through, and on the other side of it you’ll see time. The sense mind sees time where only eternity is. In time things become, things age, but just as false powers are accepted when you’re not in the knowledge of one power, when you’re in the knowledge of eternity as all there is, never becoming a fraction of itself, being eternally eternal, then you know that time, is a concept of the sense mind.
And just as it fractionalizes eternity, it then provides a concept as a basis for the process we call aging, becoming, growing into. But if there is not time in which to age, there can be no aging. If there is no time to become something, there can be no becoming. God isn’t aging, God isn’t becoming. The light of your being isn’t aging, it isn’t becoming, it isn’t growing, it is being.
And just as infinity, can either be fractionalized down into something finite; we discover that space too is a concept of the sense mind. For you to go somewhere requires space, for you to return requires space, but there is no space. And that reveals the going and the coming cannot take place, because there is no space in which it can take place, but it appears real to the sense mind.
God isn’t going and God isn’t coming, God is Omnipresence, and the light of God is Omnipresence. I am the light of God, ye are the light of God, the light is being, it is never becoming. You can never really become anything because you are Being Itself. Now remember, this is for those who are ready for it. And you’ll find that there is a reason we have to come to this.
Law, there’s only one law, and that law being Divine, there are no variations of that law and there are no inequalities in that law. And as you take the one, the one life, the one being, the one law, the one power, the one mind, these are all the qualities of the one Light that you are.
If you strive with a human mind to understand them, and level them to your degree of understanding, then you have lost the message of transcending the human mind. And so there’s a great surrender, in which you accept yourself to be the Light and then you accept yourself to be the qualities of the Light. And then all that denies the qualities that you are, is not you, is not part of you, and has as much power as the power of people to take the sun out of the sky; it can only have the power that you permit it to have by your belief.
And so you come to a place, where words can no longer suffice, where human thoughts are inadequate, completely in the way. You come to that level of no thought, above words, above thoughts, where you’re in the state of awareness, a state of Divine Consciousness.
You are the Light being Itself, and you find at that level, the Light dissolves the darkness, of human problems, human fears, human frustrations, human limitations. I, the Light am unlimited, and if there is a limitation anywhere, you have not accepted Identity. I, the Light am immortal, if you see a mortal on the face of the earth, even one, you have not accepted that God is the Father of all, and therefore all is immortal. If you see one mortal you are depriving that individual of the Fathership of God.
And as you dwell at this level, you really do experience a change in mind. A change that takes you out of the human mind, transcending the sense mind, opening your soul faculties, and gone is this magnifying glass, gone is the tomb of the senses, you are liberated into the wholeness of Being, into your complete Self, into the Infinite and it is there, that you will hear the ‘voice’.
Now we may feel, I can’t do this all by myself, or I can’t do this in a day, a month, or a year, but be assured that that’s just what you’ve been doing up to now. You have been developing within yourself a capacity to leave behind you the old man, and to put on the new man. You have been developing that capacity to suddenly burst forth into bud, and then into flower, and it doesn’t matter how barren it may have seemed to you or seems now, illumination comes quickly. Even though it may take years to come, when it comes, it comes quickly. You never know when. Your sole function is to continue in the Word of the Father, in integrity to that Word, in fidelity to the truth of your own being. Ever being lifted by the knowledge, that because you are the light of the world, because that light is the life of God, there must come a moment when the light breaks through, for it is the Will of the Father that you be perfect as your Father.
In your meditations this coming week, it will be expedient that you think of yourself as the light, and to go through your list as the qualities of God that are in the light, and to realize that right where you are being the light, those qualities are. What appears in the visible at the moment is the expression of the manifestation of your sense mind, plus whatever Spiritual development you may have had up until now. But what will appear will be the fruitage of your Spiritual progress, when you develop that fidelity and loyalty, not to personal self, but to the Word of the Father, to glorifying the Spirit of God, which is the Light of your being, rather than the personal sense of self.
How can you be the Light and be something else? And as long as you remain in the attitude of being something else, you are violating your own being, a house divided. But because you are the light, the Father says, “All that I have is thine,” My light is your light; My life is your life. Who is this Light that you are? Do we not see that the Father created man in his image and likeness, male and female created he them. We have been living as a mortal image, unaware that we are the Divine image, and that Divine image is the Light, and its name is the Son of God. Is there another Son of God that you know of? If you are not the Light can you be the child of God? If you are not the child of God can you be under the government of His love? Is there a second life? Is there a second Son? We know not any. We have made ourselves orphans by not accepting that we are the Divine image, seen through the glass darkly of the sense mind. And that Divine image that we are, is the Light of the world; not will be, not will become, but is. That has been the reality of our being eternally.
Do you see the word “Identity” then as a key, to your work in Spiritual unfoldment? If you are not in Identity you are out of focus. If you not meditating as a child of God, the Light, you are not making your contact. If you are not knowing yourself to be, the living Light of the Father, how can the powers of that Light express, when you are denying it to be your Identity? You are keeping yourself outside the Light.
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Now banish the magnifying glass, banish the senses, banish every limited perspective you may ever have and accept that he who walked the earth, demonstrating the power of that light, knew what he was talking about, and that his whole purpose on the earth was to show you what the light of your being can do. So that if you believe on the Light, the works that the light does, ye shall do, and greater works shall ye do. For the Light doeth its own works, when there is a house, a consciousness, that is not divided from that Light. This is the Grace of the Light accepted, and whatever ye shall ask in my name, as the light, shall be given unto you.
There are many ways you can accept the light, there are many ways you can deny the light. Every time you deny it as your being, you lose it, every time you say how unworthy you are; you are denying yourself to be the light. Every time, you speak about the times that you fear, when you doubt, when you lack, when you’re limited, you are saying I am not the light of God, and you’re pronouncing your own sentence.
When you are living in a life or a mind, which can look out upon the world and condemn and see evil and accept evil, you are saying the light of God is not the only light. Whenever you deprive another individual of the Fathership of God, you are denying that the light of God is the only light. Whenever you can look on this world and see any form of evil, you are caught in the mesmerism of that sense mind, which knows not the things of God, and you are losing the Grace of your being. Now then, you say I seek freedom, I seek peace, I seek security, this sounds fine to the human mind, but again, again, you are cutting yourself off from the light.
In the first letter of John, we’re told what the Light is again: “This then is the message which we have heard of him and declare unto you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all.” God is light, ye are the light. Now watch how it goes together, back in John, in the very first chapter, speaking of the Christ which appeared of Jesus, “That was the true light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” The light of Jesus which is called Christ was the light that lighteth every man that comes into the world, and the light then is identified as Christ, the light of the world. Ye are the light of the world, ye are Christ, the light of the world. And then in John, we find the Master saying, “I am the light,” establishing his name to be Christ, the light: “I am the light of the world, he that followeth me,” meaning, he who accepts himself to be the light of the world, “shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” Continuing in John: “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believe on me,” and this light that you are to believe on is established as the light of your being, “should not abide in darkness.” Now the light of the world that you are to believe on is your identity.
And in John again, we find a further explanation of the identity of that light: “He that believeth on him,” meaning on the light, “is not condemned, but he that believeth not, is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” Now here the light is identified as the only begotten Son of God, and it becomes clear then, to understand this, that he that believeth on the only begotten Son of God as his identity is not condemned.
If you do not except yourself to be the only begotten Son of God, the light, obviously you’re condemned, because you’re in a different life than that life which is the only life. And the condemnation is that you are in a state of nonexistence or asleep, or dead, which ever the word is that fits at the moment. Only the life of God is the Son of God, and if you are not accepting it to be your name, you’re in a state of non-life and that’s the condemnation.
But he that believeth not is condemned already because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. You see, the qualities of God can only function in the Son of God, and man on earth thinking of God, is dead is really dead himself, because in him the qualities of God are not functioning. He’s in a state of consciousness that is not accepting himself to be the Son of God, the light of God. “And this is the condemnation, that light has come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For everyone that doeth evil hateth the light.” We turn from the Christ, the light of our own being, because it would transform us from the qualities, from doing evil, which are part of the human mind, ”neither cometh to the light unless his deeds should be reproved.” So the Antichrist in us says, “I’m not the light, continue as before, and you must suffer, suffer,” but the Christ in us says, “I am the light, I am the way.”
Now if you’ve got it clear then, that the light of your being is the only begotten Son of God, then you see why Jesus, having accepted this to be the case would say, “Thou seest me, thou seest the Father who sent me.” He had accepted himself to be that Son of God, and whereas orthodoxy has concealed this by ignorance, we see that the Son of God he accepted himself to be was the light of God which all of us are. In that light is every quality of God expressing now. Now God is, here God is, here and now is the light of God, and as you accept this, you are now following Me. You are following the Master who says, “I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will not dwell in darkness.” When you accept yourself to be the light of the world, you will not dwell in darkness. For in that light are the qualities of the only begotten Son, which is your name throughout eternity.
Now you see how we’re coming to that oneness, I and the Father are one life, thou seest me thou seest the Father. When are you able to say this, that moment when you can say this with confidence is the moment when something touches you and says, “But you are the light, of God the Son,” and then you say within yourself, “But then. thou seest me. thou seest the Father, for I am the light of the Father, I and the Father are one light,” and in the knowledge of that, you’re in conscious union with God. Actually where you are, God expresses in fullness. And you see, because this is now the present state of your being, whether you are aware of it or not, whenever you believe you are incomplete in any way, in that belief that you are incomplete, you are saying, “I am not the light of God, I am not the child of God.” But, when you accept that I am now complete, you are saying, “I am the child of God, because the Son of God hath all that the Father hath.”
In your acceptance of completeness, you are accepting identity, and that acceptance of completeness is reflected in the way you move and have your being in this world, because you are complete as the child of God, as the light of God, you let the light do its own work, manifesting through your enlightened consciousness Itself.
Always, identity properly realized, makes you the transparency for the light. You cannot be a transparency for the light unless you’re in the identity realized as the light, and then through you the qualities must express.
The density of our human consciousness prevents us from being a transparency for the light, because really, when you think of being a transparency, you’re also saying at the same time, that humanly I am nothing, if you are something as a human then you are not the light. You cannot be the light and a human something, and so you find that the highest goal in your spiritual unfoldment is to be a nothing humanly, that is the goal, to be nothing. For only when I am nothing, am I the pure light, and then the pure light expresses as the allness of God where I stand. To die to mortality, is to be nothing, to die to mortality in consciousness, is to accept that God is all. And because God is all, there can be no mortality, and in the belief that there is a mortal me, I am denying the allness of God, and that allness cannot function in a mortal being. The light can only function as Itself and will only appear in the absence of the density of a mortal consciousness. Behind that veil of the mortal consciousness is the fullness of the light of your own being.
Again in John, we are told we are the children of the light, that’s for those of us who may still doubt that we are, “While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of the light, these things spake Jesus and departed and did hide himself from them,” it’s his authority that we are the children of the light.
Now Paul picked this up in Thessalonian and in Hebrews, I’m going to skip that, but I’d like you to look at 1 John again. For 1 John is either the John who wrote the original Gospel, or another. We’ll presume for the moment that it may be he, seasoned, illumined, free; it was he who wrote the Revelation of St John. And here he takes us into the realm of the light in a different way: “Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father,” we have learned that the light is the Son, “Whosoever denieth that he is the light, hath not the Father, but he that acknowledges the Son hath the Father also.” As you acknowledge the light, you are acknowledging that you are that light, and you are the Son, and then you have the Father.
Now this is from the highest consciousness on the face of this physical earth at the time it was written. Only John had the whole truth, at least he is the only one we know about, and he had studied, he’d reached the level where he could receive and commune directly with Jesus Christ in another realm. Which was the way the Revelation of St. John was written, and he says, “Unless you accept the Son, you do not have the Father,” and the Son he’s talking about, has been revealed as the light of your being. Unless you accept yourself to be that light, then you are separated from the Father. And right there you have the cause of every problem on the face of this earth. Man not knowing he is the light of God, does not accept himself or know that he is the light, and that light is the Son, and therefore man does not have the Father. And the grace, the glory, the power, the dominion, of the Father, which is the light of every man, is lying there, latent, waiting for man to acknowledge Me in the midst of him.
“Again a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you,” meaning, in Christ Jesus and in you, “because the darkness is past and the true light now shineth,” in other words, through Christ Jesus the veil of darkness was rent, and the light of each man was revealed, the light now shineth. “He that saith he is in the light,” if you accept yourself to be the light, say you’re in the light, “and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.” This is telling us that you cannot accept a personal light, the light is universal, the light is in every man, you cannot say it is mine and not his. Again this is being made clear by John. The only one you hurt when you say, “That fellow does not have the light in him, but I do,” the one you hurt is yourself and not the other fellow. This is very important; we must accept the universal light of all men that is the only way the light can function in you. “He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is no occasion of stumbling in him,” to stumble means to walk out of Eden, walk out of Grace. “But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.”
Now then, we are being lifted to that level of consciousness which says, “I cannot say less than the Master said, he said ye are the light of the world and I cannot say I am, but you are not.” He said, “Follow in my word,” I must say, ye are the light of the world, I must see this as the reality of every person on earth, no matter what appearance he is showing forth to me. This is the emphasis that John is bringing to us, that we do not break the continuity of the light, by excluding someone, for the one we exclude will be ourselves. I’m going to recommend that you read 1 John 3, 4, and 5. I’d like just to highlight just a few of them. “Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the Sons of God therefore the world knoweth us not, because it kneweth him not,” you see then the love then of God, is that you are the living light of God, and that love is Omnipresent.
Do you see then there is nothing you must do to make it so? It is an acceptance, rather than a doing of it, rather than an attaining of it, it is a fact. The light of God is your being and to John it represents Divine Love expressing, by making you His Light. And all we have had to do is learn to accept. All through 3, 4, and 5 of the first epistle, I mean the chapters 3, 4, and 5; you’ll find emphasis again and again and again on Love. And the emphasis is on Love because, as he puts it, because if you’re not loving then you’re not the Light, because the Light is loving.
You will recognize that if you’re not loving, you’re not accepting yourself and your neighbor as that light, and when you’re not accepting yourself as that light, its quality cannot function in you. You can have all the invisible abundance in the world and appear as a pauper, because you have not accepted that you are the light, and because you insist that the other fellow across the street isn’t the light, you are being kept from its experience in you. You can see now, that God can only function in the light, because God is the light, and unless you are transformed in consciousness to be that light, the function of God in you never takes place in your outer visible experience.
Now let’s look back, at what Matthew said originally to see if we can get a clearer feeling about it:
“Ye are the light of the world, a city that is set on a hill cannot be hid, neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick, and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
In the acceptance of light as your name, the good works will show forth and your light will be a blessing upon the world.
Now, you’ve undoubtedly heard of world work, and there are many people around the world who were taught to do world work. They will sit down and pray, they’ll pray for peace, they’ll pray for all kinds of things, under the assumption that they’re doing a great deal of good. The only way you’re going to do any good for this world, is to accept that you are the light, and that the light is everywhere. You will not then pray for peace, you will not then pray for harmony, you will not then pray for God to appear in various forms and conditions throughout the world, you will accept that God is already the light of the world in your consciousness, and that no one is excluded or can be, and you will accept that beside the light of God nothing exists.
There is no place where peace can come, no place where harmony can come; you will recognize that peace is there, in the light of God, harmony is there, in the light of God. There is no place where poverty can be stopped; abundance is there, in the light of God. It is important to see that God will never become abundance, become harmony, become anything, God is, the light is, we are the light of the world. No one can become what they are. It is the recognition of this Infinite Isness and the repudiation and rejection of every appearance to the contrary, so that I’m not trying end war, or end starvation, or end over population, or end the problems of the world, but rather, to know that God is all, and the light of God is all, and every appearance of a problem, is nonexistent in reality.
This must be your enlightened consciousness, if you would do world work. You have nothing to give the world if you come to it with a darkened human consciousness. Only the light of your consciousness can light the world, and ye are the light, and the world is the light, and every man who walks the earth is the light, and we are told, deny this to no man. Do not deny the presence of God anywhere. Do not accept the appearance of poverty as fact, or you deny the presence of God where the poverty is.
Wherever you accept any form of disease or error, you are denying the presence of God there, you are denying the universality of the light, and you are rising no higher than the human mind. We must be overshadowed by the Presence, always, to be lifted above human concepts. And as we are overshadowed by this Presence, we still have a distance to go, because there’s still a me being over shadowed. And if we don’t know there’s still a distance to go, because we have felt the Presence, we’re liable to be shocked into discovering that we’re not as high as we thought.
Always there are levels in which you feel the Presence, but you will never be permitted to be less than perfect. Do not be surprised at the catastrophes that seem to come before you from time to time. The only reason they happen is because you need them from time to time. You need them because you cannot leave the human experience with a flaw, if you do, you must come back. You are being perfected to the degree that you are flawless, pure, immaculate, in every possible way, because only the flawless can live in eternity.
And so, even though you may think you may have risen very high and then are startled when an accident has occurred, don’t be surprised, it was necessary, even though you’ve felt the Presence many times, there was still a ‘you’ feeling the Presence. There must come a time and a place and a moment when the ‘you’ that feels the Presence is no longer there. When you’re not even a Spiritual being, when you’re not a good being, when you do not have Spiritual quality, when only the Presence is there. We see thee, we see the Father who sent thee, and the total mortal consciousness, which says, “I felt the Presence last week,” is no longer there. All that is there, is what is ever been there, the pure undiluted Light of God. We are all being perfected to that level, and while we are being perfected to that level, accidents must occur. You must be lifted to a state of flawlessness, so that you make your transition into eternity, where you cannot survive with a flaw.
The message as always, let yourself be lived by the Christ. You will discover this light that you acknowledge to be your name is the power, is the light, is the truth, is the way, is the resurrection, is the will, is the allness of God expressing, and it needs no human help whatsoever. It lives itself perfectly, in order for you to be perfect, and when you do not permit it to do that, karmic law will bat you down, again and again, and again, because it is going to live itself, it is going to make you a perfect transparency until you realize you’re not even that, you are It, Itself. When there’s One where you are, and not the Presence and you, that is when the catastrophes, the accidents, the problems, and the lacks and limitations will cease. When you have died to mortality, when you are the living Light and only that Light, and then the voice, God, only speaks in the Light. God never spoke to a mortal being. God never heard of a mortal being. There isn’t a single mortal being on the face of the earth; God never made one. All is the light of God, and only in that light do we hear the Thunder of Silence that melts the illusions of the sense mind.
Then we’re no longer limited to the visible, tangible, manifestations of the world, but the visible universe, now is the Spiritual universe. We walk in the garden, as the light experiencing its own fullness, its own wholeness, its own completeness. All that that light is, is the completed demonstrated truth, already waiting only for your acceptance.
There’ll be twenty or so of us here next week and we will all be the one light, and that one light in the Silence will hear the voice of the Father. Then we will understand why John, who accepted himself to be the light of the Father could say, “The following revelation was given to me by Jesus Christ in communion.” We will understand that we, as the light, are moving into the Realm where all souls who have attained, now live. And we too may commune with those who have accepted and lived as the light, accepting no other God before that light.
You can prepare for next week by reading John, 1st epistle, chapters 3, 4, and 5, in addition to the page and a half in the Thunder of Silence, which is the last chapter, “The still small voice.” That’ll be next week and then the following week we’re going directly into the Revelation of St John.
If you’re reaching a place where you find your human mind does not function so well as its level that is exactly where we hope to arrive, a place where the human mind cannot function, for there is no human mind in eternity. We are letting the Light live Itself as us.
Well, I’ll look for you next week. Thanks for being here today……
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