THE HEART CENTER
ROBBINSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
Invites you to our Spring Seminar with
April 20-22, 2018
Mystical Prayer – Living The Impersonal Life
We will meet at:
The classroom on the beautiful grounds of
The Heart Center, 504 Mt. View School Road,
Robbinsville, NC 28771/ 828-498-2999
Accommodations: Please call Liz Velázquez at The Heart Center for reservations and other accommodations. Mention the Bill Skiles April Spiritual Seminar.
Or reserve at the Microtel Inn: 888-828-3563 or nearby Bed & Breakfasts located on-line. Or stay at The Fontana Village Resort: 800-849-2258.
Tuition $85.00. Send your tuition check payable to Bill Skiles along with your name, address and phone number to:
PO Box 2147
Robbinsville, NC 28771
Or go to the website: www.mysticalprinciples.com and use the donate button at the bottom of the web page.
Tuition is the only charge for class. There is no classroom charge.
By Joel Goldsmith
“Beyond Words & Thoughts,” – Chapter – “Truth Unveiled.”
“The Infinite Way,” – Chapter – “The New Horizon.”
By Herb Fitch
“Revelation of St. John the Divine.”
Schedule of Classes
Friday, April 20
3:00 PM—7:15 Registration
Saturday, April 21
Sunday, April 22
About The Heart Center
The Heart Center offers a wonderful spiritual energy, beautiful setting and an opportunity for one to slow down and connect to one’s inner self. Words really cannot do the place justice; one must experience the positive energy to understand why I tell you, The Heart Center will forever hold a special place in your heart. – Randy Conklin
Bill Skiles is the author of “Steps to Mystical Experience” and “Secrets of the Spiritual Kingdom,” both works filled with the gift of spiritual, mystical principles and their application to our twenty-first century lives; both with the intent to guide and call the truth student from the letter to the Spirit.
Bill graduated from Warner Southern College in Lake Wales, Florida, and has completed graduate work in child development and counseling. Bill lives with his wife, Madalyn in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina where together they have worked with over 110 special needs children and continue to give their services and love to these children.
At ten, Bill declared his desire to be a monk “to learn about God.” It was not a childish phase, but it was a circuitous route. Rather than becoming a monk, Bill experienced the relentless hammering and forging of life’s fires and turned inward for answers. With determination and surrender, Bill accomplished his childhood declaration; Bill learned about God.
Profound Spiritual experiences and Divine guidance gave Bill deep insight. His life has been transformed from the inside out. With his uncanny and personable ability to share the process of that transformation, he brings it alive and makes it accessible to others through the written and spoken word.
Bill shares his discovery of a Divine Presence alive to and in every one of us. This Presence is the God-experience that has been available since time began. Like Bill, in the inner temple of our being, we can learn how to be still and know that I in the midst of thee AM GOD.
Herb: Good afternoon again. If we may assume that to pray aright is to know God aright, then we may further conclude that to pray aright is to know Life eternal. For, to know God aright is Life eternal. And so the ability to pray aright becomes the very core of your work as a student of God, a student of Spirit, a student of the Infinite Way. To know God aright is the purpose of what we may call our demonstration and the way to knowing God aright is through prayer. Looking about us we see that the world does not know God aright and we further conclude in that direction that the world prays amiss. Praying aright and praying amiss, either one, will determine the direction in which our lives are lived.
Now, if we may take a woman whose son has gone to war, she prays that her son may come home. According to the latest reports forty thousand such mothers have failed in their reports about their sons in Vietnam. They have not come home nor will they come home. And their mother’s prayers have been amiss. But there have been other wars and other mothers for whenever a son goes off to war there is a mother behind who prays and a father. And because billions throughout the countless generations of this earth have not come home, we know that billions and billions of prayers by mothers and fathers have remained unanswered.
And we know that at this very moment all over the world people must be in many postures of prayer beseeching God to bring their children home, to safeguard them, to protect them, to bring them financial aid, to bring them health, to bring them those things which they feel they are lacking. And these prayers unfortunately will not find the ears of a God who can answer them. The world continues to pray amiss.
Now, I would like you to take the definition of the word atheism into mind for a moment and amend it. Our normal definition might read: an atheist is one who does not believe in God. Let’s add to that and let’s say an atheist is one who believes in the absence of God. And now let’s go back to this mother who is praying for her son to come back from the war. In her heart she is saying, dear God please protect Johnny, don’t let him be hurt and send him home. But when billions of mothers have said the very same and have failed, is it not an act of mercy to examine that prayer more closely? For that’s the very nature of all human prayer. It is based on an assumption that is very unique.
In contrast to that woman, take a child who is hungry and we can clearly see how unusual the woman’s prayer is and why it must fail. This hungry child has had a stomach with no food for days and suddenly in bursts his father, the door opens wide and there is daddy with his arms full of food. Bread, cheese, butter, milk and the child sees his father with his arms full of food. Does he now get on his knees and pray and say, Father feed me? Does he shout, Father I need some food or does he quietly assume now that my Father is here my hunger is at an end? In the presence of his Father, not a word need be spoken. He knows that his Father knows his needs and is there to provide for them.
And this mother reaching out to God to bring her son home is doing so because she has not accepted that God is where she stands. If she knew this to be so, would she send a telegram up to the sky? Would she reach out to a heaven that she cannot find? If she could accept that God is the place whereon thou standest, would she not be like the child who though hungry did not have to pray to his Father for the food. Would she not accept that in the presence of the Father is safety, protection, and life without opposite.
And so, the first major false premise of human prayer is that God is not here but there. And although this world believes in God, it also believes that God is not here but there. And if you accept the first definition we discussed that the absence of God, the belief in the absence of God is atheism, then you have mankind in atheism. You have the religions of the world in atheism in the belief that God is not here. And in this belief that God is not here, mankind is committing suicide and has been doing so ever since he began to walk upright on the earth. God is here and in the realization that God is here, human prayer must change. Instead of a denial of God’s presence, instead of a shouting up as if God was deaf and couldn’t hear unless we shouted, there comes a turnabout, a recognition, an acknowledgement. In thy presence is the fulfillment of Joy. In thy presence my son is safe. In thy presence I need not beseech for safety for this is the arm of the Father that stands right here now. And so we are learning that the basic premise behind false human prayer – the absence of God; when understood and changed, releases us from the assumption that we have to reach out beyond ourselves to find this God we so urgently seek.
Now, besides believing God is somewhere else and not here, it is necessary to see how we too fall into the other traps of false prayer, ineffectual prayer. prayer that is totally based upon all the wrong assumptions about God. Now even we, in our deepest studies fall into these traps. Even we deny the presence of God. Now when you seek God to make some form of remedy to correct your bad health or your bad condition of some kind, your prayer then is based upon another false premise mainly that God did not create a perfect universe and does not have the power to maintain a perfect universe. You are seeing imperfection. In other words, you are claiming that God does not know how to run a perfect universe and in this claim you are destined again to fail in your prayer.
There is a certain human ego, which feels that in some way it can advise the Father about things that are happening on the earth. And so first we decide I must tell God what is wrong. I must enlighten God. I, the creature, will tell the creator about the condition on earth of which he is unaware. I am stating that God is ignorant of my condition. And now I am stating that I can enlighten God about that condition and influence God to do something about it.
So that lay or clerical prayer both proceed on the same false assumption that we of earth can acquaint God with the conditions that are wrong on earth and influence him to make the necessary remedies. And here and there is one who thinks, oh, if only I could get God to run things my way. Now again, these attitudes though not consciously uttered, are the attitudes which motivate the prayers that we send to the hole in the sky. And when we wonder about the conditions we want to remedy, we are told they are the punishments that we receive for our miss deeds, our miss thoughts, punishment includes murder and war, and so we have to pick up the devil and let him get into the act so that the real bad punishments do not come from God. God only slaps our wrists. It is the devil who brings in the real serious punishments like murder and rape.
And now we have expressed the belief that God is impotent, God is cruel, God is lethargic, God is indifferent, God is ignorant, and very much absence from the human scene while Mr. Devil has free reign. Although this sounds ridiculous to us it happens to be what is taught to the world and practiced by the world in human prayer today. As absurd as it sounds and as unfruitful as it is, it is still the major method of human prayer: To ask God to do something that God would not have done unless we had sent up this prayer. We further accuse God of withholding from us those things that we need.
Now, I call this atheism. It is perhaps a worst form of atheism than the pure atheism, which says there is no god. At least that is one kind of ignorance. This kind of atheism is ignorance compounded with an inability to ever find that from which we are turning away. When we are praying amiss and repeating that prayer amiss in spite of the fact that it is unfruitful, we are at the same time turning away from that kind of prayer which is praying aright. And so until man, until religions are willing to face the fact that their modes of prayer are not only ineffectual but an insult to God and a form of atheism, a form of mass suicide, a form of total denial of that which is taught by scripture, then man will continue in his false mode of prayer and the methods outlined by the Master to remove the illusion of error from earth will be delayed.
And so we first, now, accept that any time we express a claim of any kind we are denying our individual identity. If you have a claim of sickness or lack or limitation, you are denying your spiritual identity. Certainly, you would never claim that Spirit is imperfect, lacking, ill, dying, aging. But, if you are these things you are then inversely saying that you are not Spirit. And in that claim, although you do not make it directly, you have accepted non-spirit as your Being and so it is with you. You have sentenced yourself.
Now, there was a way taught to us to pray aright. And when Joel brought us the Infinite Way, he revealed once more on this earth that there is an invisible Power. That it can be contacted, that meditation and contemplation were the way. And that the more you were able to meditate correctly and contemplate correctly and acknowledge the Presence within your Self, eventually would come that moment when the presence would reveal Itself and you would find that you and the Presence that invisible power were united, in a Oneness. A Oneness which when realized becomes praying aright. A Oneness, which can rest back in the knowledge that the invisible power is the Grace which is my sufficiency in all things. And then after announcing this truth, Joel, spent the next years showing us how to attain the realization of that Oneness through prayer, but not the prayer of the woman who asks God to send her son home but the prayer of the Christ, which acknowledges Sonship with God, One-ship with God.
That I and my Father are one and this invisible Power of the Infinite is the power that is in the midst of me. This I in the midst of me is the invisible power and the only Power. And as I touch it, I touch infinity and do not have to pray to Infinity. Do no have to beseech Infinity to send my son home but recognize that in the reality of the kingdom of God on earth, the only law, the only Power is the Power of Spirit and in recognizing my Identity as Spirit and the Identity of my son as Spirit, I have cast the mantle of spiritual law upon His shoulders. My prayer then is not one of beseeching but of the recognition of the Allness of Spirit released there by the recognition of it everywhere, including here. I have found that God is not there alone. We have discovered that the church when it banished God from the earth removed mankind from the possibility of living in the kingdom of God on earth and we in our own consciousness remove that error. God is not banished from the earth, God is the Substance of our Being, of our spiritual form, of our minds, of our bodies, of our activities, of our lives.
And now if forty thousand women praying for their sons could be taught the truth, their sons would be home. If forty thousand women bearing those children before they went to war had been taught the truth, their enlightened consciousness on this earth would have made it possible for hundred of thousands of other mothers and mothers to be, not to be faced with the problem of war. If the church could be taught to remove the banishment of God from the earth, to lift their minds and open them to the realization that the kingdom of God is within us and God is in that kingdom on earth, we would discover the praying aright which was taught by the Master, and by the Infinite Way. When we were told to be perfect as our Father which is in heaven and then told that the kingdom of God is within you, we were told to be as perfect as the kingdom of God within you. And finally, Where the Spirit of the Lord is there, there is liberty. But you are the Spirit of the Lord and if you do not have liberty, it is the lack of the realization that you are that Spirit.
Now you have a claim, do you see the paradox instantly? What are you really claiming? Can you possibly have a claim if you are the Spirit of the Lord? And if you do have a claim are you not denying yourself to be the Spirit of the Lord? Why go any further? That’s the problem – the inability to identify as Spirit, the inability to live in the conscious realization of spiritual identity, the inability to acknowledge the spiritual identity of our neighbors and there we have the denial of God, the banishment of God, the rejection of God in the very same moment that we are making a claim and asking for God’s help.
In the moment of crisis, of pain, of suffering, in the fear of frantic despair, we lose the capacity to see clearly and so we reach out. We have no time at that moment for God, as Spirit, as Identity. We even feel that somehow God has failed us, to permit us to be in this pain. But prayer is the ability to see through the hypnosis of that frantic despair. Prayer is the de-hypnosis from the appearances of the human mind. There is no one who has not been given the ability to contact the Spirit of God within himself. Each of us has this God endowed right and within each of us has been embodied the fullness of all that God Is.
Isaiah said, The spirit of the Lord is upon me and I am anointed to heal the sick. Jesus sent his disciples out without purse or script. That should have been a revelation to many. Of course, we assumed that he thought they could go begging and people would help them. But that isn’t what they were learning. They were learning that there is an I in the midst of me that goes before me and prepares a table for me. There is an I in the midst of me which knoweth my need. There is an I in the midst of me which governs all that I Am and knows no other power. There is a I in the midst of me which is self-revealing, self-sustaining, self-fulfilling unto eternity and it is my purse, it is my script, it is my food, it is my wine and my water. And so the way to pray aright is I, I in the midst of thee am mighty, I Am the way. Unless there is a conscious recognition of I in the midst of you, you will pray outside of yourself instead of in the inner sanctuary. Instead of the prayer in the recognition of I, it will be a false human prayer, which is a denial of the presence of I.
And so we have the way completed for us, demonstrated for us, gloriously told in words that will live forever, that I and the Father, I in the midst of you and the Father, I in the midst of you and the Spirit are One, and the Spirit of the Father and I in the midst of you are One Infinite being, One Infinite Power, One Infinite Substance, One Infinite Mind, One Infinite Law, and One Infinite Activity. And when you are standing in that I resting there confident, trusting, knowing, I in the midst of thee am The Christ of God. And I will live your Life. I will pour forth all that the human self had been seeking and more. I will prepare mansions for thee. I am the bread of life. I will nourish you. I am life itself without death. I will live you. I Am supply. I Am all that man has been seeking and I am on the earth. The earth is mine in the fullness there of. I Am the Substance of even those who deny me. I Am the Substance of the boy who went to war. I Am the Substance of the boy he will oppose. And in your recognition of the I that I Am in you, as the Infinite I of the Father, you are released from the false human concept of material selfhood. And you will not ask for a material self to return from war or a material self to have more food, or a material self to have more money. You will accept that I am All. That I Am the Infinite without opposite, without a second self, and you will deny thy material self.
We are coming to the core then of prayer. That our conscious union with God is the recognition of God’s presence as the very I of our own Being. This is so different than a request, than a petition, than an asking for help. It is rather an acceptance of the finished kingdom of God dwelling in the midst of my own Being ever ready to flow, to express, to reveal, to illumine, to display that perfection which is our birthright from the very foundation of the world.
Now, it isn’t a simple matter to drop your cares, to turn to I, and to relax in the face of the difficulties of this world. But, suppose once you know the Truth and recognize the difficulty of maintaining that conscious awareness, that you establish a specific program to enable you to maintain the awareness of identity, of One Self, of One Power, of Spirit being All, of no material universe, of no material conditions, of no apart-ness from anyone on the face of the earth or from the Father. Suppose you establish such a program.
Now, from the students that I speak with, even though many are dedicated, even though they strive valiantly ofttimes there is the belief that if it doesn’t come within the first ten or twenty minutes that if I stay in this thing for another half hour or an hour, it ought to come. But you must remember that you have before you millions of years of conditioning to undo. Even in some who feel their deep sincerity one told me the other day that she felt that she was still praying to a man with a white beard. And I am quite sure that in the back of our mind somehow we are personalizing God in some way. We are still thinking of a separate God. Some kind of a person who is hearing what we say, who will respond. And there isn’t any such God. The only God there is, is the Infinite Self. And it is perfect and it is functioning and there is nothing that you can say to it that is going to make it any better. It can’t be improved. Nothing can be added to God. Nothing can be taken away from God. Nothing can be added to Spirit or taken away. But you are Spirit. Nothing can ever be added to you or taken away.
You are a completed product, and as your consciousness expands to discover more and more and more about your Infinite Self, it becomes clearer that our problem is not to get, to acquire, to reach out for more but to have an expanded realization of the Infinite nature of our own Being. All that the Father hath is the nature of your own being. Your prayer is not words then. Your prayer is not the sound of your voice. Your prayer is not your thought. With words, with thoughts, with sounds we do not reach God at all, that’s the human concept. But we release the power of God in our own Being and it flows forth undirected, un-channelled, un-manipulated and brings into expression those higher degrees of Self that were beyond the reach of the human mind and we find that we are already self-endowed.
The spirit of the Lord is upon us. And just as the disciples were then empowered to heal the sick so are we. And the first sick who are healed are our own Being, our own false sense of self is healed by the flowing of that which we are. We know at that moment that Reality is all there is, that there are no opposites in Reality. That every time we had even thought for a moment of life and death, we were in opposites of youth and old age we were in opposites, of good health and bad health, of saint and sinner. All this was human concept. My Spirit, the Spirit of God cannot age. When was it born, when shall it die? The Spirit of God, it is diseased? It has a broken arm? You see how ridiculous this becomes, when the Spirit is upon you and you are resting in the knowledge that this is the Infinite Substance, the Infinite Being, the Only and you are released from the false concepts, the claim, the debts, the beliefs, the conditions. I don’t have to reach out any more to a God to say, Help me. I reach in and say, Thank you for being here. And then the imprisoned splendor appears.
Now, this is not a way of getting anything. This is a way of living so that if any one of us were to pass on today, the rest of us could accompany him in Spirit, knowing we are all exactly as we were yesterday. The Spirit itself is never going to change. Spirit has an Infinite way of expressing and I am prepared for every way in which it expresses in my expanded consciousness. I am never going anywhere, I will always be what I am this moment and ever have been, One with the Spirit of God, One Spirit. From this we lose our fears and our concerns and we dwell instead in an invisible universe which becomes more tangible, as more and more of the impurities of human thought are dissolved.
As we lose this fear and that uncertainty and this claim and that concept, as we become more and more aware that I am not a material being, that there is no material being, the shreds of thoughts are pushed aside. And the Light, the light which has ever been present, waiting for the density of your thought to be removed shines forth and you are called, Pure at Heart. One minded instead of double-minded. And you are now the Light Itself realized, but you are standing there in the same, appearing physical form you haven’t gone anywhere you are merely enlightened, you know the truth. You are a living state of prayer, a living state of prayer, which Knows thou seest me, thou seest the Father, thou seest me, thou seest Spirit. That’s my Name. That has ever been my name. That is my Identity. And because you know how difficult it is to maintain this awareness, you must prod yourself consciously, frequently. Not prod God, prod the false human consciousness which doesn’t know God is its Substance. And so you are living in a permanent state of dwelling in the knowledge of your identity. And this is prayer; the recognition of Self as the Spirit of God is prayer. And it does lead to conscious union, it does lead to absolute prayer, communion, in which the individual soul and the universal Soul are communing as one Soul and the Infinite is gracing the individual life. All of the clutter, all of the claims, all of the belief in a life apart from Spirit diminishes into zero, the arm of flesh is gone. I Am the Spirit of God.
We are praying but we haven’t asked God for a single thing. We haven’t told God to help us. We haven’t told God what we lack or what we need. We have accepted the Word of God, the I of God as the I of my Being and we know that I being all-intelligence, all-power, all-presence needs no direction from any human consciousness. Why is it so hard to reach? It has to be. If it could be reached easily man would control it, man would direct it, man would mutilate it, man would pervert it. It must be beyond the reach of a human consciousness and you will only find it when you step out of that human consciousness. Then in that self-surrender, from the human consciousness, all fall under the perfect spiritual law of Infinity. It must be out of reach to draw us unto Itself.
So, we have a fairly good start on the subject of prayer. We know some of the mistakes the world has made. Some of the methods whereby it has turned away from that which it had sought. Some of the methods whereby it has turned away from the Christ teaching of the New Testament and has lived in the Ten Commandments of old Judaism thinking it was living in modern Christianity. I Am, which is the Christ of God, is Christianity and it is above all lines of sectarianism. It has nothing to do with one nation over another or one religion over another and it is the world religion, the recognition of the Infinite invisible power as the invisible Identity of all men. Whoever embraces this finds the power of it and the release from this world while walking ostensibly in this world.
Let’s hold our Silence a moment before we have a rest.
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Ever-present Eternal Life experienced only in Christ Consciousness is the most priceless pearl of all. Reveal your immortal spiritual kingdom to me. Reveal your will to this mortal creature. Increase my spiritual understanding day by day. Erase my beliefs in human karma as I accept my divine substance and divine substance of all. Open my inner eye to truth, dehypnotize me from false beliefs of the mind for there is naught but your infinite spiritual Being, your infinite spiritual Power, your infinite spiritual Life eternally. It isn’t recognizable perhaps as The Lord’s prayer but as we look at The Lord’s prayer we begin to see why this paraphrasing was made up. You know, it is a funny thing about The Lord’s prayer although we have all studied it and heard it and spoken about it, it always reveals greater depths to us. It never ceases to show how Infinite Truth Is.
When the disciples said, Master how shall we pray, He didn’t teach them The Lord’s prayer first. He first took them out of false prayer. We ought to look at that in the Sermon, Thou when thou prayest … I am skipping some purposely … thou when thou prayest enter into thy closet. Now, it should be clear that if we are going to seek God, we are not going to find God in a closet. And so we know the kind of closet he is speaking about should have opened the consciousness of the world. He was revealing there is something in the midst of you unnoticed. And thy closet then, is beginning to reveal itself as the “secret place” where you locate the Most High. Enter into thy closet and when thou has shut the door and again we see that shutting the door then must indicate we must shut the door on something. And we find we must shut the door to world thought. To enter into the secret place and then shut the door to world thought was the preparation for The Lord’s prayer. And when thou has shut the door, pray to thy Father which is in secret.
Now, this isn’t a woman crying out to heaven to God to send her son home. And if she were following The Lord’s prayer she would have entered her closet, the sanctuary of her own Being; she would have shut the door to the belief of the world in mortality, materiality, a life apart from the Spirit, apart from Reality, a life that can be terminated. And with this door shut she would be now ready to pray to her Father which is in secret. In secret means within, in the midst of you.
But the Father is Spirit. How do you pray to Spirit? You see the recognition of Spirit within as her Substance constitutes the prayer. Oh, I Am Spirit, yes, God is Spirit, yes. Are there two spirits? No, there is One. Then God is my Spirit, yes and what am I praying about? And that is the very next line. My Father which seest in secret shall reward thee openly. The minute you recognize God’s Spirit as your Spirit, you have your reward openly because Spirit can never be less than Itself. Right where you are is the protection you had sought five million miles away and the God you had sought five million miles away.
You see how strange it is that religion has been teaching us to do a thing that cannot be done. Now, suppose you wanted to tune in your radio and the little knob you wanted to turn was five million miles away and your arm is just two or three feet, how do you reach it, how do you tune in to that knob five million miles away? You would never get your radio to work and we haven’t been able to get God to work for the same reason. The control isn’t out there it’s in our closet when we have shut out world beliefs, when we recognize spiritual identity that Spirit we recognize reveals I Am the Power and this is how we are rewarded. That Spirit of our own Being recognized becomes our Spiritual power realized.
How does that cover your needs? God is perfect; Spirit is all there is. Spirit doesn’t have any mistakes. Spirit provides. Spirit can never be unlike Itself and so the next line says, When you pray, use not vain repetitions. It’s taking us out of words, out of thought, out of the belief that we have to speak to someone to get something into the recognition that we are that which we are speaking too. We are those qualities we are seeking to find. You are that One that you have been praying to. But by praying to another you have denied that you are that One. I Am all that I seek. And then to end forever the belief that man has the power and the right or the ability to enlighten God; here comes a line that every church prayer contradicts and every human prayer, totally in contradiction of this simple line, which is here to enlighten us. For they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking, be ye therefore not like unto them for your Father that is the Spirit of your being knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask Him. Just think of the billions of prayers that have contradicted this Word of God revealed. All believing that we can tell God who is ignorant of these conditions all about them. World leaders praying to God for peace telling him there is a war on this earth and we need His help to bring peace.
It makes you sick when you realize that the world leaders have not acknowledged the Spirit of God of their own Being, present, at peace, perfect, maintaining a perfect universe. And then you look around at poverty, the unawareness of the presence of God; starvation the unawareness of the presence of God; sickness the unawareness of the presence of God. Lack, limitation, every form of human catastrophe comes down to the same thing, unaware that the place whereon thou standest is holy ground and the mind which insists on denying that fact because it sees and therefore it knows more than God.
Once we have done this we are ready for the prayer. Not our prayer, The Lord’s prayer. The prayer of the Spirit within us; not of our mouth to the Spirit; not of our mind directed to the Spirit to advise it of what we need, but that prayer in which we receive from the Spirit we acknowledge as our Substance. The prayer in which we are meek unto the Spirit accepting its presence, its fullness, its glory listening to the prayer of the Father within us and that’s The Lord’s prayer. It is righteousness revealing Itself.
Now, when I read you this little piece at the beginning it was to start a discussion. For instance we used the line ever-present Eternal Life. We are not trying to improve The Lord’s prayer we are trying to clarify it. Our Father is Spirit. Spirit is Eternal Life; Spirit is ever present. Our present Eternal Life is our acknowledgement that Eternal Life is present and it is mine and it is yours and it is his and it is hers. It is our Spirit. It is a universal Substance, a universal Being. And so now we can no longer say, our Catholic Father, our Protestant Father, our Hebrew Father, our white father or black father. We cannot call one a saint and one a sinner. Our Spirit cannot be broken down into colors, or creeds, or religions, or nationalities. There is only One Spirit it is our Spirit. This is where Joel discovered infinity, the Infinite Spirit, the One Infinite Self acknowledged at the beginning of The Lord’s prayer. And you are acknowledging it within the sanctuary of your own Being. My Spirit is thy Spirit and thy Spirit is my Spirit. We are One Spirit and that is the revelation of our Father. Now we are One with each other consciously, infinitely and to deny it for one is to deny it for ourselves. How can we know this, that the Infinite Spirit is our Being? Well, Our Father which art in heaven. And the only way we will know it is to be in heaven and heaven is here revealed as the 4th dimension of Consciousness. Our ever-present Eternal Life is revealed in the 4th dimension of Consciousness, in Christ Consciousness, in spiritual awareness we discover we are the One Infinite Spirit.
The Lord’s prayer starts out then to enlighten the world that there is One Infinite Spirit which you can experience when you are in Spiritual Consciousness, Our Father which art in heaven. Eternal Life can be realized only in Christ Consciousness. And so we must keep this knowledge as our ever-present light. This must be our perpetual conscious awareness. It is in this Realization that we dwell, That I Am the Infinite Spirit of the Father and thou art and as I dwell in that awareness I am accepting the One Infinite Self to be my name, my Being, thy Being. I am not dividing it. I am not denying it for one and accepting it for another. It is the only Self, the One, it is hallowed, and it is uppermost. I am accepting the Infinite selfhood as the only Being on the earth and in this Consciousness we are living in my Name, my name being Spirit. And now we have already completed The Lord’s prayer if we don’t go another step because if you live in that Consciousness everything else must follow. In that Consciousness you don’t have to ask for daily bread because the daily bread is that Spirit Itself. It can only give of Itself and if you are living in the awareness of it, it is flowing to you. And that daily bread Joel wrote a whole book about it, he called it – Consciousness Unfolding, daily bread, spiritual understanding.
And in Luke it is said a different way. Give us day by day our bread. In other words each day increase our Spiritual understanding. Each day increase our consciousness to know more and more of Reality. And the rest follows automatically that you will be in a permanent state of forgiveness because you already accepted Infinite Spirit as the name of the other fellow and therefore there can be nothing there to be condemned. You have seen the fact that human consciousness is not there only Infinite Spirit is there and you have forgiven your debtor. You have forgiven him his false concepts. Why? Because you have recognized his Spirit and your Spirit as One Spirit and in the recognition of that you too are forgiven. You too are wiped clean of material belief. Now you have no karmic debt.
Now you don’t have to worry about all the mistakes of the past – they are wiped clean. Your debts were your false concepts. Your debts were the degree to which you had departed from the knowledge of Self as Spirit and the further away from Spiritual Identity you had walked the greater your debts. But you are keeping my name of Spirit hallowed. You are dwelling in that Consciousness and therefore Karma is erased. Yes the Karma of past lives, the Karma of this one, even the belief that there were separate individual lives all is revealed as the continuous spiritual Self. All of the parentheses are erased. You stand revealed as the living Spirit which you are acknowledging to Be, your Self to Be.
Now where is temptation? Only, in this remnant of a human mind. It isn’t the things of the world that are the tempter they are the effects. It’s this human mind which projects the belief in these things. Now they can be wonderful things from a human standpoint. But there was a mighty revelation in Joel’s work about the fact that life and death are one and the same, good and evil are one and the same, saint and sinner are one and the same, bad health and good health are one and the same. One and the same illusion. There is no good matter and there is no evil matter. There is no saintly matter and no sinning matter, there is no good health in matter and bad health in matter there just is the illusion of matter. The temptation is to believe in matter and the temptation to accept the evidence of the mind that matter is here and it hurts or it doesn’t hurt, it is swollen or it isn’t swollen.
This is the temptation but when you are living in the knowledge of Spirit as identity, it prevents the acceptance of the temptation to believe in matter as reality, life, presence, and substance. And so you find that your claim of an unhealthy segment of matter is the yielding to the temptation, which should reveal to you the degree to which you have departed from your spiritual integrity. For Spirit prevents you from being lead into temptation, into the belief in material reality, whether it be good or bad matter. It delivers you from all forms of material beliefs; the reason is you acknowledge that there is only one Substance that exists that Substance is the Spiritual kingdom of God. Here Jesus revealed the Spiritual kingdom as the only, For thine is the kingdom. This is total acceptance, there is no matter to tempt me into the belief of good or bad matter. There is no physical wealth, there is no physical lack, and there is no physicality.
And while the human mind vacillates between the two, the Master teaches us the total acceptance of spiritual identity as The Lord’s prayer. Our prayer is the acknowledgement of the ever-present Spiritual Identity of God as the only Life that can ever exist, the only Power that can ever exist and that any other form of glory than Spiritual glory is living in unreality. He is revealing the absolute Truth that God alone Is. This is his statement about the Allness of Spirit. Our acceptance of the allness of Spirit is The Lord’s prayer. And we who do not accept the Lord’s prayer as the Allness of Spirit are not praying aright. We know that to find one person on the earth who prays aright would be a miracle. We all know that even Paul could not pray aright. That each of us finds many reasons why we cannot pray aright. But when we learn our mistakes we make the correction and when we falter we make the second correction and as often as we falter we make that correction again. For ultimately, we will come to the place where, hallowed be thy name is within the precinct of our ability to follow. When we can truthfully say, Thine is the kingdom, thine is the power, thine is the glory and because I and thee are One, the Spirit of my Being is the kingdom and the power and the glory of God now and here and I can rest in this with peace and confidence. That in spite of every appearance the Truth can never change and it will be the appearance when I am able to relinquish the false powers of the mind which try to persuade me that there is another kingdom, another power, another glory, another presence, another life, another Substance, another condition other than pure Spiritual Reality.
If I am impure at heart so be it. If I am Pure at Heart this is what manifests. Now, it is no crime, nothing to feel guilty about when you realize that the human race is impure at heart. There wasn’t a disciple of Jesus who was pure at heart when he took them on and they weren’t much purer when he left them. It took quite awhile and much deep inner dedication.
Now, one of the strange things that you can discover for yourself is that instead of expecting the Spirit of the Father to anoint you because you are meditating three times a day. Realize that the momentum of every day and every century is still moving within your consciousness and this momentum permeating all of your humanhood has created a force like gravity so strong that you don’t even recognize it’s effect upon you. Three meditations a day are not going to offset it and so prayer must become your conscious way of living, so that there is no place or time when you are not in a state of prayer. We call prayer that way meditation with your eyes open.
Now, I want to suggest to you that you set aside one day, your day, call it The Lord’s Day if you will. Make it a day in which you know you are free, that you won’t be disturbed, you don’t have a job that must be done, you don’t have to report anywhere. Make it your own individual retreat day and for that day devote your time to living in the acknowledgement of Spirit as the only Being. To that day give your Self completely to The Lord’s prayer. I mean no social events, no friends, a complete day of solitude with The Lord’s prayer. And I don’t care who you are or where you are in consciousness, you will discover the power that is inherent in The Lord’s prayer to anyone who will take the time to expose themselves to it.
Now, your day of prayer would go something like this: In the morning you will just take the first line. Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name and that would be your mornings work. Now, in that morning you would take that into contemplation and then into silence and then you would go about the day’s chores at home which might consist of preparing dinner for the family, fixing the garden but remembering that throughout that morning no matter what you are doing physically you are living in the understanding that our Father is the Spiritual Identity of everything you are touching. It may look like an egg, it may look like a flower, he may look like a man, she may look like a little child, but our Father which art in heaven hallowed be thy name. The recognition of Spirit as the Invisible Identity of everything that appears as matter becomes the morning chore behind all that your hands are doing and your eyes are seeing. This is a conscious practice that morning and in the course of that morning you would have one or two meditations. But in between those meditations would be this constant awareness of the invisible Spirit as the only Present Life.
Then you take a little more of it in your afternoon. Go about your business as usual always remembering that the words you are holding in consciousness are more than words, they are Truth which must now become acknowledged by you, all around you, in the things you see and do. And so this afternoon you are the Spirit of forgiveness. You have no complexes about the fact that you have any human debts of any kind, that you have any old problems to iron out, that there are still some unsolved conditions. You are facing spiritual Truth and releasing yourself from the bondage of the false yesterday, consciously this afternoon. You are receiving the Word within, the Divine plan in you is unfolding as your daily bread. You are making that your specific afternoon to listen to Be meek unto the Spirit.
And by evening in your contemplation you are recognizing that thine is the kingdom only this, only Spirit is here. Only Spirit has ever been here. There has never been the tree of good and evil. There has never been an evil on the earth. There has never been a birth. There has never been a death. There has never been a sickness or a disease. Thine is the kingdom. This evening I am recognizing that only Spirit has been, Is, and ever will be. There is no other power to be here but the power of Spirit. Of course as you go through a day of this kind, nothing that you would normally do, need not be done, except that behind all that you do is the substratum of Spiritual Consciousness.
Now, who has given himself the opportunity to experience that one day of retreat in the Spirit? Right there where they are without going somewhere, without taking a trip somewhere, without finding a quiet place somewhere, but right here where I stand, Spirit is and I am going to live in Spirit this day. And you are thinking, Oh, you haven’t seen my house. Well pick a day when you can honor the Spirit, there must be one and the point of it all is this; by the time your morning has come up to say, eleven or twelve o’clock you will know why you have been doing this. You will have found the depth of your Self quite different than your fifteen or half-hour meditation of the morning. Because now you are not just meditating, you are praying. You are living in Spiritual awareness and all of your questions begin to find answers. Before you were saying, Why can’t I be still? Because you hadn’t done this. Before you were saying, Why can’t I keep that mind quiet? Because you hadn’t been living this way. Before you were saying, Other people get results why don’t I? But now you are seeing that prayer really means living in Spirit – always.
And as you do this for one day, not just a morning, not just an afternoon—one day. You might be a little tired at 4:00 but you may be sure that will be one of the happiest days, one of the most rewarding days and your Father who seest in secret will reward thee openly.
For you see when you are living The Lord’s prayer instead of talking it, all of the seeds of Divinity, which you are, is being nourished by the fullness of God. Capacities hidden within you begin to bud and to bloom – depths beyond your mental capacities reveal themselves. A new you begins to emerge. And you say, All from one day? Yes, from one day because in that one day something happens, something happens and you are never the same. In that one day, you succeed in shutting the door of your closet. Something you have found very difficult to do for a long, long time. You thought you could sit down and shut the door quickly but you cannot. But when you dwell in the Spirit for that day, it isn’t too long before you realize the world is no more with you. The door is shut and then comes the great revelation.
Once the door of the world is shut, you have Spiritual realization. What was lacking wasn’t that Spirit wasn’t there it is the clutter of the world was there making it impossible for you to attune yourself to the present of the Spirit. And because of the continuation of living in Spiritual awareness, consciously, suddenly you realize something has fallen away, the world has, human thoughts have. I am in a different country right here in my own living room. It is the kingdom of God. Something swirls in and lifts you up and says I Am come. All because the world shut out, reveals something that was there all the time. And the mind now, uncluttered, you become conscious of this gleam of Light. There is no way to explain it, something happens, there It is. I Am. You feel It, you know It. And then you know why it was necessary to have a day of prayer.
When the Presence announces Itself, you can never be the same. There is no return to the old consciousness then and this Presence says, You don’t have to work so hard I have been here all the time. You didn’t make me come here, you didn’t reach out to get me. You simply dropped what wasn’t you and discovered that I Am here and I Am you and I Am the Grace that you have been seeking. That name which you kept hallowed was your Own Self. And now I will take over from here. I will show you what it is to live in the kingdom of Spirit. And then out comes the oil and you are Anointed, Initiated into Reality. And instead of talking about life and trying to improve life something says, I Am the Life and beside me there is no other.
Whenever I find myself stagnant, I take my day of prayer. In my mid-morning, I say to myself why in the world didn’t you do this before? Why did you let those last four days go by? Just being a token to Spirit. And I am sure eventually I will be wiser than that and not have to chastise myself, because as we do this allowing nothing in this world to tempt us from that day, we begin to glimpse a greater more beautiful universe than the mind of man can imagine. Right where we stand.
Now that’s our chapter today on prayer and the recommendation that we would like to make. It might fall into a weekday for some of you, Saturday for others or Sunday for others. Don’t think now while you’re in this day that you can’t read a book, you can even go boating if you want to. It is where your consciousness remains that day, which will determine whether you are in The Lord’s prayer or not, whether you are in the acceptance of Spirit as the only Being or not.
And for those of you who have had rough sledding in this work, this will do more for you than for anyone else. It will answer an abundance questions that you have sought to find answers for and it will also suggest questions that you should have been asking. Identity, I Am that Spirit of the Lord and our Spiritual Integrity, which permits us to maintain this awareness is the living of The Lord’s prayer which the Master gave to his disciples when they said, how shall we pray.
You will notice how every chapter in Joel’s books adds another facet to our understanding. This leads directly to Metaphysical Healing doesn’t it? We have seen how Our Spiritual Existence, our understanding of Christ, Soul, our understanding of Prayer leads into Metaphysical Healing. Because when you are living in a constant state of prayer, you will not need healing, the prayer, the awareness of Self is the healer. You have released the Saviour within and watch how subtly then Metaphysical Healing will solidify all that you have done up to this point, so that suddenly you find you are a practitioner, because the Master within you is the practitioner if you are faithful to the Master. That will be next week. Consciousness unfolding now each Sunday is our Sunday bread and we will be looking for your higher Consciousness to lift this group so that as we approach the great chapters on New Horizon and New Jerusalem, we should feel that we have no feet on the ground.
A very happy Sunday to you all.
We have a 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 at one time we all thought the light was some form of higher inspiration. To physicists the light would be dancing to 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 that is infinite.
Now I would like you to look at this. This is a magnifying 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 is compressed and here is this brain receiving all the light at one point. And that the point where the brain receives all 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 are limited only to what pours 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 many thousand and thousands of years. With his five senses used as an antenna, he receives it seems the outer light of the world and then this light pressing into his brain gives him his opinions, his thoughts, and his beliefs. The sensory images that he judges to be external to himself. 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 is a fire and his two children are burned. Then he realizes he does not 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 are facing front with the forces creeping up behind us. And ultimately, even though our vanity is high we must admit to ourselves that as a human being we are subject to every possible disaster and catastrophe on the face of the earth.
Now along comes the Master. He says there is another way of life. Instead of being a five-sense antenna, 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 parameter who have discovered another universe. A universe where the environment around man is not unfriendly. Contains no disasters, contains no catastrophes, and 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 ought to live in a world where madness prevails, where inhumanity prevails, where corruption prevails, where disease prevails, and where there seems to be no antidotes for these things. We listen carefully then to the master’s words. I am the light of the world. I am 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 am not going to give you any personal opinion about the meaning of the light. I think we have had enough of personal opinions about things. But rather we are going into 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 span demonstrating the power of that light. Proving to us that they had something we could depend upon. And if we ever call ourselves Christians or whatever we do call ourselves, if we are to belief 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 scripture to know what does it mean.
Now perhaps some of you will want to take down the list that I have prepared. Maybe it would be better if we do that later after the class. Now we proceed in our pilgrimage through the Bible to find in the Bible itself the very meaning we seek here.
We are going to start with the Master’s words in Matthew 5:14-16 (Sermon on the Mount). Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an 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.
Now the salient facts seem 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. The 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 set on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do men light a candle or put it on a bushel or put it on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are 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 word 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 is 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 of John 1:4.
In him 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 (pause) and try to recall in the entire pass human span of your life how often you have been aware or unaware that the life of God is you. But that is what the Bible says. Think of the moment, the years in which you have acted without the knowledge that the life of God is you. Pause
Is it a wonder then that we have experienced problems? That we have not been immune to the world’s disasters? That we have not been under the government of the life of God and 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. Where they not the life of God? Look at the hard life they had? Look at all the tortures that have gone on this world. Were they not the life of God? What about the children who suffer from malnutrition are they not the life of God? The answer is no they are not? The moment we hear that we are the life of God, the light of God, we are learning that we are not what we had 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? And 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 life 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 other than the life of God. And that other life which we accepted is the life, which has been subjected to the problems of this world.
The Master was not 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 beliefs and one of those beliefs was 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 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. 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 mortals 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. But 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 all that we have called life is really nothing more than the labor pains preceding the real life. For what we are going through now are these labor pains. The real birth was not in the 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.
But when 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 and when you accept the authority of the risen Christ whose 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 a 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 not taken out just as 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. 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 in tune 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 and there is 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 light has is mine. Every quality of the Father in that light he said is my quality. And so I can still the storm, cleans the leper. I can walk the ocean waves. I can say to the cripple what got into thee. Why? Because the light of the Father is my light and that light is the light of all men. For ye are the light of the world, 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. And 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 self, same light of our own being. And the authority for it is that very self same 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 nor forsake thee. I in the midst of thee am greater than he that walks the earth”
And when this responsive cord is struck there is 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 are 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 then with that same mind we try to figure out what we should do as the light.
But scripture says, oh, no, no, trust in the Lord with all thy heart. Lean not on thy own understanding. Don’t go back to that human mind to discover what you are to do about the light. It doesn’t know. If it knew it would have 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 will outline before 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 no doubt know the son or daughter and a car getting in her way. You will shout look out, look out. That is the human mind. But the divine mind has not placed a form in front of an automobile to be rundown. 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 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 from. And it is the light of the driver. The light of the Father is immortal. Are you seeing another mortal being then you are 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 established 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. Ah, you say, “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 your self transcend those senses. And when you are told to lean not on my 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 is what will I follow. You cannot follow the Master with your understanding. If you were to limit yourself to your understanding, you would be limiting God to your level of understanding. And that would be like saying to a higher mathematics instructor teach these three-year olds mathematics but teach them calculus on their level of three years old and it cannot be done. The calculus would not get down to that three-year old mind. God cannot teach you down to your level. You must accept God’s level on faith. And 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 that God is everywhere, omnipresent, “right where you stand is holy ground, neither lo here nor 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 is hypnotized God or the sense mind?
God is everywhere and the power of God must be where God is and therefore the sense mind, which does not experience that power, must be hypnotized. It simply has not the capacity to experience the power of God. But the power of God is present right now.
There is a simply 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. That is why the sun was not shinning 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 covered momentarily by a cloud. But you could say with assurance that the cloud will pass and the sun will shine again. So will 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. Tucked it away on a self somewhere or 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 is the power of God ever present although our sense minds function as a cloud. Our clouded thoughts 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 light or 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 human 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’s power and remove it. We who could not remove the sun from the sky, we 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 or 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’s 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 are 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. Every quality of the Father is equally present. How could there be less of God over there than over here? How could God tomorrow be more than God today? How could 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, equality go on and on. All that denies the presence of those qualities is again a hypnotism of the mind. The crowds of mesmerism are being dissolved as we accept that I, being the light and the 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 that there are none. I am the light of the world and they are the light of the world. The sense mind, which sees it 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 into the realization of the light must 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 its self. 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 will 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 are not in the knowledge of one power. When you are 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 processes we call aging, becoming, growing into. But if there is no time in which to age there can be no aging? If there is no time to become something there can be no becoming. God is not aging. God is not becoming. The light of your being is not aging. It is not becoming. It is not growing. It is being. And just as infinity can neither be fractionalized down into something finite, we discover than 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 is real to the sense mind. God is not going and God is not coming. God is omnipresence and the light of God is omnipresence. I am the light (life) of God. Ye are the light (life) of God. The light is being. It is never becoming. You can never really become anything because you are being its self.
Now remember this is for those who are ready for it. And you will find that there is a reason that we have to come to this. Law, there is 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 qualities of the one life (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 is a great surrender in which you accept yourself to be the light and then you accept yourself to be the qualities of the light. Then all that denies the qualities that you are is not you. It 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 are in a 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, and 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 facilities 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 or a month or a year. But be assured that is just what you have been doing up to now. You have been developing within yourself the 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 budding and then into flower. And it doesn’t matter how barren it may seem 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 infidelity 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 ye be perfect as your Father.
In your meditations this coming week it would be expedient to think of yourself as the light and to go through your list of 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 to now. But what will appear will be the fruitage of your spiritual progress when you develop that fidelity and the loyalty, not to personal self but to the word of the Father and 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 your Father says, all that I have is thine. My light (life) is your (light) (life), My light (life) is your light (life). Who is this light (life) that you are? Do we not see that the Father created man in his image and likeness, male and female created he then? 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 seeing through the glass darkly of a sense mind.
And that divine image that we are is the light of the world. Not will be; not will become but are. 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 are not meditating as the child of God, the light, you are not making your contact. If you are 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, and banish every limited perspective you may ever have and accept that He who walked the earth demonstrating the power of that light new what He was talking about. And that His whole purpose of this 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 you shall do and greater works shall you 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 you shall ask in my name as the light shall be given unto you.
There are many ways you can accept the light and 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 times when you fear, when you doubt, when you lack, when you are limited, you are saying I am not the light of God. You are pronouncing your own sentence. Then 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 (life). Whenever you deprive another individual of the Fathership of God you are denying that the light of God is the only light (life). 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 1:5 we are told that 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 there is no darkness at all.
God is light, ye are the light. Now watch how it goes together as in John the very first chapter 1:9, speaking of the Christ which appeared as 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 8:12, 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 unto the world that whosoever believeth 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 that he that believeth not is condemned already because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:18.)
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 accept yourself to be the only begotten Son of God, the light, obviously you are condemned because you are 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, whichever the word 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 are in the state of non-life and that is 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 God is dead is really dead himself. Because in him the qualities of God are not functioning, he is 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. John 3:19.
For every one 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 of doing evil, which is part of the human mind. Neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. (John 3:20).
And so the antichrist in us says, “I am not the light continue as before.” And if you must suffer, suffer. But in the Christ in us says I am the light, I am the way. Now if you have 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 could say, thou seeth me thou seeth of the Father who sent me. He had accepted himself to be that Son of God. And whereas orthodoxy has concealed this by ignorance, you 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 then 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 is the qualities of the only begotten Son. Which is your name throughout eternity.
Now you see how we are coming to that oneness, I and the Father are one life (light) thous 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 them that seest me thous 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 are in conscious union with God. Actually where you are God expresses in fullness. And you see because this is the 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. And by reverse 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 of self. Always, identity properly realized makes you the transparency for the light.
You cannot be a transparency for the light unless you are 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 are speaking of being a transparency you are 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. Because God being 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 is a mortal consciousness is the fullness of the light of your own being.
Pause – And then in John we are told that we are the children of the light. That is for those of us who may still doubt that we are while you have light believe in the light that ye may be the children of the light. These things spake Jesus and departed and hideth and departed himself from them. It is his authority that we are children of the light.
Now Paul picked this up in Thessalonians and in Hebrews. I am going to skip that but I would like you to look at 1 John again. For 1 John is either the one John who wrote the original Gospel or another. We will 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 to the light in a different way.
Whosoeverth denieth the Son the same hath not the Father. We have learned that the light is the Son of God. Whosoeverth denieth that he is the light hath not the Father. For he that acknowledges the Son hath the Father also. As you acknowledge the light you are acknowledging that you are that light and that you are the Son and then you have the Father. Now this is from the highest consciousness on the face of that of this physical earth at the time that it was written. Only John had the whole truth at least he was the only one we knew, know about. And in this state (or he had studied) he had reached the level where he could receive and commune directly with Jesus Christ in another realm, which is 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 is talking about has been revealed as the light of your being. Now 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 in the light of every man is lying there latent waiting for man to acknowledge me in the midst of thee.
And again, a new commandment I write unto you, which 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. (I John 2:8). 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) and say you are in the light) and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. (1 John 2:9). This is telling us we 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 of God in him but I do, the one you hurt is yourself as well as the other fellow. This is very important. We must accept the universal light of all men. That is the only way in which the light can function in you.
He that loveth his brother abideth in the light and there is no occasion of stumbling in him. I John 2:10. To stumble means to walk out of Eden, 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. I John 2:11.
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 words. 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 has shown 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 who we exclude would be our selves.
I am going to recommend that you read I John 3, 4, and 5. And I would like 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 knew him not. You see the love then of God is that you are the living light of God and that love is omnipresent. Do you see then that there is nothing that you must do to make it so. It is an acceptance rather than a doing of it rather than an obtaining of it. It is a fact. The light of God is your being and to John this represents the divine love expressing by making you his light. And all we have had to do is to learn how to accept. All through 3, 4 and 5 chapters you will find the emphasis again and again on love. And the emphasis is on love because as he puts it, if you are not loving then you are not the light. Because the light is loving. You will recognize that when you are not loving, you are not accepting yourself and your neighbor as that light. And when you are not accepting yourself as that light its qualities cannot function in you. You can have all the visible abundance in the world and appear as a pauper because you have not accepted that you are the light. And because you have insisted that the other fellow across the street is not the light you are being kept from its appearance 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 us look back and to what Matthew 5:14-16 said 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 have undoubtedly heard of world work. And there are many people around the world who have been taught to do world work. They will sit down and pray. They will pray for peace, they will pray for all kinds of things under the assumption that they are doing a great deal of good. The only way you are going to do any good for this world is to accept that you are the light and that the light is every where. You will then not pray for peace. You will not pray for harmony. You will not pray for God to appear in various forms and conditions throughout the world. You will accept that God already is the light of the world in your consciousness. And that no one is excluded or can be and you will accept that besides 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 is-ness and the reputation and rejection of every appearance to the contrary. So that I am not trying to 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 non-existent in reality.
This must be your enlightened consciousness if you will 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 evil 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 light.
We must be overshadowed by the presence, always to be lifted above human concept. And as we are overshadowed by this presence, we still have a distance to go. Because there is still a me being overshadowed. And if we don’t know there is a distance to go because we have felt the presence we are liable to be shocked in discovering that we are 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 be before you from time to time. The only reason they happen is because you need them. 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, and immaculate in every possible way. Because only the flawless can live in eternity.
And so even though you may think you have risen very high and then be startled when an accident occurs don’t be surprised, it was necessary. Even though you had 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 are not even a spiritual being, when you are not a good being. When you do not have spiritual qualities. 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 has ever been there, the pure undiluted life 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 is 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 back you down again and again, because it is going to live itself. It is going to make you a perfect transparency until you realize that you are not even that. You are it itself. When there is one where you are and not the presence and you that is when the catastrophes, the accidents, the problems and the lack and limitation will cease. When you have died to mortality. When you are the living light and only that light pause 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 is not 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 are 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, and its own completeness. All that that light is the completed demonstrated truth already waiting only for your acceptance. Pause
There will be twenty or so of us here next week and they will all be the one light. And that one light in the silence will hear the voice of the Father. And then we will understand why John who accepted himself to be the light of the Father can say; the following revelation was given to me by Jesus Christ in communion. We will understand that we as the (life) light are moving into the realm where all souls gravitate now live. And we too may commune for those who have accepted the light accepting no other God before their light.
You can prepare for next week by reading John 1st epistle chapters 3,4 and 5 in addition to the page and one half in the Thunder of Silence, which is the last chapter in Joel’s which is the Voice. That will be next week and the following week we go directly into the Revelation of St. John.
Long pause. If you are reaching a place where you find your human mind does not function to all of this level that is exactly where we hoped to arrive. A place where the human mind cannot function. Where there is no human mind in eternity. We are letting the light live itself as us. Pause
Well I will look for you next week. Thanks for being here today.
Herb: When Moses says, I Am that I Am. When Jesus says, The Father within he doeth the works and when Paul says, I live yet not I, Christ liveth my life. They are all talking about the One Christ. Not the individual Christ of Moses, the individual Christ of Jesus, or the individual Christ of Paul. They are talking about the same Christ. For The Christ of each is the same universal Christ. They are talking about the universal Christ of mankind. The identity of Christ, the nature of Christ, has eluded mankind for centuries. No subject is more fascinating or more beautiful. It is probably the most inspiring subject in the world. Even to approach it would seem to be an act of immodesty.
Now at times you may find that you have been reaching out to solve a problem. It is good to know that whatever the nature of that problem, you were not reaching out really to solve it, you are reaching for The Christ of your own Being. That same Christ of which Moses, Jesus, and Paul spoke. Always and remember whatever the problem, always the solution of that problem lies in the realization of the Presence of Christ. When you know this, when you have the experience of Christ, you will further realize that you are never going to pin a name on an individual problem. Instead you recognize that every problem on this earth is one and the same problem appearing in different ways. All problems stemming from the same source mainly, our inability to feel, to accept, to know, to realize Christ, the universal Christ where we stand.
We have a world which is seemingly in a state of discord with many personal, national, domestic problems, international problems, you can go on and on, but the glorious message given to us is that where you are now in this very world that you see with your eyes, divine law is functioning perfectly. You look out with your senses and you say where? And then we have many high-powered intellects who reason and through various technologies reach the conclusion that there is no divine law functioning. It is the very absence of it that is causing the havoc that we anticipate will continue on this world for a long time to come. Except here and there where the window of the Soul opens up and perceives something that the five senses cannot bear witness too.
Now, as you struggle with the attempt to find this Christ, you yourself have found that your progress is very thorny. It is there you know for you have had your glimpses. It is there you know because you have had your experiences. And yet, it isn’t there, it is quicksilver. Gone and then to return again at some future time and never when you want it too. It seems completely indifferent to your will and your wishes. Sometimes completely indifferent to your needs. You find that you cannot influence the return of these experiences that you long for within. When we reach this inability to bring The Christ to us, we are ready for another plateau. And that is the realization that the fish does not seek the water. The wave does not seek the ocean. The sun-beam does not seek the sun. For behold the Kingdom of God is within you.
When Jesus revealed that, he was talking to a group of men on this earth who believed in the Judaic theology, that the Kingdom of God is up there, out there, hidden behind something, awaiting our virtue on earth to make us suitable material for God to say, Come in. That old fashioned theology was exploded, although you would never know it looking around today. People still walk in the belief that their morality is the way to heaven. And that immorality or sinning of any nature is a sure way to bring down the punishment of God.
But, if the Kingdom of God is within you, to seek it outside of you is to fore ordain defeat. How can you find outside of you that which is within you? How can the fish leave the ocean and find the ocean? This Christ revealed on earth by Jesus, as the Kingdom of God within you, is only the first step toward realization that the Kingdom of God within me is the Substance of my Being. That God Infinite, individualizes as God, Christ. And the individualization of the Infinite God is The Christ, which is the substance of me. My five senses will not bear witness to The Christ of me nor to The Christ of you. And no matter how high we step in the ladder of intellect, we become no higher than let us say Buddha’s father, who called his son and said to him and this is another replay of the temptation of Jesus. I will give you my Kingdom if you will come home. And the son said, You haven’t really lost a son, there is One greater than I. And Buddha revealed to his own father, overcoming temptation just as Jesus did, that there was one higher than Buddha. There was one higher than Jesus. And he said to his father, There is a teacher of righteousness, a teacher of truth, greater than your son. And when you find him you will realize you have something greater than even a son returning home. And he was speaking of your Being. He was speaking of Christ.
Now, the world seeks freedom, happiness, peace, and abundance. It seeks an escape from the imprisonment in the negatives of life. But if I Am the way, then what other way can we come unto the Father except through I? And if I Am The Christ in what other way can we have Heaven on earth except through that way which is The Christ?
The Pharisees looked and said, Who are you, are you not the son of Joseph? You tell us about a bread from Heaven and that you descended from heaven—we know you. That was how it was in those days. And then theology said, Oh, no he is not the son of Joseph. Now, they compounded the error instead of saying, You are just the son of Joseph. No, no you are of the Son of God. And all the time the son of Joseph and the Son of God is saying, I Am The Christ. I Am the Light. Thou seeth me, thou seeth the Father. I and the Father are one. Whoever would enter the Kingdom of Heaven on earth must come through me. Through Christ. And where is Christ? The Kingdom of Christ is within you.
And so, we come to the fact that Jesus was revealing that Christ is the Self of every individual on this earth. That the Light of your consciousness is Christ. That the Infinite Light individualizes where you are, as the living Christ. And if you are disconnected from The Christ of your own Being, you will walk the earth as a mortal, a human disconnected from the Life of your own Being, seeking surcease from problems that exist only because of this disconnection. It matters not what name you give the problems, how difficult they appear. Christ moves the mountain of error into the sea. But you must be connected. There must be a witness of The Christ and your senses cannot bear witness to The Christ. The futility of trying through a human mind, a human body, a human intellect, or human logic to find The Christ will eventually come to every individual on this earth. And when we cease trying to witness The Christ with a human mind, we will then seek a way out of the dilemma and the way out will always be the same.
To find The Christ of your own Being you must go to the second Beatitude, Blessed are they that mourn for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. The personal sense is the glass darkly which stands as a permanent barrier between the mortal being and his own Christhood. The personal sense must die and when you recognize it, you are blessed. As you are willing to lay aside the mortal sense, the personal sense of me, the personal sense of mind, the personal sense of body, the personal sense of life, the personal sense of relationships, the personal sense of my day and my activities, and my wishes and my will. When you are willing to lay down the total personal sense, that is the mourning, the willingness to be dead unto self—and the word blessed becomes the illumination. The Christing of him who lays down the personal sense and now beholds hold his own Christ Light. And in that Christ Light is found all that the Father hath.
The nature of God cannot come into man’s experience except through the Light of his own consciousness called The Christ. When we do as the Pharisees did or as theology does, behold either the son of Joseph or the Son of God instead of the invisible Christ, then we are personalizing or deifying and in either case we lose the great vision that All being God, all that can exist around us is the Light of God. We have been mocking The Christ, we have been entertaining The Christ unawares. We have been dividing the garment of Christ. We have been living in a sense of self, which is not our Self. Seeking that Reality of our Self, through the false sense of self, and you can see the impossibility of success.
Now if you will, once you have accepted that the human mind is, a Tower of Babel, that the human body is not the Divine image and likeness of God, and that in the Consciousness of God there are no human life spans. Then you will accept further that we unknowing have erected a false sense of life, a false life span, a false time on earth in an image body. We call this the dream and we call the reincarnation of the dream nothing more than the recurring sense of the dream. And this recurring sense of the dream life called – reincarnation, all of our past lives and all of our future lives are all grouped in one word—hypnotism. For only The Christ walks this earth.
The way to God through Christ becomes possible when we are ready to make a surrender. This is a new dimension of faith, this surrender. It gives faith a new meaning. It is not a surrender, to something outside our self, it is a surrender to our own Christhood. It is a surrender to the Light of our own Being, for truly you are the Light of the world. And in the surrender to the Light of your own Being, you are making an acceptance of the great mystery revealed that only when you are in the Light of your own Being, can the fullness of the Father become your living experience.
Now, if you be the Light, if you be The Christ, you cannot also be the mortal being. And so to try to improve your sense of mortality is to deny that you are The Christ. To in any way try to improve your human sense of life is to deny that you are the Light. To in any way try to improve anything on this earth is to stand in front of the accumulated scriptures of the world and say to all of it, you are telling a lie, because it tells us emphatically that everywhere the eye can see, God Is. There is no place where the Spirit of the Father does not exist. If you look out at the sun, you do not see the sunbeams that you will see on this earth. There must be a place somewhere where you become aware of a sunbeam coming from far away and at that place that you see it to you it becomes a sunbeam.
If you look out at Heaven or Reality, whatever you wish to call it, you will find that you cannot see all of it. But there is a place where you become aware of something. That place where you become aware of Heaven, to your senses, it becomes earth. At the moment that you are able to make a contact through your senses that which is Heaven to you becomes the earth. It is translated by your senses. It doesn’t change from Heaven to earth, but now you look at that which is Heaven and misperceive it to be the earth. There is a line of demarcation where the veil apparently begins, where Spirit becomes matter. It is not a line of ether, it is a line where the mind misperceives the Truth. The outer limit of your mind mis-perceiving the Truth at that point and all the way in now recreates its concept of heaven. And in that concept you live as a mortal being, although nothing about you has ever changed. The Christ is still The Christ. The Christ is still present. the Light is unchanging, it can never be influenced in any way and in it is the Grace, the guidance, the love, and the fullness of all of your true Self. And all this brought into a sharp material focus by the five senses becomes a disconnection, the ignorant separation from the very Self of All Being.
When Jesus recognized behind the five sense perceived world The Christ, he spoke in terms that no man could understand. And today we still find that difficulty because we are trying to understand with the same faculty that the Pharisees used. I would like for you to see today, that when you step out of that faculty, when you reach the cloud of unknowing, when you rise above the line of demarcation between Spirit and matter, into another realm, into the realm of quickened intuition, that the living waters of Truth and Spirit in your consciousness do transform that which the five senses had misperceived.
Often you will not do this unless you are pushed into it by an insurmountable problem. I know this, because always I receive these insurmountable problems, I find myself pushed. For instance you might be pushed this way. Someone you love has reached the point let’s say, where their hip-bone has disintegrated, it isn’t there anymore. That which was bone, suddenly falls apart, it is only dust. And you are striving to find a way to do what the medical profession cannot do. What you are really trying to do you see is find the savior within, because no human mind is going to make bone out of that dust. Your human mind, in fact, looks at the problem and is in dismay, what can I do? That is the pronouncement, that is the diagnosis, there it is facing me. And then you have the Light which tells you, well of course, if you stay in the human mind that is what you too must witness. If you stay in the human mind you must witness everything that the human mind witnesses on this earth. Well, what does The Christ mind see? And your whole picture now has hope. Yes, if you can get out of the human mind, out of the human senses, then every problem that you face which to your human mind and its past experiences is insurmountable, now, you have the magic wand of some other realm, of the quickened Spirit in which no problem exists.
In the realm of Christ there are no bones to disintegrate. There are no eyes that do not see. There are no limbs that do not walk. In the realm of The Christ there is no absence of Supply. In the realm of Christ there is no death. In the realm of Christ there is no life span. There is life without beginning or end. In the realm of Christ there is no advancing age. There is no decomposition. There is no deterioration. Why do we see these things? Because, we do not live in the realm of Christ Mind and then we find that my solution does not rest in anything that my human mind can do. My solution lies in rising out of my human mind into the realm of the quickened Spirit where The Christ Mind perceives Its Self in all things. And because I wish to do that, only if my desire to do that is greater than anything else, will I make and pay the price and make the sacrifice that is necessary. I must have not just this moment in which I Am willing to do anything to safeguard something, I must make a full-time commitment to living, in Christ. I can’t turn it off and on like a switch because I have a momentary problem. I must live in The Christ of Being. And that full-time commitment removes the glass darkly of the senses, which misperceives heaven, which misperceives perfection and brings it all into the focus of good and evil.
That full-time commitment then is a surrender of the belief in my own mortality. And from it comes a great, almost incredible realization, I have no human body, I have no human mind, I have no five senses. The five senses that I thought were seeing and hearing and touching they are not real. How could they be real and misperceive? Who said there is a bone that has dissolved into dust? The five senses and all this time I had believed it.
Now, when the authority of the five senses are removed you begin to see why Jesus can say, Thy Son liveth, stretch forth thine arm. I Am not judging with five senses, if I did I would have to say, that withered arm would be withered. That man buried in the tomb would have to stay there. But in the realm of quickened intuition where we behold, not with human senses but let the Light perceive itself there is only life, there is only harmony, there is only Grace, there is only truth, there is only vision, there is only hearing, there is only health, there is only perfection in all things. The senses had perceived the lie about the Truth, and I, living in the senses, had to perceive what they perceive.
But now, we are above the realm of logic and reason and human experience. We are not talking about Christ. We are ready for the experience of Christ. No talk about Christ is worth a tinker’s damn unless it leads to the experience of Christ. And that experience comes when you are willing, able, needful above all else, to die to the false sense of your own life. When the need is so great that you must die to that false sense you will. That is how it comes, out of nowhere. And the need so great that you are willing to forget yourself and can’t even help it, you reach beyond the mind, and something tells you that you are not living at that moment in a human body. You know it is true. You feel something different. You can’t define it. It has no shape. It doesn’t begin here and end there. But you are something else—you are not a body, and you are not a mind. You don’t know what you are but it is different than you have ever been. And even to say, I Am a consciousness, seems to be pinning a label on something and limiting you at that moment. But you know you are something different and you know that is the feeling of the Presence of your own Christhood.
The Light of consciousness, not something that can be pinned down or boxed or poured into a jar or put into a coffin, the Light of Consciousness and yet it is not something that is separate from anything in the universe. You feel a One Self, as if you were, and only you alone are, everywhere. The Light of The Christ is expressing and you are aware of it as your own being. You are released from the mind, from the senses, from the body, from the belief that I Am existing momentarily in this life span. You are released from thought, you find thought is unnecessary, undesirable. And at that moment it would be sacrilegious to even try to think. You know that you are in the midst of an Infinite wave of something and in that wave of something, you sense a new found freedom.
That Christ Consciousness, which becomes just a momentary glimpse, may last for hours. You may find you dwell in it without the slightest effort. You may find that in that experience, you have an awareness that you have no mortal self or mortal problems. That any problem you have ever faced has been a total lie. You are aware that you are living in an invisible Kingdom right where the world knows a visible earth and you know why Jesus could say, I Am the bread of heaven. I Am the way. For the very I that is the way is the I that you are experiencing at that moment. You are experiencing the risen Christ. If I be lifted up, out of the mortal selfhood, out of the mortal mind, out of a limited concept of a man of flesh, I will lift all men unto me.
This is the experience of that lifting, of that ascension. When you have it, you recognize that every problem on the face of this earth exists only because those who experience the problems have not experienced the ascension in Consciousness into the realm of Reality on earth now—present, at hand, as the pure Light of Christ. With this experience behind you, living as a mortal being becomes impossible. It would be like Lot’s wife turning around to yesterday’s consciousness. You know you have found the pure gold of Reality. That in the absence from the body, from the mortal sense of body, you glimpse the universe in which the man called Jesus lived. You glimpsed Christ within yourself. You glimpsed the Kingdom of God within you and you witnessed its healing power. For you, yourself, were healed by it, of the belief in mortality.
Now, begins your commitment to yourself, to your Christ. And in that commitment, you reached the realization that you have always been surrounded by Christ. And right this instant where you are Christ surrounds you because all is Christ. You have been looking at The Christ through the glass darkly of the senses and have been perceiving multiple bodies of flesh. But something in you knows that they are not there, Christ is. That no one is in danger. There are no adversaries. There are no problems. There is mis-perception of the invisible Christ. We shall live in the Reality of Christ and as we turn from our mortal senses we are the prodigal coming home. We are turning to The Christ. That is the returning home of the prodigal and what happens? The moment you turn to Christ, the Father rushes out to greet you. The moment that the prodigal turned the Father was there rushing out to meet him and the symbolism there is very important to us all. God functions only through Christ and unless you turn to The Christ of your Being within, you find that the qualities of God cannot express in you, through you as you. And so the moment you turn to Christ, you find the Father rushing through Christ into expression where you stand.
Joel compares it to the trunk of a tree in the ground. Following the 15th chapter of John, I am the vine. At first we are just human branches, not knowing our Christhood, not knowing that unless we are connected to the vine we cannot be fed. Just as the leaves on a tree are fed by the trunk which in turn is fed by the ground. We are to see that the ground or the husbandman is the Father. And the trunk of the tree or the vine is The Christ and outside are the branches being fed through the ground, through the trunk into each branch. No branch is favored, no branch is lacking, because all are centered in the trunk, in the vine. And as we are centered in The Christ of our own Being, The Christ being One with the Father, the Infinite Father feeds the individualization of the Father called Christ which feeds the outer human branch. And as we learn this Oneness, we are lifted higher to the point where we see that the human branch is but our mental image about The Christ, Itself. You are not The Christ and the human branch. Once you have found The Christ you know you never were a human branch. You are that which is One with the Father. You are that which is eternal. The mortal never became an Immortal and the Immortal could never become a mortal.
But none of this is meaningful to the human mind. None of the miracles of Christ are meaningful to the human mind. The Reality of the Kingdom of God on earth is meaningless to the human mind. It seeks its pleasures, its comforts, its life in the objective universe in the things that it can see and touch. It is completely oblivious to the invisible Kingdom of God on earth. It is only when we are pressed beyond our human capacities, when our despair is so great that we are willing to make this great sacrifice, we think, that we are lifted into that invisible Kingdom. Now as you rest back in the realization that Christ is your name, that Christ is your Substance, that Christ is your Being – this makes you the Son of God on earth. But woe to the man who wants to be the Son of God and also the son of man at the same time. You can’t be a Republican and a Democrat at the same time. You can’t be man and woman at the same time. You cannot be here and there at the same time. Because Christ is your Reality every moment spent in another identity is a life in unreality. Every moment not in Christ, not as The Conscious Christ realized is a moment that has no real existence. And if there happens to be fifty years of such moments then it is fifty years of unreal existence. Again, where do you go to live in your Christhood? You don’t. You shed the belief that you are something else. You start with you. You cannot behold Christ in anyone until you have started with you. You have Infinity to give and if you are withholding that Infinity from your experience, you cannot find it even for yourself.
Now, if we were to make a full-time commitment to our own Christhood, it would run something like this: Your telephone rings, and you say, Hello this is Will or this is Frank, or this is Dorothy, and then the other person identifies himself and you have a little conversation. Now, at that moment you have been caught unprepared, and you have not witnessed The Christ of the one on the other side of the phone. They have caught you unprepared and they have caught you in a human consciousness. You are not living in Reality at that moment. Whatever you say to the one on the other side of that line, whatever they say to you, is valueless in the true creation. It is something that will pass, it is not Christ centered. And so one of the major lessons and the most difficult to learn is to be alert to Christ. So that, you are always in the Consciousness that where you are the Light of Christ Is, and that is all that is there. And further, that the Light of Christ is everywhere, Now. So that the first phone that rings in your house, when you pick up that phone to respond you must consciously know The Christ is always here and The Christ is all that is there.
When you are willing to make this preparation, this alertness, then you are beginning your full-time commitment to Christ and you are really taking the Two Commandments seriously. You will find that the moment someone on the other end of the line says something you don’t like, if you are in this conscious awareness, that only the Light of Christ can be present, something in you will recognize the Life on the other side of that line and literally give Life to that individual. You only give what is there. And then your full-time commitment in Christ as the recognition of The Christ of all those you encounter, whether visibly or on the phone or wherever or however, even writing a letter, becomes an experience in Christhood. And what comes back to you is your own commitment to Christ. As you give the life of Christ to all those in your relationships they give it right back to you.
Now, this becomes a great, difficult discipline. But as you are living in this discipline and correcting yourself every time you forget to acknowledge your Christhood and The Christhood of another individual, more and more you will find that you have been blessing, bestowing, sharing, loving, thy neighbor as thy Self. Loving God supremely. And the fruitage that pours in upon you cannot be measured in normal human terms. It goes beyond the expectations of the human mind. It brings into focus that which the glass darkly of human vision could not do. It makes Heaven visible on earth and you will call it new a harmony, a new beauty, a new healing, a new vision, a new sense of abundance. But it is actually Reality becoming manifest through your Christ commitment. So that through the quickened intuition, your antennae are reaching out further into Reality and deeper into the recesses of your Soul. And coming forth is Christ incarnate as the new found beauty, harmony, abundance, health, vision—the correction of the mis-perceptions.
Fundamental is, that you must not limit your Self to your human mind. For your human mind sees people you don’t like. It hears things you don’t agree with. It sees people you are afraid of. It sees conditions that you wish to avoid. Your human mind bears witness to the Antichrist because that is the nature of the Antichrist human mind. Your human mind tells you the things that are wrong with God’s Perfect universe, because it is not committed to Christ, it is committed to the glory of a personal self, it is committed to ‘me’. Your surrender of that is your commitment to Christ. And then lo, I Am come, and I lift you, for I Am mighty, and I go before you, and I guide you, and I direct you, and I love you, and I teach you, and I fill your cup to overflowing because the Kingdom of God within you is the only reality. The Kingdom of God within you is God’s Perfect universe. And that Kingdom has one name, Christ. I Am the vine and unless you are accepting your Self to be One with the vine, you cannot be One with the Father and that branch will be cut off and purged for it beareth no fruit. But if you abide in me and I in thee, you will bear fruit richly. This is the urge to Christhood. This is the command that thou art The Christ, thou art the Light, Do not hide your Christ Light under a bushel. Do not hide it under the sense of personality. You see we have all become five sense invalids. That is the only kind there are.
There is a little story that was given to me within. A story I never heard before about a man who raised apples and it was near harvest time and he was very fidgety because he had a big, bumper crop. Acres and acres and acres, and oh, he was so worried. Then one morning he awakened, looked out and saw something he had never seen. He couldn’t believe what he saw. He saw a tree and on it were square apples. He went up to it, he touched them and they were square, not round. His heart sank. He went up and down his acres and acres and everywhere, every tree had square apples. He was heartsick. He was going to lose everything he had and so he called friends and they too saw square apples. It was an amazing thing but certainly nobody was going to buy those apples. It is the old Hindu rope trick again, isn’t it? As a man thinketh so is he.
We can look out and we can see square apples. We can look out and we can see a flat earth. Now, what would be the healing for a man who saw those square apples and for those who saw them with him? What would be the healing if you wanted to make the earth round instead of flat? Could you do it? Could you heal a flat earth and make it round? You know you couldn’t, because it isn’t flat it is round and the recognition that it isn’t flat is the healing. Just to look out at the flat earth and know it isn’t flat but round is the healing that is needed. Not to make it round, but to recognize the truth, to look out at square apples and to recognize that they are not square and that even if they appear to be they cannot be, they must be round. This breaks the hypnosis of a mind which is seeing square where roundness is. The recognition of the truth, Ye shall know the truth and only the knowing of the truth will release you from the illusion.
Do you realize that when Jesus came onto this earth and became the first-born of the Father, the first to attain the fullness of Christhood that he was revealing to us that every ill on this earth, every defect, every imperfection, everything that is wrong with this earth, is our seeing a square apple where a round one really is? And that the cure is not to change the imperfection to perfection, not to change bad vision to good vision, not to change the ailing leg to a good leg, not to change the malignancy to one that isn’t malignant but to look at what you are calling a square apple and to recognize that you are looking through the five sense mind of the world. Don’t change anything. For in your attempt to change it, you are doing the greatest injustice to Truth that you can do. That which you are trying to change can have no existence, if God is All. It cannot exist and you will never know of its non-existence with your human mind. Your human mind is committed to that which is the opposite of the truth. It will continue to call God’s Perfect universe a square apple. But there are no square apples, there are no imperfections in the only universe there is.
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It is you who are wrong, not the something you think is wrong. Where you are seeing a dying man, it is you who are wrong. Where you are seeing every disease that the world can offer, it is you who are wrong. And unless you work at this to bring yourself to a place where you refuse to bear false witness, you will always be in a divided sense of life.
Now, Christ in you is all there is of you and your human mind is not going to let you get away with that truth. Your human mind is going to insist that there is a you besides Christ. And it will have very convincing arguments about it. What are you going to do with this you, if you decide it isn’t there? Now, unless you have been touched in such a way that you can lay down this sense of you, not the imperfections about this sense of you, not the problems, not the defects, but you, this complete mortal you. Unless you can reach that level of even seeking in that direction, the word Christ to you will always be just a word. But on the other hand if you have that capacity that you can say to yourself, I cannot be both Christ and something else, therefore, right here, right now, Christ is my name, and whatever else I appear to be, I cannot be. That’s a big jump. But it’s the jump that you must eventually make. And now you have no mortal you sitting in a chair. No mortal you going to return to a home from this talk. No mortal you going to live fifty more years on this earth doing this or that or another thing, but rather The Christ is going to live its life appearing to the world as you.
If you had made such a decision, you would be surprised how quickly something happens within you to lead you to the way to carry out that decision. Remember, the moment the prodigal turned from personal sense to Christ the Father came forth to meet him and greet him and lead out the fatted calf. The moment something in you has turned to that acceptance of your Self as the Light and nothing else, then you have shut out the tempter and The Christ will begin to reveal Its Self to you unmistakably.
Now, there is the other consciousness, which says, what is he talking about? That was the consciousness Jesus met in this passage I would like to discuss with you. He says to them, Why are you murmuring over there and reasoning among yourselves, because I said, I was the bread of heaven. That is the passage in which he tells them to eat of his flesh and drink of his blood. They think he is a mad man because they see the son of Joseph. But the flesh that they must eat of, the blood they must drink of, is Truth and Spirit, Truth and Spirit. If they could stop where they are and know themselves to be the Truth, to be the Spirit, to be The Christ, they would be eating of his flesh, drinking of his blood. The flesh of Truth, the blood of Spirit. All this being the invisible Christ of their Being. He is teaching them his great discovery, greater than any other made on this earth. Greater than seeking a new star through a telescope! Greater than finding gold at Sutter’s Mill. Greater than any human discovery that can be made, that you are the living Christ of God now. And they are saying, this man is mad. And so they go on their way in their human Pharisee consciousness with their imperfections still looking for solutions to that which he has just solved for them. Because there is nothing, in them that is willing to die to the false sense of life that they may live in Reality.
Suppose, you could see that a me can not be where you are, ever and never has been. Suppose you could accept him at the face value of what he was teaching. That Christ is Incorporeal, that Christ is Immortal, that Christ is Eternal, that Christ is the full expression of God on earth, that Christ is imminent, that Christ is always you. Suppose you could accept this, not with lip service. Do you see that if you can look out at anyone and not behold The Christ, that you are not accepting? Do you see that if you could look out at anyone and behold, a person to be judged that you are not accepting? Or a person with a problem, or a person who in someway disturbs you, or a person who antagonizes you or a person who causes fear to enter your heart? You are not beholding The Christ. You are not accepting that Christ is the identity behind all mortal flesh. You are identifying Christ as an individual who can harm you or Christ as an individual with a defect, or Christ as an individual who is poor and going hungry. And as your judgment goes out to that so it returns to you. You are a victim of your own mis-belief in the invisible Christ.
On the other hand, you walk out and you behold not with human vision but with the higher dimension of faith which accepts, because it has a capacity to understand, that I can judge no one on this earth because each is Christ. I can judge no one to be sick on this earth for each is Christ. I can judge no one to be an enemy or a murderer or a thief. I can judge no one to be immoral. I can judge no one in any way for I cannot judge The Christ. You may not see it now but that has a relationship to your human problems. For, as you reach the capacity to withhold judgment, it is The Christ in you which has given you that capacity. And then walking through a world in which you no longer have the need for judgment, for you are accepting the invisible Christ everywhere—now the activity of the Holy Ghost begins to creep into your experience. There is one less ache in your body. There is one extra dollar in your purse. The invisible begins to multiply because The Christ of you is loving, giving, bestowing, sharing—not judging, but bearing witness to Itself everywhere.
Not by might, not by power, that isn’t how you are going to remove the problems of this world. But by the recognition that my Spirit is your Spirit. That my Spirit is the Spirit of all those who surround you. That you are literally walking in a Spiritual universe now as pure Spirit. And that all that is not perfection is not real but a mis-perception. Do you see the consciousness that will do this is the pure at heart? No matter how difficult it is for the human mind to accept it, the Truth of Christ is that there is no problem on this earth, not a one. And while you still have that belief in your consciousness, you will externalize problems. Your commitment to Christ is, that there is no problem on this earth. And you are saying to the human mind I know you don’t believe it, but I have no faith in a human mind that cannot bear witness to Christ.
Now you have a task, you must withstand every temptation that is going to persuade you that there is naught but Christ on this earth. When the knee begins to hurt, when the car squeaks in the wrong time and the wrong place. Whenever the problem pops up here and there and even if it’s a constant problem, it must come to that Consciousness of Christ which says, I cannot accept you as Reality. I cannot let you enter my consciousness as real for I Am come to bear witness to Christ on earth in all things. Mine is a full time commitment to bear witness. Then you are eating the flesh of your own Christ, the blood of your own Christ.
On the other hand the way we spend our days is quite different from that. We walk in the world not of God’s creation and even though the invisible Father is everywhere, how can Omnipresence express through unreality? How can the miracle of the multiplication of Spirit, of the resurrection of the dead, of the healing of the sick, of the feeding of the multitudes occur in your consciousness if it is a mortal consciousness? If it is an un-quickened consciousness, if it is one committed to the lie about God? What’s the point of walking in the shade and complaining that you are not getting the sun? What’s the good of walking in mortality and saying, I Am seeking The Christ? The Christ is your name. Don’t seek it, Be It. And that means you must bear false witness to nothing on this earth. To be The Christ. you must bear true witness and that means, you turn down every thing that appears to you that is not of your Father. You refuse to accept it as reality. You weed it out of your consciousness. And the living Christ consciousness will bear witness to the perfection of your Being. We are not in the realm of the human mind. We are not in the realm of the five senses. We are not in the Thomas consciousness that seeing is believing. We are not fooled. Seeing is not believing. You can see it and you are seeing that which is not.
Now is there something turning in you, that’s the big question? Christ Consciousness is the consciousness that I Am The Christ. Which is the individualization of the Infinite Father. And that wherever I move, the Power and Presence and Love and Harmony and Will and Wisdom of God is directing and prospering, every movement that I make. Through The Christ of my Being of which I Am one hundred percent conscious at all times. This would be Christ Consciousness. You see God can’t make mistakes, Christ can’t make mistakes and the only mistakes that we can witness are those in which we are not Christ centered. We’ll look at this passage for a moment it might clarify or it might tighten your resolve.
“Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves, no man can come to me except the Father which has sent me, draw him. And I will raise him up on the last day.” In Christ you are resurrected from the dead. “It is written in the prophets, and they shall all be taught by God, every man therefore that hath heard and hath learned of the Father cometh unto me.”
Taught by God is your meekness unto The Christ of your own Being, for God through The Christ is teaching. And that Word taught is an Infinite Word, because the teaching is a feeding, a nourishing, a maintaining, a supporting, a directing, and a fulfilling. All this is implied in the Word taught by God. Nourished by the Infinite as I dwell in the center of my own Christ Being. Christ in my Soul is my permanent dispensation. Only in this Kingdom of God within my Soul, The Christ entering, fulfilling the will of the Father, am I redeemed from the false human consciousness which out-pictures the defects of itself.
We are looking only within ourselves now for the fulfillment or whatever word you use such as salvation, redemption, regeneration, reformation, resurrection. All this is the return to Christ consciousness. For in Christ Consciousness we are taught by God, He that believeth on me has ever lasting life. Mind you, these words are being spoken by The Christ. He that believeth on me The Christ, it is the same Christ which has said, I The Christ, if I be lifted up in you, I, The Christ in the midst of thee am mighty. I, The Christ am the way. Always you’ve been looking outside when I, The Christ of your own Being is that which you have wrongfully sought outside. You already are that Christ and that’s why I say, we work too hard. Stop trying to become. Stop trying to attain and give some thought to the fact that you are. Follow it to its logical conclusion; I Am. Then can I really have anything that I need, or is the need a false image? I Am, therefore can I really depart from life at any time or is that departure a false image? I have a problem, but that’s the very opposite of being The Christ, but I Am The Christ. Therefore the problem can only be a false appearance. I have a broken bone and I want to heal that bone but wait a minute, I Am The Christ—The Christ doesn’t have a broken bone. Am I The Christ or do I have a broken bone? If I have a broken bone, I Am not The Christ. And if I keep denying that I am The Christ how can I have a consciousness that is open to The Christ that I am denying?
Deny thy self, deny thy human self, deny thy concepts, deny thy thoughts, and deny thy human beliefs—total denial. And in the total denial of myself I come over that fine line of demarcation between matter and Spirit. Bursting the false veil of the senses and in me is born the realization of Christ. That which I was seeking, I Am. The vision I sought, the healing I sought, I didn’t need it. I needed the realization of Christ that I Am and in that realization all healings for all times are completed, for Christ is ever Immaculate.
And therefore we are pinpointed to one goal alone. Not to improve. Christ cannot be improved. Not to seek. Not to fulfill needs. Let us bypass all these small human desires. Let us go directly to the center of Being, acknowledging the Omnipresence of Christ as the Being of All. As my Being. And then live from the center of Christhood – accepted. Being able thereby to look at every blemish of every nature as the lie that has no substance, no power to remain a lie. No power, to set aside the Truth of Christ. And rest with confidence, bolstered by the knowing of your own Being, and the frequent experience of The Christ, through the frequent surrender of a material selfhood in consciousness. And when it happens, you will know why it has always been said that words are inadequate. Because, in finding your own Christ, right where you are, you are made new. All that you have thought was wrong can no longer remain. There is no place for it to be. It is revealed as nonexistence and the message of old, Ye are the Light of the world. Ye are the living Christ. Ye are the Son of God, Now. This becomes your living Consciousness. The veil is pierced. Let this be your only goal. Your single centered goal is Christ realized. Which becomes Christ accepted here and now.
Remember now, there won’t be more Christ of you tomorrow than there is this moment. And there never was more Christ of you or less five minutes ago or five hundred years ago. Always, The Christ of you will be what it is this moment. And there is no other you. The more you can peel off what you are not, in the confidence, that what you are is your only need, your only need for protection in all things.
This is how ascension comes about. That fidelity to your own Being. Whereas before you were told to surrender, you are learning that your surrender is to your higher and only Self. But not a blind surrender, not the kind of surrender that is working toward it for tomorrow or the next day. It is the acceptance and the faith in that acceptance and the faith in the consequences of that acceptance in spite of every appearance to the contrary. It is the realization that all error on this earth is impossible. For this earth is the Kingdom of God, and I Am The Christ in that Kingdom. And I will let the Power, the Omnipotence of The Christ be my only protection, my only acceptance of power. You see how your single mindedness there, is the removal of the duality that brings the errors?
One of the great exercises in Christ realization is to dwell quietly in the realization that you are that Light which is Christ, which is everywhere and then wait, wait for the sense of me to dissolve and the sense of I to establish Itself. Wait until you feel a lightness, a peace and then it is as if a certain trap door opens and something shifts into a new gear without any effort on your part. That shifting kind of catches you by surprise, until you realize something has happened. It seems to go higher on the top of your head now. It takes you out of the mechanism of the human mind. It is as if there were an Infinite Light popping right through the top of your head. And you know that this is a form of guidance, a form of realization. You may feel the descent of a Substance, kind of like the fog rolling in and that too is an activity of Consciousness.
When you feel this, that is you and everything else that you had thought was you is not you. And that you, that new you forming in your Consciousness is your Eternal Self. Infinity expressing as your New-Consciousness. You find yourself quite independent of a mortal existence and aware of it at the same time. Aware that there is a you which is complete, which is the fulfillment of Infinity wherever you happen to be and that this you governs everything that the physical body will begin to do.
This new sense of being is your Christ Consciousness. It is not in the body. It starts out as the understanding that the Kingdom of God is within you. But that is to teach you that you are the Kingdom of God. Within you means outside of your senses, not in your senses but within your true Being. And now you come out of the senses and with it you come out of the false sense of body. Into this release, there’s no beginning or ending here. There is just the awareness that I Am. And even the awareness that the Light that you are is the Light of the neighbor, is the Light of your child, is the Light of your parent. You are feeling a Light, which is a one Infinite Light, which no human hand can touch or human bomb can devastate. It is a freedom in the non-material universe catching that Reality of your Self, which the human senses could not catch. This is Christ Realized. And from that moment, you will be fed from this higher level of Consciousness. Without taking human thought Divine wisdom becomes the thinker of your being. Divine wisdom fulfills its will in your Christhood. And the Will of the Father and your will are one and the same, invincible without any opposition of any kind. The Will of the Father, in The Christ of you, functions itself omnipotently, omnisciently and everywhere so that the wave of Truth that’s running through you is a wave that is running on an Infinite scale. And in that wave is your household, your new relationships, the new law of truth that governs all that you do. That wave lifts you out of the good and evil of this world into the Grace of Infinity.
Now, this is experience not conversation, not discussion, not something you go out and talk about. It is something you feel and know. You get the feel of your New Consciousness. And then when you say my body is a servant of the Most High, you have a special meaning.
My body is no longer my life. I have mourned for that body. I have seen the truth of it. Blessed, Christed, is he who now can lay aside the belief that that body is me, his, is the Kingdom of God on earth. Catch the great vision that Jesus brought us, make it yours. Practice it in a full-scale commitment. Behold nobody in the flesh, nobody. For you would be beholding a lie. That, which the Father did not create, is not here. Behold only through your Christed vision letting it be the Supreme Court of your Being. Letting it say to the eyes and the ears, What you see is not for me. Veto everything that comes to this Supreme Court from this world—constantly, until automatically the Consciousness of Truth is the only one that remains. And then you will behold walking images instead of people. Your Consciousness will quickly see, there invisibly is my Self. The Christ of my own Being is everywhere. This is not a human mind experience. But it is a true experience. It is your New Consciousness. It beholds the Immaculate universe of the Father as Its Self everywhere. But only through the discipline of a full-scale commitment to do this, until it becomes normal and leads to the experience of our real existence. That’s what we are going to discuss next week – Our Real Existence.
So, Joel again has given us the benefit of his deep insight, his experience, his fidelity and we can all share in that Consciousness as it lifts us continuously through this series, into the Consciousness of the ever present Christ which is our name.
One of the greatest joys you can have is when someone comes to you for help, and in a lightning flash, something says to you but he isn’t here, Christ Is, and then to witness Christ revealing Christ as the healing. This is to be our normal Consciousness on this earth.
So next week is Our Real Existence and I have felt strongly today as we progressed that the only Reality here is the Invisible Christ, which is our One name. I hope this is coming clear to all of us. And thanks very much.
Herb: If this morning when you awakened you looked around to find something that God had forgotten to do so that you could do it, you would have been very disappointed, because everywhere that you might go, you would have discovered there was nothing that God had forgotten, at least not in His Universe. Now you might have seen many things in your universe that you felt needed repairs. And if you would have stopped another moment and said, am I looking in the universe of the Father, or in my universe? You would have seen that there was nothing, nothing in the entire world of God that had been undone, incomplete needing a human being to complete it for him. If you would have further pursued this line of thought, you might have reached the realization that all that exists is the universe of God that all that exists is Reality. Reality being God’s perfect universe, being perfect, there was nothing that had been forgotten by God and nothing that any of us could now do to improve God’s real universe.
If you had reached this decision within yourself that I am now in the real universe, and there is nothing in God’s real universe that needs improvement, therefore what are these things that I see that need improvement? What are the problems that I encounter? What are the diseased bodies that I see? What are the confusions in world affairs that stare me in the face? Where are these if all that exists is reality? Then you come to a startling realization. Joel phrased it this way.
About 500 years BC there was a story about a man who took a bath and in stepping out of the tub he stepped on a rope that to him appeared to be a snake. He went through all kinds of agony and terror anticipating the horrible things that would happen to him because of this snake that he had stepped on. But when he came out of the illusion, out of the hypnosis, and realized that the rope was a rope and not a snake once more tranquility came upon him. This story of the ancients was meant to show us that we as human beings are constantly falling for the old Hindu rope trick. We see a snake where there is a rope. We see it wriggle, we see it threaten, we see it terrorize us. Of course, the word rope means reality, and the word snake means our mortal concept of reality.
When you awakened this morning if you did not know that this is God’s real universe then you were taken in by the Hindu rope trick. It didn’t have to be a rope that you stepped upon; it could be a mortal world that you looked upon. This is as much of an illusion of a snake where there is a rope, in fact, that’s the purpose of the story. Now let’s update the old rope trick into our modern day.
For example, many of you are under the opinion that you saw the astronauts go up to the moon. You looked on your television set and there they were. I’d like you to see how this hidden rope trick works in our world. Of course, the moon couldn’t fit on your TV screen you realize that. So the best you could see of the moon would be a picture about it, never the moon itself. It stayed where it was a quarter a billion miles away, but you may have a little corner of a picture about it on your screen. You may have thrown a rock into the screen at the astronaut that stood on the moon, and you can be sure that rock would not have hurt him one bit. You were looking at an image about an astronaut. While we’re busy looking at these images our mind is not making the distinction, and we are confusing reality with appearance. We are judging. So we see an astronaut standing on the moon, we look at the image of a man, and for the moment the Hindu rope trick is working, we are seeing in our mind a man, not an image of a man. We see another man come along and they talk. Again we are seeing two men in our mind, but in reality we are seeing two images.
Now what can the image on your screen do of itself? Can it make a decision? Can it decide to walk off the screen? Can you converse with it? It is there, it has eyes and ears. It has legs. It walks, but does it walk? Somewhere else a quarter billion miles away a man is walking. The photograph of that televised to your screen shows you a man walking on your screen, but the activity; the source of it is a quarter billion miles away not on your screen, that is the results of the activity a quarter billion miles away. Now if these two men on your screen should turn and talk to each other you would be under the illusion that they were speaking to each other, but can images speak to each other? There is a mouth opening and closing and you hear a voice. Are you hearing the voice of an image? There is another ear responding to what the mouth of one is saying. That too is the illusion, the image cannot hear, but it has an ear. It has a picture called an ear, and it has a picture called a mouth. Always that which happens on the screen depends completely on that which is happening a quarter billion miles away. Now if by chance a third man should appear on the moon a third man will appear on your screen, and if by chance the first man should walk away then the first man on your screen will walk away. Always the image cannot initiate an action. The image cannot speak. The image cannot hear. The image cannot be born and the image cannot die. It can do nothing of itself. When this sinks in, that behind the image there must be another activity in order for the image to appear then you are ready to look at the human race, and realize that behind that which appears there must be another activity for that which appears to be here.
The human image of itself can do nothing. It has no power to initiate an action. It thinks it has. Just as you see one astronaut walk on a screen and realize that that which is walking on the screen did not initiate the action, so Jesus could look at a mortal being and see that that mortal being was an image on a screen with only the apparent power to initiate an action. You might say that he discovered cosmic television. The reason we are pursuing this line of discussion is to bring home with finality the illusion of mortal form, because all Spiritual-Illumination is when you get right down to is, when you get down to what it specifically is, is the realization that Spirit is all there is. To be spiritually illumined is to know that only Spirit is, and that leaves you with an entire human race of mortal dying matter.
As long as you have this human race of dying matter in consciousness, you are looking at the TV screen, and seeing the image and confusing it with the invisible Reality, which makes the image possible. So that if you were to stand before those who were dying, and you accepted the dying form as the reality of those individuals you would not raise the dead. But if you were to stand there and see the Immortal selfhood that is being imitated by the mortal appearance then you would have the true picture. And you could speak within yourself to your Immortal self, activating the invisible Christ of the so-called dead. The response of the Immortal selfhood in the so-called dead would be possible only because you had seen past the TV screen, past the mortal selfhood that appears before you to realize where it come from, how it came there what it is, and that behind it is that which is called the living Christ. That which did not get born into a mortal body, that which cannot die when the mortal body disappears.
Then you would begin applying this to yourself. I, a TV image? Yes, it would help you to realize that your mortal selfhood is a TV image. That it exists only on the screen of time and space. It is televised by the cosmic mind, and that television program, which began with time and space, is the myth that is lying about your Immortal Self. The Immortal-self, that stands where the image appears to be. If you cannot find a way to identify the image, you will not find a way to identify the Reality behind the image. Now in this image comes birth, and then the image disappears into death. And if you identify with that birth, that progression of mortal growth and that ultimate death, you have accepted mortal existence. And God being Immortal and God being all, you have accepted existence, which is not in God. You have accepted the cosmic image, which appears localized as yourself.
The great achievement of Jesus was to come forth from this cosmic image to see past mortality. And to see that there is another channel other than the channel of cosmic television of a cosmic mind that is imitating something. So, the final image appearing out here, which appears to be you, is the imitation of something. That which your mortal existence is imitating is your true Self. And that true self stands where the cosmic mind receives it, re-digests it, photographs it, televises it through time and space and out it comes as the birth of you. And up it grows in this cosmic mind. All that remains in this cosmic mind must remain an image in the cosmic mind. An image which does not know its identity and can of its own self do nothing although it seems to be able to do many things. It thinks that it can talk. It thinks that it can see and hear. It thinks that is can move. But every thing that it does it is completely controlled by the cosmic mind that gave it birth.
So we find many phrases directed to the mind, which governs this image.
“Son all that I have is thine. Thou art ever with me. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.”
Because the image unaware it is an image now invents a god. It invents a god and it worships the god of its own invention, not knowing that it is an image and all that it thinks and does is now part of the image, and is completely controlled. It lives its own individual existence in the belief that is has one. It has no awareness that the nature of God being One Universal Self there is no separate individual. And the same image talks about Spiritual-Illumination It seeks its creature comforts. It seeks to find some form of stability in a world it doesn’t comprehend. But, there is an invisible Teacher it says that you are on the wrong channel. The channel you are on is this world. This world is not my kingdom. It is not my channel. My channel, is not the world, it is the Word. Just get that letter l, out of there and you are back where you belong.
The Word is the channel of the Father. From the Word comes the Divine-image, which is not transient. As you rest in the knowledge that the Divine-image is being imitated by the cosmic mind, and that imitation is coming forth as you, you have your finger on the pulse of the only problem that exists in this world. The image must destroy itself. The image must die so that the Truth behind the image may live. The image must recognize that material selfhood is not the Divine-Creation, rather it is the cosmic recreation. The image must recognize that as long as I live in the belief that I of mine own self have power, have life, have initiative or have the ability to think I will remain in the cosmic mind and no matter how high I rise, I will never be more than an image. In my greatest success I will be an image and someday the cosmic mind will move in a certain way and my image will disappear from time and space.
That which is Immortal does not create that which dies. That which is Immortal does not create mortality. That which is Spirit never becomes dying matter; therefore, the reality of me for I have all the gifts of God, the Reality of me is the full Spiritual-creation of the Father. Now I can look at this image and recognize that it has been living on a false mind, a false life, and a false personal self. It is the personal self that must become extinct. There can be no personal self apart from Divinity. You see we are reaching now for that Illumination which dispels the false sense of life, the false personal self and reveals the Immortal-reality of that which is undying, that which is without problems, and that which needs no God because it is the very Life of God itself. To worship God, John told us, we must worship in Truth and in Spirit. To worship in Truth means you must have Truth in your consciousness. To worship in Spirit means that you must be Spirit. You must worship out of your Spiritual-consciousness, and that is the destroying of the material consciousness and the material selfhood, and the material concept of self.
Now this entire world and all that it contains is one television program, which Jesus rejected. It is not in my Kingdom none of it, the mortality, the mentality, the mortal experience, the progression from birth to death, the reincarnation. All of the material existence is a world image of the world consciousness, from which we are told to stand ye forth and be separate, and to tune into another sequence that is called the Divine. The Divine is issuing it’s program, the Divine is sending forth its Truth, its Reality, and its Creation. As long as you remain in the human mind you will remain a captive prisoner in the cosmic mind that functions the human mind. Even if you are a positive thinker you are still in the human mind that is governed by the cosmic mind and the same illusion of the senses take place. Even the positive thinker is dwelling in the five-sense world of images.
Now, this is the totality of what confronts us, as we live in the world of images, of matter, of mortality, of personal self. The extinction of that personal self was heralded by the words,
“If I not go away the Comforter will not come unto you.”
The I in this case is the personal sense. If the personal sense goes not away, then the Illumination, the Christ-consciousness, will not come unto you. The moment you even have a human need you are confirming the personal sense of life. As you go out to make demonstrations, you are not making Divine-demonstrations; you are making human demonstrations. The need and desire to make demonstrations is again the glorification of a personal self. We like to think we are doing it to show the glory of God, but we are not. Spirit doesn’t make demonstrations; it doesn’t have too. Spirit doesn’t demonstrate, Spirit It Is.
When you come above the need to demonstrate anything, especially the need to make these repeated demonstrations, then, you will realize you have accepted not the imaged self, not the personal self, but the Reality, the Spiritual-Self. I, the Spirit, am the living Substance of God, what shall I demonstrate? All that the Father has, I possess. The gifts of God are already mine. The need to demonstrate is a second self that has not accepted its Divinity. And so we come above the need to demonstrate, but rather we come to the realization that in overcoming the world, we overcome the false image of self, we overcome the personal self that today is going out into the world, it is going to improve something. It’s going to be successful; it’s going to attract something good to itself. That self is the image of the cosmic mind. That self is falling for the Hindu rope trick. That self is not seeing Spirit, it is seeing a material me. It is not seeing a rope; it is seeing a snake. Some times it sees nice things, but it still is not seeing the Spiritual-Reality of its own Being. It is always making mortality necessary.
Now as you sit back behind this in the realization that God is being God, Spirit is being spirit, and Spirit is all there is, look out at the snakes of this world and see the rope. Pray, by recognition of Spirit behind the flesh. Take and translate every snake into a rope. Is there evil on this earth? Then you are be taken in by the rope trick. You are denying the Allness of God, the Allness of Spirit. Immediately, translate every error by the recognition that I am not stepping on a rope and calling it a snake. I am looking at that which the world calls an error and I am seeing that which is there. I Am seeing the Immortal-reality that is inherent and latent in each individual that walks the earth. Where the world sees a war it is looking at a snake. You must look not at the war, not at the images on the TV screen, and see that there is no life in these images on the screen. There is no life in mortality. Mortality is lifeless. There can be no Divine-life in mortality. There can be no Divine-life in dying matter. There can be no Divine-life in a body of flesh.
We have to face that. When you make the mistake of thinking that there is life in a body of flesh then you have brought your concept of Divinity down to a finite lie about the Father. I, said the Master, have come to bear witness to the Truth. So praying without ceasing you shall know the Truth, and that prayer without ceasing is the constant capacity to translate the material world of images that stands before you into the Spiritual-reality that is under the law of God. Where did the Spiritual-Reality go? If you threw your TV set away there would still be astronauts on the moon while you looking. They didn’t depend on what you saw on your TV set. If you threw away every human concept reality would still be here. Spirit would still be here, your Immortal selfhood would still be here.
Now as you stand in your Immortal selfhood releasing your human mind, you are releasing the power of the cosmic mind to televise to your human mind its cosmic error, its cosmic imitation. You are stepping away from the cosmic TV channel of this world taking no human thought. Now the Divine-mind, which is ever maintaining its perfect formations, which are the only formations that have reality, the Divine-mind will reveal itself unto you as your mind. It will reveal its formations unto you the Light of Divinity will be born in consciousness. And the Light in consciousness will do for you exactly what cosmic mind had been doing to create false images. The Light in consciousness will form itself as the Divine-formations of your Real-life. The Light in your consciousness becomes your Vision. The Light in your consciousness becomes your hearing. The Light in your consciousness becomes not the darkness of the five senses, but the Light of the Infinite revealing a perfect universe right where the human eyes had seen one with wars and diseases and disasters. The Light in consciousness’ comes through dissolving for you the darkness of the senses.
The miracle of this is that when it happens you are looking one moment at something which was diseased or destructive and in just one second before your startled eyes the very opposite is true. I have had confirmed stories and have borne witness to some. Take the case of a dog that kills kittens. Here is this dog with a dead kitten in it mouth, and yet you know that isn’t so. That is a picture on a television screen. There is no destruction in Divinity. There is no destruction in Spirit. What are you looking with? Are you looking with the physical eyes of a mortal image then you will see the dog with a kitten in its mouth. Yet in Spiritual-consciousness you will see that dog without that kitten in its mouth and you will be startled by it, and yet know it is true. The change is instantaneous. One second you can see someone on a porch ranting their lungs, angry at the world, shouting at the children, and in another second as your Spiritual-consciousness looks inside something happens to that person. He turns around and is perfectly happy about the whole world, has no complaint. The changes sometimes are so spontaneous that we call them instantaneous healings.
These are only markers along the road. You have within you the Power of God. And whether that Power comes forth into your experience or not is going to depend completely upon whether you are the Spiritual-Son of God or a TV image. If you are a TV image you are not under the law of God. If you are a TV image God isn’t interested in whether you are assassinated or not. If you are a TV image every disease on the face of the earth that is in the cosmic mind has an opportunity to find its way to your door, because that TV mind is going to broadcast its beliefs. Everything tuned into that TV channel is going to receive its percentage. And it is going to show forth on the screen of your life.
To step out of mortality, to step out of mentality, and to step out of human hood, this is the way to Spiritual-Illumination The more we try to cling to making a better mortal existence, the more we are taken in by the Hindu rope trick, because that’s the very decoy which compels us to live out our days in a dreary mortal existence when the full joyous abundance of Spiritual-life is the very reality of you which the mortal existence is imitating. You are living in an imitation of yourself. This has ever been the case with mortal man. Living in an imitation of himself, but knowing it not, he has ever lived with an imitation god invented by that imitation self. A god that he prayed to who never heard him.
Now, the One Spiritual-being is God. The One Spiritual-substance is God. The one Spiritual-life is God. The one Spiritual-power is God. The one Spiritual-vision is God. The one Spiritual-ear is God. There is only One. And if you are not that one you are the cosmic image, which is imitating that One. Now when I, the personal sense of self goes away, the new faculty is born within you. Christ born within you, born within your consciousness, Christ revealed, takes you in a new path, a new universe, a new life, and a new experience above the five senses. This new existence is your ever present Reality. The work that you do to live in it has nothing to do with what you do outside in the world. It has to do with what you do within your own consciousness. In your consciousness the work is done. It is there that you make the changes. It is there that you step out of the false beliefs. It is there that you release the Power of the Christ. All is done within your consciousness. This is your church and this becomes your heaven.
Pray without creasing, in a meekness, a meekness which is not struggling to make a demonstration. Rather it is a denial of the person self, the personal mind, the personal body, the personal life. When you give yourself the luxury of no personal sense, you can quickly feel the Infinite scope of your own Being. The moment the limited self is withdrawn from consciousness, the unlimited Self begins. You can hear the Voice all around you, it has never stopped. You can feel that around you there are not walls of matter. If there are any walls at all, they are walls of the Word. All around you these invisible walls of the Word are speaking. You are walking through them. They surround and embrace you. All around you is Love. All around you is Life. All around you is Light. All around you is Purity. All around you is Spirit, and all that It Is. The image does not try to write the television program, the image merely lets the program do its own work. And we now learn to let the Spirit live us, for we are the Divine-image. We rest in the Infinite-spirit.
Our Illumination must come from the resting, of all the concepts, of all of the densities, of all of the darknesses, and of all of the five sense beliefs. We are preparing the way for a new image, a Divine-image, an image under Grace, an image that wasn’t born, an image that cannot die. We are preparing the way for a form of the Soul to appear. A Christ form that lives in complete unison with the Infinite-Spirit knowing only the One perfect eternal Life. A form that is completely independent of every law of matter, completely independent of a cosmic mind, a form that knows nothing about an interrupted heartbeat. A form that knows nothing about any defects of any kind! That invisible form is your true form. It is not an image on cosmic television. It is not a snake. It is not an imitation about something else. It is the Reality Itself. It is the One. You must claim that one. And in the prayer without ceasing you will look at those things, which deny you to be that one, and see that they are ropes pretending to be snakes.
For all that exists is the purity of Spirit. There is no other existence. When this is your consciousness, you are in your state of Illumination. Then you can say I Am the Light. The Light is My Being. And the Light is not dependent upon mortal man, mortal circumstances, mortal beliefs. This Light is the expression of God.
God expresses as the Light of my Being.
“I Am the Light of the world.”
I cannot be a false TV image. I cannot be a mortal being. I cannot be dying matter. I cannot be defective for the Divine-Light is the perfect image and likeness of the Father. We are worshipping the Father in Spirit and in Truth. We are not in a body of flesh. We are not in a human mind. We are the Divine- mind being itself expressing its own ideas. We are One with each other, not separate lives. We are One Infinite-life without interruption. We can look at the world of material things and see it as an imitation of that which we are.
Then we have the secret of the illusion of this world. It is the imitation about the I of our Being. You can walk in that world when you know you are not of it, that it is only imitating you, and then that which is imitating you, cannot frighten you. You can’t be frightened by that which is imitating your own perfect Being. You can look at the imitation and see the Immortal selfhood behind it. We are approaching that scope of understanding within us that enables us to live in this world but not of it to appear as an image in it with the knowledge that we are the perfect Infinite-spiritual-self. This is going to release the activity of the Soul. Divine-consciousness through the Soul will function and the mind will receive its instructions from Divinity, the body will follow. Even mortality appearing as you, will respond to your True selfhood so that the outer man will be working hitherto with the Inner reality. Thou seest me thou seest the Father not flesh that will die.
We are accepting Divinity, spirituality we are not worshipping with words. That which the Father is, the Son is, and I and the Father are the Invisible Spirit, the Light of the world, the One, the Eternal, that which can never be defective in any way and all external defects are now seen to be images on a television screen of the mind. Not mine they are visible imitations about what I am. We are not seeking to improve anything. What shall we improve? I am already the perfect Spirit of God. I have sought first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and as I rest in Spirit there is nothing to seek. The Light within my own consciousness will now externalize. It will form its Self in the Divine-image on earth. It will walk this earth under Grace. The things that are needed will appear for the intelligence of the Light becomes the law. You are living from your invisible center, your Infinite selfhood, instead of being illuminated you are the Light Itself. And that Light will come through the human self that appears out there to the world showing forth the harmonies, the sequence of Divine-thought as it moves through you. You are a transparency for the Infinite invisible.
If you were to be in that state of human thought now that wants to improve yourself, that wants to take care of tomorrow, that wants to plan, that wants to be successful you would be falling for the trick, the decoy, which is ever coming through to make you believe you are a human being. If you can resist that temptation you will find you are never begging for bread anywhere. The moment the Light of you is recognized you are in righteousness and that righteous man will always have the added things.
Now we have come very quickly today to the core of this message. You are the Light, not the matter, and if you have been caught up in a personal self the Comforter cannot come unto you. The Christ cannot rise and become your Living-consciousness. Put that first on your list: personal self is the barrier to Christ consciousness, human ego, human fear, human belief in a physical me. And let your every concentrated activity be the realization that God is functioning now, expressing now, Truth is expressing now, shining and standing right where the world sees me. Never will God stop functioning where I am standing. Never will truth stop expressing where you are. It is impossible. You personal self removed, is the stone which must be rolled away for this Truth, this Divinity, to shine forth for others to see it, and for you to experience it. For the duality of a mortal existence in an Immortal universe to be broken up so that the life of God as you becomes the only life you know. Let’s be still with that before we have an intermission.
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There is one beautiful passage that is so outstanding in the Infinite Way that Joel has used it in the beginning of every book since 1949, Illumination dissolves all material ties. As I recall Joel had mentioned that this passage is not something that he sat down to write and to think up but rather it was given to him within and so he merely sat down, listened and recorded that which was given to him, he wrote it down, Illumination dissolves all material ties. We are going to see a great importance in this particular phase it is the essence of the Christ message and the Infinite Way.
It is not a coincidence that throughout the entire New Testament not once do you see Jesus treating a diseased body, not once, never would he acknowledge that such a body could exist. He was revealing that there is no mortal body to be treated. But rather that all that can exist in reality is that which is the activity of Divine-mind maintaining its own perfect formations. So even if you tried you would find it impossible to change your perfect Self to something else. There is no power to change the perfect formations of Divine-Mind. So there was no need to treat diseased bodies because they cannot exist except as images on TV.
You see the TV of a cosmic mind works through the wires of your five senses. Those are the incoming wires that bring in this electrical appearance that eventually becomes the problem. Jesus wouldn’t treat it rather he never left Divine-mind. He rested in The Divine-mind letting it manifest its own formations. This perhaps is the meaning of, Illumination dissolves all material ties. You won’t find Christ in a body of flesh, and the Light never becomes anything other than Itself. It is always the Light.
It is wise to remember the purpose of the transfiguration. Perfect Light becomes visible to mankind as a form called Jesus. But perfect Light is what always is. It never stops being perfect Light and so when you take that form called Jesus and try to destroy it, you’re destroying the television image. You cannot destroy the Light. It sent forth a new form in three days. Now that Light revealed is the light of us. We are that light and this awareness removes the need for us to preserve, to aggrandize the human form. We can’t stop having a human form there is nothing you can do about it, as long as you are the light a human form will appear.
Now the images on TV, don’t decide when to be born and when to die. They just come on and they go off. Mankind comes on and goes off but the Light is always there and always contains the fullness the complete storehouse of Divine-gifts, all the qualities of God are in your Light/Life. When you accept yourself to be this Light and are dissolving material ties. These material ties are not only the form in which you walk but also the beliefs of that form and the relationships of that form. If you look out from the eyes of that form you will never see Reality. You will always see people who will someday will die. You will only see people that are well today or sick tomorrow and visa versa. As long as you are living out of the form and not out of the Light your experience is going to be a succession of material ties of limitation of lacks of changes of matter. But when you accept yourself to be Light, because something within you permits you to do that, the Light isn’t concerned about form. The Light isn’t concerned about what mortal man can do. The Light isn’t concerned about tomorrow’s meal or a bulging waist-line or bad digestion.
As long as you’re concerned about these things you are still saying, I am not the Light, I am the form and you may think, well suppose if I drop my concern about the form, who is going to be concerned about it. Who is going to take care of it? Who is going to dress it? Who is going to feed it and the answer is, I. The I that I Am, the Light and the intelligence of the universe. I don’t make mistakes, all that I do is the perfect expression of the perfect Infinite Mind. And this I of your Being, released by your stepping out of your belief in form, takes you into Grace. There never will be Grace in a form. Grace can never express in a body of flesh. Illumination doesn’t come to a mortal. Illumination is the result of the mortal stepping aside. You are never a illumined human being. You are illuminated when you have succeeded in releasing the belief that you are the human being. Illumination dissolves all the material ties, and there goes the relationships that we set up as mind concepts and which tie us into a certain pattern of activity and thoughts, and beliefs and commitments. You might succeed in getting rid of a notion that you are a form but your child is a form and you are going to worry about that form. But the Light of your Being and the Light of your child are One and the same.
Now what happens to all these forms if we live in the knowledge that I Am the Light, I go before you to make the crooked places straight. Do you believe that? I perform that which you are appointed to do? Do you believe that? Do you believe there is an I? A invisible intelligent invisible Power, an invisible Presence that actually can run its Life as you, better than your human sense can do. It not only can, but who is going to be running your life fifty years from now if It isn’t. Who ran your life one hundred years ago if It didn’t? Do you see the sense of duality we are still clinging to the personal me that is still there afraid to let go, afraid to Be the Light for fear that something out in my daily life won’t get done the way is should. Your daily life is the television image and if it gets done the way you think it should or doesn’t get done makes no difference in your Life. Only in your false sense of life.
There is that long expanse of Spiritual-water waiting for you to walk upon it. If you cannot trust the Light of God to be the Light of your Being to perfect all that concerns Itself where you stand then how can you worship the Father and Spirit in Truth? How can Christ be born in your consciousness. Illumination is the acceptance that Divine-Light is your Being and in the acceptance you make the extra step. You cannot be that Divine-Light and also a material being. You cannot be Spirit and, for there is no God and, anything. The light that you are is the Light of God and there must come a moment when the personal sense of you is absent, totally absent. The personal sense is dead and all that stands there is the Perfect Eternal Light which is called the Son of God, then you are reborn, then there is no concern about taking up the sword to go forth and do battle with the other mortals of this world. While they are striving on television each with the other under the assumption that the other is there, Divine-Light of Love of perfection in all things is gracing and prospering all that appears in the world as you, without effort. The added things are there.
The Light comes forth, there are no needs unfulfilled in Spirit. There is no requirement that you point the way and say, Spirit this is next on the list or that. All moves flawlessly and smoothly in the invisible appearing in its proper sequence in the visible as needed and unless we are living this way, we have not caught the essence of the glory that lies ahead for each of us, merely to accept. Life isn’t suppose to be a constant stepping from one form of jeopardy to another. The fulfillment of the Light is ever present, is there a human mind there, then you are not experiencing the Light. Is there a human body there, then you have no Light coming forth to form itself as the living Grace. Are you still looking at the world with five senses and believing what you see. Then you are denying the invisible perfection which is ever present everywhere. You are not translating the visible imperfection into the invisible Reality of God ever present. You are not praying without ceasing you are not being meek unto the One mind. You are not trusting in your own Self. But now as we know our Self to be the Light and know that only Light exists, that it is never at odds with itself, it is never less here than there. Its arm is never shortened it is ever perfection everywhere, we have One infinite perfect world unseen by human eyes. And yet it is the only presence here. There is no matter in It, there is no mortal in It, there is only pure Life expressing pure Spiritual-Being and that is I.
Now where are the material ties that we have to consider. Isn’t Spirit maintaining your heart rate at this moment, you’re having nothing to do with it. Your pulse is beating, the cells of your body are performing, what have you to do with it, and that is only the imitation of the cosmic mind. Think how perfect the Light body must be. If you reach this acceptance you can cross out of your mind the belief that there is any material defect that can ever happen to you because there is no material you there that can in anyway be defected.
Now this particular moment you may not be able to do this, but in a moment when you think not, there will steal into your awareness the realization that you are the perfect Light, that you have no body that can decay and that the perfect Light of your Being is misperceived by the world which calls it your physical form. You will know that this Heaven of the Father, this perfect Kingdom, this Divine-consciousness, misperceived by human sense, appears as the material form, but the appearance is but a appearance existing only in the mis-perception. It isn’t there in Reality all the heart beats, all the lungs gasping for air they are not there, we are in a Spiritual-universe. Heart attacks only occur in the false images, brain tumors occur in the false images, malignancies occur in the false images. They do not occur in the Spiritual-reality which is here without opposite. The disasters the lack, the limitation, the fears, the terrors, and all of these are part of the TV images. When you are that Light you are dissolved from these material terrors, and ties, four simple words Illumination dissolves material ties. Illumination is the Realization that I am the Light of the Father. Now let the Light shine forth as the Reality of Being showing the Immaterial-universe. The universe of Gods perfection in all things, where nothing is lacking or limited or needed that isn’t there, that is the only universe there is.
This Illumination binds men together with the, Golden Chains of Spiritual-Understanding. If I do not see you as the Light I, misperceive you and I misperceive you because I misperceive me. As the Light we have between us the invisible Golden Chain of Understanding. This is the natural state of things in Spiritual-living. All there is of you is pure Divine Light and this before me is the television image formed about that Divine-Light. Shall I sow to your flesh to your image or to your Spiritual-Self, shall you sow to the image of yourself or to the reality of you and you find now as you dwell more on the Light of your Being and less on the flesh, more on the Reality instead of the imitation image of it that you are loosening him and letting him go. The image, the mortal man, the material man, your releasing him, you are stepping out of that image tomb, and while you are doing it you are dissolving the image, because it cannot exist in fear.
When you know yourself to be the Light. The Golden Chain of your Understanding becomes your Love for all those around you. All you can see is their Light. You can see the images in the Light, but the Light is what you are aware of, and you are also aware of the rope that appears to be something else. You have no sinners to reform in the Light. You have no earthlings to heal. You have no diseased bodies to treat, you have no dying people you have no poor to enrich, you are bearing witness to the Truth of the invisible ever-present Infinite Light of God which baths this heaven, which men call earth. And that is why you are bound especially to those who have the same insight as you. You find an instant report there. It is something you don’t even control, the report just springs right up. When two walk in the Light and know it they have this Golden Chain of Understanding. You have probably witnessed that with those that walk in your Spiritual-household. There is the feeling that there is nothing between us that requires the caution of people, who feel that we have something one another wants. We can be what we are, we can relax we don’t have to erect the false wall of protection between us. We recognize without effort and without thought, that One life That One Light that One perfect understanding, that all is Being what it must inevitability be.
Nothing can enter this consciousness to defile it. No material law, no karmic law no human power. no physical or mental power, the Light is independent of everything unlike Itself and all that is unlike Itself is the imitation image, which men call this world. We are living in the Kingdom of God and when you say I am going to pray without ceasing your saying, I am living in the Kingdom of God. They mean precisely the same, to live in the Kingdom and to pray without ceasing are synonymous. Your expansion of consciousness then is the constant consciousness. Awareness that I am living now in the Kingdom of God as the Light of God, and that is constant prayer, there is nothing to judge so you are in a state of righteous judgment at all times.
The Golden Chains of Understanding, are the righteousness of the Light of your own Being. If you find yourself condemning, fearing, planning, you have taken yourself out of the perfect Grace of the Divine-Light, you have lost your confidence in it. You have returned to the mortal consciousness that insists on perpetuating a personal me and by fantasizing you loose the infinite. It would be marvelous for anyone on this earth to get a glimpse of that impersonal Me the One who never need fear what mortal man can do to Me or mortal circumstance. He, who is independent of the fleshly body. Once having tasted this living water, Truth we find that more and more we can look out at the mortal scene and see how obsolete it has become in our new consciousness. Like looking at an old magazine and we can begin to glimpse the glory that was revealed on this earth, of an invisible infinite universe present where we stand. Where there is no death on the highway, no poverty, no black and white, no threatening each other with death, this is the Reality behind the images. Have we the right to turn away from it for a second.
So these words were given to Joel, they could become a miniature bible all by themselves, the Golden Chains of Understanding. Wouldn’t it be marvelous if everyone we know had that understanding about us, it certainly would. Why then can we not give them that understanding, whoever they are, whatever they appear to be doing? Rob them of their mortality by recognizing the immortality that stands there and you take the sting out of ever so called evil deed on this earth. How can there by evil when God is All. So we have the great revelation by Jesus by Buddha by Lao Tzu, that evil is unreal, unreal and we have mankind laboring to change that unreality and to improve it. When all the time we have the opportunity to live in the Reality where there is nothing that needs changing. You cannot change the unreal and make it real by improving humanhood, that does not bring you into spirituality. By improving mortality, that doesn’t bring you into immortality, you see it is the something out of what is not. Not improving it, that’s what perpetuates false personal sense. We step out of what is not. We step out of unreality, have nothing to do with it. We live in Reality and then we have nothing to change. Nothing to improve and every time your tempted to improve something be sure of this, the only thing you can improve is the unreality. You can never improve Reality, It is perfect and that is all that It is, when you are in this state of the Illuminated Self.
Illumination acknowledges only the leadership of The Christ, you see how the mortal mind casts that out the window. You can’t be a leader, I can’t be a leader we have no leaders. Jesus was not a leader.
“If I go not away the Comforter will not come unto you,”
The Comforter is the leader. Acknowledge only the leadership of the Comforter within. The Christ within and if we are not living in that leadership we are not living as the Light of the Kingdom of God. It doesn’t matter that there is only a handful that are going to stand and try to live this way, it is our function to be among that handful. There might only be twelve in an entire generation, let us be that twelve. The leadership of the Christ within you is the way to live in the Kingdom of God on earth. There we have no ritual and no rule only Divine-impersonal universal Love. Now that impersonal Love releases you from the human sense of love but it does it in such away that you recognize the impersonal Christ everywhere so that your not decoyed into trying to make the universal Christ healthy and happy and not so poor. Instead of trying to improve the lie, you recognize the Truth and let the Truth do its own work. That is part of the nature of Illumination. We have no other worship that the Inner Flame at the Shrine of Spirit. Your Spirit not a Spirit external to you the Inner Flame, ever lit at the Shrine of the Spirit which you are. That’s where we live, we are in a sense saying, the Father liveth my life, thou seeth me thou seeth him who sent me. The Father works and I work hither too. There is no personal self there you see, there is only God being God and the world sees you. There is only God being God, and the world sees Jesus. There is only God being God and the world sees Joel Goldsmith. There is only God being God, and the world sees Buddha, always it is God Being and the form is the human concept of what God is Being, until so pure is the form that, thou seeth me thou seeth the Father that sent me. So free of the beliefs that anything in this universe can exist that is unlike God. Now these are the words of a Divine-consciousness speaking but you can’t take the words and go back and manufacture that consciousness.
Someday they have to come out of you and they will be phrased differently than this. They won’t say the exact same thing but they will speak through you, as deeds as actions as the Word made flesh. The activity of Christ in consciousness appears outwardly as these words but that activity of Christ in your consciousness appears outwardly as your Eternal-life spinning out completely in a total unfoldment of Divinity within, instead of the limited five-sense world. Are we still clinging to that human mind, the TV screen or are we willing to live on infinite TV and let the pictures that come forth be God’s pictures on this earth. You can see how all the ritual and all the worship and all the creeds and all of the forms are completely ignorant of the inner Light. And they are perpetuating the TV image of good and evil, of life and death, of good and bad, of bad health and good health, of youth and age, all out of the ignorance that the Light of God is the substance of every form.
Now this union is the free state of Spiritual-brotherhood, nobody is pointing a gun at us, our union is first a union within ourselves which recognizes no end and no beginning and brings us into a union with those of a like level of consciousness knowingly and with those of a unlike level of consciousness unknowingly. No one is excluded from this union. Those who are at your level knowingly are in this union but you are one with all whether they know it or not. There is no one on this universe who is not one with you in your Illumined-consciousness. No one is excluded, they cannot be because the Light of your Being. Being is Infinite and it embraces all within that Infinity. If you find yourself excluding one person anywhere from the recognition of the perfect Light of Being, one animal, one vegetable, one mineral, one anything. One condition then you have shortened the arm of the Light. You see this isn’t you anymore as a personal being, this is the Light living itself where you appear.
This is Christ and even though the world sees a finite physical image called Jesus this is the Christ living as you. This is your goal this is the way of translation of earth to heaven where you stand this is the divine TV channel. More and more, you say what do I do. If Christ lives my life, what do I do. There is no I to do anything, there is only Christ. Let Christ do, and take your leadership from the Christ. Suppose at this minute there was no personal you, where you sit, none only pure Light. This would be the truth, there would be nothing there but Light. There would be no concern of the Light of about the next five minutes or the next hour or tonight. The Light isn’t hungry, the Light isn’t thirsty, the Light isn’t going anywhere it is already there. Capture that glory of Being that Light, which is everywhere now, fulfilled forever and your finding the meaning of Christ where you stand.
This invisible Light could project an image to the moon in five minutes if necessary. It could project a physical you into the future five thousand years from this moment if necessary, and be right on target. It could project you back in time if necessary, this Christ Light of your Being is in full command of the Infinite. It has total dominion. If there is a single shadow of you beside this Christ Light you have lost it.
The perfect diamond reflects its light from within itself and all of that light from within comes forth and makes it a perfect diamond. The perfect Light of your Being coming forth from within brings the full infinite richness into play and this is our dominion, over the body over the world over the falsities over all of the negatives. When Washington crossed the Delaware, when Lindberg flew across the ocean, when the astronauts went to the moon this was not happening in the universe of God. This was the imitation image in men’s mind of something else. That something else, is where you must live in the Light behind the image, and then what happens in the image will conform to the pattern of the invisible Light and you are taking it out of the good and the evil, out of chance, out of changes in weather, out of changes in health, out of advancing old age. Your living in the pattern of the perfect Light and what comes forth from it will always bear the imprint of the sweet Presence of the father. How did Joel put it, you feel as if there is a hand in yours and a face smiling over your shoulder, your not alone and you know it because, I can never leave you and I am the Light of your Being. The only restraint is the discipline of the soul.
A nine year old asked me yesterday, – what is the Soul in relationship to the Divine-consciousness? You could say they are synonymous, but they are not. She had a little milk bottle in her hand and I told her that the bottle is the Divine-consciousness and the place where the milk came out was the Soul, she got the idea that Divine- consciousness pours through the Soul, and when Divine-consciousness is pouring through the Soul, then the pattern of Divine-thought is going to be manifest where you stand.
We have left the realm of mind, human mind. We have left the realm of mental images we are in the images of the Soul now and Divine- consciousness pouring through, ever infinitely pouring its Love and Truth. They must now out-picture as the True and the Real. Here is where you find freedom, tranquility, fulfillment, as the Divine- images of the Soul flow forth as you. Yes, you are still an image but now you are the Divine-Image not the cosmic lie image called the mortal.
The only restraint is the discipline of the soul. The Soul is expressing perfect Divinity, translating it into Light that will move through you out-picturing itself as form. You are in an infinite computer and it is all you. We all have this built in Grace, this One Grace functions as All.
Now take another look at every defect that you think is in your life and recognize that it does not exist in Divine consciousness flowing through your Soul into invisible patterns of Divine-Idea, there is no place there where a defect exists. But if there is one out here or two or three, something is happening in-between the invisible and the visible.
The Reality of you is without defect, the appearance of you may be with defect. Something in-between has caused that distortion. That something in-between is your consciousness. Your consciousness of the Divine-Light of your Soul or your consciousness of the cosmic television out-picturing through your senses, is determining whether or not the defect or many defects appear out here. Your consciousness is externalizing as defect or lack of it. You are either tuned to your soul or you are tuned to this world. You are either living in the One Mind or your living through the five senses. You are making the pictures that are out here. You are making the weather, you are making all that appears on this earth for you. This is your world or it is your heaven and where your consciousness is anchored will determine whether it is your world or your heaven.
In your Illumination it is our Heaven, in your world consciousness it becomes this world. All of the work is done in your very Being. No one out can do it for you. No text has ever been written that will do it for you, not even the Bible. Your consciousness is the world or heaven. Choose you – Heaven or this world in your consciousness. No one has more opportunity than another for the Reality of God to express in them, no one. If you think with a concept with a conceptual mind that looks out and thinks in terms of what it knows, you might say this one has more opportunities than that one. But look past the forms look at the Light and you will see that only Christ is present.
Sow to the Christ not to the images and you will see that Christ will rise in your consciousness dispelling the illusion of the defects in you of any nature. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. You shall know The Truth when The Christ in you is released. It knows the Truth that sets you free, from the defect.
I think we have this chapter well in hand for the moment, it is only a chapter remember, a few words given by Grace to those who are open to the living Word of the living Father within themselves. The rest of the message must come with you as you let the Christ write the script of your daily life. He ends this with, therefore we know liberty without license we are a united universe, without physical limits. Without physical limits, we don’t even stop at the moon. There is no physical universe. That’s why we have no physical limits. The Divine-service to God, without ceremony or creed and then this great work.
The Illumined work without fear – by Grace, without fear of course all you can fear is a TV image, you cannot fear Reality. You can only fear that what is unreal remember that. You can only fear that which is unreal because Reality is always Love and harmony and if you fear something you are not fearing love and harmony you are fearing the opposite. But the opposite is not real. Shall you fear that which is unreal.
The illumined do not fear that which is unreal they walk without fear by Grace in the preparation for the decent of Grace into consciousness you are eliminating the possibility of a future with fear.
Now these glorious words of Joel’s are just the words of a messenger. In this chapter, he points out very emphatically something that will always come home to you in many ways. The world has personalized the messenger and thus has lost The Christ. The world has sort through Jesus to find God, and you can’t, unless Jesus goes away the Comforter will not come unto you. You will not find God through Jesus and Jesus was the one that told us, Unless I go away, the Comforter will not come unto you. And carried into your living this means you must not personalized the messenger, the living Christ invisible, is the Real messenger.
Next Week is The Christ.
Thanks very much.
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”: