“The life is more than meat, [and] the body [is] more than raiment.” Well alright, the Life is God, and the Body is God; and it won’t matter how long you study, how many years, there will come a time when this will be accepted, and then Truth will activate itself where you are. Let’s accept it for the moment. My Body and My Life must be of the Substance of God, for there is no other. Now, what do I lack in supply? Nothing. So I can let that thought go. I can drop it; and if I don’t drop it, I’m not accepting spiritual Substance, Divine law. You see how you cannot accept and still maintain the belief in a lack of supply. Which is it, God or mammon? You drop the false concept. I do not lack supply. The I that I am does not lack supply.
Oh yes, this physical concept called “me” may lack supply, but I’m just learning that isn’t me at all. Now you’re in Identity, Divine Sonship, and you find that the Father hasn’t overlooked a thing. The Father is much more practical than you ever were. The Father is so practical that every need has been provided for. Nothing has been missing or withheld. Consider the ravens—Which neither sow nor reap—Which never have storehouse nor barn. God feedeth them. Now we feel kind of silly: “I was worried, really, about the food bill, the food budget. Would we have enough?” And here’s God feeding ravens. “I just didn’t have confidence in that.”
But it means what it said. If God feeds the ravens, what about me? Will I be unfed? How? By the law of transformation in Life, Itself. It is automatic. The law of transformation in your Being feeds Itself. Your Substance is the fullness of everything you need. Your Substance is Self-contained. In other words, everything is bringing You into Who are you. You see why this couldn’t be accepted? They thought he was teaching them that a person doesn’t have to worry, that a person is as good as a raven, but he wasn’t. He was teaching them that they weren’t persons. But even a lowly raven, which is less than a person, gets fed.
He was teaching them and us that we are living Spirit Now, without any needs. For every need has been fulfilled in our own Being, and the moment we accept the presence of God is the Spirit of My Being Here and Now, you’re in the rhythm of the universe. Then you can do what the raven does, what the lily does, what the sparrow does. It just knows everything is taken care of, but you can’t do it as a person.
How much more are ye better than the fowls? Which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? And you remember that’s a mis-translation. Stature should be length of life. They took it as length in space, but it should be length in time. Stature is the length of a person in space, but it really was the length of a person in time, the life span, meaning: Which of you with taking thought can add to his life span one cubit? And we can’t. And therefore, if you can’t do the least of this, why try for the most? Always teaching, again, that the human brain, which tries to think Truth, know Truth, and apply Truth, is not the place where the work is done.
And so we come to a principle. A woman said to me last week, my friend called or some relative who was sick, and I wanted to double-check the procedure, and I didn’t spend the time to completely explain what should be explained. Now you’re taking thought about that person’s health because that person said to you, “I’m sick,” and suppose that person lives a certain distance from you. Suppose, for example, right now, one of your close relatives, one of your children were to call and say, “I’m sick. Will you help me?” You would always begin your work with the belief that your son, your daughter is there and you are here, and that’s because you’re taking thought.
Now here’s a fine point and a very important one. You receive the information where you are. You received it here, and here is where you must solve it. You cannot solve that person’s health there, and many of us have tried to do it. We have tried to throw our thought there: He’s there, and I’ve got to get them well there. Well, you’re not going to get him well there if you don’t get him well Here. It’s here where the work is done, and Here means in your Consciousness. Right Here where you receive the call, and here is where you must solve the call. Everything is done Here, in your Consciousness, and that’s the secret of supply.
You want it out there. You want more acreage. You want a nicer home. You want a nicer car. You want a nicer this. You want a nicer that out there. You can’t get it out there. It doesn’t belong to you out there. You don’t have spiritual title to it out there, and even when it appears out there, it still won’t be out there. If it isn’t in your Consciousness, the out there will never manifest for you; and if it does, it won’t mean a thing. You don’t get supply out there. You get it in your Consciousness, and then it appears out there. You get it in your Consciousness that the Substance of My Being is God. That’s where supply is. That’s where your Life is. That’s where your clothing is. That’s where your home is.
Everything out there is in your Consciousness that God is the Substance of My Being Here. That’s why supply is such an important subject, because It brings us right smack into the Truth of all Being. The Hereness of My Substance, the faith in My Substance, the faith in the Law functioning in My Substance, the Law of eternal perfection is functioning Here. Now, just to show you why it doesn’t come into your experience unless you know about it: You may not be conscious of the air around you right now. You may not be conscious of breathing until it’s mentioned, and then when it’s mentioned, oh yes, you’re conscious of breathing.
But you aren’t conscious of breathing or the air until it was mentioned. Then it came into your thought. Then it comes into your consciousness. Do you know there was a period in our lives when we all went through becoming conscious of air, and that’s how breathing became part of our being. We had to reach the place where we would be conscious of it every moment, until it became a natural thing to do, to breathe. We had to learn how. We don’t remember it now. It happened too far in the dim past of history.
We have to become conscious of the Substance of Life as our own Substance. We have to think about it, literally take thought about it, and then you see your thought, you become conscious of. You can’t be conscious of something unless you first had a thought about it, and so you become conscious of your thought. Your thought is about the Life of God is your Substance; and ultimately that thought becomes something you’re conscious of, and when you’re conscious of it, it manifests in all its glory. Then you are spiritually conscious. Then you take no thought because you already have put the seed into Consciousness, and it is your permanent Consciousness.
Now actually, there’s no person, then, who can suffer from lack of supply. They have the wrong idea about supply. Supply is the Substance of God, and every One is the Substance of God. So you can’t suffer from lack of supply. You are the supply. You can suffer from your unawareness of it, because you haven’t taken thought about it to make it Your Consciousness. It isn’t in your Consciousness yet, but it will be; and when It becomes consciously yours, that I am the Substance, then you know that the supply you have been seeking is Your Substance: I am the Substance. I am the supply.
It isn’t outside. I am It, My Substance. Ah, that’s the meaning here then. “Which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that [thing] which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?” All of this thought, the planning, the strategy, the mapping out of a program was your unawareness that I am the supply now. I am that Tree of Life, and as long as I know it, it will shower forth the fruitage, and it will be those things that I need, for even the need and the forms that these needs shall take is taken care of right here in this passage, by the Word of God. “Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Why? Because there aren’t any lilies there.
That’s our concept of the perfect Light, the perfect Divine idea. The perfect Light is far better arrayed than Solomon in all his glory. The perfect Light of your Being is better arrayed than Solomon in all of his glory, and there’s no taking thought about it. It’s the fact. It is Now the perfect Light of God. Now is the fact, and we finally see the Bible has no promises for us at all. The Bible has never made a promise. Everything here is a statement of fact. There’s nothing to improve, for you are that Substance Now; and only when you’re conscious of it does the Law of transformation manifest as the activity in your Consciousness.
Then the same way the invisible sap becomes the appearance of an orange, so does the invisible Consciousness of You manifest with Divine intelligence as not oranges, but whatever you need, without taking thought. As you begin to feel this more deeply, you see that the Law is already established in its fullness from beginning to end, but your enlightened Consciousness, which is the acceptance of Divinity, manifests Its own Omniscience, Its own Omnipotence as every form that you require, but the human self does not take—the oranges aren’t deciding how to grow. The human isn’t deciding what it needs. It’s the acceptance of your own Being as the only Reality.
We all have found that in someway or another, the world we know begins where I am. I’m It. I look out. I see out there. But when you accept your Self as the Substance, you can’t live that way. You can’t be thinking of everything in this world as beginning right here where you are. This word here stretches out. It covers the universe. You begin to think of your Self in a different way, as an everywhere Self. You’re not like a tree rooted in the ground, giving just fruit on this tree. You’re an everywhere Self. The world, which is your Consciousness, is only going to give fruitage if you are an everywhere world and everywhere spiritual Self.
That’s why you’re praying for your enemies and forgiving those who offend you, and that’s why you’re showing service to others. That’s why you’re expressing gratitude. You’re seeing your Self as an infinite Being. You’re not limiting God to a spot. You’re not limiting Being to a spot; and oh, how many times we completely forget that we’re not just the person in this form. That isn’t us at all. We have to get outside of this person, and that is when you can forever forget the human sense of supply. Your universe comes back to the center of Itself where the form appears to be, and your Universe sustains Itself where you are.
If you had to raise all your own fruit and vegetables in a little patch of land, you’d find you couldn’t do it. If you have to live a perfect Life as the Father says, you can’t do it in a little place. You have to be in the Kingdom, in the infinite Kingdom as the infinite Self, and so catch your Self from time to time if you’re trying to localize your Life down to a spot within a form. It isn’t you. I find just a few minutes devoted to that is a tremendous release, just the knowledge that I’m not just a point here. That little blob has got to go. When I accept Divinity, Divine Selfhood, Christhood, you accept the infinite nature of your Being, and that’s how you cast out upon the waters that which comes back. That’s what Joel means when he said you can’t realize supply unless you cast it out on the waters. You must give it forth for it to come back; and you’re giving forth is the recognition of infinite Selfhood.
Now, that call from the friend who wanted help, if you had your friend out there and you here, you had two. There’s only One Christ. How could you have two? You hadn’t accepted infinite Selfhood. You had a separation between you and your friend. That’s why they were out there in another city and you were in this city. That isn’t true. That’s when you live in the blob, in the little person, and then everything you do is from the standpoint of a human being trying to help another one. But it’s not spiritual. It’s not accepting. It’s having no confidence in God’s Word.
Now, I and the Father are One. And what about the one who called you? Isn’t that One One with the Father? And if you’re both One with the Father, aren’t One with each other? Is there a separation between you and your son, between you and your daughter? How can there be? The separation is in the sense perception which sees a physical world. You and I are not separated. We never were. We never will be. No one is separated from another, only in our finite sense perception mind.
You see how all of this is connected to supply? If you have an infinite garden, do you have more fruitage than if you have a little patch? If you have a spiritual garden, do you not have perfection working that garden? Finally, the taking possession is the recognition of the One infinite Self, and so there’s no outside. There’s no person calling from another city. There’s only the One Self there and here as One can rest. The law of transformation will show forth of fruitage just as if it were oranges on a tree. The law is always working in Identity as long as you don’t interrupt Identity and make it two, three, and ten.
Ten righteous men save a city by Being One, and that One is always a majority with God. Now you see how all of this comes out of the little revelation that the lilies of the field are not spinning. Something is happening from the universal, imitating the perfect idea of God. Always your perfect supply in the outer will be the imitation of the Divine idea, and when your Consciousness of your spiritual Identity is established, It will then create your world in its own Divine Image and Likeness as the forms of Divinity. The image and likeness of your Consciousness is the World you are now experiencing.
When that Consciousness is Divine, then you have the Divine Image and Likeness. When it is human, you have the human image and likeness. When it is wheat and tares, you have both, a division. Divine thought can never say, “I lack.” Human thought says, “I lack,” so you weed out that tare. That human thought is a lie: “I lack.” Divine thought says, “I have. I am,” and that’s where you rest, accepting the presence of Divinity. That’s having confidence in the authority, in the Truth, in the words of God.
I think some of you may be wondering if we’re over the hour. We’re using a long tape today to see if we can do the whole class without an intermission, to see if we can not break the continuity. Where you are is God. If that is not established, you are going to have a mental teaching. Where you are is God, and wherever you go is God. At any time of day or night, awake or asleep, where you are is God. This must be your living Consciousness, and where God is the law of perfection, the law of God is functioning.
When you accept that, you’ll find every book ever written can add very little to your Consciousness, because that’s the core from which all things must begin. Where you are is God. You wake to this. You live with it. You remind yourself of it. You go to sleep with it, and no matter what report comes to you, where you are is God; and therefore, any report that is not reporting perfection where you are is a lie, because where God is, perfection is. You are always standing in perfection. It doesn’t matter what shows. That which shows as imperfection is the lie because where you are is God. That’s your basis of living in the Kingdom of God.
“If then God so clothe the grass, which is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?” Again, You are the Light. You need not toil or spin or take thought. Always Identity is being stressed here, until he comes to the greatest revelation, perhaps in this: “Rather seek ye the Kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.” But You are the Kingdom of God: Accept it, and all these things shall be added unto You.
Now you have a Consciousness that I am the Kingdom of God, and now the world wants to break that down. The conditions of the world want to tell you, “You are not,” but the Truth is that you are. The question is, Will you uphold and be faithful to that truth, or will the world persuade you that you are not the Kingdom of God? That’s the issue, right down to the nub. And as the Kingdom of God, where do you begin and end? From head to toe, from elbow to elbow, here where I am is God. Now, does that limit God to being just where I am? Here where I am is God, but God is everywhere.
Therefore, the moment you accept that here where I am is God and God is everywhere, you accept the words of the Father, “Son, thou art ever with me.” Wherever God is, I am, and you are laying the consciousness of Spirit over your Universe, and that becomes the law of your Universe. The transforming law of your Universe is your acceptance that here is God and God is everywhere; Here is My Being and My Being is everywhere. You are laying spiritual awareness over Your Universe, and there is no other universe. You are bringing everything in your Universe under spiritual law, and that is why the added things will come up, just as they do in a tree. Your Universe is a tree, and throughout your Universe, the Spirit will consciously bring Itself into fruition.
And to crown it, to cap it off: “Fear not, little flock, it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.” You don’t have to do a thing about it. The Spirit gives. The Spirit does. The Spirit provides. The Spirit comes forth “as.” Your function is to be conscious of your spiritual infinite Identity as the invisible spiritual Universe. This is only the center of it, you might say. This center is the Awareness Center. The whole television set works because you do a little something on the knobs. The knobs, that’s this form, you might call it. Where you stand as the nobs. The Universe is the television set.
This is the Control Center. The Control Center is where you know the Truth, and then relax. Know the Truth of your infinite Universe and its ever present perfection. There’s no lack of supply in It. It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom. Now, in take no thought, would you find it either in Matthew or Mark or Luke in the Sermon on the Mount, when you have given it enough consideration and contemplation and understanding so that you can accept it, then it’s the law unto you, and whoever would deny that law has no power.
There’s no power outside of the Kingdom of God, and if you are the Kingdom of God, if you are standing in the knowledge of it, there is no other power. There is no power to lack. There is no power to die. There is no power to grow old because to know the kingdom of God aright is to experience that Life, which is the eternal Life. It is an experience, a knowledge that you are in that eternal Life, and you find you’re not in the life you thought you were in. You really step over, you step out of the concept. You’re in the eternal Life that doesn’t know lack, that doesn’t know limitation, that doesn’t know opposing powers, that doesn’t know sin, disease, limitation, that doesn’t know any form of physical disability. There is such a Life. It is here. It is now. It is You. This is all about that.
I’m sure that Joel lived the eternal Life while he was among us. I’m sure that Jesus lived the eternal Life while he was among us. I’m sure that you and I will live the eternal Life while on this earth, knowingly, and show it forth because that’s the purpose of the teaching, that we be perfect, and then we enter into a new circle. Now you’re not just trying to get supply so that this body can be healthier or live longer. That’s not it at all. You’re not seeking supply anymore; I am supply. Now you’re feeding the multitude. You’re not looking for supply. You’re giving supply.
Jesus wasn’t looking for supply. Joel wasn’t looking for supply. They were giving supply, expressing Life, Life expressing Itself. To look for supply is the human approach to Life. To give supply is the spiritual Way, and so we find that without taking thought or making effort, there is an overflowing moving through you and out into your Universe; and it appears out there as someone receiving alms. It appears out there as someone receiving a gift package. It appears out there as someone else benefiting in some way from what it would appear to be your benevolence, but it isn’t. It is your spiritual selfhood manifesting in the visible without anyone taking thought about it. It is the Infinite living Itself through you.
Now that’s the level we want to live out of because the Circle of Light isn’t composed of those who are seeking supply. It’s composed of those who are aware of themselves as the Light, and supply is an automatic Grace, an inner Grace that flows from their acceptance of Identity; and then we’re not only a Light unto ourselves, but to our families, a Light to our little groups, a Light to our present society, to our community, a Light to our nation; and we join the eternal Light, that Circle which stretches throughout our infinite Being.
We’re making our transition from man of earth to the Light of God, lifting the consciousness out of the false beliefs of yesterday, no longer having needs, for we have found the Kingdom of God in which all things are Self-fulfilling, and It isn’t at a place called Heaven in the sky or in tomorrow. We have found that Heaven is our Substance, and our knowledge of that Substance. We have the knowledge that We are the Substance and the continuing Consciousness that We are that Substance, and that’s confidence. That’s where you no longer have to pray.—That’s your prayer without ceasing. That’s all there is to it.
You’re making your turn. It begins to flow the other way. You’re not reaching out for it. You’re producing it from within your Self. You’re not thinking it into existence: God is. There was a woman on the phone this morning with a stomach ache, and she told me about something Joel said on page 36 of one book and 78 of another book, and she was going on and on; and every word she said was true, but she still had her stomach ache because she was trying to make the words “do” something—forgetting who She was. Please don’t make words “do” something. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and after you have found the Kingdom of God, which is your Being, your Substance, knowing that, holding that, there should be an end some day of seeking the Kingdom of God.
We’re in the eleventh chapter of Contemplative Life, and although the subject is supply, it would be like discussing one little finger on your hand to leave it at that level. We have to see the All-ness of Being in order to realize the nature of supply, and so we’ll be reaching out to other elements of this work. Next week we will complete this book, even though it’s a chapter about Christmas. Christ is next week, as well as at the twenty-fifth of December, and so we’ll do that chapter next week. And then on the following Sunday, which I think is the twenty-seventh of June, we will begin The Mystical I, the new book of Joel, for at least twelve weeks into early October probably. So that’s the continuous program. There will be no interruption for the Fourth of July.
We know that a fish never struggles to swim, nor does a bird struggle to fly. These come naturally, and we want to learn why the Son of God seems to struggle for supply; and we are told that we are to take no thought for our life, what we shall eat, we shall wear. In other words, supply is just as natural to the Son of God as swimming is to a fish or flying to a bird. It’s the very nature of our Being. Perhaps, as we look at supply and see that we have a concept about it, we begin to notice that we have limited supply down to what we believe finitely. We think supply should be money, dollars, homes, investments, income, but this is the concept of the earth man.
And although the Father knoweth our needs, and although it is the good pleasure of the Father to give us the Kingdom, we somehow think that we have to decide in what way the Kingdom should come to us; and before we know it, we have split away from Truth, we have entered into concept, into the perception of the senses, into the world illusion. And soon we say, “My supply has been limited,” and then we face what we consider financial problems. And so we find that one out of every hundred may be immune to this or maybe one out of a thousand, but everywhere we go we find financial problems, limitations, and lack, even though the Son of God is unlimited.
When we do mental work to correct this, we go through the illusion that with the human mind, I can permanently improve my condition; and so we take Truth and we try to apply Truth, and, alas, we discover that you cannot apply Truth. Truth is Truth, and Truth is self-fulfilling and self-acting. The moment you are applying Truth, you haven’t got Truth at all. And so, always, we’re stymied about this supply thing until we begin to have confidence in the Bible. It literally means what it tells us, and it gives us the most unusual way to solve the supply problem.
It’s so revolutionary that when we look at it, we can’t believe it. It says the way to solve supply is to take no thought about it. We do not believe that, seriously, the Spirit could mean such a thing, and yet it precisely says that and gives us many examples. And the Master, Himself, shows us that His own disciples go forth without supply, no purse, no script, but they’re prepared for the journey with knowledge of Self knowing that Identity is supply. Now let’s look closely at the revolutionary teaching about taking no thought for supply in order to have supply, and perhaps it would be wise to see why, with our application of Truth and our thought about Truth, we have failed to really nail down the meaning of supply.
You know that the teaching of Jesus starts with God is Spirit. That’s the foundation: “In the beginning God . . .” And if you do not start with God, you have no place to start, because God is the beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega: “In the beginning, God . . .” “In the beginning, Spirit . . .” And you must begin there. God is Spirit, and quickly follows, “God is All.” “Spirit is All.” The All-ness of Spirit is the fact, and because Spirit can only beget Itself, because like must beget like, Spirit can only beget Spirit and never become anything else. Spirit remains Spirit. The All-ness of Spirit remains the All-ness of Spirit, and there’s nothing but Spirit. And this is the revolutionary teaching, then, of the Bible: God is Spirit, Spirit is All; Spirit begets Itself, and there is nothing but Spirit. And you are faced with the fact that matter is unreal.
And so any concept of supply that has to do with matter is an unreal concept. It is destined to failure. You cannot find material supply. You may call it material supply and discover, to your chagrin, that it isn’t; and we find that matter, being unreal,—because Spirit can only beget Spirit and Spirit is all—we have to identify this matter, and we find that the Bible is telling us that it is a mental concept, that all matter is imagination; and it tells us that this imagination is cosmic, a universal imagination, and that through our sense perceptions, we become aware of what is called matter, which is imagination, and therefore, we have mental matter. All matter, according to the Christ teaching, is made of the human mind. In other words, you’re seeing nothing except what is in your mind. Nothing is there outside of your mind. As far as the eye can see, you’re looking at your own mind, and you’re calling it matter, place, person, thing, and condition, but it is your mind.
You’re looking at your thought, everywhere, and now your thought says, “I lack. I need. I want. I desire. I must pay the rent.” But God is all and God is Spirit. Spirit begets only Spirit. That which is not Spirit is not there, is not real. What are you lacking? You’re lacking Spirit, but you think you’re lacking matter, and therefore, you perpetuate the illusion of lack by seeking the matter that you’re not lacking. You don’t even have it when you have it. You cannot have it or lack it. It doesn’t exist. And so a spiritual teaching is about Spirit as all; and finally, we see that the senses have fooled us into seeking that which has no existence in Reality.
We have called it supply, but we were seeking a material identity, which is mental, which is imagination; and it could never fully satisfy us for that reason, even if we secured that which we sought. And finally, it is all wrapped up with the idea that the material world is cosmic imagination, hypnosis of the senses, unreal, illusory. And the Master says seek not the things that perish. Now, once we have established this as fact, once we have confidence in God, knowing what God is talking about through Jesus Christ, we see that we are told that the world of matter is not reality. It is not my Father’s Kingdom, and therefore, it is not Here. It is one cosmic appearance in the mind, and matter being unreal, the motion of matter must be equally unreal, and now we’re coming to the place where we may be ready to know what is meant by “Son, all that I have is thine.” But we’re not quite ready because the mind is still under the influence of concept.
Now let’s go way, way back into concept. Let’s just take our little earth, which is our material concept, and there it goes spinning around the sun, and while it spins, it’s turning on its axis away from the sun, and now the sun hits the earth. And then behind the earth is the shadow of the earth, sun shining on the earth, the earth spinning on its axis—behind the earth, its own shadow shaped in the form of an ice cream cone. The whole width of the earth casts a conical shadow behind itself, and you’re somewhere on that earth, and you’re going to pass through that shadow. You’re going to enter the shadow on one side. You’re going to pass through the complete shadow of the earth; and then you’re going to pass out of the shadow of the earth on the other side, and all of that time is going to be called night time.
When you come out of the shadow of the earth, you’re going to say it’s dawn, it’s morning, it’s sunrise; and now you’re in day time, and the whole concept of day and night is whether or not you’re in the shadow of the earth. But there is no material earth. There is only Spirit. That which isn’t there is casting a shadow, which cannot be there. The concept of night and day is based upon that which is not there. From that concept of day and night, we get time. We measure the movement. We say that time takes twelve hours for the night to come and go, twelve hours for the day.
And then in that time, we measure the movement of objects, which are not there. It takes an hour to run from here to there, five hours from New York to San Francisco. First we measure night by the passing through the shadow of the earth, and outside of that shadow there is no night; and in the same manner, outside of our concept of matter there is no death, and there is no aging process, and there is no time. And our concept of objects moving in time builds our sense of space, because time and space exist only because we fill them with shadows called objects. Now you sit down and try to figure this all out with your mind and try to form some kind of intelligent direction to take through it, and you find you cannot.
It’s the same way with trying with your mind to figure out what you’re going to do about supply. The hopelessness of it is that the very earth you stand on is an allusion. You’re looking at your concept of the spiritual earth, and you’re identifying everything you see with that which itself has no existence, with material eyes, with material ears, with a material sense of touch; and Spirit can only beget Spirit. So non-existence identifies non-existence. Supply in the midst of this is very minor, but there is a law, there is a law that removes from us the necessity for taking thought about supply, or else the Master would not have revealed that the way out of the dilemma of supply is through taking no thought. The law of transformation, when known to your Consciousness, enables you to confidently relax, knowing that supply is a natural action of your true Being.
So let’s look at that law of transformation. Let’s see that supply is an expression of your Self and not something you reach out to draw into your Self. Let’s look at the orange tree, and let’s remember that the orange is not producing more oranges. The orange is the result of an action in the tree, and as long as you have the orange tree, you’re not too concerned about the oranges coming out of the tree. You’re not worried about getting oranges. You have the tree, and when the tree produces oranges and they fall off, you don’t say, “I have no more supply.” You say, “I have no more fruit.” But you know the tree will continue to produce new oranges; and therefore, you identify the tree as your supply, and you identify the oranges as the fruit of your supply.
You know there’s a law of transformation going on. You know the tree is doing something about minerals, about water, about air, about sunlight, and combining them, transforming them into sap; and it is pushing forth the fruitage for the oranges. Even when the tree is bare, you’re not concerned. Whether you’re awake or asleep, you’re not concerned. As long as you have the tree, you will have the fruit of the tree. You know the law of transformation is taking place. Now, there is such a law in our life.
We call it the law of transforming life. We know that the Substance of our Being is our Supply, just as the tree and its sap is its supply, and we know that as the Substance of our Being flows as our Consciousness, It forms Itself into those things which are needed. We learned that from the Master’s teaching. As the sparrow can forget where it will be fed, as the lily can forget how it will be clothed, because from within itself something is forming. We learned that within the Son of God, something is ever-forming, and “Son . . . all that I have is thine.” Let the Law of Transformation continue to flow through you as you, manifesting its perfection wherever you are. Do not interfere, just as you would not interfere with the activity of the tree, and watch how the oranges, or the added things, appear as you become conscious of the law of Transformation.
Now we know this law exists, and we have failed to do one thing. We have placed a barrier between the Law and our experience of it, and the barrier is unawareness. Your Consciousness of the Law builds the bridge, which permits the Law to enter through and express. When you are not conscious of the Law, it could not become an expression in your Life. Now let’s say we become conscious of the Law of Transformation. First we must be the Son of God. The Law of Transformation doesn’t work in a human being. “Son . . . all that I have is thine,” not human being, not dust man, not earth man, not man made of atoms: Son, Divine Son. And we have been stressing Identity now, for six weeks in this class, Identity. We have had a re-Identification.
And so if you are not the child of God, if you are still this physical, mortal being who cannot be, the Law of Transformation is not taking place through your mortal selfhood. Spirit cannot act outside of Spirit. Spirit cannot act in an illusion. If you have not taken the time and the effort to re-Identify, to accept your Self as Divine Substance, Divine Being, Divine Self, if you have no confidence whatsoever in the Word of God or Jesus Christ, which is expressing the Word of God, or in the Bible, which is the Word of God and Jesus Christ, then the Law of supply cannot function in your Being.
It will not function in the man of dust, but as you re-Identify, as you accept that God is My Father—I have no Father on the earth, but God.—then you are accepting that I, the Son and the Father are never separate. I, the Substance of God, am Spirit, never less than infinite Spirit, never less than true Being, never apart from Infinity. And now you are re-aligning your self. You are fulfilling the first requisite, correct Identity, Divine Self. You are taking possession. And now, in this Self, we are in conscious union with God; and the moment you’re in conscious union with the Spirit of God as your Spirit, you are in touch with every Divine idea. Nothing is missing in the Spirit of God. Son, every Divine idea is in the Spirit of God, which is the Life of You.
If you have no confidence in the Life of God as your Life, you have discovered the barrier that you have placed between you and the experience of your natural supply. It is laying there unexpressed because of lack of recognition, and now as you think of it, as you know your Self to be Life Divine, not matter, but Life Divine, you are saying to your senses, “I am not fooled by you. I am Spirit. I embody all that God has. All that the Father has is mine, and I have confidence in the law of Life, which is that, all that the Father hath, which is mine, is expressing itself Now, Here; and therefore, that which I have experienced is the lie.” The moment you have the presence of God where you stand, realized, you have discovered more than the law of supply. You have discovered the law of eternal Life. The moment you accept the presence of God, every problem in your life is revealed as a lie.
Now let’s see what you’re lacking in supply right this minute. What are you lacking? You’re lacking knowledge of God’s presence. That’s all. You can’t be lacking supply. Supply is God. Where God is, supply is. That’s the law. In My Presence is fullness of joy. And what you’re really saying when you say, “I lack,” is that you lack the knowledge of God’s presence. “In the beginning, God.” You haven’t begun with God. You started with matter, and you try to work back to God, and you can’t. Theres no way. Matter has no existence. It can’t go back into Spirit. You must begin with Spirit to have Spirit, to enjoy Spirit, to live in Spirit, and experience Spirit, You must begin with Spirit.
So in the beginning of your meditation, in the beginning of your contemplation God, Spirit. If you want Spirit, you must begin with Spirit. Always, Jesus began with God. He didn’t work back from matter to God. I and the Father are One. I am the way. I, now, in the midst of you am greater than he that walks the earth. We have lacked confidence in God, in God’s Word, in our own spiritual Identity as the One Son of God, and so in creeps the belief of a separation. Now you could just as well have said you had dizzy spells or stomach aches, as well as saying you lack supply; and you would find the knowledge of God’s presence is the answer to all three. The knowledge of God’s presence is the answer to every problem.
And while we have been trying to memorize page 26 in a book, or page 39 in the Bible, or What did Joel say in 1952 at such and such a lecture? We have forgotten the basic principle is where you realize the presence of God, Omniscience does the rest, Omnipotence does the rest, Omnipresence does the rest. And you may be sure that every important word in the Bible and in Joel’s writing was put there by the Mind of God, which knows. And so we begin to let go of this calculating, planning, striving mind. We don’t have to struggle. We don’t have to use strategy. We don’t have to plan. We have to do precisely what it tells us to do, take no thought. Why? Because once you have established that God is present Here, Now, the work is done. There comes a surge of knowledge that God is here, and then every Word in the Bible rings with a new clarity.
It is my pleasure to give you the Kingdom. Now watch. All of the added things appear. Why? Because the law of transformation is taking place in your Consciousness. Wherever you look, whatever you see, whatever you experience, it isn’t what you think it is. It’s your Consciousness. Your Consciousness is made visible and becomes your experience. Your whole universe is your consciousness. There is no outside. There is absolutely nothing outside your Consciousness. If it is, you’re unconscious of it. What you are conscious of is your world, and the quality of that consciousness determines the quality of your world.
Now, when we look at the wheat and the tares, we find something very fascinating. That parable shows us the difference between our thoughts about supply and the Truth about supply, our thoughts about health and the truth about health. Always the wheat stands for Divine thought, and the tare or the weed stands for human thought or sense perception. You have them growing right along side each other in your consciousness, in your field; and the sense perception or the tare says, “I lack supply.” But you really don’t.
You lack the awareness of the supply that is there. You are entertaining a concept, and you are not suffering from lack. There is no one in this world suffering from lack. They are suffering from the acceptance of the illusion that God is not there. Unaware of the presence of God in their consciousness, their consciousness cannot manifest that quality of God which is called abundance. But they are not lacking. Their lack is lack of conscious union with the presence of God, and that manifests as lack.
You can lack health, but you’re lacking conscious union with the presence of God, and that manifests as health. And so while you are trying and dedicating yourself to what you think is Truth, the tares creep into your consciousness because you still depend on sense perception. You still believe that the world around you is out there because your senses say it’s out there, and it isn’t out there. There is no outside out there. There is nothing external to you.
The universe that you experience is your consciousness, and you must take possession of that universe by getting rid of the tares and not going out to just pluck them indiscriminately and uprooting the wheat at the same time, but daily separating tares from the wheat, separating sense perception from acceptance of the living presence of God here, letting everything come through your conscious awareness of the Presence; and then Divine thought, the wheat, begins to feed your consciousness, and the tares, the weeds, the human sense perceptions begin to dissolve and your consciousness, being only the wheat, only Divine thought, externalizes as Divine activity, and shows the law of transformation of consciousness. Divine thought transforms and the Consciousness out-pictures heaven on earth.
You’re out of the shadow of earth where there is no night, where there is no darkness, where there is no death, where there is no old age, where there is no condition unlike the perfection of God’s presence. Take no thought for your life is, in a sense, a paradox. It’s like that paradox last week: Be still and know. And we found out that if we are still in the mind, we will know in the Soul, and here again we are told: Take no thought. We also know we’re told to pray without ceasing. How can we pray without ceasing and take no thought at the same time? We’re also told to acknowledge the Father in all our ways. How can we take no thought and acknowledge the Father?
And so we put on our high boots, and we have to wade into that one. We have to separate these thoughts because each of them is important. Each is to open us up. Each must be faced instead of merely repeated in the mind. We are to know the Truth that sets us free and yet take no thought.
We are to separate the wheat from the tares and yet take no thought. You see, everything is forcing you into a sequence in which you begin to accept only Divine thought. All that is sense perception,
we begin to weed out of consciousness. We take no human thought. No human thought is acceptable. No sense thought is acceptable. No belief in anything finite is acceptable. No belief in imperfection is acceptable.
Who convinceth me of sin? No sin is acceptable. No unfulfilled need is acceptable. There cannot be an unfulfilled need. Every limiting thought is released. Every ungodly thought is released. Every thought of lack and limitation and sin and disease is released, and then you’re forced to the higher ground. The acceptance that when I cease being man whose breath is in his nostrils, when I cease being a person, when I cease having friends and enemies, when I begin to accept the Divinity of my Being, then I can rest in that Divinity without thought.
Taking no thought is only possible when you have accepted Divine Selfhood, because then the mind of the Father is your Mind. Taking no thought forces you into the acceptance of immortality Now. Ah, but now Joel comes along and tells us so many interesting ways in which, even when we think we know the Truth about supply, we still have barriers. We have not known, for example, that supply cannot come to us unless we have sent it forth. And you say, “How can I send it forth? I don’t know how. I don’t know where to find it.” And yet, it cannot come to you until you have sent it forth; and then he says you must obey the law of secrecy, and we never connected that with supply.
Now, there are quite a number of ways in which Joel teaches us to express supply spiritually. Mind you, you’re standing in the consciousness of Divine Selfhood knowing that all that the Father hath is mine. The tree of Life is ever sending forth its fruit. God being perfect, the expression of God in me must be perfect, and in that you have confidence, trust. You rest without question, without seeking or striving or struggling or planning. You’re accepting. And now because supply is spiritual, if you’re looking for physical supply, you’re missing the point. Spiritual supply manifests as invisible spiritual fruitage. That is why you cannot see Divine supply. That is why you can be fooled by physical supply. Always the fruitage of supply is as spiritual as the supply itself.
And when you have the knowledge of that spiritual manifestation, then in the visible it shows forth as your improved concept of dollar, home, financing, food, clothing, shelter. Always the visible is merely the concept or idea we entertain about the invisible. Between the supply, itself, and the visible manifestation, there is an invisible manifestation known only to the Child of God, and that Consciousness of it transforms into the visible. Now, you are not conscious spiritually of that manifestation, if there are certain things in your outer work that you’re not doing, because these are the signs. If you’re not praying for your enemies, it is because you’re not conscious of the invisible circle of Christ.
You may think this has nothing whatsoever to do with supply, but yet that’s the very core of the chapter. It has everything to do with it. Acknowledge me in all thy ways. You want spiritual supply, but you will not acknowledge Spirit as the All-ness, and you see when you’re praying for your enemies, that is because you are aware of the spiritual nature of each individual who appears as an enemy: Forgiveness, to forgive the offender. Why? Because the Father says, “Forgive seventy times seven,” and you say, “What’s that got to do with supply?” Well, that’s the point. You can’t deny Spirit over here and expect Spirit on the other side to shower you with fruit. You must acknowledge Me in all thy ways. If you do this unto the least of these, my brethren, you do it unto Me. In other words, if you don’t have a spiritual consciousness, how can you have spiritual supply?
A spiritual consciousness is forgiving all offenders, and Joel says it isn’t even enough to forgive those who in some way are unfriendly to you. No, you must forgive those who offend your neighbor. You must forgive those who offend your race. You must forgive those who offend your nation and your religion. And then he says, Pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you, that ye may be the children of God.
Oh, we overlooked all that. We were too busy trying to get supply. Yes, yes, you want spiritual supply. Then acknowledge Spirit as the Substance of the Universe. Look past the form. And so he teaches us, both the Master and Joel, to look past the forms of the offending persecuting neighbor, country, religion, or whatever it might be that is offending in some way, and to forgive all on the face of the earth by the recognition of their Divine Selfhood; and if you haven’t reached the level where this is a normal thing for you, then the lack of supply will continue to be a burden.
Ah, then he says there are other things, too. He says one of the greatest is gratitude, and that’s where the secrecy comes in. Do not your alms in public. Now that has a special meaning. In the first place, the giving is not to a person. In the second place, the giving is not from a person. It is the expression of your spiritual Selfhood, and it is a recognition of spiritual Selfhood. Always gratitude is the recognition of a spiritual Source and a spiritual Recipient, and until you have caught the feeling of expressing, then the spiritual Consciousness still is not there.
Now those who give great benevolences are not giving spiritually. The widows mite was more important. It was what her capacity was that counted. She gave all she had. Who did she give it to? Nobody. She expressed her recognition of Spirit. Joel says this is the most important barrier to overcome in the understanding of spiritual Selfhood and in the expressing of spiritual supply, and the one thing he cautions us against is the same thing Jesus cautioned us against. Whatever your alms are, wherever your charities or benevolences are, how many orphans you keep, how many sick people you support, this is all within your Self.
It is your recognition of spiritual Selfhood everywhere. Ah, but there’s a secret behind that too, and the secret is that secrecy is necessary because there’s nobody to tell. The moment you feel that there’s somebody to tell, you have gone out of the belief in One invisible Self. You’re coming into multiplicities. You’re coming into personalities, and the giving is no longer spiritual recognition. The giving, now, is for a consideration, for a pride, for a vanity, and the point of it is gone.
A million dollars given from a human standpoint is not spiritual giving. It is not based on spiritual recognition. It has nothing to do with spiritual living or spiritual Identity. Service is a great way of expressing spiritual awareness—but the way you express that service. If you happen to be in a business which serves the public, you may discover that you have your ups and downs, but when you understand what you do spiritually, and when you are endeavoring to fulfill a spiritual rather than a human need, when you’re looking through the human need to the spiritual need behind it, you will discover a great secret.
Whereas, in your physical human way, you had been going up and down, up and down, pleasing some and not pleasing others, the moment you find the spiritual need that you can fulfill in your work, you’ll find you always hit the target, and the need for you is increased. Any business that can transform its understanding into fulfilling spiritual needs, in other words not the supply of an individual, not the fruitage of an individual, but the inner inner spiritual Selfhood of the individual, you will find that it is always sought after. That’s how an artist or a composer achieves more lasting distinction. The need that is reached is deeper. It touches something in the Soul of the individual. That’s what makes Shakespeare an immortal writer.
And when we are doing this with the idea of serving others spiritually from our own spiritual resources and serving their spiritual needs, we discover that we have an increased awareness of our own inventive genius. Talents that we had thought were not there begin to emerge, and talents that we knew were there begin to show a depth we hadn’t suspected. It’s the same as the physical supply. Once you fall into the law of transformation so that the invisible begins to work through into the visible by your awareness of its Presence, this transformation is not just in supply.
You remember the lame beggar, who had asked Peter and John at the gate for some money? Gold and silver, have I none. They didn’t give him physical supply, but he leaped jubilantly. He walked for the first time in his life. They gave him freedom. They gave him his own Substance; and that was to teach us that when you ask humanly, we know not what to ask for. He would have been content with a few pieces of silver. Instead he walked. We would be content with increased, what we call, supply. That’s not enough. That’s the human finite mind saying, “If I have another thirty pieces of silver, everything will be all right.” That’s the deceiver.
That lack of supply is going to plague us until we are lifted up beyond, until we come to the place where I know My Identity as the very Substance of all supply; and then, instead of just giving the additional silver, will enable to me to walk in the Kingdom. It will give me my freedom. That’s the supply. The real supply is spiritual Consciousness, spiritual righteousness. To know Spirit aright is Life eternal. Would you trade Life eternal for thirty pieces of silver? Every problem, whether it’s supply or health or whatever, is an arrow pointing to higher Consciousness. It’s saying that when you find Me in You, then you’re freedom begins.
Now suppose we look at take no thought and find out if there is something in this very familiar series of verses that says something new to us. Suppose we read all the invisible ink and see that there was a revolutionary way of thinking and of living that was being presented, a way so unique that we, today, who are still seeking increased supply have clearly overlooked the Master’s message. So he said to his disciples, “. . . Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, neither for the body, nor what ye shall put on.” If we’re to accept that, then the only way you can is to change the concept of your life. This life, yes, you’ve got to take thought about it, but take no thought for your life, your real Life.
And so, in the twinkling of an eye, he has revealed that our real life is so perfect as our Father that there’s nothing to take thought about. He’s lifting us into the Consciousness that we are God Life. Be ye perfect as your Father now, and you will admit that if you knew yourself to be the perfect God Life now, would you take thought? And so when you’re taking thought, you are rejecting Identity. You are saying, “I am not God Life. I must take thought about it.” Reverse that. I don’t have to become God Life. There’s nothing I must do to become the Son of God. Spirit is all there is. I accept the teaching of Jesus Christ: God is Spirit; God is All. I am Spirit. My Life is Spirit.
And now it’s just a matter of controlling the sense mind, which wants to take thought as if I was something other than Spirit Life. You see how clear that is? Take no thought for your Life because your Life is Divine Life Now. And every time you take thought for your life, you are rejecting your own Being. You are stepping right out of Divine Self. Divine Self doesn’t have to worry about the clothes it wears.
Does the light go down to the city of Paris? Does the light go into the shops on Fifth Avenue? You don’t take thought for your clothes because you are the Light, and so here’s the message of Identity; and we have been saying, “How foolish, how can I live with-out taking thought?” When what we have had to say and what we shall say, as we open our eyes, is they’re telling me, “I am Divine Life. I am the Light of the world. I am perfect now as My Father, and then I shall reorientate this consciousness to know this: I am, I am, I am.
And so we we dwell for a moment in the I am, Divine Light, and the Light that I am requires no human food. The Light that I am requires no human clothing, no human supply, no human companionship. The Light that I am requires no thing, for the Light that I am is Infinite Light. In the beginning, God, and the Light of God was the Life of all men, and this is My Life now. Do you see, then, that when you begin with Identity, what follows will flow in the rhythm of Identity. Well if you start on the lower echelons of a me with a clothing and a food budget, you can’t work back to Identity. So at the moment we’re going to stand in Identity and let these words reveal to us who we are.
Today we’re more concerned with the mysticism of this message than the metaphysical side, and I believe this will be the way we will have to go in order to attain a Consciousness of Truth, which is not a mental consciousness. As long as you have the capacity to sit back and think about whether it’s this way or that way, we’re not in Christ, for in Christ, there are no thinking processes.
Now in Christ, there’s no inside and outside, and we’ve reached the part of our journey where the inside and the outside are One. When you apply this to any of the healings, you’ll notice quickly that when Jesus looks at a paralytic, he’s not seeing it from where he stands as the world sees it, who reads about it or as any of us would see it if we were looking at a paralytic ourselves. We see Jesus there, the paralytic here, and they’re both illusion. And even us seeing the two, we’re illusion too. There was no paralytic outside of Jesus. Infinite Christ has no outside. There’s no paralytic outside of you. There’s only one outside of your “person,” but that’s the wrong consciousness. In your true Consciousness, there is no paralytic outside of your infinite Self, nor is there one inside of your infinite Self because It’s perfect Spirit.
You can’t find the paralytic outside of Infinity or inside of It, and the reason is because you’re looking at a mental image called a paralytic; and this, which is Jesus looking at the paralytic is a mental image that “we” entertain, too. But Christ isn’t there, standing in one form looking at another form. Christ is I am in the midst of both images. I am the Life, not an abstraction. I am the real Life of that paralytic, and if I am the Life, there’s no paralytic there. There’s I am, not reaching the visible sense of human consciousness, because there’s no One to see I am. There’s no Soul Consciousness there to see I am there; and over here, this isn’t Jesus anymore, this is I am.
I am where Jesus appears. I am where a paralytic appears, and I am all that is behind both images. There’s nothing to heal there. There’s just the realization that I am. And fortunately, this over here, called Jesus, is the realized I am; and therefore, this over here, which is not the realized I am, becomes the realized I am, and the paralysis disappears. Now you stand in Jesus’ shoes for a moment and even look at a paralytic, outside of your personal self, with Here is Now. Over there, Now, is not a paralytic because there’s no over there. That over there is Here to Christ. Therefore, Here, Christ means that that realization is there, then the power of Christ automatically is made visible.
Now, think for a moment in Silence with me. Let’s see if we can get a noise from the outside that we could hear. If we hear a noise out there, the minute you hear the noise, let your mind register, “Here I am,” and you’ll begin to get the feeling of the Iness of you, which is Here. Usually, we get the noises. Now we don’t have one. As I speak to you, this can be the noise. As I speak to you, let your conscious Awareness be that the I of you is right Here where this Voice is speaking, and that I of you which is Here is the Hereness of your Being.
Whenever you hear a sound anywhere, quickly register “Here I am” in your Consciousness; and you’ll see how it shows you what, some day, will be a permanent automatic thing without you taking thought about it. Wherever a sound occurs, “I am here,” and that means the You that is sitting where you seem to be are where that sound is. You are where that sound is. The Jesus standing there looking at a paralytic is where the paralytic is. Right where the paralytic is “Here I am.” Do you see how there’s not two separate places? There’s only One, and It’s all Here. That’s the very same principle on which you have read about people who in their high states, they’re able to walk out of one body and leave it somewhere and go somewhere else.
We heard about this minister in earlier centuries, who was very adept at living in the invisible Self, and he was at one sermon, right on the pulpit making a sermon, when he remembered that he was committed elsewhere to be in the choir, right then. And so he said to his congregation, excuse me, and he just stood there and lowered his head, quiet for a few minutes, and then he resumed; and right at that moment in another church, he was singing in the choir. This is very incredible to the human mind because it thinks of two places, but you see the Truth of you is that you are right now in more than two places, and we want to get to know that. The bodily you is here, but that’s your mental creation. The Soul Self is everywhere.
And so the You of you is in many places right now without having to move a muscle, and you must become conscious that you are in every place, because that is infinite Consciousness. You don’t have to stop the congregation and go Soul traveling somewhere to be in another place, because “I am Here” and “I am Here” and “I am Here Now.” And how valuable this would be is quite evident when someone tells you your brother or sister in another city is sick or something of that nature. “I am Here” will be your instant Consciousness. You won’t to have to go into a deep meditation. You won’t have to know a lot of Truth and a lot of memorized formuli. There will be that Consciousness that “I am Here,” which needs take no thought for your Life, which has no outside, but which is the infinite Hereness; and then you won’t waste your time trying to do something out “there,” when there is no out there. There is only your Self where out there seems to be.
Now, we won’t all become mystics overnight, but we do have to rise above this third-dimensional world of matter in atoms. We do have to prepare the way for the journey into the higher Self. All healing that is any value is by Grace. The human self does nothing, but the Soul realization is made manifest as what we call the healing. All supply that is truly supply is by Grace. All good fortune that is truly good fortune is by Grace. The health, the peace, the harmony, the prosperity, the cordiality, the graciousness, the wisdom, all that flows out of the Soul, making Itself manifest in our so-called visible experience, comes by the Grace of a Consciousness which is always perfect.
The infinite Consciousness which manifests Its perfection on the Holy Ground where you stand. Now there is no place where Holy Ground is not. There is no such place. Even where the mortuary appears to be, only the invisible Heaven is. That’s one of the supreme illusions of this world. The appearance of death and lack and limitation and disease and suffering and pain is all in the mental universe. Our New Horizon takes us into the Soul Universe, and the mental universe will slowly dissolve. The new law that takes over is the law of Reality.
Now we have read in this chapter something that we had probably not noticed before, but it begins to sneak into our consciousness now with greater meaning. So when you see this: “I in the midst of you will raise up the temple of your Body,”—a whole new Body. That we had easily passed over so many times.—we thought that our old body would be made new, improved. But no, a whole new Body. Why? Because this isn’t the body we’re going to live in. The body we’re going to live in is our Body, our spiritual Body, and It is not consumed in the fire. It is not a paralytic. There’s a wonderful thing you can do in the mind while you’re waiting to attain more of the Soul realization, and that’s to know that if God didn’t make something, it isn’t there.
Even if you were a person looking at a paralytic and not in the Soul, you could look at a paralytic and say, “Did God make it? Did God make a paralytic?” Well, where is it? It isn’t there? Did God make poverty? Well, where is it? Is there another source, another creator, another cause than God Cause? Where are these things, that God didn’t make that we see? And so we have a simple little way of identifying anything as Reality or unreality: Did God make it? Did God make poor vision? Did God make bad hearing? Then why do I have bad vision and bad hearing? Because I live in the mind, and I live in the mind that God did not make, because God didn’t make a human mind.
The mind, which God did not make, how can it have perfect vision? How can it have anything perfect? It eventually gives up the ghost for that reason; and as long as I live in the body that God didn’t make, why should the laws of God apply to it? That’s why the brain has its tumors and the heart has its attacks, because in my mind self, I perpetuate my mental creation. You know, there’s even a place where, just in a second, you have this glimpse and you can’t hold it, but you realize your whole physical form is nothing but a series of mental impressions that you have received, conveying to you the form of you. Hundreds and hundreds of thousands of mental impressions have left you with the impression that you are there in a form.
But once you peel away each illusion—You’ll find some of it is a visible illusion, some is a touch allusion. Every sense has been involved in recreating your Christ Self into this illusion called “the me,” which is the ultimate supreme illusion. There never was “a me.” There was only I infinite. And when you catch that second in which you know that all I am is a lot of sense impressions glued together in my mind, you begin to get that vastness of looking out in the universe which is not obstructed by forms, by matter, by invisible atoms. You clean out of your mind all belief in anything atomic or visible or tangible or material. You live in your unobstructed, perfect infinite, invisible, One Universe. And now there’s the paralytic. It’s instantaneous: There wasn’t any paralytic to be there.
This cosmic image in time and space, you see it for what it is—without taking thought. I am there. Now, the full Godhead is there. I don’t have to think about it. It’s there, and It knows, and It does, and It maintains, and It supports Itself. It creates and does not permit any variation from Its perfection. This is your Soul Consciousness. You see the bird, and instantly something in you says, “This is I invisible,” and all of the space between the bird and your physical form disappears in your Consciousness because it is all I invisible, and you rest. You’re not worried about that bird being hurt anymore. The moment you find yourself giving up fear, concern, doubt, distrust, suspicion, you’ll know you have caught the Soul realm.
And that’s how this whole new Body begins to be part of your Awareness. You’re not forming It. You’re becoming conscious of It because this Body is bigger than this room. This Body you become conscious of is the Body that is from here to the bird, and from that bird to the next bird and throughout the Universe. You become conscious of your infinite Body. Just think, as you multiply this sense of body into an infinite Body, how that infinite Body is fed by an infinite Mind and how that all flows to where this visible body seems to be. You see how Grace, then, is only what you, your Self, cast out upon the waters, coming back. As you become Conscious of your infinite Self, your infinite Self becomes Consciousness expressing; and the Tree of Life puts out Its own fruit that way.
All that you begin to experience is nothing more than your own expanded Consciousness, so that’s why when Joel says something here, it begins to have another meaning for us: “The sun, the moon, and the stars up there in the sky are all under God’s government.” Ah, now we can see what he was getting at. The government, that is there, is the invisible living Spirit that we are seeing as these atomic stars, this atomic moon, this atomic sun. The invisible government is there as God. What we are seeing is our visible concept of it, just as we are seeing the visible concept of ourselves; but behind it is I, and I am here. I am here in the sky. I am here as perfection now being perfect, loving, Is-ing; and all of that, that he’s speaking of, as the I behind the sky, behind the moon, behind the star, this is the I of your Being. To be conscious of this I is to bring your Universe into visible harmony. You’re getting out of finite me.
At the back of the chapter, you’ve noticed the six, seven chapters he refers to: “New Horizon,” “God is One” and so forth in the other books.—We won’t do those specifically next time.—We’ll do “Supply and Secrecy,” chapter eleven. But you can see what’s happening. We’re preparing to make the Mystical I our Consciousness, not a book that Joel wrote, but our Consciousness, as It was his, as It was the Consciousness of Jesus Christ, as It was the Consciousness of Saint Teresa, as It was the Consciousness of Buddha, as It was the Consciousness of all those who had discovered the futility of the logic and the reasoning power of man’s mind as he struggles to improve a world, which is based upon the nothingness of the atom.
And if science did nothing again in its discovery of the atom, upon which we have based our mental universe and our material universe, it has proven the Truth of the statements of Jesus Christ while it is denying the Truth of them. It’s almost like Pilate, who did us all a great turn while he was making possible the Crucifixion of Jesus, because he was part of the Divine plan to reveal the nothingness of that Crucifixion. There had to be one for us to know the nothingness of it. Science, which is largely atheistic, is proving the presence of God. Pilate, who couldn’t care less about Jesus Christ, was proving that the eternal Spirit cannot be crucified.
And all this is Now. I in the midst of Pilate, I in the midst of Herod, I in the midst of Caiaphas, the High Priest, I in the midst of the rabble who were spitting, I in the midst of all those who participated, I am showing you there is no power in form. For in three days, that same form will be there because I in the midst, I am the power, Now,—And that I is the I of You Now.—Before Abraham was, that I is the I of You Now. That I of You restores the lost years of the locusts that have eaten the false fruits of a material world. That is the Mystical I. It is the Self, and it will never be crucified. It will never be in pain. It will never be lacking. It will never be limited. It is the perfect Self of God, and It is your Self, for we are all that One Self. When you remove all that appears, there I am.
And when you put back all that appears, I am still there where the visible lie seems to be, when you are that I instead of this me, then there is no place where You are not, and All of You is infinitely perfect. Now, that’s our Soul Consciousness. If you have the time and the inclination, pick up your Bible anywhere, and in the New Testament, you look at any so-called healing. Put your Self in the shoes of the healer and stand there in the knowledge that this that I am looking at, this form in this problem over there, I will face it with Here I am, Now I am.
Now I am the Is of God Being God, perfect, one infinite I here and none other, and then rest in the Word. Be still and know that this I that you have declared is God. Ask yourself then if I, that God, made this condition; and you will be able to say, “ No.” And therefore, shall I improve that condition? If God didn’t make it, shall I improve what God did not make? If God didn’t make it, can I correct it? If God didn’t make it, is it there or am I under the atomic illusion? And if it is not there, what is my solution? Be still. Let the mind which sees it there be still, and then the Soul will tell you this Truth, which makes you free, revealing only I am there, whole, complete, and perfect.
You apply these simple little rules to any of the healings in the Bible, and you will see that the power of I in you is the healing. When you will stand on those, you will be walking in the Soul Consciousness; and the Grace that flows will be the sign to tell you, you have attained that Consciousness. It will be quick. It will be sharp. It will be powerful, and it will be glorious. And It will pave the way for many new mansions of understanding.
Now, “Supply and Secrecy,” and we don’t yet know why secrecy is used with supply, but there must be a reason.
When we meet again, I’d like to know that in your re-identification, you are including that all time is included within the Iness of your Being Now, that all space is included within the Hereness of your Being Now, that all past, present, and future is in the Isness of your Being Now, that you have taken all that has ever existed and is and ever will be and put it into a One that is Now Being perfect, and that is You. That is your Self; and if you will even work with that in a measure, you will see the power of Self-revelation, of Self-expression, of the Divine Being made manifest as the Word, brought into human experience as living Grace.
If any of you care to rework your re-identifications, fine. If any of you wish to put what you have up here, fine, either way. And then before we get into Mystical I, we all want to start with a proper re-identification of Self as living Soul.
Thank you again.
We’ll take a look at Burroughs’ poem in this chapter.
“Serene I fold my hands and wait,
Nor care for wind, nor tide, nor sea;
I rave no more ‘gainst time or fate,
For lo! my own shall come to me.”
Now those are very reassuring and comforting words to hear, and many have heard them. They put us in a momentary sense of peace until the little mind begins to say, “Well, how long do I wait for mine own to come to me? And is there something I can do in the meantime? Where shall I look for it? Shall I prepare? Shall I make some plans?”
And before you know it, we are lured into the trap of what may be called the mental universe. Now we have, today, something new to do together; and in order to do it successfully, we have to first get down into the jungle, the jungle of the mind. We have to know why. We have to answer certain questions for the restless mind. You might say we have to go into the lion’s den in order to really come face-to-face with the lion and overcome the belief that there is power there over the Spirit of God.
Now, if you were to put your finger on one word that covers every problem in this world, it would surprise you what that word is. And strangely, it was named, so that it even pronounces like “Adam” in Adam and Eve: “A” “T” “O” “M.” We’re going to put the finger on the atom and say, “There is the cause of every problem.” Yes, we can read about Grace and mine own will come to me, but we’re going to say that mine own will not come to me through the atom; and as long as the atom stands there, as long as I have a belief in the material world of which the atom is the basic ingredient, mine own is not going to come to me, and Grace is going to continue to be a word in a book.
We want to look at this atom. We want to see how it has fooled us, how, because of the atom, religion has been able to give us a God who cannot stop germs, a God who cannot stop pain, a God who cannot stop war, all because of the atom and the mind which perceives the atom and forms its own impressions, and then makes up its kind of God, based on what it knows nothing about. We want to see how science, too, can find the cause of every problem in the world and not even know that they have discovered it.
We have a universe, today, which is slightly different than it was twenty or thirty or forty centuries ago. This universe was unknown at that time. We had a physical universe, and we had it in three levels. We had a mineral universe. We had a vegetable universe, and we had an animal universe, and out of it came a human universe. Always there was a progression on the physical level, and so these four components of the physical world were unaware of the next world, which became known to man as it came over the horizon and man found himself in a mental universe, a mental world. And today we live in that mental world, comprehending it as a physical world, unaware that behind the mental world is still another one coming over the horizon into consciousness; and so whereas we were given the right to be a King in our Kingdom, we remain servants and slaves in a mental world.
Now, the components of the mental world have been discovered as the atom, and all that an atom comprises itself to be in our world is the material substance that we have mistakenly called our physical forms, the forests, the oceans, and the rivers and the mountains, the sky, the air we breath. All the we have called matter is the invisible atom. And so we reach out to grab a handful of this matter. We reach out for a handful of atoms. We think our security lies in matter, and we’re reaching out for atoms.
Always, whatever we do is based upon that invisible atom, even our senses, the eye, the ear, the nose, made of the atom; and so you have eyes that are physical and the substance of them is the atom, and they look out upon a world made of atoms, and all you’ve got is the inter-reaction of the atoms of the eyes with the atoms of the world, atom reacting to atom; and from it comes human experience. Then we have bullets, and they’re made of atoms; and we have bombs, and they’re made of atoms; and we have germs, and they’re made of atoms. And soon you get the idea that God did not create the atom. Science discovers the world is made of atoms. Truth discovers that God did not make the atoms that the world is made of; and Jesus reveals it in “My kingdom is not of this world.”
You find your problem is that you are reaching for atoms. You are trying to preserve a life among atoms. You are building security and safety and everything in life on the basis of an atom that you have never seen; and all of the karma, that we call the cause and effect of this world, is based upon the inter-reaction of the atoms of your physical form, your physical brain, your physical eyes, your physical senses with the atoms out there. And as you face this situation, the Spirit within informs you that the world, which you have said is outside there, is not there at all. You have built it by the inter-reaction of your atomic brain, your atomic mind, your atomic senses to the atoms out there, atom reacting to atom; but how can an atom react to something if there is no atom?
If God did not create an atom, what is your eye made of ? And then you face another Truth: If the eye is made of atoms, and God did not make the atoms, I do not have a physical eye. If the ear is made of atoms, and God did not make atoms, I do not have a physical ear. I do not have physical senses because God did not make physical senses. God did not make the atoms that are the substance of physical senses. And you go in and out of your body, and you find your heart is made of atoms, but God did not make atoms.
There isn’t a bone or an organ in your body that is not made of atoms, and yet God did not make them. And then you come where Jesus finally stood: I have no material body, and the atoms of my senses, which are reacting, are an illusion; and what they are reacting to must also be an illusion because that which is not here, the senses that I do not have, cannot react. The reaction is illusion, too. There is no world outside of me. There is no physical universe outside. There is no external world. And finally, there is no physical me, and so I am not on the earth.
And we reach that plateau, then, of consciousness where I, physically, am not on this earth, and there is no material earth on which I can be. That which says, “I am.” is the sense mind, the atom mind, that which reacts to what is not there and which, itself, is not here to do any reacting. You’re in the lion’s den of Truth, and slowly your atomic universe dissolves. Its only reality is in the atomic mind, in the atomic brain in the atomic senses that God did not create. There never was a world of atoms; and the whole material world, which we have worshipped, is based upon atoms that are not there. The illusion isn’t the matter. That’s only a secondary illusion. The illusion of matter is based upon a reaction of non-existent senses to nonexistent atoms.
And then when you, finally, can accept that the world of atoms is not the Kingdom of God, is not the creation of God, when you can divest yourself of every belief in a physical you with physical senses in a physical world, then your only problem is how, then, can I overcome the atom? And the mind will struggle with that for a long time. If it accepts that it wants to overcome the atom, it will strive to do so, and it will set up all kinds of barriers to the success of overcoming the atom. It will say, “God help me. God bring me this. God, I seek your help to overcome the atom.”
And the mind will try to build an improved sense of mortality. The mind will try to correct situations. The mind will think, “Well, I have all this karma behind me that I’ve got to write off first,” unaware that karma is only in the atom and that all an atom can control is another atom. All the power of atoms lies in its power over atoms; and finally, it dawns upon you there is only one way to overcome the atom, and that is to know it isn’t there. You cannot overcome it if you believe it is there because that is the trap. Before, you were trying to overcome matter, which is visible. Now, you are trying to overcome the atom, which is the basis of matter, which is invisible; and when you know the atom is not there, then all matter based upon the presence of an atom is equally not there.
The overcoming of the atom is the knowledge that there is no atom to overcome. Science, which gave us the atom as the substance of the material world, gave us a substance that is not there, but it is the invisible substance of matter. It proved the non-existence of matter when it gave us a non-existent substance as the substance of matter. All of this, to Jesus, was nothing. And so “I have no material body” was his final conclusion about him Self and about every person in the world. To him there was no person outside, no form outside, no thing outside and no human condition outside. He lived in an unobstructed universe without atoms.
And now you’re in that place where, to overcome the belief in the presence of an atom and the secondary belief in the presence of matter which is based upon the atom, you find that you cannot reach the state of non-resistance as long as you strive to do it mentally. Now think for a moment of the ramifications involved in this. You seek financial security, and that takes the form of money. Money is matter. Matter is based on atoms. Atoms aren’t there. What is money? It is a concept, but yet you’re seeking that concept. You seek a home. A home is based on matter. Matter is based on atoms, but there are no atoms. What is a home? A concept. You seek health. Health is based on good matter. Matter is based on atoms. Atoms aren’t there.
Every physical problem is based on some kind of disruption in the relationship that we entertain in mind between the atoms of our body and the external world. We don’t mind being made of atoms as long as they’re harmonious. It’s only when the discord enters in, when the ratio between one set and another set is discordant that we’re concerned. Then we’re willing to look at the ultimate Truth. The ultimate illusion, then, is that me which is made of atoms. That is the basis of the dream world. That is the basis of every condition from which we suffer. And as long as you try to overcome that condition with your mind, you find that you fail, and there are many reasons that the mind fails.
We know, for one thing, that the mind you are trying to reason with has its own built in set of logic, which is not divine logic. The mind reasons, “This is a bad condition.” Certainly, God approves of a good condition, and you’re wrong. God doesn’t approve or disapprove of any human condition, good or bad. The mind is not the mind of God. This is the mind that identifies evil. The mind of God does not identify evil. The human mind, which identifies light and dark, good and bad, is in the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It is a mind separated from Reality. It is based on five senses, which are based on invisible atoms, which are based on nothing. All atomic thought is is cosmic thought; and you come right up to the cosmic mind, which is creating the illusion of cosmic atoms, and you find there is no cosmic mind there.
So as long as you try through this individual human mind, you will try to channel, to outline, to seek person, place, thing, improvement, correction; and it won’t work. Be still and know. And there’s the paradox we come to. If I’m still, how can I know? If I’m not thinking, how can I know anything? What can I use to know with? And I know that’s the paradox we all go through. They tell me to be still, and they tell me to know the Truth. Now, which shall I do? If I know there’s no Atom, I’m using my mind. If I know that everything is illusion, I’m using my mind to know it. So I’m always in this paradox of trying to know the Truth that makes me free and also trying to be still in the mind that is supposed to know the Truth. And that’s why today’s class is so important.
There’s only one way to get out of the dream of the atom world. Be still, yes, in the mind, and know in the Soul. And the secret of Grace is when you touch the Soul realm in the stillness of the mind, then you are not in the atom universe. Until then, the mind, which itself is an atomic creation, is trapping you into perpetuating the very conditions you’re so eagerly striving to lose. Be still in the mind until you open the bud of the Soul, until that Soul says, “Now, you have been still sufficiently to touch the fourth dimension. Now, I in the midst of you will reveal all that you were seeking in what you thought was an external world of atoms.”
There is no external world of atoms, and everything you sought in that eternal exists in the midst of you. The Kingdom of God is not external. It is within your Soul, not in your mind. And every religion in the world that has God in their mind finds that it has a God with no power, a God who cannot heal a flea, a God who has no concern about his so-called children, even though they worship him, a God who will not stop an assassination, a God who will let mothers die in childbirth, a God who is completely indifferent to this world. Why? Because it’s not a God at all. It’s a mental image, and the world is worshiping that mental image called God.
You cannot know God. You cannot know Spirit. You cannot know Reality. You cannot know Truth with your mind. You can only know the mental universe, the world in which the invisible atom has fooled the religions and the scientists of the world. And everyone is running around trying to improve the world, and there is no world to improve. It is all based on invisible atoms that aren’t there; and as long as you’re trying to find your security in the world, in your mortal selfhood, you are in the illusion that you are going to improve something, and even the improvement is illusion.
Always we are chasing shadows, but when you touch that realm which the mind cannot touch, which is the realm of the Soul, which is the fourth dimensional Universe, then you touch the infinite Essence, which is the Substance of all that you have been seeking. Then the infinite Essence, touched through your Soul, pours through, flowing as the Grace that forms Itself, and the law of Self-fulfillment is brought into your experience.
There is no karma. There is no being a servant to the cosmic mind. There is no chasing shadows. There is only being a beholder of the Reality. “I have come to glorify the Father,” he said. “All thou hast given me, I have kept in thy name.” We are never a witness to the invisible glory of God with our human minds. All of the hosannas we sing, all of the words we speak, and all of the hopes within us are false human logic. Fooled by this invisible little fellow, that has been fingered by science and unknown to religion; the atom, which makes the atom man, the atom world, the atom condition, the atom lack, and the atom limitation. From that little atom comes the heart attack. From that little atom comes the belief in cancer. From that little atom comes every disease in this world, all of them based on a change in a condition called matter. And none of it is there, but to the mind it’s there.
We are brought now into the realm of Grace, the Soul, the fourth-dimensional Essence, which is not touched by the natural man who receiveth not the Essence, the things of God. Our Grace never flows because we deserve it. You can fast or sacrifice or do good things. That isn’t what brings Grace to you at all. The only thing that brings Grace to you is like the overcoming of the false belief in the presence of the atom or matter: You overcome the false belief that the Grace you seek isn’t here. It always is here. You never go out to attain it or acquire it. You learn to be still in the mind, alive in the Soul so that Grace may reveal Itself. You don’t pray for It any more than you pray for sunlight. You don’t seek It any more than you seek sunlight. You rest in the knowledge that here Grace is.
Now, what we want to do today is establish a very firm foothold in Reality. We want to recognize when we are in the mental universe and when we are in the Soul Universe, so that we are not deceived into perpetuating the illusion while we think we’re coming out of it. We want to know when we’re seeking what isn’t there. We want to know when we’re doing the Divine or when we’re doing the human. You will discover that when you’re in the mental universe, you’re always in a state of time. Somehow you are drawn out into hoping tomorrow will be better.
When you’re in the mental universe, you’re always in a place. You’re in a chair. You’re in a trolley. You’re in a car. You’re in a theater. You’re at a lecture. That’s still the mental universe. Always in the mental universe, you go from here to there, and you return from there to here. You go up or you go down, or you travel at a certain rate of speed. None of this exists in the the Universe of Grace. And to say, “Mine own will come to me” is beautiful. But it will only come into your experience when you have moved aside all of the mental barriers which prohibit Grace from becoming active experience. If the shades are down, the sun, which is ever there, cannot come through. If the shades are up, the sun shines in. If the shades of your mind are pulled down, Grace can be present, but it will do you no good.
Now, there are certain qualities, then, that are necessary to make a radical change, so that you are not just improving your mental concepts to improve your mortality, but walking consciously in the Soul Universe, living in God, moving in God, having your Being in God through Soul realization, not mental realization. Ultimately, we want to come to a place where we’re doing something we never dreamed we would do. The first is to establish that level of Consciousness which you recognize as a Soul level, something that you can put into activity, into action, and hold regardless of what appearances try to draw you away.
Now let’s get these four or five or six key ideas down. The word “Here,” the word “is,” the word “Now,” the word “One,” the word “perfection,” the word “love.” Now these are all part of your Soul Consciousness. In mind you have here and there. In mind you have was, is, and will be. In mind you have yesterday, today, and tomorrow. In mind you have many, you have multiples, but we are going to see that in Soul everything is Here, everything is Now, everything Is, everything Is One, everything Is perfect, and everything Is love.
Now, when you’re not in those understandings, you are in the mind, and you’re not in the Soul. That’s how you will recognize that you have slipped into a mental universe, and the moment you do that, you can be sure that your continuity of Grace has been interrupted. The moment you slip into the mind, you are literally turning away from all that you are seeking. God is Here. This never changes. And to the God of Hereness this earth is not broken up into little places. This earth is Here to God; and therefore, this earth, which is Here to God, is also Here to the Son of God. And by Here, I mean, not there, but Here. The word “there” drops out of your vocabulary in the Soul. Every “there” ceases to exist because to God everything is Here, and I and the Father are One. “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof,” Here and Now.
The significance of this will become apparent in a moment. You have identified your Self as infinite Being. You have said: “I am the infinite Invisible.” “I am the Divine Child.” “I am That I Am.” Fine, now you’re going to be held to Being what you said you are. God never said, “There’s a rock here, and there’s a rock there,” because everything is within God; and therefore, everything within God is Here to God, and therefore, everything that is within the infinite Invisible is Here to that which I am. The moment you have a there, not a Here, you are denying Identity.
So it was very important, on these little identification charts we’ve been making up, not to put down words, but to put down your proven Consciousness, something you can live by. When you say, “I am the infinite Invisible,” “I am the infinite Christ,” that means to you everything is Here. You can be sure, if everything wasn’t Here to Jesus Christ, there would have been no miracles. “Here I am,” said the Voice when Moses wondered why the bush was not consumed, though it burned. “Here I am.”
Whenever there’s a laying on of hands in the Bible, in the physical appearance, it is because the One who is laying on hands is recognizing the invisible Identity of another, and the invisible spiritual hands that are being laid upon the other is the recognition of “Here I Am,” I, which is in the midst of thee,” I is in the midst of him and her. I am Here. I am Here. I am Here. I am in a thousand places. Here I am, the I in the midst of You is in the midst of every One else: “Here I am.”
One day you will hear that when you look out at another: “Here I am.” And this is the secret of the ages when it’s understood. For that, “Here I am” in another, and the “Here I am” in You, are One and the same. You have thought of yourself as looking out of these two eyes and living in this form while trying to become aware that you are the infinite Christ, and that step must be taken now in Consciousness: “Here I am.” Do you see that bird on the tree? When it says to you, “Here I am.”, that is your Self where that bird appears. And when it says “Here I am,” when you know that I in the midst of you is I in the midst of the bird, you will come to another secret: That I in the midst of everyone on this earth is You, and that is the infinite Christ; and that is how you will know you’re in the Soul realm.
To declare it in your mind is nothing. For It to declare Itself in your Soul is everything. As we sit here now, I in the midst of You am the I in the midst of every individual on earth. It is important to reach a plateau, which may never have occurred to most of us, to listen so intently within that I in the midst of the bird, that I in in the midst of the ocean, I in the midst of the sky, I in the midst of everything on this earth declare that I am in the midst of You; and where I am, I am One with the I in the midst of You because I am You. And therefore, I in the midst of the bird am Here to You. When I am in the midst of the bird, I am no longer there to you. I am Here.
For the Hereness of the I in the midst of the bird is the Hereness of your own Being. When you catch this, you have your Consciousness out of the trap of being in a body. The Voice actually declares from the bird, “I am Here,” and that “Here” means Here to the person who hears It, even though there is distance between them. It shows you there is no distance: “I am Here,” and that may come to you from another century. And that “Here” is also Now. When I declares It’s Hereness and its Nowness to you, It is telling you about your Self.
It is removing the mask of matter, the mask of atoms, the mask of time and place. It’s important to practice the knowledge that I am a hundred feet away, two hundred feet away, five hundred feet away, and that five hundred feet away is Here. That thousand feet away is Here. Every place in this world is Here because it is I. It is I who is in the midst of You. And you’re catching the true mysticism when you know that I on every planet am Here, I in every century am Here, and that I is the only I you will ever be.
That is why you can say, “I am not a person on this earth. I am I in the midst of all that appears on this earth. I am not this fragment in the form. I am the infinite I everywhere.”And everywhere is Here because everything in the Universe is Here to I. There is no place in the Universe that ceases to be anything else except Here to You. Alaska is Here. New Zealand is Here. Home is Here. Wherever you are the Universe is Here, and this is the turning. As you dwell with this, asIt registers, You find You’re not in mind; and that’s how You know It’s registering, because It begins to give you a sense of expansion, of immediacy.
You begin to see why everything was Here to Jesus. There was no “there” in his vocabulary or his Consciousness. “There” did not exist. I is everywhere, and everywhere, therefore, is Here in I. There was never a second’s lapse of time. I is always Now. And before there was a second time to lapse, stretch forth thine hand, thine arm. Always there was a Now, and only Now. There wasn’t an instant hesitation. Now Is the perfection of I. Now is the perfection of love. Now is the power of the Divine, and what comes forth? I do, for I realized is Grace. I is the Essence Now. I know thy needs. I perform. I perfect. I am the bread. I am the Way. I am the bread out of the sky because I am Here. I am the Divine manna. I am the Life, I am the Way. I am the Resurrection.
Always it is I, and it is always I Here and Now, perfect. It is the Consciousness of I Here, not just Here, but I of the Hereness of everywhere which brings forth Grace. If you think I is here, only here, No, Here is infinite. I is infinitely Here, and the distinction is the difference between the manna that flows and the manna you hope for that never seems to arrive. As you sit in a room consciously aware that there is nothing in the Universe but I, that I is the infinite Spirit of God and that is your name, and that I comprises within Itself all of the Father, that the I within you and the I within everyone you know is the same I, all indivisible, One Self same I, then you know that the I within everyone you know is the only Being on the earth. That I is Who you are, not this me; and that I is One with the Father.
When that I is your Identity, then this Universe is Here to You, and this Universe is Now to You; and everything is Is-ing Now, Here to You. Then You’re in your Soul. Now this is going to become standard Consciousness. Here, universal Here, is Here. Eternal time is Here Now. There are no more tomorrows. There’s nothing going to happen tomorrow that isn’t Now, Here in the Spirit. You have your infinite Nowness, your infinite Hereness, your infinite Isness; and that becomes the permanent Consciousness of your Soul. Whatever would draw you out of It, you meet Now, instantly with a recognition that I don’t have to wait till tomorrow. It’s what I know now in my Soul that is going to be the human tomorrow. It’s what I know Here in my Soul as the Isness of God, not the future of God. Here is Now, God, perfect, and there is no other power.
As long as this remains your Consciousness, You’re not separated back into mind, which again separates You from Reality. The conscious Awareness of God is Here, Now, and the meaning of those words, “Here Is No,” includes the infinite Eternal. There is no action on the face of the earth that, to you, is not Here, because your invisible Spirit is where the action seems to be, and your invisible Spirit, which is where the action seems to be, is Here, as well as to a human there. One Spirit; and that brings everything Here, where You are, and when everything is Here where You are, because your Spirit Is everywhere, it must flow. It flows only through that Consciousness. We may not do it today, but we will have to look at every one of the healings of Jesus and see that never once, never once did he move outside of “God is Here Now.” And that Here didn’t mean where he
stood. It meant where the fellow was three hundred feet away or three hundred miles away. That was Here to the I of Spirit. And that’s why he said, “Now is your son well.” “Now sit down and eat.” There’s no other time.
The perfection of God is always Now Here. The moment you have found some way to accept this, you’ll find yourself relaxing. That’s how you’ll know you’re moving out of the mind universe. The moment you feel that, “Oh, oh, I can relax then.” Then you’ll know your Soul is coming forth. As Man has progressed through the various universes into this mental one, still unaware of a Soul Universe that is now coming over the horizon, he’s striving to improve his situation, when all he needs do is stand still and the Soul will reveal that there never was a world of good and evil, that all lack is an atom that isn’t there.
All limitation is an atom that never existed. All hunger, all poverty, all war, all of this are atom images, made into visible images through the reaction of sense mind to the invisible, non-existent atom. And as we stand still, all of this action and reaction ceases to be. The Soul coming through the horizon of the new Consciousness reveals the fourth dimensional realm, swallows up the third, and into your life pours Essence to fill the forms, Light to remove the darkness, Truth to remove division and duality. The Hereness of You becomes manifest.
The love of the Father becomes the Light of the world. This new Consciousness of Soul, resting in Here, is Now the fullness of God everywhere, is brought right into Here; and you are truly a King in your Kingdom, instead of a servant to the cosmic mind, instead of a mortal trying to find solutions to problems that only exist in a mental universe. Then mine own comes to me because mine own is realized as being Here Now. Here is love. Here is friendship. Here is companionship, not in atoms.
The moment you insert your mind to find out how to build a friendship in the atoms, a friendship or companionship in atoms, or security in atoms, you are trying to channel the Infinite; and it would be marvelous if it worked, but it doesn’t. And if it worked, we would only short-change ourselves. It doesn’t work, and we have to ultimately come to the higher ground of Soul. Now you may still think that you’re going to enter Soul with your mind, and you cannot. The Crucifixion is there. The Resurrection of Soul, bringing forth the infinite Universe of Truth, depends completely upon the Crucifixion of the mind, which has falsely conceived a world of atoms. Grace becomes the permanent dispensation of Reality made visible.
The sub-structure of atoms is removed in our mentality, and with it goes the mentality that gave it birth. Then the peace comes, the peace which says, “My peace is evidence that I am come into your Consciousness. My peace is evidence that you have died to the mental realm. My peace is evidence that you have found the meaning of spiritual righteousness. Your righteousness now exceeds all of the scribes and the Pharisees. It is the righteousness of total mental surrender. Everything you seek, you put in one great big bag and throw it away. Your Soul is seeking nothing, and if you are still seeking, you haven’t found your Soul. If you are still seeking, you have not trusted Identity. I contain the seed of all that exists. I am the Tree of Life, and I grow my own fruit. The external world gives you false fruit.
The Kingdom of God within You Is God, Is Here Now, and Its fruit is the fruit of the vine. The locusts cannot eat Its fruit, and all the lost years of the locusts are broken when you grow the fruit from the vine of the Kingdom within. So Jesus could say, “I have glorified Thee.” We are learning how to say, “I am learning how to glorify Thee.” I am learning how to be a witness, not in a human mind, not a false witness. As You stand in the Truth that God is Here Now, and that around the corner is Here to You, the accident around the corner means that God is Here, Now; and therefore, there is no accident around the corner, except in the mental world of atoms. When there are two or more who are not in the mental world of atoms, the accident disappears.
When there is One who is not in the mental world of atoms, the manna falls from heaven. When there is One who is in the Hereness and Nowness and the Isness of perfect Love, in spite of every appearance to the contrary, you have the fourth dimension of Heaven on earth. And so ultimately, we can say, when I am in the Isness, the Hereness, and Nowness of God, earth for me is the earth spoken of when we are told that, “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.” The earth of man is the earth of atoms.
The Earth of God is the invisible Spirit which, to man, appears as a world of atoms. That earth, which is the world of atoms, is not God’s. Its fullness is deception, but the earth that is the Lord’s is Heaven. And man, looking at Heaven, recreates it into his own mental image and calls it earth. Earth Divine is Heaven, and that Earth is the Earth that is the fullness of God, and that Earth is the Earth you live in, in the Hereness, Nowness, and Isness of God. Then you experience the earth as the Lord’s and the power of the Lord and the glory of the Lord; and the Kingdom is come into experience, into living experience. We are then walking in a new Universe, the Universe of Reality, living in It in the Soul; and we are not in a corporeal form. We are in a new form. We are in the Soul body. We’re not in a form made of atoms that perish.
Now, you cannot cling to the old and have the new. You cannot be around the corner and call that here, and still be in a physical form. To be infinite, you must be out of a physical form. To be infinite, you must be spiritual form. To live in the Soul Universe, you must be Soul form. Be ye perfect as your Father—in that form, in that Soul, which lives in the perfect Universe of Grace.
In these human years ahead, there are those who will be still struggling to step out of the problems of the body. Their struggle is as much an illusion as the problems. Whoever will accept the Word of the Father, that I am Here as an infinite Truth, will find that neither the problem nor the struggle is necessary. In your Soul Consciousness, you will be making your transition out of the world that God did not create. You will find there is no need to seek any improvement. In fact, it is a disaster to seek an improvement in your human life. It is a perfect way to turn away from the very thing that God is saying, “Take It. Here is My Kingdom. It is my good pleasure to give you My Grace.” But the natural man receiveth not, only that Consciousness which is open to its own Soul.
We’re told in this ninth chapter that we are to do certain things every day. He calls it a daily habit, and the first was to become consciously aware of the presence of God. Now without the presence of God, we have nothing, except our human selves. With the presence of God, we are prepared to open ourselves to Divine infinite Law; and to become conscious of the presence of God means to accept that presence as the Substance of my Being. I cannot be something apart from that Presence. No matter how important I may think I am humanly, if I am apart from the Presence, then I and the Father are not One Identity, One Substance.
Occasionally in the world we find many important people who are unaware of their unimportance, and they’re marvelous people on this human level. We read in this morning’s paper that Frank Conniff was the top man with the Hearst chain. He’s the fellow who went with Hearst and Kingsbury Smith over to Russia, and no one had been allowed behind the iron curtain to interview Khrushchev; and he was smart enough to get the assignment and the okay from Khrushchev. He did some marvelous things in the journalism field, a very handsome, charming, intelligent man, the kind that everybody loved, capable of real power in his field, but why at fifty-seven is he gone? Why, at fifty-three, did he have these massive heart attacks?
It wasn’t overwork. It was the inability to know that the Kingdom of God is within Me. It was the belief that I am this fellow you see, and somehow, somewhere there’s a God who loves me; and this is separation. And it isn’t enough to know that isn’t true. That isn’t enough. You can know it on Monday, but that won’t help you on Tuesday. It must be a continuing Consciousness, and this is the meaning of Joel’s caution that part of your daily experience must be the conscious Awareness of the presence of God as a continuing fact; and the Awareness of that Presence means here, now, where I stand.
And then because of the presence of God Here Now where I stand as my spiritual Substance, I am under spiritual law, no other. These things shall not move me that are not spiritual law. That presence of God which is my Substance needs no defense, and therefore, the only protective work you do is the knowledge of that Presence. You don’t have to look over your shoulder. The knowledge of the presence of God as the Substance of My Being, extended as the substance of all Being, as the infinite Substance, this is our daily requirement. That’s the whole point of his chapter.
He calls it preparation for spiritual living, and I want to read this paragraph: “Since God constitutes the law of my being, I am governed by spiritual Being, spiritual Law, spiritual Light, and spiritual Truth.” [The Contemplative Life, p. 159] There must be an inner acceptance, and then, because of the inner acceptance that spiritual Law is all that governs you, you cannot say, “I am under the power of lack or limitation or anything else.” You’re only under spiritual Law, and for
you, the only Law that exists is perfect spiritual Law. There are no other powers.
This is daily, daily, daily, until it’s my Consciousness: “I know God has never been paralyzed, never blind, never deaf. I know God never had indigestion. Spiritual law prevents the possibility of these afflictions. If I have them, it is because I have within me a belief that there is another power beside spiritual Law, and that belief is showing forth as my affliction. Whatever my problem is, it is the visible evidence of my belief in another power besides spiritual Law; and when I rectify the belief, when I come home to spiritual Identity, and therefore, only spiritual Law is acceptable to me, then there is no place for the world mind to express in my Consciousness, and it cannot externalize as these afflictions from which the world suffers.”
He [Joel] goes on to say this, “If we engage in this daily practice—and we must—we shall soon find that we have received in our inner being the secret of the universe, the secret of harmony, the secret of the Holy Grail. We shall find that we have the secret of life, once we know that the consciousness of the presence of God is the only reality unto us and there is no two-law universe. There is only the spiritual-law universe of God. When we have that, the discords the inharmonies will melt gradually, but certainly and completely.” He speaks from his experience. We have seen that everywhere the Spirit of Christ walked in the form called Jesus, this was true. And all of us have experienced that wherever the Consciousness of perfect spiritual Law is, the non-powers of the world are exposed in some miraculous fashion. They lose the ability to imprison us in false belief.
Now, as Spirit, conscious of the presence of God as your Spirit, you must further accept that you are completely Self-contained. That means there can be no lack in Christ of any kind, and so we bypass all physical evidence, because the physical evidence will always tell you that you are not Self-contained. And the question comes in those who have not had the experience yet: “Well, if I am self-contained, what do I do about these appearances that I’m supposed to bypass?” Even though we have lesson after lesson on that very subject, you will find your mind saying, “What do I do, then, about this thorn in the side?”
And that’s just exactly what he’s telling you to do: Rest in the knowledge that only spiritual Law is here. That which is not spiritual Law is the universal hypnotism: It isn’t here. That’s the meaning of hypnotism: It isn’t here. You don’t try to overcome what isn’t here. Even trying to overcome hypnotism is tightening the noose around your neck. It’s the recognition that it isn’t here. You can never suffer from Reality. You can only suffer from unreality. Every form of suffering is a cosmic hypnotism,—That’s the great revelation of the Infinite Way.—every form, and there is no power to cause it. It is being caused by that which is a seeming power to one who is not aware that only the power of God exists.
The non-problem is caused by the non-power, which you accept as a power, and therefore, as a problem; and this is apply named, this chapter: “Spiritual Exercises To Be Practiced.”
[Chapter 9 is now entitled “Daily Preparation for Spiritual Living”.] And the reason for the practicing of the Presence and the spiritual Power without opposite is because we are learning to accept the inexhaustible resources of our own Being. We are learning not to go outside ourselves, not to make the mistake of thinking that in my own Being something has been withheld. There is no thing, no person, no condition that you need, that is not within your own Being now. The mere thought that it’s possible for what you need to be outside of your Being is to lose that which is yours. You might as well lose it because, even though it’s there, you have no use of it.
This brings you, then, to a level of Consciousness which is more aware of who and what you are and of the limitlessness nature of your Being. We have discovered within ourselves, that every time we know the Truth of our Being, that we never have to pray for a need, but before we ask, in the mere knowing of the Truth of Being as Self-containing all that we need, that which we do need does appear as form, as condition, as thing, as person, and as place.
The miracle of spiritual Existence is that which we need, being ever-present, it always externalizes itself in the three-dimensional material world, provided we stay there in the Now and Is of spiritual Presence as the One and the Only, and let the Father do, through your transparent Consciousness, that which the Father is ever doing: being God Here, Now, and everywhere. Everywhere in this Universe, God Is Being God fulfilling God.
Now, many of us talk to people on the level of people, and I’d like you to consider a little exercise to practice with yourself. It’s very difficult, very challenging, and very rewarding. Now we know that matter has no intelligence, and yet we all talk to matter all day long. We talk to the boss. We talk to our employees. We talk to our friends. We really talk to matter as if it had intelligence. And sometimes we don’t think it’s very intelligent, and we even say so. Well, it isn’t. It has no intelligence whatsoever.
Suppose we try to see, too, that the mind, which is in that body, or in which that body is, is not the Divine Mind, and there’s no point really talking to it either, because it’s as much illusion as a material form that it externalizes. Then why talk to it? Now, here’s a test of your spiritual development. See if you can do it for one day or even for an hour. Establish consciously that you’re not going to talk to the physical form or the mind of an individual. You’re going to talk to the Divine Mind. Even though there’s a person there, you’re going to address your remarks to the Divine Mind, as if, for you, the person had no existence; and to do that, you’re going to talk from your Divine Mind, Divine Mind to Divine Mind.
And you’ve got to do this in such a way that the individual doesn’t know you’re doing it, that you’re talking from Divine Mind to the Divine Mind and looking straight at a person as if you’re talking to a person, so that the person thinks you’re talking to me, to him, to her. You try that for a while as an exercise and see what it does to you. You begin to feel some of that which was happening when Jesus spoke to his disciples. He never spoke to “them.” He was either speaking to the cosmic mind or the Divine Mind in them. Never was he speaking to an individual mind.
When he said, “Peace, be still. It is I,” do you think he was speaking to Peter? He was telling the cosmic mind, “You have no power here, friend.” When he said to Pilate, “Thou hast no power over me,” he wasn’t speaking to Pilate. He wasn’t speaking to a lump of flesh which had no intelligence. He wasn’t speaking to a human mind. He was letting us know that this cosmic mind, which is pretending to have power, has no power. He was showing us the universal mesmerism we must face, not the individual. When you conquer that universal mesmerism, you’ll find something in you saying, “Right, I have overcome the world,” not the individual. There are no individuals. There is only a world mesmerism.
And so dwelling in the Consciousness of the Presence until you can re-identify, not as a person who has found the Presence, but as the Presence. The Presence that I have discovered I am. The Truth that I was seeking I am. In your re-identification now, all that you had seemed to be, a corporeal person of a certain size and weight and density, a certain age, a certain sex, all must be re-identified. There are no corporeal beings in Heaven. There are no men or women in Heaven. There are no sizes and shapes in Heaven. There are no material conditions in Heaven. There are no backaches and heartaches. Deny thyself.
When you are consciously accepting the Presence, you are consciously rejecting thyself, the mortal self. You’re putting off the old man, and so Joel’s commandments to us have a double-edged sword. I can’t just sit here and say, “Oh, the Presence is here.” That won’t do me any good. Every-
thing that the Presence is, is here. The Presence is all, the fullness of the Presence, the infinity of the qualities of the Presence. Can I say, “The Presence is here, but I’m unemployed? The Presence is here, but I am paralyzed? The Presence is here, but I’m sick?” Then I haven’t done my homework, because only the Presence is here; and the presence is not paralyzed, not unemployed, and not sick. Only the Presence is here. This is the practicing of the Presence. Only the law of the Presence is here. All else must be hallucination. All else must be the false mind, the non-mind.
Self-contained is the acceptance of the presence of God as I and the Father, One Self, and therefore, Self-contained; and this is your preparation for the activity of Grace. When we do the chapter on Grace next week, number ten, if you haven’t read Contemplative Life lately, you may have forgotten that at the end of the chapter, there is a list of other chapters in other books, which Joel had called the “must chapters.” I know that since that was written, there were other chapters that would have been included had this book been written later. But nonetheless, there are seven or eight, or I don’t know how many chapters in other books that are listed; and it wouldn’t be possible, perhaps, for you to read them all for one class, but we’re going to have to do those in a measure, sort of double up on ourselves.
The important thing is that because God is present here, where you are, and God is in Heaven, you must be in Heaven; and you cannot violate the laws of Heaven and expect to remain in Heaven. You cannot violate the law of perfection, which is spiritual Law. As a matter of fact, it cannot be violated by anyone. You do not have the power to violate It. That is an illusion. There is no power on earth to violate the Law of Heaven.
Only the will of the Father is being functioned in Heaven now. Only the will of the Father is functioning where you are, and that will being your perfection, everything that denies it must be unreal. As you dwell in this, you will be out of the body, for there’s no physical body in Heaven. There is no physical body where the presence of God is realized. There is no physical condition where the presence of God is realized. There is only My Kingdom. And when you are out of the body, through your daily practice of the Presence of Spirit as your Presence and the ever-presence of Spiritual Law as the only Law, you will lose the illusion of a temporary life.
You will know as certainly as you know anything, that all temporary life is illusion. There is no such thing and never has been. It is part of the universal mesmerism. It simply has no existence. There is no such thing as temporary life. The temporary life that we are all so concerned about doesn’t exist. Take no thought for your temporary life. It isn’t there. The only Life you have is the perfect, forever Life; and in your absence from the body experience, dwelling in the Essence of Being, that false belief will fall away. With it will fall away the concerns about that temporary life. You will see that Life is ever Itself. All Life is ever Living, ever Being.
You have never been separated from Life anywhere in this Universe. All Life is One. I, being Life, all who I know being Life, neither this human sense of life nor death can separate us from Life, for that is our name. We must know these things so well that the complete freedom of Being Life, finding Its way through our Consciousness, releases us from the limitations of a temporary life, for those limitations are as unreal as the temporary life. The false horizons created by the cosmic mind accepted by the human mind, the false horizon of a beginning and an end, the false horizon of an absence of this or that, these are all false horizons, the false horizon where there’s a beginning of a pain, there is no such place.
We are Self-contained in Christ, and we are to live as pure spiritual Being, enjoying the fruitage of It; and this is the glimpsing, the Living, the awareness of the Soul realm, where all the horizons vanish. There are no horizons. There is the limitless Self, and all good flows in through that limitless Self and appears where the corporeal form seems to be, as the sustaining influence of that form. When you’re in your limitless Self, your infinite Being is flowing to a point called the human self. That’s the point where the infinity of Being is made visible. That’s the point of Grace, and ultimately it’s the point of release from corporeality.
We should be in that Consciousness which says, “I’m not concerned about an end of the world because I know there was never a beginning of the world.” The false horizon of the beginning of a world and an end of the world has no place in spiritual Consciousness. The Lord our God is One; and we have no other gods, no other identity, no other being, no other power, no other belief. The perfect infinite Consciousness, called God, is the perfect infinite Manifestation called God, and that Manifestation is Son of God. That manifestation is I. When we are feeling this limitless Self, the fruitage of it is quickly visible. There’s no attachment to person, place, or thing. There’s no clinging love. There’s no fear of loss. You’re in Spiritual Consciousness. You’re in your illuminated Self.
Now, if we’ve learned anything from walking on water, from stopping storms, we’ve learned that matter is a mental obstruction with no Reality in God. We have learned that the conditions of matter are purely hypothetical and are illusory. They are mental energy appearing “as.” We have learned that we are invisible Self, made of the pure Spirit of God without boundaries and that there are no margins in Heaven. This is our Living Consciousness.
We are not here to glorify a human being. We are not here to seek status. We are here to let the Will of God, which is perfect, express Itself as our living Being. We are here to let the mortal sense of self step aside and behold that Living Will of perfection, making manifest Itself in all things. We are here to hold a line against the belief that the power of imperfection is present where we dwell. We are here to be faithful witnesses of the all power, the all knowledge, and the all Presence of the spiritual Father called God.
And when you have accepted that your function is to be a faithful witness, all of the need and struggle and striving to do and be something is taken off your shoulder. The responsibility is not on you. The government is on the Spirit Itself. Your function is to witness that activity, denying your human selfhood. In setting forth our Identities, because we’re still unformed in that Identity in our Consciousness, we have all tried to claim certain things for ourselves; and now we will learn that there’s nothing we need claim because we are, and we can humbly let our Identity express to glorify the Father. If we will glorify the Father and not a human personality, we will find that all that is required of us is present in infinite measure. My Will be done. I in the midst of Thee am greater.
So Infinity is now moving in our Consciousness as our Consciousness to the degree that we have humanly seen the folly of mortality, the false horizon of birth and death, the cosmic mist which comes forth as appearances; and we are facing all claims, not as my claim, but as a universal claim, which I refuse to accept as my claim, standing in My Identity and watching spiritual Substance dissolve its suppositional opposite called material problem. Everything you do this way is under law, under Grace, under the Will of perfection. You need not press a button. You need not pull a trigger. You need not lift a sword. Stand ye still.
Next week we’ll discuss Grace. And if you will, I’d like you to do with re-identify just what you did with Identity. Now do the same thing with the word re-identify; and I’d like to hold what you’ve already done until you’ve done that so that you’re not guided to repeat yourself. Come up with a complete new feeling about it, and then you’ll see yourself within three weeks after you’ve done the first one how far you’ve developed. However, if any of you want to still take whatever you’ve done back with you, you may, of course, so I’ll leave them here.
Anyone can take the one that they want, if they want to take it. If you want to leave it, leave it. Try it now with re-identify. “R” “E” “I” and so forth. Make up your cross-word, paragraph, thought, sentence, whatever you wish, until you get this feeling of being in Heaven, in the Is, in the Now, in the law of perfection and Divine love, where no opposites can possibly occur. That’s the re-Identify. That’ll prepare us for the experience of Grace.
Thanks so much.
We know that when Jesus walked on the water, a phenomenon occurred in this world that is not understood; and last week together, we saw that this unusual experience was a preview of an experience that all of us are inevitably going to discover for ourselves. We found that there was an event on the sea, and although not present there at that time, being somewhere else, that which was called Jesus suddenly appeared walking upon the water. And as we rested in the Consciousness of the Father, we learned that this was not a physical form walking upon water, but rather this was the Divine I made visible as a form of the Soul, a fourth-dimensional body appearing and not being obstructed by material laws such as gravity or matter; and instantly without taking thought, this occurred, and instantly as it occurred, all the laws of time and space were pushed aside.
And so you and I in our bodies of the Soul will discover that when we are not in thought, we are moved, moved in such a way that wherever we are needed, we are, and whatever we must do, we are doing, because I, the Spirit in the midst of us, is greater than any external appearing event in matter. I within us dissolves that which appears to be the discord, but only because we’re resting in the knowledge of Identity, not standing in the knowledge of a personal self in a material form, in a material world.
Now, prior to this, Jesus had demonstrated other things. The Spirit, released through the absence of a personal self had also calmed the sea at another time. And we, who are at that level of Consciousness that is capable of overcoming the belief in a material universe, are still wondering why, even though we feel the peace, even though we even feel the Presence, we find ourselves sometimes unable to throw off the material discord in the face of the Presence. In the face of the inner peace we are still confronted with discords that somehow remain to torment us, questions that remain unanswered. And I think we can, today, face that with a better understanding because of these demonstrations in the Bible, once we understand walking on water was the activity of a Soul body, not of a person with supernatural gifts.
Once we understand that stilling the storm was not the removal of material laws, was not overcoming nature, but was the revelation of the non-existence of the storm. Then we begin to see that just as a storm is not an individual experience, but a group experience, it’s not one person’s consciousness out-pictured, but the consciousness of many. And in similar fashion we discover that our problems that we call “my personal problem” is never that at all; and when we try to overcome “my personal problem” on the level of “my personal problem” and still cannot do it, it is because we have not seen the nature and the source of what we call “my personal problem.” We have not overcome the illusion of world mesmerism, the universal mesmerism.
And so I want you to see it this way. The boy has a bloody nose, or the woman has a dizzy spell, or the man has a weak heart, and so the mother says, “My son has a bloody nose.” The woman says, “I can’t walk. I have a dizzy spell,” And the man says, “I can’t get up and go to work because my heart is weak.” Each considers this a personal problem, and undoubtedly each of us has considered our problems as personal problems. And then you go into the Spirit, you touch your center, you realize the peace, and you still have the personal problem; and you say, “I thought that I was supposed to do these things, and it would dissolve. It’s the same way when a cancer is cut out. It comes back sometimes in a year. Why?
What did we cut out? Did we cut out the cause? When you have not cut out the cause of your personal problem, that same cause will manifest as a continuation of it or as another problem; and always the cause is not in you. And when you say, “This is my problem,” you are placing the cause in you; and you will discover that when you place the cause in the world mind and realize the problem is only passing through you, passing through,—not yours, not attached to you,—passing through, presented to you from the world mind at the moment you become aware of it, but it’s up to you, at that moment, to see that this is not my problem.
This is a world mind problem. This is not “my” bloody nose. This is not “my” weak heart. This is not “my” dizzy spell. This is a world problem. It doesn’t belong to me at all, and strangely enough, once you locate it as a world problem, you find a depth of inner peace you hadn’t known before. You have faced the world mind. You have located the cause of that which is trying to manifest in you; and had you accepted it as “your” problem, you would have nailed it down. And the moment you recognize it as a world problem, you find a missing dimension, a weapon, which enables you to see I am not unemployed, I do not have a false appetite.
The world has a false appetite. The world mind is unemployed. The world mind has a weak heart. The world mind has every problem; and that is where every problem is found, in the world mind, never in an individual. It is merely presented to the individual for acceptance or rejection. Your rejection is the recognition of its source. The moment you know that its source is not God, you know its source is the world mind; and in that moment, you’ve seen that the snake is not there. The recognition of it not being there is the end of the hypnotism. That’s the end of your weak heart. It’s also the end of your unemployment. It’s the end of your dizzy spell, and it’s the end of your bloody nose.
The minute you locate where it’s coming from and know that there is no world mind, you’ve located the mirage, and the mirage, which is the source of the mirage. You’ve pulled the rug out from under the problem, and I don’t care what your problem is. When you can face it and locate its source and then know that the source is not God, and therefore non-existent, you’re on your way home free. Always, the problems that irritate us the most and that seem the most persistent are those that we have accepted as “my” problem; and You have never had a problem in your Life. You have accepted world problems and made them “your” problem, and you have grappled with the shadow. Now, you will see the power of this when you do it. If you have done it, you know the power of it.
As we look at the Master, we see him faced with an unusual situation. The sea is rising. The sea is actually so high that the waves are over the ship. This isn’t the same one as when he walked upon the water and when the ship was on the land instantly. This is another one, an earlier one. And yet this earlier one was necessary for the later one to take place.
He was sleeping on the ship, but before he was sleeping, he had given us the Sermon on the Mount, which incidentally is almost word-for-word the code of the Essenes. He had given us the Sermon on the Mount. He had healed the son of the centurion. He resurrected the dead boy at Naime. And now one of the scribes came up and said, “This is marvelous. I’ll follow you over the earth. Wherever you go, I want to go.” And he looked at this eager scribe, knowing that he wanted to follow a “man.” That’s where we’re going to begin our Bible lesson. He wouldn’t let this scribe follow him as a person. He had to tell him this and all those who are so eager to follow a man, that his name was not the man, Jesus. His name is never the head of a religion. “You cannot follow the person,” he said to this scribe; and he said it in his own words, which we shall see here.
“Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side.” Always the other side has a symbolism, out of matter into Spirit, higher. “And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.” This is the material mind willing to follow the man. “Jesus saith unto him, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head,” the Son of Man, the second birth. The first birth was the son of woman. The rebirth makes him the Son of Man. He has no place where to lay his head. Why? He is not material form: “I am not form, I am Consciousness. I am infinite Consciousness. How will you follow me in the flesh?”
And so he’s telling the scribe, who could not understand: “Follow the Christ of your own Being. That’s how you follow Me, because that’s My name, infinite Christ, and I am in the midst of you, not standing out here. There’s no place to lay My head. I am not a physical creature. Those miracles you saw were not performed by a physical creature, and the miracles you are about to see will not be performed by a physical creature. No physical creature is going to raise the dead or walk upon the water or heal the cripple. The Spirit of God in you is the Messiah.”
And so he first qualifies what is about to happen by telling us, “Don’t be confused and personalize the event.” Don’t say, “Oh, what a great man Jesus was.” But realize that Jesus is your name, walking there as the invisible I. This is You. This is your Self. This is the invisible Christ made visible “as,” and every word that Jesus says is your invisible Self speaking. Every activity that you see engaged in by Jesus is your invisible Self moving in Consciousness. This is the I of your Being demonstrating Its Presence and Its perfect power. Whatever Jesus said is the Truth of your Being. Whatever Jesus did is the Truth of what your Being is always doing; and when you are in Being instead of out of Being, you will find that your Being is doing precisely what He did.
And so if he’s now going to save a ship at sea, we must see that I in the midst of Me saves that ship at sea, I in the midst of Jesus, I in the midst of John, I in the midst of Peter, I the One the Only in the midst of all am greater than he that walks the earth. I in the midst of You am the power of God. This is not the man. This is I in the midst of You about to show Peter and the others that where I am realized, the inner conflict, called storm in the outer, is no longer there. And so he sets the stage.
But here’s another, even before they can go any further. “Another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.” And so we see the word “dead” as applied to those who are dead in the material sense, dead in the belief that they live in the flesh, dead in the belief that the world is material, that bodies are material, that life is material, that birth and death is material, that possessions are material, that we live in a material universe. These are the dead who are not alive to I in the midst, dead to Christ, dead to Reality, dead because they believe that what happens between the cradle and the grave is Life, dead because they have not seen Life as a continuous, uninterrupted, perfect continuity, proceeding from God, through God, in God, and never leaving God, and so dead.
And now they’re ready, “And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.
Behold there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with a waves: but he was asleep.” Now the “tempest in the sea” is always an out-picturing of the inner consciousness of a group of people. The whirlwind is the out pictured consciousness of that area. Always, the visible material world is the inner level of consciousness that has been attained by individuals collectively, so our material world is the level of consciousness which we collectively have been able to reach, and now it is externalizing as a storm and a wind blowing the waves.
If we were to say, “Jesus stopped the storm,” it would do us no good whatsoever, but he’s introducing now a new element. He has shown us that the dead are those who are dead in matter. Now he’s introducing a new element called motion in matter: the great, powerful storm moving, the waves rising. If matter isn’t there, how can it rise? If matter isn’t there, how can it blow? So matter in motion is a double illusion, no more real than a stone or a pebble lying in the street, no more real than a dizzy spell or a bloody nose. Matter cannot move because matter isn’t there, therefore the movement of matter, however perilous it may appear to be, is recognized as the impossible. There can be no motion to non-existence.
God is not in the whirlwind, and no matter how horrible the tempest may appear to the frantic disciples, he is asleep, completely unaware of any such occurrence. Why? Because there isn’t any. The collective consciousness is out-picturing as storm. Now, we’re being told that weather is not an act of God, are we not? The world believes it is. The world believes that all weather is a God activity, that beautiful Hawaiian weather, the beautiful sky, the beautiful mountains, the beautiful water, and the countryside lavish with flowers.
Certainly, all this is of God—and then suddenly the typhoon, the tidal wave, the ship swallowed in the sea. Is that of God? What changed it? Neither the good nor the bad were of God. Weather is a material illusion. We make our own weather collectively and individually, and the disciples have made their weather. They have made their storm in a conflict, in a turmoil, in a fear. All of the conditions of weather which are unfriendly represent the externalization of the world mind, accepted individually. And then we say, “This is the weather in San Francisco. This is the weather in Marin. This is the weather across the bay.” It isn’t.
It’s the consciousness out-pictured of those who dwell there. It is world mind fooling, with its cosmic hypnotism, those who still believe in the material world, and the disciples are among those. They are still dead in matter. They’re dead in the wind. They’re dead in the water. They’re dead in the motion of the wind, unaware that I can never leave you, unaware that I am all there is, unaware of Omnipresence, unaware of the power of divine Love, unaware that only One is present. The Lord our God is One.
And so the cosmic hypnotism, the universal mesmerism, becomes an individual experience for each one who is unaware of it, and they come to him frantic, plea for help, “Lord, save us: we perish.” They are Life eternal and they expect to perish, and so he chastises them, “Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?” There’s only waves a hundred feet high, and he says to them, “Why are ye fearful?” What is he saying when he says, “Why are ye fearful?” of those waves that are a hundred feet high? because they’re matter, and matter is only mortal thought and the motion of the matter is only the motion of mortal thought. You’re looking at your own thought.
You mean there aren’t any waves out there? That’s right, there are no waves out there. There’s only mortal thought appearing as waves. What about all the oceans in the world? Same thing, cosmic mind appearing as oceans, mountains, rivers, lakes, seas, grass, flowers. The material world is mortal mind externalized. That’s what he’s teaching, not just this wave on this particular sea, but all matter, all solids, all liquids, all gases, all are the denial that Spirit is All. The germ, the infection, the contagion is a denial that Spirit is All. The whirlwind is a denial that Spirit is All.
And how does it get there? It doesn’t. It only appears to be there. All matter appears to be. He is teaching the non-existence of a material universe, and as incomprehensible as that may be to most of the world, every time that we are able, in our own small way, to experience the non-reality of matter, and consequently the non-power of matter, we are reliving this incident on the sea with him. We are learning that I in the midst of me is the living Spirit of God, and I am infinite Spirit. There is no place where I am not, and I have no opposite. Only I exist. As far as the eye can see and beyond, I am; and the roaring sea or the calm sea, neither is there: I am. Neither the good sea nor the bad sea, neither employment nor unemployment are there. Neither good health or bad health are there. I am.
The invisible Spirit is All that is Here. There are no good’s, and there are no bad’s. There is only invisible Spirit, and the out-pictured material universe ceases to have power to make us seek the good in preference to the evil, to make us choose between one or the other. Rather, we rest in the knowledge that as I find my own Substance, that I can say to the scribe within me, “There’s no way to follow me. I have no place to lay my head. I am not form, and I accept no form. I am that Spirit, which is the all. I am infinite Consciousness.” And therefore, as you stand in your true Identity of infinite Consciousness, watching the world pictures, I in the midst of You—not you—but I in the midst of You, It is I who dissolve the world pictures, It is I who adjust and bring forth the invisible harmony. I in the midst of you overcomes the world.
And so they are of little faith because they’re panicking. They’re really looking for another material power overcome this material power or some supernatural power. They’re not looking for the Spirit to present Itself as peace, tranquility, harmony, absence of discord, presence of God. They cannot stand in the center of their own Being, and so they are of little faith. Now you know that a few of us are faced with situations that are more difficult than the one he is bringing to our attention. Really, everything we face is of the same nature. It is a material condition, a material discord, a material lack, a material threat; and always the problem never exists because only God is present.
“Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!” The winds and the sea did not obey him. He was demonstrating that the storm was a cosmic illusion, that universal mesmerism out-pictures as good weather and bad weather, good health and bad health, prosperity and depression. He was telling us: Do not seek the good things or the bad things because they will both change and they will both perish. He was inviting us to walk in Heaven on earth.
And so today is just that, walking in Heaven on earth. We’ve all made out our little charts. Some of you turned them in about Identity, and I’d like you to hear some of them. They’ll show you the level of the class. There is a definite strength among the students. We have all come to a place now, where we know Identity intellectually. I’ll show you what I mean. Now, you couldn’t write these things unless you had the intellectual awareness of Identity.
“I and my father are one.” (This student took quotations, and that was a very good choice.)
“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation.”
“Now are we the sons of God.”
“Take no thought for your body.”
“I am the bread of life.”
“Thou couldst have no power at all against me accept it were given thee from above.”
“Ye are the temple of the living God.”
And that spells out out “identity,” and a person could use this to remember and practice a meditation from this until it becomes Consciousness.
“I and the father are one.”
Deny it to another, you lose it yourself.
Everywhere I am.
Now is God’s power.
“I can of mine own self do nothing.”
Yesterday’s Identity marks tomorrow’s harvest.
You see, we have Substance here.
I: I, I am God. I am Life. I am love.
D: Destroy this temple, and I will raise it up in three days, Jesus said.
E: Even if we walk through the valley of death, God is with us.
N: Never be afraid, for God is with us all the way.
T: The tree of Life has never been moved and is still there in the center of our Being.
Now a person has to feel something like that to say it: “The Tree of Life has never been moved, and is still there in the center of our Being.”
I: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
T: “The light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” Y is,
Y: Yea, “Be still and know that I am God.”
Now, these are all an experience for the persons who has done these, and there are others; and they are all very good, which was a very pleasant thing to see because it means we can go further.
Now, one thing that is noticeable among these statements about Identity is number one, that we are all claiming what we are, and this isn’t good: I am this and I am that, and I am the other thing. Rarely do you find one in here that says, “I am humble,” I am a true witness,” “I am listening.” “I am meek.” “I am waiting for the will of the Father to express.” “I am glorifying the Father.” It’s all about “I” and is still saying identity on a higher level of identity than the human sense, but it’s still very close to a higher I than this I; and it’s not the witness who’s quiet, learning how to let the infinite I do Its own work through a me.
And so Identity is a beginning, and you know, when you come to Identity as a fact that you’re going to live with, you find it necessary to do something else, and that is what may be called to re-identify, to re-identify the world around you and to re-identify yourself, because, even though you have just said I am this, that, and the other thing, you can’t throw away a half century of being something else, just because you made a declaration; and so all your old habits continue right on up.
And while you’re saying, I am this, that, and the other, you still think you’re a material form. You still think you’re going to go to work tomorrow, or not. You still think you’re going to do the same human things you’ve been doing. You’re still thinking in terms of mortality. You’re still buying insurance.
You’re still doing mortal things, and so re-identification is now this: You have come into intellectual agreement about Identity. Fine. Now we must come into spiritual agreement about Identity, and that is re-Identity. That is going within with this new Identity you have accepted intellectually and abiding there. And there are about six or seven levels that require re-identification, because they control all the rest of the levels. Now, let’s see, then, we’re re-identifying as the Identity which we say we are; and if we are what we say we are, the Son of God, the Spirit, this is Heaven. And so in your re-Identity, you are saying the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand, and this is It. I, Identity am moving in Heaven Here and Now. That’s part of re-Identity. Now that must be done until you can accept that Heaven is where You are.
Heaven is everywhere you’re looking, and it makes no difference what world pictures are being presented, Heaven is where you are. And until you’re in that awareness, you’ll find you’re walking in two worlds, one intellectually, claiming to be in another, and then going right out, jumping over puddles. And so Heaven is here, and in Heaven you cannot find any germs. You cannot find any discord or distress. When you do find germs, discords, disstress, evil, error, etcetera, what are you finding? You’re finding that you’re not in Heaven. You haven’t re-identified your location. You are in Heaven, and therefore, only that which happens in Heaven can happen in your Consciousness.
There’s no time in Heaven. The only time in Heaven is Now. And so Now becomes a new time for you. That’s part of your re-identification, Now. And there’s nothing in Heaven that ever becomes something. It Is. Is is the only Reality in Heaven. There is no future. Everything Is. And so, when you are in the Consciousness of Being in Heaven, you’re in the acceptance that everything Is. There’s nothing I have to seek, nothing I have to pray for, nothing I have to struggle to get. Everything Is, or else I have not accepted that I am in Heaven. Everything Is, and Now is the only time. There is no tomorrow; and because everything Is, tomorrow Is—today, tomorrow is today.
However strange that may sound, Eternity is today. Every tomorrow is already Now Here, and that’s part of being in Heaven, the knowledge that everything Is—Now, Here. That’s the acceptance of your fullness. This is part of re-identification, and then you’re in the continuing Consciousness of Is: Now, Here, Heaven, where All is perfection. Any imperfection is hallucination. And there’s only one power in Heaven, Love. Divine Love is the only power, the only law Here, and so what have you got? You’ve got a complete re-identification that Heaven is where I am Here and Now; and the fullness Is because perfection Is All that can exist in Heaven, and Divine Love is the only power, the only law. Now you’re really accepting Identity, and because of this Identity, you can be in a state of humility.
There’s nothing to seek, strive, and struggle for. Recognizing Identity as Spirit, recognizing Power and Love as spiritual Presence right here, I rest in the Word and let the Power of the Divine Love manifest its own Universe, glorify Itself. You’re in the vast peace, which has nothing to seek, nothing to strive for, nothing to remove, nothing to get rid of, nothing to correct. There are no mountains in Heaven to be removed. You rest in the Word. You have all kinds of scriptural authority for this:
“Cease ye from man whose breath is in his nostrils.”
Cease from the form, the material form.
“My kingdom is not of this world.”
And that’s the cease ye from time and space.
“It is I; Be not afraid.”
That’s the acceptance of spiritual Identity.
“. . . the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” Is still mine.
That’s the assurance that spiritual Identity is forever, always.
“ . . . all that I have is thine.”
That’s the assurance that nothing is withheld. It is present. It is thine.
And as you go through your Bible mentally, you discover that everything in there is an authority for you to live here now in Heaven, in the Is. You have an Is, which is the perfection of God expressing, and there is only one Is, One infinite Is, One infinite Consciousness expressing. But it appears “as” because between the “Is” and the “as,” there is a cosmic mind, and as Is moves through the cosmic mind’s interpretation of It, you get the multiple expressions which appear to us “as” this, that, and the other thing.
You’re looking at the changing universe which is “as.” But always behind it is the One perfect, Divine Love expressing as the Is, and the acceptance of now Is: Now is the Father. Now is Divine Love. Now is fullness. Now is All-ness. Now is All that God Is. Everywhere God Is being God. Everywhere God’s perfection is present in all things. My Grace is thy sufficiency in all things.
We rest in the knowledge that this is Heaven Now, and there is no condition in Heaven other than the perfection of Being in all things; and when you rest there, you’re in Identity, and you will discover that your own spiritual Substance will readjust, for you, that which had appeared outwardly as the unemployment, the lack, the limitation, the overweight, the underweight, the germ, the contagion, the infection, the problem, the discord, the unhappy relationship.
Everything that it appeared to be was cosmic mind universally expressing, accepted in your most vulnerable spots, appearing as your personal problem, because you were not standing in the knowledge, the Truth of Being, not in the Universe of God. All of this is part of the re-identification, so that you walk through this world of “as” looking at everything that appears “as” this and “as” that, knowing that it isn’t that at all. Only Is Is there appearing, through cosmic mind, “as” this, that, and the other. You live in the Is, in the Now and experience the “as,” but not accept it, because Heaven has no “as.” Everything in Heaven Is, perfection Itself expressing.
Now, whenever you’ve got a problem, then, you’ve taken yourself out of Heaven and out of spiritual Identity, and you have merely read Bible verses as some people perform calisthenics, some kind of a physical exercise or some kind of memorized prayer. The points given to us by these biblical events are to free us, to purify us of material thought. The unreality of matter is one of the prime purposes of these biblical events, to teach us the unreality of matter, and even though something in us stubbornly clings to the reality of matter, that isn’t even your mind doing that.
That’s the world mind refusing to give up. Always there is the world mind telling you, “but matter is real;” and until you face that, until you see that Jesus was demonstrating matter is unreal, nonexistent: Storms are not there. There’s no water to walk upon. There’s no cripple to heal because these things do not exist in heaven, and earth is our material consciousness about Heaven. When you are out of your material consciousness about Heaven, you discover Heaven was where you always were. There is no other place.
And so because of these very nice papers that you submitted here, it’s clear that we are ready, we are ready to spend another portion of this year losing all remnants of material thought. And it leads us to a place where we can look at those who talk about projecting the Soul body through space, and we can see that we will not have to project a Soul body. Rather, we will discover that I am in My Soul body Now. I have no other, and the dropping away of that which is not My Soul body reveals that I have ever been in it. My Soul was never in a body that decays, in a body that dies. My Soul was that which is My eternal Life and Is Now, Here.
And that Soul has Its Body, and I am not going to project It. It knows what to do, where to do and how to do it, and It’s doing it All Now. And when we start to move through the Invisible, it will not be because there is a will in a human being projecting a Soul Body. It will be because we are experiencing the actual activity of the Soul, which instantly could move from a mountain top to water, to appear where a ship was drowning; and you will be moved and I will be moved in such a way that we are where we belong at the right moment always. I in the midst of us will be the projector, not a human mind.
But first, all material remnants must be purified. We must re-Identify, and we must look at everything that appears “as” and re-Identify it as “Is.” It cannot be what It appears “as” because It appears “as” matter. We must re-Identify It as invisible Spirit through cosmic mind in an individual mind appearing “as.” And then we can look at the whole world and know that everyone is seeing their own level of consciousness. But I am not bound by their level of consciousness. I am not bound by what they externalize. What they externalize is just as non-existent as the waves at sea, which threatened to bury the ship.
Always what appears “as” is the camouflage of the cosmic mist, the cosmic thought atoms, but behind them and where they are, above them, below them, and in them, where they are is always the now perfection of Spirit, of Being, which I am. This should become our daily Consciousness. It should be our daily rebirth. Every day, we should have the second birth. Every day, the son of woman should become the Son of Man. Every day we re-identify our Universe and our Identity. Every day we come to the second birth and let that be the beginning of our day, to live in the Heaven of Now and Is.
Now let’s just dwell on some of these things in a contemplative meditation for a moment, because through your contemplative meditation, you’re preparing the way for your listening meditation. You’re clearing out the density of thought. You’re letting yourself relax from the pressures of thinking, of planning, or trying to remember things. You’re willing to walk out on Truth alone, knowing It is power, It is present, It is activated by love. You don’t have to direct It. You can rest in It, and then just let go. Standing in the knowledge of infinite Substance, which spins Itself into whatever forms are needed, wherever they are needed and whenever, My Substance is My God.
My spiritual Essence is the Father within. It lives Now, Here in Heaven, in the Is, and I am never going to leave the Now. I’m never going to “become.” I’m never going to stray one second from Now, because only Now am I that Essence, never tomorrow, never yesterday, always Now. Now never had a tomorrow, never had a yesterday. Now is infinitely and eternally Now, and that is my home, never fooled into moving out into time, Now, accepting Is, God is. Only God Is. Only God’s perfection Is. I care not what appears “as.” Only God’s perfection Is. And be sure that My Soul Is where It belongs, always.
Now, if I were to tell you that your son’s nose is bleeding, you could quickly dismiss it, knowing only perfection Is. I am faced with a cosmic image. I will not accept it as belonging to my son. It is not a local Truth. It’s a cosmic Image presented to me, and in this state of knowing Is Now, whatever is not of God is not Now. And that’s all I have to do, stand still, rest and watch the spiritual Essence of Being adjust the outer picture and show you no nose bleed, no dizzy spell, no this, no that. Only I, I, I am present. There is no other.
“The Lord our God is one [Lord],” but you must be at this place always, and all that Is is the preparation for moving as Soul through the Universe unimpeded by material obstruction, by condition, by material concepts appearing as form—free in Self. Be thankful, then, that everything that comes at you, forces you to rise to the higher ground. It would be so easy to relax and say, “Oh well, we’ve got It, but we haven’t.” We’ll never have It until transition.
Suppose we rest a little and come back in about five or ten minutes and see where the Father takes us.
The symbolism of the ship being on the shore instantly, of course, is that when you have the Christ realization, that’s the end of all inner turbulence. However, this does appear in the outer. This isn’t allegory. This is the visible expression of infinite Consciousness through the Christ Mind, appearing visibly as event. Now the very next day, he’s disappeared again. It doesn’t say that he had a ship or anything. He just isn’t there. The disciples have gone in their ship, but Jesus didn’t go with them, and he isn’t there either.
When they finally catch up with him on the other side, there’s no explanation. We must presume that he returned as he came; and now he chastises them for following him just to receive more loaves and fishes. And he tells us to labor not for the meat that perisheth. He’s giving us the clue to what he just did. Labor not for material things. That’s the meat that perisheth.
Now, I find it easier to accept the non-reality of matter when I combine the spiritual teaching that there is no matter with the scientific explanation of what matter is. Then it seems to reinforce, and they agree. We know that matter is mental, and that this mentality is not the Mind of God, but the cosmic, and we know that all matter consists of cosmic thought; and therefore, these are images in mind, and that’s the only place where they exist, and that’s the only place where they have power.
But when we insert the idea that these images in mind are atoms, then we have a clearer cut picture of why they seem to have power, because now you take that which is called the visible sea: How do you see it except through your visible eyes? And so, the visible sea and the visible eyes, both being atoms, when you see something turbulent, you’re seeing the reaction of the atoms of your eyes in their reaction to the atoms of the water. It’s atom to atom which causes the appearance of disturbance.
Every problem that you see is the activity of that which is the problem or the cause and your reaction to it, through your eyes, to that physical thing which is causing the problem. But because matter is atoms, the atoms of the thing and the atoms of your eyes are in a reaction, and the atoms of your eyes are as much in the cosmic mind as the atoms of the thing. And so, the atoms of your eyes are cosmic thought. The atoms of the thing are cosmic thought, and it’s all a self-contained lie. All of our world, from the atomic standpoint, is the reaction of the atoms of your physical self to the atoms of the world around you, and that creates the appearance of your world.
And so we have a cosmic radioactivity, and this is probably a scientific explanation of the word “mist” in Genesis. The mist that covers this earth is cosmic radioactivity, and it doesn’t bother us normally to live in radioactivity because that’s all we are. We are radioactive atoms, and the things we see are radioactive atoms; and the difference in the vibration of one against the other makes all of the things we call time and space, and motion and shape, and size and texture and density. Everything is the relationship of one set of atoms to another set. In every object that you call tin, wood, or gold is nothing more than the relation of its atoms to your atoms, your sense atoms.
Remove the atom and there’s nothing there, and the Christ Consciousness does just that. It removes the belief in the atom, and there’s nothing there. The material world is gone, because all it consists of is atoms responding to atoms. It’s a sort of relative radioactivity, cosmic relativity. But God made nothing to decay, to degenerate, to die. Spirit is Itself, and Spirit is One continuous Substance. The atoms are not only separated from each other, but separated within themselves. They’re mostly empty space.
In other words, we have electrical energy, and our reaction to electrical energy creates the appearance called matter. And when we overcome the belief in this invisible electrical energy, which appears visibly as matter, we discover that neither the matter is there,—which is our concept—nor the electrical energy is there either. It, too, is a concept of the cosmic mind; and the entire foundation of the world is that mist or thought, invisibly an atom which is empty space, nothing but a cosmic mental image, and the multiplicity of these nothings and their reaction within each other creates our radioactive universe.
When something gets out of whack, then, we really start to worry about real problems in radioactivity. Otherwise normal radioactivity passes for this world; and the myth of it, the veil of it was pierced when the Master said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” Well, they didn’t want to learn anything about atoms. They didn’t want to learn anything about the myth of matter or mortality. They wanted more bread, and so they followed him, and he said, “No, you didn’t want to learn anything. You just want more bread. That’s not my function. My function is to reveal the Kingdom of Truth, of Heaven on earth, of Reality, of the one continuous Substance in perfect law, ever maintaining Its own perfection as the only existence here.”
The conflict between the atoms of your vision, the atoms of your hearing, the atoms of your sense organs, and the atoms around you becomes an inner conflict that becomes an outer conflict; and every conflict in our outer world is a result of with this inner conflict. And we are not made of atoms. We are not cosmic thought. That’s the appearance world of us. That’s the form world of us. That’s the material appearance of us, but it isn’t our Self.
And until you step out of the concept of the world, which is that we are made of atoms, until you consciously step out of the scientific belief that this is an atomic universe, you are standing in the midst of cosmic radioactivity, and it is moving you. It takes you from birth through death, and then it brings you back again and repeats the process. It moves you through land and space and air in a false identity, in an up and down, good and evil world, which is not the invisible present Kingdom of perfection.
And only in your Identity, as you stand and face the invisible atomic world, knowing it to be a nothingness, a very clever counterfeit of your Reality and the Reality of the Kingdom, only then are you aware of the hypnosis, and that awareness of the hypnosis breaks the hypnosis. Then you’re not trying to get more loaves and fishes. You don’t follow the man for the loaves and fishes. You follow the indwelling Spirit, which is the cause and Source of all; and It is not under the law of radioactivity, of atomic relativity, of material forms, of material laws of gravity, of storm, of flood, of fire.
All this is exposed as the veil of atomic illusion by that I which can never leave us; and that I, appearing as Jesus Christ, is revealing its power in a preview of your Consciousness, which must be your Consciousness at the moment that all of the material universe is dissolved. There will be such a moment. In a dissolution of the material universe, where you will be standing in the midst of a turbulent sea, there will be gnashing of teeth, there will be frantic effort, there will be material effort with material powers to overcome apparent material powers.
And in the midst of that, we shall stand upon the still water of Identity without oars, without physical effort, without material belief in the knowledge that God is not in the atom, God is not in the windstorm, God is not in the flood, God is not in the fire. God is in no material thing, and yet only God is present, and that is my Being, and It is the invisible Being where all of the frantic effort of the world is taking place. This is a preview of the end of the world and the Consciousness that will stand in the midst of it.
That is why he couldn’t permit them to settle for just another repeat of the miracle. He was building the Consciousness of Christ on earth, the Consciousness of the invisible, perfect Universe; and these were but signs that such an invisible Universe could be brought forth in the midst of turbulence, when no human hand could do it. And instead of recognizing that he was revealing what is ever-present, they said, “You’re doing wonderful miracles,” and he kept saying, “No, no. no. I’m not doing miracles. I’m showing you Reality is here for anyone who can accept it.”
Seek ye not those things that perish. The material world and its possessions perish. Know who You are. Extend your knowledge of who You are to your Neighbor. Hold that Identity as the infinite Reality of all that is, and you are sowing to that which does not perish. You are in that non-conflict, which is the acceptance of the One; and though the world won’t see it, this externalizes in spiritual manifestation as your Being walking on the water. It experiences Itself as Oneness within and Oneness without, so that form and water are One, One harmonious activity, the same way you will walk in the sky as One harmonious activity, the same way you will walk under the ocean in One harmonious activity. It will be an interactive Consciousness expressing without obstruction. The dominion is in Identity.
Never do we try for the external event. That’s what perishes. We don’t go out on the water to walk on physical water. We don’t go out to improve or correct or heal. We walk on the inner surface of the water, in the invisible Spirit, in Identity accepted with no opposite, so that in your Consciousness, you are in the Kingdom of perfection now, regardless of what you see. Your Kingdom is perfection, infinite. Your attention is turned away from the five-sense world to the invisible Kingdom of perfection.
You’re laboring for that which does not perish; and therefore you are in Oneness with It, and that Oneness with It is the power, because now there’s no division within; and therefore, when you are seen visibly walking on the water without, there’s no division there. Yes, only One was able to show that: no division within, no separation within, always One, invisible, perfect Self everywhere. And so it’s really the same miracle repeated all over, whether it’s loaves and fishes or walking on the water or healing the cripple: One, invisible, perfect Self made visible through that knowledge.
There are four elements: water, earth, air, and fire. There used to be a belief that we have four bodies, one for each element. We have a body of water, and that symbolized the emotional state, the body of emotions. Always water symbolized the earthly body, and then the earth symbolized the physical body. There was the body of emotions, the body of physicality; and the air symbolized the body of mentality, and finally, the fire symbolized the body of Spirit.
So, you had these four bodies, and your center of focus would come from one to the other, and it would all be spasmodic. You wouldn’t linger in one, and some would overlap, and so you’d find that you were through your water body living in the element of water, through your physical body living in the element of earth, through your air body living in the element of mind, and through your spiritual body living in the element of spirit or fire, and you would be moving from each body. Each body could only interpret its world. Each one was limited to its own world.
And then two were unified in Genesis, so that the water and the earth were unified as the lower firmament, and the air and the fire unified as the upper firmament; and then it became water and fire, water standing for water and earth, and fire for air and fire. And so always, we had two births, the birth in the water, which meant through those two bodies, and then in the fire, which meant the air and the spirit. And so often you read in the Bible about the fire on the water: “There shall be no more sea. There shall be fire on the water.”
And because two births were necessary, there had to be two baptisms. That was the reason for them, the baptism first in the water, and then through the dove’s spirit, which was the birth through fire. And we should be past the point now of the first birth, coming out of it into the birth of the fire, where we are self-sustaining spiritual Entity and where all of the so-called four bodies are One, where you overcome the limitations of having a body which only knows the world of water, another which only knows the world of earth, another which knows the world of air, and one which knows the world of fire.
The integration into One appears as the man walking on the water. It is the symbol of the new age in which all separation within is resolved into the Oneness of Spirit. Everything is absorbed into the One, and that One is the spiritual reborn Christ Self in which all else is gone. Nothing else remains, and that is how the dominion comes over land, sea, and air. The fourth, the Spirit, the fire, takes dominion over the other three, and we’re in the upper firmament, the Living Waters.
Now, toward the end of this eighth chapter, I think it’s the eighth or the sixth of John, we find that he reveals what he has been doing. He’s been showing them where the fields are white for harvest. Right here, where you had seen no food, there was food all the time. Right here, where you had seen a turbulent sea, there was calm and peace. What had externalized was the human conflict. The conflict within each man’s mind externalizes as the outer conflict, sometimes on a limited, human, personal scale, sometimes on a complete community scale. But right there, the fields are white to harvest. The Kingdom was present.
Always where you are, regardless of what you’re experiencing, the fields are white to harvest. The Kingdom is right where you are in your Identity as Spirit. And he says it another way over here. I shouldn’t try to do this without having a note on it. When he says to them My Kingdom is not from hence, he is telling us that his Kingdom is present and that his Kingdom is spiritual Identity. Now, this is the place where everybody left him, except his disciples, because they just couldn’t swallow the idea that there’s only a spiritual Universe; and if they hadn’t left him, we might not be sitting here today. But they left him, and then the church formed and left him. It has not accepted a spiritual Universe. The church is part of those who said, “It’s too hard a teaching for us, too.”
And that’s why today we have veterans returning, wondering whatever they accomplished when they went out to shoot or be shot. They were going through the futility of living for the meat that perisheth. If they won, they’d gain nothing, and if they lost, they’d gain nothing, but you don’t have to go to war to discover that by winning you gain nothing. Living mortally is the same. What do you gain, living as flesh and blood, if the flesh profiteth nothing?
All you gain is a sort of a temporary parole in which you can persuade yourself that you’re doing good things for people, that you’re serving, that you’re living a normal, sensible life; and you’re playing right into the world mind, which one day puts us all on that sea, because we were fooled into laboring for that which is not forever. And we did it because we identified as a person and identified the world around us as made of people. We identified matter; and we read books in science that told us about electrons and protons, and we said, “Isn’t it marvelous that they’re getting inside the atom?”
And here before it all happened, Spirit proved to us that there’s no inside to get into. There’s no atom. Anything that perishes, anything that changes, anything that deteriorates, anything that decays and degenerates, anything that can exhibit any form of imperfection exists only as the reaction of one group of atoms to another, having no relationship to Reality. It is not of our Kingdom.
Now, if tomorrow were that moment when all matter dissolves, it would be very important today to be in the Consciousness of Truth. And because this is the kind of Consciousness you don’t build in a day, we are given sufficient time to establish it, sufficient information to make us contemplative beholders of this massive hypnosis called matter, to take the hard teaching, and not to say, “I understand it,” not to say, “I agree,” but to consciously pierce the veil every day until your agreement deepens into that conviction which says, “I have the key to the non-reality of matter, and I can prove it at will. I can step out of material belief and watch harmony take place before my eyes. I can step out of material belief and watch invisible harmony, from far off, move into the visible area with the speed of light.”
But I am not standing in two places. I’m not saying I believe it, but I’m waiting to find out if it’s really true, because that mind that’s waiting to find out if it’s really true is not living in the spiritual Universe. It is the barrier. It’s still living on the other side of the fence in the veil, and it is standing between the very activity of Spirit that we wish to behold, and therefore, must be eliminated. We must catch the mind in all of its little traps.
Every remnant of anxiety, concern, worry, doubt, fear is the trap. Every moment of unbelief is a trap; and every time you’re caught in this world of reaching out to protect physical things, without recognizing first the spiritual nature of all that is around you in this Universe, you will find you’re struggling on the sea with an oar, and the wind is really blowing, when the easy way, the only way is Grace manifest through the Consciousness, which is not a material you, not a material brain, not a material body, not a material, mortal person going about your daily life, but that invisible, living Spirit.
Now, if some of you have brought in your little charts or notes on Identity, I figure you can put your name on them and put them up here and let me look at them and return them to you next week. That’ll be wonderful, if you’d care to do that. I’ll put some comments on them. And what we’re going to do, you see, is take all of these and sort of make a collage of them and come up with the best ones; and you’ll find that you’ll end up with not one little formula called Identity that way, but you’ll have one to overcome one barrier, and you’ll have another one to overcome another barrier. You’ll find, at various levels and various barriers, a certain one about Identity will do better than another one; and you’ll find that Identity, being infinite, there are many, many wonderful things you must know about it.
“I can never leave you.” Divinity is your Substance. Every moment I am with You. Never, never are we separated. Time cannot separate us. Invisibly, I accompany you wherever you are. This day I am with You. You are my Son.” Now, that’s just one. Just think of the millions that are possible, and as you keep working with this, you’ll find you have a complete Bible. Identity is your Bible. Identity is every textbook that will ever be written, and Identity is the key that turns the lock and lets out the illusion of matter and lets the Truth seep into consciousness.
Every moment you spend working with that Identity, either in the manner I suggested or in any manner you deem suitable, you will find it sticks. It sticks, and there will be a time where you won’t be saying, “Well matter isn’t there.” Identity within you will proclaim it. Identity within you will go before you. Identity will prevent material disturbances from entering your household. You’ll discover the magic of it as it becomes living Consciousness. It has never seen a storm at sea. The Identity, called Jesus Christ, saw no storm at sea. “It is I. Be not afraid.” There was no storm to remove, you see. There was only false identity, and out of false identity can only come a false appearance, but true Identity re-establishes the Reality of harmony.
I’d like to keep those for a week, if I may, whatever you put up here; and then I’d like you all to accept this book as a token of our appreciation to you. Everyone who’s here has a book here, and thanks very much.
Good afternoon. Before I forget it today, before you leave, pick up your gift copy of Mystical I at the desk here.
We have an interesting subject today. Although it’s about a man walking on water, it has a great deal of meaning to us, now that we have come to the place of Identity where we are ready to stand on Identity looking out at the world, regardless of what it presents and knowing that Identity is invincible, without opposite, without a need to protect Itself, ever-present, ever functioning, ever perfect, needing no help, whatsoever, to defend Itself, to improve Itself, to correct Itself, for it is All that is here.
Once we have, to a degree, made this our starting point, walking on the water becomes a very significant event. Religiously, we only say, “He walked upon the water,” and there it stops. It does no good for mankind whatsoever. Scientifically, we say, “He didn’t walk upon the water,” because it’s impossible.” And so either way, whether you happen to be religious and say he did or scientific and say he did not, you’re stuck with an event that has no significance in your life and it would be ridiculous to assume that the Way-shower would be functioning in such an abnormal event without a purpose.
Now, it is then insufficient for us to believe he did or didn’t, but rather to know why that took place. We’re given several clues, and even the Gospel of Mathew misses the major clue. While it reports the event, it does not report something significant which John caught, and so we have to compare the same event in two Gospels. We find in Mathew, it goes this way:
“And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples
to get into a ship,
and to go before him unto the other side,
while he sent the multitudes away.”
They had all just been fed, five thousand of them, with invisible loaves and fishes.
“And when he had sent the multitudes away,
he went up into a mountain apart to pray:
and when the evening was come,
he was there alone.”
Now, the significant thing here is that after this seemingly supernatural event, why did he go into a mountain to pray? You know that prayer is the activity of Consciousness in Oneness with God, and you know that in order for loaves and fishes to appear to feed the multitudes, he had to be in that kind of prayer. And therefore, having been in prayer, having produced through prayer the visible requirement of the moment, why would he now retire to a mountain to pray? Now, this is not given in Mathew. In a moment you see the ship is in the midst of the sea, tossed with the waves; and so he skips right from Jesus going to the mountain to pray to a ship tossed on a sea. And to even a very studious reader, there’s no indication here of why, after the Master feeds the multitudes with loaves and fishes, he should retire to a mountain to pray.
But we’re given this instantly in John; and because it is so different, I would like to do the John version of it. Now, in John, after they had gathered their baskets and eaten:
“Then those men,
when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said,
This is of a truth that prophet
that should come into the world.”
Now, this is where John differs from Mathew:
“When Jesus therefore perceived
that they would come and take him by force,
to make him a king,
he departed again into a mountain himself alone.”
Now, the significance there is that he had perceived that they were personalizing him. They were seeing Jesus, a man, a Messiah, one who could feed multitudes. This was the man who would free the Jews, and this was dangerous because this was not his mission. His mission was to present the universal Christ as the Substance, the Identity, the law, the activity of every person on the earth. Here, a segment of the world, seeing his miracles, was ready to crown him king, a person, a man with supernatural powers; and so he had a problem.
What was he going to do about it? How could he make known to them the Truth that he was not a man, that he was the Light, that the Light of his Being was the Light of their Being, that they were One and the same, and that all that he did they could do? So he went to a mountain to pray. Just as you and I, confronted with an insurmountable obstacle, will sit in the Silence, standing still, waiting for that inner Self to emerge and take dominion, he had reached the point where doing miracles was not enough.
He had to reveal to them the Source of every miracle, that the Source was the Infinite Self, which was the Self of All, that he was not one selected alone, that the messiah in-dwelt every individual; and he needed guidance. And it was in this moment, while he, in deep Silence waiting for the Voice, was confronted by another situation; and yet, this very situation was the answer to the guidance he sought. The ship on the sea was in trouble, and it was miles away. There was no time now to catch another ship. There was no time now to be that man which the world saw as Jesus. He had to be miles away now for his disciples who were on the ocean. They were on that lake out there, and it was an ocean to them.
They were fishermen. They were skilled in all the maneuvers on the lake. They made their livelihood there. And here, in spite of it, they were in trouble. They were rowing frantically, and the turbulence was upon them, and they needed help. And this was the answer to that which he was meditating upon. What shall he do to show the Source is not the man, but the Spirit which is the Substance of all men? And now, he had to be somewhere else now. He had to be Spirit in action, and so, they saw him walking upon the water; and they were surprised, undecided, frightened. Surely, this was a myth, some kind of a hallucination. They didn’t recognize him in the slightest. Even when he got on board, they didn’t recognize him. It doesn’t even say here that he got his feet wet. They saw this apparition walking on the water, and religion says it really happened. Period. It happened.
Now, you try to go out and cash that at the bank. You try to use that to make yourself feel better. You try to do something with the fact that it really happened, see if that will keep an atom bomb away from our country or away from this world—unless we see what happened when they saw that apparition walking on the water.
And so, we’re staying with John on this instead of Mathew, because John gives us the reason that the event took place. It was a response to an inner need for guidance to show the world that Jesus was not a miracle maker, but that the Spirit of God had answered every need before the need arose; and always where there was One in Consciousness, receptive, yielding, humble, trusting, confident, One who had stepped out of mortal identity, the answer would flow, not just as a casual suggestion, but as an activity in Consciousness. And here that activity manifested as the disciples frantically rowing on a turbulent sea, needing help; and there was no man who could give them help for such a situation, only Spirit Itself.
“The disciples had entered the ship, went over the ship toward Capernum now dark and Jesus was not come to them.”
There’s a symbol in “dark.” Day is always the spiritual journey, and night is always the material journey. For them, it was night. We know it was the fourth watch. We know that there are four watches beginning at six pm, three hours a piece. And so, this was between three and six am. Actually, it was before sunrise, and that again has a symbolism. Just as the sun falls in the west, which is death, and rises again in the east, which is Resurrection, so, they were in the darkness just before dawn; and now we’re preparing for a Resurrection, for a sun coming up, for light to take them out of darkness.
The sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew. So when they had rode about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, drawing nigh into the ship; and they were afraid, but he saith unto them, “It is I. Be not afraid.” Then they willingly received him into the ship and immediately, immediately, the ship was on the land whither they went. The instant he stepped on the ship, it was no longer in the sea. It was on the shore. So, we have some fantastic things happening there in response to the inner prayer to shatter all material concepts.
Now, there are many levels to walking on the water, and if we can take an in-depth study, I believe we can come up with much that will be of advantage to us in the days of Revelation that lie ahead of all of us. For one, I think you may find that this event, coupled with all other events, in the complete demonstration by Jesus Christ, is a preview of your new Consciousness. In your Consciousness of Truth, right this instant—not tomorrow, but this instant—the fact is revealed that your spiritual Self is now walking on the water. You might catch up with your Self eventually to realize that, but it is a fact now. The Christ of each of us is walking on water, which means it has overcome the first birth.
If you go back to John the Baptist, you will see that he is a symbol of the first birth. “. . . I, he said, “must decrease.” “And he follows me whose shoe latchet I am not worthy to unloose, he must increase.” The second birth. The material man, the spiritual man.
And then John, the symbol of the first birth, is also the symbol of water, so he baptizes with water. He even baptizes Jesus with water, but it isn’t long before there’s an inner baptism of the Spirit. And then we see the meaning of baptism with water and baptism with fire. The second baptism, the baptism with fire, is the baptism of light upon the water; and we see many, many other symbols. We see water as a symbol of mortality, water as the symbol of the human birth. Each of us comes into this mortal sphere the same way. Actually, we come out of a water bag, and this is the baptism of the water; and now we must be reborn of the water and the Spirit.
Now, the early Christians were in their first birth, and so they were called little fish; and these little fish were in the water, but they were really trapped in the water. They had to learn to come out of the water; and now we find this spectacle of the man, called Jesus Christ, walking on the water, which means he had risen from the first birth of water. He was no longer trapped within the water, but he was now standing on the water. He’d come out of the little fish stage. He’d come into the rebirth, the resurrected Self to whom water is no longer an obstruction, an obstacle, something that can drown you, but rather a harmonious expression of the One Self.
And so, the symbolism of the water and standing on the water, walking on the water is mortality being dissolved into immortality. It is the symbol of the new age of rebirth. All who’ve come into the conscious awareness of the indwelling Christ are walking upon the water, dissolving mortality into the illuminated Consciousness of immortality. And this is the now fact: Never is there a physical form that walks upon the water. You will not physically walk upon the water. Jesus did not physically walk upon the water. No one anywhere at any time in the human form will walk upon the water on this earth.
Now, let’s take him for what he said. I am the Light. You’ve seen light shine upon the water. Does it drown? Does it go under? It’s right there on top. I am the Light. I am the water. I am the wine. Always, the knowledge that light is the Substance of his Being, and light is the Substance of all that we call matter and there’s light upon Light—not form of man upon physical water.
Consciousness, One’d with Itself, externalizes. Always, that which is in Consciousness is made visible. You’re not seeing a physical form walk upon physical water. You’re seeing the infinite Consciousness made visible as one harmonious activity of two different kinds of form. You’re seeing a third dimensional form, called ocean or lake or water, and a fourth dimensional form, called spiritual body. The fourth dimensional body of the Soul, made of Light, appearing where there is a three dimensional concept, called water, and they appear to be in contact, but it is the Consciousness of One being made visibly manifest, the Consciousness of the Christ.
Peter wants to do that, just as anyone would want to do that; and the mistake, of course, is that this is an external event, that there is someone doing it. And no one is doing it in the outer. The activity is all taking place within the Consciousness; and unless there is an inner activity, it cannot be made visible as form walking on water. Peter, not knowing this—thinking you can just go and do it—wants to do it, but he hasn’t had the inner activity. Peter is still a man. Jesus is the Spirit. Peter is still the mortal being. Jesus is the immortal Self. Now, for you and for me, the message of walking on the water contains within itself all that we have to know about ourselves, our Identity, what we’re doing here and why and how we are to do it.
Now, let us see, without flinching from fact, that if water is what science tells us it is, and if the physical form of Jesus was what science tells us it was, that there could have been no walking on the water. And therefore, if it happened as it is reported here, then it broke all of the material laws of science. And naturally, science would be outraged because it cannot acknowledge this as a fact because it cannot explain how he could shatter every material law. What is science going to do now? Once it acknowledges this as a fact, it cannot explain its material laws anymore. The law of gravity was broken. You didn’t pick up the morning paper and see that somebody walked on water. You don’t expect to. Science doesn’t expect to, but here somebody did and there’s no explanation scientifically. There’s no explanation religiously, except God did something supernatural.
But there is a scientific explanation, and it is shattering—but not to those who dwell in Identity. If we take science’s word that man is formed of the atom and the water is formed of the atom, then scientifically what you have is atoms walking upon atoms. But we know that there are atoms that would fall through that lake and drown. We know that when Peter tried it, he almost drowned, except that Jesus reached out to grab him. We know that the boat they were in, which is human safety or the symbol of it, was not safety for them at all.
We know that everything there is, is a symbol. These are all props to teach us something. There’s water, and there’s a ship which is a symbol of safety, and there’s a shore that they’re rowing toward; and yet, all of these things, the oars, the symbol of safety called a boat are helpless in the face of material law called wind and raising water. And yet, something comes along with no props to help it and saves them. We are being shown that the external struggle, the external belief in the power of matter to help us is a sham. There is no external help, and the help comes not from something external. It comes from the inner Consciousness of One who is sitting on a mountaintop, miles away. That’s where the help comes from, not from the boat or the oars.
And then suddenly there’s no wind. And suddenly there are still waters and gradually we begin to conceive within ourselves what really happened. What we’re learning is that the complete outer picture was first a series of mental images in the minds of the disciples who were rowing upon the lake, not hallucinations, not visions—fact as we see it today, but revealed by the Master as a cosmic hallucination, not just that storm on that day in that sea, but every storm on every day in every sea is revealed as, as much a cosmic hallucination as that one; and the same power that sent a form called Christ moving across the water, then, is here to do the same for every storm at sea today.
“If you believe on me, the works that I do, ye shall do.”
And this is the challenge, that there is a Christ form to move out and walk across every sea and every ocean into every part of the Universe where there is a storm, where there is a turbulence, where there is a wind, where there is a whirlwind, where there are men frightened by the elements. Where there is a witness of the omnipresent Spirit as the only living Presence,— and there was One who had just fed the multitudes,—and that One, without any visible support, defied the laws of space, of time and of matter, and of motion, defied everything that science has drawn around us as a fact, and without a word of explanation, demonstrated that time is not what we think, space is not what we think, matter is not what we think, material form is not what we think, and material condition is not what we think.
In fact, none of them have any power in the Presence of that Spirit, which walked out upon the sea, climbed up upon the ship, and instantly took it to the shore. What had happened to change the complete picture? The law of externalization. The unilluminated consciousness out-pictured one scene, which we have learned to call cosmic television, and the illuminated Consciousness out-pictured another scene, which we have called infinite Mind television.
That is what happened. Two different scenes: But I, if I be lifted up, take you out of the cosmic mind scene into the infinite Mind Reality of perfection. And so, demonstrated there that day on that sea was that matter is a mental image, whether it’s a calm sea or a turbulent one, that a ship is a mental image, that the conditions of a ship on a wind-swept sea are all one mental image, that all material form is a mental image, including the person.
And the hard teaching was that man is Spirit. And just as man is Spirit and not physical form, the ocean is Spirit and not hydrogen and oxygen, and wood is Spirit, not wood. But Science says it’s all made of atoms, and there was one picture of atoms changed by the Master to another picture. And so, if we accept the atomic structure of things, how could he change it? You see this, too, blasts the atomic theory, and science is left completely without any theory at all, just dumbfounded. There’s nothing it can say except, “Show us how to do it,” or “It never happened.”
Now, while science says, “It never happened,” and religion, not knowing why or how it happened, we are left without a God. We are left without spiritual power. We are left at the mercy of a cosmic mind, and consequently, in a state of cosmic hypnotism. We are left in a situation where a boy comes home from war, and whereas before he went to war, he was as his father called him, perfect. In today’s paper, the comedian Jerry Lewis: He doesn’t think war is very funny. He had a boy who was a perfect boy, a rock band leader. Everything about the boy was just the way a father wanted him to be. One thing got in the way. He was drafted. When he came back, instead of this vivacious, alert, eager, enthusiastic boy, there was someone who not only couldn’t adjust, but didn’t care. His father would say to him, “You’ve got to put your head back on your shoulders” and he’d say, “Well, why?” He’d seen something. He had seen a futility, a helplessness, a purposelessness called war in which nobody wins. This is cosmic mind.
You take away the incident of walking on water, and you’re stuck with that cosmic mind which out pictures war. You take away the incident of walking on water, and you’re stuck with this world. What’s the answer to it? Well, this comedian, Jerry Lewis has an answer to it. It’s running away. He says they won’t get another one of my sons. He says, “I’ve got one now who’s fifteen and a half. If this war is still on in two and a half years, there’s going to be a beacon’s truck pull up in front of my house, and we’re all getting in it, and we’re going straight out to the water and won’t stop.”
Now, you see, there’s a better Way. We can all get into a beacon’s truck. We only do that when we do not understand Identity. The Spirit of you walked upon the water that day. The Spirit of Jesus and the Spirit of You and the Spirit of Me are One and the same, and the Spirit said, “Be not afraid. It is I. I, the Spirit and where I am, there is no storm. You’re looking at an illusion. What were you worried about? Where was your faith in the Identity of your Being?”
The Spirit said to them, “Am I not the only power? Have I not been telling you that I in the midst of You Am mighty? Have I not been telling you that I Am the activity of God in You, and that I am not material? I am pure Light. I am the Substance of infinity. I can never leave You. Right here, out on the sea, I Am; and that sea that you’re looking at, It is I. Be not afraid. It is I. All that is here is I. I Am the sea I Am the water. I Am the ship. I Am the individuality of each One of you frantically rowing away. I Am the only. I Am the One. I Am the omnipresent Spirit and beside Me, there is no other. Of course, I walk upon the water. I always walk upon the water. I’m not walking on the water any different than I walked upon the land. It’s just that when I walked upon the land that you did not notice that I wasn’t walking like others.”
If he hadn’t walked upon water, they would not have known that he was walking the same way on the land. There is no obstacle or obstruction to I, the Spirit. I, the Spirit lives in an unobstructed Universe. I, the Spirit, walk through steel. I, the Spirit, walk through walls of concrete. Why? Because Light is like the x-ray. Doesn’t the x-ray show certain things that you cannot see with human eyes? The x-ray, itself, is but a counterfeit imitation of I, the Life, the Spirit, the Essence. And so, one standing in Identity overcomes a whole sea, a sea of illusion. Is it any different than a common cold or a backache? I walk upon the water, walk where every germ seems to be, where every ache seems to be, where every bit of suffering seems to be. It is only I. Be not afraid.
And they followed him after this. They still didn’t know, and they thought he was now surely going to free the Hebrew nation. So he had to make it still clearer, although he knew nothing would except disappearing from the tomb. He had to make it clear what he was teaching: that matter does not exist. It does not exist. There was no sea there. There was no ship there. There was only the invisible God there, only the Spirit. Where each of us stand is the Spirit. And if it’s a room instead of an ocean, nothing has changed. No appearance changes the fact of Reality.
Your chapter in Contemplative Life was “Contemplation Develops the Beholder,” and contemplation, it turns out to be, is not pondering. It’s not sitting there in deep thought. Contemplation is that capacity to behold all appearances, lakes, mountains, storms, tranquility, and, as Joel puts it, to watch them all as you would a sunrise or as you would a painting. You don’t get out your brush. You watch it. You don’t go out there and push the sun up and down. You watch it. You behold. And then in contemplation, you not only behold, but you develop the capacity to let God within, I, the Spirit, interpret My Universe to You.
As you dwell in the Silence of contemplation, beholding as you would behold a sunrise, only in that stillness of beholding are you opening the mind to let Truth emerge, interpreting Itself, free and independent of the five-sense interpretation. The five-sense kingdom of this world showed a raging sea, but the beholder, standing in the contemplation of that raging sea, letting the invisible Self interpret Itself, discovers that the sea ceases to rage, the wind ceases to storm, and even time stands still and space diminishes into nothingness; and they stand now on the shore, because in God there is no space and no time and no whirlwind, no raging sea.
If you believe on me, the works I do, ye shall do, which means that this was not an event for one, but that the Consciousness, that could behold the raging sea and the whirlwind, which can step out of time and space, is part of the property of all who were joint-heirs in Christ. You and I, as we develop the capacity to withhold judgment, not saying this is bad and this is good, but just to behold and let the inner Spirit interpret to us, discover the law of Grace is functioning.
Often, someone says, “Why shouldn’t I call something good?” Because the moment you designate it as good, you only do so because it’s better in your eye than something which you didn’t designate good; and therefore, you have fallen into the trap of something that is good and something that, by your unwillingness to designate it as good, means that you think it is bad; and so, you’ve got a duality, a double consciousness. You’ve got the belief that there’s a good and a bad.
When you magnify that, you’ll find it’s the difference between a sea that is calm and a sea that is turbulent. Always, the outer expresses the inner. Matter is not there. Matter is a mental image, therefore what’s in your mind becomes more important than what’s out there. And as the world tries to conquer matter, what is it conquering? A mental image. And so, we’re told, “Withhold your judgment. Don’t conquer the world. Don’t conquer matter. Don’t seek a victory over the things of the world. If you must seek a victory, realize that the outer world is nothing but the expression of mind; and therefore, let’s get back to mind.”
And then, if you want to go further still, the mind that out-pictures evil isn’t the mind of God. Why try to conquer it? Don’t conquer matter, and don’t conquer mind. Conquer nothing. Be still. To know that mind and matter are not of God is your victory. To look at that which mind and matter conspire to produce and to know it isn’t there, this is the beholding. This is the Contemplative Life. To look at all material things, conditions, objects, persons—with no judgment that it is good or bad—this is the contemplative way. It’s a self-denial, and many people aren’t happy unless they can spend their hours telling you about someone else who has done a foolish thing or someone else who is stupid or someone else who is wicked. Always the discussion takes the turn of the third party, who isn’t there.
Now, we all know that third party who isn’t there is either foolish or stupid or a cheat, and this becomes the way of conversation among mortal beings. Never realizing that we are judging ourselves. We are falling into the trap of a consciousness which is dual; All mental concept, whether it’s good or bad, is a trap. When you say, “Margie is good,” you’re saying someone else isn’t. Always the subtle implication that this one is better than that one is falling into the trap of materiality; and the hard teaching, the teaching that enables you to walk upon the water of Spirit, is that materiality does not exist. It can neither be good nor bad. And every time you violate it, you’ll find that the teaching of walking upon the water has eluded you.
Now, then contemplation, the withdrawal of judgment, the awareness that only Spirit is present would seem to leave you with nowhere to go. You remove all of the material world, and there’s nothing left. Seems like a stalemate, a blind corner, and where do you go from there? Unfortunately, you’ll never know until you get to that point. Those are the terms, and that’s why it’s a hard teaching. The price you pay is complete annihilation of the belief in matter, and then you don’t seek matter. You don’t strive to win or earn matter. You don’t struggle to possess matter or to hold matter. You don’t love matter. You don’t hate matter. You don’t fear matter.
You’re making your transition to where you are coming out of the birth in water as mortal being, out of the fish trapped in the tomb of a natural birth in matter; and now, you’re leaping above the water, above the material world, above mortality, above every concept of the past, above every concept of the world, into My Kingdom, which is not of this world but is here. And when you are willing to walk upon the water, which means to erase the concept of matter in your consciousness, then you are coming into your transitional experience in which the keys to the Kingdom are given to you, and that which has been invisible is opened up.
There were two steps in the work of Jesus. The first was always to bring harmony. He didn’t take them into the invisible, spiritual Universe. He brought material harmony first. In other words, he first obeyed the law of normalcy in this world. He took it out of the abnormal situation into the normal rhythm of goodness. And having brought harmony, he then was able to take it from sense to Soul. Now, all of us have sought the harmony without taking the next step from sense to Soul, and you know how many people drop out of this work when the harmony comes. But it always becomes discord later, again, because they have not been willing to erase the fullness of the belief in matter. They’ve been willing to postpone their belief in matter, just for a moment, to lose the problem; but they don’t walk upon the water.
Now, as you behold all material worlds, all material objects, all material things in your non-reactive acceptance that the invisible Spirit alone is present as my Identity, the Identity of the water, of all who are here in this quiet contemplation, you have opened the way for Truth, and the Truth is what quickens you. It quickens you out of death,—Matter and death are one and the same,—out of mortality. And that quickening breaks the law of the atom, the law of karma. That quickening puts science right back in a cage. That quickening breaks every physical law because that quickening is what changes the images.
He leadeth us to still waters. Cease ye from man whose breath is in his nostrils. Recognize the spiritual Identity. Every disciple had forgotten that I and the Father are one, and I can never leave you. The Spirit quickeneth, and for that reason Paul could say, “In spite of all the infirmities that beseech me, I am not moved by them.” He was a contemplative. Now you know that Jesus didn’t behold this scene in one instant and become a contemplative. This is part of the discipline.
We are those disciples rowing on the turbulent sea. Each of us has his own turbulent sea. Each of us is struggling frantically to overcome it, and it isn’t there. The hypnosis is that it is there, that we are in a form and that the material world to us is a turbulent sea and each day we’re struggling to overcome part of it, to build a little place where we can call our sanctuary our peace table, to put up a little nest egg, to maintain our health. If you walk upon the water of Spirit, you’ll stop all of that.
Identity tells you, you are Spirit and only Spirit. Are you trying to maintain the health of Spirit or isn’t trying to maintain your health a denial of spiritual Identity? You’re putting up a nest egg. Is Spirit requiring a nest egg? No, that’s the human mind doing it, isn’t it? Start to think about all of the things you’re doing mentally, physically to deny your spiritual Identity, and see what is stopping you from walking upon the water of Spirit, how in one grand recognition of the spiritual nature of the Universe, we know that all matter comes under subjection; for there, walking in defiance of gravity, on water that can never hold a solid man in a wind storm, on a rising sea, all is suddenly peaceful and calm. All of the material world on one lake is brought under the dominion of one invisible recognition of spiritual Identity as the only.
Every heartbeat, every backache, every pain, every lack, every limitation is taken care of in that one second of spiritual Identity as mine and yours, as a universal fact. Nothing left to do. The hypnosis is broken, and we discover that atoms, which allegedly are the substance of matter which can be fashioned into a bomb, atoms are not there. Atoms are images in the mind, just as matter, itself, is an image in the mind. We never drop a bomb. We drop images. Those same atoms, which in matter cause what we call decay, degeneration, they’re not present in the presence of I, the Spirit.
All of the power of matter is built upon the existence of matter; and here the Spirit proves the non-existence of matter, and thereby the non-power of the matter which has no existence. Matter is built upon the atom, and the Spirit proves that there are no atoms. The power of matter, matter built upon the atom, all are nothingness in the illuminated Consciousness of the Christ. There is no atomic world, no material world, no material power in the world. There is only My Spirit, and that covers every ache and pain and lack and limitation in the world.
And then, when religion said it happened, but has no meaning for it, and science says it didn’t happen, we are deprived of one of the greatest demonstrations of enlightenment, which explains the passage in Genesis, that man was given dominion. Spiritual man was given dominion, and your dominion lies, then, over land and over sea and over air, because there is no land, and there is no sea, and there is no air; and your dominion over them is because they are non-existent. Only I, the invisible Spirit, exists, and that is the difficulty of that teaching.
Walking on water, they proved the non-existence of the water, of the material world, and of the conditions in the material world; and we, who are trying to live in Identity, discover that this is true. Whenever there is an inner awakening, when the Identity speaks, when in the stillness the Voice utters Itself, the sea of the world is melted, the earth is melted, the problem is melted. There is something that bubbles up and bursts within, and in that quickening, in My peace, we are literally walking on the water.
You don’t see Christ walking on the water, but the Infinite is walking throughout Itself on the waters of Spirit, revealing the perfect Presence that is ever here. In Identity, you never waver between doubt and faith. You don’t pray and doubt at the same time. In Identity, perfection is the law of Being. Any imperfection is rejected because it denies Identity, and Identity never changes. Identity is always Identity. Spiritual Selfhood is always spiritual Selfhood, and everything that declares something is wrong is telling you, you’re not spiritual Selfhood. And so, you’re not trying to make anything better. You’re trying to recognize the hypnotism of what isn’t there, the hypnotism of the rising sea.
Now, it may seem difficult to the rest of the world to try to understand that a sea isn’t there, a boat isn’t there, or a person isn’t there. Only God is. Only Spirit is. Only Identity is. But ten thousand healings by Jesus and twenty thousand by Buddha and ten thousand by Joel and five or ten by you and me is enough to tell us.
Let’s look at some of the statements of Jesus from the standpoint of correct identification. Jesus, of course, represents to us an individual who has accepted Divine Life, and therefore is Christ-ed and becomes the Christ, having died to a personal sense of self, having died to a sense of a personal form, so that a Christ-ed Self no longer can be crucified. It isn’t in a physical form. It cannot be entombed because there’s no physical form to keep in a tomb. There is only the pure Divine Life of God.
Now, as the Way shower, then, who is showing us that we have to come to the acceptance of ourselves to be the Divine Life without corporeality, he walks through the earth appearing to us through our concept of that invisible Self as Jesus, a man. But he’s consistently telling us, “I’m not a man. I am Light. I am Life, and if you believe on Me, meaning if you will know that the Life that I am, which is doing these things, is the Life that is You, well then the Life that is You will do these things where You are.” And so, we’re looking now at One who has done what we are learning to do, even in a small measure, who is assuring us that we can learn to do what he has done.
And now, at the tomb of Lazarus, he says this to Martha, “I am the resurrection, and the life.” “I am . . . the life.” I’m not Jesus Christ, a man. I am the Life. I am the Life of the Father. I am Divine Life right here right now, but I’m not only the Divine Life in Jesus standing here, I am the Divine Life which is the One Divine Life. I must be the Divine Life, which is the Life of him whom you call your brother Lazarus down in that tomb. I am the Life of all because there is only One Life, and that is I. That Life can walk out of a tomb because there’s no tomb for that Life. In other words, that Life in You walks out of the tomb of death in You. That Life in You walks out of the tomb of a cripple, out of the tomb of a financial problem, out of every tomb. The Life that Jesus is showing—is here and is the Life of all—walks out of the tomb of every human problem, and there is no place where It does not walk. There’s no closed door to that Life.
It’s walking this earth now. It’s the only Life there is. I am the Life, and I am the Life that is the Life of You; and when you accept the Life that I am as the Life of You, You can have no other Life; and that Life will show You that It is what we have called the miracle worker. It is the Savior. It is the Messiah. It is the only Life. It has no end and no beginning in time or in space. In that Life, there is only the perfection of that Life, the harmony of that Life, and only the Life of that Life. It has no terminal point. And so the acceptance of this Life that Jesus is showing forth as your Life, you are doing what he called knowing God aright, because God is that Life, and to know that Life is to know Life eternal.
The moment you have re-established Identity as the Life which Jesus was witnessing at the tomb of Lazarus and in his complete three year mission, and which is the Life that he’s living this moment, that Life is your Life, and you have found the Life that never ends. And the more aware you become of that Life, the more It will reveal to You the multiplicity of Its benedictions. As your Consciousness opens to greater acceptance of this Life as your Life, It reveals more of its fullness.
Always, in this Bible, we have been given the knowledge that the Life of God revealing Itself as the Life of Jesus and as the Life of those who are called victims, who had come to Jesus for healing, that that Life is always perfect, no matter what concept the mortal mind may overshadow. And wherever there is an acceptance of the Life, even through One, that shadow is lifted and the eternal, timeless ever-present perfect Life, again, is revealed to be there functioning in all its perfection. It never has gone anywhere. It is never less. It will not be more. It will always be perfect Life at every point of Itself, and It is your Life. And then we’re told anything you shall ask in my name shall be given to you, and my name is your Life. Whenever you have accepted your name to be that Life, everything that you might ask for is already accomplished. All you need to do is sit down and watch what your acceptance will do.
Now, again and again and again, Jesus made the claim, “I am the Life.” He was showing you the miracle worker, and “Ye are the Life.” And so, the miracle worker is the Life of God, and that is your Kingdom. Your function is to be the king of the Kingdom by the acceptance of the Life as your Life; and your world is to be redeemed, all of it, by the recognition that you never had a world. You had a world of images. The only world there is, is the pure, perfect life Divine. It is the only One that is present. That is where we are and who we are. The Identity of each of us is that Universe of the Divine Life. Now, whom shall you fear? What circumstance shall you fear? Or what problem can you possibly anticipate, and still accept that the One Divine Life is all there is throughout what we call time and beyond, and throughout what we call space and beyond? That is all that will be here tomorrow. That is all that has ever been here.
Your acceptance of the One Divine Life, then, is the crucifixion of every yesterday that was not the Divine Life. It couldn’t have happened because only the Divine Life was happening and is happening. Every yesterday in mortality is just a lingering concept. The next birthday is a concept. Your calendar is a concept. Your wristwatch is a concept. There is only Divine Life, and in it there is no time. There is no space. There is no material progression. There is no aging. There is no recovery from pain. There is no heartbeat. There is only Divine Being.
Can you stand there in the knowledge that I am the Life and realize that Life in your Consciousness, so that it wells up inside you as a fact, not a statement? And that is the purpose of the meditations we are to do this week. I’d like you to each take this assignment: Take the word “Identity.” Just bring it down, vertical, “I” “d” “e” “n.” And with the I, make a word up; with the D, make a word up, like “I am” or “Infinity,” but something that’s true about your Identity, so that you might end up with something like “I am” as the I, and then D would be “Divine,” and then E would be “Everyone else is.” I don’t care if it’s four or six words but start it with a letter so that each letter of Identity is the beginning of a word or a sentence about your Identity. And when you get through, you’ll have eight words or sentences or paragraphs, as much as you want to write, but begin it with the “I” and then do it in such a way that you remember that “I,” for me, stands for “Infinite.” “D,” for me, stands for “Deny it and you lose it.” “E,” for me, stands for “Everyone is the same infinite Identity,” and so on until you have some kind of an inner remembrance that the word, “Identity,” for you, means these things.
And then, in your meditations, practice those meanings of Identity for you in a contemplative way. Be still and let them take root until you are able to be in the Silence accepting Identity as Life Divine, not life human, not life with a birth and a death, not life with an up and a down, not life with an aging process, not life with an end somewhere, not life with a Medicare program, just Life Divine as Identity.
And after you’ve had enough meditations on Life Divine as Identity, continue having a few more meditations on the life that you are not. I am not life in form. I am not life that comes and goes. I am not changing life. I am not life becoming better life. I am not physical life—until you know who you are, until you can stand in front of any tomb, in front of any person, in front of any circumstance, knowing the Life that I am is Divine, and that is All there is as far as the eye can see and beyond; and for me, there’s nothing beyond that to do, for It doeth Its own work. It revealeth Itself. It will blossom forth and make the desert as a rose. There is no human me to do it. It doeth Its own work.
We have been told in many ways that as we sow to the flesh, meaning to the mortal life, we reap corruption. As we sow to the Spirit, meaning Divine Life, we reap Life everlasting. For us, there is no ending. For us, there is no beginning. For us, there is no improvement. You begin at the level of Divine perfection. You cannot improve. You accept Divine perfection. You do not start at the bottom and work your way up to it. Humanhood never becomes Divine, and Divinity never becomes human.
Now, if that isn’t clear, let’s go over it again. Spell out the word “Identity” vertically. Make up a word, sentence, or a paragraph, or whatever you wish in which the first letter begins a statement about your Identity with the letter” I.” “I am” or “Identity is” and then another with the letter “D,” and then the letter “E,” until you have finished it and have something that you can even later consolidate to a point where, for the next twenty years, you can remember what Identity means to you, so that wherever you are, you can contemplate that word meaningfully. And the reason you should do this is that there is no situation on this earth that cannot be faced successfully with the knowledge of Identity.
If three wolf hounds come up to nibble at you, Identity must include their Identity and yours, and right now, as the One invisible Divine Self, period. Always only One Life is present, and that One Life must always include every form that you see, whether it’s the tree or the bird or the dog or the insect or the bill collector. There is only One invisible Life everywhere, and as long as you are accepting It, you are sowing to the Spirit, and you will reap Life everlasting, the conscious awareness that the Life of God I am living now; and nothing can ever separate me from It. This life and I are One and the same.
We have been going outside of ourselves to get things, but there is no outside of ourselves. Going outside to get things is the ignorance that our Life is the One infinite Divine Life. There’s no outside. My own life has to yield itself in my experience. There’s nothing outside it to get. It is self-contained in all perfection, and that’s the meaning of being a contemplative. You’re accepting that your Divine Life is self-contained. It is everywhere, and it will pour forth its fruit to a place that is called your human selfhood in the middle somewhere. This will be the fruit on the tree, but only because you’re not living as that human selfhood. Everything will seem to come from this circumference into this center here, but there is no center and there is no circumference. It is One.
The only Life in this Universe, then, is identified as your Life. When you meditate with that and It declares Itself within You, instead of you declaring it, you will know you have reached the point where you have accepted It. You may think you’ve accepted It, but until It within You declares Itself, until It lifts you into a new order where your mind is no longer saying anything, but rather receiving from the Infinite—the assurance that It is so—then you will know that you have overturned and overturned, and He has come whose right It is to sit upon the throne. There is an infinite acceptance. You have reached the realm of the fourth dimension of Consciousness where the Spirit within you says, “Yes, I am come.”
This is out of your hands now. You’re not in human government, and don’t try to retrogress and go back into human government to defend against things. Don’t try to get things. The government of God, the government of Spirit is infinitely perfect and infallible. It doeth the works. It performeth. It perfecteth. Just know, know You are the Life. Rest in It. Accept It in confidence, and Its peace will envelop You, and Its peace will give You that peace which the world cannot give, the peace of Grace and fulfillment.
You will find your Self looking out at the relationships of yesterday, and they will change before your very eyes. The very Substance of them will feel different. All animosities quickly fade. The usual things that pressure us become the sting of the serpent that no longer has power. When they caught us in the low focus of a human selfhood and we met them all on their own level, we were seeing two powers. We were witnessing good powers, material powers, mental powers, powers that overcome other powers, but in our new elevation of Consciousness, we’re in the One Self that has no need to overcome anything, for all that is on this earth is an imitation of that One Self that you have discovered. You never have to use a power over the imitations. You never have to use a power, period, because the One Self is ever maintaining Its glorious perfection where you stand and in all that concerneth you.
Now this little pour of a class, learning of its own Divinity, is being prepared to walk forth within the Consciousness of the world where two powers are accepted, knowing that there is no power on this earth other than perfection in all things. We walk with our hands behind our back. We do not worry about faltering businesses. We do not worry about any condition. We look through the form, through the appearance, through the shape, through the size, through the density, through the condition; and we accept that One, perfect Life is the only Presence, and It is I. It is the Life of the horse. It is the Life of the dog. It is the Life of the bird. It is the Life of the cat, and I have no need to assist that Life. I merely must recognize It, and Its perfection will manifest where I stand.
The Life, recognized, becomes Identity Infinite recognized, and that becomes Grace manifest, not just in sixty, seventy, eighty years, but unto eternity. That is why the dice of God are loaded. There is no power on this earth that can alter the Presence, the perfection in all things of Reality. Every individual that you are willing to see in this Light, with this Consciousness, you are lifting up, redeeming, improving, to lift them out of their mortal sense of self, not with words, not with arguments, but with the recognition of One Life. You never proselyte with words. You never become a great missionary, but secretly and sacredly, you are lifting the consciousness of the world.
Now take those two lacks, those two problems, those two disturbing people, and after you’ve completed this Identity chart for your Self, apply it. Apply it to everything you consider wrong in your life, and if you do it correctly, you will see that there is nothing wrong in your Life, absolutely nothing wrong in your Life, not one thing. You simply had the wrong life. You hadn’t accepted Divine Life as the only Life; and living in the false sense of life, you even inherit things that are wrong in the false sense of life. Then, you look out and crucify that false sense of life, and watch your garden grow.
Next week we’ll do chapter eight in Contemplative Life, but always, as we walk into another chapter, we must remember that the book, The Contemplative Life, as all of the writings of Joel are, are about your Life, are about the Christ of your Being, about the Christ of Jesus Christ; and always, the Bible becomes a very central source of refreshment for us. Yes, we want to read the books, but that Bible must never be forgotten, because you can take any inspired statement out of the Bible and go all the way with it.
The Bible must still be an important part of your weekly reading, and if you’ve been neglecting it, it isn’t necessary to read chapters. A phrase, a word, a situation, anything that emanates from an inspired Consciousness like Jesus Christ has to be important. And really, a week gone by without something from him is an opportunity wasted, even if it’s just a sentence. If you only took “I and my Father are one” and brought it into this chart of identity and worked with it for a day or two, think of the priceless opportunity to work with “I and my Father are one,” about your own Identity, knowing that these words were spoken from the Source, were spoken by your Identity. Is there a better teacher, a more dependable one?
So, bring that Bible back into your weekly work, even though you read next week’s chapter eight. Now work out your assignment. Look at the people around you with the knowledge that their Identity never was any different than yours. Look at the birds and the trees and see that their Identity is never any different than yours. All is your One Life. It is All You. There’s nothing in this Universe that is not You. Don’t You see? You are the Life of the Universe, and the Life of the Universe is You. There’s no place where you stop and someone new begins. It’s all your Self, and only when you recognize your Self everywhere will your Self everywhere come and pour its abundance where you stand.
This infinite Self recognition takes you out of persons and personalities. You’re looking at your Self everywhere, and this must become a ringing Reality, Identity. That’s the story today, and it will be as long as we walk this earth. “Thou shall have no other gods before me,” no other Life before Me. I am the Lord, thy God. I am Life, and beside Me, there is no other one, no other life.
We have all been slaves to form, when we have freedom in Life. The slavery is the slavery to the mental idea of form, to the material idea of form, to the material things. We are slaves to forms that have no existence, when our freedom lies in I and the Father are One Life. You and the Father are One Life. Everyone and the Father are One Life, and there is no other life than I. I am the only Life on earth. Whom shall I fear? What condition should worry me? I am the only Life on earth.
Do you see how you pyramid yourself up? You step up the ladder step by step until you can come to that place: I am the only Life on earth. I am the only Life in all the Universes that exist. There is only One Life; and every time you’re fearing or doubting or wondering, trying to improve, you are saying, “I am not the only Life.” And you’re having other gods before me.
Now, you can’t just make this statement, “I am the only Life in the Universe.” It will be very hollow, but build your ladder and climb it slowly and carefully up your eight steps of Identity. Do it yourself; and next week, bring it with you, or whenever we get together again. I’ll try it, and I’ll bring mine with me. We’ll see what we have come up with, what we can put together and all agree on, One Identity that we can all understand. That will be our strength.
I’m sure that when Jesus stood upon this earth and looked out, that Spirit which stood where we saw form, that infinite Consciousness knew It was the only Life. It was Life knowing Itself, everywhere. There was no other life it had to worry about. There was no other being but It, and It is You and Me. I am the only Life everywhere. That includes my client and my employer, my brother and my sister. These are the masks of forms. The Life is I, everywhere.
Wherever you go, you are. When you try to jump into that realization without building your ladder, you can’t hold it, but as you build step by step, you’ll find you can hold it for a little while; and you have to go back again and hold it again and again, until one day it takes root and you don’t have to go back to the first rung of your ladder. You’re on the second as a permanent dispensation. Maybe someday, you’ll reach the third rung. You never have to go back this far, and you wake up with the knowledge there’s no other Life on this earth than I am. Practicing that Reality is practicing the Presence; and Grace does flow in the measure that you attain the pure Consciousness that the One Life is your Name.
Thank you very much.
Today’s chapter in Contemplative Life is “The Dice of God Are Loaded” meaning that the perfect creation is ever going to be a perfect creation and that, regardless of what we do, whether we stumble or not, Identity will never change; Life will never die.
Now, in spite of the fact that God is all and God is perfect, in spite of the fact that we are all in an agreement that God is all and God is perfect, there is a universal hypnosis which compels us in one way or another to deny that fact with our actions, with our deeds, with our daily activities, in spite of the desire to honor the Father in all our ways. And then that frustration sets in, which says, “Here I am, doing my best, even understanding the Truth, but I’m all snarled up in a lot of words and memories and quotations, in spite of the fact that I’ve studied so many years. How much longer must I go on striving, self-doubting, wondering what’s wrong with me or with the message.”
Now, this has come to me quite a number of times: In spite of the fact that every week, somebody will say, “Oh this was a wonderful class. Just marvelous. It lifted me right outside of myself,” I get those statements from people, just as well as I get the frustrated statements of why am I not getting where I belong? Today, we want to establish the prime reason that we are unable to attain and maintain the Consciousness of the Father within. It only begins where the world actually leaves off. The world leaves off by looking for God “up there,” and we begin by accepting God as the very Substance of My Being right here.
Now, that is only a beginning. Once you have accepted your Self to be the Child of God, it is incorrect to assume that, from that moment on, everything you do is blessed and under Grace, because that acceptance of being the Child of God usually gets no further than the larynx. We have stated, “I am the Child of God,” and now we’re waiting for a halo. I still call my father, “my father.” I still call my child “my child.” I still call my sister, “my sister.” I still call my aunt “my aunt.” I still have human relations and fail to see that having human relations is the denial that I am the Child of God. I have not left my mother, brother, father, sister. I am still calling a man on earth “my father.” I am still born of woman. I have made the statement that I am the Child of God, but I still have a human mother and a human father.
And so, you go on living this paradox, this contradiction, and suddenly, you hit your head against the wall. The acceptance isn’t quite that easy. The acceptance requires the acceptance of all of the contingencies of that Truth, of all of the responsibilities of that Truth, so that having accepted my Self to be the Divine Child of God, I cannot be the human child of a human parent; I cannot be living a human life; I cannot be sowing to the flesh.
You’re in an airplane. Everything is smooth, and suddenly there’s a jar, a jolt. You know something is wrong. You look out through the right window. There’s a fire in one of the motors. The plane is just rocking around crazily. Down she goes. You’re plummeting down, down, down, and now you’re a thousand feet from the ground. It seems inevitable that you’re going to hit the ground. You’re down to nine hundred and eight hundred and seven hundred, and there’s nothing can stop it, nothing.
And when you’re almost one hundred feet away from the ground, that’s when we want to stop right there and reconsider who we are. One hundred feet away is death unless I know who I am. There’s going to be a wreckage. There are going to be forms that never move again. Am I going to be a form or am I going to be life? Which am I? When that plane does hit, when those forms do not move again, where will I be? Will I be life, living, or will I be form, dead? We have to reach the conclusion about that.
We say, “ God is all.” Well, then God can’t be a dead form. We have been told to lose our life to gain it, and we finally learn that it means lose your concept of form to accept your Self as the Life, the Life of God. And finally, when that plane does crash, I am Life, God, not mammon, not corporeality. I am Life, and I am living just as much as before the crash of the plane.
You can actually go through that inner experience of knowing I am the Life and not the form; and you can see the division that is necessary in consciousness, where you are prying apart the belief that Life and form are one and the same. You can see form dead to outer senses, but you can see Life moving invisibly, eternal; and when you are unable to accept that you are the Life and not the form, you are denying that I and the Father are One. You are accepting separation. You are accepting mortality. You are rejecting that “Now are we the sons of God.” Now are we the Life of God. Now are I and the Father One and the same Life.
The same thing happens with the crash of a bomb. The world thinks of shattered forms, but the Divine Self, the Life of you is never going to be in a bomb raid. The Life of you is never going to fall from the sky. The Life of you will never be in an accident. The Life of you will never hear about a malignancy. The Life of you is always going to be perfect as your Father.
Now, it is important to remove the belief that beside the Life of you, there is something else, and to see that form is but the concept we entertain about our Life. Life is our name. Form is the concept with which we clothe ourselves mentally. They can have the form, but Pilate, you can have no power over My Life. This is the Life of God we’re speaking about. Thou seest me, thou seest the Father, the Life of the Father. And finally, you reach the conclusion that you cannot serve God as human form. You can only serve God as Divine Life, and you identify as Life.
“I live; yet not I . . .”, said Paul: Christ liveth My Life. What a strange remark. Did he mean Jesus was living his Life? How could Jesus live the life of Paul? But Christ liveth My Life; The Spirit of God liveth My Life. Why? Because Christ and Divine Life are One and the same. Divine Life is My Life, he was declaring. You see Paul, but this is Divine Life, and this Divine Life can support seven churches. This Divine Life can spread the message over the world of Truth. Paul identified as Divine Life. I live in form only by appearance. Divine Life is what is living Itself as Me. This was his statement, and the Master said lay down your sense of form, lay down your life.—That’s your sense of form.—to gain your Life, to know who you are, Divine Life.
And again, when the death of the form comes, even naturally, without an accident from the sky or a bomb or anything of that sort, what’s going to die? A concept. What’s going to live? That which is ever living. Your Life is going to live. Now then, why should we wait for the bomb? Why we should we wait for the plane to fall down from the sky? Why should we wait for the coroner, when all we’re going to learn, when it happens, is that I am Life and My Life continues to be Life? Isn’t this the time to be aware of it? Should we wait until we’re on the other side of the veil to suddenly awaken? And once you, then, accept that the great teaching of the Master was that you are the Life that I am, and I am the Divine Life, you are the Divine Life. Identify as that Divine Life. Live as that Divine Life. Reject what is not that Divine Life and see, see the difference.
And so, suppose at the moment each of us were to take and list within our mind two things we lack, human things, mortal things, two things that you lack. Just list them in your mind. You might have a dozen. List the two big ones. And then in your mind list two persons, two persons who, to you, are some kind of a disturbance: personal adversary, employer, government, whatever, and then list beside the two lacks, the two persons who disturb you the most, and also list two of what you consider your major problems. I’ve got two lacks, two disturbing persons, and two major problems. Now, ask yourself this: Aren’t those lacks, aren’t those disturbing persons, aren’t those problems your denial that you are Divine Self, that you are Divine Life?
You quickly see that, in the absence of the identification as Divine Life, you have no center; and being out of center, everything else must be off center. Your complete focus has to be wrong. Now there begins the pyramid of errors from that. The incorrect identification of your Self makes it impossible for you to identify anything as It is, because you’re the one who’s now identifying. How can illusion identify Reality? And so, the entire life is lived in a compounding of the original problem, incorrect identification.
Now, take the two lacks. Whatever they may be, they are your denial that your Life is the Life of God, because the Father says to the Life of God that is You, “Son, . . . all that I have is Thine.” Now where are your two lacks? Your two lacks are not in being that Son. You have accepted the form of you, instead of the Life of You. The form of you lacks those two things, yes, but the Life of you does not lack those two things. All that the Father hath is in the Life of You.
These two disturbing persons: Christ wasn’t disturbed by Pilate, wasn’t disturbed by Crucifixion. You’re disturbed because, not having identified your Self as Divine Life, these two persons to you are forms, not Divine Life; and so the form of you is disturbed by the form of them. Proper identification would say, “There goes Divine Life. Here is Divine Life,” and you would find the invisible power of Divine Life making Itself manifest because I in the midst of Thee am greater than these forms.
Your two problems, whether they’re physical, social, economic, they are based upon a form as your Identity. Always, you’ll discover that all of our lacks, limitations, problems, disturbances are really different names for the same one problem. We have one problem, one sin, and no more: incorrect identification, the rejection of our Divine Selfhood as the invisible Life of God. We refuse to say, “I am the Life,” as Jesus did. We refuse to say, “I and the Father are One Life,” as Jesus did. We refuse to say, “Christ liveth My Life,” as Paul said. We do not consciously refuse. We refuse without realizing we have refused. We honor the error. We honor the evil. We honor the problem. We honor the lack. We acknowledge everything but My Divine Self, and in the absence of My Divine Self, chaos reigns. We go up and we go down.
Therefore, the first step in living a Life that is immune to the ills of this world, the problems of this world, the vacillations of this world, the antagonisms and the inhumanities is to go deep within until you can know that I have been instructed by God, that My Life is His Life, that the only Life I have is Divine, and if I fell in a plane crash today as a form, I would still be Divine Life. Neither life nor death, neither mortality nor the end of mortality can separate me from the love of God; and therefore, I must be living after what is called the death of the form. The only way I can do that is to be Life.
God is Life and God is All, and therefore, Life is all, and that must be My Name. Life has no death. There is no such thing as death in Divine Life, and all that is not Divine Life is non-existent. God being All, only Divine Life is, and that must be the only Life I am. But when I accept My Self to be Divine Life, I cannot also accept My Self to be human form. I cannot be divided. I cannot be Divine and not divine. Wherever you have encountered a difficulty of accepting and then standing in Identity as Divine Life, you will discover you were suffering and only for that reason. Ye are the Life. Ye are the Christ, and the Christ is the invisible Divine Life of every individual who walks this earth.
Once we have made our acceptance that Divine Life is My Life, we are beginning to come under the Grace of that Divine Life, but even though you have done that, you are still not protected by Divine Law. You can still be caught in all kinds of human problems, even though you believe you are Divine Life. You’ve got to give me the same privilege. You’ve got to give your enemy the same privilege. You’ve got to know everyone in your world as Divine Life, and that means you’re taking them out of form in your Consciousness. You’re not sowing to the form, to the flesh. You’re sowing to the Spirit. You’re accepting Divine Life as the Identity of your father, of your mother, of your children, of your sister and your brother.
When you have accepted their Life as Divine and your Life as Divine, you are going to see Divine Law functioning in your Being. Why? Because when you have accepted Divine Life, you have found your spiritual center. When you have accepted Divine Life as theirs, you have found their spiritual center, and because there is only one Divine Life, your spiritual center and their spiritual center are One spiritual center; and everywhere in this Universe, then, is your spiritual center. You have included the least of these, my brethren. And as you do it unto others, so shall it be done unto you.
The judgment you are now meting out is being measured back to you. You are judging all to be the Divine Life of the Father. You have accepted the infinity of God, the infinity of Divine Life. There is no place where Divine Life is not; and only then have you accepted your Identity, because your Identity is never Divine Life sitting in a chair. Your Identity is infinite Divine Life, and that is the Identity of your mother, father, brother, sister. That is the Identity of everyone you know, whether they know it or not.
And when you have accepted your Life to be infinite Divine Life and know My Life to be infinite Divine Life, we are in spiritual brotherhood, for we are One and the same Divine Life. I cannot judge you, nor you me, because I’d be judging My Self. And then the law of Divine Life flows, because you are not the Son of God until you are the infinite Divine Life, and then: “Son . . . all that I have is thine.” Two steps, then, in your reconciliation to God: One, I am Divine Life. Two, I am infinite Divine Life. The form will move in the harmonies of that infinite Divine Life without taking thought. You’ll know when to get a glass of water. You’ll know when to get the cab or the bus. You’ll know what to do and when, because I, infinite Divine Life knoweth your needs. I am the Kingdom of God within You.
Let’s find that Kingdom of God this way. The Kingdom of God is your Divine Life. It is within you, meaning it is your Self, and when you have found this Divine Life to be your Self and have extended the Truth of that to everyone you know, that infinite Divine Life is the Kingdom of God. It begins only in your conscious awareness that It is your Divine Self. It ends with your conscious awareness that It is the Self of All, and you have found the invisible Kingdom of God. Your spiritual center is connected throughout the Universe. The power of God must function in the Divine Life of God that you’re accepting as your own. Now, I and the Father are One infinite Divine Life everywhere. Now you can understand, “Son, thou art ever with me . . .” because we’re One and the same infinite Divine Life. Don’t forget that “infinite” Divine Life.
Now, let’s see what happens when we accept. We were told to forgive, forgive our enemies, forgive those who despitefully use us. Why? Originally, it seemed like we were being lifted out of a kind of humanhood that would hold grudges. But you see forgiveness, now, as the Identity of God, recognized as the invisible Life of that individual you’re forgiving. You’re not forgiving him. You’re recognizing God as the invisible Life of that person. That’s what forgiveness means, then, and as you recognize the invisible Life of God as his Life, it is because you have accepted that invisible Divine Life as your Life: “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” We are erasing the belief in humanhood, in mortality there. In mortality here, we are truly accepting infinite Divine Life as the only Life in the Universe as My Life, as Your Life, as His Life.
Now, how do you fall out of the sky? How does a germ enter infinite Divine Life? By what manner does a germ kill infinite Divine Life? How do human problems enter infinite Divine Life? How do evils and errors and mistakes and miscalculations, how does lack and limitation enter infinite Divine Life? These things only enter the absence of the acceptance of God’s Word that you are My Son now.
And so, in order to accept I am Divine Life, I am infinite Divine Life, and so are you, you must reject all that denies it, because we have been living in a mortal sense which, by denying individual Divine Life and infinite Divine Life, has brought us into instant karma, instant. The moment you deny that I am Divine Life, you are in instant karma and vice versa. The moment we violate the Truth that the Spirit of God is the only Substance, we are in the karma of separation from It through a consciousness that is unaware of It; and we look in vain for that Grace which allegedly is our sufficiency in All things.
But when we accept infinite Life as Divine and there is no opposite, and we deny all that says there is an opposite; when we refuse to accept in consciousness the lacks, the limitations, the pains, the problems; when we can face them with the knowledge that they do not belong to me, even a bad heart cannot belong to me because if I have a bad heart, I am accepting that I am not Divine Life. If I have bad lung, I’m accepting that I am not Divine Life, and I’m merely perpetuating the experience of pain and suffering.
I’m facing my true trial which is saying to me, “Come on out here and be mortal. Give up that Divine Life idea and suffer a little.” And I’m saying, “Willingly will I suffer.” I’m accepting and acknowledging the heart with its problem, instead of the Divine Life. I still believe that I have a human heart, a human liver, a human pair of lungs. Why? Because I do not believe that I am Divine Life. And so, we still say, “I accept. I accept.” But go all the way. If the Life of God is All and It is Divine, and It is Your Life and My Life and His Life and Her Life, why are You afraid of an atom bomb? Who’s dropping it, if there’s no other Life to drop it? You still have the belief that it is there. Why are you afraid of a heart attack? You still have the belief that a heart is there, and it can be attacked.
If Divine Life is all, where are you going to find Divine Life in a human form? Is it possible to pour Divine Life into a human form? Do you not see that Divine Life is telling you there is no human form, that the universal hypnosis is that there is a human form where only Divine Life is? You can’t have both. Both cannot exist. You cannot be Divine Life and human form, and the universal hypnosis is that you are human form; and therefore, we sort of try to reach out and claim Divine Life while believing we are a human form. We all do it, and we all suffer for it; and this is the rise and fall of civilizations.
We’re stepping out. The early fumblings and stumblings in the acceptance of Divine Life grow into a certainty, an assurance, a confidence. You’d rather stumble in Divine Life than to be positive in a human form, and finally we get our stabilizer. The moment we have accepted Divine Life, we have accepted our Christhood. We’re where Paul was. “I live yet not I.” This Divine Life is Omnipotent. It doesn’t need somebody to protect it. It doesn’t need protection against the germ. It doesn’t need a doctor’s prescription. It doesn’t need any human health.
All that would, in any way, endanger you is part of the hypnosis of living in a human form, and the stronger your confidence in Divine Life as your Self, the stronger you will see your capacity to reject the need for anything to improve, correct, or repair you, because there’s nothing in you that needs repair. If you need repair, your consciousness has fallen below the level of the acceptance that the Life of God is the Life of You.
Now then, we want to face the need for repair with that understanding: I am in incorrect Self-Identification. That’s my error, and that’s my problem, and a doctor’s prescription is not going to change that problem. It may change the name of it. I will still have the problem of incorrect Identification, no matter what human help I receive. And if a wealthy relative leaves me a fortune at the moment of death, I will still be in incorrect Identification; and that Divine Life, which I have not accepted up to the moment of death, I will not be able to accept after the moment of death. I will reincarnate into the flesh because, unless I am living in the acceptance of Divine Life before, there is no transition. Transition is only in one who has accepted, who has lived in Divine Selfhood prior to the moment that is called death.
Every time you accept a condition on this earth that is a denial of your Divine Selfhood, you are rejecting the priceless gift of God. Now that should be made clear, then, that the way to the crown is through the rejection of every human condition as an impossibility in my Divine Life. Divine Life is Omnipresent. Divine Life is Omnipotent. Divine Intelligence is everywhere. Divine Intelligence is here now, but only for Divine Life.
And so, when Jesus looked at Peter and said, “Who do men say am I?” And then he said to Peter. “And who do you say I am?” In that moment that Jesus could be seen by Peter as the Christ, Peter had seen for a second, “You are Divine Life.” And doesn’t that explain every miracle? Is there a single miracle that was not accomplished simply by the recognition that this cripple is not a cripple? This is Divine Life. It was a total re-Identification of everything. Divine Life, standing as Jesus Christ, looks at a cripple and says, “You’re not human life. You’re Divine Life.” And then, what happens? The spiritual center of One being the spiritual center of the other, the Omnipotence of Divine Life reveals Itself.
How in the world could silver be found in a fish’s mouth, except as a revelation that Divine Life, accepted, becomes the visible, needed form through Grace? The Life of the fish is Divine. The Life of I and you and him and her is Divine, and the resting in that knowledge becomes the law of Grace made visible. How could ravens feed a man, except that the Life of the raven and the Life of Elijah are One invisible Life Divine. There was no form called raven. There was no form called Elijah. There was the One invisible Life appearing to human sense as two forms, One fulfilling the other. The forms are never there. Only the invisible Life is there; and when there is recognition of it, it appears as the necessary forms in whatever quantities or qualities are needed.
All of the healings, then, in the Bible represent correct Identification. The One who stands in the knowledge of Divine Self, who lives in the knowledge of Divine Self and looks out and recognizes nothing but Divine Self does nothing more than stand still and behold the revelation of Divine Self fulfilling Itself as perfection. And therefore, he could not accept credit. “Why callest thou me good?” Divine Self doeth Its own works. The Father within, “he doeth the works.”
Now, this is for us to see that the works that Divine Self did, the works that I do, ye shall do, because the same Divine Self will do those works and greater works. Whoever will stand in the knowledge that only Divine Self exists will not accept the forms as life, but will know the difference between invisible Divine Life and visible form and know that all form is a concept we entertain about invisible Divine Life. And then, forgiveness is easy. There’s nobody to forgive.
If a man is insane, the state doesn’t call him a murderer. If a man is under the influence of alcohol, it is realized that he had no responsibility for what he did. What if a man isn’t there? Who are you condemning? A form? A concept? When all that is there is Divine Life, and therefore the condemnation, the unforgiveness, the jealousy, the hate, the greed, everything directed at that form is your denial of the Life that is there, who pays the price? You do. Your denial of Divine Life as being the Infinite and Only is the violation which plunges you back into the good and evil of the world.
And so, the dice of God are loaded. They’re loaded for perfection. Behind every door is I knocking, knocking, knocking, knocking. I stand at the door of every human consciousness, knocking; and the mortal there, not knowing I stand there, goes right on denying Divine Selfhood, living in a sense of mortal selfhood, opening himself up to every mortal belief, while freedom stands knocking at the door.
Your Divine Selfhood is knocking at the door of your Consciousness. Your Divine Life is saying, “Accept Me, for I have come that you may have Life more abundantly.” And therefore, knocking at the door of your Consciousness is more than just an acceptance of Divine Life. Those two lacks that you had, the fulfillment of them is knocking at the door of your Consciousness saying, “If you accept Me as your Divine Selfhood, all that I have is thine.” You are seeking to get rid of the lack, and here It is knocking at your door.
You’re seeking to get rid of the bad health, and here is perfection knocking at your door. Everything we have lacked and needed and wanted has been knocking at our door. It is our Identity as Divine Self. The very things I have been seeking, I am, but I do not know. And all of my fears are based upon this false identity, which has not accepted true Identity and, therefore, has to go looking for the things that true Identity is knocking on my door to give me. Behind every human consciousness is the Self of God saying, “Open up and let Me in.”
And if you fail, you come back and do it again. No matter how many times you do it again, ultimately there must come a time where you open the door, even a crevice. Just because we get tired of being hit on the head so often, we get curious enough to want to look and see what’s behind the veil of mortal thought, and then we find the inundation of Truth. Always, nothing can prevent the ultimate establishment of God’s Identity in You as You. The delaying action in time changes nothing. “Before Abraham, I am,” and that is the Truth of your Being. “The dice of God are loaded” because perfection is all that exists; and in Divine Selfhood accepted, then Divine perfection becomes the acceptance in your Consciousness. Whatever is imperfect is not Divine; and therefore, in your Consciousness, whatever is imperfect has no Reality.
If there’s no dust on the stoop, it’s silly to go out with a broom. If there’s no Reality in imperfection, why go out to chase it away? You stand in Reality. You stand in the Light and let the Light take care of removing that which had appeared to be a shadow or darkness. And therefore, in answer to the questions I’ve been receiving: Why do I not succeed, even though I try and am faithful, and I’m honest and am sincere? You cannot say, “I am Divine Self here.” And turn around and say, “but you are not.” You can’t go to the storekeeper and think he’s just a menial man waiting on you. You can’t think of him as overcharging or over-weighing or holding the best cuts of meat from you. You’ve got to see that Divine Self takes care of Itself and that there is no second self; and if you’re sowing to the physical things of the world, you must accept the physical laws of the world and suffer from them.
The whole orientation, then, is to live in the conscious awareness of Divine Self everywhere. The realization of Oneness is not just where I stand. The realization of Oneness must be infinite. It’s almost impossible to do this without noticing quickly that everything changes. The moment you say, “I am the infinite Christ,” instead of “I am the Christ,” you feel a broader base. You feel beyond a lifespan. You’re not thinking of measuring in terms of twenty, thirty, forty years. “I am the infinite Christ.” This doesn’t begin or end at a certain place. This is the infinite Christ. Forget the Master’s form; and, now, witness your own Selfhood.
All of the cluttering, disturbing fragments of thought, all of the little trepidations of the heart, all of the fears slowly dissolve because I, infinite Christ lives only under the law of infinite Divinity; and even if you only attain twenty or thirty or forty percent of that, it’s five million times what you had as a human being, because we know you can’t attain one hundred percent of that as long as the world is still in its universal hypnotism, but we can go up the ladder. We can actually climb the ladder of Truth so that we start with Identification that’s Christ, the Divine Self. We extend It to the next rung, which is Identification of Christ as the very Substance and nature of all who walk the earth.
You can look at the bird. You can look at the chicken, and you can see the form isn’t what’s there. The form perishes. The form is transient. Don’t get stuck on the form. Sow to the Life that is there. In other words, recognize the Life, which is there, is not even the life that apparently goes out of the form when it’s dead. The Life is never in that form. The Life is One Life. It never enters into form. The Life is simply Life being Itself,—and you are making that form. The world mind and you are collaborating to create a form, where only Life is,— And get to sow to the Life, the Life, the Life, independent of the form. Marvel that the Life can show forth a beautiful bird or flower, but don’t think that the Life of God is in that bird or in that flower because, when the heel of somebody crushes that flower, it’s not going to crush the Life of God. It’s going to crush only the form that we have created in our mind.
Get to see that the Life is independent of the form. It does not live in the form but It creates, for us through our consciousness, the appearance called form through processes too numerous for you and I to sit down and detail out. But as you are sowing to the Life, you are bringing into play the power of that Life through your Consciousness; and that Life, through your Consciousness, becomes the law of the form, the law of your heart, the law of your lungs, the law of your body through your conscious awareness of the invisible Life of all Being; and then you, too, are saying, “Pilate, you could have no power over me, because I have the Life and I recognize only the invisible Life of you, and the Life of you and I are One Life.” How can that One life have any power over Itself? It needs no power. It is the only power, and you can rest right there.
Now the work gets more exciting. As you do this and do this and do this, you find you’re becoming independent of form. You’re not trapped by it. You’re not acknowledging form as a power because you’re not acknowledging form as the Presence. The form can make all kinds of claims. It won’t bother you one bit, because the life that is there where the form appears is your own Life, and it’s very friendly to you. You don’t have to go running away from a ghost anymore.
Everything you want to do is already done in your Life, and if you will just be still and know Life is perfect and is finished, it will flow through in the very forms that are needed, whatever they may be. There are no limitations to Life because it is infinite, and I come quickly. The question is, are you putting up a barrier by being a human being, while claiming to be the Divine Life? Because the Divine Life can never flow into a human being. It will only flow within Itself, and if you are still on the hang-up of form as a Reality, as a living Presence, then the message of Jesus Christ, for you, is a dead issue. You have crucified it in your consciousness, and there can be no Resurrection until you remove that Crucifixion, and in turn, turn around and crucify the false sense of self and let the Resurrection into Christ, realized, become the law of your Being.
We have been given a world of images to walk in; and behind it is the invisible Life of God ever-perfect, ever-present, ever functioning, independent of everything that we do in these images. Occasionally one slips behind the veil of the images in Consciousness; and lo and behold, we think he’s done a miracle, and he tells us, “No, I haven’t done a miracle at all. You can do the same. Follow me. Do what I have done in Consciousness. Accept the invisible as the Divine and the only, and take no thought for your visible form life. You will discover the power of the Invisible meets every need, but be true to It everywhere in the least of these, my brethren; and you will find “the dice of God are always loaded in your favor.” Perfection must manifest where God is accepted as the Only.
As Ezekiel puts it, there’s an overturning and an overturning and an overturning; and that’s the overturning in consciousness as we get rid of the concepts of matter, the concepts of form, until we come to that place where we can say, “There is only One Life in the entire Universe, and that Life I am, he is, she is. We are all that One Life, joint heirs in the One Life: “There is no other life than the Life that I am.” It is the Life of God. It needs no protection. It needs no planning. It needs no repairs, and there is no other Me. Then you drag out of the form every concept. You’re all in One piece now. You’re not clinging to a Christ concept on one side and a human concept on the other. You’re not divided. You’re not a split personality.
You know you don’t live in a form, and you know the form is but a cosmic image. They will never trap you in that form; and because of it, even that form in which you are not living will walk through this world untouched, because there will be a You there, an invisible Divine Being which will be the law, even unto that manifest, physically appearing form. “The world is new to everyone when Christ has entered in;” and the world, that this atomic era has called the world, ceases to have power over that Consciousness which is living, moving, having Its Being in the realization that the Divine Self, I am.
Now, you might find it interesting to do something. You can go through the experience of death, not actually of course, but you can imagine this plane crashing. You’ll find a tremendous relief and release to feel your Self as Life, independent of every human tragedy; and somehow, when you do that, you’re anticipating a day when just that thing will happen, when the realization of Life as your Self lifts you out of the earthbound mortal who’s struggling along under karma, trying to figure out how to break the karma, how to erase the karma, how to nullify the karma, how to turn each little event into his advantage.
You don’t turn events into your advantage anymore. You are the Infinite. You simply behold your Infinite Self revealing Itself as a better business, a better marriage, a better mother-father relationship, a better child relationship, a better human relationship. Everything that is in the Infinite reveals Itself as the new harmony of this human existence, simply by standing in the knowledge that I am this Life which is independent of form.
Often you invent these little experiences within your Self just to go through them vicariously, to release your Self from the pre-concepts of the world, and then they’re not as strange to you later, as they come along. We should reach a place where the whole concept of death is revealed as nothing more than the termination of a false image called form. It’s even possible to reach the place where you can see death as a very beautiful release into your uncluttered Self.