First, an announcement about our class schedule. This series is going to end on the second Sunday in January. That’s the 14th of January. We’ll go right through, that means this year, we continue every Sunday. This is the 10th. We’ll be here on the 17th, the 24th, the 31st and the 7th and the 14th of January. Then there will be a month recess and we start again on the 11th of February which is the second Sunday in February. We stop the second Sunday. That’s the last class in January. We begin the second Sunday in February.

Now, when we begin there are only going to be seven classes. In other words, we go straight through the end of March. And those seven would be a special seven and that’s going to be the termination of our work in San Francisco at the end of March.

And so, what we want to do now is to spend these five sessions and then those seven, if we can, together and I think today’s lesson, “Lifting up the I” is probably the nature of all the work we will do until the end of March. “Lifting up the I.”

Now that is the title of the 11th chapter in Joel’s book, “Realization of Oneness.”

Lifting up the I” was given to the world by the Master’s statement, “I will give you the keys to the kingdom.” And when we realize that this I he spoke of was not his person, not his human selfhood but I, the Christ of you, will give you the keys to the Kingdom, then we see that lifting up the I is learning to recognize Divinity in yourself, in everyone you know throughout the world.

Now, let’s go back to a time when as a girl, you hadn’t yet worn high heels or as a man, as a boy, you hadn’t yet put on long pants. I know how girls are. They just can’t wait for that first time that they can step into those high heels. And then, one day it happens. Now, when you are wearing those high heels, you’re not wearing the low ones and usually, as you become more mature, that becomes the accepted way for the woman to dress except when she’s walking somewhere or shopping and that sort of thing. You don’t turn back. When the man changes into his long trousers for the first time and then grows up, that’s his way of life. He doesn’t turn back.

And similarly, in the Spiritual work, when you turn to I, when you learn who I is, you learn that you cannot turn back and this is hard. We want to turn back because there are so many pleasant memories in the world but you cannot wear high heels and short heels at the same time. You cannot lift up the I and then turn around and honor the me.

And so, this is a commitment. As you learn to lift the I, you’re pushed further and further. There comes a moment when you realize that mortality has got to be abandoned and this may be that moment for all of us. There is a world consciousness now which is being shattered. Possibly, typical of it is the way a magazine like “Life” can fold up.

Certain things are happening and they should be recognized. “Life” gave us its reasons for folding up – three. One, that that it had too much specialized competition; higher postal rates – I even forget the third one – but it didn’t give the real reason. It didn’t fold because of these reasons. It folded because the consciousness of the world is changing and it hasn’t kept pace. You can’t just show a photograph of women’s lib and think that is covering their needs or a photograph of the new activity at colleges and think that is covering their needs. The world consciousness keeps changing and when a woman’s liber looks at “Life” magazine, there’s nothing in it for her anymore. When a person learning what life is really all about looks at “Life” magazine, it’s just something for ten minutes and then you throw it aside. The truth that sticks to your ribs isn’t there. And so, the magazine folds, oh yes, advertising, it didn’t have advertising. But the reason it didn’t have enough advertising, the reason it likes to say postal rates put it out of business and the new era of specialization, is simply that it has not caught a way of fulfilling the need of mankind.

We find that everywhere, we’re being forced to take a new inventory of our own consciousness. Things that at one moment seemed so right, a moment later appear to be not quite as right. We’re growing up Spiritually and we don’t seem to know it. In this growth, we’re learning that there is a Divine Self and although this has not surfaced into the consciousness of everyone, this is the cause of much of the unrest that goes on in our world. The invisible nature of the Divine Self asserting itself on and through the human consciousness causes unrest and it’s wise for us to see that we have been given an invisible pathway out of this world.

We were in a home the other night and the woman wanted to show us the hunting trophies of her husband. They have been very successful. She had been very successful, too. They were both career people but they’re not together today. He passed on five years ago and her statement was “They’ve got to do something about that disease.” And the question is, what can anyone do about it? She who vehemently sought some way to find something to do about that disease would not even understand or recognize what has been taught to the world to do about it. As much as she desires to eliminate that disease, she’s not prepared to do so when given the information on what she should do because she does not know how to lift up the I.

The only way that disease and countless others are eliminated from this world are through an enlightened world Consciousness, through Spiritual understanding that here where we stand, there is an invisible realm and that Spiritual law cannot be ignored.

Now, I don’t know if this woman thought of where this particular disease came from that took her husband away but I know one thing and that is God did not create that disease. And I do know who created it. The universal consciousness created it and we have allowed the universal consciousness to imprison us in these bodies that deteriorate and are subject to all forms of error. By one word alone – infidelity. Our infidelity is to the Divine Self that we are. By not abiding in your Divine Self, you become a separated self and in the not abiding, in the becoming separated, we lose all contact with the Grace of God so that without realizing it, we’re really hanging on by a thread which we call a lifespan. And because Scripture tells us what to do, which is Divine law, and we do not do it, we create the very diseases we try to avoid. Karma is the effect which comes about through mankind not abiding in Divinity and whoever in a measure abides in Divinity which is the I of your Being, the I of everyone’s Being, you find you nullify the karma, the ignorance, the superstition, the false powers of the world.

Now, right in this room right now, there is an invisible thief – that’s the carnal mind. It wasn’t invited but it’s always present and if you are not abiding in the Divine Self of you, it will steal you away into that realm which is not Reality and you will find yourself asleep, walking in a dream called mortality. And in that mortality, you will suffer all those things that are not God created which we call the destructive elements of this world.

And only by abiding in your Divine Self do you step out of these destructive elements. When that becomes clear, we finally choose Immortality as the nature of Being. You cannot be Divine Self and mortal self and to lift the I, you begin peeling away all of the false, the conditioned, the inherited concepts of the world consciousness.

Scripture comes to your aid. Your righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the scribes and the pharisees or else you cannot enter into the Kingdom of Heaven which is a very oriental way of saying, “Unless you abide in your Divine Self, you cannot experience the perfection of Reality.” The place whereon thou standest is the invisible realm, unseen to human eyes and while you are not abiding in Divinity, the thief functions through your senses and your senses become a channel for the mirage and that mirage is where every error and problem of this world is contained.

And so, we’re beginning to face one important fact. To lift the I out of mortal sense, out of human sense, out of the belief that there is good and that there is evil, to go beyond the voicing of Truth for the Father has told us that you must be reborn of the water and the Spirit, of the Truth and the Spirit.

And so, we must go beyond truth as we know it humanly. We must leave the lulling pleasures of the senses, the lulling pleasures of matter, the lulling pleasures of the world. We must go beyond into the realm of Spirit, out of the high heels, out of the long pants, out of the humanhood and we must pass into the next realm of Being.

I will give you the keys to Reality. You come face to face with I in the midst of you and you are told, “Abide in I and you will bear fruit richly.” And the word “abide” says that doesn’t mean part time or halfway. You cannot abide in I while you’re abiding in a mortal sense of life.

To abide in I means to yield, to surrender, to make of yourself a living sacrifice. The Master set the tempo for us. “I give my complete humanity as a living sacrifice.” There is no mortal selfhood left as you learn to accept the I.

Now, it would be foolhardy to look at the testimony of Jesus Christ and pretend to ourselves that he said less. We clearly see a total crucifixion made visible to human eyes so that even human eyes cannot deny it. There is no Spiritual Self and a material self. There is no Immortal Self and a mortal self. There is no permanent Self and a temporary self. And you don’t have to be a detective to know that the forms we inhabit are temporary selves.

Right here, where the temporary self is, there is I, the permanent Self. I, the Self that existed before there was time and space, before there was a world, before there was a human being on the world – I, the Self that will always exist – and we must lift the consciousness to know that this I, I am. This second that I, I am. When you live in your Infinite I, consciously, you are nullifying every discord in the world. You are abiding. You are sowing to the I, the Spirit. Sowing and abiding are one and the same.

If you sow to matter, if you believe in the existence of matter, though you be humanly righteous, though you be a philanthropist, though you be kind and merciful, though you be compassionate and cooperative, you must reach the place where you see that one hundred percent human perfection is not acceptable to God. Your righteousness must exceed one hundred percent human perfection. Otherwise, somebody will be looking at your trophies and wondering why you’re not there to share them and enjoy them with them.

There is no such thing as human perfection. It’s as much a mirage as the good and the evil of the world. There is no good matter. There is no evil matter. “There is only my Spirit,” says the Father. And the I of you is the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God which is your permanent Self is named I and I, that Spirit, that permanent Self which you are, is the key to the realm of this perfection which is invisible everywhere on this earth.

And so, we’re sowing, abiding in I. “Abide in me…. and you will bear fruit richly…. Acknowledge Me in all thy ways and I will direct thy paths.” The Father taught that the first commandment is to acknowledge I. To acknowledge God in all your ways means to acknowledge the I of your Being as the Self of you and to recognize that you are that Divine I, that Divine Life and to abide means that because I am that Divine I, that Divine Life, I accept no opposite and no substitute. I am the I which the world knows as God. That is my permanent Self and I have no temporary self. I have no self that is subject to material powers. I, the Spiritual Self which is the Self of God, which is otherwise known as the Father within, I am not subject to material powers. I am not subject to disease. I am not subject to death itself. I cannot be crucified. I cannot die or be sick. I cannot be hurt. I cannot be limited or lacking. I, is your name and to abide means that you cannot accept conditions which deny who you are. How can you hurt if your name is I and therefore, what is this hurt? It is the mirage of the world mind and it is using your senses as a channel for you to declare that you are not I.

In every area of your human lifespan, by the sheer belief that you are material being in a material world, you deny who you are and this is the human separation from Reality.

Now, the habits that must be started to abide in I, to lift up the I, to sow to I, to acknowledge I, to realize that “I and the Father are one,” and the same I, are very difficult habits to start because that invisible thief in our midst is always working and you can’t find him. You can’t draw a blueprint and put it on a piece of paper. You can’t put a searchlight on this invisible thief. You can’t padlock him. He’s always present as a spur and yet, unless you are aware that he is present, he will always outwit you.

And so, you accept the invisible presence of the world mind. You can give it any name you like. You can call it carnal mind, world mind, the glass darkly, universal belief, the thief, the deceiver, Satan, the devil, but you must know that this invisible, universal mind of man is ever functioning and all of the evils in the world and all of the good in the world are contained within it.

God never made a volcano. The world mind makes volcanoes and they are mirage. God never made poverty or famine. They’re made in the world mind and they are mirage. God never made a disease. They’re made in the world mind and they are mirage. God never made physicality. It’s made in the world mind and it is mirage. I, which existed forever and will exist forever, I am not in the world mind and if you stand in I, you are out of the mirage. You are awakened out of the cosmic dream in the world mind.

Only I can give you the keys to the Kingdom. We learn to accept, my name is I and all that I is, I am. The Father tells us, “Be still and know that I am God.” Therefore, I is God because the Father says so and I is my name because the Father says so. And “I and the Father are one,” because the Father says so and that is who I am. I am I, the very Self same I that is the I of God. And when I am not abiding in this knowledge, I become a branch cut off, a separated branch and I find myself vulnerable because I am living in a false state of myself. In that separation, the powers of the world to me are power even though they are no power to I. I’m out of center. I’m in a false body, a false series of relationships and a false world. I cannot control my own destiny. I am controlled by the world mind, the invisible thief.

The moment I am separated from I, the invisible thief controls me and may even make me appear to be very successful and healthy and then wipe it all away. And so, I make a living sacrifice of this mortal me which was created in the world mind. That mortal me created by the world mind through birth is not I. My past is not a true past. All of the destructive elements in that past, all of the sin, all of the errors are untrue. They were world mind appearing as a me that wasn’t me. They were world mind appearing as a mortal self and there is none, for I is my name. I, is your name and there can be found no mortal being in I. I, is the name of every individual you know. Divinity is the only Self that is present and only when you stand in that Divinity do you render null and void the false powers of the world that use the senses and the mind as a channel through which they project those disturbances which ultimately lead to final death.

The fact that it was done by the Master and taught to his disciples and practiced by those who secretly have studied the Word of Truth for centuries, the fact that a Joel Goldsmith appeared to preserve this Truth in a record or twenty-nine books and nine hundred tapes and to demonstrate in his life that we can demonstrate it in our lives, is ample evidence that this is the way through which we move through the false world consciousness of death.

We’re learning to abolish disease and destruction and death in our lives and we’re being trained for a higher purpose. And I do believe that when we have finally completed our work here together, that many of us will be prepared to do successful world work. We’ll be independent of the false consciousness of the world. We will be able to move in Divine Rhythm, in an awareness of our Divine Body, our Divine Mind, our Divine Life, free of the tribulations of the world.

Just to give you an idea of how we’re being forced to it, there was a man phoned this morning about his cattle. Four fell dead. Some weeks back, two fell dead. And by this time, he was becoming quite frantic. However, he couldn’t tell what was wrong. It wasn’t the frigidity of the air. There was some kind of an epidemic of some kind and he couldn’t put his finger on it. In fact, he called me before he called a vet. I think he called from Nevada. I’m not sure. I don’t know the man.

But the point is that I learned, that this man was studying our tapes. He’s not a student of our class in the physical sense but one of our students has been lending him some tapes and so he was impressed with the possibilities that lay ahead for him. He simply hadn’t yet reached that Consciousness where his consciousness was the Divine Consciousness so that his head of cattle could benefit by this awareness. Next problem is, suppose the other hundred and fifty head were contaminated? He’d be wiped out.

Now, that man is being forced by this invisible thief to come to a higher level of himself. If he didn’t know about the Infinite Way work, he’d probably wonder what in the world can he do about it. He knows there is a way and I’m quite sure that he’s going to find that way because he’s forced to. It’s a matter of complete failure in business or success and so, he’s forced to do it on a human level. But one advantage is his that isn’t available to many others, he at least knows that there is a way and now he’ll be forced to find and cultivate the higher levels of that way. This is the karma of an individual who has been part of the world consciousness. And had he been one hundred percent perfect humanly, it wouldn’t have made any difference. The world consciousness plays no favorites.

And if you’ve been pushed, your back against the wall, too, you’ll find its because knowing the way and not taking advantage of the way, but rather trying to live sort of midstream, riding two horses, you’re being forced to accept that the only way is I, the Divine Self of you. There is no second way. Lot’s wife couldn’t turn back – when she did, she was through.

Two will be on the field and one will be taken away.” The mortal is taken away. The Immortal remains.

Finally, it’s crystal clear, Immortality is the nature of Being. There is no mortal on the face of the earth. There is only Divine Self and whoever is able to abide in that consciously, day in and day out, discovers that I, my own Divine Self, makes me Self-complete, Self-fulfilling, independent of the conditions of the world.

Now, what you are also tells you what you are not. Every quality of I is every quality of God. “Son, all that I have is thine.” I have all that God has because I am that I.

Now, because I have all that God has, the opposite condition cannot be true. Although the opposite condition is what appears, it cannot be true. I have all that God has. That is the Divine law and your name is I. The I that you are has all that God has right now. Therefore, whatever denies it is a lie. If you live in the conscious acceptance that you are I, the Son, and that the Son, I, has all that the Father has because the Father has said so, then you accept that here where I stand, all that God has, I have. And whatever God does not have, I cannot have. God does not have disease. I cannot have disease. God does not have poverty or famine. God does not have old age. God has nothing except perfection therefore, I have nothing except perfection.

But the thief says, “Look at this, you cut your finger.” The thief says, “Look, your tires are wearing thin.” The thief says, “Look, you’ve got an old car. You need a new one and you don’t have the money to buy one.” The thief says, “Your parents are suffering.” The thief says, “Your children are on drugs.” The thief says everything except what God says and the human mind trained to believe at face value what it hears and sees, accepts the thief which steals away your Divinity.

The enlightened One, however, can recognize the thief for every expression of imperfection is a denial of your own Being. Every expression of imperfection is a temptation to you to make you not abide in I which is the key to the Kingdom.

So, there’s this little something in us now. We’ll call it our consciousness. It’s like a lawn mower. You’ve got these lawns of grass, let’s say the grass is three or four inches high and you push the mower through the grass and you cut a swathe. That swathe depends upon the width of the mower, the sharpness of the blade and so on. That is like your consciousness. Your consciousness cuts a swathe through the invisible and what it comes up with is what appears. The quality of that consciousness determines what expresses, what appears. If that consciousness is living in I, when it cuts its swathe through the invisible, it expresses the qualities of I and then in the visible, you find I am the Peace. I am the Wine. I am the Water. I am the bread of Life. I am the Harmony. All that I am, thou art because we are one and the same and all that appears not to be what I am, is mirage. The broken bone is mirage and the bone that isn’t broken is mirage. There is no good matter. There is no evil matter. There is only I, the invisible Spirit.

Absent from the mortal sense of life, we are living in the I and daily, you pick that I up, up, up, never letting it fall down.

Five seconds from now, after you hear something, you will do what you’ve always done in spite of hearing it. When you were told to look at your neighbor and know that only Divinity is there, you will do it and five seconds later, you’ll be seeing Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Jones again instead of Divinity. But that’s the thief in you who sees Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Jones. We must learn to look at Divinity, not at the appearance called form. You see the form of the I with your physical senses but you see the invisible Divinity with the I of your Immortal Self and that is the I to cultivate. You can only greet a Divine Being. You must see Divinity everywhere. You must abide in I. You cannot see humanhood anywhere and be abiding in I. It’s an absolute point that the Divine law says, “Abide in I.”

And so, it’s departing from the old habits. You must change and the change is not partial. The change is total. This is the change which says, “Take off the garment of mortality. Put on the robe of Immortality.” Do not try to patch up the old consciousness. Do not pour new wine into the old mind. It’s a completely fresh start from a new focus and it’s a conscious, continuous awareness that I am I, Divine Self, not living in a mortal form. I am that I which never knew physical birth. I am that I which can never know physical death. I am that I which is the Christ which could be physically crucified on a tree without dying. That I, I am. I am the deathless I, the I that is never sick, the I that can never be hurt by man or beast. This is identity, lived in, not for a minute or an hour or a day; a total change of consciousness. And as we live with it daily, abiding, rejecting all that denies it, we find we are never denying the presence of God anywhere. There is no place in Heaven, on earth, in the sky or in the wild where God is absent, for I is the Infinite I and that Infinite I is everywhere. In that Infinite I that is everywhere, there is no evil. There is no disease. There is no matter. There is no mortality. There’s no place to go except into I.

If you do what comes naturally, you identify with people. You have four cattle that were killed. Your pipes break because of the frost. Your car breaks down. This is identifying not I, not abiding. This is accepting the opposite.

As you continue, that which at first seems like a denial of obvious facts, turns out to be a revelation of the nothingness of all error. It makes no difference what the error is. All material existence is the error. And there’s nothing you can do about it. It will continue to be the error. Any belief in the existence of matter is not abiding for abiding means abide in Spirit. If you believe in the existence of matter, you are breaking Divine law and if, in your life appears a series of problems, that is the karma which you have accepted, which you have invited by your belief in the existence of material world.

This is where we must now stand. You must know that if you choose to believe that matter exists, you are denying the Allness of God which is the Spirit of the universe. There cannot be the Allness of God and matter, too. There is Spirit or matter and your life, your experience, depends on which you accept as Truth. Allness of Spirit or Spirit and matter or just matter. If you’re divided, your divided consciousness brings back both good and evil. If you’re Oned with Spirit, out of the divided consciousness, you find that all that comes back to you is that Oneness with the Father which expresses his qualities in you.

Finally, the decision is always yours – if you know the facts and I think you should know the facts by now. You are making the decision about tomorrow. You’re saying my tomorrow will be with good and with evil or my tomorrow will be perfect. And you’re making that decision by whether or not this instant and the next instant and the next instant, you are accepting that only Spirit exists or you’re accepting that there is Spirit and matter.

When you’re single pointed to the knowledge that only Spirit exists, you’re following the Master’s teaching. And that’s half the battle. The acceptance that only Spirit exists makes possible the development of ways and means and techniques to be true, faithful to the fact that only Spirit exists. That fidelity to Spiritual identity enables you to look past the errors of human beings and to recognize that they are nothing but the invisible, universal thief appearing.

And so, the whole world is taken out of condemnation in your eyes. You don’t have good and bad people anymore. You don’t have good and bad children. You don’t have good and bad anything. You can even know that four cattle were killed and yet, you can see this is the universal lie. Somehow out of that, good will show forth Spiritually. You can’t anticipate how. It may be that you’re lifted higher and that will be the good.

In one way or another, nothing has happened because that which God does is all that can happen. The self-crucifixion is the birthing of I in you. When you are birthed in I, rebirthed, you are returning to I that you ever were. This mortal self is now seen to be a shadow of thought.

It’s not a question of, “Don’t I have a heart or pair of lungs or ears?” It’s a question of who I am. I am Divine Spirit and therefore I am not living in lungs and heartbeats. The change is total. I am being lived by the Spirit of God independent of the world of matter and if the world of matter were to crucify this body I would still be standing here. This must be the conscious knowledge that I can never die. I am the living Spirit of God and in this knowledge, in your fidelity to it, in little things and big things, you begin to sense that there is a new law functioning in your whole Being – a Divine law, with Divine action, with Divine rhythm, with Divine intelligence. The change of consciousness becomes the change of life.

Now, the habits you start then are very specific. If I am to obey that Scriptural command which says, “Abide in me,” I must know who me is. God says, “Abide in me.” For God is Spirit and I must abide in Spirit and the name of Spirit is I. I must know that I am I and that’s how I abide and if I abide in I, that’s who I am twenty-four hours a day.

The old-world ways will keep giving me a human name and a human description but I am to be faithful to the Father and so, I do not answer to that human name and that human description and I cannot be moved by human desires and human ambitions. I already have all there is.

Now, as I meet those who walk in form, the I that I am is the same I that they are. What they know or do not know makes no difference in my injunction to abide in I. I must transfer my abiding in I where I am to also abiding in I where they are. Whoever I meet, I still must continue to abide in the I of them. And so, I’m abiding in I in me and I in him and I in her and I in the tree and I in the river, I in the world. I in everything there is. You abide in I. There’s no breaking of that abiding consciousness. No matter where your I lifts you, there’s still only I there. No matter what you touch, there’s only I there. You continue the unbroken I. You’re only greeting Divine Self no matter if it’s a person or a bird or a fowl or a fish. All that’s there is invisible Divinity named I. You’re meeting I everywhere. You must move in this direction.

And what else is there? Nothing, only I. What qualities are there? Only the qualities of I. Whatever qualities of God are there and there are no others no matter what appears and that is your test. Can you walk abiding in I? Can you abide in the qualities of I without opposite? Can you look at imperfection and know because I am there, imperfection cannot co-exist with I, the Spirit of God.

Therefore, imperfection is a world mirage. Death is a world mirage. Sickness is a world mirage because I am abiding in I, the Spirit of God which is there. I’m abiding in I, the Spirit of God which is here and then you watch the quiet way in which healings occur. Because all is I in your Consciousness, that is what your Consciousness begins to out-picture in the visible world around you. The transition in Consciousness becomes a transition in experience. You are abiding in I and the Scriptural law is fulfilled. You do bear fruit richly. You are sowing to the Spirit and you do reap Life everlasting. You are not sowing to the material world of flesh and you do not reap corruption. Spiritual law is firm, true and invariable. And when you abide in it, fulfill it with fidelity, you find every activity that is promised in those Scriptural decrees becomes your experience.

All evil is wiped off the face of the earth in your Consciousness. There is no evil power. There is no evil condition. There is no evil person or thing because all is the invisible Spirit named I.

Here is an exercise you may find very good. I call it, “Turning off the world.” In your consciousness, you want to reach a point where there is no invisible thief, where the world mind, the carnal mind has no outlet in you. And so, you go into an awareness of who You are. You are the Self of God. There is no mortal being where You are. You are pure, Immortal Spirit. And therefore, there is no world where You are; there is only the Kingdom of Heaven. You are really accepting the robe of Divinity without ands, ifs and buts and learning inside that Divinity means perfection in all things. Divinity means this that was born is not You. Divinity means that You are not a human ego, that You are not a human body; that there is no human here.

You see, in this acceptance, in this “Turning off the world,” this is your crucifixion in consciousness, accepted in meditation. Here, there is no mortal being. There is only I, the Immortal Self. Your permanent Self is here, your Divine Self and your Divine Self here extends without interruption throughout Infinity. It is never separated from that Divine Self which is God. Your Source is ever present. You are one with your Infinite Source, here and now. Nothing else is present except your One, Source, Self, the Self that is You forever.

You learn to accept this inside until something in you reaches a point where the world is turned off. You don’t feel a world. You are not aware of a world. You’re only aware of Infinity, totally Divine and nothing else.

This becomes stabilized as a vast, inner Peace. Even the Truth of it begins to register as an unconscious feeling within. If I am Divine and my neighbor is Divine and everyone is Divine, then all must be the same Divine One and that Divine One is the Self of each one. That Divine Self, I am and I cannot be disconnected from Infinity because it is the Divine Self. I am that Infinite, Divine Self; until the Truth of this to you is not a quotation but an acceptance within. And when it is, the powers of the world cease to be for you. When it is, you are inviting all of the qualities of God to flow in their natural sequence and express where you are. They reveal the absence of the desolation, destruction, discord, despair, disaster and death that works through the false thief of the world mind.

You find you need no power against anything. The world can say, “This can’t be done or that can’t be done or this is an obstacle or we’re facing this kind of a condition over here” but when you register inside with this feeling of the Infinite, Invisible Self of You, all of the statements of the world about what can’t be done for You have no weight whatsoever. You can break down any door without trying. Every obstacle is demolished. The Spirit of You reveals that there are no obstacles. There never was an obstacle. They’re all part of the mirage. Spirit of You reveals that you truly are in the perfect Kingdom now. The I is lifted and the I reveals the Infinity of God’s Kingdom as a present Reality.

I and the Father. I abide in the Father and the Father abides in me. We are One and, in that Oneness realized within, I am free. Free of a temporary lifespan, free of mortality, free of all the confining ideas of the world mind, free of error, free of false beliefs. For all that I has, is mine. The world is gone.

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On page 176, “The Infinite Way begins with an infinite, ever present, omnipotent God.”

Now, the name of that God is I. I am God. “Be still and know that I am God.” The Infinite Way then begins with an ever present, Infinite, Omnipotent I in the midst of you. Therefore, in our acceptance of this Truth, I can say that where I appear to be, there is I, an Infinite, Omnipotent, ever present God and it is appearing to your sense as a person here and a person there and a person where you stand and your consciousness must switch from the person where you stand to that Omnipotent, ever present, invisible I. And when you switch to that I, you have changed from the age-old false idea that you are mortal being. The mortal self that we have been taught we are, we are not. We are I. This is the teaching of Jesus Christ. It is the teaching of the Infinite Way.

And as you make that switch in consciousness to the real identity, you are also changing from the world to the Kingdom without having to do anything else about it and you are moving into eternity, into timelessness without doing anything more about it. You are moving into Divine law. The minute you move from mortal me to Immortal I in your consciousness, you are under the law of God.

And all of yesterday’s errors, all of yesterday’s mistakes are karmic debts that are wiped away. The moment we are I, instead of me, we are white as snow and we fear not any mortal condition for we are no mortal being again. We are I.

And when we experience this, we know that we can learn how to maintain this.

The mirages of the world cannot function in that I consciousness. They cannot out-picture for you all the threats and limitations of mortality.

Actually, this teaching right at this point, in this one sentence that Joel gives us here, when we know that God and I are one, that teaching is the passport to Heaven on earth. All it needs is a worker, someone who will accept it and work with it and live with it and wrestle with it until it becomes living Consciousness. You don’t need a whole lot of new Truth beyond that.

Once you make that transition in consciousness right where you are, all of the Truth you need flows right out of your own Being. You might use a few helpful hints on how to stay there but ultimately, you see you’re going to come to the place where no one on earth can help you because you don’t need any help. You know that I am I. You know the Truth that makes you free and because God functions in I, which is the Son of God, the Father says, “Son…. all that I have is thine.” In doing this, you’ve automatically agreed with your adversary. That step is already taken care of without you making a conscious effort to do it. Where’s your adversary? There is none. The only adversary you had was when you were not in I. When you’re in I, the adversary is gone.

Now, when you’re in I, will you be guilty of judging? No. Will you be unrighteous? No. Will you condemn anyone? No. Will you love your neighbor automatically because I, will love your neighbor? In other words, all of Scripture is fulfilled when you stand in I, instead of in me, and then all of the words of Scripture that we’re trying to get you to come to I are no longer needed because I wrote those words.

Realization of Oneness. I am that I which is God.

So, “Infinite Way begins with an infinite, ever present, omnipotent God.” Its premise is that there is no imperfection in any part of God or of God’s creation. None whatsoever. God is being perfect and so, therefore is God’s creation.

No one has ever been born, no one will ever die; no one ever had a beginning, and no one will ever have an ending.” All of this you see is mortal belief. The birth, the death, the beginning, the ending is all a denial and ignorance of the fact that I am that I. And suddenly, the birth, the beginning, the death, the ending are moved away from I. There seemed to be cosmic shadows of thought, impacted into an appearance called form: but I am not mortal. I am that I which is the permanent, Immortal I and that Immortal I did not go through birth and will not go through death and that is my name and identity. You learn how to stand in that until you’re at home in I. This is returning to the Father’s house.

Thou seest me, thou seest the Father whose name is I.” Thou seest the Son whose name is I. The Son and the Father are I, one and the same. Without beginning in time or space, with no division in time or space and no ending in time or space. That I, I am. That is the Immortal I. I am not the mortal me. In my capacity to remain, consciously that I, while the form walks this earth doing its human chores, will determine the experiences that that form undergoes. If I have this open end with I, consciously there all the time, the appearance called form will be under the law of I and that law is Perfection in all things. That law is Grace, a sufficiency for every moment.

Do I or do I not stand in that I is going to determine every tomorrow. It will even determine whether or not I reincarnate or make a transition to a realm in which physical form does not appear. It will determine if loaves and fishes rain out of the sky or if my table can in some way be barren. It will determine if I live in the miracle of the presence of God or the absence. I have that power to stand or not to stand in I and I make my own bed. I make my own karma. I make my own freedom. If I stand fast, I find that all that the Father has is never withheld. This I, is your secret place, the Immortal Self.

Let’s repeat that line, “No one was ever born, no one will ever die; no one ever had a beginning, no one will ever have an ending.” That’s mortal talk; beginning and ending, birth and death. I am Immortal.

Wherever you do not accept Truth, you’re accepting karma. Wherever you’re told, for example, “Judge not, lest you be judged,” the moment you judge, you’re in karma. And the reason is because nothing can enter to defile or make a lie of Truth. Truth is forever and it has no opposite and when you’re not in it, you’re in untruth. When you’re not in Truth, you’re in karma because truth is all there is. Karma is living in unreality. There’s no karma in Reality. The only reason we experience karma, cause and effect, is because we’re not living in I, which is Reality.

I, does not live in this world. I lives in the Kingdom of I, the Kingdom of God and therefore, I, the I that I am, am not in this world now. I, living in I, which is in the Kingdom of God receive of the Kingdom. If I haven’t hitherto, it’s because I was not living in the Kingdom to receive the gifts of the Kingdom. All that the Father hath is in the Kingdom of Spiritual Reality and is experienced in the appearing mortal world only when we live in that Kingdom consciously which is known as I.

This is the I which is your identity and has existed for billions of years and will continue to exist without interruption for many more billions of years. Just think, when we entombed ourselves in the belief that this is my life, this span, we were denying the I that I am, which is billions of years in each direction. You were denying the Infinity of your own Being and losing the Power of it, the Grace and Truth and Beauty of it, but the minute you’re out of this mortal shell, in the I, all of those billions of years are living now. They’re not dead years. They’re not yesterday. The I that existed for billions of years means: exists unto Infinity in every direction and that is all living now. You become Infinitely alive in I. Who can even estimate what that means with the human mind, to be Infinitely alive, now? But I am. The I in you is Infinitely alive, now and when you are that I and there is no second, you can truthfully say, “I am Infinitely alive.”

In that Infinite Life, is all the Power of the universe. All of the health, all of the success, all of the human baubles that we have valued so much are all included but so much more. In your Oneness with I, you are one with the Spiritual universe. There’s nothing to heal, is there? Everything is perfect in I. To be Infinitely alive is to live in I and who knowing this, would wander off into a little, mortal me?

[This is] the I which I am and the I which is God and [they] are one and the same I.” This is Joel’s statement, “[They] are one and the same I. Therefore, I is immortal.… God can no more begin than He can end and if God and I are one, the I of me, in that oneness has never begun and will never end.”

And so, there is an I that I am, which “never began and will never end.” When I lose sight of it, I’m in the karma of the world. When I don’t lose sight of it, you cannot destroy me for it is the only Power. But it must be lived in. You cannot live outside of I and experience that Power. So, we are lifting up our conscious awareness that I, without beginning or end in space or time, is my present identity and I’m living in all of it, even though all that appears here is a little tip of the iceberg called a human self.

And the beauty is that if you know the Truth, the Truth will make you free. You don’t have to go beyond knowing it but you can’t stop knowing it either. The minute you stop knowing it, the minute it’s out of your conscious knowledge, you’re not knowing it and then, you’re not free.

It does another beautiful thing, when you’re resting in this I. We know your mind isn’t dwelling on your ailments or your lacks or limitations. You can’t dwell in both. You’re either in them or you’re in I. Which are you? If you’re in your limitations, you’re not living in I. If you’re living in I, you’re not dwelling on your limitations and pretty soon you find that the I you live in has no limitations. You become conscious of the nature of that I. You’re taken right out of the limitations of the mortal sense of self.

Of course, we say to ourselves, “Well, how often can I do this? I’ve got a human life to live out here. No one’s going to put my shoes on in the morning for me. I’ve got to do it. I’ve got to brush my teeth. I’ve got to get ready. I’ve got to go out, down to the office. I’ve got to go out to the school. I’ve got to go out and do this and that. I can’t be thinking of I all the time.”

The Father says, “Oh yes, you can and you will… Abide in me.”

Somebody gives you a passport to heaven, do you tear it up and throw it away because you’ve got to go down to Safeway today? “Abide in me,” while you do whatever you have to do. Abide in I and you’ll find it’s very normal to abide in I. It becomes your permanent consciousness just as this consciousness we had in a mortal sense was our consciousness, we have this new Consciousness which abides in I. The old is gone. The new supersedes and everything derives a new appearance to us because of it. Everything has a new animation because of it. There’s a different glow in the things around us because of it. The inner Light begins to suffuse right through. We feel the new texture of Spirit invisible seeping into our daily lives. “I am the way.” This is your lifeline to Infinity. Why should you let go? Only the thief is trying to make us believe we can’t do it. We can do it so well that there’s no power on the earth that can stop us. And you can do it for others as well as yourself.

As you become strong in the I consciousness, you find you can reach out and embrace those who need a little help. You find that you weren’t doing this work just for a you for there never was such a you. You find that others reach out and the I consciousness of you lifts them up to the I consciousness of themselves and then you know that you have caught the Spirit of the Master, the real inner Teaching. You’re walking with God. You have substance. You’re out of quotations. You know that the I of you is the answer to every problem on the earth and to everybody’s problem. You just can’t reach them all fast enough and so you stand in that I and let it draw unto you your own household.

Like the Master, you don’t go out and heal the world for those who come to you are lifted to the I of their Being. “I, if I be lifted up…. will lift all men unto me.” I truly am the key to the Kingdom and all those who seek that Kingdom in your household are drawn to that I in you which is the I of them and you walk arm in arm.

We’re living in One, not two.

Says Joel, “…when the parenthesis is removed we live in the full circle of immortality. It is true that while we may be aware of ourselves as living only in this particular parenthesis, slowly or rapidly moving from birth to death, actually it is possible for this parenthesis to be removed and for you to become aware of our true identity as one with the entire circle of life and its immortality and eternality. Once we realize ourselves as I, separate and apart from personality, separate and apart from a physical body, as I, the incorporeal, spiritual I, we will have the secret of the eternality and immortality of life: without beginning, without birth; without ending, without death.”

He’s interpreted for us the Truth in words we can understand, that Jesus was demonstrating the Immortality of Life as the Reality of all who walk the earth in form. We appear in form but this is not the Truth. It is the Infinite I of our Being interpreted by world mind into the appearance called form and where the form stands, only I am. And because that is true of you and your neighbor and all who walk the earth, only I stand everywhere.

And so, when you are one with I where you are, you are one with I who stand everywhere, you are One with the Infinite I and that’s the power. Never divided from the Infinite I by accepting the I of your own Being, is your realization of Oneness. One I here, one I there, indivisible I. I and the Father, One. I, the key to the Kingdom. It’s really clear and the disciple lives in that I awareness and the fruits of the Spirit follow as the night the day.

Every quality of I is present in your consciousness even though you’re not conscious of these qualities. When you are accepting I, the omnipotence, the omniscience, the omnipresence of I is functioning in the I itself and you do not have to go into detail about it. The I of you is present everywhere. It is omnipotent everywhere. It is all knowing everywhere.

Simply by being aware that I am that I, now, forever, releases all of the Intelligence that is necessary at any given moment and all of the Power that is necessary at any given moment. This is the unconditioned universe and because I know all that must be known and can perform all that must be performed and am doing it now, that Perfection appears outwardly as the added things. The necessities of life as we know it, appearing visibly because I who know all things and can do all things, am always a sufficiency unto my Self wherever I am realized and accepted.

I, is the best artist in the universe. I, is the best scientist. I, is the best composer. I, is the best author. Wherever you stand in I, the world will stand in awe of what they think are your mortal achievements. They may say Da Vinci did that but it was I. Michelangelo did that but it was I. This composer did that but it was I. Always the I released is what the world calls a genius.

And yet, that wasn’t enough for many geniuses because they didn’t know that only in that level of their work had they attained the I. We may not appear to the world in that level of genius – we may; but if we attain the I, whatever is necessary in the Divine fulfillment of our Being must flow. Not just as an isolated event but as a continuous dispensation so that always, you’re walking in Divine fulfillment, needing not the plaudits of man anymore because Spirit doesn’t need the applause of mankind.

Isn’t this what Scripture is telling us? And so now we are united in one I, Immortal Self and the thief cannot enter to defile. Nothing can enter to defile or make a lie in the I accepted. The thief is unemployed. The thief is removed. The thief can no longer say, “You lack and you’re limited.” You’re on the high ground of I.

Tomorrow, you’re going to have to do this all by yourself and just as well as we’re doing it here today as a group because I will teach you. If you “Come unto me… who are heavy laden, I will give thee rest… I will open all the invisible doorways. I answer before you ask but come unto me without ceasing and this is how I abolish the belief in death, in disease, in sickness, in lack and limitation.”

Everyone has this key to the Kingdom. Don’t lose your key.

All that is of God,” says Joel, “is of you and of me because the I of you and of me and the I of God are one and the same I.” And that means no question about the fact that I of you and I of God are one and the same.

And all the qualities of God are the qualities of spiritual, eternal, immortal man: of you and of me…. all that constitutes the I of God constitutes the I of you and of me for we are forever one with the Father. All that is of God is ours.”

Nobody’s chasing us out to the lions yet. We’re being built up to the place where we can stand on anything. Gently, we’re being eased up and up in I. Many of our tribulations have been monumental to us but we’re still here, aren’t we? Each of them has been a preparation for the moment when I am come, whose right it is to sit on the throne of your consciousness. For when I am come, this world becomes your playground.

Now, Joel is giving us pure Truth here. If we are receiving it, we have no barriers to the acceptance of it. If that something in us says, “And I will live this Truth,” you will discover that every word of it becomes living experience.

One of the by-products of it is that you realize that all personal ambition is a denial of your own identity. You want to be this and you want to be that. Can you be more than I? Is there anything more than God? And if I is your name, to simply be I is a fulfillment beyond every mortal dream and then I appears as that which you must appear to be in this human world. That I, expresses the Divine plan where you stand. It may change you from all of the things you thought you ought to be but what It appears as where you are is what you must be. Many of us changed quite a bit that way. Some of us want to be tycoons and we find, we lose that. We find we always were a greater tycoon than we could ever become in this world.

When Infinity expresses as your Being, you step aside as a mortal and say, “Thy will be done.” The perfection of Infinity is all I could hope for beyond every mortal idea or aspiration.

Thy kingdom come…. on earth as it is in Heaven.”

And there I, expresses in ways beyond every human capacity.

Beautifully, I, laughs at the sins and diseases and germs of the world, laughs at the grave, laughs at all these mortal barricades that we have accepted as realities. We’re taken right out of the tomb of a limited lifespan while we walk in the appearance called mortal flesh. There isn’t a miracle in the Bible that isn’t part of the I of your Being.

Every moment of every day,” says Joel, “determines what our tomorrows will be. As we sow, in this moment, so will we reap tomorrow; next week, next year or ten years from now…. But if we accept the world’s belief in two powers, its belief in Spirit and matter, in good and evil, then we’re going to experience both good and evil.”

The emphasis here is that when you accept I, don’t let that face in the mirror fool you again. And don’t let that person coming up the street fool you. There will continue to appear all forms of disturbances in the world but don’t let them fool you. They’re not there – I am. I, is the invisible identity everywhere which you have accepted where you appear to be. One, invisible, indivisible I.

Now, there are levels of this I awareness. There are degrees of coming to the higher awareness of it and there are places where you learn this will never be taken away from me now. I have reached this level, it cannot be taken away.

Now, we want to come to those levels where it’s not a mental exercise, where it’s substance; your actual Being realized and that takes practice. And I know you won’t be able to succeed in what I’m going to ask you to do but I want to ask it anyway. I want you to see how difficult it is and then you will learn how to succeed in it.

I’m going to ask you to spend just one hour of any day you choose identifying nothing except the Divine Self in that one hour, wherever you may happen to be. If there are fifty people present, coming and going, if you’re crossing on a street corner where there are five hundred present, spend one hour doing whatever you have to do but identifying nothing but Divine Self for one hour.

Don’t make it easy for yourself by closing your door and sitting in a chair for an hour but do it when you’re out among people and things and conditions as if you were walking in the park or at a theater where there are people but be conscious for one hour of Divine Self – everywhere.

For you it will be a very instructive teaching – far greater than anything that anyone can say to you. If you’ve done it, you’ll know. If not, you’ll say, “Oh my gosh, just to know that this fellow was Divine and that one is Divine.” And why while this person was dancing on the stage, to know that they’re Divine, you’ll even improve their performance for them. You’ll find you’re lifting all those around you. You may never have direct, tangible evidence of it but in some way, you’ll know something different is happening in your life and so, that’s a very important exercise.

I was going to ask you to do it for a day but I know how difficult it is to do it for an hour. An hour is at least within reason. Now in that hour, just think, we’re going to really be living in Heaven because you can’t have any judgments if you’re judging Divine. It doesn’t matter who gets on that telephone. That’s the Invisible I. It doesn’t matter who’s angry at you or what you happen to see in the newspapers or what comes off the TV tube. In that one hour, you identify all that is Divine.

Then what do we do after the hour? Do we go back to “It’s not Divine, now? The hour is up.” You see what it leads to? It’s forming a habit, a way of life and if you are true to Spiritual identity, that’s what returns to you. That’s exactly what returns to you because your fidelity is the mirror and your infidelity is the mirror. When the Master speaks about adultery, he’s talking about just this. Are you faithful to the Invisible I or not? If you’re not, you’re married to mortality, to this world and this is the Spiritual adultery which is the karma of the world.

All right. We’ll do it for an hour. Nobody’s keeping score on you but yourself. And I would like to suggest that when you fail, that you begin and start the hour at that point of failure until you complete one hour of identifying everyone and everything, even a flea, as the Invisible, Divine I and if you don’t get through one hour, during the entire week, well you just are saying to the Father, “You said abide but not this week.”

Correct yourself. Start again when you fail. If you fail at the 59th minute, begin your hour over again. You must go through an hour.

The Bible says, “Go twain if someone asks you to go a mile.” So, some of you who want to can go two hours. But that’s not the lesson.

While we are part of this human race into which we were born, we’re sowing to the flesh, we’re going to reap corruption even if we obey the Ten Commandments to the letter… what we accept into our consciousness is going to determine our experience.”

And so, we’re learning to accept in our consciousness the Invisible, Divine Self everywhere. When we accept that into our consciousness, our righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and pharisees. We’re not judging after the appearances. We’re not judging after the flesh but we’re judging righteous judgment that only the Divine Self is here. God is One. God is All. That is the nature of Being that is present wherever I am. And in this, you’ll find you have turned off the world. You have turned on the Kingdom. Your key is fitting the lock, opening the door.

I think we’ll stay with “Lifting up the I,” because if we can come to a place where we are properly aware that I is not only in this room but in every other room, in every office, in every city, on every street, the miracle of I will yield fruit beyond imagination.

So, that will be today’s lesson. We have five more until our recess and remember the last, we’re going to go right through New Year’s and Christmas, every Sunday, so we’ll be leaving the day before Christmas and the day before New Year, the 7th and the 14th of January. And the 14th of January will be the last of this series and by then, we’re going to finish this book, “Realization of Oneness” and the Gospel of John. They’ll all be finished and that last lesson is when we’ll finish both the Gospel and the book.

Thanks very much.

I think we’ll start today at the 19th verse of the 19th chapter. It reads as follows:

Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

Now, I’ve checked that out against the other Gospels and they read as follows:

In Matthew, “THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

In Mark, “THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

In Luke, “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

And only in John do we see “JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.” So, we have to say that Nazareth was inserted there by John with a purpose. We also have to see that they can’t all be right and that may give you an insight into these differences that occur in the various Gospels at crucial points.

Now, it is agreed that only John was present at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is known that the other disciples scattered to the wind. And you can be sure that they didn’t come out of hiding to go up there and look at the cross to see what the inscription read. So, everything they have to say has to do with what they have heard from someone else and John, being an eyewitness, could give us that which he saw with his own eyes. “JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

And then, the significance of that must be searched for and very quickly, you discover that Nazareth is where Joseph and Mary went after the death of Herod. If you recall, they had gone down to Egypt to get out of the clutches of this madman who wanted to kill every child of two years and under. And then, when Herod had died, and they learned about it, they returned and they went to live in Nazareth and that was where the boyhood of Jesus took place.

Herod is the symbol, you know, of the world mind and Nazareth is the symbol of those who sup with the Christ, those who sip from within. There was a sect in Nazareth, the Nazarites and I suspect that with a little research, we could connect them up to the Essenes because their teaching was almost identical.

The Nazarites, very strangely enough, had no belief in matter, no belief in evil, no belief in destruction and no belief in death. They lived at Nazareth and if you recall at the early part of the Gospel when Jesus was still picking his disciples, either Nathaniel or Philip said, “What good can come out of Nazareth?” And this is what good could come out of Nazareth, one who could lift the world into Divine Sonship.

Nazareth, in the Greek, translated from the Aramaic, means a branch growing out of, and so, Jesus of Nazareth means a branch growing out of and you know what the Christ grows out of; God, a Divine branch.

And so, you see, even those who are not on the path of Spirit are used by the Spirit so that Pilate was obliged through no desire on his part to be a Spiritual teacher, to write a Truth, that this was a man who was a Divine branch.

But further the word “Nazareth” here beside that connotation, is emphasizing that this was a human being. He came from a place on this earth. He could have said this is Jesus of Alameda, Jesus of Palo Alto, Jesus of any city where he had been to emphasize there was a form there and the city that it came from. But the city being Nazareth, is the city which is on the path to Divine Consciousness. And just as Jesus of Nazareth, upon the death of Herod, was able to live his boyhood in the city which makes one a Divine branch – that city within – so the pathway was opened to all who realize that every person on the earth must go to Nazareth. There’s no one here who must not go through Nazareth in order to reach the inner Self. In other words, we must now come to the place where world mind in us has no power, where the only authority is the Spirit within, where we are fed, where we drink deeply from the Truth of our own Being. That is Nazareth.

And that’s why “KING OF THE JEWS” becomes an important title because it’s a symbol. The Jews being at that time the only religion on earth that treasured the idea of one God, they were then a symbol of all religion and the “KING OF THE JEWS” though not so accepted by the Jews was not the man named Jesus but the inner Christ, the inner Self of every man. And this was the revelation of a new dimension on the earth, a higher Self, an Invisible Self, an inner Spiritual Being which was King of all religions, of all mankind. And for that reason, it was written in three languages. Pilate wrote it in Hebrew – actually, it says Hebrew – I presume it was Aramaic – in Latin and in Greek. And just as language here means all civilization, you know, like the arm of the Father means the power of God; here, the three languages mean all over the earth. In the language of culture of the Greeks; in the language of religion of the Jews; in the language of power and law, the Latin, all of the three major languages on the earth at the time symbolize civilization. And of all civilization, Jesus of Nazareth who raised himself beyond the concept of mortality into the knowledge of the inner Christ, the Self; that Self was the king of all languages and this was a foreshadowing of the new language that would come. The inner language of the Spirit which all mankind would learn to live in, dwell in, abide in and ascend in, out of the mortality, the matter, the flesh, the form, the limited lifespan of humanity.

And so, Pilate was an instrument without design on his part. And we’re going to see how many people are instruments though they know it not. The soldiers here, piercing the side, fighting over the garments; they are instruments. And a very strange thing shows up. We find that it was possible to crucify Jesus Christ but it was impossible to break his legs. They could make him suffer every form of humiliation. They could strike him physically. They can make him bear the cross through the streets. They could spit upon him but, it was impossible, even though they could crucify him, it was impossible for them to break his legs. And for you and me, this is a very vital point.

The reason they could not break his legs is because Scripture said so. The soldiers would have broken his legs. They had been asked to do so. They broke the legs of the two thieves but when they came to Jesus Christ, they couldn’t break his legs. We want to look in Scripture. We want to reinforce our understanding there and see how that applies to us.

Here’s how it reads in John. First, we want to establish the coat without seam woven from the top throughout, the casting of lots, the parting of raiment. These things therefore the soldiers did.”

Now let’s look in Scripture and we find that all of this was presaged in the Old Testament.

We find for example, in the 22nd Psalm the following statement – this is 22:18: “They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.”

Now, this is happening more than five hundred years in the Bible before it becomes a visible event in the life of Jesus Christ on the cross. In other words, that which is spoken in the Psalm, through the Spirit, must eventuate as a visible event in the life of Jesus Christ. There’s nothing can stop it. Everyone around that event had to act the way they did. They had no choice. They may have thought that they decided to divide the garments or not to divide the inner garment but they absolutely had no power to do otherwise. They were a visible expression of these words which were uttered more than five hundred years before the visible expression. The words and the expression in the visible were one and the same, separated only by what we call time.

And again and again and again, the pattern of this happens “that Scripture may be fulfilled,” is repeated until to you and to me, there comes an understanding that whatever is revealed as the Word of the Spirit must ultimately appear in the visible. And there’s nothing any human being can do about it. A Pilate can be used. A soldier can be used. A Herod can be used. All those who function in the material flesh are subject to the Word of Scripture even though it may have occurred two thousand years before they appear in the visible world. And no one knows who and where and when those Words of Scripture will come forth in an individual. But one thing you can be sure of, the words of the Father will not return void. The Spirit says, “Heaven and earth will pass away but my words [will never die].”

And more and more, you become aware that every commandment given to us by the Spirit must be visibly fulfilled by you. You absolutely have no choice. The Spirit teaches you to love your neighbor whether you know how or whether you want to. You must. And although you seem to delay it, there is no power on earth that can prevent you from ultimately doing just that.

Finally, you will see that your Divine destiny is to become that same individual for whom it was written, “[THIS IS]JESUS OF NAZARETH KING OF THE JEWS.” It is your Divine destiny to become the living Spirit of God realized because the words have been spoken in Spirit already. “Be perfect as your Father.”

And the more you become aware that there’s no turning back, there’s only a false delaying in the dream world of time, the more you are assured, the more you receive signs within for confirmation, the more you will finally set your sights on one goal. Precisely as he worded it, “Pick up your cross and follow Me.”

Now, we see Christ going through the streets with a cross on his shoulders. But what is really happening is we are being told that everyone of us is carrying a cross. Your cross is the belief in a material world. You’re carrying it with you every day. And now, the time comes to take no halfway measure. The time comes when we must stop digging our grave. And this is done in a different way than we had anticipated. We thought we could learn some Truth. We could memorize some Truth. We could meditate. We could be moral. We could study. We could do everything required of us and also live the lives we’d like to live. This is the place in the Bible where we discover we have no human rights. We discover that the only thing expected of us is to pick up the cross of matter and stop crucifying ourselves.

Carrying your cross through the street, believing in matter is the problem in the world today. The religions of the world worship God in their fashion and while they are worshipping God, the Bible tells us that they are also crucifying their own Being. The belief in a material selfhood is the crucifixion of your Spiritual Self. The Bible has to show us visibly what we have no way of knowing with the mind. It has to bring into the visible those things which we cannot understand unless we see them with the five senses.

And so, we pierce the side of the Christ. What does that mean when water and blood spurt out? It’s telling each of us that we have a job to do. We must reach the place where the meaning of that is the attainment of our Consciousness. When the water and blood flows from the Christ it is because that place where the side was split by the piercing is really a sacred lance used by soldiers who had no idea of Scripture whatsoever but again fulfilling Scripture.

They pierced the side by the heart, the symbol of Love. When Divine Love in you is released, the water is transformed to the wine of Spirit. The first birth is changed to the second birth. The first covenant is exchanged for the second covenant and we are reborn not by water but by water and Truth, by water and the Spirit. The water and the blood, is the sign that there is no human being in that body. The water and the blood flowing, is that Love is released this individual from the belief in form. This individual is now ready to move invisibly into foreign countries and to earn a master’s wage in the body of the Soul.

And we, who are told to follow the Christ, we too, travel in foreign countries, in invisible mansions, in the Soul body to earn a master’s wage, we must now release Divine Love that it may transform the first birth, the water of Truth into the wine of Spirit and there can be no holding back. There cannot be a divided consciousness.

You find that in the vinegar that is given to the Master’s lips. In Mark and in Matthew, he’s not given vinegar. He’s given vinegar with myrrh in one and vinegar with wine with gall in another. And in both cases, it is said, he refuses them. He will not take a mixture. He will not accept wine with gall. He will not accept wine with myrrh. There cannot be mortality and Immortality. There cannot be matter and Spirit. This is the way Spirit shows us that the way to the Kingdom of Heaven is through the realization that I am Spirit; I am not material being. You cannot mingle the wine with the gall, the vinegar with the myrrh but when in John – and John takes us out of the other two Gospels that have a mixture given to him on the cross – he is offered vinegar. It is pressed to his lips. A sponge is placed inside the vessel full of vinegar and the sponge is placed on a reed and that reed in Mark or Matthew is clarified here by John alone. That reed is hyssop and the sponge and the hyssop make the vinegar palatable to the Christ.

Now, this hyssop is another symbolism for purification. It’s actually a plant of the mint family and it was used in the Mosaic rites for purification. Now, see the symbolism then. We have a full vessel of vinegar. That’s the world mind. But why does the Christ accept the vinegar? It’s not pure, living water. It still isn’t pure living water. It simply isn’t mixed with the myrrh or the gall and the answer is that even though it’s not pure, it’s coming through the sponge and through the hyssop. And you’re being told there that the world mind, the vessel full of vinegar, must be understood. The sponge is part of the purification. The hyssop is part of the purification so that Truth, if your motives are pure, will be transmuted and finally will be acceptable to lead you to the Christ. The difference here then, is the motivation. If you have a pure motive in seeking the Christ, you will gain entrance into the Kingdom. If your motives are for a personal, human reason, you will not.

And so, the vinegar is accepted. You can put it on a sponge with hyssop. You can continue even though you are ignorant of Truth, if your motive is to know Truth, to know God aright, you will find your way into Christhood. But if you’re lingering in a sense of division, that you can combine the wine and the gall, the wine and the myrrh, the mortality and the Immortality, the matter and the Spirit, then there is no way to enter into the Kingdom of God.

Always, the Kingdom of God is that Life which is perfect and eternal.

And so, all of this symbolism takes place in John now to show us that the rising of the Christ in you depends upon stepping completely out of the belief that you are now a mortal, material being. You may not have the full understanding of it. You may not have reached that place where you can live totally in that belief, but if you are willing to set that as your goal, to reject the belief in matter, the belief in form, the belief in evil, the belief in every form of error, the belief in destruction and the belief in birth and death, then you too are in Nazareth. You, too, even though you’re still not in the purest essence of Being in your consciousness, are fulfilling the law, fulfilling the Scripture. The Scripture that must be fulfilled is your identity, is the living Spirit of God. And whoever, with pure motive, tries to live from that focus will discover that this is acceptable as the vinegar was to Christ on the cross.

That is how Christ in you wants you to approach Christ. Not as a physical being, not as a mortal being, not as a creature in time and space but as one who accepts himself to be without any hereditary past, without any human birth because now, we’re at the place where every division in consciousness is a barrier that keeps you out of the final acceptance of Christ in you.

The miracle of Christ must be fulfilled and when you believe in matter, even though you believe you are worshipping God, you are crucifying the Spirit of God within yourself and within your neighbor by your unconscious awareness – your unconscious lack of awareness is more accurate – by your unconscious lack of awareness of the presence of the Spirit of God. That’s how we crucify the Spirit of God everywhere. The belief in matter is an automatic crucifixion of the Spirit.

At other levels of our work, it wasn’t necessary to be that definite. We had to learn this but now we see that the entire world says, “We worship God,” but it also believes that God is guilty of creating evil. It believes that God is guilty of creating matter that deteriorates and at this point, we must know clearly that if you believe in the existence of matter, you are crucifying Christ. You are crucifying the Spirit of God within you which says, “I am the Only.” Just to believe that a material form is real is crucifying Christ because there is no Christ and a material form.

And so, the Nazarite, the Essene, those who dwell in the Truth, have this sacred inner duty to perform. They crucify matter instead of crucifying the Spirit of God. This crucifixion is done in the Consciousness. We cannot worship at the throne of matter and worship at the throne of God. And when we reach the sublime height where one individual is able to be crucified in the appearance called flesh without dying, he is demonstrating that this crucifixion without dying is possible to every man. Only he has done it the hard way. Our way is to be crucified in the Consciousness that matter has no existence. This is the inner crucifixion of all those who walk the path of Spirit without opposite.

Again, we cannot worship the written Word unless we are willing to go through with the outer action to conform to that written Word. We cannot, for example, be very anxious to obey certain material laws or even certain religious laws while killing an innocent man and we’re given that degree of hypocrisy here. We find it’s the Sabbath and it’s also Passover and you cannot, in the Judaic religion, leave a man hanging on a tree if he’s dead overnight.

In Deuteronomy we’re given the law, “no man shall hang on a tree if he’s dead overnight.” And certainly, no man shall hang on a tree if he’s dead on a Sabbath and this is the high Sabbath, a Passover. And so, they want these men down but they’re not dead yet. And so, the order is given, “Break their legs.” It will hurry it along. That will hasten the death. We don’t want them up there desecrating the Sabbath.

You see the hypocrisy of not wanting to desecrate the Sabbath but killing? And the Father has said, “Thou shalt not kill.” And this is again the way our intellect deceives us. Our intellect says, “Break the legs.” And then they go to break the legs and they take one thief and break his legs because they found him still alive and they want to hurry up the death. They go to the next one and they break the legs. They want to hurry up the death so they could get them down before darkness sets in. They come to Jesus to break the legs but he is dead. There’s no need to break the legs. But that’s what Scripture said five hundred years ago. No bones will be broken…. No bones will be broken.” It says in Exodus, in the Psalms and here, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, in a strange way, it so happens that no bones are broken and the man is taken down. And where is he put? He’s put in a tomb. When? On the Sabbath.

Again, the soldiers are being used. They don’t know the Scripture. They’re centurions. They’re Roman soldiers. They had no knowledge of the Old Testament. And they put the man in a tomb on the Sabbath, the eternal rest of One who has found the Spirit.

We are to find that eternal rest. Our eternal rest is when we come to the place of Spiritual Sonship and then not only are the legs not broken but we have found that One Self which is woven from above without a seam, that Indivisible, One Life. That One Life which cannot be crucified, whose bones cannot be broken, who cannot be diseased or sick or deteriorate. This new dimension is being revealed when those bones cannot be broken. Mind you, the man is dead on the cross but his bones cannot be broken. What Spiritual Power is preventing that? The same Spiritual Power that uttered the words way back in Exodus, “No bones shall be broken.”

Who uttered those words? The Christ uttered the words then and now the Christ stands in the appearance called death on a cross and the Words cannot be taken away. Their power is still there. “Heaven and earth shall pass away but my Word shall [never die.]” The power is forever even on the appearance of a dead man, the power of the Spirit maintains the power of those Words.

Have you heard the Word within you? The power of the Word you hear within you is forever and nobody can take it away. Nobody can oppose it in any way.

Some years back, I heard some Words that were important and I feel I can share them. I was told that “Whenever you ask, I will sup with you” and I have discovered that whenever I ask, whenever I ask the Spirit within by acknowledging its Presence as the only Presence – that’s the asking, no division – then that Spirit sups with me. It feeds me. It leads me. It opens my eyes. It removes the blindness of a mortal man. I can depend on this and the reason I can depend upon it is because the Words were spoken to me within. “Whenever you ask, I shall sup with you.”

And no matter what the situation may be, I find I can go within and speak to the Christ which is my own Being and rest in the conscious assurance that the supping of the Christ is the Divine Word which is all Power, all Presence, all Intelligence, all Love, all Truth without opposite. That Word needs no human implement, no human instrument. It functions by Itself, though invisible.

And for all of you who have heard any Divine Word within you, you have discovered, I’m sure, that that was a force which could not in any way be obstructed by any human being on this earth. There is no human being nor human condition that can stand in the way of that force of the spoken Divine Word in you. It could prevent the legs of a dead man from being broken because there was something even greater being revealed.

Now then, every word in Scripture, though it was not spoken to you within, to your inner ear, was spoken to you and when you realize that these words, though you did not hear them are being spoken to you now, they are saying, “Scripture in you must be fulfilled.”

The Divine Word which says, “Acknowledge me in all thy ways…. Love thy neighbor as thyself,” must be fulfilled. And the promises of those words, “When you acknowledge Me in all thy ways, I will direct thy paths,” that is an automatic phrase which functions and there’s no power on earth to prevent it because it is Divine law. Scripture must be fulfilled. When you fulfill that in Scripture which is demanded of you, every corollary goes right along with it moving the Red Sea out of the way.

There is a man now crucified and there is no power on earth that can kill him because one with God is a majority. There is a you that is expected to do the same, to reach that level of Consciousness in which you know death is an impossibility because I and the Spirit are one and the same.

The importance here, at this juncture of the Bible, is the complete revelation of the new man, the necessity for Spiritual evolution. There’s no way you can forestall it or stop it or prevent it. You can only draw out your own miseries, put yourself in a position where you are divided into good and evil, whereas if the Spirit has touched you sufficiently, to make you brush aside every objection of the human mind, you will see that the only possible way for you is to make every day a conscious fulfilling of the words of Scripture so that you become a living Bible. You are no longer to read the Bible but to live the Bible, to be the living Scripture fulfilled. Christ in you must be fulfilled.

And if you were to spend every day putting it first in the order of business, you would discover that even those things that were so important would still be done well so that you go through the Scripture, you pick out the words of the Christ and you know that these words are commands. These words are like the early days of Exodus or Genesis or Deuteronomy in which certain words were pronounced and then five hundred or a thousand or two thousand years later, they become visible events.

So, these words in Scripture uttered by the Christ are to become visible events in your life that Scripture be fulfilled. That’s why John, again and again and again, reverts to that theme. They did so and so, that Scripture might be fulfilled. Now, the they who did it didn’t do it for Scripture to be fulfilled. They did it because they had no choice and they had no choice so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

Now, the Spirit has made many pronouncements about you and the only thing that has prevented their actually happening in your life is that you didn’t realize that these are Divine law. They must happen and you must come into the rhythm of that to see that you do not try consciously or unconsciously to prevent their happening. And then, you’re moving in the Infinite rhythm of the Spirit of God.

Deny thyself.” Thyself is physical being, mortal being, human being with a home and a business and a family and this is the denial. That isn’t You. And as it continues to be you, you are standing in the way of Scripture which says, “Deny thyself.”

And so, at this point of our work, we very carefully watch every word, every thought, every idea, every action that is taking place on the cross because every word, every eyelash is telling us precisely what we are to do. If they drive five nails into his hands, that means the five senses bind us to this world. If they pierce his side and water and blood flow out, that means, we must in Consciousness do the same. We must come to the heart. We must learn to overlook all that is not Love and come over to the side where all that is Love flows through us to let the subtle transmutation of Divine Love transform us into the image and likeness of the Father.

Now, this is no longer a work for beginners or just veterans. This is a work for those who turn their entire love to God. Loving God supremely means only. You love God in your wife. You love God in your husband. You love God in your child. You love God in your enemy so that all are to you the visible expression of the Invisible Spirit of God and you are sowing only to the Spirit of this universe. We cannot sow to the flesh. We cannot sow to the form. We cannot sow to matter. We cannot sow to evil and by sowing, we cannot accept the belief that that which is not Spirit can exist.

The fullness of the demonstration here on the cross is the fullness of the demonstration that we are to make. We must stand aside from our mortal self and let God make the demonstration of God where we stand.

And now, the work is finished,” he says. That means the work that is finished is the fullness of Divine law revealed on the earth. There’s nothing more to say or to teach. It has been said. It has been taught. It has been demonstrated and that demonstration is that there is no mortal being on the earth.

Every healing that you witness should now mean to you something totally different than you thought it meant. People say, “Thank you for healing this one. Thank you for healing that one.” And sometimes they say, “What’s wrong that you didn’t heal this one or that one?” But a healing now means something quite different. If, for example, you were ill yesterday and through Spiritual work, you are not ill today, healing was only the periphery of what happened. What really happened is your Spiritual identity was revealed to you. That’s why you are what is called healed. The awareness in one’s Spiritual Self that that Spiritual Self is the Only and is the Self of you becomes the Spiritual activity within you breaking through the crust of human consciousness and that healing is the sign to you that you are the living Spirit of God. No matter who is healed Spiritually, that is the proof that they are Spiritual Being and that’s the importance of the healing. It reveals your identity. And every healing of Jesus Christ was revealing the Spiritual identity of the victim. This one thought he was 38 years in such a condition. But when he was healed, the revelation was that he was Spiritual Being, not mortal being. Whoever is healed is being revealed as Spiritual Being and that is the meaning of “The work is finished.”

He has revealed that all there is on the earth is the Spirit of God. All he’s done is take a cross sampling. One here, one there. Two here, two there. But each one is a symbol of all the rest. Every Spiritual healing is the revelation of Spiritual identity and this is the Allness, the Oneness of Spirit everywhere. That there is one Spiritual Being is being revealed by the Christ. The work is done.

And although the work is done, it remains for those who become aware of the nature of that work to now follow in the Consciousness that everyone, everywhere is Spiritual Being, to follow through on that which was revealed by the Master.

His work he says, “is finished.”

And that means that the very plan for us to attain the awareness of our Spiritual identity is also completely finished. That in the words of the Christ, in the Bible, is the complete plan of your Spiritual Sonship with God. Some may interpret it for you. Others may explain it another way but the words are there, the demonstration is there, complete, and whoever is turning full love toward God above all is led to the meaning of those words and the way to implement them in our daily living.

If today, we were to accept that I cannot be both Spirit and matter, we would find that a great void would come upon us after a while because of our transition in consciousness. And that void, however uncomfortable it might be, is a very important void because it’s a cosmic vacuum. That void enables you to empty out the old. And that transitional period of emptying out the old is what is called here, “I thirst.”

I thirst,” says the Christ. This is the transitional period in all of the Spiritual evolution of every individual. As they turn to the Christ within, recognizing the Christ within, they are quenching that thirst. Christ is never quenched within you by your mortality, only by your Immortality accepted.

I thirst.”

Within you, Christ says, “I thirst.” Turn away from your mortality. Acknowledge your immortal Christ Self and that will quench the thirst of the Christ.

And then, he “gave up the ghost.”

We have used that expression, “giving up the ghost” but not in the sense that it is meant here in the Bible. They could break the legs of the thieves but they couldn’t break the legs of the Christ and yet both appear to be forms. One was a mental image and one was a Divine image. One was a physical concept about an atom body, the other was a physical concept about a Spiritual body.

The flow of blood and water is an ancient sign, much older than Jesus Christ. It signifies the new Soul body is complete. It signifies the individual is living in the Soul body. And the giving up of the ghost then is the yielding of the image called physical form. You and I are to give up the ghost. We cannot walk in the ghost if we were to follow the Christ.

Now, think for a moment of the Essenes, the Nazarites, other sects who had learned the non-existence of the form and realized that however strange this seems to you, there have been men on this earth who have known it and who have lived by it. And there were those who followed the Master who taught it. And this body that could not be broken while on the cross is revealed there not to be like other bodies on the earth.

We are to build the Consciousness of a Divine body which is indestructible, which is immune to all forms of error, all forms of disaster, immune to death and we are told that such a body is a body we already possess and we cannot attain the awareness of that body until we learn in Consciousness to give up the ghost; this form that we think we’re carrying around.

In your deeper meditations, you will discover that there was no person in that form on the cross. The water and the blood that spurted out says that there was no person there. In your deeper meditations, you will find a way to know that this is the Truth of you now. All that is lacking is the realization.

When you are able to give up the belief in matter, you will find this ultimates in the externalized awareness that you are not in a material form now. You will be aided in your effort to give up the ghost.

As long as you consider yourself to be in a material form, at this level of the Bible, you are rejecting the Christ. This is what the world is doing. This is what religion is doing. This is what every individual on the earth is doing who is not aware of his own Spiritual Selfhood. And so, we are really a very small, small minority. Perhaps, larger than we realize, once we begin to find many of those who are in sacred and silent teachings.

Once you are in this awareness that you are not in the body, not in the form, you’ll find you have a new awareness of the Invisible, something that no words can describe. You will understand why this is a secret teaching up to a point and why for you, it can no longer be just a way of worshipping words but must become a living, daily activity, not in the form.

So, the Wayshower demands of us to give up the ghost.

– End of Side One —-

Now, let’s meditate for a moment.

We’ve seen a lot of characters in the Bible with names. We’ve seen a lot of healings. We’ve seen a few raised from the dead. We’ve seen an individual who, though he could be crucified, could not die. Although he had no defense, his legs could not be broken because the power of Scripture had determined that in advance.

And we have heard the Spirit say, through the lips of that One, “Call no man on earth your father: for one is your Father, which art in heaven…. Ye are the light of the world.” Not “Ye are the flesh” but rather, “Flesh is grass.” “Ye are the light of the world.”

And while we’re doing this, let’s think for a moment of science, in its great projected plans, how it has the world’s hoping it would make atomic energy available in the next decade; new plants, new thermal-nuclear energy to be released and always, the world is hanging on the promises of science or on the promises of religion that we’re going to find some great promised land someday.

And here, in our Bible, the Spirit is saying, “Now are you the living child of God.” Can you follow science? Can you follow religion if you are now the living child of God? You can follow the Spirit which makes such utterance and it says, “Where you are, I am. I will never leave you. I am the very substance of your Being. I am you.”

And now, this wayward mind which is the mind that follows either religion or science or some kind of –ology; this wayward mind is what we separate ourselves from. We see that on the cross, there are two thieves, one on each side and there is the symbolism of the world problem. That’s not a man on the cross and that’s not two thieves, one on each side. That is the world consciousness hanging on a tree. The world consciousness is brought into visibility as two thieves, one on each side of a man in the center. And we look at it and if I continue in mortality, I’m going to be that one in the center. If I continue in materiality, those two thieves are going to bury me. One is mind and one is matter. The belief in mind and the belief in matter buries the Christ within. This is the nature of the world situation.

Everywhere you go, invisibly, no matter who you’re looking at, there are two thieves on the cross and in between them, they are burying and crucifying the Christ. It doesn’t matter what their names are, how important they are in this world, they are crucifying the Christ within themselves by the belief in mind and matter. These twin-beliefs are the thieves on the cross, always crucifying the invisible Spirit, turning that individual away from his Self. This is what you’re looking at all over the world. Every individual is crucifying himself, unaware of it and yet, this is the symbolism of the two thieves on the cross.

Now, we are to be taken out of that. We turn to one of those thieves. We recognize no human mind. We recognize the Divine Self. We take that thief into Paradise. We recognize the Divine mind there and automatically, in the recognition of Divine mind, there can be no human body. There is only Divine body.

And the Christ within is no longer thirsty. The Christ within is quenched. We recognize the Divine nature of all Being. It doesn’t matter what each individual does to himself, we un-crucify him in our Consciousness. We un-crucify ourselves. We un-crucify our children. We un-crucify the world. We do not accept the opposite of that invisible Christ. We do not let the two thieves surround us, one on each side. We’re putting on the robe of Immortality. We are accepting Sonship and this is a daily practice, a conscious practice every day until world mind hits this conscious awareness in you and makes no headway.

If you put yourself first as a human being, you’re putting Christ second and you’ll find that you cannot violate Scripture. You must acknowledge Christ first.

The understanding of this is only a prelude to the living of it, the daily living of it. And even if you put it off one day, that day you will crucify Christ and you’ll pay the price for it. This becomes to us the most important work we have. It’s more important than the success of anything we think is in our human lives because without this, you’re removing the Reality of your Being and you’re going to have a paper castle.

With this, you’ll find there substance in everything else that you do. You must, each day, un-crucify Christ. Put the vinegar up to the lips of the inner Christ. Recognition, that the inner Christ is your permanent Self and live in this permanent Self every day. Then all the symbolism is taking place, the water and the blood is spurting from the heart, the transmutation is taking place, Christ is being born in your consciousness.

We’ll have some very specific suggestions after a few moments recess.

(Class break)

See if you recognize this passage.

And the angel of the Lord appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son. Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing: For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines. Then the woman came and told her husband, saying..”

And the whole story is pretty much the way it was with Mary. Now, Samson, the Nazarite was born here and you see how this was a foreshadowing of Jesus the Nazarene. There are many foreshadowings and one of the most important at this moment, you’ll find in Isaiah. That incidentally was Judges, Judges 12. (Edit note: Judges 13)

In Isaiah, in the 53rd chapter, we find this. Now, the interesting thing about Isaiah’s long-suffering servant is that this again happens five hundred years before the cross. “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” It goes on describing the feelings and the activities that later took place on the cross. “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter,” and so forth.

Now, because you begin to know that the Spirit of Christ which speaks through Isaiah is the Spirit of Christ which appears on the cross, that the Spirit of Christ which utters these words in the Bible, in the Old Testament and in the New Testament; this is the Spirit of Christ in you that is going to do these things. And then you begin to see that you have a job, a function. The Divine plan is for you to let the Christ do these things in you without your human interference.

Everything the Christ says in the Bible is to happen in and through you where you are and the Divine plan released to all mankind through the activity of Jesus Christ is that you are to let the demonstration of God take place by renouncing any selfhood, any life, any sense of being that is not Divine.

Say not, There are four months, to harvest. For now are the fields white to harvest.

And everywhere the Christ walked, the earth people were saying, “Tomorrow there will be a harvest when the Messiah comes” and the Christ was saying, “I am the Messiah. Now is the harvest. Now open your eyes. Now stretch forth your arm. Now is the Red Sea parted. Now does the troubled sea subside. Now is the woman healed of hemophilia. Now is the leper cleansed. Now, now, now are the fields white to harvest.” And these are the words of the Christ in you saying, “Now.”

The sowing and the harvest are now. Now are you the Sons of God, not tomorrow. Now are you perfect as your Father. Now is there joy and harmony and fulfillment where you are. It is all present, invisible in your Spiritual Selfhood now. The long-suffering Servant in you, the invisible Christ, whom you have starved, who is thirsty, who takes all of the abuse without a word because, we in our ignorance, stand away from our Self; that long-suffering Servant in us is teaching us that now, everything you seek, you are. There is not a promise in the Bible, not one. Every statement of Truth is now in your invisible Spirit, functioning.

And so, the suggestion I’d like to make is that we now come to grips with being living Scripture. We’ve had enough reading of Scripture. You are that Scripture and your whole life, your whole activity must be the demonstration of living Scripture, the release of the imprisoned splendor.

You say you have a supply problem? God says you haven’t. God says, “Now are the fields white to harvest. Where you are there are loaves and fishes invisible.” You say you’ve got a business to run. God says you haven’t. God is running the only business there is and that manifests as a perfect business when you know yourself not to be a mortal human being trying to run that business. You say the marriage isn’t working or the children haven’t caught the idea of their function? You’re wrong. They’re perfect children. You have to invisibly accept the field is white to harvest now. Not tomorrow. In everything you do. If you’re waiting for better health, you’re wrong. If you’re waiting for better supply, you’re wrong. If you’re waiting for new developments, you’re wrong. Now are the fields white to harvest.

And if you will re-translate your life at this present moment so that every level of it in which you seem to be lacking in some way or limited is changed in your consciousness, not out in the outer world, removing the belief of every lack and every limitation whether it’s health or business or supply or what not. Remove the belief because humanly, you cannot see the invisible harvest that is there and build yourself the faith that the Christ which speaks and says, “Now are you perfect as your Father,” is telling you a Truth. That means perfect in every way.

Please make a list to yourself in order of lack and limitation and take a great big cross in your consciousness and cross out that list. Sit with it if you have to spend hours until you can agree this limitation, this lack, this problem, this error, this that I’m trying to accomplish is already accomplished. When you can agree that this is the Spiritual truth of your Being, you will find that the Scripture must be fulfilled when it is accepted in your consciousness. And if you accept it, you will find new beliefs, new seeds, new thoughts and these new beliefs, these new seeds will come forth. They will show you what you thought was lack was only your lack of awareness of the Spiritual nature of your Being, your lack of awareness that the Scripture was telling you the Truth of who you are.

Now, let’s take any specific case. Let’s take health. Everybody’s interested in health. None of us want to be sick. None of us want to be sluggish. None of us want to be drained of energy. Do you know the biggest problem in our health is that we still haven’t learned that there is no bad health? We still think it can be. Just think of yourself, how many times you say, “Look what I’ve got” as if you’ve got it. You accept it as a condition. The least you can do at this stage is to know that it’s an illusory condition. That’s the very least you can do. You can’t set yourself as knowing more than God. When God pronounces you perfect, when God says, “All I have made is good and you are my Son,” you can’t talk about your bad back. You see, that’s still a belief in you. You’ve got a bad back. You can’t do that. You can’t have a bad back. Otherwise, you’re saying “God doesn’t know what God is talking about. I still have a bad back.” And that belief that lingers is the dream. That’s the hypnosis.

You say, “My business isn’t good.” Or “My children aren’t doing what I’d like them to do.” You’re wrong. You have no right to like them to do anything. They are perfect as your Father, as their Father. Your function as a Spiritual Being is to live in a Spiritual awareness, not to pass human judgments about yourself or others. And unless you precede everything you do with the knowledge that the field is already white to harvest, that right where that problem or that problem or that other problem seems to be, there is invisible, Spiritual perfection and nothing else is there. Right where that bone seems to hurt, there is invisible perfection and nothing else is there and you must hold to that Truth that the fields which are white to harvest are your own Spiritual Being and the Spiritual Being across the way. Everywhere you must hold to that and you will discover the fields are white to harvest. Then, you will be crucifying the problem, the belief and not the Christ of your Being. This is the suicide we come out of when we start to accept the words of Scripture above our own concepts. Scripture must be fulfilled in you. Christ in you must be fulfilled.

Now, that’s a pretty simple and definite Divine law. Christ in you must be fulfilled.

Another weakness we have, a very big weakness: is there’s always a me there trying to get something done. There’s always a me trying to even understand the Truth and when you may not be aware of it, you completely feed this me. You want this me to have certain harmonies. You want certain things around you to change so that the me over here can be more comfortably situated. That’s all the wrong focus. You want this me to have a better job. You want this me to have a happy marriage. That’s the wrong focus. You’re working out of a false sense of self. You must learn that there is no me here. There is only the Christ of God here and that means, at this level, we have no personal desires, no earthly desires.

Before Jesus gives up the ghost, he bows his head. The bowing of the head is the complete surrender of the human ego. Everything is significant. He bows his head to tell us that you must learn to bow your head. The complete surrender of the human selfhood and as long as there’s a human selfhood there, there’s going to be a bad back or a bad child or a bad relationship. There’s going to be good and there’s going to be evil in human relationships. When there’s no human self, you have bowed your head and then, you can give up the ghost. There must be no human self in your consciousness.

I was up at 4 am this morning and it took me two and half hours to even make a dent before I could feel that something was happening and I remember when we first started in this work and Joel used to say, “Well, we’ve got to have two or three meditations a day.”

Now, you discover that if he had told you what you had to do, you might never have continued in your work. You don’t have two or three meditations a day. You live in the Truth all day. You don’t step out of the Truth. Your whole life is a meditation. Everything you do is a meditation with your eyes opened or closed. And then, he had ten second meditations for those who didn’t have the time so they could just blink an eyelid and say, “I am the Christ” and go on their way.

I want to recommend to you that you take a day, and get up before the world does and don’t mind if the first two hours are a problem to you. Don’t mind a bit. Don’t mind how much you feel you’re getting nowhere. Just keep knowing the Truth in various ways about who you are until all of a sudden, out of nowhere and you can’t explain why or when, there You are. Suddenly, it’s taken right out of your hands. Suddenly, someone else is driving the wheel, it’s not you. You don’t know how it happened. Something lifted you right out of your thought, right out of your contemplation and now, you’re in My Peace. We’ve been trying to get peace in our lives and the Spirit says, “Oh no, that’s not the right way to do it. You want the peace of the world, human peace. It won’t work. My Peace is not as the world giveth.”

There’s a new dimension of Peace when you are able to get to the place where it’s taken out of your hands and then the soft, gentle Spirit calls you because it now is You and there’s no human being there. In that moment when there’s no human being there, you are meditating and not before. All of your statements, that’s not meditation. Even the psychic trance is not meditation. It’s when suddenly, there’s no you; only the Spirit is there. Then you’re in meditation. You’re in the Father. And then you see why the fields are white to harvest because in that Spiritual you, everything is happening the way it should be. Scripture is being fulfilled. Everything in Scripture is happening. The promises are Being, not becoming, Being.

Now is the time for work then. Time to know that because I am accepting that I must step out of the sense of mortality, I’ve got to work at it and I won’t be able to close my eyes for three minutes and come to that conclusion and go on my way. I’ve got to really put in the time.

And so, if you haven’t yet come to that conclusion and are ready to, you’ve got to take one day a week to see what I really mean. One day in which this is what you’re about to do. There’s nothing else on your mind that day. You get up before the world does and you go to work. There’s nothing else you have got to do that day. If after two, three, four, five hours you find you’ve got it, great. It’ll take care of the rest of the day. You can go about all the things you wanted to do. You’ll find this new dimension makes you sail through those things. But put in this two, three hours stretch. If you’re lucky, if it’s so meant for you, you might find in twenty minutes you’ve got it. But if you don’t, that’s par for the course. Don’t worry about it. Sometimes we go two or three days before this thing gels. There’s no miracle meditation. It’s work. Hard work. And it only becomes easy work when you’re finding yourself doing it every day.

Now, then those of you who haven’t yet had the great pleasure of meditating before the world is awake, contemplating, resting and struggling too; get with it and don’t mind the struggle. And make your object one thing. I’m putting my mortality on the cross because that’s what we’re about to do. Putting my mortality on the cross and I’m going to have to wrestle with this thing in the wee hours of the morning, two, three, maybe four hours. With a little rest, I might have to go out and get some coffee. I might have to keep the pot percolating. I might have to do all kinds of things just to break it up a little bit so I just don’t fall into a trance but I’m going to stay with it until I can come to a conclusion. Mortality was never my Self.

You are joining, uniting with your pre-existent Self which is simply the removal of the sense of mortality. When he gave up the ghost, he was telling you he was re-joined with his pre-existent Self. All he was, was what he always was. Nothing else.

Your pre-existent Self is your present existent Self and only when you go through this inner scourging of this sense of mortality will you suddenly find lifted out of your hands and you’ll be on that flying carpet of Spirit.

Now, I know meditation is supposed to be an effortless thing but it only gets to be effortless after you’ve gone through a great deal of effort. And you’ve got to put forth that effort. You’ve got to be a striver with God. You’ve got to wrestle with the intruder. You’ve got to find a way of being just as persistent as the world mind is in you and quench the thirst of the inner Christ.

Now, start with Scripture and remember, it applies to your Being. It’s not about ten other fellows. It’s about your Being and take it into your early morning contemplation, wrestle with it, till you can agree; this that I have read in the Scripture, I am doing. I am a living Bible. And then each day, add to your armament of Truth that way. You’ll find these depth bombs will really unseat the world mind in you like nothing else.

You are lifting up the I. Don’t complain about world conditions. There aren’t any. Don’t complain about the noise of the neighbors. Don’t complain about anything. These are human judgments and there’s no human there where you are. Judge not lest ye be judged. You judge yourself every time.

Now, then, make the effort to overcome the sense of mortality, to bow the head for the plan is complete. The Divine plan is clear. You must accept that you are immortal Being and all that goes with it is true, now. This that I am suffering from cannot be a fact. This must be a supposition, a concept. This that is wrong in my business cannot be a fact. There is no such thing as a bad business. This is for mortals.

Everywhere you go, everything you do comes out purified. Put the hyssop on the sponge. Feed it to the lips. Purify everything you do with the knowledge that invisibly, this is perfection and it is here now. And you’ll find there is a rainbow that is going to come into your Consciousness. In other words, you’re Spiritualizing everything you know because it is already invisible Spirit. You can take this as far as you’re willing to take it, as far into time as you care to go because the complete harvesting of the field is already complete where you are now. There’s nothing for you to do but to go through the effort, the action in the visible of harvesting what is there now in the Invisible by the silent acceptance of Christ within, everywhere, everyone. There is no mortal. There is no matter on the face of the earth.

And that’s what the Father says to us. That’s what we learn to say, “Yes, Father.” I have no pain in the back. I have no financial problem. I don’t care if I haven’t got a dime. That’s not what I go by. I go by the Father’s Word. “All that I have is thine, Son. Be still. Thou art ever with me.”

Thank you, Father. I have all that there is in the Father’s house now. And never will I waver and let another thought enter where another thought would not be the thought of the Father. It would be mortal thought and where there is no mortal, there can be no mortal thought. Even while the tears are running down your cheek, you must learn to do this.

Then suddenly, the agony of Job is changed. The living Spirit heaps upon him all of the glories of the invisible Kingdom. Everything is recovered double. Why? Because Spirit multiplies. Matter is always division. No good matter. No evil matter. Only pure Spirit.

Put matter on the cross and the Christ will announce Itself where you stand.

Next week, please come prepared to, within yourself, listen to the Spirit’s understanding of the chapter called, “Lifting the I” the eleventh chapter in Joel’s book, “Realization.” You’ve read it three or four times by now. At this point, we want to see that “Lifting the I” means the crucifixion of mortal sense. Crucifixion is the only way to resurrection. The path of the cross is the path to resurrection.

Well, a happy December and a happy holiday season to those who we won’t see this month again, and to all of you who will be here next week, we must pursue this path of resurrection now to the point of realization.

We’ll see you soon and thanks again.

Presumably, in this meditation, those of you who are not familiar with Joel’s teaching about the rose may have lingered on the material values or material appearances of the rose and those of you who were able to see the rose as a doorway, went through that doorway and found you were touching something invisible, ultimately touching the Infinite.

Now, the way we see a rose, whether with the naked eye or with a Spiritual Consciousness, it’s the way we read a Bible. And so, today, we want to see if we are reading the Bible correctly. Many of us still read it as if we’re talking about characters named Pilate and Jews and Nicodemus and Jesus Christ and John. That isn’t the Bible at all. Those are just names. You could take the name Pilate and throw it away and call him Gregory Peck; it wouldn’t make any difference. Who was he? What does he represent? What do the members of the Jewish council represent?

And then, we come to this place now where we can say that the Bible is not about people at all. Oh, they walked the earth. They had forms. They said and did things but they’re not in the Bible for that reason. They are not external people. There’s not a character in the Bible that is there for that purpose. Their purpose in the Bible is to show you the multitude of ideas, thoughts and conditions that exist in your mind.

Now, take the name of Pilate away. Who was this individual? Pilate was an administrator. Not just an ordinary administrator but an administrator for Rome, an administrator for all of the material power called Caesar. And where was he an administrator? In the land of the Hebrews. In the land of the intellect. Pilate administrated in the land of the intellect. In you, in your intellect, there is a Pilate. Pilate represents that outer action, that administration in us which is a tool, which is used.

And now, as we begin to read our Bible correctly, we see that Pilate in us is a tool used by both Caesar, world power and the Jew – the intellect – so that mind and material power conspire to force something in us to act a certain way so that Pilate in us must make a compromise.

And every other character in the Bible is to be seen not as a name but rather as a mortal power within us, forcing us to do things that turn us away from the Divine nature of our Being. Oh, there are good characters too, who turn us to the Divine nature of our Being.

But every character in the Bible then, is no longer to be read as an external person. Some of us have already discarded that old habit anyway. We see Pilate here now, in the 19th chapter as a tool or an instrument of two forces and he cannot make up his mind. He is forced one way and then the other because he is not anchored in the knowledge of his own identity. All he knows is he gets a paycheck from Rome and so, he has to do what Rome wants. He also knows that the Jews can in some way unhinge him from that job. All they’ve got to do is to tell Caesar that he’s unfaithful to them and to him and the next thing you know, poor Pilate who does not know who he is, has to turn around and do things for the Jews that he doesn’t want to do.

And so, you find your inner administrator. That which makes you decide to walk right or left, or forward or up or down. The administrator in you which lives today for you and will live tomorrow for you, who does he answer to? Does he answer to Christ? Does he answer to Caesar? Does he answer to the intellect? Does he answer to the Jew? Does he answer to Rome? Who does he answer to? And if he does not answer to Christ, he’s going to compromise.

And we can still further clarify whom this administrator should answer to because the Jew and Pilate, the administrator in jury for Rome and Rome itself, all represent a material world – totally barren of the awareness of the presence of God within. And if our inner administrator is unaware of the God within, we’re going to make a decision like Pilate and six months later or six years later, we’re going to be forced into suicide as he was or we’re going to make a decision like Judas who acted from somewhat similar motives on a different scale and he was forced into suicide. But worse than that, these were visible, ostensible suicides. There is that suicide in a man which is not visible.

And now, in the 19th chapter, some of the highest teachings take place before the crucifixion to show us that man is daily committing suicide. Pilate, in every man, unable to make the right decision because he knows not himself, goes forth and worships at the throne of matter. And not only that, but the intellect goes right along with him. The Jew turns on the Jew. The Jew turns on himself. The intellect turns upon itself and tears itself to pieces. Don’t make the mistake that you’re looking at characters in a book. You’re looking at the thoughts that are in the mind of the world today, in the religions of the world, in the sciences of the world, in the psychology movements of the world, even in metaphysical movements in the world. You’re looking at ideas and thoughts and actions and conditions that exist in the world mind and they’re given names like Pilate and Herod and Annas and Caiaphas. You don’t see Herod in the Gospel of John at this point. You see Herod only in the other Gospels.

Here Pilate makes a decision. In the other Gospels, Pilate turns Jesus Christ back to Herod. He gets rid of this difficult decision when he learns that Jesus is a Galilean and he has no control in Galilee. Herod does. He also has had a lot of difficulty with Herod and he thinks by turning Jesus over to Herod, he can patch up his personal difficulties and also be free of making a decision that he thinks he might regret.

Why does John not tell us about Herod? The reason he doesn’t is very important and it indicates why John is so trustworthy as a witness. John was absent when Pilate turned Jesus over to Herod. John was sent to get the mother of Jesus. You won’t find it in here. You see, he was taken so quickly that his own family knew nothing about it and only one disciple went with him; John. Only one disciple was inseparable from him; John.

And just as Pilate means nothing as a name, neither does John. But the meaning of that inseparability from Jesus will be clear to you as you dwell with that inner Self which clarifies all things. It was John to whom the Master said, “Now fetch my mother. Bring her here that she may watch me die.” And it was John who then went and it was then that Pilate turned Jesus over to Herod. And John, because he wasn’t there to witness that did not report that but he knew about it. John reported only what he witnessed and you will discover that the very Spirit of Jesus Christ directs us to John for the Truth. But again, not to an external John but to John in you and that should clue you in to who John in you might be.

We’ll begin approximately at 12th or 13th verse of the 19th chapter.

The 12th tells us that, “Thenceforth, Pilate sought to release Jesus: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.”

And so, mind is using its pressure against the administrator. Pilate has tried every way he can not to have to have Jesus crucified. Not because he believes in the Christ but because he’s a coward. He doesn’t want blood on his hands. He also hates the Jews. He despises them. He hates to do them a favor. And yet, he’s forced to do what they tell him. He doesn’t want to. This is a thorn in the side that Paul speaks about. “That which I would not do, I do.” Why? Because there is a force working through us, making us administrate in a way we do not wish to administrate and we cannot identify that force and so, we do what we would not do.

We sort of file down the edges a little bit here and file the edges down a little bit there making little concessions until they become great big concessions and always, the concession is we believe in the existence of matter.

As we’re pushed closer to the crucifixion, we’re pushed closer to the decision we must make. Do we drop the belief in matter? Or do we let matter crucify us? We’re going to have to make that decision and then we’re going to have to keep that decision once we’ve made it.

Pilate is squirming because he has not faced such a decision. He’s unaware that such a decision must be made. He does not know what forces are compelling him to act. Everywhere he turns, matter gets him this way and mind gets him the other way. He’s in between.

Now, the Jews won’t let him release Jesus Christ. He wants to. He’d like to leave this town and go back home. They say, “If you do this, let a man go, who is no friend of Caesar, what about you? Are you a friend of Caesar?” So, this hits him on his weak side again. If he were Christ, he wouldn’t have a weak side. If he knew Spiritual identity, there would be no weak side. He couldn’t be persuaded or influenced. He would be willing to say, “Because this man is innocent as far as I’m concerned, he is free.”

When we stand in our Spiritual identity, we can face the torments of the mind or the body. We can accept them as conditions which must pass but which have no power. When we do not stand in Spiritual identity, then the conditions of the world around us swarm in and they have a sense of power compelling us to do that which we do not want to do.

When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha.”

The administrator brings in Jesus Christ in the place called Gabbatha, the pavement. And this means a pavement of stones; a pavement of stones and these stones are literal truth. The truth of the sense mind. Jesus Christ will be judged by the truth of the sense mind. That is the pavement called Gabbatha.

There will be no Spiritual judgment present. The administrator in us judges by the sense mind. And so, today’s decisions are based upon what our sense mind tells us and this leads to a false decision. It invariably leads to a decision not based upon Truth and however right it may appear to be, in time it is shown to be wrong. If a decision in your life is made not based upon Spiritual Truth, even if you have a temporary advantage, you will discover that this is reversed by later incidents. This is the delusion of making decisions with the mind which is sense bound.

The cardiogram says you have a bad heart. That’s a sense bound mental decision. The Spirit of God says “Be ye perfect as your Father.”

And so, the administrator in us, Pilate, says, the cardiogram says, “I have a severe heart action,” and now, the rest of us accepts this and fear begins to sway us. Decisions are now made and these decisions are all based not upon Spiritual identity but upon material identity. And so, the operation finally comes off and it’s a success and we’re very happy. We think we’ve done the right thing but we’re still just as far away from our permanent Self.

The purpose now of these characters is to show us what mistakes we should not make. How to avoid these mistakes, how to come to that sense of Self which is the permanent Self which is perfect now as the Father. There are big decisions to make at this point of the path because if you haven’t decided that you have a permanent Self and that you are at all costs going to live in that permanent Self, you’re going to withdraw and be battered and buffeted on both sides by the material world and the world mind. It’s only when you have riveted your goal to living in and as your permanent Self, not the changing day by day material self, but the unchanging, eternal Self, the Life Self. When that is your goal you find the administrator in you becomes not a Pilate who ultimately is forced to commit suicide but the Father who doeth the works. Then you have the Divine administrator, the Father within and Grace flows, making perfect decisions, perfect expressions of the Divine where you stand.

It was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!”

There is a secret in the Bible here which we may have spoken of many times in which people who have no idea that they represent God, in some way are used to utter words of Truth. You’ll find Pilate, though he’s unaware of it, in some cases, he is a spokesman for the Divine word. The words are put in his mouth. He has nothing to say about them.

Behold your King!”

What he’s saying is really a taunt, a mockery and yet, he’s saying the Truth though he knows it not. His hostility to the Jews is now being revenged. He’s taunting them with this appearance. They know this man is not their king and he knows this man is not their king but they have seen fit to accuse him of saying he was their king in order to get him crucified. And so, he turns his taunt back to them and he says, “Behold your king!”

Matter doesn’t want to do what mind is telling us and it tries to fight mind. He’s now in his own way attacking the very mind which is controlling him.

Behold your king! But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.”

Now, we are given an insight into the human mind. If there was one person on earth that the Jews hated worse than Pilate it was Caesar. If there was one person they feared, it was Caesar. They hated him and they feared him. Now, they say, “We have no king but Caesar.”

Caesar is their oppressor. Listen closely within yourself to those words, “We have no king but Caesar.” The intellect of man says, “Caesar is our king.” The intellect of man says, “Matter is my king.” The oppressor of the Jews was Caesar and the Jews declare Caesar is their king. The oppressor of man is matter and man still worships matter. Man worships that which oppresses him and destroys him.

Caesar represents the epitome of material power in the world and there’s hardly a man on the earth who doesn’t worship material power. What destroys man? Material power. The material power of sin, of disease, of sickness and of death destroys every man but that’s what he worships. He worships the other side of that coin, the good material power, the health. He worships all of the so-called positive side of material power and while doing it, it’s like asking Caesar for favors. The Jews never got a favor out of Caesar.

We think we get favors out of matter. Now, this is how at this point John is teaching us that we commit suicide worshipping matter, seeking matter, striving to attain matter, striving to live comfortably in a material world. This is saying, “We have no king but Caesar.”

Where is Caesar today, the man the world feared? A corpse. They were fearing that which would be dead but they were really fearing that which was dead. The message of Spirit is that matter is dead. Matter is a corpse and when you seek matter, you’re seeking a corpse. Even when you acquire it, you’ve acquired a corpse. This is how we commit suicide daily and that is the reason this occurs before the crucifixion.

The Talmud of the Jews declares we have no god, we worship no man but God. No man can be our God and now, “We have no king but Caesar” is turning away from its own Judaic God, showing how the human mind can be perverted and distorted under stress. It has no anchor in itself and as this mind here says, is forced to declare, “We have no king but Caesar” which it doesn’t mean at all, so do we every day worship at the throne of the material world.

Now, if you dwell with this awhile, you will see that Caesar represents that which mankind worships and fears. Material power, material possessions, material health, material bodies, material conditions, all that has the capacity to turn and oppress us, we worship.

In the tenth deca, only thirty odd years after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, there were more Jews hanging on trees from the sacking of Jerusalem than you could count. The entire city was destroyed. The same suicide which took place in the statement, “We have no king but Caesar” ultimately led to that oppression.

Now, throughout the world, we know that the Jews are noted for their being oppressed. This is true. Do you see the vaster symbolism, though? That the mind, the intellect is always oppressed by Caesar, material power. That’s the decoy the mind follows. The oppression throughout the world of the Jews is a vaster symbol of the oppression of material power over the intellect of man.

Just as in the days of Jesus, the Jew and Pilate and Caesar symbolized humanhood in its various levels. So, it is today. The world ruling power is still comprised of those facets of intellect and matter which are the suicide of the human race. These are facts that never change. They always stare us in the face until we come to Spiritual identity, until we stand in the midst of these powers of the Jew, of Pilate, of Caesar unmoved as Jesus Christ was. And this is the symbol of standing in the midst of all worldly power in Spiritual identity knowing that Spiritual identity is untouchable for Spiritual identity is the permanent Self. Then the intellect, the false sense of world power will try to manipulate the administrator in you but the administrator in you will be God, the Father within unmoved, uninfluenced and just as Jesus Christ walks through a crucifixion, we walk through the sin, the disease, the death, the bad health, the sickness, the conditions of the worldly mind.

The symbolism is very clear because we’re reading the Bible now as John wanted us to read it, not with the human mind. It was written from Soul to Soul. This is the vast panorama which is on every page of the Bible, always with new names. Before the full picture emerges, you are given the strength and the foundation stones so that when you come to the real trial, you know that you have learned how to stand on one fact, that there is no person where you stand.

It’s easy to say God is All, but what stands on the cross is the false sense of self and everyone has to come to that place where the false sense of self is put on the cross. There is no person where you stand. The Allness of Spirit, the Allness of God, the Allness of Divine Selfhood is the only You and these trials and tribulations of all for the purpose of transmuting all that is unlike God out of our system until you are willing to stand on your own Divine Selfhood as the only Self you are. That is your permanent Self as you overcome the feeling of a personal me, as you release the belief in a material me.

And before this crucifixion takes place, all of the suffering and torment we go through is because we still worship Caesar. We still worship the material power of the world. We still fear it and we still try to seek favor from it in some way.

I had expected more than a year ago that most of our members in this class would have dropped out. Continuously, we emphasize that Christ offers you nothing in this world. Christ isn’t trying to offer you a better human world. Christ is saying that “When you look at that rose, learn to look through it.” Christ is saying “When you look at that person, learn to look through that person. See that every object on this earth is a doorway to the invisible, spiritual Kingdom.”

Now, this minute, everything you see is a doorway to Infinity. You must cross out that which you see and walk through it to that which you do not see and you must develop the habit, the capacity to walk through the material world around you, to walk through Caesar, to walk directly into the invisible Spirit always.

And yet, in spite of the fact that we have repeatedly told you that Christ offers nothing in this world, many haven’t turned away. And it may be because it took eight or nine years before we could come to face this Truth within ourselves. It wasn’t done overnight. We had a foundation.

And today, when we say “There is no person,” it’s still a difficult thing to say. It’s still a difficult thing to accept but it’s still as necessary as it was the day that Jesus stood upon a cross. He was demonstrating there is no person here.

Pilate couldn’t crucify the Son of God. Caesar couldn’t crucify the Son of God. No Jew could have the Son of God crucified. Neither mind nor matter nor material power can crucify the Son of God and this is the teaching that you are that Son. That means no germ, no sickness, no disease, no lack or limitation can crucify the Son of God and you are that Son. And ever you think you’re being crucified, you’re saying, “I am not that Son, I am material being.” No one can do to you anything except it be the will of the Father and it is the will of the Father that you be perfect as your Father.

These are the issues behind the forms and the conditions that we now see at this particular point of the Bible. Identity being revealed and false identity being revealed. Everything coming into sharp focus for those who have made total illumination their only goal. The doorway which is called a rose, the doorway which is called a river, the doorway which is called a mountain, the doorway which is called a fruit or a pear or an apple or a tree or an animal or a person; that doorway is only the doorway to the Invisible that is there. And standing at that doorway always is the Invisible Christ saying, “I stand at the door.”

As you look into the doorway of matter and accept the invisible Christ there, you’re crucifying matter instead of Christ. And if you look at matter and see matter and accept matter and know only the matter that you see, you’re crucifying Christ. If you see a person, you’re crucifying Christ and this must be seen. When we are not accepting Christ, we are crucifying Christ.

When the churches of the world believe in the reality of evil which is material, material evil, the religions of the world are practicing atheism. They are saying, “There is matter, it’s bad matter. We’ve got to do something about that.” John tells us if God didn’t create it, it doesn’t exist. God didn’t create bad matter. And if we’ve got to do something about what God didn’t create, we’re accepting it as being there, created there. That’s not worshipping God. That’s worshipping Caesar.

All belief in evil is turning away from the Allness of God and is pure atheism and it doesn’t matter who is the atheist, what religion he runs or doesn’t run. If he believes in the existence of evil, he is an atheist and it’s best to face it. And we can truthfully say that we have most of our lives been atheists while thinking we believed in God. But we believe in a God in some form. We didn’t believe in God as the only Reality of the universe and that wasn’t believing in God. It was believing in our false concept of God. In our skull, we had an idea called God and that’s what we worshipped.

And so, the handful of us who straggled through this have come to the place where we can worship God, and finally get the message that God that we worship is ‘individual identity’. You worship God everywhere you look for that is the only One who is present. Everywhere you look is God and you either worship God or crucify God in your mind.

Jesus Christ had the fantastic capability of drawing forth two things in this world. First, to reveal Divine action; the great, invincible power of the Spirit. And then, having revealed this power is on earth, to reveal the nature of the world mind so that this world mind, acting through men with names would turn and crucify its own Savior.

We have no king but Caesar.”

This is the mind of the world expressing through the Jew, through the intellect in which man would rather crucify its Savior and worship its tormentor than crucify its tormentor and worship its Savior. This is the choice between matter and Spirit. If you choose matter, you crucify the Christ of your own Being. If you choose the Christ of your own Being, you must then crucify matter. One will be crucified and you make your choice by who you are. If you are material being, you have crucified Christ. If you are Spiritual Being, you must crucify matter. That is the choice we all face.

Many of us are ready. Some of us, it would be premature to expect you to make such a choice. You have had to go through many things before such a choice can be made. You can’t make it mentally because your mental choice would have no power behind it. You’d find you’d have to stumble. The only way you can make it is if you know who you are, if you know certain principles, of how to live in that choice and then you’ve got a struggle. And if you do not have those principles and if you do not know who you are, to say, “I make that choice,” would be as futile as five thousand people stepping up to the podium and saying, “I pledge for Jesus Christ.”

The words won’t mean anything. It won’t keep a germ away. It’s that conscious awareness of the presence of Christ where the flower appears, where the animal appears, where the person appears, where the tree appears. It’s that conscious awareness that you walk, move and breathe in a Spiritual universe. It’s the conscious knowledge that all around you is the One, living Life of God and nothing else.

And however difficult that may seem, out of the mouth of babes sometimes, we learn that these things that seemed so remote from our consciousness at one time or another are not as remote from the consciousness of the young.

In this classroom last Wednesday, we had about twenty people. They were students of a high school and half of them were Chinese, one Japanese. Others were American boys and girls. I suppose the age group might have been fifteen or sixteen. They were here with their teacher. They wanted to learn what this was about and so they said, “Give us a little talk.” And then, there was a question and answer period and the Japanese boy raised his hand and he asked the strangest question I had ever heard. I don’t think he’d ever heard this message before. I don’t think any of them had but he said, “Well, is there only one Life then?” And I just couldn’t believe what I was listening to. We worked nine years to get across that message and I don’t know what it is that was said before but he just looked at me and that was his question. “Is there only one Life then?”

Now, how would a seventeen-year old boy who had never heard this message or any message like this, how would he come to the place of asking, “Is there one Life?” And being willing to accept such a thing.

Now, if you’re Jesus Christ, you’re not seeing Pilate and Jews and Caesar. You’re living in One Life and One Life doesn’t turn upon itself. It doesn’t crucify itself. It doesn’t make itself sick or diseased or destroy itself. If you’re living in the One Life, you’re living in that which is immune to any form of destruction. And therefore, anything that appears to you that is unlike the perfect, One Life reaches you as a temporary condition existing only in the false consciousness. It’s just a sign that for the moment, you’re not in the consciousness of One Life.

And so, you go back into the Consciousness of One Life and wait for the illusion of such a condition to be dissolved by the Father within. The moment you’re in the consciousness of One Life, your own identity passes judgment not Pilate. All judgment is made righteously by the Spirit of your own Being through Grace. And once more, the conditions that beset you are shown to be without power, without substance, without law, without Divine ordination.

I and the Father are one.” One Life.

No person stands where you are. The Spirit of God is there. The Christ is there. The Light of God is there. The Life of God is there. The Perfection of God is there. What is this physical person? It’s a cosmic collage of many different ideas and thoughts in the world mind which we now crystallize into the appearance called form.

This,” says the mother, “is my baby. And this is my baby grown up now to young manhood.” There’s no mother there and there’s no man grown up to young manhood. There is the invisible Spirit of God. Who says so? God says so. God is not the Father of a growing, human child. You find many of those under tombstones. God has no human children. God is not the father of persons. God is no respecter of persons. It’s time to take God’s Word and not the word of the intellect or of Caesar or of Pilate.

Now, you’re fighting for possession of your mind. Either it’s possessed or you possess it. Either it’s dominated or you dominate. Possession of your mind means you must stand at these opposing forces of Reality and unreality. The Tree of Life, the Spirit. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil, false belief in good matter and bad matter. Where you stand and how you stand determines which dominates you and which you dominate. And if your mind is not your own possession, it is possessed and you will go out worshipping Caesar, even unaware that that is what you are doing.

Now, at this point, that issue has been clarified sufficiently so that what follows will only confirm what we have discussed. And it is necessary for you to find that confirmation in the Bible to see that Spirit is leading you to, not the crucifixion of Jesus Christ but the crucifixion of your false sense of human selfhood.

John walking with Jesus through the trials, through the crucifixion is a sign that he has attained in this world the crucifixion of the false sense of self. Jesus demonstrates it. John records it. They’re working as one team. John is the only Son of God on earth when Jesus walks off the earth.

And John represents your Soul. Jesus represents your Spirit. As Spirit steps out of the belief in form, Spirit can only communicate through your Soul. Jesus communicates to the world through John. Christ communicates through your Soul. You’ll find the age of John is the next age we’re going to live through.

We’ve had the age of Jesus Christ and it will continue but now there will be a magnification of the work of John. John represents the Soul of mankind, the universal Soul of man. And unless you find John in you, you continue to live in Pilate in you.

John is now designated by Jesus as the Son of God. Jesus calls his mother and says, “There is your Son.” To John, “And there is your mother.” And we are told that everyone who comes to Christ is the Son of Mary. Whoever comes to Christ is the Son of Mary. She has no human sons. “There is your Son,” pointing to John but John isn’t her physical son. She didn’t bear him in the womb. He is her son because he has accepted the Christ. He has crucified the personal sense of John. He is unselfed.

To Peter, who had quibbled something about John, the Master said, “What is it to you if I would have him tarry awhile here?” This tarrying is John remaining on this earth when Jesus goes off the earth. For John is the only one who can receive the Voice. John is the symbol of your Soul which receives the Voice. So, the Gospel of John is the Gospel of your Soul.

Salvation is not through faith in a person made into a God. Salvation is not through faith at all. Salvation is through Spiritual identity accepted and the instrument through which you accept Spiritual identity is John, your Soul. Your Soul takes you above the Jew. John takes you to the place where your Soul receiving the Light of the world, removes you from the darkness of matter. Otherwise, the Light is in the world and the darkness receiveth it not.

The whole Gospel of John is the Gospel of your Soul. Just as Revelation is the Gospel of your Soul and Living revelation is the inner Self speaking to you through your Soul. Then you transcend the mind. Then you come into the unconditioned mind of Reality. Then you live in your permanent Self and you’re led into the body that is imperishable.

Now, these are some of the highlights of this chapter. We’ll look at a few more of them. I think we can stay with this awhile yet.

Important to note is that the chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.”

Now this is still true today. We are told that religion still believes in matter and material power. We are told that religions today are worshipping Baal, that religions today are not going to lead us to individual, spiritual Selfhood. They are preaching faith is the way to salvation and it isn’t. Only your spiritual Self is salvation. There’s no permanent Self achieved after death. The permanent Self must be achieved before death in consciousness and lived in.

Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.”

And so, Pilate succumbs. The administrator in us yields to the world mind, material powers of the world and the individual mind of us is forced to make this action, “Then delivered he him” so we’re delivering now, Jesus. We’re delivering Christ, “unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus and led him away.”

They, the Jews, led him away. The Jew, being intellect; intellect leads the Christ. It’s turned around for we know the Truth; Christ leads us. we do not lead the Christ.

But you see, this is the report of the condition of the world. Intellect is leading the Christ. It is turned around. That’s the meaning of repent. We’re turned around and so we must turn around again. Turn around. Don’t lead the Christ like the Jews led the Christ here but turn around and let the Christ lead you.

You see, that means there’s no personal self where you are. If there’s a personal you, you’re always leading the Christ. You’ve got to take care of that personal self instead of letting Christ live itself as you.

I live yet not I. Christ liveth [my life,]” says Paul. He’s not leading the Christ. Christ is leading Paul because there is no Paul. There is only Christ. There is no personal self. Now, how do you face such a situation? No personal self. Go back to the rose. It’s a doorway. The rose you see today is gone tomorrow. It’s dead. The person you see today is gone tomorrow. He’s dead. What are you going to do? Wait for that to happen? Go through the doorway. Sure, it’s a beautiful rose. It won’t be less beautiful because you say, “Spirit is standing there, not a rose,” and sure that’s a nice person to have around. But that person will still be standing around. Go through the person. Find the permanent Self that is there. Sow to the Spirit. Recognize, live by, acknowledge in all thy ways the Invisible Spirit until there’s something in you that is rising the capacity to acknowledge the Invisible Spirit.

John in you was rising. The Soul is rising until the Soul of the world is risen, until we recognize the Invisible, spiritual universe around us, now. We must walk through that rose. We must walk through that person. We must walk through every Pilate, through every power, through every condition. And as you develop and train yourself through this discipline of walking through the material appearance and condition and the material person. By not doing so, your keep crucifying You who are the Christ. With Pilate it’s six years between his crucifixion of himself and his final suicide. With us it might be twenty or thirty but it’s inevitable. If you crucify you, that finally appears in the visible as your death and if you don’t crucify You, you find you are deathless. And what appears as your death is no more a death of You than it was a death of Jesus Christ. The death of You is simply an appearance if you learn to crucify the you that isn’t and live in the You that is; the Self that is perfect now as the Father.

Now, this is where the difficult discipline is a daily thing. It isn’t something you hear in a class. You practice it with every bug you see, with every insect, with every flea, with every newspaper headline, with loved ones and hated ones. You practice it with the fellow who takes your money behind the teller’s cage at the bank. You practice it with the butcher and the baker. You practice it with that which stands on your plate for you to eat today. You look through it to the Invisible and then you stand in front of the mirror and you look through that image and declare yourself to be the Invisible Self.

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That Invisible Self in you starts to talk to you. “Yes, I am You. I am come. I am here. I am your Spiritual Self. I am real. I exist. I am the Self of you and I can walk through the fire.”

There must be that continuous, daily reconciliation to Self, that daily redeeming of the appearance, that wrestling with the material condition until you’re blessed by Self-identity realized, until you know that the One that is the Spirit of God, I really am. Then Christ in you is no longer crucified.

And all of the hardship of doing this is rewarded. The easy path is not to do it and think you’re getting all of the beautiful rewards the other way and to suddenly find they’re taken away. It is harder to do this than not to do it and only the belief in the ultimate Truth of it will make a person do it.

He, bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, [which is] called in the Hebrew Golgotha.”

There’s the skull. To bear your own cross is the sign of your guilt. That was the custom. You had to bear your cross. Actually, it was a cross beam but you didn’t bear the whole cross. They already had the stakes planted in Golgotha. This is the transverse, cross beam and you bear it because the Jews wanted the world to know that Jesus was guilty. That’s why they wanted him to bear the cross which was a Roman custom. Even crucifixion was a Roman custom. They could have had him stoned but that wouldn’t have been severe enough.

But you see this is a boomerang because now, what you see called Jesus suffering, this is the method whereby we are given insight into the consciousness of the world. The mind wanted Jesus to appear to be guilty. He had to bear his cross. The boomerang is that this is precisely the Christ method of revealing to us the nature of the world consciousness and this is the world consciousness which is guilty. This is telling us that what is guilty here, what is really bearing the cross is the world consciousness and then, to underline that, they go to a place which is known as a skull.

If you think Jesus was crucified on a tree, you’re mistaken. All that was crucified happened in that skull. The skull of man is where Jesus was crucified. That skull is the empty-world consciousness, empty of Spiritual awareness. That skull represents the nature of the consciousness that crucifies Christ in us every day. That skull is barren. That skull is hollow and even though we think we have five senses and we trust these five senses, one day we find it’s only a skull. It only seemed to have intelligence. It never had. The only intelligence in a skull is false intelligence. Golgotha is where we crucify ourselves. That is where the skull or the world consciousness which is hollow, barren, empty of Truth buries us every day.

That’s the meaning of the skull. That’s where the religions of the worlds are worshipping today, in the skull, in the outer ceremonies, in the words, in the concepts, in the beliefs but the church of God is Christ in you, identity, not a skull. The intellect buries Truth in its skull. It worships that Truth in its skull and ultimately, it is too late. All that’s left is that skull.

You see the vast hypnotism of the human mind that is intended by having the Christ appear to be crucified in a place called Golgotha, the skull? That’s why it is Golgotha, the skull.

And this crucifixion today is the same, the skull of science, the skull of religion, the skull of psychology, the skull of government, the skull of personal sense is where we crucify the Christ. We have our twentieth century Golgotha on the top of every person’s shoulders.

Come out of her,” says the Voice. “You are Infinite Being. You can’t live in a skull. You can’t be guided. You can’t have your administrator in a skull. You are the Light of the world; Shine!”

So, person – which is nothing more than the creation of that which happens in a skull – person is the effect or product of the activity in the skull. Just as the skull rules us and creates the illusion of person, so do we impersonalize and step out of the skull. We transcend the skull, the mind, the barren, hollow vehicle which is not a vehicle for the Spirit of God. And we stand outside of that body, outside of that form, outside of that sense of life which says, “That’s me walking down the street. That’s me going to the office. That’s me getting married. That’s me having children. That’s me having my fiftieth wedding anniversary.” That isn’t me at all. The skull wants me to think that. Golgotha wants me to think that and it’s going to crucify me with that belief. No, that’s not me.

Son of God is never going to have a fiftieth wedding anniversary. Son of God had his fiftieth wedding anniversary five trillion years ago. Son of God is forever. Son of God has ever been alive, ever will be. Don’t settle for fifty years when the Father says, “You are eternal.” Don’t settle for life that began yesterday when the Father says, “You are as old as I am. You have ever been. You are my Life without beginning or end.”

And so, we’re getting out of the skull. We came through a fish. We came through a lizard. We came through apes. We’re coming through a skull. We’re coming out of the belief that we are mortal. We’re accepting the Father’s statement that mortality is never the child of God and we are crucifying mortality with Spiritual awareness.

Let’s be still for a moment before our intermission.

I’d like you to take it as a personal task for yourself to wrestle with the Truth that where you are, there is no person. I don’t expect you to like me for it and I expect you to have many problems with that task. I expect you to stumble and hurt your knees many times but I hope you will remember that that is your problem that is your real task. And if from within you receive the assurance that this is so, and as you course through the Bible and your books, you find more assurance this is so, you will find that again and again, as you stray from that task, finding new problems or a repetition of old ones, new fears, new lacks, new doubts, it will always be because you have not come to that agreement with yourself that there is no person where you stand. You’re being fooled be the drama in time and space, the world broadcast called person, the image which is nothing but a replay in time of all that you already are.

And every time you forget this, or succeed momentarily and think now you can forget it, you will make another mistake. There has to come a time when Christ in you is no longer crucified. Then you’re perfect as your Father. Then you’re the One, realized. The Father won’t accept any less. You may as well face it.

That’s the cross we all must bear individually. The cross of personal sense must be crossed out. If you’re having trouble, let the Soul of you, the John consciousness receive of the Father for you. Rest in your Soul above your mind. Wait upon the Word. The Infinite Power of Love itself will always translate to the momentary need of one who says, “There is no person here but the Life of the Father” and rest in the Soul awaiting the expression of that Life where you stand.

Each daily task that you look through as a doorway to Christ enables you to reach the pinnacle.

It’s hard work but it’s Divine work.

Silence, (pause) …

And ultimately, it’s much easier than laboring for the meat that perishes.

We can take our little interlude now. See you in about five or six minutes.

(Class break)

I think someone gave me some good advice a moment ago. They said, “Just give us a little something now, not too much because what we’ve got is just fine,” and I thought about that and I agree.

And so, this is that little something.

We’re going to skip in order to do that, only momentarily because whatever I skip, I’ll come back to at another time.

In the 27th verse, Jesus says to John, “Behold thy mother!” In the 26th verse, he says to Mary, “Woman, behold thy son!”

Now, actually, it’s very probable that this Gospel was written about 65 years after it happened. John had written some things earlier. It was called a Jerusalem Gospel but the way this final Gospel ended up is written by the mature John who already had transcended all humanhood. There are some omissions here which are intentional.

Now, John knew who came with Mary. He knew that Mary had been summoned by him at the will of Christ Jesus to come to the crucifixion. He knew that Mary came with one of her daughters and one of her sons. She brought Ruth and I think she brought Jude. But he doesn’t say that they were here with her because that wouldn’t fit the text of spiritual identity. You notice who he does say are here with her in the 25th verse. “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.” Three Mary’s and all following the Spiritual path. He was witnessing Spiritual identity only.

And when Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved.”

It doesn’t say he saw his younger brother and his younger sister there. “He saw his mother and the disciple standing by, whom he loved.” “He saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!.” And the funny thing is that years before that, he had said to the same mother, “Woman, what have I to do with thee?” He then said, “I am not your son” and now he points to John and he says, “John is your son.” Isn’t this strange?

Mary had eight children but he says, “This one is your son. Even I, Jesus am not your son.” He had said that to her three years earlier when he had been at the wedding where water was changed to wine. “Woman, what have I to do with thee?” meaning there is no relationship between the I, Spirit of God and a material woman and now he is showing her the other side of this, who her real son is. Her real son in identity realized is always he who has received the Christ.

And John, this is your mother.”

But they were not mother and son in a human-flesh relationship. And so, this again is similar to his teaching us to leave mother, brother, father, sister for my sake. He is renouncing all human relationships and announcing the era of spiritual relationships and he is telling the world that John is the Son of God. John is the real Son of God. Oh yes, Jesus Christ was the Son of God but Jesus Christ now is leaving as an appearance in the minds of men. Who’s left on earth who is the Son of God? To whom shall we look? Shall we look to Jesus Christ? “No,” he says, “look to John.”

If I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you.”

How will you receive the Comforter? You will receive the Comforter through John. Now, Let’s see what he meant by that.

Let’s retrace several steps and pin this one real tight so we understand it. Now, you remember in John 13:23, “Now there was leaning on Jesus’s bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved…. Leaning on his bosom.” You may have remembered, you may remember that when we discussed that we pointed out this was not a physically, a physical fact that he was reporting. This is a spiritual Truth being revealed.

And now, we have its sequel. “Leaning on his bosom.” We go right back to John 1:8, way at the beginning of the Gospel. That’s 1:18. For a moment I thought I missed it but we have it. 1:18, “No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

To understand God, you must be in Christ. Christ is said to be “in the bosom of the Father.” John is said to be on the bosom of Christ and so, there’s your sequence. God, the Father to Christ, which is God the Son, to John, which is God the Soul. From the Infinite Father to the Infinite Son through the Soul to you. John leaning on the bosom of Jesus who is in the bosom of the Father. This is the direct chain of command. Oneness is attained then through the realization of God, knowing God aright, through Christ in you which you receive through your Soul faculty. And this is why Jesus says, “Son, there is your mother and mother, there is your son.”

The world is to receive its Christ initiation through its Soul faculty. The new age of the Soul is the entrance to the fifth world.

Now, there’s one more detail and I’ve got to go to it. It just seems important right now. On the cross where they divide his garments in four, “Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.”

Now, you won’t find that coat in two of the other Gospels. But John has it there for a purpose. Now, his garments are divided into four and this is the revelation that we are in the fourth world. This is the fourth day of Genesis. This is the fourth level of consciousness.

The total Truth, the garments of Christ are the fulness of the Word and when they are divided into four parts, you are being told that you are, as a human being, in the fourth level of consciousness. The fulness of the Word is broken down and we have had four worlds. This is the fourth.

John, just a moment later is designated as the Son because John is the entrance. The Soul is the entrance to the fifth world and that is why John included the coat.

Now, the garments that are divided are the outer garments. Presumably, the sandals, he wore a turban – although people don’t usually see a picture of Jesus wearing a turban – the girdle and the cloak. The four outer garments. The four outer garments are divided. There’s an inner garment. That’s the tunic and this, the soldiers say, “We will not divide this garment. We’ll draw lots to see who will have it, who will own it.” This is predicted in the Psalms, the 22nd Psalm.

But you see, no garments of Jesus can remain because no matter can remain. Just as the physical form must go, so must all that is material go to show us this is a Spiritual Being. This is Spiritual identity and as these four garments are divided, indicating we are in the fourth level of consciousness, so, it is that throughout the four corners of this earth, in the four elements that comprise this earth, the Truth is divided everywhere and there is no Truth in division. There is only Truth in wholeness.

And so, we must look to Soul to lead us into the next body which is the body of the Soul and that will only lead you to another body which is the body of the Spirit, in the sixth world. And that will lead you to still another, to the Divine Light which is the body of the seventh in which you are a complete, full Self.

But always, the body of Light, the body of Spirit, the body of Soul are always present in the Now, awaiting your entrance if you will walk through the doorway of matter.

So, John now becomes very significant in all our work. We’re told there is an Aquarian age to come. It is the age of John. It is the age of the Soul and of the Soul universe. It is the dawn of the Soul universe in our consciousness when the garments which were divided are no longer divided, and we are lifted high into the fifth realm. So maybe that’s just the little extra something that will not take away our conscious awareness of the work we ought to do.

Other things omitted by John, you’ll notice as you compare the other Gospels and they are because of that period when he was away fetching the mother of Jesus. And whatever he did not witness, he did not report. That doesn’t mean these other things didn’t happen. It means that he would not report on what he did not witness.

And your assignment for next time – I know I’m jumping you around a bit it seems – but I’d like you to look again at “Transcending Mind” and “Unconditioned Mind” in the “Thunder of Silence.” When you read “Transcending Mind” and “Unconditioned Mind,” you will see why it is necessary for you to live with the knowledge that only through Soul can you become Self-aware. Then you won’t divide his garments.

Now, the outer garments were divided. But Scripture said they would cast lots to own the inner garments and that’s how it happened and the reason is that you can only divide the literal meanings of Truth, the outer garments. The inner garment is the imperishable Truth which is not affected by the intellect of man. Man’s intellect can divide the outer garments but they cannot divide the inner. That’s why John alone could include the inner garment which was indivisible.

The inner garment which is indivisible is You. The indivisible One Self. It is never separated in spite of what man’s mind may do. In spite of what may appear, your invisible Self is indivisible because it is the infinite Self. When you have found the inner garment of your Self, which is indivisible, which is the One, Infinite Spirit, then Pilate has no power. Then Caesar, through Pilate has no power. Then the intellect through Pilate has no power. The administrator of the world of powers no longer rules. The indivisible garment is individual identity as the living Spirit of God. God, your individual Selfhood realized. That is the inner garment which is indivisible which is pre-shadowed in the 22nd Psalm.

The world around you may be awry. Everything may seem to be shattered. You can’t pull things together. Those are the outer garments of the mind. The inner Self is always One, Infinite, Invisible Being. That inner Self can never be divided. It is always You. It is imperishable and your realization of that One is your realization of Oneness. Then, you’re listening through the Soul.

Now, you’re having troubles in your human life like everybody else, no matter who you are. They’re big ones or small ones. Jesus Christ had a lot of troubles, too. But you stand in this Invisible Self because those troubles are there to make you stand in your Invisible Self. That’s what they’re for. They’re there so that your Invisible Self may erase the illusion of them and only when you’re standing in that Invisible Self are you erasing all of the appearances that beset you.

We’ve only got two or three more chapters now in the Gospel of John and just two chapters in “Realization of Oneness.” And so, we’re at the place now where you’ve got to reach a firm awareness that the Invisible Self which could not be divided by the soldiers, by the thoughts of the world, by the thoughts of material power; that Invisible Self is always inviolate. It is always your Infinite identity and you must learn to live in it, to be it, not to just come to it when you’re in trouble. Where you are there is no person. There is only your inviolate, infinite, indivisible, incredibly wonderful, glorious, Divine Self.

Live in it, consciously. Look at “Transcending Mind,” “Unconditioned Mind,” chapters 5 and 6 again in “Thunder.” And we’ll have a few surprises next Sunday. We’ll end with a meditation.

Silence, (pause) …

But if you are not there as a person, you cannot meditate as a person. And so, just do it that way.

You see, it’s effortless when there’s no person there to do the meditating. Then you’re closer to that realm called John the Soul. You’re letting Spirit do all the meditating for you.

Silence, (pause) …

Much love and thank you again.

As you are no doubt aware, the world has felt that there was a great suffering inflicted upon Jesus Christ and because of this, the teaching has been lost in that area.

Every time Jesus Christ was slapped or tortured or pierced with a sword, the world says, “Look what he’s doing for us.”

I hope we can now come past the point where we feel that the Christ is a physical being so that we can clear that away sufficiently to see what is being taught to us by the sufferings of Jesus Christ.

The message here, at this point, enables us to remove those levels of karma of which we are unconscious. You will see that every slap, every lashing, every humiliation is intended to show you that in the unconscious mind of you, in the world mind that functions through you, this is what is being done to the Christ. This is the universal lashing of the Christ and even though we are not conscious of it, we are all permitting this violation of Divine law within ourselves until and unless we consciously do something about it.

And so, the great method of bringing this to our attention is first: you remember, there’s John the Baptist and he says, “The one who follows me is preferred before me. His shoe latchet, I am not worthy to unloose.”

And we all thought he meant Jesus Christ and he does at one level of the teaching but what he actually means is that the one who follows him is his own Spiritual Self. First, his physical self and then the one who follows him is his Spiritual Self. He’s talking about the second Self of John the Baptist. We have all thought he meant Jesus Christ but he’s saying, “No, first comes physical man and then comes Spiritual man.” The first self and the second Self.

Now, I want you to look at this. This is a magnifying glass and I want you to see that all the light comes down through the top and this would be the Light of the world; the Light of the world streaming through the top, rays of Light and because this is a certain kind of a glass, turning a certain way, all of these rays of light then are pointed to each other when they come out of the other side of the glass. And so that above, they’re individual rays of light and down below, they’re all combined and all of the light coming through is pointed to one specific point.

And now, if you change that, you see that all the light comes down through the top and then the concavity of the glass points all the light in one direction and conceivably, if the light were in patterns, the magnifying glass would point all the light and form a figure.

And I want you to see then, that above the glass is the unformed light and below the glass is the formed light. Above the glass is the light which is invisible and below the glass is the visible light.

Spirit, coming through mind, is formed into the appearance called matter. Above is the pure Light. Below is the formed Light but the pure Light never ceases to be pure so that all the Light above the glass is always pure Light and the figures, the forms, the objects made by that Light as it passes through the mind, which here is the glass, becomes forms. But the forms are only in the mind as the Light comes through them.

So, these would be the two firmaments, the above and below. Now, bear that in mind. We have the glass, the magnifying glass or we have the world mind which is the magnifying glass and above it, is the Reality of Spirit. Below it, is the concepts of the world mind. The above firmament could be called the Christ Consciousness or the fourth dimension of consciousness and the below could be called this world consciousness or material consciousness.

Always, the pure Light is pure. What the mind does in its concepts about it does not change the Light and so, the mind receiving the Light throws forth projected images. Above is My Kingdom. Below is this world.

John the Baptist, appearing in this world, says “The one who follows me is preferred before me” meaning, “I appearing to you now in physical form in this world am not that Self which is complete. There is a real Self here which is an invisible Self which is in my Kingdom, of pure Light and I, John the Baptist, am going to make way for a second Self.” And that Second self will be John the Baptist reborn to his original Self of pure Light. The first self, below must make way for what appears to be the second Self but is really the Self that is above. The Self of you above is buried in this mortal consciousness as you come into form and now the form must make way for the Self of you above and so, you must return to your original Self. The returning to your original Self appears to be a rebirth to a second Self. It is a return to your original.

John the Baptist is making way for his second Self but this is a message for everyone that the first self in form must make way for the second Self in form and the second Self will be the Divine image made visible.

Now, along comes Jesus Christ and his birth is totally different than your birth and my birth. It’s different in the sense that he is born not to the first self. He’s already past that stage in previous reincarnations. In this one, he is born through the pure Consciousness so that he is not only a form but he is actually Life itself. Life comes into appearance and this Life is the second Self and it is also the first self at the same time because it is born of a pure Consciousness which is not a consciousness of form but a Consciousness of Life. It is born of a consciousness of Mary, which is pure at heart or virginal, knowing the Father aright.

And so, in this appearance comes a second Self which is also the first Self which is also the original Self and it is able to show the power of that original Self. It has complete mastery over all flesh, over all nature, over all matter. It has mastery over human life. It has mastery over all world powers and it demonstrates that it has this mastery and we watch it and we see the Christ within a cripple, relieving that cripple of a concept of being crippled. We see the Christ within a blind man, removing the concept of blindness. We see that the Christ within, represented by the outer Christ of Jesus, is always able to dominate matter – completely.

And now, after establishing this mastery over matter, we come to a phase of the Christ demonstration which is totally different. Now the Christ, having established that I have total dominion over matter will now show you about the reason for your suffering in the world. I will make visible to you the causes of your own suffering. I, who have mastery over matter, can submit to matter, letting it appear to master me knowing that it cannot and therefore, I will draw out of matter that which is hidden to human sense.

And so, Christ walks the earth drawing out of matter what we call lashings and beatings and torture and crucifixion only to reveal the invisible nature of our adversary. There is no physical Christ to undergo this torture.

And so, let’s not be squeamish about it now as we come into scourgings. Let us see that the human below is unaware of the nature of his problem and the Christ which has shown mastery over the world now wishes to reveal the nature of the human problem in another way. He’s going to reveal the activity of world mind in man of which man is unaware.

You are not aware, for example, that you are lashing the Christ. You are not aware that you are smiting the Christ. You are not aware that you are crucifying the Christ. You are not aware that you are committing suicide and the Christ is going to show us that we are all, as mortal beings, daily committing suicide and the ingenious method is almost incredible.

A form is placed in the world and there’s no person in that form. There’s no person there to suffer. There’s no person there in any way to shed one drop of blood and that non-person which appears as form, draws out of the world all of its hate, all of its animosity, all of its hypocrisy to show the world just what is happening inside every individual on the earth even though the individuals on the earth have no knowledge of this unconscious, involuntary, inner activity of the world mind which makes them individually do within themselves to the Christ of their own Being precisely what the Christ is making us do outside in the visible lashing and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The outer is being a mirror to the inner so that you will know how the inner workings of the mortal mind are.

And every time a hand reaches out and slaps the Christ, you’re being told that mortal mind in you is doing that now in ways you know not of. And every time you slap the Christ within you, even though you are unaware of it, you’re committing suicide. You’re inflicting wounds upon yourself.

And so, let us remember the mirror is the outer Jesus Christ to reveal the invisible activity going on in the world mind which functions in each of us as a human mind to alert us that we must step out of that area below and be reborn of the area above; that unless we stop slapping the Christ, crucifying the Christ, piercing the Christ knowingly, consciously, specifically, we will continue to fall into the trap and we will not benefit by what he is revealing.

Now, Pilate, undecided, is trying to shift responsibility. The mind and the body each take turns denying the Christ. The intellect and its body, which it uses, each turn away from the Christ because they’re both controlled by the world mind. The world mind in you controlling your mind unless you’re Christ conscious, therefore controls your body. And so, Pilate, the material power, is torn between many forces.

Pilate, therefore, took Jesus, and scourged him.”

That’s a lashing. But there is no physical Christ. Now, who is scourged?

Christ is Spirit. The whole teaching is that I am the Light. How do you scourge the Light? The deception then is that mortal mind in us makes us by our unawareness of Christ within, scourge that Christ. When you are unaware of Christ within, you are lashing the Christ.

You see, you don’t have to take a whip and strike somebody. It’s the unawareness of Christ within you which is the lashing. Just when Christ said, “Give me to drink,” unless you are aware of the living waters of Christ, you’re not giving Christ to drink. Unless you are aware of the Christ, you’re lashing the Christ.

Pilate is unaware of the Christ of his own Being and because of it, that appears outwardly as him lashing the outer visible Jesus Christ. He thinks there’s a Jesus Christ there and the world has thought so. And he lashes out. He has the Christ scourged. But that represents what he’s doing to Christ within himself. Because he doesn’t know he is doing it, he is doing it.

It represents what all physical might in the world is doing to Christ within. When we send a collective army somewhere, we are all lashing the Christ within ourselves and you must take yourself out of that because that is a collective karma and we suffer from it.

All of our sufferings have to deal with the denial of the Christ within every individual. For instance, if somebody hurts somebody else, you may think you’re not suffering but you are because the hurt that they have perpetrated on another isn’t from them to that person. It’s from the world mind in them and that same world mind that you do not see in them is also doing it in you to the Christ.

Every time another individual on earth denies the Christ, the world mind in you is doing the same and so, you must consciously be aware that Christ is your identity. That’s the only way world karma does not hit the individual. Otherwise, the individual is part of world karma and all of the suffering we go through is largely the world karma which we suffer from plus that individual karma which we have earned by our own individual ignorance of Christ.

Everything is geared on: are you in the Christ or not? Are you in Spirit or not? And if you’re not, even though you’re good, you’re sharing, you’re humanly a fine person, the same world mind functions in you denying the Christ anyway and you’re in violation of Divine law without even knowing about it.

Now, Jesus Christ, through being able to draw out upon this image called Christ, all of the hate and venom of the world, is revealing what is in the world mind and those who had no awareness of what he is doing think that he is suffering from the cruelty of mankind. He’s not suffering from their cruelty and they’re not being cruel. He is pointing out to you the real hidden adversary. It is not Pilate. It is not the Jews.

The Jews aren’t cruel to Jesus Christ. Pilate isn’t cruel to Jesus Christ. The world mind is the Jew and the world mind is Pilate. The Jew doesn’t say, “Crucify him.” Pilate doesn’t say, “Crucify him.” The rabble doesn’t say, “Crucify him.” World mind in Pilate says it. World mind in the Jew, world mind in the rabble says it. He’s telling you who your adversary is and if it wasn’t the Jew, it would be another. If it wasn’t Pilate it would be another. If it wasn’t the rabble it would be another. The world mind wears every face and every form.

To agree with your adversary, you must see that Christ is making your adversary commit visible acts so that you will understand that these people who allegedly are crucifying Christ, they’re as much a victim as the one they consider their victim. They are victims of the world mind.

And now, watch. Every time someone attacks the Christ in some way, it’s as if Christ were holding up a sign and saying, “Now, watch carefully. This is what’s happening in you. See ‘em hit me?” Now watch this sign. It says, “Just as he’s hitting me now, in you, you by the ignorance of my Presence, you are hitting me.” He’s alerting us. “You put this crown of thorns on my head and this purple robe on my shoulders and you mock me? No, that isn’t you mocking me. That’s the world mind which mocks the Christ.” How much longer will you let that world mind run your affairs? That’s what he’s saying.

And so now, this is the reverse. First, he showed his power over all mankind to raise people back to life, to tame storms, to remove diseases. Now he shows why we don’t do it. We don’t do it because we have not come to our Christhood. And when we’re not in our Christhood it’s because the world mind in us is separating us from our Christhood. And we can never come to our Christhood as long as we do not recognize the world mind in us. That’s what’s going on now in this chapter.

Universal world mind is where the problems of the world are. This magnifying glass with the light above it and then the forms beneath it formed out of the light, this magnifying glass is the world mind. It re-interprets the Light of God into the forms that we call matter so we see through that glass darkly. That which is below, that which is human, is not there. There is nothing below. There is nothing in the world mind that is. All that is, is the pure Light. There is no Pilate. There is no Jew. There is no Gentile. There is no material selfhood. There is only the pure Light of God.

And so, he wants us not to fight the wrong enemies. And so, you find Jesus Christ completely unmoved by all these forms. Pilate can’t understand why a man can be so calm in the face of a vicious attack. So strong, so unafraid and it’s because the Christ, is actually God. What else is Christ but God individualized? You think that God was being beaten up? It’s a teaching on the vast screen of time and space for you and I to understand what is happening within our consciousness. The only way you can purify your consciousness is to understand what is happening in the invisible nature of the world mind, to understand its methods of deception, to see that the world mind makes all that appears to you as form.

Above the glass is the pure Light but below the glass comes the experience we call birth. The Light is never born. Is God ever born? Can the Spirit of God be born if it already is? Are you the Spirit? The birth that takes place below never happens. It seems to happen. The pure Light is always there and that is why after the birth of the form, a John the Baptist must say, “He who follows me is greater that I, preferred above me. He who cometh after me is preferred before me.”

You must learn to say that. The form that I came into, is not the Light of my Being but the Light of my Being which was first is preferred. I am not the form. I am that Light, that Life and so, I must rise out of the belief in birth and form and I cannot do that while this world mind in me makes me continue to believe that I am form, that I was born into form, that I will die in form.

And the Christ is saying, “Now, watch carefully how world mind is going to act. It’s even going to crucify me who loves God supremely and it’s going to say to you, it’s going to do the same to you that it did to me. If it’s going to crucify the One who is the great teacher of the world, what do you think it’s going to do to you?”

World mind in you is going to bury you. That’s what it’s going to do unless you are aware of how it works. He’s teaching you that world mind in everyone births us and then commits suicide, killing us and we let it happen because we’re not aware that that is what is happening. We call it death. It isn’t. It’s world mind dropping its concept which it conceived as birth. World mind exerting powers that do not exist and the answer is always to find that capacity in you which is the Light of the world which is the second Self and that salvation is not by faith in God but by faith in Spiritual identity. Your Spiritual identity. Once you have faith in your Spiritual identity, then you have the secret of salvation which is to be reborn from the lower to the upper, to be born from above.

I,” says the Christ “am from above. You are from below. You are the formed light. I am the unformed Light, the undifferentiated Light. I am the infinite Light and to be born from above, you must accept your Infinite identity. You must overcome the falsifications of the invisible world mind in you.”

Now, everything the world mind here is going to do to Jesus Christ in the visible, the world mind is now doing to everyone in the invisible mind of their own Being. Daily, the Christ is being crucified by our actions and unless we stop it, the world mind will bury us. It buried our parents. It buried everybody who has ever walked this earth. Whoever has been born into this world has been buried by the world mind and whoever wants to step out like Enoch or John or Moses or Jesus Christ has to step out of the world mind which is that functioning body of thought in them and they step out of it, the lashings stop, the tortures stop, the suffering stops. They were all unnecessary. They existed only in the world below. Never in My Kingdom. Never in Christ.

All suffering on earth, he is pointing out, is illusory and unnecessary. Every minute of suffering you have ever undergone has been unnecessary. It has happened only because of the unawareness of the nature of error which is universal world mind and the nature of God which is Christ, the substance of your true Being.

Now, you don’t come from below and go up. You rise in Christ Consciousness and as your Christ Consciousness rises, you find the magnifying glass disappears. The world mind is obliterated. It has no power in you and you break all the seven veils.

Christ in you breaks the veil of time, the veil of space, the veil of form, the veil of matter, the veil of motion, the veil of human will and the veil of human ego. The complete human personality which is only world mind in the disguise is broken and death becomes an impossibility.

Now, we’re going to deepen with this understanding of Christ here once we have eliminated the personalized human belief that Jesus Christ is going through a great torture chamber. This is the inner activity of your consciousness that is being described.

The soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe.”

So, we have the thorns on his head and a purple robe. We know they’re mocking, of course, but world mind is always mocking the Christ. The crown of thorns; we know that in order to come to the crown, you must first come to the cross. We know the thorns are necessary. We know we must go through the thorns in order to receive the crown.

You see, here, these people are the actors even though they themselves are unaware of it. Many people come into your life and have very little apparent function Spiritually and yet they are used in some way by Spirit. Someone who dropped a book you need. Someone who’ll do something else. They have no intention of doing these things other than that Spirit has brought them to your doorstep in one way or another. And here, the rabble, the soldiers, Pilate and the Jews are the actors. What they do, they cannot help.

I have here a little passage. This is from the Gospel of Nicodemus. It’s the apocryphal Gospel. It’s also called, “The Acts of Pilate.” Pilate is speaking privately in this Gospel to Jesus and he says, “What shall I do with thee?” And Jesus says, “Do as it hath been given thee.” And Pilate says, “How hath it been given?” And Jesus says, “Well, the prophets foretold concerning my death and resurrection.”

The point is, the Jews had to crucify Jesus. Pilate had to crucify Jesus. Jesus had to be crucified to reveal the non-power of the world, the non-reality of the world, the illusory nature of the human form and of the material objects of the world. It was a teaching and the beautiful and magnificent part of the teaching is that we do not understand that for that teaching to come into our experience visibly, there had to be an intelligence bringing it to us, a great Infinite force, putting on the screen of time and space a teaching to tell us not to stop at the level of form. Man wants to stay at that level. Man loves that level. He wants to be successful. He wants to survive as fleshly creature. He wants to perpetuate his own incompleteness even though he doesn’t realize that’s what he’s trying to do.

And the Infinite Spirit is saying to us, “Don’t stop at that level. You must go beyond form. You must be born from above, from the Light. The second Self must replace the first self. That which came before you must now come after the form. You must return to the original Self.”

And the mind of man struggles against this and so it scourges the Christ. It says, “I want to remain a physical creature.” And the soldiers, the servants of material power, they mock the Christ. The soldiers within us mock the Christ, put a crown on its head, raising human intelligence above God. Human wisdom is rated higher than Divine wisdom and the purple robe, another sign of mockery, human wisdom is rated above Divine. Human righteousness is rated above Divine righteousness.

You see how Pilate represents all the physical force of the world and the Jews represent all of the pseudo-spiritual force of the world. Who is higher in Spiritual awareness than the Jews? Nobody. Who is higher in physical might than Rome? Nobody. You take the two great forces of the world, the so-called religious power, the so-called physical power and Christ is showing that neither of them know God. Neither of them know identity. Something greater has to come and only John the Baptist gives us the clue at the beginning, “[He who follows me is greater than I.] His shoe latchet I am not worthy to unloose.”

Only Christ can reconcile the conflicts of the world and then, the great physical power of Pilate, Rome, the great religious power of Judaism – both are totally rejected by Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ rejects Judaism. Jesus Christ rejects Rome. As great as both are supposed to be, only the invisible child of God is present. The visible power of Rome and the religious power of Judaism are both non-existent. They are world mind disguised. They are both anti-Christ.

All of the powers in the world that ever will be in the human world, on a physical level are represented by Pilate and all of the religions in the world that ever will be are represented by Judaism. The highest represents them all and the highest represents them all. Both cases represent the allness of all the religions, of all of the physical might.

Now we’re being told that we are independent of these forces. They will always lash out at the Christ. They will think their righteousness is correct, their power is insurmountable and they are not what they appear to be. They are the world mind which in us is doing that very same thing.

The adversary has beautifully disguised himself as Judaism and as religion, as armies, as nations going off to war, defending democracy. That’s still world mind. You can’t go off to defend democracy. You can’t go off to kill anything. Only world mind does that.

Now then, we have our adversaries identified, whether it’s Jew or non-Jew, whether it’s religion or whether it’s science or whether it’s any form of government. Anything that believes in matter is world mind posing as that which believes in matter. We cannot have a material world formed of good anything or bad anything. There are no good religions. There are no bad religions. There is no material world. There’s no good power and there’s no bad power. There is no power. There is only the pure Spirit, the pure Light of God, present and that’s all that is in this world. The invisible Light of God is all that is present. All the rest is the screen on which the concepts of world mind appear and only a Jesus Christ who is actually God itself and who is God itself in you, shows you how to walk through these screen-of-concepts knowing that there’s no substance or power there, not being fooled by the material concepts that appear as form, not reaching out to get that which perishes. Showing here the non-power of Judaism over the Christ, the non-power of Rome over the Christ and therefore, the non-power of the world over the Christ in you. Christ in you becomes salvation.

Hail, King of the Jews!” say the rabble. “And they smote him with their hands.”

All human thoughts, whether they’re good thoughts or bad thoughts are turning away from the Christ. They are not the thoughts of God, are they? And so, all human thoughts are smiting the Christ. When they smite him with their hands, this is not them smiting the Christ; this is human thought automatically mocking the Christ. All human thought which is an automatic turning away from Divine thought is mocking the Christ.

Take no thought” because when you take thought you are mocking the Christ and when you take thought, when you do not do something consciously, to step out of human thought, you are building your karma.

And so, while we continue blissfully to ignore Christ Consciousness, thinking, “Well we can put it off for another hour or day or month or that life will go on, things will happen well anyway whether I do something or not.” While we’re doing that, the karma within is building. You see how our inertia permits karma to build up even while we think we’re worshipping God? That’s how important these few phrases here are.

They smite the Christ with their hands.”

When you do nothing about knowing God, you are harming yourself even though you’re not aware of it.

Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.”

You can even say, “What am I doing that’s wrong? I’ve not done anything that is faulty. I haven’t stolen. I haven’t lied. I haven’t cheated. I’ve been friendly to people. What have I done that’s wrong?” And even while you’re doing these nice things, you’re building negative karma and don’t know it.

When you’re not one with Christ, you’re building negative karma. And so, you may have led a beautiful life for sixty years in which you did all the right things that people think are right and built negative karma while you were doing it and can’t figure out why at a certain time you go through certain sufferings. And so, we’re jolted again and again and again out of our complacency that just being good isn’t enough and that religion cannot just satisfy the Spirit of God by teaching people how to be good human beings. It isn’t enough.

They must be the Christ and when we’re not being the Christ, we’re crucifying the Christ by not being the Christ. These are the self-inflicted wounds that you have permitted yourself to undergo even though you were unaware, even though you thought you were such a good person. And this would go on again and again through more reincarnations unless the meaning of the Christ message is clearly pointed out that this is what the Christ is doing at this juncture, not suffering, not being self-tortured but bringing to Light that which is happening in the invisible world mind.

Now you take a psychologist who probes the mind. He’s not aware that Christ is the greatest psychologist of all time for Christ shows you that the mind which you’re probing is the cause of everything that is of a material nature. The cause of both birth and death and the false lifespan in between. Christ just takes that line and turns it upside down. He says, “Look at it. Don’t probe this corner or that corner. Look at it. This is the murderer in our midst smiling at you in one way while killing you in another.”

And so, this teaching has been lost to the masses. It’s too difficult a teaching. You can’t tell it to normal people. They won’t understand. They won’t know what to do when they do find out about it. It’ll only perplex them and frustrate them.

But mortal mind is the person you’re looking at. There’s not a person you see who isn’t mortal mind made visible. That’s what persons are and where person appears and mortal mind is making that person appear, when you step out of mortal mind in you, you become conscious of the Invisible Christ where the person had seemed to be. And you still see that person but you feel with the inner soul sense the Presence of something besides a person. You no longer hold them in the tomb of a body and while the rabble, the Jews, Pilate and the soldiers are hating this which they call Jesus Christ, Christ is loving them. Christ is not holding them in bondage to physical form. Christ is not seeing them as an enemy. Christ has no human enemies. Christ knows only the one adversary, the world mind and isn’t fooled by the physical disguises.

Similarly, if there were lack or limitation, Christ wouldn’t be fooled by those disguises. They, too are the world mind. Every evil on this earth, whatever its name or nature, is the same one world mind. And when you lick it, you’ve licked all the evil there is and you only lick it by accepting Spiritual identity. And until you do, world mind will completely devastate your life in one way or another because it is the nature of world mind to continue to lead us into committing all forms of violation of Divine law until we accept the Spirit of God as our own Being. It’s only when we do, that the world mind loses its power to manipulate us, to torment us, to deceive us and to present things to us that are not true and have us accept them as if they were true.

And so, the plan that Jesus Christ is revealing world mind as the only oppressor, the only place where problems exist and that world karma continues and that this karma continues whether you’re aware of it or not, whether you voluntarily contribute to it or not and it only stops when you consciously seek, ask, knock at the door of your own Christ within yourself. When you accept that here stands no mortal being – that is how you defeat the world mind.

Here stands what you have called a mortal being only because you’ve been looking out from the eyes of mortality but invisibly, the child of God stands where you are and that child of God is the Light which you know when you’re in the upper firmament of Consciousness. Then there are no lashings. There are no beatings. There are no tortures. There are no diseases. There are no misgivings. There are no oppressions, there are no lacks, no limitations. Once you have accepted the Light as your name, you may go through the period of thorns and thistles but the Light will take you through them safely, effortlessly.

Now, then, as he was able to look at the Jews and Pilate and soldiers without hate, later saying “Forgive them; they know not what they do,” he was acknowledging only the Presence of God. He was demonstrating that this that you see is not the true picture. He was demonstrating that only God is present. The Allness of God. He was demonstrating that one who knows that only God is present is the majority. One with God is a majority. He was demonstrating that I, the living Spirit of God, am the only Self that is present. There are no Jews, no Pilate, no Roman Empire. There’s no pain. There’s no suffering. This is the illusion of the world mind, the knowledge of good and of evil. It isn’t present.

And just as it wasn’t present at that moment, in that day, it isn’t present in this moment, in this day. There is no lack. There is no limitation. There is no famine. There is no overpopulation or underpopulation. There’s no war. There’s no Pilate today. There’s no dictator today. There’s no Jew today. There’s no non-Jew today. There are not twenty-five or eighty-five religions on the earth today. They’re all mortal mind wearing its many disguises.

All that is here today is what was demonstrated there in that day and that is the invisible God. That’s all that is present in this room and on this earth. Only God is present and all of this that happens therefore is finally shown to have had no effect whatsoever. It only seems to happen and the corpse is not a corpse. It never happened. That’s why.

The illusory nature of the mortal world, the illusory nature of the mortal body, the illusory nature of mortal conditions is the revelation that only God is present and where God is, is Holy Ground and the place whereon thou standest is therefore Holy Ground because God is present there and the invisible name of God, is Christ in you. Until this is accepted, invisible world mind continues, birthing us and then killing us.

Christ in you,” is the very same Christ that is making this demonstration of Christ on the cross.

Jesus Christ is healed of mortality. Jesus Christ is healed of the belief in the power of the world, healed of the belief in the existence of anything unlike the Spirit of God. But the world mind, acting as the various forms, that continue to beleaguer him show forth that which is in the world mind – the hate, the distortion and this continues in each of us even though we don’t share in the outward physical being of the Christ. To be forewarned enables you to do something about it.

Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!”

He was really playing to their sense of pity. He didn’t want to crucify Christ and yet he did. He didn’t know what to do. This was a hot potato. We learn in Matthew that the wife of Pilate was a sort of student of Jesus Christ – Claudia. We learned in Matthew that she said to Pilate, “Don’t have anything to do with this man’s death. I had a terrible dream and I suffered a great deal in my dream because of him.” In some way or another, she had become aware of him as a force and Pilate didn’t really know what to believe anymore. Maybe this man was a very special, privileged man. He didn’t know. He just wanted to get rid of the whole thing and now, he’s hoping that when they look at this sorry figure, they will have some compassion and say, “Well, let him go. He’s had enough punishment.”

But mortal mind, you must remember is writing the whole script here. It’s being forced to show forth its contents. They won’t have any of that.

When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.”

The chief priests were saying, “Crucify him.” This was then the greatest religion on the earth saying, “Crucify him.” This was the religion that had in the Ten Commandments, “Thou shall not kill,” saying, “Crucify him.”

You see how mortal mind poses as religion, makes its own laws, turns upon itself? And this is the ugly nature of mortal mind in us.

Pilate [says], Take [ye] him, and crucify him: I find no fault in him. The Jews answered [him], We have a law, by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.”

Well, let’s look at their law. You’ll find in the Leviticus. You’ll find it in Deuteronomy.

In Leviticus 24:16, here is the Judaic law about attitudes toward God. “He that blasphemeth the name of the Lord, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well [as] the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the Lord, shall be put to death.”

Put to death and yet it said stoning, not crucifixion.

Now, in Deuteronomy, we have a little further discussion on that. The thirteenth chapter of Deuteronomy, the first verse says, “If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder” then we’ll skip over to the fifth, “And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the Lord thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.”

If this prophet then has all these signs and wonders that have something to do with blaspheming God, he shall be put to death. And so, its in their law and according to their law, Jesus blasphemed.

Now, specifically, here were the blasphemies he made. In John 5, the 18th verse, we have one of the blasphemies, “Jesus answered them, [and said] My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, [thus] making himself equal with God

Now, when he said that God was his Father, they interpreted that from their Leviticus and Deuteronomy laws as being a blasphemy against God.

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That was the crime they called blasphemy. And later, in 10:33 of John, “The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; because thou, being a man, makest thyself God.”

And so, we can see why they would be feeling self-righteous about what they were doing. Their law said so, this man said he was a Son of God, God was his Father. And then suddenly it hits you, didn’t they think God was their Father? And the answer is; they certainly did. That’s the name of God, the Father of all mankind. They didn’t really think he had blasphemed at all, did they? Because they too thought God was their Father. They were using blasphemy as a very convenient way of getting rid of he who had renounced Judaism. He who would not bring them a kingdom on earth. He who had said, “My kingdom is not of this world.”

And so, we find that religion is being exposed here as having no interest in the Truth, no interest in God when it suits religion’s purpose to have no interest in God.

But why? Because religion isn’t religion. Religion is the same world mind that crucifies. Religion is the same world mind that sends boys out to be shot in war, the same world mind that says to this group of boys, “You need heroin today.” You’re either in it or not in it. You’re either serving it consciously or not or serving the Christ mind. If you’re not in the Christ mind, you’re in the world mind and just by not being in the Christ mind, you commit every act of infamy that is in the Bible. It all goes on in your sub consciousness and eventually, it surfaces in one way or another, some greater and some lesser. We’re all feeding out of the reservoir of the world mind unless we’re in the Christ mind. That’s why we have these funny tendencies that we can’t understand.

Why does a man steal? Some people even steal when they don’t have to. They just, it’s a habit. It’s a way of life or it’s a weakness they can’t control. And they don’t want to but something puts the hand out there and takes what it shouldn’t take. Why? The world mind. The person never does it. The world mind is the hand. The world mind is the body. The world mind is the flesh. The world mind is even the object that it steals. The world mind is the world and we who are not in the Christ mind are in that world mind of good and evil. We who are not in the Christ mind are in the world mind which kills the human race. Each successive generation is killed by the world mind because it is a murderer from the start. It is the false creator of a false world and there’s no hope to make this a better world. The only hope is to come into the Christ mind and to walk in the Kingdom of God on earth. That is the meaning of salvation. Otherwise, it’s an empty word. Just making good boy scouts out of us isn’t salvation.

This was the nature then of the charge of the hypocrisy, to say that God had blasphemed against God. The religious mind does not know the nature of Christ. You find examples who do know and they are the rare exceptions. You find books for example, by a Catholic and you say, “Well this is the Truth.” Yeah, the book is and then you find examples of the Truth by a Protestant and you say, “Well this is Truth.” Yes, the book is. And you find some by a Muslim, by a Hindu, by a Jew. The book is but you’re talking about millions of people who know nothing about what is being said in that book. There are over twenty billion Bibles that have been sold in the world and most people still think that Jesus did all this to in some way make it unnecessary for us to come through the Christ experience ourselves, that all we have to do now is be good and die and we’ll go there and we’ll find him.

This empty teaching has existed in spite of all the Bibles. You can find a great, big Bible in the middle somebody’s living room. I have some friends who collect Bibles. They have Greek Bibles. They have early Bibles. They haven’t read one of them. Haven’t even read them, not even interested. It’s just something to collect and there it is. People see it. And they’re collectors of Bibles. They don’t know what’s inside the Bible, either good or bad.

And when the church reads the words of the Bible, everybody says, “Oh, that poor man. Look what he went through.” We’re going through it ourselves right now. Every day. This woman who had the brain tumor, she was a believer, a faithful believer. She couldn’t understand why she had that brain tumor. How could you explain to her this was the collective karma of the world appearing in her through the world mind; that she had nothing to do with it? She was just the recipient of something that was caused by a world mind and then the psychologist might probe her mind to find out if she was mean to her mother and that caused it or something like that and that wouldn’t help because the world mind is going to keep pushing itself through what she calls her mind anyway. She never can identify her adversary because religion doesn’t teach her that. It doesn’t teach her that there’s a world mind. And it doesn’t make any difference what religion you go to. The adversary is never identified. Some come very close to it and then for some reason or other, duality enters in and there is always God and me or there’s a power of evil.

Did you read what the Pope said the other day? I couldn’t believe it. In fact, I’ve written the Catholic monitor to give me the full statement. It was so incredible to see this statement in the papers. This isn’t the full statement. That’ll come later. The Pope said whole societies have fallen under the nomination of the devil. He said sex and narcotics provide openings for Satan’s infiltration of mankind. He said the devil exists and people should be on their guard against him. He said the defense against the evil which we call the devil is necessary, that our greatest need is the defense against the devil. He said the devil does exist and is a dark enemy agent. Evil is not just a deficiency but an efficiency. It is alive, spiritual, perverted and perverted being. It is a terrible, really mysterious, fearsome thing and then he said Satan was responsible for man’s falling from Grace. He is the enemy number one, the tempter par excellence, the hidden enemy who sows errors and misfortunes in human history. The headline is the Pope says the devil’s role is spreading, that the devil really exists.

Now, people read that and have been brainwashed on that for so long that we can say safely that at least, fifty million people in that over-all congregation believe there is a living devil somewhere. And you try to take that devil away from them, they’re going to get mad at you. They really do because this is what they fight. They fight the devil.

And you know something? I wouldn’t want to ask all the religions of the world if they believe that because I’m sure they’ll tell me they do. You’d find that that’s not just part of any one religion. The world believes there’s a living devil and that the devil causes these things and of course, that means that the devil must be operating under God’s permission, under God’s will because God is the power of the universe. It must be God’s will that the devil do this then and if it’s God will, then you can say that all of the evil on earth is God’s will.

Now, how in the world can you pray to God then? If it’s God’s will that there be evil, what are you going to pray about? And if it’s not God’s will, how can it happen in the first place? How does the devil get away with it if it’s not God’s will? And these are the questions that are unanswered.

And so, we live in this kind of hazy, in-between unawareness and this becomes, this is what world mind is. I could tell you world mind speaks and makes these statements. This is a statement by the world mind. And whatever is not Truth, is a statement by the world mind and that is fed back into the collective consciousness of every individual. You may not even see it in the paper but one way or another, it comes into you and you begin to feel that there’s some powerful sinister force working and you may not call it Satan or devil. You may have another name for it but you think it’s there, it’s existent and there is no such force. There is no such power. All that is present is the Spirit of God. There’s no devil and there’s no power of a devil. There is only that which is below and that which is above.

And these are the two levels of consciousness. One is pure Consciousness and the other is human consciousness and human consciousness itself does not exist and all that it knows is equally, non-existent. And when you step back out of it, you find you’re in the pure Consciousness. There’s no devil. There’s no deviltry. There’s no evil. You see through the illusion of the form, through the images. Time and space, is lifted out of your consciousness and you stand in the One, in the pure, in the real. And then you know, all that is here is the Light. It is all pure Light. The illusion only exists in the illusory mind, the mind that perceives the evils of the world itself is the illusion. That illusion mind perceives its own illusions and when it’s the world mind which is the illusion, then all within the world mind perceive the same illusions.

Christ doesn’t. Christ stands in the midst of the attackers, seeing no enemy. That’s why Pilate’s puzzled. “What kind of a man is this? Maybe my wife was right. She said I better watch out for him. I better not monkey with this man. He must be a very important man for all these Jews to want him killed.”

He thinks Christ is a half-God of some kind and while he’s thinking that, he’s got another problem. They’re going to threaten to send a report back to Rome if he lets this man go. He’s torn between what his wife told him and his fear of Caesar and his fear of the fury of the mob and he’s a very typical human being; torn between all of these different forces. Why? Because he has no anchor in Christ. He doesn’t know the Truth. He even said so.

You see how necessary it is to come to grips with this world mind? That Christ in you, just as Christ in Jesus could walk through the world mind which was threatening to kill him, unafraid, knowing it doesn’t exist, that Christ in you can do this with every problem you have? Do you see the great symbolism there? That just as Christ in him could walk though an intended crucifixion knowing its impossibility, knowing the non-existence of form and matter and material power, Christ in you this minute could walk through every lack and limitation you think you know as a fact in your life. It doesn’t matter what it is. Christ in you sees it as a non-reality which it is.

And then finally, why this Christ in you? Is there a you that contains Christ or you this invisible Christ your Self? Doesn’t Christ in you finally become Christ I am?

There’s a very interesting consciousness that does something unusual to you. It actually takes you out of your human self. It’s like that fifty-two seconds of the Wright Brothers off the ground. It gets you out of yourself and once you feel your Self out of yourself even for those fifty-two seconds, the great fiction of human selfhood is revealed to you: that there isn’t any.

Once you become aware for those fifty-two seconds of your true identity, you feel your Self as something totally different than the one you had lived with all of your human lifespan. It’s as if you really are a Spiritual form, a vast form; so vast that all of the physical events around you are walking through that form and not touching it. These little pygmies of human events seem to walk through the vast, physical Spiritual structure of you; you feel your everywhere Being, off the ground, out of matter.

In a flash, you might even know that everything that exists is right where you are. It doesn’t matter where it was in time or in space, it is right where you are because where you are is the Infinity of God and everything that’s happening in any part of the universe is just part of the mortal mind picture that isn’t there. What is there is the Infinity of God. The Infinity of God is right where you are at all times and nothing else.

It doesn’t matter where things seem to be happening. The Infinity of God there is the Infinity of God here. One, Infinite God. One, Infinite identity and when you feel it, you know that Christ is revealing the nothingness of the entire material world and the Allness of the Infinity of your own Spiritual Self.

There are times when this can be so strong in you that you don’t want to do anything but revel in it. Just resting in the Word that the Infinity of God, I am, and it doesn’t matter if something seems to have happened two thousand years ago. Whatever happened two thousand years ago could only be a Spiritual activity because there’s nothing else there and that Spiritual activity is happening now. Whatever will happen two thousand years from now can only be a Spiritual activity and all Spirit is now therefore, two thousand years from now is happening now. That is the Infinity of your Being so that the world of time is in the now of your Infinite Self as an experience, as a living knowledge. And the world of time did not exist because the Infinity of Christ is all that can ever happen. Nothing else can happen. You rest in it. You feel that there’s no space outside of you. There’s no time outside of you. There’s nothing outside of you.

Infinite Spirit is your name. Infinite Spiritual power must be functioning. Infinite, Spiritual action is all that can happen. Nothing can enter to defile or make a lie.

There can be no human punishments. There can be no human pain. There can be no human lack or limitation. You are Infinite Spirit and there’s a moment in your fifty-two seconds off the ground when you don’t have to be told that again. The experience replaces all the words you’ve heard. In fact, there are no words that can really awaken you to that experience, no words that you can truly believe in. You can only believe that experience and when you have it, then you know why the words were unnecessary. The only reason you hear the words is to enable you to know that the experience is waiting to be lived in and when the experience happens, you know that you truly are not this physical form.

Christ was not the physical form there. All of these events were happening in time, in visible form but they’re all happening inside the world mind, not in the Christ identity. You walk free of this world mind. Those fifty-two seconds off the ground are going to be a very important experience.

Infinite Christ, not finite Christ, not Christ in this room or this body, not Christ in any century, not Christ in any place but Infinite in time and space and in fifty-two seconds off the ground, you don’t get to feel that full Infinity but you get out of this limited self enough to know that that was a promise of things to come into your fullness of Consciousness.

We seem to have gone quite a bit over the half so I think we’ll continue.

The Jews answered him, We have a law…When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid; He went again into the judgment hall, and said unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer.”

He wanted to know where Jesus came from. The human mind cannot understand Christ. Christ cannot speak to the human mind so he gave him no answer.

Pilate [said], Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, I have power to release thee?”

The human mind thinks it’s a power. The world mind, expressing as the human mind is a power over all those who do not know their own Christ mind and the Christ says that very strange statement, “Thou couldest have no power [over] me, except it were given thee from above.”

You see that above part? The Light and then the forms. Here’s the forms. These forms don’t exist. All that’s here is the Light. These do not exist. Where you appear in form, it does not exist. All that’s there is the above Light. As it comes through mind, it becomes form.

Thou couldest have no power [over] me, except it were given thee from above” and then this great revelation, “Therefore, he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.”

Now, that line means, “He that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.” Who delivered Jesus Christ to Pilate? The world thinks Judas did. World mind delivered Jesus Christ to Pilate. He’s trying to show us again and again and again that world mind is the culprit. Who deprives you of the things you need? World mind. Who fools you into thinking that you suddenly got them? World mind. Who takes them away again? World mind. Who makes you sick tomorrow? World mind. And who makes you well? World mind. You go up and down like a yo-yo in world mind, never knowing what’s causing it and what’s causing it is he who delivered thee unto the sickness, the sin, the lack, the limitation is the world mind. And then the world mind recovers you and you say, “Thank you.”

And when the religions of the world go to pray, they are praying to this world mind. That’s who you pray to. Dear world mind, which I am calling God by mistake, make me well and God never made you sick so how could God make you well? God is your name. Your invisible identity is Christ, Son of God. You don’t have to pray to God to make you well. God is always well. You have to step out of the world mind and you’re well. You don’t have to pray to anyone. Your prayer is the acceptance that I am the living Spirit of God, the Life of God now, called Christ. That acceptance is your prayer. That’s the Lord’s prayer.

This then is revealing the universal nature of evil coming through the world mind. “He that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.” Not Pilate, not Judas – the world mind. If your business is bad, it’s the world mind. If your business is good, it’s the world mind. But if you have Spiritual business, you’ll find it doesn’t waver and it will appear outwardly as a permanently good business, a permanently good health, a permanently good income, a permanently good relationship, a permanently good life.

When John the Baptist said, “He that cometh after me is preferred before me,” he was giving us the clue that we are to find not this temporary sense of life. We are to find our permanent Life. “He that cometh after me…. preferred before me” is our permanent Life, our permanent identity.

When you find your permanent identity, world mind collapses. It hasn’t a leg to stand on after that. The illusion of the world mind is gone. It’ll catch you once in a while. It’ll tempt you. It’ll fool you but by and large, its teeth are gone.

And so that’s the whole purpose so far of the 19th chapter, to show us that the adversary, the cause of every evil in the world is not man’s inhumanity to man. It’s not man’s greed. It’s not his selfishness. It’s the world mind posing as these things and Jesus never met a claim in that person for that reason. That’s why Jesus didn’t defend against the so-called enemy. He wouldn’t go for the decoys.

We’re being taught to avoid the decoys of form, person, place, condition and thing and get to the root of all evil which is the mind that is not the Christ mind. For only the Christ mind can see, experience, live in the Reality of God on earth.

Well, there’s a lot of deception that follows. We’ll get into it some other time.

I’m interested in your having the experience of knowing yourself to be a Spiritual Being and the way you might go about it at this particular point in our study is to know that God is the Allness demonstrated here by Christ Jesus and the acceptance then of his demonstration that God is ever present and is all there is, is always the beginning point of your day. God is here and the Spirit of God must be my name.

There is no evil in the Spirit of God. It is not the will of the Father that there be evil. The will of the Father is goodness and because there’s no power to push aside the will of God, it is functioning and goodness is functioning. The will of God is that I have all that God has. The will of God is that I be perfect and that will must be functioning. Nothing can stop it.

And so, we accept the Word. We rest in the Word rather than in our own personal, human experience. My human experience tells me there’s many other things here beside God and beside the will of God. But because world mind in me wants me to do just that, I’ve finally come out of that deception and rest in the Word of God rather than in my own human experience which says there are other things here. In other words, your faith is in the Word which says, “Only God is here.” That’s what Jesus Christ was demonstrating. “There’s no power in you, Pilate, over me. I’m getting out from underneath the magnifying glass. I’m not living in the below, in the form. I am the Life. I am from above and there’s no evil in God’s universe and this is it. I’m not going to be in a universe that isn’t God’s universe because there isn’t any and there is no lack in God’s universe and there’s no limitation in God’s universe and there’s nothing finite in God’s universe. I’m not going to try to become what God tells me I already am. I am the child. I don’t have to become the child. That means I am the Spirit. What can Spirit become? The mere trying to become is the denial of Being the Spirit. The effort to get is a denial of having the Allness of Spirit.”

And so, there’s nothing more to desire or to seek or to find. Nothing to become. That Spirit of God is where I am. I am in the Kingdom of God now. There is no other. I am in the universe of God now and there’s nothing in it that’s finite so I’m not a finite anything in the universe of God.

And now, slow down a minute. I cannot be finite and be Spirit. There is no finite Spirit. I can’t begin at one place and end at another place. I can’t begin in time with a birth and end in time with a death. That’s finite. Where do I begin? I have no beginning. Where do I end? I have no ending. Does God have a beginning? No. Does God have an ending? No. I have no beginning. I have no ending. Was God born? No. Then I was not born because God is All. Does God die? No. Then I cannot die because God is All.

Where do these ideas come of a beginning and an ending? They’re false ideas of the world mind. I have no beginning and no ending. I am Spirit and if I have a beginning and an ending, I am denying myself to be the Spirit. The nature of Spirit is without beginning or end. It has no beginning in space or in time and no end in space or time. The moment I have a beginning or an end in space or time, I’m saying, “I’m not the Spirit,” and I’m divided again.

World mind has divided me from my Self. These characters in the Bible who were crucifying Christ are not doing that at all. They’re crucifying themselves. They are turning away from Christ in them which is all that this is made visible to show us and we don’t want to be like that. While they crucify the outer Christ, they were crucifying the inner Christ by turning away from him. And by we turning away from the inner Christ, we’re crucifying the Christ the same way.

But now, we’re not. We stop crucifying Christ when we know that’s my name, that’s my being and Christ said, “Before Abraham was, I am.” Therefore, before Abraham was, I am. Christ said, “I am the Light” and therefore, I am the Light. Christ said, “You have no power over me world power of Pilate” and therefore, I can say to the world mind, “You have no power over me.” The minute I know the world mind and recognize it, it ceases to be a power. Its power lies in the fact that no one recognizes it. When it’s recognized, it has no power. That’s the only power it has. It’s invisible to human sense. It works through the unconscious. But when you recognize it, it loses its power.

And so, every report that comes to your consciousness which says something is wrong is the world mind. It can put ten ambulances out there and clang ten fire engine bells, they’re all put there by the world mind. It can have a flood. It can have a storm. It can have an epidemic. It can have every kind of calamity. Don’t believe it. And that’s all the same world mind. It’s all part of the initiation, the testing for you who have been in the wilderness, unknowing that you are the Christ and when you know it, you can say to the world mind which is Pilate here, “Thou has no power over me. It wasn’t given thee from above. The only power is my ignorance and if I have ignorance, you have power. If I have awareness of the Spirit, the power is gone.” That’s your freedom.

Salvation is faith that you are the Christ, not faith in God. That faith has not been salvation. That’s been the prolonging of all the superstitions the world has known. The faith that Christ in you is God, is salvation.

And then world mind is powerless. It can never tell you again what you lack, what you need or what you should have because you can always know, I Spirit am Self-complete. Everything I need is right here. This is Holy Ground and the hereness that I speak of is my Self. All of me is here. All of me is here because the universe is here and the universe is All of me. Nothing can be added or taken away from the Spiritual reality and nothing else exists.

We have then the will of God being good, only goodness can be. The substance of God being Spirit, only Spirit can be. The action of God being perfect, only perfection can be. And if the human mind keeps trying to catch that and accept that, it fails. Again and again it fails because it’s the human mind which must be crucified, not Christ. When you crucify the human mind, Christ in you rises and the Christ mind reveals to you that mortal mind is dead. Instead of being dead to Christ, you’re dead to the deadness of a world that never was.

Instead of crucifying the Christ, we have learned to crucify the mind which is the outlet and the inlet for an illusory world mind and then the murderer of the world has no one to murder.

Now, if you keep using that mind, you’re saying to the murderer, “Work through me.” If you crucify that mind, you’ll find the mind which was in Christ Jesus is your mind and things will instantly clarify themselves. You’ll find you’re out of this form. You’re aware of a vast Spiritual form which is yours and you can feel that all of the winds that blow, all of the forms that walk, all of the powers that make noises are not making contact with you anymore. Just as they couldn’t make contact with Christ. The one was unreal and One was real.

Then you’re taken outside of this human selfhood. You’re lifted right out of it. You’re off the ground and you find that all of the laws of Spirit are working, maintaining a perfect Kingdom through your entire Being.

Now, this experience of not being in this limited capsule does for you what no words can do and it doesn’t come because you’re thinking about it. It comes because you’re true to the fact that God is truly All there is.

If you can be true to that Truth that God is All there is, every time you meditate, you’ll find this new power takes you your [52] seconds off the ground.

Well I think that’s our story today.

I wish you all a very pleasant Thanksgiving.

We’re going to explore the meaning of Truth and the meaning of “My kingdom is not of this world” and this is not for the faint-hearted. It is for those who have accepted the Christ message wherever it leads them.

By way of introduction, I want to take you back to Isaiah, 44th chapter in which he makes the following statements, full of very unusual, oriental imagery.

He’s speaking about those who have stepped away from the knowledge of their Source and he does it this way. “The smith with the tongs both worketh in the coals, and fashioneth it with hammers, [and] worketh it with the strength of his arms: yea, he is hungry, and his strength faileth: he drinketh no water, and is faint. And the carpenter stretcheth out his rule; he marketh it out with lines; he presses it with planes, and he marketh it out with a compass, and maketh it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man; that it may remain in the house. He heweth him down cedars, taketh the cypress and the oak, which he strengtheneth for himself among the trees of the forest: and he planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it. Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; [yea,] he maketh a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereon. He burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; and he roasteth roast, and is satisfied: yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire.”

He is so far removed the man comes, now he’s got that fire which is keeping him warm, forgotten is the tree that was planted, forgotten all the work into that, forgotten all that preceded the tree, forgotten is the seed. He comes further and further away into the material world so that in oriental imagery, burning wood, burning coals is a symbol of being separate from Source.

Way back in Isaiah, forgetting there is one Being, one Spiritual Self, man walks out into the material world and in the oriental mind, this comes in one form as burning wood or coals.

You’re going to see this in the 18th chapter of John again.

Now, we go to Peter and we see in the 13th chapter of John, Peter makes the following statement to Jesus, “Whither I go,” says Jesus, “Thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me [afterwards] later.” And Peter says, “Why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake…. I will lay down my life for thy sake.

Now in the 18th chapter of John, the damsel that kept the door said unto Peter, “Art not thou also one of the man’s disciples? And he saith, I am not.”

And then, the next phrase, “The servants and [the] officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals; for it was cold: and they warmed themselves: and Peter stood with them, and warmed himself.”

Peter was separate from his Source. He was burning coals, warming himself, not with the inner Light but with the outer light. Not with the inner Love but with the outer sense of matter. Now the demonstration there is that even though Peter, had great faith and great love, he was mentalizing faith, not realizing faith. We want to see the difference between mentalizing and realizing. We all can mentalize and very few can realize.

Peter’s faith was the mental kind. He asserted he would lay down his life and he really meant it and when it came time to do so, he was willing to pull out the sword but there was a moment when suddenly, he was completely lost in the world of flesh and he feared for his own safety. The life that he’d said he would lay down, he feared for. Why? Because his faith was insufficient? No, it’s because he never had the right kind of faith. He had the faith of the mind, the faith that rests in what the mind thinks it knows. He had reached the state of mentalizing without realizing. He hadn’t passed over the memory patterns of the mind.

Now, this week, someone said to me, “I have read in the Contemplative Life on page 132,” I think he said, “Joel says that the secret is to know the non-power of all appearances and I’m trying to do it but they always get me down anyway. What am I doing that’s wrong?”

Now, that’s like burning coals to keep warm. That’s the obvious thing to do so you do it and it’s also obvious to know Truth with your mind so you do it and then it fails and the reason it fails is because the mind has no capacity to know Truth. What it thinks is Truth is never Truth. It’s only its own concept of Truth and you have to go deeper than the mind knowing Truth because it always knows the illusion of Truth.

And so, you finally come to a place where you see that your mind cannot take you into the Kingdom of God and it doesn’t matter how hard you try or how dedicated or how intelligent. Even though you know all the words, even though you stay up all hours to read and cram it in.

And then the secret is that you have to know Christ in you for Christ in you realizes but your mind mentalizes. Your mind will always mentalize and until it surrenders to Christ in you, there’s no one, no self in you to realize. Only Christ can realize and Peter’s faith at that level is our own mental faith which has to be transcended. You of your own self cannot have faith in God. You must reach the Christ of you which is faith itself.

And so, if you’re trying to remove a lack or a limitation and all your mentalizing won’t do it, it’s for the same reason. The mentalizing can only grapple with the problem in its material aspects and the mentalizing itself is part of the illusion. So, we have to go further and further and always, instead of walking into that particular problem, we walk into Christ and turn the problem over to the Christ of our own Being which then realizes what our mind couldn’t realize. It realizes the non-reality of the problem.

Now, we’re going to deepen in that aspect as we go along.

The servants and the officers stood there.”

Now, servants and officers refer to the principals of the mind which are inadequate. The thoughts of the human mind are the servants and the principals and they are inadequate. And so, it’s the servants and the officers who stand there warming themselves. Our thoughts, our mentalizing is insufficient.

They warmed themselves. Peter stood there and warmed himself.”

Once more, there will be another denial by Peter and these three denials represent the final, complete denial of the mind of God. The mind has no capacity to know God.

The cock crows.”

And this is the dawn of a new era. When the cock crows, this is the moment when Peter becomes totally repentant, meaning at that moment he learns the futility of the mind. His repentance begins with the crowing of the cock because it is a signal given to him about three denials.

In each of us then, there is a continued denial of Christ as we continue to utilize the mind to understand God and you keep trying and deepening into the illusion as you want to understand but you do not know you cannot know God aright with the mind so you keep trying in every fashion you know. And one day it dawns on you and that dawning upon you, that you cannot with the mind, realize the Kingdom of God – that is the cock crowing in your Consciousness.

The moment you reach the realization that I can no longer go in this direction of the mind, you have heard the cock crow and now you’re going to turn and live. You’re going to say, “This that faces me is not something I have to overcome with the mind at all.” That would be a double illusion. First, the illusion of the thing to overcome and then, the illusion that you can overcome it with the mind.

You don’t heal a condition. You never heal a condition and you never heal a condition out there.

This week, we had a call from a little girl in Wyoming, a student of our class who got married and went to Wyoming, who knew some degree of this work, enough so that there’s a degree of fidelity to the Truth within the girl and we heard that she had a broken bone. It wasn’t healing and it was growing in the wrong direction. And so, the doctor decided that unless they operated, that poor girl wouldn’t be able to use that arm at all.

And so, an operation was scheduled and we were called and just before the operation, this girl did something that very few people do and which we’ve never asked anyone to do. She said to the surgeon, “I’d like you to take another x-ray just before you operate.” He said, “It won’t do any good.” But she said, “Well, do it just to please me then.”

And so, he did and when she called yesterday in the morning, she said – she was crying – and she said, “He just called me and told me I would be doing you a disservice if I operate on that arm because healing is taking place.”

Now, this is Wyoming and nobody healed her arm. Nobody went into Wyoming to heal her arm and nobody knew she had a broken arm. That which is called a healing is now her consciousness becoming aware of her invisible Perfection. Her arm isn’t healing. She’s becoming aware of the Perfection which is her Divine birthright. If somebody had tried to heal her arm, she would have been under the knife of the surgeon that morning. If somebody had thought she had a broken arm in Wyoming, she would have been under that surgeon’s knife that morning.

And the message is that you don’t meet the so-called condition which you think is in Wyoming. You meet it where it comes to your attention. It comes to your attention where you are. It is brought to your conscious awareness and that’s where the healing takes place. It doesn’t take place in Wyoming.

Now then, somebody tells you they have a broken arm and they’re in Wyoming and you’re called upon now to forget them in Wyoming. They have passed to you the world mind belief that there’s a broken arm in Wyoming and that belief is now right in your consciousness where you are and that’s where it must be healed. So, you don’t have her to heal. You have you to heal. You must heal your consciousness of the belief that there is a broken arm in a place called Wyoming.

Now, I cite this because the realization of healing within your own consciousness and not in the external world where the problem seems to be is going to be very useful to you. It might be your foot or your hand or your head and you want to heal those but that’s not really what you must do to get rid of that nagging appearance. You must heal your consciousness of the illusion that this is the condition that you are suffering from. You’re never suffering from a condition.

The condition is not what you’re suffering from. You’re suffering from the belief that you have the condition. And get the distinction because if you work on the condition, it lingers. You see, you’re chasing after the illusion with the illusion that you can remove the illusion or that you’re trying to remove something that your mind tells you is supposed to be an illusion but it’s bothering you.

It’s the same thing as Peter. The faith of the mind is not enough. He’s mentalizing and when you’re trying to get rid of the problem, the condition, you’re mentalizing. You’re not in a state of realizing and realizing then is different in that you dismiss the condition. And you say, instead of what caused the condition, you ask yourself, “What caused the belief in this condition?” The cause of the belief is the world mind which has now placed a sense or a condition in your consciousness. Forget the body. Get into your consciousness and there, erase the belief in the possibility that such a condition can exist where God is. And you find that this does the interesting thing of removing what appeared to be a condition.

Several others in this last few days are important and I must repeat them for your benefit. I told you about the individual whose blood pressure was up and then after calling for help, the blood pressure instantly went down thirty-six points and the patient still felt terrible. And so, he went to his doctor and the doctor said, “What’s happened to your blood pressure? I don’t believe it. It’s gone down thirty-six points overnight.” And the minute the doctor showed him the chart that his blood pressure had gone down, he felt fine again.

It’s like Joel’s story about the rain that had stopped. After a hundred and eighty days, this country called him and the rain was stopped but the condition of rain still remained and they couldn’t understand why the rain wasn’t falling when all of the sky was so angry and the same thing happened here. The man was still in a state of discomfort and pain and that sort of thing, but his blood pressure had dropped and he didn’t know it and when he discovered it through the doctor, then he felt good again. Always, it’s the belief which is the father to the condition and the world mind is the father to the belief. And so, you’ve got to get inside yourself and remove the belief.

Now, a third case this week and I don’t often talk of these without a purpose. It was a brain tumor and this brain tumor was called to our attention seven days before the operation was scheduled and in the seven days that we worked with someone who actually was not at all in this work but was advised about us by the fellow whose blood pressure went down and the tumor didn’t disappear in the seven days so the operation went forth on schedule.

Now, if this had been one of our students, who like the girl in Wyoming could say that the doctor wanted to take an x-ray just before you operate, we might have found a different case. We don’t know. But in the course of the meditations for this girl, who was having a brain tumor surgery, we were given this information which is always a sign of everything is finished and right. The information was that this woman would be sheathed in Light during the operation and although you might say, “Well that’s not very much to go by.” It really is all you need if it’s real, if it’s a realization, not a mentalizing. If it’s just a psychic thing, well, it’s nothing. But if it’s a realization of the actual Spirit itself, then that’s it, you see, because what happens in Spirit today happens in the physical world tomorrow or the next day or a hundred years later but Spirit always precedes what comes out in time, in matter.

And so, the morning after the operation, there was a call from the husband of the woman to the friend whose blood pressure had gone down, who in turn related to me that they had a perfect operation and that everything is benign and so on. They had no problem whatsoever. She actually was sheathed in Light, the presence of Spirit realized.

Now again, that’s not a condition out there. It’s a condition of a Spiritual realization within your Self. All of this is what Peter was still unaware of at this particular point. He was still in the awareness of flesh, not of Spirit and we all must come to the place now where when the Master speaks and says, “My kingdom is not of this world,” we’ve got to look that straight in the face. What is he saying to us? His Kingdom, the Christ Kingdom is not of this world.

Now, I want to give you a principle which is very stark and startling because it leaves no alternative but it is a true principle. “My Kingdom is Spirit. My Kingdom is Truth and only Spirit is Truth. Only Spirit is real. Spirit is the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is Reality. Spirit is All that is and that which is not Spirit is not real.”

Now that’s stark in that whatever is not Spirit is not real and that’s an absolute principle that you can depend on even though before you come to the place where you learn how to depend on it, you may struggle quite a bit.

Spirit is all that is real. “My kingdom is not of this world,” is the statement that My Kingdom is Spirit and the world of matter is not my Kingdom. It isn’t a statement that you will graduate from the world of matter and eventually enter into the Kingdom. It isn’t a statement that mortality can become Immortal or that matter can become Spirit. It is saying, Spirit is and matter is not.

When the Master says before the world, “My kingdom is not of this world,” he is stating that this world does not exist, that My Kingdom of Spirit is All that exists. And I know from my experience that you can learn to live in this awareness even to a minor degree and see wonderful things happen. Only Spirit exists.

And so, let’s go back to all of our personal conditions. You look at any one of them or any ten of them and they are not Spirit and that is simple, right there – they do not exist. If your faith is mental, you’ll discover you can hold this for today and then you lose it tomorrow. But if you practice this and learn to look at this world and all it contains as non-existent, you find yourself coming to a place where you can realize that behind the non-existence of the world, there is an existence which is real and permanent, of Spirit, and you will realize the presence of that Spirit. Something in you responds, makes contact, something in you radiates the actual awareness of the Spiritual universe. And then you know you have found My Kingdom which is not of this world and although you’re just a babe in the Kingdom, you’re higher than all those who walk the world of matter. And we learn to live as babes in this Kingdom. We learn to struggle as little tiny infants holding to one Truth; only Spirit is present. Whatever is not Spirit, has no existence. I don’t have to overcome it. I don’t have to see through it. I don’t have to avoid it, defend against it, resist it, maneuver, manipulate it. It isn’t there.

Now, this is an absolute principle and a total one and it would leave you, it seems, with nothing. All your material possessions exist in the world. The world is not Reality. If your material possessions are in that which is not Reality, are your material possessions real?

We even include our bodies. When you know that only Spirit is, then your body becomes like your automobile. You have an automobile. You use it to transport you. Now, you learn you have a body and your Spiritual Self is the invisible activity which to your visible sense appears as body. You learn that your visible body is a very small concept you entertain about your invisible body. Your invisible body is infinite and we’re at the level in consciousness now where the concept we entertain about that infinite, invisible Body appears as a physical, visible body. It is only our concept about our invisible body but our visible body is in the world and therefore, it has no Reality because My Kingdom is Spirit.

Now, I know this is a very difficult place to be. I also know what it does when you make the effort to be there. That’s why I mention these cases to you. I want you to know that when you rest in the activity of Spirit as the only present Reality, you feel a subtle change in your consciousness. It loses beliefs in matter. You are lifted above your human consciousness, right out of it and you are given information, inside intuitive awareness of another realm, the realm of Spirit and it then expresses as the harmony of your body or your purse. You find that when you are willing to follow the Master in the knowledge that only Spirit is present, and take the time to dwell in that Consciousness, the whole world of matter is redeemed. You are reconciled to Christ. Whatever is necessary is transformed even in the visible world and you will discover miracles happen which seem to be miracles to others which you begin to realize are the normal procedure of Grace functioning as the living Spirit of your Being. Things that you cannot conceive of as being possible happen because the Spirit of your Being is always in a state of Grace.

Now, when we accept My Kingdom is not of this world, we are accepting that the state of Grace which is the state of Spirit, is always here functioning. Whenever you are under the illusion that you’re not in a state of Grace, you are not accepting your Self to be Spiritual Being. Your Kingdom is Spirit. Spirit is under Divine Grace. Spirit is here. Your Kingdom is here. Grace is where your Spirit is and as you rest in the knowledge that I am Spiritual Being and transcend the mind which stops at a certain point, coming to the point of realizing, you’ll find that Grace functions in your Spirit right where you are as a permanent dispensation. This never stops.

As long as you are true to the Truth that only Spirit is, and go through the trials and labors of coming to that conviction so that it matters not who or where you are or when things occur to you, you know only Spirit is and therefore, only Grace is functioning no matter what surface impressions of the world may appear through your five senses.

Now, we’ve discovered something interesting in the Bible and everyone who is a lover of the Bible and its Truth will understand why it’s so interesting. When we come to the statement of Christ Jesus to Pilate, Pilate has said, “What have you done? If you’re not king of the Jews, what did you do? Why did they deliver you to me as a criminal?”

Now this Pilate, this civil power of the law sets itself up to judge the Christ. And finally, he wants to know why Jesus isn’t defending himself and the statement made by Jesus may not be correctly translated as far as the world goes and that has posed a very major problem.

Now here it is in the King James version. Now I want you to listen to it very carefully because I think part of the inability of Christianity to understand Christ is right in this statement.

My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews.” And here’s the part I want to call to your attention. “But now is my kingdom not from hence.”

Now, I know what that means and I find that as I go through certain other Bibles that the translator hasn’t the vaguest idea what it means and also, I don’t think that from the King James version, “not from hence,” Christianity has caught the point of what it means either.

Now, here’s another translation in the Stonefield Bible. He says “My kingdom does not come from that source” instead of “not from hence.” “My kingdom does not come from that source.”

Now why would he use different phraseology? It’s because they’re both translating from the Greek, which in turn has been translated from the Aramaic. “My kingdom is not from hence” says the King James version. The Stonefield says “My kingdom does not come from that source.”

Now, here is the Goodspeed version, and that’s 18:37. “My kingdom has no such origin.”

You see the difficulty the translators are having with whatever the Greek says? One says, “My kingdom has no such origin.” One says, “My kingdom is not from that source.” And the King James says, “My kingdom is not from hence.”

And then, in the Moffatt, still the same passage, “My realm lies elsewhere.”

Now isn’t that strange? Four accredited Bibles and here it says, no, “My realm lies elsewhere.” Another says, “My kingdom is not from that source.” Another says, “My kingdom is not of that origin.” And the King James alone says, “Now is my kingdom not from hence.”

Each one, Moffatt, Goodspeed, and Stonefield have omitted the word “Now” and they have also tried to figure out what “not from hence” means and so they have said “not of this origin.” What they have all neglected to say was what Jesus Christ was saying here. “Hence” means here like in Medieval times, in Shakespearean characters say, “Get ye hence…. Get out of here.”

Well, “not from hence” means not from here and you see the great discovery then that comes to you when you see that Jesus Christ is saying, “My kingdom is here.” “Now,” he says, “my kingdom is here.” And they’ve all missed it.

And so, Christianity says, if you want to go the kingdom of God, you have to die and go to heaven and Jesus tries to say, “No, my kingdom of God is right here, now. Now is my kingdom, not from hence.” He’s revealing the spiritual Kingdom of God on earth is the only Reality here. He’s revealing the world isn’t here but the Kingdom is.

My Kingdom is not of this world” but now my Kingdom is here. My Kingdom is here, the world is not here. My Kingdom is Spirit and that is why I can walk through the experience of the torments of the world. There is no suffering. There is no pain. This is the illusion of the world. There is no disease. This is the illusion of the world which does not know that Reality is My Kingdom of Spirit, here, now.

Now, you and I are at the place where we are going to learn that when we live in the knowledge that My Kingdom of Spirit is here, now, that this becomes the living experience of the All-power of Spirit. And all worldly powers, underline that word “All,” all worldly powers are revealed as powerless.

When you are aware consciously through all the effort it takes you to reach that awareness that Spirit is All that is here, you will discover that the whole battle is taken out of your hands. It all becomes a new Consciousness in you which no longer has to warm its hands over the fire made by coals, which stands in the midst of the condition and isn’t lured into overcoming the condition. The condition is not Spirit. There is no spiritual tumor and only Spirit is here. Therefore, where is the tumor? The tumor is in the belief that such a condition exists and if you know that only Spirit exists and rest in that Spiritual knowledge, the Grace of Spirit removes the illusion of tumor.

The Grace of Spirit is present and the words, “My kingdom, although it is not of this world, is present here, now, not from hence.” Right here and now. That word “Now” and “not from hence,” meaning here. Now and here is Spirit and only Spirit. You are now in the Kingdom of God and instead of trying to make God change your human illusions, instead of trying to use Spiritual power to get rid of the bad conditions and bring in good conditions, you overcome even that. You don’t say, “Get rid of this condition and bring me some of those nice conditions.” Instead, you live in your Spiritual awareness and let Spirit manifest in its own way. It may give you four rubber tires instead of the money to buy tires.

One of our students told us about a load of cement tossed right outside his house. He hadn’t even asked for anything and it wasn’t his cement. For some reason, they just tossed a load of cement out there. Well, he used it to build something he needed. Nobody wanted it and he needed it. He needed cement for six months before somebody just dumped a load of it there. He could have used the money to buy it but he got the cement. Nobody missed it or wanted it. They were getting rid of it.

You’d be surprised how many things are brought to your door that you’ve needed but if you thought about it, you would have needed the money to get them and they come there anyway without the money.

Always, the way of Spirit cannot be anticipated and if you outline to Spirit, you waste your time and you also break the continuity. And so, whatever the limitation may be, when you know that you must overcome that false sense of self which says, “I need this.” Now that was all right in the earlier stages of Spiritual living or the attempts to live Spiritually. But there is no “I need anything.” You don’t even need a pair of shoes. You don’t need good health. You don’t need anything. You see, when you talk from a need, you’re denying “My kingdom is not of this world.” You’re saying there is a “me” here who needs and you’re denying your Spiritual Self which is your only Self.

So, this is the class in which we establish for ourselves that Spirit is all there is. Beside Spirit there is nothing. The moment you need something, you think there’s something beside Spirit. Now, when you get that new pair of shoes, it’s going to be an illusion just as much as a lack of the shoes was an illusion before that.

My kingdom is Spirit and henceforth, know ye nothing in this world after matter, after flesh.”

If you want to live in the Christ Truth, you have to live in the knowledge that only Spirit is present and it isn’t something you mentalize. You must face the world with that knowledge. Only Spirit is present. I’m not trying to change the bad illusions of matter into good illusions. I’m not trying to make the Spiritual universe make my world a happier place. We are walking in the Spirit itself, as the Spirit, living in and by and through the Spirit. And whatever manifests in the outer world as a material this or that is but the evidence of the Spiritual Consciousness you are living in. The evidence of things unseen. We’re not trying to make our lives better. We are Spiritual Being who are now perfect.

And so, when the Christ says, “My kingdom is not of this world…. but now my kingdom is not from hence” we are being told that we are Spiritual Being; that the Kingdom of Spirit is here; that we are living in it and that the law of Grace is functioning and because of it, the Christ needs no protection against the powers of man because the powers of man do not exist. They are part of the world illusion. You and I as Spirit can walk through the powers of this world knowing they have no existence. Only the Kingdom of Spirit is here. Matter is the mental imitation entertained about and all the suffering that we can ever undergo is only in the imitation. Reality never suffers. You only suffer in the imitation. Every sickness is in the imitation form, never in your Reality. Don’t treat the imitation.

And so, back to healing, when you see that Spirit is All, Spirit then is the only Truth and therefore, when there is something that is ailing or imperfect, it is an untruth because Spirit is perfect and Spirit is All. Now why would you want to treat an untruth? The way to overcome an untruth is not to treat it but to know the Truth. When you know the Truth that Spirit is All, all that is not Spirit whether it’s ailing or not, loses its power over you.

Now if this stays in the mental state or the memory state, it will be meaningless and powerless and it takes time and initiative and a willingness to stand, before this crystallizes into living Consciousness that Spirit is all there is. What is not Spirit does not exist.

And this world is not Spirit and all this world contains is not Spirit. Spirit is invisible and Spirit is all there is. If you’re wondering then, “How do I know what is good or what is bad or what is real or unreal?” The answer is Spirit is All and Spirit is invisible. Nothing visible is real. Nothing visible. There is nothing excluded. Anything you can see with human eyes is not real. If you see the Christ, you have to see the Christ within your Soul. If you see the Spiritual universe, you’ll have to see it within your Soul. You cannot see it with your eyes. You cannot see Reality with your eyes or touch Reality with your eyes. And you are Reality. You are invisible Spirit.

And as you know this, you will see why Christ walks through the evils of the world, untouched. That which we see and call the Christ is not what is there. Christ is invisible. Even though we see a form called Jesus, we are not seeing Christ. Even though the world sees a form called you, they are not seeing the Christ that you are and you must know that is who you are. Your Kingdom is here. It is your invisible Self, your invisible universe and that is the Consciousness, the Christ Consciousness, which realizes what the human mind only mentalizes.

Now this is another dimension to live in, not to pay lip service to as Peter did. You’ll have to practice this very carefully and I can assure you it’s a very frustrating experience for a while. But you find the more frustrated you get, the closer you’re becoming to the place where suddenly, it’s so easy you can’t believe it. I mean, it’s just as if, why there’s no effort involved. All of a sudden it just, there it is. Why of course, there’s only Spirit. How could God turn us loose in the corruption that we see? The forms, shapes, figures, the objects, the things, all of nature, everything that can deteriorate or die or be diseased is a world illusion.

Now we have sown to this illusion, to this flesh, to this matter and we have reaped the death of the body, the diseases of the body, the malfunctions of the body, the difficult human conditions and they are all part of the illusion of the senses, of sowing to flesh when there isn’t any. Sowing to the bark of a tree, to the blade of grass, to the weather. There isn’t any. There’s no weather in the Kingdom. There’s no bark of a tree in the Kingdom. There’s no liver and lungs in the Kingdom and all that is present now is the Spirit of God. That is your name, your identity. That is your habitation. It is right here but it is not this world. And you learn to live in it. You learn that you are the Life which lives in the Kingdom of Spirit. You’re not the form that lives in the world. The form that lives in the world is the degree of your limited consciousness made visible. Your consciousness translates into this form and its experience.

Now, while we’re on this subject of healing Spiritually, living in the Spirit, Spirit being All, it must be seen that no material condition changes anything in Spirit. There is only Spirit and so, a tumor isn’t changing Spirit. Spirit or Reality doesn’t change because a tumor appears. Reality doesn’t change because anything appears. Nothing in the visible changes the Reality. The Reality is always Itself and therefore, you never have to improve the Reality. You have to find the Reality.

And so, the solution to living in the Spirit, to living independent of the conditions of form is not to try to bring Spirit into the world. That’s part of the mental illusion. You cannot bring Spirit into an illusion. You must step out of the world and live in the Kingdom. When you step out of the world; that’s where the condition is, in the world, the condition isn’t in the Kingdom, so instead of trying to improve the condition in the world, improving the illusion, step out of the world where the condition is into the Spirit and you find it isn’t there. And then, that which appeared in the world will disappear.

Now, then, stepping out of the world into My Kingdom is the healing Consciousness. It isn’t improving the condition of the world; it’s stepping out of the world into your Kingdom. In other words, stepping out of the belief in matter, into the acceptance that only Spirit is here which then becomes your Spiritual Consciousness.

Is that clear? You step out of the belief in matter to get rid of it. A head cold or a sprained ankle. The belief that you have a head cold or a sprained ankle is a belief that matter is there. But Spirit is only the Presence, only the Reality. You come back to the acceptance that only Spirit is present. You seem to be walking away from the problem rather than meeting it and that’s fine. You’re coming to the Reality. And you don’t have to meet that problem. You come to the Reality only Spirit is here. I am Spirit. I am the life of Spirit and the power of Spirit; the power of God is functioning in the Spirit of my Being now.

And you find the conditioning of the mind which had been, for a moment, drawn into the belief of the ankle or the cold or the tumor begins to be drawn into another area of consciousness. It’s as almost if you feel yourself walking over a line, something in you straightens up, something in you disappears. One belief goes and you find yourself strong in something saying to you within, “I am the Spirit. I am come. Where you are, I am now and I am the Spirit of your Being.”

You begin to feel this. Now, you’re away from problems. You’re just aware of the Presence of the Spirit. And you see what you had tried to mentalize is now over. You’re passed the mentalizing. This is the beginning of the realizing. The realizing is of the Spirit and as the Spirit begins to work with you, finally you’re out of mind. You’re just resting in pure Consciousness and pure Consciousness is that which said, “My Kingdom is not of this world. I am ruling my Kingdom right here.”

Everything then in the invisible becomes a living force in your Being and the visible world is no longer governing you. You’re no longer under the law of matter. You’re under the law of spiritual Grace, in the invisible Kingdom of your own Being. Your Kingdom is invisible Grace of Spirit, not this world and I don’t care who you are or where you are, whenever you discover that you are Spirit and that Spirit is all there is and you are faithful to this and do not commit adultery by thinking there is Spirit and matter, do not step out of Spiritual Reality and adulterate Truth with the belief that there is both Spirit and matter, then you won’t be in spiritual adultery. You’ll be in the single Truth of Being, the great Truth announced by the Christ that My Kingdom is here now and it is pure Spirit and where it is, the world is not. Then you’re a babe in the Kingdom and you can leave all the successful adults in this material world, to their own miseries.

You really will find the great glorious power of living Spirit. You’ll find that your rent is paid for your entire lifetime. You’ll find that your health is assured for your entire lifetime. You’ll find that you are truly an eternal Being. You’ll find that every word spoken by the Christ about Spirit is the Truth about you and about everyone you know.

You won’t forget the two commandments that Peter forgot. You’ll know that in accepting only Spirit is, you’re fulfilling the first two commandments and there’s nothing more to fulfill. When you’re loving Spirit supremely and accepting no other, that’s acknowledging Me in all thy ways.

When you’re knowing that Spirit is the identity of your neighbor, that’s loving your neighbor as your Self. There’s nothing more to do when you know that only Spirit is. You’re fulfilling the Bible. And if every day, on this earth that you now spend is spent in living in the knowledge that only Spirit is, you’ll discover the power of transition is forming in your Consciousness.

If you continue in my word,” and my Word is “My kingdom is not of this world…. [but it] is not from hence.” Now, it is here. “Continue in my word… and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free.” And that freedom is freedom in eternity. Not just freedom from momentary discomforts. That is permanent freedom in eternity and that is the Truth.

– End of Side One —-

I think it’s a good place to meditate now.

Where Spirit is, there is no opposite. Spirit is everywhere. Everywhere there is no opposite. Only Spirit is. That is the name and identity behind every visible person, creature, object, animal, flower, tree, river, mountain, star or sun. Behind every visible is the Reality of it which is invisible Spirit and that invisible Spirit is all that is there.

As the world mind brings forth these surface impressions which we call matter, we have been lulled into accepting them as Reality but they are but a shadow. The mental picture of the cosmic mind projected from its concept about the everywhere-ness of Spirit, which is all that is present. That shadow mind, that cosmic shadow mind puts forth a shadow called the world.

You are the Spirit and this is your Kingdom and you are the King in this Kingdom and you have dominion in this Kingdom if you will live in it and not let your mind be drawn into the world except for amusement, to watch the TV images, to know while you watch them, the Spiritual nature of the universe without opposite.

And you’ll feel from this why Joel repeatedly brings us that great Truth that “Ye need no power.” If you think you need power to overcome anything, you don’t realize yet, that Spirit is all that is here and because Spirit is All, there’s no power that we need except that knowledge. You actually rest in the knowledge that Spirit being All, I need no power to overcome the condition. The condition cannot be here. I need no power to overcome it, just the knowledge that only Spirit is here and then wait for the realization which takes you over what you thought you knew into a place where it knows through you. That great realization is the actual Spirit of your Being, Christ realized and you see how gently it shows you why you needed no power ever. All that’s here is my Spirit.

There never was a material anything and in that knowledge, you know why there is no power needed. That is why Spirit is omnipotent. It needs no power. It is all there is. And when that comes into your realization, that’s when you say, “I didn’t know it was that easy, that simple and that beautiful.”

You need no power, just be aware that you are spiritual Being in a Spiritual universe in spite of every appearance that besets you and it won’t be long before these appearances lose all of their sense of power that they had entertained over you. There are no exceptions.

With death imminent, the Christ could stand there and say, “I don’t take back any of my words, Pilate. I have nothing to defend against.” He was calm. He was poised. He had nothing to apologize for. Simply to tell us the glorious truth that all that is present here is Spirit, My Kingdom. There is no Pilate. There is no soldier. There is no crucifixion coming up. Don’t let them fool you. All that is here is my Spirit and I am the Spirit of each one who stands before me.

That is the Truth of you then. Your Spirit is all that is on this earth and there is no earth. There is only your Spirit where man sees the earth. That is why the earth is the Lord’s, because it is all invisible Spirit and the fulness is Spirit and there are no exceptions. It is all Spirit. Nothing can enter Spirit to defile it because there is nothing. We are babes in this Kingdom of Spirit and what the Father has prepared for us still remains to be seen. It remains first for us to be willing to be children in the Spirit. And you’ll find the power of a child is greater than any mature adult in the physical world.

To trust the non-power of Spirit to be all that is here will enable to you to react to nothing that challenges you because every challenge is a lie. It isn’t there. No matter where it comes from, there is only one Source that you recognize as being present and that Source is the everywhere-ness of Spirit, which is You. And gently, we rest in that knowledge without defense. There is no power needed for only my Spirit is present. You’ll feel the turning within your Self.

Silence, (pause) …

Let’s have a brief recess.

(Class break)

When Pilate hears, “My kingdom is not of this world” and so forth, he’s quite bewildered by it. Well, he says, “Art thou a king then?” the reply of Jesus is, “Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, for this cause came I into the world”

Now, this is Christ telling us the purpose of Christ. This is your own Self telling your Soul your function, your identity, your purpose, your way of life. This is the inner disclosure of the Christ to the Soul of all who listen, who they are and where they are and what they are doing.

To this end…. this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth.”

He has just stated the Truth. “My Kingdom is not of this world… but…. it is not from hence.”

It is here now. My kingdom is Spirit. It is not matter and I have come to bear witness of the Truth that my kingdom is Spirit and it is not matter and I, being your Self, have come to bear witness in you so that if you wish to live in the Kingdom of Spirit, you must surrender to your Self. You cannot do it with your human mind. You must accept the identity of Spirit before you can live in the Kingdom of Spirit and if you’re not receiving the Grace of the Kingdom of Spirit, it is for that reason: ‘there are no mortal beings in the Kingdom of Spirit.’ There are no human beings in the Kingdom of Spirit. Grace only functions in the Spiritual identity and therefore, when you accept yourself to be Spirit, you also accept your Self not to be its material opposite. Whoever seeks then, the fruits of the Spirit must be Spirit and not matter.

I have come to bear witness of the truth.”

The truth is that I am the Self of every individual on the earth. I am that Spirit which Rome cannot crucify and I have come to tell you that you are the Spirit that Rome cannot crucify. I have come to tell you that you are the Spirit that no germ can crucify, that no disease can crucify, that no material condition can crucify. That Spirit I have come to attest to as the Presence of your own Being.

And this is the revelation of identity and the omnipotence, the dominion of identity, the Grace of identity, the Allness of Spirit and the nothingness of all that is not Spirit. You quickly identify anything in this world – is it Spirit? If it isn’t, it isn’t there.

Look again and you’ll see something is there you hadn’t noticed, the Spirit of Being. You hadn’t noticed it because you were looking through human eyes. In your Spiritual awareness of Self, you’ll begin to feel the Presence of the Spiritual nature of all that is around you. You will see why you’ve had an affinity to some and a lack of affinity to others. There were different levels of Spiritual awareness there. You’ll begin to feel that great invisible force which makes all unlike Itself impossible.

Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.”

Whoever is living in Spiritual identity, hears the Voice of the Christ, receives impartations, is directed by the Christ. Whoever is in Spiritual identity is under Grace. Hearing my Voice is being under Grace. That is why the complete demonstration had to first be made, of immunity to the laws of matter, to the world’s powers and then the Christ could say, “You’ve seen my immunity. It is your immunity. I have come to attest to this Truth that my immunity is because I am Spiritual Being and I recognize no material world, no material power, no material person, no material condition and therefore I walk through the world and it cannot touch me. I walk through the world of lack and limitation, never concerned about tomorrow because I am always the living now of Spirit and that which I am doing as the living Spirit, I am prepared to do in you as you accept my identity as yours.”

So, Pilate says, “What is truth?”

He has told Pilate the Truth and the ears that could not hear then say, “What is truth?” If he had stopped to answer the question, he could have said, “Pilate, I’ll tell you the Truth you won’t believe. Six years from now, Pilate, you won’t be walking this earth. You’ll be what is called a corpse. You’re one now but you don’t know it. Six years from now, Pilate, they’re going to call you back to Rome and you know how you’re going to die? You’re going to kill yourself. You’re going to commit suicide. And here you are standing here, judging me today.”

Pilate said “What is truth?” of the flesh that he saw before him. It wasn’t there. He couldn’t care less about what Truth is because he then turns to the crowd and says, “I find no cause of evil in this man, no offense in this man.” But you see the point? The human mind admits it doesn’t know Truth which Pilate did when he said, “What is truth?” I don’t know what truth is, is the same thing as saying, “What is truth?” Even though he doesn’t know what Truth is, he proceeds to act anyway. Now, he’s not following Truth if he doesn’t know what it is and so what is he following? He’s following untruth. His question is admission that he doesn’t know Truth and that’s the admission that the human mind does not make but that is the Truth about the human mind. It does not know Truth and not knowing truth, it proceeds to act anyway.

And so, its action is not based upon Truth, just as Pilate’s. Truth would have been, “This man, if he’s innocent which I believe he is,” as Pilate said, “well then he should be dismissed and released.” But the human mind says, “Well, he’s not innocent but what of it? We have to do the wise thing here. We have to please the high priest. We can’t, you know, get him against us.”

In fact, all the while that Pilate is making his decisions, he’s got his eye on his job. Rome has been very, very angry at Pilate. He’s been sort of a boob on the job. He stumbled and bumbled and he’s made mistakes. The way he finally commits suicide is, the word gets out that there’s a prophet in Samaria. This is six years after the crucifixion, and that this prophet says that on the top of a mountain in Samaria, Mount Gerizim, buried at the top are the tablets of Moses. Not only that, he’s going to dig him up. And they set a date and the crowds come, they’re all chanting him, in Psalms.

What does Pilate do? He thinks this is terrible so, he has his soldiers planted around there and when they tell the people to disperse, there’s a sort of a bloody massacre instead. It gets back to Rome, the next thing you know, they call Pilate back. They tell him he’s an irresponsible governor. He’s got into so many different predicaments that could have been avoided if he had just used tact or some kind of common sense and he’s deposed. He’s just taken out of his job – in fact, he’s banished by this Caligula and in that banishment, in Gaul, he commits suicide. Six years after the crucifixion.

When he said, “What is truth?” Christ Jesus could have told him all that. He could have told him many things but none of them would Pilate have heard because the human mind is closed. Jesus turns away. You cannot speak Truth. There’s no way. Spirit is Truth and that’s all there is.

The poet said, “Beauty is truth and truth is beauty and that is all you need to know.”

But that isn’t true. Beauty isn’t Truth. Material beauty is not Truth. Material beauty fades. Material beauty can be scarred. Spirit is Truth, not beauty. Spiritual beauty is Truth, yes. Spirit is Truth and Truth is Spirit. And Pilate and the hundred thousand Pilates around the world have no knowledge of that Truth. And so, the human mind continues to act without Truth. We see it as war and hate and violence and lack and limitation – functioning without Truth. This is the condition of the world. It is not saying it but in itself, it is saying “What is truth?” It doesn’t know what Truth is and so, it functions without it. Spirit is Truth and there’s no other Truth.

Pilate now turns to the mob. “When he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all. But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews?”

The king of the Jews was a term he used because it had been placed in his mouth by the high priests, who wanted him to feel that Jesus was committing treason against the emperor by calling himself a king. When Jesus was asked by Pilate, “Are you the king of the Jews?” He says, “Thou sayest it…. not I.” He had no earthly kingdom, no material kingdom.

They cried [out] all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber.”

Again, here, we have to fault the translators. The beautiful symbology here is lost in the English translations of the Bible. Way back, before there was an English translation, this will startle you, the name “Barabbas” was “Jesus” and Pilate said, “Which Jesus will you release? This one or that one?” They were both named Jesus. The church fathers got a little squeamish about it. They changed the name “Jesus” to “Barabbas” in one of them. You won’t know this unless you can get hold of some early Greek editions of the Bible.

And so, when they named Barabbas, “Barabbas” they were true to the meaning of the word “Jesus.” It means “son of the father.” And that’s what “Barabbas” means and when you pursue that a little further, here’s what comes out. It isn’t one word like it’s printed in the King James version and in many other versions. It’s two, Bar-bbas; Bar means son and arabbas means of the father. Son of the father. There are other, Bar-Jonah, son of Jonah, Bar-Joseph, son of Joseph and so forth.

And so, it was brought together or elided and it became Barabbas. But it meant son of the father and the symbology is, “Which one shall I release? Which son of the father? This one or that one?”

And so, when the crowd made a choice, release Barabbas, they were saying, “The son of the father who was named Jesus, don’t release him. The son of the father who is named Barabbas, release him.”

You see there is only one father, the Divine Father and that which is not the Divine Father is the devil. In the releasing of Barabbas, they’re releasing the son of the devil. When you will not release Christ in you, you automatically are releasing the son of the devil.

We are each given choice of Heaven or hell. If you accept Spiritual identity, you are releasing Christ. If you do not, you are releasing Barabbas. Son of the devil is the human identity which is controlled totally by the world mind. That is Barabbas and its correct pronunciation is Bar-abbas, son of the devil father, not Son of the Divine Father.

When we do not release Christ in ourselves, we are that Barabbas. And that’s why it says, “Barabbas was a robber.” The false sense of identity robs us of our Divine heritage. Every quality of the Father then is present in you now, awaiting only your acceptance of Christ in you as the only Self you can be. You go over with that to your neighbor and Christ of you is the Christ of your neighbor. Finally you’ve got your Spiritual universe and that’s what you live in.

The denials of Peter were possible because he had not yet reached the will to live in the Spirit. Annas, Caiaphas and Pilate represent those actions in Peter which were the result of his will being still material, personal, living out of personal motives.

Now then, if your will then is to live as Spirit, you’ll find everything will fall into place. Your identity being established as the one anchor of your life, your understanding will flow from it. The pathway to Grace is the pathway to Spiritual everywhere-ness accepted.

For some of you, it may be easy to know that you are not the form but you are the Life that is invisible. Always, Christ was the Life, not the form that men saw. The Life that is invisible is you and if you hold to that, you’ll find you’re living in your Spiritual identity. The form that appears is just the automobile used to get around in. The Life is never touched by the mob. The Life is never touched by world thought. The Life never has a tumor. The Life is never sick. All illness is in your mortal sense of self, never in your Life, only in your form. Just as you are Spirit and not matter, you are Life, not form and this form comes under the dominion of Life when you live as Life.

Now, if you’ve read Joel’s chapter, I think I have the book here. (A Parenthesis In Eternity)

The spiritual life is not the overcoming of evil but the recognition of the nature of evil: evil is not ordained of God; evil has no law of God to.…ordain it… or sustain it; evil has no God-existence, no God-purpose, no God-life, no God-substance, or God-law: it is … the “arm of flesh,” or nothingness. As long as we are praying for God-power to overcome evil, we are resisting evilwe’re not anchored in the truth.”

And so, there is no evil. Now that’s important to establish. And there are other passages in there we won’t have time to discuss but I think next time, we should discuss the passages in here and so, I’m going to ask you to study this very closely in preparation for next time. Those of you who have studied it, look at it this next reading and realize that what you have heard today is the story behind what Joel was saying in the chapter – the story he couldn’t put into print.

I assure you, if that which you heard today were in this book, not in a parable form, but directly stated, the message of the Infinite Way would be dead. The world wasn’t able to accept that. But the message of the Infinite Way cannot be dead within those who know the Christ for they hear the Voice.

And when you read Joel’s book – that chapter – and if you’re ambitious, go into “Living in by and through the Spirit,” as well and when you read the Bible, remember, it is telling you that only Spirit is present and that if you limit yourself to the mind that does not understand this, you will always release Barabbas, Bar-abbas, instead of Christ.

I spoke to a woman this week and she asked a question and the response to the question, I told her the Truth and her reaction was, “You’re asking me to go too fast.”

Now, I’m not asking anyone to go too fast. I’m finding out who’s ready to go that fast. Whoever isn’t ready to go that fast is not accepting the message at its present level. We must go fast and we cannot say, “My mind has to sit here and linger on these things and decide what I want to accept and not accept.” That’s putting the mind there as a block. The mind has no rights. Only the Spirit is present and that’s very fast.

Now this week, when you read “Living in, through and by the Spirit” (from A Parenthesis In Eternity) and review the Kingdom of God, “My Kingdom is not of this World,” remember, the Kingdom which is not of this world is within you and the Kingdom within you is your Spiritual Self and your Spiritual Self is here, it is not tomorrow.

Now then, if you’re living in your Spiritual Self, isn’t it like planting a seed today? If you plant a seed today, what comes tomorrow? You get the flower or the tree begins, something takes root. How are you going to have a tree tomorrow if you don’t plant the seed today? When you’re living in your Spiritual Self today, isn’t that going to take care of tomorrow? Isn’t that the meaning of sowing to Spirit, living in your Spiritual Self today? And then the fruit from the tree becomes what happens in the material world tomorrow. It’s the evidence that today you lived in the Spirit.

Now, two hours after you have found some kind of Spiritual release, you’ll find you’re back in the Peter consciousness. You’re not even aware of yourself as Spirit. You fallen into another trap and there’s some feeling within you that, that there’s something you need or desire or want.

Now every desire is another division. Every desire is another sign of duality; every want, every wish, every hope. Every time you seek something materially, you are stepping out of your Spiritual identity. Every time you accept a material appearance, you are stepping out of your Spiritual identity.

There is a place in Spiritual identity where the humanness of you all disappears. Even the mind of you disappears. You actually cease to be. And when you reach that point, you’ll know you have found your Self – where you totally cease to be and yet, there’s a Consciousness. It’s not conscious of form. It’s not conscious of condition. It’s not conscious of the day or the time. It’s not conscious of the place. You cease to be as a person. It may be an instant or ten seconds but you cease to be and you know you cease to be. There’s no person there anymore and the Infinite flows and it is You. You are that Infinite Spirit flowing.

Now that is the state of Consciousness in which the entire universe and your Kingdom are one and the same. That is your Kingdom. When the only barrier that is here, which is you, is lost and the infinite nature of Being is found. You don’t conquer the world like we’ve been trying to do humanly. Instead of conquering the world, you conquer yourself. When you conquer your human self, you find you have conquered the world. You don’t conquer a disease. You conquer your belief in it. You don’t conquer a bad business. You conquer your belief that there is such a thing. Always, the perfection of Spirit without an opposite present is your living Consciousness and this is conquering the human self.

What is truth?” The Truth is that You are Truth. Your Spiritual Self is the only Truth.

In our final meditation, for those of you who won’t be able to get up at 6 a.m., let’s just dwell in the nowness of our Spiritual Selfhood everywhere, knowing that our Spiritual Selfhood is in Holland at this moment. Holland is in us at this moment. We won’t have to wait till next Sunday to be Spiritually alive where the world calls Holland. Right now, the Spirit of our Being is the only Spirit in the universe.

We are the living Spirit of all those who will appear in Holland at a meeting. There’s nothing there but our Spirit now. It is the one infinite, invisible Spirit – that is my Kingdom, my Being. It is not of this world. It is all that is present.

And when there ceases to be an ocean between us or forms between us and you feel the nowness of your Being, to you Holland is here. The One, invisible Spirit, present everywhere and the law of that Spirit is the harmony of Being.

Silence, (pause) …

Without the actual experience of it within you though, you don’t have a realization and there’s no power so you must wait until there is a realization within you. When you have it, you will know that you have attained the contact, the dropping out of humanhood into the Spiritual Self and then the power of Self must manifest.

Silence, (pause) …

I am the only Life in the universe. Beside my Life there is no other and my Life is the Life of God. You’re One with the entire Spiritual universe as the Spirit descends upon you.

It is done.

Thank you so much.

Good afternoon everybody. We are in a very beautiful and a very strange place.

The lesson of Gethsemane was to stand fast in the realization that there is no flesh created by God. Having been introduced to this experience, although vicariously, we at least are aware that we must come to that understanding which can look at the world of matter which is not the Kingdom of God and not be content to live in that world which is not the Kingdom of God but rather to seek the Kingdom which is invisible.

And always, along the way, every trial is followed by another trial. And always, we are building karma if we are not meeting that trial with the knowledge of the Allness of Spirit, the Allness of God and that includes your Being which must therefore be Spirit. You’re being honed to that fine point of Consciousness which can say, “First I learned that there is a Christ. Then I learned that I am that Christ. And now, I am learning how to live as that Christ that I am.” And even though the footsteps are small, every new stride is building another invisible, Spiritual muscle.

Now, we’ve come to a place in the Bible – we really have passed that place but we’re going to point it up today – the place that is again different from the way the Bible is being understood by billions of worshippers all over the world. And the difference is so momentous that it changes the entire meaning of Christianity. It makes us understand why we were told, “Awake from the sleep of mortality.” It makes us understand why even a Master of Love could speak as he did to the Pharisees who still control the religions of the world.

Now, John is going to weave for us a very subtle tapestry, almost like a symphony. He’ll be matching up instruments, harmonizing them and contrasting them and every word is going to have three different meanings so that we have to look at all sides of everything he says.

We must remember that John, who writes this Gospel, knows what he has written. When he says something in chapter 18, he knows what he has said in chapter 17 and if we pass by as the world has, we are unaware of John’s purpose and we fall into the trap.

The first thing we want to point out is the 12th verse on which we concluded last week in chapter 18.

Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him.”

And he’s going to go through a number of trials, a number of humiliations, a number of painful activities. And if we accept this as a happening, we’re falling into the trap.

Now, remember, John wrote this 12th verse, let’s see what else John said earlier.

Let’s look at John 16:33 in which John reports Jesus as saying “I have overcome the world.”

And so, we have I, who have overcome the world, in the next chapter or two, being set upon by a band of soldiers and bound. Does this sound very probable to you, that I who have overcome the world am at the mercy of a band of soldiers?

Now, go a step further. Let’s go to John 17:2, speaking again of the Christ. “As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.”

The Christ has power over all flesh, even power to give each of us eternal Life. And again, do you think this Christ is being bound by a little band of officers?

And finally, all over are many more. In 17:11, “Now, I am no more in the world.” The very same one who says “I am no more in the world” in verse 12, we are told that he is being bound by a captain and a band of officers.

Now, if the first is true, the second is not true. And we made that same mistake in Genesis. When the first chapter of Genesis told us about the perfect, Spiritual creation, the perfect Divine man in the spiritual creation, we went right on to chapter two and we accepted now an imperfect Adam and an imperfect Eve, just as if chapter one had never been written; not realizing that they were placed next to each other to show us the Reality and the mental distortion we entertain of the Reality.

Here is the identical maneuver in which John places one before the other to show you the Truth and the mental distortion of the Truth. First the Truth. “I am not in the world. I have power over all flesh. I can give eternal Life to all those who accept me. Am I now being bound by officers?” Is that what’s happening? Did God create officers to harass, humiliate, destroy the Christ? Did God create flesh? Can the All power of Christ be bound? Can Divinity be bound? Can Spirit be bound?

What is being revealed to us? The dream of the mind. The dream of the flesh. That which is not in the world is untouchable by those who think they live in the world. Can we, in the world, reach into the Kingdom to bind Christ? Could these soldiers reach into the Kingdom of God to find the Christ who is not in the world and bind him? What were they doing? They were binding their own mental concept.

And this is where you learn to stand because this is the revelation of the non-reality of mortal flesh. They were doing what cannot be done which is hypnotism. The mesmerism of the world places before you a collage made of a thing called matter which is not God’s creation and it appears as soldiers binding Jesus Christ. And religion has accepted it and the worshippers of religion have accepted it. They have thought the begotten Son, living in the Kingdom of God, who has declared, “I am not in the world” could be bound in the world. And if God is no liar, then these men were merely wrestling with shadows. They thought they saw flesh. And they thought they were flesh. But look at it as it was seen through the eyes of the Christ and what was happening there was totally different.

The Christ who walked through Gethsemane now walks through the same scene, only with different appearances. Suppose you were seeing the scene through the single eye instead of the naked, human eye? Suppose you were not standing in the belief of the three-dimensional world but were living in your fourth-dimensional Consciousness? Suppose you could see that God has created no flesh? Then what is there before me? The illusion called flesh. The illusion called soldier. The illusion called captain. The illusion called a band of soldiers and you would see that because you would know that here where I stand is not flesh. Here where I stand is the living Spirit of God and when I am able to see through the nothingness of my flesh, what can be external to nothing? The moment I abandon the nothingness of myself, there’s nothing external to that nothing called the band of soldiers. The material world dissolves when you have eliminated that nothingness which is called your own personal self.

The Christ walks not in the form. The Christ walks not in the world. The Christ walks in the Kingdom of God and there is no mortal being who can reach into that Kingdom of God to bind, to slap, to bruise, to kill, to crucify, to cause suffering. There is no contact. The Christ is untouchable and the untouchable Christ looks forth and sees only the Kingdom of God.

And so, in your higher Consciousness, the consciousness you are developing, the consciousness which you are achieving as You walk through the trials of the flesh, You stand in the midst of the band of soldiers, who to You are not there. And they are not there to You because You are not there. The form that stands there is not You. The form that stands there exists only in the false consciousness of the world, not in You. Christ Jesus does not stand there at all. A new man stands there. Divine man stands there and the secret is that Christ invisible is never in a place, never in a place although the appearance of form seen in the three-dimensional world sees that so-called Infinite Christ in a place.

Now, the secret for you is that You are never in a place. You never meditate from a place. You never close your eyes and sit in a chair and say. “Here am I and I’m going to meditate.” You never walk in the Kingdom of God by knowing that you’re in a physical place. You dismiss the world hypnotism which puts you in a place. As the Spirit, as the Christ, You meditate upon your Infinite nature.

I am not in this place. I am Infinite Being. I am not in this place. The Christ could not stand in a place, then nor now. And only when you learn to dwell frequently in your Infinite Self are you accepting Sonship.

I am not in a place. I am Infinite Being. I am Christ, the Infinite Son. I am Christ, the Infinite mind. Christ, the Infinite Body. I cannot be in this place if I am Infinite. I am in every place. And when you have not accepted this, you cannot understand why it was impossible for a band of soldiers to pin Christ down in a place. The supreme illusion of the mortal mind is that it is in a place and it is never there. Neither the soldiers were there to the Christ nor the Christ. The Infinite Christ was All that was there and is All that is here. You can relax in that, resting in it with confidence until you begin to know the power of the Infinite functions in your acknowledgment of it.

Now, once you have established this, you can see the difference between the way Christ knew Christ to be, through the single eye, through the eye of the Soul, through the Christ mind and the way the soldiers saw the scene and the way the world has seen the scene the same as the soldiers saw it and they never had a Christ there to bind. They never had a form of Jesus there to bind. They were binding empty air. They were not there and the form of Jesus was not there. We are seeing a sequence in the dream of this world made up of two different levels. The third-dimensional consciousness seeing what it can in the fourth and interpreting it down to the three-dimensional level called form or Jesus but there was no one there to bind.

The Christ says, “I am not human flesh. I am the new man. I am the Divine Self. I am not physical man and I stand among you. I am revealing the presence of non-physical man on earth, who even when he appears to be bound is not bound. When he appears to be crucified, is not crucified.”

Non-physical man walks through Gethsemane untouched, although the world thinks they’ve touched him and bound him and struck him and captured him and this is the sign for you that as the non-physical Self, you are to walk through the world.

Now, there are many subtle things here. You will notice that in the resurrection of Lazarus, there was a technique used to show you what was going on in the consciousness of Lazarus for him to be resurrected by showing you what was happening in the consciousness of Mary and Martha. Through their consciousness, you could see what was happening in Lazarus and now, through the consciousness of John and Peter, we’re given a glimpse into what is happening in the Consciousness of the Christ. And through the glimpse of what is happening to Annas, Caiaphas and Pilate, we’re given an insight into the consciousness of the world.

The world thinks in terms of the fleshly creature. The Christ is teaching us that the non-physical Self of you is present waiting to be lived in, waiting to walk through matter, to walk through all appearances out through death itself and the Christ lets an image be bound. The miracle is not that the Christ isn’t there in a form, the miracle is that there is a Consciousness transcendental to all human consciousness which can place an appearance called a physical form within the world consciousness and move that physical form untouched through the world. That is the miracle, that there is such an Intelligence which can do that and place it right before our eyes and even fool the world until the eyes are opened to see that this is the teaching that is happening. This is not an historical event. It was historical only to those creatures of flesh who do not exist.

This is the teaching leading us out of Egypt, out of flesh, out of matter, out of form, into my Kingdom which is invisible to the human eye. And to do this, there walks One who was not in that form and the form is the decoy to the world, to the world of the human mind who thinks it has this form, has bound it and discovers after all of this that it has bound empty air. The form ultimately walks free as if it had never been touched because it never was there. All that was there was another image among the images to show us the foolishness of the perishables called matter.

The soldiers see the flesh and the Christ sees the Christ. The Christ walks in the Invisible and the soldiers see their concept of that Invisible and they capture their own concept.

The non-physical man is all that is there.

Now we are going to learn that so well that we, too, living in the non-physical Self can walk through the illusion of a physical world.

[They] led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year.”

Annas. You won’t find this again in the other gospels, this Annas. At this particular point, in the other gospels, Jesus is led to Caiaphas. John has a different idea in mind. He is setting a pattern and the pattern is very interesting.

On the Mount of Transfiguration, the Master shows the non-fleshly Self, the eternal, permanent identity as pure Light, Spirit. Present with him are John, James and Peter. And now, we want to see these three in a new light, something we hadn’t noticed before. These were the three qualities necessary for you and I to attain that same transfiguration. John, Love. Peter, Faith. James, Action. Through Love, we engender Faith which leads to Action. And these three were present as the symbol of that which is necessary for you to come into the awareness of your Invisible Self. Through Love, through Faith and then through deeds or Action.

Now, in order to set the opposite of this up, John takes us first to Annas, not just to Caiaphas. Annas, Caiaphas and then Pilate, the three opposites of John, Peter and James. Annas represents the human will and this is the core to the inability of man to find his own Invisible Self; the human will. Annas right now is not the high priest. He was. He was appointed roughly three or four years after the birth of Jesus Christ so that when Jesus was three or four years old, Annas was then high priest. And it was he who was responsible for the den of robbers in the temple. Most of his revenue, a good deal of it, came from this sacrificial ceremony in the temple where they sold pigeons and animals as sacrifices to God. He was an aristocrat, member of the Sadducees. Actually, he represented something even higher than our Justice of the Supreme Court because all of Judaism was religion and the high priest was the very incarnate symbol of Divine Law. He was the supreme authority.

And in this case, this supreme authority was misusing his sacred office. He represents the world mind in us which is our human will and that human will is born of a personal me in the flesh so that that human will in us must preserve this flesh, must direct it, must establish it in the community as a figure of importance.

The will in us is Annas and because Annas is a human being, although occupying what seemed to be a sacred seat in the highest tribunal, he already had pre-judged Jesus. He had reached the state of knowing that this man had to go. Why? It wasn’t any difference to him that Jesus was an innocent man. This man had to go for several reasons. He was jeopardizing the power of the priesthood. He was revealing the Spiritual barrenness of the priesthood. He was healing people and the priesthood could not duplicate these healings. They were being disclosed as incompetent, impotent, barren, without Spiritual power. He was upsetting the authority of the Hebrew church. He was upsetting the power and he was cutting in on their revenues by showing the people through his teaching that you can’t sacrifice animals to God. There’s no external God. The Kingdom of God within doesn’t need animals. Everything that the man-made doctrine stood for, Jesus did not stand for. He had to go.

And so, Annas, looked from the standpoint of human will. What’s good for me and what’s good for me is that I get rid of him. What’s good for this Hebrew nation is that we get rid of him. And so, the will is formed out of personal motives. The will couldn’t say, “This man is bringing Heaven to earth. This man is healing where human beings can’t do it. This man is exposing us to a new, Spiritual power.” He couldn’t do that. He can only see his revenue, his authority, his position jeopardized. And so, he had to be included by John to show us first that the human will, the very crux of our mistake is number one on the cause of the evils we encounter.

And then he passes him on to his son-in law, Caiaphas who now is the high priest. He was the Chairman Emeritus of the board but Caiaphas is the actual high priest now during the trials and out of deference to the older man, he first let Annas stand before Jesus and now, he’s sent to Caiaphas. And that’s very interesting, too because Caiaphas had already predicted that Jesus had to die, not just stated that Jesus had to die. He had predicted it and the word is used by John with intent. We’re going to look at that in a moment.

[They] led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, [which was the] high priest that same year. Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.”

It was Caiaphas who actually had engineered the whole thing. His logic was very simple. It was easy to inflame the members of the Sanhedrin. All he had to do was tell them that if Jesus continued doing these miracles, why, the people would become riotous and if they became riotous, Rome would have to send in some troops and Rome, in doing that might even harass the Sanhedrin itself and upset everything. The whole nation was in jeopardy. This was the story Caiaphas pointed and he said, “All there is to do about it to save our nation was to get rid of this one man. It’s very simple.”

There was some dissent. Nicodemus for one. Joseph of Arimathea another but there were seventy members in the Sanhedrin. And even though, most of them were against Jesus and he had a few supporters, there are many ways in which the Sanhedrin had been hurt by the activities of Jesus. And one of the most unnoticed but most important is that Jesus once sent out seventy disciples on a healing mission, two by two. Seventy. Do you know why he sent out seventy in the Bible? Do you know how many members there are in the Sanhedrin? Seventy. The seventy who couldn’t heal were in the Sanhedrin. The seventy he sent out who had nothing to do with the Sanhedrin, their names were writ in heaven. That was a sort of a needling of the Sanhedrin and there were other ways in which their impotence was underscored by the activities of the Christ.

Annas now says precisely what you would expect of the will of a man who already has reached a conclusion before the trial is even submitted to him. After all, he’s the father-in-law of the one who has predicted that Jesus must go.

And so, he says, “What is your doctrine and your disciples?” He hasn’t the slightest interest in Jesus’ doctrine or disciples. He does have a purpose in asking. He wants Jesus to incriminate himself. He wants him to say something which in some way will convict himself. And what are the charges? The charges, we know, are one, the real charges are the hidden charges. The ostensible charges are, one, that he declared he would destroy this temple but in three days he would raise it up again. They accepted that as a charge that he had said that the temple would be destroyed, the temple of Jerusalem. He had said, “Destroy this temple,[of my body] and in three days I will raise it up [again].

The second charge was that they said to him, “Are you the Christ?” And he said, “I am.” But the Christ means Messiah. He had declared he was the Messiah. That was the second charge. And then you take Messiah and you convert it and you make a very simple charge that he said he was a king, king of the Jews. And now, even though you cannot tell the Roman Empire why you want him killed, you have something you can go to Rome and say, “Look what he said. He’s competing with your emperor. He said he’s a king.” And you know only the emperor of Rome governs. There’s no other king. And so, this was the subterfuge whereby they could present it to Rome.

Now, there was a new law passed. There was a time when the Jews were able to kill but they weren’t after this law and that law came in even after Jesus had declared, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up [again].” The new law was, and it was a Roman law, that the Jews could not impose the death sentence upon anyone. They could not kill.

And so, even though the Sanhedrin met at midnight and decided that Jesus must die, even though they had him in custody, they had no legal power to kill him. There was no way. They needed the power of Rome to enforce their will. Their will was to kill him and they needed the power of Rome to carry out that will.

Do you see the symbolism that brought this to a head? The will of the mind, the will of the intellect and that’s always the symbol used of the Jew, the intellect. The will of the intellect must turn to the force of the Roman and they must come together so that the will invokes the force. The will invokes the power and carrying the symbolism further, the mind asks the body to do the killing.

And so, the mind and body of man are the symbols of the Jew and Rome. The mind provides the will; the body provides the power and this kills the Invisible Christ. We turn from the Invisible Christ as the intellect and the body of force conspire in their ignorance of the presence of the Divine Self. We live this way constantly in a state of ignorance of the invisible Self, constantly killing the Christ by unawareness of the presence of the Christ.

The Christ isn’t killed but we are dead to the Christ. So, Judaism was dead to the Christ. Rome was dead to the Christ and together they combined forces to externalize that deadness to the Christ by the sentence to kill the Christ. And the Christ could not be killed. You cannot kill Divinity. You merely blind yourself to it. And always, the Christ that is being killed is personalized as a visible form of flesh called Jesus who isn’t there. And all this takes place within yourself as you walk in the body of flesh. All that was done in Rome, in Jerusalem, we do every day. The Sanhedrin, the ruling body of the mind and the body, the Roman empire, join forces and we walk in a body of flesh where there is no body of flesh, where only the Invisible Christ is. And so, we walk in the wrong identity, in the wrong world, in the wrong lifespan, in the wrong activities and ultimately to the wrong death.

Annas, the high will of an individual, must turn Jesus over to the understanding which is Caiaphas. First, the will and because the will restricts everything within its own limited motivations, that which cannot satisfy the human will is never accepted and so the understanding is equally restricted. Caiaphas now looks at Jesus with a limited understanding because the will in him is the same as the will in Annas. His will is that Jesus be killed. He’s not interested in anything Jesus has to say. I think we ought to look at this place where Caiaphas predicts what will happen to Jesus or should happen. It’s in John 11:47. He’s being brought now to Caiaphas who way back then made the following prediction. 11:47

Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we [do]? for this man doeth many miracles. If we let them alone, all men will believe on him: the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation. And one of them, named Caiaphas, being high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing [at all], Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for the nation.”

Now, the word “prophesied” is used to show that he was misusing his sacred office. In other words, it was if he had said, “I heard the Voice say to me, this man must die.” He didn’t say, “I believe he should die.” He said, “This is the word of God.” He prophesied so that the people would think this was the will of God.

And now, what good is bringing Jesus before this man? That’s a kangaroo court. Nothing can happen except that they’ll try to humiliate him some more, draw him out some more and try to make him say things that aren’t true.

All the while this is happening, between him being brought to Annas and to Caiaphas, Peter is going through his own trials; three trials. Now, let’s look at Peter. We know then that Annas is the will of man. Caiaphas is the understanding which must follow within the limited range of the will and finally, they’re going to send him to Pilate and that’s going to be the end of the line because the will and the understanding being limited, the activity or Pilate, the action, the civil power is going to be equally limited.

You see how those are the three opposites of Love, Divine faith and Divine action? John, Peter and James went to the Mount of Transfiguration, the very opposite of Annas, Caiaphas and Pilate who are the mortal counterparts, who because they have no Divine love, no Divine faith, no Divine understanding are restricted to human, limited function in this world.

Peter’s three trials are between the first two trials of Jesus with Annas and Caiaphas.

Simon Peter followed Jesus, so did another disciple: and that disciple was known unto the high priest.” John is telling us that he was known to the high priest. “He went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest. But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter.”

Now, John is Love. Peter is Faith. When you take an orange and cut off the peeling you can see what the orange is made of. Now, we’re taking the outer appearance called Jesus and we’re cutting off the peel to see what it’s made of. It’s made of the Love, the Faith and the Action.

John is the Love. Even though Jesus is led into the presence of Annas – and this is where you come in and I come in – Jesus is loving Annas. That is why John goes in with him, to show that the activity of Love does not stop in Jesus though he is subjected to these trials. There is this illusory form called Jesus and it is actually Love itself, in spite of the appearance of an ex-high priest who has determined that this form must die. You do not stop loving if you are living in the Christ. You love your enemy. You pray for your enemy. Why? Your enemy isn’t there. Annas sees Jesus but Christ does not see Annas. Christ does not even see Jesus. Only Christ is there and we must learn this. The presence of John is a sign to you that once you let go of Divine Love, you’re living back in the illusion of flesh. There’s no love in Annas. There’s no love in the human will. The Love is in the Christ of your Being and it accompanies you wherever you go. If you’re not in that Love consciously, you’re back in flesh.

Peter stays outside the door. Peter is outside Christ. Why? John goes out to get Peter in. Why does John do it? Because Love is first. All your faith without Love will perish. With Love, Love will take and lift your faith up and bring it in because if you do not have love of God as the only living Being, ever running a perfect universe, how can you have faith? Faith is born of that Love. John has to come out for Peter and bring Peter in. Human faith is not enough then. There must first be the love of Reality, of Truth, of the Spirit and it in turn, spawns Faith.

From that is born the activity of Grace or Divine action. And we come into the transfiguration, the knowledge that I am not the flesh. You see the ascending scale and the descending scales, the subtlety of John’s presentation?

Agree with thine adversary.

And here the Christ is showing us how to agree with our adversary. How do you agree with Annas, with Caiaphas, with Pilate? They’re not there. They are not there. That’s how you agree with them. That’s why Love is there. Love is seeing the Invisible, Divine Self everywhere and that Divine Self everywhere that you’re seeing and knowing is not possible when you think you’re in that place. That’s why you get out of this place, out of this chair, out of this room, out of this form.

I am Infinite Christ and all of this that is here is the cosmic charade. You’re looking at the thought forms of the cosmic mind, cosmic thought patterns and you walk through them in your love of God, in the faith engendered by that Love and you discover the non-power of the cosmic thought forms that we call persons, conditions, things.

Only when you are not in the flesh but are absent from the flesh, knowledgably in the infinite Self of you, the Invisible Christ of you which is everywhere, can you walk through the thought forms called the world. The ability to do this grows when the will of you is centered on doing it. Then the understanding is not limited to the limited human will. The understanding expands with the Divine will in you and finally, the action follows. Our scale will not be Annas, Caiaphas and Pilate. It will be John, Peter and James to the Transfiguration.

Whenever you find that you’re having difficulty getting the message, getting through, making the contact, finding your center, one good thing to remember is that you have limited yourself to a place. There was a me here struggling to get it and there is no such me.

The Infinite Way means you are Infinite Being and only when you take that literally and are out of place in your consciousness, do you begin to find that Infinite feeding itself back into your consciousness. Every time you forget that, you begin to restrict yourself into a little ball and that’s the problem.

Christ was not standing in front of Caiaphas, in front of Annas, in front of Pilate. Christ was not in that form and that form was not there and this is the supreme message that we are to have. He was knowing no man after the flesh, not even himself.

I am not in that flesh. I, Divine Being, am the new species on the earth. I, in the midst of you, am Divine Being and I am your name. I am your substance. I, in the midst of you am the son of God and I cannot die and I cannot be hurt. I cannot be touched by mortal being.”

When you accept the Allness of God and also think that there is flesh, you are denying the Allness of God at the very same moment.

And so, here is the one that makes it very difficult but which will remove the stone. When you accept yourself as flesh, you are denying the presence of God. God cannot occupy the same space as flesh. When you say, “I am here and I am flesh,” you are saying, “God is not here,” and you are separated. The only way you can accept the presence of God is to remove the belief that flesh is where you stand. God is not flesh and therefore, it cannot be there and if you believe it is there, you do not believe God is there. I cannot be both Spirit and flesh.

Just like God and evil cannot occupy the same place. How can God and evil be in the same place? So, if evil is there in your belief, you’ve said, “God is not there.” When religion says, “These people have this problem and these people have this and the other has famine and poverty and these have cancer and these have TB,” religion is saying, “In all these places that we have found these evils, we have said God is not there.” And so, strangely enough, you see Jesus was teaching that religion does not believe in God.

Annas, the high priest did not believe in God. He believed in killing Jesus. That’s not believing in God. But Annas is the human will and the human will does not believe in God. Caiaphas is the human understanding and the human understanding does not believe in God and therefore, Pilate, the human action can say, “Take him away. Crucify him.”

You see then, you must come to that root which is the human will. If your human will is not determined to move, live, have your Being outside the flesh, all that follows will be within the limitations of your double-minded consciousness which wants to worship God but also wants to live in the flesh. And this conflict makes it impossible to find God. Where your flesh appears to be, God is and God is not that flesh. And we must dwell with this deeply in our meditation to know that God and flesh cannot occupy the same space.

They couldn’t crucify the Christ because God and flesh do not occupy the same space. God was standing everywhere and those who had the concept of flesh saw flesh and one called Christ Jesus had the concept of God everywhere and saw, only God everywhere. And if, for one moment, there had been a single withdrawal from that knowledge, that only God is everywhere and God is running a perfect universe, even in the midst of all these apparent trials, if there had been a moment of wavering, that measure of wavering was the very judgment that would have returned and we would not have had the Christ message.

The judgment that we send out is the judgement that returns. The judgment of the Christ is that God is running a perfect universe and that is what was eventually made manifest. God is running a perfect universe. I am ascended. Throughout these trials, the Christ maintains the one knowledge that God is here running a perfect universe and there is no other. And then, no judgment can return to you other than that judgment whether it’s lack or limitation or health; that is a mis-judgment. But God is running a perfect universe – there is no flesh. There is nothing that can deteriorate and this is the judgment that returns as the health of your countenance.

Poor Peter had to learn these things. The girl at the door said, “Don’t I know you? Aren’t you one of his disciples?” “Oh no, not me.” You see the division in consciousness that is pointed out to us?

Christ says, “I am He. Who are you looking for? I am He.” The wavering consciousness says, “I am not.”

If the Consciousness within the Christ had said, “I am not,” there would be no form walking through the illusion of death and coming out alive. There would be no teaching to show us that we can walk through the illusion of flesh and come out alive. And all these problems of the flesh, we can walk through them and come out alive because I am He and beside He there is no other.

I want to meditate on the knowledge that wherever there is flesh in our belief, we are conversely saying that God is not present. Once you understand that this is the ultimate denial of God and the daily denial that we are making, you will learn that something must be done about it.

Where there is a germ, where there is a malignancy, where there is a thorn, where there is a problem, wherever there is the acceptance of something that is not God then we are saying, “God is not there,” and we have stepped right out of Gethsemane, right out of the Kingdom into the world of duality. Right there where I see the butcher and the baker, in my fourth dimension of Consciousness, I know there is the Invisible Spirit alone and there is no butcher, there is no baker. This is a cosmic thought form which I do not accept.

Right here where I stand is a cosmic thought form called flesh. It is not God and so I cannot accept it because I must accept God as being present, not the opposite.

The world mind, my adversary, says “My flesh is here,” and the world mind in me, my human mind, says “My flesh is here.” But my human mind saw soldiers. My human mind thought Jesus Christ was bound. My human mind thought Jesus Christ went through all those tribulations even though God had said through Jesus Christ that Christ was not in the world. My human mind calls God a liar every day. The liar is not God. The liar is the world mind and my human mind conspiring to call God a liar. God is not a liar.

And God says, “If you believe on Christ as your identity, you will see God face to face.”

He that calls God a liar must be overcome. That’s why we go back to Annas, the will in you, must be dedicated only to the will of God in you, not to the will of the flesh. As long as you have flesh, the flesh will have a will wanting to express. The mind will want to express its will in the flesh. When the flesh is crucified in Consciousness and we live in the will of the Father, not the will of what the body wants to do or the mind wants to do, then we have the cornerstone from which the Kingdom is discovered.

Don’t mind if it takes you ten meditations before anything happens. It isn’t what happens while you’re meditating on this. It’s just uncluttering, getting material beliefs out of the way. The time comes when, without thought, Spirit begins to flow back to you and you find powers that you never knew you had, very subtly showing forth in your daily experience, effortlessly. The moment you’re willing to crucify the flesh, you have released the binding of the Christ through ignorance of the presence of God where you stand.

Don’t mistake it. It doesn’t mean you stop eating tomorrow. It doesn’t mean you fast for the rest of your life. It doesn’t mean give up the joy of living. It means be conscious that God’s presence means that everything that is not God is not present. And then the will of the Father will gently enact itself in you.

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We want to look now at some Biblical passages with this thought in mind. We’re establishing today that where God is, flesh is not and the human mind will find it very difficult to first accept; second, to stand with that; and third, to face a world of matter with the knowledge that the matter isn’t there. And yet, that is the Christ message.

Now, we want to see that this has also been disregarded by us and by religion and by the world at large even though more than fifty percent of the world believes in God. Always, in the Old and the New Testaments, the knowledge that there is an invisible Kingdom which is not flesh, which is here and which we must learn to live in, to be an inhabitant of it as a non-fleshly creature, as a none physical being. This has been the hidden secret of the Bible and it comes into focus more and more as you become aware that the final trials of Jesus Christ are establishing that there is no one there in the flesh, in spite of the fact that the world is lamenting all the suffering that allegedly is taking place.

He who has passed through the illusion of flesh is not in the flesh and walks in the Kingdom of pure Spirit and the reality of that Kingdom must be impressed upon us again and again.

In Daniel, we find it. In the second chapter, the 44th and 45th verse. “In the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.”

And that kingdom which shall stand forever is the invisible Kingdom of the Christ which is the message of the New Testament.

Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands.”

The stone which breaks all the physical temporal kingdoms is “the stone cut out of the mountain without hands;” not born of woman, not born, never dying.

The stone carved out of the mountain.”

Your consciousness that where God is, flesh is not and God is everywhere; your conscious realization of this until it is your actual Consciousness. This is “the stone carved out of the mountain.”

Daniel 7:14. “There was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”

Christ walks forth as Jesus revealing the presence of that Kingdom. Christ says to you, “I am the Light. Ye are the Light.” That is our Kingdom and that is the Kingdom of God within us which is not of this world. It has dominion over the material world. It breaks the material world to pieces. It melts all matter. It speaks and the earth melts. Your Consciousness that where God is, there is no flesh. And where flesh is accepted, we are standing away from the presence of God. We are declaring there is no God.

Now, this is referred to later as the Cornerstone or the Headstone which the builders rejected.

Isaiah 28:10, 28:16. We today do not want to reject this cornerstone. We are to understand it. Bring it out into the open in our consciousness, understand precisely what Isaiah is telling us and what each prophet is bringing to our attention. 28:10.

Therefore thus saith the Lord God, [Behold], I lay in Zion for a foundation.”

Zion is not a place. Zion is the high Consciousness. You can’t go and build a nation in a place and call that Zion. That isn’t the Zion of the Bible. There is no place. There is no matter. There is no flesh. Zion or Israel is the high Consciousness of the Allness of God’s presence. You’re in Israel when you know that only God is present, not flesh. That is Zion.

I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation.”

And so, your sure foundation is the knowledge that God being All, flesh has no existence. For you, the material world is but a world of effect. You do not go out seeking effect. You do not reach for effect. What’s the point? You can’t hold what isn’t there. You must give it back.

We sow to the Spirit, the origin, the original cause of things, the Source. We keep our consciousness to the Allness of the Source. We live in the Kingdom. We do not reach for the effects. We live in the invisible Consciousness which is called Zion, Israel, Christ Consciousness, fourth dimension, transcendental, the illuminated, the enlightened, the Buddhic consciousness, the Christ mind. All saying the same, where God is, flesh is not. That was Isaiah 28:10, no, 28:16 is correct.

We come to the Psalms, the second Psalm, 6th verse. We could go on a little further in this Psalm. “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed.” There you have Annas and Caiaphas taking arms against the Lord.

Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.”

It doesn’t matter what’s going on in the world of matter. “Yet have I set my king upon the holy hill of Zion.” The conscious knowledge that only God is present is your Christ Consciousness, the Temple not made with hands. This is sitting on the throne of the holy hill of Zion.

The whole 118th Psalm, I almost missed the very next phrase, even though it wasn’t meant or it wasn’t listed in my…

After he says “I have set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee…. this day have I begotten thee.”

You see, when you have accepted that only God is present, that there is no flesh, this is the meaning of “This day have I begotten thee,” this is the actual birth realized. Begotten of the Spirit of God and in the moment of realization, you’re in the world where there is no flesh. Flesh is not begotten of God. “This day have I begotten thee.” Dig deeper, deeper than the human will. Rest that will and you will find the Self which is begotten of God which is your Self and live out of the will of that Self and the whole sequence that follows will be of the Divine, not the mortal.

All mortality is being revealed as a myth without substance or law or father. Mortality has no Divine Father. The acceptance of mortality is the statement that I have no Divine Father.

I’ll ask you to read the 118th Psalm in its fullness, just for your own joy. But I’ll only give you at the moment the 22nd verse of it. The whole 118th Psalm is a pane of joy, telling of the glorious Kingdom of God on earth. The 22nd verse says, “The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.”

Those who built religions built it with the knowledge of good and evil and they’ve always been trying to get rid of the evil. And when you accept that only God is present and where God is there can be no flesh, you’ve got rid of the evil. Where is it? The moment you accept there is no flesh, you have eliminated all of the cancers and all of the TBs and all of the multiple sclerosis and all of the mental and emotional and physical disorders in the universe. There is no flesh.

Where are the disorders? In the flesh that isn’t there. Where is the flesh? If it isn’t there, where is it? It’s only in the false consciousness of the mortal being.

But you are the begotten Son. This wasn’t speaking about Jesus Christ. This was five hundred years before Jesus Christ. “I have begotten thee.” There is no mortal there. What is a mortal consciousness? It is a nothingness. A mortal consciousness is the denial of the Allness of God. A mortal is the denial of the Allness of God. The duality becomes shorter and shorter. The shadows diminish. The one consciousness of God as your Consciousness is going to displace the divided consciousness. The human will, will diminish and dissolve. “Thy will be done,” in me becomes the only creed you have and you reach far back beyond that human will. You refuse to acknowledge it or to obey it.

These are the disciples of Christ then who are moved only by the Christ will who are conscious that flesh is a cosmic illusion; who can walk through the illusions of matter knowing them to be cosmic thoughts, cosmic thought forms, false sense of powers, non-existent, only in the cosmic thought forms. All of the world of thought breaks past you without touching you.

Take a look at the 118th Psalm when you have some time.

Now look at Genesis, 49th chapter, 24th verse, speaking about Joseph and it says, “The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel.)”

The secret of Joseph then was that he knew there was no flesh. He had found the stone carved out of the mountain without hands; Spiritual consciousness. His reincarnation, as Jesus Christ was but a continuation of the same Invisible Christ which was Joshua, and which finally becomes the invisible Consciousness of us all. “The stone of Israel.”

Now, you might say, why are you even stressing this? Because the Master stressed it.

In Mathew 21, the importance of what we had been stressing is emphasized by Jesus Christ. 42nd verse, “Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scripture, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?”

He was teaching the world to accept Spiritual consciousness, the stone of Israel, the secret of the Masters, the secret of Joseph, the secret of Moses, the secret of Buddha, the secret of all who have walked with God, not in the flesh, though they appeared to human sense to be in the flesh.

And now, we see a magic transformation. In the Acts, our friend Peter was going through his three trials. He’s going to do something very beautiful afterward. Starting with the 8th verse of Acts, we find that the disciples have been captured and look who captured them.

(Acts 4:5 – 7) “It came to pass on the morning, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes, And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together in Jerusalem. When they had set them in the midst,” – meaning the few disciples who were preaching about Jesus – “they said, By what power, by what name, have ye done this?”

They had had the effrontery to heal a cripple. And they said they did it by the power of Jesus Christ and once more, the rulers of the Sanhedrin assembled, took Peter and John and the disciples in their midst and now they were going to put them through the grilling.

But “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them,” – this is the very same Peter who just back a few weeks denies Christ three times – Peter says, “Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; Be it known unto you all, and all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.”

Now Peter may not have had the right words but he certainly now had the faith.

We’ve learned much since Peter uttered these words. But now, the third crowing of the cock, you see, was the end of that era for Peter. Deep repentance had followed. He, who had denied the Christ now could stand before the very same tribunal and affirm “I am he.” The Spirit of God cannot be denied. Even though you crucified Jesus Christ, you think, I’m ready now to go through the crucifixion that I wasn’t ready then.

This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner [stone]. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Now, that stone is still Christ Consciousness, not healing in the name of Jesus Christ but healing in the name of I, Christ where I stand. I, Christ in the midst of me, in the midst of you, in the midst of Annas, Caiaphas, Pilate, in the midst of the executioner. I, Christ.

There is no flesh. There is no executioner. There is no evil. It has no flesh in which it can function for God is there. That Consciousness is the pure in heart Consciousness we are developing.

In the 16th verse of Acts, the high tribunal says in their privacy, “What [are we going to do with] these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them [is] manifest to all [all who] dwell in Jerusalem [know it]; we cannot deny it. But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitway threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name,” meaning Jesus Christ.

And so, they call the disciples now and commanded they not speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus but Peter and John answered and said unto them, “Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard”

Today, maybe, our faith waivers. We cannot walk in a world without flesh. Neither could Peter. Once, twice, three times, “I do not know him. I am not his disciple. I have nothing to do with him. I am not the Invisible Spirit of God. I am flesh.”

But now, look at this new Peter. The very Master he worshipped was crucified and to the very same people who crucified him, he can say, “You can’t make me change my story because I have seen the Invisible Spirit of God within my Self. I know there is no world of flesh. I know I’m not talking to flesh. I know that you who are trying me are not flesh.” That’s what he’s saying. “All there is, is the Spirit of God and I’ll teach that.” That was his transformation through the renewing of the mind. It is ours.

Romans 10:11 “For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed”

And so, however difficult it may be to accept the all presence of God means the absence of flesh, the Christ is not flesh, the Christ is All. The Christ is the begotten, infinite Son which I am, whoever believeth that I am the Infinite Christ within himself shall not be ashamed, meaning you can stand before the highest tribunal in the world and declare “All that is here is the Spirit of God.” You declare it within your Self. You don’t make an open show. Peter didn’t say that to them, “You are not flesh. You don’t exist.’ He said, “What I know I know.”

And so, we stand before the world who appears to be flesh and within our Self, we declare the Truth, “Flesh is not present. The Spirit of God is here.” And that is All that is here.

Peter, just to show you the total transformation, in his First Epistle, the 2nd chapter and this should be a conclusion that we finally reach within ourselves. 2nd chapter, first Epistle of Peter, 6th verse, “Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.”

I think it’s clear then that the Allness of God and the non-presence of flesh is the way.

We’re going to John now. John 12, for the way to the realization of this is given us by the words of Christ. This is what I call the blessed promise. In the 12th verse, the 12th chapter, the 32nd verse, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.This is the way you come to the realization that all is Spirit and there is no flesh. “I, if I be lifted up…. will draw all men unto me.”

In Gethsemane, “If I be lifted be up,” before any trial in the world, “If I be lifted up,” before every problem that confronts you, before every mountain that rises before you, before every stormy sea. “If I be lifted up,” I will lift all men into the Stone not made of hands but carved out of the Infinite Consciousness. And so, we walk through the Red Sea. We push the mountains into the sea. We calm the sea. Why? It is flesh and flesh is not there and there’s nothing to do about it. It isn’t there. “If I be lifted up,” you will know it isn’t there.

That is the blessed promise.

In a moment he will say, as he stands before the high tribunal, in response to their question, “Are you king of the Jews?” He will say nothing. He will not answer. He will not say, “I am,” he will not say, “I am not.” Why? Who is asking the question? The world mind expressing through Pilate. He has been teaching he is not king of the Jews. He is the universal Christ. Shall he honor the world mind and reply to it? Shall he say to the world mind that you are the king of the Jews, you are the king of the world that isn’t here. In silence, he makes no reply and then, he utters the classic words, “My kingdom is not of this world.”

Is your kingdom of this world if his was not? If the Christ says, “My kingdom is not of this world,” and Christ is your name, is your kingdom of this world? And when Christ says, “But my kingdom is not from hence,” the double negative, “not from hence.” My Kingdom is here. Where is your kingdom but here, “not from hence.” It is a kingdom of no flesh, the Kingdom of Spirit. Your Kingdom is here, invisible.

Your assignment during the week is to read in the “Parenthesis in Eternity, My Kingdom is Not of this World.” If you happen to have a tape on it, you can listen to that too. “My Kingdom is not of this World.” You’ll find it in the third section of “Parenthesis,” in the mystical section and for those of you who don’t have the book, take the words into consciousness. Commune with the Father. Go into your Kingdom within which is not of this world and rest there letting the Father within explain the nature of My Kingdom, the Infinite, eternal, ever present Kingdom of true Being where all is perfection, where imperfection is revealed as non-existent.

We’ll stop at that place. “My kingdom is not of this world.”

And one day, without you taking conscious thought, you will know, you will say within your Self, at everything you see, “My Kingdom is not of this world of flesh, of matter, of transiency. My Kingdom is the present Christ kingdom and there is no power on this earth that can destroy it or my Being or take from me that which I am, for nothing is here but that Kingdom.” The concept called world disappears over the false horizon when you come into the conscious awareness that your Kingdom is All that is here, the Kingdom of God and you walk through world thought untouched.

That’s a fitting ending to our class.

Thank you again.

We’re going to begin right in your consciousness, not outside yourself and we’re walking out of Jerusalem which is the traditional state of orthodoxy, a belief in a God external to ourselves and we’re walking away from Jerusalem.

Now, we’re walking over a brook, that’s called a brook of Cedron. And as we walk over the brook, we notice that the waters are rather murky. The waters of this brook represent the clutter and the confusion of the world mind that we’re walking over.

Then we come to the Mount of Olives. The Mount of Olives stands for the love of God that we entertain within ourselves. We mount the western slope of the Mount of Olives and we come to a little shaded part, the Garden called Gethsemane. We have made a journey in consciousness, from orthodoxy, over mortal mind, guided and led by love of God to this inner sanctuary in the Mount of Olives called Gethsemane which is the place, the arena where we are ready for the supreme test.

Here the forces of the world which have dominated humanity are going to meet in us the awareness of identity and here identity stands, letting the forces of the world explode as they will and identity says, “I need no defense against nothing.”

This supreme test in Gethsemane is that arena of consciousness in which we reach the peak of all of our activity building the Spiritual consciousness to the point where we are ready now to let the old man die. We’re ready to accept the Allness of God, the one Power of God, the incorporeality of Reality. We’re ready to accept that Spirit is and matter is not.

And in this place, this secret place, we are prepared to meet any adversary, regardless of its name or nature or whatever disguise it may wear because we have learned now that there are no adversaries at all. They are all the disguises of the world mind. They are never real. They have no substance. They are not God created or sustained.

Here in Gethsemane, we are prepared to face what the world fears knowing the illusory nature of it. Here we stand knowing the Truth, being the Truth. Here we say, “I am the Life itself.” Here we need no sword. Here we need no offense. Here we need nothing to protect ourselves, nothing to run away from, nothing to fear, nothing to change.

Gethsemane is where Christ in you is born. This is where the real crucifixion takes place. You crucify the world mind in Gethsemane. You suffer the agonies that the world thinks you’re suffering but to you, they are the ecstasy of knowing the truth of Being.

Everyone is moving toward Gethsemane. Everyday you have been experiencing the dying of the unreal, that within you, you may become conscious of the Real. And every true disciple finally comes to the place where unarmed, and undefended, he takes dominion over the world, alone, without any human aid; merely by being – Being.

Now you know that many changes are taking place in your life at this time. Many have reported to me that quite a number of changes are taking place in their lives and I’ve never seen such an increased amount of change in our students, in the outer world of effects. New jobs, new homes, new relationships, promotions, going to new cities, new understanding. All of this is the outer revealing the new activity within and if there is no change going on in your outer, it is because your inner is stagnant. Always, the outer will reflect the inner change. And because we, at the moment, have been in a great inner change in this work, everywhere it seems, I receive phone calls and letters about people who say this is happening and that is happening; there’s quite a great deal of happy excitement about it. It’s a sort of a yardstick to measure how we have progressed within.

And now, another progression. The Master has made his talk. From the Last Supper until this moment, the disciples have been exposed to the highest Truth on the earth. How much they have absorbed remains to be seen. How much we have absorbed remains to be seen because when we read about the disciples, the Master, Gethsemane, this isn’t because we’re interested in history. We’re here to extract the message of today out of the words that appeared yesterday knowing they are Now words, a Now message. They are to guide us this moment. We are to make them ours.

And so, we join this little group of early disciples but we’re really watching our Self in a figure called Christ Jesus and our Self in other figures called disciples who are the full, Divine qualities of God invisible coming into visibility through the careful cultivation of the Christ within. All of this is us. All of this happening within each individual here, all the time and we are given this externalized picture so that we may find that which only Spiritual Consciousness can reveal even before we have developed that Spiritual Consciousness.

And so, we see Gethsemane as the Christ mind. We see the brook as the world thoughts that we pass through to come to the Christ mind. We see the Mount of Olives where Love is the law. We know that Gethsemane means – it’s formed of two words, the “Geth” is actually “gath” and that is an oil press; a press. They took the olives from the trees and pressed them to get the oil in the press and the “shemen” which became “semane” is the oil. You press out the oil from the olive and oil is the symbol of the wisdom, the Divine understanding. And there’s Gethsemane, the place where the olives are pressed for the oil to be distilled. Gethsemane, the place where the world is pressed out of you and in the pain, in the so-called suffering, we find that out of our pain is pressed the wisdom of the Father.

You remember the first series of temptations? Just coming out of the wilderness? Those were the temptations of power and of pleasure.

Now, in Gethsemane, the second series of temptations are the temptations of pain and of sorrow, of bodily harm, of life being torn away. Another series of temptations. And there will still be another series later. And so, these are the temptations we are alerted to be prepared for.

And now, let’s follow this little band remembering this is all happening in your consciousness whether you’re conscious of it or not. And is being externalized to show you that you, too, who must travel over the brook, up the Mount of Olives, the Mount of Love, to the Garden which would seem to be a garden of sorrows but it unbars the gates to Glory.

This garden now, this Gethsemane is the sacred place of the Most High. Within you it is the oasis of Truth where you’re prepared to meet all that is untrue knowing it has no place. Here, you meet the serpent but unlike Adam, you will not be fooled. Here you will be given an opportunity to accept the Tree of Life or the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And because you are not the first Adam but the second, coming into Christ, we learn here to look at the serpent, Judas, to look at good and evil, the attackers, the world of effects around us, the threat of powers and instead of succumbing as Adam did, we overcome the temptation.

We do not overcome our enemies. We overcome the temptation to accept that there are enemies in the Garden of Truth within your Consciousness. Our Gethsemane is meeting the temptation to believe that humanhood is there.

Watch how subtly the Spirit leads us.

When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples.”

Cedron, you’ll find in the Old Testament, too, it’s spelled there K-i-d-r-o-n and here it’s C-e-d-r-o-n. In both places, it means mortal mind. David fled over the brook of Kidron when he was fleeing from Absalom and in 1st Kings, there’s something about Kidron in reference to Solomon.

But now it’s coming into clearer focus because we know exactly what the disciples are doing. They’re stepping out of mortal mind. They’re walking out with the Master out of mortal mind, out of world mind, out of hypnosis, out of material consciousness.

An historical truth about this brook is interesting. It actually empties out into the Dead Sea, a sort of a forerunner of where the Truth would ultimately be found as it was in the parchments found in the Dead Sea.

And now, we learn to let Gethsemane, it was a headquarters for Jesus and his group; even after he long departed, it remained the headquarters for Mary and John and other disciples. They all came to this high mount for the meditative periods when they were opened to the Infinite.

Whenever Jesus and his group came to Jerusalem or Bethany, rather than go directly into the temples, they pitched tents here. They rested. It was their favorite spot for regeneration and yet, even though it’s an outer spot, a physical spot on a map, it’s the inner spot that we all find that place where we rest for regeneration. And this signifies now that we’re coming into that place where we are to meet the Divine Word within ourselves instead of the world thought of the brook of Kidron. We cross over that brook. Love draws us, that very Mount of Olives where the Sermon on the Mount was delivered, another sermon of Love.

And here we rest now inside ourselves. We have passed out of a false consciousness, a consciousness which sees evil where only the Kingdom of Perfection is.

In Gethsemane, we are not in the false consciousness and yet, still, there are two Gethsemanes. There is the Spiritual Gethsemane and the physical and if we only go into the physical Gethsemane, we’re still going to see evil. We, dwelling in the Secret Place, go to the Spiritual Gethsemane where there is only one Life, one invisible, everywhere, infinite Being; Life itself that I am. Our Spiritual Gethsemane is a realization of Oneness.

And now, if you’re prepared to rest there, it won’t matter if Judas comes. Judas is on the way we know. What is not reported in the Bible is that coming to Gethsemane for Jesus was a second stop along the way. The first was in Mark’s mother’s house. That’s where Judas thought they were. That’s where he left them. That’s where he received the sop. He got his little band of soldiers. He wanted to make quick work of this. He made the arrangements with the Romans. He was going to lead them. He made the arrangement with the Sanhedrin. He was going to lead them. And so, he got his little band together. He went to Mark’s mother’s house. It was going to be very quick because nobody was armed except Simon Peter and Simon the Zealot, just two men. The rest would have no way of counteracting this quick maneuver and in the quiet of the evening when the city was asleep, Jesus would be taken without any great tumult.

Who was this Judas doing this? He was our corporeal sense. He had been dismissed but like the serpent, he was still ready to come back. To his surprise, the little band wasn’t there. He thought to himself, “Now what am I going to do? They’ve probably gone to their favorite headquarters, Gethsemane.”

And so now, he had to do something different because whereas in the first time he was going to just take a little band, he knew that in Gethsemane many people came to visit Jesus. This was where he often entertained Nicodemus and even other members of the Sanhedrin who privately came for instruction. This was where sufferers came for deliverance. This was where the world came to Jesus, just as you and I must come to Gethsemane frequently within ourselves. It is there that you find your Twin.

If you’ve been trying to find your Twin, you’ll find your Twin in Gethsemane. That is where the invisible Christ resides. Only in that Consciousness where there is nothing to defend against or to fear, where there is only One, where there is no second, that’s where you find Christ.

Judas now had to get a little larger group together. So now, it is even rumored that he awakened Pilate in the night and said, “We need some Roman soldiers.” And now they had a larger garrison because they knew there was a larger group waiting in Gethsemane for them. They didn’t know what to expect, how many people were armed. The Greeks had by now joined Jesus in his group in Gethsemane, too. It was a large park, you see.

Now, it isn’t known but Jesus was waiting for them and not with his group. He was all alone. He actually went and sat on an olive press and he waited. His reason was, he knew they were coming. He wanted as little activity there and he wanted no opportunity for his group to in any way resist. He was all alone waiting.

Meanwhile, here’s Judas, with a pre-arranged idea that “I will kiss the man you are to take” because of course the Roman soldiers knew very little about who Jesus might be. The Sanhedrin soldiers did. The guardians of the temple did. But to be sure that he was identified properly, the pre-arranged signal was a kiss and even then, Judas was very cunning. He walked well in advance of his crew. He hoped within himself that he could be so far in advance of them that his former colleagues would think that he was coming to warn them, that he wasn’t connected with this group but was running ahead of them to warn them. But it didn’t work out that way at all.

And now, we come to some interesting things here, little subtleties that are important. We find Judas leading the pack.

Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples.”

Having gone to Gethsemane with Jesus and the disciples before many times, it was natural for Judas to know that because he wasn’t at Mark’s mother’s house, he was here. And now, he was on his way.

Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.”

Do you notice that he received his weapons from the chief priests? In Matthew, we’re told those weapons were swords and staves. He received them from the chief priests, those great lovers of God – gave him weapons to take the Christ. And this is telling us that corporeality in us, which Judas symbolizes, will always attack the Christ of you and even think it is doing a holy thing.

This is a great statement about the betrayal of the church, that not knowing the invisible Christ, it attacks the Christ; that world mind, not knowing incorporeal Truth, attacks the Truth and these human methods, the lanterns, the torches would indicate they are coming at night which is a state of darkness, a lack of Spiritual discernment. In their state of darkness, they are coming to attack the Christ. The lantern would refer to the intellect, the torches to the reason. Human aids, human weapons and all under the guise of authority, so does mortal mind come to us disguised as religious, political and forceful authority by might and by power, in some way, ever attempting to stifle the Spirit. All this is within us. It’s not outer. The reason, the intellect, the human sense of righteousness, the human sense of what is the correct way to do things comes with lanterns and with torches, with the letter of Truth, with human weapons, saying, “We are doing the right thing,” weapons given by the priesthood.

And what is the great crime that they are attacking?

In the visible world, the only crime they are attacking is that the man has done good. That’s the crime. The man has done good. What harm has the man done? Nothing but help. Nothing but love.

And so, “We can’t have any of that,” says corporeality. That’s in our way. Corporeality wants to manipulate and convert everything to its own selfish interest. Don’t make the mistake of thinking these are Pharisees and soldiers with lamps and lanterns and torches and weapons. These are the corporeal disciples within ourselves. These are the disciples of world mind within us attacking Christ and they are led by Judas, the serpent in the garden. And who is Judas? Our own physical form. Your own physical form leads the attack and bands all the rest of its own disciples together to make the attack sure to succeed.

You’re being told here that the greatest betrayer of your true Selfhood is your sense of body and your sense of mind for it cannot see the invisible Christ and therefore ignores or attacks that which it cannot see. This is the false consciousness of humanity that is being described as Judas coming with a band armed with weapons and with lanterns and torches. This is the false consciousness of each individual human being. The consciousness we’re going to meet in Gethsemane and overcome.

Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?

This great act of compassion has been unnoticed before. The purpose of it was to prevent Judas from making the betrayal, for Judas’ sake. He hadn’t yet kissed Jesus Christ, the kiss of death. So, to save him the trouble of making himself into a visible betrayer, the Master said to those who came, “Whom seek ye?” He was going to give himself up rather than let Judas be a betrayer.

But of course, there’s deeper meaning there. Way back at the beginning of his discipleship, when he picked those who would follow him, he said, “What seek ye?” When Andrew came and John came. “What seek ye?” “Well,” they said “we seek where thou livest.”

And of course, the meaning, though they weren’t quite aware of their meaning, the words were placed within them; the meaning was we seek where Christ is, where Christ lives and that should be always the quest, to seek where Christ lives because Christ lives within you and if that’s your quest then you find Christ within you, you’ve found the living Kingdom of God.

But to these men, he now says, “Whom seek ye?” It’s the other side of the same question. To the disciples, the answer would become, “We seek the Christ” but to those who are not disciples, they don’t answer, “We seek where thou livest.” They’re not seeking Christ. He’s pointing out the difference between a disciple and a non-disciple. These seek Jesus of Nazareth. They’re not looking for Christ. They’re looking for a man, a form, a corporeal creature. That’s what they came to find. That’s what the lanterns were for and the torches, so that they could see and get the right man. But they were looking at Christ and seeing a man. They were looking at the Spirit of God and seeing a man. They were looking at their own Self and seeing another form. They were blind as mankind is to its own Self. They were attacking their own Self. The absurdity of the attack is that we are doing it every day. Each day, with lanterns and torches, led by Judas, we corporeally attack our own Self.

Whom seek ye?” “We seek,” they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”

Each day, when we identify ourselves as person, we are committing the same folly. We say that we are person, mortal being, a human self, a Jesus of Nazareth or a Mary of Alameda or a John of Palo Alto. We identify ourselves as the person, as they did in seeking the one they would crucify. They were seeking a form. Actually, they were seeking a deadness because there was no self there other than the living Christ. So do we act out of deadness in mortality.

Now, you would expect the disciples of course to know better. He doesn’t correct those who’ve come to take him away. “Fine, you’re looking for Jesus of Nazareth. That’s fine. I am he.” And of course, there’s that double statement again just like “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s and unto God that which is God’s.”

I am he.”

To you who come to take me in the night, you only see Jesus of Nazareth but “I am he.” I am the life of God. I am the Invisible Self, visible to your limited consciousness as Jesus of Nazareth. “I am he,” the eternal Self, the Infinite Being, the one who was never born, who will never die, the One who with a snap of the fingers could dismiss every soldier who stood there.

And while he was saying, “I am he,” not running from the soldiers, not defending because Christ needs no defense, there was a bond of Love established that they were unaware of. He who said, “I am he” was Love itself and he who said “I am he” was the I Am of those very soldiers who came to take him away. Love was recognizing Self. Love was being Self. There was only one Self there to him who said “I am he.”

That’s your Gethsemane, standing in the midst of many even under visible attack of form, “I am he.” And those who apparently are attacking me, can they be there if “I am he,” who is the Infinite Self? Is there another here than I? “I am he” does not fall into the trap of form, matter, movement, humanhood, mortality. “I am he” knows only “I am he” and knows no other is present. Divine Love expresses as Self-realization.

And before the scene goes any further, we see the power of Divine Love. We see the power of Truth in Consciousness. We see the power of only identity as defense.

What happens? The soldiers fall back. They’re unable to do what they came to do. They have absolutely no power to move and take him. They cannot touch him. Why? Because there is only one, Divine Consciousness present. There is no second consciousness. There is only the consciousness of “I am he.” The divided is gone. The second consciousness is gone. It cannot externalize as force, as power, as hate, as destruction.

In the one, Divine Consciousness present, “I am he,” we see what Gethsemane means. It means resting in our Oneness, knowing only our Oneness is present. There is no second. Where I stand or where he stands or where she stands, one with God is All that is there and therefore, it is the majority.

I am he” is your answer to every problem you consider to be present in your complete and total environment, in all ways. The problems that you experience are the externalization of that consciousness in you which is not “I am he.” That false consciousness shows forth as your problems, as those things which threaten the harmony of your Being.

And so, this is how we stand in Gethsemane and we learn from this that the soldiers always fall back.

Judas, which betrayed him, stood with them.”

The importance of that statement is that Judas wasn’t standing with Jesus. Jesus Christ stood in “I am he” and Judas stood with the soldiers. There was no Jesus and Judas standing together. There was no “I am he” and corporeality. “I am he” is the total absence of the belief in corporeality; the total awareness that there is no Judas. There is no force. There is no flesh. There is no matter. There is no other power. There is no activity. There is only the Spirit present. Spirit alone is present, is “I am he.”

And when you can stand on only Spirit is present, you’ll have found where to stand. You are ready for your real Gethsemane. Judas is over there standing in the false consciousness, not in your Consciousness of “I am he,” here.

Now, this is the clear picture that we are to walk away with. If we do not, it is because we are still in the Peter consciousness. Peter should have known all this by now but as he watched, there was a growing anger within him. He loved this man Jesus.

He said, “I will give my life for you.”

And the Master said, “Will you Peter? Will you really? The cock will crow three times before you deny me.”

He loved the man. Just as they came to attack the man, Peter loved the man and there was no man. There was only “I am he,” the Spirit of God.

And so, in your Gethsemane, while you are standing resolutely against one side of your consciousness which says, “The problem is here,” there is another side in your consciousness which wants to attack the problem, release you from the problem. That would be the good side against the bad side. But that’s the tree of good and evil. There are no good sides and no bad sides.

In your true Consciousness, there’s no love of matter that you need to preserve and no fear of matter that you have to defend against. You are spiritual Being and matter does not exist in the Consciousness of “I am he.”

Now, if it were not necessary to teach us, there would never have been a Garden of Gethsemane. The scene could have even stopped at this point. But we had to learn that even though Jesus Christ could stand there, free, protected, without any defense, that Divine Love was the only force he needed; we who are incapable at this point of living at that level, who still have an active Peter consciousness within us, something in us is then going to want to remove the attacker. And so, Peter reaches for the sword, cuts off the ear of Malchus and breaks in you the protection of the Light. The moment you attack another creature, you break the law of Love.

That’s the teaching at this point; the breaking of the law of Love and then you are open to attack and then the problems come in like a landslide. But if you do not break the law of Love, you are under the protection of the Invisible Light of Love for there is nothing there to be protected against except the illusion that something else is there.

Peter breaks both commandments, the first and the second. That impulse in us which would defend breaks the first commandment because it acknowledges something beside the Spirit of God.

Acknowledge Me in all thy ways. Heart, mind and soul; acknowledge Me, the Spirit of God.” Don’t acknowledge these attackers with lanterns. Don’t acknowledge these false thoughts within you. Don’t acknowledge the things of the world that seem to be attacking. The first commandment says acknowledge that Spirit is present. “I am he,” and “And beside me there is no other.

So, Peter broke that and because he broke that he automatically broke the second. “I am he” was loving the neighbor but Peter wasn’t. Peter couldn’t love the neighbor because the neighbor was attacking the One he loved. And Peter was a very practical man, a natural man, a materialist. Here he was and an innocent man was being led off to death. What was he supposed to do? Stand there and watch him? But he was in the false consciousness which saw an innocent man being led off to death. The so-called innocent man had already declared, “I am the Life. I have power over all flesh. I can come and I can go. Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up again. Whom did thou say I am, Peter?” And even Peter had said, “The Christ” and now he had forgotten. He didn’t know what he had said or what it meant.

Defend the Christ? That would be like standing there to defend God, wouldn’t it? But we are the Christ. Why do we defend ourselves against anything? Because we think we’re not the Christ, we’re not the Spirit. Because we think the things that are threatening us are actually happening.

So, day by day, through Truth in Consciousness, through the awakening of the Spirit, we are lifted higher and higher until the moment when we can enter, across the brook, up the Mountain of Love to the sacred place and know that whatever comes now will be an illusion of the senses. All that exists is the Spirit of God. You’re in your daily Gethsemane, daily solidifying the Truth of Being and watching the soldiers fall back, watching the non-power of what had seemed to be a power.

Now, this is what we should be proving to ourselves every day.

As soon [then] as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and [they] fell to the ground. [Then again he turned,] Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth.”

Now, between those two questions, Jesus had been kissed by Judas. Judas not taking advantage of the Love that was giving him an opportunity not to make the betrayal, presented the kiss, identifying Jesus as the one they would take. And again, though, he emphasizes, “Whom do ye seek?” To emphasize that they are seeking a man, a person.

Now, in our human lives, we are seeking things. Just as they were seeking a form, we are seeking forms and our mistake is that we are reaching out for that which is not there although we can feel it and touch it and put it in our pocket and put it in our bank and put it in our homes. This is what we are seeking – forms, and we are fooling ourselves. The forms aren’t there. You can get all of them you want, pile them up high. You can store them in barns. They are not there. They’re not even perishable. They simply aren’t there. For all that is there is the Spirit of God. This is to alert us to the non-reality of matter. No matter what form it may take.

In Gethsemane, you live in the Cause and you let the effect of forms bombard against the Cause in Consciousness and you stand there unperturbed, watching those soldiers fall to the ground. They are only the arm of flesh but we know only the invisible, living Spirit.

You see how Adam is dying and Christ is being born? The serpent is losing its sting. The Tree of Life is being selected instead of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The same writer who wrote Genesis, the same writer who wrote the complete Bible wrote it from Genesis to Gethsemane: the Spirit of God. One writer. And only one actor under many disguises called Biblical characters.

And all this, an outer expression of the inner conflict within every man. The conflict he doesn’t even know is going on to make it visible so that he becomes aware of this conflict and knows what to do and what is expected until we come to the purpose of our lives. It is to serve your own Spirit and when you’re ready to serve only your Spirit, to love your Spirit supremely, you have found the complete purpose of everything that has happened up to this point. You have found the cup and the meaning of the cup.

Peter’s about to find the meaning of the cup. He strikes off the ear. John doesn’t tell us that the Master put the ear back on. Maybe it wasn’t necessary for us to know that or maybe he felt it would be mentioned in the other Gospels but basically, he gives us what you don’t find exactly the same way in the other Gospels.

This Malchus, whose ear is struck off by Peter, is the bodyguard of the chief priest. The ear of this bodyguard is struck off. The ear of the servant of the priest is struck off. You see the symbolism? The ear struck off is a symbol of deafness. The priest is a symbol of the church. The deafness of religion which is attacking the Christ. It has no ear. It cannot hear the inner Word. It is deaf to Christ. It is deaf to God. It is deaf to Spirit. It has an outer ear only to hear the letter so the ear is struck off and there’s only one way for that ear to get back on to religion so that it can hear. And that’s why Jesus puts the ear back on. Only the Christ can restore the ear of the church. Until the church finds Christ it has no ear. See that? There is no listening capacity, no Spiritual discernment, no receptivity until the church turns every member of every congregation to Christ within. Then it has an ear and only when it has an ear can it obey the Divine will. So, the removal of the ear from Malchus is the statement that religion has no ear for the Divine Word and is not obeying the Divine Will. And this is a current statement.

These are the disciples here, now. The ear of religion is not listening to Christ. It is coming with lanterns and torches. It is looking to make a better, corporeal world. “Whom seek ye?” We seek to make better human beings, not spiritual Reality.

The church has not yet been to Gethsemane and isn’t ready. And while we are not in Gethsemane, we are not listening to the Word but rather, we are walking over the brook of Cedron, over the corruptible, turbid waters of human thought. And sometimes, we fall right in. They’re not the living waters of the inner “I am he.”

Peter, put up thy sword unto thy sheath.”

I thought you were a disciple? Who are you going to attack with that sword, Peter? Aren’t you aware that this man over here, this soldier is a mental image in your mind? And you think there’s a soldier there? Haven’t you been learning about incorporeality? About the Spirit which is All? You still think there’s a soldier, Peter?

Now, we are all to be reprimanded for we are all reaching for that sword every day. It may be the sword of words, the sword of plans, the sword of ambition, the sword of anticipation. We have so many swords in our scabbard and we need none; for “I am he.”

Put up thy sword unto thy sheath.”

We are learning there is an effortless way to live in the Kingdom of God, “Not by might or by power but by my Spirit.” But if the damage is done, if you still believe in corporeality, if you still take out the sword, lo and behold, the soldiers who had fallen back, who had no power to attack, now they have the power. You’re in division again. You’re in duality again. It externalizes as a pro and a con, adversaries for you and someone else. Matter and the Spirit. This world.

Now, if that’s clear to us then we are being alerted to the real test of living in the Spirit.

Must I not drink the cup that my Father gave me?” says the Master.

What is this cup? You’re going to have to drink it, you might as well know what’s in it. We must all drink the cup that the Father gives us. Usually, the cup refers to its contents. The cup, he could have said, “Well, this certainly can’t be the will of God that I let them take me away to die.”

And so, he said in another place in the Bible, “Take this cup from me.” But then came the realization, “But this cup is my Will. This is what you are to do.” “Nevertheless,” he said then, “Thy will, not mine.”

And so, now he says, “I must drink the cup my Father gave me.” He didn’t say, “It isn’t the Father’s will that I should die.” He could have. No one would have, in any way, said anything bad about it. In fact, most people would have agreed. Certainly, he shouldn’t die. It’s not the Father’s will.

But the cup you must drink is not to die. That wasn’t the cup he was drinking. The cup he had to drink was to be exposed to the threat of death, to the temptation that death is reality. That was the content of the cup, temptation. In the cup that you must drink is the temptation to believe and to accept that you are a human being. The cup he had to drink was to drink it to the very bottom, to not accept the temptation that he was a human being.

And because he is the Wayshower, ultimately, you must drink that same cup. He said as much. He said to his disciples, “You must walk with me in my temptations. To him who walks with me in my temptations, I give the Kingdom.”

You must walk through the temptation that you are human, even to the point of a threat on your life. That is the cup we must drink. Each must be brought to that total understanding that I am not this human form.

In Gethsemane, you meet that temptation. In Gethsemane, that is the end of the conflict between the matter and the Spirit and when you have ended that conflict by the total steadfastness to the Truth of your Being, you have passed the test of Gethsemane. That means if somebody comes in with a revolver to shoot you and you don’t want to defend your life, you’re doing a good job of knowing the Truth in Gethsemane. That means if the doctor says, “You’re going to die,” you stand there knowing, “I am he,” and you’re meeting the Truth in Gethsemane. That means regardless of the severity of the crisis confronting you, you have no desire or need to defend or preserve yourself because your Self is the Self of God. That is Gethsemane and we who have not stood there, maybe more than once, are not ready for that mystical interval between resurrection and ascension where even higher things are revealed.

And so, let us see then that this is the clarification of what is expected of us. We cannot make the mistake of Peter. We cannot make the mistake of Judas. We cannot make the mistake of mortal mind, religious mind, human mind, natural mind. We know that the Divine Self being the only, that no other self is possible anywhere in the world. Everywhere you’re looking at Divine Self. You’re loving that Divine Self everywhere and one day, you’re forced to prove your Love, to stand on your Love, not human love but Divine Love. So that, unlike Peter who would defend the Master himself, who has the power to summon legions, who has power over all flesh, willingly submits.

I am he,” he says “And if I am the one you seek, therefore let these others go.”

When he says “I am he,” and “I submit, let these others go if I’m the one you seek,” he is telling you another secret. That only in the death of your corporeal sense do the disciples in you come alive into freedom. The Divine qualities in you cannot be liberated while you are still unwilling to submit your corporeal sense to the acid test of non-existence. You cannot uphold your corporeal sense here and expect the Divine qualities to burst through.

Let them go,” he says, “If you want me. You want a man? Well, here’s a man. Take the man.” And this is the freedom of the Divine qualities. The old is dying that the new may be born. The old man dies. The old concept of self dies that the new may walk the earth as the Invisible Christ. When Jesus asks the band of soldiers to let the disciples go and take him, he’s making way for the new understanding, the new age of Spirit. He is sacrificing the nothingness of corporeality that the Allness of Spirit may be understood.

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Don’t think he’s being punished by God or accepting the sins of the world for anybody’s sake. He is demonstrating that only Spirit is present.

There are no sins. There’s no suffering. There’s no punishment. There is the Allness of Spirit being demonstrated and all that is not Spirit must die in our consciousness.

In our consciousness then comes the death of the corporeal sense and that is the birth of the Christ awareness. It’s a see saw. As one diminishes, the other expands. As one goes down, the other comes up.

This is all by way only of explanation. The implementation of it follows.

So, finally the servants of the soldiers bind him up, the band and the captain and the officers of the Jews took Jesus and bound him. And so, the Self of man is bound while the non-self takes over. As we live in the human sense of self, we bind our Christ Self.

Meanwhile, the teaching has been given and the world has bound the Christ Self so that the opposites of Truth can continue to dominate the mind of man. This is taking place within all of us. We know what Gethsemane is. We know what’s expected of us. We know our purpose is to live in Divine Love.

And so now, our entire quest is how to stand in that consciousness called Gethsemane, in the Garden of Truth, in the Christ mind, watching all that would declare itself to be real when it is unreal; ridding ourselves of the false consciousness which sees what isn’t there.

We’ll pause a little now.

We’ll go to our Gethsemane and in our Gethsemane, we have no flesh. There simply is no flesh there. No matter. No person. And in this realm of Consciousness, whatever enters to defile, to lie, distort, deceive, persuade us that something beside pure Spirit exists, we meet with the knowledge that only Spirit is here. There is no flesh. There is no person. There is no human. There is no matter. There is no corporeal world. There is a Spiritual universe, peopled by Spiritual Being. This becomes our daily Consciousness in which we rest. This is how we face every outer circumstance.

We’re following the Wayshower who faced his outer circumstances in the same way. My identity is my sword and your identity is my identity everywhere. There is no flesh in the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.

Silence, (pause) …

This must go beyond a mental lesson into consciousness and so we have a few thoughts that will help that after we have a brief period of rest.

Silence, (pause) …

Let’s take that rest now and start over again in a few minutes.

(Class break)

In the 9th verse of the 41st Psalm, “Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.”

My friend….I trusted….ate of my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.”

And then strangely, in the 13th verse of John, 13th chapter of John, the 18th verse of the 13th chapter, “I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth [my] bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.”

Now, that’s the serpent in Genesis. That’s Judas in the New Testament but who is it in your human life? Who eateth your bread? Who turns up his heel against you who is your friend? Your physical self eateth your bread and your physical self is your friend and it turneth against you. It leadeth you to death. And this the secret of that 41st Psalm verse repeated in John, that your physical body which you consider your friend, even yourself, is not your friend. It eateth your bread and you trust it but it will be the chiefest attacker when you enter the Garden of Gethsemane. It will lead a band against you and don’t take this lightly because corporeality is the enemy, the adversary we are to learn to agree with by understanding it.

Now, we’re at a place in this teaching where if you’re new, you’re puzzled. If you’re relatively new, you’re confused. And if you’re a veteran, you’re still saying “I heard it but I don’t believe it.”

But number one, is that there is no flesh because flesh is a friend who eateth your bread, whom ye trust, who will lift up its heel against you. Flesh will keep you imprisoned unto death.

And so, we come to the grip of the Truth which says, “The only flesh there is, is pure, invisible Spirit.”

One, then, I am not this flesh.

Two, all flesh is a mortal dream. And yet, this mortal dream of flesh is made up of little building blocks.

And those are the third point, these building blocks called atoms, invisible to the eye, come disguised as forms, persons, places, things, objects, conditions and we reach for the sword against these forms not knowing they are invisible atoms of the world mind appearing as flesh.

And when we have been enlightened sufficiently to know the secret of this false flesh, we come to the fourth point; that all that is false exists only within your false consciousness. The flesh you see is not external. The objects are the not external. The conditions are not external. The people are not external. “I am he,” is the Infinite Self that is present without opposite and the mortal dream exists only within your false consciousness of it.

And therefore, you never go out there to heal those out there. You learn to dominate your false consciousness. You will find that every evil in the world, every wrong in the world, every discord in the world falls back. War falls back. Famine falls back. Poverty falls back when you are able to see that its only location is within your false consciousness. No flesh. No matter. No healthy flesh. No diseased flesh. All, a mortal dream – two.

The dream is made of the invisible building blocks called atoms which we react to and call form. That’s three.

Four, they exist only and the world exists only within the false consciousness that perceives it. There is no external world.

And then the secret is to learn to overcome your false consciousness. You don’t have to overcome the evils of the world. They only exist in your false consciousness and it is a false consciousness and therefore, the overcoming of it is simply to step out of it. It doesn’t matter what the evils are that beset you or the groups you know. They are in your false consciousness and you can step out of that consciousness and you will discover that when you step out of that consciousness, you come to the fifth point:

You are in the new Consciousness. You have changed Consciousness. You are in the Divine and the evils of the world are not there even though you haven’t moved an inch.

Those are your five points to practice this week. They’re a little more detailed than the simplified structure we gave you several weeks back.

Now, if you’re not consciously aware that there is no flesh, you’re going to fall into the trap Peter fell into. You’re going to see things attacking the ones you love and you’re going to run to the medicine chest. You’re going to run for the x-ray. You’re going to run for the human aids with lanterns and torches. You’re going to follow Judas, the material sense of man.

We make a mockery of the Bible when we read it and then turn away and proceed to do precisely what it’s teaching us not to do. You may even have to take the teachers of religion and put them in the pews and become their teachers by the example of the Light you shed because we must come out of the false consciousness which perceives evil.

Your Gethsemane then, is standing where the evil is, where the oppression is, where the tyranny is, where the liars are, where you are considered to be a victim of something and knowing that exists only in your false consciousness. It isn’t happening in your Being. And then, because you must come to the total, ultimate trust of Spirit to need no defense, you withdraw your belief in the consciousness that is presenting the evil to you. No sword. No words of Truth. No remedies. No quotations. Just the moral courage to trust that you truly are pure Spirit. And that nothing else exists.

There is no flesh.

And in the quietness of your Consciousness, the invisible transfiguration will show you the power of resting into One Self in the new Consciousness, the “I am he” Consciousness, which refuses help. Can God be imperfect, can my Life be imperfect if it is the Life of God? Can Spirit be imperfect? Does omnipotent Spirit need to defend itself against anyone or anything? No. These are all the illusions of the Judas consciousness.

Again, and again and again, you walk over that brook into the Garden. You make it your home, your headquarters, your home base and you take a day, and specifically test out the principle that there is no flesh. You look at it and say to your Self within, “It isn’t there.” And watch how Love springs up where flesh had seemed to be. Watch how you awaken from the deep sleep of a fleshly universe that God did not create.

You may find that you’re really taken to the real Gethsemane in the Invisible. You may find Christ lives there always, that Christ never left. Nobody took Christ out of Gethsemane, I can assure you that. And what you meet in Gethsemane may surprise you, what you see there and what you hear.

Gethsemane is where the real crucifixion takes place. This is where regeneration reaches its peak test and all that is not You dies in Consciousness. All that is You is born in Consciousness. Every test up to this has been for that purpose, to where you can know the Invisible Self that is not flesh as the only Self that exists.

Silence, (pause) …

Your false consciousness is the money bag that Judas carried. In this bag he threw all the objects that had some value to him. This money bag is a bag of memories, it’s the accumulated false consciousness we carry around with us, of all of our yesterdays. It’s the accumulation of concepts in the conditioned mind.

Get rid of your money bag. Get rid of your false consciousness which includes all of the defects and problems of human flesh by getting rid of the belief that the flesh itself is there. Look through it to the invisible, building blocks of atoms and then through them to the Invisible Spirit and you will see how human mind through world mind has distorted Purity into that which perishes without changing the genuine, original that is always invisibly present.

The importance of today is for you to know without doubt that your Father is perfect and your Father is everywhere without opposite and that whatever you see as imperfect exists only in your false consciousness and that when you fight and attack and defend, all of that is done only in your false consciousness. Step out of it. Enter the arena of Truth and let your Truth in Consciousness dispel the false human consciousness you entertain. When you drop your human consciousness and are in the Divine, you will know that Life is present and perfect without flaw.

I want you to learn to meet “There is no flesh.” This is where you make your true demonstration.

Silence, (pause) …

To clarify that, whatever is wrong, see that it exists in your false consciousness and nowhere else and then step out of that false consciousness, just like you step out of a garment that doesn’t fit. When you step out of it, you’re really seeing that the false consciousness has no real existence and all that it contains is equally untrue, unreal, un-present; only seeming to be. False appetites are in the false consciousness. Weaknesses, vulnerabilities, lacks, limitations, fear, false ambitions: all in the false consciousness. Death is in the false consciousness. Sickness is in the false consciousness. Every imperfection is in the false consciousness. All that is present is Divine Consciousness in which all is maintained Divinely and the false consciousness is the cosmic veil, the veil that separates us from the perfection of our own Being.

As you stand here, you’ll find you’re finding a link between time and eternity. You’re finding a pass-over from the false, mortal sense to Immortality, from the visible imperfection to the invisible, ever present Perfection. You’re being born into your own Reality.

The false consciousness and the human mind are almost identical. The human mind is that false consciousness if you include all that has made the human mind possible, if you include all of the past human minds you have had which have poured concepts into your bag, if you include all levels of that human mind, if you include the human levels of yesterday before you came into this form in a previous form. This accumulated concept of the human mind is the false consciousness giving you a past you did not have and veiling a present that you do have a Now, that is eternal.

The great difference is Life never becomes human form, never becomes human flesh, never becomes a mortal anything. In Gethsemane, I am Life.

We’re moving now out of Gethsemane. We don’t stand there forever. Once we prove that “I am he,” the soldiers can come and take us away. That’s happening in the mortal dream. They’re not taking I away and this is how you continue to live in the I, watching the human picture, unbowed and unwavering with unfalterable faith that you are I, for the final curtain has still to be lifted.

That which you are accepting that I am not human flesh, that there is no human flesh must be proved. And the way it is going to be proved is not your way or my way but the Father within has a way, a very joyous way. And that way is what we’re preparing to witness, the way in which the Father takes us beyond Gethsemane to say, “Son, you have lived the true Life, the knowledge that there is no flesh that dies. For I, the Creator create nothing that dies. And now, I will show you the reward of your faith. I will show you your real Body. I will show you a Temple that was not formed in the womb, not formed and not made by human hands. I will show you your Spiritual body and I will teach you to walk in it. But first, go to Gethsemane and then when you have stood fast, the Father who seeth in secret will reward thee openly.”

Let the soldiers take you. Don’t defend. Don’t defend against the problem. Don’t defend against nothing. Rest in identity and watch identity through Grace, through Love dissolve what never was there. Treat every problem that way.

The missing ingredient which we have all missed is Divine Love. First, to love the Divine is to give Love and then the Love you give you find you receive in abundance and you receive the quality of Divine Love expressing in you. Divine Love will lift you above every human adversary, every material adversary. The power of Divine Love will show you that every adversary is dissolved. But first, you must love the Divine which is the giving of the Love and then the Divine will return that Love to you multiplied. That missing ingredient. And every time you remember that is the missing ingredient, you will look right through the false consciousness which is presenting a conflict and know it is not aware of Divine Love. That is it’s real problem. It is separated from Divine Love and so it’s in fear. It’s in doubt. It’s in jeopardy. But once Divine Love is recognized as being invisibly present, the sunshine comes right through the blinds and all of the little dark crevices are lit up. The miracle worker is Divine Love recognized as omnipresent.

Why don’t you take that thought and see if you can pursue it, on your own, in certain circumstances that you either dwell with inwardly or meet in the outer but place that Divine Love there in your conscious knowledge because it is there invisibly waiting for yourself to recognize it as present.

In its presence, evil dissolves. Divine Love prevented the soldiers from laying hands on the man they came to take. Divine Love released every healing that appears in the Bible and a victim walked or talked or saw. Divine Love in you recognized, felt, accepted, is where Gethsemane leads you.

There’s more to say but see if you can say it this week inside yourself and we’ll all come prepared to experiment in areas unknown to us of Divine Love as we go through the tribulations of the trials before the high priest, loving them supremely as our neighbors.

Now your work is cut out again and it’s more difficult every week but I feel a softening of the shock. I feel that we’ve come to a place where we can place the areas of problem right where they belong, in that bag that Judas carried, in the false consciousness. And I feel we can learn to just rest outside of that false consciousness and watch that it’s becoming more effortless now to live in Truth. You may find that the hardest work has been done. You may be coming now on the other side of the mountain.

At any rate, we’re at a period now where more of the peace is coming and less of the climbing effort. I think you’re winning your stripes.

Divine Love, to dwell with the understanding that it is always present no matter what you see, those five points which are strong ones, and to dwell in the Gethsemane which stands firm on the truth that,“I am he.”

It’s quite a week’s work. You’ll find it’s probably ten year’s work. But it’s clarifying and all the activity reported to me indicates that something’s happening inside our group consciousness that is Light itself. Maybe it’s a sign that we’re moving out of time into eternity a little better. We just had to change our clocks in time.

Much love and thank you.

Good afternoon again.

I was just given the title of today’s meeting. It’s called “Preparation for Gethsemane.”

It’s not a lesson that we anticipated when we began living the Spiritual life. One way or another, we anticipated many wonderful things. We saw an accumulation of Goodness, of blotting out of evil. We saw Harmony and Happiness ahead for us. But this lesson today is the preparation for Gethsemane.

If we were to limit the actual universe to the inventions or discoveries of man, we wouldn’t have any heavenly bodies. We wouldn’t have any planets. And if we were to limit the function of these bodies to what man can comprehend, the world would end in one minute. It would be all over.

In order for the universe to function, it must function at a level beyond the comprehension of the human brain. And similarly, if man were to decide what is the best way for him to live under the present society, he would go out and do things that he has done which are outside the rhythm of God. He has no capacity to live inside the Spiritual rhythm of the universe through his brain.

He would never, for example, decide to learn how to walk in the Kingdom of Heaven the way the Father has planned it. The Divine plan is so different than anything you or I would have conceived. We would not, for example, have included the preparation for Gethsemane in our work. That’s the last thing we think of. It seems to be going in the wrong direction.

But the Father is always full of surprises and that is why the 15th verse of the 17th chapter is so surprising. We touched on it last week.

I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.”

And in that we find the Divine plan which is the preparation for Gethsemane.

Now to understand it, we have to see certain factors about our lives and bring them into sharp focus. I’m going to read to you certain statements of Jesus Christ about you. They’re all out of Mathew, Luke, maybe one in John, I don’t know.

After the resurrection, when Mary Magdalene finds Jesus Christ in the garden, he says to her, “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father,” and then he adds some words that are important to all of us, “and your Father; and to my God, and to your God.”

Now there, Jesus Christ concludes your Father and his Father as the same Father. “I ascend to my Father and to your Father.” These are the first instructions given to the disciples by Jesus Christ to Mary Magdalene to relay to the disciples. “I ascend to my Father and to your Father; to my God and to your God.”

And a little later, “Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.” The emphasis again is “your Father.” And so, the Wayshower is teaching us that his Father and your Father are the same Father.

Repeatedly, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven.”

Again, “Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.”

And therefore, After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.”

Always, you’re being taught that God is your Father.

But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Fear not, little flock; [for] it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

And again, “Thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.”

Now, every statement there is telling you that you are the son of God.

We have learned from the Scripture that the words spoken by Jesus are the words of God. “I say only that which I hear of the Father.”

And so, God says to you, to me, to our enemies, to every person who walks the earth, “The son of God is your real name.” Now, we have to take that into consciousness and we have to come to a place where we are living as the son of God.

And we say, “Well, I’m willing, I’m eager. And sometimes I’d like to remember that I’m supposed to do that but I always forget.” And the reason we forget is because we do not yet know what it is to be the son of God. We don’t really forget. We haven’t yet learned.

And so, we say, “Well, what is the son of God if that is who I am?”

And now, I want you to come back to a statement that you have studied again and again in one of Joel’s books and it’s the major acceptance of what is a son of God. These quotations come from “Beyond Words and Thoughts” in the tenth chapter called “Incorporeality” and it tells you what is a son of God so you know what you are, so that you are willing to accept what you are, not only as a name but as a fact and to accept the nature of your true Being.

Now, if you haven’t yet accepted incorporeality as the nature of the son of God, Joel firmly states as follows, you’ll find it on page 138 of “Beyond Words and Thoughts.”

Those on the mystical path must remove from thought the image-man, the corporeal man, the man who has physicality because that man is not the man of God’s creation.”

The man of physicality is not the son of God. You are the son of God and therefore, you are either going to continue living in the belief that you are physical, structural being or you are going to accept that because you are the son of God you are not physical, structural being.

We’re calling a spade a spade today because this is the preparation for Gethsemane. You are the son of God and therefore, not physical being and you have the word of Jesus Christ for it and you have the word of Joel Goldsmith for it and you have your own realization that it is true for it, too because by now there cannot be anyone who doubts this in our work.

Again, on page 140, 149 rather, of “Realization,” “There is,” no, this is in “Beyond Words and Thoughts,” remember, in “Incorporeality” chapter 10, “There is no corporeal creation! It is we who entertain a corporeal sense about an incorporeal creation!”

Again, on page 149, “When you are living out from incorporeality, you have attained the mystical consciousness out of which all form appears.”

And finally, I cannot be in that automobile on a crowded highway because I am nowhere between the head and the foot. I am not corporeal. I am incorporeal. I am Spiritual. I can stop worrying about the germs that cannot find me.

Now then, in answer to our question, “What is the son of God?” – the son of God is the non-physical, invisible, Spiritual Being who lives where God lives, who is one with God, who is the substance of God, who does not inhabit a human form, who does not inhabit a physical world. That is a son of God.

And the Christ, speaking in words that are clear, states that you are the son of God. And because you have not come to grips with that, there must be a Divine plan to make sure that you do and that is the 15th verse of the 17th chapter.

In the prayer of thanksgiving of Christ Jesus to the Father, in his high ecstasy of the Soul, he says to the Father, “Do not take them out of this world. Let them walk in this world which is not your Kingdom; but keep them from evil.”

And so, you will find that by exposure to the illusions of evil, you will develop your capacity to be the son of God. You must be exposed to that which is not in order for you to learn what is. The plan is that to develop your Spiritual consciousness, you must walk in the material world, developing your sensitivity to inner Truth, building your capacity to trust your invisible Self, learning that you are an invisible Being, learning that the son of God is never in danger, that the son of God is always under Divine law, learning that you can depend upon the qualities of Divine Sonship to move you through the illusions of evil that surround you.

And so, this is the plan as announced by the Christ. We are to build a consciousness of Spirit. We are to learn to trust our own Being to be whole, to be complete, to contain within itself the power of the Christ, the mind of the Christ, the presence of the Christ, the fullness of the Christ with nothing withheld. And therefore, to be a son of God involves the supreme test of proving that you are the son of God. You must prove that you are. You must prove the presence of God. You must prove the power of God. You must prove that you are the light of God.

It doesn’t say go into seclusion. It doesn’t say flee from the world. It doesn’t say leave your home, leave your occupation. It says walk amidst the evil illusion learning that it is not there and the way you will learn that is by fidelity to your own Spiritual Sonship. Fidelity to Christ, fidelity to the Truth that I am truly the son of God now. And therefore, I am prepared to walk through the world overcoming every illusion of evil, non-reacting to every illusion of evil, non-resisting every illusion of evil, faithful to the fact that I, Christ is my name, that I am invisible Being, that I never drive an automobile. I never sit in the theater. I never walk in a form. I am the invisible son of God. This must be practiced in every way you know how.

We must ultimately come to a place where we can say, “I not only have been able to understand but I have been able to live out of the knowledge that I am Divine Being, Divine Life, not human flesh, not encased in a human form, that I am invisible to all who look at me, that I am maintained by the mystical bread and wine which is the living Word of the Father.”

The word “ecstasy” in Greek means stepping outside of yourself and in some of the Far Eastern religions you will see the state of ecstasy often mentioned. It actually means stepping outside of your sense of physicality. The word “ecstasis,” to step outside of self, to step outside of the concept and this cannot be done without continuous practice, conscious practice, conscious awareness that if I am not stepping outside of the concept called form, outside of the concept called matter, outside of the concept called world, I am not being the son of God.

And that is why the evil illusions must appear here. They force you to accept the challenge, to make the test, to wake up, to wake up to the invisible Power that is ever present, the invisible Life that is untouched, the invisible Self that can never be destroyed. They force you to prove that you are what the Christ says you are. They force you to be your Self and if you’re not willing to be your Self, you’re crushed in the process. It is the Father’s will that you be the son of God.

Now then, you know the plan is to make you be the son of God consciously and so, you know why the illusions must appear as evil forms, evil persons, evil things, evil conditions because they can only be overcome by the knowledge that you are the living Christ, immune to all that appears to be evil and even when you’re caught in it, having let down your guard in some way, the antidote is always, “I am the living son of God. I must rest in that Consciousness.” And that Self is not the form that had the problem. That Self is never in a condition or a situation. That Self is never in a crack-up on a freeway. And that Self I am.

And when you do this, you’re out of the usual sense comforts that you’re accustomed to. You can’t find a place to rest. The Son of man, the son of God has no place to lay his head. It’s all rather strange until you feel the quickening and then the strangeness disappears and you find you’re on a different level. It’s slow before the Light really kindles and then that inner explosion and you know you have been lifted up. And you must be patient because it isn’t a day, it isn’t a week, it isn’t a month. If you haven’t been practicing “I am the invisible son of God,” you’ve got months ahead of you. For some, years ahead of you. For those who’ve been trying, you may find that you have already experienced that Living sonship without any doubt in your thought to the point where you can really have the confidence that you are the living son of God.

All of this is to prepare you for that total trust, that total faith, that here, now is the full power of Divine Love. Wherever I go is the full power of Divine Love omnipresent and you must prepare again and again and again and continuously until that total conviction is yours.

They are not in the world. “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”

Now, when we are told that the disciples are “not of the world,” that we are “not of the world,” there’s another way to say it and it isn’t shattering if you have accepted your Self to be the son of God. You cannot be of the world because there is none. There is no world anymore than there was a human self. The human self is our corporeal sense about the incorporeal Divine Self that we are. The world is our corporeal sense about the invisible, incorporeal Divine Kingdom that is. And so, the sons of God are not of the world because they know there is no world and being the sons of God, they live where God lives in the Kingdom of God and that Kingdom is perfect. The sons of God therefore live in the invisible perfection of God’s Kingdom, accepting it as the only present Reality and are non-resistant to the non-reality.

Not of the world.”

Now, you remember that at the beginning of the Christ mission, the disciples were promised, “If you follow me, Heaven will open up.” In a larger sense, the whole New Testament is saying that it is possible and necessary for one individual, whoever he is, to bring together all his disciples into a Wholeness so that now, the disciples no longer are human beings. And Jesus Christ is the example or the symbol of your Self gathering together your inner disciples into a Oneness until you are a whole Being. And when you are a whole Being, you’re prepared for the full test of Gethsemane.

Every character in the Bible is within you. You are the son of God and the characters in the Bible are the undeveloped Divine qualities within you, waiting for you to bring them into fullness to prove you are the son of God, to prove you are whole being.

And so, now we are told we will walk through the illusions of evil as part of our trial but we must know we are not of the world. We must be awake to our Invisible Self. And so, you’re walking in the visible to the world but in the consciousness of your Invisible Self. Try it now and you’ll see what I mean. In your Invisible Self you are like the Father who has no visible shape, no heart, no lungs, no brain, no physical structure and I and the Father are one and so I invisibly have no heart, no lungs, no brain, no physical structure and I must be willing to surrender all my concepts about physicality to be in the Consciousness of the Invisible Self that I am.

As you develop this capacity, you find you’re building the awareness of Peace, of Tranquility, of Trust, of Assurance. All of these are the opening of the inner eyes that Christ Consciousness may enter in. The surrender of the human selfhood, the surrender of the human self is the sacrifice called upon to those who accept that I am the son of God. The son of God refuses to be a human self.

And so, very few walk this path, even those who have studied many years because now they’re being prepared for something they didn’t anticipate and at this level, all of the flaws show up. All of the fears, all of the doubts, all of the places where you found that you didn’t have the time to practice your meditation, your communion, your study. This all shows up at this particular point. It also shows up for those who have done their work for they find that even though the ground beneath them isn’t there, they’re walking on the steadiness of their own Consciousness. They can feel the great adventure of walking in the Invisible.

They’re saying, “Father, I trust your Omnipresence wherever I go. I trust your Power to be the only and I know it is Good power and I trust my own Selfhood to embrace every Divine power without any human effort on my part to make it so. I am not of the world.”

We’ve been so far away from ourselves that coming back home seems strange and yet, continued practice of this invisible Selfhood does produce a feeling of well-being, of rightness and ultimately a complete at-homeness in your Invisible Self so that you can see the outer form is nothing but a vehicle which expresses your inner Consciousness.

In this Consciousness, your Invisible Self is the only Self in the universe. There is no other. All are the one, invisible Self. No matter what forms you see, they are your Invisible Self because the invisible Self of Christ is the only Infinite Son of the Father. Wherever you are going, the forms make no difference when you train yourself to let them make no difference because the Invisible Self where every form is, is your Invisible Self. Everywhere is your Invisible Self undivided, unseparated, always one with the Father, always being the perfect expression of God. Nothing changes it. Nothing in the visible changes your perfect, invisible Self.

And as we develop this Consciousness, we can accept the next verse, the next statement of the Christ. He says to the Father, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

And the word “sanctify” now opens another doorway. To sanctify is to make you into a saint. I don’t think you had any idea of becoming a saint. But the son of God is a saint.

On the pathway to Sonship realized, you must pass through sainthood. Do you see why we are to be without blemish? This is the call to sainthood. And even though none of us have reached the place where we thought of it that way, that we’re being called to sainthood, this is why we must learn to walk in our Invisible Self as a living son of God.

The next step in your development out of humanhood is sainthood. These men Paul and John weren’t named saints because they were good human beings; it’s because they had passed through the portals of the visible, physical sense of life. Not by death but by surrender of the human sense of self into Spiritual sonship which is sainthood.

Sanctify them.” Reveal the Divine nature of their Being.

There’s a place in Corinthians. 1 Corinthians, 1:2. A very strange statement which we all overlook even though it happened so frequently that we read it and never see it. There it has been all these years about sainthood. Right at the beginning of 1 Corinthians.

Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Christ Jesus our Lord, both their’s and our’s: Grace be unto you.”

Called to be saints.”

This is Paul saying that to the people that he is teaching in the city of Corinth. We have been “Called to be saints.”

The funny thing is that it’s in John, too, in the first chapter of John, right at the beginning. We have here in the first chapter, the twelfth and thirteenth verse, “Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

And so, to sanctify, to call unto sainthood, is to reveal that you were not born of the flesh. You were not born of blood. You were not born of the will of the flesh nor the will of man. And so, the son of God is not born of flesh, is not born of the human processes but is born of God,

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,”

Again, the sanctification then of you is to reveal what your human brain did not know that you were not born of the flesh. You were not born of the will of your parents. You were born before the form and you were born of God. That is why you are called the son of God.

And now these words, buried for most people in the Bible are coming up and demanding of us that we be what we are, born of God, not of the flesh.

Again, in 1 Peter, the 22nd verse of the very first chapter. All of this to support this moment in preparation for Gethsemane.

Now, there are several verses here that are important.

In 1 Peter 1, 22nd on to the 25th, “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is [as] grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, [and] the flower thereof falleth away: But the word,” and the that’s the Word of which we are born, “the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”

The corruptible seed then was the belief that we were born into form. The incorruptible is the correction that we were born of God, not of corruptible seed; that we are now the son of God, Spirit, which is not visible to human eyes and therefore, we are Invisible Self – now.

This is the meaning of “Sanctify them.” Reveal to them, my disciples, that they are not visible flesh. They were immaculately conceived of God, of his Spirit. They are sons of God. They like I, are not of the world though they think they are.

You and I, who have thought we were of the world, born of the flesh, of the will of our parents, must learn that we are invisible Being, Divine, born of God, living under the government of God and this revelation, brought home to us to the point of realization, is the sanctification of the Self.

As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.”

The Father sends the Christ into the world. The Christ, in the disciples, sends the disciples into the world but how was I sent into the world?

As Thou has sent me into the world…. I have sent them.”

Christ Jesus was revealed to be born of a Virgin. In other words, not born of the flesh, immaculately conceived. Christ Jesus was immaculately conceived and said, “As you sent me into the world,,,, I have sent them.

Whoever receives Christ within is Immaculately conceived. The moment you are in the realization that Christ is your name, you know that you were Immaculately conceived. This is the meaning.

When you accept sonship as a way of Life, you accept that you were Immaculately conceived and therefore, mortality becomes a myth. Death becomes an impossibility. All illness becomes an impossibility. All lack and limitation becomes an impossibility because there is no evil or error in the son of God and you look at all evil and error as an impossibility in your Being. This drives the wedge between our previous acceptance of evils and errors that we had to remove, preparing us to see that these are not to be removed. They have never made contact with my Being. They have only made contact with my fleshly sense of self. And when I rest in my Being, my fleshly sense of self benefits through the surge of all of the Divine qualities of my Being into the visible world.

Now you remember when Joel wrote about the fact that we all want things. We want health. We want peace. We want supply. We want possessions. But he said but you can’t have the things without the fabric. Now in the human sense, we have the things. We’re sure we have them but they are corruptible. They’re transient.

In the Divine, when you are the son of God, you are the fabric itself and then from the fabric of your Being all things are added. And those things that are added from your fabric are different than those things that are built out of the world mind fabric. As the son of God, your fabric is the substance of God and the qualities of that Substance build into the visible as an expression of the Divine, those things which are ordained of the Father. Grace made visible becomes form built of the fabric of Reality and these things are not taken away. These things fulfill a Divine purpose. These things are ordained. “The Father who seeth in secret rewards thee openly.”

And so, there’s a different thing that happens between the things you have of the world mind and the things you have of the Spirit. Ostensibly they might appear to be the same but one can be taken away and one cannot. One can appear momentarily and yet not fulfill a function and the other always does fulfill a function.

And then the qualities of your Substance are your real protection, your real safety. Your real sword is no longer a pointed piece of steel; your real sword is your Spirit. Your real supply is no longer your dollars or your investments; your real supply is your living Consciousness. Your health isn’t the chart of the doctor or today’s thermometer telling you that your temperature is just right. Your health is Divine Sonship made visible as the health of your countenance.

There’s no fluctuation in the Divine qualities. They do not depend upon the whims of the world. The Word made flesh is different than just the mind of the world made flesh.

Sanctify them.” Reveal their Divine essence. Reveal that Grace is functioning in their Divine Sonship. Reveal that they really are the son of God and as such, they really are Eternal Being. They really are forever. They really are beyond all of the evils of this world even though they would appear to be walking amidst them. They are on Holy Ground in the conscious knowledge of that Divine sonship practiced day in and day out. Prepare them for sainthood. Reveal to them the body of the Soul. Reveal to them the invisible body which we all share as the one Christ.

To be sanctified is the ultimate preparation for Gethsemane. For in Gethsemane you’ll find the All-power as the only power and you rest upon it. Everyone walks to Gethsemane. No one is excluded. Each must present himself as a total human sacrifice willing to depend completely on Divine Sonship as the only protection. And as you pass that moment, successfully, that is the moment when you know your Eternal Self.

Now, we are all to be sanctified if we are willing to take the steps of living in our invisible Selfhood, trusting it, understanding it, building our awareness of what it means, letting the Spirit expand our awareness of who we are, what qualities we contain, letting the Spirit reveal the wholeness of our Being. If we take these steps, if we practice faithfully, we are to be sanctified which means the full, total realization of Oneness.

Glorify Thou me Father with Thy name which was mine before the foundations of the world.”

This glorification is the sanctification, the knowledge of who you are unshakable, revealed to you. The inner robe. The ring. That total confidence which needs no more words, no more signs, no more demonstrations.

You can say, “I AM THAT I AM.”

This sanctification awaits all of us and the prerequisite is to be You now the living son of God walking in the invisible universe in your invisible Body. Practiced daily.

For their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.”

We have a Way-shower who did this first. Even saintliness is just a phase. It’s the fifth world but in your saintliness, you’ll find the total fidelity to the will of God in you. Only the saint lives totally in the will of God and that’s why he’s called a saint. We’re learning to live totally in the will of God.

When you’re out of the rhythm of God, out of the Spiritual rhythm, you’re in a state of conflict. Many levels of your consciousness unknown to you are fighting against themselves, fighting against the Divine force. You feel these moments of unrest when you can’t put your finger on what’s wrong and yet, you’re not quite where you want to be. Something’s wrong and you don’t know why and you don’t even know what it is. Sometimes many things.

But suddenly there’s a moment when everything seems right. It’s when you find that Spiritual rhythm again. When you’re running not through your own will but in the will of the Father.

And this walking in the illusions of evil invisibly as the Self that is the Self of All, this being the Divine son, this willingness to accept the words of the Christ that you are, all this is bringing you back, restoring you to your Spiritual rhythm so that you and the force of the universe are one; where there’s no shadow between you and God; where there’s no seam, there’s no second. But I and the Father, one Invisible Self.

In Hebrews, we have something rather interesting along these lines. Into the 10th chapter and the fourth verse, then it goes to the ninth and tenth verse.

First, Paul tells his students, Hebrews 10:4 “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.”

Then he goes on in the ninth and tenth verse. Then, he said, “He,” referring to Christ, “Lo, I come to do the will of God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.”

See what that means? As you enter the knowledge that you are the son of God, the first is being taken away. You thought you were the human being.

He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.”

It’s the surrender of the first, the human sense of self, the acceptance of the second, the Divine, Invisible Self. “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Each accepts the invisible Christ body. This is the sanctification.

In our meditation now, let us hold to this Truth of the invisible nature of your Being, that you can never be two and when you’re not being the son of God, you’re not being your Self.

The son of God is never visible. The son of God is never corporeal, never in a physical form, never in the world. Always in the Kingdom of God where earth appears to be; always in the body of Light where physical form appears to be. And because your five senses cannot cognize that fact, you must transcend the five senses, accepting the Word of the Christ which says it is so. And so, you’re living beyond the capacity of your senses in your acceptance. You’re not living in your universe to what your senses or your brain can tell you. You’re accepting, with trust, the words of the Christ that you are that Invisible son now as the disciples were told; that they were not of the world; that they were to be sanctified; that they were Divine; that they were like Jesus Christ, the Son of God; that God was truly their Father just as God was his Father and that we now accept our perfection as the sons of God.

Be ye perfect as your Father.”

Your Father’s perfection lies in the fact that there is no power other than the power of God. Your perfection lies in the fact that the power of God is the power of the Son and beside the power of your Sonship there is no other power. Beside the mind of your Sonship there is no other mind. And that mind being perfect and all-intelligent, all action of that mind is equally perfect and all-intelligent. And all action that is not perfect and all-intelligent is as much an illusion as the evils that you see around you. All that is not perfect as your Father is the illusion of the senses. There is nothing but perfection present in the invisible Kingdom of God and the visible world is but a distorted mental image of that invisible, ever present Perfection.

The Perfection never goes away. The Spiritual reality never disappears. The Sonship never changes. It’s a matter of getting accustomed to living as that invisible Son in that invisible Perfection and looking out at the world with no fear or doubt or need to change what appears; knowing that your Substance realized makes all the necessary adjustments.

Your substance realized is the invisible, miracle worker of Grace. It’s only when you realize your identity as Divine Son, Divine Life, Divine Substance, Divine Being that the adjustments are made. They cannot be made except through your conscious awareness of your identity.

But when you are in that conscious awareness, without sword, without might, without power, without manipulation, your very own Being removes the distorted sense appearances and reveals the harmony of your Being. It is effortless. The only effort is in being your Self.

– End of Side One —-

Now continue the lesson we took with us for practice during the week which many of you may have forgotten, about resting in Oneness so that you live in an uninterrupted state of Oneness.

As one new person came into your life, you transferred your conscious awareness of Christ from your Self to that individual so that you still lived in the One Self. Now, that’s what we’re doing at this moment. We’re trying to know that though there are forty or fifty forms present here, that only your Invisible Self is present here. And that’s the realization of Oneness to maintain.

So that as you turn from one friend to another, you’re never changing your conscious awareness of that one invisible Self of each individual. Wherever I go, only the one invisible Self is present. This is the one body of Christ.

The importance of this cannot be over-stressed. Whoever attains the ability to rest consciously in the one invisible Self regardless of what they’re doing will find the law of Grace is the law of everything they’re doing. You can’t put in too much time on this. There’s no sacrifice too great; to consciously know that though I speak to male or female, I am speaking to the one invisible Self.

Always to turn from that that you see before you to the next one who comes before you but never really to turn. It’s always the Invisible Self of you and that Invisible Self of you is always the Invisible Self of the friend you greeted or the enemy who stood before you. There is only that Invisible Self. You must claim it and live in it consciously. This is all part of the pathway to the sanctification.

And so, we should be, even when we listen to a talk, even when we go to a theater, no matter what we do, always we never step out of the realization that one invisible Self is where all of the forms appear to be. And that Invisible Self, I always accept to be my only Self. All of this is your silent work. It’s almost the same as world work, the knowledge of the one, infinite, invisible Self as your Self.

When you are sanctified, nothing happens to you for you are always the son of God. The sanctification mentioned here is the revelation that God individualizes as your Selfhood even before you come into form. The Selfhood of God is your individualization. The revelation of that is the sanctification. The acceptance of it is the preparation for the realization of it.

Neither pray I for these alone,” just these handful, just these eleven. Neither pray I just for the eleven qualities of God in the midst of me but for all qualities to be brought up to their fullness in my consciousness. “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word.”

The Word in you is Christ. Through your Word. Your belief in the Christ of you brings you into the same Oneness and sanctification as the disciples in the time of Jesus. This is the preparation so that your knowledge of Christ in you is automatically your knowledge of Christ in those you will meet that day.

And so, I Christ pray or prepare the way. The harmony of Christ in you becomes the Harmony of your relationships as you accept your one, invisible Self not as a limited invisible self where you stand but as the one Infinite Invisible Self.

Your Self, being everywhere, that acceptance brings into play Christ going before you, preparing the way. As the form moves in the visible, the Invisible everywhere Christ Self of you accepted, prepares the way in every other form that will be in association with you.

We do not drop our realization of Oneness for a second. We do not step out of Life, for that is Life. And the more you’re conscious of it, the more you’ll discover you have found that dimension which was lacking in all your previous years. The missing dimension was my conscious awareness that I am the one invisible Self of the universe. And it doesn’t matter where I turn. It is still I, functioning, present and perfect and always the only Power. That is how you realize Oneness and that Oneness manifests as the Grace of the Father in your Presence.

That they may all be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”

The repetition of “Thou has sent me” again and again and again for you to know that only Christ is sent. Only Christ is of the Father. That which is sent of the Father is Christ and only Christ. Only the invisible Self of Spirit is sent and if you’re not in contact with that invisible Self of Spirit, you’re not in contact with that which is of the Father. You’re separated.

We’re learning to worship God within ourselves as our very own Selfhood and that God is invisible, incorporeal and I, that son of God am invisible, incorporeal, without boundaries, without visible form, without visible shape, without visible substance. You’re taking yourself out of the body image and resting in your Infinity. And we can learn to do this to the degree that we’re more at home in our invisible Infinity than in a body image.

That we may all be One.

And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one.”

Christ which is one with the Father says, “You are one with the Father for I have given you that glory” meaning I am Christ in you. You are assured that Christ is in you for you have that glory. It says, “I have given them that glory.” Christ in you is an established Truth of your Being.

Now, we don’t want to ignore these words which are beyond our own mind level but come to us from the Christ mind level because they are the eyes we need to take us beyond our own horizons.

We do not know that we are one invisible Body but we are told it by the Christ and so we follow the Christ which means we accept we are one invisible Body. But we’re not another body. We’re not a second body. We are one invisible body and when you drop the awareness of that, you’re back in a second body which is not a body, which is not sustained. That’s why the organs of our body can go wrong. They are separated from the one invisible Body. They’re not controlled by God. They’re controlled by the world mind. But when you’re in your one invisible Body in Consciousness, you find even the organs of your body are no longer controlled by the world mind. They are controlled by God. The power of your Spiritual Selfhood controls the organs of your body when you are not accepting yourself to be that very body in which those organs can be controlled by the Spirit. You must step out of the belief of it.

Realization of Oneness, now, is revealed to be a conscious attitude, a way of life lived in until it becomes an old shoe, a way that you’re accustomed to. Not something new or shocking or something you heard about and you’re going to try someday but something you’re doing all the time and always holding the thread of Oneness – that I and that Invisible Self, while you’re shaking hands with a prospect, while you’re saying to the butcher, “I’ll have two pounds of that”; while you’re saying to the delivery man, “Thank you for this.” Always, the words that are coming out of your mouth are not what your consciousness is saying within you. You’re saying “I am the Invisible Self of every individual I shake hands with, or talk to, or address in any way. I am that One. That One I am that is everywhere. I will not let go of that Oneness. And that one is invisible Spirit. That one is the Christ. That One is the child of God, one with the Father and that One I am everywhere no matter what forms come in to my consciousness visibly.”

Never dropping that thread of the One builds your awareness, sensitivity, consciousness until finally, the Essence itself is realized and that’s the substance or the fabric of all things. That Essence realized can give you all the forms that you will ever need out of the infinite reservoir of Spirit and they will pour forth in profusion. They will move mountains. They can do anything required if you are in invisible Oneness with the Selfhood of God everywhere. No longer divided.

I in them, [and] thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”

Always, he who was called Jesus Christ emphasizes that he is not the exception; that the power he demonstrated is the universal Power in everyone.

[That thou] hast loved them as thou has loved me.”

The universal nature of Sonship is stressed so that you can never make the mistake of religion in worshipping Jesus Christ as the one and only Son of God. That is a tragic error and it is equally a tragic error to assume that a mortal being is going to become an Immortal one or that a material being is going to become a Spiritual being.

We are being told that the Father loves us and the Father has said, “Cease ye from man.” The Father has said, “I am no respecter of persons.” The Father doesn’t love a mortal being. The Father loves you because you are his son and his son is an immortal Being now. When you’re told the Father loves you, you are being told you are the son of God again in another way.

And you’ll find that hidden in all of the words is the constant reiteration that you are my Son. When you take that to heart, all human heredity is thrown out the window. That’s why Jesus had to overcome the sense of human heredity.

I am the son of God and for lifetime after lifetime, man has been saying, “I am not the son of God.” And he’s been suffering for it. And this handful who can come to the realization, “But I am what they say I am” will not suffer for it but will accept Divine heredity as the fact of life now and with it, all that Divine heredity embraces. The Father’s life passed on to you as your Life doesn’t include susceptibility to any problems on this earth and your problems therefore are based on the false assumption that you are not the child of God.

Correction in consciousness practiced, shows that all evil in the world is impossible. Evil is not here. The son of God is here. That is the glory of the Father in you, in your Oneness.

Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.”

Now, when the Christ says, “Father I [wouldst] that they be with me where I am,” this is the will of God expressing. The will of God expressing as Christ says, “I want you to be where Christ Jesus is.” That’s the will of God expressing and you either fulfill that will and you’re in the rhythm of Spirit or you refuse to, through ignorance or otherwise. And if you are to be where Jesus Christ is, it doesn’t mean tomorrow. The son of God is where Jesus Christ is now. There’s only one way you can be where I am. I am in the Kingdom of God.

Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am.”

I, Christ am in the Kingdom of God and I will that you be with me, in the Kingdom of God. Now, you try to enter the Kingdom of God in that form that you call your body. You cannot be with Christ in that form.

I will that they…. be with me where I am.”

You can only enter the Kingdom of God by relinquishing the belief in the form. And the will of the Father is that you do just that for there’s no other way for you to be where Christ is, out of the form concept.

Now, if you’re not in the form and are in the Kingdom of God where Christ is, it’s because that is who you are. That is who the son of God is. You see how you’re getting ready for Gethsemane? If you’re in the Kingdom of God, out of the form, can you be in Gethsemane, too? Gethsemane is a place. You can find it on the map. It’s a physical place.

But “Father I will that they…. be with me where I am.” He had previously said, “I am not in the world.” Pretty soon, there’s no one where you are to be in Gethsemane. That’s your preparation for it. You withdraw from the physical sense of life as you build the Spiritual awareness of identity.

That they may behold my glory.”

To behold the glory of Christ is to behold the glory of your own Being as incorporeal, invisible, eternal Self and it’s all about now; behind the atom; behind the world; behind the images of the mind. He’s taking us into the realization that you can and must learn how to step out of the mind universe. The universe of the mind is this world. The universe of the Kingdom of God is all that is here where the mind sees this world and only the son of God in you is no longer dominated by this world. This is a now possibility and soon becomes a now must.

Righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.”

There’s a world meaning behind that. “Righteous Father, the world has not known thee.” “[God,] the world has not known thee.” God is Life. The world has not known Life. He is saying, “The world is dead,” and the world says. “God is dead.”

The world has not known God. The world has not known Life. Religion has not known God. Mankind has not known God. You see the meaning of raise the dead? Those who do not know God do not know Life and they are dead and to raise the dead is to lift us into the knowledge of Life, into the knowledge of God. And that knowledge is that I am the son of God. Then, I know Life. I know the Father. To know the God aright is to know the son which is God in you. God in you is the son of God. And you can only know God aright through knowing God in you which is the son of God or Christ. That’s why it is said that only through Christ can you know God.

The world has not known thee: but I have known thee.” I, Christ have known Thee.

And when you know Christ in yourself, you are coming alive. You are stepping out of death into Life. You are stepping out of mortality. To walk in your invisible Self is coming alive.

I have known thee, [and] these have known [thee,]that thou hast sent me.”

Again, Christ is sent. You must know Christ to know God. You must know Christ in you to know God. You must know the son of God is your name and then you know God in you which is Christ.

And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

The Christ will continue to declare it through you. “I will continue to declare Thy name.”

The name of God is Christ in You. The name of God is your identity. The individualization of God in You, Christ, is the name that Christ declares all the time and will continue to declare it so that as you come into your acceptance and you’re living in the invisible Self, you will show forth the fruits which are the declaration that is the continuation of declaring it. You will declare it. I, Christ in you, through the fruitage of your living in your invisible Selfhood continue to declare to the world my Presence.

And so, the 17th chapter is over. It is the preparation that everyone goes through to come to the realization of Self. That Self which now, when you realize it, enables you to walk out into your Gethsemane where you’re ready to surrender your total humanhood. The supreme trial of saying, “I am ready to give up humanhood, mortality, the dying self, the dying form and live in the living form, the living Self, the living Kingdom.” That’s Gethsemane.

All of this is preparation for the moment of total surrender where you become a human sacrifice to accept your Divine Being. That’s why we don’t give away bulls and goats or pigeons or tithes or make promises or little sacrifices. The only sacrifice is the sacrifice of the human selfhood. Few that be who enter that straight gate.

And so, the Way-shower is about to do just that and the disciples are going to make many mistakes in that process and that’s where we’re going to learn how we, too faced with similar circumstances this day would react pretty much the same and through their errors, we can correct our own potential errors and eventually come into the full acceptance, the full Spiritual maturity of being Immaculately conceived and never otherwise.

We are drawing all our inner disciples now together to come to a place of Wholeness where I can say, “I am the son of God and there are no human remnants. This is my name.” And then for you, Gethsemane is your next step.

Now, your Gethsemane won’t be next Sunday. It might not happen in this lifetime for some. It might be five years ahead for others. It really is an everyday event. Every day is Gethsemane if you’re living as the son of God. Every day, you’re proving that you need no defense in this universe except your own identity. And so, Gethsemane actually is the daily experience of trusting your identity to be Self-sustaining.

You’ve started and now we will reach a climax in this understanding of the Self-sustaining son of God that I am who needs no outer assistance. All flows forth from the very web of your Being.

Again, this week, deepen your conscious awareness that I will maintain the thread of one, invisible Self in every personal relationship throughout the day. The telephone won’t surprise me into finding Mary on the line. It’s the One Self I’ll be talking to even if it wants to call itself Mary and the doorbell won’t surprise me. The only one who’s going to be there is the Invisible, one Self and everything you do, everywhere you go, hold on to your Invisible, one Self as the only identity there. Don’t lose the thread of Oneness. You’ll find it very valuable in the final realization that I am the living Son.

He promised them Heaven if they would follow him. They had followed him and now he’s taking them into his own apparent death in Gethsemane but you know he promised them Heaven. The turn of events is most amazing. It is the way to Heaven, the complete annihilation of the human concept of life.

Now, we are all the One this minute. No matter where you go, how much distance seems to separate us, we will still be that One and that will always be the fact of your Life. No matter where you go, no matter whom you seem to be separated from or whom you seem to be with, only the invisible One will be your name forever. That is your eternal and only Self. That is the reason through Christ Jesus we are told “Call no man your Father….but be [ye] perfect as your Father,” the One Invisible Self. This is where the consciousness must rest.

And so, as we were told at the beginning, we were today discussing the preparation for Gethsemane. One Self.

You might again look at chapter 11. We’re not going to do it next week. We’re going right into Gethsemane. There are some things in it that might help you in the “Realization of Oneness” in chapter 11. We’ll go into chapter 18 in John this coming Sunday.

Thank you.

Let us try in this lesson today that we’re receiving from the 17th chapter of John, not to try to cram our minds with too many facts but rather to feel the essence of what John is communicating to us about this Soul communion of Jesus. He is turned from the disciples. He is communing within with the Father and we are privileged to watch through the eyes of John, through his Soul vision, that inner communion of Jesus with the Father so that actually we are witness to that which takes place within ourselves between Christ and the Father.

I,” says the Christ, “have manifested thy name.” And that word manifest, we must understand. “I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.”

Now, the importance of this verse is that there is no exoteric, orthodox religion on the earth that has understood it, in spite of the fact that it is uttered by Jesus Christ.

I have manifested thy name.”

The Christ is telling us that “I did not go around healing the world. I did not heal disease. I did not calm the storm. I did not walk upon water. I did none of the things that the world says I do. I did none of the things that religion will worship me for. I did one thing. I manifested Thy name. I, in the midst of you manifested the name of God on the earth.”

You cannot manifest that which is not there. When you manifest Wholeness, it must be there. When you manifest Harmony, it must be there. You do not create it. You manifest what is there. When Christ appearing as Jesus walks the earth and manifests Wholeness and Harmony and Peace and Truth and Oneness, he is manifesting that which is invisible to human eyes but is present.

I have manifested the Kingdom of God on earth. I have manifested Thy name. Thy name is God, the Kingdom of God, the presence of God, the virtues, the qualities of God. I have manifested on the earth. They were there always. They are here now and only I manifest them.”

Now, then, no person manifested the name or the qualities or the character of God. I in you alone can manifest the invisible Kingdom of God. There is an invisible Kingdom and “I, in the midst of you” can manifest it and no one else. You have no power humanly to do it. No human authority has power to do it. The human mind has no power to do it. “I, in the midst of thee.”

And so, the emphasis is that until and unless you find “I, in the midst of you,” you cannot walk here in the invisible Kingdom of God but when you have learned how to be lifted into I, then “I, in the midst of you,” walking here in the Kingdom of God will manifest that Kingdom where you stand.

I, Christ in the disciples, manifested to them the Kingdom of God. I, Christ in Jesus walked the earth revealing Wholeness where the world saw sickness, revealing Health where the world saw suffering, revealing Perfection where the world saw imperfection, revealing Abundance where the world saw lack and this Abundance, this Health, this Perfection, this Life without end, invisibly is ever present awaiting your recognition through Christ in you.

Now, when we awaken to this, we are no longer dead to Christ but awake to Christ. Awake to the miracle of I, Christ in the midst; awake to the fact that God lives here, not up there. We are being opened to I, Christ in the midst by the very Christ itself, saying that, “Where you walk is the full, perfect Kingdom of God.”

I have manifested the name of God on earth. I have revealed the Invisible for all who can follow that same invisible Perfection is available now.”

Unto the men which thou gavest me.”

Very few were given to Christ then and the giving is that Love of the Father draws those who are seeking Truth to the Father. The drawing of Love which pulls you into the quest for Truth and ultimately to the discovery of Christ Self is the Father giving to Christ.

Those thou gavest me.”

And as you feel yourself drawn to a search for identity, this is the magnetism of Divine Love so that no matter how faint you grow along the way, this Love leads you, sustains you, strengthens you, enlightens you and ultimately reveals itself to you as your own Self.

These thou gavest me.”

And gavest also implies that these are those who have been taught by God. The teaching is given by God through Christ. “They shall all be taught by God.” And these disciples, learning directly from Christ are learning from God for Christ is the individualization of God within themselves. We, too shall be taught by God and are being taught by God as we listen to the inner Christ who receives of the Father. This is God giving us enlightenment, sustaining us, leading us, opening our inner eyes, taking us behind a veil of the senses, behind the beginning of life and the end of life into that place where there is no beginning and no end.

And now, these few, these early pilgrims, are for signs and wonders to us, examples in other words. These have been trained. These are opening their eyes. These God gave to the Christ to show man. More will follow.

Thine they were”

Was Peter any more God’s than you or I? Was John any more God’s than anyone else on this earth? “Thine they were” because the substance of God is the substance of that which we call man. The substance of God being the substance of the disciples, “Thine they were.” The substance of you and I, being the substance of God, we are of God. And that substance we’re coming to know better and better as the I in the midst is lifted up, for this is part of the invisible revelation that you are the living substance of God.

Thine they were.”

The Father’s you are. Whatever is true of anyone on this earth, whatever is true of them is true of everyone. There’s no special Truth for any particular one. We are being taught the universality of God’s substance called Christ.

Thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.”

They have kept the Word in the presence of Jesus. They have been sustained by that external presence. They don’t all keep the Word when Jesus leaves them but they must learn to, as we must. The keeping of the Word is obedience to the inner Self. In many ways, more than just “I am the Christ.” If we are merely saying, “I am the Christ,” we’re not keeping the Word. To keep the Word is to recognize Christ in All. There can be no place where you do not recognize Christ if you are keeping the Word. And the disciples, in the presence of Jesus, were learning to keep the Word and now he’s going to teach them how to keep the Word in his absence.

We can all keep the Word pretty well when things are going good. That’s easy. We can feel we are specially endowed. But to keep the Word through times of stress is even more important because that is a true test. And as the degrees of stress are heightened, this becomes even a greater test so that we who have accepted Christ identity for all must learn to look out upon a world which shows nothing of the Christ to the human eye and yet, we must reconcile that world without, to the Kingdom within, knowing always that there stands not a sinner, not a drug addict, not an alcoholic, not a murderer, not a good person, not a saint. There stands always the invisible Christ.

Today, we’re going to strengthen that understanding because without it, we’re not ready for the important journey into Life outside of form and this we must make. We must become conscious of the Christ everywhere. We must become aware, so aware that we never fall out of Oneness and that is not through reading. That is not through conversation or memory. Never to fall out of Oneness is a practice, a practice you inculcate, remain with, dwell with, abide with, under every form of tribulation. Oneness maintained is the requirement of keeping the Word.

Now, the disciples have to some extent kept the Word because it was easy for them to do so. They had a living Master walking beside them. None of us have a living Master walking beside us and so what are we going to do about it. We’re going to do precisely what he’s training them to do; to find the Master walking within us, who will teach us the way to never fall out of Oneness, to maintain a perpetual contact with the Infinite.

Now, he’s establishing “I have revealed to these the invisible Kingdom of God on earth and the identity of every man as the Christ. At this moment they are living it as best they know how.”

What are they being prepared for? Why couldn’t they just go back to their occupations, do their jobs, live their domestic lives and raise their families? What is this preparation? Why are we even doing this? Why can’t we just go out and get jobs and stay with them and build our houses, take our trips, enjoy our lives? What is the mystery behind this unrest that forces us to go deeper?

It is that somewhere deep within us, we cannot accept the transiency of life. We cannot accept the ending. We cannot accept putting forth our best efforts to attain, knowing that that attainment is going to be temporary; knowing that at the very height of any human nobility there must also be a depth. Something doesn’t stack up right in our minds about that and this is what presses us on until we find that there is an eternal Self. And having found that there is an eternal Self, even though the proof to us is never definite, there are signs. There are assurances. And ultimately, there is conviction that there is an eternal Self and finally, the great discovery that the eternal Self is my true and only Self.

And this is the Self that I must manifest. There is no satisfaction that is enduring unless I manifest my eternal Self. As the Christ manifests the name of God which is eternal Self, I, too learn to manifest eternal Self. And then, I find I am out of the transient, out of the perishable, into the conscious awareness of a Self that is forever. Still without proof and yet, willing to move without that proof, convinced it is so; convinced by some inner knowing.

The Christ is leading us to the realization of our eternal Self. Not after death but before. While on the earth, while appearing in the flesh we shall know our eternal Self, taught by God. There’s really no reason why you do not know your eternal Self this moment. It isn’t a tomorrow Self. It is a here and a now Self and incidentally, if a single day goes by, even one day that you do not live in your eternal Self, consciously, at least for a moment, you have wasted a day. It should be our purpose each day to find and live in that eternal Self.

When Paul says, “In him we live, and move, and have our being,” who is that him but the eternal Father and is not the eternal Father your eternal Self? In your eternal Self each day you should live, move and have your being. Undoubtedly, we won’t sustain it for twenty-four hours but to realize it some time during the day, the earlier the better, is to make your Eternal contact which will enable you that day to manifest the reality of Being, the name of God, the essence called Life itself.

We’re trying to eliminate the tendency to seek a future realization and to convert that into the determination to realize a now Self, not a tomorrow Self. But here today, I stand as the eternal Self made visible only in flesh while I walk the universe invisibly. There should be a time of day in which you establish this. It won’t matter if you fail a bit. It won’t matter a bit because even in the failing, the effort put forth to establish it will ultimately produce the fruit. If you were to fail five hundred times, it wouldn’t matter. It is the effort you put forth to attain the Truth that ultimately breaks the veil. And the Truth is, eternal Self should be a daily experience, not words in a book or a future attainment. “I, in the midst of you,” I will manifest the Name the moment you accept me as your identity.

Now [that] they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. [For] I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.”

If you think you’re going to turn to religion or science or education or government or anything external, the Christ says, “No, that’s not the way.” The Christ says that, “I have come from God and only I have come from God and that if you wish the God experience, you can only receive it from I, who am come from God. It won’t be in human prayer. It won’t be in new technologies. It won’t be in any peace treaties. The only way to experience the presence of God is through Christ within your own Being. The only way to experience Perfection, not its imitation, but perfection in Spirit is through I, Christ in you accepted, realized, lived in.

The importance of these verses here is to establish that only Christ is one with God. No man is one with God. No human mind is one with God. No person is one with God and deeper still, no one in a human form is one with God.

Now, you must remember we’re at the pinnacle of the Bible revelation of Truth. We’re at that place where if we do not understand Truth here, we’re still down in the valley. If only Christ is one with God, then no human form is one with God. Christ is not a human form and Christ does not live in a human form. That is going to become a very important revelation to us; that Christ does not live in a human form. First, to instill in us the need, the desire, the vital urgency of accepting Christ identity and then to show us that Christ identity does not live in a human form. You cannot be a human form and Christ, too.

Christ is one with the Father. Spirit is one with Spirit. The human form is not one with Spirit. Matter and Spirit are not one, they are two. That is one too many. And so, the emphasis here must be on Christ identity, Spiritual identity and that means the concept of flesh is the deceiver.

There is no flesh in the invisible Kingdom of God. Only Spiritual flesh. Only Spiritual form. Only forms of the Soul, not of the mind.

[But] I have manifested thy name.”

What does that tell you about the so-called body of Jesus Christ? That body of Jesus Christ is manifesting the name of God. Is it physical flesh or is it a new species of man? Is it Divine Being? Are we seeing it?

I have manifested thy name,” which is spiritual Self. The Soul body of Jesus Christ stands there and no man can see it. That which is standing in the physical flesh is only our objective, subjective concept. There is no physical flesh standing there because “I have manifested thy name.” I am showing forth the Spiritual body of the Soul which is deathless and though the world thinks they are looking at a physical form, they are wrong. That is why John put the 17th chapter here, to show us that the body of Jesus Christ was not a physical form.

But what was it? It is an image in the minds of men. How is it different than your form? It was different in two ways. He had reached the level of consciousness which could overcome the world mind and so that his body was not a world mind image. That’s the first way in which his body was different than ours. It was not a world mind image. Our forms are world mind images.

And then his real body which was there, the body of Spirit, was not visible at all. And he was living in it so that he could move invisibly, walk on water, vanish in crowds, appear two hundred miles away to heal someone who thought he was just over here and didn’t know he was over there too, so that absent healing was never really absent. He was always everywhere. He was in the Infinite Soul body. How could he be in it, if it wasn’t present?

I have manifested thy name.”

I have shown forth that there is an Infinite Soul body and I am in it. But why did he show it forth? The same way he showed forth the invisible Kingdom of Harmony to all who came to him. He was now showing forth an Invisible Soul body that is infinite to all who came to him but no one could recognize it. It took at least a resurrection for them to realize there was an Infinite Soul body and only then, when blessed by the Spirit, did the disciples come to that understanding.

That Invisible Soul body which is infinite, which he revealed by walking through the experience of crucifixion untouched, is invisibly present here and now. It is also your Body and you are in it; unaware of it.

As you stand in a physical form which is the world mind image, you are in Reality in the Invisible Soul body which is infinite and as you turn to I, Christ in the midst of you which knoweth these things, it reveals that it is in the Infinite Soul body which is beyond death. This is how you come into your realization of deathlessness, Life without end.

Your Infinite Soul body is revealed to you through Christ in you, accepted, lived in, realized. All of this is presaged by the present inner communion of Christ and the Father. Not that we’re going to come into this body some day but that it is and has been your Eternal body from since before the world began. You’ve always been in it unaware of it, without the capacity to perceive it through the senses. It is your Body now, it has no beginning, no end in time or space. It will be lived in on this earth while you walk in the appearance called flesh if you become Christ conscious. This is truly the ultimate purpose of all our work on earth.

They have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. [For] I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me.”

Now, these words which Christ gives to the disciples are actually the inner ordinations of God through Christ in you to the disciples in you, so that if you’re living by revelation, Christ in you is giving you the words of the Father, teaching all of the disciples within you, lifting them up so that the qualities of God which are the disciples within you, through Christ in you, are being lifted to the fullness of Spiritual maturity. You’re being taught by God but only if you’re listening within through Christ. Not as a human being standing there listening but as the Christ listening. This is the difference between hearing the Father and going into some kind of mental psychism in which you imagine that what you’re hearing is of the Father. If you’re in humanhood, you’re going into psychism. If you accept the inner Christ and dwell with it long enough to have the realization of it, then you hear directly from the Father and you become aware of your everywhere identity.

They have received these words, and have known surely that I come from thee.”

Now then, that word “surely” is to emphasize that Christ alone comes from God. No person does. Every one of us who has followed human authorities ultimately discovers the clay feet of that human authority.

I, Christ come from God and if you want the Word of God, you will only get it from I, Christ. Now, that’s the complete theme through the 17th chapter to leave you with the un-shatterable conviction that Christ in you is the way. There’s no second way. It doesn’t matter how many religions you join. You must receive God through your own Christ identity.

They,” – these disciples – “have believed that thou has sent me.”

Now, the importance then of these eleven is that they believe God has sent Jesus Christ. The importance of the teaching is to establish our conviction that without Christ identity, we must perish. Without Christ identity, we’re simply waiting for an undertaker. It’s that simple.

Unless we bury in our consciousness the concept of body, the body we fail to bury will be buried by somebody else. These are hard words to put out and to hear but they’re important ones and we’re not at the place now where we’re going to turn away from harsh words. The world is waiting for an undertaker. We’re not waiting. The world is waiting to be buried. The Christ says, “Why? I am Life eternal. Did I not show forth on earth, as a man called Jesus, who could not be buried? Did I not show you to do this while on the earth? Did I not say that those who follow me, my Father will honor?” We’re not talking about going to Heaven after death. We’re talking about living in Heaven before death.

And so, Christ becomes the way shown to us by the Way-shower. The miracle is that in spite of the fact that this way has been shown, you can’t find a hundred people who will agree with you that they must live in this world not in form but in Christ’s spiritual identity.

And after the assurance that this is the way we’re going to travel, we won’t mind the problems that arise. We’ll regard them as the method of perfecting our capacity to walk in Heaven while the human eye sees the earth. No stone is left unturned by the Christ to carefully put before us a perfect plan.

I pray for them,” says the Christ, “I pray not for the world.”

Now, the world, then, are all the human identities who walk this earth. How can Christ pray for us if we are not in Christ? I pray for them who have accepted that I, Christ am their identity and that prayer is not a human prayer. The Christ doesn’t pray like a human being. The meaning of “I pray for them” is not that I, Christ ask God to do any good for anyone. Christ is a permanent state of Being which is a permanent state of prayer. The Christ prayer is the knowledge that I am Being. I and the Father are one. There’s nothing more to pray for. I pray and when you’re in Christ, I and the Father are one is the state of Being that is in effect functioning through you.

But I pray not for them that are in the world.” Because they are not in Christ. There is no way that Christ can be effective to anyone who’s not in Christ. How can manna shine down? How can the Red Sea part if only the Christ can reveal the invisible Reality that there’s no Red Sea to part? That all manna is already in your Being, that you already include All that God is. The prayer is the meaning of Grace. “I pray,” says the Christ, “for them who are in Christ.” Those who are in Christ are in Grace. That prayer is that Grace.

I don’t think the Christ tells you, “Find the Christ. Live in the Christ” and then strands you there and says, “I’m not giving you any directions.” Those directions are forthcoming the instant this is your undivided goal.

I [only] pray for them….. which thou hast given me; for they are thine.”

Now, remember years ago we talked about Divine sequence? Now you know that not everyone in the world is ready to accept Christ identity. No one can decide for you if you’re ready.

But I, the Christ, I function only in them who are Thine.

Now, everyone is of God so everyone is Thine but here the meaning of “Thine” means those whom Love has attracted at this moment in Divine sequence to the Christ.

If your desire for Truth has lifted you to the place where you will not settle for less than Christ identity, then you will discover that your work is done. It’s just a matter now of, in human time, going through the motions. Your work is done. There’s nothing can sway you or distract you from the one, established purpose of living in Christ. The permanent prayer of Christ which is Grace on earth is already an established fact for you. That’s to give you here such assurance if such final assurance you need. These words are infallible. Whoever is in Christ is in Grace.

All mine are thine, all thine are mine; I am glorified in them.”

When Christ says, “All mine are thine and all thine are mine,” this is a statement of Oneness; that Christ and the Father are One. If you want to be One with the Father, you must be in Christ to be One. Christ is not in form.

And now comes something you have never heard before in your life. In spite of all our studies, we have all walked past these words again and again and again. I’m quite sure there’s not a religious individual on this earth who has seen these words even though they’ve been right in front of us.

First, we were told that “I have manifested Thy name. I have shown forth the invisible Kingdom of God.” And now here’s the reason that Christ could show forth the invisible Kingdom of God; “And now I am no more in the world.”

You could read that ten times and not give it a second thought until one moment it suddenly hits you and all the bells start ringing.

I am not in the world.”

He hasn’t yet been crucified but he says, “I am not in the world.” Will you please ask yourself how could they get someone who’s not in the world and crucify him? Ask yourself that again and again and you will see there the revelation that is contained in that verse.

I am no more in the world.”

It’s true tomorrow they’re going to crucify somebody but I am not in the world. And the world thinks they crucified I, who am not in the world. You see what is being told to you? There’s a form there and its name is Jesus Christ but it is saying, “I am not in the world.”

Now, is the form there or not? If the form is there, then “I, who am not in the world,” am not in that form because that form is in the world. Now get this because it’s the key to the complete revelation of Jesus Christ on the earth.

The form was there. People could touch it. People could see it. People could crucify it but Christ could say, “I am not in the world.”

Now because the Word of God says this, that means that Christ is not there in that form which is in the world. “I am not in the world.” The form you see is in the world but I am not.

And then, the sublime Truth that this I, which is not in that form called Jesus which is not in the world is the I of you now and it is not in the world now; right now. And just as that I of you which is not in the world now, which is not in the world when the form of Jesus stood there, that I of you is not in your form. And yet, it is your name. It is your eternal Self and it is present but not in the world. It is right here but not in the world. It was right there but not in the world. How could it be there and yet not be in the world? How can it be here and yet not be in the world?

Is there a Kingdom of God and a world? Is the Allness of Spirit sharing itself with a world?

I am the Lord thy God and beside me there is no other.”

Spirit is All. Spirit is Christ. Spirit is saying, “I am not in the world. I am not in the form. I am eternal Life. I am your name. You are not in the world. You are not in the form. You are eternal Life. That is your name.” And Spirit is saying, “Know this. Know this before the body is taken from you.”

You’ve only got this human body on a lend-lease plan. I, Spirit am your eternal Self here and now and I am in the Invisible, imperceptible to the senses of that body which is temporary and I am asking you to transfer your consciousness from the body consciousness, from the temporary self consciousness, from the belief that you are flesh seeking God, seeking Spirit, to the knowledge that you are not flesh and you are not seeking Spirit. You are. I, here, now invisible, am your Self. This is the place where we must come. This is the realization that I, Christ is never in a physical form but is always present, is always living and never knows death.

Now when we come to crucifixion, we’re not going to crucify the I that says, “I am no more in this world.” We’re going to crucify something else and the I which comes forth again in a form is not going to be resurrected because it was not in the form that is going to be crucified.

And you’re going to learn that you’re not going to be in the form that is going to be buried. That’s why this is the pinnacle of the Christ message. You must learn you can never be in the form that dies and you will learn it only if you will take into your consciousness the understanding that I who could utter on the face of this earth, that “I am not in the world.”

While the world thought that they were going to crucify me, and while the world went ahead and did just that and then thought that God had raised me up again, all of that illusion you must learn to be illusion for that illusion is no greater than the illusion of you walking now in a form.”

It’s the same illusion and there is in you a level of Consciousness which can know this Truth without doubt; that you are this very I which spoke those words and said, “I am no more in this world.” That isn’t the I of Jesus Christ. It is the Infinite I. It is the I of Jesus Christ and the I of everyone who walks the earth teaching us, lifting us, opening our eyes that, “I am not in this world.”

But I am present here in the invisible Kingdom of God which I have manifested, first through the appearance called Jesus Christ then through the appearance called disciples, then through those who follow the disciples and now through whoever has the Vision, the Courage and the Love to be drawn to this invisible, infinite I that I am.”

These words, the 11th verse, chapter 17 of John are your assurance that there was no crucifixion; that never is a crucifixion possible because the I of God is the only inhabitant on this earth. I, invisible am the sole inhabitant of the earth. I, Christ. And until you have come to that understanding, you are not living in the message of the Christ. You may worship a God. You may love Jesus Christ. You may have a religion. You may think you believe but until you know that you are the one inhabitant of this earth named Christ and are willing to live in that awareness, the message of Christ for you is meaningless as it is for the rest of the world.

Now this was the Word that religion did not see; that I who am not in this world obviously can not be crucified and that throws a completely different meaning on resurrection and on ascension because it reveals that the form which was crucified never was there. It reveals that all forms that walked the earth are not the creation of God.

At one time, we would have winced at this. At this level of the teaching, to some, it is a great joy because that which hitherto had been impossible ceases to be impossible. We can understand why we are told that “I in the midst of thee am greater than he that walks the earth.” Your Spiritual identity is greater than every physical identity you could ever serve. You could come through five hundred more incarnations but they would all be for one purpose, to come to your realization of Spiritual identity.

Now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world.”

You see the disciples are in the world only because they don’t know they’re not in it. They still believe that they’re in those forms. They’re in the world. If we still believe we’re in these forms, we’re in the world. And presuming that we, most of us, do believe we’re in these forms, we are at the place now of those disciples who are still in the world and so, they still are in school. They still have to go through a Spiritual seasoning; a series of trials. Just as we do. They still believe they’re in the world and they’re not. They have to learn through experience that they are not in the world.

Now, when he says, “I am not in the world but they are,” he means, “I know I’m not but they don’t know. They believe they are.”

Now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.”

Now, Christ and God are One. And you know that no corpse and God are one. No potential corpse and God are one. Christ and God are One and God keep these in Oneness with us. What does that mean? Teach them who they are.

But the words here that are important are “Through thine own name keep these.”

Through thine own name.” Jesus is going. That’s the signal for everyone of us to turn from the outer to the inner so that the Father within can keep us in our true identity. The Father within is thy name. The name of God in you is Father within or indwelling Christ.

Directly, in the Christ of your own Being you are enlightened to the fact that you never were in the world. Your form appeared in the world but you the Christ, never were in the world.

Again, the Christ does not leave us empty handed and so now we’re going to be shown what must happen for us to come into the realization that I am Christ who is not in the world and not in a dying form.

I think perhaps it would be wise if we just had a moment of quiet and then took a little intermission.

– End of Side One —-

Now some of these things right now are not new but the reiteration of them helps to reach a level of ourselves that we are somewhat reluctant to strive to attain. We are to know that we are Christ not in the world while we appear as form in the world. That’s a pretty difficult way of life but after the intermission, we’ll be opened up so that we see how we’re going to further this goal.

For the moment, we’re dwelling on the statement of Christ before crucifixion. “I am not in this world.” And we will hear the echo of that Christ within ourselves saying, “I am not in this world.”

And we will identify with that I which says this and that is the purpose of this silence.

I am that I which says, “I am not in this world but I am here now in the Kingdom of God.”

We’re at the twelfth verse, “While I was with them in the world,” emphasizing I’m no longer in the world. “While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.”

Now, at first blush it would appear that the son of perdition is Judas but we’ll go beyond that.

In your 109th Psalm, you notice that there is a statement about the fact that there would be a betrayal and this is interpreted to be Judas. In fact, the whole 109th Psalm is about that betrayal but it’s much more than the betrayal of Judas.

The son of perdition in us is Judas and it must be cast out.

We know now that the son of perdition is our material consciousness which must be cast out. The love of the world. The son of perdition in us is not the Son of God therefore, who is it the son of? We rediscover that the son of perdition in us is the world mind functioning as our corporeal sense. Our corporeal sense must be cast out. Always again, in many disguises we are told that all belief that I dwell in the form must be cast out. The son of perdition in you is your belief that you are living in a form. It must be cast out even as Judas was cast out.

That scripture might be fulfilled” and it takes this even further than casting out the sense of corporeality. And this is something we have never discussed in this class until this moment. That Judas being cast out is a symbol of what you and I must do for that is a pronouncement of the end of the world. Corporeality is to be cast out. It isn’t going to be prevented. Corporeality cast out or material consciousness cast out. Judas cast out is a preview of the end of the world.

Those who cast out the son of perdition, who lose the consciousness of form by rising to the Consciousness of spiritual Selfhood. Casting out Judas are those who are standing in the Light which is unaffected by the end of form. Just as in spiritual Consciousness, in the body of the Soul, you are not buried; so in spiritual Consciousness, in the body of the Soul, you are not buried at the end of the world.

These could be very unnecessary words for many but for some of us they’re important. We are being prepared not just to step out of a body into a body of the Soul, into another realm; we are being prepared to survive the end of an old realm.

We are being prepared to be raised into three more worlds. We have the fifth world, the sixth and the seventh. We cannot stop at any one point for there are three to go. The fifth world will be our next realm and we have a preview of it while in the fourth and we attain it now by casting out the son of perdition.

I who am not in the form and therefore I am not in the world say to you, “Follow me.” Cast out the belief that you are in the form which is Judas. Cast out corporeality for if you do not, Judas in you, corporeality in you, will destroy you just as it destroys Judas. The sense of corporeality must destroy itself because it is never real. It will always throw itself into the fire.

The sons of perdition translated literally mean total and utter destruction. Perdition means utter destruction.

Those who live in form, whether they like it or not, believe it or not, common sense tells them ultimately that form is destroyed and that’s why we who live in form are called sons of perdition, sons of the devil mind, of the world mind, of the material consciousness. But we who live in the I, will discover that when Judas is cast out, that very same Judas who would betray us no matter how he tries, no matter how corporeality tries to betray you, no matter how it attacks, it is totally without power. It may seem to have power but it has no power.

Now I come to thee….I come to thee…. and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in them.”

And the joy of Christ is the activity of the Father in Christ.

And so, when the Christ says, “I speak these things in the world although I am not in it, that they might have the joy that I have,” that joy is to know that you are not in a dying world. You are not in a dying form. And these words are spoken for you to know that. You are not in a dying form and you are not in a world that can be destroyed. You are not in it. You are in Heaven on earth and Christ in you can reveal that to you.

I have given them thy word; now the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”

Now then, the disciples are not of the world; they are in the world. In it but not of it. They have at least learned that they are another substance. They think they’re in the world but they know they’re not of the world. They think that they are in the flesh and that in some way, they are of God. They’re in an ambivalence. You cannot be in the flesh and of God. You really cannot be in the world at all. You cannot be of the world at all. You can think you are. The disciples are still under the belief that they’re in it although they have learned they’re not of it.

We could say that we are under the knowledge now that we’re neither in it or of it. We’re not between two worlds. We were between two worlds when we were in that level of consciousness but when you know that you are the Christ you cannot be between two worlds. You’re between two worlds when you haven’t yet learned your identity. When you learn it, you’re not between two worlds. You’re in the Kingdom of God because Christ is never out of the Kingdom of God. How can you be not in the Kingdom of God if your name is Christ?

Now there’s a big question and even though unspoken, it’s on every mind. But it’s answered because “Before you shall ask, I shall answer.” And the 15th verse answers that big question which you’re not speaking. You’re even fumbling to find the question when the answer already comes.

I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.”

I, Christ do not petition God to take my disciples out of the world but to keep them from evil.”

Now what would that mean? This is the answer to the big question we’re trying to frame in our minds. How do I become conscious that I am Christ? And here’s the answer. Stay in the world. I, Christ do not ask the Father to take my disciples out of the world but to keep them from evil.

And so, this is the method. The Christ doesn’t even say, “Father keep evil from them.” It says, “Keep them from evil.” There’s a distinction.

In the world, we will meet evil in many, many forms but I, Christ in you, through the Father coming through I. Christ, keeps you from evil so that this is your training school. You must walk amidst the evil. You cannot go into seclusion and expect to find Christ. It isn’t done that way. Christ comes by your walking in the midst of evil and seeing the Good. Christ comes by your walking in the midst of the suffering and seeing the Help. Christ comes by your walking in the midst of death and seeing the Light. In other words, you must walk through the evil of the earth. That is the training.

Anyone can be good if there’s no bad around. Anyone can believe in Christ if there is no temptation. And then we don’t go high enough; we don’t go beyond just the intellectual belief. We must walk on the earth converting all that comes to us and the word is reconciling; reconciling all that we see to the invisible Christ in your Self.

This is the real way, the test, the trial, the initiation. You must pass through the school of seasoning. You must be inserted into the appearances of evil for that is how you develop the capacity to hold on to the contact of Oneness. And this is going to be our assignment.

A woman called and said she was trying very hard in her classroom to see that certain children were the Christ. She could accept it for some but these little wiggly ones over there she said, “I’m trying so hard to see that they’re the Christ, too.” What was she trying for? It’s a fact. You don’t have to try. It is the fact.

You see, we’re trying. Trying, trying instead of saying, “Well it is the fact. I don’t have to try. It is the fact. I accept the fact.”

The fact is then, that there isn’t a person you can see that isn’t the invisible Christ whether you like them or not and whether you hate them or not. And it doesn’t matter who they are or where they are or how high or low they are on the scale of humanhood. They aren’t there. And the form isn’t there. We’ve learned that; but the Christ is there.

Now, your assignment is to live in such a way that you’re in the Christ of you and in the Christ of them so that you turn from the Christ of you to the Christ of them, from the Christ of them to the Christ of the other so that you never come out of Christ. You’re seeing Christ in All. This is how you maintain Oneness without falling out of Oneness. No matter where you turn, no matter who is there before you look at them, you are maintaining the constant awareness that only the one Christ is present.

And so, everywhere you go, you’re in a state of Oneness with Christ no matter what the form presents. You see the assignment now. This is the test of living in this world.

Don’t take them out of this world Father. They haven’t yet practiced Oneness through the Christ of everyone they see. They’re seeing Johnny Smith over there as a cripple and they’re seeing Mary Jones over there as an adulteress and they’re seeing this one over there as a narcotic addict and they’re seeing this one as something else.” And we are not going to do this.

We turn to the Christ in each individual without even opening the eyes. We walk in the world through what the world calls evil knowing it isn’t there and we must be tested in this fire of the world. We must be tested again and again and again until we know that the evil that we are learning not to resist, cannot be there.

When we have come to the place where there is no evil in this world, for it is the invisible Kingdom of God, then the Christ will take us out of the world. But not before. That’s why we’re in the world. The only way you can get out of the world is to see Christ everywhere you go.

So that means there is not a moment, not a second, between your changing from Christ here to Christ there, because it’s one Christ. Wherever you go, you’re turning to talk with Christ. It doesn’t matter what’s before you. It doesn’t matter what the weather is. It doesn’t matter what the state of the nation is. Your test is to come to that place where you’re in Christ in everyone. And that will be the duration of your stay in this world through as many incarnations as necessary. You cannot step out of incarnation unless you step into Christ.

That’s the meaning of the 15th verse in the 17th chapter. We must be subject to trials and tribulations. Even the Christ doesn’t say, “Father take them out of the world but keep them in it. Expose them to all of the so-called evils and keep them from the evil. Don’t keep the evil from them. Dangle it in front of their nose everyday but keep them from accepting the evil as a present truth.”

Where is the evil if God is the only Creator? Where is the evil except when you are not in Christ; in human consciousness? And because the human consciousness is what ultimately kills the body, we must be subject to the appearances of evil until we know evil is not there and then we are not in a human consciousness when we know that. And when we are not in a human consciousness, we discover there is no body to be killed.

The plan then – and there’s no getting away from it – is that we will be moving in the midst of evil which is not there to the Enlightened one. And if you can see one person on this earth who is not the Christ invisible, you’re going to stay in the appearances of evil.

Now, the technique of not falling out of Oneness is the acceptance of the universality of Christ. The so-called worst people in the world make no difference. The best people in the world make no difference. You live in the conscious awareness that all I can meet today is Christ. The rest is the test.

I’m going to meet forms and I’m going to erase them out of my Consciousness. I’m going to meet them from the within. I’m going to let the Father within introduce me to his Kingdom. I’m going to be taught by God. And once you let your personal sense of self rise up in some form of antagonism, hostility, resentment, even personal desire, you’re out of Christ. You break the continuity of the one universal Christ. You’re back in this world.

Now, that’s the reason we have our coughs today. That’s the reason we have these thunder showers. That’s the reason we have the so-called problems, disturbances of the world. They’re all part of that picture which is presented to us when we’re not in Christ.

And they’re necessary because as you establish Christ contact, lo and behold, these conditions are alleviated and then you know that the way, the way to Life eternal is the acceptance that I am that Life eternal, the Christ itself and never must I lose this contact, this awareness, even though everything in this world is working, it seems, in the opposite, to take me out of this awareness. That’s how I am forced to maintain the contact.

That’s why we’re on this earth here now, in this level, in this fourth world. To develop the capacity, to look through the veil, through the mist, through the evils to the knowledge that they are only a test, to force me to the higher ground of Christ where the test becomes unnecessary.

In your incorporeal Christ Self now, you’re not in this world. And like the woman who was trying to see that the little, wiggly children were Christ too but not succeeding, the answer is quit trying. There’s no sense trying to make the sun shine, trying to make a fact become a fact. Accept, I am not in this form. It’s as simple as that. There’s got to be a place where you accept I am not in this form. You’re not going to feel it. It’s not going to suddenly become a great enlightening fact to you. It’s a fact now. And only when you accept it and really go to the extreme length to accept it and dwell there for a while will you see that it is a fact.

The moment you accept you’re not in the form, you’re being forced to find where you are and then you’ll see that you can live in your Self, experience your Self and even begin to see what was called an invisible Kingdom. I am not in the form and even if it’s not a very comfortable fact, it’s still a fact.

I’d like to finish this next week – rather than go through it all – and have a complete understanding of it. There is too many verses to crowd into the last ten or twenty minutes.

In our meditation now, there is a Self that knows no pain, no disease, no discord, no destruction, no hate, no animosity. It is the Self of Love. It is an eternal Self, an ever-present Self. You find it in your higher moments of Truth. You ultimately learn it is your Self.

And when you’re not trying but rather accepting, then you are in the awareness that I am that eternal Love which is Life itself. I’m never going to become It. I am It. And I must learn to face the evils of the world aware that I am eternal Life and Love now; that all power is in my Self. All power is in my Life. All power is in my Invisibility and all that is visible on the earth is but a counterfeit of the invisible, present Self that I am.

I live then in my invisible Life walking through the evils of the world, not accepting them, not resisting them, not trying to change them knowing that they are not present because I, Christ am the only Presence.

When you honor the Father, you are honoring your Self. Now your way out, you’re in a place where there’s no way for the mind to hold on. To you, in this level, you’re not concerned about form. In these moments, you dwell only in the Infinite, formless universe. You let go of everything. It is a total surrender of all human selfhood.

The seed of every tomorrow is sown in this moment. All Spiritual fruitage appears from moments of silence in which you attain a level of awareness that Christ invisible, infinite, eternal is the name I that you are. In that sowing there is a harvest and that harvest ultimately is the graduation day into the realization that all form is now without power. All matter is without power. Nothing to deprive me because I am that infinite Self which is I. I am that One and I am that One every moment that I walk this earth though I appear in form. The form is in the world but I am not. I am in the Kingdom of God while the form appears in the world. Thou seest the form, thou seest not me for I am not in the world. I am in the Father and the Father in me. I am everywhere now. Everywhere.

This deepening realization will ultimately take us out of incarnation, out of reincarnation, into the invisible Kingdom present with signs and wonders, with fruitage more than you can handle but always your supreme test and your supreme harvest is never to fall out of One. You must hold on to that One in everyone to stay in the One. It’s wise to establish this very early in the day. I will let nothing take me out of the One no matter what forms appear, whether they’re forms of plenty or forms of lack. Cleave to the One. That is sowing to the Spirit and you will reap of the Spirit. That One in everyone is your Being.

Now, as you practice this week, not falling out of One, you will be able to come to a full realization of the meaning of the 17th chapter of John.

Your second assignment for the week is to look back at verse 11 of the 17th chapter to realize that Christ Jesus is saying, “I am not in the world,” and to meditate a number of times to allow yourself to learn the meaning of that for you, what that revelation really means for you, that “I am not in the world.” This will help you know if you’re accepting that the Christ of you which is your name is not in the world. If you’re not accepting it, you cannot go all the way. The 11th verse, “I am not in the world.”

I don’t believe we’ve had any more difficult assignments so don’t be disappointed if you’re not able to complete them to your satisfaction because you can know in advance that you cannot satisfactorily live in Oneness throughout the clock. You can make the effort but you have to creep up higher and higher.

The understanding that “I am not in the world,” is sort of the end of the line and when you dwell with that, it will help you to see the degree of Oneness that is required for you to totally be immersed in the one Self. You must know you are not in the world. And practice not being in the world in these meditations. You’ll discover depths of your Self you hadn’t realized.

I am not in the world. I am not in form.”

Thanks for braving the rain. See you next week.

Good afternoon everybody. We have a very rare privilege today, thanks to John.

A message has been preserved that is not available in any other part of the Old or New Testament. This is the message of the Soul receiving the Christ and the Christ speaking through the Soul of Jesus to God so that we are given an opportunity to know what our own Christhood is doing in relationship to the Infinite universe.

Now, I can tell you that if you understand the first five verses of the chapter 17, you have the whole Bible. There’s nothing more important in the entire Bible, in the beginning of it and the middle of it or the end of it, in the Old or the New Testament. The first five verses of chapter 17 of the Gospel of John contain the complete Bible. They explain the riddle of the universe. They ultimately shock you and startle you and then when you think the shocks are over, the new ones begin.

And so, if we know these first five verses, we are on a different level than we were before and we’re discovering a new universe, a new Selfhood in that universe. This leads us to the very essence of Being.

Now, try not to be too shocked. You’ve had, so far, only in the series on the Gospel of John, we’ve had fifty-two weeks. That’s probably the longest class on the Gospel of John that’s ever been had. Fifty-two solid weeks and we’re still going strong and today, reaching a pinnacle.

This, the complete 17th chapter, is almost the only prayer in the audible of Christ Jesus to God. Until now, wherever there has been a prayer such as at the resurrection of Lazarus, it has been a very brief one, “I thank thee Father that thou hast heard me.” And there have been three or four other instances where it could be said that Jesus was praying to God. At least it would appear that way to the human eye. But here is a lengthy prayer and it follows the end of the teaching to the disciples.

The direct discourses to the disciples are over and this is no longer a teaching from Jesus directly to the disciples. It is rather a communion between Christ Jesus and the Father. And this high communion is but an outer symbol of that which is ever taking place between the Christ of you and the Father. This is how you have access to that which no human being knows, through the vision and the understanding in John, to bring us this inner communion between Christ and the Father.

For now, the man called Jesus, who was to lead the disciples into the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, turns from the disciples and addresses himself to God. It’s as if you were to cut away the exterior of a tire and look inside to see what it’s made of, to get a cross-section of the inside of the tire.

Here, we’re getting a cross-section of the inside of Christ, what goes on in Christ, and this isn’t something happening two thousand years ago. This is what goes on in Christ in you now, the communion between Christ and the Father is the Oneness that is constant, unceasing. And what you are witnessing in the discourse between Christ and the Father is actually the constant prayer, the constant oneness of Christ in You with the Father. Every word that will be spoken by the Christ is a constant prayer in You, unknown to the human sense mind. Christ in You is always saying this to the Father. It is a revelation of the state of your own invisible Being as it is now.

Everything that we have learned, everything that we have in some way accepted, everything that we have rejected is brought now into high focus because this is an inner discourse of pure Love to God and pure Love of man. Everything comes into focus. Nothing can be denied after this inner communion.

These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son [also] may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal Life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is Life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own Self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.”

These five verses are the Christ message.

Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven.” The lifting of the eyes is the outer symbol of what is happening within. When you lift your eyes to Heaven, you are recognizing the indwelling Christ of your own Being. The lifting of the eyes is saying, just as he said previously, “Lift up thine eyes… Say not there are four months to harvest…. The fields are already white to harvest.” When you lift up your eyes, you are seeing the Invisible fields. Lifting up the eyes is the recognition of the invisible Kingdom of God on earth. Lifting up the eyes is the recognition that there is an invisible Kingdom of God, that there is a Christ. Lifting up the eyes is the acceptance that I am that Christ and I stand in the invisible Kingdom of God. Lifting up your eyes to Heaven is the acceptance that Heaven is present where you are.

We are told to follow the Wayshower, and therefore we are told to lift up our eyes to Heaven, to recognize that invisibly, where the world appears to be, there is an invisible Kingdom of God, present. In our lifting up the eyes, we accept the presence of that Kingdom; all around us. We are walking in it. That Kingdom of God which indwells us, which surrounds this form, which is everywhere, is alive and present to those who stand in the realization of their own identity.

Jesus Christ, lifting up his eyes to Heaven, is saying that right where he stands is the invisible Kingdom of God, right where his disciples stand, right where the world appears and what was true at that moment – that the invisible presence of God was there, the invisible Kingdom was there – is true of this moment. As we learn to inwardly lift up our eyes to Heaven, we quietly acknowledge the presence of the Father, the Kingdom and the Father in me as the Divine Selfhood which I am. All this is embraced in lifting up the eyes to Heaven. He was not standing on a visible, mortal earth in a visible mortal body but neither are you.

The Wayshower says, “Follow me, accept what I teach you about my Self for it is the Truth about you.” The Wayshower says, “I bring you knowledge from the inner realm for you to accept in what you call the outer realm but I bring you knowledge proven in the fire, knowledge that can be demonstrated, not opinions of men. I bring you Divine authority. I bring you Truth that you can depend upon and live by, in fact, Truth that you must learn to depend upon or perish for we’re going to see that it is Christ or perish.”

He lifted up his eyes to heaven.” We’re looking now at Christ invisible and the outer symbols are the form called Jesus lifting up eyes to Heaven and the Christ you’re looking at is the Christ of everyone who walks the earth, demonstrating at a specific time and place the presence of God as the invisible Christ appearing as Jesus.

These are Truths we learn to say, “Amen” to for it is the Truth of us and we will learn to walk with these Truths, to live by them and to dissolve beliefs in those attitudes and concepts which are the opposite of the Truths that we are learning to accept. Now, we’re being moved into a higher realm of consciousness than the human three dimensions.

The hour is come.”

He has said that now, twice before, I believe. Once, when the Greeks appeared and once, when Judas, Judas was given the sop and departed. When Judas was given the sop and departed, the Master said, “The hour has come for thy Son to be glorified and to glorify Thee.” Just as now. That was in the losing of the corporeal sense of life. Judas representing the corporeal sense.

Now, again, “The hour is come.” What is this hour? And this hour, you see, is the key to the Kingdom. This hour is the revelation of more things than are known to a mortal mind. This hour is the revelation of things that we will be learning as long as we walk this earth. It is the hour to reveal the identity of the Christ as the identity of Jesus; the identity of the Christ as the identity of mankind. It is the hour to reveal the invisible Kingdom of God on earth. It is the hour to reveal the Allness of Spirit, the nothingness of form, the Allness of God. It is the hour to reveal that all who walk the earth are absent from the body though they know it not. It is an hour to reveal things unknown to the mind of man, things that cannot be known until the nearness of the consummation of the age and now is the time to know these things. “The hour has come.”

The hour has come,” for man to disappear and reappear. Think what that might mean if you were that man. To walk into the grave and out and step right back before your friends and say, “See, I told you all this time. It couldn’t happen to me.” Yes, that hour has come.

The question is, do we learn from that hour? Or do we go on believing in an external God that we pray to in the sky instead of seeing that the hour has come to reveal that the Self of man and God are one and the same, that God is within everyone. The hour has come to reveal that mortal form is not God created. The hour has come to reveal that Christ form is the form of everyone and that Christ form is indestructible. The hour has come to prove, to demonstrate that mortality is a myth, not just for Christ Jesus. The hour has come to show that Immortality is the nature of every individual who appears in a form that appears mortal. The hour has come to show the nature of Divine life on earth as it is in Heaven.

This is a mighty hour. And because of it, we are given an advance key to the meaning of the resurrection. It is as if we are given instructions. This is what I am now going to do and watch it carefully because as I do it, I want you to understand it. And do not accept it as the world religions accept it; that a man who died was raised back into Life but rather see that no man died. Rather see that I am revealing to you at this moment the nature of the Christ is Life eternal, that the nature of the Christ which is Life eternal is the eternal Life of you, that eternal Life is the name of Christ, that eternal Life is the identity of Jesus Christ; that eternal Life does not die and is not resurrected, eternal Life simply does not die. It is indestructible and therefore, it needs no resurrection. I am the Life. The eternal Christ of you is the Life. It will never be resurrected because it will never die.

The hour has come, glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee.”

Glorify. Reveal the name of your Son, the identity of your Son, the substance of your Son. Reveal that your Son cannot die. Reveal that God is the Son, that the Spirit of God is the substance of the Son, that the life of God is the substance of the Son and in revealing all this as the nature of the Son, the Son glorifies the Father.

But again, the Christ says, “Follow Me.”

So now, we are given a very specific purpose, a very direct statement about the function of ourselves in this world, what we are to do. We are to reveal the glory of God individually. We are to show forth that life of God where we stand which is indestructible, beyond death. That is your function. And when your hour comes, it will be because you have prepared yourself through the acceptance of the Truth taught by the Christ. Your function, too is to glorify the Father as the Father glorifies you and your function is to prepare the way.

The hour has come to show that reincarnation is over. The Christ will go forth proving, that is what glorification does, it proves that the Christ is the name of Jesus, that the Christ is the Son of God, that the Christ is the Self of man. We are to be given the proof. Not that God is going to raise Jesus from the dead, we are to be given the proof that the Christ does not die and we are to be let into that awareness that the Christ which does not die is my name.

And so, Christ in you now, is in this prayer, saying to the Father “Glorify thy Son, that thy Son [also] may glorify thee.” And as the Father expresses through Christ in you and you manifest the qualities Divine in the outer, glorifying the Father, this will be the ‘following in the footsteps of the Master.’

We are to be about our Father’s business glorifying the Father through Christ in us, receiving of the Father, asking of the Father, seeking of the Father, learning how to dwell now in eternal Life, learning how to live now in eternity. And this is going to become very real to us, living in eternity. We’re going to discover that unless we are living in eternity, we are denying omnipresence. We are denying the Christ. We are denying the Father. We have no choice but to live now in eternity as you will see.

As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

Now, we learn that Christ has power over all flesh. The nature of that Power should be clearly seen. Christ Jesus did not exert a physical power over those who would crucify him. That was not the kind of power. Christ Jesus did not defend himself against those who came to take him away. Christ Jesus did not, in any way, protect himself against the crucifixion and yet, Christ Jesus has Power over all flesh. What is that Power? Why is it Power over flesh if it doesn’t use that power as human use power? It is power over flesh because of the one, incredible fact that there is no flesh. It is Power because it reveals the nothingness of form. There is no form. There is only Christ. Christ has Power over all flesh by revealing that flesh is not the creation of God.

They have only the arm of flesh but we have the Lord Almighty.”

The arm of flesh is nothingness. Christ has power over nothingness but Christ is you. The Self of you has Power over all flesh. The Self of you knows that flesh is not God’s creation.

The Christ has Power to give Christhood to all those who seek it of Him. It says here, “to all that thou has given to him.” That means to all who turn to seek the Kingdom of God. Did you hear the word “eternal life” in here? “That he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.” Now then, we’re beginning to see that Christ and eternal Life are one and the same. If you are in Christ accepted, you are in eternal Life but if you are Christ now, you are eternal Life now.

And now, this new idea comes into focus. We are eternal Life now. If we are not, we are not Christ. If we are Christ, we are eternal Life now. If we are Spirit, we are eternal Life now. And once you know that you are eternal Life now, you can never really consider yourself to be a mortal being. Eternal Life is the name of Christ.

Whatever you shall ask in my name…. shall be given you.”

Now, in our re-identification, we found it difficult to accept Christ is my name. But we were assured that if you make the effort, you will receive invisible assistance and now, here is your assistance. You will find that eternal Life can be accepted without the same struggle you had in accepting the name Christ.

We know that God is Life, that God is the only Source, the only Creator, the only Life and therefore, the life of God which is eternal Life, being the only Life, it must be your Life. Now, do you come into eternal Life? How do you do that? How do you come into it? It is You. It’s your name. It’s your identity. We can see now why the Master had to stand before his mother and show us that he was not born of human parents. How could he be born of human parents if he was eternal Life? Does eternal Life struggle through the womb of a woman? Is eternal Life born if it’s eternal? Can eternal Life be anything but eternal?

You see, your eternal Life is the only Self you could be and it’s the only Life you can really live. The eternal Life that you are is the same Life you have always lived. Your Life was on this earth at the time Jesus walked this earth. You have always lived.

The Christ revelation that whoever learns their name to be Christ is given eternal Life is the revelation that eternal Life is the nature of Spirit, the nature of he who calls himself man or woman. And when we sit back and accept the words of the Father through Jesus that we are eternal Life, all of the boundaries of this frame of life are removed. We were never born into human parenthood. Eternal Life was never born through humanhood. Eternal Life reveals itself to be the permanent status of your Being. It matters not how far back you go in time, eternal Life was and is your name. It matters not how far you go into time in the future, eternal Life is your name. But eternal Life can never be destroyed. Eternal Life does not express as a human form. Eternal Life reveals that if I am one, I am not the other. I’m not part eternal Life and part transient life. I’m not part Divine and part mortal. I am totally Divine. I am totally eternal Life and that which is not eternal Life is not me.

Your sloughing off that which you are not as you learn who you are. You cannot be Christ, eternal Life and something else. The glorification of Christ Jesus is the revelation that he is not something else. He is eternal Life. “I am the life,” and the nature of your Being is ever declaring within you, “I am the life.”

This eternal Life that you are is beyond disease, beyond destruction, beyond any problem known to man, beyond death itself. Why? Because it is eternal Life and nothing else. It embodies all that is of the Father because it is that eternal Life of the Father. This is the glorification in you of the Father, your realization that I am eternal Life – now, right here where I stand. This is the realization that the eternal Life of God is the eternal Life of me, for I and the Father are one eternal Life.

The whole book “Realization of Oneness” is to bring you to the realization that you are the eternal Life of God. And who said so? Listen again to the phrase, “As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.” We can’t pin eternal Life down to Jesus Christ alone can we? “To as many as thou hath given him.” You can’t pin eternal Life down to eleven disciples. Who is included? As many as turn to the identity of Christ within themselves and accept it. That’s the purpose of the inner communion between Christ Jesus and the Father, to reveal your identity as the Christ which is Life eternal.

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”

The only true God is eternal Life. The only true God is the Father within you. Here, at a time when the world was totally unaware of the nature of God, Christ Jesus is revealing the only true God is the Kingdom of God within you which is your eternal Life. He is abolishing the concept of a God external to your Self. He is abolishing the belief that between you and God there is space. He is establishing that there is no one closer to you now than God, no one nearer to you than God. In all this world, no one is nearer to you than God because your eternal Life is God.

And this is eternal life, that they might know thee, the only true God.”

The glorification, the revelation that Jesus is not a man on earth or a specially endowed Son of God with an exclusive on the Spirit of God is to demonstrate that that Spirit in Jesus is his identity and it is eternal Life and is the nature of mankind.

And so, you should walk out of here today knowing that I, Christ am eternal Life. I have no transient life, no life that began at a certain time, no life that ends at any time, no life that in any way can be destroyed by any material force on this earth. You can’t drop a germ in my Life. You can’t cut my Life. You can’t infect It. You can’t influence It. You can’t change it nor can you take it away. Your Life can never be taken away from you by any force on earth. There is no material or mental power on the earth. Not even God can take away your Life because God is your Life.

Now, this is to become our permanent Consciousness. I am eternal Life. And as you accept it, you’ll find your meditations take a depth and also produce a new kind of fruitage. You find Peace is easier to find because it isn’t the peace of the mind. It’s the Peace of the Soul. You’ll find your foundation becomes vast and deep so that you’re really anchored in Truth that is unshakeable. You are eternal Life and whether you realize it or not, the fact will never change.

And as you learn to practice that you are eternal Life in your meditations, you’ll find ways to practice it in your living of It. You’ll find ways to demonstrate It, to glorify that eternal Life. You’ll find that attitudes which are incompatible with eternal Life will be quickly revealed to you as attitudes that are untrue.

And so, in all ways, once you have accepted the new nucleus of Being, that I am Life eternal, you can begin to look at the things that would plague you, distress you, keep you up nights, those corroding acids of fear and you can dismiss things more quickly because everything that would in any way happen to you that is not Peace, Harmony, Beauty, Truth, the qualities of the Father are recognized quickly as world mind trying to convince me in some way, to tempt me out of the belief that I am Life eternal.

There are times when that understanding is so breathtakingly clear that you wonder how you ever thought you were something else. You are Life eternal and what the world has called life is revealed to you as the imitation, the sense mind separation which causes the belief in a changing, temporary life where only eternal Life can be. You don’t have two kinds of lives anymore, the life of God and my life. There’s only eternal Life and I and the Father being one, that is my Life.

The Christ having proven, demonstrated, glorified that Life as his Life saying, “Follow Me” is my assurance that I am that Life. “Follow Me,” in the acceptance, the living, the proving, the refusal to be a second kind of life for there is none. And then the wayward mind, the doubtful mind, the vacillating mind – all of those qualities in the mind that are ever changing, undecided – these begin to be the money changers that we put out of the temple.

We can really be at Peace. We can really rest in confidence, in silence and confidence, that God is the Presence of my Life, right here and another thousand years of time, it won’t be any different. I will still be the same Life that I am now. I’m awakening now to the Life that I’ve ever lived and slowly I will become aware of more and more and more of what this Life really is. As my consciousness rises, as I am able to remove the veils of human belief, more and more of this eternal Life that I have accepted reveals itself to show me I am indestructible, to show me the nature of the illusion of matter, the illusion of form, the illusion of senses, the illusion of the world and to reveal that invisible Kingdom which is the imprisoned splendor ever present. But we must stand in that sureness that because the Father has revealed through Christ that I am eternal Life, I must be faithful unto this Truth.

It isn’t enough to intellectually accept it. That’s only a beginning. You work with it. You meditate with it. You practice the eternal life of God where you stand and you’re not too shocked at the problems of the world because you recognize that what you’ve accepted for your Self is the Truth of everyone you know. Behind that mortal exterior is the invisible eternal life of God. It’s not going through the rigors and tortures that appear to my human eyes. Release God from the belief that where eternal Life is, something else is also present.

Finally, you have come to a place where you could almost say and feel and know, “Why all there is everywhere, is eternal Life.” And soon form becomes that which you are anxious and eager to see through because only when you have accepted eternal Life and have concentrated upon seeing through the form, not with human eyes but with understanding, only then do the invisibilities of the Kingdom begin to be visible. Only then do you find the vast, unidentified, ever present activities of Spirit that have been happening right under your unseeing eyes. Acceptance of eternal Life, the knowledge that form doesn’t contain eternal Life. Slowly, the fog, the mist evaporates. The eternal Life reveals its newness unto you.

Now, so much more is being said that we have to be cautious that we don’t glibly make statements until we can come to a place where each word is clear.

Now, suppose we were to say that we’re watching a man on stage and he has this great big trunk and in it goes this little girl and then he takes that saw and he cuts that trunk in half and then he opens that trunk and to your relief, out steps the little girl whole. She wasn’t cut in half at all. Now, would anybody say she was cut in half and then she was resurrected? You’d simply say that there was a compartment or there was a hole in the ground; in some way she disappeared into it. When he cut, he didn’t cut into her and when he opened the trunk and there she was, nobody got the idea that she was resurrected. It was a trick.

Now, for some reason or other, when Jesus demonstrates that he’s still alive, everybody figures he was resurrected, God brought him back. But he’s teaching us that isn’t what happened. He’s teaching us that he is eternal Life. Not that he was brought back, not that he died and was resurrected. He’s teaching us that eternal Life cannot die. There is no resurrection. There is the demonstration that eternal Life is deathless and it is interpreted by the human mind to be resurrection.

Now, the value of it when you see it as it was, is to teach you several things. First, the form that dies is never there. That’s like the girl going into the box, getting cut in half and then stepping out whole. The form is never there. When you accept eternal Life, you’re accepting that eternal Life is there and it is never in a physical form. Eternal life accepted is the rejection of the belief in the physical form.

The glorification is the revelation that where the form seems to be, the eternal Life is. Where the person seems to be, the Christ is. Where the earth seems to be, the Kingdom is. Where the world appears to be, the Kingdom is. The glorification is the revelation of what is and that carries with it the revelation of that which is not.

And that’s why the 17th chapter here solves the riddles of the universe but only for those who have been prepared to listen within. Even those who say, “Yes, I accept that” are only beginning. Eternal Life is Divine, form is mortal. There is no Divine in the mortal. There was no Life in the form called Jesus: none whatsoever. That form never was there. It appeared just as other forms appeared. It never was there. It was never crucified. It was never resurrected. It simply wasn’t there. What was there is what is there now; the eternal Life of God which was not crucified.

And so, this is the difficult part of the teaching. The revelation of eternal Life is the revelation that form is not on the earth. And because the human mind is bewildered by this, it must live with this idea for quite a while before it learns the power in that revelation.

Christ never is in a human form but there is a form and it is the form of the Soul and it and the Soul are one and that manifested form is invisible to human sense. It is never touched. You can cut it in half but you won’t make contact with it. You can saw away but you cannot touch it. The Soul form, the Christ form, can never be touched by a material concept. You can drop a bomb in the middle of this room right now and it could not make contact with your eternal Life. You could drop a bomb all over this earth; eternal Life would not be affected in the slightest. All that would happen would be the changing concepts in the human mind.

We are to graduate beyond those changing concepts. We are to follow the Master who is teaching that when you live in eternal Life knowledgeably, through Spiritual consciousness practiced, through the Word accepted, received obediently, through a change in consciousness, you are so transformed that the Christ in you demonstrates its power over all flesh in the very same manner that it demonstrates that there is no resurrection, there is no crucifixion, there is Life eternal ever being itself untouched by any material power.

This is the kind of confidence that your acceptance of eternal Life will instill in you, the realization that I can walk now anywhere in the universe as eternal Life knowing that all there is around me is eternal Life and nothing else is there. There’s no bomb here. There’s no disease here. There’s no potential death here. There’s no problem here. All that is present where man sees earth is eternal Life. This consciousness is possible.

This is eternal life that they should know thee, the only true God.”

And forever, to those of us who have heard that word within ourselves, God ceases to be up in the sky. God ceases to be separate from us. God is the eternal Life that is seen through the eyes of man as this world. And the world ceases to be as the eternal Life of God replaces yesterday’s concept in our newborn Consciousness.

This is a total new birth of Consciousness made possible by the supreme demonstration which follows this discourse between the indwelling Spirit and the Father. And it’s given to us in advance so that we may understand the resurrection that will follow, as men will term it, so that we who have been opened by the Spirit will not make the mistake of the world in saying, “God raised him from the dead” but will know that he was never dead. He was eternal Life and he is demonstrating that that is the Truth of my Being right now. Never can eternal Life be dead. And this is eternal Life.

I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.”

Again, your function and mine is to finish the work which the Father has given us to do. We can never leave this earth until we finish that work, until we are eternal Life demonstrated. Every reincarnating cycle in your life continues and continues until you finish that work that we are given to do.

Now, there must be work that you are given to do and it is to be the living Son of the living Father, to be the living Spirit, to be the living Life, to be all that the Father is. “Son, all that I have is thine.” That is the work I have given you to do, to show it, to reveal it, to glorify the Father in you, to express God. That is our work.

Now, very few people on earth are interested in that work. Very few people on earth know about that work. To those who receive the knowledge that that is their work, there is a sacred trust and there is an unspoken command. “I have revealed my Self to you.”

You can reject what you have heard or you can respond. You can deny that sense of self that you entertain. You can pick up the challenge, the command, the cross and instead of being like the world who says, “Well, if I die, I’ll either go to heaven or to hell. I’ll take my chances.” You can say “No, no. There is no death. I can’t go to Heaven. That’s where I am. I can’t go to hell. There isn’t any. Hell is simply the unawareness that Heaven is where I am. And I will not say four months to harvest. I’m not talking about what I’m going to do tomorrow. I’m accepting eternal Life now. And then clearly, into your consciousness comes that understanding that when you are eternal Life now, before the experience of death, you will pass the point where death has any meaning. Death has no meaning to eternal Life.

To realize eternal Life before death is your function. This is the work we are given to do. This is the work that Jesus is finishing.

I have finished your work. I have released Judas, the corporeal sense. I’m willing to lay down this mortal sense of life knowing it is not me. I am eternal Life and I’m ready to demonstrate it, to prove it and because I am eternal Life, there’s nothing for me to protect and no one against whom I need to protect. No bug, no disease, no germ, no condition on this earth is a threat to my Self.”

This is the work we have come to finish. And when you have reached that level and temptations are met, to believe that you are not the perfect, Divine, eternal Life, then you know that you are ready for the transition through the appearance of death. That is the work we have come to do and will do.

Just while we may have some doubts yet, and now “Oh Father, glorify thou me with thine own Self.” Show who I am by showing that I am your own Self. Show that your Self is my Self, that my Self is your Self, that All of You is All of Me.”

Put yourself in the Master’s footsteps and see that Christ in You is saying to the Father, “Show that All of You is All of Me. Glorify thou Me with thine own Self. Show who I am.”

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Why? Because when you show who I am, the world will know who it is. For you are the Father of all. You are my Father and you are the Father of my disciples. You are the Father of all who walk the earth. Show who you are where I am and all who have ears will know who you are where they are. And then forever taking away the belief that your life is not eternal and that it began at a point in time.

Glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.”

Before the world was there was a Christ. Before the world was, there was Life eternal. Where did it go when the world appeared? Nowhere. Before the world was, you were Life eternal and are now. The mortal sense of life slips away. It loses its power to persuade us that we are limited, finite selves in clay.

The Christ in us says to the Father, “Reveal that I am the Self that existed before the world. Reveal that I am pre-existent Being, that before there was a world, I was Life, that I didn’t begin fifty years ago, that I won’t end fifty years from now, that I am that Life which always was and let me live in that Life. Let me expand my consciousness to the place where I know my Self to be that life that never began and never ends. Take me out of this finite concept of a mind.”

And so, your work is cut out for you. You are that Life which existed before the world. That Life is all that ever has existed and the life we have known to be life is the world concept or the re-created idea about Life which never was ourselves and which always persuaded us that we were mortal or dying creatures.

And that is the importance of these five verses, to clear the air, to open the eyes of those who are ready to see. They’ve been there so long that you know their meaning has been completely overlooked. The world has not seen them at all. The world has insisted this is all about Jesus Christ.

And Jesus Christ says, “Glorify thou me that I may glorify thee. That I may give eternal Life to all those that thou hath given me.”

Now, then, the Life that you are now is the very same Life that was Jesus Christ on the earth. The Life that you are now is the Life of everyone who walks this earth. The Life that you are now is the Life of everyone who has walked this earth and that Life of everyone who has walked this earth is still their Life now. In other words, we are the Life and we must drop the concept of being the form. We become those who still walk in the appearance of form or we become righteous servants of the Life. We wait upon the Lord. We wait upon the Life. We rest in the Life consciousness, letting it move and activate the appearance called form.

No activity begins in the form. It begins in the Life. You rest in your Life consciousness and let the Life move the form. Ultimately, you’ll find that the Life is moving its Soul form which will appear to you outwardly as your physical form although it is not.

The shift in identity now is eternal Life. These are the facts only. The application of the facts is what we might have some time to discuss today and what we undoubtedly will be applying. The remaining years that we walk this mortal earth, we will be applying the knowledge that I am eternal Life until earth is no more, until the place where I now standest is revealed as that Life itself, until Oneness is complete and there is no second, no two; no mortal life and immortal Life, only eternal Life.

Now, that you’re accepting eternal Life, this will be your work: to learn what to do as eternal Life. How to live it, how to be it, how to accept it, how to be obedient to the Truth of it. This is how you build Christ Consciousness.

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It is a challenge that demands the very highest capabilities within you.

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We’ll have a short recess for about five or six minutes and then see how we can apply our knowledge.

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I think it would be a wise idea to look at some passages. I think they clarify certain things.

Now then, we are being told in the 17th chapter of John that the invisible Christ stands where Jesus is and that invisible Christ is eternal Life and that eternal Life stands where everyone stands. That eternal Life is the reality of Being, that everyone is that eternal Life and that’s the reason we’re called the Son of God because we are the life of God and it is not a temporary life.

And so, the Life that we are must be an eternal Life to be the Son of God. And therefore, this visible, physical, changing mortal creature is not us. There is an invisible Self that is us and all we’re seeing is our concept of that invisible Self through a human sense mind. But there is an invisible Self. There is a Christ and it is I and that Christ is the begotten child of God; the Son.

Now, for just those few who might still be in the lingering belief that Jesus was the only begotten child of God, we go to the 2nd Psalm. The 2nd Psalm, centuries before a Jesus appeared on the earth.

Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.” In the 2nd Psalm, verse 7. Now, we know that Christ is the Son. And here it says, “Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.”

And so, the Christ which is the Son pre-existed the form called Jesus which appeared on earth later just as the Christ which is You pre-existed the appearance of your form here this moment. That pre-existent Christ never stopped existing and is your Self now.

Now, here’s something you may have overlooked which was just called to my attention the last few days. It’s in Matthew 12:32. The statement that’s somewhat spellbinding to me. This is made by Jesus Christ.

Whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man”

Now, the Son of man is appearing here as the form called Jesus. The disciples are seeing this form and it is saying, “I am the Son of man.” And it says to the disciples, “Whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man,” which means this that you call Jesus, “it shall be forgiven him.” You can say something, you can blaspheme the Son of man. You can blaspheme the form called Jesus. Jesus is saying it. You can do it. It will be forgiven.

But whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.” The invisible nature of your Being must be accepted. The visible form, whatever you say about it matters little. The visible form is not the You. It was not the Jesus. The visible form is the concept. “Anything you say about Jesus will be forgiven,” says Jesus. But if you blaspheme and deny the presence of the Holy Ghost, the invisible activity of the Christ, then you are separating yourself from your Self.

There are some more passages to look at. They follow one upon the other. John 12:24, 25 and 26. Now, they sum up in advance of this last communion of Jesus Christ with the Father. They sum up the very things that he said but, in a way that we didn’t see as clearly at the time.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone” meaning separate not with God, “but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”

The form is that corn of wheat. You must die to the concept of it or else you live alone; separated from your Self. But, if you are able to overcome the concept of form by accepting I am eternal Life, that means then that the corn of wheat has fallen into the ground and is dead, then “If it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” If you overcome the belief in form, living in the knowledge of eternal Life, that Life manifesting is the fruit.

And even if you still doubt, again, “He that loveth his life shall lose it.” He that thinketh, in other words that this mortal life is our Life. If you love this mortal life, if you believe that the mortal life is your Life, you shall lose it. That’s obvious. We’re all going to lose our mortal life.

But he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.”

Now, to hate your life in this world is to overcome the belief that it is your Life and to see that right where your life in this world seems to be, your eternal Life is. That’s hating your life in this world. Overcoming the belief that your transient sense of mortality is life is hating your life in this world. And then, you shall keep your life unto Life eternal. You’re trading in your false concept for the Truth.

Again, if you doubt, “If any man serve me, let him follow me; where I am.” He’s showing you his name is the invisible self of God; un-crucifiable. That’s where I am in the invisible because I am the invisible life of God. “Follow me where I am” means accept your Self to be that invisible eternal Life of God.

If any man serve me, him will my Father honor.”

You’ll find those in your 24, 25 and 26 of John, 12.

Now, it becomes very increasingly clear, by repetition in every way, that the eternal Life of God is the only Life you could ever be, the only Life you ever have been and whatever else you may have thought, that was not your life.

When this comes upon you, you say, “Where do I go from here?” Because the idea in itself is so vast that the mind is sort of benumbed. It just stands there gaping out and says, “Well, fine but what do I do about it?”

First, cherish that moment when the mind is benumbed. That’s a glorious moment for once the mind is no longer on the throne, it has to be a bystander. It has reached the point where it is incapable of taking thought. Be grateful. Rest in that benumbed mind and let the mind of the Father supersede the mind of you which was only a sense of mind. Finally, it reaches an idea too big to handle and it stands there bewildered. It’s taking no thought.

I in the midst of you am the Life and I will do all the thinking. I in the midst of you have nothing wrong and I am your Life.”

Now, we used the word Twin last time for the first time, or the time before. I want you to see that we’re calling the Twin, your invisible Self. That invisible Self is your Twin. That invisible Self is the Christ and we’re saying that you have an invisible Twin and every time you forget it, you’re going to be back in the false sense of life.

Your invisible Twin is in the eternal Life now and the way to start into the knowledge that I am eternal Life is to remember that though I appear out here in the visible, I have an invisible Twin named Christ and that invisible Twin is ever present as I in the midst of me. And that same Twin of me is I in the midst of everyone else so I am in the omnipresence of my own invisible Twin.

And if I will wait and listen, my Twin, my invisible Self who is ever present, will guide me. Be still. Rest in the Twin and no matter what the circumstance, even if you’re in a good situation, never act before you receive the conscious knowledge of the Presence of the invisible Twin. You will find you will be guided correctly. The Christ of you is the invisible Twin who will guide you correctly if you will wait upon the Lord.

The waiting then is first, to control the act of sense mind. Unless you control the act of sense mind, you are not preparing the way. And as you control the act of sense mind to listen to your Twin, you find you’re really doing that which was given in the Sermon on the Mount as “Ask, seek, knock.” You’re asking the Twin to speak. You’re seeking the Twin. You’re knocking in the invisible for the Twin. You know that every human action in the outer is a separated action. It doesn’t spring from the eternal Life of you and so, you rest in the knowledge that present here now is my eternal Life; the Twin, the invisible Christ, ever present and within my eternal Life, within the Twin, every idea of God is embodied. It is omnipresent. I don’t have to ask for the idea. It will pop to the surface if I am in the awareness of my Twin Self. Oh, it may seem like duality for a while but you’ll get over that. My invisible Twin is ever present and I can guarantee to you that your invisible Twin is the Christ of God and your invisible Twin will always know every answer that is necessary for every situation. And before you ask, I shall answer and I have the answer here waiting for you but you must seek me. You must knock on my door in the invisible.

And when you do this, you become aware that your Twin is infinite and again, brought into clear focus is your function on the earth. You are here in a seeming human consciousness to be an outer expression of your invisible Twin. Your invisible Twin expressing through your outer consciousness is your function at this moment. If you are the outer expression of your infinite, invisible Twin which is one with you, everything you do will be Divinely ordained.

And so, if you know your Twin is present as the Christ eternal Life and that your outer consciousness merely must wait upon that Twin to be guided, then the infinite Twin will be guiding you locally and you’ll find one continuous action from the infinite Christ to the outer, visible human type expression. Ultimately, the Twin will take over. The Christ will rise. But that Twin, seems like it’s personalizing but I find it very effective. Effective because we can’t hang on to nothing. It helps us to establish a specific, living invisible identity which we’re calling the Twin, your spiritual Twin. You’ve lived without it, now, live with it and watch the difference.

Don’t get ahead of yourself. You can’t say, “But I am the Twin.” Of course, you are. Just get into the habit of reaching to that invisible Twin and it will make all the declarations for you. Control the outer mind which is preparing the way. Listen for the invisible Twin and then, turn ye, be obedient. When you are in the outer obedient to that inner Twin, which isn’t just where you’re standing but is universal, you are fulfilling your function. You are expressing the Divine mind and whatever you do carries with it the benediction of the invisible Father within perfecting and performing all that concerneth Itself in you.

Make this Twin real to you and remember, it is the I that is in you that is greater than all who walk the earth. This Twin moves the mountain. This Twin parts the sea. This Twin has the answers. This Twin does the impossible but not your will. The will of the Father within you. Always, “What is your will?” is what you ask the invisible Twin until it is so real to you that you’re in the Paul’s way of life. “I live yet not I.” The invisible Twin, the “Christ liveth my life,” and that is why my Life is ever protected against the scorpion on the arm, against the Roman centurions, against every outer circumstance. Eternal life is its own protection. It is Real. It is Now. It is You. There is a Kingdom. There is a Christ. You are that Christ and you are in that Kingdom. Listen for the Twin.

Don’t act from the outer self. Act from the inner Twin. Then look across the street at the neighbor coming down the street. Your Twin is there. Your invisible Twin is right where the neighbor is. Look up and down every street in the universe. Everywhere is your invisible Twin, don’t care what the form is. Let that corn of wheat fall into the ground. Everywhere, identify your invisible Twin, the infinite Christ and wait. You will be guided. The words and the deeds will all be of the Christ. This is glorifying the Father.

What is happening to us? We are learning that we are eternal Life and that eternal Life is never in a form. When we are eternal Life understood, we are absent from the form but we are present with God. You must put “eternal Life” and “absent from the form” together to make them work. You are absent from the form when you know you are eternal Life. They go together. They take you out of the limited, finite boundaries. This is how you glorify the Father. You can’t glorify the Father as a limited form. Man has tried and failed; he continues to die. You glorify the Father by living. The Father has no pleasure in your dying. You are his eternal Life.

Now what we have been given in these five verses then is a new kind of Lord’s prayer. The Lord’s prayer was given to the disciples along the way to lead them, to guide them, to bring them up to this point where the Lord’s prayer, which is the Truth, is now explained as the revelation that the Kingdom of God is present.

At the beginning of the demonstration of Christ, man was given the Lord’s prayer at the near end of the demonstration, he is given the communion with the Father which is the Lord’s prayer again, expressed at a different level. It is the Christ prayer in you with the Father, the eternal, constant, unceasing prayer of Truth; the knowledge that I go to the Father, the Father with me is one. I am living that Lord’s prayer when I live in eternal Life.

The Kingdom is come. The will is being done on earth as it is in Heaven. There is no temptation to digress into evil. All of the power is there, the glory is there because you are the living Kingdom of God. You are the living Lord’s prayer.

The greatest word that comes to us now is obedience. Obedience to the Father within, the Christ; the infinite, invisible Twin – remembering that that Twin is always present.

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I,” says the Christ, “am never alone for I go unto the Father.”

And now we can say, “I am never alone for I am always the invisible Christ.”

And if I just remember, that relationship will be so completely cemented that it will become automatic. Everything will be referred to the Twin. The Twin will run your business and your home and your marriage, your relationship with the world and it will be in the image and likeness of God.

All this was predicted by Daniel; that there would be a Kingdom of God on earth which will be everlasting; that all dominion was given to the I of your Being. We shall even graduate out of these forms, out of this world of senses and that which is invisible will become the living, visible Kingdom of God for those who walk in the eternal Life.

Notice how easily you’ll pick up people who now say to you they have a sickness that looks incurable or they have this problem or that. You’ll see how completely they are out of tune with Truth. Quickly, something in you says they just haven’t begun and then you’ll wait upon the Twin who will say to you, “But don’t you recognize that it is I standing here? not a person. Drop the concept. I, your invisible Twin, stand before you. Don’t you recognize me? Everywhere I am. I am the invisible Self of the world, your Twin. Trust in me. Glorify me. Believe on me. The Father honors all who do this for I and the Father are one.”

Now, we’ve got a good head of steam up on the 17th chapter. We’re going to stay with it. Your meditations this week should be on your ‘invisible Twin,’ ‘your name as eternal Life’ and ‘everything you ask in my name will be given you.’ As you recognize your Self to be eternal Life, all that eternal Life is will express in your experience.

You see how the government is on the shoulders of eternal Life, not on a human mind? How you can begin to relax all the demands and pressures of the world knowing that your Twin knoweth your needs?

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Study today’s lesson very carefully. It’s the complete explanation of all that is going to happen in the rest of the Gospel of John in the total mission of Jesus Christ. It contains everything and it is all about You.

Now go back with me two thousand years ago. You are living because your name is Life. You weren’t in this form but Life was there. Life was here. Go back as far as your mind can think. You were living. Life never began at any one point. God never became your Father at a specific time. God always was your Father. And so, your Life always was. The forms it took into the appearance world are not what we are discussing. We’re establishing that your Life always was and that Life is the same Life that is now and it will be the same Life forever. The original glory of your Life is forever.

Work with the knowledge that your Life is not riveted to this point, this place, this time, that your Life didn’t begin in the twentieth century. Your Life doesn’t end in the twentieth century. Your Life isn’t confined within the shoulders and the hips and the ankles. Your Life is everywhere now and that is your invisible Twin which is expressing through you into the visible where you appear to be. Make this appearance of you obedient to your invisible Life everywhere and you will see the meaning of revelation, receptivity, meekness unto the Spirit, listening, waiting upon the Lord, direct cognition of the Infinite, tune to the Infinite.

All of this is saying, let the outer appearance of you be aware of the invisible Infinity of you and let the Infinity of you come through its way. Don’t push it or press it or force it or demand of it. It knows what it is doing. The eternal Life of you is living with the total intelligence of God as its mind, with the perfect body of God as its body. Let all of this come through you. Be obedient to your invisible Self and you’ll find that power which the world has missed.

Now there’s much has happened today here – more than we can see at the moment. And many of you who do not practice will find that whatever has happened is of little value to you because the practice of these things is what brings them into play and tunes down the world mind. As you practice, you’ll find the world mind loses its power and, in some way, you are raising the consciousness of the world. We have been given many blessings in this chapter 17.

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Thanks again very much.