Good afternoon. Before I forget it today, before you leave, pick up your gift copy of Mystical I at the desk here.
We have an interesting subject today. Although it’s about a man walking on water, it has a great deal of meaning to us, now that we have come to the place of Identity where we are ready to stand on Identity looking out at the world, regardless of what it presents and knowing that Identity is invincible, without opposite, without a need to protect Itself, ever-present, ever functioning, ever perfect, needing no help, whatsoever, to defend Itself, to improve Itself, to correct Itself, for it is All that is here.
Once we have, to a degree, made this our starting point, walking on the water becomes a very significant event. Religiously, we only say, “He walked upon the water,” and there it stops. It does no good for mankind whatsoever. Scientifically, we say, “He didn’t walk upon the water,” because it’s impossible.” And so either way, whether you happen to be religious and say he did or scientific and say he did not, you’re stuck with an event that has no significance in your life and it would be ridiculous to assume that the Way-shower would be functioning in such an abnormal event without a purpose.
Now, it is then insufficient for us to believe he did or didn’t, but rather to know why that took place. We’re given several clues, and even the Gospel of Mathew misses the major clue. While it reports the event, it does not report something significant which John caught, and so we have to compare the same event in two Gospels. We find in Mathew, it goes this way:
“And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples
to get into a ship,
and to go before him unto the other side,
while he sent the multitudes away.”
They had all just been fed, five thousand of them, with invisible loaves and fishes.
“And when he had sent the multitudes away,
he went up into a mountain apart to pray:
and when the evening was come,
he was there alone.”
Now, the significant thing here is that after this seemingly supernatural event, why did he go into a mountain to pray? You know that prayer is the activity of Consciousness in Oneness with God, and you know that in order for loaves and fishes to appear to feed the multitudes, he had to be in that kind of prayer. And therefore, having been in prayer, having produced through prayer the visible requirement of the moment, why would he now retire to a mountain to pray? Now, this is not given in Mathew. In a moment you see the ship is in the midst of the sea, tossed with the waves; and so he skips right from Jesus going to the mountain to pray to a ship tossed on a sea. And to even a very studious reader, there’s no indication here of why, after the Master feeds the multitudes with loaves and fishes, he should retire to a mountain to pray.
But we’re given this instantly in John; and because it is so different, I would like to do the John version of it. Now, in John, after they had gathered their baskets and eaten:
“Then those men,
when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said,
This is of a truth that prophet
that should come into the world.”
Now, this is where John differs from Mathew:
“When Jesus therefore perceived
that they would come and take him by force,
to make him a king,
he departed again into a mountain himself alone.”
Now, the significance there is that he had perceived that they were personalizing him. They were seeing Jesus, a man, a Messiah, one who could feed multitudes. This was the man who would free the Jews, and this was dangerous because this was not his mission. His mission was to present the universal Christ as the Substance, the Identity, the law, the activity of every person on the earth. Here, a segment of the world, seeing his miracles, was ready to crown him king, a person, a man with supernatural powers; and so he had a problem.
What was he going to do about it? How could he make known to them the Truth that he was not a man, that he was the Light, that the Light of his Being was the Light of their Being, that they were One and the same, and that all that he did they could do? So he went to a mountain to pray. Just as you and I, confronted with an insurmountable obstacle, will sit in the Silence, standing still, waiting for that inner Self to emerge and take dominion, he had reached the point where doing miracles was not enough.
He had to reveal to them the Source of every miracle, that the Source was the Infinite Self, which was the Self of All, that he was not one selected alone, that the messiah in-dwelt every individual; and he needed guidance. And it was in this moment, while he, in deep Silence waiting for the Voice, was confronted by another situation; and yet, this very situation was the answer to the guidance he sought. The ship on the sea was in trouble, and it was miles away. There was no time now to catch another ship. There was no time now to be that man which the world saw as Jesus. He had to be miles away now for his disciples who were on the ocean. They were on that lake out there, and it was an ocean to them.
They were fishermen. They were skilled in all the maneuvers on the lake. They made their livelihood there. And here, in spite of it, they were in trouble. They were rowing frantically, and the turbulence was upon them, and they needed help. And this was the answer to that which he was meditating upon. What shall he do to show the Source is not the man, but the Spirit which is the Substance of all men? And now, he had to be somewhere else now. He had to be Spirit in action, and so, they saw him walking upon the water; and they were surprised, undecided, frightened. Surely, this was a myth, some kind of a hallucination. They didn’t recognize him in the slightest. Even when he got on board, they didn’t recognize him. It doesn’t even say here that he got his feet wet. They saw this apparition walking on the water, and religion says it really happened. Period. It happened.
Now, you try to go out and cash that at the bank. You try to use that to make yourself feel better. You try to do something with the fact that it really happened, see if that will keep an atom bomb away from our country or away from this world—unless we see what happened when they saw that apparition walking on the water.
And so, we’re staying with John on this instead of Mathew, because John gives us the reason that the event took place. It was a response to an inner need for guidance to show the world that Jesus was not a miracle maker, but that the Spirit of God had answered every need before the need arose; and always where there was One in Consciousness, receptive, yielding, humble, trusting, confident, One who had stepped out of mortal identity, the answer would flow, not just as a casual suggestion, but as an activity in Consciousness. And here that activity manifested as the disciples frantically rowing on a turbulent sea, needing help; and there was no man who could give them help for such a situation, only Spirit Itself.
“The disciples had entered the ship, went over the ship toward Capernum now dark and Jesus was not come to them.”
There’s a symbol in “dark.” Day is always the spiritual journey, and night is always the material journey. For them, it was night. We know it was the fourth watch. We know that there are four watches beginning at six pm, three hours a piece. And so, this was between three and six am. Actually, it was before sunrise, and that again has a symbolism. Just as the sun falls in the west, which is death, and rises again in the east, which is Resurrection, so, they were in the darkness just before dawn; and now we’re preparing for a Resurrection, for a sun coming up, for light to take them out of darkness.
The sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew. So when they had rode about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, drawing nigh into the ship; and they were afraid, but he saith unto them, “It is I. Be not afraid.” Then they willingly received him into the ship and immediately, immediately, the ship was on the land whither they went. The instant he stepped on the ship, it was no longer in the sea. It was on the shore. So, we have some fantastic things happening there in response to the inner prayer to shatter all material concepts.
Now, there are many levels to walking on the water, and if we can take an in-depth study, I believe we can come up with much that will be of advantage to us in the days of Revelation that lie ahead of all of us. For one, I think you may find that this event, coupled with all other events, in the complete demonstration by Jesus Christ, is a preview of your new Consciousness. In your Consciousness of Truth, right this instant—not tomorrow, but this instant—the fact is revealed that your spiritual Self is now walking on the water. You might catch up with your Self eventually to realize that, but it is a fact now. The Christ of each of us is walking on water, which means it has overcome the first birth.
If you go back to John the Baptist, you will see that he is a symbol of the first birth. “. . . I, he said, “must decrease.” “And he follows me whose shoe latchet I am not worthy to unloose, he must increase.” The second birth. The material man, the spiritual man.
And then John, the symbol of the first birth, is also the symbol of water, so he baptizes with water. He even baptizes Jesus with water, but it isn’t long before there’s an inner baptism of the Spirit. And then we see the meaning of baptism with water and baptism with fire. The second baptism, the baptism with fire, is the baptism of light upon the water; and we see many, many other symbols. We see water as a symbol of mortality, water as the symbol of the human birth. Each of us comes into this mortal sphere the same way. Actually, we come out of a water bag, and this is the baptism of the water; and now we must be reborn of the water and the Spirit.
Now, the early Christians were in their first birth, and so they were called little fish; and these little fish were in the water, but they were really trapped in the water. They had to learn to come out of the water; and now we find this spectacle of the man, called Jesus Christ, walking on the water, which means he had risen from the first birth of water. He was no longer trapped within the water, but he was now standing on the water. He’d come out of the little fish stage. He’d come into the rebirth, the resurrected Self to whom water is no longer an obstruction, an obstacle, something that can drown you, but rather a harmonious expression of the One Self.
And so, the symbolism of the water and standing on the water, walking on the water is mortality being dissolved into immortality. It is the symbol of the new age of rebirth. All who’ve come into the conscious awareness of the indwelling Christ are walking upon the water, dissolving mortality into the illuminated Consciousness of immortality. And this is the now fact: Never is there a physical form that walks upon the water. You will not physically walk upon the water. Jesus did not physically walk upon the water. No one anywhere at any time in the human form will walk upon the water on this earth.
Now, let’s take him for what he said. I am the Light. You’ve seen light shine upon the water. Does it drown? Does it go under? It’s right there on top. I am the Light. I am the water. I am the wine. Always, the knowledge that light is the Substance of his Being, and light is the Substance of all that we call matter and there’s light upon Light—not form of man upon physical water.
Consciousness, One’d with Itself, externalizes. Always, that which is in Consciousness is made visible. You’re not seeing a physical form walk upon physical water. You’re seeing the infinite Consciousness made visible as one harmonious activity of two different kinds of form. You’re seeing a third dimensional form, called ocean or lake or water, and a fourth dimensional form, called spiritual body. The fourth dimensional body of the Soul, made of Light, appearing where there is a three dimensional concept, called water, and they appear to be in contact, but it is the Consciousness of One being made visibly manifest, the Consciousness of the Christ.
Peter wants to do that, just as anyone would want to do that; and the mistake, of course, is that this is an external event, that there is someone doing it. And no one is doing it in the outer. The activity is all taking place within the Consciousness; and unless there is an inner activity, it cannot be made visible as form walking on water. Peter, not knowing this—thinking you can just go and do it—wants to do it, but he hasn’t had the inner activity. Peter is still a man. Jesus is the Spirit. Peter is still the mortal being. Jesus is the immortal Self. Now, for you and for me, the message of walking on the water contains within itself all that we have to know about ourselves, our Identity, what we’re doing here and why and how we are to do it.
Now, let us see, without flinching from fact, that if water is what science tells us it is, and if the physical form of Jesus was what science tells us it was, that there could have been no walking on the water. And therefore, if it happened as it is reported here, then it broke all of the material laws of science. And naturally, science would be outraged because it cannot acknowledge this as a fact because it cannot explain how he could shatter every material law. What is science going to do now? Once it acknowledges this as a fact, it cannot explain its material laws anymore. The law of gravity was broken. You didn’t pick up the morning paper and see that somebody walked on water. You don’t expect to. Science doesn’t expect to, but here somebody did and there’s no explanation scientifically. There’s no explanation religiously, except God did something supernatural.
But there is a scientific explanation, and it is shattering—but not to those who dwell in Identity. If we take science’s word that man is formed of the atom and the water is formed of the atom, then scientifically what you have is atoms walking upon atoms. But we know that there are atoms that would fall through that lake and drown. We know that when Peter tried it, he almost drowned, except that Jesus reached out to grab him. We know that the boat they were in, which is human safety or the symbol of it, was not safety for them at all.
We know that everything there is, is a symbol. These are all props to teach us something. There’s water, and there’s a ship which is a symbol of safety, and there’s a shore that they’re rowing toward; and yet, all of these things, the oars, the symbol of safety called a boat are helpless in the face of material law called wind and raising water. And yet, something comes along with no props to help it and saves them. We are being shown that the external struggle, the external belief in the power of matter to help us is a sham. There is no external help, and the help comes not from something external. It comes from the inner Consciousness of One who is sitting on a mountaintop, miles away. That’s where the help comes from, not from the boat or the oars.
And then suddenly there’s no wind. And suddenly there are still waters and gradually we begin to conceive within ourselves what really happened. What we’re learning is that the complete outer picture was first a series of mental images in the minds of the disciples who were rowing upon the lake, not hallucinations, not visions—fact as we see it today, but revealed by the Master as a cosmic hallucination, not just that storm on that day in that sea, but every storm on every day in every sea is revealed as, as much a cosmic hallucination as that one; and the same power that sent a form called Christ moving across the water, then, is here to do the same for every storm at sea today.
“If you believe on me, the works that I do, ye shall do.”
And this is the challenge, that there is a Christ form to move out and walk across every sea and every ocean into every part of the Universe where there is a storm, where there is a turbulence, where there is a wind, where there is a whirlwind, where there are men frightened by the elements. Where there is a witness of the omnipresent Spirit as the only living Presence,— and there was One who had just fed the multitudes,—and that One, without any visible support, defied the laws of space, of time and of matter, and of motion, defied everything that science has drawn around us as a fact, and without a word of explanation, demonstrated that time is not what we think, space is not what we think, matter is not what we think, material form is not what we think, and material condition is not what we think.
In fact, none of them have any power in the Presence of that Spirit, which walked out upon the sea, climbed up upon the ship, and instantly took it to the shore. What had happened to change the complete picture? The law of externalization. The unilluminated consciousness out-pictured one scene, which we have learned to call cosmic television, and the illuminated Consciousness out-pictured another scene, which we have called infinite Mind television.
That is what happened. Two different scenes: But I, if I be lifted up, take you out of the cosmic mind scene into the infinite Mind Reality of perfection. And so, demonstrated there that day on that sea was that matter is a mental image, whether it’s a calm sea or a turbulent one, that a ship is a mental image, that the conditions of a ship on a wind-swept sea are all one mental image, that all material form is a mental image, including the person.
And the hard teaching was that man is Spirit. And just as man is Spirit and not physical form, the ocean is Spirit and not hydrogen and oxygen, and wood is Spirit, not wood. But Science says it’s all made of atoms, and there was one picture of atoms changed by the Master to another picture. And so, if we accept the atomic structure of things, how could he change it? You see this, too, blasts the atomic theory, and science is left completely without any theory at all, just dumbfounded. There’s nothing it can say except, “Show us how to do it,” or “It never happened.”
Now, while science says, “It never happened,” and religion, not knowing why or how it happened, we are left without a God. We are left without spiritual power. We are left at the mercy of a cosmic mind, and consequently, in a state of cosmic hypnotism. We are left in a situation where a boy comes home from war, and whereas before he went to war, he was as his father called him, perfect. In today’s paper, the comedian Jerry Lewis: He doesn’t think war is very funny. He had a boy who was a perfect boy, a rock band leader. Everything about the boy was just the way a father wanted him to be. One thing got in the way. He was drafted. When he came back, instead of this vivacious, alert, eager, enthusiastic boy, there was someone who not only couldn’t adjust, but didn’t care. His father would say to him, “You’ve got to put your head back on your shoulders” and he’d say, “Well, why?” He’d seen something. He had seen a futility, a helplessness, a purposelessness called war in which nobody wins. This is cosmic mind.
You take away the incident of walking on water, and you’re stuck with that cosmic mind which out pictures war. You take away the incident of walking on water, and you’re stuck with this world. What’s the answer to it? Well, this comedian, Jerry Lewis has an answer to it. It’s running away. He says they won’t get another one of my sons. He says, “I’ve got one now who’s fifteen and a half. If this war is still on in two and a half years, there’s going to be a beacon’s truck pull up in front of my house, and we’re all getting in it, and we’re going straight out to the water and won’t stop.”
Now, you see, there’s a better Way. We can all get into a beacon’s truck. We only do that when we do not understand Identity. The Spirit of you walked upon the water that day. The Spirit of Jesus and the Spirit of You and the Spirit of Me are One and the same, and the Spirit said, “Be not afraid. It is I. I, the Spirit and where I am, there is no storm. You’re looking at an illusion. What were you worried about? Where was your faith in the Identity of your Being?”
The Spirit said to them, “Am I not the only power? Have I not been telling you that I in the midst of You Am mighty? Have I not been telling you that I Am the activity of God in You, and that I am not material? I am pure Light. I am the Substance of infinity. I can never leave You. Right here, out on the sea, I Am; and that sea that you’re looking at, It is I. Be not afraid. It is I. All that is here is I. I Am the sea I Am the water. I Am the ship. I Am the individuality of each One of you frantically rowing away. I Am the only. I Am the One. I Am the omnipresent Spirit and beside Me, there is no other. Of course, I walk upon the water. I always walk upon the water. I’m not walking on the water any different than I walked upon the land. It’s just that when I walked upon the land that you did not notice that I wasn’t walking like others.”
If he hadn’t walked upon water, they would not have known that he was walking the same way on the land. There is no obstacle or obstruction to I, the Spirit. I, the Spirit lives in an unobstructed Universe. I, the Spirit, walk through steel. I, the Spirit, walk through walls of concrete. Why? Because Light is like the x-ray. Doesn’t the x-ray show certain things that you cannot see with human eyes? The x-ray, itself, is but a counterfeit imitation of I, the Life, the Spirit, the Essence. And so, one standing in Identity overcomes a whole sea, a sea of illusion. Is it any different than a common cold or a backache? I walk upon the water, walk where every germ seems to be, where every ache seems to be, where every bit of suffering seems to be. It is only I. Be not afraid.
And they followed him after this. They still didn’t know, and they thought he was now surely going to free the Hebrew nation. So he had to make it still clearer, although he knew nothing would except disappearing from the tomb. He had to make it clear what he was teaching: that matter does not exist. It does not exist. There was no sea there. There was no ship there. There was only the invisible God there, only the Spirit. Where each of us stand is the Spirit. And if it’s a room instead of an ocean, nothing has changed. No appearance changes the fact of Reality.
Your chapter in Contemplative Life was “Contemplation Develops the Beholder,” and contemplation, it turns out to be, is not pondering. It’s not sitting there in deep thought. Contemplation is that capacity to behold all appearances, lakes, mountains, storms, tranquility, and, as Joel puts it, to watch them all as you would a sunrise or as you would a painting. You don’t get out your brush. You watch it. You don’t go out there and push the sun up and down. You watch it. You behold. And then in contemplation, you not only behold, but you develop the capacity to let God within, I, the Spirit, interpret My Universe to You.
As you dwell in the Silence of contemplation, beholding as you would behold a sunrise, only in that stillness of beholding are you opening the mind to let Truth emerge, interpreting Itself, free and independent of the five-sense interpretation. The five-sense kingdom of this world showed a raging sea, but the beholder, standing in the contemplation of that raging sea, letting the invisible Self interpret Itself, discovers that the sea ceases to rage, the wind ceases to storm, and even time stands still and space diminishes into nothingness; and they stand now on the shore, because in God there is no space and no time and no whirlwind, no raging sea.
If you believe on me, the works I do, ye shall do, which means that this was not an event for one, but that the Consciousness, that could behold the raging sea and the whirlwind, which can step out of time and space, is part of the property of all who were joint-heirs in Christ. You and I, as we develop the capacity to withhold judgment, not saying this is bad and this is good, but just to behold and let the inner Spirit interpret to us, discover the law of Grace is functioning.
Often, someone says, “Why shouldn’t I call something good?” Because the moment you designate it as good, you only do so because it’s better in your eye than something which you didn’t designate good; and therefore, you have fallen into the trap of something that is good and something that, by your unwillingness to designate it as good, means that you think it is bad; and so, you’ve got a duality, a double consciousness. You’ve got the belief that there’s a good and a bad.
When you magnify that, you’ll find it’s the difference between a sea that is calm and a sea that is turbulent. Always, the outer expresses the inner. Matter is not there. Matter is a mental image, therefore what’s in your mind becomes more important than what’s out there. And as the world tries to conquer matter, what is it conquering? A mental image. And so, we’re told, “Withhold your judgment. Don’t conquer the world. Don’t conquer matter. Don’t seek a victory over the things of the world. If you must seek a victory, realize that the outer world is nothing but the expression of mind; and therefore, let’s get back to mind.”
And then, if you want to go further still, the mind that out-pictures evil isn’t the mind of God. Why try to conquer it? Don’t conquer matter, and don’t conquer mind. Conquer nothing. Be still. To know that mind and matter are not of God is your victory. To look at that which mind and matter conspire to produce and to know it isn’t there, this is the beholding. This is the Contemplative Life. To look at all material things, conditions, objects, persons—with no judgment that it is good or bad—this is the contemplative way. It’s a self-denial, and many people aren’t happy unless they can spend their hours telling you about someone else who has done a foolish thing or someone else who is stupid or someone else who is wicked. Always the discussion takes the turn of the third party, who isn’t there.
Now, we all know that third party who isn’t there is either foolish or stupid or a cheat, and this becomes the way of conversation among mortal beings. Never realizing that we are judging ourselves. We are falling into the trap of a consciousness which is dual; All mental concept, whether it’s good or bad, is a trap. When you say, “Margie is good,” you’re saying someone else isn’t. Always the subtle implication that this one is better than that one is falling into the trap of materiality; and the hard teaching, the teaching that enables you to walk upon the water of Spirit, is that materiality does not exist. It can neither be good nor bad. And every time you violate it, you’ll find that the teaching of walking upon the water has eluded you.
Now, then contemplation, the withdrawal of judgment, the awareness that only Spirit is present would seem to leave you with nowhere to go. You remove all of the material world, and there’s nothing left. Seems like a stalemate, a blind corner, and where do you go from there? Unfortunately, you’ll never know until you get to that point. Those are the terms, and that’s why it’s a hard teaching. The price you pay is complete annihilation of the belief in matter, and then you don’t seek matter. You don’t strive to win or earn matter. You don’t struggle to possess matter or to hold matter. You don’t love matter. You don’t hate matter. You don’t fear matter.
You’re making your transition to where you are coming out of the birth in water as mortal being, out of the fish trapped in the tomb of a natural birth in matter; and now, you’re leaping above the water, above the material world, above mortality, above every concept of the past, above every concept of the world, into My Kingdom, which is not of this world but is here. And when you are willing to walk upon the water, which means to erase the concept of matter in your consciousness, then you are coming into your transitional experience in which the keys to the Kingdom are given to you, and that which has been invisible is opened up.
There were two steps in the work of Jesus. The first was always to bring harmony. He didn’t take them into the invisible, spiritual Universe. He brought material harmony first. In other words, he first obeyed the law of normalcy in this world. He took it out of the abnormal situation into the normal rhythm of goodness. And having brought harmony, he then was able to take it from sense to Soul. Now, all of us have sought the harmony without taking the next step from sense to Soul, and you know how many people drop out of this work when the harmony comes. But it always becomes discord later, again, because they have not been willing to erase the fullness of the belief in matter. They’ve been willing to postpone their belief in matter, just for a moment, to lose the problem; but they don’t walk upon the water.
Now, as you behold all material worlds, all material objects, all material things in your non-reactive acceptance that the invisible Spirit alone is present as my Identity, the Identity of the water, of all who are here in this quiet contemplation, you have opened the way for Truth, and the Truth is what quickens you. It quickens you out of death,—Matter and death are one and the same,—out of mortality. And that quickening breaks the law of the atom, the law of karma. That quickening puts science right back in a cage. That quickening breaks every physical law because that quickening is what changes the images.
He leadeth us to still waters. Cease ye from man whose breath is in his nostrils. Recognize the spiritual Identity. Every disciple had forgotten that I and the Father are one, and I can never leave you. The Spirit quickeneth, and for that reason Paul could say, “In spite of all the infirmities that beseech me, I am not moved by them.” He was a contemplative. Now you know that Jesus didn’t behold this scene in one instant and become a contemplative. This is part of the discipline.
We are those disciples rowing on the turbulent sea. Each of us has his own turbulent sea. Each of us is struggling frantically to overcome it, and it isn’t there. The hypnosis is that it is there, that we are in a form and that the material world to us is a turbulent sea and each day we’re struggling to overcome part of it, to build a little place where we can call our sanctuary our peace table, to put up a little nest egg, to maintain our health. If you walk upon the water of Spirit, you’ll stop all of that.
Identity tells you, you are Spirit and only Spirit. Are you trying to maintain the health of Spirit or isn’t trying to maintain your health a denial of spiritual Identity? You’re putting up a nest egg. Is Spirit requiring a nest egg? No, that’s the human mind doing it, isn’t it? Start to think about all of the things you’re doing mentally, physically to deny your spiritual Identity, and see what is stopping you from walking upon the water of Spirit, how in one grand recognition of the spiritual nature of the Universe, we know that all matter comes under subjection; for there, walking in defiance of gravity, on water that can never hold a solid man in a wind storm, on a rising sea, all is suddenly peaceful and calm. All of the material world on one lake is brought under the dominion of one invisible recognition of spiritual Identity as the only.
Every heartbeat, every backache, every pain, every lack, every limitation is taken care of in that one second of spiritual Identity as mine and yours, as a universal fact. Nothing left to do. The hypnosis is broken, and we discover that atoms, which allegedly are the substance of matter which can be fashioned into a bomb, atoms are not there. Atoms are images in the mind, just as matter, itself, is an image in the mind. We never drop a bomb. We drop images. Those same atoms, which in matter cause what we call decay, degeneration, they’re not present in the presence of I, the Spirit.
All of the power of matter is built upon the existence of matter; and here the Spirit proves the non-existence of matter, and thereby the non-power of the matter which has no existence. Matter is built upon the atom, and the Spirit proves that there are no atoms. The power of matter, matter built upon the atom, all are nothingness in the illuminated Consciousness of the Christ. There is no atomic world, no material world, no material power in the world. There is only My Spirit, and that covers every ache and pain and lack and limitation in the world.
And then, when religion said it happened, but has no meaning for it, and science says it didn’t happen, we are deprived of one of the greatest demonstrations of enlightenment, which explains the passage in Genesis, that man was given dominion. Spiritual man was given dominion, and your dominion lies, then, over land and over sea and over air, because there is no land, and there is no sea, and there is no air; and your dominion over them is because they are non-existent. Only I, the invisible Spirit, exists, and that is the difficulty of that teaching.
Walking on water, they proved the non-existence of the water, of the material world, and of the conditions in the material world; and we, who are trying to live in Identity, discover that this is true. Whenever there is an inner awakening, when the Identity speaks, when in the stillness the Voice utters Itself, the sea of the world is melted, the earth is melted, the problem is melted. There is something that bubbles up and bursts within, and in that quickening, in My peace, we are literally walking on the water.
You don’t see Christ walking on the water, but the Infinite is walking throughout Itself on the waters of Spirit, revealing the perfect Presence that is ever here. In Identity, you never waver between doubt and faith. You don’t pray and doubt at the same time. In Identity, perfection is the law of Being. Any imperfection is rejected because it denies Identity, and Identity never changes. Identity is always Identity. Spiritual Selfhood is always spiritual Selfhood, and everything that declares something is wrong is telling you, you’re not spiritual Selfhood. And so, you’re not trying to make anything better. You’re trying to recognize the hypnotism of what isn’t there, the hypnotism of the rising sea.
Now, it may seem difficult to the rest of the world to try to understand that a sea isn’t there, a boat isn’t there, or a person isn’t there. Only God is. Only Spirit is. Only Identity is. But ten thousand healings by Jesus and twenty thousand by Buddha and ten thousand by Joel and five or ten by you and me is enough to tell us.
Let’s look at some of the statements of Jesus from the standpoint of correct identification. Jesus, of course, represents to us an individual who has accepted Divine Life, and therefore is Christ-ed and becomes the Christ, having died to a personal sense of self, having died to a sense of a personal form, so that a Christ-ed Self no longer can be crucified. It isn’t in a physical form. It cannot be entombed because there’s no physical form to keep in a tomb. There is only the pure Divine Life of God.
Now, as the Way shower, then, who is showing us that we have to come to the acceptance of ourselves to be the Divine Life without corporeality, he walks through the earth appearing to us through our concept of that invisible Self as Jesus, a man. But he’s consistently telling us, “I’m not a man. I am Light. I am Life, and if you believe on Me, meaning if you will know that the Life that I am, which is doing these things, is the Life that is You, well then the Life that is You will do these things where You are.” And so, we’re looking now at One who has done what we are learning to do, even in a small measure, who is assuring us that we can learn to do what he has done.
And now, at the tomb of Lazarus, he says this to Martha, “I am the resurrection, and the life.” “I am . . . the life.” I’m not Jesus Christ, a man. I am the Life. I am the Life of the Father. I am Divine Life right here right now, but I’m not only the Divine Life in Jesus standing here, I am the Divine Life which is the One Divine Life. I must be the Divine Life, which is the Life of him whom you call your brother Lazarus down in that tomb. I am the Life of all because there is only One Life, and that is I. That Life can walk out of a tomb because there’s no tomb for that Life. In other words, that Life in You walks out of the tomb of death in You. That Life in You walks out of the tomb of a cripple, out of the tomb of a financial problem, out of every tomb. The Life that Jesus is showing—is here and is the Life of all—walks out of the tomb of every human problem, and there is no place where It does not walk. There’s no closed door to that Life.
It’s walking this earth now. It’s the only Life there is. I am the Life, and I am the Life that is the Life of You; and when you accept the Life that I am as the Life of You, You can have no other Life; and that Life will show You that It is what we have called the miracle worker. It is the Savior. It is the Messiah. It is the only Life. It has no end and no beginning in time or in space. In that Life, there is only the perfection of that Life, the harmony of that Life, and only the Life of that Life. It has no terminal point. And so the acceptance of this Life that Jesus is showing forth as your Life, you are doing what he called knowing God aright, because God is that Life, and to know that Life is to know Life eternal.
The moment you have re-established Identity as the Life which Jesus was witnessing at the tomb of Lazarus and in his complete three year mission, and which is the Life that he’s living this moment, that Life is your Life, and you have found the Life that never ends. And the more aware you become of that Life, the more It will reveal to You the multiplicity of Its benedictions. As your Consciousness opens to greater acceptance of this Life as your Life, It reveals more of its fullness.
Always, in this Bible, we have been given the knowledge that the Life of God revealing Itself as the Life of Jesus and as the Life of those who are called victims, who had come to Jesus for healing, that that Life is always perfect, no matter what concept the mortal mind may overshadow. And wherever there is an acceptance of the Life, even through One, that shadow is lifted and the eternal, timeless ever-present perfect Life, again, is revealed to be there functioning in all its perfection. It never has gone anywhere. It is never less. It will not be more. It will always be perfect Life at every point of Itself, and It is your Life. And then we’re told anything you shall ask in my name shall be given to you, and my name is your Life. Whenever you have accepted your name to be that Life, everything that you might ask for is already accomplished. All you need to do is sit down and watch what your acceptance will do.
Now, again and again and again, Jesus made the claim, “I am the Life.” He was showing you the miracle worker, and “Ye are the Life.” And so, the miracle worker is the Life of God, and that is your Kingdom. Your function is to be the king of the Kingdom by the acceptance of the Life as your Life; and your world is to be redeemed, all of it, by the recognition that you never had a world. You had a world of images. The only world there is, is the pure, perfect life Divine. It is the only One that is present. That is where we are and who we are. The Identity of each of us is that Universe of the Divine Life. Now, whom shall you fear? What circumstance shall you fear? Or what problem can you possibly anticipate, and still accept that the One Divine Life is all there is throughout what we call time and beyond, and throughout what we call space and beyond? That is all that will be here tomorrow. That is all that has ever been here.
Your acceptance of the One Divine Life, then, is the crucifixion of every yesterday that was not the Divine Life. It couldn’t have happened because only the Divine Life was happening and is happening. Every yesterday in mortality is just a lingering concept. The next birthday is a concept. Your calendar is a concept. Your wristwatch is a concept. There is only Divine Life, and in it there is no time. There is no space. There is no material progression. There is no aging. There is no recovery from pain. There is no heartbeat. There is only Divine Being.
Can you stand there in the knowledge that I am the Life and realize that Life in your Consciousness, so that it wells up inside you as a fact, not a statement? And that is the purpose of the meditations we are to do this week. I’d like you to each take this assignment: Take the word “Identity.” Just bring it down, vertical, “I” “d” “e” “n.” And with the I, make a word up; with the D, make a word up, like “I am” or “Infinity,” but something that’s true about your Identity, so that you might end up with something like “I am” as the I, and then D would be “Divine,” and then E would be “Everyone else is.” I don’t care if it’s four or six words but start it with a letter so that each letter of Identity is the beginning of a word or a sentence about your Identity. And when you get through, you’ll have eight words or sentences or paragraphs, as much as you want to write, but begin it with the “I” and then do it in such a way that you remember that “I,” for me, stands for “Infinite.” “D,” for me, stands for “Deny it and you lose it.” “E,” for me, stands for “Everyone is the same infinite Identity,” and so on until you have some kind of an inner remembrance that the word, “Identity,” for you, means these things.
And then, in your meditations, practice those meanings of Identity for you in a contemplative way. Be still and let them take root until you are able to be in the Silence accepting Identity as Life Divine, not life human, not life with a birth and a death, not life with an up and a down, not life with an aging process, not life with an end somewhere, not life with a Medicare program, just Life Divine as Identity.
And after you’ve had enough meditations on Life Divine as Identity, continue having a few more meditations on the life that you are not. I am not life in form. I am not life that comes and goes. I am not changing life. I am not life becoming better life. I am not physical life—until you know who you are, until you can stand in front of any tomb, in front of any person, in front of any circumstance, knowing the Life that I am is Divine, and that is All there is as far as the eye can see and beyond; and for me, there’s nothing beyond that to do, for It doeth Its own work. It revealeth Itself. It will blossom forth and make the desert as a rose. There is no human me to do it. It doeth Its own work.
We have been told in many ways that as we sow to the flesh, meaning to the mortal life, we reap corruption. As we sow to the Spirit, meaning Divine Life, we reap Life everlasting. For us, there is no ending. For us, there is no beginning. For us, there is no improvement. You begin at the level of Divine perfection. You cannot improve. You accept Divine perfection. You do not start at the bottom and work your way up to it. Humanhood never becomes Divine, and Divinity never becomes human.
Now, if that isn’t clear, let’s go over it again. Spell out the word “Identity” vertically. Make up a word, sentence, or a paragraph, or whatever you wish in which the first letter begins a statement about your Identity with the letter” I.” “I am” or “Identity is” and then another with the letter “D,” and then the letter “E,” until you have finished it and have something that you can even later consolidate to a point where, for the next twenty years, you can remember what Identity means to you, so that wherever you are, you can contemplate that word meaningfully. And the reason you should do this is that there is no situation on this earth that cannot be faced successfully with the knowledge of Identity.
If three wolf hounds come up to nibble at you, Identity must include their Identity and yours, and right now, as the One invisible Divine Self, period. Always only One Life is present, and that One Life must always include every form that you see, whether it’s the tree or the bird or the dog or the insect or the bill collector. There is only One invisible Life everywhere, and as long as you are accepting It, you are sowing to the Spirit, and you will reap Life everlasting, the conscious awareness that the Life of God I am living now; and nothing can ever separate me from It. This life and I are One and the same.
We have been going outside of ourselves to get things, but there is no outside of ourselves. Going outside to get things is the ignorance that our Life is the One infinite Divine Life. There’s no outside. My own life has to yield itself in my experience. There’s nothing outside it to get. It is self-contained in all perfection, and that’s the meaning of being a contemplative. You’re accepting that your Divine Life is self-contained. It is everywhere, and it will pour forth its fruit to a place that is called your human selfhood in the middle somewhere. This will be the fruit on the tree, but only because you’re not living as that human selfhood. Everything will seem to come from this circumference into this center here, but there is no center and there is no circumference. It is One.
The only Life in this Universe, then, is identified as your Life. When you meditate with that and It declares Itself within You, instead of you declaring it, you will know you have reached the point where you have accepted It. You may think you’ve accepted It, but until It within You declares Itself, until It lifts you into a new order where your mind is no longer saying anything, but rather receiving from the Infinite—the assurance that It is so—then you will know that you have overturned and overturned, and He has come whose right It is to sit upon the throne. There is an infinite acceptance. You have reached the realm of the fourth dimension of Consciousness where the Spirit within you says, “Yes, I am come.”
This is out of your hands now. You’re not in human government, and don’t try to retrogress and go back into human government to defend against things. Don’t try to get things. The government of God, the government of Spirit is infinitely perfect and infallible. It doeth the works. It performeth. It perfecteth. Just know, know You are the Life. Rest in It. Accept It in confidence, and Its peace will envelop You, and Its peace will give You that peace which the world cannot give, the peace of Grace and fulfillment.
You will find your Self looking out at the relationships of yesterday, and they will change before your very eyes. The very Substance of them will feel different. All animosities quickly fade. The usual things that pressure us become the sting of the serpent that no longer has power. When they caught us in the low focus of a human selfhood and we met them all on their own level, we were seeing two powers. We were witnessing good powers, material powers, mental powers, powers that overcome other powers, but in our new elevation of Consciousness, we’re in the One Self that has no need to overcome anything, for all that is on this earth is an imitation of that One Self that you have discovered. You never have to use a power over the imitations. You never have to use a power, period, because the One Self is ever maintaining Its glorious perfection where you stand and in all that concerneth you.
Now this little pour of a class, learning of its own Divinity, is being prepared to walk forth within the Consciousness of the world where two powers are accepted, knowing that there is no power on this earth other than perfection in all things. We walk with our hands behind our back. We do not worry about faltering businesses. We do not worry about any condition. We look through the form, through the appearance, through the shape, through the size, through the density, through the condition; and we accept that One, perfect Life is the only Presence, and It is I. It is the Life of the horse. It is the Life of the dog. It is the Life of the bird. It is the Life of the cat, and I have no need to assist that Life. I merely must recognize It, and Its perfection will manifest where I stand.
The Life, recognized, becomes Identity Infinite recognized, and that becomes Grace manifest, not just in sixty, seventy, eighty years, but unto eternity. That is why the dice of God are loaded. There is no power on this earth that can alter the Presence, the perfection in all things of Reality. Every individual that you are willing to see in this Light, with this Consciousness, you are lifting up, redeeming, improving, to lift them out of their mortal sense of self, not with words, not with arguments, but with the recognition of One Life. You never proselyte with words. You never become a great missionary, but secretly and sacredly, you are lifting the consciousness of the world.
Now take those two lacks, those two problems, those two disturbing people, and after you’ve completed this Identity chart for your Self, apply it. Apply it to everything you consider wrong in your life, and if you do it correctly, you will see that there is nothing wrong in your Life, absolutely nothing wrong in your Life, not one thing. You simply had the wrong life. You hadn’t accepted Divine Life as the only Life; and living in the false sense of life, you even inherit things that are wrong in the false sense of life. Then, you look out and crucify that false sense of life, and watch your garden grow.
Next week we’ll do chapter eight in Contemplative Life, but always, as we walk into another chapter, we must remember that the book, The Contemplative Life, as all of the writings of Joel are, are about your Life, are about the Christ of your Being, about the Christ of Jesus Christ; and always, the Bible becomes a very central source of refreshment for us. Yes, we want to read the books, but that Bible must never be forgotten, because you can take any inspired statement out of the Bible and go all the way with it.
The Bible must still be an important part of your weekly reading, and if you’ve been neglecting it, it isn’t necessary to read chapters. A phrase, a word, a situation, anything that emanates from an inspired Consciousness like Jesus Christ has to be important. And really, a week gone by without something from him is an opportunity wasted, even if it’s just a sentence. If you only took “I and my Father are one” and brought it into this chart of identity and worked with it for a day or two, think of the priceless opportunity to work with “I and my Father are one,” about your own Identity, knowing that these words were spoken from the Source, were spoken by your Identity. Is there a better teacher, a more dependable one?
So, bring that Bible back into your weekly work, even though you read next week’s chapter eight. Now work out your assignment. Look at the people around you with the knowledge that their Identity never was any different than yours. Look at the birds and the trees and see that their Identity is never any different than yours. All is your One Life. It is All You. There’s nothing in this Universe that is not You. Don’t You see? You are the Life of the Universe, and the Life of the Universe is You. There’s no place where you stop and someone new begins. It’s all your Self, and only when you recognize your Self everywhere will your Self everywhere come and pour its abundance where you stand.
This infinite Self recognition takes you out of persons and personalities. You’re looking at your Self everywhere, and this must become a ringing Reality, Identity. That’s the story today, and it will be as long as we walk this earth. “Thou shall have no other gods before me,” no other Life before Me. I am the Lord, thy God. I am Life, and beside Me, there is no other one, no other life.
We have all been slaves to form, when we have freedom in Life. The slavery is the slavery to the mental idea of form, to the material idea of form, to the material things. We are slaves to forms that have no existence, when our freedom lies in I and the Father are One Life. You and the Father are One Life. Everyone and the Father are One Life, and there is no other life than I. I am the only Life on earth. Whom shall I fear? What condition should worry me? I am the only Life on earth.
Do you see how you pyramid yourself up? You step up the ladder step by step until you can come to that place: I am the only Life on earth. I am the only Life in all the Universes that exist. There is only One Life; and every time you’re fearing or doubting or wondering, trying to improve, you are saying, “I am not the only Life.” And you’re having other gods before me.
Now, you can’t just make this statement, “I am the only Life in the Universe.” It will be very hollow, but build your ladder and climb it slowly and carefully up your eight steps of Identity. Do it yourself; and next week, bring it with you, or whenever we get together again. I’ll try it, and I’ll bring mine with me. We’ll see what we have come up with, what we can put together and all agree on, One Identity that we can all understand. That will be our strength.
I’m sure that when Jesus stood upon this earth and looked out, that Spirit which stood where we saw form, that infinite Consciousness knew It was the only Life. It was Life knowing Itself, everywhere. There was no other life it had to worry about. There was no other being but It, and It is You and Me. I am the only Life everywhere. That includes my client and my employer, my brother and my sister. These are the masks of forms. The Life is I, everywhere.
Wherever you go, you are. When you try to jump into that realization without building your ladder, you can’t hold it, but as you build step by step, you’ll find you can hold it for a little while; and you have to go back again and hold it again and again, until one day it takes root and you don’t have to go back to the first rung of your ladder. You’re on the second as a permanent dispensation. Maybe someday, you’ll reach the third rung. You never have to go back this far, and you wake up with the knowledge there’s no other Life on this earth than I am. Practicing that Reality is practicing the Presence; and Grace does flow in the measure that you attain the pure Consciousness that the One Life is your Name.
Thank you very much.
Today’s chapter in Contemplative Life is “The Dice of God Are Loaded” meaning that the perfect creation is ever going to be a perfect creation and that, regardless of what we do, whether we stumble or not, Identity will never change; Life will never die.
Now, in spite of the fact that God is all and God is perfect, in spite of the fact that we are all in an agreement that God is all and God is perfect, there is a universal hypnosis which compels us in one way or another to deny that fact with our actions, with our deeds, with our daily activities, in spite of the desire to honor the Father in all our ways. And then that frustration sets in, which says, “Here I am, doing my best, even understanding the Truth, but I’m all snarled up in a lot of words and memories and quotations, in spite of the fact that I’ve studied so many years. How much longer must I go on striving, self-doubting, wondering what’s wrong with me or with the message.”
Now, this has come to me quite a number of times: In spite of the fact that every week, somebody will say, “Oh this was a wonderful class. Just marvelous. It lifted me right outside of myself,” I get those statements from people, just as well as I get the frustrated statements of why am I not getting where I belong? Today, we want to establish the prime reason that we are unable to attain and maintain the Consciousness of the Father within. It only begins where the world actually leaves off. The world leaves off by looking for God “up there,” and we begin by accepting God as the very Substance of My Being right here.
Now, that is only a beginning. Once you have accepted your Self to be the Child of God, it is incorrect to assume that, from that moment on, everything you do is blessed and under Grace, because that acceptance of being the Child of God usually gets no further than the larynx. We have stated, “I am the Child of God,” and now we’re waiting for a halo. I still call my father, “my father.” I still call my child “my child.” I still call my sister, “my sister.” I still call my aunt “my aunt.” I still have human relations and fail to see that having human relations is the denial that I am the Child of God. I have not left my mother, brother, father, sister. I am still calling a man on earth “my father.” I am still born of woman. I have made the statement that I am the Child of God, but I still have a human mother and a human father.
And so, you go on living this paradox, this contradiction, and suddenly, you hit your head against the wall. The acceptance isn’t quite that easy. The acceptance requires the acceptance of all of the contingencies of that Truth, of all of the responsibilities of that Truth, so that having accepted my Self to be the Divine Child of God, I cannot be the human child of a human parent; I cannot be living a human life; I cannot be sowing to the flesh.
You’re in an airplane. Everything is smooth, and suddenly there’s a jar, a jolt. You know something is wrong. You look out through the right window. There’s a fire in one of the motors. The plane is just rocking around crazily. Down she goes. You’re plummeting down, down, down, and now you’re a thousand feet from the ground. It seems inevitable that you’re going to hit the ground. You’re down to nine hundred and eight hundred and seven hundred, and there’s nothing can stop it, nothing.
And when you’re almost one hundred feet away from the ground, that’s when we want to stop right there and reconsider who we are. One hundred feet away is death unless I know who I am. There’s going to be a wreckage. There are going to be forms that never move again. Am I going to be a form or am I going to be life? Which am I? When that plane does hit, when those forms do not move again, where will I be? Will I be life, living, or will I be form, dead? We have to reach the conclusion about that.
We say, “ God is all.” Well, then God can’t be a dead form. We have been told to lose our life to gain it, and we finally learn that it means lose your concept of form to accept your Self as the Life, the Life of God. And finally, when that plane does crash, I am Life, God, not mammon, not corporeality. I am Life, and I am living just as much as before the crash of the plane.
You can actually go through that inner experience of knowing I am the Life and not the form; and you can see the division that is necessary in consciousness, where you are prying apart the belief that Life and form are one and the same. You can see form dead to outer senses, but you can see Life moving invisibly, eternal; and when you are unable to accept that you are the Life and not the form, you are denying that I and the Father are One. You are accepting separation. You are accepting mortality. You are rejecting that “Now are we the sons of God.” Now are we the Life of God. Now are I and the Father One and the same Life.
The same thing happens with the crash of a bomb. The world thinks of shattered forms, but the Divine Self, the Life of you is never going to be in a bomb raid. The Life of you is never going to fall from the sky. The Life of you will never be in an accident. The Life of you will never hear about a malignancy. The Life of you is always going to be perfect as your Father.
Now, it is important to remove the belief that beside the Life of you, there is something else, and to see that form is but the concept we entertain about our Life. Life is our name. Form is the concept with which we clothe ourselves mentally. They can have the form, but Pilate, you can have no power over My Life. This is the Life of God we’re speaking about. Thou seest me, thou seest the Father, the Life of the Father. And finally, you reach the conclusion that you cannot serve God as human form. You can only serve God as Divine Life, and you identify as Life.
“I live; yet not I . . .”, said Paul: Christ liveth My Life. What a strange remark. Did he mean Jesus was living his Life? How could Jesus live the life of Paul? But Christ liveth My Life; The Spirit of God liveth My Life. Why? Because Christ and Divine Life are One and the same. Divine Life is My Life, he was declaring. You see Paul, but this is Divine Life, and this Divine Life can support seven churches. This Divine Life can spread the message over the world of Truth. Paul identified as Divine Life. I live in form only by appearance. Divine Life is what is living Itself as Me. This was his statement, and the Master said lay down your sense of form, lay down your life.—That’s your sense of form.—to gain your Life, to know who you are, Divine Life.
And again, when the death of the form comes, even naturally, without an accident from the sky or a bomb or anything of that sort, what’s going to die? A concept. What’s going to live? That which is ever living. Your Life is going to live. Now then, why should we wait for the bomb? Why we should we wait for the plane to fall down from the sky? Why should we wait for the coroner, when all we’re going to learn, when it happens, is that I am Life and My Life continues to be Life? Isn’t this the time to be aware of it? Should we wait until we’re on the other side of the veil to suddenly awaken? And once you, then, accept that the great teaching of the Master was that you are the Life that I am, and I am the Divine Life, you are the Divine Life. Identify as that Divine Life. Live as that Divine Life. Reject what is not that Divine Life and see, see the difference.
And so, suppose at the moment each of us were to take and list within our mind two things we lack, human things, mortal things, two things that you lack. Just list them in your mind. You might have a dozen. List the two big ones. And then in your mind list two persons, two persons who, to you, are some kind of a disturbance: personal adversary, employer, government, whatever, and then list beside the two lacks, the two persons who disturb you the most, and also list two of what you consider your major problems. I’ve got two lacks, two disturbing persons, and two major problems. Now, ask yourself this: Aren’t those lacks, aren’t those disturbing persons, aren’t those problems your denial that you are Divine Self, that you are Divine Life?
You quickly see that, in the absence of the identification as Divine Life, you have no center; and being out of center, everything else must be off center. Your complete focus has to be wrong. Now there begins the pyramid of errors from that. The incorrect identification of your Self makes it impossible for you to identify anything as It is, because you’re the one who’s now identifying. How can illusion identify Reality? And so, the entire life is lived in a compounding of the original problem, incorrect identification.
Now, take the two lacks. Whatever they may be, they are your denial that your Life is the Life of God, because the Father says to the Life of God that is You, “Son, . . . all that I have is Thine.” Now where are your two lacks? Your two lacks are not in being that Son. You have accepted the form of you, instead of the Life of You. The form of you lacks those two things, yes, but the Life of you does not lack those two things. All that the Father hath is in the Life of You.
These two disturbing persons: Christ wasn’t disturbed by Pilate, wasn’t disturbed by Crucifixion. You’re disturbed because, not having identified your Self as Divine Life, these two persons to you are forms, not Divine Life; and so the form of you is disturbed by the form of them. Proper identification would say, “There goes Divine Life. Here is Divine Life,” and you would find the invisible power of Divine Life making Itself manifest because I in the midst of Thee am greater than these forms.
Your two problems, whether they’re physical, social, economic, they are based upon a form as your Identity. Always, you’ll discover that all of our lacks, limitations, problems, disturbances are really different names for the same one problem. We have one problem, one sin, and no more: incorrect identification, the rejection of our Divine Selfhood as the invisible Life of God. We refuse to say, “I am the Life,” as Jesus did. We refuse to say, “I and the Father are One Life,” as Jesus did. We refuse to say, “Christ liveth My Life,” as Paul said. We do not consciously refuse. We refuse without realizing we have refused. We honor the error. We honor the evil. We honor the problem. We honor the lack. We acknowledge everything but My Divine Self, and in the absence of My Divine Self, chaos reigns. We go up and we go down.
Therefore, the first step in living a Life that is immune to the ills of this world, the problems of this world, the vacillations of this world, the antagonisms and the inhumanities is to go deep within until you can know that I have been instructed by God, that My Life is His Life, that the only Life I have is Divine, and if I fell in a plane crash today as a form, I would still be Divine Life. Neither life nor death, neither mortality nor the end of mortality can separate me from the love of God; and therefore, I must be living after what is called the death of the form. The only way I can do that is to be Life.
God is Life and God is All, and therefore, Life is all, and that must be My Name. Life has no death. There is no such thing as death in Divine Life, and all that is not Divine Life is non-existent. God being All, only Divine Life is, and that must be the only Life I am. But when I accept My Self to be Divine Life, I cannot also accept My Self to be human form. I cannot be divided. I cannot be Divine and not divine. Wherever you have encountered a difficulty of accepting and then standing in Identity as Divine Life, you will discover you were suffering and only for that reason. Ye are the Life. Ye are the Christ, and the Christ is the invisible Divine Life of every individual who walks this earth.
Once we have made our acceptance that Divine Life is My Life, we are beginning to come under the Grace of that Divine Life, but even though you have done that, you are still not protected by Divine Law. You can still be caught in all kinds of human problems, even though you believe you are Divine Life. You’ve got to give me the same privilege. You’ve got to give your enemy the same privilege. You’ve got to know everyone in your world as Divine Life, and that means you’re taking them out of form in your Consciousness. You’re not sowing to the form, to the flesh. You’re sowing to the Spirit. You’re accepting Divine Life as the Identity of your father, of your mother, of your children, of your sister and your brother.
When you have accepted their Life as Divine and your Life as Divine, you are going to see Divine Law functioning in your Being. Why? Because when you have accepted Divine Life, you have found your spiritual center. When you have accepted Divine Life as theirs, you have found their spiritual center, and because there is only one Divine Life, your spiritual center and their spiritual center are One spiritual center; and everywhere in this Universe, then, is your spiritual center. You have included the least of these, my brethren. And as you do it unto others, so shall it be done unto you.
The judgment you are now meting out is being measured back to you. You are judging all to be the Divine Life of the Father. You have accepted the infinity of God, the infinity of Divine Life. There is no place where Divine Life is not; and only then have you accepted your Identity, because your Identity is never Divine Life sitting in a chair. Your Identity is infinite Divine Life, and that is the Identity of your mother, father, brother, sister. That is the Identity of everyone you know, whether they know it or not.
And when you have accepted your Life to be infinite Divine Life and know My Life to be infinite Divine Life, we are in spiritual brotherhood, for we are One and the same Divine Life. I cannot judge you, nor you me, because I’d be judging My Self. And then the law of Divine Life flows, because you are not the Son of God until you are the infinite Divine Life, and then: “Son . . . all that I have is thine.” Two steps, then, in your reconciliation to God: One, I am Divine Life. Two, I am infinite Divine Life. The form will move in the harmonies of that infinite Divine Life without taking thought. You’ll know when to get a glass of water. You’ll know when to get the cab or the bus. You’ll know what to do and when, because I, infinite Divine Life knoweth your needs. I am the Kingdom of God within You.
Let’s find that Kingdom of God this way. The Kingdom of God is your Divine Life. It is within you, meaning it is your Self, and when you have found this Divine Life to be your Self and have extended the Truth of that to everyone you know, that infinite Divine Life is the Kingdom of God. It begins only in your conscious awareness that It is your Divine Self. It ends with your conscious awareness that It is the Self of All, and you have found the invisible Kingdom of God. Your spiritual center is connected throughout the Universe. The power of God must function in the Divine Life of God that you’re accepting as your own. Now, I and the Father are One infinite Divine Life everywhere. Now you can understand, “Son, thou art ever with me . . .” because we’re One and the same infinite Divine Life. Don’t forget that “infinite” Divine Life.
Now, let’s see what happens when we accept. We were told to forgive, forgive our enemies, forgive those who despitefully use us. Why? Originally, it seemed like we were being lifted out of a kind of humanhood that would hold grudges. But you see forgiveness, now, as the Identity of God, recognized as the invisible Life of that individual you’re forgiving. You’re not forgiving him. You’re recognizing God as the invisible Life of that person. That’s what forgiveness means, then, and as you recognize the invisible Life of God as his Life, it is because you have accepted that invisible Divine Life as your Life: “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” We are erasing the belief in humanhood, in mortality there. In mortality here, we are truly accepting infinite Divine Life as the only Life in the Universe as My Life, as Your Life, as His Life.
Now, how do you fall out of the sky? How does a germ enter infinite Divine Life? By what manner does a germ kill infinite Divine Life? How do human problems enter infinite Divine Life? How do evils and errors and mistakes and miscalculations, how does lack and limitation enter infinite Divine Life? These things only enter the absence of the acceptance of God’s Word that you are My Son now.
And so, in order to accept I am Divine Life, I am infinite Divine Life, and so are you, you must reject all that denies it, because we have been living in a mortal sense which, by denying individual Divine Life and infinite Divine Life, has brought us into instant karma, instant. The moment you deny that I am Divine Life, you are in instant karma and vice versa. The moment we violate the Truth that the Spirit of God is the only Substance, we are in the karma of separation from It through a consciousness that is unaware of It; and we look in vain for that Grace which allegedly is our sufficiency in All things.
But when we accept infinite Life as Divine and there is no opposite, and we deny all that says there is an opposite; when we refuse to accept in consciousness the lacks, the limitations, the pains, the problems; when we can face them with the knowledge that they do not belong to me, even a bad heart cannot belong to me because if I have a bad heart, I am accepting that I am not Divine Life. If I have bad lung, I’m accepting that I am not Divine Life, and I’m merely perpetuating the experience of pain and suffering.
I’m facing my true trial which is saying to me, “Come on out here and be mortal. Give up that Divine Life idea and suffer a little.” And I’m saying, “Willingly will I suffer.” I’m accepting and acknowledging the heart with its problem, instead of the Divine Life. I still believe that I have a human heart, a human liver, a human pair of lungs. Why? Because I do not believe that I am Divine Life. And so, we still say, “I accept. I accept.” But go all the way. If the Life of God is All and It is Divine, and It is Your Life and My Life and His Life and Her Life, why are You afraid of an atom bomb? Who’s dropping it, if there’s no other Life to drop it? You still have the belief that it is there. Why are you afraid of a heart attack? You still have the belief that a heart is there, and it can be attacked.
If Divine Life is all, where are you going to find Divine Life in a human form? Is it possible to pour Divine Life into a human form? Do you not see that Divine Life is telling you there is no human form, that the universal hypnosis is that there is a human form where only Divine Life is? You can’t have both. Both cannot exist. You cannot be Divine Life and human form, and the universal hypnosis is that you are human form; and therefore, we sort of try to reach out and claim Divine Life while believing we are a human form. We all do it, and we all suffer for it; and this is the rise and fall of civilizations.
We’re stepping out. The early fumblings and stumblings in the acceptance of Divine Life grow into a certainty, an assurance, a confidence. You’d rather stumble in Divine Life than to be positive in a human form, and finally we get our stabilizer. The moment we have accepted Divine Life, we have accepted our Christhood. We’re where Paul was. “I live yet not I.” This Divine Life is Omnipotent. It doesn’t need somebody to protect it. It doesn’t need protection against the germ. It doesn’t need a doctor’s prescription. It doesn’t need any human health.
All that would, in any way, endanger you is part of the hypnosis of living in a human form, and the stronger your confidence in Divine Life as your Self, the stronger you will see your capacity to reject the need for anything to improve, correct, or repair you, because there’s nothing in you that needs repair. If you need repair, your consciousness has fallen below the level of the acceptance that the Life of God is the Life of You.
Now then, we want to face the need for repair with that understanding: I am in incorrect Self-Identification. That’s my error, and that’s my problem, and a doctor’s prescription is not going to change that problem. It may change the name of it. I will still have the problem of incorrect Identification, no matter what human help I receive. And if a wealthy relative leaves me a fortune at the moment of death, I will still be in incorrect Identification; and that Divine Life, which I have not accepted up to the moment of death, I will not be able to accept after the moment of death. I will reincarnate into the flesh because, unless I am living in the acceptance of Divine Life before, there is no transition. Transition is only in one who has accepted, who has lived in Divine Selfhood prior to the moment that is called death.
Every time you accept a condition on this earth that is a denial of your Divine Selfhood, you are rejecting the priceless gift of God. Now that should be made clear, then, that the way to the crown is through the rejection of every human condition as an impossibility in my Divine Life. Divine Life is Omnipresent. Divine Life is Omnipotent. Divine Intelligence is everywhere. Divine Intelligence is here now, but only for Divine Life.
And so, when Jesus looked at Peter and said, “Who do men say am I?” And then he said to Peter. “And who do you say I am?” In that moment that Jesus could be seen by Peter as the Christ, Peter had seen for a second, “You are Divine Life.” And doesn’t that explain every miracle? Is there a single miracle that was not accomplished simply by the recognition that this cripple is not a cripple? This is Divine Life. It was a total re-Identification of everything. Divine Life, standing as Jesus Christ, looks at a cripple and says, “You’re not human life. You’re Divine Life.” And then, what happens? The spiritual center of One being the spiritual center of the other, the Omnipotence of Divine Life reveals Itself.
How in the world could silver be found in a fish’s mouth, except as a revelation that Divine Life, accepted, becomes the visible, needed form through Grace? The Life of the fish is Divine. The Life of I and you and him and her is Divine, and the resting in that knowledge becomes the law of Grace made visible. How could ravens feed a man, except that the Life of the raven and the Life of Elijah are One invisible Life Divine. There was no form called raven. There was no form called Elijah. There was the One invisible Life appearing to human sense as two forms, One fulfilling the other. The forms are never there. Only the invisible Life is there; and when there is recognition of it, it appears as the necessary forms in whatever quantities or qualities are needed.
All of the healings, then, in the Bible represent correct Identification. The One who stands in the knowledge of Divine Self, who lives in the knowledge of Divine Self and looks out and recognizes nothing but Divine Self does nothing more than stand still and behold the revelation of Divine Self fulfilling Itself as perfection. And therefore, he could not accept credit. “Why callest thou me good?” Divine Self doeth Its own works. The Father within, “he doeth the works.”
Now, this is for us to see that the works that Divine Self did, the works that I do, ye shall do, because the same Divine Self will do those works and greater works. Whoever will stand in the knowledge that only Divine Self exists will not accept the forms as life, but will know the difference between invisible Divine Life and visible form and know that all form is a concept we entertain about invisible Divine Life. And then, forgiveness is easy. There’s nobody to forgive.
If a man is insane, the state doesn’t call him a murderer. If a man is under the influence of alcohol, it is realized that he had no responsibility for what he did. What if a man isn’t there? Who are you condemning? A form? A concept? When all that is there is Divine Life, and therefore the condemnation, the unforgiveness, the jealousy, the hate, the greed, everything directed at that form is your denial of the Life that is there, who pays the price? You do. Your denial of Divine Life as being the Infinite and Only is the violation which plunges you back into the good and evil of the world.
And so, the dice of God are loaded. They’re loaded for perfection. Behind every door is I knocking, knocking, knocking, knocking. I stand at the door of every human consciousness, knocking; and the mortal there, not knowing I stand there, goes right on denying Divine Selfhood, living in a sense of mortal selfhood, opening himself up to every mortal belief, while freedom stands knocking at the door.
Your Divine Selfhood is knocking at the door of your Consciousness. Your Divine Life is saying, “Accept Me, for I have come that you may have Life more abundantly.” And therefore, knocking at the door of your Consciousness is more than just an acceptance of Divine Life. Those two lacks that you had, the fulfillment of them is knocking at the door of your Consciousness saying, “If you accept Me as your Divine Selfhood, all that I have is thine.” You are seeking to get rid of the lack, and here It is knocking at your door.
You’re seeking to get rid of the bad health, and here is perfection knocking at your door. Everything we have lacked and needed and wanted has been knocking at our door. It is our Identity as Divine Self. The very things I have been seeking, I am, but I do not know. And all of my fears are based upon this false identity, which has not accepted true Identity and, therefore, has to go looking for the things that true Identity is knocking on my door to give me. Behind every human consciousness is the Self of God saying, “Open up and let Me in.”
And if you fail, you come back and do it again. No matter how many times you do it again, ultimately there must come a time where you open the door, even a crevice. Just because we get tired of being hit on the head so often, we get curious enough to want to look and see what’s behind the veil of mortal thought, and then we find the inundation of Truth. Always, nothing can prevent the ultimate establishment of God’s Identity in You as You. The delaying action in time changes nothing. “Before Abraham, I am,” and that is the Truth of your Being. “The dice of God are loaded” because perfection is all that exists; and in Divine Selfhood accepted, then Divine perfection becomes the acceptance in your Consciousness. Whatever is imperfect is not Divine; and therefore, in your Consciousness, whatever is imperfect has no Reality.
If there’s no dust on the stoop, it’s silly to go out with a broom. If there’s no Reality in imperfection, why go out to chase it away? You stand in Reality. You stand in the Light and let the Light take care of removing that which had appeared to be a shadow or darkness. And therefore, in answer to the questions I’ve been receiving: Why do I not succeed, even though I try and am faithful, and I’m honest and am sincere? You cannot say, “I am Divine Self here.” And turn around and say, “but you are not.” You can’t go to the storekeeper and think he’s just a menial man waiting on you. You can’t think of him as overcharging or over-weighing or holding the best cuts of meat from you. You’ve got to see that Divine Self takes care of Itself and that there is no second self; and if you’re sowing to the physical things of the world, you must accept the physical laws of the world and suffer from them.
The whole orientation, then, is to live in the conscious awareness of Divine Self everywhere. The realization of Oneness is not just where I stand. The realization of Oneness must be infinite. It’s almost impossible to do this without noticing quickly that everything changes. The moment you say, “I am the infinite Christ,” instead of “I am the Christ,” you feel a broader base. You feel beyond a lifespan. You’re not thinking of measuring in terms of twenty, thirty, forty years. “I am the infinite Christ.” This doesn’t begin or end at a certain place. This is the infinite Christ. Forget the Master’s form; and, now, witness your own Selfhood.
All of the cluttering, disturbing fragments of thought, all of the little trepidations of the heart, all of the fears slowly dissolve because I, infinite Christ lives only under the law of infinite Divinity; and even if you only attain twenty or thirty or forty percent of that, it’s five million times what you had as a human being, because we know you can’t attain one hundred percent of that as long as the world is still in its universal hypnotism, but we can go up the ladder. We can actually climb the ladder of Truth so that we start with Identification that’s Christ, the Divine Self. We extend It to the next rung, which is Identification of Christ as the very Substance and nature of all who walk the earth.
You can look at the bird. You can look at the chicken, and you can see the form isn’t what’s there. The form perishes. The form is transient. Don’t get stuck on the form. Sow to the Life that is there. In other words, recognize the Life, which is there, is not even the life that apparently goes out of the form when it’s dead. The Life is never in that form. The Life is One Life. It never enters into form. The Life is simply Life being Itself,—and you are making that form. The world mind and you are collaborating to create a form, where only Life is,— And get to sow to the Life, the Life, the Life, independent of the form. Marvel that the Life can show forth a beautiful bird or flower, but don’t think that the Life of God is in that bird or in that flower because, when the heel of somebody crushes that flower, it’s not going to crush the Life of God. It’s going to crush only the form that we have created in our mind.
Get to see that the Life is independent of the form. It does not live in the form but It creates, for us through our consciousness, the appearance called form through processes too numerous for you and I to sit down and detail out. But as you are sowing to the Life, you are bringing into play the power of that Life through your Consciousness; and that Life, through your Consciousness, becomes the law of the form, the law of your heart, the law of your lungs, the law of your body through your conscious awareness of the invisible Life of all Being; and then you, too, are saying, “Pilate, you could have no power over me, because I have the Life and I recognize only the invisible Life of you, and the Life of you and I are One Life.” How can that One life have any power over Itself? It needs no power. It is the only power, and you can rest right there.
Now the work gets more exciting. As you do this and do this and do this, you find you’re becoming independent of form. You’re not trapped by it. You’re not acknowledging form as a power because you’re not acknowledging form as the Presence. The form can make all kinds of claims. It won’t bother you one bit, because the life that is there where the form appears is your own Life, and it’s very friendly to you. You don’t have to go running away from a ghost anymore.
Everything you want to do is already done in your Life, and if you will just be still and know Life is perfect and is finished, it will flow through in the very forms that are needed, whatever they may be. There are no limitations to Life because it is infinite, and I come quickly. The question is, are you putting up a barrier by being a human being, while claiming to be the Divine Life? Because the Divine Life can never flow into a human being. It will only flow within Itself, and if you are still on the hang-up of form as a Reality, as a living Presence, then the message of Jesus Christ, for you, is a dead issue. You have crucified it in your consciousness, and there can be no Resurrection until you remove that Crucifixion, and in turn, turn around and crucify the false sense of self and let the Resurrection into Christ, realized, become the law of your Being.
We have been given a world of images to walk in; and behind it is the invisible Life of God ever-perfect, ever-present, ever functioning, independent of everything that we do in these images. Occasionally one slips behind the veil of the images in Consciousness; and lo and behold, we think he’s done a miracle, and he tells us, “No, I haven’t done a miracle at all. You can do the same. Follow me. Do what I have done in Consciousness. Accept the invisible as the Divine and the only, and take no thought for your visible form life. You will discover the power of the Invisible meets every need, but be true to It everywhere in the least of these, my brethren; and you will find “the dice of God are always loaded in your favor.” Perfection must manifest where God is accepted as the Only.
As Ezekiel puts it, there’s an overturning and an overturning and an overturning; and that’s the overturning in consciousness as we get rid of the concepts of matter, the concepts of form, until we come to that place where we can say, “There is only One Life in the entire Universe, and that Life I am, he is, she is. We are all that One Life, joint heirs in the One Life: “There is no other life than the Life that I am.” It is the Life of God. It needs no protection. It needs no planning. It needs no repairs, and there is no other Me. Then you drag out of the form every concept. You’re all in One piece now. You’re not clinging to a Christ concept on one side and a human concept on the other. You’re not divided. You’re not a split personality.
You know you don’t live in a form, and you know the form is but a cosmic image. They will never trap you in that form; and because of it, even that form in which you are not living will walk through this world untouched, because there will be a You there, an invisible Divine Being which will be the law, even unto that manifest, physically appearing form. “The world is new to everyone when Christ has entered in;” and the world, that this atomic era has called the world, ceases to have power over that Consciousness which is living, moving, having Its Being in the realization that the Divine Self, I am.
Now, you might find it interesting to do something. You can go through the experience of death, not actually of course, but you can imagine this plane crashing. You’ll find a tremendous relief and release to feel your Self as Life, independent of every human tragedy; and somehow, when you do that, you’re anticipating a day when just that thing will happen, when the realization of Life as your Self lifts you out of the earthbound mortal who’s struggling along under karma, trying to figure out how to break the karma, how to erase the karma, how to nullify the karma, how to turn each little event into his advantage.
You don’t turn events into your advantage anymore. You are the Infinite. You simply behold your Infinite Self revealing Itself as a better business, a better marriage, a better mother-father relationship, a better child relationship, a better human relationship. Everything that is in the Infinite reveals Itself as the new harmony of this human existence, simply by standing in the knowledge that I am this Life which is independent of form.
Often you invent these little experiences within your Self just to go through them vicariously, to release your Self from the pre-concepts of the world, and then they’re not as strange to you later, as they come along. We should reach a place where the whole concept of death is revealed as nothing more than the termination of a false image called form. It’s even possible to reach the place where you can see death as a very beautiful release into your uncluttered Self.
Suppose you imagine that you are tuned in to a cosmic mind and that you are sort of a television set, and now it broadcasts to you, broadcasts to someone else, and everyone tuned into it receives the same information. If it were a radio or TV transmitter and you tuned into it, you would have an image on your screen; and any other individual would have another image, so that there might be fifty, sixty, seventy million images on screens, but all about one program. All the images would be pretty much the same, but all about the same one.
Now, as the cosmic mind broadcasts, using your mind as its TV set, the thing that it broadcasts is you. You become the image of the cosmic mind. We know it isn’t a Divine Image. Now we walk around in this cosmic mind image, each of us tuned to it, supported by it, fed by it, sustained by it, each assuming this personal sense of me. This image, not realizing that it has merely been televised to us by the cosmic mind, and then it continues that program. While each of us is tuned to it, because we know no other way, it now televises a flood; and all those in a certain area, looking at the same cosmic mind, experience the flood. In another area it televises a hurricane, and all those in that area tuned to the cosmic mind, they experienced the hurricane. Always, to them, it seems external to themselves, and they seem external to each other, but they are all images in the one cosmic mind.
You will discover that when you look at another individual, you’re looking at a cosmic mind image. When they look at you, they are looking at a cosmic mind image. But then something even stranger takes place. The image that you are is the cosmic mind image passing through your consciousness, changed by your consciousness to the level of your receptivity; and so your consciousness of the cosmic mind brings forth an image called you. And so when I look at you, I am looking at your consciousness of the cosmic mind made visible as your image. And then I do a strange thing, I make another image about your image in my mind. And so I see my mental concept of your image; and someone else comes and looks at you, and they look at the same image that I looked at, and they make a mental image about you.
I think I’m looking at you, and they think they’re looking at you, but neither of us are. We are both looking at our own mental images about you. In my mind is an image about you, and that’s all I can see of you; and whoever looks at you can see nothing more than the mental image that they make of you. And if fifty million people look at you, they are seeing fifty million different mental images about you, and it’s important to know this for several reasons. You may think you’re sick, and fifty million people looking at you will say, “She’s sick.” or “He’s sick.” But one of those fifty million might be Jesus Christ, and he would not look at his mental image of you, as the rest would.
He would look through your mental image of your self, instead of accepting it and making a mental image of it him Self, and he would see through the cosmic mind image, which you are showing forth, to the Divine. And because he would see the Divine, because the I of him had been lifted up to see the Divine, he would change the image of you in him Self, and that image of You in him Self, which was changed, would be the I of him lifting you up. And that being the higher Consciousness, it would change your image. And then everyone looking at you would see another image, and then they would make a mental image of that image because if Ibe lifted up, I will lift all men unto Me.
And the way it is done is that the image which each of us sees another in is always the same until there is one who sees from a spiritual point of view, and then sees not the cripple, but the perfect whole Being and makes an image of that which is not a cripple. And that Being the higher Image, the higher Consciousness, the I lifted up, It transforms the image of the cripple within Itself, lifting up the image of the cripple to Its own wholeness.
Now everywhere you are looking, no matter whom you are looking at, that individual you’re seeing is your own mental image, not theirs. They are not external to you at all. They appear to be because we’re all tuned to the one cosmic mind. We’re all watching the same TV program and all receiving the same program from it; and seeing it on the cosmic mind, we all think we’re seeing it outside of ourselves. Now these mental images that we have in ourselves about other people never get outside of our own minds.
I have never seen you. I have only seen my mental image about you. But the Christ mind does not accept that mental image about you, but knows you as you are; and that is what is meant by the transformation. And that is why we are told to die to self. We’re not dying to Self at all. We’re dying to the cosmic mind image we have accepted as self, which is not Self.
The cosmic mind image is the one that grows, that changes, that becomes sick and well, stout and thin, young and then old. That cosmic mind image is not the Divine Image of us. It is not our Being. God is My Being. And you see, when you’re not practicing the One Self, You are tuned to the cosmic mind, which broadcasts individual images to each of us, which we all form concepts about and make visible as ourselves; and then we walk around as image seeing image that isn’t there, except in mind. And before you know it, we have that world which is not our Father’s Kingdom, in which the Law is not the Law of God, but is the law of the cosmic mind or the carnal mind and is karmic law.
Now that is the way one billion God worshipping Christians are living today, and that is the way the world is living today, regardless of the religion in which they are exposing themselves. All are tuned to the one world mind. It is broadcasting, and this world that you see is nothing more than that cosmic television program, made visible through the images that we entertain about it. All of it is one illusion, not many, many within the one; and we are breaking out of it by standing still, learning that when I see an external someone, I’m seeing a lie, because the only One there is My One Being.
When I see an external condition, I’m seeing a lie; I’m looking at a television program, and if the weather changes that is just a change in programs. No matter what happens in the outer, it is not happening in the outer. It is only seemingly happening outer. It is happening in the cosmic mind and nowhere else, and the cosmic mind is broadcasting it through images who call themselves people, but behind those images, I am.
Behind the cosmic mind, I am. Where the cosmic mind and its images appear God Is, and God is My Identity. And therefore, we learn that everything we’re seeing is a picture put forth by a mind which is not the mind of God, but which is there for a purpose, that purpose being to make us make the choice between God Being or human being, to make us reach inside and accept on faith the invisible activity of God, to enable us to walk through the cosmic mind pictures—free of them—and thus develop the Christ Consciousness by this process.
As a child would depend on the parent, we learn to depend upon the Invisible, even in spite of the tidal wave and the hurricane, in spite of the pestilence and the flood, in spite of every image that comes at us, we learn to depend on the invisible Self of Being; and this is how you develop the faculty of the fourth dimension. All of this is necessary that I may be lifted up in you, so that after a while you become aware of the trials and tribulations in the outer are merely those which are pressing us forward to the test of I in the midst of me. Until that moment when I can release myself to I and know that I in the midst of me is greater than every condition in the cosmic world of television, and then to stand in the midst of the images of the world, defenseless, knowing the nothingness of all world images, the non-Reality, the non-Power, the non-Substance. This is how you find your Self.
Now we have two passages that stress it from two different directions. In “I am the vine . . .” in John, we see it from the standpoint of how it must be for us to stand still. Let’s look at that first. “Abide in me,”—And this is a stress in John, the abiding.—“and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” Now this abiding in Me, then, is abiding in One Being, in a knowledge of One infinite Self. There is no other way to stand and face the cosmic mind except in the knowledge of One Being, which I am.
You cannot meet it as an individual person. It’s important to see that you’re facing a cosmic mind, and you must meet it as an infinite Being, for that is the only place where I am greater than the cosmic mind. So you’re abiding in the infinite nature of Self, and this is the meaning of “Abide in Me,” I in You. “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” When you’re not in the One Self, this cosmic television is automatically taking place twenty-four hours a day. It doesn’t matter what you are doing. If you’re not in the One Self, it is functioning your life.
You can be the President of the United States or the head of a bank. You can be doing all fine things in your estimation, but cosmic mind is running you; and ultimately that will be revealed. You’ll be discovered to be stripped of your power. Senility comes in. The great man becomes a doddering nobody, needing people to just sign his name for him. Why? It was cosmic mind all the time. It wasn’t a president. It wasn’t a chairman of the board. It wasn’t an executive. It was cosmic mind appearing as.
It was an image in the mind of the world, and each one thought he was looking at this one, but each was looking at his own mental image about this one, and this one was a mental image of the cosmic mind. That is the reason for the abiding in the knowledge of the One Self as your Self. You cannot meet cosmic mind from an individual, personal level. You might as well be a pebble on the beach trying to hold back the Atlantic Ocean.
Now on the other side, we see Paul taking it from the carnal mind in Romans. In Romans 8: “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Now the flesh, then, is the mental image we entertain about Self in the carnal mind, thinking that this me walking here is something, when this me walking here is nothing more than a cosmic image made visible; and in between this visible me and the cosmic mind is a consciousness called me, which is interpreting the cosmic into the local appearance. That consciousness is the key.
When that consciousness is pure spiritual Consciousness, the cosmic mind comes to It and makes no impression. It comes, then, to a spiritual Consciousness, which is the Christ Mind. And the Christ Mind does not accept the anti-Christ, which is the cosmic mind; and karmic law is broken. The continuity of the cosmic telecast no longer puts forth the false image. There is a change of current, a switch over to the infinite Mind, and you are fed by the Infinite instead of the cosmic.
You are One with the Infinite. You come under a completely new set of laws, all of which are perfect. And transformation is underway. The physical form, which was a cosmic image, is now changed over. We are released from dependence upon it. We are released from its infirmities, from its limitations; and the body of the Soul of the infinite Mind is now taking place. We are changing form, changing bodies, and in the process, changing universes, changing identity from an image to Being, Itself. This cosmic television is the nature of the carnal mind, which Paul had discovered too.
“They that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death.” You see, it’s really death all the way, not just at the moment of death. It seems to be life it’s the imitation of Life. It’s the image, thinking it is alive, and when we learn there is no Life in that image and can stand still, we are absent from the image and present with the infinite Mind. Paul’s chapter 8 [Romans] is about cosmic television. John’s chapter 15 is about infinite television. And we, living in the knowledge of One Self, break the law of karma for those, including ourselves, who have reached that place in Consciousness which demands transformation.
It’s almost unbelievable to a human mind, but everything you see in this world is a mental image, whether it’s a mountain or a river, a planet or a hemisphere, even the sun in the sky. All of it is a cosmic telecast, and the switch of Consciousness is the way you switch it off; and lo and behold, here’s my Father’s Kingdom present all the time. I was simply in the wrong channel of thought.
Behold One Being makes all things new. The I of your Being lifted up in Consciousness daily, consciously through meditation, through communion, leading to the I within you expressing Itself, making its own inner statements of Truth to you, voicing its own Truth, coming forth through you as a living Soul of your own Being, It is not under cosmic law. It is not subject to hallucination. It is not powerless before that which has no Reality. It has no disease. It has no age. It has no processes. It is the infinite Self Being Itself always, and It is I.
Now we must know, then, that when we are not consciously living as One Being, we are nothing but an image in cosmic television, and all we can witness is other images. We are of the world that is not the Kingdom of our Father. And who is that “we” who is of the world? It is just an image that we are throwing forth from our invisible consciousness, and that consciousness is a false consciousness. We are living in a polarized sense of self which has no Reality.
Death is not death. Death is the end of the illusion, but he who takes part in the first Resurrection is not even touched by the end of that illusion. For now we swallow up that death in breaking the continuity of this cosmic telecast, in seeing that because I am Being, and Being is the One Mind, there is no mind here to behold that which is unreal, no mind here to behold that which is subject to pain, to suffering, to evil; and therefore, every time I behold evil or pain or suffering, what am I looking with? I’m looking with a mind that has no existence. I’m looking with the cosmic mind in me. It is looking through me and beholding the pain it put there. I’m a victim of a mind that I do not have.
You never have seen evil. Never have you seen evil. The cosmic mind coming through you as the anti-Christ mind looks out and sees the evil. But when you are in Mind, Divine Mind, Divine Consciousness, that anti-Christ mind cannot come through to see evil, because all the evil it sees is within its own mind, a mind that has been posing as yours and mine. Everything on our television set that we see in these images is in the one transmitter. We see it in our living room but it comes from another source. We see our world around us in our mind, but it comes from another source, and that source is not God. That source is the cosmic mind. And therefore, there’s one thing I’ve got to clear up in Joel’s book. It disturbs me. It’s this, on page 103  in the sixth chapter. Joel is making a point, and unless you understand it, you can be caught in a trap.
Now Joel says, “God is doing all these things without our advice or petitions . . .”, tells us to trust Him. Now “If God knows enough to continue to put the fish in the sea and the birds in the air” and so forth, “if God knows enough to keep the tides in their places, ebbing and flowing . . .” Now I want you to see that what is happening here is not God doing these things, and the reason that I’m pointing it out is that it’s like God being the Substance of all form. If you mistake God as the Substance of this form, and you mistake God as a Substance of the tides and of the moon and of the river, you have not caught his meaning. God is the spiritual Substance. What God is doing is invisible. God isn’t turning these tides visibly. God isn’t putting fish in the sea, visibly. That’s our concept of what Spirit is doing.
And from what we have just talked about, the cosmic telecast, it works this way: God is being God, and That is You. And the cosmic mind is forming an impression of God being God, which translates into the visible as fishes in the sea, tides turning. But that isn’t God doing it. That’s cosmic mind doing it in its interpretation of God, and it’s you receiving this picture from cosmic mind in your mind. And you know it’s not God doing it because a storm comes up at sea, and you know God isn’t bringing up a storm at sea. What is it? It’s cosmic mind.
And when the Master says to the storm, “Be still. It is I,” what is it? That’s you standing still in the face of a cosmic image, knowing that’s all it is, is a cosmic image, and you’re as frightened of it as you would be of a storm on your television set. This world, for you, becomes a cosmic image broken up into lots of pieces; and no piece of it is more real than any other, neither the good nor the bad. We’re learning to walk through these images, knowing where they come from is nowhere. They’re all the mirage over the desert.
God is being God, and that is our Name. And we stand in our Name to face the cosmic images, knowing the power of God has never gone away. The power of God is present, and that power is functioning now without opposite, until the cosmic images to you are nothing but smoke. You can stop a storm at sea because there never will be one. There will only be an image there in the cosmic mind, and you’ll find that’s the same thing with tidal waves and hurricanes. You’ll find it’s the same thing with every disease on the earth. All is an image in mind put there by the cosmic mind, and it isn’t God doing any of it.
But God is present and only God; and the cosmic mind, itself, is naught but the illusion we entertain in the absence of our realization that God alone is present. The minute you step out of the fullness of God, you create a cosmic mind. It has no existence when you are in the fullness of God. In Christ Jesus, the cosmic mind ceases to exist. There’s no shadow unless you’re not in Reality. And so we have God being Self, You, cosmic mind and its images; and one of those images is you, another is your friend, another is your mother, father, sister, brother. We leave the images, we recognize mother, father, brother, sister as an image, which is My invisible Self all the time.
Everything is accepted as my invisible Self, and I call no man my father because God is my Being and God has no father. Everyone you see is God invisible. There is no other. There is no other Self, and every time you accept another self than God anywhere, you have denied your Identity. That’s a rather fine place to come to, where all you can accept on this earth is the invisible presence of God, and yet that is what is requested of us if we would follow the path of Truth: I and My Father are One Identity, and there can be no other Identity accepted on the earth. All is One Identity, and that’s the only way you’ll ever be about your Father’s business.
Now I know this is difficult, the living of it,—The saying of it is easy.—the living of it, the conscious awareness of it, the practice of it. But the presence that you’re to practice is your Self. You’re practicing the Presence of your Self as the Presence, of your neighbor as the Presence; and you’re losing the identity of the image as your neighbor, of the image as you until there is no two of anything in the world. There is only the one infinite Presence, and that is where you’re living, moving, and having your Being in order to experience My Kingdom, which is not of this world. “The Dice of God Are Loaded” is the chapter next week, the seventh.
By the time The Mystical I is released, I’m quite sure we’ll find that it is our own Consciousness that we’re looking at in that book. By the way don’t any of you buy the book. Immortality House is giving each of you a gift of The Mystical I, and they ought to be here within a week or two, maybe even next week. I don’t know, but if you’re not here, it’ll be mailed to you. Don’t worry. We’re very happy this thought came, and the opportunity to do this because it’s Joel’s final work, I believe. And it means a great deal to us to see his work in the hands of those who are following the greatest teaching that the world has seen in the last two thousand years.
Well, Happy Mother’s Day. Thank you.
In the “Contemplative Meditation” chapter six of Contemplative Life, we have a statement that is very important to all of us. It usually doesn’t come out just this way except when there’s a meditation; and in this particular meditation, not having any restrictions—the Father speaking within—this is what the Father within said through Joel: “God is really my Identity.” And as you read this, “God is really my Identity,” you’re reading about your Identity. Now that is our starting point: “God is really my Identity.” And then as you begin a day in any other identity, you can expect to find a conflict, because you cannot move in another identity to your true Self and expect the rhythm of God to be functioning in you, as you, through, you, doing the Father’s work on earth.
And so the first step is to release yourself to Identity, and in this you are releasing yourself to the Will of God, which is your Identity. I release my Self, then, to the Will of the Father, knowing the Identity of the Father is my own Identity and there can only be, then, One Will expressing. There cannot be a second will, a human will. There can only be One Power expressing. There cannot be a second power, a mortal or material power. There can only be One
Mind expressing. There cannot be a second human mind.
We release ourselves to the infinite Will of the Father, but never overlooking the Truth that I and the Father are One Identity. And we reach the point where there is no twoness. We reach the point of Oneness within ourselves, the point of Oneness which is the moment of infinite Grace. Now that is where we’re resting: Thy will be done. There is no other will here, no other self here, no other identity here than that Identity which is God.
And in this you discover the awareness of the power of God flowing. This established, you will also discover that the world will almost instantly challenge you upon this. And so you’re prepared now, having established Identity, to look around at the world and say, “The identity I have discovered, that is My Identity here, is the infinite Father, who is there. And therefore, everywhere I look I’m looking at My invisible Identity. There is no place where My Identity is not.” We are not looking out at a world of divisions and separations and individuals. We are looking out only at Our own Identity everywhere. We are accepting God is My Identity and God is infinite, therefore I am infinite Being, and the Will of the Infinite is functioning within Itself.
Now there was a time when the disciple said to there Master, “What is the kingdom of heaven like?” And he gave them this interesting phrase, “The kingdom of heaven is like [unto] leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened,” “three measures of meal.” Now let us take those three measures and do something with our meditation. We know he referred to mind, Soul, and body, which all must become One. But now let us take the three measures and apply them to other things. Let us take the Will of the Father, and the first measure would be, “Thy will be done . . .”, but let us not stop there. Let us have two more measures, and the second measure is Thy Will is being done, and the third measure is whatever is not Thy Will cannot be done.
And so now we’re applying the leaven to the Will of the Father in our consciousness, “Thy will be done . . .” Thy will is now being done everywhere, and whatever is not Thy will cannot be done and cannot be there. We are coming into a Oneness of Will on an infinite level and the rejection of all that is happening as an appearance, which is not the will of the Father, in the knowledge that it cannot be happening if it is not the Father’s will, three measures of leaven. Let us take power: God is power. The second measure is God is power now, and that power is functioning; and the third measure, whatever is not that power can’t function because the power of God is all there is.
Always your three measures: the Truth, the fullness of the Truth, and the rejection of the opposite of the Truth as an impossibility, until you can reach the inner conviction that the power of God is now flowing where you are. The power of God is never turned off. It is always flowing where you are. It, being the only power, any other suggestion of power that appears in your experience, which is not the power of God, is not there, but can only seem to be. And if you are accepting Identity, then that which is not the power of God cannot be accepted at the same time.
Now apply it to your back. You broke your back last winter. You have a broken back, and you’re recovering, and the recovery is slow. Today we’re accepting Identity. Yesterday we had a broken back. Today God is My Identity realized. What was My identity yesterday? The same. God yesterday is the same as God today. That which is true of me today is true of me yesterday. If today in God Identity there can be no broken back, could there be one in God Identity yesterday?
And so you must come to that conclusion that in God Identity, there is no broken back yesterday, today, or tomorrow. It never had happened, except in false identity. The false identity never was the true Identity. Where did it happen? And now we’re seeing the three measures of leaven apply to the past as well as the present, and as well as the future. Can it happen in Identity? Is there anything but Identity? Is God all? Yes, God is all. Then where can a broken back occur? Only in one who is not in Identity. And therefore, where shall you remain in order to benefit by the laws of Spirit? In your Identity. Where you are now is the full power of God and always will be there.
Never will there be less than there full capacity of God. You cannot accept Identity without accepting that the full wisdom of the Father is flowing through you. All safety, all protection, all harmony is flowing through the Father, and I and the Father being One Identity, all is flowing through me; and nothing but that which is of the Father can be flowing through me. That which comes which is not of the Father is not here, its an appearance, a cosmic hypnotism. It does not belong to me. It has no Substance. It has no power.
Now your three measures of leaven, then, will apply to omnipresence, omnipotence, and omniscience. Always the knowledge of the Truth is followed by the fullness of that knowledge, and finally, by the rejection of all that is proposing to it as non-real. The power of the Father, then, should be flowing, so much so that you can now sit back in the knowledge that only One Mind being present, there is no second mind to know of anything except the spiritual Universe. You rest in the Father. All that the Father hath is mine. Nothing is excluded.
And now your meditation takes a very deep turn. As I accept God Identity, there is no personal me, there is no personal him, there is no personal her, there is no personal it. There is only God Identity. There is no one else but God Identity. That means your Universe has One Identity. There are no pieces. There are no divisions. There is only One Identity, and It is God; and now you’re establishing a God to God relationship with everyone you will meet. The Identity I claim for Myself is the Identity of You, Him, Her, and it; and therefore, there is no person to person. There is only God to God. There is only One Mind, One Substance, One law, One infinite perfection.
And instead, now, of looking out from a human sense of things at a world of many parts, you’re accepting the One Universe as the One Being. You’re not living in a personal sense of me. You’re living as the One Universe, as the One Being, as the One Spirit. Spirit is all that is here. Spirit is all that is there. Then matter cannot be here, and matter cannot be there. All is Spirit. Material person cannot be there, for all is Spirit. Then what is material person? Material person is a mental image, and that mental image had a broken back. That mental image was sick. Are you going to improve that which is not there, or will you just change the mental image?
Now we have One, and only in this One will this power of Spirit become manifest. The power can never function except within its own spiritual Self. And when you have permitted yourself to yield to the infinite Will, to accept the Identity of the Infinite as your own, then the power, which is ever-present, ever-maintaining its perfect Self, becomes manifest as the power of your Being, as the law unto you, as the Mind which gives you the Kingdom, as the Mind which withholds no thing, as the Mind which appears manifest as everything that is right at the moment that it is necessary.
All needed forms must appear in the outer as this power of the One is accepted. And now the full leaven is transforming. As transformation continues, body, mind, and Soul all acknowledge the One, and so we move, we live and move, have our Being, another three steps in the leaven, in and as the One. When this is established, your day is a different day. It is a day in the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. And all that flows in and through you and as you is expressing the Divine Will, without any opposition and without the need for you to take thought, for before you ask I in you shall answer, “It is My pleasure in You to give You the Kingdom.” “In My Presence is fullness of joy.”
All those things that you had done in the outer world under your own will, all the hopes and plans and dreams and expectations were your own preconceived notion of what you thought God’s will ought to be; but we do not bend God’s will, nor do we try to interpret what God’s Will is. We do not say, “Well, certainly God wants me to be healthy.” No, it is a complete, total surrender to the Will, in which I have no will of my own whatsoever. For the moment I have a will of my own, I am taking my Self out of the One infinite Identity, and I am separating my Self from the ever-present power of Grace.
Now, there is nothing you can do to earn this Power, nothing you can do to stop It. No sin on earth can move It away. It is always present, and as we dwell, as we abide, as we rest in Identity, we’re in the vine. We can accept that present Power, though it be unseen. We can live by that invisible power.
There are three quarters of a, well, there’s about a billion people who have accepted Christianity on this earth, and about three quarters of the population of the whole world has accepted a Supreme Being of some sort. In spite of that the world does not enjoy the power of God. There is still, in spite of a billion Christians, in spite of three billion who in some way worship God, we have a progressive corrosion throughout civilization on every fiber, on every level; and it is all because the belief in God is not the acceptance of the Substance of God as Identity.
Religion believes in every Bible miracle, but it cannot go forth and do likewise. It believes in Jesus Christ but forgets that he said, “If you believe on me, the works I do, ye shall do;” and religion is not doing the works. The belief is surface. The belief is an intellectual belief. It is not an acceptance of, “Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.” It is not the acceptance of the Spirit of God as the Spirit of My Being; and without that acceptance, a billion Christians lose the power of Christ, and three quarters of the world loses the power of the God they worship, because the universal Christ is the Substance of Being, and you cannot accept unless you accept It as your Substance.
The Light, the Christ, the Substance of God is where the Power is. “I am the vine.” “ . . . I stand at the door and knock.” When you open your consciousness to the acceptance of the present power of God as the only power that is functioning, as the only Mind that is here, as the only law, as the only activity. You will find it possible to rest in trust, in freedom, in the liberty, in the fullness of joy, in the peace, for “I and my Father are one,” in spite of what the naked eye may see, in spite of what the touch may feel; and this becomes the fact of life. Every good thing must flow and will, if you will remain in the state of acceptance, not emerging once more into a will of your own.
We’re told to rest in this form of contemplative meditation until a communion begins, until, instead of a you out there declaring, something inside is doing the declaring, until that something inside lifts you into a place where the I of your Being, which is declaring, and you are One and the same, and there is no additional sense of self. There is that point of meeting, that point of contact; and this is the Divine contact which changes our lives. That point where the outer me ceases to really exist, where the Infinite meets the Inner, and the One stands revealed as the very Source of Being, the Fountainhead, with no need for any external power or thing.
All is flowing abundantly. Even if there weren’t loaves, you know they would blossom forth. Unanticipated sources appear. Everything is touched with the magic of the Inner Self released, lived in. We’re not in a mind here. We’re not in the mind that has a plan. Somehow that’s far away. We’re not in a selfhood that is apart from another self. All disappears, even the personal sense of Identity. There is no you there to identify another you somewhere else.
There is only a One. And in your realized One, you’re standing in the invisible at the Source of all things. Joel calls it the manufacturing plant, the infinite storehouse, and even that isn’t enough. It is your Life without beginning or end. When you are in the One, you are in eternality, and there is no place where you are not. Whether it be space or time, you are there. Wherever God is, thou art because God is never separated from God. The only presence that exists is The Presence.
Now this should be the way we move out into this world every day, and only in this method of release to the Will, will you find that in some way you are synchronized into an invisible rhythm. Things might even happen in this state of Being that to a normal person might seem undesirable. They won’t to you because only God can happen. Only the Power can express, and rather than rushing in quickly to challenge something that happens, you patiently watch as the Infinite unfolds, knowing that all is always well, all is always functioning under the One Infinite Mind. Nothing can ever be wrong. Wrong is an impossibility. Right is the law, and there is no opposite.
And as the full leaven of Consciousness is completed, our transition of Consciousness takes place, and we are no longer in a three dimensional world. For us, it is obsolescent. We do not live in it. We do not move in it. We do not have our Being in it. It only appears that way to others. We live in Reality, and we are not living our lives. We are in that Identity which lives Itself. We are in that Identity which knows no beginning and no ending.
We are in that Mind which looks at a world of images without any reaction. We are in the Christ Mind. There is no darkness. There are no tears. There are no material forms. There are no material laws. There are no material identities. All is the invisible expression of God. Neither the good nor the bad in the visible make an impression. You have found another Universe behind the visible one, and you are content to let It unfold and to witness It as the Father’s Will.
Now go back several thousand years and find your Spirit there, for that Spirit, which is You this moment, is the Spirit of Being two thousand years ago. There is no separation and no change. Move out into this entire physical world, and wherever it appears to be, you are there throughout all time. Let all of this be your realization, and it will feed you. It will sustain you. It will move this image in accordance with invisible law. Your dominion is in the realization of Oneness, for that One never knows a second one, that One never meets a second being, that One is always going within Itself everywhere; and that One is free.
Now in the Christ Mind, there is no other One. There is no place where you have to multiply loaves and fishes. They’re already there as the invisible Substance. There is no place where you have to heal. There is nothing to heal. There is no place where there is a problem. There is no place to be improved, reformed, or corrected. You are in the Christ Mind of Reality above the opposites, above the need to take out a first aid kit and make a repair job somewhere. Now this is the Consciousness we want to move with in preparation for transition.
We have left behind us the need or desire or the innocence that would permit us to fall into the trap of wanting to improve our world or our world relationships in the outer. We do not paste peaches on trees. We do not clip apples to apple trees. Everything we do in the Christ Mind is to grow from within, and let the added things take care of themselves. We are in the transforming Light. There will come your moment of Transfiguration when, without taking thought, without effort, you will find your Self no longer a human consciousness, no longer living from this physical focus, the sense focus; but rather, you will feel the absence of physical form, even while you appear in one.
You will feel the Transfiguration of Light in which you are dissolved into all that is around you. You will know your Self to be pure Consciousness. You will know that everywhere you are, but you cannot be touched by a human hand. You cannot be seen by a human eye. You cannot be measured by human standards, for you have found Identity, and you live as that Identity. In our next expression of Life, beyond this present incarnation, when we have passed the point of return, we will be living in the Will of the Father completely; and there, there is no choice of a second will. Here the choice remains, but here the dissolution of that second will is the preparation for living in that Kingdom, where only the Will of the Father is possible.
And there is no entrance into that Kingdom until we have mastered the art of living consciously in the One Will, sacrificing all human will in ways that are very strange, but in ways that—by eliminating our normal human sense of things, our normal sense of various disturbances, our normal resentments and animosities, our normal pride and vanity,—these gradually disappear to the point where we are willing to sacrifice them in order to reach the higher ground, where we can say, “Father, normally I might react this way, but I would rather forgo the pleasure of telling this one off or that one off and take on the garment of humility,” that wonderful quality which really means the absence of me, that selflessness which is All Self. And truly no one who has made the effort to banish self within Self and to look out upon others who are not separate Selves, no one, who has not done this, can know the power that flows.
Suppose you accept this Universe, then as One Being. Step out of the coat of skin, accepting your Self as that One Being, and rest in the confidence that the One Being, Being All, there’s nothing to ask for, nothing to need, nothing to want, only to let Infinity unfold Itself. It takes a few measures of leaven, a few days and weeks of being willing to live this selflessly in order to invite I, through your sincerity and dedication, to lift you still higher where all things become possible in the name of I. You are erasing the parenthesis of mortality. You are erasing the memories that have accrued through the years. You are erasing the emotional scars, the crystallized intellectual beliefs, all of the accrued ideas that had nothing to do with the One Being, coming into the purity of Consciousness in which your Light shines.
We should be able soon to walk in the Invisible, consciously knowing where we are, what we’re doing, and how to do it. We should be able to walk through the material world consciously, invisible, consciously letting the Father live as our Being, so that we are expressing the Father’s business on earth. We should be able to walk consciously invisible through every material circumstance, never separated from Source, always recognizing ourselves to be that Source, recognizing that God has never separated from God, that Identity can never be less than the Infinite One, that all that I see I am.
When you were told that “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof;” you were also told that “I and the Father are one,” and therefore, the earth being the Lord’s, the earth is mine. And really, we’re being told that the earth is invisible Spirit. That invisible Spirit, which is the Earth seen through the eyes of man, becomes the material earth, but It is the spiritual Earth that is the Lord’s. It is the only Earth; It is the Father, and because I and the Father are One, I am the spiritual Earth, the spiritual Earth I am. That is all that is here.
The spiritual sky, I am. The spiritual stars, I am. All that is here is Spirit, and It is I am. Where sky is, is your Identity. Where ocean is, is your Identity. Where anything is, only your Identity is. All is your Being, and there is nothing else there. And when you walk as your Being, with nothing else there, then you are in the Kingdom of miracles, for then Omnipresence and Omniscience and Omnipotence are the Law of Being in action.
They’re not something you think about, not something you even have to know about. They are. Grace is. Power is. Love is. Harmony is. And all these things: grace, love, peace, harmony, I am. There is only One activity, and all of the things, which in the outer we see in a small measure, are all limited manifestations of the One perfect infinite Activity, which is your Being. That is why we are told to stand fast, to take no thought for our lives, because the only Life there is, is our One Divine Life; and thought for any other life is separation from your own Identity.
Now you’ll find the day when all of this, for you, is simply the way you are without any effort. It all falls into place. You wake up to it, and you know you are a different being than the one who went to sleep. It isn’t you going to God anymore. It isn’t you trying to find the Truth. It isn’t you reaching out to discover things. It’s just You being You, without corporeality, without boundaries, without a parenthesis around You, just Being You, knowing all there is, is You everywhere, no matter what might appear. And then the outer forms that you see become merely evidence to you of your unseen Self; and as the evidence changes to show forth more harmony, you can quietly know that is because I have been steadfast to the One. As you can sit in the quiet complete, total trust of your One Being as the perfect, present power everywhere, for you It will become manifest.
It will actually show forth as the Life of a friend, as the improved health of another friend. It will show forth as that which you know It to be, perfect, if you can dwell in the realization of It as a permanent dispensation. It will become the bloodstream of a child. It will become the breathing of a loved one. It will take every required form,—as you dwell in the One Being, knowing that the child isn’t there; the One Being is. The loved one isn’t there; the One Being is—always translating everything into the invisible One perfect Being.
Now you can’t do this twenty-four hours a day with your eyes open, but neither do you go to the gasoline station and ask for gas twenty-four hours a day. You get your fill of it and then you’re on your way. This method of regeneration can be the first fruits, and it will take care of the rest. Every three minutes of this takes care of the other fifty-seven; and days repeated and repeated and repeated in the One Being are equivalent to thousands of years of human evolution.
Then you will discover that whereas Christian babies can be deformed or retarded or Mongoloid or blue, Christian boys can go out on the battlefield and pour away their blood, Christian adults can go through divorces and abortions, Hindus can have heart attacks, Buddhists can have brain tumors, Moslems [now called Muslims] can gave migraine or multiple sclerosis. It makes no difference what the religion. Until there is the conscious awareness of One Being, you are not immune to the famines, the pestilences, the poverty, the diseases and disasters of the world. But the instant One Being is your Consciousness, for you all disaster is over. There can be no lack or limitation. There can be no karmic law.
Your pleasures are different. It’s true. They are he pleasures of the Spirit, but there you are in an ever widening, ever expanding, ever new experience. The miracle of tomorrow, for you, is different than the routine, repetitious days of the world; and the knowledge that there is no end in this infinite, limitless expansion is not something that you have to study or rehearse. It simply becomes your Consciousness. You know your eternal Self, and you know you’re ready, ready to move into the sixth world, to the expression of Christ living as the perfect Son of God in the world of no opposites, learning completely how to move into the seventh Heaven.
Now the Reality of You lives in all of the seven heavens right now. All levels you are living in, and all levels cone to function right where you stand in the One Being. All progression is the progression of the consciousness learning of its own Identity. Your infinite Self is always infinite. Now the reason for this, today, is that we have had so much Truth to remember and Truth to study, but we have to come to the place where I, the Truth of My Being, is expressing Itself. It doesn’t have to study. It doesn’t have to remember. It doesn’t go outside of Itself to find something. It pushes Itself forth as expression. We are coming to the place of Being the perfect Truth Itself, letting It Be Itself, not trying to pin words upon It or limitations upon It.
We’re trying to really live the Infinite Way. All of the questions that come up in a human mind disappear in the acceptance of One Being. God has no questions to ask of God. Spirit has no unfinished business. Spirit has no place where It is needful, and in the expression of need, limitation, question, plan, hope, we are denying ourselves to be the One Being. Every lack, limitation, need, and problem is a denial of Identity; and in the denial of Identity, even if your questions are answered, they’re of no value. In Identity just that Self, Itself, is the answer to all questions.
And so we might be coming close to the point where each of us is living at the core of his Being and the circumference and all between. When we can meet in the knowledge that we are the One Self, perfect as our Father, fed by the Father, living not in the mask of humanhood and requiring nothing of anyone. As we do this we have set up that Consciousness which need not fear what tomorrow may bring. And that Consciousness,—which need not anticipate by an hour or a day or a year, the future, because that Consciousness is the future,—It is everything that the future will be; and It, being perfect, the future being the outer, will completely show forth that Consciousness we have attained in the Inner. We have built our future in this Consciousness.
The joy of this Way of Life is to know that whatever comes to take me out of this Consciousness is the anti-Christ; and as I am alert, I can behold the pure, perfect, spiritual activity of the Father as I stand against the anti-Christ. This is the joy, watching the anti-Christ dissolve, watching the appearances reveal the absence of power that they seem to have had, watching the miracles of each day unfold in ways that could never be anticipated by a human mind. This is the joy, being able to say, “Thank you, Father, for that incredible action, the incredible experience. Thank you for opening new doors, new ways, new experiences, all on a level unseen by the human mind. Thank You for the peace. Thank You for the confidence, and most of all, thank You for being You.”
I think we ought to go over this once lightly in the Scripture itself and look at the important spiritual points as they come up. This is 1 Samuel chapter 17.
“Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle,
. . . and there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines,
named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.”
And as we read this, let’s see that we’re talking, now, about something within ourselves which is bothering us, this problem which is so big that it’s six cubits and a span, and as we think about our problem, it gets bigger.
“And he had an helmet of brass upon his head,
and he was armed with a coat of mail;
and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.”
There’s just no way to get through this problem. It’s really an impregnable problem.
“ And he had greaves of brass upon its legs,
and a target of brass between his shoulders.”
No matter where you go to wiggle out of the problem, it stands and faces you. It’s a complete problem. Your human mind has no capacity to figure out how to meet this total problem.
“And the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam;
and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron:
and one bearing a shield went before him.
And he stood and cried . . .”
And now your problem is beginning to talk to you. You’ve just been fearing it up to now. Now it’s really going to get you. It’s in the second stage. It’s working on your emotions.
“And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them,
“Why are ye come out to set your battle in array?
am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul?
choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me.”
And so the problem is forcing you to meet it. The problem says, “Come on, do some-thing.” And you are trying to find out, What am I going to use to meet this problem with?
“If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me,
then will we be your servants:
but if I prevail against him, and kill him,
then shall ye be our servants, and serve us.”
In other words, you know that if you lose, your life is going to change in the wrong directions. This problem is saying that it has the power to change your life for the worst. You’re becoming totally involved now in the belief that this thing that’s happening is happening; and unless you have got the knowledge of the presence of God, the Reality of God, the only-ness of God without opposite, this thing begins gnawing, gnawing, gnawing deeper, deeper, deeper; and there’s nothing in you that can stop it. It runs a hole right through you until you’re a wreck; and finally, it just tramples all over you.
You’re not meeting it with Truth. You’re meeting it with argument, with fear, with worry, with the mind darting hither and there, trying to figure out how you’re going to escape or overcome. And all this time, all that is needed is the little stone of Truth. God is here, friend. Now you go ahead and let God, if you want to fight, and that God, which is here, is my Spirit.
Now in all of Israel, there’s nobody to declare this. There’s only Saul, the king; and Saul represents, not the power of physical force, but the power of physical mind. And he’s trying to figure out, What are we going to do about this Goliath? He’s using his mental ingenuity to try to cope with a situation, and that’s what you’re doing within yourself. You’re calling on Saul to meet Goliath, and Saul doesn’t having any answers. And you have had many such encounters in which you called upon Saul, and he didn’t have any answers then either. And here is the same problem again, but there is one who is now coming through, a little shepherd boy.
When Saul had and all Israel had heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed. They were greatly afraid. And Saul, then, is the inner mind, which is really a two-headed mind because it is presenting the problem, and it’s afraid of the problem that it’s presenting. It’s that old double-headed snake in the garden of Eden. It fears its own problem. It’s like the head turns around, looks at the tail, and they both get frightened; and they’re one and the same. There has to be some order in this chaos: little David.
“Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehem-judah,
[whose name was Jesse; and he had eight sons:
and the man went among men for an old man in the days of Saul.”]
And we have a clue here right away. He came out of Bethlehem. Bethlehem means the house of bread, the house of Substance. And so we are introduced, now, to the thing called bread or Substance. There’s another to come out of Bethlehem later, too. And this house of Substance is the only way you’re going to meet Goliath. You must have Substance. You can’t do it with the intellect, the reason, the logic. You can’t do it with human planning, because the very mind which is presenting the problem is going to try to do the human planning. You’re falling into the trap of using he who is presenting the problem to meet the problem; and that’s why we fail in our problems.
We need Substance. We have to go to Bethlehem. And so David comes out of Bethlehem, the house of bread, divine bread. His “name was Jesse. And he had eight sons: and the man went among men for an old man in the days of Saul.” So Jesse, the father of the eight sons out of Bethlehem: You’ll find later that Luke goes out of his way to prove that Jesus came out of the stock of Jesse, while at the same time he’s trying to prove that Jesus was the Son of God, not born of Joseph. He’s proving that he came out of Jesse. And that was Luke’s problem. He was trying to do it both ways, materially and spiritually, trying to please everyone.
[“And the three eldest sons of Jesse went and followed Saul to the battle:
and the names of his three sons that went to battle were
Eliab, the firstborn and, and next unto him Abinadab, and the third Shammah.”]
The three other sons of Jesse went and followed Saul to the battle, and David was the youngest. And the three eldest followed Saul, “but David went and returned from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.” Now, instead of sending out your three eldest sons to fight, you’re being told to tend your father’s sheep. All of this is before the fight, isn’t it? This is your preparation. And so the feeding of the sheep is the clue that this little David is being filled with Substance within a Vision, with a knowledge of the Light of Being, that Spirit is all that is here. He’s being strengthened with spiritual Vision, while all of the rest of the camp are figuring out ways and means to overcome Goliath.
And the Philistine drew near morning and evening and presented himself forty days. Now, the forty days of the Philistine are also the forty days in which you, the David in you, is feeding the sheep. And the forty days means, then, staying in the Consciousness of Truth until it is crystallized, until the bread is leavened, until that Substance is your Consciousness, until you are spiritual Consciousness. Then you can go out to meet this fellow, and not the way other people do. Then, this adversary, this Goliath, is going to meet somebody who knows what to do about him. Then you’re not defenseless and helpless in the face of a problem, which seems so unlikely to yield to any form of persuasion.
And while you’re doing this, you’re learning as you are living in the Spirit, you’re learning that the problem is not what you had originally thought it to be. The problem was the absence of this very Substance. The Substance you didn’t have in consciousness was the reason you had the problem. It’s a seesaw. The Substance is your inner Substance, your Light, and the absence of your awareness of your Light teeters your seesaw, so that you see the darkness. And now Christ is rising in you, and this is the significance of David in the forty days. While a Philistine is roaring, threatening, and intimidating with his problem, in you is coming that inner Light, which will so shine that darkness will be impossible.
“And Jesse said unto David his son,
Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched corn,
and these ten loves, and run to the camp to thy brethren;”
And now there’s more spiritual food, you see, the corn, the loaves. All this is an indication that he’s being fed from within with more Light, more Light. He’s being built up. And this is you, as you dwell within, you do receive more Light. If you’re putting yourself out in the five senses out there, facing the problem, you’re not in the Light, and you can’t be fed this corn, these new loaves.
You must abide in me, and so you’re not facing the problem. You’re facing the within, being fed from the Kingdom within, quietly, silently, to an inner enlightenment which is going to arm you from within, so that you won’t need outer armor, an outer spear. You’re really a spiritual underground because when you come into this inner Light, the inner Light of your Being is going to be revealed as the inner Light of the Being called Goliath. You’ll have him trapped from within himself, just by being in Truth.
So we feel, now, that the Light of our own Being is revealing the non-reality of that which is called a problem. Goliath is shrinking before our very eyes because Light on the problem shows us God is present. Where God is, the power of God is functioning, and though Goliath still appears, the power of God wasn’t shoved aside. It’s there. It’s functioning. In your new Vision you accept that power, and Goliath becomes a dwarf. David in you is going through this. David symbolizes your new awareness that Light is the name of all Being, and you are accepting that Light as you Being.
“And David rose up early in the morning,
and left the sheep with a keeper,
and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him;
and came to the trench,
as the host was going forth to the fight,
and shouted for the battle . . .
And all the men of Israel,
when they saw the man, [Goliath],
fled from him, and were sore afraid.”
Now then, there’s just this one point in your consciousness, which is your hope. Everything else in you is fleeing, succumbing, letting the problem have sway as a reality. It isn’t there, and only this little Light of Truth, called David in you, is aware that it isn’t there.
“And the men of Israel said,
Have ye seen this man that is come up?
surely to defy Israel is he come up:
and it shall be, that the man who killeth him,
the king will enrich him with great riches,
and will give him his daughter,
and make his father’s house free in Israel.”
What is the reward for killing Goliath? Kingship. But even that finds none who are ready or able or willing in your consciousness, except little David.
“And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying,
What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine,
and taketh away the reproach from Israel?
for who is this uncircumcised Philistine,
that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
He calls him an “uncircumcised Philistine,” and that tells us that circumcision was a symbol of Oneness, and the uncircumcised was a symbol of those who were separated from God, unenlightened, divided. The unenlightened, by David, are called “the uncircumcised”. And this unenlightened, separated from God man is defying the armies of the living God? The little shepherd boy is saying that. All his brothers have run away. All of the armies of Israel are turning tail, and this little something in you is saying, “Wait a minute. Did God make that fellow? Did God make this problem? What am I running for? I’m hypnotized by a mind that says, ‘There’s a problem here.’ And I know God didn’t make it.”
Is there a problem in Spirit, this glimpse of Truth? Can Spirit have a problem? What’s the difference how big it appears? Is there a problem in Spirit? Can a problem outnumber or outfight the Lord of God? And now you’re beginning to balance the seesaw. Spiritual vision—not logic, not reason—spiritual reason, spiritual logic is beginning to establish a place where you can come to a point of equilibrium.
“And the people answered him
after this manner, saying,
So shall it be done to the man that killeth him.”
They had no answer. They didn’t know what to say. And then something else happens.
“And Eliab his eldest brother heard
when he spake unto the men;
and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David,
and he said, Why camest thou down hither?
and with whom hast thou left
those few sheep in the wilderness?
I know thy pride,
and the naughtiness of thine heart;
for thou art come down
that thou mightest see the battle.”
And so the elder brother chides the younger brother, and something in you will do just that. As this glimpse of Light comes, the very opposite will come quickly and say, “Don’t be fooled. Don’t be fooled now. Don’t soft pedal this thing. It’s a giant problem.” And so reason and logic, the elder brother’s, those qualities in the mind that have been there longer than the younger brother, the memories of your inadequacies of the past begin to say to you, “Well, wait a minute now. Don’t get overconfident,” or “Don’t even get your hopes up.” The elder brother: “Your past experience chides you, this little fledgling who thinks that there’s no problem.”
“And David said, What have I now done?
Is there not a cause?”
“I didn’t come down to here” in other words, “because I just want to out of curiosity. There’s a cause. There’s a physical lie out here, and I am spiritual vision, and I’m simply appearing to show that it isn’t there.”
“And he turned from him toward another,
and spake after the same manner:
and the people answered him again after the former manner:
. . . And when the words were heard which David spake,
they rehearsed them before Saul [the king of Israel]:
And he sent for him. [David].”
Now your mind and your will, well knowing that they have failed in similar situations, begins to turn to this fledgling in you. This little ray of Truth calls for it.
“And David said to Saul,
Let no man’s heart fail because of him [Goliath];
thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”
Here’s your old veteran mind, all your experience in this little upstart inside you says, “I’ll take care of the situation.” Saul, the king of your will, the king of your mind is listening to the ray of spiritual vision, called David:
“And Saul said to David,
Thou art not able to go against this Philistine
to fight with him: for thou art but a youth,
and he a man of war from his youth.
And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep,
and there came a lion, and a bear, and it took a lamb out of the flock:
And I went out after him,
and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth:
and when he arose against me,
I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.
Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear:
And this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them,
seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.”
Now, David says he’s slew a lion, and a bear. Nobody knew that. Do you see, he did that while he was feeding the sheep? The lion and the bear represent qualities within himself that he had overcome. He’d overcome the power of the lion and the power of the bear. He’d overcome the belief in physical might and mental might. He’d overcome materiality. The David in you, aware of the non-reality, the non-power of mental might and physical might, has overcome the lion and the bear, the normal human impulses to go out and defend. “Oh,” said Saul, “You did that. Well, that’s a different story.”
“David said moreover,
The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion,
and out of the paw of the bear,
he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.
And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee.”
Something reaches your mind and it says, “Okay, maybe you’ve got new weapons I never heard of, but go ahead.” That vision becomes strong enough to convince your mind to let loose, let little David go forth.
Now, not by might, not by power, but by the Spirit of the Lord, you’re willing to face this problem. And the old impulses are right there, of course, so David starts to put on the armor. The mind says, “Now, it’s raining outside; wear your rubbers and take your umbrella.” The mind says, “There’s a giant out there. Put on this armor.” That’s the habit of the mind, and before you know it, little David’s starting to do that.
“And Saul armed David with his armor,
and he put an helmet of brass upon his head;
also he armed him with a coat of mail.
And David girded this sword upon his armor,
and he assayed to go;”
That was just old habit. But then spiritual vision gets the upper hand, and says:
“And David said unto Saul,
I cannot go with these;
for I have not proved them.
And David put them off him.”
He’s going to prove spiritual vision is power and needs no armor. David is not going to depend on material aid. Spiritual vision does not go outside and depend on the externals. Spiritual vision says, “I am self-sufficient. I have an invisible friend called the Holy Ghost. He does all my work. I need no physical power. I need no mental might. I need nothing. Oh yes, there is something I need, a little sting shot.”
“And he took his staff in his hand,
and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook,
and put them in the shepherd’s bag
which he had, even in the scrip;
and his sling was in his hand:
and he drew near to the Philistine.”
Five smooth stones, not rough ones, not coarse ones, not the five physical senses, but smooth stones, the five inner senses of the Soul, the knowledge of Truth; not eyes to look with and see Goliath, ears to hear him, not those senses, but five smooth senses. Inner vision was all he could use that would be of any value, and he didn’t even use those five smooth stones, when it came down to the crucial moment. Why? The Philistine came out and drew near David. Oh, he went into hails of laughter. “Look at this little fellow out there with a sling shot.” He just couldn’t believe it. This represented all of Israel.
And the Philistine said unto David
Am I a dog that thou cometh to me with staves?
And the Philistine cursed David by his gods,
And the Philistine said to David, Come to me,
and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air,
and to the beasts of the field.”
This poor little boy, David, this spiritual vision that you go out with, it seems, “Oh, am I making a mistake?” And what had seemed like an enormous thing before looks like it can crush this little bud within your heart. It gives you every kind of threat, every form of intimidation. It tells you how useless and small you are, how impotent you are. It tells you it’s going to dismember you. And yet that little bud of Truth within you learns to stand there and look at it and smile, and not even hate it, and not fear it, and not want to tear it to pieces, not even want to go out and fight it. You don’t do battle with the giant. That’s your secret. You don’t do battle. You know the Truth. You do what David did. You reach for one stone.
The Philistine is still ranting and raving:
“This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand;
and I will smite thee,
and take thine head from thee;
and I will give the carcasses
of the host of the Philistines this day
unto the fowls of the air,
and to the wild beasts of the earth;
that all the earth may know
that there is a God in Israel.”
You’ve heard it all before inside yourself. You’ve heard Goliath’s threats. It comes in the form of other people, other agencies, other institutions, all talking through your mind to you, telling you what’s going to happen.
“And all this assembly shall know
that the Lord saveth
not with sword and spear:”
David looks up. He hasn’t the slightest bit of fear. He looks at this giant who is threatening him, and he knows the giant hasn’t got a chance. He has now reached the point of absolute Truth within himself. At this point David is aware that there is no giant, that the problem was a myth, a total fantasy of the mind. It has completely disappeared as a force, whereas before it was all of this power. The knowledge of the omnipotence of God is the growing strength of this inner Vision. It takes complete control of your Consciousness, and you know who you are; and then David in you can say,
“ . . . for the battle is the Lord’s,
and he will give you unto our hands.”
There was a time after the forty days of David, when he was ready to go out, that he went out and said, “I am now ready to meet Him for the Lord of Hosts.” And we see that the personal individual sense of self, called Goliath, is always thinking of what it will do, but David represents not your faith in yourself, in your own individual power, but your faith in the omnipotence of the Spirit, your knowledge that the power of God is what will express where you are, and not the power of the mind of man. David takes it out of a fight between two powers into the knowledge that only the power of God is present.
“And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose,
and came and drew nigh to meet David,
that David hasted,
and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.”
Now, from this point on, everything in the outer is merely the externalized appearance that comes from the newborn Consciousness you have attained. It’s all automatic. From now on, it’s Grace. You don’t make a conscious decision—just the knowledge of who you are, the living Spirit of God—and from that moment, the Spirit of God does the work. You don’t. It will appear as you. It will appear as David. He will do things, but he’s not doing them. He’s merely the outer visible activity of the inner Consciousness of God.
So David puts his hand in his bag, and he takes a stone, a stone. He had five. Which one did he pick? The five had become one. The five inner senses have become the one stone of Truth. Spiritual Consciousness is the stone, the knowledge that there is one Self, only one Being, perfect, pure, here, now, God, and no other; no problem, no one to have a problem.
David is aware of himself as the Light of God. You become aware of your Self through this David Consciousness that you are the Light of God. And that knowledge becomes the stone which makes contact with the forehead of the giant, and he
“slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead,
that the stone sunk into his forehead;
and he fell upon his face to the earth.”
The moment you know One Self, everything else evaporates which had been such a braggart, such a threat, such an intimidation, such a peril; and all of the consequences of it fade with it—the knowledge of One Self, one stone. The five inner senses become the One vision, the One Omniscient Self; and beside Me, there is no other. And so we have most of this story. There’s a little more though.
“So David prevailed over the Philistine
with a sling and with a stone,
and smote the Philistine, and slew him;
but there was no sword in the hand of David.”
And so we’re being told we don’t fight a sword with a sword. We don’t fight on the level of the problem that’s coming into us. We find our five inner stones. We consciously turn away from what the five outer senses are telling us. That’s the meaning of the five stones. We turn away from what the five senses are telling us, and we rest within, in our Kingdom of God within, which is the five inner smooth stones, until we feel the knowledge of One Self, One pure, perfect immaculate Being. We have, now, no other gods, but the One, no other powers but the One: no powers to resist, to defend against. And so David had no sword. All he had was the inner knowledge, represented in the outer by five smooth stones. And that’s all we need, and that is the meaning of no power. That is all we need.
Furthermore, if we need anything else, we are not in the knowledge of no power, and we will not be released from that Goliath, which is our tormentor. It is only when we can accept the All-ness of God, in spite of the apparent tormentor, that we’re in the knowledge of no power needed.
“Therefore David ran,
and stood upon the Philistine,
and took his sword,
and drew it out of the sheath thereof,
Because David had none, he took the Philistine’s sword. So he “drew it out of the sheath thereof:
and slew him,
And that’s the end of your problem;
and cut off his head therewith.
And now your problem can’t talk back anymore.
And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead,
Now what’s the significance of David slaying him with his own sword? The subtle significance is this, that the power of evil which was so great has now been transmuted, and you find it’s a power of good.
That evil forced you to come to the state of knowledge that you need no power to overcome evil. That evil was good. To you, it wasn’t. It will only be good to you when you realize what it’s done for you. Otherwise you would never reach this high level where you can stand in no power, immune to all karmic law. And there’ll be more and more and more so-called evil until you reach that place. Then you can do what he did. “David took the head of the Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem; and he put his armor in his tent.” Finally, that has become your Consciousness, a level, a new firmament.
Now I think we can clearly see that Samuel was telling us that there’s a place called the secret place of the Most High, where you can be still as the Father within speaks; and that Father within will come to you as either David or Jesus or one of the prophets, but always as an inner impulse to lift you to the place where you can stand confidently. And as we look around the world, it’s very true, we cannot just toss away our national weapons, because this is not yet the national consciousness; and so we’re not going around to recommend to Washington that they reread David and Goliath. They’re not going to get this in ten minutes or ten days or ten months.
We’ve got all we can do to build that Consciousness ourselves, and we cannot teach it until we have it. The other day a mother said, “How can I teach this to my child?” about something; and I knew very well that she didn’t understand it, so I said, “Well, I would suggest that you learn it, and then you will find you automatically can teach it. But before you have learned it, what’s the point of asking how to teach it?” You have nothing to teach until you learn it.” Until we are in the Consciousness of no power, there’s nobody to teach it. You can’t teach it to your child. You can’t teach it to your brother or sister or mother or father until you are It. When you are in the Consciousness of no power, you’ll find you’re automatically teaching it because that’s what you will demonstrate. Everything you do will be a teaching.
There will be less Goliaths in your life, and people will say, “Well, how come you’re not worried about such and such a condition?” “Well, I didn’t feel that God made such a condition, and so I’m not worried about it.” “Well, there’s an epidemic coming. Aren’t you aware of that?” “Well no, I’m aware of something quite different. I’m aware that no epidemic is coming. I’m aware that there’s a mental hysteria about an epidemic, but God isn’t sending an epidemic. How can it come here if God isn’t sending it here? Is there another power?” You’re still wrestling with Goliath, aren’t you?
And so, soon, you’re demonstrating the Consciousness of no power needed, but you’re not really an ostrich with your head in the sand, pretending it’s not there.—That’s for the one who is affirming and denying. And says it says so in the book, so it must be true.—You have made it your living Consciousness, and so for you it’s the practical way. For you, David and Goliath is not preposterous. For you, any condition on this earth is just another David and Goliath condition. And then, of course, you know that Goliath wasn’t just a physical thing. It’s a symbol of all the other contingencies in the material world, the sum total of material consciousness, summed up by the name Goliath.
Always the healings in the Bible demonstrate the power of Spirit as infallible, as indestructible in the face of every material power, but always there was the Consciousness of the Truth that matter is non-power over Spirit, and that where Spirit is recognized, realized, understood, and lived in daily, where personal self in a physical form is died to daily, where the knowledge of spiritual Identity is accepted daily, where Goliath is crucified daily, and David is resurrected daily in Consciousness, that is the pathway to Kingship.
The question comes up some time: Wouldn’t it help me if I knew how Goliath gets there? What puts him there? Why does Goliath even appear? And you know, originally, I thought we were going to do some of that today, but I can see that it’s going to be a very special lesson. It’s really something that I have hesitated to do for a long time because it takes us into a completely different place than the kind of lesson we’ve had today. We are going to call it “Cosmic Television,” the method in which Goliath appears, problems appear, other forms of error appear. Now, although it’s rather strange, I want to discuss it with you because I think we will be able to shed many of the attempts of the mind to try to understand this fellow Goliath.
I believe you can never really reach that state of non-power until you have really convinced your mind of the illusory nature of all material form. That will be the purpose, then, of our little talk on “Cosmic Television.” I don’t know if it ties up with Chapter 6, but I assure you by the time our talk is finished next week, it will. And so chapter six in Contemplative Life; and as you read it, bear in mind that we’re trying to learn, through this inner contemplative meditation, how to be able to know that Goliath is an illusion, that every form of problem is a form of a cosmic illusion, locally accepted. And we want to know how these illusions get here. Who puts them here? What’s the substance of them? What’s the background behind them?
And, maybe, when we know this, this mind of ours will be still and be willing to rely on little David, who by now is grown up to be the King within us, who will come forth as I, Christ. So finally, we find here that Saul, the king, says to little David, when they bring him to him, after he has slain the Philistine:
“Whose son art thou,
thou young man?
And David answered,
I am the son of thy servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.”
I come from Substance, the house of bread. And the whole slaying of this non-existent Philistine was by that knowledge of Truth, which reveals the absence of the lie, that knowledge, which is spiritual awareness is the Kingdom of God within you realized and lived in; and every illusion in the world, every imperfection, which is an illusion, through the the Substance of your Being—when you know that you have come from Bethlehem—is revealed as non-existence.
Then we, too, can say to Saul, to the mind, “I’ve been born of Bethlehem.” I come from Jesse in Bethlehem, and Jesse is I am. Everything that I am is from the root of I Am. For that I Am I am. And finally, the Christ comes forth: I and the Father are One. The Substance is established as your Being. There is no other. And instead of being in Cosmic Television, watching images of light and shadows, you’re an infinite Being without opposite. Your Substance, there’s Its Life.
Now, you know the four procedures, then, the four steps: Impersonalizing means there’s nothing, no one there. There’s no dog there. There’s no person there. The nothingizing is: there can be no condition there if there’s no person or a dog or whatever there; and both of these are done by knowing that only Spirit is. Number three: Spirit is My Name, My Identity. Spirit is everywhere Omnipresent. The Omnipresence of Spirit is My Name. Therefore, My Spirit is everywhere. Everywhere I am. No conditions, no persons, no people, no dogs, no cats, no anything, except pure Spirit everywhere, the Kingdom of God; and It is where I am, and It is everywhere. I am in this Omnipresence with all the powers of that Omnipresence.
And now rest in the peace of that, and you are at the point of equilibrium. The world can turn upside down, and to you it will hardly be noticeable. My peace I give unto you at this point, not as the world gives. This peace is beyond the understanding of this world, but it is not beyond the understanding of your Self, for it is your Self that gives this peace; and this is the peace that no power is needed. The realization becomes your Self.
Every time you find you want to fight something or meet it in some way, it is because you haven’t practiced the realization of no power. You can lose it in a flash, and I know that. You’re going to lose it in an hour or two. You’re going to wake up without it tomorrow morning, but that’s where you must be; and so, therefore, you must establish ways and means for you to recoup this Consciousness, until you lose it less and come into it higher, until the opposites fade away.
Get that little card. Write on it, “Only God is present,” or anything that came out of this talk for you. Brief it; make it yours. Over a period of time, you’ll have ten cards, twenty cards. You’ll find just a quick flash through one by one, they quickly establish levels within yourself. They begin to work their silent leavening. They prepare you, and you’ll find Goliath never comes to you when you are prepared, only when you are not.
Thanks again. See you next week perhaps: The sixth chapter of Contemplative Life.
Thank you very much.
The story today is the fifth chapter of The Contemplative Life and whatever it brings out in us, and I think next week we’ll go right ahead into the sixth chapter of Contemplative Life. I’m really anxious to get through it so we can move into Joel’s next book, The Mystical I, all prepared for it.
When we have finished this book, we will have what may be called the foundation of the transcendental Consciousness. We should be at a place where we can, without flinching an eyelid, be aware of the nothingness of all error without taking thought about it. This book should be for us a preparation for that Consciousness which needs take no thought about the problems of the world and of the body, without having to sit down and intellectualize about it. There is such a Consciousness. At times you find you’re in it. At other times you have to rise up from the valley.
A friend of mine said the other day sometimes he feels that he’s walking up the down escalator. And we all know, that unless we are continuously moving up, up, up, the moment we stop the consciousness of the world takes us right down, back where we started, and sometimes even further back. But there is a top. It’s the landing, the momentary mountain top; and on that top, there’s Goliath out there, but he doesn’t stand a chance. It’s an unfair fight; poor Goliath could never win because you stand in a different Consciousness in which Goliath, to you, is actually nothing: not a giant, not a bully, not an insurmountable thing in front of you, taunting you, telling you you can’t get by. But your Goliath has been conquered, and you’re ready for new things.
Now, according to the morning paper, Mr. William Randolph Hearst Junior has provided us with a little sidelight to today’s lesson. He is expressing the fear that Russia is getting there quicker in the arms race than we are. He is seeing his Goliath, and he is pointing out to us that we must fear and outrace that Goliath; and if anyone were to say to Mr. Hearst or those who share his opinion that they have no faith in the Bible, they would throw up their arms and say, “What are you talking about? We’re God-fearing men.” “But what about what God says in the Bible? Do you accept it?” “Oh, yes.” “Well, what about David and Goliath, and what about your story this morning?”
Let’s look at the story, and then let’s look at David and Goliath and see the difference in the mind of man, typified by the Hearst Story, and the Mind of Spirit, typified by the words speaking through Samuel to us about a man who’s in a vision [that] enables him to walk through an insurmountable object without taking arms. Mr. Hearst says, “Today, the US bomber force is less than 600. Our sub launched missiles have numbered 650 for four years, and our land based missiles have totaled 1,054 for four years. And during the same time, the Soviet bomber force has remained about constant, but their sub missile force has grown to almost 400 launchers and is expected to overtake ours in two or three years. And meanwhile, a Soviet land-based Inter-Continental force has risen to over 1440 operational launches.” More on the way. And so while the Soviets are gaining and will soon exceed us in missile weaponry at sea, we have already fallen distinctly behind on land.
Now, that’s a very imposing series of statistics, and I’m sure it’ll make the Pentagon do something very quickly. But of course, you realize that the Pentagon reads the Bible, too, and believes in it. And therefore, we must see that people can read this Bible and believe in it, while their actions are completely opposed to what they believe.
According to this, the David and Goliath story should have been written another way, perhaps. David should have looked out and said, “Oh, look at that giant, and look at that armor, and look at the weapons. Now let’s see, how can I go out and fight him? What we need to do is get together and build better weapons. We have to out-power him, or perhaps, out- smart him, or we need a great general to out-flank him. We must do something physically or mentally.” That would be the Bible version if it meant us to out-power Russia or out-power other nations.
But the Bible version says, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit . . .” And really the greatest observation you will ever find on the David and Goliath story is in the fifth chapter of Contemplative Life, because without a lot of fanfare, without a lot of psychology, Joel has given us not only the secret of David and Goliath, but the secret of the transcendental Consciousness that we can live in. We’re going to trace that, because in order to understand his secret and the secret of Samuel and the secret of David and the secret of Christ Jesus, it isn’t enough to see that a little fellow went out with a sling shot, and that we can do the same. We must see what went [on] inside the Consciousness of David. What is the inner David doing while the outer David is overcoming this insurmountable object?
And very nicely, once we start to look at what the inner David is doing, the scripture tells us precisely that. Practically every line tells you what’s going on in David’s Consciousness, and it’s a perfect blueprint for us of the path to what David eventually becomes. He becomes a king. Goliath is just one stepping stone on the way. As you move past Goliath, there are going to be other Goliaths. Let’s not pretend that the moment he got past Goliath, everything was roses. He got through four or five wives, too. He got through many things on the way, all part of his spiritual path. He lost one whom he loved very dearly. He lost Jonathan, and you will notice that he even lost his own followers. But always, this invisible path of Spirit gives us the outer signs; and if we’re looking, we recognize them and we make them part of our continuing developing awareness of Truth.
We find right out that David was tending the sheep. We know that Christ Jesus later said, “I am the good shepherd. My sheep hear my voice.” We know that he said to Peter, “If you love me, feed my sheep.” David was feeding the sheep, tending the sheep. Now, this is a sign, then, a symbol to us that he is in the preparatory stage of initiation. He is one of eight sons. He’s the eighth, and he is the youngest. He is in a far country. He’s not in his own kingdom at the moment.
The king of this country is Saul, the king of Israel, and now we have Israel pitted against the Philistines, and shall we say, then, that mind and body are having a little war? But Saul looks with some degree of favor upon David, and so something is happening that will make David the champion on the side of Israel, on the side of mind coming into a higher sense called Soul; and on the other side, their champion, the champion of physical force of the body of man, of the base nature of man is the incarnate evil, called Goliath—two champions, one representing body, one representing that emergent awareness of Soul, coming above the level of mind.
Now, before we go any further, you’re able to see that Goliath represents the old man of yesterday. David represents the new. Actually, there are many facets to Goliath, and they change as you change. At one point Goliath will represent to you the accumulated karma of your entire life, all standing out in front of you, saying, “ You can’t go any further.” At another stage, Goliath will only represent a momentary problem, but one thing that Goliath does represent, always, is this: Goliath is not an external obstacle. Goliath is not an external condition blocking your path. Goliath represents the complete fullness of your own false sense of self.
This Goliath, that we encounter in Scripture, is your second self. David is your emergent real Self becoming Self-aware, lifting you out of the false belief in a second self; and every problem, every pain, every ache, every evil, every form of darkness, lack and limitation, every belief in anything finite is included in this Goliath, this present sense of self. And when you look out at a problem, we learn you’re not looking out at a problem, you’re looking at the Goliath of the false sense of self which says, “Here’s the problem, and here’s what it’s going to do to you if you don’t watch out.”
The problem is never external to your being. It is always the Goliath of your false sense of self standing in front of you, looking down at you, saying, “Here is what we have to face today.” Goliath is not your enemy out there. Goliath is mortal mind in you, making this vast image of an impregnable armor which says, “You cannot defeat me.” You may be recovering from an accident, and your mind can’t figure out how in the world this condition, which has settled into a seemingly permanent condition, can ever be overcome; and so you study spiritually and you study and you study. You’re walking up that down escalator and getting nowhere.
Sometimes it seems, “I’ve got it.” Other times, you’re back at the bottom looking up. Goliath still says, “But it did happen. The bone’s set this way. You can’t do anything about that now. It’s done. It’s finished.” And your Goliath, there, is the belief that it happened, because if it happened, when it happened God wasn’t there; and that situation has never happened. In other words, Goliath is your hypnosis in the material events of the past as an accepted reality. Yes, there is a way to overcome the hypnosis of the past, as well as the present and the future; and all of that is Goliath, the braggart standing over us putting fear into our hearts and telling our minds, “You can’t figure out this one.”
All of this is said when we are told about the size, the stature, the scowl, the armor, the loud, ominous voice; and all of this is contrasted by a quiet little fellow who was feeding the sheep, just a young fellow with a ruddy countenance, a child, you might say, but somehow he doesn’t hear the braggart as others do, because living in the inner self, feeding the sheep, resting in the Consciousness of God’s presence, he develops the capacity to see with the eyes of God: to see no evil, to hear no evil, to speak no evil. Goliath, it’s almost hard to focus upon this fellow, Goliath. Did God make such a creature? Did God make anything destructive? Did God create a problem? Goliath, who can this be? A nothingness, not created by the Father.
But who is David? Is David a nothingness, too? Yes, he is a nothingness. He’s as much a nothingness as Goliath. There’s no David there. There’s no Goliath there. And only David is aware of that. “I am the Light,” said the Master Jesus. And now David is realizing him Self to be the Light of God, because having fed the sheep, the Consciousness has developed to the point where Light, Spirit, Substance, Essence is the Identity of David and the Identity of Goliath. All that is present in the pure Consciousness is the true Identity of Spirit.
There are not two forms, and nothing more. There are two body images standing in the One Invisible Light, and who is the majority but the One who knows this? Now David, being an initiate of Truth, and Goliath, representing that force in him which stands in his way to the kingship or Christ-hood, is really waging an inner conflict, which has nothing to do with other people or other events. This is the change of consciousness within David, made visible. This is spiritual Consciousness manifesting outwardly as outer events, but you’re going to discover, as we go along a little further, that the language of the Soul is what we’re looking at.
We’re looking at these symbols, appearing as body images and body conditions and world conditions, that are put forth by consciousness as it is accepted or rejected; and all that we are witnessing now is the acceptance within David that the Kingdom of God is within him Self, that his Spirit is Omnipresent Spirit, that his Omnipresent Spirit stands where Goliath appears to be. He cannot deny Omnipresence and accept the intimidation of Goliath at the same time. Once he has accepted Goliath as a reality, a force of destruction, he is saying, “Omnipresence is a lie. Spirit is a lie. Spirit is not here. The power of Spirit is not here.”
And as a human being, this is precisely what he would do, but having been tending the sheep, having had that spiritual beginning within him Self and that rising knowledge of the inner Christ, all the strength, all the power of the Kingdom in his Consciousness must manifest in some way as the non-power of Goliath; and the great vision, that came through Joel about this, is the secret of your work. It is something that is not explained by any of the religions of the world because, until no power is accepted, you cannot explain David and Goliath, except in the usual clichés.
No power here means just this: God, being the only Presence anywhere, only the perfect power of God is functioning. And when you are trying with the mind to cope with that thought, you find you’re unable to support it for a long time. You can memorize it, and you can try to jot it on a card so that tomorrow you remember it. You can try to hammer it into yourself with a recitation, but it isn’t enough. Non-power has to be a state of Consciousness, attainable, in which you are able to know that because God is everywhere, there is no power needed in any circumstance on this earth.
Now that may manifest as a boy with a sling shot, casting a stone on the forehead of a giant, and you’ll say, “Well, he did something. He didn’t exert no power. He did something.” Yes, only because if he did absolutely nothing, it would not be as it is in actual human living. You would have no way of understanding what was happening. In human living, you would be putting on the armor and going out to face this giant. In human living, you would face your adversary, and you would usually use the identical tactics of your adversary. You’d want to match him, brain for brain, brawn for brawn, strategy for strategy. That’s not the spiritual Way. The spiritual Way is, first, within yourself; and within himself, David knew no power was needed to overcome this adversary—no power needed, no armor, no sword.
The sling shot and the five stones become symbols to teach us. In fact, if he had gone out with his sword and armor, you wouldn’t have heard this story again. He’d have been annihilated if he met his adversary with the tactics of the adversary. If you meet the liar with a lie, a cheat with a cheat, the force with a force, you’re just locking horns. You’re recognizing it as a reality; and here this vast, monumental figure, compared to the little boy, is shown to be nothing but a mirage, an externalized belief, the sum total of all human fear externalized into one mammoth figure with no substance, no content, no power—unless he has an adversary who believes he has power.
And when you translate this to every problem in your life, you find you are really saying that every problem in your life is without substance, without power, is nothing but your externalized belief made visible as condition, thing, person, adversary, who needs to be faced only by the little David in you with his slingshot, meaning, inner vision, for that which finally makes the giant succumb is the stone of Truth, one little stone of Truth; and the giant is slain. This is the eternal warfare between all of the material grotesque problems of the world and your one little stone of spiritual Truth. And what is that spiritual Truth which makes it possible for you to stand in the Consciousness of no power? Only Spirit exists. There is only Spirit.
I am the Light. You are the Light. These forms of a world mind are not Substance. These are shadows in the Light. And the Consciousness of Light as your Name, your Substance, your Being, the Awareness of the Omnipresence of the Light, worked with, and that’s feeding your sheep, living with It. And every time a thought runs out of line, you bring that thought back into the fold with your rod of Truth, so that every little sheep,—Every little thought that moves outside into fear, hate, rejection, resentment, material thinking is a lost sheep.—and you gently bring it back into the fold. You are feeding the sheep of your mind until all that is in there is the Truth that Spirit is, Spirit is, Spirit IS.
Does Spirit have pain? No. Does Spirit have any problem? No. Does Spirit suffer? Does Spirit have a heart attack? Is Spirit blind? Is Spirit deaf? Does Spirit die? Does Spirit have anything that we encounter in the world as a problem? Is Spirit all? And every little sheep, that says, “There’s something besides Spirit.” has to be brought back into the fold, in your Consciousness until all your sheep are in the fold, until Spirit is your Consciousness.
Now, where is Goliath? Just one of the little sheep. Just one of the little sheep who got too big because he wasn’t watched. And now we look at Goliath. He’s not quite as big anymore. He has shrunken some. Spirit is, and he’s been telling you how powerful he is. He’s been denying that Spirit is the only power. He’s been telling you what he’s going to do to you, if you ever dare to come out on the battlefield with him. But Spirit is all that is here.
Spiritual Identity is yours, and that spiritual Identity is Omnipresent. There are no opposites in Spirit. There are no Goliaths’ in Spirit. There are no Russia’s in Spirit, but you’ll never know this until you know there’s no David in Spirit either. As long as there’s a David, there’s a Goliath. As long as there’s a personal me, there’s a Goliath, but when I am Spirit, Goliath was just shot, murdered, killed, annihilated. He never existed. The absence of personal sense in me is the end of Goliath, because that’s who Goliath was. My personal sense is Goliath, but I know I am Spirit. The slingshot has found its mark. Truth has conquered Goliath. All the problems were in Goliath.
When I know I am Spirit, the problems contingent upon the existence of a personal self are no longer there. You cannot find a problem in Spirit, and when you have accepted Spirit as the All, as the Self, as the Self without beginning or end in time or space, as the Self everywhere now, you’re in the Consciousness that needs no power. We have to illustrate that for you. The dog bites the boy. The mother is worried. The shot is given to the boy for rabies. There’s a day, a fourteen day period before you really know. So you wait.
Goliath says, “The boy can have rabies.” Mother says, “We have to watch out, the boy can have rabies.” Medicine says, “The boy can have rabies.” There’s a power called “rabies” where there is no awareness that Spirit is All. Now then, this comes to your attention, and you are aware that Spirit is All. Goliath is standing before you. Maybe to you it’s not much of a Goliath anymore, but it is to that mother; and behind it all is rabies, the threat, the possibility. Why, even the other day, a boy in the paper passed on from rabies, and so she’s worried.
Now, none of us should have that worry, because if you are feeding your sheep, if you are living in the Consciousness of Truth that Spirit is All, you will be in the Consciousness which can say, really can say and know without any great effort, but instinctively and automatically, “There is no dog. There is no boy. There is only Spirit. There can be no rabies.” And in that Consciousness, you have fulfilled the first two points of your healing Consciousness, the knowledge of, the non-reality of the Goliath called matter, the non-reality of the Goliath called condition in matter. That is impersonalizing and nothingizing, just by being in the Consciousness that Spirit is All. You automatically do not go into a long wind up, a long harangue, and a long series of quotations.
It comes to you and you simply know Spirit being All, there is no material selfhood and no material condition, and there’s nothing to figure out. There’s nothing to argue about. There’s nothing to affirm or deny beyond that. It’s simply a knowing because you have been living in the Consciousness that Spirit is All, and sometimes you don’t have to go any further. It’s better to [take] the third step, and that third step now is something I want you to take because you’ve done it enough so that it can become routine, a great joy, but something that you don’t have to fumble to find: There is no dog; There is no boy.
If you can’t face that quickly, easily, effortlessly, you’ve got work to do; but it can be faced that way, and then, you see, you have nothing to fight against anymore. You don’t have to fight Goliath anymore. As far as you’re concerned, Goliath doesn’t have to die. He never existed. You don’t have to cure the rabies. I mean, now, this must be that Consciousness right then and there; and it takes daily living with it to be right then and there in that Consciousness. If there’s the slightest fumbling and trying to un-talk yourself from the problem, you’ve lost it right there.
Now then, if you can look at your financial problem the same way, a physical problem, your human relationships, anything in your life as an impossibility because Spirit is All there is, and stay with that for days until something in you accepts it, something in you refuses to accept another substance in this world than Spirit, when you reach that conclusion that Spirit is,—and that’s what Jesus was teaching,—that Spirit is All there is. And that’s why Spirit is invincible. That’s why Spirit needs no power to overcome matter. That’s why Spirit is never needing another power to overcome any material condition.
Spirit is, and the accident out there, the problem out there hitting your Consciousness doesn’t make a dent. It doesn’t cause a reaction. It isn’t that you steel yourself and your great will power, but rather you simply know. It just hits you, and that’s the end of it. It doesn’t make a dent. Now you’re in a non-reactive stage, which automatically is called impersonalizing and nothingizing. You haven’t done anything except you know. And we know that Spirit being All, I need no power.
Now, if we can get that far, your down escalator is going to cease to have power to bring you down. Let’s stand there for a minute in the knowledge that Spirit is the Substance of God, that God is Spirit, and God is All, and Spirit is the only Substance. And we’re working behind the visible scenes in the One Substance, which is Spirit, which is the power of perfection and love; and It is always present. It is always Self-maintaining, Self-supporting. And then the Bible says whatever you ask in my name shall be given.
Accept your Self to be that Spirit, and we’re in the third step. That Spirit, which is all, is My Name, My Substance; and because that Spirit is Omnipresent, and I am that Spirit, My Substance is Omnipresent: I am Omnipresent. My Substance is everywhere. The power of My Substance must be where My Substance is. We’re accepting Omnipresence of God everywhere; and therefore, the Omnipotence of God must be where His Substance is. Everywhere is God’s Spirit. Everywhere is God’s power.
Now, these are the facts. We’re not concerned about appearances. We’re in the third step of the healing Consciousness. The power and the presence of God is everywhere, and that Substance, which is the presence and power of God, is my Substance everywhere.
The fourth step puts the whole thing together. It’s total freedom. The fourth step is that Substance is here now. You take it here now in your Consciousness, and that’s all you do. Here now is that Substance, that Power, that Presence, that Spirit, which is God; and because it’s there, I don’t have to do anything about it. It’s here, and if I touch it here, I’m touching it everywhere in this Universe right now. All the Goliaths in the world can just waste their time. They aren’t there.
The Substance that I’m touching here is the only Substance that is there. The Spirit that is here is the only Spirit that is there, and because Spirit is All and has no material opposite, only Spirit is there. Only Spirit is everywhere, but I must touch It here in the Kingdom of God within me. Here I know, accept Spirit as Identity; and the Power, the Presence of that Spirit, which is here, being everywhere, becomes the law unto me. That’s the secret of no power, isn’t it? What power need I have over an adversary if Spirit is All there is? And I have seen no one in this world give us that understanding of David and Goliath, except Joel—no power.
Just standing in the knowledge Spirit is everywhere as Itself, and that Self is My Self here, that heals rabies, I can tell you right now. It removes the belief in rabies right here, and that absence of belief right here becomes the absence of belief wherever necessary, wherever there has been a contact to this awareness that rabies is non-existent, that only Spirit is. No power is needed to overcome it, none. No power is needed to overcome a problem on this earth. Though real, it is only real to the one who still has not accepted the All-ness of Spirit, the Identity of Spirit, the Omnipresence of Spirit.
And so in review, the one, two, three, four of it is this: You’re doing two jobs in one. You’re impersonalizing and nothingizing when you come to the place where you can know that only Spirit is. It takes some people five years to come to that: Only Spirit is. There is no material form and no material condition because of the fact that only Spirit is. You can take Jesus and see how simple it was for him, having reached the conclusion that only Spirit is, to stand looking out at every material claim and yawning, so that he only needs spittle to restore the awareness of vision. Only Spirit is. Where did vision go? Where did hearing go?
Where did all of the good things go if only Spirit is? They were lost in false belief, Goliath accepted, because the human mind is the very Goliath presenting all of the false beliefs. And so everywhere, is this condition in Spirit? Is there a cripple in Spirit? Is there lack and limitation in Spirit? Is Spirit hungry? Is Spirit poor? Is Spirit needful of something? Is Spirit suffering or dying? Is Spirit going to live just a certain number of years? Is Spirit getting older? Does Spirit need protection? And you find none of these things are true. Spirit needs none of this, and Spirit lacks nothing. And you’re strong. You’re at the Consciousness which knows this, so you’re up to the third step. You’re in that non-reactive Consciousness, which can smile and say, “But only Spirit is.” And you’re in the third step of “And it is I. I am Spirit.”
Where is Spirit? Everywhere, everywhere. Spirit is Omnipresent, therefore that Omnipresent Spirit is My Self. I’m no longer this finite material self. I am that Omnipresent Spirit, which is I and which is the fourth step: here, now. And that here now is the trigger, which unites you to Omnipresent Spirit everywhere, standing in the need for no power, letting the Spirit do Its own revelation of harmony and Truth and perfection. You’re in the Sabbath. Rest. Stand ye still. Wait upon the Lord. Let the Lord of Hosts show forth that the braggart, named Goliath, is just a huge bag of wind; and that personal sense of self, which is a source of every other Goliath you’re going to face, being dead, why, the source is gone. The personal sense is crucified.
You have really gone through the Crucifixion and the Resurrection with the slaying of Goliath. Personal sense slain, you’re resurrected unto Reality. You hold it a while, and in your Sabbath, you ascend over the material appearance. Every time you face another so-called problem with the Truth, you go through Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension, so that your Crucifixion is to crucify the false beliefs by knowledge of Spirit as the All. Your Resurrection is when you stand in the Truth of Being that I am that Spirit, and your Ascension is when you’re standing in the Lord in the Self. In the no power of pure Spirit, you ascend above the appearance. When you keep doing this again and again and again, you find you have the weapon to meet anything with no power; and then David and Goliath becomes a very valuable teaching for those on the path to Kingship or Christ-ing.
Now, I think the healing Consciousness should be quite clear by now. We should have solid ground to stand on. The importance of It is that when we have attained this measure of freedom, we don’t waste valuable energy and thought and time pushing things away and fighting adversaries. We can devote that time and that energy to dwelling in the Spirit, to living in the Truth, to walk with God; and thereby, you find you’re automatically living in cause, instead of fighting off the effects of a mortal mind. When you’re living in cause, you’re sowing to the Spirit, you’re building with Substance, you’re making a real transition in Consciousness; and the physical form is going to lose its effect. It’s going to become just another Goliath, as you become aware of that other Body of Light, which has no outer obstructions to face, which isn’t looking at the calendar, which knows nothing of the evils of the world.
Now this is the place we’re all at in varying degrees, but nonetheless, this is the focus from which we’re all working. Now, let’s assume we had all reached the point where every Goliath in the world would meet the Consciousness of no resistance in the knowledge that only Spirit is. At that moment, you are in, what may be called, a point of equilibrium between the finite and the infinite, between the unreal and the real, between the Spirit and the material. That point of equilibrium is the secret place of the Most High where you walk undisturbed, and having attained it in a measure, holding it in a measure, we learn we’re to live there at the point of equilibrium, which is a secret place of the Most High; and you’ll find that is where My Peace is.
I give you My Peace at that point of equilibrium, where there is nothing which is responding to the material world’s complaints, which is sowing to the Spirit, which has built a confident assurance of spiritual Identity under spiritual law everywhere, which has accepted that God is conscious, always present, always power, always love, always harmony, always perfection, always and everywhere. The miracle of Life begins at that point. That is where we walk on a new firmament, and we discover the old earth was really a symbol of our old body. The new earth is our new Body of Spirit, which is infinite, and we are that infinite spiritual Body called the New Earth.
We’re on a different scale of things. There’s no personal self now to be concerned about, as we were before. There’s no personal self to be made into a success or to protect. That’s yesterday’s Goliath. You’ll find that David put his armor in the tent, after he knew he would never need that armor to wear. The new Consciousness was formed. The armor was within, in the tent. The knowledge of Self places you on the new Firmament. To walk in the Spirit is to walk in the acceptance that I live in the cause of Reality; and cause and effect are one.
Cause, being Spirit and being perfect, effect must be one with that cause and always perfect; and therefore, I am not concerned. I live in obedience to the impulse of Spirit. Goliath may eventually show forth again in another form and then another, but the ultimate death of Goliath is assured the moment you have reached this level, which says, Spirit can never be less than its own present, perfect Self in All things.
Then I would suggest that you make a little card. Get yourself a handful of index cards, and every time you come to a major Truth, something you know is a landmark for you, something you’ve got to be able to wake up to tomorrow and be part of your Self without any effort, such as “Only Spirit is present,” when you have the realization of that, a knowledge of it, the working understanding of it, put it on your index card, “Only Spirit is present,” in nice big, bold letters.
Put that card in your pocket. Put it in your purse. Keep it on your person, wherever you are. Occasionally, just pull it out and look at it, “Only Spirit is present,”until this is your knowledge within, until it’s carded inside yourself, until you know “Only Spirit is present,” so that you can quickly look at any situation, without having to intellectualize about it, and stand ye still in the knowledge that “Only Spirit is present.” And then wait inside, and this is where that glorious feeling becomes the revelation of Divine Power.
Because “Only Spirit is present,” you find something within you seems to move to wherever the predicament is; and right there, where the predicament seems to be, even though it may be miles away from where you are, within your Self it seems such a short distance, just a foot away. And from where the predicament seems to be in the outer, within yourself that predicament seems to disappear; and something right there says, “Only Spirit ishere.” You have that feeling: “It is done.” The inner realization here, and just a little further here, “Only Spirit is here,” and that, miles in the outer, is just in that little space within your Self; and when you feel it is done, it is done.
All of this took place in David before Goliath fell, before he picked up the sling shot, before he let go, before it made contact. It all took place in that one little brief span of Consciousness within him Self; and then, like a little microfilm, shone forth on a huge screen as a moving picture, it became an outer visible thing, but the complete enactment of it was all within his inner Consciousness knowing Spirit is here, Spirit is there, the law of Spirit is perfection, and that is all that can be here. I need not make it so.
There is an important sequence here. We find Jesus stepping out of the Jordan, baptized by a man, suffering it to be so now, then the dove, the baptism of the Spirit. We know now that the descent of the Ghost signaled that the human sense of body had completely been overcome. Now there stood a man who was no longer a man of earth. In his Consciousness there existed only the Omnipresent Self, the One. To human eyes it was the same body they had seen, but it was not. It was the body of the Soul, indestructible. I’m quite sure he needed no food. He lived on Light. He was Light. He moved as Light, and he’d announced that I am the Light.
The mission of Jesus Christ could not begin until the Soul body had been formed, completed, realized, and lived in; and this is the birth of the Christ. This is the moment of being begotten of the Father, and only then did Christ walk the earth without human interference from a man named Jesus. Only then could Christ move through the earth giving the teaching, for now there was One, not two. The Christ Body and the Christ Mind lived and walked, and this was identified by human sense as Jesus; and there was still remnants of humanhood, and therefore, the wilderness experience had to follow. And after the wilderness experience, which was the Ascension, the complete overcoming of material law, there had to be the three temptations to show what Ascension means. Ascension meant that all personal self had been destroyed.
There was no desire to wear a halo, no desire to be identified as the One who came from God, no desire to own anything, not even the kingdoms of this world in all their power and glory, no desire to possess, and no lack, no limitation, no need unfulfilled. I, Spirit, am Self-supporting, complete. Nothing external to Self was needed, Self being the infinite Self. This acceptance became the realized Christ, now walking forth to demonstrate to mankind the Identity that stands behind every form that walks the earth, saying, “When you reach back into your Self, you’ll find I, and I am the Way. When you reach back into your Self, I will pour the Oil, I will release you from all measures of iniquity that appear to your limited human consciousness. I stand where You are. All that I have is Thine, and I will never leave You.”
This is who was now walking the earth called “Jesus,” but it is I, the infinite Invisible because the man, Jesus, has died to the Lazarus within him, to the Mary within him, to the Herod within him, to the Pilate within him, even to the Judas within him. The man, Jesus, is no more; and it was only before, because rather, all this had happened to purify that consciousness completely of humanhood, of finitude, of a denial of omnipresent Self as the One and Only. Now he could step forward, and now the Spirit could speak words of Truth that can be depended upon, words that you never have to examine suspiciously and say, “I wonder if this is true.” You can do that with people, but with the words of Spirit, you say, “Thank you.”
This is more true than anything ever divined by a human mind. This I can depend on. This is Life Itself talking, and this Spirit steps forth and gives us the reason why it can now walk the earth doing the miracles. And the world sees Jesus saying this, But it is the Omnipresent One behind all of us saying, “I, the Spirit of the Lord is upon Me because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.” And those poor are us, those who are poor because they have not let the Oil flow, those who are poor because they have not accepted Identity, those who are poor because they are still clinging to a human concept of possession, who do not know that Spirit possesses nothing, for Spirit is all.
“The Spirit of the Lord hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted,” In other words, as I within you is received, that which was the broken heart is shown not even to be the heart, itself. There is no separation in Spirit to be broken up about. The broken heart is the denial of Omnipresence. When we say, “I have lost my husband. I have lost my wife. I have lost my child,” we are denying Omnipresence. We do not realize that the Self, which is my child, the Self which is my Self, are One and the same, never separated, no matter what the human picture may show, never separated; and that is how you heal the broken hearted.
The realization of the true Self reveals the absence of the possibility of separation in Omnipresence, “to preach deliverance to the captives,” those who live in the caves of their own mind, in prison, entombed, and “recovering of sight to the blind,” those who are blind to Christ, “to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” Someone said this before the man Jesus said it, for the Christ in Jesus was the same Christ in Isaiah, who had said it before. That same Christ in Isaiah, in Jesus, in you, in me, in Joel, in whoever has accepted Omnipresent Spirit to be the only Self finds the Christ giving you that precious Oil to share.
Oh, how we want to accept that I am Omnipresent Spirit, but it’s harder for a rich man to get through the eye of a camel, the eye of a needle than a camel because, even though we’re willing to accept I am Omnipresent Spirit, the habits of years are not discarded by a phrase. Is there pain in Spirit? Is their property in Spirit? Are there problems in Spirit? Is there a physical form in Spirit? Are there human conditions in Spirit? How can you have these things and accept Omnipresent Spirit as your Name? Can you possess ten cents and be Omnipresent Spirit? The very fact of Omnipresent Spirit is the denial of the existence of matter. There cannot be Omnipresent Spirit “and.” Omnipresent means there is no other. Only Spirit is.
And therefore, what about our possessions that we worked so hard for? We learned that we are merely given the use of them, and we say, “Thank you.” I am their custodian momentarily. They are not my permanent property. How can that be if my name is Spirit? That which passes in front of me for my use is recognized as the activity of the world consciousness, and only to the extent that I transmute world consciousness by the acceptance of spiritual Consciousness do I find that those things that appear as mine are working in coordinated harmony with the fullness of my Being. Then they begin to have a relevancy to what I am doing.
Then the activity of the Spirit, translating into these appearances called possessions, all works in one direction. No one can take your spiritual possessions. They can only take your mental, physical possessions. Your spiritual possessions are nailed down inside your Consciousness. You don’t have to protect them. Spirit is constantly pressing them forth in such abundance that it’s hard to keep up with it. And so you must learn how to practice in your meditation periods the knowledge that I have nothing, I own nothing, and I am nothing. As long as you think you have, you own, and you are something, you are saying you are not pure, perfect, omnipresent Spirit.
Oh, the human mind begins to fear that if I think I have nothing, it’ll disappear. Somebody will take it away. What if somebody comes to rob it? I won’t try to protect it. All of these fears pass through the one who is not in the third degree, not even glimpsing the third degree. You might get to the place where you want to make all kinds of foolish tests, and say, “Well, I’ll just pile all my things in the car, and I won’t lock it.” You’re just falling into the tempter, who’s trying to make you jump off the roof to show that somebody will catch you. You are Spirit, and there is no other. And there’s no need to prove anything. There’s no one to prove it to, and if you want to prove it to your human selfhood, you’re making a mistake.
And so we do not lose our sense of responsibility. If anything, we have a higher sense of responsibility because we can see through the material appearance to the spiritual Reality. And whatever Spirit places in your hands to be used is a treasure, but it’s used in the manner in which Spirit placed it in your hands to be used, so that the activity of whatever that appears to be is released to the Spirit, which placed it before you. We are not setting up the mental road blocks as to how things should be.
I have found, that when there is a continuous effort to meditate on “I own nothing,” that there comes to you a great release; and the release takes an unusual form in that you become more aware of your spiritual Identity. It was only the physical sense of Self which clung to the idea of owning, and in giving up the sense of possession, you find that what you are giving up mentally is almost zero compared to what you discover you do have. You give up the transient sense of things, and you become the proud possessor of the Infinite.
All of the infinite can function through the One who has given up the sense of owning. The minute you try to put a label on the Infinite or carve a piece of It for yourself, you lose it. It has an innate awareness of whether or not you are letting it flow unmolested, un-interfered with. And then it comes to you as a great dispensation that all that the Father hath is yours. And when you are clinging to material possessions as your possessions, that is the denial that all that the Father hath is yours. In our human sense of clinging, we are rejecting the fullness that is available. You find everything is upside down.
Another thing we have to learn to meditate upon is that “I am nothing,” and this I we are speaking of is the human self who goes to work, the human self who has friends, the human self who mingles with people. “I am nothing.” Why? Because right here, where this me appears, only the Spirit is, and when that sense of a me is gone, the Spirit that is realized here appears as a Me in harmony with my environment. But it is only the Jesus appearing where the Christ is. It is the Mary appearing where the Christ is, the Lazarus appearing where the Christ is.
One day the you is Mary resenting the fact that Jesus wasn’t present when needed, and the next day the you is Mary boasting, happily showing forth the Soul Body. Look how quickly that transition took place within three years. When he sent forth the disciples two by two, it is said that they not only healed, they anointed the victims with Oil. What does that mean? They opened the spiritual Consciousness of those people to their Identity. James says in one of his epistles, “Is something wrong? Do you have a problem? Well, find the Oil, find the Oil.” Opening up your spiritual Consciousness to the acceptance of Identity, you’ve found the Oil.
Now, all of the tricks of the human mind will keep preventing you from accepting Omnipresence. You’ll have a birthday in the Omnipresence of Spirit, and then you’ll have a death day in the Omnipresence of Spirit. You’ll have human holidays. You’ll have all kinds of human events while talking about the Omnipresence of Spirit, and you’ll have all kinds of adverse conditions in these human events, but they aren’t there. The Omnipresence of Spirit is there and ever has been there. And that Spirit is not in your physical form, and so you cannot be living in that Spirit and in your physical form. You do not even possess a physical body once you have accepted Omnipresent Spirit. You have a Soul Body, which appears to human sense as a physical body.
And that Soul Body is the only One you acknowledge in all your ways as perfection Itself, for it is your eternal Body, and it must be lived in, experienced, to become your permanent realized Body. When you were given the assignment last week to write down to yourself, “I am Spirit.” And then let Spirit tell you what you are, I’m sure some of you received some inner knowledge; and maybe some of you received a sort of an inner demand, a spiritual impulse which said to you something that is yours alone to tell no man. Now, this must be realized that whenever you receive this inner demand from Spirit, every inner revelation you receive is a demand.
Every true spiritual Vision is a demand. Remember, spiritual Vision, not psychic, not emotional, not mental; and those spiritual Visions always bring with them an understanding of what they are, even if that understanding is merely that this Vision was to tell you that I am present, with no other meaning intended. But every inner revelation is a demand, and that means that unless you live up to the level of that demand, you are saying to the Spirit, “Don’t come back.” Because you’re Teacher is saying, “This is where I want you to be now. I am teaching you, for example, that you are the Omnipresent Spirit. Before Abraham was, you are the Omnipresent Spirit.”
In the year three billion, you will be the Omnipresent Spirit, and You are that now, and if this becomes your inner revelation, that is a demand for you to rest in the Word until you can say, “I know it, I have it, I feel it, I accept it. I will live it.” And until you do this, you’ll be waiting a long time in between inner revelations. Your inner Teacher says, “This is the level I’ve established for you, and you cannot change the sequence. You can’t mentally run ahead and try to direct traffic. This is what I have ordained for you.” And it is as you follow these inner ordainments to the level that they are requesting, demanding, that you one day will find the Voice speaking, that the Spirit of the Lord has ordained me, anointed me, for the anointing is the ordainment.
Now way back years ago, we used to come out of a lecture and say, “That was great,” and then come back next week and hear some more. Now, we don’t do it anymore. All talk is a means of, together, sharing the spiritual impulse and letting that spiritual impulse establish its invisible activity as our own Being all through the week, living in the God experience, in the spiritual experience above the calculating mind, above the self-preserving mind, above every human consideration.
You’ll know when you have no human considerations and you’re just up there experiencing that the Oil is flowing. You’re being anointed, and that anointing is the preparation for the entire fulfillment of the purpose of this life span, the realization of self as God Self. With our human minds, we are not capable of this realization. Only through the Soul Center, and only through living throughout the day, alone, in that Soul Center, while in the midst of the world is that precious ointment flowing.
Next week, our chapter will be the fifth in Contemplative Life. Always, I’m depending on you to supply that inner Vision, to see that behind the words is always the intent to lift you into Omnipresent spiritual Identity; and between then and now you should be working on the inner acceptance that Spirit, which you are, never has a problem. And the acceptance of the problem, then, is the denial of your spiritual Self. That Spirit never has a division, and the acceptance of a competitor, or a husband, or a wife, or an enemy, or a friend, without the realization that “This is my invisible Spirit,” is making a false division in your Consciousness.
And that Spirit does not end at the horizon or at the end of a year. It has no ending anywhere, and therefore, you have no ending anywhere. And no matter what may appear in the world, it is but the outer garment of the mind camouflaging that where it appears to be, only You, your Spirit is. To accept your infinite spiritual Self is the only way you will ever live in your infinite spiritual Body. This is what we must be working on. It does not come through Grace. It comes through effort, and then through Grace. It comes through application. It comes through conscious knowing repeatedly. It comes through conscious experience.
And then when you have opened out a way, when you are receptive through the continuous application of Truth in consciousness, then through Grace, you will feel your infinite spiritual Body as a living experience. And no one will be able to deny it to you by word or deed. They won’t have wars in your infinite spiritual Body. They won’t have pestilences or poverty of famine. Your invisible Consciousness will be maintaining a perfect incorporeal Body everywhere, and you will know it. This is part of our third degree. Let’s all do our homework, telling no man. But now the things we would tell any man would be foolishness, indeed.
Chapter five, The Contemplative Life, and whatever else the Spirit has in Mind.
Thanks very much.
Good afternoon, everybody.
We’re striving, now, in this work for something slightly different than a knowledge of Truth. Everything we’re doing now is geared to the experience of the presence of God, which is the source of all Truth that we can ever know. Now, if you have been slow in your progress, if you find that you’re still in a state of worry at times or fear or bad health, if there are problems, be sure this is normal. There’s no one so unusual that he or she is without them, and all of us become impatient. This is all very normal.
But now, Spirit plays a trick on us. It says, “Yes, you’ve gone through many things in your pathway to Truth, and they were necessary.” And you even come to a place where you think you know Truth, and then Spirit says to us, “The only reason you had to get to the place where you think you know Truth is so you could just begin to glimpse what God already knows. There is nothing you have learned on the way, not one single stitch that God does not already know.” And therefore, as you begin to feel that entrance into the third degree, you discover that you’re now told to know no Truth whatsoever. God already knows It. What’s the point of you duplicating, God?
Are you a different self than God? Are you unwilling to rest back and say, “Father, do you know?” And so the real dying to self begins at a point where you can say to yourself, “I have nothing. I am nothing.” And this will not come to an individual who has not been touched by the Presence in some way, so that the individual feels the vision, the courage, the ultimate possibility is only there when the Spirit of God Itself is accepted as the Presence, the Life, and the Identity of your own Being. You cannot want to know Truth with your mind and still accept spiritual Identity, for one belies the other.
Now, in our way to discovering our own inadequacies, one of our major problems has been that we have relied upon human wisdom. There was always my finger in the pie, and in so doing we had used the mind, not as an instrument to receive the Father, but as a thinking, creative, even worrying mind, a mind that was going to find solutions; and we discover that trap, that mind which wants to find solutions is not your mind.
Now every one of us, who comes to the point where we’re willing to give up our mental knowledge of Truth, receives what may be called an anointing. That anointing is shown to us in the Bible in many unusual ways; and it contains, in itself, probably one of the greatest secrets of illumination. You see it in a scene where a woman, not identified in Matthew, a sinner, comes and pours this oil over the Master from an alabaster vase, and you see it again in John where this next pouring of oil from an alabaster vase is from a different woman, perhaps, one who now is identified as Mary.
We find Judas objecting because this is expensive oil, but the Master says, “No, the poor you always have with you, but I will not always be with you.” We find in this a secret teaching, a teaching that, perhaps, goes way back to Zechariah in the Old Testament. In fact, it’s interwoven throughout the Old Testament wherever you find the name of oil spoken in some subtle way, like an olive tree, the olive tree symbolizing olive oil, and oil symbolizing this secret.
We’re going to look at Zechariah. We see that he, ordained by the Spirit, is aware that within the invisible lies the Self, which is the Self of all men; and to convey this to us, he uses the symbols which later appear in Revelation:
“The angel who talked with me came again,
and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep . . .”
This is Zechariah, fourth chapter. The complete fourth chapter is the secret of the Oil.
“He said unto me, What seest thou?
And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold,
with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon,
and seven pipes to the seven lamps,
which are upon the top thereof:
And two olive trees by it,
one upon the right side of the bowl,
and the other upon the left side thereof.
So I answered and spake to the angel
that talked with me, saying,
What are these, my lord?
Then the angel that talked with me answered
and said unto me: Knowest thou not what these be?
And I said, No, my lord.
Then he answered and spake unto me, saying,
This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying,
Not by might, nor by power,
but by my spirit,
saith the Lord of hosts.”
Not might, not power, but by My Spirit. But what? What not by might? What not by power? What by my Spirit? And a further clue:
“And I answered again, and said unto him,
What be these two olive branches
which through the two golden pipes
empty the golden oil out of themselves?
And he answered me and said,
Knowest thou not what these be?
And I said, No, my Lord.
Then said he, These are the two anointed ones,
that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.”
“The two anointed ones that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.”And therein is our clue to what we are striving to do. Our subject is oil, the symbol of something else: wherever you have found a problem, you have lacked that oil. Wherever some inner substance has come to dissolve the problem, it has been that oil; but hit or miss, getting it by random, by accident, has to be substituted now by knowing where the oil is, what it is, and how you open the Soul center to let it flow.
We see a flower. We know the oil of the flower becomes our perfumes, and we know one little tincture of it is powerful. Just think of a tincture of divine oil and what a tincture of divine Oil received in consciousness does to release an individual from every pressing problem. Then go a step further and see that the Oil, being spiritual Substance, is here presented as one of the deepest mystical secrets. The Oil is the spiritual Substance which forms the body of the Soul. All progress in the path to absolute illumination is for the purpose of attaining that spiritual Body, which is independent of the material world. And because this attainment is the destiny of every individual, regardless of the level of consciousness they entertain at the moment, only the highest initiates are even aware that divine Oil becomes their spiritual Body, their incorporeal Self attained and realized and lived in.
And so, in our first and second degrees, we were more concerned with other things. In our first degree all we wanted to do is be a good human being; and after we got that far, we began to take the mind and open it up, letting it become an instrument for the Father, an instrument for the divine Mind. And always in these progressions, we discovered that we were being made more comfortable, happier, more harmonious with all those around us; and we were learning pet phrases, which we thought we could hide behind at times as a sort of an armor against the world. We could smile while other people suffered and say, “If they only knew the Truth that I know, if I could only tell them.” But now, now in your third degree, you come to a place where the Spirit demands more of you.
Whereas before you wanted to build your humanhood, and you enjoyed the experience of opening the mind to the invisible. Now you are told all that must go, that the Oil of the incorporeal body, that Oil which forms the Substance of your eternal body, can never flow into a human being. To be awake to Christ and dead to self becomes the way in which the Soul center opens to express the divine Oil, which takes us into the transitional experience. And so our two olive branches, our two olive trees, which are the two witnesses of the Father on earth, become the sentinels which we must pass through in order to receive the Oil. And dying to self in order to become alive to Omni- presence becomes the single-minded dedication of all of our time and thought. Our whole heart and our whole Soul is bent in the direction of releasing that divine Oil, which makes the divine Body our living experience.
Now let’s look at this woman who comes to anoint the Master. We find her in several places. We find her in Matthew in the twenty-sixth chapter.
“And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings,
he said unto his disciples,
Ye know that after two days is the feast of the Passover,
and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.
Then assembled together the chief priests, and scribes,
and the elders of the people,
unto the palace of the high priest who was called Caiphus,
And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtlety and kill him.
But they said, No, not on the feast day,
lest there be an uproar among the people.”
Now, he knew in two days there would be a passover and he would be betrayed to be crucified. We know now what they didn’t know then, that he already had attained the Soul Body, and that’s why he could speak so evenly about crucifixion.
“Now when Jesus was in Bethany,
in the house of Simon the leper,
There came upon him a woman having an alabaster box
of very precious ointment,
and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.”
Now, alabaster, the whiteness, the box is actually the vase, and it’s a symbol of the Soul. And so pouring this ointment over the Master, she was saying to him and to us, she was expressing outwardly her inner Consciousness. She was telling him she had come into the experience of the incorporeal Body of the Soul, in as much as the woman in other parts is described as a sinner, we may assume this was the adulterous Mary, Mary of Magdala, for the moment.
“But when his disciples saw it,
they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?”
His disciples said, “To what purpose is this waste?” They had no knowledge of the meaning of the alabaster vase and the oil she was pouring. But you see, she couldn’t help herself. That which is your Consciousness must externalize, and having attained the inner Body, she showed it forth as the pouring of Oil upon him. He, though, was the Christ. She was revealing that the Christ of her Being was pouring Oil within her, that she had gone through the first, second, and third degrees that we are going through. She had died to personal self. She was no longer a human being. She was not mortal. She walked in what appeared to be a form, but she was not, in time and space.
Her life was lived external to her body. She knew the meaning of omnipresent Spirit. The disciples did not. They said, “Why all the waste? That cost three hundred pence. We could be giving that money to the poor.” You see, the disciples were not the highest in ordainment at that time. Lazarus was higher.
“For this ointment might have been sold for much,
and given to the poor.”
When Jesus understood it, he said unto them,
Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.
For ye have the poor always with you;
but me, ye have not always.
For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body,
she did it for my burial.”
Having attained the Soul Body, she understood that he was in the Soul Body. She was aware he would walk through death. All of this secret conversation, unknown to the readers of the Bible, who merely see a woman pouring oil.
“Verily, I say unto you,
Wheresoever this Gospel shall be preached in the whole world,
there shall also this, that this woman hath done,
be told for a memorial of her.”
Mary of Magdala was the second highest initiate, right under Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Now, the understanding of this changes when we go to the Gospel of John. This is the outer event. John, ever the symbolist, the esotericist, takes us even deeper. And you wonder if they are speaking about the identical incidents, because here it said, you know that Passover will be in two days, and then we come to John in the twelfth chapter, and when we find it said this way:
“Then Jesus six days before the passover
came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead,
whom he raised from the dead.”
If you’ve wondered about Lazarus, what happened to him, well, here he is again.
“There they made him a supper; and Martha served:
but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.”
We have Jesus, the invisible Christ appearing as Jesus; and now we have the invisible Christ appearing as Lazarus, both having supper with Martha and Mary.
“Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly,
and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair:
and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment.
Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son,
which should betray him,
Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence,
and given to the poor?”
Now we have the odor, the fragrance of the ointment introduced: and this is because in the Soul Body, we are told there is a different fragrance. Some of you have noticed in deep meditation that you’re aware of fragrance. You may be aware of your own body of the Soul.
Now, Mary, the sister of Lazarus, is identified as having the body of the Soul. We find here, through John’s very significant purpose, an interesting revelation, not only about this body, but about the resurrection of Lazarus. You recall that he had been buried four days. And the purpose, or at least one of the purposes, was to show that after three days, the Soul does not leave the body. In other words, the body and the Soul are not conjoined. The Soul is completely independent of the body at all times.
But now we see that Lazarus represents something. This was not only the resurrection of the man called Lazarus. Lazarus was dead for four days, meaning he was, d-e-a-d, dead, totally dead. And the point here that John wishes us to know is that you cannot awaken to Christ until you are totally dead to self. The four days represent the total human deadness of Lazarus, and unless we are prepared not to hold out a remnant of humanhood, that Soul Body which walks out of the tomb of mortality is not formed. And, strangely, that’s only part of it, and that’s why Mary had to pour the Oil.
You see, Mary and Lazarus constitute the Inner and the outer, the male and the female, the higher and the lower. And in each of us, Mary and Lazarus must be redeemed. The positive and the negative, the higher and the lower, the inner and the outer must be redeemed. Lazarus represents the elder son who stayed home. Mary represents the younger son who wasted his Substance going out into the far country; and they both represent the Inner Self of Jesus, showing that the male and the female elements had been redeemed into Oneness. The Soul Body was completed, and at this point, where Mary, the sister of Lazarus, reveals that she, too, has become aware of and is living in her Soul Body, indicated by the fragrance of it and the Oil. This is the preparation, of course, for the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, for it is the marriage of these two, which is the mystical marriage.
Now we’re in a place where the human mind is of no value. There’s nothing it can do for you. It has to surrender. You reach that place where this human mind, which would observe, which would sort out the facts and catalog them, which would make inferences, has no capacity to entertain the living Christ. It’s as if in your mind, at the moment, you have certain knowledge. Now, if your mind were also able to have the knowledge that is, let’s say, in the mind of a scientist, you would have your mind’s knowledge and his mind’s knowledge, and you would have the knowledge of both minds, but his mind doesn’t contain all knowledge.
And so if you took another individual’s mind and had the three minds, you would have a wider basis of knowledge. And you could go on and on like that, but you reach the place where all of the addition of human minds still cannot give you spiritual awareness; and you have to come to the place, above the mind, where this mind is looking up at the Divine Mind and saying, “This is as far as I can go. I have to turn to you. I have to relax my mental attitudes, my mental probing.” I have to come to that place now where I do absolutely nothing, simply look up to the face of the Father and wait, because my mind does not have the capacity to experience Omnipresence. You simply can’t encompass Omnipresence with a human mind, and even though you know the meaning of the word, can define it, can talk about it, and probably make a good case about understanding it, you’ll find that you have not accepted Omnipresence.
The human mind cannot accept Omnipresence; and to give you an idea of why not, let’s say you go into a cave, and it’s dark. And now what you’re doing in the cave constitutes the all-ness of your human selfhood. You’re only concerned about what you’re doing there. You’re not concerned about anything else. Now when you go into your physical senses, it’s the same way. You’re only concerned about what’s happening within your physical senses. That’s your cave. Your mind is your cave. You’re only concerned about what’s happening in your mind.
And when you, with that mind, try to reach beyond your mind there’s no place to reach; and you’ll find that you have been relying on your own human wisdom to find out things. And as a consequence, to you Omnipresence means one thing; to someone else’s mind, it means another. And every human mind will tell you a different meaning of Omnipresence, but no human mind will tell you that You are Omnipresence, that your Identity is Omnipresence, and that the acceptance of Omnipresence can never be made with a human mind.
In fact, the acceptance can only be made when the human mind, which knows not the meaning of Omnipresence, has been rolled away; for when you have accepted Omnipresence, you’re in a very startling Universe. The things you understand would be quite shocking to the individual you were before Omnipresence was your understanding. You would discover, perhaps, that Omnipresence takes you right from this instant here,—straight through your complete human past, mineral past, vegetable past, animal past, through every material past, through every incarnation,—straight to the doorway of God without interruption. Right from God to this instant is Omnipresence, and that is You, the One continuous, uninterrupted Life of Spirit.
And if you look back on that One uninterrupted line of spiritual Life, it has no form in a corporeal world, and so the acceptance of Omnipresence eliminates all that you have called your human past in all incarnations. It eliminates mother, father, brother, sister. It eliminates all your human attainments. It eliminates all your human possessions. It also eliminates all your human fears, doubts, and worries. Omnipresence says, “Spirit is Spirit I Am.” And Spirit being All, there is no other Self. The mother who birthed me was my Self. How could there be a second Self there to birth me? If I am Spirit and mother was Spirit and one Self is Spirit, was there a mother? Was there a son, or was there not just one Self being Self, appearing outwardly as two?
And then you’re coming into your third degree of accepting Omnipresence as your Self, realizing that Omnipresence will do nothing of Itself unless It’s recognized, just as if a pencil were not going to get up and write, you’d have to pick it up and know it’s a pencil, and that it can write. You then begin to recognize Omnipresence accepted. Live in it, rejecting all else that is not Omnipresence, and you find the Oil is pouring. The Oil is forming that invisible Body. The transmutation from physical sense to spiritual awareness is coming through as a new Body, a Body that Mary, here, was showing the Master she had, for you have found the two olive trees, Spirit, and its companion,Truth.
The two, Divine Truth and Divine Spirit, made One in you produce the Oil. The Oil produces the Body of the Soul. The Body of the Soul is recognized as the one infinite body. And in your third degree, you rest in the quiet, conscious realization that the Body of the Soul is the only Body I am. It knows no pain. It knows no lack. It knows no limitation. It knows no need. And therefore, when I express a lack, a need, a limitation, I am rejecting my Body. I am rejecting Omnipresence, even though my mind had known the Word and had been able to pronounce It and speak about It. Omnipresence eliminates all that is not the Spirit of God as Reality.
In your third degree, Omnipresence is the law of your Being, the nature of your Being, and the activity of your Being; and, therefore, you are not living, then, in a physical form. Your Life doesn’t consist of the activity of that physical form. You have an external Existence to the Body, made possible only because the Soul Center opening up yields the Oil, which becomes your spiritual discernment, your spiritual Consciousness, your capacity to trust the Invisible.
Now the reason the Bible tells us about Mary doing this and Lazarus is for the faint-hearted who say, “Oh, Jesus did it, but of course he did it. Who else is Jesus?” The more you study the Bible, the more you discover that many people did it, and that we are doing it, but not with, as Joel puts it, “our spare time and our spare change.” No, he says, only when all of you is dedicated to that which is greater than your human self. The anointing, the Oil carries with it the ordainment, carries with it the Will, the power, the self-fulfillment.
Now we find out we’re becoming aware of our invisible bodies. We’re learning to rest back, accepting not only is the outer body the temporary fleeting image, but there is, is an inner Body of Light that is real. We know it will not come forth without our recognition of It. We begin to rest in It consciously, letting the government of the Father do Its own work. In the third degree, your patience is deepened. You’re willing to go through long periods of seemingly outer inactivity. You’re letting that divine Seed take root. You know that all of the frantic outer activity has nothing to do with a root of the Seed; and just like a seed in the ground, you’re letting It take root in the invisible Infinite. You do it consciously, quietly.
You meditate, not with a purpose of attaining something or receiving something, but just to know quietly, as I do this, the root of my Christ-hood is becoming deeper and more firmly entrenched into my consciousness. I simply rest in that knowledge, knowing this is how my confidence in Omnipresence is strengthened. You merely rest, knowing that this is the Way for the Soul center to open to lead you to a mystical realm above human consciousness, not to receive something, but to be opened to that inner Vision, to be taken out of all the psychic realms, the emotional realms, the mental realms. We are fasting from personality, fasting from the mind that wants to know, fasting from everything that will not give us that precious Oil, the Oil that ordains us, the Oil of the divine Son.
In this Way we are preparing the way for the ultimate initiation, quietly resting, seeking nothing, but feeling the knitting within of Being Itself, accepting the Spirit of God as your invisible Body and letting the divine Mind act upon that Spirit to animate It, motivate It, guide It, direct It, feed It, sustain It, clothe It, completely trusting that invisible Body to be maintained by the invisible Father. I’m not seeking even outer signs, resting in the work. That is the I of your Being, and the me out here with its worries, its problems, its doubts, its needs, its limitations, this me is revealed to you as a false side of your Self, without meaning, without existence. And the more you are aware of this invisible Soul Self, the more you know that any clinging to the outer man is a denial of the inner Self.
Once you reject the inner Self by being concerned about the outer self, you are denying the All-ness of God. You’re a prodigal from Omnipresence. You’re outside of your own Identity. And now all we’re concerned about is being true to our Self. Every worry is faced with the knowledge that I can only be worrying about a me that doesn’t exist because my name is Omnipresence.
My name is Spirit. I go back to the Father, All the Way. I go All the Way ahead to the Father, All the Way up and down and around to the Father. Wherever the Father is, I am with Him.
Spirit is my name. The only Body I have is made of pure Spirit. There is no other substance, and as your inner integrity deepens, increases, it multiplies the Oil. It multiplies the final moment when the Robe, that inner Garment of the Soul, is bestowed upon you, signifying your Soul Body is now ready for you to live in, independent of all karmic law. You’ve earned your spurs. You can walk with Mary, with Lazarus, with all those who have gone through the crucifixion of self to the inner Resurrection to the Ascension over material law. You’re ready to make your triumphal entry into Selfhood.
The reason patience is stressed is because in the earlier degrees there were signs following, signs following, always there were signs. In the inner realm, there are no more signs following. There is only the acceptance and the realization that that very Presence that you were seeking is your name. You no longer are seeking the presence of God. That Presence You are. It is the fact of your Being, and that is what is meant by moving, living, having your Being in God. You move as the Presence, you live as the Presence, you have your Being as the Presence, and you deny not the Presence, because it is Omnipresent.
What if you do not hold this twenty-four hours a day? If you hold it for three minutes a day, the Oil pours, and that Oil increases your capacity to hold this Consciousness again and again and again. So the key word today is: Omnipresence is meaningless unless I consciously recognize Omnipresence, not as a word, but as God active, not passive. And now watch this: God is active. If you’re not doing what God is doing, what are you doing—if God is All? What can you possibly do that has any meaning, if it’s not what God is doing? And so the activity of God functioning as your Soul Body is the only way in which you can be doing what God is doing. And that is why you must find that great capacity to release all that is not your invisible Soul Body to live in It, because It alone is acting in the Will of God. It is the living expression of God where you stand. The activity of God in your Soul Body is what Jesus was talking about when he said: “The Father worketh, and I work hitherto.” “Thou seest me, thou seest the Father.”
He had come out of the dual sense of life, out of the fleshly sense of life into the Soul Body, which is the activity of God, as we will do. Then I and the Father are one activity. The Mind of the Father becomes the activity of my Soul Body, and what I do is because the Father is doing it. And so you find God is living God’s Life as your Soul Body. “I live yet not I, Christ liveth my life.” This is the Soul Body activity, and until you are in the conscious awareness of that Body through the realization and the conscious practice that Spirit is all, Spirit is your name, Spirit is Omnipresent, and therefore, Omnipresence is your Name, you will still be finding fractions and patches and flaws in your life, whereas these fractions, patches, and flaws are not your life at all.
Your Life is Omnipresence. Spirit, everywhere Being Itself, is your Life; and the experience of going all the way back in time, through time, through space, and then out of time and out of space to the throne of God, to establish in Consciousness the continuity of your Life, and then to not leave that conscious Continuity, gives you a foundation which enables you not to deny who you are and not to be concerned about where you are in the physical form or what you are doing in the physical form, because all that can be happening is the activity invisible of Omnipresence. Your conscious knowledge of that brings that invisible activity into visible manifestation as the fruits of Spirit.
If you are not wherever God is, you are not Omnipresent Spirit. If you are not Omnipresent Spirit, what are you? Grass, nothing. And so we don’t wait to discover that we’re grass, that we’re nothing. We accept that now this human selfhood is laid aside in the third degree; and in order to find that Resurrection experience of Lazarus, which is re-birth, I go through what may be called the Ascension without Crucifixion. While in the form, while appearing mortal, while living in a mortal existence, the transmutation of Consciousness, the conscious Awareness that the Oil flows when I accept Spirit as my Identity, when I pursue that Identity to see that It is everywhere, It is Omnipresent, It is I. Then I learn to rest in that and behold a power of my Omnipresent Self, behold how self-supporting Omnipresence is.
Only in our fidelity to omnipresent Self as your Self, my Self, his Self, and there being no other Self, only then are we totally dying, as was demonstrated through the so-called death and Resurrection of Lazarus. This is an inner activity of your Self. It was this dying and rebirth, which all had been completed before Jesus began his ministry.
What we saw were only the outer physical Crucifixion, the outer physical Resurrection. You can tell when you’re in that third degree, when you have confidence in your own Being. You’re not too easily shaken now by the world around you, whether your apparent disasters or things that threaten from time to time. You don’t wake up with a dread of today or even the anxiety of what will today bring. You’re waking up in Omnipresence. You’re going to sleep in Omnipresence, and it is the omnipresent Self that puts that physical form to sleep and wakes it up again.
It is the omnipresent Self that maintains its perfect spiritual integrity twenty-four hours a day without any human help, and it is that omnipresent Self, which you begin to know is your eternal Life without beginning or end, never born, never dying. And now you have left mother, father, brother, and sister, for they are your Self. If there is another on this earth who is not your invisible Self, you have lost Omnipresence. Wherever you go, your invisible Self is all that is there. You are the One Self of a One Universe; and there was a time on this earth where the only Self here that was realized was in Christ Jesus. There was no one else on the earth, but his Self.
And every character in the Bible represents another facet of your human sense of self, facets that have to slowly be dissolved, the Herod’s and the Caiaphas’s, even the James’s and the John’s. All must be slowly dissolved until all that stands in your Universe is Christ, the living expression of God the Father; and it doesn’t matter what form you see. That’s what you’re accepting because it is your invisible Self: One, undivided, invisible, spiritual Self everywhere. This is Omnipresence, and as you live in it, you’ll find that your Self, in any part of what we call this world, will never be harmful to your Self where your Body stands. Your Self in any part of this world will gladly give its last dollar or its last ounce of breath to your Self here. Your Self everywhere will be in harmony with your Self where you stand. Nobody is external to your Self.
When you have One Self, you have eliminated all human differences and all human divisions and all human discords because, in your acceptance of them, you are denying the One Invisible Self that You are, that They are, making your inner division which translates into an outer division or discord. Omnipresence I am because I and the Father are One. Now, this is given to us by the Bible as the way to the release of divine Oil, to build that transitional body, which walks through the fire untouched, comes out of the tomb of mortality, and ascends above every material limitation in the present, in the now, in the here. And then all of the ecclesiastical promises about a heavenly hereafter no longer are the trap laid for the gullible. We learn God is active here and now, and that activity is the activity of my Life now.
The last veils of fear and doubt should fall away. You should be able to look at all of the activities around you with a detachment. They may seem to endanger your possessions, your physical self, your future, but that is the belief of one who is separated from the real Self of Being, who has not yet found that Soul center, but is living apart from it, and so accepts other powers, than the Omnipotence of the Spirit.
I, in the midst of you, am He who spoke through what the world called Jesus. It is always I, and when I speak through you, then I speak words of authority that you can trust. If the words that you hear are not the words of I in the midst of you, there is no authority; and you will be following false prophets. And so it’s important now in this parable, as we review it, to see that it is the Word of I in the midst of you to both the elder brother within you and the younger brother who has gone out into a world of flesh.
A certain man had two sons. These two components are introduced to you at the beginning of the Bible, at the beginning of the parable, your inner and your outer; and the outer must become aware that there is an inner. The younger of them, meaning the outer, said to the Father, “Father give me the portion of goods that falleth to me.” And he divided them unto his living. The division, the belief that you have a portion of anything is shown here to be untrue. You cannot have a portion. The moment you want a portion, you are the younger brother. The moment you are willing to settle for less than the infinite Substance of God, you are the younger brother. This is the human mind forming its finite judgments that certain things belong to me. This is the beginning of the prodigal experience.
Now let us, therefore, know, that if we are to erase the errors that are made evident to us here by I within ourselves, I in you is saying, “Do not divide my garment. All that I have is thine. You cannot have less than all. I cannot divide my Self. You cannot have a portion of My Love, a portion of My Truth. You cannot have a portion of Identity. You cannot walk the earth as a fragment. Your name is Identity, Spirit.” The all-ness of God can never be less than Infinite where you appear. Never can you make Infinite God finite by saying, “I have a portion that belongs to me.” You are going into second selfhood.
I am that Infinite Spirit, and the moment I am willing to be less, I have fallen into the trap of humanhood. I’m no longer a disciple of the Christ. This is the first mistake, then, the division of the mind, which says, “I’m going out into something finite.” It is the rejection of Infinite Reality. “And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, . . .” And that is where we are, the sense of humanhood. The complete human race, then, is this prodigal living in a sense of humanhood. God being Spirit, being all, all that is not that Spirit is the prodigal.
All that believes itself to be something other than the Spirit of God is the prodigal, living in a far country. There are about eighty-six of these far countries scattered around the hemispheres. “ . . . and there wasted his substance with riotous living.” We’ve all done that. We know all about it, and in our ignorance of the Infinite Self that we all are, we continue to do that. Wherever we have a finite belief, we are wasting our Substance.
“And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.” Now this famine, then, is our spiritual barrenness. Suddenly it’s revealed. We’re barren spiritually. That’s why there’s a famine. And so we can look all over the world where there is a physical famine, and what is our answer? Prodigal existence, unawareness of Self, barren within, and therefore, barren without. And so the Bible tells us, “I’ve never seen a righteous man begging bread.” When you’re spiritually righteous, that is your bread; and the absence of food or the appearance of famine is the absence of spiritual content.
It cannot make itself visible because it isn’t accepted as being present. There’s no Consciousness to manifest it. There is no famine in Heaven. There is no famine in Spirit, and therefore, a famine is unreal, though it is real to a prodigal, a prodigal from Spirit. You cannot be a prodigal from Spirit if you are Spirit; and therefore, the acceptance of spiritual Identity is the end of the prodigal, and the shadow of turning is over.
“And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country.” This is the need now for external help. No longer fed from within, we have to be fed from without: “and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.” So often you read in Joel’s books that in the material world we have to toil for a living, and we often scratch our heads and say, “Toil for a living, well what else would you do?”And he’s giving us the great secret of Grace. Spirit doesn’t toil for a living. The flowers do not spin, but they are fed. The birds do not store in barns, but they have.
All of this is part of the inner teaching, that when you have accepted Substance to be You, there’s nothing to store. It’s forever flowing. That word, Substance, becomes more important than the added forms. With the Substance, you’ll have the forms. Having only the forms, you will not have the Substance. You’ll have the oranges without the tree. Substance is the tree. In the material sense of life, we waste our Substance, so we re-Identify here all the way through, eliminating all the prodigal ideas of living in form, living in matter, living on my wits. I must not remain unplugged from spiritual Identity. That’s where you plug in.
I, Spirit is where you keep standing in the face of every appearance, and let Substance reveal Itself. Let Substance not improve the cripple, but reveal the perfection of Being where cripple appears. Let Substance not sell the house, but reveal that there is no buyer or seller other than I, Substance. Let Substance show that there is no son who has taken up narcotics. There is only I, Substance. Let Substance show there’s no divorce in this family. There is only I, Substance always. In the acceptance of Substance, Substance will reveal Itself in its infinite perfection wherever a material need appears.
I, Substance, Spirit, not just here, not just there, I, Infinite Substance is not a prodigal. We hammer that into ourselves until every prodigal, every errant thought, every concept, every human sense of belief is revealed as a shadow, and the sunshine of I, Substance reveals there are no shadows present. Always I, Substance is the way you put up your sword.
“And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat:” so great was his famine, so empty was the world. But who are we speaking about, a prodigal in the Bible? We’re speaking about my mortal life. What is it going to get for us? You know what it gets, a mirage of success, a mirage of this and a mirage of that without substance. Why? Because it’s perishable. Mortally, you can succeed at nothing that is imperishable. Mortally, your complete attainments are perishable, and that is the husk. It looks so great until you grab it and hold it, and find it’s gone. The illusion of mortality without Substance becomes a husk, and we are completely famished within because we’re without our Substance.
And so this is about me, my mortal self and how foolish it’s been, how blind, how willing to accept the unreal while the invisible Reality of Being is saying, “Come, be my Infinite Son and live in that which is imperishable, live in that which is eternal now, here.” “And when he came to himself”: That’s when the mortal in you is recognized as the mortal in you, and you see through the myth of mortality, the illusion of a mind that is not your own, doing its thinking through you as you, making you believe that you’re doing the thinking. You find how cosmic mortal mind through you is thinking, and all these thoughts that have been coming through were not your own, were not even your thought. You were not thinking at all.
You are merely receiving the thoughts of the world mind and saying, “I think. I think I hurt. I think I lack. I think I want. I think I need.” And these things weren’t true at all. There was a ventriloquist within you saying, “I think, I need, I want.” And that ventriloquist was the world mind, posing as the individual mind and fooling every one of us. The Mind of God is too pure to behold the iniquities that the ventriloquist beholds. And so the double-minded man is uncovered here. He comes to him Self. Him Self is the one Mind, the Divine Mind, the knowledge of Reality. Suddenly it’s clear, “I’ve been off in a far country called mortality.” But there is no such place.
God is immortal, and God is all. I’ve been wandering in a dream of nothingness, calling it real. Oh, it had so many pleasurable things in it, and so many sad things; and neither the good, nor the bad were real. All that was present all the time was the perfect Reality of God, and just think if I had stood still to enjoy that perfect Reality how I would have really enjoyed the Truth of Being, the fullness of Being. I would have known the imperishable, but it’s not too late. I still can know the imperishable because that is why I’m on the earth, to discover the difference between Heaven and earth, between Reality and concept, to see that earth has no Reality.
It is nothing but a mortal concept about the presence of Heaven. Heaven Is. Earth is the concept we entertain about the IS-ness of Heaven, and they’re both in the same place. He is coming to him Self. Something within him Self is turning around. He is beginning to know and glimpse there is a Reality that is unseen by the senses of the prodigal. All of this is taking place in each of us to the degree that we have felt the Light. At this point, he is feeling the Light. He is beginning to know that Spirit is his name.
I’d like to suggest an assignment, which I think can be very useful. It begins with I, Spirit, and then you write down, not what you’re thinking, but what Spirit tells you to write down. You just take a sheet of paper and a pen, and you sit there and you say, “I, Spirit,” and then you turn within to that Spirit and say, “Spirit, now tell me about your Self. Tell me what I am.” And then Spirit says, “I am not mortal,” or Spirit says,” I am the Holy Son of Israel.” The Spirit says, “I never know pain. I never know sickness. I know nothing about mortality.” And you write these down as Spirit talks to you, and you’re not in a hurry.
It might take you twenty, thirty minutes, and then it might take you twenty, thirty minutes again at another time. And you might do it for an hour or two or three until Spirit tells you what I am, and you find that Spirit, which is telling you what I am, is telling you what You are, for “Spirit” is your name, and “I am” is your name, and that is who You are. The very things you are writing, as told you by Spirit, is what You are, and to that You must learn to be true. “I can never know sickness.” Well then, that’s the Truth of your Being. Now who is going to know the sickness? Only a false sense of You. I can never know sickness.
And you’ll find you have found your Teacher. Your Self is your Teacher, and your Self teaches the outer prodigal how to come home. And then you see sickness, but now there’s a new You there which says, “Uh-uh, I can never know sickness.” Where did it go? And why did it go? You’re amazed to find that the Mind which refuses sickness dissolves it. And until you’ve had that experience, you can’t believe it. Why, it was just there a minute ago, but it isn’t now. And we see the double mind, the prodigal mind which sees it and experiences it, and the real Mind which doesn’t see it and doesn’t experience it. And you’ll find they’re right both in the same place, one a shadow of the other.
You live in one or the other, and as you keep entrenching yourself in letting Spirit teach you from within, and then accepting those words as the very Substance of Being, this is the oil you work with. You’re living by a Revelation. You’re living by the elder brother within, and he’s being wedded to the outer brother. It’s happening. You’re coming to your Self. You’re turning. “And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!” The word “servant” is coming in here. The brother has hired servants, and he’s beginning to want to be a servant. I am beginning as a prodigal to want to serve. I want to serve someone. I want to serve the Spirit.
It’s no longer a me running out to serve me, but to serve the Spirit, and so you find service, the willingness to serve whatever Identity tells you to do is the sign of a turning. You are yielding the human ego, the human desire for possession, for attention, for achievement. You’re learning that if I want as a human to do this, and he wants as a human to do that, and the other wants to do, there’s going to be conflicts. But now the elder brother and the younger brother are going to become in one purpose. There will not be the conflict within ourselves, the two orders of life, the inner knowing the Father and the outer not knowing the Father. The separation is being annealed, and
so I’m willing to serve the Inner. And this willingness to serve the Inner brings you all the way home.
All through the teaching, you’ll find the Master telling if you love me, serve my sheep, feed my sheep, love my sheep: “If you love me, feed my sheep.” Serve your fellow man. How? By walking among your fellow man as a spiritual Being and recognizing your fellow man as a spiritual Being and recognizing that that spiritual Being that he is and this that I am is my One spiritual Self. The service is spreading the Light of Being in Consciousness. The prodigal doesn’t do that. He’s out for himself, his little finite ego.
The turning is the knowledge that I am going to shed my Light, let it shine, walk among the sinners, walk among the publicans, walk among the winebibbers, walk among the outcasts. Let the Pharisees rile at you. Your function is to be the Light, see the Light, speak the Light, not to see evil, not to speak evil, not to hear evil. But let your Light so shine that those who are prodigal in their consciousness receive of the Light within their own Being through your recognition of It. So we’re turning. We’re learning the meaning of spiritual service, which means that I, the outer self, serve my inner Self. That’s the beginning of service. Before I can serve my neighbor, I have to learn to let my outer serve my Inner, for my Inner goes to the Father, and the Will comes through the Inner to the outer. The obedience to let the outer serve the Inner is your turning.
Now “I will arise and go to my father.” Now you’re ready. The Inner is ready to serve as the focus of your Being because the outer is yielding to It. So you go to your Father now. You see, the Inner goes to the Father. Until the outer will serve the Inner, it cannot arise and go to the Father. You’re finding the divine sequence of Being. “And I will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son; make me as one of thy hired servants.” This is the surrender of self, isn’t it, willingness to be obedient unto the Father alone? There’s a spiritual Son-ship accepted as I am the Spirit of God, having no will of my own, but letting the Spirit Itself live me. This is the acceptance of Identity with trust and with confidence that all that the Father doeth is perfect, regardless of every visible circumstance. All mental concept is being laid aside: no second guessing, no doubts, no uncertainty. It’s a total trust in the perfection of the Omnipresence of God.
“And he arose, and came to his Father. But when he was yet a great way off, his Father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. “When he was yet a great way off”: And so you see right where you are as you turn, as you accept, behold, there is the Father. I can never leave you. Thou art ever with me. The moment the outer turns, the Inner is there. The Inner never went anywhere. The Self has never gone away. You’re always the Self. Only the stray personality thinks that the Self is somewhere else, but it’s always there. You are always the Self. In the moment the stray personality finds that and arises, it finds Self right there, and forgiveness is instantaneous.
The Self does not condemn your outer personality. The Self is God, too pure to behold inequity. The Self is the Father within. And so there is always an instantaneous forgiveness when you are ready to let the stray personality surrender, wherever you are. You don’t have to find a nearby church. You don’t have to find your Bible. You don’t have to wait till the right time or place. Wherever you are, whenever the stray personality says, “I surrender, and I‘m willing to serve the Spirit.”, that is when the Father embraces you, kisses you, falls on your neck and says, “Welcome home.” That is when the prodigal is no more.
And this goes on until the elder brother complains, and we must learn from that, that when the Father says, “Son, Thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine,” that even the complaining elder brother, that Inner Self of you is not sufficient. It must now go through into the manifest world and make Itself visible by deeds. It must marry the outer brother. They must be One, so that Inner and outer are the One expression of the Divine Father, like the inner and the outer of the tumbler, in Joel’s story of the tumbler. Is it glass on the outer any different than on the inner? He was teaching us that the brothers must be married, the two, the outer and Inner self must be One Self. This is the preparation, this One Self is the mystical marriage, that wedding! And this prepares you to sit on the right hand of the throne of the Father.
Now all spiritual law functions in that One. There is no Grace until that One has been attained. There’s a place here in Ephesians where Paul has some of this. Ephesians two, twelfth verse goes on like this: “Then at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:” You see, the prodigal doesn’t have God in the world. He says, “I love God, I worship God,” but he’s turning away from God within himself, which is his Identity.
And so his deeds are without the divine experience, divine safety, divine protection, divine manifestation, and while he’s professing God with his mouth, his very life is saying that he is separate from God. You can go through all kinds of religious experience worshipping God, and if you have not accepted I, the Spirit of my Being is God, there’s no God in the world. It seems rather sad, doesn’t it, that we can have such real dedication on the part of so many millions? And yet God is not in the world because God is not in the prodigal, who is not in spiritual Identity.
And God is not in the prodigal for one simple reason. The prodigal is an image in the mind. There is no such being, never having been created by the Father. But now in Christ Jesus, ye who sometimes were far off, like the prodigal, far off, are made nigh by the blood of Christ. The acceptance of spiritual Identity is the blood of Christ, for He is our peace who hath made both One, the Inner and the outer, One. This is the Christ-ing. And when the both are made One, we are told that you feel closer to God than you do to your own mother. You feel an ineffable peace, a rest, a warmth. You know that the Infinite is your home. You know your name. You know your Infinite Self. You know your eternal Life. You realize there is only the Father, and the Father and I are One.
Now the very experience that is recounted in the Prodigal Son becomes your living experience. It ceases to be a parable. You can feel that wayward self within being wedded to the true Self, dissolved out of its own false sense of existence; and you find that the parable was not a parable at all. It was nothing more than the narrative of an Inner experience that each of us is going through, as Paul shows us here, when the two become one. And having abolished in His Flesh the enmity, which is the conflict between Inner and outer. Even the law of commandments contained in ordinances for to make in himself of twain One, to make of two One, One new Man, so making peace. And this is what we’re going through, making of twain One new Man to find that peace which passeth human understanding. Paul had well experienced the prodigal experience.
In many ways the deeper you are able to read these parables into your consciousness, the more you’ll discover that they are really outer verbal expressions of deep inner experience. You can talk about leaven and three degrees of it, but you have to go through mind, body and Soul before that becomes experience. You can talk about wheat and tares as a parable, but you can go through the experience of the tares of human experience being replaced by the pure wheat of divine illumination. You’ll find every parable is cut right out of your Being to lead you right back into Self, until you have had the full experience of that parable; and then, having lived through it, for you it is no longer parable. It is the pathway of a disciple.
Now when you take your lesson to heart, I, Spirit, you are removing the twain, the two, and you are making the outer listen to the Inner and then say, “Let me be your hired servant. You are taking the outer out of the husks of the material way of life and trusting the Inner to yield to it the full, glorious purpose of God in every movement. You’ll be surprised with the things that you’ll write down, and when you write them down, remember these are the commandments given to you by your own Soul. They’re not little pieces of paper with words. They are the living oil of the Soul. If you “accept it” in that Spirit, they will lead you; and if you’re not ready for that, you’ll find the words will not come. The words will only come from the within to one who invites them, by reverent Silence. I come where I am invited by your love, by your peace, by your Inner trust. I come where there is One who says, “I am poor in Spirit. Make me pure at heart.” I come to the child of God who is faithful, obedient, true. There I dwell.
And when that is your Way, there I am. And so we prepare the Way for I to direct us. And in this communion between the Inner and outer, union is attained, union through communion. The Infinite becomes your living home, and you draw from It the complete fullness of Its store house with no need of an outer citizen, but rather you are like Paul, supporting all of the seven churches. You are giving of your Light to those around you in spiritual recognition, and that Light is coming from the Inner of you to the outer. You have turned. You have repented. This is re-generation. This is transformation. This is the building of the Invisible Body of the Soul. Truly, that is the Body which you must come to realize; and there is no other way than the way of discipleship to the Inner-ness of your own Being.
Now the Father thought that the study of The Prodigal Son, at our level, would be important to us. You’ll find that it’s importance goes beyond your capacity to make it a Way. You’ll find that it is something that you can use when others come to you. It seems to be a universal language that everybody knows. It is a point of meeting, a common knowledge that we can share, but you can take those who come to you with their knowledge of it and lift them gently to understand more of the prodigal, more of the purpose behind it, to show them that the parable is a parable in many, many ways, and that many levels of the parable are teaching many levels of themselves.
This way you are given the weapons to educate spiritually those who are trying to move out of materialism, out of mentalism into the discipleship; and the Father gives us this unprovocative way of entering into their household. It doesn’t frighten anyone. It’s something they’re familiar with. And as you point it out to them, you‘ll discover the subtle way in which the Spirit extends its influence over the mind of man. To all persons the parables will have different meanings, and two years from now you will go back to this very same parable and discover things you never even knew, just because new eyes will look out at them.
The younger son is being eliminated from this earth. The second book of Genesis is being swallowed up by the first, and in your Consciousness and mine, as this happens, we are eating of the Flesh of the Christ. I, Spirit am Infinite. I, Spirit, am not finite. I, Spirit, am perfect. I, Spirit, am not imperfect. Do you love Me? Feed my sheep. Feed them My Truth with your heart, not your mind. The more you have of the Inner Spirit, the more compassionate you will find your Self. There will be the remembrance of the days when you needed compassion. These are the measuring sticks to tell you whether or not you are moving closer to the experience of your Divine Selfhood or still lingering in the remnants of humanhood.
Another way to find where you really are is to take all of the parables in the Bible about Heaven: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like unto . . .” Well, if it’s like unto this, are you going through that experience or not? Because if you’re not, you’re not in the Kingdom of Heaven. And so we find that I really have gone before this mortal self, for I did say, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like unto . . .” I have placed before you a feast of Truth. All you need do is come, sit at the table to sup. I have told you what the Kingdom of Heaven is like unto. It is in your Bible. It is placed there by I, and if you want to know what it’s like to be sure that your Inner experience is true, you’ll find it out here in every parable that I in the midst of you have placed before you.
So we might look at more of those, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like unto.” The whole chapter of Matthew thirteen is full of them. We can use them as measuring sticks to see if I am in that level where the Kingdom of Heaven is My experience, and our Bible is beginning to be food and Substance, living experience instead of words in a book. We are in the living experience of the Truth of Being, and everything that we read must be digested into experience.
Your God is your Being, and your God is a living God. To experience God is to live in the Kingdom of Heaven here and now, consciously. I, Spirit, can only live in the Kingdom of Heaven. Where else can I, Spirit, live? And when the Inner tells you that, you know where you are, and you know that you must be true to that in every possible way. I, Spirit, move in the Kingdom of Heaven. Yes, those appear to be winebibbers to other people and outcasts to others, but I, Spirit, recognize I, Spirit. There are no winebibbers in Heaven. There are no outcasts in Heaven. This is Heaven. Everywhere is Heaven. And what is not in Heaven is not here. It is an appearance. Whatever is not in the Kingdom of Heaven is not here.
If your name is I, Spirit, to this you must be true. This is part of our assignment—to be true to I, Spirit, omnipresent—is to accept Heaven here, now, and judge not by any appearance. We must make this an experience and not a word teaching. The little child is turning, and the little child will grow, and the little child will return from Egypt; but while we are little children, let us be willing to be children in Heaven, not on earth, for we have been through the earth experience.
It is now time for the involution, the experience as children in Heaven on earth, always knowing the Father is not afar off, but here—where I stand—is my Father. The still small Voice that Elisha heard, that you hear, that I hear is ever-present as the guide, the armor, the living Word, the food, the Substance of Being. I, the still small Voice, I am your Substance, and I go before you. Follow Me.
When you have finished your assignment, you’ll discover you’re writing with invisible ink, with spiritual ink. You’re receiving the blood of Christ, and you’re putting it on paper. And this is a living ordinance of God. Treasure it. It is the Infinite teaching, that which is learning, It is Infinite, the Way to Christ.
Thanks very much. I want to tell you what a privilege it really is to share these discoveries of Truth together. There’s no words to describe it. Thanks very much.