Tuesday, 22 September 2009
There is no big or little, no important or unimportant. To the creative Law there is no difference between a child making mud cakes or an engineer building a bridge.
We do not create in the sense that we make something out of nothing, but only in the sense that we make something out of something. And we create a new form because we are equipped with a mind to think, to feel, to will and to imagine. So everyone who makes a demand on Spiritual Law will cause the Law to respond in the only way It can – in the terms of the demand made.
There is a creative Intelligence in the universe that acts exactly like the soil does physically, but It is a spiritual thing. It is a universal Mind-Principle responding to us as Law, operating upon our thoughts the way we think them. We do not know how or why It reacts to us, but we do know that It does; we have to accept It.
Whoever thinks about something will draw into consciousness the elements that thing about which he thinks. Whoever, as he thinks, believes this will happen, will hasten the process and clarify and amplify it by, and through, his consent, consciously given no matter what it is.
Every one of us personally has back of us the potential of the Universe. There is an irresistible potential pressing against everyone for self-expression. If we listen we shall hear it, not as a voice, but as a feeling, as a Divine urge to express. If we believe in it, it shall manifest through us, and if we keep our consciousness active and alive to it, the volume that flows through us by our consent will necessarily increase. But we have to believe that it will.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5
Here is the formula for personal poise; holding emotions in full control. Then we find patience and kindness at work in one’s affairs. Love is never jealous, grudging, spiteful, never assumes the many forms of envy, or of self-praise, boasting, or hypersensitivity. Love is well proportioned, well fashioned, adding to ordinary decency the positive spirit of graciousness.
Love transforms all negative emotions into positive, creative powers. A creative religion is creative throughout all of a person’s relationships. It is never an ivory-tower affair. In the midst of the turmoil and tribulation of ordinary human existence, Love is a power that overcomes all things.
It is universal Spirit in action through the individual, refining, restoring, and redirecting existence into fulfilling experience.
The self is encompassed by the over-self, finiteness is included in Infiniteness, the selfish will is tempered by Divine Grace, and the result is an experience of Divine Love.
Thursday, 3 September 2009
Many life rafts carry containers of dye which one can open and dump into the ocean. The dye (red, orange, or yellow) spreads and colours the water.
You are a “thinker” floating on the raft of life, and you choose, by your thoughts and feelings, what colour of dye, or mental atmosphere, shall surround you in the ocean of mind. Are you immersed in a sea of self-pity blue, angry red, jealous green or sunshine yellow? All the good from Universal Mind is yours, but what you receive depends upon the level of your own perception. Even a rose, when dragged through mud and murk, appears to be less than beautiful.
The clear, sparkling water of the ocean will eventually dissolve and overcome the coloured dye, just as the Life-essence, that is God within, will eventually dissolve any mental atmosphere that is false to Truth. However, you do not have to wait. The Kingdom of Heaven is now. By your own choice you can change the colour of your mental atmosphere.
Sunshine thoughts will brighten the self-pity blue; warm thoughts of love will turn the harsh anger red to a rosy hue; generous, kind, and forgiving thoughts turn the dark green of jealousy into a vital green.
Your point of perception is now a perfect conductor immersed in an ocean of joy, and All-Good awaits your acceptance.
The Supreme Fact of the Universe
The great central fact of the universe is that the Spirit of Infinite life is the Power that is behind all, that animates all, that manifests itself in and through all; that self-existing principle of life from which all has come, and not only from which all has come, but from which all is continually coming.
If there is an individual life, there must of necessity be an infinite source of life from which it comes. If there is a quality or a force of love, there must of necessity be an infinite source of love whence it comes. If there is wisdom, there must be the all-wise source behind it from which it springs. The same is true in regard to peace, the same in regard to power, the same in regard to what we call material things.
There is then this Spirit of Infinite Life and Power behind all, which is the source of all. This Infinite Power is creating, working, ruling through the agency of great immutable laws and forces that run through all the universe that surrounds us on every side. Every act of our everyday lives is governed by these same great laws and forces. Every flower that blooms by the wayside, springs up, grows, fades, according to certain great immutable laws. Every snowflake that plays between earth and heaven, forms, falls, melts, according to certain great unchangeable laws.
In a sense there is nothing in all the great universe but law. If this is true there must of necessity be a force behind it all, that is the maker of these laws, and a force greater than the laws that are made. This Spirit of Infinite Life and Power that is behind all, is what we call God.
God is the Infinite Spirit which fills all the universe with Himself alone, so that all is from Him and in Him, and there is nothing that is outside. In Him we live and move and have our being. He is the Life of our life, our very life itself. We have received; we are continually receiving our life from Him. We are partakers of the life of God; and though we differ from Him in that we are individualised spirits, of which He is the Spirit including us, as well as all else beside, yet in essence the life of God and the life of man are identically the same, and so are one. They differ not in essence or in quality, they differ in degree.
There have been, and are, highly illumined souls who believe we receive our life from God after the manner of a divine inflow. And again, there have been, and are, those who believe that our life is one with the life of God, and so that God and man are one. Which is right? Both are right; both right when rightly understood.
In regard to the first; if God is the Infinite Spirit of Life behind all, whence all comes, then clearly our life as individualised spirits is continually coming from this infinite Source by means of this divine inflow. In the second place, if our lives, as individualised spirits, are directly from this Infinite, our lives must be identical in quality with that Source - just as a drop of water from the ocean is in nature, in characteristics, identical with the ocean. And how could it be otherwise? The liability to misunderstanding in this latter case, however, is this: the life of God so far transcends the life of individual man that it includes all else beside. In other words, so far as the quality of life is concerned, in essence they are the same. So far as the degree of life is concerned, they are vastly different.
In this light is it not then evident that both conceptions are true, and, more, that they are one and the same? Both conceptions may be typified by one and the same illustration.
There is a reservoir in a valley which receives its supply from an inexhaustible reservoir on the mountain side. It is then true that the reservoir in the valley receives its supply by virtue of the in-flow of the waters from the larger reservoir on the mountain side. It is also true that the water in this smaller reservoir is in nature, in quality, in characteristics, identically the same as that in the larger reservoir which is its source. The difference, however, is this; the reservoir in the valley can supply an innumerable number of like reservoirs and still be unexhausted. And so in the life of man.
There is Infinite Spirit of Life behind all, the life of all, and so that from which All comes then, is the life of individual man. Your life and mine, must come by a divine in-flow from this Infinite Source, and if this is true then the life that comes by this in-flow to man is necessarily the same in essence as is this Infinite Spirit of Life. There is a difference. It is not a difference in essence. It is a difference in degree.
Then, doesn’t it follow that in the degree that man opens himself to this divine in-flow does he approach God? If so, it then necessarily follows that in the degree that he makes this approach, does he take on the God-powers. And if the God-powers are without limit, does it not then follow that the only limitations are the limitations man sets for himself, by virtue of not knowing himself?
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
And I say unto you, Ask and it shall be given you... – Luke 11:9
To accomplish a specific objective in life we need a goal. We all have an overall goal. The individual objectives are what we strive for along the way.
These objectives might be in the field of education where we desire to excel in some profession. Or it could be in determining what is necessary to achieve the proficiency needed in our area of competence.
Once understood, we enroll in the best school to improve our skills. In this way we proceed step by step to arrive at our goals.
This can be applied to any kind of a job or desired objective. It works in all experiences of life or areas in which we may make choices.
What do we want to do? What do we want from life? What is our most cherished desire? First we must set our goal.
As we mentally perceive the world we want and work toward it, we can achieve the successful consummation of our goals joyously!
Many of those who are familiar with the idea of the omnipresence of God address Him in terms that imply His absence. Instead of talking directly to God, who is always right in our midst, we talk about Him. We are apt to say, “God strengthens both my soul and my body” instead of “Thy Spirit strengthens both my soul and my body.”
Our words betray our dominant state of mind, although the logic of Truth may belie this. We see logical that there cannot be any separation in spirit between the Creator and the Created, but the created has the power to think of itself as separate from its source, and this thought makes a mental vacuum in which there is a total absence of spiritual attributes.
The human family on this planet has set up this sort of a mental void, and unless we train our mind to think the truth, we find ourselves talking to God as if He were in the next room or in some faraway heaven in the skies.
No one save Jesus has fully bridged this gulf of separation, and we are excusable if we at times lapse into old consciousness of absence from the
Father. Jesus gives us the right cue when He affirms, “It is the spirit that giveth life; the flesh profiteth nothing; the words that I have spoken unto you are spirit, and are life.”
“For as the Father hath life in himself, even so gave He to the Son also to have life in himself.’’
We find that we must train our minds in trust, look persistently and continuously to
God for all things, and rest in the assurance that what we ask and affirm in Spirit will surely come to pass. Jesus had such supreme confidence and faith in the Father as the source of health and prosperity that His name has become synonym and open door for the manifestation of those things.
He said that whatever we ask of the Father in His name would be granted. Many persons get a very definite mental uplift and consciousness of Spirit by repeating audibly and silently the name of Jesus Christ. But the name does not represent the real character of the person unless it is known to us through our acquaintance with the person himself. Unless you have read about Jesus and tried to realise His love, wisdom, and supermind power, you have no conception of the meaning of His name. Paul urged that we let Christ be formed in us. That means that through the study of the life of Jesus and the discipline he gave His mind we shall put into our mind the same ideas that He had. These ideas will form in our mind a new kind of man, which is God’s man.
When you turn your attention to Spirit your mind makes contact with a realm of ideas very much above the level of your common thinking; and when you strike this mental stratosphere you are tremendously lifted up. Then you make your statements of Truth and whatever you decree comes to pass. Job’s friend Eliphaz said to him:
“Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace; Thereby good shall come unto thee…
Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee; And light shall shine upon thy ways”
Teach us to pray; Face to Face with God, by Charles Fillmore, (1941);
Friday, 17 July 2009
That there is such an invisible essence of life is evident throughout all of nature, the visible side of which but proclaims this invisible essence. Objective nature, our own bodies included, is a phenomenon of the invisible Cause which we call Spirit.
Man is an incarnation of this invisible Cause, not by choice, but rather by the Law of Life. As man touches his own thought, he touches It. He touches It with power, not because he wills this power to be, for this power is. This is the nature of the Universe. The Universe consists of will and representation. This Will is intelligent knowingness; its representation is creation.
The Will of Spirit, or the universal Will, must be goodness, truth and beauty. As we imbibe Its nature, we come into Its harmony. The Divine doesn’t come to us bringing an olive branch of peace with which to allay our confusion. The Divine knows no confusion. It persists in remaining true to its own nature.
The Will of God is peace. Only the finite is confused; the Infinite remains certain of Itself.
As we enter the atmosphere of peace, our confusion vanishes. This is not done through objective power, not by might, but through a realisation and an embodiment of that Presence which transcends confusion.
The Spiritual Presence in the universe is real and dynamic. It surrenders Itself to us in such degree as we comply with Its nature. Our consciousness is so at one with the universal Law of Cause and Effect, that when we know confusion we become confused; when we know peace we become peaceful.