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"Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice Is to the sons of men." — PROV. viii. 4.
"Blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, that many prophets and righteous men have desired to see the things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to bear the things which ye hear, and have not heard them." — MATT. xiii. 16-17.
PART I CHRIST IN YOU
FIRST LESSON - A VOICE FROM THE HEIGHTS
SECOND LESSON - FREEDOM BY UNDERSTANDING
THIRD LESSON - CHRIST THE LIFE
FOURTH LESSON - PRAYER
FIFTH LESSON - THE TRUTH OF BEING
SIXTH LESSON - GOD ALL IN ALL
SEVENTH LESSON - GET UNDERSTANDING
EIGHTH LESSON - FROM GLORY TO GLORY
NINTH LESSON - PERSONALITY
TENTH LESSON - THE BOOK
ELEVENTH LESSON - SIN, SEPARATENESS
TWELFTH LESSON - "HE THAT HATH SEEN ME HATH SEEN THE FATHER"
THIRTEENTH LESSON - CHRIST IN YOU
FOURTEENTH LESSON - OUT OF DARKNESS — LIGHT
FIFTEENTH LESSON - JESUS CHRIST — THE RACE MAN
SIXTEENTH LESSON - TRUTH IS STEADFAST — IMMOVABLE
SEVENTEENTH LESSON - IMAGINATION
EIGHTEENTH LESSON - IDEA — THE EXPRESSED IMAGE
NINETEENTH LESSON - HEAVEN IS WITHIN YOU
TWENTIETH LESSON - GROWTH REAL AND UNREAL
TWENTY-FIRST LESSON - MATTER AND ITS RELATION TO SPIRIT
TWENTY-SECOND LESSON - MY THOUGHTS ARE TOWARDS YOU"
TWENTY-THIRD LESSON - THE CENTRAL LIFE IS LOVE
TWENTY-FOURTH LESSON - OMNIPRESENCE
TWENTY-FIFTH LESSON - OMNIPRESENCE (continued)
TWENTY-SIXTH LESSON - THE CONTROL OF SELF AND ENVIRONMENT
TWENTY-SEVENTH LESSON - THE DEATH OF MORTAL MAN — RENUNCIATION
MIND AND SOUL: THEIR RELATION TO THE BODY
FIRST LESSON - "LET YOUR LIGHT SO SHINE"
SECOND LESSON - BORN OF THE VIRGIN
THIRD LESSON - MIND, AND ITS POSSIBILITIES
FOURTH LESSON - PERSONALITY
FIFTH LESSON - THE TRUE SELF
SIXTH LESSON - THE TRUE SELFISHNESS
SEVENTH LESSON - DWELL DEEP
EIGHTH LESSON - UNFOLDMENT FROM WITHIN
NINTH LESSON - THE SOUL
FIRST LESSON - I IN THEM
SECOND LESSON - "THOU IN ME"
THIRD LESSON - "SEEK AND YE SHALL FIND"
FOURTH LESSON - "THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD SHALL COVER THE EARTH"
FIFTH LESSON - THE WILL OF GOD
SIXTH LESSON - WORKERS TOGETHER WITH GOD
SEVENTH LESSON - THE CREATIVE ENERGY
EIGHTH LESSON - GOD THE ONLY LIFE
NINTH LESSON - HE GAVE HIMSELF
I AM obliged to use your words and modes of expression, but I must say at the beginning that they1 are wholly inadequate to convey spiritual truths. I long to help people who seem to be in the same mistaken conditions in which I once was, for man does not know himself.
We will consider together something of the truth of being, the most essential and the first of all things. You are not the outward and visible form; this is the feeblest and the most distant likeness of your real self. I will explain by illustration.
When an artist paints a picture, he does not put on canvas the reality, he gives you simply a copy of that which is within himself. The real picture is on the spiritual plane and exists there much more truly than on the canvas; the real picture remains for ever, the canvas does not. No poet can give you his true poem. He does his best to convey something of its beauty, something of its life, but even then it is far removed from his ideal
That, too, is on the plane of reality.
There is a vast amount of creative energy working in and through the material plane. Like the picture and the poem, this energy is invisible to you. We want you to distinguish between reality and shadow. The physical plane, or plane of the senses, is a shadow, a faint imitation of the spiritual and the only real. Your work is to show forth higher laws, to live and breathe entirely from the plane of spirit, to create anew from the very center of all life, to make one the kingdom of earth and the kingdom of heaven. You are not to think of yourself and the universe now visible to you as real. It is this that constitutes the difference between us.
We have entered into a larger consciousness of God, whereas you are content with the shadows of things. Just think how all your finest thought seems to vanish with the passing of great minds from your midst, yet this is not the case, as you will discover when you awake to the knowledge of a life that ever progresses from the unreal to the true. When this consciousness permeates the whole human race, you will be lifted to a higher plane, for growth is simply a larger consciousness.
Heaven is not a place, but a consciousness of God. God cannot be thought of as a personality, since God is all and in all. The Absolute is above and beyond the conception of finite mind, yet infinitely meek and lowly, filling all space. As you emerge into this all- pervading love, the true life becomes manifest and is always the answer to the deepest and highest aspirations of the soul. It is love fulfilling itself. Thank God for Now. Learn first and thoroughly that you have been, and will be, for ever. Your present condition is an opportunity for spiritual advancement. Make the most and the best of your life NOW.
1 Cor. ii. 9, 10, 14.
IT is wonderful to realize that we are one great and unlimited whole. I could not understand this once. Your1 Scriptures tell you that all things are open to the eyes of God. How slowly we learn that God and man are one. Do away with your limitations. Stand out free in the strong life of God. You are like children with your walls and partitions, your churches and chapels. We, too, wonder why we were so long learning the things that have since become quite clear to us. God is all life, seen and unseen. Millions on the material plane are in bondage, yet all the time the doors stand open You will long to tell them this when you come to us. We are permitted to come to you at some cost, only do believe what we say, and act upon it.
We want to help you to live your real life.
Begin by obedience to the dictates of the spirit within yourself; it will lead you into truth. This is not easy, as man is always hedged about by a false personality, a Satan of the senses — this shadowy nothing must be cast behind us, for it is of the senses and would deceive humanity. It is sometimes like an angel of light, so much does falsity imitate reality; you can always distinguish it from the spirit, however, if you remember what I say. The2 Voice of Christ is fearless, all powerful, the voice of a conqueror; the voice of the shadow of good suggests limitation, sickness, death. Hold fast to the All-good, the only real.
We worship God through Jesus Christ. There is no other way,3 and there never has been, except in name. One title for God is Father, and it is the best we know, but it becomes much more comprehensive as we grow in the knowledge of God. You4 have the power of a great victory within you, and God is continually speaking. In Him we live and move and have our being.
Many who are working among the downtrodden and degraded ask: "How is this?" "And why?" We would tell them that every created being must work up and through every necessary phase, evolving from the lowest point of created life. Yet we know neither the day nor the hour When the Son of Man cometh. Often in the deepest darkness of experience, illumination arises, changing the whole aspect and environment. The soul at once recognizes that only through this period of apparent degradation and ignorance can it evolve. Make the most and the best of every experience, you will thank God for them all. Do not weep with those who weep, but help them by a mighty love, pure as a mother's, for in the love of a mother is the unselfishness of God.
Learn to become unselfed.
You are not an atom, you are the whole. Every true unselfish life lifts the race nearer the Godhead. We are finding channels everywhere, teaching all over the earth by secret ways. Above5 all things, walk by the spirit of God; as you do this more and more you will become conscious of harmony in your surroundings. Keep your hearts full of love to God and to all men, and we will teach you much. If you do not understand what we say, wait; we will teach very simply; but we beg you to realize our teachings in your lives.
1 Jer. xvi. 17, xxxii. 19; Prov. v. 21, xv. 3; Heb. iv. 13
2 John xvi. 33; Rev. i. 18.
3 John xiv. 6
4 Luke x. 19
5 Gal. v. 16.
THE voice of spirit is far-reaching. It is the expression of omnipresence, and is both near and far. It knows nothing of space, but for the present we must deal with beginnings. Perhaps it would be as well to help you at your present stage of unfoldment. It is absolutely necessary that you should have times of quiet,1 that you should come out from the business of life for a part of each day. If you were to wait in silence, holding the attitude of growth and steady development, thinking above all else of the kingdom of God — your condition should not be one of strain or of blank nothingness, avoid both these extremes — the result would be of the highest value to yourself and to all around you.
Hold in your heart, the true place of understanding, a stillness which is alive, like the heart of the rose. The God powers within you would assert themselves; crooked things would become straight, rough places plain. All smallness and discord quietly but surely would drop away and have no longer any power. To spirit, stagnation is impossible. The creative energy is constant activity within. All outside energy is waste and hindrance. As you quietly2 wait upon God, the breath of life renews each particle of the body by its silent, orderly activity.
We are not able to tell you of future events, but we can indicate their trend, for each individual makes the future by the thoughts and acts of the present. You are today the result of your past. You may be hopeful, as your present thought will be fully realized in the future day. Hold the positive attitude in all that you undertake for spiritual development, knowing that God never falls. This holds you above the sense plane, and you immediately function from the spiritual, substantial, and only real. All must be finished before the Christhood of the race is complete — complete, unselfish, impersonal. Loving God and loving man, all may enter into unity. The evolution of spirit through the material is the work of creation. It is God that worketh in you now. Rejoice that you have this knowledge, and give the utmost for the highest. Live in spirit, breathe and walk in the innermost heart of yourself.
I want you to give some part of the day to this silent growth, thus bringing poise and balance into your whole being. I repeat this, as it is so necessary, so pregnant with results. Firs t, you will be conscious of good sound judgment, a better understanding of your neighbor, and clear insight. Afterwards, the result in your body will be realized, for in the silence the3 heart of flesh will have become one with the heart of spirit; and thus you bring about perfect circulation of the blood.
You can understand how highly important this is when I tell you that the brain is fed by the spirit; a finer element has become ruler over the grosser, and the spirit of the living God breathes through the outer body of flesh. I am making this clear in order to emphasize the necessity for quiet. Later, you will not need this, as you will command at all times and in all places, heeding neither environment nor discord.
Do not seek love — give it. This is nourishment. Will you give car to this? Take what is your right from your Father. He who brought you to this very moment of your lives is speaking in your hearts. Awake,4 thou that sleepest. Christ shall give thee light.
1 Matt. xiv. 23; Mark 1. 35, vi. 31, 46
2 Job xxxiii. 4
3 Ps. xvi. 9, margin of R.V.; Ps. lxxiii
4 Eph. v.
PRAYER is to us the breathing of the breath of life. It is the strongest spiritual element in all worlds. I think we may now discuss the subject of prayer — as I see you have used this powerful weapon to some extent ignorantly. You say to some one in trouble: "I will pray for you," or you wish to help some one, say, in Australia. You know your wish is one with God's will, and you desire to bless with your whole being — but how do you send forth this God-energy? The prayer is often sent with the false idea of great separation, to a God afar off. It is never lost, but prayer of this kind enters into the vibrations most in accord with itself.
Although something is done in this way, the person you wanted to help is not helped to any great extent. Remember, Jesus spoke to the maid alone, when He entered the room, saying, it "Talitha cumi," and you too must be definite, clear, positive. Enter1 into your closet, the innermost of yourself, and there see the perfect will of God accomplished for your friend — this is simple faith — and never see or hear anything else. Restfully,2 and without strain, see victory in the name of Christ Jesus.
Now I will tell you what takes place when you speak from the God-center of your being. In the strength of your calm assurance, false vibrations are withered entirely. There3 is neither darkness nor depth where God is not, and you bring the troubled spirit into touch with God instantly. We have seen this many times. You cannot estimate the value of true prayer. To us it seems as if you were like children set down in a great power house, not knowing the importance of the switches and electric forces around you, waiting for knowledge, yet often times blind and deaf.
I use your language so that you may understand, but words fail to express spiritual realities. Your faith in God is your life and power.
With4 true prayer you shall ask what you will, and remember, nothing5 is yours unless you take and possess. We have never known true prayer to fail. Do not cast your care upon an out side God and wait for results. God being within you, the answer is not distant from the desire. The spirit within is one with God and Christ; how then can God be afar off? I have given you this advice for those who have special need, but I would have you pray always: "Thy Kingdom come" in every heart and life. For he who knows God in his own heart and in farthest space is at one with all nations, north, south, east, and west. In your love and prayer include them all. Live in the thought of love toward all, and your life will become one unceasing prayer, a6 constant going forth of God.
We would help to give you poise, that you may live always and only in the central life, dwelling on the plane of spirit, the only reality. Have done with shadow and illusion — enter into rest. Cease from time limitations. Remember our first lesson — You always are, and you always will be. Try to realize this now. Rest from your anxieties and live in the eternal. The blessing of God is with you always and for ever.
1 Matt. vi. 6. 3 Ex. xx. 21
2 Mark. xi. 24
4 Matt. xxi. 22; John xvi. 24
5 Josh. xvi. 4, xviii. 3; 1 Kings xxii. 3; Obad. 17
6 Luke xviii. 1, xxi. 36; Rom. xii. 12; Eph. vi. 18; 1 Thess. v. 17.
THERE is nothing in life you need fear. You1 will become sure that you are safe at all times and in every place. This realization will reveal to you how much you have understood of the truth of being. Nothing can affect your real individuality. We want these lessons to help you to enter into your own now.2 It is wrong to hope and expect grace only at some future time.
Realize that spirit is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient. What is there to wait for? Let me state here — spirit cannot be less than the greatest. You have been trying to make statements from without. Let all your affirmations come from within, suggested only by the inward voice. Let3 every other sound and sense be silent before it. Let4 this spiritual highest YOU take possession of your mortal body. The only things that have ever really helped you to a higher knowledge of God have come from within. Yon must be true and faithful to the Word that speaks. Thoughts are the out breathings of this Word, the first cause of all. We can only help you to help yourself. Remember all through these lessons that nothing helps from without unless it receives recognition from within. The5 spirit is always revealing Christ, the whole and complete Savior in you, the6 hope of glory or gloriousness. Your7 entire will, thought, and brain are led by this holy, invisible guide into knowledge of all truth. The moments of healing and, growth have been when all the unquiet voices of the senses were hushed and silenced, when all personalities had ceased to touch you, when you had learned to be still. Then8 God spoke in His Holy Temple. Oh that you would rest from Your false thinking and BE!
Your present phase is a training ground, and you can do there what would be out of place and difficult here — just as you would find it difficult to learn the lessons of childhood when you are adult. Many loved ones who dwelt with you.
In the flesh have entered into the larger sphere to watch and pray with you. Listen to Christ Jesus the divine Man, and you will understand that His words are for you and have new meanings. That you may have life in all its fullness, that your bodies may be perfectly whole, that you may be safe from harm and accident, that the worst enemy may be conquered, even10 death itself, before you reach the thin veil which divides us: all this and more will be revealed to you, for all the works11 of God are "very good."
Tonight when you rest, do not allow the senses to suggest weakness or weariness; instead, allow your spiritual atmosphere within and without to enfold and invigorate you, until you are conscious of spiritual conquest before you sleep. Your whole body will be renewed by this holy baptism, and your awakening in the morning will be a triumph and a joy. The effect of this is a sweet cleansing of mind and body. So12 much is done during the hours of sleep and darkness. We pray that you may truly say: "Awake13 or asleep, I am still with Thee." Cease from worry.
1 Ps. xci.
2 2 Cor. vi. 2.
3 Ps. xxxvii. 7, margin of R.V
4 Rom. viii. 11
5 John xv. 26, xvi. 13-15; Gal. 1. 12
6 Col. 1. 27; Gal. iv. 19
7 Thess. v. 23, 24
8 Hab. ii. 20
9 John x. 10.
10 1 Cor. xv. 25, 26
11 Gen. 1. 31
12 Ps. cxxvii. 2, margin of R.V.; Ps. xvi. 7
13 Ps. cxxxix. 18.
ALREADY you are entering into a wider understanding. There are many who have gone on, yet in ignorance of much with which you are familiar. So far we have clearly stated the first fact — Who are we? Indestructible spiritual beings. The living knowledge of this alters your whole mental attitude towards sin, sickness, and death. Now we approach with reverence and humility our next consideration — Why am I?
The whole answer is contained in one sentence: You are, because God is; but as man is still blinded by false sense, I will endeavor to speak from your own standpoint. In the place where you are, there is a work of the highest importance to be done, and no one else can do your work. God has brought you to this time and place in order to carry out perfect laws.
You may never be known to the world, but your work shall stand for ever. By your own indwelling spiritual forces you will spiritualize and make real the plane of shadow and confusion. Working from the same spiritual standpoint, there will be no separation between us and you. In reality, there is no division. Your world sense of fear is the only barrier between us. This is a falsity, and belongs to ignorance and" chaos. You are just where you are for the doing of God's perfect work. Hold an attitude of receptivity of heart and mind.
All the good around you exists for ever, and can never change or be lost. It is spoiled to you, because your eyes have opened to good and bad. The good is the only real. The1 kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, working from the very heart of God the Creator. Your work the angels might envy, for in so far as you are true to your unlimited and spiritual nature, you are creative. We earnestly watch and pray for the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven upon earth. It will be the awakening from shadow to substance, from confusion to order, from weakness to power — but, above all else, to the wholeness or unity of life. Realize that your work is the highest, work that you have undertaken to do from the beginning. I would here recommend that you begin with your immediate circle, as the very next step must be the right one. See and know only the good in those nearest to you. Speak to them, recognizing the highest Self. Your trust shall beget in them new hope. In every detail of your life know only the good, which in very truth is the only real. Do not be cast down by appearances, but rather maintain an attitude of steadfast hope towards all who seem at a low stage of development, seeing always the goal to which they also shall attain; as for yourself, work with everything that makes for good. Your reason for being on the earth now is to help on this very work. There are helpers all around you. God is love incarnate. Peace is in your hearts and lives now. Behold, I make all things new.
1 Matt. xiii. 33.
THE more we know of God, the greater becomes our reverence and humility. The infinite and eternal Wisdom has such exquisite order for every created being; the very stones and rocks are marvels of His goodness. Even the dewdrop obeys a law and fulfils the eternal purpose. As you evolve,1 you discern these higher laws and become in harmony with them. It is one of our most interesting studies to discover the wonderful and perfect laws of living on each plane. If you could see the great interior worlds, you would almost worship your fellow- beings. God has endowed you richly. You have made mistakes, because you have not known yourselves. The mighty eternal love is seeking expression everywhere.
You ask: "What is the most practical method of healing the body?" Our great teacher Jesus Christ always met the need of the people at their exact degree of unfoldment. Thus , some would Deed the clay,2 or bathing; others the spoken3 word only. Jesus never failed to help in whatsoever condition or circumstance; that they came to Him was enough. This is where so many of your healers fail: either because they offer something beyond their power to realize, or because they employ methods that have become as words devoid of life. The4 great Healer, by reason of the greatness of His love, could meet every need, and only as you love can you really help. Love5 perceives as never man sees, suggesting with infinite variety the exact method. We are anxious that you should not spoil the great and beautiful work by following any known method, but always by following your own loving spiritual instinct, taking" no thought what ye shall say. It6 shall be given you in that hour." Love7 with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and nothing is impossible to you. Jesus never failed to understand and recognize the perfect spiritual body in all men. Your body is perfect in spirit (substance), and every part of the material body should act in obedience to the spiritual, the only real.
When the senses would indicate pain and disorder, remember your spiritual body, and call it into manifestation by the word8 of power. The9 body should manifest wholeness, or you are surely making God seem a failure. Later on, when your body functions only from the plane of spirit, its uses will be finer, its obedience immediate. The positive spiritual man will assert himself, refusing to recognize the suggestion of "the sense man, and will become ruler. Christ shall reign in you, and10 Satan will be under His feet. Fill the house every day with strong, Positive health vibrations, lifting the very atmosphere into purity and truth. Growth into good is so simple, so natural, for God11 is working in your midst and cannot fall.
1 Prov. 1. 2, 3, it. 1-11, viii. 14, ix. 10, xvL 22, xxviii. 5
2 John ix. 7
3 Matt. viii. 8, ix, 20-22
4 Matt. viii. 16; Luke iv. 18, 19
5 John xiii. 34
6 Matt. x. 19
7 1 Cor. xiii, 8 Luke i. 37 R.V., iv. 32 AN
9 Rom. viii. 11, 19 R.V.; Eph. 1. 19, 20, 23 R.V
10 Rom. xvi. 20
11 Ps. lxxiv. 12.
WE are taking the first cause and tracing its relationship to our present understanding. You have learned to say, "I am spirit," "I am to create." It would be as well to understand at what period of creation the race now stands, as this will make our immediate work clear to us. The race is at present in its childhood, just emerging into knowledge of the great and only life, the I AM, knowing very little of its true meaning and purpose. You understand that in these lessons we cannot express spiritual verities in words, we can only attempt to suggest the transcendental reality behind the shadow. The finest earth-music you have ever heard can only suggest real music to you; the highest that it does is to lead you to the heart of the composer, where you catch something of the perfect idea. I have used this very crude illustration to teach you something of the meaning of God. He is ever beyond our highest ideal. Here, then, is our call to growth. Every stage of development reveals more of God, and every generation of men finds Him greater than the last. Today the conception is higher than it has ever been, and yet you see and know only1 as men dimly groping in darkness and mist. God ever becomes more lovely as vision clears; every height we climb reveals fresh glory, and2 calls us to follow on with unabated eagerness. And yet His greatness is greatest when it is in accord with the lowliest atom, when the Father- Mother God lifts the meanest thing to a place of safety in the very heart of love. The realization of this fills us with worship and adoration, for great3 is our God above all gods.
Jesus Christ revealed God according to your need. The world, like children crying in the night, and with no language but a cry, was answered by the Father; by this name you know and love Him; by this name we understand much more than you do; but God is always willing to help you according to your need. Present understanding reveals something of the law of endless progression, of the fullness of life, of its deep er, richer meanings. Jesus4 revealed the Christ of God, the hidden spring, abundant, overflowing, perpetual, never ceasing, that you might have it5 in all its fullness, that 6 your flesh also might rest in hope. There is no mystery in this. Full, rich, glorious life should fill every vein — for Christ7 is your life. Jesus did not draw down life from an outside God. He knew Himself to be the eternal Christ of God.
I think you will see more meaning in the life of Jesus as you live from the innermost of yourself. Humanity, God's eternal son, will one day say: "It8 is finished," and "they9 shall all be one." God is everywhere fulfilling Himself; not10 even a sparrow shall fall on the ground without your Father. As Jesus the Christ was unchanged by the experience called death, even so are we here, as there, ourselves, for we have always been and cannot die.
1 1 Cor. xiii. 12.
2 2 Cor. M. 18
3 Ps. xcv. 3
4 John I. 18.
5 John xvii. 13, 20th Century N.T.
6 Ps. xvi. 9.
7 Col. W. 4
8 John xiv. 30
9 John xvii. 21
10 Matt. X. 29.
TRANSITION from the personal to the universal does not mean loss of identity, but rather a greater individuality.
Personality as understood by man is full of limitations. If1 the disciples were to keep Jesus of Nazareth, they would lose the Christ of God. Jesus2 knew this and put the temptation of Peter far from Him, as He knew His personality was not their greatest good. I3 come to reveal the Father, and I4 will come and abide with you for ever: these wonderful words were full of meaning and today come with greater power. Only as5 Jesus withdrew Himself from their midst, could He come again to all men in His omnipotence. I have shown you in our previous lessons that spirit is our first and real foundation. It has many channels and modes of expression, but it is the one and only life. Man on the plane of sense has tried to explain with finite mind the infinite wisdom of God. Man has limited the holy one, has dared to speak of God as person. Man, who does not know himself, has tried to explain the whole of God. In all these things you must live, think, and speak only from the spirit, for6 the spirit searcheth all things. As you sink deep within yourself, a great meekness fills all your thoughts. You learn of Him who was and is greatest in His meekness and highest in His lowliness. The true understanding of personality becomes clearer to you as you realize your relationship to the whole. Your vision clears, you become filled with holy reverence and mighty hope. Personality is greater than you know, for the weakest person has the whole universe to draw upon — is entirely unlimited.
I say you exist because God is, and all7 He has is yours. People seem to fail for want of vitality. The explanation is this: each of you is a trinity, living on three planes — the planes of spirit, soul, and body. In most cases there has been an unequal existence on one or more of these planes. You should draw all from the spiritual first, thus feeding the8 soul covering, and manifestation in the body must follow. Only on earth can man do this great and perfect work. Every spiritual truth brought into manifestation is creative, and all your future is made by your conquests now. You must consecrate your whole being afresh to God, that He9 may work His perfect will, bringing harmonious conditions into your life.
1 John xvi. 5-7.
2 Matt. xvi. 21-23.
3 John xiv. 7-11
4 John xiv. 16.
5 John xvi. 7.
6 Cor. ii. 10.
7 Luke xv. 31.
8 Dan. vii. 15, margin.
9 Phil, ii. is.
AT this point we will consider together the value of your Scriptures, the collection of books called by you "The Bible."
Books, words, letters, are all valueless in themselves. What1 you call inspiration is the true secret of their value. The spirit by its potency, its subtle vitality, can take any word from any language, on the plane of sense, and use it to convey meanings, to suggest thought, and often to pierce through a wall of sense impossible to the word of itself. Thus the word is only the vehicle or outer shell, hiding either the pearl of great price or a two-edged sword. The2 Word of God is quick and powerful; it is also sweeter3 than the honeycomb.
Inspiration, then, is the one spirit using for its channels many books and many methods; it is ever seeking avenues to pour out the abundant wealth and wisdom of God. Inspiration is possible to all men. That you can from the spiritual plane use sense, or empty words, so that they become vehicles of spiritual power, is a great and glorious truth. This, too, is genius, for God has spoken, and the ordinary language of time and sense is made eternal and spiritual.
In just this way, Jesus took the word "bread," and gave it a holy and spiritual meaning. When we pray: "Give4 us this day our daily bread," we are using words of great and significant meaning — seeking the nourishment that shall sustain us in very deed. In all things we are to bring reality and truth where nothingness and limitation have made chaos and darkness. Then we see the necessity for light: God's first spoken word at the Creation — LIGHT.5
Written words are not the only means of communication, for the spirit comes into our outer man with great illumination, and to explain this you have no words. I pray that this may be your experience in all its fullness. It is the first and highest expression of God. The illumined soul moves through all life, radiating light the unconscious manifestation of divinity, a deep, inward peace, a real knowledge of men and of all things, a light which cannot be hid, for it is conveyed in every gesture, in every spoken word. Thus we understand an inspired or illumined soul. The real value, then, of the Bible is in the spiritual or inspired writer, who has opened your understanding to the things of God.
Added to this is another mighty factor — the place you have given the Bible. It holds the highest place amongst all your books, and it always will. Millions of people have lifted it, by their belief in it. In this we recognize the working of a law unknown to you. I can best explain it as the law of transmutation. The working out is as follows: You can lift everything into the highest place, until it becomes transmuted and purified, changing into very gold the basest metal of earth. This is the philosopher's stone, the transmutation into heavenly values by our faith in absolute truth.
I am putting this key into your hands, that you too may begin even now to turn every experience into an opportunity to lift it into the highest until it becomes purified, transmuted pure6 gold tried in the fire of God; and not only this, but it returns to you a thousand fold, filled with richest meanings for all time. This is what has taken place with your Bibl e. You have given it this place, and your reward is that it will always reveal the highest things to you be cause of this very law. Take the Holy Book and read it much; seek7 the spirit, not the letter, in this as in all other things.
We are very much in earnest about these things, and if you remember that this beneficent law is always operating you will understand the effect in your lives. You have the power to bring any one whom you wish to help, into this place of blessing. Every act of your life, every expression of your thoughts, should be lifted towards the very highest. There will come to You a realization of a place of sinlessness within yourselves, a place of purity and perfection that nothing can touch or soil, for you have begun to B E, even as your Father who is in Heaven.
The Bible has become to you THE Book, but I would also have you know that God has inspired men and women with power to reveal , in our own time, even greater things, and ever fresh unfoldings from the heart of life. Above all things, we want you to have the open vision8 today, for greater things are coming, and God is doing wonders among you. Rejoice in the new revelation, abounding in10 hope. The new will reveal the old to you afresh. Have no doubts. Launch out11 into the deeps of God, and fear not.
Eternity is NOW.
1 2 Tim. Ill. 16. 3 Ps. xix. 10, cxix. 103
2 Heb. iv. 12
4 Matt. vi. 11; John vi. 32-51
5 Gen. i. 3
6 Rev. iii. 18. 7 John vi. 63; 2 Cor. iii. 6
8 1 Sam. iii. 1; Prov. xxix. 18. 10 Rom. xv. 13
9 Josh. 111. 5. 11 Luke v. 4.
TRUTH is the eternal Word.
There is nothing new, for truth has had no beginning.
As you unfold you have clearer vision and wider spheres of action. You cannot see new truth, that is impossible. Whenever you enter into the plane of spirit, prepare yourself by prayer and the consecration of your whole being to God. This is the only safeguard against false teachers. When there is a threefold cord it1 is not easily broken. Three souls in perfect unity can do great things for the cause of God and of all men. Let the spirit within you be your Only guide. It is for this reason only that we come, that you may know yourselves. Our words can only help as they enable you to do this. Our love for your world is very great. Do not lean on any outside help, however high, however good. You have already learned that it is impossible for the mind of man to affect Spirit in any way.
The work to be done in you is of far greater importance than learning from any teacher. Jesus could not do His works of healing while the mind was thinking. There must be silence when2 God speaks. The Christ within you is the same yesterday,3 today, and for ever. Wait in silence and repose, that Christ may speak, may write upon yourselves His thoughts, His purposes, His designs. Let this mind4 be in you until not I, but5 the Christ of God is your only reality. You have known this for many years, but let the old Word speak again, until you feel the thrill, the newness of life, the upspringing6 of the eternal Son of God.
That sin may be forgiven, there is needed a cleansing, a putting7 off the old, so that the tender, new realization of Christ may not be impeded by the opposite of good. Sin and evil must not be confused as they often are. Sin is that great falsity connected with our outer self of the senses, it belongs to separateness and chaos. It would dare to set up its king and make its kingdom in our midst; but the Christ, now consciously real to us, as an inward f act, is greater than we know, and shall put all things under8 His feet. His very life in us is recreating, making9 Dew, or filling with Himself, bringing the soul into unity with God; thus, as of old, driving out of His Father's temple10 the thieves and robbers by His own right of possession. There goes out from us a cry of need, a11 great want, a reaching out to the author of our being. The infinite love is all- sufficient, and from that heart of love comes the healing of forgiveness, such greatness of love, that12 all is blotted out; since On e dwells within who has conquered sin and death.
Learn that sin forgiven is the end of that sin, but13 not the end of its results — the root is killed and the river of14 life flows on. The suffering and results caused by sin can15 be turned into good. We on this side see something of the compensations of life. The ways of God are perfect,16 and the soul that is conscious of the living Christ , lifted into unity with the Father, becomes one with the work of redemption, lifting the whole race.
Love is pressing through the very atmosphere round about us and you. Love requires readiness and17 obedience, and we are called to do its bidding. Are you willing to obey even18 unto the death of the cross? That cross is the place of your sacrifice for all men. All must go to Calvary, there to become one with the Father. Greater love19 hath no man than this. Love is the atmosphere wherein all that is highest is nourished and fed. Love dwells in every human life, however degraded it may seem to you. Love much, and20 Christ shall do His work through you, for He loves your world, and will never cease until it has become the kingdom21 of heaven.
1 Eccles. iv. 12
2 Gen. xviii. 1, xxiv. 63; Ps. xxxvii. T. margin of R.V.; Ezek. Ill. 22; Gal. 1. 11-17
3 Heb. xiii. 8
4 Phil. IL 5
5 Gal. ii. 20
6 John iv. 14, vii. 38. Syriac V., "He that belleveth into Me, out of his innermost being shall flow torrents of living waters."
7 Col. iii 9.
8 1 Cor. xv. 25.
9 Rom. xii. 2.
10 John ii. 15.
11 Ps. xiii. 1, 2.
12 Ps. li. 1; Col. ii. 14.
13 Gal. vi. 7.
14 Rev. xxii. 1, 2.
15 Gen. 1. 20.
16 2 Sam. xxii. 31
17 1 Isa. 1. 19.
18 Phil. ii. 7, 8.
19 John xv. 13.
20 1 John iv. 16-19.
21 MatL vi. 13.
HEAVEN is not a place to which you go, it1 is just where you are. You can enter heaven NOW. Good men and women from time to time have made this discovery, and henceforth "All2 is well." They have ceased to hurry, for the journey is over. They are no longer pilgrims and strangers, but children in the Father's home. The first thing we understand when we awake is, that there has not been any journey, or passing over and through vast spaces. We are just where we always have been — at home, alive for3 evermore. There is no separation from any one we love, or from any good that is ours. To enter heaven is to become lifted into a larger consciousness of God, and in this consciousness we possess much more really all those whom we love. We are nearer to you, and we often talk together. There is no parting, but only greater unity, No belief in distance and space is possible on the spiritual plane. I can only remember it when I wish to understand your conditions. In the clearer light we can no longer hold the false idea of limitation. All is ours and all is yours. To4 become spiritually-minded is life and peace. No suggestion of the carnal mind5 can ever produce good.
Thank God for the secret stir of life on your earth, like the sap in the tree, sending forth life exultant into every part. A glorious liberty6 is opening up before you. The captives are being set7 free, old bonds are bursting, fetters of ancient creeds are being snapped asunder. Be not dismayed, the battle is8 God's. Do not hug your chains; let go. Yield to the highest within you, and so become one with the great good, pouring forth healing and blessing through every waiting channel. The whole race is being lifted on to a higher plane. This work is going on in your very midst. We are full of thanksgiving at the thought that you may know the freedom of the children of God. Conscious union with God is your whole salvation; spirit, soul, and body. The knowledge of God's oneness with man, with yourself, is the open door to freedom. Jesus came to show you the way, for Christ is the Way.
I see you have not understood me about mind and thinking. This is a very wide subject. I can give you only the main points. The sense mentality, that delicate medium for spiritual truth, has shared in falsity — separateness — when it should have been the perfect channel for the one and only mind. Crammed by false thinking from the outer, it should have remained open to the divine inner and the only real, fed from the highest source, the real bread and9 true blood, which is Christ. It is the power to bring into subjection10 all sense perceptions, all false minds, alive in every part of the body. Every atom of your body should be under control, lest the hand,11 foot, or brain should gain supremacy, rule you, and bring about confusion.
The sense of separateness in every sense is your great enemy. We beg you to let the mind of12 the Christ control. IT is wisdom, IT is love, and IT is unity. Let this mind hold you, control you — sweeping through the outer body of flesh as its lord and king; so that each breath shall rekindle and glow. Ay, even the very dry13 bones shall reunite and breathe. So shall you die to sin and the sense of separateness, but live unto14 Christ. You will read and understand in your hearts.
1 Luke xvii. 2
2 2 Kings iv. 26; Hab. xvii. 17-19
3 Rev. 1. 18
4 Rom. viii. 6.
5 Gal. v. 19-21.
6 Rom. viii. 21
7 Luke iv. 18
8 1 Sam. xvii. 47
9 John vi. 53.
10 2 Cor. x. 5.
11 1 Cor. xii.
12 Phil. ii. 5.
13 Ezek. xxxvii.
14 Rom. vii. 11.
DO you ask for practical lessons on healing because you want immediate results? I will answer your question, in order that you may attain to the highest
You can appeal on the material plane and seem to get help quickly; this is because you have been so long under the dominion of the senses. At first, when seeking health from the spiritual plane, you will seem to become worse; always regard this as a hopeful sign
It means the last fight with falsity and shadow. With each attack of the enemy remember that Christ is your life; until finally you die to live, putting off the old man and his dominion, to live anew and for ever, for you have conquered the last enemy through the Lord Christ
God's work is never uncertain or hurried. It is sure, and is steadily working out good. "Therefore mine own arm so brought salvation."1 "Therefore be steadfast,2 unmovable, always abounding," and although you may seem to make but little headway, you are really growing, even in the darkness of night.
The great master, Jesus, unfolded this aspect in His parables3 dealing with the kingdom of heaven. The little brown seed sown in the earth is unaware of the sun, until it comes through the darkness of matter, by its own inherent activity, unfolding to receive consciously that which has always been influencing its growth in the darkness; and yet I say that even the sun would have no power, were it not for the central attraction within the seed. Now we understand something of the meaning of evil and its friendly uses, that the dark earth is the medium. for growth; and I can best liken it to the creation of God, which is called evil, always pressing into activity the bidden force within the seed covering.
Without this friendly aid and left to itself, the seed, though perfect, would be non-productive. The so-called evil has caused the seed to quicken, to bring forth by its very opposition. Look into nature, for therein is the symbol of every creative process on the spiritual plane.
All that exists is first and for ever in the real world of spirit, of which yours is but the shadow and semblance. When the fullness of time comes, your world will be no longer shadow, but substance, for it will be the kingdom of the Christ, the new heavens4 and the new earth, one united home. There shall be no parting, for there shall be neither separation nor death, since the former things are passed away, and man and God are one.
1 Isa. lix. 16. 3 Matt. xiii. 31
2 1 Cor. xv. 58
4 Rev. xxi. 1, 4.
THE seed covering, as explained in our last lesson, contains the germ — the promise — of the fullness of the Godhead, just as the outer man contains the seed form of the spiritual man, with all the possibilities of growth and expression. We would have you remember that while the inner and spiritual is always perfect, the outer covering is often out of harmony and has many imperfections, owing to long ages — as you count time — of ignorance and sense domination.
You are to learn that spirit is the rightful ruler, the true owner and king. Man has tried to alter conditions on the material plane, to seek help from without; this has hindered and often prevented the real work. Wherever spiritual forces have been brought to the material plane, the work is lasting, nay, eternal. An unconquered body is an unfinished life. All must be completed. He will perfect1 that which concerneth Him.
As you grow in understanding of the realities, your vision of Christ will be clearer, and vision2 is the beginning of attainment. We must first see, then become our vision. Hold the highest ideal, even Christ, and you will awake in His3 likeness.
You may ask at this point, how we explain the perfect physique of the undeveloped races. The difference is that you have evolved, and although through ignorance you have not developed perfectly all round, yet it is a far higher thing to have come to a knowledge of your spiritual being, even at a loss to the material. The undeveloped man will awaken later, and he too must learn that I AM. The will to be becomes a force to be reckoned with. He will suffer, for knowledge is born of suffering, until he comes to the consciousness of God. As you have struggled with the less real, so will he, and you will watch and pray with us, till all the kingdoms of the earth are as the kingdom of heaven, for all souls4 are the inheritance of God. So much of your suffering is unnecessary and caused by opposing the will of God, but there is a quality of suffering that effects the highest good, that suffering which brings into activity the three great principles of spiritual growth — faith, hope, and love. The highest good is known by its opposite, and every experience can be used for ultimate good. Learn that the beauty of morning is known because of the darkness of night. Sorrow is ever making channels for joy.
1 Ps. cxxxviii. 8.
2 Hab. Ii
3 Ps. xvii. 16
4 Ps. ii. 8; Dan. vii. 13, 14.
THE1 heart is the place of understanding, or as we would rather say, the door way of divine wisdom — "Blessed2 are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." The heart,3 and not the mind, knoweth the deep things of God. Our lesson can only be understood in your own heart. The true revelation must unfold from the divine heart of love, beating in unison with your own. So near is God.
There are many theories, many explanations given about the cross of Jesus. Trust the inward and spiritual guide in all these matters, and not the mind of man. We know that the sacrifice on the cross has for your world the deepest meaning. In that sublime act Jesus the Christ symbolized God's highest thought for you. You4 cannot now comprehend the greatness of it. Bonds were burst, and your earth was given its freedom. How much we have misunderstood its meaning! Let us keep reverent hearts and hushed voices before a mystery of such high import. It has a wide meaning, and only divine wisdom can interpret its greatness and its love. From our side we see something more of its results.
The principalities5 and powers can no longer harm you against your own will. Jesus descended into the1owest6 hell that He might set free the captives and cast off all that makes for separation between God and man. The cross was the lifting up of humanity into divinity. Every incident in connection therewith symbolizes some great inner truth. In that mysterious outflow of water from the side, your earth received its chrism — its holy anointing — its Christhood. We worship in lowly adoration when we remember the greatness of that work. We have much to learn about this, and you can never know the full meaning of sacrifice until you too enter into sinless and selfless Christhood.
Jesus Christ is your highest conception of God. He chose to stand for your world from the beginning as the eternal Christ of God. He alone knew all God's meaning for you. When visible in the flesh He was the God-man,7 a Man for all men, loving God and loving men, the universal Man. In Him all find relationship. He is of the great wholeness of life, the sap, the very tree and vine. He was truly Son of God and Son of Man. The great unity of God and Man is revealed in the cross.
1 Prov. x. 10
2 Matt. v. 8
3 Prov. ii. 2, 10, iv. 23, xxii. 17
4 Eph. ill. 16-21.
5 Eph. vi. 12
6 Pet. iii. 19
7 1 Ezek.; 1 Cor. xv. 47; Acts xvii. 31; 1 Tim. ii. 5, R.V.
TO receive this teaching you must exclude the vibrations of inharmonious personalities; it is highly injurious to allow an invasion of magnetic currents. This causes exhaustion and want of vitality. Keep perfect1 poise of spirit, never allowing any influence to enter the spiritual innermost, while sensitive and receptive. Try to help people to their own indwelling spiritual wealth, and do not imagine that it is the right thing to help them of yourself. It is far higher to help others to help themselves, leading them to the true source of all good. I suggest that you do not allow any but yourself to open the door of communication between yourself and us. Y ou all need to remember your own right2 to rule in every condition and circumstance.
Let us consider together the meaning of the personal and of the universal, for there is much confusion of thought in your midst about these things. Jesus was both a spiritual personal identity and the Christ of God. This is God's meaning for you — with Jesus the divine teacher for your guide. Jesus the Christ became one with God when one with man. Only by withdrawing Himself from their midst as a personality could He really come again to His disciples in that interior sense which was to make of these ordinary men the great apostles of the Christian Church. Only by entering into the universal could He become the true individual in them and in us all, the You, the I AM of our life and theirs.
In that wonderful chapter of the Acts3 you may find the record of their first glimpse of the great cosmic consciousness, the inner illumination which will cover the whole earth as the waters cover the sea. They emerged from the limitations of time and sense into a larger spiritual freedom. Their loss of the personality of Jesus was their great gain of the Christ all in all. You are to become one with all men, a great brotherhood and divine unity.4 The words will surely reveal the truth. At present this consciousness is dawning; surely we see the coming unity of man with man in God.
You will in no sense be less yourself but you will be greater in love and understanding. The suffering of some is the hurt of the whole. How5 beautiful are the feet of those who carry the tidings of peace and goodwill toward all men! Silently working in the heart of the nations is the Prince6 of Peace. We pray for open doors that the great interior life may flow out and expand, the very river from the Ancient7 of Days
There8 is perpetual healing wherever the river cometh.
Rest in hope. Be strong9 and of good courage, the day is coming10 — the night is past. In11 the darkest and outermost hell is God. There are planes below yours, some even unconscious of God, but all shall be redeemed. Every time you make a conquest on the material plane, you make better conditions for those below you. I repeat, every individual conquest is a victory for the whole race.
Pray often and love much; do not falter on the upward path, for when you fall, others fall with you. Thank God for your glorious opportunity here and now.
Read12 the Sermon on the Mount continually, and wait silently as the words unfold their meaning to you.
1 Isa. xxvi. 3; Ps. cxii. 7.
2 1 Cor. iv. 8
3 Acts. iv. 31
4 Ps. cxxxiii.; John xiii. 34.
5 Isa. Iii. 7.
6 Isa. ix. 6, 7.
7 Dam vii. 22.
8 Ezek. xlvii. 9, 12
9 Deut. xxxi. 6; Josh. i. 7.
10 Rom. xiii. 12.
11 Ps. cxxxix. 8, lxxxvi. 13.
12 Matt. v. vi. and vii.
THE body is the covering and the garment of spirit, and you are learning that spirit is ruler. At first you may not see results, but the work begins the instant you function from the spiritual plane. Do not be discouraged — as I was — at not seeing results. I see now that the work of healing was going on, even when things seemed at their worst. You: will thank God for the darkness and the struggle; you will prove their real friendliness. Christ's work in you is to proclaim liberty to captive souls, the opening of prison doors to them that are bound. Your body will be the beautiful garment of spirit, for salvation is not in part, but wholly.
You ask "What is thought?" Perhaps you have missed the true understanding. Thought is a creative process behind all phenomena.
It is not a mental concept, though it finds its avenue through the mentality. The thought is never separated from the thinker. The worlds with all their myriad forms in nature are thoughts expressed by the Absolute. You are God's thought, and so you also manifest love.
At the very heart of life, both universal and individual, is the well-spring of growth, from which all true life evolves. It is the Only ONE, the first cause of all, never outside Its own creation, but self-existent, inseparable from Itself; ever making for perfection and peace. This self of life is sending out rays of intelligence through its many channels, outpouring itself in infinite variety, but always One. The great outer enemy, the senses, would pervert, making separation even of the expressed Being, until, as a result of ages of ignorance, man has dared to think of himself as a complete and separate identity, looking on the suffering of humanity as something outside himself, looking on God as afar off.
God requires outflow from the great central life. This is a law steadily working itself out in the tiniest detail of your earth life. Your planet holds within it fire, water, and minerals of untold wealth, but it also holds a great invisible interior spiritual force, creative, reconstructive. This is thought, the outcome of the one life, breathing through stone, rock, and densest matter. Man limits himself by his mental process, and hinders the up springing of the divine thought. (We see from our side.) Man gets a glimpse of a truth; he immediately begins to make it concise, gives it a form, clothes it by the mental process called reasoning; thus himself closing the avenue by separation from the whole. No truth is a part; there is but one truth. No man can hold all the truth. This is a work for all time.
You would do well to unfold the capacities for receiving by1 clearing the mind of limitations,2 beliefs that have become bondage, and by becoming even3 as a little child. Otherwise you cannot enter the kingdom. We see so much spiritual force imprisoned behind the closed mental doors of humanity. The spirit of God quickens the intellect, for it becomes enlightened by the true4 light. Open out to this hidden spiritual life, as the flower is nourished into full bloom by its own hidden forces.
Consider well the flowers of the field; they do not toil5 in order to blossom forth. You will become calm and steadfast, and the effect in the end will be a great peace6 both in your body7 and in your environment. It is God that worketh8 in you to will and to do. Man's mentality is not the place of thought. While the holy seed is unfolding, the work of creation begins in you, as at the beginning of all things. God's thought was your planet. When the life up springs within you, it requires a place of action to manifest.
That which you call imagination is the ground for the expression of God's thought. You will learn to keep the imagination pure and holy, free from the contamination of the senses; for that which is imagined, afterwards becomes.
Your Scriptures unfold the importance of this, when they describe false imaginings, and speak of imagining mischief.9 A pure imagination is sometimes called "genius." It is the mirror of God. Let the Christ have full control of this, that you may awake in His likeness It will reveal God's meaning to your understanding. Your imagination is God's best gift. The heart and the imagination are closely related — they act and re-act. The heart and the imagination should be pure.10 This involves real effort, but you will be richly rewarded. You will have the thoughts 11 of God, your mind will reflect them, and enriched and illuminated by the Eternal, you will be conscious of ever fresh unfoldment. You will see, bear, and know only God. This lesson will unfold within you while you read. God is the only reality for all time.
1 Neh. iv. 10; 1 John iii
2 Matt. v. 21-48
3 Matt. xviii. 3
4 John 1. 9, viii. 12.
5 Matt. vi. 28.
6 Ps. cxix. 165.
7 Ps. xvi. 9, cxlvii. 14.
8 Phil. ii. 13.
9 Ps. lxii. 3.
10 Matt. V. 8.
11 Jer. xxix. 11.
SUNDAY was a day of great joy to me. The seventh day has a deep meaning for your planet. There is a correspondence to your Sunday with us, for the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord our God. Real prayer is a great attraction to us; deep earnestness is the open door for its answer. It attracts by its magnetism, the fullness of its need. In our last lesson I told you that the place of creation in the individual, the spiritual ground for the projection of thought from the divine innermost, was the imagination.
Our next consideration is IDEA. First, the eternal mind; secondly, the thought; thirdly and lastly, the outcome of both is the idea, that which is to become manifest in the outermost plane of being.
What are your ideas for the most part? Are as they only and entirely the outcome of divine1 thought? Do you express the living Christ? I want to make clear to you the omnipotence of the divine man and the reality of the God idea. Try and stand with me as you read this, and look out upon the earth plane. You will be filled with a longing desire to fulfill all2 the law, even as Jesus did. The end is from the beginning — God, the end of all separation. The great Love will leave the ninety3 and nine to bring in the remaining one, for all4 shall be in the kingdom of our Lord Christ.
God's idea for your world and for you is perfection and nothing less. There are many who have passed from your earth still clinging to the false idea that matter is substance, the result of long ages of sense belief. Good spirits, often deeply reverent and noble, they still live on the material plane; it is to them real. They like to see their thoughts expressed on the material plane. This is a hindrance to them, all ignorance is, as they cannot unfold to the higher experiences.
Give5 more time to quiet, that you may have the reflection of God upon the mirror6 of your imagination, that you too may become God's idea, for He has said: "Be7 ye holy." The growth of this perfect idea has become manifest to us. As you wait8 upon God a great under-work is going on, and afterwards9 it beareth fruit.
Close the door of your closet against the suggestion of the senses, that God's Idea may manifest in your body, for "if thine eye be single10 thy whole body shall be full of light." Full, rich life-blood pulsates through the heart at one with God. This is the touch of healing, because the vitality of the whole universe is no longer separate but delights to pour itself through its own God-given channels.
1 Isa. Iv. 8, 9
2 Matt. v. 17
3 Luke xv. 4; Ezek. xxxiv. 11
4 Luke W. 6
5 Ps. xlvi. 10.
6 2 Cor. M. 18.
7 Lev. xi. 44.
8 Ps. lxii. 5.
9 Mark iv. 26-29.
10 Luke xi. 34-36.
MAY I help you in this chapter by giving you some little experience of my own. I think you know that the passing from the earth plane is different for almost every individual, and is entirely what each one makes it. The birth into real life should be exactly like an awakening on a beautiful morning when the dawn is stealing over the land, touching everything with a purity and freshness belonging only to the first hours of the day. It is meant that we should open our eyes and see God everywhere; just this simple, homely, all- familiar awakening into harmony and peace. God grant that you all may begin this experience where you are, then you will enter the more fully into reality, when that which is in part shall1 be done away.
The consciousness of God is stealing over the earth, touching all things into purity and truth by its burning, glowing love. The fire descends and ascends, as revealed to you in the symbolic2 sacrifice of Abel. All things are revealed to you in your Scriptures. Man has made this book the medium of interpretation wherein God reveals wisdom. If you only knew, you could read God in every inspired work, but3 the Bible is your rich and hallowed treasure. In this ancient story you find the eternal truth of the two in One, the place of meeting — a place of sacrifice. Read carefully.
I passed into the plane of realities gently. My transition was entirely unexpected by my friends. For this I thank God, as my dear ones were spared the cruel anticipation and dread of separation. This was a great help to me, as I soon found I could comfort and help them to something of my joy. This we can all do. What we cannot do is to rid you of false beliefs. This you must do for yourselves. You can never lose your own, here or hereafter. More than that, you find that your own is greater, your circle wider, your loved ones infinitely more beautiful and even more familiar, for there is nothing strange in love.
Rejoice! Have no fear. Fear is the cloud that dims the spiritual vision. The4 angels came to say "Fear not." Fear would keep you from all that is good. It is nothing more than an emanation from the material sense, and can be dispelled in an instant by the perfect5 love. Man is rising out of the fear of evil, the fear of God, the fear of man. The truth will set you free6 from all that separates man from God.
The very heathen are seeking God by the lowliest worship, for in their worship is aspiration. I discovered this when freed from the body. I was slow to comprehend that I had passed through the experience called death to find myself a living and breathing soul, never so much alive as then. It was too much for me. I felt overwhelmed by the reality and the unlimited sense of things slowly dawning upon me. Was it a delicious dream? You see, much of my false belief clung to me. I had expected a great, a tremendous change in personality. I7 forgot that Jesus showed His hands and His feet; the same Jesus. How slow we are to believe;8 but when we are ready to learn, we forget all error and ignorance and enter quickly into truth which is our own.
Bless and thank God for the knowledge of the wholeness and unity of the race. I tell you there is nothing lost into which God has breathed the breath of life. I thought also that I had not surely gone to Heaven, for I did not seem to be in any place. I had a new understanding, a fresh living consciousness of God. My eyes could see. The scales9 had fallen from my inner vision, and love seemed the very breath of being. It was too much to enter into. Then it was as though I slept. Oh! how can I tell of the awakening? Such an awakening will be yours too! The best and highest I had ever imagined was realized, the deepest longing of my nature satisfied, my purest thought answered. Spiritual truths were no longer in some far distance, but a part of my very self. This had always been; the only change that had come about was my unclouded consciousness of God. Now you see why I give you my personal experience, that you may know that Heaven10 is indeed within.
It was as if I had just be gun real life. I was a child with everything to learn, and from then till now the unfoldment has never ceased. Ever fresh visions, wider horizons, reaching after a richer satisfaction, to find that God is without beginning and without end. Love never rests in enjoyment of itself. Love must pour itself out, and a longing came to me to help those who were coming along the road I had traveled. Oh! to tell them something of the indwelling11 Christ. We love you all, and long to show you what you possess. I want you to understand that there is no separation between us. We are interior inhabitants, but there are other inter-penetrating states of existence. Of them I will not speak now.
It is a great joy to be able to reach you with these thoughts. You need not wait for Heaven. God Heaven — the whole of good is yours now. Christ is God incarnate and dwells within your heart, so near that the feeblest whisper is heard, aye, before you speak. He12 hears and answers, for He is behind all thought and speech. He also fills all space.
1 1 Cor. xiii. 10
2 Heb. xi. 4.
3 Ps. cxix
4 Matt. xxviii. 5.
5 1 John iv. 18.
6 John viii. 32.
7 Luke xxiv. 40.
8 Luke xxiv. 25.
9 Acts ix. 18.
10 Luke xvii. 21.
11 John xv. 4, 5; Gal. ii. 20; Eph. ill, 17; Col. 1. 27
12 Isa. lxv. 24.
THERE is an atmosphere of rest and peace and much deep joy. An atmosphere of love is the one we can most easily enter. Everything is possible to the truly loving disciple. Love to God and man fulfils1 every law. Love is2 the key of all knowledge, wisdom and power. Dwell deep in this love, and you will see as God sees. Yet even this expression of God is imitated by the false or shadow self of the senses.
You will learn to discriminate between inflation, expansion, and real growth from the centre. Every good is closely imitated in the shadow world. Growth often means a great lack, a sense of poverty; it is never fulsomeness nor aggressiveness. "The meek will He guide in judgment. The3 meek will He teach." Learn the greatness of humility.4 The little child5 is all unconscious of its lowliness, its growth; so also must the soul be when really emerging; free from the Unreal, the outer and false self of the senses.
"Love seeketh not her own." It should be nothing to you that others seem to manifest more of God. You and they may be at different stages of unfoldment. Be content to know that God is in the midst, and learn the secret of dwelling in friendly darkness, that your roots may go deep down; for during the time of hiddenness6 a great work is going on. The soul that seeks nourishment from the true Self becomes strong. Learn from the parable of7 the house built on the sand, and let nothing hinder this deep work of the soul. Know that all is well, though no result is seen.
Seek the silence, love all men, bless all; thus do you make right conditions for growth. Unknown to you, there are outer conditions arranging themselves in harmony with the hidden work, and your whole future depends upon the true foundation being cleared of false building matter, wrong thinking and wrong actions, self- aggrandizement, not true material. There is no other foundation8 than the Christ of God, the true self. That which is unreal must sooner or later be swept into nothingness. You are just where you are in order to do this work. Spirit is the only true substance, and our lessons will teach you how to build. God cannot fall if you are alive9 to Christ within, and dead to all else
You may know the unreal by its self-seeking, by the desire for adulation, praise and self-glory.
"Be not deceived, God10 is not mocked."
1 Rom. xiii. 10
2 1 Cor. xiii
3 Ps. xxv. 9, cxlix. 4, margin of R. V
4 1 Pet. v. 5; Col. iii. 12; Matt. v. 3, 5
5 Matt. xviii. 4.
6 6 1 Cor. iv. 5.
7 Matt. vii. 26, 27.
8 1 Cor. ill. 11.
9 Rom. vi. 11.
10 Gal. vi. 7.
HERE is always a moment in life when we differentiate between the material and the spiritual. It happens in a variety of ways. Thomas1 dropped the false belief immediately, when he saw the truth; material beliefs dropped entirely away and never ruled him afterwards. Pilate knew, when face to face with Christ, that he could never touch the2 real life, although he delivered3 Jesus over to the people. He had seen the eternal Christ when alone with Him. The whole of truth is beyond your present comprehension. No man can touch truth or stay the new vision now opening up to the eyes of men.
One of the great hindrances to understanding is fast slipping away — the old belief in the solidity of matter. There is no such thing as solidity in or on the planet. The instant you ceased to be vibratory, your body would disintegrate and fly off the planet. Spirit is substance, and is not subservient to natural law. Perpetual motion is the key to the attraction of atoms. The w hole planetary system is a vortex of convolutions, orderly and continuous. True, man's material body is formed of the dust of the earth, though with eternal wisdom and harmonious wholeness. Your body holds in its material form an infinitesimal atom or grain of every part of the globe. You cannot behold anything in that material world of which you are not a part. You are a part of the three kingdoms — mineral, vegetable, and animal. Thus man in the natural world has rule4 over all. This is not so of any other earth-life, as each animal is distinctly and only an animal, but man in the process of the ages has come up through all, that he may possess and have rule over all.
You are not matter. You cannot become material, and you must not be deceived by material appearances. Although the value of matter in relation to your spiritual evolution is very great, yet I would have you know that spiritual laws are supreme. Your body should be perfect, for Is it not a magnificent vehicle5 for the spiritual form? While in the flesh, you learn to use spiritual weapons. When you enter the interior and spiritual world, you will know that faith was made real to you. While in the flesh you should reach out for that which is behind the visible. Faith, the6 strongest principle, is made your own by your simple trust, though you knew nothing of the reality.
Oh! the greatness of faith, the7 power and might of it! Have faith, for only by it can you rise to spiritual heights, and your earth experience is the best, nay, the only means of revealing you to yourself. Have faith in God, faith in man, faith in all good. We on this side in very truth have found that faith can remove mountains. It is literally true that the whole landscape before your eyes can be obliterated by faith.
This is a law; I will explain. You see now only in part that the things before you, houses, churches, etc., are the outcome of man's limited thought. He has been dimly working out a spiritual idea. The spiritual idea is the only fact, and not the bricks and mortar. There is really only the spiritual conception of a home, a church, a road, and with the eye of faith you could see the real only, for I assure you again that the spiritual is the only real.
In many instances the real is utterly unlike the appearance. It is so much more beautiful, for man is always working out the idea of God. Now you have this understanding, you can sympathize with an artist who says: "This building or picture is only the faintest conception of my idea." If he could only have the eye of faith he would see before him the complete spiritual thought expressed, and he would be overcome with gladness and delight. Thus at present you see through a glass darkly, ever reaching beyond the seen and the felt, that you may unfold the spiritual perception through mist and cloud, ever cheered by the hope of realization.
It is a wonderful time for you now. You are growing wings and preparing the spiritual body for its real existence.
Now, for your body I would have you use the eye of faith, that you may bring into operation the higher spiritual law. Your thought and idea become an outward manifestation. You become your own idea, but remember, it is you yourselves who open to the higher laws. It is for you to say, "Thy will be done in me "; it is no longer for the senses, but for Christ8 in you, to will and to do. Creation is God manifest in the flesh. God is with you.
1 John xx. 27, 28.
2 Luke xxiii. 25.
3 John xix. 11.
4 Gen. 1. 26.
5 1 Cor. W. 16, 17, vi. 19
6 Matt. xvii. 20; Mark xi. 23, 24
7 Heb. xi.
8 PhiL ii. 13.
SUPPOSE if people only knew the true value of thought they would be amazed to find that every thought is as powerful as a deed, and in many cases far more effective than any word or weapon. Yes, it is your innermost and highest thought that makes you; always remembering that thought is the consciousness of the absolute will. You are judged by what you are, and not by what you seem to be. The judgment bar is the innermost of yourself. It is the judgment bar of God, and when our actions are tested there, the voice will cast into1 outer darkness that which is not of itself.
Thank God, you may enrich the kingdom of heaven, for many, many times the voice says, "Come2 ye blessed of my Father." Yea, truly our thoughts do enter Heaven. You will find your treasure3 where your heart is — with God. In very truth a man's treasure is the continual outpouring of God's thought, and I tell you that God is enriched by your co- operation. Let His thought be your thought, and say in the spirit of prayer: "The Father and I are4 one."
Do I seem to repeat platitudes? Read them again in your moments of sacred consecration, until the Christ within is the only voice, till all that is unreal and shadowy has passed away, even as the melted snow. I am glad to meet you on the spiritual plane. You need to thank God for this. In the very place where you are, if you could only see, you would find your own. I can voice your prayer — "Lord, that5 I may receive my sight." You know the answer. Jesus Christ left every detail to you, and to the spiritually-minded I say: His words are spirit.6 They are life. I would say to all: Pray without ceasing7 the life prayer. Live in God in the smallest detail. Do not think the results you see are the only results; there is not one good word that Is fruitless. Believe this and have courage. The very desire to help, if really unselfish and pure, is immediate help.
I have come along your path, and I would help you to know the golden, the priceless boon of right and holy living. Pause! Consider well the command until it comes from your own heart. "Be ye holy, for8 I am holy." As you prayerfully express this, you will stand renewed, recreated, alive to the possibilities of God within. There are moments when we breathe the same air. You know them. Follow the spiritual understanding Only. You now have victory over the less real, through the Christ of God.
The human race is God's eternal Son. I want you to reach the highest bliss possible to you on earth, and in the flesh; that is, to hear the voice from Heaven say: "This is my beloved, in9 whom I am well pleased."
Study the life of Jesus, and the veil will10 be removed more and more, until the sublime sacrifice is revealed in all its great ness, the offering up of all to save all, and so to make the union of man with God complete. Do you not see the greatness of surrender? What you possess is of no value until it is given for the whole, for we are One in Him and not separate from the universal life; it is the basis or ground of all. You are maimed and hurt because of sin and suffering in your brother man, and again and again must the Son of Man be crucified until the great at-one-ment with God takes place.
Your work is to co-operate with God, existing only in and drawing only from the real, the spiritual, that you may be trees11 of healing, that you may out- breathe God. Even as in the natural body you breathe to live, so also you must take deep breaths from the spiritual center, that your whole being may be invigorated and revitalized. So much is in your own hands.
I must remind you that regret or sadness hinders the forgiveness of God. God blots out12 the sins of the past by a fresh inflow of everlasting love. He only asks for your need of Him that He may fill13 to overflowing with Himself.
Watch and pray.14 Again — watch.
1 Matt. xxii. 13.
2 Matt. xxv. 34.
3 Matt. vi. 21.
4 John x. 30.
5 Mark x. 51.
6 .101111 vi. 63.
7 Thess. v. 17.
8 Lev. xix. 2.
9 Luke W. 22.
10 2 Cor. W. 15, 16.
11 Rev. xx. 2. 12 Ps. ciii. 3.
13 Matt. v. 6.
14 Matt. xxvi. 41.
SEE you are theorizing: never do this, but let the truth unfold gradually and without suggestion from outside. To make conclusions is to close the avenue and separate truth from itself. Nothing outside can ever help you or reveal anything until it finds its answer in yourself.
What is space? You are learning on the physical plane something of the rapidity of thought transference. Have you ever asked yourself what is between you and the mind you would influence? Positive thought knows nothing of distance.1 It cannot be broken or interfered with. There is nothing that can touch its current, for there really is no distance. The only necessity is the condition of receptivity. Simple, good thought, sent out without any special direction, is caught up in the stream of good and helps all. Nothing is lost in the thought world. Space is a false and wrong idea, belonging to separation. Let your hearts and minds rest undisturbed in the thought of the omnipresence of God, until, even in the flesh, you may come to realize that there is no space or distance, for you dwell in2 God and there is absolutely nothing outside God.
The sense mind would cloud or hide the vision, but Now you are in "the secret place of3 the most High." "The tabernacle of God is with Den." In all your afflictions5 He is made to suffer. Even as the rivers flow out and refresh the earth, gaining fresh life and power as they do their work of purification, even so bring into the outer life the unseen and spiritual substance. Use every opportunity to live that which you6 know, and let your lives flow out and bless every brother and sister. We long to see your divisions swept away by the ocean of love welling up in human hearts and lives.
1 John i. 48, iv. 52.
2 Acts xvii. 28.
3 Ps. xci. 1.
4 Rev. xxi. 3.
5 Isa. Ix. 9.
6 Luke vi.? 46.
ALL you have ever prayed, longed, and hoped for exists. So mighty is good. You are laying up treasure1 where there is no corruption, and all your good is your real wealth. You are making your future home, and your future self, by the way you live now. Rejoice that your names are written2 in Heaven. We would fill you with more hope and joy. The souls that have perceived something of the illumination from the light of all men have been overwhelmed by the knowledge of the possibilities of their own lives.
Let us come very near in our understanding of omnipresence. God, who3 fills all space, knows nothing of past or future, but is eternally present. He is Alpha and4 Omega, the same yesterday and forever. The whole human race is meant to understand this. Let me explain. You sometimes wonder at what seems loss of memory in us. We can recall anything of good that we wish. We learn the higher spiritual laws very quickly, and there is one that is best explained by the words "All time is the present." At once we cease to hurry, a great strain drops from us, all is ours, and we must take our own. To some who are here this blessed truth is a great part of their Heaven. When the eager souls, who imagine they must do a certain amount in a given space of time, discover this, the effect on them is to renew their energies, unfold wider prospects, and service becomes a rest. They truly begin to live. To the weary heart the present is enough. To live on the spiritual plane is to live in reality, not spasmodically and in limits.
Pause and think — How can time be divided? Day and night are explained to us as the inflow into and the outflow from the ocean of ever-present time. It is a wise law — the eternal present, the glorious NOW, a rest and a joy, a satisfaction too full to make us wish to look backward or forward, since we know that all is well. The sufficiency is the actual present. Think over this carefully, that your joy may be full. "I5 AM" is the present tense for all time.
This beneficent and merciful consciousness is the outcome of love. Just think a moment what the effect of entering into this realization would be on your earth. To draw the very next breath direct from God, with no past memory of wrongs or sins, filled only with the knowledge of the great love-life, assimilating all the good into the present, living the blessed NOW: think what it would mean. This is what Christ teaches you. To say, "Lazarus, come6 forth," was to speak from the spiritual plane, realizing only the present life.
Do you not see here the true secret of eternal youth, each stage of unfoldment opening up a richer, riper youth? I am the Lord, I7 change not. Open your eyes and see this wondrous truth. You can be just as much of God as you are prepared to manifest. Even now you hold within yourself the accumulated good of all the ages. Christ the Son of God in the heart of humanity reaches out to man until he awakes to divine consciousness.
The seven acts of Christ become actual to man, instead of belonging to a past period. He experiences the birth, the awakening in the Temple, the anointing, the temptation, the crucifixion, the resurrection, and the ascension. Christ8 must be in you; nothing avails man from the outside, all is from within. Thank God for Jesus Christ, "the unspeakable gift"9 of God. The evolution of one soul exalts the whole race. "That10 they all may be one."
The understanding of time as a present fact would remove false ideas of inherited ill. In order to bring this higher law into action on the sense plane, the mind would at once cease to up hold the working out of ignorance and sin; yet at the same time it would not alter the effect of past cause, seeing that only the good that man does has any real vitality. The sense of physical law makes both good and evil seem of equal power. Good must, overcome11 evil by its own vitality. In truth, it is the real and the only real. Realize the present. As you read you will understand.
Peace to all.
1 Matt. vi. 19.
2 Luke x. 20.
3 Jer. xxiii. 24.
4 Rev. xxi. 6.
5 Ex. W. 14.
6 John xi. 43.
7 Mal. iii. 6.
8 Col. i. 27.
9 2 Cor. ix. 15.
10 John xvii. 11.
11 Dan. iv. 27; Rom. xii. 21.
SO that you may the better understand ever present time, I will make this statement, which is absolute truth: no time has passed since our last lesson, it was and is NOW. Man and not God made yesterday and will make tomorrow. This is to you the seventh month in the year 1907. It is the da y on which Christ was born, and it is the only day that has ever been. Time cannot pass. There is no past. Man is a new creation by the power of the living Christ . You may not understand at once, but you will. Can you conceive of Christ ageing? Have you never discovered the wonderful fact in the thought of the eternal youth of the Christ? As Christ is, even so1 are we, although it doth not yet appear2 to physical or mortal sense.
You speak of us as the unreal. The truth is quite the reverse. We are on the only real plane, and your physical plane or plane of the senses is to us the unreal or the shadow. We find many vital laws exactly the opposite of those in operation on your plane. You are there to bring into manifestation spiritual laws, and Christ showed you this possibility. Water3 was not able to engulf spirit when spirit was absolutely controlling the physical atoms. There shall no4 evil or accident befall thee, nor any sickness come nigh thy tabernacle (or body). Your sicknesses, disasters, are the result of your descent, or rather of your wrong plane of being. The Fall is a present and not a past fact. Man's real fall is that he is content with the shadow of good. He still eats of the tree of good and5 evil and until the Christ fills the whole consciousness, man will ever be at war with himself, his brother, and his God.
Man's understanding is clearer, and light is breaking everywhere. You can read your Old Testament more intelligently, seeing in the symbols the inner and spiritual ideas of God. The waters of6 Marah were bitter; this was the result of the bitterness of the people. Man makes the quality of the land; the flow of waters increases or decreases according to laws hidden within yourselves. You have made the very form of your island, England, by your thoughts and inner forces. Look to it that you obey the voice of spirit, for man was made to have dominion.7 The very changes of climate, all seeming disasters, are in accord with the life and being of man, and until man has come into and unto God, back to Eden, you will seem to wait for the new Heaven and the new Earth, "for in that day they shall neither hurt — nor destroy in all My Holy8 Mount." I have lifted the veil that you may see the need of giving the utmost for the highest. Blessed be God for Jesus Christ, the Son of Man and Son of God.
In the story of the bitterness of Marah is a hidden truth: ingratitude and murmuring brought bitterness. It is the same today. Your thoughts, if they are the suggestions of the senses, will still lead to bitterness and ashes. Learn the secret of praise and thanksgiving, the oil of9 joy. Even in the wilderness experience the waters shall10 be sweet. You shall partake of the milk and11 honey. The12 manna is at your very feet, enough for each day, for Christ is that heavenly13 manna. Feed on Him in your heart by faith.
The very gifts you seek are poured out in rich abundance. Lift up your eyes and see. Just inasmuch as you yield to the divine innermost, as you live and bring forth the fruit of14 the spirit, to that extent shall you have access to all that earth and heaven can yield. There15 is no want to the children of God. There are times on the physical plane when the way is hid,16 and the heavens seem as brass. You can open the floodgates by steady thanksgiving17 and certain hope. If you only knew, the closed doors are the senses, brought up against a wall of their own Construction, a wall of doubt , fear, and falsity. A breath of the spirit of God consumes them. You are greater than shadow, sense, or clay. Having your feet on the Rock, they cannot slide. God is with you. Complete harmony will be realized, for God is working out His divine purpose in you.
1 John iv. 17.
2 1 John iii. 2
3 John vi. 19.
4 Ps. xci. 10
5 Gen. iii
6 Ex. xv. 23.
7 Gen i. 26
8 Isa. xi. 9, lxv. 25
9 Isa. lxi. 3.
10 Ex. xv. 25.
11 Ex. ill. 8.
12 Ex. xvi. 18.
13 John vi. 51
14 Gal. v. 22
15 Ps. xxxiv. 10
16 Isa. xl. 1. 27
17 Phil. iv. 6.
THE world around, or rather the visible world, is, as you know, full of wonderful possibilities, though yet imperfect, because unconquered; illusory and shadowy only because man has not reached the crown of being. As man evolves, the whole material plane is lifted into a higher condition. The seasons depend on Gad in man, and are according to the inner mind. The world is wild and lawless in some regions, so much so that man is subject to the nature or world spirit. Misused energy and uncontrolled force call for lord and master, as the trees of old asked for a king1 to reign over them.
If you read this parable carefully, you will find much hidden truth. God made man to rule and to have all things subject to him. The world is gradually learning some of these higher mysteries. If you had a tree or plant under your control, in time it would respond, and assume its highest possible form, on condition you became at one with its hidden laws, and you are meant to become this. I merely give you this simple truth to lead you higher. The physical world is governed by its own forces and passions, and not by the spiritual, the only real. Fo r the teaching of this very lesson Jesus stilled the2 storm with the word "PEACE," since He had control over His own natural and physical self, and afterwards used the God-given right of dominion.3 You are the channels through which the divine will and energy manifests its one self. To effect this you must become selfless and at one, for the Lord thy God is one Lord4 and not many.
There are spiritual treasures hidden in your earth awaiting your appropriation. These wonders and glories are unrevealed to the physical or fallen man. Cain stands as the symbol for the spiritually blind; he speaks the truth when he says: "My,5 punishment is greater than I can bear." Christ your Redeemer is leading you back to your own. You are alive to the truth of being — the omnipotence of God in man.
You are now learning that the natural and sense body can have no control, but should manifest wholeness and love. There is a great and glorious work to be done on your plant: the Christ work of 6 healing — and this is possible to all who have spiritual control. We urge you to do your part. God never fails, and victory is yours. You will know exactly how to act as the need arises. Take no thought7 — only in all things obey the spirit, and never for a moment allow the senses to suggest failure, fear, or doubt. On all occasions speak to the senses the8 word of power — "Get9 thee behind me, Satan." God10 waits to pour Himself out. I say you can prove Him. He never fails or makes a mistake. Do you not see what a beautiful work awaits you? You11 receive by giving. The more you bless, the greater the power of blessing.
Love is the greatest of all healers, and finds its own way.
1 Judg. ix. 8.
2 Mark iv. 39.
3 Gen. i. 26.
4 Deut. vi. 4.
5 Gen. iv. 13.
6 Matt. x. S.
7 Matt. x. 19.
8 Luke vii. 7.
9 Matt. xvi. 23.
10 Mal. iii. 10.
11 Luke vi. 38.
OH, the inexpressible joy of vision! There is nothing higher or more satisfying. You shall know how to speak and heal in proportion as you live up to the highest within you.
Renunciation1 implies a complete and deliberate stand for truth, abandoning all else. It is the step which, once taken, opens up before you the Christ existence. It is not, as supposed, the giving up of2 wealth, position, and friends, to become poor and desolate; it is rather withdrawal from submission and obedience to the prince of3 this is world — the creation of mortal sense — that you may deliberately follow the Christ in4 every thought, renouncing all other rights over you. Thus renunciation becomes acquisition you lay down in order to5 take up, but with a great difference.
Hitherto life has seemed a vast arena, where some are winners and some losers, where all who can fight may win, where the battle is to the strong. In this great game of life man gives all to win all, that he may become greater than all; for him there is nothing beyond. This plane is of the senses. It is the plane of death and finality. The forces of the sense plane control him, and that which has happened to him is worse than death. It is the loss of individuality.
The spiritual man has failed to develop in that form, and must seek another. Thus the mortal has not become immortalized, and is known no more. This is true, and we tell it in order that you may understand the real meaning of the death of the sinner. The preservation of your individuality depends upon yourself — that you become the creation of God, a perfect man, a perfect woman, depends on your coming definitely to the place of renunciation,6 which is for you the beginning of life. I7 am come that you may have life, says Christ, and not death.
You possess nothing of the sense world. You are a spiritual being, sent out from God to do His work and will. The material plane is your place of action, and your work commences with the dawning consciousness of God. Your Scriptures are full of this teaching; Jesus has gone every step of the way for your guidance. There are pathfinders in your midst today. Follow ME,8 says Christ, and the spiritual and real man renounces all, to follow the King.
How we love your earth! How we long to lift you into true life, but the great and eternal law stands for ever. No man can walk along this path, till he has made the renunciation of his own will; by this choice man proves to man his right to divinity. To enter into truth, he renounces all that the world can give. You are on the spiritual plane to bring the kingdom of heaven into unity with earth, that we may all be one. Thus you see how important it is to live every moment in the only real. We hope to teach you much; as you enter in, you must be full of that confidence which is the offspring of truth.
At present you are to conquer9 the fleshly body, ruling in love, but always ruling. There is a beautiful work before you. Jesus said: "The Prince of this world cometh and hath nothing in M E." These were words of life and power. These may be your words too, so that nothing can touch you, hidden in God, doing His work and willing His will. You may reach the place where you no longer bear two voices, but one only — that of the living Christ.
1 Matt. x. 39.
2 Matt. xvi. 24.
3 John xiv. 30.
4 2 Cor. x. 5.
5 John x. 18.
6 Phil. iii. 7, 8.
7 John x. 10.
8 Luke ix. 59; John xxi. 22.
9 Rom. viii. 11.
WE have a glorious message for your plane, and our words are winged. They come with power and influence to all in need. You must have singleness1 of heart, and the consecrated life, to be the pure channel which God desires. Is it not worth while to voice the highest and to bear the light? Our message is for the world of pain and suffering, and for you, too; wholeness and perfection2 are God's intention. Our message will teach you how to attain. Every spiritual value must be desired3 must be lived. Our thought for you must become embodied, lived, manifested, expressed, to all men. The two conditions we ask, that we may teach you, are that you become willing and obedient. Your life shall help all you meet, cannot fall to do so, because you cannot grow without drawing others with you. This is God's perfect plan for the redemption of the whole.
The seed dies4 in order to live, and becomes hidden, that it may manifest from within. Out of darkness — light. Out of weakness — strength.
There is a wave of disturbance, a spiritual volcano, about to discharge itself on your earth. Be not dismayed; unrest and energy only prove that inherent life is at work. God's wheels must not clog. By all the wars and signs of the times, know5 that the Day of the Lord is at hand, your own Lord and Christ, the indwelling and potent Christ of God. Marvel not, ye6 must be born of water and of the spirit. This I may explain to you later. The7 keys of the Kingdom are in your hands. Out of chaos and confusion there will come peace and order to your earth. The wars of the nations are the birth pangs of a new era, and the consciousness of the race will be lifted by the pain and agony of the refiner's fire. In the hearts of those who have attained the Christ consciousness there will be rest and glorious hope, for they shall see the new dawn arising when Christ who is our light shall reign. His kingdom cometh for ever and ever.
1 Matt. v. 8.
2 Matt v. 48.
3 John xiii. 17.
4 1 Cor. xv. 36.
5 Matt xxiv.
6. 6 John iii. 5
7 Matt. xvi. 19.
WE were discussing the journey of spirit through matter and its goal. This knowledge is valuable to students at your stage of evolution. You have learned the truth of Being, your high calling,1 and some of the first steps in the great path. When a traveler is going into strange country he is sometimes brought to a seeming stop by huge tracts of forest land, tremendous rivers, and mountainous heights. The spiritual life has up to the present been one shared with others of like thought and habit as yourselves. Some of you are seeking farther on, and this means that you are called as Abraham was, alone2 and in faith. Only the called see the burning bush3 and hear the great I AM.4 One of the obstacles we want to help you to overcome is the mystery of the Incarnation, or, as we stated at the first — the journey of the spirit. To woman5 and to woman alone came this understanding, and it will be again revealed to the feminine in this new age. Woman is having her true place in revelation and prophecy, and to woman shall the great mystery be made known.
You have learned through previous lessons that there is perfect unity between God and man. This consciousness is slowly and surely dawning over the whole earth. Now, only by keeping this truth in mind can you comprehend our lesson. Even as God and man are one, so also there must of necessity be one only, and in this one is the all, manifesting through every channel. God is the two in one, of both natures, ever self-creative, and the ultimate end of our race is unity. All life was symbolized by the life of Jesus Christ in every particular. He came of the perfect unity of the two natures. Mary symbolizes this truth, and here we would say — lest any err by worship, or undue adoration of type or personality — that Mary was the body of flesh used for this holy manifestation, for the teaching of the world, and not because of her separate worth. Seeing that the outer self is a separation, it cannot be known as the complete Self.
The race is rising to a know ledge of the purity of God, the sinlessness and love, wherein is harmony, and some here and there are learning that the age of passion, desire, and lust is passing away. There is stealing over men's hearts the love-nature of God. It is through our love-nature that we learn the complete allness of God. He is making of the twain one flesh; this is the marriage of the two natures. Jesus Christ was born directly from the two in one — as He willingly chose to take up the life on earth, from the beginning. In every way He stands for our race-man. Yes, Jesus was6 God incarnate, and we7 shall be like Him. He was creative, His seed is in8 all, the holy child must first be born in you ere you can comprehend this mystery. Life is a spiritual essence. Birth is a spiritual fact, invisible at present to mortal eye. Jesus of Nazareth was God-Man, coming by the path of the one body of flesh.
Let us make quite clear that God has always9 been manifest in the world. The coming of Jesus was the symbol of the supreme wholeness and perfection of man by the Christ of God. Learn by this wondrous life the love of God and the great unity. I10 and the Father are one.
When you have risen out of your false belief in separateness, and know in your heart that God is ALL in ALL, then, and then only, will you glide out of the false consciousness of sin, suffering, and pain, leaving it like a worn-out garment, rising into purer life, renewed and regenerated.
Our next lesson will be "Mind, and its possibilities."
1 Phil. iii. 14.
2 Gen. xii. 1.
3 Ex. iii. 2.
4 Ex. iii. 14.
5 Luke i. 38.
6 1 Tim. iii. 16.
7 1 John iii. 2.
8 Gal. iv. 19.
9 Acts xiv. 17.
10 John x. 30.
EVERY condition of mind al ways brings about an outward manifestation even on the sense plane, and the separate self has power over its own environment. Thus, we will say, you think, you act, you become. Man is constantly clothing himself with1 his thoughts, but these truths are familiar to you, and I want to lead you to the higher possibilities of the mind that is supreme in truth; the only mind, the mind of2 Christ. The Psalmist, groping after this great truth, cries out: "Why art3 thou so heavy, O my soul? For I will yet praise Him Who is the health of my countenance and my God."
Around you are people in a condition of sickness, imperfection, and want, some of them Christians as regards the following of the personal Jesus, but they have not made the great discovery of the indwelling Lord. There is no state of ignorance too low for the renewal of life and health. Those who throw off the body prematurely are just as culpable as suicides, and ignorance is not counted as innocence, since the light is in4 all men — at some time or other the knowledge comes. I am speaking now only to readers of this book. You have no right to allow sin and death to reign in5 your mortal bodies.
The vital question for you is — How to become alive to the mind of Christ and dead to the mind of sense? Let me here say that you have passed from death into life spiritually, but your work is less than half done if you have not conquered death6 in your body of flesh
You have become clothed in the flesh that you may manifest God, and you have failed seriously if you allow anything to hide or blur the outer garment, which should manifest wholeness and love.
Now we come to the beginnings. You thought your body must suffer and die. Cease your thinking, and let Christ think. I am come that they might have full, rich, abundant life.7 Wherever Jesus went, disease dissolved into nothingness; at His touch wholeness8 sprang up. Your body should be willingly laid down when you have learned life's lessons, and when you are ready for the interior life. You will not escape the ills of the flesh even when you kill your present body, if you have failed to obtain your earth experience; for the soul has failed to use its faculties, to acquire, to obey some divine law, and therefore loses an opportunity to express divinity, the true purpose of incarnation. There is no finer school for this experience, which we set out to gain, than this earth life. We must enter into the Christ consciousness if we would express the body of wholeness.
Since the mind is the seat of pain, do you not see that unless you have the mind of Christ you cannot acquire it by freedom from the body of flesh only? It is more difficult to conquer on the plan e of spirit, in fact, you will long to come back. Just where you are is the place to learn; therefore we who love you come to help you at your present stage, not only for your sake, but in order that the great Self, of which we are a part, may not be ignorantly hidden.
Begin by opposing sense suggestion. You are not born to suffer and decay, but are here for a purpose. There is a reason for your place in the great plan of life, and no one else can do your work. Reject the suggestion that you have difficult circumstances, that your environment makes triumph impossible. These very conditions can be made steps of ascent; you can begin now to readjust your life. Every sense suggestion must be reasonably and carefully dealt with, not ignorantly denied, or it will crop up again and again. Therefore answer with patience and sweet reasonableness. You will find that this is the very opportunity for the higher Self to speak. Many9 join with us, as you read these words, in prayer and strong encouragement that you fail not. Begin as we suggest, in the simplest way, to realize that it is God10 that worketh in you to will and to do.
We hope to continue the teaching of the possibilities of mind in future lessons, and our next lesson will be "Personality." I am taking this subject because you must carefully and daily, even hourly, as you count time, follow the suggestions given, always remembering Christ in you, the Lord of all.
1 Prov. xxiii. 7.
2 Phil. ii. 5
3 Ps. xliii. 5
4 John i. 9.
5 Rom. vi. 12
6 Cor. xv. 26
7 John x. 10.
8 Matt. iv. 23
9 Heb. xii. 1.
10 2 Chron. xx. 17.
HUMANITY shrinks, and rightly go, from any thought of strangeness or loss, and any thought that occasions shrinking or pain should be quietly and peacefully dropped, without strife1 or resistance. I can tell you for a certainty that you will retain your personality just as long as you need it, and you will need it much longer yet. I am allowed to say to you that the meeting with your loved ones will be sweetly familiar, a great deal better than you can imagine, for they and you will be enriched by the love between you. Your loss is always gain. You can help them by your love and prayer, and they help you; think often of them. Bless them and become conscious of unity, which is a blessed reality. There is nothing untoward or strange; you are here just what you have made yourselves, and they who love you would not have you with them until you have finished. In fact, you are near them now, but the veil or covering is over you at present.
Love — Love — Love. This is a potent force. It would not meet the demands of your present nature to arrive suddenly at the end of being, since everything in God's plan is in perfect order. There must be gradual unfoldment and gentle awakening; even after the spirit ceases to need its personal form, it can always resume it at will. Paul,2 who was allowed to enter the interior realms, tells you that the inner man is3 renewed day by day in an identity peculiarly your own, and exactly resembling you as you appeared, except that you have added the spiritual qualities, refining and defining all the highest and best. This, too, is a covering or resurrection body, and it is clothed in4 white raiment to appear before mortal eyes.
As your Scriptures tell you repeatedly, the continuity of life is5 no more broken when the breath leaves the body than is the continuity of child life broken by the incident of birth. It is the means by which life is liberated, becoming more intense. Memory6 exists, although we have learned the power to dissolve into nothingness — this is true forgetfulness — all that is not of use. But I would have you know that you are greater than your form, that you have no limit, that you take limitations for purposes at present hidden from you, that true personality is not the fleshly form or a separate body, but, by reason of its greatness, is best manifested in part.
Paul, who had learned this mystery, tells you plainly that "the body is for the Lord, and the Lord7 for the body," therefore it is quite clear that the body or form is only a part of the great whole, the mystic body of Christ. Paul also had revealed to him the omnipresence of man, as he was present in spirit with the Church of Corinth while his body8 was visible in another place. Always bear in mind that to us there is neither time nor space.
I told you at the beginning that your Scriptures could reveal the highest, and you will find more and more that we only present to you in a new light the truth which was from the beginning, so that you may see life from higher standpoints, with renewed vision, new hopes, and moving in loftier spheres of thought and experience.
Now you begin to see that the Lord Christ possesses the body of flesh, through which you choose to manifest;9 and there is no reason why it should not readily respond, unless you yield to the great enemy, the false belief in separateness. This enemy is symbolized in the story of the Garden of Eden, the separation from God. The lower self would become even as the gods, though in the words — "Hear, O10 Israel, the Lord thy God is One Lord" — it was taught that we are one, that separate or outer forms never can finally overrule the One God. God requires perfection, therefore if we would rise to this consciousness we must begin with our lower self to bring it into obedience and subjection to the one Ruler, and as we do this we learn what our true personality is. We shall not accomplish this great purpose without constant watchfulness11 and wholeheartedness,12 giving all to gain all, ready at every turn to sacrifice the lower self, that we may become selfless and free.
1 Matt v. 39
2 2 Cor. xii. 2.
3 2 Cor. iv. 16.
4 John. xx. 12
5 2 Tim. i. 10
6 Luke xvi. 28
7 1 Cor. vi. 13
8 1 Cor. v. 3
9 1 Cor. iii. 16; 1 Cor. vi. 19.
10 1 Deut. vi. 4
11 Mark xiii. 37.
12 Mark xii. 30.
"Let him deny himself and follow Me"
HOW often we have to remind you of the truth you have already learnt! Spirit is the only substance; exactly as the sap is the true life of the tree, so also your spiritual being is the cause of your natural existence. You can never impart a truth until it has become alive within yourself. We have many things to tell you about the life here, but at present your highest good is to learn the truths best applicable to your present conditions.
When I speak of the wholeness of the race and the mystical body, I do not want to give you wrong ideas about your individual responsibility. Each member is a complete worker. What you see on the plane of the senses is to us shadowy, vague, and often meaningless. You are to make real, to create, to bring into existence, spiritual realities by living on the only real plane of life. This is to1 bring in the new heaven and the new earth. Your spiritual eyes will open gradually, not into an unfamiliar environment, but into an intensely real life, wherein dwelleth2 righteousness.
We are working all over the world in bands to establish true unity and brotherhood. We shall succeed if you will unite with us. Is it not worth while? True unity is not to separate heaven from earth, but to bring the kingdom of heaven on to earth. For this we labor and pray — watch and wait — and we shall never cease until the Lord Christ has come to His own, the Christ of God who spake with the lips of Jesus; the Christ of God who dwells within, the great deliverer of mankind from the bondage of sin, flesh, and the world of sense. For the Son of man must indeed be lifted up,3 and the false man of sense become as nought, that we all may be one — for Christ is God. Clearly you see the importance of denying self and following the voice and guidance of Christ!
In the morning of your day commence by cleansing your heart from within (the cleansing of the body follows as his shadow follows a man in the full sunshine). First cast out false thinking, prejudice, thoughts of sickness, fear and pain, by true reasoning and simple, childlike faith in God. As you rise, your thoughts should be of strength, love, a strong desire to bless. Now follows your prayer, a free and full consecration of all for good, that God only may be glorified, a prayer of steadfast assurance — Take no4 thought what ye shall eat or what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, the body than raiment. It is true that God will supply5 your every need. In all your thoughts and deeds, your intercourse with personalities, remember that you are on the plane of spirit, seeking first the6 kingdom of God, the only reality.
Oh, you are rich beyond human language! Leave your chamber "strong in7 the Lord and in the power of His might." Let your whole being join in the only true life-work — " That they8 all may be one."
Amen, Amen, Amen.
1 Rev. xxi. 1.
2 2 Peter iii. 13
3 John xii. 32
4 Matt. vi. 25
5 Phil. iv. 19
6 Matt. vi. 33
7 Eph. vi. 10
8 John xvii. 11.
BE1 of good courage, for all is well. God dwelleth in you, and this is the chief eternal truth.
I know you are progressing because already you can command right thoughts and dismiss inharmonious ones. Results will follow, and now you will learn discrimination. It is not given to all to be able to judge others, but content yourself, when tempted to judge, with praying for them, and as you evolve, your prayers will be fraught with beating, because you are learning to pray aright. Be of good courage. Evil is friendly and has a beneficent purpose. Main becomes God-like because be rises through and out of evil, just as the plants emerge from the soil. Every good is closely imitated in the false dream world, and one of the imitations is called selfishness. This is a divine instinct, and you cannot and should not uproot it, but learn always that these delusions of sense have behind them a truth of God. Let us discover the true and holy selfishness.
Man's first instinct is self-interest, self-protection. Even in spiritual things you are constantly seeking to acquire for yourself. You require healing of the body, a rich mind, a true life. This is a God-given instinct, and you are to get, but learn that to get is to give. The true law of giving is to benefit all and thus you bring good to your Self; which, remember, is the great and only Self.
Let us begin by a simple explanation. I use the language of earth that you may understand, for you know already that material things have no real existence, that your thought of them is their only reality. Do you desire health of body? Let us teach you how to obtain it, the true way. You begin at once to send out healing currents to some one in a lower condition than yourself, and immediately you have made a pathway by which your own shall come to you. Your first thought, I see, is, how can I heal when sick myself? The first time you try it, you will understand that the very effort of faith required is the beginning of your own healing, and the larger love going out to others doubles your own joy in the long run.
True2 getting is always by way of sacrifice. This is a simple thing to know, but it is the key to all true healing, of mind, body, or estate; for all you have truly given you will receive double, but you do not render to the Lord that which Costs3 you nothing. In the sight of God, no gift has been blessed to your own soul unless you have willingly given from your heart and blessed the gift by your love. You may have wealth untold, though unmanifest to mortal eye. A good practice each day is to bless and heal every one in the house. Begin at once, knowing only the great Self, remembering the need of all in the house. Your own Lord will reveal each need; be resolute, be positive, and, above all, full of hope and love. If the unseen become visible at such times, include them, only send out, give, give, give. I tell you that this is your real getting, your real healing.
The spirit reveals to you more and more. Do you not see that I am helping you to one of the richest positions; that you may become a center of healing; spirit, the pure flame, burning up the dross; the soul, the link, holding all the physical powers; and the body, showing the beauty4 of the Lord, the true beauty5 of Holiness.
Again I ask that you put these lessons into practice.
1 Ps. xxvii. 14
2 Acts xx. 35.
3 2 Sam. xxiv. 24
4 Ps. xc. 17.
5 1 Chron. xvi. 29.
YOU are spirit, soul, and body. The spirit, the innermost, is clothed upon by the soul. The body is the vehicle for manifestation. Your wholeness depends upon the one consciousness, and the active co- operation of soul and body. Knowing only Clod brings into operation hidden laws, at present unknown to you. You develop spiritual powers which have hitherto lain dormant, and your whole being begins to live. Hearing, seeing, touch, and the power to communicate belong to the soul; they are transmitted to a denser body for a divine purpose. The soul has great responsibilities, and everything depends upon her obedience to the Lord and Master, and to her transfer of spiritual desire to the outer body. Afore than this , by true living you send forth spiritual vibrations, currents of blessing and healing, and all are helped by your radiant and pure environment.
Every spiritual desire, expressed through the outer body, goes on and obeys a higher law; it is never lost. Never mind if you do not see results. I tell you the result of every noble thought expressed has far- reaching effects, and you w ill know one day that the faintest longing desire has been satisfied.
When you meditate or pray, it is the soul and not the body that opens to the spirit; mind wandering or lack of earnestness means that the brain is not co-operating with the soul. See to it that you are definite; and think, speak, act from the innermost of yourself. Your soul is your real identity. It is YOU.
The soul thinks, breathes, acts from the spirit, and should make perfect the outer body. Wherever this is not so, the soul has failed in its obedience to spirit. If this disobedience takes place, you will find that the passing out of the flesh does not mean that the soul will then function freely; for disuse of the spiritual medium means coma, arrested growth, sleep. Awake!1 thou that sleepest, Christ dwells within.
When you have ceased to need the body you will give back the atoms, purified and transmuted by the divine life. Do not repress life, but express it. There is nothing either in or out of the flesh that can hinder the disciple who is at one with the will of God.
1 Eph. v. 14.
HE soul has entered your present body that it may express God's meaning through this medium, also because the soul has need of certain experiences. The body, too, must be rightly valued, seeing that it exists for a divine purpose; but it is only of value when it takes its true place in the divine order. The soul is the sheath1 of the spirit, the clothing of man, who is for the time veiled in flesh.
Man becomes God-like only through experience and discipline. This can be understood in your present period of life by the comparison between an innocent, happy child and a happy, ripe old age; the one is ignorantly happy and the other has matured and unfolded through knowledge and suffering. Both are happy, but the difference is very great. Your present earth experience is the most beneficial state for your present healthy development.
The mind functions from the soul. Before man awakes to self-knowledge the sense mind has ruled. All the cells in your body have their centre, their mind; the gray matter of the brain is not the only centre for the sensation of mind. When ruled by the Christ mind they are flooded by the great intelligence in every part, each doing its work perfectly. But the soul of man awakes in a body that has formed a kingdom of its own, and a warfare begins. This is the very period of your life at which I would help you: we call it the transitional, and it is a time when you need all your faith and hope, for the body is so frequently unable to respond to the new king, and seems for a while to fail. Have faith : believe me, it is true that once you have passed this stage, you gain what you will never lose; you also rise into a higher cycle, and have opportunities for greater work.
It is at this very point that, from being the healthy, uncivilized man, you become the spiritually healthy God-Man. You fail perhaps to become your ideal at once, but you will surely win. Obey the highest within you, and never let the sense Mind rule you. For this reason I say that you cannot believe in what you see; you are conscious that you are about to manifest all things anew. This is a slow process, since false thinking has brought about false conditions. As an illustration, melancholy or depression causes acidity in the blood, and can only be cast out by its opposite — joy or hope. Remedies from without can do good for a time only. The inner man2 should be daily renewed by spirit, the one reality. It is not meet that the last should be first. Spirit rules. Love and harmony should prevail, not warfare and strife. Teach the body that its highest good is obedience to its Lord. Now you know enough to be able to say — Christ reigns in me.
Rise in harmony — spirit, soul, and body reaching the eternal consciousness, which is unchanging, holy. You have learned that this is not the case with the lower self; the Sense mind being changeful, evanescent, susceptible to other influences, other minds. Now you are wholeness, true health and unchanging thought. This is the path to unity with the two worlds; Christ in you, bringing life and3 immortality to light. You will receive the inner illumination. You are learning what a glorious thing your unfoldment is, warmed in to growth by the interior sun. The soul has a real work to do in your body through the mind of Christ. Rejoice that you have burst the outer covering of the seed, that by an immutable law you must rise.
Sit in silence, and slowly repeat the Lord's Prayer. Its spiritual meaning will arise in you. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory. Amen. Amen. Amen.
1 Dan. vii. 15, margin
2 2 Cor. iv. 16
3 2 Tim. i. 10.
I SHOULD like to continue our discussion on the soul, for I rejoice to know that you realize the spiritual world to be here. You will live in it more and more, learning that spirit is true substance, and that you function truly from your luminous body, holding within yourself all you need.
Wherever you see beauty, truth, or goodness, it is God finding expression, and you will see them where you least expect when dwelling on the spiritual plane, and much that seems to the natural eye good, beautiful, and true you will prove to be false imitations of the real. Music, art, poetry are expressions of God. All genius is God revealing Himself ; by the very revelation, the soul refines the outer body, which should be as clay in the hands of the potter.1
All states of existence, now, and in the future, are determined by the inner life and its expression. It is not enough to know that you possess the indwelling power to become the eternal Christ. Your real work, like that of Jesus, is to express2 God. Your environment is the outcome of your mind and thought. Heaven and hell are states of existence you make for yourself here and now. Your fall away from truth is caused by the soul's separation from God's thought, and by following the false self-consciousness. Listen to your own Lord and Christ, who brings deliverance3 to the captive and sight to the blind, who redeemeth thy life from destruction.4
The seven creative days are experiences within yourself. God speaks the word of power when He says, "Let there be light,5 and the light shineth from within." The dividing of the6 waters is the separation of the divine and the human, the firmament, symbolizing the Heavenly-Divine, and the seas the Earthly-Human.
The separation of sea and land means the first state of receptivity, to express clearly that land (mind) is free and awaiting God's manifestation. And God said, Let the earth7 (mind) bring forth, and God says within you, to your soul: bring forth, manifest, express My thought.
Then you read: God gave the two lights, the 8 greater and the lesser. These symbolize the lights of the two understandings — human and divine. The seas are9 fruitful on the fifth day, t hus proving the creativeness of mind and the birth of ideas . Then we read of larger growth, larger idea, till we come finally to ourselves man in the image of God,10 God's idea. You have not entered into the seventh period yet.11 It is one of great delight and triumph. Read this for yourselves with the spiritual understanding.
Each soul makes its own Heaven, and there is a sense in which each created being augments Heaven by its own created environment. By your rebirth into the spiritual kingdom, Heaven itself becomes greater. In this sense you can understand better what I mean when I tell you that all are benefited by one, because you are a part of all. I use the language of earth, but you have spiritual discernment12 We can never find true language to express Heaven and God, since the first is a state of consciousness, and the second infinity.
I have given you these three lessons on the one subject, as it is good for you to live according to divine and spiritual law. With all thy getting, get13 wisdom. When the soul sees and knows, life appears orderly, and the body of flesh sensibly obedient. Be14 patient; much more shall be revealed. The kingdom of heaven is open to all believers.
Love, Peace, Joy.
1 Jer. xviii. 6
2 John xiv. 9.
3 Luke iv. A
4 Ps. ciii. 4
5 Gen. i. 3
6 Gen. i. 6, 7
7 Gen. i. 11.
8 Gen. i. 16.
9 Gen. i. 20
10 Gen. i. 26
11 Gen. ii. 2
12 1 Cor. ii. 14.
13 Prov. iv. 7
14 Jas. v. 7, 8.
I WANT to unfold to your understanding something of the meaning of God immanent and God transcendent. God and man are not separated, and never have been.1 After our lesson on the mind and soul you are quite aware of the oneness and unity of life. You are in every living thing. You are round about everything that is. You cannot separate yourself from anything that lives, moves, and has its being. You are in the rock, the crystal in every bud and twig, in all places at all times. You have always been. The sense of separateness is false understanding, and brings only confusion of mind.
Is not this feeling of unity more than a relation to God? Is it not the One speaking and breathing through all forms — all Creation — the creator and the created? How sayest thou: "Show us the Father?" "He that hath seen Me, hath seen the Father."2 Oh, priceless truth, now our privilege and joy to enter into! "I and3 the Father are one."
How are we going to live, so that this knowledge may be used for all? You dwell in the uttermost parts of the earth, you have your responsibility there, here, and everywhere. You are not without a witness, and you know nothing but the one good, one will, not a union of spirit with parent spirit, but an at-one-ment. Knowing only one Lord — one God — one Christ — this is not a mystery to you any longer. The race is unfolding, and you are unfolding; and just as you yield to truth and love, so all are helped. I cannot put this too strongly, for in it is the answer to all the seeming mystery of pain and the sorrows of life. Surely4 He hath borne our grief and carried our sorrows, and is doing this even now.
Will you reverently consider why you seem to be a limited part? Is it not because you have looked upon God as apart from yourself, thought of the indwelling Christ as Jesus of Nazareth? Do you not see for yourself how childlike has been your understanding? Your dependence upon some one, something, proved your childlike consciousness; and even as a child learns to say: I am myself, so will the whole human race say, as we now say together: I in you and you in Me. I am Myself. This understanding is putting Christ on the throne, lifting Him to where He deals with error and sin as a thing outside Himself. The truth dawns, and the inner Christ reveals to man his birthright, his true power, and henceforth he becomes one with, for and through all. Think for a moment how you dishonor Jesus as teacher if you hold Him responsible for the forgiveness of your ignorance. Hath He not said: All that5 the Father hath is yours, is mine? He hath also given you the key, the power of appropriation by faith.
1 John xvii. 21
2 John xiv. 9.
3 John x. 30.
4 Isa. liii. 4.
5 Luke xv. 31; John xvi. 15; 1 Cor. iii. 21; Matt. xxviii. 18; Luke x. 19.
KEEP in mind the previous chapter, and you will be led back to it and find that all your life is going to teach you that the God-Man Christ is all in all. This truth has to be made one with the outermost limits of creation, just as a leaf learns by drawing from its source its oneness — more than unity — with the tree. There is a condition of consciousness in everything that lives. The real you knows everything about itself, but the leaf or seeming unit can only learn slowly, by its life of dependence and unfoldment, its own place and meaning. Every atom contains the whole. The whole of God is in the blade of grass. Try to banish the thought of distance or space, and know that what you see contains within it its true life; the thought is within every expression.
Your first and lowest consciousness of life was movement. Your highest is love. The seed thought is always hidden within every phase of life through which you merge; it moves, quickens, and brings forth seed (thought). This is true of all creation. Your first movement was in secret,1 yea, in the lowest parts of the earth. This is symbolized in every physical birth; the whole of creation is manifest to the seer. The truths of life are simple and open. I do not wish to cause you vain speculation, but we desire to be of real practical use to you at the stage of unfoldment where you now are. However low in the scale of evolution — that is, spiritual evolution — a soul is, it can be perfect of its kind, and should be free from sin, sickness, and death. This is our glorious message for you. We would have you know yourselves. Get back to the cause.
Why are people suffering and sinful? Because they willingly choose to dwell in a divided consciousness of good and evil. Whoever for even a second has seen that there is2 no evil, has passed from death to life. He has entered the Heaven of Heavens, he has seen God. The Fall is a thing of the present. It is a false understanding.
Why have we tolerated this consciousness, seeing that God cannot fail? The real you has never tolerated it. There is only one consciousness really; it is deep within yourself all the time; it always has been, and now is around you; and because of it and its livingness you are shaking off the shadow of ignorance — a condition of growth — and rising into pure being. In the great process you will know that sin and ignorance are less than the morning mists now being dispelled by the inner sun, the fire of the love-life. To become aware, while in the shadow, of the reality of this one true life is the solution of everything, for with this true understanding you must know that all is well for ever. That you are one with this movement means that you are emerging into fullness and freedom. See how it is lifting the whole race! We see its potent healing power everywhere; we rejoice with you. You are entering into the kingdom of life and light. Death and sin are conquered now and for ever.
In our next lesson we will discuss the way of ascent from your present condition.
Peace and joy and the sweet fellowship of the heavenly host be yours, as you consider these truths.
Nothing is impossible to him that believeth.
1 Ps. cxxxix. 15.
2 Isa. xxxiii. 15.
HE question may be asked: Why are so many people still in bondage even with this knowledge? We are in earnest, and are willing to be and do what we can. It is good for you to give your heart to the understanding of wisdom. Knowledge is not understanding. To know God we must be God-like. Because we long for perfection, we are already at its beginnings. Do not regard any of these things as distant or outside yourselves: that is the spirit of separateness. Let us meet the seeming difficulties together, the weights and hindrances of Your everyday life, for the truth will1 set you free.
Many of you seem to be in bondage to the climate, to lack of beat or to unevenness of temperature. Your bodies are subject to many influences. I too suffered in this way, and I would gladly help you with my experience. How could I understand that what I needed was within? I thought it necessary to be warmly clad, to avoid chill, and to take food to sustain life. Ah! if I could only show you for a minute a spiritual being who has passed this stage, you would know beyond all doubt that Christ is the2 bread of life, the true daily bread, nourishing both soul and body, able to supply your every need.
As you awake in the morning you look outside and see cold; now you both see and feel cold. You must see before you feel a truth or a falsehood; this is a law. We shall straightway begin to reverse the order. You will look within and see only God, you will feel and understand God. Your feeblest effort in this direction must have its reward.
Read this truth into every detail of the day, and live in the assurance that God cannot fail. See reality, God, behind every shadow. As you go into the outer, cast out fear. Be not anxious, and the very elements will be at one with you. This is the rule of the spiritual. Your whole supply for every need is within yourself. The day is at hand when man, on the earth, will be a true spiritual being. Even now you have expressed yourself in the present phase, and the God-Man is seeking a higher form of manifestation; but all must co-operate, and you are learning the laws of the spiritual kingdom for this end, that sorrow and sighing3 may flee away, that the sons and daughters of God may hunger no4 more. Your responsibility is great, but your work is for eternity. Do not lose heart. Be of good courage. The work may seem slow, but God is in it. The result in yourself will be first a sense of command, and later you will smile at your old fears and limitations, for you will be at home and at rest in any climate or circumstance.
Do you not see for yourself how your thought has been concerned with your dependence upon material warmth, food, and sustenance? Later you will put these in their true place, and life will open out its treasure.5 At present your whole time and thought are given to caring for the daily outer life. Think what the spiritual being with its higher faculties could enter into if you gave half as much time and thought to the true life!
Live simply. Take no anxious thought for the things of today. Let the dead bury6 their dead. Follow M E. I am within.
1 John viii. 32
2 John vi. 35
3 Isa. xxxv. 10.
4 Rev. vii. 16.
5 Deut. xxviii. 12.
6 Matt. viii. 22.
THE day of the Lord is at hand, is here. Truly the Lord Christ has come in great glory. The signs are in earth and sky. Lift up your heads. The King of1 glory has come in. This is the wonder, the silence of this new birth.
What does it mean for you? The consciousness of Christ is dawning in every lowly heart. The supreme man Christ is on the throne, and darkness is2 under His feet. God tells this blessed secret to the dwellers in the innermost, that they may carry the tidings to the very outermost. The Lord our God is One Lord, even Christ. There is something for you to do in this work, but all good, all knowledge is within oneself. The real need for help is great. We see souls imprisoned in limitations, thirsting for living waters. My people would die for lack3 of understanding. Man is divine, and God is ever in the midst.
Your true consciousness is the knowledge that One and One only fills all4 space. When you silently think of this you will know that in this understanding, in this continual realization, true freedom lies. You will cast off everything alien to this; nay, you will transmute the very sins and ignorances into the pure gold and wealth of life. These must be the healing of the self by the Self, the forgiveness, the whole redemption from your Christ, your indwelling Lo rd. You are in all and through all, in every place, since hidden within yourself is the centre of all worlds.
As you write these words we are near you, and many would like to come back and tell you the glorious news, to open your eyes that you may see in very truth — "There am I in the midst." So far you have understood clearly the one Self of all, when you have looked within, but now we will try to look out upon seemingly separate personalities and still see the One only. To recognize the one Lord in all is to lift them into the consciousness of the Christ, and this is just what the spiritually taught are doing. You must each do your part where you are.
Help souls to cast out fear. Fear is one of your foes. In one way or another you allow this false condition to cloud your vision and drag down your spirits. Get rid of6 fear for yourself and for others. There is absolutely nothing to fear. The indwelling Christ is Lord supreme.
Remind yourself constantly of your true nature. Declare that the light dispels darkness, and see this law in action. I no longer,7 but Christ the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. See what this little enemy fear has done, a very fox, spoiling8 the vine. In your immediate environment, the body, fear affects its circulation, digestion, and gastric juices. I only use these words so that we may swiftly ascend to a higher plane. Fear not. There is none other9 God but ME.
Once rid the race of fear; and love, joy, peace, would spring up. Now this must positively be done in each one of you. In fact, the universe has been conquered when you have won. Your own Christ has conquered sin and death.
Face life and circumstances with the certainty of the I AM with you and in you. Only thus will you honor God. Try from this moment to forget the small you, false and shadowy, and cast it off for ever. Here I would say that only love is Lord. You can fill the whole mentality with love thoughts, so making a rich soil for the growth of good. You have nothing to fear. You are in God and God is in you.
Cleanse10 your hearts, and not your garments From within must the true forgiveness arise, and not from without. Be clean every whit, whole and perfect. Be positive; know that you must make your circumstances, and not wait for events and then act. You are blind and miserable till your inner eyes, "the eyes of 11 the understanding, are opened." "It is high time to awake Out of12 sleep." Use these God-given powers for the good of every one. There is nothing outside God. God and man are one. Confidence and trust are13 the antidotes for anxiety and fear.
1 Ps. xxiv.
2 Ps. xviii. 9
3 Hos. iv. 6.
4 Jer. xxiii. 24
5 Matt. xviii. 20
6 1 John Iv. 18
7 Gal. ii. 20.
8 Song ii. 15
9 Isa. xlv
10 Joel ii. 13
11 Eph. i. 18; Job xxxii. 8; Prov. xx. 27
12 Rom. xiii. 11
13 Isa. xxxii. 17, xxx. 15.
WHAT a long time it takes us to understand the will of God!
You often use the phrase, "I have made up my mind." This has a great deal of meaning, if you pause to consider it, for in that very process you begin to bring into manifestation the desire of the mind. Thus you say: "I see a wrong condition in my mind, my mentality, my circumstances; I will make up my mind, this shall not be." You mentally set in motion the forces of the universe, seen and unseen, to accomplish your will.
You see, it is impossible to live carelessly or lightly on the spiritual plane, and these lessons would be of no use to any one who has not been aroused to true spiritual consciousness, the consciousness of the divine humanity, the I A M. How can the will of God be expressed except through life, through humanity, in the hearts and minds of beings who exist in Himself? There. fore know that the will of God is operative in yourself.
Then how is it that the things we will and desire do not come to us, you may ask.
Because deep down in all your desires, thoughts, and purposes there is an undercurrent, as it were, the thought within the thought, the desire within the desire, and what you most truly desire is always at the root of all your fleeting impressions and moods of the moment. Have you not often felt that the very thing you desire is not for your eternal good? Well, that very glimmer, that faint suggestion, is from the self of you that is making your life. You know within yourself the very quality, the very experiences best suited for your highest good. Once you give full play to this subtle suggestion behind1 all your thinking, you are one with the will of God, which is your own will. This is the voice of the spirit, heed its whisperings. Do not sin against the Holy Ghost, or you will lose eye and ear and become blind and deaf. On the plane of the senses this is most disastrous, because you are just where you are to do the will of God. It is your meat and2 drink. So delicate and so subtle is this holy inner voice that you must be very quiet and meek, if you would hear3 it. Let Jesus speak to you again and again, read the Gospels until you are led more and more to remove the veil which hides you from your true self. I have only answered your question, but hope to speak to you again on this subject.
Peace, Heavenly Grace. God lives in you, He is your life.
1 Isa. xxx. 21
2 John iv. 34.
3 Ps. xxv. 2.
THERE really is no such thing as space. For you, as for us, the spiritual law of attraction operates, but your consciousness of limitation, of distance, makes you blind and deaf to a great extent. At a later period of your unfoldment, to desire is to possess. Thus, if we wish to see you, our thought is a vital force, we are in your actual presence immediately, we are so close to you. Thought is so potent, so swift; every thought of ours becomes an outward expression; although you may not see it, you cannot think without a result. Be very careful that you think from the spiritual plane. The phenomena of time and sense are like children's toys to us. They will be discarded as you dwell in the higher consciousness. What divides us now is simply and only that you are not dwelling in, not breathing, seeing, hearing from the spiritual plane. Every effort to rise helps another; but see to it that you are watchful, vigilant, purposeful, and loving.
You partake of the inflow and outflow of the breath of God. This is best described as waves, impelled by an irresistible law, and your whole planet is continually being swept over by this mighty healing breath. I am explaining this for purposes of healing, and hope to explain later that there are periods of outflow and recall. We wish you to breathe forth your healing currents in unison with the almighty good. Your co-operation is necessary for individual needs.
Noon and sunrise are good times for raising conditions of false consciousness into the great One, especially the conditions known to you as feverish and nervous, or the consciousness of weakness. Other cases I hope to explain as I see you coming into contact; but previous to the expression of your desire for the healing of the body and a change of circumstances, breathe out a strong positive assurance of mans unity with God. Your highest good is to banish the idea of separation from God.
Bands of us are striving to influence men and women to free your land of asylums, reformatories, prisons, and similar places. Their inmates could be helped and healed so much more easily if they could be brought in contact with t hose who have learned the great truths we come to teach. We do not give these lessons for any other reason than to help your world, which we love. We hope to be of practical use in freeing your world from suffering, which is caused by ignorance. By this we do not mean that you escape discipline, but how can you begin to learn your real purpose for being if you are in bondage to false conditions? God did not purpose that your life should be spent in overcoming false conditions. He has a magnificent purpose, a part for you to take in His work.
God bless you and keep you alive unto Himself and dead to sin. Amen.
IT is the silent, creative great One, dwelling in the abyss of each, in whom we live and have our being. I am being taken within the centre of life. Again I am in the centre of power, but this time I remember that I have always been. The process of creation is always present, it is not a past series of events. There is no sense of past or future, but of a continuous present. I have already described the great, silent energy and the lack of color and sound when in the centre, but this time the desire of life is upon me, the sense of lack. I desire beauty and color. I am the positive one, and the virility and strength of the atmosphere around me lacks its opposite.
With the desire I will, and soon the will, which is the producer, directs my forces . There is a new power about me. I am surrounded by a great are of light, and I become conscious of a heart within myself. I love, I will! The are, which was of a varying shade of gold, slowly becomes roseate and glowing; the electrons of light are no longer colorless, but softened and shaded by pink. Love expresses the beautiful in color. I am answered in myself. I am both positive and negative, male and female; and out of this consciousness, beauty of form and shade seem born; yet as I write this I know that perfection has always been, though I bring it into evidence by my will and desire. Colors surround me, and millions of shades seem to evolve from three — red, blue, and yellow. They harmonize and blend, and the place seems full of sound and form. I have desired, I have willed. The colors emit the sound, and soon I see the forms of flowers. These colors cannot be seen on the physical plane, though they are full of light and breath. As you see, this is extremely difficult to describe, as also for you to imagine, but the colors breathe and live, and are inter-related to sound and form. There seems no division between the moving shades and the appearance of elegant and delightful shapes. Truly I am in a place of beauty, which is born out of the two in one. There is a sense of completeness, a harmony of many parts. The great energy is softened by beauty, and love is the breath of this life.
The teacher speaks. You could not bear this for long, and the meaning will unfold to you. One single drop of dew contains what you have seen with the eye of the soul. The Creator is in the atom. Yes, truly, the whole of God is in the blade of grass. By this know that space is a meaningless word on the true plane of being.
Everything is in the universal soul; the Christ mind alone comprehends. The one Self is creative, having both natures.
In heaven there is neither marrying nor giving in marriage. This is the highest consciousness of Christ.
I WANT to tell you how real, how true it is, that nothing exists outside God, and I can best help you by the description of an experience of my own. Life both here and there is a constant unfoldment, always fresh, a continual revelation.
I have already told you of my entrance into the spiritual world, and now ma y I speak of one of my steps into a greater fullness of God, into life more abundant? I had learnt many things, the spiritual faculties were quickened, and I was always learning that our especial need is to have greater capacities for God, to do as Paul says continually — "Yield1 yourselves unto God." It was most wonderful to discover that my thought instantly produced an outer environment; in fact, my thought came into being at once. For instance, I desire quiet for meditation — I am instantly in a grove and all is stillness, inviting repose. I think music — and at once I hear sublimest strains, ravishing and melodious. I am satisfied — the music gently ceases. Truly, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, all that awaits us when we are in God. I desire to help, and I am sent to people who are climbing up; and oh! the joy of helping them to their own. This is my longing desire for you. Be ye holy2 (healthy), for I am holy (healthy), says God. Happiness and health and all good is God. There is no secret initiation, no mystery in God. You only need the heart of the child to3 enter the kingdom. It is true in a beautiful sense that there is nothing hidden which shall not be revealed. All things are open and are yours. You are not always able to understand because you are not sufficiently evolved; but never forget that all is yours, for ye are God's.
Even this exquisite joy around me, even the knowledge that my thought made me, did not seem enough, and I longed intensely4 for God above all else, until I realized that nothing but the Infinite could satisfy me. This thought, this desire, was not answered in the usual way, but one of the shining ones who go in and out among us stood beside me and said, "Are you ready for the cleansing waters? Your prayer is heard." At the same time the spirit within repeated the familiar words: "Ye shall5 surely find ME." "Yes, yes," I said, "all for God," and I fell on my knees in an attitude of prayer. Then began the cleansing by the waters from the River of God. From within there arose a cleansing stream, that made me aware of its workings in my heart. My limitations must go. I, who thought I possessed relatives, friends, home, must learn that God must enlarge my heart with greater loves, more friendships.
There are no limitations where God is, no claiming of personalities. God is all. The waters were bitter, but you must do this for the great gain. Your ideas and thoughts are not God's thought s, nor are your ways God's ways.6
Ah, it is true, and it will be your eternal good to know this now. Everything that seemed peculiarly my own was simply swept away until I was as nothing, and longing only for God. The Angel spake again with great love and tenderness — "Thou shalt know thyself by this test: art thou content to be nothing, and know nothing?" With great faltering I answered "Yes." The reply came, "Know God, and thou shalt B E." I think there was a long time of quiet. I seemed to become conscious of fresh surroundings. I seemed in the centre of the worlds, in a place of strength; I was conscious of the heart of love, far above my understanding — the rest and comfort of a great strength, and yet I suppose the best description for you is that I seemed in the atmosphere of God — knowing nothing but God — wanting nothing but good; and yet aware that it would take me eons to understand, to know and grow in this heavenly consciousness. Soon I saw our earth, I saw the blindness of men; though dwelling in this wondrous love they were content to live in shadow, in pain. "Lord, I must go to them, I must tell them," I thought. The voice of the Spirit spoke within — " I7 am God, and beside me there is none else." "Amen, Amen, Amen," I answered.
To dwell consciously in God is to inbreathe and out breathe harmony and love. I am without limits, I revel in freedom, I cannot think sin, sickness, or death except to remove them; they have become to me less than vapor. God is all in all, and no one can be outside God. Even your very stones and rocks are interpenetrated by the God-life. "Awake, thou that sleepest, arise from the dead"; "Christ is8 the light of the world." Oh for a thousand voices to proclaim the truth that nothing is but God! Rise out of your false, shadowy consciousness and mount into the consciousness of love. "Truly He maketh my9 feet like hinds' feet." I know that in me the Christ has ascended to His Father; henceforth "the Father and I are one." In me the Trinity of the Three are one, and yet three.
Spirit is substance, nothing can be real except God; but joy of joys, as I met relatives, friends, and dear ones, I knew, how more than ever they were mine beyond thought of loss or separation! All I had lost was the fear of losing. God's thought is the only reality; the world is God's thought. You are yet to learn that all realities are in God's thought. You are to express them. Rise, dear heart, and take your place with us, that you may know God only, just where you are. Love never10 faileth. Begin now. This is the true way to bring in light and love, conquering death by the sacrifice of the body of sense, to rise in newness11 of life.
I will come again. I have to ld you of this experience only to help. I would not have done so unless you were able to apprehend it. It will be meaningless to the seekers of wonders and signs.
You must let self utterly melt away in order that Christ may come to His own.
1 Rom. vi. 13.
2 Lev. xix. 2.
3 Mark x. 15.
4 Ps. xlii. 1.
5 Jer. xxix. 13.
6 Isa. lv. 8.
7 Isa. xlv. 18.
8 John viii. 12.
9 Hab. M. 19.
10 1 Cor. xiii. 8.
11 Rom vi. 4.
AS you unfold in the consciousness of God, many inexplicable things become clear. One is the purifying process of pain. It is safer and grander to suffer, because, rightly viewed, it is sure to perfect the soul. Have you not sometimes felt the shallowness and the emptiness of joy? I tell you it is impossible to know true joy — the heights of joy — until you have known corresponding depths of pain. This is the process called "the refiner's fire."1 It is cleansing; it is good, and not evil. True joy — the joy of Heaven — should saturate the whole being, and touch the inner consciousness with a sense of its eternity, its everlastingness; and the suffering2 has prepared a place that joy may enter in. Learn the wisdom in these words — As sorrowful, yet3 always rejoicing." Now I would show you the difference between necessary suffering and useless pain, which is disorder; likewise between true joy and transient false joy. Divine humanity can attain the throne of the universe only by the way of the Cross. This is the way of sacrifice. Do not too hurried ly dismiss the pearl in the old orthodox teaching, it served its day and generation most efficiently. When ma n thought of himself as a separate and outside unit, only this teaching could help his unfoldment, so thank God for the ladder of dead creeds — dead selves. But now the divine Man is arising; He has burst the old4 bottles; the new wine of life cries out for space and freedom, as the sap does in the tree. Beware, for here is your danger; the suffering begins, which shall make the path by cleansing and burning up all that hinders the uprising of the divine in earth, air, and sea. The Son of God is come, and your very experiences of pain and suffering are the heralds of His approach.
There is much more to be revealed to you, but we leave these messages with you to help you to live and express the highest within you, knowing that Christ will perfect that which concerneth Him, and ye are Christ's, and Christ is God's.
1 Mal. iii. 2.
2 Isa. ix. 2, 3
3 2 Cor. vi. 10
4 Matt. ix. 17. Rev. xii. 10.