Lesson VII Page 45
TEXT: “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit, after its kind, whose seed is in itself.” Gen. 1:11
TEXT: “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The Kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of the Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign forever and forever. And the four elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces.” Rev. 11: 15-16
TEXT: “Bring forth, therefore, fruits meet for repentance.” Matt. 3:8
The seventh lesson is always Inheritance.
Inheritance is offspring. Offspring is fruits.
The first lesson of John, the forerunner of Jesus was, Repentance.
The first lesson of Jesus was, Repentance.
The seventh lesson or principle is always the product principle.
What have the Mahatmas brought forth by their religious or philosophical system of thought after so many thousands of years of announcement?
What has Christianity brought forth after two thousand years of announcement?
The day when the judgement of man is called to face the products of philosophy or religion or science, is the day when the seventh angel is sounding.
The twelve elders on the right hand of the throne of thy “I AM” are the twelve law lessons of Moses. They are strong right arm of the law that terrifies with its rigors. They tell thee that he that taketh the sword must perish by the sword. This was the patience and faith of the saints. All the saints of old believed terribly in the law. The twelve elders on the left of the throne of thy “I AM” are the twelve unlawful lessons of Christ, or the gospel twelve unlawful lessons of Christ, or the gospel twelve, wherein they sins are blotted out and no matter what thy life hath been, it is nothing. Christ Jesus is the gospel of discovering that what was already ordained for man is already here, and that which was ordained
for him was from the beginning, his own independent, shining soul.
The twelve law lessons are plainly put before us in those Spiritual Science lessons which are called Introductory. The twelve gospel lessons are plainly put in the Spiritual Science lessons which are called Esoteric.
They both fall down when the “I AM’ announces itself.
Moses was addressing every department of action. If there is any one principle of thought or conduct to which you have married yourself, you will see s day when the fruits of that marriage will be visible.
Seneca, the Stoic philosopher, urged doing good and thinking nobly without regard to fruits. He did not marry himself to his principle, however, and amassed immense wealth by bribery and defrauding the poor.
Jesus taught that the seeking God first and foremost would be apparent. You could not avoid detecting the actual marriage of your mind to your principles. Whatever line a man works on, he sees the result somewhere, sometime, somehow. “They have their reward” Matthew 6: 2
Each tree and herb after its kind, bringeth its fruit, for its seed is in itself. Thus wrote Moses.
If a mind has been attending to outward, material, or even intellectual performances, it has been neglecting its Soul fact. To turn and attend entirely to the Soul fact, is to repent. Jesus and John urged attention to the Soul as the Supreme business of man.
This attention must exhibit in beautiful environments, noble conduct, pure speech, and daily probity. It is said of Lord Melbourne that he hated sermons which even hinted that a man’s religion and his private daily life were in any way related, while Gladstone complains that sermons do not lay stress enough upon connection between religious principles and daily conduct. Jesus insisted that certain signs would indicate those who kept his sayings. Their conduct would be noble, gentle,healing, uplifting, generous, unoffending. The fruits of the marriage to thy Soul will be the manifestation of Jesus Christ powers, Jesus Christ wisdom, Jesus Christ beauty, Jesus Christ majesty, Jesus Christ authority.
Marriage to thy Soul was the subject of the first lesson. Its name was the Word. It has through the centuries been called The Lost Word, because neither by the law lessons of
Moses nor the freedom lessons of Jesus has thine own Lost Word been found.
John talks of revealing it. He shows that something like dropping all lessons is the only way for thy hidden One, the Lord God Almighty of thy being, to be seen on its throne. Thou hast a majestic Authority over the whole universe. Sitting still in thy chamber, thy thoughts being in thy management, thou wilt see thy world all easy to conquer. Marriage to the own Authority is what Jesus Christ illustrated. He stood among the multitudes and commanded leprosy to depart. He commanded the winds and the sea. He commandeth life to appear and death to abscond. They all obeyed Him.
Some contend that there never was any historic Jesus Christ. This does not matter. If the Jesus Christ principle is within us all, it is the one for us to marry unto. “Acquaint now thyself with Me and be at peace” Job 22:21
The man who lives and thinks and talks on the material plane will interpret marriage and bringing forth as material performances. The man who lives and talks and thinks on the intellectual plane will interpret marriage and bringing forth as the sympathy and union of congenial minds. Both are very far from the Jesus Christ type and signification. “In heaven they neither marry nor are given in marriage” Mark 12:25 Yet He speaks of the marriage of the Lamb. Rev. 21:9
The attention of thy whole mind and all thy senses towards the Jesus Christ point in thyself, is thy marriage. This is the only marriage that is real. The rest rest are all symbols, shadows, dreams, unrealities, phantasmagorias. They may interest thee and claim great attention from thee, but their fruitage is plain to be seen in the fullness of time. Thou becomest a wailing old fool. Not even an Emerson, a Bucher, a Beaconfield, could escape disclosing to the world to what he had been married.
The Jesus Christ in thyself is Authority over the rot of old age, wrinkles, gray hair, feebleness, fear, competition, child-bearing, school training, warfare, stealing, murder, preaching, missioning, temperance howling, eating drinking, sleeping. These all obey thine immortal Jesus Christ One at thy cent, forever on the throne of Authority within thine own being. Knowest thou thy Lord?
David caught one glad sight of his own headquarters – of his own throne. He sang: “God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave” Ps. 49:15
The Soul is thy one name. God is thy one name. Understanding is thy one name. Mind is thy one name. God is a name
that David said had power to show thee as an authority over death.
A woman in great affliction breathed her whole being full of the Name, God. Suddenly, as by an invisible hand, those afflictions fell away. She reaped the fruits in an instant. The fruits of what? The fruits of attention with all her being so far as she had got accustomed to enlivening it, to the Divine. She looked not to man, to woman, to things, for help; she looked to God. It is not written, “Call thou upon John Alden in the day of thine adversity and he will deliver thee.” It is written, “Call thou upon Me in the day of adversity, and I will deliver thee.”
The Divinity, the God, the Soul, the Sight, the Understanding, the Firm Mind, the Jesus Christ Point, hath its everlasting throne in thyself.
Coomra Sami tols the German traveler that no books, no teachers, no investigations in any direction would disclose to any man what he wanted to know. He would never know, he could never know, anything except by learning from his own soul’s wondrous pages, wondrous beams.
The fruits of one glance at thine own central fire are soon seen.
Mary saw once. She brought forth Jesus. All other bringing forth is sham – it never took place in reality. Thus it is easy to tell a man who thinks he inherited sores from fathers and mothers in flesh, that he had in reality only One to inherit anything from, and that One is God. Matt. 23:9
This puts all the elders to one side. They fall on their faces. All the old religions fall down under this principle. Only the limpid splendor of the undescribed Soul, the Lord God Almighty of thy being, is left. Rev. 1: 16-17.
Now, it is seen by this principle how it is not real that we are placed amid a race of marriages and bringings forth in flesh. We are really placed in God. The rest are but signs, symbols, hints. They are not marriage. The Lamb is thy Soul. Thy wonderful life, thy heavenly city, they realm if light, is thy fruitage. Thou givest thyself to thy shining Soul. Thou are not, that thy Soul may be all. Gladly thou liest down disappearest forever as anything, that thy Real Self may be seen.
Every attention to God hath its fruitage. There are some attentions to principles themselves that have been followed by fruitages. They were called paths towards God: towards thine
own throne of Authority where thous sittest, judging the twelve powers of thy being, sending them forth, calling them home as Jesus sent His twelve and recalled them again and again.
There is one practice of attention toward absence from theft. The pure absence from theft from thy mind, was said thousands of years ago to result finally in material wealth. “When absence from theft in mind and act is accomplished in the yogi, he has the power to obtain all material wealth.”
Now, it may seem that we in in our enlightened state of society are quite free indeed from theft in mind as we are in act. But the fruit of this generation is evidence of the great thefts in the people’s minds. Was there ever such a state of poverty?
Theft in act is well suppressed by violence and otherwise, but what of theft of mind where it is the disposition to get something from someone somehow? How are you thinking of getting your honest living? Is it not by taking something from yourself, which is theft, and giving it to someone else, that you may get something from them, which is all a species of mental theft? Why do so, when what is wanted by you is already owned by you and you cannot take it from yourself? David sang of this, thou should bless his own Soul, “men will praise thee when thou doest well to thyself” PS. 49: 18.
There is no getting from anyone.
There is no giving to anyone.
The desire to give is stealing from thyself mentally.
The desire to get is stealing from thy neighbor mentally.
The Divinity, thy One on His Shining Throne of authority within thyself, desireth neither way, therefore stealeth not.
The boundless wealth that cometh to thee by ceasing to desire to do or be done by, by ceasing to give or to get, by ceasing to desire to be praised or to praise, to teach or to be taught, is only an outward symbol of thy boundless possessions of Soul. That Divine One on Its throne in thyself that holds onto nothing, stretches forth to get nothing. In other words, It steals not. This is taught in that Yogi philosophy as sure fruit or bringing forth from attention to not stealing. A tedious training. But it is not tedious to attend to thy Shining One.
The Yogi have certain pleasant postures which by attending strictly to, there will be a fruitage in feeling no effects from fire and frost, air and no air, breath and no breath. This, they aver, is very difficult to reach. But the seventh insistence
of the Jesus Christ principle within thyself is, “My yoke is easy, My burden is light, and ye shall find rest unto your Soul.” Rest, from central Soul to outer affairs; everything in order.
Yet each of these trees and herbs has its seed in itself. That is, by its own nature, it brings forth something. There is a teaching in that herby, savory doctrine, of how inaudible mutterings bring one into plain sight of his heart’s imagined good. Inaudible mutterings are half-whispered sentences. First, the name of the Supreme One – then the kindness, beauties, wonders of the Supreme One. The different fruits of the different kinds of attention were arranged in order ages ago by a philosopher whose whole mind had practiced the different trees and grasses of his mind as it was related to his daily lot. His name was Patanjali. But the Divine One, the Absolute and Changeless One God in thee, being attended unto, is sure to show these same perfect states without thy painful practice of studying any one herb, whether concentrating on a fine point to make thy mind sharp; or upon continence to get strength of mind.
Nothing can injure the Divine One. It is thy untouchable unapproachable Soul.
Nothing can advantage thy Divine One. It is thy untouchable Soul.
All heaven springs forth around thee. Bring forth, therefore. It is thy sure lot, destiny, nature, to bring forth.
How wilt thy bring forth? From attention to the offers that are made thee from the different principles which have fruits of different kinds in them? From attention to the One. Moses taught that all were brought forth from God. The earthly splendors flung their happy apples and friendly shelters forth from the Shining Light. That earth had no pain upon it – no curse. All was good. Why? Because there was no Maker mentioned, no Origin alluded to, but One.
The instant any Other Origin is mentioned, whether of the mind that by practicing not stealing get rich, or by the body seeking marriage, there is pain, poverty, despair.
We notice that all the ascetics and priests of spiritual matters have through all ages insisted that in the human marriage there is something ungodly. This is because it is but a symbol of the completeness of the One, that neither marryeth or is given in marriage. In the human desire of union there is the theft of thought of wanting to get and to give. The Truth of each one is that they need nothing and need give nothing.
In spiritual matters, there is always the fruitage of desires stopped. The one wish that remains in thy heart is the one theft of thy mind that shows as poverty of some kind. A blank place in thy lot shows that one theft. Desire is the only theft.
Fullness of all life comes with absence of desires. But absence of desire was never managed by anyone while he was trying to get rid of desire. Looking at the Desireless One, all desires fall away. The pure in heart see God. Desire has always been termed impurity. The desireless one faces God. This brings forth fullness, completeness. Nothing is wanting. All is fed life, satisfied fullness.
There is always one cure in Christian healing that stands forth as the sign that you have given up believing in matter as a reality. Always some good miracle happens when you have given up depending on anyone for your happiness.
There is always some cure that happens when you have given up believing in the power of pain.
There is one cure happens as Patanjali said, for believing God hath given you exactly as much all others have. There is one cure happens for believing that you are a Divine Being vested with Divine Powers.
There is a miracle sure to happen if you remember that your Divinity is able to lift you out of the garbage of crying, debt, fickle friendships, poor luck.
But all the miracles of all the ages and all the principles are the swift bringing forth of knowing that there is only the Divine One whose throne is your own Divine Authority.
Lesson VIII Page 52
TEXT: “And God said, Let there be Lights in the firmament of the heavens.” Gen 1:14
TEXT: “And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy Name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.” Rev. 11:18
The Divine in man, in thyself, is not heard speaking as a human voice, yet it is as plainly understood by thee when it is listened for by thee, as any human voice could be. It is not in sound like the clap of the tongue and lips on the airs, but it seems rather like a distinct sentence of thy Bible or favorite book that comes to thee.
If thou art greatly absorbed in thy daily human lot, the sentence that strikes thy mind will not be heard by thee as original, unprecedented information, but, rather, like a poorly rendered quotation from a book. Try to remember how thy mind has carried that line of poetry and it will be clear to thee that thou has not had it as the author wrote it.
The voice of God is perpetually speaking unto thee. If thou hearest it as some sudden text of thy memory, that is the lens through which thous hast viewed the never-ceasing voice. It is thy light. Let it remain with thee and be obedient to it. Scorn it not. It was by poor lenses they first saw the moons of Mars, the belts of Saturn, the spots on Sol. “I turned to see the voice,” said John. So the use of a poor lens leads to finding a better one.
Turning to see a voice exactly expresses the sensation of direction or information from Spirit. If thou art in perplexity, ask the present God which way to turn. Soon thou mayest hear a text in thy mind, it may be: “I will show thee.” Now the text as it was read in thy youth may have been: “I will lead thee by a way thou hast not known”, but the way it comes to thee is thy lens.
If thou hadst been listening to that voice every moment of thy life and hadst not been so absorbed in thy carking cares, thou wouldst have heard the voice as plainly as Peter heard it say, “Rise, Peter, gird on thy cloak.” Thou mightest have heard it say, “Go to the garret and examine the brass box.” For the directions on the human pathway are all speaking plainly concerning every action, every moment.
Clear light on all pathways is so possible that there are no pathways at all. Thou hast found thy home. Moses knew the voice of the Divine Presence as well as he knew the voice of his wife.
This text concerning the lights is now plain. Let all the directions now be plainly heard by thee. If thou art much in human turmoil, that is darkness, but even there thou hast stars and moonlight. They are the answers that come straight.
If it seems that thou art led to go in and see a minister of the gospel, go and see him. If he spurn thee and thy turmoil, that is not the point. The point is thou wast true to all the light thou hadst. That was the peculiarity of Abraham. Ye said “Yea” to every direction his mind seemed to suddenly catch. Thus he finally came to have bold, clear lights on his path- bold, clear, unmistakable lights. This voice that Moses heard showing how creation proceeds, was the same voice that he heard showing how creation proceeds, was the same voice that he heard saying: “My presence will go with thee, and I will give thee rest” Exodus 33:14
Thus lights are informations. Informations may be clear and definite, coming thru a lens that is not distracted or half obscured by our intense wills. The eager desire for anything obscures that mental perception that may be called hearing or seeing. God the Supreme One, is desireless. Therefore, the nearer desireless we are, the less obscured our lens or mind’s hearing. In the mind, you will discover that hearing and sight are the same. The mind’s perception is not in symbol at its clearest, but in clear knowledge.
To see a star as a symbol to keep on the way we are going is symbol. To know by the swift knowledge that makes it seem like actual words is not symbol – except to God – the Supreme One who knows no words.
Set thy mind firm in its first principles, take all the informations that come. Then let thy mind, at its wisdom point, detect the Truth best for thyself. This is receiving the lights. Attending to this eighth advice of Moses as coming from his Lord, there would never be any wars, or commerce, or traveling. Man would find all knowledge, all peace, all bliss, staying at his home point and letting the Universe teach him the meaning of each thing.
The mind that received Truth from the stones is kind to the stones and they are kind to him. The mind and the stones understand each other. The stone shines and smiles with information for man. The savage of the desert who wanted to kill thee, does nothing but show thee his soul’s light.
He who beholdeth the One Light in all forms, lets forms remain. They all tell him of One Light. They all tell him each its own tale. And light is life. So man need not seek in his world for his subsistence, for his world by the light gives him life. “Because I live, ye shall live also.”
Coomra Sami told Hensoldt that no man ever knew anything by seeking first without himself. He must know how to interrogate himself and answer himself as Moses did, before the outer universe would disclose its meanings, its informations, its lights, to him.
There is one set of Vedas, or Oriental lessons of the Divine One, that shows how each mind, by noticing the Light that is always shining toward it, becomes illuminated and draws the illumination point from all things.
The set of lessons explains that all looking away from that Light which is the shining knowledge on the mind, by asking for God, is delusion. Everything we behold on the mind, by asking for God, is delusion. Everything we behold in nature is delusion. Everything we behold in man is delusion. Nothing is real but the point of Light. And each point of Light has a voice. But that voice is, in its clearest shining, never a message about matter, or conduct, or activity, or prosperity, or misery. Its voice is like nothing but Itself. Yet listening to it without seeing it, asking for direction of an unseen Knower, lo, it sounds like a voice telling us which ship to sail in, or which broom to sweep with.
The lens by which we perceive the Light is obscured by knowledge of matter and action. Knowledge of matter and action is not knowledge. Matter is not reality, and the actions of matter are delusions. The Light that shines from them is what is real. Let the mind drop its knowledge of matter and actions and the true Light will shine. Drop knowledge to have knowledge.
Descartes found that his school book knowledge obscured his own native Light. He practiced not knowing, that he might know. This he discovered his own Light.
The One Divine Sun that shines is shining everywhere, through all things; but there is a comment consent through the ages of man’s listening of the voice of direction on his path, that man’s first must know his own Self. The more a man knows of his own Light, the more he knows of the Light of information in all things. At one point of his knowledge there is but one Light, and he himself is that Light.
Lao Tze taught there is but one Tao. There is one nourisher of the Light of Tao. That is Teh, or virtue. There is one manifestation of Tao. That is the King – the Original Light – the Lover of
Light – the Manifester of the Light. Therefore, the only book he thought would express this lesson should be called the Tao-Teh-King.
That Light that is the original One was called “The Abysmal Nothing” by Jacob Boehme. That Light from which sprang all things and which is shining through all things was called “The Divine Dark” by Tauler. It was called the “One Substance” by Spinoza. It was called “The Unconditioned Absolute” by Kant. It was called “The Unknowable” by the Brahmins and Buddhists. Even Spencer calls it “The Unknowable”.
But our Bible calls it “The Light”. Our Bible points to its meeting man on every plane of his being and shining a help onward for him. His health is told in its Voice and the way for him to be wholesomely beautiful forever. His prosperity is told in its Voice and the way to be safely prosperous forever.
The Voice, when listened to, shows man that prosperity is not dependent upon money or no money, favor of rich men or poor men. Prosperity is of the Light – the informing Light.
Health is in its Voice and man finds his health not dependent upon eating and sleeping, upon liniments and cordials. Health is of the Lord, the miracle-working Light. An old man in Jersey City was in a painful state of disease. His wife offered him a glass of water to revive him. “Nay, I do not meed it; the Lord will cure me,” he said. Within five minutes he was utterly cured. He let the Light break into his mind and speech.
James found people praying for money with which to make themselves rich and honored. He saw that there was no light in such a state of mind. He called it lust. He showed that the Lord never struck through them with prospering Light so that a miracle was wrought for them. They had to go to work in the world’s fashion, for their prayer was on that plane. A miracle of assistance from a direction not wrought out by your exertions, is a rift from a higher plane. The higher the plane that help comes from, the farther we get from desire, from darkness, from matter, from delusion, from conditions and actions of the physical. The outward passions which need good sensations must go to work outwardly to get their prayers answered.
The Bhagavad Gita says: “Actions can only produce actions as animals produce their kind.” The mind that looks for wisdom and yet thinks whether the bed is hard or soft, the meat hot or cold, the drink strong or weak, gets its own wisdom by thinking sublime truths.
The mind that knows that its thoughts are not God, stops thinking gladly, and lets the Supreme One move Itself over his still waters. Moses explained it as God moving over the face of the waters. The mind that is not mind any more, being lost at sight of God, the Supreme Light, sees light everywhere, and is a miracle worker by his presence anywhere. Instantly, the poor man shows bounty to him. He is the harmless one. Abraham read the Light as a message to slay. Obedience to it showed it in a clearer Voice.
Mohammed heard the Voice as a message to slay. Not noticing the stronger Voice of mercy and loving gentleness, he slew thousands upon thousands, and the darkness of epilepsy seized him. Hugging the darkness and not heeding the Light, he was finally poisoned to death. He lived on a plane where he caught messages from a plane nearer mercy, harmlessness, desirelessness, but would not receive these messages from above.
We are all hearing voices from the Light, as it shines on our path; action and endeavor if we live on that plane; miracles if we take our new thoughts; wonderful illuminations when we dwell beyond thoughts. Even the stones shine with messages. Even the snakes shine with directions. The heart is wise and shining. Yea, the very heart in thy bosom. Call it not matter. Its smile is the sign of the Divine One whose Name has been called Spirit.
Jesus said in Revelations 11:18 that the nations were angry, for the wrath of God has come. The nations on the material plane are like Martha scolding Mary for not acting vigorously. The people on the mind plane are insisting we must exercise our thoughts. The people who think nothing, but watch the ever-shining Light, are certain the rest are wrong.
Whatever plane thou art on, say nothing against any other man’s methods. He will have Light on his way. Let his Light be praised. John said the time of judging had come, for the saints and prophets. That is true. Do we not now know on which plane they lived and taught? That is our judgment.
Then again, John saith, now is the tome when those should be destroyed who destroyed the earth. Is it not a destruction of action, endeavor, competition, to know that it is no help to knowing the Voice of the Light?
Is it not a destroyer of thinking, to know that by thinking nothing, comes the Light straight to the Light within us?
But is it not the sure Presence of the Light when every sense within us knows all about the Light? Is it not the presence of the Light, that needs no sun to symbolize itself, when we know all things and need not that any man should teach us?
The true Light shineth at the central point of all things. That is why all things have their names and their habits on every plane. The tree has a habit of covering itself with split barks. The vines have a habit of trailing. The very rheumatism in your shoulder has a twinge that is not the twinge of anything else. If thou takest the story different from its meaning, thou are deceived. “Be not deceived, ” said Jesus. Judas was always taking the stories of the good pervertedly. Therefore he hanged himself. Afterward, Matthias took his place. Judas stood for intellect, which often finds the answer of the Spirit impossible to understand. Matthias is intellect that bows its head knowing that the answer is clear and right even if it cannot comprehend it. The intellect cannot do anything but think and think over words and sentences. It turns them to suit itself. The body moving by its senses, perishes. The intellect moving by its thoughts, perishes.
Mind and body acknowledging the unperishing One are soon bathed with Life, with Light.
Mind does not control the body. Judas tore open his body (Acts 1:18). Mind tells how tired it is and tells of its perishing body. Mind dissects animals, plants, stones, bones, and determines their names and laws. Then mind wonders at the changes and fadings of all things. Mind calls it analysis of matter. “Knowledge”; but there is only one knowledge. That is knowledge of God.
“The natural mind receiveth not the things of the Spirit.” The intellect receiveth not God. It has to bow down and call God ‘Unknowable’. But the Self in Man knows God. For itself is the God.
The physician Luke who wrote the third gospel and also the”Acts of the Apostles” was always addressing the God chord in man. He called it “O Theophilus.” Let all that you say, O people – let all that you sayest, O reader – be addressed while thou art alone, to thy God Chord, thy Theophilus. Let all that thou sayest be addressed to the God chord in thy neighbor. So shall healing spring forth. So shall Light break forth. Keep touching the God chord in all things. Keep it up. Wait for their responses.
A lady had a habit of asking the door to her drawing-room of anyone were coming. It had a way of informing her. This was her plane of action. She was asking it of material things. If her heart leaped, she knew some dear friend was coming.
“Be not deceived,” said Jesus. “Believe in God,” Believe in Me.”
The God smiling through that door will tell her some new truth. Well for her if she receive it. The God springing and shining through her heart will tell her some new truth. That which is coming will not pretend to matter. It will tell of the Supreme Spirit. Maybe its message may be to her that she must now cease from being made unhappy by false friends. She must have herself to be her friend. “Thy Maker is thy Husband.” If she gets that message, she may let its Light guide her mind to indifference to pleasant comrades and indifference to painful accusations. The human mind cannot receive this true Light. It is too bright. So the human mind must acquiesce cheerily. “Very well,” let it say.
All the friendships of the world are delusions. The One in man that is friend, dieth not, departeth not, changeth not.
If one with a strong will doth choose, he can hide your mind and eyesight so that they will not see any friends or foe though they might be in the same room. This is hypnotism. It is mesmerism. It is deception. It is delusion.
It was some strong will that said death stole my child. It was the will of the opposite of God. Its name is devil. Its name is prince of this world. Its name is lie. Its name is nothingness.
So this delusive will has kept us saying that God, the Supreme Spirit, whose radiant look toward us is everywhere, is hidden – leaving us in darkness.
Watch the cat call the bird. See the bird look and flutter, trying to fly. How oppressed its wings! How pitiful its peep! Tell it to fly. Tell it it has wings. You will see it lift its wings and fly free.
Watch the world’s deception calling man to die, to be poor, to be old, to be friendless, to be looking forward to something to come – he knoweth not what. Tell him he is free, wise, immortal. Tell him he is Spirit – Supreme Spirit. You are addressing his Self. The world delusion cannot stay where your Truth goes mixing with it, the world’s deceptiveness, cannot bear Truth. “Truth is Lord over all.” Truth cannot be conquered, but everything falls which oppose it, while all that is like it shines forth.
See how the cat hypnotism falters when you tell the bird it has wings. Even cat hypnotism falters at a simple truth. See how earth hypnotism falters when at the bedside of your friend, you tell him he is alive forevermore. See how the earth deceptiveness falters when you tell the woman or the man they cheerfully perfect forevermore.
Could the earth influence falter, if they had any Substance, Intelligence, Reality in them? Reality is the changeless, eternal God. Unreality is the varying change, not God!
Whenever any power seems to be operating with strength against anyone, tell him the Truth. Deny the world belts as Jesus denied them. Standing in the multitude, He called the Divinity in even the Judases, His mother, and His brethren. Speaking of the children of Light, He said that those who were in the world’s claims could not even by the most enchanting influences cause them to rejoice or weep.
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TEXT: “And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly.” Gen. 1:20
TEXT: “And the temple of God was opened in heaven.” Rev. 11:19
‘Waters’ are freely moving graces. The thief on the cross opened a gate and forthwith the free grace of God came flowing and he had all paradise.
The ‘temple’ of God is Man. “Know ye not that ye are the temple?” asked Paul (I Cor. 3:16). When a man turns his eyes up and backwards, he beholds the Kingdom of Heaven in himself. “The Kingdom of God is within you.”
If you take notice of the eyes of an artist or an author, they always look up and backwards with a mysterious light. This is their unconscious turning toward the Kingdom within themselves which any man who consciously or unconsciously gets a glimpse of, will find to be a well of inspiration.
“Whatsoever things ye desire,” Oh, man, dip your cup into your own Kingdom of Heaven. Thence come the splendid fires of genius in words of Truth that set the world agog. Thence drip the sparkles of Light that teach the painter everything.
The musician dips his hearing in the waters that fall from heaven and they sound to human ears most ravishing.
The whole Bible is given over to calling man’s attention to looking – beholding – watching – gazing – considering – WHAT? Always one thing, vis: The Kingdom of Heaven – God – Jesus Christ – the Lamb — WHERE? Within you!
All geniuses have looked backward and upward toward this Kingdom from whence they all came out. In that country, we had all beauty. It lies at hand – just back of us. We have ability of mind, inner turning power, to look into that Kingdom, steadfastly beholding the living streams till we dip again into our first estate of beauty, strength, inspiration.
With every breath drawn from out our Kingdom, there is an enchantment. With every breath we spread abroad from partaking of that breath, we are a joy to our world.
“Look unto Me” – unto whom? The Lamb in the midst of thee that shall lead thee into free ways, into the happy lands of daily experience.
Moses saw the living creatures moving from the opening of gates that let the waters flow. Wells of water flowing forth in streams from heaven. The names of the Kingdom of God in me are many. But none of them has such an open sesame in its sound as Jesus Christ, because all the names of God have different sounds, carry different qualities, but that Name which John saw on the Isle of Patmos as the one Name that would open the Kingdom of God to you if you would only learn to look backward toward your own starting point and upward into your own place.
Then if you cannot feel or see the gift of looking as the Scriptures declare, you may soon get your eyes set that way by repeating the Name Jesus Christ. John’s Revelation is full of this principle. Moses sees it as the flowing water. Jesus Christ of Nazareth declared that from His abode within us all, He would be flowing, springing water of everlasting Life.
After the judgment, all is past. The judgment is the joy of mankind, not their sorrow. As Jesus Christ is the living judgment in you, whereby you are awake, alive, spiritually on fire, so that when all that is your perfect judgment is risen, can you not see that there will be no good and evil to judge between?
In Oriental philosophy, taught by the sages of India, there is the doctrine of the Absolute and Eternal One having distributed Himself through all space in order to enjoy Himself. And this accounts for the chaos of this universe, looking as if it were a broken and distributed mass of particles which were once united.
This distribution of God, the Unnamable One, is called by them, “Manvantars.” They teach that the Absolute One is now drawing Himself together again. He will soon be all in one Point. This they call “pralaya”. Now, while God is spread abroad and scattered, it is called by the “God’s day”. When He draws Himself together into one Point again, it is called “God’s night”, because then He rests.
By this philosophy, we would have to say that the first chapter of Genesis was God’s drawing Himself together from the chaos, because it ends with the rest of God.
The rest of God is when He hath drawn all the intelligence of all – all worlds – all – all space – all – all sentience – together.
The activity of God is the chaos that preceded our many type. Long ere man could be formulated, the Mighty One had made fine chaos of Himself. Now in returning to
Himself, man is crowning creation. At the ninth stage, the return is God calling the flowing mind to make joys, loves, harmonies, friendly feelings. Let them come flowing together to be finally all one in man. One man shall embody them all. One man shall be the acme of drawing together before the final rest. Then God shall multiply and replenish and redistribute Himself again in a new fashion not at all like this one.
Ages upon ages of watching God have given the Brahmins and Buddhists this conviction. If we show them the book of Genesis, see it as God calling Himself together again after distributing Himself, and His last, last moment is rest. The night is Pralaya.
There is something very majestic in this interpretation of the proceedings of the universe. Take notice of one thing, namely, that it is very like the atomic theory of our European world thinkers. Spencer and Tyndall say that atoms once distributed are hurrying to unite themselves together again. They call atoms matter. The Eastern philosophers call it Spirit. But when all things are united into one, there can be neither spirit nor matter for these are pairs if opposites. If you mention Spirit, you are an opposite to matter. As the Spirit is God over matter- ruler – over it – so when there is no matter to rule over, then the office of Spirit is finished and there is no Spirit. What is left? The Unspeakable. Moses calls it rest. Jesus Christ called it the New Name.
The heavenly kingdom is full of health, full of life, full of genius. Look into it and let it give you what you please. Whatsoever things ye ask for, ye shall have. Nothing is too material. One element is not more spiritual than another.
The thoughts of your mind are far from God when they are saying God, for the word God is not the Name. If you should be looking into your kingdom of heaven, you there find that the Name is not God any more than it is chair. The name you enter with, is the wish you dip in with. That which you bring forward is joy, harmony. Its name is not joy, but its gift is joy.
The name of the sun is not green, but the grass looking at the sun dips out of it green. If the grass could talk, it would say: “My God is my green.” This is the way man says, “My God is my joy.”
But there is neither black nor white in the Name. There is neither joy nor sorrow in the Kingdom of Heaven.
You dip out joy when you look toward it, if your hook or dipper turned that way. “Canst thou draw out leviathan with a hook? asked Job. Leviathan is strength. canst thou draw out tremendous strength?” asked Job. Leviathan is strength. Yes — all the strength of God.
The attention of thy whole being backward toward the kingdom within thee, is often brought to pass by language. Talking of harmony, beauty, strength, health, Mighty and Unalterable One, turns the whole attention somewhere. Notice where. Backward toward thine own kingdom. From out that kingdom comes waters dissolving the obstacles, the hindrances to thy harmonious life. They are the gift of God. There is a dispensation of Grace. First the law when mind operates; then Grace, when mind does nothing. “Take no thought.” “In such an hour as ye think not.”
All opening of the temple is by attention; get the attention toward thine own shining body, the Divine Starting Point, by thinking or looking. Open its gates with the Name Jesus Christ. Then all that comes is Free Grace. The disciples were materially-minded fishermen. They got their living by fishing. They were on Galilee, which means circuit. They were called to preach the law of the word. They preached it. They were again on the lake. They were called to the good word, the law of the good only. They got their living by preaching, teaching, healing. Jesus was not absent. They were again on the circuit lake. Again they were called. This time they found their bread and fish prepared, but they were free gifts. All their preaching, teaching, healing counted nothing. Their fishing, practicing, was not their living. God was their provider. They had the same kind of food and protection, but it was not provided in the usual way.
The whole teaching of Jesus Christ concerns the harmonious providing unity between the Kingdom of Heaven and the world through which we journey. Milton wrote: “What if the earth be but the shadow of heaven, and things thereon, each unto each more like than on earth is seen?”
Why should a man kill animals for his food? Why should we labor and strive, and some of us get no clothes and others of us get comfortable ones? Why with all their struggles are some cold and starved while others are comforted? Does that show that the system is all wrong? How does it happen that a man who makes guns, if he makes those that kill most men, is accounted greatest? And the man who kills the most cattle is greatest, also? Do not our magazines praise and portray as our greatest men who kill most?
Dipping into the Kingdom of Heaven, we draw gentleness, mercy, genius, beauty, gladness. There is no death there, there is no night there, there is no sorrow there. But though
the joys and splendors of heaven are ours, there are distant researches in that direction which touch beyond even our highest joys. “It hath not entered into the mind of men” to conceive of that heaven as it is.
Our first move is to remember our God-point – our starting Point. This turns our eyes upward and backward like Mary’s in the picture of the Immaculate Conception. Conception is an idea. An immaculate conception is an idea not mixed with words or thoughts. We are capable of such a concept – such an idea.
Our second move is to behold how this vision of this Divine Point within us dissolves obstacles softly, gently, no fuss, no noise, no excitement, but all disadvantages count for nothing. They fall away.
The third move is tasting that we are the One ourselves.This is identification, agreement with our Adversary. There is only one adversary in the real of Light and Life, and that is God. “Behold, I am against thee, saith the Lord.”
We tell the Almighty One what is in our secret hearts. This does not convince the Almighty Adversary, but we become joyously convinced. Our cup runneth over.
Though Daniel was a strong metaphysician, so strong that with his mind he could undo the works of the Chaldean magicians, and so strong that he could work greater miracles than Elijah or Solomon, yet his heart was filled with grief. So he told his Adversary, the High and Holy One that inhabiteth eternity, all about it. This relieved him of grief. The free draft of Holy Wind blew through him. He was filled with skill and understanding. This was harmony with the Adversary – Agreement. Then he was filled with prophecies for our age of the world. We can see where we stand in the coming events of time by reading Daniel.
With the judgment angels, the end of time arrives. John saw an angel with one foot on the sea and one on the land, proclaiming that time should be no more. Time is ended. No more reckoning.
Calculating, counting, reckoning are all Judas transactions. Judas found his end.Mind that reckons, splits itself. The gift of God, Matthias, is better than calculating. When you go to treat your affairs, to make them lay themselves out in beautiful order, you find them already fixed. Time with its intellectual task of thinking affairs into order is done away with – ended. The miracle is wrought for you. This is Free Grace – rest.
Intellect tells over and over what it wants done; tells how it all ought to be done; age in and age out. But inspiration, the free Wind of God blowing through the mind, dissolves the mind’s whole shroud, and lo, there is no mind. As long as we keep the name Mind as a name of God, we shall have thinking; as long as we keep the name God, we shall have governing and ruling, superiority and inferiority. The name of the High and Holy One that inhabiteth eternity is not God.
As long as we have the word Lord for a name of the Adversary, the One Most High, we shall have helping and healing and blessing.
There is no helping, healing, blessing, after judgment of mind is set.
When mind has good judgment, it decides against there being any mind. When mind has thus set itself aside into the realm of no-where, the reign of the City of God where man know nothing is here in our midst.
It is far better to know nothing than something. God knows nothing.
Should things occupy the Unnameable One who is not a thinker?