Lessons in Truth
for the 21st
an updated version of H. Emilie Cady’s classic
edited & with an introduction
R. L. Miller, Ph.D.
Abib Publishing Company
First edition, November, 1999
Copyright © 2001
Any portion of the material may be copied and
distributed in any form, provided that the author,
editor, and publisher are properly cited.
In the early 1800s, a young
clockmaker became interested in what was then called
"mesmerism.” Phineas Parkhurst Quimby was a
scientist by nature and, over the years, he
experimented with various forms of “mind cure” until
he hit upon a method that was virtually infallible.
He called it “the Science of Christ.” Quimby
practiced throughout New England until the late
1860s, and is documented as healing thousands of
people of hundreds of conditions¾both
in person and at a distance¾using
only words and thought.
Among his successes was Mary Baker
Patterson, later to marry and take the name of
Eddy. As part of her cure, she studied with Quimby
and also with Ralph Waldo Emerson, who introduced
her to the concept of Oversoul. Eddy went on to
write The Science of Health with Key to the
Scriptures and to found the Church of
Christ, Scientist, now known as the Christian
One of Mrs. Eddy’s students, Emma
Curtis Hopkins, became her assistant and edited the
Christian Science Journal. She was a great
reader, however, and began to have her own
revelation experiences, which was contrary to
Christian Science doctrine (which stated that Mrs.
Eddy’s was the final revelation of Truth and
Science and Health was the only source to use).
It wasn’t long before Mrs. Hopkins
was out on her own, teaching the principles and
practice of Christian Science as an independent
teacher, in Chicago. Her students paid the (then)
phenomenal price of $50 for a seminar. It was worth
it to them, though, for many experienced healings
and prosperity as a result, and quite a few went on
to found their own churches.
Among Mrs. Hopkins’ students were
Myrtle and Charles Fillmore, the founders of the
Unity School of Practical Christianity, which
operates Silent Unity and the Association of Unity
Churches, and publishes Daily Word. Melinda
Cramer was another, and went on to found, with Nona
Brooks, the Church and College of Divine Science.
Then, much later, Ernest Holmes, the founder of the
Church of Religious Science (Science of Mind)
studied with this “teacher of teachers.” Each of
these people experienced their own healing and went
on to teach thousands of others, and the
organizations they built have touched millions of
Another of Mrs. Hopkins’ students
was a former schoolteacher-turned-physician, Dr.
Emilie Cady of New York City. After her studies,
she had published a little booklet called Finding
the Christ in Ourselves, which the Fillmores
encountered. They asked her to write a series of
clear, simple lessons for their Unity
magazine, and, after some reluctance, she did. Going
back over her notes from Mrs. Hopkins’ seminars, she
drafted twelve straightforward lessons that could
take the reader from total ignorance of spirituality
to effectiveness as a practitioner. The response to
the series was overwhelming. The Fillmores
published the lessons in a series of pamphlets for
some time, and then, finally, combined them into one
book, called Lessons in Truth.
Since then, the Lessons have
become the one, central text for all Unity teachers,
churches, and organizations. Over a million copies
have been distributed since 1923.
Unfortunately, however, many modern
readers have a difficult time with Dr. Cady’s
Victorian English. After all, American culture has
changed a lot since 1894, when the Lessons
were first written.
This book, then, is an attempt to
edit Dr. Cady’s material into modern language. Very
little has been added and virtually nothing has been
deleted, except the flourishes and redundancies that
were common to the writing style of the time. Every
effort has been made to remain true to the spirit,
as well as the letter, of her message, while making
the language more readable.
May you, too, find the power of the Truth that she
has shown so many.
Except for one or two explanations
taken out of the text, most footnotes are the
editor’s additions and comments. rlm
begin this course, please put aside all your
previous ideas, beliefs or notions. By
“suspending disbelief” you’ll find it easier to
take in what is being offered¾you
won’t be, as Luke said, putting “new wine into
old wineskins” (Luke 5:37).
If you find, as we go along, something you don’t
understand or agree with, just let it go until
you’ve finished the entire course. Many things
that disturb you at first will be made clear
later on. Of course, after you’ve finished,
you’re free to return to your old ways of living
and believing. But for the time being, remember
what the Master Jesus said: “except ye . . .
become as little children, ye shall in no wise
enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 18:3).
Also, when you find things repeated, please
remember that these are lessons, not lectures.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are
true, whatsoever things are honorable,
whatsoever things are just, whatsoever
things are pure, whatsoever things are
lovely, whatsoever things are of good
report; if there be any virtue and if there
be any praise, think on these things.
Of Human Bondage
and every one of us believes that we are ruled
by our bodies and the material world around us¾and
all our suffering is the result of this belief.
If we look at the Old Testament, though, we can
the story of Israel coming out of Egypt¾the
story of human consciousness growing up out of
bondage in the physical, and on into the
said (speaking to Moses) I have surely seen the
affliction of my people that are in Egypt, and
have heard their cries by reason of their
taskmasters, for I know their sorrows; and I am
come down to deliver them out of the hand of the
Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land
unto a good land and a large land, unto a land
flowing with milk and honey (Exod. 3:7,8).
These words express exactly how the Creator
feels toward mankind, today.
Today, and everyday, God has been saying to us,
His (Her) children: “I have surely seen the
affliction of you who are in Egypt [the darkness
of ignorance], and have heard your cry by reason
of your taskmasters [sickness, sorrow, and
poverty]; and I am [not I will, but I
am now] come down to deliver you out of all
this suffering, and to bring you up out of that
land unto a good land and a large land, unto a
land flowing with milk and honey [a life of joy
Coming into Freedom
Sometime, somewhere, every one of us must come
to our true Self. Like the Prodigal Son, having
tired of eating cornhusks, each of us will
“arise and go to my Father” (Luke 15:18). And
we will do so in all humility and praise, as it
is written, “Saith the Lord, to me every knee
shall bow, and every tongue shall confess to
God” (Rom (14:11).
This doesn’t mean that God is a stern autocrat
who compels us to bow to Him. Rather, it’s a
description of the order, the law, of the
universe: the law of all love, all good.
Humanity, at first living in our physical,
selfish, animal nature, will grow up, stage by
stage, to the spiritual understanding that we
are one with the creative force of the
that point we are free of all suffering, because
we realize that we have conscious dominion over
all things. And somewhere on this journey, our
consciousness comes to a place where our hearts
are full of joy and wonder. Then, gladly, we
bow before the greatness of the Spirit working
through us and around us. From that point on,
with joyful freedom, our hearts cry out
“Alleluia” and “Jehovah reigneth” (Psal 93:1).
Everyone must sooner or later come to this
You and I, dear Reader, have begun to wake up.
We have become aware of the bondage of our past
ignorance and have set out from “Egypt” to the
land of our liberty¾and
now we couldn’t turn back if we wanted to. Yes,
there may be times on our journey when we come
into a deep wilderness or against a Red Sea, and
our courage may fail us. Yet, as Moses said to
the trembling Israelites, “Fear ye not; stand
still, and see the salvation of Jehovah, which
he will work for you today” (Exod. 14:13).
An Inside Job
Each of us must sooner or later stand alone with
our god; nothing else works. Nothing else will
ever make you master of your own destiny. Your
own indwelling Spirit provides all the life and
health, all the strength and peace and joy, all
the wisdom and support that you can ever need or
desire. No one can give to you as can this
indwelling Presence. It is the spring of all
joy and comfort and power.
We’ve believed we were helped and comforted by
others, that we received our joy from
circumstances outside of us, but that’s not so.
All joy and strength and good come from
inside, and if we only knew this truth, we
would know that nothing outside of us can
take away our joy or our good.
Heirs to the Kingdom
of us have believed ourselves to be slaves (or
victims) of circumstances. Some have said that,
at best, we are servants of the Most High.
Neither belief is true.
time for us to wake up fully, to know that we
are not slaves, not servants, but sons and
daughters; “and if children, then heirs” (Rom
8:17). Heirs to what? Heirs to all wisdom, so
we need never make mistakes; heirs to all love,
so we need never feel fear, envy, or jealousy;
heirs to all strength, all power, all life, all
We’re so used to the sound of the words we heard
in childhood that we often forget to look for
the meaning in them. Have you ever considered
what it means to be “heirs of God, and joint
heirs with Christ” (Rom 8:17)? It means, as
Emerson said, that “every[one] is the inlet, and
may become the outlet, for all that is in God."
It means that all that God is and has is truly
ours, the rightful heirs, if we can only claim
in this course, we will be learning how to claim
the inheritance that God wants us to have in our
as the heir is a child, he differeth nothing
from a bondservant though he is lord of all;
but is under guardians and stewards until
the day appointed by the father. So we
also, when we were children [in
understanding] were held in bondage under
the rudiments of the world: but when the
fullness of the time came, . . . And because
ye are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son
into our hearts, crying Abba,
Father. So that thou art no longer a
bondservant but a son; and if a son, then an
heir through God” (Gal 4:1-7).
The “Spirit of his Son” is the risen Christ that
dwells in each of us. And it is through that
indwelling Christ that we are to receive all
that God has and is¾as
much or little as we can (or dare to!) claim.
matter what you thought started you on this
journey, it was really because it was God’s
“fullness of time” (Gal 4:4) for you to claim
your inheritance. You could no longer be
satisfied with, or in slavery to, the material
world. God’s “fullness of time” for you is
now. It’s time for you to be free, to have
dominion over the material world, to be no
longer a servant, but a first-born, in full
possession of your inheritance!
The Inner Life
Yet even as we take in that wonderful truth, we
realize that we’re no longer to be looking for
rewards, or for a belief to follow. We’re not
on this journey to get something, or to follow
someone, but to find a new way to live life.
And in the course of these Lessons, we’ll take
the first steps toward a new life¾of
freedom, perfect love, and all good.
we begin the walk, we discover that every right
thought we think, every unselfish word or
to good results for us. But on our way, we must
learn not to focus on these results. Instead,
we must learn to be the Truth,
consciously. We must learn to be,
consciously the love, the wisdom, the life
that we always truly are, though unconsciously¾and
let the results take care of themselves.
bring these qualities to our consciousness by
taking daily time alone, focusing on the divine
Presence within us. In daily meditation lies
the secret of power. No one can grow in
spiritual knowledge or power without it. No one
would ever dream of becoming, say, a master
musician without daily practice! You need to
practice the presence of God just as you would
You may be so busy working and even helping
others that it seems there’s no time to go off
by yourself. But the invitation is clear: “Come
ye yourselves apart . . . and rest a while”
(Mark 6:31). And that’s the only way to gain
the definite knowledge, true wisdom, steady
purpose, or the power to meet the unknowns of
daily life, that sets us free.
The thing to remember is that doing is
secondary to being: when we are
consciously the Truth, it radiates from us and
does the works without our running around
looking busy. So if you have no time for this
quiet meditation, make time; take time. If you
look carefully, you’ll find some things better
left undone. You may spend time chatting with
friends or neighbors that, rather than diffusing
your energy, could be spent “refueling” in the
silence. Even some unselfish act may not be so
important that you should neglect your regular,
And when you do withdraw from the world into the
silence, don’t think about yourself or your
failures, but focus on God. Let all your
thoughts center on your relation to the Creator
and Sustainer of the universe. Let all the
old fears and trouble go for awhile; work at
turning your thoughts away from them to some
line from a hymn, a Psalm, or statement of
Unless you’ve tried it, you’ll never know how
this simple practice quiets the nerves, reduces
fears, and dissolves the stresses of the day
into nothing. So never let your minutes or
hours apart be a time of effort or concern, but
always a time of peace: just calm, quiet waiting¾alone
with the Presence within.
you’ve tried it, you may be tempted to make the
mistake of withdrawing from the world, and
spending all your time in meditation. This is
asceticism, and is rarely wise or profitable.
Jesus, our Way-shower, helps us to see this:
each day he went off by himself, and each day he
returned to share, renewed in Spirit and in
power. In the same way we, too, go into the
stillness each day, so we can come back into
everyday life with new inspiration and new
courage and power.
And don’t let concerns about others stop you.
Wherever anyone practices this daily presence of
God, peace and harmony flow through to fill the
surroundings. We go apart to get still, to
receive new life, new inspiration, new power,
new supply from the overflowing fountain within,
and then we return to the world around us to
share that life and power in love. When we do
this, peace and harmony result in our home and
all the world around us, wherever we are.
Yet in our newfound clarity and power it’s
important, again, to remember Jesus, and live in
the understanding that “Thy gentleness hath made
me great” (II Sam. 22:36). No one is so grand,
so godlike, as one who, knowing the Truth of
Being, can stand meekly
and unperturbed before the false accusations of
the human mind. As Jesus stood meekly, saying
nothing, before the false accusations of Pilate,
we need to live that quality of love and
acceptance in our daily life.
must also forgive as we would be forgiven. To
forgive doesn’t mean simply being indifferent to
those who injure us; to forgive is to give
give some actual, definite good in return for
the distress incurred. Like most people, you may
think “I’ve got no one to forgive!” Yet if we
consider all the people we feel negatively
toward, or that we think “served him right,”
then we find we have much to forgive. Any pain
that you suffer, any failure of some expected
good, may be the result of a spirit of
unforgiveness you’re holding¾toward
someone in particular or the world in general.
must let go of past beliefs about our
circumstances or environment. No matter how
evil circumstances may appear, or how much it
may seem that someone else is the cause of your
sorrow or trouble, God, good¾and
really there, when you call the Law into
expression. Joseph, speaking of his brothers’
selling him into slavery, said “As for you, ye
meant evil against me; but God meant it for
good” (Gen. 50:20). If we have the courage to
see only God in it all, even “the wrath of man”
(Psalms 76:10) is turned to our advantage.
Situations that seemed heartbreaking turn to joy
before our very eyes, if we steadfastly refuse
to see anything but God in them.
Finally, while it is perfectly natural for the
human mind to seek to escape from its troubles
by running away from a situation or planning to
make some physical change, such methods of
escape are foolish. There is no real or
permanent physical way to escape from
circumstances or feelings; all our help must
come from within. The real inner consciousness
that “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”
will supply all needs more surely (and more
liberally!) than any human hand. The felt
understanding that “God is my defense and
deliverance,” achieved by holding the words in
the silence until they become part of our inner
being, will free anyone from the arguments of
the smartest lawyer in the world.
Following the Way
ultimate goal must be to come into full
awareness of the indwelling God, and then, in
all circumstances, to affirm our support and
deliverance through and by this One. We don’t
need to run around, helping the Divine, but
simply to hold a calm, restful, unwavering trust
that the All-Wisdom and All-Power within us is
able to bring about whatever is needed. When
that victory is won¾in
the silence of our own being¾then
we need do nothing outwardly to relieve any
situation. The Psalmist said:
I will lift up
mountains [to the Highest One]:
cometh my help?
My help cometh
Who made heaven
indwelling Spirit] will keep
thee from all evil . . .
From this time
forth and forevermore”
If only we could realize that this mighty
power to save and to protect, to deliver and to
make alive, lives forever within us, and
stop, forever, looking to others!
There’s only one way to fully realize this¾the
way of the Christ Spirit. Speaking through the
Master, Jesus, that Spirit told us: “I am the
way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).
Holding onto the words “Christ is the way” when
you are confused and perplexed and see no way
out, will always open the way to complete
GOD, MAN, AND BEING
When Jesus was talking with the
Samaritan woman at the well, He said to her, “God is
spirit: and they that worship Him must worship in
spirit and truth” (John 4:24)
Webster’s, in their dictionary
definition of spirit, says: “life or consciousness
viewed as an independent type of existence. One
manifestation of the divine nature; the Holy
Spirit.” We can’t see spirit with our physical eyes,
but when we look with our “sixth sense,” our
intuitive eyes, then spirit is visible and we
recognize it. You don’t see the living, thinking
“me” when you look with your eyes at my body; you
see only the form I am manifesting at this time.
God, then, is not, as many of us
have been taught to believe, “the big man in the
sky,” some gray-bearded person who lives in some
beautiful region above the earth called “heaven,”
where people go where** they die. Nor is God a
stern, angry judge, waiting for the chance to punish
people who failed to live a perfect life here on
God is not a person having
life, intelligence, power, or love. God is
that invisible, intangible, but very real something
we call life. God is perfect love and
infinite power. God is the total of these,
the total of all good, both manifested and
God is Spirit, the invisible life
and intelligence underlying all physical things, the
creative energy that is the cause of all visible
reality. There is only one God in the universe,
only one source of all the different forms of life
or intelligence that we see: animals, plants,
human beings, microorganisms, water, and even
rocks. As Plato put it, there could be no body, no
visible reality, unless there is first Spirit as
God is love. We cannot see love,
nor even comprehend what love is, except as love in
action. All the love in the universe is God. The
love between husband and wife, or between parents
and children, is just the smallest bit of God, as
made manifest in visible form. A mother’s true
love, so infinitely tender, so unfailing, is God’s
love, manifested a little through the mother.
God is wisdom and intelligence. All
the wisdom and intelligence that we see in the
universe is God¾wisdom
projected through a visible form. Up to now, we’ve
looked for knowledge and help outside ourselves, not
knowing that the source of all knowledge, the very
Spirit of truth and wisdom, is waiting within each
and every one of us. To educate (from educare,
to lead forth) therefore means not to force
knowledge in from the outside, but always to draw
out from the student something that already
exists there. God as infinite wisdom lies within
every human being, only waiting to be led forth into
physical manifestation. Understanding and working
with this awareness is true education.
God is power. Not simply God has
power, but God is all the power that can do
anything in this universe. God, as the creative
energy that causes all visible reality, is the power
that sustains and evolves this reality.
God is not a being having qualities,
but God is the good itself. God, the source of our
existence in every moment, is not only omnipotent
(all-powerful); God is omnipotence (all power). God
is not merely omniscient (all-knowing), God is
omniscience (all knowledge), itself. God is not
merely omnipresent (always and everywhere present),
God is more¾
omnipresence. Everything you can think of, in its
absolute perfect form, is God.
The Nature of Substance
God then, is the substance (from the
Latin sub, under, and stare, to
stand), or the real thing standing under every
visible form of life, love, intelligence, or power.
Each rock, tree, or animal¾every
a manifestation of the one Spirit, God, varying only
in degree. And each one of the infinite
forms of manifestation, however insignificant,
contains the whole. One drop of water taken
from the ocean is just as perfect ocean water as is
the whole: the molecules are the same, combined in
exactly the same way, whether we consider a drop, a
pail-full, a keg-full, or the entire ocean. Each is
complete in itself; they differ only in quantity.
Each contains the whole, yet nobody would make the
mistake of confusing a drop with the entire ocean!
So we say that each individual form,
or manifestation of God, contains the whole. We
don’t for a moment mean that each individual is God
in the entirety, but that each is God taking form in
some degree or quantity.
God is not only the creative cause
of every visible form at its beginning, but at every
moment that form exists. God lives within every
created thing as the life, the ever-renewing,
re-creating, ever-evolving, cause of it. God
never is and never can be separated from any created
for a moment. Then how can even a sparrow fall
to the ground without God’s knowledge? And “ye are
of more value than many sparrows” (Matt. 10:31).
The Nature of Mankind
God is. Mankind exists (from the
Latin, ex, out of, and sistere, to
stand forth). Humanity stands forth out of God.
As such, humanity is the fullest and most complete
expression of God on the planet. “In the image and
likeness of God He created them” (Gen 1:27). To
mankind, therefore, is given dominion over all other
Each of us is a threefold being,
made up of Spirit, body, and soul. Spirit, our
innermost, real being, is the absolute part of us,
the I of us, and has never changed¾though
our thoughts and circumstances may have changed
thousands of times. This part of us is God standing
forth into visibility. It is what Jesus called “the
Father” in us. At this central part of our being
each of us can say “I and the Father are one” (John
10:30), and be speaking absolute Truth.
Our Relation to God
Jesus said “one is your Father, even
He who is in heaven” (Matt 23:9). He also said “and
all ye are brethren” (Matt. 23:8), because all of us
are manifestations of one and the same Spirit. As
soon as we recognize this truth of our relationship
to all humanity, we at once slip out of our narrow
personal loves, out of “me” and “mine,” into
universal love, taking in all the world. Then, with
Jesus, we joyfully exclaim: “Who is my mother? And
who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand
toward his disciples and said, behold my mother and
my brethren.” (Matt. 12:48).
God is the name we give to that
unchanging principle at the source of all
existence. To the individual, God takes on
personality as loving Father-Mother, a comforting
Presence, but as the creative underlying cause of
all things, God is principle, impersonal, infinite.
For some, taught to think of God as a person, the
statement that God is Principle is chilling.
Terrified, they cry out “They have taken away my
Lord, and I know not where they have laid him!”
(John 20:13). But broader and wiser minds find the
thought of God as a person too small for their
understanding, for a person is limited in place and
time and God is the infinite within whom this finite
universe takes form.
All that we can ever need or desire
is available to us through the infinite reservoir of
good, God, that we experience as the loving
Mother-Father Presence. We all have direct access
through the central “I” of our being, the
Father-Mother within, to the infinite life, love,
wisdom, and power which is God. This Source is the
living fountain of all good, the Giver of all good
gifts. This Source and you are connected, every
moment of your existence. You can draw on this
Source for all the good that you are, or ever will
be, capable of desiring. There is no limit to God’s
willingness to manifest more of God’s self through
us, when we are willing to align our self with God.
Till now in our lives, we’ve focused
on the world outside us to satisfy our desires¾and
we’ve been sorely disappointed. Our hunger for
satisfaction is not about visible experience; it’s
really the cry of the homesick child-soul for its
Mother-Father God. It’s the Spirit’s desire in
us to come into our consciousness as more and more
we become fully aware of our oneness with
All-perfection. Mankind has never been and never
could be satisfied with anything less.
What we want to know now is how to
receive more from the fountainhead within, and how
to experience more and more of God (all good) in our
The American Standard Version reads,
“God is a spirit,” but the marginal note is “God is
spirit” and other versions say “God is Spirit,” with
a capital letter.
We learned in the second
that all things are one
and the same Spirit manifesting in
that the reality
standing under everything is the
substance of God;
that all the various
forms of life are one Life coming out in
that all the
intelligence and wisdom of the world are
God manifesting in different ways;
that all the love people
feel and express toward each other is a
“bit” of God as love made visible in
When we say that there is only one
Mind in the entire universe, and that this Mind is
God, some people will see the connection with Lesson
Two immediately. Some, though, will say: “if all
the mind there is, is God, then how can I think
wrong thoughts, or have any other than God
The connection between universal
Mind and our own individual minds is difficult, but
can be understood.
There is in reality only one Mind,
Spirit, which is life, intelligence, power, etc. in
and through the universe. Yet human beings are, in
a sense, individuals, with free wills, and not
We are made up of Spirit, soul, and
body. Spirit is the unchanging “I” of us, the part
that has never changed and, through all eternity,
never will change. Soul is the clothing, if you
will, of the Spirit, and body the clothing of the
soul. Spirit is inner¾one
with God, unchanging¾and
mind, the intellect, is constantly changing and
evolving, gathering its information from the world
around, through the five senses. Humanity
originally lived consciously in the Spirit, but
became more and more attached to the material,
sensual, part of the self. So our souls now include
the “mind of the flesh” and the “mind of the
Spirit.” Paul says “The mind of the flesh is death
[sorrow, trouble, sickness]; but the mind of the
Spirit is life and peace” (Rom. 8:6).
The Spirit within you is Divine
Mind, the real mind. Without it, the human mind
would disappear, just as a shadow disappears when
the object that cast it is removed.
“Eye hath not seen, nor ear
heard, neither have entered into the heart of
man, the things which God hath [not will]
prepared for them that love Him. But God has
revealed them unto us by his Spirit . . . For
who among men knoweth the things of a man, save
the spirit of man, which is in him? Even so the
things of God none knoweth, save the Spirit of
God” (I Cor 2:11).
Each of us has direct access to all
there is in God, if we can be “as little children”
and try a few, plain, simple rules that Jesus taught¾rules
by which we can find the Divine within ourselves,
and can work out our salvation from all troubles.
If you want to make rapid progress
in spiritual understanding, stop reading so many
books. They only give you someone’s opinion about
Truth, or a sort of history of the author’s
experience in seeking Truth. What you want is a
revelation of Truth in your own soul, and that will
never come through the reading of books.
Seek light from the Spirit of truth
within you. Go alone. Think alone. Seek light
alone, and if it doesn’t come at once, don’t be
discouraged and run off to someone else to get the
light; for, as we’ve suggested, you’ll get only
someone’s opinion, and may then be further away from
the Truth you’re seeking than ever before.
The Spirit of truth is at your
call. “The anointing which ye received of him
abideth in you” (I John 2:27). Seek it. Wait
patiently for it to “guide you into all the truth”
(John 16:13) about all things. “Have this mind in
you which was also in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:5).
This is the universal Mind, which makes no
mistakes. Shut down the intellect for the time
being, and let the universal Mind speak to you¾and
when it speaks, though it may be only “a still,
small voice” (I Kings 19:12), you will know that
what it says is Truth.
How will you know? You will know
just as you know you’re alive. All the argument in
the world to convince you against Truth that comes
to you as direct revelation will fall flat and
harmless at your side. And the Truth that you
know, not simply believe, you can use to help
others. That which comes forth through Spirit in
you will reach the soul of those to whom you speak.
What comes in from the outside, from
the five senses or intellect, reaches only the
intellect of those you wish to serve. And the
intellect loves to argue.
Intellect argues; Spirit reveals.
One may be true; the other always is
true. Spirit does not give opinions about Truth; it
is Truth, and it reveals itself.
Someone has said that the smallest
child, who has learned from the depths of her being
to say “Our Father,” is infinitely greater than the
most intellectual man who has not yet learned it.
The apostle Paul was a man of gigantic intellect,
educated in all the Hebrew law¾a
Pharisee among Pharisees¾but
after he was spiritually enlightened he wrote: “the
foolishness of God is wiser than men” (I Cor. 1:25).
The Power of Thought
What we think about God, about
ourselves, and about others makes a great difference
in our daily lives. Till now, not understanding who
we really are or the results of our thinking, we’ve
let our thoughts flow in a random “stream of
consciousness.” Our minds have been turned
outwardly and we’ve taken almost all information in
through our senses. Because of that information we
have thought incorrectly, and all our troubles
and sorrows are the result of that incorrect thought.
“But,” says someone, “I can’t see
how my thinking incorrect thoughts about God, or
about anyone else, can make me sick or lose my
job.” Well, we won’t try just now to explain all
the steps by which bad results follow from wrong
thinking; for now, just try thinking right thoughts
awhile, and see what happens.
Take the thought “God loves me.”
Think these words over and over continually for a
few days, trying to realize that they are true, and
see what the effects are on your body and
situation. For most people, something like the
following happens. First, you get a new enthusiasm;
then quicker, better circulation, with a pleasantly
warm sensation, followed by better digestion.
Later, as Truth flows out through your being into
your surroundings, everybody will show more love for
you without your knowing why; and finally,
circumstances around you will begin to change,
coming into harmony with your desires, instead of
Everyone has heard how intense
thoughts of grief or fear have turned peoples’ hair
white in a few hours. We’ve all experienced how
fear makes the heart beat so rapidly as to seem
about to “jump out of the body”¾even
if we only imagined it! In the same way, intense
negative thoughts can cause painful disease
Carrying emotional burdens makes more stooped
shoulders than carrying heavy physical loads.
Believing that God regards us as “miserable sinners”
and is constantly watching our activities with
disapproval, discourages and half-paralyzes some
people, leading to failure in all they try.
It may be difficult for some to
understand why, if God lives in us all the time, we
can be ignorant and drift into these wrong thoughts
and the troubles that go with them. The answer is,
simply, that we are not automatons. Your child would
never learn to walk if you always do her walking.
Because you realize that the only way for a child to
be strong and self-reliant in all things is to let
her try things on her own, you let her try and
fail. You aren’t willing to make a puppet out of
your child by taking all the steps, even though you
know she’ll fall down many times, learning how.
We, too, are in the process of
growing up. We’re developing into the highest of
spiritual beings. We get many falls and bumps along
the way, but it is only through the process that our
growth can proceed. Father and mother, no matter how
deep their love for their children can’t grow for
them; nor can God, who is Omnipotence at the center
of our being, grow spiritually for us without making
us automatons instead of individuals.
If you keep your thoughts turned
toward the external of yourself, or of others, you
will see only the things which are not real, and
which pass away. All the faults, the failures, or
the lacks in people or circumstances will seem very
real to you, and you will be unhappy or sick.
By contrast, if you turn your
thoughts away from the outer appearance and toward
the spiritual, dwelling on the good in yourself and
others, all the apparent evil will first drop out of
your thoughts and then out of your life. Paul
understood this when he wrote to the Philippian
Finally, brethren, whatsoever
things are true, whatsoever things are
honorable, whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things
are lovely, whatsoever things are of good
report; if there be any virtue and if there be
any praise, think on these things. (Phil. 4:8)
We can all learn how to turn our
awareness, or conscious mind, to the universal Mind,
or Spirit, within us. We can, through practice,
learn how to make this everyday, topsy-turvy “mind
of the flesh” be still, and let the mind that is God
(all-wisdom, all-love) think in us and through us.
Imagine, if you will, a huge
reservoir, out of which lead many small streams and
rivulets. At the far end, each stream opens out
into a small fountain. Each one of these fountains
is not only continually filled and replenished from
the reservoir, it is itself a radiating center,
giving out in all directions the water that flows
through it, so all who come near are refreshed and
This is our relation to God: each of
us is a radiating center. Each of us, no matter how
small or ignorant, is a little fountain at the end
of the stream, receiving God from the reservoir.
The fountain represents the
individuality, as separate from the reservoir¾God.
Still, the fountain is one with God, in that we are
constantly renewed and fed from the great reservoir,
and without it we are nothing.
Each of us, no matter how
insignificant we are in the world, may receive from
God unlimited good, of whatever kind we desire, and
radiate it to all about us. But remember, we must
radiate if we would receive more. Stagnation is
Only We Block the Flow
The very wisdom of God¾the
love, the life, and the power of God¾are
ready and waiting with longing impulse to flow out
through us without limit! When it flows through the
intellect of some people, everyone says “what a
wonderful mind!” When it flows through the hearts
of others, we see love that melts all bitterness,
envy, selfishness, and jealousy before it. When it
flows through a body, as life, no disease can
compete with it.
We don’t have to beg and plead
and bargain with God, any more than we must beg
the sun to shine! The sun shines because it’s the
law of its being to shine, and it can’t help it. No
more can God help pouring into us unlimited wisdom,
it is the law of God’s being to do so.
Nothing can hinder God’s flowing
except our own lack of understanding. The sun may
shine ever so brightly, but if we have, through
willfulness or ignorance, placed ourselves (or been
placed by our ancestors) in the deepest corner of a
dark cellar, we get neither joy nor comfort from its
shining: to those in the cellar the sun never
So, up to now, we haven’t known how
to get ourselves out of the cellar of ignorance,
doubt and despair. To most of us, therefore, it’s
seemed that God has held back from us the life,
wisdom, and power we wanted so much. All our
searching seemed in vain.
But the sun doesn’t radiate life and
warmth one day and darkness and chill the next. Nor
does God radiate love at one time and anger or
displeasure at another. “Doth the fountain send
forth from the same opening sweet water and bitter?
Can a fig tree, my brethren, yield olives, or a vine
figs?” (James 3:11).
God is always good, always love.
God never changes, no matter what we do or may have
done. God is always trying to pour more out of
God’s infinite self through us into visibility so as
to make us grander, fuller, and freer individuals.
While the soul-child cries to Mother-Father God, the
Mother-Father is yearning with infinite tenderness
to satisfy the child.
There is but one Mind in the universe.
Human mind, the intellect, makes mistakes
because it gathers its information from the outside
world through the senses.
Universal Mind sees and speaks from within;
it is all Truth.
Our ways of thinking make our happiness or
unhappiness, our success or lack of success; we can,
with effort, change our ways of thinking.
God is at all times, regardless of our action
or inaction, trying to pour more good into our lives
to make them richer, fuller, and more successful.
If you find this distinction between
human mind and Divine mind puzzling, don’t worry
about it. Just drop it for a time, and as you go on
with the lessons, you will suddenly find that you
understand it. If you cannot do so, there are many
books and teachers of metaphysics to help you in
your intellectual struggle. Go for it!
recent studies in
psychoneuroimmunology have linked illnesses
ranging from ulcers to arthritis to cancer to the
patient’s habitual thought patterns. rlm
DENYING THE POWER OF
Every religion through all the ages
has had some sort of denial as one of its
foundations. The idea of denial has been so
powerful that devout seekers have even tortured
their bodies in various ways, believing that they
were making themselves more spiritual, or at least
were placating some angry god. These are
misunderstandings of God’s intention for us, and
among Christians, they come from a misinterpretation
of the Scripture:
Then Jesus said to his
disciples, if any man will come after me, let
him deny himself, and take up his cross, and
follow me (Matt. 16:24).
Many people think this means that if
anyone wants to please God they must give up all
their enjoyment and comfort, all the things they
like and want, and take up the heavy cross of
constantly doing things that they’d rather not
(which is why many younger people decide to put off
“being a Christian” until they’re “old”).
There could be nothing further from
Jesus’ meaning than this.
False Beliefs &
In our ignorance of God’s true
nature, we’ve believed that all our enjoyment must
come from external sources¾usually
from something we don’t yet have. The poor see
enjoyment only in having lots of money. The rich,
often experiencing “too much of a good thing,”
complain that life holds no happiness. The sick are
convinced that if they were well, they would be
happy. The healthy but hard-working person seeks
rest and recreation for enjoyment. And so forth.
Our minds tend always to seek
changes in our outward conditions to achieve
enjoyment. So, in old age, when people have tried
everything, getting first this and then that, and
have too often been sadly disappointed, then they
turn to God and try to find some comfort in the
belief that sometime, somewhere, they’ll get what
they want and be happy. They become patient and
submissive, but never truly happy.
Jesus, the Master teacher of Truth,
understood this. He spent nearly three years
teaching the people¾the
common, everyday people like us, who wanted, just as
we do, food and rent and clothing, money, friends,
and love. He taught them to love their enemies and
do good to those who persecuted them, to avoid
resisting evil but to give double to anyone
who tried to take anything from them, and to stop
worrying about clothing or shelter because “your
heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of these
things” (Matt. 6:32).
Then one day He said, “these things
have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in
you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:11).
And then He said “whatsoever ye shall ask of the
Father in my name, he may give it to you” (John
15:16). “I say not unto you that I will pray the
Father for you: for the Father himself loveth you.”
These don’t sound like the words of
someone who intended for us to go without the
comforts of life¾or
in any way deprive or torture ourselves!
In this course, so far, we’ve seen
that there is a human self, a “fleshly mind” in each
of us that is not to be relied on fully. This
is the self of which Jesus spoke when He said “let
him deny himself.” This intellect, carnal mind, ego,
or whatever you choose to call it, is envious and
jealous and fretful and sick because it is selfish.
This human, or small, self seeks its own
gratification at any cost¾even
its own death. We have believed all that this mind
has told us; we’ve accepted its false beliefs about
ourselves and God; and so we’ve experienced all
kinds of suffering and lack.
Our real self, however, is never
sick, never afraid, never selfish. It is the part
of us that “seeketh not her own, is not easily
provoked, thinketh no evil” (I Cor. 13:5). Our real
self is always seeking to give to others, while the
human self, believing wrongly, is seeking to own and
Changing Our Beliefs
There are people who have learned
how to change beliefs, and so change the conditions
of our life. One of the methods they’ve found will
get rid of disturbing conditions every time: by
denying them, absolutely. First, we deny that such
things could have power to make us unhappy. Second,
we deny that these conditions exist at all.
According to Webster, the word
“deny” has two definitions. In one sense, to deny is
to withhold from, as to deny bread to the hungry. In
another sense (which is most likely how Jesus used
it), to deny is to declare to be not true, to
repudiate as utterly false. To deny one’s self
then, is not to withhold comfort or happiness, much
less torture our bodies, but to deny the reality of
the human mind or self, with its wrong, or error,
beliefs; to declare its claims to be untrue.
If you’ve done something
incorrectly, the first step toward getting it right
is to undo what’s been done wrong and begin again
from that point. We have been believing
falsehoods. We have believed that God was angry
with us and that we were sinners who ought to be
afraid of Him. We have believed that pain and
sickness and poverty and other troubles are evil
things put here by this same God to torture us in
some way into loving and serving Him. We have
believed that we pleased God most when we were so
subdued by our troubles as to become patiently
submissive to all, not even trying to overcome them.
All this is false! Entirely false!
And the first step toward freeing ourselves from
our troubles is to get rid of these erroneous
beliefs about God and about ourselves.
Some may doubt that wrong belief can
affect our bodies or our situation. If so, consider
the child who is so afraid of the “bugaboo” under
the bed that he has convulsions. Or imagine, if you
received, today, a message that your husband or wife
or child, who is absent from you, has been killed,
your emotional, physical, perhaps even financial,
suffering would be just as great, even if the
message was proven over the next few days to be
untrue. In the same way, our imaginary “bugaboos”
of divine wrath and false messages declaring our own
weakness overcome us.
Denial is the first practical step
toward wiping out of our minds the mistaken beliefs
of a lifetime. We declare not to be true a thing
that seems to be true, and all negative
appearances are directly opposed to the teachings of
Truth. Jesus said “Judge not according to
appearance, but judge righteous [right] judgement”
Suppose you grew up believing that
the sun moved around the earth, and someone now
showed you that the opposite is true. You would
accept the demonstrated truth, but still, at every
sunrise or sunset, the old idea would come up,
seeming almost too real to be disputed. The only
way to cleanse your mind of the old impression would
be by repeatedly denying the old beliefs. You would
say over and over to yourself, whenever the subject
came up in your mind, “This is not true. The sun
does not move around the earth; the earth moves
around the sun.” Eventually, the sun would only seem
to be moving.
Similarly, it appears that our
bodies and circumstances control our thoughts, but
the opposite is true. Our thoughts control our
bodies and our circumstances. So, if you
repeatedly deny a false or unhappy condition, it
loses its power to make you unhappy.
What everyone desires is to have
only good in our lives and surroundings. We all
want to live lives full of love, to be perfectly
healthy, to know all things, to have great power and
much joy, and this is just exactly what God wants us
to have. All good, of whatever kind, is God made
visible. When we crave more of any good thing, we
are in reality craving more of God to come forth
into our lives so we can realize it with our
Having more of God doesn’t take out
of our lives the good things¾it
only puts more of them in.
Now, we may be able to see the
possibility of our own God-being, which never
changes, but what we need is to realize our oneness
with the Creator at all times. And in order to
realize it, we must deny, in ourselves and others,
any appearances that seem contrary to this. We deny
their reality. We declare that they are not true.
Denials for Error Thoughts
There are four common error thoughts
that most people grant power to. People who have
grown out of trouble and sickness through daily
practice have found it useful to deny these thoughts
in order to cleanse themselves of the distressing
effects of having believed in them. They can be
denied like this:
There is no evil.
There is no absence of life, substance, or
Pain, sickness, poverty, old age, and
death are illusions and cannot master me.
There is nothing in all the universe for
me to fear, for greater is the One in me than anyone
in the world.
There is no evil
There is one and only one power in the universe, and
that is God: good. God is good and God is
omnipresent. Apparent evils are not entities or
things of themselves. They are simply apparent
absence of the good, just as darkness is an absence
of light. But God, all good, is omnipresent, so the
apparent absence of good must be unreal. It is only
an illusion, like the moving sun.
There is no absence of life,
substance, or intelligence anywhere. We have
seen that the true reality is spiritual. “The
things which are seen are temporal; but the things
which are not seen are eternal” (II Cor. 4:18). By
using this denial you’ll soon break your bonds to
matter and material conditions.
You will know that you are free.
Pain, sickness, poverty, old age,
and death are illusions and cannot master me.
God is all life, eternal. God is all substance,
everywhere present. God lives in and through you
and is the truth of you. The “I” of you, therefore,
experiences eternal wellbeing and can never be
touched by these material illusions.
There is nothing in all the
universe for me to fear, for greater is the One in
me than anyone in the world. The “I” of you is
the infinite omnipotence of all that is!
You need not wait to discuss this
matter of evil, or of illusion, or even to
understand fully why you deny them. Simply begin to
practice the denials in an unprejudiced way and see
how wonderfully they will, after a while, deliver
you from some of the so-called evils of your daily
life. Repeat these four denials silently several
times a day, not with effort or anxiety, but calmly
realizing the meaning of the words spoken:
There is no evil.
There is no absence of life, substance, or
Pain, sickness, poverty, old age, and death
are illusions and cannot master me.
There is nothing in all the universe for me
to fear, for greater is the One in me than anyone in
Denying Negative Experience
Denial of negative experiences
brings freedom from bondage to the world around us,
and happiness comes when we can effectively deny the
power of anything to touch or trouble us.
Almost hourly, little issues and
fears come up in your life. Meet each one with a
denial. Calmly and coolly say to yourself: “that’s
nothing at all; it can’t hurt me or make me unhappy.”
Don’t fight it. Let your denial be the denial of any
possible superiority over you, just as you would
deny the power of ants in their hill disturbing you
where you stand across the road.
If you feel anger, stand still and
silently deny its power. Say that you are not
subject to anger; you are Spirit, love made
manifest, and cannot be made angry, and the anger
will leave you.
If someone is mean or tries to hurt
you, remember that the One in you is greater than
anyone outside of you and silently deny anyone’s
power to hurt you or make you unhappy.
If you feel jealousy or envy, deny
their power over you. Declare that you are really
Spirit, love made manifest, and that negative
feelings have no power over you. There is, after
all, really no reason for jealousy or envy, for all
people are one and the same Spirit. Shall the foot
be jealous of the hand, or the ear envy the eye?
Remember that in reality, you, however insignificant
you may appear, are absolutely necessary for God to
make the perfect whole.
If you find yourself dreading to
meet someone or afraid to step out and do what you
want or have promised to do, immediately begin to
deny the power of fear. Say “It’s not true. I am
Spirit, and no one¾nothing¾in
all the universe can hurt me; I have nothing to
fear.” Soon you’ll find that all the fear has
disappeared; all the anxiety is gone.
Creating Our Circumstances
Chances are, you’ve been living in
negative thinking for years, denying your ability to
succeed, denying your health, denying your Godhood,
denying your power to accomplish anything. That
pattern of denial has paralyzed you and weakened
your power. When, in the next lesson, you learn the
use of affirmations, the opposite of denial, you’ll
discover how to lift yourself out of the realm of
distress into the realm of success.
For now, remember: no person or
thing in the universe, no chain of circumstances,
can in any way come between you and all joy, all
good. You may think something stands between you
and your heart’s desire, and so live with that
desire unfulfilled, but it’s simply not true. This
“think” is the bugaboo under the bed that has no
reality. Deny it. Deny it and you will realize that
this appearance was false. Deny it and you will
find yourself free. Then you will see the good
flowing toward you and into you, and you will
understand clearly that nothing can come between you
and your own.
Denials are for us alone. Speak
them silently or aloud, but not in a way to create
antagonism or invite discussion. This is your work,
and its results will be felt around you when you
have fully realized the truth of the words you
To some, this sort of mechanical
approach may seem a strange way into a more
spiritual life. But our thoughts determine our
experience and changing our thoughts is an essential
first step toward experiencing Spirit in and around
us, every moment of every day. Practicing these
steps wholeheartedly, without prejudice, is the very
best thing we can do for growth in divine knowledge
and fullness of joy in everything we undertake.
This denial is much like the exercises
in the Course in Miracles which are also
designed to un-do our assumption that matter is
Most people start out on a spiritual
journey because they’re dissatisfied with their
present life. The human mind is convinced that
somewhere, somehow, it ought to be able to bring to
itself whatever it desires and would satisfy it.
This thought is simply foreshadowing the reality.
The hunger that we feel is the
prompting of the Divine within us, which longs with
an infinite longing to fill us. It is one side of
the spiritual law of supply and demand, with the
other side being unchangeably and unfailingly the
promise: “All things whatsoever ye pray and ask for,
believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have
them” (Mark ll:24).
We can all reach a state where we
can stop our doing because we realize that Spirit is
the fulfillment of all our desires. We simply
become still and know that all the things we desire
are ours already. This knowing, or recognition, has
the power to bring the invisible good (God)¾the
innermost substance of things¾into
precisely the visible good we have desired.
But to get to that state, we must
take the first steps, faithfully, earnestly, and
trustingly, even though they may seem at first
glance as useless and empty as the ancient
ceremonies and rituals of the high church.
Those who have carefully studied
spiritual laws find that, besides being freed from
apparent evil by denying its reality or power, they
also can bring any desired good into their lives by
persistently affirming that it’s already here.
To affirm anything is to assert
positively that it is so¾even
in the face of all evidence to the contrary. We may
not be able to see how, by our simply affirming a
thing to be true we can make it happen¾especially
a thing that to all human reasoning or sight doesn’t
seem true at all. But we can compel our minds
to stop quibbling and go to work to prove the rule,
each in our own life.
Spiritual laws can’t always be
expressed verbally, but they are nonetheless
infallible and immutable laws that work with
precision and certainty. The beautiful Presence
within us and around us is the substance of every
good that we can possibly desire¾even
more than we can desire, for “eye hath not seen, nor
ear heard, neither have entered the heart of man,
the things which God hath prepared for them that
love Him” (I Cor. 2:9). So, in some way, difficult
to say in words, there’s power in our word of faith
that brings all good things right into our daily
We speak the word. We confidently
affirm. But we have nothing to do with bringing it
to pass. “Thou shalt also decree a thing and it
shall be established unto thee” (Job 22:28). So as
we decree, or affirm, unwaveringly and steadfastly,
we hold God by His own unchanging laws to do the
establishing or fulfilling.
In the first instructions given to
students, this set of denials and affirmations take
a major place. Later, the students’ own experience
and inner guidance lead them to an understanding of
divine law that makes it easy for them to follow
simple rules that at first seemed difficult.
Saying over and over any denial or
affirmation is a re-training of a mind that has
lived so long in error and false belief that it
needs this constant repetition of the Truth to
function in the new way.
As with the denials, so with the
affirmations. There are a few sweeping affirmations
of Truth that cover many smaller ones, and which are
wonderfully effective in bringing good to our own
experience and to others:
God is life, love, intelligence,
substance, omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence;
I am God’s manifestation, so God’s life,
love, wisdom and power flow into and through me in
every moment; I am one with God and governed by
I am Spirit: perfect, holy, harmonious;
nothing can hurt me or make me sick or afraid, for
Spirit is God and God cannot be hurt or sick or
afraid; I manifest my real self through this body
God works in me to will and do whatsoever
good God wishes me to do and God cannot fail.
First, God is life, love,
intelligence, substance, omnipotence, omniscience,
omnipresence. These are ideas we learned in the
second lesson. As you repeat the affirmation,
please remember that every particle of life, love,
intelligence, power, or real substance in the
universe is simply a quantity or degree of God made
manifest or visible through a form.
Try to think of what it means to say
that God is omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent.
God is everywhere present (omnipresent) and God is
good. Then why fear? God is all-powerful
(omnipotent). Then what other power could prevail?
Since God is all-powerful and everywhere present, we
must forever put aside the traditional notion of the
Devil as an adverse power that might at any moment
bring someone harm. There is and can only be one
power, one presence, and that is God, the good.
If faced with the appearance of
evil, stand true and unwavering in the knowledge
that God, the good, is omnipresent. By so doing,
you shall see the seeming evil melt away as the
darkness before the light, and good will come to
take its place.
Second, I am God’s manifestation,
so God’s life, love, wisdom and power flow into and
through me in every moment; I am one with God and
governed by divine Law. Remember while repeating
this affirmation that nothing¾no
situation, no person, no group of people¾can
in any way stand between you and the Source of your
life, wisdom, or power. It is all “hid with Christ
[the innermost Spirit of your being] in God” (Col.
3:3). Nothing but your own ignorance of how to
receive, or your own willfulness, can hinder your
having unlimited supply.
No matter how weak or sick or
inefficient you seem to be, take your eyes and
thoughts off the appearance and turn them within to
the central fountain there. As you do so, say
calmly, quietly, but with absolute assurance: “This
appearance is false; God, manifest as life, wisdom,
and power, is now flowing into my entire being and
out through me into the world around me.” You’ll
soon see a marvelous change in your self as a result
of the realization that this spoken word brings to
Third, I am Spirit: perfect,
holy, harmonious; nothing can hurt me or make me
sick or afraid, for Spirit is God and God cannot be
hurt or sick or afraid; I manifest my real self
through this body now. You do not change God’s
attitude one little bit by either begging or
affirming. You only change your attitude toward
God. By saying these words you put yourself in
harmony with divine law, which is always working
toward your good¾never
toward harm or punishment. Your real self, the “I”
of you, knows this and lives this, always.
Fourth, God works in me to will
and do whatsoever good God wishes me to do and God
cannot fail. Our affirming God’s mind working
both to will and to do makes us will only the good.
And since God, the Father in us, does the works,
there can be no failure. Whatsoever we fully commit
to the Father within to do, and affirm is done, we
shall see accomplished.
These, then, are the four
comprehensive affirmations; memorize them so you can
repeat them in the silence of your own mind at any
place and any time.
Wonderfully, they will act to
deliver you out of the greatest external distresses¾places
where no human help avails. It’s as though the
moment we assert emphatically our oneness with God
the Father, all the power of omnipotent love is
instantly set into motion to rush to our rescue.
And when that power has begun to work for you, you
can stop doing things, boldly claiming “It is
done; I have the desires of my heart.”
The Power at Work
“Thou openest thy hand and
satisfiest the desire of every living thing” (Psalms
145:16). In reality, God is always moving within us
to manifest All-Good more fully through us. Our
affirming, backed by faith, is the link connecting
our conscious human needs and desires with God’s
power and supply.
Those who have claimed their
inheritance by calmly affirming their oneness with
God, know how free they can be from human effort and
planning. This power has healed the sick, brought
joy in place of mourning, literally opened prison
doors and bid the prisoner go free, without ever a
request for human assistance.
You need to understand that it’s not
necessarily these particular words that have done
the job. It’s denying apparent evil and, in spite
of all evidence to the contrary, affirming good to
be all there is, and our oneness with God’s
omnipotent power to accomplish, even when there are
no visible signs of God’s presence, that has
accomplished the feat. In one case, just simply
claiming “God is your defense and deliverance”
opened all the doors to restore a man to his family
within a month¾after
five years of failed efforts by lawyers to return
him from exile.
No definite rules can be provided as
to what will be most effective. Some people get
better results from repeating denials. Others do
better by using denials less frequently and
affirmations more. A few hints, however, may be
Denials tend to erase or dissolve.
Affirmations build up, and give strength or power.
People who remember vividly, and are inclined to
dwell on past pains or sorrows need to repeat
denials frequently, for denials cleanse the mind and
blot out of memory all seeming evil and unhappiness,
so they feel more like a dream. Denials are
particularly effective for people who are
intolerant, judgmental, or aggressively immoral, and
for those who have become overconfident, thinking
the human is sufficient in itself for all things.
Denials are important also for the selfish and any
who find it easy to harm others.
Affirmations are most powerful for
the timid and those who feel inefficient or
incompetent, those who are afraid of others or “give
in” easily, and those who are anxious or doubtful.
Affirmations help those in positions of
responsibility, as well.
People who are self-negating or
passive need to use affirmations more, and people
who are self-confident or unforgiving need denials
Deny the appearance of evil or harm;
affirm good. Deny weakness; affirm strength. Deny
any undesirable condition and affirm the good that
you desire. This is what Jesus meant when He said
“All things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe
[claim and affirm] that ye receive them, and ye
shall have them” (Mark 11:24). This is what is
meant by the promise that “Every place that the sole
of your foot shall tread upon [that you stand
squarely or firmly on],
to you have I given it” (Josh. 1:13).
Practice these denials and
affirmations silently in the street, in the car,
when you are awake at night¾anywhere,
everywhere, and you’ll begin to experience a
wonderful new mastery over external things and over
If there comes a time when you’re
confused about what to do or say, stand still and
affirm “God in me is infinite wisdom; I know just
what to do.” Then act on whatever comes to mind
in the stillness that follows. “For I will give you
a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall
not be able to withstand or gainsay” (Luke 21:15).
Don’t worry, but depend fully on the principle, and
you’ll be surprised at the sudden inspiration that
comes to you.
denying and affirming¾always
works. It can be used to solve any of life’s
problems, regardless of the nature of the problem.
This principle frees us, God’s heirs, from all
undesirable conditions. It always brings good into
peoples’ lives. All we need to do is use these
simple rules and practice them faithfully, until
they lead us into such complete realization of our
own Godhood that we no longer need to depend on
The word amen means “On this
ground I stand, and I commit myself to this
FAITH: THE MASTER
The word faith is typically thought
to mean a simple form of belief based mostly on
ignorance and superstition. It has drawn scorn from
who have believed that intellectual attainment is
the highest form of knowledge. “Blind faith” they
disdainfully refer to it¾fit
only for ministers, women, and children, but not a
practical thing to build a life on.
Some people pride themselves in
having outgrown their childish, blind, unreasoning
faith. They say they have reached the more mature
only the things they have seen or can explain
Paul, the writer of the Epistle to
the Hebrews was obviously a highly intellectual man,
a scholar among the Jewish people and the Greeks. He
defined faith as follows: “Faith is the substance of
things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”
(Heb. 11:1). He goes on to say “Things which are
seen were not made of things which do appear” (Heb.
11:3). So our faith as substance brings into the
world of evidence the things we hope for that were
not seen. This means that whatever we desire is
in the invisible substance surrounding us and takes
form according to our faith.
Paul then describes many incidents
of marvelous things brought to pass, not by anyone’s
efforts, but by faith. He summarizes with:
And what more shall I say? For
the time will fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak,
Samson, Jephthah; of David and Samuel and the
prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms,
wrought righteousness, obtained promises,
stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power
of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were
made strong, waxed mighty in war, turned to
flight armies of aliens. Women received their
dead by a resurrection . . . (Heb. 11:32-35).
Do you want any more power or any
greater thing than is listed here? More than power
to subdue kingdoms, stop the mouths of lions, quench
fire, turn whole armies to flight, raise the dead to
life again? Even if you do want more than
this, you need not despair, nor even hesitate to
claim them, for One who knew what He was talking
about said “All things are possible to him who
believes” (Mark 9:23).
Most of us, whenever anyone has
spoken of faith “as to move mountains” have felt a
sort of hopeless despair. Even if we believed God
holds all good things in His hand, and is willing to
dole them out according to our faith, we’ve
wondered, how could we hope to please Him? We have
questioned our ability to reach a high enough
standard of faith. And we’ve questioned whether, in
fact, there is any such power to draw from God what
we’ve not been given before.
With such the case, it’s no small
wonder that logical minds have looked on faith as a
wispy thing, good enough for the weak to hang their
hopes on, but not something from which real,
definite results could ever be obtained.
Blind Faith; Understanding Faith
There is, indeed, blind faith (and
some have said it’s better than no faith, for it
will open its eyes in time!). Blind faith is the
instinctive trust in a power greater than
ourselves. And it is, for many, the first step
toward a full life.
But there is also an understanding
faith. Understanding faith is based on a
realization of unchanging principle. Its action is
intellectually understood, but is infinitely higher
than intellectual conclusions. Faith goes beyond the
intellect because it doesn’t depend on physical
facts, nor on the evidence of the senses. Faith is
born of the Spirit of Truth at the center of our
being. We call the voice of that Spirit, intuition.
Intuition is the open end, within
our own being, of the invisible stream connecting us
with that infinite reservoir, God. Faith is a ray
of light shot out from the central sun¾God¾that
enters into our being through the open window of
intuition. With “blind” faith, we perceive the ray
of light, and though intellect may not comprehend,
we feel the other end of it opening out to all there
is of God. This faith is “blind” because, though
based in Truth, we are not conscious of the Truth at
Understanding faith knows positively
the nature of the laws under which we are
operating. These laws are like the laws of
geometry. For example, the sum of the angles of a
triangle always equals two right angles. No matter
how small or how large the triangle, whether it is
on top of a mountain or under the ocean, this law
holds. It is certain. And even before the triangle
is actually drawn, we can know that it will be so.
The laws of Spirit are like the laws
of arithmetic: the sum of the integers one and one
always equals two. You cannot put these two
together without getting the same result.
And whether we believe it or not does not affect its
Spiritual or mental laws are just as
real and unchanging as the laws that govern the
material world. If we have certain conditions in
the mind, we must have certain results¾not
because we believe some wise person’s testimony, or
even because our intuition tells us it is so, but
because it is based on a law that can neither fail
nor be broken. And just as with nature’s laws, we
can know positively beforehand precisely what
results follow from certain mental states.
Supply & Demand
Two statements of Truth are the
whole secret of understanding faith.
One of the unerring truths of our
universe (spiritual and material) is that there’s
already great abundance to supply every human want:
there’s a supply of good for every demand.
God, the creative cause of all things, is Spirit.
God is the sum total of all good. There is no good
that you can desire in your life that is not God.
God is the substance¾the
every visible form of good. God, the invisible
substance out of which all things are formed is all
around us waiting to come forth into manifestation.
God is unlimited; therefore this good substance all
around us is unlimited, and is the supply of every
need that exists in the visible, material world.
Another truth is that the demand
must be made before the good can come forth to
What most people call the promises
of God are certain, eternal truths that are true
whether we read them in the Bible or in the
almanac. They are unvarying statements that cannot
be changed. A promise, according to Webster, is a
something sent beforehand to indicate that something
unseen is on its way. It is a declaration giving
the person who receives it the right to expect and
claim the performance of the act.
Jesus said, “Ask and ye shall
receive” (John 16:24). He was simply stating an
absolute truth. He knew that the instant we desire,
or express our desire by asking, we touch an
infinite stream that starts on its way toward us the
good we are seeking. He knew there need be no
begging or pleading about it; that our asking is
simply complying with an unfailing law that must
is no escape from it. Asking and receiving are two
ends of the same thing, just as adding one and one
is the same thing as two.
Asking always springs from a desire
to possess some good. What is desire? Our
heart’s desire is always God tapping at the door of
our consciousness with infinite supply¾a
supply that is useless without a demand for it.
“Before they call, I will answer”
(Isa. 65:24). Before you are even aware of any
lack, any desire for more happiness or fullness of
joy, the great Mother-Father Spirit dwelling in your
heart has desired them for you. God in you desiring
them is what you feel, even though you think it’s
only you, separate from God, desiring them. Someone
has said, “desire for anything is the thing itself,
incipient.” In other words, it’s the thing itself
coming in your direction that sparked your awareness
of it and called forth your desire.
The only way God has to let us know
about the infinite supply available to us and His
(Her) desire to make it ours is to push gently on
the divine spark¾the
“I,” that is the center of each of us. God wants
you to be a strong, self-sufficient man or woman, to
have more power and dominion over the world around
you. So quietly, silently, God pushes a little more
divine desire into the center of your being. God
enlarges, so to speak, your real self, and at once
you become aware of a new desire to be grander,
stronger, more capable. Without God pushing at the
center of your being, you would never have thought
of new desires, but would have remained content as
You think you want better health,
more love, a brighter, more cheerful home all your
very own: in short, you want more good in your
life. This is only God pushing at the inner door of
your being, as if saying: “My child, let me in; I
want to give you all good, so you can be comfortable
Remember this: desire in the
heart for anything is God’s sure promise sent
beforehand that it is yours already in the realm of
supply, and whatever you desire, you can have for
Taking is simply the law of supply
and demand. As Elijah did when he affirmed for rain
when not even the smallest cloud could be seen,
affirm that you have the good you desire. Have
faith in it. You are working with a spiritual law
as firm as the laws of geometry, and you cannot
fail. Do not be argued out of your acceptance by
the heavens will fall before you fail to receive
what you desire.
“All things whatsoever ye pray and
ask for, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall
have them” (Mark 11:24).
We know the law of abundant supply,
and the truth that supply always precedes the demand
(demand simply being the call that makes the supply
visible). We know that all desire in the heart for
any good is really God’s desire in us and for us.
Now the question becomes: how shall we obtain the
fulfillment of our desires, quickly and effectively?
“Delight thyself also in Jehovah;
and he will give thee the desires of thy heart.”
(Psalms 37:4). Look into your heart and rejoice in
God’s working in and around you. Thank God that you
have (not will have) the desires of
your heart, remembering always that the desire is
the thing itself in incipiency. For, if the good
you desire were not already yours, you could never,
by any possibility, desire it. (If you’re not sure
of this statement, think of all the good things in
the world you don’t really want in your
Some might ask “What if I desire my
neighbor’s wife, or his property?”
You do not and cannot desire that
which belongs to another; you want the
equivalent: what your neighbor’s possession stands
for in your mind. You don’t really desire your
neighbor’s wife (or husband); you desire the love
that seems to be represented in your neighbor’s wife
(or husband). You desire to fill your heart’s
craving for love. Affirm that there is a
rightful and overflowing supply of love for you,
and claim its manifestation. It will come, for
sure, and your desire to possess another’s spouse
will suddenly disappear.
There is, right now, an unlimited
supply of all good, held in the unseen for every
human being. In spite of any evidence to the
contrary, no one must have less so another may
have more. Your very own good is waiting for
you, and your understanding faith is the power that
brings it to you.
Emerson said that the man who knows
this law “is sure that his welfare is dear to the
heart of Being . . . He believes that he cannot
escape from his good.” Knowing divine law and
acting according to it, we can rest forever from all
anxiety, all fear. For “Thou openest thy hand, and
satisfiest the desire of every living thing” (Psalms
Some may remember the joke about the
accountant who, when asked what 1+1 equaled said
“what do you want it to?” Or they may remember
adding decimals of 1.1 + 1.4 (which would be rounded
to 1 on some spreadsheets) and getting a result of
2.5. The integers, or whole numbers, however, always
equal two. rlm
One of the greatest beauties of the
Sermon on the Mount is the simplicity of its
language. Jesus always spoke simply¾often
in stories that even a child could understand. Yet
He was the fullest, most complete manifestation of
the One Mind that we know. More of the wisdom that
is God came forth through Him into visibility than
through anyone else.
In fact, the more anyone manifests
true wisdom, the simpler are their ways of thinking
and acting; the simpler, also, are the words they
use to express their ideas. Emerson said, “Converse
with a mind that is grandly simple, and all
literature looks like word-catching.”
Most metaphysical literature is
anything but simple. Most of it is very confusing
for those who haven’t taken a series of courses on
the subject. Two words, in particular, are often
confusing in their usage: individuality and
Personality (the word comes from the
Greek, persona, meaning “mask) applies to the
human part of you¾the
person, the external. It’s governed by the
intellect. When you say you dislike someone, you
mean you dislike their personality: the changeable,
exterior presentation of the person. Personality
is the outer, changeable person.
Individuality comes from the Latin,
in+divida, meaning undividable.
Individuality is Spirit, the unchanging, inner, real
person. It’s the undivided Self of God showing
forth in us. The more God comes into visibility
through someone, the more individualized that person
becomes. Don’t be confused. “Coming through” does
not refer to “being religious,” but instead to the
visibility of the divine qualities of wisdom,
intelligence, love, power, and so forth, in their
words and action.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, whom we have
quoted several times in this course,
was a man of great individuality, but retiring
personality. He was grandly simple. He lived a
quiet life as a writer, shrinking from public
activity. But as much as his human side was willing
to retire and be thought little of by his peers, the
immortal God in him shone even more greatly.
John the Baptist exemplifies the
illumined intellect, the highest development of
human consciousness. We may think of him as
representing personality, while Jesus typifies
individuality. John recognized the superiority of
Jesus, saying, “He must increase, but I must
decrease” (John 3:30).
While our personality may become
like that of the people with whom we associate, our
individuality never changes. It is the God self.
It is that which distinguishes one person from
matter how similar they may appear.
A pronounced personality may be
aggressive, fighting its way through obstacles and
accomplishing much. But a pronounced individuality
never battles; it’s never puffed up with pride; it’s
never governed by likes and dislikes, and never
causes them in others. A pronounced individuality
is God come forth in greater degree through someone,
and all mere personality bows before it, recognizing
Developing One or the Other
We develop our individuality by
listening to the “still, small voice” (I Kings
19:12) deep within us, and boldly following it¾even
if it makes us different from others (which it
definitely will!). We develop a personality by
listening to the voices outside ourselves and
operating from selfish motives¾generating
pride, fear of criticism, and all kinds of conceit.
They are mutually exclusive: as we seek to cultivate
individuality, personality decreases, and with it
all our fears.
As we move through the world,
encountering others, we can develop our own
individuality by focusing on theirs: the Christ, or
Spirit, dwelling in every human being we meet. We
can honor that Spirit, seeing through the mask of
the personality to the love, intelligence, power,
wisdom that resides in the heart of everyone. We
can serve that Spirit by treating others with honor
and respect, regardless of their position in the
world. As we do so, we build our own individuality
and less and less of our personality masks the
Spirit dwelling in us.
Dealing with Strong Personalities
Whenever you’re afraid of someone,
or shrink back from them, it’s because their
personality is stronger than yours and overwhelms
yours. Many timid people go through life believing
they are inefficient and that others are better than
or wiser than they. They’re afraid to meet a
positive, self-possessed person, and when they do,
they feel flattened, like grass after a storm; they
wish they could get lost and stay lost, forever.
All this happens, not because the
other is wiser or better, but because his
personality is stronger. A timid person never feels
this way in the presence of a strong individuality.
Individuality in another not only generates our
admiration, but also, when we’re in their presence,
gives us a new sense of our own possibilities, of
exhilaration, comfort, and encouragement. This is
because pronounced individuality has the power to
call forth more of the same¾God¾in
To avoid being overcome by someone’s
personality, always remember that personality is
only human, while individuality is divine.
Silently affirm your own individuality, your oneness
with God, and your superiority to personality. Can
God fear anyone?
If you’re inclined to be timid or
shrinking, practice the following. As you walk down
the street and see anyone coming toward you¾even
repeat “I am a part of God in visibility. I am
one with the Father. This person has no power over
me, for I am unaffected by all personality.”
Make it a habit to repeat words like these whenever
you approach someone; you’ll soon find that no
personality, no matter how strong or aggressive, can
throw you off balance. You will be self-possessed
because you are God-possessed.
If you find yourself bound to
another personality, perhaps no longer even
controlling your own thoughts, repeating the above
may make a difference but may not be sufficient. In
our experience, declaring (silently), “There is
no such personality in the universe as this one,”
and affirming it again and again, over several days,
leaves one feeling wondrously lifted, as if chains
were dropping off. In time, the voice within may
urge us to go even further, saying something like: “There
is no personality in the universe; there is nothing
but God!” After a short time repeating these
words, every connection feels broken and one is free
from that personality as if it never existed.
So, if at any time the lesser
affirmations of Truth fail to free you from the
influence of another personality, try the more
sweeping one: “There is no personality in the
universe; there is nothing but God!” and you are
bound to be free.
And always remember that God needs
you. You are needed to, in some special manner,
manifest the Divine mind. However humble your place
in life, however unknown to the world you may be,
however small your capabilities may seem to be, you
are just as necessary to God’s effort to come into
visibility as is the most brilliant intellect, the
most beautiful, the most politically powerful person
in the world. Remember this, always, and act from
the “still small voice”¾the
highest within you¾to
honor the highest¾God’s
those around you.
Emerson was a Unitarian minister who
left his church and founded the Transcendentalists
during the mid-1800s. (Walt Whitman, Henry David
Thoreau, and Louisa May Alcott are some of the most
famous members of that group.) Emerson made his
living writing provocative essays and giving
populist lectures, from which the quotes in this
book have been taken. rlm
Understanding is a spiritual birth:
a revelation of God within the human heart. Jesus
showed us this when, having asked his disciples a
question that they answered confusedly, based on
their perceptions, He asked another question, which
Simon Peter answered clearly, based on intuition.
Jesus then said, “Blessed art thou, Simon bar Jonah:
for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee,
but my Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 16:17).
You can have an intellectual
perception of Truth. You may easily grasp the
statement that God is the giver of all good gifts¾of
life, of health, of love¾just
as people have for centuries grasped it. You may
even go further, and intellectually see that God is
not only the giver, but the gift¾the
life, health, and love¾in
us. But unless Truth is “revealed unto thee . . .
by my Father who is in heaven,” it’s no use to you
or anyone else.
This revelation of Truth to our
awareness is spiritual understanding.
Happy is the man that
And the man that getteth
For the gaining of it is
better than the gaining of silver,
And the profit thereof
than fine gold.
She is more precious
And none of the things
thou canst desire
Are to be compared unto
Length of days is in her
In her left hand are
riches and honor.
Her ways are ways of
And all her paths are
She is a tree of life to
them that lay hold upon her:
And happy is everyone
that retaineth her.
. . .
With all thy getting,
Only this revealed Truth brings
about your desired healing. You may say to yourself,
or someone else may say to you, over and over again,
that you are well and wise and happy. On the mental
level, a certain “cure” is achieved, and for a while
you do feel well and wise and happy. But this is
simply a form of hypnotism, or mind cure, and is
Not until, down in the depths of
your being, you feel your oneness with the Father,
not until you know within yourself that the fountain
of all joy, wisdom, and health is within your own
being, ready to leap out the instant you need it,
will you have spiritual understanding.
All the teachings of Jesus were
designed to lead us into this awareness of oneness
with the Father within. He had to begin with the
external (people then, as now, being caught up with
external things) and teach the people to love their
enemies, do good to others, and so forth. These
were external steps for them to take, like lopping
off the ends of branches. But they were steps that
led on to the state where desires are fulfilled,
where finally Jesus said, “I have yet many things to
say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now” (John
He told them of the Comforter that
would be in them, and which would teach them all
things, reveal the “deep things of God” (I Cor.
2:10), give them power over every form of sin,
sickness, sorrow, and death itself, and show them
things to come. He was telling them that they would
find the kingdom of Heaven within themselves¾the
kingdom of love, of power, of life. The Comforter
coming to their hearts and lives is what we mean by
The power that this consciousness of
the indwelling Father gives is as much ours, today,
as it was for the people Jesus was talking to.
Perhaps more. For He said “He that believeth on me,
the works that I do shall he do also; and greater
works than these shall he do” (John 14:12).
The Point of Realization
All the lessons in this course so
far have also been stepping-stones, leading up to
the point where you may realize the ever-present
inner working of the Most High Creator, God. “Know
ye not that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit
which is in you?” (I Cor. 6:19).
No one can reveal God to you. You
cannot reveal God to anyone else. If we’ve learned
how, we may tell others how to seek and find God in
themselves. But the new birth into the full
awareness of our spiritual faculties and
possibilities takes place in the silence, in the
in its own time. It’s like the wind that “bloweth
where it will, and thou hearest the voice thereof,
but knowest not whence it cometh and whither it
goeth: so is everyone that is born of the Spirit”
Hundreds of people have tried this
method and have not received what they earnestly but
ignorantly sought. They have not received because
they didn’t know how to take what God freely
offered. Others have failed because they were
looking for power. “Ye ask, and receive not,
because ye ask amiss, that ye may spend it in your
pleasures [to serve selfish ends]” (James 4:3).
Spiritual understanding, or
realization of the presence of God within us, is, as
Peter said, “the gift of God” (John 4:10). It is a
gift that comes to any and all who learn how to seek
it correctly. Emerson said,
This energy does not descend
into individual life on any other condition than
entire possession. It comes to the lowly and
simple; it comes to whomsoever will put off what
is foreign and proud; it comes as insight; it
comes as serenity and grandeur. When we see
those whom it inhabits, we are apprised of new
degrees of greatness. From that inspiration the
man comes back with changed tone. He does not
talk with men with an eye to their opinion. He
tries them . . . [T]he soul that ascends to
worship the great God is plain and true; has no
rose color, no fine friends . . . no adventures;
does not want admiration; dwells in the hour
that now is.
On that day when, more than riches
and honor and power and selfish glory, you desire
spiritual understanding, on that day will come to
you the revelation of God within you, and you shall
be conscious of the indwelling Father, who is life
and strength and power and peace. “And ye shall
seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me
with all your heart” (Jer. 29:13).
Partial Revelation and Full
It’s possible for someone to want a
partial revelation of God¾say,
all one’s heart. And, if they’ve learned how to take
the desired gift (by uncompromising affirmation that
it’s theirs already), they will get
realization (spiritual understanding) of God as
health. The same holds true with any of God’s
This is a step in the right
direction. It’s learning how to take God by faith
for whatever one desires. But the time will come to
every one of us when we’ll hear the divine voice
within saying, “Come up higher.” At that point each
of us will let go of any selfish desires that are
just for our own comfort. Each of us will desire
good just so we’ll have more to give out,
knowing that as good (God) flows through one person
to others, it makes the “channel” it’s flowing
through completely whole.
Every human being wishes¾whether
they know it or not¾for
this new birth into a higher life, this spiritual
consciousness. Everyone wants more power, more
good, more joy. And though unawakened minds may
think they want more money or more goods, what we
all truly crave is more of good¾God¾for
all good is God.
Seek ye First . . .
When Solomon became king over
Israel, the divine Presence appeared to him in a
dream, saying “Ask what I shall give thee” (Kings
3:5). Solomon said, “Give thy servant therefore an
understanding heart” (I Kings 3:9).
And the speech pleased the Lord,
that Solomon had asked this thing. And God said
unto him, Because thou has asked this thing, and
hast not asked riches for thyself, nor hast
asked the life of thine enemies, but hast asked
for thyself understanding to discern justice;
Behold, I have done according to thy word: lo,
I have given thee a wise and understanding
heart; so that there hath been none like thee
before thee, neither after thee shall any arise
like unto thee. And I have also given thee that
which thou hast not asked, both riches and
honor, so that there shall not be any among the
kings like unto thee, all thy days.” (I Kings
So, by letting go of desire for all
worldly goods, all merely selfish ends, and desiring
only spiritual understanding, Solomon received all
the other good things as well. “Seek ye first his
kingdom [divine consciousness], and his
righteousness; and all these things shall be added
unto you” (Matt. 6:33). “For . . . whosoever shall
lose his life for my sake [is willing to let go of
the externals of life for the Truth’s sake, choosing
before all else the experience of God in his own
soul] shall find it” (Matt. 16:25).
When you first consciously desire
spiritual understanding, you will probably not
attain it at once. You’ve been living in the
external world of your being and have believed
yourself cut off from God. Your first step, after
coming to yourself, is to say, like the Prodigal Son
did, “I will arise and go to my Father” (Luke
15:18). At that point you can turn your thoughts
away from the external appearance toward the central
and real; to know intellectually that you are not
cut off from God and that the Divine always desires
to manifest its Self within you as your freedom from
Just as Jesus taught his followers,
we begin our journey by lopping off those branches
of selfishness. We try to love instead of hate. We
begin to forgive instead of avenging ourselves, even
when it takes great effort. We begin to deny envy,
jealousy, anger, sickness, and every imperfection,
and we affirm love, peace, and health.
Begin speaking the words of Truth
that you have learned here, even though you may only
grasp them intellectually. In the darkness of our
world’s ignorance, you must be willing to use this
first light, faithfully and earnestly, to help both
yourself and others.
Sometimes you will be almost
overcome by doubts and questions when you look for
results that aren’t there. But you must work to
pass this place of doubt. It’s part of the process,
and, like the Israelites wandering in the
wilderness, we all go through it.
And some day, in the fullness of
God’s time, while you are using these words of
Truth, they will suddenly become the living word
true light, even the light which lighteth every man,
coming into the world” (John 1:9). Then, you’ll no
longer dwell in darkness, for the light will be
within your own heart. And the word will be “made
flesh” to you¾you’ll
be aware of a new, more divine life in your body,
more love in your heart, and more power in your soul
to accomplish your good.
This is spiritual understanding.
This is a flash of the Most High within your being.
“The old things are passed away, behold they are
become new” (II Cor. 5:17). This will be the time
when you will not “talk with men with an eye to
their opinion.” This is when you will suddenly
become plain and true, when you will cease to desire
admiration, when all words of congratulation from
others will fill you with an inexpressible humility,
when all compliments will be “as sounding brass or a
clanging cymbal” (I Cor 13:1).
You’ll no longer run around looking
for teachers or healers to rely on for guidance;
you’ve simply let them help you reach the point
where you know that the living word within you will
“guide you into all the truth” (John 16:13). With
spiritual understanding, the Scriptures have new
meaning. The very Spirit of Truth, which has come to
abide with you forever in your awareness, takes “the
deep things of God” and reveals them to you.
Faithful service for others speeds
up the process. Many people are aware that our inner
hunger can’t be satisfied with worldly goods, and
earnestly seek spiritual understanding. They’ve
been seeking with a great desire of unselfishness
and a feeling that when they have truly found God,
they will begin to help others. But while spiritual
understanding is truly a “gift of God,” it comes to
us more or less quickly as we use the light we
already have. The gifts of God are not a reward for
faithful service, but service is one of the steps
that lead to the place where all the fullness of God
Is not this the fast
that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of
wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and
to let the oppressed go free? . . . Is it not to
deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou
bring the poor that are cast out to thy house?
When thou seest the naked, that thou cover him .
. . Then shall thy light break forth as the
morning, and thy healing shall spring forth
speedily . .. Then shall thou call, and Jehovah
will answer . . . Here I am . . . And if thou
draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the
afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in
darkness, and thine obscurity be as noonday; And
Jehovah will guide thee continually, and satisfy
thy soul in dry places, and make strong thy
bones; and thou shalt be like a watered garden,
and like a spring of water, whose waters fail
not” (Isa. 58:6-11).
Too much of what people usually call
“spiritual seeking” is really spiritual selfishness;
it’s detrimental, rather than helpful, to spiritual
growth. Too much fasting becomes starvation,
damaging the body and mind for lack of inflow of
nutrients. Too much study or meditation overwhelms
the mind. We are like a pool that can’t be kept
clean and sweet and renewed unless there is both an
outlet and an inlet.
It’s our business to keep
both the inlet and the outlet open, and God’s
business to keep the stream flowing in and through
us. Stagnation is death. Unless you use what God has
already given to you in service to others, you will
find it a long, weary road to spiritual
We grow by using for others the
light and knowledge we have. Jesus said “I have
yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear
them now” (John 16:12). We expand as we go on, step
by step in spiritual insight, until we can, indeed,
bear the “many things”¾and
so receive the desire of our hearts: understanding.
Seek your own Lord, the divine Light
and Love within you. Take the light as it is
revealed to you and use it for others. Prove for
yourself whether there is truth in Isaiah’s prophecy
that “thy healing shall spring forth speedily . . .
then shall thy light rise in darkness and thine
obscurity be as noonday” (Isa 58:8-10).
In the ancient Hebrew texts Wisdom is
feminine, and in Genesis is a partner with the
Creator. She is named Sophia or Beatrice in some
later texts. rlm
Dr. Joyce Brothers, among others, cites
studies that have shown that, in fact, the only
consistently effective way to have something is to
focus all our interest and effort on getting it.
Jewish tradition, as with many
religions, includes fasting¾going
without food for hours or days¾as
a way to purify oneself, to cleanse one’s body and
mind, in preparation for a spiritual or religious
THE SECRET PLACE OF
THE MOST HIGH
There is nothing the human heart
longs for as much as to know God.
People shift from one thing to
another, always hoping to find rest and satisfaction
in some anticipated accomplishment or possession.
They think they want houses and lands, great
knowledge or power. They pursue these things and
gain them, only to find themselves restless again,
Deep in our hearts is a great and
awful homesickness that never has been and never can
be satisfied with anything less than a clear, vivid
consciousness of the indwelling Presence, our
Mother-Father God. In all ages, earnest men and
women who have recognized this inner hunger as the
heart’s calling for God have left striving for
things and have tried to enter into this
consciousness by devoted worship and service to
others. Few, however, have succeeded in reaching
the place where their joy is full. Still others
have gone back and forth, trying to “work out” their
“own salvation” without realizing that there must be
an inworking as well as an outworking.
By grace [a free gift] have ye
been saved through faith; and that [gift is] not
of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of
works, that no man should glory” (Eph.2:8-9).
You may study with human teachers
and from man-made books until doomsday; you may get
all the theology of the ages; you may understand
intellectually all the statements of Truth and be
able to spout healing formulas as glibly as oil
flows. But until there is a definite inner
revealing of the indwelling Christ Spirit through
whom and by whom come all life, health, peace, power¾in
truth, is all these, and more¾you
have not yet found “the friendship of Jehovah”
(Psalms 25:14) in “the secret place of the Most
High” (Psalms 91).
When we are in that “secret place,”
we’ve been promised, we’ll have immunity from the
“deadly pestilence” and “the snare of the fowler,”
from “the terror by night,” and “the arrow that
flieth by day” (Psalms 91). We’ve even been
promised freedom from the fear of those things!
Where is this place? Where can we
find it? “The secret place of the Most High,” where
we are free from all fear or trouble, is the point
of mystical union between our human soul and Spirit.
There we no longer believe, but know, that God
abides always at the center of our being as our
perfect well-being, ready to come into manifestation
at the moment we claim it. We feel it. We
know it. We feel our oneness with the Father, and we
manifest this oneness.
Looking for The Place
In order to find this place, this
understanding, this consciousness of God within
themselves, many have been willing to spend all they
possess. Paul, after twenty-five years of service
and marvelous preaching, said “I count all things to
be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of
Christ Jesus” (Phil.3:8). Yet this understanding
can’t be found through the intellect. It’s not to be
found through thoughts or emotions.
If you have been¾as
most of us do¾working
only with your intellectual understanding, it’s now
time to “become as little children” (Matt. 18:3) and
allow the Mother-Father Presence to speak through
your intuition. The light that you crave will come
out of the deep silence and become manifest to you
from within yourself, if you will but keep still and
sit silently, “waiting on the Lord.”
For what will give us the secret
that is the key to all power¾who
can give it to us¾except
the “Spirit of Truth, which proceedeth from the
Father” (John 15:26)? God, the creator of our being,
must whisper the secret to each one of us living, in
the innermost center of our beings. And that which
God would say to you is a secret that no other can
know. The secret He tells me is not revealed to you,
nor yours to me: it’s so secret that it can’t even
be put into human language! So each human being
must, when all’s said and done, deal directly with
the Father through the Christ Spirit within.
What we seek is a direct revelation
of God’s living Presence within us, of God’s power
moving through us, creating good in our world. In
these lessons, so far, we’ve been learning how to do
the outworking that makes us ready, but we’ve now
come to the place where we must learn how to set our
inner awareness so we can experience the divine
It’s as the Scripture illustrates.
Mary, who had loved and assisted the Master for
years, talked with the risen Jesus when she came to
the tomb, assuming she spoke to the gardener. Then,
suddenly, as He spoke her name, she had a flash of
intuition and recognized Him as her Teacher.
Similarly, Thomas Didymus had walked
daily with Jesus for three years, had watched His
life, eaten with Him, listened to Him and spoken
with Him. He had all the metaphysical training you
and I have had, and more. But his intellect wasn’t
enough; it was an inner revealing that made him cry
out “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28). There had
come, in an instant, the consciousness of the Father
in him, the divine self revealed to each and every
one of us personally.
The revelation never comes
through the intellect, but always through the
intuition to the intellect. “The natural man
receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for
they are foolishness unto him; and he cannot know
them” (I Cor. 2:14).
Neither Books Nor Teachers
In our eagerness to experience our
heart’s desire, we’ve reached for every source we
could find for the light we seek. Not knowing how
to wait in the silence, we’ve run around trying to
find it in others’ teachings. But you must forget
the notion that you can come to this place through
any other human being. No outside person can either
induct you or enter into it for you. No one can come
into it from the outside. No teacher can find it for
Now, books and teachers and lectures
are useful, up to a point. “How then shall they call
on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall
they believe in him whom they have not heard? And
how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Rom.
But there comes a time when you must
learn for yourself that the Christ Spirit lives in
you; that God within you is your life and light and
all good. When your intellect has grasped that, you
cease looking to teachers outside of you to bring
you spiritual insight. Teachers may talk about the
light, but the light itself must flash in the
darkness for you to see it.
Jesus knew that He had to leave his
disciples if they were ever to come to their own
realization. Had the Master remained with the
apostles, it’s doubtful they would ever have gone
beyond hanging onto His words and trying to figure
them out. He knew that His words and treatments for
spiritual illumination would act as a seed thought
in them, but He also knew that each of us must, on
our own, wait upon God for the inner illumination
that is lasting and real.
The experience of power was not to
come by the spoken word, but from “on high” (Isa.
32:15). It was the “promise of the Father which . .
. ye heard from me” (Acts 1:4). He could tell them
about it, but even He could not give it to them.
This is the gift that Father-Mother
God longs with an infinite longing to reveal to each
of us. God’s desire to show us the secret is the
seed of our desire for the revelation.
More than Waiting
Now there are those who, in their
desire to know God, are always seeking light for
themselves, but neglect to use what they have in
service for others. There must be an equal,
conscious, receiving from Spirit and giving out to
perfect equilibrium between the inflowing and the
keep perfect harmony. We each must learn how to
wait upon God for the infilling, and then give out
to every creature that which we’ve received, as
Spirit leads us to give¾in
preaching, in teaching, or silently living the
The light that fills us will radiate
from us without effort right where we are. When you
have learned how to abandon yourself to infinite
Spirit, and do so daily, you’ll be amazed at the
change in you. Spirit will root out capabilities
that you’re barely conscious of, simply because
they’ve been waiting there, silently, for this
opportunity to be expressed. You’ll become aware of
light, life, love, and all good, perfectly filling
all your lack while you just wait quietly and
Paul, who had learned this way of
faith, of being still and letting the I Am work into
his conscious mind as the fulfillment of all his
needs, was neither afraid nor ashamed to say:
I bow my knees unto the Father .
. . that he would grant you according to the
riches of his glory, that ye may be strengthened
with power . . . that Christ may dwell in your
hearts through faith . . . that ye, being rooted
and grounded in love, may be strong to apprehend
with all saints. . . and to know the love of
Christ which passeth knowledge, that ye might be
filled unto all the fullness of God . . .
according to the power that worketh in us (Eph
And so it is.
FINDING THE SECRET
How to seek the secret place¾where
to find it¾how
to abide in it¾these
are the questions that today, more than at any other
time in history, are in our hearts. More than
anything else, this knowledge, this experience
is what we seek.
All the steps we’ve been taking in
speaking the words of Truth and in striving to give
out the light we have already received¾are
carrying us quickly to our goal. Each step moves us
closer to the time when we’ll have full
consciousness of the Spirit of Christ working in us,
with all the love and beauty and health and power
Our Desire is God’s for Us
We don’t need to be anxious or in a
hurry for the experience. Let’s not lose sight of
the fact that our desire, great as it is, truly is
God’s desire for us. “No man can come to me except
the Father that sent me draw him” (John 6:44). The
Father-Mother Spirit in us must desire to reveal the
secret of His (Her) Presence within us, or we
wouldn’t feel any hunger for that secret, or for
Whoever and wherever you are in
life, remember that the Christ Spirit, speaking
through Jesus, has said “Ye did not choose me, but I
chose you, and appointed you, that ye should go
forth and bear fruit” (John 15:16). Whether you are
preaching the gospel or simply seeking understanding
and a sweeter, stronger life, know that you are
not seeking God; God is seeking you. Your
longing for greater manifestation is the eternal
energy that holds the planets in their orbits moving
in and through you to experience itself more fully.
You need not worry. You need not strive. You only
need to let it work. Learn how to let it.
Going to the Source
It’s time to go right to Spirit, the
fulfillment of all our desires, who waits to
manifest more through us and to us. Think about it
this way, if you wanted my love or anything that I
am (not that I have) you wouldn’t go to Tom or Dick
or Mary to get it. They might tell you that I could
and would give of myself, but you’d finally have to
come to me, because only I am that.
Similarly, we must go to God,
because God doesn’t give us life or love as a
thing. God is the light and the love. So
all we really want is more of God in our awareness,
no matter what name we give it.
We receive that light, that love,
that power from “on high,” from a higher region
within ourselves, a higher vibration, than our
normal, waking conscious minds. The Holy (whole,
entire, complete) Spirit must descend into our
minds; Spirit must lower its vibration from pure
light to visible light. And we must raise our
vibration to meet it. It’s the only way we can
experience the en-lighten-ment we seek, or tune in
to receive the power to make good manifest in our
Most of us have no idea how to “wait
. . . in silence for God only” (Psalms 62:5).
“Sitting in the silence” doesn’t mean very much to
people who only know how to listen to external
voices. But sound and noise reflect the external
world, not Spirit. God works in stillness, and we
can be conscious of the still, inner working.
A story by Edward Everett Hale tells
of a little girl playing among the birds and
butterflies in a country village. Frequently, she
would run into the nearby chapel to pray, and after
praying, would sit silently for a few minutes
“waiting,” she said, “to see if God wanted to say
anything” to her. We can do the same.
Guidelines for Waiting
“Sitting in the silence” is not some
sort of lazy drifting. It’s a passive, but
definite, waiting upon God. It’s not begging or
pleading or supplicating God for some favor or gift.
It’s knowing that the gift is on it’s way and
expecting to receive it. And it’s best begun alone,
in an undisturbed time and place.
When you want to do this, take a
time when you won’t be disturbed: close the door,
turn off the phone, shut the curtains if you must.
Practice alone until you can enter the Stillness
without being affected by what’s going on around
Begin your silence by lifting up
your heart in praise and thanksgiving to the
all-loving, all-giving Mother-Father Source of our
being. Connecting with God in this way helps center
us in the higher Presence, and counteracts the
tendency of the mind to run around in trivial
thoughts and worries. Many people, wanting to
experience the stillness, have found their minds
taking off in all directions at once¾the
natural result of trying to “stop thinking.” Nature
abhors a vacuum, and if you try to make your mind a
vacuum, natural processes will fill it right up
again. So prevent this disturbance by filling your
mind with higher thoughts¾of
the glories and wonders of God.
Sometimes, prayer works. Of course
prayer doesn’t change God’s attitude toward us, but
it’s easier to take a few steps to a higher
realization than one great leap. So, we can say “Let
thy will be done in me” or “Let Thy life flow
through me” if it is too much to accept that “God’s
will is being done in me, now,” or “God flows
through me, now, as all peace and power and life.”
While you’re focusing in this way on God, in
conversation with the Spirit within, no outside
thoughts can possibly rush in; your mind is open
only to God.
No set words are needed, but
sometimes words we’ve heard or read elsewhere can
get us started. The first few verses of the 103rd
Psalm are often useful:
Thou forgivest all mine errors;
Thou healest all my diseases; Thou redeemest my
life from destruction and crownest me with
loving kindness, now, now, while I wait upon
Or words to a familiar hymn, such as
“Oh God, our help in ages past, our hope for
years to come; our shelter from the stormy blast and
our eternal home.” Or from a glorious cantata,
like Handel’s Messiah: “For He shall reign
forever and ever; King of kings, Lord of lords,
forever and ever.”
Whatever words you choose, repeat
them many times,
relaxing, not straining, not reaching out and up and
away to an outside God. Let them become a quiet,
caring, lifting up of the heart to a higher
something within oneself, to “the Father in me”
(John 14:11). Let them be said with the quietness
and assurance of a child speaking to a loving parent
Some people work so hard to reach
out and upward for God that you can see it in their
faces. They haven’t yet learned that they simply
need to go into their own hearts to find what they
seek. Don’t reach out like that; it doesn’t work.
If a seed were planted in the earth and reached only
for the sun above, there would be no root system to
support it and give it nourishment. The seedling
needs to send roots downward while it turns its face
to the sun and lets itself be drawn upward.
Some people, working to raise up to
reach God, make the mistake of climbing right out of
their bodies. This abnormal stretching is not wise;
leaving the body alone leaves it weak and negative,
leading to cold feet and congested heads. We are
not to reach out and away from our bodies, but
instead to let the Son draw us upward as fast as we
can bear it and be strong.
While waiting upon God, we need to
relax, as much as possible, both mentally and
physically. Let yourself be like a seabird drying
itself on the sand, consciously absorbing all the
light and warmth that is there.
So, first, withdraw, both physically
and mentally, from the outside world. Each day,
“enter into thine inner chamber [the closet of our
being, the inner most part of ourselves], and . . .
shut thy door” (Matt. 6:6). You can use words like:
Thou abidest within me; Thou art
alive here now; Thou hast all power; Thou art
now the answer to all I desire; Thou dost now
radiate Thyself from the center of my being to
the circumference, and out into the visible
world as the fullness of my desire.
Then, be still, absolutely still.
Relax every part of your being, and believe that it
is being done. Know that divine substance does flow
in at the center and out into the visible world
every minute that you wait; for it is an unchanging
law that “every one that asketh, receiveth” (Matt.
7:8). Know that substance does come forth in
the form of your desire as you expect it to.
“According to your faith be it done unto you” (Matt.
If you find your mind wandering,
bring it right back to center by saying something
like “It is being done; Thou art working in me; I
am receiving all that I desire.” Don’t look for
signs and wonders; just be still and know that the
very thing you seek is flowing in and will come
forth into manifestation either at once or in a
Now go beyond, and give thanks to
this innermost Presence, that it has heard and
answered, that it does now come forth into
visibility. There’s something about the act of
thanksgiving that moves the mind beyond all doubt
and into the clarity of faith and trust, where “all
things are possible” (Matt. 19:26).
Even if you’re not yet conscious of
having received anything, don’t worry or stop giving
thanks. Don’t think of going back and asking again,
but continue to give thanks that while you waited
you received, and that what you received is now
manifest. You’ll soon be truly rejoicing in
gratitude for the fulfillment of your desire.
A caveat: don’t let waiting in
the silence become a burden. If you find
yourself becoming strained, get up and do something
else for a while. Or, if your mind insists on
wandering, don’t insist on concentrating, for a
rigid mindset shuts off the flow. There must be a
sort of relaxed passivity, with at the same time an
active “taking” by faith.
Letting Go of Limitations
In time, as we grow in spiritual
understanding, we begin to want¾more
than anything else¾to
have the desires of infinite wisdom and love
fulfilled in us. However,
My thoughts are not your
thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith
Jehovah. For as the heavens are higher than the
earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and
my thoughts higher than your thoughts (Isa.
Our desires always are God’s
desires, but till now, in a limited way. As we see
that more of God means more of good and joy and
happiness, we soon throw aside those limitations and
cry out in the silence, “Fulfill Thy highest thought
in me, now!” At that moment, we make ourselves clay
in the potter’s hands, willing to be re-shaped,
re-molded, “transformed into the same image” (II
Cor. 3:18), as the indwelling Christ Spirit. We say
Thou art now renewing me
according to Thy highest thought for me; Thou
art radiating Thy very self throughout my entire
being, making me like to Thyself¾for
there is nothing else but Thee. Father, I thank
Thee, I thank Thee!
Then, be still while Spirit works.
“Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith
Jehovah of hosts” (Zech.4:6).
While you’re waiting, and as you let
the Spirit work, marvelous changes will be made in
you. You’ll have a wonderful new consciousness of
peace and quiet¾serenity.
You’ll feel something has been done, that some new
power to overcome has come to you. You’ll be able
to say, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30) with
a new meaning¾a
new sense of reality, and awe that will make you
feel very still.
One touch of the Oversoul makes all
life seem different! All the hard things become
easy; the troublesome things are no longer worth
worrying over; the annoying people and events of the
world no longer matter. Because for the time, we
see things from the Christ within ourselves: we see
as God sees.
We no longer have to deny evil; we
know in that moment evil is nothing at all. We no
longer affirm the good as a discipline, but because
we can’t help it. Faith has become reality. We wait
upon and consciously receive from the Source the
power and understanding that lets us “speak the
word” and easily make perfection visible.
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t
get immediate results. Every moment that you wait,
Spirit is working to make you a new being in Christ¾a
being who consciously has divine qualities and
powers. There may be several days of inner working
before you see the change; but it will surely come.
And, as with anything else, with
practice you’ll get to the point where you can go
into the silence¾into
conscious communion with God¾at
a moment’s notice. Any time. Any place.
Waiting and Expecting
word made alive as Truth in our consciousness¾must
come to every one who continues to wait upon God.
But there are two conditions to be met for it to
First, we are to abide, to dwell
“in the secret place of the Most High” (Psalms 91:1)¾not
merely run in and out. Of course, this doesn’t mean
you’re to spend all your time in meditation and
silence, but that your mind is continually in an
attitude of waiting upon God. Not in an attitude of
clamoring for things, but of listening for the
Father’s voice, of expecting to feel the Presence.
Our Master teacher, Jesus, spent many hours alone in
communion with the Father, and His greatest works
were done after these long sessions. So must we
commune alone with Spirit if we would manifest the
Christ in us.
But Jesus didn’t spend all His time
in receiving. He poured forth into the everyday
lives of all around him all that He received. His
knowledge of spiritual matters was used constantly
to uplift and help people. And we must do likewise;
for our new life and revelation flows in as fast as
we give it out in service to others. Jesus said
“Go, preach . . . Heal the sick . . . freely ye
received, freely give” (Matt 10:7-8). We “wait upon
the Lord” in the silence and in our service
The second essential condition to
finding and abiding in the secret place is
expectation from God. “My soul, wait thou in
silence for God only; for my expectation is from
Him” (Psalms 62:5). “Truly in vain is the help that
is looked for from the hills . . . truly in Jehovah
our God is the salvation of Israel” (Jer. 3:23).
Is your expectation from God or from
books, teachers, friends, a relationship, or
meetings? “Jehovah thy God is in the midst of thee”
(Zeph. 3:15). In the midst of you¾at
the center of your being at this very moment, while
you read these words!
“Jehovah thy God is in the
midst of thee, a mighty one who will save; he
will rejoice over thee with joy; he will be
quiet in his love; he will exult over thee with
singing” (Zeph. 3:17).
You are God’s love. You are
rejoiced over. As you turn away from other sources
and toward the Spirit within you, God’s singing and
joy will fill you so that your life will be a great
Your Own Lord
And “Thy God” is yours alone. Your
Lord is not my Lord. Your Lord is the Christ Spirit
within your being; my Lord is that Spirit in my
being. There is one Spirit, one Father, one
Oversoul expressing and experiencing itself in and
through all creation. But there are different
manifestations, or aspects of that One: different
Your Lord is the Spirit that
delivers you out of all your troubles. Your Lord
has no other business but to manifest in and through
you, and so make you whole with divine health;
mighty with divine power; perfectly manifesting the
perfection of the Christ. As Jesus experienced God
as his own, dear “Daddy” (abba), you will
experience your own loving Presence. Yours alone.
So let all your expectation be from
your own Lord. Let all your communion be with your
own loving Presence. Wait upon the indwelling Spirit
just as often as you would wait on any visible
When you feel un-well, “wait thou in
silence for God only” (Psalms 62:5), rather than
When you seek wisdom in large or
small matters “wait thou in silence for God only”
and see what wonderful wisdom for action is yours.
When you desire to speak the word
that will deliver someone from the bondage of
sickness, sin, or sorrow, “wait thou in silence for
God only” and exactly the right word will be given
power with it, for it will be alive with the power
Nona Brooks, founder of the College of
Divine Science in Denver, used to sit and consider
all the qualities of God¾sometimes
until she felt herself entering a space she called
“the Light” and there, declared her intention.
It’s natural for human beings to set
out in search of Truth because of the material
rewards (“loaves and fishes”). It may be that
most people first turn to God because of some
weakness, some failure, or some unbearable need in
their lives. After trying everything else in vain,
they turn in desperation to God.
Even the most depraved human being
(though he wouldn’t for the world admit it)
instinctively feels that, somewhere, there is a
power that can give him just what he wants; that if
he could only reach that power, he could prevail
upon it to grant the things he desired. This
feeling is itself, God-given. It is the divine Self¾a
tiny spark at the center of his being¾suggesting
the true remedy for all his ills.
Everyone wants to be free¾free
as the birds of the air; free of all suffering; free
from bondage; free from poverty; free from all forms
of distress. And we have a right to be; it is a
God-given desire, and a God-given right.
In the early days of the practice of
Truth, all teaching was limited to the manifestation
of infinite love as healing. Sickness, seemingly
incurable disease, and suffering were everywhere,
and every sufferer wanted to be free. We didn’t
know that there was willingness and power¾even
the part of our Father to give us something more
than sweet, patient submission to suffering.
When at first the truth was taught
that the divine presence lives in humans as perfect
life, and can be drawn on by our recognition and
faith into full health and wellbeing, the teaching
attracted widespread attention, as it should. Both
teachers and students focused on this one outcome¾and
lost sight of the larger, fuller, more complete
manifestation of the indwelling Father that is
Time has shown us, though, that
there are many more gifts, and a much greater truth
to be experienced.
Why should we restrict the limitless
One to one gift? Unless of course, we’re so consumed
with desire for that one that we’re sure it’s God’s
desire for us¾in
which case we won’t have to try to heal: healing
will flow from us wherever we are. Even in a crowd
of people, without any effort on our part, the one
who needs healing will “touch” us, as the woman in
the multitude touched Jesus’ cloak (Matt. 9:21).
Healing is truly a “branch” of the
“vine” (John 15:4). But it’s not the only branch.
There are many branches, all of which are essential
for the perfect vine, which is seeking through you
and me to bear much fruit. What God wants is for us
to grow into such conscious oneness with Spirit,
such realization that the Source and substance of
all good really lives in us, that “ask whatsoever ye
will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7).
Your Own Gifts
If you’re faithfully and sincerely
living what Truth you know and still lack the
healing power [or the capacity to create abundant
call it good. Rest assured, no matter what anyone
else says or thinks, this apparent lack simply means
that you need to let go of the single gift and go
for the whole set, which includes it. Don’t for a
moment be afraid to let go of this one little
branch! Choose instead to have the highest thoughts
of infinite Mind, whatever they may be, fulfilled
through you. We need to keep our hands off the
branches and focus on the vine.
You are here for some particular
purpose. If, when the time comes, you let
loose, cheerfully, of the rigid grasp you’ve kept on
one particular form of manifesting, and “desire
earnestly the greater gifts” (I Cor. 12:31),
whatever yours may be, you’ll do “works” through
those gifts that will be marvelous to all who
behold. More, these works will happen without
effort on your part, because they’ll be Spirit¾omnipotent,
through you in God’s own chosen direction.
Now, concerning spiritual gifts,
brethren, I would not have you ignorant . . .
there are diversities of gifts, but the same
Spirit. . . . For to one is given through the
Spirit the word of wisdom; and to another the
word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit;
to another faith . . . to another gifts of
healings . . . to another workings of miracles;
and to another prophecy; and to another
discerning of spirits; to another diverse
tongues; and to another the interpretation of
tongues (I Cor 12:1, 4, 8-10).
So he lists some of the free gifts
of the Spirit available to those who will not limit
manifestations of the Holy One, but yield to
Spirit’s desire within them.
The same Spirit, always and forever
Spirit, one God¾but
in different forms of manifestation. The gift of
healing is no greater than the gift of prophecy; the
gift of prophecy no greater than the gift of faith,
for faith (when it’s God’s faith manifested through
as a grain of mustard seed” shall move mountains.
Why are so many so afraid to yield?
Why are so many afraid to abandon themselves to the
workings of infinite love and wisdom? Have we not
seen God’s works and called them good?
Then why should we fear to wait with
a perfect willingness that the Spirit manifest
itself through us and to us as it will? We know
that whatever the manifestation, it will be good¾all
good, to ourselves and to those around us!
The courage to let go of our opinion
and accept God’s is rare, indeed. And, for some,
acting on such courage might mean an apparent
downward turning of whatever success may have been
achieved in the past. But such a turning would only
lead to a wonderful soaring upward, a resurrection
of the Christ Spirit into visibility through you¾in
God’s own chosen way, right here and now. The
apparent failure in the moment would only mean a
grand success, a little later on.
So don’t fear failure, but call
failure good, for it really is. Didn’t Jesus stand
as an utter failure, to all appearances, when He
stood mute before Pilate? But if He hadn’t seemed
to fail right at that point, there couldn’t have
been the infinitely grander demonstration of His
resurrection a little later on. “Except a grain of
wheat fall into the earth, it abideth by itself
alone; but if it die, it beareth much fruit” (John
Moving Beyond Limitations
Your greatest work will be done
through your own God-appointed channel. If you will
let Spirit possess your will completely, if you will
to have the highest will done in you and through you
continually, you will be quickly moved out of your
present limitations. These limitations, indicated
by your current partial successes, will fall away as
a fuller and more perfect manifestation comes forth¾as
much fuller and more perfect as the new grain is
compared to the old seed, which had to fall to the
ground and die.
Old ways must die. Failure is only
the death of the old that there may be the
hundredfold increase. If, at any time, a gift
you’ve been using no longer “works” for you, then
allow someone else to work it for you, and know
that, right here, there is something even better,
waiting for you to call it forth.
Spirit, the Holy Spirit, which is
God in movement, wants to open a bigger, brighter
way to you. This apparent failure is God’s call
to you to stop what you’ve been doing and turn your
attention inward. “Acquaint now thyself with him,
and be at peace; thereby good shall come unto thee”
Turn to the divine Presence within
yourself. Seek the Spirit. Be still before your
God. Wait upon your Lord quietly, sincerely,
constantly, and trustingly¾for
days, and weeks, if necessary! Let the Spirit work
in you, and sooner or later you will spring up into
a resurrected life of newness and power that you’ve
never dreamed of before.
If, when these transition periods
come (in which through “failure,” God would lead us
higher), we become frightened or discouraged, we
miss the lesson that Spirit seeks to teach us¾and
postpone the day of receiving our own fullest,
highest gift. In our ignorance and fear we would be
hanging onto the old grain of wheat, not daring to
fall to the ground, so there would be no
resurrection, no fullness of life¾nothing
bigger and grander to come out of it.
The Way and the Life
So we must learn to no longer fear
God. We must come to know the loving Presence
within ourselves. We must stop focusing on results,
and seek to live a life in partnership with the
We must begin, truly, to embody the Christ Spirit
that dwells within our being, to live the Truth, and
teach others to do the same.
“I am the vine, ye are the branches:
He that abideth [consciously] in me and I in him
[his awareness], the same beareth much fruit: for
apart from me ye can do nothing . . . If ye abide in
me and my words abide in you, ask ye whatsoever ye
will and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:5,
“I am the way, and the truth, and
the life” (John 14:6) says the Christ at the center
of your being. Do you see that your first¾your
must be to seek life in the Spirit, to seek knowing
the Presence as a living reality, and not just as
theory? After that, ask what you will, be it power
to heal, to cast out demons, or even the “greater
works” that Jesus promised we should do (John 14:2),
and “it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7).
Do not be afraid; “for God gave us
not a spirit of frightfulness, but of power and love
and practice” (II Tim. 1:7).
It is all one and the same Spirit.
To be the greatest success, you don’t want my gift,
nor do I want yours; we each want our own, to fit
our capacity and desires, as the highest in us
chooses. Seek to be filled with Spirit if you want
the reality of the greater things to be incarnate in
your experience. Spirit will reveal to your
understanding your own specific gift, which is God’s
desired manifestation through you.
Let’s all focus on our own work, our
own God, and our own gifts. And when our neighbors
“fail,” let’s give thanks that they’re being granted
the opportunity to accept an even higher gift, a
more complete manifestation of the Christ through
Finally, “I . . . beseech you to
walk worthily of the calling wherewith ye were
called, with all lowliness and meekness, . . .
forbearing one another in love; with diligence to
keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”
In 1894, health was the only real
problem. Since then we’ve moved through the 20th
Century, with its focus on achieving financial
prosperity. Most of us, therefore, may not be as
familiar with the gift of healing as we are with the
gift of creating wealth. The same principles apply.
After Dr. Cady wrote this book, a
shopkeeper in Florida was having serious troubles
with his business and went “into his closet” to find
the solution. The result was a new kind of
partnership and decades of success for his
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UNITY OF THE SPIRIT
It would be easy to get discouraged
in this world if we didn’t know, as a living
reality, that behind all the variety of human
understandings is, forever, the master Mind. Behind
all, the master Artist is, through human hands,
putting a touch of color here and another there,
seeing the end from the beginning.
It would be pitiful¾if
it weren’t so utterly ridiculous¾to
see the human mind always trying to limit God to a
personal understanding. The truth is that, however
much we may know of God, there will always be
unexplored fields to experience and express.
It’s as if people were living on the
dark side of a wall, with a few small openings, and
each of them, looking through their own narrow slit
were saying “I see the whole world!” Of course, one
person would see fields and trees, and another would
see houses and streets and another, rivers and
hills, and all would be convinced the others were
wrong. And all would be correct¾partially.
While we, with our larger view would pity them for
so displaying their ignorance.
Break Down the Walls
From time immemorial there have been
schisms and divisions among religious sects and
denominations. And today, with all the knowledge we
have of one God abiding in all humanity, many still
cling to external differences.
It’s time to break down the seeming
“middle wall of partition” (Eph 2:14), even as the
living Christ breaks down all misunderstanding.
It’s time to see that there is no real wall of
difference between all the various sects of theology,
except those appearing because of one’s limited
view. It’s time to understand that every time you
try to limit God’s manifestation of Spirit in anyone
or through anyone in order to make that
manifestation conform to your idea of Truth, you’re
only displaying your ignorance.
It’s time to lose sight of all
differences, all side issues, and seek for one thing
only: the awareness of the Presence of the
indwelling God, in you and all your life. And, just
as there is less separation between the spokes of a
wheel as they approach the hub, you’ll find that the
nearer you come to the perfect Center, the less
difference you’ll see between you and any other.
The happy person who will from his
heart exclaim “Praise the Lord!” no matter what
occurs to him, and who thereby finds that “to them
that love God all things work together in good”
(Rom. 8:28), is actually saying the metaphysician’s
“all is good.” The metaphysician¾whether
from Unity, Religious Science, Divine Science, or
any other New Thought group¾need
not look down on the Pentecostal, for both, simply,
“in all thy ways acknowledge him [God, good]” (Prov.
3:6). And this really is a magical wand, bringing
sure deliverance out of any trouble to all who
faithfully use it.
The teachings of Spirit are
intrinsically the same, because Spirit is one.
A woman spoke in an orthodox prayer
meeting, knowing no more of religious science than a
baby knows Greek. Her face, however, was radiant
with the light of the Christ manifest through her.
She told how, five or six years before, she had been
seeking to know more of God through prayer, and one
day, in all earnestness, had asked that some special
word of His will be given her as a sort of private
message. The words flashed in her mind, “If
therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall
be full of light . . . No man can serve two masters”
The woman had read these words many
times before, but that day they were illumined by
Spirit, and she saw that to have a “single” eye
meant seeing but one power in her life; while she
saw two powers (God and devil, good and evil) she
was serving two masters. From that day forward,
though she had passed through all sorts of
illness in the family, loss of a husband¾she
found always the most marvelous, full, and compete
deliverance out of them all, by resolutely adhering
to the “single” eye¾seeing
God only. She wouldn’t look even for a moment at
the seeming evil to combat it or rid herself of it,
because, as she put it “Lookin’ at God with one eye
and this evil with the other is bein’ double-eyed,
and God told me to keep my eye single.”
This woman, who had never heard of
any science or metaphysical teaching, or laws of
mind, was overcoming the tribulations of this world
by positively refuting to have any but a single
eye. She had been taught in a single moment by
infinite Spirit the whole secret of how to banish
every evil and have only good and joy. Isn’t it
At the center, all is one and the
same God, forevermore. Even someone who worships
the golden calf as his highest conception of the
divine, worships God. His mind has not yet expanded
to a state where he can grasp any idea of God beyond
the physical form, something that he can see with
human eyes and touch with human hands. But at heart
he seeks something higher than his present conscious
self to be his deliverance out of distress.
And you and I, with all our
knowledge, are we doing anything different?
The Spirit at the center of the
calf-worshipper, who is God’s child, is thus
seeking, though blindly, its Mother-Father Source.
Can anyone dare say it won’t find what it seeks?
Won’t we say, instead, that following the immutable
law, “he that seeketh findeth” (Matt. 7:8)?
You now know that, at the center of
your being, God lives. From the nature of your
relationship with God, and by God’s own immutable
laws, you may become conscious of that divine
Presence, eternally abiding in Spirit and Spirit in
No Need to Convert Others
The moment anyone really comes to
recognize this absolute Truth¾that
one Spirit, the Father-Mother, being made manifest
in the Son, ever lives at the center of all human
know they can stop being anxious about bringing
others into the same form of teaching. If your
friend, husband or wife, brother or sister, doesn’t
see Truth as you see it, don’t try to convert them
with arguments. “And I, if I be lifted up from the
earth, will draw all men unto myself” (John 12:32).
What’s needed is not that you, with the human
intellect (so fond of arguing!) try to lift up your
friends and family. The Holy Spirit within all of
us declares “I . . . will draw all men unto myself.”
Instead, you can silently lift up this “I” of
another’s being, and it will draw them up¾not
unto your teaching, but unto the Christ within them.
Keep your own light lifted up by
living the victorious life of Spirit. Then remember
that your dear ones are an incarnation of that
Spirit and keep them silently committed to the care
of their own divine Spirit. You can’t know what God
wants to do in them; you never will know.
If you fully recognize that the God
dwelling in you dwells in all human beings, you know
that each one’s own Lord, the Christ within each
one, will make no mistake. The greatest help you
can give anyone is to repeat silently, whenever you
think of that person:
The Holy Spirit lives within you;
God cares for you, is working in you that which the
Spirit would have you do, and is manifesting through
Then let them alone. Be at perfect
peace about them, and the result will be much better
than anything you could have asked for.
If you want to help others who are
not yet awakened to this knowledge, center your
thoughts on this idea of them¾that
they are radiating fountains of the All-Perfect.
Keep your eye “single” for others, as did the
uneducated woman for herself, and Spirit will teach
them more in a day than you could in years. Always
keep in mind that each living person in all God’s
universe is a radiating center of the same perfect
One, some radiating more or less, depending on their
awakening. If you have become aware of this
radiation within yourself, keep your thought
centered right there, and the Spirit of the living
God will radiate from you in all directions with
mighty power, doing without noise or words, the
great work of lifting others up.
God is Principle
and Loving Parent
Throughout the ages, humanity has
held to the idea of separateness instead of
oneness. Humans have believed themselves separate
from God and separate from each other. And even now,
when we talk so much about oneness, most teachers of
metaphysics are managing, again, to separate God’s
children from their Mother-Father¾by
saying that while the child may suffer, infinite
Mind knows no suffering, and is unaware of the
child’s suffering. They suggest that we, God’s
children, and forever a part of the One, are torn
and lacerated while God, knowing nothing of this,
goes on as serenely and indifferently as the full
moon sails through the skies.
It’s no wonder then, that many who
experienced their first practical lessons in the
gospel of the Christ as liberation and power, have,
in times of heartache or failure, turned back to
their old limited belief of the Fatherhood
personality of God.
There’s no real reason for us,
having recognized God as infinite substance, to be
deprived of the familiar loving presence that’s so
dear to the human heart. There’s no need for us
to separate God as substance and God as loving
Parent, and every reason why we should have both
in one: they are One. God principle around us is
unchanging law, God within us is tender, loving
Father-Mother, with compassion for our every
Just because in our childhood some
of us were forced into narrow puritanical limits
that stood for religious belief doesn’t mean we
should now fancy ourselves so self-sufficient that
we’ll never again need the sweet communion between
Parent and child. We, the created, who every moment
live, move, and have our being in the Creator, need
the conscious presence of that Creator, and can’t be
entirely happy knowing God only as cold,
unsympathetic Principle. Why can’t we accept both?
Both are true, and both are essential to the whole.
The two were made to go together and
cannot be separated.
God as underlying substance of all
things, as principle, is unchanging and unmoved by
the apparent changes of time and sense. God as
principle feels no pain and is not moved by the
cries of children or adults for help. It’s a grand,
wonderful thought that this power is unchanging law¾as
unchanging in the affairs of our lives as in the
government of the stars and galaxies. We can feel
our being expanding, just with the thought of it!
But there is gospel, also. And
gospel fulfills the law. God is principle and
individual. Principle becomes individualized the
moment it comes to dwell as the human body. It does
not change because of pity or sympathy, even “as a
father pitieth his children” (Psalms 103:13). The
loving Presence in us always moves into helpfulness
when called on and trusted. (Remember, Jesus called
God “daddy.”) It’s as though infinite wisdom and
power, which around us are Creator, Upholder, and
Principle, become transformed into infinite love,
with all the warmth and tender helpfulness that
implies, when they become focalized within a human
Then, in some way, this indwelling
One moves to lift the consciousness of His (Her)
children up, placing it parallel with Principle and
Law, so that the three¾human
consciousness, indwelling Spirit, and Principle¾are
Every metaphysician must come to the
place in life when even the bravest hearts go down,
for the moment, under the apparent burdens of life¾times
when the strongest intellect is shaken, the most
self-sufficient mind feels a helplessness that cries
for help. At that place, God as cold principle will
more than in the past, God as personality would
suffice. At such times there’s little comfort in the
thought: “this suffering results from my wrong
thinking, but God, divine Principle, is unaware.”
At such times, the motherhood of God, with its warm
sympathy is what we must have¾and
do have. This doesn’t make God as Principle less,
but God as individual more.
The whole business of your Lord (the
Presence in you) is to care for you, to love you
with an everlasting love, to hear your slightest
cry, and to carry you through life’s difficult
If you ask, “Then why doesn’t He do
it?” Remember, you must recognize God’s dwelling in
you as Power, and resolutely affirm that God now
manifests as your all-sufficiency, calling That
forth into visibility. God is our present
help in time of need. But there must be a
recognition of the Presence, a turning away from
human efforts, and an acknowledgement of God only (a
single eye) before that Help becomes manifest.
This is even more true today than in
Cady’s. We have a century’s experience studying
world religions, seeing the underlying commonality
(as in Alduous Huxley’s Perennial Philosophy),
and still we have individual sects being declared
the only way to experience God’s love. rlm