Creative Mind by Ernest Holmes

Creative Mind by Ernest Holmes

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Holmes Introduction The hand of eternal progress is brushing the
cobwebs from the corridors of time and is again revealing to the human race the mysteries
of being. As there is nothing new under the sun, the
searchlight of Truth is bringing to light only what has been known to the few in all
generations. The time has now come
when the few must become the many. The whole world, from the least to the greatest,
must know the Truth, so that man may understand the great laws that govern his life. He must learn to control his own destiny,
to heal his own body and bring happiness to his own soul. Ignorance must vanish and understanding must
be ushered in. Man is no longer to be governed by anything
outside himself. Creeds, doctrines, churches, institutions,
organizations, governments are all being changed to give place to the realization of the individual. There is a power in and through all that is
working this great transformation. All that will not measure up to the standard
must fall by its own weight. all that is in line with the Truth must still
prosper. The time is at hand. we are in the greatest age of all history. we are in the age of the unifying of all people
and all things, into the Ever Present One. The temple not made with hands is now being
silently builded by the emancipated souls of this planet. This little book is an attempt to explain
what each soul must discover for himself, that he stands in the midst of an eternal
creative power which presses itself around his own thought, and casts back to him glorified
all that he thinks. If it awakens within the consciousness of
one single individual, the realization that the mind of the Universe, which is the only
mind that there is in his own mind, that the creative power of this mind is his also, that
the manifestation of this mind is his own individuality, that the love and power and
peace of this mind is within himself, it will not be written in vain. May it then do much in simplifying and bringing
to light some of the deeper mysteries and meanings of life. Ernest Shurtleff Homles
October First Nineteen Eighteen Part one Analysis of contents in the beginning Spirit is the first cause in the creative
series. Manifestation, the action of Spirit upon itself. A Principle that can be proven It is done unto you even as you believe. The word going forth
The word establishes itself as law. Why and what is man? Man is the outcome of the desire of the Spirit
to make something which expresses the same life that it feels. The Law of our lives We are centers of creative thought activity
in the Universal Mind. Unlimited life is latent in man. mans Part Through harmony with Universal Mind mans word
becomes the law of his life. Man not a creator but his thought is creative. Bondage and freedom Ignorance is the only bondage. Freedom is the law of belief. The word As Gods word is in the Universe so mans word
is in his own life. The man who has arrived The one who can control his thinking is he
to whom time and place makes no difference. The power we have within us We have as much creative power as we allow
to flow through us. Individual Ideas Have power to manifest as long as held. The reason for the universe Mind in action All Law is mind in action, both Cosmic and
in the individual. Life externalizes at the level of our thought. Action and reaction Law of cause and effect always operative. Arriving at a high consciousnes Have faith and willingness to believe in the
law of life to do for us. Outer Suggestions Are under our own control. We must learn to govern life by inner realization. Working in union with the power of good. The use of the greater consciousness The inner realization that good is always
with us results in health, happiness and prosperity. The greater consciousness The realization of completion brings us into
the enlarged consciousness. The perfect universe We must come to realize that we are living
in a perfect universe peopled with perfect ideas it appears to us as we harmonize with
it. About struggle Karma The great law of life is thinking and becoming. Karma is the result of false thinking. The only escape is to know what the truth
is and think it. Now, let’s begin. Part 1 In the beginning In the beginning, God! Clear and expressive are these words. In the beginning, God only. No manifest universe! No system of planets! Nothing of form or life, of brute or man! God was the Spirit of All that was to be,
but He had not yet moved upon the waters. Then this All Being moved, or began to create. Where did Spirit move, upon what did It move
to create where did It get a pattern what means or power did It employ? through what
agencies did It work? In short, what is the world, ourselves included,
made out of, and how did we and all else come into being? These questions correctly answered would solve
the problem of being and set men free. Let us consider. The Spirit was all there was nothing else
but Itself. All Inclusive, Everywhere, Infinite. This all ispirit could not have had the impulse
to move unless It were self conscious, therefore the Spirit is the Power that knows Itself
It is accordingly All Knowing as well as All Present. Being one, undivided, whatever It knows, It
knows all over instantly. We find then that the Spirit
operates through self knowing. It moves, and that inner movement must be
ne of Infinite Power, moving upon Itself since It is all and with a definite purpose. The Spirit, then, moves upon Itself, and makes
out of Itself all that is made. In other words, what we see comes from what
we do not see, through some inner intelligence at work, which knows there is no power but
Itself. The things that are seen are not
made of the things that do appear. The only possible operation of intelligence
is thought, or The Word. So all things were made by the Word, and Without
the Word was not anything made that hath been made. How simple the process of creation when we
understand it. The Spirit ispeaks and since there is nothing
but the Spirit and it is All Power, it has only to speak and it is done. The Word was with God and the Word was God. From the Word, then, comes forth all that
appears. Each life, human or divine, each manifestation
is a different kind of word coming into expression. The great fact to dwell upon is that Spirit
needs nothing to help It. It is self conscious and has all power and
all ability to do whatever It wishes to accomplish. It operates simply by speaking. It is hard to get a clear concept of this
great Ceaseless Cause, this something from which all things come. at times we get into a maze of confusion when
we attempt to realize what the Spirit means. It is then that we should think of It as the
great reason behind everything. Being all knowledge It must know Itself, and
must know everything It creates, so It knows us and It knows everyone. Since It is All Presence we can contact anywhere
and will never have to go to some particular spot to find It. As It is All Knowing and operates through
the power of the Word, It knows everything we think. Just how It creates we cannot know and need
not attempt to understand, for whatever this process of creation is, we find it is always
an inner thought process. We should keep this in mind the Spirit makes
all things out of Itself. Everything comes into being without effort,
and when we exert ourselves we are not in accord with the Creative Spirit in the way
in which It works. The impulse of the Spirit to move must be
caused by a desire to express what It feels Itself to be Beauty, Form, Color, Life, Love
and Power. All things else we find in the manifest universe
are attributes of the Spirit, and are caused to spring into being through the Word, because
the Spirit wants to enjoy Itself. We find, then, that the Word, which is the
inner activity of thought, comes first in the creative series, and all else comes from
the effect of the Word operating upon a universal substance. If the Word precedes all else, then the Word
is what we are looking for, and when we get it, we shall have what the world has
sought from time immemorial. We must, if we wish to prove the power of
the Spirit in our lives, look not to outside things or effects, but to the Word alone. The human eye sees and the human hand touches
only that which is an effect. Unseen law controls everything, but this Law
also is an effect. Law did not make itself. the Law is not intelligence or causation. Before there can be a Law there must be something
that acts, and the Law is the way it acts. it is intelligence. In the beginning was the Word. This Word or the activity of the
Spirit, is the cause of the law, and the law in its place is the cause of the thing, and
the thing is always an effect, that is, it did not make itself. it is a result. The Word always comes first in the creative
series. The Word was with God and the Word was God,
and the Word still is God. When we realize that man is like God, and
he could not be otherwise, being made out of God, we will realize that his word also
has power. If there is but One Mind then it follows that
our word, our thought is the activity of that One Mind in our consciousness. the power that holds the planets in their
place is the same power that flows through man. We must place the Word where it belongs, whether
it is the word of God in the Universe or the word of man in the individual. it is always first, before all else, in the
beginning. The real sequence is this. Cause, Spirit, Intelligence, God the Word,
the activity of Intelligence the effect, or the visible thing, whether it is a planet
or a peanut. All are made out of the same thing. What we need to do is to learn how to use
the word so that all will come to see that they are creative centers within themselves. A principle that can be proven Knowing that Mind is, we have a principle
that is absolute. it is exact. it is going to correspond to our thinking
about it. The first great necessity is to believe this. without belief we can do nothing. This is the reason Jesus said. It is done unto you even as you have believed. Always it is done unto people
as they believe, and there is Something that does it which never fails. We must believe that our word is formed upon
and around by this creative Mind, for instance, we wish to create activity in our business
we believe that our word is law about that thing, and there is something that takes our
thought and executes it for us. If we have accepted the fact that all is mind
and that the thought is the thing, we shall isee at once that our word is the power behind
the thing, and that it depends upon the word or thought that we are sending out. See Creative Mind and Success by the author. So plastic is mind, so receptive, that the
slightest thought makes an impression upon it. People who think many kinds of thought must
expect to receive a confused manifestation in their lives. If a gardener plants a thousand kinds of seeds,
he will get a thousand kinds of plants, it is the same in mind. The word going forth Since this is true, everything depends upon
our mental concepts. As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. the Bible reiterates this statement telling
us many times of the creative power of thought. Jesus taught nothing else. He said the words which I speak unto you,
they are Spirit and they are life. The Centurion coming to Jesus recognized the
power of the word spoken by the latter. He said, I also am one in authority, but his
authority was on the physical plane, and he saw that Jesus had authority on a Spiritual
plane, for he said, Speak the word only. The Bible also tells us that the word is not
afar off but in our own mouth. It is neither here nor there. it is within every living soul. We must take the responsibility for our own
lives. All must awake to the facts that they have
absolute control over their lives, and that nothing can happen by chance. Then they will have a broader concept of God,
a greater tolerance for their neighbor, and a greater realization of their own divine
nature. What a relief from strenuous labor. no more struggle or strife. Be still and know that I am God, and beside
me there is none other. The Spirit being all there is, we cannot conceive
of anything that can hinder its working. When the Spirit has spoken, the Word becomes
Law, for before the Law is the Word It precedes all else. First is Absolute Intelligence, All Power,
All Presence, All Causation, then the movement upon itself through the power of the Word.
then the Word becoming Law, the Law producing the thing and holding it in place. So long as the Word exists the thing will
exist, for since the Word is All Power there is nothing beside It. I Am that I Am, and beside me there is none
other. This I Am is Spirit, God, All. There is no physical explanation for anything
in the universe. all causation is Spirit and all effect spiritual. We are not living in a physical world but
in a spiritual world peopled with spiritual ideas. We are now living in Spirit. God, or Spirit, governs the universe through
great mental laws that work out the divine will and purpose, always operating from Intelligence. This Intelligence is so vast, and the power
so great, that our human minds cannot even grasp it. all that we can hope to do is to learn something
of the way in which it works, and by harmonizing ourselves with it, to so align ourselves with
Spirit, that our lives may be controlled by the great harmony that obtains in all the
higher laws of nature, but has been very imperfectly manifested in man. This brings us to the second point of consideration. Why and what is man? We find in the physical universe that automatic
laws govern everything, for instance, the tree cannot say I will not. because of the law that holds it in place,
it grows without any volition of its own. So it is with all nature, but when we come
to man we find a different manifestation of the Spirit, a being who can say I choose. In all creation, man alone is an individual,
man alone is free and yet man alone wants, is sick, suffers, and is unhappy. Man marks the earth with ruin. why? because he has not found his true nature. The very thing that should free him, and eventually
will do so, now limits him. God could not make an individual without making
him able to think, and he cannot think without bringing upon himself the results
of his thought, good or bad. This does not mean using two powers, but using
the One from two standpoints. Nothing in itself is either good or bad. all things exist in mind as a potentiality. mind is eternally acting upon thought, continually
producing its own images from mind, and casting them out into manifestation. Man must be the outcome of the desire of the
Spirit, to make something which expresses the same life that It feels. Man is made to be a companion of the Infinite,
but to arrive at this exalted plane of being, he
must have his freedom, and be let alone to discover his own nature, to return love to
his Creator only when he chooses to do so. At the doorway, then, of mans mind this wonderful
God has to wait. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. the opening must be on the part of the individual. Man lives in a mind that presses in upon him
from all isides with infinite possibilities, with infinite creative power. The divine urge of infinite love, crowds itself
upon him, and awaits his recognition. Being the image of this Power, his thought
also must be the Word or cause it the life. At the center of his being is all the power
that he will need on the path of his unfoldment. all the mind that man has is as much of this
Infinite Mind as he allows to flow through him. We have often thought of God as far off, and
of man as a being separate from the All Good. now we are coming to see that God and man
are one, and that that One is simply awaiting mans recognition, that he may spring into
being and become to man all that he could wish or want. As the father has inherent life in himself,
so hath he given to the Son to have life within himself. It could not be otherwise, we are all in Mind
and Mind is always creating for us as we think. and as we are thinking creatures, always thinking,
our happiness depends upon our thought. Let us consider the law of our life. The law of our lives Spirit creates through law. The law is always mind in action. Mind cannot act unless intelligence sets it
in motion. In the great universal mind, man is a center
of intelligence, and every time he thinks he sets mind into action. What is the activity of this mind in relation
to mans thought? It has to be one
of mental correspondence, that is, mind has to reflect whatever thought it casts into
it. Wonderful as Universal Mind is, it has no
choice but to create whatever thought is given it. if it could contradict that thought, it would
not be a unit, since this would be recognizing something outside itself. This is a point in Truth which should not
be overlooked. The
one mind knows only its own ability to make whatever is given. it isees no other power and never analyzes
or dissects. it isimply knows, and the reason why people
do not understand this is that they have not realized what mind is. The ordinary individual thinks of mind only
from the limitation of his own environment. The concept he has of mind is the concept
of his own thinking, which is very limited. We are surrounded by an all iseeing, All Knowing
Mind, which is One and runs through all. The belief in the dual mind has destroyed
practically all philosophies and religions of the ages, and will continue to do so until
the world comes to see that there is but One. Whatever name is given it, there is
but One. It is this One that creates for us, whatever
we believe. Our thought operative through this One, produces
all our affairs. We are all centers in this Mind, centers of
creative thought activity. There is nothing which appears in the manifest
Universe other than an objectified thought, whether it be a bump on your head, a growth
on your foot or a planet. It could not be there were it not made out
of Mind, for mind is all there is to make anything out of. Whatever is made is made out of it. Nothing exists or can exist without a source
from which it isprings. We are not dealing with a negative as well
as a positive Power, not two powers but one, a power that sees neither good nor evil, as
we see it. It knows only that it is all, and since it
is all, it creates whatever is given it. From our limited standpoint, we often think
of good, and evil not realizing that, as yet, we do not know the one from the other. What we call good today, we may call evil
tomorrow, and what we think to be evil today, we may tomorrow proclaim as the greatest good
we have known. Not so with the great Universal Power of Mind.
it isees only Itself, and Its infinite ability to create. To the thinking person this will mean much
he will see that he is no longer living in a limited universe, a world of powers, but
that he is immersed in an Infinite Creative Medium which, because of Its Nature, has to
create for him whatever he believes. Jesus understood this, and in a few simple
words, laid down the law of life. It is done unto all people as they believe. This is a great thing to keep in mind. It is done unto us. we do not have to do it, for it is done unto
us of a power that knows itself to be all there is. Could we even believe that some material mountain
would be moved, the power is there to do it. Without this belief there is no real impulse
for the Creative Mind, and we do not get an affirmative answer. We must realize more clearly that this Great
Power has to operate through us. mans part creative mind cannot force itself upon us
because we have the power of self choice. It recognizes us when we recognize it. When we think that we are limited or have
not been heard, it must take that thought and bring it into manifestation for us. When we look about us and see nature so beautiful,
lavish and so limitless, when we realize that something, some power, is behind all, and
sees to it that plenty obtains everywhere, so that in all things manifest there is more
than could be used and when on the other hand we see man so limited, sick, sad and needy,
we are disposed to ask this question. Is God good after all? Does He really care for the people of His
creation? Why am I sick? Why am I poor? Little do we realize that the answer is in
our own mouths, in the creative power of our own thought. The average person when told the Truth will
still seek some other way. God has already done for us, in a mechanical
way, all that He can do, and having been given the ability, we will have to do for ourselves
the rest. Yet the Great Power is always near, ready
at any time to help, but we must use it according to its own nature in harmony with its laws. man should learn that he himself is the center
of this Divine activity. Realizing this, he must seek more
and more to utilize his own Divine nature, and by so doing he will come more fully under
the protection of the great laws that govern all life, manifest and unmanifest. Whatever man is, he must find that because
he is made out of God, he must be of the same nature. This Infinite One cannot know anything outside
of itself. anything that would be a contradiction of
its Divine nature. mans ignorance of his real nature binds him
with his own freedom, until he comes to see things as they really are, and not as they
appear to be. In the Infinity of mind, which is the principle
of all metaphysics and of all life, there is nothing but mind, and that which mind does. That is all there is in the Universe. That is all there ever was or ever will be. This mind is acted upon by our thought, and
so our thought becomes the law of our lives. It is just as much a law in our individual
lives as Gods thought is in the larger life of the Universe. For the sake of clearness, think of yourself
as in this Mind, think of yourself as a center in it. That is your principle. You think, and Mind produces the thing. One of the big points to remember is that
we do not have to create all that we have to do is to think. Mind, the only Mind that there is, creates. Few people seem to understand the nature of
the law and so think that they have got to do something, even if it is only holding a
thought, thinking, or knowing is what does the thing. It will make it much easier for us when we
realize that we do not have to make anything, just to know that there is something back
of the knowing which does the work for us. That person gets the best results who realizes
that he can use this divine principle. he who can get the clearest concept of his
idea, and who can rely on mind to do for him, keeping everything out of his thought that
would contradict the supremacy of Spirit or Mind. By simply holding a thought we could not make
anything but by knowing in mind what cannot we do? Bondage and freedom Never get away from the fact that you are
surrounded by such a power. it is the principle of demonstration. It knows every thought. As we send forth our thought into it, it does
unto us. The person who is ignorant of this law must
by that ignorance be bound by his thought, by his human beliefs. One who understands will begin to break these
ties that bind him, one by one, he will destroy every negative thought, until at last, he
is able to think what he wants to think and so he frees himself by the use of the same
power that at one time bound him. We must destroy all thought that we would
not see manifest and hold to that which we would see, until we
receive the affirmative answer. Never struggle, Mind makes things out of Itself,
there is no effort made. do not think that there is so much to be overcome. Have only a calm sense of perfect peace, as
you realize that God is all, and that you are using the perfect law and that nothing
can hinder it from working for you. Many people are learning to do this, and no
one has yet failed to demonstrate who has been steadfast, using the law in a consistent
and persistent trust. All that we have to do is to provide the right
mental and spiritual attitude of mind and then believe that we already have, and the
reward will be with us. We shall isee it. The time will come when we will not have to
demonstrate at all, because we will be always living so near to the law that it will do
all for us, without much conscious thought on our part. So when you say, I am poor, sick or weak,
I am not one with the Creative Mind, you are using that creative power to keep yourself
away from the Infinite and just as soon as you declare that you are one with God, there
is a rushing out to meet you, as the Father rushed out to meet the prodigal son. The Spirit iseeketh, but as long as your mind
thinks in the terms of conditions, you cannot overcome. The difficulty comes from our inability to
see our own Divine nature, and its relation to the Universe. Until we awake to the fact that we are one
in nature with God, we will not find the way of life. until we realize
that our own word has the power of life, we will not see the way of life and this brings
us to the consideration of the use of the Word in our lives. The Word The Word was with God and the Word was God. The Word is nigh thee, even in thy own mouth
that thou shouldst know it and do it. What does this mean? It clearly states that whatever power there
is in the Word, and it says it is, All Power is also in our own mouths. There is no avoiding the fact that the Bible
claims for man the same power in his own life and his own world that it
claims for God. In the lives of the majority, men do not realize
that the Word is in their own mouths. What Word? Little do we realize that this Word which
they are so earnestly seeking is every word they hear, think or speak. Do we, who are endeavoring to realize the
greater truths of life, always govern our words? If any word has power, it follows that all
words have power. It is not in the few moments of spiritual
meditation that we demonstrate, but we bring out the possibilities of the hidden word,
when we are allowing our thoughts to run in any direction. not in the short time spent in silence, but
in the long hours stretching themselves intodays, months, and years, are we always using the
word. An hour a day spent in silent meditation will
not save us from the confusion of life. the fifty one percent of a mans thinking is
what counts. It is
easy when we are alone to brave the storms of life. surrounded by our own exalted atmosphere,
we feel the strength of the Infinite, we rise in Spirit, we think we are experiencing the
ultimate of truth, that all things are ours. These moments in a busy life are well spent,
but must unavoidably be brief. But what of the rest of the day? what of the busy street, of the market place,
and of all the daily contact with life? Do we then obtain? Do we keep on in the same even way? Or do we fall before the outer confusion of
our surroundings? We are still creating the word and setting
it afloat in the great ethers of life. Are these words creating for us? Yes! How necessary, then, to keep the independence
of the solitude how seldom we do this! God sent an angel to speak to me
A word He was fain I hear And the angel brought the message
And whispered it in my ear. God knew I needed the word He sent
I had lost the zest of fight And the right was all but beaten
The wrong it was all but right. Simple the word that He sent me
But it isoothed a spirit raw With the pain of too much striving
Twas Love fulfills the law. Few people indeed, in the day in which we
live, are well poised. Where do we find the man who can live above
his surroundings, who in his own thought can dominate all conditions, and in the midst
of the crowd keep his own even way, and his own counsel? When we do meet with such a person we will
know him. for we shall find on his face the image of
perfect peace. We shall detect in his bearing the ease and
independence that comes only to the man who has found himself and who is centered, not
in the outer, but in the inner world. Such a character as this has the power to
attract to himself all of the best in the world. he is a center toward which all else must
gravitate. The atmosphere which he creates and with which
he surrounds himself, is one of absolute calm and peace. The world, at once, sees in this man a master,
and gladly sits at his feet. And yet this man who has risen above the thought
of the world cares not that other people should sit at his feet. He knows that what he has done all may do,
and he well knows that all the teaching in the world will not produce another such as
he. He knows that it is not from the teaching,
but from the being that true greatness springs. So this man does not go around teaching or
preaching. he simply is. The man who has arrived The man who has arrived will realize that
he has done so, in the midst of an outer confusion. he will be the one who has gone into the silence
for strength, and has come out into the world equipped with power from on high. but that light which he has received must
be kept burning. Not alone in the silence, but in the busy
throng, must all of us find the way of life. Our every thought creates. For the majority of us these thoughts come
in every day affairs, some of which are very trivial, but these too will be demonstrated. We have missed the whole point, unless we
have learned so to control our thought, that time and place make no difference. The power we have within us We have within us, a power that is greater
than anything that we shall ever contact in the outer, a power that can overcome every
obstacle in our life and set us safe, satisfied and at peace, healed and prosperous, in a
new light, and in a new life. Mind, all Mind, is right here. It is Gods Mind, Gods creative Power, Gods
creative Life. We have as much of this Power to use in our
daily life as we can believe in and embody. The store house of nature is filled with infinite
good, awaiting the touch of our awakened thought to spring forth into manifestation in our
life. but the awakening must be on our part and
not on the side of life. We static! at the gateway of limitless opportunity
in the eternal and change less Now. Now is the day in which to begin the new life,
that is to lift us up to the greater expression of all that is wonderful. The word
that we speak is the Law of our life and nothing hinders but ourselves. We have, through ignorance of our real nature,
misused the power of our word, and behold what it has brought upon us. the very thing that we feared. But now it shall produce a new thing, a new
heaven and a new earth. Individual ideas We find that in the Universe every separate
idea has a word, a mental concept behind it. and as long as that word remains the thing
is held in place in the visible world, when the concept is withdrawn, the idea in the
visible melts away, disappears it ceases to vibrate to the word, which is the law behind
it. for when the word is withdrawn, the condensation
of the ether that forms the word, melts again into the formless. There was a time when the world was without
form, and from the word alone all things were made that are made. When our word says that there is no longer
life in our bodies, the life principle withdraws and our bodies return to the substance from
which they came. Here is the great mystery of life, that we
are able to use this creative word for whatever purpose we may desire, and that word becomes
the Law unto the thing for which it was spoken. And so in our lives, we might say that without
our word was not anything made that was made. For we are given the power to sit in
the midst of our lives and direct all their activities. There is no struggle and no strife necessary. All that we have to do is to know. We must awake and with the glorified consciousness
of an emancipated soul use our God given power. The reason for the universe This Universe is the reason, first of an Infinite
Intelligence which speaks or thinks, and as this thought becomes active within itself,
it creates from itself, at the power of its own word, the visible Universe. We are living in a Universal activity of mental
law, we are surrounded by a Mind which receives every impression of our thought and returns
to us just what we think. Every man,
then, is living in a world made for him from the activity of his thought. It is a self evident proposition that Mind
must create out of Itself and this Self being Limitless, it follows that is creative power
is without limit. Mind in action Everything that we see is the result of mind
in action. We all have a body and we have what is called
a physical environment, we could have neither if it were not for mind. The law implanted within us is, that we need
nothing, except ourselves and this All Wise Creative Mind to make anything and that just
so far as we depend upon any condition, past, present or future, or upon any individual,
we are creating chaos, because we are dealing with
conditions and not with causes. Every living soul is a law unto himself, but
of this great truth few people are conscious. it iseems difficult for the race, which feels
itself to be so limited, to comprehend the fact that there is a power that makes things
directly out of itself, by simply becoming the thing that it makes, and that it does
this by self knowing. But we will not demonstrate, until we see
at least some of this, the greatest truth about life. We should realize that we are dealing with
the principle that is scientifically correct. It will never fail us at any time, but is
eternally present. We can approach the Infinite Mind with a depth
of thought and understanding, knowing that it will respond, knowing that we are dealing
with reality. Jesus, who saw this very dearly, laid down
the whole law of life in a few simple words. It is done unto you as you believe. We do not have to do it, it is done unto us,
it is done by a power that is all. Could we believe that a material mountain
would be moved, it would be done unto us. But unless we do believe, there is no impulse
for the creative power and we do not receive. Life externalizes at the level of our thought. Action and reaction There is something that casts back at us every
thought that we think. Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the
Lord, is a statement of eternal truth and correspondences against which nothing can
stand, and whatever man sets in motion in mind will be returned to him, even as he has
conceived within himself and brought forth into manifestation. If we wish to transcend old
thoughts we must rise above them and think higher things. We are dealing with the law of cause and effect
and it is absolute. it receives the slightest as well as the greatest
thought and at once begins to act upon it. And sometimes
even when we know this, we are surprised at the rapidity with which it works. If we have been misusing this law, we need
not fail. all that we have to do is to turn from the
old way and begin in the new. We will soon work up out of the old law, into
the new, which is being established for us. When we desire only
the good, the evil slips from us and returns no more. Arriving at a high consciousness The best way to arrive at the highest consciousness
is to have a great faith in the willingness and the ability of Life to do all for us,
by working through us. We must believe in the inherent goodness and
all powerfulness of the Spirit of Truth. And so every path leads us back to the one
point and we must learn to realize the near presence, the great reality. There, through the door of our own thought,
we enter into the Universal Consciousness, into a complete realization of life and truth,
of love and beauty. and as we sit in the silence of our own souls and listen, it will be the
greatest thing that we will ever do. In that completeness, we are lost and yet
we are found. This is what is meant, that a man must lose
his life, in order to find it. We are lost to the human and found in the
divine. We realize that we are One with Cause. Outer Suggestions Nearly all people are controlled by outer
suggestions, and not by inner realizations. Ordinarily man thinks only what he sees others
do, and hears others say. We must all learn so to control the inner
life, that outside things do not make an impression upon our mentalities. As we are thinking beings, and cannot help
thinking, we cannot avoid making things happen to us, and what
we need to do is so to control our thought processes that our thinking will not depart
from the realization of that which is perfect. Man is governed by a mind, which casts back
to him every thought he thinks. he cannot escape from this and need not try,
it would be useless. The laws of mind are simple and easy to understand. The trouble with us has been that we have
laid down great obstructions, and then have tried to overcome them. Stop trying, stop struggling, begin to be
calm, to trust in the higher laws of life, even though you do not see them they are still
there. Did you ever see the law that causes a plant
to grow? Of course you did not, and yet you believe
in this hidden law of growth. Why do you believe? Simply because every year, out of the seed
time comes a harvest. Shall we not have as great faith in the higher
laws of being? To those souls who have dared to
believe, has come as definite an answer as came to those who believed in receiving a
harvest from the planted seed. This law is, and if we would see results we
must use, that is, we must provide the mental receptivity that will prepare us to accept
the gift when the Spirit makes it. This receiving is a mental process, a process
in which we lose all isense of limitation. If you wish to demonstrate prosperity, begin
to think and talk about it, and to see it everywhere. Do nothing that contradicts this thought either
mentally or physically. The world is full of good. take it and forget all else. Rise above depression and be glad that you
are saved from adversity. the human mind needs to be cleansed from the
morbid thoughts that bind through its false beliefs. No living soul can demonstrate two things
at the same time, if one contradicts the other. There is no way, except to let go of all that
you do not wish to come into your experience, and, in mind, take all that you do wish. See, hear, talk about, and read only what
you wish and never again let a negative thought come into your mind. God knows good only, and when we are in line
with good, He knows us. when we are out of harmony with good, we say,
God has forgotten us. On the one hand, we have an Infinite Intelligence,
which has brought us up to where we are today. and having done all that it can for us now
lets us alone to discover our own nature. On the other hand, we have the Infinite Law,
which is an activity of God and we can use it for what
we will, only with this provision, that, in so far as we use it for the good of all, are
we protected. The law obtains through all nature that as
a man sows, so must he reap. Now, the Father has brought us to where we
can understand life, and we must go as we choose. If we are in harmony with the great forward
movement of the Spirit, there is nothing that can hinder our advancement. if we oppose it,
somewhere along our pathway, it will crush us. As with individuals so with nations. in so far as they work with a right spirit
they prosper, when they begin to fail in the use of this law, they begin to fall. He who understands, will take the position
of one who wishes to work in union with the Power of Good. and to such an one
will come all the power that he can conceive of and believe in. his word becomes in expression as the very
word of God, and he must realize it to be all powerful. So, the one who is truly united with Good
will wish to express only the truth for all. and in doing so, he is working along the lines
of the unfoldment of the Spirit. and though he may seem to fail,
from the ordinary standpoint, yet his success is assured. for he is at one with the only ultimate power
before which, in time, all else must fall. The use of the greater consciousness In practice, the emancipated soul must always
realize that he is in union with the Father. what the Father does, he can do in his own
life what God is, he can become. His word must be spoken with absolute authority. he must know, there should be no uncertainty. The word is the only power. everything must
come from it, and nothing can stand against it. it is the great weapon which he is to use
against all evil and for all good. It is his shield against all adversity and
his sure defense against all iseeming limitation. The secret place of the Most High is in his
own soul, where God dwells in eternal peace and infinite calm. Here he walks the waters of life undisturbed
by the waves and the storm. Divine companionship is his for all eternity. Peace which transcends all human confusion
comes, and he realizes that indeed he is honored of the Father. His word is flung out and will work and none
can hinder it. the sense of sureness is complete. Heaven and earth may pass away, but the word
goes on and on accomplishing that thing for which it was sent. and all power is given
to it on earth and in heaven. If he speaks to the sick and they receive,
it will heal them. If he says the word of prosperity, it will
manifest, and nothing can hinder it. the world will abound with good, and his cup
run over with life. What more can we ask! What greater realization of life than to know
that God is with us! From this great realization comes peace, a
peace which the world little understands, and a calm which is as deep as the infinite
sea of love in, which he realizes himself to be immersed. Peace brings poise, and the union of these
two gives birth to Power. No person can hope to arrive, while he believes
in two powers. only as we rise to the realization of the
One in and through all can we attain. When we speak the word, there must be no confusion,
but only that calm reliance which knows that, Beside me there is none other. Realize that Spirit is All Causation, and
that all things are made out of it, by the operation of the word through it, and that
you can speak the word, that is one with the Spirit and there will be no more confusion. As the
Father has inherent life in himself, so has he given to the Son to have inherent life
within himself. Speak the word only and it shall be done. The word is in your own mouth, that ye should
know it and do it. Stranger on earth, thy home is heaven, Pilgrim,
thou art the guest of God. The greater consciousness Man is surrounded by a great universal thought
power, which returns to him always just as he thinks. So plastic, so receptive is this mind, that
it takes the slightest impression and moulds it into conditions. There are two things in man, which his thought
affects, his body and his environment. At all times, he is given absolute control
over these two things, and from the effect of his thought upon them, he cannot hope to
escape. At first, being ignorant of this fact, he
binds himself by a misuse of the laws of his being. but as he begins to see that he himself is
responsible for all that comes to him on the path of life, he begins to control his thought,
which in its turn acts on the universal substance to create for him a new world. The great soul is learning more and more,
to dare to fling out into mind a divine idea of himself, and to see himself perfect and
whole. If he has a divine thought, he will get a
divine thing, if he has a human thought he will get a human thing. he will receive whatever his innermost thought
embodies. And so, we find in the Bible twice repeated
these words. To the
pure Thou wilt show Thyself pure. and to the froward Thou wilt show Thyself froward. It is done unto all as they believe. We often wonder why it is that we are not
making better demonstrations. We look about and observe that some are getting
wonderful results, they are speaking the word and people are being healed. We see others struggling along with the word,
and nothing seems to happen. and when we inquire into the reason for all
this, we find it to be very plain indeed. All is mind and we are mental, we are in mind
and can only get from it what we first think into it. We must not only think but we must know. We have to provide within ourselves a mental
and spiritual likeness for the thing desired. The reason why so few succeed, then, must
be because they have not mentally really believed, to the exclusion of all, that would
deny the thing which they believe in. And the reason why others do succeed must
also be because they have, absolutely, believed and allowed real power to flow through and
out, into expression. They must have a real concept of life. Hold an object in front of a mirror and it
will image in the mirror, the exact size of the object. Hold a thought in mind and it will image,
in matter, the exact likeness of the thought. Let us take this image, which we hold, before
a mirror and change it ever so slightly and there will be a corresponding change in the
reflection. It is just the
same in the mental world. whatever is imaged is brought forth, from
mind into manifestation. We must not deny that which we affirm. We must reason only from that cause, which
is spiritual and mental, and weed out all thought, that would deny its power in our
lives. There seems to be something in the race thought
that says, man is poor, man is limited. that there is a lack of opportunity. that times are
hard. that prices are high. that nobody wants what I have to offer. No person succeeds, who speaks these ideas. When we express ourselves in this way, we
are using a destructive power. all isuch thoughts must go, and we must all
realize that we are an active center, in the only power there is. We must get the perfect vision, the perfect
conception. we must enlarge our thought, until it realizes
all good, and then we must swing right out and use this Almighty Power for definite purposes. We should daily feel a deeper union with Life,
a greater sense of that indwelling God, the God of the everywhere, within us. When we speak into this Mind, we have sown
the seed of thought in the Absolute and may rest in peace. We do not have to make haste, because
it is done unto all as they believe. In that day that they shall call upon me,
I will answer. People will often ask, What is the best method
for demonstration? There is but one answer to that question. the Word is the only possible method of demonstrating
anything. the word really felt and embodied in our thought. Then the word becomes flesh and dwells among
us and we behold and experience it. We will ask for no other way when we understand
this. The person who does not understand these laws
will be likely to say that this is presumptuous. that it is even sacrilegious. but this comes only from a lack of understanding
of the fact that all is governed by law, and that all law is impersonal and universal. We have just as much right to use spiritual
law as to use so called physical laws. Strictly speaking, there is no such a thing
as a physical law, as all things are spiritual and all law is a law of the activity of the
Spirit. The greatest use of these laws will always
come to that soul who is the most deeply spiritual, as such an one comes the nearest to using
law as God uses it. So, to the really great soul, there must come
a very close relationship with the Invisible God. this relationship cannot be expressed
in words, but only in inner feeling, which transcends the power of words to express. God must become the great reality, not simply
as the principle of life, but more as the great Mind which knows, and which at all times,
understands and responds. To say that God does not understand our desires,
would be to rob the divine mind of all consciousness and place God lower in the scale of being
than we ourselves are. On the other hand, we must be careful not
to believe that God thinks evil and understands that which is not perfect, as then we would
have an imperfect being for the First Cause. We should more and more learn to think of
things in the absolute, that is, to think of things as not limited by conditions. Realize at all times that the Spirit makes
things out of Itself, and needs no beginning except its own self recognition. Then we must cognize our relation to this
great power as one of absolute correspondence. what we think into it, it takes up and does
for us as we think. it ishould not be an effort. so to think, we should do so with ease, without
strain. The law must return to us. we have no responsibility, except to provide
the proper channel. It can return only in the exact way that we
think. If we think struggle is the reality, we shall
gain our demonstration, but struggle will have to be the result. There is a law of reflection between Mind
and the one who thinks. and it is not only what a man thinks, but also how he thinks
that shall be done unto him. If you believe, absolutely, that you can do
a certain thing, the way will always be opened for you to do it. if also you believe that time will have to
elapse, then you are making that a law, and time will have to elapse. If, on the other hand, you believe that mind
knows just how and never makes mistakes, but lets it be done unto you, then it will be
done. Confusion brings more confusion. peace begets more peace. we cannot imagine the Great Spirit hurrying
or worrying, fretting, or trying to make anything happen. The only reason we worry and fret is because
we have thought there was some other power, which could bring confusion. Such is not the case. There is but one, and we are always using
that one, but using it according to our belief. This is our divine birthright, nothing hinders
but ourselves. Remember that since all is mind, you cannot
demonstrate beyond our ability to comprehend mentally, that is, beyond your ability to
know about a certain thing. For instance, suppose you wish to heal some
one who is sick. your ability to do this will depend entirely
upon your ability to see perfection mentally, coupled also with the realization
that your word destroys everything unlike itself. If you try to see perfection for a few minutes
only, it will never heal. Your thought goes on at all times, and in
the moments, when you least realize it, conditions are being moulded for you. It is not enough to declare consciously for
the truth. The truth must be lived or no good results
will be forthcoming. The perfect universe The one who desires to heal must stop seeing,
reading about, discussing, or listening to conversation about sickness. There is no other way under the sun, except
as we let go of that which we do not desire, and take that which we wish to have. There is too much of this deceiving ourselves
into thinking that we can do two ways at once. We may deceive ourselves and possibly other
people, but the law remains the same, a law of mental correspondences, and nothing else. We cannot go beyond our ability to realize
the truth. water rises only to its own level. In our patients, as well as in ourselves and
our environment, we will reflect what we are. not at our best in the few moments of silence,
but in the long run of ordinary life and thought. To acquire the larger consciousness is no
easy task. All that we have believed in, which contradicts
the perfect whole, must be dropped from our thought, and we must come to realize that
we are now living in a perfect universe, peopled with perfect spiritual beings, each of which,
coupled with the Great Divinity, is complete within himself. We must see that we are one in the great one,
and then we will not separate or divide, but unite and add to, until in time we will find
that we are living in an entirely different world from that in which we had once thought
we were living. Of course, this will meet with much opposition
from those unenlightened souls whom we must contact in the world. But what
of that? Remember, the great man is the one who can
keep in the crowd the calm, even thought, the deep, divine reliance on principle. And more, this is the only way to help or
to save the world. In time, all people will come to the same
understanding. You are lifting up the standard of life, and
those who are ready will follow. You have no responsibility to save the world,
except by exemplifying the truth. The world must save itself. All are alike. there is no difference between one person
and another. Come to see all as a divine idea. stop all negative thought. think only about what you want, and never
about what you do not want, as that would cause a false creation. Too
much cannot be said about the fact that all are dealing with only one power, making and
unmaking for man through the creative power of his own thought. If there is something in your life that you
do not want there, stop fighting it. forget it! About struggle karma There is too much struggle coming into the
metaphysical thought. Often we hear some seeker after truth say,
I have a big fight ahead. O foolish and untaught, how can you hope to
enter in! The kingdom comes not from without, but from
within, always. Stop all istruggle and wait upon the sure
principle that creates whatever it wills, because there is nothing to oppose it. As long as we
think that opposition exists, we are blocking the way for the clearer vision. Those that take up the sword must perish by
it. not because God is a jealous God, but because
that is the way the law must work. Cause and effect must obtain everywhere. Do not even fuss about your Karma. too often we hear people say, This is my Karma. This may be true enough, but how many people
know what they mean when they use the word Karma? Do you realize that your Karma is nothing
but your false thinking, and that the only way to escape it is to think the truth, and
that brings in the higher law? When the greater comes in, the lesser leaves,
because there is no longer anything to give life to it. The past is gone, when we learn to forgive
and to forget. This erases from mind all that is held against
us, and even our sins Are remembered no more against us forever. Fate is in our
own hands, and when we will rise to that pure atmosphere, where we see things in their completeness,
and know that an All Wise Power is behind it all, we will see that the Infinite Mind
could wish for us only that which expresses itself in limitless termiss The whole trouble
has been that we reason as men and not as Gods. I say ye are Gods and every one of you Sons
of the Most High. The great law of life is thinking and becoming. and when we think from the lofty heights of
the Spirit, we will become great, and not until then. Do not try to convince any one of the truth. that will bring confusion. Truth is, just as much as God is, and the
whole world is coming gradually into the realization of it. Keep the truth within your own soul, lift
your own self above the confusion of life, and then people will believe. So all our thought is to be created in the
realization of the One becoming the many, without struggle, without fear. stripped of all that denies the truth. How limited we are, how little our thought! How the human race rises in the morning, plods
off to the days work, plods home at night, sore and tired, eats and sleeps, works and
dies. As has been said of man, Man works hard to
get money, to buy food, to get strength, to work hard, to get money, to buy food, to
get strength, to work hard, to get money, etc. This was never intended. it is the curse imposed on the man who believed
in two powers, one of good and one of evil. To us there has come a greater vision, and
to those who believe and act as though it were true, it is proving itself. We must turn from all human thought and experience. We are not down
trodden, depraved and miserable sinners, born in sin and conceived in iniquity and shame,
some to go to heaven and some to hell and all to the eternal glory of God. This is a lie, it always was and always will
be. But as long as we believe in a lie it iseems
to be present with us. Man is born of the Spirit of God Almighty,
is pure, holy, perfect, complete and undefiled, is at one with his eternal principle of being. Many people are finding this out and as a
monument to its truth millions are daily proving it for themselves. Somewhere down the path of human experience,
we will all awake to the realization that we, ourselves, are heaven or hell. We live in Spirit, awaiting the touch of thought
that believes. All people look, a few see. Part 2 Practice Introductory The one who wishes to practise metaphysics
must first, last, and all the time, realize that he, himself, is a center of the divine
activity. he must know that whatever God is, in the
Universal, he is in the world in which he lives. He must know that all things are made out
of Spirit, which is First Cause. nothing comes before Spirit. Operating upon itself, out of itself, it makes
what it will out of its own perfect desire. He must think of the Spirit, as the Father
of his own life, eternally bound to him, eternally binding him to it. He must know that the Spirit not only can
manifest through him, but that it wishes to do so. The Father seeks such to worship Him. The practitioner who understands the truth
knows that as long as God exists, he will exist.that he could no more become non existent
than God could. Walking, talking, moving in God, he must not
only see the Divine Being as the great unknown Cause, but he must go a step further and see
God as the great self knowing, understanding power of Infinite Intelligence, thinking through
his own thought and willing, into his own life, all power and all good. More than this, God must become, within his
own soul, the greater self, the inner life, the inner light that is to light his path,
with sure step to the attainment of the greater ideals. God is to become the great friend of his life,
understanding him, and helping him, at all times, to understand all things. No more books, no more teachers, no more preachers,
creeds or candlesticks will he ever need. The old methods must vanish into their native
nothingness, as the great realization that God is all in his life dawns upon his awakened
thought. Naught is the squire, when the kings at hand
Withdraw the stars, when dawns the suns brave light. He must know that not height, nor depth, nor
any other thing, can come between the soul and its perfect Creator. Too long have we listened to people. now our own soul shall ispeak in a language
that is unmistakable. now shall we, ourselves, become masters of
all life and interpreters of all mysteries. Now, my Father and I are one. As the word of God goes forth and sets in
motion the all law, so must we realize, because we are one with the word, that our own thought
has the power of expression. The one who wishes to heal must come to see
all evil as impersonal, fastening it to no one, but realizing that it is simply false
thought. the healer knows that the word which he is
to speak will destroy this false impression. and by erasing it, it will vanish. There should be absolutely no sense of responsibility,
beyond speaking the word in positive faith, knowing. all istruggle belongs to the Old Order. in the New peace takes the place of confusion,
faith answers the cry of doubt and fear, and the Word
is supreme. We must know that our word is law, and cannot
be set aside by the false thought of the world. Every time that we state a truth, we must
know that that truth destroys all that is unlike itself and frees the thought of the
one whom we wish to help and to heal. This word must become the new Law which frees. People are sick because they think sickness
and will be healed only when they turn from this kind of thought and begin to think in
terms of health. The same power used in two ways There is only One power, but we use it in
two ways, either to destroy or to save. The blessing and the curse are one and the
same thing. the power of mind used either affirmatively
or negatively, the word used in fear and doubt or in faith and assurance. You do not have to understand material philosophy
or be learned in the books of the human race. All these things may be good in their place,
but to one who understands the greater laws of life they are as simple babblings. An infant crying in the night,
An infant crying for the light. And with no language but a cry. We no longer cry, we Know. We no longer ask if there be a God, or if
we dare to speak to Him lest we die. we do not analyze, dissect, affirm, or deny,
We know. We trust our own word, because first, we Know
in whom we have believed. The sooner the one who is striving to attain
will realize that truth must become revealed through his own soul, and not that of another,
the sooner he will attain. We must then become immune from the race suggestion
of an hypnotic power, that sets itself up as an authority. There is no other authority than your own
soul, as There is no law but that your soul has set. Leave authorities to smaller minds, and to
those who need a leader because of this their own self confessed weakness, and be Free. Dare to Stand amidst the eternal way and proclaim
your own Atonement with all the power that there is, was, or ever will be. Practically the whole human race is hypnotized,
thinking whatever it is told to think. We get our concepts from our physical environment,
we say, See sin, sickness and death, misery, unhappiness and calamity. And this concept we are giving to the creative,
impersonal Mind, and so we are making a law for
ourselves that will produce what we believe in. Do we really know what law means? It means, that which will exact the utmost
farthing from our thought. Like produces like, attracts like, creates
like. If we could see our thought and take a picture
of it and of our conditions, we would see no difference between
the two, for they are really but the inside and the outside of the same thing. We cannot make affirmations for fifteen minutes
a day and spend the rest of our time denying the thing which we have affirmed, and affirming
the thing which we have denied, and obtain the results which we seek. We send out the word and it isets the power
in motion. then, we think the opposite thing which
neutralizes the first word, and zero is the result. We cannot demonstrate one iota beyond our
mental ability to conceive and steadfastly to embody. Infinite as Creative Power is, receptive and
quick as it is, it can only become to us what we first think into it. God can do for us only what He can do through
us. Dare to say, Behold I am he. Great men have come and gone, and, behold,
a greater now stands here where I stand, and I am that one. The world will laugh and perhaps scorn. The Christian world will hold up its hands
in holy horror, lest you blaspheme. the unchristian world will smile knowingly. Neither the one nor the other will understand,
but the understanding of either counts for nothing. You are now free, and your freedom will yet
save the world from itself. The great soul finds within himself the Divine
companionship which he needs. He finds within himself the Peace, which passeth
all understanding and the power to do all things. All Power! He speaks, his word is Law and it is done
unto him of all the power there is. His word knows itself to be the law of
life unto all for whom it is spoken and who receive it. Healing the sick We shall be called upon to heal all manner
of disease, to comfort the sorrowing and to bring peace to the distressed. First we must heal ourselves. When we are healing others, we are also healing
ourselves. A healers work takes place within himself. This idea of sending out thought and holding
thought is all a mistake. Think, come into being, not only by taking
thought, but by knowing that the Word is infinite. This word is in your own mouth, and there
alone can it be spoken. Here your responsibility begins and here it
ends, in your own mouth. You must feel no responsibility for the recovery
of your patient, for it brings confusion and disturbance, to be always
wondering if it is working. It must work, if you have the sure faith,
and your patient is receptive. You are dealing with the same power that said,
Let there be light. and there was light. If your patient is suffering from a belief
that he is dying of some dreaded disease, you must know that when you speak the word,
it will destroy this false belief and set him free. There must be no doubt about the power in
the word which you speak. it ishould be said in perfect calm, in peace,
and with absolute faith that it will work. This word then establishes the law of life
unto the patient, it casts out all fear, it destroys all false sense of a material life
and realizes that all is an expression of a perfect God and so leaves nothing that can
sin, be sick, suffer or die. When you are as sure of this as that von breathe,
when you truly know within yourself, your patient will be healed, provided he also believes. If he does not believe it is not your fault,
and you will have done for him all that can be done. Denials Some people teach the use of denials. This must be settled by each individual for
himself. Here, and at all times, we must settle every
question from within and not from without. No living soul can say how another should
or should not work. Beware of the danger of a self appointed authority. this danger is as apt to come into New Thought
as it was in the Old. No one is your authority on anything. Let us look into the philosophy of denials. We find that many people teach and practise
them, and we do not wish, in any way, to criticize them. Their reasoning is this. All disease is an image of thought held in
mind, until it appears in the body. It is true that without the ability to think,
man could not be sick. If he thinks a sick thought, it will make
him sick. when he changes his thought and thinks health,
he is healed. It is taught that since sickness is negative
thought, it must be counteracted by a positive thought, and that
the best way is to deny the sick and affirm the positive thought. for instance, There is no matter, and nothing
can be the matter. This man has no material stomach, he is spiritual
and not material. his lungs are not made of matter, they are
spiritual ideas. I deny that man can be sick, or suffer, or
die. All this may be accurate. man is a spiritual idea, and so must be perfect
in his real nature. but there is a question, if this is the better
way. When we look into the creative way of the
spirit, we find it impossible for denial to enter, as the Spirit recognizes no opposite
to its own nature. It knows that I Am and beside me there is
no other. The Spirit does not deny anything, it isimply
affirms itself to be that which it desires to be. Seeing and recognizing no opposite to itself,
it finds no need of denial, indeed, this thought need not enter the mind. if we are working with the Spirit we need
not deny, but state the affirmative attitude of
mind, realizing that we are dealing with the only power that exists. There is a subtle danger in using denials.
we may deny to such an extent as to erect a barrier or build a mountain to overcome. Once realize that God makes things out of
Himself, simply by speaking, and you will never again use denials in treating. All that needs changing is the false thought,
and by affirming that your word destroys everything but itself, you will embody all
that a denial could. In those systems that teach denials, we find
that the more enlightened ones are gradually using the affirmative method, and as this
is the growth of experience, there can be no doubt that it is the better method. Of one thing we may be sure, the Spirit never
denies. it isimply knows that I am. The use of affirmations The affirmation is the great weapon of the
healer. it is in alignment with the way of the original
creative spirit and is the true use of the Word of All Power. We need only to say that our word is the law
unto the case and calmly state what we want to be done, and then say and do nothing that
contradicts it and wait for the fulfillment of that word. There is a power that operates on what we
say, and it is done unto us, and we need have no fear about the results. If I am treating Mary Jones, I need only say
I am helping her, and go to work within myself to realize that she is now a perfect being,
made in the image of God. I must know that I am destroying all imperfection,
when I know within myself that I am speaking the truth and realize that she is perfect,
the healing is done as far as I am concerned. If she receives she is healed, I am not
responsible for her receptivity. Know that there is a power that corresponds
to your own mental attitude, and you will see that the way you are believing is what
makes things happen the way they do. Always believe in what you are doing. never see the negative side of life, never
talk about it, or listen to talk of other people, and never think about or see imperfection,
and you will have no trouble in making demonstrations. The highest attitude of mind The highest attitude of mind, from which all
else springs, is one of perfect calm and absolute trust in the Spirit. The one who can with perfect confidence look
into the future and with perfect ease of mind rest in the present, and who never looks backward,
but who has learned to be still in his own soul and wait upon the Spirit, he is the one
who will the most completely demonstrate the supremacy of spiritual thought over all, so
called, material resistance. Be still and know that I Am God. Non resistance Resist not evil and it will flee from you. Here is a statement of one of the great laws
of our being. When we resist, we make a mental image of
the thing we are fighting, and that tends to have it created for us. When we learn to look only at what we want
and never at what we do not want, we will no longer resist anything. Suffer it to be so now. You need not try to change the world. Let it alone. all people are doing the best they can. No one needs to be saved, but yourself, and
the sooner you realize this, the sooner you will attain. Get over that holier than thou attitude. It is an illusion that many people suffer
from, especially in the religious world. The world is all right. it is not going to Hell. it is on the way to Heaven. It is getting good so fast that in the process
many things are being overturned and confusion appears to be on the surface. A great change is taking place, and on the
surface the results are as yet a little mixed, but underneath, the power is at work destroying
all unlike itself. In time all will
come to see this. What a load of responsibility we assume that
we were never meant to carry. Remember that in the Divine plan, no mistakes
are made and that if God could have done it in a better way he would have done it differently. No souls are lost, for all that Live and move
and have their being in Him. and God is not a God of the dead but of the living, for in
His sight all are alive. Too long have
we believed in the negative, simply, because we have allowed ourselves to become hypnotized
by a few strong minded people, and by those who have imposed upon the race a mass of false
philosophy. Be alive There is no place in the New Order for dead
ones. The true metaphysician is alive to all that
is useful. Filling his place in the events of the human
race, he takes part in all its labor and in all its fun. Pessimism must be relegated to the scrap heap. There is no place among the living for the
dead. Let the dead bury their dead. Follow thou me. Do not hesitate to enter into the game of
life, but do so with a zest and an enthusiasm that over flows with life. Fill yourself with the radiance of a life
running over with power and usefulness. Then shall the world see your light. People in the New Thought, above all others,
should enter into the business world, into educational vocations, into politics, into
every walk of life, and there prove before a waiting world, tired of itself, that a mans
a man, with this difference, not a son of man, but a Son of God. Be happy How can we hope to make the world see the
right way, unless we overflow with joy? The world has, now, too many sad faces. We see them everywhere, that resigned look
that seems to say, One rebuff more or less makes no difference. I am already so sad that nothing matters. I can bear it. This was all right, when we thought everything
was all wrong, but now we know that all is well with the world, we must get over this
depression, which robs us of the power of attraction, of the good things of life, and
enter in. The man who is always glad will surround himself
with people who are happy, and life will be a continual enjoyment, This robs no one. it does not make a race of irresponsible people. it makes a world of joy, a world that is good
to live in. No one wants to associate with the dead. People are looking for a more abundant expression
of life, not for depression and fault finding. Find fault with no one, and more than this,
find no fault with yourself. Get over the thought of condemning people
and things. People and things are all right, let them
alone and enjoy life. Your very atmosphere will cheer and uplift
the people who contact you, and a new life will enter into them. Overflow. As it is given me to perceive,
I most certainly believe When a mans glad plumb through,
Gods pleased with him sames you. Live in the present Life is for us today. There will be no change for tomorrow, unless
we do the changing today. today we are setting in motion the power of
tomorrow. Today is Gods day, and we must extract from
it what of life we are to live. Tomorrow in the divine course of events will
care for itself. The soul that learns
to live in the great gladness of today will never weary of life, but will find that he
is living in an eternal here and now. Now, all good is his now, all life, truth
and love are his. now, he has entered in, and the good things
of life are his today. Lord, for tomorrow and its needs I do not
pray, Make me to do thy will just for today. Let your soul sing today and the song that
comes tomorrow will be all the sweeter, will ring out over the vistas of time, with an
unmistakable clearness. Here is a soul, who knows himself and has
found life. within himself, who has met God today. No more waiting, no more longing, no more
weary roads to travel. He has arrived. The goal is won and peace has come, at last. To clay. See the God in all things Learn to see God in all manifestation, in
all people, through all events. The ordinary person sees only the lump of
matter. Not so, with the awakened soul. He sees, in all things, the Divine Mind at
work molding out into expression what it feels itself to be of life, of color, of form and
beauty. There are some illusioned ones, who claim
that what we see is all false, and that the so called material universe is an unreality. What a mistake! What we see is the body of God, full, free,
complete, whole. A primrose by the rivers brim,
A yellow primrose was to him, And it was nothing more. He never saw the idea behind it. it was seen only as matter, matter, matter. yet, what he could have seen was Gods thought
of himself coming out into wonderful beauty, and color, and form. The Infinite One manifesting in an infinite
variety of formiss What do you see when you look upon the human form, the crowning glory
of Gods perfect creation? Matter, matter, matter? Flesh, blood and bones? Indeed, these may be passing into expression,
but what of the idea, what of the reality of the body? This body of ours is as real, as God is real. It would not be, if it were an illusion. The very touch of the flesh
should send a thrill through the whole body, bringing up its vibration to a higher pitch,
to a finer form. The body is not one mass of pollution, it
is the temple of the living God and should be so thought of. Too long have we condemned it, and now we
must free it, by reversing the process. Of all things on earth, the human body is
the most beautiful, the most wonderful and the most God like. If you do not love your brother whom you have
seen, how can you love God, whom you have not seen? Human magnetism is not hypnotism, it is the
divinity of man in expression. and when we learn to convert human passion
into divine love, to transmute the lower into the higher, we shall have with us a power
of attraction, against which nothing can stand. He who hath ears to hear, let him hear. When we behold a beautiful sunset, we should
see the wonderful thought of God, the radiance of his presence. In the strength of the hills, we should see
the strength of the Spirit. and seeing all things as spiritual ideas, we should learn
to love them, because God has made them and given them to us to use. The soul who in ecstasy can rush up to a tree
and embrace it realizes more of God than all the bigoted priests who have ever lived. The one who can sniff the ocean breeze with
delight, feels the presence of the divine being, more keenly than does the one who kneels
in despair before an awful God of Justice. Learn, then, how to appreciate Nature and
Nature is God. Spend much time in the out of doors. look up at the stars. let them be your companions. tread the pathless ways of the trees. and the giant forests and see God in everything
that you look upon, the God of the everywhere. Be expectant Expect the best to happen. do not sit around waiting for trouble. have absolutely nothing to do with it. It is no part of the divine plan. It is an illusion of the material sense. One who has learned to trust will not be surprised,
even when he finds things coming from the most unexpected sources. All things are mans to use and then let go
of. What more can we ask? We want nothing that we have to keep. things are to use, not to hold. Expect that everything is to come your way. Be content and cheerful, if you wish to attract
from out the store of the infinite. Open up your whole consciousness, to the greater
possibilities of life. Line up with the big things. When you speak the word, expect it to happen. Know that it must be as you say. This will not be fooling yourself, it will
simply be using the law as it is meant to be used. Expanding our thought All things come to us through the use of our
thought. If we have a small concept of life, we will
always be doing small things. First in the creative series is the Word,
but the Word carries us no further than our consciousness back of it. Unless we are constantly expanding our thought,
we are not growing. Growth is the law of life and it is necessary. We cannot stand still. If you want to do a new thing, get a new thought
and then you will have the power of attraction, which has the possibility of drawing to you
the circumstances which will make for the fulfillment of your desires. Get over the old idea of limitation. Overcome all precedents and set yourself in
the new order of things. If you want to build a railroad, you will
never do it, unless you get over the idea that
the most you can hope for in life is to sell peanuts. Let the people sell peanuts for a living who
think in the terms of peanuts. Get out of the rut. God has created you for a glorious future. dare to fling out into mind the greater assurances
about yourself. The power of a treatment A treatment has as much power as we put into
the word which we speak when we are giving it. This does not mean screwing up our mind or
using our will power, or using force from the material standpoint. It means, simply knowing that, what we say
will be done unto us of a Power which can do anything that is given It to do. We must know that our word breaks down every
material law and sets the patient free to express God. We must know that the word would endure, even
though all else should fail. Heaven and
earth will pass away but my word will accomplish. In calm confidence and perfect faith, speak
and wait upon the perfect law. Get that mental attitude that never wavers. Be sure and it will be done. Repeating the treatment One treatment would heal anything, if it were
not for the fact that people are constantly receiving false suggestions from the outer
life. As it now stands, we should treat until we
get results, always expecting that it will happen at once. Every treatment should be complete, and at
the close we should always realize that it is done. The word spoken once from the mind that knows
is immediately taken up by the Mind in which we live, and this Mind begins to create around
the word, which is the seed, the thing thought of. We must speak that word with authority. There can be no wondering if it is going to
work. When we plant a seed in the ground and water
and care for it, we never doubt but a plant will
spring into being. So it is with the word. It is acted upon by some power which we do
not see, but that the power is there there is no doubt, since all who go about it get
results. As Thomas Edison says of electricity, It Is. use it. so we
say of mind, It Is. use it. Always remember that your every thought is
the say that you are treating, since it is the way that you are thinking. Impersonal Healing The very presence of one that understands
the truth will have a great power of healing. The reason for this, is that we are all in
Mind, and we have with us, at all times, our thought, and since all manifestation is the
result of mind in action, and we are thinking beings and are always causing mind to act,
the very presence of our thought will have some
power to act upon whatever we are thinking about. We are dealing with a power which, in itself,
is limitless. We limit it, and so it cannot become to us
the bigger thing. Of itself the power is the same that made
the worlds, and it cannot realize any sense of limitation. They could not enter in because of their unbelief
and because they limited the Holy one of Israel. Stop limiting things. Things are as big as we make them, no more,
no less. There is room at the top. Get on top of everything, and dare to dominate
the earth. All things are given us to use. make use of them. Everything is limitless, and we must see the
truth, that the fault is not in the Law, but in ourselves, when we fail. Not with
God, but with man. Dare, Dare, Dare. Think of the bigness of things in the universe,
think of the number of grains of sand, the profusion of all life, and never again limit
anything. All is yours to use. Jesus would never have become the Christ,
unless he had had the courage to say, Behold, I Am, He. You will never attain, until in some degree,
you are able to say the same thing of yourself. We must learn to reach out and take what is
meant for us, the greater life, the all good. People say, Yes, but how do you do it? Simply know that God makes things out of Himself,
by speaking the word, and that in your own life you can do the same. All people can think, and all people can speak,
at least mentally, this is all that you need to begin on. The word is at the center of all creation
and is first cause, the starting point of all that you see. The word is in your own mouth, and all that
you have to do is to speak it. The trouble is that we are speaking the word,
and in the next breath we are denying its power, by seeing something that contradicts
It. If the word is the way that God creates, it
is the right way. If it works for God, shall it not work for
us? As yet, our word is more or less imperfect. but more and more it will become perfect,
and so the outer condition will be brought up to the inner word. All words have as much power as we put into
them, when we speak. The word is already in our own mouths. That word is all that you will ever need to
bring happiness, health and success to you. Do you wish to live in a perfect world, peopled
with friends who love you, surrounded by all that is beautiful and pleasing? Do you wish to have the good things of life? There is but one way and that way is as sure
as that the sunshines. Forget all else and think only upon what you
want. Control all thought that denies the real,
and as the mist disappears before the sun, so
shall all adversity melt, before the shining radiance of your own exalted thought. The prodigal son remained a prodigal, only
so long as he chose to do so. When the thought came to him to return, he
was greeted by the Father, with outstretched hands. So shall we find that when we turn to that
world which is perfect, there will be something that will turn with us, and we shall behold
the new heaven and the new earth. not in some far off place somewhere beyond
the clouds, but here and now, shall we become free. We must do away with all that hinders the
true growth, all the little thoughts that hinder us from becoming. Human strife comes from the thought that there
is not enough to go around. Forget it. we cannot use even what we see, and what we
do not see is infinite. You will rob no one by becoming prosperous,
and the laws that underlie this state of being are simple and easy to understand, and not
hard to attain for the one who is willing to let go of the negative state of being. Prosperity Here are a few simple rules for prosperity
that are as sure of working as that water is sure to be wet. First, remember that nothing happens by chance. All is law and all is order. You create your own laws every time you think. There is something, call it what you will,
but there is a Power around you that knows and that understands all things. This Power works like the soil. it receives the seed of your thought and,
at once, begins to operate upon it. It will receive whatever you give to it and
will create for you and throw back at you, whatever
you think into it. This means that the practitioner should be
very careful how he is thinking, at all times. Not alone in the moments of the deeper silence
are we treating our patients, but perhaps more than this we are treating them in an
impersonal way, at all times. When we take a patient into our thought for
a treatment, there will be a constant stream of consciousness flowing out to him, during
all the time that he is in our care. We should be very careful of our thoughts
as we realize the deep truths of mental action and reaction. What is the spiritual mind? What is true spirituality? Many people have asked this and as many have
answered it. I do not pretend to know more about this all
important topic than others, but to the thinking person who has come to realize that all is
love, yet at the same time all is governed by law, there must be a different answer given
than the one we ordinarily hear. The average religious person thinks that spirituality
must manifest in some unnatural way, such as giving up all personal pleasure and becoming
resigned to whatever happens. that we must give up most of what life holds
here. that in some far off future perhaps we may
attain. This was not the case with the man Jesus. We have more accounts of his being at feasts
and weddings and similar gatherings than at other places. His first miracle was performed at a wedding
feast, and we must remember that here he even turned water into wine for the pleasure of
the guests of the house. Perhaps we have made a mistake about what
true spirituality means. Other people think we must live some kind
of an excluded life in order to obtain. Perhaps this may be true of the weak ones. But what of the wood? What of the busy street? Is it not to be saved also? Jesus spent much tim with the common people
as well as with the rich. And it is certain that he also spent much
time alone with the Spirit. What is the Spirit, anyway? We all answer, Why of course, it is God. Where is the Spirit? It is present, at all times, and in all places. True spirituality must simply mean coming
to realize the presence of this Spirit. It must be coming to rely upon it, more than
anything else. The one, then, who is the most spiritual is
simply the one who relies the most. that is all. No matter where he is, he must rely, he must
trust, he must believe. We do not have to give up anything, but negative
thought and act. We do not want to do anything that contradicts
the forward march of the unfoldment of the Spirit, so all that we think and do must be
in line with that which is right. But who shall say what is and what is not
right? Remember this forever. only your own soul shall say what is right
and what is wrong. To thine own self be true, and it shall follow
as the night the day, thou can not, then, be false to any man. Look to no one for guidance. This is the blind leading the blind. The Almighty has put the truth into your own
soul. look there and there alone, for it. Many people seem to think that, for a man
to look spiritual, he must have no color in his face, have some kind of far away truth. he must be peculiar either in looks, or in
the way he dresses. To one who knows the truth, both praise and
blame sound alike, but from the human standpoint, at least, a person cannot help being amused
at the way in which the world judges true spirituality. My idea of true spirituality is that a man
should live a perfectly normal life, entering into and enjoying all in life that is clean
and good. He should place himself, absolutely, under
the divine guidance. Other than this, he will seem just like other
people, neither better nor worse. Get over all kinds of unnatural thought and
remember that all is good. Neither criticize nor condemn people or things. You are spiritual in so far as you trust in
the Spirit, at all times, in all places, under all conditions. In order to
do this, you do not have to seclude yourself from the world. To do so, is an open confession of your own
weakness and lack. There are moments when it is best to be alone
with the Power. From these moments we gather strength. To keep that strength to ourselves is pure
selfishness. Walk, talk, live with the
human race, hand in hand with all people and unified with all events, live and love and
learn. Be natural and normal. If you seek to enter some other way, it must
all be done over again, for no one lives or dies unto himself, but unto all people. The church of God The Church of God is not built with hands,
it is eternal in the heavens. it is not lighted with candles. its dome is heaven and it is lighted by the
stars of Gods, illumined thought, and each member in his separate star shall draw the
thing as he sees it, for the God of things as they are. Here, all people recognize the God within
their own souls and ask for and see no other God. When you can look upon all creation as the
perfect work of a perfect God, you will become a member of this church. I doubt, very much, if the church universal
admits members from the church individual. When you can see in the saint and the
sinner one and the same person, when you can realize that the one who kneels before the
altar and the one who lies drunk in the street is the same one, when you can love the one
as much as you do the other, no doubt you will be able to qualify. As it now is we have too many preachers, who
do not understand, that have no purpose. too many prayers, too many creeds, too
many teachers, that have no message. too many churches, too many learned people,
and too few thinkers. The Kingdom of Heaven cometh not by observation. It is the Still, small voice within the soul
that speaks. The expanded thought will never wish to join
or be joined to. Nothing human can contain it. It feels the limitation of form and ceremony
and longs for the freedom of the Spirit, the great out of doors, the Great God of the everywhere. Alone in the desert, the forest or by the
restless ocean, looking up at the stars, man breathes forth these words, With only my Maker
and me. The path to prosperity The healing of conditions is no different
from other healing. All healing is the constructive use of a mental
law, which the world is gradually beginning to understand something of. Again, we must reiterate the principle of
all life. We are surrounded by a thinking medium, from
which all things come. We think into it. it does the rest. Since we are thinking beings and cannot stop
thinking, and since Creative Mind receives our thought and cannot stop creating, it must
always be making something for us. What it will make depends, absolutely, and
only upon what we are thinking, and what we will attract will depend entirely upon our
holding thought to the complete exclusion of all that would contradict it. It is not enough that we should sit down and
say, I am one with Infinite Life. This must mean more than mere words. it must be felt, it must become an embodiment
of a positive mental attitude. It is not claiming something to be true, which
is going to happen. it is not sending out an aspiration, or a
desire, or a supplication, or a prayer. it must be the embodiment of that which knows
that now it is. This is more than holding a thought. Our ability to attract will depend upon the
largeness of our thought, as we feel that it flows out into a great Universal Creative
Power. We are dealing with the form in thought, and
not with the form in matter. We have learned that when we get the true
form in thought and permeate it with the spirit of belief, we will see the thought made flesh,
without any further effort on our part. Thought can attract to us only that which
we first mentally embody. We cannot attract to ourselves that which
we are not. We
can attract, in the outer, only that which we have first completely mentally embodied
within, that which has become a part of our mental make up, a part of our inner understanding. A man going into business will attract to
himself that which he thinks about the most. If he is a barber, he will attract people
who want to be shaved or have their hair cut. If he sells shoes, he will attract people
who want to buy shoes. See Creative Mind and Success, by the author
of the present volume. So it is with everything. we will not only do this, but we will also
attract as much of anything as we mentally embody. This is apt to be overlooked in the study
of metaphysics. It is not enough, to say that we attract what
we think. we become what we think, and what we become,
we will attract. Do not become merely sentimental about this. Your life is governed by more than a sentiment. it is governed by law, something that cannot
be broken, something that picks up every mental attitude and does something with it. This fundamental proposition of the law should
then work out into our conditions. Always remember that it does just as we think. It does not argue, it simply does the thing
as we think it. Now, how are we thinking? Never ask a patient how he is feeling. ask, how are you thinking today? This is the only thing that matters. How are we thinking about life and our conditions? Are we receiving the race suggestion? are
we saying that there is not enough to go around? If we are saying this, it is our belief, and
there is something that will see that it becomes a part of our expression. Most people, through ignorance of the higher
laws of their being, are suffering from the thoughts imposed upon them from a negative
and doubtful world. We, who are claiming the use of the greater
law, must emancipate ourselves from all isense of limitation. We are not to be governed by the outer confusion,
but by the inner realization. We are to judge life, not from the way that
things in the past have been done, but from the way that the Spirit does things. The way of the spirit Again, let us say that the Spirit creates,
by becoming the thing that it thinks. There is no other possible way in which it
could work. Since it is all and there is no other, the
thought of opposing forces never enters into its mental working. when we are judging from the outer, we are
not working in line with the power that we should be using. We must come to see that there is only One
Power and that we are touching it at all points, for there is not a power of poverty and a
power of prosperity. There is the one becoming the many. it makes and it unmakes that a higher form
may appear to express through it. All that is not in line with its forward movement
will soon pass away, for it recognizes no opposite. As far as we are concerned, what we are and
what we are to become depends only upon what we are thinking, for this is the way that
we are using creative power. The sooner we get away from the thought that
we have to create, the sooner we will be able to work in line with the Spirit. Always man uses. he never creates anything. The united intelligence of the human race
could not make a single rose bud. it does not know enough. But our slightest thought adrift, in mind,
causes the same power that makes all things to create for us. The great error of the race is, and always
has been, that men have thought to give a physical reason for things. When that reason has not answered the problems
of life, they have sought out some other reason just as physical. The fact that they are all wrong, is shown
in that every generation has found a different reason. When truth is found, it will also be found
that it never changes to suit the whims of the human fancy. This is proven by the fact that, whatever
of the real truth the race has discovered has never been changed. The truth that was revealed to the prophets
of old has never changed. it is the same today as it was, thousands
of years ago. Whoever touches truth, no matter in what generation,
will always get the same answer. The great truth that was revealed from Moses
to the time of Jesus, is the same truth that is still revealed, to all who will accept
it. it is simply this. we are now living in a Spiritual Universe,
governed by mental laws of cause and effect. Moses saw it, mostly, from the standpoint
of the Law of cause and effect, an eye for an eye. What does this mean? It means, as Jesus said, As a man sows, so
shall he reap. Moses saw the law. Jesus saw not only the law. I come not to destroy, but to fulfill, but
he saw behind the law, the reason for it, and revealed behind all law the Great Law
giver, a God of love, working out the great inner concepts of His own being in harmony
and in beauty, filled with peace, causing the sun to shine. alike upon the just and the unjust. Jesus did not try to overcome the use of law. He understood all law and He well knew that
all law was at His command. He did not break the law, He fulfilled it. So we must find that, all is at our command,
through these same laws. The man, who understands law and complies
with it, will have no difficulty in demonstrating that it is as true for him as it ever was
for any one else. What, then, are the laws underlying prosperity? The first is this, and we must not try to
escape it. Thou shalt have no other Gods before me. This Me is Spirit. We are, then, to trust only in the activity
of Spirit for what we need. But the world will say. Human things come through human agencies. This may be true, but we must realize that
the power we are dealing with also has, within its own mind, all people and all things. We do not have to treat people. what we have to do is to embody
principle. Principle may use people, but that is no part
of our responsibility. Ultimately all is Spirit, and Spirit which
is the beginning is also the end of all manifestation. I am the Alpha and the Omega. Our life, then, is to be governed by Spirit. We need look no further. It will do for us all that we will ever ask,
provided we believe. Why, then, has it not done so? The answer is that it has already done so,
but we have not received it. The Spirit may offer, but we must accept the
gift, before it can be made. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. We must understand that this receiving is
a mental process. it is one of mentally taking. The way, then, that we are using mind through
our thought, is the way that we are treating ourselves for prosperity. So simple, and yet, we have not understood
it! If a man says, I have not. he will not receive. if he says, I have, he will receive. To those who have shall be given, and to those
who have not shall be taken away even that which they have. This is a veiled statement of the law of cause
and effect. When you send out into mind the thought that
you have not, it accepts the idea and takes away from you even that which you have. Reverse the process and say, I have, and it
will at once set to work to create for you even more than you now possess. You will readily see then, that you are not
dealing with two powers, but with one, and that it operates through your own thought,
doing unto all even as they believe. The level of consciousness Since all is mind, and it is done unto us
as we mentally think, all life is simply a law of thought activity of consciousness. In our life, the power flows through us. If we provide a big receptivity, it will do
a big thing if, on the other hand, we only believe in a small way, the activity must
be a small one. The Spirit can do for us only what it can
do through us. Unless we are able to provide the consciousness,
it cannot make the gift. Few people have a great consciousness, and
this explains why so few excel. The power behind all things of itself is without
limit. it is all power. in us it has to become what we
make it. We carry within our own soul the key to all
expression, but few enter in. The door is not seen with the physical eye,
and as yet but few, have gained the ability to see. the majority merely look. Realizing, then, that while the power is limitless,
it must become operative through our own thought. we shall see that what we need is not some
greater power, but that what we really need is a greater consciousness, a deeper realization
of life, a grander concept of being. We must unify ourselves with the great whole. The man, who dares to fling his thought out
into universal intelligence with the positive assurance of one who knows and dares to claim
all there is, will find that it will be done. God will honor his request. On the other hand, the one who fears to speak,
lest God will smite, will find himself smitten of the law, not because God is angry, but
because it is done as he believes. We have a right to have, and should expect
to, have in this world, all that will make for the comfort and for the luxuries of life. What matter how much we have, if we rob no
other soul to get it? Shall not the Power that so lavishly spreads
Itself out into nature give to us Its highest expression, all that we can
ask? We dishonor God when we claim less than all. Until we can expand our thought so that we
shall be able to say also, I am, we need not expect to get great results. The soul that knows its own Divinity is the
great soul. before it all else must bend. to it all else
must gravitate. Enlarge your thought processes. Away with the little personal thoughts of
things, and dare to think in universal terms about all things. The universe is running over with good, it
is for you, but you must believe and then take it. Do you dare to believe that your own word
is invincible? When you speak it how do you feel? Is it limitless, is it all power, is all power
given to you in heaven and on earth. are you one with the only power that there
is? Until you can say yes to all these questions
and not simply believe them but know them, you can not hope to attain. It is useless in making a demonstration, to
beg for things. as well beg that water should be wet or that
fire should be hot. Things are, we must take them. Your word has only the power that you put
into it, no more and no less. We are all held accountable
for every word that we speak, because all is the action and the reaction of mind. Man is his own heaven and his own hell. We start a new enterprise and wonder what
the chances of success are. have we realized that the outer is simply
the inner manifested? When we go to a new place, we shall find there
only what we have taken with us. If we have taken success, we will find success. if, on the other hand, we have taken failure,
we will find failure. This is the law. none can avoid it, none need try. Every living soul is a law unto his own life. There is no law but my own soul shall set. Nothing can come upon the path of the soul,
but that thing that the soul attracts. Practice for prosperity Prosperity is in our own hands, to do with
as we will, but we will never reach it, until we learn to control our thought. We must see only what we want and never allow
the other things to enter. If we wish activity we must be active in our
thought, we must see activity and speak it into everything that we do. The spoken word shall bring it to pass. We speak the word, it is brought to pass of
the Power that we speak it into. We can only speak the word that we understand,
the activity will correspond to our inner concepts. If they are large, the results will be large. The thing to do is, to unify ourselves with
all the biggest ideas that we can compass. and realizing that our ideas govern our power
of attraction, we should be constantly enlarging within ourselves. We must realize our at onement with All Power
and know that our word will bring it to pass. We speak the word, it is brought to pass. As consciousness grows, it will manifest in
enlarged opportunities and a greater field of action. Most people
think in the terms of universal powers. Feel that you are surrounded by all the power
that there is, when you speak and never doubt, but that what you say will spring into being. We should speak right out into mind, all that
we desire, and believe that it will be done unto us. Never take the time to listen to those who
doubt. We observe that their philosophy has done
but little to save the world or themselves. here again let the dead bury the dead and
see to it that you maintain in your own thought what you want, letting go of all else. Think only
what you want to happen and never let yourself get mentally lazy and sluggish taking on the
suggestions of poverty and limitation. See yourself as being in the position that
you desire, mentally dwell upon it and then speak with perfect assurance that it is done
and then forget it and trust in the law. This will answer all needs. If you want to do this for someone else, all
that you will need to do is to think of them and go through the same process of mind action. You will be sending out the truth for them,
and mind being always active will not contradict what you have said. Remember that you cannot hope to get results,
unless you keep but the one idea and do not mix thoughts in your mind. All is yours, but you must take it. The taking is always a mental process. it is believing absolutely. This is divine principle. Conclusion Principle itself is simplicity, yet it is
infinite it is Infinite Mind and manifestation of Mind. We live in a Spiritual universe, governed
through thought, or the word which first becomes law. this law creates what we call matter. Jesus Christ discerned the truth about spiritual
principles, more than any other man who ever lived, and he proclaimed the eternal reign
of law and understanding, absolute, complete, perfect and he found that law to be operative
through his own thought and the power of his own word. And when you and I shall cease looking outside
ourselves to any person and shall realize that whatever truth and whatever power we
shall have must flow through us, when we begin to interpret our own natures, we shall begin
to understand God and law, and life, and not
until then. We live and move and have our being in, what
we call, an Infinite Mind, an Infinite Creative Mind, also infinitely receptive, operative,
omnipotent, and all knowing. and we have learned that this mind presses against us on all isides,
flows through us, and becomes operative through our thinking. The human race, ignorant of the laws of this
mind, ignorant of the power of its own thought, has through its ignorance misused
and abused the creative power of its thought, and brought upon itself the thing it feared. This is true, because all thought is law,
and all law is mind in action, and the word which you speak today is the law, which shall
govern your life tomorrow, as the word which you spoke, ignorantly or innocently, consciously
or unconsciously. yesterday, is absolutely governing your life today. As metaphysicians, then, we are not dealing
with a material, nor denying a manifest universe, but we are claiming that the manifestation
is the result of the inner activity of the mind. and if we wish for a definite manifestation,
we must produce a definite inner activity. You and I, then, are not dealing with conditions,
but with mental and spiritual law. We are dealing with the power of thought,
the power of mind, and the more spiritual the thought, the higher the manifestation. The more our reliance upon what we call God,
the greater the power. It is the new education, because it strips
all the false from the old belief and reveals the individual. It is the new age, because as sure as God
is, it will usher in and express the perfect life, the revelation of this truth, and our
ability to use it. and it is your own fault, when you know this and do not prove it. If, knowing the infinite power flowing through
you, you still remain sick and unhappy, miserable and poor, my friend, it is your own fault. Do not blame God, do not blame man, and do
not say it is of the devil. It is your own fault. Every time you say I Am, you are recognizing
the eternal infinite presence of omnipotent power, within yourself, which is
God operating through your thought, and that is why you bring upon yourself the thing you
fear, and why you bring to yourself the thing you want. When fifty one percent of your thinking is
health and life and power, that day the fifty one percent will swallow up, erase,kill out
the rest. The day you, as an individual, through fifty
one percent of your thought, pass beyond the perception of limitation, you will draw out
of the universe, everything you desire. poverty will desert you and you will be emancipated
forever. The day you think fifty one percent of happiness,
misery shall depart and never return. Is it not then worth your time and your effort,
and should it not be the greatest purpose in the life of any awakened soul so to depict
this principle, as to emancipate himself? The way can be shown, but each individual
must himself walk the way. We are so bound by suggestion and hypnotized
by false belief, so entangled by the chaotic thinking of the world, thinking which is based
upon the principle of a dual mind, that we become confused and are not ourselves. Wake up! Your word is all powerful, your consciousness
is one with Omnipotence. Your
thought is infinite. Your destiny is eternal and your home is everlasting
heaven. Realize the truth. I am living in a perfect universe, it always
was perfect and always will be perfect. There never was a mistake made, there are
no mistakes being made, and there never will be. I live in the great and eternal universe of
perfection from cause to effect, from beginning to end, and The worlds all right, and I know
it. Majestic and calm, waiting with eternal and
divine patience, the Great Principle of Life is ready to give to us all that it has. And while we listen and wait, we will cast
from us everything that hinders its complete expression through us, we will let go of all
istruggle and all strife and be at peace with Life. Perfect peace to the soul, as we rest in the
realization of our unity with all that there is, was or ever will be. One with the Infinite Mind. All the power of the Spirit is working through
our thought, as we believe and receive. Now, we will ask for and take that thing which
we desire. it is done, it is complete, now and forever. Perfect life, perfect healing, perfect harmony,
Divine guidance, Infinite strength and joy forever. Questions and answers What is the Truth? The Truth is that which is. It is all that is. As there cannot be something and nothing. so the Truth, being that which is must, at
the same time, be all that there is. Where is the Truth? If the Truth is All, it must be everywhere. being all, there is no other substance to
divide it with. being undivided, it is everywhere present. All Truth, which means all power, must be
present at all points, or at any given point, at any and at all times. Has the Truth changed? A substance cannot change, unless there is
something for it to change into. Since the Truth is all, it cannot change,
for there is no other thing for it to change into. whatever is the Truth, then, has never changed. Is the Truth, or that which is, one or many? It must be one, since it is all. Is the Truth conscious? Yes, man is conscious. He could not be so, unless Truth or Life were
conscious. mans self consciousness proves the self consciousness
of Life, or Truth, or Spirit. Like produces like. What comes out of life? Everything that is comes out of life. If life is all, then it follows that all that
is, is some form of life. How does Life make things? Being all, it must make things out of itself. It must operate upon itself, through itself,
and out of itself must make all that is made. Being conscious, it must know that it is doing
this. What would we call this inner movement of
Life? The inner movement of Life or consciousness
we would call, thought or the self knowing of Life or Spirit. Then the universe, and all that is a part
of it, comes from thought? Yes, everything comes from thought. Do we not see a visible world that seems to
change, and if we do, how is it that it could come from something that never changes? Yes, we do see a changing world, but back
of it is a changeless substance. The thing that changes, is the thought or
form. the substance from which this form comes never
changes. It is one and undivided, and takes form through
thought in all things. We prove this, when we resolve all things
into one source. All material things, so called, can be reduced
into formless substance, the sole activity of which must be thought or the movement of
intelligence upon itself. What causes form to change? The intelligence behind it. Is there nothing in the universe, then, but
Life, thought and form? These are all. If this is true, what is physical law? Physical law is simply the result of the inner
movement of Life. If things and laws are the result of the inner
movement of Life, then does it not follow that thoughts are things? Yes, all things are simply thought for miss How long does thought last as form? As long as the thought is held in Life or
Mind. Does the thought of Life, Mind, or Good ever
change? From all that we can know, the thought of
God seems to change. That is, planets change, take form and again
become formless. When we realize that all this can take place
without ever changing the substance behind it, we see no reason why Gods thought could
not change and ever build up a higher form. Indeed, this is one of the teachings of Ancient
Wisdom, that while reality never changes, the form that it takes is ever changing. What is mans place in the creative order? Man is a thinking center in Mind, reproducing
in a smaller scale all there is in the Universe. Does this not make mans thought creative? In a certain sense it does. What we call creation is not making something
out of nothing, but it is thought taking form. And as man thinks, and as thought must take
form, then it must follow that mans thought must take form in mind and so become creative. What is mans thought? It is the activity of that something within
that can say, I Am. What is the difference between God and man? The very fact that man can say, I Am, proves
that he is. Since he is, he must be made out of life and
must be some part of all that there is. This being so, man must be a part of Gods
consciousness. The difference would be in degree only. He must be as much of Life as he recognizes
himself to be. Is all of mans thought creative? Yes, all or none. If one thought produces, then all must. If this be true, how is it that manseems to
be so limited? Because he has thought limitation, and thoughts
are things and will always make the thing thought of. In reality, the very fact that mans thought
can limit him, also proves that it could free him from all limitation by simply changing
his thought. But why is man so made that he can think two
ways? This is a question that can be answered only
in one way. Unless a man can think as he wants to think,
he would not be a man at all, but simply a piece of mechanism. Man is an individual and that means self choice,
backed by a power that will produce the thing chosen. In discovering himself, man chooses many things,
uses them and passes to a higher choice, ever ascending in the
scale of being. As fast as he chooses, he experiences that
thing which he thinks about. What is evil? Evil is the result of a lack of clear seeing,
based upon a belief in two powers, and limitation and what we call sin is the result of mans
struggle to find himself. If this be true, why could we not, at once,
begin to change our whole life by first changing our thought? We could. We would not be changing real substance, but
we would be changing the form that it takes through our thought. All that we can change is the form of thought
through which experiences come to us. What is the limit of mans creative use of
Mind? Man is limited by nothing but his own thinking,
by his mental ability to conceive. What is meant by mental conception? All things are produced by thought. The thing produced from mind is first formed
in thought. thought molds mind into form. But do we not have to act? We cannot think without acting. an inactive body is the result of an inactive
mind. In using our creative powers, how far do we
have to consider the conditions under which we live? We do not have to consider them, at all. Conditions are the result, the effect and
not the cause. we create them as fast as we think. How would a person start to change conditions? By first changing thought and by realizing
that we are not dealing with an illusion, but with the great reality. Then, by acting as though we already have
what we think. How long would it take to do this? As long as it would take to let go of all
negative thought and embody all positive thought. This would depend entirely upon the individual
and his mental ability to control thought. What would hinder us the most? Ourselves. no one gives to us, but ourselves and no one
takes from us, but ourselves. Can no one else help us? Only to a limited degree. While we may be helped by those who understand
the law, for a time, yet sooner or later we must ourselves take the creative responsibility
of our own lives. Others may think for us for a few moments
a day, but we think for ourselves all the time. But does not God help us? Yes, God helps all, but must do it through
law. all is love yet all is law. How should we pray? By giving thanks that we already have that
thing that we pray for, by completely believing, and by never doubting. When ye pray, believe that ye have received
and ye shall receive. We must be sure that in no way shall we think,
act or talk or read about limitation. We must all be a law unto ourselves. This is the end of, Creative Mind, by Ernest
Shurtleff Holmes If you would like to hear his interpretations
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who are continually searching for more. let’s keep the wealth circulating, growing,
sharing, and living the best life possible, knowing that when we give, we allow the free
flow of receiving. thank you so much, and i appreciate the opportunity
to interact with you. Definitions God God is, Infinite Spirit, self knowing Mind,
Life, Truth, Intelligence, Love, All Cause and All Effect. That invisible power which makes all things
out of Itself, by an inner action of its own thought upon Itself. The visible Universe The Visible Universe is, The ideas of God
in expression, the body of God, expression of the Divine Mind. All visible life is an expression of an inner
concept. Law Law is Mind in action. law is not cause, it is effect. It is intelligence operating. All law is universal. Vibration Vibration is Not intelligence, but the result
of intelligence, it follows cause. Thought Thought is The activity of Mind. Man Man is A thinking center in mind. Creation Creation is Thought becoming form. The Immaculate Conception. Sin Sin is Lack of understanding. Righteousness Righteousness is Spiritual understanding. Sickness Sickness is Image of thought held in mind
appearing on the body. Health Health is The realization of perfect life. Poverty Poverty is Limited thought. Riches Riches are The realization of our unity with
life, which is limitless. Consciousness Consciousness is The realization of the fact
that we are. Life Life is Consciousness of power and activity. Truth Truth is That which is. Realization Realization is An inner thought process whereby
we become conscious of our unity with life. Absolute Absolute is Complete self knowing. Causation Causation is God, Spirit, Life, That which
is. Intelligence Intelligence is That which knows that it is. Unfoldment Unfoldment is The birth of ideas coming forth
from Mind. Illusion Illusion is Belief in two powers. Soul Soul is The inner creative life, the feminine,
receptive, creative. Sense Sense is Not an illusion, but the faculties
through which we contact life in its expression. Motion Motion is The inner activity of life producing
manifestation. Effect Effect is The result of inner motion. The Word The word is The activity of thought. Faith Faith is Positive mental activity. Fear Fear is Negative mental activity. Attraction Attraction is The drawing power of thought. Unity Unity is One Mind flowing through all, and
in all. Objective Objective is Life in its outer form. Subjective Subjective is Life in its inner thought or
form. Karma Karma is The law of cause and effect. The result of past thought and action binding
the ignorant and freeing the wise. Multiplicity Multiplicity is The bringing forth from the
One of an infinite variety of form, color and motion. Treatment Treatment is The mental and spiritual activity
of thought for a definite end. Demonstration Demonstartion is The result of correct thinking. Heaven Heaven is The atmosphere of correct thought. Hell Hell is The atmosphere of false thinking. Peace Peace is Mind resting in the realization that
it is all. Poise Poise is An inner calm which never fears. Power Power is The result of the union of peace
and poise. This is the end of, Creative Mind by Ernest
Holmes thanks for listening. please subscribe, if you liked this video,
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thatsupports the time and energy taken to make resources, like this, available to people,
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12 thoughts on “Creative Mind by Ernest Holmes

  1. The voice is – interesting. But the writing is amazing. Even if one were uninterested in the content, the style displays a lost art doesn't it?

  2. Thank you for the share ! My gratitud !

  3. Just to let you know that Christian Science (that you mentioned above) is MUCH different than what Holmes actually started, Religious Science. Might want to edit and correct for accuracy's sake.

  4. I appreciate the enlightenment it's a great tool for guidance in life The Voice is not what I focus on its the information that doing that do that sold so good

  5. Aren't we supposed to be aware of essence, not form? The synthetic voice is merely a vehicle for the content
    The English of the King James Version of the Bible is quite obscure now but most accept it now, and even say it is an essential part of the experience
    Whoever posted this, you have my gratitude

  6. GREAT recording. holmes is a gem.

  7. Thank you so much for making this information available. I love the voice – it is very clear – please keep up the good job, thanks!!!

  8. For one to criticise Dr Holmes one has to be a scholar of equal or more learning experience than Dr Holmes. Who has been a student of the legendary Sir Thomas Troward. Hi lectures and thoughts surely did open up set blocks in ones mind / my mind.
    I enjoyed his insights.Truly Brilliant.

  9. Thanks for making this available….what a gem…..

  10. has anyone met the man of perfect peace? the only thing that I have found that has perfect peace is animals – I think without animals on this planet I could not believe in a source

  11. Essence porter hous Rachel dotes cha it to Essence

  12. This book is really life changing for one who has not mastered the laws of life

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