"Be of good cheer. There is nothing that cannot be overcome by Truth. Prove all things and hold fast to that which is good." --Walter Clemow Lanyon
Behold the Day Breaketh
As JETHRO came through the low gate he saw Abd Allah working on a vase. It was a lovely thing to behold, large and of a color, heavenly blue. The graceful arms of the Potter embraced the vase as he painted upon the clear field, clusters of almond blossoms. Jethro stood for a moment watching the Potter turn from his vase to the cluster of almond blossoms, which almost touched his bare brown shoulders. The almond tree stood covered with its mist of silvery whiteness against the clear sky, and the wonder of the day, morning, hovering over all.
"What a glorious vase," he said, "and how perfectly you are getting the sky and the almond tree into it. When I look at it the one becomes lost in the other."
"As it should be." said Adb Allah, not looking up from his work. "When you have a perfect concept of something, it is easy to reproduce it."
"I suppose the most difficult thing then is to acquire the perfect concept," continued Jethro, gazing from the vase to the sky and tree and back again.
"I suppose the most difficult thing then is to acquire the perfect concept," continued Jethro, gazing from the vase to the sky and tree and back again.
"It is not so difficult as it is exacting. Many people grasp at things and think 'to reproduce them, without understanding much more than the surface covering, as a result they have a lifeless thing, as the child when he attempts to draw the picture of a man. As he matures with study, he finds that a study of the structure and anatomy of man enables him to paint something beneath the skin that makes the thing more life-like and natural."
Jethro listened intently.
"It is as some of the students who come for instruction. When you tell them that
we are perfect because God is perfect
they immediately rush away, feeling that they have the whole Science in their grasp, and are disappointed when they cannot reproduce, even in a small way, what they learned. We MUST study, and ponder and learn the simple lessons before we do the larger ones.
I AM perfect because God is perfect--free of blemish.
I AM a miracle.
I AM so, so, so, so loved and adored and ONE with all that is GOD, I AM. I AM blessed, blessed, blessed, blessed, blessed.
"I do not want to be discouraging to the student, for the moment they hear the TRUTH spoken there is some demonstration that they can make with what they know, but if they were only willing to demonstrate that truth and not try to demonstrate things that are beyond their ken, at that time, they would rise to glorious heights, on a solid foundation of TRUTH, which they had erected themselves, and which could not be swept away by the storms. Many times a student has made a beautiful and spectacular demonstration without supporting it by solid evidence and when the testing storm dashes the house it feel and left him a wreck on the sands."
"It should not be so. When the seed of TRUTH is first sown it has in it the promise of a rose, but it has certain steps and stages to go through, and when it has performed these stages it will just naturally open in all its glory. If it is forced and at last opened by mistaken, loving fingers, it fails utterly, because it had not arrived through steady growth at the place of demonstration. There is never a moment when the TRUTH SEEKER cannot find something wholly within his ken that he can demonstrate over. ONLY the problems that we are ABLE to meet at that time confront us, and if we work these out, persistently clinging to the facts that we are growing to the light, there will be larger things to prove and grander proofs will come to us as we go along the way."
A soft, cool morning breeze showered almond blossoms over them. From the distance called the first morning birds. Out of the east the sifted gold of morning sun was changing the purple into shell pink. It was the natural time of prayer and thanksgiving, and so the boy took his harp and sang his morning hymn, while the Potter sat in silence, meditating on the wonders of Life, its beauty, its happiness.
"The heavens declare the glory
Of Him, who made all things:
Each day repeats the story,
Each night its tribute brings.
To earth's remotest border
His mighty pow'r is known;
in beauty grandeur order,
His handiwork is shown."
The sweet, warm voice quivered and fluttered on the air like some delighted butterfly and then became silent.
They sat for a while in silence, with eyes raised to heaven and with hearts full of gratitude as they prayed and felt the impetus of their prayers rush into them.
And Abd Allah read from the sacred scrolls:
"Fret not they self because of evildoers,
neither be thou envious against the workers in iniquity.
Depart from Evil and Do good;
and swell forevermore.
The Righteous shall inherit
the land, and dwell therein forever.
The law of God is in his heart
and NONE of his steps shall slide.
For the Kingdom is the Lord's and
he is the governor among the nations."
After the reading had finished the boy sang again:
"In daily contemplation
Of thee I take delight;
O, let my meditation
Lay hold of Thee aright
Aid me in the supression
of idle thought of work.
Keep me from all transgression
Redeemer, Strength and Lord."
"And so be it" finished Abd Allah, as he turned again to his vase. "If everyone in the world would sit for a few moments of rejoicing at the beginning of the day, before they began the contact with their brothers, they would go through the happy day moving mountains of error, or evil. Prayer in the morning is like tuning an instrument before you begin playing on it. Some people arise and hurry out unprepared. When a storm comes, they hope to quiet it with sweet harmony, but passing the hands over the strings of their instrument they find it out of tune, and the storm rages on while they try to tune it amidst the roar of mortal thinking.
How much better had they paused for a moment and put it in harmony with praise and thanks giving at the beginning of the day.
This is what fortifies us against the strife of the world, this is being prepared to meet the 'Lions in the street', this is what makes our passing as that of 'exquisite music'.
A few moments at the break of day, alone with their Creator, acknowledging, giving thanks, receiving instructions, that is what makes the day as a golden globe wherein no shadow or worry lies.
He turned again to his vase. Jethro watched him as he worked, constantly looking at the spray blossoms near him. How often he turned to them to be sure he had their right size, color and shape. He was a true artist.
As if he sensed the boy's thoughts the Potter spoke again about the vase. "When a man has a perfect concept of anything, it is NOT difficult to reproduce that thing." Now for years I have the almond tree with me and have studied it in all its changes. I have come to know the silvery whiteness of its blossoms as distinguished from the bluish-white of other flowers of the morning. I have gained a perfect concept of it, and I AM producing it here on this vase that it may go into the city and bring with it a breath of the country--of the open.
Suppose for instance instead of this inanimate vase we take the body, the temple of man. We pass hundreds of men daily, who have not the true concept of what a perfect body is or should be. Their drawings are bad. I always feel as though I should like to erase their drawing and start a new one for them.
I instinctively want to gift them the true concept of health or joy and happiness, that they may picture it forth on the temple and make it a glorious thing, a thing of beauty and a thing of use. There is a grand and glorious law governing this all, it is the blast upon the trumpet, which shall awaken the dead.
"As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he."
So simple that it seems difficult, people pass it by every day without noticing it.
They will say to you that it is all theory, that there is NOTHING TRUE about it, never stopping to consider that the very sick thoughts they hold are manifesting and proving to them the truth of this statement in a way that should make them leap up into understanding. And yet how simple when a man does awaken and sees that his 'thinking in his heart' has made him, or brought him where he now stands. He immediately starts the reversing process and if 'he faint not' he shall see results.
Some are discouraged because they cannot change the conditions at once. They forget that for years they have sowed and harvested crops of error. They expect to come to the field and sprinkle 'wheat over it' and see an immediate fruitage forgetting for the moment that very field has been thickly sown with tares, an injurious weed resembling wheat when young.
Yet, THE TRUE OVERCOMER recognizes that the law which he is now putting into operation for good is the very one that he has been distorting and using to produce evil, and that the weeding process must now begin, and the constant planting of good thoughts, good deed and words.
This is ALL a glorious PLAY to the overcomer, no matter how great the problem before him, he moves towards it, and as he does he finds plenty of proof that he is gaining each day, until he at last finds that the steep hill over which he had to go, has diminished and faded away and that after all, it was made up of countless little steps which when taken day after day, finally brought him to the heighth of attainment without ever tackling the thing as a whole.
"O, ye of little faith," why will we go on, failing to do little things, for of them the big things are made. If we are to move a mountain we must begin by taking away some small portion of it. Every gain of dust has to be moved before the whole mountain will be put away, and it is the realizing of this that makes the work worthwhile. We can begin just where this finds us, and take away the obstacles which confront us today, perhaps this is the tendency to think discouraging thoughts about the possible outcome, maybe it is a mental laziness, or maybe it is a feeling that 'MY problem is greater than yours', but anyway whatever it is, it is just a little grain of dust, which must be moved away today, so that tomorrow more debris can be removed, and last by daily cleansing and putting away, we will find the mountain has been entirely moved and that we have attained the heights of demonstration.
One of the greatest aids to accomplishment is the morning prayers, the morning bath, we might call it, when the mind is washed pure and clean from evils and set right for the day.
When the PERFECT CONCEPT comes to man, he gradually begins to show it forth in his life. He begins to realize that I AM something more than a reflection.
Begin to identify and occupy self with the Father within...DIVINE PERFECTION...and not with the body. Jesus did this constantly. He was ALWAYS 'one with the Father within'.
I and my Father are one.
He NEVER associated himself with the body. The body was where the concept was being worked out. It was as the canvas of a MASTER where he drew his pictures, had his demonstrations and made manifest the word.
"The word became flesh and dwelt among them."
I AM more than body. Body is not man. Man is the some thing which co-operates with the Father within and which controls the body, absolutely.
"Do you mean that man is not body." broke in Jethro.
"That is exactly what I mean." replied Abd Allah. "There is nowhere any authority for such belief. Man is ONE with GOD."
I AM is the thing which has authority and dominion.
Body NEVER had dominion over a single thing.
I AM is the animating influence, the 'Mind which was also in Christ Jesus', which did the work, and that is what we are. We are the very power which moves and controls the body. It is our canvas, upon which we can see the 'word made flesh', it is our practice ground."
"Now, I see," said Jethro. Now, I see how we have dominion, how we have authority. Always heretofore I have thought of a man as body, not especially material body, but just as body, and I can see how utterly impossible it is to make demonstrations with such a belief.
We are Divine, heirs, sons, we are NOT bodies. We control the body by our thoughts and feelings. We trace upon it what we will. We fashion it as we desire. We find with this new grand freedom that we escape the body or bondage.
It is as if it were something which we held from us.
Body is ONLY a concept of what we are holding in mind.
Body is just like that vase. You are not in it, and it has no control over you, yet you can fashion it, paint it, and decorate it in the manner you like.
You hold it from you. Though it crashed to earth, it would in no way affect you, for I AM ONE with the Father within and have power to take it up again. "I have power to lay it (life) down and I have power to take it up again."
I AM the divine spark which is the true man and which is 'a little lower than the angels' endowed with authority and power.
It is very glorious to come into this dominion, to hold the body away from us, as it were, and not consider it a factor in our lives. It is very wonderful to consider it as a vase upon which we, the Potters, through our association with 'The FATHER within' can trace designs of beauty, can control it perfectly, never to be troubled with it, never to be in submission to it, or to listen to its complaints.
For 'the clay cannot reply to the Potter.'
"Eternal mind, the Potter, is. Thought is the eternal clay."
Then our bodies are thought, and the Eternal Mind is the mind with which we are one and with which we operate and control the 'clay' or thought.
I wish everybody could see this and handle their bodies after this manner. It would put to naught all sickness and misery in less time than anything I know of.
Once they regarded their bodies as a detached sort of thing upon which they were working out the design of their highest concept, they would hear no complaint from it, for they would be in authority."
And while Jethro talked Abd Allah had painted into his vase a butterfly of pale gold, resting ever so lightly on the almond branch. "O, how beautiful it is, how lightly it touches the blossoms and how full of life" said Jethro, coming nearer.
"It is your inspiration. That wonderful thing which never more than touches matter, and feeds among the lilies."
Sarik the Rug Maker
As Abd Allah and Jethro proceeded on their way towards the temple, they passed the dwelling of Sarik, the rug maker. He sat in the open court of his little dwelling working on an exquisite Bokhara rug. The man and boy paused, then entered.
Sarik rose and greeted them. He was proud of the beautiful work before him, which was nearing completion. Its deep rose hue was like velvet against which rested geometric designs in turquoise and deep blue, edged about with black and ivory.
"What a magnificent piece of work," said Abd Allah, running his fingers over the velvety texture. "It is perfect."
Sarik smiled graciously. "It is a prayer rug for Adana. See, here is the Fylfot, the good luck sign." He pointed a brown finger to the Greek cross, which was ingeniously woven in the corners of the rug.
Abd Allah smiled at him. "A good luck sign in a prayer rug seems unnecessary, especially if one knows how to pray."
"It is," said Sarik, "but this is an order," he rubbed his fingers over the rich surface of color, "and not many people have yet overcome superstition and fear of signs and omens."
"That is true," said Abd Allah, "I have known people who knew the TRUTH to cling to many superstitions. For instance some of them imagine for thinking for a moment in silence and then placing their hands on a certain part of the Sacred scrolls that they will find an answer to their prayers. This is the 'rankest kind of superstition. It is a belief in a separate God.'
Sarik listened; he was a student of Abd Allah and often sat in the crowd which massed about the gates of the city when he talked. "Do you mean then that we are not to go without ourselves for help?"
"That is exactly what I mean, for there is absolutely nothing outside of me that can help or harm me."
"Not that which goeth a man, but that which cometh out defileth him," and it ight also be added, "Makes him."
The good luck signs and omens, the superstitions and fears which men bow down to, have no power either for good or for evil, it is simply the attitude that the mind of the man takes toward them. If a man has a good luck charm or piece with him, every time he thinks of it, he thinks of good luck, and this has a tendency to attract things towards him that would not other wise come his way, but when he is under the ban of such material thinking there are also so many counter and cross counter laws to operate against him that his sign usually amounts to nothing.
If he believes in luck, he must also believe in disaster or ill-luck, or else he would not need a charm or sign to protect or drive away the ill-luck.
When a being comes to TRUTH they should learn first of all that the GLORY of TRUTH is the understanding that there is ZERO separation between self and God.
And that he need have resource to no other sign or wonder than the Mind of Christ that is within.
You cannot imagine God stooping to such absurd things as are believed in. For instance, some of the most advanced thinkers accept in part at least the signs of the Zodiac, and suffer from the predictions made by its Adepts.
Would it be reasonable to imagine God as the Creator of LAW and then have him transfer this to a number of stars, etc., and imagine the intricate mass of laws which cross and recross to meet or put in operation the millions of destinies which are supposed to be under their control.
It is unthinkable, it is impossible to grasp such a complicated form, and especially when you realize that it completely rules God out of his Kingdom and puts the control of the Universe and man into the hands of stars. Yet many suffer both, directly and indirectly, because of their faith in these things.
"As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he."
If he believes that these things have power over him, they certainly will have power until he suffers enough from the experience to wash his hands of it all and turn to the glorious fact that I AM not separate for one instant from God, who is the ONLY POWER.
This is worthy of a quiet half hour's meditation.
This fact that God and Man are ONE.
It may seem big on the surface, but pause for a moment and think,
"I AM ONE with God."
then think what God is and feel the sweet assurance of your unity with God, a great cloud of worry and anxiety will be lifted from your shoulders, and you will be freed from the belief of signs and omens or even the blind belief in looking for a sign in the sacred scrolls."
"Abd Allah," said Sarik, "I have often been guilty of this. I have often prayed in silence and then placed my hands on a part of the scrolls and read the verse, endeavoring to get a direct answer to my prayers, but had I stopped to consider it, I would have known that it is just as material as it is to place your hand on this Greek cross and expect something good to happen.
Truth is founded on a principle and though you hold your hand on the principle all day it will not work out a single problem. What is required is the APPLICATION. Of course, when we pray the answer is given us and also the way to PUT IT INTO PRACTICE, and we need no further 'sign'.
"If we could ONLY perceive and KNOW the importance of thought and FEELING, and how valuable it is to govern it--absolutely."
I presume that if people knew what thought really is,
THEY WOULD BE AMAZED AND OPEN-EYED WITH WONDERMENT AT THE FACT THAT A THOUGHT IS AS POWERFUL AS A DEED, AND SOMETIMES MORE SO." said Abd Allah.
It would revolutionize the world if everyone knew and followed this. There are many things now that you can think that you would not put into action for the world, yet in some vague way every thought comes to fruitage. Perhaps you can destroy its effects or uproot it before it comes to light, if you are alert, but
think of the wonderful peace of mind now that I realize and practice the theory that 'every thought is as powerful or more so than a deed.' It furnishes me with a protection and contribution I have not yet known."
Our prayer should be, "Thank You, God, I AM, for my sight...the sight that enables me to perceive these things and put them into practice and rid myself of this superstition which throws a mist about everybody."
Let us learn to live, not only near God, but in God, and
KNOW that God, I AM, is present at every conversation and perceives the feelings and thoughts of all as readily as I see the rug before me. God, I AM, is not mocked.
It is wonderful and a blessing to know that not one good thought or word is EVER lost and MUST bring fruitage after its kind. It stimulates us to be more careful thinking and hence acting.
Only think what it would mean if men would realize that with the very next thought they were going to draw every thought after that from God. And yet this is Divinely possible, when we realize the glorious oneness of God and man.
Suddenly we would come into the knowledge that a changeless God could not be the Father of changing man. That the superstitious 'belief of growing, maturing, decaying and passing on, is naught, but a belief of life in matter, instead of God,
for in God, I AM, we live and move and breath and have our being.
God is waiting to manifest himself to me, and I may manifest just as much of Him as I choose, by clinging to the knowledge that I AM one with THE FATHER and THE FATHER is changeless. Age fades away, it is nothing, for the changelessness of life makes no record of days and nights or man-made years and months. Ah, this is a glorious thought and one well worth sittng in silence with,
"I and my Father are one."
You have heard it for years, yet when I ponder it anew with the thought that from the next thought, I AM going to think God's thoughts, it reveals in me a newness of life and purpose I have never known before.
The 'still small voice' of which so much has been said, finally becomes the ONLY voice, as I begin to realize my oneness with the Father within. At first the din of mortal thinking and living cries loud for an audience. It presents evidence and facts to my attention, but as a voice is stilled by the inner turning, it finally becomes so weak that it cannot be heard. Then every time I turn within I hear only ONE voice and that is the 'still small voice' which guides me in to all TRUTH, for the 'still small voice' guides, points, lights and shows the way I AM to go without confusion or fear.
Now, when a seed is cast into the earth, it first dies and as it falls away the new life comes to light. "Thou fool that which thou sowest is not quickened except to die."
When I enter the inner silence and plant the thought of my oneness, the old life of separate living will die and the new one spring into birth, and the new life, "God giveth it body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body," so that the renewing and regenerating of work done this way shall be productive of results.
There is a reason of my being just where I AM in the great plan of God, and
it is my place to be indifferent to ALL suggestions of doubt, of fear, discontent, and to listen for the instructions
which I AM to receive, not from an outside teacher, but from the GREATEST TEACHER in the whole universe, "THE STILL SMALL VOICE," which guides me into all things, and shows me all things. I listen for it and I AM guided by it. It knows better just what I require better than anyone else does, for it has been with me through all my progress. Then be indifferent to the thought that I AM not in my right place, that fate, destiny or circumstances has bound me. The moment I realize that the LAW OF GOD is operative WTIHIN ME, I perceive what that law is, and if it means for me to go out from my PRESENT place. It will furnish me a 'pillar of cloud by day and of fire by night,' and there will be no need of 'taking thought from the journey' for everything IS supplied.
Can you believe this?
Can I have faith enough to turn within and declare my oneness with God, I AM, and enjoy it playing out in perfect, pleasurable and wonderful harmony in my life?
Even as I speak, I AM guided in what I say to you, because I declare always, the Father within, and give to you the message that HE speaks to me. It shall bless you as it blessed me and
I AM blessed and my feelings and thoughts shall not return to us void, but shall accomplish. It is GOD that works IN me. Please note the location, IN me, and then co-operate with Him and do HIS bidding.
The real work...the real and wonderful and enjoyable PLAY that I AM required to perform is to express God, I AM. That is the reason I AM here. I AM to express God, and now I understand why I should 'search the scriptures' and know why 'for in them ye THINK ye have life'.
"As a man THINKETH in his heart, so HE is."
The place this message finds me, is the place I have created for myself, either by right or wrong thinking, and I may change it by consulting the 'still small voice' for 'in a twinkling of an eye, shall all be changed'.
"I wish," said Sarik "that Adana could have heard your talk this morning, Abd Allah, he would never more turn to the stupid symbol of good luck, but would have grasped the principle back of overflowing goodness which floods our lives with more than we can accept."
"The rug will bring him great joy," said Abd Allah, it is a thing of beauty. Its exquisite colors so perfectly matched and blended are a lesson of harmony and quiet and show the mind of the maker, and perhaps the principle which you have woven into every stitch and tied into every knot will someday reach out to him and make him see the TRUE GOD, who knows no such a thing as luck."
HERE is a gorgeous array of color as the men assembled for the evening talk of Abd Allah. They came from the four corners of the city, each bringing a beautiful rug upon which to kneel or sit, their long flowing gowns and turbans making a particularly attractive picture against the somber grey of the walls.
Presently, the warm, sweet voice of Jethro was heard singing, while he played his harp.
Call upon the Lord and he will answer thee.
As the music died away a hush fell over the assemblage as Abd Allah took his place before them.
"My friends," he began, "I shall speak to you tonight on the subject of TREATMENT. It is a vital thing to speak of for it is the practical appliance of prayer, and is a thing which concerns us all much.
There are as many kinds of treatments as there are kinds of prayers. Some beseeching treatments, some defiant treatments, some 'I've done my part now do yours TREATMENTS' and some practical application of the Word, which heals instantly.
After a child has learned to read, there is no need of having him recite the alphabet every time he begins to read to make sure that he has not forgotten anything. He has advanced from single letters to groups of letters and from groups of letters to groups of words, phrases, and from phrases to completed sentences, and this same thing is true TREATMENT.
As a man advances in the knowledge of what TREATMENT is, he ceases to go round and round to arrive. He makes a short direct cut and hits the center the first shot.
The way to begin a TREATMENT is by DENIAL.
A quick, sharp denial of the lie, as if by one swipe of the hand you wiped out the existence of a mistake on the blackboard, or removed the dust from a chair.
This denial would not be labored or difficult. Deny with full DIVINE AUTHORITY and with simultaneous unacceptance of the condition as a reality.
There is nothing to fight, or to fight with, for ALL is harmony and peace. After the quick denial has been made, the next thing is to back up your denial by the AFFIRMATION appropriate to the condition.
It is a good thing to discipline the thinking and to train the mind so that it will call forth the direct antidote for error. In Materia medica certain things are used to antidote others and a wise physician will have these at his fingertips. The same thing is true in overcoming, there are certain statements when understood and properly applied act quickly and get results.
I do not wish to convey that one must stop and search about for the particular thing or thought which will counteract the trouble. He should so train his thoughts in times of peace and poise that when the storm breaks he has himself prepared to meet any emergency.
Do you know that within the sacred scrolls there is something that will antidote every error of the flesh AND you can find and use it. You can catalogue these things as you study and make them yours, so that when the evil times come you can defend yourself.
As an illustration we will take a test case. Suppose a man were to fall and sprain his leg.
What affirmation after the denial of no accidents are possible to God's man, would I make?
"They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone."
Can you think of a more complete treatment than that? Is there anything that is NOT covered, and wholly covered at that? If this statement is applied quick enough with the proper understanding it is much more apt to bring about an instantaneous demonstration, than had the person begun with the statement,
"God is good. Good is God. God is all, all is God."
etc. until he came to the place that he could say,
NOTHING evil can come from GOD.
We know that wonderful things have been done by this crawling method reasoning, but now we are no longer babes in thought. We have grown up and have come out from among them, and
I AM now coming into my authority and dominion when the word is,
"Spake and it is done."
When I treat, I enter the secret place and there I find 'the Father within'.
I ally myself with GOD, I AM, and speak the word of healing to any evil or wrong condition. Do not be afraid to say,
"I come and heal you."
There need be no fear as to who does the work.
Jesus used such expressions freely. He told us to follow after the example set for us. When I AM called to help, it is because my light has been shining bright enough to make an impression on the pilgrim who is seeking help.
Do not deny anyone this help.
When anyone reaches out to me, they want my aid, not someone to whom I may refer them. Another thing is this, they can get the help they are seeking from me. They have in their limited way been led to the place where help lies and if it be me, do not deny them this, else, 'if you deny me, I will also deny you.'
Remember that in serving the least of these ye have also served ME.
As I go further into the Promised land, I perceive that EVERY thought and feeling, either good or bad, bears fruitage
'EVERY idle word shall be given account of,'
and I begin to be more selective and masterful of my thoughts, feelings and actions as I would the 'pearl of great price' and well too for this selectivity saves us endless work later on.
Do I know that it is the material senses that close the doors between you and God?
Appreciation is the floodtide of love which forces them open.
The thankful mind...the feeling of being bountifully blessed with ALL God's gifts in my HEART has little to overcome.
The thankful mind and feeling wonderfully and bountifully blessed heart makes very little of the material problem.
There is a very complete sense of JOY...more wonderful than the best I imagined...as I realize God is working out HIS holy purpose in me, and I AM the consciousness of GOD and AM here, wholly to express GOD.
Again, I bring unto my mind the importance of clearing the mind in the morning.
Relax, let go and
I AM so joyful and thankful for ALL the ways God blesses me and my body.
It has been said and truthfully too, that the man who can keep his mind sweet until ten in the morning will meet no further obstacles during the day. This, I believe, for during that time I have so fortified myself that there is no possible chance for error to become real to me.
"When I awake, I AM still 'with Thee'."
When I awaken from the dream of the unreality of material thinking, I find that thou, God, I AM, art here. This blessed thought that God is always where he was and is already ready to co-operate with us, makes us thrilled and thankful that everywhere I AM God is always...zero separation!
START THE DAY RIGHT!
Cleanse the mind of ALL hatred, fear, strife, failure and discouragement. I have before me a new perfect chance. There is NOTHING that may mar it but my unrighteousness.
In schools we learn that the two laws generally primary with man are these:
The Law of Self-preservation and the Law of Self Interest. We do not have to stress the fact that this is the materially for all about us we see it.
Turning spiritually to man we find that the same thing is true there also. We are constantly playing and working IN TRUTH to have better health, more riches, better homes and more peaceful surroundings. We are constantly trying to bring more of the Christ power into play in our lives, and this is righteous too, for there is no way to help more than by making ourselves strong and well. When I manifest strength and health I AM a living example of my faith. When I manifest supply in abundance and at the same time follow close after the Christ, I AM, only bringing out one of the Divine laws. To be perfect, man must bring out all the various phases of Mind. We must be 'every whit whole'.
IN ORDER TO HAVE, WE MUST GIFT.
The open mind can receive more than the closed one and the same is true of the hand. If my mind is shut up, grasping the seed of truth, it cannot grow and consequently, it cannot multiply.
We MUST gift, to have.
Pour out my love abundantly to everyone that asketh and it shall come bounding back to me tenfold.
I have NEVER known this to fail. I have always received tenfold for everything that I have given out. If I give health, through the understanding of principle, to another, I by that gift get a better sense of health than I had before.
EVERY time I can prove the Law of God for another, I AM more convinced that it is the TRUTH and am made that much stronger in the TRUTH.
The old idea of sacrifice is but the new idea of gifting. That which I offer up is that which I receive back tenfold. There is a LAW back of this.
If I AM afraid to gift, it is a sure sign my consciousness of God is very small; and I believe I have wrenched away from Him all I may possibly get and I will not let it go.
When I KNOW I AM a medium and channel through which ALL better than the best blessings flow from God to man, I KNOW that as long as the channel is OPEN, there is plenty of substance to flow through it.
'Fear not, 'tis your Father's good pleasure to gift you the Kingdom.'
The Kingdom is WITHIN me and
I possess it by entering into a co-partnership with God, by asserting my birth-right, coming out with authority because I AM a joint heir with Christ.
When I study and realize there is nothing which may separate me from the SOURCE of ALL good, then
I KNOW that WHAT I GIFT IS not mine, but THE FATHER'S, and thus, I KNOW I cannot be impoverished by letting go of it.
When man is 'BORN AGAIN' he passes along the way our MASTER went. First comes the birth of the new idea, then the grand and glorious awakening to the TRUTH, later the baptism. Up to this point the young OVERCOMER makes big strides, then comes the 'temptation', wherein he is thrown down from the mount into the valley of depression and despair.
He has NOW his wings clipped because he did not have understanding to sustain his ethereal flights. After his temptation he starts upward again, more determined than ever to win and wear the crown. Temptation again dogs his footsteps and lurks behind him, but now he has the goal before him instead of the infinite steps leading thereto.
As he goes on from understanding to wisdom, he comes to the crucifixion where the belief in flesh must be crucified, or crossed out.
This is the agony of Mount Calvary where the whole world is against the pilgrim and he is forsaken by all to work out of creation in matter. After this ordeal has been met, and man is regenerated and renewed, he has his resurrection from the grave, where material thinking has consigned him. The material man says, 'you might just as well be dead.'
The spiritual man realizes TRUE happiness and glory are ONLY possible when the material thought of creation is entirely stamped out and destroyed in his consciousness. After he is resurrected, he makes his ascension and knows matter no more as a reality.
As I work and play in TRUTH, I realize that the Spiritual man is so much greater than the poor material concept which I have had with me for so long that I could not recognize any likeness whatsoever. It is like an artist who conceives a beautiful picture in his mind and tries to reproduce it on canvass, but the best of them admit the complete failure, and know that the real picture which rests in mind is infinitely more beautiful than their best efforts. So is it with the spiritual man. The material man which seen is a poor counterfeit of the picture or concept held in mind.
A Thought for the Day
ALL CAUSE IS MENTAL. THE EFFECT WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF.
If you want health, don't think sickness.
If you want wealth, don't think poverty.
ALL CAUSE IS MENTAL.
Make a note of this and take a check on yourself during the day and see how many times you have slipped over into a 'wrong' mental.
ALL CAUSE IS MENTAL (consciousness), the effect will take care of itself.
I want to impress upon you the importance of this.
Do you sow the cause of something today and then fuss about the effect tomorrow?
Look to the CAUSE!
A muddy stream, when cleared at the source will usually clear as it empties into the ocean, the effect will follow the cause.
Everything starts in mind. If you don't believe this, just check over the things I possess: my health, my wealth, my happiness and see how many of them are not traceable to some beginning thought.
ALL CAUSE IS MENTAL; the EFFECT TAKES CARE of ITSELF.
Remember the commandment, 'Do not kill'?
How many times a day do you kill something by hatred?
Hatred is also a burning, scorching fire which consumes ONLY the place of its origin.
LOVE, the opposite of hate, IS LIFE.
Love engenders hope and life.
How many times a day do I stimulate new action by my love?
LOVE is the direct antidote of hate.
It cannot be repeated too often,
'I AM the temple of the living God.'
Thought along this line rebuilds and renews the broken and fallen body, AND cleanses, purifies and strengthens the abiding place of spirit.
How often do I enter my TEMPLE and drive out the money changers (evil thoughts) and those who sell doves (deceptive concessions to matter)?
Make a practice of entering EACH morning for prayer. He that seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
"Man doth not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God, I AM."
Did you ever try to meditate upon this before you sit down to dinner? If not, try it and see what happens.
"I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me."
What do I desire to do?
The next time I choose to take a new step, meditate upon this truth; then find out where the Christ is.
"Lo, I AM with you all ways."
"I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto me."
"When I lift my thought to a ONENESS with the Christ within, I will NOT only attain what I desire, I ACTUALLY DRAW IT TO ME."
My will becomes a magnet for good and ONLY for good. It is worth serious contemplation, this connection or contact with the Christ within.
Do I realize that I AM daily showing to the world what my feelings and thoughts are and have been? My body is the practice ground, where everything is displayed.
Better start right here and now watching those thoughts, so that the much needed change can take place and the world may see my light before it hears my voice.
"Let your light so shine before men that they shall see your good works and glorify your Father, which is in Heaven."
Where is HEAVEN? Think about these things quietly.
Get away from the personal attitude. Some people identify themselves with disease, until they actually lay claim to it. They will speak of 'my cold, my sickness, my problem'. Don't monopolize all these errors, you might get a corner on them and find you have a poor product on your hand.
Get the impersonal view of life and use good abundantly, but don't try to corner it. A little water becomes stagnant when cornered; the steam keeps fresh and purified.
When I realize the power of thought, I begin to know that the spoken word has a power which when used carelessly is a dangerous thing.
Guard my thought. Be the Guardian of my thoughts and feelings. Watch. Listen. Remember sometimes I AM able to put into practice:
"He spake and it was done."
Repetition is necessary to discipline the feelings and the thoughts.
Do NOT become wearied because the same truth is presented to you in half a dozen different ways,
WE MUST OVERCOME and MASTER the old man, so
'when the Prince of this world cometh he will find nothing in me. He comes hourly, he is presented to me by every passing man who is not thinking righteous. Guard my thought that he find nothing in me."
If a desire to find out something about LIFE, study it from all its various attitudes, first as Power, then as LOVE, then as TRUTH, then as Intelligence. Take these one at a time and see if the minutest part of the real thing is sifting through into your expression of Life.
Remember God is the ONLY Life, and that means that God is my Life, and my Life MUST have all the attributes of God. Take a check on this and see if I have any of them. Be very insistent upon this. It is worth it.
Remember, I may always 'rise and go unto our Father'. He meets me when afar off.
There is no such a thing as an outcast in the Kingdom of Heaven.
I have a chance, and the desire to return to my Father's Home points me in the correct direction. It is only a matter then of peristence until I arrive.
Don't feed upon the husks of fear, or doubt and condemnation.
I AM free born.
Assert my freedom. ARISE and be with God, the Father, very often for I AM ALWAYS in ALL WAYS ONE with God. There is no where that God ends and I begin..no where I end and God begins. ONE Heart. ONE Love. Let's be together and FELL ALL RIGHTEOUS.
"I do not need to fight. Put up my sword. The battle is not mine but God's." Don't get the idea that I may throw anything on God, for there is nothing to throw.
Cleanse my mind and my problem disappears.
Don't think that idly drifting gets me anywhere. Resting means perfect activity and trust. Because the battle is God's does not signify I shall lie down to pleasant dreams, rather I shall be awake waiting for the clarion call of victory.
In the very place this finds me, even though I have fished 'all night and caught nothing'
the abundance of God is here, and when I let down my nets (let go of material thinking) I shall not 'only catch fish a plenty, but shall become fishers of men'.
I don't have to leave my present place to get rid of a problem. In fact, if I do I find that the problem is the first one to greet me when I arrive at my journey's end.
Overcome it here and prove that wherever I AM
'This is holy ground',
I can do it.
'Gird up your loins' and set forth.
NOW are WE the Sons of God?
HAVE I ever claimed my rightful position in life?
HAVE I ever tried to FEEL that I AM the child of a King?
When I think of the fact
'I AM the child of a King'
something supreme and fine takes hold of me. I being to realize a certain aristocracy which is independence of crest, coat of arms or family name. Suddenly and without warning, I feel myself breaking through wall upon wall of doubt, limitation, fear and worry. I throw off care and tear down the clinging vines of doubt, trampling underfoot such obnoxious weeds as fate and destiny.
Oh what a glorious and wonderful feeling knowing I AM thusly blessed. I asked God to thrill me. A perfect thrill comes over me realizing, that I, at last live, laugh, love in the palace of the King with abundance of blessings, love and life, with the King's treasury open to me and me at my best, my finest and in possession and giving expression to the wonderful gifs of LOVE.
Then I seek as one having authority. I say as I fill my lungs with a wonderful new life, "I AM that I AM has sent me."
"I AM" I repeat it over and over and slowly.
A blissful, Juicy Orgasmic Yummy, wonderful feeling flows through me that I AM whatever I AM is, for I and I AM are ONE. Thank YOU, GOD, I AM.
Within the Secret place of my being I go and commune with the Father. From this place I speak my I AM out.
I AM healthy.
I AM wealthy.
I AM blissful.
I AM brilliant.
I AM blessed.
I AM a blessing to ALL that is.
I AM generous with ALL of God's gifts.
I AM joyous.
I AM happy.
I AM adored.
I AM loved.
I AM loving.
I AM appreciated.
I AM valued.
I AM whole.
I AM thrilled and beyond thankful.
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