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CREATING YOUR OWN MAGICAL SELF
(Thanks to Wayne Dyer)
Edited by Ted DeCorte
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Wayne Dyer suggests the following as ways to create a prosperous
and spiritual abundance consciousness.
Create a fantasy...
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THE WAY OF THE BUDDHA
Compiled by Ted DeCorte, M.A.
THE WAY OF THE BUDDHA
Compiled by Ted DeCorte, M.A.
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What Is Enlightenment Articles
Examples are better than oral teaching.
A good man does not extol himself.
A clever man n...
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Brave New World
by Ernest Holmes
There was a time when a man was so convinced that the world was
round that he was deter...
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secrets of nature, and their inventions have brought great good to
the human race—and yet, we are more confused than eve...
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is without end, the progress we make along this eternal pathway is
up to us. The cold fact is that such growth may only ...
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condition of yesterday were converted into something new and
better today.
I believe that all the mistakes I have ever m...
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noticed that almost invariably, when the world traded one kind of
religion for another, it didn’t get a good deal. The P...
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kingdom divided against itself. The kingdom of God is one
kingdom. So we know that true liberty must spring from true u...
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that is all there is to divine wisdom. The kingdom of God cannot
and will not be divided; so long as I will seek to hur...
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Gateway to Tomorrow
Ernest Holmes
One of the questions so frequently asked me is, "Do you believe in eternality, and do...
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There is an atomic intelligence in every physical object. And we see another level or
graduation of this intelligence i...
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in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand
shall hold me. If I say, Surel...
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"Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." You
and I did not earn our ete...
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the body in a state of stability? What determines the equilibrium that is
evidenced? 
The curative power
The body’s abi...
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degree of our negative thought patterns that block the expression in us
of the perfect spiritual pattern which created ...
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We realize that health is our natural, normal state. In prayer we are not
concerned with illness, sickness, and disease...
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make whatever is given It; It sees no other power and never analyzes or
dissects; It simply knows, and the reason why p...
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there is no real impulse for the Creative Mind, and we do not get an
affirmative answer. We must realize more clearly th...
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For the sake of clearness, think of yourself as in this Mind, think of
yourself as a center in it. That is your princip...
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We should reread the words of Jesus as though we had never heard
them before. Since the teachings of Jesus contain the ...
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greater than we are to operate for us, other than to say that everything
we think and say and do should be based in a c...
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knowing that my cup is full to overflowing with the only life there is—the
life and the eternal youth of God. And so it ...
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of a divine urge that creates. God is the Spirit; the Spirit seeks;
there is a pressure on everything to express life. ...
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We are the most realistic people who ever lived on earth; however,
it is a transcendental realism. We believe in the tr...
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of our work; this is the power of what we do; this is the presence
of the Living Spirit we adore: Beloved, you are that...
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That is the way it ought to be, because one field does not interfere with the
other. However, spiritual mind treatment,...
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what truth you have, grab it. Learn once and for all that sugar is sweet,
whether you find it in the sugar bowl or the ...
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He does not reject himself. there is no condemnation or judgment
operating through him. Every plant that my heavenly Fa...
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intellectual, and not see it. Science has proven that there are almost
infinite variations of vibrations of color and so...
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affirmation are identical, and are not two separate things. This is the
hardest thing we will ever have to understand. W...
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power now. It is the only power we will ever know. Since it is invisible,
the essence of reality, it transcends anythin...
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truth, that all things are ours. These moments in a busy life are well
spent, but must unavoidably be brief—but what of...
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We cannot demonstrate one iota beyond our mental ability to conceive
and steadfastly to embody. Infinite as Creative Pow...
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Practically the whole human race is hypnotized, thinking whatever it is
told to think. We get our concepts from our phy...
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5. Spiritual/Religion Score:_______
Improvements Needed:
6. Mental/Creative Score:_______
Improvements Needed:
7. Caree...
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I've learned that no matter how much I care, some people just don't care back.
I've learned that it takes years to buil...
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I've learned that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had and
what you've learned from them a...
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I've learned that writing, as well as talking, can ease emotional pains.
I've learned that the paradigm we live in is n...
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It subverts kingdoms, overthrows cities, towns, families; mars, corrupts and
makes a massacre of men; thunder and light...
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1. Listen to your body's wisdom, which expresses itself through signals
of comfort and discomfort. When choosing a cert...
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THE "ROAD LESS TRAVELED" DIALOGUE
TRIVIA FOR A LIFE'S JOURNEY
There is one mental law in the Universe, and where we use...
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We are surrounded by an Infinite Possibility. It is
Goodness, Life, Law and Reason. In expressing Itself
through us, It...
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silently toward it. Let us, then, enlarge our thought
processes, and dare to think in Universal terms.
We cannot live a...
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Prayer is not an act of overcoming God's reluctance, but an
active acceptance of HIS highest willingness.
Prayer is con...
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  1. 1. 1 CREATING YOUR OWN MAGICAL SELF (Thanks to Wayne Dyer) Edited by Ted DeCorte
  2. 2. 2 Wayne Dyer suggests the following as ways to create a prosperous and spiritual abundance consciousness. Create a fantasy in your mind and imagine exactly how you would like most to be. Commit your own unique personality to your Thought Journal. Visualize and commit to your journal the optimal talent that you would like to have. Visualize your desired your optimal intellectual capacity. Visualize your habits and customs. Which would you change? What would you add? Imagine yourself slowing down or eliminating the aging process. Remove all doubt about what kind of person you can become. Remind yourself daily that you are a Purposeful person. Totally trust your intuition for a day at a time. Inventory the behaviors and characteristics that you exhibited as a child but that are no longer applicable to your adult life. Develop your own personal excellence program, first in your mind, and then start putting it into practice in your daily life. Use meditation regularly to create the inner harmony and peace that will allow you to become the personality that best suits your magnificent, divine purpose here on this planet at this time. Use your meditation to see your-self free from labels that you have placed upon yourself and to become free of the big lies about your inability to change certain things about yourself. Know that anything that has been accomplished by any other human being in the physical realm is within your field of possibility. Recognize that there is an invisible life force within us. Know that your thoughts originate with you. Realize that there are no limits. Know that your life has a purpose. Overcome weakness by leaving it behind. Examine what you believe to be impossible, and then change your beliefs. Go beyond logic. Wayne Dyer suggests the following as ways to create a prosperous and spiritual abundance consciousness. Create a fantasy in your mind and imagine exactly how you would like most to be. Commit your own unique personality to your Thought Journal. Visualize and commit to your journal the optimal talent that you would like to have. Visualize your desired your optimal intellectual capacity. Visualize your habits and customs. Which would you change? What would you add? Imagine yourself slowing down or eliminating the aging process. Remove all doubt about what kind of person you can become. Remind yourself daily that you are a Purposeful person. Totally trust your intuition for a day at a time. Inventory the behaviors and characteristics that you exhibited as a child but that are no longer applicable to your adult life. Develop your own personal excellence program, first in your mind, and then start putting it into practice in your daily life. Use meditation regularly to create the inner harmony and peace that will allow you to become the personality that best suits your magnificent, divine purpose here on this planet at this time. Use your meditation to see your-self free from labels that you have placed upon yourself and to become free of the big lies about your inability to change certain things about yourself. Know that anything that has been accomplished by any other human being in the physical realm is within your field of possibility. Recognize that there is an invisible life force within us. Know that your thoughts originate with you. Realize that there are no limits. Know that your life has a purpose. Overcome weakness by leaving it behind. Examine what you believe to be impossible, and then change your beliefs. Go beyond logic.
  3. 3. 3 THE WAY OF THE BUDDHA Compiled by Ted DeCorte, M.A. THE WAY OF THE BUDDHA Compiled by Ted DeCorte, M.A.
  4. 4. 4 What Is Enlightenment Articles Examples are better than oral teaching. A good man does not extol himself. A clever man never boasts. A great man never brags. Time unused is the longest time. There is no saturating the fire with fuel. No other foes are greater than birth and death. No other friends are greater than merits. The skilled man does not show off, but the man without knowledge usually shows off. The world is a ladder for some to go up and some down. Poverty with dignity is better than wealth based on shame. With the period of your life shortened, be careful not to lengthen egoism and vanity. Those with good eyes are inclined to fall into deep wells. A person with sweet words will feast you with an empty spoon. It is difficult to emerge from the world. It is easy to be submerged in it. A moral like of poverty is nobler than an immoral one in affluence. In working, walk not only with your feet, but also with your head. Do try to do good but not to be great, otherwise you will be in danger.
  5. 5. 5 Brave New World by Ernest Holmes There was a time when a man was so convinced that the world was round that he was determined to prove it. Columbus felt that if the world was round it could be circumnavigated. Superstition, ignorance, and fear surrounded him, yet there were a few adventurous souls who dared to finance his expedition, for they had caught the vision from him because of his certainty. One man’s courage and persistency, backed by an interior vision, made it possible to discover a new world. Long before Columbus, another man came to some far-reaching conclusions. By some inner awareness or spiritual conviction, Jesus had come to believe that every person is a spiritual being living in a spiritual universe. He had come to believe that there is a center in every person that is as perfect as that life that gave us birth. It is no wonder he brought down the anathemas of his age, that he was labeled as one worse than a heretic—blasphemous. But so great was his conviction that he set sail on a voyage of self- discovery that changed the whole course of human experience. He opened up a new territory where few people had been—the discovery of our direct and intimate relationship with God, the Creator. Working alone with himself and the Cause of all things, Jesus brought forth the greatest spiritual philosophy the world has ever known. The great example You and I are trying to follow in Jesus’ footsteps to make the great discovery for ourselves. Can we reach in and out and up to something beyond? Can we grasp the meaning and significance of a direct relationship to something that, while it is greater than we are, is at the same time what we are? Researchers in the fields of science have unlocked many of the
  6. 6. 6 secrets of nature, and their inventions have brought great good to the human race—and yet, we are more confused than ever. This is a time to see if we cannot discover the missing link—something that can bind humanity together in one common good, while at the same time leaving freedom for all. So we are embarked on the voyage of self-discovery. And fortunately, we have much to go by—the lives of the great, the good, and the wise of the ages. It is to these few great souls that we must look to for guidance. They have all been in accord in saying that there is a Spirit within us.  Possibly the skeptic may say that this is but the dream of one who seeks escape from the realities of life, one who would find security in seclusion, in a meditative life withdrawn from the world— something entirely impractical, visionary, and mystical. Let us remind ourselves that this type of alleged practicality has brought the world almost to the verge of destruction.  What we need now is the kind of people whom the over-practical have overlooked. For we are convinced that we are spiritual beings living in a spiritual universe governed by spiritual laws. We have gone far enough in our research to prove that there is something within us—in our physical bodies, our environments, and in nature itself—that responds to our belief in it. We know that anyone who has this solid conviction in mind can prove this claim. We may not yet have reached the promised land, but we already can see it—a light in the darkness, a new continent to be explored, a new world to be gained. We are indeed on the pathway of a great adventure, the adventure that Jesus must have had in mind when he said: “Greater works than these will you do.”  This achievement is not to be found in books, preachments, or proclamations. Fortunately, only the individual can make this discovery for himself or herself. This must be the starting point. The search must begin with the self. From this self-discovery we can then reach out to others and finally to the world. We need not be bound by the ignorance and superstition of others, nor by what they think or feel. We each have our own life to live, and as that life
  7. 7. 7 is without end, the progress we make along this eternal pathway is up to us. The cold fact is that such growth may only occur as a result of what we do to ourselves, not what something else does to us. We cannot, like a fairy godmother, wave a wand and have what we desire appear. Instead, we have to create a thought, a thought that is more powerful than any wand or any magic of mythology’s magicians.  We need to face life in the light of a new truth, a new understanding, and a conviction that we are in partnership with the Infinite. Then we may receive direct divine guidance and know how to live as human beings, because we first have discovered that we are divine beings. I am one with the infinite and perfect Spirit, the giver of all good and perfect gifts. I open my mind and my heart, and, indeed, my body, to the inflow of this divine Presence. I know that this living Presence is in every cell of my body and every function of my being. I accept it as my health of body, here and now. I accept it as that which releases me from all that is unlike the perfect expression of life. There is no doubt or fear in my mind that could reject in any way all that God is, right here and right now. My conscious acceptance of the fullness of the presence of God flows out in joy and love to bless those whom I would help, those with whom I would share this inner joy. And I decree that the loved one I now bring into the scope of my thought is blessed and healed through the presence of good that is within. The radiance of joy in my own heart brings happiness into the lives of all those about me. The abundance that prospers me supplies everyone around me with the good things of life. The light that warms the center of my own being so shines forth that all may find guidance and warmth and comfort in its rays. This is the light that lighteth every person that cometh into the world. This is the fount from which spring the living waters. I drink, and shall not thirst again. And even as I drink, I hand the chalice of my faith to all. Realizing that we are in the midst of an ever-present good, and believing that there is a law that brings everything of its nature into our lives, we should learn to think and act as though every wrong
  8. 8. 8 condition of yesterday were converted into something new and better today. I believe that all the mistakes I have ever made are swallowed up in a love, a peace, and a life greater than I am. Therefore I surrender all past mistakes into the keeping of this ever-present and perfect life. I affirm that love is guiding me into a real and deep cooperation with life and a sincere affection for everyone. Today is a fresh beginning, a new start, and a joyous adventure on the pathway of eternal progress. Today is bright with hope and happy with fulfillment. Therefore I affirm that this is the day that God has made, that it is good, and that I find fulfillment in it.  The Spiritual Meaning of Freedom by Ernest Holmes From a talk given at the Wiltern Theatre, Sunday morning, July 4, 1937. Ever since the dawn of civilization, ever since the first humans began to grasp the significant fact that they were individual beings in a universe that seemed to be more or less hostile to them, the entire search of the human mind, its whole endeavor, has been to get free from evil, from bondage and the shackles of lack, want, fear, superstition, uncertainty, pain, disease, poverty, and fear of the hereafter. And because of this, human systems exist— organized philosophies spring up, sciences develop, educational systems are conducted, collective security is sought after, and religions are formulated to allay the fear of humankind relative to the soul. The great demand in the world today is for a sense of security, freedom, and liberty. But we must be very certain that we do not swap one image of bondage for another. I have read a large part of the religious and philosophic history of the world and I have
  9. 9. 9 noticed that almost invariably, when the world traded one kind of religion for another, it didn’t get a good deal. The Pilgrim Fathers who came to the shores of New England came to worship God in their own way, but the moment they got there, everybody in the colony worshiped God in the way that the strong-minded members of that colony decided was the way to worship God. That was not freedom. Even in our newer religions of the last seventy-five or a hundred years, very frequently we meet people who say they have now found the truth, and then, unfortunately, a large majority of them disclose that they merely have found an idea they liked and called it the truth because they were egotistical, self-conscious, self- righteous people with an attitude of condemnation toward others. That is not the truth. In studying one system of thought after another that has transpired in the last seven thousand years of human history, I have noted how extremely difficult it is for the human mind to conceive liberty without license, without egotism; and we can only give birth to freedom when we have conceived liberty. True freedom—true liberty—has something cosmic behind it. If the time has come that modern science has proved that we cannot move a piece of paper without changing the balance of the entire physical universe; if we have come to the place where we know that the stuff of which our physical bodies are made is the same stuff of which the planets are made; if we have come to the place where such a profound unity is maintained that physicists believe there is no such thing as disunity in the physical world; then we can easily see what the great spiritual leaders of the ages meant when they told us of that greater unity in which we all live and move and have our being, and that the idea of freedom itself is tied up with the true concept of the unity of good. If our nature is one, if God is one—and we know that God must be one, for the universe cannot be divided against itself—then we are all tied into an indivisible unity. We shall have to get back to this unity to find the meaning of freedom. Nothing in any part of this cosmic whole could be considered freedom that would destroy the liberty of some other part of it. That would be self-destruction, would it not? As Jesus pointed out two thousand years ago, that would be a
  10. 10. 10 kingdom divided against itself. The kingdom of God is one kingdom. So we know that true liberty must spring from true unity. We are bound into a supreme unity, we are tied into an immutable law of irrevocable cause and effect—that is unity moving into action. Cause and effect is something that happens as a result of the use of unity. Consequently we are one even while we are many, and since each one of us is a part of the whole, if we seek to destroy each other we only ultimately hurt ourselves. That is the great lesson of life. Freedom, then, will come only in such degree as we no longer do anything that hurts anyone, but that does not mean we have to become spiritual or intellectual doormats. I do not believe in that. Nothing in my belief causes me to feel that God or the Creative Principle wants me to suffer for myself or for anyone else. I do it, I have always done it, perhaps I always shall in this world—but I know that it is wrong. How can the Supreme Being desire my suffering without imposing that suffering, and what kind of a universe has a God who suffers and imposes suffering in a changeless reality? The whole theology and religious reaction of people who believe that arises out of morbidity and fear and superstition and nothing else.  Well, it is not so—and still we suffer. Why? Because we do not understand. We might say that the world suffered darkness until somebody discovered electricity. It suffered crawling around on the face of the earth until technology was developed so we could fly and drive. It suffers limitation, not because the Infinite imposes limitation, but because the world does not understand its freedom. And when it begins to develop its freedom, seldom does it do it directly; it generally creates a new bondage. When we kill the old devil we are very likely to give birth to a new and more subtle one. War is more to be feared than ever before because we have more knowledge without more wisdom. And final freedom will come only as it is tied into divine wisdom. What is divine wisdom? I am no prophet, but I would suggest that divine wisdom must be as simple and profound as this: Jesus said, “The kingdom of God cannot be divided against itself.” I think
  11. 11. 11 that is all there is to divine wisdom. The kingdom of God cannot and will not be divided; so long as I will seek to hurt, I will be hurt.  We desire freedom. We do not like evil, we do not like pain, we do not like poverty, we do not like unhappiness. Why should we? None of us likes to go to bed and worry all night and get up tired out in the morning. God does not impose it on us. Why do we do it? Because we sense freedom, we sense liberty, we sense God, yet out here in the objective world we experience limitation; and the argument is between what we feel ought to take place and what we see and the world experiences. It seems as though we are two people, one that experiences evil and one that knows there should be no evil. The evolution of freedom in the human mind is a slow process. Many movements in the world that claim to be seeking liberty only produce new kinds of bondage. We should beware of them. They are born out of the idea of depression; they are born out of the spirit of bondage. If we want freedom, we must understand that freedom can never come by the imposition of a will of the minority over the majority. It is born finally, and only in such degree as some system is devised whereby individuals are allowed complete freedom so long as they do not, in their freedom, impose bondage on someone else. I believe that the true spirit of democracy is a spiritual conception where there is freedom, liberty without license, and a flexibility that makes evolution possible on the foundation of freedom. As we enter into the spirit of the meaning of Independence Day, the day when liberty, symbolically, was conceived, the day when freedom, objectively, in our country was announced, we should think of it not merely as a political system or form of government, but we should think of it as a spiritual conception, an idea in the Divine Mind Itself, taking form in human experience; we should learn to love that liberty, and in loving the idea we should learn to tenderly and prayerfully handle the embodiment of that idea and nourish it always to greater strength; we should really conceive again the great spiritual conception of that rugged man of God who said: “...that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
  12. 12. 12 Gateway to Tomorrow Ernest Holmes One of the questions so frequently asked me is, "Do you believe in eternality, and do you believe that all people are eternal?" Personally, I consider that the eternality of the individual life has been conclusively proved; and I am convinced that you and I and everyone else are destined to live forever, because the life which we now experience is the life of God in us. It is this life of God in us that is eternal, not the external form of flesh. In a certain sense each one of us is two persons. One is physical and the other is mental or spiritual. The mental or spiritual uses a physical body in this world because it needs it. But at the time of death the spirit within us, which is independent of this physical form, severs itself from it, or as the Bible says: "Or ever the silver cord be loosed... Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it." To those who have inward vision, it is not at all uncommon to see the separation of the spirit from the body. And perhaps more frequently than we have realized, after this separation takes place we are able to communicate with those who have left this world. Personally, I haven't the slightest doubt of this because I have had too many experiences in this field to question its reality. And it has been my privilege to know a number of highly trained scientists who have spent years of very careful research into this subject only to come to the conclusion that there is an eternal side to our nature. There is something about the personality that does not die, that continues beyond the grave. But someone might ask, "How can you believe this when you are dealing with such an intangible thing? How can you trust your feelings and sentiments alone? Perhaps the whole thing is but an idle daydream, an empty wish, a forlorn hope?" You might as well ask an artist if their vision of beauty is a forlorn hope. They don't see the beauty but they do feel it. You might as well ask a mathematician whether or not the principle of mathematics is a reality. No one has ever weighed or measured it. As a matter of fact, while biology is the study of the life principle in the physical body, no one has ever seen this life principle. And yet, at the very moment that it departs from the body, the body begins to disintegrate. Who can doubt that the integrating factor, the thing that held the body together, has actually left its earthly home? Psychology is the science of the way the mind works in us; but no psychologist ever saw the mind, nor is there one who doubts its existence. It is an interesting fact, but a true one, that all we deal with in this physical world is the effect of invisible causes, of an invisible intelligence working through physical forms. Jesus said: "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you." In other words, there are different planes of existence and we progress from one to the other, always more and never less ourselves. We can see how this principle works right here in this world. There is a certain form of intelligence even in a piece of steel.
  13. 13. 13 There is an atomic intelligence in every physical object. And we see another level or graduation of this intelligence in animal life. Then it broadens out and reaches the human being, and we find this same intelligence with conscious awareness. Next, we find that occasionally some people have what is called a cosmic intelligence, which takes in a lot more territory. We speak of them as being illumined and spiritually aware. Jesus, of course, was the greatest of these, and he definitely said that he knew about this world and about the next one. He knew how people lived here and how they lived there. Everything that Jesus did was done as an object lesson to teach us the relationship we have to this world, to each other, to the next world, and to God. He taught that there is no long period between sleeping to this world and waking to the next; for he said to the thief on the cross beside him: "Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise." It seems as though the whole life and teaching of Jesus was to give people the hope and the assurance that they are one with God, and therefore their personal lives continue to exist beyond the grave. There is no doubt that Jesus had enough spiritual power at his command to resist any violence had he so wished. In order to teach the lesson that he wanted us all to learn, it was necessary that he permit himself to be crucified, that his body be placed in a tomb, and that he become resurrected and appear as he did to hundreds of people who knew him personally so that there would no longer be any doubt in their minds. The triumph of the cross was infinitely more than one man proving that he was eternal. It was a lesson, chosen for a definite purpose. The cross stands for the Tree of Life, whose roots are in the earth, whose arms or branches are stretched out in a protective manner, and whose head or top piece is pointed toward the sky. This really represents the threefold nature of humankind-spiritual, mental, and physical; or as the Bible says, spirit, soul, and body. And so Jesus permitted that which was human about him to hang on this Tree of Life and to be taken down and placed in a tomb, which stands for everything that means an obstruction to life, everything that looks as though life were buried, inactive, and dead. Let us not forget that even in this experience the tomb was filled with a light—the light that the Bible says lightens every person's pathway, the eternal light of heaven. And it was this light, this life, that Jesus took into the tomb with him. It was the light that emerged from the tomb. The cross and the suffering and the anguish and the tomb were but preliminary incidents to the resurrection, to the triumph of the spirit; and the certainty that the cross cannot long crucify nor the tomb long contain that which is destined to live forever. It is no wonder that the Psalmist long ago chanted: "'Wither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell
  14. 14. 14 in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me." And in another psalm of confidence, he says: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." We might call these the songs of the boundless soul, hymns of praise to the eternal Creator; a glad and joyful recognition that that life which has been given to humankind is guided and guarded into eternal pathways of self-expansion. But perhaps there is more than one cross from which we need to be delivered; more than one tomb that needs to be opened. Fear and lack, failure, disease, and unhappiness are crosses upon which we hang until the day of deliverance. And too often we lie in some tomb of uncertainty and deny our good. However, even here there is a light accompanying us. Even here there is a voice that still speaks, telling us that the tomb doesn't really represent life, that we can arise and walk forth free and whole. What we need to do, then, is to rediscover the secret that Jesus knew, which carried him triumphantly through every experience of life and finally delivered him from the last enemy of humankind—death. He gave us the key when he said: "I and my Father are one... the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works...for my Father is greater than I." It was this understanding that God is all there is that gave Jesus the power to do everything he did, whether it was the miracles of healing or the raising of himself from the dead. I believe the possibility of all these things rests on just one simple proposition: There is one life, that life is God, and that life is every person's life. Of course, we are human beings and we do miss our friends. But when we understand that every person is eternal, that death is but the gateway to a larger life, we shall have a different viewpoint; and often, indeed, we shall recognize that our loss is their gain. It is necessary for us to realize that eternality is a principle in nature and comes alike to everyone. Sanity would forbid us to believe that some persons are eternal and others are not. Jesus understood that and that is why he said that God causes the sun and rain to come alike on the just and the unjust. He knew that for the most part we do not live as though we were eternal beings; that we get caught up with our little problems and often get lost in the maze of our own confusion. But he saw through all this to the final end of humankind. He knew that every person has the same divine spark within them; that finally the Spirit will triumph in everyone's life; and that good comes to all. But he also said that the good is here now could we but see it; that the kingdom of God is at hand and we need to realize it. And he told about a daily resurrection that we may experience. We already possess the power; and when we learn to let the old slip away and be replaced by the new, when we no longer carry the burdens of yesterday into our tomorrows, we shall find each day a day of resurrection and of rejoicing. Eternality is something to be experienced here and now. We can open our minds to that other side of ourselves, that part which seems never to have completely been caught in the flesh.
  15. 15. 15 "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." You and I did not earn our eternality. It is a gift of God. But we do have to earn the ability to experience and enjoy it. This is a gift we shall have to make to ourselves. This world and the next are but two parts of one journey, which can, if we permit it, be filled with hope and joy. Health is Normal by Ernest Holmes Certainly in the successful experience of living, health is a prime factor. And in all probability nothing is of more importance, nothing of more immediate concern, than the present state of one’s health. From a historical viewpoint, the idea of a connection between health and state of mind is anything but new. It was Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, who said: In order to cure the human body it is necessary to have knowledge of whole things. And Paracelsus wrote: True medicine only arises from the creative knowledge of the last and deepest powers of the whole universe; only he who grasps the innermost nature of man can cure him in earnest.  The body Everything in the physical world, animate and inanimate, is the result of some organizing factor, a purposeful activity, a formative element that indicates the involvement of an intelligence that functions in accord with law. This is what we encounter in the body. The body, in structure and function, is a mass of dynamic material held together by an intelligent organizing factor, which operates in accord with law. That the body is a wonderful mechanism there is no doubt, but how many of us have realized just how amazing it is? Powerful muscles are instantly called into violent action by a minute amount of energy coursing along nerve pathways. Whether the outside temperature is very hot, even above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or extremely cold, the body maintains its normal temperature of approximately 98.6 degrees. A foreign particle enters the skin and immediately internal materials needed to isolate foreign matter, fight infection, and heal the break in the skin are rushed to the area. The heat developed within the body by muscular effort would be damaging beyond repair if a built-in cooling system did not start to function. What maintains the dynamic material of
  16. 16. 16 the body in a state of stability? What determines the equilibrium that is evidenced?  The curative power The body’s ability to maintain its dynamic material at a level of equilibrium was described by physiologist Walter B. Cannon as homeostasis, which he termed the essential functioning of the autonomic nervous system maintaining a balance of activity in the body. There is something that seeks to regulate and control the body’s dynamic material at a normal level in the face of an almost infinite variety of conditions surrounding it and within it.  Another factor is the ability of the body to cure itself of disease in order to maintain a stable and constant condition. This natural curative force has long been recognized, and was advanced by Hippocrates and termed vis medicatrix naturae.  It is only through the existence of the factors of equilibrium, homeostasis, and vis medicatrix naturae that medicine can help to correct an undesirable bodily condition. Doctors can assist, supply aids, remove obstacles, and perform many other corrective measures, but after they have done all they can do, they must wait. They wait for the body to reestablish its equilibrium. They wait for the normal, natural curative forces of the body to take over and assert themselves. The physician cannot make a cut heal, cannot make new skin, and cannot make a new organ, but can only pave the way for the body’s corrective actions. These actions are accomplished through the manifestation of the invisible pattern or organizing factor in and through the dynamic material of which the body is composed. And this intelligent force would have to be consistent or life could never have maintained itself. Your thinking and health To what degree are we, as thinking entities capable of creative thought, able in any way to disrupt the flow of the organizing factor in and through us? Almost every shape and condition of illness has been in some way or other related to our pattern of thinking, a pattern of thinking that apparently is contradictory to the spiritual pattern of a perfect and healthy body. But is there not a larger implication—the extent and
  17. 17. 17 degree of our negative thought patterns that block the expression in us of the perfect spiritual pattern which created us to begin with and which seeks to maintain and sustain us? With every pill we have prescribed for us we should also be given a creative prayer, a suggested way to correct our destructive patterns of thought. We must get ourselves and our limited human thinking out of the way so that the divine pattern of perfection can fully express itself in us. For who can make his or her own heart beat? What doctor can cause the blood to circulate? All we seem to be able to do through our own efforts is to confuse and confound the operation of Divine Life in us. The source of health We must turn from all our worries, anxieties, and fears about our body and know that there is a normal pattern of health, an organizing factor that knows what to do and how to do it, a perfect idea that exists and will express and manifest in us, as us, when we recognize it and accept it as doing so. The doctor can assist the body mechanically through surgery and medication; we can assist by the way we think and act.  The foundation for any idea that health is a normal state for the body (this is a fact, or else the body would never make any attempt to cure itself) rests in the concept that we are living in a perfect universe, regardless of any appearances to the contrary. This is the teaching of all the great and wise. It is the conclusion and the teaching of those upon whom the hope of the world makes its greatest claim, and we would be wise to follow the pattern of their thought.  Whether we fully understand it or not, our reality is oneness with God; anything and everything which appears to be attached to this reality that contradicts the divine nature, even though we must admit that it is an experience, cannot be the final truth of our being. Availing oneself of medical knowledge and wisdom, or the use of creative thought in the form of prayer for the attainment of health, are but different approaches to the same goal—health, which must exist as a spiritual reality. Both are often needed. The medical profession more and more recognizes the value and importance of prayer in the recovery of a patient. Affirmative prayer for health
  18. 18. 18 We realize that health is our natural, normal state. In prayer we are not concerned with illness, sickness, and disease, but with their opposites— health, wholeness, and perfection. We are not concerned with skepticism, doubt, or agnosticism, but with faith, trust, and belief. We seek to turn entirely from all objective appearances and affirm, even in the midst of extreme bodily confusion, the right action of God in and through the body, the manifestation of the perfect pattern of health, the perfect functioning of the organizing factor. As we turn in thought to infinite Spirit as the source, and the only source, of our lives, and know It is good and perfect and expresses Itself as goodness and perfection in us, we are turning our thought away from whatever the appearances may be. As we turn our thought away from appearances, there is nothing to support or sustain them. As we continuously affirm the positive and good, we are automatically eliminating the negative, the undesirable. There is no necessity for any negative condition to exist within our bodies other than the necessity we ourselves insist upon. Law of Our Lives The Impersonal Face of God by Ernest Holmes Writing in the early years of the twentieth century, Ernest Holmes followed the conventions of the day in using masculine terms to represent both genders. Rather than attempt to rewrite a classic, we have retained his original language. —Editor 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 man’s thought? It has to be one of mental correspondence; that is, mind has to reflect whatever thought is cast 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
  19. 19. 19 make whatever is given It; It sees no other power and never analyzes or dissects; It simply 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-Seeing, 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 springs. 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 sees 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
  20. 20. 20 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. 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, so 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; man’s 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 God’s thought is in the larger life of the Universe.
  21. 21. 21 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? The Light of God by Ernest Holmes Jesus told us not to judge according to appearances, because there is a perfection at the center of things. This is what he meant when he said: “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” It seems to me that the only way we can translate the meaning of these words is to accept them in their simplicity and interpret them as though they actually meant what he said—for Jesus never wasted time in idle talk. The more we study the simplicity of his style, the more we discover that it reached to the very foundation of life itself. Jesus had reduced his spiritual philosophy to a few simple, fundamental facts that he taught and lived.  The inner center of our being is what is meant by the word Christ, the “Anointed” or the “Illumined.” Christ means God-in-us. It means the Divine Son or Daughter at the center of every person’s life. If Jesus was right, there is a perfection forever established, a kingdom of God forever at hand, and a possibility of good that is available right now. 
  22. 22. 22 We should reread the words of Jesus as though we had never heard them before. Since the teachings of Jesus contain the key to right living, it would do us well to consider their meaning.  Jesus said, in effect: “God has made you. The Divine Spirit is already within you. This is your Father in your heaven who desires only your good.” Spirit has already provided a law of mind, giving you the use of a power greater than you are. And if you will only learn to live in recognition of this presence and in harmony with this law, then the miracle of life and love will take place. He coupled the knowledge of spiritual truth with the thought that there is a law of mind which acts upon our belief and brings into our experience those things which we believe. Choosing our path We should realize that Jesus was not talking about any particular age. He was not talking about just himself. For over and over again he said that what he did, we could do also—that what he was, we may become. But it is also as though he were proclaiming: “There is a presence within you that is already perfect. You need not worry over your previous mistakes, nor live in anxious anticipation of tomorrow. All of that is unnecessary. All you have to do is learn to live right today. And when you do, previous mistakes will be blotted out and your future will be taken care of.” But before this can happen we must learn to live right today. It is in this moment of time that we are to make the great decision. It is in this day in which we now are living that we must choose what path we are to follow. Shall we live in fear or in faith? Shall we live in confusion, or in the peace that comes from a deep and abiding conviction that there is a power greater than we are, ready, willing, and able to work for us? I think the outstanding thing in the new spiritual outlook of today is that we are called on to invite this presence, to experiment with this power, and actually to live as though God were present with us right now. Jesus seemed to have laid no restriction on the willingness of this power
  23. 23. 23 greater than we are to operate for us, other than to say that everything we think and say and do should be based in a consciousness of love— in a realization that we must become one with others, even as we already are one with God. This is why he prayed “that they may be one, even as we are one.” Training the mind to think differently is simple enough, but I would not say that it is easy, for a thing can be simple without being easy. And again this is where faith must be used—faith in a power greater than we are, based on the firm conviction that we live in a Divine Presence that wishes only good for us. The final surrender Common sense should teach us that we did not create the universe, nor need we be responsible for the laws of nature. All we can do is to use them. Now we are called on to reform all our thinking—to make a complete and final surrender of all our littleness, fears, doubts, and uncertainties to that great something within us that is calm and certain and sure. That something has never really left its divine kingdom, even though our minds have become so confused, so unhappy, and so filled with fear. This is the great challenge. It is also the great adventure—the adventure of faith in a power greater than we are, the challenge of a love that abides forever. Therefore, say to yourself, quietly, and with deep conviction: I realize that I am one with the eternal newness of life. All that Spirit is creates in and through me. My body is alive with the life of God. My body is illumined by the light of God. There is no darkness of discouragement, despair, or defeat. My mind is refreshed in that One Mind that eternally gives of itself to its creation. All that God has is mine. I open my heart to accept the good gifts of joy, happiness, and enthusiasm, right now. I open my heart to know that that which is forever ageless is my source. I decree that my body and my experiences shall reflect the image of life in all of its newness, and I shall move through the days of my years with gladness in my mind. I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever,
  24. 24. 24 knowing that my cup is full to overflowing with the only life there is—the life and the eternal youth of God. And so it is. Looking Back by Ernest Holmes Someone said we didn’t believe in Jesus; of course we believe in Jesus—and we believe in Buddha, in Socrates, and we believe in Abraham Lincoln! We believe in every Wayshower. And more than everything else, we believe in our own soul; the only immediate testimony you and I will ever have that we exist, or that God exists, or that Jesus showed us a way.   Religious Science is not something I invented; I didn’t make it up. I added a few flourishes to it, but it is the outcome of the thought and the feeling of the ages and the great minds of many denominations and religions. It embraces all of them—Buddhism, Mohammedanism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, and all of the different sects of the Christian faith. It embraces the affirmative part of all of them and comes up with the idea that the universe is filled with God. Each one of us is an outlet to God and an inlet to God.  Creation Now what is the reason for our being? I’m going to tell you what I think; I think it exists for the delight of God. What else can it exist for? Someone will say you are here to get saved—claptrap, jargon, nonsense, asininity, and confusion—the universe exists not for us to save our souls, they are not lost, and I know darned well if I am lost there isn’t anybody in the world that will know where to look for me. Nor has the devil got us: there isn’t any devil, there isn’t any hell.  The universe must exist for the self-expression of God and the delight of God. You and I are born out of God, and we are born out
  25. 25. 25 of a divine urge that creates. God is the Spirit; the Spirit seeks; there is a pressure on everything to express life. The dog must bark, the cat must have kittens, the hen must lay eggs, the artist must paint (no matter how terrible it looks), the singer must sing, the dancer must dance—everything must express life. We are born to create, and we can’t help it. Why is that? Because God, the great Creator, is in us. Suffering There is nothing wrong with God. We may be wrong; we may suffer (we do); we may be impoverished (we are); we may be unhappy (we get that way). But we are born to be happy, to be abundantly supplied with every good thing, to have fun in living, to consciously unite with the Divine Power that is around us and within us, and to grow and expand forever.  Would it seem possible that by an immutable law, we consciously invite people’s reaction to us, which is held there until we release it ourselves? This is the only obsession and the only devils there are. We are the obsessing entity, and we are the only devil we will ever meet. I don’t believe in a devil, but sometimes I believe in a lot of them. I say I don’t believe in any hell we are going to, but I am constrained sometimes to believe in the one we are getting out of.  The most destructive force you and I have—and the most constructive—is our own unconscious emotional and thinking and feeling state. All so-called death is unnatural. So forget it. Walt Whitman, who was kind of lazy like I am—I find lazy people live longer and take it easier—said: I loaf and invite my soul. I wonder if you and I do enough loafing? There is a divine something inside us, of that I am sure. It would be terrific if we would say, “There is no law but my own soul shall set it under the one great Law of all life.” If I have lost the object of my love temporarily, yes, I’ll cry. Tears are made to be shed. I’m not afraid of tears, and I think it is a silly person who says he doesn’t have to shed them and never feels badly. It isn’t true. He is just lying to cover up a great truth, and that will never get him anywhere. This is not daydreaming or escaping from reality.
  26. 26. 26 We are the most realistic people who ever lived on earth; however, it is a transcendental realism. We believe in the transcendence. Now we want love, we want happiness. How, if I sit here unhappy, hating everybody, saying the world is against me—which all may be true in appearance—how am I going to draw anything but that? The mind unconsciously pictures things and projects them and says, “Nobody likes me, I am not attractive; nobody loves me, I haven’t got what it takes.”  Spirit, soul, and body We live on three planes: we are spirit, soul, and body. We meet people on all three planes: spiritual, mental, and physical. If there is in us a spiritual transcendence, if there is a universal concept, people will feel it. If there is in us a deep love for everyone, they will like it. If consciously or unconsciously we are embracing the world, they will know they are included. If we are hurt and sensitive, it will repel people from us. If I am afraid that people won’t ever like me, they can’t. I have planted in them the dream about me that I am interpreting through them. I know the time is coming when even in psychiatry and psychology they will say there is only one universal subjectivity and we use it. There is no such thing as an individual mind at all; there is a mind principle, and we use it. There is a Spirit, and we live by it; there is a law that governs everything, and each one of us has our awareness in it, reacting back to us because the universe is one system. This I know. I know of no other system of thought that teaches it, not in our field or similar fields. Yet Jesus taught it, “Give, and it shall be given unto you.” Laugh, and people will laugh with you.  Resolve Now it is going to be a pretty tough thing. The truth is not always easy to follow. There is something in you and in me that transcends tragedy and sorrow and grief and loss. Power perennially springs from the innermost recesses of that unborn reality which is evermore being born in us today. This is the glory
  27. 27. 27 of our work; this is the power of what we do; this is the presence of the Living Spirit we adore: Beloved, you are that Thing you seek; you are that Thing you long for. The great and the good and the gracious God exists in you. God can make you happy and make me happy. And because we are happy, people around us will be happy; because we love, they will love us; because we embrace, they will embrace us. Surrender to the dignity of that law, to the love of that Presence, to the glory and joy of that Being, and no longer be afraid of the universe in which we live. As we turn to the great heart of love in and around us and recognize the divine nature of our own being and consciously unify ourselves with the living Spirit, we thank God. And as we look at each other, we behold there the living Presence, love and friendship, and joy forever and forevermore. Thoughts are Concepts which Develop into E X P E R I E N C E S We believe in spiritual mind healing; it is part of our conviction and our practice. At the same time we do not disbelieve in any form of healing, whether it be medicine, surgery, psychiatry, diet, or exercise. Some people say to me they think that we should believe in only one. Every new discovery in medicine is just as much a revelation of God for a specific purpose as a new invention or a new interpretation of Life itself. There is only the One operating in all the channels. To deny this would be to rest our case on the basis of superstition, which is ignorance. And an ignorance that leads to a new form of dogmatism is built on a sense of fear and separation from the Universe. In our field we are interested in spiritual mind healing. I do not consider this the most important thing we teach, but I think that it is important that we should be relieved from suffering. The person who is in pain or fear naturally wishes to be released from it rightly and as quickly as possible. I do not believe that God has imposed suffering upon anyone to punish them or to teach them a lesson. To me this is stupidity and ignorance. Human beings seem to have assumed the prerogative of determining that God inflicts the suffering. Actually, we appear to be responsible for our suffering through ignorance of our Divine nature. We believe that spiritual mind healing is a complement to medicine, to psychology, and to every system of therapeutics. Some day these fields will all come together now more than most people realize. I have not known one single physician who would not have been glad to have had a spiritual practitioner working with their patient. I have had hundreds of them tell me this.
  28. 28. 28 That is the way it ought to be, because one field does not interfere with the other. However, spiritual mind treatment, under right conditions, can and may transcend other methods. We shall have to recognize this if we believe that we are living in a spiritual system, because that is the way the Universe is organized and operates. it is a spiritual system of Intelligence acting as law. There is One Mind and we use it. Our word is operated upon an intelligent creativity superior to our own. Therefore, when it comes to the act or a spiritual treatment, it is a conscious declaration of our belief in a Presence whose wisdom moves through our ideas and whose action as Law manifests that treatment for definite purposes. There is nothing more specific than a definite spiritual mind treatment. The simplicity of it is this: A spiritual mind treatment is an atmosphere of feeling followed by words consciously and definitely formulated, with a supposition that these words acted upon by Law, are for the person with whom they are identified; and that what is implied in the treatment will transpire in the experience of the person being treated. We always find this is one of the most difficult things to explain because of its simplicity. The first point I want to make clear is that we do not send out anything to the person we are treating. We believe, along with the great thinkers throughout the ages, that God is everywhere; therefore, all of God is wherever God is - what God knows is known everywhere, so to speak, and everything is present at all times. Modern physic is beginning to take this position, too. It is no longer strange to think of an unbroken unity of the whole. Nor should treatment be thought of as a concentration of anything. No on ever concentrated the principle of harmony or of mathematics of or beauty - they only used it. Our treatment, then, begins with the recognition that there is One Life, that Life is God, that Life is Perfect, and is the life of the one we are treating, say John Smith. He is a Divine being now, not by-and-by. He didn't make himself a Divine being, nor did we - any more than we made the world round. That is the way he inherently is, regardless of any appearance to the contrary. Now, according to what you and I mean when we say the word "God" there will be in our world an essence - that which we call the spirit of the treatment which is different from the letter. Both are necessary; one is the conviction of awareness, the other is the form of wording of that awareness. What does it mean when you or I say that there is One Life, and that Life is God, and the life of John Smith now? It means that in reality there is nothing in this man's life different from God, other than God, separate or apart from God, and that there is nothing in the Universe that desires to harm or hurt this man. But we all know that this concept is not accepted everywhere. however, psychology and psychiatry have made a tremendous contribution to our field. Let me say right here that wherever you can get any truth to add to
  29. 29. 29 what truth you have, grab it. Learn once and for all that sugar is sweet, whether you find it in the sugar bowl or the dustpan. Truth is truth whoever announces it, from whatever source it comes. You and I will learn more by putting together all true knowledge for a still greater synthesis than by rejecting ideas because we may not like the source from which they come. Now, psychologists point out that a psychological repression, in conflict, is a group of highly emotionally charged thoughts, ideas, and feelings so deeply buried in the unconscious that it cannot be brought to the surface by an act of will or though the imagination. They tell us that seventy-five to eight-five percent of all illnesses and accidents is the result of an unconscious desire on the part of the people now have them to get away from the liability of living. At the core of a neurosis are always four constituent elements: rejection, guilt, insecurity and anxiety. it is believed that every person has a neurosis because there is no one who has not made mistakes or "sinned"; it is just a question of how active it is. this takes us right back to why Jesus forgave sins. he knew what he was doing; and what he did is as up to date as the very latest invention is today. His teachings are timely because he spoke from the Heart and Soul and Mind of the Universe. that was his mission. We believe it is scientific in our field to relieve people of their sense of guilt. A spiritual mind practitioner in talking to their patients and in treating them will relieve them of their neurotic liabilities. You may ask, "How will they do it?" Here is one of our basic principles: Thoughts are things; mental states in total become a mental impulsion to create and produce that which is like them. In a spiritual mind treatment we incorporate those ideas which relieve the sense of isolation, the burden of guilt, and the condemnation of rejection; it relieves the tension of insecurity and anxiety and heals the neurosis in such degree as it goes deeper than the thoughts that gave rise to the neurosis. For instance, most weariness we are now told is the result of a lack of enthusiastic joy in living. Therefore, spiritual mind treatment must realize joy. John Smith must be awakened from apathy that was first mental, then subjective, and finally physical. Someone might ask, "How are you going to get this over to John?" In our practice, what the practitioner silently realizes for John Smith is his or her own mind is known in the medium of the One Mind, which is also operating through the patient's mind and, theoretically at least, rises to the same level of realization in the patient's mind. therefore, the person treating or praying for John Smith must have a deep feeling about God. Let us continue our hypothetical treatment: "God is Love. There is only this One Love, and he is aware of it. He is aware that he is wanted, needed, and loved. he belongs to the Universe. God hasn't rejected him, and no one else can.
  30. 30. 30 He does not reject himself. there is no condemnation or judgment operating through him. Every plant that my heavenly Father hath not planted is rooted up and cast out. This word establishes perfect circulation, assimilation and elimination. Whatever there is that does not belong, is eliminated. he has a consciousness of belonging to life, of feeling the Divine Presence, and now accepts his good. He has a complete sense of being unburdened and enters into the joy of living, which is reflected in every aspect of his experience. He has faith in himself. The perfect action of God casts out all unlike god, and I give thanks that it is doing this right now for John Smith" Each person can speak out of their own consciousness of God and heal the discord within the lives of another. Have you more love than there is hate in them, more joy than there is grief, more beauty in your own soul than there is ugliness in theirs; is heaven more real to you than discord? Do you really love your fellow beings and in compassion wish them freedom as much as your own? Declare it and decree it, and as surely as the day follows night, shall it dawn upon you through experience, out of practice, that there is a silent Power, actual and dynamic, that heals. Like the blind man Jesus healed, you, too, will know that the people you prayed for have been befriended by the Infinite One, whose Compassion they felt, whose Love overpowered and restored their vision of life. And you, too will hear them say, " ... whereas I was blind, now I see." . The Open Mind by Ernest Holmes We know that things are not always what they seem. For instance, the earth and the sky do not meet—the horizon is simply the limitation of our vision, but not a thing of itself. We also discover that the hurt has largely disappeared from experiences we have had, which at the time we were having them seemed very trying.  We know that a two-dimensional mind looking at a cube would not see the cube; to it, the cube would look flat. Similarly, at our stage of evolution our three-dimensional minds might well be looking at that which is four-dimensional or more. So if our gaze is focused only on the physical, we might be looking right at the spiritual, the mental, or the
  31. 31. 31 intellectual, and not see it. Science has proven that there are almost infinite variations of vibrations of color and sound that the human eye and ear do not detect because they are not perfected enough. There have been people like Jesus, and a good many others, who have experienced what we call cosmic consciousness. They have looked through the material universe into a spiritual universe, and they have announced this spiritual universe. If we could for one moment break through this shell that we are looking with, we would see reality. We believe that there is a Spirit in humans. This Spirit is God. This same Spirit is in all people, and the Spirit that is in you is the Spirit that is in me. It is one Spirit, just one, always one. The Spirit that is in the dog is the same Spirit. The life principle in the tree is the same thing. There is one Spirit, but there are different manifestations of it. This thing that we call the personality is the objective evidence of the use we are making of our invisible and subjective individuality, the projection of the power, presence, and intelligence in us, as us. In other words, consciousness itself is God—one indivisible, infinite, and eternal reality. Our conscious use of our individuality personifies it. I have always held that ideas do not belong to anyone. All ideas derive from God, therefore no idea belongs to anyone, but we all have access to every idea in the divine providence. It is like the figure two. What intelligent mathematician would say, “The figure two belongs to me”? The mathematician knows that it is impersonal; the concept belongs to the universe. It can be used many times and there is just as much left. We need to believe that reality is already delivered to us—reality as we see it, according to our awareness of it. This is the whole essence of spiritual mind treatment. How can we give an effective treatment if we are just mumbling a lot of words? A treatment must not be like that. We must believe in our own treatment if it is going to be effective. How can we believe in it unless we first believe that there is such a thing as Spirit, and that Spirit is right here responding to us and expressing as the experience or the condition we wish to enjoy?  All life is One, and God is the One Life in which we all live. Even the power by which we measure out our limitation is God. One of the great fallacies of theology has been the inability to see that negation and
  32. 32. 32 affirmation are identical, and are not two separate things. This is the hardest thing we will ever have to understand. When we treat someone for spiritual healing, if our minds do not get any farther than the appearance, then the appearance will not be changed. It is only as the mind transcends the appearance that the appearance can be changed, because a mental concept is the original causative factor. In a certain sense we dramatize life. We are thinking, feeling, desiring, warm, and colorful beings, and I am glad we are, and I do not think we have to change at all. The great souls like Jesus, Emerson, and Whitman who delivered real spiritual insight for the ages have been very spontaneous, very sweet, very simple souls, and most of them even had a good sense of humor. Here is the thing that Jesus uncovered: We do not have to become immortal; we are immortal. We do not have to become spiritual; we are spiritual. We do not have to become geniuses; we are geniuses. We do not have to go anywhere—“Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”  We wish to experiment with this reality to see what we can do with it. Every time we work for a spiritual healing we are experimenting to see what we can make the Mind do for us. The Mind is creative because it is God.  Through spiritual mind treatment we endeavor to more specifically express reality in our objective life, thus becoming more successful in every legitimate undertaking. The idea that God is trying us is all wrong. God is not trying us; we are merely gradually waking up, and the awakening is what we call a process of evolution, our awakening to what already is. I do not mean that a building is an eternal thing, but the mind that built it is an eternal thing. I think that every temporal thing which is good should be enjoyed to the utmost, because we are dealing with an infinite Spirit which by its own divine imagination creates all that is out of itself. We must think of ourselves as being the way we would like to be. We do not make the thought creative; it is God. There never was a human thought. All thought is divine, even though it is divine in a humanly circumscribed way. We need not look for some other power; we have
  33. 33. 33 power now. It is the only power we will ever know. Since it is invisible, the essence of reality, it transcends anything that is visible. The appearance is true and real but not self-creative. We should forget all the negative arguments, forget all the reasons why it is not so, and begin to think of a few reasons why it is so. To live affirmatively is to live as God lives, so we must plunge beneath the appearance. Here is where the test comes. We are testing ourselves to see whether we can forget evil and conceive more good, let go of limitation and take hold of the limitless, let go of the appearance and embrace reality. The Authority of the soul by Ernest Holmes “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 us the same power in our own life and our own world that it claims for God. In the lives of the majority, people do not realize that the Word is in their own mouths. What Word? Little do we realize that this Word that we are so earnestly seeking is every word we 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 into days, months, and years, we are 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 person’s 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
  34. 34. 34 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 marketplace, 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! We who wish to practice metaphysics must first, last, and all the time, realize that we are centers of the divine activity; we must know that whatever God is in the Universal, God is in the world in which we live. We 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. We must think of Spirit as the Father/ Mother of our own life, eternally bound to us, eternally binding us to it. We must know that Spirit not only can manifest through us, 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, we will exist—that we could no more become nonexistent than God could. Walking, talking, moving in God, we must not only see the Divine Being as the great unknown Cause, but we must go a step further and see God as the great self-knowing, understanding power of Infinite Intelligence, thinking through our own thought and willing into our own lives all peace and all good. More than this, God must become within our own soul the greater self, the inner life, the inner light that is to light our path to the attainment of the greater ideals. God is to become the great friend of our life, understanding us and helping us at all times to understand all things. 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 sets the power in motion; then we think the opposite thing that neutralizes the first word, and zero is the result.
  35. 35. 35 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 God can do through us. Dare to say, “Great people 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 itself the divine companionship that we need. We find within ourselves the “Peace which passeth all understanding” and the power to do all things. All Power! We speak, our word is Law, and it is done unto us by all the power there is. Our word knows itself to be the law of life unto all for whom it is spoken and who receive it. 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. We trust our own word because first we “Know in whom we have believed.” The sooner we who are striving to attain realize that truth must become revealed through our own souls, and not that of another, the sooner we will attain. No more books, no more teachers, preachers, creeds, or candlesticks will we ever need. The old methods must vanish into their native nothingness, as the great realization that God is all in our life dawns upon our awakened thought. We must then become immune from the collective belief in a 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 At-one-ment with all the power there is, was, or ever will be.
  36. 36. 36 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.  Remember that in the divine plan no mistakes are made and that if God could have done it in a better way, God would have done it differently. No souls are lost, for all “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. MAPPING YOUR LIFE'S JOURNEY SEVEN STEPS TO GOAL SETTING I. IDENTIFY YOUR GOAL II. SET A DEADLINE TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOAL III. LIST THE OBSTACLES TO OVERCOME IV. IDENTIFY THE PERSONS WHOM MAY HELP V. LIST THE SKILLS YOU HAVE VI. DEVELOPA PLAN OF ACTION VII. LIST THE BENEFITS OF ACHIEVING YOUR GOAL Balance is a key to Happiness & Success. Evaluate on a 1 to 5 scale (5 being high) every aspect of your life to see what may need improvement. Then set goals for 2000 and beyond to improve those areas you wish to improve upon. 1. Physical/Health Score:_______ Improvements Needed: 2. Family Score:_______ Improvements Needed: 3. Financial/Money Score:_______ Improvements Needed: 4. Social/Friends Score:_______ Improvements Needed:
  37. 37. 37 5. Spiritual/Religion Score:_______ Improvements Needed: 6. Mental/Creative Score:_______ Improvements Needed: 7. Career/Satisfaction Score:_______ Improvements Needed: WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING GOALS? 1. Know, be, do and have more. 2. Use your mind and talents fully. 3. Have more purpose and direction in life. 4. Make better decisions. 5. Be more organized and effective. 6. Do more for yourself and others. 7. Have greater confidence and self-worth. 8. Feel more fulfilled. 9. Be more enthusiastic and motivated. 10. Accomplish uncommon projects. AS YOU DEVELOP YOUR SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM GOALS, ASK YOUR SELF THESE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR GOAL: 1. Is it really MY goal? 2. Is it morally right and fair? 3. Are my short-range goals consistent with my long-range goals? 4. Can I commit myself emotionally to complete the project? 5. Can I visualize reaching my goal? Now write down in your Journal your Short Term Goals, twelve-months or less Now write down your Long Term Goals, one-year or more Now write down your "dream Goals". REMEMBER: "IF YOU DO NOT MAP YOUR LIFE'S JOURNEY, ANY OLD ROAD WILL DO." I HAVE LEARNED... I've learned that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them.
  38. 38. 38 I've learned that no matter how much I care, some people just don't care back. I've learned that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it. I've learned that it's not what you have in your life but who you have in your life that counts. I've learned that you can get by on charm for about fifteen minutes. After that, you'd better know something. I've learned that you shouldn't compare yourself to the best others can do but to the best you can do. I've learned that it's not what happens to people that's important. It's what they do about it. I've learned that you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life. I've learned that no matter how thin you slice it, there are always two sides. I've learned that it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be. I've learned that it's a lot easier to react than it is to think. I've learned that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them. I've learned that you can keep going long after you think you can't. I've learned that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel. I've learned that either you control your attitude or it controls you. I've learned that regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, the passion fades and there had better be something else to take its place. I've learned that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences. I've learned that learning to forgive takes practice. I've learned that there are people who love you dearly, but just don't know how to show it. I've learned that money is a lousy way of keeping score. I've learned that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time. I've learned that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down will be the ones to help you get back up. I've learned that sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel. I've learned that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love. I've learned that just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.
  39. 39. 39 I've learned that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had and what you've learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated. I've learned that you should never tell a child their dreams are unlikely or outlandish. Few things are more humiliating, and what a tragedy it would be if they believed it. I've learned that your family won't always be there for you. It may seem funny, but people you aren't related to can take care of you and love you and teach you to trust people again. Families aren't biological. I've learned that no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that. I've learned that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself. I've learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn't stop for your grief. I've learned that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become. I've learned that sometimes when my friends fight, I'm forced to choose sides even when I don't want to. I've learned that just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other. And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do. I've learned that sometimes you have to put the individual ahead of their actions. I've learned that we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change. I've learned that you shouldn't be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever. I've learned that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different. I've learned that no matter how you try to protect your children, they will eventually get hurt and you will hurt in the process. I've learned that there are many ways of falling and staying in love. I've learned that no matter the consequences, those who are honest with themselves get farther in life. I've learned that no matter how many friends you have, if you are their pillar you will feel lonely and lost at the times you need them most. I've learned that your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don't even know you. I've learned that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.
  40. 40. 40 I've learned that writing, as well as talking, can ease emotional pains. I've learned that the paradigm we live in is not all that is offered to us. I've learned that credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being. I've learned that the people you care most about in life are taken from you too soon. I've learned that although the word "love" can have many different meaning, it loses value when overly used. I've learned that it's hard to determine where to draw the line between being nice and not hurting people's feelings and standing up for what you believe. author unknown This Thing Called Love He who is not impatient is not in love. – Pietro Aretino, "La Talanta" (1492-1556) And if we wish to know the order of all the passions in the way of generation, love and hatred are first; desire and aversion; hope and despair third; fear and daring fourth; anger, fifth; sixth and last, joy and sadness, which follow from all the passions . . . yet so that love precedes hatred, desire precedes aversion, hope precedes despair, fear precedes daring, and joy precedes sadness. – Thomas Aquinas, "Summa Theologica" (1225-1274) For a crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love. - - Francis Bacon, "Of Friendship" (1561-1626) Nuptial love maketh mankind; friendly love perfecteth it; but wanton love corrupteth and embaseth it. - - Francis Bacon, "Of Judicature" (1561-1626) Love has been assigned to woman as her supreme vocation, and when she directs it toward a man, she is seeking God in him; but if human love is denied her by circumstance, if she is disappointed or overparticular she may choose to adore divinity in the person of God Himself. - - Simon De Beauvoir, "The Second Sex" (1949) Love seeketh not Itself to please, Nor for itself hath any care, But for another gives its ease, And builds a Heaven in Hell’s despair. - - -William Blake, Songs of Experience, "The Clod & the Pebble" (1794) When the coin is tossed either Love or Lust will fall uppermost. But if the metal is right, under the one will always be the other. –Gerald Brenan, "Thoughts in a Dry Season" (1899) Lover indeed (I may not deny) first united provinces, built cities, and by a perpetual generation makes and preserves mankind; but if it rage it has no more love, but burning lust, a disease, frenzy, madness, hell . . .
  41. 41. 41 It subverts kingdoms, overthrows cities, towns, families; mars, corrupts and makes a massacre of men; thunder and lightning, wars, fires, plagues, have not done the mischief as this burning lust, this brutish passion. –Robert Burton, "The Anatomy of Melancholy" (1621) In her first passion woman loves her lover, In all the others all she loves is love. ---Lord Byron, "Don Juan" (1821) Love is ever the beginning of Knowledge as fire is of light. – Thomas Carlyle, "Goethe" (1828) I hate and love. You may ask why I do so. I do not know, but I feel it and am in torment. – Cais Valerius Catullus, "Carmina" (87-54 B.C.) Love in young men: for the most part is not love but sexual desire, and it accomplishment is the end. - - Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra, attributed (1547-1615) "Do not forget, Sancho," replied Don Quixote, "that there are two kinds of beauty, one being of the soul and the other of the body. That of the soul is revealed through intelligence, modesty, right conduct, generosity, and good breeding, all of which qualities may exist in an ugly man; and when one’s gaze is fixed upon beauty of this sort and not upon that of the body, love is usually born suddenly and violently." - - - Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra, "Don Quixote" (1605-1615) Ten Keys to Active Mastery Deepak Chopra -- Ageless Body, Timeless Mind
  42. 42. 42 1. Listen to your body's wisdom, which expresses itself through signals of comfort and discomfort. When choosing a certain behavior, ask your body, "How do you feel about this?" If your body sends a signal of physical or emotional distress, watch out. If your body sends a signal of comfort or eagerness, proceed. 2. Live in the present, for it is the only moment you have. Keep your attention on what is here and now; look for the fullness in every moment. Accept what comes to you totally and com-pletely so that you can appreciate it, learn from it, and then let it go. The present is as it should be. It reflects infinite laws of Nature that have brought you this exact thought, this exact physical response. This moment is as it is because the universe is as it is. Don't struggle against the infinite scheme of things; instead, be at one with it. 3. Take time to be silent, to meditate, to quiet the internal dialogue. In moments of silence, realize that you are recontacting your source of pure awareness. Pay attention to your inner life so that you can be guided by intuition rather than externally imposed interpretations of what is or isn't good for you. 4. Relinquish your need for external approval. You alone are the judge of your worth, and your goal is to discover infinite worth in yourself, no matter what anyone else thinks. There is great freedom in this realization. 5. When you find yourself reacting with anger or opposition to any person or circumstance, realize that you are only struggling with yourself. Putting up resistance is the response of defenses created by old hurts. When you relinquish this anger, you will be healing yourself and cooperating with the flow of the universe. 6. Know that the world "out there" reflects your reality "in here." The people you react to most strongly, whether with love or hate, are projections of your inner world. What you most hate is what you most deny in yourself. What you most love is what you most wish for in yourself. Use the mirror of relationships to guide your evolution. The goal is total self-knowledge. When you achieve that, what you most want will automatically be there, and what you most dislike will disappear. 7. Shed the burden of judgment --you will feel much lighter. Judgment imposes right and wrong on situations that just are. Everything can be understood and forgiven, but when you judge, you cut off understanding and shut down the process of learning to love. In judging others, you reflect your lack of self-acceptance. Remember that every person you forgive adds to your self-love. 8. Don't contaminate your body with toxins, either through food, drink, or toxic emotions. Your body is more than a life-support system. It is the vehicle that will carry you on the journey of your evolution. The health of every cell directly contributes to your state of well-being, because every cell is a point of awareness within the field of awareness that is you. 9. Replace fear-motivated behavior with love-motivated behavior. Fear is the product of memory, which dwells in the past. Remembering what hurt us
  43. 43. 43 THE "ROAD LESS TRAVELED" DIALOGUE TRIVIA FOR A LIFE'S JOURNEY There is one mental law in the Universe, and where we use it, it becomes our law because we have individualized it. Behind the individual mind is the Universal, which has no limits. It is done unto you as you believe. It can become power to us ONLY when we recognize it as power. We cannot recognize that IT is, while we are believing that IT is not. Our belief sets the limit. Itself is without limit. It is ready to fill everything, because IT is infinite. So, it is not a question of IT's willingness, nor of its ability. It is entirely a question of our own receptivity. As much as we can believe will be done to us. If we can conceive only a little good, that is as much as we can experience. Good is without bounds. Only good and loving kindness shall follow me all the days of my life. We experience good and evil because we perceive a presence of duality rather than unity. Let us accept today more good than we experienced yesterday. The Universe is impersonal. It gives alike to all. It values each alike. Its nature is to impart, ours to receive. Every person stands in the shadow of a mighty Mind, a pure Intelligence, and a Divine givingness. We look to far away for Reality. To return to a sane simplicity is one of the first and most important things to do. It is the nature of the Universe to give us what we are able to take. It cannot give us more. It has given all, we have not yet accepted the greater gift. We cannot fight the Universe. It refuses to be budged from Its course. We can only go with it. But there is ample latitude for personal expression. Every person knows right from wrong.
  44. 44. 44 We are surrounded by an Infinite Possibility. It is Goodness, Life, Law and Reason. In expressing Itself through us, It becomes more fully conscious of Its own being. Therefore, It wishes to express through us. As It passes into our being, It automatically becomes the law of our lives. It can pass into expression through us only as we consciously allow It to do so. Therefore we should have faith in It, and Its desires and Its ability to do for us all that we shall ever need to have done. Since It must pass through our consciousness to operate for us, we must be conscious that IT is doing so. The one who wishes to demonstrate some particular good must become conscious of this particular good, if he wishes to experience it. Therefore, he must make his mind receptive to it and he must do this consciously. There is no hocus- pocus in a mental treatment. It is always definite, conscious, concrete and explicit. We are dealing with Intelligence, and should deal with IT intelligently. If we wish a certain good, we must instill into our own minds a realization of this specific good and then -- as this idea is the mold we place in mind -- it will be filled by the substance necessary for the complete manifestation of this good in our lives. I know that the faith within me now neutralizes ALL doubt. How much of this Infinite Good is ours? ALL OF IT! And how much of It may we have to use? AS MUCH OF IT AS WE CAN EMBODY. There is one mind common to all individual persons. We are surrounded by a Universal Mind. Reality is not in a mountain, nor afar off, but within us. God reveals Himself to us by revealing Himself through us. As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. What we expect, that we find. What we wish, that we believe. He can who thinks he can. It is done unto you as you believe. What we outwardly are, and what we are to become depends upon what we are thinking. When we understand the Law, we learn to consciously embody what we wish, and think of this only, and then we are drawn
  45. 45. 45 silently toward it. Let us, then, enlarge our thought processes, and dare to think in Universal terms. We cannot live a choiceless life. We have the right to choose what we wish to experience. We must become actively constructive and happy in our thinking -- not merely passively so. All mind activity inevitably tends to create its physical correspondent. An unhealthy and morbid mental state projects itself into the physical body. Thoughts of sickness can make a man sick; thoughts of health and perfection can heal him. A realization of the Presence of God is the most powerful healing agency known to the mind of man. We are one in nature with God. Our own word has the power of life. We could accomplish whatever it is possible for us to conceive. Life externalizes at the level of our thought. Daily we must control all thought that denies that real; affirm the divine presence within us. Act as though I am and I will be. There is no limitation outside our own ignorance. We shall never triumph over them (previous experiences) while we persist in going through the old mental reactions. Thought is creative. Prayer is recognition of Spirit's Omniscience, Omnipotence, and Omnipresence. Nothing could bring greater discouragement than to labor under the delusion that God is a Being of moods, who might answer some prayers and not others. If God ever answered prayer, HE always answers prayer. If ye abide in me and my words abide in you, ye shall ask ye will and it shall be done unto you. Whatsoever you shall ask in my name, that will I do. When we become conscious of our Oneness with Universal Good, beliefs in evil, sin, sickness, limitation, and death tend to disappear. The time is now; the place is where we are, and it is done unto us as we believe.
  46. 46. 46 Prayer is not an act of overcoming God's reluctance, but an active acceptance of HIS highest willingness. Prayer is constructive. Before they call will I answer. Our prayer is answered before it is uttered. Prayer is a mental approach to Reality. It is not a symbol but the idea symbolized that makes prayer effective. Always the man who has faith in his own ability accomplishes far more than the one who has no confidence in himself. Those who have great faith, have great power. Faith is an affirmative mental approach to Reality. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Ask and it shall be given to you. If the good were not already ours in the invisible supply, it would be impossible for us to procure it in any manner. It is done unto you as you believe. In order to have faith, we must have a conviction that all is well. In order to keep faith, we must allow nothing to enter our thought that will weaken this conviction. Faith is built up from belief, acceptance and trust. We must not be lukewarm in our conviction. We must know that we know. Have a conscious recognition that health has always been yours, abundance has always been yours, happiness and peace have always been yours; they are yours now, for they are the very essence and Truth of your being. You cannot Will things to happen, but provide an avenue through which they may happen. We live in a Perfect Universe, but IT needs to be seen mentally before IT can become part of our experience. There must be recognition that the power of the word, operating as the truth and reality of being, can do all things. Prayer is essential to happiness, for righteous prayer sets the law of the Spirit of life in motion for our good. Prayer is essential to the conscious well being of the soul. Prayer is its own answer. Never Limit Your View of Life The Universe Never Plays Favorites All thought is Creative. There is no limit to thought.

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