It is well, at this point of our spiritual unfoldment, that we stop for a moment and take stock of ourselves. Just what is the specific principle we are trying to prove, and from which we expect great things? First of all, the principle is that God is individual consciousness; God is the consciousness of the individual; God is your consciousness and mine. Many facets of this principle have been presented in the Message, but one point, above all, that may be called the vision of The Infinite Way, and from which proceeds all else, is the principle that God is individual consciousness—be it human, animal, vegetable or mineral, God is the consciousness thereof.
Scripturally this is revealed in such passages as, “I and my Father are one; I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee; Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.” When you understand that “I” is God, you come into the understanding that God, the Infinite Intelligence of this universe, is your individual Mind, Life, Soul, Being, Spirit, Truth and Consciousness. That “I”, which is Divine Consciousness, is wherever you are, and there is no way of escaping It. “Whither shall I go from thy spirit, or whither shall I flee from thy presence?”
This point must be very clear, because now it is revealed that, “…the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father….God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” “The kingdom of God is within you”—there is no need to seek a holy place.. “The place where thou standest is holy ground”—right where you are is your abiding place in heaven.
All attention is centered on the kingdom of God, within you, and there is nothing to fear, even in hell, because this Divine Consciousness, or God, is your healing, protecting, sustaining and maintaining influence. Although we use terms such as healing and protection, they are not literally true, since in this realization there would be nothing to heal or from which to be protected, except the erroneous belief that you are a human being set off by yourself and in some way out of contact with God. God is your own being, and therefore the infinite nature of God’s being is the infinite nature of your own individual being. This forever separates us from any sense of reaching out to a God somewhere, and prevents us from fearing powers “out there..” It matters not whether it is something physical, mental, moral or financial, “there shall in no wise enter into it (God-consciousness, which is your individual being) anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie.”
This is absolute and complete Truth—the Truth the saints and sages have tried to reveal to human consciousness throughout the centuries. But one thing has prevented the world from accepting and living this consciousness, and it is this point: whereas all of this is true, it is of no avail to anyone except in proportion as he attains an inner realization of it. The things of God are foolishness with man, and so all of this Truth is foolishness so far as we, as human beings, are concerned, and is of no avail to us. It becomes of avail and becomes the life of your life only when you have attained that first spark of inner illumination which reveals that this is the Truth.
If you were to stand before Jesus Christ, the only reason you could be sure of an instantaneous healing is that He had attained more of this realization than you had. The only reason you can go to a spiritual healer for help today is that he has attained a greater realization of the truth of your true identity than you have attained. But you can go and do likewise as soon as you have arrived at some measure of that same realization. If, individually and as groups, we were sufficiently able to live with this Truth, in silent meditation and receptivity, the history of the world could be changed by the peace, the harmony, the healings and the successes that would come out of the united silent consciousness of “two or three gathered together in my name.” One moment of the silence that thunders in Godly language is heaven, and out of that silence an infinity of healings can take place. Wherever one is desperately reaching out for a realization of the Christ or for the help of God, that one could tune-in to that silence and find peace. This silence, which has such tremendous power, is the consciousness of God when the human sense is still; when the human mind is not thinking, not trying to make a demonstration, to get or to achieve something. When the human mind is still, the Divine Mind is in active expression in the entire universe.
“The kingdom of God is within you,” and there is a center of your being which is like a deep, silent pool of contentment—a deep well of silent Spirit. When you are at that center you have found heaven, and it is out of that deep inner silence, which the Master called “My peace,” that the healings and harmonies and joys flow forth, and all those who have tuned-in to that Consciousness receive the benefit of It.
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