It was revealed to me then, and you may like to know that that chapter was written in London, in the Washington Hotel—The Circle of Christhood. And it reveals that there is such a Circle on the inner plane, those with whom we tabernacle who have access to the divine consciousness of the illumined of all ages. There is a Circle of Christhood in which we walk and live, and through which we receive marvelous revelation and inspiration. And it was this that enabled me to write that this Circle of Christhood would be revealed on earth, and that it would be revealed in this Circle of Infinite Way students. And as you know, it was given unto me to travel this universe, and form this invisible Circle of Christhood on earth. And it is done.
And you are witnessing here in London, as we witnessed in Manchester last week, this Circle in its operation that has drawn to us students from all parts of the earth, students who will return to their homes carrying the consciousness of this Circle; carrying with them the memory of you, of me, of each one of you, and the joy of your spirit, and the inspiration of your presence. And this will be carried in their consciousness and imparted to others. And so our Circle of Christhood spreads. But, it spreads not merely within the Circle of Infinite Way students, because as you so well know, the unveiling revealed, the unveiling of God last fall in London revealed that this Spirit of God is the Spirit of God unto all men, and so the Circle of Christhood is to embrace all mankind. Whether or not they ever become students of our particular books, they will nevertheless be drawn into the Circle of Christhood, so that like Pope Paul, they will acknowledge, “I behold in you, whether you are saint or sinner, in prison or hospital, I behold in you the risen Christ; I lift up in you the Son of God and behold Christ incarnate in you.”
You will be living in two worlds, or between two worlds. You will be living in this world, but not of it. You will be of the spiritual kingdom; you will be of the Circle of Christhood, but you will be living in the world of business, art, literature, government, religion in order that this light may shine, in order that you may continue to lift up the Son of God in all men. And you lift it up there; you lift it up by beholding Christ in individual consciousness, as individual consciousness. It isn’t that you do something. There’s nothing for you to do, you don’t have to go out on any goodwill missions or save-the-world missions. There’s nothing that you do; there is no place that you go.
But wherever you are, and whomever you meet, there will be the flicker of an eyelash, a second of recognition, and you will have lifted up the Son of God in man; you will have perceived, you will have discerned Christ incarnate in all the saints and all the sinners whom you meet, all the friends and all the enemy whom you meet. And you will not only be more solidly embodied in the Circle of Christhood, but you will be drawing into that Circle those who have been outside: The branch of a tree that is cut off, and withers and dies.
The human mind and its activities may be likened to a swamp in the wilderness, in the forests—a swamp that is cut off from sunshine and the moon and the stars and the fresh air, and is dark and dank, miserable, and abounds in all kinds of inferior creatures. And you will recognize these creatures; they are those of whom Paul speaks: The natural man, who knoweth not God, who receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, who is not under the law of God, neither indeed can be. This is the human mind, and the activities of the human mind, and the creatures of the human mind before God has entered in.
Do you remember our book, The World is New, based on that very quotation: “The world is new to every soul, when Christ has entered in,” This is the theme. And now just remember that the human mind is this swamp. But it is made new, as the swamp would be made new, if the blocking trees and foliage were cut away and the sun were allowed through. So, when the mist clears from us, and Christ enters into our soul, the world becomes new. We are no longer a room full, or a world full, of separate people. We have now become a Circle of Christhood, each sharing with each other that which has unfolded within us from the kingdom of God.
Since we are a world of individuals, I am receiving graces of God which I may share with you. Those of you who are artists or writers or ministers or business people or lawyers, you are receiving graces of God in different forms, and you may share these with us. This completes the Circle of Christhood when we understand this. But remember not to confine our sharing just to those who have acknowledged their presence in the Circle, but let us draw into this Circle the entire world by our recognition and acknowledgment of Christ in them by lifting up the Son of God in them. This draws them into the Circle of Light.
Oh, it may take a week, a month, a year, or ten, before they consciously enter the Circle and acknowledge that they are in and of it, but that is no concern of ours. Once we have lifted up the Son of God in them, they have entered our Circle of Christhood. Then it is just a matter of time, circumstance, experience, when they will open their eyes and say, “Whereas I was blind, now I see; whereas I was dead, now I am awake, alive.”
Now remember, we are that swamp, until consciously we have let the Light shine within us, and learn to walk with God and talk with God and sleep with God, consciously realizing: “Thou art my day; Thou art my night; Thou art the wisdom that guides and governs me; Thou art the Soul that purifies my every thought and deed and motive, motive, motive! Thou art the Spirit that purifies every motive, and makes of me a giving-ness.”
Recently we have found a passage which we have been passing on to all of our students. You will meet it many times: The vine consumeth not its own grapes. And you see, I am the vine. And over and over you will say this too, “I am the vine.” And then you will realize that God’s grace, God’s fruitage, is not given to you to consume upon yourself or upon your lusts, but that God’s fruitage is given to you to share. Whether it comes in the form of money or beauty, harmony, peace, it is yours to share.
We have been mistaken in believing that we can turn to God for something for ourselves. When we turn within to the Spirit of God, it is only that we may receive a grace that we may share; that we may receive a light that we may share; that we may receive a wisdom that we may share. When the Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, I am ordained. But I am not ordained to be set apart; I am ordained to heal the sick, to comfort, to feed, to forgive. That is the purpose of ordination. Not that I may be glorified, but that I may be better equipped to give more abundantly, to share more freely, to understand more universally that it isn’t only the children of my flesh that are my children, but that all of the children of this world are my children, and I have an equal responsibility to share with them.
Not only that my human brother and my human sister are my relations, but that all men and all women are my brothers and my sisters. Therefore, I must love my neighbor as myself, share with my neighbor liberally, freely, as if he were my blood family. It isn’t my human father who is really my father. There is but one Father, the Spirit of God in you is my Father, and the Spirit of God in me is your Father. And therefore, the Spirit of God in me is meant to share and care for you, just as well as with my human family.
Remember this: The Spirit of God in me is your Father, and you may look to the Spirit of God in me as you would look to your own Father, for the Spirit of God in me is in truth your own Father. And I may look to the Spirit of God in you as my Father, and you must permit the Spirit of God in you to care for me, even as you expect the Father to care for you and for yours. And this must be a universal relationship.
You must be able to look out upon this world and say unto it, “The Spirit of God in me is your Father.” You may look to the Father within me for substance and sustenance. You may look to the Spirit of God in me, the Fatherhood of God in me, for your care—friend or so-called foe. Then you will understand this relationship which has been kept secret from the world, that of the invisible bond that exists between all of the mystics, the visible and invisible mystics of the world in which they are eternally united in consciousness, sharing with each other.
I could not receive this spiritual message from the brain of man. It must come from the illumined consciousness of those who are illumined.
As our subject on Tape 6, London 1963 was “The Unveiling of God,” so our subject today is “The Unveiling of God in You.”