That’s part of the mistake of some of our metaphysical teachings. They believe that you or I can express love—sometimes we do it and sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we express it and sometimes we withhold it—just cannot be. If God is infinite and God is infinite love, and God is infinite action and law, then God is all that ever can express love and we are merely the vehicles through which it is expressed. Once we begin to understand that about ourselves we remove the word `I’ and we stop trying to be more loving or less loving and we just let God express and manifest Its love as It will, and It does it wisely and judiciously, kindly.
In the same way with intelligence: We never express intelligence. We have no power to express intelligence. God is the one universal, divine mind, and God is all that can ever express intelligence, and we are the vehicles or the instruments through which that intelligence is expressed. Now, if you were called to a person mentally unbalanced and tried to tell them to be more intelligent, you know how fruitless that would be, how senseless, how impossible it would be for them to try to be more intelligent when they already are convinced that they are the intelligent ones and we are the ones who do not understand.
There would be no use of trying to tell them that, and there’s just as little use of telling your pet cat at home, or your pet dog at home, that it ought to be more loving or kind or gentle or sweet or generous or appreciative. It can’t do it. You can know the truth that God is the very mind and life of the individual or of your cat or your dog and bring out healing, but trying to do it on the human level of asking them to be better or wiser—it cannot be done.
Now let us get this clear. Unless you can start your spiritual ministry from the word “God” you cannot bring forth harmony in health or wealth or intelligence or success, because it is impossible for a man or a woman to be intelligent or to be loving or to be successful. It is only possible for God to express these qualities and activities as your individual being, as your individual qualities and mine, and for you to make an effort to do that would be to get in Its way. It would be, for instance—oh, I can think of this illustration—here I am talking and into an amplifier. Now all I have to do is talk. The amplifier has to do the work, but if I try to enter that amplifier and try help it do its work I would merely gum up the whole operation of the instrument.
Now on the same way, let God do Its work. Don’t try to do God’s work for It. It is perfectly capable of doing its own work, which means of expressing life, expressing love, expressing intelligence, expressing abundance, expressing harmony. Only be sure that you understand that it is God expressing—not you expressing, and not me expressing. We do not reflect God, and we do not express God. God expresses and manifests Its own being, Its own qualities, Its own character, Its own nature—God does those things and we are the instruments or vehicles for the showing forth of God’s glory. The sooner we know that the better off we will be.
And so when the question comes up, “Why did this happen? Why did that happen? Why was this child born deformed? Why was this child born blind? Why was this child … have this happen and the other?” Let us accept this always. There is a universal belief that we, each of us, have a life and a mind separate and apart from the God life or the God being, and it is that acceptance that brings us into trouble. So that when a child is conceived and a parent, through universal belief or training or mis-education fills its thought with all of the terrible things that might happen to the child, and could happen, and probably will happen, and starts to think of the ancestry of the child, and all the bad things that they can remember about that ancestry, and the fear thoughts, and this thought, and the medical things that are thrown into the young mother’s thought, it is hardly any wonder that by the time the child comes forth it has anywhere from one to a dozen different things wrong with it.
Whereas, let the young parent, through their understanding of truth, realize that man is not a creator. God is the only Mother/Father. We are but the vehicles through which that child is being sent into expression, and its coming into expression with God life, God mind, God soul, God qualities—not the inherited qualities of good or evil, of human parentage or ancestry. It’s not coming in to be the victim of the weather or the climate or whether the mother has a little accident. It is coming in as God expressing Its own life, God manifesting Itself in another form and expression of individuality, and let the young parent realize that this isn’t a child, and it isn’t my child—it’s God life, God mind, God soul, God presence coming into visible expression, and then you’ll find that we will overcome these many, many discords of prenatal experience and childhood experience.
Always the basis of error is the same. It is the ignorance of the truth of being. Too many people still say, “How could God have permitted this?” As if God did permit this. It wasn’t God that permitted it. It was our ignorance of God that permitted it. If we make mistakes in our mathematics, there is no use of saying, “How does the principle of mathematics permit such a thing?” It doesn’t. It doesn’t. Our ignorance of mathematics may permit anything.
Our ignorance of our true identity is the only cause of error in our experience, and it is in proportion as we regain the Father’s house—that’s the experience of the prodigal—it is in proportion as we determine to return to the Father’s house, the Father consciousness, and realize, “Why God, the Father, is my consciousness. God, the Father, is the author of my life, the architect of my life, and therefore, my life must show forth the perfection of Its creator.” Then do we begin to restore harmony through spiritual realization.
Now remember again—material sense says that you have a mind and life and soul and body of your own, and anything can happen to them and most things do, sooner or later. Spiritual sense says that God is the life of this universe, and it is immortal and It is eternal and harmonious and perfect, and not only that but It’s the only life there is. It also says that God is the universal mind, and therefore It can only express infinite wisdom, infinite intelligence, and so on through every one of the synonyms that you can remember.
Q: That leaves one question—why, if we know this truth, are we not able to heal everyone around us?”
A: I think most of you know the answer to that—this life is an individual experience and no one can inflict on you what you cannot open your thought to receive. You have the answer to that question in all of the Master’s teaching. You will learn that in Jerusalem he did not mighty works because of their unbelief. You will learn that at the end of the ministry he said, “I would, but ye would not. I would love to have given you all this. You couldn’t take it. You wouldn’t take it. You wouldn’t give the time or effort to it. You couldn’t accept it.”
And so you find that this truth can be demonstrated by us in proportion to our acceptance of it, and we can bless those around us—whether in our families, in our social circle, in our church circle, or in the world only in proportion to their acceptance of spiritual guidance. What went ye out for to see? A man with a white robe? Then you’re going to miss this path. What are you looking for? Loaves and fishes? Then you’re going to miss this path. All of this is in the Master’s ministry as related in the Gospels.
When, however, you are willing to recognize that “My kingdom” is not of this world, mine is a spiritual kingdom, and that my blessings are of a spiritual nature, and my good must unfold from a spiritual basis, from the kingdom within, and then watch it as it unfolds in ways that you have no knowledge of at the present moment; then, and then only, do you find that the laws of God operate in your experience.