Your body is responding to influences outside of you over which you have no control, unless you have begun to perceive the nature of “I”, and then get hold of this body and say “Ho! Ho! No more wandering around out here in a human world – you live in me and “I” govern you!”
I am not in the body, the body is in me. The body is within me and subject to my government and control, just the same as my pocketbook is. My pocketbook doesn’t find itself wandering all over the streets and doing what it wants to do – it seems to remain completely under control.
So should the body! And the body does, in proportion as you have realised “I”. And “I” am not in the body; I am the law unto the body. I have been given God-given dominion over the body. I am the substance of the form of my body. My body is the out picturing of the state of my consciousness, and if my body isn’t looking as good as it should or feel as good as it should, it is out picturing my state of consciousness and I must do something about my state of consciousness.
What can I do about my state of consciousness? Humanly nothing – although there are those who through psychology try to make themselves better than they are; other people try to affirm themselves into heaven – but in the last analysis you can’t do it. In the last analysis you lift your consciousness by realising that it is “I” and “I” is not a human being of limited vision, “I” is the very offspring of God, the Christ of God, the child of God – God’s own Selfhood individually expressing Itself or expressing Itself individually.
“I” is not human, “I” is Divine. “I” does not have to control the body by conscious thinking or psychological beliefs. “I” left to itself, governs the body. “I” – well “I” knew enough to form this body. Therefore “I” know enough to govern this body and maintain it and sustain it. And what is my part? Realising that truth. “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” What truth do you need to know? “To know Him aright is life eternal.” And that’s how you get an eternal body, an immortal body – by knowing God aright.
How can you know God aright? Discover your true identity. Learn who “I” am. Learn why the Master asked that question. “Who do men say that I am? And then – Who do ye say that I am?” Why did He phrase the question differently? Why did He switch from “Who do men say that I am?” to “Whom do ye say that I am?” Because He knew there had to be two different answers. Men would just look at Him and see Him as the young Yeshua whom they knew to be the carpenter’s son, or Mary’s son, or the carpenter or the Hebrew rabbi. Because He went through all those stages. But when He asked “Whom do ye say?” He was looking for an enlightened consciousness to answer, and He got the answer. “Thou art the Christ.”
Now any human being in this world can come up to you and tell you who you are by name or when you were born or where or what your nationality or race is. But if you ask that of an illumined person, they wouldn’t reply that way at all. They would say “I know thee who thou art. Thou art My beloved son, My beloved child in whom I am well pleased. Thou art the Christ, the son of the Living God.”
So do you come to a place in consciousness where you know your true identity and where you begin to realise I am not in this body, but this body is mine and I was given dominion over it. And then you begin to look upon your body, not as if it were yourself, and you will find in these next few days that all unconsciously you have been thinking that this body is yourself. And you’ve been identifying yourself with this body and this body never was you, it was yours. There could be no truth at all to immortality if this body were you.
No, there must be something besides this body, and the great thing, the great Secret that you learn – and I learned it incidentally because I didn’t like death. I must tell you that frankly, that at no time in my life did I like the idea of death. And the idea of being buried was a horror to me and the idea of being cremated was worse. And I just didn’t like it, and I just didn’t enjoy it. Maybe that’s one of the reasons I stuck so much to this work, to try to find a way to avoid it. But I know that even – even when I was in the practice and had some awareness of the immortality of life, I still feared what they call “passing on”, because “passing on” was just another name for dying and getting buried or cremated – and I didn’t like it.
And one day, I had been to the barber and had my hair trimmed and had my nails manicured; and then driving along the road something forcibly brought to my mind ‘death’. And somehow as I pondered it, all of a sudden the thought came to me “You’ve just had your hair cut, where is it?” Well, by now it’s in the furnace. “Well, that’s funny – it doesn’t seem to bother you any.” That’s right – evidently I wasn’t in that hair. “And about those nails, they’d be in the furnace by now too.” Yes, they’re not bothering me – evidently I wasn’t in those nails. No. And then I had a very, very happy feeling about that. Oh well, I’m not in the hair, I’m not in the nails – I guess I’m not in the rest of me.
And with that, came the first bit of my emancipation from the body. Because that was my first glimpse of the real truth – the absolute truth. My second came – I’ve told this so often that I mustn’t repeat it again, except briefly – when I realised, in seeking and searching for the nature of God, I discovered that the nature of God is “I”.
God cannot be discovered by calling God “God” or “Mind” or “Soul” or “Spirit” or “Truth”, or “Life” or “Love”, because those are words ‘out here’ – separate and apart from the thinker. So therefore God cannot be something separate and apart from the thinker, and when you think that over you’ll find the thinker is “I”, because “I” am thinking.
Oh, now if you want to find God, the only word that describes God that isn’t objective to the thinker, is “I”. And then when you have that, you have the Secret of Life. For in the “I that I am” is my supply, my opportunities, my talents, my gifts. In the “I that I am” is the Grace of God and the Law of God. In the I that – or, the “I that I am” is the embodiment – the fullness of the Godhead bodily is embodied in the I that I am. And as you perceive that, you perceive that you need nothing from anyone out here – not a thing!
You can share with anyone and everything, and they can share with you but neither one needs it. For “I” am self-sufficient; “I” am self-contained. “I and my Father are One and all that the Father hath is mine” and that includes companionships, opportunities, art, gifts, talents, supply unto eternity – and an infinite amount of it, even to twelve baskets full, left over. All of this is embodied in the “I” that I am, and I demonstrate it in proportion as I release you; as I loose you and let you go and say “You owe me nothing, but that we love one another.” That’s all – but otherwise “You owe me nothing.” Do you see that? Why? Because I and my Father are one and all that the Father hath is mine. And therefore I am not dependant on man whose breath is in his nostrils; I am not dependant on the goodwill of anybody.
I and my Father are one, and that makes it possible for me – knowing that – to share abundantly, infinitely with you. And in proportion as you know it, it sets you free to share with anyone you like – in your family or out of your family – as abundantly as you wish to share with no restrictions and no limitations.