The deep class books and some of you have read them: The Master Speaks, Consciousness Unfolding, God, the Substance of all Form—these contain the revelation that came to me of God appearing as this universe, God functioning as this universe. And I’m happy that The Master Speaks is already in book form to match these other books. And next month Consciousness Unfolding will be in the same book form to match The Master Speaks. And then God, the Substance of all Form goes to press and will be ready by about next January. So eventually every one of our writings will be in these matched book forms.
Now, that which we have just experienced: I call contemplative prayer or contemplative meditation, and you may also call it treatment, because whenever I find it necessary to treat, that is the form of my treatment. I will sit down, take whatever problem you’ve given me, and drop it in my wastebasket. And then I turn to God, and I begin to contemplate God: God is one, God is law, God is individual being, God is the only life, God as divine Presence, God as Omnipresence, God as Omnipotence, God as the all-knowing mind and the divine love of the Universe. And I continue that form of quiet, inner, peaceful contemplation until I arrive at a place where no more thoughts come, and then I just sit there quietly for a few minutes. And my treatment or prayer is ended. Usually it ends with that deep breath coming to me to let me know that it’s over, and God is on the scene. But, even if it doesn’t, it makes no difference.
In those cases that do not respond the first time, it means that, if you come back to my thought later in the day or night, I have to again go through a form of contemplative prayer or meditation. If you keep coming back to my thought ten times in a day, I have to do it. I never tell you about it. You never know, as far as I’m concerned, whether I did five minutes work specifically or five years. As a matter of fact, a lady wrote me a few months ago to thank me for a very beautiful healing and wanted to know how much time I’d spent on it, and I said, “thirty years.” ‘Cause I wouldn’t know exactly where to begin and where to stop.
All healings began when my first thought first turned to God. And all healings are the result of that. They’re not the result of something that we do today. It’s something that becomes a part of our consciousness from the beginning of our turning to God. And that is why sometimes the most wonderful healings take place instantaneously. It isn’t because you thought of something in that minute. It’s what took place in your life the past year since you began this study.
Now, this form of contemplative meditation or contemplative prayer ultimately leads you to where you can go through an entire contemplative prayer in three, four, or five minutes. Ultimately, you arrive at that. And then you settle down into your inner, listening attitude, and the Spirit of God takes over and begins to talk to you. Ultimately, you get to a place where you do not have to use contemplative prayer continuously, only occasionally. You get to a place where, at any time of the day or night, any minute you like, you can just close your eyes, open your ear and in pours the voice of God, or spirit of God, or activity of God, and it does the work.
But that is all a matter of development. It does not come easily. It comes more easily to my students than it came to me, because they have the advantage of my lifting them to a higher plane of consciousness than they could have attained by themselves in their early state, because I have gone through that. It took me eight months of daily meditation before I achieved the first second of realization. And then gradually it came more quickly and more quickly. And now it comes spontaneously anytime and nearly all of the time. But that is a matter of development, practice, constant practice.
The more you give yourself to contemplative meditation, contemplative prayer, the closer you bring yourself to conscious union with God. In your contemplation of God and the things of God, never make the mistake of turning to God as if you were going to turn on God’s power. Always remember it has been turned on right from the beginning. And you’re not starting it in action. You’re just bringing yourself in attunement with it. It’s already functioning. There are loads of people in this very city who are living in attunement with God. And so, when you make your first attunement, it will not be as if that’s the first time it happened. It’s been happening right here to people right along. But you had not been in attunement, and now you are bringing yourself into an attunement of that which is. God is. God is where you are. The kingdom of God is within you. Now, through silent, inner contemplation, bring yourself into attunement, at-one-ment with it. And then the first thing you know, it begins to flow through you.
It’s always there. It’s locked up. Make a way for the imprisoned splendor to escape. And the Bible tells us very clearly how we do it: ‘Thou will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee.’ “Acknowledge him in all thy ways, and he will give thee rest.” ‘Pray without ceasing.’ In other words, keep the mind, as far as possible, stayed on God, but never in a sense of trying to get something from God, never in the sense of molding God to do something for you, but always in the sense of coming into at-one-ment with that which God is, so that you can be molded into the likeness of God. So that you can put off mortality and put on immortality by letting God mold you into Its own image and likeness. We are that in our inner being. It is only in the mind where we have accepted the belief of good and evil that we have become separated.