Now, in your moments of inner contemplation, be sure that you take up, every single time, the subject of good and evil. Be sure that in your contemplation you don’t fear to look at anything or anybody out here. And say, “the power of good and evil is not in you but in the invisible Presence of God, which appears here as you.” You may be the tumbler, but the quality is in the glass. You may be a safe, but the quality is in the metal of which the safe is formed. Security isn’t in a safe; it’s in the metal. And so it is, there is not power of good and evil in any form. All power is in the Invisible making itself manifest as the visible harmony and peace and law and order.
Heretofore, I have been under the law of Moses; the law of cause and effect, the law of karma, the law of as ye sow so shall ye reap. Now I am under Grace. Now I recognize no law but the law of God. Now I recognize no cause but the great cause, invisible cause; God. Now I acknowledge no effect, except those effects, which are God in expression, God formed, God realized. I am no longer under the law. I am under Grace. I acknowledge neither good nor evil in anybody, in any form. I acknowledge God alone as good. God the spirit, the Invisible. The one creative Principle. The only sustaining influence, maintaining and sustaining Itself in infinite form and variety.
This claim that presents itself to me, I treat it as the Master does, with disdain, with divine indifference, acknowledging that it could have no power over me, or my patient, or my student, or my world, unless that power were a God-derived power. For the only power is that which manifested itself as this universe, as my individual being, for I and the Father are One. And all the Father hath is mine. I stand on holy ground. The place whereon I stand is holy because God is where I am. I can never flee from the presence of God, even if temporarily I put myself in hell. Now I know thou art there, for Thou and I are one, not two. We are inseparable, indivisible. And all the presence and all the power of the invisible good is manifest as visible form.
And that is why the Master could say to the cripple, “What did hinder you? Pick up thy bed and walk.” Because the Master saw no power but God power. He knew that in the Kingdom of God no man needed healing. Thou art whole. Thou art whole. My power doesn’t make you whole. God made you whole in the beginning before ever the world began. Before Abraham was, you were whole, full, complete, harmonious, and perfect. ‘What did hinder you? Put up your bed and walk.’
And for the man born blind, neither did this man sin, this child, nor his parents. All that only takes place in the belief of good and evil. In the Kingdom of God, there is no such thing. Open thine eyes, and he opened his eyes, and he saw. Jesus didn’t heal him. Jesus knew that God made all that was made and all that God made is good. And only the belief in good and evil was keeping those eyes shut. In the presence of the realization of neither good nor evil, that saw only the spirit of God, he could say ‘open your eyes’ and the man opened his eyes, and he saw.
“Lazurus come forth.” Did Jesus turn death into life? Or did Jesus recognize that life animates the body. The body doesn’t influence life. Life animates the body. Therefore, “I say unto you, Lazarus,” which is the life of God, “come forth.” Jesus did not address that statement to a corpse. He addressed it to the consciousness of Lazurus, and he called him by name, “Lazurus, come forth.” And Lazarus came forth and brought his body with him, because Lazarus and his body were one, just as I and my Father are one. Lazarus really was a name. God was the being and the life of which Lazarus was but a name. He could just as well have said, “Jones come forth.” He would have been talking to the same consciousness, because the consciousness of Lazarus and the consciousness of Jones. they’re both God. So he was just saying to God come forth and pick up that body as you do and bring it out with you.
Yes, never turn to God as if you expected God to become a power to do something that God isn’t already doing. Only the belief in good and evil kept Lazarus’ body locked up as a corpse. And when Jesus addressed the consciousness of Lazarus, he was virtually saying the power of good or evil is not in you, in that body. All power is in God, come forth.
And so it is. I say to you, the disease or the condition that you are fearing is not a power, except in the belief that there are powers called good and evil. And that in proportion as you will relinquish all belief in good or evil in form, and realize that all power is of the Invisible Spirit, your diseases will quickly or gradually vanish from you. They will vanish in proportion to your acceptance, practice, and finally realization of this Truth. First, you must accept, you must be able to feel in your heart that what I’m saying is true.
Then, you must be willing to go out and practice it. Sit each day, two periods, three periods, four periods in contemplative meditation or prayer contemplating God or the things of God and seeing how that operates in your particular experience. And then inviting God to reveal His light within you, to give you Grace, to open the blind eyes, not the physically blind eyes; the mentally dulled or spiritually darkened eyes, so that I may inwardly see Thee, truth, life. Pray that I may be molded in the image and likeness of God to be a servant of God. Never telling God what I want but always reminding myself God’s will be done in me, not my will be done through God. God’s will be done in me. Mold me in Thy image and likeness. Make me a fit instrument through which love can flow. I can never be that fit instrument while I’m hating, judging, criticizing, condemning, only while I purge myself, even while I do laugh at the mistakes of man whose breath is in his nostril. But never judge it or criticize it or condemn it in a censorious manner.
Love thy neighbor as thyself. Forgive seventy times seven. Place no power in the form or creature. And practice it as many times as a day as you can set aside three, four, and five minutes, and then the day will come of realization. That day of realization will not remove every problem from your experience. It’ll disappoint you afterwards to find out that it hasn’t. For realization has to be a continual thing, a continuous thing. We have to have realizations on many, many subjects. We have to have realizations almost every day of the week. And even when they’re not for our selves, they’re for others. So that we never get to the point where we can say, “Oh, I have arrived.” If anyone has arrived, I haven’t yet heard of it. And I’ll assure you that I haven’t.
I arrive bit-by-bit daily, because daily I have new experiences that awaken me to things I hadn’t realized before. Maybe I knew them before but knowing them is not of too much value. That’s only a first step. Realizing is demonstrating. Realization is demonstration. You only demonstrate what you realize, not what you intellectually know, because so far as that goes, at this very moment, you know about every bit of revealed Truth that has ever been given to mankind. You had it all this week.