Now let me show you how this works out so that you will not lose patience with yourself, so that you will understand that you really do have a work ahead of you and not play, and not just the blind faith. I myself am Infinite Divine consciousness. Now this is just as true of you and it is true of me. So you can repeat this to yourself: I myself am Infinite Divine consciousness. However, I still see a lot of the natural man in me, therefore I am not wholly governed by my divine consciousness. I am governed partly by the Divine consciousness and partly by man whose breath is in his nostrils, partly by the natural man who is not under the law of God.
Let us take that statement for a moment. As a human being you are not under the law of God. You are not under the grace of God. You are not under the protection of God. Therefore, as you start your studies or your students start their studies or your child starts studies, remember that in these first months, they are 99% under the carnal mind; the natural man and they are, of course, benefiting by your more advanced consciousness, not theirs. Theirs is not yet sufficiently advanced for them to be benefiting by it.
You can notice this. I think this is proof of the whole principle. You will notice some children, let us say children of a beautiful mother or a handsome father or both, and notice what beautiful children they are or as a general rule are. Now they, in their childhood reflecting the consciousness of their parents; the beauty of the parents’ consciousness, the integrity of the parents’ consciousness, is reflected in the face and body of the child. Well, remember the moment that child becomes sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, it begins to live its own life. It begins to manifest its own consciousness. Watch how often that beautiful child becomes the Cinderella. And watch also how many Cinderella’s, when they are under their parents’ consciousness, become beautiful once they get away from it, once they begin to reflect their own state of consciousness which sometimes is far more beautiful than their parents.
It is in this same way that you can expect your child to be 80% free of children’s diseases, of children’s delinquencies, of children’s accidents, of children’s fears if you are maintaining your spiritual consciousness living in the realization of one power. Of course, as you know I have witnessed this for more than 30 years: children in the homes of metaphysical families and noticed how much more free they are of the world’s discords than those who do not have the benefit of metaphysics.
If however, that child does not accept some of these principles during these childhood years, they are very apt to lose the benefit of their parents’ consciousness once they are living their own consciousness, once they get out from under that umbrella of their parents’ consciousness.
But let us get back to you. You are as a patient or student, benefiting by the consciousness of your practitioner or teacher. You are having far less of the world’s discords and inharmonies because of your practitioner or teacher, because their consciousness is the law unto your experience. However, remember this, that if you are not yourself learning these principles, getting into the meditation and developing your own consciousness, then when the Master goes away, the Comforter is found to be no longer with you.
So you see that from being the man of earth, the natural man who is not under the law of God, you are spending the days of your student hood, your neophyte days, improving yourself. You are learning the principles. You are learning to pray aright. You are learning to meditate. You are learning to live in the consciousness of one power. You are learning to live as Omnipresence, Omnipotence, and Omniscience. And year by year there is less of the natural man about you, and more and more of that mind that was also in Christ Jesus. So it is that you go through all of your student days, partly under the law of God, partly under the law of the natural man. Partly under the grace of God, partly under the law of the natural man.
So when problems come, please remember that this represents that degree of the natural man which you still are, which has not yet been overcome. Do not wonder at it. Do not believe for a moment that a few years of study are transforming you into the Christ, into the risen Master. That is not true. It is only true that you are, in proportion to your studies and meditations, you are manifesting less and less of the natural man, overcoming the natural man and demonstrating more and more of your divine consciousness.
As problems arise, here is the reason that you have not yet overcome fully the natural man. That part of you which is the natural man is not yet under the law of God, neither indeed can be. That part of you cannot receive the things of God. As problems come to you, remember this, all that you are called upon to do is to remember. Yes, but this natural man is not of God and is not a power and is not a presence, is not a reality and that is the function. That is the purpose of this spiritual life I am leading. To recognize that every time the carnal man raises up his head that I can say, “I know thee who thou art, get thee behind me.” Thou art not of God therefore there is no reality in you. There is no spiritual law, no divine grace to support you, to maintain or to sustain you.
In other words, the degree in which the Son of God has been raised up in you is what enables you or is the measure in which you can turn on the carnal mind and its manifestations and nullify it. If you have caught well the principles of impersonalization and nothingization, all of which constitutes our 1959 work so that in the event of these problems coming to you, you do not say “how could that happen to me, I have been reading the books all year or I have been meditating all year or all ten years”, that is not what counts. What counts is what degree of Christ is risen in you. What degree of loving your neighbor have you accomplished? What degree of forgiving your enemy. What degree of resisting not evil. What degree of realization of one power. This determines the degree of your freedom from discord and it determines the nature of your ability to meet the problems quickly and decisively.
Never for a moment believe that faith enters into this whatsoever. You may have all the faith in God and you may have all the faith in the Infinite Way, and just look around and see where faith has gotten people. It is not a matter of having faith, it is a matter of actually understanding these principles and having the impersonal ability to apply them and apply them when the chips are down. Not merely when everything is going along well, to say there is only one power and evil is impersonal but the ability when you are faced with that Satan or that condition then to be able to stand fast and say, “Aha! This is the nature of universal belief in two powers.”