I interrupt myself because right here the temptation comes in to blame yourself for something and then you are not impersonalizing. You have fallen into the trap. Once you say, “I am at fault” or “Oh well, I guess I am not a good student. Evidently I do not understand. Others do but I do not,” you have personalized. If you have personalized, be assured you have fallen overboard. You are going to have a struggle. No, be sure that even though you recognize as Paul did, “I do not claim to have fully arrived,” I am just not looking at the past, I am looking towards the future and going forward. I am not claiming that I have attained Christhood. I am claiming only that Christhood is my true identity and that as I come into the realization of my Christhood, in that degree I am God-governed and there can be no problems, certainly not of my own. Then when temptation comes; the problem, please remember you are not dealing with any failure on your part. You are dealing with the appearance of a universal claim of two powers. You are dealing with the claim of personalized evil, personalized discord and it is up to you to put your heel on it.
In other words, you are laying the axe at the root of the tree. You are impersonalizing the entire picture. And once you have impersonalized it, the problem has no person in whom or through whom to operate. Every time that you give way to doubt or discouragement, it is because you are personalizing evil. You are personalizing the universal belief in two powers and holding yourself responsible for it. For as you may be responsible for being 90 years of age, you are not responsible for being old at 90 years of age. That is a universal claim. In fact, at 70 or at 80, it is a universal claim. And if you are going to accept the universal claim as being personal to you then you are the one that manifests it.
You are the one who must understand that, I, in my true identity, am as old as God because I co-exist with God. I have no more beginning than God has a beginning and I have no more ending than God has an ending. And I know this and you know this. Ah, yes, we all know it until we get a twinge of rheumatism and somebody else reminds us we are 48 or 52.
You see, one of the reasons the Master says, “Few there be that enter,” the spiritual path calls for standing fast on certain principles. Probably the major principle is that of impersonalizing. If you are going to condemn the woman taken in adultery, if you are going to condemn the thief on or off the cross, if you are going to condemn your friend or your neighbour, you have no way to enter because the secret is impersonalization.
We do know that as long as there is a belief in the world of two powers, of good and evil, that people are going to act good and evil. As a matter of fact, we are going to act good and evil until such time as we actually realize that we have no right to be functioning as human beings. We have no right to have human feelings of good or of evil. We have no right to have a human will. Once you begin to understand the true nature of your identity then you come into a whole new mode of life.
Let us see if we can see just a little of the functioning of that mode of life. Let us take the theme of one of the class nights, “I have hidden manna.” Now what is that hidden manna? Well, that hidden manna is my divine consciousness, my Christ consciousness; my Christ consciousness, my spiritual consciousness, my real consciousness, that consciousness which God gave me, which is God, really. That consciousness is my hidden manna because from this consciousness emanates my life, my prosperity, my friendships, my judgements, my guidance, my art. Everything that pertains to my life emanates from my divine consciousness.
Now, up to a certain point, I am not proving this. What I am getting is a combination of good and evil. Some of my life is good and some of it is bad. Some of it is up and some of it is down. Some of it is rich and some of it is poor. Why? Because I am functioning on the level of the belief of good and evil, the natural man that receiveth not the things of God.
However, now, in our stage, we are declaring, “Ah, but that was in the days of my ignorance when first of all I thought I was man.” Secondly, I thought I had no control over this world or that I was not at one with God or under the law of God. But now, now I know my secret name. I am the son of God, I am heir of God, I am joint heir. The word ‘I’ makes me so. ‘I’ will never leave me nor forsake me. I, the Christ, will be with me to the end of the world. Therefore I, I am spiritual consciousness. I am immortal. I was never born and I will never die. I live and move and have my being in God and God in me for we are One: this conscious awareness that I and my Father are One, I and infinite divine consciousness are One. Divine consciousness is the one that I am and this is my hidden manna.
Therefore, this divine consciousness which I am is the substance of all form. It is the substance of my tomorrows, the hours and the minutes of my tomorrows, the dollars of my tomorrows, the food and the relationships and the clothing and the transportation and the activity and the success of my tomorrows. I, of my own self can be nothing but the ‘I’ that I am which I now recognize to be Christ selfhood, divine selfhood, God selfhood, this is my hidden manna.
This, you see, deprives me of the privilege of having desires. I have no right to have desires. I must now be a beholder, letting God’s grace flow from my consciousness. I have no right to have a will of my own. I am always at the standpoint of being a beholder bearing witness to God’s will being manifest through me. I have no right to know lack or limitation or unhappiness because I am a beholder, watching the infinite Spirit of God flow forth from me, through me and as me. I am the beholder. I lose the privilege of having fears, of having doubts. I lose the privilege of losing hope because if I indulge that, all I do is take back my mortal selfhood, the one that is supposed to be dying or already dead.