By becoming a son we do not become less than All, nor do we ever divide our inheritance with our brothers. There is no such thing as division in God. You cannot divide your inheritance with God any more than I can divide my understanding with you. No matter how much I impart to you, I still have it all.
As a matter of fact, every teacher, not only spiritual teacher, any school teacher will tell you, any music teacher will tell you, that the more they teach, the more they know. The very act of teaching someone teaches them. How many times do you imagine that a teacher finds themself teaching things they didn’t know before they began the teaching. They learn it in the act of teaching. In other words, it is imparted from within as the demand is made for it. And so it is that the more one teaches, the more one learns. I doubt if there is a good teacher anywhere in the world — spiritual, human, mechanical, musical, that doesn’t learn more than any student they ever turned out. The very act of imparting increases one’s own understanding, and certainly that has been true in this experience, that at every session, at every class, I learn something that I didn’t know when we began. And so it is an impossibility to divide an inheritance with anyone. We can impart it, but in imparting it we increase our own.
And so, to go back to our prodigal, the very belief of dividing an inheritance was enough to separate all of them from the Kingdom.
So then in the beginning this one, who later became a prodigal son, was originally a Father — the Father consciousness, stepped down into the belief of being a son with only part of God’s allness, a divided part. And of course with that for a beginning, it was natural that one should end up with nothing, because if you can divide to begin with, then everything you would spend from there on in, would leave you with less. And of course he must come then to the banquet of the husks.
To return to the Father’s house means to return to the consciousness of having and being Father. It doesn’t mean a separate son coming back to a separate father, and receiving from a higher source. It means coming back into the realization of Father consciousness. Now, instead of being even — not only not being a prodigal son, but not even being a spiritual son. It means coming back into Fatherhood degree of consciousness. In other words, Allness degree.
Now that is our work here. We begin in our classwork, by leaving our prodigal humanhood to come back into some measure of realization of our spiritual sonship. But as we progress, we eventually reach the Father’s house, which is Father consciousness, or consciousness of our Fatherhood. We, ourselves, are the Father.
God, the whole of the spiritual consciousness, is the consciousness of our individual being. And now we do not sit here, each of us with a consciousness of our own, but each one in full and complete possession of the whole consciousness. And even when we share something with each other, we increase that which we have. We increase the degree of our realization of our own allness.
So watch the story of the prodigal son, and watch if you cannot really return to the Father’s house, that is to the Father degree of consciousness, and understand that God is the full measure of your consciousness.
Now when you realize that for yourself, you realize that universally for every individual. Then when they present to you the picture of their incompleteness: physically, mentally, morally, financially, then is when you get into the inner sanctuary of your own being and realize that the Father which you are, they likewise are. The Fatherhood is a universal state of being. And you will then not try to do some work to get them employed; you’ll not do some mental work to get them healthy; you’ll not do some mental work to get them a home. You will abide in the center of your being in the full and complete realization of the true identity of the one that is appearing to you as a human being.
It is only in that sense of separateness that we fear for ourselves or for others.
Now. Supposing now that I believe that God constitutes your being. Can I ever fear for your being? If I ever fear for your being, isn’t it because I do not believe that you are the Word of God? Isn’t it because I believe that you are not the Word made flesh? If I fear for myself, wouldn’t it be because I accept the belief that I am something less than God-created, God-maintained, God-sustained? Certainly. Therein lies the whole insecurity of the world.
Since we are separate beings, some may be more powerful than others physically, others mentally, and others militarily. But imagine what happens to you as a practitioner when you accept the fact that God constitutes individual being, Self-complete, Self-maintained, Self-sustained. Could fear enter your consciousness in the practice? Could you ever feel that you didn’t have enough understanding? You don’t need any understanding. You’re not called upon to do anything.
If you know that you are the Word of God made flesh, then you know that ‘I’ Am the Word of God made flesh. And then we know that ‘We’ are the Word of God made flesh — Self-created, Self-maintained, Self-sustained in our infinite individuality. Fear cannot enter our thought for ourselves or for each other.
It is for that reason that we do not have to go out into the world to protect The Infinite Way, nor do we have to protect Christian Science or Unity or Protestantism or Catholicism. If they are the Word of God made flesh, they must stand forever, and if they are not of God, they must fall no matter how much protective work you might do for them.