If you have white you get white, if you combine white and black you get white and black, and so forth and so on. There is intelligence behind every operation of nature. There is intelligence behind mathematics. There is intelligence behind music. There is intelligence behind art. Intelligence is the very nature of God.
And then you find another thing, that the nature of God is love. You will see how, by this very law, God’s love is made manifest, that love embraces this creation: fish in the sea and birds in the air, everything provided where it should be when it should be. That is the normal, natural condition of being on earth. All of this is evidence that love is of the nature of God—intelligence and love.
Now you see, into that universe of God, there can be no inharmony and no discord. Into that perfect universe of God’s creativeness, and God’s maintaining and sustaining nature, where intelligence and love are the major factors, no discord, no inharmony ever appears. And that world is called Eden. That world is called the Garden of Eden. That world is called divine harmony, or it has another name—spiritual consciousness. Into spiritual consciousness no error ever intrudes. No form of error ever intrudes into spiritual consciousness. Now here you have the basic premise of God’s being and God’s function in our experience.
There remains only one question to be answered. How then, into this Garden of Eden does the serpent come? How, into this spiritual consciousness, does error eventually intrude and bring about the conditions that we know as sin, disease, death, lack, limitation, wars, depressions, accidents? Well this you will only learn if you practice the principle of neither good nor evil, practice this principle until you yourself see that the only reason these discords have come in to make up our universe is that back in this so-called Garden of Eden was accepted the belief in good and evil.
Now you and I are entertaining in some measure the belief of good and evil. We all know those things that we call good, those things we call evil; those conditions we call good, those conditions we call evil; those persons we call good, those we call evil. And from my experience I can say to you that that’s what you are going to perpetuate as long as you insist on having this belief of good and evil making up your life. And I say to you further from experience, that in proportion as you can overcome in yourself the belief in two powers, good and evil, in that proportion will the discords and inharmonies be ruled out of your experience and out of the experience of all who come within range of your consciousness.
You can begin to apply this in a very simple way by going into your home where you may have birds, or pets, or children, and begin right there with, “no longer will I think of you as good. No longer will I think of you as evil, but I will look upon you As God’s creation, created in his own image and likeness, and having the qualities of God.
All that the Father hath is thine
and I will henceforth see you only in that way.” When you go into your shops to market, watch the difference when you learn to look on the clerks in there as if they were neither good nor evil, and refuse to bestow any praise or condemnation on them, calling them neither good nor evil, but children of God, servants of the most High.
Watch what happens in your immediate family as you begin to unlearn what you know now about your husband or your wife or your child or your parents, and begin to go back to their original selfhood, which was created in the image and likeness of God, and realize that in and of themselves they have no qualities of good or evil, but all they are is that which God constituted in them and of them and through them. You will quickly perceive that these errors of conduct and of thought will lessen as you lift from them both praise and condemnation.
No man is good, although he may be the instrument through which God’s good flows. And no man is evil, although he may be the outlet through which the world’s sense of evil may flow. Paul revealed that to us when he said, That the good I would, I do not, the evil that I would not, that I do. I find in me no sin, but a sense of sin still bothers me. In other words, I’m not really a sinner, and I have no desire to sin nor any pleasure in it, yet I find myself sometimes being the instrument through which sin takes over. So says Paul, and so says all of us, I’m sure, that the evil that we would not, we sometimes still do, even though we know better. And it is not because we are sinners, because left to ourselves, we would never even think a wrong thought, but that this universal sense of sin is so great that it sometimes overpowers us.
But the overcoming begins when we realize that it isn’t I who am the sinner, but a sense of sin that would disturb me or take over in me. In the same way, it is not I, who am good, but I who am an instrument through which God’s good will flow in proportion as I will recognize God to be the source of good, instead of myself.
Now, begin in very small ways, to withdraw from those pets and persons about you, the condemnation in which you have held them, and the praise in which you have held them. And begin to look through to the fact that God alone constitutes their being, and it is God’s quality which expresses Itself in them and through them. As you behold in small ways, small beginnings, a change-taking place in you and those around you, you will know that you have found the principle. And from then on, it will be with you as it is with you, merely the continuous living of it, so that as each day goes on, a greater degree of it becomes apparent in us.
I can assure you of this, that our demonstration of this is a proportionate one. At no time, in no place do we show forth the fullness of the Godhead bodily. It is only that every day that we can adhere consciously to these principles, every day will this improvement show forth in our experience and in the experience of those who come to us. And not only that we will show forth more spirituality, but we will bring out more spirituality made manifest As health, supply, harmony, peace, and joy in those about us.
Now I would like to recommend that those of you who have copies of this Art of Meditation, between now and this afternoon, read the chapter, Ye Are the Temple. Take that chapter for this afternoon, and then when we come in here, what is it, three o’clock? … at three o’clock.
You see, I’m assuming that you’re going to find, between now and three o’clock at least a free half or three quarters of an hour, or maybe a full hour to be alone. So as to make this day really worthwhile in our experience, try to steal an hour away from your families. Read this chapter Ye Are the Temple, and have a pad and pencil or a pen with you, and if some question comes to your mind, write it down and bring it here and put it on the table this afternoon.
Now let us see if we can’t straighten out some of the things that have held us back from doing greater work in spiritual healing and spiritual living, and have more to show forth when the next time does come around that we can all be here together in Chicago or some other city. And so let us stop for now, until three o’clock.