Good afternoon – And indeed we are continuing where we left off this morning, because we started this morning on this subject of spiritual healing, and the how, and the why, and the wherefore. And I would like to feel that when I leave Chicago that you will have had a complete exposition of that subject of spiritual healing, as complete as it can be given in one day. And that can be complete if you have the background to serve as a foundation for it.
I couldn’t give a complete lesson on spiritual healing in one day to a beginner. As a matter of fact, I don’t believe I could even do it in one year. I wouldn’t want to try to do it in less than a year. But with the background that most of you have in the study of The Infinite Way writings and The Infinite Way recordings, it should be a simple matter for you to receive the answers to whatever questions are still in your mind on that subject, and also to be able to receive the help that will enable you to carry the work forward in even greater measure.
Now I will go back for a few minutes this morning and rehearse very briefly these few points. Number one, that you start your spiritual healing ministry by releasing yourself or your patient or student from condemnation, by withdrawing any judgment, criticism, condemnation of their character, life, habits, thought. Release them from, not only the condemnation of the world, but their own condemnation of themselves and any condemnation that you may entertain, by realizing that regardless of what form of error they may be thinking or feeling, that it is not personal to them, but that it is rather, a part of this universal mesmerism or belief that has resulted in a human world.
So that, we are not the cause of our own sins or diseases; we are victims of a universal belief, which, at the moment, we do not know how to free ourselves of. As if I were to say to you in your coming to me, I find no fault in you. I find no fault in you. Who has sinned? You or your parents? Neither.
Neither do I condemn thee; go and sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.
Try not to go back to your past way of thinking and believing, because it can only result in the same type of existence, but neither do I condemn thee. Who made me a judge over you? Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents. I have been told that I must forgive seventy times seven, so I forgive you, and if you come back tomorrow and tell me that you’ve sinned again, I’ll say, neither do I condemn thee, go and sin no more. And if you come back the next day and say I’ve sinned again, I’ll say, neither do I condemn thee, go and sin no more.
My function as practitioner is never to hold an individual in bondage to any of their sins of omission or commission, even if they commit them seventy times seven. Still I must release them seventy times seven, and not hold them in judgment. So you can imagine that in starting out with yourself or another, regardless of how much you know of your own sins or the other’s, start by releasing yourself and them from any sense of condemnation or punishment. Nobody deserves punishment for their sins. We receive punishment for our sins, not because we deserve them, but because we inflict them on ourselves.
What we deserve is forgiveness and understanding of why we sinned. And when we are given forgiveness, more especially if we are given it over and over again, and if we are given an understanding of the fact that we’re not sinning in order to be bad, we’re not sinning deliberately, but because we find this sense of sin within ourselves that we cannot at the moment handle, we are helped to get past the stage of sinning. So there must be understanding, there must be compassion, there must be love. And that means whether the person is sinning or whether they’re sick.
Now, if you hold yourself without condemnation, and if you hold those about you without condemnation, always in the attitude of neither do I condemn thee, I understand. Go and sin no more because you’re bringing more trouble on yourself, but I don’t condemn you for it. You’re condemning yourself. In that degree I lift from you the burden of your own errors, and that sets you free to receive God’s grace. Now the number one point in spiritual healing is never to look for error in yourself or your patient, never to criticize, judge, or condemn for the errors that temporarily exist there, always to take the attitude that neither do I judge nor condemn thee, and continuously and continually set each other free of that condemnation.
Now, the second point is to realize the affirmative side of the picture, that is, that God actually is the cause and creator of this universe and all that is therein, and therefore everything is God-created, God-governed, God-maintained, and God-sustained. When you realize that, you will realize that the so-called errors of this world, the sins and the diseases, lacks and limitations, do not exist as actual conditions or states of being, but exist more as illusory pictures or concepts in our mind. That makes them just as real as if they were real when we are suffering from them, but it also makes it possible for us to be healed of them. We cannot be healed spiritually while we accept a sin, a disease, a lack, as an actual condition that has to be met. It is only possible to heal spiritually when you know the unreal nature of that which is causing the trouble in our experience.
Now, you who have studied metaphysics have studied for many years about the illusory nature of sin and disease. You have been taught to call it an illusion. You have been taught to call it mortal mind, or nothingness, but with most students, that illusion, or that mortal mind or nothingness, still remains as something to be healed or removed. That is why we hear over the phone so often, and receive in our mail so often, “I know this is only illusion, but will you help me get rid of it?” But you see that’s nonsense. The minute you know it’s an illusion, you know its nothingness, you have nothing left to get rid of. It was only in the human belief that sin and disease are real, that you have something to get rid of.
Nobody has anything to get rid of after they know that what’s been troubling them is an illusion. If somebody saw a ghost over in the corner and said, “get rid of it,” you can understand that. They are seeing it as an “it” in the corner. But after they awaken to the fact that it was an illusion, what would you think of them if they still said, “get rid of it?” No. Once you perceive that that which the Master called this world is really an illusion, you’ll know why he could overcome this world. He could overcome it through the understanding that it was an illusion, and that was the overcoming. And that’s all the overcoming there ever can be, is knowing that a thing isn’t a thing, a condition isn’t a condition, a person isn’t a person.
You’re dealing with an illusion, and that really should dissolve it. It doesn’t always. That’s why we have gone forward from the older metaphysics into The Infinite Way, because knowing that it was an illusion didn’t always end the discord. It was in my personal experience that I found that just knowing that a condition is an illusion doesn’t always dissolve it, and I had to go the next step to find what produced these illusions. What is it that produces sin, disease, death, wars, lack, limitation; in a world that is God-created, God-maintained, and God-sustained, in which everything really is perfection? What then causes this illusion, or Adam dream, or material state of consciousness that produces all our ills?