In other words, love is a quality of God, and when God loves, God loves the saint or the sinner. God loves the right or the wrong, the poor or the rich, the white or the black. When God loves, the love of God is the same in a dandelion as it is in an orchid. We may set a price of a penny on one and a dollar on the other, but God doesn’t. The love of God is equal in the small and the great.
We can know love by the universal sense that we entertain. In other words, if we can consciously review the wrongs that we have suffered through individuals or nations and come to an absolute place of forgiveness, we’re experiencing love. Now, I don’t mean lip service forgiveness, just saying, “Oh, I forgive you. Oh, I forgive them.” I don’t mean that. I mean coming to an actual feeling in your own heart of complete release, to where you would wish to see no punishment but full forgiveness given unto all. Then you’re entertaining love. When you have the same desire for all of the children on earth that you have for your own children, that is a feeling of love. But it can’t be lip service. It has to be an actual demonstrated activity of your consciousness.
In the same place…in the same way, as you are in your daily meditations and find occasionally prejudices, biases, bigotries coming up in your thought, they have to be met; they have to be overcome, because certainly there are none in God’s thought, and so you’re not in tune with God-consciousness while you are entertaining ideas or ideals other than those which you would attribute to God.
Now, that, that has been set forth by the Master in a statement which has become a cliché: Love thy neighbor as thyself. We say that now as if we were actually doing it or as if, by saying it very much, it really makes it so, but it isn’t. Loving thy neighbor as thyself means taking many, many periods of meditation, contemplation, and searching oneself and asking oneself, “Wait a minute. That ‘love thy neighbor’ business—you know, that’s a commandment. Am I reciting it or am I obeying it? “ Then as you search within yourself, you’ll find out where, where you have set up some neighbor other than yourself, some neighbor that is not receiving the full degree of love that you give unto yourself. Then, as love is permitted an outflow from you, then healing comes into consciousness and into the Soul, into the mind, into the body. Then the body changes, but only through the principle of love.
Now, I’m going to tell you of another principle that is not embodied in any of the metaphysical books or teachings that are being used in these days, and yet until you and I individually come to some place of recognition of this principle, we will not even be at the beginning of spiritual healing. Now let me tell it to you. The principle is known to us in The Infinite Way by the word “One”—capital O-n-e—and let me tell you what it means.
Since God is law, it would mean in that connection that there is only one law, and of course God being Spirit, that would be a spiritual law. Well, you say, “Yes, yes, yes. We’ve always known that.” And now we’re going to ask you whether you really have known it. Did you know that that rules out all possibility of there being a material law or a mental law or a law of heredity? Did you ever stop to think of that—that if there is only one law and that one law is spiritual, that there are no laws of matter, no laws of time? Did you know that that makes it impossible to age? Did you know that makes it impossible to deteriorate, if there are no laws of matter? Did you know that that makes it impossible to have an accident, if there are no laws of matter?
Oh, but you say, “There are such things in this world.” Of course there are; of course there are. That’s the world that the world is living in, but that isn’t the kingdom of God. In the kingdom of God there is only one law; so that if you wish to bring the kingdom of God to earth, you have to consciously nullify or realize the non-existence of material law, heredity, time, space. Do you see that? If you annihilate space, you could be sitting here in the Hague and healing anybody you like in South Africa, California, the North Pole, because you will have overcome space; and the healing could take place now, and you will have overcome time; and it could be a very aged person, and you will have overcome age.
Now, these churches, these organizations that are starting these healing principles, not one of them has this principle. Do you know what mistake they’re making? They’re trying to influence God to overcome sin and disease, and there is no sin and disease since God is one, and God is only, and God is Spirit, and God is infinite; and so the minute you try to use God to overcome error, the minute you try to use Truth to overcome evil, you’re back in old theology again. You are not in spiritual healing. Spiritual healing doesn’t turn to God to heal a person or to heal a disease. Spiritual healing is a realization that God is individual you and me; God is individual being, already perfect. Do you see that? You watch all of these people in their work; they are using God, or they are using Truth. You can’t use God; you can’t use God. You can’t use Truth. You can let God use you, or you could let Truth use you, but you couldn’t use God. It would be impossible for the Infinite to be used.
Well, in our principle of One, we come to the word “power”. We say, “There is only one power.” You’ve known that ever since you were in metaphysics, but have you known it? Have you accepted it as a principle? If you had, you wouldn’t be worried about your diseases. You’d say, “Well, so what? What difference do they make? They aren’t power. They can’t do anything or be anything, since if God is One and God is power, there’s only one power and that’s spiritual. Then there can’t be any power in sin; there can’t be any power in disease. You know, there can’t even be power in death, so why not die? What difference does it make, if that’s what’s called for? What difference does it make? Why stand aghast at the idea of death, if death isn’t a power?
Who knows, we may find it to be a gateway to a greater sense of life, and we may come to that transition without being forced into it by disease, because everyone will make the transition. No one will avoid it. No one will stay on earth forever, because it is no more intended by divine plan that we should stay on earth forever than we should stay twenty years of age forever. If such a thing as living on earth were a divine plan, I’m sure it would include that we all live only ten years, from twenty to thirty.
But that isn’t the divine plan. The divine plan is that we should outgrow our infancy and our childhood and our adulthood. We should leave behind our childbearing age and advance into the age of spiritual realization, and we should advance beyond spiritual realization into demonstration; and who knows what wonderful transformations of body there will be. We have already witnessed ourselves transformed out of that sized body into that sized body. Now we’re in this sized body; and how do we know what new forms await us if we stop trying to hold on to that twenty, thirty-year-old frame or that forty, fifty-year-old frame and are willing for the spiritual unfoldment to take place to transform our body in accord with the divine plan? Do you follow that?
Now, there’s only one way you can do that, and that is by coming to a realization of One. Thou shall have no other gods before me. Thou shall have only one God. That means one power. You cannot say that you have one power if you are putting power in disease; and if you’re trying to get rid of it, you’re putting power in it. But if you would say, “Why, disease, I can’t give you power. I just can’t give you power. God alone is power. I cannot honor God supremely and fear disease.” Do you see that? Or lack; or lack. There are people in holy terror because of some lack. Why? Why, why, why? Why not rest and let the divine plan pick us up, and we’ll find out there’s no lack in the divine plan; but we’re putting such a power in it, trying to fight it, that we’re making it a power to destroy us.
When we give up the struggle…Agree with thine adversary; agree with thine adversary: “All right, lack, limitation; all right, disease; so here you are. Now what? What can you do? Thou couldst have no power over me unless it came from the Father. There is but one power; that power is God.” But you see, all of these people are trying to overcome with the power of God. They first accept this sin or disease or lack, and then they say, “Now we’re going to get God to do something about it,” and you see, they must ultimately fail. They must ultimately fail.
That’s why so many of the metaphysical movements have failed: because they’ve all been based on truth over error, and that isn’t it. That isn’t it. I listened to Mrs. Von Echmann here, over and over and over again, with one power, one power, one power. One life; there’s only one life. There’s only one…in her whole makeup there is never a battle nor a fight. There is only a peace, a peace; there’s always a peace flowing out; a peace which is an acceptance of God; but she doesn’t go out to do battle with it but to smile at it: “You have no power.” Do you see that?