So it will be that you will discover that in this Infinite Way, you have what we call principles. We sum it all up as “the correct letter of truth,” that means a certain set of principles most of which are to be found no other place than in the message of The Infinite Way, although some are hinted at here and there or touched on lightly, but as absolute principles they are brought to a focus in the message of The Infinite Way. Then when they are known, they have to be practiced until we become perfect with them.
It is no more possible to live The Infinite Way by merely reading its books than it is possible to play piano by reading books of instructions on piano playing. The books of instructions are merely steps leading up to practice, application, and so The Infinite Way writings are nothing but tools, instruments, and kept that way they’ll never be anything more, but if you take them and use them and apply them in accord with the teachings that are involved, you will come to the place where you see that you are forsaking your dependence on material means of all kinds and placing your utter and complete reliance in God. You’ll find that in doing that you also give up every bit of reliance you ever had in right thinking, in right thoughts, in mental truths, in affirmations.
You see, until the day comes when we are wholly God governed, we’re really just doing things for ourselves and getting by as best we can with whatever understanding we can, but that must not always be because that was not our primal estate when we were in the Garden of Eden. When we were in the Garden of Eden, we did not have to take thought what we shall eat, drink or wherewithal we shall be clothed. We did not have to take thought of how we should live or why. All we had to do was just wake up and let God govern because we were in the Garden of Eden where God was ruling the world.
Ah! But when man decided that he had a mind of his own and he began to use it, he found himself outside of the Garden of Eden earning his living by the sweat of his brow and bringing forth his family with pain and strife and trouble. As the centuries rolled by, families seemed to be giving more trouble all the time, at least, so the papers would tell us.
Now, The Infinite Way is not an easy way of life, and not only it’s not an easy way of life, but for those who take it very seriously there can be quite a lot of upsets in it because it’s a breaking with our past. Sometimes, it’s a breaking away from some of our loved ones who just won’t go along with us—who can’t go along with us. Then we have to decide whether we’ll give up the kingdom of heaven for this relative, or whether we’ll give up this relative for the kingdom of heaven. Those things do come up, they do, but I think that above all, the greatest problem that comes to the serious student of The Infinite Way is the battle that he has with himself, because in the end, the one that he has to give up is himself. He has to learn what Paul means by “dying daily” and being reborn. Those are not figures of speech in a book. Those are actual experiences, dying daily, being reborn or being crucified as Jesus was. None of us avoids that experience of crucifixion, only we don’t get nailed to a cross out there; we get nailed to the cross within ourselves when we find ourselves committing suicide to the man we were yesterday, the beliefs we held yesterday or when we find them being torn away from us little by little. There is where the difficulty comes in.
It’s far less danger of having to give up people in the outside world than it is having to give up the people inside of us: the concepts that we entertain of people. You know how psychology would have you think that you are very clever because you always know who an honest man is and an honest woman and a sincere one and a just one and an unjust one and for that reason you like this one and don’t like this one and very much hate this one and avoid this one? Then you have to learn that you have to give up all of that cleverness. You have to give up all that ability to judge your fellow man because you never were true. You were entertaining concepts of them.
Very much like a contest that took place in the States some years ago when a magazine offered prizes. They published two pages of photographs, and some of these people were nationally and internationally known people of great, great integrity and others were thieves and prisoners in penitentiaries and you were supposed to pick which were the criminals and which were the good ones. You’d be surprised what a mess was made of it, but each one of us is guilty of that same thing. We look at a face and we say, “I like that face. I trust it.” You know what happens so many times, too? Yes indeed, we, if we are on the spiritual path, we have to learn to stop all that, and we have to look behind the eye of every individual and realize, “I know thee who thou art. Thou art the Christ, the son of the living God.”
Sometimes we swallow hard here when we do that because we don’t like it. We don’t like it because our human mentality tells us this isn’t so, but we have to stick to our spiritual realization; so it is, we see a sick person and we have to say, “I don’t believe it. I don’t believe it. I can’t accept it. I can only accept the Son of God, the Christ of God, the spiritual identity.” You have to shut out that picture of sin or disease, and you’ll find that your battle isn’t with the other person. The battle isn’t with the sin or disease. The battle is within yourself and your ability to give up believing in appearances.
So you see that when somebody says to me, “Would you talk to our students who are advanced?” They don’t realize that they are letting you in for a little trouble sometimes because you can’t be content to go on living your life just having your problems met and not caring too much how they’re met as long as they are met. You have to wake up sooner or later, and usually it is a meeting like this that starts the awakening, “Which way am I going? Am I going to try to be a Hebrew and a Christian? Am I going to try to be eight kinds of a truth student or just follow one?” When you make up your mind, as hard as it is, it’s the easiest part. Trying to stick to it is the difficult one. Trying to forget the principles that you knew and which you haven’t realized didn’t work and completely turn and keep your mind stayed on one principle.
You see, we have two languages in The Infinite Way. They are both made up of the same words, but they have different meanings at different stages of your unfoldment. For instance, last night, I said some things which were really intended for some of the new people who might have been there, and one of those things that I said was that you have to learn the nature of God because God is nothing like you think God is. Now you see, that’s a very harmless statement. You could almost give that to babes, but I don’t mind telling you that if I say that to you tonight, you are going to find it is dynamite.
You are going to find that if you actually accept that statement of mine tonight, that you must learn the nature of God, that you are going to have a miserable month this next month because you haven’t even begun to suspect the nature of God yet, not as it has been revealed to us. You haven’t even a suspicion of what that means. God is nothing like what any of you are thinking about—no matter what you are thinking. I don’t care. God isn’t anything like that at all, and when you start to find out what God is like, you’re going to find it difficult to accept because it isn’t the picture that was painted to you, not in church and not in metaphysics. You are going to find a God that you can’t pray too.