This “you” of whom I’m talking has two different, shall we call them aspects, natures. There is the you who is the natural man, who is not under the law of God; or you might say the you who is a little further along and is half under the law of God and still half under the laws of the world. That’s one you. Since you have come to a spiritual truth, you are really living partly under the law and partly under grace. There are times when you come a great deal more under the law than you have any right to do. There are some times when you rise high enough to be under grace. But now, there is another you. There is another you that lives completely without taking thought, without having to know truth. There is a you, which when you attain it, is your Christ Self. At the present time, this you is a human self with some degree of awareness of the indwelling Christ. Later, as you progress, that you begins to become less and less, and the Christ you becomes more and more; and then eventually you have every right to expect that you can be living 80 or 90% of your Christ Self and only 10 or 20% of your personal self. There is no record of anyone ever having achieved a hundred percent of their Christ Self while on earth, not even the Master.
Now, if we do attain that 80 or 90%, be assured it is a fine demonstration for just one lifetime and offers a great deal of hope for our future experiences. How do we make this transition from our human self to our divine Self? How do we put off mortality and put on immortality? How do we put off the human self and put on the Christ Self? And, it is in this wise—by the giving up of false concepts, or false views, or false ideas of God, man, and the universe. Let me illustrate that. Humanly, it is the most natural thing to look out and see a group of people, some young, some middle-aged, some aged, some sick, some well, some rich, some poor, some high, some low. That’s the most natural thing in the world for the human mind to do. But, you must remember there isn’t one word of truth in that. If I were to look out and see that, I would be entertaining concepts, or views, or opinions of you.
Now, to the degree that I do that I am still in my humanhood. In the degree, however, that I can look out through eyes of spiritual discernment and see the you that is looking through your eyes—the incorporeal, spiritual you; the divine you that was made in the image and likeness of God—in proportion as I can do that, I am living my Christ Self and not my human self. In the degree that I would sympathize or pity you, your illnesses, infirmities or sins, in that degree I would be living my human self, my mortal self. In the degree that I refuse to accept the pictures that present themselves to my human eyes, in the degree that I refuse to accept them or fasten them onto you or believe that they are a part of you and can spiritually say, “I know thee who thou art, the holy one of Israel, the spiritual offspring of God.” In that degree then, I am living my Christ Self.
Now, the more human opinions I have about God, man, and the universe, the more I am living in my mortal selfhood. The more that I look out through spiritual discernment and realize that God never had an illegitimate offspring, everyone is the divine offspring of God. And, in proportion as I can disregard appearances, because you must remember with my human eyes I can see appearances too. Jesus could too. He saw the man who was blind. He saw the cripples by the side of the road. He saw the woman taken in adultery. With his human eyes, he saw the human picture. But, with his inner spiritual discernment, he saw that all of these pictures were the products of ignorance. And, therefore, he could say, “Neither do I condemn thee. Thy sins be forgiven thee.” Certainly, they’re all based on ignorance. How can you blame anyone for the ignorance into which they were born?
Now, through spiritual discernment, through the light, which has been given to me, I know that God constitutes individual being. I know this, and even while my eyes testify to something else inwardly I know God constitutes individual being. And, as long as I can disregard the appearance and hold to what I know, I am living my Christ life. Now, the strange part of that is that as long as I hold to spiritual truth, in spite of all appearances, my own life improves. My health gets better. My supply gets greater. My sins or sinful desires grow less; and just by looking out here and knowing the truth about you, I am bringing harmony into me. It is in this way then that each one of us is responsible for our demonstration of life, whether harmonious or not. And, the way is not knowing the truth about ourselves but knowing the truth about our friends, and enemies, and relatives so that we can say, “God is no respecter of persons. All constitute God’s universe, God’s kingdom, God’s creation.”
Oh, the fact that there are so many people in the world who do not know their identity, or your identity, or mine has nothing to do with you or me. We understand scripture when it says, “A thousand may fall at my left and ten thousand at my right.” Certainly, if the world doesn’t open its eyes to truth, it must pay the penalty of its ignorance. But, it will not “come nigh my dwelling place.” As long as I can look out and behold God as constituting all creation, my universe will be intact. The Master confirms this, “If I abide in the truth and let the truth abide in me, I will bear fruit richly.” But, he also says, like the 91st Psalm, that “those who do not abide in the truth and those who do not let the truth abide in them, they will be as a branch of a tree that is cut off, and withers, and dies.” Therefore, in the beginning of our experience, we are responsible only for our own demonstration—not for that of anyone else. We have all we can do for a long, long time to make certain that we make our own demonstration of being able to look out at this world and forgive 70 times 7, do unto others as we would have others do unto us, not live by an eye for an eye and a tooth for tooth but by forgiving 70 times 7, by resisting not evil. For a long, long time, all we can do is give our attention to our own demonstration.
Now, as we come into enough spiritual light so that this actually takes hold of us and automatically we are able to look out and disregard the appearances, we then draw to us those who are in darkness. They may not know why, but they feel drawn to come to us for comfort, or for healing, or for enlightenment; and it is then that they become a part of our responsibility. Because now, as we have freely received, now we must freely give to them. Only remember that at this stage of our unfoldment, we are not to concern ourselves with the world for its demonstration or lack of it but only to those of our own household, that is, those who are led to us for enlightenment. The Master went through this stage when he met the woman who wanted healing for her daughter, and he refused. “No, no, I will not heal your daughter. I am come only to those of my own household.” When through a great deal of pleading, she convinced the Master that she evidently was on the spiritual path, even if she didn’t belong to his religion, then he healed her daughter. With us too in this second stage of our spiritual unfoldment, we are not concerned with those of the world who are still living their material lives in their own material way. We are concerned only with helping those who are drawn to us.
You will notice how we practice that in The Infinite Way. We do not go out into the world to save it. We go only where we are invited, and we address those who in one way or another have been led here to listen. We don’t go out and advertise for anyone to come in. We don’t go out and proselyte. We do not go out and say, “Oh, look what wonderful truth we have found if only you’ll accept that.” No, no. We seek no one, but we sit here willing to accept all who are led to us; and we are willing to share with them every ounce of truth that we have. Therefore, you will notice in this room no one has been sent for. Each one who has come has come because in one way or another they were drawn and came of their own volition. And so it is in every city and in every country only those come who in one way or another are drawn and then we share. Whatever it is we have and all we withhold nothing. All that has been given to us is yours but you who have come for it. You might wonder, “Is that fair to the rest of this city that we are not giving it to them?” How could we give it to them? Would they listen to us? Aren’t they too busy this afternoon with some other thing that keeps them busy? Of course, you know the answer to that. There are those who hear my voice, and they are led. There are those who are not yet ready to put up the sword or to stop living by bread alone; and even if we gave this message to them, it would solve nothing.