Lessons In Truth
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1. We learned in the second lesson that the real substance
within everything we see is God; that all things are one
and the same Spirit in different degrees of manifestation;
that all the various forms of life are just the same as one
life come forth out of the invisible into visible form;
that all the intelligence and all the wisdom in the world
are God as wisdom in various degrees of manifestation; that
all the love which people feel and express toward others is
just a little, so to speak, of God as love come into
visibility through the human form.
2. When we say there is but one Mind in the entire
universe, and that this Mind is God, some persons, having
followed understandingly the first lesson, and recognized
God as the one life, one Spirit, one power, pushing Himself
out into various degrees of manifestation through people
and things, will at once say: "Yes, that is all plain."
3. But someone else will say: "If all the mind there is, is
God, then how can I think wrong thoughts, or have any but
4. The connection between universal Mind and our own
individual minds is one of the most difficult things
to put into words, but when it once dawns on one, it is
5. There is in reality only one Mind (or Spirit, which is
life, intelligence, and so forth) in the universe; and yet
there is a sense in which we are individuals, or separate,
a sense in which we are free wills and not puppets.
6. Man is made up of Spirit, soul, and body. Spirit is the
central unchanging "I" of us, the part that since infancy
has never changed, and to all eternity never will change.
That which some persons call "mortal minds" is the region
of the intellect where we do conscious thinking and are
free wills. This part of our being is in constant process
7. In our outspringing from God into the material world,
Spirit is inner--one with God; soul is the clothing, as it
were, of Spirit; body is the external clothing of the soul.
Yet all are in reality one, the composite man--as steam,
water, and ice are one, only in different degrees of
condensation. In thinking of ourselves, we must not
separate Spirit, soul, and body, but rather hold all as
one, if we would be strong and powerful. Man originally
lived consciously in the spiritual part of himself. He fell
by descending in his consciousness to the external or more
material part of himself.
8. "Mortal mind," the term so much used and so distracting
to many, is the error consciousness, which gathers its
information from the outside world through the five senses.
It is what Paul calls "the mind of the flesh" in
contradistinction to spiritual mind; and he
flatly says: "The mind of the flesh [believing what the
carnal mind says] is death [sorrow, trouble, sickness]; but
the mind of the Spirit [ability to still the carnal mind
and let the Spirit speak within us] is life and peace."
9. The Spirit within you is Divine Mind, the real mind.
Without it human mind would disappear, just as a shadow
disappears when the real thing that casts it is removed.
10. If you find this subject of human mind and universal
Mind puzzling to you, do not worry over it. Just drop it
for the time, and as you go on with the lesson, you will
find that some day an understanding of it will flash
suddenly upon you with perfect clearness.
11. There are today two classes of people, so far as
mentality goes, who are seeking deliverance out of
sickness, trouble, and unhappiness, by spiritual means. One
class requires that every statement made be proved by the
most elaborate and logical argument, before it can or will
be received. The other class is willing at once to "become
as little children" (Mt. 18:3) and just be taught how to
take the first step toward pure understanding (or knowledge
of Truth as God sees it), and then receives the light by
direct revelation from the All-Good. Both are seeking and
eventually both will reach the same goal, and neither one
should be unduly condemned.
12. If you are one who seeks and expects to get any
realizing knowledge of spiritual things through
argument or reasoning, no matter how scholarly your
attainments or how great you are in worldly wisdom, you are
a failure in spiritual understanding. You are attempting an
utter impossibility--that of crowding the Infinite into the
quart measure of your own intellectual capacity.
13. "The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit
of God: for they are foolishness unto him; and he cannot
know them, because they are spiritually judged" (1 Cor.
2:14). Eventually you will find that you are only beating
around on the outside of the "Kingdom of heaven," though in
close proximity to it, and you will then become willing to
let your intellect take the place of the little child,
without which no man can enter in.
14. "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered
into the heart of man, the things which God hath [not will]
prepared for them that love him.
15. "But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit. . . .
16. "For who among men knoweth the things of a man, save
the spirit of the man, which is in him? even so the things
of God none knoweth, save the Spirit of God" (1 Cor.2:11).
17. For all those who must wade through months and perhaps
years of this purely intellectual or mental process, there
are today many books to help, and many teachers of
metaphysics who are doing noble and praiseworthy work in
piloting these earnest seekers after Truth and
satisfaction. To them we cry: "All speed!"
18. But we believe with Paul that "the foolishness of God
is wiser than men" (1 Cor. 1:25), and that each man has
direct access to all there is in God. We are waiting for
the "little Children" who, without question or discussion,
are willing at once to accept and try a few plain, simple
rules such as Jesus taught the common people, who "heard
him gladly"--rules by which they can find the Christ (or
the Divine) within themselves, that through it each man for
himself may work out his own salvation from all his
19. In other words, there is a shortcut to the top of the
hill; and while there is a good but long, roundabout road
for those who need it, we prefer the less laborious means
of attaining the some ends by seeking directly the Spirit
of truth promised to dwell in us and to lead us into all
Truth. My advice is: If you want to make rapid progress in
growth toward spiritual understanding, stop reading many
books. They only give someone's opinion about Truth, or a
sort of history of the author's experience in seeking
Truth. What you want is revelation of Truth in your own
soul, and that will never come through the reading of many
20. Seek light from the Spirit of Truth within you. Go
alone. Think alone. Seek light alone, and if it does not
come at once, do not be discouraged and run off to someone
else to get light; for, as we said before, by so doing you
get only the opinion of the intellect, and may be then
further away from the Truth you are seeking than ever
before; for the mortal mind may make false reports.
21. The very Spirit of truth is at your call. "The
anointing which ye received of him abideth in you" (1 Jn.
2:27). Seek it. Wait patiently for it to "guide you into
the truth" (Jn. 16:13) about all things.
22. "Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus"
(Phil. 2:5). This is the universal Mind, which makes no
mistake. Still the intellect for the time being, and let
universal Mind speak to you; and when it speaks, though it
be but a "still small voice" (1 Kings 19:12), you will know
that what it says is Truth.
23. How will you know? You will know just as you know that
you are alive. All the argument in the world to convince
you against Truth that comes to you through direct
revelation will fall flat and harmless at your side. And
the Truth that you know, not simply believe, you can use to
help others. That which comes forth through your spirit
will reach the very innermost spirit of him to whom you
24. What is born from the outside, or intellectual
perception, reaches only the intellect of him you would
25. The intellect that is servant to the real Mind, and
when servant (but not when master) is good, loves to argue;
but when its information is based on the evidence of the
senses and not on the true thoughts of the Divine Mind, it
is very fallible and full of error.
26. Intellect argues. Spirit takes the deep things of God
and reveals Truth to man. One may be true; the other always
is true. Spirit does not give opinions about Truth; it is
Truth, and it reveals itself.
27. Someone has truly said that the merest child who has
learned from the depths of his being to say, "Our Father,"
is infinitely greater than the most intellectual man who
has not yet learned it. Paul was a man of gigantic
intellect, learned in all the law, a Pharisee of the
Pharisees; but after he was spiritually illumined he wrote,
"The foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness
of God is stronger than men" (1 Cor. 1:25).
28. It does make a great difference in our daily lives what
we think about God, about ourselves, about our neighbors.
Heretofore, through ignorance of our real selves and of the
results of our thinking, we have let our thoughts flow at
random. Our minds have been turned toward the external of
our being, and nearly all our information has been gotten
through our five senses. We have thought wrong because
misinformed by these senses, and our troubles and sorrows
are the results of our wrong thinking.
29. "But," says someone, "I do not see how my thinking evil
or wrong thoughts about God, or about anyone, can make me
sick or my husband lose his position."
30. Well, I will not just now try to explain all the steps
by which bad results follow false thinking, but I will just
ask you to try thinking true, right thoughts awhile, and
see what the result will be.
31. Take the thought, "God loves me." Think these words
over and over continually for a few days, trying
to realize that they are true, and see what the effect will
be on your body and circumstances.
32. First, you get a new exhilaration of mind, with a great
desire and a sense of power to please God; then a quicker,
better circulation of blood, with a sense of pleasant
warmth in the body, followed by better digestion. Later, as
Truth flows out through your being into your surroundings,
everybody will begin to manifest a new love for you without
your knowing why; and finally, circumstances will begin to
change and fall into harmony with your desires, instead of
being adverse to them.
33. Everyone knows how strong thoughts of fear or grief
have turned hair white in a few hours; how great fear makes
the heart beat so rapidly as to seem about to "jump out of
the body," this result not being at all dependent on
whether there be any real cause of fear or whether it be a
purely imaginary cause. Just so, strong negative thoughts
may render the blood acid, causing rheumatism. Bearing
mental burdens makes more stooped shoulders than does
bearing heavy material loads. Believing that God regards us
as "miserable sinners," that He is continually watching us
and our failures with disapproval, bring utter
discouragement and a sort of half paralyzed condition of
the mind and body, which means failure in all our
34. Is it difficult for you to understand why, if God lives
in us all the time, He does not keep our thoughts right
instead of permitting us through ignorance
to drift into wrong thoughts, and so bring trouble on
35. Well, we are not automatons. Your child will never
learn to walk alone if you always do his walking. Because
you recognize that the only way for him to be strong,
self-reliant in all things--in other words, to become a
man--is to throw him on himself, and let him, through
experience, come to a knowledge of things for himself, you
are not willing to make a mere puppet of him by taking the
steps for him, even though you know that he will fall down
many times and give himself severe bumps in his ongoing
toward perfect physical manhood.
36. We are in process of growth into the highest spiritual
manhood and womanhood. We get many falls and bumps on the
way, but only through these, not necessarily by them, can
our growth proceed. Father and mother, no matter how strong
or deep their love, cannot grow for their children; nor can
God, who is omnipotence, at the center of our being, grow
spiritually for us without making of us automatons instead
37. If you keep your thoughts turned toward the external of
yourself, or of others, you will see only the things that
are not real, but temporal, and which pass away. All the
faults, failures, or lacks in people or circumstances will
seem very real to you, and you will be unhappy and sick.
38. If you turn your thoughts away from the external toward
the spiritual, and let them dwell on the
good in yourself and in others, all the apparent evil will
first drop out of your thoughts and then out of your life.
Paul understood this when he wrote to the Philippians:
"Finally, brethen, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
things are honorable, whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any
virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things"
39. We all can learn how to turn the conscious mind toward
universal Mind, or Spirit, within us. We can, by practice,
learn how to make this everyday, topsy-turvy, "mind of the
flesh" be still and let the mind that is in God
(all-wisdom, all-love) think in us and out through us.
40. Imagine, if you will, a great reservoir, out of which
lead innumerable small rivulets or channels. At its farther
end each channel opens out into a small fountain. This
fountain is not only being continually filled and
replenished from the reservoir but is itself a radiating
center whence it gives out in all directions that which it
receives, so that all who come within its radius are
refreshed and blessed.
41. This is our relation with God. Each one of us is a
radiating center. Each one, no matter how small or
ignorant, is the little fountain at the far end of a
channel, the other end of which leads out from all there is
in God. This fountain represents the individuality, as
separate from the great reservoir--God--and yet as one with
Him, and without Him we are nothing.
42. Each of us, no matter how insignificant he may be in
the world, may receive from God unlimited good of whatever
kind he desires, and radiate it to all about him. But
remember, he must radiate if he would receive more.
Stagnation is death.
43. Oh, I want the simplest mind to grasp the idea that the
very wisdom of God--the love, the life, and the power of
God--are ready and waiting with longing impulse to flow out
through us in unlimited degree! When it flows in unusual
degree through the intellect of a certain person men
exclaim, "What a wonderful mind!" When it flows through the
hearts of men it is the love that melts all bitterness,
envy, selfishness, jealousy, before it; when it flows
through their bodies as life, no disease can withstand its
44. We do not have to beseech God any more than we have to
beseech the sun to shine. The sun shines because it is a
law of its being to shine, and it cannot help it. No more
can God help pouring into us unlimited wisdom, life, power,
all good, because to give is a law of His being. Nothing
can hinder Him except our own lack of understanding. The
sun may shine ever so brightly, but if we have, through
willfulness or ignorance, placed ourselves, or have been
placed by our progenitors, in the far corner of a damp,
dark cellar, we get neither joy nor comfort from its
shining; then to us the sun never shines.
45. So we have heretofore known nothing of how to get
ourselves out of the cellar of ignorance, doubts,
and despair; to our wrong thinking, God has seemed to
withhold the life, wisdom, and power we wanted so much,
though we sought Him ever so earnestly.
46. The sun does not radiate life and warmth today and
darkness and chill tomorrow; it cannot, from the nature of
its being. Nor does God radiate love at one time, while at
other times, anger, wrath, and displeasure flow from His
mind toward us.
47. "Doth the fountain send forth from the same opening
sweet water and bitter? can a fig tree, my brethren, yield
olives, or a vine figs" (Jas. 3:11).
48. God is All-Good--always good, always love. He never
changes, no matter what we do or may have done. He is
always trying to pour more of Himself through us into
visibility so as to make us grander, larger, fuller, freer
49. While the child is crying out for its Father-Mother
God, the Father-Mother is yearning with infinite tenderness
to satisfy the child.
"In the heart of man a cry,
In the heart of God, supply."
50. There is but one Mind in the universe.
51. Human mind, or intellect, makes mistakes because it
gathers much information from without.
52. Universal Mind sees and speaks from within, it is all
53. Our way of thinking makes our happiness or unhappiness,
our success or nonsuccess. We can, by effort, change our
ways of thinking.
54. God is at all times, regardless of our so-called sins,
trying to pour more good into our lives to make them richer
and more successful.
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