Dr. Ernest Holmes - The Science of Mind is not a special revelation of any
individual; it is,
rather, the culmination of all revelations. We take the good
wherever we find it, making it our own in so far as we understand it.
The realization that Good is Universal, and that as much good as any
individual is able to incorporate in his life is his to use, is what
constitutes the Science of Mind and Spirit.
THE SEED OF PERFECTION IS
Original Life is Infinite. It is good. It is filled with
peace. It is of the essence of purity. It is the ultimate of
intelligence. It is power. It is Law. It is Life.
It is in us. In that inner sanctuary of our own nature, hidden
perhaps from objective gaze, "nestles the seed, perfection."
In our ignorance of the
truth, we have misused the highest power we possess. And so great
is this power - so complete is our freedom in it, so absolute the domain
of law through it - that the misuse of this power has brought upon us
the very conditions from which we suffer. We are bound because we
are first free; the power which appears to bind us is the only power in
the universe which can free us. This is why Jesus summed up His
whole philosophy in this simple statement: "It is done unto
you as you believe." The Great Teacher looked so deeply into
Nature, that She revealed Her fundamental simplicity to Him. That
"believe" and that "as" symbolize heaven and hell.
And so we suffer, not because suffering is imposed upon us, but because
we are ignorant of our true nature.
(GOD) WORKS FOR US BY WORKING THROUGH US
The Thing, then, works for us
by working through us and is us, always. It cannot work for us in
any other way. It spreads Itself over the whole universe and
shouts at us from every angle, but It can become power to us ONLY WHEN
WE RECOGNIZE IT AS POWER.
We cannot recognize
that It is, while we are believing that It is not. Hence, it is
written: "they ... entered not in because of unbelief."
(Heb. 4:6) We may enter in because of our belief, but we cannot
enter while there is unbelief. Here we come to a house divided
against itself. It we say we can only experience a little good,
then we shall experience but a little good. But, if we say, with
Emerson, "There is no great and no small to the soul that maketh
all," then we may experience a greater good because we have
conceived of it.
belief sets the limit to our demonstration of a Principle which, of
Itself, is without limit. It is ready to fill everything, because
It is Infinite. So, it is not a question of Its willingness, nor
of Its ability. It is entirely a question of our own receptivity.
- The Science of Mind
go back to the statement of Truth from the Master Mind Jesus, "all
that the Father hath is mine," we can
understand that we can have AS MUCH AS WE CAN BELIEVE ... in other
words, our belief in this statement becomes our acceptance of a greater
measure of Good in our experiences. But we must become aware of
the infinite Good that is available.
A few years ago, I was
acquainted with a young man who received a very expensive Hugo Boss suit
as a present. It was the best suit he had ever owned and along
with the suit he received two Giorgio Armani ties and two Armani shirts
to wear with the suits. This was probably the largest single
purchase he had ever made in a clothing store. After a few days
when the suit had been tailored, he went to pick it up at the store.
The clerk gave him the suit on a cheap hanger with a clear, thin plastic
cover over it. After he told me about this, I asked him why he
didn't ask the clerk for a nice garment bag that was more appropriate
for the suit purchased. He said he wasn't aware that he could make
such a request. And this is the case for most of us ... we don't
ask ... so we don't get ... as our mind has not been expanded to embody
the greater amount of Good available to us.
We must permeate our
consciousness with the fundamental proposition that Good is without
bounds. God is Infinite Presence ... there is no point in the
Universe where God ends and evil lives ... this is a fear-based concept
that we must release. Dr. O. C. Smith stated, "fear is the
child of an undeveloped consciousness." This is the Truth ...
we fear that there is not going to be enough ... we fear that something
is too good to be true ... and we fear that we will lose what we have
... and fear is the antithesis of faith ... fear is in truth ... the
only evil we will ever face. Knowing that God only works through
us ... we must also accept that God does not work through fear ... fear
denies God ... and denies that our Good is available. The Radical
Jesus gave us the Truth: "It is the Father's Good pleasure,
to give you the kingdom." It is up to us to accept how
expansive, how grand, and how wonderfully marvelous this kingdom is to
perfection within ... perfection without - that's The Way It Works.
So It Is!