Ernest Holmes -
We should approach the study of this Science rationally, never expecting
to derive any benefits from it that its Principle does not contain.
For while it is true that we are immersed in an Infinite Intelligence, a
Mind that knows all things, it is also true that this Intelligence can
acquaint us with Its ideas only as we are able and willing to receive
them. The Divine Mind is Infinite. It contains all knowledge
and wisdom, but, before It can reveal Its secrets, It must have an
outlet. This outlet we shall be compelled to supply through our
own receptive mentalities.
art, literature, government, law and wisdom that has come to the race
has been given to it through those who have deeply penetrated the
secrets of nature and the mind of God.
simplest way to state the proposition is to say that we are surrounded
by a Mind, or Intelligence, that knows everything; that the potential
knowledge of all things exists in this Mind; that the abstract essence
of beauty, truth and wisdom co-exist in the Mind of the Universe; that
we also exist in It and may draw from It. BUT WHAT WE DRAW FROM IT
WE MUST DRAW THROUGH THE CHANNEL OF OUR OWN MINDS. A unity must be
established, and a conscious connection must be made, before we can
derive the benefits which the Greater Mind is willing to reveal or
impart to us.
RIDDLE OF SIMPLICITY
is a beautiful and true thought to realize that every man/woman
stands in the shadow of a mighty Mind, a pure Intelligence, and a Divine
givingness! Not alone unto the great comes the soft tread of
the Unseen Guest. The arrogant have not perceived the simplicity
of faith, but the pure in heart see God. The farmer has seen the
Heavenly Host in his/her fields. The child has frolicked with Him
at play. The mother has clasped Him to her breast and the fond
lover has seen Him in the eyes of his/her beloved. We look too far
away for Reality.
Let us do away with a ponderosity
of thought and approach the thing simply and quietly. It is the
nature of the Universe to give us what we are able to take. It
cannot give us more. It has given all, we have not yet accepted
the greater gift.
Spiritual wisdom says that
God manifests through everything and is incarnated in all men/women;
that all is Divinity and that Nature herself is the body of God.
The mechanical laws of nature are set and immutable, but the spontaneous
recognition of these laws gives us the power to bring them into
practical use in everyday life and experience. Once understood,
any law is available and is impersonally responsive to each and all
The Universal Mind contains
all knowledge. It is the potential ultimate of all things.
To It, all things are possible. To us, as much is possible as we
can conceive, according to law. Should all the wisdom in the
universe be poured over us, we should yet receive only that which we are
ready to understand. This is why some draw one type of knowledge
and some another, and all from the same source - the Source of all
knowledge. The scientist discovers the principles of his/her
science, the artist embodies the spirit of his/her art, the saint draws
Christ into her/his being - each state of consciousness taps the same
source, but has a different receptivity. Each receives what she/he
asks for, according to her/his ability to embody. The Universal is
Infinite; the possibility of differentiating is limitless.
Life becomes to us the particular
thing we need when we believe that It becomes to us that particular
thing. The understanding of this is the essence of simplicity.
As all numbers proceed from the fundamental unit, as all material forms
are but different manifestations of one formless stuff, so all things
proceed from that which is neither person, place nor thing, but is of
the essence of all things.
Our thought and conscious
receptivity differentiate this Universal Possibility, by drawing It
through our minds and causing It to flow into particular channels,
through the conscious receptivity of our different faiths. One
state of consciousness will differentiate one kind of a result, another
mental state a different result. - The Science of Mind
we restate our Principle: We are surrounded by an Infinite
Possibility. It is Goodness, Life, Law and Reason. In
expressing Itself through us, It becomes more fully conscious of Its own
being. Therefore, it desires to express through us. As It
passes into our being, It automatically becomes the law of our lives ...
as we realize our every Good desire is God's desire for us.
that God Is Love and Love Is God ... and this understanding makes all
the difference in how we live and pray. Religious Science offers a
technique, an art, to prayer that no other religious or spiritual
teaching offers. As we learn to understand our place in the
Universe and our relationship with God, as taught by the Master Mind
Jesus and all the great mystics, we can pray "knowing that it
is." In the next two weeks we will focus on the method of
prayer that Dr. Holmes discovered in the Teachings of Jesus ... prayer
that gets results ... that brings the Power of "First Cause"
... God ... right into the circumstances and conditions that concern us.
And in the first step of this "method" ... we
"recognize" God as the "Doer" ... as did Jesus ...
"I of mine own self can do nothing" ... and in this
declaration of Truth, He realized that Love responded to Him
spontaneously ... for the Father (consciousness) and I are One.
God is spontaneous for Love Is Spontaneous.
So It Is!