spiritual power we must have the consciousness of our union with the
Spirit of G-d and the availability of the good that we desire to
Intelligence and Power of the Spirit is accessible to all people but
we have to believe that this is true.
Far too many people continue to hold in their mind that some
people have greater access to G-d than others.
The access to the nature of Spirit is not gained by being
pious but by seeking. “Seek
and you shall find” the Master Mind Jesus instructed and this
seeking is not dependent on anything other than an authentic desire
to realize our unity with the One; that is, the One Mind, One
Spirit, One Intelligence, One Power that we call G-d.
To approach G-d in spirit and in truth is to approach G-d in
a “childlike manner”; that is without the preconceptions/opinions learned
from the world. To open
our mind to G-d with “wonder” and “fascination.”
The late, great Rev Ike taught that there is power in
fascination. And I
believe he was right. Whenever
we are fascinated with something we loose preconceived thoughts from
American mystic Ernest Holmes talked at length about this
“Spiritual Power” throughout his years of ministry.
He told his audience; “By
Spiritual Power I mean a dynamic something which is intelligent,
conscious of what it is doing and able to do it without any external
aid. We think of physical energy in terms of horsepower or the
ability to lift a weight a certain number of feet from the earth.
Let us think of Spiritual Power not as contradicting physical power,
but as being more subtle. There must be spiritual power which does
not contradict the physical, but is the parent of it --- being the
greater, it must include the lesser.
Intuitively we feel the necessity of Something greater than
we are, Something upon which we may rely with certainty. We need
spiritual power even more than we need physical power. We need both
and we have both. But having great physical energy at our command
has not satisfied us. Consequently, we see an interesting thing
going on in the world -- many of our scientists are becoming
philosophers endeavoring to determine the relationship of their own
science to the larger meaning of life. One of the world's
greatest psychologists says that after thirty years spent in
analyzing the subjective thought of educated people from every part
of the world he has found, in the case of people over thirty-five
years of age, that almost without exception the neurosis is caused
by the lack of a true religious perception. He is not speaking as
the theologian, but as a scientist and a physician, when he states
that in no case has there been a permanent healing without the
restoration of some type of religious faith.
His conclusions have nothing to do with any particular creed,
doctrine or dogma. He is speaking of the essence
of a true religious conviction which relates neither to Catholic nor
Protestant, Jew nor Gentile. It means an inner conviction which is
truly spiritual, no matter what outward form of worship it takes.
Religion is a reaction to humanity's spiritual inquiry, the outward
form of an inner conviction. But all through the ages those who have
been truly spiritual, no matter what outward form their conviction
took, have had this in common; they have believed in something
greater than they were, and a something which responded to them.
This belief is the very basis of spiritual power; it is the
fundamental principle of every religion. We do not need to discuss
the merits or demerits of other people's religions.”
Dr. Holmes is telling us that those with spiritual
understanding; some may say those with an enlightened mind, know
that there is Something beyond our human capacity to conceive that
responds by corresponding to that which we believe to be true for
us. This is not
something new or unique to Dr. Holmes but rather this secret of
spiritual power has been realized by people throughout history.
Since our ability
to know is G-d in us, it must follow that thought is creative.
"The words I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are
life." The Master Mind Jesus did not say these words are going
to stir up the pity of G-d; he said, "These words," and
then he sent out his word which healed. When thought knows,
understands and embodies the Spirit, it becomes and is Spirit, and
Spirit is power. This is the secret of spiritual power. Spiritual
healing is not willing, wishing, beseeching, nor repeating a lot of
formulas. It is the result of a dawning perception of Spirit,
incarnated in the one needing help. When the illusion of opposites
disappears from our mental perception and we come to realize that we
are whole, we shall be made whole.
Dr. Holmes tells us:
should spontaneously look to that which is greater than we are and
yet of which we are a part: that which is greater than the personal
I, but which is forever flowing through the personal I. The personal
word has power because spirit is power.”
I love these words from the great American Healer Phineas
does Jesus Himself say of this power? He admitted it, for He says,
"of myself 1 can do nothing," thus admitting a power
superior to Himself; and also when asked a question by His
disciples, He said, "No man knoweth, not the angels in heaven,
but the Spirit only." At another time when asked by a scribe
who had been listening to Jesus, while He reasoned with a Sadducee,
"What is the first commandment of all?" Jesus answered
"The first commandment is Hear, Oh, Israel, the Lord our G-d is
one Lord." Here He admits a supreme power, and says, "Thou
shalt love the Lord thy G-d with all thy heart, and equally
important love thy neighbor as thyself."
These words of the Master Mind Jesus are powerful in that
they put the expression of spiritual power back to the consciousness
of the individual. To
love G-d means to give our attention to G-d and to love our neighbor
means to love the conditions in which we live … here and now.
If we can see in our mind a greater life still but also hold
in our heart a love for Life Itself wholly and completely, then we
shall express a power that is beyond what most people can conceive
Emerson said, "Let us not say God was, but is: not G-d spoke, but
most importantly, let us know that when we speak our word from the
highest thought we can have of our union with the Spirit of G-d that
there is a corresponding action … even though perhaps invisible to
the human eye. This is
realizing Spiritual Power.
And so it is!
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