Two of the most
confusing words we will come across in the study of spiritual
principles are the words "Mind" and "Spirit" ...
often the words are interchangeable as they are both the elements of
transcendent principles. Both Mind and Spirit are necessary to
be understood for each of us to be aligned with the Power of Love and
Law or Lord as they are referred to in most Holy scriptures.
Mind is the realm of ideas, concepts, faith, belief and
imagination. Spirit is the activity or degree of Energy in which
we give power to these ideas, concepts, faith, beliefs and images that
come to our awareness in mind. Both are incarnated within all of
Life and through our inherent intelligence we can master the
experiences of our lives by the awareness of what can be accomplished
by being conscious of our ability to make use of them in a greater
The American Mystic
Ernest Holmes explains this as follows … "Within
this Infinite Mind each individual exists, not
as a separated but as a separate entity. We
are a point in Universal Consciousness, which is God, and God is our
Life, Spirit, Mind and Intelligence. We are not separated from Life,
neither is It separated from us, but we are separate entities in It
individualized centers of God Consciousness.
came from Life and are in Life, so we are One with I Life; and we know
that Instinctive Life within — which has brought us to the point of
self-recognition — still knows in us the
reason for all
things, the purpose underlying all things; and we know that there is
nothing in us of fear, doubt or confusion which can hinder the flow of
Reality to the point of our recognition. We are guided daily by Divine
of peace, wherein the soul recognizes its Source and meets It in
joyful union, in complete At-One-ment.
The power of
Jesus is understood when we study His method of procedure. Consider
His raising of Lazarus from the
Standing at the tomb, He gave thanks; this was recognition.
He next said:
“I know that thou hearest me always;”
was unification. Then He said: “Lazarus, come forth;”
was command. The method is perfect and we shall do
follow it. This method can be used in all (prayer) treatment. First,
realize that Divine Power is; then unify with It; and then speak the
word as “one having authority,” for the Law is “the servant of
the Eternal Spirit throughout all the ages."
It is in this recognition, unification and command that we
realize our individual "point in Consciousness" and become
aligned with the nature of the good that we desire to
experience. Is it necessary to speak the words, to write them
down, to silently contemplate them ... yes, to all of these depending
on how great is our desire to take possession of the good that we
desire. The mystics have taught that "in
Him (Spirit, Mind) we live and move and have our being" and
in this profound truth we may come to realize that we are more
other-world than we are worldly for it is the un-Seen-individual-self
of us that determines the good results of our thoughts and
Ernest Holmes takes
us back to the mysticism of ancient wisdom when he writes: "All
of the great mystics have taught practically the same thing. They have
all agreed that the soul is on the pathway of experience, that is, of
self-discovery; that it is on its way back to its Father’s House;
and that every soul will ultimately reach its heavenly home.
have taught the Divinity of Mankind. “I
have said, Ye are Gods; and all of you are children of the Most
High.” They have told
us that mankind’s destiny is Divine and sure; and that creation is
complete and perfect now.
great mystics have all agreed that everyone’s life is theirs to do
with as they choose, but that
we turn to the One, we will always receive inspiration from on High."
(1928 - 2016, Romanian-born American Jewish writer, professor,
political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor) is
quoted as saying: "Our
obligation is to give meaning to life and in doing so to overcome the
passive, indifferent life." It
is up to us to develop within our consciousness this recognition
that we are a "point in consciousness" and find purposeful
meaning in our lives. Through "recognition" of the
power within us and "unification" with G-d Consciousness we
have the ability to "command" our good to be made manifest
and experience the joy of doing so.
SO IT IS!
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