American Mystic Ernest Holmes passed from this life three decades
before I discovered his life-changing teachings. And so I was
very excited when Marilyn Leo's book "Love & Law" ...
The Unpublished Teachings ... of Ernest Holmes was published.
This book contains the transcripts of the classes that Ernest Holmes
personally taught. For me, one of the most important sections of
the book are the questions and answers for I know as Ernest Holmes did
that we must condition our mind through prayer and study of spiritual
things to remove distrust and doubt so that we move in mind to a
mental certainty that becomes faith; and the universe and all that we
are to ever have is built on faith. Questions are a great mental
tool that allows us to discern what truth is for us and to then create
within our consciousness that faith that demonstrates the evidence of
things not seen. Blind faith is not without accomplishments
but faith grounded in truth creates within us a greater confidence and
ability to use the power of our mind to connect to the Intelligence
that is the Source of all creation.
I have selected the following questions and
the answers given by Ernest Holmes that I feel will provide a benefit
to each of us:
Question: There being only one mind in the universe, will you
explain how a person can go on after death as an individual?
Would not the soul of the spirit, which is infinite mind, blend with
the infinite and cease to be individualized?
Ernest Holmes: There
is a teaching which is false that there will come a time when the soul
will be reabsorbed into the absolute, into the laws of its
individuality. Sir Rabindranath Tagore in his "Realization
of Life" says the teaching was not originally in the ancient
books of wisdom and explains it this way: "An arrow which
loses its mark in the tree retains its individuality even though
immersed in the tree.
Note: Eric Butterworth writes of something similar using the
example of a raisin in a bun; the raisin continues to be a raisin even
though it may be part of the bun.
What did Christ mean by saying: "Ask everything in my
Ernest Holmes: Christ
implies the name of every living soul. The son begotten of the
Charles Fillmore considered "in my name" to mean in the same
nature of how I ask (affirm). And "son" was a bad
translation from the Original Text, it is more accurate to state
"a part of God."
How can a person who must spend her time in a sickroom learn to heal
or overcome the thought of sickness?
Ernest Holmes: Never
treat a sick person. We will not get them well by thinking of
them as being sick but thinking of them as well and not sick.
In Ernest Holmes' answer the word "treat" is synonymous with
prayer-treatment or affirmative prayer. Spiritual mind treatment
is the term used in The Science of Mind and the Religious Science
Question: How would you treat for one who is in great pain?
Ernest Holmes: You
will realize inner peace for them. Treat yourself first.
Realize that you are one with the Infinite Mind. That is all the power
there is. You will speak the word and neutralize that
thought. Just know that it is. You would say:
"There is nothing but peace in the universe, quiet, rest, and I
decree and declare that right here in this case." Your word
takes its effect. It is perfect freedom and this word recognizes
the one perfect mind flowing through you.
Question: It is difficult for me to get an impersonal attitude
when treating myself. How may this be overcome?
Ernest Holmes: In
order to get impersonal and eliminate feeling, sit down and say:
"I am treating Mary Jones." then forget
yourself. Right there give this treatment impersonally and in
mind think it clearly, distinctly, and coherently until you know that
the word you speak is the truth about Mary Jones and not yourself.
How can we get a mental equivalent?
Ernest Holmes: By
practice, meditation, thought, study, intelligence, concentration,
inspiration, hope, faith, love, prayer, desire, and work; there is no
other way. Suppose I had a business which was fair but not
good. I wanted to make it better. I must treat myself to
induce within myself a consciousness of a still greater activity until
there is no longer anything in me which denies that greater activity
and until it is very real to me, even before it is objectified.
What mental treatment would you give for one who has lost a friend?
Ernest Holmes: You
should realize for them that the consciousness of the realization of
Unity, which is the one mind in every personality, is eternal mind and
that there is no separation. As the consciousness cognizes the
realization of unity, that sense of loss is supplied with a
consciousness of presence and healing takes place.
What is habit?
Ernest Holmes: It
is a desire to express something which you feel gives life
What do you mean by the Word?
Ernest Holmes: The
Word is the activity of Intelligence.
What can be done to make a person who has lost all desire to live,
desire to continue to live?
Ernest Holmes: This
means: What should a person do who has lost all desire to live,
lost ambition, faith, vital force? There must be awakened within
a recognition of life. The person needs that. There are
many people just like that. If you are treating, you will find
in your experience that many people who come to you have to be healed
of that very thing. Their dis-ease is a lack of vitality, lack
of animation and energy. Vital force is the cause of a lack of a
definite vital interest in something. Your will find that if you
trace back the mental cause of this thing, you will be able to get
back to a place in their lives where something died out of their
experience. Scientists interpret effects and the nature of them;
a philosopher discovers the cause of that effect and is, therefore,
much greater than the scientist. People must have awakened
within them a desire to live.
My hope is that these questions and answers have been beneficial to
each of you and also that they have given you greater insight into the
relationship of mind and mental disposition to our life experiences.
SO IT IS!
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