week as we move into a greater study of "The Art of Answered
Prayer," I want to share some great insight from a book titled,
"Mind Surgery" written by Daniel Boone Herring in 1931, a
master of spiritual healing:
Jesus Saw But One
Intelligence. - Jesus
recognized but one kind or degree of intelligence, to wit: the
superlative degree, the utmost, the supreme intelligence -God. He
called It: "Father," "Spirit,"
"Truth," "Life," etc. Instead of merely seeing
physical forms, He saw mentally this superlative, supreme intelligence
within each and every form. He said that the existence of this
superlative, supreme intelligence within each form was the ultimate
truth about that form, the unchanging, unchangeable fact about it.
He said that "to know this was life eternal."
When one recognizes two
degrees of intelligence, naming one "good" and the other one
"evil," he brings about a mental stalemate in his affairs; for
since response is the one and only attribute of intelligence, then two
equal forces operating against each other brings about inertia or
If you recognize the
intelligence of your wife, husband, friend or any other person or thing
as being of any degree of intelligence less than the absolute,
superlative, supreme intelligence, then you must, of necessity, receive
back from that which your mind addresses, that exact degree of
intelligence which you recognized.
Knowing this, Jesus said:
"Be ye therefore perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect."
Remember, He called this One, Supreme, Superlative Intelligence, Father;
He recognized nothing of intelligence save this superlative degree; then
He told us to do likewise; i.e., recognize with our own degree of
intelligence, ever and always, only the One, Supreme, Superlative degree
of Intelligence in whatever form we addressed - and He said that this
mental attitude was "being perfect as our heavenly Father was
One Law of Mind's Activity. - The
law which governs mind's activity was thus stated for our benefit just
as the law which governs electricity's activity was stated by Prof. Ohm.
If any electrician wishes to do any useful thing with the invisible
energy called electricity, he finds that he must do so according to the
law thus stated. Jesus tells you that if you wish to do any useful
thing with the silent, all powerful, invisible energy called thought
(action in mind), then it must be used intelligently and this formula or
law of action must be obeyed. The law of mind's intelligent
responsiveness has been stated over and over. In one place, it is
stated thus: "Ask and ye shall receive. Seek and ye
"Seek and ye shall
find" means what it says, no more, no less. If you wish to
get well, strong, wise or rich, the address of your mind to whatever you
choose to call that to which you look for the gift, must be an
intelligent address. It is hardly intelligent to address God,
Supreme, Superlative Intelligence, expecting a supreme, superlative
response from It as long as you have half of its manifestation named
inferior or non-intelligent; and that is what you are doing when you
call anything or anyone "evil," "bad,"
"inferior" or "ill." For you will admit that
anything which exhibits itself as evil, bad, inferior or ill is not
When Jesus admonished us to
"be perfect" as our Supreme Superlative, Intelligent Creator
was perfect, He was merely restating the Hermetic affirmation: "All
Evil. - If
you recognize inferior or evil degrees of intelligence, then the One,
Supreme, Superlative Intelligence must, by the law of its own
intelligent Being, give you back a response in kind and in exact
proportion to your recognition. From this posit Jesus told us that
whatsoever things we desire when we pray, we must believe that we
have them. Regardless of what it is you desire, whether health,
wealth or happiness, it is most assuredly going to be intelligent.
If your mind cannot "mentally see" this One, Supreme,
Superlative Intelligence within what you desire, then you cannot comply
with that statement or the law He gave, nor can you "believe"
that you are going to get what you seek.
believe that you are going to get an intelligent response from an
unintelligent demand, after you have learned the law and know that it
operates in but one way - "as ye ask so shall ye receive,"
"according to your faith be it done unto you," etc., etc.
If you admit that
reason and logic as well as established scientific principles prove that
every atom of matter, every point in space and every instant of time is
filled with the One, Supreme, Superlative Intelligence, and, at the same
time and with the same mental movement, within your mind admit that this
one Supreme, Superlative Intelligence contains sin, sickness, death and
lack - can you not see what you have done? You have exactly
equalized two forces which are one and the same but being used by you to
nullify each other. You are acting with just as much lack of
intelligence as an electrician would who would wire your house for the
purpose of giving you light and then ground the lead so that the
electricity would flow into the ground instead of through your lamps.
In this case, it would be the same energy (electricity) but used in such
an unintelligent manner as to nullify itself and nothing would result
from its use.
< from Daniel
Boone Herring, "Mind Surgery" 1931 (out of print)
God Is All-In-All ...
it does us little Good to repeat statements of Truth and continue to
believe in the opposites or degrees of Good ... everything our
consciousness brings into our experience is for our Good ... E-V-E-R-Y
THING ... All-IN-ALL .. let us "Live" In the Love Of God.
So It Is! [The
Art of Answered Prayer - Part 1 & 2]