The last time we were together, I was going over the creative process and how such process is represented in the Creation story. When I use the term, creative process, I am talking about how you and I shape our own lives and destinies with our thoughts, our words, and our actions. Some of it is by design; most of it is by default. And what do I mean by that?
Our minds create the same way that Divine Mind creates. As a matter of fact, since we are visible expressions of Divine Mind, it is one mind. We create in the same order that Divine Mind creates, which is what we call Divine Order. And that is, MIND, IDEA AND EXPRESSION.
If you would like to catch up with the previous days of the Creation Story, I suggest that you go to our website and in the blog section, find the previous talks. We talked about light or illumination, we talked about the firm foundation of faith, or the firmament, we talked about imagination and the last time we met, we talked about will, which went together with understanding. I thought it was necessary to give a full lesson to understanding. I suggest that perhaps today’s lesson is the most important of the series; if we get understanding, we should be able to grasp the secret to all sorts of good things, such as abundance, prosperity, etc. As I was writing this message, I was reminded of a conversation that took place between Spirit and Solomon, the wisest man that ever lived. Scripture says that God told Solomon to ask for whatever he wanted. And this is what Solomon responded as recorded in 1st Kings 3:9:
(PPT)Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?” (1st Kings 3:9)
There are certain things that are crucial to us getting understanding. The first thing to get out of the way is that we have been led to believe in a Universe of many parts; God, up in heaven, us down here on earth, and hell below. And even though most of us do not believe in that and have embraced an OMNIPRESENCE point of view, when things get tough, we tend to revert to the teachings we grew up with. Is as though we have failed to bring all together, which is what religion should do. (PPT) The word religion comes from the Latin, religare, which literally means, to bind together, oneness, wholeness and unity. Another thing that we need to get out of the way is that the activity of God is not dependent on the church, the clergy or even religion. This is what the Apostle Paul had to say about that:
(PPT) “The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all men life and breath and everything.… Yet he is not far from each one of us, for ‘In him we live and move and have our being?” Acts 17:24-25, 27-28
At the root of understanding, there must be the grasping of the concept of invisible substance. We talk a lot here about molding the invisible into the visible. In Hebrews, we read that faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. There is that invisible component again. And Charles Fillmore tells that that faith is the perceiving power of the mind linked to the power to shape the invisible substance; and, once again, there is that invisible factor.
So let’s take this one thing at a time.
1. We are never separate from God, Spirit, Divine Mind, Loving Spirit, Loving Mind, etc., because in God we live, move and have our being.
Now, let’s explore a bit further this invisible stuff that we call Substance. The word, literally means, that which stands under. But it is not a physical component. Nowadays we know about atoms and such minute particles at the quantum level. But what scientists a focusing on is the invisible stuff between the most minute particles. They cannot explain it but they know it is there. This is what Eric Butterworth has to say about that:
(PPT) But what is not commonly known is that the focus of research is now being centered, not on the minute particles of the material, but on what is called “the reality of the nonmaterial.” The space between them is now considered more important than the particles themselves. In this space is to be found a field of force that holds the particles in their orbits. It is even being conjectured that the particle is not just acted upon by the force, but it is the force acting as a particle. Certainly, this has application in our relation to God: We are not just acted upon by God, but we are the activity of God expressing as us.
Butterworth, Eric. Spiritual Economics: The Principles and Process of True Prosperity (p. 15). Unity School of Christianity. Kindle Edition.
Wallace D. Wattles in the Science of Getting Rich, expresses it this way.
(PPT) There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, and which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe. A thought in this substance produces the thing that is imaged by the thought. Man can form things in his thought, and by impressing his thought upon formless substance can cause the thing he thinks about to be created.
The more I look at this, if we are going to have a productive understanding of this stuff, we need to convince ourselves of ,(PPT) number one, the existence of this invisible substance number two, that God, Spirit, or Divine Mind, etc. and that substance are one and the same. Number three, we have access and can connect with that invisible substance ANYTIME, ANYWHERE. And number four, through the spiritual faculties of Faith and Imagination, we have the power to form a thought that will be planted in that Substance as an idea and eventually come into manifestation or visibility. Jesus knew this and that’s how he could heal people and was able to feed a multitude.
We have been taught to believe that Jesus Christ was given unique and special powers because he was the only begotten son of God. But the true only begotten was the Christ, or the image and likeness of God that was IN Jesus. But that image and likeness of God, is also in you and in me. Otherwise, why would Jesus make the bold statement that the things that he did we could do and even greater things?
We have also been condition to believe that through faith God will provide, but what do we mean? We will address Faith fully in another lesson, but for now, let us see these words by Eric Butterworth:
(PPT) Faith doesn’t influence God “out there” to send riches to fill our needs “down here.” Faith is the spiritual capacity by which we may form and shape this ever-present basic element of Spirit-substance. Eric Butterworth, Spiritual Economics
Someone once said, I might be broke, but I am not poor. I believe that such statement summarizes today’s lesson. During apparent lack, there is the all-ness of an All-providing Substance. We just need to acknowledge its existence and mold it into visibility. I like the analysis that Eric Butterworth makes about Jesus statement, In the World, you’ll have tribulation, but do not fear because I have overcome the world. Was Jesus saying that he had special powers to do the things he did? I don’t think so. He was implying that we live in two worlds, not in succession but concurrently. Yes, there is sickness and health, prosperity and lack and so forth; (PPT) But at the same time we also live in the Universe, the realm of the constancy and stability of a basic substance that stands beneath every human experience. Thus it can be said (and should be) that there is an Allness within every illness, an All-Sufficiency within every appearance of lack, and the “joy of the Lord” within every moment of sorrow. -Eric Butterworth
The remaining two days of creation deal with the concept of divine ideas. Next week we will wrap up the series and begin our new series on Manifesting Through the Law of Attraction.