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If Thou Knewest
IT WOULD SEEM almost childish
and puerile, almost an insult to the intelligence of one's readers, to
assert that the sunlight coming into a darkened room will annihilate the
darkness. The merest child knows this, even if he does not understand the modus operandi of such fact. The sunlight does not have to make
an effort to do this; it does not have to combat the darkness or wrestle
or strain to overcome it; in fact, it does not change its course or its
natural action in the least. It just goes on calmly radiating itself as
usual. And yet the darkness is annihilated the instant it is touched by
the light. Why? Because the darkness is not an entity having a reality
of its own. It is no thing. It is simply the absence of a positive, real
something. And when there is made a way for the something to rush in and
fill to fullness the empty space, the no thing then is the nothing, the
darkness annihilated, destroyed, healed; all there is left is the something,
Where did the darkness go? It
did not go anywhere because it was not; it had not existed. It was simply
the lack of something, and when the lack was filled there was no longer
any lack. So with all negation, with all that is not good, not light, not
love, not health, not wholeness.
They are each and every one the absence of the real, and they are all annihilated
or healed by letting in a something, a real substance that fills full the
Remembering that the things
that are seen are the temporal and the unreal, which pass away, while the
things that are not seen are the eternal, the real, let us carry this thought
of the "no thing" a little farther. Unhappiness is not a reality
because it is not eternal; it belongs in the category of things that pass
away. Envy, selfishness, jealousy, fear, and so forth are not real entities
in our life. Each is a lack of love, its positive opposite. Lack of temporal
goods, lack of health, lack of wisdom--these things do not belong to the
kingdom of the real because they are all temporal things that will, as
the philosopher Epictetus said, "pass away." Nothing is real
except the eternal, that which is based on the real substance--God--that
which can never be changed or made less by any external circumstances whatever.
Does this not make a little
clearer and more acceptable, a little less antagonistic to the mind of
man, the oft-repeated statements, "There is no evil; sickness is not
real; sin is not real," and so forth? I repeat, nothing is real that
is not eternal and all conditions of apparent evil, of sickness, poverty,
fear, and so forth, are not things, not entities in themselves, but they
are simply an absence of the opposite good, just as darkness is the absence
of light. In the deepest reality there is never an absence of the good
anywhere, for that would mean absence of God there. God as life, wisdom.
love, substance. fills every and space and of the universe, or else He
is not omnipresent. Who shall dare say He is not? Eventually our best healing
of wrong conditions and human suffering is done when we recognize and affirm
this great whole of Truth, the omnipresence of God, refusing absolutely
to recognize anything else. The only "absence" that exists is
in man's consciousness or lower senses. But in order to bring this matter
to the human understanding piecemeal, to break the bread so that each shall
have the portion which he is able with his present growth to take, let
us lake up a little detail.
Your friend is to all appearances
very ill. God is life--all the life there is in the universe. Is your friend's
illness an entity, a "real" thing (that is, an eternal thing)?
No, it is rather like the darkened room, needing only the light to heal,
an absence of perfect life in the body. Would not the incoming of newness
of life--this perfect life--to all the diseased atoms heal and renew and
make alive? Of course. Well, how are we to let in this fullness of life?
We shall see later.
Take another example, for
bodily illness is one of the least of the woes of blinded humanity with
which we have to deal. A mother's precious son is going all wrong. He drinks,
steals; he breaks his mother's heart with his unkindness and his dissipation.
She weeps, rebukes, entreats, lectures, finally nags. What is all this
that is killing the mother? It is no thing, nothing at all. It is not real
because it is not eternal. It is the absence of love, that is all. A perfect
flood of love permeating and saturating that boy's being would heal all
his diseases, both moral and physical, because he is simply manifesting
a great selfishness that is absence of love--the darkened room again. How
are we to get the remedy, fullness of love, let in and thus applied to
the root of the disease? We shall see.
Poverty belongs among the no
things, the nothings. It is not real, for only the eternal things are real,
and poverty is temporal. It is an absence of substance and it is only permanently
healed by an inflow of substance to fill the empty space. Sin is not real,
for it is not eternal. It is failure to reach the mark. It is a blind,
ignorant outreaching of the human for something not possessed, the sinner
desiring and hoping thereby to gain happiness. This empty void, this awful
outreaching that resulted in failure, is only satisfied and healed by the
incoming flood of good
that fills the lack, as the sunlight fills the darkness.
In overcoming undesirable conditions
in our life there are two definite ways of arriving in our consciousness
at the realization of the omnipotence of God--the great, comprehensive
Truth, which heals all manner of diseases and which makes free, viz.: First,
we persistently deny the reality of the seeming evil; second, we let in
the substance of all good.
Everything undesirable passes
away if we refuse absolutely to give it recognition by word, deed, or thought
as a reality. This we can the more easily do when we remember that nothing
is real except the eternal. A wiser one than we, said, "Give no place
to the devil [evil]." It is not. It really has no existence whatever,
any more than has the darkness that often causes us, children that we are,
perfect spasms of fear and suffering. It has no more reality (remembering
what is real) than the fiction of dreams. When one awakens from a particularly
unpleasant dream, some moments of definite assertion to oneself that it
was only a dream, not real, are required before the heart's normal action
returns and the natural breathing is restored. Even with one's eyes wide
open, the dream seems strangely real, but we all know that it was entirely
a delusion of the senses,
nothing else; no substance, no reality. So the physical and material troubles
are not real, and they will disappear if we refuse absolutely to give them
any life or reality by our word or thought. Let us rejoice in word; of
thanksgiving that this is one of God's ways, simply that evils are not.
This is our first step.
Now for the second step. Had
a man any true conception of the gift of God to him, nothing in the created
world would be able to withstand his power. We speak of a man's "gift"
without realizing how truly we are speaking. We say he is gifted in this
direction or that, as though he were in possession by nature of some remarkable
ability inherited from parents, or created by peculiar environment. While
many of us are ready to acknowledge in a general way that "Every good
gift and every perfect gift is from above, and coming down from the Father
of light," even we are not prepared for the reception of the marvelous
truth of man's endowment from the Source. When a glimpse of it comes, it
makes one almost breathless with wonder and astonishment.
"If thou knewest the gift
of God." What is this inestimable gift? What, indeed, but that He
has given the veritable Son of God to be forever within us. This is the
marvelous way of creation and also of redemption
from all human lack and suffering, Christ-in-you. "It was the good
pleasure of the Father that in him [in this Christ, this Son of God] should
. . . dwell . . . all the fulness of the Godhead," fullness
of life, love, wisdom, substance yes, of the very substance of everything
this human man can need or desire. "Christ in whom are all the treasures
of wisdom and hidden knowledge." "of his fulness we all received."
To have created man thus seemed
wise to infinite wisdom, and the one object in this life should be with
us as it must be in the mind of God, to make manifest this son of God.
"Unto each one of us was the grace given [power, love, life, wisdom,
substance] according to the measure of the gift of Christ." Not that
God's giving is with partiality. Make no mistake here. The Creator of the
universe is no respecter of persons. There are no favorites in His creation.
All the "fulness of the Godhead" is embodied in His Son, this
indwelling Christ. But this power, life, wisdom, this "all" that
makes up the "fulness of the Godhead," is manifested only in
proportion as we recognize this Christ as the Source of the good that we
desire, look to Him for it, acknowledge Him as All, and affirm persistently
in the face of all opposition that the Son of God is now made visible through
We are each of us small or
great, gifted or otherwise, "according to the measure of the gift
of Christ" we have received consciously. There must be an incoming
of this divine Son of God to our conscious mind. The incoming will depend
on our faithfulness in acknowledging the Source and affirming its manifestation.
We cannot idly drift into it. We must speak the words of Truth before Truth
will become manifest. John said, ''To this end was the Son of God manifested,
that he might destroy the works of the devil [evil]." Precisely so,
just as the light is manifested to destroy the darkness by filling it full.
Let us take and definitely use, day after day, this statement of Truth:
"The Son of God in
me is now manifested, made visible in my body and all my affairs. He comes
not to destroy, but to fill full."
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