understand. This is why some draw one type of knowledge and some another, and all from the same source—the Source of all knowledge. The scientist discovers the principles of his science, the artist embodies the spirit of his art, the saint draws Christ into his being—all because they have courted the particular presence of some definite concept. Each state of consciousness taps the same source, but has a different receptivity. Each receives what he asks for, according to his ability to embody. The Universal is Infinite; the possibility of differentiating is limitless.
Life always becomes to us the particular thing we need when we believe that It becomes to us that particular thing. The understanding of this is the essence of simplicity. As all numbers proceed from the fundamental unit, as all material forms are but different manifestations of one formless stuff, so all things proceed from that which is neither person, place nor thing, but is of the essence of all things.
Our thought and conscious receptivity differentiate this Universal Possibility, by drawing It through our minds and causing It to flow into particular channels, through the conscious receptivity of our different faiths. One state of consciousness will differentiate one kind of a result, another mental state a different manifestation.
Mental Work Is Definite
Mental work is definite. Each state of thought taps the same Principle, each uses the same Law, is inspired by the same Spirit, but each draws forth a different result. Here is multiplicity proceeding from Unity. This is what Emerson meant when he said that Unity passes into variety.
But, someone will ask, can we bring out both good and evil from the One Source? Of course not. The First Principle is goodness, and only in so far as our thought and action tend toward a constructive program, will it eventually succeed.