he discovers that there is a mental medium through which thought operates. He now realizes himself to be a thinking center in a Universal Mind.
Man next discovers that his affairs are also controlled by thought, and that he can likewise think for others and aid in the control of their affairs.
He now realizes that everything in the visible world is an effect; that back of all effects there are ideas which are the real causes of these effects. The Divine Ideas are perfect, but man has the ability to cause them to appear imperfect. Through right thinking he is able to uncover the appearance of imperfection and reveal the Perfect Idea.
Man's idea of the Deity evolves with his other ideas. After a belief in many gods, he comes to realize that there is One Mind and One Spirit back of all manifestation.
There is One Spirit or Self-Conscious Life acting through the Medium of One Mind or Subjective law, producing many manifestations. Multiplicity comes from Unity without breaking up the Unity of the Whole.
Spirit is Self-Knowing, but Law is automatic and obeys the will of Spirit, having no alternative other than to obey.
Like all law, the Law of Mind is an Impersonal Force, and because of Its nature is compelled to act.
Soul and Universal Subjective Mind have the same meaning and are the Creative Medium of all thought and action. Soul is also the Substance of Spirit; i.e., It is the unformed Stuff from which all forms are evolved.
Spirit, acting upon Soul, produces Creation; Spirit, Soul and Substance intersphere each other; each has omnipresence. Creation takes place within Spirit and is the result of the Contemplation of Spirit.
Creation is eternally going on; change is always taking place within that which is changeless; forms appear and disappear in that which is formless.
God thinks or knows within Himself; and as the result of this inner action Creation manifests. Creation is the play of Life upon Itself through Divine Self-Imagination. Spirit must create in order to be expressed.