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conditions for its manifestation, just as we may produce a positive or negative current according to the electrical conditions which we supply.
We see, then, that what gives the Positive Power a negative action is the failure to intelligently recognise our own individualisation of it. In the lower forms of life this failure is inevitable, because they are not provided with an organism capable of such a recognition. In Man, the suitable organism is present, but he seeks knowledge only from past experiences which have necessarily been of the negative order, and does not, by the combined action of reason and faith, look into the Infinite for the unfoldment of limitless possibilities; and so he employs his intelligence to deny that which, if he affirmed it, would be in him the spring of perpetual renovation.
Denial of the Affirmative
The Power of the Negative, therefore, has its root in the denial of the Affirmative; and so we die because we have not yet learned to understand the Principle of Life; we have yet to learn the great Law, that "the higher mode of intelligence controls the lower". In consequence of our ignorance, we attribute an affirmative power to the Negative --- that is to say, the power of taking an initiative on its own account, not seeing that it is a condition resulting from the absence of something more positive; and so the power of the Negative consists in affirming that to be true which is not true, and for this reason it is
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