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LESSON TWENTY-THREE

You have been consciously working on the way you think , you have become aware that thoughts come to you, not from you. We have all become alert to the fact that we create our own reality .

In Joseph Benner’s book, The Impersonal Life he states in the chapter entitled The Key that once we realise that all of humanity is connected, that we are all part of The Whole, and that as we become conscious Thinkers we can ‘unlock every mystery that now hides from you the secret of My Being.’

This Key, when once you know how to use it, will open the door to all Wisdom and all Power in heaven and earth. Yes, it will open the door to the Kingdom of Heaven, and then you have but to enter in to become consciously One with Me.

This Key is

‘To THINK is to CREATE,’ or

‘As you THINK in your HEART, so is it with you.’

Stop and meditate on this that it may get firmly fixed in your mind.

A Thinker is a Creator

A thinker lives in a world of his own conscious creation.

When you once know how ‘to think’, you can create at will anything you wish – whether it be a new personality, a new environment, or a new world.

It is pointed out that we have been created in God’s Image and Likeness, after which we received the Breath of Life.

By creating man in My Image and Likeness I created an organism capable of expressing all of My Consciousness and all of My Will, which means likewise all of My Power, My Intelligence, and My Love. I therefore made it perfect in the beginning, patterning it after My own Perfection.

When I breathed into man’s organism My Breath, it became alive with Me; for then it was I breathed into it My Will – not from without, but – from within – from the Kingdome of Heaven within, where always I AM. Ever afterward I breathed and lived and had My Being within man, for I created him in My Image and Likeness only for that purpose.

It is then pointed out – Therefore, whatever man is, I AM, and whatever man does, or you do, I do, and whatever you say or think, it is I Who say or think it through your organism.

You were also told that when man was thus possessed of My Breath he was given dominion over all the kingdoms of the earth. Which means he was made lord of the earth, the sea, the air and the ethers (the invisible), and all beings living in all these kingdoms paid him homage and were subject to his will.

This naturally was so, for I, within man’s consciousness and within all consciousness, AM always manifesting My Will; and I, the lord and ruler of man’s organism, AM likewise the lord and ruler of all organisms in which consciousness dwells. As all consciousness is My Consciousness, and It dwells wherever there is life, and as there is no substance in which there is not life, then My Consciousness must be in everything – in earth, water, air and fire, and therefore must fill all space. In fact it is space, or that which man calls space.

Then My Will, being the power latent in all consciousness, must reach everywhere. Therefore man’s will, which is but a focalization of My Will, must likewise reach everywhere; hence the consciousness of all organisms, including his own, is subject to man’s direction and control.

All it needs is for him consciously to realise this, realise that I, the Impersonal Self within him, AM constantly directing, controlling and using the consciousness of all organisms every moment of every day of his life.

I am doing this by and through his thinking.

I AM doing this with and through man’s organism. Man thinks he thinks; but it is I, the Real I of him who think through his organism. Through this thinking and his spoken word I accomplish all that man does, and make man and his world all that they are.

It makes no difference if man and his world are not what he supposes they are. They are just what I created them to be for My Purpose.

But, if I do all the thinking, man does not and cannot think, I hear you say.

Yes, here seems a mystery, but it will be revealed to you, if you note carefully what follows:

For I AM going to teach you – man – HOW to think.

THINKING AND CREATING

I have said that man does not think; that it is I, within him, Who do his thinking.

I have also said man thinks he thinks.

As this is an apparent contradiction, I needs must show you that man, ordinarily, does not think, any more than he does anything else he supposes he does.

For I, within him, do all that he does; but I necessarily do it through his organism, through his personality, his body, mind and soul.

I will point out how this can be.

First, try to realise that I made you in My Image and Likeness, and that I have My Being within you. Even if you do not know this now and believe that I, God, AM somewhere without, and that we are separated, try for the time being to imagine I AM within you.

Next, realise that which you do when you think is not real thinking, because it is not conscious thinking; for you are un-conscious of Me, the Inspirer and Director of every idea and thought that enters your mind.

Next, realise because I AM WITHIN YOU, and you are My Image and Likeness, and therefore possess all of My Faculties, you have the power of thinking; but now being conscious that thinking is creating and that it is one of My Divine Powers you are using, you have indeed all your life been thinking, but it has all been mis-thinking, or what you would call error-thinking.

And this error-thinking, this not knowing it is My Power you have been thus mis-using, has been separating you in consciousness farther and farther from Me; but all the time fulfilling My Purpose which later on will be made manifest to you.

The proof of this is, you think you are separate from Me, that you are living in a material World, that your body of flesh engenders and harbours pleasure and pain, and that an evil influence, called the Devil, is manifesting in the world, opposing My Will.

Yes, you think all these things are so.

They are – to you, for all things are to man’s mortal consciousness what he thinks or believes they are.

I have likewise caused them to appear to man to be what he thinks they are. This to suit My Purpose, and to fulfil the law of creating.

Let us see if this is not true.

If you believe a thing is so, is not that thing really so – to you?

Is it not true that a thing seems real to you, like some sin or evil, so-called, some sorrow, trouble or worry, only because your thinking or believing or so forth makes it such? Others might see that thing entirely differently and might think your view of it foolish. Might they now?

How true that statement is! We have spent many hours at the big Reiki seminars as helpers. In the English seminar it took 5 and-a-half hours for the mike to go around everyone on the Sunday afternoon, and it was amazing the revelations that people had. One big macho guy on the back row burst into tears when it was his turn, saying he had suddenly realised where all his troubles and illnesses had stemmed from – bullying at school. He explained that he had been bullied mercilessly right through the education system, from kindergarten, through junior school and to the end of grammar school. On the day he left he made the resolve that NO-ONE would ever bully him again. “But then, I realise, I became the bully, and it has ruined my marriage, my business – and now my health.” Everyone clapped his brave statement.

When discussing this with friends later one commented that he could hardly believe that bullying could ever become an issue. “If someone thumped you – you just thumped them back - fancy that affecting his life to such an extent!”

Do you know what our friends issue was? He was the only boy with six sisters – and he reckoned his life was HELL. I could just imagine that the chap who was bullied would look at our friend’s life and say, “What! Fancy six sisters ruining your life! Look at all those potential girlfriends being brought to your door.” I’ll bet he would gladly have swapped places. And probably you would look at both those scenarios and say – “That’s NOTHING to what I’ve had to put up with!”

If this is true, then your body, your personality, your character, your environment, your world, are what they appear to be to you, because you have thought them into their present status.

Therefore you can change them by the same process, if they do not please you; you can make them whatever you will, by thinking them so. Can you not?

But how can one do real thinking, conscious thinking so as to bring about this change? You ask.

First know that I, your Real Self, purposely brought to your attention these things which now are displeasing and which cause you to think them as being what they now seem to be to you. I, and I alone, AM thus preparing your human mind so that, when you turn within to Me in abiding Faith and Trust, I can enable you to see and bring into outer manifestation the Reality of these things which now seem so unsatisfactory.

For I bring to you everything that, by its outer seeming, can attract or lure your human mind onward in its earthly search, in order to teach you of the illusoriness of all outer appearance of material things to the human mind, and of the fallibility of all human understanding; so that you will turn finally within to Me and My Wisdom, as the One and Only Interpreter and Guide.

When you have turned thus within to Me, I will open your eyes and cause you to see that the only way you can ever bring about this change in thinking is by first changing your attitude towards all these things you now think are not what they ought to be.

That is, if they are unsatisfactory or obnoxious to you and affect you so as to cause you discomfort of body or disturbance of mind, - why, stop thinking that they can so affect or disturb you.

For who is the master? – Your body, your mind, or You, the I AM within.

Then why not show You are master by thinking the true things the I AM of you within wishes you to think?

It is only by thinking these other things, by allowing these inharmonious thoughts to enter your mind and by so doing giving them the power so to affect or disturb you, that they have any such influence over you. When you stop thinking into them this power, and turn within to Me and allow Me to direct your thinking, they will at once disappear from your consciousness and dissolve into the nothingness from which you created them by your thinking.  

Again, that is so true. If anyone had told me twelve years ago that I would be able to forgive my father – and then end up LOVING him – I would have told them that they were idiots! Yet, once I started to exercise that forgiveness, the love came – despite myself. I began to see the larger picture and came into the realisation that his role in my life was to teach me unconditional love: to love him for what he WAS, not the way I WANTED him to be. Once I knew the WHOLE story – his side as well as mine – there was nothing TO forgive, and yes, it all disappeared and ‘dissolved back into the nothingness from which I created them by my thinking.’ Now I see only beauty and PERFECTION in the whole affair.

When you are willing to do this, then and then only are you ready to receive Truth, and by proper conscious thinking, directed by Me, to create the true and permanent things I within wish you to create.

Then, when you can thus distinguish the true from the false, the real from the seeming, your conscious thinking will be as potent to create all things you desire, as has been your unconscious thinking in the past in creating those things you once desired but now find obnoxious.

For it was by your unconscious thinking that your world and your life are now what you sometime in the past desired them to be.

Have you ever studied and analysed the process of the working of your mind when a new Idea fertile with possibilities appears?

Have you noticed the relation that Desire bears to such an Idea, and how, through thinking, that Idea is finally brought to actual fruition?

Let us study this relation and process.

There is always first the Idea, not considering at this moment the necessity or occasion for It’s appearance. It matters not whence the Idea comes, from within or without; for it is always I who inspire it or cause It to impress your consciousness at the particular moment it does.

Then, just to the extent that you grow quiet and focus your attention upon that Idea, stilling all the activities of your mind and eliminating all other ideas and thoughts from your consciousness, so that Idea can have full sway, do I illumine your mind and cause to unfold before your mental gaze the various phases and possibilities contained within that Idea.

This takes place, however, up to this point, without any volition on your part, other than focusing or concentrating your attention upon the Idea.

Once I have given your human mind a view of Its possibilities, and have enlisted your interest, then does your human personality take up its task; for as I created and inspired the Idea in your mind, so did I cause that Idea to fructify therein and give birth to Desire, - desire to bring into outer manifestation all the possibilities of the Idea. Desire thus becoming the mortal agent of My Will and supplying the motive Power; just as the human personality is the mortal instrument used to confine and focus that Power.

Yes, all ideas and all desires come thus from Me. They are My Desires which I inspire in your mind and heart in order to bring them through you into outer manifestation.

You have no ideas of your own and could not possibly have a desire that came from other than Me, for I AM all there Is. Therefore all desires are Good, and when thus understood unfailingly come into speedy and complete fulfilment.

O.K. Let’s take an everyday occurrence and see how this works: I’ll address this to the ladies, but you guys can replace the dress with, say, the latest electronic gizmo that catches your eye.

You’re in the shopping centre to do your food shopping. You cut through a department store on your way to the supermarket, walk through the dress department – and a lovely outfit catches your eye. “Ooh! That’s nice.”

You take it off the rack, check the price – “Oh no, too dear”, and put it back.

On your way to the supermarket you feel very proud of yourself for having resisted the temptation! On the way back you avoid the department store.

BUT, once home, THAT DRESS becomes first and foremost in your mind, and even though your logic tells you it is too expensive and there are other more pressing bills and needs, nevertheless you very soon convince yourself that you MUST have it - somehow.

Next day finds you back at the store. You try it on – “just to see if it suits me or not”. It does. But no, you simply can’t afford it. However, when you put it back on the rack – you ‘hide it’ amongst the larger sizes, ‘just in case’.

You will inevitably find a way and that dress will eventually become yours.

That’s how I used to operate, but once I got the dress home I would then be filled with guilt at this indulgence – and hide it in the closet for months before eventually bringing it out, telling Jim, “Oh, I’ve had it for ages”. Knowing damned well that he didn’t believe that one bit! It always resulted in a row.

It took me many years to realise how juvenile that was – and how it was a pattern that my Mum had taught me! Jim and I also had to talk it out; I had to realise that our money was for BOTH of us to use, and Jim had to accept that it need  not always be on NECESSITIES!

You may wrongly interpret My Desires, My urges from within, and seek to use them for your own selfish purpose, but even while permitting this they still fulfil My Purpose. For it is only by letting you misuse My Gifts and by the suffering such misuse brings, that I can make you into the clean and selfless channel I require for the perfect expression of My Ideas.

We have, then, first the Idea in the mind; then the Desire to bring the Idea into outer manifestation.

So much for the relation. Now for the process of realization

In accordance with the definiteness with which the picture of the Idea is held in the mind, and the extent to which the Idea possesses the personality, does its creative Power, impelled by Desire, proceed with Its work. This It does by compelling the mind to think out or to imagine (image in), or, in other words, to build mental forms into which I can pour as into a vacuum, the Impersonal elemental, vital substance of the Idea. When the Word is spoken either silently or audibly, consciously or unconsciously, this substance at once begins to materialise Itself, by first directing and controlling the consciousness and all the activities of both mind and body, and of all minds and all bodies connected with or related to the Idea, - for remember, all consciousness, and all minds and all bodies are Mine, and are not separated, but are One and wholly Impersonal, - and then so attracting, directing, shaping and moulding conditions, things and events that, sooner or later, the Idea actually comes forth into definite, tangible manifestation.

We had a wonderful demonstration of that in the way that we eventually came to live here at Eden, which happened in June 1997.

It started with a message in March 1996 from Spirit:

The pace steps up, doors are opening, events are coming together – you are soon to become observers of a magnificent chain of events in which you will see and appreciate God’s Perfect Timing. Having witnessed that you will then proceed with ultimate confidence and trust in the energy that supports you. This day heralds the end of your testing time. You have come out of the darkness into the Light.

Had we not been alerted I doubt if we would have put it all together; so many events and people were involved, not only members of our family, but also acquaintances, friends, and even people we didn’t know!

At times, events seemed to be taking us AWAY from the objective – because of the ‘free will’ of others, but we realise now that that was part of OUR training in exercising faith and in keeping focused, despite what was happening.

On the 2nd April that year a message came – Now your lives will truly open up. Just watch how it happens, My Plan is beautiful

Then on the 3rd Feb 1997 – So now the next phase begins, prepare your house for Sam and Martyn, begin to clear up, give away and sort out. Announce to one and all that you will be moving some time in June – the rest will fall into place for all concerned. All involved must get their own messages concerning that.

That’s precisely what happened, but oh there were many twists and turns along the way and we had to stay quietly focused on the promised move to Eden.

A week before it was due to happen it all seemed entirely impossible because of other people’s circumstance – then at the last minute yet another twist.

Five days before we were due to hand over our house to our daughter and her family, we sat amongst all our packed belongings and asked the question:

“You DO know that we have to move out of here by Saturday?”

Yes.

“Well, could you please tell us where we are going?”

With that I was given an aerial view of the property, then was zooming up the path between the trees. The scene opened out and there was the house before me.

Make the move in faith and trust - I Will Provide.

And so we left our house – whose mortgage was all paid up, and moved here to rent and 'to do The Work'. We stepped out of our ‘safety zone’ into the unknown – and it’s the best thing we ever did! How They have provided! But until we displayed that faith and trust – we could never know how it worked.

Looking back 17 people in multiple sets of seemingly unrelated circumstances were directly involved in getting us here! Moved this way and that, clearing the way and opening up the opportunity to fulfil a promise that was made to us 8 and-a-half years before by Spirit that it was our DESTINY to come here.

When that kind of thing happens you get the feeling that THE WHOLE UNIVERSE IS BEING MOVED – JUST FOR YOU! And you clearly see how God works through us ALL – for we are NOT separate. We realised that in our own situation all the people directly and indirectly involved with getting us here were all happy with the way things worked out. – not one person was ‘used and abused’. It is ALWAYS for the highest good of all concerned.

So it is that everything, every condition, every event that ever transpired, was first an Idea in the mind. It was by desiring, by thinking, and by speaking forth the Word, that these ideas came into visible manifestation.

Think this out and prove it for yourself.

This you can do, if you will, by taking any Idea that comes and following it out through the above process to realisation; or by tracing back any feat you have accomplished, any picture you have painted, any machine you have invented, or any particular thing or condition now existing, to the Idea from which it sprang.

This is the plan and process of all true thinking, and therefore of all Creation.

Listen! You have now and always have had, through this power of thinking, dominion over all the kingdoms of the earth. If you but know it, You have now, this moment, only to Think and SPEAK THE WORD – realising your power, and that I God, your Omniscient, Omnipresent, Omnipotent Self, will bring about the results, - and the waiting consciousness of the invisible cells of all matter upon which your will and attention become focused – which waiting consciousness is My Consciousness, remember, - will begin immediately to obey and do exactly according to the image or plans you have prepared by your thinking.

For all things are made by the Word, and without the Word was not anything made that was made.

When you can once realise this and can know that I AM Consciousness within you is one with the consciousness of all animate and inanimate matter, and that It’s will is one with your will, which is My Will, and that all your desires are My Desires, then will you begin to know and feel Me within, and will acknowledge the Power and Glory of My Idea, which is eternally expressing Itself Impersonally through you.

But it is first wholly necessary that you learn HOW to think, how to know Your thoughts, those directed by Me, from the thoughts of others; how to trace thoughts back to their source and to banish undesirable ones at will from your consciousness; and finally how to control and utilise your desires so that they will always serve You, instead of your being a slave to them.

You have within you all possibilities. For I AM there. My idea must express itself perfectly – if you but let it; if you will only still your human mind, put aside all personal ideas, beliefs and opinions, and let it flow forth. All you need to do is to turn within to Me, and let Me direct your thinking and your desires, let Me express whatever I will, you personally accepting and doing what I desire you to do. Then will your desires come true, your life become one grand harmony, your world a heaven and your self one with My Self.

When you have begun to realise this and have glimpsed somewhat of its inner meaning, then you will be ready to grasp the real import of what follows.

And that will be – NEXT WEEK.