The Word

THE WORD

“The Word was with God and the Word was God. The Word is nigh thee, even in thy own mouth that thou shouldst know it and do it.” What does this mean? It clearly states that whatever power there is in the Word (and it says it is All Power) is also in our own mouths. There is no avoiding the fact that the Bible claims for man the same power in his own life and his own world that it claims for God. In the lives of the majority, men do not realize that the Word is in their own mouths. What Word? Little do we realize that this Word which they are so earnestly seeking is every word they hear, think or speak. Do we who are endeavoring to realize the greater truths of life always govern our words? If any word has power, it follows that all words have power. It is not in the few moments of spiritual meditation that we demonstrate but we bring out the possibilities of the hidden word when we are allowing our thoughts to run in any direction. Not in the short time spent in silence but in the long hours stretching themselves into days, months and years, are we always using the word. An hour a day spent in silent meditation will not save us from the confusion of life. The fifty-one percent of a person’s thinking is what counts.

It is easy when we are alone to brave the storms of life, surrounded by our own exalted atmosphere we feel the strength of the Infinite, we rise in Spirit, we think we are experiencing the ultimate of truth, that all things are ours. These moments in a busy life are well spent but must unavoidably be brief. But what of the rest of the day, what of the busy street, of the market place and of all the daily contact with life? Do we then obtain? Do we keep on in the same even way? Or do we fall before the outer confusion of our surroundings? We are still creating the word and setting it afloat in the great ethers of life. Are these words creating for us? Yes!

How necessary then,
to “keep the independence of the solitude” how seldom we do this!
“God sent an angel to speak to me –
A word He was fain I hear.
And the angel brought the message
And whispered it in my ear.

“God knew I needed the word He sent – I had lost the zest of fight;
And the right was all but beaten;
The wrong it was all but right.

“Simple the word that He sent me – But it soothed a spirit raw
With the pain of too much striving – ’Twas ‘Love fulfills the law.’ ”

Few people indeed in the day in which we live are well poised. Where do we find the person who can live above his surroundings, who in his own thought can dominate all conditions and in the midst of the crowd keep his own even way and his own counsel? When we do meet with such a person we will know him, for we shall find on his face the image of perfect peace.

We shall detect in his bearing the ease and independence that comes only to the person who has found himself and who is centered not in the outer but in the inner world.

Such a character as this has the power to attract to himself all of the best in the world. He is a center toward which all else must gravitate. The atmosphere which he creates and with which he surrounds himself is one of absolute calm and peace. The world at once sees in this person a master and gladly sits at his feet. And yet this person who has risen above the thought of the world cares not that other people should sit at his feet. He knows that what he has done all may do and he well knows that all the teaching in the world will not produce another such as he. He knows that it is not from the teaching but from the being that true greatness springs. So this person does not go around teaching or preaching, he simply is.

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The Word Going Forth

THE WORD GOING FORTH

Since this is true, everything depends upon our mental concepts. “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he,” the Bible reiterates this statement telling us many times of the creative power of thought. Jesus taught nothing else. He said “the words which I speak unto you, they are Spirit and they are life.”

The Centurion coming to Jesus recognized the power of the word spoken by the latter. He said, “I also am one in authority” but his authority was on the physical plane and he saw that Jesus had authority on a Spiritual plane, for he said, “Speak the word only .”

The Bible also tells us that the word is not afar off but in our own mouth. It is neither here nor there; it is within every living soul. We must take the responsibility for our own lives. All must awake to the facts that they have absolute control over their lives and that nothing can happen by chance. Then they will have a broader concept of God, a greater tolerance for their neighbor and a greater realization of their own divine nature. What a relief from strenuous labor, no more struggle or strife. “Be still and know that I am God and beside me there is none other.” The Spirit being all there is, we cannot conceive of anything that can hinder its working. When the Spirit has spoken, the Word becomes Law, for before the Law is the Word, It precedes all else. First is Absolute Intelligence, All-Power, All-Presence, All-Causation, then the movement upon itself through the power of the Word, then the Word becoming Law, the Law producing the thing and holding it in place.

So long as the Word exists the thing will exist, for since the Word is All-Power there is nothing beside It. “I Am that I Am and beside me there is none other.” This “I Am” is Spirit, God, All. There is no physical explanation for anything in the universe, all causation is Spirit and all effect spiritual. We are not living in a physical world but in a spiritual world peopled with spiritual ideas. We are now living in Spirit.

God or Spirit governs the universe through great mental laws that work out the divine will and purpose, always operating from Intelligence. This Intelligence is so vast, and the power so great that our human minds cannot even grasp it. All that we can hope to do is to learn something of the way in which it works and by harmonizing ourselves with it, to so align ourselves with Spirit that our lives may be controlled by the great harmony that obtains in all the higher laws of nature but has been very imperfectly manifested in us. This brings us to the second point of consideration.

The Final Word

THE FINAL WORD

In the last analysis, man is just what he thinks himself to be; he is big in capacity if he thinks big thoughts; he is small if he thinks small thoughts. He will attract to himself what he thinks most about. He can learn to govern his own destiny when he learns to control his thoughts. In order to do this he must first realize that everything in the manifest universe is the result of some inner activity of Mind. This Mind is God, producing a universe by the activity of His own divine thoughts; man is in this Mind as a thinking center, and what he thinks governs his life, even as God’s thought governs the Universe, by setting in motion all the cosmic activities.

This is so easy to understand, and so plain as to use that we often wonder why we have been so long finding out this, the greatest of all truths of all the ages. Believing; thinking what is believed to be true; thinking into Mind each day that which is wished to be returned; eliminating negative thoughts; holding all positive thoughts; giving thanks to the Spirit of Life that it is so trusting always in the higher law; never arguing with one’s self or with others; using; these are the steps which, when followed, will bring us to where we shall not have to ask if it be true, for, having demonstrated, we shall know.

The seed that falls into the ground shall bear fruit of its own kind; and nothing shall hinder it.

“He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”