AN INQUIRY INTO THE TRUTH
AN inquiry into Truth is an inquiry into the cause of things as the human race sees and experiences them. The starting point of our thought must always being with our experiences.
We all know that life is, else we could not even think that we are. Since we can think, say and feel, we must be. We live, we are conscious of life; therefore we must be and life must be.
If we are life and consciousness (self-knowing) then it follows that we must have come from life and consciousness. Let us start, then, with this simple fact: Life is and life is conscious.
But what is the nature of this life; is it physical, mental, material or spiritual? A little careful thinking based upon logic, more than any merely personal opinion, will do much in clearing up some of these questions that at first seem to stagger
us with their bigness.
How much of that which is may we call life? The answer would have to be: Life is all that there is; it is the reason for all that we see, hear, feel — for all that we experience in any way.
Now nothing from nothing leaves nothing, and it is impossible for something to proceed from nothing. Since something is, that from which it came must be all that is.
Life, then, is all that there is. Everything comes from it, ourselves include. The next questions is, how do things come from life? How do the things that we see come from the things that we do not see?
The things that we see must be real because we see them. To say they are not real will never explain them nor answer any question about them. God’s work is not a world of illusion but one of divine realities.
The truth must not explain away things that we see. It must explain what they are. We are living and experiencing varying degrees of consciousness and conditions. Only when the why of living and of our experiences is understood will we know the least thing about the truth.
Jesus did not say that things are illusions. He said that we must not judge from the standpoint of the seen but must judge righteously or with right judgment; and He meant that we must get behind the appearances and find out what caused it.
So let us not in any way fool ourselves nor allow ourselves to believe we have always been fooled. We are living in a world of realities. Whatever we have experienced is a reality as far as that experience is concerned, although if we had had a higher understanding of life, the unpleasant experience might have been avoided.
OUR CONDITIONS GOVERNED BY OUR THINKING
It is easy for the average person to see how it is that mind can control, and to a certain extent govern, the functions of the body. Some can go even further than this and see that the body is governed entirely by consciousness.
This they can see without much difficulty, but it is not so easy for them to see how it is that thought governs their conditions and decides whether they are to be successes or failures.
Here we will stop to ask the question: If our conditions are not controlled by thought, by what, then, are they controlled?
Some will say that conditions are controlled by circumstances. But what are circumstances? Are they cause or are they effect?
Of course they are always effect; everything that we see is an effect. An effect is something that follows cause, and we are dealing with causation only; effects do not make themselves, but they are held in place by mind, not by causation.
If this does not answer your thought, begin over again and realize that behind everything that is seen is the silent cause.
In your life you are that cause. There is nothing but mind, and nothing moves except as mind moves it. We have agreed that while God is love, yet your life is governed absolutely by mind, or law.
In our lives of conditions we are the cause, and nothing moves except as our mind moves it. The activity of our mind is thought. We are always acting because we are always thinking.
At all times we are either drawing things to us or we are pushing them away from us. In the ordinary individual this process goes on without his ever knowing it consciously, but ignorance of the law will excuse no one from its effects.
“What,” someone will say, “do you think that I thought failure or wanted to fail?” Of course not. You would be foolish to think that; but according to the law which we cannot deny, you must have thought that failure might come, or in some way you gave it entrance to your mind.
Thinking back over the reason for things, you will find that you are surrounded by a mind, or law, that casts back at the thinker, manifested, everything he thinks. If this were not true, man would not be an individual.
Individuality can mean only the ability to think what we want to think. If that thought is to have power in our lives then there has to be something that will manifest it.
Some are limited and bound by law through ignorance. This law is sometimes called “Karma,” it is the law that binds the ignorant and gives freedom to the wise.
We live in mind; and it can return to us only what we think into it. No matter what we may do, law will always obtain. If we are thinking of ourselves as poor and needy, then mind has not choice but to return what we have thought into it.
At first this may be hard to realize, but the truth will reveal to the seeker that law could act in no other way. Whatever we think is the pattern, and mind is the builder.
Jesus, realizing this law, said, “It is done unto you even as you have believed.” Shall we doubt but that this great Way Shower knew what he was talking about?
Did He not say, “It is done unto you.” Nothing to worry about. “It is done unto
you.” With a tremendous grasp of true spiritual thought, Jesus even called forth bread from the ethers of life, and at no time did he ever fail to demonstrate that when one knows the truth he is freed by that knowledge.
The first thing to realize is that since any thought manifests it necessarily follows that all thought does the same, else how should we know that the particular thought we are thinking would be the one that would create?
Mind must not cast back all or none. Just as the creative power of the soil receives all seeds put into it, and at once begins to work upon them, so mind must receive all thought and at once begin to operate upon it.
Thus we find that all thought has some power in our lives and over our conditions. We are making our environments by the creative power of our thought.
God has created us thus and we cannot escape it. By conforming our lives and thought to a greater understanding of law we shall be able to bring into our experience just what we wish, letting go of all that we do not want to experience and taking in the things we desire.
Every person is surrounded by a thought atmosphere. This mental atmosphere is the direct result of thought which in its turn becomes the direct reason for the cause of that which comes into our lives.
Through this power we are either attracting or repelling. Like attract like and we attract to us just what we are in mind. It is also true that we become attracted to something that is greater than our previous experience by first embodying the atmosphere of our desire.
Every business, every place, every person, everything has a certain mental atmosphere of its own. This atmosphere decides what is to be drawn to it.
For instance, you never saw a successful man who went around with an atmosphere of failure. Successful people think about success. A successful man is filled with that subtle something which permeates everything that he does with an atmosphere of confidence and strength.
In the presence of some people we feel as though nothing were too great to undertake; we are uplifted; we are inspired to do great things, to accomplish; we feel strong, steady, sure.
What a power we feel in the presence of big souls, strong men, noble women! Did you ever stop to inquire why it is that such persons have this kind of effect over you while others seem to depress, to drag you down, and in their presence you feel as though life were a load to carry?
One type is positive, the other negative. In every physical respect they are just alike, but one has a mental and spiritual power which the other does not have, and without that power the individual can hope to do but little.
Which of these two do we like the better? With which do we want to associate? Certainly not the one that depresses us; we have enough of that already. But what about the man who inspires us with our own worth? Ah, he is the man we will turn to every time. Before ever we reach him, in our haste to be near, even to hear his voice, do we not feel a strength coming to meet us?
Do you think that this man who has such a wonderful power of attraction will ever want for friends? Will he ever have to look up a position? Already so many positions are open to him that he is weighing in his mind which one to take. He does not have to become a success; he already is a success.
Thoughts of failure, limitation or poverty are negative and must be counted out of our lives for all time. Somebody will say, “But what of the poor; what are you going to do with them; are they to be left without help?” No; a thousand times
The same power is in them that is in all men. They will always be poor until they awake and realize what life is. All the charity on earth has never done away with poverty, and never will; if it could have done so it would have done so; it could not, therefore it has not.
It will do a man a thousand times more good to show him how to succeed than it will to tell him he needs charity. We need not listen to all the calamity howlers. Let them howl if it does them any good.
God has given us a power and we must use it. We can do more toward saving the world by proving this law than all that charity has ever given it.
Right here, in the manifold world to-day, there is more money and provision than the world can use. Not even a fraction of the wealth of the world is used. Inventors and discoverers are adding to this wealth every day; they are the real people.
But in the midst of plenty, surrounded by all the gifts of heaven, man sits and begs for his daily bread. He should be taught to realize that he has brought these conditions upon himself; that instead of blaming God, man or the devil for the circumstances by which he is surrounded, he should learn to seek the truth, to let the dead bury their dead.
We should tell every man who will believe what his real nature is; show him how to overcome all limitations; give him courage; show him the way. If he will not believe, if he will not walk in the way, it is not our fault, and have done all we can, we must go our way. We may sympathize with people but never with trouble, limitation or misery.
If people still insist on hugging their troubles to themselves, all the charity in the world will not help them.
Remember that God is that silent power behind all things, always ready to spring into expression when we have provided the proper channels, which are receptive and positive faith in the evidence of things not seen with the physical eye but eternal in the heavens.
All is mind, and we must provide a receptive avenue as it passes out through us into the outer expression of our affairs. If we allow the world’s opinion to control our thinking, then that will be our demonstration. If, on the other hand, we rise superior to the world, we shall do a new thing.
Remember that all people are making demonstrations, only most of them are making the ones they can make with their present powers of perception.
WHAT WE WILL ATTRACT
We will always attract to us, in our lives and conditions, according to our thought. Things are but outer manifestations of inner mental concepts.
Thought is not only power; it is also the form of all things. The conditions that we attract will correspond exactly to our mental pictures. It is quite necessary, then, that the successful business man should keep his mind on thoughts of happiness, which should produce cheerfulness instead of depression; he should radiate joy, and should be filled with faith, hope and expectancy.
These cheerful, hopeful attitudes of mind are indispensable to the one who really wants to do things in life. Put every negative thought out of your mind once and for all.
Declare your freedom. Know no matter what others may say, think or do, you are a success now, and nothing can hinder you from accomplishing your good.
All the power of the universe is with you; feel it, know it, and then act as though it were true. This mental attitude alone will draw people and things to you.
Begin to blot out, one by one, all false beliefs, all ideas that man is limited or poor or miserable. Use that wonderful power of will that God has given you. Refuse to think failure or to doubt your own power. See only what you wish to experience, and look at nothing else.
No matter how many times the old thought returns, destroy it by knowing that it has no power over you; look it squarely in the face and tell it to go; it does not belong to you, and you must know — and stick to it — that you are now free.
Rise up in all the faith of one who knows what he is dealing with, and declare that you are one with Infinite Mind. Know you cannot get away from this Mind; that wherever you may go, there, right beside you, waiting to be used, is all the
power there is in the universe.
When you realize this you will know that in union with this, the only power, you are more than all else, you are more than anything that can ever happen to you.
(Excerpt From The Book Below)
Creative Mind and Success – Ernest Holmes
Each person is living in a world of his own making, and he should speak only such words and think only such thoughts as he wishes to see manifested in his life.
We must not hear, think, speak, read, or listen to limitation of any kind.
There is no way under heaven whereby we can think two kinds of thoughts and get only one result; it is impossible, and the sooner we realize it the sooner we shall arrive…
In this classic the preeminent meta-physicist of the day-Ernest Holmes, founder of the Institute of Religious Science-shares his spiritual philosophy of positive thinking and his “Law of Mind in Action,” which, when used to their full extent, cannot help but bring success and happiness.
From his advice on “how to attract friends” to his cautionary explanation of why so many fail, Holmes takes us on what he deems “a delightful spiritual adventure.”
Author: Holmes, Ernest
Publisher: Cosimo Classics
Title: Creative Mind And Success
Pages: 00096 (Encrypted EPUB)
On Sale: 2005-12-14
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit : Parapsychology – General
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