I Pray All Is Well With Everyone…And Your Hearts And Minds Are Full Of Love, Joy…And Compassion…For All Of God’s Children All Over The World! But If Not, For Whatever Reasons – Let Us All Work On That Thing, And Put Forth The Effort; Cuz It Is Of the Utmost Importance…And Truly Matters; For Grander Reasons Than Most Of Us Can Fathom! In Reality, Tho…We Are Never Lacking In Those Higher Qualities Of Love, Joy, And Compassion; Cuz There Is Enough Love And Light In Each And Every One Of Us…To Cover The Entire Earth…With Our Divine Illumination. For Deep Within All Of Us, Is The Love And Light Of The Living God That Never Fails; And No Matter How Short Mankind Sometimes Seem To Fall When It Comes To Loving All Of God’s Children; If We Just Stay Focused On Our Own “Mighty I AM Presence”…And Acknowledge That The Love, The Light, And The Power Of The Living God Is Already Within Us – We Soon Come To Understand That Those Higher Qualities Within All Of Us…Is More Than Enough For Ourselves; With A Constant Overflow Of That Love, Light, And Power Able To Benefit Everyone Else! For We Are Divine Beings…If We But Realize It! And The One Brilliant Flame Of Our Individual “Mighty I AM Presence”…Can Serve To Brighten Many Many Dampened Flames…If We Share It! Amen…
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The Will Is the Man:
“The spiritual life in the subconsciousness (Children of Israel in Egypt) is often prevented from expressing itself by the opposition of the will. If the understanding decides that what it conceives to be the natural law shall be the limit of expression, there is further bondage and there are harder tasks.
Any hard, dictatorial, or willful state of mind will harden the heart. This state of mind acts through the solar plexus (the distributing station for building forces of the body), and thereby brings its limitations upon the whole system. Hardened arteries are the result of hard thoughts, this hardness originates in the will. Jehovah represents the law of the I AM in action.
The ambiguity in the term “motive” has caused much of the controversy that has raged over free will. The champions of free will commonly suppose that before performing an act a man is affected by various motives, none of which necessarily determines his act. Their opponents, on the other hand, argue that there is no such thing as this unmotivated choice. Some hold that free will proper consists of choice only as between higher and lower good. Some regard it as consisting in the power to do as one pleases or chooses. Others define it as the power to do or to choose as one should.
According to some academic metaphysicians, the freedom of the will includes the power to act contrary to all of one’s own motives or inclinations or tendencies, this power being inherent in the will. It is readily seen that this thing called “motive” is another name for understanding, and that it is a necessary adjunct to that faculty.
But not all people use understanding as the headlight for both motive and will. The undisciplined mind feels the impulse that lies behind motive, and acts without considering either cause or effect. This is partaking of the knowledge of good and evil without heeding the voice of wisdom–the sin of Adam, undeveloped man.
Understanding may be illumined by the Christ Mind, and thus receive the light that “lighteth every man, coming into the world.” Without this light man breaks the law in nearly every act. The divorcement of understanding from will has led to endless controversies between those who have written and debated about the necessity for man’s having free will, and those who, because of the evils that have come upon man through ignorant willing, have advocated the utter effacement of the will. We do not need less will; we need more understanding.
Jesus (spiritual light) showed Thomas (intellectual understanding) the wounds that ignorance had inflicted upon the innocent body. Jesus’ apostles represented His own faculties of mind. When He called them they were ignorant and undisciplined children of the natural world. But the image and likeness of the creative Mind was on them, to discipline them in the wisdom of the Christ (spiritual I AM).
As the executive power of the mind, human will is the negative pole of spiritual decision. Right here is where those who study man from a personal viewpoint fail in their estimate of his power and his accountability. As mortal, living in a material world, he seems circumscribed and limited in capacity and destiny. Philosophers have studied man in this cage of the mind, and their conclusions have been that he is little better than a reasoning animal.
But there is a higher and truer estimate of man, and that estimate is made from what the academic school of philosophy would call the purely speculative side of existence. Failing to discern his spiritual origin, they fail in estimating his real character.
As a product of the natural man, will is often a destructive force. Nearly all our systems of training children have been based on breaking the will in order to gain authority over the child and obedience from him. We should remember that the right to exercise freedom of will was given to man in the beginning, according to Genesis, and that will should always be given its original power and liberty.
It is possible, however, for man so to identify his consciousness with Divine Mind that he is moved in every thought and act by that Mind. Jesus attained this unity; when He realized that He was willing not in the personal but in the divine, He said: “Not my will, but thine, be done.”
Many sincere Christians have tried to follow in the way of Jesus, and they have negatively submitted their will to God. But they have not attained the power or the authority of Jesus by so doing. The reason is that they have not raised their will to the positive spiritual degree. Jesus was not negative in any of His faculties, and He did not teach a doctrine of submission. He gave, to those who went forth preaching the Gospel, the power and authority of the Holy Spirit.
We must believe in the higher powers and be immersed in the omnipresent water of life. If we fail to exercise faith in things spiritual, we are condemned to the prison of materiality.
Practice the presence of God until you open your consciousness to the inflow of the omnipresent, all-knowing mind, then affirm your unity with that mind until you know and fully realize, through the many avenues of wisdom, just what you should do.
This acquirement of a knowledge of the divine will is not the work of an instant; it results from patient and persistent spiritual study, prayer, and meditation.
Even Jesus, with His exalted understanding, found it necessary to pray all night. All who have found the peace and the power of God have testified to the necessity of using prayer in the soul’s victory.
“Not my will, but thine, be done” is one of the most far-reaching affirmations of Jesus, and those who follow Him and keep His sayings are finding great peace and relaxation of mind and body.” (The Twelve Powers of Man, by Charles Fillmore, 1930)