"I say no man has ever yet been half devout enough. None has ever adored or worshiped half enough. None has begun to think how divine he himself is, and how certain the future is." —Walt Whitman
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
— II. Cor. V. 17.
The Bible speaks of Christ being in us and we in Christ. This does not mean the personal Christ; it means that the Christ-spirit abides in each one of us. In Genesis it is written: "The fullness of the Godhead is in every soul." We may not have realized this, but the Image is nevertheless in every soul. The first great truth, then, to be considered is the God-presence within our lives; and the second truth is that we dwell in God. Thus we see that all is the expression of Eternal Power, and that man is the highest expression of the Power of God. It is the spirit, then, that is to be considered, for the flesh is of no profit. Ye cannot serve two masters.
As Spiritual Scientists we have risen to a new life, and we can conform no longer to the standard of the world; for the old things have passed away. We have left them behind. We cannot bring the old thoughts into the new life. Jesus said, “Be ye in the world and not of it." Those who have accepted the whole truth of Spiritual Science are no longer in bondage to the things seen; but those who have accepted partially — still holding on to the material props — have never derived the full benefit.
Spiritual Science is true or it is not true. If we have weighed it carefully and believe it to be true, let us live the life; let us free ourselves for- ever from the old limited thoughts, and work with the force of life, thereby gaining help and strength. If people have only a glimpse of the spiritual, that is, if they fulfill but few of the conditions of their spiritual being, they have not been made fully alive to the spirit. Now, the one thing in life is the development of the spirit. What many have been trying to do is to take the things of the lower up to the higher. When things are misplaced they are out of place; they act as barriers to keep us from rising. When we are alive to one plane of consciousness we must be dead to the others. “ But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his spirit that dwelleth in you."
Let us either get everything out of the material, or else let us look to the spiritual for everything. The Spiritual Scientist cannot be a materialist. People say: "Yes, there is a great deal in Spiritual Science; but the material sciences are all good, too. We believe in them also." Now, is the soul or the body the real man?
If you are a Spiritual Scientist you must believe that spirit is all-important. The study of Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene are all good. But all the knowledge of this world cannot make a man well, cannot make a man clean in his body, if his thoughts are unclean.
Spiritual Science deals with the unfolding of the soul, not in a partial way and not through material science; for material science deals with the outward — or form of things; and form will pass away. So, if we place our dependence on the material — the seen — we shall fall; but the things that are unseen are eternal.
The knowledge that we acquire in this world may not be used in another plane of existence. The knowledge that develops mental faculties will give place to spiritual knowledge. Faith and love are soul-states, and can be developed only by using soul-faculties. Everything is good in its proper place — the material on the material plane, the spiritual on the spiritual plane. But we want to deal justly, to give to each thing in the world its own place and true value. There is no half- way course for us. If we start in the true way of life, we must push forward in order to gain the desired result. Those who have mastered the subject of Spiritual Science, and have not attained the true results, have not rightly applied their knowledge. If we place our dependence on any- thing but the Power of God, the prop will fail us, and we shall fall, because we cannot stand alone.
It is possible to be perfectly well, strong, and happy in this world. When we realize that God is here and heaven with us now, we shall no longer fear anything in the world. We have been groping in darkness, looking to the external which is but an expression of the law back of it; and the expression is the clothing, not the thing itself. We have the power within ourselves of bringing about the full and perfect expression of the inward perception. But not until the old states have passed away can we express the beauty of the new.
The belief in form leads to death. Of all the nations in the world, the Christian nations have the most fear of death. It is because we have not grasped the true spirit of Christianity. It is because we make too much of the physical form that we are fearful when that form passes away. This is not the religion of the Christ; for we are taught that we must die that we may live — "That like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we, also, shall walk in newness of life;" that as we have borne the image of the earthly, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. But we must make the choice for ourselves; no one can decide for us. Others may be able to throw light on our way, but that is all that they can do. The true way will lead us into health and happiness. People carry the healing power within themselves. Treatments from a Spiritual Scientist will help up to a certain point; but if the suggestions are not followed out, no lasting good can come from the treatments. We must rely on the Power of God as manifested in our own lives.
Henceforth, let us not walk after the flesh, but after the spirit. "For they that are after the flesh, do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
"For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace."
We cannot build the Christ to any form; for the form passes away, but the Christ-spirit lives forever. Of myself, I can do nothing (I can do nothing of my personal self), but through the God-Power I can do all things.
"By one pervading Spirit
All things are controlled; Break forth into thanksgiving. Unite to magnify the Ever-Living."
More from Charles Brodie Patterson
- Canadian New Thought author
- Born in Nova Scotia in 1854 and died on June, 22nd 1917