It is the instinct and the effort of all life (animate and inanimate) to rise continually to higher expression of life. The life of man lay locked in the heart of the earth. By and by vegetable life shook off the more negative conditions of its remoter earth state, and rose and stood erect, still keeping the life of man secreted in its bosom. Time passed on, and animal life appeared, born from the life of the plants; and all the while our human life lay folded in the animal. But before manhood had evolved from animalhood, man was in the Garden of Eden. That is, while in the animal form, he had not reached that point where he recognized his own individuality, his free moral agency; his reasoning powers were not awakened. In the Bible statement of it, he had not reached forth his hand and taken fruit from the tree which revealed a knowledge of good and evil—error. He was governed by instinct, as every unreasoning creature is; and instinct is unerring in its guidance. Therefore, man in his instinctive condition was in his Eden. He did not trouble himself about ideas of justice and injustice, but obeyed his instincts which taught him how to select his food and defend himself, and he was happy. Literally, as the Scriptures state it, the life of man is found contained in the dust of the earth; for each dusty atom embodies the mighty power of the whole, and is on its long journey ever upward, through the Great Forever.
But time passed on, and man rose out of his animal Eden into his human form, and stood erect, and reasoned about himself. And this is why he makes mistakes. He is expressed in the image of "God." God is a name for the power of the law. The law is unlimited; man is finite—limited. Man, this child of the law is creative too; because law contains all; man also contains all; but the all is latent in him. Therefore, man being a limited concentration of the unlimited whole, it follows that the limited being must (since creativeness is one of his attributes) create error for himself because he is limited. A limited creature with unlimited power latent within him cannot use and develop that power without creating in the direction of error. For remember we are emerging from negative conditions (not having fallen from a state of perfection) and, therefore, the negative pole of a truth is the one we naturally encounter first. And it is by means of our experience with the negative pole that we are finally enabled to reach the positive pole. Having gained the positive pole in this manner, we fully understand our position, being thoroughly acquainted with the ground we traveled over to get there. If we had grasped the positive pole first, we would not have earned it by the necessary conquest of the negative, and would, therefore, be in danger of falling. Our errors mean much. Taken in consideration with the good growing out of them, they prove that we are the beginning—the incipient developments or incarnations or expressions—of the unlimited law.
The moment a negative condition (pain or other sickness) dominates a life, that moment is the one in which to overthrow it, since it is by the overthrowing of these conditions, either in yourself or in others, that the strength is gained. If the conquering a pain does not teach anything to the patient, there is always someone else who learns a lesson by it. In the first place, the healer has added the strength of the conquered to his former strength, and his gain is an additional power to help others as well as himself. In the second place, the patient is relieved from suffering. If he is ripe for that relief, the suffering will not come back; if he is not, it will return and rule until sufficient strength is developed for its entire overthrow.
The race is one and inseparable, so that the conquest of one is the conquest of all, the good of one the good of all.
But there must be two sides to a conquest, the conquered and the conqueror, and the part enacted by the conquered is as essential to the complete lesson as the part of the conqueror. Both are instrumental in the performance of an experience which contributes a lesson to the great whole, themselves, of course, included.
Students who are new in this science are often timid about trying to heal; about putting their powers to the practical test. Yet this is just the thing they must do; for I have discovered that no matter how great our power, it avails us nothing so long as we do not make occasion to use it. It is like the miser and his money. He possesses it; still he does not have it in the true sense of possession, because he never uses it, and he occupies the same attitude that he would occupy without any money. He does not use it; therefore, it is an unknown power to him. There is scarcely anything in the physical world that money will not buy or do, but he is with- out the result of its power, even though it is in his possession. Why? Because he does not use it, and test and lead out its strength. Now, I advise my students to let it be known that they wish to teach these truths for the practice. Tell your friends that you wish to make a beginning, and if the results are small at first neither you nor they have a right to be discouraged; for with your effort they will grow larger and larger until you will see your way clear to attain your highest conceptions—so great is the reward of a faithful following along the line of these truths.
More from Helen Wilmans
- Born in 1831 and died in 1907
- Studied under Emma Curtis Hopkins
- Was a journalist and author
- Was active in the Mental Science Movement
- Was charged with postal fraud for healing through mail. Fighting this charged caused her lose most of her fortune.