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Second Lecture: Force — The First of the Seven Creative Principles

In our last lecture we endeavored to bring before your minds a more comprehensive idea of God; to enable you to realize that God, the soul of the universe, is equally the soul of man. He is not a being, altogether unconditioned, beyond the bounds of time and space; nor is he a man, seated upon a high throne, in some far-away region, subject to human passions, and, like man, swayed by the force of circumstance. No, the Infinite Soul possesses and combines in itself all of the finer attributes of which we are enabled to form a conception. Everywhere that conscious being is present. Every thought, every word, is taken cognizance of by that superior intelligence. This fact, if regarded properly, would cause us to restrain many of our foolish thoughts and idle words, and would cause us to guard and control ourselves throughout life.
The object of considering, in these lectures, the seven creative principles, is to bring us into a mental condition where we shall cease to see evil as an absolute principle, and recognize the useful and good in everything. We learn that there is nothing in the universe, but what is necessary to the accomplishment of an ultimate purpose. When we come to realize this as a fact, or, as Paul expressed it, that "all things work together for good," we see that all things are working with unanimity and harmony, and for the purpose of forwarding a common object, viz., the building of a perfect man. What is most needed now is to look upon this world as a great factory, where men and all living things are engaged in the work of preparing our planet to become a paradise. When we get the thought clearly defined in our minds, that all Nature is working with us and for us, that we are parts of the Infinite Soul, and that, as parts thereof, we should overlook our father's workshop with the interest which sons should feel in caring for the factory of their father, then we shall be in harmony with Nature in all its forms.
Upon looking into Nature, we find that there are two great creative principles, the male and female, the divine and infinite father and mother.
The male and female principles pervade everything in Nature; the positive and negative, the centripetal and centrifugal. The two forces balance, and maintain an equilibrium. In consequence we are here. Were the positive principle to be released from the grasp of the negative, it would go out into space and be lost in the ether. It is the negative principle which gathers together, holds and concentrates, binds and preserves. Our planet, the Earth, has two poles on extremes, the north and the south; of these, the north represents the positive principle, the south the negative. The north has a greater area of cold than the south and belongs to the positive or masculine principle, while the south has less area of cold, but is more intense, and represents the negative or feminine principle. Thus the positive and negative are opposed to each other, and the currents of electricity passing from one to the other bind, enfold, and maintain all things in their appointed places. On looking into Nature we find that everything which grows is either positive or negative, male or female, that creation itself is carried on by these two factors.
When Moses went out of j Egypt, as a keeper of Jethro's flock, his mind was stored with knowledge derived from the Egyptians. By reason of this knowledge he was enabled to develop his soul-powers to such an extent that he became capable of receiving and communicating with the Soul of the Universe. He became conscious of the existence of these two forces (the positive and negative), and of their great potency, without whose reciprocal action nothing which lives could have been brought into objective existence; and the two cherubs which he afterwards caused to be attached to the Ark of the Covenant, in conformity with the command given him upon Mount Sinai, were symbolical of these two forces.
Such knowledge and power as was possessed by the Hebrew Prophet may be attained by all of you if you but pursue the methods necessary for their attainment as diligently as did Moses.
In treating of the seven creative principles represented by this star, we will commence with the first, FORCE, which is negation. That which we call soul necessitated a change of condition before it could become that which we recognize as matter; therefore force, as one of the creative principles, must be brought to bear upon the universal soul or twelve electric oceans, to concrete matter as the basic substance of all objective forms.
The word "Logos" that appears in the center of the diagram is in accordance with the thought expressed by John, who is accepted by all mystics as being a great cabalist. He began his gospel most wisely, when he said, "In the beginning was the Word ('The Logos'); the Word was with God, and the Word was God…All things were made by him, and without him was not anything made that was made." Let us examine this more closely. If the word God meant power, we should read, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with power, and the Word was power, and all things were made by it, and without it was not anything made that was made." This is evidently the true meaning of John.
In our consideration of God, the everywhere present and all-powerful Spirit of the universe, we think of it or him as we do of the power of thought. You form a thought preparatory to its expression. How is this done? The life-essences of your being are called together, concentrated in the brain, formulated in the mind, sent out by the will as a thing or entity. Perhaps we had better pause here, and look a little deeper into this idea. We have said that a thought partakes of the essences of our own being. How do we know this? We know that when a man labors hard every day, that necessity obliges him to feed and sustain his body accordingly; if he is engaged in physical labor, the forces that are created through the food are absorbed by the body, and go no farther than physical energy, and are expended there. If the labor is mental, those forces are utilized by the mind. If a man is laboring very hard with his brain it is necessary for food to be furnished the body more abundant than when both body and mind were quiescent; this is evidence that the food we take into the body is for the purpose of supplying material from which this chemical laboratory of ours may transmute and bring into existence a subtle element which supplies and sustains the thought-formulating powers of the brain with its requisite material, and it is beyond question, as any thinking investigator may prove, and it has been proven thousands of times, that every word that we speak is formed of the essence of our being. To such an extent does this fact obtain that even the walls of the house in which we live partake enough of the essence of our being to enable sensitive persons, by taking a piece of paper from the walls, to draw from it, without having ever seen or even heard of its inmates, the same magnetism that was formulated and sent out by the brain and characterized by our essence; they will see us there, know our nature and character, and can describe us accurately; this, I say, has been proven over and again. Now, if this is a fact, it necessarily follows that every thought formed in our minds, and every word uttered by us to the mind or soul of others, appears like the thinker, partakes of every particle of our entire nature and being.
So, in the beginning was the Word. This infinite incomprehensible intelligence formed a thought, that was to create a world, and people it with man in its own image, and like unto itself. In the first chapter of Genesis, the twenty-sixth verse, we find these words: "Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth." The very central thought in the Hebraic Bible is expressed by this thought. The keynote of the whole subject is concentrated in the expression that the thought of the mind of the Infinite Spirit was to form a world and create beings like unto itself; and who, by possessing the powers and attributes of that spirit, should be enabled to control the fish of the sea, the fowl of the air, and all things in the earth; such is the thought that went into space with its dual activities.
We often say, "I conceived a thought." Yes, we conceive thought, through the agency of those dual principles ever active within us, and without which we cannot live. The two forces of the mind must come together, or there is no power to think; every thought of ours is as much our child, our offspring, as a child that is incarnate in the flesh, and comes into being by means of the same law, the same essence of being, without which essence we have nothing out of which to make a thought. Remember that the creative principles of Nature are the principles of generation, it underlies everything; every grain of sand upon which we tread, was once a living entity; we are constantly walking upon the ashes of the dead. Then the thought formed by the Infinite Soul and sent into Nature, was the Son of God. John spoke with great wisdom, when he said, "The word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, as the glory of the only begotten of the Father." What did he mean? John was a philosopher, and he knew that he was speaking to people who were low down in the scale of understanding; he intended simply to convey the idea, that in the beginning the Word of God formed a world; then the work of creation passed on through its successive stages of evolution, until finally, in the fullness of time, there stood forth one man in the world, who was able to demonstrate the fact that he had power over the fish of the sea, to say to them, "Bring the necessary tribute-money," and be obeyed by them, and to command both the animate and inanimate forces of Nature, and have their compliance to his mandates. He was the first man brought forth by the earth, to that people and in that age, who possessed such power. He was the expression of that power and thought, that went forth into space, and created worlds.
The word of God that was sent forth into space had in it principles of a triune nature; therefore we have illustrated upon the diagram, two triangles, representing the positive and negative, one the exact opposite and antithesis of the other. The triangle represents in its character, and has always done so from earliest history, first, the physical body as the base, with the spiritual and the soul or mental nature standing over; one side of the upper part of the triangle represents the soul, the opposite upper part represents spirit. These trinities, blended together, form the six-pointed star, and, in and through the workings of this double trinity, creation is what it is.
The father was always in the attribute of spirit; while to the mother has always been given the attribute of earth. Why? Because, the positive is centrifugal, goes out from the center, scatters, ramifies, goes into space, ceases to be solidified, knows no bounds; while the negative reaches out and gathers in*, lays hold of the positive and inspheres it, binds it within its own limits, and forms to itself the germ of being. It remains there until aided by the higher life-principle which we get from our solar ray, which gives it life; when it begins to draw additional strength, it begins to aspire,—yes, to pray. It reaches out, it gathers the sunbeams, it attracts the life-giving principle which strengthens its power to advance, for this sunbeam contains the positive and negative, the male and female principles, and the thought-forming principle; therefore within the material matrix is formed a thought, and that thought comes forth in its own image, let it be what it will, that of insect, reptile, animal, or bird. Thus thought breaks the shell of negation, and comes forth into light and life. Through the creative processes of nature the action of the magnetic principle gathers together the material essence, and that material essence, in its efforts to free itself, assumes function and some form of usefulness that was in the mind of the great thinker in the beginning, who planned their being and sent them forth to work his will; for will is the underlying power in all nature.
I want you, my thinking friends, who are wishing to unfold, and who are desirous of developing the higher powers, to think a great deal about the powers of the will. You cannot dwell too much upon this subject, for it will constantly expand and grow in your thought and life; it goes out into everything, and is found to be the active worker everywhere.
Force, then, is first, negative conservative magnetism, and is a principle of bondage or binding. It is a principle that, when carried into the realm of mind or matter, binds, restrains; and thus all men today are bound and held by woman. Every man is bound by her,—confined within the sphere of her limitations, out of which he cannot go without a struggle and effort of his own will; this, however, is not the voluntary action of her will, but is the magnetic potencies generated through her, and, as he cannot wholly escape limitations, neither can he advance save as she advances with him. Here then is laid the arena of combat,—of a struggle between the two great forces of creation which we now see active in domestic life, the positive and negative, between the effort of man to become spiritual and like his Creator, and the effort of the negative principle to hold and bind in the gestative sphere. The interior of woman is masculine. And it is incumbent on woman, at the present time, that she pause and think. Now this is contrary to her outward nature, which does not pertain to thought, but love; therefore she must think from the interior, the intuitive. She is magnetic, holding, binding, restraining the object of her love, to keep it within the limits of her own sphere; this is her outward nature; when she stops and thinks interiorly, reasonably and logically, she will find a place of higher usefulness where she can be free and become spirit, like the author of being, and thus advance with man.
In the seven creative principles we find there are seven struggles, as spoken of in the Apocalyptic vision; there are also seven steps that lead to the sacred temple, which was symbolized by Solomon's temple at Jerusalem. That which we are now considering is the first step of struggle and conquest,—the binding influence of the first of the creative principles. This principle of force must be subjugated by the higher will and intelligence; for, when we turn our attention toward ourselves, we find we are, in reality, spirit, though under the limitations of a physical body, which is binding, holding, and using our spiritual forces in the mere work of physical generation, in which the flesh begets flesh, and thus spirit goes on down the ages, inheriting bondage and imprisonment. If we would but recognize the fact that we are spirit, and, as such, in duty bound to hold control over these physical and generative forces, then would our inner and higher nature break the shell which inspheres and binds, and come into the light and freedom of the spirit.
Force, then, was the first principle of Nature, its magnetic focus attracted, concentrated, until atoms were gathered into an agglomerated mass. The astronomer points his telescope to the heavens and beholds nebulae. He sees these concentrated atoms in great quantities, without form. They are, as yet, without the second and third principles. Were they imbued with the second principle, discrimination, polarization, they would then begin to crystallize; and if they were endowed with the third principle, order, they would then begin to assume orderly structures. But they are not. They have simply been concentrated together by force. This force is operative everywhere. First, in the workings of Nature, atoms are concentrated, and by the power of positive and negative force, we have heat and cold, fire and water. As stated in our Bible, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." In the Hebrew we find "Elohim" as the creator; in our translation it is rendered "God." Truly rendered, it would read, "Fire and water created the heavens and the earth ; " fire the positive, water the negative, or heat and cold as the underlying cause. Through the operation of heat and cold atoms are formed and condensed as water; in these drops of water we see that there are worlds of living possibilities. The germs of being, when they were but molecules in the ether, had no objective form; but, as soon as they became a dense body of water, they absorbed enough of the solar ray to give life, they began to take form in this mass of water, and these forms fed upon the essences with which they were surrounded, and upon each other; and, as they generated their kind and increased, they died, and the solids that had thus been formed, commenced to deposit sediment at the bottom, and thus earth began. So we see that the world, at the beginning, was insphered and bound by this force of negation that gathered together the molecules or life principles that formed atoms, and these, by the action of the two forces, were concentrated, and became water, which, in turn, brought forth living things ; these living entities, having organs, generated their kind with great rapidity, and, as they expended the vitality that was within them by generating other organisms, they became ashes, and settled to their appointed center of gravity, as controlled by the enveloping and binding magnetic and electric sphere.
If we should take a glass globe, fill it with water, put in sediment, and then begin to turn it slowly, we would find that, after a while, the sediment in the globe would form a hollow tube running from pole to pole, but if we had the globe so arranged that we could constantly change the axe of this rotation, instead of forming a hollow tube, it would form a round sphere, wherein there would be water inside and water outside. The sphere would be larger or smaller, according to the rapidity with which we turned the globe. This solves, to my mind, the mystery of how this earth was formed, and that it is, undoubtedly, a hollow globe, having water at the center as well as water outside. Probably, however, that through ages of continued compression there may have been enough heat to decompose the water and leave only a heated mass of gases, hydrogen, and oxygen.
As the water brought forth its kind, and they died, their ashes formed solids, though the globe had probably not then begun to revolve; for, very likely, before this motion began, it was like the nebula that had no revolution until the solids have formed sufficiently to settle to their center of gravity, where, by compression, and by the principle of negation which concentrates and binds, and by virtue of which compression of chemical elements, chemical change took place, and by those changes there were electric forces sent out from pole to pole, both positive and negative. These again, by contact, created new currents, and from the heat caused by compression, expansion undoubtedly took place, of which we find evidences all over the earth, such as volcanic mountains and other upheavals, which indicate the force generated by compression and chemical action. We have also to notice that there is a magnetic current flowing up and down as well as north and south, from pole to pole. This can be proved by taking an iron bar,—the ordinary stove-poker will suffice for the experiment,—stand it upright against a chair, then take a magnetic needle and place it against the bottom of the poker, and you will find that the south pole of the needle will turn to the poker, showing that the lower end is negative ; move the needle up the poker, and you will find that as it passes the middle it will turn around, and the north pole of the needle will point to the poker. This shows that there is sufficient current, up and down, to polarize an iron bar in from five to fifteen minutes' time.
This up-and-down current is the emanation of decomposing mineral substance, and is the emblem or element of decomposition and death. This, to our eyes, is darkness and death, because it is the opposite of light and life. Being the opposite of the current that emanates from the sun, therefore, we find it flowing towards the sun, to which it holds a negative relation. On the contrary, the rays of the sun are positive, and impart force, motion, life. Let us consider a globe,—a planet exposed to its rays. It becomes magnetic by induction, and gets its polarity or axis north and south; but, in addition, there is an electric energy which results from the action of light; this again arranges itself according to electric laws, and one side of the globe becomes positive, and is repelled from the sun, while the other, being negative, is attracted, and thus revolution on its axis is established. To further illustrate, let us imagine this watch to be a ball, and that above is the sun. The side toward the sun gets light and heat; we turn it a little, and the dark, cold portion is presented; the sun's rays strike upon the cold portion, and there is mutual attraction; but where it is light and hot, having absorbed its equivalent and become like the sun, it is repelled, as can be readily demonstrated by simple electrical experiments. Therefore, we realize that the earth must continue to revolve, in the ratio of the electric energy that is brought to bear upon it, and we have no reasons to apprehend a diminution of the supply.
Light is an element, just as much as water; and you may be aware that watch-dials and other articles are now being made, which have the capacity of absorbing enough of this element, during the day, to enable one to see the time, at night, without the aid of other light. So is darkness an element, but it pertains to death and decomposition; and, therefore, the human mind quite naturally associates black, as the symbol of death and grief. "We find man, as a rule, acts wiser than he is aware, as intuition leads him to do many things with greater perfection than he comprehends. If we watch the action of children, we will find the same thing is true, and that they often manifest an instructive method and that their actions are in conformity with a reason beyond their comprehension; and this is so because there is an infinite soul that animates and guides their being.
Thus we see that there is an active, attractive, and enveloping principle in nature that set this earth in motion, and, when motion commenced, it began to take form. Life and creation commenced in the water, and went steadily forward. Sediment deposited, chemical action took place, and upheaval followed upheaval, and when there was a sufficient amount of solid matter above the water, vegetation began to form. Of necessity I have been obliged to encroach upon the work of the other principles, for there can be no progressive formation without the operation of the principles of order and discrimination, and these principles are present, and, to a certain extent, active, even in the molecules and atoms before they become water.
In summing up this lecture we desire not only to give you the principles of the subject, but to impress you with their direct bearing and use today; yet it is well to say that, during this course of lectures, there may be some points of philosophy that may not be clear to you, and you may not be able to understand all their practical bearings and use; but you must keep in mind that there are two objects to be attained, as expressed in the earlier portion of the lecture, viz., to bring your mind to the comprehension of the fact that all creation is working together for your ultimate good, that you may be brought into harmony with nature in its objective and higher degrees, and those of you reading the subsequent lectures to the society will have the benefit of more direct and practical instruction. Again, as we advance, methods of attainments will be given, higher degrees unfolded by which you can gain control over yourselves and the forces of nature, whereby you may become sons and masters, instead of servants. Therefore, as we proceed, you will find that these thoughts are but stepping-stones to that which lies beyond, "within the veil," and which must, of necessity, for the present, to some degree at least, seem mere matter of theory; but, later on, to those of you who follow out and make the required attainments, they will become matters of realized fact, having served as a bridge enabling you to pass over the chasm and enter the new world of thought and power.

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