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Reason separates mankind from the other forms of life; it is a gift. The spider may spin a beautiful web but it is not an artist; the bee may dance its messages but that is not ballet; termites construct large dwellings but they are not engineers. Man alone possesses the divine spark of intellect and therefore, reasons. The gift of reason is, however, no gift of ease and indulgence - it requires the greatest effort and thus is often dispensed with almost entirely. The great majority of mankind makes little or no use of this divine gift, choosing rather the simple life of physical labor occasionally punctuated by periods of time devoted to hobbies or passive recreation.

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Today I Have Implicit Confidence in the Good, the Enduring, and the True

Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

When one cherishes no fear of anything, when one is not feared by anything, when one cherishes no desire, when one bears no hate, then is one said to have attained to the state of Brahma.

Holiness is the best of all good. Happy, happy the person who is holy with perfect holiness! … The will of the Lord is the law of holiness.

Fear is the only thing we shall be afraid of. It is not the host encamped against us, nor the confusion of war around us, that we need to fear; it is a lack of confidence in the good that alone should cause concern. Through inner spiritual vision we know that evil is transitory, but good is permanent. We know that right finally dissolves everything opposed to it. In confidence, then, and with a calm sense of peace, we know that the truth never fails to win every issue. The Power of good is with us. The Power of the Spirit is supreme over every antagonist. Then we should cherish no fear, and when we neither fear nor hate we come to understand the unity of life, and then, our lesson tells us, we have attained to the state of Brahma (conscious union with God). Thus the Zend-Avesta tell us that “Holiness is the best of all good,” and it adds that there is no difference between the Law of Holiness (Wholeness) and the Divine Will. Since the Nature of God is love, then the Will of God is toward love. “Who knows not love, knows not God, for God is love.”

Today my heart is without fear. I have implicit confidence in the good, the enduring, and the true. I enter into conscious union with the Spirit. I am happy, whole, and complete in my Divine Self. Therefore, with joy I enter into the activities of the day, and with confidence I look forward to tomorrow, and without regret I remember the events of yesterday.

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I Know That I Live in the Changeless Reality

And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.

All that is with you passeth away, but that which is with God abideth.

Neither the Will of God nor the Nature of God can change. Reality is the same “yesterday, today, and forever.” That which was is, and that which is will remain. As human beings, our nature is spiritual. The only thing about us that can change is that which ought not to be permanent. We are changeless beings living in a changing world. Thus all of our experiences are bound together on a thread of continuity that James Russell Lowell called “the thread of the All-Sustaining Beauty which runs through all and doth all unite.” It is wonderful to know that something permanent, substantial, and eternal stands in the midst of our being, and, I believe, watches with joy the eternal change taking place. TO the Spirit these changes are merely variations of experience. The Spirit is never caught, tied, or bound. Ugliness may seem to exist for a brief moment but Beauty, like Truth, endures forever. All that is evil passes; as our Hymn of Faith says, it cannot exist even for a moment when faced by the Divine Reality. Everything that we now experience objectively will change, as it ought to, “but that which is with God (of good) abideth.”

I know that I live in a changeless Reality. I am not disturbed by the passage of time, the movement around me, not the variations of experience through which I go. Something within me remains immovable and says, “Be still and know that I am God.” This I Am, which is God within me, is substantial, changeless, and perfect.

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I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and no lie is of the truth.

This is God your Lord: All power is His: But the gods ye call on beside Him have no power over the husk of a date stone!

However anxious you may be, you will not save [yourself].

There is no power, presence, or person outside the Divine. Got not only is, It is also One. Our lesson says that a belief in any opposite to the One has no power, even as darkness has no power over light. God is Light, and in God there is no darkness. A knowledge of good overcomes evil. The consciousness of abundance dispels want and pours the content of the Horn of Plenty into our uplifted bowl of acceptance. John tells us that there is no lie in the truth. The truth never contradicts itself; it never denies us our good; it evermore proclaims the Divine Presence in everything, through everything, and around everything. If God is Allness, then there is no otherness. KwangTze tells us that anxiety will not save us, because anxiety is unbelief. Jesus also tells us to take no anxious thought for tomorrow. The Chinese sage said that perfected people find that they already have everything within themselves, after which they discover the same in others. This corresponds to the teaching of Jesus that the blind cannot lead the blind. We must know the truth about ourselves before we can know it about others.

I know that the truth is in me, perfect and complete. I know that I manifest the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. I know that the truth makes me free. Today it frees me from the burden of care and anxiety. Every form of fear, every sense of burden is dropped from my consciousness and I walk the way to truth lightly, joyously.

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I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

Whoever knows the God who is without commencement, without end, who within this impervious [world] is the creator of the universe, who is of an infinite form, the one penetrator of the universe, becomes liberated from all bonds.

Thus it is that the Tao produces [all things], nourishes them, brings them to their full growth, nurses them, completes them, matures them, maintains them, and overspreads them.

Our Chinese text tell us that the Tao, which means Spirit, produces everything, nourishes everything, and maintain everything. Is spreads Itself over everything, It flows through everything and is in all things. Indeed, being all that is, there can be nothing outside It. Our Hindu text tells us that in such degree as we understand God, who is the one penetrator of the universe, in such degree we become liberated. And the Hebrew text says, “Walk before me and be thou perfect.” We are to recognize the Divine in everything, to speak to the Divine in everything, to see It everywhere – “Lift the stone and you will find me, cleave the wood for there I am.” There is a mystical Presence that pervades the universe. The fragrance of the rose, the beauty of the dewdrop glistering in the sun are manifestations of Its Presence and activity. This mystical Presence welling up in our consciousness evermore proclaims Itself as “The Oneness, being source and root of all, is in all things as the root and source.” And the Christian scriptures tell us, “I am over all, in all, and through all.” The enlightened of the ages have told us that it is this God within us that recognizes Itself in everything we are.

I know that my spirit is free from all limitation. I know that my mind understands the truth about myself. I know that my physical body and my objective affairs reflect and manifest the perfection that I feel, the wholeness that I am certain of, and the prosperity that rightfully belongs to me.

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I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

But verily thou art not able to behold Me with these thine eyes; the divine eye I give unto thee.

There is but one Brahma which is Truth’s Self. It is from ignorance of that One that god-heads have been conceived to be diverse.

Spirit as Absolute Cause is the beginning and end of everything. If we place complete reliance upon this Spirit as being the adequate Cause, then we may as certainly place complete reliance upon It as producing the desired effect. When we give a spiritual mind treatment we are using this Absolute Cause, which is the Alpha. From It automatically proceeds the effect, which is the Omega. Thus the treatment contains the potential possibility of its own answer. Jesus said, “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” He knew that because he consciously dealt with First Cause, there would be no question about the effect. Our lesson says that a lack of the realization that there is but one final Power has given rise to the belief in many gods. Some of these gods we call evil, lack, want, limitation, pain, death. These false gods must be deserted for there is but One, which is Truth’s Self. We are told that while we cannot behold the invisible Presence with these physical eyes, “The divine eye I give unto thee.” This has an identical meaning with the saying of Jesus that spiritual things must be spiritually discerned.

I have a spiritual vision within me that beholds a perfect universe. Daily this vision guides me to success, happiness, prosperity, physical and mental well-being. My spiritual vision is open-I am awake to the greater possibility.

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Canst thou by searching find out God? Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? It is high as heaven … The measure thereof is larger than the earth, and broader than the sea.

The Tao cannot be heard; what can be heard is not It. The Tao cannot be seen; what can be seen is not It. The Tao cannot be expressed in words; what can be expressed in words is not It. Do we know the Formless which gives form to form? In the same way the Tao does not admit of being.

Realize that thou are “that” – Brahma, which is the cessation of all differentiation, which never changes its nature and is as unmoved as a waveless ocean, eternally unconditioned and undivided.

Job asks us if we can find God by searching. He means that since God is everywhere, and since the subtle essence of the Infinite is invisible, we do not have to search out the Divine Spirit, but, rather, we should recognize It as the center of all life. That which we see is merely a reflection of this invisible Presence. The Spirit Itself cannot be seen, but It is felt, just as we do not see God but we do feel the Divine in everything. The Creator is revealed in Its creation. The Formless gives rise to the formed. We should consciously unite ourselves with this invisible Essence that pervades everything, that which our lesson says is eternally unconditioned and undivided. TO do this is to find wholeness.

Today I feel that I merge with the Infinite. While there seems to be a beginning and an end to each particular experience, there is neither beginning nor end to myself. My real spirit is omnipresent in God, secure in Good, and perfect in Divine Being.

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But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory.

The person who is happy within, who rejoices within, who is illumined within, that Yogi, becoming the Eternal, goeth to the Peace of the Eternal.

The hidden wisdom of God is the knowledge that we are one with Divine Being. This wisdom, which is hidden from us until we perceive our fundamental unity with Reality, is clearly revealed when we seek the Eternal in everything. The masters who have penetrated the mystery of life that so often eludes the intellect are whose who with utmost simplicity have found direct approach to the Supreme Reality at the center of their own soul. The Bhagavada-Gita tells us that we must become the Eternal if we wish to enter into the peace of Eternal. This has an identical meaning with the saying of Jesus that we must be perfect even as God in us is perfect. This calls for the recognition of the Spirit as an indwelling Presence, as well as overshadowing Power. The road to self-discovery often calls for the clearing away of the underbrush of ignorance, fear, superstition, and a sense of isolation that has made us feel that we were unworthy, unholy, and lost. In the divine providence of good, salvation is unnecessary but self-discovery is essential. We do not save that which was lost; we merely discover that which needs to be found.

I know that God is within me and I know that this Divine Spirit is perfect. I enter into Its peace and am secure in a sense of Its protection. Love will guide ad Intelligence will direct me. The power of the Infinite will sustain and uphold, as well as direct. The unerring judgment of Divine Intelligence directs my faith and makes perfect and plain the way before me.

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And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain.

Pray not that sinners may perish, but that the sin itself may disappear.

The wisest man who ever lived told us that the knowledge of Truth shall make us free. All books of spiritual wisdom have taught us that it is not the one who makes the mistake whom we should seek to destroy; it is the mistake itself which must be erased. Now, this means that evil has no existence in itself and has no history. No matter what the negations of yesterday may have been, the affirmations of today rise triumphant and transcendent over them. Thus all the evils of our yesterdays disappear into their native nothingness. If we behold beauty instead of ugliness, then beauty will appear. If we persist in seeing the true rather than the false, then that which is true will appear. Where is the false, the untrue, and the evil when the knowledge of Truth has made us free? Its days are as though they had never been; its cause is neutralized; hence it leaves no effect. Let us, then, cease weeping over the shortcomings and mistakes and evils of our yesterdays and, steadfastly beholding the face of the great and the divine Reality, let us resolve to walk in that light wherein there is no darkness.

Definitely I know that every negative condition of the past is cleared away from my consciousness. I no longer think about it, see it, or believe in it. Nor do I believe that it has any effect whatsoever in my experience. Today I express perfect life here and now. Today I Live.

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For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

Not God but ye yourselves, are the creators and supporters of moral evils.

Light can have no union with darkness; evil has no affinity with good. If good is the great Reality, while evil is the great negation or denial of Reality, then it follows that we should see the good in everything and recognize the apparent evil merely as a theoretical opposite of good. There is not God and something else. The Divine Spirit inhibits eternity; overshadows everything, including human events; dwells within our own soul; and is released through our own act. To see good as evil is to becloud our vision, to obstruct the pathway of our progress, and to cast a shadow across the sun of righteousness. This Spiritual Sun was the Guiding Star that led the Magi of old to the place where the little child lay, that is, to place of good in our soul, to the Presence of God at the center of every person's being. The humility of the manger is the common place in every person's life. It is here, in the common place, that we must find the good, and finding it here, we shall also discover that the larger issues of our experience are overshadowed by this same good that we have discovered in the common place.

I am resolved today to see the good in everyone and in every event. I will call upon the good and will refuse to accept that anything other than good can come into my experience. In this way I will be praying to the good through meditating upon it.

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Humanity and Divinity will be identical when we recognize Divinity in humanity. We must learn to see through the apparent, to not judge according to appearance, and to realize that at the center of every person's soul God is enthroned. Sympathy and compassion are the ties that bind us together in mutual understanding and in the unified attempt to uncover the Divinity in each other. Sympathy is the most gentle of all human virtues, for it is the outpouring of the Divine giving-ness through humanity.

Today I extend the hand of sympathy to everyone I meet. I permit my inward vision to penetrate every apparent obstruction, every obstinate attempt to cover up the Divine, every ignorant misuse of the Law of Good. I withdraw the veil that hides my real self, and in so doing unveil the Reality in others. Today I love as never before. I draw close to the Spirit in everything and in everyone.

Whatever is true of the Universe as a Whole must also be true of the individual as some part of this Whole.

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