Sunday, July 10, 2016

Expanding the Finite

A foundational principle of "The Science of Mind" is that we are able to receive from the infinite goodness and  supply of the Universe only to a level that is in proportion to our capacity to accept it.

Ernest Holmes teaches that the Universe is not a duality. There is not a Physical Universe, and a separate Spiritual Universe. He writes:

"The Spiritual Universe should no longer be divided against Itself." p. 286

In reality, he teaches, the Spiritual realm of thought held in consciousness can manifest as matter - as real substance, and as an intentional thought-create a cause that will manifest a physical effect.   

"Thoughts are Things."

With this understanding it is seen that the Master's prayer to "give us this day our daily bread" is not a limiting of the size of the loaf that we can have - but rather a demonstration of the principle that we must determine our own capacity and develop an intention of expansion.

Holmes writes: 

"..we can expand the finite but we cannot contract the Infinite." p. 287

This principle can be seen clearly in nature by how water finds its own level. In the same way, if we expand our capacity to receive by opening up the channels of our consciousness - both the receiving and the giving ends - we will grow in both capacities. An important aspect of this same principle is that the inflow and outflow must be balanced. We cannot expect to receive more if we are not prepared to give more.

The Infinite life of the Spirit is available to us - it is not withheld as punishment - or expanded as some sort of future reward. It is here now - we need only open ourselves up to that which already is available.

The ultimate confirmation that your consciousness is growing in application of this expansion principle is when you experience the truth of this scripture:

 "I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive."
- Acts 20:35 (KJV) 

 By thinking affluently - we can become prosperous.

Gratefully receive - Generously give.

The Beatles expressed this well:

"...The love you take is equal to the love you make.." - "The End," Abbey Road

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