Thursday, July 7, 2016

Not on Bread Alone

In the foreword to "The Science of Mind," - Dr. Jean Houston, Ph.D says:

Dr. Jean Houston, Ph.D

"If I were to state the essence of the teaching of The Science of Mind, it would be that the "Highest God and the innermost God is One God." The core of each human being is the "Original Creative Genius of the Universe."
We are, therefore, the lensing of Godstuff on Earth, the focalization of Eternity in time. Consciously or unconsciously we direct the flow of Universal Mind into form." 

The reading from "The Science of Mind" for July 3rd covers several teachings of Jesus from the Gospel of John.

"Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise."
- John 5:19

Commenting on this verse Ernest Holmes writes:

"Here is a lesson in the practical application of the Science of Mind. As the subjective state of thought becomes unified with goodness and love, it automatically reflects these in whatsoever direction the thought goes. The tendency of this inner thought sets the tendency of the outward life." - p. 475

This observation brings to mind the passage in Proverbs 4:23:
"Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life"
 In Biblical language the "Heart" is the seat of emotional thought or intelligence. So what this verse is suggesting is that we keep watch over our thoughts and feelings, for out of them we manifest our reality.

The second teaching is based on John 5:26
"For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;"
Once again, the emphasis of "The Science of Mind" teachings are on the solid belief in One Life, Mind or Spirit. We partake of the divine nature of God and therefore share in this One Life, Mind or Spirit. When we speak and act in conformance of this consciousness then we express life, power and action and create reality for ourselves and others.

Holmes writes:

"Just words, without conviction, have no power, and just conviction, without words, will never stir up latent energy. There must be a combination of the two to make a complete thing." - p. 476

The next teaching is based on John 6:27
"Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. "
The "meat" that Jesus refers to is of the spiritual kind - for spirituality in Jesus' view is the food, or "bread of life." 

Holmes writes:

"More people are starved spiritually and intellectually than physically. A full stomach will never appease an appetite for learning, nor can a loaf of bread satisfy the inner craving for reality. The whole being needs to be fed - bread and meat for the body, knowledge and wisdom for the soul, atmosphere and consciousness for the Spirit." p.476

Our lives are to be lived in complete integration of body, mind, and spirit. We "cannot live on bread alone," but through the interaction of thought and action; of inspiration to actualization we become whole - HOLY beings. With the transformation of our thoughts we can animate the life of God within us. Our purpose can be realized.

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