Behold I have set My sun in
the sky, and the light in which it lives is the light which it radiates
itself. It is not lightened by reason of any light which comes to it, but
only by reason of that light which goes out from it.
So unto thee I have given the
power to radiate My love, My happiness, My health, My wealth, My vitality
and My wisdom.
And as the sun cannot live in
any light except that which it radiates or gives out, so it is impossible
for thee to live in any light that thou does not radiate.
Thou cannot obtain love by
getting it from without, even as the sun cannot obtain light by getting it
All things are from within
outward. I have given them all unto thee to radiate from within thee.
Happiness is constantly thine,
to the extent that thou do give it out. Seeking happiness from without,
and drawing it to thyself, is its own destruction. The desire to obtain
happiness from without gives the sense of lack of happiness. This sense is
the only unhappiness.
All things drawn towards
thyself prove, when obtained, to be but the mirage of the desert. The
anxiety to get for thyself, from without, proves always disappointing,
because all realities radiate from within.
Health is from within only.
All attempts to gain health from without are likened unto the sun should
it attempt to draw back light unto itself. Such an attempt would, if it
could succeed, result in darkness. When thou does receive My health,
whether I inspire one of My other bodies to draw It forth, or whether thou
are thyself inspired with it, thou will find it to be a fountain within
thee and not an external force which thou cannot draw unto thyself.
All that thou art thou give
out. If, therefore, thou give not anything, thou thyself are not that
thing. To BE anything is to possess that thing, so I say unto thee that
thou has nothing but what thou are. Yet thou are I, Myself, and therefore
thou do possess all things. Herein is the Sixth Mystery.
My wealth is the possession of
all things. Gold unused is not wealth. Silver or lands or houses or
raiment—not one of these is wealth unless used. So I say unto thee that
use is the only wealth. He who spends a small silver piece with a free
hand is wealthier in that moment than he who has hoarded millions, and
uses them not.
The Divine sense of wealth is
from within and radiates outward. It is not helped nor hindered by
external circumstances. Neither debts and slavery, nor piles of gold and
mastery over others, at all affects it.
If thou feel rich, thou give
out that feeling and freely give whatsoever thou do feel like giving. But
giving with a desire to accomplish some purpose is not free giving and is
not a sign of My inward wealth. Whatever thy purpose may be, whether it is
to alter the circumstances of others, for their good as thou see it, or to
satisfy those who make a demand upon thee, or to put others under an
obligation to thee, or to obtain the world’s praise for thy
generosity—yet it is “thy purpose”, and the giving is done to
accomplish thine own will, and is not free giving, but is buying.
Yet do I not forbid thee to
buy thus, for until thou can be free, thou must be bound.
If, then, thou has the thought
that love can be obtained from others—from without thee—thou does feel
lonely and unloved.
If thou has the thought that
happiness consists in outward things or can be obtained through
them—thou does thus create for thyself a torment of unhappiness.
If thou has the thought that
health is to be obtained from without, from diet, or medicine, or
influence, and does therefore endeavor to draw health toward
thyself—then thou do cause the condition thou call sickness.
My law is a mystery unto thee
because I say thou live in what thou do radiate outward, and die in what
thou call toward thyself. Herein is this mystery, that getting destroyed,
and giving gives life. Call suffering unto thee, and behold, it loses its
power to hurt thee. Call happiness unto thee, and it loses its power to
please thee. Give suffering unto others and it eats into thine own heart;
give happiness unto others—sing unto them a song of gladness and
joy—and it shall fill thy heart with the beauty and sweetness of My
Thou has no wisdom of thine
own until thou hears My voice speaking from within thy heart outwards. In
that hour thou shall open thy mouth and I will speak through it, and thou
shall live in the wisdom thou gives out.
Yet it was My will that thou
should have long sought for love, trying to obtain it from without thee
and failing. And it was My will that thou should have eagerly searched for
happiness only to find that such a search is the only unhappiness. And it
was My will that thou should seek health in vain among all the external
imaginings of thy brain. And it was My will that prompted thee to think
that wealth consisted in getting. So I have called thee that thou might
know, by failure and heart-burnings, that thou can not obtain anything
from without thee; and that thou might struggle to be strong and thus
develop the organs of thy mind and thy body to be fit to perfectly express
My perfect love, My perfect happiness, My perfect health, My perfect
vitality and My perfect wisdom from within.
Take thy gift where thou will,
if thou gives it freely, thou can only give it unto thyself.
Give in order to receive a
blessing, if thou will, but know that such giving is not giving at all, in
Give unto the preacher of
different views of My truth to help the view thou see is right, if thou
will, but know that such giving is really to serve thine own purpose and
accomplish thine own will, and is not giving at all.
I require no man to give. If
thou gives because thou think it will please Me, know that I am already
pleased with thee, and nothing which thou can do can alter My pleasure,
nor can cause My displeasure. Thou has all favor in My sight now and I
would not have thee do anything with the object or purpose of gaining My
Give love to obtain love from
others if thou will, but know that what thou gives with an object is not
love, but desire. That which thou loves for a purpose is blighted unto
thee by that desire. Thou has lost all thou has loved, if thy love has
been only a desire to keep them.
Learn then this Sixth Mystery:
that thou lives only in what thou does radiate
The Seventh Mystery is the
Mystery of Humiliation.
Before I make thee conscious
of Myself, I cause thee to struggle with a sense of separate existence.
When the sense of separate existence is overcome, then thou can be
conscious of Me. And that struggle will have developed the organ of thy
mind so that consciousness will be a great joy unto thee.
Now, to overcome thy sense of
separate existence, thou must be humbled. That individuality which seems
to thee to be yours exclusively, is really Mine, not thine. That sense of
deserving which thou has, applies only to Me, not to thee.
Who art thou, apart from Me?
Learn that I, and I alone,
exist and animate thy body; that I, and I alone, do all things that thy
body does. Learn, too, that I take the responsibility upon Myself for all
that thy body has done, is doing or will do.
To another age I gave this
mystery of My responsibility for all things, by the symbol of the cross;
teaching them that I took their sense of guilt upon Myself, and purged it
upon the cross. But unto thee I give the Mystery of Humiliation, teaching
thee that thou are nobody at all, and that it is I who live in thy body.
Thou can have no guilt, and thou can have no merit.
Now, that in thee which thinks
it is a person shall suffer humiliation after humiliation until it dies,
leaving thy body free to enjoy Me.
Many pray, “Lord, make us
humble”, yet when I visit them with humiliation, they recognize not My
Humiliation is the most
painful thing thy pride can suffer; yet must it suffer before it can die.
Has thy pride hopes that it
shall save thy personality? That it shall find favor or gain power? Has it
hopes that it shall be judged “good”, or that it will live forever?
Learn this—that there is no hope. In deep humiliation it shall die and
pass away, and I alone shall live.
Thy personality can gain no
respect, for it does not exist but in its own vain imaginings.
Yet has the imagining of thy
personality been good for thy body, for it has developed the organ of thy
brain which shall hereafter become conscious of being Me, the One Infinite
Thou thinks that thy
personality dwells in thy body, and is more important than thy body. But I
will hereafter reveal unto thee that I am caring for thy body and have
provided it with the proud sense of personality to develop it, and that
when the body is developed so that it shall have no further need of that
proud sense, I will send thee deep humiliations. Then shall that proud
sense be brought low and die. So when any humiliation comes to thee, let
thy personality tremble, for its end is near; but let thy body rejoice,
for its freedom is at hand.
Thou think that thou has an
aspiration to do good, or to benefit mankind. But all desires, ambitions
and aspirations are of the personality and shall die with it. Many pray:
“Lord, if Thou send wealth, I will use most of it to benefit others to
Indeed, would thou help Me to
develop and benefit mankind? Does thou know better than I do what others
need; and would thou supply unto others that which I withhold from them?
This wish is simply thy personality trying to assert itself. Yet let it
try and let it fail, reaping humiliation from all its efforts and bringing
humiliation unto others, for thus do I use it to develop thy body, and
also those other bodies.
This Seventh Mystery is hard
for thy conceit to learn. But when thou shall have suffered the
humiliation yet in store for thee, it will be a lesson full of joy. For
behold thou will be free of that conceit and thy body will be an
instrument of My joy alone.
If thou cannot yet receive
these words, it is well that thou should reject them. Thy present pride is
as much my work as thy humiliation will be. For thy body it is well that
pride rules with its ambitions and desires until it works its power upon
thee. When its work is perfected, thou shall cast it off and thy body
shall arise from the death of thy pride, strong to express Me.
The Eighth Mystery is the
Mystery of Regeneration.
Thou cannot obtain this
mystery by striving, nor by study, nor by belief. It shall be a growth of
the character of thy body.
Unless thou has suffered the
seven first mysteries in thy body, and has left thy body free to be
controlled by Me, thou cannot feel in thy body this Eighth Mystery.
In past times I revealed unto
my people the mystery of generation and marriage, and sanctified the
bodily union of the married unto generation, that by generation after
generation I might develop a body capable of regeneration.
If thou has not developed the
Seven first Mysteries in thy body, this Mystery of Regeneration is not for
thee. Then it is well for thee to cling steadfastly to the ancient mystery
of marriage and generation, rearing children in love and tenderness, in
the sacred, true and faithful marriage relation.
But when thou are inspired by
Me and have cast aside, as no longer part of thy nature, all desire and
fear and all striving after thine own pleasure, then thy marriage will
reveal unto thee the holy Mystery of Regeneration.
Herein is this mystery that
thy body will not act the same when inspired wholly by love as it did
aforetime when governed by desire. When it is inspired by love it will
strive only for the pleasure of thy mate and no longer for its own
pleasure. Then the sacred distillation of thy strength will not spend, but
will be redistilled unto the renewing of youth.
Thou will not suddenly enter
the life of Regeneration. Thy body will not change completely when the
first inspiration of unselfish love comes unto thee. Many times shall the
old feeling of desire come back to thee, but ever will I inspire thee more
and more with the sweet patience of My pure love, and thou will more and
more realize the life that I am living within thee.
Does thou say, “The mate
which I have taken is not now my ideal”? Yet shall thou see that thy
mate is the best one for thee, and that I have Myself provided such a mate
for thee that I might teach thee unselfish love. For I will inspire thy
heart with love that will ask for no return, no faithfulness, no kindness,
no support. And I will give thee such joy in that love that thy body will
be glorified and rejuvenated.
As long as thy heart is not
ready for the inspiration of My love, thou will seek to obtain love from
others, and will be dissatisfied with what thou does obtain, for thou can
only live in the love radiated from within thine own body. But when the
fullness of My life shall come unto thee, thou shall rejoice in the mate
thou has and shall love that one with a gladness that shall triumph over
every fault. For a selfish mate gives thee the opportunity to be
unselfish. Also a cross mate gives thee the opportunity to be
Yet have patience and know
that if thou are not yet a radiant center of love and unselfishness and
sweet temper, still thou shall become such. And to that end do I send thee
trials that thou may learn to exercise those qualities which others seem
to thee to lack.
So it is well for thee to
cling to the ancient sacrament of marriage in thy days of desire and in
thy days of inspiration, for it shall be unto thee a trial and yet a joy,
and out of it will grow thy real strength.
Yet I do not command thee to
heed these words, for My message is only what thou can receive, and if
thou does not believe these words to be My message, yet then shall thy
disbelief have some effect upon thee, and whatever the effect upon thee my
be, THAT is My message to thee.
The Ninth Mystery is the
Mystery of Freedom.
To prepare thee for freedom I
have sold thee into slavery. Thou were born a slave and raised a slave.
Even when thou did awake and know thyself for a slave, I did not at once
From slavery unto slavery have
I brought thee that thou might at last be free. When I sent thee any
measure of physical freedom, I sent thee chains for thy mind. That in thee
which thou did call thy individuality was not capable of freedom. It was
either a slave to thy desires, or to what thou thought was thy conscience.
Environment has educated thee
into habits of action and habits of thought, and thou has been a slave
unto those habits. Even now, certain chains hang about thee, called
“aspirations” and “ambitions”.
Has thou broken all the old
chains which bound thee unto My mysteries of long ago? Yet are thou not
Has thou suffered the
crucifixion of desire and the humiliation of defeat? Has thou given up
unto Me all desire for what thou think would be good? Yet perchance thou
are still in slavery to thine own opinions.
My freedom is the freedom of
the heart and shines forth brightest when environment seems most to
enchain. Herein is this mystery, that freedom is not external, nor in any
wise dependent on the actions or thoughts of others. He who is forcibly
detained and does not mind it, who takes all external things as he finds
them, and sees no fault in them, partakes of My freedom.
Yet, it is well for thee if
thou are enchained. The organ of thy brain through which I shall
afterwards express My perfect freedom can only be developed by the
operation of the sense of slavery.
So it is in all My mysteries,
that the worse thou does seem to be, the better it is for thee. Art thou
painfully self-conscious? Then I am developing the organ of thy brain
which I design to use for expressing the consciousness of Me. Art thou
fearful and afraid? Then I am developing the organ of thy brain through
which I will afterwards express My perfect courage. Does thou suffer
because thou lack judgment? I am using that suffering to develop the organ
of the brain through which I will afterwards express My perfect wisdom and
Now the great suffering and
discipline which I send unto the minds of many is that they should not be
able to see the perfection of My law.
Therefore I say unto thee that
thou are blessed if thou do suffer, for that suffering develops thee; and
thou art doubly blessed if thou are afraid, for out of fear will I bring
forth courage; but thrice blessed art thou if thou do suffer, and also are
in fear, and also can not see that it is I being born in thy heart.
For out of blindness will I
bring sight. Thy darkest blindness shall develop thy most glorious light.
Behold I am light shining forth from within thee.
My words come alike unto many,
but it is not possible for them to be understood by thee until thou are
ready for that understanding. Herein is this Mystery of Freedom, that thou
art free to believe as thou do choose, but thou cannot believe anything in
thy heart until I have developed thy body to the point where it needs such
Thou are free from thy
environment, for I can adapt thy heart to freely allow that other to have
any opinion he chooses.
Yet thou are free to struggle
against environment and free to be influenced by another’s opinion. And
herein is this mystery, that I call thee by many voices, through slavery,
fear and doubt, that I may develop My expression, which is thy body, into
Unto you who can receive it,
is given to know the Mystery of Religion.
Each religion and creed which
I have sent differs in doctrine and practice from every other.
Will thou say, “Herein I
know that religion is not of God, for God would not delude all the
world with false religions, nor yet part of the world, causing one man to
believe that another’s religion is false.”
Know that I have brought thee
through many generations, developing thy body to a different perfection
than any other body. Know that generation has followed generation, obeying
my laws of differentiation and selection, until now. And now each one of
my bodies differs from all others. Each body selects different food. Each
selects different experiences and different doctrines.
And many have their choice of
foods, having developed unto that point where their bodies can benefit by
choosing. And many have their choice of doctrines, having acquired the
mental strength to discriminate between them.
But whether they seem to
choose or seem to be forced, yet in all cases it is I that choose for
them, acting through their choice or against it, giving them each what is
best, under all the circumstances, to develop that particular character.
Now the nature of bodies is
such that character depends wholly upon formation. And the formation of
the brain and nerves is such that no food or experience or belief can
appeal to the character unless such food or experience or belief is
suitable for that character’s development.
But do thou say, “Does god
let man believe an error?”
Know that all finite belief is
erroneous. But it is nevertheless suitable for thy stage of growth.
It is that in you which sets
itself up as a separate person from Me, which believes. Now personality
cannot see the Truth and is incapable of knowing Me. When that so-called
person shall die, leaving thy body free to be My conscious instrument,
then thy body shall radiate all truth. Until then I provide all beliefs
for thee, each equally erroneous, that thou may believe that which appeals
And yet, if thou could but
understand one of these beliefs from within, thou would find it true. For
Truth is so great that but a reflection of its glory would illuminate
And this is the Tenth Mystery,
that all religions are false when viewed from without, yet all are equally
true and beautiful when viewed from within.
Does thou teach some ancient
and beautiful truth? Art thou firm in thy conviction that the truth thou
teach is the only truth, and that all differing religions are lies?
Behold, it is well and thou art My minister, and the truth which thou
teach shall appeal unto many. And unto as many to whom it shall appeal
thou are My messenger. And no one can believe it except they who need it
for their development.
Does thou break thy heart over
those to whom thy teaching does not appeal, and does thou try to reach
them by prayer and exhortation? It is well. All hearts that can break
shall break, in order that those hearts that are strong shall remain. Yea,
try and reach those to whom thy belief does not appeal. For this trying
shall affect both them and you. Not in the way thou desires, but to the
further development of bodies, both yours and theirs.
Do some of my religions appear
cruel to thee? And do thou say, “Nothing can justify cruelty”? Yet I
am cruel unto thy personality and will utterly destroy it. I am cruel to
be kind, developing thy brain until thou can become conscious of Me.
It is well if thou can see the
beauty in any one of My religions. Each one, as seen from within, teaches
the crucifixion of “self”, and if any one of them can lead thee into
the consciousness of freedom from self, thou shall know that I have sent
it unto thee for that purpose.
Has thou read that in times
past they who professed to be My ministers have spread darkness instead of
light, and kept back what thou call the progress of civilization? Behold,
I have ever been alive as I am now. I have ever provided for the
development and organization of the formation of character as I saw fit.
Thou know now part of My workings in those dark times, and I have put it
in thy heart to question My wisdom on thy partial knowledge. Yet learn
this: that all things worthy to survive, thrive best on opposition. The
principle called civilization is one which gathers strength through the
hand of him who would keep it back. Could thou know all, thou would say,
“Even then the Lord know best”.
But though religions have ever
led men unto a knowledge of Me, it is not through religions alone that I
call thee. I call by everything of which thou are conscious. Every voice
is My voice. Every sweet influence of life in flower or tree or animal is
My influence. Every bitter or severe or cruel jolt which can come unto
thee is from Me. Do I speak severely to thy personality by the voice of
religion? Yet I speak still more severely by the voice of the experience I
Every experience is from Me.
Perhaps thou does not see how thy experience can be dictated by Divine
Love. “If God sends this,” thou does say, “then He cannot be a God
Behold it is well for thee to
speak thus for a season, for this blindness shall know that My love is so
great that I do not let a hair of thy head be touched except by Me; and
for thy advancement.
So I say unto thee that it is
My voice which calls thee, whether by the words of sweet home songs and
mother-taught prayers, or by the wild tempest of rough experience.
Whatever voice appeals unto thee is My truth for thee, to nurse thee until
I shall lead thee into all Truth.
And this is the Tenth Mystery:
that each brain believes a different doctrine and different historical
facts, and I feed them thereon, giving each the best possible food for
such a brain.
And thou art thyself a proof
of My care; for even in this I do not let thee believe what thou read
unless that belief shall be the best food for thy brain.
The last Mystery is the
Mystery of Death.
Thou are one and yet thou are
three. There is thy body, which is a link in My chain of organized
formation, and there is thy personality, which thinks it is the real you,
and there is thy Spirit, which is Me.
Heretofore the body has been
subject unto death. Yet each body which died was a link in My chain,
transforming organization unto higher organization. Each had its influence
upon each succeeding generation, living again in its offspring or in the
bodies influenced by its life.
The personality of a body is
its self-consciousness, or sense of a separate existence from Me. This
sense is useful to the body for a time and is useful to other bodies by
its reaction, but is temporary by nature, and subject to death.
Thou, who think thou are a
being separate from Me, shall die, but perchance thy body shall live.
Now, the body has been more
subject unto death than the self-consciousness. And where the body dies
first, the self-consciousness lives on, often continuing to be useful to
other bodies by appealing to them as if from another world. It is well for
thee if thou can hear voices from the selfish personalities. And yet know
that the self-consciousness is limited, temporary, and does not love the
eternal. I give it no further wisdom when the body dies, and it soon dies
also. Yet it is well if it amuses thee to call for the presence of the
self-consciousness of some dead body, for I will cause even that
experience to develop thee.
The Spirit in thy body is I,
Myself. Whether any one body dies or lives, I live on, in all bodies. Thy
real Self is reincarnated, not only in various bodies, but in all bodies.
Know this, that the Spirit is
the element of life, and the self-consciousness is the element of death.
Yet the self-consciousness is My minister to develop the body beyond the
power of death, for the body is not necessarily subject unto death. The
organization of formation is ever developing, and when a body is developed
which needs no self-consciousness—which is strong enough to express
Me—then the self-consciousness shall die before the death of the body,
leaving that body free to express perfect love without self-thought. And
there will then be no element of death in that body, and I will live in it
Such a body will express My
perfect love without desire. Does desire still live in thee? If so, well.
For each desire is My minister, to prepare thy brain for real love without
Thou cannot give up desire
before thy time. For if thou should be able to give up thy present desires
in order to have thy body attain to the glory of consciously expressing
Me, which thou does desire, that would be but giving up the lesser desires
in order to obtain the greater. Now every desire that can come to thee is
to [im]prove thee and help thee, but they are of the self and are an
element of death.
Does thou desire that thy
particular body shall be one to live forever? That desire is an element of
death in thy body and may prevent its own fulfillment. Does thou desire to
be humble? Desire is an element of pride!
Does thou desire to be
unselfish? Desire is of the self alone!
So that whatever thou does
desire, the very desire therefore tends to prevent thee from attaining.
And herein is the Mystery of
Death, that when thou are willing for thy body to die, it shall live, and
I will live therein, and the self-consciousness shall die.
Through many trials do I bring
thy body, even through the sorrow of bereavement. For thy sake I brought
forth the body which for thy sake I have visited with death.
Does thou say, “A happy
child at prayer was stricken; why do the good die young?”
Yet I rule all. I have placed
in thy heart that sense of sympathy which condemns Me for not keeping some
sweet little child alive. Another, perchance cries, “O, god, why did I
not die as a child?” Has thou not faith to know that whom I see fit I
keep alive and whom I see fit I let die? This is the Last Mystery, that
death is My angel. The child-body whose formation will not stand the great
trials of the world, I relieve of those trials. Such a body is not tried
with strong tendencies, hence thou call it “good”. The coming and
passing away of such a body is for thy sake, in order that thou may be
tried with the fire of affliction.
And thy sense of separate
personality shall die and pass away. But unto the bodies of those in whom
the self has died do I give eternal life. And herein is this mystery: that
he who would save the life of the self shall lose the life of the body,
and he who gives up the life of the self saves his body.
And behold, generations after
generations of My bodies have passed away, but I am Life, and cannot die.
And I live in thee, and the “I” that lives in thee shall never die.
That “I” which dwells in thy body now, has lived from the eternal
beginning of all things. To it there is no death. It is the creator of all
things and lives eternally, radiating its supreme essences of love and
Fear not death, for it has no
power over thee, but is thy servant.
Thou art a king; thy crown is
“life” and thy scepter is “death”. Thou has always been guided by
My life within thee, and thou need not fear that it will forsake thee now.
And the mystery of death and
suffering is this, that if one of My bodies shall suffer shame and pain
and death, and others shall hear of that shame and pain and death, it
shall be unto their minds a development. And it shall so work on their
minds that they shall obtain the development of character which they would
otherwise have had to themselves suffer to obtain. And that development
shall be a salvation unto their characters. Therefore I show thee the
mystery of vicarious suffering and salvation thereby, that thou may know
the truth. Thrice blessed is he who suffers, for I will cause his
suffering to be a blessing unto others.
Art thou willing to suffer and
die that others may be blessed? Yea, thou may suffer shame and pain and
death of thy body, but if thou are really willing, and the
self-consciousness has passed away, then I say unto thee, that thy body is
immortal and the grave cannot hold it.
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Now this writing is inspired
by Me, as all things are inspired by Me, whether spoken or written or
acted. And this writing shall have the effect I choose upon all to whom it
shall come, whether it causes them to bless or to curse, to scoff or to
pray. For all alike are inspired by ME.