Dynamics For Living
THE starting point in spiritual realization is a right understanding of God. By describing God with words in our human way we are but stating in the lisping syllables of the child that which in its maturity the mind still only faintly grasps. Words never express that which God is. Language is the limitation of mind. Do not expect the unlimited to leap forth into full expression through the limited. We must drop the complex and find simplicity before we can know God. We must become as a child.
God’s name represents wholeness. He is holy, perfect. God is Being; the Creator; the Infinite; the Eternal; the Ruler of the universe. Being is omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient; it is the fullness of God. God is the absolute, incomparable, omnipresent All-Good, the principle of divine benevolence that permeates the universe. Being exists under two phases: invisible and visible, abstract and concrete. The visible comes forth from the invisible, and this coming forth is always according to a universal method of growth. From center to circumference is the plan of procedure throughout the universe.
We must relieve our minds of a personal God ruling over us in an arbitrary, manlike manner. God is not person but Principle. By Principle is meant definite, exact, unchangeable. It best describes the unchangeableness that is an inherent law of Being. The fundamental basis of practical Christianity is that God is Principle.
Divine Principle is fundamental Truth. God as Principle is the unchangeable life, love, intelligence, and substance of Being. It is the underlying plan by which God moves in expressing Himself. Principle does not occupy space; neither has it any limitations of time or matter, but it eternally exists as the underlying cause out of which come forth all true ideas. Although Principle is formless, it is that by which all form is produced. God immanent in the universe is the great underlying Cause of all manifestation; the Source from which form proceeds.
God as law is Principle in action. Everything has its foundation in a rule of action, a law. Divine law is the orderly working out of the principles of Being. Divine law cannot be broken. It places first things first. Divine order is the first law of the universe. Indeed, there could be no universe unless its various parts were kept in perfect order.
God is the one harmonious Principle underlying all being and the Reality out of which all that is eternal comes. Reality is that which is abiding, eternal, and unchangeable. The basic principles of mathematics and music are real, because they are not subject to change.
God is Spirit, the Principle of creative life, the moving force in the universe, the omnipotent, omnipresent essence from which all things proceed. God is life. God is in the universe as its constant “breath.” Life is a principle that is made manifest in living. Spirit is not matter. Spirit is not person. Spirit cannot be analyzed by the senses. It is beyond their grasp. In order to perceive the essence of Being we must drop from mind the belief that God is circumscribed in any way or has any of the limitations usually ascribed to persons, things, or anything having form or shape. As the animating life of all things God is a unit, but as the Mind that drives this life He is diverse.
The only real science is the science of Spirit. It never changes. By science we mean the systematic and orderly arrangement of knowledge. Orderliness is law, and is the test of true science. The facts of Spirit are of a spiritual character and, when understood in their right relation, they are orderly. The lawful truths of Spirit are more scientific than the constantly shifting opinions based on intellectual standards.
By the term Mind, we mean God–the universal Principle, which includes all principles. In our talk about Mind we are forced to leave the plane of things formed and enter the realm of pure knowing. God is the original Mind in which all real ideas exist. The Mind of the universe is composed of archetype ideas: life, love, wisdom, substance, truth, power, peace, and so forth. The one original Mind creates by thought. The science of Truth is God thinking out creation.
God as Truth is the eternal verity of the universe. He is the underlying, unchangeable Truth. The absolute Truth is that which accords with God as divine Principle; that which is, has been, and ever will be; that which eternally is. The Truth of God is reality. The verities of Being are eternal.
God as omnipresence is the only presence in the universe. This refers to the all-pervading presence of God, permeating the universe. God is everywhere present. There is no place where God is not. He is in all, through all, and around all.
God is All-Power, all the power there is. God as omnipotence is infinite power, the Almighty. All things are possible with God, because He is infinitely all-mighty, having all power or force to accomplish anything. All the power, all the force, all the might of the universe are God’s. He is, in truth, Almighty God. Spiritual power is omnipresent.
God as omniscience is all-knowing, all knowledge. God is Mind. God is omnipresent Mind enfolding and interpenetrating all things. Mind is common to all, above and below, within and without. God must be in His universe as everywhere-intelligent power; otherwise it would fall to pieces.
God is substance. This does not mean matter. Matter is formed while God is the formless. This substance which God is lies back of all matter and all forms. Substance is the divine idea of the underlying reality of all things. Substance is everywhere present, pervades all things. Through substance all the attributes of Being are expressed. It sustains and enriches any idea that is projected into it. Divine substance is supply. It is that which is the basis of all form yet enters not into any form as finality. It cannot be seen, tasted, or touched. Yet, it is the only “substantial” substance in the universe. God as substance is the all-providing law which supplies bountifully out of His own abundance.
The real of the universe is held in the Mind of Being as ideas. The firstborn of everything in the universe is an idea in Divine Mind. In God Mind an idea is the eternal Word or Logos, the original, primary, or unlimited thought of Being. Ideas may be combined in a multitude of ways, producing infinite variety in the realm of forms. There is a right combination which constitutes the divine order.
Love, in Divine Mind, is the idea of universal unity. Of all the attributes of God, love is undoubtedly the most beautiful. Love is the power that joins and binds in divine harmony the universe and everything in it. Divine love is impersonal; it loves for the sake of loving. Love is the great harmonizer.
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Dynamics For Living by Charles Fillmore
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