How I Used Truth - Lesson 10 - Annotation 9
Why do we say that it is the "spoken" Truth that makes manifest?
9. From a metaphysical standpoint, "spoken" refers to the directing of thought about some Truth idea into definite mental form, so it may be projected into divine substance by the audible or the silent word. The "spoken" Truth, which acts like a magnet, is able to draw the necessary formed substance to construct the physical form.
The word manifestation was dealt with in the Annotations for Lesson Nine of How I Used Truth. We learned that it is something that is evident to any or all of the five senses. Thus, it is the "spoken Truth," rather than the Truth that remains only a vague mental acceptance, which produces the manifestation.
Thinking assembles ideas and mind substance into the mental form of what is desired. If thought remains unexpressed (either audibly or silently) it goes no further than the mental realm. The law of mind action requires the expression and manifestation of the thought by the "spoken word." This law is always at work. However, if thoughts of fear, anxiety, worry take hold of the consciousness, then Truth is prevented from coming forth and manifesting in every area of our life. The law of mind action will bring forth according to the type of thinking and speaking that is predominant in us. Knowing the unfailing power of the "spoken word" we need to be very sure that we have prayed for guidance in the words we speak. Charles Fillmore says in this regard, on page 48 of Prosperity:
"After you get into the spiritual consciousness and receive the quickening, speak the word with authority and power . . . We find it effective to speak the words aloud and then sink back-to 'the other side' (Galilee), as Jesus often did, to rest and speak them again silently. You can send forth this vibratory energy of Spirit and break down the inertia caused by thoughts of fear and lack, carve out ways, open new avenues to the demonstration of your good" (Prosperity 48).
It is advantageous for us, if the occasion allows, first to speak our word of Truth audibly. This gives us an opportunity to "listen" to the words we are speaking so that realization of the ideas they present will be allowed to expand in our consciousness. It is not the audible words that have power, but Truth (divine ideas) back of them. For our words really to be the "spoken Truth" we need to speak them silently within the inmost realm of our soul. There are times when our emotions are touched so deeply that we could not utter words of Truth audibly. They are nevertheless still "spoken" with authority and the conviction that engenders gratitude and thanksgiving.
It is good to think about Truth so far as it concerns our relationship to God, to our fellow man, and to the universe in which we live. It is possible, however, to become so enamored of the exaltation we feel in this realization that we go on just thinking and feeling about it and do not make it manifest by "speaking the Truth" for mind, body, and affairs. In meditation we think about Truth. When we reach the place of really concentrating we are no longer merely thinking. We are no longer weighing the merits of Truth, but we are "speaking" Truth. This may be accomplished either silently in the depths of our being, or by the inner realization plus the audible word.
"To decree with assurance is to establish and fix an ideal in substance. The force behind the decree is invisible, like a promise to be fulfilled at a future time; but it binds with its invisible chains the one who makes it... . Trained metaphysicians produce . . . results through the spiritual word, uttered audibly or silently or both." (Atom-Smashing Power of Mind 50,54).
Preceding Entry: What is meant by the statement, "There is no evil"?
Following Entry: Why is it necessary that we "realize" omnipresence?