How I Used Truth - Lesson 9 - Annotation 2
Name the days or steps (giving the metaphysical meaning of each) in the creative process as given in Genesis I, and the first three verses of Genesis II, culminating in the seventh day (step) or Sabbath. What follows these seven days or steps?
"The first step in creation is the awakening of man to spiritual consciousness, the dawning of light in his mind, his perception of Truth through the quickening of his spirit. Light is wisdom; and the first day's work is the calling of light or wisdom into expression" (Mysteries of Genesis, page 14).
"There must be a 'firm' starting point or foundation established" (Mysteries of Genesis, pages 16, 17).
"The third step in creation is the beginning of the formative activity of the mind called imagination. . . . the imagination begins a great multiplication of forms and shapes in the mind" (Mysteries of Genesis, page 18).
"The fourth step in creation is the development of . . . the will and the understanding . . . These are but reflectors of the true light; for God had said, 'Let there be light: and there was light'—before the sun and moon were created.
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6th day or step; "And God said, Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind, cattle, and creeping things, and beasts . . . And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" (Gen. 1:24, 26).
In this step we have ideas fulfilling their purpose.
This is the period of rest after the idea is conceived through the six steps of activity. In this step God has finished His work as Creator. He has imaged a complete plan of operation for His son, man, His seed or Word, and He rests. For man the seventh step is the time of the silence, the Sabbath.
"The plans of Divine Mind were finished although there was as yet no outward manifestation. All is finished first in consciousness and mind then rests, in faith, from further mental activity. This 'rest' precedes manifestation. The seventh day refers to the mind's realization of fulfillment, its resting in the assurance that all that has been imaged in It will come forth in expression" (Mysteries of Genesis, page 31).
Demonstration or manifestation in the world of form follows the seven steps in the creative process. It is logical and inevitable, when it is according to the law of mind action, that is: mind, idea, expression. In other words, we are to work in mind for some good to be brought forth; then, when we have rested in the assurance that God's laws never fail, the demonstration will follow in mind, body, or affairs.
For example, if we have held the idea of life, then the light or inspiration that life is our inheritance from God will come first to consciousness. We need then to have faith that life will manifest as health of body. Imagination pictures the body as healthy, radiant, vibrant, energetic. Next our understanding is quickened, and through the will faculty and the perceptive faculties we are moved to do all that is necessary on our part to enable our body to manifest health. Good judgment (discrimination) in the use of our body follows. Inevitably the idea we have been holding in mind begins to come alive in our consciousness. Though there may at first be no recognizable change in the physical body itself, we rest" In the assurance that God's law of life is doing its perfect work. In divine order the body will manifest wholeness when every step or "day" has been completed.
Preceding Entry: What is a "word"? To what do we refer when we write "Word" with a capital "W"?
Following Entry: Read John I and relate it to God's spoken word, "Let there be," in Genesis I. To what particular phase of the creative process does each chapter refer?