Lessons In Truth - Lesson 3 - Annotation 6
Through what faculties does man find God?
6. We find or become aware of God through the use of our faculties of thinking and feeling when they are directed Godward. God is not lost but we often lose awareness of Him in our human consciousness.
The word faculties (meaning "ability to act, to do") as used here refers to functions of our mind; abilities of our mind to express or use divine ideas or powers. Through the thinking faculty we observe that laws are in existence; that certain causes produce certain effects. However, this is not enough, for "the kingdom of God cometh not with observation" (Luke 17:20). Merely thinking about God and His nature is not sufficient to really find or experience His presence within. Another faculty must be brought into action and that is our feeling nature. We must combine our thinking and feeling with love and faith if we would come to know God as a living presence within us.
Each individual must make his approach to God at the center of his own being in the way that is right for him. No matter what approach to God an individual takes, he finds God by becoming consciously aware of Him through his thoughts and feelings for they bring him to the place in consciousness where he can say, "I know!" for then he actually experiences the presence of God.
Preceding Entry: What is meant by error consciousness?
Following Entry: How does each individual receive his own spiritual revelations? Why should we not depend wholly on books and teachers for an understanding of Truth?