Lessons In Truth - Lesson 5 - Annotation 6
Are supply and demand equal?
The ideas of Divine Mind, or creative Mind, always have been, are now, and always will be at man's disposal, but in the relative sense we must make the "demand" before the "supply" comes to us. A merchant's store may be filled with goods, but if we were not aware of his stock, we would not be in a position to benefit from any of it.
God, our Father, is always offering to each of us "the unsearchable riches of Christ ... according to the riches of his glory" (Eph. 3:8, 16). These riches are offered in the form of ideas -- such as life, love, faith, wisdom, strength -- which we may accept and rightly use to fulfill the needs of mind, body, and affairs. For example, the ideas or qualities of life, vitality, energy, and strength produce health of body; ideas of plenty, opulence, and abundance produce prosperity in our affairs; ideas of harmony, love, compassion, and understanding produce friendship, companionship, satisfaction in all our human relationships.
As we give deep thought to the law of supply and demand, we come to see that we could not even make a demand for some good were the supply not already established in Divine Mind. We are primarily spiritual beings so our response will always be to the urge of God within, to express more of His nature in all aspects of our lives.
"The Father-Mother God has provided abundantly for all. In truth, when a babe is born into the world it brings with it faculties that, once set to work consciously functioning in the omnipresent etheric substance, open up channels through which unfailing supply and support come to this one" (Teach Us to Pray 40).
"Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard" (I Cor. 2:9 A.V.) what the great reservoir of God has in store for us subject to our call ("demand") and the call of all creation. Substance or Mind essence in which ideas inhere is "over all, and through all, and in you all" (Eph. 4:6).
Primarily, the aim of all our study is to learn to make conscious contact with God, the one Source of our supply, to "seek God . . . feel after him and find him" (Acts 17:27). In electricity the "contact" is the touching surface of two conductors through which a current passes. In spiritual unfoldment the channels or conductors are our desire to receive (the demand) and the willingness of Divine Mind to give (the supply) and these make contact in the silence of our own soul. When our mind touches or is consciously at one with Divine Mind, then the current of substance begins to flow in the form of rich ideas. These ideas in turn become the spiritual patterns for the "things . . . added" to which Jesus referred when He told us to seek first His kingdom.
Our recognition of the need for fulfillment, and making the demand, is, after all, just as important and wonderful as the fact that the need can be supplied. It shows our faith in God as unlimited substance, as the source of the supply for every demand. This is how we consciously work in divine order with the law of supply and demand. Lesson one of this course brought out that there is no situation where God cannot be found. No matter what the condition may be that appears, it has been formed out of spiritual substance, and this essence pervades it. Some conditions in life may appear to be rather terrifying, yet if we will remember the Truth that it is out of the substance of God that all things are made, we will realize that God must be present in all conditions. The supply for any need can be found when the demand is made. Our part, then, is to use intelligently the underlying principles of Absolute Good in order to bring forth our supply.
Preceding Entry: Should denials and affirmations be confined to set forms or set rules?
Following Entry: What changes take place through the use of affirmations?