Series 1 - Lesson 2 - Annotation 14
Explain how to treat another.
14. One who is preparing to "treat" another first treats himself by clearing his mind (by denial) of any opinions, concepts, or beliefs that do not measure up to divine Principle, thus making himself a worthy instrument for the works of God. He acknowledges that there is but one Presence and one Power in the universe, God, the good omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.
When this has been done, the next action is to realize that the work is not being done by the one treating another, but to know that he is an instrument ready to be used by Spirit, for creative Mind does the work — "the Father abiding . . . doeth his works" (John 14:10). He denies the appearance of error as having reality and affirms the saving grace of the Christ, active in and through himself and the one for whom he prays.
Metaphysically, Jesus Christ is the name of the principle immanent in every living human being. It is the gift that is inherent in each of us as the offspring of God. It is the spiritual inheritance of the God ideas within us, as well as the power to understand, express, and manifest them in the flesh.
Christ, metaphysically, is the pattern of God, the image that is within each soul; the seed or Word of God, Son of God, God's idea of Himself, containing all the elements necessary to reproduce God, the good, in human experience.
Jesus, metaphysically, is that which saves us; the understanding use of the Christ pattern, and the God substance. It is the unfolding in each soul (thinking and feeling) of all the ideas that are required to bring forth the divinity in each individual. Jesus is the "likeness," the Son of man; God incarnate in every man; "the word . . . made flesh" (John 1:14).
Preceding Entry: In what respects does it differ from the old concept of prayer?
Following Entry: Is it right to give a treatment to any person who has not requested it?