Series 1 - Lesson 5 - Annotation 15
What two mental steps are taken in overcoming?
15. First, it is necessary to believe that it is possible to overcome our animal instincts and lower emotions such as fear, hatred, etc., as well as our error thoughts, wrong concepts, and false beliefs. The assurance of our victory is given us in the victory of Jesus, who overcame the world, the flesh, and the Devil. We must hold firmly to the belief that it is possible here and now to master our lower nature and to live the present life in the Christ consciousness. This work is not to be postponed. As a matter of fact we do not "live" but only exist before we are awakened to the Christ consciousness. Secondly, as the determination and the constant endeavor to live up to daily overcoming become more stable, they find expression in our mode of thought, feeling, and living. The idea grows in strength and clarity through constant attention, and it becomes in time the dominating factor of our lives. We are no longer affected by the thoughts of those with whom we come in contact. The Christ ideal has become established in our subconsciousness and we are so filled with Spirit that we radiate it spontaneously and effortlessly.
Preceding Entry: What is flesh heredity? How is it overcome?
Following Entry: What is the difference between an overcomer and one who merely does the best he can?