Series 2 - Lesson 1 - Annotation 9
Explain God as the one Mind
9. God as the one Mind is the originating source of all that is, acting through the movement of the ideas that make up Mind. Life is animation. The word animation came into our language from the Latin animus, meaning mind. The word spirit came from the Latin spiritus, meaning to breathe, to live. In this sense spirit and mind are synonymous terms.
In Gen. 1:1 we read, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." God ideated, imaged the heavens (the ideal) and the earth (the mental picture of the ideal). Then in a definite plan for the universe and man, Genesis gives us the other steps, all of which are to be taken through thought.
God, the Principle of Absolute Good is alive, active as the universal Mind substance -- omnipresence -- creates and sustains good in an orderly way in man and in the universe. Substance is the totality of God and life is the action, the expression of this completeness working out a definite plan. God inspirits (inspires) all of His creations with consciousness. All being, all living, all doing, all interest, all exertion, all movement is the expression of the life idea as it works in and through the passive substance or "body of God," making it active and productive.
Mind and thought are one and are inseparable. They are Principle and its way of expression. The perfection or imperfection of the manifestation is due to the character of the thought, the mental picture, that man conceives in interpreting the ideal.