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Temple Talks Series Two by Charles Fillmore

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Chapter 11
The Cosmic Man, Or The Grand Man Of The Universe

As students of Truth, sons of the all knowing Father, we stand at the Center and should fearlessly handle the so-called “mysteries” of Being. In reality, nothing is mysterious. There are no occult things to the man who knows the One Mind. Great minds are courageous, and no one makes much progress in spiritual understanding until he develops a fearless freedom. We should be like Moses, who fearlessly handled the serpents at the command of Jehovah. We may understand and use all the forces in existence if we go about it in the right way.

The Cosmic Man, or Grand Man of the Universe, often referred to by religious mystics, is the Christ, and the Christ is the Higher Self of man. Thus a seeming great mystery is reduced to simple numbers. We do not realize the nearness of this Cosmic Man, because we have not found our real selves. Jesus Christ educated his followers to discern the real man. They, like most people in our time, judged of man from the appearance, and he was trying to lead them into the understanding of the Truth and help them to find the Higher Self. When Jesus asked his disciples who men said the “Son of man” was, the reply came, “Some say John the Baptist; some, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” Then said he to them, “But whom say ye that I am?” Spiritual perception was awakened in Peter and he said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” “And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jonah: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father who is in heaven.” He said, I am the light of the world. . . . Ye are the light of the world.”

Spiritual perception reveals to us that we are not persons, but factors in the Cosmic Mind. Reveal yourself to yourself by affirming, “I am the Christ, the Son or the living God.” Look at yourself not as flesh and blood, but as Spirit. Jesus Christ affirmed his true self, and the Father acknowledged him. The reason of the limited comprehension and power of the ordinary man is found in the fact that he sees the world about him as under material law, and agreeing with it, he makes himself part of it. We can easily reason ourselves into a higher estate, but have not the courage to affirm it. Whatever we can imagine, that we can attain; and if we can get a comprehension of our spiritual estate we can demonstrate it. Christ Jesus is the Cosmic Man, the Grand Man of the Universe, demonstrated, developed, brought out.

If we lose ourselves in outer study we become separated from the Center, and let go our hold on mind, the propelling force. It is possible for us to look out upon the universe with the eye of sense and see all things as material. Everything is then a passing show, and we the puppets. But the spiritual man knows that the universe is spiritual and within himself, and he studies it spiritually.

All of the great men of the world have realized to some extent the powers of the Higher Self. Napoleon said he was not as other men. He was not under laws and conditions and circumstances, but he made circumstances. He felt his dominion as the Son of God, although he did not understand it. In what is called “genius” there is a gleam of the spiritual man expressing himself without reference to the world without. When the race thought presses down, the genius ceases to manifest his great powers; but if he will go by himself, and come in touch again with his Higher Self—the Christ—he shall once more express his genius.

The spiritual man is a law unto himself; and when we claim our Divine Sonship, like Jesus, we take on authority and rise superior to the mortal law. Nature loves to obey the man who speaks to her with authority born of true dominion. The Cosmic Man, the Grand Man of the Universe, sings, “I set the pace for the human race.” The Divine Law of the Unlimited is written in the heart of every man, and will assert itself when he proclaims it.

Jesus Christ came as the demonstration of the Cosmic Man. He walked on the waters, fed the multitudes from the universal ether, went through closed doors, and in every way showed himself superior to the laws to which ignorant men hold themselves in bondage. It is also the privilege of the Cosmic Man to sweep away all discord, sickness and death. The mind of the flesh believes in weakness, hunger, demands sleep, and in various ways limits man. But if man will identify himself with the Cosmic Man all these beliefs will be dissolved, and he will be free indeed. All is ours now; all we need to bring it into expression is to agree with the Real Self. Every morning say, “I am now in possession of all things. In the beginning God created me with full capacity and with dominion over all things. I am I not personality, but Christ. God is my Father, and I Am his obedient Son. There is nothing I cannot do, because I know that with my almighty spiritual power all things are possible to me. I live in the Universal Spirit. I am not material, I am not weak, I am not sick; I am Spirit, and I now and forever identify myself with the Christ of God.”

Preach to yourself a sermon like that every morning, another at night, and many times through the day. It is necessary to preach to the intellectual man and tell him the truth. He is very tenacious of what he thinks is true, and he must learn the truth, line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little, until he becomes quickened.

If you have to walk instead of fly, you have not found yourself. If you are afraid of anything you have not found yourself. The Higher Self is not under any limitation whatever. If we follow the Lord Jesus Christ we shall do the things that he did, and greater, and the works will be done in just the way that he did his mighty works—through the realization of the Cosmic Mind and its oneness with the Father.