METAPHYSICAL BIBLE INTERPRETATION OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
This is a series of lectures given by Mr. Edward Rabel, member of the faculty of S.M.R.S.
Fall semester 1975 - 2nd. Yr. Class. Lecture given on October 28, 1975
Exod. 4:1-20, pp. 199-203 of transcript.
Instructions to Moses
The name given to the level of spiritual realization being conscious of being is very much equivalent to the Jehovah God Thought we're still dealing with here. This persistent tendency of the human mind to always seek sanction from established authority, and in the Unity movement it's usually authority in print - who wrote a book on it first, what page, what paragraph, what punctuation marks, before we dare incorporate it - well, how did it get started? Were there no original thinkers anywhere in the movement? Is everything in Unity a rehash of something already published? Much of it is. I shouldn't have said rehash. I should have said either an extension or an expansion of already-printed material. Much of it is, of course, but certainly a great deal of original thinking is responsible for the body of teachings we call Unity.
Charles Fillmore was not, as far as I can find out, an extensively educated man. He wasn't famous for his long list of degrees, titles, after his name. As far as I can tell, evidently he was a man of average or maybe even less than average education of that day, but extremely intelligent and extremely original. I would say his originality stemmed from a very unique ability he had, which he could not explain, but he had it, of tuning into Source on the mental plane and spiritual plane, somehow aligning his mind with the all-knowing quality which we call the Christ Mind, which is in every person, if they will attune to it; and through this he was able to come up with the most astounding series of writings that I have yet encountered from this century, this particular era. What was his authority for that? Certainly his own I AM realization. This seeking of published authority or title authority persists to this very day, and is especially noticeable in religious movements and in studies within an academic framework. We're growing out of this, I think.
The Lord continues His instructions to Moses and tells him to take along his brother Aaron as spokesman and helper. Evidently Moses felt hindered by his speaking ability or his lack of it. So his brother, Aaron, who was evidently a very articulate person and well-skilled in the use of speech, was to be his spokesman and helper. Later on, we learn that the Israelites do believe in Moses, and they accept him as their leader. Then begins the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage, toward the promised land. Metaphysically, this depicts the inner preparation and eventual embarkation on the journey of what we now call truth study and spiritual unfoldment. From sense-bound limitation, Egyptian bondage, to greater spiritual awareness, the promised land. Do not equate the promised land, however, as I've often heard, Christ Consciousness. That isn't it. The promised land is merely higher levels of spiritual awareness than one had formerly functioned on.
Now the leading factor in this stage of man's unfoldment, the basic requirement on this level or this stage of unfoldment is to learn the letter of the truth teachings, to take classes in Unity fundamentals, read the books, learn the terminology, define certain of the concepts. This is a very fascinating and a very fruitful and productive stage of unfoldment into spiritual awareness; and it must begin right where all of us are, in Egypt. We can't wait until we improve before we start making effort at self-improvement. This is what a lot of people are saying when they're stalling and justifying their stalling. You know, when I have more faith, then I will believe in my prayers for healing. That's putting it in reverse. You want to start believing in your prayers for healing, and that will exercise your faith faculty, and your faith will increase.
I want the demonstration of faith first, then I'll believe; it doesn't work that way. You've got to believe first. You've got to know what you believe in, not belief that I can do; that's dangerous, that's a pitfall. Not belief that I can do but belief that truth is truth. I must believe in healing rather than starting off to believe that I can heal. That comes later if you're faithful. First, believe in healing. Leave the I can out of it. By believing in healing, then you connect yourself with the healing principle. It then recognizes you as one of its available channels, and folks, the minute the healing principle recognizes any human being as an eligible, available channel, guess what it's going to do? It's going to infill itself into that person's willing consciousness, and he's going to develop the other qualities and become a healing consciousness. But it all must begin with the willingness and the belief in the truth of the principle. And then the personal consciousness aspect of it, like "I can do it", you might begin to avoid that, which would be a great thing. It's like telling a patient in a hospltal, who is sick, "You've got to believe you can be healed." And, often that hits him like a brick wall. He gets frightened and confused, because he's depleted.
But if you can say, "Let's believe in healing. Let's believe together that healing really is a truth, a reality, a living principle. Let's believe that." Then we're not hitting him with personal consciousness requirements, you see. You're offering to him something he's perfectly capable of doing, if he is willing, and go on from there. The learning of the letter truth teachings or metaphysics or just the letter of the law of cause and effect is the beginning stage and it begins in each of us, right in the midst of our current material circumstances and sense limitations and appetites. You don't reform before you start this effort; you start this effort, and the effort will reform a person. It doesn't begin on a higher plane. The higher plane is the goal, not the starting place.
So, Moses had to go back to Egypt and begin his great work, just as we have to bring the truth we are learning right down into the ordinary life state and condition which constitutes our present life, whatever it may be. Some of what you would call your present life does consist of involvement in many difficult and demanding situations, and that's your life, that's where you take your truth. Some of us are living in sort of an ivory tower-type of existence, like myself, for instance. I must learn to bring the truth I know even into that fifth floor apartment on Quality Hill in Kansas City, with my very, very hum-drum, very mundane, very uneventful life. But it happens to be my life, and I bring the truth, as best I can, to that.
Some of you are now in the midst of a wildly romantic love affair, you lucky devils. That happens to be your most important place in life right now; why shouldn't it be? You see, we all have our areas, all of us have the places where right now we are king or we are Moses or we are Pharaoh. Bring the truth you learn into that, spiritualize it as best you can; and what you do with those specific areas of your life will color the whole pattern of your life. But whatever your Egypt is now, that's the right place to begin. Don't copy somebody else but spiritualize your own present circumstance, and it's very easy and very pleasant. You will enjoy your crisis intervention career, like John is in, which is far from an ivory tower, and you will enjoy the type of life like I am in now, if that happens to be your circumstance. It is the Spirit that does it and what you do with your spiritual knowledge.
Transcribed by Margaret Garvin on February 11, 2015.