Unity Metaphysics 2 (Tan Book)
01 Metaphysical Thinking
TruthUnity Note about the Ed Rabel videos. The video commentary by Ed Rabel that appears here and in the next three chapters was given in April 1992. At that time Unity had moved on from the “Tan covered” Metaphysics book to the “Blue covered” Metaphysics book. The Blue covered Metaphysics book had eliminated the material from Chapters 1 to 4 in the Tan covered book. Ed reserved the last two days of his April 1992 lectures to comment about the material in these chapters, which he believed was very important. Here is his introduction to these two days of lectures about chapters 1-4 of the tan book material.
1A MICROCOSM AND MACROCOSM:
"The material universe is but the shadow of the spiritual universe." (Atom-Smashing Power of Mind 160)
"All those who go deep enough into the study of the mind agree perfectly on fundamentals, one of which is that the universe originated in mind, was projected into action by thought, and is being sustained by mind power. Self-analysis reveals the manner in which the individual mind acts, and this action is the key to all action in the small and the great, in the microcosm and the macrocosm, in man and in God." (Twelve Powers of Man 143)
As human beings we are looking out at a material world; we see it, we hear it, we smell it, we taste it, we touch it. But do we ever take time to consider, "From whence do we do this looking out? What are we looking out from? Where do the energy and intelligence come from that enables us to look out at and experience this world that many call reality and that some believe is the only world? Because the answer to these questions is so important, Unity teaches that we must all take time to become still and turn within. In many ways the inner world is even more important to us than the outer. Charles Fillmore calls the outer world "the shadow" of the inner. Both are real, but the outer is real only in the sense that there is such a thing as a "real shadow."
1B THE ONE MIND:
"The material forms that we see about us are the chalk marks of a mighty problem being outworked by the one Mind. To comprehend that problem and to catch a slight glimpse of its meaning, we must grasp the ideas that the chalk marks represent; this is what we mean by studying Mind back of nature. Man is mind and he is capable of comprehending the plan and the detailed ideas of the supreme Mind." (Charles Fillmore Christian Healing 12)
"We may understand the relation and office of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit by analyzing our own mind and its apparent subdivisions during thought action, because each one of us is a perfect copy in miniature, an image and likeness, of the great universal first cause—Being." (Talks on Truth 134)
In 1A Mr. Fillmore speaks of the outer world as "the shadow." Here in 1B he refers to it as "chalk marks." Of course, these are figures of speech. Chalk marks made by what? Mr. Fillmore says, "by the one Mind." When we speak of one Mind it is tempting to the intellect to think of a gigantic brain. But this is to revert to an anthropomorphic concept of God. The one Mind is not a brain. It does not "belong" to someone named God. Actually, it is undefinable. We know not what it IS. But we do know what it does. It creates Divine Ideas—the most powerful and important things in the universe as it appears to us.
1C THE CREATIVE PROCESS:
"Think of Being as an aggregation of ideas with potential creative capacity but governed in its creative processes by unalterable laws. Mentally see those ideas projected into action in a universe evolving a self-conscious creature possessed of free will called man. As man develops through the combination of those original ideas, behold him arriving at a place in his evolution where he realizes his power of self-determination and consciously begins to choose as his own field of action the many pleasant activities of the universe and to combine them in his own way." (Jesus Christ Heals 177)
Unity regards our universe as a living organism. Mr. Fillmore refers to it as "an aggregation of ideas," and all these ideas are also living — a living universe with creative energy in the form of divine Ideas. This is a most attractive concept of the universe. From this point of view, man becomes a creative process also; a creative process conscious of itself as individuality.
1D AS WITHIN SO WITHOUT:
"The truth that things have a spiritual as well as a material identity and that the spiritual is the cause side and of greatest value, is a revelation that may be slow in coming to most people." (Charles Fillmore Prosperity 147)
"Judge not according to appearance. We should form no conclusions until we have gone thoroughly into the causes and the underlying laws. The things we see outwardly are the effects that have arisen from causes that are invisible to us. There is an inner and an outer to everything: Both the mental and the material conditions pervade the universe. Man slides at will up and down the whole gamut of cause and effect. The whole race slides into an effect almost unconsciously and so identifies the sense with the effect that the causes are lost sight of for thousands of years." (Charles Fillmore Prosperity 146)
"Do not jump to conclusions. Study a situation carefully in its various aspects before you decide. Consider both sides, the visible and the invisible, the within and the without." (Charles Fillmore Prosperity 28)
Every person should strive to realize that there is always an invisible factor in the cause of everything that happens. Sometimes some of the cause is visible or apparent. But usually this is just the tip of the iceberg on the causal side of anything. The "cause" side of human existence is mostly invisible. Such things as thoughts, words, attitudes, desires, will, memory, etc. are all invisible qualities. They are all part of the great "within" of mankind.
1E CAUSE AND EFFECT:
"Our words are so interwoven with our thoughts and acts that we do not discern the relation between cause and effect, in fact, we do not as a rule see any connection between them. We are so concerned with effects that we have no consciousness of causes." (Teach Us to Pray 73)
"It is no great achievement for one who follows the leading of Spirit within to forecast the future. To Spirit the future is a succession of events based on the ideas revolving in the mind at present. Whoever rides into his own ideal realm can read his future for himself. He finds there a chain of causes at work that he can easily see will produce certain results. It is not necessary for him to read the definite line along which each separate idea will travel to its ultimate. This is the method of reasoning from cause to effect." (Keep a True Lent 46)
Here Mr. Fillmore views the subject of cause and effect in terms of the ability to forecast the future. As a person grows in spiritual awareness the law of cause and effect becomes more than just an impersonal law (such as karma). It becomes a more organic thing, a more positive factor. Instead of feeling in bondage to it we begin to perceive ways of "using" it. The example Mr. Fillmore gives is to use it to determine logical outcomes of certain causes that have been set into motion. This is not fortune-telling or superstition. This is a form of metaphysical logic.
1F WHERE TO BEGIN:
"This is the step we must all take: Begin to seek this kingdom of God's substance. Trust in the promise and see the result in the mental currents that are set in motion all about us. You may not be able to see at just what point success began, or what separate word of allegiance to the Father first took effect, but as the weeks or months go by you will observe many changes taking place in your mind, your body, and your affairs. You will find that your ideas have broadened immensely, that your little limited world has been transformed into a big world. You will find your mind more alert and you will see clearly where you were in doubt before, because you have begun thinking about realities instead of appearances. The consciousness of an omnipotent hand guiding all your affairs will establish you in confidence and security, which will extend to the body welfare and surroundings. There will be a lessening or entire absence of prejudice and fault-finding in you. You will be more forgiving and more generous and will not judge harshly. Other people will feel that there has been a change in you and will appreciate you more, showing it in many ways. Things will be coming your way, being added unto you indeed according to the promise." (Charles Fillmore Prosperity 39)
This is one of the most wonderful paragraphs in all of Charles Fillmore's writings. It should be read carefully and taken seriously. As one reads the series of beautiful things he says a person will experience, the sense of excitement begins to grow. As one sees himself as the person Mr. Fillmore is writing about, a willingness to do what is necessary to achieve it takes hold in consciousness.
Extra Comments: Unity and A Course in Miracles
Ed was asked about Unity and A Course in Miracles. Because the question does not relate to any of the particular topics in Metaphysics, I am placing his comments at the end of this chapter.
Transcribed by Phyllis Banhan on June 24, 2016.
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