Unity Metaphysics 2 (Tan Book)
06 The Lesson and the Laboratory
"Our Bible teaches plainly that God implanted in man His perfect image and likeness, with executive ability to carry out all the creative plans of the Great Architect. When man arrives at a certain point in spiritual understanding it is his office to cooperate with the God principle in creation. Jesus had reached this point and He said, 'My Father worketh even until now, and I work.'" (Atom-Smashing Power of Man 18)
"The 1st chapter of Genesis describes the creative action of universal Mind in the realm of ideas and does not pertain to the manifest world. This truth is substantiated in the 2nd chapter, where it is stated that there was not a man to till the soil." (Revealing Word/Creation)
It helps a person keep a balanced perspective to realize that he is not the creator of anything, but that he participates in the process of creation and thereby becomes creative. Mr. Fillmore says in these paragraphs of man in his creative capacity: "It is his office to cooperate with God principle in creation." Then Mr. Fillmore quotes Jesus: "My Father worketh even until now, and I work." This indicates that even such an advanced soul as Jesus saw Himself as one who had entered a creative process already operative before His entrance into it. This is true of all persons.
6B THE LESSON:
"What we all need is a better understanding of the principles at the very foundation of Being, of the spiritual character of God, and especially of the omnipresence of the spiritual principles. Then we need to understand our relation to these spiritual principles and what we have to do to make them operative in our mind and affairs." (Teach Us to Pray 159
Since "spiritual principles" is a rather general term it might be well to use another term which designates the same thing: divine ideas. Divine ideas are with us always. They constitute our direct inheritance from our Father. Our twelve powers are divine ideas transmuted into faculties that we can recognize, name, and express. How to recognize and use our twelve faculties (cooperate with spiritual principles) is one of the main lessons we are here in life to learn.
6C THE LABORATORY:
"Some people mistake spiritual perception for the reality, and refuse to take the second step of science, which is organic realization of the truths perceived in mind. This second step is one of intricate building, stone by stone, of a living temple in which Spirit resides forever. No one can undertake this structure of a spiritual body, until he has covenanted to follow the directions of Spirit as revealed to him from day to day. (Talks on Truth 97)
"Demonstration—The proving of a Truth principle in one's body or affairs. The manifestation of an ideal when its accomplishment has been brought about by one's conformity in thought, word, and act to the creative Principle of God. It is a metaphysical law that there are three steps in every demonstration: the recognition of Truth as it is in Principle; holding an idea; and acknowledging fulfillment." (Revealing Word/Demonstration)
Religion that is only pure idealism is incomplete and unsatisfactory. Man must incorporate the theory and the idealism into performance. This fulfills the purpose of religion by making it practical. It is significant that Charles and Myrtle Fillmore chose the term "practical" Christianity as a description of what Unity was about. The blending of idealism with desirable manifestation was the goal they always had in mind. Jesus had taught the same things centuries before when He said, "By their fruits ye shall know them."
6D THE SECOND STEP:
"God's world is a world of results that sequentially follow demands. It is in this kingdom that man finds his true home. Labor has ceased for him who has found this inner kingdom. Divine supply is brought forth without laborious struggle: To desire is to have fulfillment. This is the second step in demonstration for the one who fully dedicated himself to the divine guidance. He immediately enters into easier experiences and more happiness than the world affords, when he covenants to follow only the good. There is an advanced degree along the same line of initiation into the mysteries of the divine. Before this step may be taken, a deeper and more thorough mental cleansing must be undergone. A higher set of faculties is then awakened within the body, and new avenues of expression are opened for the powers of the Spirit, not only in the body, but also in the affairs of the individual.” (Charles Fillmore Prosperity 18)
Mr. Fillmore says, "Before this step may be taken, a deeper and more thorough mental cleansing must be undergone." This is where individual effort comes in. A "thorough mental cleansing" may sound very attractive. But in practice is it always a pleasant effort? Sometimes not. Experiences that entail sacrifice are not always pleasant for a person. But is it worthwhile? Absolutely! An important kind of mental cleansing consists of detaching one's sense of I Am from any negative emotions that it may now be connected with. Such effort constitutes true denial.
6E THE OVERCOMER:
"To overcome the world one must be proof against all its allurements of riches and honor. To overcome the flesh one must spiritualize the five-sense man until material consciousness is raised to spiritual consciousness in feeling, tasting, seeing, hearing, and smelling. This change will ultimate in man's complete mastery of the body and in its final redemption from death." (The Twelve Powers of Man 69)
"We cannot enter fully into the Christ consciousness so long as we have a grudge against anyone. The mind is so constituted that a single thought of a discordant character tinges the whole consciousness; so we must cast out all evil and resisting thoughts before we can know the love of God in its fullness." (Charles Fillmore Christian Healing 138)
These two paragraphs hand us a rather heavy assignment. To be "proof against all the allurements" of the world, and to have no grudge against anyone are the requirements he states. These things can be attained, usually not in one fell swoop, but in greater and greater degree through honest effort. One of the initial efforts one can make in this direction is to try to realize that nothing in all the world is to be considered as an end in and of itself. Everything in the world should be viewed as a means to something else. This helps free a person from placing his sense of I Am in the wrong things. It protects a person from becoming addicted to anything in the world. One aspect of our evolutionary destiny is to become masters of existence, and this is the reason why continuous overcoming is essential.
6F DIVINE ORDER:
"Before you can realize the mighty power of ideas you must unify them. All must pull together. Get your ideas in divine order, and a mighty mind force will begin to work for you right away. This divine order is necessary to the up-building of both mind and body. This divine order is the 'kingdom of heaven' so often referred to by Jesus. To attain this unity and harmony of mind it is necessary to have perfect statements of Truth and to adhere to them in thought and word." (Jesus Christ Heals 130)
Order is a divine idea. So it is perfectly correct to speak of divine order. Like all divine ideas, order responds to our thought of it. The more one thinks of order and affirms it, the more one will experience that idea. Mr. Fillmore says the same thing about the divine ideas of knowing, love, prosperity, health, etc. All divine ideas work for us under the same spiritual Law, the law of increase with usage.
"To one who gains even a meager quickening of the Spirit, Christianity ceases to be a theory; it becomes a demonstrable science of the mind. We must not anticipate better social and economic conditions until we have better men and women to institute and sustain those conditions." (Atom-Smashing Power of Mind 31)
"People everywhere on earth are now realizing as never before that the well-being of this world rests with its inhabitants. It is no longer a religious dogma or a philosophical theory that the destiny of the race is in the hands of man. God has given all things to us to use as we shall determine. We can use the atomic energy to destroy or construct as we decree. 'Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death.” (Atom-Smashing Power of Mind 52)
It is very important how one accepts the idea of individual responsibility. If it is done reluctantly it will become difficult and probably go wrongly. If it is done boastfully and egotistically it will become artificial and probably go wrongly. It must be accepted humbly and gratefully, then it will go right. On our present level of human evolution, consciousness is the determining factor in our existence. And because this is true, individuality is more important than ever before.
6H THE NEW AGE:
"The time is ripe for the advent of a new race, the advent of the spiritualized man. This will be brought about, not by a miracle of the fiat of God, but by the gradual refinement of the man of the flesh into the man of Spirit. The true overcomer is qualifying himself to become a member of this super-race." (Keep a True Lent 190) "You are living in a new age. Yesterday is gone forever; today is here forever. Something grander for man is now unfolding. Put yourself in line with the progress of thought in the new age and go forward." (Charles Fillmore Prosperity 173)
A person is not part of the New Age just because he exists. He has the opportunity because he exists, but he must qualify for membership. He must make a choice, a conscious choice. He must decide whether to commit himself to Spirit or not. If not, then he will probably make some other kind of commitment (usually to "self"). This does not qualify a person for new-age participation. Such a person will exist in new-age times, but will not be a new-age person. He is out of step, so to speak. Each person may have his or her own definition of the word Spirit, but some form of commitment to Spirit is necessary for new-age qualification. Jesus said, "Ye must be born anew. . ." Opportunity for this choice is always present.
Transcribed by Phyllis Banhan on June 24, 2016.