The Unreality of Matter was published several times by Unity. It was first published in Unity magazine for October 1897, The Unreality of Matter by Leo Virgo. It was published again in 1916 as a tract, The Unreality of Matter by Charles Fillmore. It was apparently included in early editions of Talks on Truth, but was removed from the 1926 and subsequent editions.
This article is important because of fundamental questions it raises. New Thought has attempted to distinguish itself from Christian Science by asserting that there is no lack of life, substance or intelligence anywhere. It is referenced and discussed in chapter six on The Nature of God in James Teener's 1939 dissertation on Unity.
This tract was shared by Michael King, a long-time friend of Unity. He shares it with his blessings.
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The Unreality of Matter
By CHARLES FILLMORE
UNITY SCHOOL OF CHRISTIANITY
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THIS question of the status of matter in the realm of reality is as old as the race, and all the ground which to modern metaphysicians seems so new was gone over thousands of years ago and the most abstruse conceptions of today fully anticipated. The oldest philosophy extant has for its foundation stone the total unreality of matter. This the Hindu clearly teaches, that the whole material universe is illusion, and not only these myriad forms which we behold with the natural eye, but beyond and interior to these they tell us there exists a realm of forms far transcending this in every way — but which is all maya or illusion. This religion counts among its adherents some of the deepest thinkers and most profound metaphysicians the world has ever known. It has 150,000,000 followers, more than any other system many times over, and has in the past few years taken a fresh hold upon the minds of Western people and is now sending its emissaries to this country. In Esoteric Buddhism, it is said of one of these sensuous, but to us invisible, realms,
"The person whose happiness of the higher sort on earth had been entirely centered in the exercise of the affections will miss none in Devachan of those whom he or she loved. But, at once it will be asked, if some of these are not themselves fit for Devachan, how then? The answer is, that does not matter. For the person who loved them they will be there. It is not necessary to say much more to give a clue to the position. Devachan is a subjective state. It will seem as real as the chairs and tables round us; and remember that above all things to the profound philosophy of occultism, are the chairs and tables, and the whole objective scenery of the world unreal and merely transitory delusions of sense. As real as the realities of this world to us, and even more so, will be the realities of Devachan to those who go into that state."
It will easily be seen from this that the Oriental philosophy accords with that which we are now trying to analyze. It recognizes and has in a measure located states of consciousness far outside of the so-called earthly existence. Yet when carefully analyzed and stripped of all intellectual illustration, it is found that it agrees exactly with the universal conclusions of all abstract philosophers, that all externality is in the seeming and has no existence as to time, place or extension, outside of the mind that in imagination beholds it.
Leibnitz taught that sensation was not an impression on the body coming from without, and affecting the mind, but it arose from within.
"All that we know of the properties of matter are affections of ourselves. When I say that an orange is sweet, the sweetness is a sensation in myself.
"It is the same with other so-called properties of material things — as redness, hardness, roughness, smoothness.
"These are only affections of myself, my own mind and thought and feeling; and, by the operation of a law that we do not fully understand, they are transposed out of ourselves into space, and regarded as the qualities of things existing independently of ourselves. So with regard to the human body, all its apparent changes, conditions and qualities are within the mind, and are only modes of thinking and feeling. The body with all its varying states of health and disease, pleasure and pain, strength and weakness, is only the externalization, or ultimation, or projecting outward in appearance to ourselves, of our inward condition."
This view is also clearly stated by the German philosopher, Fichte. He says,
"I am compelled to admit that this body, with all its organs, is nothing but a sensible manifestation, in a determinate portion of space, of myself — the inward thinking being — that I, the spiritual entity, and I, the bodily frame in the physical world, are one and the same, merely viewed from two different sides and conceived of by two different faculties, the first by pure thought, the second by external intuition. And this thinking, spiritual entity, this intelligence, which, by intuition (or sensation) is transformed into a material body, what can it be, according to principles, but a product of my own thought, something merely conceived of by me, because I am compelled to imagine its existence by virtue of a law to me wholly inconceivable."
These views of Evans and Fichte are virtually representative of those held by nearly all metaphysical students.
They agree that every phase and shade of externality depends for its existence and all the properties which it seems independently to possess upon the mind that perceives it. This truth is now accepted and taught in a general way in our common schools. Yet there is a point upon which there is no settled and definite conclusion, and that is the apparent fixity and permanence of the external universe. One school of philosophers holds that the phenomenal universe has an existence independent of the mind that beholds it, and another that it has no existence outside of the beholding mind.
Evans and Fichte both clearly see that the beholding mind makes its own externality by the "operation of a law we do not understand," or, as Fichte says, "by virtue of a law to me wholly inconceivable." Just here is the gist of the whole question, the rock on which so many philosophers have split and parted company.
This failure to understand the relation between the internal and the external is the cause of all differences between the schools that on the one hand advocate "there is no reality outside of matter," and on the other, "there is no matter."
That consciousness, or the internal thinking, spiritual quality, does recognize a difference between the freedom of its inherent state and the limitations of its environment, is patent to all, and we can, by tracing them back step by step, locate in this consciousness of difference all the opposing forces of the universe.
Every religion and system of philosophy of which we have any record postulates one original cause from which flows all existence. This first cause or God is also always invested with the attributes which we call good, and incapable of directly acting otherwise than good.
That most ancient teacher, Zoroaster, in speaking of creation by Ormuzd — God — said: "The first best, highest place he created was the All Possibility, and the second best highest place he created was the All Good. With him are all things possible, with him are all things good."
Yet in all these religions God is said to have created his opposite, that which to man seems evil.
In the less enlightened races, or those in whom sequential and consistent reasoning is lacking, God creates the devil premeditatedly, as it were, "with malice aforethought," while in those where greater consistency is sought, he creates an angel of light who afterwards revolts and becomes the devil. In the many philosophical systems built up by those who reflected within and then looked without, we also find the two opposing realms, one pitted against the other.
But as we get an apprehension of the inconsistency of a position that attributes a positive evil to a cause absolutely good, we are forced to widen our horizon of consciousness until we can see the point of reconciliation.
Now we all intuitively make this statement of God: Self-Existent Being, having no anterior cause. That is, First Cause, All Intelligent, All Wise, All Good, All Present, All Life and All Free. This is a universal statement of Being — which is accepted by everybody. Some locate God as a person, with the foregoing attributes, while others deny the personality.
The vital point is that God as Cause is One, and ever remains one, yet he is manifested as many, but that manifestation as the many must in essence be one, because God cannot separate or cut himself up into parts, but ever remains the indivisible unit.
What we term creation is the God consciousness forming within itself centers, which it seeks to endow, through orderly procedure, with all its attributes. "In Him we live, move and have our being." Humanity as a whole is the orderly arrangement of these centers and each individual is the concrete expression of the Universal God, and has potentially all the attributes of its cause.
We must assume that in Mind, Spirit, God, all things are possible — that is, that through its inherent possibilities it can make conditions necessary to carry to fruition its ideals. God's procedure in creation, as recorded in the first chapter of Genesis, is accepted by metaphysicians as an accurate description of the movements of Mind in the process of externalization.
The Infinite must ever remain beyond adequate description, and it can never be true to say that God is matter or in matter, or that God is even Spirit, if by the term spirit the consciousness carries a picture of some sort of substance. God must ever remain the incomprehensible Principle above and beyond and back of all concepts of him.
Moses does not attempt to describe God, in which he showed the great wisdom of the adept — he simply assumed that self-existent and undefinable Principle, and described what he saw as true of its action in the sphere in which his consciousness was cognizant. "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Now these two conditions are always the accompaniments of Mind — the ideal realm, "heaven" — and the matrix in which those ideals are cast — "the earth without form and void." It is not possible to explain, nor profitable to speculate upon the why and wherefore of the existence of these two original manifestations or confound them with Mind itself. In this we find the cause of many delusions on the part of speculative philosophy — the assumption that because God is ever present in substance and action, that he, therefore, is substance and action per se. Mind is always that which is superior to the act, and that which is acted upon.
Mind is that from which the manifested comes forth. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are always coincident and ever present, yet differ in degree, because Mind is always Father — Son is the idea that rises within the Father, and Holy Spirit is the substance in and through which mind acts — but all are included in the Father-Mind.
The testimony of those illuminated to a state where they come into planes of consciousness superior to the senses, is that there exists a universal light which proceeds out of God, and in which all forms take shape. They all agree that the nature of this light corresponds exactly with the consciousness of him who beholds it. To the one who is very close to God in the purity of his thought it is the scintillating glory of Infinite Love, and to one who has dwelt largely in mind upon the omnipotent power of God as exhibited in the Universe, it is the akasa, or astral light.
It is only very recently that our modern physical scientists have caught a glimpse from their quite limited standpoint of this "earth without form and void."
Prof. Dolbear, of Tufts University, in "Ether and its Newly Discovered Properties," says:
"The vital statements are these: It fills all space, is not molecular, and possesses an immense amount of energy. That it is not made up of minute individual particles, is indicated by the character of the wave motions of light which it transmits. There is no evidence whatever that bodies of matter are retarded in their motions while moving in it. Neither is there any evidence that the ether is subject to the law of gravitation. If the ether be a substance which is boundless in extent, not made up of particles, frictionless, and not subject to gravity, then it ought not to be confounded with a substance that is limited, is frictionable, and is subject to gravity.
"While reflecting upon the properties possessed by vortex rings such as one may see projected from the lips of a smoker, and sometimes from a locomotive, Sir William Thompson, now Lord Kelvin, considered whether it were not possible that the atoms of matter might be similar rings of ether. As the ether is frictionless, such a ring in it would be a permanent structure; that is, it would be indestructible, as we have reason to believe matter to be. It would have energy, momentum, inertia; it would be elastic and capable of vibrating at periodic times. Its two sides would possess different properties corresponding to polarity. Different volumes of ether and different rates of volume would give characteristic atomic differences. Other characteristics of atoms have been noted. The evidence for such a theory has been accumulating fast within a few years, and there is a growing conviction that something like it must be true.
"See, then, to what degree of simplicity the apparently complex phenomena of nature may be reduced — a simple space-filling medium in which different kinds of motions produce all the variety of phenomena. An atom is a whirling ring of ether in the ether. Its vibrations constitute heat; its rotations constitute electricity. Light is an undulation in the ether; magnetism is a whirling motion; gravitation is ether pressure. The ability of such a ring to absorb ether waves of all such kinds as itself can produce results in exchanges in energy, and every atom has a hold upon every other atom in the universe, and every motion it makes affects every other particle; and all this through the same agency, the ether. The latter is an unlimited reservoir of energy. If every atom of matter should be annihilated, there would still be a universe filled with energies of various kinds, and if matter were itself alive, there is no corner of the visible universe where abundance of energy for its maintenance is not present. This is a hint that physics give on the question of immortality. This conception is a long removal from the ideas prevalent not long ago, and, indeed, not uncommon now, of forces in nature, such as heat, light, electricity, etc., which govern phenomena.
"They have one and all been discharged from service, and there is left but matter, ether and motion as the factors; and if matter itself be resolvable into ether, as is highly probable, there is left but ether and motion.
"The sympathetic relation between matter and the ether before alluded to, by which any given kind of motion of a given atom or molecule tends to produce the same kind of motion in another similar atom or molecule, has a significance apparent at once when stated. Grant that mental action is accompanied by molecular motions of any sort, and it follows that there must be corresponding ether waves; and similarly constituted molecules in other bodies must as necessarily move in consonance with the first as if the source was heat motion upon a similar molecule, and such phenomena as thought transference would be looked for and explained as simply as the phenomena of the exchange of heat."
Here we have the statement of cold science "that if every atom of matter should be annihilated, there would still be a universe filled with energy of various kinds," and that matter is a mode of motion, and not, according to the common idea, created particles endowed with certain properties. Could the advocates of the unreality of matter ask for a stronger endorsement?
Here is the analytical scientist ready to demonstrate in his laboratory that what to sense seems an indestructible and everlasting substance, is but a combination of movements of an invisible energy.
Just here is where the metaphysician steps in and adds another link in the explanation of the chain of existence. The physical scientist describes different effects which he witnesses, but gets no conception of their cause, while the mental scientist, through a study of Cause, comes into conscious relations with it, and thus is bridged the heretofore awful chasm between Spirit and matter, or God and the devil. Now, when we know the mode or manner in which God imparts his consciousness to man we have the key to the whole situation, and with it we may unlock all the mysteries of the universe, and explain the gulf between Spirit and matter. This key is action, or energy, which is the visible manifestations of that God quality which we term Life.
God has created and finished in the ideal, or heaven, the perfect Man — Christ — and that perfect man is now in process of externalization in the earth as the many; in which comes forth the Christ Jesus. That ideal Man now lives in the bosom of the Father — and he thinks it not robbery to make himself equal with the Father, so he manifests through the power of the Word that life-principle which was his from the Father. He moves upon his own center of consciousness, and the concrete man is the result. This is the chain from cause to effect — Father, Son, Holy Ghost — Mind, Idea, Action — and the last in the trinity is the seat of all differentiation and consequently of separation.
Action implies relation, which must be governed by law, or discord ensues. Law necessarily implies limitation, because it is restraining in its nature — "a rule of action," according to Blackstone. Thus we may see how limitation, the absence in consciousness of perpetually energized God qualities, may appear in that which must remotely have had its cause in God. God pours his Spirit out fully upon his Son, Christ, the perfect Man Idea — and that Son works out the problem in the concrete — the personal man — through mental action, thinking, which is vibration. Thus the only creation of God is Man, the Perfect Idea, and that Idea externalizes its idea — "the Son of Man," the limited or personal man — through whom is expressed all forms. But these three are one, and we can get no clear conception of creation and its conditions by ignoring or separating the mind from its creations.
In this particular treatise we have to show how the narrowed consciousness of the concrete man has brought about that limitation of action called matter. We hold that man is Mind on all the planes of his consciousness, and that he is not, and never was, in matter, or limited by it, only as he thought so. Here is just the point where our key, action or vibration, opens the door to the physical universe in which man has apparently imprisoned himself. He is Spirit, and lives in a world of spirit where all things are in solution, as it were; that is, there exists in the Universal Mind the ideals of everything that ever was or ever will be imagined by man, and he, through the power of thought, gives them visibility and form. He does not actually originate anything — he simply receives the idea from the universal, and by and through the power of thinking — which manifests in atomic vibration in the luminiferous ether, or "world without form and void" — he fixes it in form. And again, that form itself is but arrested vibration (as our physical science has universally accepted), and is not a permanent creation, but a transitory picture of the idea — crude or symmetrical, according to the mental touch possessed by the one who fixes the image on the canvas of visibility. It is an axiom that the thought always precedes the act, or word, and we who have practiced thinking at a mark, know that the atomic vibration of the atmosphere on that plane is swifter than in audible speech. We also have all had many startling and wonderful manifestations of its power to produce effects both far and near. Our experiments with the power of the silent thought are being paralleled by those on the next outer plane — the audible word.
As an illustration of these experiments and the startling corroboration which they give to our doctrine of the formative power of the thought or word, we call attention to the following from "The Problem of Life," compiled from a recent contribution to Cassell's Family Magazine:
Relation of Sound to Form — How Sounds are Made Visible
Among the most interesting results of modern science is the discovery that musical sounds can imprint themselves upon matter, and produce definite forms as surely and unerringly as the electric needle can record the motions of the force discharged from a distant battery. Sound is a thing so ethereal to fancy that its very nature has long baffled human penetration, and we cannot wonder that the recondite aspect of its power to which we especially allude should have remained entirely unknown until a comparatively recent period. Yet, if we reflect upon the constitution of sound, we shall see nothing very surprising in the fact that it can produce form. When an elastic body vibrates it imparts vibrations to the surrounding atmosphere. The air vibrating in response to the movement of the body is itself the sound, though not recognized by us as such until these vibrations have been conveyed to our ears. But as a breeze will cause a twig to stir, and as the slightest whisper of wind will create motions among leaves and lift them to a new position, harmonious vibrations of air take effect in altering the conditions of the body they impinge on. Experiment has amply proved that the human voice is capable of printing form upon matter as successfully and distinctly as a violin bow drawn across the edges of a plate. The discoverer of this fact is Mrs. Watts Hughes. The experiments are conducted as follows: A hollow receiver is procured, over the mouth of which is stretched an elastic membrane. The surface of the membrane is covered with a semi-fluid paste, of such consistency that very light impressions can be easily received. A singer sings into the surface of the membrane, exercising the greatest care that his notes are singularly steady and perfectly accurate. At once the musical note mirrors itself on the paste, and in the most unexpected forms. Forms of flowers, as perfect as if they were drawn, occur among the rest — they indeed constitute the majority of the figures. Daisies, with every petal exactly shaped, are common; lilies, equally symmetrical, are not rare. A change of note, or of timbre, will produce a miniature tree on the paste. By some slight variation, impossible to estimate, the figure of a starfish will appear; another imperceptible difference of sound will produce an anemone. Occasionally the vibrations — presumably owing to an unconscious augmentation of force on the part of the singer — will imprint themselves in the form of shells, beautifully voluted, the wrinkles in the scroll being so incisively indented that when photographed they appear like creases in the picture. Suddenly deserting these marine forms as capriciously as they took them up, the sounds will create ferns, suspend bunches of fruit, and otherwise adorn the membrane. There is, of course, much room for conjecture regarding the production of these various forms. Some facts, however, we know for certain. When the sound is producing flowers on the paste, the singer can at pleasure increase the number of petals by gradually making the tone ascend. At each fraction of a tone on which his voice raises, a new petal is added to the flower. He can thus, by careful management of his breath, increase a pygmy daisy to a gigantic sunflower. In the other forms, for example, the shells — this addition piece by piece does not appear, and the scroll as once fashioned remains. The forms thus produced on the paste are photographed while the membrane is in sonorous vibration; or water-color impressions are taken, which are transferred to the works immediately. The advantage of the latter method is that the minute beauty and delicacy of the forms can be shown to perfection by the use of various colors for different parts of an object. Such phenomena as the preceeding bring us to the threshold of an interesting inquiry into the reality of one of the most extraordinary ideas of antiquity. The Greeks held, in the person of Pythagoras, his school, and numerous natural philosophers, who followed him, the doctrine that music is the principle of form in nature, and that every shape and natural figure in the animate and inanimate world was determined and created by the divine infusion of music into formless chaos. "By whatever means it was introduced," said one of the greatest of these ancient thinkers, "for on that point we are left entirely without a basis for speculation, music, and nothing but music, must have been infused into matter so as to bring the formless universe to harmonious order, arid to produce the forms we see around us of landscapes, rivers, trees, flowers, instead of the everlasting chaos which preceded." In illustration of this ancient idea we find vibrations of musical sound at the present day producing the forms of flowers, trees, shells and other natural objects, spontaneously and without any previous suggestion of the form by the hand of man. We see the same power, when exercised upon a chaos of grains of sand, at once throw the sand into patterns of symmetry, whose lines and curves might very easily, if we were disposed to carry out the analogy, be construed into miniature models of winding rivers, sweeping mountain chains, and other objects which give order and outline to a landscape. Pythagoras, who went further than all others of the same school, proceeded to great detail in exemplifying the power of music in giving form to matter. He made the bold assertion — for which he has been called a mad man — that the octave gave our globe its present form. In remarkable agreement with such a hypothesis, the experiments of Chladni have revealed that whenever an octave is sounded on a glass plate covered with sand, the sand, whatever its previous condition, invariably ranges itself in the form of a circle."
Here we have a visible demonstration of the way in which the formless is arranged into form by the power of the word. It is no longer a theory that we form the physical body by the thought or word, and we need no longer depend solely upon intuition and abstract reasoning to enforce the truth that all phenomena is the result of thinking. Another bridge has been thrown across the apparent gulf between the internal and external, and we are met at both ends by the one and indivisible Unit — Universal Mind.
When we get a clear concept of the discoveries of Hertz, the German scientist, as to the universal ether, and the conclusions which follow as to its nature, we are forced to the conclusion that what we call matter has no reality whatever. That conclusion is, according to Prof. Dolbear, "that if every atom of matter should be annihilated, there would still be a universe filled with energy of various kinds." Could metaphysics ask a stronger endorsement from physics?
Yet metaphysics goes a great deal farther than physics, because it recognizes that which the material scientist calls "energy of various kinds," to be intelligence as well as force, and that the intelligence and energy of man is identical with, and a pulsating center in, this "luminiferous ether" of science. This step is a vital one in accounting for the myriad modes and phases under which we behold matter, and its full understanding will settle the antagonism between God and the devil, and explain to Evans, Fitche, Hagel and that school of philosophers, the operation of that law by which mental sensations are transposed into space. The "luminiferous ether" having none of the properties of matter, such as extension, friction, gravitation, etc., but which is flexible to and can be molded by thought into the various modes of motion, which give that appearance termed matter, is always in touch with itself, and forms the basis of all those subtle, invisible sensations which have puzzled philosophers since the days of Plato.
Now let us invest this "luminiferous ether" of science, with intelligence — Mind. By Mind we mean that in which inheres all the possibilities of existence — Life, Love, Wisdom, Justice, Truth, Spirit — in a word, God; that universal and all-inclusive Principle which is, the cause of all and which exists in all. , In adding these qualities to the "ether," we are but investing it with potentialities which material science admits become manifest in the visible world through it, hence we give it the correct status when we denominate it Manifest Being, instead of "luminiferous ether." It is "unconditioned cause" from the standpoint of both science and religion, and all phenomena in man and nature are its modes of motion, always accompanied by intelligence. Thus we see the close relation and sympathy between man and nature. The tree is a center of energy in which is manifested a certain degree of the same life and intelligence that appears in man, and through that invisible Mind, common to all, the sensations and qualities of the tree are both in man and also external to him on the plane of phenomena. Thus man, when he beholds himself in consciousness limited solely to form, is a center of energy and intelligence, which includes in its manifestations all that which is externalized in nature. When, however, he arrives at a concept of his oneness with the universal ether in its inherencies as conscious intelligence, as well as energy, he at once exercises directive and constructive or destructive powers. He then has dominion over the whole world of visibility, including his own body, just in proportion to the degree in which he in consciousness recognizes Mind as the moving and directing power. When he centers his consciousness on his highest ideal of Love, Life and Truth, he comes into mental relations with that Universal Mind, which is God. Then he becomes a co-worker with God and can set in motion in the "ether" energies that will form in the visible not only types of purity and harmony, like flowers, but also make a like impress upon all nature. He can, by cultivating pure and loving thinking and speaking, change the whole face of nature and transform his own body into a center of symmetry and light, that will radiate with its Divine Wisdom all the colors of the rainbow and every perfume of the field. It is his divine right and privilege to do this, and any appearance in his body or the natural world which is not fully equal to his highest ideal is to him pure nothingness.
If you conceive God to be Spirit, that is, substance not bound by those limitations which we behold in matter, then matter to you is total unreality, and you will never be satisfied with any manifestation short of that held by you in the ideal.
If you conceive God or Mind to be life, then that radical change called death will never harmonize with your ideal, and before satisfaction is attained you must erase even the appearance.
If your concept of God is love, then you will never rest short of pure unselfishness.
You are the "unconditioned ether" of science, and the "All Possibility" of metaphysics — they are one and the same, and there is naught beside them.
Do you in sense behold that which is liable at any time to lose its center of energy and become a decaying, festering mass? Do you behold that same element manifest in discordant bodily forms, destructive tornadoes or fierce and venomous animals? When you do behold these forms of matter, remember that they are the legitimate results of illegitimate causes, and those causes lie wholly in the discordant mentality of man. Such results are not and never can be attributable to a perfect Cause. If they are not the creation of God, or Harmonious Mind, all that is in them, which in any way departs from your highest ideal of God, must be erased. You can only know God through your mind, and his attributes are your highest ideals of what you would make your life and surroundings. If your life and surroundings are not in accord therewith, it is your privilege to make them so, and you may count as an illusion of sense everything about you which is not an exact representation of your highest ideal of existence.
Hence, from the premise of the ideal, as well as from the representative, as demonstrated by material science, we are forced to accept the statement, "There is no reality in matter."
From Archdeacon Farrar
In a sermon Archdeacon Farrar said: "There would be the proper teachings about hell if we calmly and deliberately erased from our English Bibles the three words, 'damnation,' 'hell,' and 'everlasting.' Yes, I say unhesitatingly; I say, claiming the fullest right to speak with the authority of knowledge; I say, with the calmest and most unflinching sense of responsibility; I am standing here in sight of God and my Savior, and it may be of the angels and spirits of the dead — that not one of those words ought to stand any longer in our English Bible; for in our present acceptation of them, they are simply mistranslations."
A Talk On Christian Healing
[Note — This article appeared originally in the Pictorial Review for March, 1910, and was written especially for that magazine. The Review is published at 853 Broadway, New York. — Editor.]
CHRISTIAN healing as taught and demonstrated by Jesus Christ, has for its basis the forgiveness of sin. "Thy sins be forgiven thee; go and sin no more," said the Great Physician. It is not a new therapeutic system, and its object is not mere physical healing, but a complete cleansing of the mind and body through the higher law of Spirit.
An appeal to the understanding and a quickening of the spiritual nature should be the object of every treatment. The patient should be taught that his ills are the direct result of his sins. Sin is not confined to moral delinquencies, but includes non-recognition of the Divine Law.
Jesus taught Truth; his teaching is a real science, and when understood, it sets men free from sin and all of the effects of sin, even to the overcoming of death. "Ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free."
Jesus did not teach a tentative doctrine of life, but did a permanent work in harmonizing and reconstructing the body. He did not heal men's bodies only, but quickened their souls. "It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing." If one could heal physically all the people on earth, it would not benefit the race as a whole. So long as the present understanding of the law of life prevails, like conditions in the body will be reproduced. The one and only permanent remedy is a change of mind.
It is the peculiar and special office of the Christian minister to bring about this change of mind. Every minister is a representative of John the Baptist, whose message is, "Repent ye, repent ye;" that is, "Change your mind." The baptism of John is symbolical of mental cleansing and purifying, while that of the Holy Spirit is the descent into the consciousness of Divine Truth and the Christ life.
Every minister should understand man in his threefold nature — spirit, soul and body. He should be a metaphysician, which includes a broader comprehension than that generally understood by the term "psychologist." The metaphysician deals with the Absolute, and his science is spiritual. The right relation between soul and body is revealed by spiritual science only. Here, words and ideas are the healing agents.
As a practitioner of twenty years' experience, I can testify to the marvelous results obtained in mind and body through the use of simple words representing Absolute Truth. False thoughts build up false structures in the body, and true words destroy them. It is a sin to think evil. The thought produces exactly the same results in the organism as if it had been carried out in act. Jesus taught that the lustful thought was adultery. Thoughts of all kinds, which the thinkers would not allow themselves to carry out in act, are retained, and becoming subconscious, finally destroy the body. "When lust hath conceived, it brings forth sin; and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death."
In the consciousness of the Absolute — that is, the Omnipresent Spirit which Jesus defines as God — the minister realizes that he of himself does not do the work. "It is not I, but the Father within me, he doeth the works." This spiritual consciousness is attained through prayer, meditation, and study of the character of the Mind of Being, the Great Three-ih-One — Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This brings man to inspiration in which there is a pouring of the thoughts of God into the mind of man. Then man realizes as did Jesus — "The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself, but the Father that dwelleth in me." When in this consciousness a certain illumination quickens the minds of both patient and minister, and through this the healing is accomplished.
By this method I have treated an average of probably twenty cases a day for the last twenty years, and the results have been uniformly good. Not all have been healed, but benefits have resulted in either mind or body in every case. I have witnessed the healing of diseases of nearly every character, including fibroid tumors, tuberculosis, blood poison, Bright's disease, gallstones, rheumatism, paralysis, fevers of all kinds, blindness and deafness, and have never refused to treat a case because it seemed incurable, knowing that "with God all things are possible."
I have never used hypnotism, mesmerism, nor in any way attempted to suggest health to the subjective of my patients, nor encouraged them to go to sleep during treatment. On the contrary, I try in all ways to awaken them to the light and life of the spiritual nature. "Awake, thou that sleepest, and Christ shall give thee light."
It is imperative in spiritual healing that the sinner be shown the relation between his physical disability and his sin. In children, the parents are usually responsible and should be enlightened and instructed in the application of Truth to both themselves and offspring.
The one and only formative power given to man is thought. By his thinking, he not only makes character, but body and affairs, for, "As he thinketh in his heart, so is he." The understanding of the destructive power of thought in the cellular life of the body will solve the problem of the origin of rebellious mircrobes. Fear, anger, jealousy, lust and kindred thoughts manufacture disease germs, and no sanitation or serum will ever stop their devastation.
When man consciously knows that there is an All-Enfolding Divine Love, "in whom we live, move and have our being," he will trust it and seek to harmonize his thought with its laws. Then instead of the body microbes fighting like little demons and causing him pain and diseases without number, man will become the wise directive head of all the life in his organism, and through right thought build a body temple that will not only be diseaseless, but deathless. This is the ultimate of the teachings of Jesus, and every minister should preach and practice it. "Whosoever liveth and believeth on me shall never die," is a promise based on science, and a fulfillment of Bible prophecy.
By Charles Fillmore
"Christian Healing" is a systematic explanation of the healing taught and demonstrated by Jesus Christ. It is in simple lessons that anyone can understand and apply. Thousands have been healed and in other ways helped through studying these lessons. In addition to the lessons there are in the book thirteen chapters on vital subjects.
The revised edition, containing 260 pages, sells for 75 cents per copy m neat brown paper cover, and $1.50 per copy in substantial cloth binding.
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Charles Fillmore's Writings
Christian Healing — A course of twelve lessons, with auxiliary chapters and directions for healing.
Temple Talks — Fifty-two addresses in five volumes. These are considered Mr. Fillmore's best lectures. The books are offered in paper covers, packed in box, for $1. Cloth bound, the books sell for $3.
Philosophy of Denial, 15 cents; Talks On Truth, 25 cents; The Only Good, 25 cents; Finding God, 15 cents; Directions for Beginners, 15 cents; Giving and Receiving, 15 cents.
As to Meat-Eating; Attaining Eternal Life; Casting Out Demons; A Convenient Season; Cooperation in Spirit; The Christ Mind; Enduring Words; Fear Not; Flesh Eating Metaphysically Considered; Forgive Us Our Debts; Gaining the Mastery; Giving and Receiving; God Our Support; Heal the Sick; Kingdom of Heaven at Hand; Life and Sex; Jesus Christ's Atonement; Jacob and Esau. Overcoming Power of Divine Fearlessness; Overcoming the Poverty Idea; Modern Spiritual Healing; Prosperity Thoughts; Providing Law, The; Pure Reason and Honest Logic of Practical Christianity; Practical Christianity; Relation of Mind and Music; Religion and Therapeutics; Spiritual Judgment; Substance of Faith; Talk on Christian Healing; Truth Demonstrates Itself; True Courage; Unreality of Matter; Unselfishness as a Factor in Body Sustenance; Vitalizing Power in Man; Words of Truth; Way to Prosperity.
The regular price of these tracts is five cents each; to those who want all (37) of them, we make the special price of 75 cents.
UNITY SCHOOL of CHRISTIANITY
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A Magazine of Practical Christianity and Christian Healing
UNITY is a hand-book of Practical Christianity and Christian Healing. It sets forth the pure doctrine of Jesus Christ direct from the Fountainhead, the Holy Spirit "who will lead you into all Truth."
It is not the organ of any sect, bv4 stands independent as an exponent of Practical Christianity, teaching the practical application of the doctrine of Jesus Christ in all the affairs of life; explaining the action of mind, and how it is the connecting link between God and man; how mind action affects the body, producing discord or harmony, sickness or health.
The Silent Unity Department in UNITY explains the work of healing and helping all kinds of human needs through the power of God in prayer. You can be healed, and otherwise helped, wherever you are. Send for a sample copy of UNITY.
One dollar per year, fen cents per copy.
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