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Jesus said unto a certain lawyer: “Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise." - Luke 10:36, 37.
Who is thy neighbor? He whom thou
Hast power to aid or bless;
Thy soothing hand may press.
Owe no man anything, save to love one another: for he that loveth his neighbor hath fulfilled the law.-- Romans 13:8.
Do you wish for kindness? Be kind,
Do you ask for truth? Be true.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
MYRTA E. HOWE.
But we say
'What is man, that thou art mindful of him ? and the son of man, that thou visitest him ? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet."— Psalm 8:4-6.
I wonder how many of us have ever thought about the meaning of this Psalm. Who is this man that is spoken of here? Is it the ordinary human being that we see on every hand who has dominion over all things? Apparently not.
People have read this Psalm of David thousands of times without attaching very much meaning to it. It has been regarded as a rhetorical flourish even by those who profess to believe in the literal inspiration of the Bible. This is because man
as we see him with the eye of sense appears to be subject to everything around him; to the elements and to the laws of nature; to disease, trouble and death. that the statement of the Psalmist is true; that God made man to have dominion over all things, that is, the spiritual man whom God created in His image and likeness. It is not the physical man and it is not the mental man who has dominion, for these have but little power as long as they refuse to recognize their true spiritual source. Spiritual man is a harmonious and perfect expression of God's Idea.
As was before stated, we have the Holy Trinity of God, Christ and Man, or mind, idea and expression. God is the changeless Principle of Truth, Love and Power, and Christ or Divine Idea is God individualized or become self-conscious.
Man is the expression of this Divine Idea and the real man is in perfect harmony with his source. But man as we see him today has forgotten his birthright and has wandered away from his Lord.
The divine man has the power of creating his
own world, and is forming these creations constantly by his thought. He seems to have become so overpowered by his own creations that he has forgotten the source of his power and has allowed himself to become subject where he should be master. Man thinks that he is subject to his body; that he has no control over it, but has to submit to its caprices and allow it to get sick whenever it pleases, and bye and bye to decay and die, and of course as long as he thinks so, it will be so. But man is at last waking up to his possibilities and realizing that he can be master over his environment and his destiny. He has the power to control his body and to keep it well all the time, but he must first learn to control his thoughts, and that is where the trouble comes in.
We do not realize until we try to think systematically how much we are in the habit of letting our thoughts wander around in wild confusion. Vivekananda compares the mind to a maddened monkey and says it is hard to control. At first, he says, one will have one thousand thoughts when trying to concentrate the mind, but if you will persevere these will become less and less every day, until at last you can obtain perfect control of the mind and think of one thing at a time. Some people seem to think it is impossible to obtain this control, but that is a mistake, for every child of God is given “all power in Heaven and in earth” if he will only use it.
Let us consider for a while what man is. He is first, last and all the time an immortal soul made in the image and likeness of God; that is, the spiritual man, or Real Self, whose existence some people may doubt and demand a proof of. It cannot be proven by any outside authority, but each one can prove it for himself. If you doubt your divinity, but are open to conviction, seek the truth of the Father within you and your doubts will be banished. Practice sitting in the silence every day and take up some thought of truth to hold and you will get some enlightenment.
In our study of man we find that there seems to be something else to him besides his immortal Spirit. There seems to be something that believes in sin, sickness and death, and this something, which is really nothing, we call the mortal mind, carnal mind, or lower self, whichever you choose to style it. We say the mortal mind is nothing, because it is not of God, but is only a shadow of the Real Self, which is Divine Spirit. Then there seems to be the physical man which appears to be a distinct life, separate from every other life, but this is not the case. The body is but a machine and is not capable of any sensation whatever. It is the covering of the mind and is built up entirely by man's thought. The physical sensations that we think we feel exist in the mortal mind alone and have no reality in Spirit. Some philosophers divide man up into seven parts, but I believe this is too complicated an analysis to be profitable for us at present. In studying all these divisions, or planes of consciousness, we are liable to lose sight of the real spiritual man, who, after all, is the only reality, and whose acquaintance it is infinitely important for us to make. The spiritual man cannot feel pain or disease, for he dwells in the realm of pure Spirit all the time where there is no trouble, and pure happiness reigns supreme.
This mortal mind that thinks it can be sick is man's own creation, and God is not responsible for it at all. This does not show a power separate from God, for it is only a shadow and is not a real creation. The Divine Ego, or spiritual man, had the power of forming images and building up creations of its own, and this work became so fascinating that it was carried away by the enjoyments of the sense world, just as we become carried away by a fascinating story. The ego had the power to build its creations out of Divine Substance and according to Divine pattern, but as soon as it forgot to put its heart into its work it began to build falsely. It went on and on enjoying the romances of its own creation until it forgot that the story was not real. The ego became carried away by the word of sense which it had created itself, and it forgot to look always to God for Divine Substance, but gradually came to believe in an outside power. Out of this romance the mortal self grew up, and separated itself in thought from the Divine Self until it believed it had a separate and independent existence. At first it was simply a puppet of amusement, but it has gone on growing until in some people it seems to have entirely overshadowed the Divine. But this is only an appearance, for Spirit cannot be destroyed but exists everywhere and in everyone, only waiting to be called into manifestation. If a man believes he is nothing but a physical machine, it is because his mortal mind has grown so strong that he has identified himself with the shadow and has forgotten the substance,
Our physical world, as we see it today, is mostly the creation of mortal mind, and our bodies are simply showing forth the mistakes of mortal thought, But, dear friends, it is the privilege of everybody to dissolve this shadow, which is not real, and to arise and go to the Father. The divine power within you cannot do you any good unless you recognize it and claim it.
I suppose electricity has always existed in the world, but it did not do man any good until he recognized it and learned to use it. When people first discovered it there were many skeptics who said it was all nonsense to believe in a power that you could pot see, hear or feel. When the telegraph was invented there were many people who said it was impossible to think of communicating with friends thousands of miles away, without the aid of pen and ink, simply by the force of this silent invisible electricity. And when the telephone was brought into existence, it was a still more wonderful demonstration of silent power. Now everybody believes in these