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a filial love that to you present understanding is inviolable. Yet he who had passed from the flesh consciousness into the Spirit looked back and said,
*Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your
Father which is in heaven." So the I AM that desires to function on the spiritual plane must drop all belief of fleshly parentage. It must count as rubbish all pride of ancestry and " blue blood.' It must forever cease to talk about the scoial prestige of “our family," or in any way bolster up its transitory experience in the flesh by considering as of any weight the reputation of its ancestors among men.
. This must all be denied away as a dream of the night, because it is one of the strong cords that bind the I Am to the flesh.
Every tie of earthly relationship must be recognized as but the transitory conditions of a brief fleshly experience. Your children are not yours as you have looked upon them. They are egos like yourself functioning in the flesh, and which through some similarity of desire have been attracted to your mental stratum. They may be older than you in experience and wisdom. They have simply passed into your mental ken for a few years and will again pass out.
Don't let your affections throw both them and you into a little vortex of family selfishness. You will love them with a love that will help to lift them into the eternal heaven when you know that they are not yoạr children - your brothers and sisters, your fathers and mothers — but that all men and all women compose one great common family with God as the Father-Mother. "For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the is
brother and sister and mother. The I am was born into the flesh through desire, and it is desire that keeps it in the consciousness of the flesh. The five senses are simply avenues of one
great central desire – sensation. The I am desired experience in sensation, and the five senses are the five formulated avenues through which it enjoys that experience.
Sensation is not an evil, except when you choose to let it crawl on its belly through the fleshly avenues. It is the serpent that beguiles man when he turns it outward into mere seeming -- hearing, feeling, tasting, and smelling. In this wilderness of sense Moses lifted it up. Moses was the law which the I am sent forth. You must make a law for this serpent that is holding you in the sensations of the Aesh.
You desire to be born into the Spirit but cannot rise out of the flesh. Something binds you down. Like a captive balloon you are tugging at the guy ropes that fasten you to earth.
Mind is the only causative power. It makes and unmakes all laws through words. The I Am floats in mind and formulates the words that set mind in motion.
If you are bound to the flesh birth, the cords that hold you are concreted words. If you want to be unbound, it must be accomplished through words. The cords are states of consciousness that you must dissolve. This dissolving process is done through words expressing denials — negations.
In cutting yourself loose from the bonds of Egypt your I am must go forth and make laws of denial. They are the loosing of the bonds and their dominant note is of negation -Thou shalt not.”
- Thou shalt not commit adultery” is a denial that regulates the animal consciousness and helps it along the path to higher things; but Jesus said, “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath
committed adultery with her already in his heart.”
He was laying down the law of the spiritual consciousness - instructing those who wanted to be born out of the flesh into the Spirit. In that realm the flesh man with his carnal sensations has no part. "And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry and are given in marriage; But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage.”
Don't be deludeù by those who cry, “All is good, therefore all the desires of the flesh are good and should be indulged.” Jesus plainly said, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit,” definitely marking out two states of consciousness.
The I Am is always the same. Your identity is preserved wherever you are, in the flesh or in the Spirit, but the two states, are as distinct as America and Europe. When you are in Europe you come into relation with people and surroundings quite different from those in America. So he who has let go the bonds of the flesh and come into the Spirit finds himself in another country.
In the flesh his sensation was turned outward through feeling, and he was bound to the eternally rolling wheels of birth and death through physical generation. When he is born into the Spirit he cuts off the indulgence of the external, and is delighted to find that sensation finds an interior faculty through which it expresses itself in perpetual ecstacy. Had he continued to indulge the desires of the flesh in the external he would never have discovered the enduring faculty of the internal.
Jesus said, “In my Father's house are many mansions; ” that is, there are many states of consciousness. Each state is good for him who enjoys it. Therefore we should not condemn the flesh consciousness, nor those who prefer to remain in it. Neither should we who are satiated with the flesh continue to bow down and worship it, nor believe the subtle argument that it is Spirit because it came forth from mind.
In claiming your unity with Spirit you must be willing to conform to the conditions of Spirit. If you are not, you will be torn in the conflict. You cannot worship two masters.
When you have renounced the fleshly consciousness and resolved to live in the Spirit, you have made a covenant with the Most High to leave the domain of the flesh forever. You have entered into an agreement with your invisible self which is far more binding than any man-made contract could possibly be.
If you had agreed to go to California and remain there for a consideration to be paid by your employer, you would in honor be bound to carry out your contract. You would arrange to leave the things of this country behind you, and faithfully seek to prepare yourself for the new requirements in California. This is exactly the attitude you should take when you have agreed with the Father to do His will and be born into the Spirit.
You are going into an entirely new country to you, and your experiences will be strange and wonderful. The customs that prevailed in the flesh consciousness will not fit the spiritual consciousness.
Paul says, “ The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, 'faith, meekness, temperance; against such there is no law. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
Are you bringing forth this kind of fruit? If you are not, why of course you are not being born of the
Spirit, for "by their fruits ye shall know them.”
A large number of students of Truth are at this time complaining because they are having trials. They say, “We have denied and affirmed for years. We have studied science and understand it. We are faithful to the hours of meditation and are staunch defenders of the Truth, yet we do not demonstrate. Why is it?"
"If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Here is the key that will open the door of causes for you. Do you “ also walk in the Spirit" ?
How about the habits of the flesh consciousness? Do you still give them rein?
Remember that you cannot perform a single act without putting your consciousness into it. All things are sustained by your conscious thought projection. Every time you indulge in any of the sensations of the flesh you are binding the I Am to the fleshly consciousness.
Spiritual thinking is the pioneer that opens the way into the new birth, but it must be followed by spiritual acting on the part of every faculty. “Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus laid down the law for those who desired to follow him into the regeneration; to be born again. If you seek this spiritual birth, examine your daily life and see if you are conforming to its requirements.
If you are angry with your brother, you shall be in danger of the judgment.
Agree with thine adversary quickly.
Does this allow the intervention of the courts to settle your disputes? Did you ever know a man who went to law to agree with his adversary quickly?
Judicial Courts of Equity are not known in the Spirit, and you can never be born again nor expect