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BY WALTER DE VOE. FEW years ago Nicola Tesla exhibited an experiment in electrical illumination in which a vacuum tube, held in a stream of invisible electrical energy, became
luminous. The mind of Jesus was like that vacuum tube. He held it empty of mortal thoughts that it might be glorified with the thought of God — the Holy Spirit.
The beneficent Spirit of God was radiating through the world before he came, but it was invisible to the many, and unrecognized until his clarified mind intercepted the Divine Rays and made them visible to humanity as love and wisdom.
With his eye single to God, standing in the Rays of Divinity, he caught the mighty energy of Life in his own person and turned it to the healing of the sick. And Christ is now standing in the Almighty Presence listening to our prayers, and turning toward us the healing love of Divinity. He is still the Light of the world, the Lover of humanity. Christ is still a Healer unsurpassed in power. If those who are sick and who have been unsuccessful in gaining relief would ask for treatments from Jesus Christ, the mightiest of healers, and then abide steadfastly in communion with him, they would feel his healing life permeating their flesh.
Jesus, the most successful healer the world has known, is a merciful manifestation of God's healing power, and if those in need of healing would send a mental message to him in prayer whenever they wanted the benefit of his treatments and just as confidently expect to receive from him the life renewing energy as they would after having telephoned to a mortal healer, they would soon realize the kindness of this divine personality, provided they used affirmations of truth to appropriate the blessings focussed on them. Soon their minds would become receptive to the Rays from his glorified personality, and they would be invigorated by his vitalizing Spirit. The light and joy of His mind would dispel their depression and discouragement, their doubt and fear, and give them holy peace. In contemplating him as their loving healer their minds are exalted above the plane of mortal thought, their souls enter into that inner realm of peace and perfection where he abides and they begin to rejoice in the resurrecting power of his all-pervading bliss.
An ideal picture of the Divine Man is of great aid in concentration of thought, if the devotee looks upon the picture as he would upon a vision of the Christ, using it as a means to bring about a more perfect sense of His presence. The picture remains imprinted upon the memory, and recurs at frequent intervals, recalling the mind to the living Spirit that is always near. When a picture is contemplated in the right spirit of devotion to the Christ, it becomes a very effective and uplifting means to concentration, holding all the thoughts at attention to the Spirit in its perfect form. Through this means, Jesus, the ideal of the race, the image of Divine Love, Wisdom and Perfection - God personified — becomes the Way through which the human mind realizes that which otherwise would remain beyond comprehension.
My experience has been that pupils and patients make more rapid progress in their realization of the Spirit of Truth and its healing love when they use this simple means to concentration. They grow like that which they study or contemplate. The beauty of the image appeals to the imagination, and in the education of this creative or image-making faculty lies the way to wonderful attainment. Concrete images of disease or health have much more effect than abstract thoughts upon the imagination and therefore upon the body. The mind cannot contemplate or think of anything that has not form. Even an idea of the formless is a formed conception
which is not the formless, but a mental symbol of it. No one can think of the absolute Spirit without creating bis idea of that Spirit. In Jesus, the GodMan, we have the most perfect image of Love, or God, expressed, and in the radiating influence of his sun-like Soul we have the only true idea of omnipresence. And this mental image of the soul's ideal draws to itself the spiritual particles of Divine Essence, and becomes a center of celestial healing power radiating light and love to every realm of mortal thought in the body-being. The soul in each individual, being a seed of the same Divinity, sees in his expanded powers the possibilities of its own being.
Love for an ideal is the very secret of concentration. Without a living, breathing ideal the mind is uncentered. The lover learns without effort to keep his mind concentrated on his ideal. He cannot forget the face of his beloved. Heaven and earth become glorified with her beauty. Christ is the ideal Beloved of the soul. When the beauty of this ideal is conceived then love is born, and hard, cold intellectuality is quickly mellowed and melted under the benign influence that radiates from Jesus Christ the Sun of Righteousness.
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BY ALICE D. WILEY.
Shall I do good that good may come to me?
(Text from the Revised Version.)
Lesson 4. July 23.
1. Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price,
2. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your sous delight itself in fatness.
3. Incline your ear, and come unto me; hear, and your soul shall live: and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure lovingkindnesses of David.
4. Behold, I have given him for a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander to the peoples.
5. Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and a nation that knew not thee shall run unto thee, because of Jehovah thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.
6. Seek ye Jehovah while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
7. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto Jehovah, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith Jehovah.
9. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10. For as the rain cometh down and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, and giveth seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
11. So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
12. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to Jehovah for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
GOLDEN Text-Seek ye Jehovah while he may be found. — Isa. 55:6.
Peloubet's Bible Lesson Notes, an orthodox authority, states: " Isaiah prophesied in Jerusalem. Many scholars think this portion of the book to have
been written by a prophet in Babylonia." This point is unimportant except that it illustrates the uncertainty of the origin of the Bible, and the futility of the persistent assertions that this chapter is a prophecy of Jesus of Nazareth. It is written in the present tense, and is a call to those who were in need at the time it was written, as it testifies in every paragraph. It is one who perceives the Spiritual source of man's existence, and who calls to all men to turn to that source and live. This same call is applicable to us today, and, by heeding it, and seeking that one and only Source of life, we may “delight our souls in fatness.”
Someone has said that God is the only thing that can be had "without money and without price.” God being all, it follows in spiritual logic that all things can be had without money and without price. When we attain a certain unselfishness we find that we enjoy our neighbor's abundance as much as if it were our own. Empty yourself of the idea of personal ownership, and you come to a realization of a certain proprietary right in all things. A certain lady was left without a home, and she mourned greatly. One day it came to her, “God is my home and He is everywhere." She made that thought her daily companion, and it wasn't long before she had invitations from relatives and friends in several directions to come and make her home with them. She found she had many homes, without the burden of keeping them up. This is Spiritual ownership.
Money represents accumulated surplus power. We accumulate this surplus energy in our organisms, and it draws to us the substance universal, or “bread " of existence. This we do when we are in Divine Order, but when sense thoughts rule, the energy, or “money,” is spent for that which gives no lasting satisfaction.
David represents the Spiritual I am. The severlasting covenant" is the agreement that endures with the Divine side of our nature. We can form