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them. This means that we must deny all selfish desires out of our love before we use it in softening the imperious Will. When this consciousness of Love stands in the inner court of our being we cannot help acceding to its demands. Unselfish Love is fearless because of its forgetfulness of Self. Will divides its dominion with Love, when approached in the right attitude, which is by touching the top or highest point of the understanding. Understanding of the Law is the one necessary thing in all permanent unions. When we know the truth we are all one, and there is no separation whatsoever at all.
Lesson 7. November 12.
EZRA'S JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM.— Ezra 8:21-32.
21. Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek of him a straight way, for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.
22. For I was ashamed to ask of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them that seek him, for good; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.
23. So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was entreated of us.
24. Then I separated twelve of the chiefs of the priests, even Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brethren with them
25. And weighed unto them the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, even the offering for the house of our God, which the king, and his counsellors, and his princes, and all Israel there present, had offered:
26. I even weighed into their hand six hundred and fifty talents of silver, and silver vessels a hundred talents; of gold a hundred talents;
27. And twenty bowls of gold, of a thousand darics; and two vessels of fine bright brass, precious as gold.
28. And I said unto them, Ye are holy unto Jehovah, and the vessels are holy; and the silver and the gold are a free will offering unto Jehovah, the God of your fathers.
29 Watch ye, and keep them, until ye weigh them before the chiefs of the priests and the Levites, and the princes of the fathers' houses of Israel, at Jerusalem, in the chambers of the house of Jehovah.
30 So the priests and the Levites received the weight of the silver and the gold, and the vessels, to bring them to Jerusalem unto the house of our God.
31. Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, to go unto Jerusalem: and the hand of
our God was upon us, and he delivered us from the band of the enemy and the lier in wait by the way.
32. And we came to Jerusalem, and abode there three days.
GOLDEN TEXT — The hand of our God is upon all them that seek him, for good.— Ezra 8:22.
A fast represents a discipline of sense desire. It is not necessarily abstinence from food, but a sacrifice of some physical pleasure that a higher consciousness may be apprehended. The senses represent the substance side of the mind, and the tendency is to attach the preponderance of effort to their sustenance; thus man makes a material body, when he should make a body of radiant substance. .
Ezra is one who perceives the spiritual as the foundation of existence, and the necessity of returning Is-real minded thoughts to Jerusalem — city of peace. The river Ahava means essence, being, generation, which is the spiritual life stream from which all things come forth. In order to consciously realize this inner life current we have to shut away our mortal thinking and centre our attention upon God. When we “humble ourselves before our God” we do not belittle nor condemn ourselves, but take an attitude of receptivity. The mind can put itself in an expectant, listening attitude toward Spirit, like one who strains his ears to catch a sound hard to distinguish in the presence of outer tumult.
When we have proclaimed God as our security we should not look for nor expect the help of those who believe in the force of arms.
The children of Israel had lost their spiritual centre through too much interest in things material, and Ezra was trying to get them to return and re-establish their temple worship. This is illustrative of the condition of all people who become immersed in sense life. They accumulate substance in gold and silver, representing experience in substance as wisdom and intelligence. This is carried back to Jerusalem to enrich the temple.
There are robbers by the way, and protection is
necessary. One can be robbed of good thoughts by coming in contact with those who do not respect the rights of others.
The distribution of the treasure to the twelve chief priests is the orderly apportioning to the twelve faculties of our being the substance of power and ability, which we have gathered in experience with the outer world. They care for it and protect it, until through the law of spiritual and mental equity, all that we have earned will begiven to the custodians of the spiritual temple, which we are always building, though we may seem away off in the Babylon of confusion. Ti Then let us be content to go in whatever place we may be, doing our duty, fasting from sense gratification, and striving to be meek in the presence of our Lord, knowing that all that is of the good in our thoughts and acts will be finally gathered up and given to the temple of God;" " which temple ye are.”
Now and then people write to the Silent Unity Society after this manner: "If you heal me I will send you a free-will offering, but I don't want to pay out any more money until I am sure of getting something for it."
We do not bargain witb anyone nor enter into the discussion of finances. Our position is that God does the healing, and that He will see that we are supported. We do not ask anyone to pay us before or after the healing is done. We simply state that our expenses are met by free-will offerings of those to whom we minister.
We find, however, that people who want to drive a hard bragain with God, and demand His Healing Spirit before they will give up anything, are not usually helped.
Their attitude is: “Now, God, I have been buncoed by others fakirs, and I am suspicious of You, but if You can first deliver the goods I will hand over the cash to Your servants." Where there is suspicion but little faith exists, and our work is to establish the mird of faith - God does the healing. Consequently if you have in mind the withholding of vour money until you are healed, you bad best not mention it in your letter, because it forms a barrier
It is found that when many people hold the same thought there is unity, though they may be separated by thousands of miles, and that all who are connected with that unity are in touch with higher spiritual states, even Jesus Christ.
So there has gradually grown up this Society of Silent Unity, in which thousands in all parts of the world join every night at 9:00 o'clock, in thinking for a few moments one thought, which is given each month in the magazine UNITY. This we call the "Class Thought," and every member is expected to hold it at least five minutes at the beginning of the silence, in order to make the unity connection; after which, "Ask what ye will in my name, and it shall be done unto you."
Certificates of membership are issued without charge to those who make personal written application for them. To meet expenses, we ask members to send us free-will offerings, as no charge is made for any service we render.
This society has been in existence about fifteen years, and has over 11,000 registered members. Through its ministry thousands have been healed mentally and physically, and its power grows stronger day by day. The silent hour is 9:00 P, M., your local time. Geographical difference in time is not a factor in spiritual unity.
Beginners usually have a great many questions to ask, and they require a course of lessons and reading. To such we recommend the “Lessons in Truth," by H. Emilie Cady; price, $1.25.
UNITY is published monthly, and contains a large amount of instruction. The price of it is $1.00 per year. Where members take UNITY and the "Cady Lessons" together, we make a rate of $2 oo for both.
The simple written request to be enrolled a member of the Silent Unity Society is all that is required to join with us.
Special Notice - If for any reason, members cannot observe the Silence at the regular hour, they should notify us what hour they can observe, and we will arrange it satisfactorily.
Address, SOCIETY OF SILENT UNITY,
913 Tracy Avenue, Kansas City, Mo.
REPORTS OF THE WORK IN KAN
[That UNITY readers may know somewhat of the character of the teaching in our local meetings, the following stenographic reports are printed. These are not complete reports, but of the most salient points, according to the judgment of the reporter, Miss Millie Chandler.]
Monday Evening Healing Meeting. Held at Unity Headquarters, 913 Tracy Avenue, Kansas City, Mo. Charles Fillmore, speaker.
We sometimes think that our ills are sent upon us for punishment, and that God is the source, I might say, of the punishment; that it is God's will that we should suffer for something we have done. It comes to me just now, Would it not be well for us to take that thought up and see what there is in it? Now, the proposition is: Does God send illness as a punishment for sins of any kind?
Prof. Moore: There is a law. God manifests through man's realization of law. If man commits an error, that puts him out of harmony with that law; he, himself, is the source and cause of the inharmony. God is a God of love and not of punishment.
Judge Benson: I suppose the trouble is, we have violated a law. We suffer in consequence and charge it up to God.
Carl Gleeser: If man transgresses the law of God, he suffers as the result of the transgression. Man has the power to quit sinning, and when he quits, the evil effects of such sin will disappear.
Charles Fillmore: We know the state of Missouri has certain statutes, and if a man does anything unlawful he is punished for it. Is the state responsible for his unlawful act?
Now here is a law, and if we conform to it we are healthy and happy in every way.
If you have dyspepsia and eat things that do not agree with you, you have the result; and if you go to a doctor, he will tell you that you will have to be