Book One, Lesson Eleven

Book One, Lesson Eleven

The Lord Thy God Is One

"For there is one God; and there is none other but He."
Mark 12:32
As my body, mind and soul are one, Thou, О Lord, in the manifestations in the earth, in power, in might, in glory, art one. May I see in that I do, day by day, more of that realization, and manifest the more. 262-38

[Based on Edgar Cayce readings 262-38 through 262-42]
Thou art One, the first of every number,
and the foundation of every structure.
Thou art One, and at the mystery of Thy Oneness
the wise of heart are struck dumb,
For they know not what it is.
Thou art One, and Thy Oneness can
neither be increased nor lessened;
It lacketh naught, nor doth aught remain over.
Thou art One, but not like a unit to be grasped or counted,
For number and change cannot reach Thee.
Thou art not to be envisaged,
nor to be figured thus and thus ... "
Unity is perhaps the most difficult truth that we have to realize and manifest, although it is evinced all about us. Through the mouth of His prophets, the Creator repeatedly reminded His chosen ones, "Hear, О Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord"; yet they, as other nations, would wander away and seek other gods. In the simplest and most comprehensible way, the Creator has revealed to His creation His power, glory, and might. The word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it." It is planted not only in the heart, but The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard."

The Manifestations of God Are One
In the universe all manifestations are of God and are one with Him. In Him they live and move and have their being. This Supreme Intelligence that moves in the earth is manifested in the tiniest molecule as perfectly as in a great planet. How wonderful to realize that there is only one force, one power, one presence, and that is God, the Father. God is Spirit. "If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall Thy hand lead me."

As a pebble tossed into a lake sends out ripples that finally reach the farthest shore, just so do our acts, whether good or bad, affect others. As in our bodies, when a member is injured, the whole suffers, so do we as individuals influence the whole of society.

Our mental, physical, and spiritual bodies must be consecrated as channels for spiritual forces, if we would fully comprehend our duty to the whole and apply ourselves in working out the purposes of God. The Father has not willed that any should perish. All may come into the knowledge of their relationship to Him. When we realize this, obstacles become stepping-stones; our enemies (hindrances and weaknesses) become means through which we may mount to higher attainments.

Amid the turmoils of the present day, if we exercise patience, faith, the attributes of God, we have unparalleled opportunities to observe the Father working through His children. It is not necessary to have some great vision or experience, but just to be kind and to perform each task cheerfully. These are things of spirit and become proofs to us and the world that "My Father worketh hitherto, and I work." The only thing that can separate us from this understanding is ourselves. We alone can open or shut the door.

We should never allow ourselves to feel separate and apart from God or our fellow human beings; for what affects our neighbor on the other side of the world affects us. The people of the earth are one great family. We should love without distinction, knowing that God is in all. By making ourselves perfect channels that His grace, mercy, peace, and love may flow through us, we come to realize more and more the Oneness of all creation. Let us keep the heart open that the voice of Him who has called may quicken every thought and act. His ways are not hidden nor far away, but are manifested to those who will hear and see the glory of the Oneness. Through the activity of the will is the method by which each of us should prepare ourselves as channels for forces that may assist in gaining a greater concept of the Oneness of the Father in the material plane.

How We May Come into the Realization of the Oneness
We come into consciousness of the Oneness, not through any act of our own other than that we believe, trust, have faith, and come to realize that all material things are, in essence, spiritual. The Master said, "Ye are gods." Does it not behoove us to take Him at His word and act the part? O, Thou who art God, present within each of us, forgive our unbelief! Let us pray for the greater realization of His presence. He is real, even as a neighbor at our side, and is faithful to keep His promises. As we are striving toward this realization, let us, moment by moment, be conscious that in every act, word, and deed His power is manifesting in and through us, and that there can be no separateness. We alone shut out the glories that may be our experiences in the realization of unity. Let us see to it that our lives, activities, thoughts, and meditations are more and more in accord with the will of the Father; for in so doing we become more Godlike and less selfish, and less of the carnal influences enter into our activities. We will then be in a position to teach others and will be on fire with the power that will manifest through us, and more and more at peace and in harmony with those experiences that are ours through our walks with Him in meditation and prayer.

How may we come into a realization of the Oneness? Take God at His word, "I am God, and beside me there is none other." "Without me ye can do nothing." Listen to the Voice and act upon it. Learn the lessons that nature teaches. Realize that the power within us is the God Force, the good force-although we, and we alone, through our wills may misuse it, causing it to become evil. If we will wait on the Lord, He will speak to us and will bring all things to our remembrance, even to the realization of our oneness with Him. Strive to see God in every one as well as in every thing. Meditate, pray, listen, and believe.

The At-Onement Through Jesus, the Christ
One of the basic and essential principles of Jesus' teachings is contained in the statement, "I and my Father are one." It is to His life as an example and to His explanations of the Creative Force that we may turn with a feeling of complete faith for understanding. Jesus demonstrated in a very practical manner the Oneness of God as related to each individual soul. He showed us what could be attained by an individual who was willing to make his or her will one with that of the Father. He promised us that He would make intercession for us, opening a way for all who seek to be drawn to the Father.

In the simplicity of His life and teachings, Jesus brings to our understanding the fact that God is very near to us, that He is even within our own hearts. Much of the beauty and strength of His philosophy of life lies in the personal touch, in the direct connection which He establishes between us and our Creator.

Jesus' years of ministry were spent in practical demonstration of His consciousness of the Oneness of Creative Force. His words and acts were in compliance with the law which He understood so thoroughly. Whether it was on the open hillside before the masses, or in the seclusion of some quiet grove before a select few, He was ever explaining and demonstrating the truths which He knew would make us truly free. He had walked the way and now chose to guide those who also sought a closer walk with the Creator.

Jesus learned obedience through suffering. He earned the right to be the Mediator for humankind; the right to guide those who seek in His name. If we will only follow the example He set, we will come into a realization of this truth, which He lived and taught, The Lord our God is one Lord."

As we strive to make ourselves in atonement with Him, we must deny any other influence. He will bear us up and give us the help we need. There is power in His name. It is the symbol of attainment, understanding, and the realization of God's universal law (love). It is strength for those who are weary, peace to a troubled heart and mind. He is the Saviour to all who seek the at-onement.

Let us strive to realize more fully and show by our practical applications that we are workers together with God-that each of us, that each of God's creatures, is filling his or her niche in the great Oneness. From our point of view, it may be a very poor expression, but God sees deeper into each heart and knows all things.

The kind old lady who offers her simple herb to relieve the pain of the little child, and the skilled physician who is giving his best to mitigate the ills of humanity are as much in at-onement with Him as the saint who, with a touch of love, opens the eyes of the blind. All are doing their part with the talent given into their keeping; all are working out their own development in their own way, which is the manifestation of His will.

The fullness of the realization of the Oneness of the Father was brought to His children when Jesus the Christ sent into the world the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that brings to our remembrance all things.

Personal Experiences
"That the Father is One with His children has been demonstrated in my life many times, but ten years ago there was an incident that makes this truth stand out more clearly to me than anything in my experience.

"My little boy was very sick. The physicians had done all in their power to help him, but their efforts appeared fruitless.

"We were living then near a church. My son, before his illness, played and talked, day after day, with the old sexton. They grew to be great friends, and the sexton loved him very dearly. He would often speak of how the child taught him lessons of forgiveness.

"One morning during the illness the sexton came to our home and asked to see the child. We led him to the room. He took off his working gloves and laid them aside, knelt by the bed and, with upturned face, began to talk with God. A new peace came into my heart. I knew that all was well. It took this saintly old man to teach me more perfectly than I had ever realized, that the Father works with those who will let Him, and can through them perform miracles."

Ministers of state from a foreign country have all the rights of their country respected in the land to which they are an ambassador. They have the power to draw on their country for protection and in the name of their country demand it in their new home. Just so we are ambassadors in the earth, representatives of the King of kings, and while here we may claim all the power and protection of the kingdom from which we came, provided we are true representatives and are carrying out the mission for which we were sent.

The chief executive of a country can broadcast a message to his or her people. The message is for all, but only those who choose to tune in will hear it. Those who do not tune in are nonetheless a part of the whole, but their negligence indicates that they are unworthy of the interest that their chief has in them.

God has not changed. He seeks to awaken every human heart as of old. It is we who may close ourselves to the constant message of love ever in the Christ. Through prayer and meditation, we can attune ourselves to a clearer understanding and realization of His love and may receive the gift of the Spirit that would make us know, "I and my Father are one."

God manifests in all He has created. Whether it be in the material plane-as demonstrated by radio; in the mental realm, as experienced through thought transference; or, in the spiritual awakening, as manifests in so-called religious experiences-all substance is one. Vibration may vary from the slow motion of matter to the invisible speed of thought. Only our points of perception and understanding change with our development. Let us realize that though we may be as one who has caught only the first glimpse of light as from the entrance of a dark cave, and who still stumbles blindly over dangerous rocks and beside deep pits, we are striving ever to reach the light of truth.

As we open our hearts to the unseen Forces that surround the throne of grace, mercy, and might, and throw about ourselves the protection found in the thought of the Christ, as we abide daily in the light of His teachings, so that every word, thought, and act are in harmony with the whole, we become more and more conscious of the Oneness. It is then we are privileged to hear His voice and know the comfort of His abiding presence.

Our God is a God of the physical, mental, and spiritual realms. Let us not lose sight of His activity in every plane and through every force. Our own desires and wills may sometimes blind us to the true requirements for adequate expression in any or all of these planes. We must constantly examine ourselves. In whatever plane of activity we may find ourselves, let us seek the most perfect expression of the God Force. Every atom of our physical bodies should vibrate in harmony. Our minds should be in constant touch with and filled with that which is stimulating and uplifting, guided and directed by a purpose to reach an ideal that is set in Him.

Let us not be discouraged; it is little by little, line upon line, that we grow in grace, in knowledge, and in the understanding of His ways. They are not hidden, nor far away, but are revealed to those who will hear and see the glory of the Oneness in the Father.

Let us examine ourselves to see how sincere is our desire to know that the Lord our God is One. Is it sufficient to be active rather than passive? If we would gain the concept, we must believe that He is, and that He rewards those who seek to do His will. He is life. We are to make our desires, our hearts, our minds, and our souls one with Him in bringing to the knowledge of all that the power of God, through the Christ, is able to cause us to know that "there is one God; and there is none other but He: and to love Him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices."

As my body, mind and soul are one, Thou, О Lord, in the manifestations in the earth, in power, in might, in glory, art one. May I see in that I do, day by day, more of that realization, and manifest the more. 262-38