This excerpt was sent to me by one of our readers. The author is Christian Science Practitioner and Lecturer, Irving Tomlinson. It’s message is simple and practical. As one of my colleagues once said, “We don’t talk enough about Perfection.” This excerpt does.
I have learned how to make Science a thing of life, not words, and I am going to tell you what the wonderful secret is, for it is wonderful. Now it is this: not to see or hear or repeat any kind of imperfection. It is seeing, hearing, and repeating only good at all times, under all circumstances, in spite of everything that appears to the contrary.
I make this resolution every morning when I wake up, when first I open my eyes, and I review it every hour of the day. I see perfection, a perfect cause and effect, perfect God and perfect man. And I refuse to admit the slightest imperfection in myself of my friends, and in my so-called enemies, in my affairs or in the affairs of the world. I take my radical stand every day for the perfection of God in everything and everybody He has made.
I look upon the world with God’s eyes and see it as He sees it. I refuse to see it any other way. I stop a dozen times a day to review this resolution and to make sure that I am not giving way to fear or criticism. I watch my thoughts about people – the lame, the old, the unlovely (to sense) that I meet – and stray animals. I have taken a radical stand for the perfection of all things, and I will not, absolutely will not, release the perfect standard.
The results have been marvelous. Try it, and you will forget to wear your glasses, as they will not be necessary. You will be seeing with God’s eyes.
“All of the metaphysical literature I read states there is no evil. But, Allen, all I see around me is evil. Please help me understand how there is no evil.”
The Simple Answer
I think I wrote on this subject before, yet there is always more to say. So, let’s jump right in. The easy answer is: Because God is Love and God is All, there’s no place for evil to exist. However, that’s too easy. Let’s dig deeper into God’s Allness for a better answer.
A List Of Evils With One Common Denominator
Take a look at this list of evil appearances:
By no means is this an exhaustive list, but it’s enough to get the ball rolling. Read the list again. What do the listed items have in common? There is a common denominator here. Do you see it? The answer is duality. For any of these appearances to exist, there must be more than one present. In each case, something is done to something or someone else. In each case, there’s more than one.
Love Is The Only Power
From Jeremiah 23:24 we read, “Do not I fill heaven and earth says the Lord?” Then turning to Isaiah 45:5 we see, “I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me….”
Despite all appearances, there is only one Infinite, Eternal, Indivisible Presence present. Because it denotes one unified whole, Indivisible is the key-word here. This One, as all Action, is called (in human terms) LOVE. That’s why you often read, “Love is the only Power.”
The Antidote To Evil’s Appearances
Since there is only One, do you see the impossibility of actual evil? Whenever there appears to be the threat of evil in your life, remind yourself that Infinite, Indivisible Perfect Presence – God – is all that is Present.
I know firsthand that sometimes the threat of evil will make the heart race and the mind conjure up pictures of doom and disaster. The antidote is the crystal clear realization of Indivisible Oneness. Have you ever prayed for a realization of Oneness? Try it.
Ask This One Question
The questioner states, “all I see around me is evil.” Yes, that may be true. And it’s equally true that all a Midwestern farmer will see when he looks at his land is a flat earth. Without an aerial view, he wouldn’t know better.
Christ Jesus and his followers looked at the same land. They saw a troubled earthly environment while he saw the Kingdom of Heaven. What’s going on here? Christ had an aerial (transcendent) view, and we can enjoy that same view of our environment.
If what you are seeing troubles your soul, know that you are not seeing what IS. It’s an alert to reassess what you are seeing. This is, as you’ve guessed, an “inner” approach. In silent prayer ask of “your” God Consciousness: Is this God appearing? Now, wait for the answer. You may have to rinse and repeat, but it’s worth it.
She describes it as an astonishing Revelation that shifted her entire viewpoint on knowing Truth. The Revelation: “I am the Principle and not a student at all.”
Before this inner discovery, Lillian DeWaters said she was alone, considering the plight of the math student. DeWaters reasoned that students of mathematics would always face an endless round of problems. Suddenly she cried out, “O’ to be the Principle instead of the student.”
Like a streak of lightning, it flashed in her consciousness – “I am the Principle and not a student at all.” Of course her actual discovery was: I am the Principle of Truth and not the student of Truth.
Basking in this discovery, she often reminded herself, “I am not trying to do, to think or to know something; but I am doing, feeling and being the Truth of Life and the Way.” Every area of DeWaters’ life was touched and polished by this grand discovery: I AM THE PRINCIPLE OF TRUTH.
Do This One Thing For A Great Year
Reader, I know that you want this so-called new year to be a magnificent year. At the very least, you would like some assurance that this year will be a great year. It can be. Here is the way: MAKE ONE SPIRITUAL DISCOVERY THIS YEAR.
Not something read. Not something heard. This discovery must rise from the vast ocean of Truth that is your Consciousness. It may be a quiet bubble of realization, or it may flash like a streak of lightning. One thing is for sure. Your viewpoint will make a wonderful shift. You’ll “see” everything and everyone through the lens of this discovery. Without lifting a finger, astonishing things will happen. To so-called others, it will look like lady luck is finally smiling on you. Yet you will know that it simply is the Kingdom of Heaven revealing Itself more clearly.
How To Proceed
Are you wondering how to proceed? It starts with a desire to know and experience more Truth (God) than your present knowledge and experience. Then, with this desire as your motivation, you take a deep dive (via listening prayer) into the unchartered depths of your God Consciousness. Pearls of discovery await you. And, so does a great year – perhaps your best ever.
Brightly lit tree in the family room Inflatable Santa on the front lawn Hallmark Christmasspecials on the television
Christmas is almost here. How many Christmases have you celebrated? Here’s a better question: How much lasting value have you gotten out of this yearly budget-buster? Don’t misunderstand me. Turkey parts drizzled with mushroom gravy sided with sweet potato casserole and honey-glazed brussels sprouts are wonderful. So are the caroling and revelry.
The Long Lasting Benefits of A Christmas Celebration
After the chewing, sipping and singing are over, are you healthier? Are you more prosperous? Are your problems over? I ask these questions because I believe a true Christmas celebration can have long-lasting practical consequences that leave you healthier and happier in the year that follows.
Because this season focuses on the Christ, take advantage of it. Focus your attention on the Christ. We, in this Truth teaching, talk about Christ. We sing about Christ. But have you ever asked your Self, “What is the Christ?”
This Is Christ
God is All. All is God. God being each Identity is the Christ Identity. God being your Identity is your Christ Identity. Lift your “I” out of the deceptive grave of mortality, and you stand as the Living Christ of God.
Your next-door neighbor – the one you wave to as you hurry to the car – she’s the Living Christ of God. That seemingly unmanageable teen sitting at your dinner table … Lift him out of the deceptive grave of mortality, and there before you is the Living Christ.
Perhaps it’s hard to believe, but the meanest of the mean is the Living Christ of God. And once you divorce yourself from your human judgment of them, your Consciousness is flooded with the Light of Truth. “There before me is Christ – God identified.”
The Living Christ Of God
The Living Christ of God. It’s a fuzzy phrase lacking any practical value. Let’s un-fuzz it. In your heart, you know that God is:
Spirit (not subject to material laws)
Infinite (unlimited by so-called time and space)
Eternal (never born and never dying)
All Power (all that has the Power to Be)
The Living Christ of God is all the above being each Identity in the universe. But, let’s keep it going.
A Decision To Make This Christmas That Will Make It Your Best Christmas
Despite the social restrictions that are in place these days, it’s still possible that you will share a Christmas dinner with others (not too many, but perhaps one other). What if you made a decision today that from this day forward and throughout the holiday season, no matter who stands before you (friend or foe), you will acknowledge,
“I am not deceived by your appearance. I know God is All, therefore I know you to be the Presence of Infinite, Eternal Perfection. I know you to be free and unrestrained by material laws of time and space. I know you to be the one and only Power evidenced as Love, Light, and Eternal Life. This is what I know to be true of you.”
No, you don’t memorize it. That’s unnecessary. Let’s look at what’s going on here. You’ve simply taken the list of God attributes from the bulleted list above and acknowledged them to be the reality of the Identities that you encounter. By doing this, you (1) acknowledge God’s Allness, and (2) take Christ-mas to a new level. Reading this post is one thing. Living this post is Christmas.
The following excerpt is by Absolute author, Lillian DeWaters from her book, Who Am I?
I have taken the liberty to make some changes. The changes make the text easier to read and understand.
Today, many are wondering why they do not accomplish more through their study and prayer. Reader, are you one of these? Do you question, Why does not God, the Truth, heal me entirely? Why am I not quickly brought into prosperity and success? Why must I wait longer?
The reason why one has not known the correct answers to these questions sooner, and so found the true solution to the problems at hand, is because he thinks from the mistaken viewpoint that he is not the One Identity, not the One Life, not the One Being, but another being called man.
So long as you believe yourself to be someone besides the “I,” you can never understand nor experience the Truth of your Being.
Tragically enough, however, if you do not know and identify yourself as the perfect Self, but with an assumed personality or mentality, you live in mystification and ignorance. Assuming another identity, you become weak, sick, poor, and limited in every direction.
Moreover your whole existence now becomes a search to find yourself – to find Truth, to find love, peace and immortality. Your one idea now is to become what you already are – strong, well, wealthy, happy and satisfied.
Never, can you, or anyone, truly realize your hope to be well and happy, prosperous and satisfied so long as you identify your “I” with anyone but God – the One Alone.
Listen! There is but ONE God, ONE Self; ONE I; ONE Life; ONE Being. Therefore, to believe that you are another – such as image, idea, expression, man – is to be self-deceived … and thus at the mercy of your own misconception.
To illustrate. Every time anyone seeks to change or spiritualize his thinking, he is unwittingly identifying himself with a personal mind.
Furthermore, every time one attempts to heal his body of discord or disease through some kind of thought or prayer, he is ignorantly identifying himself with perishable flesh.
Really, you are not separate, apart from Me, nor other than I AM. Aware of the truth of Being, you can say – “I am the Truth now.”
Count your many blessings, Name them one by one. And it will surprise you What the Lord has done. Count your many blessings, See what God has done.
That’s the refrain of a popular hymn sung in many Protestant churches in the United States. It’s a hymn of gratitude – a timely topic this Thanksgiving season.
Focus On The Good
In many churches, pastors urge their congregants to take their watchful eyes off the barren places in their lives and refocus them on the good that’s already present. Some respond by making a nightly list of all the good things that happened that day. Have you ever done that? It does seem to soften the rough bumps and hard blows of the day.
Such a list might look like this:
I am so grateful that the business transaction went through without a hitch.
I am so grateful that the doctor says my body is healing.
I am grateful that I wasn’t hurt in the car accident.
I am really grateful that I won $200.00 in the state lottery.
A List Built On Spiritual Reality
Nothing is wrong if your list looks like this, but let’s elevate it. The list above is likely to change tomorrow, and the following week it’ll be forgotten. Meaning, there’s another way to build a “gratitude list” that’s enduring and changeless. Such a list is built on spiritual reality. It’s a list that can be contemplated for days on end, revealing even greater wonders.
As you read the list below, it will trigger other ideas. That’s good. It’s supposed to do that. Let those ideas flow. Sit with them. Contemplate them. In doing so, you’ll squeeze all of the juice out of this enchanting moment of contemplation.
The Elevated List
I am grateful to know that despite all contrary appearances, God (Perfection) is the only Presence.
I am grateful to know that I and God is one, and all that God Is, I Am.
I am grateful to know that the kingdom of heaven in all its resplendent grandeur inheres my very own being.
NOTE: This gratitude is not to a God outside of you for so-called gifts given to you. Rather, this gratitude is another way of saying, “I’m so glad that I’ve come to realize the freeing Truth of God’s Allness.” It’s an exercise in spiritual mindfulness.
There is an answer – a solution – to every problem! If you appear to be facing a problem, there is an immediate solution. No matter how big, longstanding, or overwhelming the problem seems to be, there is a solution. It is a spiritual solution.
Despite all appearances, this is a spiritual universe – chock full of the Spirit of God. Your Life is Spirit. Your Body is Spirit. All things and all people in your world are Spirit. This is a spiritual universe. That is why the solution to your seeming troubles must be a spiritual one.
Get Out Of The Mud
You know, as well as I, that this Spiritual Universe seems to be composed of matter. Yet, it is just that – a seeming. It’s not so. All of our problems are like the material world – something that seems to be but is not. The solution is not to play around in the mud of materiality trying to make better mud pies, but to get out of the mud altogether. In short, the solution to any problem is a realization of what is (Truth).
Don’t You Just Love This Quote?
I’m sure I quoted the following passage in a previous blog post, but it’s always been one of my favorites from Infinite Way founder, Joel Goldsmith:
“I do not want this problem to pass until I have seen the spiritual light that dissolves it and which, in dissolving this problem, will dissolve all the problems which may develop tomorrow or next year.”
In this short excerpt, Joel Goldsmith reveals the one approach that is guaranteed to solve your problem and ensure that you never see it again.
Here is a paraphrase of the excerpt that makes its point and purpose clearer:
What I want is a greater realization of God’s Presence revealing the nothingness of this seeming problem. I don’t just want the problem to go away. What I want is to perceive God’s Allness so clear that the seeming problem is eliminated permanently.
Read the excerpt and paraphrase one more time. What do you notice? Yes, you’re right. Both examples use the seeming problem as a redirection tactic to focus your attention on God-realization.
When you put this into practice, your attention is no longer on the problem. You’ve jumped off of the mental merry-go-round trying to solve the problem. Now, your focus is on God and nothing but God. Let’s take a look at how this is put into practice.
From Theory To Practice
Eric was in a tight corner. Unemployed, he hadn’t paid his mortgage in months. Time ran out. Eric had to come up with the money or lose his home. His mind went into spin cycle trying to come up with a human solution, but there was none.
Back against the wall, he thought to himself, “Well, I haven’t tried prayer. What do I have to lose? Now, according to Goldsmith, I’m not supposed to pray about the problem. Crazy as it sounds, I’m supposed to pray for God-realization. I’m going to try it, but I know I have to be really interested in God and not in the money. That’s the hard part.” In those first few prayers, Eric wanted money – not God. But he got there.
Now and again, his mind wanted to scurry back to the problem, but Eric was alert enough to know what his real desire was. He understood that this apparent problem was merely drawing his attention to something, and that something was a FACT OF GOD.
Forgetting all about money, Eric focused on discovering a God-fact – any God-fact. Understanding the importance of this discovery, he said to himself, “I don’t want this problem to be resolved until I discover the God-fact that will do away with this appearance once and for all.” He meant it.
Eric was guaranteed to discover this fact, and he did. His problem was resolved in a seemingly miraculous way. It’s easy to think the surprise check that came in the mail was the resolution of his problem. But, that is not true. The resolution was the discovery of the God-fact.
Again, there is a spiritual solution to every problem. Should a problem ever appear in your life, you can use Eric’s story to approach the resolution of your problem in the very same way.
The “author” of this story is not comfortable writing, so she has given me permission to share her story.
I’ve been a Truth student all of my life. I’m not on walking water, but I’m fulfilled. My life works because of Truth. I’ve experienced many healings: body, relationships, career, finance, and emotions. Life’s been great.
One afternoon an idea flashed in my mind, “Sharon, you’re going to die – soon.” I was not sick. To tell the truth, I was feeling rather robust. But the idea was insistent – so insistent that I started making plans to die. Days passed and the certainty of dying grew stronger.
“What do I do about my family?” I asked myself. “Should I warn them or keep silent?” My only question was when! In my heart I knew it wouldn’t be a tragic death. I felt that I would just drift off and it would be over. No pain. No drama.
Weeks passed – perhaps even two months – and then it happened. Just as easy and quiet as a sunrise, I died. Describing it the best I can, it was like a snake shedding its skin. Better still, like a caterpillar emerging into a butterfly.
I died to past hurts, regrets, self-imposedlimitations, and misconceptions. I died to my human view of my world, my self, and others. I was a new creature and I felt like it. “Born again” is how the Bible describes it.
I died for sure, but not in the way I thought. I never imagined death could be so wonderful. The same people are in my life, but I see them in a completely different way.
I walk around in the same body – but it’s a brand new Body – perception wise. I live in the same home, but it has a new glow about it. Everything is the same and yet everything is different. Life is better than I thought possible.
It’s just an ordinary day, doing ordinary things – like walking in the park. It’s the same ol’ trees rooted in their same ol’ places, surrounded by the same ol’ sun-parched grass. Nothing out of the ordinary. And then it happens.
The entire park lights up – grass, trees, people, and all. For a moment it’s all living Light. You don’t know whether you are seeing the Light or being the Light. It’s marvelous. Wonderful! It only lasts for a second, but you know you have seen Existence as it Is. This is an experience of visual Illumination.
Although it’s short-lived, the glow of the experience lasts for days. If you experience visual Illumination only once in your life, it is sure to be your most memorable experience. And, like all good experiences, you’ll long to have it again – soon.
It’s the middle of the night – about 3am. For no particular reason, your eyes open, and you just look around the pitch-black room. And then it happens.
You look at your right foot, and it’s lit up like a neon sign. A current of joy shoots through your body. It’s marvelous. Wonderful. This is another experience of visual Illumination. Visual Illumination is simply seeing the world as it is – a spiritual Presence.
What You Can Do To Experience Illumination
Recently I was asked, “What can I do to experience visual Illumination?” Spiritually minded people hunger for the experience of visual Illumination. For many, it’s the crown jewel of spiritual enlightenment. The truth, however, is that visual Illumination is no more important than the many other forms of Illumination. There are even countless ways to experience visual Illumination.
Know this. There is almost nothing you can do to induce visual Illumination. No special diets, postures, procedures, or mantras. Strange as it seems, anxiously wanting the experience is a sure way to delay it. However, once you’ve given up all hope of ever experiencing Illumination, it is then that your whole world lights up – literally.
Did you notice the words “almost nothing” in the last paragraph? There is one thing you can do to induce Illumination, but let’s build up to it precept-by-precept.
God is the Only Presence.
God is Illumination (Light).
All is Illumination.
You are included in (as) the allness of Illumination.
You are completely Illumined right now.
Admit This And You’re Well On Your Way
The one thing you can do, and you can do it today, is admit that you are already a completely Illumined Identity. Reader, acknowledge this fact now. Acknowledge it every day. Don’t judge by the appearance that you are an un-illumined being waiting for Illumination. Go back through the precepts. Contemplate every one of them. And then rest in that last Truth by acknowledging, “I am completely Illumined right now.”
Say the words because they are true. By virtue of God’s Absolute Allness, they must be, and are, true. When you sense/feel the rightness of these words, you have done the only thing you can do to enjoy the experience of a Universe of Light.