THE GREAT SECRET
In the preceding chapter we promised to make clear the practical use of the Law of Service, showing how in it is hidden the secret of attaining success, prosperity, health, happiness and oneness with the Father.
In it we indicated, but not in these actual words, that our present financial condition is the result of our thinking and holding uppermost in our consciousness the things we believe are so.
At this time we wish to state that all things now manifesting in our lives-in our bodies and our circumstances-are the result of our believing and thus holding in consciousness the ideas that gave them birth.
Meditate earnestly on these words and try to get their deep significance, for in them lies the secret of all success in any line of endeavor.
First we will state the Law:
"All manifest things are the relust of thinking and holding in consciousness that we believe is so."
Then we wish that you were able to see in the inner realm of consciousness and could note how every thought is outpictured there, and that according to the clearness and vividness of its picturization in the mind of its creator and the life or feeling put into the thought, does it become concrete and maintain and attach itself to the one who gives it birth. If you could so see, you would be very, very careful what you think or say, and especially of what you hold in mind and feed with more life by your fears, worries, doubts or concerns about it, every time it claims your attention. However in lieu of such seeing, which may come later, we hope that what we have shown will make you just as careful, and will thus enable you to come more quickly into your heritage of true seeing and knowing.
There are many, even students of the higher life, who do not yet accept or admit this fully, because they are not willing to acknowledge that all of the present inharmonies in their lives are a direct result of their own beliefs-or of their past thinking crystallized into beliefs, these beliefs having thus become a part of their subconsciousness or of their soul consciousness.
Note the last,-if a part of their soul consciousness it means that on the soul planes they actually exist and manifest there. And everything established there in consciousness-for all planes are states of consciousness- tends sooner or later to outmanifest itself on the physical plane, in their creator's body and affairs. It must do that- for it is the Law of Creation.
Now we know that every aspirant is desirous of eliminating from his subconsciousness or soul every belief or concept that is responsible for any inharmonious conditions now manifesting, and which, whether he knows it or not, is the direct cause of every fear, anxiety, or worry that steals into his consciousness to influence him.
And we know that his primary interest is how to do this; for he more or less clearly perceives that not until he has accomplished it can he bring his mind to that state where he can begin to build into his life the conditions he wants to manifest there.
We are now going to point out to you the one and only way this can be accomplished. And it is so simple that anyone can see how true it is. Then all that remains is for you to do it. Is it not so? And you can do it, if you will-if you want it badly enough.
Listen! We will repeat it again,-it is all contained in these few words:
"Whatever we think and hold in consciousness as being so will outmanifest itself."
Then is it not so that all that is needed is to stand guard at the door of our minds, and to let in no thoughts or feelings that we do not want to manifest in our bodies or circumstances?
This means that we must scrutinize carefully every thought or feeling that approaches, and if any are negative in any way-criticisive, condemnatory, doubting, worrying, hateful, jealous, angry, self-pitying, unhappy, sick, painful, or untrue in any sense to the ideal state we wish to manifest -refuse them admittance and shut the door in their faces. And it should not be necessary to state that voicing such thoughts definitely and speedily outmanifests them; for the spoken word is far more potent than the thought and makes it live once sent forth on the breath. Then remember that by preventing such thoughts entering the mind there will be no impulse to voice them.
And here also it may be well to state that if any such thoughts come begging for admittance-the fearful, doubting, worrying, unhappy, self-pitying, hateful, jealous ones-it is only self crying out, thinking of itself first, not concerned about others. Think on this.
For remember you are a Son of God to whom none of these negative and imperfect things can. apply-and they are only creations of your human mind that thinks itself different from you-are but lies born of selfishness. Then turn your mind's attention to what you really are, and think of and picture in your mind your real qualities, knowing that you are a creation and image of God, your Father, This would be having in you "the same mind that was in Christ Jesus."