Mind in Relation to the Mental Body
There is the triune-the mental body, the spiritual or soul body, and the physical body, and these are one. They, in their own spheres of activity, have their attributes, their precepts, and their ideals. What one finds in the physical is a material manifestation of a spiritual import built by the mental aspect. In building the ideals, the mental body, or the mind, builds either from that which is spiritual (and thus everlasting) or from the material import which changes under varied seasons, environments and outlooks in the experiences of life.
In the beginning God created the heaven and earth. The mind of God moved, and matter with form came into being. Mind, then, in God, the Father, is the builder. Mind, in itself, is both material and spiritual. That which finds expression or manifestation in material things is of the physical, for matter is an expression of spirit in motion. That which is expressed or manifested in spirit, without taking body or form is of spirit, yet may be manifested in the experiences of an individual. Mind may function without form or body, but the Ideal is of the unseen Force or Spirit.
So mind is the moving influence that promotes growth within us and makes for expressions in materiality. What is the meaning then of: "For as he thinketh, so is he"? It is in this way that growth comes. In material things, as we shall find as respecting the Destiny of the Body, as one eats so is the physical person. So it is what we continue to think, we become. We destine that which is the growth of influences in our experiences, that which fulfills the purpose for which we came into being, or just the opposite. Not by a thought do we change this or that, but by constant thinking, constant building.
Christ came into the world to teach us how to think constructively, in order that we might return to our original estate. "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, Who... thought it not robbery to be equal with God." He lived in the earth, in matter, yet with the mind, with the thought, with the manifestation of Creative Force in every phase of expression. Through God's gift of a free will to the soul, each entity is endowed with the power to use this building force, the mind, to glorify self or find attunement with God.
As we contemplate, as we meditate, we should know what we are seeking. What is our ideal? What would we have our mind-body become? Let us remember, it becomes that upon which it feeds, either by thought, by assimilation, by activity, by radial force, by atomic influence, or by the influences of activity in any sphere in which it finds itself. Frequently, we are confused in trying to analyze the source of any impulse. We cannot tell whether it comes from the activity of the physical mind or from some indefinite spiritual source. The result is that we are likely to become involved in interpreting the difference in the spiritual import and the physical necessity of such an impulse. What has been set? It is what we do about that which we know which brings growth; for the first movement of mind from the spiritual aspect or from the material aspect is ever a portion of our activity. Therefore let us set our Ideal in Him who shows the way, and know in whom we believe.
Mind in Relation to the Physical Body
Souls chose to manifest in material bodies, and thus mind found an expression in the physical plane. Mind is still the building force. Through the action of the physical mind, our activity, the food we eat, the very contour and expression of our features are gradually molded. We are an organism partaking of all about us.
The question, naturally, is asked: Is the destiny of our mind set at the time of our birth into materiality as to what we shall think, what our environs will be, and what will be the length of our period of expression in the earth? Are we destined to have this or that experience? We should remember that our choice, our wills add to the pattern we are building. This pattern destines that we will pass through experiences that are necessary to give us greater opportunities to become one with that purpose for which we came into being. Thus, that which our mind works at in its thinking, in its purpose, we become. Does this belie that which the Master gave, "Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?" It indicates-rather, assures those who accept what He has given-that it, the thought, the growth is never accomplished through inactivity, but through repeated activity.
Have we then anything to do with our days in the earth? How do we read? "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee." Then is it with us? Is it within the gift of the Father? Both, "For in Him we live, and move." If we think and live the life of love in Him that is life, that is Love, we fulfill that destiny which He has purposed for us.