Priceless Glory Of Divine Light
Lesson No. 6 May 11, 1944
THE KINGDOM OF THE HEART
There Is But One Way to have all things, and this way is to enter the Kingdom of the Heart, for here all things are ours already.
That which is called the mind, intellect or flesh, typifies that which profiteth nothing. The word heart, as used in all Scriptures, refers to the Real and True—divine Life and Consciousness. Labor and strife of thought are not here. Associated with the heart are spiritual receptive, simplicity, love.
“I will demand of thee, and answer thou Me.” (Job 38:3) Everyone should pause to see whether he is identifying himself with human mind and human thinking or with divine Mind and Its awareness.
By taking thought one cannot know the divine Mind, hear the still small Voice, or receive divine Revelation. Only the heart can see, know and accept that there is one Mind and one Mind only.
No relationship exists between what one calls his mind and the divine Mind. Cultivation or spiritualization of one’s thinking will never translate a personal mind into the flawless, eternal divine Mind. Any practice to purify his mind by ruling out its wrong thoughts by his right thinking brings him into bondage and slavery. His need is to know that he has no mind of his own. “He that loseth his life (the sense of a personal mind) shall find it (shall find the true Mind to be his one and only Mind).” (Mat. 10:39)
The true Mind is ever the Kingdom of the heart. Every thought of this Mind exists as Omnipresence, instantly available. What is complete is perfect, and whatever is perfect is perfect is the Truth, established as the eternal verity. Not the spiritualization of a personal mind and its thinking is the necessity, but to the contrary, this practice must be discarded and abolished. The reason for failure and frustration is that attention is being given to a mind which, having no existence in God or Reality, has none at all.
Turning completely to divine Mind for our Light and Understanding, we find that it takes care of everything. Here we have no will of our own but have the Mind and the Will of God. It was St. Augustine who, turning away completely from a human sense, and facing the Presence within, cried, “I ask nothing of Thee, not even Thy love …I want only divine Illumination.” With the heart it is always easy for us to feel the One, Love the One, adore and delight in the One—easy for us to have faith, trust and confidence that God, the One, is All.
You have no mind of your own to instruct or to be instructed. “a good tree (divine Mind) cannot bring forth evil fruit (wrong thinking), neither can a corrupt tree (belief in personal mind) bring forth good fruit (pure thinking),” (Mat. 7:18) turn to the heart, and here partake of the Priceless Glory if divine Light. The heart can see and experience the spiritual Light of Being. “The Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance (mind), but the Lord looketh on the heart.” (1 Sam. 16:7)
“No man can serve two masters.” (Mat. 6:24) To believe in two minds is to be unaware that there is but ONE. To believe in still a third mind—a universal mortal mind—is to believe in an entity and power which divine Mind knows not.
“For God, who commanded light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts.” (2 Cor. 4:6) “That Christ may dwell in your hearts.” (Eph. 3:17) “Commune with your own heart.” (Psalms 4:4) “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of Life.” (Prov. 4:23) “I will give them a heart to know Me, that I Am the Lord…for they shall return unto Me with their whole heart.” (Jer. 24:7) “Let not your heart be troubled. “ (John 14:1)
The Perfect, the Divine, the Spiritual, are all connected with the heart; so also are Vision, Exaltation, Illumination, Revelation and Cosmic Consciousness. “The Secret place of the Most High”—this, too, is the Kingdom of the heart. Of course, the word heart has no physical meaning here, but the purely spiritual. “Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God.” (Mat. 5:8) Here is where the Cosmic Glory glows.
THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT
Thou shalt have no mind or consciousness but ME. “Let all the earth keep silence before Him.” (Hab. 2:20) The general religious belief of today is that through evolution—regeneration, evangelization, translation—a human mind or consciousness will be transformed into the Divine. Nothing could be further from the Truth. There is no existence but the Totality of the One. Thus, the Way is I AM THE ONE. The subtle and pernicious teaching that one should put right thoughts into a human mind of his own will not be acceptable to those who are awake to the spiritual admonition, that thou shalt have no mind or consciousness but Me! Obviously, the “Me” is the One Divine Mind and Consciousness which is God; which needs no cultivation or change; but is ever Perfect and Complete.
It is believed that by the improvement of one’s personal mind he will finally gain possession of the One divine Mind. Patching old garments (minds) or filling old bottles (consciousness) with new wine (right thinking) is not the Way. (Mat. 9:16,17) Only by laying aside these beliefs, and accepting the divine Mind as one’s only Mind, can he know what Truth is, and experience it.
The belief that we are the divine Mind by reflection is not true. The divine Mind is ours in one way only—by virtue of Identity. One Being, one “I” only exists; and there can be no other being or I to reflect it.
“Trust in the Lord (the one and only Mind) with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own (personal) understanding. “(Prov. 3:5) “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.” (psalms 57:7) As one considers the heart the way to spiritual Light and Revelation—having turned absolutely away from beliefs and teachings which identify us with a personal or human mind—he soon experiences a rest and peace which is all-satisfying. He notices the absence of the desire to seek and strive further, as well as the aim to apply or demonstrate the Truth.
One notes with joy that troublesome thoughts are now a thing of the past: for within his heart is a lovely quiet rest and peace, untroubled, unlabored, as the bestowal upon him of some great unexpected luxury or wonderful gift. In the heart is a joyous activity like the rhythmical hum of bees or warbling birds or sound of children’s laughter. One may feel a sudden rush of joy and gladness, knowing that since the Whole is a Unit, the Whole is Itself the indivisible part.
As a man, one cannot be a law of perfection and immunity unto himself, because his law would necessarily be according to his belief that his mind is human, and his thinking imperfect. Only as the one Mind Itself can one walk in freedom and immunity. Being, Awareness and Manifestation are one—the One Itself.