GLORIFY THOU ME
“Father, glorify Thou Me with Thine own Self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was,” is the prayer for the final manifestation in the flesh, of the WORD. It is a wonderful revelation, to note that Jesus is not asking for something new and strange to happen to Him. He is merely asking for a return to visibility of the Glory that He already had experienced, and had already manifested, before He came into the “world” known to him as the world of Jesus the Nazarene. It is the same “glory” that we are all seeking, vaguely and through divers manners and methods. Many believe that something has to be created or changed, instead of something being “restored.” “He restoreth my Soul,” is the same idea. Something is restored that man has lost sight of, and in this thought comes the happiness that it is possible of manifestation because it has already been. Glorify Me with the SAME glory I had with Thee before the beginning of the world of belief - the world that I have drawn to me, by accepting the idea that I was separated from the Father consciousness, and therefore was independent, and had to function through a world of problems and difficulties before I could attain to the PERFECTION and GLORY that we find out later on was always an integral part of our Divine heritage.
It is the awakening to the fact that the Man, made in the image and likeness of God, has always been perfect, and that nothing can, or does, change this eternal fact. The Human sense, having blinded eyes, must again become cognizant of the Facts of BEING, and align itself again with the Truth of Life - and this is all that takes place.
The wearisome idea of working to change things by “taking thought” about them - especially when we are told that it will do no good - has to be uprooted. It is a plant that our Heavenly Father has not planted, and therefore it must go.
The endless dreams of perfection, joy, glory, and expression that have passed over you are but the faint remembrance of the “Glory I had with Thee before the world was.” And it is just this realization which causes us to be “quickened” into a newness.
“Awake thou that sleepest,” Takes on an ever-increasing meaning and life. Awake to the fact that we are not trying to change anything, or that we have anything to build or make, but something definitely to claim, by true prayer ---- the prayer to the Father. A prayer to the Power within to restore that which has eternally been our heritage. A perfection and glory which transcends any of the human limitations which we have added to ourselves through identifying ourselves with a personality. It is Wonderful!
“He restoreth My soul” --- my sense of things. The He mentioned herein is the FATHER within - the Father, to whom this prayer of restoration is addressed. “Father, Glorify Me.” The ME that is here expressing in a body which has come under all the beliefs of the human race is to be resurrected and lifted up out of the tomb of human beliefs. The “dead” are to raised up in glory. We are DEAD to LIFE eternal as long as we are identified with a body which is separated from God.
“As HE is, so are we in this present world.” Do you begin to see that we are approaching something different in the revelation of Truth? It is all so wonderful, and is all there, awaiting the coming of the Master. All the good and all the joy that we ever dreamed of demonstrating are THERE in the realm of Reality, awaiting the appropriation of it: awaiting the coming of one with Recognition. It is Wonderful! Father, glorify ME with the same glory I had with Thee before the beginning of the world.
“As HE IS, so are we in this world.” What do you mean by HE, and where do you place HIM? Jesus distinctly told us that the “Father within, He doeth the works.” We have heard this over and over, and still there is a tendency to pray “up”, or “out”, or somewhere other than contacting this glorious Power in the only place possible to contact it - the WITHIN. Within the consciousness of man is the only possible place to know God. Not a separate little God shut up in a body, as if it were a mummy in a sarcophagus, but a point of contact where the personal touches the impersonal, where the point dissolves into the circle. It is Wonderful!
Over and over again we hear the various things that are to be derived from contact with the FATHER, and presently we will GO within, in the true sense of the word, and commune with the FATHER in secret, and the Father which SEETH in Secret will reward thee openly. That is, the Word shall become flesh and dwell among us. We shall see it with our eyes, and handle it with our hands, and the Glory of the Lord shall have been made manifest to the WORLD. What world? Your world - the world that revolves about you.
As HE is, so are we in this PRESENT world. Actually we are at this instant in the state of perfection in which we were created, or else the whole idea of God creating Man in HIS image and likeness is a myth. Because we do not perceive, it does not argue anything in favor of its not being true. There are many things you did not see or hear that were there all the time, but which you see and hear now. Your eyes are “holden,” because the scales of believing in human appearances have so distorted the normal and true vision that you cannot see this perfection. It is wonderful, however, to know that we are beginning to discover that we have this Divine Heritage, and that we are entitled to it, and that only ourselves can keep it longer away from us.
“Who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?” We have been hindering ourselves by the acceptance of appearances as real --- and by the looking to man for our Wisdom, instead of turning to God. It is Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful!
When we begin to examine just HOW “HE IS” --- just WHAT “HE IS” - we begin to see that all the dreams of a lifetime have emanated from the memory of this “Altogether Lovely” creation of God which is our True Self. In spite of all the arguments, beliefs, and proofs of the human world, this “Altogether Lovely” manifestation will come into being when we begin to “return” to the Father’s House - when we begin to return to the Father’s consciousness, and find there the unchanged perfect creation as it was in the beginning before the world was.
It not only speeds the journey, but adds joy to it, to know that we are not going to fight for what we think is ours; we are not going to try to establish our claim to an inheritance; we are merely going to ASK the Father for this inheritance with positive assurance, and then “let” the same GLORY come through into expression in us. “Yet [yes, even after all this false manifestation and belief] in my flesh shall I see God.” Yes; after it has passed through a thousand and one beliefs, which have seemed absolutely hopeless and impossible, YET, even after all this shall “I” (You) see GOD in the flesh. Why will you SEE HIM? Because HE will come forth in all the GLORY which was, and IS, yours always.
Be still. Come before HIS Presence with joy and praise. JOY and PRAISE for the TRUTH of being. The stillness of the human mind, which is always seeking things that it may consume upon its lusts, opens the way for the rebirth, or reappearance, of the GLORY which has been eternally yours before the beginning of the world. It is Wonderful!
“It [the human sense of life] is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
“It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body....”
And as we have borne the image of the earthly, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.”
“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
“For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”
It is so glorious to realize that this identical mortal, the you that has seemed so full of beliefs of sin, sickness, and death --- this identical MORTAL must and will put on IMMORTALITY. So long we have thought, we must shuffle off this mortal garment in order that we could inherit the Spiritual Robes of Immortality; we are beginning to see that we are awakened from the “dead” beliefs of sin and mortality into the glorious reality of the Sons of the Living God, clothed upon in garments of Light. It is Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! Clothed with light and thanksgiving. Filled with the Holy Ghost, and raised up into Immortality. Again we are brought back to the GLORY which was ours before the beginning of the world. It is Wonderful! And all this takes place in the twinkling of an eye, when the last trump shall sound, when we shall have come to a full and absolute agreement with the Father within, and accepted this Immortality and Glory.
“The Heavens declare the GLORY of God; and the Firmament sheweth His Handiwork.” Everything is full of the Glory of the Lord, when once we are filled with it. It is the LIGHT which dissolves the darkness of human thinking and reveals the true state, and which is able to say quite definitely, “Arise and walk.” It sees through the shadows of belief back to the GLORY which is the Divine Right of the individual, and calls that GLORY into manifestation. Revelation and Realization follow along in natural sequence. We are coming into the Kingdom as something more than a place of imagination. The former things have passed away. The former beliefs of attaining Heaven and harmony have passed away, and the NEW DAY, the NEW HEAVEN, the NEW Earth are revealed HERE and NOW. It is Wonderful!
“Father, glorify Thou ME with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was.”
The Father within, He knows it all --- the how, the why, and the wherefore: whereas the little human Prodigal tries in his limited way to tell God what to do, and just what to bring out. He holds his measure and outline up to God, and says, “Please make it appear after this fashion.” It is like asking the sun only to shine in your garden. The GLORY that is yours is so much greater and more wonderful in its manifestation than anything you can think, or than anything that has ever entered into you heart to conceive, that comparisons are odious and futile. “The GLORY” that you are beginning to experience is something beyond what the human mind has outlined as “just about perfect.” It is the flowing revelation that will come with healing in its wings, and will come showing new and wonderful capacities and ideas to mankind. New expressions and new means of appreciating the perfection of this GLORY will be borne in upon you. Be still --- you are in a new day --- the old order changeth. Do you hear?
The Old order includes all the limitations and all the hard and set rules of the human mind, with its elegant learning and wisdom, which are to be cast aside as nothing but so much useless baggage.
Ideas, capacities, and abilities that have existed since before the world was are to be revealed to you --- be still. You do not have to talk it over with anyone. You just have to be STILL, and ASK the FATHER to “Glorify you with the glory that was yours before the world was, and that glory will be sufficient to bring out of the darkness of human belief all the wonders of HIS LOVE. Some glorious things await YOU. Be still. It is Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! Heaven and earth are full of THEE.
“I Am here, I Am there, I Am everywhere.”
We are in the PRESENCE HERE and NOW, and in this Presence we find the fullness of Joy:
“In the Silence of the Presence of your Father indeed is the full consciousness, the realization of perfection; the ultimate blessing, the dissolution of all worldly beliefs, for your Father and you are One. For heaven is here and Now. You are washed clean indeed. Personality has returned to the things earthly, and the Higher self reveals the Inner Brightness, that Incandescent White Christ Light, which goes ever and Now before you, leading you to greater paths of truth and understanding, on towards the Limitless expansions, the higher heights and deeper depths. You have It. You are Free. I Am with you and within you. You are caught up in the Rapture of your Father, in the glorious White Christ Light --- that effulgent radiance, free from all bounds and limitations. It is so, and so it is. According to your faith be it unto you, Now and all through eternity. So rejoice always in the Lord.”
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
The direct application of the illustration --- “as in a glass.” We know how perfect and correct the image in the glass is, when we step before the mirror; and so, when we step before this GLORY, with an open-free consciousness, to “let” the light come into expression, in and through us, just so shall the same image be produced in us - the image of perfection and beauty; the image of success and happiness and expression. It is Wonderful! And it is written: “from glory to glory.” On and on into more and more wonderful experiences of the Presence: things we have not thought of, or dreamed of as possible, come to us as the Revelation breaks over us with its flood of Light and Power. “As in a glass.” Do you hear? Do you see the difference in this Prayer to the Father to “Glorify ME,” and the prayer which is constantly trying to get some little gift away from God? Taking the little gift is merely holding, for a short space, the shadow of substance, when all the while “Glory after glory” awaits you. It is Wonderful!
As you have borne the image of the earthly with all its limitations, so shall ye bear the image of the Heavenly. Something definite and real about this statement. An assurance that this will and must take place. It is Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! “Heaven and earth are full of the Lord.”
The child that was born within, whose name is WONDERFUL, came to lead you into all things. The recognition of the Christ within is the open door through which this new and mighty Revelation is taking place.
Aren’t you glad there is a counselor, somewhere, and somehow, here and NOW, willing and ready to free you from all sin, and from all condemnation? He that the Son sets free, is free indeed.
The awakening to the GLORY which was ours before the world was, begins to put to flight the condemnation we have held over ourselves and others, and, with the coming of this GLORY, the cause of all condemnation also moves out of the picture. It is Wonderful! “Neither do I condemn you,” is as applicable to you as it is to anyone else. The “I” within will speak this freeing word to you, when you are ready to forsake that for which you have been condemned, and it shall pass out of sight and out of memory. It is Wonderful!
The first heaven and first earth have passed away, and the new Heaven, the new “Word made flesh,” is appearing out of the clouds of belief.
The glorious part of this NEW Heaven and Earth is the same glorious thing we find in the resurrected Jesus. He presents a Body which is not a “spirit,” but which has flesh and bones, and which partakes of food and drink; in other words, He presents the “Word made flesh” without all the so-called fleshy limitations. He presents the body which was raised to the point of incorruptibility.
“In the beginning the Word was with God and the Word was God and was invisible. When you began to realize this, you came a little nearer to God: or the Word, the invisible word, came a little nearer to your conscious realization. It began to materialize itself --- the word became flesh. The kingdom of God is not visible until it has been made visible by Him that liveth for ever and for ever. It is Wonderful! But ‘I’ came to materialize the things that the human mind thought not to be. Once upon a time you were invisible, but today you are visible, and the kingdom of heaven shall also in like manner be made visible. It is written, ‘As He is, so are we in this world.’ and we are Now materializing the things that we realize and we are bringing into conscious realization the materialization of things that have been hidden from generations. That is where we are Now --- we are at the point of materializing those things which have heretofore been purely mental and invisible.”
This materialization is brought about by the Recognition of the “Glory” that is ours, and the Glory is revealed by the Father within.
“Father, glorify Thou Me with Thine own Self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was.”
It is Wonderful, because it transcends any earthly concept of Glory, or Heaven, and at the same time it reveals to us this practical, livable state of existence; reveals to us that consciousness of Life which transcends the laws of the human mind, and finds it natural that the Child of the Living God should be in a state of joy, and peace and plenty.
Finally man comes to realize that the Natural state of man is one of health, happiness, and success, and the old belief that all these things are unusual, and can only be induced if the right word or treatment be said, is passing away. Demonstrations are not given us to be wondered at, but as a natural functioning of the God Power; as a natural emanation of the GLORY which was, and is, ours, before the beginning of the world of belief in which we became lost. It is Wonderful!
“Arise, and shine; for thy light is come, and the GLORY of the Lord is risen upon thee,” --- this is so, WHEN it is SO to YOU. Do you hear?
Walter C. Lanyon