The inflation of self instead of the recognition of the SELF has brought down all the evils to which the human mind is heir. When a man thinks he is something-he is nothing - is self inflation. "He must increase, I must decrease." The human self is loath to let go and let the Golden Self come into being.
Until we LET the Mind be in us which was also in Christ Jesus, we will continue to function through the law of polarity-(the pairs of opposites) ---endless overcoming, even while admitting we are in the Kingdom of Heaven here and now. We will experience the tiresome tedium of karma. When the Golden Being comes in contact with the belief of the "self---(the John Smith, with all his laws of karma and limitation) the former things suddenly disintegrate and disappear. The power that operated a hopeless fate is gathered up into the One. As the electric wire on the ground spills away power to no purpose--so is all the meaningless motion that goes on in the human mind.
A malignant growth disintegrates and is carried off through the temple and released. "Wilt thou be made Whole?" asks the Mind o f Jesus Christ-and according to the inner answer does it take place. Your answer coming from the "self" may be in the affirmative with intense feeling, but there is no substance of BELIEF back of it to cause it to appear.
When all the lost sheep are back in the fold, then does the shepherd rejoice. When all the beliefs in powers apart from God are redeemed and are again into the fold, then a great rejoicing takes place---"For this my son was dead, and is alive again." The SELF is Conscious Spirit---Conscious Spirit is not just another metaphysical term. It is a Power moving in your universe. When you are conscious of a thing, it makes itself manifest. The Conscious Spirit of God moved on the face of the deep and thing happened. It is the SPIRIT of the consciousness that causes the consciousness to go forth and take form and shape. You are Conscious Spirit; you have come to LIFE. You are awake at last to the Presence in whom you live and move and have your being. When the Christ is awakened in your Ship, the raging storm that threatened you is stilled and there is a great calm.
Man acts objectively from the outside, until he discovers that everything he has in manifestation has stemmed from an inner idea---regardless how hopelessly impossible it may seem and badly interpreted through the density of human thought.
Schiller said: "Man carries the Divine Disposition incontestably within him." It is well to remember this--really remember and call upon, instead of trying to establish such a state of consciousness. Man carries the Christ within him whether he knows it or not, but until he recognizes it nothing happens but constant frustration and evil. Origen said around 200 A.D.: "The Soul is naturally Christian." The Soul had been waiting for centuries for the coming of this Christ who would give to the world a sort of pied-a-there-a foundation or footing on the earth for Spirit. Spirit became flesh through the power of Jesus Christ, without the offices of man-and thereby gave man the Golden KEYS to the Kingdom.
Until the SELF is recognized-not created or put on--but recognized, man continues to make the circle described so well in this from Omar Khayyam:
"Myself when young did eagerly frequent
Doctor and Saint, and heard great Argument
About it and about: but evermore
Came out by the same door as in I went."
When finally the discovery of SELF is made, and the recognition of the SELF takes place, then the outpouring of blessings takes place. This is the day of Multiple Blessings-not just a Blessing-but Blessings; showers of them, more than the sands of the sea-if you can accept them, you are finally thrown off the treadmill of human belief.
Walter C. Lanyon