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DEFINE MEDITATION Meditation is the desire of man to know God in him and to manifest his God-awareness by extending his knowing-- through his thinking--to the production of material bodies created by him in the image of his inspired conceiving. Let us put it more simply by saying that MEDITATION IS A DESIRE TO BE ALONE WITH -- PJ 34 -- pag. 25 GOD TO TALK WITH HIM. MEDITATION IS REALLY A CONFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR SOUL AND THE UNIVERSAL SOUL. To be One with God means to desire His knowledge and power. God‘s Mind is your Mind; hence you have all knowledge and power that God has to the extent of your awareness of God in you and the measure of your comprehension of your unity with Him. If God‘s knowledge is asleep in you, it must be awakened in order that you may be aware of it. When you are aware of it, you can use it in the measure of your ability to comprehend it. The entirety of Universal Law works with you at your command. Some of the things I say here in the beginning may not make much sense and seem even trite. Please abide with me long enough to give it fair trial. You are actually afraid that you are going to get all relaxed and give away your perceived shortcomings --GOD ALREADY KNOWS THEM SO PERHAPS IT IS TIME YOU FACE THEM! The facts are, however, that what you fear will not happen if you release the fear--it is the fear of a given thing which draws it directly unto you. The point herein is to communicate with God--not wash dirty laundry. To the extent of your awareness and understanding, and to that extent only, you may use universal power to think your knowing into material forms. Your KNOWING is your Mind-Self. Your Mind-Self is you, the eternal Being. Your Self is not your body, nor is your knowing in your brain, but your knowing controls your body and your brain as their absolute master. Do not confuse your Mind and brain as being the same. Your Mind thinks through your brain and with it, as a lever works upon its fulcrum--remember the JOURNAL describing this working mechanism. Your brain is but the instrument for fulfilling the commands extended to it by Consciousness, which Mind is. Your brain records memories, experiences and information electrically, just as phonographs likewise do, but it is the will of your Mind which orders your body to obey through electric messages from your brain, just as it likewise orders your automobile to obey. The nerves of your body are the ―wires‖ of the electric machine which your body is. The brain is but a nerve recorder and distributor. The measure of your cosmic knowing is the measure of your God-awareness. It is the measure of your ability to dwell in the Light of all-knowing and to command the thought universe of Creation with God. You are then a co-Creator with God. Thinking what you KNOW into imagined forms is expressing your eternal Self in the invisible universe of Mind. Giving formed bodies to imagined thought-forms, by following up your thoughts with actions, is expressing your eternal Self in the visible universe of matter. That, beloved ones, is all that God does, for He controls His electric body as its absolute master. He keeps all of its interactions and interchangings in absolute balance, for God is eternally creating His body in the image of His desiring. You can do likewise, if you desire to, by working knowingly with God. You can be master of your body in the measure of your awareness of God‘s power in you. You must remain in balance instead of continually unbalancing your thoughts and body actions in diverse ways from morn until night and from night until morn. Tensions and strains, fears and worryings, and various emotions destroy your body by the accumulation of toxins. You will continually pay the price of your wrong actions until you ultimately learn that whatever you know, you think-- and what you think, you become. -- PJ 34 -- pag. 26 CREATING BODIES This brings us to a point where much confusion exists regarding Mind and matter. We must make this relationship so clear that the confusion will dissolve in your understanding. Mind Is spiritual and constitutes the INVISIBLE universe of CAUSE. Matter is physical and constitutes the VISIBLE universe of EFFECT. GOD‟S MIND HAS BUT ONE IDEA. THAT IDEA IS CREATION AS A WHOLE. GOD HAS BUT ONE DESIRE. THAT DESIRE IS TO GIVE CREATIVE EXPRESSION TO HIS ONE WHOLE IDEA. God expresses His desire dynamically by thinking and imagining. God is the Universal Soul. God‟s thinking and imagining create a body to manifest His Soul. THAT BODY IS THE LIGHT- WAVE UNIVERSE AS A WHOLE. It is God‘s one Idea divided by His thinking and imagining into countless millions of units of ideas, each having a differently formed body but all manifesting the ONE by being extensions of each other. There is naught else in all of this vast universe but moving bodies extending from the stillness of the cosmic Light of Soul which centers thinking--Mind of God and man. All formed bodies are made in the image of God and man, and extended from mind- imaginings to manifest God and man. How simple it really is when you think of it that way--Creator and Creation being just mind-imagined forms dynamically extended into light-spectrum-formed bodies fashioned in the images of their imaginers. How much more simple it is to think of all the universe as one mind, one Soul and one Body, seemingly divided into many Minds, many Souls and many bodies. You must really learn to think of God and God‘s body that way before you can fully understand the ONENESS of all things. When you do learn to think of it that way, you will then know that there are not two separate or separable things in the universe. Likewise, you will fully understand that you are the center of the universe, for all things in it extend from you and all things are extensions of each other and of the ONE. Therefore, all things center all things, and each is the center of the entire universe. How glorious and wonderful is the realization that Mind of man and Mind of God can know their oneness in meditation in order that the creations of man can have the balanced rhythms, the symmetry and the stability of God‘s creations! All that God does is to think thought-forms of ideas and give them formed bodies from His Body and Soul of His Soul. God thinks man and the body of man appears in the image of God‘s imagining. In the same manner, the bodies of roses and oaks of the forest, ants and lizards, elephants and horses, planets, suns and oceans with all their living hosts of swimming things, and countless other formed bodies appear as separate ideas all extended from the One, and all from each other. Some of God‘s favorite and special thoughts are of flight and -- PJ 34 -- pag. 27 freedom and perfection of the winged creatures who ride the electrical waves of the pulsing atmosphere. Those winged creatures are your very connections with the stars for it is the principle of flight which ultimately gives you freedom. Now guess what! This is also ALL THAT MAN DOES! He also thinks thought-forms of ideas and gives them formed bodies from Universal Body, and Soul from the Universal Soul. The engineer conceives the image of a bridge and the formed body of the bridge appears in the image of the engineer‘s imaging. Then by taking bits and pieces of that which exists, he BUILDS by fitting the appropriate pieces together and, if needs be, he places a mechanical lever system within the mass which will raise and lower the bridge. You call it manufacturing! A writer places abundance of organized alphabet letters on a paper and then compiles the paper and ―creates a story--an expression of idea. Likewise, the musician thinks music in the silence of his imagining and, behold, the formed body of the music appears in sound as notes are reflected from his scratchings--but the sound must extend from the original silence of the idea. And so, too, are you--and all men--thinking imaged forms of multiple things and giving them formed bodies in the image of your imaginings. AWAKEN YOUR OWN GENIUS Whatever the greatest genius in the world can do, you can also do. You have the same inheritance that he has. The only reason you have not given evidence of it is because you have not yet been aware of it. In other words, you have not yet discovered your Self. That divine spark of genius which is aflame in him is dim in you. You can illumine yourself by inspiration and deep meditation--or you can go forth and create something else which appeals to you more. The greatest miracle that can happen to you is that wonderful discovery of your Self, the divine power which lies within your Self, and the awakening of unlimited knowledge which you unknowingly now have. And you don‘t have to go anywhere or do anything to discover that wondrous Self. Its been there all the time--YOU HAVE SIMPLY BEEN RUNNING AWAY TO HIDE FROM IT WHILE TOUTING THAT YOU ARE SEARCHING FOR IT! MOST OF YOU ARE TERRIFIED AT THE POSSIBILITY OF FINDING SELF. There is great security in the forever “searching” and insuring that you DO NOT "find". It becomes an ongoing EXCUSE for irresponsibility. One of the reasons you have not yet made that marvelous discovery of your own genius is because meditation is still new to the Western races. Worse, as it is discovered it is tainted by the foolishness of those who desire control and wealth from that which you seek. But in spite of all that the adversary does, there is coming a more constant beat of that ―Inner Voice of the Spirit‖ which is forever calling within the Souls of all men. When you are too busy with material things to have time to listen to that Voice, you become chained to emotions of your body and to the demands of material things. You are enslaved by them. The moment you begin to listen to your Inner Voice, that moment you become freed from slavery to the body. The high heavens of God‘s omnipotent and omniscient universe then become your dwelling place. Meditation began when thinking began at the Dawn of Consciousness in the human race. Man was in communion with God and thought nothing of it--it was a present part of his being- ness. Until the ―Dawn of Consciousness‖ men were ruled by their senses and their instincts. As soon as humans began to ―think and ―know‖, they began to suspect a superior Being. Worship then began; -- PJ 34 -- pag. 28 sun worship, idol worship and, finally, the Inner Voice of thinking-man led him to the spiritual idea of many gods--then to ONE God. Through the centuries of meditation or communion between the physical senses of men and their spiritual inspiration, the genius of some unfolded beyond others. This gradual unfolding has been taking place during several ages of man until now a new stage of the human race is unfolding which is the dawn of the ―Cosmic‖ Age. The great masses of mankind are not yet ready for cosmic knowing but many thousands are ready for this new knowledge of the invisible universe of thinking-Mind. It may be that there are even a few millions who are ready to become the seed of the new race of cosmic man. What a lovely and intelligent time it will be. The test for ascertaining the average number of those who are ready for this higher step upward in the unfolding of the man-idea is not a religious one. It is a cultural one. Let us example a city of some 8,000,000 people--a city like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, etc. Of that number of people there are about 25,000 people who seek the higher inspirational rhythmic creations of the world‘s great geniuses who interpret the heartbeat of Nature for the Souls of men. These will shun noisy crowds if possible, shudder at hard-rock noise and find distress in the musicless loud pounding upon the ears and Soul and seek aloneness in the forests or ocean‘s shores if they can find solitude, where they can hear nature‘s silent whisperings and rhythmic sounds within their very Souls. To the rest of the 8,000,000, the silent whisperings of Nature have no meaning whatsoever other than boredom. If these be found at ocean‘s shores, it will be where boardwalks and blatant noises vibrate the senses of their bodies pleasantly for the excitement of their senses only. These still live sensed existences with body-awareness controlling their lives and as boredom increases so does the violence which is utilized to hype the senses. The Dawn of Consciousness has not yet illumined them with the Light which still awaits their Soul‘s awakening. THE DAWN OF THE COSMIC AGE Those illumined ones who are now ready to open the doors of their Souls far wider for the Light to illumine them further will uplift the whole human race to higher standards. Out of that whole, there will always come an average few until the Cosmic Age will be strong with growing numbers of the more and more illumined--and believe me, I speak NOT OF NEW AGE! THESE ARE THE ONES, THESE ILLUMINED, WHO FOREVER UNFOLD THE SPIRITUAL NATURE OF THE HUMAN RACE. They will not present as pious, dictatorial nor controllers. They will present as that which you call ―normal or ―regular ―good people--for they are all of these things. -- PJ 34 -- pag. 29