"Ye shall know the truth
And the Truth shall make you free."
I HAVE heard that quotation ever since I was a little child. Most of
us have. But to me it was never anything much but a quotation--until
a few years ago. It is only in the past several years that I have
begun to get an inkling of the real meaning of it--an understanding
of the comfort back of it. Perhaps to you, too, it has been no more
than a sonorous phrase. If so, you will be interested in what I have
since gotten from it.
To begin with, what is the "truth" that is so often
referred to in all our religious teaching? The truth about
what? And what is it going to free us from?
The truth as I see it now is the underlying reality in
everything we meet in life. There is, for instance, one right
way to solve any given problem in mathematics. That one right
way is the truth as far as that problem is concerned. To know
it is to free yourself from all doubt and vain imagining and
error. It is to free yourself from any trouble that might
arise through solving the problem incorrectly.
In the same way, there is but one BEST way of solving every
situation that confronts you. That BEST way is the truth. To
know it is to make you free from all worry or trouble in
connection with that situation. For if it is met in the RIGHT
way, only good can come of it.
Then there is your body. There is only one RIGHT idea of
every organism in your body. One CORRECT method of functioning
for each of them. And Universal Mind holds that RIGHT idea,
that CORRECT method. The functioning of your body, the
rebuilding of each cell and tissue, is the work of your
subconscious mind. If you will constantly hold before it the
thought that its model is perfection, that weakness or
sickness or deformity is merely ABSENCE of perfection--not a
reality in itself--in short, if you will realize the Truth
concerning your body, your subconscious mind will speedily
make you free and keep you free from every ill.
It matters not what is troubling you today. If you will
KNOW that whatever it may seem to be is merely the absence of
the true idea, if you will realize that the only thing that
counts is the truth that Universal Mind knows about your body,
you can make that truth manifest.
Affirm the good, the true--and the evil will vanish. It is
like turning on the light--the darkness immediately
disappears. For there is no actual substance in darkness--it
is merely absence of light. Nor is there any substance in
sickness or evil--it is merely the absence of health or good.
That is the truth that was the mentality of Jesus--what
Paul describes as "the mind which was also in Christ Jesus."
Jesus declared that "we should know the truth, and the
truth would make us free." That truth was the power which He
exercised. He had so perfect an understanding of truth that it
gave Him absolute dominion over evil, enabled Him to heal
diseases of every nature, even to raise the dead. The power
that He exercised then was not confined to His time, nor
limited to His own immediate followers. "Lo, I am with you
always," He said, "even unto the end of the world." And He is
just as available to us now as He was to His own disciples
1900 years ago.
"I have given you power to tread serpents and scorpions
under foot and to trample on all the power of the enemy; and
in no case shall anything do you harm."
That gift was never meant to be confined to His own
disciples or to any other one group. God has never dealt in
special or temporary gifts. He gives to all--to all who will
accept--to all who have an understanding heart.
All sickness, all poverty, all sorrow, is the result of the
incorrect use of some gift of God, which in itself is
inherently good. It is just as though we took the numbers that
were given us to work out a problem, and put them in the wrong
places. The result would be incorrect, inharmonious. We would
not be ex-pressing the truth. The moment we rearrange those
numbers properly, we get the correct answer--harmony--the
truth! There was nothing wrong with the principle of
mathematics before--the fault was all with us, with our
incorrect arrangement of the figures.
What is true of the principle of mathematics is true of
every principle. The principle is changeless, undying. It is
only our expression of the principle that changes as our
understanding of it becomes more thorough. Lightning held only
terror for man until he made of electricity his servant. Steam
was only so much waste until man learned to harness it. Fire
and water are the most destructive forces known--until
properly used, then they are man's greatest helpers. There is
nothing wrong with any gift of God--once we find the way to
use it. The truth is always there if we can find the principle
behind it. The figures in mathematics are never bad. It is
merely our incorrect arrangement of them.
The great need is an open mind and the desire for
understanding. How far in the science of mathematics would you
get if you approached the study of it with the preconceived
notion that two plus two makes five, and nothing you heard to
the contrary was going to change that belief? "Except ye turn,
and become as little children, ye shell not enter into the
kingdom of heaven." You must drop all your preconceived ideas,
all your prejudices. You must never say--"Oh, that sounds like
so-and-so. I don't want any of it." Just remember that any
great movement must have at least a grain of truth back of it,
else it could never grow to any size. Seek that grain of
truth. Be open-minded. Keep your eyes and ears open for the
truth. If you can do this, you will find that new wordings,
different interpretations, are but the outer shell. You can
still see the Truth beneath, the Christ that "before Abraham
was, I am."
The Only Power
He who is looking for wisdom, power, or permanent success,
will find it only within. Mind is the only cause. Your body is
healthy or sick according to the images of thought you impress
upon your subconscious mind. Ii you will hold thoughts of
health instead of sickness, if you will banish all thoughts of
disease and decay, you can build up a perfect body. Dr.
William S. Patten of New York says, "To know and to understand
the organization of mind and to recognize the action of mind
is the first and the only requisite of a sound body."
For all disease starts in mind. It may be in your own
conscious mind, from reading of an epidemic or from meeting
with circumstances which education has taught you will bring
about disease. It may be suggested to your subconscious mind,
as so frequently happens with young children, by the fears and
worries and thoughts of contagion of those around you.
But whichever it is, it is FEAR that starts it. You
visualize, consciously or unconsciously, the disease that you
fear, and because that is the image held before your thought,
your body proceeds to build in accordance with that model. You
believe that disease is necessary, that you have got to expect
a certain amount of it. You hear of it every day, and
subconsciously at least you are constantly in fear of it. And
through that very fear you create it, when if you would spend
that same amount of time thinking and believing in the
necessity of HEALTH, you would never need to know disease.
Disease is not sent by God. It is not a visitation of
Providence. If it were, what would be the use of doctoring it?
You couldn't fight against the power of God!
God never sent us anything but good. He never gave us
disease. When we allow disease to take hold of us, it is
because we have lost touch with God--lost the perfect model of
us that He holds in mind. And what we have got to strive for
is to get back the belief in that perfect model--to forget the
diseased image we are holding in our thought.
Remember the story of Alexander and his famous horse,
Bucephalus? No one could ride the horse because it was afraid
of its shadow. But Alexander faced it towards the sun--and
rode it without trouble. Face towards the sun and the shadows
will fall behind you, too. Face towards the perfect image of
every organ, and the shadows of disease will never touch you.
There is no germ in a draft capable of giving you a cold.
There is no bacteria in exposure to the weather that can give
you a fever or pneumonia. It is you that gives them to
yourself. The draft doesn't reason this out. Neither does your
body. They are both of them merely phases of matter. They are
not intelligent. It is your conscious mind that has been
educated to think that a cold must follow exposure to a draft.
This it is that suggests it to your subconscious mind and
brings the cold into being.
Before you decide again that you have a cold, ask yourself,
Who is it that is taking this cold? It cannot be my nose, for
it has no intelligence. It does only what my subconscious mind
directs. And anyway, how could my pose know that a draft of
air has been playing on the back of my neck? If it wasn't my
nose that decided it, what was it? The only thing it can have
been is my mind. Well, if mind can tell me to have a cold,
surely it can stop that cold, too. So let's reverse the
process, and instead of holding before the subconscious mind
images of colds and fevers, think only of health and life and
strength. Instead of trying to think back to discover how we
"caught" cold, and thus strengthening the conviction that we
have one, let us deny its existence and so knock the props out
from under the creative faculties that are originating the
cold. Let us hold before our subconscious mind only the
perfect idea of nose and head and throat that is in Universal
Mind. Let us make it use the Truth for its pattern, instead of
the illusory ideas of conscious mind.
Every form of disease or sickness is solely the result of
wrong thinking. The primary law of being is the law of health
and life. When you recognize this, when you hold before your
mind's eye only a perfect body, perfect organisms functioning
perfectly, you will "realize the truth that makes you free."
Farnsworth in his "Practical Psychology" tells of a
physician who has lived on a very restricted diet for years
while at home. But about once a year he comes to New York for
a week. While here, he eats anything and everything that his
fancy dictates, and never suffers the least inconvenience. As
soon as he gets home he has to return to his diet. Unless he
sticks to his diet, he expects to be ill--and he is ill. "As a
man thinketh, so is he." What one expects to get he is apt to
get, especially where health is concerned. For matter has no
sensation of its own. The conscious mind is what produces
pain, is what feels, acts or impedes action.
Functional disorders are caused by certain suggestions
getting into the subconsciousness and remaining there. They
are not due to physical, but to mental causes--due to wrong
thinking. The oasis of all functional disorders is in the
mind, though the manifestation be dyspepsia, melancholia,
palpitation of the heart, or any one of a hundred others.
There is nothing organically wrong with the body. It is your
mental image that is out of adjustment. Change the one and you
cure the other.
In this day of the gymnasium and the daily dozen, it may
sound impractical to suggest that it is the mind, not the
body, which needs the care. But I am far from being the first
to suggest it.
There is a very successful physician in London whose
teaching is that gymnastic exercise does more harm than good.
He contends that the only exercise necessary for the perfect
development of the body is yawning and stretching.
I would go farther than that. I would say that no physical
exercise is essential to the perfect development of the body.
That since the only cause is mind, the principal good of
exercise is that when we go through the motions we are
impressing upon our subconscious mind the picture of the
perfect figure that we would have. And that mental
visualization is what brings the results.
You can get the same results without the physical exercise
by visualizing in your mind's eye the figure of the man you
want to be, by intensely desiring it, by BELIEVING that you
You can win to perfect health by knowing that there is but
one right idea in Universal Mind for every organism in your
body--that this right idea is perfect and undying--that you
have only to hold it before you subconscious mind to see it
realized in your body. This is the truth that makes you free.
Suggested Further Reading
The Secret of the Ages, by Robert Collier, .
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