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Sunday, March 31, 2019

How-To Use Truth

                   I read and studied the book, “How I Used Truth” by H. Emile Cady more than 15 years ago.  It was first published in 1916 approximately 15 years prior to the Great Depression that swept through most countries in 1929-1939.  The book is still used in class studies for students in the Unity Church faith.  It contains many words of wisdom and spiritual guidance for those who are seeking to demonstrate what is referred to as “Truth” in their experiences of life.  For those who are willing to listen, read and study this amazing book, I offer the following to encourage you to do so.

                From “How I Used Truth”:
“THERE IS A straight white line of absolute Truth upon which each one must walk if he would have demonstration. The slightest swerving in either direction from this line results in non-demonstration, no matter how earnest or intense one may be. The line is this: There is only God; all seeming else is a lie. Whosoever is suffering today from sickness, poverty, failure--any kind of trouble--is believing the lie.”

                    In these words from H. Emile Cady we are given the truth about “The Truth.”  I believe that one of the best ways to influence our consciousness (soul) with the Truth is through questions.  Not only should we study that which is presented to us as “The Truth” but we should question it in our mind until we have fully understood what it means for us personally.  We can use the Laws of Mind only to the extent that we have conditioned our mind to “know” Truth from that which is not Truth.  Believing that “It’s All G-d" does nothing for us if we don’t accept this belief as a powerful instrument to draw to us those things that our heart desires.

                    This is from the Chapter titled “All-Sufficiency in All Things”:  THERE IS THAT within every human being which is capable of being brought forth into the material, everyday life of any person as the abundance of every good thing that he may desire.     Here and there a man who is consciously abiding in the secret place of the Most High, and being taught by the Spirit of truth, dimly recognizes this, and says, "The Holy Spirit abiding within us js able to do all things for us"; while occasionally a metaphysician, in whom the intuitional is largely developed, is beginning to apprehend it as demonstrable Truth, and, carefully avoiding all pious words, lest he be considered in the old rut of religious belief, says, "The outer or visible man has no need that the inner invisible man cannot supply."     Let us not haggle over terms. There need be no schism. Each means the same thing. The only difference is in words. Each one is getting at the same Truth in his own way, and eventually the two will clasp hands in unity and see eye to eye.     The Spirit of the living God within us, fed ever from the Fountainhead, is not only the giver of all good gifts, the supplier of all supply, but is the gift itself. We must come right up to this point. The giver and the gift are one. 
            God Himself is the fulfillment--or the substance which fills full--of every desire.     Truly our eyes have been holden, until now, in these later days, we are coming to know of "God in His world"; of Him, the immanent creative Cause of all things, ever dwelling in man, ready and willing at any moment to re-create or renew our body and mind, or to manifest Himself through us as anything needed by us.     The certainty of this manifestation depends on ability to recognize and accept Truth.     One recognizes God within as indwelling purity and holiness. To this one He is sanctification, and just in the proportion to the recognition and the trust with which this divine Presence is regarded as immanent holiness, does it spring forth into the outer, everyday life of a man as holiness, so that even they who run may read a something more than human in him.    
            Another recognizes and accepts the God within himself as the life of his body, and instantly this divine life, always perfect, strong, and vigorous, and always desiring with the mighty desire of omnipotent love to manifest itself through somebody or something as perfection, begins to flow through his body from center to circumference until his entire body is charged with a fullness of life that is felt even by others who came in contact with him. This is divine healing, and the time required for the process of complete healing depends, not on any changeableness of God--for God knows no time but the eternal now--but entirely on the ability of the person to recognize and trust the power that works in him.     The one who recognizes the indwelling God as his holiness, but cannot mentally grasp any more Truth, lives a holy, beautiful life, but perhaps lives it all through years of bodily disease and sickness. Another who recognizes the same immanent God as his health, and is made both holy and physically well by the recognition and acceptance, stops there, and wonders, when he is well and living a life entirely unselfish and Godlike, why he should always be poor, lacking even the bare necessities of life.
            O fools and slow of heart to believe! Can you not see that this same indwelling God who is your holiness and your health, is also your sustenance and support? Is He not our All-Sufficiency in all things? Is it not the natural impulse of the divine Being to flow forth through us into all things--"Whatsoever ye pray and ask for"? Is there any limit, except as our poor human mind has set? Does He not say, "Every place wherein the sole of your foot shall tread shall be yours"? What does this mean? "Whatsoever you dare to claim, that will I be to you"? 
            This divine energy is the substance (from sub, under, and stare, to stand), the real thing that stands under or within the visible or unreal of all things--food and clothing as well as life and health.     How do we get holiness? Not by outside works of purifying ourselves, but by turning to the Holy Spirit within and letting it flow forth into our human nature until we become permeated with the Divine. How is perfect health through divine or spiritual healing obtained? Is it by looking to or trusting external efforts or appliances? Surely not; but rather by ceasing entirely to look to the without, and turning our thoughts and our faith to the Father in us.
           How, then, are we to get our abundant supply--aye, even more than we can ask or think (for God gives not according to our need, but "according to his riches" we are told)? "Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee … If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up … And the Almighty will be thy treasure, and precious silver unto thee."
         It is not enough to believe simply that God is our supplier--the One who shall by His omnipotent power influence the mind of someone possessing an abundance to divide with us. This is limitation. God's being our health means far more than God's being our healer. God as our supply is infinitely more than God as our supplier. God is the Giver and the gift.
             Jesus' increase of the loaves and fishes did not come up from the village in response to some silent word spoken by Him to a person having a quantity. He never recognized that He had any right to seek the surplus possessions of another, even though He was going to use them to benefit others. In order to feed the multitude, He did not reach out after that which belonged to any man, or even that which was already in manifestation. The extra supply was a new and increased manifestation of divine substance as bread and fish. So with the oil of Elisha, who was a man "of like passions with you." In both these cases, nothing came from without to supply the need, but the supply proceeded from within outward.
            This divine Substance--call it God, creative energy, or whatever you will--is ever abiding within us, and stands ready today to manifest itself in whatever form you and I need or wish to manifest, just as it did in Elisha's time. It is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Our desire is the cup that shapes the form of its coming, and our trust--the highest form of faith--sets the time and the degree. 
               Abundant supply by the manifestation of the Father in us, from within outward, is as much a legitimate outcome of the Christ life or spiritual understanding as is bodily healing. The Word--or Spirit--is made flesh (or clothed with materiality) in both cases, and both are equally in God's order. The law of "work-to-earn" is only a schoolmaster beating us with many stripes, breaking us into many pieces when we fall across it in out failures, just to bring us to Christ. "But now that faith is come, we are no longer under a tutor." Then Christ--the Divine in us-becomes the fulfillment of the law.
                "I work not for the food which perish-eth," said the Nazarene. Cease to work with the one object,  viz., for a living or for supply. Be forever free from the law of poverty and want, as you are from the law of sin and disease--through faith in Christ; that is, by taking the indwelling Christ, or Spirit, or invisible man as your abundant supply, and, looking up to no other source, hold to it until it manifests itself as such. Recognize it. Reckon it. Be still and know it. Do not struggle and work and worry while you know it, but just be still. "Be still, and know that I am"-- what? Part of God? No. "Know that I am God"--all of God, all of good. I am life. I am health. I am love. I am supply. I am the substance of all that human souls or bodies can need or want.
             The law says, "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread." The Gospel brings "good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people." The law says: Work out your salvation from sin, sickness, and poverty. The Gospel teaches that Christ, the Father in you, is your salvation. Have faith in Him. The law says: Work all you can, and God will do the rest. The law is a way; Gospel, or Christ, is the Way, "Choose you this day whom ye will serve."
            "But," says someone, "will not such teaching that our abundance is not at all dependent on the labor of our hands or head foster selfishness and indolence? Is it not a teaching dangerous to the masses?'' 
            Jesus never thought the Gospel dangerous for the masses. It has not proved dangerous to teach that health is a free gift of God to His children--a gift that they need not labor for, but just recognize and accept. <>

            Many people will react to the words of H. Emile Cady with skepticism and some will even go so far as to ridicule what she has written.  But, let us keep in mind that these are the words of someone who has demonstrated the metaphysical laws of Life in a far greater way than most of us can even imagine.  Yet, we can take comfort in “The Truth” that what one can do, all can do.

                                 And so it is!