Discourse 1

Discourse 01 October 03, 1932


INVOCATION: Thou Infinite, Mighty Presence, Thou All-Pervading Principle of

Life! We give praise and thanks for Thy Wondrous Activity through all outer

presence. Out of Thy Mighty Essence comes all that is, and oh! that humanity

might understand, Thou art ever and forever Self-sustained. Thou Mighty, Active

Principle of Life, surge forth in the outer activity of mankind and manifest Thy

Supreme Justice now in all places.

Mighty Presence of Light—God in Action! govern the minds of mankind, holding

them to Truth and Justice, and see that Thy Messengers are placed in all official

positions. Let naught of the outer interfere, that none of humanity may accept any

thought of deception.

Mighty Presence of God in Action, surge forth in the minds of all, expressing

Thy Conquering Presence.

Greetings: I bring you Greetings from the Perfected Ones, who are watching

closely over and ministering to all.


Life, in all Its Activities everywhere manifest, is God in Action; and it is only

through lack of the understanding of applied thought and feeling that mankind is

constantly interrupting the pure flow of that Perfect Essence of Life which would,

without interference, naturally express Its Perfection everywhere.

The natural tendency of Life is Love, Peace, Beauty, Harmony, and Opulence, for

Life cares not who uses It, but is constantly surging to pour more of Its Perfection

into manifestation, always with that lifting process which is ever inherent within


" I A M "

"I AM" is the Activity of "That Life."

How strange it is that students with sincere interest do not seem to get the True

Meaning of those two words.

When you say and feel "I AM," you release the spring of Eternal, Everlasting Life

to flow on Its way unmolested. In other words, you open wide the door to Its

natural flow. When you say "I AM not," you shut the door in the face of this Mighty


"I AM" is the Full Activity of God.

Having placed before you so often the Truth of God in Action, I wish you to

understand Its first expression in individualization. The first expression of every

individual, everywhere in the Universe, either in spoken word, silent thought or

feeling, is "I AM," recognizing Its Own Conquering Divinity.

The student, endeavoring to understand and apply these mighty, yet simple Laws,

must stand guard more strictly over his thought and expression —in word or

otherwise; for every time you say "I AM not," "I cannot," "I have not," you are,

whether knowingly or unknowingly, throttling that "Great Presence" within you.

This is just as tangible as if you placed your hands about the throat of an outer

form, only with the outer form, your thought governing the hand, you can release

it at any time; but when you make a declaration using the words "I AM not," you

set in motion Mighty, Limitless Energy that continues to act, unless it is recalled

and the imperfection consumed and transmuted.

This shows you the enormous power you have to qualify this Mighty Energy of

God, and I tell you Beloved Students, dynamite is less dangerous, for that would but

liberate you from the body; while these thoughts sent forth ignorantly and

liberate you from the body; while these thoughts sent forth ignorantly and

ungoverned bind you upon the wheel of re-embodiment indefinitely.

Thus you can see how important it is for you to know what you are doing when

you thoughtlessly use wrong expressions; because you are using the Most Divine

Principle of Activity in the Universe — "I AM."

Do not misunderstand me —this is no idle, foreign, or Oriental expression, but

the Highest Principle of Life used and expressed throughout every civilization that

has ever existed—for the first expression every Self-conscious form of Life gives is

"I AM." It is only afterwards, in its contact with outer, wrongly qualified activity, that

it begins to accept anything less than "I AM."

Now Dear Students, do you not see that when you say "I AM sick," you are just

reversing this Principle of Life, which is naturally all Perfection; thus requalifying

it by your willful ignorance with something which it never naturally possessed?

Through long centuries of willful misunderstanding, humanity has charged the

very atmosphere about them with falsehood and unreality, for I need not say to

you that when you say "I AM sick," it is an abject falsehood in respect to your

Divinity, which cannot be sick.

Does this sound harsh to you?

Then I say, think it over, and you will see what a blessing and release it can be to


I say to you, Dear Students, in the Name of God, stop using these wrong

expressions of your Godhead, of your Divinity, for it is impossible for you to have

Freedom as long as you continue to do it. I cannot speak of this to you too often:

that when you really recognize and accept the Mighty Presence of God in you,

there are positively no adverse conditions.

STOP! I say to you, giving power to the outer conditions, persons, places or

things, and in the Name of God, every time you find yourself starting to say "I AM

sick," "I AM broke," "I AM not feeling well," instantly reverse this fatal condition to

your progress; and declare silently with all the intensity of your being—"I AM"

—which is all health, opulence, Perfection, happiness, peace, and the power to

recognize Perfection in yourself and everywhere else.

When you think of the expression "I AM," it means that you know you have God

in Action expressing in your Life. Do not let these false expressions continue to

govern and limit you. Continually remind yourself: "I live, move, and have my

Being and all outer expression in the full opulence of God, made manifest every


In thus reminding yourself of this Invincible, Unconquerable Presence, you keep

the door open for Its pure, Invincible Essence and Intelligence to weave into your

outer expression that wondrous Perfection.

I plead with you, Dear Ones everywhere, do not continue to use these wrong

expressions thinking that in some hocus-pocus way you may slide past reaping the


Many of you know that they use the branding- iron on the Western Frontier as a

recognition of ownership by the ranchmen. So great is my desire to have you

recognize and hold fast to the active Presence of God in you, that I almost long for

a branding-iron to brand those words— "I AM" —into your consciousness for

constant use; that you could not be drawn off the recognition, acceptance, and use

of that Mighty, Glorious Presence of God, which you are.

I trust that all who may hear or read these words will feel the Power and the

Mighty Conviction of this Truth that goes with them — leaping into action

wherever expressed.

If at any time anything less than Perfection attempts to make an appearance in

your experience, declare vehemently that it is not true, and that you accept only

God, which is Perfection in your Life, everywhere manifest. As long as you give way

to accepting false appearances, you will have them expressed in your Life and

experience. It is not, Dear Student, a matter of belief on your part whether you

accept these Truths or not, but they are the Law, proven through long centuries of

accept these Truths or not, but they are the Law, proven through long centuries of

experience,and are placed before you for your Freedom.

Awaken to the fact that your thought and feeling in the past have built —created

—the inharmony of your world today. Arisel I say, Arise! and walk with the Father

—the "I AM" —that you may be free from these limitations. There is only one thing

in this Universe that can surround you with limitation, and that is accepting the

outer appearance instead of the Mighty, Active Presence of God in you.

The Western World likes to fool itself with the idea that it refuses to accept the

ancient and Eastern idea of sorcery—in other words, the misuse of the Spiritual

Powers. The worst kind of sorcery is being used in the political fields today that

has ever been known in the history of mankind through the use of mental power

—wrongly qualified.

If this same tremendous mental force were used in just the reverse way, to know

that there is only God in Action in every individual filling official places, the sender

of that quality or Truth would not only be free himself, but the political world

would be filled with Freedom and Justice. Then we would experience a natural

world, a world of God in Action—everywhere present.

It is today as it was at one time in Egypt. Those who misuse the mental power

are binding themselves to the rack of inharmony, embodiment after embodiment.

Take the stand: "I do not take on conditions from anybody or anything about me

but God — Good, and 'I AM' always God-commanded." You need to acquire the habit

of stilling yourself. Sit down three or four times a day and simply still the outer

self. This will let the energy be supplied. Learn to command and control the energy

in your body. If you want the energy still—be still. If you want the energy active

—be active. You must stand up, face a thing, and rise above it. There is no other


The student should watch in every way for habits and break them up. He should

not have to be told, but must look within himself and uproot whatever is not

Perfect. This brings a freedom not possible in any other way.

The holding on of old habits is just like wearing old, worn-out garments. The

student must not wait for someone else to think these things out for him. He

must do it himself. It is not possible for anyone to do it but himself.

In this Work and under this Radiation, everything that is latent in the individual

is being brought forth to be consumed. Watch —that the attention does not become

fixed on the thing you do not want.

It is perfectly ridiculous to keep recalling things which have not worked out. If

you have built your limitations for centuries and can, by this attention and selfeffort,

free yourself in a few years, isn't it worth it? Is it not marvelous?

A humorous sense of getting away from a thing is sometimes the quickest and

most powerful way of doing it, for a buoyant, joyous feeling releases the energy

that many times enables a very wonderful manifestation to take place.

If one will buckle down to brass tacks and call on the Law of Forgiveness, he can

then consume all past creations in the Consuming Flame and be free. You must be

conscious that the Flame is the Active Presence of God doing the consuming.

The Freedom of God is here in action.

When you have a feeling to do a certain constructive thing, go ahead, stick to it

and do it, if the heavens fall. Whether the manifestation comes now or not should

not enter into your consciousness at all.

Even when students only know a thing intellectually, they should not allow the

mind to keep recalling wrong conditions when they know what this activity does

to their success. It is unbelievable that people will not conquer this enemy in their

consciousness. No student can ever gain the victory until he stops turning back to

the old, negative conditions he is trying to get rid of.

The whole work of a teacher is to get some means and explanation over to the

student of the activity of acceptance. What the mind accepts is that which the

individual agrees with through his attention, by letting the two become one. When

individual agrees with through his attention, by letting the two become one. When

the mind accepts and agrees with a thing or condition, the individual decrees it

into his world. Whatever you let the attention rest upon, you are agreeing with and

accepting, because through the attention you have let the mind become one with


If an individual were to see a rattlesnake coiled, would he walk right up to be

struck? Certainly not! Yet this is what students are doing when they let their

attention turn back to their troubles. Such habits are only past momentum given a

specific quality.

There are only two activities in Life, and if you will not let the Inner govern

according to Its plan of Perfection, then the outer must.

When a constructive picture is flashed to your mind, it is a reality. When you

recall it as a mental picture and hold it again, it calls forth the reality.

One can become so aware of his own God Presence that at any time he can see

and feel Its Radiance pouring out to him.

For things it does not want, the outer has all the confidence in the world. It is up

to the student to compel it to have the same confidence for the Perfection of God

that it has for the imperfection of the senses.

The student must always rely on himself. He must always think, "What can I do

to intensify this activity from the hints given?"

BENEDICTION: Mighty Perfected Ones! As we receive Thy Magic Circle of

Protection, as we receive and are enfolded in Thy Mighty Opulent Presence, O

Master Within! we accept fully that Opulence made manifest in our outer

experience and use. We give praise and thanks for Thy Wisdom in Its use. We give

praise and thanks that we have the full strength to accept only Thy Mighty Active

Presence at all times, and to refuse acceptance to anything unlike Thee.

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