Discourse 18

Discourse 18 December 01, 1932


INVOCATION: Thou Mighty, Illumining Presence which "I AM"! in gratitude and

praise, we enter into the Fullness of Thy Presence today; and forever receive Thy

Limitless Blessings, Thy Strength and Courage, Thy Joyous Enthusiasm, all of which

is Self-sustained.

We know there is but One Presence! "I AM that Presence" of all Activity, all

Wisdom and Power, and in the Freedom of that Mighty Presence we stand serene,

unmoved among all outer things which seem to point to the contrary.

"I stand serene in Thy Great Forever; I claim Thy Great Dominion in my place! I

stand in the Radiance of God Eternal, ever looking Thee full in the Face."

I bring you Greetings from the Great Host, and also Their Blessings for the happy

enthusiasm which has been entered into. We shall endeavor to sustain you in that

joyous enthusiasm as the Hub of this Radiation, because all the students will feel

and act It. Far more has been accomplished this week than was anticipated, and

We enter with you into the great rejoicing. The loving blessing of each student

unto the other is most commendable, and this simple thing will open the door, oh

so wide! to receive the fullness intended for them.


I would be so pleased to have every one of the students, just at this time especially,

use the Statement, with all the enthusiasm they can command: " 'I AM,' 'I AM,' I

know 'I AM' the use of God's Limitless Opulence."

Here I wish to explain that when there is a group of students in accord, working

from the same principle, and they use this Statement, they not only bring into

their own world and use this Great Opulence, but they bless their associate

students with the same thing, because " 'I AM the Presence' in each one." This is the

mighty power of cooperative action which everyone should use.

The students who maintain a loving blessing to each other are really held in the

"Embrace of the Great 'I AM Presence,' " and when they acknowledge Its action,

they are commanding the same blessing and action for the other students that they

are for themselves.

This is the correct attitude to be sustained, and if maintained sincerely in the heart

of each one, no one within this Embrace will want for any good thing; but the

student who allows any feeling to remain of unkindness to the others will shut

himself away from this Great Radiance and Blessing. Now let us enter into the

keynote of what you touched this morning—the simple understanding of God's Will

and free will. God's Will is the Opulence of Goodwill—the birthright of every one

of God's Children.

When you are reaching to the Light in the use of the "Mighty I AM Presence" with

sincerity, it is not possible for you to do otherwise than call for God's Will to be

done. As Children of God the Father—who has given His Children free will that they

may choose—they must understand that it is for them alone to decree what shall

act in their lives and world.

Having free will, the student must understand that God can only act in his Life

and world according to his conscious direction.

God is the Principle of all Life, and each Child of God is an individualized,

conscious, active part of that One Great Principle of Life and Love and Power.

God has given into the keeping of every one of His Children this Marvelous

Consciousness, which is Omnipresent, eternally elastic, as it were, which can be

drawn into a focal point to write with the Pen of Light, or expand to encompass

the earth.

Consciousness is always subject to direction through the use of the free will.

The most unfortunate understanding established by the orthodox idea that God

The most unfortunate understanding established by the orthodox idea that God

acts of His own Free Will in the Life of the individual or a nation, is positively not

true. God can only act through the mind of His own individualization, which is

clothed with the personalities that you see about you. These personalities are but

vehicles of use and expression of this Mighty Individuality—which is God's Will

and your free will —and it only comes into use by your conscious direction.

I say to you that every function of your body is sustained through conscious action,

although you are not aware of it; but as you reach deeper and deeper into the

Consciousness of the "Mighty I AM Presence," you will come to understand that it

is impossible for any outer action to take place without Self-conscious action.

A simple proof of this is what any of you may test at any moment: I wish to do

some physical act. Preceding that activity, there always comes the thought to do it;

otherwise the hand or body would not move in action. That which people have

chosen to call involuntary action is the thing that has mystified their

understanding of their own Being.

The students should take this humble explanation and meditate upon it often, for it

will clear the mind of any obstruction. You are Self-conscious, Free Will, Acting


This is really of vital importance to these blessed, earnest students. I love every one

of them, both men and women, even though the ladies' husbands might object.

In both of your classes this week, the Individualized Presence of Jesus the Christ

stood in your midst. At........in the form of "The Tree of Life," each student being a

branch. At........from His "Pillar of

Dazzling Radiance," within which was His Visible,

Personal Form. At........His Form was within the

"Tree of Life," but not visible—not to mention others of the Ascended Host who

were present. There were also Nada, Cha Ara, Lanto and Myself.

I wish to say to that class of blessed boys with the one pink rose in their midst,

that I joyously hold them all in My Fond Embrace, so they may use and inhale the

Radiance of My Being. They have Freedom and Dominion within their grasp, if they

will hold fast to these Instructions and apply them.

Further, I wish the students to understand that the Stream of Life flowing through

the mind and body always comes into them pure and unadulterated, containing

within It all the strength, courage, energy and wisdom that can ever be desired;

but by the lack of control of their thought and feeling, they are unknowingly

requalifying this Pure Essence with the outer ideas upon which the attention has

been fixed.

To form the habit every moment the mind is not otherwise occupied of being Selfconscious

that: " 'I AM' the only Intelligence acting," will keep that

Mighty, Wonderful Stream of Life from being discolored, and I shall say

disqualified, by the wrong conceptions of the outer activity of the mind. This is the

simple secret of really all Perfection—if one can but comprehend it.

This Great Life comes into everyone's use Pure and Perfect, but through lack of

understanding, the outer mind is constantly requalifying It with discordant

conceptions, and thus human beings change Its otherwise Perfect Action into that

which they find expressed in limitation and discord in their outer activity.

This should make clear to the students the simple activity which they should Selfconsciously

maintain in order to keep this marvelous, Perfect Life that is constantly

flowing through their minds and bodies in Its Pure, Fragrant State; for I tell you

truly, that those who will follow and maintain this idea will find the emanations

from their own bodies becoming rarer than the lily or the rose. Further, in the

consciousness of this Perfection which is constantly flowing into their use, they

can know It as Perfect health and beauty of face and form, until Its Radiance

shines forth like the sun.

O Beloved Students! When it is so simple, requiring so little consciously sustained

effort, is it not worth all it requires on your part to enter into the Fullness of this

Life Stream and receive Its Fullness and Blessing?

Life Stream and receive Its Fullness and Blessing?

In the Oriental activity there was a secret society —in fact, it began in China

—maintained gloriously in the Light until the one then in charge at the head of the

order, thought, in one of the war ravages, that his daughter whom he loved so

deeply, was killed by an Englishman—which, however, was not the case. But it

brought about the breaking up of the order, and the pictures of "Fu Manchu," of

which I think there have been four produced, are the picturing of this to the outer

world, showing how the "Light" may be distorted by something starting the feeling

of revenge.

This one known as "Fu Manchu" was, at the beginning of that activity, a wondrous,

beautiful soul; and it shows how sometimes the ravages of war and the lack of

control of the thought and feeling in the individual bring about such distortion in

the Life Stream.

In connection with the South American Activity, which the present work has

drawn joyously to Their attention: until this Focus of Radiation began, it was

doubted by most, except Nada and Myself, the possibility of establishing such a

Focus in this busy Western World; but They did not know what I did, the fact of

our long association not having been revealed to Them. So I said on My own

Responsibility: "I shall try it out."

Now I have the full cooperation of all who might have questioned. The Master

from Venus and Lanto also stood with Us. I said to Them: "The time has come

when there are those outside of the Retreats who can be made True Messengers of

the Light." Thanks to you, I have been proven right. Now, of course, I ask you all to

stand with Me in the sustaining of this.

It proves that it is possible to establish this Mighty, Active Presence in the midst of

a hailstorm. I have always maintained this, and most of the time I have stood

alone; but the ability of the students to grasp the use of the "I AM Presence" is

making tremendous things possible; and I say sincerely for your encouragement,

that with this marvelous condition maintained which has come to this point, it is

not impossible to have various Ones of these Ascended Beings sit in your midst —as

visible as your own physical bodies—and speak to you.

This is not just a matter of the desire of the students for it, but rather the

preparation of the students for it. Until recently, of course, this good Brother has

not known it—but for thirty years he has been being prepared for it. Half of that

time your (Mrs. G. W. Ballard's) preparation was going on in the invisible, and it

has been a remarkably beautiful thing to all who have observed it.

  1. The other night while in deep meditation, I heard the words: "into the City of


  1. Which really means "into the City of Light."
  2. On Monday, November 29, 1932, I heard, in the morning before the Discourse,

and again today before the Discourse, the Words of Jesus: "Ye have been with Me in

my sorrows, ye shall now behold Me in My Glory, and see the reward which My

Father doth give Me."

  1. And so shall it be in your outer experience.

The very Words which Jesus used from time to time, all may use—and will use

sometime, somewhere with fulfillment—for the Words He used at all times were

"Life" and contained within them that Ascended Life, or Perfect Life.

C). How is the political situation?

  1. There will not be nearly so much accomplished by the element that sought

entrance as they anticipated. The old saying that if you give a calf rope enough, it

will hang itself, is true with certain forces. Sometimes when they think they have

won an easy victory, they have sounded their own death knell.

The accomplishment of the past few days drew the attention of many in the

Golden City, who, as We projected the Vision and Sound Rays today, came to look

and behold the accomplishment. I say this for the encouragement of the students:

While We are giving forth the Work today, Those in the Golden City are sending

forth to the students Their Glorious Radiation.

forth to the students Their Glorious Radiation.

It has been a great joy to Me to prove that in the Land of America for which I have

worked so long that there were those who could receive what you are receiving

and giving forth at this time. There are those Masters from Venus who have seen

this with Me for some time. The Kumaras' Field of Action was in other ways, but

They are now observant of this accomplishment.

There is no radiation goes forth anywhere in the Universe except through

conscious projection. The Radiation projected from the stars, so-called, to our earth

does not and cannot come into contact with the earth without the conscious

direction of the Cosmic Being who is the Conscious Directing Presence of that star

or planet. This conscious direction is what makes the Radiation from one planet to

another reach its destination; but the Radiation thus directed does not carry any

adverse aspect to any individual there.

The Universal, Cosmic Laws of the earth, which impel growth through the law of

experience, hold within themselves that which you know as resistance. If there

were not that which the individual knows as resistance, he would not make

conscious effort, and this would make it impossible for advancement in

understanding, or the return to the Father's House from which the children of

earth have strayed.

Resistance has nothing whatever to do with discord. Resistance is a Natural Law.

Discord is a human creation. There is no discord in the Universe except that which

the personality creates.

Take the dynamic consciousness: " 'I AM' the Pure Mind of God in everyone present

here." This shuts out human desire.

Take the consciousness: " 'I AM' the governing Presence of this." The desire first

comes in the mind, and if you take the consciousness: " 'I AM' the Pure Mind of

God," it consumes the thought and keeps the human mind clear from the desire


When the liquid precipitates in the hand, instantly qualify it as Liquid Light, and it

will manifest as That. Give the command for that quality before beginning the


One student should not expect to see the same activity as another; the students are

not supposed to see or feel alike.

There is not a moment in the day that we do not visualize something, because the

power of vision is acting all the time. Keep all out of the mind except the picture

you want, for that is all with which you are concerned. Do not let the attention

become focused on the seeming emptiness.

BENEDICTION: In great devotion, in the fullness of our Hearts of Love, in the

fullness of our adoration to the "God Presence which 'I AM' " — the Ascended Jesus

Christ—we pour forth our Gratitude and Praise for the sustaining Presence, the

good of every description held within this Radiance of which we are receiving

hourly. Thou Mighty Presence! As we find ourselves held within Thy Mighty

Embrace, we become imbued with Thy Radiant Intelligence, Thy Marvelous

Strength, Thy Invincible Courage to hold constantly within Thy Mighty Light. We

thank Thee.

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