you ever asked yourself the question: What is God like? We are told
to pray by turning away from the problem and thinking about God;
but how are we to think about God?
is His nature?
is His character?
we really contact Him, and if so, how?
first and most fundamental thing to realize is that God is not just
a superior kind of man. Most people would say, "Of course not";
but my experience shows me that even today the majority of people,
in their hearts, do think of God as just a magnified man—that
and nothing more.
such an idea is really but a projection of their own personalities,
and it requires very little thought to show that such an idea cannot
philosophy, such a being is called an anthropomorphic God. And no
such finite person could possibly have created the boundless universe
that we see through our telescopes. It is natural for a thoughtless
person to think of God as being just a bigger edition of himself.
We, however, are beings possessing the twin faculties of reason
and intuition, and so we must get beyond this infantile stage to
is infinite which is in-finite or unlimited.
great practical difficulty in discussing God is the fact that we
have no suitable pronoun to employ. We have to use the words "he"
and "him." We have no alternative, but these words are
very misleading because they inevitably suggest a man or male animal.
say "she" and "her" would be equally absurd,
and the word "it," besides seeming to lack in reverence,
suggest an inanimate and unintelligent object. The reader is therefore
asked to bear in mind that the use of "He" and "Him"
is an unavoidable makeshift, and to correct his thought accordingly.
Bible says that God is spirit and that they that worship Him
must worship Him in spirit and in truth. To worship Him in spirit
means to get a spiritual understanding of His nature, and we shall
now endeavor to do this. We shall not attempt to define God because
that would be to limit Him, but we can get what is for all practical
purposes an excellent working knowledge of God. We shall do this
by considering different aspects of His nature, one by one.
Main Aspects of God
are seven fundamental truths about God, and all others are built
upon combinations of some of these seven. These truths never change.
were the same a billion years ago and they will be the same a billion
years hence. So naturally it behooves us to get as clear an understanding
and as strong a realization as possible of these Seven Main Aspects.
can be done by thinking about them a good deal, and identifying
them in the experiences of everyday life. The quickest way to solve
a particular problem is to meditate on whichever aspect is the most
appropriate in that particular case.
is Life. God
is not just living, nor does God give life, but God is life.
Where God is, there Life is. God is your life. Life is existence
you are sick you are only partly alive. When you are tired or depressed
or discouraged, you are only partly alive. To be truly alive means
to be well and young and full of interest in the day's work.
people as yet express God in an adequate way. What usually happens
is that people grow up to maximum sense of life, what we call the
prime of life, and then gradually deterioration sets in, a process
which we call middle age, and finally come old age and death.
is one of the highest expressions of God as Life. Actually it is
a mixture of Life and Love, and the Bible says that "the
sons of God shout for joy." This means that when we realize
our divine sonship, we must experience joy, and that sorrow is a
loss of the sense of the fatherhood of God.
and happiness always have an expansive effect, just as fear has
a contracting and paralyzing effect. You know how a little child
when it meets someone whom it loves and trusts expands like an opening
flower and goes out to meet him, but when it is afraid, it shrinks
back into itself. That is what happens to the human soul too. Again,
when a person says "I can," you always notice an expansive
and forward movement, but when he says, "I can't," there
is a retraction.
body always expresses the thought; and the thought of Life heals
and inspires, whereas thoughts of fear and death contract and destroy.
is an interesting experiment which you can try. Some evening when
you find yourself in a crowded subway train, and most of the people
around you are looking tired and worried and obviously wishing they
were at their journey's end, just start declaring the Presence of
God as Life in all those present; and keep it up.
will be surprised and gratified at what will happen. First one person
will brighten up and smile, and then another will obviously relax,
and before long the whole crowd in that car will be feeling and
looking differently. Do not just say that this is fantastic nonsense,
but try it!
is Truth. God is
not truthful but Truth itself, and wherever there is Truth, there
is God. God is absolute Truth and does not change. To know the
Truth about any condition heals it. Jesus said, "Know the
truth, and the truth shall make you free." Truth is the great
should realize God as Truth when you want information on
any subject, or if you suspect that you have to deal with deceit
or falsehood. If you have reason to believe that someone is trying
to deceive you, think of God as Truth and claim that Divine Truth
dwells in the person concerned, and is expressed through him. If
you realize this clearly enough he will then speak the truth. Realizing
God as Truth will save you hours of work in research in any field.
You will be led to the right book or the right place or the right
person without loss of time, or the necessary information will come
to you in some other way.
is Love. God is not loving but Love itself, and it would
probably be true to say that of all the Seven Aspects this is
the most important one for us in practice.
is no condition that enough Love will not heal. Jesus himself
said, "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples,
if ye have love one to another."
Where there is fear there cannot be love. The best way to rid yourself
of fear is to realize Divine Love. When you love God more than you
love your problems, you will be healed.
that seem strange to you?
is true. If
you love God more than you love your sickness, your grievance, your
lack, or your fear, you will be healed.
you could feel a sense of Divine Impersonal Love toward everyone,
no one could hurt you. If someone came to rob you or kill you he
would not be able to carry out his intention.
Love never fails, but the important thing to realize is that Divine
Love must be in your own heart and cannot operate outside,
so to speak.
you had sufficient Divine Love for everyone in your heart, you could
heal others by speaking the Word once; and in many cases your mere
presence would bring about healing without your having made any
special effort at all. Of course, by the time you reached this stage
you would have gotten rid of all criticism and condemnation.
would never for an instant want to see someone punished or think
"It serves him right." This does not mean you would condone
wrong doing in any way, but you would condemn the wrong and not
the wrong doer. If a small baby is troublesome or perhaps breaks
a valuable object, you regret the act, but you do not hate the baby.
like manner you must not permit other people to cheat you or otherwise
impose upon you. That would be to help them to be dishonest or selfish.
Protect your own rights, but always in a spirit of Divine love.
realize God as Love is the remedy for fear—and the only real
late a great many books have been published on the subject of fear,
but on examining them I find that in nearly all cases they only
get as far as analyzing fear, saying what a bad thing it is and
how much harm it does, and how important it is for us to get rid
of it; but without offering any practical way of doing so. The truth
is that there is only one remedy for fear, and that is to get some
sense of Divine Love, by thinking about it, analyzing it, claiming
it, and expressing it in practice toward all human beings without
your prayers are not answered it must be because you have not fulfilled
the conditions of the law, and, ninety-nine times in a hundred,
it is because you are lacking in a sense of love for all.
is a cosmic law that Love heals and that fear and condemnation damage
and destroy. Treat yourself for Love every day and watch your thoughts,
and watch your tongue, and watch your deeds, that nothing contrary
to Love finds expression there.
God is Love, God never punishes or threatens anyone. The action
of God takes place only to heal and comfort and inspire. The nearer
we get to God, the happier, more peaceful, and healthier we are.
In fact, trouble and sickness are really the way in which we become
aware that we have lost the sense of His Presence. When we make
mistakes or do wrong, the punishment which we bring upon ourselves
is the natural consequence of the law we have broken, and we shall
continue to suffer until we cease to break the law.
is a wise arrangement and a very merciful one, for in no other way
could we learn. God is love, and God is the only real power.
is Intelligence. God is not merely intelligent but God
is Intelligence itself. When you clearly realize that this is
an intelligent universe it will make a major difference in your
life. It is obvious that in an intelligent universe there cannot
be any disharmony because all ideas must work together for the
is especially important to realize that God is Intelligence, for
the following reason: It sometimes happens that when people outgrow
the childish idea that God is just a magnified man, they go to the
opposite extreme and think of God as merely a blind force, like
gravity or electricity. This means they have lost all sense of the
Love and Fatherhood of God, and such an idea is very little better
than a subtle from of atheism.
an intelligent universe there can be neither cruelty nor waste,
for these two things are infallible symptoms of a lack of intelligence
in those who are guilty of them. And so we know that inharmony and
stupidity of any kind are but illusions of the carnal (ego) mind,
and in fact they always begin to disappear under the realization
of God as Intelligence.
know that prayer is thinking about God, but in order to think about
Him at all you must have a certain amount of knowledge of Him, and
these Main Aspects furnish that. They enable us to think about God
in an intelligent way. When you dwell upon one of these main Aspects
of God you are developing that quality in yourself.
you think of that aspect as being in another person, you develop
that quality in him. To think of God as Love makes you more loving,
and gets rid of a certain amount of criticism, resentment, and condemnation.
think of God as Life improves your health and gives you more energy,
and so forth. When some kind of trouble comes to you, try to realize
the Main Aspect which represents the exact contrary.
you realize Love to overcome fear or anger, Life to heal sickness,
Truth to uncover falsehood, and so forth.
And Soul is spelt
with a capital S. Do not confuse this with the soul spelt with a
small s, which is what modern psychology calls the psyche, and is
another name for your human (ego) mind which consists of your intellect
and your feelings.
is that Aspect of God by virtue of which He is able to individualize
Himself. The word individual means undivided (In Webster dictionary).
Most people seem to think that it means the exact contrary. It
suggest separateness to them, but they are mistaken. Individual
means undivided, and God has the power of individualizing Himself
without, so to speak, breaking Himself into parts.
individualizes Himself as man, and so you are really an individualization
of God. God can individualize Himself in an infinite number of
distinct beings, or units of consciousness, and yet not be in
any way separate.
God can do this because He is Spirit. Matter cannot be individualized.
It can only be broken up. So your real Self, the Christ within,
the spiritual man, the I AM, or the divine spark, as it is variously
called, is an individualization of God.
are the presence of God at the point where you are. This does
not, of course, mean that you are an absurd little personal God.
are an individualization of the one and only God. Man may very well
be compared to an electric light bulb. The electric current is present
in all parts of the circuit but it shines forth, or one might say,
figuratively, becomes self-conscious, in the bulb. So Divine Mind
becomes self-conscious in you, and that is what you are.
realize in some degree that you are an individualization of God
could not possibly make you egotistic or vain. On the contrary,
it would give you true humility and at the same time true self-confidence,
and, indeed, it is the only pathway to the overcoming of fear.
When you realize that you are one with God, whatever task you
are called upon to perform becomes "our business" instead
of "my business," because God is your partner.
man cannot be separated from God in reality, but he can be separated
in human belief, and when the belief in separation (from God)
occurs, the belief in death follows in greater or lesser degree.
The lesser degrees are what we call sickness, depression, discouragement,
and old age. In the greater degree it becomes the death belief
itself, when we lose the body altogether and disappear from this
plane, leaving the body behind.
It should be clearly understood that you will never lose your
individuality. Ultimately, when you attain full conscious union
with God, and know that you are one with Him, you will still know
yourself as an individual, and you will maintain that identity
through all eternity.
will always be growing and developing, but you will always be you.
By that time you will have forgotten the worries and griefs that
you will have left behind you in the past, just as an adult forgets
most of the griefs and fears of infancy. Complete conscious union
with God does not mean absorption and annihilation of individuality.
Some of the ancient Egyptians spoke of man as a beam of sun, and
the same idea seems to have occurred to certain American aborigines.
This is a wonderful idea and expresses the truth beautifully.
you will work regularly realizing this oneness with God, you will
change for the better out of all recognition. Your body and your
mind will hardly be recognizable. People will say this cannot
be you! On the other hand, if you think negatively about yourself,
if you believe that you are a miserable sinner and keep on saying
so, that will be the best way to become one.
is Spirit. We know that God is
Spirit but what does that mean? Well, Spirit is that which cannot
be destroyed or damaged or hurt, or degraded in any way.
cannot deteriorate. It cannot grow old and tired. It cannot
know sin, or condemnation, or resentment, or disappointment.
It is the opposite of matter. Matter is always deteriorating.
are Spirit. Spirit cannot die and was never born. Your true
Self was never born and will never die. You are eternal, divine,
unchanging Spirit, in your true nature.
whole universe is spiritual but we see it in a limited way.
The Bible refers to this distortion of seeing as the
carnal (ego) mind.
decay, sin, sickness, and death, and all of what we call "matter"
arise from our false seeing.
false vision causes us to know ourselves only from a seeming
birth to a seeming death; but this is illusion.
is unreal in the philosophical sense. It is not the outer and
separate thing that it seems to be.
is a state of consciousness, and the world we see about us is
part of our consciousness.
you realize that any given thing is not in reality matter, but
a spiritual idea seen in a limited way, that thing
changes for the better. The so-called inanimate objects are
really spiritual ideas. A table, a chair, your watch, your house,
are all spiritual ideas seen in a limited (clouded) way that
we call matter.
Jesus saw the man with the withered hand he realized that in
Truth that hand was Spiritual—and the hand was healed.
When people said that Lazarus was dead, Jesus realized that
true man is Spirit and dies not—and Lazarus came forth
time to realize the Aspect of God as Spirit is when something
seems to be damaged or in decay. If you can realize the presence
of Spirit where the trouble seems to be the condition will begin
to improve, and if your realization is sufficiently clear the
condition will be completely healed.
This aspect of God is probably
the one that is least understood. People do not usually think
of God as Principle, but such He is.
is the Principle of perfect harmony and God does not change,
so perfect harmony is the nature of his creation. Prayer is
answered because God is principle, and when we pray rightly
we bring ourselves into harmony with the Law of Being (God's
Prayer does not try to change the Law. It does not try to bring
about exceptions in our favor, but it tunes us in, so to speak,
with Divine Principle; and then we find things coming right.
If you have a radio and you want to get the program on WJZ,
you tune in for WJZ. We have problems and troubles because we
have tuned out mentally from God, or the Divine Principle of
our being, and our only remedy is to tune back.
God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very
good…" Genesis 1:31
describing each stage of creation the Bible tells us significantly
that God sees that His Creation is good and in perfect harmony.
No condemnation or regret is expressed anywhere. Creation is revealed
as definitely good.
Scriptures recognize the temporary existence of evil and suffering,
but they teach that such things are not real in the sense of being
permanent. They teach that we bring these things upon ourselves
by our own wrong thinking and false beliefs. This wrong thinking
includes not only sin but the harboring of false beliefs of any
kind, which means lack of correct understanding of life. They
teach that we become free from suffering and limitation, and attain
to glorious happiness, by studying the laws of God (God's thought
system about our Identity) and then living in accordance with
Is Thinking About God
only way to approach God is by thinking of Him. There are no material
steps that will bring you to God. Only by thinking of
Him can you approach Him.
the East, certain foolish people have tried to get close to God
by maiming their bodies or by assuming unnatural and uncomfortable
postures, but such things are a waste of time.
is no way to find God except by prayer, and prayer is thinking
about God. There are three degrees of intensity in prayer.
The first and easiest way is to pray
aloud, what is often called
an audible treatment.
The second degree, which is a little more
difficult for most people but is also much more powerful, is to
think systematically about God, recognizing His presence where
the trouble seems to be. This is meditation,
and a good way to meditate is to read a verse of the Bible, or
a paragraph from a spiritual book and then let your mind work
The third degree is reached when the thought
and thinker become one and there is a vivid realization or revelation
of Truth. This is called contemplation,
but it is not possible for most people to
attain to it yet, and one should never try to do so. At the right
time it will come spontaneously, and before the right time you
cannot compel it.
problems can be solved by sufficient audible prayer or meditation.