"Sparks of Timeless Truth"
by Emmet Fox
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This eBook contains easy reading essays with help for daily problems, practical or emotional—citing the laws of Truth. These little essays are intended to instruct the reader in Basic Spiritual Truth, and to furnish material for short meditations. They were published once a week over a number of years. The subjects are usually handled in a light and amusing style, and often deal with familiar incidents in everyday life.
RELAX in the assurance that God has all power, boundless resources, infinite intelligence, and that God is love.
God knows you, loves you, and cares for you. You are very dear to Him, your welfare is dear to God. He cares for you.
You are a necessary part of God. You are His expression on this plane. God wishes you to be healthy and happy and tree, learning more about Him every day. You know that, so you cooperate. You want this too, and that is all that is necessary.
You want God. You want a sense of His presence with you, and the peace and joy that comes with this. You want to cut all cables that may be holding you down—so they are cut. It is God who does the cutting and freeing, for God is with you. You feel His presence with you. You know you are surrounded with Him, by Him.
There is no fear, because God loves you. You want Him. That is loving Him, and divine love casts out fear. All is well. You are one with Him now, and you know it.
You will never be nearer to God through all eternity than you are at this moment. As time passes, you will realize it more and more, that you will not be any nearer to Him than you are now. God will never love you more than He does now; He could not. You know that, you rejoice in it.
Nothing can move you from your base because you know that there is no power but the one Power.
You see God in every change, for every change is an unfoldment and a promotion. You know that God is outside of time, that time is an illusion of our limited mind. As you are one with Him, so there is no past to hold you down. No past hurts or injuries, no sufferings and no past mistakes, because they are as smoke and mist that the rising sun dissolves.
You cannot ever find yourself anywhere but that God is already there, knowing you and loving you. Nothing can ever come to you but by the action of God. We are all children of God and we can express only God. Nothing can come to you but the glory of God.
You watch the stars come out in the heavens; you watch the rising or setting sun. You do not try to bring these things to pass—you could not. But you rejoice in it, watch it, and thank God that these things are true. If you were foolish enough to want to change these things, you could not. You could change your belief about them or forget about them, but you could not change them.
Now you have prayed this prayer, and it is a perfect prayer because God prayed it through you. Man does not pray; man prays the thing God gives him. This prayer could not be more powerful, because God made it. We thank God for it; we believe in it. We know it will demonstrate, and so it will.
TAKE IT EASY
DON'T HURRY. You are going to live forever—somewhere. In fact, you are in eternity now; so why rush?
DON'T WORRY. What will this thing matter in twenty years' time? You belong to God, and God is Love; so why fret?
DON'T CONDEMN. As you cannot get under the other fellow's skin, you cannot possibly know what difficulties he has had to meet—how much temptation, or misunderstanding, or stupidity within himself he has had to overcome. You are not perfect yourself and might be much worse in his shoes. Judge not!
DON'T RESENT. If wrong has been done, the Great Law will surely take care of it. Rise up in consciousness and set both yourself and the delinquent free. Forgiveness is the strongest medicine.
DON'T GRUMBLE. Consume your own smoke. Your own concept is what you see; so treat, and change that.
DON'T GRAB. You cannot hold what does not belong to you by right of consciousness anyway. Grabbing postpones your good.
DON'T SHOVE. You are always in your right place at the moment. If you don't like it, change it scientifically by rising in consciousness. This will be permanent.
TAKE YOUR THINKING IN HAND
(from an address given by Dr. Fox at Unity Headquarters in 1936)
THERE is a poem that is popular in Truth circles, which incorporates the idea that nothing "can keep my own away from me." It is a wonderful poem. John Burroughs, who wrote it, was inspired, as all true poets are. It was a favorite in the Truth center in London for many years, but I didn't find that most Truth students understood it. "My own shall come to me," they say glibly, and then they sit down and fold their hands and hope the Lord will get busy; but in my experience, He never has.
I have known good people who have said for twenty-five years. "My own shall come to me," and it has been coming all the time, but it has never arrived. They have been thinking and talking in generalities.
"The stars come nightly to the sky;
The tidal wave unto the sea;
Nor time, nor space, nor deep, nor high
Can keep my own away from me."
True—but what is your own? That is the whole point. What is your own? Your own is what you are getting, and as long as you remain the person you are, you will keep on getting that. Why is it that nothing ever happens to most people? They are born casually, they grow up casually, they go to school casually, fall into a job casually, meet someone and get married casually, then one or two children come along casually. They go through life this way, and then pray for the end to come. They are always going to do something wonderful, but they never do because their mentality is casual.
Some of my students say, "Well, now, I haven't demonstrated yet, but I know it is coming at the right time." I say, "What is the right time?" Now is the "accepted time." Now is the day of salvation. If you sit down and wait for things to happen—for health, for prosperity, for understanding—you will remain in that atmosphere, that attitude of simply waiting for something. If you want health, if you want understanding, if you want spiritual growth, and if you take the appointed means of God to get it, then your own will come to you. But nothing comes to you automatically, except what the race mind brings automatically.
In the Jesus Christ teaching we learn to draw ourself out of the race mind, and to tune in to Divine Mind. Then things begin to happen.
You have to make the contact with Divine Mind yourself. God never did anything for you and He never will. God never did anything for you or to you. He does it through you. He doesn't grow a rose for a rosebush. He grows it through the bush and the rose petals. He doesn't make a sunset for the sky. He makes a sunset through the sky. When you know the Truth, that is God working in you and through you. Nothing happens; you demonstrate.
Some people, of course, attract failure; some attract sorrow, some sickness. A friend of mine reads medical books, and he knows about all kinds of diseases. When he finds a new disease, he is quite pleased—and he is always sick. Studying diseases is his hobby.
I heard the manager of a drugstore in London say that some people come in and pick up little bottles all over the store. They are always sick. "My own shall come to me."
You are what you think. That is your identity. And remember that in Mind, there is no extension. Until you learn the Truth, you dwell in the senses: sight, hearing, touch. The senses tell me that a wall is so many feet away. What is space? It means I can't get to the wall. What is time? It means the wall is out of reach. But in Mind there is no extension. The wall is a few feet away. I could get there if the building caught fire, or if a tiger came in the window, in a split second.
From Los Angeles, you get to New York by train in two days; by plane, in a few hours. But I can think of New York as quickly as I can of something a few feet away. There is no extension in Mind. You are where your thoughts are. You know this is true, but do you realize it?
You are where you think. If you think of a person, you are with that person mentally, and you are just as close to him as if you accompanied him. If someone thinks of a sister-in-law or somebody else who was unkind, then he is in the company of a person he doesn't like. That is why you should be careful whom you think about. If you start to think unhappy thoughts, say, "Christ is in you," and let the person go. You don't have to like anyone, but neither do you have to think unkindly of him. Say, "The Christ is in him," and let him go.
Until you take your thinking in hand and begin to steer it, you cannot get anywhere. Your direction is in your thought. You have no dominion over material direction. The scientists, the physicists, are usually determinists, because in the realm of matter, determination is correct. Jesus said, "Which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life?" Your free will lies in your thought realm. Suppose you jump into a taxi and say, "I want to go to Grand Central," and then in a few minutes you say, "No, take me to the airport." The driver would say, "All right." Then you would say: "Grand Central." "Airport." "Grand Central" "Airport." Pretty soon, he would say, "Well, until you make up your mind, I can't take you anywhere."
But isn't this what most people do all day long? They don't know what they want, they don't know where they want to go, they don't know what they want to do. They are unhappy and dissatisfied; they say, "If if were only Friday, I would be happy." Friday comes, and they are still miserable. "If I were only healthy, I would be happy," they say. When they get health, they want something else, because physical health has not satisfied them. They have not taken their thinking in hand.
As soon as you know the Truth and take your thinking in hand, if you are steering correctly, you can find the true place for you, you can be what you want to be, you can do what you want to do, you can have what you want to have. Your thinking is directed. You are no longer drifting in the breeze, you are directing your thinking.
When you get on a merry-go-round, you climb on one of the horses. There is a great deal of noise, and you go around and around and around. This goes on for several minutes. Then what happens? You are exactly where you began, when it stops (perhaps it should be called a sad-go-round, because it doesn't get you anywhere). As long as you are in the race mind you are on a merry-go-round, getting nowhere.
The way to get out of the race mind is by the scientific use of the Word. You have always had the power of the Word, but you have not always known you had it. Everything in your life today, you have spoken into existence by the Word at some time—everything, for good or for evil.
The presence of God in you is the Word. God is not an old gentleman living up in the clouds, a sort of highly inflated archbishop. God is infinite life, love, truth—the Principle of all action in you. All the time you are seeking God outside, you are missing Him. The Word is not necessarily a spoken word. The Word is any definitely formulated thought.