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  THE FINGER OF GOD
Lessons in Spiritual Healing

by
Thomas Parker Boyd




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Bysteadfastly beholding God, health and strength replace weaknesses anddiseases. His abundance surrounds and banishes material poverty. Thebright shining of His Perfect Being dissolves the darkness of worries,failings and anxieties. We transform our whole life, for "no man cansee God" and live after his former state.


CONTENTS

Chapter 1 - An Available God.....................
Chapter 2 - The Mechanism of Thought............
Chapter 3 - The Power ofConstructive Thinking..
Chapter 4 - A Sovereign Remedy..................
Chapter 5 - The Master’s Methods................
Chapter 6 - The Healer..........................
Chapter 7 - Diagnosis and Prognosis.............
Chapter 8 - A Study inRealization..............
Chapter 9 - How to HealYourself................
Chapter 10 -Understanding: TheMaster Key......
Chapter 11 - PrinciplesAndMethods.............
Chapter 12 - Declarationsforthe Day...........
Chapter 13 - How to TrainYourself..............
Chapter 14 - TheImpersonalMethod..............
 

Chapter1

AnAvailableGod

"Iam the Lord who heals you" is our guarantee of healing and our proofthat we must credit all healing, by any means whatever, to God. Healone is life, and is the Source of all the energies of life expressingthemselves in material form. In the vegetable world "He gives theirfruit for meat, and their leaves for medicine." Life, sense andintelligence exist in all living things, because God is in all livingthings. Therefore God, who is all that really is, is the I AM THAT IAM, with whom any intelligence, in conscious union, maysay, "I am."

Godis the only Absolute Reality, and He is Spirit. All material things arerelative reality, and are limited and temporal. He is the Omni — theAll – all Being, all Life, all Intelligence, all Wisdom, all Goodness,all Love, Health, all Abundance. Because of this unity of life, everyliving thing lives and moves and has its being in God, and isinherently a partaker of all His Completeness.

BecauseGod is Omnipresent, that is, equally present everywhere, He isImmanent. He is indwelling in every living thing. His immanenceguarantees the inherent goodness of every living thing, for Hepronounced everything belonging to His Creation as "very good," beforesome personalities chose to become evil.

Lifeexpresses itself by certain definite movements, which we call Laws, andno movement of life is possible apart from Law. In the purely spiritualrealm, the Laws of Expression are invariable and absolute. God is onlygood, in whom is no evil. God is Light, and "in Him is no darkness atall." He is strength, in whom is no weakness at all. He is health, inwhom is no sickness, and abundance, in whom is no poverty at all.

Thesame reign of Law prevails in the realm of material things, which wecall relative reality. The movement of Power in certain definitechannels of expression, called Laws, causes all thatoccurs. Whatever happens does so by Law. Everything that has everhappened has done so by Power, operating in obedience to the Law ofExpression. Anything that has ever happened may therefore happen again,when that we have obeyed particular Law of Expression. Any recordedevent may happen again, if we obey the Law. If it does not happen, wehave not found and obeyed its Law of Expression – or it never occurredin the first place.

Anyindividual vegetable, animal or human expression of life must obey theLaws of Life Expression. The number of Laws that it can obey measuresthe richness and fullness of its experience and expression of life.Obedience to the law of inertia gives rest, and to the laws of motionmakes all life’s activities possible. Obedience to the law of exercisegives a strong, active body, and to the law of education gives atrained mind.

Obedienceto the "law of life in Christ Jesus makes us free from the law of sinand death." Our absolute guarantee of spiritual and physical welfare ina world governed by divinely ordained Laws is "If ye be willing andobedient, ye shall eat the good of the land."

Disobedienceto the Laws may be active or passive. One may intentionally violate theLaw, or simply fail to keep it. In any event, the failure to obey theLaw causes a negative condition that in turn may become active andaggressive, as indicated in the scriptural expression, "the law of sinand death."

Failingto obey the Law of Light, we have the negative darkness. Failing toobey the law of heat, we have the negative cold. Failing to obey thelaw of education, we have the negative ignorance. Failing to obey thelaw of goodness, we have the negative badness. Failing to obey the lawof health, we have the negative disease, and these acts ofdisobedience, repeated often enough, may become the agents of ourundoing.

Thegood things of life are either infectious or contagious. Health iscontagious, and goodness is catching. Cheerfulness, optimism,gentleness, mercy, love, warm and thrill us, like sunshine, and undertheir influence everything of potential goodness in us moves upwardtoward strength, as a plant pushes upward toward the light.

Obedienceto two Laws will lead to the realization of all good. They are the lawsof ignoring the truth of appearances, and declaring the Truth ofReality, which we may call the Laws of Command of Attention andDeclaration.

Wepractice the Law of Command of Attention by actively directingattention to the Absolute Truth of Reality. Jesus announced the generalPrinciple of the Law of Command in its most extensive intention when hesaid, "Let a man deny himself." This does not refer to self-denial,such as abstinence from the so called "harmless amusements." Command ofattention redirects one’s perception of oneself as a being apart fromthe social, national and cosmic life overall, and especially from beingseparate from the Life of Him whose moral and spiritual image we bear.

TheLaw of Command always redirects attention away from separation, andback to the essential Unity of all Life in God. Many body ills,imagined grievances and mental irritation will disappear by simplyasserting the Truth of Reality: "This is good."

Wecannot feel two definite sensations in the same part of the anatomysimultaneously, but will feel and report the stronger one. A simpleredirection of attention produced by pressure or other means, whichcreates a sensation stronger than the troublesome one, will, ifpersisted in, give temporary and often permanent relief. For instance,a rubber band wrapped tightly around the middle finger’s first jointfor five or ten minutes will relieve eye strain. Pressing the thumb inthe roof of the mouth will often relieve a headache in the forehead.

Themind cannot simultaneously hold two strongly contrasting ideas.Therefore, by redirecting the mind from its obsession or fixation tosome strong, positive, constructive idea, will give sure relief.

Observingfrequent rest periods puts this law of relief in operation byredirecting attention, both for the body and mind. The physical heartsets an example of how to do a prodigious amount of work, by beatingtwo beats and resting before the next two. We can find the physicalenergies to meet the most strenuous and exacting task by frequentlytaking a few minutes’ relaxation. We can greatly enhance ourconcentration by redirecting attention to something uplifting, relaxingand beautiful for a few moments.

TheLawof Declaration consists in redirecting attention fromeffects to causes, from material sensations to spiritual facts, fromrelative reality to absolute Divine Life. If we direct attention to thebody and its sensations, images and experiences of pain and weaknessand sin will fill our perception. The Law of Command directs theattention to those spiritual realities, which by steadfastly beholdingit, will fill our perception with images of God’s health, strength,goodness, love, peace and abundance.

"Lookunto Me and be ye saved" is a call to fix the soul’s perceiving powersupon the abundant good. To envision anything requires a perceivingpower, an instrument, and an objective. Our perceiving power passesthrough the eye, rests upon some landscape, and an image of beauty andharmony rides back over the visual track.

Ifyou allow the perceiving power to focus on the body and its sensationsas an objective, you will fill it with experiences of pain andweakness. Yet if you command attention upward and inward to behold God,who is perfect Being, the energies and experiences of His perfecthealth and peace will ride back over the visual track.

Weeach have the power to assimilate the substance of our mental andspiritual perceptions into our experiences. Jesus’ disciples, whoworked in contact with him daily, began to drop their dark unlikenessto him and took on his characteristics. After he was gone, theycontinued to portray his image of physical and spiritual perfection. Asothers mentally beheld this image, they unconsciously assimilated itinto themselves, and "all men took knowledge that they had been withhim, and learned of him."

Thecommand of attention became the law of the highest spiritualattainment, in the words of Paul, "For we all with open face beholdingas in a mirror the Glory of the Lord, are changed from glory to gloryafter His image by the Spirit of the Lord."

Theuntrained vision finds it difficult to perceive the Absolute Being. Yetwe have an objective of physical and spiritual perfection in theMaster’s life, upon whom we may fix our eyes, and both physical healthand spiritual wholeness returns to us over the visual track of ourfaith. Steadfastly beholding the Absolute, wholeness comes from theregion of perfect health, which laughs in every cell, and moralperfection that shines in every soul faculty.

Bysteadfastly beholding God, health and strength replace weaknesses anddiseases. His abundance surrounds and banishes material poverty. Thebright shining of His Perfect Being dissolves the darkness of worries,failings and anxieties. We transform our whole life, for "no man cansee God" and live after his former state.

Sit,relax your body, quiet your mind and calmly repeat these declarationsto yourself: "I am one with the Absolute Life, who is perfect healthand peace. God who is perfect Being, in whom I live and move and havemy being, and who lives and moves and has His Being in me, of whoselife I am a part as my finger is part of my hand, fills every part ofmy body with His Health, every department of my mind with His Peace andmy whole spirit with His Love, making me perfectly well and whole."Repeat the treatment often.


Chapter2

TheMechanism of Thought

TheAbsolute Being is behind all life expression. This life isself-existent apart from all material expression, and is the principlein all the individual forms of expression. Absolute Being is theall-knowing, the all-wise, the all-loving, the all-powerful, and theall-good being.

AbsoluteBeing, in its differentiation in countless material forms, finds thebeginning of adequate expression of all that it knows itself to be.Being the Life Principle of all living things, to them it imparts allthe qualities held in eternal perfection in itself. This InfiniteIntelligence reveals its motive in creation as love, beauty, andgoodness.

We,as individual expressions, are inherently partakers of all thequalities of the Absolute, which is our Source. We do not createany of the qualities the Source expresses, but are distributors.We cannot create Power, or Love, or Beauty, or Goodness, but candistribute them and express them in variable form, according to ourwillingness and purpose to carry them up to their utmost variety ofapplication by our power of choice, our imagination, and ourpersistence.

We,as individuals, hold a dual relation to Being. We relate our LifePrinciple or "self" to the Absolute Being of whose nature we partake,whose character we may express. We are related to the eternal CausativePower and we become Causative Agents in the world. Our bodies arepartakers of relative reality, partake of its nature, and are subjectto its laws, and stand in that classification of relative realitycalled "effects."

Withthis dual equipment, we may choose to identify ourselves with the greatCause until our capacity to express causation matchesthe Master’s declaration: "All power in heaven and earth is given me,"which leads us to exercise and experience the Love, Beauty, Health,Life, and Abundance of God. Or we may choose to act in the world ofeffects, surrender ourselves to the sway and play of sensation, and theinfluence of circumstances until we become a conditioned circumstance,which leads to the domination of the senses, the presence of disease,which is the absence of health, the torment of fear, which is theabsence of love, and the experience of death, which is the absence oflife.

Yieldingourselves obedient to the Law of Spirit, we end in life abundant, orlending ourselves to the law of matter, we become obedient to the lawof sin and death. Destiny therefore hinges upon our choice of masters.We either act upon the body and become its master, or react to the bodyand become its slave.

Tounderstand the fundamental unity of mental, physical, and spiritualacts and states, we must necessarily define certain terms, which are sooften used interchangeably that confusion arises.

Spiritis the original Life Principle in the first living cell, from which hasevolved all the countless individual expressions of life. Spirit is thefundamental entity in every coordination of cells called the humanbody, and ensouled the first cell from which any single individualbeing has developed. The Life of God is Spirit, expressing in materialform, and evolving to attain personality. Every cell brought thequalities and characteristics of its Divine Source with it into thisincarnation, and by the law of cell growth, it assumes the character ofits parent cells. The Life Principle extends with thematerial cell’s division, so that each new cell is endowed with theexperiences of all its ancestors. As the Life Principle thus extendsitself and passes through countless experiences, memories clothe it,from which a new form of activity arises.

Thesoulis the original Spirit, plus the accretions of allpast incarnations that endow it with instinct, intuition, desires,classifications of experiences, and other forms of activity,subconscious, conscious or superconscious, in which stage ofdevelopment we may call it the mind.

Mindis the soul plus the developed power to act — consciously,subconsciously, or superconsciously — upon its own inherited memoryimpressions or the sense perceptions of the objective world, making forends, known or unknown, the result of which operation we callpersonality.

Personalityis the mind, conscious or subconscious, in its threefold form ofaction, called Cognition, Feeling and Will, which in their ceaselessinterplay upon each other, and their action upon the material worldwith the resultant reaction, produces the fixed qualities of beingcalled character.

Characteris the highest attainable climax for the individual life of the Spirit.Character objectively demonstrates the possession of qualities that theSpirit knew that it had before it left its Source in God, which itcannot forget. This individual expression of the Life of God,exercising practical freedom of choice and independence of action, usesthe physical body as its instrument of separate expression, but it isthe real entity, the egoic or self consciousness.

Thephysical body is always first in manifestation in the evolutionaryprocess, and afterward the spiritual. However, we must ever keep inmind that the Spirit was before its material instrument and willcontinue afterward.

Theargument for the soul’s immortality is that it is an essential part ofthe Life of "God who only has immortality." I am not a body withan immortal soul to save, but a Divine Life incarnating itselffor a time in flesh, which it uses as the instrument of its personalunfolding.

TheSix Senses are so many different channels through which our perceivingpower moves out to act upon material objectives and, in turn, is actedupon by the impressions that move inward over the visual, auditory, andother sense pathways. Yet perception is not limited to the five sensorychannels, for we may so extend the soul’s perceiving powers to exercisea seventh sense.

Thisseventh sense enables the soul to see Nathaniel around a materialcorner, the angels ascending and descending upon the unseen ladders ofspace, the horses and chariots of the Almighty, and other spiritualrealities not perceivable through the normal activities of the eye orear. We develop this seventh sense by constantly extending theperceiving powers beyond the normal range of the six senses. This issuperconsciousmental activity, through which the soul is in touch with allits past, including its ancestry with God, being elevated above theplane of consciousness so that it reports and registers its knowledgeas objective knowledge.

Thegreat Teacher, speaking of certain people of dim spiritual perception,said, "They have eyes to see which see not, etc." He further enjoinedthose who listened to him, "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear,"all of which referred to the activities and perceptions of the innerspiritual individuality rather than to the physical body functions.

Understandingis that soul power that enables it to classify and formulate thereports of the six senses, all its past memories, and the higherperceptions of the seventh sense into an orderly method. It brings thespiritual realm’s ever present realities into view, enabling the soulto act instinctively toward ends that it does notobjectively know, intuitively from the grounds of whosenature and reason it is unaware, and rationally bycareful analysis of all known and classified facts. This is thepsychologicalexplanation of prophetic function in every age.

Thoughtis an inner perception toward a truth or fact that later takes onobjective form through conscious mental action. Thought is an unutteredspeech. Intensive thinking often results in spasmodic action of thevocal organs that seek to obey the mental stimulus to expression, whichthe will inhibits. Thought may originate from (1) some stimulus comingthrough the six channels of perception, from (2) some stimulus arisingfrom the vast storehouses of memories, which the subconsciousceaselessly recombines, or the stimulus may arise from (3) thespiritual perception of truth as it is in the Divine Mind, which theself constantly contacts through the mind’s superconscious phase.

Thenervous system furnishes the point of contact for communication betweenthe self and its instrument, the body. The nervous system is dual,composed of the cerebrospinal and sympathetic systems.

Thecerebrospinal system is composed of the brain and the spinal cord withits branches, composed of a series of ganglia that center incombinations called plexuses. We often call the principal one, thesolar plexus, the abdominal "brain." The cerebrospinal system is theinstrument of cognitive thinking and volition, while the sympatheticsystem is largely the instrument of feeling and reflex movements.Thought is the beginning, while expression is the ending of all lifeprocesses. The nervous system stands between this alpha and omega asthe instrument of achievement.

Forinstance, say the self holds the thought of moving a finger. Thisthought is a vibration in the spiritual nature that reaches theantennae or fine little fibers of the brain’s gray matter. From thereit passes to centers in the white fibers, which classify and shift itto a motor center. From there it travels as a motor impulse down anerve to the finger, where the vibration distributes to many nervedivisions, which ramify the muscle, causing it to contract, and thepurely mental conception of motion ends in its material expression.

Supposethis spiritual self holds the thought of warmth for the finger. Thethought vibrations of warmth pass through the same processes, first ofthe gray matter, then the white and thence to the various centers forclassification and the impulse is automatically switched to thevasomotor centers for the arm and travels down the blood vessels’walls. Acting under this motor stimulus, the blood vessels dilate andthey increase the flow of warm blood, and in a short time the thoughtof warmth in the mind is expressed in the sensation of warmth in thefinger.

Thoughtis the method by which we may hold any purely mental or spiritualconception clearly in mind, transmit to any part of the body, andexpress it in material form.

Themind’s creative power and method of changing and reconstructing thebody, or of regulating any functional activity therein, is unlimited.Conscious thinking may pass downward into subconscious activity for thebody’s welfare, and to reform and regenerate the life and character.All the formative processes of truth in our characters, such as, "inthe image and likeness of" and "we shall be like Him," depend on thesoul’s superconscious functioning power.

Theaction of outer stimuli influences the body, as do those arisingwithin. For instance, the eye waters freely under the stimulus of acinder, yet grief or another emotion will open the fountain of tearsmore effectively than any material stimulus. Similarly, certainmedicines may quicken or slow the heart’s action. We may slow it bypercussing the seventh cervical vertebra, or quicken it by the sameaction on the first and second dorsal vertebrae.

Still,the most effective stimulus for the heart arises in the emotions, asanyone knows who has experienced the emotion of a great love or a greatfear. Great joy or grief often so arouses the emotional reflexes thatthe organ cannot respond and the subject dies of a "broken" heart.

Wefind the same parallel of action in the stomach, the liver, the kidneysand all the organs. Certain organic changes in the body causeblood pressure, yet emotions more powerfully affect itthan by any material cause. The mental and emotional states that weallow ourselves to indulge are the most potent energies for influencingthe body’s condition for good or for ill. They furnish a vitally soundreason right thinking as the supreme cause of good health, andhappiness and Godlikeness.

Sinceeach of us has the power to direct our thinking, we have only ourselvesto blame if we allow worry, fears and thoughts to fill our body withdisease. We have ourselves to thank if we hear the Divine Voice withinand obey it by filling our mind and emotions with ideals of love andbeauty and service. We thereby clothe our body with the perfect healthof God, keeps our mind in the calm and peace of God, and clothe ourSpirit with the Love and Harmony of God.

Afterreading this lesson, practice as follows, twice daily for the month,finding time morning and evening to sit or lie down, relax the body,and hold this thought:

"Mymind is an individual expression of the Divine Mind. God’s perfectHealth fills every part of my body. God’s perfect Peace holds my mindin the poise of perfect self-mastery. God’s perfect Love keeps myspirit, soul, and body in perfect harmony and health."


"The Finger of God"
by
Thomas Parker Boyd

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