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  "The Laughter of God"
by Walter C. Lanyon





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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1 - THE LAUGHTER OF GOD.....................4
Chapter 2 - REJOICE, YOU BARREN ONE................10
Chapter 3 - SOUND OF ABUNDANT RAIN.................17
Chapter 4 - SILVER AND GOLD........................23
Chapter 5 - NO ENCHANTMENT.........................28
Chapter 6 - THEN WENT HE IN AND SHUT THE DOOR......34
Chapter 7 - BREAKING THE BREAD.....................39
Chapter 8 - POWER..................................44
Chapter 9 - CHRISTMAS..............................49
Chapter 10 - THE YEARS THAT THE LOCUST HAVE EATEN..53
Chapter 11 - THE LORD SAID UNTO MY LORD............56
Chapter 12 - LIVING WATERS.........................64
Chapter 13 - THE NEW DAY...........................69
Chapter 14 - THE LETTER AND THE SPIRIT.............75
Chapter 15 - ABUNDANCE.............................79
Chapter 16 - THE OTHER DISCIPLE....................83
Chapter 17 - THE MIGHTY ATOM.......................86
Chapter 18 - FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD............90
Chapter 19 - YOU ARE THE BRIGHT MESSENGER..........93
Chapter 20 - TRAILING CLOUDS OF GLORY..............96
Chapter 21 - COURAGE..............................103
Chapter 22 - O COLORFUL ONE.......................108
Chapter 23 - PROSPERITY...........................115
Chapter 24 - ART THOU?............................120
Chapter 25 - CELESTIAL MECHANICS..................122
Chapter 26 - A MOB OF INDIVIDUALS.................124
Chapter 27 - FALSE PROPHETS.......................127
 


Chapter 1
 
THE LAUGHTER OF GOD

"God has made me to laugh so that all that hear will laugh with me."

Deep in my soul I heard the laughter of God ringing in silvery cadences through the timbers of my being, breaking the human bonds and limitation as a strong yet gentle wind in the forest sweeping aside the strands of cobweb. The hard, fast knots that I had tried, slipped loose, and the snarls of beliefs broke free. The river of my human life, frozen by a thousand and one false ideas and teachings, broke joyously into expression and went bounding to the infinite sea of Life, to be lost and found at the same time. One dark cave of fear after another was illuminated by the light of this laughter and swampy areas of sick thoughts were dried up instantly. Parched sands of hopelessness and futile efforts were drenched by the living waters sucked in—absorbed instantly like a wave breaking on the sands. God laughing at me and my puny efforts to make things happen; to make heaven appear; to attain the son-ship. Not the laugh of derision, but of infinite compassion—a laughter so deep and sweet, so pure and glorious that every thing in the nature of struggle gave way before it.

The breath of that glorious laughter blew all the dirty rags of personal teaching and self–aggrandizement away from me, and at first the fierce joy that proceeded from the unheard, heard peals of laughter and made me afraid. Afraid that everything worth while was being taken from me, and that I should be naked; but no sooner had the filthy rags of personality blown free, than I was clothed in a panoply of light, and in this glorious raiment of light I saw for the first time the glory of the Spirit made flesh.

I stood before the infinite peals of laughter, which flowed threw all creation like floods of golden mist, filled with speechless wonder at the beauty of the world I lived in which had been invisible because of my separation, because of my personal ideas about attainment. I was as a child with a small measure at the seaside, trying to carry off a little water when the whole sea was at my disposal, and I understood for the first time the exhaustless sea of substance about me , and that the idea of hoarding was but a childish fear grown into a goliath by false teaching and beliefs. I suddenly became aware that the substance was everywhere, in everything, out of everything, and the only place of lack was in the hypnotic state of belief and I alone created and moved in this vacuum.

The glorious laughter rolled on , searching the very joints and marrow of me—dislodging every belief in fear, sickness, or age. As it swept over me and through me and round about me, I was amazed at the wonder of it-the fierce, terrible thing which was at the same time so beautiful and free. The wonder of it kept singing through my soul as veil after veil of belief was rent asunder and new kingdoms stood revealed. The whole thing was as if one just saw a little deeper, as one looks through the surface reflection on a river and sees the pebbles and shells below, that was all; only the Laughter made this possible, for it cleared away all the effort and straining which in it’s attempt to see God had been halted at the reflection on the surface, instead of gazing into the limpid, glorious depth of Infinity.

The voice, as it’s honeyed tones flowed out like a burst of sunshine through storm-clouds, was so unlabored, so untrammeled, and so Divinely indifferent, it seemed to envelop me with an instant realization that all was well. No matter how many struggles had been made, no matter how many mistakes, how many shortcomings, how many failures, how long the belief, or how short the hate, it was all swept aside as nothing. The glorious Divine ease with which it was expressed made dis-ease impossible. It was the overturning and overturning that had to take place before He, the Laughing one, could come into expression. The people of God are a people of joy, and it is not until they hear this God Laughter in their souls that they have attained to their heritage.

What of this race that speaks of the Kingdom and doing the Fathers work, and uses all the language of the Truth, and at the same time sows seeds of fear and hellish inventions? What is this race that is always seeking evil to destroy, like a weasel seeks out a rat? What is the hopelessness they preach that on one hand, you are the sons of God, and on the other, that you must fight against evil of every sort and nature? Ah, yes, but, if, and maybe they roll these stumbling-blocks under their tongues with a wise twinkle in their eyes, as much as to say, "Yes it is all true, but it comes only with hard labor and long study, and it is not for such as you, sinner and worm of the dust that you are, until you have purified yourself in the fount of my wisdom and paid me personal homage."

It is then that the Magdalene hears the Laughter of God and is clean and free; and in an instant too; and it is when the cripple hears the Laughter of God that he leaps to his feet and runs away praising the living God. It is when you, no matter where you are or what you are, no matter what you have done or left undone, hear the Laughter of the God within and the God without, that you will crash through the gates of hell and find heaven, no matter what these gates may be—person, place, or thing.

One moments recognition that you are the son of the Living God, and you have attuned your ear for the Laughter of God which will put to flight all the stupid ideas, of my and yours, free you into an expression that you have not dreamed of. How can you restrain the joy that fills you when you hear this laughter which, when it is heard, causes the winter of your discontent to break into full fruition, which causes you to see literally see that " before they call, I will answer," is not a bit of euphonious language, but a positive living, glowing fact.

"I was afraid," and therefore you were driven out of the Garden of Life. You have been afraid that God will punish you, that it is too good to be true, that you are not ready, that it comes by great learning; and so you are still without the portals of your own kingdom, trying every way but the only way to re-enter. Many there be who try the way of violence, and many who expect to ride in on the skirts of another. There are some so foolish as to invite this.

Why do you not stop trying to get things, trying to learn how to get power place? Why do you not come away from the man whose breath is in his nostrils? You who read this page, and go within and hear the Laughter of God, and know that " it does not matter"- that the things which gave you great concern are all swept away into the dump heap? The sooner you learn this the sooner you will see they have no value. Finally, one time, when you take away their value, they are possible of attainment to you. You profess to be a follower of the Master. If you in any way believe this, you will begin to listen for the Laughter of God through your whole being, and you will know that the Laughter of God sets you free from the snarling discontent of the tower of Babel in which you have been living.

Presently, as you listen for this Laughter, you will hear it, and gradually you will begin laughing—billows of laughter, silently-audible laughter that will shatter one limitation after another; laughter filled with the divine indifference which knows that the Universe is filled with God and only God, and to recognize this will cause this laughter to flow into expression and shatter the belief in sin, sickness, and death. When this belief is shattered in you, the pictures of this on your universe are dissipated and are no more, and even the place thereof is no more. You will know how there can be naught but laughter in the Kingdom of Heaven. What good of words or arguments? What in humans’ sense is a lecture worth on the subject of Laughter, as compared to one glorious sudden peal of joy released by a God soul and picked up be all those in hearing distance?

Gradually, as you learn the Laughter of God and join in with the glory of the Sons of the Living God, then you will laugh at yourself. You will perhaps go back and laugh all the mistakes and faults and limitations out of existence You will stand with your glorious feet on the mountain-tops of Self-Revelation, laughing at your universe and with your universe, and laughing in words: "It is wonderful, it is wonderful, it is wonderful."

"Let the filthy be filthy still." Some may read into the Laughter of God a belief in carelessness and indifference, and some consecrated souls may rail and tear their hair and say that it is encouraging license and making nothing of sin, in order that one may indulge in sin, and so on; and for them this message is not.

He that has ears shall hear what the Scripture says unto the Churches, and only he that has a single eye is through with trying to twist meanings to suit personal ends. But he that has the consciousness of the Son of the Living God shall not find it strange that "he that is of too pure eyes to behold iniquity" should laugh at the belief in it that has bound men for so long; and this Divine disregard does not in any way encourage license, but gives liberty to the Sons of God. It breaks up the dank morasses of human belief and reveals itself as heaven, a state of consciousness, which finds not happiness at the disposal of sin, health at the disposal of sickness, and harmony at the disposal of in-harmony; but finds these pairs of opposites swept away. It finds man the individual Son of the Living God, experiencing power and wisdom such as could not be put in human language.

The impress of the Divine upon the human causes the human to express in what to the unenlightened thought may seem to be a supernatural way. The how and why and when are all bested in the limited human concept of life.

You who read this page, when are you going to start laughing the laughter of God? When are you going to join in the glorious chorus which is already encircling the globe, and which has for its password "It is wonderful"? You cannot stop this laughter once it is started; you will shatter the belief in disease in thousands as you go along your way—not by a poor, half-hearted way of beseeching God, but with the ringing Laughter of god in your Soul which knows no sickness, sin, or disease, and hence cannot look upon it. And in this very knowledge it will impress the consciousness with the Eternal well-being of the Son of the Living God. The man, if he hear the Laughter—that is, if he be willing to hear it, instead of accepting the pinched human concepts of his human reasonings—shall break the bounds of his limitations; crash through the gates of brass; shake off the shackles of beliefs; burst through the prison bars of his own making, and find himself free, free, free, and find his soul ringing with laughter and with the song, "It is wonderful."

Whoever you are who reads this page—you who sit in prison houses of disease, sin, and unhappiness—listen, listen, listen. I AM the door of attainment—I AM the door to this glorious Laughter of God—I AM the way to the eternal bliss and harmony of the sons of the Living God. No matter where this finds you; nothing is hopeless or helpless; this joyous Laughter of the recognition of God, her and know, of the Finished Kingdom—of the sudden discovery that Jesus was not a liar, but a truth-sayer, a concrete truth-sayer, when he said, :The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand—it is within you" —will cause this Kingdom to descent out of the clouds of your belief and be real.

How can you help laughing silently and audibly the Laughter of God, and see its ringing notes shatter the silly arguments about life? "The wisdom of man is foolish in the eyes of God." Why try to measure the inspiration of the Almighty against any man-made teaching! "I will make you fishers of men." I, the I AM, when once discovered will make the one who discovers it a Fisher of Men. Who can resist the Laughter of God—the fearless Laughter of God ringing through the universe, sweeping all the debris of human belief out of human belief out of the way? No matter if it be thousands of years old, and hoary with the respect of mankind. Not one stone shall remain in place. The very foundations of the human belief shall be shaken in order that the True Cornerstone, which has been rejected up to now, shall be laid. Yes, the Stone—the very Stone that the Master gave to us—the philosopher’s Stone if you will, which we have rejected, because to accept it would have been to have overthrown great temples of human reasoning—will finally be made the Head Stone of the Temple of Truth. You are the Temple of the Living God, and from out the inner recesses of your being proceeds the Laughter of God. "The Sons of God shout for joy." You will shout for joy, not because of victory over evil, but because you have at last realized that the Kingdom of Heaven is not a place of overcoming evil, but of revelation which is above the belief of a divided universe. Awake, you that sleeps, and Christ shall give thee Light.

And I heard the Laughter of God in the Soul of my very being—ringing in glorious cadence throughout my universe, causing me suddenly to burst into a glorious laughter which was full of praise, full of wonder—full of wonder and amazement at that which I had missed through looking through a glass darkly. "Arise, shine, for thy light has come", do you hear? "It is wonderful! It is wonderful! It is wonderful." Heaven and earth are full of Thee—sin, sickness, and death have vanished away. I hear the Laughter of God ringing in the deep recesses of your soul, you who read this page. I see the moving finger writing across all the worries and fears of a lifetime -_"It does not matter," and I see this laughter writing the things of beauty over the walls of your temple and casting a glorious glistening white robe—a seamless robe of attainment—over you. And at last I hear you laughing from the mountain peak as you go on your way, without thought of scrip or purse or robe or ring or upper chamber, and long before you have reached your destination, the Laughter of God in your soul has gone ahead and made ready the upper chamber, and the Host has come out to receive you. Do you hear? You who read this page? YOU?


Chapter 2

REJOICE, YOU BARREN ONE

"For it is written, Rejoice, you barren that bears not; break forth and cry, you that travail not; for the desolate has many more children than she which has a husband." Gal. 4:27

Rejoice and be exceeding glad, for the Lord Omnipotent reigns. When we begin to see that the great Universal God overshadowing the Universe causes it to bring forth in due season, we begin to understand why it is stated, as quoted above, that "the barren and desolate shall have many children." We begin to see that, when we contact the Father within, the old order of trying to make things appear from the outside is done away with. The old order passes away—"Behold, I make all things new, says the Lord of Hosts."

Thousands of people have tried in every way to bring forth the manifestation of Spirit; to make demonstrations; yea, even to help others in the name of the Lord; and have found themselves and their lives barren as the desert, while others about them seemed to bring forth many children; and they have wondered, and finally fallen under the belief that the manifestation of spirit was not for them, but only for a special few; or that they were not fit avenues, or not yet ready to express the Christ Truth—hence they bore no children.

But the old order changes. The light is breaking over the dense human consciousness. Man is awakening to know that contact with the Father within is the propagating influence which will bring forth many more children than "she that has a husband." He is beginning to understand that the creative force of the Universe is even at this instant at work within the secret place of his being, and that just as soon as he is ready to "let" (through the process of recognition), "the word will become flesh and dwell among them," and he shall say, "Let the child be born," and the barrenness of a thousand life-times in the flesh shall be swallowed up in the glorious expression of the flowering desert. "It shall blossom as a rose." The well-watered garden shall take the place of the barren waste.

Martha had many cares in preparing to receive the physical Jesus. Symbolically speaking, the most she got for her work was perhaps a "Thank You," while Mary feasted upon the hidden manna of Spirit. The human sense would like to condone poor, long-suffering Martha. A thousand reasons why she acted as she did are offered, but the rather uncompromising fact stands that she was rebuked, and that the blessing was given to Mary. All this symbolism does not mean that the Mary consciousness might not do just as much work with her hands as the Martha, but from a different standpoint.

When we are on the outside of being, trying to bring forth, we are finally rebuked for our barrenness, even though we have put into expression the best that seemed to being us. Likewise, the state that dreams of perfection and dwells in a mental state of rightness and perfection, is also rebuked for vain imaginings. The Word must become flesh. "In my flesh shall I see God." One extreme is as bad as another. The Word must become flesh, and the flesh must become spiritualized or resurrected, until the two become one. We then have Jesus the Christ—instead of Jesus the son of the carpenter and Christ the son of God dwelling in one body. The two become one, and the sayings of the Scriptures are made true. It is then that "death is swallowed up in victory," because death could only come to the one of a divided consciousness. What is told in secret shall be called from the housetop. Thus we see that the Christ of God decided to submit to what is known as the crucifixion in order that the world might see the transcending power of spirit over matter, and to know that the law, "I have power to pick it up and lay it down," was true and provable. To stay on the heights of this law was to escape the seemingly ugly reality. Do you imagine that the Christ who was able to open the eyes of the blind, restore lost substance to the body of Lazarus, and do a thousand other things directly in opposition to the best accepted laws of the physical world of that day and this could not have averted the Crucifixion? If so, then read Matt. 26:53.

<>"Think you that I cannot now pray to my Father, and He shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?"

Where is the Father, and how do we pray? You see, then, that the Christ decreed this to come to pass. When he descended to the human Jesus state of consciousness, then he asked that the "cup pass from me." We understand that what he had accepted or decreed in secret should come to pass. So is it true with you. You will begin to see that all the unborn children shall be released when the body and soul become one. To pray then will be to speak forth only that which is about to appear. Prayer will not be the old idea of wondering whether god wants to do a certain thing; it will be merely an exquisite feeling of gratitude, which says, "Thank you, Father," because it knows that the answer exists before the question. Do you begin to see why it is that the one who was barren of manifestation will suddenly become fruitful? The limiting laws of the human concept of creation shall be dropped off, and the recognition of the Father of all shall cause they barrenness to be a forgotten state. "The former things shall pass away—they shall not be remembered nor come into mind anymore." Thus the barrenness shall be swallowed up in the abundance!

From the human standpoint we even admit that we have teachers of Truth or music who cannot demonstrate for themselves but can give readily to others. From the Divine elevation this is an utter impossibility. This state of barrenness which brings forth no manifestation shall be fertilized with the over-shadowing influence of the Ever Presence, and what it has so long conceived on the invisible shall come into manifestation. No more shall the world be filled with barren ones who talk but who do not show forth the works, for they shall have united the body and soul and resurrected the risen Christ, which hath a body and which lives in the world, but is not of the world in so far as coming under the hateful laws of the human mind. Death is swallowed up in victory, and with it all the things that go to bring about or make death possible.

"Call no man your father," for "every man is a liar, and the father of it." We see what lies have been told about us in the name of family, nationality, etc. We are burdened with hateful lies of every sort, because we have recognized human parenthood. We have assigned to ourselves all the limitations of human-kind, and therefore we are full of troubles, and so are our days. "Awake, you that sleeps, and Christ shall give thee light."

Do you begin to see, O barren one, that your name shall be changed, and that you shall be as a land flowing with milk and honey? For the Spirit of the Infinite Spirit broods over all, and has broken the hateful bondage and set the prisoners free. Then is thy house gladsome with the laughter and joy of many children—your glorious ideas that have so long remained in the silence of your mind come forth with joy and thanksgiving.

"This is life eternal, to know ME." Where is this ME, and what will you do with this life eternal? Do you expect to carry on this limited personality for eternity? Do you expect ot be John smith for eternity? Only when Jesus the son of the carpenter became Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, did he ascend above the limiting influences of beliefs that belonged to his family, nationality, and time. When he became Jesus the Christ, and "the Word became flesh," he transcended not only nationality, but time and space, and was able to set aside any law of the belief world, just as the intense sunshine sets aside the dark shadows of night.

All disease and all barrenness out-pictured on your body and affairs are merely the shadows of beliefs cast upon the screen of your life. When the light has come, the shadows disappear. It is no good to throw a picture on a cinema screen if that screen is illuminated. So the shadows of the belief world, that have been formerly true to the human mind, fail absolutely to record when you have come to the place of letting "the light within so shine before men." We do not heal the Christ, nor yet prosper him, nor yet change him. We merely recognize him, and as we do so we bring out that which has been eternally. Thus healing is swallowed up in victory. Were anything real to be healed, it would be utterly impossible to accomplish it. The Christ of God needs no assistance, no help, no healing. But until the John Smith realizes this Christ within himself, and permits it to come into manifestation, he will merely be working on a plane of imagination. Nothing concrete nor definite can take place. So many of us have stood about and seen the demonstrations; yea, we have even partaken of the bread, the fish, and the wine; but we have forgotten to partake of the spirit, so when we had consumed the manifestation we rushed back for more and found ourselves far from the source of substance. So many people are so engrossed in listening to words that they only bask in the light of another’s understanding, and hence miss the glorious possibility of the command, "Go thou and do likewise." Many are asking for life free which is promised, while still holding a miser’s consciousness within themselves. Do you not know, until you can give yourself to the Universe it cannot five the ever-flowing substance to you, for the simple reason that there is no capacity to receive it? The mind which is still hoarding cannot have the infinity rivers of abundance poured into, else it would be destroyed; but the consciousness that has given itself to the Infinite is an open way through which the torrents and floods of substance can flow. It thereafter does not have to seek—it receives before it asks, for an infinite stream of substance is constantly pouring through into expression.

"It is written"—so full of meaning is this statement, nothing shall retract or rub out a single word until it be fulfilled. "Not one jot or tittle shall be removed until the law shall be fulfilled." It is written that "the barren shall be more fruitful than she that hath a husband." The law that is so full of promise, and so glorious to all those who have wondered and grieved and tried to bring forth the works of the Master. "Go thou and do likewise" is a pretty big command, but there it is. What are you going to do about it? Talk it over with some wise one who will go into gushing phrases and words, and whose barren life is filled with testimony of failure? Be still; be very still. Finally you will hear the command, "Go within and shut the door," and you will let the glorious revelation take place within your own consciousness. "Nothing shall by any means hurt you." Who are you, and what are you going to do about?

"And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, says the Lord of hosts." Ye, the newborn, the resurrected one. In the silence, in the tomb, in the aloneness, shall ye know the things which ordinarily are not written nor spoken of—things which are neither seen nor heard by the noisy ones who are clamoring for place and power. "Behold, I make all things new." Do you see? You who red. "all nations shall call thee blessed," for they will recognize the Christ within you; the same glorious Christ that functioned in the man Jesus and enabled him to go against the laws of the human mind and set them aside as non-existent.

"None of them is lost but the son of perdition." The only thing that is lost is the memory f the human personality—the subconscious mind—the storehouse of all evil. The god that was. The god of the kingdom of WAS is lost, forgotten, wiped out, and the place thereof is no more. The Holy Presence of Christ in the eternal NOW is here. "Awake, you that sleeps, and Christ shall give you light." The desolate barren land shall blossom as a rose.

"I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou may be rich."

It seems a strange thing to say, Buy gold in order that you may be rich. It would seem that if you had money with which to buy gold you would already be rich. But the secret doctrine causes the light to break over this symbology and to reveal that the complete giving up of the symbol is the buying of the gold which will make you rich. "Sell all that thou hast and give to the poor" is merely another way of stating that man is to take his attention awake from the worship of symbols and place his allegiance on the Power. Awake, thou that sleeps.

"I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and white raiment that you may be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint your eyes with eye-salve, that you may see." Rev 3:18.

Do you begin to see the treasures incorruptible that lie within the consciousness of Christ, awaiting the coming of the Master? Awaiting the coming of that one who will take his Divine Heritage and assume the proportions of the Son of the Living God. The barren one who will suddenly realize that the Father—Infinite Omnipotent—brooding over all ,has suddenly brought into manifestation the unborn children of desire. It is wonderful!

"Who is my father, mother, sister, or brother?" is the question you will answer with deep joy. Not to become a "holier than thou," but because you are ready to partake of the infinite nature of your Divine Fathership. The wonder of the invisible shall be made manifest to you. You shall begin to partake of the qualities of Spirit. As you have born the earthly image, so shall you bear the heavenly. Do you hear? :Yet in my flesh shall I see God." It is wonderful!

"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches." When you hear what it is saying to you (for you are the Church of the Living God—the center from which pours this glorious white light of revelation), then you will fold your tent and steal silently away into the new place of expression. And this shall be a natural event, not some human concept of moving out of evil conditions, but showing forth of the God-power into expression. Do you see why "He that travels alone travels far?" and why the command, "salute no man as you pass along the highway," is not unfriendliness, but the essence of wisdom? :Behold I make all [not some] things new." Do you believe that? Where is the I? What about it—you who read these lines? Are you going to run to someone and ask them to explain this to you or are you going to be still and let me explain, and thereby turn your barrenness to fruitfulness and make you a gladsome land?

Just so soon as you begin to see the futility of opinions and beliefs regarding life and the Truth, just so soon will you go within and wah in the living waters, and partake of the hidden manna and "buy gold that has been tried by fire."

"The old order passes away" -the old order is the order of your human personality and its destiny; the old law of cause and effect, of karma –the endless karma that you have been making and passing through. The Spirit of Life has suddenly thrown you off the wheel, and you are freed into expression as the Son of the Living God Do you suppose that the Son of the Living God has anything to do with the son of the carpenter? He has only this much to do: to absorb the personal idea into the glorious impersonal nature of god, and thereby free him of the limitations and narrow confines, yea, the barrenness of the human concept of existence.

Hear ye, you who read this page: "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the Sons of God." do you hear? Do you see? When will you appropriate the gifts of the Spirit? Not until you can go within and shut the door, and listen not to the noisy man whose breath is in his nostrils.

"And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us." so the unborn ideas that you have been holding in your mind, and wishing for all these many years, suddenly come into expression, for the Christ and Jesus are one. "Whatsoever things you ask in my name, that give I unto thee." It is well.

"For it is written, rejoice, you barren that bear not; break forth and cry, thou that travail not; for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband."

Do you believe this? If so, you are at this very instant rejoicing. The rejoicing is a command and a statement of a fact at the same instant. You are automatically rejoicing because you have suddenly discovered that the barren years and efforts have been turned to good account, and the glorious ideas have all been freed into expression.

When you come to the place of belief you have come to the place of acceptance. You have come to the place where you have accepted the Reality of Being, and you are therefore not surprised nor are you dismayed at the appearance of the Power of Spirit which instantly neutralizes the beliefs of the flesh. "Let the dead bury the dead" -so the old conditions and beliefs and acts all fall from the cliff of oblivion and you stand on the heights, rejoicing in the name of the Living God which is written on your forehead. You stand on the heights, not as one balanced for the space of a few joyous moments, to be dashed again into the valley of despondency, but you stand there and rest in the new understanding which has shifted the weight of the human mind and beliefs and has freed itself from the law of human gravitation. "If ye be in the Spirit, ye are no more under the law." You are in the Spirit when you recognize the Christ within and act in accordance therewith.

The whole proposition is put to the one who seeks the light. When he has come to the place that he seeks not another’s opinions and beliefs, then he has arrived at the point of: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that hears my words, and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death to life."

Here is a simple statement of a fact. "Believe you this?" If so, you are beginning to experience a new life, a life that is everlasting, right here in the flesh, and the life which is now coming into manifestation cannot come under the condemnation of the former self. You are freed from the condemnation of the John Smith against which you fought so long. You are now passed from the death of these things—these beliefs and difficulties—into Life. Do you hear? You who read this page.


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