Creative Mind and Success, Ernest Holmes ( Audio Book )

Creative Mind and Success, Ernest Holmes

CREATIVE MIND AND SUCCESS

PART I.

AN INQUIRY INTO THE TRUTH.

AN inquiry into Truth is an inquiry into the cause of things as the human race sees and experiences them. The
starting point of our thought must always begin with our experiences. We all know that life is, else we could not
even think that we are. Since we can think, say and feel, we must be. We live, we are conscious of life; therefore we
must be and life must be. If we are life and consciousness (self-knowing) then it follows that we must have come
from life and consciousness. Let us start, then, with this simple fact: Life is and life is conscious.
But what is the nature of this life; is it physical, mental, material or spiritual? A little careful thinking based upon
logic, more than any merely personal opinion, will do much in clearing up some of these questions that at first
seem to stagger us with their bigness.

How much of that which is may we call life? The answer would have to be: Life is all that there is; it is the reason
for all that we see, hear, feel–all that we experience in any way. Now nothing from nothing leaves nothing, and it
is impossible for something to proceed from nothing. Since something is, that from which it came must be all that
is. Life, then, is all that there is. Everything comes from it, ourselves included.

The next question is, how do things come from life? How do the things that we see come from the things that we
do not see? The things that we see must be real because we see them. To say they are not real will never explain
them nor answer any question about them. God’s world is not a world of illusion but one of divine realities. The
truth must not explain away things that we see. It must explain what they are. We are living and experiencing
varying degrees of consciousness and conditions. Only when the why of this living and of our experiences is
Jesus understood will we know the least thing about the truth. did not say that things are illusions. He said that we
must not judge from the standpoint of the seen but must judge righteously or with right judgment; and He meant
that we must get behind the appearance and find out what caused it. So let us not in any way fool ourselves nor
allow ourselves to believe we have always been fooled. We are living in a world of realities. Whatever we have
experienced is a reality as far as that experience is concerned, although if we had had a higher understanding of
life, the unpleasant experience might have been avoided.

WHAT LIFE IS.

IN the first place, what do we mean by life? We mean that which we see, feel, hear, touch or taste, and the reason
for it. We must have come into contact with all we know of life. We have already found what life is or we could
not have had any of these experiences. “In the beginning was God” or life. Out of this life which is, everything
which is is made. So life must flow through all things. There is no such thing as dead matter. Moreover, life is one,
 and it cannot be changed except into itself.

All forms are forms of this unity and must come and go through some inner activity. This inner activity of life or
nature must be some form of self-consciousness or self-knowing. In our human understanding we would call this
inner knowing, or consciousness, “thought.” The Spirit, or Life, or God, must make things out of Himself through
self-recognition, or self-knowing or, as we would call it thinking. Since God is all, there is nothing to hinder Him
from doing what He wishes, and the question, “How do things come into being?” is answered: God makes them
out of Himself. God thinks, or knows, and that thing which He thinks or knows appears from Himself, and is
made out of Himself. There is no other possible explanation for what we see. Unless people are willing to begin
here, they will never understand how it is that things are not material but spiritual.

MAN’S PLACE IN CREATION.

BUT where does man come in? He is. Therefore it follows that he, too, is made out of God, since God, or Spirit, is
all. Being made out of God, he must partake of His nature, for we are “made in His image.”
Man is a center of God in God. Whatever God is in the Universal, man must be in the individual world. The
difference between God and man is one of degree and not of quality. Man is not self-made; he is made out of ‘God.
The question might arise, why did God do this? No living person can answer this question. This is something
 that is known only of the Father. We might suppose that
God made man to live with Him and to enjoy with Him, to be one with the Father. It is true, indeed, that those
who have felt this most deeply have had a corresponding spiritual power that leads us to suppose that God really
did make man as a companion. Man is the individual and God is the Universal. “As the Father hath life within
Himself, so hath he given it to the Son to have life within himself.” Man’s mind is made out of God’s mind, and all
that man is or ever will be, all that he has or ever will have, must partake of the Divine nature. Man did not make
it so, but it is so, and he must accept the fact and see what he can do with it.

If he has the same power in his individual life that God has in the Universal, then this discovery will mean freedom from all bondage when he
learns how to use his power. As God governs His Universal world so will man govern his individual world,
always subject to the greater law and life. This could not be otherwise if we realize what follows from it, for so
realizing we find ourselves living in a very different world from the one in which we thought we were living. God
governs not through physical law as result, but first by inner knowing–then the physical follows. In the same way,
man governs his world by the process which we will call, for want of a better name, the power of his thought.
Man’s inner life is one with the Father. There can be no separation, for the self-evident reason that there is nothing
to separate him from God, because there is nothing but life. The separation of two things implies putting a
different element between them; but as there is nothing different from God, the unity of God and man is firmly
established forever. “My Father and I are One” is a simple statement of a great soul who perceived life as it really is
and not from the mere standpoint of outer conditions.

Taking as the starting point that man has the same life as God, it follows that he uses the same creative process.
Everything is one, comes from the same source and returns again to it. “The things which are seen are not made of
the things which do appear.” What we see comes from what we do not see. This is the explanation of the whole
visible universe, and is the only possible explanation.

As God’s thought makes worlds and peoples them with all living things, so does our thought make our world and
peoples it with all the experiences we have had. By the activity of our thought things come into our life, and we are
limited because we have not known the truth; we have thought that outside things controlled us, when all the time
we have had that within which could have changed everything and given us freedom from bondage.
The question, then, naturally arises: Why did God create man and make him a free agent? If God had created us in
such a way as to compel us to do or to be anything that was not of our choosing, we should not have been
individuals at all, we should be automatons. Since we know that we are individuals, we know that God made us
thus; and we are just discovering the reason why. Let any man wake up to this, the greatest truth in all ages, and
he will find it will answer all questions. He will be satisfied that things are what they are. He will perceive
that he may use his own God-given power so to work, to think and to live that he will in no way hinder the greater
law from operating through him. According to the clearness of his perception and the greatness of his realization of
this power will he provide within himself a starting point through which God may operate. There will no longer
be a sense of separation, but in its place will come that divine assurance that he is one with God, and thus will he
find his freedom from all suffering, whether it be of body, mind or estate.

 
 

 

Neville Goddard, Summa Theologica, Manly P Hall, A Course In Miracles

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