MKMMA Week 20 – In Him We Live and Move and Have Our Being
This week is a turning point for many of us – getting over the hump.
In part 20, Haanel makes an astounding observation, which he had in fact made earlier. The observation is that “good” and “evil” are just words. We use these words to describe the outcome or effects of causes. And we know that thought is a cause. When we think a thought long enough, we believe that thought, and then we speak that thought. Jesus said that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. He also said that if you believe and do not doubt in your heart that the words that you say will come to pass, you will have whatsoever you say.
You will note that Jesus did not say believe the good things that you say and the good things will come to pass. No he said you will have what so ever you say when you believe what you say. This is similar to the law of sowing and reaping. You reap whatsoever you sow. Jesus said, “give and it shall be given unto you, pressed down, shaken together, and running over.” Pay close attention here. The “it” is whatever you give. Now we can see how very very serious Jesus was when he said “you will give account for every idle word you speak”. If we speak unfounded criticism, may be even justified criticism, we are giving out negative forces which will return to us. On the other hand, the good that we give also returns to us. We have a choice.
Haanel used an interesting word in this week’s lesson: Pranic Energy. It stems from the word prana:
- (in Oriental medicine, martial arts, etc) cosmic energy believed to come from the sun and connecting the elements of the universe.
- in yoga, the breath seen as one of the life-giving energies or forces of the universe; also, the processes of breath control; also called pranayama
Etymology: Hindu ‘breath of life’
- (“breath”), in Indian philosophy, the body’s vital “airs,” or energies. A central conception in early Hindu philosophy, particularly as expressed in the Upanishads, prana was held to be the principle of vitality and was thought to survive as a person’s “last breath” for eternity or until a future life.
This is reminiscent of God making man from some clay and breathing into him the breath of life. So, we breathe in love and purity and we breathe out hatred, cynicism, selfishness and other junk. We can do this because we are immersed in the Universal Source of all good. As Haanel tells us, there is a principle of Good, not a principle of evil. There is a principle of Truth, not a principle of error. There is a principle of Heat, not a principle of cold. Cold is the lack or absence of heat and evil is the lack or absence of good. Dark is the absence of light, but any degree of Light, Heat, Truth, or Good banishes the lack of those. If God is Love and we are made in His image, then we are also Love at our core. When we act apart from Love, we can do harm to ourselves and those around us.