Week 18 – Omnipresent Power
Here is the dictionary definition of omnipresent:
1. present everywhere at the same time:
the omnipresent God.
Haanel tells us that the Universal Mind (or God, if you prefer) “permeates all things ready to be called into action.”
11. It is the recognition of the self as an individualization of this Universal
Intelligence that enables the individual to control those forms of intelligence which
have not yet reached this level of self-recognition; they do not know that this
Universal Intelligence permeates all things ready to be called into action; they do
not know that it is responsive to every demand, and they are therefore in bondage
to the law of their own being.
12. Thought is creative and the principle on which the law is based is sound and
legitimate and is inherent in the nature of things; but this creative power does not
originate in the individual, but in the universal, which is the source and foundation
of all energy and substance; the individual is simply the channel for the distribution
of this energy.
Paragraph 12 contains a striking thought: “but this creative power does not
originate in the individual, but in the universal, which is the source and foundation of all energy and substance;” Imagine, if you will, an electrical generator to which you connect various devices.
Some of these only require to be connected to the power to work. The heater converts the electrical energy into heat, The refrigerator converts that same energy into cold. The source is the same in both cases. The mechanism to which the source is connected is different.
The other two require one more thing besides being connected to the electrical power. They reach into the ether and convert the omnipresent waves into sound, pictures, or both. So, in addition to the source of power, there must be a source of information, the radio or television tower.
Now, imagine that you are the television set. You are surrounded by information of all kinds, but you have to be tuned to the correct channel. Look at paragraph 13.
13. The individual is simply the means by which the universal produces the various
combinations which result in the formation of phenomena, which depends upon the
law of vibration, whereby various rates of rapidity of motion in the primary
substance form new substances only in certain exact numerical ratios.
You tune to the right channel and as if by magic, you have sound and visuals. You are not the source of those, anymore than the television set is the source of the programming. The various programs are omnipresent but invisible until the receiver comes into harmony with the signal. That gave me a greater understanding of paragraph 33:
33. This week concentrate upon your power to create; seek insight, perception; try
to find a logical basis for the faith which is in you. Let the thought dwell on the fact
that the physical man lives and moves and has his being in the sustainer of all
organic life air, that he must breathe to live. Then let the thought rest on the fact
that the spiritual man also lives and moves and has his being in a similar but
subtler energy upon which he must depend for life, and that as in the physical
world no life assumes form until after a seed is sown, and no higher fruit than that
of the parent stock can be produced; so in the spiritual world no effect can be
produced until the seed is sown and the fruit will depend upon the nature of the
seed, so that the results which you secure depend upon your perception of law in
the mighty domain of causation, the highest evolution of human consciousness.
My basis for faith is found in the fact that Jesus is living through me.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the life that I now live in my body, I live by faith, indeed, by the faithfulness of God’s Son, who loved me and gave himself for me.
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