Defining Terms and Phrases

Absolute:  The Unconditioned—that which nothing can limit; that which forever transcends any conceivable limitation or determination.  Unconditioned perfection.  Self-Existent, Self-Sufficient. Often used as a synonym for God.  Truth is absolute and remains unaffected by the opinions, desires or beliefs of men.

Acceptance:  An agreeing either expressly or by conduct to the act or offer to hold something for the value of believing it to be real.

Belief:  Conviction or feeling of the truth of a proposition or condition.  Belief may go no farther than intellectual assent while faith embodies a trust and confidence.  “Belief admits of all degrees, from the slightest suspicion to the fullest assurance.”

Believe:  To accept trustfully and on faith.   To have a firm conviction as to the reality or goodness of something.  One must believe in something before any receptivity can occur.

Cause, Causation, First Cause:  Cause is that which occasions or produces an effect.  The reason, motive or occasion.  Causation, too, is the act or agency by which an effect is produced.  FIRST CAUSE always means that from which everything comes.  The Cause of all that is made manifest on any plane.  That which comes first.  The first in any creative series.  The Life back of things.

Choice:  A sufficient number and variety from which to choose.  To have choice one must have something from which to choose.

Conscious:  Perceiving, apprehending , or noticiing with a degree of controlled thought or observation.  Being conscious is being capable of marked thought, will, design or perception.  Having mental faculties that are undulled:  aware.

Condition:  that which follows cause; the effect of law.

Consciousness:  Mental awareness.  Consciousness is both objective and subjective.  Objective consciousness is a state of conscious awareness, equipped with will, decision, and discrimination.  Its reasoning is both inductive and deductive, therefore it has self-choice.  The subjective consciouness is entirely a reaction to this objective volition.  It is creative but not discriminative.  It is, of course, conscious, but it is not self-conscious.  It is conscious in the same sense that the soil is conscious of the seed.  It knows how to produce a plant, but it is not conscious that it is producing it.  It has no reflective, deductive, or discriminating factors.  It is compelled by its very nature to accept and create.  When we speak of mind in its self-conscious state we mean Spirit, whether we think of it in God or man.  When we speak of consciousness in a subjective state, we refer to the mental medium, the Universal Subjectivity, which is also the subjectivity of man.  In referring to the subjective state, the Bible uses the word soul, the psycho-analyst uses the term “the unconscious”, the phsychologist, “subjective”,or “subjective cosnciousness.”  All have the same meaning.

Conviction:  The act of convincing or compelling  the admission of a Truth.

Creative Medium:  From the Universal sense, it is the World-Soul; and from the individual sense, it is the subjective state of a man’s thought.  Like the creative soil in which seeds are planted and from which plant life grows, the Soul of the Universe is the Creative Medium, into which the Word of Spirit falls, and from which Creation arises.  We must be careful not to think of Soul and Spirit as separate, for they are really two parts, or aspects, of the same Reality, being Self-Existent and Coeternal, each with the other.

Embodiment:  To give a form to something that existed only as a thought or idea.  To cause to become a form or part of a form through conscious acts of knowing.  We embody an idea when we know it is a reality that exists and there is no sense of doubt to its existence.

Faith:  “Faith is the sustance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  Faith is a mental attitude, so inwardly embodied that the mind can no longer deny it.  Faith is complete when it is both a conscious and subjective acceptance.  Faith may be consciously generated.  In spiritual terminology, faith means a belief in the presence of an invisible principle and law which directly and specifically responds to us.

Ignorance:  Unaware and uninformed.  Not having knowledge.

Individual:  Being an individual or existing as an indivisible whole.  Existing as a distinct entity.

Individualize:  To particularize as according to adapt to the needs or special circumstances of an individual.

Individuality:  The Real Idea of man, as distinguished from the outer personality.  Each one is a separate entity in Mind and no two are alike.  Each is an individualized center of God-Consciousness.  We are born with our individuality.  Our personality is the use we make of our Divine Individuality.

Individualized:  Particularize as to adapt to the needs or special circumstances of an individual.

Intention:  A determination of action which moves with desire to bring about or to do a particular thing.  It is a concept considered as the product of attention directed to an object of knowledge being expressed as desire.

Lack (and limitation): These are synonymous terms and indicate that something is missing in our lives.  We believe we are without health, wealth, friends or opportunities.  Money is an objective representation, a symbol, of an eternal substance WHICH FOREVER FLOWS and which is forever manifesting itself in the visible world.  We should endeavor to know that there is an Intelligence guiding our affairs, and that this Intelligence is perfect, that the law of this Intelligence is immutable.  As we withdraw our attention from the limited world of effect, and dwell unwaveringly on the Limitless Good, we shall have destroyed the only reason whereby lack and limitation could manifest in our lives.  We enter the Absolute in such proportion as we withdraw from the limited.

Law:  Mind in action.  The Creative Medium of Spirit is the great Mental Law of the Universe.  It is the Law of the Spirit.  It is the Universal Law of Mind.  The Laws of Mind and Spirit must be understood if they are to be consciously used for definite purposes.  There is no limit to the Law, but there appears to be a limit to man’s understanding of it.  The thing that makes us sick is the thing which heals us.  We need not look for a law of sickness and a law of health.  There is only One Law.  Our misuse of this makes it appear that there are many laws.  Whatever we think, believe in, feel, visualize, vision, image, read, talk about, in fact, all processes which affect or impress us at all, are going into the subjective state of our thought, which is our individualized use of Universal Mind.  The law is a blind force, and whatever goes into the subjective state of our thought tends to return again as some condition.

Law of Mind:  See Law

Manifestation:  To manifest, means to show forth or to make evident.  Everything we see—plants, animal, man, every visible thing—is a manifestation of God, differeing only in degree, and every manifesation contains, in essence, the whole, as the entire body.  We are not all of God, of course, but the Reality within us is God.  As we make conscious use of the Law, planting an idea in Mind and watching it come forth into form, into objectivity, we are producing a manifestation.

Medium:  A middle or intermediate thing:  that which lies between; a substance through which a force acts or an effect is transmitted.  The Universal Medium, or Soul, is receptive to the Spirit, and is impregnated with the Divine Ideas.  This Creative Medium is neutral.  The Creative Medium of Spirit is the great Mental law of the Universe.  It is the One Medium through which all Law and all Power operate.  That which we term our subjective mind is the medium through which we contact the Universal Mind.

Metaphysics:  The scientists of today are closer than ever before to agreeing with the metaphysician that God is Creative Intelligence, or Mind, everywhere present in the Universe, and manifesting through every created thing.  Metaphysics is more than a speculative philosophy.  It is the Science of Being.  Metaphysics may be termed that which is beyond the known laws of physics.

Mind:  No one has ever seen Mind or Spirit.  The only proof we have of Mind is that we can think, but we are perfectly justified in believing that we have a mind.  Actually, there is no such thing as your mind and my mind, his mind, her mind, and God’s Mind.  There is just Mind, in which we live, move and have our being.  Mind is both conscious and subconscious.  Conscious Mind is Spirit, either in God or man.  Unconscious Mind is the law of conscious Mind acting and is, threfore, subconscious or subjective.  Mind is potential energy, while thought is the dynamic force which produces the activity from manifestation.  The One Mind is all of Truth.  Our mind, that point in God-Consciousness which we call our mind, is as much of Truth as we will allow to flow through and bless us.

Nature of God:  The Nature of God is “Triune”—Spirit, Soul, and Body…Father, Son and Holy Spirit…or The Thing.  This is the   Absolute Truth of All Being.  It is All-Loving, All-Present, All-Powerful, and All Knowing.

Objective:  “That which is external to the mind,”  is the general definition; we mean rather that which is visually externalized.  Thought has power to objectify itself.

Omnipotence:  the All-Powerful One.  God.

Omnipresence:  The Constant Presence of the Undivided Whole.  Read again the chapter on Unity.   Omnipresence is everywhere present.

Omniscience:  The All-Knowing, All-Perceiving Mind of God.

Presence:  “The Presence” is God.  To meditate upon the Presence of God is to indraw the Universe into one’s own soul.  God is not a person but a Principle personified in each of us.  Spirituality is the atmosphere of this Principle.  Religion is Its outward form.

Realization:  We should turn to that Living Presence within, Which is the Father in Heaven, recognize It as the One and Only Power in the Universe, unify with It; declare our word to be the presence, power and activity of that One, and speak the word as if we believed it, because the Law is the servant of the Spirit.  If we could stand aside and let the One Pefect Life flow through us, we could not help healing people; we could not help having a perfect realization of perfection.  The word realization, at any time, means an impression of reality on the mind; a clear apprehension; an acceptance by the mind that a thought or condition is actual. There is a point in the supreme moment of realization, where the individual merges with the Universe, but not to the loss of his individuality; where a sense of the Oneness of all Life so enters his being that there is no sense of otherness.  It is here that the mentality perfoms seeming miracles, because there is nothing to hinder the Whole from coming through.  As immense and limitless as Life is, the Whole of It is brought to the point of our consciousness.  We comprehend the Infinite only to the degree that It expresses Itself through us, becoming to us that which we believe it to be.  Right here in our own nature is the path that gradually leads to realization.  Subjective comprehension of Truth.

Recognition:   The recognition of God/Spirit/The Universe as everything seen and unseen past present and future. There is One Living Spirit that is the Creator of All things that is Omnipresent, Omniscient, and Omnipotent.

Relative:  That which depends upon something else.

Spirit:  God, within Whom all spirits exist.  The Self-Knowing One.  The Conscious Universe.  The Absolute.  Spirit in man is that part of him which enables him to know himself.  That which he really is.  We do not see the spirit of man any more than we see the Spirit of God.  We see what man does; but we do not see the doer.  We treat of Spirit as the Active and the only Self-Conscious Principle.  We define Spirit as the First Cause of God; the Universal I AM.  The Spirit is Self-Propelling, It is All; It is Self-Existent and has all life within Itself.  It is the Word and the Word is volition.  It is Will because It chooses.  It is Free Spirit because It knows nothing outside Itself, and nothing different from Itself.  Spirit is the Father-Mother-God because It is the Principle of Unity back of all things.  Spirit is all Life, Truth, Love, Being, Cause and Effect, and is the only Power in the Universe that knows Itself.

Subconscious:  Existing within the mind but not immediately available to the consciousness of the individual.

Subjective:  Beneath the threshold of consciousness.  the inner side.  Subconscious.

Subjective Activity:  The inner action of the automatic law.

Subjective Causation:  the mental law set in motion.

Subjective Side of Life:  the inner side of life, as law.

Subjective Tendency:  the subjective trend of thought.

Subjectivity of the Universe:  the Universal Soul or Mental law.

This Science:  The study of the Mind, that part of our mind which is activated by Divine Impulsion.  This Science is the Science of Mind and Spirit, and it is a eidfication of the One Power, understanding and use of this Power, and the willingness to allow this Power to flow unobstructed through us for the Greater Good of All.

Truth:  That which is.  It is the Reason, Cause and Power in and through everything.  It is Birthless, Deathless, Changeless, Complete, Perfect, Whole, Self-Existent, Causeless, Almighty, God, Spirit, Law, Mind, Intelligence, and anything and everything that implies Reality.  By process of axiomatic reasoning, we arrive at the conclusion that Spirit knows nothing outside Itself.  The Truth is that which Is; and being that which Is, It must be Infinite and All.  Being Infinite or All, the Truth can have nothing outside itself, other than itself, or unlike itself, by which to divide itself; consequently, the Spirit is Indivisible, Changeless and Complete within Itself.  Itself is all that is—both Cause and Effect, the Alpha and the Omega.

Unification:   Everything, including you and I are interconnected, and are created out of the same stuff that can be found throughout Life.  We are One with the Creator, One with All Things, past, present and future.  That which God/Spirit/The Universe is, we are.

Universal:   Including or coveringall or a whole collectively or distributively without limit or exception.  present or operative everywhere and under all conditions.

Universal Law: Divine Creative Principle.

Universal Mind:  The Creative Medium of Spirit.

Universal Power:  The is the entire Power of God.  How can an individual use this?  Just as an individual, who is only part of the Whole, can breathe the wholeness of the air and partake of the wholeness of the sunshine.  Just as the mathematician, who is not the principle of mathematics but who is in unity with it, has access to the totality of numbers.  Just so we individualize the Universal Power.  We can have and use as much as we wish…”As we believe.”

Universal Soul:  the Universal Subjectivity.

Universal Spirit: The Conscious Mind of God…the Universe of conscious mind and self-determination.  The Universal Subjectivity means the Creative medium of the Spirit.  Particularization means the world of matter and forms.  The descent of Spirit means the passing of Spirit into form—the particularization of Spirit into many things.  Spirit passes through Law into form.  Multiplicity comes from Unity, but never contradicts Oneness.   The many are within the One.  Man’s life partakes of the Divine Nature.  Our conscious mind is some part of the One Conscious Mind of the Whole.  The Complete Nature of God is reflected in man, and he uses the same law that God uses; for there is but One Law, as there is but One Spirit.  Both God and man use the same Creative Medium or Universal Subjectivity.  It is the law of all thought and action.  THINGS COME FROM ONE SOURCE THROUGH ONE COMMON LAW AND ONE COMMON CREATIVE MEDIUM.  We think of our lives as One with the Whole, on all three planes of expression.  We are one with the Conscious Mind, one with the Creative Law, and in our bodies we are one with all matter.

Universal Subjectivity:  The Creative Medium or the Universal Mind.

Volition:  The power to act independently.  The power of conscious choice.  There is but the one volitional factor in the Universe, and this is Spirit, or the Self-Knowing Mind.  The Spirit cannot stop knowing.

Will:  Will means decision coming into execution.  To will is to determine by an act of choice.  Volition, choice and will must be attributes of Spirit.  They mean practically the same thing.  We must be careful, however, not to think of these qualities of Spirit in terms of human or limited thought.  When we choose, we make a selection, which means there are two or more things to choose from; but when Spirit chooses, It simply announces.  The Spirit does not have to will to make things happen; things happen because it is the will of Spirit that they should be.  This will, then, is simply the execution of a purpose; and since Spirit is Absolute, there can be nothing to deny Its Will.  Choice, volition, and will are necessary and real attributes of Self-Existent Power; for without them there would be no channel through which the Ideas of God could be expressed.  In man these quialities—volition, choice, and will—are limited, but in God they are limitless.

Wisdom:  Knowledge, especially with the ability to discern inner qualities and relationships.  It is insight, good sense, a wise attitude or course of action that produces only that which is just and right.  The Good.

Word:  The Word means, of course, the ability of Spirit to declare Itself into manifestation, into form.  The Word of God means the Self-Contemplation of the Spirit.  The Manifest Universe, as we see It, as well as the Invisible Universe that must also exist, is the result of the Self-Contemplation of God.  “He spake and it was done.”  “The word was with God and the word was God.”


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