An understanding of the nature of God and the nature of prayer is essential to spiritual unfoldment, but with these must also come a recognition of our true identity. We are not man and we are not effect: We are I. The nature of individual being is I, and I is infinite. I and the Father are one, and all that the Father hath is mine.
Throughout Scripture, we find proof that good flows out from our being; it does not flow to our being. Many people are living miserable lives because they are sitting around waiting for love to come to them; and still others are waiting for justice and mercy. They wait and wait; they beg and they plead; they even pray, but it does not come. And it never can come. There is only one way in which love, abundance, mercy, justice and goodness can be demonstrated, and that is to express them --- to let them flow out, to cast our bread upon the waters.
Through meditation and then by actual demonstration, I learned that the fullness of the Godhead is within me. God has fulfilled Himself as my individual being, but I can only demonstrate this in proportion to my ability to live it. If I have but a few coins today and am willing to part with one or two of them, sharing them with someone who has still less, or if I have no coins at all but so have an awareness of my identity, and if I am willing to sit and pray or realize that truth for my fellow-man --- for my friends, for my neighbors, for my enemies --- if that is all I have, I cast that bread upon the water. If I can find some way to be a friend, if I can find some way of expressing forgiveness, if I can find some way of being more just, more merciful, if I can accept the Messianic message, “Thou seest me, thou seest the Father that sent me,” and if I begin, in any given moment, to act out that way of life by loving, sharing, forgiving, cooperating, being more just, being more merciful, being more kind, I have begun the demonstration of my harmony.
Be assured of this: God has not created His own image and likeness and left it lacking for anything. The image and likeness of God, God’s own manifestation of Its own being, does not have sufficient money and insufficient health or abundant health and not enough money. The image and likeness of that I which is I am, the infinite Spirit Itself in individual manifestation and expression, is the embodiment of all that God is, and I am He. That recognition is a revelation of truth, but it is not the demonstration of truth. Acceptance must be followed by action.
The truth about our own identity, our own inner spiritual being, is contrary to all appearances. To appearances, we are aging, dying, sick, sinning human beings. Therefore, it is wise to close our eyes frequently and realize:
Father, Thou art infinite Being, and that infinite Being is expressed as individual being. I do not claim any such truth for my human identity: I recognize that human being or mortal is not divine, but that a human being must die to the sense of self in the realization of the infinite nature of God. I am attempting to “die daily” to my humanhood --- not to spiritualize it, but to surrender it in the realization that God is infinite being, that God constitutes individual, spiritual, incorporeal being, invisible being, the being that I am.
If I make my bed in hell, Thou art there. If I mount up to heaven, Thou art there. If I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, Thou art there. Why? Because I am there: I am here and I am there, and I am everywhere. I is infinite being. I is Self-completeness.
The whole message of The Infinite Way is a teaching of Self-completeness in God. That does not mean that humanly we are complete or perfect, self-contained or self-maintained. Self-completeness is attained by putting off the human sense of self, surrendering it and acknowledging, “The I of my being can never leave me nor forsake me. As I was with Abraham, so I am with me. I will never leave me nor forsake me.”
That leads us to that miracle-teaching of Jesus Christ which is an integral part of The Infinite Way:
I have meat that ye know not of: I am the wine of life; I am the bread of life; I am the resurrection. That I will never leave me nor forsake me. Where I am, I is, for I is the true nature of my being. I is my meat; I is my wine, my water, and my bread. I is the staff of life to me. I is my hiding place. I live and move and have my being in God, in the I that I am.
God is my fortress, and I hide in that fortress which I am. Nothing can by any manner or means reach me, assail me, or injure me because I am, and besides me, there are no powers to inflict any injury because I alone is power. I is the resurrection. I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto me.
Never use the word I publicly. It must remain the most sacred and secret in your entire life-experience. Keep I lifted up inside your own being:
How comforting it is to know that I will never leave me nor forsake me, to know that I is the source of my life, the creative principle of my being. I need not look to “man, whose breath is in his nostrils.” If I were lost in the desert or at sea, I will be with me and I will feed me, sustain me, and bring me safely through. If I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will walk with me and reveal my life eternal unto me.
I is a secret and sacred prayer. Every time you feel the word I inside you, you are acknowledging that God is closer to you than breathing and nearer than hands and feet. Is there anything closer than I? That I is the God-power or what we call the Christ, the Spirit of God in man. It is God’s individualization in the attitude of “Speak, Lord, thy servant heareth,” and the Voice you will hear will melt the earth; the voice of the Lord melteth all problems. When that Voice utters Itself in you the whole world melts --- the earth and all the problems of materialism. Fears will disappear; doubts will vanish; and without thought or planning, events will take place in your experience which could only come to you by divine grace, by the recognition that I in the midst of you is mighty.
Let that I that you feel have Its way with you. God has planted Himself in the midst of us and, in planting Himself in the midst of us, all things are added unto us. In every seed that is planted in the ground, there is some kind of a power which we call nature that attracts to that seed whatever it needs from the earth. Planted in the midst of us is the presence and power of God, or that which we call the Son of God or the Christ. It is there but for one purpose: to attract to us from out of this world --- even from the uttermost ends of the earth --- all those things necessary for our development and unfoldment.
If our fulfillment requires that somebody be raised up in North America, Europe, Asia, or Africa, be assured that he will be raised up, and brought to our door; or on the other hand, if it be necessary that we be transported to foreign lands to find that which is requisite for our unfoldment, I in the midst of us will transport us wherever it is we need to be. When we believe that our good is dependent upon money, friends, influence, or any human circumstance, we prevent the operation of spiritual law within ourselves, but when we acknowledge that it is not money, influences, or some particular circumstance or set of circumstances that we need, but the realization of I, then we shall find that that realization of I will go to the uttermost ends of the earth and draw unto us everything and everybody necessary to our experience.
The basic premise of The Infinite Way is the I, the infinity of individual being, not by virtue of any human event, but by virtue of the divine grace which has planted I in the midst of us. This revelation does not involve improving the human man, but brings to light more and more of the Christ–man which in reality we are. The highest good we know as human beings is to be better human beings, healthier human beings, wealthier human beings, or greater human beings; but there comes a point in spiritual realization when we know that even if we could become the healthiest or the wealthiest human beings in all the world, that would not be the answer. Only I within us --- I in the midst of us --- enables us to rest in spiritual peace.
Bind the word I on your forehead; bind It on your arm; post It on the gate of your house. “Pray without ceasing;” keep those words of truth within you and keep making yourself receptive until this Word takes root. Then after it has taken root, wait patiently for It to bud and blossom and give you Its fruitage.