There was no condemnation of the prodigal when he had the courage to claim this inheritance as his own.
Others will condemn us only as long as we continue in that for which we condemn ourselves. So: “Happy is
the man that condemneth himself not in that which he alloweth.” For to life nothing is condemned. All is
Life does not care whether you call yourself rich or poor; strong or weak. It will eternally reward you with
that which you claim as true of yourself.
The measurements of right and wrong belong to man alone. To life there is nothing right or wrong. As Paul
stated in his letters to the Romans: “I know and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean
of itself, but to him that esteemeth anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.” Stop asking yourself whether
you are worthy or unworthy to receive that which you desire. You, as man, did not create the desire. Your
desires are ever fashioned within you because of what you now claim yourself to be.
When a man is hungry, (without thinking) he automatically desires food. When imprisoned, he automatically
desires freedom and so forth. Your desires contain within themselves the plan of self-expression.
So leave all judgments out of the picture and rise in consciousness to the level of your desire and make
yourself one with it by claiming it to be so now. For: “My grace is sufficient for thee. My strength is made
perfect in weakness.”
Have faith in this unseen claim until the conviction is born within you that it is so. Your confidence in this claim
will pay great rewards. Just a little while and he, the thing desired, will come. But without faith it is impossible
to realize anything. Through faith the worlds were framed because “faith is the substance of the thing hoped
for – the evidence of the thing not yet seen.”
Don’t be anxious or concerned as to results. They will follow just as surely as day follows night.
Look upon your desires – all of them – as the spoken words of God, and every word or desire a promise.
The reason most of us fail to realize our desires is because we are constantly conditioning them. Do not
condition your desire. Just accept it as it comes to you. Give thanks for it to the point that you are grateful for
having already received it – then go about your way in peace.
Such acceptance of your desire is like dropping seed – fertile seed – into prepared soil. For when you can
drop the thing desired in consciousness, confident that it shall appear, you have done all that is expected to
you. But, to be worried or concerned about the HOW of your desire maturing is to hold these fertile seeds in
a mental grasp, and, therefore, never to have dropped them in the soil of confidence.
The reason men condition their desires is because they constantly judge after the appearance of being and see
the things as real – forgetting that the only reality is the consciousness back of them.
To see things as real is to deny that all things are possible to God. The man who is imprisoned and sees his
four walls as real is automatically denying the urge or promise of God within him of freedom.
A question often asked when this statement is made is; If one’s desire is a gift of God how can you say that if
one desires to kill a man that such a desire is good and therefore God sent? In answer to this let me say that
no man desires to kill another. What he does desire is to be freed from such a one. But because he does not
believe that the desire to be free from such a one contains within itself the powers of freedom, he conditions
that desire and sees the only way to express such freedom is to destroy the man – forgetting that the life
wrapped within the desire has ways that he, as man, knows not of. Its ways are past finding out. Thus man
distorts the gifts of God through his lack of faith.
Problems are the mountains spoken of that can be removed if one has but the faith of a grain of a mustard
seed. Men approach their problem as did the old lady who, on attending service and hearing the priest say,
“If you had but the faith of a grain of a mustard seed you would say unto yonder mountain ‘be thou removed’
and it shall be removed and nothing is impossible to you.”
That night as she said her prayers, she quoted this part of the scriptures and retired to bed in what she
thought was faith. On arising in the morning she rushed to the window and exclaimed: “I knew that old
mountain would still be there.”
For this is how man approaches his problem. He knows that they are still going to confront him. And because
life is no respecter of persons and destroys nothing, it continues to keep alive that which he is conscious of
Things will disappear only as man changes in consciousness. Deny it if you will, it still remains a fact that
consciousness is the only reality and things but mirror that which you are in consciousness. So the heavenly
state you are seeking will be found only in consciousness, for the kingdom of heaven is within you. As the will
of heaven is ever done on earth you are today living in the heaven that you have established within you. For
here on this very earth your heaven reveals itself. The kingdom of heaven really is at hand. NOW is the
accepted time. So create a new heaven, enter into a new state of consciousness and a new earth will appear.
“The former things shall pass away. They shall not be remembered not come into mind anymore. For behold,
I,” (your consciousness) “come quickly and my reward is with me.”
I am nameless but will take upon myself every name (nature) that you call me. Remember it is you, yourself,
that I speak of as ‘me.’ So every conception that you have of yourself – that is every deep conviction – you
have of yourself is that which you shall appear as being – for I AM not fooled; God is not mocked.
Now let me instruct you in the art of fishing. It is recorded that the disciples fished all night and caught
nothing. Then Jesus came upon the scene and told them to cast their nets in once more, into the same waters
that only a moment before were barren – and this time their nets were bursting with the catch.
This story is taking place in the world today right within you, the reader. For you have within you all the
elements necessary to go fishing. But until you find that Jesus Christ, (your awareness) is Lord, you will fish,
as did these disciples, in the night of human darkness. That is, you will fish for THINGS thinking things to be
real and will fish with the human bait – which is a struggle and an effort – trying to make contact with this one
and that one: trying to coerce this being or the other being; and all such effort will be in vain. But when you
discover your awareness of being to be Christ Jesus you will let him direct your fishing. And you will fish in
consciousness for the things that you desire. For your desire – will be the fish that you will catch, because
your consciousness is the only living reality you will fish in the deep waters of consciousness.
If you would catch that which is beyond your present capacity you must launch out into deeper waters, for,
within your present consciousness such fish or desires cannot swim. To launch out into deeper waters, you
leave behind you all that is now your present problem, or limitation, by taking your ATTENTION AWAY
from it. Turn your back completely upon every problem and limitation that you now possess.
Dwell upon just being by saying, “I AM,” “I AM,” “I AM,” to yourself. Continue to declare to yourself that
you just are. Do not condition this declaration, just continue to FEEL yourself to be and without warning you
will find yourself slipping the anchor that tied you to the shallow of your problems and moving out into the
This is usually accompanied with the feeling of expansion. You will FEEL yourself expand as though you
were actually growing. Don’t be afraid, for courage is necessary. You are not going to die to anything by
your former limitations, but they are going to die as you move away from them, for they live only in your
consciousness. In this deep or expanded consciousness you will find yourself to be a power that you had
never dreamt of before.
The things desired before you shoved off from the shores of limitation are the fish you are going to catch in
this deep. Because you have lost all consciousness of your problems and barriers, it is now the easiest thing in
the world to FEEL yourself to be one with the things desired.
Because I AM (your consciousness) is the resurrection and the life, you must attach this resurrecting power
that you are to the thing desired if you would make it appear and live in your world. Now you begin to
assume the nature of the thing desired by feeling, “I AM wealthy”; “I AM free”; “I AM strong.” When these
‘FEELS’ are fixed within yourself, your formless being will take upon itself the forms of the things felt. You
become ‘crucified’ upon the feelings of wealth, freedom, and strength. – Remain buried in the stillness of
these convictions. Then, as a thief in the night and when you least expect it, theses qualities will be resurrected
in your world as living realities.
The world shall touch you and see that you are flesh and blood for you shall begin to bear fruit of the nature
of these qualities newly appropriated. This is the art of successful fishing for the manifestations of life.
Successful realization of the thing desired is also told us in the story of Daniel in the lion’s den. Here, it is
recorded that Daniel, while in the lion’s den, turned his back upon the lions and looked towards the light
coming from above; that the lions remained powerless and Daniel’s faith in his God saved him.
This also is your story and you too must do as Daniel did. If you found yourself in a lion’s den you would
have no other concern but lions. You would not be thinking of one thing in the world but your problem –
which problem would be lions.
Yet, you are told that Daniel turned his back upon them and looked towards the light that was his God. If we
would follow the example of Daniel we would, while imprisoned within the den of poverty of sickness, take
our attention away from our problems of debts or sickness and dwell upon the thing we seek.
If we do not look back in consciousness to our problems but continue in faith – believing ourselves to be that
which we seek, we too will find our prison walls open and the thing sought – yes, “whatsoever things” –
Another story is told us; of the widow and the three drops of oil. The prophet asked the widow, “What have
ye in your house?” And she replied, “Three drops of oil.” He then said to her, “Go borrow vessels. Close the
door after ye have returned into your house and begin to pour.” And she poured from three drops of oil into
all the borrowed vessels, filling them to capacity with oil remaining.
You, the reader, are this widow. You have not a husband to impregnate you or make you fruitful, for a
‘widow’ is a barren state. Your awareness is now the Lord – or the prophet that has become your husband.
Follow the example of the widow, who instead of recognizing an emptiness or nothingness, recognized the
something – three drops of oil.
Then the command to her, “Go within and close the door,” that is, shut the door of the senses that tell you of
the empty measures, the debts, the problems.
When you have taken your attention away completely by shutting out the evidence of the senses, begin to
FEEL the joy, (symbolized by oil) – of having received the things desired. When the agreement is established
within you so that all doubts and fears have passed away, then, you too will fill all the empty measures of your
life and ill have an abundance running over.
Recognition is the power that conjures in the world. Every state that you have ever recognized, you have
embodied. That which you are recognizing as true of yourself today is that which you are experiencing. So be
as the widow and recognize joy, no matter how little the beginnings of recognition, and you will be generously
rewarded – for the world is a magnified mirror, magnifying everything that you are conscious of being.
“I AM the Lord the God, which has brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; thou
shalt have no other gods before me.”What a glorious revelation, your awareness now revealed as the Lord
thy God! Come, awake from your dream of being imprisoned. Realize that the earth is yours, “and the
fullness thereof; the world, and all that dwells therein.”
You have become so enmeshed in the belief that you are man that you have forgotten the glorious being that
you are. Now with your memory restored DECREE the unseen to appear and it SHALL appear, for all
things are compelled to respond to the Voice of God, Your awareness of being – the world is AT YOUR