For many years there has been an endless discussion as to the origin of evil.

Theologians have told us that God is Love, and that God is Omnipresent. If this be

true, there is no place where God is not. Where, then, is Evil, Satan and Hell?

Let us see:

God is Spirit.

Spirit is the Creative Principle of the Universe.

Man is made in the image and likeness of God.

Man is therefore a spiritual being.

The only activity which spirit possesses is the power to think.

Thinking is therefore a creative process.

All form is therefore the result of the thinking process.

The destruction of form must also be a result of the thinking process.

Fictitious representations of form are the result of the creative power of thought,

as in Hypnotism.

Apparent representation of form are the result of the creative power of thought, as

in Spiritualism.

Invention, organization and constructive work of all kinds are the result of the

creative power of thought, as in concentration.

When the creative power of thought is manifested for the benefit of humanity, we

call the result good.

When the creative power of thought is manifested in a destructive or evil manner,

we call the result evil.

This indicates the origin of both good and evil; they are simply words which have

been coined in order to indicate the nature of the result of the thinking or

creative process. Thought necessarily precedes and predetermines action; action

precedes and predetermines condition.

Part Twenty will throw more light upon this important subject.


1. The spirit of a thing is that thing; it is necessarily fixed, changeless and

eternal. The spirit of you is — you; without the spirit you would be nothing. It

becomes active through your recognition of it and its possibilities.

2. You may have all the wealth in Christendom, but unless you recognize it and make

use of it, it will have no value; so with your spiritual wealth: unless you

recognize it and use it, it will have no value. The one and only condition of

spiritual power is use or recognition.

3. All great things come through recognition; the scepter of power is

consciousness, and thought is its messenger, and this messenger is constantly

molding the realities of the invisible world into the conditions and environments

of your objective world.

4. Thinking is the true business of life, power is the result. You are at all times

dealing with the magical power of thought and consciousness. What results can you

expect so long as you remain oblivious to the power which has been placed within

your control?

5. So long as you do this you limit yourself to superficial conditions, and make of

yourself a beast of burden for those who think; those who recognize their power;

those who know that unless we are willing to think we shall have to work, and the

less we think the more we shall have to work, and the less we shall get for our


6. The secret of power is a perfect understanding of the principles, forces,

methods and combinations of Mind, and a perfect understanding of our relationship

to the Universal Mind. It is well to remember that this principle is unchangeable;

if this were not so, it would not be reliable; all principles are changeless.

7. This stability is your opportunity; you are its active attribute, the channel

for its activity; the Universal can act only through the individual.

8. When you begin to perceive that the essence of the Universal is within yourself

— is you — you begin to do things; you begin to feel your power; it is the fuel

which fires the imagination; which lights the torch of inspiration; which gives

vitality to thought; which enables you to connect with all the invisible forces of

the Universe. It is this power which will enable you to plan fearlessly, to execute


9. But perception will come only in the Silence; this seems to be the condition

required for all great purposes. You are a visualizing entity. Imagination is your

workshop. It is here that your ideal is to be visualized.

10. As a perfect understanding of the nature of this power is a primary condition

for its manifestation, visualize the entire method over and over again, so that you

may use it whenever occasion requires. The infinity of wisdom is to follow the

method whereby we may have the inspiration of the omnipotent Universal Mind on

demand at any time.

11. We can fail to recognize this world within, and so exclude it from our

consciousness, but it will still be the basic fact of all existence; and when we

learn to recognize it, not only in ourselves, but in all persons, events, things

and circumstances we shall have found the “Kingdom of heaven” which we are told is

“within” us.

12. Our failures are a result of the operation of exactly the same principle; the

principle is unchangeable; its operation is exact, there is no deviation; if we

think lack, limitation, discord, we shall find their fruits on every hand; if we

think poverty, unhappiness or disease, the thought messengers will carry the

summons as readily as any other kind of thought and the result will be just as

certain. If we fear a coming calamity, we shall be able to say with Job, “the thing

I feared has come upon me”; if we think unkindly or ignorantly we shall thus

attract to ourselves the results of our ignorance.

13. This power of thought, if understood and correctly used, is the greatest


device ever dreamed of, but if not understood or improperly used, the result

will in all probability be disastrous, as we have already seen; by the help of this

power you can confidently undertake things that are seemingly impossible, because

this power is the secret of all inspiration, all genius.

14. To become inspired means to get out of the beaten path, out of the rut, because

extraordinary results require extraordinary means. When we come into a recognition

of the Unity of all things and that the source of all power is within, we tap the

source of inspiration.

15. Inspiration is the art of imbibing, the art of self-realization; the art of

adjusting the individual mind to that of the Universal Mind; the art of attaching

the proper mechanism to the source of all power; the art of differentiating the

formless into form; the art of becoming a channel for the flow of Infinite Wisdom;

the art of visualizing perfection; the art of realizing the omnipresence of


16. An understanding and appreciation of the fact that the infinite power is

omnipresent and is therefore in the infinitely small as well as the infinitely

large will enable us to absorb its essence; a further understanding of the fact

that this power is spirit and therefore indivisible will enable us to appreciate

its present at all points at the same time.

17. An understanding of these facts, first intellectually and then emotionally,

will enable us to drink deeply from this ocean of infinite power. An intellectual

understanding will be of no assistance; the emotions must be brought into action;

thought without feeling is cold. The required combination is thought and feeling.

18. Inspiration is from within. The Silence is necessary, the senses must be

stilled, the muscles relaxed, repose cultivated. When you have thus come into

possession of a sense of poise and power you will be ready to receive the

information or inspiration or wisdom which may be necessary for the development of

your purpose.

19. Do not confuse these methods with those of the clairvoyant; they have nothing

in common. Inspiration is the art of receiving and makes for all that is best in

life; your business in life is to understand and command these invisible forces

instead of letting them command and rule you. Power implies service; inspiration

implies power; to understand and apply the method of inspiration is to become a


20. We can live more abundantly every time we breathe, if we consciously breathe

with that intention. The IF is a very important condition in this case, as the

intention governs the attention, and without the attention you can secure only the

results which every one else secures. That is, a supply equal to the demand.

21. In order to secure the larger supply your demand must be increased, and as you

consciously increase the demand the supply will follow, you will find yourself

coming into a larger and larger supply of life, energy and vitality.

22. The reason for this is not difficult to understand, but it is another of the

vital mysteries of life which does not seem to be generally appreciated. If you

make it your own, you will find it one of the great realities of life.

23. We are told that “In Him we live and move and have our being,” and we are told

that “He” is a Spirit, and again that “He” is Love, so that every time we breathe,

we breathe this life, love, and spirit. This is Pranic Energy, or Pranic Ether, we

could not exist a moment without it. It is the Cosmic Energy; it is the Life of the

Solar Plexus.

24. Every time we breathe we fill our lungs with air and at the same time vitalize

our body with this Pranic Ether which is Life itself, so that we have the

opportunity of making a conscious connection with All Life, All Intelligence and

All Substance.

25. A knowledge of your relation and oneness with this Principle that governs the

Universe and the simple method whereby you can consciously identify yourself with

it gives you a scientific understanding of a law whereby you may free yourself from

disease, from lack or limitation of any kind; in fact, it enables you to breathe

the “breath of life” into your own nostrils.

26. This “breath of life” is a superconscious reality. It is the essence of the “I

am.” It is pure “Being” or Universal Substance, and our conscious unity with it

enables us to localize it, and thus exercise the powers of this creative energy.

27. Thought is creative vibration and the quality of the conditions created will

depend upon the quality of our thought, because we cannot express powers which we

do not possess. We must “be” before we can “do” and we can “do” only to the extent

to which we “are,” and so what we do will necessarily coincide with what we “are”

and what we are depends upon what we “think.”

28. Every time you think you start a train of causation which will create a

condition in strict accordance with the quality of the thought which originated it.

Thought which is in harmony with the Universal Mind will result in corresponding

conditions. Thought which is destructive or discordant will produce corresponding

results. You may use thought constructively or destructively, but the immutable law

will not allow you to plant a thought of one kind and reap the fruit of another.

You are free to use this marvelous creative power as you will, but you must take

the consequences.

29. This is the danger from what is called Will Power. There are those who seem to

think that by force of will they can coerce this law; that they can sow seed of one

kind and by “Will Power” make it bear fruit of another, but the fundamental

principle of creative power is in the Universal, and therefore the idea of forcing

a compliance with our wishes by the power of the individual will is an inverted

conception which may appear to succeed for a while but is eventually doomed to

failure – because it antagonizes the very power which it is seeking to use.

30. It is the individual attempting to coerce the Universal, the finite in conflict

with the Infinite. Our permanent well-being will be best conserved by a conscious

cooperation with the continuous forward movement of the Great Whole.

31. For your exercise this week, go into the Silence and concentrate on the fact

that “In him we live and move and have our being” is literally and scientifically

exact! That you ARE because He IS, that if He is Omnipresent He must be in you.

That if He is all in all you must be in Him! That He is Spirit and you are made in

“His image and likeness” and that the only difference between His spirit and your

spirit is one of degree, that a part must be the same in kind and quality as the

whole. When you can realize this clearly you will have found the secret of the

creative power of thought, you will have found the origin of both good and evil,

you will have found the secret of the wonderful power of concentration, you will

have found the key to the solution of every problem whether physical, financial, or


“The power to think consecutively and deeply and clearly, is an avowed and

deadly enemy to mistakes and blunders, superstitions, unscientific theories,

irrational beliefs, unbridled enthusiasm, fanaticism.


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