Excerpt from 1955 Kailua Study Group - Understanding the Body - 2
Master #113 - Tape 4 - Side 1
Now, there is only one answer to the question, "What is God?" And that answer is, "I am." Why is this true? Because if you say, "God is life" you are still leaving yourself out of the picture. "God - is - life." And here am I back here looking up and declaring something out here.
Oh, but you say, "God is love" "God - is - love." Where am I? Left out of that picture because up here is God and over here is love, and here am I looking up there like Oliver Twist asking for a little more.
Well, I am going to leave it with you to ponder this idea of your Self--capital S-e-l-f, as being God Being -- Life, Truth, Love, and go from there to the next step which is man. Now remember you are not man. You are life eternal. You are consciousness. You are a state of consciousness. What state of consciousness?
Well, close your eyes for a moment, and now notice that if you are to know anything at all you must know it through your consciousness and that there is not a you and consciousness -- that that which is a state of awareness is you. Now, if you are aware of yourself as finite personality that is your state of your consciousness. If you are aware of yourself as infinity, that is your state of consciousness.
All right, how can you go from the belief of being a finite being to that of being an infinite being? Again you close your eyes and you ask yourself this, "If I want the answer to something that is back in memory where do I get it?" I go within my own being -- I go down deep -- and memory gives back to me that which I want to know. Ah, supposing I require today some knowledge -- the knowledge of driving an automobile or driving an aeroplane, or the knowledge of sewing or cooking -- where do I go? I go down deep into myself and I draw forth that knowledge. But now supposing I want a knowledge of something heretofore unknown. Let us say there are no automobiles on the road, no aeroplanes in the sky, no radios, no television. But we've decided there should be these things and there can be these things -- now what do we do?
We go way, way back into our consciousness and gradually something begins to unfold to put us on the track of some knowledge, and we find more and more and more until ultimately comes forth the entire wisdom that appears as an automobile. Do you remember in this little book ["The Infinite Way"] is the illustration of Marconi? Always these great scientists were spending lifetimes wanting wireless telegraphy but not going toward the invention of it because they first must find what will enable the message to break down the resistance in the air and get through, and Marconi comes along and he knows that there is no resistance. Where did he discover there was no resistance? There wasn't such knowledge in books. Where did he discover that? Where did Moses discover that "I am"? Where did the Master discover that "My kingdom is not of this world"? Deep down within themselves. You say, "But there was no such knowledge." No, but you must acknowledge that it existed in infinity -- it existed in what we call the mind of God -- the soul of God. Well, dig down then into the mind of God. How do you get there? Go into your own mind because that's the only mind there is, and that is God. And you there will find all of the knowledge that is in this world and all of the knowledge that has not yet evolved in this world. There are secrets to be learned about the sun, moon, and stars, and planets that man has never encompassed. But when that knowledge comes forth where do you think it's going to come forth from? From the consciousness of an individual. He's going to find it deep down within himself and bring it forth and write it in a book for us to read. Don't you know that? Don't you know that all knowledge has been found within the consciousness of an individual -- then the consciousness of an individual is infinity -- and we call that -- God.
Truth is within ourselves, according to Browning. "We must open out a way for the imprisoned splendour to escape." But truth is infinite -- within ourselves must be infinite. Now can you imagine infinite being sitting around trying to demonstrate supply, health, companionship, and home -- when Self is the source of these. So the secret of life then is right identification. Are you life or are you an effect of life? Are you the little oranges on the tree or are you the life force that produces oranges on your tree. That right identification changes your life the very minute that you begin to embody it. The moment that you begin to accept, "Why I am life eternal!" I don't have to go out and get knowledge in a book -- that won't make me life eternal. I don't have to go to man whose breath is in his nostril to learn something that will give me more life, youth, or vitality. No, if I must go I must go only for one purpose and that is to learn that I already am that which I am seeking. That which I am seeking, I am. All that God is, I am. Why? The "I" and the Father are one, and "I am" is that one. And when you say, "I am" you are declaring that. Now, that doesn't make your humanhood God. That makes your humanhood die so that only God is left.