Hebrew--Ruah--Breath of Life, Prana--Life force
In the Master Key part 20, Haanel uses a phrase from one of my favorite chapters in the Bible, Acts 17. 'IN HIM WE LIVE, AND MOVE, AND HAVE OUR BEING."
Paul is in Athens. Certain Philosophers and Stoics after hearing Paul speak, take him to Mars Street, asking him to explain himself and this new doctrine he was preaching. It says that all the Athenians and strangers which lived there in Athens, spent there time doing nothing else but to tell or hear of some news. He begins by telling the men of Athens that he perceives them in all things to be too superstitious. He had noticed an altar wherein was written, "Unto the Unknown God." He said it was this God he wanted to share with them. And now he opens up some of the most beautiful insights. He begins, "God that made the world, and all things that are therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, He dwells not in temples made with hands. Neither is worshipped with mens' hands as though He needed anything, seeing He giveth to ALL Life, and Breath, and all things." Here I think of the way God described it in Genesis,
"God BREATHED in his face BREATH OF LIFE and the man was a living soul."
And as a living soul, I have been gifted with a mind, with the creative power of thought! I am a body, made up flesh and bone, with a soul, and a spirit. I am created, God gave me the gift of life to express all that He has created me for. I have unlimited potential. I am a visualizing entity, imagination is my workshop, and here my ideal is to be visualized. With poise and power I receive the inspiration and wisdom which is necessary for the development of my purpose, Haanel, part 20) The infinite (God) has created the finite and given it spirit (me), therefore making me miraculously eternal.
Paul continues with a statement of truth, The Architect of the universe has made of one blood all mankind. Here is the connectiveness that Haanel and Mandino talk about. Paul continues and shares it is in Him that we LIVE, and MOVE, and have our BEING. He notes one of their poets saying, "For we are also His generation."
With these thoughts at the forefront, in Him that we live, and move, and have our being…"We can live more abundantly every time we breathe, but we must breathe with that intention."(Haanel, part 20)
We are all unique THOUGHTS of God. BREATHE deeply!
THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL
In the Master Key, Part Twenty it begins by mentioning the endless discussion as to the origin of evil…they are simply words "Indicating the nature of the result of the thinking or creative process. Thought necessarily precedes and predetermines action; action precedes and predetermines condition." Yes, I understand this.
The origin of evil, takes me to my Bible in Genesis, and the beginning of creation. Something catches my attention during my sit, and it is the part Knowledge plays in the telling of creation. Because of our MKMMA class, I have become more aware of anything that has to do with our minds, and the thinking process. And the word knowledge means something here.
Using my 1828 Noah Webster American Dictionary Of The English Language; I read, Knowledge "A clear and certain perception of that which exists, or of truth and fact…We can have no knowledge of that which does not exist. God has a perfect knowledge of all his works. Human knowledge is very limited, and is mostly gained by observation and experience…Learning; illumination of mind."
For out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree pleasant to the sight, and good for meat: the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of KNOWLEDGE of good and evil, (Genesis 2:9 The 1599 Geneva Bible) God gives a command to the Adam, and tells him he may eat freely of every tree of the garden, except one, and that is the tree of KNOWLEDGE of good and evil.
Adam and Eve do eat of the tree. It is interesting here to me, it says their eyes are opened and they knew they were naked, they sewed fig leaves to cover themselves, and they hid themselves from God. Their minds became aware, their minds were illuminated about themselves. It seems like there first illumination was in their lack. Hmm.
Then the Lord God Said, 'Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil…' As I continued to read, it was evident that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, that the imaginations of the thoughts of his heart were only evil, and the earth was filled with cruelty. Here we have revisited…'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.' Week 20 stresses, if we think lack, limitation, discord, we shall find their fruits on every hand. So every time 'they' thought, they started a train of causation, which created a condition in strict accordance with the quality of the thought which originated it. There thought was destructive and discordant and produced the corresponding results. (What we think about grows) Here is the immutable law in action. Haanel says in part 20, "…but the immutable law will not allow you to plant a thought of one kind and reap the fruit of another." There is so much here to consider, to dig into. What happened to make every imagination of their heart evil?
The secret to power we are told is to have a perfect understanding of the principles, forces, methods, and combinations of Mind, and a perfect understanding of our relationship to the laws of the universe, (20-7 Haanel) In my simplistic understanding, God created the universe and set all His laws in motion, universal law. Their are laws evidenced all around us, and I believe God has set up laws within our minds, and body. I have not grasped a perfect understanding or knowledge, but I am well aware that the more I know, the more I know I don't know. I do know God has written his law upon our mind and in our hearts, and we do have knowledge of good and evil, (Jeremiah 31:33).
Whether we like it or not, we will reap what we sow. We are free to use our marvelous creative power as we choose…but we must remember the laws that rule the universe are immutable. "Our permanent well-being will be best conserved by a conscious cooperation with the continuous forward movement of the Great Whole," Haanel, part 20.
In Him we move, and live, and have our being…we can live more abundantly every time we breathe, but we must breathe with that intention.
We are all unique THOUGHTS of God. BREATHE deeply!