The Laws and You
Working the Law
“The Lord God made the earth and the heavens and every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew.”
The question uppermost in the world of thought today is whether a man has the capacity, equipment, and power to control his life; whether he can be what he wants to be; or whether he is a drop in the great ocean of life. Millions are affected by unemployment, poverty, and want. Can they help it? Where we have thousands of homes broken on the rocks of matrimony, can such a breach be repaired? Millions complain of sickness and disorder in countless forms. All this gives rise to the belief that we are victims of circumstance over which we have no control. Such belief makes us fatalists and karmic addicts instead of masters and controllers of our destinies….
In the history of the race and the biography of man, there is a long list of evidence of man overcoming circumstances and meeting his problems of life.
These are the real reasons, they think, for our failures. They believe in the natural limitations of life; they live in the conviction that as we are, so we must remain; they are sure that what is to be will be….
Law of Thinking
“As a man thinketh in his heart so is he.”
To the average person life is an enigma, a deep mystery, a complex, an incomprehensible problem, or appears so, but it is very simple if one holds the key. Mystery is only another name for ignorance; all things are mysteries when they are not understood, but when we understand life, it no longer appears mysterious. Man is a progressive being, a creature of constant growth, before who lies in an illimitable ocean of progress to be navigated and conquered only by development and culture of his inherent powers. The progress of the individual is largely determined by his ruling mental state, because the mind is the basic factor and governing power in the entire life of man.
The aphorism, “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he,” not only embraces the whole of a man’s being, but is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of his life. A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts...
Law of Supply
“Money is not the root of evil, but the love of money is.”
-1 Tim. 6:10-
Every person, consciously or unconsciously, is operating this law in one or more of its phases. It works universally and on every plane of life’s expression. We are all daily drawing into our lives the things we most desire and expect, and whether we attract good things or bad things, the principle operated is the same. But as we want more of the good things in life and less of the bad, it will be necessary to understand the law more perfectly, and so be able to adapt our thinking to it in a more direct fashion. Thus we secure the greater benefits that accrue from a conscious, intelligent use of its power.
NOTHING can ever become SOMETHING, nor can SOMETHING ever become NOTHING.
Because some people do not see an abundance around them and do not enjoy plenty is evidence that they do not understand or do not apply the Law. In their blindness they say that plenty does not exist, and so far as they can see, they may be right. But when they learn to see with their mind’s eye, they will realize differently...
Law of Attraction
“To desire is to expect - to expect is to achieve.”
The Law of Vibration states that nothing rests. Everything moves. Now I’m going to start by going right outside of the box with you. You know the body in a coffin? We say it’s dead. Well, if nothing is created or destroyed that would only postulate the theory of life. That body is not dead. The soul has moved out of it but the body is moving. Pick up the remains and look at it through a microscope. And get this ... if it wasn’t moving, how would it ever change to dust? Duh. That’s a pretty heavy one. Everything moves. Nothing rests.
Should you be oppressed by poverty, hardship, limitation, or lack of any kind, begin now to operate this Law of mind and gradually command more and more of the Good in the form of better things and improved conditions. It is your right to be happy and free. We should seek, therefore, to learn more of the unseen laws of mental creation and the marvelous possibilities dormant within our beings. Nature does not deprive us of any good and desirable thing, but has provided us with the mental equipment and inner power to acquire and enjoy all the essential goods to insure a happy and worthwhile existence...
Law of Receiving
“It is more blessed to give than to receive” and “as you freely give, you freely receive.”
Understanding reduces the greatest to simplicity, and lack of it causes the least to take on the magnitude of complexity. In order to make a religion practical, one must understand the religion and obey the law on which it is founded. God exists in man as man’s highest concept of perfection, and comes forth through man’s faith and works as a redeeming love, intelligence, and power.
He who seeks God, with “getting” as his objective, does not seek Him in trueness of spirit. To the extent and so long as any material object remains between the mind of the seeker and the Law of God the two are held apart and do not become one. To the same degree that a man holds personal opinion and desire, he is limited in knowing the mind of God in its entirety.
Giving, which is the first or fundamental law of life, is the first law of all creation. The attitude of getting is the law of life in a congested state, or in repressed action. As long as “getting” dominates a mind, that mind is in a paralyzed condition, being limited in its action in accord with the fundamental law of creation...
Law of Increasing
“Let everything that hath breath praise the (LAW) Lord. Praise ye the Lord.”
A woman was crying bitterly and praying tearfully to God for her release. A minister asked her, “Is your God a God of tears, of grief and anguish and pain?” Ah, no; God is a giver of joy and peace and happiness and love. You want peace and joy, yet you pray to Him with tears.
If you want black, do you ask for white? If you ask for a fish do you expect a serpent? If you ask for bread, do you expect a stone? You can only get what you expect, for the unchanging Law is ever working to supply you. Prayer should not be one of supplication, pleading, begging, entreating, a sad state. It should be one of claiming, declaring, decreeing, praising and a joyful thanksgiving.
Praise is an avenue of prayer through which the Spirit Law expresses itself. Praise is a broad highway, while all other forms are only feeding arteries. Through this inherent Law, when man praises, he opens himself upward to God...
Law of Compensation
“I rave no more ‘gainst time or fate, For, lo, my own shall come to me.”
If you want prosperity and success but do not strive to change in any way, how can you expect things to be any different? A drunkard never becomes reformed until he decides to stop drinking. If some habit possesses or obsesses you, you are not the master of your life until you decide to change the habit. If you have been brought into the world amidst lack and limitation, you can never get above it until you change your ideas about it. There are many, many people who live and die and never know anything different from what has been handed down to them. Once you have changed your vision, you will change conditions.
Only when we cease to recognize a condition do we cease to attract it. The only way we can cease to recognize things is to change our minds about them. Have you visited several homes and found them all different in some respect? They were neat, tidy, clean, orderly, bright, cheery, or dull, gloomy, disorderly, dusty, uninviting...
Law of Non-Resistance
“NO ONE CAN BE TRULY MEEK WHO IS NOT STRONG AND SPIRITED.”
Our interest in this law of Truth is especially opportune at this time when, to many earnest students, there seems to be so much in the world to be met, which apparently cannot be met unless some resistance is set up. Sin and sickness seem to have multiplied despite all the efforts made to counteract them. Resistance as a means of securing peace and harmony is a mistaken and misleading idea. True harmony cannot come from inharmony, nor peace from discord. Resistance fails because it is not in accord with harmony and order, which is the Law.
The idea of not resisting evil seems to be a paradox to some of us. It seems contrary to the natural reactions of a body, for when we meet with opposition it seems natural to steel our energies, collect our wits, and use whatever means we have to outwit and break down the opposition...
Law of Forgiveness
“A SIN FORSAKEN IS A SIN FORGIVEN,”
There are crucial things in life that call for great human qualities. Our present fear is that man will not be big enough to meet the demands of the day. A lack of large character equipment is a real peril at all times.
When a man sins we have been taught to think that this was a job for the minister, and so he is called to pray for the sinner. When a man becomes sick and distressed in mind and body from the effects of the sins he committed, we call for a doctor. The doctor in turn endeavors to treat or repair the body and arrest the suffering. This, at best, we know is but a temporary measure, for no real healing or permanent cure can be affected until the doctor and the minister work together.
We need to understand that if you forgive sin the effect of such an act of forgiveness would become absorbed with natural and healthy ideas much the same as the blackest of night is absorbed with the dawn of light.
Forgiveness is the first requirement which permits man to be in harmony with the Law of his being. “Who can tell what that Law is?” we may ask. Anyone who studies man as both a mental and a physical being can know the Law...
Law of Sacrifice
“SOMETHING ALWAYS HAS TO BE SACRIFICFED FOR SOMETHING ELSE.”
Every man should have an ideal or a hero. If there is one who has none and desires none, do not trust him too far. A man who has no ideals does not wish to be any greater than he is, and will in time prove a detriment to others. Abraham Lincoln is the ideal hero for the American youth, and that applies to any youth from six to sixty or over.
Lincoln came from the lowliest and poorest of stock and yet rose to the highest office in the land that we as a people can bestow. There is hardly a boy or a man today who cannot say that he has as many or more natural gifts and opportunities than Lincoln had. He was plain and honest and determined to get along in his world. He had many faults like all of us. He would rather rest his lanky body in some comfortable position and proceed to tell yarns than to do any work.
He was neither as polite nor as polished as his wife wanted him to be. He had but a few dollars in his pocket when he moved into the White House as our President. But money does not make a man. Polished manners do not make him. Even education does not make a great man whose soul is small...
Law of Obedience
“Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people”
To be ushered into turmoil, blindly toil a few years and then go out into uncertainty, is surely not the purpose of Man’s existence. Life must mean more than this, and it does mean more. Man should be a builder, and to him is given all the materials out of which to construct the kind of life he desires to live. He builds in wisdom or in ignorance, according to his obedience, according to his understanding of a Divine Law and the use of it in his daily life.
Many people, when they learn that the science of living is governed by exacting laws, immediately assume that to live rightly is to live the hard way. They are afraid of a law that is exacting in its demands when it touches their relationship with the finer things.
To many folks this aspect of truth creates an illusion of a God for all; a God who is not interested in man’s needs and problems; a God who is not a father to whom we can take our cares and with whom we can converse. Sooner or later, however, they discover that this divine knowledge of the nature of God, as Law, has given them their Lord in a sense so close and intimate that all doubt in claiming their good is ended; for once the Law is understood, we hold the secret of eternal happiness, peace, and dominion or mastery over all the forces around us...
Law of Success
“I can do all things through Christ who strenghtens me”
God intended every individual to succeed. It is God’s purpose that man should become great. It is God’s will that man should not only use, but enjoy, every good in the universe. The Law of God denies man nothing. Man is born to be rich. The powers inherent in him are inexhaustible. Each normal person is endowed with a complete set of faculties which, if properly developed and scientifically applied, will insure success, ever-growing success.
Man is made for progress. Every man contains within himself the capacity for endless development. Advancement into all things is the Law’s great purpose. By learning to work with the Law in promoting that aim, man may build himself into greater and greater success.
All the processes of Nature are successful. Nature knows no failures. She never plans anything but success...