Dear friend and student:
Study this important Lesson closely. Do faithfully the simple little exercises prescribed. PUT THE GOD-LAW TO WORK IN YOUR OWN LIFE. Then--when you really do that--just see what happens. For God is true. This mighty invisible Creative-Intelligence and Law really exists. Let it work for you.
Your friend and teacher,
This is the Lesson in which I promised to tell you exactly the remarkable change from poverty to success which happened in my own life. For it was a remarkable change. I don't like to tell the story personally though, and wish someone else would tell it to you for me. There is quite a temptation where one is telling the story of his own success to over-estimate himself a little, but I know of that tendency so shall guard against it. I would not tell the story at all were it not for the fact that it will help you to realize something of the existence of the God Law, and in passing let me say that everything I have been enabled to do in the past two years is directly due to the presence and existence of the mighty spiritual power. So the GOD-LAW must have the credit for it all. True, it is that a knowledge or a faith in the existence of such a Spiritual Law or Power had to be there, but in reality the actual demonstration of the things done by this Power through me, is the very strongest sort of evidence that the Power exists.
I am no different now from what I have ever been. I am the same Frank B. Robinson. No change in my nature has occurred. I have not experienced any "supernatural" or "divine" change called "conversion"---not at all. The only change that has come to me is the fact that now, I believe in the existence and Power of the mighty LIFE SPIRIT, and I believe in it HERE and NOW. I used to believe that "GOD" is in "heaven" and would reward the "pilgrims" after death. -Now I don't believe such chatter at all, for I KNOW that GOD is a LIVING and DYNAMIC POWER, EVERYWHERE, ALL OMNIPOTENT, AND BETTER THAN ALL, OPERATING OR RATHER IN EXISTENCE IN ORDER THAT EVERY HUMAN BEING INCLUDING YOU AND ME CAN, HERE AND NOW, TAKE FROM THIS MIGHTY GOD THE THINGS WE NEED. This is exactly what the Galilean Carpenter preached, but it also is exactly what those pretending to be following Him DO NOT PREACH TODAY.
Until I had advanced this philosophy of life and God however, I had been a most miserable failure. Just the same sort of a failure that thousands write me today and tell me that they are. But in the very moment that I put the mighty GOD-LAW to work in my life of failure, then this life of mine was changed into a life of success and influence--AND IT WAS DONE IN MIGHTY SHORT ORDER TOO. For as this is written it is not yet 22 months since I was selling paints and powders and lipsticks and perfume behind a drug-store counter right here in Moscow for $175.00 a month. And I can say to you very frankly and very honestly here that had I not stepped out on the promises of God, I should still be there in that drug-store, and the chances are many to one that I would never have been heard of. It goes to show you how the mighty GOD-LAW really works.
I want you to follow this Lesson very carefully, for I shall cover the path trod by me step by step, and shall endeavor very earnestly to show you the things I did in order to put myself where this mighty God-Law could operate. In passing let me say that all failure that ever manifested in my life was not due to "the other powers of evil" as so many write me about, but was due in its entirety to my ignorance of the existence of the GOD-LAW here and now operating for my success. There are NOT two powers in the world---the one good and the other evil. There is but one Power---and that is all GOOD. People often write to me asking where the "devil" originated, etc. Only yesterday a preacher wrote to me asking where sickness, poverty, illness disease and "sin" came from if there were no "evil spirit" in existence as the Bible teaches. Well, I'll tell you. All of these unwanted things are NOT due to the "power of evil" at all. THEY ARE THE NATURAL RESULTS WHICH MUST FOLLOW A LIFE LIVED IN IGNORANCE OF THE GOD-LAW.
Darkness is NOT a thing. When you turn out the light at night in a room--- you have darkness. But no such thing called "darkness" enters when the lights are turned off. Certainly not. For there is NO SUCH THING AS DARKNESS. If you think there is then take a shovel and try to shovel it out of the room. No, my friend, DARKNESS IS ONLY THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT. It is the normal natural condition that MUST exist where there is no light. And so failure, sickness, so-called "sin," and poverty, and disease, and unhappiness--ARE ALL THE NATURAL AND NORMAL RESULTS OF THE ABSENCE OF THE GOD-LAW IN THE HUMAN LIFE. Where the God-Law is NOT used--there can manifest nothing but failure and all the rest of these other things that are not so nice. THEY ARE NOT DUE TO A POWER OF "EVIL" AT ALL. REMEMBER THIS PLEASE.
The same thing applies to what we call "success" and "failure." There is NO SUCH THING IN REALITY AS FAILURE---IT IS BUT THE ABSENCE OF SUCCESS. Do you see that? I think you will. The presence of "unhappiness" is not real--it is but the ABSENCE of the Law governing happiness. The same thing applies also to health. I do not say, of course, that there is no such thing as illness or disease, for anyone with ordinary brains knows that there is a lot of just those things in the world today. But I DO say that these things are all very unnatural, and EXIST ONLY BECAUSE THE GOD-LAW GOVERNING THEIR VERY OPPOSITES IS NOT BEING USED. You see--where the LAW exists, it exists only for the very things we desire. It exists only to manifest the very finer things of life. NO GOD-LAW COULD-POSSIBLY MANIFEST UNHAPPINESS, SICKNESS, OR POVERTY. Such things are foreign to the GOD-LAW. Neither could this mighty invisible POWER manifest unhappiness or illness or disease.
And you may depend upon it that if you are poor, if you are unhappy, if you are ill, it is purely and simply because the GOD-LAW is NOT being used by you in your daily life. I don't care how far you want to carry this---by no possible means can the spiritual LAW of GOD manifest any of these very undesirable things. It is only the ABSENCE of the Law that makes these things real, or in fact that makes them exist at all. Many of us however, have believed for so long that poverty, failure, and unhappiness are a very fundamental part of the human race, that it seems mighty hard to grasp the fact that these things need not be. And they won't be either when the Power of the Living God is used against them. For is not God--LIFE? Can he be death in any sense of the word? Can this mighty God Law be illness or unhappiness in any sense of the word? I don't think so. One of my most frequent clashes with religionists is on account of their attitude and teaching that you and I are but "guilty, lost, hell-deserving sinners" or "pilgrims along life's highway," destined and expected to go through life with nothing more solid than hope of a "home in heaven" to comfort us. I don't believe that. I believe in the existence of the Spiritual GOD-LAW here and now. More than that, I KNOW that this spiritual LAW exists.
For many years I lived in complete ignorance of this mighty Law---but no more. For there is not a moment of the day in which I do not use it. I live in it--and so do you. So why not use it? If you don't use it, then it is simply because of your ignorance of its existence, or your apathy of life. However--- I think the vast majority of my students really do want to be happy, successful, and healthy in life, and so I shall address myself to such students. Never does a day go by that I do not receive letters from happy and very satisfied students regarding the finding of the GOD-LAW and this fact alone, if no other, more than demonstrates the fact that such a Law--such a Power really exists. This being a fact, then the thing for you to do is to apply this mighty Law in your own life.
I shall never forget the fear and trembling with which I first stepped out-- just a little step--on the mighty God-Law I believed to exist. Never shall I forget it. Here I was--a failure, and in me were all the racial tendencies of millions of years probably. All down through the ages these tendencies have been to "worship" some unseen power or other. But none of these quasi-religious teachings have ever taught anything other than the presumed fact that the unseen power they teach is a "divine" and therefore an unnatural power. There has had to be a "god" of some sort or other. Almost invariably this "god" lives "in the sky" somewhere. Men and women have been taught down through the ages to live in FEAR. FEAR of God. Fear of some of God's agents. Fear of one's self. Fear of hell fire. Fear of purgatory. Fear of being a "lost soul", etc.
And it is my contention that no really true religion can have its basis in fear of anyone or anything. Yet they all have. And this is the reason for their impotence--for it is useless to deny that the present day systems of religion are utterly impotent and useless as far as this human life goes. They are not destined to be of any use here. They deal with the future. They deal with an unknown "god". Therefore, it was but natural that there was a certain amount of hesitancy about my putting the GOD-LAW to the test. This was not at all a lack of faith on my part --but it was the natural sequence as I state, of hereditary tendencies and beliefs of thousands and perhaps millions of years, and I could not be blamed too much for it. I had it--I confess. You have it too the chances are, and it is but natural that the question as to the existence of a real Living God-Law which can operate here and now should be at times quite pertinent. Children give up their playthings reluctantly, and so these old idolatrous superstitions go slowly. They are going though--and they never went as fast as they are going today. We see it all over the world--and it's good to see too. And the reason they are going is simply because the human race as a whole is recognizing the fact that there is nothing of further interest in any of these systems of "supernaturally-revealed" religion.
We've had them on earth for centuries. And nothing enlightening has ever come from them. No help on earth has ever been received yet by anyone. True-- it might be a fine thing for "after death" but you see there is no proof of that, and so, as the matter stands now, these systems are universally recognized to be quite useless. So we are discarding them. Their strain will remain though for many years to come, and it will probably be quite a few decades before the human race entirely discards ALL "supernaturally-revealed religion" and finds and uses only NATURALLY-REVEALED RELIGION. For that is the need of the world today. Men and women are caring less and less for the future and are more interested in the "here" and the "now." As I write this story of how the mighty God-Law changed my life, I find myself looking back over the years. I see the little country church at which my Dad preached. I remember the little house we lived in. I remember the stone wall with the wall-flowers growing on top of it, and which separated our little home from that of the gentleman next door I remember distinctly sitting before the fire of the living room with a book in my hands containing pictures of Indians. I remember the old well in the yard with the water-bucket attached, and I remember how I was warned never to go near that well under any circumstances.
I can remember back pretty well to the time I was less than one year old, but the one outstanding memory which will be forever planted in my mind is the memory of the day--a beautiful summer's day--on which I laid on my back on the grass in the little yard we had connected with the house. The sky was of an azure blue that day, and both sun and moon were visible. I just laid there--it was my third birthday I remember, and looked up into yon heavens. And I was somewhat awe-struck with the magnificence of it all. My thoughts ran along the line of religion as taught in the old Baptist church by my Dad. Suddenly it seemed that I was lifted from that lawn, although of course I knew I was not, and there seemed to come to me a sense of the very nearness of God---the mighty Life Spirit I now am teaching. I was told it seemed, in an unmistakable manner that I should be used to bring to the world a new revelation of God. I seemed carried into a realm completely beyond this earthly sphere, and the impression then and there indelibly written on my young mind, WAS THE FACT OF THE EXISTENCE OF GOD RIGHT HERE ON THIS EARTH. I seemed to be told that what was masquerading as "religion" was utterly false, and I saw myself that day, leading a new and true system of thought with men and women by the thousands accepting it. (That dream of 43 years ago is coming true now--today). The vision or whatever it was, was forgotten for many years though, and, like the rest of my brothers, I was brought up in the good old-fashioned "orthodox" way. A lost sinner, etc. No hope beyond the tomb. Divine revelation, etc. Repentance and conversion. And all the rest of it. But somehow or other it wouldn't take-- and I surely am glad now that it didn't take. I have always thanked the powers that be for giving me an open honest nature, and a nature that will not accept anything as truth unless the presumption is strong that it is the truth. I will analyze what people say. I will put what they say up against what they do. I will very carefully examine a story--and if there be no evidence of the truth of the story, then, in the absence of other circumstances, I shall discard the story.
I shall not weary you with the complete story of my struggles through the years. It probably wouldn't interest you anyhow, and that is all being now written in another book, and perhaps you will read it in detail some day soon. Suffice it to say that all through the years, deeply religious as I was, there was ever and always an undying hunger for God. I wanted to know who and what He was. I wanted to know about Him. I suspected faintly that there might perhaps be some way that I did not know of, of coming to that mighty God and obtaining from Him whatever happiness my soul craved. But I didn't find it. I knew--and from close connection that my parents knew nothing about God even though Dad preached ABOUT this "god" of his, every day and twice on Sunday. But you see--I lived in that home--and I KNEW THAT NO POWER OF GOD WAS EVER MANIFESTED IN DAD'S LIFE AT ALL.
I knew that he didn't even believe the story he preached. With the mother however--it was a different story--for what an "angel" she was if ever there was one. She didn't live long after my birth however, perhaps ten years, so I never had the chance to know her real well. But say, that memory ever lingers with me. When she died, and the specialist was called, I was taken into the bedroom for a last look at her. I gazed on that dying form knowing full well that she was going. But I didn't realize what it meant. I didn't realize what death was. And a couple of days later when the casket lay on the bier in front of the old Baptist church, I sat with Dad in the front row. And still I didn't seem to realize what it all meant. The old reed-organ played "The sands of time are sinking,---the dawn of heaven breaks," and as the choir sang that wonderful old hymn with several others amongst which was "A few more years shall roll," I looked up at Dad. I saw there the tears streaming down his strong face, as his friend, the Rev. Henry Davis preached the funeral message and tried to comfort him. Looking up into that grief-scarred face I said--"Daddy, what are you crying for, you still have me." I only mention this experience here in order that you may intelligently picture the various steps through which I came in my search for God, which search ended in finding his mighty Power. Then the service was over. They carried her to the little cemetery and there, to this day, what remains of that tranquil soul rests.
On the way back in the hack, seeing Daddy heartbroken, I crept up to him and, putting my arms around his neck I said:- "Don't cry Daddy--you'll see her in the morning." But the morning came and he didn't see her. And many mornings have come and gone since then, and-still he hasn't seen her. And he never will. I think perhaps that death made a marked impression on me, for I continued my search for God according to the methods prescribed by the "orthodox religionists" and others who believe in the "unnatural story" of Jesus Christ coming down to earth to save the entire human race from its sins. But as I have stated--these methods did not work. They may work for others--but they DID NOT work for me. I think I have been to the "penitent form" over 100 times, and I know I was baptized seven times-- and still it wouldn't work. However, one day after many years' searching--I just discarded the whole thing, and then things happened--I found God. Isn't it passing strange that I should find the God I was looking for when I denied that the story as told by those who said they represented God was true. That is the fact of it though.
But the years rolled by, and soon we found ourselves with absolutely no future at all. I had a job in a drug store here in Moscow. I was over 40 years of age and no life insurance, no money, no car, nothing at all. I was a registered pharmacist in several States, but as far as accomplishing anything worth while--well I had never done it. I was a rank and an out-and-out failure in life. We lived in a little rented apartment, and as fast as the skimpy salary came--it went again. The future was black. It held nothing for me. Upon discarding the theories taught to me in my youth, which theories of course were expected to make a "christian" out of me, the light of the truth of God broke in my life. I have told you of that however, in the large lecture I sent to you so will not repeat it here. Just in passing may I say that after an entire lifetime spent in a fruitless attempt to find God by the methods given to me by the church and also my parents, the day came in which I was convinced that such methods DID NOT WORK. Therefore, I concluded that they must be untrue.
I also had very grave doubts shortly afterwards in regard to the entire Bible story and the plan of "salvation" as taught me in my childhood and youth. In my free lecture I told you of the day on which I finally, in desperation and disgust, threw all "supernaturally-revealed religion" to the four winds. I denied that the story of a "combination of man and God" coming to the earth to "save" people by the "repentance" and "salvation" method, was true. I knew that not a living soul had ever tried to find God any harder than I had, and I also knew that if he were not to be found after such efforts as I had put forth, the chances were that there never was such a being at all, who had created a "salvation" as hard to find as this one was. I have never denied the existence of a Master Intelligence, and even though I threw overboard the whole "Christian church" formula, that does not by any means infer that I threw overboard my beliefs in God. It just simply means that, that I threw overboard all faith in the "god" my parents and the numerous churches I had attended taught. As I looked into the story a little further, the more I learned of it and its origin, the less faith I had in any of it. I KNOW now that it is not true, although of course I could not know that then. Trustingly I had believed everything that my parents and the different preachers had told me, and swallowed the story hook, line, and sinker--as thousands are still doing.
Never for one instant did it ever occur to me that the story might be false, as I later proved it to be. I have thanked my parents many a time for raising a man who was so filled with the indomitable desire to find out the truth of God, that he was willing to challenge the entire structure if necessary in his search for the truth. And as the years rolled by, and as I attended theological school and continued my studies into "holy writ," I found out that the chances are that it is "wholly wrong" and nothing more or less than a remnant of idolatrous and pagan superstition. I claim the story told by the "orthodox church" today to be nothing more or less than that. Thousands of years before Christ was ever heard of, millions of people knew the story of the "supernatural birth, in the "resurrection," the "ascension" etc., and I found that there was not a single thing that could be said in favor of Christ being the "savior" of the world, that could not also be said in favor of a dozen other crucified "saviors."
I learned that the authorship of the four gospels is absolutely unknown. I learned that no proof of the story was to be had. It was all based on "believe." And it is my contention that any system of thought or philosophy of life upon which we are asked to trust our soul's future welfare, should at least be capable of proof. And no system of religion should be allowed to operate in this country that cannot prove its claims. The church comes to us with a story that a certain man lived who was God. It tells us that we are lost sinners. It tells us that we're born in sin and shapen in iniquity, and it further tells us that unless we repent and be baptized and saved that we shall in no wise inherit the kingdom of heaven. It tells us that we are lost souls unless we accept the story it brings to us. It is my contention that the church should be made to PROVE the truth of that story-- and if it cannot prove it, it should certainly not be allowed privileges no one else is allowed. However--this Lesson is not to show the falsity of the existing religious system at all, I merely mention these facts in passing to show that the definition and story of God that the church gives to the world is not true. At any rate--it cannot be proven, and in the absence of proof of its verity, I shall, in the light of my experiences with it, pronounce the teaching false.
So I say--I discarded the entire thing, and, strange to relate, the discarding of religious church tradition was the very thing that brought to me the first faint smattering of the truth of the LIFE SPIRIT---GOD---as He really exists. And the more convinced I became of the falsity of the church story, the more convinced and assured did I become of the existence of the real God--the Power the church knows nothing about. I KNEW ABSOLUTELY THAT THERE EXISTED HERE AND NOW, A DIVINELY NATURAL SPIRIT OR FORCE OR POWER THAT COULD BRING INTO EXISTENCE EVERYTHING THE HUMAN SOUL CAN POSSIBLY NEED, WHETHER IT BE HEALTH, SUCCESS, OR HAPPINESS. I say I knew that. I was as sure of it as I was that I was alive. I had not demonstrated any of its power in a material way yet, but I had been filled with a sweet peace of mind that I had never had before. I KNEW IN WHOM I WAS BELIEVING, and the ever present Power of the Living God was a revelation to me every day of my life.
But the gnawing at my soul for the good things of life was insistent and I wanted to do the things necessary to be done in order to actually manifest the good things of life I needed. Here I was, happy in the presence of the mighty Life Spirit, but still in the drug-store and still lacking the things I wanted to have, which things were necessary to my happiness to complete it. While pondering on the stupendous question of the literal existence of God amongst his created beings here on earth, one day I seemed to be given a revelation of the entire picture. I saw the Life Spirit--GOD--as this spiritual being exists. I saw the significance of the story of the fall of man. In fact, it seemed that there was given to me that Sunday afternoon in that drug-store the full and complete picture of this world-- its Creator--and His creation.
I saw with remarkable clarity things as they are--and the vision has never left me. I saw then, and still see, how very false is the teaching that the mighty Intelligence behind all created things, sent himself down to earth in the form of ONE individual man, to "save" the entire creation which otherwise would be eternally lost. I knew then and there that such a story was but superstition and tradition-- and very poor tradition at that. But I also saw the true relationship man bears to the great Creative Life Spirit--and as I write this to you this Thursday afternoon-- I am staggered still at the stupendous import of it all. Many times I am not understood. Many times there is heaped upon my head epithets which are very cruel and wrong, and which I do not deserve. But I cannot give to men and women the full significance of that picture except as led to do so. I am doing it as carefully and as intelligently as is humanly possible, and I suppose I must go through a period of misunderstanding on the part of the religiously inclined, before they will see the divinely natural truths I am giving to the world.- That must be as it may however, for I cannot do any worrying about what others think of me. I KNOW--and I KNOW FULL WELL IN WHOM I BELIEVE. I KNOW WHOSE POWER SUSTAINS ME. I KNOW SOMETHING OF THE DIVINELY NATURAL SPIRITUAL POWER OF GOD--AND--KNOWING THAT POWER--I SMILE AT TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS AS FEARLESSLY AND VERY SUCCESSFULLY GO FORWARD, knowing that shortly the existence of this mighty Power--Law--God--will be universally known and believed.
It was Sunday afternoon when this picture came to me, and I was in a feverish haste to transfer it to writing. I had no typewriter however, so the next morning I borrowed one from a dentist friend of mine, in the meantime making notes in my pocket book. On Monday I took the little vest-pocket typewriter to the apartment, and advised my family that I desired to be left strictly alone. As fast as my fingers would travel I wrote that story down on paper. Inside of one week it was finished, and not a word of it has been changed from that day to this. That was that. Here I was with the typewritten story and the copyright on it--and no money.
I want you my student to note carefully what happened from now on. I did not sit on my haunches waiting for some rich uncle to die and leave me enough money to publish this works. Nor did I get down on my knees and pray for the money to come. I knew better than that. I KNEW IN WHAT POWER I WAS BELIEVING and I stepped out on that very Power. Remember please, that it was all new to me, and was contrary to all that I had been taught about the operations of God. But then you will remember I had discarded the old traditional "Yah-veh" and had exchanged him for the TRUE LIGHT, and from now on I was living in that LIGHT. For months and months, prior to this revelation or whatever you care to call it, I was trying to learn how to have faith in the Living God-Law. I wanted success. I wanted a good home. I wanted a car. I wanted a pipe-organ, and I wanted to be in a position where the wolf could not get at my back door.
So I did the only thing I could have done. I KNEW that the Life Spirit existed for the express purpose of being my all-in-all and for the purpose of giving to me whatsoever things I desired. I say I KNEW that. But how was I to get these things. I did the only thing I could do, and the thing that thousands write and ask me about in their own lives. I DIDN'T BOTHER MY HEAD ABOUT THE MEANS TO BE EMPLOYED IN BRINGING THESE THINGS I WANTED TO ME. I JUST SIMPLY PLACED MYSELF IN A RECEIVING ATTITUDE, KNOWING FULL WELL THAT GOD WOULD NEVER DISAPPOINT ME. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TIMES I REPEATED THE SENTENCE--"YOU HAVE BROUGHT ME SUCCESS--YOU HAVE MADE ME WEALTHY." I kept everlastingly at this. In every spare moment I had. In the basement of the drug-store while unpacking boxes and crates. Every waking moment was filled with that thought--for I knew it was a fact, and I WANTED THE GOD-LAW TO KNOW THAT I KNEW IT WAS A FACT. For I knew that by so doing, I WAS PUTTING INTO ACTUAL OPERATION THE VERY LAW THAT WOULD BRING THESE THINGS TO ME.
That is the Law of the Spiritual Realm. It is the Law of God. It is God. And--though but a man--never let anyone tell you that Jesus Christ did not understand Spiritual Law. For He understood it to the very full. But you will remember ---the church-members crucified Him as they would do again today if He returned with the same revolutionary message that He brought in that day and age. He preached a PRESENT religion. He preached a PRESENT and perfectly NATURAL Power--but it was not wanted. People did not want a reasonable religion at all. They did not want a God who could do things for them then. They, in keeping with all other systems of supernaturally-revealed religion, wanted the same old trinity and crucifixion, and resurrection story, so they took that story, dressed it up in a garb of their own, and foisted it off on the unsuspecting world as the real religion---just as all the others with the same story claimed. And today it is being found out for what it is--and that is UNTRUE.
These repeated affirmations of truth were not influencing God at all, but they were ESTABLISHING THE CONNECTION THROUGH WHICH THE DIVINELY NATURAL GOD-LAW COULD WORK. FOR THIS LAW CANNOT AND WILL NOT WORK WHERE ONE IS UNWILLING TO TAKE FROM THE LAW THE THINGS ONE MOST NEEDS. How could it work any other way? This God-Law is what might be termed an automatic Law. In the very moment one actually believes in its existence, and TAKES IT AS AN ESTABLISHED FACT THAT THE GOD-LAW CAN AND WILL GIVE THEM WHAT THEY NEED---WHEN THAT IS DONE LET ME REPEAT--THE RESULTS ARE VERY SURE. Don't forget this. Then--the answer came. I received the picture of this spiritual truth, and THE MEANS WAS PUT INTO MY HANDS BY WHICH THESE THINGS I WANTED COULD COME TO ME.
The following night after obtaining the copyright, I put the Lessons I have received in my pocket, and, in a blinding snow-storm started downtown. Mrs. R. asked me where I was going. I told her that I should need about $2500.00 to get my teaching printed and further informed her that I should return that night with $500.00. I had not the slightest suspicion where I was going or whom I was going to see, for I had not a friend in this city. I had only been here a short time, and no one, of course, knew me. So who I was going to see that night I knew not. However---the first man I met was a young fellow who happens to be now the Vice President of this corporation. I asked him if he had any money. He told me that he had $500.00 and I explained to him what I wanted to do. I got the $500.00 and inside of two days had another similar amount from his brother-in-law.
I won't go into detail here any more than to say that inside of a week, I had enough money to get a thousand completed copies of the revelation printed, and also ten thousand of several different sorts of letters printed. After placing my first advertisement in a magazine, we had $16.47 to our name. But the public recognized the truth of the advertisement, and it wasn't very long until things were entirely changed around. At first I worked all day in the drug-store, and looked after the mailing at night. Then I rented a cheap little office and hired a girl to work half days. Then I was forced to give half of my time to the rapidly growing business, so I went on half time at the drug-store. This was not to be though, for the inquiries continued to rush in and shortly I was giving all of my time to the work and--(see how God works) I was drawing a salary of $500.00 a month. From that day to this (21 months later) the story is well known. Every conceivable thing I could desire has come to me through the power of the self-existent Life Spirit--GOD.
Inside of one year some part or other of my teachings was going into 67 different countries, and we had two books in existence. The second year we had our own magazine, and Brotherhood. Now, it takes an office staff of ten people to handle the mail, etc., and this is but 21 months later. I live in my own home now---which I wanted--I own a very fine car--which I also wanted--I have thousands of dollars of life insurance--which I also wanted--I have a very beautiful pipe organ--which I certainly did want---and all of these things have been obtained in 21 months, THROUGH APPLYING THE DIVINELY NATURAL LAW OF GOD IN MY LIFE. I did not ask "How is it going to be done." Nor did I argue with God in an effort to try and help him out a little. Not that. I just simply adopted the attitude that Life Spirit could and WOULD supply all my needs according to its infallible power and might, and when I REALLY BELIEVED THAT, it didn't take very long for the needed things to come. And when you actually and literally believe God, it won't take very long for them to come to you either, my friend.
Millions of people see my picture every month, and hundreds of thousands have heard my voice over the radio. "PSYCHIANA" is going all over the world--and best of all--thousands of others are daily finding that the message I give them comes pretty nearly being the truth. Some folks might have thought that I was a little off if they knew that hundreds of thousand of times I FORCED myself to mentally say "YOU HAVE BROUGHT ME SUCCESS--YOU HAVE MADE ME WEALTHY," but I meant business. I BELIEVED GOD. And the results speak for themselves I think. Had there never been any superstitious religious teachings, it would not be necessary for one to have to force themselves to believe in his Creator. But it is necessary now. And it will probably be for many years yet, until people as a whole see how utterly wrong it is to believe such foolish traditions.
God is LAW. A mighty operating Spiritual Law. This Law is here for your benefit and for mine. This Law made you. It made me. It made every created thing that ever was made. And it did not spit on the ground to do it. This is a self-existent God-Law. It is eternal. It ruled and existed since the beginning of time, for in reality--there is no time. It is but an effect and Einstein is right. It is a SPIRITUAL LAW and it IS the entire spiritual realm. It is all of the spiritual realm. There is no such a thing as A spiritual realm without God--the Great LAW. There are no "angels" hovering around, or was there ever a "fallen Angel" called Lucifer. That is allegory and superstition and you should know it by this time if you don't.
This great Spiritual Law--or God--controls and governs the whole universe BY THE POWER OF HIS OWN LAW---OR, IN OTHER WORDS, BY HIMSELF. There never was a created thing that did not originally have its inception in this realm of God--- the Great Spiritual Law. No matter what the processes of creation may be, behind them all stands this God-Law---and is ever yet creating, creating, creating. And it will ever be creating. In the upward trend of man and his evolution, there looms in the immediate future, a spiritual understanding of this spiritual realm. This realm of God. Without attempting here to analyze the various processes by which the material is manifest from the spiritual, we know enough of God to know the one GREAT FUNDAMENTAL GOVERNING ALL PHYSICAL MANIFESTATIONS. It is not necessary that we know the "why" or the "how." All that is necessary is that we recognize the stupendous fact that GOD IS, and that he is ever creating as his creatures need. We know, I say, what the one great predominating and overshadowing fact ruling this marvelous Law is. We know for a positive fact just how to draw this mighty Spiritual Power into our own lives with its omnipotent wisdom and its unerring and unfailing power. We know that. Jesus Christ knew it. The great souls of the ages have all known it. True, many of them-were not conscious of the LAW, but they used it just the same, even though unconscious of what it actually was they were using. You will see here why many benefits have been credited to Jehovah or "Yah-veh" when as a matter of fact he had nothing whatsoever to do with them.
There are many good honest-intentioned souls in existence who will swear to you that they pray to Jesus Christ and in return for such prayers they receive this and they receive that. But we know that Jesus Christ died two thousand years ago. And we know that the story that he came back from the dead is but legend, and is nothing more than the old "resurrection" story of other religions told over again. We know positively that Jesus Christ is NOT in heaven seated at the right hand of God and making "intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." We know--for our reason tells us--that such is not the case. Yet many, many good souls will tell us with much conviction that they receive their answers to their prayers direct from this source. This is not a fact, for once more this story of the world's "saviour" sitting at the right hand of his "father" in heaven is, like the crucifixion and resurrection stories, pagan myth retold.
What actually happens is this--in these cases of presumed answer to prayer by "Yah-veh" or Jehovah, the earnest "believer" pins his faith in Jehovah, or Christ, or Chrishna, or Buddha, or Confucius, or any one of the many other "divinely born" saviors, and, THEY PUT INTO USE THE LAW GOVERNING THE TRUE GOD EVEN THOUGH THEY THINK THEY ARE PRAYING TO AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT BEING. So sure is the Law of God that when faith is used, it makes no difference what that faith may be pinned to-- IT WILL WORK. This, of course, proves positively that the GOD-LAW exists and actually works, EVEN THOUGH THE PETITIONER KNOWS NOT FROM WHENCE THE ANSWER COMES. And to this extent there is some good in the Christian religion. Not in its beliefs however, for every thinking mind knows full well that these are neither reasonable or scientific. BUT THE PRACTICE OF PRAYER BRINGS THE RESULT EVEN THOUGH THE BEING PRAYED TO NEVER EXISTED. Do you see that? I am sure you do.
There are people who worship the sun. These good folk can show us many "answers to prayer" coming from the sun. But you and I both know that the sun had nothing to do with the answering of their prayers. Yet evidently they receive their answers. No matter what philosophy of life one may choose to adopt, if one believes in it hard enough and lives it--IT WILL WORK OUT. How much more intelligent is it therefore to really draw from the CREATIVE GOD POWER ITSELF THE THINGS WE NEED, THAN TO HAVE AS A GOD A BEING WHOSE EVERY MOVEMENT FROM HIS BIRTH UP HAS BEEN SHROUDED IN UNBELIEVABLE MIRACLES AND MYSTERY. I cannot believe the Bible story at all. There is too much to be taken for granted in it. Or can I believe that angels came down from heaven and said to Chrishna:-"Rise--holy Love--rise"--at which the shroud unwound itself from the dead body of this "savior" and he came back from the dead and ascended to his father in heaven. I say I cannot believe that story. Neither can you if you study its origin and its history. BUT I CAN BELIEVE IN THE EXISTENCE OF THE CREATIVE LIFE-SPIRIT OF THIS UNIVERSE. For my reason tells me that such a power or spirit MUST exist. Chance can have nothing to do with it. Or can personality have anything to do with it either. If it could, then you and I would be able to understand the Creative Personality and that can never be. Personality of any sort has nothing to do with it. The GOD-LAW however, BECOMES personal--ONLY AS YOU AND I APPLY IT AND USE IT IN OUR OWN INDIVIDUAL CASE. This is plain to see.
But every system of religion in existence tells us that they alone possess the TRUE light when as a matter of fact they never were farther from the true light than they are when they attempt to attribute to God, supernatural powers. There is nothing supernatural about God. If there were anything on the supernatural order about that Power, it never would have made a natural universe. The power is NOT supernatural--but is DIVINELY NATURAL--if I may use that expression. Religions have, how ever, placed their own interpretations on stories of Gods galore, and have missed the truth through trying to confine the "god" in the middle of their own structure. You may depend upon one thing though. You may be sure of the fact that the Creative Intelligence behind this created scheme of things is not contained in the creeds or the beliefs of any one society or denomination or organization. IT EXISTS OUTSIDE OF THEM ALL, AND IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWERS OF THESE DIFFERING SYSTEMS OF RELIGION KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT SPIRITUAL POWER, THEY KNOW IT THROUGH THE GREAT GOD-LAW WHICH IS OPERATING THROUGHOUT THE UNIVERSE, AND NOT IN THEIR OWN STRUCTURE TO THE EXCLUSION OF EVERYONE ELSE. The story that "unless ye repent and be baptized you shall be damned" is not true. And you know it's not true. So does the church know it's not true.
They did not know it 50 years ago--but they know it now. All of them are leaning more and more to the truths I am teaching you in this course of instruction, and the time is coming when the mighty God-Law will be known by them all. But that time is not here yet. Hence I say that the man on the street is far more liable to know something of the truths of God than are those who think that God is to be found in their own little denomination. As a matter of fact they know that this is not so. They know they have never found God through any of the practices they indulge in. Yet they hang on and make a profession. This is not honest.
I think my students see at this point that there is in existence a mighty operating force which is ever-present and omnipotent, and which can do anything needed to be done for the human race and for every individual soul, and do it though entirely apart from what we have been used to as "agents of God." This Power does not operate through any organization or does it operate through any one man or any of his agents. Or is the power supernatural at all.
Nor is prayer necessary to contact this marvelously potent Power. Nor is repentance. Nor is salvation. It is as free as the very air we breathe. Remember here though that this mighty Power or Law is, like gravitation, an invisible Law. But remember also that it is just as sure. Now--at this point, I want you to continue your affirmations with renewed vigor. I want you to make them become a very part of your being. I have told you how I did it, and I want you to do it also. Remember--a wishy-washy system of affirming will get you nothing--just that. But the grim jaw--the clenched fist--the stiff spine--the solid back-bone---the determined will---in other words THE FAITH---will bring the answer every time, and it will bring it in the moment when you least expect it.
As you continue your affirmations, sooner or later there will come a time when you will instinctively KNOW that the connection with the Law has been made. You will then TAKE IT FOR GRANTED THAT YOU WILL RECEIVE THAT FOR WHICH YOUR HEART LONGS-- and your attitude will be one of WATCHFUL EXPECTANCY. Then--there will come to you perhaps an idea. It may be a leading. But YOU WILL KNOW BY THE VERY QUIETNESS OF THE IDEA OR THE LEADING THAT IT COMES FROM THE SPIRITUAL REALM. Then, when that lead comes--OBEY IT FULLY AND INSTANTLY. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES PROCRASTINATE. There will never be any question in your mind as to whether the "lead" or the idea is from the God-Law or not--FOR IT WILL APPEAR TO YOU TO BE THE PERFECTLY NATURAL THING TO DO OR THE THING YOU WANT TO BE MADE MANIFEST IN YOUR LIFE. It will be a direct step along the road and in the right direction. Now please realize here that this Lesson is being read by thousands and tens of thousands of students coming to me from every walk of life.
I cannot know the individual problems of them all. One is a light-housekeeper. Another is a garage mechanic. Another is a minister. Another is a Government official. Many, many different sorts of people study this course of instruction-- and I cannot possibly know them all. Nor can I know their individual problems. But I CAN give general instructions for contacting the GOD-LAW which will work, no matter who the student may be, and no matter what the problem may be that is worrying the student. I can give you the fundamental Law of the Living Creative Life Spirit, and I can say to you with absolute assurance that IT IS IMMUTABLE. YOU CANNOT USE IT AND FAIL. YOU CANNOT BELIEVE IN THE EXISTENCE OF GOD WITHOUT RECEIVING WHAT YOU DESIRE. For this is the Law of God. This IS GOD.
Now--in previous Lessons I have given you varying affirmations to use. You have already decided what it is you need in life the most. I have shown you the Law. I have shown you how, by applying the Law and continually affirming to be a fact the things I wanted made them actual literal facts. Now I want you to affirm with twice the interest from now on. Be in earnest. Remember that through years of racial tendencies you have been taught to believe in an entirely different God from the one I am teaching you now. This is the reason affirmations of faith are necessary at all. Let the desire for the thing you want be from now on an all consuming desire. If you mean business show the God-Law that you believe first of all in its existence--and also in its power and willingness to provide the means to bring to you whatever right thing you desire.
There is another affirmation I used many, many times when I was struggling to have a little faith in God, and that is the following affirmation. I would clench my fist, and, with a firmness and a desire that never would admit defeat, I would say "By God I Will." That is not profanity at all. It is a scientific fact---a theological fact---and a Spiritual truth. For if you ever attain the things you need it will be--not by God's help--but BY GOD. In those days my friend, I can tell you I meant business. There was no half-way measure there. I KNEW THE GOD-LAW EXISTED AND I KNEW THAT IT EXISTED FOR ME, AND MY MIND WAS MADE UP TO FIND AND USE THAT POWER. AND WHEN THE NECESSARY FAITH OR BELIEF IN THE GOD-LAW WAS ONCE MANIFESTED--MY SEARCHING WAS AT AN END. I have never since doubted this mighty God-Law. AND I RECEIVE EVERYTHING I WANT TOO. I wanted a beautiful home--and I received it. I wanted a car--and I got it. I wanted money in the bank--and I have it--I wanted a pipe-organ--and I have a beautiful instrument now. I wanted life insurance--and I have it. I wanted friends--and I have them--lots of them. I wanted to tell men and women about God--and I am doing it. AND ALL IN 21 MONTHS FROM THE TIME I REALLY TRUSTED THE LIVING GOD-LAW. Think of it. From poverty to success in twenty-one short months--and after over forty years of failure. You tell me the Law doesn't work? Not me. You must tell someone else that. For since that time I have seen many hundreds who have found this same Law I am teaching. I have seen sickness banished by its power.
I have seen death thwarted in its attempts to end the life of some sufferer. I have seen the Power of God applied against illness and have seen very unusual things happen. I have seen lives transformed by this mighty Power. I have seen wealth supplant poverty. I have seen happiness supplant misery, and I have seen thousands discard an idolatrous superstition and a pagan "god" for the LIFE SPIRIT. My files contain hundreds and hundreds of letters from students who have found the God-Law. Inside of one year my teaching was all over the world one might say. As I write this we are planning to move for the fourth time into larger quarters--WHY?--because all over the world, wherever our teaching goes, men and women are actually FINDING THE TRUTH OF OUR TEACHINGS.
So you--no matter who you may be I say:- "USE THIS UNSEEN DYNAMIC GOD-LAW. NEVER LET UP UNTIL YOU GET WHAT YOU WANT." Be something like Jacob of old--- HANG ON BY FAITH IN THIS MIGHTY LAW, AND YOU WILL NEVER BE DISAPPOINTED---NO MATTER WHAT YOUR NEEDS MAY BE. In the next Lesson we shall go quite a little farther into this subject of the existence of this mighty Power---GOD. Study carefully. Be slow about it. Let these truths sink in. Above all---BELIEVE IN THE GOD I AM SHOWING YOU.
Sincerely your friend and teacher,
EXAMINATION QUESTIONS FOR LESSON NO. 11
These examinations questions are for your benefit and you should know the answers to them all. If they are not clear to you, read your Lesson again and again until they are clear.
1. Contrast Doctor Robinson's present with his former belief.
2. If there be no "power of evil" or "devil" in the world, whence come sickness, poverty, disease, etc?
3. If you are poor, unhappy or ill, what is the cause?
4. Why is mankind now discarding supernaturally revealed religions?
5. How did Dr. Robinson answer the question, "How am I to get the things I need?
6. Did his repeated affirmations influence God at all? What did they do?
7. In what sense may the God-Law be called an "automatic" law?
8. What is it that actually happens in the case of presumed answer to prayer by Jehovah or Christ?
9. Why is the practice of prayer useful, even though made to a being that never existed?
10. To what extent does the God-Law become personal?
11. Is prayer necessary in order to contact the God-Law? What, then, is necessary?
12. How does Dr. Robinson justify the use by him of an apparently profane affirmation when he was struggling to have a little faith in God?