Dear friend and student:
Some day we shall know in full what we begin to suspect now. So study this Lesson very carefully and see if you can't grasp the thought I am trying to give to you. Read between the lines for these Lessons contain a deep Spiritual Truth which I want you to grasp.
Your friend and teacher,
In this Lesson I deem it advisable to go a little farther with you into the realm in which we are pursuing our studies, for too much cannot be learned about the existence of the mighty operating Spiritual Law we are here discussing. Before I go any farther into it however, I want to call your attention to an Associated Press dispatch which appeared nationally in the columns of the press through out this country on February the 22nd this year. The clipping is mighty interesting, and is in absolute line with what I am teaching you here in this course of studies. Long before any scientist had advanced this theory, I was publishing it to the world. Had the statement come from a man of less standing than its author, I should not have paid much attention to it. As a matter of fact, however, scientists the wide world over are recognizing the staggering fact that THERE IS IN EXISTENCE AN UNSEEN POWER SO DYNAMIC IN ITS ESSENCE, THAT ALL OTHER POWERS AND FORCES FADE INTO INSIGNIFICANCE BESIDE IT. I put that statement into print over two years ago, and the fact that the scientific thinking minds of the world are now scientifically recognizing the truth of that statement, is evidence beyond any reasonable shadow of doubt that I know whereof I speak.
Not only the gentleman in question here makes the statement, but others of equal standing are recognizing the fact that, as I am teaching you here, the UNSEEN REALM IS THE REAL CREATIVE REALM WHEREAS THE CREATION ITSELF IS OF SECONDARY IMPORTANCE. The cosmic ray of Dr. Milliken is an established fact. The scientists are mostly agreed also regarding this ray that it is an emanation of, or perhaps the cause of A UNIVERSE THAT IS BUILDING UP. I have already referred to one man who thinks that this ray is an emanation from a disintegrating universe, but I think that gentleman is very wrong. He is entitled to his opinion however, and I am glad that we are not all agreed on the subject. It is always the doubter and the thinker that finds the truth, and not the one who blindly accepts. So I am happy that the English scientist I mentioned in a foregoing Lesson holds the view that he does hold. That gives those of us who hold the opposite view a chance to investigate further and find out if possible which is correct.
Certain it is that the mighty truths of creation are at our hands. They do NOT lie in some future life. We cannot perhaps grasp them fully now--but you may depend upon it that it is HERE ON THIS EARTH WHERE THESE MIGHTY TRUTHS WILL BE GRASPED---not in "heaven." And, as I consistently claim, there will be found under, and over, and all around this marvelous creation, A VAST SPIRITUAL LAW. Not a personality of any sort or kind--but a Law. A SPIRITUAL LAW though. But a LAW just the same. It must be a LAW. It can be nothing else. It may upset the hopes of those who are looking to "heaven" after death for their hopes, but just the same, and, without being at all dogmatic, all the evidence to hand clearly discloses that LAW--and not an anthropomorphic "god" is responsible for it all.
Now shall we look at this clipping for it is marvelous in its significance. And, by the way, this is not the only news item that has been sent out recently along this line of thought. Many of the scientists and thinkers who in the past have been considered somewhat "atheistic" are changing their viewpoint, and the differing religious organizations are finding considerable solace and consolation out of this seeming fact. They have yet to discover though that not a scientist in existence believes the Christian story of creation as told in the Bible. There is not a scientist or thinker in existence who believes for one moment that the secret of the ages lies anywhere else than in LAWS WE ARE ALREADY USING. "The life beyond" does not answer the question. "Heaven" does not answer the question. "Repentance" does not answer the question. "Salvation" does not answer the question. LAW---THE GOD-LAW DOES ANSWER THE QUESTION. Many of the old prophets knew this, and so they recognized and depended upon this mighty LAW for their daily help. And just before I quote this article, let me say to you whoever you may be, that in the day when you learn to absolutely trust and depend on the existence of this spiritual God-Law, then in that moment will your life be one of overcoming victory. All the finer things of life will come to you. Its holiest and most sacred sentiments are contained in this remarkable God-Law, and never fear that if you accept the existence of this mighty Law you will have to become cold-blooded and sacrifice the very finest and most hallowed things of life. For this is NOT a fact. There never was a holy instinct yet that did not have its origin in the God-Law. There never was a heart that throbbed or thrilled with pity that this emotion did not have its origin in the mighty God-Law. There never was a holy instinct of love yet, that was not part of the mighty God-Law I am teaching you about. Not one. And it is very foolish for theological professors to tell me that there can be no such thing as a "law" which in itself contains the very finest and most sacred powers and emotions of life. This is what some of them sometimes attempt to tell me. And in reply to such statements I usually reply: "Who said so?"
Who was it that ever said that such a spiritual "law" could not exist? Why those who have manufactured a "god" of their own--that is all. Naturally you could not expect a Roman Catholic to believe in the existence of the mighty God Law I am teaching. Or could you expect a good Presbyterian brother to believe it either. Consequently--to them--I am all wrong. I know nothing whatsoever of spiritual law. I am an "outcast" from all that is good and noble. I do not believe in Jehovah or "Yah-veh" and so am teaching a gospel that is not true. This is what a lot of them tell me and write me. Now as a matter of fact, the fact that these good brethren deny the power I teach is not at all evidence that such a Power does not exist. They deny every other teaching than their own. But you see--there is another side to it, and a side which I know and which they can not possibly know. Certainly if there exists the Law or Power I teach, these good brethren cannot know of it, because my teachings seem to be so fundamentally different from theirs.
But just the same--I can produce an overwhelming mass of evidence which will prove that I am not entirely wrong. I can prove to the satisfaction of any reasonable man or woman that I am using and teaching my students to use A Law or Power or Force of which these religionists know nothing at all. I say I can PROVE that. I don't just make an empty statement that all these other fellows are wrong, although if I did they could never PROVE their story. But I DO make the statement that this spiritual power exists, and furthermore, I can PROVE it. And will prove it to your satisfaction before I get through with you. Religion is all---IF IT CAN BE PROVEN. BUT IT ISN'T WORTH TWO WHOOPS OF A CAT'S TAIL IF IT CAN'T BE PROVEN. You may take all the varying and multitudinous systems of religion and put them all in a sack, and, if they cannot be proven--I wouldn't give you ten cents for all of them. I would rather stake my hope of the joys of this life and whatever future life there may be on the existence of one KNOWN TRUTH, than I would on miles and miles of religious theories that cannot be proven. For truth is truth. It never changes. It never varies. It is ABSOLUTE.
And these mighty searchers into the spiritual realm--these thinkers and scientists are fast finding out the fact that for over two years now I have been steadfastly advocating. And that is the existence of this mighty divinely natural spiritual God-Law I am here teaching you. Here is the clipping. Read it carefully. I don't say that I agree with it all--I don't know. But in essence I DO AGREE WITH IT. In fact it is exactly what I am trying to put across to you:
DISTANT SPACE MAY HOLD LIFE MYSTERYIf there is one thing more than any other thing that brings to me the spiritual strength I need so much daily, it is the thoughts of this immense spiritual realm with its accompanying power. Just to realize for one moment the vastness of the Creative Life Spirit fills me with a buoyancy that nothing else can duplicate. I do not say this to boast at all, but I probably produce more real work every month than any other one man writing and teaching. I am told by college professors and ministers that they do not understand how it can possibly be done by one man. Well, it would not be done did I not know the source of my strength and power. Of myself I could do absolutely nothing along this line. The articles I write which grip people so--the books--the Lessons--the letters--the source of them all lies in the recognition I have of the CONTINUAL PRESENCE OF THIS MIGHTY INVISIBLE GOD LAW. If I cared to not recognize this LAW, I could just simply throw all restraint to the winds and could be one of the most dissolute and useless characters in existence. For I know how to make far more money than I am making now. My services are at a premium in the advertising field if I want to employ them there.
SCIENTIST CONCEIVES CIVILIZATIONS DWARFING OURS, ON OLDER WORLDS
CHICAGO (*)---Inhabitants on distant worlds as far superior to man kind as men are to single life cells are visioned by Dr. William MacMillan, professor of mathematical astronomy at the University of Chicago.
"He outlined his theory in amplifying a brief article of his published January 16 in which he voiced for the first time the skepticism of many American scientists toward the "explosion of the universe" idea advanced by the Cambridge Astronomers, Eddington and Jeans.
"They hold that the universe is gradually wearing down to a state where all matter will become a vast inert mass, formless, lifeless, and cold.
"Dr. MacMillan conceives a universe infinite in time and space, and pervaded by a fine structure of unknown composition which diffuses energy amidst all forms of matter, so that the supply of energy remains the same.
"Out in the heavens, perhaps," he said, "are civilizations as far above ours as we are above the single cell, since they are so much older than ours".
"Magnificent forms of life have grown up over magnificent stretches of time only to perish in some cataclysm. Magnificent forms of life will always grow up if this theory be true that the universe is continually being rebuilt at some unknown sub-electronic level."
*Taken from Associated Press report.
I could just say "Let us eat, drink, and be merry---for to-morrow we die." But I don't do that. For I have just as much joy in life as any living mortal has. And, instead of going along caring nothing for the rest of my fellow-men and women, I do whatever I may be able to do to lift their eyes from idolatrous superstition unto the Great Power---God---whence cometh all their help in the very moment they recognize that invisible Presence. I do not profess to know all about spiritual Law. I wish I did. But I know something of the existence of the GOD LAW---and I know how to apply it just a tiny little bit. And, so powerful and so immutable is this Law, that there is no wonder that no matter what I do it is overwhelmingly successful. The secret--you ask--well, brother or sister--listen to me--I just simply KNOW of the existence of the Life Spirit, and when I want a little guidance along any line, I just keep still, and, with a smile on the face, I RECOGNIZE AND DEPEND UPON THE GOD-LAW TO POINT OUT THE WAY---AND I HAVE NEVER BEEN DISAPPOINTED YET. And I never shall be.
No prayer of any kind ever enters into my life--there is no need of it. My knees are never bent at the bedside. That would be idolatry and pagan superstition. For I know that the God-Law knows better than I know the thing for which I am best suited. And I know also that there is absolutely no need for me to beg and implore God to do this for me or that for me. I KNOW A FAR BETTER WAY. I KNOW THAT GOD IS. I KNOW THAT IT IS THE LAW--LAW--LAW OF THE SPIRITUAL REALM THAT GOD HAS ALREADY PREPARED FOR YOU AND ME WHATEVER WE CAN TAKE. And, knowing this, then either praying or petitioning would be quite futile and absolutely unnecessary. For what sort of a God-Law would it be that could be cajoled into giving you something that otherwise would be with-held because you did not ask properly---or perchance forgot to ask for at all? What sort of a power would that be? No--brethren--IT HAS TO BE A LAW, AND FURTHERMORE, IT HAS TO BE A LAW WHICH IS NEVER FAILING. IT HAS TO BE IMMUTABLE. IT HAS TO BE OMNISCIENT. IT HAS TO BE ABSOLUTE. And, knowing that this is the case--then I just simply DEPEND UPON THIS GOD-LAW---and the results are sure.
But you may say--"well, Dr. Robinson--are there not limitations to what you can get from God?"--and my answer to you is "NONE AT ALL." At least if there be such limitations then I have never yet been able to find them. They may exist-- but I doubt it. Remember please at this point that the human race has not yet emerged from the state of religious superstition and tradition. And, until it fully emerges there can be no universal recognition of the existence of such an almost unbelievable Power as there is. As I write this, the eyes of the world are on the far eastern situation--and, well, they might be. For if I sense the situation aright this old world is due to be bathed in the most terrible slaughter it has ever seen. It may not be--but I am fearful for it. If such does happen, and I trust I am wrong, it will be the greatest conflict the world will ever see, for out of the WRECKAGE WILL ARISE SOME ONE WHO WILL DEMONSTRATE TO THE VERY FULL THE SPIRITUAL POWER 0F GOD, and when that power is once known, wars will be no more. Men and nations will see how absolutely criminal it is to even build a battleship to either attack or defend. But that time is coming. Humanity has reached the point at which it is beginning to realize the fact that even though one has all the material possession he may desire, it means nothing if the blood of others is on their hands. NO---THE ROOT OF "SIN" AS THE CHURCH FOLKS CALL IT HAS TO BE DESTROYED. And you will remember that there is but one sin in the entire creation. And that sin is doubt of the existence of God. Doubt of the existence of the Spiritual God-Law. Doubt of an overshadowing intelligence behind it all. Doubt of everything and everyone. And this "doubt" or "fear" will have to be absolutely annihilated before men and women can possibly know God.
And, I am going to say right here, even though my religious friends don't like it, that "supernaturally-revealed religion" is DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS CALAMITY OF FEAR THAT RULES THE WORLD TODAY. For centuries the Japs have been teaching their youth that the finest thing in the world is to DIE IN BATTLE. They are taught that if they die fighting for their country, they are sure of "heaven." And they have been saps enough to believe it. And, as a result, no one knows where the end of this far eastern situation will lie. It is bad any way you look at it, and I am somewhat apprehensive that blood is to run very freely before God steps in and takes a hand. By this I do not mean the church "god" by any manner of means---but you will find out that if this calamity comes---THE GOD-LAW WILL, THROUGH ITS OPERATION, PUT A STOP TO IT BEFORE IT IS COMPLETED. Mark this down and remember what I am saying to you about this calamity--for calamity it is.
But, the human race had to go through it, it seems. It seemed to be in the cards, and the quicker we get it over with the quicker will men and women see the ghastly farce of it all. Will the lion ever lie down with the lamb? I think so-- but neither the return of Christ or anything the "church" can do will have much to do with it. Christ will never return--perchance some man will become so imbued with the spirit of Christ--the greatest of all prophets, that he again will put into actual practice something of the marvelous power of God--and the human race will see it next time. This Lesson is not intended to be a discourse on religion, but it is very pertinent to our studies that you be fully conversant with every phase of the operations of the mighty God-Law here and now. And, above all, I do so want you to KNOW in whom you are believing. I want you to actually KNOW and perhaps understand something of the mighty power of the God-Law, which Law, properly applied, can and will bring to you through its operations, everything that you can possibly and reasonably expect to receive throughout life. It may be discovered that it can bring you more than that. But I think you will be satisfied if it brings you the desires of your heart--will you not?
This article I have reproduced here will, I think, give you a stronger picture than ever before of the real size of the universe, and should open your eyes a little to the spiritual power behind it all. It will give you perhaps a faint glimpse of the power I am trying to show you how to contact, in order that both health, success, and happiness may manifest themselves in your own individual life. We have seen that the chances are many to one that there does exist through the ether, and in fact throughout the entire creation, AN INVISIBLE COSMIC FORCE OR LAW OR SPIRIT, WHICH AS SUCH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ENTIRE CREATION. Now get that fact firmly planted in your mind here and now. We have seen further that the unseen or spiritual part of you is the real part. We have seen that your own invisible thoughts are the THINGS WHICH ARE A PART OF THIS GREAT INVISIBLE CREATIVE SPIRIT OR FORCE OR POWER. We know that now to be a fact. I have shown you that when you concentrate your thoughts into this great vast unseen spiritual realm THIS GOD-LAW IMMEDIATELY HAS BEGUN TO BRING TO YOU IN ACTUAL MANIFESTATION THE THINGS YOU DESIRE. Not because this great God-Law can be changed to suit your individual needs, BUT BECAUSE THIS GREAT GOD-LAW IS RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR EXISTENCE IN THE FIRST PLACE. AND IF IT KNEW ENOUGH TO PRODUCE YOU AS YOU ARE, THEN CERTAINLY IT KNOWS ENOUGH TO GIVE TO YOU THAT WHICH IS NECESSARY TO COMPLETE THE JOB OF YOUR OWN PERFECT HEALTH, HAPPINESS, AND SUCCESS. NOW LISTEN TO ME A MOMENT PLEASE---the only thing that stops you from having the things you desire is YOUR UNBELIEF IN THE GOD-LAW. But, you will remember, you are doing exercises designed to put into operation in your case this invisible God-Law, and the thing for you to do now is to KEEP ETERNALLY BEFORE YOU THE THING YOU WANT. Keep eternally at this sending of your thoughts into the God-Realm, and then--wait with an expectant attitude--always ALERT TO THE PROMPTINGS OF THIS MIGHTY LAW.
For the spiritual LAW works through what we look upon as natural channels. Gold does not drop from the sky in your lap. Health will not immediately manifest if you are not in a state of mind to receive it. The conditions necessary for the blessing and gifts from the spiritual realm to manifest are:- First--an absolute faith in the existence of the all-creative intelligence which created you in the first place. Second--the desire for what you need impressed into the spiritual realm with never-wavering precision. Third--the ability to follow the leadings of the spiritual realm, from whence these things MUST come. If you are a weakling-- then get strong. The God-Law likes nothing better than to have you put it to the test. It's like you going into a bank and asking the banker for a loan. You go in there, state your needs, and the banker says "O.K.--I'll let you have the money, just sign this note."
You go to the tellers window and the banker hands him the note telling him to honor it and put so much money to your credit. But how utterly foolish you would be if, when the money is handed to you, you were to back away, saying:- "No, it's too good to be true--I don't believe that banker wants me to have the money." Well, it's the same identical thing in the God-Realm. You perhaps think that this Power cannot give you these things. Well--if you do--then take it from me no one will lose but you. It won't affect me any. I know I can get whatever I need from God. You can too. I believe in this God-Law--you don't. That is the difference. I don't think though that many of my students doubt the existence of the God-Law now, for too many letters continually come to me telling in no uncertain terms of the benefits to be had by my students from the God-Realm.
Cannot you see that this material world will pass away? Do you not know that it is fast cooling off? Do you not know that the moon you see so often is but a cooling sun? Surely you must know that the REAL power behind creation is an UNSEEN AND ETERNAL POWER. Of course you do. Then why not definitely say to your self right now---"I AM RECEIVING THAT WHICH I NEED FROM THE GOD-LAW." If it will make you feel any better, you may say "I AM RECEIVING THAT WHICH I NEED FROM GOD." The answer will be just as sure no matter what you call the Power or the Law. For it is not your idea of God that brings the answer--it's the LAW--or GOD--itself. I don't care what you think God to be. There are as many differing ideas of God as there are stars almost--but the fact is that outside of them all, there operates the Law of God--and none of these many religions have any more truth in them than the other one has. For the God-Law cannot be contained in any man-made system of theology, and GOD HIMSELF DID NOT MAKE A SYSTEM OF THEOLOGY. IT WOULD BE ENTIRELY UNNECESSARY WHEN THE TRUE FACT OF THE EXISTENCE OF GOD IS KNOWN. Theology is not needed then.
For the God-Law is self-existent--self-supporting--and fully satisfying and fully able to give you whatsoever things are right and true. If your main desire is for health--the Power of the Life Spirit can give it to you. If your desire is for success--the Power of the Life Spirit can bring it to you. If your desire is for happiness--the Power of the Life Spirit can bring it to you. NOW--THE QUESTION IS---CAN YOU TAKE IT? If you need it bad enough you will. For the truths told in this course of instruction are coming as life-buoys to hundreds who have been downed in the battle of life, and who are floating on the sea of time like so many pieces of flotsam and jetsam. They hear my message. They see the honesty and earnestness of my attempts to help them. AND THEY DON'T STUDY WITH ME VERY LONG BEFORE THEY BELIEVE. Then its all over. The moment the belief is manifest--all that is necessary is for a continuation of that belief until the actual manifestation. Remember though--you must mean business. You must actually NEED these good things. You must actually WANT them. And more than all, YOU MUST RECOGNIZE THE SOURCE FROM WHENCE THEY COME.
In the next Lesson I am going to deal with the most remarkable character ever born. That Man Jesus. There is a lot of tradition surrounding His name and history and many things are told to us that are not so. But personally I find Him of sufficient interest that I pattern my life after His. I apply the same God-Law that He applied--and so I shall give a Lesson--maybe two to Him after this one. Now--a new affirmation of truth for you--and a very Powerful one also. I have seen more results achieved from this one affirmation than from any other. It's very dynamic, I assure you. I want you from now on to adopt an attitude of restful waiting as it were. Don't say any more positive affirmations until I tell you to. From now on let your affirmation be this:- "I THANK THEE FATHER THAT THOU HAST HEARD ME." Don't let up on that statement, for don't you see, YOU ARE PUTTING THE GOD-LAW TO THE TEST. There is no better way that I know to obtain things from the Spiritual God-Law than to acknowledge the fact that your needs have been made known, and WILL BE ANSWERED AND PROVIDED.
So don't forget from now on its:- "I THANK THEE FATHER THAT THOU HAST HEARD ME." Keep quiet. Keep smiling--for soon the assurance of the answer will probably come to you in the moment when you least expect it. This is far as I shall take you this time.
"I THANK THEE FATHER THAT THOU HAST HEARD ME"
EXAMINATION QUESTIONS FOR LESSON NO. 12
These examination 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. From what moment does Dr. Robinson say that your life will be one of overcoming victory?
2. What is Dr. MacMillan's conception of the universe? It is opposed to the conception of certain British astronomers?
3. To what does Dr. Robinson attribute his ability to perform so much work?
4. What does he do when he desires guidance? Does he pray?
5. Why would prayer be futile and unnecessary?
6. What does Dr. Robinson designate as the one "sin" in the entire creation?
7. What part of you is the real part?
8. What part of you forms part of the great invisible creative Spirit or Force or Power?
9. What is the only thing that stops you from having the things you desire?
10. Name the conditions necessary for the blessings and gifts from the Spiritual Realm to manifest?
11. What is the affirmation given in this Lesson?
12. Why is this affirmation recommended?