This set of thoughts was inspired by the following story from II Kings 6, 8-17:
“The king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with his servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be my camp. And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying, Beware that thou pass not such a place; for thither the Syrians are come down. And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice. Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel? And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber. And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan. Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about. And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.”
Why did the servant at first fail to see the present protection round about Elisha?
Was it not because of his educated human perception which placed undeserved yet unswerving faith upon the truly insignificant and supposed power of negativity? Elisha’s prayer blew away the mental fog and enabled the servant to see what was already present. What a wonderful lesson is this for us all today!
There is only one consciousness, and that is the consciousness of God Himself. Valid and real consciousness is the Mind of God, reflected as the consciousness of perfect spiritual man, and is continually and eternally shining forth even within what appears to mortals as the so-called lives of human beings, for there is no other valid source of consciousness outside of God. That which is real and valid comprises ALL, and it contains not one element of negativity, the inversion of reality. The perfect divine Mind, Truth, continually denounces the claims of that which oppose it simply by virtue of its onlyness. That human mind which is most aware of the source of its conscious state of existence is the human mind which knows that man is in actuality the complete manifestation of the one omnipotent and divine Mind in action. Elisha saw this, and knew this, and understood this, and was able therefore to demonstrate a complete and unwavering faith in the ever presence of God. That aspect of the human mind which does NOT recognize this spiritual reality is the invalid representation of Mind, the very opposite of validity, an invalidity which the divine Mind continually and actively denies, but which the human mind falsely accepts as its own personal reality. This was the initial frame of mental reference of the servant before his spiritual eyes were opened by Elisha’s prayers.
We all ask “How then, and why, do materiality and evil seem to co-exist with spirituality and goodness with such validity on the human scene? Why did the servant initially see only the danger, but not the present goodness?”
The nature of evil is deception, a lie. Evil, negativity is, by definition the impossible opposition to omnipotent God, goodness. The perfect action of divine Mind takes place within one all-encompassing and infinite spiritual reality, necessarily invalidating any action which would oppose it, for the very infinite nature of its being eliminates the possibility of its opposite. There is no mental supposition in the divine Mind, for Mind only knows. Mind, God is not capable of supposing, for supposing by its very definition supports the existence of that which takes place outside of the realm of infinite Mind, outside of the realm of God, and how can God know that which is beyond His infinite and omnipotent presence? Who, then supposes? Nobody supposes but a supposition itself!
Where is the realm of God? Did not Jesus declare (Luke 17:21) “Behold, the kingdom of God is within you?” Do we really understand and practice a full faith in one infinite and omnipotent God, or do we not as human beings, continually doubt and distrust the Allnes of God, and continually expect bad things to take place? And then, does not the general religious opinion of mankind in turn put the blame upon God for the presence of negativity which is actually endorsed only by human mortal thought, impossibly separated from God? There is no outside to God’s infinity and omnipotence!
Nothing supposes, and nobody supposes, for supposition is but the belief of and impossible attempt to know that which is false and negative. It is not possible to know negativity, the very inverse of positiveness, real substance. Negativity can only be supposed. And who supposes it? Mortal, human beings suppose. Immortal, spiritual man knows. Real consciousness cannot suppose any thing with any actual validity, because the inverse of that which is, is not. Human consciousness can only suppose a false sense of the validity of the negative. What significance does that leave to the mortal sense of identity to which mortal human beings so strongly cling? None. No significance at all, in the understanding of the one ubiquitous divine Mind. The only conclusion that can be reached by logical analysis is that all negativity is only supposed to be valid, and that that supposition must be carried out by a false sense sense of identity called mortal man.
Any action which would oppose Mind therefore must take place in the realm of mental supposition, and is thus invalid. In other words, that which is supposed does not actually take place. One can only possess a positive quantity of any substantial thing. Contrariwise, one cannot possess a negative quantity of any given thing, for the negativity represents only the concept of the absence of that thing. So, which should be considered real and valid to human consciousness – the positive and substantial, or the negative and insubstantial, the lack of the very something we perceive? Only the mesmeric atmosphere of human thinking and the conviction of a false belief in negativity seems to make supposition into what human beings are convinced is their own personal reality. There is no valid personal reality. Personal reality does, however convincingly seem to human thought to exist and to be perfectly valid. We are all sure of who we think we are. But who is this “we” ? Is this “we” God’s spiritual and perfect man, made in His spiritual image and likeness, or is he only supposition? Nothing, and nobody, other than a general false human conviction, grants this personal reality any sense of validity at all.
The false and humanly educated conviction in the power of negativity is human kind’s downfall. It was Christ Jesus’ mission to reveal this to the world.
Only to the human mind, but never to the divine Mind, does a personal reality including both evil and goodness appear as valid. To human beings, the human consciousness seems to be reality. Yet, it is not. All reality is spiritual, and is valid. Unreality and matter are not spiritual but are mortal and temporal concepts, and are therefore invalid.