Excerpts for the book LOVE & LAW, The Unpublished Teachings by Ernest Holmes
Here is the infinite principle that there is one Mind and we begin to know the truth … and speak that truth into Mind. My responsibility begins when I begin to know the truth in myself. You must know that it can heal, you must know that no thought of another, no suggestion against it, can operate against it.
In order to help yourself the most effectively, you will have to learn to do it impersonally. There is nothing in my metaphysical work I make personal. I set the whole thing out into Mind. Suppose I get a letter from a person in San Francisco asking for a treatment. I begin immediately to declare the truth, and if a thought comes to me that this declaration of truth is not sufficient, I begin again. How many people have tried to give a treatment and felt that it was not sufficient? That is impersonal evil trying to make itself felt. As soon as that thought comes to you, turn and destroy it, erase it, get rid of it. Get it out of your consciousness and declare that this word is effective and it can produce, that it can, that it does, it is. Realize your word does it. If you do not learn to control your thought, the thought will control you.
We have got to learn the laws of cause and effect – law. You have got to learn how to use it, and you have got to know how to use it, and then you have got to use it. I find that those who get the best results are those who know what they are doing, constantly weeding out of their consciousness everything that hinders, destroying within them their false concept, a little here and a little there, and if they fall down, in not staying down but getting up and going on, over and over again … Your final emancipation will be written by your own hand or it will never be written at all; it will be thought out by your own mind. It will govern your own consciousness as it recognizes the supremacy of Mind, the infinite impulse of Spirit, and your own divine birthright to use it.
No living soul can contribute one iota of happiness or peace or health or happiness to your life, and no living soul can take one iota away only as you allow it to flow through your consciousness.
We speak forth into Mind and Mind takes our thought and does unto us. That individual who can most implicitly believe that Mind is going to do it is the one who is going to get the biggest result. The person who sees Mind as law and through it an activity of Spirit, whose soul impulsion is God, I find that such people get remarkable results over the people who operate through a cold principle. Everybody has to, I cannot talk about my idea of God, that is my idea and my business and it could not be anybody else’s, but there is an impersonal principle of Mind which does unto the thinker what he thinks, and the sooner you know it and learn to control your thought the sooner you will be able to heal your body and control your conditions, and until you do learn it your conditions control you.
I at first always try to realize within my consciousness that I am not dealing with matter. You see? I am not struggling to overcome a condition. Everything that appears in anybody’s body is thought. There is not anything else to appear into form. I know if the thought is destroyed, the image of the thought will leave the body.
Realizing that I was not dealing with conditions, I was dealing with thought, I obliterate from my mind anything that says there is power in this false thought. I say my word has the power within itself to annul everything pertaining to this false thought.
Every living soul that lives is dealing with universal law and they cannot help it. If God knew sin, God would be a sinner. You and I must know with our thoughts. All disease is the result of wrong thinking somewhere. There is no such thing as a sinner unless it is you and me. It all comes from false thought, and you and I must know that our word is the power to annul that. Since everything is Mind in a neutral state, an impersonal, receptive, and creative state whatever is thought into Mind, Mind is going to do. If you have thought all of your life that you were so and so and could be sick, that has got to be annulled in Mind about you.
Poverty is an abnormal condition. Poverty is the result of inefficiency. Poverty is not the result of the lack of opportunity. Not in yourself, not anywhere. Poverty is the result of inefficiency, or ignorance. And if you can learn to deal with the only Mind there is, we will no longer be poor. We can attract to ourselves people and things which will obliterate that poverty. It will be a law of gravity, no other thing but principle. When you set in motion the power of mind, don’t be surprised what happens; don’t be surprised if something comes from the most unheard-of source ever dreamed of.
Everybody has got to heal themselves; there is no other way. I can tell you these things, but you have to make the application. These are pointers. Another thing, be absolutely impersonal about your work. Suppose I want to treat myself for something. I call my own name right out into Mind and treat it just the same as if it were somebody I never heard of before, just as disinterestedly as I can, so that consciousness of fear will not crowd.
Do not limit your affirmations about God. Link God up with yourself, for we see there is one life, perfect, that is God. I have got to see this life in me now. That is what made Jesus the Christ; he said, “My Father and I are one.” Be absolutely impersonal.
The bible says, “The things which are seen are not made of the things which do appear.” Now then, that is true of all life and you must know it. You must know this and it is a most important part of your treatment, that we are going forth into mind. We are not a projection of God; we are not a reflection of an image forth from God. We are at the center of God consciousness. And it could not be otherwise. There is nothing but what we call God to make you out of. Whatever there is of you is something or some part of God because there was nothing else to make you out of. So know that you are a center of God consciousness and that is why your word is infinite. Speak it forth believing and never doubt it. You know, you just believe, and then you speak forth this word knowing that it annuls everything which seems to oppose it. It annuls that so-called law of matter. Know that it is a law of harmony and adjustment. It is the law of justice, for that is what you need. It is the law of balance. It is the law of increase. It is the law of plenty. It is the law of activity. It is the law of attraction, if you need something. It is all that there is, and you realize that the word becomes; it goes forth upon this power implicitly.