How to Let God Be God In You
Every person is incurably religious. Innately, one senses a Wholeness in things. One comprehends a certain unity of life. The Spiritual quest of mankind greatly antedates the origins of the great religions of the world. Now, I know that we’ve been conditioned to believe that we are born devoid of religious values, and that the prophet or the priest or the minister or the rabbi or the religious gathering or the study of the Scriptures brings us religion. I question this concept. We have grown up thinking that religion is a “thing.” That it is something that is put into us—something that exists apart from us, apart from life, and from our very selves—like the development of a musical talent or an education. Sunday School and Hebrew School have been considered extras, arranged by responsible parents to round out the child’s background. But, I believe that religion is that which makes the entire life music, and every separate action a work of art. Religion deals with the Whole of life and the Whole person. Now, religions have tended to deal in ready-made, cut-and-dried propositions, which I like to call “custom-made convictions.”
What do we teach…or, what do we not teach? Well, one thing is: I’m not working from Truth, but toward Truth. In other words, this is not asserting a dogma, but unearthing a Principle. To a new student, this might be disconcerting, if he or she is accustomed to a “creed” that is all worked out, or, if the person does not accept one “creed” and is looking for another one.
But, just what is Truth? Remember, Jesus said, “I am … the Truth….” [John 14:6] And so, you are the Truth, and I am the Truth—because each of us is a demonstration of this Divine Creative Process—no matter, in practicality, how we may obstruct its fulfillment. Robert Browning says:
“Truth is within ourselves; it takes no rise
From outward things, whate'er you may believe.
There is an inmost centre in us all,
Where truth abides in fullness; and around,
Wall upon wall, the gross flesh hems it in,
This perfect, clear perception—which is truth.
A baffling and perverting carnal mesh
Binds it, and makes all error: and to know
Rather consists in opening out a way
Whence the imprisoned splendour may escape,
Than in effecting entry for a light
Supposed to be without.”
Now, what Browning is saying is that Truth is of ourselves. Life is lived from within-out. To know Truth without knowing yourself is simply to learn a “dialect of the church” and, thus, to achieve a kind of “paste-on piety.”
Now, you will hear me talk often of the Presence of God that is present, while traditional theology, all-too-often, deals with the absence of God. In other words, it emphasizes the reality of sin and evil and the notion of “reaching for God, out there.” But, God is Omnipresent. Jesus says, “Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, even before you ask Him,” [Matt. 6:8] and, he says, “The Kingdom of God is within you.” [Luke 17:21] God is in you before you come to church and within you while you are in church. So, the church experience has validity, basically, as a time of celebrating the Presence within—the Activity of God that is expressing as you. Now, I’m concerned with helping the person to know that Presence, which is a dimension of himself, to help him to realize that the Presence is present—in his work, in his home, in his play.
The medieval mystic, Meister Eckhart (one of my favorite “friends” of the past) has said, “Nothing is as close to me as God. He is nearer to me than I am to myself. His Presence is my being.” So, the starting point in the spiritual quest is Self-realization—the realization that the “Self” of me is the Self-livingness of God. The Truth of me is the depth of me, which is the focus of the Infinite Idea in me and as me. Meister Eckhart says another very significant thing: “God expects but one thing of you, and that is that you should come out of yourself, in so far as you are a created being, and let God be God in you.”
Now, we have been taught that the Will of God is capricious and beyond understanding—that God forces us to do things and be things that are, perhaps, contrary to our own desires. But, God seeks only to express Himself as us. And our highest aspirations are the evidence of His “good pleasure to give you [us] the Kingdom.” [Luke 12:32] We desire something because He first desires it in us…for us. It is not that God bends us by His Will but, that we are influenced by the world into conformity to standards and patterns, which make us attempt to be that which we are not. As the Apostle Paul says, “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold. But, let God remold your minds from within.” [Romans 12:2] This is so very important!
A great deal is made of “The Power of Positive Thinking.” But, my friends, this New Insight In Truth is so much more than just positive thinking. Actually, we are immersed, constantly, in the atmosphere of our thought. In a sense, there is no such thing as “positive” and “negative” thinking as two different things. There is only the use we make of the Creative Power of Thought, in positive or negative ways. The Power that we may, unwittingly, use to make ourselves sick is the same Power that can make us well! The Power we use to impoverish ourselves is the Power that can enrich us! If this were not so, the Universe would be a duality, with an “evil force” operating, constantly, to our disadvantage. But, the Universe is a Unity. God is One. You and I are thinking with the same Mind, the same Power, and the same Mind that was in Christ Jesus, as Paul says [in Philippians 2:5]. We are individuals in this Infinite Mind, and all of It is in back of each one of us, supporting us. But, as creations of God, we are created with the freedom to choose what we may think. And, in what we think, we continually bring into our lives, into our experiences, what we call “good” or “bad.” We can think ourselves into being unhappy or depressed or we can think ourselves into being glad. We can think ourselves into being sick or we can think ourselves into health.
Now, the process here is the frustration or the releasement of our Innate Potentiality. Sickness or lack or evil are not things in themselves, created by negative forces. They are never anything more than the frustration of potentiality. Healing or prosperity or happiness or the free-flow of good are simply the conscious, or subconscious, will to “let God be God in you.”
Now, let’s not minimize this. There is a discipline involved. Without discipline there can be no growth. When, rightfully, unhappy, it is far from easy to think happiness. But, when you know that life is an inward-out process, you realize that the condition did not cause the unhappiness. Your reaction to the condition made the unhappiness, and…you can control your reaction! You can choose your mood! You can determine your thoughts! And, you can decide, exactly, what it is that you will center your attention on. You can determine that you will not allow persons and situations to make you think in certain ways.
Experiment with this positive use of your mind, and you will find yourself suddenly on a path of life where forces begin working for you, which before had seemed to be against you. The forces of which we speak were nothing more or less than your own morbid state of consciousness.
In working with Mind, we suggest the technique of using what we call “affirmations.” Now, an affirmation is a statement of Truth, such as, “I am a Center of Love, centered in the Love that is God.” “I am a Center of Love, centered in the Love that is God.” This is what we call an affirmation. Now, it is not a magic phrase that is going to make something happen. Just speaking this word is not going to make you a Center of Love. You do not create anything by affirming it. What you are trying to do, with this statement of Truth, is to lift your consciousness and attune yourself to the Mind of the Creative Process of God. You do not make it true, but you affirm that is true! And, beginning with your mind in tune with God, you “let God be God in you.” You become a channel for God’s Flow, God’s outpouring.
The Bible tells us, “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love.” [Jeremiah 31:3] In other words, there is this constancy of the Divine Love that is forever within—but we frustrate it, we limit it. So, when we affirm this Truth about Love, actually, what we are doing is lifting our consciousness to Reality—that which is really true, that which plugs us in to the “let God be God in me” state of consciousness, which, in this sense, means to “let Love be in me…and as me.”
All that you desire, or need, exists within you, in your Divine Potential. The problems are simply the frustration of that Potential. So, the key to healing or overcoming is, always, to reactivate the process of growth—to unblock the frustrations of consciousness.
So…I’m not seeking to assert a dogma but, rather, to unearth a Principle—the Principle of Divine Sonship. The Principle of Unity is the Principle of Wholeness. So, the affirmation, or the statement of Truth, does not change anything or add anything or create anything. It simply declares the Reality that has always been present, beyond the appearance. It initiates a process of releasement. So, we deal with spiritual healing, with a demonstration of success and prosperity, with the unfoldment of abundant life, in the belief that these are the natural rights of every person who is in tune, or in the Flow of the Divine Process. They are simply a part of the natural unfoldment of the Kingdom within man, coming into expression “on earth as it is in Heaven.”
God wants health and happiness for you, prosperity and freedom for you. And, anything less than all good in your experience is the frustration of this Divine Will. Claim God’s Will for yourself and…press your claim! No matter where you are, or think you are; no matter what you are, or fear that you are not; no matter what you can do, or cannot do; no matter what you have, or worry about not having; within you is the waiting possibility to be and do and have! What you want and yearn for and require is yours…now! You are, right now, the ever-living, ever-unfolding expression of Abundant Life!
In all that I teach, and in all the techniques that I outline, I am simply trying to help you to find the way to “LET GOD BE GOD IN YOU.”
© Eric Butterworth