Tonight’s title is
“All the World’s a Stage.” As you know, that is from Shakespeare.
the world’s a stage,
all the men and women merely players:
have their exits and their entrances;
one man in his time plays many parts.”
You Like It,” Act II, Scene vii]
And of course, that’s
the way the world is. There is really only one Player. “God alone acts and is,
in existent beings or men.” [Wm. Blake, from “The Marriage of Heaven and
Let us turn now to
Scripture. “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world.”
(Ephesians 1:4, RSV1) You and I were chosen; so our salvation is prior to the
physical creation or the historical process. The world was brought into being as
a theater in which God could manifest His power and His love for His sons.
We are speaking now
above the organization of sex; when we speak of “sons,” it is in the
Biblical sense. Although you may be wearing the female garments, you are known
in Scripture as “sons of God”; and your fitness for what He is doing is the
consequence, not the condition, of His choice. When He chose us, He chose us for
a purpose, which is to give Himself to us.
He did not bring all of
His sons down, which was shown me so clearly in vision. And, yet, we cannot
brag, for we did nothing to earn that wonderful Grace of His! Not one thing, –
so we can not brag about it.
In a vision once I saw an
infinite field of Sunflowers, but the flowers were human faces. All were
anchored in the earth. If one swayed, all swayed. If one smiled, all smiled.
They moved as though some invisible hand directed them; they seemed to have no
choice. They were innocent; but they were human, and yet completely rooted in
the earth. As I looked at them, these beautiful faces – you couldn’t improve
upon them – I felt that I was freer than all of them put together, and yet I
certainly was not as lovely as one of them! And here, they all moved in
orchestration like some wonderful symphony led by some invisible hand.
Now, they are the ones
who were not selected. They are the innocent ones – completely innocent,
unaware of the Father. You and I were innocent once, as innocent as that field
of Sunflowers; but the journey is from Innocence, through Experience, to a fully
awakened Imagination – to a fully awakened Being as God the Father. It’s not
an easy journey; but failure is impossible, because The One Being Who made the
choice is playing all the parts, and in the end the play comes to its climax
when He reveals the purpose of the play. And the purpose is to fulfill His
intention, as we are told: “His Will will not turn back until He has executed
and accomplished the intents of His Mind. In the latter days you will understand
it perfectly.” (Jeremiah 23:20, RSV)
The “latter days” is
the climax of the play. So, He is playing all the parts – in you, in me, in
every child born of woman. So, we are told to “set our hope fully upon that
Grace that is coming to us at the unveiling of Jesus Christ.” (I Peter 1:13)
Well, Jesus Christ dwells in us as us. That is the story.
Now, why isn’t it easy?
Well, I doubt that you could extract gold from ore without a furnace. So, we are
told in Isaiah: “I have tried you in the furnaces of experience…” He calls
it “affliction”; well, that is experience. “For my own sake, for my own
sake I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to
another.” (Isaiah 48:10, 11, RSV)
Well, what is the glory
that He is going to give? The “glory of God is God Himself, as revealed to us
in the book of Exodus, the 33rd chapter: “And I will make my glory pass before
you . . . and I will cover you, ... and as I pass by …”. (Exodus 33: 19, 22)
So, He equates “glory” with the “I” – with Himself. So, to give me His
glory is to give me Himself! So, at the very end, at the climax of the play,
when Christ is unveiled in us, we will say now: “Return unto me the glory that
you promised me in the beginning, before that the world was”; (John 17:5) for
this is what He is going to give us. He actually gives us Himself! So, the play
was completely done in the beginning.
Now, can you imagine a
playwright – now, I am speaking of God the Father – selecting His billions
of sons, for there are unnumbered billions – he warned us in the beginning
that they would be more numerous than the sands in the sea, more numerous than
the stars in the heavens.” (See Genesis 22:17)
I read here recently
where they had discovered another galaxy. This was only recently done –
something bigger than our galaxy, and they estimate the number of stars in our
galaxy in excess of three hundred billion, of which our sun is only a
medium-sized light in that fabulous galaxy! Not speaking of the planets –
speaking only of the centers of these clouds, which would be suns – over three
hundred billion in the galaxy! So, when we speak of three billion on earth, and
tomorrow maybe six billion, – and we are afraid to have the six billion – do
not be afraid. “He has set bounds to the peoples, according to the number of
the sons of God,” as told us in the 32nd chapter of Deuteronomy, (Deuteronomy
32:8) “He has put bounds to the people, according to the number of the sons of
God”; so He has chosen within Him the number – there is a definite number,
and you have been chosen because you are here today!
Every child born of woman
is chosen; their name is written in the Book of Life.
So, here I do know what I
am talking about; and that so-called symbolism of the Book of Life is an actual
fact. When I was taken into His presence, before I stood in the presence of the
Lord – the Risen Lord, I was first taken to a being, an angelic creature. She
seemed to me – I say “she” because it seemed to be that it was female. It
was an angelic figure seated at a desk with an enormous – what appeared to be
a ledger about that deep [indicating]. This is symbolism, I grant you; but it
was a ledger, and it was open. She simply looked at me, turned to her side and
just looked at me. She didn’t speak – and then turned back to the book and
checked off. Then I was taken in spirit before the Risen Lord, and He asked me a
very simple question: “What is the greatest thing in the world?” I answered
automatically, though I was divinely prompted; I said, “Faith, hope and love,
but the greatest of these is love.” At that moment He embraced me, and we
fused and we became one body of Infinite Love. You could not describe it in
words to satisfy any one concerning that emotion, for the emotion on earth that
we speak of as love can’t come near that which I felt when He embraced me and
I became one with the body of the Risen Lord! So, I know from experience that
God is love.
At that moment I was
incorporated into the body of Love. I’ve never felt divorced from it from that
moment on. I cannot be divorced from it. Not a thing in the world can separate
me from the Love of God! So, I do know that the end of the 8th chapter of Romans
is true. He could only have written it if he had experienced it. He could never
have written the 13th [chapter] of Corinthians if he had not experienced love,
for he ends it on the notes “Faith, hope, and love, these three abide; but the
greatest of these is love”. (I Corinthians 13:13)
So, I share with you what
I know as the play unfolds within us. The Gospel has to be repeated in us. The
whole thing has to unfold within us for us to really know and understand this
wonderful mystery called Scripture. But may I tell you, it will, in every child
born of woman. But that hour, no one knows but the Father. We are called in our
own good time, because He selects one after the other, because He simply has
predetermined the entire thing. This is not an afterthought of God. “Before
the world was.” He has determined our salvation to move us from Innocence
where we had everything but we knew nothing, for we are the one spoken of in
Scripture as the Prodigal Son – the one who went out and seemingly wasted
everything, and the one who did not go out complained; and the father said to
him, “Son, all that is mine is yours”, (Luke 15: 31) but he didn’t know
If you owned the
world and you didn’t know it, you could die of starvation for the want of a
dollar, because maybe you have an ethical code that would not allow you to take
what you felt was not yours. And if you saw all the bread in the world and you
were hungry and starving, if your code would not allow you to pick it up because
you know it isn’t yours, you could own the world and still die of starvation.
Well, that was the second son. He took nothing, not even a little kid; and when
the one who went far away returned, the fatted calf, the ring and robe –
everything to show the authority of the father – was placed upon him; and the
one who did not come out complained. But that is the innocence, that one day
they will be selected; but at the present moment we are the chosen ones. We are
in the Book of Life. But we go through hell. I know from my own experience, for
in His wonderful, merciful wisdom He hides from our memory our past, that you
may not carry it with you.
Paul appealed three times
for the removal of the thorn in his side, and three times the Lord said to him:
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
(II Corinthians 12:19) So, we seem to be helpless when suddenly the earth falls
in or drops out, as it were; and Paul then made the statements “I consider the
sufferings of the present time not worth comparing with the glory that is to be
revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18, KJV2) The preposition is “in,” not
“to.” as translated by the Revised Standard Version. It is, “in us,” for
God is revealing Himself in us as Himself.
He has set up in the
beginning what He is, and it is in our personal beings here that God unveils
Himself – unveils His nature. The revelation of God is that He is a father –
a loving father. He first reveals Himself as Almighty God – sheer destructive
power. So, He said, “I revealed my name as El Shaddai, which is Almighty God,
to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. By my name the Lord – “which means, “I AM.”
“I did not make myself known to them.” (Exodus 6:3) He revealed that first
to the one called Moses.
Now, these characters are
not individuals as you and I are. When you read the word “Moses” or
“Abraham,” “Isaac,” “Jacob” – all these characters are only states
of consciousness; and you must think of being in a state of consciousness
expressing that state. The person called “Moses,” or the individual spoken
of as Moses is expressing the state through which God unveils Himself as “I
AM.” His final revelation is as “Father,” which comes when Christ begins
to awaken in man and unfolds Himself or unveils Him-self in man, and the man in
whom He unveils Himself is the Lord Jesus Christ. That’s where this “son”
comes in, for if the Father is the Lord, and the father must have a son – at
least, he must have a child, and that child is the son; so when that son calls
you “Father,” you know Who-You-Are. You look right into the face of the Son
of God, and you know without any doubt or uncertainty that you are looking at
your own son, and you know exactly who he is and you know his name. And how can
you, walking this day in the year 1971, look into the face of one who is
recorded in Scripture as having lived One Thousand B.C., and look into that face
and then tell me that he is related to you as your son, and you are, say, 50
years of age? Here is one who goes back now three thousand years, and he’s
your son? And; you know it, and there is no uncertainty as to this vision. He is
yours now. And as to the relationship, he is your son, who is God’s Son; and
that’s the only way you will ever know that you are God! Because God
disappeared by entering the sepulcher, the sepulcher being the human skull.
The drama of life
begins in the Holy Sepulcher, and it comes to its climax and fulfillment in the
Holy Sepulcher. So, the darkest hour of life is the hour when God became
invisible. It is told in the story: “And darkness covered the earth from the
sixth hour to the ninth hour”. (Matthew 27:45; Mark 15:33; Luke 23:44) The
“ninth hour” is the hour of birth. Darkness covered the earth; and the most
sad time in the time of man is when the visible God becomes invisible. He is
made to say, “Unless I go away, the Holy Spirit will not come. But if I go, I
will send the Holy Spirit, and He will bring to your remembrance what I have
told you”. (John 15:26)
Just make a mental
picture of this Infinite Being called God the Father, choosing us in Him for a
definite purpose, and then telling us in advance what would happen to us! He
tells us of the sepulcher, that we would be enslaved as told us in the book of
Genesis. We will go into a land that is not our land – a foreign land, and
there we will remain for four hundred years as slaves. (See Genesis 15:13)
Now 400 is simply a
symbolic figure. It’s the numerical value of the last letter of the Hebrew
alphabet, whose symbol is that of a cross. The letter is “tav,” the 22nd
letter of the alphabet, the final letter. Its symbol is the cross. Its numerical
value is four hundred. The cross is this [indicating the physical body]. This is
the cross on which God is crucified.
So, He tells us in
advance He must depart; but in departing, He enters us. Then He’s never so
near as even to be far off, because nearness would imply separation. At that
moment that He became invisible, He became one with man – one with those that
He chose. So, in that moment, God died – literally died, and became invisible,
buried in the skull of those that He chose.
And the purpose of it all
is to awaken in those that He chose as the one in whom He awakes. So, when He
awakes in you, you are God! And you will know you are God because His son, He
tells you in His written word, is David; and David will stand before you and
call you, “Father.”
So, in the Bible we are
told the story quite clearly, and David spoke and said:
will tell of the decree of the Lord:
said unto me, ‘Thou art my son,
I have begotten thee.’”
Then in the 89th Psalm we
read that the Father found David:
David cried unto him, ‘Thou art my Father,
God, and the Rock of my salvation.’”
Now, this wonderful
symbolism is altogether literally true. Here’s the story of a rock. How would
you ever think of God referring to Himself as the Rock? He calls Himself, in the
book of Deuteronomy:
– The Rock that begot you
you are unmindful of the Rock that begot you.”
What on earth would it
mean unless you had the vision? Here I sat alone, not thinking of anything in
particular – just contemplating, my eyes shut as in sleep, but I certainly was
not asleep; and then, as happens all the time when I meditate, this golden,
liquid light envelops the head, and you see nothing but pulsing, liquid, golden
light. My eyes are shut, but I am fully awake and I know exactly what I am
seeing – the normal, usual, pulsing, golden, liquid light. Then suddenly
appears before my vision a rock, about that size (indicating) of quartz; and
then, as I look at it, I wonder, What on earth does this mean? It became
fragmented. The whole thing broke into numberless little pieces; and then, as
though some invisible hand molded it again, but while bringing it back into its
form, it did not come back into its original form. It came back into the form of
a human figure seated in the lotus posture in deep, deep meditation. And as I
looked at it, I am looking at myself! Here I am, the observer, looking at
myself, the object that I am observing, and it’s myself! But it is a living,
breathing being; only its face was the Nth
of perfection. I could not, in Eternity, conceive of such a
beautiful face, and yet it’s my face. I could not conceive that this face
could ever be transformed into that face. Yet here I cannot deny I am looking at
myself, and it’s pulsing and it’s breathing.
As I looked at it, it
began to glow; and it glowed and glowed and glowed to about the intensity of the
sun. When it reached that intensity, it exploded. So, here is the Rock that
In deep meditation, God
is within me. He took my form. He took my face. But because He is perfect, He is
molding me in the likeness of that Perfect Being that He assumed; and He showed
me that it was a rock, seemingly, in the beginning – like a daydream. And then
the daydream became a living soul. But that Living Soul that is contemplating me
is the Father; and when He has finished the work that He started within me, that
will awaken, and I am He! And that is God!
So, that is the
God-in-you contemplating and molding you into His own Being, into His face. He
will awaken in you; so there will be no loss of identity. I will know you in
Eternity, and will see that perfect face that you are destined to be. I will
know you by your identity, and yet I will know you as God! Whatever you are now
as my friend, I will know you as my friend and brother; and I will also know you
as God, for He is transforming man into God, which is Himself.
So, the theme – the
central theme of the play is that of metamorphosis: the transformation of His
son into Himself, Who is God the Father. So, He chose us. Let me repeat myself;
we cannot brag about it. He chose us – we have no knowledge why He chose us.
And when we are made fitted for the Kingdom – and again, it is only the
consequence; it is not the condition of His choice. So, again, we dare not brag.
Every one that you see in
the world – behind that is the Rock meditating that one – animating it in
the world, and putting it through all the “furnaces of affliction,” because
it takes the furnaces of affliction to receive the Glory that is God. In the
end, He comes out, having gone through all the experiences and facets of the
four hundred years. Don’t think of years in terms of 365 days; it is only a
symbol. “Four hundred” is the cross; and the 400 years hasn’t a thing to
do with four hundred years. You have been coming down for centuries. You
didn’t start here recently in your mother’s womb. That is only the little
garment that you are wearing. But you’ve been coming and coming and coming!
Scripture implies it is six thousand years to complete the work, as the letter
of Peter implies, when Peter said, “One day in the eyes of God is a thousand
years in the eyes of man.” (II Peter 3:8)
On the sixth day He
completed man; so it would be six thousand years. So, between His choice and the
fulfillment of His purpose will be six thousand years. Let no one tell you how
near you are to that end, because they do not know. The end comes suddenly. It
comes unexpectedly. So, let no one look at you and fool you, because they cannot
tell you. When He was asked, He said, “No one knows, not even the Son; only
the Father.” It is not for you to know the times and the seasons which the
Father has appointed. Only the Father knows it. When the Father has finished His
work, because: “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at
the day of Jesus Christ,” (Philippians 1:6) which is the unveiling of
So, when He unveils it,
it begins with the Resurrection. The whole end comes with the Resurrection; then
the birth the same night follows the Resurrection; then comes the discovery of
the Fatherhood of God, for the Father could only know it through the Son. There
is no other way of knowing it unless the Son reveals it, for: “No one knows
who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the
Son”; (Luke 10:22) so it takes the Son to reveal the Father.
So, the Father cannot
stand on the outside and tell you that you are the Father. The Father became
invisible, and will remain invisible because He became you. He’s not going to
detach Himself from you and stand on the outside and show you Who He is. He will
tell you who you are, because His Son will call you, “Father.” He sees you
as the Being he knows as Father. So, he will see you actually as his Father when
he looks at you, because that’s how God gave Himself to us. “He [literally]
becomes as we are, that we may be as He is.” [Wm. Blake, “There Is No
Natural Religion”] And it takes the entire play of the “furnaces” to
But, disaster beyond
remedy is impossible, because God is playing all the parts. So, when we read in
the 43rd chapter of Isaiah: “Call my sons from afar and my daughters from the
end of the earth, all those who bear my name.” (Isaiah 43:6, 7) Well, do you
not bear His name? Before you could see anything in this world, before you knew
your name – whether you are called Peter or Jacob or [called by any name] you
first were aware, and you knew that you are. A little infant knows that it is;
it doesn’t know that this is its hand when it comes over and disappears. It
does not know where it came from, but eventually it knows it’s a hand that is
attached to a body, and it identifies itself with the body; but before it can
even think of a body, it is aware of being. To be aware of being is saying, “I
So, “call my sons from
afar, and my daughters from the end of the earth, those who bear my name”;
(Isaiah 43:6) every one in the world – even the idiot is aware that he is.
And that awareness of being is saying, “I am.” That is God. You cannot
detach yourself from that name, and His name is His nature, and His nature is
Himself. And because by His law, all things bring forth after their kind, God
in becoming man – when He brings forth His image, it has to be God – not
just God-like; it has to be actually God. So, God can only produce God. In
becoming man, identifying Himself with man, His product is God. He is not just
going to push Himself out and look at Himself – no; He looks at His Son, and
the Son is David.
Now, David is a symbol.
It is a living, living symbol, but you think it is a man. It looks like a man.
It is a man. It is the Eternal Youth, beautiful beyond the wildest dream that
you could ever conceive. But it is a youth, and it’s David. He is the sum
total of all the experiences of Humanity; therefore, when Shakespeare said: “.
. . one man in his time plays many parts” [from “As You Like It,” Act II,
Scene VII], you have played all the parts. There are only so many parts to play!
There are twelve characters. You can multiply the twelve and bring them into a
hundred and forty-four thousand; but stick with the twelve – all sons of
Jacob. They are called the Twelve Gates of Jerusalem. They are called the Twelve
Disciples, the Twelve Apostles, the twelve openings of the human body. So, these
are the twelve main characters, and you play them.
Today you see some one,
and he is playing the part of some culprit in the world. Don’t feel that you
are something different. That same Being that is playing the part of the culprit
is the Being playing your part when you are now sitting in judgment. So, the one
who is being condemned and the one who is judging are played by the same Being.
“God only acts and is in existing beings or men.” [Wm. Blake] He has played
every part. The sheriff tonight and the prisoner are both played by God! There
is only God. In the end, there is nothing but God. There is no room for another.
So, if you believe even,
say, in a devil, then that would have to be played by God! But there is no
devil. There is only God; but seen on a certain level of being, it would seem as
though there are numberless devils in the world.
But, here, I acquaint you
with this Law as He revealed it to me, and then I leave you to your choice and
its risk. Sometimes you get burned in misapplying the principle, which is called
His Law. But in the end, all will be forgiven. In the end, all things are
justified. In the end, you are righteous, for “righteousness” in the Bible
simply means that that individual who actually fulfilled that which was –
well, committed to him to do. If I fulfill my commitment, which is a certain
relationship – Father-Son relationship, that individual is named in the Bible
the “righteous one.” He kept the faith. That does not mean that I am a
Christian and keep the Christian faith, or I am a Jew and keep the Jewish faith.
That is not the faith of Scripture. So, if you believe even, say, in a devil,
then that would have to be played by God! But there is no devil. There is only
God; but seen on a certain level of being, it would seem as though there are
numberless devils in the world.
Well, he began to tell
them there isn’t any physical Christ Jesus. He said, “Once I believe in a
physical Christ Jesus”; he said, “Hereafter I see no Christ after the flesh.
Even though I once beheld Him after the flesh, I see Him thus no longer.” (II
You always have one
testimony; that is the written testimony. That is the Bible. Have you
experienced Scripture? Then you have two witnesses; your inner witness of the
Spirit, and the outer testimony of the written word. When you will actually
parallel these stories of Scripture and experience it in a first-person
singular, present-tense experience, then you know Scripture, and then you are a
witness to the Truth.
When you come out, there
are witnesses to testify to your birth, but they cannot see you, for now you are
Spirit; but they will see the symbol of your birth. They will see the infant
wrapped in swaddling clothes. They will see that all right. And one of them will
announce the fact that it is your child. Others will question his sanity,
because you may be male. Therefore, can a man bear a son, Scripture asks in the
book of Jeremiah? (Jeremiah 30:6) “Can a man bear a child?” His answer is,
No. And, yet, the answer is this: “Why then do I see every man with his hands
pulling himself out of himself, just like a woman in labor?” (Jeremiah 30:6)
That’s exactly what you do. When you are almost out, you pull the remaining
portion of you out of the skull.
Then comes the unfolding
drama as recorded in Matthew and Luke The same unearthly wind, the same
unearthly earthquake, all in your head, is recorded. And, then, the next three
major steps are the unveiling of God; and the final one is the descent of the
Holy Spirit in the symbol of a dove. It’s a dove as far as you are concerned.
It’s a real, living dove! But it only symbolizes the descent of the Spirit,
giving complete satisfaction – a complete seal of approval that the work is
done, the work is finished.
Now tell it. Tell it as a
witness to the truth. It is not hearsay any more. You have experienced the
entire drama of the Gospel. So, until the Gospel repeats itself in you, Jesus
Christ is still in the grave. The world thinks that He has risen. Oh, yes, He is
risen all right! But He is rising. As Paul said, “Those who teach that the
resurrection is over are misleading the faithful and turning them from the
faith.” (See II Timothy 2:16-18) The resurrection is not over; it is taking
place. It took place and continues to take place. So, when it takes place in the
individual, Jesus Christ is still in his grave! So, He has to rise in every one,
for I am speaking of the Universal Christ, which is God buried in every man.
That’s Jesus Christ.
So, if he comes from
without, he is a false Christ. Any one who teaches of a Christ, other than that
Universal Christ who is buried in every man – he’s got the false Christ.
So, as I gave you the
test – I think it was the first night – I’ll give it to you tonight
because many of you were not here that night. If I now give you the test –
I’ll give it to you now: “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are holding
to the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?
…unless of course you fail to meet the test!” (II Corinthians 13:5)
I have just given you the
test. Now I will show you what the test is – I just gave it to you. If the
word “Jesus Christ” conveys the sense of an existent something outside of
you – outside of man, you’ve failed the test. For Jesus Christ is in you.
So, if perchance when I use the word “Jesus Christ,” you have the sense of
an existent something outside of you, you have failed the test, for He is buried
in you. He became invisible. At that very moment when He became invisible was
the darkest hour of your life. Yet it was that moment that you should rejoice in
because He died in that moment for you.
“Unless I die, thou
canst not live; but if I die, I shall arise again, and thou with me.” [Wm.
Blake, from “Jerusalem”] So in that very moment He became invisible and
departed, and buried Himself in you. When you hear His name being called, think
of the Christ-within-you. One day He is going to stir; and when He stirs, it is
you stirring, and you will awaken and then comes His son who calls you,
“For did not David in
the spirit call him, “my lord?” (Matthew 22:43) He called Him, “My
Lord.” Well, the word “my lord” was used by every son of his father; he
referred to his father as “my lord.” “So, David in the spirit called him,
“my Lord”; and he will, in the Spirit, call you, “my father.” And, then,
you will know.
And when he does call
you, “Father,” you can testify to the Truth of that statement in Scripture.
And eventually all the statements of Scripture, you are going to experience. And
then you come back into the heavenly crowd as one who has returned fully as God
God the Father will be
made up of those He has chosen, fully awake as Himself. It’s like one grand
infinite brain, and we are brain cells in the mind of the dreamer. The Dreamer
is awake; and in each cell He wakens Himself until the whole of that portion of
the infinite brain will awake.
But at this moment in
time, “there is a limit to the bounds of the people”. (Deuteronomy 32:8) You
don’t have to be concerned about any population explosion. That is an economic
problem; it isn’t your problem. I know nothing of economics, but I did hear a
very able gentleman – he was the Negro, George Washington Carver. I heard him
just about the year he died. He spoke in New York City at the Waldorf-Astoria
before a group of very able men and women. In those days there was no TV, but it
could be heard on radio. It was broadcast.
He said: “Gentlemen and
ladies present,” and they were all leaders in the different fields of the
world: scientists, economists – you name it – politicians; they were all
present at this lecture. And he said, “Everything that I am wearing as I
stand before you came out of the peanut or the Southern Pine. I asked God why
He made a peanut, and He said to me, ‘George, I gave you a brain. Go within,
and I will show you why I made the peanut.’”
So, George Washington
Carver extracted from a simple little peanut three hundred by-products, and he
called it the Third Kingdom – the synthetic kingdom. Then he said to these
men and women present: “We can in this country clothe, feed and shelter the
entire world from the products we can produce in the southern states of our
country.” He didn’t mean South America, for he drew the line if any one
had any misconception of what he meant. He said, the Mason-Dixon Line.
“Draw the line, and in
the southern states of our country we can produce enough to clothe, to feed,
and to shelter the whole world.” So the problem is not production. The
problem is distribution: how to give it away under our system. The economists
can’t find a way to do it; the socialists can’t find a way to do it, and
we capitalists can’t find a way to do it. It’s not a problem of
production, and today we are emphasizing that as why we should not keep on
producing so many people in the world, because they are not going to be fed or
housed or clothed. Yet, from a man who extracted from a simple little peanut
over three hundred by-products and from the southern pine – what can you do
with a pine? You could only burn them for firewood. And, here, from the pine
he got three hundred by-products.
What child today, in our
land, has not eaten of the peanut and used the peanut oil and unnumbered things
out of the peanut? The pigments in his tie came out of the peanut. The cloth he
wore – everything that was on him came out of the peanut or the southern pine.
It didn’t look like the peanut; it didn’t look like – well, a tree; but it
was cloth, and it felt like cloth and looked like cloth, and it was cloth. Yet
he took it out of these products.
So, our problem is
something that you and I, possibly, could not touch because I am not an
economist. I can spend money, but I cannot do a thing about it. I couldn’t
tell you how it’s made. I couldn’t tell you what he must do in order to get
it. I only know I need money to meet my expenses: to pay rent, which is an
essential thing; to pay for groceries – to do all the things that we must do
in this world. But I know nothing of economics. So, that is the problem for the
economists of the world, but certainly not the earth’s capacity to produce and
man’s intelligence to turn it into the needs of man.
Go back to Deuteronomy,
the 32nd chapter, the 8th verse: “He has set bounds to the peoples according
to the number of the sons of God.” One translation has it, “the sons of
Israel.” Very fine – “Israel” is a name for “sons of God,” for he
said, “Call my son out of Egypt; call Israel out of Egypt.” (Hosea 11:1) The
modern translation translates “Israel” as “sons of God”; so every child
born of woman has the Son of God buried in him. And the intelligence is there.
Every one in the world will, one day, prove what I have just told you.
I am sharing with you
what I know. I am not speculating! I am not theorizing. I am telling you exactly
what I know from experience.
So, again, let me come
back to the beginning. It really is a Play.
the world’s a stage,
all the men and women merely players,
have [our] exits and [our] entrances;
one man” – which is God Himself –
all the parts.”
“As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII]
He plays many in His
time. So, regarding you, there is the same God in this one speaking; and in the
end there’s only God. “... one body …one Spirit …one Lord …one God and
Father of all ...” (Ephesians 4:4-6)
So, you take it to heart
and dwell upon it, and you’ll find such comfort that you will never be alone.
Physically you may be alone, but you are never alone when you dwell upon the
Word of God. You can’t be alone. If no one came to see you ever again, you
still aren’t alone, because your brain is crowded with those who have preceded
you. You’ve experienced it, and you can commune with them. You can commune
with those who are miles and miles apart. You don’t need to go there
physically; you can commune with them. It’s all within you.
“All that you behold,
though it appears without, it is within, in your [own wonderful human]
imagination, of which this world of mortality is but a shadow.” [Wm. Blake,
You will find in the end
that you are “all imagination, and that God is man, and exists in us, and we
in Him. The eternal body of man is the imagination, and that is [the Lord Jesus]
Himself.” [Wm. Blake]
Your own wonderful human
imagination dreamed the Dream of Life, but you will experience it as something
external to yourself. But it is all taking place in the Sepulcher. Man dreams,
and one day he is going to awake; and when the Dreamer in you awakes, you are
the Lord Jesus, the father of David. You will see him, and he will reveal you as
God the Father.
Now let us go into the
Now, tomorrow night and
Monday night will be what some would call the practical side of this principle.
But there are moments when you cannot avoid bringing in the Promise, but they
will be confined, most of the evening, to the practical side of this principle.
Now, are there any
A LADY: [Question
inaudible on recording, about meditation.]
NEVILLE: No, if I close
my eyes, without any effort to meditate, it comes. Close your eyes and just turn
your attention into your head; and you will find that this golden liquid light
– it comes all over your head and forms itself into a cloud – like some one
smoking a cigar. It’s a huge, circular, living light; and one will go after
the other; it gets faster and faster, and finally it forms a cloud from your
head as far as you can go. I contemplate within my head. I don’t contemplate
on the outside; I turn my attention within my head, and then all of a sudden the
whole thing becomes luminous. All the convolutions of the brain grow luminous.
You try it, my dear. It’s there! It is there, but you just haven’t seen it.
You might see what I call
the blue flame. The blue flame is not like a gas flame but it is constant. It is
more like burning alcohol, where it moves – it’s alive. If you put a piece
of wood in the fireplace, you see the flame moving. Or, it is like at Christmas
time when you pour rum or brandy all over a pudding and you burn a flame; you
see that flame go all over the pudding. Well, that is the sort of a flame that
comes here. It is a bluish flame, but two shades of blue, and it is living. The
thing is so alive; it is moving, just like burning alcohol. It always comes on
my forehead, in shades of blue; but it is so alive.
But the golden light just
comes in glorious spots and forms itself and goes off from your body.
But forget that. In your
practical approach to things, just simply assume the end. When you first do it,
it is denied by your senses, but that doesn’t matter. An assumption, if
persisted in, will harden into fact. That is the story from the very beginning.
Again Shakespeare said in “Anthony and Cleopatra”: “It has been taught us
from the final state that he which is was wished until he were.” That is the
final state. “Let us make man in our image.” (Genesis 1:26) So, then, if he
becomes the image of God, then that final state was because God was faithful to
His wish, to His order. And our departure does not in any way change God’s
Word. If we went after false gods, He still loves us. He loves us no matter what
we do. Again Shakespeare says in his sonnet:
is not love which alters when it alteration finds.”
You and I can change when
we find an alteration; so the love grows cold in the world, and then the divorce
courts are filled. Yet the first day they got married they say, “Oh, isn’t
this marvelous forever and forever!” You take off the wedding ring and you
find the two words: “forever and forever.” Then comes the divorce court,
maybe a day later, a year later, some after 40 years. I have them in my audience
who say, “You know we’ve been married 44 years, and we have a son now 42”;
and he wants a divorce. Then she says, “How many years have we left? Why
divorce now, with the estate that we have?” I say, “Well, I can’t answer
that. I only teach a principle.” But, you see, that is not God’s Love.
God’s Love is stated so
firmly in Scripture. In the 136th Psalm there are 26 verses, and each verse ends
with the words: “Thy faithful love endures forever.” So, as Shakespeare
is not love
alters when it alteration finds.”
You grow old in this
world, but you loved her dearly when she was young and beautiful. She was
everything you wanted; then she has a child. You loved the child. The child is
grown up in the world; but now she, like yourself, is grey and she loses the
perfect eyesight, the perfect hearing. Maybe much of her hair is gone. Maybe
many of her teeth are gone. So what? Are you going to change now because she is
not the girl you married 30 or 40 years ago?
A LADY: [Question
inaudible on recording.]
NEVILLE: You cannot turn
a schoolroom into a home. This is a school of educative darkness. If we didn’t
need this school, why come here? It’s a school! I can’t see any reason for
wanting to be always 20. I couldn’t go back to 20 if you gave me the world –
I mean, even to look 20. I certainly wouldn’t want it. I’d be in competition
with my children who are beyond 20. I have a son who is 46, and my daughter was
born in ’42| she is 29. Certainly I don’t want to compete with my children,
and I am very happy to be what I am – the age that I am.
I don’t see why one
should not be healthy all his life, but don’t condemn the one who is not.