By David Alexander |

Dwell in Pure Potentiality »

Each month, we publish an excerpt from the vast wisdom collection of New Thought luminary, Dr. Ernest Holmes, founder of the Religious Science movement. The monthly teachings from Holmes are then summarized by Rev. Dr. David Alexander, community spiritual leader of New Thought Center for Spiritual Living in Lake Oswego, Oregon. 

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Below is his April 2019 “Philosophy in Action” column:

Our founder Dr. Ernest Holmes often used the term “The Thing Itself” to describe God. He said that the study of Science of Mind is the study of first cause, the original creative force back of all creation. This universal thing is infinite intelligence and the divine substance from which all things come. It is what theologian Paul Tillich called “the ground of all being.”

This description of God does a couple of things that are really important to point out. First, it creates the foundation for a principle of inclusion, oneness. Second, it makes each one of us a point of articulation and therefore a responsible body in the manifestation of God’s presence on Earth.

Let me explain further. If God is all there is, then that all includes you and me. And you and I have the capacity to co-create with this universal intelligence through our thoughts, emotions and beliefs about the world around us. And because all of our experiences go through the filter of our consciousness, God can only be what we conceive It to be. Because It, while unlimited in Its pure potential, uses our consciousness as the filter through which It reveals Itself.

Holmes was right to say that God is The Thing Itself; however, at the level of the individual self, God is your relationship to The Thing Itself. You see, the universe exists in pure potential and unlimited possibility. With God, all things are possible, and we can truly transform our lives and the world with this power.

The way in which that pure potentiality moves into probability is through your portal of acceptance. You are the portal through which that which is possible becomes probable.

You might think, “Wow, that’s a lot of responsibility.” And it is. But keep in mind that you don’t have to fix the world, and you are not alone. Remember that there is a Divine Intelligence at the center of your being. It knows exactly what to do; you just have to listen.

Let go of the perceived burden of healing the world and embrace the divine assignment of revealing the wholeness of God that you are.

Travel well.