We are beginning the Lenten Season, and although we will not be spending a tremendous amount of time on Sunday mornings in study of this important time in Christian tradition, it would be a shame not to honor the vital work completed by Charles Fillmore on this topic. And so, I will be providing excerpts on this master course to you here in this space between now and Easter Sunday, April 21st.
Here’s a sample for you from Chapter 1: The Way to Perfection:
“ ‘I AM GOD ALMIGHTY; walk before me, and be thou perfect.’
“In prayer we need to be deeply conscious that God is the almighty One, the supreme Creator the ruler of the universe, that He is infinite and eternal; we need to know that God is the underlying, unchangeable Truth, ‘with whom can be no variation, neither shadow that is cast by turning.’
“God as principle is the absolute good expressed in all creation. When we know God and “worship him in spirit and truth” we recognize Him as this great goodness, which is omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, ready and willing to guide, to bless, and to uplift.
“To walk with almighty God is to walk with Truth and to affirm the power of Spirit within mind and body as the dominating mind force; it is to walk in the light and thus to apply in our daily living the wisdom that is from above, acknowledging the Father as the source of all our knowing, as the mainspring of all our actions.
“This leads us to the truth that our knowing God brings peace, the serene abiding that never wearies, never questions, never strains for results. He created and controls the whole universe. In God ‘we live, and move, and have our being.’ ”
Charles Fillmore on Denials (the first day):
“Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, is so-called from the ceremonial of ashes. Ashes symbolize repentance. John the Baptist came, saying, ‘Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Repentance means denial; it is a relinquishment and should be made without too much vehemence. Therefore, I deny out of consciousness old error thoughts, as if I were gently sweeping away cobwebs, and I affirm positively and fearlessly that I am a child of God, and that my inheritance is from Him. As I follow this rule I find that I am letting go of old mortal beliefs and the Divine within is flaming higher and higher. Its pure white light is infusing all my surroundings with a delightful spirit of wisdom, dignity, and peace. I realize more and more the law of righteous thinking that is bringing me into a consciousness of my perfect dominion.”
Charles Fillmore on Affirmations, (the second day):
“The science of Spirit is the orderly study of truths formulated in Divine Mind according to the operation of universal law. An affirmation is a positive and orderly statement of Truth. By affirmation we claim and appropriate that which is ours.
“The Word is the working power of Divine Mind. One will never go down to defeat if in his hour of need he positively affirms the almightiness of God-Mind through Christ, and invokes its help in his behalf.
“I declare that as a child of God I am now entering the Christ consciousness of perfection. This is in itself an affirmation, the highest I can make. Jesus helped Himself into this high state of being by His use of the spoken word. He continually made the very highest affirmations such as, ‘I and the Father are one,’ ‘All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth.’ . . .
“As day by day I repeat and courageously live affirmations of Truth, I come to know that I am opening a channel of intelligent communication with the silent forces at the depths of being; thoughts and words therefrom flow forth, and I realize an entirely new source of power developing within me.”
Charles Fillmore on “The Alter” (the 1st Sunday):
“The altar represents a fixed, definite center in the consciousness of man. It is a place within where we meet the Lord face to face and are willing to give up our sins, give up the lower for the higher, the personal for the impersonal, the animal for the divine.
“The altar, mentioned in Rev. 11:1 symbolizes the consciousness of full consecration that takes place in the temple of worship, the body. ‘Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service.’
“Prayer does not change God — it changes us. Sincere desire is a form of prayer. Deep desire is essential for spiritual growth. It is desire — earnest, intense desire — that draws the whole being up out of mortality and its transient joys into the power to appreciate and receive real spiritual blessings. This is a demonstration, the proving of a Truth principle in one’s body and affairs. It is the manifestation of an ideal when its accomplishment has been brought about by one’s conformity in thought, word, and act, to the creative principle of God.”
As you ponder these divinely inspired words, my prayer for you is one of peace and hope, that you may find fulfillment in mind and heart at this sacred time.
Toni King, Spiritual Advisor