Many authors have written about natural laws that govern perception, reality and the power of mind and thoughts. Over the next several days, we will explore the various ways these writers have named and described these laws. This examination is merely a quick look at each of these laws, however. It is recommended that you study the books mentioned for yourself to gain a deeper understand of The Laws and how to apply them in your life.
In 1957 Robert A. Russell published a book titled “God Works Through You.” In it he describes eight avenues through which God works in the world. These eight avenues are not presented as laws per se, but for our purposes in this examination we will treat them as such.
However, before we begin examining each of these eight ways through which God works, I think it is important to spend a little time examining Russell’s view of the Divine and our relationship to It. He explains that there are three distinct aspects: God (Father, Creative Principle, Mind), Christ (or the Christ Mind) and Man.
Russell describes God as the Father Within, Creative Energy, First Cause, Life, Truth, Power, Intelligence. God is the source of all, the Creator, and power and energy flow out from God.
Christ is described as the Intermediary, the connecting link between God and man. The Christ Mind is aware in both directions, conscious of both God and man.
Man is us, made in God’s image and likeness and possessed with intelligence, will, and the power of choice. We are able to make use of all three levels of mind: our conscious awareness, our subconscious, and the Mind of God. When God made us in His image, part of that included allowing us a likeness of His creative power. We of ourselves cannot truly create, but through our subconscious, our link between our conscious mind and the higher level of the Mind of God, we can access the Creative power of God through Christ who is the Intermediary.
Confusing? Maybe this will help:
God’s power flows outward from Him toward us. Our awareness, our conscious mind, reaches the realm of this power through our subconscious. However, our wrong-thinking and lack of understanding make us unable, on our own, to be receptive to God’s grace and power. Christ is the connecting link between God and our conscious mind by way of our subconscious.
To the orthodox religious mind, this may sound like heresy at first. But when you think on it, there is nothing truly contradictory to what the Bible actually says. The only conflict is with what people have interpreted it to mean and taught that it means. The Bible makes it clear that Christ came to reconcile man to God, to be the way by which man can be made right with God.
What separates us that needs reconciling? In the Bible, it is sin. In Russell’s book, it is man’s wrong thinking. It is the denial of God, the turning away from Him and attempting to live through our own resources, separate from Him. And yet, doesn’t the Bible say that sin has its origin in the heart, and isn’t “heart” the Greek term for what we now refer to as mind, as our subconscious, our deepest self?
Russell doesn’t attempt to present Laws that must be followed. His course is to show the ways God works in the world and to explain how, when we bring ourselves into harmony with these ways, we can make use of the creative power of God to fashion our lives as we see fit. Tomorrow we’ll take a look at the first way that God works through us.
Have you read “God Works Through You”? What did you think of it? Please, let me know in the comments section below.
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