This talk was given by Charles Fillmore in 1921. As is often the case, when I read Charles’ work, I am amaze at its currency, although it is wrapped in a language that so often “…limits the idea…” If you read this talk and find the language off-putting, I would suggest you substitute “word” and “spoken word of God” with “vibration/sound” and “God” with “Universe,” “Source,” or any other word you may prefer. Does that make a difference?
“The promise is, “Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth.” Again we read, “Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” In interpreting this Scripture, we have sought to verify these statements from a material rather than a spiritual concept of things, and have looked upon these words as a prophecy of some catastrophe which shall overtake this material world and visit destruction upon it. Some people have even gone so far as to figure out a certain date upon which the expected end of the world shall come. All this is because we have accepted the material viewpoint as the real, rather than the spiritual, and the effect has been the material states of consciousness which rule the human race. But the many “end of the world” appointed times have not come to pass, and we must look for another interpretation of this misunderstood Scripture.
The fact is, this world is coming to an end and passing away every day. We live in two worlds—the mental and the material, the latter the expression or manifestation of the former. If we look back even a few years we see that many changes have taken place: old customs, conditions, and things have passed away, passed out of use, and are now replaced by new.
But what are years? They cannot be counted as we count time; years represent degrees of progress. New conceptions take form in consciousness, and change of methods replace old in the world of activities, according to the progressive ideals of the people…..Shall we have a new being? Yes, a new being, and a new earth upon which they will live; a new and higher form of being, and a new and better world brought into being through progressive thought and act.
In the story of creation God said, “Let there be light, and there was light,” “Let the dry land appear;” and the waters separated, and land did appear. If things were thus created by the power of the word, the “spoken Word of God, new things may be created through this “Word” of God, Christ Consciousness….
This spoken Word of God is God speaking through substance, and this Word must be now in action, now going on, now bringing forth the world……
There are times when our words are strong because we are conscious of our power. Again, when we feel a lack of spiritual poise and power, our words are weak. Our words are founded upon mind, and the state of consciousness governs the power of the word.
In the first chapter of John we read that “All things were made by the Word,” and we are told that the creative power is the Word of God. The mind holds this “Word,” and this “Word” enters into everything God makes.
Omnipotent, Omniscient Mind is moving the world from center to circumference. We are both center and circumference, according to our appreciation of ourselves. If you are living on the circumference you are not conscious of the center, and you know nothing about the power of the creative mind within. So, then take words, and return to the Center, the Source.
We have gone into the external of our being and lost the connection with our Good. We think ourselves an alien, a being apart from the Center, the Source. The remedy is, “Take with you words, and return unto the Center.” Prove the power of words. We have felt the sense of separation, but have not known how to come in touch with creative principles to do away with it.
Choose certain words and use them, repeat them. It may seem at first like parrot repetition, but they will open the way. Why are we given the words in Scripture? That we may commit them and use them, and open the way for the Spirit.
Words express ideas, and ideas are what we are searching for. When the idea is formed we clothe it in language. Descriptions vary; no two people see things just alike, no one language is understood by all, but the Spirit translates the idea to the understanding of each soul. Language is limitation of ideas. A certain cynical philosopher once said that language was invented by man, to conceal ideas. In the ideal realm God creates; in the ideal realm we should be established. In the ideal realm is the kingdom of heaven, and when this realm of ideas is fully realized by we humans, we will have a universal means of communication…..The only creative law is the law of thought and word. Words spring forth into fruit; the “fruit of our lips” is good or evil. We are creating now; every word produces results. Watch, and do not build the old material world, which is passing away, but through the power of your true Word create that higher, better world, which cannot pass away, because it is founded on principles of equity and justice.
Another point—we must cultivate patience; we must not seek to build too fast. Our new world is founded upon the universal consciousness of good for all, and each one must arrive at it in his or her own way. We must not interfere with another’s method of unfoldment. Every one under his or her own vine and fig tree must work out their own salvation.
This is the fault with most reforms and reformers. They have their own idea of how the work must be done, and it may not be the way of the Universe—not broad enough nor universal enough—and so it cannot endure. It passes away because it is not founded on Principle. Thomas Jefferson and the originators of our Constitution had the right idea. “Liberty and the pursuit of happiness” is to be given each individual through the privilege and freedom in the use of the Word.
We must be careful in our choice of words, for we may come into the very presence of the Source, or close the door upon It, through the character of our word. Watch out for the angry word, the word of condemnation, the impatient word; these are the little foxes which destroy the vines. “I say unto you and I say unto all, Watch.” Take words with you and return unto the Center, the Source…… “