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Lesson 17: Destiny of the Mind

(262-73 to 262-90)


Lord, You are my dwelling place!
In You, O Father, do I trust!
Let me see in myself, in my brother,
that You would bless in Your Son,
Your gift to me that I might know Your ways!
You have promised, O Father,
to hear when Your children call!
Harken, that I may be kept in the way,
that I may know the glory of Your Son
as You have promised in Him,
that we through Christ might have access to You!
You, O God, alone, can save!
You alone can keep my ways!


We have come, in our search for God,
to a point where we enter a new cycle.

The information which we shall now study
may be found by some to be at variance
with much that has been presented by many others.

Truth may be proved only by results.
If we would be led by the Spirit that leads into all truth,
we may expect to have many opportunities
for proof in our own life.

We alone can judge as to that which is truth for ourselves.

Our next three lessons will be on destiny:
Destiny of the Mind,
Destiny of the Body, and
Destiny of the Soul.

The first lesson, Destiny of the Mind,
deals with mind in its relation to the varied attributes
of the mental, physical and spiritual bodies.

Mind is of God.
Mind was given as a grace to man,
that man, that soul might be a companion with,
one with, the mind of the Maker.

Therefore, mind, a creative, Godlike force,
is impelled by a spiritual impulse
to build at oneness with the Creator.

Mind's various phases confuse many,
yet they are made plain as we make
our mind, our purpose, and our aims
one with our Ideal, and realize
that the Lord our God is one Lord.


Destiny is a law, an unchanging law,
as lasting as that which brought all into being.

Destiny is expressed in all the different spheres of manifestation.
We see Destiny's signs here and there,
written in the experiences of all whom we meet along the way.

Destiny is that unchanging law set by Mind,
that called into being worlds, the universe, the earth, man.

This Mind, God, gave to man a soul, a portion of Himself,
and when man fell away He furnished a channel, a way,
an access to the throne of grace, mercy, and truth, through Christ.

The soul is that part of us that may be
in accord with the Father and
in the presence of the Father.
Flesh and blood - until spiritualized
as the Christ spiritualized His body
- cannot inherit eternal life.

However, in the final analysis, the motivating force
of each atom of the physical body
is the Mind of Creative Energy.

"Heaven and earth shall pass away:
but my words (destiny or mind) shall not pass away."
(Mark 13:31)

What is this law of destiny?
What is this gospel?
What is this judment?
What is this truth?

Is it summed up in,

"For as he thinks in his heart, so is he"
(Proverb 23:7) or

"And as you would that men should do to you,
do you also to them likewise,"
(Luke 6:31) or

Is it answered in the new commandment of the Master,
"Love one another"?
(John 13:34)

Yes, the whole law is fulfilled in love, in
"Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."
(Roman 13:9)

"The Lord is ... not willing that any should perish,
but that all should come to repentance."
(2 Peter 3:9)

We wonder, can such be possible
in three score and ten years in the earth?
We wonder, does the time of birth, the place of environment,
make or have a part in our destiny?
Do the days or the years or the numbers all have their parts?
Yes and more.

All these are signs, omens, marks along the way.
But these signs do not design a destiny;
for destiny of the mind, of the soul, of the body, is in God.
Nothing that we may do develops righteousness,

It is the mercy of the Father, exemplified in the Son,
which provides for the destiny of mind, body, and soul
in the endeavors and environs of their experiences.

The way is so clear that there need not be any stumbling
for those who put their trust in God.

Let us be mindful; for the day of the Lord draws near to many.
While we wonder, let us search our hearts and know, as of old,
that faith is counted as righteousness to those who love the Lord.

The soul that seeks shall find.
The soul that puts into pratice day by day
that which it knows may the sooner
find peace and love in the earth.

"And we know that all things work together for good
to them that love God,
to them who are the called according to his purpose."
(Roman 8:28)

In such faith we will know that our destiny is in God.

Each choice and movement of mind
builds our mental body or mind-body.
If we set our ideal in Christ
then our mind will work towards the Christ way
and in this process build a Christ-body.

There is the triune - the mental body,
 the spiritual or soul body,
and the physical body,
and these are one.

The three bodies, in their own spheres of activity,
have their attributes, their precepts, and their ideals.

What one finds in the physical is a material manifestation
of a spiritual import built by the mental aspect.

In building the ideals, the mental body, or the mind,
builds either from that which is spiritual (and thus everlasting)
or from the material import which changes under varied seasons,
environments and outlooks in the experiences of life.

In the beginning God created the heaven and earth.
The mind of God moved, and matter with form came into being.

Mind, then, in God, the Father, is the builder.
Mind, in itself, is both material and spiritual.

That which finds expression or manifestation in material things
is of the physical, for matter is an expression of spirit in motion.

That which is expressed or manifested in spirit,
without taking body or form is of spirit,
yet may be manifested in the experiences of an individual.

Mind may function without form or body,
but the Ideal is of the unseen Force or Spirit.

So mind is the moving influence that promotes growth within us
and makes for expressions in materiality.

What is the meaning then of:
"For as he thinks, so is he"?
(Proverb 23:7)

It is in this way that growth comes.
In material things, as we shall find
in the next lesson the Destiny of the Body,
as a man eats so is the physical man.

So it is what we continue to think, we become.
We destine that which is the growth
of influences in our experiences,
that which fulfills the purpose for which
we came into being, or just the opposite.

Not by a thought do we change this or that,
but by constant thinking, constant building.

Christ came into the world to teach us
how to think constructively,
in order that we might return to our original estate.
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus,
Who ... thought it not robbery to be equal with God."
(Philippians 2:5,6)

Christ lived in the earth, in matter,
yet with the mind, the thought,
with the manifestation of Creative Force
in every phase of expression.

Through God's gift of a free will to the soul,
each entity is endowed with the power to use this building force,
the mind, to glorify self or find attunement with God.

As we contemplate, as we meditate,
we should know what we are seeking.
What is our ideal?
What would we have our mind-body become?
Let us remember, the mind-body
becomes that upon which it feeds,
either by thought,
by assimilation,
by activity,
by radial force,
by atomic influence, or
by the influences
of activity in any sphere
in which it finds itself.

Frequently, we are confused in trying
to analyze the source of an impulse.
We cannot tell whether it comes
from the activity of the physical mind
or from some indefinite spiritual source.

The result is that we are likely to become involved in interpreting
the difference in the spiritual import and the physical necessity
of such an impulse.

What has been set?
It is growth; for the first movement of mind from the spiritual aspect
or from the material aspect is ever a portion of our activity.
Therefore let us set our Ideal in Christ who shows the way,
and know in whom we believe.


Souls chose to manifest in material bodies,
and thus mind found an expression in the physical plane.

Mind is still the building force.
Through the action of the physical mind,
our activity, the food we eat,
the very contour and expression of our features
are gradually molded.
We are an organism partaking of all about us.

The question, naturally, is asked:
Is the density of our mind set at the time of our birth
into materiality as to what we shall think,
what our environs will be, and
what will be the length of our period of expression in the earth?
Are we destined to have this or that experience?

We should remember that our choice,
our wills add to the pattern we are building.

This pattern destines that we will pass through experiences
that are necessary to give us greater opportunities
to become one with that purpose for which we came into being.

Thus, that which our mind works at in its thinking,
in its purpose, we become.

Does this belie that which the Master gave,
"Which of you by taking thought
can add one cubit unto his statue?"
(Matthew 6:27)

It indicates - rather, assures those
who accept what He has given
- that it, the thought, the growth is
never accomplished through inactivity,
but through repeated activity.

Have we then anything to do with our days in the earth?
How do we read?

"Honour thy father and thy mother:
that thy days may be long upon the land
which the Lord thy God giveth thee."
(Exodus 20:12)

Then is it with us?
Is it within the gift of the Father?
Both, "For in Him we live, and move."
(Acts 17:28)

If we think and live
the life of love in God
that is Life, that is Love,
we fulfill that destiny
which God has purposed for us.


What we think,
what we put our mind
to work upon,
to live upon,
to feed upon,
to live with,
to abide with,
that our soul body becomes.

That is the law, as in the beginning
each thought of the Creator
bore within itself its own fruit.
What propagates the species in the seed of the oak,
the grass, animal, or man?
It is the active force that moves within its own realm of activity,
giving expression of that first thought of Creative Forces.

That is the destiny which the Easterners say
was set in the beginning.

But this is only half a truth; for
if the mind dwells upon spiritual things,
it follows that it becomes spiritual;
if the mind dwells upon self-indulgence,
self-aggrandizement, self-exaltation, or
selfishness in any of its forms or variations,
then it has set itself at variance with the First Cause.
Even before we came into matter
- the will, through the mind,
was at variance with Creative Forces.

This law,
"Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord,"
(Mark 12:29)
enabled men to comprehend the true nature of the Father:
One, from everlasting to everlasting.

When we become constructive in our thinking
we create in our experience the knowledge of this oneness.
There has been that battle of duality
between flesh and spirit from those periods
when man first projected himself into flesh.

While flesh, as all matter, dies in the physical plane,
the soul does not; for it is life itself.
A gift of God to man, and only in patience may we possess it.


In the earth plane there are certain signs
which men may interpret according to individual understanding.

They indicate the development reached in the soul's journey
through many spheres of experience and point the way
to the path chosen by the soul for this present life's expression.

It is regarded by many that some of these signs are found
in the study of astrology, numerology, phrenology, and palmistry.

We should exercise great caution in allowing any of these
to become the ruling influence in our interpretation of destiny;
for they are all subject to the will and indicate
only development and possibilities.

Dreams, astrology, numerology,
the vibrations from metal,
stones, and so on, should be considered
only as lights or signs in our experiences.

They are as candles so that we do not stumble in the dark.
Worship not the light of the candle;
but rather that to which it may guide us in our service.

The vibrations of numbers, metals, and stone
are merely influences to help us to be
in attunement with the Creative Forces.

The pitch of a song of praise
is not the song nor the message therein,
but a helpmeet for those who would
find strength in the service of the Lord.

So let us use them only to attune ourselves.
As we apply that which we know,
we are given the next step.

These do not give the messages!
They only attune us so that he Christ Consciousness
may give the messages.

It is the application that makes for the development
in relation to conditions or experiences.
The birth on a certain date does not destine this or that.
The destiny is only that certain urges may arise,
but what we do about them makes for the changes.

Each country, state, and town makes its own vibrations
by or through the activities of those who live there.

Much confusion arises as many of us may try to interpret signs
in accordance with the changes in vibrations
which have been brought about purely by our will.

In seeking for light let us
not confuse the signs with that which we seek,
nor confuse the impulses that may arise from inner urges,
or from the emotions of the body that take hold upon
the spiritual forces, with that which has prompted them.

All power, all force, is in God, and is subject to God's will.
In God is the light that we should seek,
that we, in body, mind, soul, and purpose,
may be one with God.
Christ is the Way!
(See 818-1)

Do dreams of physical conditions come to pass?
Are such conditions set at the time dreamed?
Why should we dream of any given conditions?
These may be answered for us if we recall
that the law of cause and effect is immutable
through choice in our experiences.

Hence, as our thoughts, purposes, aims and desires
are set in motion by mind,
their effects are as a condition that IS.

In dreams we attune our minds to those storehouses
of experience that we have set in motion.
At times there may be the perfect connection,
while at others there may be static or interference
by our inability to coordinate our own thought
with the experience or fact set in motion.
The result of a perfect attunement is evidenced in our lives,
for some are dreamers of dreams, some prophesy,
some are healers, some are teachers;
yet all is from the same spirit.

This may have little reference to destiny,
but it has much to do with mind, the soul mind.


We are fellow travelers on the road to God.
There are many routes and many ways
of transportation from which we may choose.

We may be directed along the way by teachers,
but no one can show us the whole way except Christ
who is the Way, and in whose keeping is our destiny.

So, know ye the way; point it out.
For, as He has given, though ye come
to the altar or to thine church or to thine group
or to thine neighbor pleading not for self but for others,
and it is that ye may be spoken well of, for others;
He cannot hear thy petition.
Because there has another entered with thee
into thy chamber, thy closet, and He, thy God
- that answers prayer,
that forgives through His Son - is shut out.

In His name, then, only; for as He gave,
"They that climb up some other way are thieves and robbers"
[they that robbed themselves of
attaining perfection through the Way].
(See John 10:1)

Then, Today, will ye not rededicate thyself, thy body, thy soul,
to the service of thy God?
And He that came has promised,
"When ye ask in my name,
that will be given thee in the earth."
Then, do not become impatient that
ye are counted in this day as a servant,
as an humble worker,
as one that is troubled as to food, shelter,
or those things that would make
thy temporal surroundings the better.

For ye grow weary in waiting,
but the Lord will not tarry;
eternity is long, and in that ye may spend it
in those things that are joy and peace and harmony,
make thy self sure in Him.
"As ye do it unto these, my brethern, ye do it unto me."
(See Matthew 25:40)

Just being kind!
Thy destiny is in Him.
Are ye taking Him with thee in love
into thy associations with thy fellow man,
or art thou seeking thy own glorification,
exaltation, or thine own fame,
or that ye may even be well-spoken of.
When ye do.
ye shut Him away.

Enter thou into thy chamber not made with hands,
but eternal; for there He has promised to meet thee.
There alone may ye meet Him and be guided
to those things that will make this life, now,
happiness, joy, and understanding.

As ye have received, love ye one another
even as He has loved you;
who gave up heaven and all its power,
all its glory, that thy mind can conceive,
and came into the earth in flesh
that ye through Him might have access
to the Father, God.

In Him there is no variableness or shadow made by turning.
Then, neither must thy thoughts or thy acts
cause a frown or a shadow upon thy brother
- even as He.

For He gave,
"Be ye perfect, even as thy heavenly Father is perfect."
Ye say,
"This cannot be done in this house of clay!"
Did He?
Ye say, "This is too hard for me!"
Did He grumble, did He falter?
To be sure, He cried,
"Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass."
Yea, oft will ye cry aloud, even as He.
Ye cannot bear the burden alone,
but He has promised, and He is faithful,
"if ye put thy yoke upon me, I will guide you..."

Take Him, then, in thy joys, in thy sorrows,
in all of thyself; for He alone hath the words of life.


Each state, country or town makes its own vibrations
by the activities of those that live in them.

Hence creates for itself a realm in which the activities of each city,
town, state may be in the realm of those forces where the activities
bring the associations through relativity of influence in the material plane.

Hence why astrological influences!
Why in the various activities or centers may there be born
or brought into the earth the various influences.

Even though their realm or place of activity
may be very foreign to that place wherein they entered.

Those activities make for such an impression upon
the realm of data, or between time and space,
as to make for what men have called Destiny
in the material affairs of individuals.


These lessons are not merely tenets;
neither are they theories.

Rather, as you apply these lessons
they bring to each of you an experience.

As you seek to become that channel
through which there may come to others
those blessings, those experiences that are
your very own, know that - if you have chosen
that which is the foundation of those lessons,
the Christ, the consciousness of His Presence
abiding in you, there is that strength,
that grace sufficient for you in every trial,
in every blessing, in every shadow, in every light.

He is the way.
He is the life.
He is the vine.
And you are the branches.

Bear fruit, then, worthy of that you have chosen.

And He will keep that you have committed to Him
against every experience that may be required,
that may be needed, that may come in your attempts
to show forth the Lord's death till He come again.

Death meaning that transition, that decision,
that change in every experience.

For if you do not die daily to the things of the world
you are none of His.

Then, lift up your hearts, your minds, in praise to Him
who has given you the opportunity that you may be as lights
showing the way; re-consecrating yourself, your service, your joys,
your sorrows, to His service, that you may have the greater joy,
the greater blessings in Him.

How do you read as to what shall be your own judgments
and the judgement before the Throne of grace,
the Throne of might?
"As you did it unto the least of these, my brethren,
ye did it unto me."

So, let His ways be your ways.
Let your sorrows be His sorrows.
Let your joys be His joys, and He will abide with you.

How have you chosen?
Have you rededicated your lives?
Have you chosen through what channel you would seek?
The Master has called, and His love will protect you
if you will in tyourhy daily life live that you have given your brother,
your friend, as a guide, as an example!

So, as you choose, know that lesson you have been given
becomes a part of you - your Destiny!
For you as souls, as individuals, are building your Destiny.
What will the manner of the structure be?
Let your prayer, your meditation in preparation, then, be:

Lord, You are my dwelling place!
In You, O Father, do I trust!
Let me see in myself, in my brother, that
You would bless in Your Son, Your gift to me
that I might know Your ways!
You have promised, O Father,
to hear when Your children call!
Harken, that I may be kept in the way
that I may know the glory of Your Son
as You have promised in Him,
that we through Him might have access to You!
You, O God, alone, can save!
You alone can keep my ways!

As ye choose, then, my children, as ye know that
ye are being given a work to do, know that His blessings
will guide thee day by day.

Be ye not stiff-necked; be ye not seekers after vainglories.
For the day of the Lord is at hand, and many of ye shall see
His glory in the experiences of thy life here among
thy fellowman.

Are ye willing to drink the cup even as He drank,
or that thou may receive even the praise
of thy brethren for a day? Let His ways be thy ways.
Let there be that as He gave,
"Love ye one another and thus fulfil the law of God."

Much might be given thee. This:
Keep, preserve ye in thine inmost self:

Let the light of the love of the Christ be my guide.
My brother, my friend, my neighbour, my enemy,
even are children of God - my brethren, my loved ones.
Let me, then, see that I do not cause one of these to err,
nor to put a stumbling block in the way of any.


As ye seek in the name of Him who came in due season,
that ye through His name might have the access
to the Father, then will ye not in His name strive
to be the greater channels of blessings to those
that look to thee in His name for guidance,
for direction, for sustainment during those periods
of anxiety, of doubt and of fear?

Then, quit [GD's note: Biblical expression as
in 1 Sam. 4:9 and 1 Cor. 16:13, meaning acquit?]
yourselves as the children of the Most High
- and know whereunto thou hast chosen
that which would be thy direction in this matter.

Some among you are fearful; some are weak;
some are doubting; some are seeking more and more.

What will ye do with that thou hast chosen?
Be strong in Him, for His promises are sure
- and ye may walk with Him if ye will choose
to be channels of blessings in His name.

Let thy yeas be yea and thy nays be nay in His name,
for thou hast chosen the better part
- He has chosen thee as thou hast chosen Him.

Go ye, then, into the field that is ripe unto the harvest;
for His ways are those that lead to eternal life.

Please explain so that we may all understand just -
(Interrupting) All understand much better than
they will acknowledge in themselves! Quit
[See also 12/06/75 HLC's as 262-56,
Par. R3 in re Halaliel.] ye thyselves like ye believe
that thou hast given to thy brother for the directions.
Updated: 11 August 2013