Lessons In Truth - Lesson 4 - Annotation 9
Why is it necessary for us to realize our oneness with the Father?
9. It is necessary for us to realize our oneness with God, our Father, because that is the only way we shall ever be able to express completely our divine nature. Our purpose in life is to express (press out) the ideas or qualities that make up our divine nature, which is called the Christ or the I AM. In order to do this we must consciously know our oneness with these ideas.
Oneness means sameness; quality or state of being one; unity; undividedness; identity of character. The musician has to realize his oneness with the principle of music if he would bring forth true harmonies; the mathematician must be consciously one with the principle of mathematics in order to produce the correct answers; so f each of us must come to the realization of our oneness with God, the principle of life, if we would know complete fulfillment.
Whatever we wish to be or accomplish, we must first come to know that already we are one with God, the source of the desired good. Whether it be to manifest health in our body, happiness, peace, joy, abundance in our affairs, or understanding, love, wisdom in our mind and heart, any good that makes up our divine inheritance, we must first know our relation to God as Father and our oneness with Him as a son.
Even though basically we are always one with God, never separated from Him, as self-conscious individuals we must come to the point of consciously knowing this oneness with Him and His good before we can make our full claim on it. This claim is made through our thinking, feeling, speaking, and acting. We must not only think and feel that we are sons of God, heirs to His good, we must speak words that attest to our realization as Jesus did when He said, "I and the Father are one" (John 10:30), Then we must act as sons of God -- be loving, wise, understanding, victorious.
When the understanding of oneness between ourselves and God comes to us, we find that God (Divine Mind) awaits the opportunity to flood our whole being with His divine ideas. However, before we can accept the ideas of God we have to be willing to surrender (by denial) our own false concepts and prepare (by affirmation) a place in consciousness and in our life for His good.
Realization of our oneness with God assures us of our ability to meet challenging conditions with full knowledge that we have the spiritual resources to handle them. The result will be better health more knowledge, more ability to reach our goals, more love, more happiness, more peace, more prosperity, more satisfaction in all ways -- more of the joy of living and giving!
Preceding Entry: Explain why there is no reality in fear, jealousy, or the sense of bondage. How may these feelings be overcome?
Following Entry: Explain the two ways in which denials may be spoken.