Lessons In Truth - Lesson 9 - Annotation 6
What is the "white stone" upon which man's spiritual name is written (Rev. 2:17)?
6. The "white stone" is a cleansed consciousness (thinking and feeling), that is ready to accept the revelation of our true relationship to God as His son. It is the illumined state of mind in which we accept our true spiritual name of I AM, or Christ.
"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. To him that overcometh, to him will I give of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and upon the stone a new name written, which no one knoweth but he that receiveth it" (Rev. 2:17).
When the mind (consciousness) is unenlightened and filled with conflicting beliefs it cannot accept the "good news" of our divinity. However, when we begin to discipline our thinking and feeling, when we turn to God in the "secret place" and He reveals the truth about us, then we are able to accept our new name or nature.
An ancient custom was to hand to an acquitted prisoner a white stone signifying his starting life afresh and free from stigma. The "white stone" signifies for each of us a fresh start in life, free from tension, upsets, disappointments, and resentments of the past. It is a time when we come into a consciousness of our spiritual nature (name) and do all that is possible to express and manifest this nature. Just to know that we are spiritual beings is not enough; that is only the beginning, for then we must begin to live the life as a son of God by using aright all the spiritual powers or qualities that make up our divine nature. This means that we must discipline our thinking, feeling, speaking, acting, and reacting according to Truth, until we are governed by the Christ, our spiritual nature, in all that we do.
Preceding Entry: What is our key to power?
Following Entry: What must be our desire concerning the words of Truth that we speak?