The Only Two Denials That Really Matter (the ones we too often ignore)

Graphic from Lessons in Truth Facsimile edition

Hi Friends -

This is part three of the series on Lessons in Truth, given here as a Sunday blog post and given as the lesson this Sunday morning at Unity Center of Christianity in Baltimore. I am grateful for the opportunity to share this lesson with my spiritual family in The Charm City.

Chapter One of the original edition of Lessons in Truth is subtitled Who and What God Is; Who and What Man Is. It’s main point is that the metaphysical meta-narrative of Mind—Idea—Expression explains how we may claim that divinity pervades all nature and humanity, thereby bridging God and man.

Chapter Two is entitled Thinking, and it, too, bridges God and Man. It does so through our understanding of our three-fold nature of Spirit, Soul and Body. Thinking, our main spiritual discipline, is about building an awareness of God-Mind providing divine ideas to our Spirit within, which are assimilated by a receptive and responsive soul and then radiated outward through our bodies.

Chapter Three, the subject of this lesson, is about Denials. Now most of us understand that denials is not about denying negative conditions or circumstances. Rather, most of us believe that denials are about denying in consciousness a negative experience of conditions or circumstances. But if we read the text of this chapter, we will discover that is not what she has to say.

In fact, Chapter Three also bridges God and Man. Read it closely. You will see that Emilie Cady doesn’t talk much about conditions or circumstances at all. What she says, time and again throughout the chapter, is “the first step toward freeing ourselves from our troubles is to get rid of our erroneous beliefs about God and about ourselves.”

For Emilie Cady, the only two denials that really matter are denying the false God and denying the false self. Denying the experience of negative conditions and circumstances is secondary. Let me explain why this is so important.

Back in May, I put out How Unity has taught Metaphysics, a post that defended the idea that God is as much a presence as a principle. I got many replies, for which I am always thankful. But one reply from a Unity minister was especially insightful. He wrote,

“For years I too have been astounded as to how some Unity teachers can be all about God as Principle only, and suggest that anything else means a person is suffering from an old anthropomorphic illusion of God. No, they are most probably still running away from their unresolved and unconscious religious abuse of their past, and thus not wanting to talk about Jesus or the Bible or the ’Thou’ aspect of God... I see it not just as a possibly unconscious keeping God at a a safe distance where “he” can’t abuse me anymore (Patriarchal abuse), but also as just a personal place in one’s history that’s filled with shame and abuse, and so ‘I don’t want to go back’ there. It could be throwing the baby out with the bathwater, so Jesus goes, even though he truly taught only love, not all the other add on dogma of died for your sins cause you’re a worm of the earth, etc.”

So much for the false God. As for denying the false self, I would only point to studies that are all around us.

So there we have it. Far too many of us find ourselves with a toxic sense of God and a toxic sense of our bodies. And Emilie Cady says “the first step toward freeing ourselves from our troubles is to get rid of our erroneous beliefs about God and about ourselves.”

Let’s get real when we teach Lessons in Truth. And I’m not talking about psychological talk about the Ego nor philosophical talk about whether life is an illusion. I’m referring to persistent life issues that threaten our health and prosperity.

Emilie Cady offers four denial statements that grant great power. For the first two, I want to append something the end (in parenthesis):

There is no evil (in me).

There is no absence of life, substance, or intelligence anywhere (in me).

If we can truly use Thinking to build a consciousness of no evil in me and no absence of life, substance or intelligence in me then we may convey to culture a message of empowerment we heard from Aretha Franklin many years ago,

You better think (think) think about what you're trying to do to me
Yeah, think (think, think), let your mind go, let yourself be free

People walking around everyday, playing games, taking scores
Trying to make other people lose their minds.
Well be careful, you're gonna lose yours.

Yeah, think (think) think about what you're trying to do to me
Yeah, think (think, think), let your mind go, let yourself be free

You need me (need me) and I need you (don't you know)
Without each other there ain't nothing we can do

Oh freedom (freedom), freedom (freedom), freedom, yeah freedom
Freedom (freedom), freedom (freedom), freedom, ooh freedom

Do we want liberty or bondage? We need to Think.

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

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