THE SECRET OF IMAGINING
Tonight’s subject is “The Secret of Imagining.” In almost every particular (situation) is the world about us different from what we think it. Why, then, should we be so incredulous? Life calls on us to believe not less, but more. The Secret of Imagining is the greatest of all problems, to the solution of which every one should aspire, for supreme power, supreme wisdom, supreme delight lie in the solution of this mystery.
If you have solved the mystery of imagining, you have found Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is defined for us in Scripture as “the power of God and the wisdom of God” (I Corinthians 1:24). As we are told in the eighth chapter of the book of Proverbs – and Wisdom is speaking now, personified as a little child:
“When He laid out the foundation of the world
I was beside Him like a little child I was daily His delight, rejoicing before Him always rejoicing in His inhabited world, delighting in the affairs of men.
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He who finds me finds life
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He who misses me injures himself,
All who hate me love death.”
(Proverbs 8:29-31, 35, 36)
So, find that child that is the symbol of Jesus Christ, who is the creative power and the wisdom of God. Believe me when I tell you that this Jesus Christ of Scripture is your own wonderful human imagination. “By him all things were made, and without him was not anything made that was made” (John 1:3). He is in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knows Him not.
Look into the world and name one thing that wasn’t first imagined. You name one thing that does not now exist in your imagination – just name it! Name anything in the world that does not now exist in your imagination! “All things exist in the human imagination” [from “Jerusalem” by William Blake].
“God is man, and exists in us and we in Him” [from “Annotations to Berkeley” by William Blake]. The eternal abode of man is the imagination; and that is God Himself. Try to disprove it!
God is my pure imagining in myself. He underlies all of my faculties, including perception, but He streams into my surface mind least disguised in the form of productive fancy. I can catch Him in the act of producing these images in my mind. Just try it as you are seated here. Try to think of anything. Try to catch Him in the act of actually producing in your own mind’s eye all these images. “For all things exist in the human imagination.” But, how can I single out one and clothe it so that it becomes an objective fact?
That is the secret! For they all exist within me, but how can I catch one and clothe it? Well, I will try to show you tonight what I know from my own personal experience.
Scripture teaches it, but it tells it in a strange and wonderful way; how to clothe it.
You see this room in which we are now? It’s more real now than your own home is to you; yet you know your home more intimately than you know this room. Yet this room, at the moment, while you are in it, is more real than your own home. How different the cubic reality from the plane of any depiction of it! This room is now so “real” because we are in it, and we are all imagination. We’re in it and to us, it’s real. Think of your own home. Do we not have the capacity to draw it? to paint it? But in your mind’s eye you have a plane depiction of it, but it’s not as real now as the room is. This room is real because we’re in it.
Now, this is what I mean by making something that is only a thought
– something that is real. How do I do it? I single out, out of my own wonderful human imagination, that which I want to make real. It’s all in you. Then I must enter into it as I have entered into this room. “If the spectator would enter into any one of these images in his imagination, approaching it on the fiery chariot of his own contemplative thought” [from “Visions of the Last Judgment” by William Blake], it would become just as real to him as the room is now.
You may ask, “What would that do to me? Will it become real in the not-distant future?” I know from my own experience, it will. You can sit here and enter into a state. It may not take on quite the reality of this room, but it will, if you persist in it; it will become just like this. When you open your eyes, it vanishes. But does it mean that I tasted that, and that’s all? No. Having gone into it, may I tell you? it will follow you. It
will not recede into the past as a memory; it will advance into the future and you will confront it. This is the secret of imagining, which is finding out the secret of God!
You are an immortal being. You cannot die, because you are all imagination. Man is all imagination; and God, truly, is man; and He exists in us, and we in Him. And that immortal body of man is the human imagination, and that is Jesus Christ Himself – the Eternal Body of man, and it cannot die! You cannot die. The body, – yes, this will fade; but I am not the garment that I am wearing. I am the Wearer of the garment, and the Wearer of this garment is all imagination. This is the story that the Bible teaches.
When we read in the Bible: “I, even I, am He. I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal; and there is no god beside me” (Deuteronomy 32:39), this is not a being outside of you speaking; this is the Being that you really are, speaking within you, trying to persuade Himself of His own wonderful power to create. It can kill, and yet it can make alive. It can resurrect from the dead. And that is your own wonderful human imagination.
The day will come, you will taste this power that you possess. You will come into a room just like this, and you will still it – not by commanding any one in the room to be still. Leave them just as they are. But you will arrest within yourself an activity that you feel; and as you still it in you, everything that you observe becomes still – perfectly still. You could go forward and examine them, and they are “dead.” Everything is perfectly still and “dead.” The life is in you! You release that activity, and they once more become animated and continue to do what they intended to do. You could, when you stilled the activity within you, change their motivation; and when you release it, they will do entirely different from what they intended to do prior to your arrestment within you of that activity.
“As the Father has life in Himself, He has granted the Son also to have life in himself” (John 5:26); and you have that within you. You’re not quite aware of it as yet, but you will become aware. Those that I am teaching will have dreams, as you have dreams; and in their dreams they will become awake, and then arrest it in the dream and change the motivation and see the intended act change.
Here is one. A friend became aware that she was dreaming, and here’s a man who intended to hurt her. He got out of the car and came towards her, and she became afraid; and her fright woke her; but instead of waking on the bed, she awoke in the dream. Then she realized, “This is what he teaches. Now I will simply arrest it.” She
didn’t argue with him; she arrested, within her, the activity that animated him, and she said to him, “You are tired. You need a good hot cup of coffee, and then a good sound sleep,” and then she told him exactly what he needed, and then released the activity within her. He shook his head as though something strange had happened within him, and he got back into the car – all in her dream – and drove off. You see, she changed his intention towards her.
This may seem impossible to the world. As I started this lecture, almost everything in this world is so completely unlike what it appears to be. And I am telling you from my own experience; I am not speculating. I am not theorizing. The power of which I speak is a power within you. That power is not something on the outside; it’s your very Being! It is all your own wonderful human imagination, and you will learn to control it. Your imagination animates the world in which you live. You change your imagination, and you change the world.
To attempt to change circumstances before I change my own imaginal activity is to struggle against the very nature of my own being, for my own imaginal activity is animating my world. If I believe that I am injured or that others are against me, I have conjured them in my world, and they have to be against me. If I fully believe that all are working towards the fulfillment of my good, they have to work towards the fulfillment of my good. I don’t ask them. I don’t compel them. I simply do it only within myself, and the whole vast world exists within me. Therefore, it is myself “pushed out.” It’s objectified. I don’t have to change affairs; I only change it within myself, and then every one, though I know him or not by name, – it doesn’t really matter, – it’s myself
I couldn’t tell you the atoms of my body, but it is my body. I couldn’t tell you if you took the hand off that it’s my hand I am looking at, any more than I could tell you your name or anything about you; yet, you are myself “pushed out,” as this body is the body that I wear. And, so, as the body obeys my mind, you – my “pushed-out” body – will obey my mind, too. All I have to do is to concern myself with what I want in this world, and try to keep it within the frame of the Golden Rule: doing unto others only that which I would want done unto me, – nothing more than that, hurting no one, doing not a thing to any one, other than that which I would want done unto me.
If you want all the lovely things done – do only the lovely, and do it all in your own wonderful human imagination. Then you will realize this tremendous secret of
imagining. It is the greatest of all secrets, to the solution of which every one in the world should aspire, because Christ is the answer.
Christ is defined for us in the first chapter of I Corinthians as “the power of God and the wisdom of God” (I Corinthians 1:24). Here is the power of God and the wisdom of God; and I have found the power to be in myself.
“You mean, Christ is in me?” Are we not taught that in Scripture? “Know ye not that Jesus Christ is in you? Test yourselves and see. Do you not know that Jesus Christ is in you, unless of course you fail to meet the test?” (II Corinthians 13:5) Well, then, test it. How would I test it?
A friend of mine, maybe, is unwell; or maybe he’s unemployed, or maybe he is not earning enough to meet the obligations of life. All right, he is in me! As I think of him, he’s in me. He need not be physically present for me to think of him; he’s in me. I think of him; I conjure him. Well, can I change his entire picture in me? I assume that he is talking to me, and he’s telling me that he has never had more, he has never felt better; and as I believe in what I am seeing in my own mind’s eye – I believe in him. That is Christ -in-me, and all things are possible in Christ. Well, then, test it and see if it works. See if you do not “see” him in the not-distant future earning more, looking better; and everything in the world that you have done within you, he responds to. He need not praise you or thank you. You don’t need his praise; you don’t need his thanks. You don’t need any confirmation from him, other than he does conform to what you have done in yourself concerning him.
You ask no one to thank you. Thank nothing. You are simply exercising the power of
God within you! “And the power of God and the wisdom of God is Jesus Christ” (I
Corinthians 1:24). And there is nothing in the world but God! It is all God-in-you “pushed out,” and God is your own wonderful human imagination. He can’t be closer. God is never so far off as even to be near, for nearness implies separation. He’s not separated. God actually, literally became as I am, that I may be as He is. He is not something on the outside. No matter how near He is, He can’t even touch me. He actually became me, with all of my weaknesses, all of my limitations; and now I am trying to struggle within myself to find out who I am – and that’s His name! My name is in Him. What’s your name? “Go and say I AM has sent you.” “Is that your name?” “Yes, forever and forever it is my name.” “What name? Jehovah?” “No.” “The Lord?” “No; I AM.” That’s His name! That is His name forever and forever.
Well, I cannot say, “I am,” and point elsewhere. I can’t say, “I am,” and feel something is near me. It can’t even be near! Something can be near to what I am, but “I AM” can’t be near! And that’s the name of God forever and forever. So, you are the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now a pattern is given to us in Scripture by which you will know that you are; and I promise you, from my own personal experience, that you shall have it. It is a true story. The truest story ever told is the story of the Lord Jesus Christ. When He said, “I am the Father,” may I tell you, if he’s a father, he has a son, hasn’t he? or at least, he has a child; but I tell you, it’s a son. He said, “When you see me, you see the Father”; but if I look at you and I say, “Well, then, you are the father? Show me your son.” He can’t show me His son outside as His son, because He and I are one. He has to show me His son as my son. And it can’t be born of flesh; it has to be born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And He tells me that He is God, and He tells me that He and I are one. Well, then, it can’t be born in any normal, natural way. He has to be born of God.
Well, then, who is your son? He tells me in Scripture that David calls Him, “Father.”
“David calls you. ‘Father’?”
“Yes.” He said, “I inspired the prophets,” and read the Prophets; and in the Prophets,
David calls the Lord, “my Father.”
“You mean, David, then, is my son?”
“Yes, he’s my son.”
“But I do not know him,” you will say.
“But I will tell you, from my own personal experience, you will know it because I know it! David called me, “My father.” David called me, “My lord.” David called me the Rock of his salvation. Everything that is said in Scripture concerning what he said of the Lord, he said of me. And, so, I stood, and here is David, and I knew it beyond all doubt that here is my son, and my son is David, – not a David – the David – the only David – the David of Biblical fame. And as he called me, “Father,” memory returned.
So, God actually became me, and then He unfolds Himself within me. Well, as He unfolds Himself within me, it’s only the memory of God that He gave up in order to become me. He had to completely give up all that was God to become this little witness that is called a man called Neville. So, when His memory returns and He became me, it is my memory returning. He actually gave me Himself as He gave you Himself; and the day will come as He unfolds Himself within you, your memory returns because it’s God’s memory returning. He completely empties Himself in order to become you.
This is the story of the Christian faith: the fulfillment of all the promises made in the Old Testament. The Old Testament is only a prophetic blueprint of the life of Jesus Christ. It’s an adumbration, a foreshadowing in a not-altogether conclusive or immediately evident way; but as it unfolds within you, it’s nothing more than God’s memory returning. But having become you, it becomes your memory returning, and you awaken as God Himself! And there is nothing in the world like God.
Now, you ask, What! all the horrors of the world, the pain, the suffering? Yes. It takes all the “furnaces” to prepare you to receive the gift that He gives, and the gift is Himself. God actually became you. He gave Himself to you, that you may be God! And God-in-you is your own wonderful human imagination. That’s God!
Now, tonight try it. I ask you to believe me. But whether you believe me or not, try it anyway. Take a friend of yours and bring him before your mind’s eye, and then talk to him from the premise of your desire for him fulfilled – not going to be, but already fulfilled. And having done it, believe that all things are possible to the Lord Jesus Christ; and you just saw Jesus Christ in action, for you saw the creative power of God in action, and that’s Jesus Christ. That is your own wonderful human imagination.
Now, believe in the reality of what you’ve just done. Believe that this subjective appropriation of your objective hope for a friend is a fact. That is really praying. And “all things are possible to God.” Go within and appropriate it – just completely appropriate it, and see it unfold within your own vast marvelous world.
So, this wonderful secret is the secret of the Lord Jesus Christ. If you turn on the outside and turn to another, you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ. You can make all kinds of images of Him. That’s not the Lord Jesus Christ. If any man should ever come and say, “Look, there he is,” or “Here he is,” don’t believe it. Why? Because when you actually meet Him, you are going to meet your Self. The Christ of faith comes to us as one unknown; yet one who, in some strange ineffable mystery, lets us experience who He
is; and when we experience Jesus Christ, we experience Him in the first-person, singular, present-tense experience. You will never see Him coming from without. Let no one tell you you’re going to meet Him coming from without. You will meet Him awakening Himself within you as you. That’s the Lord Jesus Christ. That’s the great sacrifice. He is crucified on Humanity.
Every human form is the cross that He wears; and in that form He awakens as the one in whom He awakens. He awakens as that Being, and that Being is the Lord Jesus Christ.
And because He is the father of David, David called that Being, “Father”; then you know, “I am He.”
Oh, I can tell you from now to the ends of time, and I may not persuade you to believe it; but when it happens to you, you need no further persuasion, for you are confronted with the facts, and there you stand in the presence of your own son, and the son is the Son of God.
“I will tell of the decree of the Lord,” said David. “He said unto me. “Thou art my son. Today I have begotten thee.” (Psalm 2:7) These are the words of David in the Second Psalm, “I will tell of the decree of the Lord. He said unto me, “Thou art my son.” That son is going to call you, “Father”; and then, and only then, you will know you are God the Father! That is the mystery of the entire world. And, so, what you accomplish in this world concerning finances is wonderful for you as an individual in the world of Caesar. What you do concerning the social world – all these things – it’s marvelous; but you will only really fulfill your destiny as you fulfill Scripture, for the purpose of life is to fulfill Scripture.
“I have accomplished the work Thou gavest me to do.” What work? All that the prophets spoke about me; and beginning with Moses and the prophets and the Psalms, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. Then said he, “Scripture must be fulfilled in you,” and the purpose of life is to fulfill Scripture – the prophecy of God to man, for He gave man Himself, or promised to give man Himself. And He promised me a son. The son He promised was His Son; and in giving me His Son, He gave me Himself, for His Son calls me, “Father. “And that is the whole mystery of life. There’s nothing but God! One Being expanding Himself forever and forever and forever, each Himself, and even though he calls you, “Father,” may I tell you? you will not lose your identity. You are individualized, and you will tend forever towards ever greater and greater individualization. And, yet, you are the Father of my son; and if you are the father of my son, then you and I are one! It is a great mystery,
– we are brothers, – for you do not lose your identity and I do not lose my identity. So, you and I, behind these masks, are eternal brothers – the Father of the One and Only Begotten Son!
Well, if you are the father of my son, and my own wife is the “father” of my son, then the relationship on earth of men, or friend to friend and wife to husband, is above this level, and we are eternal brothers, all forming the one Father.
So, tonight, you take me seriously; and when you go home – or start it here – you put into practice this greatest of all secrets; the secret of imagining. There is no greater secret in the world. Every child born of woman is alive because it was imagined. And imagining is God -in-action. That’s the soul of man – imagining; and that is the power of God. And the power of God is Christ. And that is the wisdom of God, and the wisdom of God is Christ.
A child can imagine. Well, that’s Christ! That is Christ crucified on that little tiny garment, and it suffers with everything that that little child imagines, or it enjoys it with everything the little child imagines. It wears all the stripes and all the blows that man, in his misuse of that power, will do. He doesn’t criticize him. He waits upon me as indifferently – and as quickly – when the will in me is evil as when it is good, – just as quickly, just as willingly, and just as indifferently when the will in me is evil as when it is good. That way, He bears all my stripes; He bears all of my misuse of His power, knowing that in the end, I will awaken and use it only lovingly.
When I completely awaken from the dream of life, I will use this creative power of God only lovingly. But in the meanwhile, while I am trying to awaken to the use of this power, I misuse it. And may I tell you, you will confront this vision, and you will see what you did from the beginning, for you didn’t begin it a few years ago in your mother’s womb. You have been coming through the centuries.
One night, here I saw this monstrous creature covered in hair. It looked like a gorilla, and the hair was all dark brown from head to toe. It was a monster. And here, the most glorious, heavenly creature – a female; and this was a male monster. And it called out to this heavenly creature, “Mother, mother.” Well, I knew this could not be – this radiant, heavenly creature; and so I struck him. And as I struck it, it gloated; it loved violence; and I pummeled it, and it gloated all the more. Well, it could speak in a guttural tone, calling this heavenly being, “Mother.” And that annoyed me. Then
suddenly from within me I knew: Why, this is my own creation! And so is this one. They are only the outpicturing of my two different uses of the creative power that I am.
Here [the monster] is the complete embodiment of every misused moment of my life. Every time I was violent, I created and fed this monster. It whispered in my ear to be monstrous, to be violent, to be bad, to be evil, for it fed only on this thought. And here [the heavenly creature] was the embodiment of all my loving thoughts. Every kind, considerate, wonderful thought in my life fed this one.
As I saw this monstrous thing and realized that it was my own offspring, – it was the fruit of my mis-spent energy – I pledged myself. There was no one to whom I could turn – I pledged myself that if it took eternity, I would redeem it. It did not come into being through any power other than my own misuse of my own power. It could not have been brought into being; and that thing could not live, and it could not help itself. I didn’t condemn it.
At that moment, I felt compassion beyond the wildest dreams of any one for this monstrous thing that I had created. And when I made myself that pledge that I would redeem it if it took me eternity, at that very moment, the whole thing dissolved before my very eyes. Right before my eyes, the whole thing got smaller and smaller and smaller; but it didn’t waste – the energy that it embodied returned to me. I began to feel a power that, until that moment, I had never felt before. And this one began to grow. The beauty that she embodied and personified glowed as the energy came back from this one [the monster] to me; and the whole thing dissolved before my eyes. So, “Nothing is lost in all my holy mountain.” I did not lose that energy that I misplaced – it returned to me – that was embodied in that monster. And throughout the centuries, it was it who whispered in my ear monstrous things to be done, because it could only feed on violence. It could only feed on evil.
Then I realized what it meant: that I ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. And, so, it fed upon evil, and she fed upon the good. And then the evil that was only the energy mis-spent returned to me; and then the whole thing came back to me. And then I broke the spell, and I awoke in this world.
Well, everyone is going to confront that gorilla on the threshold. Every one has him, unseen by mortal eye, and he whispers into your ear to entertain the unlovely thoughts of the world. And your every reaction that is unlovely, it feeds upon it; and your every thought that is kind and wonderful and loving, she feeds upon it.
And the day will
come, you will be strong enough to confront this. And may I tell you? it will take you the twinkling of a second to dissolve it. You don’t labor upon it. All it needs is the core of integrity within you. When you pledge yourself, and no one else, – you don’t swear upon your mother, you don’t swear upon a friend, you don’t swear upon the Bible; you pledge yourself to redeem it. At the moment you pledge yourself, – and within you, you know you mean it, – the whole thing dissolves. It’s no time at all in dissolving. And then all the energy returns to you, and you are stronger than ever before to go forward now and eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
And if you go forward and misuse it again, you start another form building; and one day you will dissolve it again. Eventually you will become completely awakened, and you will use your wonderful power only – not for the good, – that tree will come to an end, – for Life itself. For, eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is this world. The day will come that you will eat of the Tree of Life that bears the fruit of truth and error. Error will embody itself here, and one day you will confront error, and the error will dissolve before your mind’s eye as truth begins to glow before you, because you are eating, then, of the Tree of Life as you formerly ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. And the combat of good and evil pro-duces this monster, and the combat of truth and error produces an entirely different form of being, more glorious than that one of good and more horrible than this. The error will dissolve just as quickly when you confront error.
So, if today your teaching is not true and you live by it, you are building something just as monstrous; but one day you will confront error, and you will discover that you lived by a false concept of God – something on the outside of Self; that you formerly worshipped, a little golden figure, made of gold and silver. It had eyes, but could not see. It had ears, but could not hear. It had a mouth, but could not speak. It had feet, and it could not walk. It made no sound within its throat. And those who made it are just like it. And those who trusted it are just like it, too.
So, all the little icons in the world that people worship – these are the little things called
“error”; and one day you will discover the true God. And when you discover the true God, you will find that He is all within your own wonderful being as your own wonderful human imagination. You’ll walk in the consciousness of being God. You don’t brag about it.
As Blake answered when they asked him “What do you think of Jesus Christ?” Blake answered, “Jesus Christ is the only God”; but he hastened to add to it, “But so am I, and so are you.”
So, you don’t tell any one. You simply know that you are the Being spoken of in Scripture as “God the Father.” For all that is said of Him, you are going to experience; and you are going to experience it in the first -person, singular, and a present-tense experience. And then you will know.
Today is the eleventh year since it happened to me right here in this City, right across the way at the hotel with the star at the top of the roof, the Sir Francis Drake, on the 20th day of July 1959. It was then that I, at 4:00 in the morning, felt within my head the most intense vibration, and I thought, This is a brain hemorrhage, and this is it! I knew nothing of the human form, and I thought I cannot possibly survive what I am feeling; so this must be what they call a massive brain hemorrhage. But instead of departing this world, I awoke to find myself within my own skull; and I knew that I was entombed completely within my own skull. I was fully awake, as I’ve never been awake before, and here I am sealed – the skull is sealed, and I am in it. The skull is not a little thing like this (indicating the head). It’s the size of a huge, big sepulcher, and I knew it to be my skull. I also knew intuitively that I could get out by pushing the base of my skull. As I pushed it, a stone rolled away, and I saw the little opening, and I put my head through it and pushed and I came out, inch by inch by inch, just as a child is born from the mother’s womb. But instead of being born from below of flesh and blood, I was “born from above,” out of the skull – Golgotha, where Christ was buried. But it was not “another” coming out, – I am coming out. There was no “other.” I had no companion in that skull. I myself was there, and I came out. And when I looked back at the body out of which I came, it was ghastly pale, turning its head from side to side like one in recovery from a great ordeal. I stood up and looked at it, and then suddenly I heard this strange, strange wind – this unearthly wind that I had heard in the tomb within my head, – well, now, it seemed to be divided and coming from the corner of the room.
As I looked over to see if it really came from that side, and I looked back three or four seconds later, the body had been removed. There is no body; but in its place sat my three older brothers. My eldest sat where the head was, my second one sat where the right foot was, and the third one sat where the left foot was; and they heard this same unearthly wind. They couldn’t see me. I not only saw them, I could read their thoughts as I could read my own. Their thoughts all were objective to me. Everything was
objective. They couldn’t have an emotion that wasn’t objective. They couldn’t have a thought that wasn’t objective. And, yet, I heard their voices.
And, then, my brother Lawrence got off the bed and started towards the same direction that I thought this wind originated – this peculiar wind. As he took one or two steps, he said, “Why, it’s Neville’s baby;
This is the cause of this peculiar, unearthly wind.”
My brother Victor and my brother Cecil, they said, “How can Neville have a baby?”
He didn’t argue the point. He lifted from the floor a little infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and brought it and placed it on the bed; and I took that infant up into my arms, and as I looked into its face and said, “How is my sweetheart?” this little heavenly face broke into the most glorious smile; and then the whole scene dissolved.
There was the resurrection from the dead, followed by the “birth from above.” So, we are “born from above,” as told us in the Book of Peter. “We are born anew through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (I Peter 1:3). There is only one Being resurrected, the Being who descended into man; and that is Jesus Christ. He descended into man, the power of God and the wisdom of God, and united with man; and when they became one and fulfilled the destiny of that Being, only He now wakes as you.
And, so, you awake as the Lord Jesus Christ, without loss of identity.
So, eleven years ago today on the 20th day of July, back in 1959 here in this City, that drama took place within me. So, it is my birthday today in a spiritual sense. The little body that now stands before you, that came in the year 1905. It will depart and turn into dust; but that which awoke within me is the Immortal Self that cannot die. And those who have not had the experience, that Immortal Self is still there, and it cannot die. You will be restored to life in a world just like this to continue the drama until that experience that I’ve just told you takes place within you.
Nothing dies! The little rose that bloomed once, blooms forever. It turns to ash, as the body will turn to ash, but you – the Immortal You, who is all imagination – cannot die. But it will awaken one day in the same manner that it awoke within me. It was buried on Golgotha, which means “the skull,” He is buried on Calvary, which is the skull. It is in the skull of man that God is buried; and there, God-in-man will awake.
So, here, this night, you put it to the test as you are challenged in Scripture to test Him. And you test, not another; you test your own wonderful human imagination, for that is the Lord Jesus Christ.
The truest story ever told is the story of Jesus Christ, Let the world rise in opposition and say there is no Lord. As Blake brought out so beautifully in his poem “Jerusalem”:
“. . . Babel mocks, saying there is no God or Son of God;
That Thou, O Human Imagination,
O Divine Body of the Lord Jesus Christ art all A delusion; but I know Thee, O Lord, when Thou arisest upon My weary eyes, even in this dungeon and this iron mill. . .
For Thou also sufferest with me, although I behold Thee not. . .
” . . .And the Divine Voice answers:
“. . . Fear not! Lo, I am with you always.
Only believe in me, that I have power to raise from death
Thy Brother who sleepeth in Albion.”
You can’t get away from your own imagination. You can’t get away from it, because that’s your own being. That is the reality. But it suffers with you. He is the Lord Jesus Christ within you. Now, test Him tonight. Test Him for the good. Do you want a better job when they say they are letting people out? Forget what the papers say. Forget what anything says. “All things are possible to the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Matthew 19:26)
If you don’t have enough money, forget what the paper says, You assume that you have it. “All things are possible to God.” (Matthew 19:26) He sets no limits whatsoever on the power of believing. Can you believe it? Well, try to believe it. Try to believe, first of all, in God. Well, God is your own imagination. Well, believe in Him; that whatever you can imagine is possible.
Can you imagine that you have now the kind of a job that you want? The income that would come from it? The fun in the doing of the work? Well, then, walk as though it were true; and, to the best of your
ability, believe that it’s true. And that assumption, though denied by your senses, – though the world would say it is false; if you persist in it, it will harden into fact. This is the law of your own wonderful imagining. Believe it, and it will become a reality.
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