Cause or Effect? -- Creation or Construction?

It is impossible for a being capable of partaking of the infinite life of the Originating Spirit to be a mere piece of mechanism, mechanically incapable of moving in more than one direction. For if they are to reproduce in their individuality that power of origination and initiative which must be the very essence of the Universal Mind's recognition of itself they must possess a corresponding liberty of choice as to the way in which they will use their powers. If they choose wrongly the inevitable law of cause and effect must produce the natural consequences of their choice. Universal Law can never be broken, and it can never be deceived.

The fundamental nature of this wrong choice is in mistaking the sequence of Laws that naturally proceed from any creative act for the creative power itself. It is the error of looking upon "effects" or "secondary causes" as the "originating cause" and not seeing that they are themselves effects. These effects are predicated by something that works through them to the manifestation of the ultimate effect. This is the fundamental nature of "error" or "inversion". The Truth consists in connecting the ultimate effect intended "directly" with the intention of the originating intelligence, and from this point of view, excluding all consideration of the chain of intermediary causes that links these two extremes together.

The exact weighing, balancing and calculating of the action of secondary causes, or particular laws of "relation", have their proper place -- they are called into play as the necessary basis of our work when we are "constructing" anything from "without". An architect could not build a safe building without carefully calculating the strains and pressures to which his materials would be subjected. However, when we are considering an act of "Creation" we are dealing with an exactly opposite process, one that works from "within" by "vital growth" which naturally assimilates to its self all that is necessary for its completion in accordance with Natural Law. In the case of creation from within we do not have to consider the mechanism through which the vital energy will bring forth its object. By the very fact of its being inherent energy working for any manifestation in a certain direction it must necessarily produce all the necessary relations (circumstances, events and substances), visible or invisible, which will go into making the completed whole.

The fundamental error consists in ignoring this distinction between "direct creation" and "external construction". In entirely losing sight of the former and consequently attempting to accomplish by knowledge of particular laws, which are applicable only to construction from without, what can only be accomplished by a direct creation from within. Direct Creation is a process which produces laws instead of being restricted by them. The temptation, then, is to substitute our intellectual knowledge of the relations between various existing laws with which we are acquainted, for the Creative Power which is not subject to any antecedent conditions and can produce what it will. Doing this while all of the time conforming to its own recognition of itself as a harmonious "Being", thus never acting to the disruption or destruction of any other, which is acting of the Life-In-Itself.

... It is by Reflection. Our mind is, as it were, a mirror reflecting that towards which it is turned. This is the nature of Mind.

We become like that which we consistently contemplate. We cannot avoid it, for we are made that way, and therefore everything depends on what we are in the habit of contemplating. Then if we realize the growth, or the manifestation of the spiritual principle, always proceeds from the "innermost" to the "outermost", by a purely creative process from within and thus is distinguished from a constructive process from without which operates by laws of relations between "things" already in existence. We shall see that the working of the mind upon the body and the effect it will produce upon it depends entirely on what form the mind itself is taking, and what form it will take depends on what it is reflecting. This is the key to the great mystery of Life. In proportion as we reflect the Pure Spirit of Life we live, and in proportion as we reflect the Material, contemplating it as a "power in itself" instead of as the vehicle of the Spirit, we bring ourselves under a law of limitation, which culminates in death. It is the same law of Mind in both cases, only in the one case it is employed positively and in the other it is employed negatively.

This then, is the real nature of "sin" or "transgression". Whatever shape it may take, its essence is always the same; it is turning our mental mirror the wrong way and so reflecting the limited and negative, that which is NOT Life-in-itself. In doing so we are consequently forming ourselves into a corresponding image and likeness of the limited or material. By sin or transgression, in the sense we have now seen, death and all lesser evils enter into the world -- error is the cause and they are the effects. Then if the cause is removed the effect must cease. If the root of the plant is cut away, then the fruit as well must perish. It is a simple working of cause and effect; a simple working of the Laws.

And the point is this: Laws are statements of the "relations" between certain things under certain conditions. Given the same things and the same conditions, the same Laws will come into play because the same relation has been established between the things, but this is exactly the sphere, which excludes the idea of "Original Creation". It is the sphere of engineering, of analysis, of measurement; it is the proper domain of all merely constructive work. That is just what Original Creation is not. Original Creation is not troubled about antecedent conditions; it creates new conditions. By doing so establishes "new" relations and therefore "new" Laws. Therefore our knowledge of any particular laws, whether mental or material, is of no avail for the purpose of Original Creation, and we have to come back to the standpoint of simple Faith. That is to say, we move forward in the knowledge that what we create already exists, and we act and feel in accordance with the reality of our manifestation. Of this we allow no doubt for the Laws of the Universe are infallible.

-- Victor

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