(6) Pearls of Wisdom
Evil Has No Substance
If there is only one power working in the universe, and that power is good, then evil has no inherent substance. Of course ugliness, violence, hatred, and all manner of undesirable things appear in the world, but these do not create themselves. They are simply an absence of good things like beauty, peace, kindness, and love. We must stop thinking that evil exists as an independent power working in our lives, because thinking it makes it an active force in the world. Consider this: there is no such thing as darkness, only absence of light. We can have dim light, ordinary light, bright light . . . but darkness is no light. Only light is real.
Similarly, evil is the absence of good. It has no substance and cannot create of its own accord. Would an intelligent creative force build in to its design disease, war, poverty, and unhappiness? No, these are human-made, the result of ignorance and destructive actions. CI is good. It flows through everything, therefore everything is inherently good. Evil is the result of cutting ourselves off from this, our Source energy.
Creative Intelligence is the Source of Everything
CI is the Source of everything. It is the energy that created you from a handful of cells and grew you into a fully formed human being. It governs the cycle by which water becomes steam, which becomes clouds, which condense and fall as rain, which enables plants to grow and animals to thrive, before once again turning to steam. It governs the cycle of birth, life, and death by which matter returns to the earth and becomes new life.
The universe is sensitively balanced to make life possible. A miniscule variation either way would bring life on Earth to an end (some say it is already doing so). Air turbulence over the North Pole changes global weather patterns. A burning tree in the Amazon forest affects air quality in London and Paris. A ball thrown into the air anywhere requires an adjustment to be made in space. A whale harpooned off the coast of Norway eventually disturbs the balance of life in the Pacific. If the conditions which sustain life were changed by the tiniest degree, there would be no animals or plants as we know them, and no humans trying to make sense of it all.
If this endless cycle of creativity suddenly came to an end, everything - including us - would immediately cease to exist!
One day a farmer came across a rambler resting in one of his fi elds. ‘What a beautiful farm,’ said the rambler, taking in the view. ‘Just look at the fields of golden corn, the vegetables growing, cows grazing peacefully. God has been very good to you.’
‘Yes he has,’ replied the farmer, ‘but you should have seen it when he had it to himself!’
CI Is Bountiful and Giving
Creative Intelligence knows what we need and is willing and able to supply all our needs, without limit. Nature is copious. It gives, gives and then gives more. A single grain of wheat can multiply until it fills a prairie and a handful of small mammals populate a meadow. Apple seeds that germinate produce thousands of apples. If humans did not interfere, fish would fill the oceans, the skies would be full of birds, and plants and trees would grow in abundance, all sustained by an infinite source of supply.
Everything is created in abundance with no thoughts of scarcity. There is unlimited energy in the universe, and all of it has the potential to manifest into physical form. Moreover, the universe, directed by CI, is expanding. CI, the power that flows through everything, is actually becoming even more abundant!
CI Gives Ideas
CI communicates with us. It transmits ideas. When received and acted upon, these ideas are transformed from their invisible, formless state into physical form. This is what is meant by ‘manifestation’. Many great thinkers knew all about this and gave the credit for their brilliant insights to this ‘infinite intelligence’. They knew they could tune into this higher form of consciousness at any time and gain inspiration. Manifestation begins when creative ideas are sown into our minds. The ideas which come from CI are not limited by time and space, past experience, beliefs, emotional programming, or any of the other shortcomings of the human mind. We’ll have a lot more to say about this in later sections.
CI Is Loving
Love is the greatest power in the universe. It blesses and heals, nurtures and brings out the best in us. It encourages us to act from the highest motives so we can become agents for good in the world. This loving Presence (sometimes referred to as Grace) operates on our behalf regardless of whether we deliberately seek it and whether or not we believe in it. Its desire to express through us is so strong that we always reap more than we sow, even if we have not earned it, simply because all are expressions of the one loving Source.
Again, imagine if this were not so. What would happen if CI were capable of hating its creation? Doesn’t bear thinking about, does it?
The hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ was written by John Newton (1725-1807), a British sea captain who had once commanded a slave ship. Gradually the cruelty of his activities dawned on him until in 1748 he experienced a religious conversion when his ship nearly foundered in a storm. Soon after, he left the sea for good. He spent the last 43 years of his life as a pastor in a small village, and toured the country preaching. He is said to have influenced William Wilberforce, who led the campaign to abolish slavery. ‘Amazing Grace’ tells the story of his inspired awakening.
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind but now I see.
’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come.
’Tis grace that brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.