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Lesson 3 - The Effect, or Fruit of Thought
Those who are working for effect are virtually striving to make this plane of existence a
plane of cause, for it is both the subject and object of their consideration; subject, because they
believe that effects can produce effects, and it is the object, because they are working to produce
effects. The fact that they are thus striving is evidence of ignorance.
Cease from striving to make the visible world produce true happiness for you - from
seeking to make sensation a cause of real joy. Place not your heart, dear student, upon earthly
things, or your consciousness upon the things of the past; but live in the presence of the One that
is ever present, for this is Life eternal.
There is but one Life, which is Infinite Spirit; Infinite Spirit is the one Substance, which is
There is but one Law, which is Infinite Love.
There is but one Method of Creation or manifestation, which method is the act of Divine
The Life of the One is the Life of all.
The Substance of the One is the Substance of all; and produces all things.
That Power which forms one thing forms all.
That which loves one loves all. All are in and of one Source. As the One Spirit, which is
no respecter of person, loved one, even our great Master, so does it love and respect all, even the
"Every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A
good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree
that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits
ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom
of heaven; but he that doeth the will of the Father which is in heaven." - Matt. vii: 17-22.
As there is but one method of manifesting the Infinite Spirit; idea, thought and effect of
thought, is the Trinity which includes the problem, solution and example of life; therefore
thought is the means which must necessarily precede the expression of truth on the sense plane.
And by the word, deed and sensation we can know whether the nature of our thoughts and
beliefs are at one with the Spirit or at one with the letter; whether they are truth or error. Every
good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree evil fruit. Good thoughts are at one with
Spirit, or the Divine Attributes. Their opposites are the errors that bring forth fruits opposite to
The condition of the body is wholly dependent upon the quality of thought and the line
of belief held in memory by us. Unless our thoughts be in the image and likeness of the Spirit, or
unless they express the attributes of Divine Mind, their fruit will be delusion. When thought
looks upon effects without knowing or understanding its own source, it accepts appearances as a
basis from which to reason. Thoughts which are the opposite of the attributes of Divine Mind
are the inharmony known as dis-ease. Thought forms and constructs; it grows the tree that brings
forth sweet or bitter fruit - that is, harmonious or inharmonious expression. All forms, being the
product of thought, are ever changing, according to the thought. As a man thinketh in his heart, so
is his expression. If we seek to lay up treasures on earth, it is because we are attracted to the
temporal; and where the thought is attracted there will the attention be centered. Thoughts or
beliefs based upon appearances bring forth bitter fruit. Seek to know and love the Immortal
(Spirit), for it is alone real.
As all visible things are first in idea, which is in the mind, and are builded by thought,
they are subject to change by the change of thought; for nothing but effect can be affected by
thought. "Memory is the only friend that grief can call its own." To let go of the past and live in
the present, and in the presence of Spirit, is to live in Life. To let go of all thought of nonpossession
and recognize the perfect, now, is to live in the fullness of Spirit - the kingdom of
heaven. Now is the eternal, present; what we do not recognize as being present we do not enjoy.
Then, recognize health, power, knowledge, good - in short, recognize wholeness that now you are
complete, in the Infinite Good, and you will enjoy it and have peace and rest. The living God is
around you, above you, and through you all; so you are protected and shielded by the perfect
good at all times. In this consciousness we find ourselves above the plane of expression and
limitation. Recognize this truth, and it will make you happy and free.
Christ came into the world to teach the way to truth and life, and to teach what being is
and the purpose of creation, and what thought is and the power of thought, and the fruits of
thinking. He demonstrated the power of understanding. "Be ye perfect, even as your Father in
heaven is perfect." The belief in imperfection is misconception. The Infinite creates everything
within itself; and all that it makes is good, for there is naught but good from which to create or in
which to produce. Then, put from you all beliefs of imperfection from time to time, when they
would arise, that you may keep in remembrance the truth that God is All in all. If you have
believed yourself sinful - the opposite in being from God - you have been in error; the proof that
you were in error is the suffering and misery that it brought you. You, being the thinker, can
change your thought and believe yourself divine, a child of God - and that He is your life. Then,
think of your life as a perfect one, for there is but One Life; this is the truth that frees, and brings
peace, that passeth understanding. Understanding is perfect seeing and hearing. Truth grows the
tree of life in consciousness.
"Not every one that saith, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven; but he that
doeth the will of the Father, which is in heaven." We know that if our thoughts be at one in
quality with the attributes of Spirit, we are doing the will of the Father, which is our life. To
work in concert with the Father is to be conscious of the kingdom of heaven.
As the Thinker is one and is capable of all thought, so thought is capable of being
expressed in myriad forms of word, deed and sensation. "Ye shall know them by their fruits."
Every unalterable truth spoken within consciousness helps to grow the tree of Eternal Life within
you, and to bring forth illumination and power. This is doing the will of the Father, the fruit of
which is manifested good, peace upon earth, and good will to men.
Appearances, the effect of thought, which we have been dealing with in this lesson,
should be studied from the plane of knowledge, which is Spirit - the Creator, not from the plane
of effect. If this be done, the student will learn their nature, that they are merely appearances of
thought; and that through which we recognize them is nothing other than thought. Thought
recognizes its own appearances; how could an appearance, which is nothing real, recognize
anything! - truly it is without power to do so; therefore, when we say that we see, hear, feel, or
in any way sense effect, we mean that we recognize it in thought, and it is held in consciousness
by thought; and, if we have no thought about it, we have no recognition of it.
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