Abiding Presence - the Spirit of God, which permeates everything.
Absolute - the God principle, the Supreme, the Unknowable, Unthinkable, Unmanifest—yet manifest in all. The Unconditioned, yet in every condition.
Absolute and relative - refers to the Unconditioned Cause and any effect which It may project.
Abstract - in the realm of the formless; apart from any particular object, as in the realm of ideation. Abstract thought is in the higher ranges of thought, rather than in the concrete, as in particular objects.
Abundance - since thought produces fact, then fact must be like the thought which produces it. Hence a thought of impoverishment would create an impoverished condition, while the recognition of abundance would inevitably produce abundance.
Accumulated Consciousness — the sum total of all that one has ever said, thought, done or seen, consciously or un-consciously.
Active ideas of truth - a spiritual treatment is a definite statement, an active state of consciousness created for a definite purpose.
Active right thinking - mental treatment is an active thing; it sets about to demonstrate or prove a certain point in Mind through the definite activity of consciousness. Treatment is always active; it is never day-dreaming.
Adam - undeveloped, or unenlightened man. The opposite of the Christ Principle, as "in Adam all sin, so in Christ all are made free from sin" (1 Cor. 15:22).
Adam as Christ - the first Adam is of the earth; the second Adam is the Lord from heaven. Adam as Christ means lifting up the principle of Reality within us to a comprehension of its union with Spirit.
Adam Kadmon - in the Kabalah this term means the ONE (son) of the Divine Father.
Affirmation - see supreme affirmation, subconscious denial of our affirmations, tool of affirmation,
Affirmation in mental treatment - affirming the Divine as the only Presence. That is, affirming the presence of whatever ought to be.
Affirmation of truth - any statement which affirms the supremacy of good or which denies the reality of that which is contrary to good. (See also spiritual affirmations; transforming power of thoughts and words.
Affirmative factor - the invisible Power that concentrates primordial substance into new forms. It is the principle of the unfoldment of life through the Intelligence that permeates all space, the very Nature of Being Itself as Subjective Intelligence. Cooperating with It, man may create his world of perfection.
Affirmative prayer - a form of prayer or a metaphysical technique that is focused on a positive outcome rather than a negative situation.
Agnosticism - (agnostic) The doctrine that neither the nature nor the existence of God nor the ultimate character of the universe is knowable. Any doctrine which affirms that all knowledge is relative and uncertain.
Alchemy - a medieval science, the object of which was to try to transmute base metals into gold. In the life of the metaphysician, the term alchemy is used in referring to the transmutation of the lower nature (that is, the qualities of ruthless selfishness, greed, cruelty, etc.) into the perfect spiritual Form, toward which man is evolving. The uncovering of the God-self, which already exists, potentially, in each one. This alchemy, or transmutation, is an actual chemical change in the cells of the body, through the use of mental law and high spiritual aspiration.
All is mental or spiritual - not only is the invisible Principle of Life a thing of mind and spirit, form also is mental and spiritual. It is Spirit caught in a temporary mold for a definite purpose.
All is mind - all creation is Mind in form and responsive to the Intelligence which creates it. This same Intelligence in us therefore responds to us. Immanuel Kant said that we are able to recognize an apparently external object by reason of the fact that it awakens an intuition within us.
All thought is creative - it would be impossible to assume that one type of thought would be creative without assuming that all types must be.
Alpha and Omega - this symbolizes all that God is—Spirit, Matter. The first and the last, and all that lies between. The beginning and the end.
Altar - symbolizes spiritual idealism upon which are sacrificed the lower forms of thought.
Analogous - similar or bearing some similarity. The principle that like attracts like, in that we attract that to which our thought is attuned.
Analogy - that which resembles something else. An agreement between two things in some ways, but not identically. In metaphysical teaching, stories are told which bear a resemblance to the thing being illustrated, in order to clarify the thought on the subject at hand. The teachings of Jesus are filled with analogies.
Analytical realization - realization arrived at by analysis, argument, process of thought, etc.
Ancient wisdom - the continuous stream of Truth that has run through all the great spiritual and philosophic teachings from times of antiquity. The Wisdom of the Ages.
Androgynous - having the characteristics of both sexes. The Father-Mother God Principle.
Anointed, The - refers to the consciousness of the Indwelling Christ.
Anti-Christ - any attempt to use spiritual power for a destructive purpose.
Antitype - that which preceded the type, and of which the type is the prefigurement or representation.
Apparent separation - any thought or appearance which causes us to believe that we are separated from the Divine Presence.
Apparition - an unexpected or spectral appearance. Sometimes used synonymously with the world "ghost."
Appearance - any objective manifestation which may or may not be considered true to the spiritual Reality. (See also 'Judge not according.")
Archetypal man - spiritual man viewed generically, in whose image all men are formed. The universal man. The image and likeness of God.
Archetype - the ideal form, written about by Plato. The eternal, perfect concept of things, existing in the Mind of God, or Universal Mind, after which form is patterned. The perfect pattern of a thing in thought.
Argument of doubt - any mode of thought which denies us the privilege of accomplishing a healing or of making demonstrations for ourselves or others. This arises out of the race consciousness.
Argument of error - subjective thought patterns of experience resisting any attempt to neutralize them.
Ark of the Covenant - the Principle of Unity within us; the Holy of Holies; the Secret Place of the Most High; the Sacred Name; the Scroll of Life; the realization that God and man are One.
Ascending arc of the circle - a term used to symbolize the evolutionary Force, both personal and cosmic, by which the individual rises from gross materiality into the realm of pure Spirit. The resurrection principle.
Ascetic - one who devotes himself to a solitary and contemplative life; one who practices extreme rigor and self-denial.
Asceticism - refers to the doctrine that the material or carnal world is evil or despicable, and that salvation is gained by mortification of the flesh.
"As he thinketh in his heart so is he" - as the inner state of consciousness is, so will the condition become. (See also James Allen's As A Man Thinketh)
Assimilation and elimination - metaphysically interpreted, this means the circulation of Truth eliminating anything unlike Itself.
Atomic intelligence - the primary Intelligence inherent in the very substance of things; the Intelligence in the atom that keeps it revolving around its central unit of power. This Intelligence is characterized by responsiveness, which may be made use of in healing work. Every atom in every cell of the body has intelligence.
Atonement - the old Jewish doctrine of redemption through suffering or sacrifice to expiate for a sin. To make amends for an offense. We all atone for wrongdoing, in that the Law of Cause and Effect punishes us until we learn to stop making mistakes. Metaphysical students now realize that the only atonement—that is, the real redemption—is an At-One-Ment with Life Itself, God. Through unity the old accounts are settled and dissolved. (See also Atonement Understood by Annie Rix Militz)
Attachment - to be bound by sense objects, so that it is painful to be without them.
Attraction, Law of - a metaphysical belief that "like attracts like", that positive and negative thinking bring about positive and negative physical results, respectively.
Automatic writings - written messages received when one is controlled by some psychic influence, which many believe may emanate from oneself, those around one, or discarnate spirits.
Auto suggestion - one's thoughts acting upon one's own mind.
Axiom - a Truth so self-evident that it would be impossible for sanity to contradict it.
Blessing — constructive thought directed toward any one.
Baptism by fire - the purging of the conscious and unconscious processes of thought whereby mental patterns are transmuted from a material into a spiritual consciousness.
Baptism by the Holy Ghost - pure spiritual intuition transcendent of intellectual processes. The Light of Heaven. A state of consciousness which is no longer a symbol nor a purging, but which is a deep interior awareness of peace, poise, power, wholeness, and perfection.
Baptism by water - symbolic of one's consciousness that he is immersed in Life—liquid Spirit.
Beginning, in the - the starting point of any creation. That out of which all experience is projected.
Being - in its absolute sense, God, Spirit, Reality. (See also Truth of being.)
Belief, change of - changing our psychological patterns of thought to the acceptance of that which includes the Allness of God, relative to any fact or experience.
Belief is a certain way of thinking - no matter how spiritual the belief or the faith may be, it is still an act of consciousness, hence it can be reduced to a state of thought.
Belief, Law of - belief creates its own law, which is changed only by reversing the belief.
Believe in your heart - refers to the positive inner conviction.
Beloved Son - the divine unique individualization of God which every man is. (See also Only-Begotten Son; Father and Son.)
Bible, The - sacred book or books of any race of people; a book containing the sacred writings of any religion, which is used as an authority.
Black magic - an inverted use of the creative Power of Mind.
Blessing - constructive thought directed toward any person or any condition; any constructive thought designed to be helpful.
Blind force and Infinite Intelligence - blind force refers to the Law of Cause and Effect, which is a doer and not a knower. Infinite Intelligence refers to limitless capacity consciously to know.
Blood - symbol of Divine Life manifesting Itself on the physical plane.
Body is mental and spiritual - body is not to be denied; we are to affirm that body is a combination of spiritual ideas harmoniously expressing life.
Body of Christ - the Body of Christ is the immortal individuality within us, manifesting Itself on any particular plane upon which we may be living. The Spiritual Body.
Body of God - the entire manifest creation.
Body of right ideas - in treatment the body is viewed as a combination of spiritual ideas harmoniously unified with the Divine Life.
Born again, To be - a resurrection from the belief that we are separated from God or Perfect Life into the understanding that "Beloved, now are we the sons of God!"
Bound by mortal belief - to be controlled by race suggestion.
Bound by our own freedom - mind is "the law that binds the ignorant and frees the wise." The thought of limitation creates limitation; the thought of freedom creates freedom. Since limitation is a limited viewpoint of Reality, a greater viewpoint automatically heals the limitation. Thus, we are apparently bound and actually set free by one and the same Law.
Bowl of acceptance - refers to our mental attitudes, which, as it were, are held up that the outpouring horn of plenty may fill them.
Bread of Heaven - the Truth as spiritual food for the soul. (See also "I am the bread of life.")
Breath - the Life of all beings; symbolic of spiritual action which breathes thought into form and withdraws form into thought. The word Spirit comes from the Latin word spiro, meaning breath. We read in the Bible that "God breathed into man the Breath of Life, and man became a living being." To breathe is to live. Every living thing is a part of the Great Breath, from the very plants, up through the animal kingdom, to man. The breath is a part of the Action of God in man and is quite beyond man's control. In ancient teachings we are told the Great Breath was the beginning of life and energy on the planet. "And the Spirit of God [the Breath] moved upon the waters."
Burning bush - refers to the thought that all nature is alive with the Divine Presence. It is the recognition of this Divine Presence which causes the voice to proceed from nature. That is, we commune with God through nature.
Causation — that which stands back of things as the Intelligent Cause.
Change — The appearance and disappearance of forms.
Christ — the total manifestation of God, from the plant to an angel; from a peanut to the entire Universe of expression. Christ in Man means the idea of Sonship, the Perfect Man as He must be held in the Mind of God.
Christ consciousness - expressions used to denote the consciousness of a human being who has reached a Christ-like level of evolutionary development and who has come to know Reality as it is.
Choice, Power of - "Man’s power of choice enables him to think like an angel or a devil, a king or a slave. Whatever he chooses, mind will create and manifest" (Frederick Bailes)
Coexistent — that which exists with.
Coeternal — always existing. Uncreated.
Conceive — to give birth to an idea.
Concentration — bringing the attention to a focus.
Concept — an idea in mind.
Concrete cause — definite idea.
Conditions — that which follows cause; the effect of law.
Conflict — inner mental struggle, conscious or unconscious.
Conscious mind — the self-knowing mind in God or man.
Faculty — any mode of bodily of mental behavior regarded as implying a natural endowment or acquired power—the faculties of seeing, hearing, feeling, etc.
Familiar spirits — refers to the control of consciousness through the instrument of some invisible agency.
Father-mother God — the Masculine and Feminine Principles of Being as included in the Androgynous One, or First Cause.
Feminine principle — the Universal Soul. In man, the subjective or subconscious intelligence.
First vause — that which is the cause of all things. The Uncreated, from which all Creation springs. The First Cause is both Masculine and Feminine in Its Nature, and includes the Intermediate Principle of Creative Activity.
Form — any definite outline in time and space. Forms may be visible or invisible. In all probability, all space is filled with many kinds of forms.
Formless substance — ahe ultimate stuff from which all forms are created, universally present, in an unformed state, and acted upon by conscious and subconscious intelligence. It is the nature of the Soul to give form to the ideas with which It is impregnated; hence, Soul contains Substance within Itself.
I Am — From the universal standpoint, means God; and from the individual, means the Real Man.
Idea — A concept. The Ideas of God are the Divine Realizations of His own Being. The real Ideas are eternal.
Illumination — Inspiration reaching Cosmic state. A direct contact with Reality or God. A complete intuitive perception.
Illusion of Mind — Means looking at a picture in Mind which may be real, only as a picture, but not as substance. As a picture of a person is not the person, so there are many pictures, drawn in Mind, which are real only as pictures. Mine is not an illusion, but might present us with illusions, unless we are very careful to distinguish the false from the true.
Image — The mental likeness of anything.
Imagination — The imaging faculty.
Immaculate Conception — All things are immaculately conceived, as all things come from the One.
Immortality — The Deathless Principle of Being in all people.
Immutable Law — Absolute in its ability to accomplish.
Impersonal Receptivity — The Creative Mind is impersonal receptivity, in that It receives all seeds of thought.
Incarnation — The Spirit of God in all Creation.
Individuality — The Real Idea of man, as distinguished from the outer personality.
Induce — The act of planting seeds of thought in Creative Mind.
Inductive Reasoning — Reasoning from effect to cause.
Indwelling Christ — Generic man, manifesting through the individual. The idea of Divine Sonship. The Real Man. As much of this reality appears as we allow to express through us.
Indwelling Ego — The Spirit of man as differentiated from his soul or subjective mentality. The Real Man which is the conscious part of him.
Indwelling God — The Real Man is as much of God as he is able to embody. The Divine Spark, Birthless and Deathless.
Infinite — That which is beyond all comprehension.
Inherent Life — Real life as distinguished from latent life.
Inner Sight — The spiritual capacity of knowing the Truth. It is a mental quality which brings the mentality to a comprehension of Reality.
Insanity — The loss of the objective faculties.
Inspiration — From the human side, means contact with the subconscious of the individual or the race. From the Divine, means contact with the Universal Spirit.
Instinctive Life — The One in everything.
Instinctive Man — The Spiritual Man.
Intellect — The reasoning faculty.
Intuition — The ability to know without any process of reasoning. God knows only intuitively.
Involution — Ideas involved in Mind. Involution precedes evolution.
Malpractice — The destructive use of Mind Power. It may be conscious or malicious, innocent, or ignorant.
Man — The objectification of God in the human form. The idea of God manifested in the flesh. The Sonship of the Father. Generic man is the Type, and the personal man is the concrete expression of the Type.
Mania — An irresistible desire controlling personal action.
Manifestation — The objectification of ideas.
Masculine principle — The Self-Assertive Spirit, either in God or man.
Material man — The objective man. Not opposed to Spirit, but the logical outcome of the Self-Knowing Mind.
Matter — Any form which substance takes in the world of sense and objectivity.
Medium — One who objectifies subjectivity.
Memory — The subjective retention of ideas.
Mental atmosphere — The mental emanation of anything, any person or any place. Everything has some kind of a mental atmosphere.
Mental correspondents — The inner image in mind which balances the outer objectification of itself. Every objective thing has an inner mental correspondent.
Natural law - any system of law which is purportedly determined by nature, and thus universal.
Natural man — Instinctive or Spiritual Man.
Neutral — Not caring which way it works.
Neutralizing thought — The act of mentally erasing thought images.
New Thought - the ideas that "Infinite Intelligence" or "God" is ubiquitous, spirit is the totality of real things, true human selfhood is divine, divine thought is a force for good, sickness originates in the mind, and "right thinking" has a healing effect.