The Lord's Prayer Explained By Emmet Fox (Powerful Interpretation)

hi this is Eyvette from my world of metaphysics and today I bring you the Lord’s Prayer explained by Emmet Fox this is a metaphysical interpretation of the Lord’s Prayer so if you want to know the truth about this powerful prayer and you want to make changes to your life listen to this audio book all the way to the end and don’t forget to Like and subscribe and don’t forget to tap that Bell if you new to my world of metaphysics this is the law of attraction metaphysical youtube channel that brings you information and an easy to understand manner to change your life so now let’s get started the Lord’s Prayer by Emmet Fox from the 1934 collection the Sermon on the Mount the Lord’s Prayer is the most important of all the Christian documents it was carefully constructed by Jesus with very certain clear ends in mind that is why of all his teachings it is by far the best known and the most often quoted it is indeed the one common denominator of all the Christian churches every one of them without exception uses the Lord’s Prayer that is perhaps the only ground upon which they all meet every Christian child is taught the Lord’s Prayer and any Christian who prays at all says it almost every day its actual use probably exceeds that of all other prayers put together undoubtedly everyone who was seeking to follow along the way that Jesus led should make a point of using the Lord’s Prayer and using it intelligently every day in order to do this we should understand the prayer is a carefully constructed organic whole many people rattle through it like parrots forgetful of the warning that Jesus gave us against vain repetitions and of course no one derives any profit from that sort of thing the great prayer is a compact formula for the development of the soul it is designed with the utmost care from the advocate specific purpose so that those who use it regularly with understanding will experience a real change of soul the only progress is this change which is what the Bible calls being born again it is the change of soul that matters the mere acquisition of fresh knowledge received intellectually makes no change in the soul the Lord’s Prayer is especially designed to bring this change about and when it is regularly used it invariably does so the more one analyzes the Lord’s Prayer the more wonderful and its construction seems to be it meets everybody’s need just a his own level it not only provides a rapid spiritual development for those who are sufficiently advanced to be ready but in its superficial meaning it supplies the more simple-minded and even the more materially minded people with just what they need at the moment if they use the prayer sincerely the greatest of all prayers was designed with still another purpose in view quite as important as either of the others Jesus force saw that as centuries went by his simple primitive teaching would gradually become overlaying by all sorts of external things which really have nothing whatever to do with it he foresaw that men who had never known him relying quite sincerely no doubt upon their own limited intellects would build up theologies and doctrinal systems obscuring the direct simplicity of the spiritual message and actually erecting a wall between God and man he decide his prayer in such a way that it would pass safely through those ages without being tampered with he arranged it with consummate skill so that it could not be twisted or distorted or adapted to any man-made system so that in fact would carry the whole Christ message within it I did not have anything on the surface to attract the attention of the Restless managing type of person so it has turned out that through all the changes and chances of Christian history this prayer has come through to us uncorrupted and unspoiled the first thing that we notice is that the prayer naturally falls into seven classes this is very characteristic of the Oriental tradition 7 symbolizes individual soul just as the number 12 and the same convention stands for corporate completeness in practical use we often find an 8 clause added by an is the kingdom the power and the glory but this though in itself an excellent affirmation is not really a part of the prayer the 7 clauses are put together with the utmost care and perfect order in sequence and they contain everything that is necessary for the nourishment of

the soul let us consider the first Clause our Father this simple statement in itself constitutes a definite and complete system of theology and fixes clearly and distinctly the nature and character of God it sums up the truth of being that tells all that man needs to know about God and about himself and about his neighbor anything that is added to this can only be by way of commentary that is more likely than not to complicate and obscure the true meaning of the text Oliver Wendell Holmes said my religion is summed up in the first two words of the Lord’s Prayer and most of us will find ourself in full agreement with him notice the simple clear-cut definite statement our Father in this clause Jesus lays down once and for all the relationship between God and man is that of father and child this counts this cuts out any possibility that the deity could be the relentless and cruel tyrant that is often pictured by theology Jesus says definitely that the relationship is that a parent and not an oriental despot dealing with groveling slaves but parent and child now we all know perfectly well that men and women however short they may fall in other respects nearly always do the best they can for their children unfortunately cruel and wicked parents had to be found they are so exceptional is to make a paragraph for the newspapers the vast majority of men and women are at their best in dealing with their children speaking to the same truth everywhere Jesus said if you who are so full of evil nevertheless do your best for your children how much more so will God was altogether good do for you and so he begins his prayer by establishing the character of God is that of the perfect father dealing with his children note that this clause which fixes the nature of God at the same time fixes the nature of man because of man is the offspring of God he must partake of the nature of God since the nature of the offspring isn’t variably as similar to that of a parent it is a cosmic law that like begets like it is not possible the rosebush should produce lilies or that a cow should give birth to a Colt the offspring is and must be of the same nature as the parent and so since God is divine spirit man must essentially be divine spirit to whatever appearances may say to the contrary let us pause here for a moment and try to realize what a tremendous step forward we have taken and appreciating the teaching of Jesus on this point do you not see that at a single blow it swept away 99% of all the old theology was avenging God it’s chosen in favorite individuals its external Hellfire no the other horrible paraphernalia of man’s disease and terrified imagination God exists and the eternal all-powerful all present God is the loving father of mankind if you would meditate upon this act until you had some degree of understanding of what it really means most of your difficulties and physical ailments would disappear or they are rooted and grounded in fear the underlying cause of all trouble is fear if only you could realize to some extent that omnipotent wisdom is your living loving father most of your fears would go if you could realize it completely every negative thing in the life would vanish away and you would demonstrate perfection in every phase now you see the object Jesus had in mind when he placed this clause first next we see that the prayer says not my father but our father and this indicates beyond the possibility of mistake the truth of the brotherhood of man it forces upon our attention at the very beginning the fact that all men are indeed brethren the children of one father and that there is neither Jew nor Greek there is neither bond or free there is neither Jose nor unchosen because all men are brethren here Jesus is making his second point and all the tiresome nonsense about a chosen race about the spiritual superiority of any one group of human beings over any other group he cuts away the illusion the members of any nation or race or territory or group or class or color are in the sight of God superior to any other group a belief in the superiority of one’s own particular group or heard as the psychologists call it is an illusion to which mankind is very prone but in the teaching of Jesus it has no place he teaches that the thing that places a

man the spiritual condition of his own individual soul and that as long as he is upon the spiritual path it makes no difference whatever to what group he belongs who does not belong the final point is the implied command that we are to pray not only for ourselves but for all mankind every student of truth should hold the thought of the truth of being the whole human race for at least a moment each day since none of us lives to himself nor dies to himself for indeed we are all truly and in a much more literal sense than people are aware limbs of one body now we begin to see how very much more that appears on the surface is contained in those simple words our Father simple one might almost say innocent as they look Jesus has concealed within them a spiritual explosive that will ultimately destroy every man-made system that holds the human race and bondage which art in heaven having clearly established the Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man Jesus next goes on to enlarge upon the nature of God and to describe the fundamental facts of existence having shown that God and man are parent and child goes on to delineate the function of each of the grand scheme of things he explains that it is the nature of God to be in heaven and of man to be on earth because God is cause and man is manifestation cars cannot be expression an expression cannot be cause and we must be careful not to confuse the two things here heaven stands for God or cause because in religious phraseology heaven is the term for the presence of God in metaphysics it is called the absolute because it is the realm of pure unconditional being of archetypal ideas the word earth means manifestation and man’s function is to manifest or express God or cause in other words God is the infinite and perfect cause of all things but cause has to be expressed and God expresses himself by means of man man’s destiny is to express God in all sorts of glorious and wonderful ways some of this expression we see as his surroundings first his physical body which is really only the most intimate part of his embodiment then his home his work his recreation in short his whole expression to express means to press outwards or bring into sight that which already exists implicitly every feature of your life is really a manifestation or expression of something or a soul thought these points may seem at first to be a little abstract but since it is misunderstandings about the relationship of God and Maren that lead to all our difficulties it is worth any amount of trouble to correctly understand that relationship trying to have manifestation without causes atheism and materialism and we know where they lead trying to have cause without manifestation leads man to suppose himself to be a personal God and this commonly ends Mike Lemoine mania the kind of paralysis of expression the important thing to realize is that God is in heaven and man on earth that HS is on role on the scheme of things although they are one they are not one and the same Jesus establishes this point carefully when he says our Father which art in heaven hallowed be thy name in the Bible as elsewhere the name of any thing means the essential nature or character of that thing and so when we are told what the name of God is we are told what his nature is and his name or nature Jesus says is hallowed now what does the word hallowed mean well if you trace the derivation back into Old English we’ll discover a most extraordinary interesting and significant fagot the word hallowed has the same meaning as Holy whole wholesome and heal or healed so we see that the nature of God is not merely worthy of our veneration but is complete and perfect all together good some very remarkable consequences follow from this we have agreed that any effect must be similar in its nature to its cause and so because the nature of God is hello everything that follows from that cause must be hallowed or perfect – just as a rosebush cannot produce lilies so God cannot cause or send anything but perfect cool as the Bible says the same fountain cannot send forth both sweet and bitter water from this it follows that God cannot as people sometimes think same sickness or trouble or accidents much less death or these things are unlike his nature hello it be thy name means by nature’s

altogether good and thou art the author only a perfect good of purer eyes than to behold evil and canst not look on iniquity if you think that God has sent any of your difficulties to you for no matter how good a reason you are giving power to your troubles and this makes it very difficult to get rid of them thy kingdom come Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven man being manifestation or expression of God there’s a limitless destiny before him his work is to express and concrete definite form the abstract ideas with which God furnishes him and in order to do this he must have created power if he did not have creative power it would be merely a machine through which God worked an automaton but man is not an automaton he is an individualized consciousness God individualizes himself and an infinite number of distinct focal points of consciousness each one quite different and therefore each one is a distinct way of knowing the universe each a distinct experience notice carefully that the word individual means undivided the consciousness of each one is distinct from God and from all others and yet none are separated how can this be how can two things be one and yet not one and the same the answer is that in matter which is finite they cannot but in spirit which is infinite they can with our present limited three-dimensional consciousness we cannot see this but intuitively can understand it through prayer if God not individualize himself there would be only one experience as it there are as many universes as there are individuals to form them through thinking thy kingdom come means that it is our duty to be never occupied and helping to establish the kingdom of God on earth that is to say our work is to bring more upon this plane that is what we are here for the old saying God has a plan for every man that he has one for you is quite correct God has glorious and wonderful plans for every one of us his planned a splendid career love interest life and joy for each and if our lives are dull or restricted or squalid that it’s not his fault but ours if only you will find out the one thing God intends you to do it will do it you will find that all doors will open to you all obstacles near paths will melt away you will be acclaimed brilliant success will be most liberally rewarded from the monetary point of view and you will be gloriously happy there is a true place in life for each one of us upon the attainment of which we shall be completely happy perfectly secure on the other hand until we do find our true place we shall never be neither happy or secure no matter what other things we may have our true place is the one place where we can bring the kingdom of God in the manifestation and truly say that kingdom come we have seen that man too often chooses to use his free will in a negative way allows himself to think wrongly selfishly and this WOM thinking brings upon him all his troubles instead of understanding but it is his essential nature to express God to be ever about his father’s business he tries to set up upon his own account all our troubles arise from just this folly we abuse our free will trying to work apart from God and the very natural result is all the sickness poverty sin trouble and death that we find on the physical plane we must never for a moment try to live for ourselves or make plans or arrangements love reference to God or suppose that we can be either happy or successful who are seeking any other end than to do his will whatever our desire may be whether it is something concerning our daily work or our duty at home our relations with our fellow men or private plans for the employment of our own time if we seek to serve self instead of God we are ordering trouble disappointment and unhappiness I was standing what the evidence the contrary might seem to be whereas if we choose what through prayer we know to be his will and we are ensuring to ourselves ultimate success freedom and joy however much self-sacrifice and self-discipline that they involve at the moment our business is to bring our whole nature as fast as we can and to conformity with the will of God by constant prayer and unceasing though unanxious watching our wills or hours to make them buy in his will is our peace

said Dante and the Divine Comedy is really a study in fundamental states of consciousness the inferno representing the state of the soul that is endeavoring to live without God the Paradise represented the state of the soul that has achieved its conscious union with the divine will in the purgatory oh the condition of the soul that is struggling to pass from the one state to the other it was this sublime conflict of the soul which won from the heart of the great Agustin the cry thou has made us for thyself and our hearts are restless until they repose and V give us this day our daily bread because we have the children of a living father we are entitled to expect that God will provide us fully with everything we need children naturally and spontaneously look to their human parents to supply all their wants and in the same way we should look to God to supply ours if we do so in faith and understanding we shall never look in vain it is the will of God that we should leave we should all lead a healthy happy look joyous experience we should develop freely and steadily day-by-day and week-by-week as our pathways unfold more and more unto the perfect day to this end we require such things as food clothing shelter means of travel books and so on above all we require freedom and in the prayer that all these things are included monthly heading of bread bread that is to say means not only food in general but all things that man requires for a healthy happy free and harmonious life but in order to obtain these things we have to claim them not necessarily in detail but you had to claim them and we have to recognize God and God alone as the source and Fountainhead of our good lack of any kind is always traceable to the fact that we have been seeking our supply from some secondary source instead of from God himself the author and giver of life people think of their supply as coming from a certain investments or from a business or from an employer perhaps or as these are merely the channels through which it comes God being the source the number of possible channels is infinite the source is one the particulars which you are getting or supply is quite likely to change because change is the cosmic law for manifestation stagnation is really death but as long as you realize the source of your supply is the one changeable spirit unchangeable spirit all as well the feeding out of one channel will be put the signal for the opening of another if on the other hand like most people you regard the particular channel as being the source and when that channel fails as it is very likely to do nor left stranded because you believe that the source is dried up and for practical purposes from the physical plane things are as we believe them to be a man for instance thinks of his employment is the source of his income and for some reason he loses it his employer goes out of business or cuts down the staff or they have a following out now because he believes that his position is the source of his income the loss of the position naturally means the loss of the income and so he has to start looking about for another job and perhaps us to look for a long time meanwhile finding himself without apparent supply if such a man had realized through regularly daily treatment that God was his supply and his job or in the particular channel through which it came then upon the closing of that channel would have found another and probably a better one opening immediately it’s belief had been in God as his supply then since God cannot change or fail or fade out the supply would have come from somewhere and would have formed its own channel and whatever was the easiest way in precisely the same way the proprietor of a business may find himself obliged to close down for some cause outside of his control or one whose income is dependent upon stocks or bonds may suddenly find that source dried up owing to unexpected happenings from the stock market or to some catastrophe to a factory or mine if he regards the business or the investment as his source of supply who will believe and source to have collapsed will the consequence be left stranded whereas if his reliance is upon God will be comparatively indifferent to the channel and so that channel easily be supplanted by a new one in short we have to train ourselves to look to God cause for all that we need and then the channel which is entirely a secondary

matter will take care of itself in its inner and most important meaning our daily bread signifies the realization of the presence of God an actual sense that God exists not merely in a nominal way but as the great reality the sense that he is present with us and the feeling but because he is God all good all-powerful all-wise and all you have nothing to fear that we can rely upon him to take care of us that he will supply all that we need to have teach us all that we need to know and guide our steps so that we shall not make mistakes this is a manual or God with us and remember that it absolutely means some degree of actual realization that is to say some experience in consciousness and not just a theoretical recognition of a fact not simply talking about God however beautifully one may talk or thinking about him but some degree of actual experience we must begin by thinking about God but this should lead to the realization which is the daily bread or manna that is the gist of the whole matter realization which is experience is the thing that counts this realization which marks the progress of the soul his realization which guarantees the demonstration his realization is distinct from your theorizing the fine words which is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen this is the bread of life the hidden manna and one has that he has all things indeed and in truth Jesus several times refers to this experience as bread because it is the nourishment of the soul just as physical food is the nourishment of a physical body supplied with his food this whole grows and waxes strong gradually developing to adult statua without it she being deprived of her essential nourishment is naturally stunted and crippled the common mistake of course is to suppose that a formal recognition of God is sufficient or the talking about divine things perhaps talking very poetically is the same as possessing them this is exactly on a par with supposing they’re looking at a tray of food or discussing the chemical composition sundry foodstuffs is the same thing as eating a meal it is this mistake which is responsible for the fact that people sometimes pray for a thing for years without any tangible results it if prayer is a force at all it cannot be possible to pray without something happening a realization cannot be obtained to order it must come spontaneously as the result of regular daily prayer to seek realization by world powers the surest way to miss it pretty regularly and quietly remember that in all mental work effort restrain defeats itself then presently perhaps when you least expect it like a thief of the night realization will come meanwhile it is well to know that all sorts of practical difficulties can be overcome by sincere prayer without any realization at all good workers have said that they have had some of the best demonstrations without any realization worth speaking about but while it is of course a wonderful balm to surmount such particular difficulties we do not achieve the sense of security and well-being to which we’re entitled until they’ve experienced realization another reason why the food or bread symbol for the experience of the presence of God is such a telling one is if the act of eating food is essentially a thing that must be done for oneself no one can assimilate food for another one may hire servants to do all sorts of other things for him but there is one thing that one must positively do for himself and that is to eat his own food in the same way the realization of the presence of God is a thing that no one else can have for us we can and should help one another the overcoming of the specific difficulties bury one another its burdens but the realization or making real of the presence of God the substance and evidence can in the nature of things be had only at first hand in speaking of the bread of life Immanuel Jesus called it our daily bread the reason for this is very fundamental our contact with God must be a living one it is our momentary attitude to God which governs our being behold now is the accepted time behold now is the day of salvation the most futile thing in the world is to seek to live upon a past realization the thing that means spiritual life to you is your realization of God here and now today’s realization no matter how feeble and poor it may seem as a million times more power to help you the most vivid realization of yesterday we thankful for yesterday’s experience knowing that is

with you or forever in the change of consciousness with which it has brought about but you’re not in a pond for a single moment for the need of today divine spirit is and changes not with the ebb and flow of human apprehension the manna in the desert of the Old Testament prototype of this the people wandering in the wilderness were told that they would be supplied with manna from heaven every day each one always receiving abundance for his needs but they were on no account to try to save it up for the morrow they were on no account to endeavor to live upon yesterday’s food and wood notwithstanding the rules and all them try to do so result was pestilence or death facilities with us when we seek live upon yesterday’s realization you’re actually seeking to live in the past and to live the past is death the art of life is to live in the present moment and to make that moment as perfect as we can by the realization that we are the instruments and expression of God Himself the best way to prepare for tomorrow is to make today all that it should be forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us this clause is the turning point of the prayer it is the strategic key to the whole treatment let us notice that here Jesus has so arranged this marvelous prayer that it covers the entire ground of the unfolding of our souls completely and of the most concise and telling way it emits nothing that is essential for our salvation and yet so compact is it there is not a thought or word to much every idea butts into its place with perfect harmony in a perfect sequence anything Warr would be redundant anything less would be incompleteness and at this point takes up the critical factor of forgiveness having told us what God he is what man is how the universe works and how we are to do our own work the salvation of humanity and of our own souls he then explains what our true nourishment or supply is and the way in which we can obtain it and now he comes to the forgiveness of sins a forgiveness of sins is the central problem of life sin is a sense of separate us from God and is the major tragedy of human experience it is of course rooted in selfishness it is essentially an attempt to gain some suppose it could to which we are not entitled in justice this is a sense of isolated self regarding personal existence whereas the truth of being is that all is one our true selves are at one with God undivided from him expressing his ideas witnessing to his nature the dynamic thinking of that mind because we are all one with a great hole in which we are spiritually apart it follows that we are one with all men just because in him we live and move and have our being we are the absolute sense all essentially one evil sin the fall of man in fact is essentially the attempt to negative this truth in our thoughts we try to live apart from God you try to do without him we act as though we had our life on our own as separate minds as though we could have planets and purposes and interests separate from his all this if it were true would mean that existence is not one in harmonious but a chaos chaos of competition and strife it would mean that we are quite separate from our fellow man and could injure him robbed him or hurt him or even destroy him any damage to our cells and in fact the more we took from another people more we would have run ourselves it would mean that the more we considered our own interests and the more indifferent we were to the welfare of others the better off we would be of course it would then follow naturally that it would pay others to treat us in the same way and but accordingly we might expect many of them to do so now if this were true it would mean that the whole universe is only a jungle and that sooner or later it must destroy itself by its own inherent weakness and anarchy but of course it is not true and therein lies the joy of life undoubtedly many people do act as though they believed it to be true and a great many more would be dreadfully shocked if not face to face with that proposition and cold-blood have nevertheless a vague feeling and such must be very much the way things are even though they themselves are personally above consciously acting in accordance with such a notion now this is the real basis of sin a resentment of condemnation jealousy of remorse and all the evil brood that walked out of path this belief in independent and separate

existence is the Archard sin and now before we can progress any further we have to take the night for this evil thing and cut it out once and for all Jesus knew this and with this definite end in view inserted at this critical point a carefully prepared statement that would compass our end and his without the shadow of a possibility of miscarrying he inserted what is nothing less than a trip clause he drafted a declaration which would force us without any conceivable possibility of escape to Bayesian mental reservation or subterfuge of any kind to execute the great sacrament of forgiveness it’s all fullness and far-reaching power as we repeat the great prayer intelligently considering and meaning what we say we are suddenly so to speak cut up off our feet and grasp as though in a vise so that we must face this problem and there is no escape we must positively indefinitely extend forgiveness to everyone to whom it is possible that we could offer giveness namely so anyone that we think can have injured us in any way Jesus leaves no room for any possible glossing of this fundamental thing he has constructed his prayer with more skill than any lawyer displayed in the casting of a team yes so contrived it that once our attention has been drawn to this matter we are inevitably obligated either to forgive our enemies in sincerity and truth or never again to repeat that prayer but it is safe to say that no one who reads this with understanding will ever again be able to use the Lord’s Prayer unless and until he has forgiven should you now attempt to repeat it without forgiving it can save would be predicted that will not be able to finish it this great central clause will stick in your throat notice that Jesus does not say forgive me my trespasses and I will try to forgive others or and we’ll see if it can be done or I will forgive generally with certain exceptions you obliges us to declare that we have actually forgiven and forgiven all but he makes our claim to our own forgiveness to depend upon that who is there was grace enough to say his prayers at all who does not long for the forgiveness for cancellation of his own mistakes and falls who would be so insane as to endeavour to seek the kingdom of God without desiring to be relieved this own sense of guilt no one we may be a favor and so we see that we are trapped in the inescapable position that we cannot demand our own release before we have erased our brother the forgiveness of others is the best if you love heaven and Jesus knew it that has led us to the door you must forgive everyone would never hurt you you want to be forgiven yourself that is the long and short of it you have to get rid of all resentment and condemnation of others and not least of self condemnation and remorse you have to forgive others and having discontinued your own mistakes you have to accept the forgiveness of God for them too or you cannot make any progress you have to forgive yourself but you cannot forgive yourself sincerely until you have forgiven others first having forgiven others must be prepared to pick it yourself too or to refuse to forgive oneself is only a spiritual crime and by that sin fell the Angels we cannot make this point too clear to ourselves we have got to forgive there are few people in the world who have not at some time or other been hurt really hurt by someone else or been disappointed or injured or deceived or misled such things sink into the memory or they literally cause inflamed and festering wounds and there’s only one remedy they are to be plucked out and thrown away and the one and only way to do that is by forgiveness of course nothing in all the world is easier than to forgive people who have not hurt us very much nothing is easier than to rise above the thought of the trifling loss anybody will be willing to do this but what the law of being requires of us is that we forgive not only these trifles the very things that are so hard to forgive that at first seems impossible to do it at all the despairing heart cries it is too much to ask that thing means too much to me it is impossible I cannot forgive but the Lord’s Prayer makes our own forgiveness from God which means our escape from guilt and limitation dependent upon just this very thing there is no escape from this and so freaky penis there must be matter how deeply we may have been injured or how terribly we may have suffered it must be done if your prayers are not being

answered search your consciousness and see if there is not someone whom you have yet to forgive find out if there is not some old thing about which you are very resentful search and see if you are not really holding a grudge maybe camouflage in some self-righteous way against some individual or some body of people a nation a race a social class some religious movement or which you disapprove perhaps a political party or what not if you are doing so then you have an act of forgiveness to perform and when this is done we will probably make your demonstration if you cannot forgive at present we’ll have to wait for your demonstration until you can you will have to postpone finishing your recital of the Lord’s Prayer – or involve yourself in the position you did not desire the forgiveness of God setting others free means setting yourself free because resentment is really a form of attachment it is a cosmic truth that it takes two to make a prisoner the prisoner and a jailer there is no such thing as being a prisoner on one’s own account every prisoner must have a jailer and the jailer is as much a prisoner as his charge newhall resentment against anyone or bound to that person by a cosmic link a real full metal chain we were tied by cosmic tied to the thing that you hate the one person perhaps in the whole world who most disliked is the very one to whom you are attaching yourself by a hook that is stronger than steel is this what you wish is this the condition in which you desire to go on living remember you belong to the thing with which you are linked and thought and at some time or another if that tie endures the object of your resentment will be drawn against into your life perhaps to work further havoc do you think that you can afford this of course no one can afford such a thing and so the way is clear you must cut all such ties by a clear and spiritual act of forgiveness you must boosts him and let him go by forgiveness you set yourself free you save your soul and because the law of law the law of love works alike for one and for all it helped him save his soul to making it just so much easier for him to become what he ought to be but how the name of all that is wise and good is the magic act of forgiveness to be accomplished we have been so deeply injured that though we have long wished with all our hearts that we could forgive yep nevertheless found it impossible we have tried and tried to forgive but have found the task beyond us the technique of forgiveness is simple enough and not very difficult to manage when you understand how the only thing that is essential is willingness to forgive provided you desire to forgive the offender the greater part of the work is already done people have always made such a bogey of forgiveness because they have been under the erroneous impression that to forgive a person means you have to compel yourself to like him happily this is by no means the case we are not called upon to like anyone when we do not find ourselves lacking spontaneously and indeed it is quite impossible to like people to order you can no more like to order and you can hold the wings and your fists and if you endeavor to coerce yourself into doing so you will finish by disliking or hating the offender more than ever people used to think that when someone hurt them very much it was their duty as good Christians to pump up as it were the feeling of liking for him and since such a thing is utterly impossible they suffered a great deal of distress and ended necessarily with failure and a resulting sense of sinfulness we are not obliged to like anyone but we are under a binding obligation to love everyone love or charity as the Bible calls it meaning a vivid sense of impersonal goodwill this is nothing directly to do with the feelings what has always followed sooner or later by a wonderful feeling of peace and happiness the method of forgiving is this get by yourself and become quiet repeat any prayer or treatment that appeals to you or read a chapter of the Bible and quietly say I fully and freely forgive X mentioning the name of the offender I loose him and let him go I completely forgive the whole business in question as far as I’m concerned it is finished forever I cast the burden or resentment upon the Christ within me he

is free now and I am free to I wish him well in every phase of his life the incident is finished the Christ’s truth has set us both free I thank God then get up and go about your business on no account repeat this act of forgiveness because you have done it once and for all and to do it a second time would be to tacitly to recruit a gate your own work afterward whenever the memory of the offender of the offense happens to come into your mind bless the delinquent briefly and dismissed the thought do this however many times they thought may come back after a few days return less and less often until you forget it altogether and perhaps after an interval shorter or longer the old trouble may come back to memory once more but you will find that now all better Ness and resentment have disappeared you are both free with the perfect freedom of the children of God your forgiveness is complete it will experience a wonderful joy in the realization of the demonstration everyone should practice general forgiveness every day as a matter of course when you say your daily prayers issuing a general amnesty giving everyone whom you may have in any way and a no-account particular lies simply say I freely forgive everyone then in the course of the day Sheba thought or grievance or resentment come up bless the offender briefly and dismissed the thought the result of this policy will be the day very soon you will find yourself cleared of all resentment in condemnation and the effect upon your happiness your bodily health and your general life will be nothing less than revolutionary lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil this clause has perhaps caused more typical teeth than any other part of the prayer from any earnest people it has been a veritable stumbling block they feel and rightly that God could not lead anyone into temptation or into evil in any circumstances and so these words do not bring true for this reason the number of attempts have been made to recast the wording people have felt that Jesus could not have said what he is represented to have said and so they look about for some phrasing which they think would be more in accordance with the general tone of his teaching heroic efforts have been made to wrest the Greek original and do something different all this however is unnecessary the prayer and the form in which we have it in English gives us a perfectly correct sense of the true inner meaning remember the Lord’s Prayer covers the whole of the spiritual life condensed for the form is it is nevertheless a complete manual for the development of the soul and Jesus knew only too well subtle perils and difficulties that can and do beset the soul but once the preliminary stages of spiritual unfoldment have been passed because those who are yet at a comparatively early stage of development to not experience such difficulties they are apt to jump to the conclusion that this class is unnecessary but such is not the case the facts are these the more you pray the more time you spend meditation and spiritual treatment the more sensitive you become and if you spend a great deal of time working on your soul in the right way will become very sensitive this is excellent but like everything the universe it works both ways the more sensitive and spiritual you become the more powerful and effective on your prayers you do better healing and you advanced rapidly but for the same reason you also become susceptible to forms of temptation that simply do not be sent though that an earlier stage will also find that for ordinary faults even things that many men and women in the world were considerably trifling will be sharply punished and this is well because it keeps you up to the mark the seemingly minor transgressions little foxes that spoil the lines would fitter away our spiritual power it not promptly dealt with no one at this level be tempted to pick-a-pocket or burgle a house this does not by any means imply the one who will not have difficulties and because of their subtlety even greater difficulties to meet as we advance new and powerful temptations await us on paths never ready to hurl us down if we are not watchful temptations to work for self glory and self aggrandizement instead of for God for personal honors and distinctions even for material gain temptations to allow personal preferences to hold sway in our counsels and it is our sacred duty to deal with all men protectant partiality above and beyond all other sins the deadly sins of spiritual pride truly the last infirmity of noble mind works on this mode any fine souls who have

tremendous amount of all other testing have lapsed into a condition of superiority and self-righteousness that has fallen like a curtain of steel between them and God great knowledge brings great responsibility great responsibility betrayed brings terrible punishment in its Train noblesse oblige is pre-eminently true and spiritual things once knowledge of the truth however little it may be it’s a sacred trust for Humanity that must not be violated while we should never make the mistake casting eller pearls before swine or urged the truth and quarters where it is not welcome yet we must do all that we can do to spread the true knowledge of God among mankind but not one of these little ones may go hungry through our selfishness or our neglect feed my lambs feed my sheep the old occult writers were so perfectly sensible of these dangers that with their instinct for dramatization they spoke of the soul as being challenged by various tests as it traversed the upward Road It was as though the traveller were halted at various case or Turnpike bars and tested by some ordeal to determine whether he were ready to advance any further if he succeeded in passing the test they said he was allowed to continue upon his way the blessing of the Challenger if however he failed to survive the ordeal it was forbidden to proceed now some less experienced souls eager for rapid advancement have rashly desired to be subjected immediately to all kinds of tests and it even looked about see Hooper typical tease to overcome as though one’s own personality did not already present quite enough material to any one man or woman to deal with for giving the lessons in our Lord’s own ordeal in the wilderness for getting the injunction thou shalt not tempt the LORD thy God they had virtually done this very thing with sand results and so Jesus has inserted this clause in which we pray that we may not have to meet anything it is too much for us at our present level of understanding and if we are wise and worth daily as we should for wisdom understanding purity and the guide of the Holy Spirit we never shall find ourselves in any difficulty which we have not the understanding necessary to clear ourselves nothing shall by any means hurt you behold I am with you always thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever this is a wonderful nomic saying summing up the essential truth of the omron presence and the allness of god it means that God is indeed all-in-all the door the doing and the deed and one can say also the spectator the kingdom in this sense means all creation on every plane so that is the presence of God God as manifestation or an expression the power of course is the power of God you know that God is the only power and so when we work as when we pray is really God doing it by means of us just as the pianist produces his music by means of war through his fingers so may mankind be thought of as the fingers of God he is the power if when you were praying you hold the thought that it is really God is working from you to your prayers will gain and measurably and efficiency say God is inspiring me if when you had any ordinary thing to do you hold the thought divine intelligence is working through me now who will perform the most difficult tasks with astonishing success the wondrous change that comes over us as we gradually realize what the arm the presence of God really means transfigures every faith in our lives turning sorrow into joy age into youth and dullness into light and life this is the glory and the glory which comes to us is of course God’s too and the Bliss we know is that and that experiences still God Himself who is knowing and bliss to us and the police we know in that experience is still God Himself who is knowing that lives through us amen Emmitt Fox The Lord’s Prayer from the Sermon on the Mount