We Are Impelled by Mind
Julio C. Rivas, CS
With so many economic troubles around the world deep thinkers need to challenge the limiting, greedy, materialistic premises that influence economic behavior. For sustainable, inclusive and dynamic progress to occur it is essential that economic materialism be elided by spiritual concepts and their intelligent implementation.
Metaphysical spirituality negates the false material concepts of limited resources and of man as a selfish mortal who needs to sweat and toil throughout his life.
In this passage the inspired Psalmist tells us of Spirit's abundant giving: "... thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good" (Ps. 104:28).
Early 20th century metaphysical thinker, M. B. Eddy, adds, "Soul has infinite resources with which to bless mankind, and happiness would be more readily attained and would be more secure in our keeping, if sought in Soul" (S&H 60:29-31). And on another page she writes, "In the scientific relation of God to man, we find that whatever blesses one blesses all, as Jesus showed with the loaves and the fishes, -- Spirit, not matter, being the source of supply" (S&H 206:15).
How freeing it is to know that infinite Spirit, and not limited matter, fuels man's wealth and progress. And it is just as liberating to know that man is not a toiling, selfish mortal, but Mind's blessed, spiritual likeness (as we read in the first chapter of Genesis).
We are Mind's heir, so our spiritual constitution reflects the unstoppable abundance of Mind's successful ideas and attributes.
Of course world conditions and perceptions disagree with spiritual reality because they are based on a counterfeit premise. Due to spiritual ignorance many behave selfishly while fighting for a share of finite, material resources. This false premise also argues that if there is a God to help man, it is one who acts within the constraints of a material universe and according to fickle motives that we cannot understand.
Actually, the universe and man are the spiritual, outstanding oeuvre of infinite Mind-God, and this Mind is the center and totality of all existence. Mind is also divine Love, who maintains the omnipresence of good and imparts infinite supply to us.
We are Love’s spiritual expression, and we include inexhaustible health and bounty. We are the product of Mind's own conscious knowing of completeness and satisfied existence. As ideas of Mind, we thrive in Mind's divine economy, wherein health, life and substance are perpetual and vigorous.
Referring to this spiritual interrelationship, M. B. Eddy adds, "Mind, supreme over all its formations and governing them all, is the central sun of its own systems of ideas, the life and light of its own vast creation; and man is tributary to divine Mind" (S&H 209:5-8).
To the degree that we understand the dynamic and overflowing economy of Mind, we are able to conquer limitation and suffering in the human economy. This happens because spiritual cognition changes our perceptions, motives and behavior.
Even a glimpse of the cascading goodness which Love imparts to us elides selfish and materialistic pursuits. Vulgar consumerism is replaced by a satisfaction in spirituality. Greed and domination yield to intelligent, inclusive and generous comportment.
We want a Truth-enlightened consciousness. It demonstrates success by engaging in intelligent and productive activity that reaches and benefits many. It expresses both divine wisdom and love.
Spiritual wealth-sense is humble toward Mind-Truth because it is certain of its continuous and interminable providing. This manner of reasoning hears and obeys the "still, small voice" that rescued the prophet Elijah. It not only leads away from failure and impending danger, but bursts forward with inventive ingenuity.
Mind-Love generates the vision, courage, contacts and resources necessary for the success of a new venture, new technology, new products and services, or a new profession.
We know that people around the globe are increasingly interdependent because of modern trade, transportation and communication systems. By expressing Mind’s ingenuity and intelligence we instill excellence into our economic activities and produce more benefits for everyone.
Our world is not so much a locality within a material universe, as it is a state of consciousness that can express Mind’s boundless ingenuity and resources, and Love’s generosity.
Mind has endowed us with the spiritual acuity that impels advancement in our personal lives, as it does in our local communities, our nation and everywhere in the world.