8.19-25

(8.19) The source of all peace is constructive thought.

(8.20) Constructive thought is a recognition of the creative nature of spiritual energy and our ability to control it.

Spiritual energy is the “substance in equilibrium” (2.30) that builds thought/mental pictures.

(8.21) Every system of metaphysics depends upon an understanding of ourselves and the world.

Metaphysics = spiritual systems that operate outside of mainstream religion, of which organized religion, liberally,  borrows from.

(8.22) The real “I” is spiritual and consequently creative. It seeks to express itself in form.

The real “I” is the Self/Soul.

(8.23) To absolutely convince yourself of the truth concerning the conditions you desire to see manifested in your life is the method for destroying all forms of fear.

Fear is a mental picture that does not support our ideal state. Fear alters our perception of conditions, like any mental picture. Thus, to destroy fear, replace your mental picture.

(8.24) The Universal Mind, “in which we live and move and have our being,” is one and indivisible. This makes it just as possible to help others as it is to help ourselves.

Because each individual is a “container/vessel” of the universal “substance in equilibrium” (2.30, 8.20), individual thought can influence all/any individual by the same principle of directed attention. Religion embraces this concept as prayer.

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