The Second Mountain (d)

(3.11) Inductive reasoning is a process of the objective mind in which we compare a number of separate instances with one another until we see the common factor that gives rise to them all.

Inductive reasoning is the art of observing and identifying patterns, which are effects, and then reverse engineering these effects to discover the cause of the patterns.

(3.12) Inductive reasoning is a method of study which has revealed a reign of law which marks an epoch in human progress.

The reign of law which marks and epoch in human progress is cause & effect. All thoughts are causes and all perceptions are effects.

(3.13) Need, want, and desire, in the largest sense, induce, guides, and determines action.

Need, want, and desire are the basis for all craving and aversion, and consequently, all thought.

(3.14) The formula for the unerring solution to every problem is to believe our desires have already been fulfilled. Their accomplishment will soon follow.

In this context, “believe” implies feeling.

(3.15) Jesus, Plato, and Swedenborg all advocated this teaching.

Each of these teachers recognized and endorsed the power of belief.

(3.16) We are thinking on the plane of the absolute where–having planted a seed–if left undisturbed, will germinate into fruition.

Thought is the seed that is planted. It is left “undisturbed” as long as we do not try to manipulate people and events.

(3.17) This belief is scientifically intact because it is a natural law.

It is a natural law because nature behaves according to this same principle.

(3.18) Faith is the substance of things desired; the evidence of things unseen.

The “evidence” is feeling.

(3.19) Cause & effect is the natural law by which faith is brought forth into manifestation.

Faith is brought forth into manifestation as we act upon our ability to direct thought.

(3.20) A recognition of cause& effect has eliminated the elements of caprice and uncertainty in our lives and substituted law, reason, and certitude.

When we act upon this knowledge, we gain the confidence to proceed with our plans.

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