New Thought Terms And Their Meanings
by Ernest Holmes - 1942

W - "Wages of sin is death" ~ worlds were framed by the word of God

"Wages of sin is death": Refers to the necessity that all error shall finally destroy itself.

"Walk in Spirit": Live, move, and have your being in conscious realization of the Divine Presence.

water turned into wine: Symbolizes the transmuting Power of Spiritual Energy.

we cannot contract the Absolute but we can expand the finite: We cannot break any of nature's laws, but we can always use them in a less limited way.

we cannot experience more than we have embodied, but we can increase our embodiment: Today we are a result of what we were yesterday. Today, however, we may increase our understanding, hence tomorrow we shall experience more good.

we heal not persons but thoughts: The Spiritual Man is never sick. Spiritual healing consists of changing psychological thought patterns.

we know what Truth is by what It does: We have no way of judging Causation other than by observing Its effects.

we neither spiritualize matter nor psychologize Spirit: Spiritual mind healing is based upon the theory that there is no material universe and no physical universe separated from Mind; that all things and events are Mind in form, hence there is no material universe to spiritualize and no material condition to become spiritualized. It is also a mistake to suppose that we psychologize or mentally influence through suggestion. Instead of psychologizing we recognize the Presence of a Creative Principle of perfection at the center of everything. This is not suggestion but realization. (See also spiritualizing.)

"we walk by faith, not by sight": Interior awareness or spiritual intuition transcends physical vision; to have an inward seeing. It is necessary for any scientific mind, no matter what his science may be, to rely upon the principle of such science; which principle, of course, is always invisible. (See also faith—we walk by.)

"Wells of salvation": Man's inner spiritual nature.

what is loosed on earth shall be loosed in heaven: Death changes nothing; we continue as we are.

"Whatsoever things ye desire": Implies that it was the belief of Jesus that it is perfectly proper for man to pray for, or demonstrate, anything he desires, provided his desire is constructive and in no way contradicts the unity of good. (See also desire.)

"...Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven...": The transition through which we pass in physical death does not necessarily change our mental images.

"Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them": Refers to the Law of Cause and Effect.

"...When thou prayest enter into thy closet...": Turn entirely within to the Invisible Cause which produces all visible manifestation.

"When ye stand praying, forgive": The Divine Forgivingness is delivered to us only as we first forgive—this is cause and effect.

"Whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours": We occupy the land which our spiritual vision beholds.

"...Where your treasure is there will your heart be...": We give our whole attention to that which, in our estimation, is of the greatest value to us.

"Who hath seen me hath seen the Father": The true or highest nature of man reveals God.

"Whose seed was in itself, after his kind": The Divine Idea set in motion reproduces Itself after Its kind.

"...Whosoever hath, to him shall be given... Whosoever hath not...shall be taken away": A consciousness of abundance attracts more abundance, while fear of lack attracts limitation.

"...Whosoever shall do the will of my Father . . . the same is my brother...": We are all one and united with each other in Spirit.

will and representation: A philosophic term meaning Mind and manifestation.

will and willingness: Spiritual mind treatment is not an exercise of will power, but rather of a mental willingness to believe that the Law responds to our word.

will as a directive but not a creative power: The office of the will is to choose, decide, deliberately exercise volition, etc. It is the Principle of Mind Itself which creates; our part, having directed the Power, is not to compel It but to permit It—not will, but belief and willingness.

Will of God: The Nature of God. That is, if the Nature of God is peace, then the Will of God must be like His Nature, hence the Will of God must be peace. (See also "Thy will.")

"Wilt thou be made whole?": The inevitable invitation of Reality to all that lives. The proclamation of Truth. The self-evident necessity that Life Itself must be whole. Will we accept it?

wisdom—"God is wisdom, therefore man is wise": Man reflects, embodies, or incarnates the Wisdom which God is.

wishful thinking: (psychological) Day dreaming. The imagination of that which is not so and cannot become so. Detached from reality.

"With all thy getting get understanding": The most important thing of all is the realization of our relationship with the Infinite.

"with the pure thou wilt show thyself pure and with the froward thou wilt show thyself froward": Has reference to the Law of Cause and Effect, which responds to us by corresponding with our mental attitudes.

Witness, the inner: All have a spiritual interior awareness ever seeking expression through intuition. This is the drive back of evolution.

"...wolf shall dwell with the lamb...": The understanding that God is in all things manifesting in such complete unity that there is no longer any hurt in anything.

womb of nature: Esoteric term referring to the Creative Principle impregnated by the Divine Ideas.

word association: (psychological) Technique developed by Dr. Jung of Switzerland. The analyst prepares a list of words, generally from twenty to one hundred, which he reads one at a time to the patient, hoping to get an emotional reaction. The patient responds to each word with the first idea coming to his mind, no matter how ridiculous it sounds. When the response comes slowly or through confusion, the word which occasions such response is supposed to have touched some unconscious association which has an emotional conflict or complex attached to it.

word becomes flesh: Subjective mental states always tend to take external form, thus spiritual realization passes through law into experience. (See also word made.)

word does not have to reach any objective place, it merely describes the place: Since there is one medium of Mind, we do not send out thoughts; we merely set thought in motion in this Mind by making certain statements about a person or a condition.

word does not speak the Power into existence but into form: The word, acting as a mold, makes possible the experience which the word suggests, but it never creates either the Living Presence or the Dynamic Law which flows through the word.

word, I speak my: Refers to spiritual mind treatment, where one declares spiritual Truth for himself or another.

word is a mold: Ideas automatically reflect themselves into Mind.

"(the) word is very nigh . . . in thy mouth": The creative Power of Life is within and never external to us. It is every word we speak.

word made flesh: The Divine Creative Word taking form. This cosmic process is reenacted in man.
(See also word becomes.)

word of authority: The word which has unqualified reliance upon good.

Word of God: Any self-evident Truth which, by the nature of its being, proclaims itself to be what it is. The nature of God in execution. The Law of the Mind of God in action. The Divine Creative Principle at work. The self-evident necessity somewhat similar to the Divine Ideas of Plato. In treatment, the Word of God means the power of the Creative Spirit operating at the level of our consciousness. (See also worlds were.)

word of healing: Any word implying spiritual perfection and consciously directed for some specific reason.

word, power of the spoken: It is not the word, but the consciousness of its meaning, the thought back of it, that gives it power.

(our) words are life if we believe that they are: In analytical psychology, words without meaning have no power, and in spiritual mind practice it is useless to use words unless they have a deep meaning in our own consciousness

words, find your own: Spiritual mind practice does not use formulas, although it may use suggested methods of procedure. All suchisuggested methods, however, must have a definite meaning to the one using them. It is better to use your own words.

words have power commensurate with their conviction: It is useless merely tto state that God is good, unless, accompanying such statement, there is an inner conviction of truth.

(your) words must convey something to your thought: In mental treatment the words, thoughts, or expressions used by a practitioner have no magic of themselves; their power consists, not in the words, but in the conviction spoken through them.

words of thanksgiving, praise, gratitude, etc. Grateful and joyful recognition releases spiritual and mental energies which negative states of consciousness do not contact.

word, to speak your: Conscious use of the Creative Power of Mind for definite purposes.

(our) world is our view of Reality: Even though Reality is Infinite, that which we image from It, at any particular time, represents what we have accepted of the limitless Principle of our own being.

world as a reflection of God Reflection, of itself, is nothingness; it has neither substance nor intelligence of its own. Thus it is not self-creative but projected, hence always obedient to that which projects it. The Creator is mirrored in creation, but not caught by it or limited to it.

world without end Creation is an eternal process.

worlds were framed by the word of God The universe is a result of the meditation of the Creative Spirit.


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