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Mysteries of John, by Charles Fillmore, [1946], at

John: Chapter 2

And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee;
and the mother of Jesus was there: 2 and Jesus also was
bidden, and his disciples, to the marriage. 3 And when the
wine failed, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have
no wine. 4 And Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to
do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. 5 His mother saith
unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. 6
Now there were six waterpots of stone set there after the
Jews' manner of purifying, containing two or three firkins
apiece. 7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with
water. And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And he saith
unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the ruler of the
feast. And they bare it. 9 And when the ruler of the feast
tasted the water now become wine, and knew not whence it
was (but the servants that had drawn the water knew), the
ruler of the feast calleth the bridegroom, 10 and saith
unto him, Every man setteth on first the good wine; and
when men have drunk freely, then that which is worse: thou
hast kept the good wine until now. 11 This beginning of his
signs did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested his
glory; and his disciples believed on him.

SPIRITUALLY A marriage represents the union of two dominant states of consciousness. Mary, the mother of Jesus, represents intuition, the spiritual soul, Eve, "the mother of all living." Jesus is the personal I AM and His apostles are the twelve faculties.

Cana is a "place of reeds"; so is the larynx found in the body. The name Galilee means "to whirl"; air is rapidly forced through the larynx in speaking or singing. The apostles represent the dominant

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nerve centers, the spiritual symbolism of each being concealed in the name. Philip means "one who is fond of horses." The horse symbolizes vigor, vitality, power. Vigor or its opposite, weakness, is betrayed by the voice, so we designate Philip as the power faculty, and his place in body expression is in the larynx (at Cana).

Water may be compared to natural or human life, and wine to spiritual life. In the regeneration spirit and body are united, but before this union can be accomplished the exhausted natural life must be quickened with spirit (symbolized by the turning of water into wine). This lack of vitalizing life is first realized by Mary, the source of all life, but Jesus, the directive I AM in all bodily activities, does not feel that He is yet ready to perform this seeming miracle and pleads delay: "Mine hour has not yet come."

But the urge of the inner forces is strong and the confident mother is sure that her son can do all things: "Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it."

The water pots filled to the brim with water by the servants represent the extent to which nature is prepared to fulfill the transformation from negative life to spiritual life through the power of the word of the Master, Jesus: "Draw out now, and bear to the ruler of the feast." The ruler of the feast, the supreme I AM, pronounced the transformed water to be superior to the best wine.

This transformation of the negative, watery fluid of the organism into vitalizing Spirit is accomplished by adding to every word a spiritual idea. The idea of omnipresent life will then quicken the natural life

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in man, and it will make conscious contact with the one life and draw it out for the benefit of the many.

When the I is "lifted up" there is a higher vital action imparted to the whole consciousness. Jesus said, "I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto myself." The lifting up of the I is the result of spiritual perception of Truth. When we discern the real truth of being and our relation to it, there is a new and higher consciousness established. This greater energy is first imparted to the soul or thought realm and through it to the body. This whole process is under law. There is a definite consecutive connection of thought and thing, through laws that may be discerned by man and used universally. At the close of chapter 1, Jesus had caught sight of the spiritual realm and said: "Ye shall see the heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man."

This high perception of man's union, through the I AM, with the divine harmony sets up a sympathetic vibration that is imparted to every part of consciousness. The marriage that took place in Cana of Galilee symbolizes this union in which the negative watery elements of the body were "lifted up" to wine or Spirit. A Bible authority says that His remark is more correctly stated in the words: "Woman, what is there between me and thee?" This interrogation depicts the questioning attitude of the personal I AM, Jesus. It is not clear in its understanding of what is to be done. It is looking forward to a time when it will act, but its "hour is not yet come." We find ourselves wanting to see all the

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steps of our actions before we begin, but in spiritual processes we have to proceed without foreknowing the various steps. If we go ahead and speak the word, the law will see us through. The elemental forces of Being (servants) are at hand to carry out our orders, and the intuitive perfection of Truth (woman) within us commands that those forces do our bidding.

The symbolism of this miracle has to do with the abundance of vital energy that may be generated from a union of man with the "water of life" or nerve substance in the various centers of his organism. With every thought we are putting the nerve substance into a state of action, and it rushes to any part of the body that is the center of attention. When we have been much excited or interested there is a concentration of vitality in the head, and if we do not know how to restore and equalize this vitality again in the body, we have a headache or the stuffy condition called a cold. To equalize: Center the attention in the larynx and declare, "All equalizing, harmonizing power is given unto me in mind and body."

In regeneration there is a permanent transmutation of physical vitality into higher consciousness, and a new element is introduced into the organism. "The ruler of the feast" (the Lord) praises the transmuted substance as the best offered at the wedding feast.

12 After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his
mother, and his brethren, and his disciples; and there they
abode not many days.

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Capernaum designates or represents an inner conviction of the abiding compassion and restoring power of Being. When one enters this state of consciousness a healing virtue pours out of the soul and transforms all discord into harmony.

Jesus and His mother and His brethren and His disciples went into this state of consciousness.

13 And the passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went
up to Jerusalem.

It is the nature of thought to repeat itself. At each repetition it will grow stronger or weaker as it is consciously recognized or ignored by man. Thus we can cultivate a good movement of the mind by giving it a special affirmation (feast). The Feast of the Passover that Jesus went up to Jerusalem to attend symbolizes an escape from bondage. When we begin to discipline our mind we always go up in consciousness, because it is from our spiritual height that we see things clearly and in their right relation.

14 And he found in the temple those that sold oxen and
sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting.

When we throw the light of Spirit into the subconscious courts of the body temple, we find queer and often startling conditions there. One would hardly expect to see butcher stalls and money-changers in a temple built for the worship of God, yet similar conditions exist in all of us.

15 And he made a scourge of cords, and cast all out of the
temple, both the sheep and the oxen; and

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he poured out the changers' money, and overthrew their
tables; 16 and to them that sold doves he said, Take these
things hence; make not my Father's house a house of

So the body temple must be cleansed; it is the house of God ("for we are a temple of the living God"), and it should be put in order. The first step in this cleansing process is to recognize its need. The next step is the "scourge of small cords" (A.V.): to formulate the word or statement of denial. When we deny in general terms we cleanse the consciousness, but secret sins may yet lurk in the inner parts. The words that most easily reach these hidden errors are not great ones, such as "I am one with Almightiness; my environment is God" but small, definite statements that cut like whipcords into the sensuous, fleshly mentality.

To get perfect results it is necessary to deal with our mind in both the absolute and the relative. In the early morning we may affirm, "All the affairs of my life are under the law of justice, and my own comes to me in ways divine," and before noon find ourselves searching the papers for advertisements of bargains in the stores. Such an experience shows that we have not gone into the temple and tipped over the tables and scattered the coins.

17 His disciples remembered that it was written, Zeal for
thy house shall eat me up.
Excessive zeal in observing the forms of religious worship
eats up the truly spiritual. "The zeal of thine house hath
eaten me up." When we become

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very zealous in observing the rites of the church, we are
prone to forget the church itself, which is Christ.
The light of Jesus Christ is, symbolically, the life of
everyone who enters the same state of mind that He did. You
always reap the consequences of your thought, and to enter
the Christ Mind you have but to think along Jesus Christ
Every man produces a thought atmosphere that has character
and power in proportion to his ability as a thinker. Power
increases with expansion; in thought, power is great or
small as the ideals are high or low. When you follow narrow
ideals your thought atmosphere is correspondingly
contracted; but mental breadth enlarges and strengthens it
in all directions.
"How can a man conceal himself?" said Confucius. In the
light of the ever-present thought atmosphere with which we
surround ourselves, he cannot. Nearly all people have the
ability of sensing the thought atmosphere of those they
meet; and a man may cultivate this ability to project
himself until he becomes an open book and the air about him
is filled with his silent yet potent words, ever telling
what he has thought.
The thought atmosphere is a real, substantial thing, and
has in it all that makes the body. We have a way of
considering the things we cannot see as unsubstantial, and
although we are told that we cannot conceal ourselves we go
right on believing that we can. Hence it is good for us to
know that of a truth we do carry about with us this open

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of our life, out of which all persons read whether we
realize it or not. Some people are good thought readers
while others are dull, but all can read a little, and you
cannot conceal yourself. Also your thought atmosphere is
constantly printing its slowly cooling words on your body,
where they are seen of men. But with a little practice we
can feet the thought force of this atmosphere that
surrounds us and gradually gain a realization of its
existence that is as real as that of the outer world.
"Think on these things," said Paul. Think about Christ as a
life force penetrating your whole being. Try to feel this
force as an energy pulsating through every nerve and fiber
of your body. Then imagine you can see this life force as a
light lighting up every cell. Light represents
intelligence, and when the light in you breaks forth into
understanding you will know that there is a spiritual mind
that is as much greater than the ordinary mind as the sun
is greater than the moon. In Him is life, and this life is
the light of men.

18 The Jews therefore answered and said unto him, What sign
showest thou to us, seeing that thou doest these things? 19
Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and
in three days I will raise it up. 20 The Jews therefore
said, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and
wilt thou raise it up in three days? 21 But he spake of the
temple of his body. 22 When therefore he was raised from
the dead, his disciples remembered that he spake this; and
they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had

That the temple referred to means the body is

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clearly stated in verse 21: "But he spake of the temple of his body." Man's ability to preserve his body from destruction is the proof that he has mastered his mind. So long as our body shows signs of decay it is evident that we have not cast out of the inner realms the "thought butchers" that for a sacrifice kill doves, sheep, oxen, and goats. The allusion here is to the destructive thoughts lying deep in the consciousness at the very issues of life.

The "three days" are spirit, soul, and body, the three "degrees" or parts of man's consciousness. When the I AM of man has purified and mastered these three, man is in the dominion proclaimed for him in the 1st chapter of Genesis; the Scripture or Word of God is fulfilled in him, and his faculties (disciples) recognize and respond to it every time that the uplifting word (the resurrecting word) is proclaimed.

23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, during the
feast, many believed on his name, beholding his signs which
he did. 24 But Jesus did not trust himself unto them, for
that he knew all men, 25 and because he needed not that any
one should bear witness concerning man; for he himself knew
what was in man.

Truth is of the absolute order and does not have to be proved. Jesus recognized this fact and therefore did not feel it necessary to place any great value on the opinion of those who had not yet fully attained spiritual consciousness.

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