LESSON 1- BASIC PRINCIPLES
LESSON 2 - IN HIS IMAGE AND LIKENESS
LESSON 3 - TRUTH
LESSON 4 - FAITH
LESSON 5 - WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING
LESSON 6 - THOUGHT
LESSON 7 - BE FREE
LESSON 8 - UNITY
LESSON 9 - CONCENTRATION
LESSON 10 - HEALING
FOREWORD TO THE 1926 EDITION
This course of "Ten Lessons in Truth" was compiled by Mrs. (T. M.)
Isidora Minard in 1903. The book was written with one great objective:
to lighten the pathway of those who are in search for "Truth." The book
filled a long felt want and several editions were quickly exhausted.
For several years the book has been out of print, but ever and anon
requests have come for copies, until the urge for reprinting this
course of lessons could no longer be resisted.
The lessons stand as they were written in 1903. The slight changes that
were made are simply to bring out some points of these lessons more
clearly, according to the further study of Truth. Truth, as every one
knows, never changes, but man's conception of Love and Truth has passed
through many stages, from the earliest historic times up to the advent
of Jesus, the Christ; and mankind through his daily search for Wisdom
is receiving a greater and greater light and understanding of the
"Principle" the Gentle Nazarene gave to humanity.
To one whom we loved and who has gone on to do her greater work in the
Master's vineyard, we dedicate this book.
T. M. and M. D. Minard
Pastor and Assistant Pastor
The First Divine Science Church of Portland, Oregon.
In man's investigation of the Science of Life, he is simply
on with a subject matter which has occupied his attention throughout
all ages. He has been unceasing in his efforts to understand this
Source of all life. What and where this power is, is the all-absorbing
question. However, Jesus and Paul answered these questions in
simple statements which no one can misunderstand. Jesus said,
"The kingdom of God cometh not with observation; neither shall they
say, Lo here! or lo there, for behold the kingdom of God is within
you." This shows plainly that the kingdom of God is a cause, not a
Paul tells us God is not far from any one of us, for: "In Him we live
and move and have our being." From this we learn that God is Substance.
That there is an invisible Creative Substance is not doubted, not even
by those who profess not to believe in God. This "Substance" has been
given various names: "Life Essence, Great Spirit, Creative Power,
Deity, Brahma, Buddha, or God. As all of these names refer to the same
Substance or Life, the term used is non-essential. However, as the name
God is universally known and recognized, we prefer to use it in these
lessons in referring to the Great Creative Substance from which all
The ancients conceived of God as a person endowed with passions like
unto themselves. Many have been taught that God is a person ruling the
universe as might a mortal king---loving, hating, rewarding,
punishing,---a God more to be feared than loved. The world today is
rapidly awakening to the realization that both the theory evolved by
the ancients concerning the nature of the Creator, and that advanced by
modern theology, are widely different from the new understanding of the
truth. The ancients taught worship of the inanimate creations of man;
the theologians taught worship of a God whom none could understand,---a
personal, far-off being whose abiding place is heaven, where none can
enter until after the spirit's departure from this earth plane; while
those who teach like Jesus and Paul say God is not a person, not afar
off, but that the words `God' and `Good' are synonymous. Then God is
Good, God is the Law (Lord) that governs the universe. "God is Spirit,"
which "giveth life." All things come into being through God.
Truth teaches that God is the principle of Being; the Spirit or
Substance we call life. The God of tradition is fast becoming a thing
of the past, and God as He is is being accepted by many who hitherto
had claimed to have no belief in God. The truth is that all mankind
believes in life, all men have some faith in goodness, and the degree
of this belief indicates man's belief in God. Therefore, all believe in
God (Good). So, however varied man's idea of God has been or is, all
culminate in the universal belief of the Supreme Being. All are
searching for freedom from the limitations of sectarianism which are
stumbling blocks to the quickening of man's spiritual unfoldment.
The words of Paul, so long overlooked, are now being applied: "Where
the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." Liberty means freedom to
serve God as one's inner conscience dictates. God is Substance,
invisible substance, which fills all space, and without which "Was not
anything made, that was made." This Substance is expressed in the
animal, mineral and vegetable kingdom. It is life, spirit,
unchangeable, "From everlasting to everlasting," without limit,
Omnipresent (everywhere), Omnipotent (all power), Omniscient (all
The vegetable kingdom is life expressing itself in myriad
forms,---trees, flowers, grass, plants. These are all composed of tiny
cells, each separate and distinct, but all working in harmony to
complete the perfect whole. In the mineral kingdom the same law holds
sway. We have been taught to look upon a rock as solid, but a rock is
made up of molecules that are constantly vibrating, though they never
touch each other. What fills the space between the molecules and yet
holds them in place? One says: "The Law of gravitation," another
defines it as "ether." What is this subtle substance,---ether, or the
law, that is able to create?
There is but one Creator or one Substance, which is in and through
everything. Everything expresses life or spirit either on a low plane,
as rock, or on a higher plane, as Man. Life is Omnipresent---
therefore, life is unchangeable, unlimitable, immortal, invisible.
However, it is this invisible force which makes it possible to bring
forth the visible manifestations.
The basic principle of Jesus' teaching was to bring home to each one
his nearness to God and God's nearness to him. Words fail one to
express his ideal of God in the highest. Yet it is well to remember
this Truth that, "He is not afar off, and all can find Him, if happily
they might feel after Him," in spirit and in truth. To know God as He
is, man must disabuse himself of the one great fundamental error that
God is a person of changeable temperament, and learn to look upon Him
as The All Good, Jehovah. The Self-Existent.Man is created "In the
image and likeness of God." Reasoning from a false standpoint, man
declared, "If I am made in the image and likeness of God, God must be
like me, prone to error." According to the author of Genesis: "God
created man in His own image, (note carefully) in the image of God
created he him." Having accepted God as Good---perfect, too Pure to
behold evil; and knowing that man is created "in the image of God," we
then know that he is created like unto his source for "like begets
like." Therefore, all of God's attributes, Love, Life, Wisdom, Power,
Health, Peace, Light, and Purity, God gives to man.
Jesus said: "There is none good but one, that is God." In using the
word `good' we refer to the Good which is the heritage of all people
for all time, and not to the word as it is commonly understood; or that
which is good for one and not for another; good for a shorter or longer
period, then to be cast aside as worthless. If God is Good, He must be
I remember when a tiny child hearing an old man, a veritable reflector
of good, telling of God; he likened the voice of God to the fluttering
of a tiny bird, and said: "Children, when you feel this fluttering in
your heart, listen to it, and always obey what it says; then you will
grow into the image and likeness of God. Never fear, it will not lead
you to do anything but good." If we obey this "still, small voice" we
will become one with God, who is Love, Life, Wisdom, Power, Goodness
itself. The mission of man is to manifest the God qualities innate
The Life of God and the life of man is the same in essence, but
different in degree. God is all Life, man a portion of that Life, a
separate entity, an individual, but not severed from the whole. "God is
Love, and he that dwelleth in Love, dwelleth in God and God in him." He
that dwelleth in Love recognizes no foe, but radiates it to all
humanity excluding no one, for Love knows only Good. "God is Light, and
in Him is no darkness at all." This is that Light which lighteth every
man that cometh into the world, which lights the pathway of
intelligence, wisdom and knowledge.
Christ, the Truth, is the wisdom of God. Man has erroneously believed
that wisdom was to be gained through searching in the external, while
Truth declares God is Omniscient,---all knowing. Hence, God being
within, true wisdom must be evolved from within.
God is health, perfect, changeless, immortal. The "I am," the life, in
each one of His children is like unto Himself, perfect, changeless,
immortal. Only material substance is subject to change.
God is all Power for God is Omnipotent. The Creator never undertook
anything and made a failure of it. Man, in His image and likeness,
possessing all the God-qualities, would be a power as God intended he
should be, if he did not let these qualities lie dormant.
God is the Prince of Peace, not of inharmony. Dwell in Peace, "The
peace of God that passeth all understanding," and which increases only
in the proportion as we let it penetrate our whole being. God is
Purity, the purity of Love, Life, Light, Wisdom, Health, Understanding
and of Truth, which brings to man the full realization of the words "I
am satisfied," filling the human heart and only understood by those who
have a full realization of their true meaning. To be satisfied is to
have every need of the human heart fulfilled (filled-full). Man may
attain to this spiritual height by ever holding before himself the
highest, purest ideal of good, and living up to this ideal.
Man's mission is not to sit with folded hands idly waiting, not to be
content with the false theories of God and heaven in some future realm,
but to so live day by day that he feels God's presence here and now.
We would suggest that each of you make some Truth in this lesson your
very own by taking the statement that appeals the most forcibly to you
as your daily watchword. In thus taking up the work at once you will
indeed be greatly blessed. After choosing your word it would be well to
write it, not only in your heart, but upon a bit of paper as well, and
fasten this upon the wall of the room most frequented by you during the
day, so that it may recall your mind to the Truth.
"God is Good." "God is Love." "God is the only reality, all
filling all space, hence all is Good." "God is Spirit, Omnipresent."
"God is Truth."
IN HIS IMAGE AND LIKENESS.
In briefly reviewing our first lesson, we find that God is
all life, the only reality. That God is not a person, but that God is
the "Absolute," nothing being comparable to God. In this second lesson
we shall endeavor to know man.
We read: "God created man in His own image." We say: "God is Spirit,"
"God is Mind." Using Webster as authority, we find these words are
synonymous. Spirit: -- an intelligence conceived apart from any
physical organism or embodiment; the intelligent, immaterial part of
man. Mind: -- the entire spiritual nature; that which thinks, feels,
wills and desires; "Spirit." From this we deduce the following: God
(Mind) is the Creator; man is that which is created. Man is an
expression of thought generated in Mind (God). Therefore man, the true
creation, is God-likeness.
Grasping this idea, man reasons truly that there can be but one
conclusion at which to arrive, that he is the son of the Creator. "Now
we are the sons of God." As a Son of God, man has as his rightful
inheritance all the attributes of the God-head. "For if children, then
heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ." To know man as made in the
"image and likeness of God," is to know him as expressing all of God's
Divine Qualities, Love, Life, Health, Wisdom. However, unless man
accepts the gifts bestowed upon him and uses the privileges given him;
unless he manifests his divine mission, thereby living as the heir
apparent, the masses will remain in ignorance of the Truth regarding
When man lives in at-one-ment with God he understands himself, and
understanding himself, he knows God and can say with Jesus: "I and my
Father are one." In speaking of man as divine, as perfect, created in
the Image and Likeness of God, we do not mean it in the general
acceptance of the term. The external man, the fleshly or carnal self,
prone to wander through experiences of dis-ease, impurity, sin,
death,---this is the man of limitation; the false self which of itself
has no reality, and is only the habitation wherein the true man, the
Spirit of God, dwells. "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and
that the Spirit of God dwelleth within you?"
The Spirit in man is like unto its source,---perfect, true,
illimitable. This consciousness of "Truth" inspires him to a higher and
nobler life. This true self can see only good, for this is created in
God's Image and Likeness. There are not two realities, one good, the
other evil, therefore the false self is a seeming, not a reality.
Man's duty is to overcome false-thinking. This he can do by refusing to
recognize it. Jesus in his ministration to mankind gave the false self
no recognition, thereby banishing to the realm of nothingness this
seeming evil, by knowing only the good. He gave out these words for the
encouragement of those following after him: "Be of good cheer; I have
overcome the world." Having overcome, he knew that others could do
likewise and receive the same reward. Jesus never spoke of himself as
apart from the Father; he recognized his divine sonship to the degree
that he was not able (even in thought) to have an idea of separateness.
The "I am" Spirit of Good or God: -- "I am Life," "I am the Spirit of
Truth," that dwelt in Jesus, the Christ, dwells in each and every one
of us, and we manifest the truth of our being in God-likeness to the
degree that we recognize it as a truth and no more. "To him that
overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne;" that is, Man will
be where God intended him to be, for then he is using his God-given
qualities or power.
Jesus taught perfection without limitation. He said: "Be ye therefore
perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Also, "I
am the light of the world," and "Ye are the light of the world." He
recognized the source of his intelligent understanding (his light) and
therefore recognized the same quality in all mankind. "I ascend unto my
Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God." "I and my Father
are one." He was not giving these concrete statements to his twelve
disciples only but knew that these principles applied to man before his
advent on this plane as well as for the generations yet unborn. "Before
Abraham was, I am," or since the beginning Spirit manifested through
man. To say "I am not" is to deny a creation of God.
Man, through his false reasoning, and in direct contradiction to the
admonitions of Jesus, has been led to believe that no one can possibly
attain to the perfection the Christ did; that it is impossible to
overcome human nature with its beliefs in disease, temptations, and
passions. Man has placed a limitation upon himself,---he might,
perhaps, pass beyond a medium point of advancement in spiritual things,
seemed doubtful. He has ridiculously overreached himself by judging the
works of the Creator to be imperfect and by putting a veto upon the
words of the Master (whom he dared not follow) but who said: "He that
believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater
works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."
The words "believeth on me" simply means the "I am," the "divine spark"
in each one. Every one who recognizes this "I am" within himself knows
he is a Son of God born in "His image and likeness" and will be able to
do the works as Jesus did. One reason man has withheld from himself his
rightful position as heir and son of God, to whom all things are
possible, is that while believing the words the Master spoke to be
true, he failed in this, that he did not do the works. We are told to
"Be doers of the word." Therefore, in accepting the teachings of Jesus
we must put them into practice (and they are practicable) which is
"doing the works." Man must rid himself of the old threadbare idea that
man is of the earth, earthy. The Master, in saying: "I am from above,"
acknowledged his own divinity. Emphatically he proclaimed the divinity
of all mankind when he said: "I am in my Father, and ye in me and I in
you." Also: "Ye have been with me from the beginning."
The Jews took great exception to Jesus' laying claim to his oneness
with God and said: "Why do you listen to this man? He is mad, he hath a
devil, he is only a man as we men, but would make us believe him to be
a God." As they pressed him with questions that he had already
answered, he said: "The works that I do in my Father's name, they bear
witness of me;" that is, they could be done through no other power
except Divine power; but the people failed to understand him. Then he
said plainly: "I and my Father are one." The Jews would have stoned him
because they said he blasphemed. People were willing that "Good works"
be done---but not that any mortal should set himself up to be as God.
In the present day, let one boldly take the stand, "I and my Father are
one," and he will be accused just as was the Christ.
The daughter of an old countryman was healed by a Truth student of a
trouble of several years standing. When she told her father he went to
the healer and asked by what power the cure had been effected. The
healer answered, "There is but one power, God, and your daughter was
made perfect through Divine power." Whereon the man became indignant,
exclaiming: "Nay, nay! You are a blasphemer; no man can be God, you
hypocrite!" This state of ignorance concerning the reality of being
that impelled people to accuse Jesus of having a devil, and of
blasphemy because he claimed before men his divinity, causes man to say
"hypocrite" to all those, who, knowing themselves to be in
God-likeness, would do the works of the Father.
Man, as the highest expression of God, Universal Mind, can think, and
will, and do, because he is a "Son of the Universal Source and Cause of
all entity in being." Man is the Son of Intelligence, therefore
intelligent. He loves, or is capable of loving, because the Essence of
his being is Love; the inspirator of his highest idea, of his best
impulse, is Universal Love. Jesus spoke of himself many times as the
"Son of Man" for man being created in His image and Likeness is Life,
Power and Intelligence. He is a part in the great Universal Whole.
Fully realizing this great Truth, each one individually can say as did
Jesus of Nazareth, "I and my Father are one."
At another time he gave them this to ponder on: "Is it not written in
your law, I have said ye are God's, and all of you are children of the
Most High?" "Though ye believe not me, believe the works, that ye may
know and believe that the Father is in me, and I in Him." Yet man will
make a bold stand for everything except this: his divine heirship. Why
should it be so? Because, man has not said like the Master when
tempted, "Get thee behind me, Satan; Thou art an offense unto me, for
thou savorest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men."
We have all heard this expression: "He is a self made man." Let it be
known, that no one is self-made, else he would be all of God; would
have the power within himself to recreate. Man is not able to do this
for he absolutely does not own his body nor anything else. He may and
does say: "This piece of property belongs to me, these houses are mine,
this money is mine." But he is living under a delusion else he
would be able to take with him, when he passes out from this plane, all
over which he claimed ownership. Know the Truth. Man is brought forth
in the Image and Likeness of his Creator, he is not in possession of
any qualifications except the Divine attributes. As he comes, so will
he go in God-likeness. This fact may be recognized or not, yet the
Truth never changes; it is unalterable. Then why should man be ashamed
to own his divinity? He is ready enough to claim: "I am sick," "I am
poor," "I am poor, or weak, or nervous". He is not ashamed that "I am
not," shall name a disease and tell about the symptoms, thus forging
another link in the chain of materialism with
which to keep him from expressing perfection. But man is ashamed to
claim: "I am
The thing that stands between man and God is the personal self, and
only by putting it under control of the Divine self can man hope to
stand in God-likeness. As we look on the bodily manifestation of man,
he is personal; but in his spiritual being he is an individual. The
personal is not the real man; it is the spirit which is in the Image
and Likeness of God. To overcome personality does not mean losing
individuality. God (Good) radiates life to the individual; again, the
individual should radiate Good to those about him, and this he will do
when he understands his oneness with the Creative Power. "This is life
eternal, that they might know the only true God."
The idea has been instilled into many minds that the teachings of Jesus
concerning the divinity of man referred only to the immediate
disciples. In the "Christ prayer" he distinctly says: "Neither pray I
for these alone, but, for them also which shall believe on me through
their word." In claiming the Truth of our being, we take nothing from
the divinity of Jesus, the Christ. We are the children of God; brothers
of Jesus. He unfolded spirituality to a much greater degree of
understanding than any one has yet manifested. In comparison, the rest
of God's children are as the blossom is to the ripened fruit, or as an
unknown quantity in a mathematical problem is to the known quantity.
However, there is no reason to doubt that man is making rapid progress
in spiritual development.
To advance along the line of truth we must get a thorough understanding
of the Principle of Being; must know that the true Self (the "I am,"
"Spirit of Christ," "Son of God,") is in the "Image and Likeness of
God." The highest good, therefore, is divine. To unfold spiritually,
man must separate himself in thought from the "I am not," the unreal,
and know only the good. So long as man allows the material self to deny
the Christ, or true Self, just so long will he be kept out of his
inheritance. Now is the time to assert yourself and be what God knows
you to be. Express in your body the power you have within yourself by
claiming for it Purity, Love, Health, Strength, and all good. Man must
cease to look upon himself as other than the Son of God, made in His
Image and Likeness. Know that man is complete in Him; then will he grow
"I and my Father are one." "I am a child of God created in
Image and Likeness." "The Spirit is the same in me as it was in Jesus."
"I claim my divinity." "I know only the good."