In this New Age philosophy of the spiritual re-awakening of man, it is necessary that he acquire a greater awareness of knowledge which is the basis of the spirit-that God Quality which is recorded in his soul, always increasing as his power to acquire it increases.
Man’s knowledge is his power. The expression of that power is in his thinking. As man gradually acquires more knowledge from the Source, his thinking power increases in proportion so that he may express his increasing knowledge. Thinking is not knowledge, therefore, thinking is not power. Thinking is an electric wave extension from the centering fulcrum of knowledge which divides knowledge into ideas and sets those ideas in motion to create forms and products of knowledge through expressed ideas.
Man’s knowledge is like a deep well of still water. His thinking is like a two-way pump which divides the quality of that stillness into quantities of parts and sets them flowing. That is what the physical universe is: quantities of many seemingly separated moving things extended from the one quality of unity in God-and each one is forever seeking to find that unity.
Knowledge is the foundation of man’s concepts. Thinking transfers his concepts into product. The quality of his product depends upon the quality of knowledge and not upon the quality or quantity of his thinking. Water cannot be drawn from an empty well, nor can clear water be drawn from a muddied well. Likewise good product cannot come from thinking without knowledge or understanding to back that thinking.
Knowledge cannot be acquired from without. It is acquired from within through recollection, recognition, intuition, or inspiration, which is the language of the spirit. Knowledge should not be confused with information. Information belongs to effect, and knowledge to cause. Just as food in the grocery store is not nourishment until its essentials are converted to the blood stream, likewise information is not knowledge until its essentials, which are cause in it, are recognized by the spirit as eternal truth.
A musician cannot teach another to become a musician. He can but inform the pupil of the technique of music, but music itself is of the soul. He may re-inspire the pupil with his inspiration but cannot otherwise transfer his inspiration to his pupil.
Man’s purpose in this New Age is to acquire more and more knowledge, to manifest his unity with his creator in accomplishing the unity of man.
In the era in which Walter Russell was writing, convention dictated the use of the word man when speaking of men, women, and children. To change this original wording of this article was to change the dynamics of Walter Russell’s own expression; therefore the historic convention is retained. Walter and Lao Russell were in advance of their time in promoting the equality of men and women. In the 1930s, he suggested that IBM invite the employees’ spouses to attend meetings. In the 1950s, Lao Russell organized The Man-Woman Equality League. The entire Russell philosophy is built upon the principle of male-female balance in all aspects of human life and interactions-and in fact throughout both the microcosm and macrocosm of all aspects of life in general. Therefore, throughout the entire body of the Russell writing, the word man is fully intended, as traditionally used, to be thought of as man-woman.
This article was originally published on Philosophy.org under the title “Power Through Knowledge”.