About This Book:

Publishers Preface

This new revised and expanded 2006 edition is different from all previous editions of “The Higher Power You Can Use” due to the addition of the “Commentary” by Murdo MacDonald-Bayne to his above titled book.

A mimeograph book version, published by Murdo MacDonald-Bayne himself, of “The Higher Power You Can Use,” (it was known in those days as “The Masters’ Course”), was available at his World Tour lectures from 1938.

The L. N. Fowler first hardback edition of “The Higher Power You Can Use” has no date, but it is presumed to be published after WW2 about 1945. The Commentary Notes, are taken from a series a lectures it is believed he gave in Johannesburg between 1945-6.

INTRODUCTION

I feel it a great honour to be the bearer of this message to the world; but I do not claim any special privilege, nor do I claim any spiritual quality that makes me any different from my fellow men.

For many years I have been an earnest worker and a student of the Inner Teachings, healing the sick and teaching what I knew of the truth all over the world, and I have met with a very large measure of success. For this I alone was not wholly responsible—as I now know—having been spiritually helped and guided throughout all these years of probation.

It was not until one night when a mysterious Visitor appeared to me that I knew what my real mission was. He spoke these words: “I have been with you a long time but you knew it not. But now the time has come for me to make myself known to you. I will guide you to the Himalayas in Tibet, where you shall receive instructions for your real mission. Many are called but few are chosen; are you prepared to leave all and follow me? Fear not, for the world will rejoice—the Message you will bear will take away the confusion from the minds of the people; and those who will hear you are my people. I will be by your side and your strength shall not fail, for whom God has chosen He shall sustain.” Then he took his departure as silently as he had come.

From that time on I was directed step by step to the great Himalayas in Tibet; and there in the hidden recesses of the majestic snow-clad mountains, where the atmosphere is so clear and the vibrations so pure that heaven opens on to the earth, in that glorious state where heaven and earth are as one, I was instructed what to do and where to go. During my sojourn there I witnessed spiritual manifestations so wonderful that words utterly fail to describe them. Later I will present to the world, in book form,* details of these happenings—what I saw and heard, also my travels and experiences, with pictures of the way to the most inaccessible parts of the Great Tibetan Himalayas.

I shall also reveal the joys and ecstasy of meeting daily with the Masters, whose love, sympathy and simplicity is the secret of their Mighty Power. For Love is God and God is Love. “For He so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son that they who harken unto Him will find eternal immortality.” When the Soul is ready the Master appears, and those who are ready will hear and know the Master’s voice proclaiming all nations one nation, all peoples one people, all life one life; one Tree with many branches, but the same Life in all: One in all and all in One.

I, myself, make no claim; I am just a voice in the wilderness calling to the sons and daughters of God to harken unto the Truth. For this I was told I was born.

Love and Peace be with you.
M. MacDonald-Bayne.

  • “Beyond the Himalayas” and it’s sequel “The Yoga of the Christ”

INTRODUCTION

The first thing a Master will say to you will be, “My son, be of clean heart before thou takest the first step.” Then part the mental from the spiritual.

The Masters to a great extent scorn the mental which they consider the grosser or coarser part. The Spiritual is the Real which they aim at and that is what we are going to do, to realize the Spiritual.

There are, however, times when we will have to take the mind into consideration because it is necessary that the student should also know about the mind, otherwise he will not be able to protect himself in this world of operations where so much negative mental activity is taking place.

The next step is to discern the real from the false. That is most essential; it is a very important part of the Master’s instructions—when to discern the real from the false, the ever-fleeting from the everlasting; that is, the ever-changeable condition in this world from the everlasting eternal spirit in man.

It is not that which is within you that I want you to concentrate so much upon, and I want to make this plain at the beginning.

When you ask anybody about that which is within them they will say, “God is within me.” Then you will say, “Where is this God within you?” and they will say, “Well, He is here, He is there, I feel Him here, I feel Him there.” Then when you pursue it a little bit further you will find it is just an image of God they have in their mind; but God is not an image in mind. God is real.

Those who make an image of God are no further forward than those who know nothing at all about God, in fact they are very much confused. It is the awareness, the awareness that you ARE; it must be awareness of the Individualised Infinite Spirit of which I am and you are.

We must become aware of this in our lessons through the Master’s Course—not an image of it in your mind, but a knowing that you are.

Then the next step: you must learn above all to separate head-learning from soul-wisdom, also the eye from the heart doctrine. I hope that is plain. Yea, ignorance is like unto a closed and airless vessel, the Soul the bird shut up within, but even ignorance is better than head-learning with no soul-wisdom to illuminate and guide it. Consequently, we are in a state of chaos. The seed of wisdom cannot sprout and form in an airless space. To reap experience the mind needs depth and breadth, and points to draw it towards the Christ-Soul. This is God individualised in Man and the only Reality.

The mind is the slayer of the Real. The mind covers up the real with its images and ideas which are untrue, and the mind accepts these ideas and crystallizes them and thus the Truth is no longer recognisable to those who have crystallized ideas in their minds or try to make Truth conform to those ideas. Truth conforms to no ideas.

Truth is free, unfettered and free, whether differentiated or undifferentiated. As it was in the beginning so it is now, and it shall be always—deathless and birthless, spaceless and timeless.

Before the Soul can see, harmony within must be attained and harmony will be attained within each and everyone of you. It is essential that we have this harmony, and as we progress through the course you will find harmony is the essentiality of our lives, actualising it, externalising it in our everyday life.

The fleshy eye must be rendered blind to all illusion. The eyes we see through, our senses, gaze upon illusion continuously. We are not seeing reality. We are seeing phenomena created by our thoughts. It is the Real which we must gaze upon and bring forth into our own lives and direct the minds of others towards it.

You have a great responsibility. Help nature and work with her and nature will reward thee as one of her creators and will do homage unto thee and she will open wide before thee the portals of her secret chambers, lay bare before thy gaze treasures in the very depths of her pure and virgin bosom. Unsullied by the hand of matter, she shows her treasures only to the eye of the Spirit, the eye which never closes, the eye for which there is no veil in all her kingdoms.

The eye that never closes is the Spirit, the Spiritual eye, that tremendous, wonderful Power, which will come to you as you become more and more of your oneness, your actual oneness with this Divine Spirit.

The pupil must regain that child’s state he has lost where the first sound can fall upon his ear. Therefore you must regain your child’s state of mind before the first sound of this Truth can fall upon your ear; that means, to rid yourself of all preconceived ideas. This you must do now, before you can grasp these lessons which I will give you. Let us be like little children, our minds free and open to see this mighty Truth.

I feel it a great honour to be the bearer of this message to the world; but I do not claim any special privilege, nor do I claim any spiritual quality that makes me any different from my fellow men.

Therefore I do not want you to look upon me as anyone different from yourselves. I am one with you. I am here to do this work and you are also here, not by chance, for “Many are called but few are chosen.” You are the chosen few—I want you to realize this. When the Soul is ready the Master appears.

For many years I have been an earnest worker and a student of the Inner Teachings, healing the sick and teaching what I knew of the Truth all over the world, and I have met with a very large measure of success. For this alone I was not wholly responsible—as I now know—having been spiritually helped and guided throughout all these years of probation.

I have learned as I passed through the various trials and tribulations that my failures and my successes are all stepping-stones and experiences. This class of students must look upon pleasure and pain as one and the same thing—these are experiences—they are all the same to the student who understands the Truth. I know for myself I was spiritually guided and helped through all these years of probation.

It was not until one night when a mysterious visitor appeared to me that I knew what my real mission was. He spoke these words: “I have been with you a long time but you knew it not. But now the time has come for me to make myself known to you. I will guide you to the Himalayas in Tibet where you shall receive instructions for your real mission. Many are called but few are chosen; are you prepared to leave all and follow me? Fear not for the world will rejoice—the Message you will bear will take away the confusion from the minds of the people; and those who will hear you are my people.
I will be by your side and your strength shall not fail, for whom God has chosen He shall sustain.” He then took his departure as silently as he had come.

Under the instruction and guidance of this wonderful Being I have recently written another book called “I Am the Life” which you will hear about in due course. From that time my steps were guided and before I left Australia I was told “You shall go now to South Africa.” I said, “I would like to go home to England.” He said, “You shall go to South Africa. South Africa needs you there. There is a lot of work to be done; the harvest is ready.” So here I am. I have come here with the understanding that this teaching will bear good fruit. I make no claim; I am just a voice in the wilderness calling to the sons and daughters of God to hearken to the Truth. For this I was told I was born.

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(Back cover of Paperback)  

THE HIGHER POWER YOU CAN USE

This Course is written for the express purpose of leading you along the path of the Masters; freeing you from limitation and imitation in the world of forms, creeds, dogmas, ideas, theories, concepts, etc., that limit and confuse the mind, thereby distorting the Truth. You cannot discern or understand unless the mind is free and unlimited, for it is the Natural Intelligence that opens the way to the understanding of life. . .But through the super-technique, as explained in this Course, there comes a supreme understanding. . .”

(Also includes Murdo’s Commentary on “The Higher Power You Can Use”)

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