WHAT IS OMNI-ACTION?
It is the law of Principle, God’s Law of Good, ever in operation—fulfilling its God-ordained blessing for man to come full circle, and it always completes its mission (SH 587:19). The Bible’s first declaration of the essence of Omni-action is mentioned in Isaiah 55:10-11…
“For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” M
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” S (John 1:1)
“How true, that God’s word does not return unto Him void!” S (Mis. 446:15-16)
God’s Word is also His Law or Laws.
The Compiler (The SCA Originator)
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NOTE: Most of the examples used in this blog to illustrate Omni-action include the Concept of Four Omnis, – four Omni-action words in a verse or citation. Previous blogs described the four Love Omnis (link) and Foursquare (link) , both of which are groupings of … four, obviously! Love Omnis words all reflect LOVE, and Foursquare includes words that relate to MIND. Now we come to words that generate LIFE and are action packed.
As you read through, please notice that each Omni-action word will be indicated by bold, underlined font.
Mrs. Eddy uses these three different types of Omnis passages throughout Science and Health (SH). We read them every day, but overlook them until they are pointed out. The Spiritual Concepts Approach (SCA) points them all out to increase our understanding and spiritual sense, and often healings result from this deeper delving into Truth. Having studied and applied this method to the Bible Lesson for over 2 1/2 years, I can attest to all three.
As with the previous types of Omnis, one can identify each Omnis word as aligning with one of the Synonyms: Life, Truth, Love, or Principle. Identifying which is which causes one to ponder a passage more thoughtfully, be more accurate in differentiating each Synonym, and enjoy the learning process.
OMNI-ACTION is one of those hidden treasures of Principle, Mind, we rarely hear about. This term, mentioned specifically just once in SH, (SH 587:19), is a name for God, and appears as many action words throughout SH. Omni means all. Omni-action means all action. It includes every action performed by God who is all-acting (SH 587:6 only, to 1st ,) and reveals the whole of God’s ever-operative healing and regenerating power ever present.
An obvious example to show where the Omnis originated is the definition of:
“GOOD. God; Spirit; omnipotence; omniscience; omnipresence; omni-action.” A (SH 587:19)
This shows the basic motif of the 4 Omnis. Each of the four words is an Omni-action word. Each refers to God only and is constant, always present, ever active. The obvious pattern is the four omni prefixes. In the SCA, Omni-action is spelled with a capital O because it denotes God.
- Omnipotence = Love Omni-action Omnipotence: Omni-action Love
- Omniscience = Truth Omni-action Omniscience: Omni-action Truth
- Omnipresence = Life Omni-action Omnipresence: Omni-action Life
- Omni-action = Principle Omni-action action: Omni-action Principle
The fact of God being Omni-action is quite the opposite of the traditional interpretation of Gen 2:2 “…and he rested … from all his work which He had made.” The truth is, our Father-Mother is in constant motion. Spirit was Omni-active before Gen 1 was written and He has been ever since. Whatever Spirit does and is continues forever.
“Spirit is symbolized by strength, presence, and power, and also by holy thoughts, winged with Love.” S (SH 512:8-9)
- strength = Truth
- presence = Life
- power = Love
- holy thoughts = Principle
Mrs. Eddy explains that “God rests in action” (519:25 only). This may seem like an oxymoron unless one replaces rests with its synonym stays to express being in continuous action, constantly active, or in permanent motion. This is the absolute truth of all-acting Life.
“I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out] the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.” M (Isa. 45:12)
Whatever He has done He continues to do, and is doing right now. This is a divine law, the Law of Omni-action ever in operation. God’s action does not pause, nap, or go on holiday. He is constantly animating, blessing, creating, expanding, giving, governing, illumining, inspiring, leading, loving, moving, multiplying, producing, providing, supplying, supporting, to name just some of the Omni-action words found in SH.
Man is the blessed recipient of Omni-action, but does not generate it. Man is mentioned in the next passage, however the 4 Omnis words originate with God alone. These attributes continue on and on forever. Did man do anything to merit them? No. They are the natural outcome of Omni-action itself. Man is forever blessed by the four Omni-actions of God as His inseparable reflection.
“God expresses in man the infinite idea forever developing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from a boundless basis.” S (SH 258:13-15)
Omni-action is an absolute term that refers to God and His action only. Man is not in any way involved in God’s work. We cannot cause, coax, beg or bargain for God to perform. Omni-action occurs without our sanction or say-so. It continues perpetually, impartially, impersonally. Although man is benefitted by Omni-action, he is in no way involved in it or its terms. The bolded underlined words in this blog which indicate Omni-action are neutral and objective, and in no way associated with anything human. There is no laboring, stressing, struggling, suffering, trying or any other human beliefs connected with it, – no emotion, good or bad, at all. Omni-action needs no help from the human to achieve its purpose of constantly encompassing, expressing, enlarging, exalting Mind’s complete and perfect creation. Yet because of the coincidence of the human and divine, man is healed by it, – by Omni-action alone, not man’s efforts. The whole of God is radiating everywhere right now. Our job is to know, acknowledge, and accept the fact that Omni-action is ever present with us, ever operating in our favor, and let it bless and heal us.
“Spirit, God, gathers unformed thoughts into their proper channels, and unfolds these thoughts,even as He opens the petals of a holy purpose in order that the purpose may appear.” S (SH 506:18-21)
SUN as a Symbol
The SUN is a fitting symbol for Omni-action. The sun radiates heat and light everywhere without any involvement or effort on our part and without ability to stop it. Everyone and every living creature is benefitted. All we have to do is acknowledge the light, welcome it, enjoy it, utilize it for good. We don’t close our curtains and deny sunlight exists. We let it in and bask in its warmth.
The definition of Sun in the Glossary contains four Omni-action words:
“Sun. The symbol of Soul governing man, — of Truth, Life, and Love.” A (SH 595:1-2)
Truth, Life, Love are the Three Omnis. The inclusion of Soul = four. Since the Four Omnis are Life, Truth Love, Principle, or LTLvP, Soul represents Principle. They are Omni-action themselves. (SH 502:27-28)
QUESTION: Does the following example include Omni-action?
“Mortals must gravitate Godward, their affections and aims grow spiritual, — they must near the broader interpretations of being, and gain some proper sense of the infinite, — in order that sin and mortality may be put off.” M (SH 265:5)
ANSWER: No! Even though the underlined words seem omni-active, the action is done by human man rather than God. Then we can conclude Omni-action is spiritual, not relative—or a metaphysical exercise. It is a self-enforcing law.
Exercising the Law of Gratitude is Omni-action. Gratitude initiates Omni-action’s reciprocal factor. Gratitude prepares one to receive God’s ever-active goodness and power. Although the Law of Omni-action requires no effort on our part to cause it since it is ever operating, one does need to open the door of thought and admit it into consciousness. Acknowledging this Law of Omni-action is the key to the door that is gratitude. In fact, gratitude opens the door so wide that the blessings of Omni-action pour in. The following verse from Malachi describes the reciprocal nature of gratitude and Omni-action.
“Bring ye all the tithes (gratitude) into the storehouse (consciousness), that there may be meat (spiritual substance) in mine house (divine Mind), and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” M (Malachi 3:10)
GRATITUDE is reflected Omni-action. When gratitude is thought and felt, one’s capacity for receiving God’s goodness is opened and His blessings (substance) fill the grateful one up. Blessing, extolling, glorifying, praising, rejoicing, singing, – even if the joyful singing seems to be more like noise, – are expressions of gratitude, and Omni-action. When gratitude grows, blessings flow.
The words bring, open, pour, receive are Omni-action. Gratitude comes from God and returns to God. It is an ever-moving circle and illustrates Immanuel, man’s inseverable relationship to God, the great and only cause.
“Substance is that which is eternal and incapable of discord and decay. Truth, Life, and Love are substance, as the Scriptures use this word in Hebrews: “The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Spirit, the synonym of Mind, Soul, or God, is the only real substance. The spiritual universe, including individual man, is a compound idea, reflecting the divine substance of Spirit.” (SH 468:17 Substance)
SUBSTANCE is Omni-action because it is Life, Truth, Love and remains constant, with no discord or decay. How much better to affirm one’s being as spiritual constancy, harmony, and wholeness rather than fleshly material body. Acknowledge and hold one’s true being in thought and that is what is experienced.
Life, Truth, Love are the three Omnis. Further on in the same citation, Mrs. Eddy uses Spirit, Mind, Soul, and God to define substance. These Synonyms comprise the four Omnis. Spirit = Life, Mind = Truth; Soul = Love, and God (including all) = Principle. In essence, substance is the wholeness, fullness, completeness of God. Each Synonym is Omni-action, fully active in all places and at all times NOW. Think about the magnitude of that statement! There is no stoppage, blockage, stagnation, inertness. All is in constant, eternal motion.
“Intelligence is omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence. It is the primal and eternal quality of infinite Mind, of the triune Principle, — Life, Truth, and Love, — named God.” (SH 469:8 Intelligence)
Intelligence is an important Omni-action word. The definition of intelligence quoted above includes both the Three Omnis (Omnis words) and the Four Omnis (in the LTLvP Synonyms). Apprehending this word as it relates to Omni-action opens up unlimited possibilities. Intelligence is the solid spiritual substance in the realm of Spirit—the opposite of the matter-based belief in the dream world. Being everywhere, we can never be without it. Wholly and immediately available at all times in all places, it cannot be dormant, damaged, fragmented, impaired, sluggish. At work, in the classroom, when reading our Lesson, while searching for a solution to a problem, the ability to think, remember, reason, learn, interpret, express, create is present and available because Mind is its source.
Like the air we breathe, intelligence is all around us and we can never be separated from it. Being Omni-active, it is impersonal, neutral, accessible to everyone regardless of experience, education, talents. Knowing this, we can tackle and master those subjects that seemed especially difficult to comprehend. We can know the precise treatment to give when someone asks for help. And the SCA will be a breeze to learn!
PRAYER also gives entrance to Omni-action.
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
“For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” M (Matt 7:7-8)
In Christian Science (CS) prayer, we affirm, declare, know, hold to, understand, are grateful for, the truth. Omni-action is the power of prayer that is answered before the call. Being objective and neutral, prayer doesn’t require emotion, experience, expertise, knowledge, passion, personal involvement, or willpower to achieve its God-ordained purpose. Prayer doesn’t do the fixing, mending, correcting, healing or changing. Prayer opens thought to behold the harmony, health, perfection that already exists in Mind—opens receptive thought to the needed revelation which corrects, demonstrates, heals. Omni-action maintains His perfect idea, man. Perfection does not, cannot, be changed in Truth.
Our Master’s Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer is a wonderful example of Omni-action. Every name and attribute of God is Omni-active. Every verb or action word that God does is Omni-active. To gain the absolute truth of Omni-action, change the verbs to the present tense. Rather than “Thy will be done,” pray and know – Thy will is being done right now! Rather than ask God to give us daily bread/supply/truth, know that He is giving us everything we need right now!
Our Daily Prayer
Within the Daily Prayer is the Concept of Four Omnis:
“It shall be the duty of every member of this Church to pray each day: “Thy kingdom come;” let the reign of divine Truth, Life, and Love be established in me, and rule out of me all sin; and may Thy Word enrich the affections of all mankind, and govern them!” M (Man. 41:19)
Again, put these underlined verbs in the present: Life, Truth, and Love ARE established in me. God IS ruling out (by His ever-present Allness) all error. His Word IS enriching and IS governing. The explanation mark at the end of this prayer even seems to indicate a strong declaration of Omni-action. How awesome is this!
Understanding that healing is Omni-action is illuminating. Healing is God’s action, not man’s. (It is the human, being embraced in the divine action for Good.) God’s man is spiritual, perfect, complete. God’s action maintains this wholeness. Mind fulfills His action fully, completely, needing no influence, interference, or help from us other than to recognize and declare His power. We don’t need to know what Spirit will do to solve a problem, or even how and when the solution will appear. Our job is to know the truth, that the solution is already in place and present, and that it will be revealed. It is not our job to make Truth happen. Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient Principle does not need our help. Believing He does merely limits the healing. (Healing is the human, being enveloped in the divine action for Good.)
The Omni-action of God’s healing power expands over more than just our limited focus. It includes all and continues eternally. God’s law of Omni-action embraces everyone forever. What is true for one family member, for instance, is true for the whole family. After Jesus healed the nobleman’s son, those in his household believed in Jesus, – a healing of disbelief. (John 4: 46-53) Perhaps friends and neighbors were healed of disbelief as well.
BLESSING and BLTS
BLESSING illustrates what is and isn’t Omni-action. The kind of blessing found in the beatitudes is impersonal. Being poor (receptive), for instance, quickens spiritual sense so that one can receive God’s blessings which are already infinite and constant and available to everyone. On the other hand, one individual blessing another individual is not Omni-action because it is humanly based, humanly initiated.
God’s blessings never stop. He never chooses who will be blessed and who will be bypassed. Because Love is all, His goodness extends over all. Expect to receive His blessings daily. In turn, we bless others. Blessing, loving, thanking is a concept we learn in the SCA. BLTS for short! Blessing, loving, thanking (gratitude) are Omni-action initiators. As one dwells on spiritual qualities, thus spiritualizing thought, the blessing, thanking, loving become natural. Living these attitudes results in daily blessings. They are also a way of defending oneself from animal magnetism. One cannot be bombarded by evil thoughts (one’s own or from others) while filling thought with BLTS.
PRINCIPLES OF OMNI-ACTION
Here is an overview of salient points to know about Omni-action.
– It is God’s action.
– It emanates from God ONLY.
– It is constant.
– It benefits and blesses man impersonally, impartially, universally.
– It is associated with all, always, everlasting, forever, only. (SH 17:14-15; 169:27-28; 249:18-19; 290:1-2; 380:4 Truth (only, to 2nd .); 458:14-15 (to 1st .))
– It appears as action words in groups of THREE.
– It appears as action words in groups of FOUR.
– It can appear as ABSOLUTE nouns, i.e. angels, Christ, substance.
– It can appear as names and attributes for God.
– It appears in sentences that are ABSOLUTE. (link)
– It appears in sentences that are SPIRITUAL. (link)
– It is an objective ACTION WORD not directly connected to the human or physical. SH 89:22; 104:13; 109:16-22; 121:28; 136:1; 151:18 only; 169:27; 183:16-18; 187:18; 210:11; 225:25; 239:25-27; 282:4; 386:12; 419:20-22; 420:17; 427:30; 447:14; 480:10; 493:28; 519:25; 587:19.
In closing, this final passage is loaded with words expressing Omni-action. They show the incredible power which results from understanding this concept. As you read, remember that Christian Science (CS) means the laws of God (SH 107:1-3). CS presents the complete manifestation of God’s great power and Love.
“The term Science, properly understood, refers only to the laws of God and to His government of the universe, inclusive of man. From this it follows that business men and cultured scholars have found that Christian Science enhances their endurance and mental powers, enlarges their perception of character, gives them acuteness and comprehensiveness and an ability to exceed their ordinary capacity. The human mind, imbued with this spiritual understanding, becomes more elastic, is capable of greater endurance, escapes somewhat from itself, and requires less repose. A knowledge of the Science of being develops the latent abilities and possibilities of man. It extends the atmosphere of thought, giving mortals access to broader and higher realms. It raises the thinker into his native air of insight and perspicacity.” (SH 128:4)
After writing this blog, giving an overview of Omni-action, and highlighting the specific Omni-action words in this passage, I can feel the enormous power of Omni-action. Can you?
© 2015 Mary Walls Kuhl